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Gary Sinise Foundation and Hope For The Warriors Partner to Meet Needs

first_imgThe Gary Sinise Foundation and Hope For The Warriors announce the building of a renewed and growing partnership to meet the needs and challenges of today’s military families.Both nonprofits are dedicated to serving military members, veterans and their families and have already worked closely together for more than four years. The new partnership expands the services, coordination and training needs in an effort to better meet the challenges faced by a veteran population that has been in combat for more than ten years.The Gary Sinise Foundation, through their incredible outreach program work, is connected with military families in crisis each day. With the new partnership, the foundation will connect with the Hope For The Warriors clinical staff for assessment and support needs of those families.The Clinical Health & Wellness Program, developed by Hope For The Warriors, utilizes clinical care coordinators who work one-on-one with military families as they face financial, physical and/or psychological battles. Clinical case management is led and reviewed by licensed social workers with in depth knowledge and experience with the military community and it’s culture. Assessments will determine the next steps needed in providing resources, treatment, community building, and financial assistance.“When it comes to military families, our Foundation is always searching for areas of need and new ways to address those needs,” said Judy Otter, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Partnering with Hope For The Warriors makes for a strong, far-reaching alliance. Together, we’ll continue to make positive changes in the lives of our nation’s heroes and their loved ones.” 
In 2012, Hope For The Warriors entered a partnership with the online Master of Social Work Program from the University of Southern California. It was the first partnership of its kind, matching a top-ranked social work program with a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in meeting the needs of today’s active duty members and veterans. Through the partnership , Hope For The Warriors will provide the required supervision of an experienced master social worker to support clinical support services for the Gary Sinise Foundation. In addition, both organizations will evaluate other opportunities for training and support.“The Hope For The Warriors clinical care team assist military families in crisis as well as address their long term needs and goals,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President. “Collaborating with the Gary Sinise Foundation will strengthen program work within both organizations, benefiting military families across the country.”Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise has been actively and tirelessly supporting the troops for over thirty years. Among his numerous film and television roles, it was his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump which formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. After several USO handshake tours in 2003, Sinise formed the “Lt. Dan Band” and began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. Performing pop hits to classic rock staples, the 12-member cover band has played for over half-a-million troops and their families.In 2011 he launched the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. These include its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans. Both through its own efforts and through its Building for America’s Bravest partner program with Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation is constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers and family. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, INSPIRATION to ACTION, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes and Arts & Entertainment Outreach.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

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Jaden Smith and Sisters Chloe x Halle Named peta2s Hottest Vegan Celebrities

first_imgMore and more Hollywood stars, top musicians, pro athletes, and influential YouTubers are joining the vegan ranks, so the competition for the Hottest Vegan Celebrities of 2018 contest (run by peta2, PETA’s youth division) was tougher than ever — but Jaden Smith and the Chloe x Halle sisters have come out on top.In addition to being an entertainment industry jack-of-all-trades, actor and musician Jaden — who’s newly vegan — reveals that he’s also a whiz in the kitchen. Discussing his favorite meals in an interview with Food & Wine, he said, “I do cook at home because I can make meals for myself really easily, some brown rice, quinoa, beans, maybe some kale, maybe some herb aioli.” And when he’s visiting his famous family, he has plenty of options, too: “Usually, at my parents’ house, there are vegan pancakes,” he added.Chloe and Halle Bailey went vegan after eating meat-free for a week with their mother, and they’ve never looked back. “Eggs and dairy never sat well with me … so it was easy,” Chloe told Complex. “When we moved to L.A., it really became easy. So many vegan restaurants and vegan aisles in the grocery store are like heaven for us!” The successful siblings noted that they’ve become better performers since making the switch, too, adding, “[Our] secret to keeping our voices in shape? … [W]e’re vegan, so we’re not consuming dairy and it’s not that extra mucus buildup all the time.”The runners-up for this year’s awards are 16-year-old Stranger Things actor Sadie Sink and Black Veil Brides vocalist and American Satan actor Andy Biersack.Previous winners of peta2’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity contest include Ariana Grande, Zendaya, Davey Havok, Waka Flocka Flame, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley.last_img read more

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US stock indexes move higher at midday making up some of the

US stock indexes move higher at midday, making up some of the ground lost the day before by The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2015 10:03 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is moving higher in midday trading, making back some of the ground it lost the day before.Technology and health care stocks led the gains Wednesday. Apple, Microsoft and Intel had the biggest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average.The Dow was up 114 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 18,154 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The index slumped 190 points on Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 14 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,118. The Nasdaq composite climbed 46 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 5,079.Bond prices fell, pushing up the yield on the 10-year Treasury note up to 2.16 per cent. read more

