first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 100 protestors were outside a Vancouver convention centre Sunday protesting at the site of a mining conference.The angry crowd said they do not want any new mining or pipelines on indigenous territory without full and fair negotiations.The ruling B.C. Liberals have vowed to build eight new mines in the next four years to help improve B.C.’s economy.At a press conference Monday, the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade condemned those plans.They’re especially concerned about efforts to resurrect the controversial Prosperity Mine which critics fear will destroy a sacred lake.last_img

Rabat – French police brutalized a Muslim woman in an alleyway in a suburb of Paris, this morning.A shocking video captured from the balcony of a residential building in Pantin, just outside of Paris, shows a Muslim woman being beaten by half a dozen French police officers.According to eye witnesses who uploaded the video to social media networks, the Muslim woman is a mother that was protecting her son from being beaten by the police.The Muslim woman wearing a blue traditional Islamic dress was dragged, beaten and punched by the authorities, while she screamed in fear and kept on trying to protect her son who was taken into custody onboard a police car. The video has gone viral garnering over 300,000 views within a few hours. Social media users have condemned the use of force by the French authorities.“You don’t hit a mother just for protecting her children. We would have all done the same for our children. They should have just set her aside but not beat her relentlessly like that. It’s just horrible,” an outraged mother commented.“Shocking! Shame to France, I will never stop hating the police or let’s say pigs. Poor mother, they don’t deserve to live these dogs!” another user wrote.Following the attack, the woman reportedly went to Jean Verdier Hospital Emergency Department to evaluate her injuries.According to the doctor’s diagnosis posted by Islam & Info Facebook account, the victim named Zahra, suffered “physical aggression and tear gas from the police.”Her injuries include: “dorsal contusion, redness and pain, water eyes, major sprains on the right side of her body, contusion of right elbow with cutaneous bruising, and psychological shock.”The hospital recommended “partial temporary incapacity for 10 days.”The rise of Islamophobia in France has reached alarming levels following the Paris attacks of November 13.As of November 21, 32 acts of Islamophobia had been registered in France. Since then, other mosques have been closed, others vandalized, Korans have been burned by protesters, and violence, both physical and verbal against Muslims continues on the rise. read more

8 February 2010The outgoing United Nations envoy in Sudan has lauded recent developments in the country’s electoral process, and urged the parties to the north-south peace agreement to press ahead during what will be a crucial year for the nation. Although challenges still existed, Ashraf Qazi said he is confident that the national elections scheduled for April – the first multi-party democratic ballot for decades in Sudan – will be held.“By and large, [the elections would] satisfy the observers and above all the people of Sudan,” Mr. Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said in his farewell speech yesterday in Khartoum.Mr. Qazi added that 2010 will be the last full year of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed by the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to end the long-running north-south civil war.“It will be absolutely critical for 2011 when the referenda are scheduled to take place both in Abyei and in the south,” he said. In a report released last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern over the continued violence in southern Sudan, the lack of progress in resolving outstanding issues regarding the disputed, oil-rich border town of Abyei, and the slow pace of progress on border demarcation.Mr. Qazi yesterday expressed his belief that the people of Sudan will overcome the challenges before them and sustain peace. “This country is full of potential and promise and all that is needed is peace,” he noted, adding that Sudan’s stability would also strengthen that of the region, and urging the parties to the CPA to keep building trust.Meanwhile, reacting to recent comments by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sudan, the Special Representative said that the CPA will be successful whether Southern Sudan opted for unity or secession in next year’s referendum, as long as that process is peaceful.Mr. Qazi will be succeeded by Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios, who will take up his post in Sudan at the end of February. read more

The United Nations Security Council should discuss a package of practical actions aimed at stemming the spiraling violence in the Middle East, as well as the possibility of a new stabilization force for the region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today following meetings with the Group of 8 countries in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he also called on the parties to avoid civilian casualties.Speaking to reporters at a press encounter with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mr. Annan said he would continue efforts to address the situation in Lebanon with other leaders and predicted that several countries in Saint Petersburg which are also key members of the Security Council would work with the UN to get “a package of actions, not exhortations, a package that is action-oriented, that is practical, that requires the parties to release their abductees, stop the katushas going in, Israel to stop its retaliatory actions and to pursue this idea of a stabilization force.”The aim would be to “move very quickly and appeal to governments once that package is approved to make sure that we have the troops, well-trained, well-equipped troops that can go in quite quickly,” he said, adding: “That will be part of the work that I will be doing this morning and then we will follow it up in New York.”Mr. Annan said the team he dispatched to the region – led by Vijay Nambiar and including Terje Roed-Larsen and Alvaro de Soto – would report to the Security Council on its return.An international presence in Lebanon is “something that the Security Council will have to discuss,” he said in response to questions, adding that the team would report “towards the end of this week depending on the progress they make in the region.” The Council should then discuss plans “and report on practical suggestions they come with but pursue the package that the Prime Minister and I have discussed, including the stabilization force.”The sooner the Council takes a decision on the matter “the better it is,” he said. “But the parties need not wait for full implementation of that to stop the cessation of hostilities and to spare the civilians,” he added.