Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras

first_imgAn image sensor coated with QuantumFilm efficiently captures light and sends the digital signals to the silicon underneath. Image credit: InVisage. (PhysOrg.com) — As it’s becoming more and more difficult for silicon alone to improve the sensors used in today’s digital cameras, a new material may be emerging from physics labs to provide a large performance boost for digital cameras. QuantumFilm, which is made of quantum dots, could offer four times better performance and twice the dynamic range of existing silicon sensors, claim its developers at Menlo, Calif.-based start-up company InVisage. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.invisageinc.comvia: InVisage press release Explore further The main advantage of using quantum dots is that, compared to silicon, these tiny semiconductors are much more light-sensitive, meaning they can turn more of the incoming light into an electric charge than silicon sensors. While silicon-based image sensors today capture about 25% of incoming light, silicon sensors coated with QuantumFilm can capture 90-95% of the light, enabling better quality pictures, especially in difficult lighting conditions. According to InVisage, quantum-dot-based camera sensors can achieve the same performance as today’s digital cameras in a much smaller size. This advantage should be particularly beneficial for high-end mobile phones, giving them the ability to capture stunning images with a quality comparable to today’s digital cameras. As InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee explained, QuantumFilm could transform the current three-megapixel camera found in the Apple iPhone into a 12-megapixel camera that works better in varying light conditions. He also said that the quantum-dot-based sensors would not be more expensive than current sensors. Overall, the problem with silicon-based sensors is two-fold: not only does silicon turn only half of the incident light into electric charge, but metal circuits also block part of the light, reducing the overall efficiency to 25%. “It is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to develop next-generation image sensors using silicon; essentially, silicon has hit a wall,” said Lee. “The fundamental problem is that silicon cannot capture light efficiently, but until now it has been the only option.”InVisage’s solution to these problems – QuantumFilm – was developed by InVisage CTO Ted Sargent, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto. Sargent showed that, by adding a coat of QuantumFilm to the silicon, he could create sensors that can achieve three times’ greater efficiency than silicon alone. In addition, the design enables the metal circuits to be placed underneath the quantum film, where they don’t block any light.Although quantum dots are commercially produced by other manufacturers, they have never been used for image sensors before. More typical applications include solar cells, displays, and identification markers. InVisage says it will have samples ready for phone manufacturers by the end of the year and the sensors could be in mobile phones by mid next-year. Other applications could include automotive and security cameras, as well as military applications. The technology should be easily integrated into existing semiconductor manufacturing methods.QuantumFilm will be demonstrated for the first time this week at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif., and at Image Sensors Europe 2010 in London. Kodak, IBM See Eye to Eye on New Image Sensors Citation: Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras (2010, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-quantum-dots-boost-mobile-cameras.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Fuel cells are of course, a means for generating electricity by pushing compressed hydrogen though a membrane and mixing it with oxygen in the air. The only other output is water. It’s a technology that has been widely proposed as an alternative means for powering cars and trucks, but thus far, has not caught on to the extent that some had hoped.In these latest patent filings, Apple is proposing a fuel cell that can be integrated directly into a portable device, rather than, as other’s have proposed, a means of charging it. Thus, the device would never need recharging at all, instead it would need a have its recyclable fuel cartridges refilled. The patent diagrams also show that the design for such a system that would also employ a small rechargeable a battery that would be charged by the fuel cell, but could also send a charge back to run the fuel cell. Such a system could in theory run for days, or even weeks before having to replace the fuel cartridge.One of the major stumbling blocks for implementation of widespread fuel cell technology is the lack of an infrastructure to support it. If Apple were to sell hydrogen fuel cell powered Macbooks, they would also have to develop a means for creating the fuel to fill the cartridges and for selling them through their Apple stores, which they likely are investigating as well.Not mentioned in the patent application is what Apple would do with the very small amount of water that the fuel cell would produce. Cleary simply pumping it out the bottom of a Macbook wouldn’t work, and storing it would add weight. They might also be working on a way to force it to evaporate, but that might be subject to environmental humidity levels. In any case, it’s clear that Apple understands the hurdles it faces as was also noted in the patent applications by the authors discussing how it is “extremely challenging” to figure out a way to create a hydrogen fuel cell system that would be both portable and in the end, cheap enough that the resulting device would still be price competitive. Thus, a fuel cell based Macbook likely is still a ways off into the future. An image from the second patent. Explore further Hydrogen-fueled cars stuck at the gate (PhysOrg.com) — In a move that demonstrates Apple’s determination to create an ever lighter Macbook that is also more environmentally friendly, the company has applied for two different patents that describe ways to use a fuel cell to power a portable computing device, which could of course also include devices like an iPad. In the patent applications, Apple also took the unusual step of adding some bit of political discourse to underscore its motivations in trying to build portable computing devices that are not reliant on fossil fuels. More information: Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing DeviceFuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Devicevia AppleInsider Citation: Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing devices (2011, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-apple-fuel-cell-patents-portable.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges

first_img Citation: Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges (2013, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-toray-free-touchscreens-smudges.html © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Toray Industries has combined its no-scratch, no smudge technologies of 2012 and moved them up a notch with a recent demo at the nano tech 2013 exhibition in Japan. Toray showed off its touchscreen coating that is designed to self-repair scratches and to make fingerprint smudges easy to remove. The goal is to develop this special protective substance for phones and tablets. The special film is said to take care of small scratches and make fingerprints less visible and easy to clean. The self-cure action can remove marks in ten seconds. People in the habit of tablet-browsing while snacking, or accommodating children and friends who do the same, would no doubt appreciate the advancement here as well as users with more fastidious demands for smudge-free screens in tablets and smartphones. The technology involves a “nanometer” structure. Dirt from fingerprints is difficult to evaluate because its appearance and degree of adhesion vary depending on the environment and difference in the material, according to Toray. Other companies are also working on solutions, but Toray says its advantage over other attempts is being able to incorporate its oil-repellent and “nanometre” structure features. Credit: Tech-on Toray ready to mass produce self-repair coating for touch screenscenter_img More information: techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/ … _EN/20130131/263531/ There is a “nanochannel” construct, in which island structures are formed by dispersing a lipophilic material in an oil-repellent material. The oil-repellent material reduces the amount of fingerprint oil accumulating on the screen while the “wettability” of the lipophilic material spreads the fingerprint oil and makes it less visible. The company would like to target the film technology at mobile devices with touch-sensitive screens. That target opens wide doors, considering today’s vendor glut of smartphones and tablets in the marketplace.This is not Toray’s first foray into film technologies for touchscreens. The company announced its self-repairing film projects last year. Researchers at that time said they had developed a film for hiding marks. The self-repairing film coating was dubbed Self-cure Coat Film, able to repair itself automatically when scratched. The company also discussed another film for reducing the unsightly buildup of smudges on screens. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Capital gets a delicate pink hue

first_imgAlleged to be a Soviet spy of the 1920s and considered the ‘brain’ behind founding of the Communist Party in Britain, the story of Salme Dutt, along-with her sister Hella Wuolijoki written by Finland’s Foreign Minister, showcases an intriguing Indian connection.A historical biography titled A Delicate Shade of Pink revolves around the life and times of the sisters – Hella Wuolijoki, an author and playwright who was considered to be a ‘spy’ of the Soviet Union along with her sister Salme, who came to Britain as a representative of the Communist International Party. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Salme married Rajani Palme Dutt, a very affluent, Oxford educated, writer and thinker and member of the Communist Party of Britain. Dutt, whose father was an Indian had founded in 1921 a monthly magazine Labour Monthly, a publication which he edited until his death. He frequently used to write about India and issues related to India.The book by Erkki Tuomioja was first published in Finnish even though it was originally written in English.‘I am genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to release the book by the minister who has already authored 19 books already… A significant figure in the European and international affairs, he has honoured us with a very special intriguing Indian connection in this book,’ said Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor after releasing the English version of book here. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe English rights of the book, which was first published in Finnish in the 2006, have been bought by Delhi-based publisher Wisdom Tree, which is beginning a new imprint Wisdom Tree Bridging Roots, focused on inter-cultural literature. The book, has been based on real accounts from the archives of British Secret Service that Tuomioja says has been accessed by former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Soviet accounts through Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. ‘It gives an interesting exploration of European History through the two World Wars, with an intriguing Indian connection,’ said Tharoor.‘Hella Wuolijoki is incidentally the grandmother of the author but nonetheless, the story of the sisters is compelling.Rajani Palme Dutt is better known in India than he deserves to be. He was perhaps the most well known of those who write about India,’ said Tharoor. ‘Despite all these it was seen that his wife Salme was believed to be the secret controlling power and was calling the shots in the party and the marriage,’ said Tharoor quoting from the book.Commending the Finnish minister for his efforts, Tharoor said, ‘My only complaint about this book is the absence of the photos of young Salme, who was a remarkable beauty. She seemed to have lovers among a whole range of communist and pre commuinist leaders… before settling down with Rajani Palme Dutt.’ He added that it is just not the Indian connection that makes the book interesting both Hella and Salme were illustrious characters to read about.Speaking at the release, Erkki Tuomioja said, ‘The book’s title is based on a comment by the then foreign officials of Britain, who refused a visa to Hella, suspecting her of being a Soviet spy, and termed not as a Red Revolutionary but a Delicate Shade of Pink which I tried to explore.’ Hella, who is the maternal grandmother of Errki, was a dramatist and director of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.She, along with her sister Salme, was deeply involved in trying to expand the influence of Communism in Europe.‘I have penned down the personal lives of the two women and how the world changed around them in the inter-war period’ said Toumioja. He added that he did not get an access to the Soviet secret archives, ‘If I do so I will definitely write a second book on that,’ he said.‘I did not know it turned out into much more fascinating work and in asking for help from some of my colleagues and also the British archives national where I found the personal files collected on Salme and on Rajani Palme Dutt. I almost immediately recognized Rajani Palme Dutt, he worked extensively on India and colonial issues. Generations of people in India have read his books,’ said the minister.Shobit Arya, founder, Wisdom Tree said, ‘This evening is really special and this very evocative book marks a new imprint for us.’ The new imprint is titled Wisdom Tree Bridging Roots, inspired from the living root bridges of Meghalaya, which form a natural link across a river.last_img read more

The Russian Ambassador and his Delhi connect

first_imgHonouring our diplomatic ties with Russia, Delhi Study Group celebrated the silver jubilee of Alexander M Kadakin, a veteran Russian ambassador to India. Vijay Jolly, the president of the group, presided over the event to elaborate on the bilateral relations between India and Russia.The ambassador was presented with a flowers, trophy and citation for his years long services to promote the ties between the two countries and its people. Mayors of South and North Delhi, Sarita Chaudhary and Master Azad Singh and Deputy Mayor of East Delhi, Mahender Kumar Ahuja, graced the occasion with their benign presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In his address, Vijay Jolly proclaimed that during Kadakin’s tenure, the bilateral relations got a boost and we worked together successfully in the field of science, technology, space, education, military hardware and two way trade between the nations.  Kadakin, who is fluent in Hindi, French, Urdu, Romanian and Russian languages was a great force in bolstering the relations. It was a nostalgic moment for the ambassador who recollected his memories from 25 years. He also narrated his close relations with various former Indian Prime Ministers & his intense love for India.A photo exhibition relived  his moments in India with pictures of him interacting with great Indian leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Morarji Desai, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh during his long innings in India.last_img read more

Capering with the Cape Town boys

first_imgOn a Saturday afternoon in Capetown, basking in a corner of the Old Biscuit Mill- an erstwhile mill turned into a buzzing art and craft market- Jeremy strummed his guitar inconspicuously. Taken in by his music, Motheo walked into the picture with a polite request, ‘If I may rap along?’ This was back in 2010.Fast forward to 2013: Jeremy Loops is a rage in South Africa, after having performed in Rocking the daisies and Oppikoppi festival to over 10000 plus audience. And on this World Music Day, they came to the Capital as an upcoming international music band under Viacom 18’s emerging artistes platform – Emerge.  Jeremy,  armed with his loop peddle, harmonica and guitar; Motheo Moleko with his engaging rap; and Jamie Faull with his smooth saxophone tones made a debut in Delhi with some balmy notes, a heart full of curiosity for India, and exuberance writ large on their faces. Millennium Post catches up with Jeremy.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How’s India, going by the first impressions?I have been here since today morning but I always dreamt of coming to India as a little boy.  The things that I thought of imaginatively, I have already sensed them: the smells, the people, the crazy motorcyclists…Growing up in South Africa, I had quite a few Indian friends. So, it’s not foreign for me.Looping live on stage post a degree in finance was a big transition. What did you set out for?I am a creative person by nature who was balancing the creative side with academics while growing up. I did my B.Sc in property development and finance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe academic pressures made me go more creative. By the end of four years of college, when I had to take up a corporate job, I wanted to be in a band. I knew a lot of bands never take off or fail quickly and I had never sung before. I could only play guitar, so nobody would have accepted me back then. So, in 2007, I sailed off on a yacht and carried a set of loop peddles to escape for a few years. That extra time on my hands, my solitude, night time photography and music forced me to be more creative and dreamy. I have always loved Neil Young’s ’Dreaming man’, I connect to the song that goes this way: I am a dreaming man but that’s my problem.. I can’t say when I am not being real. It is wonderful to travel around the world with my music.  Was meeting Motheo in the Old biscuit mill, a significant juncture for your musical journey?Old biscuit mill is this organic place to go to for food and craft markets. I had just come back from sailing then and didn’t know what to do with my life. I was in a dark space. I had all this material I had been writing and I wanted to be in a band but I had never performed. I was making folk music and he jammed in with rap. Two weeks later, I was invited to play a gig in a club that made me believe, ‘maybe I can do something.’Quoting you, ‘I was scared of walking on stage to a gathering of 20000 people…’ Does the fear still overpower the performer in you?People always tell me that the scare would subside while excitement grows on.Standing amidst so many people out there, you have to grow over your personal barriers and insecurities. Its your music that you are putting out there and if people don’t like it, it gets personal.  With looping, we make our music live, so there are more chances of mistakes but the fear dissipates sooner now. What inspires you as a musician?Folk movement in the last few years by bands such as Mumford and sons.Ten years ago I couldn’t have been making my kind of music, but now the folk electronic music is commercially feasible. And I love music– live music by real people. Of my own songs, I really connect to ‘Power’. I made it to motivate myself and listening onto the radio, people connect to it in the same way, while starting their day in the morning.Is there a dream platform where you want to perform?I think I told myself, when I play in Glastonbury festival in UK, I will believe I have really achieved. But my goals are constantly changing. That’s the problem with human nature!Now, I am trying to set my goals as to where I want to spend my time. I don’t want to be a band that tours all around the world the entire year because it is incredibly taxing to be on road all the time. It will be better for us to find places where we resonate with the people to make them our strongholds. Eventually I would love to jam with the tabla and sitar players in India. It would be great if there could be a musical exchange between South Africa and India.last_img read more

Its all about her

first_imgCoinciding with the International Women’s Day and at a time when issues about women’s safety and their place in society are raging issues, the show brings to you a multimedia interactive exhibition on the topic, right in the heart of Delhi, at Palika Parking Rooftop CP and Dilli Haat.The artists Cécile Plantin and Gael René create a magical environment with 100 curtain like translucent veils, each carrying video projections images and music. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner. The public can listen to many testimonies by women and navigate from ‘veil’  to the other. Head over and hear the stories of these aspiring ladies.The performance lasts for three hours (6 to 9 pm) with short  breaks of 20 mins. During these breaks the artists capture testimonies from the audience and give voice to your view weaving them into their next projection…interactive and an innovative in its intent. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner.last_img read more

Foodies FIFA

first_imgEnjoy the thrill and action of this FIFA World Cup along with some great food as The Imperial brings it together. The matches will be shown on big screens which can be enjoyed along with the special Football Burger which would be available with four soft beverages and four imported beer bottles. Also the Global gourmet offers snacks combo with refreshing drinks while following the heat of the matches. The menu includes specialties from almost all the major Soccer regions in the world like fish and chips, Bratwurst and caramelised onions, Tortilla de patatas, Yakitori and Sushi, Barbecue pork ribs, battered onion rings, Imam Bayildi, Hummus and Pita and Panini Caprese. When: 4 – 13 July Where: 1911 Bar, The ImperialPrice: Rs 4500 – 5500 plus taxeslast_img read more

Singer Carlisle to drive rickshaw in India for charity

first_imgFormer lead vocalist of music band Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle has revealed plans to drive an auto-rickshaw across India to raise money for charity.The 56-year-old ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’ singer has just got her motorcycle license in Los Angeles in preparation for the 1,135 mile journey.“I’m doing a rickshaw ride in India in March from Kolkata to Udaipur,” Belinda shared in a video shot in her LA living room with her pug Bam Bam.“So why not make a donation in somebody’s name this holiday season – that person who is impossible to buy for.”  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenCarlisle has a fund-raising goal of USD 25,000 to help the Animal People Alliance (APA), which works to improve the lives of slavery survivors with economic empowerment and education strategies.The charity helps to “train and employ vulnerable youth and women as veterinary technicians, dog handlers and animal caregivers” in India.Fans of the singer can donate to get signed copies of Carlisle’s studio albums, a Skype call from the star and a chance to ride the rickshaw with the singer on the last day of the journey.last_img read more

Art space

first_imgMobel Grace in collaboration with Gallery Stupa 18 present Jugalbandi – an art exhibition that brings together paintings and art inspired furniture. The artists who are part of the show include Sudhir Tailang, Alka Raghuvanshi, Vilas Kulkarni, Shridhar Iyer, Manisha Gawade, Partha Sengupta, Anita Kulkarni and Ranjit Singh. The show is on from March 20 to April 15 at 343 Sultanpur, near Pillar NO 28-B, Sultanpur Metro Station in the Capital.The show is a jugalbandi of furniture and paintings as they co-exist together in our spaces.  “Art used in private and public spaces in residences and offices must have a balance of aesthetics so that their common link is visible. Paintings are integral part of interior designing and we strongly recommend it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In this show we have tried juxtaposing them together so that the two can be viewed in unison and we have chosen art works that speak the same language as our furniture,” says the interior designer Meenakshi Goyal and director Mobel Grace. “The artists featured in this show all believe that the elements of paintings and furniture work in tandem to bestow a unique character to space. Alka Raghuvanshi’s vibrant and metallic colours add grandeur to the space. Anita Kulkarni’s works showcase passionately flowing colours which breaks the monotony of straight lined walls. Manisha Gawade’s lingering and bold lines blended with sophisticated colours hold the viewers thoughts,” says Varsha Bansal, director of Gallery Stupa 18. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSimilarly Shridhar Iyer’s elegance radiates energy and blends with the space wonderfully. Vilas Kulkarni unifies the traditional as well as modern to compliment the natural shades of the space. Sudhir Tailang’s pithy drawings are perfect for the study and coffee table area where one can ponder upon life experiences. Ranjeet Singh’s paintings capture the expression of children portrayed in bright hues. Partha Sengupta’s bold and expressive countenances are energetic and reflect people’s personality. “Art has a universal language that it can be experienced by all those who view it. Given India’s vast history and culture of paintings dating back to cave paintings from Bhimbetka they are an integral element to energise spaces – be they work arenas or home spaces.  “Art can either be a statement or can blend sympathetically with a room’s design and colour palette. It is a way of personalizing a space,” says Deepak Goyal, the managing director Mobel Grace.last_img read more

VisvaBharati setting up Yoga Gram with central grant

first_imgKolkata: The Visva-Bharati has received Rs 5 crore central grant for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus, a senior professor said today. Surrounded by fruit plants, small ‘yoga’ themed cottages with tiled or straw roofs would be built in the ‘Yoga Gram’ where even tourists can attend sessions, said Prof Samiran Mondal, Head of Department of Yogic Art and Science. “We will introduce people to the undiluted, purest form of yoga dating back to the ancient times,” he told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Work for the first phase of the project has started on 15 acres of land in the compound of the ‘Vinay Bhavan’, the Institute of Education of the central university. “There will also be books and audiovisual aids on our 2000-year-old yoga culture. The first cottage will come up soon after our visit to Belur Math to study the meditation rooms there,” he said. “The project has already started at the Vinay Bhavan compound and the first phase will be completed soon,” said Officiating Vice-Chancellor Prof Sabujkali Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The first phase has been funded by the Ministry of Human Resources after the authorities submitted project details before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also the Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, to the university last month, Mondal said. The Dinbandhu Andrews Hospital set up by Tagore to provide non-allopaethic medicine to the poor at low cost, will be renovated in the second phase of the ‘Yoga Gram’ project, Mondal said. An ayurvedic garden with medicinal plants would also be coming up in the vicinity of the hospital, he said adding that the AYUSH ministry has been approached for funding the second half of the project.last_img read more

IGI to get its own charkha

first_imgAir travellers are in for a surprise as Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has decided to install World’s Largest Charkha at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. Dimensions of the Charkha are nine metres (27ft’) in length and five metre (15 ft’) in height.VK Saxena, chairman, KVIC was pursuing this from the company GMR, who have the statutory right on Terminal-3 for the allotment of the land and space in and around T-3. KVIC feels that the Charkha is the symbol of independence of the country and 2016 being the centenary year of the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa, it has different significances for Khadi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Saxena  added that the display of this world’s largest charkha at national Capital’s ‘busiest airport’ will inculcate the feeling of Indianness and Swadeshi amongst the domestic and international travelers.In a meeting held on January 13 between VK Saxena, chairman, KVIC  and I Prabhakar Rao, CEO, GMR; the company agreed to allot this space for putting up large wooden charkha at IGI Airport, Terminal-3 at departure forecourt between Gate No. 4 and 5. KVIC will install the Charkha in one month’s time, which will be viewed by approximately 1,50,000 passengers every day at T-3.last_img read more

State has seen finances improve despite huge burden inherited from Left Front

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra placed statistics, highlighting the improvement in the last seven years with regards to the economic and financial parameters of Bengal. The turnaround, according to Mitra, has occurred even after a huge debt burden left by the previous Left Front regime in the state.In response to a query from Congress MLA Asit Mitra at the state Assembly, the state Finance minister pointed out that the debt and GSDP (gross state domestic product) ratio has actually gone down by almost 5 percent in seven years from 2010-11 to 2017-18. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The ratio was 40.65 percent in 2010-11, from which it has gone down to 35.63 percent. The revenue deficit to GSDP has also dropped from 3.75 percent in 2010-11 to 0.96 percent in the 17-18 fiscal. The fiscal deficit has also halved during this period, to 2.83 percent from 4.24 percent,” Mitra said. According to Mitra, the Left Front government’s huge loan had been caused by their inability in implementing the Financial Regulation and Budget Management Act (FRBM). “Bengal had also lost grant of the 12th and 13th finance commission because of this and the Left Front had left a loan of Rs 1,91,835 crore,” Mitra maintained, adding that for repayment of the loan the state had to borrow Rs 1,53,741 crore, taking the total loan to Rs 3,45, 577 crore. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee also pointed out that the Left had not acted correctly in taking loan from small savings. “Loan from small savings is always an area of concern as it involves common people’s money. They did not sign FRBM and took loan from small savings, which is not right,” she added. According to Mitra, the present government is in a debt trap because of the previous Left Front government. “We have increased the revenue through fiscal discipline and e-governance, but still we are compelled to pay a huge amount because of the loan taken by the previous government,” he said, adding that the state has a debt repayment burden of Rs 47,000 crore in the current fiscal. Mitra asserted that the planned expenditure has grown over 5 fold from Rs 11,837 crore in 2011-12 to 56,604 crore in 2017-18. The capital expenditure has grown over 8 fold from Rs 2,225 crore in 2011 to 19,368 crore in 2017-18.last_img read more

State to set up Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board for employees

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to set up West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board.The board will be recommending work that needs to be carried out to put forth better facilities for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. There is a welfare board for the police as well and now there will be a welfare board for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. The state Fire minister, Firhad Hakim, announced the decision of the state government with regard to the setting up of the welfare board after the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on Friday. He said: “Fire fighters work day and night and most importantly they risk their lives to save others. Hence, in a bid to ensure a better living for them the state government has decided to approve the setting up of the welfare board.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said the welfare board will be recommending what can be done for better living of the employees of the department and subsequently, the department will be taking the next course of action. Besides the central level welfare board, there will be separate boards for districts. Director General of Fire Services will be the chairman of the central level board with maintenance superintendents, station officers, chief mobilisation officers, fire operators and drivers of fire tenders will be the members of the board. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken a series of steps in the past seven years to improve the infrastructure to ensure better fire fighting. Since pre-independence to 2011 as many as 100 fire stations had come up in the state and in the past seven years, 41 fire stations have come up in Bengal and around 20 are under construction. Moreover, the process of setting up another 41 is also going on.last_img read more

Shattering the unbroken view of society

first_imgCelebrating the talent of fresh and new makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. Such is the case of exhibition ‘Panorama-9’. Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, this exhibition will host over 30 artists who will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues.The exposition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through the mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanisation and industrialisation have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. As each artist touches upon subject the subjects that have been paralysed by the society, their canvas becomes a window for us all to explore the possibilities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn a one of its kind initiative, this five-day exhibition is wholly funded by the participating artists. The participating artists are Meghna Agarwal, Shalini Varshney, Shyam Porwal, Mahua Sinha, Jolly Sharma, Meena Wason, Babun Ghosh, Mahesh Kumar, S.K Chouhan, Vatsala Ranjan, Jasmeet Khurana, Gaurav Dahiya, Kritika Mitra, Aman Anand, Rama Sharma, Ram Kumar, Amit Kumar, Tapan Das, Abid Zaidi, Sheikh Abdullah, Uma Bardhan, Alpana Kataria, Mridul Chakraborty, Nilay Sarkar, Pulakesh Mondal, Ravi Verma, Veena Singh, Punam Rai, Darshan Sharma, PurnenduMondal, and Archana Das.Dabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance. The colours, shapes and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital, and together they will converge at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre this autumn from September 11-15.last_img read more

