Vela Pulsar Explore further The Vela pulsar, a neutron star corpse left from a titanic stellar supernova explosion, shoots through space powered by a jet emitted from one of the neutron star’s rotational poles. Now a counter jet in front of the neutron star has been imaged by the Chandra X-ray observatory. The Chandra image above shows Vela as a bright white spot in the middle of the picture, surrounded by hot gas shown in yellow and orange. The counter jet can be seen wiggling from the hot gas in the upper right. Chandra has been studying this jet so long that it’s been able to create a movie of the jet’s motion. The jet moves through space like a firehose, wiggling to the left and right and up and down, but staying collimated: the “hose” around the stream is, in this case, composed of a tightly bound magnetic field. Credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/G.Pavlov et al. More information: Temporal Evolution of the Vela Pulsar’s Pulse Profile, arXiv:1602.01899 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1602.01899AbstractThe mechanisms of emission and changes in rotation frequency (‘glitching’) of the Vela pulsar (J0835-4510) are not well understood. Further insight into these mechanisms can be achieved by long-term studies of integrated pulse width, timing residuals, and bright pulse rates. We have undertaken an intensive observing campaign of Vela and collected over 6000 hours of single pulse data. The data shows that the pulse width changes with time, including marked jumps in width after micro-glitches (frequency changes). The abundance of bright pulses also changes after some micro-glitches, but not all. The secular changes in pulse width have three possible cyclic periods, that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet that are interpreted as free precession. Citation: The ‘glitching’ of the Vela pulsar (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-glitching-vela-pulsar.html © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of Australian astronomers has conducted an intensive observation of a curious young pulsar to investigate changes in its rotation frequency known as ‘glitching’. Located about 910 light years from the Earth, the Vela pulsar is very young in astronomical terms, only 11,300 years old, and has captured astronomers’ attention with its ‘glitching’ nature. In a paper published online on Feb. 5 on arXiv.org, Jim Palfreyman of the University of Tasmania, together with his teammates, try to provide more insights on the pulsar’s violent behavior. The astronomers conducted a long-term and single pulse study of Vela, using a 26 m radio telescope at the Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory, located near Hobart, Australia. The observation campaign, lasting 18 months, began in March 2014 and collected over 6,000 hours of single-pulse data. A total of 1.5 petabytes of data were collected, describing about 237 million single pulses.It is known from previous studies that Vela regularly speeds up in rotation frequency, approximately every three years and also experiences ‘micro-glitches’ a number of times per year. The new research showed Vela’s pulse width change over time, as it changes sharply after a micro-glitch, and that the rate of bright pulse activity also changes with micro-glitches.”What is affecting pulse width is affecting the entire pulse shape. Our observations show that after the second and larger micro-glitch, the pulse has decreased in width,” the scientists wrote in the paper.What puzzled Palfreyman’s team is that the first micro-glitch coincides with a sudden increase in bright pulse rates, with no change in pulse width, while the second micro-glitch coincides with a reverse situation, showing sudden decrease in pulse width with no change in bright pulse rate. “Our data shows a pattern of pulse width increase and then decrease following the small micro-glitch. After the much larger micro-glitch, we see a sharp decrease in pulse width followed by a steady increase,” the researchers noted.To explain this phenomenon, the scientists suggest that the pulsar’s emission zones might be mathematically chaotic in nature and note that width changes could also be caused by a change in the width of the emission cone. However, this theory relies on the emission zones occurring in the cone, whereas young pulsars like Vela should have main core emission rather than conal emission.The astronomers also found out that secular changes in Vela’s pulse width have three possible cyclic periods that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet, implying free precession. The helical X-ray jet streaming from the rotational axis of the pulsar, potentially caused by precession, has periods of 122, 73 and 91 days, what was revealed in previous research papers.”We see three definite periods in our pulse width data and the ranges of these fall within the ranges of the ‘acceptable’ periods,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that their study is crucial for the understanding of Vela’s daily integrated pulse profile width, which is changing both slowly over time and has a discontinuity after a micro-glitch. According to the new findings, these micro-glitches also affect bright-pulse rates, but in an inconsistent manner. Palfreyman and his colleagues hope that their results might shed some new light on the pulsar emission and glitching process. They also intend to produce further research papers from the large data set acquired during the 18-month intensive observing campaign. 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.
A team of researchers from the University of Münster, the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter has built an all-optical neural network on a single chip. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their chip, which has no optical-to-electronic conversions, and how well it worked. Geoffrey Burr with IBM Research – Almaden has published a News and Views piece discussing the work by the team in the same journal issue. More information: J. Feldmann et al. All-optical spiking neurosynaptic networks with self-learning capabilities, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8Press release Modern computers run on electricity—it powers devices and serves as a storage and data medium. But for several decades, scientists have wondered if it might be possible to use light as the data medium—crunching photons instead of electrons. Engineers have many hurdles in attempting to create such a device, however, most prominently the bottlenecks that arise when converting between optical and electrical systems. In more recent times, there has been a renewed interest in building an optically based computer—but now, the focus is energy conservation. Big modern computers used for heavy-duty applications require a lot of electricity. Logic suggests that computers based on light should be less energy intensive, most particularly because they would not generate as much heat, making cooling systems obsolete. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step toward the creation of optically based computers by building an all-optical neural network on a single chip.The researchers noted that one type of computer system seemed most amenable to optics—deep neural networks. This is because such networks rely on artificial neurons with synaptic connections that can be weighted based on past learning experiences. They noted also that crystalline phase change materials could also serve such a purpose. They are materials that experience a change in structure when heated—in this case, by a laser. Using such a material, the team built a chip with four neurons connected with 60 synapses using waveguides to control the flow of information represented by light. Testing showed the chip was capable of learning, recognizing patterns and performing computations. Explore further Citation: An all-optical neural network on a single chip (2019, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-all-optical-neural-network-chip.html Light-based computer hardware that can compete with silicon Journal information: Nature 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. All-optical spiking neuronal circuits. a, b, Schematic of the network realized in this study, consisting of several pre-synaptic input neurons and one post-synaptic output neuron connected via PCM synapses. The input spikes are weighted using PCM cells and summed up using a WDM multiplexer (MUX). If the integrated power of the postsynaptic spikes surpasses a certain threshold, the PCM cell on the ring resonator switches and an output pulse (neuronal spike) is generated. c, Photonic circuit diagram of an integrated optical neuron with symbol block shown in the inset (top right). Several of these blocks can be connected to larger networks using the wavelength inputs and outputs. d, Optical micrograph of three fabricated neurons (B5, D1 and D2), showing four input ports. The four small ring resonators on the left are used to couple light of different wavelengths from the inputs to a single waveguide, which then leads to the PCM cell at the crossing point with the large ring. The triangular structures on the bottom are grating couplers used to couple light onto and off the chip. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8 © 2019 Science X Network
Anirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
Get your monthly dose of the newest music with artists launching their LPs, EPs and albums. Hauz Khas social’s Social Spotlight gives artists all the ingredients for an ideal launch – a jam-packed space with mind-blowing energy complete with top-notch production. A platform to display an artist’s creativity, it seeks to showcase the mad musical output and bring music enthusiasts together every month. The purpose of Social Spotlight is to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being made in the country. Social Spotlight will take off with MalcolmBraff’s immensely talented band – Greenwoman on 26 November. Malcolm Braff’s new Jazz Pop Electro project is kicks off in Delhi at Hauz Khas Social. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has never been a better time to be an independent musician in India. There’s an influx of untapped musical talent across the country waiting to be explored, and the current Indian music scene has a larger following than ever before. With regular gigs becoming an urban fixture as well as the outburst of music festivals, the audience suddenly has access to different platforms to experience various genres and exploding talent. With live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and the emergence of experimental music. The much-awaited India tour is in collaboration with ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council. Greenwoman is a band led by pianist Malcolm Braff, featuring Claire Huguenin on vocals, Björn Meyer on electric bass, Lukas Koenig on drums and Alexandre Gaeng on video.