“I have appealed to all concerned to spare civilian lives, to spare civilian infrastructure because these are things the civilian population will need for their livelihood for their daily activities and we should not inflict any more suffering on them,” he said, repeating his longstanding call that both parties “should bear that in mind and respect international humanitarian law.”The Secretary-General emphasized the need for the parties “to agree as soon as practicable to a cessation of hostilities” and noted that “to do that, they need to give diplomacy time and space for us to work.”He acknowledged that “the fighting may continue for a while” but once again appealed to the parties “to focus their targets narrowly and to bear in mind that under international humanitarian law they have an obligation to spare civilian lives, they have an obligation to spare civilian infrastructure, they have an obligation to stay away from targets like electricity and communication and things that civilians need for their livelihood.”He added that when it comes to seeking donations for relief operations, “what is important is that not that we go out and collect humanitarian money and reconstruction money – yes we will need that in time – but we have to do whatever we can to stop the destruction and the killing as much as we can.” The UN, which has a presence on the ground, is “looking at possibilities of taking dependents out of Lebanon.” That, he added, “implies that the situation is extremely dangerous and if that is the case, that is one more urgent reason for us to do whatever we can to get the parties to bring a halt to this.” read more

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American stock markets, loonie, head lower amid grim world outlook TORONTO – Canada’s biggest stock market pulled back for the fourth straight day Tuesday as investors question whether they can continue to shrug off signs of tepid global growth.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index declined 31.49 points to 13,304.66, with the consumer staples and utilities sectors among the biggest losers.Precious and base metals miners were the biggest gainers on the resource-heavy market, with the gold sector up nearly four per cent.“The markets are being driven by the macro stuff,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“They realize there is more downside here and they have to decide if they want to take on the risk — and maybe realizing that it’s not worth it.”Adatia said global economic factors may be showing signs of improvement, but it’s not enough to support a bullish outlook on equities.“Right now, people are going to say, ‘I’m going to wait until some of this stuff passes by,’” he said.The negative sentiment ran through currency markets, as the Canadian dollar lost half a cent. It ended the day 0.49 of a U.S. cent lower at 75.90 cents US.The downward pressure came on the same day the Bank of Canada issued a positive take on the country’s ability to ride out any economic shocks from China, its second-largest trading partner.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said if growth in China’s economy comes in one percentage point lower than projections — then Canadian growth would slip just one-tenth of a percentage point. A effect of a similar decline in the U.S. would be six times greater, she said.The comments come on the back of worse-than-expected trade figures.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade deficit grew to $1.9 billion in February. Economists had expected a deficit of $900 million, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, bearish comments from the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, helped push U.S. indexes further into the red.She noted that while the world economy isn’t in a crisis, slow growth risks becoming ingrained as a “new mediocre” and that the outlook the next six months has weakened.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 133.68 points to 17,603.32, while the broader S&P 500 slid 20.96 points to 2,0458.17 and the Nasdaq composite fell 47.86 points to 4,843.93.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude added 19 cents to US$35.89 a barrel, recouping some of the losses from two days.May natural gas plunged four cents to US$1.94 per mmBtu, while May copper was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound. June gold rebounded $10.30 to US$1,229.60 a troy ounce.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

“They have lost livelihoods and jobs, their homes, their access to food, water, fuel and health care, and they are watching the future of their children being put at risk,” Radhouane Nouicer, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, told journalists yesterday in Damascus. “The country, and the interests of its future generations, has been dealt a severe blow,” he reiterated.Since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), fighting continued in the past two weeks leading to new displacements, including in Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Damascus, Dara’a, Homs, Idlib and Rural Damascus. The numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, continue to grow, OCHA said in its latest situation report. Mr. Nouicer noted that the damage has reached “homes, industries, phone networks, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, the electricity and oil sectors, and agriculture.”The immense humanitarian crisis is not being met with adequate resources. The two UN appeals – the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) and the regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) – are only around 20 per cent funded, according to OCHA. For the SHARP, humanitarian assistance initiatives at the value of $411 million are not covered, while the refugee plan still shows that there is an $843 million funding gap up to June 2013. Without adequate funding, the humanitarian community in Syria and the neighbouring countries would not be able reach the numbers of people planned for at the end of last year, let alone scale up further to address the growing needs. “For this reason, relief programmes fail to feed all those who require food, fail to treat all the sick and wounded, and do not provide shelter for all the families in need,” Mr. Nouicer said. OCHA is urging donors to give generously, and to urgently contribute the $1.5 billion pledged at the Kuwait High-Level Pledging Conference on 30 January. read more

