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National Chief candidate Perry Bellegarde says hell push for national inquiry intoNational Chief candidate Perry Bellegarde says hell push for national inquiry into


first_imgAPTN National NewsIn just over a week, chiefs from across Canada will converge on Winnipeg to decide who will be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.They’ll have three choices – Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard.One of them will need about 300 votes to win and the chiefs are the people who decide.The people, or the grassroots, don’t get to vote for national chief so APTN National News took questions to the candidates for them.The same questions were emailed to the candidates who were allowed an unfiltered chance to speak directly to the people.Picard’s responses ran Monday. Today, we hear from Bellegarde, who is taking another run at becoming national chief after placing second in the 2009 election.APTN: Why do you want the job of National Chief? PB: Serving our First Nations as a leader is my life’s work. I believe that the experience I’ve gained over the past two decades combined with what I have accomplished in positions of increasing responsibility has prepared me to become the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Details regarding my experience and accomplishments can be found at www.perrybellegarde.com.So why am I seeking the office of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations? My short answer is to make a difference through positive changes in the lives of First Nations people. But one statistic brings into focus my powerful reason. The United Nations quality of life indicators show that Canada is sixth in terms of quality of life, but First Nations are 63rd. First Nations people were never meant to be poor. We were always intended to share in the vast resources of our homeland, one of the richest countries in the world. Instead, we are too often perceived to be a burden on the taxpayers. This perception exists because Canada has failed to acknowledge the fact that the high quality of life enjoyed by Canadians has been, for the most part, derived from our natural resource wealth. If First Nations are to achieve self-determination, resource revenue sharing is an imperative – and our right. But while we have rights, we also have responsibilities that were passed down to us by our ancestors, the responsibilities of territorial stewardship. It is critical that we assume our role as leaders in environmental knowledge and partner with leaders in mitigating the environmental crisis before us. This is a challenge like none other.It must be met with determination, innovation and viable solutions. We must create formal resource revenue sharing agreements that reflect principles of environmental stewardship and protectionism. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples stipulates that First Nations peoples have the right to demand free, prior and informed consent from governments and industry when resource developments are proposed or undertaken. As First Nations people, we must recognize that our duty goes far beyond the ‘duty to consult and accommodate’; it is our duty to ensure that Mother Earth is delivered safely into the hands of future generations.APTN: What effect is funding cuts having on the AFN`s ability to lobby for First Nation interests, essentially where`s the money going to come from to get the job done?PB: It’s absolutely true that a continuous string of funding cuts have hampered the AFN’s capacity to act. There are fewer resources today than there once were. In the short term, we need to reallocate resources to be effective. And the first order of work is to establish our top priorities so we can clearly communicate them to governments in Canada. That’s what I am continuously doing as I meet with Chiefs and First Nations leaders across our territories. With those priorities firmly established and communicated, as we work through them, we need to access the required funding by illustrating, with unprecedented clarity, that as First Nations succeed, so does the rest of Canada. APTN: How will you work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, or whoever wins the next general election?PB: The test of true leadership is the ability to work with, and influence, the powers that be, regardless of who they happen to be. I have done that before, at a First Nations level, at a tribal council level, at a provincial level and at a national level. In the course of that work, I have dealt with the full range of elected leaders. Not every working relationship was easy, but we made them work, by focusing on the issues that needed to be addressed. And that’s what I will do again with whomever is in power federally.APTN: To your critics, the AFN is fractured and unworkable. What will you do to unite the organization and make it effective? PB: That process has already begun by the Chiefs Committee on Nation Building.  I support their ongoing work, fundamental to which is the review of the AFN Charter. In meeting with hundreds of Chiefs and First Nations peoples across Canada, I hear, day in and day out about the issues that matter, and I hear about proposed solutions and strategies. That’s step one in the process of reinvigorating the AFN – to have First Nations leaders take an active role in defining the issues, the outcomes and the pathway to succeeding.  I believe in processes that unite rather than divide.  And I believe that through ceremonies we can bring our people together. APTN: The chair of the Specific Claims Tribunal wrote in a report that if it doesn’t get more resources it will fail. What will you do?PB: As Chief of the AFN it will be a priority to pressure the federal government to live up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ so that Specific Claims can be resolved in a fair and timely manner.The annual report to Parliament by Justice Harry Slade lays out the critical concerns related to the operation of the Specific Claims Tribunal namely a lack of judges to deal with the case load, insufficient resources and changes to how the Tribunal is administered which compromise its independence. However, there are also other significant problems with the Specific Claims process. The federal government has not lived up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ to settle claims fairly through negotiation and instead has pushed claims into the tribunal process. The tribunal was supposed to only be a last resort when claims could not be resolved in negotiations but instead in many cases it has become the only resort. At the same time the federal government has cut funding both to research and to negotiations making it difficult for First Nations to participate in the claims process.The process to set up the tribunal was a joint one. The federal government must return to joint discussions engaging the AFN and First Nations and First Nations organizations to fix the problems within the Specific Claims Process. More judges need to be appointed to the tribunal with the provinces who release judges to sit on the tribunal being provided with the appointment of replacement judges. The Specific Claims Tribunal must be independent and therefore be taken from under the Administration Tribunals Support Services Canada.  The federal government must provide sufficient resources to research and develop claims, to negotiate claims and to adjudicate claims that cannot be settled by negotiation before the tribunal. The federal government must rethink its approach to Specific Claims and live up to its commitments in ‘Justice at Last’ to resolve claims through negotiations.If Canada is willing, Specific Claims can be resolved by negotiation. We have proven this in Saskatchewan where over $1 billion has come to First Nations from Specific Claims settlements and over one million acres of land has been transferred to reserve under Treaty Land Entitlement and other Specific Claims settlements.APTN: What are you going to do with the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act? PB: The answer to that question is unambiguous – have First Nations take control of First Nations education, while concurrently pushing to ensure that the funding for it is equitable to the rest of Canada.APTN: Chief’s salaries are a big topic at the grassroots level. For example, should a chief make $400,000 a year when 80 per cent of his or her band members live on $400 a month, should there be limits?PB: First Nations are, and are intended to be, autonomous, in their decisions and I fully respect that. Any First Nation, where its citizens are dissatisfied with any element of its governance and administration, deals with that issue at the First Nations. That’s the democratic system that is inherent to individual First Nations.APTN: What do you want to see accomplished after your term in office? PB: I intend to reconnect the Assembly of First Nations with First Nations in accordance with the following priorities:– Establishing processes for self-determination which include revenue sharing, ensuring environmental sustainability, adherence to the duty to consult and accommodate and international standards such as free, prior and informed consent.– Recognition and implementation of inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.– Establishing a new fiscal relationship with the federal Crown (e.g., removal of the long standing 2 per cent cap on federal funding).– An immediate action plan and inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.– Committed focus on the revitalization and retention of indigenous languages.– Upholding indigenous rights as human rights in international forums.Tomorrow: Leon Jourdain.last_img


