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first_imgWASHINGTON – The fresh round of U.S.-Canada negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement generated hopeful signals from both camps Wednesday that a deal could be struck by the end of the week.A day after the two neighbours restarted intensive, face-to-face negotiations on NAFTA, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism a new continental accord could be reached by Friday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, emerging Wednesday evening from her second meeting of the day with her U.S. counterpart, said officials would be working late into the night — and possibly all night — on potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree. She and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and their teams will meet again Thursday to review the progress made.“This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we’re trying to get a lot of things done very quickly,” she said.“I feel that both parties are coming to this stage of the negotiation with a lot of goodwill … There is a good atmosphere, we’re working productively.”The 24-year-old NAFTA, which also includes Mexico and is integral to the continent’s economy, has been under renegotiation for more than 12 months.Canadian officials say an agreement announced earlier in the week between the U.S. and Mexico, which includes common ground on the difficult issue of labour within the auto sector, has broken a logjam in the talks.Trump added a layer of urgency to the negotiations Monday after announcing his deal with Mexico — with an ultimatum that Canada would have to join their pact by Friday or suffer the consequences of punishing tariffs on its auto sector. He also warned that the U.S. and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.By Wednesday, after round-the-clock talks among officials from all three countries, a cautious Trudeau said it was possible for a new three-country treaty to come together by week’s end — but he added Canada refused to be rushed into a poor deal just to meet Trump’s deadline.To get to a deal, Canada is under pressure from the U.S. to compromise on key issues — from opening access to its protected dairy sector, to getting rid of NAFTA’s dispute settlement system, to introducing a clause that would call for the deal to be renegotiated again every 16 years.“We recognize there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility because it will hinge on whether or not there is ultimately a good deal for Canada, a good deal for Canadians,” Trudeau said at an event in northern Ontario.“I’ve said from the beginning no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal. And we are going to remain firm on that principle because Canadians expect us to stand up for them.”Trudeau’s office sent out a signal later Wednesday that NAFTA 2.0 talks were progressing.His office said the prime minister will hold a call Thursday afternoon with premiers to discuss the NAFTA negotiations. Freeland will be on the call, as will Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, and Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs.Trump, too, was confident Wednesday that a deal could be on the way.“They want to be a part of the deal and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track,” Trump told reporters of Canada’s negotiating team.“We’ll see what happens. But in any event, things are working out very well.”The U.S. president also noted it would be a bad idea for Canada to let this opportunity to join the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement slip away.“I think it’s going to be obviously very good for Canada if they do (join) and I think it’s probably not going to be good at all if they don’t,” Trump said.Freeland, who has been leading Ottawa’s negotiating team this week in Washington, said she’s optimistic about the “intense” talks now under way in the accelerated search compromise on NAFTA.But she also cautioned that more tough talks lie ahead.“When it comes to specific issues, we have a huge amount of work to do this week at the ministerial level and also officials are really grinding through extremely intensively,” the minister said as she emerged from her first meeting of the day with Lighthizer.When pressed by reporters, Freeland would not provide details of what Canada might be putting on the table, saying she and Lighthizer have agreed not to negotiate in public. Trudeau similarly refused to get into details.However, Freeland did suggest Canada has not budged on its insistence that a new NAFTA must include an independent dispute settlement mechanism. Canada’s view on that subject is “well known,” she said, when asked if she’s prepared to drop that demand.She credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules-of-origin talks with the U.S., saying it has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.“This is a really important step for us and it has set the stage for very intensive conversations and negotiations that we’re going to have this week,” Freeland said.For now, Canadian negotiators are primarily focused on bilateral talks with the Americans.Freeland cancelled her trip to Europe this week to return to the NAFTA bargaining table after the U.S. and Mexico agreed on numerous trade issues throughout their bilateral, summertime talks.Asked to comment Wednesday about how he’s feeling about his trading partners, Trump said: “I love Canada. You know what? I love Mexico too.” Asked which one he likes better, he said, “I like ’em both the same.”last_img read more