File photo: Denesh Ramdin leads the Knight Riders celebration Randy Brooks ( CPL T20 / Getty Images)The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) recently announced the tournament’s economic impact for the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago for 2018, created a total fiscal returns of US$25,689,199, a significant increase from 2017.Hero CPL 6 bowled off from 8 August and ended 16 September last year and stats showed an increase on the 2017 figure even with the tournament having two fewer matches in the country in 2018. The figure has been calculated using organizer spend, visitor spend and media value and was collated for Hero CPL by world-renowned researchers, SMG Insight.In addition to that economic impact figure the Hero CPL employed 254 staff in Trinidad & Tobago and filled 8,573 hotel rooms during the 2018 event. The value of media exposure and mentions of Trinidad & Tobago from this coverage was US$5,490,704, more than double that achieved in 2017.The Hero CPL spent US$4,069,867 in Trinidad & Tobago during the 2018 event with the tournament hosting seven matches in the country, a significant investment that shows the commitment to staging cricket at both Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.Speaking about the report from SMG Insight the Hero CPL Chief Executive Officer, Damien O’Donohoe said: “Trinidad & Tobago has always been very good to us as a tournament, with local support being absolutely fantastic. It means a lot to us that we are able to deliver tangible economic benefits to the country. The finals for the 2018 tournament were fantastic and we can’t wait to be back in Trinidad & Tobago in 2019 to get the party started again.” He ended. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T’s economic impact from CPL 2017 totals US$23.6MJanuary 10, 2018In “Sports”2017 Hero CPL makes close to US$100M impact on region’s economyJanuary 16, 2018In “Business”Hero CPL makes over US$25M impact on Guyana’s economyJanuary 29, 2019In “latest news” read more

first_imgGerman technology and German knowhow are to help the Colombian coalmining sector, underground mining in particular, to become safer and increase its production. A strategic co-operation is planned that is to comprise not only a safety partnership but also technology transfer. Juan Gabriel Ceballos Campuzano is the owner of Colombia’s old-established family mining firm Soc Central de Activos Mineros, based in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. Aiding the development of heavy industry in the country on behalf of the government Ceballos’ grandfather laid the foundation stone for the firm over half a century ago. Today about 350 people are employed at Ceballos’ mine. Last year he produced 150,000 t of high-grade coking coal and the figure is set to rise considerably in the near future. In about four years, he says, “we want to increase production tenfold to 1.5 Mt”. The Colombian wants to generate the necessary capital for this – a not inconsiderable EUR10 million – on the US stock exchange. He wishes to buy new machines – for which an initial sum of some EUR7 million has been budgeted – primarily from Germany. Although the machinery does cost “about 50% more there” seen in the medium and long term this is still a “good move”.Ceballos was part of a 27-man delegation of Colombian mine operators and mining experts recently visiting Germany on a week’s tour of the Saarland, a region with a long mining tradition. The program included visits to suppliers, an underground colliery tour and a seminar on mining safety. In 2010 alone official statistics list the number of deaths resulting from mining accidents in the Andean nation as 173. In the last three years the figure was over 400 while the number of unreported cases is likely to be considerably higher. Some 80,000 people in total are employed in coal mining and about 35,000 of these in open-pit mining.Commenting on standards Manfred Schmidt from the German Engineering Federation (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – VDMA) in charge of visit co-ordination said a large proportion of underground coal mining in Colombia is “at the stage of coal mining in Germany 50 to 100 years ago”. Schmidt is planning a project supported amongst others by the German-Colombian Chamber of Commerce which is aimed at remedying as quickly as possible the still frequent serious shortcomings prevalent in the mining sector especially underground. The aim here is to build up a strategic co-operation that will include both a safety partnership as well as technology and knowledge transfer. Ceballos says the Colombians are particularly interested in special solutions due to the often difficult extraction conditions faced there.Of the 79 Mt of coal produced by the South American country last year some 70 Mt were extracted at open-pit mines. The remaining 9 Mt were mined underground by about 4,000 mainly small or micro mining operations. With a few exceptions these operators scarcely attain annual production of more than 10,000 t each. Furthermore, half of them are operating illegally. These mines have neither mining authorisations nor any other necessary permits and documents. “Only about 5% of these mines” says Ceballos, “are properly equipped”. His country, he said, could learn a lot from the Germans, adding that the nation is now in the process of restructuring mining controls. Major changes are already pending over the coming months, he said. The new rules are to be far stricter than those of the past. Ceballos is convinced “the sector will continue to consolidate.” Small operations will have to merge with larger ones to deal with the stricter regulations in financial terms. Here, too, help from abroad is welcome. This, he said, would not only improve mining safety but also environmental protection. There is still “a lot to do” in both these fields.Colombia boasts one of the best grades of coking coal in the world. At present some 5 Mt are produced annually, largely for export. This makes the country the world’s fourth largest exporter of coking coal. Existing resources are estimated at some 2,000 Mt. Ceballos says over the next ten to 15 years they want to increase exports to an annual 20 to 30 Mt. This is double the amount currently produced in Germany. Costs for this stand in the high double-digit millions. Ceballos says: “To produce a million more tons of coking coal we need additional investment of $ 3-4 million.” If the