FAO Says Sea Containers Spread Pests and DiseasesFAO Says Sea Containers Spread Pests and Diseases


Rome – Oil spills garner much public attention and anguish, but “biological spills” represent a greater long-term threat and do not have the same high public profile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned.Invasive species arrive in new habitats through various channels, but shipping is the main one, and shipping today means sea containers, FAO underlined in a statement, noting that, globally, around 527 million sea container trips are made each year – China alone deals with over 133 million sea containers annually.“It is not only their cargo, but the steel contraptions themselves, that can serve as vectors for the spread of exotic species capable of wreaking ecological and agricultural havoc.” For example, an analysis of 116,701 empty sea containers arriving in New Zealand over the past five years showed that one in 10 was contaminated on the outside, twice the rate of interior contamination.Unwelcome pests included the gypsy moth, the Giant African snail, Argentine ants and the brown marmorated stink bug, each of which threaten crops, forests and urban environments, the UN agency stressed. “Inspection records from the United States, Australia, China and New Zealand indicate that thousands of organisms from a wide range of taxa are being moved unintentionally with sea containers,” said lead scientist Eckehard Brockerhoff of the New Zealand Forest Research Institute.With MAP read more


OPP radar trailer set on fireOPP radar trailer set on fire


Police property is not immune when it comes to vandalism.An OPP radar trailer on James Street in Delhi suffered damage after the tires were intentionally set on fire in the early morning hours of April 22.  A secondary fire was located on the fender but did not spread to the rest of the trailer.Police were contacted around 5:50 p.m. by a concerned citizen reporting the burns.The Norfolk County OPP is continuing to investigate and will be reviewing the trailer’s security surveillance footage in an attempt to identify those responsible.Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.


Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired playersMontreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players


A team of Montreal university researchers has developed an audible hockey puck they say could revolutionize the sport for blind players.For years, visually impaired hockey players have used a tomato juice can or a steel container filled with small balls as a puck.The improvised devices work, but players have trouble finding them on the ice when they stop moving and become silent.Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet, a blind hockey player and employee of Universite de Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound.Now, he and a team of researchers have created a prototype consisting of a shock-absorbent plastic shell with a battery-powered circuit board inside.A series of sensors analyzes puck movement and transmits the data to a buzzer, which can be adjusted to a maximum level of 120 decibels – about equivalent to a chainsaw or a thunderclap.“It’s going to make the game faster and more interesting,” Ouellet said. “And because the puck makes noise when it’s in the air, it’ll help goalies make more saves.”Steve Vezeau, one of the researchers behind the project, said the team initially thought it would take six months to develop – but then they realized how hostile the hockey environment can be.“There is the question of impact, but also the cold and humidity,” said Vezeau.Players went through up to five tomato juice boxes per game, while the steel can lasted about two games. Vezeau said the sonorous puck has a lifespan of about three games.“And obviously, getting a steel puck in the head hurts,” he added.Vezeau and Ouellet are hoping the puck, known as BIPeR, helps to increase the sport’s popularity. There are about 400 people in North America who play in so-called blind hockey leagues.Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have clubs, and about 12 teams have formed in the United States over the past few years. Ultimately, players are looking for their game to be included in the Paralympics.“The United States wants to organize a nations cup next May,” Ouellet said. “There is already a team in Finland and players all over Europe. When we have an efficient puck we can export it and it could increase the sport’s popularity and help to standardize the game.”The next step is to find a partner that could help the research team scale their product. The prototype was financed in part by USA Hockey. read more


