In Toronto, the “most wonderful time of the year” means utter chaos at the Eaton Centre and exceptionably long lines for mulled wine at the Distillery Christmas Market. But there’s plenty of festive cheer to be had, too. Here’s how some of Toronto’s notables are getting into the holiday spirit.Drake dressed like Don Corleone with an entourage of nutcrackers:Jessica Mulroney had a driveway campfire: Advertisement Advertisement The Schitt’s Creek cast got glitzed up:Actor Kiefer Sutherland picked out an unconventional tree-topper:Celebrity chef Matty Matheson made a festive guest appearance on This Hour has 22 Minutes:Canadian model Winnie Harlow is staying warm with hot chocolate:Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq decked her halls:Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg re-watched Macaulay Culkin outsmart Christmas thieves:NKPR president Natasha Koifman has one of the best Christmas trees on the ‘gram:Real House Wives of Toronto’s Grego Minot braved the lines at the Distillery District with her husband, Pierre Minot:And so did Hailey Bieber:TV host Sangita Patel put up her towering tree:The Beckerman twins got festive and hit up Soho House:Burstyn Inc. co-founder Amy Burstyn Fritz skipped the mall and took her family to see Santa at King West’s Serpentine Pavilion:Pomp & Circumstance co-founder Amanda Alvaro hosted her annual holiday baking party. Guests, including TV personality Tanya Kim, The Social’s Erica Wark, and MP Mary Ng, decorated 240 cookies to send to Covenant House Toronto.Jeanne Beker celebrated Hanukkah with an intricate menorah:The Social’s Host Melissa Grelo opted for an early celebration with her family:Real Housewife Joan Kelley Walker didn’t skimp out on the Christmas trees. (Why have one when you can have eight?):ET Canada’s Shayne Stevens got cozy with Toronto’s Fashion Santa:Michele Romanow got glam for a holiday special of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.eTalk Host Chloe Wilde put the final touches on her sparkly tree:BY JEN KIRSCH | TORONTO LIFE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake (Photo courtesy of Instagram) Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsStudents on a Grade 8 class trip from the northern Ontario First Nation of Kashechewan found themselves in Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court Saturday when deadly gunfire erupted, triggering mass panic in the city’s largest shopping centre.None of the students were hurt in the shooting, which left one man dead and several injured.The 18 students, aged 13 to 15, were on an annual trip to visit southern Ontario which includes tours of the CN Tower, museums and Niagara Falls.Some of the students in the group were in the food court at the exact moment bullets began to fly, said Rosy Sutherland, director of education services for Kashechewan First Nation.“It is surreal to have it at that time,” said Sutherland. “You can only guess that it must have been like for them.”While none of the students were physically hurt, Sutherland said she wasn’t authorized discuss the psychological impact of the incident. Sutherland said a councillor from the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital did meet with students to make sure they were okay and help them with any emotional fallout.Sutherland said the students were also given the option of coming back home, but none of them took the offer and they spent Tuesday at Canada’s Wonderland.“They are probably not going to go back to the Eaton Centre,” said Sutherland.Christopher Husbands, 23, has been charged in connection to the brazen Eaton Centre shooting which left Ahmed Hassan, 24, dead.The trip is one of the highlights of the year for the St. Andrew’s School Grade 8 class which raises its own money to pay for the journey south.Students spend months fundraising, selling raffle tickets for TVs and hunting equipment, holding bingos, hosting yard sales and putting in hours as volunteers.The total cost of the trip comes to about $50,000 and students raise about 75 per cent of the amount, said Sutherland. The rest of the funding comes from the band’s education purse and other sources. The costs include a charter flight from Kashechewan to Timmins, Ont., and then a charter bus ride to Toronto.For many of the students, this is the first time they’ve ever visited a major city, many having travelled mainly to Timmins. One of the students on this year’s trip is confined to a wheelchair.Sutherland said there were a few anxious moments after the news hit that that students were so close to the shooting.“I was concerned for their well being and safety. I just wanted to make sure they were safe because they are our responsibility. They are our students,” said Sutherland. “I was glad to hear they were all safe, that they are resilient enough to continue their trip.”email@example.com
See the full warning.3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. 3:22 PM PST Thursday 13 December 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassSnowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will spread snow across northern BC overnight tonight. The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Total snowfall amounts of up to 15 cm are expected across Williston region, Pine Pass and the areas of the BC Peace near the Rockies.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.A low-pressure system will spread snow across Northern B.C. overnight Thursday that could bring as much as 15 cm of snow.The snow will intensify on Friday before easing in the evening. Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
Rabat – Morocco has granted Australian mining company Clancy Exploration a new cobalt license to explore near the Bou Azzer mine, in an area 120 kilometers south of Ouarzazate.A statement from the mining firm said on July 23 that the area is famous for being “a primary cobalt producer and high-quality cobalt cathode and has been in operation since the 1930’s.”The statement also confirmed the signing of an agreement to “acquire the newly approved exploration licence (EL 3842226) in Morocco from local Moroccan company Chater SARL.” Clancy paid Chater $50,000 for the license to explore in the “Bou Amzil extension,” according to the statement.The statement explained that Morocco granted a 3-year license for the “Bou Amzil extension,” from July 12, 2018 to July 12, 2021.Commenting on the deal, chairman of the company David Iengias said that “this is a jewel of a new licence in Morocco’s major cobalt producing region and gives Clancy immediate exposure to ground very close indeed to the western most shaft of the Bou Azzer Cobalt mine complex.”Wishing for more work and extensions in Morocco, the chairman of the giant corporation expressed his hope that shareholders “will approve the acquisition of the three other licenses in Morocco at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting, allowing Clancy to acquire a significant exploration play in one of the most prospective cobalt areas in Morocco.”The press release further explained the assets of the Moroccan cobalt source, emphasizing that it is one of the world’s only operating primary cobalt mines with “more than 50 deposits in the district, mined over 75 years with production of over 100kt of cobalt, 1,000’s of tonnes of silver and tens of tonnes of gold.”
