NAT Agrees Financing Terms for Suezmax Trio

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has signed the main terms for the financing of the outstanding commitments for its three Suezmax newbuildings.Under the terms, reached with a major international financial institution, the commitments are due on delivery of the ships, scheduled to join their owner during the latter part of 2018.“We expect the agreement to be fully executed about mid-November 2017 at which time the full financing of the newbuildings will be completed,” NAT said.In August 2017, the company informed that an amount equivalent to 30% was paid cash on contract signature, while the balance of USD 116 million for the three ships will be paid at the time of delivery.At the time, NAT has under review a financing arrangement for the three newbuildings.last_img read more

Civic official hit by BJP MLA with bat admitted in hospital

first_imgIndore: The Indore civic body officer attacked by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya with a cricket bat Wednesday has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital here, a doctor said Friday.The officer, Dhirendra Singh Bais (46), was hit by a cricket bat-wielding Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, in full public view when an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) team went to demolish a dilapidated house at Ganji compound here. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahBais was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in the Palasia area late Thursday night for treatment of high blood pressure, said the doctor of the medical facility. He is stable now, the doctor said. The first-time MLA was arrested and produced in a magistrates court within hours of the assault. The court had sent him to jail under judicial custody till July 11. The BJP legislators bail plea had been turned down two times by local courts in as many days. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyAkash Vijayvargiya’s counsels are now likely to move a bail plea in a special court in Bhopal designated to fast track cases related to MPs and MLAs of Madhya Pradesh, said a Bhopal-based district court lawyer. The special court would seek case diary from the Indore district police after the bail application comes up for hearing before it, he said. This will take some time and the MLA’s bail plea is likely to be heard Saturday, the lawyer added. The incident, which was caught on camera, took place when the 34-year-old MLA from the Indore III seat was opposing demolition of the dilapidated house.last_img read more

Vice Media makes lastditch attempt to keep reporters materials from RCMP

first_imgTORONTO — A high profile RCMP demand for a journalist’s background materials related to interviews with a suspected terrorist should be set aside even though Canada’s top court recently upheld the police request, Vice Media argues in a new legal action.The application to Ontario Superior Court hinges on indications that the accused is in fact dead.“In this case, there has been a material change in circumstances underlying the production order since it was first issued,” the application by Vice and reporter Ben Makuch asserts. “The RCMP and the Crown cannot prosecute a dead person. The production order is no longer legally enforceable.”As a result, Vice and Makuch argue, the courts should now declare the RCMP’s demand unenforceable and a violation of their constitutional rights.The materials at issue relate to three stories Makuch wrote in 2014 on a Calgary man, then-22-year-old Farah Shirdon, whom police charged in absentia with various terrorism-related offences. The articles were largely based on conversations Makuch had with Shirdon, who was said to be in Iraq, via the online instant messaging app Kik Messenger.With court permission, RCMP in February 2015 sought access to Makuch’s screen captures and logs of those chats. Makuch refused to hand them over, prompting a hard-fought battle that ended in November when the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the police demand as legitimate.Despite conflicting indications over Shirdon’s fate, Vice argues the suspect was killed in Iraq in July 2015. That information only emerged in media reports in September 2017, long after the RCMP issued its production order. The courts, Vice argues, have never taken that new information into account in upholding the production order against Makuch.The reports of Shirdon’s death in a coalition airstrike on Mosul were based on a statement by the U.S. Army Central Command at the time. However, the U.S. State Department later placed Shirdon on a terrorist watch list, leading to speculation that he might still be alive, although the command stood by its assessment as recently as last month.In supporting materials filed with the court, Vice cites the State Department as saying that a person may for various reasons remain a designated terrorist even after death. The upshot, Vice argues, is that the U.S. military assessment Shirdon is dead is “highly reliable” and uncontradicted.“As the criminal charges against Shirdon cannot be prosecuted or investigated any further because there is no prospect of a trial as a result of Shirdon’s death, any further attempt to enforce the production order would be for reasons that are unrelated to the basis upon which it was issued and, therefore, unlawful,” the court application states.Makuch, who once vowed never to hand over the materials, has repeatedly refused to respond to interview requests from The Canadian Press since the Supreme Court decision, which came amid alarm from media groups over police investigators using journalists to do their work.In a statement on Wednesday, Vice said the U.S. military had “reliably confirmed” Shirdon’s death in 2015, causing a significant change in circumstance to the original production order.“While the RCMP continues to demand the production of information on a subject known to be deceased, our application respectfully asks the court to see the absurdity of such a request and revoke or stay the order,” a Vice spokesman said.The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Vice application, which asks for a stay in enforcing the production order pending outcome of the proceedings, is slated to he heard at the end of this month.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas agriculture minister talks canola with Chinese counterpart at G20

