KUSI Newsroom Deported veteran denied entry into U.S. at San Ysidro Port of Entry Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A deported Marine Corps veteran from Belize has been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 1995 and was recently denied entry to the United States when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview, it was reported today.Roman Sabal, 58, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 a.m. Monday with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for shortly before noon in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Instead, he was turned away even though border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons, according to the newspaper.Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves, the Union-Tribune reported. He has two U.S. citizen children and with a U.S. citizen woman, whom he hopes to marry one day.He initially came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and did not have permission to stay in the U.S. permanently.After seeing Marines in action during his time in the Belizean military, he came with the goal of enlisting in the Marine Corps and managed to join with a fake identity document, according to the Union-Tribune.He told the newspaper that he confessed during boot camp and was told, “Don’t worry about it. You’re a Marine now.”Years after he was honorably discharged, he decided to go back to Belize because he had developed diabetes, and his mother had offered to help him treat it with herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals, the newspaper reported.When he returned to the U.S., his entry triggered an immigration court case.Sabal never found out about the hearing and a judge ordered him deported in his absence, so when he returned to Belize again in 2008 for more treatment, he found himself stuck there, according to the Union-Tribune.Sabal and his attorney, Victoria Starrett, crossed onto U.S. soil on Monday and gave Customs and Border Protection officials paperwork detailing his case and his request to enter the country to attend his interview, the Union-Tribune reported.Starrett told the newspaper that CBP officials waved them to the side then eventually told them to go through Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to request parole, but those officials sent them back to Mexico.Some ICE officers work out of the port of entry, but it was not clear whether they were involved in the incident on Monday, the newspaper reported.Starrett told the newspaper that Sabal’s legal team will likely have to file a lawsuit in federal court to get him access to the citizenship process.Sabal told the newspaper on Monday that he plans to wait in Tijuana for a few days to see if the situation can be resolved quickly, but otherwise he will have to travel back to Belize and try again at a later date. Updated: 3:49 PM
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An Amtrak train that departed from Northwest Miami-Dade derailed in snow-covered Georgia, Wednesday night.Amtrak’s Silver Meteor Train Number 98 was heading toward New York when it arrived in Savannah but getting through the snow proved to be a challenge.Just as the train pulled into the station, two sleeper cars and a baggage car derailed.“The switch was frozen, and after like an hour of trying to defrost it, they gave up, so we passed the station,” said a passenger. “Then we were going to back up into it. Then the baggage car derailed.”All three of the cars remained upright, and none of the 311 people on board were hurt.Some passengers who were resting in the sleeper cars were transferred to other trains to continue the journey north.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Sedans Luxury cars Beyond the crazy-rich nano-pigment paint borrowed from the NSX, you might be wondering: What makes the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition so special? Starting with a conventional A-Spec all-wheel-drive model’s body-in-white, master technicians will hand assemble each example at PMC away from the regular production line, including adding all of the driveline, chassis and electrical components. In fact, so much of the assembly work on these models will take place at PMC that the facility will be its manufacturing location of origin.Each sedan then receives PMC-specific gloss-black 19-inch wheels with matching lug nuts, along with model-specific exterior finishes including a body-colored grille surround and 4-inch dual exhaust tips rendered in dark chrome. In an effort to add a bit more contrast and menace, the roof panel and door handles are finished in gloss black, as well.Enlarge ImageBadges? Apparently we do need some stinkin’ badges. Dan Howell/Acura Inside, TLX PMC Edition models are treated to black Milano leather seats incorporating black piping, red stitching and Alcantara faux-suede inserts. There’s matching red stitching on elsewhere in the cabin, along with a serialized PMC dash plaque. Uniquely, each TLX PMC Edition will be subjected to the same battery of quality-control tests as the NSX, which Acura says includes “dyno check, final paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test.” Once the ink is dry on that checklist, completed models will be wrapped in a unique PMC car cover and shipped to dealers via enclosed car carrier. Each 2020 Acura TLX PMC will be hand assembled and undergo the NSX’s inspection process. Acura Interestingly, Acura has declined to make performance modifications to the TLX’s V6 drivetrain, meaning that the PMC Edition relies on the same 3.5-liter direct-injected unit and nine-speed automatic that many ordinary TLX models come equipped with. In conventional TLX guise, at least, that combination is good for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and those same numbers will almost certainly apply here. (According to reports, Acura will exhume its Type S higher-performance model family soon, but it has yet to reveal which vehicle in its line will get the treatment first.)If around $50,000 sounds a bit rich for a TLX with special paint and trimmings, know that it’s not that far off the regular model’s pricing. While a base, front-wheel-drive TLX with Acura’s 2.4-liter I4 starts at an affordable $33,000 plus $995 for delivery, a comparable AWD A-Spec model with the optional V6 and Tech Package runs a shade over $46,000 before accessories. In other words, given the extra TLC and wicked paint job, the 2020 TLX