30 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Palestinian refugees, who he said had shown great courage in the face of conflict, as well as to the efforts over the past 60 years of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting them. When the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was set up in 1949, no on anticipated that its humanitarian and human development work would be needed for this long, Mr. Ban said in a video message to a concert in Vienna to mark the agency’s 60th anniversary. “But, until there is a final settlement of the conflict, I am confident that UNRWA will continue to be a source of strength and support for millions of Palestinian refugees,” he told the gathering, which included Austrian President Heinz Fischer and UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd.Established by the General Assembly following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services – education, health, relief and social services – to over 4.6 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.In marking the agency’s anniversary, “we also honour a people who have shown great courage in the face of conflict,” said Mr. Ban. “A people who have strived to better their lives and those of their children, in particular through education.“That effort will gain new support with a scholarship fund for Palestinian refugee students to be launched here in Vienna – and generously supported by the OPEC Fund for International Development.” UNRWA kicked off a series of worldwide events on 14 May to commemorate its anniversary, beginning with the release of 60 blue balloons over Ramallah as a symbol of hope rising over obstacles and uniting those who have been separated and scattered.
Briefing journalists in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said that, Mr. de Mistura also received the envoy of the Syrian National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Haitham al-Maleh, who delivered a letter from the Coalition explaining and elaborating his Organization’s position on the way to resolve the conflict in Syria. According to Mr. Dujarric, the Special Envoy encouraged continued contribution by the Coalition to the Geneva consultations and also discussed perspectives on a political solution to the Syrian conflict with Syrian activist Samir Al-Taqi, currently the General Director of the Orient Research Centre in Dubai.At the end of the day’s meetings, Mr. de Mistura said the rich discussions with Syrian and international interlocutors were another stark reminder of a shared sense of urgency to help Syrian people reach a political solution to the end the conflict.The talks are aimed to bolster implementation of the Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012, and since endorsed by the UN Security Council.The document lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.
Automotive supplier Brose is reinforcing its commitment to the West Midlands by investing £15m into new technology and the latest automation.Brose UK, a specialist of mechatronic systems and electric motors, is embarking on major expansion at its Coventry plant to help it meet increased orders. The company is also planning to take its workforce from 190 to 280 over the next 12 months, including continuing to support 14 apprentices in their training and development.Thomas Kohlbauer, Managing Director, commented, “2013 will be an exciting and challenging year for Brose UK, as we look to build on recent investments in the UK automotive industry and a growing desire to introduce new models here.“Our success stems from creating long-term working partnerships with our customers and the investments we are making now and in coming years, will ensure we remain a key element of a world-class manufacturing supply chain.”From its 11,000sq metre facility, the company manufactures a range of window regulators and adjuster systems for front and rear seats. Current customers include Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and Volvo.Another major aim for Brose UK in 2013 is to increase the content of locally sourced components in its systems. This has already seen the recruitment of two new UK suppliers, including one company based in the West Midlands.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The end of Ilyumzhinov’s reignResults for World Chess Federation (FIDE) presidential elections Nigel Short🇬🇧 EnglandTBD– Ilyumzhinov’s dual tenures in Kalmykia and at FIDE were dogged by scandal.Once dubbed the “King of Kalmykia,” Ilyumzhinov allegedly used his homeland as a base of operations for illicit activity and intimidated those who stood in his way.In expert witness testimony submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice and obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, Louise Shelley, the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., wrote that, “Under the Ilyumzhinov regime, the Kalmyk public and law enforcement agencies were repeatedly accused of interfering in election campaigns, engaging in corrupt activities, [and] covering up and profiting from organized crime.”The allegations, which Ilyumzhinov denies, go beyond corruption. Shelley testified that Ilyumzhinov’s regime “was tainted with gross human rights violations, including suppression of political opposition and harassment of human rights activists.”Perhaps the “grisliest,” she noted, was the assassination “linked to Ilyumzhinov’s name.”“But when you start to touch the purse, when you start to uncover concrete things that touch on money and concrete people, then they kill.”As Ilyumzhinov prepared to welcome players and delegates from more than 100 countries to Kalmykia for the 1998 Chess Olympiad, the mutilated body of a local journalist was discovered in a pond on the outskirts of Elista, the region’s capital city.Larisa Yudina had been the editor of Sovietskaya Kalmykia, an opposition newspaper affiliated with Yabloko, Russia’s most prominent liberal party. According to two of Yudina’s former colleagues, Valery Badmaev and Batyr Boromangnaev, Yudina had discovered details about a scheme involving Kalmykia’s so-called “offshore zone,” a tax haven from which many of Russia’s best-known oligarchs benefited.Yudina’s colleagues said she was poised to report that money paid by companies registered in the offshore zone was flowing into a presidential fund and foreign bank accounts instead of Kalmykia’s budget.“In Russia, you can criticize about some kind of general questions as much as you like,” said Badmaev. “But when you start to touch the purse, when you start to uncover concrete things that touch on money and concrete people, then they kill.”The subsequent federal investigation into Yudina’s murder quickly yielded three suspects — Sergey Vaskin, Vladimir Shanukov and Andrey Lipin — and uncovered a direct link to Ilyumzhinov. The leader Vaskin, a former police officer, was a onetime member of his campaign team.The three men were convicted, and in a Russian court filing detailing their sentences, the judge presiding over the case described how one of the men posed as a disgruntled former employee of an Ilyumzhinov-controlled agency that Yudina was investigating. He appeared to be eager to provide Yudina with compromising documents, luring her to an apartment where she was beaten and stabbed to death.“Her professional activities are creating headaches for some influential people in the republic,” Shanukov testified Vaskin told him. “In connection with that, she needs to be removed.”But in the end the authorities and the court found that “the involvement of other persons in the commission of the crime is not established.”Almost immediately after Yudina’s body was discovered, Yabloko launched its own investigation into the murder, fearing a cover-up by local authorities loyal to Ilyumzhinov. Valery Ostanin, a former police officer with 20 years’ experience, was given full access to the case materials.He called the murder the most “bestial” he had ever encountered. “There was blood on every wall and even on the ceiling,” Ostanin said.According to Ostanin, there was credible evidence linking the murder to Ilyumzhinov, including a flurry of communications between Vaskin and members of Ilyumzhinov’s administration shortly after Yudina’s body was discovered. Yet the investigation stalled, he said, as case materials went missing and key investigators were transferred away.In an interview, Ilyumzhinov acknowledged his acquaintance with Vaskin and his familiarity with Yudina’s reporting, but he dismissed the accusation he had any involvement in the tax scheme or her murder, claiming that he “investigated it specially so that there wouldn’t be conversations” and personally invited the federal agents from Moscow to launch their probe.