Appeals court to hear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits from foreign and domestic officials through his hotel in Washington.The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia say government spending at the Trump International Hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause. The clause bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.Trump’s lawyers argue that the emoluments clause only bars payments made in connection with services the president provides in his official capacity. They are challenging a Maryland federal judge’s decision to let the lawsuit go forward.A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.The Associated Press read more

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Official Govt would consider will of Parliament on Brexit

LONDON — Britain’s justice secretary has signalled the government might take a more conciliatory approach to Brexit as Parliament prepares for another round of votes on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal with the European Union.The House of Commons is set to debate options on Monday in hopes of finding an approach that can command a majority. Lawmakers rejected her Brexit deal with the European Union for a third time last week, though the agreement failed by fewer votes – 58.David Gauke told the BBC on Sunday the government “would need to consider very carefully the will of Parliament” though he didn’t pledge to support any plan lawmakers might back.Amid reports May is planning a fourth vote on her withdrawal, Gauke said May is “reflecting on her options.”The Associated Press read more

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Progress on Security Council reform rests with UN membership – top official

11 November 2010The President of the General Assembly today kicked off an annual debate on reforming the Security Council by urging Member States to show the necessary flexibility and creativity needed to make progress on an issue that has been the subject of discussion for 17 years. The 15-member Council comprises five permanent members with veto power – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – and 10 non-permanent members with no veto, who are elected for two-year terms. Some countries have argued that this structure does not represent the realities of today’s world. Key issues under discussion are the category of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council, and the Council’s working methods and its relationship with the General Assembly.“It must be very clear that the solution is in your hands,” Assembly President Joseph Deiss told Member States as they began the debate, which is expected to hear from at least 60 speakers.“It is your determination to make something of this process that will lead to progress being made. It is therefore essential to demonstrate flexibility, willingness to compromise, good faith, creativity and mutual respect in an atmosphere that is both transparent and inclusive.”Mr. Deiss said that Council reform is an essential part of reaffirming the central role of the United Nations in global governance, stressing that there is “almost complete consensus” worldwide on the need to adapt to the changes that have taken place since 1945.“It is essential to build on existing convergences, and narrow differences of viewpoint, in order to reach more tangible results,” he stated, calling on States to support the efforts of Ambassador Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan, who has been overseeing the negotiations on Council reform. read more

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Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2755 1.2705 1.3641 1.2917 British Pound 1.6407 1.6483 1.7606 1.6632 Japanese Yen 0.0115 0.0116 0.0120 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1726 1.1787 1.0976 1.1186 Euro in Cdn 1.4957 1.4975 1.4973 1.4449Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

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Search in India for Lankan boat

There were similar attempts to transport Sri Lankans to other countries from Kochi and Munambam in last two years. Marine Enforcement Circle Inspector K M Sajeev said that a speed boat of the Coast Guard and the boats of coastal police and Marine Enforcement combed the area. Later, a Coast Guard ship, C-114, also joined the search operations. The Indian coastal security agencies launched immediate search operations on Thursday following an Intelligence report that a Sri Lankan fishing vessel was anchored in sea off the Kochi coast.The Intelligence wing from Kollam alerted the Kochi coastal police that some of the persons were being transported in a fishing boat to a Sri Lankan vessel anchored at a distance of one nautical mile off the coast. The security agencies suspect that it would be a bid for human trafficking. “The possibilities of human trafficking cannot be neglected. Earlier such attempts were made using rented fishing boats, but it is the first time that we came to know of transporting persons by shifting them from onevessel to another at sea,” Sajeev said. (Agencies) read more

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3 MustDos to Achieve CustomerCentricity

