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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 A myocardial perfusion image generated on a PET/CT system produces high-quality images. Philips Healthcares PET GEMINI TF featured. X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more “Our profession faces one of the most significant crises in its history,” said Michael Graham, M.D., president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), regarding the shortage of nuclear medicine radioisotopes.Nuclear medicine procedures have begun to slow down dramatically since the emergency shut down of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Canada, on May 14, 2009. The Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. recently anounced the reactor will not be back up and running until the spring of 2010.According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM), NRU Chalk River supplies 31 percent of the world’s Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent isotope of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m), required to make many of the radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The subsequent worldwide shortage of Moly-99 has become a healthcare problem of international proportions.Impact of Radioisotope CrisisEach year more than 20 million people in the United States, two million in Canada, 10 million in Europe, and 14 million in the rest of the world benefit from nuclear medicine tests involving medical isotopes, reports SNM. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) constitutes nearly half of all nuclear medicine procedures, and over 95 percent of these studies are performed exclusively or in conjunction with a Tc-99m labeled tracer, according to a report by Arlington Medical Resources. The shutdown has forced hospitals in the United States and Canada to ration supplies and delay medical tests.1An alternative to Tc-99m SPECT for MPI is positron emission tomography (PET). PET MPI is commonly performed using Rubidium 82 (82Rb). CardioGen-82 (Rubidium Rb 82 Generator) PET perfusion imaging is a rapidly emerging technology in the field of MPI.MDS Nordion and GE Healthcare produce CardioGen-82 for Bracco Diagnostics Inc., a generator-based, cardiac PET perfusion imaging agent approved by the FDA. It is produced using a specialized generator technology. Once administered, Rubidium-82 is used as a PET imaging tracer for perfusion studies of the heart to examine blood flow through heart vessels.Cardiac SPECT to PETBut how close is the medical community to switching from cardiac SPECT to cardiac PET? There are a number of factors for any facility to consider when adopting PET-Rubidium 82 technology for nuclear PET. Foremost is whether there is a robust enough patient volume for the procedure to cover the monthly cost of the Rubidium 82 supply.To get a clearer picture on the matter, Imaging Technology News spoke with James K. O’Donnell, M.D., director, division of nuclear medicine and PET in the radiology department of University Hospitals of Cleveland and an associate professor of radiology at Case Western Reserve University.Imaging Technology News (ITN): How many cardiac PET scans are you averaging on a weekly basis?Dr. James O’Donnell (JD): We probably do 120 to 150 PET scans a week, and between 30-40 of those with rubidium for cardiac PET images a week. We have five gamma cameras doing the SPECT imaging. I only have one PET scanner available to do the cardiac, and I am having to adjust to the high oncology volume too.ITN: What is causing the delay in adopting PET for cardiac imaging?JD: We have vast experience with SPECT imaging, and it contributes a lot to the diagnosis. There’s much less experience with PET, and PET’s growing, and much of the evidence says PET is better. So PET has really taken off, especially in the non-cardiac world. We do 25 to 30 PET scans a day for oncology. It’s very good for tumor localization. But it’s been a long battle only to get it approved by Medicare and insurance companies because it’s an expensive test. We have had to show over and over again that it’s a better test for lung cancer and breast cancer rather than just getting a CT scan, which shows you exquisite anatomy, but the PET scan will show you abnormalities before the lymph nodes get big enough to call abnormal.Now that PET scanners are getting distributed in the medical world, the rubidium, thanks to Bracco and Cardiogen-82, has emerged as a really good perfusion agent for the heart. The one drawback for positron emitters like rubidium is that they have only a 75-second half-life. You need the combination of the technology plus the isotope generator. Now rubidium is being used more regularly, although it’s expensive. You need to have a reasonable volume to make it feasible.ITN: Do you think a shortage of Tech-99 could drive some physicians to switch from SPECT to PET for cardiac imaging?JD: It would be ideal to switch from SPECT to PET for cardiac imaging. But it depends because you have to have access to the PET scanner and have the radioisotope available.If you’re in a shop that has been doing entirely SPECT imaging, but you’re doing oncology imaging and there is the technetium shortage, then you may want to look into switching to PET. If you’re doing imaging in a cardiac office in a small town, you don’t have that option because you don’t have the space or money to spend on a PET scanner. It’s a matter of having the technology available and having a big enough volume.With the rubidium generator, you have bought the whole generator, and it will decay over the 28 days, and if you don’t do enough studies, it’s an operational expense of $30,000 to $40,000 monthly. One of the technetium compounds, the technetium-sestamibi has just come off patent and is available in generic form, so it’s quite a bit cheaper. That’s the economics that the rubidium generator is up against.ITN: What is the objective of your current study?JD: We are doing both PET and SPECT on the same day on the same patients. We are seeing a pretty clear benefit of PET over SPECT. We presented the study at Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in Toronto in June.It’s the fourth direct comparison of both SPECT and PET. What we have tried to do here is eliminate all of the other variables. We are using the same patient on the same day. It is a direct comparison of SPECT and rubidium-82 PET on the same day, and it’s with a single stress.We use pharmacologic stress with Persantine for patients who can’t run on the treadmill. You do a set of images while a patient is at rest and get them on the treadmill. At peak stress on the treadmill you give them another dose of the isotope and compare what the perfusion is at stress versus rest. If the stress image shows a defect that isn’t there at rest, then that is ischemia. If it’s abnormal at rest, it could be a scar from a previous heart attack.You are always looking for normal versus scar versus ischemia. We do both rest and stress SPECT and rest and stress PET on the same day by our protocol. We only give one infusion of the Persantine, and then we give both isotopes for the stress. Then you do the PET scan followed by the SPECT scan. One day in the same patient with only one episode of pharmacologic vasodilator stress with the Persantine.We give both technetium and rubidium, and we can compare SPECT and PET. And PET is better.ITN: How will your study lead to improvement in patient outcomes?JD: We are looking at how much better PET is than SPECT. We’re looking at patient outcomes over time, how are they responding to therapy, have they required bypass surgery, did they benefit by having this test, were their outcomes better, were they managed better because of the information, did they live longer? Or did they have fewer heart events – having an infarct or death?Most everybody agrees you’re looking for anatomy and physiology. The blockage is important and now they are doing CT angiography to see the blood vessels. But the anatomy isn’t always the answer. The physiology is even more important because if somebody has a partial blockage, but there is no evidence of ischemia on a good test physiologically, like SPECT or PET, then they don’t need any intervention because whatever the degree of anatomic change, it isn’t really causing the patient a perfusion abnormality.ITN: Could this study generate reimbursement for cardiac PET?JD: Sure. Is the patient going to do better because we did this test? There was the END study3 (economics of noninvasive diagnosis) that was published several years ago. It looked at several thousand patients with chest pain. Half of them went right to the cath lab, and the other half had a SPECT study. The decision of whether to have the invasive angiography hinged on the results of your SPECT scan. The patients who had the invasive test didn’t do any better than those that had the scan first. So, there’s no improved outcome by taking the patient right to the cath lab, and the expense on the patients that have the coronary angiogram was far greater.You only send patients to the cath lab if they showed they have ischemia. The point of it was that it makes more sense to do the noninvasive test; patients do just as well, and the test helps predict whether they need coronary angiography and any other test down the line.Most everybody agrees you’re looking for anatomy and physiology. The blockage is important, and now they are doing CT angiography to see the blood vessels. But the anatomy isn’t always the answer. The physiology is even more important because if somebody has a partial blockage but no evidence of ischemia on a good physiological test, like SPECT or PET, then they don’t need any intervention because whatever the degree of anatomic change, it isn’t really causing the patient a perfusion abnormality.ITN: Do you anticipate that in 10 years, 50 percent of the cardiac imaging exams in the United States will be done on PET?JD: Easily in less than 10 years. Barring the government arbitrarily decides not to allow PET scans to be done. I think that government artificially inhibited the growth of PET for oncology. But if the technology is allowed to speak for itself, I think within 10 years almost everything we do in nuclear medicine with nuclear isotopes may be PET because there are more biologically active tracers. They are organic molecules. So physiologically they are a little better.References: 1. (Winkler, R. UPDATE 2-Cardinal Health warns clients of isotope shortage. Reuters.com. 7/9/2009) 2. O’Donnell, J. Comparison of perfusion using Tc-99m SPECT and Rb-82 PET: same day studies with a single stress. (Journal of Nuclear Medicine, vol 50, suppl 213P, 2009). 3. Shaw, LJ, et al. The Economics of Noninvasive Diagnosis (END) Study Group. Am J Cardiol. 2000 Jul 1;86(1):1-7. 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Sunshine Coast Airport celebrates one million passengers

