Neil Young Calls Tar Sands A Disaster

first_imgIn Washington, DC last week, singer-song writer Neil Young had some scathing words to say about Alberta’s tar sands operations and the Keystone XL Pipeline that, if built, would transport raw bitumen from the tar sands to the US south.Speaking of a recent trip to Canada, Young said, “When we got to Alberta, we headed north until we got to Fort McMurray, where all of the oil comes from, much of the oil that we’re using here, which they call ethical oil because it’s not from Saudi Arabia or some country that may be at war with us.“The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. There’s fumes everywhere. You can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 or 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations Peoples up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted. Their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on, all the animals are dying. This is truly a disaster.”Young supports alternative fuels, such as ethanol. US President Barack Obama has yet to announce whether or not he will allow the pipeline to be built, but a go-ahead would mean an increase of tar sands production. Most First Nations see the pipeline as all risk and no reward.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jerry Seinfeld Kevin Hart Trevor Noah among Just For Laughs festival headliners

first_img Twitter Facebook Hart will team with the festival for “Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts,” in search of the funniest short films from across North America — which could be selected to stream on his Laugh Out Loud website launching this summer. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Seinfeld will make his first appearance at the event since 1989 when he shares the stage with French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh at the Bell Centre on July 26. The first slate of performers announced Wednesday also includes writer and filmmaker Judd Apatow, actor David Spade and Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black” fame, along with homegrown stars Howie Mandel, Rick Mercer and Montreal’s Sugar Sammy.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Noah will have two performances at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts on July 28, followed by a live conversation at the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on July 29. Danny McBride and the cast of HBO comedy series “Vice Principals,” and John Mulaney and Ali Wong are also slated to make appearances. MONTREAL — Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah are among the comedy stars headlining this summer’s Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. The 35th edition of the festival runs from July 12 to 31. Advertisementlast_img read more

Well enrich uranium Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali warns America

first_imgDubai: Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the US, state media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments late Tuesday came after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a coordinated drone attack on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia. A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by the drones apparently intact. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe drone assault is just the latest incident in the Mideast to shake global energy markets, as authorities allege oil tankers anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were targeted by sabotage. Benchmark Brent crude prices remained around 71 a barrel in early trading Wednesday. Meanwhile, the US is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region in response to a still-unspecified threat from Iran, further ramping up tensions a year after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking Tuesday night in Tehran at an iftar, the traditional dinner Muslims have when breaking their daylong fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Khamenei’s reported comments first focused on him downplaying the chances of a wider conflict in the Mideast with America. He reportedly told senior officials that his country won’t negotiate with the United States, calling such talks “poison.” But he also said, “Neither we, nor them is seeking war. They know that it is not to their benefit.” In Wednesday’s edition, the state-run IRAN newspaper carried his comments on the nuclear program, his first since Iran announced it would begin backing away from the accord itself.last_img read more

Fumes in cockpit cabin prompt return of Spirit jet to LA

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say fumes in the cockpit and cabin of a Spirit Airlines jet flying from Los Angeles to Denver prompted the crew to bring the plane back to Los Angeles International Airport.The Los Angeles Fire Department says the aircraft’s oxygen masks dropped down for use by passengers as a precaution and that firefighters evaluated the passengers after the Airbus A321 landed. No injuries were reported.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Flight 630 landed back at the airport at about 9:50 a.m. Friday.The airline did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.The fire department says the cause of the fumes is under investigation.The Associated Press read more

UN agency assisting over 15000 refugees fleeing fighting in Myanmar

“At the request of Thai authorities, we are coordinating the efforts of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others to provide shelter, food and water to refugees in the town of Mae Sot,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva today. “Refugees started pouring across the border early in the morning on foot and on inner tubes across the Moei River,” said Mr. Mahecic. “Some told our staff they felt their lives were at risk after their houses were attacked, while others said they fled the sound of fighting.”The clashes in the Myawaddy area of eastern Myanmar reportedly began in the wake of Sunday’s elections, the first to be held in the South-east Asian in 20 years. Many of the refugees collected their children from school and fled to Thailand with only the clothes on their back, some even barefoot, said Mr. Mahecic.UNHCR is working with the Thai Government and NGOs to coordinate services to the refugees. It has provided 90 tents which Thai authorities and the refugees themselves erected yesterday. Today the agency is providing plastic sheeting for more shelter. Various NGOs helped to build latrines and install tanks for drinking water, while Thai border guards provided medical help. The Thailand Burma Border Consortium, which normally provides food and shelter to some 152,000 registered and unregistered refugees in the nine camps in Thailand along the Myanmar border, provided food.The new refugees gathered at two locations on the Thai side, but were later moved to one site near Mae Sot airport. There were indications it might be too small to hold the swelling numbers, noted Mr. Mahecic. Meanwhile, UNHCR staff and Thai authorities are working together at a school in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, to assess the needs of some 3,000 refugees who crossed the border there late yesterday and early today. 9 November 2010The United Nations refugee agency is assisting more than 15,000 refugees who fled into northern Thailand on Monday after fighting broke out between ethnic Karen rebels and government troops in Myanmar. read more

