Tetouan – A total of 38 short and long movies and documentaries, representing Mediterranean countries, will be screened during the 20th Tetouan festival of Mediterranean movies held in this Moroccan northern city this March 29 through April 5.The Festival opened in the presence of several Arab and Moroccan stars, cinema professionals and intellectuals.The festival jury, chaired by Spanish director, Ismael Martin, will chose among 14 movies from France, Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, Palestine, Italy, Spain, Egypt and Morocco. Some participating movies include:– Quai d’Orsay, a movie directed by Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2013.– Fièvre directed by Hicham Ayouch, Morocco-France, 2013.– Intrepido directed by Gianni Amelio, Italy.– Mavi ring (The Blue Van) directed by Omer Leventoglu, Turkey, 2013.– TALE3 NEZEL directed by Mahmoud Hojeij, Libya – Qatar.– BASTARDO directed by Nejib Belkadhi, Tunisia, France, Qatar, 2013.– Chatti ya Dini (Que Vienne la Pluie) directed by Bahij Hojeij, Libya, 2010.– ODET EL FERAN directed Nermeen Salem, Mohamed Zedan, Mohamad El-Hadidi, Mayye Zayed, Hend Bakr, Ahmed Magdy Morsy, Egypt – United Arab Emirates, 2013.– Les impeccables directes by Ramin Matin, Turkey, 2013.– Palestine stereo directed by Rashid Masharawi, Palestine, Tunisia, France, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Italy and Switzerland, 2013.– Septembre directed by Penny Panayotopoulou, Greece, Germany, 2013.– Ecrets d’oreillers directed by Jillali Ferhati, Morocco, 2013.– Miele directed by Valeria Golino, Italy – France.– Il va bientôt pleuvoir directed by Haidar Rashid, Italy, Iraq, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, 2013.
Desertification is defined as the degradation of drylands, which comprise more than 40 per cent of the world’s land surface and are home to 2.1 billion people – one in every three people worldwide.One third of all crops cultivated today have their origins in drylands, which also support half of all livestock.“Continued land degradation – whether from climate change, unsustainable agriculture or poor management of water resources – is a threat to food security, leading to starvation among the most acutely affected communities and robbing the world of productive land,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to the launch of the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification in Fortaleza, Brazil.The General Assembly designated 2010-2020 as the Decade in 2007 to heighten public awareness of the threat posed by desertification, land degradation and drought to sustainable development.As the 10-year scheme gets under way, Mr. Ban said, “let us pledge to intensify our efforts to nurture the land we need for achieving the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] and guaranteeing human well-being.”Agreed upon by world leaders, the MDGs are eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.The Secretary-General pointed out that there are growing social costs resulting from land degradation, with increased competition for resources spurring conflict, while the forced migration of millions of people also heightens the risk of social breakdown.“These are formidable challenges,” he said. “But they are not intractable.”Around the world, efforts to rehabilitate drylands are bearing fruit, Mr. Ban noted. Continued help for local communities can lead to the preservation or recovery of millions of hectares of land, alleviate vulnerability to climate change and reduce hunger and poverty.Some 12 million hectares of land – an area the size of Benin and which could produce 20 million tons of grain annually – are lost every year to degradation, resulting in an annual loss of $42 billion.Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), stressed in Fortaleza today that “the path of business-as-usual will worsen the speed of degradation with devastating impacts on livelihoods families and communities, and will further cause more extinction of life and jeopardize the future of humanity.”He underlined the need for an alternative route that “will embrace and undertake the formidable challenges of sustainability implying that we choose to channel our collective action towards it.”Nearly all of the inhabitants of drylands are in developing countries, and the official issued a call for international cooperation on financial assistance, capacity building and technology transfer.The Decade, he emphasized, must fight lingering misperceptions of drylands as being wastelands, marginal areas or liabilities, as well as the idea that desertification is only a local – not global – concern.“Let us not be the generation that jeopardizes the heritage of future generations by degrading any land,” Mr. Gnacadja said today.Along with the UNCCD, four other UN agencies – the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) – have been mandated by the General Assembly to spearhead activities related to the Decade.Through its work during the last three decades, IFAD said that “it has become clear that to eliminate rural poverty we must also address the issue of how land and natural resources are managed.”The agency pointed to the experience of Bedouin communities in the Badia rangelands, 10 million hectares in central and eastern Syria, known for its poor soils and low rainfall.After years of severe drought and intensive grazing, the Badia has become badly degraded, but vegetation has been restored in one third of the area, with Bedouin herders working with project experts to draft and implement management plans to determine how many animals should graze in a given area at a given time.That scheme, just one of numerous success stories, took a three-pronged approach to rehabilitation: resting, re-seeding and planting.“When governments, UN agencies and other partners work together, we can ensure that experiences like those of the Bedouin communities in the Badia rangelands become the rule – and not the exception,” IFAD said. 16 August 2010The United Nations today unveiled a decade-long push to raise awareness and mobilize action to fight desertification, which threatens the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people in 100 countries.