BALURGHAT: A Trinamool worker was attacked by alleged BJP activists with sharp weapons on Sunday night. The incident took place in Dangi Kalaibari area under Bhatpara Gram Panchayat of Balurghat block. A seriously injured Sanjay Das (38), who is the husband of former Bhatpara GP member Jyostna Das, was rushed to Balurghat Super-Specialty Hospital. He had received head injuries. Hospital sources said that around 12 stitches had to be made on his head. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHis condition is still critical. A written complaint has already been filed with the police against BJP activist Sujay Das and his co-workers. Police said the accused and his followers have been absconding. The BJP activists led by Sujay had attacked the victim with sharp weapons on Sunday night, while the latter was on his way back home from a fair. Sources said immediately after winning Bhatpara GP in the rural polls, BJP activists have started attacking Trinamool workers. “Sujay and his followers are the ones who have attacked my husband. The BJP goons have started terrorising locals after capturing power in Bhatpara GP. Police must arrest the culprits,” said Jyostna Das.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday.Clearing misconception, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clearly explained in the state Assembly that the Chief Minister is not at all out of the purview of Lokayukta, apart from the matters “relating to public order”. She assured that within 10 days after the Bill is signed by the Governor, a former judge will be appointed as Lokayukta.Stating that it is wrongly said that the Chief Minister is not under the purview of Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “the Prime Minister is not under its purview in connection with the matters related to defence, external affairs, internal security and space. In our case, the exemption is broadly related to executive decision and approval in exercise of maintenance of public order, which is understood to include deployment of police forces under the control of the state government, modernisation of police forces and capacity building of the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe maintained in the same breath: “As per the Constitution, there are Centre, State and Concurrent lists and there are 58 subjects under the state list that include matters related to agriculture, land and Panchayat. One must go through the law properly instead of wrongly explaining it.”It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MLA Tapas Roy has brought amendments to the provision that “Lokayukta shall investigate any complaint relating to other matters involved in, arising from, or connected with any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister, with the approval of the state Assembly by a majority of two-third of its members present and voting…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said: “I have been in politics for so many years and till date, no one has raised question on my credibility. Credibility is my accountability.”ISpeaking on the misconception that Chief Minister will not be under the purview of the Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “There can be discussions on different issues in a democracy, but there cannot be any misconceptions. It is also not right if any group controls the Assembly from outside. After a news is published, it is being told over phone to share the same in the Assembly.” While speaking about the Bill, she said: “We have maintained parity with the Bill that was introduced by the UPA government in 2013 and with that of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state. But it is not exactly a copy of the same.”All MLAs are under the purview of Lokayukta. With the amendment of the Bill, the Parliamentary Affairs minister will also be consulted for appointment of Lokayukta. Earlier, one had to be a Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as Lokayukta. Now, a High Court judge can be appointed as Lokayukta as well.The Chief Minister attacked the Left Front, saying that their party would have survived if they had taken care of it instead of unnecessarily continuing to criticise her. She took a dig at the party, saying: “Your goraksha friends are buying your party and you cannot do anything.”
The findings in a study of nearly 3,000 people contradict the notion that the older the people get, the sicker they become and the greater is the cost of taking care of them.“Most people struggle with an ever-increasing burden of disease and disability as they age,” said study leader Nir Barzilai, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “But we found that those who live exceptionally long have the additional benefit of shorter periods of illness – sometimes just weeks or months before death,” Barzilai said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The data for the study was collected from two studies with participants from North America, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Analysis revealed a consistent pattern of delayed onset of illness in the centenarian groups compared to their respective comparison groups. The findings suggest that discoveries made in one group of centenarians can be generalised to diverse populations.
Kolkata: A mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted on Monday at NSCBI Airport, Kolkata, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.The anti-hijack mock exercise was conducted by creating a situation akin to a plane hijack. The entire operation lasted for about an hour. The drill was successfully conducted without causing any inconvenience to airport operations. Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgencies like the National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), police, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other units associated with flight operations took part in it. The event was followed by an Aerodrome Committee Meet (ACM) under the chairmanship of Hari Kishore Kusmakar, Secretary (Coordination) Home Department, of the state government. Another Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) meeting was also held at the Airport Director’s office under the chairmanship of Kusmakar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSeveral points such as waste disposal system, drainage system, open meat shops around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion as they are the primary causes of attracting birds in and around the airport. The forest department officials were also requested to take appropriate steps in order to curb the menace of wild animals around airport premises. Representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CISF, Irrigation Department, Forest Department and local administration were also present.
Kolkata: Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s apex cultural body, has nominated Kolkata’s Durga puja to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the year 2020. It may be mentioned that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had prodded the state Tourism department to make a serious pitch to have the Durga Puja festival listed by UNESCO.The department made a presentation to a team from UNESCO to have the festival listed in the latter’s ‘List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team had visited the city in January and in a meeting with representatives from across the country as well as the South Asian countries, sought preliminary applications from all of them them about the tangible and intangible heritage of their respective states and countries. The meeting was hosted by the state Tourism department. Bengal’s Durga Puja has been showcased in a big way across the globe with Banerjee ushering in a grand end to the Puja by organising a stunning Red Road carnival where as many as 70 of the city’s best-known Durga idols paraded this year. The he extravaganza, touted to be second only to the renowned Rio Carnival stepped into its third year in 2018. In its nomination of Durga Puja for the Representative List, the SNA stated that: “Durga Puja is the best instance of the public performance of religion and art in the city. It witnesses a celebration of craftsmanship, cross-cultural transactions and cross-community revelry. …….The exemplary character of Durga Puja lies in its ability to not temporarily bind itself to the ritual occasion. Its dynamism lies in it being a constantly mutating event – in its fusion of tradition with changing tastes and popular cultures, and in the adaptation of the iconographies of Durga and the styles of her temporary abodes to cater to new regimes of art production.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that every year, UNESCO adds to its list of ICH cultural traditions and arts from around the world, either as ‘In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ or in its ‘Representative List of ICH of Humanity’. India’s nominees are proposed by the SNA which was appointed as the nodal agency for ICH by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011. India currently has 13 ICH on the list, including the Kumbh Mela, the dance forms of Chhau, Kalbelia and Mudiyettu , Vedic and Buddhist chanting and the tradition of brass and copper utensil making in Punjab’s Jandiala Guru.
Imagine an exhibition that inspires you to pick up a book and read. Opening at the Alliance Francaise on September 20 is Jean-Marc Godes enchanting exhibition. Inspired by the world of Jacques Prévert, Jean-Marc Godès is a photographer who specializes in the images of books as an instrument for reading. For ten years, his photographs have been exhibited all over the world: from France to Guinea, through Ireland, Canada, Lithuania, China, and Portugal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBorn in Guadalupe but a citizen of the world, Godès has focused on the universe of books as a form of homage to both his father – who was a writer – and poet Jacques Prévert. He describes himself as ‘director of still images’. In fact, each scene depicting the living books in action is carefully staged before taking the picture so that we get a series of stunning still lifes with a modernist message. The artist’s tireless work is inspired by the passionate belief in the power of books intended as a living organism carrying personal and collective histories. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn an interview, Godes says: “As a visual photographer, director of still image, I realise an artistic work dedicated to the promotion of the book and writings. My approach is part of a photo-poetic perspective. My objective, by challenging the imagination, is to arouse the desire to continue or go back the course of ephemeral stories that I tell, the time of a freeze frame, the time of a photograph. The singularity of my artistic research is to question norms by producing staged photographs located on either side of the borders of reality.” “The subject of my representations is the book object, in various forms. Living books, escaped books, they are the memory and the vehicle of our personal and collective stories, of our identities as well as the words and the desire of the “other” lying on a paper box. Libraries and centuries are abolished for the benefit of a fluidity of space and time. The heart of the book, from image to image, without noise.”All of Godès’ mises en scène are pervaded by a sort of magic realism. His photo-poetic celebration of books calls for interpretation of simple things in troubled times. At times they trigger the need to ‘decode’ the situation behind them but each image is an equivocal lesson in learning and the beauty of books that runs as a thread through the universe. Advocating a poetics of the image, he does not impose a pre-established meaning by its author. His images become universally accessible because he gives us a variety of interpretations through human cultures.”In a world dominated by the image, by a gallery of portraits, along a dreamlike journey, I build uncertain worlds that participate in the reading of reality. At the crossroads of photography, literature, and poetry, my digital constructions are a tribute to the music of time and the colours of life,” adds Godes.Godes unites borders of the real and the imaginary, he piques the interest of audiences of all ages. His photographs arouse strong desires to continue the course of stories that are stopping on the images. Starting from these moments suspended in time, each image is like an educational echo. Evocative elegance flows out from these images. My favourite is the mountain sheep and master looking at the pages of a book. Indeed a book is the window to a world. At the crossroads of art, photography, poetry, and literature, the social and cultural utility of Godes photographs underline and affirm the importance of literacy.
Kolkata: Celebrating the traditions of Bengal’s royalty, ITC Royal Bengal is a visual treat to the guests looking to soak themselves into premium luxury facilities. The latest addition to the ITC’s premium luxury segment combines the unique fervour of the state through its contemporary architecture and culinary offerings. Apart from the 374 rooms and suites, the hotel offers 82 serviced apartments with a common open space for the guests looking for long Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataduration stay options. Packed with state-of-the-art gym and elegantly designed furniture, the Grand Presidential Suite and the Presidential Suite are spread across an expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. With luxury wafting through its spaces, ITC Royal Bengal presents an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and warmth of old hospitality. The hotel offers an exquisite rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Special care has been taken to add the imprints of local drawings on the carpets, reinforcing the Responsible Luxury element that promotes regional heritage and tradition via all aspects of the hotel, be it decor, interiors, hotel facade design or food. The hotel enables a sense of destination through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. The sprawling property boasts of a culinary fare tempered with the touch of local delicacies. The three buffet restaurant Grand Market Pavilion presents a unique fare of dishes from the seven sister states of the North-East. Diners can choose from the spicy dishes of Nagaland, Nepalese-inspired dishes from Sikkim, and a blend of tribal and Bengali cuisine from Tripura. Experimental in its culinary delights, the restaurant, which is reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market, also features popular local dishes as well as the international ones. The critically acclaimed ‘honestly vegetarian’ Royal Vega with its careful selection of seasonal delicacies and spices from across the country, presents a vegetarian treat to the non-meat eaters. This signature restaurant also features ‘Sherherwali’ the royal vegetarian cuisine of Murshidabad town of West Bengal. The hotel also houses a lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room which brings the city’s fondness for live music to life, Darjeeling Lounge, which is based on the city’s adda culture, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world and Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” With a height of 133 meters, the 27 stories ITC Royal Bengal has been built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore. The 14th addition to the ITC’s luxury segment seeks to redefine the city’s hospitality and tourism landscape. Located adjacent to ITC Sonar, both the properties will together offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of MICE -banqueting space for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. ITC Royal Bengal is truly emerging as the gateway of East India.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing lakhs of rupees from a car by distracting the driver.According to police on May 21, around 7:30 pm, a few persons threw engine oil on the bonnet of a car in front of a building on Ballygunge Circular Road. When driver of the car got down and an altercation ensued with a miscreant, during that time another miscreant took away a bag from inside the car containing money worth Rs 1.8 lakh. After the driver found the bag was missing, he informed his owner and lodged a complaint at the Ballygunge police station. During the probe, driver was interrogated but nothing suspicious was found. While checking the CCTV footage in the area, police identified two suspects. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing that sources were shown the CCTV camera footages and instructed to gather information. During the past month, investigating officials came to know from their sources that a person identified as Bhola Das is connected with the incident. The source also informed that another case against him was found at the Shakespeare Sarani police station. Based on the information, a police team went to Dr Ambedkar Nagar in New Delhi and nabbed Das. During search of the place where he was staying, police recovered huge amount of looted cash and gold ornaments. After he was brought to Kolkata and remanded to police custody, he mentioned that a person identified as Vijay Indrapuri in New Delhi was arrested on Tuesday from Bandel.
