Exhibitionists is back The second season starts today on CBC

first_imgThis season will feature another batch of provocative artists working in all mediums who are disrupting the status quo while celebrating their cultures, from rapper Horsepowar to photography duo Our Wild Abandon to multi-dimensional, genre-spanning artist Vivek Shraya.Preview some of the segments you can look forward to this season below, and tune in this Sunday, October 9 at 4:30pm/5pm NT on CBC-TV or on demand online. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Ready for another round?  This Sunday, CBC Arts’ flagship series Exhibitionists returns with host Amanda Parris, and we could not be more excited for you to see what we have in store.last_img

Mayerthorpe inquiry begins

first_imgAPTN National NewsA public inquiry into the shooting deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., is underway.The four constables were killed in 2005 during a criminal investigation on James Roszko’s property, which sits north of Edmonton.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on the inquiry.last_img

Pass it on Cigna CEO says leadership evolves as you advance

David Cordani became CEO of one of the nation’s largest health insurers at age 43 and remembers clearly that no one gave him a textbook explaining the role.The now 52-year-old executive has helped his company, Cigna Corp., grow and diversify as the health care sector grapples with perpetually rising costs. Revenue at Cigna has more than doubled since Cordani took over in late 2009, and the company recently closed a $52-billion acquisition of the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts.Cordani recently shared some of the insights he has gained with The Associated Press.Q: What have you learned from your mistakes? What do you wish you knew when you were younger about managing people or running a business?A: The more senior you become in many ways the less traditional authority you have and the more your responsibility to be an influential leader as opposed to a hierarchical leader. And secondly, the more senior you become, especially at the CEO level, truly the less decisions you should be making and the more you should be in an intense support role to those closer to the point of decision making.Q: You run a public company, and you’ve run marathons and done triathlons. How do you manage work-life balance?A: It requires a lot of discipline. It forces you really quickly to figure out what’s important … and then tests you. When the alarm goes off in another country at 4:30 in the morning, and I decide whether or not I’m going to work out for an hour, it’s my decision. But if I’m committed to the goal and objective, you fulfil that. You’re dynamically juggling it each and every day. I kind of like, in an odd way, that puzzle.Q: What advice do you have for a small business owner struggling with rising health insurance costs for their employees?A: Redefine expectations with your co-workers and their families that you’re in it together. It’s not a matter of somebody writing a check for sick care when it transpires. Having a thriving business requires them to have a healthy, vibrant, highly engaged workforce. If the employer, co-workers and families do it better, they win. If they don’t, it’s gonna be a very difficult item for the employer and the individual to balance. You’re trying to improve health and create more sustainability.Tom Murphy, The Associated Press read more

New mindset needed to tackle noncommunicable diseases says UN official

16 January 2012Countries need to change their current mindset to successfully tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, adding that governments will need to explore new approaches to prevent and treat these diseases, which have quickly become one of the most pressing issues in public health. “For ages, the mindset of public health has been geared towards the prevention and control of infectious diseases,” Director-General Margaret Chan told WHO’s Executive Board in Geneva. “It has been geared towards episodes of acute illness, and not towards long-term care or towards prevention that requires efforts well beyond the health sector. This mindset must change, and that will not be easy.”Dr. Chan stressed that because of their gradually increasing nature, NCDs are harder to tackle, and this will require a different approach from Governments and international organizations that focuses on prevention as well as treatment in cases where the disease is already advanced.“The impact of NCDs comes in waves. What we are seeing now in much of the developing world is a first wave. This is marked by growing numbers of people with raised blood pressure, raised cholesterol, and the early stages of diabetes. The growing prevalence of obesity and overweight, seen nearly everywhere, is the warning signal that big trouble is on its way,” Dr. Chan said.“The second wave, which is yet to come, will be much more horrific. One statistic tells the story.Of the estimated 346 million people worldwide who suffer from diabetes, more than half are unaware of their disease status. For many of these people, the first contact with the health services will come when they start to go blind, need a limb amputation, experience renal failure, or have a heart attack,” she added.Dr. Chan reiterated WHO’s commitment to make this issue a priority in its agenda for this year to achieve the goals set during the political declaration on NCDs in September. That declaration called for a multi-pronged campaign by governments, industry and civil society to set up by 2013 the plans needed to curb the risk factors behinds the four groups of NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.She also emphasized that for any public health approach to be successful, governments will have to strive to end socio-economic inequality in their societies. Citing a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Dr. Chan stressed that societies with the least inequality had the best health outcomes, regardless of the levels of spending on health.“Money alone does not buy better health. Good policies that promote equity have a better chance,” she said. “Universal health coverage is a powerful equalizer. Changes in health status are a powerful indicator of overall social and economic well-being,” she added. read more