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The amended list issued on Friday removes the ban on the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) and the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), among others. However, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and its leader, former LTTE negotiator V. Rudrakumaran, remain on the list as proscribed organizations and individuals.The new government, after taking office this year, said it will de-list some Tamil diaspora groups in order to seek their support to work with Sri Lanka. The government has lifted the ban on several former LTTE front groups through a gazette notification published by the Government Printer on Friday.Signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence as the Competent Authority, the gazette notification repeals the gazette issued by the former government listing at least 15 organizations over alleged links with the LTTE. The then government raised concerns over the alleged activities of the Tamil diaspora saying they could fund another war in Sri Lanka.However, the new government said it was willing to negotiate with the diaspora and look at their concerns and work with them instead of sidelining them. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam Gazette notice: The Mahinda Rajapaksa government banned several organizations operating on foreign soil as foreign terrorist organizations, utilising the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the Unites States on September 28, 2001 after the attack on the New York twin towers on September 11, 2001. The new gazette notification has also lifted the ban on the head of the Global Tamil Forum, Father S.J. Emmanuel. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera also had talks with the GTF in the presence of the Tamil National Alliance and former Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim in London this year.The GTF and other Tamil diaspora groups are to be invited to Sri Lanka to attend a diaspora festival set to be organized by the government.While most diaspora groups had welcomed the initiatives of the new government, the TGTE continues to be critical of Sri Lanka and is pushing for an Eelam State. read more

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by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 9:04 am MDT Cdn economy gets boost in second quarter from big improvement in trade OTTAWA – Canada racked up a solid trade surplus during June as exports hit a record level due to a strong showing from the energy sector.Statistics Canada said Wednesday that Canada’s trade surplus with the rest of the world came in at $1.9 billion, up from a revised $576 million in May, and exceeding the $150 million deficit that economists had generally expected.“The big swing back to a trade surplus, the fourth in the past five months, is certainly welcome news and marks the second straight quarterly surplus following two years of deficits,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.“It looks as though trade is going to add more to (economic) growth in the second quarter than previously expected.”The agency reported that merchandise exports rose 1.1 per cent in June to a record high of $45.2 billion.Strong performers included the energy sector, as exports of energy products ran up 2.5 per cent to $11.9 billion. Crude oil and crude bitumen increased 2.8 per cent to a record high of $8.9 billion, as prices rose 2.2 per cent.The mining sector was also a major contributor to the trade surplus, while exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products increased 9.7 per cent to $4.8 billion as volumes rose 10.2 per cent.Exports of consumer goods rose 8.3 per cent to $5.1 billion on higher volumes.The trade picture improvement came despite a disappointing showing in the auto sector.Exports of motor vehicles and parts fell 6.3 per cent to $6.2 billion in June after recording four consecutive monthly gains.“The main factor behind the decrease in June was passenger cars and light trucks, which fell 8.8 per cent to $4.1 billion,” Statistics Canada said.Imports fell 1.8 per cent during June.Imports of metal ores and non-metallic minerals fell 25.3 per cent to $752 million.There were also declines in electronics, down 4.5 per cent and auto imports, which fell 2.5 per cent to $7.6 billion.Exports to the United States remained unchanged at $34.1 billion in June, while imports were up 1.5 per cent to $29.1 billion — a record high.Exports to countries other than the United States grew 4.8 per cent to $11.1 billion, led by the European Union, while imports fell 7.8 per cent to $14.3 billion.The blowout trade number also had a positive effect on the Canadian dollar, which had been lower early Wednesday morning with traders avoiding risk amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But the loonie later rose 0.13 of a cent to 91.37 cents after closing Tuesday at a three-month low. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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first_imgA DEVICE WAS discovered in Ballymun last night, leading to the evacuation of houses.The Defence Forces sent out an Army Bomb Disposal Team following a request from gardaí after a suspect device was found during a Garda operation in the Woodhazel area of Ballymun.A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety and a number of nearby houses were evacuated.The team arrived on scene at 9.11pm and the device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion. It was taken away to a safe military location for further testing, where it was later confirmed as a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED).All of its component parts and other items will be handed over to the Gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.The scene was declared safe at 9.55pm.