OTTAWA — The ranking U.S. diplomat on drug enforcement policy is to visit Ottawa in July to kick-start a fresh round of co-operation between the two countries on tackling the opioid crisis.That includes a renewed focus on stemming the flow of fentanyl into the two countries from China, The Canadian Press has learned.The visit of Kirsten Madison, the State Department’s assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, would be the first tangible step forward in the new joint Canada-U.S. effort that hatched out of the June 20 White House meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump.Stamping out opioid overdose deaths, especially in the Rust Belt states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, has been a declared priority for Trump, whose path to victory in 2016 depended on voters in those states.Trudeau announced the new initiative after his meeting with Trump, saying the two countries will work together and in multilateral organizations to find solutions to the crisis while deepening law-enforcement co-operation to combat trafficking.A senior government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the high-level initiative, said Madison’s July visit will start the discussion by reviewing existing co-operation and mapping out new strategies.Only a small amount of illegal opioids enter the U.S .from Canada, which the U.S. readily acknowledges. The biggest source of the deadly drug for both countries is mail and courier packages from China, said the official.Jim Carroll, the director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, has also expressed interest in coming to Ottawa to discuss opioids, said the official.The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa said it wasn’t announcing any upcoming meetings between Canada and the U.S. but that the two countries are working closely to combat the opioid crisis and the emerging global synthetic-drugs crisis.A leading health expert questions whether all of the sudden flurry of cross-border meetings will actually lead to any concrete reduction of fatal overdoses in either country.Donald MacPherson, the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said the focus on law enforcement — particularly intercepting mail from China — ignores the need for better medical intervention such as “substitution treatment.”Some medical journals suggest using methadone as a substitute to wean addicts off fentanyl.MacPherson is also skeptical that either country can do anything to stem the flow of fentanyl from China.“Fentanyl is a drug-smuggler’s dream. It’s so powerful. It comes in very small packages. It’s very easy to move across borders. It’s hard to detect. It’s changed the nature of the illegal drug market, and possibly forever.”Ben Rowswell, the president of the Canadian International Council, says the initiative has a greater symbolic importance because it is part of the upward arc in bilateral relations from the last year’s bottoming-out after the G7 summit in Quebec, when Trump insulted Trudeau on Twitter.“I take it as a sign that the relationship is operating as it should now, after a year or two of not,” said Rowswell, a retired diplomat who last served as the Canadian ambassador to Venezuela.“It seems we’re taking advantage of this new opening from the United States to normalize the relationship.”Tackling the crisis is clearly a passion of Trump’s. That was on full display during a June 12 White House cabinet briefing that was televised on the U.S. non-profit C-Span broadcaster.Carroll, the U.S. drug-policy chief, told Trump China is starting to take its fentanyl outflow seriously, and that he’s planning to visit the People’s Republic in the summer to follow-up.“Absolutely, they’re now at the table,” Carroll told the president. “They want to talk to us. They’re engaged.”Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health, brought Trump more good news: new data from the Centers for Disease Control that showed overdose deaths falling for the sixth consecutive month versus the same months the previous year.That included drops of 4.8 per cent in New Hampshire, 8.1 per cent in Florida, 10.3 per cent in West Virginia, 18.2 per cent in Iowa, 18.5 per cent in Pennsylvania, and 23.3 per cent in Ohio.Dan Ujczo, a cross-border expert with the Ohio law firm Dickinson Wright, said his state has been devastated by the opioid crisis, particularly in rural and industrial areas that are seen as “Trump country.”As a result, if Canada and the U.S. find common cause on tackling the crisis it will build a “reservoir of goodwill between the two countries and leaders,” said Ujczo, a trade specialist who paid close attention to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that spawned the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.“If all politics is local, all trade is personal. Collaboration on issues that are devastating communities in Canada and the U.S. show that we are in this together,” said Ujczo.“While I do not believe that this type of collaboration will move the needle on USMCA, it builds that goodwill for other issues such as (customs) preclearance, migration issues, and serves as a preventative measure from any future tweetstorm.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
22 September 2008The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today that a funding shortfall means it may soon have to stop distributing food to more than 3,000 families displaced by deadly violence at a camp in northern Lebanon last year. Unless funds are found in the coming weeks, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that it will have to cease food distributions to 3,100 families and also halt rental subsidies for about 27,000 people by the end of next month.As many as 30,000 Palestinians were displaced – some for the third time in their lives – from Lebanon’s Nahr el-Bared refugee camp last year amid heavy fighting between Lebanese Government forces and Fatah el-Islam gunmen.UNRWA said in June that it needs about $445 million to rebuild Nahr el-Bared, which was devastated by the fighting.The reconstruction of the camp would be the largest undertaking in the agency’s history, and requires the building of a new town with houses, schools, health centres, mosques and other community facilities, as well as a UN compound and associated infrastructure.
