Trudeau Goodale Sajjan visit Halifax to survey Dorian recovery efforts

first_imgHALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and two federal cabinet ministers visited Halifax Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Dorian, the hurricane-strength post-tropical storm that slammed into the Maritimes on the weekend.Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met with local officials and Canadian Forces representatives at a Halifax armoury for a briefing on relief efforts.The prime minister said the federal government has closely monitored the storm’s impact throughout the region.“I’m here today to thank the first responders and all the people who’ve been working very, very hard on something that has been an ongoing effort over the past few days,” he told reporters.“I know crews have been working around the clock to restore power throughout Nova Scotia, and there’s a lot more work to do, and the federal government is here to support in any way we can.”Goodale and Sajjan later visited Herring Cove, N.S., a coastal community south of Halifax near where Dorian made landfall on Saturday night.As the storm approached the coastline, it lashed the area with driving rain and gusts reaching almost 150 kilometres per hour _ approaching the power of a Category 2 hurricane.There have been no reported injuries, but roofs were torn off and trees were snapped like twigs, pulling down power lines across a wide swath of the Maritimes.At one point, more than 500,000 electricity consumers in the region were without power, representing 80 per cent of the homes and businesses in Nova Scotia and 75 per cent in Prince Edward Island.In New Brunswick, about 80,000 homes and businesses — 20 per cent of NB Power’s customers — were left in the dark at the height of the storm.As the recovery effort entered Day 3, those numbers have dropped considerably. However, more than 100,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were still without electricity Tuesday morning, and the company said it would be Thursday before everyone is reconnected.The company says it has found about 3,700 trees on power lines that stretch across 32,000 kilometres, and repairs are being made to 300 broken or leaning utility poles.As well, about 4,500 outages across Nova Scotia represent individual customers, which means one repair will bring electricity back to only one customer.During a news conference Tuesday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said teams were working to restore power, phone and cell phone service.“I think it’s fair (to say) that all Nova Scotians have not seen a weather event like this for quite some time. The physical infrastructure damage from one end of the province to the other is unprecedented,” McNeil said. “Everyone is working to best ability to restore that power as quickly as possible, to restore telecommunications as quickly possible.”The premier assured that a post-mortem would be conducted to see what went right with the storm response and what went wrong.He said he understands the frustration of those still waiting for power to be restored. Nova Scotia Power CEO Karen Hutt said she hopes the number of customers still without power would be cut in half by Wednesday and eliminated by Thursday.A Canadian Forces representative said troops have accomplished tasks in the greater Halifax area and will now extend their mission to elsewhere in the province.Capt. Guillaume Lafrance, chief of staff, Joint Task Force Atlantic, said the 380 assigned troops will be augmented by 70 reservists from Nova Scotia, bringing the total number of troops to 450.“Our next objective is to really spread throughout Nova Scotia to help out the entirety of the province,” he said.Light armoured vehicles were spotted patrolling the streets as soldiers with chainsaws were ready to clear the streets of fallen trees. However, they were prevented from removing some trees because limbs were still tangled in power lines, which meant an electrician was needed to ensure safety.Power crews from Quebec, Ontario, Florida and Maine have been called in to help.In Halifax, experts were brought in to see how a crane that toppled at the height of the storm could be taken down safely.Many schools across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were closed Monday, and emergency officials have been urging people to stay home for their own safety and to give cleanup crews the room they need to work.Public schools in Nova Scotia remained closed Tuesday.last_img read more

Jordin Sparks To Host Divas AfterParty For VH1 Save The Music Foundation

first_imgOn Sunday, December 16th, superstar Jordin Sparks will host the official VH1 Divas after-party in Los Angeles to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.This year’s Divas, hosted by Adam Lambert, will celebrate the dance-inducing music that is the vibrant soundtrack to every major blowout bash, unforgettable party and night out on the town. VH1 is bringing together Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits.Immediately following VH1 Divas, the official after-party will commence just steps away from live show including special guest DJs, The Dolls: Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe. As in previous years, funds raised through exclusive ticket packages that offer premium seating to the live VH1 Divas concert and admission to the official after-party, the VH1 DIVAS DANCE PARTY, will support the Foundation’s mission to restore public school music education nationwide. Attendees at the after-party will experience a one of a kind dance party that will feature music from past and present Divas.Guests will responsibly enjoy a premium bar featuring Smirnoff’s new Kissed Caramel and Iced Cake Flavored vodka, an exquisite wine bar hosted by William Hill Estate Wines, all natural, unsweetened flavored water from HINT and HINT Fizz, and great food all in celebration of this historic evening. For tickets or more information please visit“I’m thrilled to be hosting the official after-party for VH1 Divas,” said Jordin Sparks. “With the proceeds going to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, an amazing organization that helps keep music programs in school, I know we’re going to have a great night while raising funds for a wonderful cause! I know none of us ‘divas’ would be the same had it not been for those musical programs and options in our schools.”VH1 Divas is one of televisions most-watched and beloved franchises. Premiering for the first time on VH1 in 1998, VH1 Divas instantly became synonymous with some of the most memorable live female vocal performances in television history – while raising essential funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. Get involved at and follow them on twitter @vh1savethemusic.Source:VH1 Save The Music Foundationlast_img read more

