Library Summer Workshop Series

The James A. Gibson Library’s Data Research Service is offering three workshops during the summer that are open to everyone campus-wide.Participants are asked to register in advance and all 3 workshops take place in the Learning Commons Classroom A.Workshops include:* Sweet and Juicy Statistics – Wednesday, June 20, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on workshop will show you how easy it is to find a variety of free socio-economic data using the New CANSIM from Statistics Canada. Statistics and data can enhance your teaching and research. You will also be shown how to quickly and effectively visualize your data. There may even be sweet and juicy treats provided at the end of the workshop.* War of 1812 in Maps… and more – Tuesday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m.Definitely a “WOW-factor” session when it comes to interacting with digital maps of the War of 1812 and the historic Welland Canals. From the place where Brock fell to shipwrecks on the Third, two new Map Library web applications will highlight the importance of maps as historical documents to restore local history.* Intro to ArcGIS – Tuesday, July 10, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on session will introduce basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using ArcGIS. No previous ArcGIS experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to add multiple map data layers, add tabular data, query data, create customized maps and have fun doing it. read more

NYC brokerage firm that lost 658 people in Sept 11 attacks holds

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC brokerage firm that lost 658 people in Sept. 11 attacks holds annual charity day by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2013 7:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center has marked the anniversary observance with its annual charity fundraiser.Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate BGC Partners are donating 100 per cent of their revenues from Wednesday’s event to dozens of charities. Those include the Children’s Health Fund, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Alliance for Lupus Research.Julianne Moore, Billy Crystal, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd and other celebrities joined Cantor brokers as they made transactions.Cantor’s charity day raised $12 million last year.Cantor Fitzgerald suffered the greatest loss of any single company in the terror attacks. The firm’s death toll represented two-thirds of its global workforce. read more

From Our Hearts to Yours Castleview Hospital Talks Heart Health at Lunch

Castleview Hospital was packed with those wishing to learn more about heart health during a lunch and learn event on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Paul Thayn and Katrina Richards, RN led an informative discussion for those in attendance.Richards was the first to take the floor with the topics of EHAC and stroke education.EHAC stands for Early Heart Attack Care with aims to educate individuals on recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include back pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, chest pressure and more. While there are common indications of heart attacks, elderly people, women and those with diabetes have been known to have atypical symptoms, such as pain in the jawbone, confusion, abdominal pain and palpitations. Recognizing signs and symptoms and reacting quickly to them, can greatly increase the positive outcomes for those suffering from a heart attack.“Heart attacks have beginnings and that’s when we can help,” Richards said.According to Richards, the most damage from a heart attack occurs with the first two hours. In the U.S., nearly 750,000 people have heart attacks each year and nearly 15% of those do not survive, making it the number one killer of the adult population. Richards explained that many of these patients experienced early symptoms.In addition, there are factors that increase the risk for an individual to suffer a heart attack. There include men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55, a family history of cardiovascular disease or heart attacks and high blood pressure. Other risk factors include high cholesterol, overweight or obesity, stress, illicit drug use and tobacco use. Autoimmune conditions and diabetes can also increase risk.While decreasing risk where applicable, Richards emphasized that it is important for members of the community to be able to recognize risk factors not only for themselves, but also their loved ones.“We constantly forget about ourselves and live our lives as if we are indestructible or immortal and only are brought to reality when we are taken to our knees,” she said. “We can minimize the damage and change the outcome. The secret is to catch it in the beginning stage, i.e. chest discomfort before the severe damage or sudden death.”Richards concluded with a plea to always call 911 if you think someone is having a heart attack and to brush up on basic CPR knowledge.Attention was then turned to Dr. Thayn as he gave a presentation on troponins, a group of proteins found in skeletal and heart muscle fibers that regulate muscular contraction. Tests can measure the level of cardiac-specific troponin in the blood to help detect heart injury.During his presentation, Dr. Thayn explained the various types of tests that measure troponin levels. He took time to explain how the tests are administered and what can be learned from the results.For more information on heart health and to schedule an appointment with a provider, please call Castleview Hospital at (435) 637-4800. read more

Cherubini named new Tecumseh director

Lorenzo Cherubini is the new director of the Tecumseh Centre.Lorenzo Cherubini has been named new director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.The associate professor in the Faculty of Education has been the centre’s acting director. He starts his new position on July 1, 2011.A former school administrator in the Halton Region, Cherubini said his research of Aboriginal education started with an interest in policy and social justice issues.His research concentrates on areas of teacher development and policy analysis, and he holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant to examine Aboriginal educational policy. He also received a SSHRC Aboriginal Developmental Grant to work with prospective and new Aboriginal teachers in Ontario. He is also the editor of the AABSS Journal, the annual publication of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.Cherubini describes his new appointment as an honour.“It’s an honour to be working with and learning from the people who work at the Tecumseh Centre,” he said. “I want to continue the good work of previous directors.”He is also heartened by the University’s commitment to Aboriginal research and education, he said.Cherubini brings a wealth of expertise to the Tecumseh Centre, said Fiona Blaikie, Dean of the Faculty of Education.“His experience working with Aboriginal educators and in Aboriginal educational policy is invaluable,” she said. “We are delighted to welcome him to this important role within the Faculty.”The Tecumseh Centre is the only multidisciplinary research entity in Ontario that builds educational programming around the needs and requirements of Aboriginal communities. read more