“There was a trial, there was an investigation, it was proved. The issue is finished,” Ilyumzhinov said. “Let me accuse you or your father of killing John Kennedy or Martin Luther King. It’s absurd.”No charges were ever brought against Ilyumzhinov. In his childhood years, Ilyumzhinov wrote in his autobiography, he “seemed to be living two lives,” one as a troublemaking child, the other (after a lesson from his grandfather) as a chess obsessive.“I became fascinated by chess; I would sit at the checkerboard for hours forgetting everything,” Ilyumzhinov wrote of his childhood. “The 32 white and 32 black checks on the board seemed to me to encompass the duality of the whole world.”After a stint working in a factory and then military service, Ilyumzhinov entered the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, one of Russia’s most prestigious universities and widely known for producing two types of graduates — diplomats and spies.He graduated in 1989, having studied diplomacy and Japanese in the midst of perestroika, an era when the Soviet authorities began to allow limited types of private enterprise.“I wanted to become a millionaire,” he said. So rather than enter, say, the foreign ministry, he became a car salesman. Ilyumzhinov said he made a small fortune importing Japanese and other luxury cars and wrote that he turned some “huge profits” on various high-risk, high-reward ventures.According to Michael Khodarkovsky, a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago who has both studied in and written on Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov quickly established himself among a new breed of post-Soviet powerbrokers.“His early biography is very murky,” Khodarkovsky said. “After the Soviet collapse, people [like Ilyumzhinov] knew what strings to pull and quickly accumulated sizable fortunes.”With wealth came power, as impoverished institutions looked to Ilyumzhinov and his considerable resources for a financial bailout.He was elected to the Russian parliament in 1990, at which point, he wrote, he “began to allot money from [his] personal funds” to fill the gaps in the state’s budget. A few years later, in 1993, he was elected president of Kalmykia.He was 31 years old. His first decree was to make chess obligatory in Kalmyk schools.FIDE came calling shortly thereafter, and Ilyumzhinov harbors no illusions about the reason behind the sudden interest in his leadership.“Why was I elected? Because FIDE was bankrupt then,” Ilyumzhinov told us. “There was no money. And so they asked me.”In 1995, he was unanimously elected president of FIDE, giving him control of the sport that had long ago captured his imagination. He immediately moved to close FIDE’s debts, spending $2 million, he said, from his personal fortune.It would become apparent, however, that both Kalmykia and FIDE had traded a short-term problem for a long-term ruler whose alleged activities were destined to make headlines around the world for more than two decades.Some headlines were just weird — he has repeatedly claimed he was abducted by aliens in 1997. Others spoke to something more wicked. 2006Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia64%– Garry Kasparov🇷🇺 Russia36%– Whatever lingering suspicions surrounded Ilyumzhinov following the murder investigation, they don’t appear to have loosened his grip on power. He remained firmly entrenched in his Elista headquarters for more than a decade after Yudina’s killing, where throughout his rule a trio of flags waved overhead — one for Russia, one for Kalmykia, and one for FIDE.In the months following the murder, Ilyumzhinov was re-elected president of FIDE. He ran unopposed.According to Garry Kasparov, then the world’s top player and now an outspoken critic of both Ilyumzhinov and the Kremlin, chess insiders were more than willing to look the other way.“[It] just put on display the indifference of the world of chess,” Kasparov said in 2017, “for the source of money that was being used to fund chess activities.”“It’s not a secret. He can go like he is just there for chess, for the chess tournament, but he can deliver a message. And the message won’t get screwed up.”Ilyumzhinov maintained a packed travel schedule that saw him unexpectedly but repeatedly appear beside some of the world’s best-known strongmen leaders, typically under the auspices of promoting the game.In 2003, Ilyumzhinov flew to Iraq, less than two days before the start of the U.S. invasion, where he reportedly met with Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday. In 2011, he flew to Libya, amid an ongoing NATO bombing campaign, where he played a chess match against Moammar Gadhafi. And in 2012, he flew to Syria, shortly after the outbreak of civil war, where he met with Bashar Assad to, in Ilyumzhinov’s telling, deliver chess textbooks to Syrian schoolchildren.At times, he appeared to be doing much more than promoting chess. Over the years, Ilyumzhinov has repeatedly been alleged to act as an informal envoy for the Russian government.His son David confirmed that Ilyumzhinov served a unique role. “It’s not a secret,” David told us. “He can go like he is just there for chess, for the chess tournament, but he can deliver a message. And the message won’t get screwed up.”With 188 national chess federations scattered across the globe, Ilyumzhinov’s opportunities for chess diplomacy were all but endless.“It offers unique opportunities to be used as the unofficial embassy,” Kasparov said. “So Ilyumzhinov can go to different places as the president of the chess federation. … He’s a very useful ambassador. If you can call it ambassador.”Ilyumzhinov, however, scoffed at questions about his association with other autocrats.“If tomorrow Kim Jong Un from North Korea [contacted me],” Ilyumzhinov said. “I would also travel there and develop chess.”He denied working directly for the Kremlin but acknowledged that his trips served a dual purpose. He described himself as a “people’s diplomat,” one who promoted not only chess but also “peace and stability.” He became “friends,” he said, with businessmen and politicians around the world with whom he might have casually shared information over lunch.Peskov, who also serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of Russia’s national chess federation alongside other senior Russian officials, denied any connection between the Kremlin and Ilyumzhinov.“He used his influence, and he used his authority to promote chess globally,” Peskov said. “And he’s got certain results. He was very successful.”But Ilyumzhinov’s globetrotting — which his longtime deputy Georgios Makropoulos said was often the largest line item in FIDE’s annual budget — contributed to another fiscal crisis for the federation.Several chess insiders agreed that the FIDE president’s well-publicized association with oppressive regimes made would-be sponsors increasingly wary of association with FIDE.Rex Sinquefield, an American philanthropist and the biggest benefactor of American chess, bankrolls his own tournaments rather than doing business with FIDE.“It’s not a group we could work with,” Sinquefield told us. “There’s a fundamental question of integrity and honesty, and it’s pretty clear to me the mess they’re in.”But just as in Kalmykia, Ilyumzhinov’s money and Kremlin connections would make him especially difficult to remove from his perch atop chess.The first serious challenge to his presidency came in 2010, when the Russian former world champion and onetime Communist Party apparatchik Anatoly Karpov ran against him. Karpov initially managed to win the support of the Russian Chess Federation until an armed raid of its headquarters, reportedly ordered by a then-senior Kremlin advisor Arkady Dvorkovich, appeared to persuade its officials to reconsider.The second serious challenge came in 2014, when Kasparov ran against him. He appeared to attract significant support to his reformist agenda until what Kasparov described as “direct interference” by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the network of Russian embassies, including, he said, threats of retaliation and outright bribery, accusations Ilyumzhinov dismissed.