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Rare letter that Mozart penned to Austrian friend sells for 217000 at

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2015 9:51 am MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rare letter that Mozart penned to Austrian friend sells for $217,000 at Massachusetts auction BOSTON – A rare letter that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed to a friend has sold at auction for $217,000.The Boston-based RR Auction house says the one-page German note was written in 1786 to Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, a close friend of Mozart’s.It asks von Jacquin to send a messenger to return three scores of music: “the Quartet in G minor, the Sonata in Eb and the ‘New Trio in G.’”The auction house didn’t disclose the identity of the buyer.RR Auction executive vice-president Bobby Livingston said Thursday that Mozart letters are among the musical items most sought by collectors. read more

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Support Port of Halifax over container port proposals in Canso Cape Bretonstudy

by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 9:06 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia should focus on promoting the port of Halifax rather than proposed container facilities in the strait of Canso and Sydney, markets where new ports are unlikely to be viable, says a study prepared for the province.The $80,000 report paid for by ACOA and Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation considers private-sector proposals for container ports at the Melford terminal at the Strait of Canso and the Novaporte development at the Port of Sydney, as well as the Port of Halifax’s long-term struggles to improve its fortunes.The document by CPCS consultants, dated June of this year, says arguments that the proposed ports would have lower costs depend on attracting container traffic and it questions the likelihood of that occurring due in part to their distance from major markets.“Certainly, we recommend against public investments in new or alternative marine gateways in Nova Scotia for container traffic,” it says. In the executive summary, the authors also note, “new facilities risk diluting the volume that the port of Halifax already has.”The report says Nova Scotia’s government should focus on plans and investments “that support the competitiveness of the port of Halifax.”However, proponents for the Melford and Sydney projects say the document doesn’t give sufficient weight to their arguments.“The report lacks a vision for the province, and in the rapidly changing world of shipping, it is already dated,” says Marlene Usher, the CEO of the Port of Sydney.“The report didn’t foresee recent developments underway at the Port of Halifax to study a move to Dartmouth to handle the ultra large container ships. One can no longer claim there is no need for Sydney or Melford’s private sector deep-water terminal projects when a yet-to-be-costed terminal on the other side of Halifax harbour is now being actively investigated,” she wrote in an email.She also points to the growth of the port in Prince Rupert, B.C., “home of a vibrant and growing container terminal,” recalling there was also opposition to Prince Rupert by Vancouver when it was in its early stages.“Halifax, while having strong attributes as a port, is congested by urban growth,” she adds.Richie Mann, director of marketing for the Melford proposal, points to a recent agreement with a major terminal operator and says he expects the private project will soon secure carriers who commit to use its facility near Port Hawkesbury.Mann adds the report also has found that while most North American container terminals have seen massive growth over the past 20 years, Halifax has “basically been flat” since 2003.“Let’s put it this way. We’ve said from day one that in order to make this project go we have to introduce new cargo into the mix. … That’s our target. It’s always been our target.”A spokesperson for the Port of Halifax declined comment.The study recognizes that both the Sydney proposal and Melford will have some competitive advantages, including that they don’t have the same land-based bottlenecks Halifax faces, while they will benefit from low construction costs, deep water, modern labour agreements and modern technology.However, the study notes, “both … have the disadvantage of greater distance to inland markets than existing ports.” It also says that Sydney’s plan to use short sea shipping after the vessels arrive in the port would create “prohibitive” costs.It notes that a three-port strategy for Nova Scotia would send conflicting signals to the shipping line industry about the future of the province’s main port.The study raises a number of red flags for the Port of Halifax’s future, saying that the shipping industry may be about to go through a period of consolidation and Halifax is considered a “discretionary” harbour in comparison to competitors along the U.S. northeastern coast and Montreal.The raising of the Bayonne Bridge in New York will increase the harbour’s ability to admit large ships and “this will likely erode some of the Port of Halifax’s business as it will no longer have the same advantage over New York/New Jersey for accommodating ships over 8,000 TEUs,” it says.The lack of a large local market also creates headwinds for the success of Halifax, as ships tend to prefer to unload at larger centers where they can increase profits by offloading close to the final destination, says the report.However, the authors say that the expansion of the Suez canal capacity could lead to positive news for Halifax as more traffic from southeast Asia flows to the eastern coast of North America.Geoff MacLellan, the provincial transportation minister, said in an interview that he finds the research helpful, but the province isn’t endorsing the findings.“With respect to Melford and Sydney … there’s real opportunity here. … The fact there’s no real estate left on the eastern seaboard says that they need a wide open, green-space port,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.The study was released to stakeholders, but as of Wednesday wasn’t provided to the public, said a spokesman for the department. 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Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end freeforall abuses UN expert