Former CRC chief thought salary was being paid by the HSEFormer CRC chief thought salary was being paid by the HSE


first_imgBRIAN CONLAN, WHO this week resigned as the head of the Central Remedial Clinic in a row over top-up payments, has said that he believed his salary was only being paid through the Health Service Executive.Conlan, who declined to appear before today’s sitting of the Public Accounts Committee, issued a statement this afternoon contradicting some of the statements made to the committee.In the statement he says he would not have agreed to top-ups to his salary being paid through the Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic charity.“Brian Conlan’s understanding regarding the funding of his salary while with the CRC is that it was funded in its entirety with recourse exclusively to monies received from the HSE funding allocation. He would not have agreed to being paid monies sourced from charitable public donations,” says the statement.OverOverpaymentDespite refusing to appear before the PAC, Conlan’s statement disagreed with some of the statements made, saying that he had paid back the money he was paid that was in excess of the HSE pay cap.“Deputy Kieran O’Donnell stated in the PAC meeting today that Mr Conlan had repaid €40,000 in respect of the salary amount received in excess of the HSE payscales.“This is erroneous as Mr Conlan was not in receipt of a payment of €40,000 in excess of the HSE guidelines. During his five month tenure, the Chief Executive’s pay was set in excess of the HSE’s payscales for just three months.“Mr Conlan was paid net of tax and he has given a cheque payable to the CRC for the purpose of reimbursing the value of the net salary he received in excess of the HSE payscale during the three months while the Board of the CRC and the HSE were in negotiation over the salary level.”Read: Former CRC chief executive got €200k lump-sum payment from charity fundRead: CRC ‘contractually bound’ to top up salarieslast_img read more


Poll Do you eat dinner in front of the TVPoll Do you eat dinner in front of the TV


first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,396 Views Image: Shutterstock/Alliance http://jrnl.ie/3853436 By Aoife Barry Regularly (4905) Image: Shutterstock/Alliance 25 Comments Occasionally (3240) Share4 Tweet Email center_img TV DINNERS ARE in the news today thanks to a study from the British Medical Journal  which links processed food to ill-health.For some, sitting down at the kitchen table is non-negotiable, especially as it might be the only time they get to connect with their family that day. But for others, dinner with the TV on is just part of the daily wind-down ritual.Regardless of whether your dinner is an organic vegetarian feast or a microwaved ready meal, do you make the effort to sit down and eat it at the kitchen table?We want to know: Do you eat dinner in front of the TV? Poll: Do you eat dinner in front of the TV? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Short URL Feb 15th 2018, 12:46 PM Never (2959) RegularlyOccasionallyNeverVote Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM Poll Results:last_img read more


New matches announced for WWE Payback in two weeks in San JoseNew matches announced for WWE Payback in two weeks in San Jose


first_img Comments are closed. Seth Rollins Jamie Stidiford Facebook Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Videos Articles WhatsApp Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever April 18, 2017 at 8:35 am 1 COMMENT Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins So the Raw ppv has 2 smackdown title matches. Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Following last night’s episode of WWE RAW in Columbus, new matches have been announced for WWE Payback in two weeks on April 30 in San Jose, California.This includes Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman and Bayley defending the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss.As reported earlier, WWE had already announced that Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe is now official per an announcement prior to RAW on Monday evening.A sidelined @WWERomanReigns has requested a #WWEPayback match against @BraunStrowman… and #RAW GM @RealKurtAngle has made it OFFICIAL! pic.twitter.com/wimnZ8CH21— WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017Here is the updated card for WWE Payback in two weeks.WWE Championship – House of Horrors MatchRandy Orton (c) vs. Bray WyattRoman Reigns vs. Braun StrowmanSeth Rollins vs. Samoa JoeWWE United States Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. Chris JerichoWWE RAW Tag Team Championships MatchThe Hardy Boyz (c’s) vs. Sheamus and CesaroWWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchNeville (c) vs. Austin AriesWWE RAW Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Alexa BlissRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Ronda Rousey Google+ Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more