cooperation with Germany runs to plan not an inconsiderable proportion of this money will flow into the coffers of German mining suppliers.last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Queensland appointed Dr. Alastair Blanshard as the inaugural Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History. The Chair is named after Dr. Paul Eliadis, a UQ graduate, who established the position earlier this year through a generous donation. What prompted Dr. Eliadis philanthropic gift was his passion for classics and due to his Greek heritage, decided to support his “alma mater” by ensuring the teaching of classical languages and ancient history. Dr. Eliadis welcomed the appointment of Dr. Blanshard and stressed the importance of maintaining a society’s cultural memory. “To me, any Western university that doesn’t have a department that teaches the classics does not have a birth certificate,” Dr Eliadis said. Dr Blanshard, who earned a Master of Arts from UQ in 1996, and a PhD from The University of Cambridge in 1999, is an internationally recognised leader in the field of classical tradition, and a series editor for the ‘Classics after Antiquity’ monograph series published by Cambridge University Press. Greek cultural history, Greek rhetoric and law, epigraphy, ancient sexuality are some of Dr. Blanshard’s research interests, who expressed his enthusiasm for being selected for the Chair. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s the last thing people want to consider: putting their parents into a nursing home.Paying a bond is one of the most contentious parts of getting a loved one in a nursing home and has many family members in shock when they realise how much is needed.For the children of an ageing population, now isn’t the time to be putting their heads in the sand and avoiding the process.The sad fact is, most people are completely unaware or oblivious to what’s entailed in putting their loved ones in aged care, and only start addressing the issue when it’s too late.For Teresa Buckley (nee Tzimopoulos), she was caught unaware when her mother’s condition deteriorated quickly. She expected that she would only need council help, like meals on wheels or a nurse to help her mother with day to day tasks, but the reality set in when her mother was assessed.“It all happened really quickly,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“Her behaviour was a bit strange. She wasn’t recognising herself in the mirror, she kept on thinking ‘that’s a strange woman’.” When the council got to her mother’s house in Springvale, she was hospitalized the same day to see what medication Mrs Tzimopoulos would need to be prescribed. While in hospital, she was assessed and was deemed to need 24 hour care, meaning she would need to be put in a nursing home. It was something Teresa hadn’t considered would need to happen so quickly, knowing her mother wasn’t keen on being away from her home and wouldn’t take lightly to losing her independence. Her deteriorating condition was sadly the qualifying factor for the change, and something Teresa had to accept in a short time.“It was very stressful, I didn’t really have time to sort of think about it and I had to make decisions very quickly,” Teresa says. “I didn’t even know where to start.”That is sadly where many people find themselves when they have to consider aged care for their parents. Jim Scantsonihas, Fronditha’s general manager of operations, sees people in the same situation on a daily basis, fighting the reality that their parents need professional help while juggling to understand a completely foreign system to get them that help.“Most people don’t pay much attention to it because at the time they don’t have much need for it,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“They’re probably not aware until they get to that point, most people don’t know.”What they are faced with is numerous assessments, the possibility of finding upwards of $300,000 as a bond payment and long waiting lists.Currently there are two different processes to get people into nursing homes: one for low care residents and another for high care residents. New changes that come into affect on July 1 means this distinction will not exist anymore, so all residents must provide a bond payment.Currently only low care residents are asked to provide a bond, while high care residents are subsidised by the government. High care residents need to provide 85 per cent of their fortnightly pension only to be admitted.If high care residents have assets above a certain threshold (currently Centrelink have it at $116,136), they will be asked to pay an additional accommodation charge of $34.20 a day.It works a little bit differently for low care residents. A bond must be paid if the resident has assets above the $116,136 threshold. That means if they have property under their name, or money reserves of more than $116,136, they will need to pay a bond. The amount will be different for every person, depending on how much their assets are worth. So if a resident has a house valued at $550,000, they can be asked by a nursing home to provide a $450,000 bond. As a rule, the government has said that the elderly person must be left with $45,000 in their name.Of course, the bond money is returned to the family or the bonds beneficiaries once the resident leaves the nursing home. The nursing home is allowed by law to draw an amount of $3,876 per annum for the first five years (so a total of $19,380) with nothing further thereafter to upgrade the nursing home’s facilities or for other works. Paying a bond is one of the most contentious parts of getting a loved one in a nursing home and has many family members in shock when they realise how much is needed.For many, selling the family home is the only way to get that kind of money. For Teresa, her mother’s home in Springvale was sold to meet the bond’s demands. But for George Kourounis, he was able to avoid selling his family home as his mother was still living in the home. Centrelink will not consider the family home an asset if a partner, dependent child or carer is still living in the home. “Mum was still alive when Dad needed care, so in situations like that, if the other partner is still alive, they take them on board without having to pay a bond,’ George says. “Whilst mum was still alive, dad was good, staying with her, but things after that changed.” George’s father was admitted into aged care two weeks before George lost his mother, meaning a bond didn’t need to be paid. There are three options for paying the bond and not all mean assets need to be sold. The first way is paying a lump sum, which means for