Fireworks in the House over the Senate

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)The upper chamber is commonly called the house of sober second thought. But more and more these days, it’s been the site of fireworks. And the actions of a few Senators have set off a storm in the House of Commons too, with the opposition continuing to hammer away at Prime Minister Harper over the Senate expenses scandal. As we tell you this story, keep in mind that there are no cameras allowed in the senate. So we can only provide you with audio clips. Kate Carnegie has the details.The ongoing war of words over the senate spending scandal continued in the House of Commons. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair continually asked Stephen Harper if he knew about a $90,000 payoff of Senator Mike Duffy’s inappropriate expense claims: “After firing Nigel Wright, the PM told Canadians in this House that no one else, not a few, no one else, knew about the deal between Duffy and Wright. Now he admits that top Conservatives actually did know about the scheme but they kept him in the dark knowing and they allowed him to make false statements. But if that’s true why didn’t he fire any of them?”Prime Minister Harper: “Once again Mr. Speaker I addresed that issue months ago. Mr. Wright made this decision. He has been very clear he informed very few people and it was his own decision and his own initiative. Any insinuation that I knew or would have known is incorrect. As soon as I knew, I made this information available to the public and took the appropriate action.”The Prime Minister has consistently maintained that Wright acted alone when he decided to cut Duffy a cheque.The upper chamber continues to debate a motion that would suspend three former Conservative senators without pay. Mike Duffy was not present Thursday, but Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau were.In the Senate, Marjory LeBreton defends herself, suggesting Duffy’s speech contained inaccuracies. And says she never gave him permission to claim him cottage in PEI “What two page memo? What two page memo? I have searched high and low, checked my files and for the life of me I can find no memo which supposedly gives my approval to Sen. Duffy to claim his property in Prince Edward Island as a principle residence in order to claim living expenses in ottawa.”Senator Don Plett said he won’t support the Prime Minister in suspending his fellow Senators without pay. He said they would be finding their colleagues guilty before they are charged. Senator Lillian Dyck agreed saying Senate rules dictate that salaries can only be withheld if Senators are found guilty of criminal offences. That hasn’t happened yet.Here’s a review of the week’s events related to the Senate expense scandal.On Tuesday, Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, showed up to challenge the motions to suspend them without pay. Duffy gave an explosive speech accusing the Prime Minister, his office and then Senate government leader Marjory lebreton of bullying him into repaying living expenses that he says were legitimately claimed.brazeau made a short statement that he will fight before being thrown under the bus saying he did not do anything wrong”And then Wednesday, Pamela Wallin made her statement, accusing Senators Lebreton and Carolyn Stewart Olsen of a personal vendatta against her. She argues it is unfair to take away her pay and health insurance before she has been found guilty of any crimes.Meantime, the Harper government’s latest attempt to reform the Senate has hit another roadblock. The Quebec Court of Appeal has declared it unconstitutional for the federal government to create Senate elections and set term limits, without consulting the provinces. It says the Harper government needs to get provincial support if it wants to reform the Senate under bill C-7, which would set nine-year term limits for Senators and create elections in provinces that wanted them. read more

SecretaryGeneral leaves this week on trip to Spain and Middle East

The summit, organized by the Club de Madrid, is being held under the patronage of King Juan Carlos of Spain. On Wednesday Mr. Annan will meet with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. On Friday he will join the King, Mr. Zapatero and visiting Heads of State and government at commemorations marking the first anniversary of the Madrid terrorist train bombings. The Secretary-General will then travel to the Middle East, where on Monday he will meet with senior Palestinian leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei, in Ramallah. While in the occupied Palestinian territory he will meet with staff from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) at a women’s training centre run by the agency. On Tuesday he will begin an official visit to Israel where he is scheduled to have discussions with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Vice-Prime Minister Shimon Peres, among others. Mr. Annan and his wife, Nane, will also attend the inauguration of the new Holocaust History museum in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem. read more