Paradise Entertainment inks Macau IP deal with InterblockParadise Entertainment inks Macau IP deal with Interblock


first_img Caesars pulls out of Japan IR race  Load More Macau’s Paradise Entertainment Limited has entered into a licensing agreement that will see it license the rights of certain intellectual property of non-live multi-game in Macau to global automated gaming table supplier Interblock.Under the terms of the license agreement, Paradise – which supplies the popular live multi-game systems to Macau’s casinos – has granted Interblock the non-exclusive rights of the relevant IP in Macau. Seventh heaven RelatedPosts Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement “Interblock is a leading developer and supplier of multi-player gaming devices in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe,” said Paradise Chairman and Managing Director Jay Chun. “Leveraging Interblock’s extensive sales and distribution network, proven track record and commercialization expertise, we are confident that our cooperation will significantly boost the sales of licensed gaming machines and accelerate the penetration of non-live multi-game in Macau.“We look forward to deepening collaboration with Interblock by exploring our other gaming products such as slot machines and other upcoming products with an aim to further enlarge our market share in the electronic gaming equipment market.”Interblock’s Vice President Asia, Michael Hu, added, “We are excited to join hands with Paradise. Obtaining the intellectual property rights of non-live licensed gaming machines in Macau not only cements our leading market position but also paves our way to access to the Macau market. As always, we strive to improve the entertainment experience for the goal of achieving strategic breakthroughs in development.”Paradise recently issued a positive profit alert for the six months ended 30 June 2018, stating that it expects to record a profit for the period compared with a HK$35 million loss in the first six months of 2017.The company said the anticipated positive results are due to “an increase of approximately 10% in the group’s revenue from provision of casino management services as a result of an increase of approximately 10% in total gross gaming revenue from the casinos under the group’s management” as well as “an increase of approximately 160% in the group’s revenue from sale of electronic gaming equipment and systems.”Inside Asian Gaming reported in April that Paradise had already deployed 364 new Live Multi Game (LMG) terminals to the city’s casinos in the first few months of 2018 – almost five times the number of terminals it deployed through all of 2017.last_img read more


Wilmington Aquarium Store Holding Free Cookout With Games Prizes Raffles Demos OnWilmington Aquarium Store Holding Free Cookout With Games Prizes Raffles Demos On


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Love The Reef, an aquarium store located at 3 Church Street in Wilmington, is holding a Labor Day Weekend Cookout on Sunday, September 1, 2019, from 9am to 4pm.The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It will feature burgers, hotdogs, soda and snacks; games and prizes; raffles and sales; an interactive touch tank; and a free home aquarium info session. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


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first_imgTechnology | September 04, 2008 GE Introduces Ultrasound Fusion, Merging Logiq E9 with CT, MR, PET Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Feature | Cardiac Imaging | July 24, 2019 | Greg Freiherr FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology? One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more center_img 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 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The LOGIQ E9 includes volume navigation, a tool incorporating two key components to maximize the system’s ultrasound architecture: fusion to combine the advantages of real-time ultrasound imaging with the high spatial and contrast resolution of CT, MR or PET; and a GPS-like technology to track and mark a patient’s anatomy during the ultrasound exam.GE said the LOGIQ E9 helps address the biggest challenge in ultrasound radiology and vascular care – how to leverage clinical images from previous diagnostic imaging studies for interventional or diagnostic ultrasound procedures.The LOGIQ E9 offers Scan Assistant, which aids clinicians to put the emphasis on diagnosis rather than on keystrokes. This tool allows a clinician to pre-program the actions most often performed, and then let the system do the detailed manipulations as the patient is scanned. The company said it improves exam time up to 54 percent, automatically inserts comments, completes measurements, steers color doppler, sets up imaging controls and modes, and improves ergonomics.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Offthewall spa trends that might actually be worth a tryOffthewall spa trends that might actually be worth a try