Southborough author combines baking and storytelling as a means of recovery

first_imgBy Nance Ebert, Contributing WriterDayna Altman’s new book, “Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building” ResilienceSouthborough – Dayna Altman knows, firsthand, what it is like to struggle with mental health issues. A former Southborough resident, she has recently published a book, “Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building Resilience” – a compilation of stories from over 40 people who all wanted to get their message across through storytelling.“I started writing this book about two years ago when I was in the midst of a difficult mental state,” Altman explained. “I was in recovery for an eating disorder, OCD and depression. Being an advocate in the mental health field, I see that people tend to shy away from conversation with mental health issues and there is still a stigma attached.  We’re definitely taking a step in the right direction but it’s still not totally normalized.”She felt that if she dove into the storytelling, she could help to open up a conversation where people would share their stories and help inspire one another.  Some of the people included in this book were recruited by Altman, while others reached out to her once they learned about her project. Word of mouth spread pretty quickly and before she knew it, she had over 40 stories to include.“I am very open about my struggles and I know that many people hearing my stories have been inspired themselves. One person who I recruited for this book was my physical therapist who helped me immensely when I broke my tailbone,” said Altman.There is a chapter in the book dedicated to resilience through other struggles in other forms of trauma. In addition to the stories, there are resource pages that include information on what it would be like to call a hotline, what to do if you’re feeling unsafe, and a self-care guide. There are also places to write your own goals and thoughts.    Altman purposefully included the recipe component from each contributor. Some of the stories might evoke a special childhood food like a favorite cupcake, for example. Others may have included a recipe that reminds them of a loved one who has passed.“My goal for this book was to create conversation and inspire others around the dinner table. I want it to be a vehicle to open up discussion,” said Altman.Altman works at the nonprofit organization Girls, Inc., as the public health coordinator for their Substance Abuse Program in Lynn.She has a master’s degree in public health from Northeastern University where she also got a Bachelor of Science in human services with a minor in psychology. She keeps herself very busy and in the evenings she focuses on entrepreneurial projects.“I have been through something painful and I continue to try to figure out a way to lighten the burden for others…,” said Altman.Altman will be appearing at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, on Sunday, Oct. 6. For additional information, visit https://bakeitcookbook.wixsite.com/website.                             .last_img read more

Jerry Jones is done caring about critics he only cares about winning

first_imgJerry Jones is done caring about the critics, he only cares about winning another ringJerry Jones has always been a risk taker, but he’s gone into overdrive over the last several years with the Cowboys. At one point, Jones was concerned about the franchise’s image and shied away from taking risks on players who had off-field issues. Players weren’t getting arrested or suspended during that period, but the Cowboys weren’t contending.In the last several years, Jones has gone the other direction and taken risks on outcasts like Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, and other questionable talent. The Cowboys lead the NFL in suspensions and arrests over the last several years, but Dallas is winning in again.Colin thinks the 74-year-old Jones is at the stage in life where he doesn’t care what outsiders think, and he’s willing to do anything to get another Super Bowl ring, without Jimmy Johnson’s fingerprints on it. He doesn’t care if it takes getting some bad PR to do it. The Lakers’ roster is exactly what LeBron is looking for at this stage in his careerKyrie Irving and LeBron James relationship is irreparably damaged and it seems like a certainty he’ll be dealt. While Colin doesn’t think the drama surrounding the situation will impact LeBron’s legacy, the Cavs roster without Irving may.It’s filled with past their prime players, no legitimate second scorer, and if Irving is traded, LeBron’s goal of playing fewer minutes and resting regularly during the regular season is done. Colin thinks the Cavs having to lean on LeBron at pre-“Decision” levels will end up with James splitting town for the second time for greener pastures.One roster that would give LeBron everything he is looking for is the Lakers. They have a young roster that would allow him to rest more, including Lonzo Ball, who can be the primary ballhandler which allows James to rest while playing off the ball. The Lakers make more and more sense by the day. Don’t be shocked to see James end up in L.A.Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to talk about bashing Colin at Big Ten Media Day and how he would change the foundation ofDoug Gottlieb – FS1 Basketball Analyst is in-studio to talk Kyrie Irving trade rumors; who’s leaking in Cleveland; and potential landing spots.Tim Cowlishaw – Dallas Morning News joins the show live from Cowboys’ training camp on expectations around the team; and if Jerry Jones just doesn’t care what critics think anymore.Robert Smith – FS1 Football Analyst is in-studio to talk about Nick Saban’s proposed changes to the college football season; if the Big Ten is the best conference; and if Sam Darnold should stay in school rather than going to a Cleveland.last_img read more

VIDEO Russell Westbrook took on CP3 James Harden and Carmelo Anthony in

first_imgRussell Westbrook has shown he doesn’t mind taking on the NBA by himself in the regular season. This also applies to the offseason.In a star-studded pickup game, yesterday, Westbrook took on a team featuring the Big 3 of Chris Paul, James Harden and Hoodie Carmelo. He never shies away from taking on the world, whether the games matter or not.This could be a preview of Rockets/Thunder, assuming Carmelo Anthony eventually winds up in Houston.last_img

Broussard and Mcintyre debate what LeBron needs to do become a Laker

first_imgFS1 NBA Insider Chris Broussard and Big Lead Jason McIntyre are in for Colin and talking what LeBron needs to do in L.A. to be considered a Laker legend, if Carmelo can suck up his pride and fit in with the Rockets, and the next star to pull a Kawhi and demand a trade, and how MLB can learn from the NBA.Former NFL Defensive MVP and Super Bowl Champion James Harrison stops by to double down on his comments that the Patriots coaching is better than the Steelers and talk NFL. Thunder Analyst and NBA champion Antonio Daniels on how the Spurs will adjust without Kawhi and Melo’s next move.last_img read more

Cant Live WithCant Live Without Skype for Business

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Can’t Live with It’I use Skype regularly to communicate with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia and sometimes set up conference calls. Although Skype provides a valuable service at no cost, its security is poor and customer service nonexistent. In the spring, I began receiving unsolicited calls at my home and office from Skype-based numbers. I unplugged my office phones and left a voicemail advising people to try me on another number. Clients were concerned–one asked if I couldn’t pay my phone bill–and I missed other important calls. I tried calling Skype but there is no phone number associated with the phone service. After searching the web, I discovered you could post issues on one of its forums. Eventually Skype stopped the calls. I determined that my phone numbers had been harvested from my Skype profile. Skype is the de facto standard of international business callers, so despite my fears of further security compromises and poor customer service concerns, I still use Skype upon request.”–George Cohen, president, George Cohen Communications Inc., BostonCan’t Live Without It’We literally use Skype all day, every day to communicate between employees and vendors in different locations. Also, both offices use Skype Chat as back-channel communications during conference calls with remote clients. By chatting back and forth, we make decisions literally while the client is asking a question, and decide who on the team is best qualified to do it. We then use chat to pass snippets of information or even full files to help them answer the question. It’s a lot of fun to watch knowledge being passed by a group on one channel and hearing it disseminated by an individual on another channel–all in real time and with great effectiveness. We save Skype Video for more in-depth conversations, creative team meetings or for presentations that need visual representation. We also use it as a social tool to bring the two offices together. Screen sharing is a great feature for offices in multiple locations. Everything runs smoother when we use Skype and fewer mistakes are made.”–Jay Lohmann, creative partner, TagTeam Creative, Dallas and Colorado Springs, Colo. November 13, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

6 Tips to Reduce Employee Theft

first_img Storeowners don’t want to think their employees will steal from their store. But every day merchants discover that their trusted staff members have done exactly that. According to a retail theft survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, a loss prevention consulting firm, one out of every 40 employees was apprehended for theft by their employer in 2012. The survey also found that on average, employees steal 5.5 times more than shoplifters on a per-case average ($715.24 vs $129.12).Thankfully, there are ways to surround yourself with staff you can trust. Here are six tips from our experts:1. Weed out bad apples. Run a background screening and a drug test on all potential hires. Employees with drug addictions are at higher risk for stealing to support their habit. “I believe that past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior,” says King Rogers, chief executive officer of the King Rogers Group, a loss prevention and security management consulting company. “If someone has been convicted of theft in the past, then you don’t want them handling your money.”2. Use the buddy system. Often theft happens when one employee is alone in the store or at the register. Doyle recommends having two employees work for both opening and closing to limit opportunity. Always have refunds and voids witnessed by a second employee or a manager as well, says Mark Doyle, president of Jack L. Hayes International. Rotate the employees paired together and avoid having close friends witness transactions for each other.3. Keep a virtual eye on employees. People will be less likely to steal if they know that you are always watching. A video surveillance system helps deter employees as well as catch theft after it happens. Be sure to include cameras in storage rooms and loading areas as well as in the store. Use high-definition video so you can clearly identify employees and transactions along with allowing integration with facial recognition software.Another way to keep an eye on your employees is to use an exception-based reporting system at your point of sale, says Doyle. He says that the systems will flag possible fraudulent transactions, such as excessive refunds or voids, and excessive refunds or voids outside of store hours. Review video daily and POS several times a week to determine if there are any issues that you need to look into further. Limit the access to your surveillance systems to as few people as possible to avoid tampering. 4. Monitor trash removal. Employees often steal merchandise by concealing it in the outgoing trash and then retrieving it later from the outside trashcan or dumpster. “It’s trash. No one wants to deal with trash, so dishonest employees will often take advantage of this opportunity,” says Doyle. He recommends putting controls in place to reduce the opportunities, such as using clear garbage bags, requiring all boxes to be flattened and locking all dumpsters.5. Have an employee tip line. Set up a confidential way for employees to communicate their co-workers’ suspicious behavior and offer a reward for staff members who provide information to prevent thefts. You could set up an email address for tips as well as a locked-box for tips in the break room. “If people know that their fellow co-workers are watching out for theft, they will think twice before stealing because there are higher odds they will be caught,” says Terrence Shulman, founder of the The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding and author of Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic (Infinity Publishing, 2005).6. Get to know your employees. It’s much easier to steal from someone you don’t know very well, but it is much harder to steal from someone with whom you have a relationship. Shulman recommends connecting with your employees and being aware if they are going through financial difficulties or experiencing high levels of stress, which can increase the impulse to steal. “You might be able to give them extra work, point them in the direction of a local food bank or help them connect with charitable services in the community,” says Shulman. “A happy employee is a more honest employee. It really does help reduce employee theft when your staff feels that you care.” 4 min read Register Now » November 21, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Hypochondriacs Dream Sickweather App Tells You Where Germs Lurk Near You

first_img 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As a mom, I find it rude when fellow moms don’t tell me their kids are sick until it’s too late, until after their mini “ick” factories have already infected my children. “Hey, so glad you guys could make it to our house. Sorry, Joey has Strep throat. I’m not sure if he’s still contagious. Oh, look, he’s armwrestling your daughter. Cute!” Then booger-encrusted Joey sneezes on my girl and, sure enough, she complains of a sore, mucous chute of a throat a day later. How considerate, friend.Luckily for proactive (translation: paranoid) mamas like me (don’t judge — I’m far from alone here, you know who you are), now there’s a nifty free iPhone app that helps germaphobes steer clear of other people’s gnarly germs, and, hopefully their kids’, too.It’s called Sickweather, and as its name suggests, the mama’s (and papa’s or anyone’s) little GPS helper works a bit like Doppler radar. It uses a clever, “patent-pending” algorithm to scan your social media “skies” for “indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.”Related: A Healthy Body Leads to a Healthy EntrepreneurOnce you download the app and, of course, sign in using your social media credentials, Sickweather goes to work snooping around your nearby (within 25 miles of your location) Facebook and Twitter friends’ and followers’ status updates and tweets for sickness-related words and phrases.Thankfully Sickweather is smart enough to weed out reports of “Bieber Fever” and “sick beats at the club last night.” Instead, it gloms onto status (over)shares that seem to, well, sort of, kind of legitimately smack of sick, more like “My daughter is a walking chicken pock.” “Nooo! Not pinkeye again!” and “Now I know what they mean by Montezuma’s revenge.”The hypochondriac’s dream (or nightmare?) ad-supported app then culls the generally unwell, real-time geo data and packages it all together neatly for you on a map. You’ll be able to see which theoretically contaminated areas in your neck of the woods to steer clear of based on the status updates of your sick friends and acquaintances.Related: Angry at Work? Have a Snack.There’s one huge flaw in Sickweather’s system, though: You can’t see exactly who in your social network and in your 25-mile area is sick. You can only see where their socially reporting sickness from, right down to the street level. You can even get text alerts when you’re physically approaching a sick zone.Sickweather’s CEO Graham Dodge told us today that a beta version on the app’s website allows users to drill down to which of their friends is talking about being sick on Facebook, but it didn’t work for me when I tried it. “It’s very rough right now, Dodge said, “but will be refined for a future version of the app.”Still, with street-level map identification, you’ll probably have a good idea of who to avoid like the plague…. or to start a pot of chicken soup for, because you’re a good friend like that. There’s also a social cool feature that allows you to wish your ill friends well and recommend your favorite home remedies.Related: How Better Habits Can Make You Better at Business — and LifeYou can also search Sickweather’s Illness Maps by sickness families, including “Respiratory,” “Gastrointestinal,” “Environmental” and “childhood.” If you really want to dig in, you can whittle down your sick search to specific illnesses, like norovirus, pneumonia, whooping cough, hand foot and mouth disease, Man flu (whatever that is), and several more anxiety- and antibacterial soap-inspiring winners.Or, on the flip side, you can narc on yourself when you’re sick. Sickweather will gladly help you warn your local Twitter and Facebook friends that you’re under the weather, or — hint, hint, parents — that your kids aren’t well enough for a playdate.Related: If You Could, Would You Want to Live Forever? Google Thinks You MightThe snarky, righteous mom in me likes the anonymous tip feature, which lets users add sickness reports to the map. Don’t ask me why, but I think more parents in my local school district should report lice outbreaks so I know when not to send my kids to school. (Shouldn’t there already be an app for that. LiceNarc? It should come with an iPhone attachment that zaps the buggers dead upon detection.)Now that you know about Sickweather, you might want to share the app with your friends and loved ones, not your germs.Oh, and heads up, parent friends, my daughter is home sick today with a hacking cough and, no, I didn’t whine about it on Facebook or Twitter. I don’t need to. If you call me to see if she can play today, I’ll do the right thing and politely decline. I wouldn’t want to get your kids sick.If you’re not into downloading the anti-virus app on your iPhone, as of this month, Sickweather is available as a Facebook app. Bonus: It even sends email alerts to people who still check their email. Related: Stay Healthy With These 3 Free iPhone and iPad Apps Register Now »center_img April 29, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Billionaire Investor Draper Leads 42 Million Funding in Blockchain Startup

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Texas-based Factom Inc., a blockchain technology company that secures data, said on Wednesday it has raised $4.2 million in financing from a slew of global investors led by billionaire investor Tim Draper.Blockchain technology powers the digital currency bitcoin and enables data-sharing across a network of individual computers. It has gained worldwide popularity due to its perceived usefulness in recording and keeping track of assets across practically all industries.Factom Apollo and Factom Iris are products built on the company’s open source. They have developed ways to use the blockchain to keep records and identities more secure.”Blockchains first pushed the boundaries of computer science with the simple yet revolutionary ability to trade digital value openly,” said Paul Snow, chief architect and co-founder of Factom in a statement.”Now we are pushing the limits of computer science in a second revolution. The Factom protocol allows for the open coordination of processes against immutable ledgers of data. It will have the same kind of impact on data and systems as the first revolution had on value.”Draper said data security is a key issue among governments, banks, car companies, credit card companies, retailers and any organization concerned about hacking.”By decentralizing data through the blockchain, Factom avoids critical failures due to user error or hacker,” he added.Draper has been one of the earliest backers of bitcoin companies.Other investors in the funding round included BnkToTheFuture, a global online investment platform focused on financial innovation and technology.China-based Fenbushi Corporation and Fenbushi Investment Fund also invested in Factom. The group runs a venture capital firm that exclusively invests in blockchain-enabled companies.(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by David Gregorio) This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 6, 2016 Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

Hey Windows 7 and XP Users You Need to Patch Now

first_img Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 Control Windows 10 with Your Voice by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Sync Your Settings Across Devices Change Your Password in Windows 10 7 Settings to Change Right Away 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light Next Tip »» Sync Your Settings Across Devices Sync iPhone with Windows 10 All Windows 10 Tips Change Your Password in Windows 10 Change the Screen Resolution Create a New Folder Enable or Disable Tablet Mode Control Windows 10 with Your Voice 7 Settings to Change Right Away Add a User (Child or Adult) 5 Ways to Take Screenshots 7 Settings to Change Right Away Windows 10 Basics Eliminate Blue Light With Night Light This month’s round of Microsoft Patch Tuesday security updates was just released, and there’s a pretty serious flaw that affects all Microsoft operating systems earlier than Windows 8.Windows 7 and its server-based siblings naturally get patches for this, since those operating systems are officially supported until January 2020. But this flaw is so serious that Microsoft has also issued a patch for Windows XP and its server brethren, which officially died five years ago. (Nothing for Windows Vista, though, boo hoo.)MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-7-xp-patches?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 “We are taking the unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms, including some out-of-support versions of Windows,” the Microsoft Security Response Team wrote in a blog posting today.Windows 7 users should run Windows Update to get the patch, or go here for manual downloads if that doesn’t work. We’re not sure if Window Update will still run on Windows XP, but if not, Microsoft has patches for XP SP3, and for 64-bit XP SP2, that you can manually download here.MORE: Best Windows AntivirusThe vulnerability causing all the fuss is a flaw in Remote Desktop Services, which as the name implies lets you remotely control a far-off PC from a second PC. The flaw lets, well, anyone do that without authorization, and without tipping off another user of the same computer. Even worse, malware exploiting the flaw could spread from one infected computer to another on its own.”This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction,” the MSRC blog post says. “In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable,’ meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017.”While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability,” the post adds, “it is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware. Now that I have your attention, it is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible to prevent such a scenario from happening.”If you’re still running Windows XP on one of your primary-use machines, please update it to something more current. (Old hardware can run very nice versions of Linux, which cost nothing.) And if you’re one of those stick-in-the-muds still running Windows 7, you have eight months to update those machines to Windows 10. (Here’s how to update to Windows 10 for free.) Image credit: Ronnybas Frimages/Shutterstock Set Alarms Enable or Disable Tablet Mode Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 Next How-to »» 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8 Add a Printer Eliminate Blue Light With Night Lightcenter_img Create a New Folder Add a User (Child or Adult) Control Windows 10 with Your Voice Add a Printer Set Alarms Add a User (Child or Adult) Sync Your Settings Across Devices 5 Ways to Take Screenshots Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8 Windows 10 Basics Enable or Disable Tablet Mode 7 Settings to Change Right Away More Tips Change the Screen Resolution Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Set Alarms Change Your Password in Windows 10 Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Add a Printer Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Clicks Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Change the Screen Resolution All Windows 10 Tips Sync iPhone with Windows 10 Create a New Folder «« Previous Tip ✖ Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 or 8 Get to the Desktop in Windows 10 All Windows 10 Tipslast_img read more

Disable keyboard shortcuts in Firefox

first_imgDisable keyboard shortcuts in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on December 24, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: December 24, 2016 – 9 commentsKeybinder is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to change, reset, or disable any keyboard shortcut in the browser.Certain keyboard shortcuts may get in your way when you use the browser. This is in my case for instance the case for Ctrl-B which opens the Bookmarks window.Ghacks is powered by WordPress, and one keyboard shortcut of the WordPress editor is Ctrl-B; it bolds the selected text automatically which is usually faster than moving the mouse to the B-icon and clicking on it.It happens at times that the editor is not the active part of the browser window. When that happens, and when I press Ctrl-B in that case, I open the Bookmarks window. Since I don’t want that, I have to move the mouse, close it, re-select the text that I want to bold, and repeat the process.You may have different shortcuts that you have no use for but may invoke the mapped functionality nevertheless accidentally.There is also the chance that you have mapped a certain keyboard shortcut to a global system event, but it won’t work in Firefox if the browser mapped it as well.Disable keyboard shortcuts in FirefoxInstall Keybinder like any other add-on for the web browser. You can bring up the main configuration menu with a tap on the Alt-key, and the selection of Tools > Keybinder afterwards.The interface lists all mapped keyboard shortcuts. You can use the built-in search to find a shortcut quickly. Note that you need to write Control instead of Ctrl for instance to find a keyboard shortcut that uses the Ctrl-key.Options are provided to reset the selected shortcut, to edit it, or to toggle its state. Since all keys are enabled by default, that is disable for the keys. Once you have disabled a key, you can re-enable them with a click on enable after selecting them.All disabled shortcuts are listed in red with a strike through which makes identification easy. There is no option however to only list non-default shortcuts or disabled ones.Disabled shortcuts stop working immediately once you make the change.Keybinder ships with a number of additional features that you may find useful. The extension informs plugin content to release the focus on mouse and keyboard so that shortcuts continue to work even on pages with plugin content.Keybinder is not the first extension to do that; there is Flashblock Ultimate Alt Zero for Firefox for instance which does something similar. Read, how to prevent websites from hijacking keyboard shortcuts for additional information on the topic.You can bypass this by loading content with Shift-Click instead. Additionally, you may add a list of addresses that you don’t want plugins to keep focus on instead.Closing WordsKeybinder is an excellent add-on for Firefox to change or disable keyboard shortcuts of the web browser. It is ideal for situations where shortcuts get in your way, and in situations where you may want to map actions to different shortcuts.Now You: Do you use shortcuts in the browser you are using?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 7 votes Software Name KeybinderSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/keybinder/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefox 53 JSON Viewer on by default

first_imgFirefox 53: JSON Viewer on by default by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: January 12, 2017 – 20 commentsMozilla plans to enable the built-in JSON Viewer of the Firefox web browser for all browser channels including Firefox Stable in Firefox 53.The organization integrated the viewer in version 44 of the web browser, but did not enable it by default for all channels but the Developer Channel.Firefox’s JSON Viewer displays structured JSON data instead of the RAW data dump that one gets when the viewer or a third-party extension is not enabled.Take a look at the following two screenshots to see the difference between unstructured JSON data, barely readable by humans, and the data presented by the JSON Viewer in Firefox.As you can see, the data is displayed in a tree hierarchy with JSON Viewer enabled. It is still possible to switch to the raw data view with the viewer enabled. Other options that you may find interesting are to show or hide certain bits of data, to use a filter, and to save or copy data.This is mostly useful for developers, as it provides them with a better representation of JSON data directly in the Firefox web browser. Useful for instance to understand how to retrieve information from the data.JSON Viewer is part of all versions of Firefox already, but it is not enabled in all versions. While it is enabled in Firefox Developer Edition and Nightly for instance, it is not enabled in Firefox Stable. This will happen with the release of Firefox 53 which will come out on April 18th, 2017 if the Firefox release schedule is not changed.You can enable JSON Viewer in all versions of Firefox right now if you don’t want to wait for that to happen:Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and hit the Enter-key.Confirm that you will be careful if the warning prompt appears.Search for devtools.jsonview.enabled.Double-click on the preference name.Setting the value of the preference to true enables the feature, while a value of false disables it. This means that you can disable the viewer in case you don’t require it, or prefer to use a different extension or program for that instead.You can follow the progress on Bugzilla. (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 53: JSON Viewer on by defaultDescriptionMozilla plans to enable the built-in JSON Viewer of the Firefox web browser for all browser channels including Firefox Stable in Firefox 53.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Station desktop workstation for Google Apps Twitter hundreds more

first_imgStation: desktop workstation for Google Apps, Twitter, hundreds more by Martin Brinkmann on December 14, 2017 in Software – 6 commentsStation is a free desktop program for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X devices (Linux coming) that can best be described as a desktop workstation for web apps.The application integrates hundreds of web services (apps) that you can all run from within the interface. While you are asked to get started by adding a Google Work account, you may then later on add apps from more than a dozen categories that include admin & back-office, marketing and analytics, and user support & survey.You can bundle all your online activity in Station. Add Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger for social media and communication, Salesforce and LinkedIn, or Trello and Zendesk to Station with just a couple of clicks.StationIt appears that you need access to a Google Apps account to use Station. This is the only requirement however, and once you have linked your Google Account to Station, you can start adding other applications.Station lists all apps you use on a small sidebar, and you can switch between them easily.Before you start using the software, you may want to know more about the business model and resource usage of the application. According to the startup behind Station, Station will remain free as a regular version. The company plans to create a version for Teams, and this one will generate revenue for the company.Station is quite large, at 130 Megabytes, and it is certainly not the lightest application when it comes to resource usage. It idled at around 120 Megabytes of RAM on a 64-bit Windows test system with only three Google Apps added to it.The developers note however that they have added a resource saving feature to Station which will iddle applications that are not used for some time to reduce the impact of it.Station supports multiple accounts for a single service. That’s handy if you manage multiple accounts, e.g. multiple Twitter accounts as you may add them all to the application.The adding of apps to Station works pretty much as you’d expect it to. Select one of the applications with a click on the plus icon when you hover over it using the application browser or search.The next step depends on the application in question. WhatsApp for instance displays the QR code that you need to scan with the WhatsApp application on a smartphone to link the account to Station.Once done, you get access to all your WhatsApp contacts and conversations, and can chat with any contact or group using the interface.The switch from one application to another is instant if the application is not idle. It takes a second or so if the application is idle however.Closing WordsStation bundles web services in a single interface. That’s excellent for a number of professions. As a webmaster, it allows you to add messaging, social medial, analytics, revenue generation and support apps in a single interface for instance.It can be used for accounting and sales, project management, and many other activities that require access to multiple web services on a regular basis.Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name StationOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://getstation.com Advertisementlast_img read more