Injured Again Derrick Rose Is In Uncharted Territory

Mark Jackson28.012.0-16.049.9 John Williams18.31.8-16.4-0.8 Back in March 2011, I wrote a column for The New York Times about how, statistically speaking, Derrick Rose didn’t deserve to win the NBA’s MVP award over Chris Paul (and others).The reaction from Chicago Bulls fans was — how can I put this? — not positive. But in the process of researching Rose and watching him closely, I grew to appreciate him more and more as a player, to the point that he became one of my favorite players to watch in all of basketball.1I even had a framed photograph of him on the wall of my old office at Sports Reference. In other words, sometimes contemptuous feedback breeds familiarity with — and even fondness for — a player. (I confess that a similar phenomenon is taking place for me now, with Andrew Wiggins.)That’s why it was so disheartening to see Rose suffer yet another devastating injury Tuesday night, this time a torn meniscus in the same knee that he injured early in the 2013-14 season. While the severity is still unknown, as is the course of action that Rose’s doctors will pursue, this latest setback could be Rose’s fourth season-ending injury in as many seasons. It’s a string of bad breaks that shouldn’t befall any athlete, much less one who ranked among his sport’s most exciting before injuries struck.Purely from a basketball perspective, the Bulls are probably more equipped to handle Rose’s absence now than at any point in the past four years. While Rose’s season started with promise, his play has largely been uneven; for the year, he ranks 33rd among point guards in Real Plus-Minus and 165th overall.2He ranked 20th overall during his best season, 2011-12.The bigger question concerns whether Rose can overcome another misfortune to contribute meaningfully in the future. And in that regard, he’s in uncharted territory by the standards of NBA history.Through age 233For all ages in this post, I’m referring to Basketball-Reference.com’s convention of listing a player’s age on Feb. 1 of the season in question. (for Rose, the 2011-12 season), the Bulls guard had generated 26.1 wins above replacement (WAR), a total that ranks 32nd among all NBA players since the 1977 ABA-NBA merger. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James is the 23-and-under leader over that span, with 82.2 WAR. But plenty of great players — from Adrian Dantley to Shawn Kemp and Shareef Abdur-Rahim — also had fewer WAR than Rose through the same age.Based on his average yearly performance through age 23,4Adjusted for aging effects. it would have been fair to expect about 26 more WAR from Rose between the ages of 24 and 26.5Using a historical regression between average age-adjusted WAR per year through age 23 and total WAR between the ages of 24 and 26. However, Rose produced just 0.9 WAR between his lost 2012-13 and the current 2014-15 season. Through no fault of Rose’s own, that 25 WAR shortfall was the largest of any player in the sample I examined, a tangible measure of just how much was lost over the past three years. Derrick Rose25.90.9-25.0Active Rik Smits12.71.9-10.823.9 Jay Vincent14.34.0-10.2-2.3 Chris Paul54.537.3-17.1Active David Thompson26.810.0-16.82.5 Shaquille O’Neal46.034.8-11.2106.3 Norm Nixon20.98.0-12.83.4 Sam Bowie21.02.7-18.311.2 John Long6.6-3.0-9.6-1.1 Tyrone Nesby15.71.0-14.70.0 Darius Miles10.7-1.4-12.10.1 Brevin Knight19.14.8-14.310.2 LaPhonso Ellis19.83.8-16.13.3 And Rose’s peers at the top of the shortfall list show what uncharted comeback territory he’s in. Big man Sam Bowie, now known mostly for being drafted one pick ahead of Michael Jordan, returned to post 11.2 WAR after missing his entire age-26 season with a stress fracture but wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he’d been in his first two seasons. And Bowie is the success story of the group.Clark Kellogg undershot his projected age 24-26 WAR by 19.8, retiring four games into his age-25 season after a trio of knee surgeries. David Thompson’s issues with injuries and substance abuse caused him to undershoot his expected age 24-26 WAR by 16.8 and then generate only 2.5 WAR from age 27 onward. John “Hot Plate” Williams succumbed to injuries and struggled to control his weight, producing -0.8 WAR after age 26. And LaPhonso Ellis was never the same player following a knee injury suffered early in his age-24 season.Most of these cautionary tales are at most only tangentially similar to Rose’s injury travails, but they do underscore just how rare it is for a player to return to productivity after a spell of lost prime seasons, even if — like Rose — they’d shown tremendous promise as young players. Clark Kellogg20.91.1-19.80.0 Landry Fields11.3-0.4-11.7Active Kerry Kittles21.15.6-15.517.5 Andris Biedrins12.82.8-10.0-0.2 Phil Ford14.3-0.3-14.60.0 Willie Anderson17.15.7-11.53.7 Rajon Rondo25.415.1-10.3Active Reggie King16.76.4-10.3-0.7 Bill Garnett11.20.9-10.30.0 Eddie Griffin10.9-0.3-11.20.0 Ron Brewer10.4-1.6-12.0-4.8 Eric Gordon11.72.0-9.7Active Eric Money8.2-1.9-10.10.0 Dudley Bradley12.01.1-10.97.0 Tyrus Thomas8.7-1.5-10.2Active WAR, AGES 24-26WAR, AGE 27+ PLAYERPREDICTEDACTUALDIFF read more

Sulzer Pumps opens new service centre in Brazil

first_imgSulzer Pumps has opened a new service centre in Nova Lima, Brazil for configured pumps, mixers, agitators and aeration systems. With this new service facility, Sulzer Pumps says it is well positioned to serve customers in the growing markets of wastewater, mining, general industry and agro-industry in Southeastern, Northern and Central Western Brazil. Located in the region of Minas Gerais where mining is prevalent, the service center will enable the further expansion of Sulzer Pumps’ offering of dewatering pumps and other wastewater solutions.Operating in close collaboration with Sulzer Pumps’ Curitiba manufacturing facility in Southern Brazil, the facility provides repairs, refurbishments and spare parts for submersible and process pumps and other rotating equipment, both for the Sulzer Pumps’ range as well as other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) products. Other scope of services include field services, long term maintenance contracts, modernisation projects and upgrades to provide customers a fast and efficient support. The facility will also offer rental dewatering pumps and related accessories for short-term use. Through services performed at the new service center in Brazil, customers will benefit from energy efficiency, increased reliability, cost savings and extended maintenance cycles. Sulzer Pumps has been present in Brazil since 1948 and currently has two manufacturing facilities and four service centers in Brazil.last_img read more

