Innovation Nation When privacy stands in the way of patient care

While nothing is more private for most individuals than their health, many Canadians don’t realize they legally own their personal health records — or how they would obtain them. As we look to evolve our health care system, however, putting this data into patients’ own hands, rather than locking it away in government-run repositories, is essential to improving outcomes and efficiency.The power of such a patient-centric approach is already being demonstrated by early adopters. Kaiser Permanente, a managed care group in the United States, has found that patients who receive medical results prior to appointments with their doctors are more than three times more likely to feel calm and satisfied than confused or worried. In Nova Scotia, 98 per cent of the 6,000 patients who participated in a pilot for MyHealthNS, a secure online tool for accessing health records, said they wanted to continue getting results online; 85 per cent said it made a positive difference in their health management. Physicians also said patients using MyHealthNS were better informed and more frequently came to them with educated questions to make the most of their appointments. The race to future-proof the economy: Navdeep Bains on the state of innovation in Canada Innovation Nation: Big tech lifts all boats A robot in every factory: The $230-million bid to help automate Ontario’s manufacturing sector As evidence mounts, many Canadian hospitals and health care providers are developing information portals to help patients access details like test results from the comfort of home. These portals are a good start, but they are often limited by implementation only at the hospital or clinic level. A patient who receives care at three facilities might require three separate logins and has to switch between different portals to get a full picture of their health. The strict regulations on who can access electronic medical records (EMRs) also means that not all of these portals are connected to a patient’s central heath file. Notes from a physiotherapist may never be seen by a patient’s primary care provider and vice versa, potentially leading to contradictory or counterproductive advice or wasteful, duplicate tests.The solution is not to give every health care provider unhindered access to EMRs. Where this has been attempted, it has resulted in convoluted vetting processes, which have deterred most physicians from signing up at all. Instead, patients should be able to control who can access their health data using secure cloud-based tools.This is where innovative technology startups excel. As impartial third parties, they can create software that functions across specialties, facilities and borders in a way that helps both patients and health providers. Historically, regulations have stood in the way of access to government-run health data repositories. Private EMR vendors have also created obstacles. But in recent years, progress has occurred at an accelerating pace. Dot Health, for example, a real-time platform for personal health records is opening up our complex web of government and hospital health repositories to retrieve, encrypt and store health information in a readily accessible and shareable format.“The future of health care is global, continuous, and longitudinal. The only way we make this sustainable is by letting individuals access and control their own health information,” says Huda Idrees, founder and CEO of Dot Health.Beyond the benefits for patients, tech innovators have the potential to also make Canada’s EMR systems more effective for doctors and other health care providers by better organizing existing information. When services like eHealth Ontario began, their mandate was to consolidate existing medical records to ensure patient data was accessible to physicians across all medical facilities. While they have had limited success, cumbersome validation processes and poorly organized interfaces have made it cripplingly difficult for physicians to gain access to and find critical and relevant information amidst a sea of outdated records. As innovators like Dot Health interface with a growing number of existing EMRs, not only are they helping patients gain access to their own data, they are building solutions that enable health care providers to access the right information at the right time.With so many potential benefits, it’s not surprising that other countries have moved full steam ahead toward a model of open and shared medical records. Sweden and Finland already allow patients full access to their medical records, and several other countries have implemented systems to allow patients more comprehensive access to test results. In studies like those conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a globally respected health care think tank, these innovative countries routinely achieve better health outcomes at less cost than Canada.Putting Canadians’ health information into the hands of patients rather than institutions and government will open the door to new, innovative industries and make it possible to provide more effective, transparent and sustainable care.As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” When it comes to the knowledge hidden in our health records, Franklin’s words have never rung more true.Dr. Brett Belchetz is a practicing emergency room physician in Toronto. He is also the CEO and co-founder at Maple (getmaple.ca), a telemedicine provider connecting Canadian patients and doctors for online medical visits and a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. read more