first_imgSunshine Coast Airport celebrates one million passengersSunshine Coast Airport celebrates one million passengersIt’s Sunshine Coast celebration time!? Sunshine Coast Airport has hit the one million passenger mark – the first time this has been achieved in a 12-month period.The milestone, 55 years in the making, continues an incredible period of growth and development for the region’s air traffic gateway.Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the one million passengers achievement, saying it further highlighted the strong progress the airport had recently made.“In the last 18 months, the airport has broken passenger growth record after record,” Mayor Jamieson said.“We have consistently been the country’s fastest growing airport since the middle of last year.“We have seen the return of Qantas to the Sunshine Coast, investment in capacity by Jetstar and Virgin Australia on Sydney and Melbourne routes, the continued growth in popularity of Air New Zealand services to Auckland, and the welcoming of Jetstar flights to Adelaide.“Reaching one million passengers for the year is the pinnacle of that sustained growth and investment by the airlines in our region.”Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said he was extremely proud of the record.“It has been an amazing period for Sunshine Coast Airport.? I would like to acknowledge the efforts of my fantastic team and thank our airline partners, our community, and our stakeholders for their ongoing support,” Mr Pallot said“Each month, we continue to achieve new highs in passenger numbers, but to reach the million mark for the year is something extra special.”Sunshine Coast Airport today released a short “Sunshine Coast celebration” video https://youtu.be/Vu–J96ZSLE recognising the strong partnership between the success of the airport and the region.“We wanted to celebrate in Sunshine Coast style and what better way to do that than share the fun with some of our on and off-airport partners,” Mr Pallot said.“Thank you Sunshine Coast, we couldn’t have done it without you!” Sunshine Coast AirportVisitSource = Sunshine Coast Airportlast_img read more