Unidentified miscreants pelted stones on the office of India’s Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, in Madurai in protest over the Sri Lankan issue, the Times of India reported today.Police suspect that it could be the handiwork of students of the Government Law College in Madurai, who were staging a protest in the wake of Swamy’s recent meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo. Police said that the name board in the office was damaged. The protesters also lowered the party flag and tore it slamming Swamy for his alleged support to the Sri Lankan government when that country was facing charges of war crime. There was no one at the office when the incident happened and the building was locked. Police said that a group of more than 20 men came to Lal Bahadur Shastri Road raising slogans against Swamy last morning and started pelting stones. They fled the spot as soon as police came. Deputy commissioner, R Thirunavukkarasu, visited the spot and conducted inquiries.A complaint has been lodged by the functionaries of the Janata Party seeking protection to the office. Police said that they are yet to identify or arrest anyone in connection to the case. Police protection has been given to the office after the incident.
According to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Amos Namanga Ngongi, accompanied the diplomatic delegation to Bunia to attend a special session marking the end of the work of the newly created Ituri Pacification Committee (IPC). Mr. Ngongi reiterated the Secretary-General’s continued interest in the situation in Ituri and his firm commitment to the entire process.The IPC – officially inaugurated on 4 April – was tasked with implanting a new local-level administrative authority in that region and creating an acceptable structure to maintain law and order, and ensure the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from the territory.The technical committee charged with laying the groundwork for the emergence of the regional power-sharing body struggled to ensure wide participation of Ituri’s various political and military groups. A local-level ceasefire signed in mid-March ended weeks of spiralling violence and subsequently work to ensure the establishment of the IPC intensified.Notwithstanding the serious differences and procedure-related complications, MONUC reported that the 177 delegates to the IPC approved a series of interim measures to end hostilities and provide a provisional administration in Ituri, highlighted by a power-sharing, 32-member Provisional Assembly. Under the presidency of the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the DRC, Behrooz Sadry, the IPC also agreed that an 18-member Commission of Prevention and Verification would examine the causes of the conflict and establish measures to prevent any escalation.Today, Mr. Ngongi welcomed the creation of new transition institutions to run Ituri, adding that “MONUC will accompany the pacification effort, and I can assure you that it is committed to working in close collaboration with you.” All the members of the diplomatic delegation, which included representatives of Belgium, the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States – and three non-permanent Council members – Angola, Cameroon and Guinea – pledged the international community’s strong support of the Ituri peace process.
