Kosovo UN envoy unveils plan to return divided city of Mitrovica to

“If we just leave things as they are, they will slide even further. We need to stop this slide,” Michael Steiner, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said in a speech last night in Mitrovica. Mr. Steiner promised the Serb community living in northern Mitrovica that UN police and the international Kosovo Force (KFOR) would keep watch to ensure that there were no incursions from the southern part of the city, which he said was unlikely to happen. Serbs from northern Mitrovica, meanwhile, have begun to join the Kosovo Police Service. The UN envoy also said that what was needed was a new start for governing all of Mitrovica so that important decisions in the municipality were taken jointly. Common interests needed to be decided at the level of the municipality, while specific interests could be dealt with at a more local level. “I propose a coalition agreement after the elections, under my auspices, between Serb and Albanian political parties in the Municipal Assembly,” Mr. Steiner said. “That agreement would ensure that, irrespective of size, the communities would have their say on the municipal level.” As for the upcoming elections, he urged all Mitrovica residents to participate in the polls, warning that without taking part, “the Serb community will have excluded itself from political life for the next four years.” Mr. Steiner said that he was prepared to move an important part of UNMIK’s administration, the Kosovo Trust Agency, to northern Mitrovica, and to organize a conference of donors and potential investors specifically for the town. “This is a time when the destiny of Mitrovica is being decided,” he said. “What I have outlined is the way to recover your future.” read more