some, having to sell property. The other two ways include paying a monthly interest fee, thereby only having to pay a periodic payment on the bond. You can pay a part lump some, for instance $50,000 up front and then paying the rest as a periodic payment, or the other way is just paying a periodic payment. The periodic payment is based on the Department of Health and Aging interest fee set a 7.24 per cent. That fee for instance could be paid by putting the family home up for rent. Fronditha’s Jim Scantsonihas deals with many disgruntled family members and residents who are quite reluctant to see their assets sold off for a place in a nursing home. “For the Greek elderly, there is definitely a reluctance, because obviously they’ve accumulated assets during their working life, they shouldn’t have to pay anymore,” he says. “Sadly that’s the government policy; it’s not a Fronditha policy.”These processes are just the beginning of what is in store for family members looking to get their parents into care. Many will face huge waiting lists especially for niche nursing homes like the Greek affiliated ones our community expects to enter.For Teresa, she felt she had to put her mother in a Greek nursing home to help her get the best experience possible. “It had to be a Greek nursing home, because mum doesn’t speak English,” she says.“We probably looked at around five (nursing homes) and we also looked at English ones too – non Greek.”Fronditha’s Jim Scantsonihas’ best advice to avoid long waiting times is to put a person’s name on as many local nursing homes as possible and transfer to their first choice when spots become available.“If a client to comes to us and they’re really desperate, we encourage them to place their names on more than one nursing home’s waiting list to keep their options open,” he says. “If they do go somewhere where it isn’t their first preference, they can always transfer across to their main preference when that bed becomes available. At least they’re being cared for and they’re not in that desperate position.”Between 2011 and 2026, Australia’s population of older persons from multicultural backgrounds is expected to increase by over 40 per cent. One in four Australians aged over 80 in 2026 will be from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. The need for ethnically specific nursing homes will be skyrocketing for years to come, and dealing with demand will be one of the biggest challenges for the aged care sector.That is why, being prepared and understanding what is needed from families when a family member needs to enter an aged care facility is a huge commodity. “If you’ve got an elderly person at home and you know you’ll need some care down the track, it’s better to have your name down because there are thousands of people on waiting lists and they can’t get in,” says George Kourounis. Having a talk with the family and finding what options work best in the event that an elderly family member needs to be put in care will save a lot of heartache and financial headaches. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Aging’s website, www.health.gov.au and the Department of Social Services’ website, www.myagedcare.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgWASHOUGAL — A loud “Washougal” chant broke out in front of Washougal High School on Thursday afternoon following word that the teachers union had voted unanimously to approve a new contract, ending their strike that started Aug. 28. Between hugs and high-fives, Eric Engebretson, president of the Washougal Association of Educators, yelled to his colleagues, “Let’s get back to work!” to loud applause. As teachers drove from the parking lot, many to go set up their classrooms for Friday’s first day of classes, they honked and waved. All of the 199 members present voted in favor of the deal. Engebretson said there are roughly 205 members in the union.“We landed on an agreement that everybody is happy with,” Superintendent Mary Templeton said. “It’s an agreement we can sustain over time. The 100 percent vote means we got it right. We all are now signaling that we’re ready to start getting school off the ground.”The ratification leaves only teachers in Evergreen and Battle Ground on strike. Washougal joins teachers in Vancouver, Ridgefield and Hockinson to end their strike, and teachers in Camas who voted to approve a strike but reached an agreement before it began.last_img read more

first_imgBy Aja Musu Bah DaffehOn Friday 13th January, 2017 the Banjul ferry terminal was congested with people including women and children fleeing the country to Senegal which started since outgoing President Jammeh’s pronouncement declaring the election result null and void and calling for fresh election.This brought fear and trauma in the minds of Gambians which led them to flee the country without hesitating, thinking that his refusal to step down will result to conflict in the country.According to the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), several thousand Gambians have crossed to Senegal in the last 10 days to escape growing tension over the results of the last presidential election.UNHCR team reports seeing buses filled with children accompanied by women cross the border. The report says Senegalese authorities, with the support of UNHCR, are working to strengthen registration systems which will help clarify figures, noting that most arrivals in Senegal are Gambians and Senegalese who have been working or living in The Gambia.Mr. Musa Secka a native of Banjul said the current political situation in the country makes people to move out of the country because they are terrified by seeing soldiers all over the place holding guns which is never a culture in the smiling coast of The Gambia.He asserted that some witnessed and experienced the deadly war in Freetown and Liberia, therefore they would not want to witness another which is why they are running for their lives. “This doesn’t tell well and it’s not a good sign for people fleeing their own country” said Mr. Secka.Ousainou Bojang a resident of Sukuta, who was helping his mother at the terminal to cross to Senegal, said all these problems lie in the hands of the current government noting that there is solution to every problem without putting fear in people.He added that Gambians are controlled by the fear syndrome that staying back will only do harm to their lives, “some are with notion that there will be Military Intervention and international bodies will invade the country with powerful ammunition”.