Redaoune Benkiran Says he Obtained College Scholarship Before His Father Became

Rabat – Amid ongoing uproar among students and teacher trainees, Redouane Benkirane has denied rumors accusing his father Abdelilah Benkirane of having used his position to help him secure a monthly MAD 5,000 Scholarship.Redouane Benkirane’s statement comes in response to the accusation made by a teacher trainee last Saturday during an official event of Justice and Development Party (PJD) in Oujda, co-chaired by Abdelilah Benkirane.The teacher trainee interrupted the speech of the head of government and accused him of “having used his position to help his son Redoaune Benkirane benefit from monthly MAD 5,000 Scholarship.” Telquel quoted Redoune Benkirane, who pursued his graduate studies in France, as saying that he obtained the scholarship before his father took office in 2011.“First of all, my father did not send me to study in France, as if I was still a little 7-year-old child. I was 20 years old and it’s me who decided to go to France,” he said.“My parents insisted that I study in ISCAE  – a public school of business and administration  -. However, I refused and decided to pursue my higher studies in France,” he noted.He went on to add that his father was “unable to cover all the expenses” since school fees alone cost him over MAD 100,000 per year.“I was forced to look for other financial resources.  Thus, I decided to borrow some money from a relative and apply for the Merit Scholarship granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,” he explained.Redouane stressed that he won the scholarship without any help from his father, adding that he only benefited from this scholarship during his first year in France before his father took office in 2011.He noted that he is currently working in Morocco, since students who benefited from the merit scholarship are required to work at least three years in Morocco after their graduation.Since October, Head of Government Abdelilah BRnkirane has been receiving harsh criticism from teacher trainees over the two decrees promulgated by his government last year. The two decrees, N: 588-15-2 and N: 589-15-2, separate teachers’ training from actual employment at the end of the program and cut the amount of the training scholarship by half.The teacher trainees who accused Benkirane of favoritism last Saturday in Oujda, said it “is disgrace a shame that the head of government wants to cut the teacher trainees’ scholarship by half, while his son has benefited from a scholarship thanks to his position as head of government.” read more

Darfur UNAfrican Union mission probes fresh reports of military bombings

18 November 2008The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is trying to confirm reports received from various sources that Sudanese military planes bombed an area in the war-torn region in recent days. UNAMID said today that the sources have detailed reports of aerial bombings in the area around Kutum, a town in North Darfur state.The reports have emerged less than a week after the Sudanese Government announced an immediate ceasefire between its forces and the numerous rebel movements in Darfur, where fighting has raged since 2003 and led to the intervention of UNAMID to try to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering.That ceasefire, announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the closing session of the Sudan People’s Forum, was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and by UNAMID.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur over the past five years because of fighting between rebels and Government forces, while another 2.7 million people had to flee their homes.The Sudanese military has been supported by militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, who have been accused of human rights abuses in their attacks on villages and other civilian targets.Today the UN in Sudan has welcomed the separate announcement by the Government’s Humanitarian Affairs Minister Haroun Lual Ron on an extension of the moratorium on restrictions facilitating humanitarian assistance until the end of January 2010.In a statement issued in Khartoum, the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Ameerah Haq, said the extension “should further enhance the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance for up to 4.7 million conflict-affected people, as well as enabling humanitarian organizations to operate in Darfur.”Later this week the UN, its aid partners and the Sudanese Government will launch its joint workplan for 2009 that will include relief and early recovery activities in Darfur. read more

Bosnian Serb cousins convicted by UN tribunal over horrific burnings

20 July 2009The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s today convicted two Bosnian Serb cousins of war crimes, including the burning alive of scores of Muslim women, children and elderly men, an act the court said ranks among “the worst acts of inhumanity that a person may inflict upon others.” The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s today convicted two Bosnian Serb cousins of war crimes, including the burning alive of scores of Muslim women, children and elderly men, an act the court said ranks among “the worst acts of inhumanity that a person may inflict upon others.”Milan Lukić was sentenced to life in prison, having been found guilty by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of murder, extermination, cruel treatment, inhumane acts and war crimes.He was found responsible for the murders in 1992 of 59 Muslim women, children and elderly men by barricading them in one room of a house in the town of Višegrad, in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where a carpet had been treated with an accelerant and an explosive device was exploded, setting the house on fire. According to evidence presented to the ICTY, victims were shot as they tried to escape the flames through the windows. “These people are killing our mother, our mother-in-law, and our brother’s two children,” said those who had escaped and hid from the attackers. “They didn’t do anything wrong.”In another fire the defendant was found guilty of, at least 60 Muslims were burned alive at a house in Bikavac, where all exits had been blocked by heavy furniture to prevent people from fleeing.Mr. Lukić was also found guilty today of killing seven Muslim men at the Varda factory in Višegrad, with evidence showing that he collected them from their workplaces and shot them on the banks of the Drina River in full view of others, including the wife and daughter of one of the victims.The trial chamber convicted him of beating Muslim detainees at the Uzamnica detention camp between August 1991 and October 1994.His cousin, Sredoje Lukić, a former police officer in Višegrad, was sentenced by the ICTY to 30 years in prison for his roles in the house fires in Višegrad and Bikavac as well as in the beatings of inmates at Uzamnica.“In the all-too-long, sad and wretched history of man’s inhumanity to man, the Pionirska Street and Bikavac fires must rank high,” said Judge Patrick Robinson, reading out the summary of judgment in The Hague.“At the close of the 20th century, a century marked by war and bloodshed on a colossal scale, these horrific events stand out for the viciousness of the incendiary attack, for the obvious premeditation and calculation that defined it, for the sheer callousness and brutality of herding, trapping and locking victims in the two houses, thereby rendering them helpless in the ensuing inferno, and for the degree of pain and suffering inflicted on the victims as they were burnt alive.”The trial of the two cousins, both members of a paramilitary group, began last July, with Milan having been arrested in Argentina in August 2005 after evading justice for seven years. Sredoje surrendered to the Bosnian Serb authorities the following month.Since its establishment in 1993, the ICTY has indicted 161 people for war crimes. Proceedings against 120 people have been completed, with only two indictees – Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić – on the run.The so-called “completion strategy” of the ICTY requires it to finish trials of first instance by 2009, and then start downsizing in 2010, and earlier this month, the Security Council extended the term of office of eight permanent judges and 10 ad litem, or temporary, judges until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned.In addition, the Council decided, on the request of the President of the ICTY, that the Secretary-General may appoint additional temporary judges to complete existing trials or conduct additional trials. read more

Black college Papa Johns blame each other over lost funds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A $1 million donation by the disgraced founder of Papa John’s pizza to a historically black college has prompted the school to give up $20,000 in scholarships from the company.The Courier Journal reports that only hours after John Schnatter announced his donation to Simmons College, the school’s development director declined the company’s pledge to help 10 students with $2,000 each toward tuition.A Simmons spokeswoman said the school meant only to delay the scholarships, and was acting under pressure from Papa John’s diversity director. The school spokeswoman says the company was made uncomfortable by Schnatter’s donation.A Papa John’s spokeswoman denies that and says the school’s rejection was unexpected.Schnatter lost control of Papa John’s amid backlash for using the N-word while blaming poor sales on NFL player protests___Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.comThe Associated Press read more