JPMorgan paying 51B to resolve US claims over mortgage securities sold to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $5.1 billion to resolve claims that it misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky home loans and mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed.The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the settlement Friday with JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank. A broader deal with the Justice Department is still being negotiated.JPMorgan sold $33 billion in mortgage securities to Fannie and Freddie between 2005 and 2007, according to the agency. That was the second-most sold to Fannie and Freddie ahead of the crisis, behind only Bank of America. The securities soured after the housing bubble burst in 2007, losing billions in value.In a statement Friday, JPMorgan called the agreement with the FHFA “an important step towards a broader resolution of the firm’s” mortgage-related matters.Edward DeMarco, the FHFA’s acting director, said the settlement with JPMorgan “provides greater certainty in the marketplace and is in line with our responsibility for preserving and conserving Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s assets on behalf of taxpayers.”The settlement is the start of what could be the largest penalty the government has extracted from a company for actions related to the financial crisis. The crisis, triggered by vast sales of risky mortgage securities, plunged the economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression.Last weekend, JPMorgan reached a tentative agreement with the Justice Department to pay $13 billion over bad loans and mortgage securities the bank sold before the crisis. The FHFA originally participated in those negotiations. It’s unclear when the broader agreement will be finalized.The FHFA sued 18 financial institutions in September 2011 over their sales of mortgage securities to Fannie and Freddie. The total price for the securities sold was $196 billion.The government rescued Fannie and Freddie during the financial crisis when both were on the verge of collapse. The companies received taxpayer aid totalling $187 billion. They have since become profitable and repaid $146 billion.New York-based JPMorgan will pay about $2.74 billion to Freddie and $1.26 billion to Fannie for the securities it sold. JPMorgan is also paying $1.1 billion for home loans it sold to Fannie and Freddie ahead of the crisis.The mortgage securities that JPMorgan sold to Fannie and Freddie included billions that were packaged by two institutions that failed in 2008: Wall Street bank Bear Stearns and Seattle-based Washington Mutual, the largest U.S. savings and loan. JPMorgan bought Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual in deals brokered by the government.A number of big banks, including JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, previously have been accused of abuses in sales of securities linked to mortgages in the years leading up to the crisis. Together, they have paid hundreds of millions in penalties to settle civil charges brought by the SEC, which accused them of deceiving investors about the quality of the bonds they sold.But no high-level Wall Street executives had been sent to jail over charges related to the financial crisis. And the banks in all the SEC cases were allowed to neither admit nor deny wrongdoing — a practice that brought criticism of the agency from judges and investor advocates. That has triggered public outrage. Some lawmakers and other critics demanded that the big bailed-out banks and senior executives be held accountable.JPMorgan has enjoyed a reputation for managing risk better than its Wall Street competitors. The bank came through the financial crisis in better shape than most of its rivals.But in recent months, it has been engaged in a number of embarrassing and costly settlements.In September, JPMorgan agreed to pay $920 million and admit that it failed to oversee trading that led to a $6 billion loss last year in its London operation. That combined amount, in settlements with three regulators in the U.S. and one in Britain, is one of the largest fines ever levied against a financial institution.In another case, the company agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that its traders acted “recklessly” with the London trades.And in a first for a major company, JPMorgan admitted in the agreement with the SEC over the trading loss in London that it failed in its oversight. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 3:02 pm MDT JPMorgan paying $5.1B to resolve US claims over mortgage securities sold to Fannie, Freddie read more