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ChinaluxuryShangriLa HotelsXiamen

first_imgChinaluxuryShangri-La HotelsXiamen The new Shangri-La is located within the city’s newly-developed financial and IT zone, Guanyin Shan Business Centre. Just a 10-minute and 20-minute drive away respectively are the Conference and Exhibition Centre, and the Xiamen International Airport. Deluxe Sea View RoomOver 70 per cent of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have commanding views of the Taiwan Straits – ranging from the 42-square-metre Deluxe Sea View Room to the elegantly-styled Shangri-La Suite offering 168 square metres of luxurious living space. Thoughtfully planned with ample indoor and outdoor spaces, Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen honours local Minnan-style architecture, which is often associated with the use of red bricks, and its public areas showcase local artists’ work and the community’s culture. The Horizon Club showcases the hotel’s panoramic sea view to great advantage with a spacious open-air terrace that provides a tranquil retreat from the neighbourhood.Horizon Club TerraceHome to two restaurants and a lobby lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen takes a fresh approach to dining experiences with the use of bold architectural details and colours. Café Amoy, an all-day dining restaurant serving Asian and international fare, celebrates playfulness in its show kitchens and interior clad in cubic shapes. Fu Gong – the Chinese restaurant specialising in Cantonese and Minnan cuisine, gives a nod to Xiamen’s significance as a major sea port by theming the decor around shipping containers.Fu Gong RestaurantThe relaxing Lobby Lounge, features a ten-metre ceiling and serves local snacks and afternoon tea during the day, and barbecues at the outdoor deck during the evening. Lobby LoungeLobby Lounge TerraceAn all-inclusive NX Fitness & Spa includes indoor heated swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, as well as spa treatments and fitness classes including kick boxing, yoga, jazz dance and martial arts. Xiamen’s first NX Kid’s Club for hotel guests and members will open at the end of the year and feature a playground, donut slide, ball pool, trampoline and climbing wall, as well as interactive facilities for children from one up to 12 years of age.Grand BallroomOther facilities include a 1,500-square-metre pillar-less Grand Ballroom which can comfortably accommodate 1,000 guests, and Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen is the only hotel in the city to feature an elevator that is large enough to transport automobiles directly to the ballroom. Nine other adaptable event spaces can host gatherings for 30 to 400 guests. Grand Ballroom – Classroom-stylePrivate Room in Fu Gong Restaurant The 325-room Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen, China is celebrating its grand opening with special room rates from RMB1,100 per night, available until 31 December 2017. The opening offer includes daily breakfast buffet for two persons and a 50 per cent dining discount. Excludes VAT and 10% service charge.last_img read more

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Rep Marino joined by Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller for State of

first_img PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township was joined by Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former U.S. Rep. Candice Miller on Tuesday at the annual State of the State address. Gov. Rick Snyder spoke to members of both legislative chambers and guests at a special joint session at the State Capitol, outlining his plans and expectations for the coming year. Miller was the representative for Michigan’s 10th Congressional District from 2003 to 2017 and also Michigan’s Secretary of State from 1995 to 2003. Tags: State of the State Categories: Marino News,Newscenter_img 23Jan Rep. Marino joined by Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller for State of the Statelast_img read more