Polio almost gone but final push needed for full eradication UN agencies

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are now only 10 countries left in the world where polio is endemic, and the incidence of the disease has been slashed by 99.8 per cent since 1988, when 1,000 children each day were paralyzed by the crippling virus. Hailing this progress, WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland warned that “we’re not finished yet, and the past year has reminded us that we live in a world where security and access to children cannot be guaranteed.” She urged the world to “finish the job… while we still have the opportunity.”An international group of polio experts recently echoed this view, cautioning that polio eradication could become a victim to recent global events. Experts cited the example of Afghanistan, where the surveillance system for the disease has suffered over the last few months. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy joined the call for a final push against the virus. “Throughout the battle to rid the world of polio, we have managed to reach children living is some of the most remote and challenging circumstances imaginable,” she said. “Over the coming days and months, we must continue this unprecedented effort, using all of our resources to reach the very last child with polio vaccine.”In 2001 more than 575 million children under the age of five were vaccinated in 94 countries as part of the global effort to eradicate polio. Vaccinators, numbering over 10 million, went house-to-house, boat-to-boat, across borders, through rivers and over mountain ranges to find and immunize every child, often in internationally-coordinated immunization activities. This week mass immunization campaigns will be held in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Somalia and the Sudan.Polio is a highly infectious disease which invades the body’s nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Among the victims, between 5 and 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles are paralyzed. There is no cure for the disease. read more

On Rwandan genocide anniversary UN leaders ask Can world muster the will

UNHCR/Roger ArnoldRohingya Muslims from Myanmar flee to Bangladesh after facing brutal persecution that UN officials have said may amount to crimes against humanity. Judicial punishment for such crimes is a start, but for more attention must be devoted to preventing them, said Mr. Dieng, a native of Senegal and leading international jurist. “We said at the end of the Second World War ‘Never Again,’ but we witnessed the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda; we witnessed the genocide of the Muslims in Srebrenica,” he said, referring to the Bosnian Serb army’s slaughter in 1995 of thousands of Muslims who were rounded up in the town of Srebrenica, even though it had been declared a “safe area” by the UN.An international framework of law and tribunals has evolved for holding accountable those who commit crimes against humanity.In 1948, following the horrors of the Second World War, the fledgling UN adopted The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  Genocide was defined as certain acts committed “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”  At the UN World Summit in 2005, all Member States formally accepted the responsibility to protect their populations from “genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”  They also agreed that when countries fail to do so, the international community has an obligation to intervene, through action by the Security Council and in accordance with the UN Charter.  But enforcing that international “Responsibility to Protect” victimized populations has often been hamstrung, Mr. Dieng said, as key countries invoke the principle of “non-interference in internal affairs.”  He expressed frustration that the Security Council has not taken stronger action to prevent atrocities against civilians in Syria and South Sudan as well as Myanmar. Genocides do not take place “all of a sudden,” Mr. Dieng said, highlighting the importance and possibility of prevention. “Genocide is a process,” he said.  “The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers. It started with hate speech.”In Rwanda and Bosnia, too, mass killings followed escalating hate speech and dehumanization.  “That is why I should say that the world failed the Rwandan people, the world failed the Bosnian people, and I hope that the world will not fail the Rohingya population,” he said. The UN’s annual day of reflection on the Rwandan genocide is important, Mr. Dieng said, “as a way first to honour those who fell to those crimes, but also as a lesson for the future.”By remembering what happened in Rwanda, we are also sending a strong message to whoever around the world is inclined to commit such a crime“By remembering what happened in Rwanda, we are also sending a strong message to whoever around the world is inclined to commit such a crime,” he said.  Secretary-General Guterres, in his statement, stressed that “states have a fundamental responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”“It is imperative,” he said, “that we unite to prevent such atrocities from occurring, and that the international community sends a strong message to perpetrators that they will be held accountable.”“To save people at risk, we must go beyond words,” he said.The UN will hold a commemorative ceremony on the Rwandan genocide at its New York Headquarters on 13 April on the theme “Remember, Unite, Renew.” Twenty-four years ago, on 7 April, ethnic Hutus in Rwanda began the frenzied slaughter of Tutsis, moderate Hutus and others in what is widely regarded as one of the darkest episodes in recent history.     In memory of the Rwandan victims – and as a sombre reminder of the international community’s failure to intervene – the UN observes 7 April every year as an “international day of reflection.”  “Today we remember all those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of the survivors, who have shown that reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions,” said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message for the grim anniversary.“Rwanda has learned from its tragedy; so must the international community,” Mr. Guterres said, expressing concern about “the rise of racism, hate speech and xenophobia around the world.”“These base manifestations of human cruelty provide the breeding ground for far more evil acts,” the Secretary-General said, adding that he was particularly troubled by the systematic killings, torture, rape and humiliation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.The brutal persecution of the Rohingya, which has caused more than one million members of the ethnic and religious minority to flee to Bangladesh, was also first in the mind of Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, in an interview with UN News.The horrific acts committed against the Rohingya will one day be brought before an international court, Mr. Dieng said, “and I have no doubt that they will be determined as crimes against humanity, as ethnic cleansing” and possibly as genocide. read more