See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Throughout this year, LANtelligence will be hosting a series of customer experience webinars to share CX knowledge and expertise from the most well-known experts in the industry. As part of the series, I’ll be speaking this Thursday, Feb. 21, with Annette Franz, the founder and CEO of CX Journey, about five ways CX journey mapping can improve customer satisfaction and Net Promoter Score results.In advance of the webinar, Annette shared some of her points of view and her path toward a career in CX.Annette grew up on a farm and wanted to become a veterinarian, so she was “focused more on animals than on people.” She started her CX career in the early 1990s via a job listing for J.D. Power and Associates. During her work there, she enjoyed helping her clients identify solutions to their problems and improve their businesses. Now Annette owns a boutique consulting firm, CX Journey.When we asked Annette what motivates her every day, she said she “gets the greatest satisfaction from helping clients help their businesses improve and grow.”Annette’s focus for the near future is ensuring that companies successfully design and deliver a better customer experience by first having the key, foundational elements in place. First and foremost, there must be CEO and other executive commitment for the work that lies ahead; without that, the transformation journey ends pretty quickly.Beyond that, there must be a well-defined customer experience vision and strategy; a governance structure to provide guidelines and oversight for the work ahead; a focus on improving the employee experience along with recognition that employees drive the customer experience; and a people-first culture. And finally, companies must take the time to understand both employees and customers, act on what they learn, and embrace outside-in thinking, weaving the customers and their perspectives into all they do.One thing that Annette would like to see going forward is a closer partnership between the chief customer officer and the chief human resources officer (or whatever their respective titles may be). Without that partnership, it will be hard to drive forward the conversation that employee experience and customer experience go hand in hand.Another thing that she would like to see is the acknowledgement that “it’s all about the customer.” When customer experience professionals are challenged to show ROI, they need to push back and ask about the mission of the business. Everything a business does — every investment, every product, every marketing message, every employee d — is for and about the customer.Customer understanding is the cornerstone of customer-centricity. To achieve that understanding, customer service leaders must do three things: How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. customer-satisfaction-560.jpg Tags:News & Viewscustomer experiencecustomer satisfactionContact Center & Customer ExperienceBest PracticesSponsored PostVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Listen — surveys and other listening postsCharacterize — develop customer personas to better understand who the customer isEmpathize — walk in the customers’ shoes to understand their experiences“Start there. I know that’s a lot, but it’s important. And then, most importantly, do something with what you learn!” says Annette.Register for the webinar now to get more insight from Annette. Log in or register to post comments read more

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Mogensen MSort for ore sorting by colour

first_imgMogensen’s MSort scans ore in free fall by means of a colour line camera. The respective data is evaluated by freely programmable sorting software of an industrial computer by colour, brightness and size into good product and rejects. The computer passes this information to up to 400 fast and robust compressed air valves, each of which serves one compressed air nozzle.Rejects are evaluated by position, shape and size and blown out of the material flow. Depending on material, particle size distribution and the quantity of rejected material, different quantities may be sorted.MSort models AT and AH offer double-sided detection of the material. For coarse sorting, particle weights of up to 14 kg are reliably sorted Mogensen reports. The company also says these machines offer “low-maintenance operation thanks to optimised suction, automatic cleaning and long-lived light and compressed air components.”Effective wear protection is provided by Hardox or Vautid as well as solid steel and partly stainless steel options to “ensure long-term operation with long endurance.”Robust models designed for mining include the AP 1200 for particles of 10–50 mm maximum at 40 t/h (moist, washed bulk material), AS/AT 1200 for particles of 15–80 mm at 90 t/h, AG/AH 1200 for 80–250 mm particles at up to 200 t/h and AG/AH 1500 for the same particle size range and throughputs up to 250 t/h.Mogensen’s new test centre has six production machines available to test customer material in the particle range of 1 – 100 mm. The in-house screening technology test centre can be also used to screen customer material. chemicals and water.last_img read more