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Rep Howrylak protects crime victims with trauma recovery plan

first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak this week introduced a landmark proposal that will create Trauma Recovery Centers – specifically designed to help crime victims – throughout Michigan.Often, crime victims must deal with long-term effects that can impact their ability to recover if left unaddressed. This can lead to further financial and mental health problems.“The main objective of these centers is to provide victims with individualized, specialized and comprehensive approaches to trauma recovery care,”? said Howrylak, of Troy. “This is a quality of life issue. When left untreated and uncared for, some individuals have a difficult time returning to work or living a healthy life. This can put strain on the state economically. It can put a strain on their families. It’s more constructive to address the issue proactively to make sure more crime victims are able to sustain themselves long into the future after going through a traumatic experience.”?Howrylak’s bill is part of a bipartisan package of seven bills – including sponsorship from Representative Kosowski (HB 6392), Representative Vaupel (HB 6389), Representative Chang (HB 6391), Representative Kesto (HB 6395), Representative Santana (HB 6390), and Representative Lucido (HB 6386). This package will create Michigan’s first Trauma Recovery Centers throughout the state. With services provided to crime victims, crime survivors will hopefully be able to overcome the challenges of interpersonal violence and return to both social and economic productivity.Representative Howrylak’s bill in the package, HB 6388, would create the Michigan Crime Survivor Trauma Recovery Center Act and provide the state with necessary resources to meet the needs of underserved crime survivors. To do this, an advisory committee will be developed within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assist with the development of policies related to the trauma recovery centers. This committee will consist of mental health professionals, law enforcement, crime survivors and representatives from community-based organizations.“This committee will serve as a full-time workgroup devoted to bettering how we care for people who have experienced trauma when a crime has been committed against them,”? said Howrylak.The DHHS will be tasked with establishing pilot care centers and developing standards for trauma treatment services, using real data from the centers to enhance services and methods for care in the future. A grant program will be established within the Department of Treasury so the DHHS can administer funds for trauma recovery center operations. Annual reporting to the governor and the state legislature will be required to ensure established standards are being met.Other proposals in the multi-bill package focus on additional aspects of these trauma centers. HB 6392 (Kosowski) would create the Crime Survivor Trauma Recovery Center Data Collection Act within the Department of Health and Human Services to gather data continuously through an electronic format. HB 6389 (Vaupel) amends the Crime Victim’s Rights Fund to allow for the establishment and maintenance of the trauma recovery center. HB 6391 (Chang), HB 6395 (Kesto), HB 6390 (Santana), and HB 6386 (Lucido) allow for certain medical professionals to provide any crime victim with information pertaining to the location and services offered by the trauma recovery centers both orally and in writing. All bills within the package have been referred to the House Law and Justice Committee for consideration. Categories: Howrylak News,News 28Sep Rep. Howrylak protects crime victims with trauma recovery planlast_img read more

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Rep Lightner will help shape Michigans state budget during 201920 House session

first_img17Jan Rep. Lightner will help shape Michigan’s state budget during 2019-20 House session State Rep. Sarah Lightner will serve on the Appropriations Committee during her first term in the House of Representatives, working to ensure the state government budget respects taxpayers while investing in what matters most to Michigan families.Lightner will serve as the vice chair of two subcommittees – one dealing with the judiciary, and another dealing with several general government departments such as offices for the attorney general, secretary of state and treasury. She also will serve as a member of subcommittees dealing with the state prison system, and state departments focused on regulatory affairs and financial services.Committee assignments for the Michigan House’s 2019-20 legislative term were announced this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield.“This assignment fits well with my background, and I’m excited to get to work serving the people of the 65th House District,” said Lightner, of Springport. “The needs of Michigan’s residents come first and foremost. Hard-working taxpayers deserve a government that is efficient and focuses on their priorities. That will be my focus as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.”Prior to joining the House, Lightner worked as a paralegal with an emphasis on family law and criminal defense. She also served on the state’s Criminal Justice Policy Commission and as a Jackson County commissioner.Lightner represents a district including portions of Jackson, Eaton and Lenawee counties. Categories: Lightner News,Newslast_img read more

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NAFTA at 20 A Nonprofit Retrospective