How Bullpens Took Over Modern Baseball

The New York Yankees faced a tight spot on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Their newly acquired starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, had gutted his way through 6.2 innings, lacking his best stuff but still holding the Indians to four runs, just one of those earned. Locked in a 4-4 tie, manager Joe Girardi turned to his bullpen, knowing it had no margin for error.The first pitcher out of the pen was Matt Thornton. Instead of battling Indians hitters with an assortment of southpaw soft stuff, Thornton fired two straight fastballs to All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, the second one resulting in a harmless, inning-ending groundout. The radar gun flashed a reading on Thornton’s heater: 97 mph.The next Yankees pitcher to toe the rubber was Dellin Betances. A 26-year-old rookie, Betances had taken the long route to establish himself in the big leagues. At 6’8” and 260 pounds, he was once a promising starter prospect, but struggled mightily to make use of his huge frame. Converted to relief last season, Betances simplified his repertoire, leaning on his blazing fastball and nasty slurve. The result was a breakout season in a repeat stint at Triple-A, followed by a job in this year’s Yankees bullpen. On this night against the Indians, Betances needed only 10 pitches to retire the side in the eighth inning. The four fastballs he threw in that frame averaged a tick below 99 mph.As the night wore on, a battalion of flamethrowers kept emerging out of the Yankees bullpen. Adam Warren tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, firing 12 fastballs that averaged 95 mph. After David Huff (94 mph) struggled with three batters, Shawn Kelley (94 mph) bailed him out with 1.2 scoreless. The Yankees finally scored a run in the top of the 14th, prompting David Robertson to take the mound. New York’s closer needed 14 pitches to set down the Indians in the bottom of the inning, clinching a 5-4 win for the Yanks. Unlike many of his relief-mates, Robertson almost never throws a four-seam fastball, the kind of straight heat that tends to register the highest radar gun readings. Instead, he throws the cutter, a pitch that bores in on left-handed batters, inducing countless weak groundouts and often chopping their bats into tiny splinters. That night against the Indians, Robertson’s cutter velocity peaked at 95 mph, averaging “only” 93 — a necessary trade-off to get the kind of movement that can cause sleepless nights for its helpless victims.The Yankees are hardly alone in their employment of multiple cheese-huckers. Teams are trotting out pitchers who routinely throw mid-90s fastballs, with gusts up to the high 90s, and occasionally 100 mph or better. Most of those fireballers work out of the bullpen, and they’re needed more now than ever before. In a chicken-and-egg scenario, starters’ inability to go deep into games has created heightened demand for fresh and electric arms out of the bullpen.Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, we can track the upward trend in reliever use over the past 50 years:The broader trend that goes back half a century is clear. In 1964 (four years after the save rule first came to baseball), teams used an average of 2.58 pitchers per game, including the starter; today, they’re using 3.92 pitchers per game. In ’64, relievers tossed an average of 2.64 innings per game; today, they’re throwing an eyelash more than three innings per game. Starters are getting yanked much earlier now than they did during Willie Mays’s heyday, and relievers are shouldering a greater percentage of the pitching load. But what’s most striking is how much bigger the jump is in the number of pitchers used per game as compared to number of relief innings thrown per game.Bullpens weren’t always like this. In 1960, sportswriter Jerome Holtzman introduced the save statistic to baseball. Holtzman wanted a way to better recognize the impressive contributions of pitchers like Joe Page and Hoyt Wilhelm, relief aces who came out of the bullpen to replace tiring starters, often throwing multiple innings at a time. Over the ensuing 25 to 30 years, bullpens slowly evolved, to the point where managers started to ease back on the role of multi-inning stoppers.The person often credited with the next wave of changes is Tony La Russa. The former White Sox, A’s and Cardinals manager figured he could squeeze more value out of his bullpen by placing a greater emphasis on putting specific relievers in a spot where they’d have the best chance to succeed. If you want to know why a contemporary manager may use three different relievers in a single inning in the name of getting the lefty-on-lefty and righty-on-righty matchups he wants, you can give a lot of the credit (or blame, if you’re not a huge fan of three and a half-hour games) to La Russa.Still, today’s managers might not be so willing to change pitchers so frequently1La Russa gained the greatest notoriety for his pitching changes while in Oakland, when he helped turn situational lefties like Rick Honeycutt into valuable late-inning weapons. But we can’t put all of this on La Russa: Managers use slightly more than one extra pitcher per game, on average, since 1989, La Russa’s one World Series-winning season with the A’s. if they didn’t have all those guys waiting in the bullpen who can throw 95-100 mph at will. So, using FanGraphs fastball velocity data, we set out to answer the question: What percentage of relief pitchers throw 95 mph or better today, as compared to past seasons?Though reliable velocity data only goes back to 2002, that’s still a big spike in a relatively short amount of time: We’re only two-thirds of the way through this season, and already we’ve seen nearly twice as many innings thrown by relievers who average 95 mph or higher on their fastballs than we did just 12 years ago.OK, so we know that managers are using more relievers, and that more of them throw hard. But what matters is whether bullpens are performing better.To measure this phenomenon, we ran another Baseball-Reference query and found that the average bullpen’s OPS+ allowed2That is, on-base plus slugging percentage allowed, re-scaled so that the MLB average is always 100. has dropped dramatically over the past 45 years, from 103 (3 percent worse than the overall league average, a number that includes starters and relievers) in 1969 to 94 (6 percent better than average) this season. The performance disparity between relief pitchers and starters really began to accelerate in the mid- to late 1990s, as the post-La Russa bullpen era fully took hold.Note how the shaded area of the chart is wider than it used to be. As recently as 1988, the OPS+ allowed by starters and relievers was almost equal; now, relief pitchers are consistently hurling much sharper innings than starters. It’s a change that also goes hand in hand with the aforementioned increase in relievers deployed per game. Managers have gotten wise to the fact that more innings should go to the more effective subgroup of pitchers, and that they’re even more effective when called upon in waves to throw aspirin pills past helpless batters.This data gives us a good idea of the “what.” Figuring out why relievers are getting so much faster and so much better is trickier, because it’s more subjective. It’s possible that teams are doing a better job of recognizing which pitchers should be converted into relievers and which ones should remain starters. In the same way the Yankees figured out that Betances was much better suited to relief work, the Cincinnati Reds resisted the temptation to make Aroldis Chapman a starter and let him unleash his electrifying fastball in the closer role instead. Chapman alone might be skewing our data set somewhat, given the frequency with which he launches blinding fastballs, and the incredible results he produces. According to the excellent site Baseball Savant, Chapman has thrown a staggering 257 fastballs that have topped 100 mph this year; every other pitcher in the majors has combined to throw 103 of them.Earlier this year, in an an article about the recent increase in Tommy John surgeries, I discussed why we might be seeing more pitchers assaulting radar guns than ever before. One frequently cited theory holds that kids are specializing in one sport at an earlier age, so once they lock in on baseball they’re building arm strength and pitch velocity more quickly, but also making themselves more susceptible to future injury. That so many can throw so fast, and so many hit the disabled list, makes relievers fungible (with a few exceptions like Betances and Chapman). As a result, managers choose a few relievers from a phalanx of fireballers, then go get a few more if some of them break down.In other words, the pitchers might be on the mound for fewer and fewer pitches, but the trend of harder throwers looks like it’s here to stay. read more

