Morneaus credibility on the line as Liberals hit reset button on tax

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau hit the reset button on his government’s controversial small-business tax reforms Monday but the awkward spectacle of the prime minister sidelining his finance minister, along with mushrooming questions about Bill Morneau’s personal financial arrangements, suggests the political crisis roiling Liberal ranks isn’t over just yet.Indeed, the controversy has morphed into a test of credibility for Morneau, Trudeau’s most important minister, the architect of the Liberals’ economic agenda and the chief salesman for the tax reforms.At a news conference to announce that the government will belatedly honour its promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent, reporters asked as many questions about why Morneau hasn’t put his substantial assets in a blind trust as they did about the tax measures.Trudeau didn’t help matters by initially insisting on fielding questions directed specifically to Morneau, who stood by watching while the prime minister defended his beleaguered minister’s ethics.“You have to ask a question of me first because you get a chance to talk to the prime minister,” Trudeau told one reporter before finally allowing Morneau to explain that he has followed “to the letter” the recommendations of ethics commissioner Mary Dawson for dealing with his assets and avoiding any conflict of interest.The uncomfortable news conference prompted New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen to wonder aloud if Trudeau “is starting to lose confidence in his finance minister.”“Certainly many Canadians are,” Cullen said.“The rollout of this small business tax plan has been so badly botched, I think we’d agree that both the message saying to many small business owners you’re tax cheats and also the messenger in this case — somebody who is so inherently conflicted, and I’d suggest maybe legally conflicted — is causing a lot of problems for both the prime minister, his Liberal caucus and for this finance (minister).”In the House of Commons, opposition parties zeroed in on the lack of a blind trust, plus last week’s revelation that Morneau failed to disclose a private company that owns a family villa in France, to cast further doubt on his credibility.Conservative MP Peter Kent said “this extremely wealthy minister” seems to believe “he is above conflict of interest and ethics reporting rules.” His party’s House leader, Candice Bergen, went even further, accusing the finance minister of becoming “so arrogant and so entitled that he actually thinks he is above the law.”Cullen sarcastically attributed the multiple controversies surrounding Morneau to forgetfulness.“He forgot that cutting small business taxes was a promise that he ran on, he forgot he owned a luxury villa in France, but, hey, what middle-class Canadian hasn’t? He also forgot to tell us that his vast wealth was not, in fact, in a blind trust and he only comes clean when he is in a world of trouble.”As for the reviving the promise to cut the small business tax rate, which Morneau shelved in his first budget, Cullen dismissed that as damage control in the face of the angry backlash that greeted the small business tax reform proposals from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop keepers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers.“When Liberals have totally screwed up a small business tax plan, when they have attacked small businesses while ignoring their wealthy friends, when they are backed so deep into a corner they have nowhere else to go, then and only then will Liberals honour their commitments to Canadians.”Opposition MPs also kept up a barrage of questions about a now-withdrawn Canada Revenue Agency notice that employee discounts will henceforth be considered taxable benefits. While Morneau was not involved in that fiasco and the government has insisted it has no plans to tax the discounts given to retail sector workers, ongoing confusion over what other discounts might be taxable gave opposition parties more ammunition to question the credibility of the government as a whole and its claim to be a champion of the middle class.Business groups, who’ve bitterly denounced the tax reform plans, were more charitable about Monday’s partial climb-down, welcoming the reduction in the small business tax rate and the promise of changes to the proposed reforms to be unveiled later in the week.“It’s certainly an awful lot better than it was only a few short hours ago,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.Nevertheless, Kelly added that the business community will want to see the details of the changes and have tax experts analyse them before giving a thumbs up. There’s been “a bit of a trust erosion with the government” which makes the business community “a bit shy to react,” he said.“We really need to make sure that what the government’s intentions are is actually the case when we study the proposals in detail,” he said.“There’s no question it took a knock, it did affect the trust the business community has with government and with the ministry of finance, and it’s going to take a little bit of time for that to come back. But I think it can come back if the government is sincere and taking some new approaches.”Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the government appears to be doing “a dance of the seven veils” with its changes to the tax reform proposals and it’s not until all the details are known that its impact can be judged.“At this point, everybody’s from Missouri. They want to see something that’s concrete,” he said.Beatty said part of the problem with the original proposals was that the government understated the impact, essentially telling business people, “‘Don’t worry, be happy’ and what we heard from all the tax practitioners across the country was, ‘Worry.’”last_img read more