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Bahamas, July 10th 2017: Ahead of government’s plans to roll out small businesses and employment opportunities in Grand Bahama, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes took the opportunity to meet with Labour Unions and businesses. The visit is part of the mandate coming directly from Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who has called on all members of cabinet to have a direct role in impacting and effecting the revitalization of job opportunities in Grand Bahama following Hurricane Matthew’s devastation last year.Part of Minister Foulkes trip entailed meetings with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Freeport Container Port, Bahama Rock Ltd., Grand Bahama Shipyard, and Pineyard Steel to discuss its training programme. Among the labour leaders the minister met were Bahamas General Workers Union, headed by Thomas Basden who represents the workers at Bahama Rock; Grand Bahama Port Authority Workers Union, headed by Mervin Wright; and Commonwealth and Hotel Services, headed by Michelle Dorsett.Expressing optimism on the possibility of new employment in Grand Bahama, the minister says so far meetings with the business community have been very positive as “they too are very excited about the future of Grand Bahama. He notes government has been in discussions in terms of new businesses, he says he is not at liberty to announce, as Minister Kwasi Thompson and the Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest will update the press on those developments.Meanwhile,the Minister took the opportunity to announce that at Bahama Rock, there are about 90 employees, and the company has recently added nine increasing their workforce by 10 per cent.#MagneticMediaNews#LabourMinisterFoulkesMeetswithUnionLeadersGrandBahama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola has singled out Eric Garcia for praise, describing the young defender as “incredible” and “intelligent”.Garcia, 18, has made two senior appearances for City this season and Guardiola has been impressed with the Spaniard, who could be in line to play in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Burton Albion.“I can count on him,” Guardiola said via the club’s website.“He showed me an incredible personality in the Carabao Cup [games against Leicester and Burton], and especially in preseason when he played with younger players.“It’s easier when you are a young player to come in and play close to Nico [Otamendi], or David Silva or Kevin [De Bruyne] – but play there with six, seven young academy players, and he was really the captain, and he guides and he leads in three hard games.Manchester City teenagers that could face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg:• Ian Carlo Poveda (18)• Iker Pozo (18)• Taylor Richards (18)• Felix Nmecha (18)• Eric Garcia (18) pic.twitter.com/M4BevIaGAgjose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) January 21, 2019“He was incredibly good. In the Carabao Cup he was good. But he’s young. Is he a third, fourth defender, one more year in academy, or do we loan? We are going to decide in the next months what happens next season.“But I am incredibly satisfied, not just with the games but the way he trains, his behaviour, how polite he is, how he listens, how when he has doubts, he always asks myself, my staff, Mikel [Arteta].“He is so smart, so intelligent. He understands everything so quick. His physicality is not so strong, but he resolves situations by thinking.“I like to work with intelligent people and he is one of them.”last_img read more

first_img Related Content News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more The new IMIXhorizon SomaRad DR system is designed for smaller facilities that require a compact, affordable DR solution. The SomaRad features fully motorized positioning, remote control functionality, and high image quality. In addition, this new general radiography system requires only 8 feet of ceiling height clearance, making it ideal for smaller clinics. The new IMIXhorizon ChiroRad DR system is created to address workflow challenges within a chiropractic environment. The ChiroRad, the first entry from IMIX Americas into the chiropractic market, offers a compact, sleek system at an affordable price. It features two motorized stands for tube and detector, providing superior image quality and reliability. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more center_img Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | November 12, 2008 DR System Addresses Small Facility Needs Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read morelast_img read more

first_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems August 21, 2012 — Radisphere announced the launch of the Radiology Quality Institute (RQI). The RQI is a collaborative research organization dedicated to the identification and promotion of radiology quality standards and process improvements in order to improve healthcare delivery.The RQI has a focused research agenda to identify and implement technology and workflow innovations that deliver measurable improvements to radiology processes in areas that include interpretative accuracy, appropriate utilization, peer review, concurrence review, critical findings communication, consultations, turnaround time and interventional radiology.With access to Radisphere’s extensive data and analytics obtained from working with 35 hospitals and more than 10,000 clinicians, the RQI is focused on the cooperative establishment of performance and process benchmarks that can help deliver measurable improvements and innovations to radiology services.“The Radiology Quality Institute was founded on the same principles that led Radisphere to implement quality standards and processes that drive quality, encourage transparency and increase accountability,” said Frank Seidelmann, DO, co-founder and chief medical officer of Radisphere. “By making our data available for the study of process improvement, the RQI hopes to transform the way healthcare is delivered and measured for the benefit of the ultimate end user — the patient.”The RQI also will administer quality improvement programs consistent with Radisphere’s “just culture” approach, sharing best practices that can increase accountability and performance measures.“To date, there is no universally accepted set of standards that hospitals or health systems can use to accurately measure diagnostic radiology performance (outside of mammography), which makes it difficult to identify the performance of radiology services,” said Seidelmann. “By sharing performance benchmark data, the RQI will provide a collaborative, educational resource for organizations seeking to improve the delivery of radiology services.”For more information: www.radiologyqualityinstitute.