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How much did the government shutdown cost the US economy

first_imgIN JUST 16 days, the partial shutdown of the US government took $24 billion dollars out of the US economy, forcing economists to change economic projections.The ratings agency Standard and Poor’s said that it had revised America’s fourth-quarter GDP growth forecast, taking 0.6 per cent off the prediction.Overall, it said that the shutdown and nervousness over a potential US default would take almost 1 per cent off the annualised growth rate. The agency says that the US economy will now grow two per cent this year, instead of three.“In the summer of 2011, as we approached the last debt ceiling standoff, consumer confidence plummeted and hit a 31-year low in August when the debt ceiling issue came to a head. Given that this round of debt-ceiling negotiations is occurring after two-plus weeks of a government shutdown, the total impact on the economy will likely be even more severe,” said a statement by the agency.They continued that a default on US loans would take four per cent of government spending out of the economy immediately.“The impact of a default by the US government on its debts would be devastating for markets and the economy and worse than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.“If people are afraid that the government policy brinkmanship will resurface again, and with it the risk of another shutdown or worse, they’ll remain afraid to open up their chequebooks. That points to another humbug holiday season.”“Manufactured crises”Earlier today, President Barack Obama praised Senate and Congressional lawmakers for getting a deal done, but said that compromise and negotiation needed to continue.“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” he said. There’s no reason we can’t govern responsibly, without lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.“We come from different parties, but we’re Americans first. We can’t degenerate into hatred.”Read: US employees ordered to return to work today as shut down endsRead: US avoids default as last-minute deal is strucklast_img read more

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Over 200000 people have been through JobPath but only 11000 have held