first_imgTOKYO — Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau briefly met with her Chinese counterpart, where she expressed Canada’s concern with the suspension of canola exports to China over claims it is contaminated.Both were attending the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Japan on Monday.A news release from the agriculture ministry says the two officials had “an introductory conversation on the margins of the G20,” where Bibeau urged that the issue needs to be resolved quickly.The release says Bibeau expressed that the Canadian government “stands firmly behind its robust inspection system and good reputation of being a reliable supplier of quality products worldwide.”China’s rejection of Canadian food products is part of escalating tensions following the December arrest of a Huawei Technologies executive on a U.S. warrant alleging fraud.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said last week that the decision by Beijing to ban Canadian canola is linked to the trade war between China and the U.S.Trudeau said Canadian canola is “unimpeachable in terms of its quality” and China is using concerns over it “as an excuse to prolong what is fundamentally a conflict, not even with Canada, but between the two largest economies in the world.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crown begins questioning of Quebec man charged in murders of exwife stranger

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man charged with the first-degree murders of two people, including his ex-wife, has told a jury that a combination of stress and anger were precursors to the killing.Ugo Fredette was under cross examination by the Crown on Friday, two days after taking the stand in his defence.Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of his ex, Veronique Barbe, and Yvon Lacasse, a random stranger he came across at a highway stop. Defence lawyer Louis-Alexandre Martin has told the court his client’s actions were not premeditated and that he snapped on the day of killings. Martin urged jurors to find Fredette guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter on both counts.The Crown argued that Fredette couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times before fleeing with a child who was present at the scene. While on the lam, he allegedly killed Lacasse, 71, before stealing the man’s car at a rest stop.Fredette, 43, was arrested Sept. 15, 2017, in Ontario. He was reportedly spotted by citizens across Quebec during his alleged run from authorities.On Friday, the accused brushed off the Crown’s assertion his relationship with Barbe was “toxic,” describing it instead as “intense” or “hard-core.”Fredette was also questioned about a violent altercation outside the home he shared with Barbe just four days before both murders.Prosecutor Steve Baribeau asked Fredette if he had a problem with violence.“What happened is unacceptable,” Fredette said, alleging it was the first time such an altercation between the two had taken place.Fredette elected to take the stand in his own defence and told jurors Wednesday he exploded when Barbe threatened him with a knife on Sept. 14, 2017.The accused testified that he didn’t remember stabbing his ex-wife numerous times and was left with a singular image of her, inert on the ground, with a knife in her stomach.As for the slaying of Lacasse, Fredette said he was ashamed.He said he attacked Lacasse at a rest stop because he thought the man was trying to kidnap the same six-year-old boy Fredette had fled with.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NEAT receives 150000 for their food secure kids program

first_imgEach of the five Fort St John schools have gardens onsite where students plant the food they’ve grown in their classrooms. This food is available to the surrounding community throughout the year. Additionally, there are Community Garden beds and beds growing food for the food bank at each school to round out the effort to improve local food security.“As a community, we all reap the rewards of this program. We’re not just helping to grow food security know-how in our kids, we’re also helping to grow a new generation of community-minded citizens. We at Pembina see this as a win-win, and can’t wait to get out to the schools this spring to lend a hand”, says Jeff Spenst of Pembina Pipeline Corporation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team will receive $150,000 over three years from the Pembina Pipeline Corporation to support the Food Secure Kids program.Each spring, NEAT, works with local schools in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to bring food security education to students from K-6.  As part of this program, students are encouraged to explore what they eat and how their food gets to them. Each grade has specifically designed curriculum that incorporates how to grow plants and keep them healthy, what role pollinators play in our food system, and how to minimize the distance your food is travelling amongst other things.“It’s really about creating healthier relationships within our food systems,” says NEAT Executive Director Karen Mason-Bennett. “We understand not everyone is going to grow their own food as adults, but knowing how much goes into getting those carrots onto your table will hopefully foster an increased respect and support for those who do.”last_img read more