Isis likely to attack Europe again soon

first_img 16,701 Views Image: Francois Mori/PA By Associated Press “The effectiveness, ease of use and access of these weapons will continue to be relevant.Read: ‘You could be wiped out at any moment’: Irishman on fighting Isis in SyriaRead: The US State Department has issued a terror travel alert for Europe Dec 2nd 2016, 7:58 AM Isis likely to attack Europe again soon A new report says IS will likely target countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organisation. Short URL Share19 Tweet Email1 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 7:58 AM People pay tribute to the victims at the site of a deadly truck attack on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France in July. 95 Comments THE ISLAMIC STATE group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, according to a new report from EU police agency Europol.The report states that IS will likely target countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organisation in Syria and Iraq.“Estimates from some intelligence services indicate several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” according to the report.The analysis draws on counterterrorism intelligence from around Europe and also cites media reports and previously publicised calls by IS leaders for attacks.But IS also is adept at inspiring marginalised youths, some of whom may have mental health problems, and inciting them to carry out attacks.The report also warns that tactics the group uses in Iraq and Syria – such as the use of car bombs – could also be deployed in Europe.It also said that past attacks such as those in France and Belgium over the last two years show that extremists acting in the name of IS can effectively plan complex attacks.Europol also notes a shift in attacks from symbolic targets like police officers and military personnel to indiscriminate attacks on soft targets, such as the Paris attacks in 2015. The Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Source: AP Photo/Mike Corder, File“Indiscriminate attacks have a very powerful effect on the public in general, which is one of the main goals of terrorism: to seriously intimidate a population,” the report says.It also adds that the focus on so-called soft targets means that attacking critical infrastructure like power grids and nuclear facilities is “currently not a priority”.Europol also says that the consensus among intelligence agencies in EU member states is that “the cyber capabilities of terrorist groups are still relatively low”.However, it adds that “the possibility of terrorist-affiliated cyber groups engaging in cyber warfare sponsored by Nation States – those with capacities to engage in this type of attacks – should not be discounted”.Meanwhile, a police raid in Morocco in February may have thwarted a possible attack by an IS cell using chemical or biological weapons, raising the specter that such weapons also could be used in Europe,However, the report says automatic firearms, knives and vehicles are more easily available and that People pay tribute to the victims at the site of a deadly truck attack on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France in July. Image: Francois Mori/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man jailed for breaking into home in middle of night and raping

first_img Source: Richard WoffendenA MAN WHO raped a previous sexual partner after forcing access to her home in the middle of the night has been jailed for ten years.Mr Justice Paul Coffey at the Central Criminal Court said it was an “arrogant and outrageous assumption” by the accused that because he had previously had sex with the woman he was entitled to enter her house at any time of day or night to have sex.The court heard that the woman was an alcoholic and had met the man while drinking. She told the court in her victim impact statement that she been sober for a number of weeks at the time of the offence, but began drinking again afterwards.The now 27-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was convicted by a jury following a seven-day trial last November of raping the 54-year-old woman outside her Co Galway home in July 2014. He was acquitted of burglary on the same occasion.Mr Justice Coffey noted the offence had a significant effect on the woman as well as her daughter who was staying with her that night. He noted the accused had entered by force and that the women had been screaming at him to leave.A local Garda sergeant gave evidence that the woman’s daughter had sought safety in her bedroom and called gardaí, while her mother left to try and get help. The woman said she was “hustled” down the stairs outside her home by the accused and raped outside the building.The court heard that a lock on an access door to the woman’s home had been broken.Mr Justice Coffey took into account mitigating factors including the man’s difficult childhood, low intellectual functioning and his relative youth.He imposed a ten-year sentence and backdated it to May 2016 to reflect the time the man has spent in custody. He ordered three years post-release supervision.In a victim impact statement, the woman said she had been off alcohol for a number of weeks prior to the offence but had gone back drinking again afterwards. She said alcohol did not solve her problems but it numbed the pain.“I know I am an alcoholic and did things I am not proud of, but the trial made me feel like more of a criminal than the man who raped me,” she said.She said the accused man had treated her “like a dog” and the crime would never leave her.Comments are closed for legal reasonsRead: Investigator in Sean FitzPatrick trial shredded documents in ‘calamitous error’Read: Court of Appeal dismisses ‘Slab’ Murphy’s appeal against tax conviction Jan 30th 2017, 3:34 PM Short URL Monday 30 Jan 2017, 3:34 PM Share3 Tweet Email1 27,863 Views Man jailed for breaking into home in middle of night and raping former sexual partner The accused man has been jailed for 10 years. No Comments By Nadya Labi Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cyprus High Commissioner shuts down Turkeys arguments in two tweets

first_imgA Twitter thread regarding Turkey’s policies that started earlier this week, re-brought the infamous ‘Family Jewels’ files to the surface. Answering to commentators Cyprus High Commissioner Euripides Evriviades screenshot uncensored parts of the 702 pages that changed the world’s perception on US politics when the CIA broke its silence back on Tuesday, 26 June 2007.The Twitter debate, was sparked by comments regarding the reunification of the island and Turkey’s claims that it cannot withdraw its troops, as Turkish Cypriots would fear for their safety and lives.Ankara has repeatedly blamed Greece and Greek Cypriots for requesting the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from the occupied side of the island, in order for the two sides to come to a reunification agreement.Mr Evriviadis tore down his social media opponents with two Twitter posts citing two very strong and factually sound arguments across two days. The reaction to the excerpts from the ‘Family Jewels’ files was so overwhelming resulting in several local and international news publications treating the documents’ reveal as a timely news story.THE FIRST TWEETHis first post included a file exempt from declassification, from the National Security Adviser’s Memoranda of Conversation Collection at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library proves Henry Kissinger’s implicit support toward Turkey during the 1974 Cyprus invasion over their official ally, Greece. THE SECOND TWEET:Two days after posting the ‘Family Jewels’ documents that reminded the world Kissinger’s implication to the Cyprus invasion, Evriviades once again shut down the opposition’s arguments supporting that Turkey’s sole interest for the invasion was to protect Turkish Cypriot citizens by rehashing Ahmet Davutoğlu. The former Prime Minister of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party from August 2014 to May 2016 had explicitly written in his book ‘Strategic Depth’ that Turkey always had its eye on Cyprus due to its key location. Watch a video of Henry Kissinger talking about Cyprus on behalf of the then President back on 20 August 1974: “Even if there were no Muslim Turks in Cyprus, Turkey is obliged to maintain a Cyprus question. No country can remain indifferent to such an island, located in the heart of its own vital space.” Ahmet Davutoğlu, former PM of #Turkey, in his book Strategic Depth #doctrine #Cyprus— Euripides Evriviades 🇨🇾🇪🇺 (@eevriviades) September 4, 2018center_img “There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus.” Henry #Kissinger to Prez Ford (13/8/1974). The 2nd phase of the Turkish invasion of #Cyprus took place a day after (14-16/8/1974). #ItsAnOccupation #CyProb #JustFacts #EastMed #USA #NATO #Turkey— Euripides Evriviades 🇨🇾🇪🇺 (@eevriviades) September 2, 2018HISTORY UNREFUTEDThe then president Gerald Ford asked Kissinger, “What we do if the Turks moved?” and was told the US would have to vote against them in the United Nations Security Council.“We would have our hands full to keep the Greeks from going to war. The Turks right now are extremely nationalistic. For a few years ago, the Turkish tactics are right – grab what they want and then negotiate on the basis of possession,” he said.Then, he added ominously: “But if the Turks run loose on Cyprus, the Greeks could come unglued. We certainly do not want a war between the two, but if it came to that, Turkey is more important to us and they have a political structure which could produce a Qadhafi,” referring to Libya’s military dictator.A day before a second invasion wave of Turkish forces on Cyprus in 1974, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told President Gerald Ford – in office only four days after Richard Nixon resigned, facing impeachment over Watergate – that if Greece went to war with Turkey that America should back the Turks and that they were entitled to seize part of the island.“We have been trying to bail the Cyprus situation out after it got out of control. The British have made a mess of it,” Kissinger says later on referring to the island’s former Colonial ruler.“If the Turks move to take what they want, they will be condemned in the Security Council and the Soviet Union will beat them over the head with it. Some of my colleagues want to cut off assistance to Turkey’ – that would be a disaster,” he continued.Despite Greece having been an ally of the United States in every war, Kissinger said that, “There is no American reason why the Turks ‘should not have one-third of Cyprus. We will make a statement today that will get the New York Times off our back, but we should not twist their arm,” the record showed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