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares?April 18, 2014; MSNBC??? In 1994, the year in which the American public became familiar with the acronym “NAFTA,” David Perdue, a candidate today for the Republican nomination as senator from Georgia, joined Haggar Clothing, the iconic menswear manufacturer. At the time, with Perdue then in charge of international operations (and, later, of domestic operations as well), Haggar began cutting back on employment in its manufacturing facilities in South Texas, shifting operations to plants in Mexico and elsewhere where the average wage was $1.50 an hour. Haggar’s U.S. employment was 4,300 in 1996, but dropped to 2,600 in 1997 (while its overseas workforce was a roughly stable 1,700 both years). In 1998, 1,667 laid-off Haggar employees had been certified for NAFTA retraining because of their having lost their jobs due to outsourcing or foreign imports.Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, bringing together Mexico, Canada, and the United States into a trade partnership that has been a topic of controversy ever since H. Ross Perot denounced it as part of the “giant sucking sound” accompanying jobs leaving the U.S.Some slam NAFTA as a disaster on many fronts, particularly when it comes to jobs. For example, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, Greg Howard, recently made his position clear: “We were sold out on the issue of NAFTA,” Howard said. “We were promised 400,000 to 600,000 jobs, but we lost a million. There are a lot of abandoned factories.”It isn’t clear that the U.S. jobs that have been lost went to Mexico and Canada so much as to China, whose dominance of the global economy wasn’t quite as sharply outlined two decades ago. But the image of NAFTA as a job and environmental loser for the U.S. economy is strong in many circles, including among some nonprofits. For example, an op-ed from a San Diego newspaper, co-authored by a representative of the Sierra Club and a representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, used the “devastating effects” of NAFTA to condemn the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “another job and environment-destroying trade pact.”Criticism of the legacy of NAFTA seems to come from all sides of the political spectrum. For example, Gilles Stockton, a Grass Range, Montana rancher who is a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils, sharply condemned the consequences of NAFTA:“Instead the United States has lost nearly a million manufacturing jobs; American livestock producers are undermined by a flood of Canadian and Mexican beef; foreign corporations interfere with our democratic process; and industry after industry has adjusted compensation downward, shrinking America’s middle class.”Nellie Parks, an Oregon farmer and member of Oregon Rural Action, and Mabel Dobb, an Idaho rancher and, like Stockton, a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils, added, “Since NAFTA, the United States has lost 170,000 family farms and ranches, and rural communities have lost population. Mexican farmers fled the countryside and crossed the border to escape the poverty caused by a flood of cheap American corn.”NAFTA was a product of the Clinton administration, and the pending TPP has been crafted by the Obama administration, but some Democrats have been critical of both. The TPP “threatens to roll back financial regulations, environmental standards, and U.S. laws that protect the safety of drugs and food and the toys we give to our kids,” said Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “We should not blindly endorse any more NAFTA-style deals negotiated behind closed doors.”Nancy L. Wade, a Green Party candidate for an Illinois seat in the House of Representatives, added her NAFTA critique: “It’s time to repeal and renegotiate trade agreements like NAFTA that have imposed poverty on villages throughout Mexico and our other neighbors for the benefit of powerful corporations, especially agribusinesses, that are favored by trade authorities. NAFTA’s passage resulted in a flood of undocumented immigrants beginning in the mid-1990s.”What’s the conclusion of the story of Haggar and other clothing manufacturers in South Texas? Most of them are already shut, but the dynamic that shut them down seems to have spread south. “The Mexican cut-and-sew operations are all being put out of business by Asia now,” Mayor Connie de la Garza of Harlingen, Texas, said on the closing of one of the last textile manufacturing plants in his city. “You know those famous Mexican shirts for men, the guayaberas? Now they’re made in Taiwan.”Are nonprofits in general concerned about the impacts of NAFTA and the potential added impacts of the TPP? Or are the issues involved in these free-trade pacts really being overwhelmed by larger issues of globalization? Where are nonprofits on free trade, twenty years after NAFTA?—Rick CohenShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

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Whats the Role of Elite Nonprofits in Fighting Inequality in Pittsburgh