3 children among others injured in 4vehicle accident at Kastev

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of 3 killed in accident while returning home from Flag Raising CeremonyMay 26, 2016In “latest news”NARROW ESCAPE: Several persons including women, children escape deathFebruary 5, 2017In “latest news”Minibus topples, students among a dozen injured – at Sarah JohannaApril 13, 2016In “Local News” The mangled minibus after the accidentA speeding route 32 minibus is now being blamed for the injuries sustained by three young children, in addition to the damages inflicted on three other motor vehicles, during an accident on Tuesday morning, in the vicinity of Kastev, Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara.The injured children are said to be between the ages of 6 to 8. They were among the occupants in the route 32 minibus- BRR1278- which was heading to Parika, on the East Bank of Essequibo.Based on information received from eyewitnesses at the scene, the four vehicle collision occurred at about 09:00hrs.The minibus driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle after he was allegedly driving above the speed limit- and slammed into a silver Toyota Runx- HC4537- which was on the southern side of the road, attempting to make a U-turn.The vehicle that the minibus slammed intoThis resulted in the hire car colliding with a canter truck- GMM5017- and a parked Toyota Spacio- HC1607- before coming to a halt in a nearby drain.At the scene, the sounds of screams were heard coming from a female within the minibus following the accident.She was later identified as the mother of the three injured siblings, who were seen bleeding profusely from their heads.The injured persons were aided by public spirited persons who rushed them to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, before they were subsequently transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital for treatment.Moreover, other persons at the scene were seen making multiple attempts to have the driver of the minibus extracted from the front seat, as his feet appeared to have been crushed with the vehicle’s mangled front.Furthermore, the driver of the silver Runx was reportedly unlicenced when approached by traffic ranks after the accident.Investigations are currently ongoing. read more

Randers HK beat Viborg in Danish Super Cup

← Previous Story Magnus Dahl joins BM Atletico Madrid – Sterbik to F.C Barcelona next week? Next Story → Denmark: Aalborg took first trophy – Super Cup! Randers HK began season with the first title – Danish Super Cup. Danish champion was clear better team at the Super Cup clash against Viborg HK 29:24.Randers HK – Viborg HK 29:24 (17:13)Randers HK: Gitte Andersen 6, Siraba Dembele 6, Camilla Dalby 5, Macarena Aguilar 4, Ulrika Ågren 2, Sille Thomsen 2, Sofie Strangholt 2/1, Berit Kristensen 1, Sabina Jakobsen 1Viborg HK: Isabell Gullden 8/4, Marit Frafjord 3, Mouna Chebbah 3, Louise Lyksborg 3, Maria Fisker 2, Pernille Holst Larsen 2, Johann Ahlm 2/1, Sabine Pedersen 1 Randers HKViborg HK

Rainbow fence here to stay

first_imgAlex Skopellos is the proud owner of the Raglan Street rainbow fence – a standout in the heritage-listed street in the suburb of Port Melbourne. The fence was painted two years ago by street artist Lachlan Bell, bringing a bit of colour to the street and the lives of passersby.However, not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as Mr Skopellos. A complaint to the Port Phillip Council saw the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal order that the fence be repainted with heritage colours within 21 days. If Mr Skopellos doesn’t comply, he risks being fined a hefty $4,000. “Heritage is a very important issue to a number of people in the area and we have regulations,” Port Phillip Council mayor Amanda Stevens told The Age.But after travelling to colourful South America and India, grey, beige and pink tones just don’t seem to compare. According to Mr Skopellos and housemate Aiden Desouza, despite the complaints from the council, people have been very complimentary, after finding out what his neighbours think first hand by going straight to their doors.“There were no complaints [from neighbours], everybody said they loved it,” Mr Skopellos told The Age. “It’s just the council trying to make it more conservative for the yuppies. You’ll be doing more bad than good painting over it.”Mr Skopellos at least has the backing of artist Mr Bell, who has said he’ll agree to pay any fines if the council doesn’t budge.Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La nouvelle PSP révélée par Sony

first_imgLa nouvelle PSP révélée par SonySony Computer Entertainment a dévoilé au monde entier sa nouvelle console portable hier, baptisée NGP, pour “Next Generation Portable”. Sa sortie est prévue pour la fin de l’année au Japon.C’est à Tokyo, au Japon, que Sony a présenté sa nouvelle PlayStation portable. Contrairement à ce que laissaient entendre les premières rumeurs, celle-ci ne s’appelle pas PSP2 mais NGP, qui signifie “Next Generation Portable”. Ce successeur de la PSP, disposera de deux sticks analogiques, de caméras frontale et au dos, d’un écran OLED de 5 pouces, d’un touch pad au dos, d’une mémoire flash, du Wifi et de la 3G, rapporte 20minutes.fr. La grande nouveauté est surtout l’écran frontal qui devient tactile. De plus, notre façon de jouer risque de se voir bouleversée avec cette nouvelle console, puisque les personnages seront dirigés grâce au pad tactile au dos de la console.Sony a également annoncé le lancement d’une plateforme ouverte, la PlayStation Suite, sur laquelle les joueurs trouveront du contenu pour Android.Par ailleurs, la NGP pourra se connecter aux réseaux mobiles. Une première dans la sphère des consoles portables ! Il sera également possible de voir en temps réel ce que font nos amis.Dans un premier temps, selon Gizmodo.fr, les jeux disponibles sur cette console sont : Gravity Daze, Killzone, Hustle Kings, Broken, Little Big Planet, Little Deviants, Wipeout, Resistance, Uncharted.Il faudra patienter jusqu’à la fin de l’année, pour voir les premières NGP dans les rayons des magasins. Elle sera d’abord commercialisée au Japon. Le 27 janvier 2011 à 09:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le pétrel des Galapagos sauvé de lextinction grâce aux efforts de larchipel