How to download and install Windows 10 Feature Updates

first_imgHow to download and install Windows 10 Feature Updates by Martin Brinkmann on October 03, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: April 04, 2019 – 16 commentsMicrosoft releases new feature updates for the company’s Windows 10 operating system twice a year which introduce new features and changes.While there are plenty of good reasons not to install feature updates right away, there is also some confusion on how to download and install feature updates for Windows 10.Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on October 2, 2018. The company published How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on the same day, and revealed in it that users just have to press the “check for updates” button in the Settings app to download and install the update.Problem is, this won’t work for all systems because the update won’t be offered if Microsoft’s machine learning algorithms have determined that the installation of the update may be problematic on the device.If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates”.Tip: make sure that your system has enough free storage space to install the Windows update. Check out our tips on freeing hard drive space here.Download and install Windows 10 feature updatesThe following paragraphs list all official methods of download new Windows 10 feature updates and installing those updates to machines running Windows 10.Option 1: Download and install now (from late May 2019 on)Starting in late May 2019, Windows Update splits feature updates from regular updates for the operating system.Windows Update displays if a new feature update is available, and lists a separate download and install now option on Windows Update.To find out if new feature updates are available and to install them, you’d do the following:Use the shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Update & Security.Check if a new feature update is listed. If yes, click on “download and install now” to install it.Option 1: Check for Updates (until May 2019)Microsoft’s official solution for installing a Windows 10 Feature Update is to run a manual check for updates.Use the shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Update & Security.Click on “check for updates”.If things go as planned, Windows 10 should pick up the new feature update, download it, and install it afterward.DownsidesThe method has significant downsides: first, that Microsoft’s machine learning algorithms may prevent the delivery of the update to the system at that time. Second, that Windows Update will download and install any other update that may not have been installed yet on the machine. Last but not least, the update is only downloaded for that machine and that update process. If things go wrong, you may need to download the update again.Option 2: The Update AssistantThe Update Assistant is an official program by Microsoft to update older versions of Windows 10 to newer versions introduced by feature updates.What is good about the program is that it checks the installed version and tells you right away if an update is available.You can download the Update Assistant from the Microsoft website and run it right after you have downloaded it to the system you want to upgrade to a new version of Windows.Hit the “update now” button if an update is found to download and install the feature update on the PC or select “do not update now” to skip the update for the time being.DownsidesThe Update Assistant gives you more control than Windows Update as you can select not to upgrade at the time. Its main downside is that you need to run it on the system that you want to upgrade. If you need to upgrade multiple systems, you need to run the tool on each and it will download the installation files on each separately.Option 3: The Media Creation ToolMicrosoft’s Media Creation Tool is primarily for customers who want to create installation media. While it is possible to run the tool to update the machine it is run on, its primary purpose is the creation of installation media.All that is required is to download the latest version of the tool from the Microsoft website and run it afterward.Note: The program requires Internet access to download the installation files to the system.Accept the terms first and select “create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC) on the next screen.You can use the program to write installation files to any USB flash drive, a blank DVD if the PC has a DVD writer, or to an ISO image.Just boot the PC from the installation media when you want to install the feature update to upgrade it. It is also possible to use the installation media to install Windows 10 anew on a PC.DownsidesThe main downside of this method is that you add another step to the installation process and that you need a blank DVD or a Flash Drive to make use of it.Now You: What is your preferred update method?SummaryArticle NameHow to download and install Windows 10 Feature UpdatesDescriptionDid you know that there are multiple ways to download and install feature updates for Windows 10? Our guide lists all official options.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefox not remembering the last window size This may fix it

first_imgFirefox not remembering the last window size? This may fix it! by Martin Brinkmann on April 24, 2019 in Firefox – 22 commentsSome months ago, I started to notice that the Firefox web browser was not remembering its window size when closed and reopened.I usually run Firefox on one half of the screen on a 1920×1080 monitor on a Windows PC. Firefox would open and by doing so, change its window size so that a small gap was left at the bottom of the browser window and the Windows taskbar.While it is easy enough to make the browser fit the space, e.g. by dragging its window to the left side of the monitor to have it expand automatically, it was something that left me puzzled.It did not really bother me too much but when a user on Reddit pointed to a possible solution, I had to try it to see if the proposed solution would fix the issue on my end.The user suggested that Firefox’s fingerprinting protections had something to do with it. Firefox users can enable extra fingerprinting protection in the browser by changing a preference. Doing so blocks or mitigates certain fingerprinting techniques and data gathering methods.One of the methods affects window dimensions; basically, what Firefox does is set windows to rounded dimensions automatically if the feature is enabled to mitigate fingerprinting techniques that read the window size.I decided to give it a try to see if fingerprinting protection was enabled in the browser, and if turning it off would resolve the screen size issue.Here is what I did:Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.Confirm that you will be careful if the warning message is displayed.Search for privacy.resistFingerprinting. If the preference is set to True, the extra fingerprinting protection is enabled, if it is set to False, it is disabled.If True, set it to False and restart Firefox.The preference was set to True on the system. I changed its status to False and restarted Firefox. Firefox did remember the correct window dimensions this time when I restarted it, and further tests showed that the browser remembered the window dimensions each time I started it.So, if you run into that issue you may want to check the preference to see if it is responsible for that. It is up to you then to keep the protection enabled and live with the rounded window dimensions, or turn it off and have Firefox remember the right window dimensions each time.SummaryArticle NameFirefox not remembering the last window size? This may fix it!DescriptionSome months ago, I started to notice that the Firefox web browser was not remembering its window size when closed and reopened.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Acapulco bar shooting leaves one dead six injured

first_imgAcapulco, Guerrero — One person had died and six more injured after an altercation at an Acapulco nightclub turned deadly.The bar incident happened at the city’s Baby Lobster bar, which according to authorities, began with a fight. The altercation inside the nightclub in the middle of the tourist strip of Acapulco left a Chilean tourist dead and six others injured, including a 17-year-old minor and another Chilean tourist.The official report says that the incident occurred at 4:10 a.m. inside the Baby Lobster bar, which is located in the tourist area of La Condesa, an area filled with nightclubs and restaurants.Guerrero Security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said the report that was given by witnesses says that there was a fight inside the bar when one person took out a gun and fired.Álvarez Heredia said, “Inside the bar there was a fight between several people for no apparent reason, which caused a person to shoot with a weapon against people.”“The Secretary of Tourism of the State went to help injured people, relatives of the victims and gave notice to the Chilean Embassy in Mexico of the death of a citizen of Chilean origin,” he explained.State authorities gave a press conference where the Secretary of Health of Guerrero, Carlos de la Pena Pintos, said that one of the two Chilean tourists shot was taken to the Naval Hospital of Acapulco, and that he arrived with serious injuries, without vital signs and could not be revived.“He arrived at the hospital without vital signs, probably with an important intra-abdominal hemorrhage,” he said.The state official said that the second injured Chilean tourist was taken to the Donato G. Alarcón Hospital with two bullet wounds, one of which was to the chest, and that he was in serious condition.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reparatory agreement will see 50 million returned from under Borge administration

first_imgTuluca, Mexico — An agreement has been reached between a previous Borge administration figure and the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit for the reimbursement of more than 50 million peso.The Attorney General of the Republic reached a reparatory agreement of immediate compliance for 50 million peso in favor of the Tax Administration Service for resources that, according to the federal government, were diverted during the administration of Roberto Borge as governor of Quintana Roo.Derived from a complaint filed by the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit against Juan Melquiades Vergara Fernández, the investigation was part of a specialized unit in the Investigation of Operations with Resources of Illegal Origin and Counterfeit of Currency for the crime of money laundering.According to investigations by the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Investigation of Organized Crime, Melquiades allegedly laundered 50 million peso.Through the facilitator of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms of the PGR Delegation in Toluca, State of Mexico, both parties voluntarily signed an agreement that will see the reimbursement of funds.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man taken to hospital after police called to man in distress on

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA man was taken to hospital after emergency services were called to a bridge over a busy Stoke-on-Trent dual carriageway in the early hours of the morning. Police and paramedics were called to the bridge over the A500 in Etruria at around 2.30am today (Wednesday April 10) after the man was spotted on the wrong side of the railings by an off-duty paramedic. The road was briefly shut while the man was persuaded to come down. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a man in distress on a bridge on the A500 in the early hours of this morning at 2.30am (10 April). Read MoreNorth Staffordshire couple killed in motorbike crash with tractor   “Officers attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service. “The road reopened 20 minutes later.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added:  “An off-duty paramedic was heading back and spotted a male on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge over the A500. “They quickly called the police. “We attended and the man was assessed and taken to hospital by ambulance.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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first_imgGeneralOffice admin for packaging business See details HEREOffice admin for packaging businessSee details HEREDebtors ClerkSee details HEREClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Jobs are currently available and we have the details on our online site. Click the links below to see the job requirements.Online vacancies are updated all the time, so if you are looking for a job, bookmark the Ladysmith Gazette vacancies page.AccountingA well-established company in Ladysmith requires the services of a: Debtors ClerkSee details HEREYet another well-established company in Ladysmith is looking for a Debtors/Creditors ClerkSee details HEREAn accounting firm is looking to recruit suitable candidates who are aspiring to achieve the CA (SA) designation or pursue a career in accounting and auditingSee details HERE WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Jani Punjab puts on bhangra extravaganza at Ladysmith Show

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Last night (May 6) saw a spectacular performance by popular Bollywood artist Jani Punjab and his Show Band at the Ladysmith Show.A large crowd gathered in front of the stage to witness amazing talent, as renditions of popular classics had everyone on their feet and dancing the night away.Show-goers were seen enthusiastically singing along with the Bollywood star.Young and old alike had an amazing time, as the Saturday night entertainment transported everyone into a magical musical wonderland at the show.It was indeed a fitting end to a great three days of top-class entertainment! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Update Reeds continue to grow unabated attracting snakes

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In the three months that have passed since we ran an online story about a burst pipe causing reeds to run rampant in Mrs Sadan’s yard in Second Avenue, Limit Hill, nothing has been done by uThukela to sort out the problem.To reiterate, Mrs Sadan says it’s been four years now that she has been dealing with this problem.Although the leak is outside her boundary fence, the pipe itself runs through her yard, causing water to pool in one particular spot. Because there is so much water in this one spot, it is impossible to cut the reeds down from the ground, as they are growing in a mini lake, so to speak. Therefore, Mrs Sadan is continually cutting them from the top, only to watch them grow again and again, and the vicious cycle never ends.Mrs Sadan says she has been complaining to uThukela District Municipality, as she claims the pipe is their property, but they continue to ignore her appeal for help in this matter. “Water is running through my yard from their pipe, causing these reeds to grow, but no one will help me. This problem has been going on for years now. I feel the situation is very dangerous for my family and my pets, as the reeds attract snakes into the yard. My dogs play in that part of the yard, so they could be bitten,” says a concerned Mrs Sadan.At her wit’s end and not knowing where to turn, all that Mrs Sadan can think to do is carry on pleading with the municipality to come and fix the pipe so she and her family can live without fear of being bitten by a potentially deadly snake. Yet she doesn’t know when her voice will be heard, if ever…DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us therelast_img read more

Early Black Friday 2018 Deals on LG Sony Samsung 4K Ultra HD

first_img Share Tweet Submit We have a few days to go until Black Friday 2018, but the early deals are really stealing the thunder away. Today we have some exquisite deals on some of the finest Ultra HD TVs around from LG, Sony and Samsung.Pick Up a 4K UHD TV at a Stunningly Low Price Ahead of Black Friday 2018 – Great Options from LG, Sony & SamsungAsk anyone and they’ll tell you right away that 4K is the way to go if you’re buying a new TV these days. But, they can be pricey if you are looking at the mainstream brands like LG, Sony or Samsung. Thanks to the glorious event that is Black Friday, you can pick up a fine 4K panel at a very reasonable price from the aforementioned companies. Amazon has very, very decent options with varying sizes, and we’ll have a look at them all below. Remember one thing, these are limited time deals so act fast if you like to pick up something for yourself.You may want to check out the following deals as well before going forward:GoPro HERO7 With Buttery Smooth Stabilization Gets a Massive Discount for Black Friday 2018Anker Kicks off Pre-Black Friday 2018 Deals with Never Before Seen Discounts on AccessoriesBlack Friday 2018 Deal: Samsung 128GB microSD Card for $19.99, 256GB for $44.99Amazon Has Discounted Several Great Android Smartphones for Black Friday 2018 [Limited Time Only]ESR’s Black Friday 2018 Sale Starts Today with Massive Discounts on Accessories for All Major Smartphones, TabletsLG 4K UHD TVLG Electronics 55SK8000PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,199.99, Now just $696.99LG Electronics 65SK8000PUA 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,199.99, Now just $896.99LG Electronics 49SK8000PUA 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $899.99, Now just $596.99LG Electronics 65SK9000PUA 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,896.99, Now just $1,296.99LG 75SK8070PUA 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $2,699, Now just $1,696.99LG Electronics 55SK9000PUA 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,196.99, Now just $896.99LG Electronics 65UK7700PUD 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,499.99, Now just $846.99Sony 4K UHD TVSony XBR85X850F 85-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $3,998, Now just $2,998Sony XBR75X850F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $2,298, Now just $1,798Sony XBR65X850F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model) – Was $1,398, Now just $998Samsung 4K UHD TVSamsung UN82NU8000 Flat 82″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) – Was $2,997.99, Now just $2,497.99Samsung UN75NU8000 Flat 75″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) – Was $2,197.99, Now just $1,597.99Samsung 65NU8000 Flat 65” 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV 2018 – Was $1,297.99, Now just $997.99Samsung UN65NU8500 Curved 65″ 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018) – Was $1,799.99, Now just $1,097.99last_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 28, 2008 Calypso System Tracks Prostate Motion News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more July 29, 2008 – Eight new abstracts were presented at AAPM 2008 on prostate motion management in radiation therapy using the Calypso 4D Localization System by Calypso Medical Technologies Inc. These scientific abstracts summarize clinical experiences with the first commercial installations of the Calypso System in radiation therapy.The Calypso System is reportedly the only product platform that provides real-time tumor tracking during radiation treatment. This information is critical in assuring the clinician and the patient that the radiation treatment prescribed is delivered to the cancerous tissue while avoiding adjacent healthy organs. Known as GPS for the Body, the Calypso System utilizes implanted Beacon electromagnetic transponders smaller than a grain of rice to enable continuous tracking of the prostate during radiation treatment.At the show, Calypso Medical featured motion management solutions, including its most recent product upgrades for Beam On Reporting, Workflow Efficiency Enhancements and work-in-progress new system release for motion management; Adaptive Couch Repositioning and Motion Analysis Trend Reporting. For more information: www.calypsomedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 30, 2009 Ohio State University, Cardinal Health, State of Ohio to Invest $10 Million To Advance Medical Imaging News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more April 30, 2009 – The Ohio State University, Cardinal Health and Ohio Third Frontier announced a collaboration that will invest more than $10 million to help shape the future of the medical diagnostic industry, combining Ohio State’s Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging research capabilities and Cardinal Health’s manufacturing and commercialization expertise for molecular imaging agents.Molecular imaging is one of the fastest growing areas in biotechnology, where specialized pharmaceuticals are injected into the body and seek out cellular functions related to specific disease. These imaging agents are visible using sophisticated imaging equipment, resulting in the ability to diagnose disease before a patient exhibits symptoms.The partnership will expand OSU’s Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging to include a new Molecular Imaging Technology Center. The center will house Ohio State’s researchers, as well as Cardinal Health’s radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facility and nuclear pharmacy operations. Also, a distinguished faculty position in radiopharmaceutical chemistry will be added to Ohio State’s department of radiology.The new Molecular Imaging Technology Center will provide Ohio State researchers with unique manufacturing capabilities and expertise to aid development of new molecular imaging agents in positron emission tomography (PET imaging). Cardinal Health will support manufacturing and dispensing of these agents for clinical trials across its national network of radiopharmaceutical facilities.”While we expect to immediately create up to a dozen highly-skilled jobs with this exciting new partnership, the true value is collaborating with Ohio State and Cardinal Health to attract the best and brightest researchers to Ohio and continue to diversify our state’s economy,” said Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher.”Never before has the University’s role in generating long-term economic growth been more evident,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of the university. “The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging is an excellent example, creating some 280 jobs, attracting or launching nine companies and generating a 10-to-1 return on the state’s investment.”John Rademacher, president of Cardinal Health’s Nuclear Pharmacy business said, “Researchers and industry alike will be attracted to the Molecular Imaging Technology Center as a one-stop shop for research, development, clinical investigational trials and full commercialization of new molecular imaging agents.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Related Content News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | May 19, 2009 DatCard Systems to Feature PacsCube 5.0 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more DatCard Systems will be featuring PacsCube software 5.0 at the 2009 SIIM conference. The PacsCube solution seamlessly records patient images and reports to a CD or DVD while also automatically labeling the disc with facility and patient demographics. New features of 5.0 include:• The ability to create DICOM encrypted discs• A dashboard (hardware and software monitoring queue) loaded within the iRecall Web interface • DCS DICOM viewer which does not require the user to download any software to view images from the disc • Media Import Software version 1.5 (IHE-PDI, IRWF compliant)For more information: www.datcard.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 01, 2009 Researchers Lower CTA Dose 44 Percent by Lowering Kilovoltage Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, 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. July 1, 2009 – Radiologists can effectively lower the patient radiation dose by approximately 44 percent and improve vascular enhancement without deterioration of image quality, while screening for possible pulmonary emboli using pulmonary CT angiography, according to a study Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.Researchers used pulmonary CT angiography to evaluate a total of 400 patients believed to have a pulmonary embolism. Two hundred patients were evaluated using the standard peak kilovoltage setting of 130 or 120 kVp and the other 200 patients were evaluated using a low peak kilovoltage setting of 110 or 100 kVp. Shin Matsuoka, M.D., lead author of the study, and his team found that lowering the peak kilovoltage setting by 20-kVp led to superior vascular enhancement without deterioration of image quality allowing them to effectively reduce the patient radiation dose. The study shows that lowering the kilovoltage setting may be an effective method of lowering the radiation dose for most patients.For more information: www.arrs.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgJuly 9, 2010 – Siemens announced today the availability of its syngo.fourSight Workplace, an image management tool for enhanced patient throughput and department workflow in obstetrical ultrasound. It provides off-system 3-D/4-D volume manipulation and 2-D image and clip review for a variety of Siemens’ ultrasound platforms. The syngo.fourSight Workplace offers busy OB practices, hospitals and imaging centers a comprehensive toolset for volume image manipulation, including thick slice imaging, multislice imaging and various rendering modes. Amnioscopic rendering, a Siemens-exclusive technology, provides a user-movable light source to produce photo-realistic 3-D images of the fetus. Skeletal rendering, a Siemens-proprietary 3-D/4-D rendering technique, delivers true volumetric imaging with accurate spatial resolution for enhanced visualization of the fetal skeleton.The syngo.fourSight Workplace also features true stereoscopic views of 3-D images of the fetus, offering a rewarding experience for parents, while delivering practical benefits in medicine. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content 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. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | July 09, 2010 Siemens Introduces New Imaging Management Solution Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Technology | June 01, 2012 Monitor Guarantees Long Usage Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Related Content Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This enables smooth response when adjusting window level or width through the DICOM viewer application, compared to single-link connection. Additional features include the integrated front sensor for self-calibration and the integrated presence sensor for energy savings.For more information: www.eizo.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | June 08, 2012 More Than 9 in 10 Patients Who Receive CT of the Abdomen, Pelvis are Clinically Complex News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The multi-year… read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. June 8, 2012 — The overwhelming majority (93.8 percent) of patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis (CTAP) in the emergency department (ED) setting are classified as clinically complex, according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Clinically complex is used to describe patients who are, based on documentation of their ED physician, much sicker than others.Increasing clinical evidence has validated the utility of CTAP in a variety of clinical settings. As a result, the utilization of CTAP has increased in recent years, in both the ED and a variety of other settings, resulting in questions regarding the appropriateness of its utilization.”Understanding the complexity of patient encounters in which advanced medical imaging services are frequently delivered might be useful in aiding payers and policymakers in explaining the growth of advanced imaging services over the past decade and determining the context in which these examinations are appropriately being used,” said Richard Duszak, Jr., M.D., co-author of the study.Using the CMS five percent Medicare files for 2007, ED visits for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were identified. Contemporaneous ED physician evaluation and management codes were used as the basis for patient complexity categorization. Encounters in which CTAP was performed on the same date of service were identified, and variables affecting the utilization of CTAP were analyzed.Results showed that of 1,081,000 ED encounters, 306, 401 (28.3%) were of lower complexity and 774, 599 (71.7%) were of higher complexity. CT of the abdomen and pelvis was performed in 65,273 of all encounters (6.0%), corresponding to 4,069 (1.3%) of lower complexity and 61,204 (7.9%) of higher complexity encounters. Of the 65,273 encounters associated with CTAP, 61,204 (93.8%) were of higher complexity.“The utilization of advanced medical imaging in the ED setting serves many valuable roles. CT of the abdomen and pelvis can facilitate patient triage, decrease ED patient waiting times, decrease hospital lengths of stay and reduce the need for exploratory surgery. 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first_img Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, announced the U.S. launch of Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection for use in lymphatic mapping procedures that are performed to help in the diagnostic evaluation of potential cancer spread for patients with breast cancer and melanoma.  Lymphoseek was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2013.As part of Navidea’s U.S. distribution partnership, Cardinal Health is responsible for the sale and distribution of Lymphoseek to health care professionals through its existing network of nuclear pharmacies. Navidea is working closely with the company in all commercial activities and medical education programs for Lymphoseek. “Commercialization of Lymphoseek in the U.S. marks a pivotal milestone for Navidea, and we are pleased to deliver this innovative diagnostic imaging agent to patients with breast cancer and melanoma, as we help advance the field of precision diagnostics,” said Mark Pykett, M.D., Navidea’s president and CEO.  “With Cardinal Health’s extensive reach and pre-eminent radiopharmacy network, combined with our own medical education activities now underway to engage target physician groups, we expect to begin driving optimal adoption of Lymphoseek throughout the U.S.””We are very enthusiastic about exclusively supplying Lymphoseek through our more than 140 U.S. nuclear pharmacies at a time when lymphatic mapping continues to grow in importance for the diagnostic evaluation of cancer patients,” said Sandra Wisniewski, vice president of marketing and business development for Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services. “Through our collaborative efforts with Navidea, we have completed a comprehensive range of training and education programs and have a full portfolio of commercial tools to support a successful Lymphoseek commercialization.”Lymphoseek has been priced at $300 per patient procedure. Navidea has been working to ensure fair and equitable reimbursement for lymphatic mapping procedures using Lymphoseek. In the case of Medicare, Navidea believes these procedures are currently reimbursable under established codes, and expects to apply for and receive a unique pass-through code for Lymphoseek within a few months. Navidea and Cardinal Health will provide information and support to providers and payers to ensure that they can secure formulary status and appropriate payment.According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 232,000 new cases of breast cancer and 77,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. One of the procedures used by physicians to help in the diagnostic evaluation of breast cancer and melanoma is lymphatic mapping.  Lymphatic mapping is a widely used procedure in which lymph nodes that may contain tumor metastases are identified and biopsied to determine if cancer has spread beyond the primary tumor. Navidea estimates that lymphatic mapping is utilized in approximately 70% of these patients each year in the United States.For more information: www.lymphoseek.com News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | May 08, 2013 Navidea Begins U.S. Launch of Lymphoseek Tc-99 Tracer First new lymphatic mapping drug approved in more than 30 years News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more July 22, 2013 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has partnered with Unfors RaySafe Inc. to offer a new radiation dose monitoring and management tool for Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray systems. The Unfors RaySafe i2 displays real-time dose exposure information, helping to make exams safer for all clinical staff.“Real-time display and analysis of individual staff radiation dose is critical to maintaining a safe work environment,” said Bart Leclou, vice president, business area, Unfors RaySafe. “Our partnership with Toshiba will provide their customers with an easy-to-use integrated dose monitoring tool to help clinical staff instantaneously reduce unnecessary radiation exposure.”With RaySafe i2, each staff member is assigned a digital, real-time dosimeter, which is wirelessly connected to an in-room-mounted screen displaying radiation exposure. The RaySafe i2 system not only helps staff view radiation exposure level during procedures, it also archives dose exposure history for future analysis.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com, www.raysafe.com News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | July 22, 2013 Toshiba Partners With Unfors RaySafe to Help Make Cardiovascular X-Ray Procedures Safer for Clinical Staff RaySafe i2 is now available on Toshiba Infinix-i systems Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more Related Contentcenter_img Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… 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. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more David Karabinos is president and CEO of PointClear Solutions, a software development partner that incorporates expertise in clinical informatics and user experience to build transformative healthcare technologies. Karabinos has more than 30 years of experience as an executive in the technology and business services industries. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Healthcare’s shift away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement models and toward value-based payments is well under way. Case in point: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that 106 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) have begun operations, bringing the total number of Medicare Shared Savings Program participants to more than 250. ACO growth has also gained a foothold in the private sector, with 428 organizations now operating in 49 states. The existence of the ACO stems from a mandate put forth in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Unlike other care delivery models, it aspires to achieve healthcare’s triple aim — improving individual patient care, enhancing population health and reducing care costs — by tying provider reimbursement to quality and financial metrics. This distinction is significant, because it requires ACOs to have technologies capable of supporting a new and more highly coordinated care delivery model. Imaging and the ACOAn ACO typically encourages collaboration among providers from different parts of the continuum of care — including primary care, specialty practices, hospitals, pharmacies, and imaging and diagnostic centers — to deliver high-quality and lower cost patient care. Imaging technology can be used to directly support all of these objectives as well as enhance patient engagement. Some healthcare organizations and physicians are now using cloud-based and Web-enabled devices, such as tablet computers, to securely access and manage patients’ medical images and radiology reports. In fact, one application simplifies image sharing among doctors across organizations, as well as between doctors and patients, bolstering care coordination initiatives for providers associated with ACOs. The platform sits on top of current imaging repositories such as picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and makes images easily available to anyone authorized to view them — including the patient. This approach supports accountable care in two ways. First, it virtually eliminates unnecessary and redundant images from being taken by other providers caring for the same patient, thereby helping to lower costs. Furthermore, patient safety and outcomes can be improved because triage times are faster and providers are able to make more informed decisions during critical episodes of care. Because ACOs come in various shapes and sizes, a one-size-fits-all approach to technology will not yield a customized solution that conforms to the unique workflows of a specific ACO. Instead, some fundamental requirements and characteristics linked to the ACO business model will drive overall healthcare information technology (IT) innovation.  Current Technology: A Gap to FillACOs have a basic set of technology needs that must be met if they are to succeed and thrive. These requirements generally center on the ability to enable real-time sharing of clinical and financial data among disparate systems, providers and organizations. Current health IT contributions offer a starting point and address some of these requisites to a degree. For instance, existing hospital information systems, electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) possess some of the functionalities necessary to support governance, operations, and clinical goals and objectives. Yet even with these systems, one critical unmet need still remains for the ACO: technology that seamlessly integrates across boundaries for care coordination, delivery, reporting and payment. Most current technology is designed to record patient care information during an episode of care — not over time — and is limited to each care setting’s organizational boundaries.By contrast, the success of the ACO model hinges on the development of end-state technologies that support electronic exchange of clinical information, longitudinal care records, care coordination (especially between acute and ambulatory environments), reports for payment distribution and data collection for measuring progress against goals. Toward this end, the coherent integration of technology is necessary to sustain the mission-critical competencies associated with the ACO model, including: • Care coordination. Facilitated by EHR, HIE and provider messaging systems, a cross-organizational care management workflow will require clinical decision support tools at the point of care, as well as shared care plans and the ability to track referrals.  • Population health management. Tools to support health risk assessment and clinical decisions will need to be joined by registries, workflow management solutions, and tools to aid in predictive modeling and analytics.• Patient engagement. To encourage patients to actively participate in their healthcare decisions, ACOs must rely on telehealth and mobile health applications, as well as patient portals, patient health records and survey tools. • Quality performance. Dashboards and business analytics software will be essential for tracking and reporting patient outcomes.• Risk management. Administrative solutionsthat enable complex case management, riskmodeling and benchmarking will be necessary to control financial risk.The core infrastructure of all these systems must additionally reinforce semantic interoperability, controlled terminology, security, identity management and patient consent. However, cobbling together a health IT solution from a mixture of healthcare technology vendors will not necessarily ensure adoption by ACO providers and other end-users. Technology that has not been carefully built with the workflow needs of its end users in mind will likely be met with resistance.  Adoption Requires User Experience, Provider-Centered Design Currently, healthcare technology seldom fully leverages usability and user experience methodologies. This “elephant in the room” has been the culprit behind poor technology adoption rates. Yet in order to thrive, ACOs must be able to deploy technology from day one that, based on the initiative’s unique workflow and end-user needs, will support care coordination and patient engagement. With the advent of ACOs, the time has come to incorporate user experience and provider-centered design into applications in order to strengthen their adoption.There is universal agreement that ACOs will require workflow modifications. Appropriate user research, interface design and usability testing will be essential for ensuring software meets the needs of the ACO delivery model, while complying with regulations and ensuring quality care and patient safety. Add to these demands the need for improved patient engagement, and suddenly it becomes clear that ACOs offer a reality in which technology innovation can flourish. The concept of incorporating high-quality user experience and intuitive, provider-centered design already is starting to take hold among innovators in the areas of care coordination and population health management. For example, one company is making the delivery of safe care at home possible by using EHR technology for individuals who have been hospitalized. Another company is advancing providers’ ability to perform population health assessments and stratifications through the development of care management software solutions. ACOs Will Live (or Die) by Their Technology Over the past 15 years, healthcare has invested enormous sums of capital into IT infrastructure and systems. The lion’s share of that investment has gone to support the status quo until just recently, but now the landscape is changing. ACOs are dictating enormous change in care delivery and advancement in technology. Current health IT solutions do not entirely meet the unique needs of the accountable care model, and must be reinvented accordingly. It will be fascinating to see how this market shifts in scope, size and character over the next few years.  At the end of the day, greater technology innovation will be required to ensure the sustainability of the ACO model. For ACOs to find a permanent and welcome place in the U.S. healthcare system, pioneering technologies must be deployed that enable these organizations to focus on enhancing patient care quality and lowering financial risk. Such an IT strategy will pay dividends not only for ACOs, but for patients as well, as it starts to solve the perpetual riddle of how to contain costs and remain fiscally viable while delivering coordinated, high-quality healthcare.   News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | August 28, 2013 | David Karabinos Technology’s Role in the Pursuit of ACO Sustainability ACOs offer a reality in which technology innovation can flourish News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more Oct. 23,2014 — DR Systems adds a new capability to eMix, its HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based medical information exchange platform. Now, patients and physicians can upload medical information – including large diagnostic imaging files – simply and securely with the click of a button that can be placed on any healthcare provider’s website.  The new eMix secure Web link upload capability provides speed and convenience combined with HIPAA-compliant security. Patients click on a clearly marked “Upload it Securely with eMix” button to upload images and other medical records. eMix automatically identifies and transmits all files to the designated recipient. All transmissions are protected by eight layers of security protection.Seattle Children’s Hospital has been an eMix customer since 2010.  Specialists such as orthopedists, neurologists, oncologists, and spine surgeons may see patients from referring providers in multiple care systems. Instead of waiting for film or files on CD or DVD from patients, those specialists can now put the eMix button on their websites so patients can upload medical information and images via the cloud solution. The receiving physician or facility can manage and view the images and files using the included Web-based, zero-download viewer.eMix is designed to be the core image exchange solution for medical facilities and physician practices. The cloud-based platform is currently used by hundreds of medical facilities nationwide to transmit over 15,000 images and related data files per month.For more information: www.drsys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | October 23, 2014 Easy Patient Uploading of Medical Images and Information Medical information exchange solution adds push-button simplicity enabling quick, HIPAA-compliant image and file transfer to any physician or facility News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read morelast_img read more

Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound

first_imgTechnology | Ultrasound Imaging | January 03, 2017 Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound System delivers clinical utility of high-end ultrasound systems to a wide range of exams with SMI 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more January 3, 2017 — Toshiba Medical introduced the Xario 200 Platinum Series ultrasound system at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The Platinum Series combines the clinical benefits of high-end ultrasound technology with user-friendly features in a small footprint. The compact premium ultrasound system enhances workflow and patient care with intuitive user ergonomics and high-quality imaging for fast and confident diagnosis in a variety of radiology, obstetric and cardiovascular exams.The Xario 200 Platinum Series builds upon the Xario 200 platform and features Toshiba Medical’s advanced ultrasound technologies for depth and detail. This includes technologies like Precision Imaging, Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI) and Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF). The new system comes with the added visualization benefits of Toshiba’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), which provides superior visualization of low velocity microvascular flow. By enabling physicians to see the most clinical information possible, the Xario 200 Platinum Series allows for early, confident diagnoses that can help improve clinical outcomes. The system also offers enhanced performance and workflow features, including a customizable panel and touch command screen, and one-button optimization and clinical parameter setting with Toshiba Medical’s Quick Scan and Quick Start technologies.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Contentcenter_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more

WEBINAR Applying Advanced Workflow and AI in Todays Reading Room

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Richard WigginsProfessor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, University of Utah HealthRichard Wiggins, M.D., is professor of radiology and imaging sciences at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and an adjunct professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and BioMedical Informatics. He received his BA in Biochemistry from the University of Texas (Austin) and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas (Houston HSC). After a research fellowship in head and neck imaging at the University of Florida, he completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Mississippi and his neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Utah. Wiggins has more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 11 books, 98 book chapters, and has presented at more than 400 national and international lectures. He serves as the program chair of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). He is past president of the Western Neuroradiological Society (WNRS) and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) and is currently on the executive committee of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR). He was elected as the inaugural fellow of the Academy of Medical Science Educators and is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Utah as well as the Honored Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America. He was also named the 25th Fellow of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine. Wiggins is CAQ-certified in Neuroradiology by the American Board of Radiology and also certified by the American Board of Imaging Informatics. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more University of Utah Health is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.Whether it’s for routine care or highly specialized treatment in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases, organ transplant, or more than 200 other medical specialties, University of Utah Health offers the latest technology and advancements, including some services available nowhere else in the region.Register for the webinar Sponsored Content | Webinar | Artificial Intelligence| October 17, 2018 WEBINAR: Applying Advanced Workflow and AI in Today’s Reading Room This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Philips Healthcare Technology may be threatening the very practice of radiology. Those who have built a career in the space have a passion for what they do, but are concerned with how technology may impact their space.Radiologists are not averse to change and innovation — in fact, they believe that innovation can serve them, and the patients they care for, very well. Any technology or innovation that enables better patient care should be seriously considered.In this webinar, we will be sharing our experience and achievements in deploying the latest technology and innovation in the areas of advanced workflow orchestration and artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology at the University of Utah.This webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern, Nov. 1, 2018. Register for the webinarPresentersTony Jones Director of Imaging IT, University of Utah HealthTony Jones is director of imaging IT at University of Utah Health. Tony has 20 years of academic healthcare and vendor experience in systems implementation, administration and project management. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta deprecates Btrfs filesystem

first_imgEarlier this month, Red Hat released RHEL 7.6. Now, Red Hata Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 beta version is available with more container friendliness than ever. This RHEL release is based on the Red Hat community Linux May 2018 Fedora 28 release. It uses the upstream Linux kernel 4.18 for its foundation. RHEL 8 beta introduces the concept of Application Streams. With this, userspace components can now update more quickly than core operating system packages and without having to wait for the next major version of the operating system. With Application Streams, you can also keep multiple versions of the same package around. RHEL 8 beta features RHEL 8 beta introduces a single and consistent user control panel through the RHEL Web Console. Systems admins of all experience levels can easily manage RHEL servers locally and remotely, including virtual machines. RHEL 8 beta uses IPVLAN to support efficient Linux networking in containers through connecting containers nested in virtual machines (VMs) to networking hosts. RHEL 8 beta also has a new TCP/IP stack with Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time (BBR) congestion control. This increases performance and minimizes latency for services like streaming video or hosted storage. RHEL 8 is made secure with OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 support and system-wide Cryptographic Policies. Red Hat’s lightweight, open standards-based container toolkit comes with Buildah (container building), Podman (running containers) and Skopeo (sharing/finding containers). RPM’s YUM package manager has also been updated. Yum 4 delivers faster performance, fewer installed dependencies and more choices of package versions to meet specific workload requirements. File Systems in RHEL 8 beta RedHat has deprecated the Btrfs filesystem. This has really confused developers who are surprised why RedHat would opt out of it especially considering that it is also used for ChromeOS’s Crostini Linux application container. From hacker news: “I’m still incredibly sad about that, especially as Btrfs has become a really solid filesystem over the last year or so in the upstream kernel.” “Indeed, Btrfs is uniquely capable and important. It has lightweight snapshots of directory trees, and fully supports NFS exports and kernel namespaces, so it can easily solve technical problems that currently can’t be easily solved using ZFS or other filesystems.” Stratis is the new volume-managing file system in RHEL 8 beta. Stratis abstracts away the complexities inherent to data management via an API. Also, File System Snapshots provide for a faster way of conducting file-level tasks, like cloning virtual machines, while saving space by consuming new storage only when data changes. Existing customers and subscribers can test Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta. You can also view the README file for instructions on how to download and install the software. Read Next RedHat shares what to expect from next week’s first-ever DNSSEC root key rollover. Soon, RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) won’t support KDE. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 (RHEL 7.5) now generally available.last_img read more

Australian agent lets loose on OTAs in open letter

first_img ABERGLASSLYN, Australia — In the past year Australian travel agents have come under attack from OTAs with advertisements launched by Webjet publicly dissing agents. Not surprisingly, the agents are fighting back.We reported in January the viral video of David van de Meer from helloworld in South Perth, Australia mocking clients were stuck in Bali after booking with an OTA. Now Sarah Fenton, an MTA (Mobile Travel Agents) Travel Expert, has written a open letter letting consumers know why it’s better to book with an travel agent.In her post she highlights agent-exclusive EBBs: “Online is not always the best price…and rarely the best value. Wendy Wu is an Asia Travel Specialist and as a Travel Agent they have given me (and other agents) exclusive access to 2018 Earlybird deals BEFORE they go on sale to the general public.”She continued to point to the advice and other savings agents can offer: “Bigger savings, smaller deposits, and all because you booked with a professional travel agent who can guide you through a choice of airfares (including seat selection and menu choices) to match your tour choice and assist with passport advice, visas and foreign currency and stopover options and airport transfer advice and travel insurance options and pre tour hotel selection and how to avoid jet lag and which airlines have the best entertainment options for your children and the best legroom for you … shall I continue with all the things the Internet does not offer personal advice on?”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedWendy Wu, the tour operator mentioned, thanks Fenton in the comments section, saying, “It’s so wonderful to hear such lovely words. You, like all travel agents work extremely hard in the industry and we are extremely grateful for all that you do for both us, as operators and our loyal clients.“We hope that this pre-access helps you kick off the Early Bird deals, and enables you the freedom to sell to your loyal customers.“We are proud to stand with our travel agent partners, such as yourself, to help you grow your business.“So, a big thank YOU from all of us here at Wendy Wu.” Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Australian agent lets loose on OTAs in open letter Posted bylast_img read more

Heres your first look at Disneys incredible Star Warsthemed lands

first_imgHere’s your first look at Disney’s incredible Star Wars-themed lands Tags: Disney, Theme Parks & Attractions Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 14, 2017 Travelweek Group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11Next Photos credit: Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks.ANAHEIM — Disney has outdone itself with its hugely anticipated Star Wars-themed lands, currently under development at Disneyland Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Although not scheduled to open until 2019, die-hard fans and movie buffs were given a sneak peek at this weekend’s D23 Expo 2017.What was presented by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek was a richly detailed, three-dimensional model, complete with the Millennium Falcon. The model will remain on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ ‘A Galaxy of Stories’ pavilion at D23 Expo throughout the weekend to give visitors an up-close look at what’s to come on this never-before seen planet.“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”Chapek plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 Presentation on Saturday.At D23 Expo 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the Star Wars project to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. The jaw-dropping new lands will open with two anchor attractions – one that gives guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. This represents the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each.However, guests don’t need to wait until 2019 to be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy. From special character encounters to fan-favourite attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and interactive entertainment like Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, guests of all ages can experience Star Wars stories at Disney parks and resorts around the world.Check out the photos from the event:last_img read more

The Grenada Tourism Authority launches new education course

first_img Friday, December 22, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Grenada Tourism Authority’s new agent specialist course is now live online.The GTA is first launching its course on Travel Agent University, with more platforms possible in the near future.The online program aims to educate agents on all things Pure Grenada and enhance awareness of the destination, according to the GTA.Through the modules “agents can access and learn all about the many reasons to visit Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” said the GTA’s CEO, Patricia Maher.The GTA is the national tourism marketing and development organization for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Established under the Grenada Tourism Authority Act, 2013, the organization engages in quality standardization, product development, research, planning and marketing.To take the course now, visit travelweeklearningcentre.com The Grenada Tourism Authority launches new education course Tags: Education, Grenadalast_img read more

Strike at Brussels airport leaves hundreds stranded

first_imgStrike at Brussels airport leaves hundreds stranded << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press Friday, October 26, 2018 BRUSSELS — Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded at Brussels International Airport after luggage handlers went on strike over workload and pay demands.Overnight, several hundred passengers had to spend the night in the airport after their planes were left stranded. By noon on Friday, well over 100 flights had been cancelled. Some passengers had to line up for hours, hoping to still get a flight at the start of the autumn holiday season.The Aviapartner luggage handling company serves major companies like Ryanair, TUI, EasyJet and British Airways. Tags: Brussels, Strike Sharelast_img read more

Gulf no longer dying

first_img Hannah J. Ryan Helena Molina, a biologist at the University of Costa Rica, is studying the growth of sea life in the Golfo Dulce, off the southern Pacific coast. Marvin Villalobos checks a GPS on his boat in the Pacific Ocean. For example, he said Costa Rica’s Mixed Institute for Social Aid is working on a strategy to get the fishermen new motors. Donald McGuiness, a former president of FECOP, negotiated the deal with the trawlers to keep them out of the gulf. He understands local fishermen’s gripes with the fisheries institute, noting several complaints with Incopesca’s practices. But there’s a sentiment in FECOP that fishermen also need to be more flexible in order to build a sustainable community, he says. Asking for compensation and better boats only serves shortsighted purposes, according to the expert. FECOP wants fishermen to work on a comprehensive business plan. Tourism and artisanal fishing communities must now figure out how to turn the sustainable brand into reality, he says.McGuiness also criticizes the recent proliferation of illegal fishermen in the Golfo Dulce. He says some of the same fishermen attending Fenopea meetings sneak into the waters at 2 a.m., cast nets and tow in huge illegal catches. The fishing tourism federation is unsure how to deal with this ongoing problem, McGuiness says. He used to loan a boat to the Coast Guard, the only entity allowed to arrest illegal fishermen. For two years, the crew patrolled the gulf until the contract ran out in May 2011.McGuiness says he’d like to start the patrol program again and set up radars to monitor activity in the waters. But implementing these plans requires investment and a concerted effort by all groups involved in protecting Golfo Dulce. Villalobos zooms his boat around the gulf’s mouth. He checks with each fisherman, who tell him they’re not catching anything. Out in the ocean, as authorities and conservation groups contemplate how to stave off illegal fishing, Villalobos wonders in which direction the gulf will go next. “I think it’ll work,” Villalobos says. “We knew we had to make these changes. We want to make these changes, but what we need is the government to help us.” Facebook Comments Hannah J. Ryancenter_img Today, marine biologists studying the gulf have reported a slow resurgence in fishand shrimp in the 750-square-kilometer area, the largest responsible fishing zone in Central America.A press trip sponsored by conservation organization Pronature brought more than two dozen journalists to the southern Pacific port city of Golfito last week for a day of boating and discussing the responsible fishing area.Behind sunglasses and in an unbuttoned dress shirt, Villalobos powers the motorboat through the ocean, gabbing about the beaches, water and beauty of whale-watching season. He has a license to fish in the zone, and at one time supported his family with what he caught. But the 55-year-old boat captain considers himself a full-time tour guide these days, even if there’s only enough tourists for two or three trips a week. In these times, a couple tours can be more profitable than a week’s worth of fishing, he says.A few years ago, fishermen struggled because they couldn’t take on trawlers that pillaged the waters. Now, anglers face difficulties because they are not catching fish.Members of the Golfo Dulce-based National Federation of Artisanal Fishers (Fenopea) and marine scientists extolled the rebirth of ocean life in the region. But the trip also showed the challenges that lie ahead. Fenopea, which consists of six fishermen’s associations from around Golfo Dulce, dreams of turning business in the sustainable fishing area into a profitable practice.Villalobos guides his lancha toward another local resident, Cirilo Quintero, who is president of the Association of Puntarenitas Fishermen. Quintero is fishing with his two children near the Osa Peninsula town of Puerto Jiménez. His daughter hooks a shimmering red fish about the size of her forearm and pulls it on board. Quintero looks at his daughter and laughs, joking to reporters that she’s caught two fish today, which is more success than he’s had.Someone asks him how often he winds up with nothing in his bucket. The fisherman turns downbeat. Quintero has lived in the gulf for 48 years, and claims that this is the worst he’s ever seen the place.Still, he supports sustainable fishing, as does Villalobos. Quintero says it’s the only way to keep the gulf alive for his children and grandchildren. The Golfo Dulce is no longer dying, he says, but nor are artisanal fishermen like Quintero reaping the benefits of the revival. “We’re in a very bad situation,” Quintero says.Nirlady Artavia, of Fenopea, describes a tangible vision for local fishermen. She says as long as they can keep the trawlers out, artisanal fishermen can benefit from more favorable prices. In the future, Fenopea members hope to develop a brand for their sustainably caught seafood, which could sell for an even higher market price. Artavia says the group also wants to push the renewed Golfo Dulce as a tourist destination. This could establish the area as a popular sport fishing destination and bring dividends to the artisanal fishing community, whose members could give tours and supply fresh catches to hotels and other businesses. But Artavia admits organizing the effort has been a challenge. Many residents are bitter with the government. Boaters and fishermen seen out on the water, including Villalobos and Quintero, blame the government for not aiding them as the area transitioned into a responsible fishing zone. They curse the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) for not making the fishermen’s own livelihoods – which rely on handlines and outdated equipment – sustainable. The most vocal fishermen do not take issue with the responsible fishing area. Quintero explains that the situation was no better before with shrimpers controlling the waters. But, he says, artisanal fishermen think the government is neglecting them. Gerardo Zamora, of Incopesca’s Golfito office, said they are collaborating with the small-scale fishermen, but improving the situation is not a quick fix. He said Incopesca  and other governmental and private entities are working with the fishermen to teach sustainable fishing techniques and how to better commercialize their product.“We are conducting a series of projects in order to implement everything that is reflected in the [responsible] fishing plan,” Zamora said. No related posts. From the print editionGOLFO DULCE, Puntarenas – Marvin Villalobos leans forward in his boat and revs the motor. “I think I see dolphins over there,” he says, looking out to a swath of blue several hundred meters ahead.The bottlenose dolphins appear in seconds, riding the wake around the boat. Onlookers pull out their cameras.Venturing into another part of the gulf, Villalobos pulls his boat close to two sea turtles at the ocean’s surface. Cameras snap. This is a different reality for Golfo Dulce, located off the southern Pacific coast. Several years ago, local and foreign shrimp trawlers overran the waters, bringing the gulf’s resources to near-oblivion. Trawlers, which use large funnel-shaped nets that scrape the ocean floor, netted as much un-targeted marine life as shrimp. Sea life dwindled. Shrimp trawlers dominated the local market by selling volumes of low-priced shrimp, and artisanal fishermen couldn’t compete. Each big score by the trawlers led to the discarding of tons of conger eels, snappers, sailfish and other species.Then, in 2008, sport fishing operators, artisanal fishermen, shrimp trawler owners and conservationists worked out a million-dollar deal to ban trawlers from the gulf. The agreement, headed by the Costa Rican Federation of Fishing Tourism (FECOP), had the body of water declared a “marine area of responsible fishing” in 2010. The plan called for teaching local gill-netters sustainable practices and doing biological studies to monitor sea life in the region.last_img read more