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more Related Content News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | August 21, 2012 Radisphere Launches Radiology Quality Institute to Identify, Promote Quality Standards, Process Improvements Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay 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. center_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Harry Ameredes, M.D., president and practicing radiologist. Harry Ameredes, M.D., president and practicing radiologist. Carolina Regional Radiology at Angier Imaging Center.Serving a 10-county region in southeastern North Carolina, Carolina Regional Radiology (CRR) is a full-service imaging and interventional radiology practice. Based in Fayetteville, N.C., and performing 500,000 exams annually, the practice has 22 board-certified radiologists who provide radiology services to several hospitals and imaging centers, as well as numerous physician practices and clinics.Technology Drivers EnableRemarkable 25 Percent Growth During National DeclineAs business at imaging centers declines 2 to 7 percent annually, CRR is achieving same-shop annual growth of nearly 25 percent at each of its three outpatient centers and is currently experiencing month over month procedure gains that are its highest ever. Annual growth in CRR’s mammography business has skyrocketed 40 percent, despite a national trend of 10 to 15 percent decline for this modality.This remarkable growth is due in large part to CRR’s decision to adopt leading-edge technology solutions, enabling it to streamline workflow, enhance patient care and improve the bottom line. “There is no question that technology has driven the success of our outpatient facility,” says Sheryl Jordan, M.D., a former CRR breast imager now working as clinical faculty in breast imaging at the UNC Department of Radiology.  Intelerad Software Offers Superior Solution to Streamline WorkflowIn late 2009, CRR reviewed several leading radiology software solutions. CRR President Harry Ameredes, M.D., explains, “We serve many different imaging centers and hospitals, and we needed a solution which allowed us to integrate multiple modalities from several different facilities into one, single workflow.” Due to the critical nature of the new technology selection, the process was comprehensive. “We vetted the vendors quite thoroughly,” said Ameredes, “until Intelerad was the only one standing.” In 2010, CRR deployed Intelerad’s IntelePACS, the KLAS Ambulatory PACS category-leader, and InteleOne, a distributed unified reading solution. Outstanding product capabilities and Intelerad’s comprehensive integration with other radiology software products were key factors in the decision. In addition, Ameredes praises the company’s philosophy of ongoing innovation and the intuitive nature of its products. He is confident that the Intelerad platform will meet the practice’s future requirements. “We chose this vendor with long-term strategy in mind,” Ameredes said. Template-Based Reporting Reduces Turnaround Time from Days to MinutesIn 2011, building on the streamlined workflow and other operational improvements facilitated by IntelePACS and InteleOne, CRR deployed Intelerad’s Multi-Method Reporting (MMR) module. MMR blends dictation, voice recognition and structured reports into a single, streamlined interface and workflow.Jordan praises the ease with which templates can be created and revised using MMR. “The breast imaging templates are clear, compliant with ACR/MQSA, and correct,” she said. “They are concise and quick. As a result, they have been extremely well-received.” The move to structured reporting using MMR has had extremely positive, far-reaching impact across the practice. “Multi-Method Reporting has significantly improved our turnaround time from days to minutes for all engaged modalities,” said Ameredes.Intelerad Multi-Method Reporting Leads to 55 Percent Productivity Increases MMR’s templates and voice recognition has enabled CRR radiologists to post impressive, measurable efficiency gains, as measured by work relative value units (wRVUs). Compared to national benchmarks of 65 and 69 wRVUs per radiologist — as reported by RBMA and Medical Management Professionals, respectively — CRR radiologists now average nearly 80 wRVUs using Intelerad’s software.Further, the ability to achieve daily average wRVUs of 85.2 within CRR’s breast imaging program — a year-over-year increase of 55 percent — is even more astounding given the additional responsibility that breast imagers speak personally with patients, consult with referring physicians and perform breast interventional procedures.Improved Services Lead to Increased Market ShareThe improved, technology-driven processes at CRR are gaining the attention of the physician and patient community in southeastern North Carolina. With CRR’s enhanced ability to deliver efficient, high-quality patient care, Jordan said, “We have captured market share from our competitors.”Case study supplied by Intelerad FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Case Study | May 14, 2013 | Sponsored by Intelerad Carolina Regional Radiology Achieves Remarkable Growth Practice leverages unified workflow, template-based reporting and voice recognition to achieve 55 percent productivity gains and 25 percent growth Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Carolina Regional Radiology at Angier Imaging Center. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Sheryl Jordan, M.D., formerly with breast imaging and intervention, Women’s Imaging. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,500 people have taken part in a Moscow rally to protest what they say is insufficient funding for science and against pressure on a foundation that gives grants to science projects.The peaceful rally Saturday came two weeks after Russian authorities placed the Dynasty Foundation on its list of foreign agents. Under a widely criticized law, a non-governmental organization that receives funding and is deemed to be involved in political activity must register as a foreign agent. People gather at a rally against existing science and education policies in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 6, 2015. Demonstrators, holding a posters and textbooks, rallied in support of the Dynasty Foundation which develops fundamental science and education in Russian, and which has been added to the list of Russian organizations considered foreign agents. The law doesn’t prevent such organizations from working, but many see the requirement as oppressive because the term “foreign agent” is often seen as pejorative.Dynasty head Dmitry Zimin, whose fortune funds the foundation, has been quoted as saying he will close the foundation because it was placed on the list.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