Government absolutely united behind Howlin in bid to save €300m Kenny

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has affirmed that the government needs to find €300 million in savings from the public payroll this year, despite the rejection of the Croke Park 2 pay deal by public sector workers.Kenny said the government remained “absolutely united” behind Brendan Howlin’s bid to make savings in the public payroll, affirming the need to cut €300 million this year and find savings totalling €1 billion between now and 2015.“The bottom line here is absolutely clear,” Kenny told the Dail. “We have to, we must, and we will find €300 million of extra savings this year from payroll.“That’s the challenge the government now faces.”The government’s plans for payroll savings took a major dent when three of the country’s four biggest unions yesterday rejected the Croke Park 2 proposals – meaning it is certain to be formally rejected when trade union representatives meet at ICTU level today.Kenny said an agreement with unions to cut pay was “in the interest of the Irish people and the Irish country in general”.His comments came after Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was “very clear that your Plan B is to reflect”, and it was “extraordinary” that the government had no obvious recourse, having apparently stalled on its plans to legislate for pay cuts of 7 per cent across the board.Martin said he was glad to hear the government parties were united on the problem, as “some parts of the Labour Party have been speaking out of both sides of their mouth on this issue.”Martin also criticised the ‘side deals’ offered to workers in certain sectors, such as prison workers and firefighters, as “a bit of intimidation at the end – and it backfired spectacularly”.SF: Rejection a ‘very clear signal’ from workersSinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said the rejection of the deal was a “very clear signal” from workers that they had no more to give, and said Brendan Howlin’s assertions last night – that he would run out of money before the end of the year if pay was not cut further – as “absurd”.She urged the Government to consider the introduction of an extra tax rate for workers over €100,000, which would offer the revenue needed to reach the Troika target, while also treating public and private workers equally.Kenny said McDonald had herself received figures on proposed pay caps from the Department of Public Expenditure in February, when she was told that the estimated net savings would be €110 million per year – while also setting the marginal tax rate at 62.5 per cent.“I think you need to get a lot more thinking caps in that party,” Kenny said. “What you are proposing would be the ruination of this country. The ruination of it.”Kenny also argued that the proposal to hit higher earners would meet with failure, pointing out that higher-earning civil servants had voted against the Croke Park 2 proposals solely because it would cut pay for public workers on over €65,000.“What you want to do is tax people out of existence with some vision of yours that that’s going to sort out all our problems.”Read: Howlin responds to Croke Park II rejection, says ‘the arithmetic hasn’t changed’last_img read more

Upcoming road schedule for WWE this weekend (3/4-3/10)

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebookcenter_img Upcoming road schedule for WWE from March 4 to March 10, 2016.* 3/4 NXT live event in Cleveland, Ohio* 3/4 NXT live event in Citrus Springs, Florida* 3/4 live event in Minneapolis, Minnesota* 3/5 live event in Saginaw, Michigan* 3/5 live event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa* 3/5 NXT live event in Bartow, Florida* 3/6 live event in Kalamzoo, Michigan* 3/6 live event in Moline, Illinois* 3/7 RAW TV tapings in Chicago, Illinois* 3/8 Smackdown TV tapings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin* 3/10 NXT live event in Jacksonville, FloridaAttending any of these live events over the next week? Send us a live report to either AdamMartin@wrestleview.com or Jason@wrestleview.com. Pinterest WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Vancouver police seek missing man

first_imgVancouver police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old man who disappeared while training for a triathlon.Leif Vigeland was last seen leaving his east Vancouver home on Thursday on his black Trek road bike.The bicycle was located Saturday at Wintler Park along the Columbia River, but Vigeland’s whereabouts are still unknown.He is described at 6 feet, 4 inches tall, 240 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair.Anyone with information is asked to call 911.last_img

TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award Stewart wins too

first_img TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award, Stewart wins too Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – New York – Turks and Caicos wins in Tourism rolling in this week, as former Tourist Board director and current Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs will today be bestowed a special honour at the CTO Awards Luncheon in New York.   Minister Higgs will be presented with the Allied Award.  Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development not only of his or her country, but of the region. The North Caicos MP will today get the prize at the Wyndham New Yorker, where the event is set for noon to 2pm.  Another honoree is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos; it is Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.  It is Caribbean Week in NY.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward#MinRalphHiggs#AdamStewart Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AdamStewart, #magneticmedianews, #MinRalphHiggs, #TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryawardlast_img read more

Jharasangham sarpanch holds Haritha Haram

first_imgJharasangham: Village sarpanch Jagadishwar, Devarapalli sarpanch Sasikala Shyam, Nawaz Reddy and Siva Lakshmi Krishna participated in the Haritha Haram programme conducted at Jharasangham on Friday. They planted trees in empty lands, burial grounds, schools and panchayati office. Speaking on the occasion, Jagadishwar said, “Every tree is useful to increase the life of human being. Everyone should participate in this great programme.” Village medical officer Sunil Dutt, APO Raj Kumar, locals and others were present.last_img read more

900 boat migrants rescued 4 bodies found

first_imgMigrants sing on the deck of MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres on the way to Spain on 16 June 2018. Photo: ReutersSpain’s coast guard rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in the Mediterranean Friday and Saturday, as the country prepared for the arrival of a charity rescue ship that was denied a port by Italy and Malta.The number of people fleeing poverty and conflict by boat to Spain doubled last year and is likely to rise again in 2018, according to the EU border agency, potentially pushing migration up the national political agenda.Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has already made migrant-friendly moves in his first two weeks in the job, offering to take in the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people on board and pledging free healthcare to undocumented migrants.The coast guard said on Twitter it had rescued 507 people from 59 small dinghies in the Gibraltar strait, where it also found the four bodies.All the other rescues happened in the Alboran Sea, between northeastern Morocco and southeastern Spain.last_img read more

ERCOT Forecasts Sufficient Power Availability Through Summer

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03 AP/Tony GutierrezFile – In this Sept. 6, 2007 file photo, an electrical power line is shown in Dallas.The electric grid that covers most of Texas is expected to have enough power through the summer, even as power demand is expected to hit a record high.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says statewide power demand is expected to grow by 2.6 percent since the summer of 2016. Under all the forecast scenarios ERCOT looked at for the months ahead, there should be enough electricity to keep the lights on, but where that power is coming from could change this year.For nearly all of 2016, the grid got most of its power from natural gas. But in January, coal took the top spot, thanks to rising natural gas prices.Some analysts say those prices could continue rising, pushing coal demand up. That could also affect your electric bill.“For the most part, natural gas units are setting the marginal price of wholesale electricity in many hours in the ERCOT region,” says Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s Senior Director of System Planning.In short: more expensive natural gas likely means more expensive electricity. ERCOT’s forecasts include 4,000 megawatts of new power from natural gas, wind and solar expected to come online at the start of summer. Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Open source 3D printed robot extends hand to DIY fans w video

first_imgHe began with making a right hand, designed in Blender and printed on a 3-D Touch. After several iterations, he added a shoulder, head, brain, and voice command. He shared details on Thingiverse, a site where one can share digital designs. Like Langevin, the site’s team like to support others in making things.”The body parts can be printed, but you’ll have to add mechanical and electronic components such as cables, servos, and Arduinos to make the machine work,” he said. Some of his guideposts for enthusiasts, for example, are suggestions about replacing printed screw threads with linear actuators, for better accuracy and strength. “But I try to manage my wallet for this project,” he said, “and I know a lot of you are in the same kind of position. So if you’ve got a thick wallet, you can replace those parts fairly easily. I have made the space for it and added attachment holes for to be adaptive.”He said that “working as a sculptor modelmaker for Factices Ateliers, in the real physical world, this is my contribution to the OpenSource 3-D world.” More information: inmoov.blogspot.com/ www.thingiverse.com/thing:17773 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model maker, has a project that he would be happy to share with others with similar enthusiasm for putting their imaginations to work in 3-D printing. Since last year he has been busy with the design and painstaking engineering of a humanlike robot called InMoov. It is designed to be a robot that one can 3-D print and animate following the maker’s instructions. He told the world on his blog that he had to redesign and print a few times before he finally got InMoov the way he wanted to. “My second design was too large to stay in a human size range.”Presently, he has succeeded in making a human-like robot with head and torso and movable hands who can respond to voice commands. The robot is not cuddly, cute, or at all huggable. Physically, it may veer, for some viewers, toward an Uncanny Valley. Nonetheless, making it cute does not seem to be his point, but rather to show what 3-D printing with off-the-shelf materials can do and to help others to do the same. Citation: Open source 3-D printed robot extends hand to DIY fans (w/ video) (2013, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-source-d-robot-diy-fans.html Explore further Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) The list of electronics components includes Arduino uno x2; MG995 / HK2598 servos x12; Hitec HS805BB servos x8; -0.8mm nylon thread (fishing line); miscellaneous bolts; 3 kg natural ABS filament (various colors) and 6V 44A batteries and charger. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Ladysmith bikers show their love for the aged