Premier League footballers running out of luxury mansions to buy

With a six-figure weekly pay cheque, it is safe to assume that a Premier League footballer’s hunt for a dream home in one of the UK’s wealthiest counties is a straightforward affair.But Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suggested that top players are running out of mansions in Cheshire – with many left “scrambling for a house” due to the high demand for luxury rental properties.The county is home to an area nicknamed the “Golden Triangle”, which has five of the 10 most expensive roads in the North West and where property prices average more than £1.5 million. Estate agents say the desire for swimming pools, large gardens and modern houses is a key reason why the county is struggling to keep up with footballers hunting for a new home.Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose girlfriend is Perrie Edwards of pop group Little Mix, joined Liverpool from Arsenal for £35 million in August 2017.The England international told The Telegraph he was forced to live in a hotel for two months while he struggled to find a Cheshire home. The 25-year-old would often see Everton footballer Gylfi Sigurdsson at breakfast. “When I first started dealing with footballers, they were all purchasing property because their agents wanted them to get settled in the area,” he said. “But because the modern footballer very rarely stays at one club for more than a few years, the agents are telling them to rent – because they could be somewhere else in a few years’ time.“If you think of the old-school footballer, he would have stayed in town for five years or more. It’s not like that any more.”It can cost as much as £15,000 per month to rent a property, with many footballers seeking the Alderley Edge area. Described as a “small, picturesque village”, it is popular with Manchester United players and was once home to David and Victoria Beckham.The average price for a detached house in Alderley Edge is nearly £1  million, but there is a very limited number of properties due to greenbelt planning restrictions.   Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pictured with his girlfriend Perrie Edwards  Credit:SOPA Images He has been selling properties in Cheshire for 30 years for Gasgoine Hallman estate agents and added: “The rental market in Cheshire is competitive because the owners of these large luxury properties very rarely want to rent them out, usually opting to sell them.“Footballers also tend to want a very specific type of property – they want the modern technology, they want the pool, the security and the large garden.“You would not see the modern footballer buying a 1930s red brick – they want it new and bespoke.” An aerial view of the Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, a long-time favourite with Premier League footballers Oxlade-Chamberlain said they were “both in the same situation”, adding: “Both scrambling for a house, probably viewing the same house and then it’s like a race. I might see a house and be stalling for a day and next thing I get a call and, oh no, Aaron Lennon [once of Everton, now at Burnley] has paid up front. I go and view a house and I’m told, ‘Just to let you know, Riyad Mahrez is viewing it today.’ I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, I’ve got my work cut out there – Mahrez has signed for City.’” Mr Higham said the struggle to find many footballers the ideal Cheshire home was also down to football’s changing culture. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An aerial view of the Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, a long-time favourite with Premier League footballers Credit:Alamy Stock Photo One reason for the clamour for rental properties in Cheshire is because many footballers are wary about buying since they do not know how long they will be at a club.The battle between newly transferred footballers over the few high-end properties left in the area kicks off at the beginning of summer, when the recruitment process starts for the region’s biggest clubs.Oxlade-Chamberlain, who spent seven years at Arsenal, swapped the sprawling London property market for one of the most compact, exclusive areas in the country where the rental market is “incredibly competitive”, estate agent Peter Higham said. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pictured with his girlfriend Perrie Edwards   read more

