Nova Scotia brain injury victim communicates with mom for first time since

first_imgHALIFAX – In what her mother calls a “Christmas miracle,” a Nova Scotia woman who suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a 1996 car accident communicated one-on-one with her mother for the first time in 21 years.Louise Misner said her 37-year-old daughter Joellen Huntley used eye-motion cameras and software on an iPad to respond to a comment from Misner about her clothes.Huntley has been severely disabled since she was 15, unable to walk or talk and fed through a tube. She has always responded to family members’ presence by making sounds, but was unable to communicate any thoughts.The breakthrough occurred during a Christmas Day visit at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville, N.S.“I said ‘Joellen I like your new Christmas outfit you got on,’” Misner said in a telephone interview on Friday.Misner said her daughter then used the technology to find an icon for a short-sleeve shirt.“And then she said no, and went to a long-sleeve shirt because she was trying to tell me what she had on.”Misner said her reaction was immediate to what had been a long hoped for personal communication.“Christmas miracle,” she said. “It was God’s way of telling me that she’s finally achieved what she needed to since the accident.”Huntley was thrown from a car that had swerved to avoid a dog that was running loose along a road in Centreville, N.S., on April 18, 1996. The accident claimed the life of her boyfriend and a young girl who was the sister of the driver.Huntley’s family eventually won a $1 million insurance settlement as a result of the crash, but by 2014 they found themselves embroiled in a court battle with the province’s Community Services Department, which sought to claw back the money for past and future care costs.An undisclosed out-of-court settlement was reached in April 2015, after Joellen’s family argued they needed the money for care that included physiotherapy and special equipment that would add to her quality of life.Misner said the settlement money helped the family purchase the computer equipment she is now using with the help of a speech pathologist.“We had to go through two or three different screens until we found the right one for her and it’s called Eyegaze. Her eyes focus on the icons to answer questions.”Misner said one of Joellen’s nurses told them she is “doing really well with it.”“I knew she just needed time for technology to catch up with her,” Misner said. “When God gives you a child, they are the most precious thing and you never give up on them and you always fight for them.”The family has invited journalists to the rehab centre on Tuesday to “meet Joellen.”last_img read more

250000 in cheques paid to exAMC finance director did not have proper

first_img(Former Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs financial director Gary Julius.)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former director of finance for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs allegedly paid himself about $250,000 in cheques that were not properly authorized, according to a complaint submitted to Manitoba’s chartered accountants institute.The complaint alleges that 23 of 30 cheques paid out to Gary Julius, the former director of finance for the AMC, did not have “the proper authorizations required” and that 16 of the 30 cheques did “not have any cheque requisitions,” according to the complaint filed by the AMC on April 22 with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba.“They were just paid out to him on the invoices he provided,” said the complaint, obtained by APTN National News.Julius, who held the position as director of finance from Dec. 15, 2008, to Sept. 7, 2011, was paid a total of $326,681. The complaint alleges that of that total, $250,287 “did not have the proper authorizations.”The allegations around the payments are listed under the subhead “personal payments Mr. Julius made to himself that did not follow the AMC financial policy.”The complaint lists three specific examples to back the allegations. The complaint alleges that “no one signed off” on a Jan 7, 2010 cheque to Julius for $13,510 and on a June 7, 2011 cheque for $13,440. It also alleges that Julius “signed off on one requisition and one invoice by himself” for an Aug. 6, 2009 cheque for $15,430.Julius told APTN National News that the allegations were “unfounded.” He said he has provided a response to the allegations, but he would not supply APTN National News with a copy. Julius said he expected the chartered accountants institution to make a ruling on the complaint soon.None of the allegations have been proven in court.The AMC did not have any comment.Julius was once the Winnipeg Kinsmen’s president, vice-president and treasurer. He also served on the finance committee of the Manitoba Special Olympics’ board of directors and helped start the Winnipeg chapter of Operation Go Home, which is a charitable organization that helps street youth get home.Julius was director of finance while former AMC grand chief Ron Evans was in power.Evans could not be reached for comment.APTN National News reported last week that, while Evans was in power, the AMC also borrowed over a million dollars from an education charity to pay its bills. An internal financial report found that the education charity had likely run afoul of Canada Revenue Agency rules as a result of the financial transactions with the AMC.One of Julius’ jobs as director of finance was to “provide accounting and financial support for First Nations Education Trust Inc. account.” The complaint against Julius also alleges that he authorized the July 25, 2011 transfer of $295,000 from the education fund to the AMC to keep the organization’s bank account from getting into an overdraft position.The fund was nearly drained of money by the times Evans left his post as grand chief. He took with him $87,853 in severance pay that the AMC says was unauthorized.The issue of Evans’ severance pay, along with the use of funds from the education charities form part of a complaint launched by the AMC against Julius.A second arms-length charity connected to the AMC had its registration revoked by the federal tax agency last month. The Tay Bway Win First Nations Justice Fund lost its charity registration because it had failed to file its return.The AMC was warned by an internal financial report from BDO Canada in September 2011 that the Tay Bway Win fund was in danger of facing revocation as a result of $26,000 the charity spent on things outside of its mandate like football tickets, dinners, galas and sponsorships.Julius was on the charity’s board of directors and its treasurer. Evans was also on the board.The complaint alleges the justice charity, which was created to help people get access to legal services who couldn’t afford it, also failed to file any financial statements to the Manitoba government.“The directors of Tay Bway Win Fund are also at risk as they can be held to the same standards in court as trustees of the trust,” said the read more