first_imgLe pétrel des Galapagos sauvé de l’extinction grâce aux efforts de l’archipelLes surveillants du Parc National des Galapagos ont décidé de sauver le pétrel endémique de l’archipel. Leur objectif est, à terme, de le faire sortir de la liste rouge des espèces menacées et de lui permettre de repeupler tranquillement les îles aux alentours.Le pétrel des Galapagos est une espèce d’oiseau endémique de l’archipel qui se trouve sur au moins cinq des îles. Inscrit en 1994 sur la liste des espèces menacées de disparition par l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature, le pétrel a connu une baisse dramatique de sa population : entre 1978 et 1980, on comptait quelque 27.000 couples contre 3.500 en 1985.Depuis quelques années, il est ainsi sujet à une vaste campagne de protection. Une initiative qui semble enfin porter ses fruits à la plus grande joie des défenseurs de la faune et la flore de l’archipel. En effet, depuis 2008, Rafael Diaz, surveillant au Parc National des Galápagos (PNG) ainsi que son équipe ont assuré la survie de l’oiseau par une surveillance accrue et des “mesures correctives”, face à la menace des prédateurs (rats ou chats sauvages) qui empêchent le pétrel de se reproduire. Outre cela, ce dernier est également impacté par la présence de plantes invasives comme la goyave ou la mûre qui forment des broussailles et empêchent la nidification. Des chiffres en hausse Malgré tout, les défenseurs semblent avoir réussi à faire face à la situation. “Il y a des résultats positifs provenant des contrôles” explique Rafael Diaz qui n’hésite pas à s’enfoncer lui-même de nuit dans la jungle pour protéger les nids de pétrel, cet oiseau aux longues ailes étroites, caractérisé par un plumage bicolore : noir sur la partie supérieure du corps, blanche dessous. D’après les chiffres dévoilés, le nombre de jeunes sujets repérés aurait augmenté de 366 à 440 entre 2008 et 2012 et le nombre de nids repérés sur l’île de San Cristobal serait passé de 637 à 670.Un parc engagéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le Parc National des îles Galapagos est fortement engagé dans la conservation des espèces. Créé en 1959 pour sauver la faune et la flore de l’archipel, il recouvre 97% des terres de l’archipel, soit 800.000 hectares protégés par des règles strictes. Il est de plus enregistré au Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco depuis 1978. On y répertorie 58 espèces d’oiseaux dont 28 endémiques, 300 espèces de poissons et de nombreux surveillants dévoués à sa conservation, assistés par les guides-biologistes de la fondation Charles Darwin. La tortue des Galapagos et les iguanes terrestres et marins comptent parmi les plus importantes espèces du parc, aux côtés du pétrel. (crédits photo : Alh1 – Flickr) Le 7 juin 2013 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fervour marks Shakambari Utsav at Warangal

first_imgWarangal: The Bhadrakali temple was abuzz with devotees on the final day of the 15-day Shakambari utsav on Tuesday. The Goddess Durga who appeared in the form of Shakambari enthralled the devotees. The priests who started rituals with nityahnikam in the small hours adorned the Goddess with vegetables and fruits till 7 am. According to temple authorities, a total of four tonnes of vegetables and fruits specially imported from Bengaluru and Hyderabad were used in the decoration of Shakamari mata. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us A huge influx of devotees jostled with each other to have the glimpse of Goddess when the sanctum sanctorum was opened at 8 am. The temple management led by Assistant commissioner and executive officer of the temple R Sunitha made elaborate arrangements for devotees. Chief priest Bhadrakali Seshu said that devotees worshipping Goddess Shakambari would never be bereft of livelihood. “Goddess Shakambari is responsible for bountiful harvest and copious yields of vegetables,” Seshu said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us According to a legend, Goddess, who was moved by the plight of people owing to prolonged famine on earth, tears rolled from her eyes. The profuse shedding out of her countless eyes turned into a river descended on the earth, bringing a huge relief to the mankind. Warangal East MLA Nannapneni Narender, Warangal Rural district collector M Haritha and NPDCL C&MD Annamaneni Gopal Rao were among other prominent personalities who offered prayers at the shrine.last_img read more