François Hollande évoque un remplacement dHadopi

first_imgFrançois Hollande évoque un remplacement d’Hadopi L’avenir d’Hadopi est un sujet explosif. François Hollande reste ambigu en parlant de « remplacer » la loi, et non pas de la supprimer. Avec la fermeture brutale de Megaupload, l’indignation monte parmi les communautés internet intéressées par le problème du piratage. François Hollande s’était déjà exprimé au début du mois pour une nouvelle loi sur l’économie numérique, il continue dans sa lancée et affirmant hier soir au Bourget que « Quant à la loi Hadopi, inapplicable, elle sera remplacée, je dis bien remplacée ! »Cette phrase reflète bien la position du socialiste, qui certes juge la loi mauvaise, et qu’elle « n’a pas rapporté un euro à la création », mais veut tout de même créer un cadre législatif pour gérer l’économie numérique. Supprimer Hadopi, mais la remplacer par autre chose. Il s’agit, dit-il, de ne pas opposer les créateurs et leur public, comme le fait Hadopi, car la France à besoin des deux. En Loire-Atlantique le candidat PS avait déjà esquissé cet « acte 2 de l’exception culturelle française ». Tout en voulant maintenir une lutte contre la contrefaçon, le candidat prévoit des mesures en faveur de l’offre légale sur le Net en simplifiant la gestion des droits, des mesures financières avec une taxation des FAI, des fabricants de matériel et tous les autres acteurs du numérique…À lire aussiHadopi, efficace à 95 % ?Dans la salle où il faisait son discours, le simple nom de l’Hadopi a déclenché des huées. Le parti socialiste s’étant déjà engagé à abroger la loi, et ce discours mitigé n’est pas au goût de tous. Des études sur l’impact réel d’Hadopi et des mesures alternatives concrètes sont maintenant indispensables. Le Journal du dimanche (lien non disponible) adresse ainsi à François Hollande « Nous attendons que vous dépassiez une certaine facilité électoraliste pour aborder les questions [de fond]. »Le 23 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mans Best Listener Overcome Speech Anxiety with Audience Dogs

first_img Remember when you used to arrange stuffed animals in your bedroom so you could pretend to teach them?American University’s Kogod Center for Business Communications (KCBC) put a modern spin on the childhood lark, in an effort to ease fears of public speaking. Stay on target Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike center_img “Glossophobia,” the medical term for speech anxiety, afflicts 28.4 percent of US adults, according to the 2015 Chapman University Survey of American Fears. (That’s fewer than the number afraid of Obamacare (35.7 percent) and more than those distrustful of artificial intelligence (25.8 percent)).And because imagining the audience in their underwear doesn’t actually work, former KCBC director Bonnie Auslander introduced “Audience Dogs,” which aims to reduce users’ anxiety and build confidence—a practice increasingly used in courtrooms, hospitals, and libraries.The program pairs locally sourced pooches with business students for 30-minute rehearsal sessions. Since its pilot launch last fall, the scheme has been “hugely popular,” KCBC said.“It kind of gives you a chance to step back from your presentation, to step out of that track you get stuck in,” AU student Jessica Lewinson told The New York Times in August.Plus, “it makes you smile looking out at the dogs,” she said of Jack Russell terrier Teddy and Bernese mountain dog Ellie, on whom she practiced a presentation on corporate responsibility.More than man’s best friend, dogs have long served as man’s best therapists, often enlisted to help people overcome speech and emotional disorders. Furry fondles and slobbery smooches, it turns out, are also great rewards for nailing a presentation.“We know that practice is key in developing verbal fluency and ease,” KCBC Director Caron Martinez said in a statement. “And if we can motivate students to practice by having dogs as an audience, we can also help our students become confident and talented business communicators.”Dogs and their student handlers are vetted and trained to ensure human and pup safety.last_img read more

