Liberal budget to applaud Canadas economy but who deserves credit

first_imgOTTAWA — When the Liberals release the last budget of their mandate Tuesday, Canadians can expect to hear arguments that years of deficit spending have put the economy on stronger footing.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has promised the budget will contain help for workers in need of skills training, young people looking to buy their first homes, seniors worried about their own finances, and patients with high drug costs.“It’s an election budget … There’s been a tendency to use these as important communications vehicles — almost platform-launching vehicles,” Kevin Page, Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer, said in reference to recent budgets from federal and multiple provincial governments.The likelihood that the Liberals will use the budget to sell their own record raises a question: who deserves credit for Canada’s strong economic run?Job-creation numbers have been solid and the unemployment rate has fallen close to a 40-year low. A recent Statistics Canada report said in 2017 fewer Canadians were living under the official poverty line than at any time in the last decade. The agency credited the drop to a mix of a stronger economy and the Liberals’ enhancement of child benefits.Canada rode a long stretch of impressive economic growth until the final three months of 2018 before it abruptly decelerated — and nearly stalled — along with a drop in oil prices. Experts predict the economy will regain its momentum over the coming months.But even with a surprisingly weak end to 2018, Ottawa’s financial situation is better than last November’s fall fiscal update projected.Experts say the federal treasury pulled in more tax revenues than anticipated. Many fully expect the Liberals to dedicate the bulk of the extra money to new promises, as they’ve done with windfalls in past budgets and economic statements.Over the last few years, the Liberals have spent billions more than they promised in their 2015 election platform.They vowed to post annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to return to balance by 2019. Instead, they’ve posted shortfalls of more than $18 billion in each of the last two years and have offered no timeline to balance the budget. In their November update, the Liberals projected annual deficits of between $18.1 billion and $19 billion over the next three years.Morneau has regularly argued that the Liberal plan is working.“Our government has made smart and responsible investments in the middle class, and Canadians are seeing concrete results,” Morneau told the House of Commons last month as he announced the budget date.Morneau has argued the bigger-ticket commitments, in areas such as child benefits and infrastructure, have been necessary to juice the economy for years to come. He’s also insisted the deficits remain small enough that they’re fiscally prudent.Page expects the Liberals to take credit for the economic improvements and he thinks they deserve some recognition — particularly for enhancing child benefits and an ambitious, expensive infrastructure plan, despite its slow start.But he added Canada’s prospects have also been lifted by strong economic performances in the United States and the world as a whole.Page said it’s difficult to know whether the Liberal deficits will actually raise Canada’s long-term growth or if they’ve mostly created a big, temporary bump in consumer spending, as the government has borrowed money and put it into Canadians pockets.“You don’t have to be at balance. There’s nothing perfect about a zero (deficit) number in this environment,” said Page, who now heads the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy think-tank at the University of Ottawa. “Having said that, we are adding to the stock of debt and that creates potential instability down the road and we’ll have less room to manoeuvre — and future generations, definitely, are going to pay higher interest costs on the public debt.”The Opposition Conservatives, some economists and leaders in corporate Canada have criticized the Liberal deficits, especially because they’ve come during good economic times that are traditionally thought to be when governments should pay debt off.“My concern is, and I’ve said this to him … privately and publicly, it’s not that you’re spending, it’s where you’re spending,” Goldy Hyder, CEO of the Business Council of Canada, said of his exchanges with Morneau. “You’re spending a lot on things that no one can really point to and can say (there’s a) direct line back to helping the economy.”Hyder said he supported Morneau’s move last fall to use some fiscal space for new accelerated investment write-offs for businesses. He also applauds the Liberals’ commitment to invest in worker training in Tuesday’s budget and their earlier efforts on trade, immigration and child benefits.But he insists there’s an urgent need for Canada to be more competitive on regulations and taxes if it hopes to avoid falling behind the rest of the world.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sunny future Alberta town becomes solarpowered net zero community