first_imgWhat I cannot ignore are the contractual obligations the State has with two companies to provide very successful outcomes for in excess of 200,000 people who have gone through their doors…I also stated in the House previously that the termination of the contracts or a step away from any of the terms of contract would leave the State potentially exposed to millions of euros, but the Deputy’s party has a magic cheque book, so that does not bother him. It also does not bother him that this is actually working.However, Brady pointed out to the minister that there have been only 11,344 jobs delivered.The people are getting work, replied the minister, stating that “some 48,000 people have got work in the past number of years”. “It doesn’t matter how many have gone through, there have only been 11,344 jobs,” repeated Brady.She said there is a high level of customer satisfaction and very low levels of complaints, stating that complaints that she has heard in the Dáil from TDs are merely anecdotal. Numerous TDs from all parties have raised complaints about the scheme that have been raised with them at their constituency offices. One such complaint referred to a man on the JobPath scheme who had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity.Doherty added that her department will shortly publish the results of an econometric evaluation of the service which will further indicate that the outcomes for participating jobseekers, both in terms of employment and earnings, are better than those of non-participants. During the debate, Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath dismissed the minister’s comments that there were only a few complaints stating that he has received “countless complaints” about the service. The minister accused McGrath of “bullying” which she said she would not tolerate. ComplaintsFigures released to TheJournal.ie show that to date over 206,000 long-term unemployed clients have been referred to JobPath and there have been 836 complaints to the operators. The total number of requests the department has received to review the outcomes of complaints about the JobPath service from 2017 to 5 February 2019 is 11 – six for the operator Turas Nua, and five for the other operator Seetec. The total number of complaints the department has received about Seetec and Turas Nua from 2017 to 5 February 2019 is  72 complaints – 35 for Turas Nua, and 37 for Seetec.The department said that in the event that a client has made a complaint to the operator but is dissatisfied with the response, they may request that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection conduct a review. Clients may also refer a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman for review if the complaints processes have been exhausted, however the minister told the Dáil that this has never occurred. The Office of the Ombudsman said it has received complaints in relation to job activation schemes, however there is no classification to mark them as such. Related Reads 22,229 Views ONLY 11,334 PEOPLE out of 206,000 who have taken part in JobPath sustained employment for over 12 months.However, despite the figures, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty states the scheme is working. During a debate on 6 February on a motion which called for the end of referrals to the programme, the minister said:“Almost 206,000 people have engaged with the JobPath service, of whom approximately 48,000 are still engaged.”However, correspondence between the department and Sinn Féin’s John Brady gives a breakdown of the figures, showing that only 11,334 jobs out of 206,000 were sustained in employment exceeding 12 months.JobPath is an employment activation service provided to people who have been on the live register for more than 12 months and are trying to secure and sustain full-time paid employment or self-employment.The two private companies employed by the State, Turas Nua and Seetec, to operate the scheme have received €75.7 million and €73.3 million respectively to carry out its work.The two contractors are paid to work with both the jobseeker and employers to identify employment opportunities.They receive payments when someone who has taken part in the scheme gains proven employment.Payments Sustainment payments are also to be made to the companies over the course of a year in respect of each person who secures employment having engaged in the JobPath process.TheJournal.ie revealed last year that the private companies contracted by the State to run the scheme are entitled to €3,718 for every jobseeker that gains sustained employment for one year through the JobPath scheme. Those that refuse to engage with the scheme can have their social welfare reduced or cut off. In the last number of months, criticism has been levelled at the private companies that operate the scheme, with politicians highlighting a number of issues. Brady said the figures are “quite startling” stating that the minister was “misleading” in her speech earlier this month.He asked her yesterday if she still stood over her assertion that the JobPath scheme is the most successive labour activation scheme in this State.“How can she conclude that the programme has been successful given that not even close to half of those 41,000 full-time jobs have been sustained in employment for over a year?” Brady told the Dáil yesterday.Figures released through a parliamentary question show the full breakdown of job success through JobPath.Of the number of job starts which occurred over 13 weeks ago, there were 38,410. However, only 27,653 of those sustained employment for 13 weeks.There were 33,886 job starts over 26 weeks ago, but there was a fall off of 13,486 in the number of people staying in those jobs.Of the jobs taken up over 39 weeks ago, there was 29,409, but only 15,254 sustained the work for 39 weeks.As stated above, 24,873 jobs were taken up over 52 weeks ago, but only 11,334 stayed in those jobs for over a year.Model taken from the UKThe Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection was previously told that it was “poor practice” to liftst the JobPath model from the UK without making any changes or adaptations for working with the Irish public”. The JobPath model was based on the model being used by the G4S recruitment company in the UK, which was criticised by the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.   Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron meeting people at Seetec in east London in 2011. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWhile the minister said she “noted” the views of the House when it voted to end the referrals to the JobPath scheme, she said the position of the government remains unchanged.Legally binding“My Department has entered into legally binding agreements with the JobPath providers and the government will honour these contractual commitments… I am satisfied that the proper course of action is to continue with the service in order to support our long-term unemployed jobseekers,” she said, adding:  Feb 20th 2019, 6:02 AM Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 6:01 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4502466 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 06.02.19 ‘Explosion in social welfare sanctions’: SF and FF team up to slam government’s JobPath scheme Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour. 37 Comments Any complaints received in relation to the schemes would only be recorded as a social protection complaint.The only data available shows that in 2017  there were four complaints (one was upheld, while three were discontinued). In 2018, there were five complaints (one is still open, one was an enquiry only, and three were discontinued).Another controversy over one of the JobPath operators has also surfaced this week with Turas Nua being caught up in the administration of UK contractor Working Links, which owns 50% of the Irish entity.A statement from the Department of Social Protection to TheJournal.ie says: The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has a contract in place with Turas Nua, and not with Working Links.Officials in this Department are aware of developments in relation to Working Links and have received assurances from Turas Nua that the JobPath contracts will continue to operate as agreed. 10.02.19 Pressure from the Troika made government set up JobPath scheme, says Labour Share501 Tweet Email2 07.02.19 Dail votes to end referrals to JobPath scheme as opposition parties unite to defeat government By Christina Finnlast_img read more