12 states sue Trump Administration over frozen fueleconomy penalties

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe legal system isn’t always the fastest, so there may be some time before an update on this matter. Getty Images In 2016, the Obama administration announced an inflation-based adjustment to penalties related to corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) violations, dramatically increasing the amount automakers must pay for vehicles that gulp fuel in excess of federal standards. The Trump administration reversed that move and froze the penalties, which automakers certainly liked, but it appears a number of states did not.A coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia, led by the Attorneys General of California and New York, filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit of Appeals challenging the rule freezing the CAFE penalties. The Obama administration’s rule would have hiked penalties to $14 for every 0.1 miles per gallon a vehicle consumes in excess of federal CAFE standards. NHTSA’s new rule would keep the penalty at the pre-inflation figure of $5.50 per 0.1 mpg. The lawsuit contends that NHTSA’s new rule is unlawful for several reasons. In a press release from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, NHTSA’s decision violates the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, and the statement also claims NHTSA incorrectly interpreted its “statutory obligations” and is “based on inaccurate assumptions of the economic impact of the inflation-adjusted penalties.” Automaker lobbying groups claimed earlier that the higher penalties could bump regulatory costs by $1 billion.NHTSA did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesperson told Reuters that “it was following the intent of Congress to ensure the penalty rate was set at the level required by law.”Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation, under which NHTSA operates, is still working to finalize its adjustments to Obama-era CAFE regulations, which were set to increase to 46.7 mpg by 2025. The DOT is proposing a freeze at 37 mpg instead. It’s worth noting that CAFE calculations are not the same as the EPA figures you see on window stickers — EPA figures are lower. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 28 Photoscenter_img Tags 2 Comments The best hybrid cars and SUVs available in America Share your voicelast_img read more

49 Voices Erynn Bell of Anchorage

first_imgErynn Bell of Anchorage (Photo by Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Erynn Bell in Anchorage. Bell is the owner of Rethink Home, a used furniture store.Listen nowBELL: I went back to Ohio a few years ago to clean out my grandfather’s house, who was a semi-hoarder. It was just really interesting to go through all of his belongings and see how wonderfully made these older items were. It seems like nowadays, a lot of the decor, a lot of the furniture is disposable furniture that’s meant to last a few years. Whereas a lot of the furniture that I see at the store now and that I’d seen at his house may be 100 years old, but it’s still in great shape, because it was built to last.Anchorage is very transient community. So people move in and out of state, and can’t always take their furniture with them, even if it was just purchased a couple years ago. So, we have a lot of really nice used furnishings and a lot of fun vintage decor. It’s a very eclectic, I guess is the way to describe it.There’s always something new coming in every single day and it’s just amazing to see what people in this town in their homes or in their storage units that they are cleaning out. The whole point of Rethink Home is to rethink what is beautiful. Just because it’s used does not mean it’s not beautiful.last_img read more

Hyderabad Tension prevails at Indira park after opposition

first_imgTension prevailed after police arrested representatives from Congress, TDP, TJS, CPI and other organisations who took out a rally from Indira Park to Dharna Chowk protesting against the demolition of the assembly and secretariat building. TDP leaders L Ramana, Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy were arrested and sent to Goshamahal police station while CPI leader N Balamallesh was taken into custody at his home in Jawaharnagar. L Ramana said that they will not tolerate the government spending the public money. Ravula Chandrasekhar also asked the governor to condemn the secretariat demolition. Kondandaram, TPCC representative Indira Shoban were among the leaders arrested by the police.last_img read more