Turbulence hits union contract negotiations with Bombardier and Airbus

MONTREAL — Negotiations appear to have hit some turbulence in efforts to renew a contract between unionized employees and the Bombardier and Airbus-controlled limited partnership that is assembling the A220.An internal newsletter from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that’s been viewed by The Canadian Press says the employer offer presented earlier this week was “light years away” from union expectations.According to the union, the proposal includes the elimination of the defined benefit pension plan, salary increases below the cost of living and the splitting of union certification.This negotiation is different from the last because talks are with Bombardier and the European giant at the same time because of the agreement signed a little over a year ago for control of the aircraft formerly called the C Series.In addition to some 1,000 workers assembling the A220, negotiations involve more than 3,000 Bombardier workers assigned to the CRJ aircraft program in Mirabel and others in the Montreal area.Airbus and Bombardier declined to comment on the state of talks but Bombardier spokesman Olivier Marcil said difficult negotiations to renew a labour contract is common and not just in the aerospace business.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

EU wants action on perpetrators of hate crimes in Sri Lanka

The EU office in Sri Lanka said that the recent attacks on communities are very worrying. The EU trusts that any actions taken under the state of emergency will be proportionate and respect constitutional rights and freedoms. (Colombo Gazette) Ambassadors of EU member countries based in Sri Lanka have sought action on perpetrators of hate crimes. “It is important that the Government and the security forces take urgent action against hate crimes and ensure that the perpetrators of such actions are swiftly brought to justice. It is vital that all political leaders, religious and other community leaders condemn violence and make every effort to promote understanding and harmony between communities,” the EU said.

Americas Regional meeting aims to aid overall UN disaster reduction efforts

Those people include more than 50 million who faced drought. Flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes brought devastating consequences to millions of others in all parts of the world.According to figures from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) some 22,773 people died in 346 major reported disasters in 2015.That includes more than 8,800 who perished in the earthquake that hit Nepal in April.Experts are meeting in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay from 8 to 9 June to discuss how to reduce the risks of disasters in the Americas and to consider how the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction can be best implemented.The framework, named after the Japanese city in which it was adopted in March 2015, aims to substantially reduce losses in lives, livelihoods and damage to the environment and focuses both on natural and man-made disasters.Robert Glasser who heads up UNISDR and who is due to attend the High-Level Ministerial meeting on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework said that “addressing disaster risk is the single most tangible way we can make a difference in the lives of people, vulnerable people around the world, whose vulnerability is generally increasing because of climate change because of population growth and because countries are not incorporating risk in the choices for the investments they are making.”Experts from the Americas and the Caribbean meeting in Asuncion are due to discuss their own experiences and explore strategies to reduce the risk of disasters and the inevitable deaths that accompany them.Reducing vulnerability to future disasters is a key element of any strategy.In 2004, a category three hurricane, known as Hurricane Charley, wrought destruction in Cuba.Jose Rubiera the Director of the National Forecast Centre on the Caribbean island, said the authorities there decided to reduce the risk of future extreme weather events by moving people away from vulnerable coastal areas.“What is done in Cuba is to prevent reproducing vulnerability,” he said. “Let’s say you have a town that was destroyed in Hurricane Charley. Well, what has been done is to build the town again away from the coast.” When a disaster like a hurricane, flood, drought or earthquake strikes, it’s often the poorest people who are hit hardest as they are the most vulnerable.A landslide in Guatemala in October 2015 killed 627 people and floods in India in the second half of the same year led to more than 600 deaths.Fadi Hamdan, the Managing Director of the Disaster Risk Management Centre in Beirut, Lebanon said that “disaster risk reduction should be very important for everyone as it is trying to address some of the main challenges facing humanity including the rise in inequality.“Inequality is manifesting itself in so many different ways,” he added “and these inequalities can only be addressed by also addressing the inequality in the exposure to disasters, inequality in the vulnerability to disasters and inequality in the distribution in disaster losses.”The High-Level Meeting, to be known as #SendaiAmericas, is the first gathering of Ministers and High-level Authorities on the implementation of the Sendai Framework.The Framework is a key element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which has at its centre 17 targets known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