first_imgShare37Tweet34Share20Email91 Shares“Puzzling” by John HritzNovember 15, 2017; The Pitt NewsHere’s what we know about economic and social inequality: We won’t social work our way out of it. We won’t educate our way out of it. We won’t invent our way out of it. Economic and social inequality is rooted in the structure of economic and social relationships. Measures to ameliorate the conditions of the lower classes will, at best, result in an occasional exceptional individual escaping his or her inherited status. Therefore, Mayor Bill Peduto’s call for elite nonprofits in Pittsburgh to combat inequality will require more than social work or education or technological innovation. The elite eds and meds in Pittsburgh can’t think their way out of the dilemma of two societies, separate and unequal.That said, Mayor Peduto’s on the right track in asking Pittsburgh’s elite nonprofits to invest in an effort to transform class barriers. As discussed in NPQ, Pittsburgh seems to have found a way to balance the competing interests of the philanthropic elite and the grassroots activists.But when The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper, editorializes that “Peduto demands nonprofit conscience—Pitt included,” the university community needs to be ready to work for structural social changes that that may challenge their own institutional self-interests. Redressing social and economic inequality is not just investing in tutoring programs for low income residents of surrounding communities.Pitt News characterizes the mayor’s statement as a request for Pittsburgh’s “Big Four” (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield) to “create an organization addressing disparities in the City.” This characterization is a little misleading. The Post-Gazette article Pitt News cites as a source does say the mayor was asking the Big Four to “build an organization addressing disparities, inequities and ‘lost opportunity’ in the city.” But the context of the article makes it clear that the elected leadership, the council and the mayor, will be calling the shots. The difference is important. The mayor is asking for the tax-exempt elites to fund social change, not to lead it.Steve Dubb in “Pittsburgh Grapples with the Rise of the Nonprofit Industrial Complex” captures the conflict between the good intentions of the philanthropic elite and the self-serving nature of their operations, which include using tax-exempt status to pay out exorbitant executive salaries and control the levers of government with campaign donations.Alas, the Pitt editorial falls into a common presumption when it supposes that the elite nonprofits should guide the redevelopment of the community. “As they benefit from the City’s diverse population and growth, it’s up to them to make every effort they can to ensure that growth is sustainable, accessible and equitable.” Wrong! Until inequity is tamed, well intentioned oligarchs need to exercise restraint and humility when working in civic transformation.Structural change begins by paying taxes (or making payments in lieu of taxes) on their enormous institutional wealth. Change begins with pay equity for employees. Change means locating new affordable developments in high opportunity suburbs and supporting housing choice voucher mobility. Change means removing toxic lead from houses and the water system. Change means real tax reform and not just tax cuts for the elite. That’s what the public has a right to expect in exchange for permitting wealthy elite corporations to hide behind tax-exempt status.Most of all, change means supporting grassroots empowerment instead of pro forma civic engagement.Every metro has a different mix of corporate/philanthropy leadership, grassroots activists, and elected officials. Pittsburgh seems blessed by three strong sectors with elected leadership positioned to manage the democratic processes so that all interests contribute to a greater vision. Mayor Peduto’s record of success at balancing powerful interests with the voices of ordinary citizens is the prologue to a new, more ambitious campaign to build a 21st-century city.—Spencer WellsShare37Tweet34Share20Email91 Shareslast_img read more

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The Trump Administration Doubles Down on Family Planning Philosophy

first_imgShare26Tweet2ShareEmail28 Shares“Protesting Trump’s Imposition of the So-Called Gag Rule on Women’s Healthcare Providers Chicago Illinois 5-24-18 1542,” Charles Edward MillerJune 1, 2018; Color LinesOn May 18th, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services released a new proposal for Title X funding, further restricting funding for abortion providers. Days later, on May 29th, President Donald Trump appointed Diane Foley as the deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Foley now oversees the Office of Population Affairs and Title X, the sole federal program that funds family planning and preventive services.A cornerstone of Title X is funding family planning methods including natural family planning, infertility services, contraceptive methods, cancer screenings, and sexual health education. Title X also funds research opportunities for contraception development and issues on family planning education, including informational material distribution.Because of the essential funding provided by Title X, it is worrisome that Diane Foley has been appointed. Foley is the former president and CEO of Life Network, an organization that supports “life-affirming alternatives to abortion” and supports sex education that is based on abstinence-only.Foley’s former organization runs two crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, CPCs “try to trick women into entering…by masquerading as full-service women’s health clinics.” CPCs receive funding from the federal level, through abstinence only education funding, and from state legislatures through direct funding or tax benefits. Some states go even further, like South Dakota, whose governor in 2011, Dennis Daugaard, signed into law a mandate that women who seek abortion first attend an in-person lecture at a CPC. CPCs often present inaccurate medical information, which Drs. Amy Bryant and Jonas Swartz say, “should be regarded as an ethical violation that undermines women’s health.”Abstinence-only sex education is correlated with increased rates of teenage pregnancy and birth rates. Her appointment only further supports the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict funding for family planning organizations that provide abortion services, and to revert to sex education models that are not evidence-based. The federal government began funding these sex education programs in 1981, to promote “chastity.” And while these programs received funding cuts under the Clinton administration, the Bush administration doubled down on abstinence-only funding, further restricting the types of education available, and requiring that programs “do not promote contraception and/or condom use.” The Obama administration turned the tides again, moving money from abstinence-only funding to more comprehensive sex education and toward a stronger evidence based for sex education under the Affordable Care Act.The Trump Administration has made clear that their sexual health agenda will not prioritize abortion rights nor comprehensive sex education. This is evident by the new Title X proposal and the appointing of Diane Foley to the Department of Health and Human Services.Chritra Panjabi, president and CEO of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US commented on Foley’s appointment, saying: “Anyone who perpetuates falsehoods about the safety of abortion as a medical procedure, views a standard condom-and-banana classroom demonstration as ‘sexual harassment,’ and supports withholding information from young people has no business making decisions that affect sexual and reproductive health care for millions.”—Ember UrbachShare26Tweet2ShareEmail28 Shareslast_img read more