first_imgRAYMOND, Alta. — What began as a friendly rivalry between two southern Alberta towns has ended with what may be one of the most extensive programs of solar power anywhere in the country.Raymond, an agricultural community of about 4,000, has operated nine municipal buildings and all of its street lights by the sun since last fall. It sells excess solar power to the electrical grid when it can and buys it back when it needs to.It all started in 2017 when town council heard the nearby community of Cardston was planning a solar project. That rankled a bit, said Greg Robinson, Raymond’s economic development co-ordinator.“We have a bit of a competitive rivalry,” he laughs. “We just wanted to do better than them.”And so they have.Raymond has become what is believed to be Alberta’s first “net zero” community. The money spent on power from the grid in January is expected to be recouped in the sunny days of July.“It’s ebb and flow,” Robinson says. “At the end of the day, we’re hoping it’s sized properly to be a wash.”The greenhouse gas savings are the annual equivalent of taking 169 cars off the road.Solar panels are leased from Calgary power utility Enmax at a total installed cost of $2.8 million. About $630,000 of that came from a provincial grant under a program, which, said Robinson, “made it very easy to say yes.”The grant brought the installed cost of the solar panels to less than $2 per watt, well under the average cost for installation.The program’s future, however, is uncertain.The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, created in 2009, has spent about $1.5 million out of a five-year $6.9 million allocation for solar projects that mostly came from the province’s carbon tax. New Premier Jason Kenney turfed the tax as one of his first acts in government.“We have no concerns about our ability to fund existing programs,” said centre director Trina Innes. “The government’s still exploring ideas for the future right now.”Kenney’s United Conservative government also has promised to end subsidies for wind and solar projects. The province was unable to provide information on the future of the action centre’s funding.Meanwhile, solar is growing across Alberta.Leduc, just south of Edmonton, is finishing a 1.14-megawatt installation that will power the town’s recreation centre. Brazeau County in central Alberta is running its fire hall, water treatment plant and administration with solar. Cardston, the town that sparked Raymond’s project, has plugged its arena and civic centre into the sun.The action centre is involved in 74 solar and other projects in 31 municipalities. Robinson recently made a presentation to 22 other Alberta communities.Installation projects have become routine, said Jason Atkinson of Enmax, the Calgary power utility that has worked with communities on their solar installations.Software uses 100 years worth of sun and snow data to predict a solar “harvest.”“We have over 1,000 sites out there,” Atkinson said. “We have been very accurate. We provide a production guarantee to our customers.”It’s the business of the future, he added.“It’s just where society’s going. We want to be out in front of it.”Robinson acknowledges initial skepticism in Raymond.“There was ‘This seems too good to be true,’” he said. “But the math makes total sense.”Aside from environmental benefits, the town will avoid any future federal or provincial carbon taxes. And at the end of 15 years, when the Enmax lease expires, Raymond will own its own power utility.Robinson knows it’s early days. The project’s first annual report won’t be ready until the end of the year.But the future looks, well, sunny.“Do we intend to stop here? Not really. We’ve got hospitals and schools and our business core. How can we as a municipality partner with our businesses and our residents? Maybe there is a Phase 3.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Support The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundations Fight Against Batten Disease

first_imgIfOnly, a platform that delivers extraordinary experiences for good, has partnered with The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to help with their goal of raising 10 million dollars.The money will be used to fund urgent medical research needed to save the lives of film producer Gordon Gray’s two young daughters, and others who are battling Batten disease. To support the cause, IfOnly and the Gray Foundation have tapped their talented rosters of luminaries across multiple disciplines to create a curated shop of unique experiences with proceeds going to find a treatment and cure for this rare disease.Batten disease is a fatal, genetically inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood. The average lifespan for a child suffering from the disease is 6 to 12 years old. Due to its rarity, solutions for this presently incurable and fatal disease have received minimal research, focus and funding.Through the Cure Batten shop, the Grays have the opportunity to educate millions about the fatal disease and reach a wide audience to join in helping to save their two daughters and other innocent children suffering from this disease. The Cure Batten shop features incredible experiences including set visits, behind-the-scenes access, and private screenings, with new experiences launching weekly.Experiences range from set visits with stars like Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg on their latest blockbuster films to a private screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” complete with a private tour of Lucasfilm. Featured film experiences include a first glance of Finding Dory with director Andrew Stanton and a tour of the Pixar Animation studio; tickets to attend the premiere of the final Hunger Games film including a photo with Liam Hemsworth; or a once-in-a-lifetime dream experience for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.IfOnly has established itself as a destination for members to purchase coveted experiences that amaze and inspire while being equally dedicated to helping others in need. By melding these unique experiences with worthy causes, IfOnly has the ability to turn consumers into benefactors. In partnering with IfOnly, The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation will acquire additional funds desperately needed to accelerate life-saving research.Members can access the Cure Batten shop here.last_img read more