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece achieved one of the highest rates of European Union subsidy absorption in 2014, according to the Development Ministry, as it managed to avoid losing out on any contributions from Brussels from any funding program.The country invested 3.64 billion euros in EU funds last year to take its absorption rate from the 2007-13 funding period (that has been extended to two additional years) to 87.97 percent. In total the country has absorbed 19.48 billion euros from the 2007-13 funds. Therefore Greece has met both the target set for the previous funding period and that for 2014-20.The ministry also announced the successful completion of the Public Investments Program for 2014, with the channeling of 6.6 billion euros into the economy and society, thereby helping the country switch from recession to growth in the year that has just ended.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_imgSteaks hachés contaminés : l’état de santé des enfants est stabiliséLes sept enfants du nord de la France qui ont été intoxiqués après avoir consommé des steaks hachés surgelés achetés chez Lidl étaient encore hospitalisés au CHU de Lille hier soir. Ils sont dans un état stable et deux des enfants devraient quitter l’hôpital ce lundi.L’origine de la bactérie E. coli qui aurait infecté sept enfants du nord de la France, reste à ce jour inconnue. Agés de 18 mois à huit ans et originaires du Nord et de l’Oise, ils sont toujours hospitalisés au CHU de Lille pour des diarrhées hémorragiques et des insuffisances rénales, vraisemblablement liées à la consommation de steaks hachés contaminés par la bactérie. Toutefois, leur état de santé s’est stabilisé depuis samedi soir. Deux d’entre eux devraient regagner leur domicile dans la journée. Le garçon de 2 ans le plus sévèrement touché est toujours dans le coma, mais ses médecins disent avoir observé une “légère amélioration” de son état.À lire aussiE.Coli : l’Allemagne déclare l’épidémie terminéeUn huitième enfant, une fillette de 7 ans originaire de Valenciennes, a été hospitalisé vendredi soir pour des symptômes de contamination bactérienne. Cependant, sa mère affirme qu’elle n’a pas mangé de steaks hachés surgelés. La fille fait donc partie, selon les médecins, des cas ordinaires habituellement enregistrés hors épidémie, rapporte l’Express.D’après l’Agence régionale de santé du Nord-pas-de-Calais, six de ces huit enfants présentent la même souche “E. coli 0157”, distincte de la souche bactérienne “O104:H4” qui a fait 39 morts en Europe, dont 38 en Allemagne. France Soir indique que les analyses concernant les deux autres (dont la fillette qui n’aurait pas mangé de viande hachée) sont toujours en cours.Lidl France, qui commercialisait cette viande, a rappelé samedi avoir procédé au retrait de la vente des steaks concernés. L’enseigne a assuré que tous les produits à base de viande de la marque actuellement en vente dans ses magasins étaient “sains”.Le 20 juin 2011 à 09:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgRobert Bowers, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP) PITTSBURGH — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday, as some members of the Jewish community and others objected to President Donald Trump’s planned visit, accusing him of contributing to a toxic political climate in the U.S. that might have led to the bloodshed.With the first funerals set for Tuesday, the White House announced Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit on the same day to “express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community” over the 11 congregants killed Saturday in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.Some Pittsburghers urged Trump to stay away.“His language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants, which is part of the reason why these people were killed,” said Marianne Novy, 73, a retired college English professor who lives in the city’s Squirrel Hill section, the historic Jewish neighborhood where the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue took place.Meanwhile, the alleged gunman, 46-year-old truck driver Robert Gregory Bowers, was released from the hospital where he was treated for wounds suffered in a gun battle with police. Hours later he was wheeled into a downtown federal courtroom in handcuffs to face charges.A judge ordered him held without bail for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, when prosecutors will outline their case. He did not enter a plea.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Evergreen school board on Tuesday appointed Julie Bocanegra as its newest member.The appointment became necessary after former member Troy Thomas resigned for personal reasons in January. State law provides that school boards appoint replacements to serve out the departed member’s term. Bocanegra will hold her seat until the end of 2013. She can run for re-election next year.The 39-year-old manages two branches of the Columbia Credit Union. She also is a former chair of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Evergreen Little League and a lifelong Vancouver resident.Bocanegra and her husband have a son, Zach, who is a freshman at Heritage High School.She said her professional management experience has equipped her with leadership qualities. Having been on multiple nonprofit boards before means she understands how boards work, Bocanegra said. She is an alumna of Prairie High School in Battle Ground and a graduate of Clark College.Bocanegra does not intend to stir things up as the newest director of Evergreen schools.“The work of the board has been awesome,” she said. “It has had a good direction since the early ’90s.”Close friends who are parents of Evergreen students urged her to apply for the position, she said. Nobody from within Evergreen schools had been involved in her decision to apply, she said.After the district in January announced it would accept applications for Thomas’ seat from residents in his boundary, seven people heeded the call, said board President Joan Skelton. Evergreen board members represent the geographic area they live in.last_img read more