Search for missing fisherman to resume today

first_imgTHE SEARCH FOR a missing Armagh fisherman has entered its fifth day in Lough Ree.The man in his 30s, identified over the weekend as Daryl Burke, has been missing since Thursday after their boat was hit by heavy rain.One man, 27-year-old David Warnock, died in the accident, while a 60-year-old man, John Trimble, remains in hospital.The three men were part of a fishing club trip to the lake last week.A number of volunteers took part in the search over the weekend, though the Coast Guard could not confirm if they would be involved today.Garda divers, the Coast Guard and the Lough Ree lifeboat are involved in the search.Searchers are now focusing on the south end of the lake after 30 divers scoured the area yesterday.Read: Search for missing fisherman enters its fourth daylast_img

Primary Election Brought In Tight Races On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on August 23rd, 2018 at 05:48 pmUpdated on 8/23The polls closed at 8pm, Tuesday night, in the statewide Primary Election and the unofficial results are now available from all Kenai Peninsula precincts. Sarah Vance holds a slim lead in the Republican Primary for the District 31. Vance held a lead of just 30 votes over John Cox, 1,033 to 1,003. Senator Micciche: “As always, I’m thankful for the folks of District O that participated in the process and voted. I’ve been concerned about this race, there have been some tough issues in the last couple of years, but certainly didn’t think it would come down to counting absentee votes. We are hopeful, but right now it’s too close to call.”  The winner of that race will also win the seat, with no challengers in the general election. Representative Gary Knopp will maintain his seat for House District 30. Representative Paul Seaton ran in the Democratic Primary as a nonpartisan candidate, and the only candidate in that primary for District 31. With all of the district’s precincts reporting, Gillham had the lead by just 12 votes. Now the outcome will come down to absentee ballots that will be counted in the coming days. Updated: As of 5pm Wednesday evening according to the Division of Elections website Ron Gillham leads by 9 votes. No additional numbers are expected to be released until the final tally is complete. * KSRM News spoke to the Division of Elections on Wednesday afternoon to confirm a report of  accounted for absentee ballots. The representative that spoke with KSRM News did confirm different results than were posted on the Division’s website. After further investigation, KSRM News has updated the numbers that are reflected on the DOE website in this story. Shawn Butler was the sole candidate for the Democratic Primary for District 29. Gillham: “It’s been such a humbling experience, and running against Peter has been unreal. Apparently, people like what I said.”  For House District 29 in the Republican Primary, Wayne Ogle, of Nikiski has the lead by a mere 3 votes to challenger Ben Carpenter, also of Nikiski. The outcome of this race will also come down to absentee ballots. Incumbent Peter Micciche, who was elected to the Senate in 2013, ended the night in a very tight race with Ron Gillham, of Soldotna, for District Seat O.last_img read more

Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum

first_imgSpeakers at ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare for impacts at local installations stemming from statutory spending caps, force structure reductions and a looming BRAC round.Mike Cooper, president of ADC and chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, told attendees it was a precarious time for DOD and defense communities.While an installation such as Fort Bragg likely is safe from a potential closure, its host community shouldn’t get “fat, dumb and happy,” said John Simmons, managing partner of the D.C.-based The Roosevelt Group.Simmons encouraged communities, or the state, to invest local monies in infrastructure projects needed by the installations they host. That point was underscored during a panel of garrison commanders from four of the North Carolina’s installations who acknowledged the need for community investment in education and roadways, reported the Fayetteville Observer.The need to maintain Fort Bragg’s road system is generating “insurmountable expenses” for the post at a time when it is being forced to cope with funding constraints, said Col. Brent Funck.A handful of partnerships with local agencies, though, are expected to help trim Fort Bragg’s expenses, Funck said. One partnership is helping maintain the Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. The installation also is exploring a collaboration with Cumberland County for animal services, according to the story.Monday’s event was the second of a series of regional forums hosted by ADC to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities. The third forum is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 in Colorado Springs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Bhima Mitra workers protest at CM YS Jagans residence

first_imgAmaravati: The Bhima Mitra workers staged protest in front of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s residence in Tadepalli on Tuesday morning. During the dharna, the Bhima Mitra workers demand justice and job security for them as they are working for nearly 12 years without any salaries. The Bhima Mitra workers from all 13 districts have participated in the protest at CM camp office. Also Read – Metrology Department told to check weights of packed rice Advertise With Us On the occasion, the employees recalled that late CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy had brought light into thousands of families by introducing Abhaya Hastham, Janashree Bima schemes. The employees have expressed their anguish that the earlier government has not shown any concerns towards them, even after the government change they are still working as the Bhima Mitra’s. Also Read – Academia-industry interface on Sept 5 in Kakinada Advertise With Us The Bhima Mitra workers said that as there is no other income source, the family responsibilities have become a burden. They have urged the government to provide job security for them. They said the Rajanna Rajyam has come in AP and now they are looking forward to the good days for them. The Bhima Mitra workers demand that CM YS Jagan should respond immediately and do justice to them.last_img read more