Moroccos unemployment rate rises by 08 points in 2014

Rabat – Morocco’s unemployment rate went up from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent between the 1st quarter of 2013 and the corresponding period of 2013, says the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP).Unemployed active population rose from 1,077,000 in the 1st quarter of 2013 to 1,191,000 in the same period of 2014 (more 74,000 unemployed persons in urban areas and 40,000 in rural areas), according to the source.Unemployment is higher among the 15-24 age-bracket 20.2 percent.

UNbacked court for Sierra Leone appoints Kenyan jurist as appeals judge

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone today announced the appointment of Philip Waki of Kenya to serve as an alternate judge in its appeals chamber, in anticipation of any appeal that may follow the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.Mr. Waki took his oath of office today at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in the West African country’s capital, Freetown, before the tribunal’s registrar Binta Mansaray and the President of the court Jon Kamanda.The Special Court is an independent tribunal established jointly by Sierra Leone’s Government and the UN in 2002. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed in Sierra Leone after 30 November 1996.The trial of Mr. Taylor is continuing in a chamber of the court sitting in The Hague in the Netherlands for security reasons. 27 February 2012The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone today announced the appointment of Philip Waki of Kenya to serve as an alternate judge in its appeals chamber, in anticipation of any appeal that may follow the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. read more

Annan hails BelgradeZagreb accord on strategic Prevlaka peninsula

In a statement released through his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the Protocol on the Interim Regime along the Southern Border between the Two States constitutes “another encouraging step towards normal, good-neighbourly relations.”The agreement paves the way for the termination of the UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) when its mandate expires in five days. “For ten years, UNMOP has monitored the demilitarization of the peninsula and thereby contributed to insulating it from tensions created by hostilities nearby,” the statement said.The spokesman noted that UN observers can now leave the area “in the full confidence that their mission has been successfully accomplished,” adding that UNMOP “has demonstrated that even a small UN presence, properly conceived and executed, can make a positive difference.”UN observers have been deployed in Prevlaka since 1992, as part of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and later the UN Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO). By February 1996, UNMOP was established as an independent mission with the mandate to continue monitoring the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula. read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds OKC Woes And Resurgent Heat

Despite an abundance of March Madness coverage here at FiveThirtyEight this week, fear not: we didn’t forget about NBA Power Ratings. The short version of how these numbers work: Each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.A few thoughts for this week:The Oklahoma City Thunder have been plagued by injuries all season long, a trend continued by Monday’s news that Serge Ibaka will undergo surgery to address soreness in his knee. Ibaka’s +3.8 short-term RPM rating ranks 28th in the league, so taking him out of OKC’s lineup and replacing him with an average player would drop the Thunder by 3.0 points of power rating. Making matters worse, low-rated Enes Kanter figures to see a corresponding uptick in playing time, a further blow of 1.0 point to Oklahoma City’s power rating.Speaking of the Thunder, they currently have a playoff probability of 78.4 percent, according to our simulations. On the one hand, that’s quite a drop from the 92.7 percent mark they sported in our projections two weeks ago, a dip fueled by the loss of Ibaka and the ongoing absence of Kevin Durant. On the other hand, some might think that probability seems much too high, as the injury-riddled Thunder are clinging to the West’s final playoff spot by a mere half-game over the New Orleans Pelicans. So why does OKC get the nod in our simulations? Despite all the injuries, they still have a slightly superior power rating to the Pelicans; the Thunder also face an easier schedule over the remainder of the season.A week ago, I noted that the Miami Heat seemed to be fading rapidly, dropping from a playoff probability of 93 percent on Feb. 2 to 29.5 percent on March 9. But over the past week, the Heat have seen their postseason odds improve dramatically, and now have essentially a coin flip’s chance of making the playoffs. Although they only went 2-2 in the past week, they project to be much healthier going forward, with Goran Dragic, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside all seeing big playing-time boosts (and Michael Beasley seeing a big dip) in our system.The Atlanta Hawks continue to rank lower here than you’d expect from their season-long power ratings, which speaks as much to the importance of Kyle Korver as anything else. Korver carries a +4.6 short-term rating, 14th-highest in basketball. So his projected absence this week due to a broken nose costs the Hawks 1.9 points of power rating if he’s replaced with an average NBA player. (And in reality, many of Korver’s minutes will go to Kent Bazemore, whose -3.3 RPM is far below average.)Going into this week, the tank-tastic Philadelphia 76ers had claimed either last or second-to-last place every time we issued our rankings. But the Minnesota Timberwolves have now dipped below Philly (but not the Knicks!), thanks to day-to-day injury statuses for Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic — and more playing time for the low-rated trio of Justin Hamilton, Chase Budinger and Zach LaVine. As an aside: How bad has LaVine (who carries an NBA-worst short-term RPM rating of -7.1) been as a rookie this season? He’s not quite as far from the mean in a negative direction as LeBron James is in the positive direction (+8.9), but LaVine is roughly as far from zero (in the opposite direction) as Chris Paul (+7.0) and Kawhi Leonard (+6.8)! read more

Uturn on statute of limitations as closure sought for symphysiotomy survivors

first_imgAlso [we want] to pursue restitution in line with the scales laid down for personal injuries in medical negligence actions.SOS members have decided not to engage on a one-on-one basis with Judge Murphy but have instructed the National Executive of the council to discuss the terms of a settlement on their behalf.“We asked the government repeatedly and they have refused to enter into settlement talks based on the legal actions being taken by our members,” continued O’Connor, who says there are over 200 action legal actions in the pipeline.She expects to see test cases in the High Court next year with trial dates set down in the new year.A horrific optionSymphysiotomies were surgical procedures were performed during the 1980s in Irish hospitals, long after they were long discontinued in other jurisdictions. The operation involved unhinging the woman’s pelvis and widening it by up to 3.5 cm during childbirth. It was often used in Ireland as an alternative to the Caesarean Section as it was believed to facilitate future births.“I have listened closely to the testimony provided by the women and I cannot help but be moved by their stories. I am determined that their situation will now be addressed having been ignored for so long by previous governments,” Reilly said this afternoon.The Minister said he believes the passage of time and lack of detailed information about certain cases will prove problematic if the women pursue legal challenges.“An analysis of the small number of cases that have been through the court system highlights the risks to a successful outcome and the massive costs involved,” he said, explaining that some women did not even know the identity of their doctor.“Accordingly the government has reached the view that the best interests of the women are not served by a move to lift the statute of limitations,” he continued in a statement, outlining a u-turn on the issue.Previously, the government supported – in theory – a lifting of the statute of limitations.“The government is fully aware that this decision represents a material change to its earlier position, but it believes the ability to deliver an outcome that provides the widest possible support to the women is enhanced,” continued Reilly, who reiterated his wish that the women benefit from any redress scheme – and not legal teams.-Additional reporting by Hugh O’ConnellRead: Minister does not want legal firms to benefit from symphysiotomy settlementMore: Symphysiotomy survivors gather to recount stories of tortureInterview: ‘I didn’t know if my baby was dead or alive for two days’ JUDGE YVONNE MURPHY has been tasked by the government to find closure for survivors of symphysiotomy.The Circuit Court judge has been given eight weeks to examine all relevant reports and information, meet with the women who had the barbaric procedure performed on them during childbirth and assess what would be a satisfactory solution.She was also tasked with assessing the relative liabilities of insurers, indemnifiers and other parties in relation to cases pending – or cases which may arise – that are linked to the surgical procedure.The terms of reference of her appointment also outline the necessity to meet with insurers and indemnifiers to “explore and negotiate a quantum representing a fair contribution towards a fund which would form part of an ex-gratia scheme”.The government says it will add to the scheme to “put closure on the issue for the women involved”.Judge Murphy has been asked to compare the merits and cost to the State of proceeding with a redress fund, relative to allowing the court process to proceed.She will report her recommendations to Health Minister James Reilly within two months.Lack of claritySurvivors of Symphysiotomy chairperson Marie O’Connor was disappointed following her lunchtime meeting with the Minister.“The only additional information we were given was the appointment of Judge Murphy. We hadn’t known the identity of the judge until this meeting of which we were given 18 hours notice. No clarification was forthcoming on the terms of reference, no information given on the amount the government will contribute to this fund,” she explained.Speaking outside Leinster House, O’Connor noted that the meeting – which was also attended by representatives of two other support groups Patient Focus and Survivors of Symphysiotomy Ltd – was just of “limited value”.Her group, which she says represents the majority of survivors in the country, remains committed to a Private Members’ Bill which would see the statute of limitations lifted for one year so the women could take their cases down a legal road.“We are interested in pursuing a settlement based on truth, the truth that these operations were wrong, should never have been performed. That truth is yet to issue from the authorities.last_img read more

End of era for Australias first Greek university Chancellor

first_imgLeaving a legacy for being the first university Chancellor of Greek heritage to be appointed in Australia, current Chancellor of Victoria University (VU) George Pappas AO will be stepping down from his role after almost 10 years of service.Born in Rhodes, Pappas (nee Georgios Papageorgiou) emigrated to Australia in 1952 and studied economics at Monash University graduating with First Class Honours followed by an MBA with Distinction at Harvard Business School.In 2010, succeeding Justice Frank Vincent AO, QC, Pappas became VU’s fourth Chancellor. Prior to that HE was known as a prominent businessman with a successful career trajectory as a corporate adviser in Australia, Japan and the US and had gained wide ranging experience across the commercial and government sectors.Throughout his term as a Chancellor, the business focus he brought to the post helped establish the university as an influential forum on the debate over the state’s economic future.While performing his duties involving the direction and superintendence of VU, Pappas was also serving as chair of the Committee for Melbourne, and in 2016 he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his service to the community, through roles with tertiary education, medical research, defence organisations and supporting business.In 2015 he was also named Kastellorizian of the Year, an honour owing to his association with the island of Kastellorizo where his mother was born.Proud of his heritage, Pappas established during his tenure as Chancellor a scholarship helping students of Greek descent to attend Victoria University, as a way of giving back to the Greek community as well as honouring his parents and providing others with the opportunity to further their education.Pappas’ successor in the role will be former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks.Following a transition period, with the position filled temporarily by Deputy Chancellors Wayne Kayler-Thomson and Gaye Hamilton for six months each, Steve Bracks will take up his appointment at the start of 2021. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Goldust comments on his brother Cody running ALL IN tonight in Chicago

first_img Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Christopher Daniels Taunts Stephen Amell By Wearing Marvel Shirt Twitter WhatsApp WWE star Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) posted the following on Twitter commenting on his brother, Cody, running the big ALL IN event live tonight in Chicago from the Sears Centre airing on FITE TV and traditional PPV.Hey little brother @CodyRhodes , I want to wish you the very best as you go #AllIn and fight for the coveted #NWAWorldHeavyweightChampionship . The world is watching you and what you have done is incredible. Try to enjoy the magic created. #ILoveYou #AllIn #BeAtHomeWatchin— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) August 31, 2018 Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Stephen Amell Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Now Playing Up Next Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 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 Stephen Amell Finds Inspiration With Cody Rhodes Friendship Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Komileva, Todd on the Future of Brexit Facebooklast_img read more

Ancelotti surprised after dismissal

first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he surprised after getting his marching orders during the game against Milan.Ancelotti confirmed that he was sent into the stands during Napoli’s 0-0 draw with AC Milan for swearing, but says he did not direct his swearing at the match referee.The former Milan manager was dismissed from the sideline in second-half injury time, shortly after Fabian Ruiz was shown a harsh second yellow card for handling the ball.Napoli posted a picture of Ruiz’s leg on social media after the goalless draw away from home at the San Siro showing where the player had been struck by the ball on the leg, along with the caption: “This is the handball from Fabian Ruiz that caused the second yellow.”Ancelotti admitted to swearing when talking about the incident, but he remains surprised as to why it warranted him being shown a red card.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I said a swear word, although it wasn’t aimed at the referee,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“I’m not even sure it’s still considered swearing!”The draw with Milan leaves Napoli second on the Serie A standings, eight points behind first placed Juventus, who have a game in hand.last_img read more

BPA officials catch flak over power line route

first_imgA proposed high-voltage transmission line continues to generate plenty of concern among Clark and Cowlitz county residents, despite the Bonneville Power Administration adding a new alternative running primarily through state and industrial forest land.Bonneville bowed to public pressure in adding the new alternative to the north and east away from populated areas. However, by shifting segments away from campsites and trails proposed in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, Bonneville also added other alternatives that affect an extra 300 to 400 living on the forest’s western edge.Many turned out during BPA’s latest public meeting, at Skyview High School in Vancouver on Tuesday night.“Is an ATV trail more important than homes?” Battle Ground area resident Bryan Call asked.Larry Bekkedahl, BPA’s vice president of engineering and technical services, fielded questions during the Skyview event on Tuesday. He also visited a business-friendly audience at the Vancouver Rotary Club over the lunch hour on Wednesday.“We are certainly not going to please everybody,” Bekkedahl said. “Is there any one answer that’s going to be perfect? No. And is it going to be easy? No.”last_img read more

Fewer Editors Expect Salary Cuts in 2010

first_img“Doing more with less” applies to every publishing function but particularly editorial, where the internal demand for new product is increasing. But while they’re doing more, editors-which have traditionally been viewed as a cost center by publishing management-aren’t expecting much in the way of additional compensation in 2010, according to the latest Folio: Editorial Salary Survey, conducted by Readex Research. On the bright side, fewer editors are expecting salaries to decline this year. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say they’ve taken on additional editorial responsibilities (88 percent are doing more with digital content; 40 percent are doing more with print; 37 percent are taking on more with event development).However, just 6 percent of respondents say they feel “very well compensated” for these additional responsibilities, while 35 percent say they aren’t compensated at all. “The biggest challenge is accountability for new revenue projects that launch late due to lack of resources (technical and human),” says one respondent. Few Editors Expect Raises or Cuts A total of 31 percent of respondents say they expect their salaries to increase in 2010 (with 7 percent saying they expect a bump of 10 percent or more). Meanwhile, 58 percent say they expect salaries to stay about the same this year, with just 7 percent expecting a decrease (compared to 27 percent who anticipated a drop in salary last year). Some respondents say they expect salary cuts implemented in 2008-2009 to be reversed, at least partially. Business-to-business publisher Source Media says that in July the company will reinstate 50 percent of salary reductions that were instituted last year.Compensation aside, 43 percent of respondents say they are “very satisfied” with their job, which helps explain why just 14 percent of editors say they are actively looking for new work, 31 percent are considering looking and 54 percent are not looking. A full look at the 2010 Folio: Editorial Survey will be available in the July/August issue of FOLIO: Magazine. Mean Editorial Salaries 2010Editorial Director/Editor-In-Chiefb-to-b: $90,400consumer: $90,000association: $87,900Editor/Executive Editorb-to-b: $70,900consumer: $64,600association: $64,500Managing/Senior Editorb-to-b: $55,500consumer: $62,100association: $61,600Source: 2010 FOLIO: Editorial Salary Survey, conducted by Readex Researchlast_img read more

Carrie Underwood Is Ready For NFL Football Are You

first_imgThis will mark Underwood’s fifth year as the lead artist for “Sunday Night Football,” following fellow GRAMMY winner Faith Hill. For last season, Underwood retooled the SNF theme into the current “Oh, Sunday Night,” which is a remake of “Somethin’ Bad,” her GRAMMY-nominated collaboration with Miranda Lambert.While the NFL season kicks off Sept. 7, fans will have to wait until Sept. 10 to see Underwood’s new Sunday Night Football opening video in its entirety, preceding the game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. But it promises to be somethin’ good.Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pink: What Happened At The 2017 VMAs? NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 13, 2015 – 4:12 pm Carrie Underwood Wins Best New Artist Carrie Underwood Is Ready For NFL Football (Are You?) Twitter GRAMMY winner previews new “Sunday Night Football” intro and it’s somethin’ goodTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 10:47 am It’s the last week of August and I know what you’re thinking. But look at the bright side, the end of summer means that the 2017 NFL season is upon us. News Preview Carrie Underwood’s New “SNF” Intro carrie-underwood-ready-nfl-football-are-you Will Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots to another Super Bowl ring? Will someone sign Colin Kaepernick? Will Los Angeles support the Rams and the Chargers? What about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers?As we wait until these questions can be answered, one thing’s for certain: Carrie Underwood is ready for football. The GRAMMY winner is set to reprise her role as the lead-in to “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. And judging from the preview clip of the new intro video, she’s raring to go. Email Facebook last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Erika Johnson Announces Campaign Kickoff Event