Hunter under investigation for killing Costa Rican cougar

first_imgRelated posts:President Chinchilla signs ban on hunting for sport Hunters ignore Costa Rican ban, kill mother deer, fawn near Carara National Park National Police arrest 6 hunters inside Palo Verde National Park Costa Rica judge releases poachers hours after cops catch them with dozens of dead birds Prosecutors in the southern Pacific canton of Buenos Aires, in the province of Puntarenas, are investigating a local man for allegedly killing a Costa Rican cougar (Puma concolor costaricensis), an endangered species in the country.The investigation began after a photograph of the man holding the body of the dead cougar as a trophy next to his shotgun appeared in a story published by the digital newspaper pzhoy.com.“We received the photograph attached to an email from one of our readers,” the site’s webmaster Randall Chávez told The Tico Times.Agents of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) along with members of the National System of Conservation Areas used the information in the email to identify the man and opened an investigation on the case that reportedly occurred in late April.Earlier this month OIJ agents arrested the man following an inspection of his property located in the rural community of San Luis de Chánguena in Buenos Aires.The man, whose identity was not disclosed, was charged with a violation to the Wildlife Law, and a copy of the picture was filed as evidence before the local court.The legal process against him initiated in early May, and he was released with preventive measures, OIJ’s press office confirmed.Hunting for sport was banned in Costa Rica in 2013 when ex-President Laura Chinchilla signed a law setting fines for hunters of up to ₡1.5 million ($3,000) and up to ₡900,000 ($1,800) for people caught trafficking wildlife species.The law allows hunting for personal consumption in limited circumstances, scientific research or wildlife population control, and it does not affect sport fishing, a popular tourist activity in the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force

first_imgLA PAMPA, Perú – The dynamite crew set the charges and ordered everyone back.They put explosives beneath the miners’ hammocks and in the outdoor kitchen, where potatoes were still hot on the stove. More fuses were placed in the processing shed nearby, which had a blackened torch for melting gold and a rusty barrel of sand laced with mercury.Get down, a police commander said. Mouths open, another shouted. Apparently it was better for the eardrums.The blast snapped with a gust of hot air. Wood planks and shreds of zinc roofing leapt upward and somersaulted down. Toucans and macaws scattered into the tree canopy, squawking in protest.Wearing military fatigues and combat boots, Antonio Fernández, Perú’s top prosecutor for environmental crimes, watched the mining camp burn. This ghostly moonscape of dead stumps and contaminated pits was primary forest just six months ago, he said.“These people have done extraordinary damage,” said Fernández. “We have to respond with the same amount of force.”After years of ignoring the frantic gold rush fouling the Amazon forests of southeastern Perú’s Madre de Dios region, the government has launched a no-mercy campaign to crush it.Since April, it has sent police and soldiers on dozens of helicopter raids, swooping down to blow up equipment and burn mining camps. It has cut fuel supplies to Madre de Dios in an attempt to choke off the miners’ generators, motorbikes and diesel engines, saying per capita fuel consumption in the region is 10 times the national average because their machinery runs round-the-clock. Peruvian National Police and take cover after detonating explosives at an illegal gold mining camp in Peruvian Amazon, in this undated photo. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostThe goal isn’t to bend the miners into legal compliance. It is to drive them out of the jungle entirely. “They don’t belong here,” Fernández said. “They should go home.”As many as 40,000 illegal miners — mostly poor, Quechua-speaking laborers from Peru’s Andean highlands — have invaded some of the most pristine and biologically rich sections of ancient forest in the Amazon basin.In just a few years, they have laid waste to more than 120,000 acres, leaving behind Amazonian deserts of pestilent orange craters that bleed into the rivers when it rains.Dragging their machinery up waterways and along muddy trails, they chain-saw trees to create space for their dredgers, sluices and the clattering vacuum pumps known as “chupaderas” that can open a pit as deep and wide as a five-story building in a matter of weeks.While the damage from illegal mining may not be deforesting the Amazon as fast as cattle ranching and agriculture elsewhere have, the destruction is multiplied by the miners’ poisonous little companion: liquid mercury.They dump it on the sediments they collect to bond with the gold, then vaporize the mercury with torches. It is not a precise industrial process.So toxic is liquid mercury that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling a hazardous waste specialist if a spill is larger than a broken thermometer. Exposure can cause neurological damage, birth defects, infertility and other health nightmares.In Madre de Dios, gold miners are putting 30 to 40 tons of the stuff into the rivers each year, according to government estimates. It has leeched into nature reserves, the flesh of widely consumed river fish and three-quarters of the adult hair samples tested in the regional capital, Puerto Maldonado. Peruvian National Police and Marines raid an illegal mine in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon in a July 9, 2014 photo. An estimated 40,000 illegal miners have laid waste to 120,000 acres in just a few years, cutting down trees and polluting the Amazon with mud and mercury, which is used to separate the gold. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostNobody knows what the long-term consequences will be. Few of the miners are thinking that far ahead.“The gold extends 80 meters down, even deeper,” said Luis Otsuka, the president of the local mining federation, an aggressive man with the slightly crazed look of someone living in a prolonged state of gold fever.Otsuka denounced Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s campaign against the miners and said the country’s environmental minister “should be killed.”“They are trying to destroy us,” Otsuka said, channeling local outrage at the government into his candidacy for governor of Madre de Dios. “Our country is so rich, and they want to keep us poor.”Peru is the world’s fifth-largest gold producer, and the biggest in Latin America, extracting about $10 billion worth a year. Less than 20 percent comes from the Amazon.Most of the gold is mined in the Andean highland by multinational companies from the United States, Canada, Brazil and China.Jungle gold is different. It has washed down from the mountains in little flecks and chips over millions of years, drifting along alluvial channels with other sediments.Getting it out of the ground isn’t exactly mining in a traditional sense, and there isn’t much geology involved. It’s more like mechanized soil-filtering.Using dredgers and vacuum pumps, miners slurp up the sediments and send them through crude wooden sluice boxes. The heaviest particles, weighty with gold, settle toward the bottom and are collected on strips of carpet.There are no Eureka nuggets or gold seams to strike. The name of the game is volume. The more earth you can suck up and sift out, the more money you make. In a July 9, 2014, photo, children’s toys and play money from a Monopoly game are seen among the debris after a blast set off by Peruvian National Police and Marines at an illegal miners camp in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon. After years of turning a blind eye to nearly 40,000 illegal miners in the region, Peruvian officials have begun military action to stop the mining and curb further environmental damage. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostGlobal financial jitters sent gold prices soaring in 2008 and 2009, and they’ve stayed relatively high since then. While U.S. television viewers were bombarded with commercials offering cash for unwanted jewelry, Peruvian laborers went racing into the Amazon.A few years earlier, the trip would have been a multi-day journey for someone living in the slums of highland cities like Cuzco and Arequipa. But at the same moment that gold prices jumped, highway crews in Brazil and Perú were finishing the long-awaited Interoceanic Highway, the first and only paved road traversing the Amazon basin.It was meant to boost trade and facilitate Brazilian exports to Asia. Instead, it put millions of poor mountain-folk within a day’s drive of the gold sands.Peruvian laws have long protected small-scale “artisanal” mining, which allows panning with simple, traditional tools. But the artisanal miners who moved on to dredging equipment got rich and bought more machinery.Some of the most stunning damage is here in the area known as La Pampa, where thousands of illegal miners have poured into off-limits forest areas adjacent to the Tambopata nature reserve, home of rare giant river otters and white-lipped peccaries. Enforcement was too weak to stop them.The squalid mining encampments that have popped up overnight make HBO’s “Deadwood” look like a model village.The largest is a warren of tarp-covered shacks and muddy streets that fan out from the Interoceanic Highway into alleys of sludge, sewage and trash. Bars and cantinas with plastic patio furniture and $20 teenage hookers share walls with hardware stores, lube shops and nervous-looking men with scales who buy gold by the gram.It is merely the central supply depot for the miners. Their camps are several miles deeper into the forest.You reach them along dirt paths wide enough only for a motorbike or three-wheel motor cart. Errand boys zip along the trails on dirt bikes, ferrying fuel, food and laborers between the highway and the camps. A self-appointed toll collector charges a small fee to keep the rickety wooden bridges from collapsing into the swamps.There is no police presence or authority. Anyone can arrive with machinery and start digging.The motorcycle path is more like a busy highway, winding through barren wastes that have already been worked over and abandoned.The largest, nicknamed Black Fly, is a sandy plain several miles in diameter. A few dredgers were visible in the distance, nibbling at the fringes. It looked like Nevada had landed in the middle of the rain forest.Other sites along the route were just as obliterated: Mega 11, Mega 12 and Mega 13, each one spanning several football fields.Adding to the gloom were the burned-out encampments that littered the supply route, where government raids had left charred ruins of tarp villages and debris strewn across the sand: plastic jugs, rusty chains, melted toys.After 45 minutes, the big pits appeared. Mud-caked men and boys in shorts and flip-flops scrambled up and down eroding walls of sand, grabbing at exposed tree roots, while their vacuum pumps burrowed into fetid brown puddles at the bottom. Thick hoses ran up to the crater rim, spewing out muddy water and sediments onto wobbly sluices.A few miners were willing to talk and vent anger at the government, which had torched a nearby camp a few days earlier.“Why won’t they let us work?” asked Ricardo Mendoza, 38, guiding a vacuum with a mouth as big as a dinner plate through the muck while his partner rode a pontoon raft, yanking at the levers of a floating dredger.“I have five kids,” said Mendoza. “I just want them to have a better life.”As a farm laborer, he made $10 to $15 a day. Here in La Pampa, he said, he earns five times that.“Extreme profits are never a justification for breaking the law,” Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Perú’s environmental minister, said in an interview. In a July 9, 2014 photo, a dredging machine is seen during a flyover by the Peruvian military in the Tambopata protected reserve of the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Illegal gold miners with dredgers, sluices and vacuum pumps can open a pit as deep and wide as a five-story building in a matter of weeks. After years of ignoring the mining the Peruvian government is using police and military troops to raid and destroy the miners’ camps. Dominic Bracco II/Prime for The Washington PostThe four-month-old campaign against illegal mining has won praise abroad and public support in Lima, Perú’s capital, even as anti-government protests turned deadly in Madre de Dios and the country’s gold output dropped 14 percent after the crackdown.The aerial images of the destruction were too appalling to ignore. They had become a national embarrassment.Pulgar-Vidal and others are pushing to tighten regulations and steer the miners toward more formalized practices and permitting, a process the miners say is a sham.Real enforcement will require more time and more muscle: investigative work, additional prosecutors, and a bigger police and military presence in the gold-rich areas. The government will have to make sure its regulators can’t be bought off as easily as in the past.Despite the helicopter raids and TV-ready demolitions of equipment, Peruvian prosecutors have sent just four illegal miners to prison.Usually there is no one for them to arrest when they land. The miners and their families grab their most valuable machinery and possessions and flee into the forest when the helicopters approach. There isn’t any room for them in the helicopters anyway — one reason the government wants their equipment destroyed on site.“What’s the point of seizing machinery and hauling it out of here if a corrupt judge can just give it right back?” said one military commander leading the raids, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to give interviews.He estimated they had hit about half of the largest illegal sites in La Pampa. When they fly over them a few days later, he said, they often find the camps rebuilt and the dredgers running again.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico closes 80 schools after 10 million gallons of sulfuric acid poison Sonora River earlier this month Rangers at Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park use satellite technology to fight illegal gold mining To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Even Brazil’s military may not be enough to protect an endangered Amazon tribelast_img read more

Former expat in Costa Rica launches novel about Vietnam

first_imgIn a way, “Palawan Story” is a novel about a clerical error: When young Kim escapes Vietnam during the civil war, she arrives in the Philippines. But because she has the same name as another young woman, she is accidentally shipped off to an adoptive family in the United States, where she not only starts a new life, but actively revises her past.For author Caroline Vu, “Palawan Story” has certain autobiographical elements. Like Kim, Vu was also born in Vietnam, she was evacuated during the war, and she lived part of her life in the United States. But unlike Kim, Vu also spent time in Costa Rica, where her husband, Mario Laguë, served as ambassador to Canada from 2004-2007. (Laguë passed away unexpectedly in 2010.) During her time in Costa Rica, Vu also wrote extensively for The Tico Times.Vu will visit Costa Rica this week for a local book launch of “Palawan Story” at the restaurant Tin Jo in San José. Hosted by owner Maria Hon and sponsored by the Asociacion Diplomatica de Ayuda, the event is a chance to meet the author and pick up a copy of the book.While this novel is her first published book, Vu has written for various newspapers around the world, including the Toronto Star and the Geneva Times. Today Vu is based in Montreal, Canada, and like her “Palawan” protagonist, she works as a family doctor.Does Kim reconcile her adult life with her dramatic and uncertain childhood? There’s only one way to find out – books cost 8,000 colones ($16) a copy.The “Palawan Story” book launch takes place Aug. 28 at Tin Jo, downtown San José. 6:30 p.m. Info: Asociacion Diplomatica de Ayuda website. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Grinding out the blues over the weekend, Barrio Amón ‘felt like New Orleans’ Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Friendship Library lends books out of Atenas restaurant Book exchange to ‘liberate’ paperbacks in Cariarilast_img read more

Costa Ricas La Sele tops Venezuela 21 in Copa América prelude

first_imgCosta Rica heads into the much-anticipated Copa América Centenario tournament on a high note after a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the National Stadium on Friday.Despite some sloppy play on a rain-drenched field, Costa Rica got a good taste of what it can expect in June’s Copa América.A 50th-minute beauty of a goal from striker Ariel Rodríguez, who substituted in at the half for veteran Alvaro Saborío, made the difference in the end. But for much of the first half, Costa Rica’s defense got roundly out-hustled by an inspired Venezuelan side. La Vinotinto burnt Costa Rica’s lagging backline in the 29th minute when a pair of forwards including Salomon Rondón broke through, allowing Rondón to put an easy goal past a helpless Patrick Pemberton.Venezuela continued with the fast offensive pace, tallying three shots on goal in the first half and making coach Óscar Ramírez’s five-man backline look frazzled.South American teams are known for playing tough and contesting everything, and Costa Rica saw a heavy dose of that grittiness on Friday. When La Sele was getting punched in the mouth and was down a goal, the Costa Ricans looked like they were beginning to clam up.A player like defender Kendall Waston, who is a bruiser, should relish this type of play. Instead, he looked slow to the ball and was continuously being attacked. Goalie Patrick Pemberton, who was subbed out at halftime for Leonel Moreira, was regularly coming far out of the box, including one ill-advised play in which he tripped over his own teammate some 15 yards in front of the goal.Eventually, as it always seems to do under Ramírez, La Sele calmed down and responded. In the 40th minute, defender Cristian Gamboa struck in a long-range golazo through a line of defenders to tie the game at 1-1.Costa Rica then looked like it had scored again when Saborío lofted up a header for Waston. However, Waston was called offsides and the game remained tied at the half.Ramírez came out with a somewhat surprising lineup, and it’s clear that a few spots are still up for grabs before Costa Rica takes the field against Paraguay on June 4 to begin Copa América group play. In the midfield, Christian Bolaños was named the starter over Yeltsin Tejeda, who’s coming off an injury. At forward, the 34-year-old Saborío got a surprising start over usual starter Marco Ureña and had a scoring opportunity in the second minute off a pass from Joel Campbell, who again played masterfully.After assisting Gamboa’s golazo, Campbell nearly came back with another assist just minutes later on a long volley, but captain Bryan Ruíz couldn’t get enough leg on the ball to contest the goalie.Costa Rica will now head to Orlando, Florida, to play an up-and-coming Paraguay squad. The Copa América opener will kick off at 3 p.m. Costa Rican time on Saturday, June 4. The Ticos will continue group play against the United States on June 7 and Colombia on June 11. Facebook Comments Related posts:Óscar Ramírez faces first adversity as La Sele’s head coach Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifierlast_img read more

New competition will fund green projects for small companies

first_img“The objective is to change the forms of how they design products, process products, and pack products to ensure a niche in the market with a higher price and a higher value added,” she added. “That helps us raise the productivity of the country.”The Minister of Foreign Trade and President of the Board of Directors of PROCOMER, Dyalá Jiménez, added that the program is seeking to strengthen Costa Rica’s already “consolidated image as a green country.”Costa Rican First Lady Claudia Dobles attended the launch event.“Our country is positioned internationally as a decarbonization laboratory,” Dobles said. “Therefore, the government’s actions are aimed at promoting processes like this, where productive transformation is intended to improve the environmental sustainability profile of Costa Rican companies.”PROCOMER and CRUSA will choose at least 25 companies that are developing green projects. They have to be small and medium-sized enterprise of up to 100 employees; qualify for PROCOMER’s exporter diagnosis; and plan a project within one of the following categories: energy efficiency, renewable energies, emission reduction, water use, and integrated waste management.A PROCOMER technical committee will then examine the companies and the CRUSA Foundation will reward them with funding of up to 80 percent of project costs. A total of up to $4 million will be awarded throughout the whole competition.Businesses that have already completed the PROCOMER exporter diagnosis have until Sep. 28 to send in their proposals. Businesses new to that process must request an application by Sept. 14.The winners will be announced on Oct. 12.For more information, companies can visit the page www.crecimientoverdecr.com or contact PROCOMER through the email crecimientoverde@procomer.com. Facebook Comments The Promoter of External Trade of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) and the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) have joined forces to launch a new contest to provide financial support for 25 small and medium-sized companies developing green transformation projects.The contest, called Crecimiento Verde (Green Growth), will identify SMES to to receive donations to improve their energy efficiency, renewable energy use, emission reductions, water use, or integrated waste management.“For the CRUSA Foundation it is very important to stimulate the economic growth of the country,” said Michelle Coffey, Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation, at the launch of the contest last week. “We believe that it is one of the principal objectives that we should focus on as a country.”With Crecimiento Verde, CRUSA is working to support and promote resource efficiency as well as productivity, Coffey said in a statement. Related posts:Misión Tiburón: The husband and wife team protecting sharks in Costa Rica This week in the Peace Corps: Camp GLOW empowering young women worldwide This week in the Peace Corps: A volunteer’s time in Talamanca Apply now: CRUSA offering full-ride scholarships to US collegescenter_img CRUSA, Amigos of Costa Rica launch Tico Times philanthropy news sectionlast_img read more

India govt faces heat after raising diesel prices

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix A decision to limit to six the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders available to each household a year would also leave the government with a shortfall of 320 billion rupees ($5.8 billion).Last year, widespread protests forced the government to withdraw a decision allowing foreign supermarket chains like Wal-Mart to open stores in India.But the diesel price increase was welcomed by business leaders and the Confederation of India Industries praised the government’s “bold decision.”“(The) rationalization of fuel subsidies is a necessity from the point of fiscal consolidation,” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said in a statement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories The subsidy reduction is part of the government’s economic reform program. The delay in those reforms has been blamed in part on a sharp drop in India’s growth rate and the rapid fall in the value of the rupee.Concerned by India’s massive subsidy bill, ratings agencies have threatened to downgrade India.The government has also announced a reduction in cooking gas subsidies. The price of diesel _ important for farmers’ irrigation pumps and tractors, as well as trains and buses _ is politically sensitive in India and both opposition politicians and coalition allies criticized Thursday’s decision.“It will affect the farmer, it will affect the common people,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told CNN-IBN television channel. She demanded that the government withdraw the hike.Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress party is a key coalition member, said she had never been consulted on the price rise.Another government ally, the Samajwadi Party, also demanded that the government retract the decision.The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party also slammed the move and said it would add to the problems of India’s poor.The Congress Party-led government said that even with the increase in diesel price, the state oil companies would lose about 1 trillion rupees ($18.7 billion) this fiscal year. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s beleaguered government faced angry protests from its political allies as well as the opposition Friday after it raised the price of diesel fuel in a bid to curb a ballooning national deficit.The government raised the price of diesel by five rupees (10 cents) a liter late Thursday. The price of diesel is regulated and kept much lower than gasoline prices in India. But the government has been under intense pressure to reduce its fiscal deficit by cutting spending for subsidies, particularly on fuel. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Putin Netanyahu meet to discuss Syria

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Putin wrapped up the meeting by saying that Russia and Israel share concern about the situation in Syria. He said that he and Netanyahu believe that the conflict in Syria is fraught with negative consequences for the entire region, adding that they agreed to follow the situation through personal contacts and links between Russian and Israeli special services.“Only a quick cessation of hostilities and a political settlement can prevent a negative scenario,” Putin said. “At this sensitive moment, it’s particularly important to avoid any action that could destabilize the situation.”Putin hailed what he described as close ties between the two countries, and Netanyahu responded in kind and invited Putin to make another trip to Israel.Netanyahu added that the volatile situation in the Middle East requires action to improve security. “The region around us is very unstable and explosive, and therefore I am glad for the opportunity to examine together new ways to stabilize the area and bring security and stability to the area,” he said at the start of the talks.The warm statements and assurances of mutual friendship contrasted with sharp criticism by Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, who on Monday accused Russia destabilizing the Middle East by selling weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. “Anyone who provides weaponry to terror organizations is siding with terror,” Landau said. MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for talks that focused on the situation in Syria, amid concerns that Moscow could soon provide Damascus with advanced missiles.Israeli officials have asked Russia to stop what they say is an imminent delivery of Russian S-300 air defense systems to Syria.However, neither leader mentioned the missiles in their brief opening remarks and concluding statements after the talks. They took no questions from reporters. Their refusal to mention the missile issue in public and their friendly tone may reflect an understanding reached in talks that lasted several hours. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Russia has continued to ship weapons to Syria despite the civil war there, but so far has refrained from providing Damascus with the S-300s, a powerful weapon that has a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and the capability to track down and strike multiple targets simultaneously with lethal efficiency.The weapon would mean a quantum leap in Syria’s air defense capability, including against neighboring countries that oppose Assad’s regime.Israel attacked suspected shipments of advanced Iranian missiles in Syria with back-to-back airstrikes this month. Israeli officials signaled there would be more attacks unless Syria refrains from trying to deliver such “game-changing” missiles to ally Hezbollah, an anti-Israel militia in Lebanon and key Syrian ally. Hezbollah said weapons shipments won’t cease.Netanyahu in his concluding statement emphasized the need for Israel to protect its people, adding that “deep and thorough discussions” with Russia would help find ways to improve regional stability.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

UK soldier dies in southern Afghanistan

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) – Britain’s defense ministry says a soldier has been killed by enemy fire in southern Afghanistan.The defense ministry says the soldier from the 14 Signals Regiment was shot on patrol Tuesday in the area of Kakaran in Helmand Province and died from his injuries at the scene.The defense ministry did not name the soldier but said his next of kin have been informed.The death brings to 445 the number of British personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001, and it is the seventh death this year. Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   last_img read more

Research group Afghan progovernment militias running amok

first_img KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a “cheap but dangerous” national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an international research group said Thursday.The International Crisis Group said members of the militia force, known as the Afghan Local Police, have killed civilians and committed fraud, theft, rape, kidnapping, drugs trafficking and extortion. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories FILE – In this April 24, 2011 file photo, members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) hand over a tray of food after a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP in Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. The International Crisis Group said Thursday, June 4, 2015, that members of the ALP, a national militia, have killed civilians and committed fraud, theft, rape, kidnapping, drugs trafficking and extortion. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File) Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In 2014, the United Nations recorded 53 civilians killed by pro-government militias, almost triple the 2013 number.The ICG said the presence of the militiamen had not made communities safer, noting that in the five provinces without an ALP presence violence declined by 27 percent between 2010 and 2014. In the country as a whole during that period violence spiked 14 percent.And in the northern Kunduz province, where the Taliban launched a major assault in April that almost saw them seize the provincial capital, the ICG report said ALP abuses had led residents to chase the militiamen out of some areas, clearing the way for the Taliban to advance.The ICG report urged the Afghan government to strengthen oversight of the ALP, with regular reports on performance including human rights abuses. It said Kabul should also identify units that worsen security, reducing and eliminating them, and should not expand the program.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The government has come to rely on the ALP and other local militias as it struggles to fend off Taliban attacks. The insurgents launched their annual spring offensive in April — the first since U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of last year.The ALP is a pro-government militia which emerged from U.S. efforts to mobilize rural communities against the Taliban. Today the militiamen fight on the front lines, losing men at three to six times the rate of soldiers and police while costing just $120 million a year, the ICG said.But the militiamen are increasingly acting as vigilantes and power brokers in the areas they are supposed to police, and the government is finding it harder to rein them in, the ICG said, citing unnamed officials.The report said that 20 percent of U.S. special forces teams mentoring ALP units in 2011 reported ALP members committing physical abuse and violence; 12 percent reported bribe-taking. They also reported salary fraud, theft, rape, drug trafficking and abuse, as well as selling or renting ALP weapons and vehicles.In northern Faryab province one unit was accused of rape, looting and using a dry well filled with snakes as a torture chamber, the ICG said.last_img read more

Haiti seeks to control city that emerged from quake

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories In this June 23, 2015 photo, Wilgans Desire, 27, lifts a white pigeon onto the top level of his homemade pigeon house, in Canaan, Haiti. Desire runs a thriving commercial chicken business, thanks to training and startup assistance he received a year and a half ago from the Christian Fellowship Mission. For the moment, he says, he is the only commercial chicken farmer in town, but his goal is to keep expanding so he can stay ahead of competitors whenever they do arrive. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 CANAAN, Haiti (AP) — Before the January 2010 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti’s capital, the only occupants of the arid hills near the city’s northern edge were skinny goats foraging amid the cactus and scrub.Today, hardware stores sell wood and rebar to a flood of homesteaders and children lug water up dusty paths between rows of cinderblock homes and tin-and-tarp shacks. The government estimates that in 5 Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

AP PHOTOS Dreams of victory for South African rugby team

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this photo taken on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Kanyiso Sopitshi, left, with teammates scrum during their league match in Springs east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that’s a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood – rugby.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories They are the one of the few amateur rugby teams in Katlehong, a cramped neighborhood flanked by factories, built only for black people under the racist apartheid system. Rugby has long been associated with and dominated by white South Africans and black players were barred from playing on the top teams.“My body is built for rugby,” said Luvuyo Phakane, a stocky college student, explaining why he chose rugby over soccer. “I’m slow in running but strong enough to push everyone.”The team has no water, no goal posts, and many come to training four days a week straight after a factory shift. At the end of the workout, a young player practicing in his leather school shoes throws himself onto the ground, his chest heaving.The South African government has used quota systems and funding for amateur leagues as it has tried to diversify the sport since the country’s 1995 Rugby World Cup win, where Nelson Mandela lifted the trophy.The coach has already registered the team in the local league, which means they’ll get new orange uniforms paid for by the government. They still have no cleats, and will play in whatever shoes they have come the weekend. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home KATLEHONG, South Africa (AP) — Their catches still uncertain, their sneakers worn and unsuitable, a team of young South Africans is trying to find success in a sport that that’s a traditional favorite in their country, but rare in their own neighborhood — rugby.Katlehong Tigers’ Coach Sicelo Jonnie’s voice rises above the tuneless honking of minibus taxis as he drills his team on a poorly lit, rough field in this township southeast of Johannesburg. Amateur soccer teams who also practice here have first dibs on the more level, better lit fields. Occasionally, a soccer ball rolls into the Tigers’ field of play. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Virgin slashes expectations of profits despite reporting uplift in tra

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/224ad/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Virgin Group has taken a knife to its profit guidance dropping downwards from its earlier figures of $80-$110 million down to a range between $20-$40 million citing recent “rapid deterioration” and increased volatility both domestically and internationally.This is dramatic shift from the airline’s mid-year profits, which reached $62.5 million in profits for the period of July to December 2009.  At the time Brett Godfrey said that Virgin Blue was ready to take advantage of the improving market.It appears this is no longer the case, with the new profit guidance indicative of a massive loss for the second half of the financial year.“We have continued to see rapid deterioration and increased volatility in the operating environment, particularly in respect of the leisure segment both domestically and internationally,” says Virgin Blue.“This is consistent with the weakening trend seen recently in the broader retail market as well as an unexpected and sudden decline in consumer confidence in the last month.”Virgin Blue says it is expecting that average fares will decrease by over 10%.Long-haul arm dragging down its businessFrom the recent statement it appears as if it is Virgin Group’s long-haul arm V Australia which is pulling down its financial results, as Virgin Group makes a point of saying that its short-haul business is still expected to make a net profit before tax of $100 million.It makes no note of the operations of its long-haul arms, but during the half year report it was revealed that V Australia delivered a loss before tax of $39 million on revenues of $117 million.Passengers still growing in AprilPassenger traffic for Virgin Blue continues to grow for Virgin Group, who has just reported a 3% increase in passengers for April, and much of this growth is coming from its international services.While domestic services edged up 0.5% in terms of passengers carried, international routes saw a much larger 18.7% jump in April when compared to a year earlier, reports Virgin Group.Domestic revenue passenger kilometers increased by 1.3%, while available seat kilometers lifted by 3.1% which saw loads drop by 1.4% for Virgin Blue.  International RPKs lifted by 60.4%, while ASK lifted by 41.9%, resulting in a load factor increase of 8.5% up to 75%.last_img read more

Sustainable tourism key to empowering women Planeterra

first_imgTravelers and the tourism community can change the lives of women across the world by calling for and adopting sustainable tourism practices, says Planeterra’s Megan Epler Wood pre-International Women’s Day celebrations.Tourism is one of the best industries to positively impact the world’s poorest, two thirds of which are women, Ms Epler Wood told e-Travel Blackboard.“Tourism is becoming one of the most important economic sectors in poor countries,” Ms Epler Wood said.“No other sector spreads wealth and jobs across poor countries in the same way.”According to Ms Epler Wood, due to this reach and impact, those earning less than $2 a day “have a greater chance of benefiting from the tourism economy than almost any other type of work”.What can you do to promote sustainable tourism? Ms Epler Wood says:Travelers can request their vendors to seek to meet either Fair Trade standards of employment, or ask if their travel vendors have employment policies that give women and minorities opportunities, training, and chances for promotion.The travel industry can get in on the action too and seek to contract locally, using services that meet high standards that employ local women or use women-owned business services.  Emerging destinations can invest in ensuring their destinations have appropriate infrastructure that is environmentally friendly; social services that ensure all tourism workers get the education and health services they need; and that there is a plan for smart growth which ensures that as tourism grows there is a plan in place to protect fragile natural areas, cultural values, and helps local people to benefit via assistance to local micro, small and medium enterprises seeking to service the industry.On 8 March take a moment to commemorate some of the many women involved in sustainable tourism: Martha Honey is the co-Director at the Center for Responsible tourism in Washington, D.C. and a well respected author on ecotourism who has fought hard for equity and fairness in how tourism development benefits local people, particularly women.Trisha Barnett, Director of Tourism Concern in the UK, has worked tirelessly to make certain local tourism workers get a square deal.Jennifer Seif who is the head of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa leads one of the world’s most active organizations to ensure local tourism workers and women receive appropriate wages and that tourism companies meet fair trade.Megan Epler Wood is the founder of The International Ecotourism Society which is the oldest and longest running organization in the world dedicated to making tourism a tool to conserve the environment and assist local people with greater benefits from tourism. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Doltone House Awarded At Night of Nights For the NSW Event Indu

first_imgRenowned Sydney venue and catering collection, Doltone House takes out the NSW 2011 Meetings & Events Industry Award (Specialty Meeting Venue) category as well as NSW 2011 Cause Related Event of The Year for the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation event.Doltone House has been announced as winner of the 2011 NSW Meetings and Events Industry Award for the Specialty Meeting Venue category. The prestigious night of nights was hosted by the Sofitel Wentworth yesterday evening with some 300 of the who’s who of the NSWs events industry in attendance. One of the final awards of the evening was Cause Related Event of The Year, where the partnership between Doltone House and the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation found success. The Biaggio Signorelli Foundation was set up by Doltone House Directors/Owners, honouring their late father who passed away of Mesothelioma, a terminal asbestos related cancer. They have committed to almost $1million dollars in just under 4 years; funded three medical scholarships; funded the national guidelines for treatment and cure of Mesothelioma, received two NSW Government grants as well as most recently funding an International Registry Scholarship.Both awards were accepted by Anna Cesarano, Director of Doltone House. Anna comments: “The dedication and commitment that goes into the submission process itself is really a reflection of the passion we apply day to day…she later too expressed her heartfelt thanks, “When the founder of Doltone House venue and catering collection passed away in 2008, we set up a Foundation honouring his name. This founder happens to be my father…a great migrant success story indeed.”Last night’s wins came off another significant achievement being the 2012 MICE.net (Reader’s Choice Award) for Best Unique Venue for the last three consecutive years. During October, November, December 2011 they asked their readership base to vote (from their experience) for the best venue they have used over the last 12 months.Doltone House is renowned in Sydney for providing multi award-winning, iconic venues for conferences and events. The Doltone property portfolio, which includes the iconic flagship property Jones Bay Wharf, Sylvania Waters, and the latest addition, the 6-star green-star Darling Island Wharf – has seen Doltone House establish a reputation as one of Australia’s premier event providers. NSW Winners now qualify for the 2011 MEA National Awards to be announced in late April 2012. Source = Doltone Houselast_img read more

Second airport or 25000 new homes

first_imgFederal government plans that identify the Wilton area as Sydney’s second airport have caused tension with the State government and its proposal of building 25,000 homes in the same area.Confirmation of the state government’s plans for claiming 2000 hectares for housing was revealed a day after the federal government initiated the process of establishing a second airport, The SMH reported.Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese commissioned a report which identified Wilton as a preferred location while the federal Transport Department has approached Sydney Airport Corporation initiated the process for approval.Meanwhile, Wollondilly Shire Council deputy general manager Luke Johnson said the areas would be negatively affected by an airport however the full effect would not be known until the runways were disclosed.”In general terms, there’s proposals for housing where the airport is proposed,” Mr Johnson said. ”The ones we are talking about are for 6000 sites in west Wilton, 10,000 in total in Wilton, and 10,000 in the area between Appin and Wilton, so the bulk of the dwellings would be in that area.”Despite the support the Wollondilly Shire Council has showed toward the proposed rezoning it remains apprehensive about who will provide the infrastructure.”The proposals put to us are contemplating housing estates where they have a range of lot sizes from 450 to 600 square metres,” Mr Johnson said. ”We did a calculation if they all went forward and we came up with a figure of 25,000 houses. That’s 60 or 75 thousand people.” Transport Minister Anthony Albanese identifed Wilton as a preferred locationImage source: Illawarramercury.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Qantas savagely clips its financial wings

first_imgQantas is likely to be given a debt guarantee by the Abbott Government until its foreign ownership restrictions can be lifted.   “The Australian domestic market has been distorted by the current Australian aviation policy which allows Virgin to be majority owned by three foreign airlines,” Joyce said. The job cuts include a reduction of 1,500 management and non-operational positions and will be carried out over a three period until the 2017 financial year. The Qantas Group will cut 5,000 jobs, sell assets and reduce capital expenditure in order to try to return to profit by financial year 2015, Qantas chief executive officer, Alan Joyce said at a press conference today. Joyce said that the need for restructuring was promoted by the uneven playing field in the Australian aviation sector. Qantas has bought 132 aircraft, with an average age of 7.6 years. Source = ETB News: T.N. Going forward, Joyce said that Qantas will rely on its partnership with Emirates to expand its international reach by cutting routes and invest in passenger capacity by rapidly changing its fleet. The savings will be AUD $2 billion which will be used to invest in capacity growth internationally as well as in Asia in its Jetstar Group. In addition, there will be a wage freeze across the Qantas Group and a suspension of wage increases and bonuses for executives, the sale of aircraft and the shutting down of its heavy maintenance and catering facilities. Qantas announced a Statutory Tax Loss of AUD $235 million for the six months from 2013. last_img read more

New Zealands national business events show celebrates 20 years

first_imgNew Zealand’s national business events show celebrates 20 yearsMore than 800 top business event organisers meet in Auckland next week for the 20th CINZ MEETINGS, New Zealand’s only national business events trade show.This year’s CINZ MEETINGS brings together hundreds of influential business event professionals from New Zealand, Australia, South and South-East Asia, China and North America to sign business at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 15 and 16 June.Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan saysMEETINGS is the ultimate annual event for conference, meeting, incentive and event managers.“We attract everyone from high-end incentive travel organisers looking for bespoke luxury, to corporate professionals planning company events, and large international associations organising multi-day conferences.“MEETINGS gives event organisers the chance to do a year’s worth of business in two days, all under one roof. We are showcasing the latest trends in food, travel, design, technology, and entertainment, and treating them to an authentic taste of New Zealand hospitality – our Manaakitanga.”Over the two days and three nights local and international travel and tourism buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings with over 190 exhibitors from 19 regions. Last year more than $50 million worth of business was contracted at the event.This weekend 100 Australian event organisers and media flown here by Air New Zealand will tour their choice of eight different regions – Hamilton and Waikato, Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin – before meeting in Auckland for a day tour of the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau.“This face to face time, experience and networking is at the crux of our industry. MEETINGS is much more than an exhibition, we give them a total Kiwi experience from the moment they arrive,” Sue Sullivan says.MEETINGS kicks off with a 20th anniversary welcome function at The Langham hotel on 14 June, and the social programme includes events hosted by Auckland Convention Bureau, and a spectacular finale dinner for 650 at Vodafone Events Centre.Source = CINZlast_img read more

South Australian Personal Travel Managers have plenty to celebrate

first_imgExecutive General Manager Michael Gazal (bottom left) presenting to South Australian personal travel managers during state meetingAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagers Australia TravelManagers national business partnership manager Suzanne Laister presents personal travel manager Mandy Bradtke with her five year milestone awardSouth Australian Personal Travel Managers have plenty to celebrateTravelManagers second November bi-annual state meeting was held in Adelaide last week and South Australian personal travel managers (PTMs) had much to celebrate.First on the list of celebrations was a record attendance for the region. Fifteen out the 19 current PTMs participated in the state meeting, held last Wednesday 16 November at Adelaide’s Mayfair Hotel.“It would have almost been a perfect attendance, however two personal travel managers were late withdrawals coming down with the flu and a new recruit was on an induction course in Sydney,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal.Gazal highlights the benefit of working regionally with the PTM’s provides the ability to cater for their local and individual requirements.”By individually tailor making meetings by state it allows for the meeting to be personal and relevant, which ensures strong attendance and high engagement. The feedback from our personal travel managers is consistently positive so we know it’s a winning formula.”South Australian personal travel managers show the love at state meeting From top left: Grant Campbell, Karin Tunbridge, Catherine James, Cheryl John, Tanyu Cilek, Michael Gazal, Third row: Corinne Mutz, Hilary Packer, Mandy Bradtke, Second row: Neil Saunders, Vanessa Maloney, Lucrezia Caruso, Suzanne Laister, Jose Canas, Front row: Belinda Woodroofe, Michelle Zienkiewicz, Alison Banks, Joshua Faddoul, Penny HallThe second reason for celebration is the growth of PTM’s in the South Australia region. TravelManagers has experienced a 45% increase in new recruits in the last twelve months.“TravelManagers in South Australia is really going from strength to strength and our personal travel managers are experienced, knowledgeable, proactive and very generous in sharing their strengths with each other. This camaraderie is typical and represents the true community spirit that TravelManagers prides itself on. It really comes as no surprise that 60% of these new recruits have been referrals from existing personal travel managers,” says Gazal.For new recruit PTM Philippa Williams, the state meeting was filled with friendship and support.“It was a lovely way to learn what is happening with the business and I felt so supported and welcomed by the personal travel managers and the national partnership office support team. I really feel that I am part of a family and I have no doubts I’ve made the right decision in joining TravelManagers.”Following the morning’s business sessions, the personal travel managers along with nine national partnership office staff and three partner suppliers (Shoana Bannister from Wendy Wu, Regan Grainer from Trafalgar and Stephen York from Albatross Travel) enjoyed a Christmas lunch at The Little Hunter, a popular local steak restaurant.For personal travel manager Neil Saunders his Christmas lunch was interrupted by the need to attend to an urgent client request.“TravelManagers technology is second to none. I was able to issue an urgent ticket and book a small ship cruise in-between my entrée and main and still enjoy lunch. My clients’ always come first. All in a day’s work,” laughs Saunders.As 2016 comes to a close, Gazal reflects on the importance of the personal travel manager and national partnership office relationship.“We know a big factor in our success is the strong relationships between our personal travel managers and our national partnership office support teams. An overriding objective of the national partnership office is to create a sense of family and strong community spirit amongst our personal travel managers. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collectively celebrate what has been a fantastic year for TravelManagers regionally with our personal travel managers. Plus, we know how to have fun!”TravelManagers will continue their personal travel manager state meetings around Australia with Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane meetings scheduled throughout November and early December.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. 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IHG named among Top 5 Most Desirable Workplaces in Asia

first_imgIHG named among Top 5 Most Desirable Workplaces in AsiaIHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, has been named among the top five companies to work for in Asia in Great Place to Work®’s annual ‘Best Workplaces in Asia 2017’ list.Ranked fifth in this year’s coveted list, IHG has been recognised for showing commitment to creating a great work environment where colleagues trust the people they work for, take pride in the work they do, and enjoy working with the people around them.The rankings are derived from insights gathered from Great Place to Work’s extensive Trust Index© Survey which measures employee perception of the workplace environment, and a Culture Audit©, completed by the organisation’s management team and evaluated by an independent Great Place to Work team. More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies across nine Asia-region countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates.Deborah Woollard, Vice President, Human Resources, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG, said: “At IHG, it is our people that make up the heart of our business and a great workplace culture. A place where people come to work excited and engaged in what they do, where they can grow and learn, and where they can be themselves, is not just a nice to have but is part of our DNA and competitive advantage. This stems from an environment built on trust and shared values and impacts how we interact with our guests and with each other.“Being recognised as one of the best companies to work for in Asia shows that we are on the right path. As we continue this journey, we are committed to continue investing tirelessly to provide opportunities for our people to grow in their professional and personal journeys, celebrate the contributions of those who give so much to IHG, and create an even stronger environment for our colleagues to build trust and relationships with each other,” Deborah added.IHG places strong emphasis on growing, developing, and retaining its people by creating an inclusive culture where people are encouraged to be themselves. In recent years, the company launched industry-leading programmes to help colleagues grow in their roles and develop personally and professionally, such as IHG Future Leaders, where young individuals with leadership potential are trained to lead a function in the hotel within two years, and GM Express, which focuses on accelerating the development of high-potential talent to be the General Manager of a hotel under the company’s select service brand, Holiday Inn Express, within 18 months.The company also celebrates its employees’ great work through initiatives such as its annual ‘IHG Celebrate Service’ week, where employees are recognised for their commitment and dedication to delivering great guest experiences throughout the hotels every single day.IHG was ranked third in Great Place to Work’s ‘Best Company to Work For’ list in Singapore in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the company also came in fourth in the Saudi Arabia awards, and moved up the ranks to take 16th place in the India awards held by the Great Place to Work Institute. IHGSource = IHGlast_img read more

Brisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new look

first_imgBrisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new lookBrisbane Marriott Hotel unveils new look after extensive redesignBrisbane Marriott Hotel showcases its remarkable $20 million reimagined hotel today. The extensive redesign transformed the hotel’s 267 guest rooms and suites, Executive Lounge, two floors of event space and its signature restaurant, reinventing the experience of the legendary hotel. Offering travellers a warm welcome in one of the city’s most exciting locations, Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s updated look and feel is ideal for visitors who are accustomed to modern design, state-of-the-art facilities and warm, intuitive service.The hotel’s revitalisation together with the rebirth of the neighbouring Riverside Precinct, inclusive of Petrie’s Bight and Howard Smith Wharves, has established Brisbane Marriott as the city’s destination to stay in premium comfort with Brisbane’s newest entertainment precinct at its doorstep. Keeping up with its iconic reputation, the modernised rooms at Brisbane Marriott Hotel are complete with breathtaking views of either the Brisbane River, taking in the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or the River City skyline.“Brisbane Marriott Hotel is one of Marriott International’s most iconic properties in Australia. Perfectly positioned in the River City’s vibrant and creative CBD, Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s refreshed, modern look combined with the team’s intuitive hospitality make for a truly exceptional stay that showcases the brand’s hosting culture and commitment to elevating the guest experience,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International. “We are delighted to be working with our key partner, YTL Hotels, to shine a spotlight on the renewed Brisbane Marriott Hotel and Marriott brand here in Australia.”The hotel employed the expertise of Malaysian-based company Duoz Design to ensure the hotel embodied its Brisbane heritage in a modernised design. Careful consideration was given to the hotel’s unique natural and historic surroundings and these details were effortlessly incorporated into the new design to create a multi-dimensional sensory experience for guests.“From the ambient lighting used throughout the hotel, reminiscent of a balmy Brisbane evening, to the colour palette in the hotel rooms, every element was inspired by the Brisbane region,” Brisbane Marriott Hotel General Manager, John Douglas said. “We are proud to welcome guests to experience the reintroduction of this special hotel, made even more memorable as the hotel celebrates its 21st birthday.”Striking guestroom interiors are set in neutral tones that recall the surrounding nature, from the bark-toned headboard to the grey walls and deep earthy brown details that were inspired by Brisbane’s parks and forests. Textured soft furnishings contrast beautifully against historic marble, which has been restored and renewed in the new guestroom design.With the inventive spirit of the Marriott Hotels brand in mind, guestrooms are also fitted with the latest technology, including ASSO ABLOY Orion system, a technical inclusion that controls the lighting and air conditioning in each of the hotel’s rooms, elevating the guest experience. The addition of this advanced technology enables front desk staff to conveniently adjust lighting and air conditioning upon guest check-in to ensure a welcoming first impression.The hotel’s signature restaurant, Motion Dining, delivers creative dining concepts in a convivial space that has been redesigned to include an array of dining offerings and ambiances – diners can be seated at tables overlooking the Grill, sit at high tables in M Bar or enjoy alfresco dining overlooking the river on MDeck. Helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Peter Iwanczyk, Motion Dining’s menu proudly showcases the best locally-sourced ingredients, including some of the freshest Queensland prime steaks, oysters and Queensland’s finest seafood. The restaurant’s Friday and Saturday night seafood buffet successfully encompasses the essence of Queensland dining.Further cementing itself as Brisbane’s place for business and special gatherings, Brisbane Marriott now accommodates events of all occasions with 12 flexible spaces divided across two floors. Created to maximise space and possibilities, the hotel’s expert event team is on hand to spark creativity and create personalised experiences.To let the mind recharge at the beginning or end of a busy day, the hotel also showcases an outdoor pool, meanwhile there’s also a 24-hour gym complete with sweeping views of the Brisbane River and the Dome Spa Retreat.To celebrate Brisbane Marriott’s renewal, the hotel is offering guests two exclusive packages. The City View package offers a guest room with views of the Brisbane cityscape, buffet breakfast for two and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival, including hotel valet parking and a late check out from $259 twin share. The Executive City View package includes an executive city view guest room with access for two to the plush executive lounge. Guests will also enjoy buffet breakfast for two in Motion Dining along with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival. The convenience of valet parking and late check out is included from $404 twin share. Source = Brisbane Marriott Hotellast_img read more

Geithner We Will Fight Financial Reform Forces

first_img Share in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing December 1, 2011 420 Views Treasury Secretary “”Timothy Geithner””:http://www.treasury.gov/about/Pages/Secretary.aspx criticized opponents Thursday for their efforts to weaken and ultimately repeal large chunks of financial reform by the Obama administration.[IMAGE]Without naming critics, he veiled any references to political and legislative maneuvers in recent years to delay and rid the U.S. legal code of financial reform enacted by the Obama administration in the wake of the recession.””The forces working against reform are trying a range of different strategies… to slow the pace of implementation in the hopes of watering it down,”” he told reporters.Geithner included blocks in the way of appointees, slashed funds, policy riders tucked into appropriations bills, and attempts to repeal laws in the form of new legislation.””If these efforts to weaken reform are successful, then consumers will be more vulnerable to future abuse, businesses will be more vulnerable to future contractions [COLUMN_BREAK]in credit availability caused by financial mistakes, and the economy will be more vulnerable to devastating crises,”” he added.Talk of repeal continues to mount for the Dodd-Frank Act, the only signature law written and passed by the administration three years after the financial crisis.Sources speaking with _MReport_ for a past story said that a recent announcement by “”Rep. Barney Frank””:http://frank.house.gov/ (D-Massachusetts) that he plans to retire only fuels interest among Republicans and trade groups with a desire to strike Dodd-Frank from the record.More Republican presidential candidates hold fast to their pledges at repeal of Dodd-Frank, often associating the law with onerous regulation unhelpful to struggling businesses and markets, such as the housing sector.Richard Cordray, director-nominee to lead the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/, remains notably locked in a confirmation process hampered by opposition from 44 Republican senators.Geithner said that the Obama administration means to fight any attempts to weaken and otherwise repeal important overhaul measures.””This challenge is about a fundamental obligation of government… to provide and enforce the system of incentives and constraints necessary to create a financial system that helps people save for retirement, borrow to buy a house or a car or pay for college, allows businesses to finance productive investments, protects people from predation and abuse, and does not leave the taxpayer responsible for paying for the mistakes of banks,”” he said.center_img Geithner: We Will Fight Financial Reform ‘Forces’ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-01 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Fed Cuts BondBuying Hints at October End

first_imgFed Cuts Bond-Buying, Hints at October End Federal Reserve Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-09-17 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img More than two years after the central bank kicked off its latest economic stimulus program, policymakers at the Federal Reserve once again voted this week to scale down monthly asset purchases—and hinted that the end is in sight.In a statement released Wednesday following the end of the Federal Open Market Committee’s latest meeting, the Fed announced that starting in October, it will dial back its monthly purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities and Treasury securities to a combined pace of $15 billion per month.The bond-buying program has been on a steady downward slope since January after the Fed’s announcement late last year that it had decided to start tapering its stimulus thanks to improving economic conditions.Barring any significant setback in the economy in the next month, the committee announced it could end its asset purchases at its October meeting.While the central bank evidently sees enough momentum for the economy to roll on at a “moderate pace,” forecasts from the committee were mixed. In a separate report of economic projections, the committee predicted a drop in growth compared to its June forecast, with GDP set to expand 2.0 to 2.2 percent for 2014, down from 2.1 to 2.3 percent previously.At the same time, the labor market outlook was brighter, with the committee calling for an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent to 6.0 percent by the end of the year.In looking ahead to its next step, the Fed stayed committed to its usual language, maintaining it will keep its current target range for the federal ranges rate for a “considerable time” after the end of the program.Just how long the Fed thinks to be a “considerable time” has been a matter of speculation among investors and economists. At a press conference in March, Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted that rate increases could come as soon as six months after the end of the current easing program, sending waves through the markets. Since then, she’s been more careful with her wording, insisting in Wednesday’s press conference that the decision will not be calendar-based.”It is highly conditional and it is linked to the committee’s assessment of the economy,” she said.A recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal found most don’t expect the first hike to come until June next year.Paul Edelstein, director of financial economics for IHS Global Insight, agreed with the June prediction.”The tone of the Fed’s latest policy statement was decidedly dovish,” he said in a note. “There was some hesitancy over current conditions and the forward guidance was left intact. However, this was not enough to alter the general course of monetary policy.”The committee’s monetary policy action passed with an 8–2 vote. Casting votes against the action were Dallas and Philadelphia Fed presidents Richard Fisher and Charles Plosser.While Plosser’s objection was based on the Fed’s choice of the phrase “considerable time,” which he said reflects a time-dependent policy, Fisher’s stance was more hawkish. According to the Fed statement: “President Fisher believed that the continued strengthening of the real economy, improved outlook for labor utilization and for general price stability, and continued signs of financial market excess, will likely warrant an earlier reduction in monetary accommodation than is suggested by the Committee’s stated forward guidance.” September 17, 2014 626 Views last_img read more

Construction Spending Weakens in September

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News November 3, 2014 544 Views Construction Spending Weakens in Septembercenter_img Spending on construction projects fell across the United States for a second straight month in September, spurring a decline in analysts’ expectations for economic growth in Q3.The Commerce Department reported Monday that construction spending throughout September came in at an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.9 billion, down 0.4 percent from August but up 2.9 percent from a year ago.Year-to-date through September, the government estimates total construction outlays came to $710.1 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent over the same period last year.In a note to clients, Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol, U.S. economists at IHS, called September’s release “another disappointing report—and after adjusting for inflation, this report looks even more dismal.””We expect that third-quarter real GDP will be revised down to 3.4 percent [from an original estimate of 3.5 percent] based on this report,” they continued.Among the good news in Monday’s report was a 0.4 percent bump in spending on residential projects, which totaled an adjusted annual rate of $354.8 billion.A small portion of that increase came from private homebuilding outlays. According to the Commerce Department, private residential construction building was at a rate of $349.1 billion in September, up 0.4 percent month-over-month. Spending on single-family housing climbed 1.1 percent to $192.5 billion, while spending for multifamily projects fell 1 percent to $43.3 billion.Across all categories, spending on private, nonresidential projects was down 0.6 percent for the month to a rate of just less than $331 billion.In the public sector, the government estimates spending on home construction was up 4.7 percent from August at a rate of $5.8 billion. Construction Spending Housing Starts IHS Global Insight 2014-11-03 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Ocwen Responds to Servicing Practice Criticism

first_img Share Ocwen Financial is responding to criticism of its mortgage servicing practices. In a letter to 119 trustees and mortgage servicers released Monday, the company said it has yet to receive proper data to support claims that Ocwen “breached certain of its obligations under the relevant servicing agreements.”In January, a group of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) investors including BlackRock Financial Management Inc., Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Kore Advisors, and Metropolitan Life Insurance issued a notice on Ocwen’s alleged non-performance. Ocwen claims the notice is a part of a long campaign by the RMBS investors to force more home foreclosures and less loan modifications.“These investors’ pro-foreclosure, anti-modification agenda is driven by their desire to increase their own financial returns on their specific tranche-level holdings in RMBS Trusts, at the expense of long-term gains to the Trusts as whole, through sustainable modifications,” the letter said.Ocwen said these allegations are false and similar claims were found to have no merit in 2013. They believe their current standards for mortgage servicing is high and company agreements require them to service loans within the best interest of all investors.In February, an independent study found many of Ocwen’s servicing business was “effective,” according to the letter. The research, conducted by Morgan Stanley’s RMBS strategy team stated, “Whether a borrower first went delinquent while being serviced by Ocwen, or fell delinquent and was then transferred to Ocwen, we find that these borrowers are more likely to be in their homes today than if the MSRs were held elsewhere.”Ocwen has fought similar claims in the past. In December, the company agreed to pay $150 million and William Erbey, then executive chairman, agreed to step down after New York’s State Department of Financial Services alleged the company engaged in improper servicing practices. Since then, Ocwen has been selling off servicing rights for mortgages owned by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.Last week, Ocwen agreed to sell $9.6 billion worth of servicing rights to Green Tree Lending. This was the third multi-billion dollar sale announced by Ocwen in the past two months. On March 2, Ocwen announced it had agreed to sell an agency portfolio with 277,000 loans but did not name the buyer in that transaction.In February, Ocwen announced that it intended to sell the mortgage servicing rights on a portfolio of approximately 81,000 performing residential loans owned by Freddie Mac with a total principal balance of about $9.8 billion to Nationstar. in Daily Dose, Featured, Servicing mortgage servicing Ocwen RMBS 2015-03-23 Samantha Guzmancenter_img March 23, 2015 535 Views Ocwen Responds to Servicing Practice Criticismlast_img read more