first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The trend: Sand dune immersionWhat is it?In short being buried up to your neck in hot sand before having your head swaddled in damp fabric against the sun.The benefits:It’s said to ease rheumatism, cure impotence and boost fertility, though evidence is scant. Topical treatment with heat is, however, known to decrease muscle pain.What it feels like:Depends on your disposition. To some like being cuddled by a sandy cocoon; to others as relaxing as – eeek! – being buried alive.Where can you try it?At Dunes by Al Nahda in Oman they do it in style: immersing you in sanitised sand and dressing your head in fresh fruit. Try not to nibble the melons.Where to stay:Book Dunes by Al NahdaGet there:Book flights to MuscatGet around:Hire a car from Muscat International Airport The trend: Beer bathingWhat is it?A Czech fad that involves lolling about up to your neck in specially brewed ‘bathing beer’.The benefits:Chodovar family brewery claim their bathing brew ‘stimulates the skin and internal organs’. Science says: the panthothenic acid and vitamin B complex in beer are good for skin.What it feels like:One part stag-night jape to two parts Cleopatra. The drip-tray aromas linger.Where can you try it?Chodovar Brewery’s ‘beer wellness land’ offers visitors a 20-minute soak in bathing beer followed by a mug of the brewery’s foaming rock lager for £29. For a few quid more you get a top-notch deep-tissue massage.Where to stay:Bed down in the brewery’s adjacent hotel U SladkaGet there:Fly to PragueGet around:Hire a car from Prague International Airport The trend: Laughter yogaWhat is it?Stimulating belly laughs via an array of techniques perfected by the Indian laughter guru Osho (in the 1960s) and physician Madan Kataria, who conceived ‘laughter yoga’ in the 1990s.The benefits:Laughter helps the brain regulate the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine and links have been found between laughter and the production of antibodies and endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers).What it feels like:At first, frankly, a bit daft. But go with the flow and your fellow chortlers’ laughter proves infectious.Where can you try it?Find your inner mirth beneath a canopy of banyan trees at Karnataka’s SwaSwara ayurvedic resort, where yogi Raj puts you through a series of deep breathing and laughter-provoking exercises aimed at lowering your blood pressure and boosting your mood.Where to stay:Book a room in nearby Sanskruti resortGet there:Book flights to GoaGet around:Hire a car from Goa International Airport. The trend: Korean kiln saunasWhat is it?A practice that dates back to the 15th century, hanjeungmak involves sitting in a room heated by burning pine wood wrapped in a thick jute garment to protect your body from the heat.The benefits:Touted locally as an (unproven) treatment for shoulder and back pain and to improve skin health. However a recent Harvard study found sauna use to be linked to longer life and better heart health.What it feels like:Intensely hot and dry (often topping 100 degrees C), this isn’t one for the sauna uninitiated.Where can you try it?Seeing a resurgence, hanjeungmaks litter South Korean capital Seoul. Kiln saunas cost around £10 a session at the reputable Insadong SpaWhere to stay:Book a room in Seoul’s Jongno districtGet there:Fly to SeoulGet around:Seoul has an extensive, safe and efficient public transportation networkDiscover more to do in Tokyo with our guide . The trend: Forest bathingWhat is it?In essence, having a bit of a walkabout or sit down among some trees, although forest-bathing advocates say there’s more to it that. The practice, called shinrin-yoku, has a official seal of approval in Japan, where therapeutic parks have been built to give city-dwellers access to the healing properties of trees.The benefits:Phytoncides, compounds released by plants and trees, have been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol and activate the immune system.What it feels like:It depends how you do it. Walk or relax in the woods and it’s a pleasant pastime. Camp out overnight, as diehard forest-bathers do, and you’ll need some good thermals (and to lay off the ghost stories).Where can you try it?Meiji Jingu Shrine is the last word in shinrin-yoku for Tokyoites, its forest of 100,000 therapeutic trees donated from across Japan.Where to stay:Book a hotel in nearby Shinjuku wardGet there:Book flights to TokyoGet around:Tokyo has an excellent and safe public transportation network Related5 cool things to experience in JapanBlogger and budget traveller Kash Bhattacharya shares his top things to see and do in Japan.Hiking in Japan: 15 awe-inspiring trailsFrom epic climbs up active volcanoes to temple odysseys through the mists of time, Japan is full of fantastic walking trails and some of the world’s most impressive mountains. Here are our top 15 routes, plus a few tips, for the ultimate hiking holiday in Japan. But first the essentials…15 of the weirdest hotels in JapanChecked in by a robot, sleeping in a capsule and a wake-up call from Godzilla? It can only be and stay in Japan.last_img read more


5 holiday hotspots for bargain shopping bliss5 holiday hotspots for bargain shopping bliss