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ASA Announces Syngenta as Premier Sponsor for Soy Social and Auction

first_imgASA welcomes Syngenta as the Premier Sponsor for the 10th annual ASA Soy Social and Auction celebration at Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. this spring.“ASA is excited to have Syngenta as the Premier Sponsor,” said Jerry Baumbauer, ASA Soy Social and Auction Committee Chairman. “Syngenta has been a great supporter of soybean producers, and we are looking forward to partnering with them for another show-stopping event.”The theme for the 2015 Soy Social and Auction is “Touchdown! Going All the Way for Soybean Producers!” The event is an opportunity for soybean producers and industry supporters to come together and celebrate the past year’s successes.“In addition to catching up with friends during dinner and bidding on prizes—the Soy Social and Auction is the ideal place to engage with fellow soybean producers and learn from their successes and challenges throughout the year,” said Rex Martin, Syngenta head, External relations. “This year, attendees will also learn more about our seed treatment, Clariva™ Complete Beans, and learn first-hand how this revolutionary offering provides season-long protection against SCN on top of broad-spectrum protection against early season insects and diseases.”The ASA Soy Social and Auction is Thursday, Feb. 26 during Commodity Classic.last_img read more

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Police locate missing 89yearold Coconut Creek man

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have located an elderly man who went missing, Tuesday morning, near Coconut Creek.According to Coconut Creek Police, the Silver Alert was issued for 89-year-old Israel Grossman just before 10:30 a.m.Grossman was believed to have been endangered and suffering from medical conditions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Milwaukee Bar Association to Launch Member Magazine

first_imgCome New Year, the 150-year-old Milwaukee Bar Association will join the magazine fold with the January launch of its quarterly title, the MBA Messenger. The 22 page magazine is set to replace the organization’s monthly newsletter, called The Messenger.With a full-color cover, MBA Messenger will be distributed to the organization’s 2,600 members as a member benefit, according to a report in Milwaukee’s Small Business Times. In addition to covering recent developments in law, The magazine will feature lifestyle topics, restaurant reviews and practice and technology tips.”The Messenger in its newsletter format has always served as the principle vehicle for the MBA’s communication with its membership. Now, as one of America’s oldest bar associations turns 150, we are trading in that vehicle for a spiffier model,” said editor Charles Barr. “The new professional, more pleasing look has already encouraged the contribution of articles from a broader segment of our membership and other non-legal professionals in the Milwaukee community.”last_img read more

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KCR floats idea of national power policy

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has floated the idea of bringing a comprehensive National Power Policy to ensure quality and uninterrupted power supply to all the sectors. According to him, out of total captive power generation in the country not even half of it is being utilised. Yet, several parts in the country are living without power and at many places there are frequent power outages. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The Chief Minister asserted that there is a need to get over this situation. KCR made this observations during the meeting with Power Finance Corporation (PFC) chairman Rajiv Sharma, who toured the State for three days and visited power plants, Kaleswaram project, and made a courtesy call on the Chief Minister at Pragathi Bhavan here on Sunday. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us A discussion took place on the power situation in the State and country on the occasion. “At the formation of Telangana State, there was a severe power crisis. Power deficit became a hindrance to the development then. Within six months, we lifted the power cuts and providing 24-hour uninterrupted quality free power to the farm sector. Industries in Telangana State are working in three shifts. This led to the employment and increase in the State’s income,” the CM explained. Advertise With Us KCR hailed the PFC for helping the State to set up power plants, revamping the electricity related institutions and the financial aid extended by the corporation. He also thanked PFC chairman for extending financial assistance to the irrigation projects and power plants in the State. Sharma appreciated KCR for setting up power plants and irrigation projects and complete the works in a record time. He said he had not seen anywhere that the power plants and irrigation projects mainly Kaleshwaram which was completed in such a short time. He said PFC would take pride in being associated with the Telangana State’s development.last_img read more