Boat carrying Rohingyas arrives in Malaysia

first_imgRohingyaA boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar arrived in Malaysia Tuesday and the refugees will be allowed to enter the country, but an expert played down fears of a new exodus.It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.But there have been concerns desperate migrants might start taking to the high seas again after mainly Buddhist Myanmar launched a new crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh.Malaysian authorities intercepted the Rohingya boat off the northwestern island of Langkawi, after it was first spotted at the weekend off Thailand, said navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.“All 56 passengers, mostly children and women, are safe but tired and hungry,” said the navy chief.“We have provided them with water, food and other humanitarian assistance. The boat and its passengers will be handed over… to the immigration authorities.”The coastguard said there were 19 men, 17 women, 12 girls and eight boys on the boat.‘End of sailing season’The navy and coastguard had stepped up patrols around Langkawi-where Rohingya have come ashore in the past-after the boat was spotted of Thailand’s west coast at the weekend and its passengers said they were trying to reach Malaysia.Chris Lewa, of Rohingya advocacy group the Arakan Project, said the vessel was thought to have left a week ago from the Rakhine state capital Sittwe. But she did not expect many more to be following.“April is the end of the sailing season so we don’t expect many boats now,” Lewa told AFP.The 2015 crisis began when Thailand discovered mass graves in a human-trafficking camp along its southern border and launched a crackdown on the brutal networks that ferry migrants to Malaysia.Unable to offload their human cargo in Thailand anymore, traffickers abandoned them at sea in large numbers, leaving them trapped on boats with little food and water.Images of emaciated Rohingya pleading for help from overcrowded boats drew global condemnation, and forced Indonesia and Malaysia to allow hundreds of Rohingya to come ashore after initially refusing.Muslim-majority Malaysia has long been a favourite destination for Rohingya, as the country is relatively affluent and authorities are sympathetic to their plight.Tens of thousands have been allowed into the country, where they toil in low-skilled industries such as agriculture and construction-earning low wages and with little hope for the future.The situation is however much worse for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled the latest crackdown in their homeland.They are living in cramped and often squalid conditions in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where many Rohingya who fled previous waves of persecution are already living.An agreement to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar’s Rakhine state has yet to see a single refugee returned.last_img read more

Former Ambassador Opening US Embassy In Jerusalem Confuses Policy

first_img Listen 00:00 /13:45 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img As the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated earlier today — and Palestinian protests resulted in dozens of deaths — Ambassador Edward Djerejian weighs in on the possible fallout from the decision. Djerejian is a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria and currently serves as the director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The ambassador calls Pres. Trump’s decision “a major departure” and said the move confuses policy more than clarifying it.Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images/ Via NPRIsrael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second left), his wife Sara Netanyahu (left), Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (third left), President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump (center), U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (right) and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin (second right) applaud at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images/ Via NPRPalestinians run for cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Sharelast_img read more

Comerford and Albiero Named ACC Womens Swimmer and Coach of the Year

first_imgAlbiero also led the Cardinals to a third place finish at the ACC Championships, where Louisville won a total of eight individual medals and four relay medals, five of which were gold. By winning both the 100 and 200 freestyle, Comerford also became the first woman to accomplish the feat since Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce won both events at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The last person to secure victories in both freestyle distances was Louisville’s own Joao de Lucca at the 2014 Men’s NCAA Championships. Comerford also capped off her final season with a highly successful ACC Championships performance, winning the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle titles for the second consecutive season. By collecting her fourth straight gold in the 200 freestyle, Comerford established herself as the only woman in ACC Championships history to win the event all four years. For her efforts, Comerford was named ACC Championships MVP for the second season in a row. Mallory Comerford secured her third straight ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year accolade, while Arthur Albiero was named ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a record-breaking fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team earned a pair of ACC awards as announced by the conference office on Friday afternoon. Throughout the season, Comerford broke two individual UofL records, including the 500 freestyle at the ACC Championships with a time of 4:34.63 and the 50 free at NCAAs with a 21.49. She completes her career with school records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, as well as all five relays. Arthur Albiero Albiero earns his second straight ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Cardinals to their first team trophy with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history. The Cards’ fourth place showing was also the top finish among All ACC programs. Story Links Leading the Cardinals to their historic finish at the NCAA Championships, the senior won her third straight championship in the 200 freestyle, becoming the only Cardinal in history to win three titles in the same event. Just one day later, she captured her first 100 freestyle victory for a total of four career NCAA titles, matching Olympian Kelsi Worrell Dahlia with the most NCAA championships in program history. The Cardinals’ 235 points at NCAAs was also the highest total in school history, surpassing the 232 points from last year’s fifth place finish. In total, the Cards broke four program records, added five individual All-Americans in a combined eight events and had all-five relays earn All-American honors for the second straight year. Mallory ComerfordComerford collects her third consecutive ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year honors after winning two titles at the NCAA Championships and three ACC Championships gold medals. With the award, Comerford becomes the first women’s swimmer in ACC history to receive the distinction three times throughout her career. ACC Award Winners Additionally, she broke her own ACC Championships record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.57 and is an ACC record holder in the 100 free, 200 free and 800 free relay. Following the completion of the NCAA Championships, Comerford solidified herself as a 10-time individual All-American and 16-time relay All-American. ACC Release Women’s Swimmer of the Year: Mallory Comerford, LouisvilleMen’s Swimmer of the Year: Coleman Stewart, NC StateWomen’s Diver of the Year: Alicia Blagg, MiamiMen’s Diver of the Year: Briadam Herrera, MiamiWomen’s Freshman of the Year: Sophie Hansson, NC StateMen’s Freshman of the Year: Nyls Korstanje, NC StateWomen’s Swim Coach of the Year: Arthur Albiero, LouisvilleMen’s Swim Coach of the Year: Braden Holloway, NC StateWomen’s Diving Coach of the Year: Randy Abelman, MiamiMen’s Diving Coach of the Year: Randy Abelman, Miami Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Is cannibalism in polar bears on the rise

first_img © 2011 At the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Jenny Ross, an environmental photojournalist, presented a series of photographs of an adult male polar bear (Ursus maritimus) carrying the carcass of a young cub. Ross said the bear’s behavior suggested it considered the cub to be food, and it carried the corpse in its jaws to another floe to get away from the researchers. When it was some distance away it then devoured the cub. Dr Ian Stirling of Environment Canada, who co-wrote the paper published in the journal Arctic, said cannibalism among polar bears has been witnessed before, but he said the rate of cannibalism may be increasing as the sea ice now melts earlier in the year. The primary food source for polar bears is seals, which they normally hunt from ice floes. The ice floes melt during summer and in some places the ice disappears altogether, making hunting for seals more difficult. Ross said the bears are forced to seek out other foods such as sea birds and their eggs, and human foods and waste, but these are not enough to sustain them. Ross said cannibalism has always occurred “to some extent” and bear cubs were probably easy prey, particularly for a large male bear. She said the cannibalistic behavior may rise as hunting becomes more difficult with the climate continuing to warm in the Arctic. She also said there were increasing numbers of observations of cannibalism, especially on land among bears that had no food for extended periods.The observation of cannibalism in polar bears is not new. A 1985 paper in Arctic listed incidents of cannibalism dating back to 1896, while a 1999 paper by Derocher and Wiig in Arctic concluded that cannibalism in polar bears “may be more common in Svalbard… because the population is close to carrying capacity or because geographic features reduce patial segregation of age and sex classes.” Hunting of polar bears in the Svalbard-Barents sea area ceased in 1956 in Russia and 1973 in Norway, which Derocher and Wiig said allowed the population to increase and reach carrying capacity.Cannibalism has also been observed among captive polar bear populations in zoos, such as an incident in 2008 in Nuremburg zoo, in which a mother bear killed and ate her two cubs, despite being well fed. According to the president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, Jose Kusugak, the behavior is “quite normal.” Explore further Citation: Is cannibalism in polar bears on the rise? (2011, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Polar bears ‘spotted swimming with cubs on back’ ( — A series of photographs of cannibalism in polar bears have been released, and the researchers who witnessed the act think the rate of cannibalism may be increasing. They observed three instances of adult male polar bears killing and eating young cubs during summer and autumn in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway and made a series of photographs of one episode. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more