first_imgOnce you’ve explored the markets of Marrakech, make sure you read up on where to hike in the Atlas Mountains and 5 other trips of a lifetime. 1. Dubai 2. Italy Search flights to Vienna Search hotels in Dubai Japan might not scream bargain basement, but the dazzling capital Tokyo caters just as well for the thrifty as it does for the spendthrift. As you might expect from the land of bullet trains and Pepper the robotic assistant, standards are high when it comes to customer service and quality. So whether you’re browsing high-end boutiques or bargain hunting in the abundant ¥100 shops – Japan’s answer to the pound store – shopping here is a joy. Those willing to part with some serious wonga will be in seventh heaven at Isetan’s Shinjuku flagship department store, which is sprawled across two blocks in eight separate buildings. Still looking for inspiration? Bargain hunters with a taste for the finer things in life should make a beeline to Milan. Outlets are just an hour outside the couture capital and stock threads by brands such as Missoni and La Perla no more than one season old – and since Milan is months ahead of the trends, that’s practically new at home. Make a road trip of it and you can enjoy the stunning scenery of northern Italy in between retail therapy fixes. An hour’s drive towards the coast in the Piedmont region is Serravalle Designer Outlet, the biggest of its kind in Europe with 225 stores offering up to 70% off Fendi, Gucci and the like. Barberino Designer Outlet is another gem handily located between the Renaissance cities of Florence and Bologna. Search hotels in Marrakech Search flights to Marrakech ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search flights to Tokyo 4. Austria Hipster culture has diluted the meaning of the term ‘artisan’, but in Morocco you’ll discover the true meaning of the word. This brilliantly accessible north African country is full of highly skilled local craftspeople – actual artisans – using centuries-old techniques to create handmade wares ready to be haggled over. The Austrian capital of Vienna is famous for its fairytale Christmas markets, which are undoubtedly worth a gander. But venture beyond the twinkly squares and you’ll find there’s more to shopping here than glass baubles and glühwein. A good rummage in the city’s charming antique boutiques is not only a dreamy way for any self-respecting shopaholic to spend the day, but also an opportunity to find a unique piece at a great price. The epicentre of all things fashion, Italy is a shopaholic’s dream – not to mention a not-too-shabby place to spend a pre-Christmas break. But, while there are plenty of bank balance-busting boutiques, you don’t need Nancy Dell’Olio’s budget to fill your suitcase with fashion finds. Italy is overflowing with factory outlets, where you can pick up Prada, D&G or Versace at incredible prices. 3. Morocco Centre your search in Marrakech and hunt for treasure in the souks that snake north from the main artery Souk Semmarine. You’ll find everything from pottery and jewellery to spices and textiles – just remember never to accept the first price you’re offered. If you’ve room in your suitcase for a traditional Moroccan carpet, you can find intricately designed Berber rugs hand-woven in the Atlas Mountains for a fraction of the price back home. Just make sure they’re 100% wool and do some research before you commit. Two safe bets are Vintage Moroccan Carpets and Les Nomades de Marrakech behind the Ben Youssef Mosque. If you only brought carry-on, bargain over bold chunky Berber bracelets and necklaces in silver. And head to the upscale shops in Gueliz for great value leather bags, wallets and coats. While there, don’t miss famous footwear emporium Atika for butter-soft leather loafers in an eye-popping array of candy colours. They’re a pretty good lookalike of designer versions by Tod’s and Hermès, but at around £65 a pair, you won’t need to take out a loan to afford them. Savvy shoppers head to the destinations where you can find luxury items that won’t bust your holiday budget, and get an instagrammable escape while you’re at it. From great value gold in Dubai to cut-price Chanel in Japan, we’ve found five high-end hotspots where you can combine a pre-Christmas break with the best shopping opportunities on the planet. 5. Japan Search flights to Dubai Search hotels in Milan Home to the world’s largest mall, Dubai does shopping with a capital $. With theme parks, a waterfall, dancing fountains, Olympic-sized ice rink, aquarium, indoor souk and malls within the mall, you could spend your entire holiday in the monumental Dubai Mall. And with temperatures outside best described as sweltering most of the year, you’d be forgiven for taking refuge in this air-conditioned temple of commerce. Located beneath the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper, you can tick off two whopping great birds with one stone with a visit here, while bagging great deals on top-end watch brands, electronics and jewellery. Gold especially is of a higher grade and much cheaper than back home but, depending on your haggling skills, you’ll get a better price in the gold souk in Deira or the Gold & Diamond Park near Mall of the Emirates, plus you’ll get a flavour of the real Dubai. Take a traditional wooden abra (boat) across the creek between the souks at Deira and Bur Dubai for a really fun way to shop. Search hotels in Vienna Search hotels in Tokyo Search flights to Milan The 300-year-old auction house Dorotheum, one of the largest in the world, is a treasure trove of jewellery, silverware, porcelain, glass, ceramics, drawings and paintings, with antiques up for grabs for under €100. Another Vienna institution, Carla Wien is a charity that clears out old apartments and re-sells the furniture and other items at reasonable prices. With constantly changing stock, you can find some real gems. There are also countless flea markets ripe for a forage. The most famous, Naschmarkt (open on Saturdays), has around 400 stalls of covetable rarities as well as umpteen enticing food stands. On a Sunday, head to Riesenflohmarkt Wienerberg on the outskirts of town, where a little digging can be rewarded with antique gems at rock-bottom prices. But aside from the big brands with even bigger price tags, the shop stocks an amazing array of affordable Japanese gifts, too. Cash-strapped label lovers are in luck as Tokyo boasts more than its fair share of vintage shops crammed with top-quality, pre-loved designer goodies, many centred around Shibuya and Shimokitazawa – think Chanel and Fendi at 50-80% the original price. Venture a little out of the city to the charming streets of Isezakichō and you’ll find block after block of bargains, such as kimonos for less than £15, while Akihabara is the place to bag cut-price electronics and gadgets. Related2-4-1 Dubai: How to save money on Dubai’s top attractionsGlamorous UAE super-city Dubai is not known as a budget travel destination, but with a few handy pointers and the 241Passport travel app, there are lots of ways to save rather than overspend on a holiday to Dubai this summer.The best hotels in Dubai for every budgetWhether you’re looking for a five star resort with access to the world’s biggest shopping centre or just a good deal on a beach hotel, Dubai has a room for every occasion and budget. We’ve lined up the best hotels in Dubai so you can take your pick….Dubai for FamiliesDubai is known to be a glamourous city break destination with record breaking skyscrapers, the world’s biggest shopping malls and seven star hotels, but it can be just as enchanting for children with ski slopes, water parks, family friendly hotels and restaurants.last_img read more