LeBron made the right decision again

first_imgAlso:– This Cam is better than MVP Cam– Zion Williamson isn’t the next LeBron– Eagles Cowboys feels like a blowout LeBron made the right decision, againThe Lakers beat the T’Wolves last night for their 3rd win in 4 games and Colin thinks it’s clear that LeBron made the right free agency decision, again.The Lakers are trending upward and have a roster full of young talent and experience veterans mixed in and will only continue to add pieces. Meanwhile the Rockets are a mess, the Sixers are regressing and the Cavs are the worst team in the NBA by a mile. The Lakers won’t compete for a title this season, but are in the best shape of any of his offseason suitors going forward. Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA analyst; Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer; Geoff Schwartz -NFL Analyst and former NFL o-lineman; Jason Terry – 19-year NBA veteranlast_img read more

Study SingleCup Coffee Makers Brew Lots of Germs Too

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img January 4, 2016 Ponder this the next time you sip a cup of Joe at work: That single-cup coffee maker everyone at your office loves — and constantly touches — isn’t just an environmental waste factory. It’s also a big-time bacteria brewer.Sorry to kill your bean buzz, but there are likely dozens of different types of nasty microorganisms crawling around in your pod-based communal caffeine machine, specifically inside its exterior drip tray, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.As part of what they’re calling the “first systematic analysis of coffee machine-associated bacteria,” researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain swabbed 10 individual coffee pod-style Nespresso coffee makers. They tested them in both office and home environments. The result: the discovery of dozens of major (and rapidly colonizing) types of bacteria littering the machines’ coffee waste reservoirs. None were detected inside the coffee pods themselves.Related: Long Live the Coffee Drinker: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad for Being a Coffee AddictResearchers also found that the more a machine is used, the more bacteria it will contain. Some of the germs uncovered in the investigation include unappetizing tongue-twisters, like stenotrophomonas, sphingobacterium, ramlibacter and acidovorax. These stubbornly resilient bacteria survive despite some pretty tough conditions — the naturally antibacterial qualities of roasted coffee itself and brewing machine temperatures that climb as high as 204 degrees Fahrenheit.  And there you have it, scientific confirmation of what the office germophobe already suspected: single-cup coffee machines are veritable germ orgies. Traditional coffee makers aren’t much cleaner either.Researchers reckon that we only have our dirty selves to blame. They think the coffee-adapted bacteria they detected — up to 67 different kinds in a single brewer — can probably be attributed to unwashed hands.Related: You’re Drinking Coffee All Wrong. Here’s How to Fix That. (VIDEO)Like washing your paws after using the loo, luckily, the fix is easy. To significantly decrease bacterial growth, the researchers suggest you rinse the coffee pod intake area of your brewer once a week with warm, soapy water. It’s about the best you can do. Try as you might — nature wins. You’ll never be able to get rid of all of the little buggers.Here’s how to clean your single-cup caffeine delivery device in a few quick steps:  1. Remove all of the water from the machine.2. Make sure there isn’t a coffee pod in the intake area.3. Fill the machine’s water reservoir with half of a cup of white vinegar and one cup of cold water.4. Brew the water-vinegar mixture twice.5. Rinse out the water reservoir.6. Remove all detachable parts from the machine — the water reservoir and lid, mug stand and coffee pod holder.7. Wash them in warm, soapy water and dry.8. Finally, wipe down the machine surface with a clean, dry cloth and a damp cloth where needed.Oh, and please don’t forget to wash your hands before you brew your next jolt.Related: Can’t Sleep? This Coffee Should Do the Trick. (Yes, We Said Coffee.)last_img read more