“What do I need votes for,” he asked us, “if I practically kept that organization running for 23 years?”It would ultimately take an intervention of the highest order to precipitate Ilyumzhinov’s downfall — and it came from President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department. Kalmykia, where Ilyumzhinov was born in 1962, would seem an unlikely springboard to power, but that’s where his rapid rise began.One of Russia’s harshest and poorest regions, it is a sweeping stretch of arid grassland home to a largely Buddhist population that was once targeted for exile and extermination by Joseph Stalin. 2018Arkady Dvorkovich🇷🇺 RussiaTBD– YearCandidateCountryVote share 1995Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– 1996Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia65%– Vladimir Putin speaks with Ilyumzhinov during a meeting in the Kremlin in 2006. Like in other elections around the world, Russia has been accused of meddling in FIDE’s election for the top spot in international chess. DMITRY ASTAKHOV / AFP / GETTY IMAGES But what’s next for Ilyumzhinov? His work, he said, is far from over. He said he will focus on philanthropic efforts to further his new goal of “teaching 1 billion people to play chess.”He also suggested he might play a role in the reconstruction of war-torn Syria.“Maybe I will do business there,” Ilyumzhinov said. “They are inviting me to get into it.”According to Ilyumzhinov’s son, David, Ilyumzhinov’s “connections” remain valuable, and his presence can provide a measure of protection and influence in Russia’s notoriously ruthless business environment.“He just partners,” David said. “Sometimes he goes in as cover, so that people won’t have problems. … It’s kind of lobbying but in a different way.”Ilyumzhinov wavers between aggrievement and acceptance. He laments that the institutions he believes he saved have now turned on him, calling him “a fool” and telling him to “get out of here.” But he also adopts a kind of Buddhist serenity, claiming he “never look[s] back” and declaring “what’s past is past.”“When people do nothing, just criticize, then I’m silent,” he said. “Because I have nothing to say to them. Like with the aliens. Why do aliens not argue with us? Because they are on a different level. I am on a different level to people. Why should I discuss or talk?”He points to the Buddhist temples and “chess palaces” he built in Kalmykia and in countries around the world, monuments to the money he poured into his passions.“Is that corruption?” he asked. “It’s a gift from me. Look how many I have built. I built that with my own money. In every region. They are real. They stand. Is that corruption? You Western people, you don’t know. You Western people don’t understand. You are a different mentality. I give.” The actual Chess City in Elista, on the left, and a model of its original, grander plan, featuring a chess-decorated castle, on the right. The neighborhood sits largely neglected in the Russian desert. PATRICK REEVELL Bessel Kok🇳🇱 Netherlands36%– In 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Ilyumzhinov “for materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria,” which had employed brutal measures to maintain control of its territory amid a popular uprising.U.S. officials provided few details about the exact nature of the activity that led to the sanction but alleged that Ilyumzhinov owned or controlled the Russian Financial Alliance Bank alongside Mudalal Khuri, its chairman, who “has had a long association with the Assad regime and represents regime business and financial interests in Russia.”According to a former U.S. Treasury Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, being placed on the U.S. list of sanctioned individuals not only freezes all U.S.-based assets but “really is a scarlet letter in the financial system.”“Banks around the world will stop doing business with those people,” the former official said. “I mean a lot of banks, even non-U.S. banks.”Ilyumzhinov vehemently denied allegations that he had assisted the Assad regime, but the sanction created a legitimacy crisis for him at FIDE. Despite that, Ilyumzhinov continued to enjoy a level of state support that revealed how important chess remains to Putin and his inner circle.Peskov called the sanctions “illegal,” pointing out that Ilyumzhinov has never been convicted of any crime.“We’re living in a world of allegations and fake news,” Peskov said.Ilyumzhinov did all he could to combat the sanction. He wrote letters. He hired a lawyer. He even appealed directly to “His Excellency” President Donald Trump, whose alleged affinity for Russia had been dominating headlines for months.“I know that you are completely and utterly committed to the principles and ideals of America,” Ilyumzhinov wrote to Trump in September 2017 in a letter obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight. “I ask you to use your power and authority to allow me to come to New York and face law enforcement … Mr. President! What I’m asking is not vital for either FIDE or Ilyumzhinov. This is required by the principles of justice and human rights.”None of his efforts appeared to make much progress, so with his colleagues within FIDE urging him to step down, he focused on doing what he did best.Running for reelection.“You are managing the responsibilities well,” Putin said. “You have accumulated lots of experience and have every chance to win … and I’d like to wish you success.”By 2017, he appeared set to face his own deputy Makropoulos and English grandmaster Nigel Short, each of whom sought to cast themselves as reformers of a corrupt federation too close to the Kremlin.In response, Ilyumzhinov began mobilizing state support behind his candidacy. In July, he secured Putin’s endorsement in a segment on Russian state-owned television. “I feel that Russia should not concede this position,” Ilyumzhinov told Putin. “And I have decided to run again for the post of the president of FIDE.”“You certainly deserve this position,” Putin replied. “You are managing the responsibilities well. You have accumulated lots of experience and have every chance to win. In any case, you have deserved the right to present your candidacy and fight for the position, and I’d like to wish you success.”In October 2017, the U.S. Chess Federation received a letter, which was obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, from the Russian Embassy in the U.S., urging the federation to support Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy.“Chess is developing steadily,” wrote Russian Minister-Counselor Denis Gonchar. “And Mr. K. N. Ilyumzhinov enjoys high credibility according to his merit in the chess world.”But just as a financial crisis gave Ilyumzhinov power, it would ultimately be a financial crisis that took it away from him.In January of this year, the Swiss bank UBS moved to close FIDE’s accounts, notifying the federation of the “termination of [its] business relationship.” Bank officials, Makropoulos told us, made it clear in private meetings that FIDE’s accounts had become toxic.Despite the financial problems, Ilyumzhinov remained undeterred. He bolstered his presidential ticket with an American named Glen Stark. But this would-be chess official, it was soon discovered, was neither named Glen Stark nor was he American; he was, in fact, a Russian named Igor Shinder allegedly peddling inflated credentials.This strange scandal appeared to be too much, and Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy suffered an abrupt end — he stepped aside in favor of the Kremlin’s new chosen candidate, former deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich.Ilyumzhinov characterized his departure differently. He is merely stepping down, he said, because he has already “fulfilled all the tasks” before him and, like an undefeated boxer in his heyday, he has “already beaten the strongest.”