US sanctions on Iran threaten vital Afghanistan trade project

first_imgAn Afghan security guard stands while supply trucks carrying containers for export line at the Customhouse in Jalalabad, Afghanistan May 14, 2018. Photo : ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war.The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan that could potentially open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan, its sometimes-hostile neighbor.Building Afghanistan’s economy would also slash Kabul’s dependence on foreign aid and put a major dent in the illicit opium trade, the Taliban’s main revenue source.But Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran and penalize financial institutions for doing business with Tehran is clouding Chabahar’s viability as banks, nervous they could be hit with crippling penalties, pull back from financing.”President Trump’s decision has brought us back to the drawing board and we will have to renegotiate terms and conditions on using Chabahar,” a senior Indian diplomat said. “It is a route that can change the way India-Iran-Afghanistan do business, but for now everything is in a state of uncertainty.”The White House did not respond to requests for comment.Launched in 2016, the joint Iran-India-Afghanistan Chabahar project already was facing holdups. It has yet to see significant traffic apart from some containers of donated wheat from India, and the first shipments of Afghan dried fruit to India are not expected before July.At least three contracts to build infrastructure at the port now have been delayed, with two Chinese companies and a Finnish group left hanging while bankers seek clarity from Washington before approving guarantees, a person close to the project said.In addition, Afghan traders, who were hoping for an alternative to Pakistan’s port of Karachi, now find themselves cut off from funding and forced to rely on the traditional hawala money transfer system, which is insufficient on its own to transform an economy. Hawala is a trust-based system commonly used in Afghanistan that involves the movement of funds between agents in different countries.”We know our correspondent banks would not let us pay for imports coming through that port,” said a senior executive at one major Afghan lender.Chabahar is among a number of projects of transport and energy networks projects designed to boost Afghanistan’s trade and lay the foundations for a mining industry capable of exploiting its billions of dollars in untapped mineral reserves.Bypassing the border with Pakistan, which last year was closed for some 50 days over various disputes, Chabahar is seen as a way for Afghanistan to consolidate its relationships with India and other regional powers.”The only way to get India more involved” in Afghanistan’s economic development “is through Chabahar,” said Barnett Rubin, an expert with New York University’s Center for International Cooperation and a former adviser to the State Department and the United Nations. “Our Iran policy is headed for a train wreck with our Afghanistan policy.”Foreign AidSome 17 years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban from power, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s poorest countries, highly dependent on foreign aid.Apart from illegal opium exports estimated at some $2 billion by the International Monetary Fund, its main products are dried and fresh fruits, and carpets, none of which amount to more than a fraction of the value of the drugs trade.Initially Afghanistan would export agricultural produce – such as pomegranates and grapes – through Chabahar, utilizing a section of a road India paid for and then an extension to the Iranian border that New Delhi built, experts said.Eventually, those exports could expand to mineral resources, something Trump has expressed an interest in gaining for U.S. firms. For India, this would mean using a planned railroad to Chabahar to export iron ore from two tracts at the Hajigak iron mine in central Afghanistan that it won the rights to exploit, the experts said.”The economic piece is really important to get a glimmer of hope for Afghanistan to move beyond a land-locked, poppy-based economy. We are now shooting that in the head,” said Thomas Lynch, a National Defense University expert and a former U.S. Army officer who advised the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on South Asia policy.”There is no other legitimate and reliable way to do that. You can’t do it by air, you can’t do it through Pakistan because they just extort for everything they do,” said Lynch. “The lifeline runs through Chabahar.”In addition, by hindering the development of Chabahar, the United States will leave Afghanistan dependent on Pakistan, historically its main trade partner and outlet to the world.That would undermine another Trump goal of pressuring Islamabad to shutter Afghan insurgent sanctuaries on its side of the border and force the militants into peace talks.Afghan officials have lobbied hard for exemptions to the sanctions for Afghan companies operating though Chabahar without success and are waiting for clarity from Washington.”Now the uncertainty is that we don’t know what’s going to happen with Chabahar,” said Atiqullah Nusrat, Chief Executive of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We haven’t heard anything so we have to wait and see what happens.”last_img read more

Airfare hike to increase migration cost BAIRA

first_imgBAIRA president Benazir Ahmed speaks at a press briefing at its Eskaton office in the capital on Tuesday 9 April 2019. Photo: UNBThe Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) on Tuesday demanded lowering the fare of all Middle East-bound flights, reports UNB.”The fare has almost doubled and the medical fees have also been raised. This may increase the migration cost,” BAIRA president Benazir Ahmed told a press briefing at its Eskaton office in Dhaka.Other operators raised fare after Etihad, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and Jet Airways stopped flying on Dhaka-Middle East routes.In a written statement, Benazir said passengers have to pay Tk 47,000-50,000 from the existing Tk 28,000 on the Dhaka-Jeddah route. Besides, they have to pay Tk 8,500 from the existing Tk 5,800 as medical fees.As a result the migration cost has increased, he said.BAIRA suggested introducing ‘Open Sky Policy’ for preventing airfare hike.last_img read more