State Rep Yaroch hosts his wife Sara for State of the StateState Rep Yaroch hosts his wife Sara for State of the State


first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond, was joined by his wife Sara for the State of the State address tonight at the Capitol in Lansing. Sara Yaroch is an attorney based in the city of Richmond. Categories: News,Photos,Yaroch News,Yaroch Photos 17Jan State Rep. Yaroch hosts his wife Sara for State of the State speechlast_img


Local residents can meet with Rep Runestad on Dec 8Local residents can meet with Rep Runestad on Dec 8


first_img State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Dec. 8.“I always value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “As a legislator, my primary focus is being accessible and accountable to the people in my district.”Coffee hours will take place at the following times and locations:• 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake;• 10 to 11 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland; and• Noon to 1 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov. 27Nov Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Dec. 8 Categories: Runestad Newslast_img read more


Rep Wentworth plan protecting commemorative signage signed into lawRep Wentworth plan protecting commemorative signage signed into law


first_img Categories: Wentworth News Law promotes and protects honoring those killed in the line of duty A new law from state Rep. Jason Wentworth ensures businesses are not prohibited from displaying signs or flags commemorating military heroes, police officers, firefighters and first responders who were killed in the line of duty.House Bill 6063, which became Public Act 506 of 2018, addresses recent incidents where job providers have been forced to remove signage or flags due to local ordinances, or pay fines for refusing to cooperate.“Government should not stand in the way of businesses honoring or remembering individuals who have bravely made the ultimate sacrifice – those who put their life on the line to protect their neighbors and country,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “These people are heroes to Michigan communities and we should allow them to be recognized as heroes.”Wentworth, who chaired the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee during the 2017-18 legislative term, addressed the legislation during a “Let the Flags Fly” rally at the Capitol in December. He was joined by a group of legislators, military veterans, first responders and families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.“The outpouring of support was incredible,” Wentworth said. “It was great to see so many people who deeply understand the cost of the freedoms we hold dear in this state and this country. As a representative of the people, it was important to hear their voices and assure them that their fervent patriotism and support of our military and first responders will be respected, not regulated.”The proposal previously received overwhelming support in the Michigan House and was advanced unanimously by the Senate. 07Jan Rep. Wentworth plan protecting commemorative signage signed into lawlast_img read more


Rep OMalley Michigan House Republican Action Plan will lead state to aRep OMalley Michigan House Republican Action Plan will lead state to a


first_img State Rep. Jack O’Malley this week joined Republican members of the Michigan House to unveil their Action Plan for the 2019-20 legislative term.The plan titled “Leading the Way for an Even Better Michigan” highlights key areas to focus on for the current legislative term.“We must continue our efforts to outline priorities that will lead Michigan to a better future over the next two years,” said O’Malley, of Lake Ann. “Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, and Mason counties will benefit from this action plan and I look forward to focusing on key issues that will help our communities.”Rep. O’Malley will focus on continuing to fix Michigan roads and bringing more opportunities to people pursuing the skilled trades.“Michigan roads have to be fixed and with this plan we are taking action to speed up the process,” O’Malley said.  “With skilled trades, there is so much opportunity for growth. I want to give students the opportunity to succeed and explore new educational paths.”The 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan may be viewed at http://gophouse.org/leading-the-way/### Categories: News,O’Malley News 20Feb Rep. O’Malley: Michigan House Republican Action Plan will lead state to a better futurelast_img read more


Nonprofit Hospital Finds Itself Unwitting Partner to Planned ExecutionNonprofit Hospital Finds Itself Unwitting Partner to Planned Execution


first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 6, 2014; The Lens The Louisiana Department of Corrections needed a certain drug to carry out the execution of Christopher Sepulvado, which was scheduled for early February, so it asked Lake Charles Memorial Hospital if they could buy 20 vials of hydromorphone.Such requests are not uncommon. “We assumed the drug was for one of their patients, so we sent it. We did not realize what the focus was,” said Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, who is not only a board member for the hospital, but also a chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. “Had we known of the real use, we never would have done it.”Thibodeaux said that the practice of helping other pharmacies with drugs has been somewhat routine until now. “We never inquire into the purpose for it. We assume it’s for legitimate and noble purposes,” he said. “We have assurances from our CEO, who is a very forthright guy, that this will not happen again.”In the end, Sepulvado wasn’t executed in February because an execution in Oklahoma using the same drugs was botched.States that still use the death penalty have been having difficulty finding the drugs they need for lethal injections after their sources abroad started refusing to sell to prisons. Sources here in the states did not want to sell to them either because it implicated them in the process. Some states tried to employ a veil of secrecy, but that is still being tested by advocates.In Louisiana, for instance, a mere five days before the execution, the Department of Corrections declared publicly that it had obtained both drugs it needed to execute Sepulvado but would not reveal the source. A judge ordered it to be revealed to Sepulvado’s lawyers only. In the end, Thibodeaux and another source have revealed that the hydromorphone came from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and the drugs were sent to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center’s Medical Unit, described as a “medical facility for seriously or chronically ill offenders.”Deborah Denno, a professor at the Fordham University School of Law, said that if suppliers like Lake Charles don’t want to be involved in executions, they could require a contract that prohibits its use for the purpose, which drug manufacturers like Hospira and Lundbeck have done.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