first_imgA team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the State University of New York and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has found that new global tree growth over the past 35 years has more than offset global tree cover losses. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using satellite data to track forest growth and loss over the past 35 years and what they found by doing so. There has been a growing consensus in recent years that because humans cut down so many trees (most particularly in the rainforests) that global tree cover is shrinking. In this new effort, the researchers have found that not to be the case. They contend that global tree cover is actually increasing.To track global tree cover changes, the researchers studied data from advanced very high-resolution radiometers aboard a series of 16 weather satellites covering the years 1982 to 2016. By comparing daily readings, the researchers were able to see small changes occurring regularly over a relatively long period of time—which added up to large changes. Over the entire span, the researchers found that new tree cover had offset tree cover loss by approximately 2.24 million square kilometers—which they note is approximately the size of Texas and Alaska combined.The researchers report that most of the new tree cover occurred in places that had previously been barren, such as in deserts, tundra areas, on mountains, in cities and in other non-vegetated land. They further report that much of the new growth came about due to efforts by humans (such as reforestation efforts in China and parts of Africa) and because of global warming—warmer temperatures have raised timberlines in some mountainous regions, and allowed forests to creep into tundra areas. Other areas of new tree growth resulted from large farm abandonments in places like Russia and the U.S. The researchers report that their calculations showed that human activities have directly caused approximately 60 percent of new global tree growth. They suggest their technique for monitoring tree cover could be used to predict tree cover changes in the future due to global warming. a, Mean annual estimates. b, Long-term change estimates. Both mean and change estimates are expressed as per cent of pixel area at 0.05° × 0.05° spatial resolution. Pixels showing a statistically significant trend (n = 35, two-sided Mann–Kendall test, P < 0.05) in either TC, SV or BG are depicted on the change map. Circled numbers in the colour legend denote dominant change directions: 1, TC gain with SV loss; 2, BG gain with SV loss; 3, TC gain with BG loss; 4, BG gain with TC loss; 5, SV gain with BG loss; and 6, SV gain with TC loss. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9 Journal information: Nature © 2018 Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a yearcenter_img Citation: Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth (2018, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: Xiao-Peng Song et al. Global land change from 1982 to 2016, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9AbstractLand change is a cause and consequence of global environmental change. Changes in land use and land cover considerably alter the Earth’s energy balance and biogeochemical cycles, which contributes to climate change and—in turn—affects land surface properties and the provision of ecosystem services. However, quantification of global land change is lacking. Here we analyse 35 years’ worth of satellite data and provide a comprehensive record of global land-change dynamics during the period 1982–2016. We show that—contrary to the prevailing view that forest area has declined globally—tree cover has increased by 2.24 million km2 (+7.1% relative to the 1982 level). This overall net gain is the result of a net loss in the tropics being outweighed by a net gain in the extratropics. Global bare ground cover has decreased by 1.16 million km2 (−3.1%), most notably in agricultural regions in Asia. Of all land changes, 60% are associated with direct human activities and 40% with indirect drivers such as climate change. Land-use change exhibits regional dominance, including tropical deforestation and agricultural expansion, temperate reforestation or afforestation, cropland intensification and urbanization. Consistently across all climate domains, montane systems have gained tree cover and many arid and semi-arid ecosystems have lost vegetation cover. The mapped land changes and the driver attributions reflect a human-dominated Earth system. The dataset we developed may be used to improve the modelling of land-use changes, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation–climate interactions to advance our understanding of global environmental change. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lightning kills 8 Kolkatans see incessant rainfall