Senior defender Sage Gardner misses a penalty kick during a match against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.Credit: Elizabeth Dickey / Lantern photographerFor the fourth consecutive season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-8-5, 1-3-2) fell in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.After a scoreless first half, the Michigan State Spartans (11-4-3, 3-2-1) scored two goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory over the Buckeyes.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team was well aware of the level of difficulty the Spartans brought into Wednesday’s match.“We knew that we were in for a difficult game and Michigan State is a very good team,” Bluem said. “We had to be at our very best to get a result tonight and we fell a little bit short of that.”The Spartans’ first goal came in the 57th minute when redshirt-senior midfielder Brent McIntosh scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards out.The Buckeyes had a chance to tie just three minutes later after Buckeye freshman forward Danny Jensen earned a Buckeye penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Spartan penalty box. Senior defender Sage Gardner took the shot for OSU, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and went out of bounds for a Spartan goal kick.Bluem said the missed penalty and the pressure of being down a goal was too much to rebound.“The first goal we made some bad mistakes and allowed them a goal,” Bluem said. “Then we have a chance to get back into it and unfortunately, Sage hits a great penalty but it’s an inch too much to the left. That kind of took the wind out of us.”In the 69th minute, the Spartans added to their lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Sean Conerty. He scored after he received a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and volleyed it off the far post outside of Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s reach.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said the pressure from the second goal distracted the team from performing their original game plan.“We didn’t keep the ball as much as we wanted to,” Ivancic said. “They’re a good team. They put us under a lot of pressure.”Ivanov recorded nine saves in the game, bringing his total for the season to 110, good for fifth in program history for single-season saves.Bluem said the play of Ivanov throughout the season kept the team alive in some difficult times.“Ivy (Ivanov) has had a brilliant season,” Bluem said. “Without him, things could have been worse. He had a great year.”The Spartans ended the match with a 20-16 advantage in shots.The Buckeyes have been playing all season with a majority of younger players, having 10 freshmen, two walk-ons and five transfers. Ivancic said the inexperience may have played a role in the loss.“We’ve been playing with that (inexperience) all year and we found a stride in the last five games of the season,” Ivancic said. “But I think (inexperience) might have a little to do with it. They’re an older team and physicality showed a bit today.”Following the loss, other OSU players declined to comment.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) catches a snap in the second quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Other than last week’s get-well game against UNLV, each week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 11 Ohio State’s 56-0 blowout win at Rutgers.Dante Booker interceptionLooking at the final score, it’s difficult to remember that Ohio State struggled in the first quarter. Leading by seven with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter, Rutgers drove to the Ohio State 15-yard line and threatened to tie the game. On second-and-11, Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker picked off quarterback Johnathan Lewis after the ball bounced off the intended receiver and Booker tipped it to himself.Ohio State followed that interception with an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in fewer than three minutes.Johnnie Dixon 70-yard touchdown catchOhio State was facing third-and-17 from its own 30-yard line when quarterback J.T. Barrett found redshirt junior wideout Johnnie Dixon behind the defense for a score.The Buckeyes were nearing their second consecutive three-and-out at 7:27 left in the second quarter and only leading by two scores. Barrett scrambled to his right and the Rutgers safeties lost Dixon behind them. Ohio State would score two more times before the half. Barrett to Victor, 48 yardsBefore the end of the half in another third-and-long situation, Barrett stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor for 48 yards down to the Rutgers 32-yard line.That completion with 1:55 left in the first half set up the Buckeyes’ final touchdown of the half to extend the lead to 35-0.Nick Bosa third-down stopOhio State stalled on its first drive on the second half after a failed fourth down attempt. On its ensuing possession, Rutgers picked up 22 yards on second-and-23 to create a third-and-short situation. That’s when sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa blasted through the line and tallied his first tackle for loss of the game with 11:38 left in the third quarter.Had Rutgers gotten a first down, the Scarlet Knights likely wouldn’t have drove the rest of the field for a score, based on their offense’s consistent inability to move the football. Despite that, those are the types of plays Ohio State should be able to make when prompted later in the season.Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorVictor touchdown grabThis play had little to do with the outcome, but had everything to do with the growth of the offense. Barrett threw his best ball of the day to Victor for a 22-yard score on a near-perfect, back-shoulder fade to the left pylon.Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett on the next offensive drive with the Buckeyes leading 42-0.
Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes the littlest spark can start the biggest fires.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Nebraska, that spark came in the form of a technical foul called on junior forward LaQuinton Ross.With the Buckeyes trailing by 12 — after the Cornhuskers went on an 11-2 run out of halftime — Ross was called for an offensive foul. In frustration, OSU’s leading scorer shoved an opposing player and was charged with a technical.“It was a lot of extra stuff going on after the play was over, so I think that got to me a little bit,” Ross said after the game. “So that was the reason for the technical foul, a little frustration. But after that I was just trying to win the game.”Despite Nebraska scoring six straight points after the foul, taking an 18-point lead in the process, the Buckeyes would storm back on the shoulders of Ross and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.OSU outscored Nebraska 41-25 after Ross was hit with the technical, and held on for a 71-67 victory.Junior forward Sam Thompson — who tallied seven points in the win — said the technical brought an end to Nebraska’s tough play, and turned the game around.“We thought they were playing a little bit too physically,” Thompson said after the game. “They got some shots at us after the whistle was blown, we didn’t like how they were dancing on the bench, just the whole vibe we didn’t like that. (LaQuinton’s) technical brought it to an end, we were able to rally around that.”This wasn’t the first time this season Ross’ been given a technical foul for shoving a player, having gotten one against Northwestern that led to his ejection and then another against Indiana.“Unfortunately that’s a little familiar,” Craft said after the game against Nebraska. “He’s done that a couple times this year. I just think after the whistle, they catch the second guy. He threw an elbow and hit him in the face after the play … and they’re going to catch LaQuinton.”But Craft said, unlike in previous incidents, this foul served as a motivator for OSU.“It was kind of like an NBA game. (A) player or coach gets fired up and you get ejected and you start rallying around him,” Craft said. “I don’t condone that because that got us down 16 at one point. They made the free throws and got a bucket. We don’t want that to happen, but if it works out, it works out.”After picking up a technical caused by emotion — much like the one Ross picked up — coaches often elect to bench the player to give them some time to calm down.But OSU coach Thad Matta elected for the opposite, leaving Ross on the floor and giving his leading scorer a chance to bring his team back from the brink of elimination.Ross went on to score 16 of his career-high 26 points after the technical foul, including the 3-pointer that started the run.“That play was over,” Ross said of the technical foul. “I wasn’t thinking about that play again. I looked up at the score and how bad we were down and we just had to get some motivation and get back in the game.”Ross added that the comeback was partially because of OSU refusing to lose control.“We stayed together through the whole thing,” Ross said. “There was never any panic during the whole situation. If you watch some of our games earlier in the year, we (were) down less points than that, I think we were down 18 here. A couple games, like Minnesota, we (were) probably down five and we panicked. But that game right there we (were) able to not panic and got through it.”Next up Ross and the Buckeyes will look to push themselves past top-seeded Michigan Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m.
The news, reported by the Mail on Sunday, comes amid heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia after Moscow’s GRU military intelligence agency was blamed for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.Last month, the new head of the British Army, General Mark Carleton-Smith, warned Russia posed a far greater threat to national security than Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Isil. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire Modelled on the Chindits, a specialist unit which fought in Burma during the Second World War, the 77th Brigade was set up in 2015 comprising soldiers with propaganda, political activism and social media skills.At the time, the Army said the regular and reserve unit was being created “to draw together a host of existing and developing capabilities essential to meet the challenges of modern conflict and warfare”, adding: “It recognises that the actions of others in a modern battlefield can be affected in ways that are not necessarily violent.” A Russian journalist was monitored for “suspicious behaviour” close to a British military base, the Ministry of Defence has said.Timur Siraziev was seen repeatedly passing the 77th Brigade’s barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, according to reports.The journalist said he had been recorded by the base’s security cameras and had been seen filming close to the perimeter fence.Mr Siraziev is listed on the Russian Embassy website as bureau chief for television station Channel One.A senior Army source said: “Timur Siraziev’s suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base’s security systems throughout.”Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We take the security of our bases and personnel incredibly seriously.”If a member of the public sees anyone acting suspiciously in or around a military base it should be reported to the police as a matter of urgency.”