Mental Viagra on horizon as scientists boost lust signals in brain

first_imgMental Viagra’ is on the horizon after scientists discovered that a hormone which surges during puberty can activate lust signals in the brain.The hormone kisspeptin essentially switches on the desire to reproduce and is linked to feeling sexy, romantic and turned on. It is thought to be responsible for the voracious sexual appetite of young people.Now scientists at Imperial College London have found that an injection of kisspeptin can trigger chemicals in the brain which occur when people feel amorous and aroused.They believe that pills containing the hormone could one day be used to treat sexual problems which are psychological – rather than physical. It could even help couples recapture the spark in a failing relationship.  Professor Waljit Dhillo In the study 29 healthy heterosexual young men were given injections of the hormone and asked to look at pictures of sexual and romantic pictures or couples, as well as control images which contained no people.Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans showed enhanced activity in regions of the brain linked to sexual arousal and romance. The same effect did not occur when the volunteers viewed the non-sexy images.The scientists believe that kisspeptin boosts brain circuits associated with sex and love, triggering reward centres and increasing desire.The study participants using kisspeptin also reported a reduction in negative mood in a post-scan questionnaires so the team is also hoping to investigate whether the hormone could be used for treating depression.Dr Alexander Comninos, first author of the study from the Department of Medicine at Imperial, said: “Our study shows that kisspeptin boosts sexual and romantic brain activity as well as decreasing negative mood.“This raises the interesting possibility that kisspeptin may have uses in treating psychosexual disorders and depression which are major health problems which often occur together, but further studies would be needed to investigate this.” It could also be used to help sexual offenders by allowing them to feel lust without needing such graphic triggers.“Ultimately, we are keen to look into whether kisspeptin could be an effective treatment for psychosexual disorders, and potentially help countless couples who struggle to conceive,” added Prof Dhillo.“So far we have only done this on study on healthy young men, without sexual problems so we need to see if could be repeated on those with disorders. But we did find that those people who had lower pleasure ratings to begin with gained the biggest effect.“This hormone is in all of us, so we know that is safe, and maybe one day there will be a tablet that people could take to boost this effect. This started out as a crazy idea and we did the experiment to see if it would work, and we have the first indication that it might.”The team, whose findings are reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, now plans to study the effects of kisspeptin in a larger group including women as well as men. Asked whether kisspeptin could be used as ‘mental Viagra’, lead author Professor Waljit Dhillo, said: “Yes, exactly like that.”Most of the research and treatment methods for infertility to date have focussed on the biological factors that may make it difficult for a couple to conceive naturally.“These of course play a huge part in reproduction, but the role that the brain and emotional processing play in this process is also very important, and only partially understood.”Kisspeptin is a naturally occurring hormone that stimulates the release of other reproductive hormones inside the body, and kicks off puberty.   Professor Waljit Dhillo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Apple patent aims to allow users to sell or loan used digital

first_imgThe US Patent and Trademark Office has released information regarding a few of Apple’s filings over the past couple of years that detail a system allowing users to loan or sell DRM-protected content to other users. The system works in such a way where, rather than the two users entering into a file transfer, the seller or loaner essentially gives the recipient his or her rights to content, losing said rights in the process. For example, I’m going to sell you a “used” digital game. We complete the transaction, and now I can no longer access the game — even if the files are still on my drive — but you can access it.The patent notes that a central marketplace may not be required to complete the transfers, as users’ own devices can gain and revoke access to the DRM themselves. It’s also possible that the actual content may not even need to be on either users’ device in order for the transfer to take place, as it could happen in the cloud. Think of how your Steam library has loads of games listed, but not that many installed. You could conceivably sell one of your games that isn’t installed, losing the potential to install it, while the buyer gains the potential to install it.Of course, when the customer buys access to the used content, he or she is then able to turn right around and sell it again. Luckily, a transfer between devices isn’t necessary, so the process can be quick, rather than two iPads getting stuck uploading and downloading from each other.Just to make sure the digital resale market won’t be experiencing the issue that, for example, the video game industry has been battling over for a while now (particularly GameStop’s prominent used sales), Apple’s patent notes that publishers will be allowed to set their own restrictions on used sales. So, if you want to sell an ebook, the publisher might set a minimum price at which it can be sold, as well as a time period before it is allowed to be transferred. The patent also mentions gifting, as well as possibly giving publishers a portion of the sale.When you really think about it, it’s strange to realize that we can’t already do this kind of thing on the majority of our devices — from digital video games, to ebooks, to music. It is nice, though, that used digital items don’t have the wear and tear of tangible used items.last_img read more