“If you have beaten Tyson and everyone, why go on, right?” Ilyumzhinov said. “You’re already top.” Georgios Makropoulos🇬🇷 GreeceTBD– Whether he’s on the ballot or not, the upcoming chess election, like every chess election since 1995, is about one thing: Ilyumzhinov.And like so many elections around the world, the Russians are allegedly meddling in it.Chess leaders have convened in Batumi, Georgia, this week to elect the federation’s first new leader in 23 years. On Wednesday, they will choose between three men — Greece’s Georgios Makropoulos, England’s Nigel Short, and Russia’s Arkady Dvorkovich.Makropoulos, Ilyumzhinov’s longtime deputy, is the de facto incumbent put in the awkward position of running on reform, framing the election as a choice between the federation’s political independence and continued “Kremlin control.” And Short, the longshot challenger, appears to have made more accusations than progress — he hoped for “the removal of the Makropoulos administration, which is nothing but a giant cancerous tumour on the body of chess.”But the Kremlin-preferred candidate is the late-entrant Dvorkovich, the former deputy prime minister, who oversaw Russia’s staging of the FIFA World Cup earlier this year. Dvorkovich has supported Ilyumzhinov in the past — he reportedly ordered the raid on the Russian Chess Federation in 2010 — and in many ways represents a continuation of the sport’s alignment with the Kremlin.The contest is facing mounting allegations of Russian interference, including an intervention by Vladimir Putin himself.In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in July, Putin appears to have offered Netanyahu a deal to shore up support for his chosen candidate.“The Russian president asked the prime minister for Israel’s support in favor of former deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich’s candidacy,” wrote an Israeli official in a cable obtained by ABC News and FiveThirtyEight. “Putin, in turn, said he would support Israel as the host of the next world championship.”Dvorkovich disputed the interpretation that Putin was pressuring the Israelis to support him, telling the BBC that the Russian president “didn’t do anything wrong” and was merely “informing” his counterpart of an “important” election.Makropoulos has also accused Russia of trying to boost Dvorkovich’s candidacy by promising money, positions of power and gifts — including 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets — to officials who have a vote in FIDE’s election.Dvorkovich acknowledged inviting chess officials to the World Cup but denied providing them with tickets, and responded to Makropoulos’s claims by filing a defamation suit.Peskov said the Kremlin has had no involvement in the candidacies of either Ilyumzhinov or Dvorkovich and rejected any allegations of interference.“It’s a free vote,” Peskov said, “and we simply don’t have any means to interfere and we don’t have the slightest intention to interfere.”So Ilyumzhinov’s legacy-defining battle rages on without him. Chess has been established as an effective instrument of “soft power” for the Russians, the former Treasury official said, and a “feather in the cap” like the Olympics or the World Cup that allows Russian leaders to project a polished image to visiting politicians and businessmen.Ilyumzhinov has endorsed Dvorkovich, hopeful that under the former deputy prime minister, the “status” he says he brought to the organization will be “maintained,” but he dismissed the suggestion of holding a position under the new administration should a Russian keep the post.“For what?” he scoffed. “I’m not a bureaucrat.” 1998Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– Anatoly Karpov🇷🇺 Russia37%– 2002Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia—– Jaime Sunye Neto🇧🇷 Brazil35%– In the days following the 2016 election, a large group of Russians gathered in New York to watch one of their own wage war in miniature.They were at the World Chess Championship, where a patriotic Russian grandmaster was challenging the Norwegian defending champion in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport. Members of Russia’s business and political elite gathered in the venue’s dimly lit VIP lounge and whispered over martinis as their countryman tried to restore Russia to its former chess glory.One person was especially conspicuous, and he wasn’t even there.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has lorded over the sport as the president of the World Chess Federation, more commonly known by its French acronym FIDE, for more than two decades. But the game’s most powerful figure had been barred from the country hosting its highest profile event. Ilyumzhinov was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2015 for providing financial assistance to Bashar Assad’s government in Syria as the regime inflicted a shocking degree of violence upon its citizens and purchased oil from the terrorist group ISIS.The sanction was an extraordinary allegation to level against a sports chief, but Ilyumzhinov is no ordinary chief, and chess is no ordinary sport.For years, he served simultaneously as the president of a Russian region and the steward of its national pastime. His authoritarian rule in those dual posts established him as a uniquely valuable Kremlin asset and has led his critics to bestow him with other, less flattering titles. Stooge. Spy. Madman. And perhaps worse.Now, after a 23-year reign atop the game, Ilyumzhinov is days away from the end of his colorful tenure. An election to replace him takes place this week.In a series of interviews with ABC News and FiveThirtyEight, former U.S. government officials, political rivals, criminal investigators, Russia experts, chess insiders, and top players dissected Ilyumzhinov’s career, revealing new details about the mysterious provenance of some of his wealth, the Kremlin connections that critics say kept him in power, and the ongoing battle for the sport over which he presided. Ilyumzhinov replaced a resigning president in 1995, and in 1998 and 2002, he was unopposed. The 2018 election is scheduled for Oct. 3.Source: FIDE The portrait that emerges offers a window into how Russia has used sport as statecraft, allegedly currying favor and peddling influence around the world under cover of an ancient board game.Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, denied that Ilyumzhinov had ever acted on behalf of the Kremlin.“He never represented Russia and the Russian Federation as a kind of envoy,” Peskov told us. “Of course, we’ve been proud of our citizen to be such a successful head of FIDE.”In a wide-ranging and often baffling one-on-one interview, Ilyumzhinov disputed or deflected the allegations against him, portraying himself as a builder and benefactor whose career defies easy classification.“I am simply a citizen of Russia and a simple person,” Ilyumzhinov said, “who sort of travels around the whole world.” 2014Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia64%– 2010Kirsan Ilyumzhinov🇷🇺 Russia63%– Elista’s Chess City is one such gift, a relic of the city’s once-favorite son. Built by Ilyumzhinov to host international chess tournaments, it is a convention center surrounded by a semi-gated community that is now home to the city’s small upper class. Its tidy suburban streets are lined with about 150 houses, many of which appeared to be empty, with crumbling facades and broken windows.It is a rundown fantasy sitting neglected in the desert.As his tenure with FIDE comes to a close, Ilyumzhinov envisions a different fate for himself. Asked directly why he was useful to the Kremlin, he bristled at the suggestion that his useful days are behind him.“Why ‘was’? Have I flown away to the moon?” he asked. “I’m staying around!” Halley Freger, Emily Ruchalski and Jinsol Jung also contributed to this report.This story was initially developed with the support of The Hatch Institute, formerly The Contently Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that offers editorial guidance and financial support to aspiring investigative reporters. Madden has since joined its board of advisers.This story was featured in the Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, episode of ABC News’ daily news podcast, “Start Here.”