The youth stole screwdrivers from Poundland, one of which he used to carry out the attackCredit:Iain Buist / ncjMedia Ltd “It is captured on CCTV footage.”The defendant took exception to that, took hold of the deceased and a struggle ensued.”Mr Duncan managed to push the teenager off, at which point the youth stabbed him once in the heart.He managed to walk a short distance away before he collapsed to the floor.CCTV camera tracked the youth’s movements through the city centre and the murder weapon was found later.At the previous bail hearing, Newcastle Crown Court heard he had 17 convictions for 31 offences between 2017 and 2019, including an incident where he grabbed a knife during a family argument and an occasion where the threatened a driver with a blade after he was challenged about drinking alcohol on the bus.At the time of the murder, the boy was on bail for affray.Following the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb said: “This was a shocking incident in which a much-loved family man was murdered in an unprovoked attack after a chance encounter.”I want to make it crystal clear it can never be acceptable for anyone to carry a weapon on our streets – as this case highlights the consequences can be truly devastating.”I would urge anyone who thinks otherwise to think again. “He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.”Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.”He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A 17-year-old has admitted murdering a much-loved lawyer who was stabbed with a screwdriver as he walked through a busy shopping centre on his way home from work.Devoted father Peter Duncan, 52, suffered a fatal chest wound as he walked into Eldon Square shopping mall in Newcastle, close to a Greggs outlet, on August 18.The youth, who cannot be named by the media due to his age, appeared via a videolink from HMP Wetherby to admit murder, as well as stealing screwdrivers from Poundland and possessing an offensive weapon.Northumbria Police last month said the murder was unprovoked and described it as a “chance encounter”, and they quickly arrested a group of teenagers in the hours after the attack.The day after the murder, Mr Duncan’s family said: “Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others. The murderer wore headphones for the case which was linked to Leeds Crown Court where the judge and prosecution barrister were sitting, and to Newcastle Crown Court where his defence barrister was present.He will be sentenced in December after psychiatric and psychological reports are prepared.Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told him: “The appropriate form and length of your sentence will be decided at the start of December when the necessary reports have been prepared and served on the prosecution and defence.”At a previous hearing, it was said that 52-year-old Mr Duncan was “simply in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he crossed paths with the teenager who has a history of violence and carrying knives.Mr Duncan worked as a lawyer for a multi-national maritime firm and lived in the Benton area of the city.At a previous bail hearing for the youth, prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said Mr Duncan and his killer came into contact with each other by chance at the entrance to the shopping centre, when they were walking in opposite directions.The teenager had stolen the screwdrivers and was looking for another youth with whom he had previously argued about cigarettes.Mr Wardlaw said: “The deceased raised his arm to let the defendant get past. “Not only could you destroy someone else’s life and those of their loved ones – but also think of the impact on your life and that of your family and friends.”I can assure you if you are caught with a weapon you will be dealt with robustly and put before the courts.”
Commodity prices have plunged to five year lows, raising the stakes for companies to survive and still achieve results for their stakeholders. But finding ready capital for development needs is proving elusive for marginal projects, once attractive at higher prices, leaving companies little choice but to seek out the development of low cost mining assets with clear advantage of higher grade reserves, says Deloitte. In this environment companies will focus heavily on costs and continue to explore selling non-core assets so that they can meet cash flow expectations and selectively move after growth opportunities as well as expansion strategies.“The strategy is to have low cost positions and to develop pipelines of growth which create more low-cost opportunities,” African mining leader at Deloitte, John Woods, commented at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town last week.“In an environment with expectations for softening commodity prices, all mining companies are going to look at their portfolios. When they look to sell an asset, they must do it within a strategy and consider the value for shareholders,” he says.Oil prices are important from an operating cost perspective and a drastic reduction in oil prices and diesel in particular do have an advantage in the short term for the sector. “Depending on the type of operation, diesel would be between 10-20% of the cost for surface mining operations,” says Woods.But for those countries with a high reliance on oil as an export, the picture is bleak. “The current oil price will make you sit up and reach for your coffee,” he says.Wage negotiations looms as another risk factor for mining companies in light of the fall in prices and strain being placed on their bottom lines.“Wages are always important for both parties. It would seem to me that the issue in SA is more intense than I observe the issue to be across the rest of Africa at present. That may change. I’m seeing more focus across the rest of Africa on jobs and building the capacity of people within each country,” says Woods.Weakening currencies are another challenge to manage. “It is tough if you bought in one currency and have to transact in another. If you’re on the wrong side of that then that can be very difficult indeed,” he says.While there is always volatility in the commodity market, it is just a matter of degree and “we will see degrees of volatility going forward”.But the picture is not all doom and gloom if increased levels of demand are tied to growth in manufacturing in key markets.“If you link consumer demand in the US to manufacturing in the US, China and India you would think that would be a helpful complement for the buoyancy of selected commodity prices,” says Woods.According to Deloitte six key factors set any mining project or operation up for a successful outcome. These are:A good mineral depositThe deposit is located in an economic region with good governance and consistent application of civil and tax lawInfrastructure in the form of roads, rail, ports, electricity and communications to support the mine should be available and functioningA well understood inbound and outbound supply chain supporting the mine and points to marketA competent and cohesive team which safely works togetherSocial licence to operateWoods says consistency in governance and in tax structures in certain areas, a lack of power supply and a general lack of infrastructure continue to pose threats to investment and project development in Africa.The picture shows Maptek’s I-Site Drive for stockpile management (see yesterday’s news of this new product).