Kalinga Literary Festival has announced its annual awards to recognise brilliant literary work at different levels. Kalinga Literary Annual Awards have four segments: ‘Kalinga Literary Award’, ‘Kalinga Karubaki Award’, ‘Kalinga International Literary Award’, and ‘Kalinga Literary Youth Award’.Veteran writers Pavan K Verma, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Paro Anand to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Awards of 2019’. Young and dynamic writer Kedar Mishra to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Youth Award of 2019’. This was informed by the Kalinga Literary Festival, Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the last six years, Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has set a national benchmark in literary festivals. The sixth Kalinga Literary Festival is here. More than 250 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the Central theme of ‘Gandhi’s Idea of India: Truth, Non-Violence, Harmony”, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from July 19-21, at KIIT Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKLF has emerged as one of the leading literary platforms in India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs. Bigger than ever before, the sixth edition of the festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed names on one platform to discuss, debate and explore commonalities in the diverse voices in literature, justice, equality, equity and humanity. “After the blistering heat of the Indian Summer, it’s refreshing to welcome the monsoon rains, and along with it, the KLF. Poet Kalidasa would have been pleased. Arguably, KLF is one of the best known literary – cultural extravaganzas that brings under one roof some of the best minds of the cultural world from India and abroad. This year, the 6th edition of KLF will be held for three exciting days from July 19 to 21, at an important cultural landmark of Bhubaneswar, bringing together artists, writers, singers and connoisseurs of the arts, across class, caste, ethnic and gender divides, in a truly democratic spirit,” said KLF Founder and Director Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Kalinga Literary Award 2019 – Rajendra Kishore Panda Kalinga International Literary Award 2019 – Pavan K Verma Kalinga Karubaki Award 2019 – Paro Anand Kalinga Literary Youth Award 2019 – Kedar Mishra
The earliest photographs, most dating from the second half of the 19th century, regularly feature rows of dour-faced subjects, glaring at the camera with their mouths firmly closed. Smiling was not considered appropriate in these early portraits, even on occasions that were supposed to be filled with joy, such as weddings. There were a number of reasons why smiling did not feature in early photographs; some were cultural, others practical. Early photographs followed the conventions of traditional portraiture, requiring their subjects to look serious and dignified.The purpose of a photograph was to capture an individual’s likeness, not to preserve a unique moment in time. As a result, posing for a photograph was very similar to posing for a painted portrait, and was considered to be a serious business.Caroline & Dulcie EdenIn addition to these stylistic and cultural reasons, however, smiling was not encouraged in early photographs due to the limitations of camera technology.Early cameras tended to have very long exposure times, requiring subjects to remain completely still for around a minute as the photograph was being taken.As it would have been difficult for subjects to hold a smile for this length of time, photographers tended to ask their subjects to present a more serious face.Harry and Amy Dillwyn (children of Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn) by M.D., 1853This photograph, however, taken in 1853, represents a remarkable deviation from this general trend. Labeled simply as “Willy”, the subject appears to have been caught in a candid moment, looking off to the side with a smile playing on his lips, instead of looking straight on and posing for the camera.A photograph of William Mansel (1838-1866) smiling at something off camera. Taken c.1853.The boy pictured in the photograph is 18-year-old William Mansel Llewelyn, the son of John Dillwyn Llewelyn, who was one of the earliest Welsh photographers and a noted botanist. According to Wales Online, photography appears to have been a shared family passion for the Dillwyns.John Dillwyn LlewelynThey were related by marriage to Henry Fox Talbot, who invented early photographic technologies, including the salted paper and calotype processes.This particular picture, however, was taken by Willy’s aunt, Mary Dillwyn, one of the first female photographers and certainly the first female photographer in Wales.Mrs Vivian and little ErnestMary, together with other members of the family, experimented with various types of photographic technologies and new approaches, favoring smaller cameras with shorter exposure times.Oystermouth CastleAccording to Wales Online, these smaller models offered greater flexibility and were easier to handle than the more cumbersome, complex machines used to take photos in the mid-19th century.As a result, Mary was able to capture candid, spontaneous images that offer a fascinating insight into 19th century life in Wales, and are markedly different from the majority of other early photographs. These intimate portraits and scenes, including the enigmatic picture of Willy, form part of her personal collection of photographs, now held at the National Library of Wales.Picnic at Oystermouth Castle – Dulcie Vivian, Caroline Eden and EttaSingleton, 1854The RingersThe Snowman No. 1The Snowman No. 2Thereza and EmmaMary, together with the other keen photographers in her family, was a pioneer of photography as an art form. Her collection includes some remarkable images, depicting life at her home in Wales, intimate moments between friends and family members, and the flora and fauna of her local area. In addition to “Willy”, featuring the first smile ever to be photographed, she is also credited with producing the first photograph of a snowman.However, perhaps her most significant image is the famous “peeping girl”. This image captured the first “photobomb” ever recorded, anticipating a trend that would become popular over 150 years later.Sally and Mrs ReedIn this image, Mary was busy photographing a pair of elderly ladies, when an unknown person peeped around the side of a door in the background, at just the right moment.As a photographer, Mary Dillwyn was an important figure in the early history of the art form. Focusing primarily on domestic subjects, taken in candid, intimate shots, she pushed the boundaries of who and what should be considered appropriate subjects for a photograph, and thus provided a singular insight into rural Welsh domestic life in the 19th century.Two Welsh country peopleFurthermore, many of her subjects, in addition to Willy, are pictured relaxed and smiling, which was extremely unusual for the time.Willy and MustardMany of Mary’s photographs were included in albums dominated by photographs taken by her brother, leading historians to overlook her contribution to the development of the art of photography.Read another story from us: Rare Old Photos show how people lived in the 1850sFinally, thanks to the work of the National Library of Wales in identifying and preserving her images, her work is finally receiving the credit it deserves.
Doug Gottlieb in for Colin:Cavs have deals confirm they lost the Kyrie Irving tradeThe Cavs turned over most of their aging, listless roster with a series of trade deadline deals, including shipping Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers. Gottlieb thinks the Cavs upgraded their roster, but with Thomas and Jae Crowder now gone, they have nothing left to show for their Kyrie Irving trade with Boston other than the Nets first round pick.Some argued the Cavs got a good haul for Irving, but after today it’s impossible to argue that Boston didn’t win the deal.Jimmy G worth every penny of biggest NFL contract everAfter acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo in a midseason trade with the Patriots, the Niners finished the season as the hottest team in the NFL, and today inked Jimmy G to to an NFL record 5-year $137 million contract.Even though Garoppolo doesn’t have a long NFL resume, Doug has seen enough to believe he’s worth every penny of the record contract. The price tag for franchise QB’s is always going up and John Lynch was smart to lock up the face of the franchise, even if it meant overpaying a little. Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking LeBron shipping Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers; and why Thomas will never have a big NBA payday.Chris Mannix – Yahoo! Sports NBA writer joins the show to talk Cavs housecleaning; why the moves make them better make Cleveland better but not a title contender.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and 14 year NBA veteran is in-studio talking Cavs trade deadline moves; why they needed to change the locker room; and his experience getting dealt.