PMC Edition may prove to be a sought-after upgrade for the brand’s faithful. As it is, the TLX is quietly outselling higher-profile sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in the US.Acura spokesman Chris Naughton confirms to Roadshow that the company won’t have any sort of special reservation or ordering process for the new model; customers can simply go to their local dealer and express their interest.Enlarge ImageMaster technicians will build TLX PMC models from the body-in-white on up. Dan Howell/Acura If a sport sedan isn’t your speed, Acura is already confirming that this special-edition TLX will be followed up by a PMC Edition of the company’s popular MDX crossover SUV, and other models could be coming, too. “We designed the PMC not only to build NSX, but to give Acura the flexibility to explore handcrafted production of limited edition models. The TLX and MDX PMC Edition are the first to take advantage of this unique capability, and we intend to explore additional options,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura brand officer, in the official release.According to Acura spokesperson Chris Naughton, “The plan from the beginning was for PMC to be flexible… [to be] kind of a test bed for technology or processes… and also try new things that may not work well in a mass-production environment.” Indeed, in an interview with Roadshow, Naughton pointed to the Acura NSX GT3 as a further example of PMC’s flexibility — each race car’s body structure starts life at the plant. Enlarge ImageThe TLX is just the first model to get this special PMC treatment. Acura’s MDX SUV will be next. Dan Howell/Acura In the case of the TLX PMC, Marysville Auto Plant’s paint shop simply isn’t set up to handle the car’s time- and process-intensive Valencia Red Pearl application process. Painting a normal TLX Advance or A-Spec is a one-day job, and it takes five days to fully bake the TLX PMC’s nano-pigment finish.If nothing else, these special models may serve to keep the master technicians at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center busy, and ensure their expensive tooling and paint shop remain active, too. Despite rave reviews, slow sales mean that NSX production volumes may not be sufficient to keep PMC humming. Last year, Acura sold just 581 examples of its six-figure gas-electric sports car. So far this year, the NSX is faring a bit better, with 67 units sold through March, a 17.9% improvement year over year. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags See All Share your voice Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 20 Photos Acura Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Acura’s been keen to make the most of its NSX mid-engined supercar, and it’s been featuring the hybrid sports coupe in its recent print, television and digital ads alongside its more affordable offerings. The NSX’s rub-off will finally become a bit more literal at next week’s New York Auto Show, however, when the Japanese automaker unveils the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition seen here.Looking like a particularly vibrant TLX sedan, the Valencia Red Pearl-painted PMC Edition takes its name from the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, where final assembly of the model will be completed. (Regular TLX models are assembled at the nearby Marysville Auto Plant.) Just 360 examples of this special model we be built over six months starting this summer, with pricing estimated to be “around $50,000,” according to a statement released Thursday. reading • 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition goes to NSX finishing school ahead of NY Auto Show More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019 0 Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Acura • 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition rocks up ahead of NY Auto Show 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Post a comment
Trucks make their way through flood waters on a main road leading to the Arkema Inc. chemical plant that was in crisis during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: AFPNew proof of the devastation wrought by monster storm Harvey emerged Wednesday as the bodies of six family members were plucked from receding waters in Texas and flooding triggered fears of a chemical explosion near Houston.While clouds parted in America’s fourth-largest city, bringing a welcome respite after the storm turned roads into rivers, rural areas of Texas were drenched as Harvey headed eastwards with the city of Port Arthur especially hard hit.Authorities in neighboring Louisiana scrambled to safeguard their state from the impact of Harvey, whose onslaught evoked painful memories of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly strike 12 years ago—but New Orleans escaped with minimal rain.Taking advantage of a lull in the rainfall in Houston, rescuers recovered the bodies of six family members from a van which was swept away by the floods over the weekend.Manuel and Belia Saldivar and four of their great-grandchildren ranging from six to 16 years in age went missing on Sunday.“Our worst fears have been realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a press conference, confirming all six bodies had been found inside the van.So far, officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm, and there is little doubt the toll will rise further—although many of those unaccounted for may simply have no access to phones or power.“To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever,” President Donald Trump said in a speech, a day after viewing some of the damage for himself on a trip to Texas.More than 30,000 people have found refuge in shelters across the Lone Star State, from the giant Houston convention center to small churches, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long.In Houston, where Mayor Sylvester Turner issued an nighttime curfew to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting, the two major airports reopened on a limited basis, signalling a slow return to normality.Turner told a news conference Wednesday night that trash pickup and metro service will resume in some areas where flood waters have receded.