60pc people die of noncommunicable diseases

first_imgHealth minister Zahid MalikNon-communicable diseases are responsible for around 60 per cent deaths in Bangladesh each year,  said Wednesday, reports UNB.Non-infectious diseases, such as cancer, kidney problem, hypertension and diabetes, are long-term illness but can be controlled with early treatment.At a programme where National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) unveiled its survey on non-infectious diseases at the secretariat, Malik said that about 800,000 people die in Bangladesh every year.Findings of the survey revealed that at least 97 per cent people between the age of 18 and 69 are at the risk of non-communicable diseases. People who are smokers, eat less vegetables and fruits daily, do less physical exercise, overweight, take medicine for high blood pressure are more prone to such diseases.”Non-communicable diseases are on the rise in the country. We don’t have sufficient means to prevent such diseases but we’re trying our best,” minister Malik said.He assured that cancer and kidney hospitals will be established in eight divisions.Quoting the survey, he said that 70 per cent people did not take sugar test, 90 per cent did not check cholesterol level, 25 per cent were overweight and never do physical excise and eat less fruits.”To remain safe from non-communicable diseases, we must avoid adulterated foods and reduce intake of oil, sugar and salt,” the ministeradded.last_img read more

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first_img News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | March 03, 2009 7i On-Demand PACS, Teleradiology, EHR Wins 11 New Contracts Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more center_img Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more March 4, 2009 – 7 Medical Systems LLC, an on-demand picture archiving and communication system (PACS), teleradiology and electronic medical record (EMR) solutions provider, reported it won 11 new contracts at sites located in Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.Two of the 11 new customers have subscribed to 7i Teleradiology-on-Demand Suite, including one group reading for rural and critical access hospitals and clinics, and the other providing reading services primarily to imaging centers. Six community/critical access hospitals and two orthopaedic groups have signed on for the 7i Imaging-on-Demand (PACS) Suite, while one family practice physician group has subscribed to the 7p PRM-on- Demand Suite for EMR.Lastly, two organizations, including one in Sao Paolo, Brazil, have signed on as partners, selling 7 Medical’s 7i Suite for on-demand PACS and teleradiology services as opposed to traditional capital-intensive IT models. “The 7i Suite provides Brazilians with a great way to break into the digital PACS and teleradiology world utilizing pay-as-you-go services with little or no upfront capital costs,” said Jose Guedes, CEO of Amplita, 7 Medical’s sales, service and support partner in Brazil. “Customers are realizing they do not have to wait to take advantage of automated workflows and savings,” said Guedes.On-demand services aim to remove barriers to entry for community hospitals, imaging centers, radiology groups and ambulatory clinics, getting them into PACS, teleradiology and EMR much quicker and and cost-effectively. According to the vendor, their products offer the following:- Eliminate up-front and ongoing capital costs of owning and managing servers, hardware and software in-house;- OfferPACS, teleradiology and EMR at affordable, pay-as-you-go monthly fees such as pay per study, provider or claim -facilities pay for only what they need;- Providing a complete, enterprise-wide solution from one provider, with reliable 24/7 service and support, and that is available from any Internet connection – anytime, anywhere;- Assigning clinical project managers to manage implementation and training;- Delivering more efficient, automated workflows at the primary facility as well as between remote locations and other referring sites;- Integrating disparate PACS, RIS, EMR and other systems, such as dictation and transcription, using open standards and protocols such as DICOM, HL7, SQL and XML;- Minimizing exposure to risk with built in backup and disaster recovery systems;- Protecting from technology obsolescence with system upgrades and updates automatically included – no additional hardware or software maintenance or upgrade fees ever.For more information: www.7medical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 22, 2012 Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy Personnel Standards Bill sets standards for personnel performing medical imaging, radiation therapy procedures News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications May 22, 2012 – The American Society of Radiologic Technologists hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on May 17 to educate lawmakers and their staffs about the role of the diagnostic imaging team and the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy bill, H.R. 2104.Sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., the briefing featured speakers from the ASRT, American College of Radiology, Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM). The speakers described the roles of each member of the diagnostic imaging team and explained how the CARE bill will help improve the quality of diagnostic images, resulting in better patient care and reduced Medicare costs.The CARE bill, supported by 35 health care organizations, would set federal education and certification standards in the Medicare program for the technical personnel providing, planning and delivering medical imaging and radiation therapy treatments. Rep. Whitfield introduced H.R. 2104 in the House of Representatives in June 2011, and it currently has 117 cosponsors.ASRT President Dawn McNeil, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M), RDMS, RVT, CRA, spoke on behalf of ASRT and described radiologic technologists’ key role on the diagnostic imaging team. She also provided information about the scope of the CARE bill and expressed why it’s an important measure for patients and radiologic technologists.“Patients rely on medical imaging procedures for diagnosis, treatment and cure. When performed by skilled and competent professionals working as a team, these exams can be the difference between the correct diagnosis and the incorrect one,” McNeil said in her remarks. “Only qualified personnel should be allowed to perform medical imaging exams, and the CARE bill will ensure a minimum level of education, knowledge and skill for those who perform medical imaging,” she added.Representatives from the ACR and MITA also backed the CARE bill in their remarks and offered insight into how the bill will improve the quality of medical images, enhance patient care and save money.