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No consensus on funding airport security, matter may go to PMO

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2017 2:55 am[1] No Consensus On Funding Airport Security, Matter May Go To PMO A section of officials said that with no breakthrough on the issue of security cost, the matter may be referred to the PMO. (Representational)

Government ministries working on security consolidation at airports are stuck on who will foot the Rs 800-crore bill raised by the home ministry for providing CISF support at airports across the country. Consolidation of security at airports, after the launch of regional connectivity schemes, is being worked on by the ministries of civil aviation, home and finance. One of the stakeholders suggested that the cost should be passed on to passengers. A meeting chaired by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday was attended by junior minister for finance Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha[2], besides officials from the three ministries. A section of officials said that with no breakthrough on the issue of security cost, the matter may be referred to the PMO. The meeting to discuss a unified security architecture for the aviation sector and consolidation of security at airports under the CISF has happened twice. The three departments met for the third time on Friday, but agreement eluded them. While the civil aviation ministry argued that the money should come from the consolidated fund of the Government of India, the finance ministry is said to have suggested that the burden be passed on to air travellers. The home ministry said this would lead to hike in air fares.

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Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

Published: Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 2:51 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 5:18 PM
By: Omar L. Gallaga – American-Statesman Staff

Danny Pyka, an Austinite who worked for Mercedes-Benz for about 10 years, had been suffering from depression for so long and so severely that he was certain his suicidal thoughts would eventually lead to the end of his life.

“It was just miserable,” said Pyka, who found work as a handyman, but found it difficult to have a normal life or relationships with his wife and 18-year-old daughter not affected by his condition. “I was secluding myself… I’d close the house off and just sleep pretty much the whole day.”

Many attempts at medicating the problem over 10 to 15 years failed. He heard through a friend that studies were being done on a new technology, Deep TMS, or Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, from a New Jersey and Tel Aviv-based company called Brainsway[1]. Pyka was able to get the treatment in Austin and says he noticed an improvement after the first week of about nine weeks of treatments.

“The suicidal thoughts were ruminating thoughts that affected me throughout my daily life. After the first week and so on, they just dissipated. I’m very fortunate and very happy that it worked for me,” Pyka said.

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This Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) machine is being used to treat depression. Different versions of it are also currently being tested for other kinds of treatment.(Contributed by Brainsway Ltd.)

Contributed by Brainsway Ltd. Pyka had the treatment done at Senior Adults Speciality Healthcare[2] in Northwest Austin, which has been working with TMS technology for about two and a half years. TMS works through a mounted helmet that generates an electrical pulse, not unlike the technology in an MRI. Patients cycle through two-second pulses followed by 20 seconds of rest for each sequence, called a “Train,” and it’s repeated for about 20 minutes. Treatments are done daily for about six weeks, followed by a three week tapering off period. Different patients may require a different power intensity depending on each patient’s motor threshold, the number of sequences is the same for all patience. The pulses for this particular treatment (there are others being tested for other afflictions) target the primary motor cortex. The low-level electrical charge affects mood regulation, retraining the nervous system to work correctly.

Dr. Jaron Winston says that unlike electroconvulsive treatment, or shock treatment, which can have severe side effects, TMS has proven for many of his patients to be the a less invasive treatment for chronic depression that works more effectively than medication.

“About 60 percent of patients (within our clinic) go into total remission of their depression; 60 to 70 percent had significant reduction of depressive symptoms,” Winston said.

Clinical studies of the technology since its FDA approval for treating depression in 2008 have bolstered the view that it can be effective for some who have not gotten results from medication or for those who’ve relapsed into depression,.[3][4][5]

The National Institute of Mental Health has funded studies into the technology, which lists it on its website alongside electroconsulsive therapy[6]. The American Psychiatric Association includes TMS in its 2010 guidelines for treating major depressive disorders[7] and the organization says it will be updating those guidelines soon with more recent research. Winston said that patients can experience some minor pain from the pulse as nerves on the scalp are stimulated, but that it typically goes away, which Pyka said was his experience.

“It feels like somebody thumping on the right side of your head for the amount of seconds” the machine runs, Pyka said. But by the third or fourth treatment, he said, “it gets more simple to do. I ve honestly nodded off a couple of times in the chair. You get used to it.”

In the U.S., Deep TMS is only FDA-approved for use in treating depression, and Winston says that insurance typically won’t cover followup maintenance appointments or the treatment itself unless medications have used and failed to treat the depression.

Off-label treatments being tested using other versions of the technology could help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar depression and even smoking addiction by stimulating other parts of the brain. Winston said that many potential patients and even some doctors and psychiatrists are unaware that the technology exists and is available, particularly for people who aren’t responding to medication.

“It’s another treatment to help make (patients) functional again, to make them come out of their depression and withdrawal states,” Winston said. “As treatment goes by, they will say they’ve never felt this well, their thinking is clearer, their cognition is better, than can focus, their mood is better, sleep is better. But there’s still people who don’t know anything about it.”