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first_imgMahbubul Alam HanifAwami League acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Wednesday said BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul’s decision not to take oath as a Member of Parliament (MP) is a ‘bad political strategy’.Hanif said this at a discussion on May Day organised by the Sramik League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the morning.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said he is not going to take oath as a Member of Parliament (MP) as part of their party’s strategy.”Some TV channels and newspapers are running news that I’ve sought time (from the Speaker) for taking the oath which is a blatant lie. I’ve neither sent any letter nor sought any time,” Fakhrul said.Hanif said, “The oath taking of BNP’s four other leaders proved division in the party.”Talking about workers’ right, the Awami League leader said the government is working for the development of labourers including fixing the minimum wages for the workers.On Monday in a programme, Fakhrul said BNP’s MPs-elect have taken oath at party acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s instruction as part of their movement for having Khaleda Zia freed from jail and restore democracy.Earlier, BNP’s four MPs-elect – lawyer Abdus Sattar (Brahmanbaria-2), Harun-ur Rashid Harun (Chapainawabganj-3), Aminul Islam (Chapainawabganj-2) and Mosharraf Hossain (Bogura-4) — took oath as members of the 11th Parliament, following the footstep of Zahidur Rahman Zahid (Thakurgaon-3).last_img read more

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first_imgTitanfall was one of the most anticipated early titles on the Xbox One, but PC gamers were tickled to learn that they too would be able to play this mech shooter on launch day. The PC version has been a little slower with updates since then, but now players have just gotten an update, and many wish they hadn’t. The newest Titanfall PC patch removes both Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter modes from the game. According to the developer, this is actually an improvement.According to Respawn, these modes were removed because they were the least popular game types on the PC. That meant anyone who did want to play had to wait a few minutes for a match to start. In the interests of making the overall experience better, Respawn is herding those people into other game modes with almost zero wait. As you can imagine, fans of Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter are less than pleased.These two modes are not completely absent from the game — you can still happen upon a round of one or the other if you join a Variety (i.e. random) match. The beta private matches also allow you to choose Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter, but that requires you have a dozen friends that want to play as well. In place of those two game modes in the main playlist are two new entries — Expedition Variety and Expedition Attrition. Before you get too excited, be aware these both require the paid Expedition map pack. That’s a $9.99 DLC purchase, or you can get the $24.99 season pass for all current and future DLC.Well, at least it’s not horse armor.Respawn says Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter might come back to the main playlist at some point, but I think it’s more likely there will be additional listings for game modes that require paid DLC. The removed game types are still listed on the game’s website as playable, but anyone hoping for some good old capture the flag shooting on PC is going to be disappointed after that 50GB install.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A youth Trinamool Congress leader from Hooghly was shot at by some unidentified miscreants when he was returning home from party office.The incident took place in Arambagh area of the district on Sunday night. The victim, Seikh Saidul received bullets in his leg when he tried to flee the spot.The incident triggered tension among locals, following the incident. The victim was immediately rushed to a hospital at Narayanpur area of the district and later shifted to a city hospital as his condition deteriorated. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said the victim was returning home after attending a meeting at a local party office in Arambagh. When returning on his motorcycle, some miscreants stopped his way near Hiyatpur area. Apprehending the situation, the victim tried to flee the spot.The miscreants shot at him. One bullet pierced through his leg. After hearing the gun shots, locals rushed to his rescue. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident.The locals found the victim lying in a pool of blood and rushed him to the hospital. Senior police officers of the district rushed to the spot immediately after the incident and started a detailed probe in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe investigators collected samples from the place of the incident site. The exact motive behind the attempt is yet to be confirmed by the police.The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that it was an attempt of the opposition parties to weaken the organisation as the victim had been instrumental in strengthening the party’s presence in the area.The opposition parties, however, termed the incident as intra-party clash. Police are also probing if there was any old rivalry which might have led to the incident. They are interrogating locals and also party activists, who were at the party office, when he left.Raids are being conducted at various places in the districts to nab the culprits.last_img read more