Greek Australian developer wins Sydney home ownership after 20 years of squatting

first_imgFollowing the death of Sydney resident Henry Thompson Downie in 1947 who apparently did not leave a will, his property in Ashbury remained unclaimed.From 1947 until April 1998 when she died a Mrs Grimes lived in the house as a tenant, AP reports.Former accountant and now property developer Bill Gertos, told the court Mr Gertos told the court he saw the “abandoned Malleny Street residence in 1998 sitting empty while visiting a client who also lived on the street.It appeared that the house which is now worth about $1.6 million sat empty since Mrs Grimes died.Mr Gertos said that with his “curiosity sparked” he asked around about the owners as “the house was open and the rear door was off its hinges and placed to the side”.He decided to take ownership and change the locks; according to his testimony he spent about $35,000 on repairing the house the same year.He straight away started renting it out, “within weeks I had signed a lease as the landlord and started paying council rates, water levies and land tax,” he told the court.In 2014, he spent a further $108,000 on renovations and finally in 2017 Mr Gertos applied to Registrar-General to be registered as the owner as in New South Wales, squatters can be awarded ownership if they have occupied a property for more than 12 years.His application, however, was contested and the Greek Australian was taken to the Supreme Court by three plaintiffs that wanted to be recognised as the beneficial owners of the property. The daughter and two grandchildren of Mr Downie who was the original owner, claimed they had to leave the house some time after World War II because of a white ant infestation.Supreme Justice Rowan Darke who granted him ownership in his judgement, said that:“I accept the evidence of Mr Gertos about deciding to take possession of the property for himself, including his evidence to the effect that it was in his mind that if he possessed the property for long enough he may be able to become its owner.”“I further accept that Mr Gertos thereupon took steps to secure the property including by changing locks and have works carried out in order to make the property habitable.”“The 12-year limitation period for someone to recover the property would have expired in late 2010 and  therefore Mr Gertos’ claim of adverse possession is made out,” he ruled.“I am comfortably satisfied that since about late 1998 Mr Gertos has been in factual possession of the land with the intention of possessing the land. In essence, Mr Gertos succeeded in taking and maintaining physical custody of the land, to the exclusion of all others, and he has assumed the position of a landlord.”Mr Gertos had told the court many years before he came across the Malleny Street house he was employed by a senior accountant who relayed his own experience of obtaining a property by adverse possession.Meanwhile, Justice Darke also ordered the family of the late owner to pay Mr Gertos’s legal costs.Downie’s grandson Graeme Hugo, said his family “emphatically rejects the description of how Mr Gertos came across the property, disagreeing that the home was in poor quality”.Neighbouring residents are reportedly also unhappy regarding the ruling as former accountant Mr Gertos has a reputation about how he became a developer, “taking advantage of property in adverse conditions”.Moreover, back in 2015, Mr Gertos was ordered to pay $250,000 dollars’ in fines after deliberately and illegally demolishing a heritage building in Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Zois Simantiras Greeces youngest pensioner at 31

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the Greek Ministry of Finance’s records, model Zois Simantiras is reportedly the youngest pensioner in the country at only 37.Simantiras, who is now the owner of a popular tanning bed salon franchise joined the Greek army back in 2000 following his father’s footsteps who was an Air Force captain.However, after 11 years of service he was discharged with a disability pension due to health related issues following an evaluation by the Supreme Aviation Health Committee on the grounds “of the incapacity to attend to his duties”.At the age of 31, on 24 August 2011 Simantiras went into retirement, while receiving the one-off and the supplementary pension from the Aviation Equity Fund, but he had a plan B.Whilst at the Air Force, he was scouted at a night club by famous Greek fashion designer Makis Tselios who made his the face of an underwear campaign next to Czech Victoria’s Secret model and actress Karolína Kurková.Photo: FacebookSimantiras then became a highly sought after model, walking international runway shows and booking prestigious campaigns around the world.A risk taker, he invested the money he made from modelling into a hair salon. That venture didn’t go well and he had to close it only to open a night club.“That didn’t go well either,” he said, “but I did not give up. Third time is the charm.”“Eight years ago I opened my first solarium salon and now I own 14 across Athens with another two about to open in Glyfada, Attiki and Lamia.”Even though Simantiras is a highly successful businessman, he is still listed as a disability pensioner under former servicemen of the Hellenic Air Force.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of September 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 1, 2019:191106 — Vokey — 19 Concord Street191123 — Perry EstateAuction Notice — Burlington Self Storage(NOTE: The above public notices are from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Yukon Quest Allen Moore maintains lead at Eagle