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French communications regulator CSA has announced

first_imgFrench communications regulator CSA has announced an auction for six new HD channels on the country’s DTT network.The channels will be broadcast in the DVB-T1 MPEG 4 standard on multiplexes R7 and R8.Bids must be submitted by January 3 2012 and the CSA will meet with shortlisted candidates between March 5-9. The successful channels will be announced in March with licences delivered by the end of May.The regulator said new channels should be broadcasting to at least 25% of mainland France, including the cities of Paris, Bordeaux and Marseille, by autumn 2012.[advert_banenr]last_img read more

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Former ProSiebenSat1 CEO Guillaume de Posch has q

first_imgFormer ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Guillaume de Posch has quit the board of German pay TV provider Sky Deutschland at his own request over a conflict of interest related to his appointment to the group executive committee of RTL Group.De Posch joined the RTL board in December, taking charge of a new corporate strategy and business development team to oversee broadcasting operations in Belgium and the Netherlands and radio operations in France. The conflict of interest arises over RTL’s involvement in German pay TV.Sky will appoint a successor to De Posch in April.last_img read more

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Antik Stand J49 is preparing to present its IPTV

first_imgAntik (Stand J49) is preparing to present its IPTV products ANGA Cable, including its new HW Juice transcoder.According to the Slovakia-based technology provider, the transcoder is capable of real time transcoding of up to 15 video streams.Operators can have up to eight transcoding modules, meaning up to 120 channels can be managed.Other products on show on Aktik’s stand in Cologne will include a DVB/IP set-top box, interactive games with motion controls and updated Juice Middleware with new functions including archive, DVR, timeshifting, VOD and mosaic.last_img read more

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German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk

first_imgGerman public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has agreed to use multiscreen technology specialist Elemental Technologies’ live video processing systems to encode live content.?The Elemental Live video processing systems will allow NDR to create video streams of programme broadcasts, news and special events for publicly accessible web portals and mobile apps.The deployment is supported by Elemental partner Logic Media Solutions in Germany, with NDR to use the agreement to scale back its use of an external service provider in favour of an internal transcoding workflow.last_img read more

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Swiss service provider Sunrise Telecom has struck

first_imgSwiss service provider Sunrise Telecom has struck an agreement with ftth fr, a joint venture between the government of Switzerland’s Fribourg canton and electricity utilities Groupe E, Gruyère Energie and IB-Murten, to enable it to provide fibre-based broadband and TV services across the Fribourg region.Ftth fr has been charged with deploying FTTH infrastructure across the canton, reaching apartment blocks in cooperation with national telco Swisscom. The parties aim to pass over 90% of Fribourg residents and 100% of enterprises between now and 2028.Sunrise will be able to provide services over a fibre infrastructure controlled by Swiss Fibre Net, a company created by ftth fr in the spring. End customers will have the ability to choose between a number of ISPs including Sunrise, which is already offering its range of TV services on the deployed fibre network in the region.Sunrise has already signed contracts to use fibre infrastructure in a number of other cities in Switzerland, including Zurich, Saint-Gall, Lucerne, Geneva and Berne, and has signed letters of intent to launch services in Bale, Winterthour and Gossau.last_img read more

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Conditional access module specialist SMiT and cont

first_imgConditional access module specialist SMiT and content security provider Verimatrix have struck an agreement to integrate a cardless version of SMiT’s CI+ 1.3 CAM with the Verimatrix ViewRight client library.According to SMiT, the CI+ 1.3 CAM will be a cardless product integrating Verimatrix’s client security technology, enabling end-users to watch encrypted TV programmes with no need for a smartcard. Operators will not need to apply the CAM-smartcard pairing process while ensuring secure transmission.According to SMiT, the CAM fully complies with the CI+ 1.3 standard, enabling interactive features such as hybrid video-on-demand and catch-up TV.”SMiT was the first to introduce the Verimatrix CAM to the market, and today, we are happy to be the first again to deploy the Verimatrix ViewRight client security technology in our CAM products,” said Stephen He, executive vice-president, SMiT. ”The seamless cooperation guarantees SMiT’s highly secure product strategy for operators and compelling interactive experience for subscribers. I believe that this innovative and consumer-oriented product will be a great success in the market.”last_img read more