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Hurricane Hunters Land In Galveston To Raise Awareness

first_img– / 3Hurricane season begins June 1, and to make residents aware of it, officials are touring the Gulf Coast with their “Hurricane Hunter” airplanes. Crew chief Angel Negron gives me a tour of the G4 Hurricane Hunter by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The jet is tasked with flying near a hurricane that has formed over the water and determining which way it is moving.“After this airplane started flying in 1997, it improved the track models by about 25 percent,” Negron says.James McFadden manages the hurricane program for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.“We drop sondes around the hurricane and out in the environment away from the hurricane, looking for the steering currents that will drive the hurricane,” he explains.These devices are small tubes with instruments inside. As they glide down with a parachute, they send information, such as temperature, pressure and wind speed, back to the plane.Visitors at the Scholes airport in Galveston also get to tour a C-130 Air Force plane that actually flies through hurricanes. It delivers the sondes into the storm to determine its strength and potential.Steven Cooper, director of the National Weather Service southern region, says they do this awareness tour every year – alternating between the Gulf and the East Coast.“We bring the planes out because it’s a good thing to grab, a visual grabber,” he says. “We have typically, I think there are about 600 school kids that are coming through today.”Cooper says it’s important to get people thinking ahead of the hurricane season so they make preparations and don’t get complacent.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:36last_img read more

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After Harvey Houston ISD Other Districts Could Get Break on Recapture Bills

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:10 APStephanie Garcia, left, waits with her family at a high school gym to be evacuated as the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey begin to make landfall, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Before Harvey flooded much of the city, the Houston Independent School District owed almost $80 million in so-called Robin Hood money. It’s considered property wealthy and has to share money with property-poor school districts.It worried Superintendent Richard Carranza in the wake of the storm, when he roughly estimated the damage and manpower hours could cost HISD hundreds of millions of dollars.“This is important for us, that we look at the totality of what’s going to be flowing out, in terms of resources, for HISD and that we have that very structured conversation about how do we make the district whole, or at least somewhat whole,” Carranza said. Turns out wealthy districts like Houston can get a break on their bill after a natural disaster.Attorney David Thompson, who counsels school districts, said that they can apply some of the money owed to the state to disaster-related expenses that insurance or the Federal Emergency Management Agency won’t cover.“Frankly, it makes a lot of sense,” he said. “After a disaster, local property tax dollars that citizens are paying certainly should be used first to help recovery in their own community before simply being sent to Austin to be put in general revenue.”Thompson estimated Houston’s bill could be reduced by several million dollars. He added that the Texas Education Commissioner could also set up grant programs for districts that suffered damage from Harvey, but aren’t considered property wealthy. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img 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 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more 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 Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Feature | June 11, 2008 | Stephan G. Erberich, Ph.D., The Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles SOA Enables Outsourced Imaging Stephan G. Erberich, Ph.D., The Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers an opportunity for radiologists to access multiple services off the internet and may be a more economical option for hospitals. While some PACS vendors see it as a threat, others view SOA as an opportunity to offer more services.A leading advocate for healthcare’s adoption of SOA, Stephan G. Erberich, assistant professor of Research Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, The Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, explains how SOA is breaking up the traditional concepts of what it means to be a PACS.The SOA provides an opportunity for hospitals to consider the recipe for services needed to be a functional radiology department. There is already decoupling of what is an internal and external service – teleradiology is one example. Many hospitals already use outside radiologists, which is a SOA – looking for outside services and decoupling services into individual ones. For radiology, SOA changes the way in-house resources have to be looked at, and it creates a huge dependency, as a trade off, on the network environment. Most hospitals usually have a T1 line, but they don’t utilize that as part of their operational component. The concept of SOA can change that paradigm. Erberich illustrates how SOA-based image processing could work in the clinical setting. Hospitals today have to buy very expensive image processing capacities and the utilization of these resources is usually very limited. In order to utilize that to more efficient levels, it would be better to share this environment for doing the image processing. The problem is that you need to provide this service on the Internet so that it is reachable by several hospitals. A cardiology reconstruction service for heart rendering could be provided as a service on the Internet. Hospitals would send the data to that service provider and get these images processed and returned. That is more attractive for hospitals because then they only have effective costs. It depends on utilization. It’s very expensive to have high-upfront costs in order to bring this very specialized equipment in, and if there are only a few cases it is hard to justify the usefulness of that functionality. With an SOA that outsources that specific function, you have the benefit of providing the best care to the patient at any facility and you are utilizing the equipment and the cost associated with that equipment, in this case image processing, to the maximum degree. So the advantage of SOA is it defines the standard communication protocol used. In this case, SOA messages, which are services interface definitions, actually provide a standard interface layer even for proprietary hardware. If you have a fMRI data set and you want to get it processed, you can send the DICOM images out into a shared environment. Grid technology is one of the infrastructures that supports the SOA concept. You send the DICOM into the “grid cloud.” There you will find your service provided by a commercial entity. If you are a subscriber to that service, using those standard protocols in the grid layer, you send your images to get processed and returned to you. This allows you to completely outsource that specific function, and it makes this function available virtually at any institution that creates these types of images. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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Actions speak louder than words QTIC