Judge Peter Crabtree warned the pair that the starting point for sentence was custody.Judge Crabtree added: “The starting point is custody undoubtedly in this case, it’s extremely serious.”Two of the securing unauthorised access to computer material charges against Bray relate to her operating the CCTV equipment at Bournemouth Mortuary to access the post-mortem examination of Sala in February.The third is in connection with her using the CCTV equipment on April 24 last year to play the post-mortem examination of Andrew Victor Latcham.Wiltshire Police’s Digital Investigations and Intelligence Unit (DIIU) carried out a warrant at the CCTV firm’s offices last summer.Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton, from DIIU, said: “This is the most high-profile investigation that our recently-formed unit has carried out. I would like to commend the team of specialist investigators for their hard work and dedication.”This has been a case which has attracted significant global media interest, and has involved detailed forensic searches of a large number of digital devices, as well as regular contact with a range of stakeholders and interested parties – not least the families of our two victims, with Emiliano Sala’s family, who live in Argentina, being kept fully updated at all times. Christopher Ashford and Sherry Bray accessed video footage of Sala’s post-mortemCredit:Ben Birchall/PA She also admitted perverting the course of public justice by instructing Ashford to “delete your pics” on February 12, and the next day deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the post-mortem image of Sala from her mobile phone. Two people have been warned they face jail after admitting accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of footballer Emiliano Sala.Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey, on January 21.His body was recovered on February 6 and a post-mortem examination took place at Bournemouth Mortuary the following day.A week later, police were alerted to an image on Twitter apparently showing the dead Argentinian footballer.The image was removed from Twitter, but was subsequently shared to other social media sites.Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between February 9 and 11 this year.Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year. “It has been the two families who have been at the forefront of our minds throughout the investigation; they have been significantly impacted at what was already a difficult and traumatic time for them.”The actions of Bray and Ashford caused additional unnecessary distress and heartache, and I hope the families will now be able to concentrate on grieving for their loved ones.”The pair were released on bail to appear at the same court on September 20. 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.
← Previous Story RK VOJVODINA DEPARTURES: Mirkovic to Baia Mare, Kocic signs for Metalurg! Next Story → HBW Balingen sign Serbian goalkeeper Radivoje Ristanovic German Bundesliga teams (30 of them) won the court case against the International Handball Federation and German HAndbal Federation at ordinary German court in Dortmund. The IHF and DHB are no longer allowed to force the teams to set free the national team players of foreign federations on their squads for activities of their respective national teams according to article 7. Should the clubs refuse to release the players they cannot be sanctioned for doing so.Association of European top teams – Forum Club Handbal supported financially the court case. Until now, Bundesliga teams had no other way but to release their foreign players if they were called up for activities of their national team within the international calendar. Clubs didn’t get any kind of a reimbursement and insurance for the players while on national team duty. Now, that will be changed… forum club handballIHF
‘Munster is an amazing club. The supporter base, they’re fanatics’ New senior coach Stephen Larkham is looking forward to working with Joey Carbery. https://the42.ie/4783030 Share11 Tweet Email1 HE WAS WARNED not to expect too much of the Irish weather, even in summer, so Stephen Larkham has been pleasantly surprised to be able to crack open the patio doors of his new family home in Limerick in the last few days.The Australian is a week into his time in Ireland, having joined Munster as senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season.The 45-year-old was the Wallabies’ attack coach as recently as February, but a difference of opinions with Michael Cheika saw him departing the set-up. Larkham is a week into his time in Ireland. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOLarkham got a phone call from Munster boss Johann van Graan around three months ago, with the pair having been acquainted from coaching against each other in Test rugby, van Graan previously having worked with the Springboks.Well aware of Munster’s history and stature, Larkham didn’t hesitate for long in taking the opportunity.“Johann said how interested he was in interviewing me and seeing whether I’d be right for the role. It’s an amazing club. It’s well-known around the world. The supporter base, they’re fanatics and it’s amazing what they bring to the game,” said Larkham today in Limerick, also referencing the province’s win over the All Blacks in 1978.“I came over eight weeks ago after talking to Johann and had a bit of a look around. There’s a brand-new High Performance Centre here, a really good roster, so it was a no-brainer. There’s so many positives for coming over here.“As a coach from the Southern Hemisphere, I guess there’s always that lure and challenge of the European competition and I knew I needed to get over here at some stage.”Larkham is honest in admitting he “didn’t respect Northern Hemisphere rugby” when he was still playing the game, as obsessed with Super Rugby, the Tri-Nations and beating the All Blacks as he was.A World Cup winner with the Wallabies in 1999, Larkham said he’s already learning the error of his ways.“Looking at that game over the weekend, it was amazing to watch the raw power of England and the way Ireland battled through that game,” said Larkham.“Watching some of the Munster games from last year in the Pro14 and Heineken Cup, there’s some amazing rugby being played up here in tough conditions. So you’ve got to respect it.” The Munster senior coach at training in UL today. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOAlthough adding his experience in all coaching areas, Larkham will be primarily be working with Munster’s attack, which will hope to build on last season’s improvement to become a more effective force.The new senior coach looks at Ireland internationals like Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Chris Farrell, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, and Mike Haley and sees exciting possibilities for what the province can do.“Those guys are away at the moment obviously. If you look at the form of Ireland on Saturday, maybe they’re not going to be away for too long!” said Larkham with a smile.“Maybe they’ll come back early, but hopefully they’re there for a fair period and Ireland do OK.“Go through the forwards, I don’t know all their names at the moment, still getting my head around that – I’m pretty good with the backline as I’ve spent time with them but not so good on the forwards.