David Kaye, who’s the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, made the appeal as he prepared to present his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.He highlighted that while States were largely responsible, companies appeared to be “operating without constraint” too, in a “free for all” private surveillance industry environment.“Surveillance tools can interfere with human rights, from the right to privacy and freedom of expression to rights of association and assembly, religious belief, non-discrimination, and public participation,” the Special Rapporteur said in statement. “And yet they are not subject to any effective global or national control.” Surveillance linked to detention, torture, extrajudicial killingsAccording to Mr. Kaye’s report, the surveillance of journalists, activists, opposition figures, critics and UN investigators can lead to arbitrary detention.Surveillance tools can interfere with human rights, from the right to privacy and freedom of expression to rights of association and assembly – UN expert, David KayeIt has also been linked to torture and possibly to extrajudicial killings, the Special Rapporteur said, citing various ways that States and other actors monitor individuals who exercise their right to freedom of expression.These include hacking computers, networks and mobile phones, using facial recognition surveillance and other sophisticated surveillance tools to shadow journalists, politicians, UN investigators and human rights advocates. Among the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations is an appeal to States to adopt domestic safeguards to protect individuals from unlawful surveillance, in line with international human rights law. In particular, Mr. Kaye calls for the development of publicly-owned mechanisms for the approval and oversight of surveillance technology.In addition, countries should strengthen export controls and provide assurances of legal redress to victims.“It is imperative that States limit the uses of such technologies to lawful ones only, subjected to the strictest sorts of oversight and authorisation,” he said. “And that States condition export of such technologies on the strictest human rights due diligence”.Companies operate in ‘free-for-all’ snooping environmentAddressing the issue of corporate responsibility, Mr. Kaye insisted that companies should adhere to their human rights responsibilities, as they “appear to be operating without constraint”.To remedy this, firms should disclose data transfers, conduct “rigorous” human rights impact assessments, and avoid transfers to States unable to guarantee compliance with human rights norms, the Special Rapporteur said.“The private surveillance industry is a free for all,” Kaye noted, “an environment in which States and industry are collaborating in the spread of technology that is causing immediate and regular harm to individuals and organisations that are essential to democratic life – journalists, activists, opposition figures, lawyers, and others. “It is time for governments and companies to recognise their responsibilities and impose rigorous requirements on this industry, with the goal of protecting human rights for all,” Mr. Kaye said. read more

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Buckeye struggles defending the pass very alarming

Junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) tackles a receiver during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team is undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation, but it ranks 76th in the Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of 240 passing yards allowed per game.Improving the pass defense, OSU coach Urban Meyer said, is the Buckeyes’ No. 1 priority during their first bye week of the season.“The pass defense is very alarming right now,” Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference. “That’s not just coverage but it’s pass-rush and in combination with pass defense. We’ve devoted so much energy toward stopping the run, because that’s obviously where philosophy is, that we’ve given up far too many pass plays and big plays in the passing game.”The OSU pass defense was tested in the Buckeyes’ wins against Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Northwestern, allowing a combined 638 yards through the air.The big plays have been a problem for OSU, who has given up 11 passes of 25 yards or more so far this year.Meyer said the big plays have been a result of “soft” coverages and missed tackles.“It’s not because of poor scheme, it’s just we got to make the play,” Meyer said.On the other hand, Meyer said the OSU defense is “really good” against the run. The Buckeyes held the Badgers and Wildcats to 104 and 94 yards on the ground, respectively.With their win over Northwestern (4-1, 0-1), the Buckeyes improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. OSU trailed for at least part of all four quarters Saturday before ultimately winning by 10 points, but Meyer said he was satisfied with his team’s performance.“Very pleased with our players’ efforts against a very good team, on the road, in a very good environment,” Meyer said. “It was good for college football and I’m proud of our guys and looking forward to getting some things cleaned up in the bye week.”The leader in yards from scrimmage for the Buckeye offense Saturday was senior running back Carlos Hyde, who carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns.“I do like a big back, and boy, he ran really hard and physical,” Meyer said of Hyde’s performance Saturday.Hyde’s rushing effort Saturday was led by OSU’s offensive line, which Meyer said Tuesday is in “great shape.”“The strength of our program right now is that offensive line,” Meyer said.Going forward, Meyer said he likes the team’s running back combination of Hyde, a power back listed at 6 feet and 235 pounds, and freshman Dontre Wilson, a faster, quicker back listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds.“I think if you have a Dontre Wilson and a Carlos Hyde as a tag team back there, I think that’s exactly kind of what you’re looking for,” Meyer said Tuesday, even though Wilson did not receive any offensive touches against Northwestern.Meyer failed to mention Tuesday redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who leads the Buckeyes with 69 carries for 427 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Hall did not play Saturday because of a tweaked knee, and only carried the ball once against Wisconsin.OSU’s offense ranks 20th nationally with an average of 492.8 total yards per game, but Meyer said in order to further improve, the unit needs more consistency from the pass game.“To be able to do both (run and pass the ball) is when you start talking about really, really good offenses,” Meyer said. “Against Wisconsin, not so much in the fourth quarter, but in the first three quarters, we were very good at throwing the ball down the field. This past week, we weren’t able to throw the ball down the field, not because we didn’t want to, but because they were defending it and they forced us to run and kind of chunk up the game, like we did at the end of the game with Carlos and our offensive line.”The Buckeyes do not play a game this week, but it is still a busy week for OSU coaches. Meyer said most of the coaching staff will be out on the recruiting trail Thursday and the entire staff will be recruiting Friday.“You got to seize the momentum when you have it,” Meyer said of recruiting. “We just got done playing two prime-time, nationally televised games that we won against ranked opponents, and we’re going to be out and about in full force.OSU is scheduled to play its next game against Iowa (4-2, 1-1) Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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South Africa to give state burial to Winnie Mandela