Susie Buckridge YouView UK connected TV platformSusie Buckridge YouView UK connected TV platform


first_imgSusie Buckridge, YouViewUK connected TV platform YouView is now seeing 2.7 VoD requests a week, with free-to-air households watching close to five VoD programmes a week, according to Susie Buckridge, product director at YouView. “This is incremental to linear viewing,” said Buckridge, speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London.About 54.1% of customers view VoD programmes every week, averaging 3.5 hours a week.However, Buckridge cautioned that viewing behaviour is not changing as fast as people sometimes think, with most people still watching live TV broadcasts.Buckridge told attendees at the conference that the UK market is characterised by three ongoing battles. The first is between platforms for the connected consumer in the home, and especially for the billing relationship with the consumer, said Buckridge. The next is between devices and which device the user should connect to, she said, with content providers now obliged to get onto every device. Finally, there is a battle between aggregators, said Buckridge, with players including Sky, Netflix and Lovefilm are all competing to deliver the gateway to the home.“This is very much a power struggle…over access to content,” she said. However, there is considerable consumer confusion as a result of the various battles being fought, said Buckridge.“We decided not to engage directly in these battles but to enhance the customer experience,” she said.Buckridge said YouView is “absolutely an open platform, and everyone is allowed to come on board”. The platform can support multiple business models and YouView has not set out to establish a billing relationship with consumers. She said YouView will continue to deliver a “free” service, which includes the bundled offerings provided by BT and TalkTalk, which now provides YouView in half of its homes, although pay offerings can be added.Buckridge said YouView will look to add more internet channels to its offering and focus on improved search and recommendation to enable viewers to find content, she said.last_img read more


Following yesterdays deal between Netflix and ComFollowing yesterdays deal between Netflix and Com


first_imgFollowing yesterday’s deal between Netflix and Comcast, telecom operator Verizon has confirmed that it is in talks with the subscription VoD company about striking a similar peering deal, while AT&T is reportedly also in advanced discussions with the company.Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that his company has been in talks with Netflix for about a year.Analysts remain divided on whether the deal with Comcast and other service providers will benefit or harm Netflix.The streaming VoD company’s shares rose on the Comcast deal as analysts argued that the effect on Netflix’s bottom line could be neutral or positive, enabling it to cease payments to peering intermediary Cogent Communications and to benefit from service level agreements with access network providers.Others have argued that companies such as Comcast are effectively local monopolies that could put their prices up over time, even if the terms offered to Netflix now are more favourable than those previously on the table.last_img read more


Comedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creatinComedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creatin


first_imgComedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creating more originals for UK on-demand service BBC iPlayer.Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy follows on from last year’s successful Scottish Referendum Autopsy, and will see the acerbic comic (Tramadol Nights) attempting to make sense of the UK General Election in front of a live audience that decide if he is right or wrong in his assertions.Endemol Shine UK-owned Zeppotron is producing, with Ruth Phillips and Peter Holmes executive producing. The show debuts on May 17.Berry’s Lone Wolf and Wild Love comedy shorts will be followed by a topical comedy series Matt Berry Does… in which the Toast of London creator takes an anthropological look at events such as the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.Bob Mortimer is the writer, with Pett Television attached to produce. The show will be made available on April 5.Other new iPlayer originals include BBC Arts Production Grayson Perry at Turner Contemporary: Jo Brand’s Private View, and another Private View looking at abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Another BBC Arts Production strand, Women Who Spit, will see young female poets given between three and five minutes to tackle a range of topics.Elsewhere, Baby Cow Productions is working on Fast Cuts (WT), a series of comedy shorts written and performed by a wide range of established and emerging Muslim comedians to celebrate their culture. Henry Normal and Mob Dar executive produce.Another Muslim-themed original is lightly comic love story My Jihad, which looks at a young, modern Muslim couple trying to stay together despite their families and their own prejudices. BBC Drama Production produces with Hilary Salmon as senior executive producer.Finally, Fear Itself is a horror documentary that both looks at the history of horror cinema and uses the conventions of the genre to make the programme itself feel scary too. BBC Arts Production is handling production.last_img read more