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Englishlanguage news channel Ukraine Today is now

first_imgEnglish-language news channel Ukraine Today is now available in the Netherlands and Belgium, with an Austria launch to follow “within a month.”In the Netherlands the channel is available through operator CanalDigitaal, while in Belgium viewers can access it through TV Vlaanderen and TeleSat.“Ukraine Today is putting a huge effort into providing European audiences interested in the situation in our region with an alternative point of view. We face a lot of barriers but the last six months has shown that European cable and satellite operators are interested in hosting truthful news sources from Ukraine and Eastern Europe,” said Ukraine Today executive producer, Tetiana Pushnova.last_img read more

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Apples current generation Apple TV box Apple is r

first_imgApple’s current generation Apple TV boxApple is reportedly planning to launch a premium fourth generation version of its Apple TV set-top box at an event in San Francisco next week.According to unofficial Apple news site 9To5Mac, the new device is due to launch in October and is expected to be priced at either US$149 or US$199 – a significant increase on the US$69 that the current generation of Apple TV box retails at.The 9To5Mac report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that the new model will support Siri, have a new remote control and refreshed user interface, and feature an App Store and Software Development Kit.Apple will reportedly continue to sell its third generation Apple TV box as a lower-priced, entry-level model.The news came after Apple last week distributed media invites to a media event in San Francisco on September 9, saying simply: “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” Apple is reported to be planning to launch the new Apple TV box alongside the next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.In March a BuzzFeed report claimed that the new generation of Apple TV would mark a “significant overhaul” of the set-top device. It said it will support TV, music and apps, have an expanded memory that goes “well beyond” existing 8Gb Apple TV boxes, and will run on an improved operating system that will support Siri voice controls.A New York Times report from May also claimed that Apple’s new version of Apple TV will include a redesigned remote with two buttons and a touch-pad for scrolling, and will mark the first change to the controller since Apple introduced Apple TV in 2007.Both articles had tipped the device to launch at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which took place in San Francisco in June.The latest Apple TV reports come as Variety reported that Apple is to formally enter the original programming business.Variety cites sources close to the Cupertino-based media conglomerate suggesting “preliminary conversations” with Hollywood executives have taken place around original programming efforts.The scale of Apple’s ambition is not clear, but one source claims the plan will see the firm create an original programming unit, which could focus on TV series or movies, or both.This would part of a strategy to compete with streaming leader Netflix, which has focused on original programming as a key pillar in its ongoing growth period.Other Variety sources suggest Apple’s interest is more of a “flirtation”, though one source said the firm had made an “unprecedented bid” to secure the services of former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The trio ultimately ended up signing with Amazon Prime Instant Video.last_img read more

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Alticebacked French service provider Numericable

first_imgAltice-backed French service provider Numericable-SFR has announced that it will pay out a dividend of 5.70 a share, amounting to 2.5 billion in total.Numericable-SFR said that dividend would not have an impact on the group’s financial strength, which profitability improving quarter-by-quarter since the end of 2014. It said that its plan to cut costs through synergies following SFR’s acquisition by Numericable was progressing faster than anticipated and that that the company’s strategy had enabled it to reposition itself and generate profits more rapidly than expected.The dividend will be financed in part by a 1.6 billion secured loan. It said that its overall debt would remain under four times EBITDA.The dividend comes despite doubts expressed by some, including ratings agency Moody’s, about Numericable-SFR’s level of indebtedness.last_img read more

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Virgin Media has announced plans to change its ope

first_imgVirgin Media has announced plans to change its operating structure in a move that could result in the loss of around 900 jobs in the UK over two years.The Liberty Global-owned operator would not comment on which specific areas of the business would be affected and said it is currently entering a consultation period with employees in roles that could impacted.Virgin said that the reorganisation would support the company’s growth plans and efforts to offer “the best services for customers”, claiming it was not simply a cost-cutting exercise.It added that the company will continue to create new roles and recruit, particularly in areas that are driving the company’s growth – for example Project Lightning, Virgin’s five-year plan to invest £3 billion to build out its ultrafast broadband network.“Over the last three years Virgin Media has been transformed. We’re expanding, investing and growing our business. The proposed reorganisation will give us an even sharper focus on the customer, network expansion and business growth,” said Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.Virgin currently directly employs 13,600 in the UK, meaning the planned layoffs will result in an almost 7% reduction to its UK workforce.However, the company, which currently also outsources work to the Philipines, Poland and India, said that it expects to increase the overall number of people it employs both directly and through outsourced partners in the coming years.In the UK and overseas Virgin said it expects direct and outsourced staff figures to climb from around 23,000 people in 2015 to more than 25,000 in 2016 and 26,000 in 2017.last_img read more

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