OSU redshirt junior J.T. Barrett speaks with the media at the 2016 Big Ten Media Days. Credit: Courtesy of Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorCHICAGO — Replacing an Ezekiel Elliott, a Michael Thomas and a Taylor Decker on the offensive unit is not an easy task. It’s even more difficult when projected starting wide receivers redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year Corey Smith are coming back from season ending injuries. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan will also be new additions to the starting lineup, coach Urban Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday. And that’s just scratching the surface of the young Buckeyes likely to be atop the depth chart.But through all of that, Meyer reaffirmed his enthusiasm for this edition of the Scarlet and Gray.“I can’t recall a time where you’re talking about a very, very talented group of players that have waited their turn and are a very talented group that got there in June,” he said. “My goal is to play every freshman. I know that doesn’t happen, but we want to play the freshmen as soon as we can.”Ohio State’s unprecedented shipment of players to the NFL has given the Buckeye players the opportunity alluded to by Meyer. Where there is instability and questions surrounding the 16 new starters OSU will boast in 2016, Meyer took it upon himself before the spring game in April to announce his captains for the upcoming season. It was the first time he has done this before fall camp as OSU’s coach.Redshirt junior J.T. Barrett, senior Pat Elflein and junior Raekwon McMillan were given those captain honors because Meyer believes success would not be possible without the influence of his core guys.“I can’t imagine going into this without J.T. and without the other guy Pat Elflein,” Meyer said. “And Raekwon—they, all three have incredible leadership skills you want in the middle of your defense.”Meyer added that the level of play is raised by those three on the field.While the Buckeyes may have non-starters last season who had significant contributions, like junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson, there are plenty of players who will have to figure out their roles in fall camp. In fact, 44 of OSU’s scholarship players have yet to play in a game.Barrett said that he’s comfortable around his receiving core this year, despite not having much of any in-game experience with them.“I’m trying to help the young guys to understand how we play here at Ohio State and make sure they understand that we haven’t rebuilt in years,” Barrett said. “That isn’t going to change because they don’t have experience.”A Heisman-like season from Barrett will be needed for the OSU offense to have success moving the ball against blue-collared Big Ten defenses and for the team to have a shot at the College Football Playoff. Elflein, redshirt junior Billy Price and the rest of the young offensive line have the duty to protect Barrett in the passing game and create holes for the litany of running backs expected to line up in the backfield.Meyer mentioned Weber, Samuel, Wilson and a pair of freshman, Demario McCall and Antonio Williams as running backs who could be next to Barrett in 2016. He said that depth is a concern at the running back position. Elflein said it doesn’t matter who’s in the backfield, their job remains the same.“The blocking scheme is what it is and the running backs have to adjust off of the block,” he said. “We’ll block up front and they’ll be fine.”Elflein said that strength coach Mickey Marotti has paired Weber with him in nearly every summer workout. Barrett said the same. Under their watch, Weber has matured and is taking initiative when it comes to eating right and getting his body ready for the season.Elflein and Barrett were viewed as on- and off-the-field leaders in 2015. McMillan is a bit new to the role.The last two seasons, McMillan was molded by linebacker Curtis Grant in 2014, then he started alongside NFL linebackers Darron Lee and Joshua Perry in 2015. Perry was a team captain last season, and McMillan said that he’s trying to pass down the lessons he learned from Perry as a leader on the gridiron and away from football.“Josh became a student of the game. He really brought me in to watch film with him, study a lot and just the preparation for the game,” McMillan said. “He taught me that the things you do on a daily basis, you can’t do by yourself.”McMillan said that Perry would work with him on giving back to the community and becoming a better person as well.“(I just) want to show them that I’m authentic and real. That outside of football I’m a real guy who cares about this program,” he said. “At the end of the day when I leave, I want the program to be better than when I got here.”The Hinesville, Georgia, native made an immediate impact his freshman year in a second-string role at middle linebacker, but truly tapped into his potential in 2015 leading the team with 119 total tackles. He tallied four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, as well.Now, as one of only three returning starters on the “Silver Bullets” defense with redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis and junior Gareon Conley, McMillan could be the next All-American Buckeye linebacker. His first task, however, of pursuing a Big Ten title with a young defense is a challenge that devotes full attention.McMillan said that the talent is there, but the team needs to prove it. Barrett said the same for the offensive side of the ball.“We try to get that experience through reps,” Barrett said. “I feel like, myself, I’m in a good place with some of the young receivers that we have. We’re just trying to keep on getting better.”