The Week Ahead Watching Market Conditions Following Unusual Highs

first_img On Monday at 10 a.m. EST, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo will release their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) for May, a measure of market conditions based on three factors, with a range of zero to 100.While the March HMI was unusually high, reaching 71, April stayed steady at 65. All three individual components (present single family sales, next six-month single family sales, and prospective buyer traffic) reported losses month over month, but were still strong.The prospective buyer traffic component indicated rising interest in new home sales, as it scored above the breakeven level of 50. It topped 52 in April, a slight drop from 53 in March.Present single-family sales and single-family sales for the next six months both showed slight decreases month-over-month, but remain high. Present single-family sales for April dropped to 74 from 77 in March, and single-family sales for the next six months dropped to 75 from 78 in March.NAHB reports that there is a continuing demand for home construction, although builders have faced several challenges such as high regulatory costs and increasing material prices.The NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months, and also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers. Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.Data from the NAHB/WellsFargo HMI can be found here.This Week’s ScheduleFannie Mae Economic & Housing Outlook, TuesdayHousing Starts, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. ESTCollingwood Group Chairman Tim Rood on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto, Tuesday, 12 p.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: Watching Market Conditions Following Unusual Highs May 14, 2017 755 Views center_img Share Construction index National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo 2017-05-14 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Bill Neville Joins LoanLogics as President COO

first_imgBrian Fitzpatrick, CEO and former President of LoanLogics, will focus on strategy, revenue growth, new clients, new products, and continue to improve customer satisfaction. As the CEO, Fitzpatrick is also LoanLogics’ “chief culture officer” and will be responsible for ensuring the organization remains faithful to its values during a time of rapid growth. Share Bill Neville Joins LoanLogics as President, COO LoanLogics, a Pennsylvania based technology provider in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced the appointment of veteran financial services leader Bill Neville as its President and COO. In his new role, Neville will be responsible for overseeing all operational controls, technology and software development, and the procedures and staff required to scale and grow the company. In addition to his executive role, Neville will also be a member of LoanLogics’ Board of Directors. Bill Neville Brian Fitzpatrick COO loan LoanLogics mortgage technology 2018-01-27 Radhika Ojhacenter_img “We are thrilled Bill is joining LoanLogics, especially at this critical time in the company’s growth,” said Fitzpatrick. “In particular, Bill’s expertise in financial planning, organizational development, product management and financial services technology make him a perfect fit for this role. We expect him to have a significant impact on LoanLogics’ future.” Neville has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and most recently served as President, North America for Finastra. In his prior roles he served as a Board Director and later President of U.S. business at D+H, where he played an important role in the acquisition of various companies including Mortgagebot, Avista Solutions and Harland Financial. “LoanLogics has earned a stellar reputation by doing more than any other company to ensure the quality of loan file data in financial transactions,” said Neville. “In fact, the company’s loan quality management software is the go-to platform for lenders. I look forward to playing an instrumental role in the company’s continued growth by improving upon its financial strength and operational efficiency.” Neville also served as Managing Director and head of Citi’s North American hedge fund servicing business, as President of BISYS Alternative Investment Services, and as Group President of BISYS Banking Solutions Group. Earlier in his career, Neville held senior positions at several technology companies, including IBM. A U.S. Navy veteran, Neville holds an MBA from Suffolk University. January 27, 2018 666 Views in News, Technologylast_img read more

The Long Road to Puerto Ricos Recovery

first_img November 16, 2018 852 Views Share Ali Haralson Auction.com Banco Popular de Puerto Rico Clear Capital DIMONT Ed Delgado Fannie Mae Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions Freddie Mac Gilbert Garcia Group Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Hladik HMB Law Group Hope Now JGM Property Group NAHREP National General Lender Services Onorato & Federman Puerto Rico RES.NET Ricardo Rossello Rushmore Loan Management Services San Juan Steven Horne The Five Star PR18 Conference The Home Depot Renovation Services USRES Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Xome 2018-11-16 Radhika Ojha On Thursday, leading representatives from mortgage banks, servicers, suppliers, non-depository institutions, and government agencies engaged in a series of collaborative discussions focused on sustainable solutions for this island in recovery during The Five Star PR18 Conference (PR18) in San Juan.It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Maria left a trail of devastation to life and property in the island nation of Puerto Rico. But even now, its shadow looms with Puerto Rico’s government estimating the amount required to rebuild and restore the region at around $139 billion. Even more sobering are the death tolls for the storm that were raised from 62 to 2,975 according to a report commissioned by Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello and released in August 2018. “The People of Puerto Rico are not nameless, faceless statistics. They are our countrymen, with the same dreams, values, and aspirations. Our solemn duty as an industry and as a society is to help restore and revitalize an island that so many call home,” said Ed Delgado, President, and CEO of the Five Star Institute during his address at the conference.Some of the key topics discussed during this two-day summit included an overall “State of the Island,” a look at the policies and programs shaping the island’s recovery, an examination of Puerto Rico’s ongoing foreclosure crisis, borrower outreach options, a legal services update, and a breakdown of the unique property preservation challenges presented by Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. “Mainland firms are not familiar with Puerto Rico, and parties based in Puerto Rico need to work with mainland partners they can trust,” Steven Horne, Founding Member of HMB Law Group told DS News in its November feature story titled “Rebuilding Paradise”. “The beauty of the Five Star PR18 Conference is that it is the perfect time in the recovery process to build those relationships.” Supported by Auction.com and Co-supported by The Home Depot Renovation Services and RES.NET, PR18 featured representatives from industry-leading organizations. They included Banco Popular de Puerto Rico; Clear Capital; DIMONT; Fannie Mae; Five Brothers Asset Management Solutions; Freddie Mac; Gilbert Garcia Group; Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery; Hladik, Onorato & Federman;  HMB Law Group; HOPE NOW; JGM Property Group;  National General Lender Services; NAHREP, USRES; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; and Xome.At the crux of the conference were two key focus areas—proactive response and collaboration.“When crises happen, we must all react quickly and collaboratively to effect change,” said Ali Haralson, Chief Business Development Officer, Auction.com. “This proactive response is in line with the message of PR18: hope and restoration. By convening in Puerto Rico for this important summit, our industry leaders will be bringing visibility to the needs of the island and supporting relief and recovery efforts collectively.” The road to recovery for this paradise is a long one indeed but it is one that the industry is taking action to walk on to restore the island.Click here to read our November issue of DS News to learn more about how industry leaders are working to facilitate the process of rebuilding Puerto Rico.center_img The Long Road to Puerto Rico’s Recovery in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Media, News, Servicinglast_img read more

What Is Driving FirstTime Buyer Mortgage Risk

first_img November 27, 2018 976 Views What Is Driving First-Time Buyer Mortgage Risk? American Enterprise Institute Edward Pinto Fannie Mae FHA First-Time Buyers Home Prices homes HOUSING Leverage market mortgage repeat buyers Tobias Peter 2018-11-27 Radhika Ojha The housing market has plateaued at a high level and will become more bifurcated between first-time buyers and repeat buyers in 2019, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).The AEI, which published its findings on the housing market along with its monthly National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), expects the higher priced part of the housing market to see a moderation in home price growth, especially in the higher priced coastal markets.“The current house price boom, now entering its seventh year, has been driven by two punch bowls, the Fed’s accommodative monetary policy, now being slowly withdrawn, and easy first-time buyer credit made available by federal agencies, which continues unabated” noted Edward Pinto, Co-Director of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “Continued credit easing for first-time buyers will offset the Fed’s tightening and fuel further unsustainable entry-level home price appreciation.”AEI said that it expected a slowing transaction volume in some markets because of tax law changes and affordability pushing buyers into more affordable markets. However, due to continued credit easing by FHA and Fannie Mae, the lower-priced part of the market consisting predominantly of first-time buyers would “likely see continuing strong house price appreciation with transaction volume remaining around its current high level.”The NMRI found a huge spread of default rates across risk buckets as higher house prices concentrated at the lower end of the market, where leverage was seen to be increasing the most. Moving into 2019, the AEI projected even more risk as borrowers, especially, first-time buyers were forced to take on more leverage to buy a home.“Given the continued credit easing for first-time buyers with much higher risk profiles, it is too soon to speak of a turnaround in house prices,” said Tobias Peter, Senior Research Analyst of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “Our past research proves that in a tight housing market as little as 30 percent of borrowers with high-risk levels can effectively drive up house prices for everyone in a census tract.”The NMRI indicated that the First-time Buyer Mortgage Risk Index (FBMRI) for August was up 0.6 points from a year ago. When compared to August 2013, the FBMRI has increased by 3.1 points and at a new series, high FHA’s FBMRI stood at 28.6 percent in August rising 2.1 points from a year earlier. Fannie Mae’s FBMRI stood at 10 percent rising 0.8 points from a year earlier and four points since September 2012.The data indicated that while repeat buyers had been able to avoid increasing leverage, the gap between first-time buyers and repeat buyers’ risk had widened to 7.5 points from 4.6 points five years ago.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

A team of US scientists has made a discovery tha

first_img A team of U.S. scientists has made a discovery that could lead to the development of bioenergy and food crops that can withstand harsh growing conditions, website ScienceDaily reports.Additionally, the finding could aid the development of crops with the ability to resist pathogens and pests, require less chemical fertilizer and produce larger and more plentiful plants per acre, they say.The researchers’ breakthrough was pinpointing the specific plant gene that controls a key symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitating the symbiosis in a plant that typically resists it.Being able to do so is groundbreaking because when plants and certain fungi that affect their roots – called mycorrhizal fungi – are united, it can have “remarkable” benefits for the plant, the publication explains.The fungi form a sheath around plant roots, and its structure extends far from the plant host, increasing nutrient uptake and even communicating with other plants to “warn” of spreading pathogens and pests.In return, plants feed carbon to the fungus, which encourages its growth.To try to promote this type of relationship, the researchers focused their study on Arabidopsis, a plant that traditionally does not interact with the fungus L. bicolor, and even considers it a threat.They created an engineered version of the plant that expresses a certain protein, called PtLecRLK1, and then introduced the fungus to the plant roots. You might also be interested in Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t … July 24 , 2019 The fungus L. bicolor completely enveloped the plant’s root tips, forming a fungal sheath indicative of symbiote formation.”We showed that we can convert a non-host into a host of this symbiont,” ORNL quantitative geneticist Wellington Muchero was quoted as saying.”If we can make Arabidopsis interact with this fungus, then we believe we can make other biofuel crops like switchgrass, or food crops like corn also interact and confer the exact same benefits. It opens up all sorts of opportunities in diverse plant systems. Surprisingly, one gene is all you need.”Another of the team’s molecular geneticists also emphasized the significance this plant gene discovery could have on the future.”If we can understand the molecular mechanism that controls the relationship between plants and beneficial fungi, then we can start using this symbiosis to acquire specific conditions in plants such as resistance to drought, pathogens, improving nitrogen and nutrition uptake and more,” ORNL molecular geneticist Jessy Labbe was quoted as saying.”The resulting plants would grow larger and need less water and fertilizer, for instance.”So far, finding the genetic triggers in a plant that allow the symbiosis to occur has been one of the most challenging topics in the plant field, the publication indicates.The discovery, published in Nature Plants, came after 10 years of research.Read the full story herecenter_img T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations … U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … AgTech company’s root heating system ‘significantl … last_img read more

Cape Kudu Hotelthailand

first_imgCape Kudu Hotelthailand Officially opened on 17 January by Thailand’s Princess Sirindhorn, the latest addition to the Cape & Kantary family – Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi – is only 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport to Bang Rong Pier, where a 30-minute ferry crossing to Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi, and a 15-minute drive, deliver you to the new hotel.The luxury Cape Kudu Hotel offers a range of accommodation – Deluxe, Pool Villa, and Robinson Crusoe Suite – plus a fine dining restaurant, an organic garden and a five-star spa.last_img read more

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first_imgbrasCaptain Cook CruisefijiMamanuca IslandsVirgin Australia Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has partnered with Kiwi Air hostess Cassy Appleton and Fijian local, Maraia Vavaitamana, to successfully distribute over 1,000 bras to Fijian women in the Mamanuca Islands who are unable to afford or access good quality and well-fitting bras.Miss Appleton, a Cabin Supervisor for Virgin Australia, began a nationwide campaign in New Zealand asking women to donate their bras after discovering Fijian women, especially those in rural areas, were unable to easily purchase or have any access to bras.“It was during one of my trips to Fiji that I discovered the plight faced by women in Fiji and learned that good quality, well-fitting bras are both difficult and expensive for local women to access, especially those in rural areas,” Miss Appleton said.“The women of New Zealand really got behind my campaign and over 1,000 bras have been donated.” Miss Appleton’s employers, Virgin Australia also supported the campaign, transporting the bras to Fiji for distribution.On their arrival in Fiji, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji provided assistance and logistical support, distributing the bras to women in the villages of Yanuya and Yalobi, when they stopped at these Islands in the Mamanuca as part of their regular MV Reef Endeavour cruise itinerary.150 women from the village of Yanuya and 70 women from the village of Yalobi were given five bras each.According to Captain Cook Cruises Fiji General Manager, Tony Acland, “Captain Cook Cruises were more than happy to be involved in this great initiative. We believe this is a very important issue for women and all women should have access to bras. We wanted to show our support for Pinktober and the women of Fiji, especially those in the Mamanuca’s.”last_img read more

Solomon Airlines will commence a direct sameday B

first_imgSolomon Airlines will commence a direct same-day Brisbane-Munda-Brisbane service from Saturday, 30 March 2019 on the carrier’s flagship Airbus A320.“Munda is one of our primary cultural, dive and sports fishing locations. The area is also renowned for its WWII history,” said Tourism Solomons’ CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto. “We are hopeful this new service will act as a catalyst for increased confidence in the Western Province’s tourism future, in the process attracting major investment in much needed infrastructure which the country desperately needs.Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa Tuamoto and Tourism Minister Bunyan Sivoro.“In particular we hope the new service will stimulate investment in good quality accommodation inventory which the Western Province and for that matter, the entire destination, so desperately needs.“Our hotelier and tour operator colleagues have been gearing up for the new service for the best part of 12 months and are obviously very excited and eager to welcome visitors arriving on the new service.Solomon Airlines CEO Brett Gebers and Commercial Manager Colin Sigimanu greet passengers at Munda.“The same applies to our overseas wholesale partners, all of whom are gearing up to offer product incorporating the new schedule.The new Brisbane-Munda-Honiara flights will operate on Saturdays, departing Brisbane at 9am.Diveplanit Travel has been working closely with Solomon airlines and local operators to put together dive holiday packages to the western provinces that take advantage of the new direct flights, and they have already taken over 60 dive holiday bookings for travel between now and October 2019.“The direct flights make it much more affordable to reach these remote – and very much pristine – dive destinations,” said Diveplanit’s Deborah-Dickson-Smith.“And of course there’s the advantage of being able to access the beautiful western provinces of Uepi, Gizo and Munda without spending time in Honiara.“The diving in the Solomons’ western provinces has to be seen to be believed. An untouched and crowd-free part of the Coral Triangle, with the greatest marine biodiversity in the world.” airportsSolomon AirlinesSolomon Islandslast_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   As the Arizona Cardinals head into their final preseason game, they do so with a few position battles still yet unresolved. We are looking at what is left to be determined, including the third quarterback position.Think about it: while most are focused on the battle for the top job — and rightfully so — there is an equally intense competition for the third spot between rookie Ryan Lindley and veteran Richard Bartel, because chances are the loser will be looking for a job come cut day. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is not likely to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. Remember, when he took over as head coach in 2007 he began the season with just two.Ryan LindleyA sixth-round pick out of San Diego State, it’s obvious the Cardinals are high on the rookie. He has a good arm, can move in the pocket and is big enough to see over the defense. However, accuracy was known to be his issue, and that has held true so far in the preseason.Lindley has thrown for 362 yards in the preseason but has tallied zero touchdowns, two interceptions and has completed just 51.5 percent of his passes. The rookie is set to get the start against Denver in the team’s final exhibition game, which could be a sign that a roster spot is his to lose. Coach Whisenhunt says he wants to see how Lindley responds to playing with and playing against quality NFL players, and he’ll do just that. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Adrian Wilson was a gatekeeper for the Arizona Cardinals, a man revered among his peers. He was a physical specimen, one of a kind, who played the game with a chip on his shoulder, desperately trying to win the respect of players, fans and coaches across the league. This man’s career will be defined by his willingness and aptitude of playing in the box while still making plays in the secondary. His 5 Pro Bowls stand as testament to how productive he was as a player. He was a vicious tackler, and his 25.5 sacks and 27 interceptions make him one of six people in the history of the league to have 25 sacks and 25 interceptions. One of six human beings… Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals are saying goodbye to an era. Kurt Warner is gone, Anquan Boldin is gone, Ken Whisenhunt is gone and now Adrian Wilson is gone. The stuff of Super Bowls has become a motivating memory and a point of pride within the organization, but they recognize they’re a long way from Super Bowl XLIII. This was a move the Cardinals had to make, unfortunately. Steve Keim is putting his stamp on this team and has already saved over $10 million on the salary cap. The team needs to be rebuilt around its youth, a core group is being reestablished, and all good things must come to an end.Adrian wasn’t surprised by this and he won’t be surprised when the Cardinals lift his 24 jersey into the rafters above the Red Sea at University of Phoenix Stadium.Well done, Gasman…well done, indeed. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals announced they had re-signed cornerback Bryan McCann to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.McCann played the final six games of the 2013 season with the Cardinals, registering two special teams tackles. He has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders. For his career, McCann has tallied 29 tackles, one sack and one interception on defense, along with nine special teams tackles. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of

first_imgMSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of its first-ever World Cruise.MSC Magnifica will offer a unique 119-day cruise itinerary, showcasing 49 unique destinations across six continents.The MSC World Cruise features the industry’s largest and modern ship to offer this type of extended voyage. MSC Magnifica will depart from Genoa on 5 January 2019, and complete her around-the-world voyage back in Genoa 119 days later.Crossing six continents, calling at 49 unique destinations in 32 countries, this one-of-a-kind world cruise will be the experience of a lifetime. MSC Cruises created this unique offering to help guests realise their lifelong dreams and aspirations of world travel.Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer, said, “Naturally, we did it in true MSC Cruises fashion, by making available the best possible ship to enjoy such a voyage – MSC Magnifica – featuring an itinerary like no other available in the market.”MSC Cruises has selected 49 coveted destinations around the world. Guests will have the chance to cross both the Panama and Suez Canals, through the Caribbean, Colombia, and Aruba then onto the Americas with stops in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco before heading to Hawaii. Guests will then explore Archipelagos of Tonga and Samoa and pristine waters of Bora Bora and Fiji. The excitement will grow as she sails into New Zealand for its maiden visit exploring the Bay of Islands and Auckland before cruising across to Australia with visits to cities Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. From Australia the cruise will head into Asia covering Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and an overnight in the stunning islands of the Maldives. Then onto the Emirates before transiting the Suez and heading back to the Mediterranean.Exclusive and unprecedented shore experiences will allow guests to immerse themselves in local culture and experience the best that each destinations has to offer and 15 shore excursions are included in the cruise price. True discovery will involve an above-industry average stay of 13 hours on shore per port of call and extended stays will be offered in Los Angeles, San Francisco (two-night stay), Honolulu, Papeete, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Phuket, Male and Dubai.From 15 November 2016, for one month, MSC Cruises Voyagers Club members will be able to exclusively book the entire 118-night cruise, while general sales will open in mid-December 2016, however, clients can register their interest from 15 November. Prices start from AU $18,999 per person inside cabins and balcony cabins from AU $27,999 per person twin share.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Six Senses Hotels Resor

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is on a growth curve, with the company continuing to spread its reach around the globe. The most recent additions in terms of boutique accommodation include a new build in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, the group’s first city-based venture in the ‘Lion City’ and a property in Turkey.LATTE chatted exclusively with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas’ President Bernhard Bohnenberger – also known as BB – to learn more about the company’s vision and to find out if, when and where the group envisages expanding into Australia.Bernhard, whereabouts around the world does Six Senses operate?Six Senses currently operate 17 properties. 15 are branded as Six Senses and are located in Bhutan (comprising five lodges) to be opened soon; Qing Cheng Mountain, China; Fiji; Courchevel, France; Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia (opening soon); Laamu, Maldives; Zighy Bay, Oman; Douro Valley, Portugal; Zil Pasyon, Félicité Island, Seychelles; Duxton, Singapore; Samui and Yao Noi, Thailand; Kaplankaya, Turkey; Con Dao and Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam.Two properties are branded as Evason and are located in Hua Hin, Thailand; and Ana Mandara, Nha Trang, Vietnam.What is the business ethos at Six Senses?Six Senses offers a place in which guests can reconnect and focus on what really matters in destinations that are in total harmony with the natural environment. We give nature a major say in everything we do, and our aim is for guests to feel their best. Our groundbreaking Sleep With Six Senses standard will improve sleep quality. The food guests Eat With Six Senses will boost health, vitality and mood.Beachfront Pool Residence, Six Senses Fiji What are some of the new additions this year?We have recently opened Six Senses Fiji, Six Senses Duxton in Singapore and Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey.Which future locations are in the pipeline and when will they join the network?Coming up later we have three of the five lodges that make up Six Senses Bhutan, Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali, Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia, Six Senses Maxwell in Singapore plus the two remaining lodges of Six Senses Bhutan. In 2019 and 2020 we plan to open Six Senses Shaharut in Israel’s Negev Desert, Six Senses Yangshuo in China, Six Senses St Kitts in St Kitts and Nevis, Six Senses Zhiben Hot Springs in Taiwan and Six Senses New York.In the case of Six Senses Duxton, why has the group decided to enter the city market, rather than the traditional retreat, tourist hot spot or island location?As our name suggests (Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas) we have long sought perfect vehicles for urban hotels. Singapore’s two properties will make ideal hotels for the brand.Pearl Suite, Six Senses Duxton, Singapore How many other city sights are on Six Senses’ radar moving forward.New York will be a major addition to the hotel development of the brand.How important is the travel trade to Six Senses?Six Senses has always appreciated the support from the travel trade and has excellent and long-standing relationships. It is an important sector for bookings.How big is the Australian market for Six Senses?Australians’ love of travel has included Six Senses from the very beginning and continues to be robust. Australians understand the Six Senses commitment to the environment and community and enjoy being a part of it by choosing Six Senses properties.Six Senses Laamu, Maldives Six Senses has previously been linked to Long Island. Is the group continuing to assess locations in Australia for a future site?“Six Senses has nothing positive on the development front for Australia at this time. We have evaluated several opportunities in the past, but they were not quite right for the brands. We would love to be in Australia and hope that ideal projects can be identified in the future.”Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas President, Bernhard BohnenbergerQueensland and the Whitsundays/Great Barrier Reef region is an obvious choice, but where else in Australia could you foresee the Six Senses brand entering in the next five-10 years? Tasmania? Western Australia? New South Wales?There could be ideal settings in every state as Six Senses is not limited to sun, surf and sand! Because of our beginnings, some markets think of us as just that, but we have a property in the snow fields of France and a beautiful resort in China where there is a cool winter. The wine-growing region of Margaret River could be a great location, also.Six Senses Douro Valley, PortugalSix Senses Zighy Bay, OmanLead image: Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Domestic flights are a cheaper optionA n

first_img RelatedDomestic flights are ‘a cheaper option’A number of regional airlines have launched flights to domestic destinationsBMI, Ryanair topping UK punctuality tablesResults published by FlightOnTime.info have proved BMI, Ryanair and Eastern Airways to be market leaders in flight punctuality.Teeside increases passengers while Tyneside takes on Scandinavian routesThe north-east of England is spearheading the UK’s regional air travel boom with passenger numbers increasing at smaller hubs. Air travel specialists have claimed that flights between UK destinations are expanding rapidly, as the services offered by airlines increased rapidly and compared favourably with expensive rail journeys.Pointing to changes in EU legislation and an expansion in the number of low-cost airlines flying UK routes, the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) said that the increase was huge, and was reflected in airport expansions across the UK.A report from the Civil Aviation Authority published in November 2007 revealed that regional airports in the UK were growing faster than London hubs, suggesting that flights between UK destinations were increasing faster than flights from the capital out to international destinations.James Fremantle, industry affairs manager at AUC, said: “There are more flights now than there were ten years ago. The increase in flights has been massive. Ten years ago you only had BA and http://www.skyscanner.net/airline/airline-bmi-bd.html operating domestic networks but now you have airlines such as http://www.skyscanner.net/airline/airline-flybe-be.html and easyJet that are all doing plenty of domestic flights.”He added that a key factor was the drop in costs for air travel, after the European Union liberalised flight rules and allowed airlines to fly as many routes as they wanted, allowing for wider operations and a cut in prices – while UK rail travel has increased in price.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgTorpOslo86 Two words can make my irrationality levels start to rise: London, Luton. It’s not London, Luton, it’s bloody Luton, Luton. They are two distinct places separated by 55km and a pricey train ticket or a brutally slow drive from London. London Stansted annoys me too and that’s even further away but I think it’s because Luton is a real town and has its own identity. I have nothing against Luton at all – I feel certain it is a good and noble place. Barry, who co-founded Skyscanner, comes from near there and he’s a fine fellow but he wouldn’t describe himself as a Londoner.Much as I realise this is a minor complaint, I do think that it underpins a serious point. Clearly, part of the reason the budget carriers keep their prices down is that they often fly into secondary or tertiary city airports – which primarily are cheaper but also have more available landing slots. The problem is that often they are miles away from where you want to be. I picked a popular low-cost airline and had a look at some of their routes. LubeckHamburg57 WeezeDusseldorf61 Where you fly toWhere you want to beDistance (km) BratislavaVienna56 CharleroiBrussels47 BergamoMilan47 SkavstaStockholm106 SchonefeldBerlin71 HamiltonToronto68 KirchbergFrankfurt110 ReusBarcelona93 I accept that sometimes it will be the case that passengers will actually want to get to somewhere near Weeze or Torp (wherever they might be) and that is jolly lucky for them; but those people going for a weekend away however, are likely to want to venture to the bigger, tourist cities. It’s like a couple from Spain deciding to spend a romantic weekend in Luton rather than London. Somehow, I think it unlikely.When I see Stockholm with Skavsta in brackets, I assume I am going to be landing somewhere near Stockholm, not over one hundred kilometres away. That is the same distance as travelling from Portsmouth to London. No tourist in their right mind would fly to Portsmouth and then trek on up to hit Big Ben and Harrods. And as far as I am aware, Vienna is not even in the same country as Bratislava which confuses me enormously.I think carriers have a duty to make it clear to passengers that they could well be flying into an airport that is actually quite a distance from where they potentially want to be. Cheap flights are all very well but only useful if you know where you are going.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAmbiguous Airports: how far is the airport from the city it serves?Skyscanner investigates the world of ambiguous airports, where the airport is actually nowhere near the city it claims to serve.Luton Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet all the London Luton arrivals and departures right here, with our real-time flight schedule. Whether you’re double-checking your flight status or meeting someone in the arrivals hall, we’ll keep you updated. Find cheap flights direct from Luton Download our app How do I check my flight status? Use the…Seven new Ryanair flights at London LutonSeven new Ryanair flights at London Lutonlast_img read more