Australie naissance du premier cacatoès de palme depuis 40 ans

first_imgAustralie : naissance du premier cacatoès de palme depuis 40 ansLe zoo d’Adelaide, dans le sud de l’Australie, compte un nouveau résident depuis octobre 2010 : un petit cacatoès de palme. C’est le premier de son espèce à voir le jour et à grandir depuis 1973 dans le pays.Le 5 octobre dernier, un oeuf a éclos au zoo d’Adelaide, en Australie. En est sorti un petit oiseau rare, un cacatoès de palme, le premier à survivre après sa naissance dans un zoo du pays depuis près de 40 ans.Pendant les premiers temps, l’oiseau a été placé dans une couveuse et était nourri toutes les heures et demie.  La femelle doit encore être nourrie par le personnel du zoo pendant les cinq ou six prochains mois. Comme c’est un animal qui vit dans les régions chaudes, il a dû être placé dans un environnement dont la température moyenne avoisine les 35°C.Dix jours après sa naissance, le cacatoès a ouvert ses yeux pour la première fois, et une semaine plus tard, celui-ci a vu ses premières plumes apparaître. A 86 jours, il a effectué son premier vol, très court mais gracieux, selon le zoo.La prochaine étape pour l’oiseau ? Rencontrer ses parents qui lui apprendront à s’intégrer et à se rendre sociable.Découvrez le jeune cacatoès en images sur Maxisciences.Le 8 février 2011 à 12:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Delayed viewer numbers for 1226 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Facebook WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Velvet Sky Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 center_img The 12/26 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.58 million viewers. This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.00 million viewers.The final rating will be out shortly.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Lopetegui will be a great coach for Real Madrid – Isco

first_imgSpain ace Isco is excited over Real Madrid’s appointment of former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as the new manager.Lopetegui was fired for accepting the appointment without adequate information to the Spain football governing body last week just a day before the World Cup began but while the situation has seen some criticism of Lopetegui, Isco says he’s happy to see the former national coach take charge of the European champions.“He’s a coach who I’ve known for many years; we worked together right the way up the Spain set-up. He’s given me confidence when I haven’t been enjoying a central role at my club, and he’s a great coach,” he told a press conference on Monday via Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.He also stressed that even though Spain have not won their opening game at a World Cup since 2006, they will look for improvements in their upcoming matches in Group B against Iran and Morocco. He also believes last week’s incidents have brought the squad closer together.“This team has so much heart, pride and desire to do well,” he added. “When the tough gets going, we rise to the challenge. We were dealt a setback and the team got on with it.“Even when we conceded a goal in the third minute [against Portugal] we refused to go under. This team never gives up.”last_img read more

Be responsible Deputy Chief Minister tells village volunteers

first_imgKadapa: Deputy Chief Minister SB Amzath Basha has called upon the volunteers to take welfare scheme benefits to the doorsteps of people in a transparent manner.Addressing the ongoing village volunteers training camp being organised at a high school located in Gandhi Nagar on Wednesday, he said that Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was committed to promote corruption-free governance for the benefit of poor. He also asked the volunteers to act responsibly in delivering goods as it would be the rare opportunity for them to render public service. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us Stating that Jagan Mohan Reddy has implemented 80 per cent of assurances given to the people during the electioneering, Basha said that the YSRCP was the only party which provided 4 lakh jobs to unemployed youth despite the government is facing severe financial crisis. He recalled that earlier it used to take several months for the people to get government scheme benefits and they were forced to visit frequently the government offices for the purpose. After the introduction of Village Volunteer concept, he said it has become easy for people to have government schemes at their doorstep without any delay. Municipal Commissioner Lavanya, Tahsildar Sivarami Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