“There’s a tremendous amount of support for the CARE bill in the radiologic science community and in the general public, so we’re all diligently working with lawmakers to garner support for the bill,” said ASRT Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Christine J. Lung, CAE.The briefing also was an opportunity for four of the world’s largest radiology and radiologic science organizations to join forces and show their support for the bill. “The combined efforts of the group are a testament to the community’s commitment to improve medical imaging at all levels,” said Lung. “All of us want to reduce the number of repeated medical imaging examinations and improve patient care, so it’s important for all of us to be on the same page and work together as a cohesive team.”For more information about ASRT or the radiologic sciences, visit www.asrt.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… 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.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more [2] Oduko, J.M. Young, K.C., Burch, A.,: A Survey of Patient Doses from Digital Mammography Systems in the UK  in 2007 to 2009. Digital Mammogr. IWDM 2010, 365–370, (2010). [1] Boyd NF, Guo H, Martin LJ, et al. Mammographic density and the risk and detection of breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 356(3):227-36, 2007. [5] White paper, Comparison of Dose Levels in a National Mammography Screening Program, Philips Healthcare News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more [3] Baldelli P., et. al., COMPREHENSIVE DOSE SURVEY OF BREAST SCREENING IN IRELAND, Radiation Protection Dosimetry , Vol. 145, No. 1, pp. 52–60, (2010). Royal Philips Electronics announced it received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MicroDose SI system, the first full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system on the market with the capability to enable future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications*. Philips is working on future software applications like Spectral Breast Density Measurement*, which will build upon the MicroDose SI technology.High breast density is a known risk factor for breast cancer — women with high breast density (as seen on a mammogram) are four to five times more likely to get breast cancer than women with low breast density[1]. Additionally, high breast density features a high proportion of connective tissue, which blocks X-rays, making it difficult for clinicians to interpret breast images. As a result, categorization of breast density has become mandatory in many countries and several states in the United States. Unfortunately, there is not yet a standardized method for assessing breast density, which has limited making use of the density categorization for clinical decisions. The most frequently used method of breast density assessment is subjective manual and visual inspection of the image — different radiologists may give different scoring of breast density for the same image.“Philips believes that spectral imaging technology will be important in helping clinicians to assess breast density and provide personalized care to women,” said Lakshmi Gudapakkam, senior vice president and general manager of diagnostic X-ray and mammography solutions, Philips Healthcare. “With the MicroDose SI, Philips contributes to breast cancer screening by delivering the same low dose, high image quality and ergonomics it already offers, while supplying clinicians with spectral-ready technology.”As in existing Philips MicroDose systems, MicroDose SI uses unique digital photon-counting technology, which represents a paradigm shift in mammography by enabling clinicians to conduct exams using low radiation dose without compromising image quality. Philips has further advanced this unique technology with Single-Shot Spectral Imaging, which is built upon the fact that breast density is subject to different tissue types and materials that absorb X-rays at various energies. The technology powering the MicroDose SI uses this fundamental behavior of X-rays, allowing clinicians to see more than just a shadow in mammogram images by separating high and low energy X-ray within one single exposure. “The Philips MicroDose SI technology shows great potential,” said Etta Pisano, M.D., dean of the college of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). “I look forward to getting the unit installed at MUSC.”Key advantages of MicroDose SI include:•       High image quality at low X-ray dose (18 to 50 percent lower radiation dose than other digital mammography systems[2],[3],[4],[5], with an average dose reduction of 40 percent**)•    Short exam time – less than 5 minutes including image acquisition•    Patient comfort with anatomically curved and warmed breast support•    Ready for future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications**Not available in North America** The actual result of the average dose reduction will vary based on variations in digital mammography systemsFor more information: www.healthcare.philips.com[1] Boyd NF, Guo H, Martin LJ, et al. Mammographic density and the risk and detection of breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 356(3):227-36, 2007.2 Oduko, J.M. Young, K.C., Burch, A.,: A Survey of Patient Doses from Digital Mammography Systems in the UK  in 2007 to 2009. Digital Mammogr. IWDM 2010, 365–370, (2010).3 Baldelli P., et. al., COMPREHENSIVE DOSE SURVEY OF BREAST SCREENING IN IRELAND, Radiation Protection Dosimetry , Vol. 145, No. 1, pp. 52–60, (2010).4 Leitz W, Almén A. Patientdoser från röntgenundersökningar i Sverige – utveckling från 2005 till 2008. SSM 2010-14, ISSN 2000-0456, available online (in Swedish) at www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se.5 White paper, Comparison of Dose Levels in a National Mammography Screening Program, Philips Healthcare Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more [4] Leitz W, Almén A. Patientdoser från röntgenundersökningar i Sverige – utveckling från 2005 till 2008. SSM 2010-14, ISSN 2000-0456, available online (in Swedish) at www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se. 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Public workers tell the Costa Rican government to leave their salaries alone