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Bikers from Ladysmith and surrounding areas got together on Saturday morning to show their love for the aged at Juana Maria Old Age Home.The bikers got into the spirit of Valentine’s by ensuring that the ‘oldies’ had an enjoyable and memorable day. Kind donations from businesses, private donors and biking groups allowed them to put together hampers containing toiletries, snacks and food.Also read: Burning up the rubber for bike jolAlso read: Bikers make a potjie to support old age homeEven lucky draw prizes were won.A lucky member of Juana Maria even received a bouquet of flowers.Sanet Steenkamp from one of the biking clubs gave an inspirational talk and started the day off with prayer. The bikers spent the entire morning at the old age home, with music blaring and some of the elderly residents even dancing.The bikers with the aged on Saturday morning“The aged at the home were in seventh heaven,” said one of the bikers. The senior citizens in turn said they want the bikers to come back soon. Before the visit to the home, a mass ride was held from BP garage in Harrismith Road through town to create awareness about what the bikers are doing for the elderly and also to get other people involved.The bikers went through town and then to the old age home, where the day was enjoyed by all. To add to the excitement on the day, one of the biker’s metal machines was parked inside the old age home to get everyone in the biking spirit.The young-at-heart even wanted to take it for a spin!The day was enjoyed by all, and the bikers say a big thank you to those who assisted in helping to make the event a success.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | June 22, 2010 Brainlab Collaborates with Toshiba on Integrated Surgical Suite Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more 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 Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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June 22, 2010 – Brainlab AG announced last week that it has signed an agreement with Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation Inc. to integrate its Aquilion LB Computed Tomography (CT) scanner with the Brainlab Brainsuite iCT digitally integrated operating room (OR).Brainsuite iCT integrates intraoperative CT scans with surgical planning and ceiling-mounted navigation. Automatic Image Registration uses the latest intraoperative images to ensure fast and sterile patient registration for uninterrupted navigation back at original accuracy. Up-to-date images combined with navigation provide surgeons with immediate quality control and the ability to check their progress before concluding surgery. Intraoperative CT is considered to be a versatile tool for multiple surgical specialties. Because the scanner can be used for surgical and diagnostic imaging, it is considered a financially feasible solution for hospitals worldwide.The 16-slice Aquilion LB features the industry’s largest gantry aperture of 90 cm and the industry’s largest scan field of 70 cm, covering more anatomy.The unique 70 cm scan field, up to 40 percent greater than other large-bore CT systems, delivers detailed image quality and reduces hidden anatomical areas for diagnoses, simulation and planning. The Aquilion LB delivers a field-of-view of 70 cm without requiring extrapolation algorithms through Toshiba’s Quantum Detector technology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more 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. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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first_imgOctober 14, 2005 Welcome to October 9. 2005 workshop participants: [top from left] Francesca Oliveira [seminar week only], Scott Sell, Shakti Pearce, behind Shakti is Joan Lundell, Cathy Mulkern, Franklin Walker, and Martin Mathis [seminar week only]. [front from left] Rebecca Lincoln-Rowson, Janet Thompson and alumnus Anthony Thompson [both seminar week only], and Stefan Grace. Alumnus Anthony Thompson was part of the October 1973 and the July 1975 workshop. Inset: Puja Gupta. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Coop IPO success depends on speedy NPL drop