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first_imgCorbett was joined by First Lady Susan Corbett; bill sponsors Senator Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) and Representative Karen Boback (R-Luzerne); Pat Halpin-Murphy from the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC); breast cancer survivors and their families; and members of the medical community. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more States with enacted laws:Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, New York, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Related Content On the federal regulatory level, a Breast Density Reporting amendment to the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is scheduled to be issued as a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” in Dec. 2013. On the federal legislative front, Reps. DeLauro (Conn.) and Israel (N.Y.) have introduced The Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2013 (HR 3404) and Sen. Feinstein will be introducing a companion bill in the Senate. “We applaud Governor Corbett for assisting in the battle to knock out breast cancer with enactment of this critical new law,” said Halpin-Murphy, president and founder, PBCC. “This is a historic moment for breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. I want to thank Governor and Mrs. Corbett for recognizing the importance of the Breast Density Notification Act on the lives of women and families in our state. This legislation will save lives.” Pennsylvania became the 13th state to enact laws addressing mandatory breast density notification. The act becomes effective in 90 days. 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). Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more November 6, 2013 — Gov. Tom Corbett today signed the Breast Density Notification Act into law, requiring mammogram reports to include breast density information. The change will improve early detection of breast cancer for thousands of women across Pennsylvania. 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 Cindy Spinello, a breast cancer survivor from Union County, spoke of how she had regular mammograms and annual examinations, but was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that had been masked by dense tissue in July 2012., FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Dense breast tissue can make cancer harder to find on a mammogram, which increases the risk of a late-stage diagnosis in many women. The new law will require mammographers to notify women of their breast density and offer other screening options in addition to their routine mammograms. Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan focuses on improving access, ensuring quality and providing affordability through a variety of initiatives such as promoting primary care and health information technology, convening a Healthy Pennsylvania Summit and reforming Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more “I am overjoyed with the Governor’s signing of this bill,” Spinello said. “As a late-stage breast cancer patient, I know what a difference early detection can make. Breast density notification will increase early detection and save lives.” News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more “I am proud to sign this bill today to improve breast cancer detection and ensure our daughters, our mothers, our wives, our sisters and our friends have earlier access to lifesaving care,” said Corbett. “I want to thank Senator Mensch, Representative Boback, the PBCC and all the legislators, survivors and families from across Pennsylvania for their dedication to this issue and their choice to take action and save lives.” IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | November 06, 2013 Pennsylvania Enacts Breast Density Law Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems “We will continue to find ways to guarantee Pennsylvania’s women have access to the quality care they need, as we’ve been discussing through our Healthy Pennsylvania initiative over the last few months,” Corbett said. read morelast_img read more

Grateful Dead logo creator looks back on a long strange trip

first_imgRelated posts:Soul legend Bobby Womack dead at 70 Apple working to complete streaming music deal with record labels before June 8 Apple unveils streaming music, improvements to iPhones, Watch software The ‘Fifth Beatle’ Andy White dies at 85 The artistStanley “Mouse” Miller hung out with Janis Joplin, came of age around R. Crumb and somehow found himself in a snapshot of John and Yoko during the famous bed-in. But we’re here because this is the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, when products even loosely related to the band are springing up faster than salmon headed for Redfish Lake.To be fair, Miller’s new book, “California Dreams,” is about more than Jerry & Co. Yes, Miller and his collaborator, the late Alton Kelley, did create the famous skeleton and roses logo adopted by the Dead. But the artist’s work stretches from his early ’60s hot-rod-and-monster cartoons to the psychedelic posters pervading San Francisco and, later, iconic album covers for Steve Miller and Journey. “California Dreams” also includes images of the figurative oil paintings that Miller has worked on in recent years.The artist, now 74, spoke with us recently about five specific works in his book. Excerpts follow: Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s “Mouse Equipped,” 1963. Stanley MouseYou call this genre “weirdo art.” How did you start down this road?There were a series of artists, like in Mad magazine, who did these monster faces, and a guy called Monty and he was in Los Angeles and had little ads in the back of hot rod magazines and he made these funny stickers. A fork with an eyeball on the end of it. Little crazy things like that. Kind of the first of the weirdo. I saw that and immediately started doing it in Detroit.It was a giant fad. I felt like the Beatles. I was the only kid in school with a new Corvette. Imagine that. Become an artist. Get rich. And have fun. That truly was a different era. Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s “Journey Escape,” 1980. Stanley MouseJourney’s seventh studio album spawned four hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Open Arms.”I did the ‘Capture’ album in 1981, and it is a scarab that carries its eggs in a dung bowl. When the eggs hatch, the babies feed off the dung and become beetles. It’s the regeneration of life. ‘Escape’ is the beetle breaking out of a planet, which was the dung ball he was pushing around.Do you think singer Steve Perry or anybody in the band knew about this?I didn’t even know about it. Some Japanese media people came to interview me about it. So I had to do some research. I went into ancient Egyptian mythology and learned myself.We (collaborator Alton Kelley) would go to the San Francisco library and peruse the books on poster art. They had a back room full of books you couldn’t take out with great references. We were just going through that and looking for something. And found this thing and thought, ‘This says Grateful Dead all over it.’ I hate to say this, but Kelley cut it out with a pen knife. I always say that we Xeroxed it, but there weren’t Xerox machines then. I finally found it about two years ago. The actual cut out piece and I went, ‘oh my God.’ It’s from the book of poems, ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.’ The edition was done by an artist called Edmund Sullivan. And the poem that goes with this illustration is fantastic. It’s short and sweet and had to do with wine, women and song.Miller moved to Santa Fe in the early 1980s, which is when he began working more on figurative paintings.I wanted to learn how to oil paint really good, so I picked out the best painter in Santa Fe and asked if he would teach me. He said, ‘It’s easy, just smoosh the paint around,’ and he left the room. And it was so true. All I had to do was learn how the paint worked. He knew I already could draw well.Miller didn’t expect much when he met the model in “Peacock Feather.”It was just one of those things where this girl said, ‘Paint me and make my butt big.’ I wasn’t really into it. She sat there like that, and I painted a fantastic painting. I always wanted to paint like that, like I saw in museums all my life. Now when I am approaching that, and I kind of can do it, nobody cares. They’ll look at my book even and they’ll avoid that whole section. Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s “Earthquake, Bo Diddley,” 1966. Stanley MouseThe gig posters Miller, Kelley and artists like Victor Moscoso and Rick Griffin crafted used bright colors, elaborate typesets and historic photos. Today, the posters are heavily collected and even featured in museums.That’s the Santa Rosa earthquake and the Santa Rosa Courthouse. It’s just a thing that all the artists did right then. Like a fad. It’s like finding old stuff that’s good, that’s really cool and bringing back and presenting it again. Taking something like that that’s so iconic and bringing it out again in a new form. All the stuff we used was all public domain. We were very conscious about copyright. Now, I find people like just stealing my stuff and putting it on posters. One of my hot rod things, I don’t want to even mention the guy’s name, he just stole it.What did you do?I grumbled.Related: $100,000 for a 3-day pass to the Grateful Dead’s final shows © 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

NAR Urges Cordray Not to Cut Out MiniCorrespondents

first_imgNAR Urges Cordray Not to Cut Out Mini-Correspondents Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mini-Correspondent Brokers National Association of Realtors Richard Cordray 2014-10-08 Tory Barringer The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently sent a letter to the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to adopt a cautious approach as it puts greater scrutiny on brokers operating under the “mini-correspondent” lender model.In a note addressed to CFPB chief Richard Cordray, NAR President Steve Brown asks the director to “be mindful” of certain business concerns when evaluating arrangements between mini-correspondent brokers and lenders so as not to “unduly restrict access to credit.”Brown’s letter comes months after the bureau signaled it will be watching out for brokers trying to skirt its compensation rules by operating the same way under a different label. Those rules were put in place early this year as a way to remove financial incentives for brokers to direct borrowers toward riskier products.”Before the financial crisis, consumers seeking mortgages were steered toward high-cost and risky loans that were not in the consumer’s interest,” Cordray said in July. “The CFPB’s rules on mortgage broker compensation are intended to protect consumers from this type of abuse. Today we are putting companies on notice that they cannot avoid those rules by calling themselves by a different name.”In his letter, Brown voiced NAR’s support for the bureau’s efforts to stop brokers from getting around its rules but said the group “also supports access and choice in credit provider channels,” including affiliated business arrangements and joint ventures.Brown specifically points to arrangements in which the joint venture partner is the main partner or the channel for selling loans.He also pointed to warehouse lines of credit, a product he says the mortgage banking industry has suffered a shortage of over the years.”The withdrawal of warehouse lines and correspondent channels for selling loans has been a way the largest players have attempted to gain market share,” Brown said. “By turning to comparably smaller but substantial venture partners, smaller lenders have maintained the services and access to credit they provide consumers.”He continues: “One of the major reasons why the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted was to deal with too-big-to-fail entities and industry concentration. The Bureau should therefore be mindful of the concentration effects of provisions that bar entry or growth of smaller lending entities.” October 8, 2014 475 Views center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