first_imgSlaven’s Roadhouse. (Photo: National Park Service)Allen Moore is the first musher to reach Eagle checkpoint. He checked in with a full team of dogs at 11:10 this morning. The two-time Quest champion has maintained first position in the international sled dog race since the wee hours of Sunday morning.Listen nowRookie Christine Roalofs is the latest musher to scratch from the 2018 Yukon Quest.Roalofs made it into Circle City around 11 last night. With 800 miles of trail ahead of her, she chose to leave the race just after 9 this morning. She cited a personal injury that she said would make caring for her team a challenge.The other 19 mushers left in the race are still on the trail between the Circle City and Eagle checkpoints. Paige Drobny was in second position out of Circle City, followed by Matt Hall, Laura Neese, and Ed Hopkins in that order.Audio is courtesy of Zoe Rom with KUAC.last_img read more

Alaska rolls back air ambulance membership plan regulations

first_imgUntil this month, the state’s Division of Insurance used its authority under a 2014 law to look over the fine print of those membership plans to make sure they were legal. “A consumer has gone through enough trauma to have to be in an air ambulance in the first place,” Mendelsohn said. “And now they’re going to have to follow up and, and reach out to the regulator to get the protections that they should have already had from the beginning? That doesn’t make sense.” But pending legislation could change that. The No Surprises Act would — among other things — allow states to regulate the cost of medevac flights. Health insurance plans often won’t cover the full cost of a flight. So to guard against sticker shock, air ambulance companies offer membership plans. The order says it “does not limit or in any way prevent the division from enforcing the insurance laws and regulations.” The change was welcomed by carriers. All three air ambulance providers contacted told CoastAlaska they hadn’t asked for it, but are nonetheless pleased. “A regulator opting to waive oversight always raises red flags,” Dena Mendelsohn, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports in San Francisco, told CoastAlaska. The interior of Airlift Northwest’s Pilatus aircraft parked at Juneau International Airport in 2017. (File photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO) “This is a great example of the government working with companies to improve the process,” Deering said. Guardian Flight Alaska Executive Director Jared Sherman says the arrangement makes sense. Under the old rules, any tweaks to membership plans — even minor ones — could take months for approval. She signed a recent regulatory order that says the state’s three air ambulance providers no longer need to file their membership plans with the state for pre-approval. “I think it’s important for people to understand the cost of being transported,” Shelly Deering, the Juneau-based regional manager for Airlift Northwest, a nonprofit air ambulance service that flies in Southeast Alaska. “And that high cost can be over $100,000, depending where you’re coming from and where you’re going to.” “We hold the right to repeal the order at some point,” Wing-Heier said. “If we get additional authority, that would have to come from the federal government back down to the states to regulate the actual cost of transportation.” He says now his staff can just pick up the phone to the Division of Insurance. Wing-Heier says the recent order can always be walked back — if her division sees a reason or need. “We are no longer going to review those $49 membership or $100 membership agreements,” Alaska’s Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier told CoastAlaska. Each of Alaska’s three air ambulance providers offer a membership program to ensure patients aren’t billed directly for services.center_img “We would still have authority to investigate that and seek resolution between the two parties,” Wing-Heier said. “We (can) just reach out and ask them,” Sherman said. “Rather than us submitting formal documentation, and going through a formal process for that evaluation.” It’s unclear how many people could be affected by the recent rule change. Air ambulance providers wouldn’t disclose how many households they’ve enrolled in the membership plans. But not anymore. The nonprofit advocacy group is urging more – not less — regulation of air ambulance carriers. In the meantime, she says states should be vetting services as closely as they can. Households pay a flat fee — between $49 and $125 depending on the carrier — to ensure they don’t end up paying out-of-pocket. But consumer advocates aren’t enthusiastic about shifting to a complaint-driven process. “The fact that consumers are in the position of having to purchase their membership on top of health insurance that they may already own, really underscores the need for federal consumer protection around air ambulance costs in general,” Mendelsohn said. Lori Wing-Heier, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, testifies to the legislature on Jan. 29, 2016. (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North) States like Alaska are limited in how they can regulate air ambulances. They can’t set the rates to control costs. That’s because the courts have held that Congress’ deregulation of airlines in the 1970s also extends to air ambulances. And if a complaint or dispute does arise, Wing-Heier says the insurance division can step in at any time. Alaska is taking a step back from regulating the membership plans marketed by air ambulance providers. State regulators say it’ll cut unnecessary red tape. But consumer advocates aren’t thrilled. “They’re easily fully understood, they always have been, and we didn’t see the need to further stagnate the process of getting those agreements out to market,” she added. Across much of Alaska it’s not uncommon for patients to be medevaced to hospitals in Anchorage or Seattle. The bills for these flights can be staggering. But Alaska patients are flown every day. In Juneau, for example, Bartlett Regional Hospital’s records show around 1,000 people were medevaced over the past three years.last_img read more