“But at the top level, when we get those players back, we’ve got a really competitive team that can beat any other team in the competition. In the meantime, some of the results last year with guys who were probably new to the set-up, fantastic results, so there’s good depth here as well.” By Murray Kinsella Monday 26 Aug 2019, 5:31 PM The relationship between Carbery – currently with Ireland but injured – and Larkham will be particularly fascinating to follow, with the 23-year-old playmaker having already been compared to Larkham in his own playing days. Carbery is currently away injured with Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIf Carbery proves his fitness for the World Cup, he won’t be back in the Munster set-up for some time yet, but Larkham is excited to work with the out-half.“He’s a very, very skillful player,” said Larkham of Carbery. “He’s got all the skills – kicks off both feet. I think he’s quite a dynamic, athletic running five-eighth as well, so he challenges the line quite well.“I really haven’t seen enough of him in Munster colours, so I’m still catching up on the games from last year.“There’s some other talented five-eighths here as well, so JJ [Hanrahan] and Tyler [Bleyendaal] and Ben Healy, a couple of injured guys too. We have talent in that area but Joey has a great all-round game. I’m really enjoying working with the guys we’ve got here at the moment and really looking forward to working with him.”As for the collective Munster attack, Larkham referenced Munster’s “pretty good record” last season, but pointed to the scope for improvement.“There’s a little bit of detail and we probably didn’t create enough linebreaks or beat enough players one-on-one, so we’re looking at a bit of that detail at the moment.“We want to maintain what we’ve had over the last couple of years and what we’ve been working towards.“Last year was probably a step up in terms of attack, so maintaining that and then putting a bit of detail around other areas of the attack.” Short URL 21,300 Views 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aug 26th 2019, 5:31 PM
Après la fermeture de Megaupload, Filesonic arrête le partage de fichiersQuelques jours après la fermeture du site Megaupload par le FBI, les sites de partage de fichiers et de téléchargement s’affolent et prennent les devants par crainte de subir le même sort. C’est notamment le cas de Filesonic, qui proposait un service similaire, et vient de mettre fin à sa fonction de partage des fichiers.Après la fermeture de Megaupload et l’arrestation de ses dirigeants par les autorités américaines, plusieurs des concurrents du site de téléchargement direct ont déclaré forfait en arrêtant d’eux-même le partage de fichiers. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le site Filesonic, dont le fonctionnement était similaire à celui de Megaupload, permet ainsi toujours de stocker des fichiers en ligne, mais vient de bloquer sa fonction de téléchargement par un tiers. “Toutes les fonctions de partage sur Filesonic sont maintenant désactivées. Notre service ne peut être utilisé que pour envoyer et récupérer des fichiers que vous avez vous-même envoyés”, annonce le site sur sa page d’accueil (lien non disponible).Comme Megaupload, Filesonic proposait aux internautes de stocker des fichiers, et de les partager avec d’autres internautes grâce à adresse web unique. Le site avait mis en place un système de récompenses grâce auquel les personnes mettant en ligne des séries et films populaires pouvaient gagner de l’argent. Un internaute engrangeait ainsi 35 dollars pour 1.000 téléchargements d’un fichier. Filesonic n’est pas le seul à avoir ainsi réagi à la fermeture de Megaupload. Le site VideoBB a comme lui mis un terme à sa fonction de partage de fichiers, tandis que Uploaded.to a banni les connexions venant des États-Unis.Le 24 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida man is facing some serious charges after he was caught on surveillance video punching and pistol-whipping a man at a convenience store in Davie.According to Davie Police, Robert Gonzalez and Roy Diesfeld had been involved in an ongoing dispute when they started throwing punches at the A to Z Food & Beverage store, located at 13080 State Road 84, Sunday.The footage shows Gonzalez using a gun to hit Diesfeld repeatedly before taking off from the scene. The video goes on to show blood gushing from the victim’s head after he was beaten.Police were able to track down and take Gonzalez into custody.He is facing a slew of charges, including aggravated battery and aggravated assault.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Memorial Hermann Health System agreed to pay the United States over $1.9 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed government healthcare programs.U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, of the Southern District of Texas, made the announcement on Monday.“Charging the government for higher cost inpatient services when patients only require lower cost outpatient services is a waste of taxpayer money and a violation of trust with the patient and with the government,” said Patrick, in a press release. “This settlement should deter similar conduct in the future and help make health care more affordable.”Federal prosecutors alleged that between 2009 and 2014, three hospitals in the Memorial Hermann System – the Texas Medical Center, Southwest and Memorial City – billed Medicare for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient services. Therefore, the government said, the hospitals received larger reimbursements than they were entitled to.Below is a statement from Memorial Hermann, provided to Houston Public Media:“During a routine audit of claims data from 2009-2014, it was discovered that a limited number of records lacked the detailed information necessary under complex billing documentation requirements in regards to physician decisions to admit patients as inpatient versus outpatient. Care provided to patients was appropriate and necessary and there have been no allegations to the contrary. We make every effort to ensure that we have a robust documentation process in place that adheres to our highest standards of accuracy. An agreement has been reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to refund the overpayment flagged in the audit dating back to before 2014. Additionally, we have a longstanding compliance program to ensure that we continuously meet the rigorous documentation standards required in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.”The Memorial Hermann Health System bills itself as the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and runs and operates 15 hospitals, according to its website. Share
The 34th Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Inter-Unit Golf Championship was inaugurated recently.The four-day golfing extravaganza is one of the most important tournaments on the amateur calendar. Top ranked amateur players such as Udayan Mane, Manu Gandas, Saquib Ahmed, Trishul Chinnappa, Samarth Dwivedi, Simarjeet Singh, Ankur Chadha and Manav Das were seen in action during the tournament. The tournament also witnessed India’s No 1 lady golfer Gurbani Singh and Viraj Madappa and Piyush Sangwan playing for the Championship. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some of the prominent players from GAIL who would be vying for the Championship are India’s No 2 lady golfer and reigning Sri Lanka Open Champion Gauri Monga, reigning National Amateur Champion Pratap Atwal and local golfer Jaibir Singh. The tournament began with two-day practice rounds followed by the two-day main event to be played on a stroke play format.Speaking on the occasion, R D Goyal said, ‘GAIL has been taking a number of initiatives to promote sports within the organisation and at the same time, supporting and promoting sports and players outside the organisation as well. Participating in PSPB tournaments is one such important platform.’