300 DecisionMakers to Meet in Marrakech to Discuss Water Security

Rabat – Marrakech will host the International Summit for Water Security on October 1-3. The Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water is hosting the event in collaboration with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH).More than 300 international decision-makers from 65 different countries, including 10 ministers of water, will take part in the summit. The participant list also includes heads of water management agencies and representatives from UN agencies, such as UN-Water, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UNESCO.The summit, held under the theme “For Participative and Innovative Basin Management,” has multiple activities in its agenda. While the first two days have workshops and discussion panels planned, the last day will be dedicated for technical and cultural study visits to the Menara gardens and to the Water Museum “Aman.” The organizing committee of the international meeting picked Marrakech to host the event for different reasons. The “Ochre City” has one of the oldest water distribution and management plans in Morocco’s history. The city also hosted the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22), which dedicated a whole day for water, under the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA).INBO will also hold their 11th World General Assembly (WGA) on the sidelines of the summit. The international organization, established in 1994 in Paris, works for sound and balanced water resources management all over the world. It is a non-profit organization with 200 members in 70 countries and has seven regional networks. INBO holds a WGA once every three years.The summit comes as water security is becoming a major issue affecting socio-economic development globally. Water resources are encountering increasing pressures related to economic activity, population growth, and urbanization.Additionally, the intensity and frequency of extreme hydrometeorological phenomena are increasing due to climate change. Morocco’s southern regions have majorly suffered from heavy rains and floods this year, resulting in many deaths.Morocco’s efforts to tackle the water issue are not recent. In 1967, the late King Hassan II launched a water management policy by building dams all around the country. Since King Mohammed VI’s ascendance to the throne, other water management policies were put in place, notably under the Green Morocco Plan that was launched in 2008.As Morocco is one of the world’s most water-scarce countries, King Mohammed VI ordered the construction of dams of different capacities throughout the kingdom, in October 2017.“Our constant concern to improve the general social situation and to meet the economic challenges is matched only by our active commitment to preserving and enhancing the strategic resources of our country. In this respect, water plays a key role in the dynamics of development and the preservation of stability,” said King Mohammed VI during his speech for the 19th anniversary of his ascension to the throne. read more

UNESCO honours five women scientists for role in maledominated field

This year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO awards recipients, who each received $100,000, represent all five continents and the Paris-based agency voiced hope that they will be role models to encourage young women from around the world to follow in their footsteps. The winners were selected by a jury led by the 1991 Nobel laureate for physics, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. A founder of the awards, Christian de Duve, who received the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1974, also participated in the deliberations. The awards, presented in Paris, reflect a “vision of science” which aims to “safeguard the future of the planet,” the agency’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura declared. “The world needs science and science needs women, but women also need support, encouragement and recognition to lead successful scientific careers,” said Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal. Worldwide, women make up only 27 per cent of all researchers, and glaring disparities can be seen on different continents, with women scientists comprising, of the total, 46 per cent in South America, 29 per cent in Africa and 15 per cent in Asia, according to a 2006 UNESCO study. The European Commission reports that in Europe, 32 per cent of state laboratories and 18 per cent of private ones are staffed by women. Figures for the next generation are also not promising for women scientists. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has noted a steep drop in the number of girls studying science and technology, particularly in the Untied States, Canada and France. This year’s recipients, who join more than 40 other women scientists from over 20 countries who have received the honour, are:Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius for her exploration and analysis of plants from her country in paving the way for their use as safe and effective alternatives to existing commercial medicines; Ligia Gargallo of Chile for her work helping drug designers envisage how new compounds will interact with the body’s enzymes; Mildred Dresselhaus of the United States for her research on solid state materials, including carbon nanotubes; Margaret Brimble of New Zealand for her contribution to synthesizing complex natural products, especially shellfish toxins; andTatiana Birshtein of Russia for her efforts to understanding the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules.In a related development, 15 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships were given out yesterday in Paris to post-doctoral students. Awarded annually, these fellowships are intended to support women’s efforts in science, encourage progress in the field and promote societies’ development globally. 22 February 2007Five outstanding women scientists received major awards today from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the cosmetics company L’Oréal for their efforts in a field dominated by men. read more