Castle Silver Resources has changed its name to Canada Cobalt Works Inc because it is more a cobalt company than a silver company and changing the name will put the company more on the radar of battery tech investors. As Frank Basa, CSR President and CEO, stated: “With Cobalt prices at 10-year highs, and the northern Ontario Cobalt Camp drawing increased attention, we’re entering exciting times for shareholders as we embark on various initiatives to build the ‘Canada Cobalt’ brand.”Anchored by its past producing Castle mine and related infrastructure, plus its proprietary Re-2OX process for cobalt recovery, Canada Cobalt will be a vertically integrated operation designed to serve the broader northern Ontario Cobalt Camp and a rapidly growing battery sector searching for ethically sourced cobalt.The Castle, Beaver and Violet mines are among the most advanced properties in the northern Ontario Cobalt Camp. While they comprise only 2,840 ha they are sources of high-grade cobalt that can quickly be developed into a shovel-ready state. The company also has the Re-2OX process which has been pilot-plant-tested to separate the various metals that comprise the mineralization in the Cobalt Camp vein systems. The company has been to Japan and China to meet with buyers of cobalt-based salts that are used in the lithium battery market. Studies are underway to develop a milling processing facility and leach plant on one of the Castle Silver Resources’ properties.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Merimna of Pontian Ladies of Oceania – along with the Central Pontian Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘Pontiaki Estia’ – is working closely with the City of Ballarat to have a memorial erected by 2017 in honour of George Devine Treloar, who played an active role in resettling Greek refugees from Asia Minor following 1922.Treloar, a Ballarat local born in 1884, volunteered for military service at the outbreak of World War I, while he was living in England, where he served in France before joining the British Mission to the White Russian armies in Constantinople.He went on to command a British camp of Russian refugees – after serving with the Tsarist army – in Tousla on the Sea of Marmara, before becoming a representative to the League of Nations High Commissariat for Refugees in northern Greece.Between 1922-26 he was involved with resettling Greek refugees from Asia Minor, first in Komotini and then in Thessaloniki, handling over 108,000 people. Treloar received many accolades for his efforts with the Greeks, including an appointment to the Order of the Saviour (one of Greece’s highest honours) and having a village near Komotini (‘Thrilorion’) named after him.He died in Dalkeith, west of Perth, in 1980.
Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 12, 2017 – Four weeks is what the three sides of General Election for the Bight constituency petition have to prepare their skeleton arguments; the hearing is set for March 6, 2017.The matter debuted in Supreme Court today and was heard by Chief Justice, Margaret Ramsay-Hale, who in addition to setting dates for the preliminary arguments and the actual hearing, said due to the overwhelming interest in the matter, a larger court space may be secured in time for that hearingBoth George Pratt, (PDM) the complainant and Porsha Smith, (PNP) the Member of Parliament and were in court and represented by attorneys. Alvin Garland of Garland & Co and Ariel Misick of Misick and Stanbrook respectively appeared on behalf of the Bight district candidates. Attorney General, Rhondalee Knowles is representing the Elections Office in the petition. Related Items:#FightForTheBight, #MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia#FightforTheBight Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Harvest Alaska, LLC, submitted two Department of Natural Resources Right-of-Way lease applications associated with the Cross Inlet Pipeline Extension Project in September of 2017. The $75 Million project includes construction of new onshore and offshore pipelines and the conversion of an existing cross inlet pipeline (CIGGS-A) from gas to oil, allowing oil to be transported from the east side of Cook Inlet to the Andeavor Refinery (previously Tesoro) via subsea pipeline. The two applications include; one for a new natural gas pipeline from the Tyonek Platform to Ladd Landing, and one for the conversion of the CIGGS Marine A pipeline from natural gas to oil. You can view the decision at the Division of Oil and Gas website at http://dog.dnr.alaska.gov/Home/Newsroom. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Hilcorp-public-comment.mp3VmJennifer-on-Hilcorp-public-comment.mp300:00RPd Oral comments will be taken at the hearing, however if you would like to submit a written comment, you must submit them by March 14, for consideration. The Department of Natural Resources has completed the Commissioner’s Analysis and Proposed Decision for the Tyonek application. According to a release from Harvest, the analysis and decision is still under consideration. The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing about the Cross Inlet Pipeline Extension Project in Nikiski at the Community Recreation Center on March 12th. The public is invited to attend an open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the public hearing at 6:30 p.m.