first_imgKolkata: Lightning killed eight people in different districts of Bengal, during the intermittent but heavy rainfall that the state witnessed since Friday morning.The regional meteorological department has predicted similar weather to continue on Saturday as well.The eight people who were killed include a woman and her mother-in-law, at Goaltore in West Midnapore. The other six were from places including Arambagh in Hooghly, Nanoor in Birbhum and Mongalkote in East Burdwan. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey received severe burn injuries after being struck by lightning and were declared brought dead when taken to hospital.In most of the cases, the victims were working in agricultural land or passing through an open space, when the incidents took place.The report of the death of eight persons reached the state secretariat, Nabanna, at around 7.30 pm. The state government is also taking all measures to support the victims’ families.Since morning, sporadic but heavy rainfall lashed different parts of the South Bengal districts. In Kolkata and its adjoining areas, there was heavily rainfall from around 10 am in morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWith the weather remaining unchanged till late night, people returning from offices had to face inconveniences.Meanwhile, according to the regional meteorological department, it is normal rainfall that the state witnesses in this time of a year. It has not been confirmed to be pre-monsoon and the department is yet to give a clear picture of when monsoon is going to arrive in the state.However, the rainfall has given respite to the people of South Bengal from the high humidity and scorching heat of the sun. Besides temperature, the humidity was also sky high for the past two days. The minimum and maximum temperature on Saturday will be around 25 and 32 degree Celsius and the humidity will also be low.It may be mentioned that the state Disaster Management department has introduced a system, through which officials up to Panchayat level get prior alert on lightning. It is helping to save lives of many people, as they are getting information about the place where lightning would strike at least 45 minutes ahead of the incident.last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Steven Washer, executive producer, MedView Media, LLC, Jeanne-Marie Phillips, president of HealthFlash Marketing Communications News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Steven Washer, executive producer, MedView Media, LLC, 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 Related Content PreviousNext 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 Feature | May 11, 2010 | Jeanne-Marie Phillips, president of HealthFlash Marketing Communications, and Steven Washer, executive producer, MedView Media, LLC, Will Cloud Computing Blow Over? Is cloud computing just a fleeting trend, or is it a sustainable solution for exchanging medical data. Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… 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 | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Imaging forecast: Clouds ahead, followed by sunny skies for technology savvy pioneers. Using cloud computing platforms for exchanging and storing medical images and data is the latest trend healthcare IT. Several of these formats provide data access to radiologists, referring physicians and patients — anytime and anywhere. The benefits are numerous, but there are drawbacks too. Yet, these days, everyone seems to have their heads in the clouds. But has cloud-based technology settled in for the long term or will it blow over quickly as yet another passing trend? Our experts weigh in on the weather ahead.How exactly do you define the cloud?Shina: We define cloud as access to virtually unlimited, always available computing resources (storage, processing, etc.) on demand. It is only available from a select few cloud infrastructure providers, such as Amazon. Cloud is not the same as a vendor-hosted data center. Tabatabaie: The cloud provides access to an elastic, ever-expanding, amount of resources for computing and storage. It represents a phenomenal common denominator for connecting diverse data from diverse settings. It is ubiquitous regardless of geography, and is a way to increase quality while decreasing costs.Reicher: The cloud is hosted applications or services delivered over the Internet. Customer purchase on a per-use basis much like phone or electric service.Heere: Cloud computing has as many definitions as there are companies using the term, but basically should incorporate the following attributes: reliable anytime, anywhere access to IT resources and information by authorized users. [With an] iPhone PACS application, you can have real-time access to exams on a plane at 30,000 feet. Scaling of client resources optimizes client performance requirements.What type of cloud technology does your company offer?Shina: Shina 3Di uses cloud computing to deliver medical images and advanced (3D/4D) visualization and analysis tools to any Internet PC. Shina 3Di is a zero upfront cost alternative to PACS, 3D image processing and image exchange technologies. Tabatabaie: lifeIMAGE is a cloud-based image sharing network that lets healthcare institutions, physicians, and patients securely share diagnostic imaging information. We use cloud technology to share, access and aggregate images and reports from anywhere.Reicher: eMix, which stands for Electronic Medical Information Exchange, is designed to enable secure sharing of images and reports between disparate institutions and physicians via the Internet.Heere: CoActiv has always offered cloud-based medical image and related image-data storage through our Vendor Neutral EXAM-VAULT Quad-Redundant Archiving, which provides secure redundant storage in four geographically distinct locations. What are the benefits and drawbacks to customers of using a cloud environment?Shina: Thanks to the cloud, we can offer many benefits to customers: zero upfront cost; unlimited scalability; and 100 percent availability (no downtime).Tabatabaie: The primary benefit of using cloud technology for image sharing is that connectivity is made possible by the cloud, which can reduce ordering repeat exams. This saves time, money, and limits patient radiation exposure. Another advantage is that it allows for a modular approach to building connections, for example, hospitals to physicians and physicians to patients, and so on.Reicher: It has previously been difficult, labor intensive, and costly for institutions, patients and physicians to electronically share medical images and reports. Amid a hodgepodge of proprietary systems by different vendors, systems often couldn’t talk to each other, despite wide use of the well-established DICOM standard. There was no good way for facilities to get images and reports to patients other than the time-consuming, more costly process of burning a CD or giving them films and printed documents. Customers of cloud applications and services do not need sophisticated IT support to receive image and report files via a cloud-based service. For example, some medical institutions using eMix do not even have picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), the standard technology for viewing, storing, and distributing digital imaging data. Patients can also download their imaging exams via eMix for storage in their personal health records or to show to a new physician.Heere: For storage, users benefit from an economy of scale for archiving hardware and maintenance costs. They also enjoy significantly enhanced communications abilities because they can grant appropriate users access to these images on the fly — without making a connection to a hospital VPN.How has a cloud environment shaped your pricing model?Shina: We can offer a zero upfront cost, an unlimited license for users and workstations, and there is no commitment with this competitive pay-per-use model. These are all great benefits of the cloud. PACS and advanced (3D/4D) visualization technologies in contrast typically require a substantial upfront capital outlay, for example, for server equipment, and limit the customer to a certain number of “seats” or concurrent users. Lease arrangements may alleviate upfront capital costs, but require a multi-year cost commitment.Tabatabaie: The cloud lets us truly be a service. Our customers pay for as much of the service as they need, without the need for the expensive infrastructure to support it.Reicher: To use the service, institutions simply choose between two options: pay-per-use, or a monthly or yearly fee based on anticipated usage. Charges are assessed on the upload side — that is, the facility where the image files reside. There are no charges to download the uploaded files. Initial monitoring of eMix usage indicates that the average size of an uploaded imaging file is 25 megabytes. So a tiered pricing model was established to let customers have flexibility in paying only for the amount of data they upload. Institutions can reduce uploading fees even more by purchasing a monthly or yearly plan, based on anticipated usage. Heere: It has enabled us to offer strict per-exam pricing. We now offer a one-time fee for lifetime storage on a per-exam basis — no matter how many times it is accessed. Our cloud-based PACS application pricing structure is flexible and is based on specific exam mixes by client; percentage of ECHO, mammography, CT, MRI, CR, etc. What has been the customer reaction?Shina: Customers love the risk-free approach. You literally can be up and running in minutes and at no cost to you. This is unheard of in the PACS and advanced (3D/4D) visualization markets. Tabatabaie: Our customers, prospects and partners are motivated, and plan for diverse use cases for the application of the cloud in image sharing. Reicher: Initial eMix implementations have been well received. Early anecdotal accounts have illustrated improved patient care by expediting the movement of patient exams that have eliminated redundant imaging exams and accelerated patient treatment. eMix is working smoothly with multiple varieties of PACS. Heere: We were one of the first vendors to offer cloud-based storage and have been doing so for more than six years. 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