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSouth Africa bids emotional farewell to Winnie MandelaApril 11, 2018In “World”Letter: Winnie Mandela lived a life of sacrifice for her peopleApril 3, 2018In “Letters”Nelson Madela dies –December 5, 2013In “World” JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right whose reputation was sullied by scandal, has died. She was 81.In this file photo dated Sunday, February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walk hand in hand, raising their clenched fists upon his release from Victor verster Prison, Cape Town, after 27 years in detention. (AP)Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township yesterday evening.Ramaphosa described Madikizela-Mandela in a televised tribute as a “champion of justice and equality” and a “voice for the voiceless”.The woman many South Africans have described as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority, died “surrounded by her family and loved ones”, according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family.Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Mandela’s three wives, married to him from 1958 to 1996.Mandela, who died in 2013, was imprisoned throughout most of their marriage, and Madikizela-Mandela’s own activism against white minority rule led to her being jailed for months and placed under house arrest for years.“She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one of its most recognisable faces,” the family said.However, Madikizela-Mandela’s political activism was marred by her conviction in 1991 for kidnapping and assault, for which she was fined. She faced these allegations again during the 1997 hearings before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a panel that investigated apartheid-era crimes.As a parliamentarian after South Africa’s first all-race elections, she was convicted of fraud.Still, Madikizela-Mandela remained a venerated figure in the ruling African National Congress, which has led South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994.She continued to tell the party “exactly what is wrong and what is right at any time”, said senior ANC leader Gwede Mantashe.The ANC, which was the main movement against apartheid, had lost popularity in recent years in part because of scandals linked to former President Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February.Nobel laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of the ruling party, noted her passing by describing Madikizela-Mandela as “a defining symbol” of the fight against apartheid.“She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment,” Tutu said. “Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists.”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Madikizela-Mandela “a leading figure at the forefront of the fight against apartheid in South Africa”, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Guterres said “she was a strong and fearless voice in the struggle for equal rights and will be remembered as a symbol of resistance”, Dujarric told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year, according to her family. She had back surgery a year ago.After hearing of her death, some people gathered yesterday evening outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home in the Soweto area of Johannesburg to sing tributes. She had attended Easter services in Soweto over the long weekend.The family said it will release details of her memorial and funeral services when they are finalised. (Excerpt from AP) read more

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Nine geological wonders of Pindos

first_imgThe rocks of Deskati in the prefecture of Grevena, northwestern Greece, have attracted the interest of geologists worldwide as they tell the geological history of the earth and were the basis for the development of the tectonic plates theory. Deskati and the greater region of Vounasa are among the nine geological wonders in the Pindos Mountain Range that were the subject of a scientific conference held last week in the Prefecture of Grevena aimed at their promotion into tourist destinations. The nine geological wonders of Pindos include the heavily deformed limestone rocks at Mt Tsourgiakas and their small waterfalls, the gorge of Portitsa, the Pierced Rock formed as a result of erosion, Vasilitsa and its multicoloured rocks, the villages of Dotsiko and Mesolouri with their 30-million-years old coral reef and the village of Monachiti with its 50-meter wide vertical rocks. Meanwhile, the Aliakmon River Gorge is currently being studied by scientists from the United States, the UK, Serbia, Italy and Greece in an intense effort to have its geological data recorded considering that by the end of the next decade it will be flooded as soon as the construction of the Public Power Corporation SA “Ilarion” Dam is completed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Apple Is Fixing That Group FaceTime Spying Glitch