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe state-owned Cooperative Central Bank (CCB) needs to reduce its stock of delinquent loans substantially, over the next months, in order to become more attractive to investors ahead of a much-needed capital increase, an economist said.The lender, which cannot rely on more state aid after receiving €1.7bn from the taxpayer – in the form of two successive capital injections in 2014 and 2015 – might need to increase its provisions for bad loans next year when it adopts new accounting standards, said Leslie Manison, a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Co-op, currently working on a Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) listing that will enable it, via successive capital increases starting next year, to reduce the state’s holding to 25 per cent, is still struggling with €7.2bn of NPLs (60 per cent) according to March 2017 figures. Two years ago. the NPL total was €7.5bn or 57 per cent.The bank suffered another setback in March when the financial ombudsman ordered the return of €111m to overcharged borrowers, translated to a €75m decrease in capital. The Co-op posted a €7m net profit in 2016 and adjusted its 2015 results to reflect a net loss of €176.4m. It originally posted a net loss of €165.6m in 2015. In the first quarter, it posted a €2.6m net profit compared to a €25.3m profit in the respective quarter of 2016, partly on a €10m reduction in net interest income. Amid all this, unions asked their members to strike on Tuesday at the Co-op demanding more pay.“The further decline in income earnings in the first quarter of 2017, especially from interest on good loans, is contributing importantly to the fall in profits before provisions,” said Manison who also advised the Central Bank and the finance ministry.He added that “at the same time, there has been no effective reduction in the extremely high level of non-performing loans resulting in considerably more provisioning being required. And with the need to implement the new IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) 9 regulation by 2018 that requires the putting aside of more provisions against prospective loan losses even on new loans more funding from outside will be necessary.“Consequently, while funds for provisioning from profits are falling, the need for much greater provisions, essentially fresh capital and reserves, has become elevated and urgent. It is hoped that the CCB can better manage and decrease its NPLs as well as competently carry out its loan activities in the coming months so as to inspire the public to invest in the CCB and make its forthcoming IPO (initial public offering) a success”.Even a perceived failure to attract sufficient capital from investors at the CSE “could dent confidence in the capacity of the CCB to cover its provisioning requirements against prospective losses and thus could put the future of the bank in jeopardy in its proposed form and shareholding structure,” the Australian-born economist said.A high-ranking executive at the Co-op, one of the four Cypriot banks jointly supervised by the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Central Bank of Cyprus, said that the lender had already made progress in reducing its bad loans stock and intended to do even more in the future.“We have successfully completed loan restructurings in excess of €2.5bn with a high cure ratio, within the targets set by the Central Bank of Cyprus on a quarterly basis,” said Yiannos Stavrinides, head of strategy and transformation, in an interview. He added that the Co-op has drafted “an ambitious plan in full compliance with supervisory realities,” dubbed Angenda2022 which the bank will make public once it goes through all required stages.The situation may become more complicated as the government intended to hand over free of charge a quarter of the bank’s stock to Co-op customers.“How would the shares donated to the customers of the CCB as well as those offered to the outside public be priced in the planned IPO” asked Manison. “Moreover, how much in outside funds would be raised by this procedure to inject fresh capital into the bank?”On June 2, commenting on a possible fiscal impact of the stock donation, a treasury official said that it would be based on either the value of the stock at the time of the transaction or its fair value based on a valuation. The bank saw its equity drop marginally in the first quarter to over €1.2bn from December. The CCB, until recently, served as the lender of last resort of several hundred independent co-operative saving banks, accustomed to interference by -also local- politicians in their day-to-day business ranging from extending credit or loan collection to hiring.“The market pricing of shares offered by the IPO will depend ultimately on the confidence of investors in the future profitability of the Co-op,” Manison said.He added that the pricing would ultimately reflect how well the management of NPLs as well as “their income-earning prospects” were perceived by investors.“However, with minimal progress currently being made in reducing NPLs, intensified efforts must be made to induce (or) force ‘strategic defaulters’ to repay through among other things getting politically-bowing managers to be much less generous with politically- connected clients in restructurings, write-offs and servicing of their debts,” the economist continued.“In addition, debts of households and small enterprises which have been thoroughly checked as to not having the ability to repay should be fully or partly written off as the practice of extending and pretending just ties up resources of the CCB in unproductive and costly activities including lengthy legal procedures”.Manison added that it was important to take into account that a portion of debt extended to low-income households may have to be forgiven as it lacks any prospect of ever being repaid. He cited the Eurosystem’s latest Household Finance and Consumption Survey, according to which, the poorest 20 per cent of Cypriot households would need to spend almost two thirds of their income to meet their debt repayment obligations.“Furthermore, there is evidence that CCB management is increasingly pressing the staff to extend loans to existing and new customers in its competition with other banks, running the risk of more NPLs if the ability of customers to repay has not been properly scrutinised. Moreover, the future viability of the Co-op will depend crucially on its ability to generate profits from new loans,” he added.Stavrinides, the Co-op executive, added that the bank is “fully aware” of the next steps needed. “With respect to political interference, let me say that our relation to the state is governed by an agreement (with the EU),” he said.“The situation however is not ideal as this agreement is exploited by third parties, not part of the deal,” he continued in an apparent reference to last year’s dispute between Attorney General and the finance minister on whether the Co-op was subjected as a state-owned enterprise to audits by the Auditor General.The impending CSE listing and the subsequent supervision by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission would address the remaining distortions, Stavrinides said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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