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first_imgDhriti Swarup, a disciple of Padmashri Dr Shovana Narayan, left everybody stunned as she made her stage debut on August 5 at India International Centre.A staunch believer in guru-shishya parampara, Shovana has inculcated sensitivities of righteous practice and trust in Dhriti. Under her expert guidance and 9 years of intense riyaaz, the young dancer learned intricacies of this art form.During the event, she performed a ‘stuti’ or an invocation to the lord to help her in her recital and future endeavours. This was followed by teen taal – consisting of 16 matras and intricate footwork, in which she strives to exhibit her command over the nuances which define a true Kathak exponent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe next abhinaya, originally a 16th-century thumri by Meera Bai, ‘gaagar na bharan det’ – which is also a composition by Dr Shovana Narayan, was loved by the audience.The young dancer, who thereafter won applauds for ‘Dhamaar’- a taal consisting of 14 matras and Nandkumaarashtakam’, concluded the performance with a ‘Tarana’.Post the enthralling performance by Dhriti, a book titled ‘Karana – A Kathak Perspective’ was launched.In the book, Dhriti has tried to interpret the 108 Karanas of the Natyashastra – an ancient treatise on the performing arts, written by Bharat Muni between 55bce to 500ce.The book invites anyone interested in dance to experience the karanas and their interpretation through the eyes of a Kathak dancer.A visual treat of photographs and links to videos supported by simple text and Sanskrit translations makes the book easy to understand.last_img read more

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first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner Combination PET-CT scanner captures 3-D picture of the whole human body at one bed position Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the uExplorer total-body scanner. uExplorer is the world’s first nuclear imaging scanner that can capture a 3-D picture of the whole human body at one bed position, according to the company. The system was developed by United Imaging in partnership with the Explorer Consortium led by Simon Cherry, Ph.D., and Ramsey Badawi, Ph.D., from the University of California, Davis.uExplorer is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner that can image the entire human body at the same time.The developers expect the technology will have a wide range of applications, from improving diagnostics to tracking disease progression to researching new therapies. For example, uExplorer will be used to better visualize cancer that has spread beyond a single tumor site. Researchers also envision using the scanner to measure blood flow across the entire body, and study inflammation, infections and immunological/metabolic disorders.United Imaging developed the system based on its latest hardware and software platform, focusing on not only delivering the target performances but also making such a large system more robust and user-friendly. The first images from scans of humans using the new device were unveiled at the 104th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.For more information: www.united-imaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgA chronically ill and pregnant Salvadoran woman whose fetus likely will not survive said Thursday she is to undergo a cesarean section section next week, after authorities barred her from having an abortion.“I feel very well, because now they are going to do it,” she told AFP by telephone, referring to the operation that has been scheduled to take place when she is 26 weeks pregnant.The woman, 22, suffers from lupus, a disease that weakens her immune system, and doctors said that the fetus she carries has anencephaly, a total or partial absence of the brain and the skull, and likely will die upon birth.The woman, who gave her name only as Beatriz, had asked to have an abortion on grounds her own life was in danger, but authorities in El Salvador – where abortions are strictly forbidden – refused.On Wednesday, the country’s Supreme Court refused to petition to terminate the pregnancy, saying the rights of the mother cannot take precedence over those of the unborn child.Beatriz told AFP on Thursday that she was “very nervous” but wanted the cesarean section to ensure her own health and because “the child is not going to live.”She is already the mother of a 2-year-old son.The sentence for violating the abortion ban is 50 years in prison.The case has been highly controversial. The archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar, asked the court several times not to allow the woman to have an abortion, arguing it would open the gates to more such requests.Feminist groups meanwhile said the high court’s ruling “trampled on the right to life” of Beatriz and the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Thursday urged El Salvador to take “urgent measures” to protect the woman’s rights.The IACHR also called on the San Salvador government to allow Beatriz to be seen “by doctors of her choosing,” and to protect the rights of her physicians treating her. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgA group of 14 entrepreneurs from Germany arrived in Costa Rica over the weekend to evaluate investment opportunities in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.The group will visit the country for four days and will meet with officials from public agencies including the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, Foreign Trade Ministry, Foreign Trade Promotion Office, the Environment Ministry and members of the Technology Institute of Costa Rica.They also will hold business meetings with members of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, the German Chamber of Commerce and an association of companies working in renewable energy sources.The agenda includes a meeting with the president of the state-owned Banco Nacional, Fernando Naranjo, and a group of private companies interested in entering the German market.The