Is Your Works Communication Channel Turning Your Team Into a Bunch of

first_imgJanuary 24, 2019 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 6 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now A growing number of organizations are seeking transparency and moving toward flat hierarchies. But to achieve those goals, a new form of communication platform is needed. Enter the workplace communication channel. Platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams have become ubiquitous fixtures in workplaces worldwide.In a survey of 900 North American and European IT leaders released last month, Spiceworks found that Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams (which comes free with an Office 365 subscription) are overtaking Slack as the leading workplace communication options.Related: How the Communicator’s Dilemma Made a ‘Slack-lash’ InevitableOther tools such as Google Hangouts Chat, Facebook Workplace and Cisco Webex Teams are also in use, but Teams and Slack remain the front-runners. For small, lean teams with shared resources and deliverable overlap, these tools can serve as a bridge, linking project team members no matter where they physically are.But this ease of user communication has a down side: These channels can be noisy, and the transparency they provide comes at the cost of distraction. In its 2018 Workplace Distraction Report,Udemy found that talkative colleagues were bothersome to 80 percent of the survey respondents, and office noise troubled 70 percent. Meanwhile, smartphones and notifications were a major detractor for the younger part of the workforce.The same survey found that 74 percent of millennials and Gen-Zers surveyed reported that they were distracted at work and that that problem caused stress for 41 percent of them. Just as open office environments can lead to employees plugging in headphones to tune out their neighbors, some employees opt to mute communication channels, to focus on their work.Related: Stop Fooling Yourself. Productivity Tools Like Slack Are Secret Enemies of CollaborationHow to ensure productivity through communicationDozens of articles have documented how Slack notifications hamper productivity, including blogger Anaek’s “A Field Guide to Managing Noise on Slack” and Christopher Batts’ take, “Actually, Slack Really Sucks.” Batts, for example, said he found the constant workflow Slack enables a hindrance to teams across time zones or to those working on non-immediate tasks. He said he personally gets more done with Slack closed.At my company, I emphasize the theme #WorkInPublic, meaning that I encourage as much work-related discussion to happen on public channels as possible. I believe that helps our company to keep business conversations and projects visible and to use other types of channels for less critical messages.In that context, I’ve implemented strategies to help my team use our messaging tools effectively. If you’re concerned that communication tools detract from your team’s productivity and focus — or even your own — use these strategies to get back on the right track:1. Select the right platform.Choosing the most popular platform of the moment is not the right answer. What’s right for your team may be wrong for another. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, which rely on a network effect, a corporate network is about open communication and productivity, not socializing.Research conducted by Newsweaver indicated that 76 percent of companies polled hoped to use internal communications to boost employee engagement. But the primary metrics for communication tools for other companies surveyed included enabling change and demonstrating ROI. Every organization has different needs for its communication platform, so select the one that aligns with your company’s specifics.2. Perfect the balance.Each team needs its own appropriate balance between open and closed groups. So, be moderate in creating open groups to avoid unnecessary noise. Also be sure to provide groups in which people are explicitly allowed to make noise by sharing anything they want. In this way, people who prefer to keep their focus on work will be able to opt not to check these channels unless they want to.Computerworld recommends having three types of channels within one workspace: public, private and shared channels. These shared channels can allow employees to communicate even with third-party partners. Having delineated channels allows employees to talk about project-specific details, common interests or team topics such as sales or engineering.3. Make notification options clear.Educate every user on how to turn on his or her own fine-grained notification preferences. That way employees will be interrupted only by things they want to interrupt their work. While Slack, despite its status as a popular choice of communication channel, does not allow users to block or mute specific people — according to Slack’s own Twitter account — it does have individual setting options.And no matter what platform your company uses, your employees should have options. Have a main channel that is for use only during regular business hours. Similarly, devote a separate channel to chatter that’s irrelevant to work matters. Fun GIFs and pictures of kittens don’t need space in the main channel. When possible, tag specific people in messages, rather than a full channel. And make sure everyone is cognizant of your company’s communication guidelines.4. Encourage some time that’s untethered.Even with the best platform, the perfect balance of channels and personalized notification settings, sometimes the best way to beat distractions is to schedule-in some time for them. A study by productivity app company DeskTime identified the ideal work-break balance as 52 minutes of focused work followed by a 17-minute break. Those 17 minutes should ideally be spent away from the desk, whether that means talking to co-workers, going for short walks or doing simple exercises.Being constantly accessible via Slack or Teams can feel like you’re in a full-day meeting. But employees should be diligent about taking a break from communication channels when they need one. Encourage your team members to take stock of their own distraction levels and take small breaks during the day to manage them if necessary.Related: Your Distractions Are Killing You — and Your Bottom LineWorkplace communication channels are, without a doubt, useful for modern companies, especially in the knowledge economy. But without proper guidelines and restrictions in place, the chatter can be more distracting than helpful. Organizations should ensure that employees feel empowered to do their best work — without distractions. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by