first_imgHundreds of public employees from Costa Rican schools, universities and hospitals on Friday morning marched from downtown San José to Casa Presidencial, in the southeast district of Zapote, to oppose government-proposed salary cuts.The protest was organized by public workers’ unions against several government initiatives, particularly those aiming to reduce salary bonuses as a way to curb the country’s burgeoning fiscal deficit. Costa Rica’s projected fiscal deficit for 2016 is expected to reach 6.7 percent of gross domestic product.President Luis Guillermo Solís’s administration blames salary incentives and bonuses for a growth in public spending. Most of the benefits were granted three or more decades ago during collective bargaining agreements; now the cost of payments on the national budget exceeds ordinary salaries, finance officials said.Finance Ministry officials also have proposed tax reforms they say would provide more revenue, but opposition parties in the Legislative Assembly have rejected all of them, insisting the government should focus on cutting public spending.The Finance Ministry included ₡5.2 trillion ($9.6 billion) for the payment of salaries, extra wage bonuses and benefits in 2016. This represents 49.1 percent of the total national budget for next year, currently under evaluation by the Legislative Assembly.‘Unjustified’ protestLabor Minister Víctor Morales said the public protest was unjustified because the current administration is open to dialogue.Friday’s protest mainly affected those who missed medical appointments and students preparing for final exams.Some teachers unions also criticized proposed changes in high school programs, saying they would entail budget cuts for public education.The Social Security System at noon reported that San José’s Hospital México canceled 35 surgeries, while Calderón Guardia Hospital canceled 24. A similar number of surgeries were rescheduled at Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.The government’s plan to eliminate extra salary benefits would apply to most public agencies, but only employees of the education and health sectors joined Friday’s march.Unions from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the National Association of Public Employees and the Costa Rican Oil Refinery – among of the country’s largest – recently announced they would hold a similar protest on Oct. 26.Check out our photo gallery of Friday’s protest: Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors, including private companies Hundreds of medical procedures, surgeries postponed by public workers’ strike For Solís, next key issue is striking workers in essential public serviceslast_img read more

Court finds 3 Swiss guilty of aiding nuclear ring

first_imgThe case shed rare light on the U.S. intelligence agency’s successful operation to destroy the nuclear smuggling network of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.Khan built up an international network selling equipment to countries with nuclear weapons ambitions during the 1990s. Swiss prosecutors alleged all three Tinners were involved in the smuggling ring and supplied key equipment and blueprints for the production of gas centrifuges that are needed to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels.Urs Tinner claimed in a 2009 interview with Swiss television that he had tipped off the CIA about a delivery of centrifuge parts destined for Libya’s nuclear weapons program. The shipment was seized at the Italian port of Taranto in October 2003, forcing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to admit and eventually renounce his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons technology.Swiss prosecutors said there was evidence the Tinners had cooperated with U.S. officials since at least June 18, 2003, and that the three engineers had manipulated the centrifuge parts intended for Libya to ensure they wouldn’t function properly.The CIA declined to comment on the verdict Tuesday. But the agency has said in the past that “the disruption of the A.Q. Khan network was a genuine intelligence success, one in which the CIA played a key role.” “It’s ironic that the ones who cooperated with the CIA did the most jail time,” said David Albright, founder of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security. Most of those involved in the smuggling ring _ including Khan himself _ have escaped serious punishment.Urs Tinner spent 1,536 days in investigative custody, while his brother Marco was detained for 1,237 days before being released on bail. The long detentions resulted partly from the complexity of the prosecution and partly from the Swiss government’s decision in 2007 to destroy evidence in the case _ reportedly after pressure from the United States.“From a prosecution point of view the case is closed now,” Switzerland’s attorney general, Michael Lauber, told The Associated Press after the verdict.Judges at the court in Bellinzona suggested that the Tinners should have received harsher punishments, but approved the plea bargain, saying a successful prosecution would have been unlikely because of the destruction of evidence.___Jordans contributed from Berlin.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GENEVA (AP) – A court in Switzerland found three men guilty Tuesday of helping supply material and know-how to Libya’s atomic weapons program almost a decade ago, but approved a plea bargain that cited the defendants’ cooperation with the CIA as a mitigating circumstance.The Swiss Federal Criminal Court sentenced Urs Tinner, 46 and his brother Marco, 43, to prison terms that are shorter than the time they have already spent in investigative custody. Their 74-year-old father, Friedrich, received a suspended sentence. All three had pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay fines and substantial legal costs. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more