Royal Bank of Canada hikes dividend 6 on record 23billion profit

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada added its name to the list of big Canadian banks reporting improved and even record earnings in the third quarter while announcing that it planned to boost its quarterly divided by 6%.Canada’s largest bank by assets said net income was a record $2.3 billion or $1.52 per share in the three months ended July 31. That’s up 3% from $2.24 billion, or $1.47 per share, in the same period a year earlier.Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.48, which was 10 cents above analyst expectations, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.Revenue decreased to $7.72 billion from $7.76 billion.When filtering out certain items, like a favourable tax adjustment and losses related to the acquisition of the remaining stake in RBC Dexia, the bank said earnings were up 12% to $2.21 billion from $1.99 billion.The bank also announced it was increasing its quarterly dividend by four cents, or 6%, to 67 cents per share.The dividend boost “reflects the confidence we have in our ability to continue to generate solid earnings growth and successfully execute on our disciplined growth strategy by leveraging our strengths, scale and strong capital position,” president and CEO Gordon Nixon said in a conference call.Royal says its results were driven by continued strength across most of its businesses, including record earnings in retail and commercial banking and wealth management.Personal and commercial banking net income was a record $1.18 billion, rising seven% from the same time last year, largely due to solid volume growth across all businesses in Canada, which included the recent acquisition of Ally Canada.The bank’s insurance division reported profits fell $19 million to $160 million as higher earnings from a new U.K. annuity contract in the quarter were mostly offset by higher claims costs. They include net claims of $14 million related to severe weather conditions in Alberta and Ontario.“While the claims did have an impact … they were not material to our business given the claims mitigation process,” Nixon said.“This business continues to make consistent contributions to our diversified earnings stream.”Royal Bank’s wealth management net income increased 51% to a record $236 million, mainly due to higher average fee-based client assets resulting from net sales and capital appreciation. Higher transaction volumes also contributed to the increase.Analysts noted that much of Royal’s strength came from a lower effective tax rate, which Barclays analyst John Aiken estimates added 10 cents per share to the quarter’s earnings.“While we anticipate that consensus earnings estimates are likely to rise coming out of the quarter, the market’s reaction is likely to be more neutral than negative” after the results, he wrote.“While there may be some questions surrounding the quality of the third quarter’s earnings, the strong increase in the dividend indicates the bank’s confidence in its earnings going forward.”Stonecap Securities analyst Brad Smith said that while investors should be pleased with the bank’s overall results, he found some areas that were underwhelming.“The weak capital market results, especially compared to peer achievements in this area, is likely to raise investor concerns given the importance of the segment,” he wrote in a note.Royal Bank is the country’s largest bank by assets and market capitalization and has 80,000 employees serving more than 15 million clients. The bank has operations in Canada, the U.S. and in 44 other countries.Shares of Royal were ahead 1.3% at $65.37 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

After last minute lobbying SLFP decides to abstain in vote

He was also accused of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community by failing to take immediate measures to provide protection to Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people during the unrest that occurred in the Kandy District while holding the portfolio of Minister of Law and Order, resulting in loss of lives and damage to property.Tight security was seen outside Parliament when the full day debate was taking place. (Colombo Gazette) The debate on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took place in Parliament today. After last minute lobbying the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament today, SLFP member A.H.M Fowzie said.Last minute lobbying took place yesterday and today involving the United National Party and the SLFP. President Maithripala Sirisena had a meeting with the SLFP Parliamentary Group today while Wickremesinghe had talks with the UNP. The motion, submitted by the joint opposition, accused Wickramasinghe of serving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Finance contrary to the norm and brought it under himself with the motive of committing a fraud associated with Treasury Bonds.The motion also noted that the Prime Minister made an attempt to exonerate the accused persons in the scam. read more

More boys are staying on in school to do the Leaving Cert

first_imgMORE THAN 90 per cent of Irish students stay in school to finish their Leaving Certificate, with the number of young men staying on rising substantially in the last ten years.This is according to a new report published today by the Department of Education and Skills and follows similar results for last year, keeping our retention levels among the highest in the European Union.Students assessed in this report entered the first year of the junior cycle and it shows that the retention rates for these pupils are almost 8 per cent higher than those who started in 1997.The highest Leaving Certificate retention rate in the country was in Meath at 92.94 per cent, followed by Mayo with a rate of 92.93 per cent. Click here for larger versionThe number of women staying on at second-level has risen by over 8 per cent during the period while the number of male students sticking around to finish their Leaving Cert rose nearly 15 per cent.Commenting today, Minister Ruairí Quinn said he was particularly leased to see the increase in the number of young men staying to complete their senior cycle.However there is still a gap between the two sexes with 88.36 per cent of males and 91.94 per cent of females staying on.“We want to see as many young people as possible staying in education and gaining the right skills and knowledge to be able to secure fulfilling jobs,” Quinn said.School leaving rates has also dropped slightly to 9.7 per cent.Read: English, Irish, Maths… Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subject>Read: Can you use your Leaving Cert Irish to pick up girls?>last_img read more

Popes Twitter account is back in business with this tweet

first_imgPOOR OLD BENEDICT XVI. He was hardly a second out of the big chair when all (okay, his few) tweets were wiped from the @Pontifex official papal account.It’s been like that ever since, in readiness for the new incumbent of the ‘Chief Shepherd’ title (we learned this evening that is an actual alias for the Pope).Now that Pope Francis has been declared the winner of the papal race, @Pontifex is back in business with this Latin announcement of the same:Welcome back, lads.last_img

Fires ravage Peloponnese and Macedonia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two separate fires – which destroyed thousands of hectares of farming land and caused serious injuries to six people – were still burning yesterday in Peloponnese, while another wildfire in Mount Athos, northern Greece, was out of control threatening the town of Ouranoupolis. Authorities in the Peloponnese announced yesterday that the blaze, which started in the area of Megalopoli in Arcadia and had been burning for more than four days, was finally being brought under control. The fire destroyed 10,000 hectares of forest land and olive trees. The Civil Protection Authority declared the area to be in a state of emergency as hundreds of hectares of land were destroyed by the flames. A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing the fire by discarding a cigarette among dried scrubs. Greece has been experiencing one of its hottest summers on record, leading to dry conditions which fuel forest fires. Officials in southern Greece say six people have been hospitalised – two local residents with burns and four firefighters with breathing problems – as a wildfire swept through forest land outside the city of Megalopolis in the Peloponnese. The fire and state health officials said three villages were evacuated in the area, 230 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Athens, whilst one home and several farm buildings were damaged. Six planes and a helicopter were helping scores of firefighters battle the blaze, which was 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide. Meanwhile, another fire that broke out on Wednesday in a pine forest in Corinth in the north-east Peloponnese was brought under control yesterday. Firefighters were still trying yesterday morning (AEST) to control a blaze that broke out on Mount Athos in northern Greece – the location of a semi-autonomous monastic community and World Heritage site – which threatened the resort of Ouranoupoli. The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in the Monoxylitis area of the mountain, in the vicinity of the Serbian Orthodox Hilandar Monastery, which is the northernmost of the community and was damaged by fire in 2004. By Thursday morning, the fire had begun to approach Ouranoupoli, a popular destination for tourists visiting Halkidiki. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. “At these difficult times, panicking is the worst thing you can do,” said Macedonia-Thrace Minister Theodoros Karaoglou. “We have to be calm, collected and coordinated, and citizens have to listen to authorities’ instructions.” More than 100 firefighters, 40 fire engines, three water dropping airplanes and three helicopters were deployed in the effort to put out the blaze. Karaoglou described the work carried out by the fire service as “heroic”. Their work was made difficult by the tinderbox conditions caused by the latest summer heat wave and less rainfall than usual this year. The wind also picked up yesterday and frequent changes in its direction created extra problems for firefighters who attempted to tackle the front, which spread over 25 kilometers. Dozens of people were evacuated from holiday homes and hotels as the fire approached Ouranoupoli and thick smoke became dangerous for children and those with health problems. “Ouranoupoli is not under threat at the moment,” deputy mayor of the local municipality of Aristoteli, Constantinos Katsavavakis, told kathimerini.gr. “There has been a partial evacuation of people.”Source: APlast_img read more