first_imgAirAsia X flys into Sydney AirAsia touches down in Sydney New AirAsia X flights between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur are expected boost tourism into NSW, according to Minister for Tourism George Souris. Launching flights between the two destinations yesterday, Mr Souris said the flights meant “business for Sydney”, opening Australia up to the airline’s network with up to 78 cities. “The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is committed to growing affordable aviation services to Sydney so more visitors can experience Australia’s most dynamic cultural and business city,” Mr Souris said. Announced in January, the new service opens the door for travel, trade and tourism between Australia and Malaysia. AirAsia forecast to operate out of five Australian cities in five years and with the commencement of flights to and from Sydney, the airline is just one city short of fulfilling its affirmation. AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani was amongst the first passengers to fly from KL to Sydney and was delighted with the opportunities this new venture presented. “AirAsia X’s presence inSydney is a game changer which will deliver more competitive fares and choice for Sydneysiders. “We are delighted with the response to the Sydney service and have recorded strong forward sales since we open the route for sale in January. We’ve also seen a solid show of support from international travellers from key international markets such as Malaysia and China keen to fly to Sydney to enjoy all it has to offer,” Mr Osman-Rani said. According to the airline’s head, the new route encompasses an ongoing strategy placing emphasis on its core markets of Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China and Iran. AirAsia X is also releasing Fly-Thru promotional services, offering seamless connections to popular Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) destinations such as Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Medan to name a few. Sydney Airport CEO, Kerrie Mather also praised the arrival of AirAsia X services to Sydney. “AirAsia X offers a great product and even more choice for travellers.” The Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of 12 premium flatbed seats and 365 economy seats will be used for the Sydney-KL route.Image Source: AirAsiacenter_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

first_img by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2017 12:45 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Isla Fisher arrives at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) College student brings Hollywood stars to tears at breakfastcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It wasn’t Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence who got the most rousing applause at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. It was a college freshman named Carla Arellano.The Loyola Marymount University student received a standing ovation and brought a room of Hollywood heavyweights to tears as she accepted a full-ride scholarship from “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot.“All I can think about right now are all the papers I have to write for my finals,” Arellano said, alternately laughing and crying.The 26th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast celebrating the trade publication’s yearly Power 100 ranking of women in the entertainment business included presentations of $1 million in college scholarships to girls from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles.Arellano was surprised by the gift. Gadot said the aspiring screenwriter would have had to quit her studies had she not received the $250,000 scholarship, which was funded by Warner Bros.Arellano thanked her parents and her mentors through tears before closing with a quote from Frida Kahlo, which she recited in Spanish and English.“Feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?” she said.Her emotional speech left Gadot and fellow presenter Justin Timberlake teary eyed, along with A-list guests including Shonda Rhimes, Emmy Rossum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Glenn Close.“This is maybe the most moving breakfast we’ve ever had,” said Sherry Lansing, who presented her namesake Leadership Award to Lawrence.Lansing highlighted Lawrence’s support for Planned Parenthood, her outspokenness on gender pay disparity and her recent $2 million donation to establish a cardiac intensive care unit for children in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.“I believe that because of Jennifer, young people will view philanthropy and giving back as just a natural part of their lives,” Lansing said.Lawrence spoke about the welfare of women worldwide, saying that women across the globe still make 77 cents to men’s dollar and that one third of all women experience violence or sexual violence in their lifetimes.The Oscar-winner commended the women who’ve spoken out against adversity in entertainment and other industries.“It’s not easy to speak out,” Lawrence said. “It’s not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is I’ve been given a platform, and I feel that if I don’t use it, I don’t deserve it.”The actress was characteristically unguarded as she gave her acceptance speech, at one point commenting on how she was holding her award incorrectly and later admitting that she wasn’t sure when to clap when speaking from the stage.Jolie, who gave the keynote address, also spoke about the plight of women around the world, imploring guests at the breakfast to appreciate what it means to be artists who can express themselves.“Art influences, it captures the imagination, it challenges orthodoxy,” Jolie said. “And societies where women are denied freedom of expression, those societies are being shaped without the voice and influence and wisdom of women. That is why I’m so grateful to be a part of this community.”Other speakers Wednesday included Rhimes, who served as guest editor for the Power 100 issue, and Sarah Silverman, who opened the program at Milk Studios.Sony executive Amy Pascal had been slated to receive the Equity in Entertainment Award presented by Meryl Streep, but street and freeway closures caused by Los Angeles wildfires prevented the two women from attending.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .last_img read more