Wells Fargo to Lend 100 Billion to Small Businesses by 2018

first_imgWells Fargo has officially launched its newest initiative geared specifically at budding entrepreneurs looking to help their small businesses grow, entitled Wells Fargo Works for Small Business. The initiative was unveiled this past weekend, at the first-ever South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE) conference that took place at the Conde Nast building in Times Square in New York on 17 May. Wells Fargo was the key sponsor of the SAY WE conference, helping to foster entrepreneurial spirit in the South Asian community.”We know that the Asian small business community is the first one to achieve entrepreneurial parity,” said Nancy Wong, Senior Vice-President of Wells Fargo’s Asian Segment Manager. “We have seen the momentum grow in very specific regions, specifically the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and California.”Wells Fargo, which has been the largest small business lender for the last 11 years, also announced their goal of lending $100 billion to small business by 2018.Wong said that this is an aggregate goal for all businesses, South Asian and otherwise, but Wells Fargo has resources meant specifically for Asian business owners.”We host several financial seminars and workshops, across the Wells Fargo footprint, that partner specifically with Asian chamber associations and trade associations,” said Wong. “These solidify our commitment to providing resources and guidance to the Asian small business community.”Featuring a congregation of some of the best and brightest minds in the tri-state area’s South Asian entrepreneurial scene, the SAY WE conference is intended to be the first leg of a three-part series of conferences that will continue in Houston and San Francisco later this year.The series is entitled “Raise, Rise, Rule!” and strives to help budding South Asian entrepreneurs, particularly women, by giving them the advice and resources that will help to establish and grow their small businesses.Saturday’s event was organized by SAY WE founder Reema Rasool, who described the experience of being at the organization’s inaugural conference as “surreal.”Rasool explained that she founded SAY WE as a way of providing young South Asian women with the advice and resources they needed, but often never have access to, in order to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.An entrepreneur herself, Rasool said that she wished these resources were available to her when she was getting started, and now wants to make sure that she can help those who are now starting to come up after her.Two panel discussions were held, one in the morning and one during the afternoon session. The first featured South Asian American entrepreneurs Pialy Aditya (co-founder of fashion site Mintbox), Sindhya V. Kalghatgi (founder of men’s grooming label Helix), Abbas Hashmi (founder of Green Card Capital), and Wong, and centered on what one has to do to take their business idea from an intangible wish to a profitable operation.The second panel discussion featured local New York City news anchor Joya Dass, Bibi Magazine founder Ayesha Hakki, the Cake Designer founder Parul Patel, and social media guru Adam Khan. They talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to promote small businesses, and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the still-young but incredibly powerful online marketing tool.Keynote addresses were given by Aroon Shivdasani and Faisal Hoque.Shivdasani is the founder of the Indo-American Arts Council, key organizer of the annual New York Indian Film Festival, while Hoque is a writer and entrepreneur who also gave out and signed copies of his latest book, “Everything Connects.”Hoque spoke at length about his personal story, coming to the US from Bangladesh at the age of 17 and, eventually, dropping out of college in Minneapolis to start his career with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut. Today, he is the founder of Shadoka Ventures, and a number of other companies.Shadoka’s portfolio of companies – which specialize in R&D driven products, services, and thought leadership – accelerates individual and organizational sustainable growth.Hoque warned prospective business owners that people should keep in mind the lows as much as the highs, citing his own ups and downs, and the successes and failures he experienced during his career.”There is absolutely no substitute for passion and authenticity,” Hoque said in summation of his remarks, telling future and current small business owners that being true to themselves and passionate about their ideas are ultimately what will lead them to success in the long run.Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of SAY WE allowed for the conference to be free for attendees. Wells Fargo will continue to be a partner of SAY WE, as a sign of its increasing commitment to helping the Asian and South Asian American communities across the US.The SAY WE conference series will continue in Houston on 14 June, and will conclude in San Francisco on 9 August.(Global India Newswire)last_img read more

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first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. June 12, 2014 — Ischemic heart disease, a narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart, is a leading cause of death throughout the world. A hybrid molecular imaging technique called positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MR), which tells doctors vital information about cardiac and arterial function, has been found to be an effective molecular imaging tool for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD), say researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2014 Annual Meeting (SNMMI).Often patients suspected of having CAD undergo a stress test called myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) to smoke out areas of arterial ischemia and risk of myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Many undergo a molecular imaging scan called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), but in recent years PET/MR has emerged as a potential alternative due to its superiority for imaging the structures of soft tissues and the physiological function of the heart. This clinical study showed that PET/MR is consistently accurate using coronary angiography as the reference standard for detecting CAD.“By combining two advanced imaging modalities, PET and MR, cardiac PET/MR imaging allows a union of anatomic information with MR and functional information with PET for a comprehensive view of the of the heart,” said principal author Jeffrey M.C. Lau, M.D., Ph.D., from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. “This allows us to predict or rule out coronary artery disease with more certainty, and in some instances, it allows us to detect disease processes such as areas of hibernating heart muscle that would not have been detected using conventional stress testing methods like SPECT.”In addition, cardiac perfusion PET/MR can be performed in a shorter timeframe than SPECT and is associated with a lower dose of radiation per procedure, and MR can be used to produce an almost of disease in the arteries of the heart when compared to industry standard cinematic, multiple-frame sequence of the motion in specific regions of the heart muscle, most notably the left ventricle, which pumps oxygenated blood back into the body through the aorta. PET also provides quantitative data about blood flow in addition to the visual interpretation of disease.The study involved 10 patients with reversible ischemia as indicated by SPECT-MPI. Scientists administered a radionuclide PET imaging agent called N-13 ammonia plus an MR contrast agent called gadolinium and the pharmaceutical Regadenoson, which imitates the stress of exercise. The researchers optimized the cardiac PET/MR imaging protocol in order to register areas of reduced perfusion of blood using MR with PET data about myocardial blood flow. The results showed that PET/MR imaging was very accurate in diagnostic coronary artery diseases. In this small sample, PET/MR had 100 percent sensitivity, 80 percent specificity and 100 percent negative predictive value. Those numbers compare favorably to SPECT in this study group.This study was conducted in conjunction with Siemens Medical Solutions and funded in part by Astellas Pharma Inc.For more information: www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | June 12, 2014 PET/MR Superior for Verifying Coronary Arterial Disease Study finds the newest hybrid cardiac molecular imaging system highly effective for the detection Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Costa Rican envoy analyzes Obamas May trip to the region