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the campaign of 19th Middlesex State Rep. Candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington):Please join us to kickoff Erika Johnson’s campaign for State Representative on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30pm to 8pm! Erika is running to be a new, progressive voice in the Massachusetts Legislature representing the 19th Middlesex District.This Kickoff will be held at Woodbriar Health Center (90 West Street, Wilmington), a special place for Erika as her grandmother lives in the memory-care unit here. Erika feels this is the perfect place to officially launch the campaign due to her tireless advocacy work for Alzheimer’s and elder issues.We will have refreshments and finger foods, a chance to meet & greet Erika and fellow voters and an opportunity to donate to the campaign (cash, check & credit card).We hope you can join us and Erika can’t wait to meet you!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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Erika Johnson Holds Successful Campaign Kickoff RallyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Erika Johnson Endorsed By Planned ParenthoodIn “Government”last_img read more

Oddball ancient whale had four legs hooves on its toes

first_imgThe well-preserved fossil specimen shows it had a long tail and four legs with hooved toes that were likely webbed like an otter’s. It could swim as well as walk on land and measured about 13 feet (4 meters) long. “The features of the skeleton and its position in the whale family tree indicate that the most likely dispersal route of early whales to the Americas was from North Africa via the South Atlantic, where the distance between the African and South American continents was half what it is today,” says Travis Park, a postdoctoral fellow at the Natural History Museum.The four-legged fossil is a long way from our current-day whales, but its journey through time writes a fascinating new chapter in the history of these iconic marine mammals. Originally published at 9:53 a.m. PT.  Ancient ‘Galagadon’ shark sported teeth shaped like Galaga spaceship Mystery fossil turns out to be super fishy Sci-Tech A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Tags Post a comment Fossil finds Share your voice 20 Photos Enlarge ImageThis illustration shows what Peregocetus might have looked like.  A. Gennari It sounds like someone created an animal by pulling anatomical parts out of a hat. Researchers discovered an ancient whale skeleton in Peru that has four legs, webbed feet and hooves on its toes. The unusual find is giving scientists clues to how the ancestors of modern whales reached the Americas, and what they looked like when they got there.The Natural History Museum in the UK describes the animal as a “semi-aquatic proto-whale known as a protocetid.” The skeleton dates to the middle Eocene, 42.6 million years ago.four-legged-whale-skelton-two-columnEnlarge ImageThis illustration shows the swimming and walking positions of Peregocetus pacificus. Lambert et al./Current Biology The scientists who discovered the creature published their findings Thursday in the journal Current Biology. They named the  animal Peregocetus pacificus, meaning “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific Ocean.”The fossil record has already revealed that whales and dolphins can trace their ancestry back more than 50 million years to four-legged land animals in south Asia. But paleontologists have puzzled over how early whales spread out across the globe.”This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas and the most complete outside India and Pakistan,” says Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, a co-author of the study on the animal. 0 Paleontologylast_img read more

Holidaymakers suffer on highways BNP

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe BNP on Monday alleged that homebound Eid holidaymakers are going through immense sufferings due to the ‘poor condition’ of highways and ‘mismanagement’.”People heading home for celebrating Eid-ul-Azha are facing serious ordeal due to the sorry state of roads and highways,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the allegation while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.The BNP leader said the country’s businessmen are also in trouble as their sales dropped drastically during this eid festival. “Eid means joy and festivity, but people aren’t in a jubilant mood as they’re panicked and suppressed by the misrule of the current autocratic regime.”Besides, he said, people are fed up with the widespread plundering, extortion, corruption and grabbing by ruling party men alongside the growing prices of essentials and utility services.”People’s sufferings won’t ease unless there’s an end to the misrule. We think a democratic and pro-people government is a must to free people from the current situation,” Rizvi observed.He demanded the government immediately release BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, all political prisoners and students who waged movements for quota reform and safe roads.The BNP leader alleged that police have kept arresting and harassing BNP leaders and activists even ahead of the Eid.last_img read more

Civilization IVs Baba Yetu Wins Grammy Honors

first_img[via Venture Beat] If you don’t play video games, you’re missing out on some of the most meticulously arranged and elegantly performed orchestral and classical music produced today. Last night at the Grammy Awards, this point was made absolutely clear when Baba Yetu, a beautiful piece from Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, took the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) award. The song is the original work of composer Christopher Tin, who composed the piece to be the theme song for the game and to appear on his first album, titled Calling All Dawns. The song appears in the opening sequence of the game, and was originally meant to be game’s theme song. The vocals are performed by Stanford Talisman, a choral group from Stanford University. The lyrics are a direct translation of The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and the song earned specific praise from game reviewers when Civilization IV came out. The Academy thought the song moving enough to earn Tin high praise for his work.Civilization IV is only one of an entire new breed of video games that rely on orchestras and composers for their music, a far cry from the 8-bit MIDI loops that a lot of people still associated with video game music. Tin, for his part, is heading home with a lot of new attention on his work, and two new awards (the other was for Best Classical Crossover Album, for Calling All Dawns.) If you haven’t heard Baba Yetu, click the jump to hear it as part of the opening sequence to the game.last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more January 8, 2009 – In a study published in the December issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology, results showed that [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) offered no additional value over computed tomography (CT) or tumor marker analysis (TMA) in predicting the histology of residual masses.The German Multicenter Positron Emission Tomography Study Group evaluated the ability of FDG-PET to predict the tumor histology of residual post-chemotherapy nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCT), as compared with that of standard approaches using CT and TMA. The results showed that vital carcinoma and mature teratoma were found in 55 percent of residual masses in patients who underwent chemotherapy for NSGCTs in a study, and researchers concluded that FDG-PET provides no additional benefit over conventional diagnostic procedures.The analysis involved 121 patients with NSGCTs (median age, 30 years) who were enrolled by multiple German centers from 1998 to 2003. The patients had either a primary or a metastatic retroperitoneal tumor that was greater than 5 cm or they had distant metastases (at the time of diagnosis or at first relapse). Eligible patients received cisplatin-based chemotherapy, followed by secondary resection of residual lesions. FDG-PET was performed in all patients before the secondary surgery, but after completion of CT and measurement of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-HCG) levels.A positive predictive value of 70 percent was assumed for CT. Positive and negative predictive values of FDG-PET were both estimated to be 90 percent. Thus, an accuracy of 80 percent was required for FDG-PET to demonstrate superiority over CT in terms of distinguishing vital tumors from mature teratomas and necrosis. The sensitivity and specificity rates for FDG-PET were 70 percent and 48 percent, respectively. Although the sensitivity of FDG-PET was significantly higher than that of TMA analysis (P FDG-PET imaging offered no additional benefit for patients with either normalized serum tumor markers or markers that were persistently elevated after chemotherapy. False-positive, true-positive, and false- or true-negative results were recorded in 28 percent, 24 percent and 24 percent of patients, respectively. FDG-PET was associated with a higher rate of false-positive results for lesions located in the chest versus the abdomen (41 percent versus 12 percent). A higher rate of false-negative results was observed for lesions located in the retroperitoneum than in the thorax (30 percent vs 5 percent).Source: J Clin Oncol. 2008 Dec 20;26(36):5930-5935, K Oechsle, M Hartmann, W Brenner, S Venz, L Weissbach, C Franzius, S Kliesch, S Mueller, S Krege, R Heicappell, R Bares, C Bokemeyer, M de WitFor more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | January 08, 2009 FDG-PET Shows No Advantage Over CT in Predicting Residual Masses News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more last_img read more

PEOPLE Hotel Association of Canada appoints new President

first_img Share Posted by OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has named Susie Grynol as its new President. Formerly Vice-President, Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada, she has more than 10 years of experience managing political affairs and public relations with a track record in overseeing complex industry issues.Grynol takes over from Anthony Pollard who served as President for the past 25 years and retired this past September. She starts in her new role Oct. 17.“We are delighted that Ms. Grynol will be joining the HAC as President and are fortunate to have someone with Susie’s talents, experience and breadth of knowledge join our industry,” said Philippe Gadbois, Chair of the HAC Board. “I look forward to working with Susie to ensure the industry’s needs and goals continue to be reached.”The Hotel Association of Canada represents the more than 8,100 hotels, motels and resorts that make up Canada’s $17.5 billion hotel industry, which employs 288,000 people across Canada. [PEOPLE] Hotel Association of Canada appoints new President Tags: Hotel Association of Canadacenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Travelweek Group last_img read more