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The apparent deadlock in Juneau on the House of Representatives’ version of the operating budget for the state of Alaska will extend through the Easter weekend with little visible progress to members of the House minority or the Senate majority. Audio PlayerMICCICHE-ON-HOUSE-INABILITY-TO-PASS-BUDGET.mp3VmMICCICHE-ON-HOUSE-INABILITY-TO-PASS-BUDGET.mp300:00RPdMicciche: “It’s a struggle. We’re (Senate majority) hoping for the best on the House being able to actually get something across the finish line at some point. This has become Grand Central Station as disenfranchised House majority members, people that are reaching out to me to try to get with their leadership and help them understand that at some point they have to pass a budget. They seem to be focused on everything but what they need to be focused on to reach that result. Not only frustrating for us, we’re ready to go. My sub-committees are done, we just held-off on the close out meeting to see what their going to do. We’ve been ready to slap down a budget and and go into final negotiations for three weeks now.” Micciche also questions the full body’s ability to meet the 90-day limit. Rep. Gary Knopp (R-District 30) believes there is a need for give-and-take on the House side to facilitate a budget document. Work on the budget document will continue on Monday, April 2nd with a 90-day session limit looming on April 16, 2018. Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) said that minority members had been invited to negotiate on the budget following the dividend vote on Monday. However, the House conducted two, brief floor sessions Thursday with no budget discussion and will likely not meet through the Passover and Easter weekend. Audio PlayerKNOPP-2-32918.mp3VmKNOPP-2-32918.mp300:00RPdKnopp: “You know when you talk about working together that’s a little bit of give-and-take and of compromise and we (House minority) are not having that. They’re (House majority) asking us to support them now and this whole session we have not had one, single amendment put into the budget either in committee or or on the floor. Maybe two, but they didn’t have a fiscal impact. When you ask about working together, we’d be glad to but we’re expecting something in return. We’re not going to just roll over support a budget that would just be out there.” Senator Peter Micciche (R-District O) stated that the Senate is ready for a budget document from the House. Audio PlayerMICCICHE-ON-MAKING-90-DAY-LIMIT.mp3VmMICCICHE-ON-MAKING-90-DAY-LIMIT.mp300:00RPdMicciche: “Politics is a team sport. I can see them sitting across the table from us and having to negotiate; but they have to negotiate on every, single decision-every day. Here we are on day 78 and we should have had the budget three weeks ago and we should be doing final negotiations right now and getting out of here in 90 days. And that’s going to be very difficult.”
Listen Al OrtizLocal elected officials, including District K Houston City Council Member Larry Green (center) broke ground for the Sims Bayou Greenway.Local officials broke ground this week on a segment of the Sims Bayou Greenway, which is part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project.The Sims Bayou Greenway will be 1.8 miles long and will connect Heatherbrook Drive, in southwest Houston, with Hillcroft Avenue.Al OrtizOfficials estimate the Sims Bayou segment will be completed next summer and the projected cost of the project is three million dollars.The greenway is located in District K, which City Council Member Larry Green represents.Green says the project also entails beautifying the area around the greenway.“Not only will you see hike and bike trails and trees and beautiful landscape, but they will be covered with beautiful wildflowers as well,” Green noted at the groundbreaking ceremony.Al OrtizThe Sims Bayou Greenway will be 1.8 miles long and will connect Heatherbrook Drive, in southwest Houston, with Hillcroft Avenue.The Houston Parks Board and the other agencies involved in the Bayou Greenways 2020 project have already completed some segments in White Oak Bayou and are currently working on areas close to the Brays and Halls bayous.Charles Place, managing director of Capital Programs for the Parks Board, explains they think of the developing network of greenways as not just hike and bike trails, but “linear parks” throughout Houston’s major waterways.Officials estimate the Sims Bayou segment will be completed next summer and the projected cost of the project is three million dollars. 00:00 /01:08 X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Share Randa Langerud/Photo via The Texas Tribune Randa Langerud’s Wharton home being demolished due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Langerud’s home was the first of 10 to be torn down in her neighborhood.Ten months after Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, a $5 billion federal block grant plan for disaster relief has been approved for the state. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday approved the Texas General Land Office’s State Action Plan, clearing the way for Texans affected by the storm to begin applying for funds for housing recovery and infrastructure repairs, among other things. The federal approval comes roughly two months after the public comment period ended on the plan, which GLO spokesperson Brittany Eck said is extraordinarily fast for a grant of this size.