Las Vegas attack leaves costly wake for uninsured Canadian victims

CALGARY — Hudson Mack says he doesn’t know the cost of his Victoria-based son’s intensive medical care after being shot Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, only that he’s sure it’s already “catastrophic.”Like many who make a short trip to the United States, his 21-year-old son Sheldon didn’t buy travel health insurance before crossing the border, and is now facing the potential of a staggering medical bill after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history left him with gunshot wounds that required major surgery.“It’s a lesson to Canadians to not cross the border without coverage,” said Mack.Thanks to a patchwork of funds for victims of violent crime, however, Mack says at least they might not have to worry about the hospital bills, on top of the emotional toll the family is facing.“Emotionally, it’s been hellish,” Mack said. “We didn’t know what we were going to find when we got down here. So this has been terrible for Sheldon, a horrible thing for him, and a very difficult thing for us.”He said he’s been told Nevada has a fund for victims of violent crime who don’t have insurance, while the FBI’s mass casualty unit may help him get Sheldon home, which he’s hoping will happen as soon as this weekend.The Canadian consulate is also helping, with the potential to tap into a government program that provides financial assistance for Canadians victimized abroad, though the program is capped at $10,000 and doesn’t cover lost wages.Friends have also set up an online crowdfunding page at GoFundMe to help with Sheldon’s recovery, as have friends of several other Canadians injured in the attack.Mack said he’s not sure he would have set up the account on his own, but that it’s good to see people want to help.“There’ll be a need for that money down the road because there’s going to be counselling and ongoing emotional support that Sheldon and the others are going to need after this.”Money is also being raised online for Ryan Sarrazin of Camrose, Alta., who, according to a GoFundMe page started by Tamara Johnson, was “seriously injured” after being shot at the concert.“This fund is to assist medical and travel expenses for Ryan and his family,” she said on the funding page, which has already surpassed the original goal of $50,000 and is nearing the $75,000 mark.In a statement posted on the page, Sarrazin’s family thanked those who have supported them, while asking for privacy going forward.“The Sarrazin and Moore families would like to extend our sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for all the contributions to the GoFundMe page as well as all the prayers and well wishes we have received.”Braden Matejka from Lake Country, B.C., has also started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $25,000, saying on the page that the money will help cover his required time off work and other recovery costs after being shot in the back of the head.Victims may also find help from a general GoFundMe campaign started by Las Vegas’s county, which has already raised more than US$9 million, though it does not specify how much, if any, will go to Canadians.Canadian travel health insurance policies generally have at least a million dollars of coverage, said Will McAleer, president of Canada’s Travel Health Insurance Association.Once contacted, insurance companies will contact next of kin, co-ordinate with doctors and hospitals and manage care and flights home, so it’s important to have insurance, and your insurance card ready.However, Canadians shouldn’t expect much support from their provincial coverage, where the daily coverage ranges from between $50 and $400 depending on the province, McAleer added.“The amounts that you’d be paid for under a provincial medical plan are certainly insignificant, they’re almost non-existent.”He said intensive medical care for an emergency such as a critical gunshot wound can cost upwards of $10,000 a hour as teams of specialists go into action.“For significant emergencies, it’s not even a fraction of the coverage.” read more

TTC bus crash kills one injures 12

One woman was killed, and 12 others were injured when a Toronto transit bus hit a cube truck head-on.It happened around 11:30 Tuesday morning Toronto’s north east end at Steeles and Middlefield Road. A woman riding the bus at the time was pronounced dead at the scene.The TTC says the bus driver was trapped and crews used the jaws of life to free him. He was among the 12 people taken to hospital.Paramedics say two people have serious injuries but are expected to survive.Mayor Rob Ford extended his condolences to the victim’s family and his best wishes for the quick recovery of those hurt.