first_imgStay on target iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingApple Fixes FaceTime Flaw, Compensates Teen Who Found It FaceTime on Mac rings for much longer than calling an iPhone. It is affected by this bug too, and can therefore act as a spy device for a longer duration (if the person is away from their laptop and doesn’t accept/decline).— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) January 29, 2019More on Geek.com:These Cute Seals Use FaceTime to Stay in Touch With Each OtherFaceTime Driving Some to Consider Plastic SurgeryYou Know Your Smartphone Is Spying On You, But It’s Worse Than You Think Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don’t answer#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ— Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019 Apple’s Group FaceTime function has been temporarily disabled, following the exposure of a bug that lets users hear audio of the callee before they answer.First reported by 9to5Mac on Monday, the glitch makes it easy to eavesdrop on contacts.Simply start a FaceTime video chat, swipe up from the bottom to choose “Add Person,” type in your own phone number, then listen.You can overhear anything the person’s mobile microphone picks up. And, as noted by The Verge, you can see anything their front-facing camera detects: Apparently pressing the power button to silence a call also activates video.And they won’t have a clue.Well … not anymore.Apple updated its system status website Monday evening to confirm that Group FaceTime is currently unavailable. The issue remains “ongoing”; there is no word on when it will be restored.Despite the current shutdown, FaceTime’s flaw may still be live for some users; as of 11:30 p.m. EST Monday, 9to5Mac was still able to reproduce the exploit.Cupertino did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.A number of media outlets are urging folks to terminate FaceTime—for now.“Theoretically, because the security flaw is Group FaceTime-based, taking the feature offline should eventually resolve it,” according to 9to5’s Chance Miller. “Though it’s not an ideal solution in the long-term.”In a statement to BuzzFeed News, an Apple spokesperson said the company is “aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”The news spread across social media like wildfire, inciting anger, fear, and confusion among iOS and MacOS Mojave users.last_img read more

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Air quality agency issues burn ban

first_imgThe Southwest Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 Burn Ban effective immediately for all of Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis counties. That means use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited. However, if burning wood is your only source of heat, you are exempt, according to a news release issued by the clean air agency.“Clark County is already experiencing a high level of air pollution from wood burning, and pollution levels are rising in Cowlitz and Lewis Counties as well,” Jackie Brown, an air quality specialist, said in the release. “We are not asking anyone to go without heat, but to use an alternative source of heat if possible until our air quality improves.”On cold nights with little wind, wood smoke pollution can accumulate to unhealthy levels. Air quality forecasters predict stagnation through Jan. 5. A Stage 2 ban, which prohibit use of certified wood stoves, could be instituted if air conditions worsen. For clean burning suggestions, visit http://www.swcleanair.org/burnclean.html. Tips include burning only dry, clean wood, small fires and tamping down smoldering fires.last_img read more

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Vancouver council races draw second challenger

first_imgA second challenger has announced plans to run for Vancouver City Council.Galina Burley, 36, who describes herself as a Russian immigrant who “believes passionately in the American dream,” said Tuesday she’ll run for the council.Her family emigrated from Russia in 1991 with $50 in their pocket, said Burley, who has a master’s degree in public administration and works as a human services manager for Clackamas County, Ore.“I’m proof that the American dream is still possible,” she said. “This community has given so much to me and my family. I’m committed to public service and that is a reflection of my desire to give back in return.”She said she supports the Columbia River Crossing, which has been a dominating issue in local political campaigns the past few years, and said she wants to support local businesses to foster job growth.Her history of civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors for YWCA Clark County, serving on an advisory board for the Vancouver Police Department and organizing the Russian-Speaking Youth Leadership Conference.last_img read more

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Walmart Sets Age Of 21 To Buy Firearms Ammunition

first_img Share Photo via FlickrWalmart said its decision came after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website.The move comes after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced earlier in the day that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn’t mention ammunition. Dick’s also said it would immediately stop selling assault-style rifles, and its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws.Walmart said its decision came after the company reviewed its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The teenage gunman used an AR-15 rifle. It said it takes “seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms” and also emphasized its background of serving “serving sportsmen and hunters.”Several major corporations, including MetLife, Hertz and Delta Air Lines, have cut ties with the NRA since the Florida tragedy, but none were retailers that sold guns. The NRA has pushed back aggressively against calls for raising age limits for guns or restricting the sale of assault-style weapons.Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15 guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015. It doesn’t sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster. It also doesn’t sell large-capacity magazines. It also says it doesn’t sell handguns, except in Alaska.In announcing the change in policy, the company said it had processes in place to make sure it was applied for online sales.last_img read more

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Devin White Music and Mental Health

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kondo, AFRO ContributorOver the years the entertainment industry has maintained the appearance of mental stability when it comes to many popular public figures. In the last decade it has become more common for conversations to be had that raise public awareness on the importance of mental health within society.Various figures in the public’s eye are now having honest conversations about its importance, and as a result its causing a chain reaction in the Black community.Former first lady Michelle Obama said, “Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. Whether an illness affects your heart , your arm or your brain, its still an illness and there shouldn’t be any distinction.”Multifaceted musician, producer and music executive, Devin White. (Courtesy Photo/www.lifeasdevinwhite.com)Multifaceted musician, producer and music executive, Devin White knows all too well the stigmas that surround such a heavy topic. A long time sufferer of extreme anxiety, White has decided to take a stance, and use his music and his voice as both therapy, and a platform to bring awareness to a devastating problem.Born in Virginia Beach, but primarily raised in the Washington D.C. area, White started his early training in theater at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, but changed his artistic focus when embarking on his lifelong dream of being a musician.  Musically inclined from a young age, White gained inspiration from Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson, but it was through the hustle and spirit of determination that he has been able to rise as an executive in the music industry and ultimately work for the latter.Currently working under the guidance of Janet Jackson’s A&R, Jareiq Kabara, White has found himself in extremely high energy environments that require a lot of focus and mental stability. Realizing that he would not be able to thrive with so much mental baggage, White has decided to start speaking candidly on the topic of healing.“For most of my life, I’ve gone in and out of feelings of anxiousness. My heart palpitates a mile a minute, I feel like isolating myself and screaming, crying, anything to stop this fear that I can’t describe. Now that I have a family, and such positive opportunities in front of me, I have decided to reclaim my piece of mind.” Unable to fully verbalize these feelings to others for years, White, is finding balance, through consistent spiritual practices, meditation, and music.“My strong spiritual faith, helps me a lot. It reminds me that there is a higher power, and that when I allow myself to be receptive to this energy, I am elevating my vibration, and ultimately bringing myself peace. I meditate when I feel distracted and need to focus. I believe that meditation is one of the most calming ways to level your mind,” White told the AFRO.“By closing your eyes, breathing,in your own silence and emptying your mind, you are able to climb within yourself and organize the chaos within. Music is probably one of the more transparent ways that I am getting control of my mental body, because I am sharing it with others.”Now White’s work is reflecting his understanding of the importance of taking mental health seriously.“My new project is rooted in themes of mental health, the obstacles I have had to overcome, as well as the beauty that life can bring you when you are open to growth, and abundance. I don’t have a name for it yet, but I know that I will be putting words to feelings that are not exclusive to just me, and that’s an important part of the journey for all of us,” White said.“Relatability enables recognition and ultimately, change. It is my hope that others will feel inspired by my mental wellness journey enough to embark on their own”.last_img read more

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Healthy lifestyle improves brain function

first_imgIf you exercise before work, or forego fried food for fruits and salads, you can expect brain functions to improve over time, according to a new study.Living a healthier lifestyle could increase executive function, which is the ability to exert self-control, set and meet goals, resist temptation and solve problems, the study said.“People who make a change to their health behaviour, like participating in physical activity, eating less processed food, or consuming more fruits and vegetables, can see an improvement in their brain function over time and increase their chances of remaining healthy as they age,” said one of the researchers Julia Allan from University of Aberdeen in Britain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers analysed the relationship between physical activity and executive function, adjusting for other variables such as age, gender, education, wealth and illness and found evidence that the relationship between the two is bidirectional. Specifically, individuals with poor executive function showed subsequent decreases in their rates of participation in physical activity and older adults who engaged in sports and other physical activities tended to retain high levels of executive function over time. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers noted that while the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, focused on physical activity and its relationship to executive function, it is likely a positive feedback loop also exists between executive function and eating nutritious foods. Similarly, it is likely that negative feedback loops also exist, in that unhealthy behaviours such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol will be both a result of and a predictor of declining executive function, the researchers said.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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 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 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 | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, 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 Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring 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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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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Bardo, M.D. Managing Pediatric Imaging and Dose Producing high-quality diagnostic images with radiation dose as low as reasonably achievablecenter_img 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.  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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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 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 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The issue of ionizing radiation in medical imaging is often discussed and is a hotly debated topic. Computed tomography (CT) is the major contributor to medical radiation dose exposure and has been vilified in lay and professional press as a danger to those exposed, potentially carcinogenic and most dangerous in children. As a pediatric radiologist, my primary concern is in producing high-quality diagnostic images with radiation dose as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).State-of-the-Art ImagingThe care and thought that precede any medical imaging examination of a child is extraordinary. The medical team that cares for each child includes not only the pediatrician and radiologist, but the manufacturer of medical imaging equipment as well. At Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Philips Healthcare is the maker of our CT scanners. Working in partnership with Philips, OHSU radiologists are able to utilize, test and influence the newest scanning, image reconstruction and image post-processing techniques. In this role, we are now working with a new knowledge- and model-based iterative image reconstruction technique, iterative model reconstruction (IMR). The knowledge-based iterative reconstruction algorithms of IMR differ from filtered back projection (FBP) methods in that the reconstruction is an iterative optimization process that uses the data statistics, image statistics and system models. The constrained optimization processes gives the user some amount of control over the desired image characteristics of the IMR images. CT images in our clinical patients are now undergoing an additional reconstruction step as we evaluate IMR. Subspecialty trained and board-certified radiologists are reviewing and evaluating CT images for quality, including assessment of image noise, diagnostic quality and visual appeal.Often, CT images utilizing iterative reconstruction techniques are criticized for having a “plastic” or otherwise artificial look. In fact, one of our residents asked me how I knew iterative reconstructed images did not have “artifacts in them, compared to the real CT images” we are used to viewing. I guess it is all in what you are used to viewing, and we must remember that what we see in standard filtered back projection CT images is merely a representation of the patient’s anatomy.At OHSU, we have been using Philips’ anatomic-based iterative reconstruction technique iDose4 since 2010. Since its installation, we have reduced CT dose by approximately 60 percent in all pediatric body examinations, relying on iDose4 to reduce image noise for these low-dose examinations. Our initial thoughts about using IMR were that we were happy with our level of dose reduction in pediatric exams, but we were looking to use IMR only for improving image quality. Having reviewed thousands of images now with IMR reconstruction, I am impressed by the quality of the images. The markedly reduced, or lack of, image noise in IMR CT images results in smoothness in visceral structures and muscle that mimics what is seen in natural, living tissues. With such remarkably improved image quality, our doses may just get a bit lower. Diagnoses With ConfidenceBecause IMR CT images more closely represent natural tissues, we have the opportunity to more accurately diagnose disease and be more confident in that diagnosis. Clinical CT images illustrate these concepts.First is a 6-month-old infant with congenital heart disease. A CT scan was requested in order to visualize the anatomy of his coronary arteries, as an anomalous vessel was suspected on echo and would affect the surgical decisions for repairing his heart. A prospective ECG-gated (step-and-shoot) protocol designed to capture a motionless image of the coronary arteries was used. While the original images were diagnostic, the virtually noiseless IMR reconstruction elegantly shows only a single coronary artery (instead of the usual two), arising from the non-coronary cusp coursing over the right ventricular outflow tract (Figure 1). Reduced image noise of IMR also improves the quality of the 3-D surface rendered images. Low contrast tissue resolution is also optimized with IMR.  This effect is seen in a second child, a 6-year-old with a mass in the right lobe of the liver. Accounting for image noise, the mass, an embryonal sarcoma of liver, appears to be a homogenous texture on the FBP images (arrows).  The IMR images clearly show that the periphery of the mass is encapsulated and the internal detail of the varied tissue and architecture of the tumor because of improved low contrast resolution and marked reduction in image noise (arrows, Figure 2).Image noise profoundly affects image quality in all patient populations, particularly in obese patients. IMR drastically reduces image noise even in the most noise degraded exams, improving diagnostic confidence. In a morbidly obese young man with chest pain, the noise standard FBP images limit my ability to thoroughly evaluate a complex plaque in the proximal left anterior descending artery (LAD). With IMR I can see that the plaque is composed of fibrous, fatty and calcified components, and that the degree of stenosis is severe (Figure 3).The time required to reconstruct image data is important as well. IMR image reconstruction occurs within a matter of minutes — approximately two to three minutes for a chest, abdomen and pelvis scan — so images are readily available for diagnostic review. Workflow at the CT scanner is not affected by delayed or extended image reconstruction times, so patient care and throughput remains optimized.The ground-breaking image quality and noise reduction of IMR iterative reconstruction fits our radiology practice at OHSU by maintaining efficient workflow, with improving patient care, and will likely lead to further reduction in CT radiation dose in children and adults.  itnDianna M. E. Bardo, M.D., is associate professor of radiology, pediatrics and cardiovascular medicine, director of cardiac radiology, pediatric neuroradiologist, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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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. Related Content Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read morelast_img read more

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Mortgage Litigation Expert Joins Dykema

first_imgNew,Mortgage Litigation Expert Joins Dykema in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-19 Tory Barringercenter_img June 19, 2013 422 Views “”Dykema””:http://www.dykema.com/, a leading national law firm, announced that Luke Sosnicki has joined its Los Angeles office as senior counsel.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Sosnicki has extensive experiencing defending banks and servicers in both individual and class action lawsuits across the United States. He comes to Dykema from Nationstar Mortgage, where he served as VP and assistant legal counsel, managing hundreds of lawsuits alleging various lending violations, origination fraud, and loan servicing errors.Prior to that, he was an assistant general counsel for Aurora Bank FSB, where he advised business units on litigation risk, foreclosure practices, and state and federal laws governing default management.””Luke has an extraordinary understanding of the complexities and nuances of financial services litigation,”” said Tom Schehr, leader of Dykema’s Financial Services Litigation practice group. “”His skill in devising litigation strategies to achieve favorable outcomes makes him a highly prized addition to our team.””last_img read more

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LoanSifter to Host QMFocused Webinars

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Qualified Mortgage Service Providers 2013-12-10 Tory Barringer December 10, 2013 463 Views “”LoanSifter””:https://www.loansifter.com/index.aspx, a Wisconsin-based company specializing in technology for loan originators and secondary departments, is hosting two industry panels this week to address concerns and strategies revolving around the soon-to-be-implemented qualified mortgage (QM) rule.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Hosted in partnership with “”Radian Guaranty””:http://www.radian.biz/page?name=HomePage and other firms, the Web-hosted panels will discuss a number of QM-related topics, including common investor concerns, lender compensation, and what companies will need to look for in loan origination software and product pricing engines, among other subjects.””QM has been a very important focus. Assisting our clients with education and features to be QM compliant is our priority,”” said Sue Stewart, VP of client services for LoanSifter. “”We hope to equip our clients with indicators that allow them to make appropriate decisions early on in the pricing/search process.””There will be two panels: one held on December 10 for mortgage brokers and one on December 11 for mortgage bankers, banks, and credit unions. Both will start at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. Readers interested in the webinars can email “”QM@LoanSifter.com””:mailto:QM@loansifter.com for a response with registration information and links. in Data, Origination, Technologycenter_img LoanSifter to Host QM-Focused Webinars Sharelast_img read more

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Weiss Residential Research Adds Author Expert to Advisory Board

first_img Share Investment banker and published author Christopher Whalen has joined Massachusetts-based Weiss Residential Research’s (WRR) board of advisers, the company announced.Possessing more than three decades of experience as an investment banker and analyst, Whalen is a leading commentator on the housing sector and financial institutions. He is the author of Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream, released in 2010, and co-author of the upcoming Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence & the Wealth of Nations.As an adviser, he will help counsel WRR on business strategy and housing industry trends as the firm continues to push forward in next generation home price analytics.“I am very excited about working with Allan [Weiss, WRR’s founder and CEO] and his team to commercialize the WRR House Price Indices and Market Maps,” Whalen said. “By creating home price indices for individual homes, WRR is able to provide enormous visibility for lenders, investors, policy makers and realtors when it comes to current home price valuations and the direction of future home prices.”Speaking for the company, Weiss said he is equally pleased to add Whalen’s experience and expertise to the board.“As we commercialize our House Price Index and HomeVest Score products and apply these tools to investment strategies such as rent-to-own, we look forward to having the benefit of Chris’ experience and market knowledge,” he said. Movers & Shakers Weiss Residential Research 2014-03-25 Tory Barringer in Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Weiss Residential Research Adds Author, Expert to Advisory Board March 25, 2014 443 Views last_img read more

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Cyprus Greece and Jordan discuss next steps in cooperation

first_imgThe progress achieved so far in the cooperation between Cyprus, Greece, and Jordan and the next steps and new fields of common interest such as education and innovation will be the focus of the tripartite ministerial meeting among the three countries, taking place on Wednesday.The meeting will be held in Nicosia with the participation of Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Ayman Safadi, Jordan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Georgios Katrougalos.It will also prepare for a summit taking place in Jordan in the first half of 2019.The meeting will be held at the presidential palace and the foreign ministry with the participation of delegations from the three ministries.According to a statement, Safadi and Katrougalos, accompanied by Christodoulides, will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades at 12.30pm.Consultations will continue during a working lunch of the ministers and their delegations. The three ministers will make statements to the press at 2.15pm.On the sidelines of the meeting, Christodoulides will hold bilateral meetings with his Jordanian counterpart and Katrougalos during which they will discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and Cyprus’ EEZ.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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