US cheap flights carrier JetBlue Airways will incr

first_imgUS cheap flights carrier JetBlue Airways will increase its number of flights to the Caribbean from Boston by 25 percent next summer.From May 3rd, passengers travelling from Logan International Airport will have more options when choosing flights to Aruba, Cancun, Montego Bay and San Juan.The news comes after JetBlue announced its intention to increase the number of departures from Boston by 30 percent over the course of next year.This will see the airline operate 70 daily flights to 33 American destinations.Three additional flights to Aruba will take effect next summer, in addition to two extra weekly flights to Cancun and one further flight a week to San Juan and Montego Bay.Elsewhere, JetBlue will also offer daily flights to Bermuda and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, with both destinations expected to prove popular among holidaymakers.Last month, the carrier secured the Best Rated Large Domestic Airline award in Zagat’s annual Airline Survey.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedJetBlue launches new flights to KingstonJetBlue Airways has launched new flights to Kingston, Jamaica from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport.JetBlue announces intention to expand during 2009American low fares airline JetBlue has announced its intention to increase the number of flights it operates.JetBlue hopes to launch new flights to Montego BayJetBlue hopes to launch new flights to Montego Baylast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineElmar Geulen, famous for breaking every speed record on his motorcycle under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”, has been named as a new brand ambassador for Hanhart. He already has his next target in his sights: in early September, he will attempt to set a new world speed record for road-licensed motorcycles of over 350 km/h.Thanks to its legendary chronographs and its global standing as the leading manufacturer of stopwatches, Hanhart is an undisputed specialist in making accurate time measurements. This is what makes the Swiss-German watch brand the perfect partner for a man who had broken every speed record on his motorcycle: Elmar Geulen – better known under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”– is therefore the new brand ambassador for Hanhart.With his modified MAB Turbo Hayabusa, which is the only one of its kind in the world and which has a power output of 400 HP, Geulen shattered every speed record: from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, from 0-200 km/h in 6.3 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in just 13.1 seconds. In 2002, he set a very special world speed record: zooming along at 281.2 km/h, he pulled the extreme inline skater Jürgen Köhler along a runway. In April 2011, in an attempt to beat this record in a new and inventive way, Jürgen Köhler strapped two ice blocks onto the soles of his shoes instead of inline skates. Over a 1,200-metre stretch, with his partner in tow, Elmar Geulen reached a peak speed of 209.16 km/h on the soaked asphalt of an airport runway – this was the fastest any man had ever moved on ice!He is set to push himself to new limits on 5 and 6 September. At the Groß Dölln driving centre, where the runways and taxiways of a former major airport have been transformed into facilities for training, demonstrations and racing, “Mr. Hayabusa” aims to set a new world record for road-licensed motorcycles by exceeding speeds of 350 km/h – and with Hanhart exclusively represented in the form of the watch on his wrist.Elmar Geulen (53) began his career as a motocross rider in 1976 – and by 1982 he had won the title of German amateur motocross champion four times. In 1983 he decided to move into road racing, and within a year he had made the leap from “B licence” rider to gaining an international A/I license and was making successful debuts in the most spectacular races in the world: the German Superbike Championship, the 500cc Grand Prix, the Macau Grand Prix, the Endurance World Championship, the Le Mans 24-hour race, the endurance races at Le Castellet and the Nürburgring, the legendary Isle of Man TT race (which he has started 12 times) and much more.In 1993 he switched to the Supermoto class before moving on to the newly formed Powerbike class for 1300cc motorcycles in 1999. When the Suzuki Hayabusa – the world’s fastest mass-produced motorcycle – came onto the market, Elmar Geulen found the perfect vehicle for Powerbike racing. With this bike, he became the undefeated world champion over a period stretching from 2002 to 2008. As the only rider to achieve success in international motor racing with a modified Suzuki Hayabusa, the press nicknamed him “Mr. Hayabusa”.www.hanhart.comlast_img read more

Edinburgh Scotland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgEdinburgh, Scotland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineGleneagles and The Balmoral, two award-winning properties with cuisine of Michelin excellence, have joined together to offer a package foodies are sure to love. The Taste of Scotland package includes stays at both of these legendary hotels, one in the heart of Edinburgh and the other an hour’s drive away, nestled in lush Scottish countryside.Begin your stay at The Balmoral in the colorful and historic city of Edinburgh where you can tour castles and other attractions, shop, and enjoy a thriving cultural scene. After a few days, head to Gleneagles, a sprawling 850-acre estate in the Perthshire Hills of Scotland for a variety of leisure activities including golf, tennis, swimming, falconry, driving off-road, and much more.The five-day Taste of Scotland package includes:-À la carte dinner at two-Michelin-star Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles (wines not included); this restaurant remains the only two-Michelin-star establishment in Scotland -A tasting menu at Michelin-rated Number One at The Balmoral (wines not included) -Full Scottish breakfast daily -Accommodations for two nights at The Balmoral (with an upgrade to an Executive Room and a bottle of Bollinger on ice upon arrival at the hotel) -Accommodations for two nights with an upgrade to an Estate Room at Gleneagles -Whisky tasting for two at GleneaglesThis package is priced from £675 (now through April 30, 2011) and £725 (May 1 – September 30, 2011).www.gleneagles.com www.thebalmoralhotel.comlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Reese Witherspoon Shonda Rhimes

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition called Time’s Up.The initiative (www.timesupnow.com ) was launched Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond, from janitors to health care workers. Time’s Up will include a legal defence fund and will advocate for legislation combatting workplace harassment.Time’s Up also is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony.Donators to Time’s Up defence fund range from Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift to J.J. Abrams and Viola Davis.Dozens of men have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey. Witherspoon, Rhimes among founders of anti-harassment group by The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2018 11:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Jack Gantos next Joey Pigza story is audio only

first_imgJack Gantos’ next Joey Pigza story is audio only NEW YORK, N.Y. – For his next tale about the chaotic life of young Joey Pigza, Jack Gantos has a special pitch.Gantos is releasing “The Dented Head of Joey Pigza” as an original audiobook. The audio distributor and producer Audible told The Associated Press on Monday that the book comes out Sept. 18. (Audible is owned by Amazon.com.)The project was a natural for Gantos, whose previous books include “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a finalist for the National Book Award, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a finalist for the Newbery medal. He has narrated the audio editions of the other Pigza novels, whose title character struggles with attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, and told the AP in a recent email that he looked forward to again sharing his character’s “amped up, magnetic voice.”“I’m phrasing in a bit more physical detailing to give the listener a sharper visual world. I’m also adding a touch more dialogue to round out the characters — provide easier voice-to-character transitions, and to punch up the characteristic ‘Joey Pigza’ humour,” he wrote. “There are no special sound effects at play in this recording — this is high intensity literature delivered directly to the audience.” by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2018 5:03 am PDT Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 5:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling left and ar

first_img TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling, left, and artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey embrace at the Canadian Press Conference of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 7:07 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dolan to premiere star-studded English-language debut at Toronto film festcenter_img TORONTO – Xavier Dolan’s star-studded “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.The movie is the Quebec phenom’s English-language directorial debut starring Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, as well as Canadians Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Gadon.“Xavier has had a long-standing relationship with TIFF and we’re absolutely thrilled to bring his latest masterpiece to Toronto audiences,” senior programmer Steve Gravestock said Wednesday onstage as he announced the lineup at a press conference.“I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the most widely anticipated films of the festival and we’re ecstatic to show it.”Contemporary anxieties and Indigenous issues are among the themes in the rest of the Canadian lineup for this year’s movie marathon, which also includes works by directors Denys Arcand and Jennifer Baichwal.A total of 20 Canadian features were announced on Wednesday, including Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire,” which has already screened in French in the Oscar winner’s home province of Quebec.Alexandre Landry stars as a lonely man who finds two bags filled with money after witnessing a deadly armed robbery.“I think it’s one of his more pointed political films in quite some time,” Gravestock said in an interview.“In a weird way, even though it looks at all sorts of corruption, it’s also quite hopeful.”Baichwal explores environmental issues with “Anthropocene,” the final title in a trilogy with producer Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky after “Manufactured Landscapes” and “Watermark.”“It’s quite stunning to look at but also I think, in some ways, this is quite painful to watch because it is very much about extinction, what we’re doing to animals,” said Gravestock, who worked on the lineup with Danis Goulet, the TIFF Canadian features programmer.Other docs exploring a feeling of unease include Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?” Starting in Greece, it looks at the history of democracy and the dangers facing it.“Sharkwater Extinction” is the final work by the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, and Barry Avrich’s “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” is about the United States’ chief prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials.Meanwhile, Ron Mann looks at gentrification in the documentary “Carmine Street Guitars,” about a Greenwich Village shop that makes custom guitars out of material from historic sites and torn-down buildings.The lineup also has world premieres of three films that showcase Indigenous talent, including Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife.” It’s billed as the first feature-length film made in Haida, which is classified by UNESCO as an endangered language.Meanwhile, renowned Metis actor Tantoo Cardinal stars in Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her.”And “Anne with an E” executive producer Miranda de Pencier makes her feature directorial debut with “The Grizzlies,” a creative collaboration between herself and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald.The lineup also has the sci-fi drama “Clara” by Akash Sherman, starring Patrick J. Adams of “Suits” fame as a depressed astronomer who gets a new outlook on life after meeting a woman.Emile Hirsch stars in the sci-fi thriller “Freaks” by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein, playing a father who locks his daughter in a dilapidated house, warning of her of dangers outside.Supernatural tales are found in “The Great Darkened Days” by Maxime Giroux, “Fausto” by Andrea Bussmann, and “The Stone Speakers” by Igor Drljaca.Stories featuring teens and young adults include Keith Behrman’s “Giant Little Ones,” Thom Fitzgerald’s “Splinters,” “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari, and Sebastien Pilote’s “The Fireflies Are Gone.”TIFF says 40 per cent of the Canadian film slate this year is directed by women.Previously announced Canadian features include “Giant Little Ones” as well as Kim Nguyen’s “The Hummingbird Project,” Patricia Rozema’s “Mouthpiece,” and Don McKellar’s “Through Black Spruce.”“There are a lot of films that we have this year that don’t shy away from difficulties that people are facing — and even in some cases, some tragic circumstances — but really look at people’s resiliency,” Gravestock said.last_img read more

LAS VEGAS Nev – Thousands of music fans are expe

first_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Thousands of music fans are expected this weekend in downtown Las Vegas for a sixth-year outdoor festival covering some 18 city blocks.Police promise tight security for the “Life is Beautiful” event, including a close watch at nearby hotel, commercial and residential high-rises, as the anniversary approaches of an Oct. 1 mass shooting at a different concert on the Las Vegas Strip.Deputy Police Chief Andrew Walsh tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal there will be uniformed and plainclothes officers inside and outside the festival where organizers expect 55,000 ticket-holders Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.Police plan aerial surveillance and security bag searches at festival gates.Security also will be tight at The Ogden condominiums, where authorities found the Oct. 1 shooter booked a room last year during the downtown festival. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 21, 2018 8:13 am PDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Music event expected to draw 55K nightly in downtown Vegaslast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspo

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be among the special guests when Michelle Obama goes on tour for her memoir “Becoming.”Others appearing with the former first lady will include Sarah Jessica Parker, Michele Norris and former White House aide Valerie Jarrett. The announcement was made by Live Nation and Crown Publishing on Tuesday.Obama’s book comes out Nov. 13 and her tour begins that night at Chicago’s United Center, with Winfrey serving as moderator. Witherspoon will join Obama in Denver and Jarrett in Washington, D.C. Obama will make 12 stops in all, ending in New York City’s Barclay Center on Dec. 19, with Parker as moderator. FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be among the special guests when Michelle Obama goes on tour for her memoir “Becoming.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2018 11:26 am PDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Winfrey, Witherspoon among guests on Michelle Obama tourlast_img read more

— Listen to a playlist of 2019 Juno Award nominees

first_img— Listen to a playlist of 2019 Juno Award nominees on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2DGvgyZ by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 9:05 am PDT CP: How did you come up with “Body,” which features American singer Brando on vocals?Fedyk: We got invited to this showcase by a manager. Her artist was headlining the event so we went down the block in Hollywood, checked it out, and Brando was in the band that was opening the night.De Pace: I remember hearing Brando sing and I was like, “Oh man this guy’s crazy, we’ve definitely got to talk to him.”Fedyk: (We asked him) if he’s ever made electronic music. And he’s like, “No I make hip hop and R&B.” And we’re like, “Give us a chance, let’s get in the studio and make some stuff. There’s something about your vibe that’s really cool.” So we got in the studio, started messing around and “Body” is one thing that came of it. Andrew Fedyk and Joe DePace (right) of Loud Luxury are shown in this recent photo. The London DJ pair had one of last summer’s biggest hits with “Body,” a song that helped them score four nominations at this year’s Juno Awards, including single of the year and Fan Choice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jack Roy CP: So you uprooted yourselves from Canada to resettle in a Hollywood apartment. What was that like?De Pace: It was a really big adjustment because I’d lived in London all my life and Andrew was originally from Mississauga, Ont. (We moved to) a 700-square-foot apartment that we shared a bed in. It was so small. We thankfully have moved from there. CP: You’ve enjoyed an impressive streak of success with the song, which originally caught fire online. What helped you grow “Body” from a cult song into a major hit?De Pace: It came from literally us going to every city we could, whether it be playing for 1,000 people or 10 people. We got our names out there, tried to meet everybody possible, and we still do that today.Fedyk: We were literally paying our friends to drive us around the northeast when the song first came out. And we were taking any show we could, playing all of these colleges for next to no money. CP: As “Body” inches towards a half a billion plays on Spotify, are you concerned about being unable to separate yourself from it down the road?De Pace: I will always be OK with being associated with this song.Fedyk: It’s fine because we’ve spent so much time grinding as DJs and trying to perfect our craft. We’re going to keep pushing forward and we’re confident everything is going to work out. CP: The Juno Awards are a homecoming of sorts for both of you, since you originally met when you crossed paths at Western University in London. How did that happen?De Pace: I was president of the Western DJ club, and Andrew was at the first meeting held at my place. I remember after the meeting was done (Andrew) showed me a couple beats he made. I was like, “This is pretty dope, we should just mess around and see what we come up with.” Basically we got in the studio that week and hit it off from there. We were opening for anybody — sometimes for 15 minutes before four other DJs, just to be on the event — and taking university semi-formals, any of the bars, clubs. It was all about getting our names out.Fedyk: We were also in university trying to finish up our degrees. As we started to release more music and play more shows it went from being a hobby, to being like, “Yo, we should quit our jobs.” That’s when Los Angeles came in the picture. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Q-and-A: Juno nominees Loud Luxury on how their hit ‘Body’ is the ‘cat with 9 lives’ TORONTO — Loud Luxury still can’t quite believe their good fortune ahead of the Juno Awards on Sunday.With their bouncy breakout “Body” blanketing radio airwaves nearly a year and a half after its release, the Canadian DJ duo say they’re surprised “literally every single day” by the dance song’s staying power.“We joke it’s the cat with nine lives because there’s been so many times where we think, ‘OK the song’s run its course, we’re grateful for that.’ But it still hasn’t slowed down,” explained Andrew Fedyk.“It’s a really humbling feeling.”The track’s popularity is helping make Loud Luxury a highlight of this year’s Junos ceremony where they’ll compete with four nominations. They’re up for breakthrough group and the fan choice award, while “Body” contends for single of the year and best dance recording for a remixed version.Loud Luxury feel an extra sense of connection to this year’s Junos, which will broadcast live on CBC from London, Ont., because it’s happening a short drive away from where Fedyk, 25, and his beat-making buddy Joe De Pace, 29, met as students at Western University.The two DJs took a break from sightseeing at the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico to talk with The Canadian Press about establishing their careers off a global hit. — This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NEW YORK — The lord as in Scott Disick is spin

first_img NEW YORK — The “lord,” as in Scott Disick, is spinning off and flipping out of the Kardashian family bubble with his own E! show.The father of Kourtney Kardashian’s three children and a frequent face on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has been greenlighted to star in “Flip It like Disick,” which will follow him on his adventures remodeling and selling celebrity real estate.Disick began development property nearly five years ago. On the show, viewers will learn more about his eye for design and his team, including Willa Ford, the former pop singer turned interior designer; Disick’s best friend and business partner, Benny Luciano; and their contractor, Miki Moor.The eight-episode, one-hour series will air this summer.Disick jokingly bought his lordship online several years ago, complete with a knighting ceremony.The Associated Press Kardashian clan member Scott Disick gets his own show in E! by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2019 2:59 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Aug. 9, 2014 file photo shows Scott Disick at the “Party Under The Stars” benefit in New York. Disick, a frequent face on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” has been greenlighted to star in “Flip It like Disick,” which will follow him on his adventures remodeling and selling celebrity real estate. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

Tanya Tagaq poses on the red carpet during the 201

first_img Tanya Tagaq poses on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Inuit throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq was among the winners at the second annual Indigenous Voices Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power VANCOUVER — Inuit throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq was among the winners at the second annual Indigenous Voices Awards.The IVAs handed out a total of $16,000 in honours to eight emerging Indigenous writers at a Vancouver gala on Tuesday.The prizes, each worth $2,000, recognize published and unpublished works in a range of languages, genres and media.Tagaq won the award for prose published in English for her debut novel “Split Tooth” (Viking Canada).Smokii Sumac, a two-spirit member of the Ktunaxa nation, earned the accolade for English-language published poetry with “You are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World” (Kegedonce Press).The two finalists for works published in French were both named as winners: Josephine Bacon’s “Uiesh, Quelque Part” (Memoire d’encrier) and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay’s “Nipimanitu – L’esprit de l’eau.”Francine Merasty’s “Iskotew Iskwew,” the sole contender for the prize for works in an Indigenous language, was also honoured.The award for works in an alternative format went to the graphic novel “Surviving the City”  (HighWater Press) by Tasha Spillett, with illustrations by Natasha Donovan.For English-language unpublished works, Francine Cunningham prevailed in the prose category with a selection from “Teenage Asylums,” and Elaine McArthur was the poetry winner for “Brush of a Bustle.”This year’s 17 finalists were selected by jurors Jordan Abel, Jeannette Armstrong, Joanne Arnott, Warren Cariou, Margery Fee, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Francis Langevin and Jean Sioui.The IVAs were founded in 2017 to celebrate Indigenous literary talent and create opportunities for up-and-coming writers.The initiative began as a $140,000 fundraising campaign launched in response to online controversy over a proposal to establish a prize for cultural appropriation in Canadian literature.The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 2:08 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tanya Tagaq and seven other writers take home prizes at Indigenous Voices Awardslast_img read more

July 12 2003 ALUMINUM POUR AT COSANTI At the fou

first_imgJuly 12, 2003ALUMINUM POUR AT COSANTI: At the foundry of Cosanti, we use aluminum as well as bronze as materials for bells and special assemblies. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi] The styrene foam sculptures are hand carved by Paolo Soleri. Each wooden dowel forms a sprue [channel] in the sand through which the hot, molten aluminum is poured into the carved pieces of styrene foam. Thin dowels will form ventilation shafts. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi] Cosanti foundry crewmember, Abel, prepares the mold of special assembly parts for the aluminum pour. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi] Pouring hot liquid metal can be very dangerous. John and David discuss the order of pouring beforehand. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi] Styrene foam vaporizes when touched by hot aluminum. The smaller holes ventilate the gas from the burnt foam and provide escape for excess aluminum. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi] The aluminum has cooled. Abel and Dave break the sculptures out of the sand form and check for imperfections. These pieces will become part of special assemblies, a combination of aluminum and bronze sculptures and bells. To be continued with 7/14 posting. [Photo & text: Ayano Atsumi]last_img read more

Seven in ten Cypriots have never had HIV test

first_imgSEVEN in ten Cypriots have not been tested for the HIV virus because they believe they are not at risk, while three in four said they would not have a relationship with an HIV-positive person, an online poll released on Thursday found.According to the Aids Support Movement’s Christos Krasides, who presented the findings of a poll among 656 respondents in Cyprus from September to December 2016, Aids/HIV ranked second in “most alarming condition” at 19 per cent, with cancer topping the list.Over 95 per cent of Cypriots said they know what HIV is, while all responded that they know what Aids is.In response to “what word springs to mind when you hear the word Aids”, 44 per cent said “incurable disease” and 27 per cent “sex”.Almost half of respondents said hearing of the HIV virus or Aids causes them concern, with 17 per cent reporting stress, while more than half said they were educated on the virus and the disease online, with only one in three reported having acquired education from school.Seven in ten said they have never been tested for the virus because they are “not at risk”.Asked on the possible ways of contracting the virus, 98 per cent said “unprotected sex” and 92 per cent said “blood or transfusion”.Almost seven in ten believe there is no cure for Aids, in contrast with 19 per cent who believe the disease is curable.Three in four said they would support their partner or a close relative or friend, if they were to find out they had contracted HIV, with 3 per cent stating they would distance themselves.In the workplace, half said they would support an HIV-positive person, and 69 per cent claimed their attitude toward this person would be unaffected.Over eight in 10 of respondents said they would avoid sexual contact with an HIV carrier, whereas three in four would not enter a relationship with one.On whether women carriers of the HIV virus can rear children, 76 per cent said they can, 5 per cent said they can’t, and 19 per cent did not know.On the likelihood of HIV-positive pregnant women transferring the virus to the foetus, 63 per cent said the odds are “significant” and 15 per cent “minimal”.Seven in ten respondents said they don’t know any HIV-positive people.Speaking at the news conference on behalf of Health minister Giorgos Pamboridis, infectious disease specialist Dr Linos Hadjihannas said Cyprus has very low rates of HIV virus infections overall, but an alarming increase in new incidents has been recorded in Europe in recent years, involving mostly young gay men, as well as individuals engaging in dangerous sexual activity.According to Hadjihannas, “prejudice, lack of education, and misunderstanding with regard to the HIV virus tend to preserve the increasing trend and obstruct effective control of the disease’s spreading”.Europe saw over 153,000 new incidents of HIV infections in 2015, a record number since the outbreak of the Aids epidemic in the 1980s, he noted.“Specifically, there has been a significant increase in infections between men who had sexual contact with men in western and central Europe, as well as heterosexual women in Eastern Europe,” he said. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverClever Homeowners With Existing Mortgages In California Are Doing ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Yields rise to 004 as PDMO sells 13weeks tbills

first_imgThe government sold a total of €100m in 13-weeks treasury bills on Tuesday at an average rate of 0.04 per cent in the negative area, slightly higher compared to the previous auction, the Public Debt Management Office said.The issue was 95 per cent oversubscribed with competitive bids amounting to €75m, the PDMO, a division of the finance ministry, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.On April 3, the government sold €100m of this type of security with an average yield of minus 0.08 per cent, which was an all-time low.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Vassiliko Cement posts €127m profit in H1

first_imgVassilico Cement Works Plc said that it generated a net profit of €12.7m in the first six months of 2017 against €12.1m in the respective period of 2016.Total revenue rose in the first six months of the year to €52.8m, from €49m, the previous year, the cement producer said in a statement on the Cyprus Stock Exchange website on Thursday.Cost of sales rose to €35.1m, from €30.4m, and distribution costs fell to €2.4m, from €2.7m, respectively. As a result, operating profit before the cost of finance dropped to €13.3m, from €14m.The rise in taxation in the first six months of the year to €1.8m, from €1.9m, a year before and an increase in other revenue offset the impact from increased costs, the company said.“The increase in revenue in the first half of the year is expected to continue but the increase in energy cost is expected to remain above that of 2016,” the cement producer said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more