“The GLO is committed to its mission to expedite federal housing recovery assistance as quickly as possible to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Land Commissioner George P. Bush said in a written statement. “Due to the GLO’s pre-planning and preparation, these federal recovery funds will be in the hands of Texans faster than in previous disasters.”The State Action Plan is made up of two parts: $2.7 billion in funding for disaster areas other than Houston and Harris County that the land office is administering and the remaining $2.3 billion for direct allocation by the remaining two entities.“A lot of our communities that were affected don’t have the staff full-time to handle allocations, so that’s why the GLO is there to assist,” Eck said.Now that the money is approved, Eck said the General Land Office will create the funding application forms, which will be distributed by a vendor in the coming weeks.The funding for direct allocation for Houston and Harris County is reflected in the approved State Action Plan, but each still needs to submit an individual plan for the funding as an amendment to the state plan. Following the submission of each entity’s local action plan for the funds, the land office will then oversee the distribution of the remaining money.A draft of Houston’s local action plan was posted this month and is on the agenda for approval by the city council on Tuesday. Harris County’s plan will be posted online for public comment by Wednesday, county spokesperson Cindy Gabriel said.The disaster aid has been a big point of contention between Bush and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. For months, the two publicly sparred over whether Houston was being included in drafting the action plan. Eventually, the agencies involved decided for the plan to include direct allocations for both Harris County and Houston.The plan allocates the $5 billion to eight different programs that the land office will administer and oversee. The largest allocation of $1.4 billion will go to the Single Family Homeowner Assistance program, which aims to help homeowners with rehabilitation and reconstruction after Harvey.The other programs are:Buyouts and Acquisitions ($275 million): Eligible homeowners may sell their home to a local government at a pre-storm or post-storm fair market value.Homeowner Reimbursement ($100 million): Homeowners may be reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for home repairs, including reconstruction, rehabilitation or mitigation, up to $50,000.Homelessness Prevention ($50 million): Provides assistance such as short-term mortgage, utility payment and tenant-based rental assistance.Affordable Rental ($250 million): Provides funding for rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction of affordable multi-family housing projects.Local Infrastructure ($413 million): Pays for infrastructure repairs and enhancements for local communities as part of a comprehensive long-term recovery program.Economic Revitalization ($100 million): Offers interim assistance to small businesses through loans in exchange for job creation or retention.Local, Regional and State Planning ($137 million): The GLO will conduct planning studies on disaster mitigation in the impacted areas to promote sound long-term recovery.Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content Feature | October 29, 2008 | Herman Oosterwijk PARCA Extends Expertise to World PACS Market PACS certification not just a U.S.-centric issue. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Healthcare IT professionals from many countries are looking to the U.S. for examples on how to best deploy and implement imaging informatics technology. In addition, they want the professionals who administer and manage these critical systems in their countries to be highly qualified. There is quite an experience base in PACS system administration that the U.S. is able to offer its counterparts in other countries. According to a recent survey, we found that nearly 50 percent of U.S.-based PACS system administrators have between three and five years of experience, while about 36 percent have been in the field for five to 10 years. This is significant because little more than a decade ago the profession of PACS administrator was virtually non-existent, and certification wasn’t a glimmer on the healthcare IT professional radar. In response to international petitions for guidance, PARCA has committed itself, under new leadership, to a renewed and strong international focus with active leadership participation from Australia and Canada, as well as Asian countries.Next-Gen PACS ProfessionalsWhat will the next decade bring for PACS professionals? For PARCA, it will be an exciting and innovative time as the organization extends its work on providing leadership for professional certification on a worldwide basis. For PACS in general, it will be a time of expanding these systems beyond radiology and integrating them with other diagnostic imaging specialities. Cardiology departments have been among the first to embrace PACS technology, and surgery, orthopedics, dentistry and ophthalmology are poised to bring PACS to their departments. Pathology, as it meets the challenges of workflow and utilization, will create a paradigm shift in archiving and retrieval of its image sets, which scale 10 to 100 times the size of the largest current radiology studies. These specialties will look to certified, professional PACS administrators to provide them with guidance and insight for the deployment of the technology. Challenges and solutions to implementing PACS in these departments will no doubt require changes to certification and exam requirements, but this is the essence of technology and continuous learning. PARCA