“It’s my hope that despite how massive this storm has been, that the city of Houston will quickly move to get back to where we were and then beyond that,” Turner said.The National Hurricane Center downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression Wednesday night, but warned that life-threatening flood conditions remain in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.But at least a quarter of Harris County, which includes Houston, is still under water—and the operators of an organic peroxides plant outside the city warned they were bracing for the risk of an explosion after flooding caused them to lose all power.“Right now, we have an unprecedented six feet of water at the plant,” Rich Rowe, president and chief executive of plant operator Arkema Inc, said in a statement.“We have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire,” he said. “The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”As a precaution, officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three km) of the plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, and Rowe said the facility itself had been evacuated for employees’ safety.‘City underwater’Even as Houston got a first glimpse of life-after-Harvey, the city of Port Arthur was pummeled by torrential rains—making it almost impossible to reach despite the best efforts of volunteer rescuers.“Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur’s mayor, Derrick Freeman, posted on Facebook early Wednesday—assuring stranded residents that help was on the way.Justin Coleman was part of a crew of three jeeps and three boats that drove overnight from Fort Worth trying to reach Port Arthur, but were forced to turn around on their first attempt.“We’re on the radio with them right now and every 30 seconds there’s another person rescued,” the 33-year-old told AFP during a pit stop at a gas station in the nearby town of Winnie.“There’s a lot of babies and elderly that are stuck in their homes right now. They said it’s getting up to their chests,” said Coleman, who runs a construction company.So far, parts of Texas have seen more than 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rain, while in Louisiana, the top total 18 inches so far was increasing.Dodged a bulletHarvey first slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane on Friday night before unloading on Texas.Although now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made its second landfall just west of the Louisiana town of Cameron early Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds nearing 45 miles per hour.Forecasters are predicting another five to 10 inches of rain in the region, with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday.For now, southwestern Louisiana is taking the hardest hit, with a levee being breached in the town of Gueydan.While New Orleans appeared to have dodged a bullet, the arrival of Harvey nevertheless served as a somber reminder, coming just one day after the 12-year anniversary of Katrina, which ravaged the vulnerable city famous for its jazz music and cuisine.“I began to pray for the people in Texas after having gone through that same experience myself as a Katrina survivor,” said Crystal Harris, who works for a bank which was taking donations for storm victims.‘Lessons learned’In Texas, the damage wrought is staggering—Enki Research put its “best estimate” at between $48 billion and $75 billion.At least one bridge had crumbled, one levee had breached and dams were at risk, while Harvey sparked the closure of several major refineries across what is a major hub of America’s oil industry.More than 4,500 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued from the storm zone by the Coast Guard, which expected to rescue an additional 1,000 people Wednesday in the Port Arthur area alone.The Coast Guard has deployed about 50 aircraft and two dozen boats, but the overall rescue effort, involving other military branches and state police, easily tops more than 100 aircraft.“We are certainly bringing lessons learned from Katrina,” Admiral Paul Thomas, who oversees Coast Guard operations in 26 states, told reporters in New Orleans—noting that several members of his team are Louisiana natives who are veterans of the 2005 disaster.
Stay on target There’s A New Ghost in the Shell Series ComingMovieBob Reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) After releasing five excruciatingly small teasers, Paramount has finally released the first full-length trailer for Ghost in the Shell.We get a good sense of what the story will be like from the trailer and it stays close to the one in the manga, written by Mamoru Oshii. “The Major,” a cyborg, runs Section 9, an intelligence organization that fights cyber-criminals. According to the official synopsis, the group “is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.”There are a few departures from the source material. For one, “The Major” doesn’t seem to know who she is. In the manga and film, she is aware of her past and how she became a cyborg, and it adds something to the core of the narrative, which concerns humanity’s relationship with machines and the Major’s own questions about the state of her being (hence the title, which is a play on “the ghost in the machine”).We also still don’t have answers as to why Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead. She’s referred to here as “The Major” instead of Major Motoko Kusanagi as a way to get around any controversies surrounding whitewashing, but any practical reasons for not casting a Japanese actress are still unclear (besides the racism we’ve seen countless times in Hollywood, especially when it comes to actors of Asian descent). Producer Steven Paul told Buzzfeed that the plan was to create a more international story, but three other prominent characters have been replaced with white actors.It doesn’t also help that in the trailer, most of the people who are gunned down or beaten up are played by Asian actors. Most of the characters with dialogue are played by white actors.In a world where the voices of people of color are silenced all the time, it would’ve been worth it to see a Japanese story starring and being told by Japanese actors.Things we can say in the trailer’s favor: it looks beautiful. It aesthetically stays very close to the 1995 anime film, including some scenes that look like they’ve been redone shot-for-shot. It has a lot in common with Blade Runner regarding design (and incidentally, Westworld, although that might not have been on purpose). It’s imagery that works, especially when we’re talking about a futuristic Tokyo that relies heavily on technology.The film is set to hit theaters on March 31, 2017.