Man imprisoned for 10 years after cannabis haul

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first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesA new major leak of documents, dubbed the ‘Paradise Papers’, show how politicians, including heads of governments and states and their family members, entrepreneurs, companies and celebrities set up offshore companies in various jurisdictions including Cyprus in an attempt to evade taxes or even conceal questionable transactions and wealth and launder funds.The data, comprised of 13.4 million documents and leaked from the Bermuda-based Appleby law firm, was obtained by Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung. They include references to advisors of US President Donald Trump, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and former heads of government.Not all persons whose names appear in the reports are necessarily involved in criminal activity.The new revelations shed light on the business ties of US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the former vice-chairman of Bank of Cyprus, with a shipping company which has a business relationship with a company owned by people in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, according to reports published in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reveal.The new reports also show that Marina Sechina, former wife of Putin’s close aide Igor Sechin, invested dozens of millions of euros in schemes involving offshore companies even after neither she nor her former husband had declared sufficient income or significant assets justifying the investment.They also show how Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko appears to be involved in questionable transactions in a probable violation of his country’s capital controls with the use of offshore firms, including one in Cyprus.According to the leak, Queen Elizabeth of England has reportedly invested in a Cayman Islands-based fund controlling a company selling household goods to UK consumers with questionable practices.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cooperation the key to commercialising natural gas

first_imgActing Special Envoy and Coordinator for Energy Affairs at the US State Department Amos Hochstein has said that the best way to commercialise Cyprus` natural gas is by looking at the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole, noting that “we have to identify a way for taking advantage of existing infrastructure”.Hochstein, who was speaking to journalists during a teleconference, was asked if natural gas resources in Cyprus were too small to play any role in the European supply.“I do not think it is too small,” he said. “We are at the beginning of the process of identifying what the size of the reservoirs of recoverable gas is in Cyprus.”Asked about the best way to get the Cyprus natural gas to Europe, he said the best way to look at this issue is “by looking at the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole”, from Israel to Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and “potentially in the future maybe Lebanon as well”.“The key to commercialising and monetising these great new exiting discoveries is working together. We have to work on the political process obviously, we have to identify a way for taking advantage of existing infrastructure and not trying to replicate each country on its own very costly projects,” he said.“The more we can work together that would contribute to getting better results for the stability, security and prosperity of the region”.He also said that each of the countries he had mentioned had “aligned and similar interests”.Replying to another question, he said that the Eastern Mediterranean is a great example “where if you get the politics right, the payoff is going to be quite considerable and impressive”.The region could be a source of supply for global markets and specifically for Europe, Hochstein said.The consortium of Noble Energy and Delek drilling, holds the right to explore Cyprus’ offshore block 12, in the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as well as Leviathan and Tamar gas fields of Israel.  In late 2011, Noble announced a discovery offshore Cyprus with estimated gross mean resources of 5 Tcf, and is currently studying options for development. The consortium`s successful exploration wells offshore Israel and Cyprus has resulted in the discovery of more than 40 Tcf of new gas resources for this region.Consortium ENI/KOGAS has been awarded exploration licences in Cyprus` EEZ, namely in Blocks 2,3 and 9. ENI completed two seismic surveys, and is planning to drill six wells in the coming 18 months. (CNA)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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