Vancouver residents featured in film about St Helens blast

first_imgUPDATE: Changed the time of Monday’s airtime to 4 p.m.Fay Blackburn lost her husband, Reid Blackburn, on Mount St. Helens in 1980.Geologist Richard Waitt spent 35 years collecting accounts from 400 survivors and witnesses.Now the two Vancouver residents are sharing their stories in a Smithsonian Channel film that debuted Sunday and repeats at 4 p.m. Monday. Their insights into the volcanic eruption on May 18, 1980, are part of the premiere episode of the Smithsonian Channel’s six-part series, “Make It Out Alive.”Fay Blackburn’s memories of the event, however, never included fuzzy pink slippers, regardless of what the film’s reenactments might indicate.That was just one of the issues she had with the re-created scenes that alternated with science lessons, archive imagery and survivor interviews. Actors fill in for principal characters — including the Blackburns — in re-creations of life-or-death moments.“I was disappointed. I never had any indication there would be reenactments,” she said.Blackburn is a retired Columbian employee. Reid Blackburn was a Columbian photographer. In its six live-or-die stories, the film lists the characters as photographer, veteran, vulcanologist, camper, student and lumberjack. Three lived; three were among the 57 who died.If you substituted “old curmudgeon” for “veteran,” a lot of people around here would immediately know who the three victims were, which takes away some of the suspense.There is a bit of early scene-setting by Waitt, author of “In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens.”Click, zip, clickIn addition to providing scientific background, Waitt offers some narration of survival stories. After the student, Keith Ronnholm, woke up to an erupting volcano, he couldn’t decide whether to put on his pants or take photographs.last_img read more

Kenai Medicenter Searched In Medicaid Fraud Investigation

first_imgAdditional details will be posted as they are made available. Members of the Kenai community, particularly members of the local medical community, who may have information related to this matter should contact Investigator Christie Loughton at 907-269-6279. A search warrant was issued by Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace last Thursday in conjunction with the State of Alaska’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Office of Special Prosecutions could not comment on the specifics of the search, but according to the release the focus of the investigation is “questioned billing practices” by the MediCenter. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The MediCenter office in Kenai was searched on Thursday by a joint state and federal investigative team, according to a statement from Chief Assistant Attorney General Jack McKenna from the Office of Special Prosecutions.last_img read more

PIB to investigate Nusrat case Minister

first_imgAsaduzzaman khan kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said the Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) has been asked to investigate the case over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat who died on Wednesday following an arson attack on her, reports UNB.”The PIB has been instructed to investigate the incident quickly. The chargesheet in this regard will also be submitted soon,” said the minister while talking to reporters after a meeting of Road, Transport Law Implementation Committee at the secretariat.Law minister Annisul Huq and railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon were also present at the meeting.Responding to a question about the negligence of Sonagazi officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain, the home minister said the OC has already been withdrawn as the investigation into the case is on. “If his negligence is proved, departmental actions will be taken against him.In reply to another question, the home minister said the Road Transport Act will be implemented soon after discussions with the stakeholders.Law minister Anisul Huq said instruction will be given to send the Nusrat case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal for its quick disposal when its chargesheet will be submitted to the court.last_img read more

Drives to curb dengue threat ahead of summer launched

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) launched its first phase of anti-dengue drives in the city ahead of the summer season on Saturday. About thousand people took part in the central rally, which was taken out from the KMC headquarters on S N Banerjee Road, to create awareness about the disease. Another couple of thousands took part in various rallies organised by 144 ward councillors as part of the first phase of the city’s battle against dengue. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe central rally, which was attended by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, the state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, special municipal commissioners Tapas Chowdhury and Shahzad Shibli, administrative officials of various departments, also had film actors, including Deb and Mimi, and former Indian Olympian Gurbux Singh and poet Chandril Bhattacharya. Deb and Mimi urged local residents not to allow water-logging in front of their homes and emphasised on preventive measures to control the disease. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople were accompanied by a musical band, Chhau dancers and a group of musicians with dhol kartaal, who performed on various folk tunes of Bengal. Some of them held placards with thought-provoking messages aimed to create awareness about the disease donning costumes of Doraemon, Motu Patlu and Mickey Mouse. Lauding the initiative by the deputy mayor for organising such drives and bringing down the number of dengue cases last year, Hakim said the chances of dengue and malaria breakouts seemed bleak this year. But it is better to take precautionary measures, he said. Citing a recent incident, in which a few KMC workers were attacked by members of a household during a dengue drive, Hakim said: “Do not assault or attack civic workers who visit your home for inspection. I request your cooperation in this regard.” The second phase of the drive is scheduled to commence from July and continue till October.last_img read more