embassies of both countries also coordinated a visit to a coffee farm in Alajuela and to a group of high-tech companies already operating in the country.Costa Rica’s ambassador to Berlin, José Joaquín Chaverri, said more than 50,000 German tourists visit the country each year. Costa Rica, meanwhile, sends coffee, bananas and pineapples to Germany as top exports.The German expat community in Costa Rica has some 10,000 residents, Chaverri added. Facebook Comments Related posts:Intel to close Costa Rica chip assembly plant, lay off 1,500 workers Condor Airlines to add weekly Costa Rica – Germany flight Costa Rica’s major league concern Guatemalan coffee exporters hope 2015 will bring better newslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) – A fire swept through a slum in the Indian capital on Friday, destroying hundreds of shanties where residents had collected scrap plastic and rubber for resale.No one was reported injured or killed, fire department chief A.K. Sharma said.It took 25 fire trucks and some 70 firefighters about two hours to put out the flames. Black smoke billowed from burning heaps of plastic bottles, tarps, rubber tires and scraps of wood that had been amassed by the slum’s thousands of residents who make a living collecting garbage for resale. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The fire destroyed nearly all of the makeshift slum dwellings that had been clustered next to three hospitals in the historical part of Delhi. The hospitals were protected from the blaze by a brick wall, Sharma said.Resident Nasima Khatum cried as she surveyed the smoldering remains of the home where she lived with her two children.“We used to sit here and eat and also used to sleep here,” she said. “We are very poor.”Another fire a day earlier in the financial center of Mumbai gutted state government offices and killed five people before authorities could put it out, authorities said Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

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first_img From new appointments and partnerships to new campaigns and technology, get the latest news from the mortgage industry in this weekly update.Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company, announced that it will be working with Freddie Mac to fully automate the assessment of borrower income. This will be done via the integration of Equifax’s income verification tool, The Work Number, with Freddie Mac’s Loan Advisor asset assessment tool. The goal will be to streamline the process for homebuyers working with Freddie Mac to secure a mortgage, thus making the origination process easier and more efficient from point-of-sale through securitization.Equifax’s Work Number database is the nation’s largest centralized repository of payroll data, containing more than 350 million payroll records. Equifax made its income verification data available to Freddie Mac last year as part of a limited release, but Freddie Mac now plans to offer it broadly to its clients in the coming months._____________________________________________________________________Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced the launch of the “Driving Innovation Home” campaign. Ellie Mae customers, prospective customers, and partners can visit EllieMae.com/innovation which kicked off on October 15, 2018 and runs through September 1, 2019.To participate in Ellie Mae’s Driving Innovation Home “digital mortgage journeys,” visitors can fill out a “custom passport” online and then launch one of five journeys: using Ellie Mae’s Consumer Engagement to find new borrowers; using eClosing and Investor Delivery to automate key workflow; learning about Ellie Mae’s Encompass digital mortgage solutions to drive down costs per loan; charting a path of compliance with the latest regulatory changes, whether the Home Mortgage Act (HMDA) or Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA)._____________________________________________________________________FirstClose welcomes Pat Downing as their new CTO. Based out of Austin, Texas, FirstClose was founded in 2001 and provides software solutions for mortgage lenders by delivering middleware vendor management and real-time order-tracking tools online or via direct integration of various loan-origination systems. Downing’s chief role with FirstClose will be overseeing development of all technical efforts.Downing comes to FirstClose from Mozido, another Austin-based company. He brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in IT operations and customer support services. In addition to his experience in technology operations, infrastructure, development, and customer support, Downing has overseen global team-building, budget creation, budget management, and the precise alignment of technology with business needs._____________________________________________________________________Northpointe Bank welcomes Kate Higgins as a Senior Loan Officer. Higgins joins the bank’s lending team in Denver, Colorado. Her responsibilities include attracting and cultivating business relationships with a focus placed on customers, considering clients’ needs, and acting to exceed their expectations. Higgins handles multiple niche products including land loans, from construction to permanent, and can lend in all 50 states.Higgins comes to Northpointe Bank from Unibell Financial, Inc., where she acted as a residential mortgage broker, handling both forward and reverse mortgages with access to multiple lenders. Higgins has more than 30 years worth of experience in sales and customer service. Eye on the Industry: Updates on Freddie Mac, Ellie Mae, and More Ellie Mae Equifax FirstClose Freddie Mac Northpointe Bank 2018-10-25 Radhika Ojha Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News October 25, 2018 907 Views last_img read more

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