Iraq UN human rights office UN mission condemn attack on Camp Ashraf

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) visited the site yesterday, meeting separately with the camp’s surviving residents and the commander of Diyala’s Police.“Inside the camp, the delegation witnessed 52 bodies in a makeshift morgue,” UNAMI said in a news release, with seven people still missing after Sunday’s attack.“All the deceased appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, the majority of them in the head and the upper body, and several with their hands tied. “The delegation also saw several damaged buildings, including one burnt, and was shown quantities of explosives,” according to the statement. UNAMI said it mediated between Iraqi authorities and camp’s residents to persuade the residents to allow Iraqi ambulances to transport the bodies of the deceased to the morgue in Baquba. The Chief of Human Rights Office and other members of the delegation remained in Camp Ashraf for further monitoring, the Mission said.“I call on the Iraqi Government to ensure that a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into this atrocious crime is conducted without delay and that the results of the investigation are made public,” urged Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Gyorgy Busztin, who led the visit. He was joined by UNAMI heads of the human rights and of medical sections.Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights office today urged the Iraqi Government to ensure that medical assistance is urgently provided for the wounded. According to the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI), Iraqi authorities have confirmed that medical support is being delivered to the Camp.Camp Ashraf is comprised of Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran.More than 3,000 residents have been relocated to a transit facility know as Camp Liberty while the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status, and resettle them outside of the country, in line with an agreement signed in December 2011 between the UN and the Iraqi Government.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also urged the Government to guarantee the protection of the residents who remain in Camp Ashraf as well as those who are currently in Camp Liberty. “While we are still seeking details of what occurred, we also call upon the Iraqi government to quickly launch a full investigation to establish the facts and disclose the circumstances surrounding this attack,” OHCHR spokesperson Cecile Pouilly told journalists in Geneva. In a statement from his spokesperson over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. read more

Shrewsbury baby scandal at maternity unit expands to 100 cases

Dr Kathy McLean, the NHS Improvement chief operating officer, said: “At this stage, we are unable to confirm how many historical cases will be considered… We are examining in detail anything that may be relevant, ensuring that possible duplication is taken into account.”Deirdre Fowler, the SaTH director of nursing, midwifery and quality, added: “We recognise that, taken in isolation, the number of cases … may cause concern or anxiety for families currently using our services. It is important that any families who have questions or concerns over their care are given the chance to have them explored.” The review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) is examining cases involving up to 104 families, it is understood 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. In August, an NHS Improvement spokesman said it had agreed “to consider additional historical investigations where women, infants and newborn babies had died or suffered harm”.At the time the trust said these cases were already in the public domain, but it is now understood that at least 104 families have come forward wanting their cases to be considered. The review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) is examining cases involving up to 104 families, it is understoodCredit:Alamy Stock Photo A review into the deaths and injuries of babies at a scandal-hit NHS maternity unit is now looking at more than 100 cases, it is understood.In January 2017 Jeremy Hunt, then the health secretary, ordered an independent inquiry led by Donna Ockenden, a senior midwife, to examine 23 cases of mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire.It is now believed that the review into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) is examining cases involving up to 104 families, according to the BBC.Meanwhile, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken urgent action against the maternity department.The extent of alleged malpractice between 1998 and 2017 threatens a scandal bigger than that of Morecambe Bay, which saw the avoidable deaths of 11 babies and one mother.Now the team being led by Ms Ockenden is looking into allegations that some babies born at the trust between 2000 and 2017 suffered avoidable harm due to errors by maternity staff. Parents claim they were pressured into natural births and that caesarean or forceps-assisted deliveries would have prevented brain damage.Some deaths were also blamed on the failure of midwives to properly monitor foetal heart rates and detect infection.Prof Ted Baker, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, confirmed it was taking further enforcement action against SaTH following an inspection last month that highlighted safety fears “within the trust’s maternity services”.The trust said it “continues to engage fully” with the CQC “during our current, ongoing inspection”.A SaTH spokesman said: “In line with normal CQC processes, we will be making representations to them in respect of this matter within the permitted 28-day time frame.” read more

EuroChem to process and trade potash from Danakalis Colluli mine in Eritrea

first_imgDanakali Ltd on behalf of Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) announces that a binding take-or-pay offtake agreement has been reached with EuroChem Trading GmbH for up to 100% of Module I Sulphate of Potash (SOP) production from the Colluli Potash Project. The Project, located in Eritrea, East Africa, is 100% owned by CMSC, a 50:50 joint venture between Danakali and the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO).EuroChem will take, pay, market and distribute up to 100% (minimum 87%) of Colluli Module I SOP production. EuroChem may use a portion of Colluli SOP to produce complex Nitrogen Phosphate Potassium (NPK) fertilisers at its facilities in Antwerp, Belgium and Nevinnomyssk, Russia. The balance of SOP provided to EuroChem will be sold through their international channels. CMSC has the option to sell up to 13% through alternative sales channels.The project envisages the development of a single open-pit using conventional truck and shovel methods, complemented by continuous surface miners. The processing plant, using proven technologies, will primarily integrate ore receival, secondary crushing, ore storage and reclaim facilities, ore pulping and deslime units, sylvinite, carnallite and kainite processing units, SOP production facilities incorporating, drying, sizing and compaction units, and product load-out and haulage facilities.The term of the Agreement is 10 years from the date of commissioning of the Colluli SOP processing plant, with an option to extend for a further three years if agreed by EuroChem and CMSC. EuroChem may terminate the Agreement if first commercial production has not occurred by 1 July 2022; well beyond CMSC’s production commencement expectations. Either party may terminate the Agreement if a project financing agreement has not been executed and first drawdown achieved within 14 months of the signing of the Agreement.The Danakali and CMSC Boards, and the Eritrean Ministry of Energy and Mines, have approved CMSC’s entry intothe Agreement. “EuroChem is an outstanding partner with global reach and extensive fertiliser expertise and experience. The Agreement represents a strong endorsement for the Project. EuroChem has agreed to provide technical support to the Project on terms to be agreed.” EuroChem Group AG will also provide a parent companyguarantee as part of the Agreement. The Agreement is instrumental in unlocking project funding.The take-or-pay nature of the Agreement (and associated terms) provides cash flow certainty and strengthens the Colluli and Danakali investment propositions. Other important debt milestones are also well progressed, including operational contract and procurement and supplier list finalisation. EuroChem Group AG Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Strezhnev said: “We are excited about participating in this Project with CMSC, as part of our growing global presence. Colluli is one of the closest SOP deposits to a coastline anywhere in the world and, in solid form, the salts at Colluli can be processed immediately, significantly reducing the time between mining and revenue generation.”last_img read more