Pyka, who has completed treatment with Deep TMS, says he’s been more productive and is now able to enjoy watching his daughter grow up without taking five or six medications a day (he only takes medication for sleep issues now).

The crying and worrying, he says, has subsided.

“It’s been a life-changing experience.”


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President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his …

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following key additions to his Administration:

David Bernhardt of Virginia to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Bernhardt is a native of Rifle, Colorado. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. He recently served on the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has previously served as the United States Commissioner to the International Boundary Commission, U.S. and Canada. From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including, after unanimous confirmation, serving as Solicitor, which is the Interior s third ranking official and chief legal officer. Currently, Mr. Bernhardt chairs the natural resource law practice at Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP. Mr. Bernhardt earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center and is admitted to various state and federal court bars. He is married to Gena Bernhardt. They have two children, and reside in Arlington, Virginia.

Pamela Hughes Patenaude of New Hampshire to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Patenaude is currently the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America s Families. Previously, she served as Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. Ms. Patenaude earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Her awards include: HousingWire 2013 Woman of Influence and the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit 2006.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint key additions to his Administration.

Jovita Carranza of Illinois to be Treasurer of the United States. Ms. Carranza currently is the Founder of JCR Group which provides services to companies and non-governmental organizations. She previously served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President George W. Bush, after receiving unanimous confirmation. Prior to her service in SBA, Carranza had a distinguished career at United Parcel Service where she started as a part-time, night-shift box handler and worked her way up to be the highest ranking Latina in company history where she served as president of Latin America and Caribbean operations. Ms. Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami in Florida. She also has received executive, management and financial training at the INSEAD Business School in Paris, France; Michigan State University; and the University of Chicago.

Thomas DiNanno of Florida, to be Assistant Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Grant Programs, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Dinanno is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of management and consulting experience in both government and the private sector. He has successfully worked at the highest levels of Federal government in developing security and counterterrorism programs. Mr. Dinanno has served as a consultant to major chemical and petrochemical companies and security system and technology providers, including more than a dozen Tier 1 CFATS sites. From June 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Dinanno served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for DHS initiatives to identify and protect the Nation s physical and information infrastructure. Previously Mr. Dinanno served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Department of Homeland Security, and in the White House Office of Homeland Security as Director of Corporate Relations from November 2001 to March 2003. Mr. Dinanno received his MS in Business and Urban Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, an MA in Government Administration & International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1993. He received a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Middlebury College in 1989.

Brock Long of North Carolina to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and federal governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs. Since 2011, he has worked as Executive Vice President at Hagerty Consulting, where he provides strategic direction and leadership to the firm s full complement of emergency management programs and professionals. Mr. Long has served as Project Executive for more than 50 projects in all parts of the United States, ranging from complex attack scenario exercises to designing multi-jurisdictional, all-hazard evacuation plans for major Urban Area Security Initiative designated jurisdictions. From 2008-2011, Mr. Long served as Director of Alabama s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Governor Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Mr. Long also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to his position as Director at AEMA, Mr. Long was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA Hurricane and Evacuation Liaison Team Leader, and statewide school safety coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. His areas of expertise include strategic emergency operations planning, exercise, evacuation, school safety, recovery management, and response logistics.

Richard Staropoli of New Jersey to be Chief Informations Officer, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Staropoli most recently served as Managing Director, Counter-Party Risk/Chief Information Security Officer at Fortress Investment Group, a New York-based international hedge fund with approximately $80 billion in assets under management. In this role, he established a formalized program for conducting investigative due-diligence across the firm as it relates to Credit, Real Estate, Private Equity and Liquid Markets deals relying on traditional and non-traditional investigative and intelligence gathering approaches. Mr. Staropoli served as a Special Agent within the United States Secret Service (USSS) for 25 years. His tenure included service within the Presidential Protective Division, as Operator/Team Leader assigned to the USSS s hostage rescue unit, the Counter Assault Team, and as the Chief of Polygraph Operations. In recognition of his service, he has received awards from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York City Police Department. He also received a commendation from President George W. Bush for his actions in the White House on September 11, 2001. Mr. Staropoli holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from New York University.

Charmaine Yoest of Virginia to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Public Affairs. Dr. Yoest will serve as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Yoest is a Senior Fellow at American Values in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Virginia, where she received Mellon, Olin, Bradley and Kohler fellowships. She served as the Project Director of a national study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation which focused on paid parental leave in academia. Dr. Yoest previously served as President and CEO of Americans United for Life, a public interest law firm. She began her career serving in the White House under Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Personnel. She also served as a Trump for President surrogate and as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President campaign. Dr. Yoest and her husband are the parents of five children and live in Virginia.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint the Following Individuals to be Members of the President s Commission on White House Fellowships

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be members of the President s Commission on White House Fellowships.

  • Robert M. Duncan and Designate Chair
  • Aldona Z. Wos and Designate Vice-Chair
  • Lee H. Bienstock
  • Somers White Farkas
  • Marlyn McGrath
  • Damond R. Watkins
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