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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more July 17, 2015 – Molecular breast imaging (MBI/BSGI) has been proven to be a highly sensitive imaging technique for the diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), a position supported by a recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. Physicians at the Legacy Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon, reported a sensitivity of 88.9 percent for MBI/BSGI in diagnosing ILC, a difficult-to-diagnose breast cancer.This study was a retrospective review of a prospectively maintained imaging registry at the institution in the course of six years. The analysis was conducted with almost 700 patients who underwent the BSGI procedure, which to date makes it the largest pool of data on molecular imaging of ILCs. The results show that BSGI has a slightly higher sensitivity for the detection of ILCs than for the detection of invasive ductal carcinomas (IDCs), while the specificities for both diseases are comparable. BSGI was also reported to detect additional cancers in patients with ILC. BSGI was found to have advantages over magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as it is easier to interpret, better tolerated by patients and much less costly. The group of physicians concluded that BSGI has high sensitivity and specificity and is an excellent adjunctive imaging tool for patients with newly diagnosed ILCs.The MBI for the study was conducted using a Dilon molecular imaging system, a high-resolution, small field-of-view gamma camera, optimized to perform MBI. With MBI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Due to their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than the normal surrounding tissue and generally appear as “hot spots” on the MBI image.For more information: www.dilon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Molecular Imaging | July 17, 2015 New Study Backs Molecular Breast Imaging for Diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Researchers in Oregon report 88.9 percent sensitivity with Dilon Molecular Imaging System News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 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
Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 6, 2017 Remembering Patrick Doherty, beloved industry veteran Share TORONTO — When referring to the dates on his tombstone, with the date of his birth on one end followed by a final date on the other, Patrick Joseph Doherty said what mattered most of all was “the dash between those years.”Wise words from the larger-than-life travel industry veteran who passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 27 at The Villages Regional Hospital near Ocala, Florida.Known by friends and colleagues as the “Redman”, Doherty was born in 1940 in Dublin, Ireland where he eventually worked as a young man in local shipping yards. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, he immigrated to Canada in 1968 and co-founded Alltour Marketing Support Services Ltd., the distribution partner of the Canadian travel industry. In the last quarter of his illustrious career, he joined Baxter Publishing where he established a multitude of partnerships that lasted well into his retirement.In his obituary, Doherty’s family spoke of his love of life, golf, travel and piano bars, and said no one was too insignificant for him to reach out with a friendly smile and say, “My pleasure to meet you!” He loved people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, professions and interests.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaDoherty was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, friend and business partner. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 40 years, Catherine (Dolly), and is survived by his sister, Mary O’Sullivan, and brother, Harry Doherty in Dublin, daughters Elizabeth, Martina and Sarah, sons-in-law Peter and Tony, grandchildren Nicole, Patrick, Celene, Reilly, Aidan, Ryan, Caleb and Gabriel, and great-grandchild Connor.A visitation will be held on April 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Glendale Memorial Gardens, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Ont. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 10 at Saint Peter’s Church, 100 Bainbridge Avenue, Vaughan, Ont. Cremation has already taken place. Arrangements in care of Glendale Memorial Gardens (416) 697-1803.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
February 2, 2018 724 Views Is an Increase in Residential Construction on the Way? in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The U.S. labor market added 200,000 jobs and unemployment remained flat at 4.1 percent in January 2018 according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday. The sectors adding most jobs during the month included construction, food and drink services, health care, and manufacturing. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent year over year. “The increase in labor supply is encouraging, supporting our view that there remains an untapped reservoir of workers that could be drawn into the workforce as wage gains pick up amid rising demand for labor,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. The housing market saw a silver lining to its problem of low supply as the construction industry added jobs at a rapid pace in January 2018. According to Labor Department data the construction sector added 36,000 jobs in January with more than 26,000 of these jobs being added for specialty trade contractors. For the full year, construction added 226,000 jobs. “More construction is on the way. Residential construction jobs had another good month and are the highest since 2008 as builders work to add supply given the tight inventory and rising home prices,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “The labor market remains tight, but the housing market is more so and home prices are still outpacing wages significantly.”“While residential construction jobs increased by 5,000 from their December 2017 figures, they were only 1.3 percent above the level a year ago,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “The ability to build more homes is strongly related to the size of the construction labor force. It’s hard to build homes without home builders. In fact, given today’s news, it’s reasonable to expect the number of housing starts in January to grow by only 1 percent compared with a year ago.”The growth in wages is also driving concerns about inflation and a spike in yields as well as further hikes in rates by the Federal Reserve. “The big news was a solid increase in wage growth to 2.9 percent, which is the high-water mark for the recovery. This provides even more ammunition for the Fed to raise rates next month,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist at National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU).“The 10 year treasury spiked on the news and rates jumped to 2.83 percent from 2.78 percent immediately following the release of labor data. This is the more relevant rate for the housing market and will place upward pressure on mortgage rates,” Kapfidze said.However, supply still remains the key issue for the growth of the housing market. “Solid gains in residential construction employment growth over the past several months should lead to supply growth; however, supply will likely still trail demand growth, boosted by rising disposable household income,” Duncan said. Share Construction Demand HOUSING Housing Market Jobs Labor mortgage Rate Hike Residential Construction Supply U.S. Department of Labor Workers 2018-02-02 Radhika Ojha
May 16, 2011Congratulations to the April 10th, 2011 workshop graduates:back from left: Charles Griffin, Riccardo Milletari [Italy, planning internship], Elliot Wells [scholarship]front from left: Elfriede Jeller [Canada], Saki Oba [Japan], Cristina Freni [Italy, planning internship], Logan Bier [scholarship]
By Stelios OrphanidesThe government’s fiscal surplus in July to September fell to €132m, 39 per cent below the respective figure of 2014, mainly on reduced revenue, the statistical service said.Overall revenue in the third quarter fell 4.5 per cent compared with a year before to below €1.8bn, while overall government expenditure rose 0.1 per cent to well below €1.7bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
23Sep Walker business awarded development assistance for site expansion, job creation The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced last week that auto components manufacturer Plasan Carbon Composites, Inc. will receive economic assistance through the Michigan Business Development Program to facilitate job creation and expansion in the City of Walker, which state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, said should come as no surprise.“Michigan is growing, businesses want to be here, people are returning to work in our state and the economy is at its strongest since the recession,” VerHeulen said. “My colleagues and I in the Michigan House know how important it is to welcome new economic investments with open arms to set the stage for Michigan’s bright future.”The manufacturer was once headquartered in Bennington, Vt., but since 2013 chose to relocate all manufacturing, people and production to Michigan. The City of Walker was chosen as company headquarters—beating out locations in Ohio, Indiana and Vermont—and has offered reduced property taxes to support the project.“Our state is a great state to live and work, and I’m grateful to the MEDC for helping companies like this make a sound economic decision by investing in Michigan,” VerHeulen said. “Bringing jobs and opportunity to Michigan is one reason I work for the people, so I’m thrilled to share this good news for Walker.”Plasan’s expansion will create more than 600 jobs and generate investments upwards of $29 million, resulting in $6 million of performance based economic assistance from the MEDC.### Categories: VerHeulen News
Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News 14Mar Rep. Cole hears testimony on bill to honor fallen soldier Tags: #SB House committee unanimously passes bill to name a section of U.S. 23‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’ Testimony honoring fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson was heard today in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.”State Rep. Triston Cole, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee took testimony on Senate Bill 34 today.“I was moved by the testimony that Sgt. Joe Johnson’s mother, Teri, gave in remembrance of her son today, his legacy as a soldier, what he meant to her family and the world,” said Rep. Cole.Sgt. Johnson was born in Flint and graduated from Carman-Ainsworth High School. In 2006, he joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan three years later. His life was tragically cut short in 2010, when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.“Some people never get to meet their heroes. I raised mine. Thank you for letting me share my son, my soldier, and my hero with you,” Teri Johnson said, during her testimony before the House committee.“We moved to unanimously pass this legislation through committee to the floor in an expedited manner to show our sincere appreciation for those who serve our country, and so that Sgt. Johnson can be memorialized by the state of Michigan,” said Cole.SB 34, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, will now advance to the House floor.#####
State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, today said his plan to strengthen standards for Michigan pet stores will protect animals and the families who adopt them.Vaupel’s legislation, approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, sometimes known as “puppy mills.” It also establishes a minimum age at which puppies can be placed up for adoption, ensures all dogs to have a certified health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, and requires dogs to be vaccinated and micro-chipped.“As a veterinarian, I’m dedicated to looking out for the health and welfare of all animals,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This plan will help ensure only reputable pet stores and breeders will be allowed to operate in Michigan. Unscrupulous breeders and stores that don’t look out for the safety of their pets have no business in our communities, and this legislation makes that clear.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5916-17, breeders would be required to supply their U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports to pet stores, in their entirety.“Any major violations within the past two years would make it impossible for a breeder to engage in sales to a pet store in Michigan,” Vaupel said.While implementing these safeguards, the legislation also provide necessary protections for responsible local breeders and pet stores that are committed to pet safety.With demand in American households for pets growing every year, more and more consumers turn online or unwittingly to sources like flea markets or unregulated breeders. In a recent study by the Better Business Bureau, experts believe up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent. In addition, when forced to online retailers, consumers often have no recourse if the puppy is unhealthy or not as advertised.“We must recognize the responsible breeders and local store owners who pour their hearts and souls into building safe and humane facilities, employ dozens of people and are ingrained in the fabric of local communities across our state,” Vaupel said. “Governmental entities should not be allowed to enact overbearing regulations for the sole purpose of putting reputable pet shops out of business.”The legislation now moves to the full House for consideration.### 16May Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores Categories: Vaupel News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 13, 2014; The HillThe Obama administration’s response to the Ebola crisis has become less reliable and trustworthy over time. The queue of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health appearing on national news programs seems to have led to continuing, though changing, messages about controlling the spread of Ebola, messages geared in large part to reduce apprehensions that the pandemic might spread out of control. Little, however, can be done by the well-coached government representatives to explain away what happened in Dallas: the miscues at the Dallas hospital that initially dismissed and then treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who came to Dallas from Liberia and eventually died after contracting Ebola; the treatment of the family he stayed with; the troubled “contact tracing” of people he might have interacted with; and the amateurish hazmat cleaning of their apartment. The new policy of screening at U.S. airports passengers from three West African countries, adopted after official assurances that Ebola-carrying passengers were unlikely to make it to the U.S., is of very limited practical utility, but will make Americans feel better as though something more aggressive is being done to reduce the likelihood of more people like Duncan coming to U.S. cities.Even there, the administration’s attempts to mollify the public have had trouble with consistent messaging. Predictions had been that there were only about 150 passengers a day coming from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia coming to the five U.S. airports where the screening is scheduled to occur, but with the start of testing at JFK Airport in New York, 91 passengers were immediately tagged as having a risk of Ebola, though none immediately tested positive.The latest government response to the Ebola crisis is somewhat worse than the PR approach that has been deployed and is not working particularly well. With the news of the infection of Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted Ebola in Dallas due to having been one of the more than 70 medical personnel who treated Duncan, CDC director Thomas Frieden blamed a “breach of protocol,” a statement that seemed to imply that the nurse herself had somehow been responsible for contracting the disease, perhaps while removing her protective clothing. The protocols for protective clothing have been frequently demonstrated as difficult, confusing, and potentially inadequate and misdirected, but that hasn’t been the message from the CDC. Blaming the unfortunate Dallas nurse has been.More believable than the administration and its doctors are, to our mind, nurses, and we have been particularly impressed with National Nurses United, the union that has been forthright on a number of issues (including speaking out on the health impacts of the Detroit water shutoffs and advocating for the enactment of a “Robin Hood tax”) and is now speaking out on the Ebola crisis and raising questions about the safety protocols. As the frontline of the response to Ebola treatment, nurses count, and we should not ignore their voices. In response to Frieden’s comments, Bonnie Castillo, the director of the NNU’s disaster relief unit, chided, “You don’t scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak.”“There is no standard short of optimal in protective equipment and hands-on-training that is acceptable,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU’s executive director in a press release. “Nurses and other frontline hospital personnel must have the highest level of protective equipment, such as the Hazmat suits Emery University or the CDC themselves use while transporting patients and hands on training and drills for all RNs and other hospital personnel, that includes the practice putting on and taking off the optimal equipment.”NNU’s national survey of its membership, with responses from some 1,900 nurses in 46 states and the District of Columbia, indicated that 76 percent of respondents said their hospitals had not communicated any policies regarding the treatment of Ebola patients, 37 percent said that their hospitals had insufficient supplies of eye protection, 36 percent said that there were insufficient supplies of fluid-resistant gowns, and 39 percent said that their hospitals lacked plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic-covered mattresses and pillows and directives to dispose of all linens after use. Amazingly, 85 percent of respondents reported that their hospitals hadn’t convened educational meetings for them where they could interact with administrators and ask questions.Frieden subsequently apologized for his apparent blaming-the-victim statement, but the NNU critique clearly has had its impact. The CDC said it is rethinking—once again—its Ebola strategy, given that the infection has reached a U.S. healthcare worker. While the CDC is rethinking, Marc Zuckerberg announced—on his Facebook page, naturally—a $25 million donation to the CDC Foundation to “help the frontline workers in their heroic work.” That follows the $50 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Ebola.Maybe some of that funding might get the CDC to get off the soft-soap PR strategy and start listening to frontline nurses about what needs to happen to minimize the risk for further transmission of Ebola.POSTSCRIPT: Today, a second nurse who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola. The announcement garnered a detailed and chilling statement from a spokesperson from National Nurses United, based on interviews with nurses at the hospital, detailing how unprepared and uncoordinated the hospital was. The statement cited “constantly changing protocols at the hospital,” saying that Duncan was kept for hours in a unit with other patients for hours until a nurse supervisor intervened and demanded he be moved to an isolation unit (despite resistance from hospital authorities), that nurses were told to cover exposed parts of their bodies (such as their neck areas) with permeable tape, and hazardous materials covered with Duncan’s fluids piled up with no one available to remove them. The hospital responded with a statement that is hard to describe as anything but a non-response, citing the annual training it offers on infectious diseases, its 24-7 hotline, and “other mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting.” In this instance, once again, National Nurses United is doing the heavy lifting in telling the public what is really going on, compared with the confusing, contradictory, and constantly changing stories from the CDC and the hospital.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share26TweetShareEmail26 SharesAnonymous Protest / Sean P. AndersonDecember 16, 2016; SlateDespite protests and impassioned appeals, in the end, more electors defected from Hillary Clinton than from Donald Trump. Now that the popular vote and Electoral College votes have been tallied, it may fall to guerilla art, civil disobedience, rallies, vigils, marches, walkouts, and the many other tactics of witness and disruption to force voices of protest to be heard. For undocumented immigrants, students, and others who could not or did not vote and now oppose the new administration’s initiatives, protest can offer another opportunity to participate in civil society.In “Lessons for Fighting a Demagogue, From the People Who Survived a Plague,” Michelle Goldberg, a columnist for Slate, offers encouragement and advice to the roiling anti-Trump protest movement emerging across the country that is outpacing the growth of the Tea Party movement following the election of Barack Obama in 2008.Protests are being planned for the inauguration, such as the Women’s March on Washington. Women, African Americans, Muslim Americans, immigrant Americans, Jewish Americans, LGBT Americans, and many other Americans may find common cause in the months and years ahead. Experienced organizers and people new to social action can draw from the lessons of past movements. Goldberg takes a look at the rise and ultimate success of the ACT UP resistance movement that faced seemingly insurmountable odds.When ACT UP formed in March 1987, the AIDS epidemic was six years old and had killed 40,000 people, yet President Ronald Reagan hadn’t given a single speech about it. That year the Senate, by a vote of 94-2, passed an amendment banning the Centers for Disease Control from funding AIDS programs that “promote, encourage or condone homosexual activities.” Introducing the amendment, North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms said, “We have got to call a spade a spade, and a perverted human being a perverted human being.”Relentless, radical, and pragmatic protest was required to confront the pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome for charging $10,000 a year for AZT, the only known drug to be effective against the AIDS virus. At that time, homosexual acts were illegal in most states. Years of constant action were also required to force the government to expand the CDC’s definition of AIDS to include women and intravenous drug users as being among its victims.New movements have formed more recently, like Occupy and Black Lives Matter. Sometimes described as “not your grandfather’s civil rights movement,” a Black Lives Matter activist declined meeting with President Obama, saying she “could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimize the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it.” That is new. What is also new is that BLM just hired the world’s fourth largest advertising agency network, J. Walter Thompson, to help advance its issues.Going forward, protests will likely blend the old with the new, such as the “inside/outside” strategy of ACT UP (protesters outside and confederates inside who open the doors in more ways than one) combined with the use of ever-emerging technology to instantly mobilize people. Whatever comes, no one should be surprised by how long and hard the road will be.Patti Smith sang an emotional rendition of Bob Dylan’s 1963 classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” during the Nobel Prize for Literature presentation. Dylan’s words that may now join the canon of American protest songs speak to the “hard rain” that is sure to fall on those who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others and in fidelity to their sense of justice. Amanda Petrasich for the New Yorker described the song’s second verse, at which point Patti paused and had to begin again, as expressing “a dystopian nightmare state, a landscape ravaged by surreal despair.” But this song also speaks to human resilience in the face of profound suffering. Sung before Swedish Royals and many other prominent guests assembled in Oslo City Hall, this is the kind of action, speaking out against injustice, that Dylan honors with his music and that history remembers long after elected leaders pass from the stage.One thing ACT UP veterans insist on is the importance of real-world, offline organizing to figure out a new strategy. “It is messy and it is slow and I have faith that we will get there,” Alexis Danzig, who joined ACT UP in 1988, told me after the second Trump Resistance meeting. “People just have to bear with each other. Last night was a gathering of like-minded people who know that something needs to happen. Some of them are younger activists who have never faced a government that has so actively hated them. Others of us are kind of used to being hated because of who we are.”—James SchafferShare26TweetShareEmail26 Shares
Share2Tweet8ShareEmail10 Shares“World Affairs Council and Girard College present Bill Cosby.”May 2, 2018; Hartford CourantNow that Bill Cosby has actually been convicted on three counts of sexual assault, a number of colleges and universities are finally making moves to rescind his honorary degrees. Reportedly, he has accumulated 60 such awards over the years. Among those finally making the move are Yale, Northwestern, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and Wesleyan University, among others. Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, voted to rescind his honorary doctorate last week.Notre Dame’s statement, made by its president, Rev. John L. Jenkins, reads as follows:As a result of his conviction today on three felony charges in a sexual assault, the University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1990. While certainly troubled by serious, public accusations made by multiple women against him, the University elected to wait until due process had been afforded the accused, and a verdict delivered, before rescinding the honor.Which certainly sounds reasonable, but where have they been? A juror commented following the trial at which Cosby was convicted that what turned the tide for them was the actor’s own admission in a 2005 deposition that he had drugged women to have sex with them. The deposition stayed sealed until 2015 when a judge released it as accusations mounted. Many other universities acted long before this to make statements about their own values relative to this case. Maybe for some, it just was not that meaningful.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2Tweet8ShareEmail10 Shares
Eutelsat has reached agreement with Deutsche Telekom over the duration of Eutelsat’s right to use a German filing at the disputed 28.5° East orbital slot. Both parties have agreed that arbitration proceedings started in 2011 before the International Court of Arbitratio of the International Chamber of Commerce will be terminated, and the Court of Arbitration will shortly issue a ruling by consent based on the settlement agreed between the pair.In October, Eutelsat filed a request for arbitration against rival satellite operator SES with the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris over an alleged breach of the agreement between the pair governing the use of frequencies at the closely adjacent 28.2° and 28.5° East orbital position operated by SES and Eutelsat respectively.According to Eutelsat, a deal between SES and broadcast services provider Media Broadcast, which was owned by Deutsche Telekom until sold to TDF in 2008, for the use of additional spectrum violated SES’s agreement with Eutelsat on the use of the frequencies.
French media regulator the CSA has initiated a joint consultation with the country’s channels on reality shows following the deaths of two people involved in the making of TF1’s Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor. The move follows the death of 25 year-old contestant Gérald Babin, who suffered a heart attack while completing one of the challenges on the show, and the subsequent death of the show’s doctor, Thierry Costa, who left a suicide note that referred to criticism and media pressure following Babin’s death.CSA president Olivier Schrameck has charged Françoise Laborde and Francine Mariani-Ducray, who co-chair a committee that looks at the evolution of programming, to lead the consultation over the next few weeks with a particular focus on whether such shows respect human dignity and offer sufficient protection for young people and minors.The CSA said the consultation, which will take care not to interfere with ongoing legal enquiries, could lead to a re-examination of rules and the creation of a new voluntary code of practice that producers and distributors could sign up to.
Romtelecom has made a series of executive appointments.The Romanian service provider has named Gunnar Pahnke as chief of strategy, transformation and wholesale services Romanian, for fixed and mobile operations for Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania. Pahnke was previously vice-president, strategy, Europe at Deutsche Telekom.In other appointments, Bogdan Voicu has been named executive director supply management Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, Emmanuel Sordet has been named executive director of company relationships, Romania, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania, and Ruxandra Voda has been appointed communications manager, fixed and mobile operations, Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania.Olaf Lausen, previously general manager, new business development, has been appointed as chief of staff for fixed and mobile operations, Romania.Current chief commercial officer Panos Makris will leave the company in August, to be replaced by Mathias Hanel, who has previously held a number of senior roles within Deutsche Telekom.