Man due in Dublin court as part of fouryear sex trafficking probe

first_img Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 3:36 PM Man due in Dublin court as part of four-year sex trafficking probe In 2012, gardaí identified a number of Polish women as victims of sexual exploitation. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ By Michelle Hennessy Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 14,012 Views A MAN IS due in court today charged in connection with an ongoing human trafficking investigation.The 38-year-old man was arrested by gardaí in Dublin earlier this afternoon. In February 2012, an investigation was launched into the human trafficking of Polish nationals into the state by organised criminal groups for the purpose of sexual exploitation.A number of victims were identified and interviewed. Gardaí said these women are continuing to receive support from Ruhama and the HSE.At the time, five suspects were arrested and detained. They were released without charge and a file was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.The 38-year-old man arrested today will be the second person to face charges following the four-year investigation.On Wednesday, a man in his 30s was charged before a sitting of Athlone District Court under human trafficking legislation.Gardaí said valuable assistance was provided throughout the investigation by the Police National Trafficking Unit, the PSNI, Europol and Interpol.Comments are closed as a number of individuals have been charged. Read: ‘One woman didn’t even know she was in Ireland’: The reality of being sold for sex>Read: Six people, including teenage girl, arrested in connection with human trafficking in Meath> Share5 Tweet Email1 No Comments Short URL Oct 29th 2016, 3:36 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Blackberry retour à la normale

first_imgBlackberry : retour à la normale Les millions d’utilisateurs de terminaux Blacberry ont souffert hier. Ce matin, tous les services sont revenus comme par miracle, car Research in Motion (RIM) tente toujours de découvrir ce qu’il s’est passé.Après plusieurs heures de black out au niveau européen, africain et asiatique, lundi, l’ensemble des services liés au RIM Datacenter sont progressivement revenus à la normale.En France, les applications ont de nouveau tourné hier, en fin de soirée vers 22h.À lire aussiBlackBerry 10 : le smartphone de développement en image ?”Tous les services fonctionnent normalement. Nous nous excusons auprès de nos clients pour tous désagréments”, a déclaré la branche britannique de RIM aux Etats-Unis.Le problème ne proviendrait pas du serveur du Datacenter en lui, même, mais à la manière dont les applications échangent leurs données avec les serveurs centraux.Cette panne géante tombe mal pour RIM, car elle est intervenue la semaine de lancement de l’Iphone 4S d’Apple et des annonces de Samsung concernant le Nexus Prime. Le 11 octobre 2011 à 10:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

In wake of deaths pain doctor to face lifetime restrictions

first_imgA prominent Seattle-area pain doctor will face a lifetime of restrictions under a new agreement with health regulators, bringing to an end a sweeping investigation that closely examined the deaths of more than a dozen patients around the state.Under the agreement with Dr. Frank Li, he will remain suspended from practicing medicine for at least another year and will subsequently face a range of other limitations, including a requirement that he only prescribe controlled substances when patients are in acute pain. And in those cases, Li will only be allowed to prescribe up to seven-day quantities.Li was the medical director and sole shareholder of Seattle Pain Centers. The company’s eight clinics across the state were shuttered after the Washington Medical Commission suspended his license in 2016.Micah Matthews, deputy executive director at the Washington Medical Commission, said the resolution ends the case before it would go to a full hearing, which could have resulted in a dismissed case or the full revocation of Li’s license. Li will have to petition to get his license back after his yearlong suspension ends, Matthews said.“We’re pleased with the order and how we feel it will protect patients,” Matthews said.Under the agreement, Li doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. His attorney, Tom Fain, said in an email Friday that opioid use in pain care is a complex matter and that Li did his best to treat legitimate pain patients.last_img read more