first_imgThe Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) warns the Federal Government needs to back up their word with action to the state’s struggling employment sector and tourism industry.QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind said whilst the government has shown support to the manufacturing industry to prevent further job losses, nothing is being done to protect thousands of jobs in Cairns.“Tourism is one of Queensland’s top industries, yet we are seeing no action,” Mr Gschwind said.Mr Gschwind reported that figures show in 2008-2009 tourism provided for 220,000 jobs or ten per cent of the total employment in Queensland.On the back of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s acknowledgment last week that the government needs to ‘strongly engage’ with the tourism industry, Mr Gschwind said that this is “just the first step” in restoring Queensland’s struggling tourism industry.“Saying it needs to ‘strongly engage’ with the tourism industry is just not enough, the federal government needs to put real initiatives in place to ensure our industry is supported as much as other industries, such as manufacturing,” Mr Gschwind said.He said tourism operators have been forced to close their doors, as the industry continues to compete with the high Australian dollar which is driving domestic travellers to book overseas destinations instead of local holidays.“The boom in the resource sector is obviously the focus at the moment but we run the risk of further long-term damage to our economy and our regional communities if the government fails to recognise the significance of our tourism industry.” High Aussie dollar has encouraged travellers to look overseas for their holidays Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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India Almost 50 children killed by brain disease

first_img India: Almost 50 children killed by brain disease … The news corresponds with what Mike Maxwell, president of Procacci Brothers, calls a “rapid” period of regional growth, explaining: “Philadelphia is seeing more local crops coming in from the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York.“PWPM [Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market] is the ideal location to distribute produce and acquiring A.Vassallo makes Garden State more efficient for their customers.”Commenting on their partnership with Garden State Farms’ co-vice president, David DiPascale, the Procacci Brothers praise his hard work and dedication, adding that they’ve held a life-long friendship.Regarding their business relationship, Maxwell says “He has built a great team over there, and we are excited about the future of our market.”As they look to the future, the Procacci Brothers say that they will continue to expand their premium services and products. May 07 , 2019 Shoppers will pay the price as U.S.-China trade wa … U.S.: United Fresh reports rising fresh produce sa … center_img Procacci Brothers’ produce wholesaler Garden State Farms, based in Philadelphia, says it’s “strong and continues to grow” after buying its competitor’s company, A.Vassallo Inc.From the beginning, A.Vassallo’s owners – the DiPascale Family – have maintained a friendly working relationship with the Procacci’s. Combining the two family-run companies expands our customer pool and increases product quality and availability, states the Procacci Brothers in a press release.“It was a natural expansion to our Garden State Farms operation,” comments J.M. Procacci, CEO of Procacci Holdings, LLC. He continues, “As we continue to expand, our commitment to the market is integral to our growth.” With the recent acquisition, Procacci Brother’s Garden State Farms has four units at the market. You might also be interested in Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move … last_img read more

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