first_imgPITAL DE SAN CARLOS, Alajuela – A cassava packing company in the northern Costa Rican community of La Tabla de Pital de San Carlos and a pineapple processor in Chilamate de Sarapiquí were fronts for the Italian mafia to traffic cocaine to the United States and Europe, Costa Rican authorities announced Wednesday following several morning raids.In a joint operation, Costa Rican anti-drug agents and Interpol officers from Rome busted what remained of a cocaine trafficking network following an ongoing investigation by Italian authorities that began earlier this year. That investigation was prompted by the seizure in New York of more than 40 kilograms of cocaine discovered in October 2014 in a shipment of cassava from Costa Rica.The cocaine, allegedly trafficked by the ’ndrangheta organized crime ring – Italy’s principal importer and wholesaler of cocaine – was imported and distributed from an operations center at a family-owned pizzeria in Queens, New York. In May, four people were arrested in the United States, including pizzeria owners Gregorio and Eleonora Gigliotti, their son Angelo, and another relative. Thirteen others were arrested in Italy. Costa Rican and Italian agents searched yuca and pineapple packing plants on Oct. 14, 2015 as part of a crackdown on the alleged ‘ndrangheta cocaine trafficking ring. The Tico TimesOn Wednesday, Costa Rican authorities added to that list with the arrest of seven more people. The suspects – six Ticos and one Cuban, all men – are accused of making bulk cocaine purchases and packing the shipments in refrigerated produce containers sent to the United States and Italy. Two suspects arrested Wednesday are the owners of cassava and pineapple packing companies in Costa Rica.Authorities linked at least four previous drug seizures to the ‘ndrangheta operation in Costa Rica, including a 3.5-metric-ton shipment of cocaine found on Nov. 28, 2014 at the port of Rotterdam in a container of yuca that originated in Costa Rica, said Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría during a news conference Wednesday. Three other seizures were linked to the criminal group in Philadelphia, New York and the Costa Rican city of Limón.Chavarría said that traffickers allegedly hid the cocaine inside cardboard boxes used to hold yuca and pineapple. The prosecutor said the organization was working to establish markets in Europe for the cocaine, but did not say where the cocaine shipped though Costa Rica originated. Cocaine from Costa Rica has been found in 19 different countries in Europe, Chavarría said.The prosecutor also called for stricter controls at ports. The Costa Rican government has struggled for years to implement X-ray scanners donated from the Chinese government six years ago.Police seized property and other items but no money or drugs during the raids.Chavarría said he is concerned about how the tentacles of international drug traffickers in Costa Rica affect life for Ticos and the country’s international image.“As a peaceful country, one that’s open to the world, it makes it possible for cartels to operate here,” he said. “This certainly shows that the Italian mafia is here.”For employees, a genuine shockFollowing the well-coordinated morning raids, employees of the produce packing companies – most of them undocumented Nicaraguan immigrants – expressed fear and concern over the gravity of the alleged crimes. They also worry about losing their jobs, as pineapple and cassava are two primary agricultural activities in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone.“We’re always here. It’s not true what they’re saying about the drugs,” several employees told The Tico Times. “Warning: Before entering identify yourself to security” a sign reads at a local produce packing plant accused of fronting for the Italian mafia. The Tico TimesOther employees and neighbors of the suspects say the two frequently were visited by Italians, but they are unaware of what transpired. Authorities do know that the Gigliottis often visited Costa Rica, particularly in 2012 and 2013. Sometimes they traveled separately, sometimes together. During one of Eleonora Gigliotti’s five flights into Juan Santamaría International Airport outside San José in 2014, she delivered $400,000 to the family’s Costa Rican suppliers, U.S. prosecutors allege.The seven suspects in Costa Rica face international cocaine trafficking and other charges. Interpol agents from Rome participate in a raid on pineapple and yuca packing plants in northern Costa Rica, on Oct. 14, 2015. The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Narco-plane crashes in northern Costa Rica; cops find 500 kilos of cocaine nearby Honduran brothers charged in cocaine-trafficking case Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua Did Delta Force help capture El Chapo? US role yet to be detailedlast_img read more