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first_img 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 1234PreviousNext read more February 16, 2012 — A partnership between the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and GE Healthcare used technological innovations in the field to bring cardiovascular ultrasound to an underserved population in rural India. Sponsored by ASE, nine United States-based cardiovascular sonographers traveled to a remote location in northwest India, where an estimated 12 million people had gathered for a meditation camp, in late January. The sonographers and their India-based physician counterparts from Medanta, the Medicity, in Gurgaon, part of India’s National Capital Region, used technology to provide education to local clinicians and free imaging services to 1,030 pre-identified people.The project, “ASE Global: Focus on India,” elevated cardiovascular ultrasound to a new level, taking it out of the lab to people who can benefit from increased access to the technology. “The first ASE Global initiative was a historic event and the first of its magnitude for the Society,” said Dr. Partho Sengupta, India liaison for the ASE International Relations Task Force and leader of the project. “It engaged physicians, sonographers and engineers across the globe at once for many different reasons – humanitarian, cultural and educational exchange, global health research, new technology evaluation and patient care applications.” Sengupta, associate professor and director of cardiovascular ultrasound research at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an incoming ASE board member, added that the project “ushered in a new and exciting era that connects point-of-care ultrasound performed at remote underserved regions with specialists consulting from around the world.”Clinicians leveraged GE Healthcare technology, including the Vscan pocket-sized visualization tool, to facilitate the acquisition of the images and provide an educational and awareness vehicle for India-based physicians. The Vscan systems were used on loan from GE Healthcare, which also provided an educational grant for the project to help support travel for sonographers. Vscan leverages ultrasound technology to provide clinicians with an immediate, non-invasive method to help obtain visual information about what is happening inside the body. In remote areas, as well as in today’s clinical setting, the ability to take a “quick look” inside the body may not only help clinicians detect disease earlier but also better triage patients.More than 70 board-certified physicians at locations worldwide, ranging from major United States and Canadian hospitals to countries such as Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece and Saudi Arabia, were part of the image consultation. Several physicians attending ASE’s 22nd Annual Echo Hawaii conference also participated in the consultations.“In this way,” said Patricia Pellikka, M.D., FASE, professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School and director of Mayo Clinic’s echocardiography (ECG) laboratory, who is president-elect of ASE, “the expertise of members of the ASE was shared with more than 1,000 patients with suspected heart disease who would likely never have had access to echocardiograms.  This represents a novel method of conducting a mission trip, as physicians were able to help without leaving their practices.  And, sonographers from the U.S., specially trained in acquiring the images, were able to offer the one-on-one patient care that makes this technique so unique.” Pellikka also noted that “with technology like Vscan in the hands of trained professionals, echocardiography is portable, and can be helpful in heart assessments.”“The ‘ASE Global: Focus on India’ project was incredible experience – not only in its mission to bring ultrasound technology to the most rural areas of India – but in the collaborative spirit it fostered between physicians all over the world,” said Al Lojewski, general manager of cardiovascular ultrasound for GE Healthcare.Cardiovascular disease is a growing concern in India, recently having replaced communicable diseases as the country’s leading killer. According to Dr. R.R. Kasliwal, chairman of clinical and preventive cardiology and the community outreach and education program at Medanta Heart Institute, 75 percent of those affected live in rural areas.“ASE is proud to have been involved in such a meaningful project.  Many of these patients had not had access to contemporary medicine, and this one encounter may change their lives,” said ASE president James Thomas, M.D., FASE, FACC, Charles and Lorraine Moore chair of cardiovascular imaging at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  “At the time of this mission, I was chairing ASE’s Echo Hawaii conference, and members of our faculty were able consult on 99 studies. Many of these cases were of severe heart disease, including valve dysfunction.  It was humbling to realize the impact we could have from 8,000 miles away.”For more information: www.asecho.org, www.seemyheart.org, www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more center_img Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | February 16, 2012 Medical Outreach Brings Pocket Ultrasound to Underserved in India 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 last_img read more

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