THE SISTER OF one of the missing Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew members has described the “living nightmare” of waiting for news of her brother, and appealed for fishermen along the west coast to assist in the search efforts.Speaking to RTÉ News, Orla Smith – whose brother Ciarán Smith remains missing – said that she and her family were trying to stay as strong as possible but that they “need those boys home now”.Crewmembers Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby remain missing after the Rescue 116 Coast Guard helicopter went down on its way to refuel at Blacksod lighthouse on March 13 as it prepared to assist in a medical evacuation mission.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage of the helicopter last week.The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered from the water yesterday, but there was no evidence of casualties found under the wreckage.Speaking today, Orla Smith said that it was very tough on the family when the men were not found in the wreckage of the helicopter.“It is a living nightmare for all of us. For all of my family and for Paul Ormsby’s family it is a living nightmare,” she said.We’re doing our best to keep going and to stay as strong as possible and as positive as we possibly can, but it is tough, it is really, really tough.We need those boys home now. We really do. My parents need them home, my sister-in-law needs him home, my nieces need him home. They have to come home now. We need to find them.Smith called on all fishing vessels on the west coast to assist in the search to find the bodies.“To all fishing vessels big and small… we are appealing to them to please come and help us now,” she said.We need them, we need their knowledge. We need them to assist in the ongoing efforts to find Ciarán and Paul, we need them, we need their.Smith said that the families had been “cocooned by people’s generosity” and that stepping away from that outpouring would be like “going form a warm bed out into the cold”.Read: Wreckage of Rescue 116 recovered but no sign of missing crew members By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 3 Apr 2017, 9:24 PM Apr 3rd 2017, 9:24 PM Short URL 4 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3322566 Share473 Tweet Email 16,043 Views Image: RTÉ News Orla Smith said the search for missing Rescue 116 members has been a “living nightmare” for the family. Image: RTÉ News ‘We need those boys home’: Sister of missing Rescue 116 crewman appeals for search help from fishermen Orla Smith – whose brother Ciarán Smith remains missing – said that she and her family were trying to stay as strong as possible. Orla Smith said the search for missing Rescue 116 members has been a “living nightmare” for the family. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
So how much further can AUD/USD go? In our FX Roadmap for 2011, published in December of last year, we predicted a rise to as high as $1.07– John KyriakopoulosHead of currency strategy, NABIt’s been onward and upward for the Australian against the US dollar over the past fortnight, with the AUD rising three percent to a fresh 29-year high of 1.0584, according to NAB head of currency strategy John Kyriakopoulos.Last week, the currency gained almost US$0.03 from trough to peak (and was the best performer in the Group of Ten) amid rising confidence in the global economic outlook (reflected in higher commodity prices and stock markets holding onto recent sharp gains) and a widening yield advantage over the US, Kyriakopoulos said. “Meanwhile, our bullish Australian dollar-Japanese Yen call from late last-year has been vindicated with a 9 percent climb over the past fortnight to our long standing target of 90.00,” he said. A weaker JPY is part of Japan’s road to economic recovery and while risk-appetite might wax and wane, this fundamental driver of AUD/JPY, along with Australia’s commodity prices remaining historically elevated, suggests the cross will remain well supported.In the wake of Australia’s blockbuster jobs report on Thursday, traders moved to price a two-thirds chance the RBA will hike rates at year-end, up from 30 percent before the report. In the jobs report, employment rose by a larger-than-expected 37,800, all but 5700 full-time, pushing the unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent. “We had argued that for AUD/USD to hit our long standing forecast of $1.05 would require an RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) kicker and this has been delivered,” Kyriakopoulos said. “Meanwhile, it appears that the US Fed won’t be ending quantitative easing mark two early, which has reinforced expectations that US interest rates could remain unchanged this year,” Kyriakopoulos said. The Australia-US two-year swap yield differential has rebounded from 414 basis points last Tuesday (April 12) to 429 bps. All three drivers of our “fair value” model for the AUD/USD increased last week, Kyriakopoulos said. Investor risk-appetite improved a little further, the Australia-US two-year swap yield spread widened by 15 bps, while the Journal of Commerce Industrial Metals Price Index was up 2.8 percent to a record high. The current “fair value” estimate is 1.0150 with the one-standard deviation band at 0.9760 and 1.0530. This was the eighth week this year that “fair value” has been above parity and the year-to-date average is 0.999. “So how much further can AUD/USD go?,” Kyriakopoulos asks. “In our FX Roadmap for 2011, published in December of last year, we predicted a rise to as high as $1.07. At $1.10, we would be very cautious since the RBA could then hose down official rate hike expectations,” he said.NAB has acknowledged upside risks to its AUD/USD forecasts for the second half of the year which have the currency averaging around parity ($1.05 by the end of June; $1.01 by the end of September; and $0.98 for the end of December). “Firstly, the two 25 bps rate hikes by the RBA that NAB forecasts are not priced by the market, which currently assigns only a two-thirds chance of a 25 bps hike at year-end,” Kyriakopoulos said. “With Australian economic growth starting to pick up we can see further falls in the unemployment rate triggering another step up in RBA rate hike expectations over coming months.” After several quarters of underlying Consumer Price Index inflation averaging just 0.5 percent quarter on quarter, NAB forecasts a slight acceleration to 0.6 percent QOQ in the first quarter of 2011 (released April 27), suggesting inflation has bottomed.Secondly, the JPY-funded carry trade could continue to boost demand for the AUD as the Bank of Japan increases quantitative easing (implying Japan’s interest rates will remain at zero for years to come) and the threat of intervention to prevent any strengthening of the JPY persists, Kyriakopoulos said.Thirdly, the likelihood that the United States doesn’t raise interest rates over the next six months is rising, suggesting a slim possibility of a sharp rebound in the USD.“As such, we could see AUD/USD spending the next three to six months trading between $1.00 and $1.10,” Kyriakopoulos said.“There is a good reason not to get too carried away with how much further AUD/USD could climb,” he said. “The trade-weighted value of the AUD is currently 5 percent above the 74 level that underpinned the RBA’s CPI inflation forecasts published in early February. This is a material difference and could moderate the RBA’s inflation outlook, suggesting a less aggressive policy tightening by the central bank”. The Statement on Monetary Policy will publish updated forecasts on May 6. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
It will be the first Merseyside derby for Theo Walcott and he admitted that he is really looking forward to facing Liverpool as Everton will take on them at Goodison Park.The former England international managed to score three goals in his nine matches for the Toffees so far and he hopes that he will be able to help his team against their biggest rival in the upcoming derby match.The former Arsenal winger spoke about his expectations as he said, according to Liverpool Echo:“You might get drowned out – it’s been so loud at Goodison.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’ll be a very passionate game. I’ll be relaxed until I step off the coach and get into the dressing room.”“That’s when my game face is on. Up to this point, it doesn’t matter what has happened this season. This is the game and it’s my first derby here. I can’t wait.”“I never knew what it was going to be like having been at Arsenal for so long and coming to somewhere completely different, but the fans have taken to me and been so welcoming.”“I’m pleased with how passionate they are, it’s one reason why I came here because I feel like they’re competitive and want to improve.”
Domestic fashion e-tailer Myntra is reportedly set to relaunch its mobile site after moving to the app-only format in May this year. The move comes in the wake of its owner and India’s largest online retailer Flipkart’s reintroduction of its mobile site last month.Shoppers could already browse several product categories likes T-shirts, shirts and sarees on Myntra’s mobile site, Medianama reported.Myntra had switched to the app-only mode in May when it shut down its desktop and mobile sites, as it saw 90% of its traffic coming from the mobile platform. Soon after it changed to the app-only format, Myntra noticed a sharp fall in sales.While many reports had estimated a huge increase in usage of smartphones in India, which validated Myntra’s app-only move, experts remained doubtful of e-tailers’ excessive reliance on mobiles. Myntra’s rivals Snapdeal and Amazon did not show any hurry in moving to the app-only format.”It isn’t about the money but just the realisation that if we don’t build (a mobile-only product), somebody else is going to build it and whoever builds that is going to be the winner,” The Economic Times quoted Myntra CTO Shamik Sharma as saying.Although shifting to the app-only format helps online retailers cut costs, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google and Facebook for marketing purposes, poor Internet connectivity in the country is a major impediment to the success of such moves.Despite India being the world’s second-most-populous country, only 69% of its population has more than limited access to broadband and mobile Internet, said management consultancy AT Kearney.”One could argue that while it is okay to reduce or even stop the investments on PC-web, it could be foolish or even dangerous to discount it as a past that has completely ceased to exist,” e-commerce expert Ratul Ghosh had said.