Belgium are not losing any sleep over Brazil – Kompany

first_imgBelgium defender Vincent Kompany has insisted that his side are not losing any sleep ahead of their quarter-final clash with Brazil, despite their superior individual qualitiesThe five-time world champions will face Belgium at the Kazan Arena on Friday on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday that saw a welcome return to form from Neymar after he scored the opening goal and later assisted Roberto Firmino for their second of the game.But while Brazil had comfortably progressed, it took a stunning late comeback against Japan for Belgium to progress themselves after going two goals down unexpectedly.While the Red Devils recovered in the final 30 minutes of the encounter to score a dramatic late winner through Nacer Chadli, any poor start against Brazil will very likely be unredeemable this time around.But even so, Kompany is fully embracing the challenge of taking on the “best team” on Friday.“Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup,” said the 32-year-old, according to SportsKeeda.“That is a compliment but it doesn’t affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking we have already lost to Brazil.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Defensively they are solid, they win all their defensive duels and in attack, they are not scared to take people on one on one. They always have a key to unlock any situation.“We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we’ll lose.“If it becomes a match of individual performances we’ve got no chance. If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that’s what matters to me.”The Manchester City captain is confident in head coach Roberto Martinez’s possession-based style for Belgium that has seen them use a 3-4-3  formation to better utilise their attacking prowess.“We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side,” said Kompany.“We’re constantly improving. We just have to step up to another level against Brazil. At least I hope we can.”last_img read more

Global demand for teachers affecting TCI Public Education system

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2015 – TCI The Department of Education is fighting to fill teacher vacancies within the public school system due to a global demand for these professionals. During House of Assembly, the Minister addressed concerns about teacher shortages and gave an update on teachers who are now in country and will take up their posts and others who are soon to come and will fill some voids. Hon Akierra Missick said it is not easy getting teachers despite the recent improvements in educators’ salaries in the public sector. “This is a trend that other Caribbean countries are also seeing because there are sometimes better offers that are not just in terms of salary, but some countries are offering residency, citizenship, free access to education for those children that may travel with their parents – so finding teachers in the global world is a challenge.”Turks and Caicos, like others in the region is losing teachers to countries who are able to make juicier job offers. The Education Department has been working on not only improving the caliber of expatriate teachers, but on the indigenous ones with scholarships for teaching degrees and upgrades for Bachelors’ degrees or help with specialty studies. “We have as a Ministry moved forward with the training and educating through our scholarship policy to increase our local complement of teachers so that we can have a local complement that is committed to the Turks and Caicos Islands.” As recently as last week, there was a resignation by an expat teacher in the public school system which now sends the Ministry on the hunt for a replacement. According to Minister Missick, this is becoming all too common. Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:akierra missick, shortage, teacher Recommended for you Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more

SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020

first_img Posted: January 7, 2019 January 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld San Diego has unveiled their new roller coaster coming 2020 Mako.SeaWorld said this new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.The park describes the ride will climb to 153 feet, passengers feet will dangle in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.Riders will also experience inversions, barrel roll, Immelmann loop,  hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track, according to SeaWorld.Each of the floorless ride cars are said to hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.SeaWorld said the dive coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park in an area that is currently a parking lot. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020 Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Primary ballots sent to 392 overlooked Clark County voters

first_imgPrimary election ballots are finally in the mail for 392 registered voters who recently became a part of the city of Vancouver through the Glenwood Hills annexation, Clark County election officials said Tuesday. The elections department failed to mail those ballots out earlier because it didn’t update its system after the Feb. 28 annexation.Those 392 ballots were mailed to voters on Tuesday. All primary ballots must be postmarked or returned to a ballot drop-off location by Tuesday.Glenwood Hills voters live in precinct 325, which is north of the Westfield Vancouver mall. It’s roughly bordered by Northeast 58th Street to the north, Northeast 54th Street to the south, Northeast 81st Avenue to the west, and Interstate 205 to the east.Voters in precinct 325 who have not received an Aug. 6 ballot can call the elections department at 360-397-2345, email or visit the department in person at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver.last_img read more

South Florida resident turns 112 years old celebrates with party

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – One of the oldest women in the country celebrated her birthday in Miami, Thursday.Isabel Castano turned 112 years old.Her birthday party was held at the Ponce Plaza.Family members, friends and caregivers were there to celebrate the big day.Her son said that despite her age, she has vibrant character. “Well, her personality is very humorous, very calm person, wisdom with patience, willing,” he said.City leaders presented Castano with a plaque and proclaimed the day to be “Isabel Castano Lugo Day.”Castano moved to Miami Beach from Colombia 20 years ago. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Spotify wants a refund on overpaid royalties to US songwriters report says

first_imgSpotify doesn’t like a Copyright Royalty Board ruling, but reportedly wants to use an aspect of it to claim refunds from publishers. Fabian Sommer/picture alliance via Getty Images As major music streaming services appeal a royalty rate decision, Spotify is taking things one step further: The world’s biggest streaming music service is reportedly seeking a refund for overpayments made to songwriters and publishers last year, Music Business Worldwide reported.Last year, a royalty rate-setting panel in the US, called the Copyright Royalty Board, ruled that a particular kind of royalty paid to songwriters and publishers should rise 44% or more for 2018 through 2022. The board finalized that rate — called a mechanical royalty — earlier this year. Then streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora appealed the payment increases in March.Now Spotify is saying it paid too much last year and wants a refund, according to Music Business Worldwide. Music royalty rates are the byzantine system that pays your favorite artists and songwriters whenever you stream or buy their music. Royalties are also streaming services’ biggest expense by far — often so large that profitability is out of reach for many services. Recording artists (the people actually performing on your favorite tracks) and labels typically receive the lion’s share of royalties, but songwriters (the people who write musical compositions) and publishers get a smaller cut too.  Tags Now playing: Watch this: Spotify The CRB rules say the annual streaming royalty rate for US songwriters and publishers between 2018 and 2022 should be set by choosing the highest outcome of three different models, with one model based on a flat fee per subscriber, Consequence of Sound noted.But Spotify’s student discount and family plan bundles add a layer of complexity. The Copyright Royalty Board’s rules say a family plan is be worth 1.5 subscribers per month and a student plan is equal to half a subscriber per month. The family plan lets six people subscribe for $15 a month, while students pay $5 a month. (A regular subscriber pays $10.)The argument by Spotify seems to be that it didn’t take some subscribers into account and overpaid publishers. It’s not seeking the 2018 money back immediately, but “offered to extend the recoupment period” until the end of 2019, according to Music Business Worldwide. 0 Post a comment 7:57 Mobile Digital Media Music 24 Photos Apple vs. Sonos vs. Google: The best (and worst) Wi-Fi speakers Apple Music vs. Spotify: Music streaming battle Share your voicelast_img read more

YouTubes Viper Club Starring Susan Sarandon to Get Theatrical Release by Roadside

first_imgYouTube inked a pact with Roadside Attractions to release “Viper Club,” Maryam Keshavarz’s drama starring Susan Sarandon, in U.S. theaters this fall — as Google sets its sights on a potential Oscar or Golden Globes win.The film will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (which runs Sept. 6-18) and will be released in theaters on Oct. 26, 2018. “Viper Club” will become available on YouTube Premium, the $9.99 subscription service, in 2019.It’s the first YouTube original film to get a theatrical release. Roadside hasn’t set specific rollout plans for “Viper Club” (only in the U.S.) but the film will be positioned to take advantage of the awards-season corridor.The film was previously called “Vulture Club” and the name was changed to “Viper Club” in the last few weeks. Asked why the title changed, a YouTube rep said only that the former was a working title. YouTube Premium (formerly called YouTube Red) offers access to YouTube’s original series and movies, plus unlimited access to streaming music and ad-free videos across all of YouTube. The service, priced at $11.99 monthly, is currently available in 16 countries: the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. Co-written by Keshavarz and Jonathan Mastro, “Viper Club” tells the story of Helen (Sarandon), a veteran ER nurse secretly struggling to free her adult son, a foreign war correspondent, from capture by a terrorist group. After being stymied by government bureaucrats, she discovers a covert community of journalists and advocates who might be able to help her.Headlined by Oscar-winner Sarandon, “Viper Club” co-stars Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Sopranos”) and Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart,” “Magic Mike”), along with Lola Kirke (“Mistress America,” “Gone Girl”), Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”), Sheila Vand (“Argo,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House”), who plays Helen’s son Andy.“Viper Club” is Keshavarz’s second feature film following “Circumstance,” a drama depicting a lesbian relationship in present-day Tehran. “Circumstance, which also was released by Roadside, won the audience award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.“Viper Club” was produced by Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, and J.C. Chandor, the filmmaking team behind “Margin Call” and “All Is Lost” (both released by Roadside) as well as “A Most Violent Year.” Roadside Attractions co-founder Howard Cohen negotiated the deal with YouTube for theatrical distribution.“Susan Sarandon’s emotional, tour de force performance anchors ‘Viper Club,’” Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said in a statement. “It’s a compelling, timely story brilliantly captured and told by Maryam, and we are excited to be partnering with YouTube to bring the film to theaters this fall.”“Susan Sarandon immediately drew us into this emotional drama, and Maryam Keshavarz lends her unique perspective as an Iranian-American filmmaker,” added Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content. “The extremely talented cast delivered powerful performances, and we are thrilled to debut this film at the Toronto International Film Festival and partner with Roadside to bring the film to theaters this fall.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Book an Appointment with Singapores First Robot Masseuse

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target Singapore’s first robot masseuse has completed its first week on the job.Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, or EMMA, started work Monday at the NovaHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic.The machine—a mechanical arm with soft tips that mimic the human palm and thumb—can measure the exact stiffness of a particular muscle or tendon, particularly in back and knee massages. A cloud-based AI also tracks and analyzes the patient’s progress, making it easier for a physician to measure recovery.“There is great potential for EMMA to be of service to society, especially as the population ages,” Inderjit Singh, chairman of NTU’s innovation and enterprise branch, said in a statement. “The massage techniques of experienced and renowned TCM physicians can be reproduced in EMMA, giving the public easier access to quality treatment.”Developed as a low-cost treatment alternative by Nanyang Technological University-based startup AiTreat, EMMA works alongside two human colleagues: a physician and a massage therapist.But the newbie already has a leg (arm?) up on her mere-mortal coworkers: “EMMA is designed to deliver a clinically precise massage … without the fatigue faced by a human therapist,” according to Albert Zhang, founder of AiTreat and NovaHealth.Situated between two beds and two patients, the third-generation prototype can do the work of two masseurs, Zhang boasted, therefore reducing manpower (and, as feared, eliminating jobs).“By using EMMA to do the labor-intensive massages, we can now offer a longer therapy session for patients while reducing the cost of treatment,” he continued.A conventional package for lower back pain—including consultation, acupuncture, and a 20-minute massage—costs anywhere from $60 to $150, according to NTU Singapore.NovaHealth, however, promises the same consultation and acupuncture, plus a 40-minute massage by EMMA and a human therapist, for just $68.“The human therapist is then free to focus on other areas such as the neck and limb joints, which EMMA can’t massage at the moment,” Zhang added.Zhang and Goh Chye Tee, director of NTU’s Chinese Medicine Clinic, are also working to measure and benchmark the robot’s effectiveness, comparing it to that of a professional (and human) TCM massage therapist.For more, see Geek’s lineup of 11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Honolulu hotel undergoes redesign to attract millennials

first_imgTags: Hawaii, Honolulu “We wanted to bring the neon colours that are found in the nature of Hawaii inside so that guests can continue their vibrant Hawaii vacations not only at the beach and shore, but at the Shoreline,” said Stephanie Metzger, of New York-based BHDM Design.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedSeaside Waikiki Hotel Fund LLC purchased the property from United Airlines in 2012, leading to an extensive renovation and reopening in 2013. Hotel management company Filament Hospitality has operated the property since late 2015.“Millennials don’t register a memory anymore unless they take a picture,” Metzger said. “If they don’t share it, it’s like it never happened. We are going after a young market that wants to show that they had an epic stay.” By: The Associated Press A Honolulu boutique hotel completed a US$4 million redesign that aims to attract millennials by giving them backdrops for selfies.The 135-room Shoreline Hotel Waikiki revealed last month its new “neon meets nature” theme, which features at least eight photo backdrops worthy of social media posts, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.“We wanted this hotel to be one of the most Instagramable hotels,” said General Manager Alvida Surpia-Jones. “Millennials already make up more than 50% of our customer base and with these changes, we think that percentage will grow even more.”The hotel has several vibrant spaces and colorful art fixtures, like the neon aloha sign behind the front desk and the wall of colorful Panama hats in the lobby. There’s also a vivid nature mural on the rooftop pool deck, which has water illuminated nightly with various primary colours. Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Honolulu hotel undergoes redesign to attract millennials Monday, August 20, 2018 last_img read more

Modernizing Technology

first_img 2017-06-28 Pem Guerry Modernizing Technology Editors Note: This story was originally featured in the June edition of MReport.Thanks to countless advances in technology, society relies less on paper and more on digital processes than ever before. This shift has brought with it new methods for traditional processes, like sending an email instead of distributing a memo, accessing bank account information online instead of in person, or video-calling someone instead of waiting on a letter. These changes didn’t happen overnight, but they have become the new norm.Another change we’re seeing from technology is in notarization, the official process of verifying a document’s signer and the authenticity of the signing process. The paper-based method of having documents notarized can now be an electronic process that reduces paper usage and can even save time and money.There are two types of electronic notarization available: e-notarization and remote notarization. E-notarization is completed much like a traditional paper notarization, requiring the signer to physically appear before a notary public, but it is electronically notarized using a digital signature. Remote notarization takes it one step further by using audio-video technology to perform an online notarization remotely, giving the signer freedom from having to physically appear before a notary public.This technology was introduced several years ago, and its implementation is gaining momentum. To see how e-notarization and remote notarization are being used today, take a look at some of their many applications.Real EstateBuying property is rarely a quick process. From finding a real estate agent to viewing current listings, making an offer, going under contract, and securing the right property can take weeks, even months. And once you’ve secured the property, another lengthy process, the closing, begins.For every real estate transaction, there is a series of documents that must be signed by the appropriate parties and notarized. Because of demanding schedules, very few people ever show up to the closing table with every party present. Typically, the seller must go to his attorney’s office to sign the deed and other documents in advance and then have them overnighted or hand-delivered to the buyer’s attorney. The buyer then meets with his attorney to sign the forms, and a settlement agent notarizes the appropriate documents.The current real estate closing method is not only inefficient, it is also costly. All the fees associated with hand-delivering forms, manually updating paper documents, and physically traveling to an attorney or title agent’s office could be significantly reduced—even eliminated—with remote notarization of e-mortgages.Landlord Tenant Evictions To authorize an eviction, a landlord must complete an unlawful detainer document and have it signed and notarized. With remote notarization, this form and all other uniform court documents can be signed and notarized without traveling to physically meet with a notary public. And thanks to legislative efforts in Virginia, uniform court documents can even be submitted to the state’s court database electronically instead of in person.Powers of Attorney Because this type of document involves selecting someone to make decisions on another person’s behalf, it must be properly signed and notarized to be valid. Powers of attorney are often associated with wills or healthcare decisions, but they can also involve real estate transactions or finances. With remote notarization, designating a power of attorney is less complicated than with the traditional method, as it can be executed remotely, saving you time and money.Financial ServicesThere are certain bank documents, such as loan forms or the opening of a safe deposit box, that require a notarization to authorize the transaction. Bank officials are often licensed to perform notarial acts, and with e-notarization, they can execute them electronically, reducing paper usage and making transactions more convenient for the customer.With the rise of robo-advisors and digital wealth-management platforms, remote notarization is also a great solution for the investment and securities industry, as it allows users to obtain required notarizations without breaking the digital momentum.Consumer Use There are other types of documents, such as a waiver of liability, that often require notarization and can now be completed electronically. The greatest benefit associated with remote notarizations is being able to execute the notarial act from any location at any time of day, making the notarization process much more convenient for the consumer.Addressing Security ConcernsSince these transactions take place electronically, there are certain authentication measures that must be met to verify the signer’s identity. This is typically done through knowledge-based authentication, a process that presents questions to the signer about personal information found in up to 30 years of public records, such as credit reports, loans, and more. In order to prove his or her identity and gain access to the document, the signer must correctly answer a certain number of questions within a designated time frame.Once the signer’s identity is verified, he or she then enters a video call with a certified e-notary public. And because the notarization is performed remotely, participants of the video call may be located in different cities or even different states.To execute the remote notarization, both the notary public and the signer use digital signatures to sign necessary documents. Digital signatures, also known as Independent E-Signatures, are more secure than simple e-signatures because they permanently embed the legal evidence of each signature into the signed document.Tamper-evident technology found in digital signatures detects any unauthorized changes to a document. The document is also accompanied by a comprehensive audit trail that records each step of the signing process to defend against a legal contest. Each of these features provides immutable legal evidence to prove the validity of both the document and its signatures.The Leading Legislation Because individual states determine their notarization requirements, state legislatures play a key role in facilitating the technology’s widespread adoption. Many of them have already enacted or are currently considering bills that would allow the practice.It all started in 2011 when the state of Virginia introduced the Electronic Notaries Act. This law made e-notarizations and remote notarizations possible by enabling signers from anywhere in the world to appear live before a commissioned notary public on a screen—via Skype, Facetime, or another audio-video teleconference option—and get a document notarized.Virginia’s standards for the electronic notarization process include three specific things:There must be detailed identity authentication measures that confirm a signer is who he or she claims to be. This typically includes knowledge-based authentication, which gives personal and historical questions that the user must correctly answer and which may be one of two or more steps in a multifactor authentication process.The metadata and legal evidence of the signing process must be embedded within the signed document. That stipulation automatically rules out most e-signature vendors, since metadata is typically stored on the vendor’s server.The document must include tamper-evident technology to ensure that any compromise of integrity in the document would be made known to the parties involved.Adoption Spreads to Other StatesThe practice of e-notarization and remote notarization in Virginia has become a pilot program of sorts for the entire country. And as adoption grows, it makes sense that more and more states are enacting laws supporting electronic and online notarizations. The status of legislation has been fluid, but examples include the following:Montana became the second state to legalize online notarization in 2015. Signers must be residents of Montana and the transaction must meet specific criteria laid out in the law, which includes that the signer must be known personally to the notary or verified by a credible witness.Florida authorized certain law enforcement and correctional officers to administer oaths and affirmations remotely.Nebraska passed a law to regulate electronic notarization which is effective July 1, 2017.Washington enacted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, including electronic notarization provisions, effective July 1, 2018.Texas has passed a bill authorizing notaries to perform electronic and online notarizations that is awaiting the Governor’s signature. If signed, it will go into effect July 1, 2018. Pennsylvania and several other states have also introduced online notarization bills in 2017.These state legislatures are supported in establishing rules for electronic and online notarizations by a number of industry associations.Looking AheadOnline notarizations are no doubt the way of the future. They take a process that has historically been cumbersome and inconvenient and make it easy, quick, and cost effective. Plus, remote notarizations are actually more secure and defensible than traditional notarizations since they incorporate strict identity authentication measures, an audio-video recording of the entire process, and tamper-evident notarized documents. As momentum for this technology continues to grow, we can expect to see its widespread adoption in the coming years. Sharecenter_img June 28, 2017 726 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technologylast_img read more