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States Muni Figueres was recently part of a group of five diplomats from Central America and the Dominican Republic who gathered May 17 to assess U.S. PresidentBarack Obama’s recent visit to Costa Rica. Contrary to what some critics have said, Figueres and her fellow ambassadors concurred the visit was important.“It was substance,” Figueres said. “The meeting recast the issue of security — which is still extremely important to all of our countries — in a much broader context than simply repression. It went perfectly.”Figueres noted that in addition to Obama, the U.S. delegation was composed of other very high-level officials, and that meant Washington considered it important enough to send key decision makers.At the packed Inter-American Dialogue forum in downtown Washington, D.C., Figueres said Obama’s visit to Costa Rica “put the region on the American foreign policy map.”She noted that the May 3-4 trip, which coincided with a meeting of the Central American Integration System (SICA), “recast the issue of security, moving away from repression and towards prevention.”President Obama also visited Mexico to discuss with his counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, many of the same issues that were on the table in San José — including immigration and Mexico’s relations with Central American countries.The fact that they talked about it, said Figueres, shows that “the region south of the border is important and strategic to the United States.”Along with officials from the Dominican Republic, Figueres was joined at the forum by ambassadors from El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.Francisco Campbell, Managua’s top official in Washington, observed that the summit in Costa Rica was the first time a U.S. president had participated in a SICA gathering since the U.S. became an observer to the regional group last year.“It shows that the Obama administration is serious about the region and about issues such as the Central American integration process,” he said.Honduran Ambassador Jorge Ramón Hernández said he sensed a feeling of real commitment by Obama to follow up on a variety of contentious issues, particularly immigration reform.Added Dominican Ambassador Aníbal de Castro, “It tells me we have to rely more on the diaspora here in the States and integrate them in an effective way to our dialogue with the United States. Immigration reform is a very important issue for us.”The Inter-American Dialogue noted on its website that the Obama administration has requested an increase in 2014 funding for the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). However, of the roughly $360 million granted through CARSI between 2008 and 2011, only $97 million — or 27 percent — had been committed by January 2013.Rubén Zamora, El Salvador’s newly appointed ambassador in Washington, said that in the past, Central America was considered strategic by the United States, “but not a priority.”This meeting is helping Washington overcome what he calls the mindset of a “unilateralism about the region,” and move more towards “a partnership, not just with the region, but (also) with the individual countries.”Zamora said “it opened a space for a more direct dialogue with the president. It was a very good agenda for going forward with a partnership between the United States and Central America.”All the diplomats concurred that the presidential summit was just the starting point of an expanded agenda of greater cooperation between Central America and the United States and what they consider to be a greater level of respect they now feel from the White House.One area in which both sides will explore further is education, Figueres said.“The president (Obama) considers education to be the best way to achieve prosperity and greater integration (in Central America),” she said. “We all agreed to look at expanding student and teacher exchanges between the United States and Central America and tap the private sector in both regions to finance scholarships on a much greater level than currently.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Thailand update resorts get martial law respite

first_imgThe military junta ruling the country said that move would help create a “favourable climate for tourism. The decision was made after complaints from the tourism industry that the curfew negatively impacted on the country’s economy. The military previously imposed a nationwide curfew from midnight to 5am, after it overthrew the government last month, the ABC reported. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealecenter_img The curfew remains in Bangkok and the rest of the country.  Thailand has ended a curfew in the major resorts in Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui.last_img read more

Mortgage Insurance Costs Catch Home Shoppers Unaware

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