Irans dreams for influence stymied in Egypt

first_imgThe officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.The Sunni-Shiite divide explains in part Egypt’s resistance. But there are key strategic issues as well.With a struggling economy, Egypt is in dire need of financial help from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations whose relations with Tehran are fraught with tensions over its disputed nuclear program, its perceived support for the majority Shiites in Sunni-ruled Bahrain and occupation of three Gulf islands claimed by the United Arab Emirates.Egypt is also the recipient of some $1.5 billion in annual U.S. military and economic aid and is dependent on Washington’s support to secure loans from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.Egypt and Iran “are competitors and rivals in the region,” said Middle East expert Samer S. Shehata of Georgetown University. “The natural state of affairs is not for Iran and Egypt to be allies. Egypt’s strategic interests are different from Iran’s.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   For the past decade, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been the cornerstones of the anti-Iran faction in the Middle East, trying to roll back its rising fortunes, which peaked with the ascent to power by Iraq’s Shiites in 2003 and Hezbollah’s 2006 war against Israel, a fight that elevated the Shiite group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to heroic status in the mostly Sunni Arab world.Relations between Cairo and Tehran were tense throughout the 29-year rule of Mubarak, whose regime accused Iran of supporting homegrown militant Islamist groups and involvement in a 1995 assassination attempt against the ousted leader.More recently, the two regional powerhouses quarreled publicly over Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and over its support for Hezbollah and Hamas.Moreover, Egypt traditionally sees itself as the guardian of Islam’s dominant Sunni branch and as a protector of Arab culture against foreign influence, including that of Persian Iran.Relations, however, appeared to be heading for a major breakthrough following Mubarak’s ouster on Feb. 11, 2011, with Cairo approving an Iranian request for two naval ships to transit the Suez Canal on their way to Syria. The two vessels sailed through the canal in late February 2011, the first ones to do so since the Islamic Revolution. Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Iran once saw the Arab Spring uprisings as a prime opportunity, hoping it would open the door for it to spread its influence in countries whose autocratic leaders long shunned Tehran’s ruling clerics. But it is finding the new order no more welcoming. Egypt is a prime example.Egypt has sporadically looked more friendly toward Iran since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak 16 months ago, and the rise of the Islamists here fueled the expectations of Tehran’s clerical regime that it could make inroads. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “Arab Spring revolts have been a disaster for Iran,” said Michael W. Hanna, a Middle East expert from New York’s Century Foundation. “It wants to ride those revolts as an extension of its own revolution back in 1979, but it is not happening.”Instead, Iran has been losing its allure as an alternative model to authoritarian Arab regimes that fell victim to popular uprisings like Mubarak’s, Moammar Gadhafi’s in Libya or Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh.Ominously for Iran, it faces the possibility of the fall of its top Arab ally, the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, and its replacement by Sunni rule.The Assad dynasty _ which belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiism _ has maintained close ties with Tehran for more than 30 years. But it is now struggling to contain an uprising dominated by Syria’s Sunni majority.The fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who succeeded his father in 2000, would almost certainly weaken Hezbollah, Tehran’s chief ally in Lebanon and a sworn enemy of Israel.Iran has already seen one friend distance itself over the Syria turmoil. The leadership of the Palestinian militant Hamas group left its Damascus headquarters and relocated to Qatar which, together with Saudi Arabia, is calling for the arming of Syrian rebels. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Last month, Egyptian security forces raided the Cairo offices of Iran’s Arabic-language state television channel, Al-Alam, seizing equipment and closing it down. Police said the station did not have a license. A Cairo-based Iranian diplomat was detained and expelled in May last year on suspicion that he tried to set up spy rings in Egypt and the Gulf countries.That was followed by a flurry of media reports that Shiite places of worship known as Husseinyahs were springing up across the country.The leader of Al-Azhar, the world’s foremost seat of Sunni learning, responded sharply.Grand Imam Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb said that while Al-Azhar is not an enemy of any Muslim nation, “it declares its categorical and decisive rejection of all attempts to build places of worship that are not simply called mosques that will incite sectarianism.”Al-Tayeb summoned Iran’s top diplomat in Cairo to complain about the Husseinyahs in an intensely publicized meeting. Photographs of a grim-faced al-Tayeb made front pages the next day along with reports that the diplomat gave him assurances that his country had nothing to do with the construction of the Husseinyahs.Security officials said authorities were investigating a plan to spread “Iranian Shiism” by 350 Shiite activists who have been able to convert thousands of Sunnis to their faith. They said two Husseiniyahs were already operational, one in the Nile Delta town of Tanta and the other in the October 6 district west of Cairo. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories In the following month, Egypt’s then-Foreign Minister Nabil Elarabi declared Iran was no longer an “enemy state,” a comment the Iranians seized on to express their wish to see closer relations with Egypt.The signs of a rapprochement worried the United States and Saudi Arabia, allied nations whose largesse and goodwill have for decades been at the heart of Egypt’s foreign policy goals.Iranian public statements did not ease their concerns.“A new Middle East is emerging based on Islam … based on religious democracy,” a hardline cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, said last year during a Friday prayer sermon.Many Iranian clerics and top officials described Arab Spring uprisings as an indication that “an Islamic Middle East is taking shape” and that Egypt’s own revolt was a replay of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled a pro-Western monarch and brought Islamists to power, much like what has happened in Egypt.But even as Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood and others have gained a stronger political role in Egypt with their domination of parliament, they have proven little more sympathetic to Iran. And Egypt’s military rulers _ all veterans of the Mubarak era and close friends of the U.S. military establishment _ show little sign of changing their traditional wariness of Tehran. Instead, it has been met with the deep mistrust felt by many in mainly Sunni Muslim Egypt toward non-Arab, Shiite-dominated Iran _ as well as Cairo’s reluctance to sacrifice good relations with Iran’s rivals, the United States and the oil-rich Arab nations of the Gulf.In a sign of the mistrust, Egyptian security and religious authorities have raised an alarm in recent weeks that Iran was trying to promote Shiism in the country.That brought warnings from the Sunni Islamists that Iran had hoped would be friendly to their religious-based leadership.“Iran must realize that if it wants good relations with an Egypt that will soon regain its strength, it must bear in mind that Egypt holds high the banner of the Sunni faith,” said Mohammed el-Sagheer, a lawmaker from the hard-line Gamaa Islamiya.“Spreading Shiism in Egypt is not an issue of sectarian conflict, it is a question of national security.”Iran has also invited families of nearly 900 protesters killed during last year’s uprising to honor them in Tehran, but most relatives declined the offer, with only a group of 27 agreeing to make the trip. They flew to Iran last week.In a wider context, the new order in the Arab world is not going Tehran’s way and it could even erode its influence and leave it more isolated. Top Stories last_img read more