Charts Own PathThe first step is to extend certification opportunities to PACS professionals internationally. But frequently many want to know why there are two different PACS administrator certifications: the one administered by the PACS Administrators Registry and Certification Association (PARCA) and the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) designation administered by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII). A comparison of the two programs demonstrates that each addresses a different IT focus – the CIIP is concentrated on an organizational track, while PARCA places more emphasis on a technical and workflow skill set. In addition, qualifications for the certification exam are different for each organization. One is required to accumulate a certain number of “points” to sit for the CIIP, while PARCA requires proof of competency through a series of examinations. The delivery of the certification tests is also different. PARCA’s exams are online and available from any Internet-enabled location, while the CIIP exam is administered through testing centers and on-site locations. Pricing for each qualification track is also dissimilar, which can be a consideration for those financing their own professional certification. Representatives from the ABII and PARCA met this summer and discussed exactly this issue. The positive result from this exercise is that it forced PARCA to reexamine its goals that a joint PACS certification organization is not yet feasible. Thanks to the success of the certification track PARCA offers, it does not believe there are reasons to make any drastic changes to its existing program. However, based on a significant increase in the desire for PACS education and training outside the U.S., the organization recognized that PACS certification is not a U.S.-centric issue. With that knowledge in hand, it is clear that the next generation of PACS admins will largely include professionals from all over the world. However, both groups have enjoyed success and growth by allowing healthcare IT professionals to choose a certification track that best meets their career objectives.Although both the PARCA and CIIP paths have demonstrated value and merit, a common question voiced by PACS administrators is why there are two organizations administering and coordinating certification. From a candidate’s standpoint, there should be no reason why a PACS professional certification could not be managed by a single entity. 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Demand Down Payments First-Time Homebuyers National Association of Realtors 2014-03-11 Tory Barringer For all the discussion in the industry surrounding Millennials and their apparent lack of presence in today’s housing market, a new study from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found they now account for the greatest market share of recent home purchases.According to the association’s Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study for 2014, Millennials—aka “Generation Y” or “Generation Next”—comprised 31 percent of recent purchases, leading all other age groups. Following that were Generation X (defined as those born between 1965 and 1979), which made up 30 percent.NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said the increase isn’t that surprising, given that many in the younger generation are now in the peak period in which people buy their first home.“Given that Millennials are the largest generation in history after the baby boomers, it means there is a potential for strong underlying demand,” Yun said. “Moreover, their aspiration and the long-term investment aspect to owning a home remain solid among young people.”Indeed, about 87 percent of recent buyers age 33 and younger said they consider their home purchase a “good financial investment” compared to 80 percent of the total survey population.Millennials were also among the age groups most likely to a simple desire to own a home of their own as their motive for purchasing—as opposed to senior generations, who relocated due to retirement or to be closer to friends and family.Still, despite their evident interest, “the challenges of tight credit, limited inventory, eroding affordability and high debt loads have limited the capacity of young people to own,” Yun said.Out of recent Millennial homebuyers, 20 percent said they had to delay their purchase because of difficulties saving for a down payment, with 56 percent of that group pointing to student loan debt as the greatest hurdle.In purchasing characteristics: The median age of recent Millennial buyers was 29, according to NAR, while their median income was $73,600. The typical choice of homes among the group was a 1,800-square foot house costing $180,000.Eighty-seven percent purchased an existing home, and they plan to stay in their homes for a median 10 years.When it comes to shopping, all age groups typically began by looking online for for-sale properties and then contacting a real estate agent, though NAR found Millennials are more likely to also use the Internet to find information about the buying process. When it comes time to actually buy, though, it seems there’s no replacement for a human—according to the study, younger buyers relied more heavily than older groups on real estate agents to help them navigate the process. March 11, 2014 403 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Young Buyers Step Up Market Presence Despite Challenges Share
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