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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Since then, PET/CT scan volume has reached as high as 18 patients per day.Despite the high throughput, which ranges from this peak to about a dozen scans per day, scan accuracy is excellent, he said.The WellStar Kennestone Cancer Center is one of the busiest PET/CT providers in the state of Georgia, he said. The digital detector has dropped scan times for whole body exams from 50 to 30 minutes and ones from the base of the skull to mid-thigh from 30 to 20 minutes.The vast majority of scans at the center are oncologic. Many are ordered to evaluate suspicious lesions that were spotted initially on CTs or MRIs, but Vereos is also used extensively to monitor patient response to cancer therapy and to look for cancer recurrence.Although shorter scan times have boosted throughput at the cancer center and improved the patient experience, accuracy is the top priority, Gordon said. The increased sensitivity of the digital detector improves image quality, while short scan times make the patient more comfortable and less prone to move. This reduces the likelihood of motion artifacts that can degrade images.The short scans do not reduce image quality, Gordon emphasized. On the contrary, compared with analog PET/CT that operated before Vereos, he said, “we are able to detect activity in smaller lesions.”The ability to detect very small lesions is critically important when PET/CT is applied in staging or monitoring. This is where the digital detector excels, according to Philips’ Director of Clinical Science for Nuclear Medicine Piotr Maniawski.“Digital technology allows us to improve small lesion detectability,” said Maniawski who has worked in nuclear medicine for more than three decades, mostly at Philips Healthcare.Digital PET/CT is well suited to find recurrent disease and characterize patient response to therapy, while providing the option of fast scans, he said. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more 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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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 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. PreviousNext Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Colorized images that fuse PET and CT data help tumor boards make decisions about tough cases, according to Brian Gordon, M.D., head of nuclear medicine at Quantum Radiology in Georgia. In this case, a small lung nodule near the diaphragm had grown substantially over the past six months. The fused image demonstrated “excellent localization,” he said. Image courtesy of Brian Gordon, M.D. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Related Content Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | PET-CT| October 08, 2018 How Digital PET/CT Can Improve Clinical Care News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. PET/CT can be indispensible as a diagnostic and prognostic tool; in the assessment of patient response to therapy and cancer recurrence; even in the choice of therapy. And the significance of this hybrid imaging modality could grow in future years.Digitalization is increasing the medical value of PET/CT, according to Brian Gordon, M.D., who interprets the majority of digital PET/CTs performed at the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Center in Marietta, Ga.“An improved patient experience is the major advantage of digital PET/CT,” said Gordon, head of Nuclear Medicine for Quantum Radiology, a subspecialty radiology group that interprets images for the sprawling WellStar Health System.The digital detector built into the Vereos PET/CT from Philips Healthcare improves sensitivity and, consequently, the detectability of small lesions. And it does so while reducing scan time.“We have seen a significant decrease in scan time,” he said. “About a third of the scan time has been removed.” Transition to DigitalThe difference digitalization can make is apparent during tumor boards at the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Center. Vereos delivers digital PET images, which can be fused with ones from CT, Gordon said. These colorized, fused images “improve the discussion because the clinicians can see what I am talking about,” he said.Clear communication is especially important when planning patient management in tough cases, when therapy choices are not straightforward, he said, as exemplified when deciding whether a lesion may be resectable or if radiation or chemotherapy should be administered first. “If you can localize exactly where (the lesion) is, you can make better decisions,” Gordon said.The clinical benefits possible with the digital photon counting detector built into the Vereos PET/CT could become even more significant in the future, Maniawski said.The clinical prospects of PET/CT are derived from the relative certainty possible with the digital detector, Maniawski said. But academic science advances cautiously.Several collaborative projects between Philips and academic centers are underway using Vereos “to deliver clinical proof not only for competitive differentiation (digital versus analog) but also to push molecular imaging forward,” he said. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, 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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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 Digital PET/CT, achieved using Vereos from Philips Healthcare, can spot even a small lesion (arrow). Image courtesy of Brian Gordon, M.D. Related Content:SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT
Below are some of the main allegations made in Sunday’s release based on documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca:— Banks, companies and aides close to Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion using offshore companies, gaining hidden influence in the country’s media and automotive industries. The Kremlin has accused the ICIJ of launching a misleading “information attack.”— Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife used an offshore company, Wintris Inc., to hide millions of dollars of investments in three major banks during the financial crisis. He has denied any wrongdoing but faces a vote of no confidence this week.— Two leaders who have staked their reputations on pushing for transparency — Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron — have at some point had family links to offshore companies.— Several other world leaders, including the king of Saudi Arabia, as well as the children of the president of Azerbaijan and of the prime minister of Pakistan, also control offshore companies.— Mossack Fonseca worked with at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by Washington because of business links to Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations or rogue nations, including North Korea. One supplied fuel for planes the U.S. alleges Syria’s regime used to bomb its own citizens.— The firm’s customers include Ponzi schemers, drug kingpins, tax evaders and a U.S. businessman convicted of traveling to Russia to have sex with underage orphans, who signed papers for an offshore company while in jail.— The files also identify a convicted money launderer who claimed he’d arranged a $50,000 illegal campaign contribution used to pay the Watergate burglars, 29 billionaires from Forbes’ rich list, and martial arts film star Jackie Chan.— FIFA’s ethics committee member Juan Pedro Damiani had business ties with three men indicted in the corruption scandal engulfing football’s governing body — former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo as well as Hugo Jinkis and his son, who are accused of paying bribes for broadcast rights in Latin America.— The world’s best football player, Lionel Messi, and his father own a shell company, Mega Star Enterprises, previously unknown to Spanish investigators probing the Barcelona forward’s tax affairs.— Suspended UEFA chief Michel Platini, who is serving a six-year ban from football for over a $2 million payment from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, turned to Mossack Fonseca to help him administer an offshore company created in Panama in 2007.— More than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches have worked with Mossack Fonseca since the 1970s to help clients manage offshore companies. UBS set up more than 1,100 and HSBC and its affiliates created more than 2,300. Facebook Comments PARIS — World leaders, stars of the pitch and screen and dozens of billionaires were among those named and shamed in what looks to be the biggest ever leak of inside information in history.Covering 40 years of emails, financial records and passport details, an investigation by more than 100 media groups shows how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted away their money in offshore jurisdictions. Related posts:Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Quiet tip unleashed Panama Papers
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa has been nominated for no less than five awards in the 2011 World Travel Awards.The categories are:– Africa’s Leading Spa Resort – Africa’s Leading Sports Resort – Africa’s Leading Suite – South Africa’s Leading Resort – South Africa’s Leading Spa Resort.The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. Votes are cast by over 180,000 travel professionals in 160 countries across the globe, as well as the travelling public.This year over 5,000 leading tourist boards, airlines and luxury hotels are competing in over 900 categories. Winners from the regional events will go on to compete in the Grand Final later in the year.Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards said that with the global recession affecting travellers and their budget, the ability to choose quality travel products is becoming increasingly important to both business and consumer travellers.“2010 demonstrated how consumers are increasingly using the list of winners as a reliable guide and means of reassurance when choosing their holiday, which is why winning one of the World Travel Awards has become more hotly contended than ever”, he added.Gert Venter, GM of Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa said that this was a record number of nominations for Pezula.“In the past we’ve been nominated for and won Africa’s Leading Spa Resort four times, and it would be great to win again. It is a huge boost to get international recognition for what we are doing at Pezula.”Online voting has now opened and the organisers of the awards are urging both trade and consumers to submit their votes in order to seek out those who excel in the travel industry. Source = Gorman Leisure Group
London, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineTheo Randall restaurant at The InterContinental London Park Lane has launched a new aperitivi and cocktail menu, to honor the Italian ritual of a pre-dinner drink. In keeping with the restaurant style, the new menu uses seasonal and carefully sourced ingredients to celebrate classic Italian recipes.Split into sections, the concoctions feature traditional Classicos (all named after Theo’s favorite Italian figures) such as the Torino Milano, a blend of Carpano Antica Formula, the oldest vermouth in Italy, Campari, and soda water. For the Moderno side of the list, Theo joined forces with Fabio Immovilli of the Arch Bar at InterContinental London Park Lane. The experiment includes classic Italian ingredients with updated influences including the Basil & Lemon Martini, which combines Hendrick’s Gin, Limoncello Capri Natura, lemon juice, Italian basil, and sugar.“Just like our food, these are great Italian recipes made with the best ingredients,” said Theo. “Italians do the pre-dinner drink tradition really well and I wanted to add an element of that relaxed experience here on Park Lane. There are no rules and it is very versatile, join us for a cocktail and antipasti, stay on at the bar for a bowl of pasta, or enjoy a full dinner.”Select ingredients will change to match the seasons—in summer fresh tangerines will feature with Prosecco in the Puccini and change to Tiziano (made from Cabernet grapes) in the fall. In keeping with Italian traditions, guests can enjoy a selection of antipasti including fritto misto, salumi misti, mozzarella di bufala and formaggi.The new drinks menu also features Theresianer, rare artisan beers sourced from one of the oldest breweries in Northern Italy. The bottom fermented light-bodied Premium Pilsner is best as an aperitivi, while the Pale Ale uses top fermentation with wine yeast, making a traditional pairing with a main course or bowl of pasta. The new additions join the wine list that features 80% Italian varietals, including a selection of Grappas.www.theorandall.com
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