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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Berman, M.D., the studys principal investigator and chief of Cardiac Imaging at Cedars-Sinais S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more September 30, 2009 – A simple, noninvasive test appears to be an effective screening tool for identifying patients with silent heart disease who are at risk for a heart attack or sudden death. Coronary artery calcium scans can be performed without triggering excessive additional testing and costs, according to the multicenter EISNER (Early Identification of Subclinical Atherosclerosis by Noninvasive Imaging Research) study, led by investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The findings appear in today’s issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Coronary artery calcium scans that detect plaque in the coronary arteries have been shown to be more effective than standard cholesterol and blood pressure measurements in identifying patients who are most vulnerable to heart disease. Currently, these scans are not covered by private insurance carriers, in part because of concerns that detection of low levels of cardiovascular disease will result in unnecessary and expensive further testing, including exercise imaging and invasive cardiac catheterization procedures. “Over half of patients who suffer heart attacks have no warning that they have heart disease until the heart attack occurs. If we knew the patients were at risk, current treatments could prevent the majority of these unnecessary events. We had to address the concerns about unnecessary testing and costs related to this potentially lifesaving procedure,” said Daniel S. Berman, M.D., the study’s principal investigator and chief of cardiac imaging at Cedars-Sinai’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center in Los Angeles, Calif. In the EISNER study, supported by The Eisner Foundation, researchers performed coronary calcium scans on 1,361 volunteers at intermediate risk for coronary artery disease, and followed them over a four-year period, from May 2001 to June 2005. The objective was to determine the relationship between coronary artery calcium scores and subsequent cardiac events and to evaluate the performance of additional cardiac diagnostic testing. Coronary artery calcium scores of 0 indicate no plaque, 1-9 minimal, 10-99 mild, 100-399 moderate, 400-999 extensive, and 1,000 or more very extensive plaque. Coronary artery calcium scores varied widely but the vast majority of the patients had low scores. More than half — 56.7 percent of subjects — had scores of less than 10, and only 8.2 percent had scores higher than 400. There was a strong relationship between the coronary calcium scores and subsequent cardiac events. The unique finding of the EISNER study was that there was a marked difference in the number, type and frequency of medical tests and costs given a subject’s coronary artery calcium score. Additional stress testing was infrequent and related costs were low among subjects with low coronary artery calcium scores. Both rose progressively as the coronary artery calcium score increased, particularly in the patients at highest risk—those with scores of greater than 1,000—found in only 2.2 percent of subjects (31). Importantly, catheter-based invasive coronary angiography was performed exclusively among subjects with high coronary artery calcium scores. And even then, only 19.4 percent of participants who were in the highest risk category underwent this expensive procedure associated with a small but definite risk. Recent evidence has demonstrated that screening with coronary artery calcium is a better prognosticator of risk than the Framingham Risk Score — the traditional way of assessing risk based on blood testing and blood pressure — in middle aged and elderly patients. Yet controversy surrounds expansion of cardiac screening to include coronary calcium scanning imaging because of concerns that the extra costs may not outweigh the benefits. The findings of the EISNER study, the researchers note, is the first direct evidence that coronary artery calcium scanning could be an acceptable cost-effective screening test for coronary artery disease, since it is able to identify high risk subgroups in need of aggressive medical treatment, and patients who undergo additional testing constitute only a small fraction of the screened population. The study was funded by a grant from The Eisner Foundation, a private philanthropy in Los Angeles, Calif. 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Australia’s flagship technical and vocational regional program, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), was awarded the prestigious World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence in the category of Access to Learning and Employment.The WFCP Awards of Excellence recognise outstanding contributions made by member institutions to achieving the vision of the WFCP and celebrating accomplishments in the global colleges and polytechnics sector.The award was presented to APTC in Melbourne on 9 October 2018. Since it began in 2007, APTC has been providing quality training to develop skills for Pacific islanders to access improved employment and livelihoods, including some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and those from geographically remote places in the PacificTo date, APTC has trained over 13,000 Pacific graduates, of which, 41 per cent are females.Over the last 11 years, APTC, managed by TAFE Queensland, has successfully delivered the largest Australian Government education aid and development project in the Pacific region. TAFE Queensland had endorsed APTC’s nomination for the WFCP Awards of Excellence.TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Ms Mary Campbell congratulated APTC, and said, TAFE Queensland is proud to be working with APTC in delivering Australian skills and qualifications in the Pacific.“As managing contractor, TAFE Queensland works closely with APTC to deliver the vision of the Australian Government to enhance Pacific prosperity through a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce,” Ms Campbell said.“A key part of APTC’s success has been its ability to work in partnership with relevant stakeholders and industry partners to deliver demand-driven, Australian-standard training to develop a competitive workforce.“Together, TAFE Queensland and APTC are changing lives for graduates, their workplaces and communities in the Australia-Pacific Island region,” she said.Ms Campbell said that TAFE Queensland looks forward to working more closely with APTC in the new third phase.The third phase will see APTC continue with the delivery of high quality, internationally recognised training that ensures graduates have improved employment outcomes but also focus on supporting greater investment in skills training and higher quality TVET delivery across the Pacific.APTC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Soli Middleby said the award is a milestone recognition for APTC and its holistic approach in addressing the challenge of access to quality training in the Pacific region.“APTC has embraced a partnering approach, working with governments, TVET institutions, private sector and NGOs to ensure that training meets labour market demands and produces job-ready graduates,” she said.Ms Middleby thanked the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and TAFE Queensland for their ongoing support and commitment. She added that APTC will continue to deliver on its goal of contributing to a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce that enhances Pacific prosperity.TAFE Queensland Executive Director – International Development and Contractor Representative, Ms Denise O’Brien said that the award celebrates excellence in professional and technical education and training.“Over the years, APTC has demonstrated leadership in the Pacific TVET sector through flexibility and responsiveness to the changing needs for skills development. As a TVET program, APTC provides a blueprint for increasing access to learning and employment for Pacific Island citizens,” she added.As part of the 2018 WFCP World Congress, APTC facilitated a breakout thematic session, which focused on ‘TVET Transforming Lives for Pacific Island Citizens’.The session was chaired by Ms O’Brien and panellists included: APTC’s first female Carpentry Trainer from Vanuatu, Ms Gail Tamakam, APTC’s TVET partner, The University of the South Pacific – Pacific Technical and Further Education Director, Mr Hasmukh Lal and Mark One Apparel Managing Director, Mr Mark Halabe.The panellists discussed how TVET could facilitate more opportunities for industries and enhance personal and professional growth, relating to their own diverse experiences.Also highlighted during the panel discussion was the importance of partnerships between TVET providers like APTC and USP, as well as industries, civil society, private sector and Pacific governments, to deliver demand-driven training that will result in better employment outcomes.The 2018 WFCP World Congress, hosted in conjunction with TAFE Directors Australia, brought together community colleges and polytechnics from around the world and experts in professional and vocational education and training.The three-day event looked at new challenges in vocational and professional education and training, arising from advances in technologies and automation and the impact on work, societies and peoples due to changing economic and global circumstances.The post APTC recognised for training excellence in the Pacific appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog