Liberals poised to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau Liberals’ promised national strategy to tackle the nation’s housing challenges may have as one of its pillars a right to housing for every Canadian, with federal officials signalling such a bold political statement could also be enshrined in legislation.Sources with knowledge of the government’s thinking said there aren’t any specifics tied to the promise at the moment, unlike the detailed benchmarks to measure progress on other parts of the plan, suggesting it is, for the moment, largely aspirational in nature.Federal officials have told housing advocates the government is considering enshrining the right in legislation to make it difficult for a future government to ignore or reverse.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategy has yet to be made public, say the Liberals are also looking to craft unique strategies each for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit, instead of a singular Aboriginal housing strategy as first promised.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government couldn’t yet speak definitively to the details of the strategy.Housing advocates have lobbied Duclos to take a human rights lens to the forthcoming housing strategy to give the country’s most vulnerable some recourse if they are wrongfully denied an apartment or home.That would in turn raise the possibility of new tribunals, for example, to handle complaints if people feels their right has been violated — all issues that sources say the Liberals are mulling over before the ink dries on the strategy.“If you have the right to housing, if it’s recognized, if it’s the basic underlying pin of a strategy, then it means something, because people have actual recourse in court,” said NDP critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, whose party has a bill before the Commons to add the right to housing to the Canadian Bill of Rights.Leilani Farha, the UN’s special rapporteur on adequate housing, said Canadian politicians have been slow to embrace housing as a human right. Although the government has shown “pretty bold and creative” thinking on housing, the key will be to translate that into a strategy, said Farha, who is also executive director of Canada Without Poverty.Officials are putting the final touches on the housing strategy with expectations for its release in late November to coincide with National Housing Day.Duclos used the day last year to release a report detailing what the government heard during consultations on the strategy. A November release would come after Statistics Canada reveals census data on the depth of Canada’s housing needs late next month.The latest housing data suggests 1.6 million households are in “core housing need,” meaning they spend more than one-third of their before-tax income on housing that may be substandard or doesn’t meet their needs.The Liberals want to slash those figures with billions in spending over the next decade.The financial backbone for the strategy includes $11.2 billion over 11 years to ensure everyone in the country can find housing that is affordable and meets their needs, including $5 billion to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., to leverage an additional $10.9 billion in private sector investments.There are indications the Liberals are willing to make their housing strategy flexible to the needs of provinces and cities, which is a key issue for opposition critics.“We have seen legislation come down from this government that the provinces are not embracing,” said Conservative critic Karen Vecchio.“We have to make sure, is this something that are we pushing on the provinces or are we going to work with the provinces?”At an affordable housing symposium in Ottawa, federal officials asked local activists to ensure the money is spent wisely and isn’t bogged down in local regulatory processes, potentially delaying projects or leading to cost overruns. On Tuesday, the gathering was also told to also expect money for homelessness prevention in next year’s budget.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Supreme Court case could lead to First Nations role in lawmaking

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is to begin hearings Monday in an appeal that could force lawmakers across the country to give First Nations a role in drafting legislation that affects treaty rights.“This case is tremendously significant whichever way it comes out,” said Dwight Newman, a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan.It could “fundamentally transform how law is made in Canada,” he said.The court is to hear a challenge by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in northern Alberta. It seeks a judicial review of changes made under the previous Harper government to the Fisheries Act, the Species At Risk Act, the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.The First Nation argues that because the changes were likely to affect its treaty rights, the government had a constitutional duty to consult before making them.Cases on the Crown’s duty to consult appear regularly, but they usually concern decisions made by regulatory bodies. This one seeks to extend that duty to law-making.“Rather than being consultation about a particular (regulatory) decision, it’s a consultation about making the rules,” said lawyer Robert Janes, who will represent the Mikisew.Janes argues that First Nations are often kept from discussing their real issues before regulatory boards.“The place to deal with larger issues that First Nations often want to deal with are when the statutes are being designed. If you don’t deal with that in the design, the (regulator) doesn’t have the tools to deal with the problem when it comes up.”Legislation creating Alberta’s energy regulator, for example, specifically blocks the agency from considering treaty rights, which are the root of most Indigenous concerns with energy development in the province.Ensuring First Nations have a voice when laws are drafted will lead to better legislation, argues Janes.Not necessarily, says the government.“At some point, the need to consult in this manner may overwhelm and affect the ability to govern,” it says in written arguments filed with the Supreme Court.Ottawa argues that allowing the appeal would be a far-reaching intrusion by one branch of government into the work of another and that it is “not the courts’ role to impose restrictions or fetters on the law-making process of Parliament.”There’s nothing that prevents governments from consulting First Nations when laws are drafted, federal lawyers say. But they argue that forcing them to give Indigenous representatives a seat at the table diminishes Parliament, which is supposed to be the most powerful body in the land.It would also put more value on some rights than others, giving treaty rights preference over charter rights.The appeal is being closely watched. Five provincial attorneys general and seven Indigenous groups have filed as interveners.Newman said some provinces, such as Saskatchewan, already consult First Nations in drafting relevant legislation.Whichever way the Supreme Court decides, it will be “amongst the most significant duty-to-consult cases that have been decided,” he said.“Altering the parliamentary process itself contains dangers. It’s a delicately balanced process that’s been developed over hundreds of years and I don’t know if we can predict all of the effects of putting in additional judicially developed requirements.”Janes said one effect might be reconciliation.“If you’re going to talk about reconciliation … it doesn’t make much sense to say we’re just going to let one side make the rules and we’re only going to have a conversation afterwards.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Trudeau praises USMCA as government promises compensation for dairy farmers

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has praised the USMCA, the new trade deal Canada has signed with the U.S. and Mexico, though not without criticism at home.Trudeau spoke with reporters, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland after landing the major trade breakthrough last night, just before a U.S.-imposed deadline.After 14 months of tough negotiations, the prime minister framed this agreement as a victory.“It will be good for Canadian workers, good for Canadian business, and good for Canadian families,” said Trudeau.He said this deal — which will revamp the old NAFTA — protects supply management, staves off auto tariffs, and maintains fair hearings in any disputes with our large neighbour to the south.But the opposition parties are questioning that. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says, to him, the Liberals appear to have caved to demands from the Trump administration.“The Prime Minister has made major concessions on key areas,” Scheer says.“He’s made concessions on dairy, he’s made concessions on auto quotas and he’s made concessions on pharmaceuticals, meaning that Canadian patients will have to pay higher drug costs. Now we would have hoped that after making all those concession, we would be able to see a gain on an important issue like ‘Buy American.’”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh elaborates on Andrew Scheer’s points and says the costs of prescription drugs will go up under the new agreement.“That mans people suffering from chronic illnesses, like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease will see an increase in the cost of medication.”Canadian dairy farmers find little to praise in new trade dealDairy farmers, too, are angry with the concessions made to grant the US more access to our market. In a news release, Dairy Farmers of Canada, say they’re “deeply disappointed” about Canada’s concessions in new deal.“The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal,” Pierre Lampron, the lobby group’s president says.“The government has said repeatedly that it values a strong and vibrant dairy sector – they have once again put that in jeopardy by giving away more concessions.”After trade deals with the Euro bloc and Pacific Asian countries in the last two years, Canada’s dairy lobby says the new North American deal weakens the domestic dairy sector.“USMCA follows two previous trade agreements in which access to the Canadian dairy market was granted, CETA and the CPTPP, which sacrificed the equivalent of a quarter of a billion dollars annually in dairy production to industries in other countries,” the release adds.Freeland said they will be compensated for their losses.“That is the fair thing to do,” said Freeland.She said the amount and type of compensation will be worked out in coming months.Trudeau said the USMCA is successful in maintaining fairness and balance between Canada and the U.S., a trading partner 10 times its size.Despite his praise for the deal, he cautioned that we are not at the finish line yet, as the agreement still needs to be ratified by all three countries.Both Freeland and Trudeau said it’s important to remember that when the negotiations began over a year ago the U.S. aim was to dismantle supply management entirely, and Canada did not let that happen.Trudeau noticeably did not mention U.S. President Donald Trump in his opening remarks, saying only in answer to a direct question that the relationship with the president has been challenging during the course of negotiations.last_img read more

Report Maria had 43B impact on Puerto Ricos economy

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.The report by the Puerto Rico Planning Board takes into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.The report says the capital of San Juan was among the six most affected cities on the island after the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.Economist Jose Caraballo said Monday that federal aid and insurance payouts so far have covered only 24 per cent of the losses reported.The Associated Presslast_img

Most Albertans staying home for Boxing Day

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions of Canadians are cramming shopping centres to find the best deals on Boxing Day while others are staying home.A new survey released by the website shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won’t be at the mall on Wednesday.The survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians will avoid shopping malls during Boxing Day and Boxing Week due to the crowds.That number is even higher for Albertans who took the survey as 79 per cent will likely stay home.Public Relations manager with Retail Me Not Katie Hammill, said online shopping is likely the reason for these numbers.“It’s definitely continuing to grow for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Boxing Day, we’re definitely seeing a shift in trend of more online shopping.”That part of the survey found that just over half of respondents (55 per cent) think there are better Boxing Day deals online than there are in bricks & mortar stores.Hammill said there was one aspect of the survey that really caught her attention.“Over 20 per cent of Millennial parents say that they’re willing to call in sick or skip work to go shopping so while as a whole, not as many people are going out to shop, those Millennials are willing to do anything at all costs to get out there.”The survey took in about 1000 respondents from across Canada.last_img read more

Twitter tests Labels for userreplies on main app

first_imgSan Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter is extending the test of its much-awaited “Labels” feature beyond its “Twttr” beta test app to the main platform. The “Labels” feature would tag every person replying on a tweet thread to elevate the existing level of transparency on Twitter. “We want it to be easy to follow and join conversations on Twitter. We’re testing out ‘Labels’ on replies: Author, Mentioned and Following,” Twitter announced on Thursday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year On its beta test app “Twttr”, the micro-blogging site is also testing a colour-coded version of “Labels” that highlights responses from the original tweeter and responses where a user is mentioned. Twitter has the usage data collected by various feedback reports leading to this test, Social Media Today reported. Information about which variation of the feature would finally roll out and by when remains undisclosed. Just days ahead of the general elections in India, the expansion of the test “Labels” feature on the app could help the cyber cell and other law enforcement authorities to nab hateful, abusive and fake news spread on the app. In order to curb the spread of fake and abusive content with untraceable origins on its platform, earlier in January, Twitter confirmed that it has begun testing an “Original Tweeter” tag.last_img read more

Central Forces for over 90 per cent booths in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: More than 90 per cent polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces in the third phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, said Ajay V. Nayak, Special Observer appointed by the Election Commission, here on Friday. “We had requested for 50 additional companies and the Union Home Ministry agreed to send the Force. So more than 90 per cent of the polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces. I think the election will be more and more to the satisfaction of all the political parties, ” Nayak told reporters here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to Nayak, around 50 per cent booths were manned by the Central Forces in the first phase. “The number was increased to almost 80 per cent in the second phase. And the results were apparent.” Asked about reports of a nodal officer going missing in Nadia, he said: “I think it has something to do with his personal life and probably he was in depression. As he is not around, I am told another officer has been given the charge.” Voters in five constituencies — Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur, Murshidabad and Balurghat — will cast their votes in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal on April 23.last_img read more

UN Police in Haiti arrest fugitives suspected of rapes inside camps for

The arrests were carried out late Wednesday night in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in a joint operation involving UNPOL’s operations office, its tactical intervention group and the Haitian National Police (HNP). Jean Batiste William, also known as Ti Blanc, was arrested in the St. Bernadette camp, after camp residents called an emergency police number to report his presence in the camp. Mr. William, who has been tried and convicted of rape, is suspected of being involved in several other rapes in the IDP camps since he escaped from jail. In the second operation, another fugitive was arrested after his apartment in the Croix Deprez district was searched by police. That suspect is accused of several cases of rape. The UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, said in a press statement that its police would continue to support the HNP in operations such as those carried out this week as part of efforts to boost security and stability in the impoverished Caribbean country. André Leclerc, a communications officer for UNPOL, urged Haitians to keep calling the public emergency number to allow police to locate and arrest criminals. “The acts of rape are unacceptable and cruel,” he said. “Thanks to the joint efforts of the police and the public, we can reduce the number of these sexual crimes.” Many inmates escaped from prison in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake on 12 January, which killed more than 200,000 people and levelled large swathes of Port-au-Prince. 23 July 2010United Nations Police (UNPOL) serving in Haiti have arrested two men who had escaped from jail and are suspected of being responsible for several subsequent rapes in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) set up after the massive earthquake that struck the country at the start of the year. read more

Veteran singer Upali Kannangara passed away

Veteran singer Upali Kannangara passed away today while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 67 years old at the time of his death.Upali Kannangara was well known for his local hits Parata Kittuwa, Gele Ran Mala Dha Hada Wee, Dumbara Mitiyawatha Paththe and Iwasillak Naha Dakina Thura.

Biden to join forces with Law Order star Mariska Hargitay for domestic

by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2014 1:24 pm MDT Biden to join forces with ‘Law & Order’ star Mariska Hargitay for domestic violence ads AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Vice-President Joe Biden is teaming up with “Law & Order” star Mariska Hargitay to do television ads raising awareness about domestic violence.NBC Universal says the public service announcements featuring Biden and Hargitay will appear on its USA Network on October 19 during a 14-hour marathon of “Law & Order” episodes. The marathon is being dubbed “No More Excuses” and the ads will encourage people to get involved in efforts to stop domestic violence and sexual assault.Hargitay directed the ads, which will include dozens of other public figures.Biden has long been an advocate for curbing domestic violence in the U.S., including through the Violence Against Women Act. He and Hargitay previously joined forces last October when they toured a domestic violence hotline operation together in Texas. read more

Penalties errors spoil Allens big day for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Josh Allen had another breakout performance for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. It wasn’t enough to overcome a lack of discipline and self-inflicted miscues in a 21-17 defeat.Sloppiness and mistakes spoiled a fine performance by the rookie quarterback, who took another step forward against Miami. Allen threw for 231 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding a franchise-record for a quarterback of 135 yards on the ground, topping the mark he established one week earlier against Jacksonville.Penalties proved to be especially costly. The Bills had 13 for 130 yards compared to Miami’s eight penalties for 89 yards. It continued a disturbing trend for Buffalo, which has the second-highest penalty total in the NFL behind only Kansas City.One week earlier, the Bills had 13 penalties for 80 yards in a game that saw defensive end Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette ejected for their roles in a brawl. In Week 10 against Chicago, the Bills set a franchise record for penalty yards with 163.Two flags in particular were pivotal against Miami. On the Dolphins’ winning drive, linebacker Matt Milano was called for a 25-yard pass interference penalty. Two plays later, the Bills stuffed running back Kenyan Drake for a 4-yard loss but were penalized 15 yards after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips received a taunting penalty.Two plays later, Ryan Tannehill connected with Kenny Stills on the winning touchdown pass.“We always take ownership of all of it,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “That’s where we start. And you try and peel back the layers and say, OK, if it’s pre-snap or post-whistle, those are the ones you’ve heard me talk about before — they’re non-negotiable. Those are the ones that hurt. The ones that happen during the course of the play, which ones were aggressive penalties, which ones were technique-based … certainly that’s an area we must improve moving forward.”Penalties on the offensive line have been an issue all season for a revamped unit missing three key starters from a year ago: Eric Wood, Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn. The line had six penalties against Miami, with two fouls declined. Rookie guard Wyatt Teller had three of those penalties (two holding calls, one false start).“You look at false starts and holding, up front our offensive line, it’s gone way past the point of where we need to have it to win games,” McDermott said. “We’ve got to get that corrected.”Things won’t get any easier up front with starting centre Russell Bodine out for the remainder of the season. Bodine broke his leg against Miami and underwent surgery on Monday, McDermott said.It wasn’t all bad for the Bills.Buffalo’s 415 yards of offence were the most with Allen at QB and the most in a Bills loss since a 425-yard performance in a 31-25 defeat at Seattle on Nov. 7, 2016. Twenty-four first downs against Miami were a season-best and the most in regulation since Buffalo had 29 first downs in a 33-13 win over Cleveland on Dec. 18, 2016. And with 391 yards passing and 234 yards rushing, Allen has accounted for 625 of Buffalo’s 742 yards of offence over the past two games — showing he very well could be the team’s long-term answer at quarterback.“I thought he grew for sure,” McDermott said. “It looked like as the game went on he got more and more comfortable. … It was nice to see him settle in.”___More AP NFL: and Ludwiczak, The Associated Press read more

President Higgins The empty concrete shells that dot our landscape were born

first_imgTHE IRISH CONSTRUCTION sector is coming out of a “disturbing chapter in its history,” said President Michael D. Higgins today.Concrete shellsSpeaking at the Presentation of the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture awards at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, he said:“If Scott’s Busáras or O’Donnell and Twomey’s Multi-Denominational School can be seen as reflecting societal trends – modernisation and secularisation in the cases in point – then by the same token, the empty concrete shells that dot our urban and rural settings bear witness to the financialisation of the Irish economy.”‘Reckless speculation’He added :This is a landscape born of reckless speculation. Ruins of a future that never was.During the boom times, President Higgins said the Irish construction sector had a disturbing chapter in its history, when houses and apartments “were not primarily seen as dwellings built to shelter human lives, but as investment and portfolio assets”.He said that we should now know that unless development is pursued in a sustainable manner, the economic and social benefits that flow from it can quickly go to waste.Speaking to the architects in the room at the ceremony, in which Tom Maher and Kevin Bates won for their ‘poustinia’ cabins, built on the grounds of Glencomeragh House, he said: Your profession is now facing serious economic hardships, but we can have confidence that Irish architects will rise from these current difficulties and my wish for you is that you come back better and stronger than ever.Read: President Higgins says Irish still face ‘life draining impediments’ Read: El último día: President concludes Central America tour todaylast_img read more

Karamanlis with Christofias

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, and his wife, Elsi, farewelled the Greek Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, and his wife, Natasa, with a private dinner that they hosted at their country retreat at Kellaki near Limassol. It should be noted that the Cypriot President is well known for his culinary skills.last_img

Vanity Fair Publisher Moves to Condé Nast Media Group President

first_imgHere’s a recap of CN activity over the past month:CN chief operating officer and chief financial officer John Bellando and editorial director Tom Wallace leave the company; David Geithner (ex-Time Inc.) is the new CFO (July 23).Lucky enters into a co-venture with e-commerce specialist BeachMint (Aug. 11).CN executive VP and chief integration officer Drew Schutte becomes Details VP and publisher (Aug. 13).CN agrees to sell much of Fairchild Fashion Media to Penske Media Corp. (Aug. 19).Edward Menicheschi succeeds Lou Cona as Condé Nast Media Group president and chief marketing officer (Aug. 21). The seemingly endless summer of Condé Nast corporate and executive activity continued on Aug. 21 with the announcement by four-year president Bob Sauerberg that Edward Menicheschi (pictured) was ending eight years as Vanity Fair VP and publisher to become president and chief marketing officer of Condé Nast Media Group (CNMG)—the company’s corporate sales unit. Menicheschi is succeeding Lou Cona, who was with CNMG for six out of his 13 years with the company. In April 2013, the former InStyle, VF and The New Yorker publisher was promoted to CNMG president and chief revenue officer, and now-four-year Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg said at the time that Cona had turned CNMG “into a multidisciplined organization [that] delivers an expanding collection of assets to our clients.”Now, it is Menicheschi winning Sauerberg’s praise for “posting extraordinary business results while leading VF‘s drive into cross-platform ad initiatives including digital, print, video and event activation.” Further, the monthly produced “record revenue and profit performance in 2013” (sum not disclosed) with catalysts including VF‘s 21-year-old Academy Awards party becoming the culmination of a week-long series of events with many partnerships. Earlier in his career, Menicheschi was president of Fairchild Fashion Media from 2001-2006 when W and Details were part of his purview and Mary Berner (now MPA president and CEO) was his boss. His being Vogue executive editor from 1992-1994 meant serving as an “editorial liaison” to now-26-year editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. More on this topic Condé Nast Reorgs Digital Sales and Marketing Louis Cona Promoted to President, CRO of Condé Nast Media Group Condé Nast Realigns Management for Growth Jason Wagenheim Named Glamour VP/Publisher Condé Nast Announces Management Restructuring Executive Shakeup at Condé NastJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Positive Black Folks in Action Commemorates Malcolm X Memorial

first_imgPositive Black Folks in Action is scheduled to commemorate the 52nd Memorial of Malcolm X at the Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW; on Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21. 1965. The event will include footage of the 1965 funeral procession of Malcolm X in New York; Audience testimonies; and Professor A. Peter Bailey, a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity organized by Malcolm X, will display his memorabilia. The commemoration is free and open to the public.Malcolm X waiting for a press conference to begin on March 26, 1964. (Photo/Marion S. Trikosko [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons )last_img

Configure Windows Defender Network protection in Windows 10

first_imgConfigure Windows Defender Network protection in Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2017 in Windows – 13 commentsNetwork Protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update for its Windows 10 operating system.It extends Windows Defender SmartScreen by blocking outbound (HTTP and HTTPS) traffic connecting to resources that have a low reputation.The feature is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard, and it requires that Windows Defender is turned on, and that the security program’s real-time protection feature is enabled as well.Tip: check out our previews guides on Controlled Folder Access, Exploit Protection and Attack Surface Reduction for a complete overview of the new security features.Windows Defender Network protectionSystem administrators and users may configure the Network protection feature of Windows Defender using policies, PowerShell or MDM CSPs.Group PolicyYou can use the Group Policy to enable the Network protection feature on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (or newer) PCs.Note: The Group Policy Editor is not available on Home editions of Windows 10.Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter-key to load the Group Policy Editor.Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Windows Defender Exploit Guard > Network protection.Load “Prevent users and apps from accessing dangerous websites” with a double-click.Set the policy to enabled, and assign it one of the available modes:Block — Malicious IP addresses and domains are blocked.Disabled (default) — The feature is not active.Audit Mode — This records blocked events but won’t block the events.Using PowerShellYou may use the PowerShell instead to manage the Network protection feature. The following commands are available:Set-MpPreference -EnableNetworkProtection EnabledSet-MpPreference -EnableNetworkProtection AuditModeSet-MpPreference -EnableNetworkProtection DisabledYou need to open an elevated PowerShell prompt to run these commands:Tap on the Windows-key, type PowerShell, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key, and select PowerShell from the results to open a PowerShell interface with administrative privileges.Network protection eventsEvents are recorded when the feature is enabled. Microsoft published a resource package that includes custom views for Event Viewer to make things easier for administrators.Download the Exploit Guard Evaluation Package from Microsoft.Extract the package to the local system.It contains custom XML views for all Exploit Guard events. You need the file np-events.xml for the custom network protection event view.Tap on the Windows-key, type Event Viewer, and select the entry that is returned by search.Select Action > Import Custom View.Load np-events.xml and select ok to add the view to the Event Viewer.The following events are written to the log when the security feature is enabled on Windows 10 machines:Event 1125 — Audit-mode events.Event 1126 — Block-mode events.Event 5007 — Settings modification eventsResourcesProtect your network with Windows Defender Exploit GuardEvaluate Network protectionEnable Network protectionWindows Defender Exploit GuardSet-MpPreference documentationAdd-MpPreference documentationGet-MpPreference documentationSummaryArticle NameConfigure Windows Defender Network protection in Windows 10DescriptionNetwork Protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update for its Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Man who defaced George Michael mural ordered to pay 14000 by Sydney

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) George Michael mural vandalized | Photo: Pauline Pantsdown/Facebook The New South Wales Local Court sentenced Ben Gittany on Tuesday (4 September). The magistrate ordered him to pay compensation to the mural owners and to serve 300 hours of community service.Gittany defaced the mural in November 2017, just days after Australians overwhelmingly voted to legalize same-sex marriage during a postal survey on the issue. But onlookers caught him on camera vandalizing the mural and posted the video to Facebook.The iconic mural featured Michael as a saint, holding a bottle of poppers, a joint and wearing a crucifix earring. Artist Scott Marsh painted the mural on the side of an inner-city Sydney home in the suburb of Erskinville at the request of the homeowners. The St George mural honored the late singer after his passing in December 2016 and became an iconic Sydney landmark.St George: Patron Saint of Parks at NightGittany decided to deface the mural after seeing a post on the Christian Lives Matter Facebook page. He said he was ‘defending his religion’ by painting over the mural. Once Gittany covered the mural with black paint, other protesters descended onto Erskinville to write Christian messages over the defaced mural.But members of the community countered that graffiti, writing messages of support like ‘love wins’ and ‘gotta have faith’.Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman found Gittany guilty of the crime in July. In her verdict she said his religious beliefs did not justify his crime.‘We live in a pluralistic society,’ the judge told Gittany in July.Scott Marsh told Gay Star News the judge’s verdict was the result Sydney’s LGBTI commmunity had hoped for.‘It’s a great result and I’m sure a huge relief for everyone in that local community,’ he said in July.Another Sydney queer icon, the political performer, Pauline Pantsdown aka Simon Hunt, said the guilty verdict was a ‘wonderful outcome’.‘Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman noted his actions as having been harmful to the LGBTIQ community; recognized our queer iconography as valuable; and declared art to be a tangible thing,’ Hunt said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A 24-year-old man who defaced a George Michael mural in defence of his Christianity has been ordered to pay AU$14,000 (US$10,037) in damages.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Court finds man who vandalized George Michael mural guiltyHomophobes and transphobes could be thrown into jail for three years in AustraliaWhy this gay guy made a huge Madonna mural in London for her 60thRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content Feature | October 25, 2012 | Helen Kuhl A Marketplace Ripe for Wide Bore Systems This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Wide Bore MRI Systems in the October issue of ITN.center_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Activity in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems marketplace this year included the appearance of several units featuring a wide bore. Despite its benefits in terms of soft tissue image quality, MRI always had a slight hurdle to overcome in terms of patient comfort, both for patients whose clautrophobic tendencies make them cringe at entering the small tube to the obese population that has difficulty fitting into a smaller opening. Systems offering another 10-14 cm of diameter make scanning easier for those groups and are attractive to providers that want to attract and accommodate as many patients as they can.Among the newly cleared systems this year is the 3.0T Magnetom Spectra from Siemens, designed to provide high field strength at a cost-effective pricepoint. It received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the end of July. At the end of August, the FDA cleared Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 1.5T series, which features 8-, 16- and 32-channel systems. Earlier that month, Toshiba also had received clearance for a new high-density 16-element flexible coil system available for the Vantage Titan 1.5T systems, designed to improve signal-to-noise ratio. The Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T series features a 71 cm bore. Several models in the Siemens Magnetom series have a 70 cm bore, and GE Healthcare also has several wide bore units, including the Discovery MR750W 3.0T, cleared in 2011, and Optima MR 450W 1.5T systems. The first Discovery MR750W 3.0T was installed in the United States in March. Philips’ Ingenia 1.5T and 3.0T models have a 70 cm bore. The Ingenia was FDA cleared in April 2011, and there are U.S. installations of both models.Hitachi received FDA clearance for its Echelon Oval 1.5T wide-bore system in early May. It not only has the widest bore in the industry, at 74 cm, but also unique is the bore’s oval shape. The first unit was installed in mid-September.Market Ready for a JumpSales of MR systems are bound to see an uptick in the near future, as the number of old units in the field is getting high, according to a newly released survey by the IMV Medical Information Division, “2012 MR Market Outlook Report.” The average age of installed scanners in the United States increased from eight years in 2007 to 10.9 years in 2011, the report notes, and IMV senior director of market research Lorna Young says, “… the market is ready for replacement of the older units that are at the end of their useful lives.”Among survey respondents, 22 percent said they plan to purchase a new MRI system in the next three years. Of the new installs, two-thirds will be wide bore units. “Providers plan to take advantage of the wider bore sizes that are now available,” Young says.IMV also notes that overall procedures performed in the U.S. rose about 6 percent, to 32 million procedures, from 2010 to 2011, but utilization at the site level increased 4 percent, and the average number of MR procedures performed per scanner fell 4 percent. The revenue drop was attributed to reduced reimbursements from Medicare and third-party payers, despite the slight increase in utilization.Lower and upper extremity procedures grew 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, and were the biggest contributors to MR procedure growth, the research found. Two other large procedure categories were spine and brain. Orthopedic procedures also grew.The report also showed a drop in contrast usage, from 42 percent in 2010, to 37 percent of all MR procedures in 2011. Providers indicated concerns about the risk of nephrogenic system fibrosis (NSF) from gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA), the report said. More than 75 percent of the survey respondents said NSF prevention is a priority patient management issue for their departments.Other survey findings of note: 63 percent of all MR studies were performed in hospitals or in hospital-owned imaging centers, and 1.5T units still predominate, “representing 70 percent of all recently installed MR scanners and 70 percent of all systems currently in place,” IMV says. Is 3.0T Worth the Money?The value of 3.0T versus 1.5T systems was discussed at the beginning of the year by ECRI Institute in its “Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2012.” It asked, “Are higher resolution and more detailed images worth the extra $1 million cost of ultra-high-field strength (3.0T) MRI?”ECRI noted that while technology improvements have made 3.0T suitable for routine body imaging, “Purchasing an expensive 3.0T system for routine MRI applications, however, is still difficult to justify — at least until additional research demonstrates added clinical utility.” But when it comes to neurosurgical applications, the benefits of 3.0T MRI are well established, ECRI said, and “facilities that serve neurosurgery programs should seriously consider acquiring a 3.0T system.”ITN columnist Greg Freiherr contended in his July/August “The Last Read” column that prices for 3.0T are dropping to a range that makes them more affordable for providers, more in line with what buyers previously paid for 1.5T systems in the past. “So while 3.0T may not as yet have proven that its heftier field strength provides a clinical advantage over the long-time [1.5T] king of MRI, its images are clearer and its price well within the reach of what buyers are used to paying,” he said. itnFor more information about ECRI or its report, visit For more information about the IMV survey, visit FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This release… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Hitachi’s Echelon Oval 1.5T 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.last_img read more

Intelerad Unveils Imaging InfrastructureasaService Platform

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more November 7, 2017 — Intelerad Medical Systems recently announced the expansion of its cloud-based solution suite. The expansion includes an Imaging Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering that provides a complete, cloud-based imaging platform.To reduce healthcare organizations’ costs, the latest version of the cloud imaging platform allows Intelerad clients to offload information technology (IT) management, thereby reducing the need for hefty capital investment in IT infrastructure and personnel. Instead, Intelerad will design, procure and maintain on-site hardware, storage infrastructure and security. All infrastructure fees are included in the fee-per-study model.In terms of scalability, the cloud IaaS solution provides worry-free business continuity and flexible growth by instantly scaling to meet real-time performance and storage needs. Additionally, the solution maintains 99.99 percent uptime, and stores client data across multiple sites to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery. Furthermore, the platform uses advanced security measures to ensure all patient healthcare information is protected.Among the Intelerad clients moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud is Aris Radiology, a rapidly-growing organization that provides radiology services to more than 300 hospitals and health systems nationwide.“With Intelerad’s cloud-based imaging platform, we are gaining a solution that simplifies the management of IT infrastructure, so we can focus on our core business,” said Shannon Shirk, chief information officer of Aris Radiology. “In addition to being highly scalable and robust, the solution also allows radiologists to leverage an efficient workflow and ensure the highest levels of patient care.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | PACS Accessories | November 07, 2017 Intelerad Unveils Imaging Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform Latest cloud offering provides fully-hosted infrastructure and managed services News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

President Solís wants fewer words more action from UN Security Council

first_imgSolís’ U.S. travels continue in Washington, D.C., where he met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senate Democrats and Republicans to discuss economic development, regional security, climate change and sustainable development on Thursday. He returns to Costa Rica on Friday. Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís called for a more “proactive,” interventionist United Nations Security Council during his address before the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning. Solís had strong words for the Security Council for its perceived inaction in preventing and combating crimes against humanity and its lack of progress in disarming nuclear powers.“The council’s focus on conflict prevention is inadequate, and when it does take action, it often comes too late,” Solís told the audience of world leaders in New York, referencing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica. “None of these crises emerged without prior warning.”Solís’ more interventionist view of the U.N. came into view when he addressed the obligations of member states, especially Security Council members: “When governments fail to meet the responsibility to protect, either because they lack the will or the ability to safeguard the rights of their own people, then it is up to the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to intervene and deploy the wide variety of resources at its disposal to resolve conflicts.”That ability to intervene, however, has been quashed by the threat of a veto by the Security Council’s permanent members, Solís said. According to the U.N. Charter, if any of the five permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China — cast a veto in the 15-member Security Council, the resolution or decision does not pass. The president called for a reform to the veto power of the Security Council, saying that the mechanism undermines the mission of the United Nations and member-states’ trust in the U.N.’s ability to resolve the difficult conflicts it was designed to tackle. Que se impida el uso del veto cuando se comentan genocidios, crímenes de guerra o crímenes de lesa humanidad #UNGA— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) September 30, 2015 «Ha llegado la hora de que la ONU esté encabezada por una mujer»: presidente de Costa Rica— Naciones Unidas (@ONU_es) September 30, 2015 En el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Facebook Commentscenter_img Nos reunimos con el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de EEUU— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Read Solís’ full U.N. General Assembly address in Spanish and English below: Solís said Costa Rica supports a reform proposed by France, a permanent member of the Security Council, which would establish a Code of Conduct that would prohibit Security Council members from using their veto power in situations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and “demand a political commitment to act promptly and decisively in such situations.”“The opinion of a single permanent member cannot continue to bear more weight than the necessity to save lives,” Solís said.Solís also called on nuclear powers to make good on their pledge to disarm under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The president said that nuclear weapons were often on hair triggers and suggested that they were susceptible to cyber-attack.Gender equality was also on Solís’ mind as he reiterated Costa Rica’s support for serious consideration among member countries of women to lead the U.N.“The time has come for the General Secretariat to be occupied by a woman,” he said. Related posts:Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Pope Francis calls for climate, migrant action in Congress speech President Solís to support reforms, female leadership at United Nations President Solís meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at UNlast_img read more