VFS Global opens attestation centre in Dubais mall

first_imgVFS Global will now be handling several Dubai government services, including the Ministry of Health, Dubai Courts and the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry.Residents can register their wills legally at DIFC, carry out a full health checkup for an Emirates ID card at Ibn Battuta Mall and International City, as well as in Dubai Courts services – ranging from the amicable settlement of disputes, notary public services and attestation of personal status services.Vinay Malhotra, COO, VFS Global, said, “When it comes to Dubai Courts, we are offering services at the Wafi Mall, which is a one-stop shop for multiple services related to the court, legal system and legislative procedures.“These services are being provided under one roof and in a very comfortable environment. We offer notary and public services, settlement of disputes and personal status authentication. At this centre, there are 16 judicial mediation offices, four public notary offices and a number of legal offices, including a judge of the personal status court who are based and seated at this centre. The goal is to offer these services under one roof and in an extremely comfortable and posh environment.”Sean Hird, Director of DIFC Wills Service Centre said, “Our partnership with VFS Global comes as a strategic step towards providing our Virtual Registry customers, who may be located anywhere in the world, enhanced convenience and ease when completing their Wills registration process.”The Ministry of Health and Prevention have also outsourced some of their services to VFS Global in partnership with Nakheel Malls. The initiative is part of the ministry’s strategy to outsource health screening services to expatriate workers in partnership with the private sector.The centre in Ibn Battuta is meant to reduce customer waiting time by issuing fitness certificates within 48 hours. The centre also sends the results directly to the concerned authorities to complete the residence application.last_img read more

New Program Offers Small Midwest Lenders Access to Secondary Market

first_imgNew Program Offers Small Midwest Lenders Access to Secondary Market The “”Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago””:http://www.fhlbc.com/Pages/default.aspx is teaming up with Ginnie Mae to provide member institutions with easy access to the secondary market through the “”Mortgage Partnership Finance (MPF)””:http://www.fhlbmpf.com/ program. [IMAGE]Members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago can sell their fixed-rate, conventional conforming loans to the secondary market with backing by “”Ginnie Mae.””:http://www.ginniemae.gov/pages/default.aspx “”This product will allow participating members to be more competitive in their communities and to provide them better pricing to enhance access to affordable mortgage financing in the communities they serve,”” said Matt Feldman, president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. [COLUMN_BREAK]The program is especially helpful to small lenders that do not currently have direct access to the secondary market. With approval from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency,””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is now permitted to purchase government-insured loans, pool them into securities with Ginnie Mae guarantees, and sell the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to investors. “”The Ginnie Mae and FHLB Chicago partnership leverages the strengths of each of the institutions and will facilitate FHA [Federal Housing Administration], VA [Department of Veterans Affairs], and RD [Rural Development] lending by small banks, some of whom are operating in areas where borrowers have had limited access to government loan programs,”” said Ted Tozer, president of Ginnie Mae, which currently guarantees $1.4 trillion MBS. The MPF program is already active through Federal Home Loan Banks in Boston, Dallas, Des Moines, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Topeka. While the product will initially be limited to member institutions–located in Illinois and Wisconsin–the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago plans to expand the program next year. “”This effort is an important move toward satisfying a critical strategic initiative of Ginnie Mae to find a way to expand access to our program to small lenders,”” Tozer said. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ginnie Mae Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-09-11 Krista Franks Brock Sharecenter_img September 11, 2013 422 Views in Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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