Advertisement Los Angeles rejoiced when LeBron decided to sign with the Lakers, but for some Kobe Bryant fans, L.A. will always be the Mamba’s city.Die hard Kobe fan Andrew Perez spotted a well known mural of the Mamba on Melrose Avenue with a picture of LeBron’s face taped over Bryant’s. He wasn’t having it. Perez proceeded to take off his shoe and chucked at the King’s mug until it finally came off, then gave it a bonus shot once it hit the ground.Even Kobe’s fans have the Mamba mentality. For some, he’ll always be the King of L.A.Saw this blasphemy of LeBron’s face taped on top of #mambaonmelrose, so I had to do what was right. Thank you for coming @KingJames, but @kobebryant is still the king of LA. pic.twitter.com/VbayCu0OxO— Andrew Perez (@andoneperez) July 4, 2018
Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Ever get so exasperated with a malfunctioning computer that you literally want to hurl it across the room? Thirty-seven-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Lucas Hinch did one better.When his Dell XPS 410 desktop, which had been plaguing him for months, lapsed into a blue screen of death last Monday evening, Hinch took the machine out to an alley near his home and shot it eight times with a handgun.Readers, do not try this at home. Or in the office. Thanks.”It was glorious,” Hinch told The Los Angeles Times. “Angels sung on high.”Related: Playing With Fire? Oklahoma City Shooting Range Granted Liquor LicenseThat is, until police arrived, responding to the sound of gunshots. As it is illegal to fire within city limits, Hinch’s 9-mm pistol was confiscated, and he now faces a possible fine, police said.Nevertheless Hinch, who runs a homeopathic herb store, told police he has no regrets. “That computer had a bad day,” he said.Hinch’s meltdown reminded us of another epic office-tech meltdown:Related: Angry at Work? Have a Snack. April 23, 2015
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. When a machine is in prime working order, its parts hum in literal harmony. And when that hum turns to whirring or clicking? That’s what Augury is for. The Israel- and New York–based startup’s device can listen to any machine — from a jet engine to a household appliance — and identify what’s wrong, or even predict what’ll break next.Here’s how it works: Augury’s ultrasonic sensor plugs into a smartphone. (The company provides it for free; it charges only for usage.) A technician — someone at your company, say, or the repair person you called — places the device on a machine; audio data is relayed to Augury’s servers, and a diagnosis is made. Then the fixing can begin.Hartford Steam Boiler definitely likes the sound of that. The $1.2 billion company, which provides equipment-breakdown insurance and other specialty coverage, is now a partner. “What’s most exciting to us is the deep knowledge they will ultimately have about patterns in equipment failure,” says Jacqueline Lesage Krause, managing director of HSB’s strategic corporate ventures. “Their tagline is ‘Machines talk, we listen.’ We’ve been waiting for this day for a while.” 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 8, 2016 This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Enroll Now for Free
Add favorite programs to the top of Windows 10’s Start Menu by Martin Brinkmann on August 03, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 11 commentsThe following guide explains how you can stick your favorite programs and applications to the top of the program listing in the Windows 10 start menu.Microsoft’s Anniversary Update, released on August 2, 2016 shipped with a number of changes. A start menu redesign was one of the changes. Microsoft moved the shutdown button to the bottom position for instance, and decided to display all installed application shortcuts directly on the first page of the start menu.The program listing is sorted alphabetically, which means that apps may be listed at the top that you barely ever use. The first app on default installations is 3D Builder for instance followed by Alarms and Clocks, the Calculator and other applications that come pre-installed with Windows 10.While you may place favorite programs on the right of the listing for quick access, Windows 10 ships with surprising little options to modify the full list of programs.In fact, there is no option to hide entries from the listing. You may remove apps or uninstall programs, but may only want to do so for programs and apps that you don’t use.Add favorite programs to the top of Windows 10’s Start MenuThe whole process is rather easy to carry out. First thing you need to do is open the folder that contains the entries listed in the start menu.Visit C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs on your computer for that. You will notice folders and shortcuts listed there. The method works for files and folders listed there.Now, do the following to stick a program to the very top of the listing:Step 1: Right-click on the shortcut name and select Rename from the context menu.Step 2: Move the cursor to the beginning of the shortcut name.Step 3: Hold down the Alt-key on the keyboard, and tap on the following keys one after the other on the numpad: +0160. This should add a space in front of the shortcut name. Press Enter, and confirm the UAC prompt that appears to complete the process.Step 4: Repeat the process for any file or shortcut that you want displayed at the Very top of the windows 10 Start Menu.Note: It may take a moment before the changes become visible when you open the start menu. Windows picks the change up automatically though which means you don’t have to restart before the listing changes.If your favorite program is not listed, simply create a shortcut for it and place it in the same folder. Then follow the steps outlined above to get it to display at the top of the start menu.You create shortcuts of programs with a right-click on them and selecting the “create shortcut” option from the context menu.SummaryArticle NameAdd favorite programs to the top of Windows 10’s Start MenuDescriptionThe following guide explains how you can stick your favorite programs and applications to the top of the program listing in the Windows 10 start menu.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Manage SendTo menu items in Windows by Martin Brinkmann on December 17, 2018 in Software – 11 commentsSendTo Menu Editor is a freeware for all supported versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system that you may use to manage SendTo menu items.Windows Explorer and File Explorer include a SendTo option by default; the menu is displayed when users right-click on files or folders in Explorer. It offers options to send the selection to another location or to process it in some way depending on its type.Default options include creating a shortcut to the selection on the desktop, compressing the selection, or sending it to Bluetooth devices. Windows users may not use all options: if you don’t use Fax devices or Bluetooth, you have no need for these options.An option to send files or folders to a specific path or application may be useful, on the other hand. While you can edit the SendTo options manually to make the changes, using a program like SendTo Menu Editor, or the previously reviewed Send To Toys, may be more comfortable.Tip: Open the folder %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo in Windows Explorer to list all existing shortcuts. Select all items and copy them to another location to back them up.SendTo Menu EditorSendTo Menu Editor is a freeware for Windows; just download the program from the author’s website and extract the archive to the local system. Run SendTo Menu Editor 32-bit or 64-bit afterward. Note that you do need elevated rights to run the program.The application displays most SendTo items in its interface on start. Most? It did not display the DVD entry but listed all other entries on a test PC.Items are listed with their name and target; checkmarks indicate whether it is displayed in the menu or not. Deleting is also possible if you prefer that. Select one or multiple items and then the minus icon in the toolbar.The entries get deleted automatically. Backups are not created by the application and there is no option to restore the defaults.You may add new entries to the Sendto menu with a click on the plus icon. One of the easier options is to add another path to it so that you may send files to the location when you use the option.Put the target folder under folder location, change the shortcut name to make it more descriptive, and hit the create shortcut button to add the new item to the SendTo menu.Any change that you make is visible right away in the SendTo menu. Shortcuts support parameters that you may add; this is useful if you want to pass files or folders to programs to run custom commands on them.Windows users who don’t use the SendTo menu at all can remove it entirely.Closing WordsSendTo Menu Editor is a useful program for Windows to add, hide or delete SendTo menu items, and to remove the SendTo menu in its entirety from the Explorer right-click menu.Now You: Do you use the SendTo menu?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 5 votes Software Name SendTo Menu EditorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.sordum.org/10830/sendto-menu-editor-v1-1/ Advertisement
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Why we need to stop slut-shaming gay men who want condomless sex Matthew Hodson, Executive Director NAM aidsmap (Photo: Kerry Skinner) The preventative impact of effective HIV treatment underlines the importance of expanding access to treatment and of improving treatment uptake and adherence for all people living with HIV worldwide.The new study, PARTNER 2, is an extension of the PARTNER study, which in 2014 indicated that people with an undetectable viral load do not transmit HIV.Men who have sex with men were included in the previous study, but PARTNER 2 was added on to the earlier study to ensure that this finding was at least as certain for gay men as it was for heterosexuals.PARTNER, together with an earlier study, Opposites Attract, have between them not found a single case of HIV transmission in 126,000 acts of condomless anal sex between partners of differing HIV status.‘Facts must conquer fear’This is the moment when facts must conquer fear. The knowledge that when we are undetectable we can’t pass the virus on to our sexual partners has the power to encourage people to test and to remain adherent to their treatment.Treatment as prevention, alongside PrEP, has made our sex not merely safer, but safe. It has granted us freedom from fear while having the sex that we enjoy.This is the moment when science trumps stigma.Matthew Hodson is Executive Director of NAM aidsmap and the recent winner of Social CEO of the year. Follow him on Twitter at @Matthew_Hodson. NAM aidsmap provides HIV news and treatment information to support people living with HIV, throughout the UK and internationally, to live longer and healthier lives. If you would like to make a donation to support NAM’s vital work, please visit: www.aidsmap.com/donate.See alsoNot one case of HIV transmission from HIV positive gay men on effective treatment Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay and bisexual men on successful treatment for HIV cannot pass the virus on to their sexual partners. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . What is PrEP on-demand dosing and is it suitable for me? eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- That’s a bold statement but it’s not only true, it’s a statement that needs to be widely known and understood.New data, unveiled at the International AIDS 2018 conference, backs up the findings of previous studies. When someone with HIV whose treatment has suppressed the virus, they do not pose any risk of transmission when they have sex.Scientists are wary of saying something could never happen but the researcher observed, that ‘You would have to have condomless sex for at least 420 years to have one incident of HIV transmission.’‘No cases have ever been found’When we who live with HIV are undetectable (i.e. when HIV treatment works) we can’t pass the virus on. This applies for sex without condoms. This applies for anal sex. This applies even when there are other STIs present.Researchers are now as confident that undetectable gay men pose no risk of HIV transmission as they have been for some time about heterosexuals. This understanding is frequently expressed as Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U.We know that HIV can’t be transmitted by kissing, by spitting or by sharing teacups because no cases have ever been found. We can now say the same thing about sex when the positive partner is undetectable.Recent years have seen a rise in activism promoting the U=U message. As Bruce Richman, the founder of the Prevention Access Campaign which has mobilised this movement, said, ‘HIV stigma is a public health crisis. U=U is an effective response.’‘People’s sex lives have been tainted by fear’Since the AIDS crisis first hit us, many people’s sex lives have been tainted by fear. The sex we have, which should be an expression of intimacy, passion, lust, tenderness and joy, has all too often been accompanied by thoughts of ‘Is this safe enough?’, ‘Will I be OK?’ or ‘Will he be OK?’The impact of HIV treatment on new infections among gay and bisexual men in the UK can be traced back as far as 2012, before any impact from PrEP was felt. U=U challenges the fear that HIV negative people still have of those of us living with the virus.It offers freedom from the fear of passing the virus on in our most intimate moments. Not one case of HIV transmission from HIV positive gay men on effective treatmentPeople on effective HIV treatment can’t pass the virus on… so stop blocking me on apps!‘You should be publicly executed’: HIV positive man shares vile Grindr messages he receivesRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/science-trumps-hiv-stigma-hodson/
Nadeem Mohammed had a pipebomb in his luggage at at Manchester Airport. Muhammad was stopped, questioned and stopped from flying – but was not arrested after trained airport staff assessed the device was unlikely to be viable. However Following further enquiries and forensic examinations of the device by police, several days later, it was determined it was viable and Muhammed was arrested. Read MoreBrothers brawled in the street with man at 8.30am – because he pulled a moonie Speaking after today’s sentencing ACC Russ Jackson, responsible for the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “This afternoon, Muhammad has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. “The device which consisted of three AAA batteries and the shell of a marker pen when examined in the laboratory was found to contain just under 10 grams of gunpowder and dressmakers pins. “As the judge indicated today, this could have caused “not inconsiderable damage” to property and injury to people close to the device. “We cannot be certain what risk this device presented and may never know Muhammad’s intentions unless he decides to tell us. “I want to be clear that we accept there were errors made in the assessment of this item.” Mr Jackson said: “Our debriefs of staff have shown that Muhammad’s explanation, his demeanour when stopped, the absence of any concern in background checks and the actual initial assessment of the device, certainly led to the view at the time that this was not a suspicious incident. “This was wrong and when the true nature of the item became clear, immediate steps were taken to arrest Muhammad and he has been successfully prosecuted and today sentenced to 18 years in prison. “What should be made clear is that airport security screening was effective and the device found. I also want to explain that both airport and police have reviewed our security procedures to ensure that proper operating procedures are followed on every occasion where there is a suspicious incident. Read MoreDrink-driver, 40, crashes into parked car – while on his way to hospital “Since January, there have been several occasions when these have been tested and procedures have worked effectively, although thankfully on each occasion the incidents have been false alarms. “This is an extremely serious incident at a time when people are concerned about terrorism, especially here in Manchester and whilst it should be acknowledged that the security checks were effective in finding the item, the assessment of the device should have been more comprehensive and taken place sooner. “These lessons have been learned and reviews of operating procedures have already taken place.” In May, four months after Mohammed attempted to take the pipe bomb on board the plane, 22 people people were killed in an unconnected suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 43-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years after attempting to board a Ryanair flight while carrying a pipebomb. The device was found in Nadeem Muhammed’s luggage at Manchester Airport as he attempted to board the flight to Bergamo, Italy, on January 30. Tens of thousands of travellers from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire pass through the airport every year. Muhammed, of Tinline Street, Bury, was today jailed at Manchester Crown Court, with an extended license of five years, after being found guilty of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life. In January Muhammad attempted to pass through security at Manchester Airport, with the suspicious item in his hand luggage. An airport security officer spotted the small device, which contained about 10grams of gunpowder, as it went through the x-ray scanner.
Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 6. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 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 . 19:12Lane blocked due to broken down car on M6 northbound between Gailey and StaffordOne lane blocked due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is blocked.18:4880 homes without power in Bucknall80 homes are currently without power in Bucknall, Supplies are expected to be restored by 9.30pm18:20Accident on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe BridgeA521 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Stallington Road. 18:05Usual congestion A34Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.17:42Accident in Stoke London Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Regent Street. 17:03Leek Road partially blocked due to accidentA5009 Leek Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Cromer Road. 16:37Queueing traffic on A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 16:05Emergency services at school due to concern for teenagerPolice and other emergency services were called shortly after 1.30pm. More here.15:40Issue on railwayService suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Crewe and Runcorn and replacement bus service running between Runcorn and Warrington Bank Quay due to overhead power cable problems between Acton Bridge and Hartford. Tickets being accepted on Crosscountry, Transpennine Express, Transport For Wales, East Midlands Trains, Northern, Merseyrail and West Midlands Trains services.Some services may be diverted via Manchester Piccadilly. 12:21A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 12:18For anyone heading to Manchester this weekend…Advance Warning – Severely reduced service across the network on Northern due to strike action on Saturday 9th February. Tickets being accepted on other services.Northern have a revised timetable in operation on strike days, however this means there will be very few trains operating after 17:00, trains that do run are expected to be extremely busy. Replacement buses are in place on some routes. On 9th February. 11:12The first warning is in force from 10pm tonightMore info on the weather warning here…10:52Strong winds tonight, with the risk of severe gales in coastal parts, may lead to some travel disruption as well as short term loss of power and other services pic.twitter.com/nek5fJx25X— Met Office (@metoffice) February 6, 201910:51Heavy traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). 10:35A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 10:34One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Northbound after J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Cameras show the vehicles have stopped in lane two (of two), with traffic squeezing by on either side. 09:58Collision on the A53 causing congestion at Basford roundaboutCollision on the A5309:52Readers report the MFI roundabout is gridlocked at the moment.09:50One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 09:10Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.08:33Car Broken Down Lane 1 (of 3) M6 J3A to J3 Southbound #PackingtonBank in the roadworks. Recovery on route.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 6, 201908:23Very slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound from A527 (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent).Lane closure due to roadworks shortly after Etruria junction. 08:02Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. 08:01Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 08:01Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is 11 minutes. 07:42Severe delays on M6Severe delays (more than an hour above normal journey time) on the M6 southbound in the West Midlands due to a traffic collision closing one (of four) lanes. This has occurred between J7 (A34) and J6 (A38, Aston Expressway), with delays back to J11 (Cannock, A460). There was also a broken down vehicle between J9 (Wednesbury, A461) and J8 (M5), however this has now been cleared.Please allow additional travel time or consider using another route if planning to travel through this section this morning). 07:23A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:22Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:22Slow traffic on A34 Manchester Road in both directions at Walfield Avenue. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:05Usual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane.
A cold front is expected to move up the coast on Thursday (March 15) and Friday, bringing much cooler weather conditions for us in Ladysmith.There is a possibility of snow in certain areas on Friday night and even Saturday.Speaking to South African Weather Services forecaster Wiseman Dlamini from King Shaka International Airport, he says there is a 60% chance of rain over KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for Thursday and Friday.Snow is predicted to fall on the extreme high peaks in areas like Thabana Ntlenyana, Champagne Castle and Giants Castle, which is near to Ladysmith.Weather conditions in Ladysmith are expected to be much cooler on Friday, with a high of just 18 degrees. Thunderstorms are also in the offing.Also read: Snow predicted to start falling from today, bringing cold weather to LadysmithAlso read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fall Also read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldGoing into Saturday, there is a chance of rain for Ladysmith. Sunday sees a 30% chance of rain, with conditions warming up and a high of around 25 degrees expected.The weather system could change over the next few days, as it is early in the snow season.With this information in mind, brace yourself for a cold and rainy end to the week.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Young and old alike flocked to ‘Tommy’s Merry-Go-Round’ in Agra Road, Aloe Park, this past weekend to do some socialising and have fun on the various thrilling rides.There was the Big Wheel and lots of other attractions to enjoy.The little ones especially had a great time, being spoiled by their parents and going on ride after ride.A kaleidoscope of lights and hypnotic music filled the air as everyone chatted away merrily and soaked up the carnival atmosphere.This year saw new specials and new rides for all to take advantage of.The funfair is set to be in town until March 11, which gives everyone enough time to try out all the rides on offer and get together with friends at the same time.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Black Friday 2017 is upon us! Some of you probably already conquered the box stores and are taking a well-earned post shopping nap, but for those still looking for some deals, here’s a quick roundup of Wccftech’s Black Friday 2017 gaming posts. Catch up on all the deals from Sony and Microsoft, big stores like GameStop, and online retailers like Amazon. Happy bargain hunting!Console-Specific SalesSonyAs in the past, Sony is offering a variety of hardware deals that should be available across almost all retailers. Go to the store of your choice and you should be able to find a 1 TB PlayStation 4 for $199.99 or a PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle at $299.99.Check out Wccf’s full rundown of Sony’s Black Friday hardware deals here.Of course, the PlayStation Store is also offering discounts on digital software. These include Assassin’s Creed Origins for $41.99, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for $19.99, and Horizon Zero Dawn for $19.99. As always, PS Plus subscribers get an additional 10 percent off these sale prices.Check out all the PlayStation Store discounts here.MicrosoftThe Microsoft store is offering a wide variety of great deals, too. These include Dead Rising 4 for $20, and Halo 5: Guardians for only $30. Xbox Live Gold members get an additional discount on these prices.Check out Wccf’s rundown of the best Microsoft Store Black Friday deals here.NintendoNintendo isn’t really offering any special hardware deals this year (it’s waaay too early to be marking down the Switch), but the eShop is offering a few software deals. These include 1-2-Switch for $39.99 and Super Bomberman R for $39.99.Check out all the Nintendo eShop Black Friday deals here.Major Retailer SalesTargetTarget is offering a good mix of hardware and software deals, including a 500 GB Xbox One S with a $25 gift card for $189.99, Resident Evil 7 for $15, and Call of Duty: WWII for $45.Check out Wccf’s rundown of the best Target Black Friday gaming deals here.Best BuyBest Buy is serving up a 500 GB Xbox One S bundles for $229.99, and sweetening the deal by throwing in an extra controller. They’re also offering games like Ghost Recon Wildlands for only $20.Check out Wccf’s rundown of some of the top Best Buy Black Friday gaming deals here.GameStopGameStop is really trying to undercut the competition, by offering the best deals of any brick-and-mortar retailer this Black Friday. These include a 1 TB PlayStation 4 Pro for $349.99, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for $25, and Destiny 2 for $27.Check out Wccf’s rundown of the best GameStop Black Friday gaming deals here.AmazonBut maybe you don’t want to brave the cold and crowds? Maybe you just want to fix yourself a leftover turkey sandwich and grab some deals from the comfort of your couch? Thankfully, Amazon is matching almost all deals being offered by their competitors, and, in some cases, one-upping them. For instance, they’re offering a 1 TB PlayStation 4 Pro with Destiny 2 for only $349.99, Final Fantasy XV for $17.99, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War for $25.Keep up with all of Amazon’s rotating Black Friday gaming deals here.Did you accidentally sleep in? Don’t worry, you haven’t missed all the fun. Almost all these deals will be available until at least November 28 (next Tuesday). Any particular bargains you have your eye on or want to share? Call ‘em out, below. Share Tweet Submit
Looking to pick up the Essential Phone at a throwaway price? Then you’ve come to the right place as there’s a deal going on over at Amazon.Essential Phone in Halo Gray is Down to Just $344 for a Limited Time – Other Color Options Also DiscountedIn the sea of smartphones out there, it’s not easy to find a good deal on a high-end phone these days. Sure, you can just spend $199 and get something that does what the top-end model does, only barely, but it will lack that oomph which many top of the line devices can easily boast.Today, if you’re looking for a smartphone, that too completely unlocked, then you should not miss this deal on the Essential Phone. It’s down to just $344 from $499.99, which happens to be a huge price drop. In fact, this is the same sort of price drop which we saw last month for Prime Day, so if you got a little unlucky at that time and couldn’t manage to pick up this phone then today’s your golden chance.So, for $329.99, what do you really get? You get a big beautiful display that’s edge to edge with a notch on top. But don’t worry, it’s n to a big notch. It’s just there to hold the camera sensor in place, nothing else. After a while you won’t even realize it’s there. At least, that’s what they want us to believe. Apart from that, you get a bold design wrapped in metal and ceramic along with a screaming fast chip that runs Android Pie, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. What more do you want?Remember one thing though: this discount is applicable on the Black model (at the time of writing). If you’re going for Halo Gray or something else, then you might end up spending at least $370 straight up. In other words: your savings lie on the Black variant, if you’re fine with that.Head over to the link below and grab this deal right now if you haven’t already.UPDATE: The Essential Phone is now discounted to $279.99 if you opt for the Halo Gray version. Click on the link below to grab yours!UPDATE 2: The Essential Phone is now down to just $224. Grab it from the link below!Buy Essential Phone PH-1 Factory Unlocked [Amazon link] Share Tweet Submit
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more 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. News | October 15, 2008 Philips Opens First MR, CT Plant in Latin America 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 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… 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 | 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 News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more October 16, 2008 – Royal Philips Electronics opened the first magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) manufacturing facility in Latin America, as part of Philips’ strategy to service emerging healthcare markets. Starting in November 2008, the plant will also produce CT devices, making it the only site in Latin America manufacturing the two types of equipment. Customers across Latin America will benefit from shorter delivery periods and reduced equipment costs, said Philips.“The use of advanced diagnostic equipment such as the devices that will be manufactured at the new facility is well established in hospitals across the region,” said Daurio Speranzini Júnior, vice president for Philips Healthcare in Latin America. “This factory is part of Philips’ strategy to offer the right solutions in the right markets, and reflects our belief in the growing importance of emerging markets such as Latin America.”Three types of MR devices will be manufactured in Brazil: the Intera 1.5T and Achieva 1.5T and 3.0T. Initially, 70 percent of the components for the devices will be imported, but Philips’ intention is to increase the proportion of locally-produced components to 60 percent by mid-2010. The company is currently identifying and equipping locally-based factories to enable them to manufacture many of the highly advanced components used in the devices. The delivery time of the products is set to be substantially reduced from 8 months to 30 days. There will also be a reduction of around 15 percent on the final price of the MR equipment due to a combination of reduced taxes and lowered production costs. For more information: www.medical.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Related Content
Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more December 21, 2010 – Siemens has donated an Axiom Multix MT digital radiography (DR) system to The Field Museum in Chicago to promote its mission to gather and share knowledge about the Earth and its people. It is replacing an older X-ray unit that Siemens donated to the museum in 1949.“We are proud to be a part of the incredible work of The Field Museum and their impressive roster of researchers and staff,” said Sabine Duffy-Sandstrom, vice president, refurbished systems, Siemens Healthcare. “By their viewing inside these fossils and artifacts from years gone by, The Field’s research team can help us all better understand the history of our civilization, as well as our planet.”“The new Axiom unit brings our partnership with Siemens into the 21st century with a suite of capabilities undreamed of by our staff in 1949,” said Lance Grande, senior vice president and head of research and collections at The Field Museum. “The new machine replaces a World War II vintage X-ray unit with a fully digital model that will greatly extend our research capabilities, especially with regard to the detailed examination of fossils, zoological materials, and archaeological specimens. This is a tremendous gift from Siemens that will enhance our research activities in a number of ways.”Currently, the system is being used to study fossils from the Green River Formation of Fossil Basin in Wyoming. This locality contains a 52 million-year-old lake system fossilized in limestone. It is one of the world’s most productive and important fossil localities. Some of the earliest major samples of plant and animal evolution has been preserved within the limestone since the Cretaceous mass extinction event 65 million years ago.The new machine is also being used on artifacts from the Kish collections. Kish was an ancient city located on the floodplain of the Euphrates River about 50 miles south of modern-day Baghdad in Iraq, and dates back to 3200 B.C. The Field Museum was founded in 1893. The curatorial and scientific staff conducts basic research in the fields of systematic biology, paleontology, meteoritics and anthropology.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | December 21, 2010 Siemens Donates Digital Radiography System for Field Museum Research Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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June 10, 2011 – An exam turnaround time (TAT) management feature has been debuted for Opal-RAD PACS. Designed to streamline the workflow of teleradiology practices, Viztek’s PACS feature prioritizes exams based on a client’s contracted time to perform study reading. The feature uses a color-based system to notify radiologists of the remaining time before a scheduled reading must be completed. After users input reading time parameters for each facility, worklist population and priority level is fully automatic.Using the feature, studies are assigned a green, yellow or red label for normal, medium or rush reading timeframes respectively. Green depicts the most amount of time allotted to read a study; as unread exams age the color transitions to yellow and red – yellow is a medium amount of time, and a red label means there is the least amount of time given to read a study.An integrated dashboard displays the unread studies in each category. Studies that are near the allotted reading time and flagged red are forced to the top of all integrated worklists for radiologists to prioritize. Other dashboard indicators provide real-time statistics for the number of unread studies at each TAT level. The new Opal-RAD PACS TAT feature is one of the many features that make the application an ideal choice for teleradiology groups. Robb Kolb, EVP of The Radiology Group (TRG), offered key input for the development of the new Opal-RAD feature. TRG reads for dozens of sites nationwide ranging from Urgent Care to full hospital radiology service coverage. TAT Management allows TRG to meet and exceed customer expectations, while ensuring a competitive rate schedule.For more information: www.viztek.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | June 10, 2011 Viztek Debuts Turnaround Time Tracking Feature for Opal-RAD PACS 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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 Related Content 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 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
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 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. Technology | January 19, 2012 Mobile App Helps Physicians Select Best Imaging Procedure Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … 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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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 | 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 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 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 | 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 January 19, 2012 – With the need to reduce radiation exposure and healthcare costs, it is imperative to order the most appropriate test the first time. By ordering the correct exam, providers will ensure the quickest, most accurate diagnosis for patients, faster healing times and fewer repeated exams.Columbus Radiology, a provider of interpretation services, is launching a new mobile application that allows physicians to review ordering guidelines and make imaging procedure decisions from the convenience of their smartphone.“The app offers a quick and easy-to-use tool for referencing ordering guidelines,” Amanda McNutt, director of clinical operations and business development at Columbus Radiology, said. “Physicians increasingly rely on handheld devices to find clinical information, and this is another tool to help them provide better, more efficient patient care.”The website, which acts as a mobile application, works on Android and iPhone handheld devices as well as iPad and other tablets. It offers a graphic interface that matches patient indication with the pros and cons of each procedure. A search option feature allows users to enter a specific term or browse indications by body part. The website also provides one-click calling to a live radiologist 24/7 for report discussion or imaging procedure consultation.“Collaboration between radiologist and the referring physician is essential,” Jason Fox, radiologist and president of Columbus Radiology, said. “Primary care physicians are currently faced with the challenge of deciphering new imaging technology and the pressure to reduce radiation exposure for patients. Smartphone ordering guidelines help referring physicians to order the most appropriate imaging exams for their patients. This allows patients to be tested and diagnosed appropriately on the first visit to the imaging department.”While the website was designed with primary care professionals in mind, it is also a learning resource for medical students and residents. Currently, Columbus Radiology is partnering with hospitals and other organizations to implement licensed versions of the application.Columbus Radiology reads for multiple hospitals and imaging and ambulatory centers throughout the country. Columbus Radiology’s radiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained in musculoskeletal/osteoradiology, mammography, neuroradiology, body imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology and general radiology.For more information: www.columbusradiology.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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.
Technology | December 04, 2013 Merge Unveils Universal Viewing, Image Sharing Solution at RSNA 2013 iConnect provides flexible, end-to-end enterprise imaging News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more Related Content Because patients are cared for in multiple locations, iConnect Access addresses the need for a clinical collaboration solution that enables patients’ images to follow them to the point of care. Merge’s solution combines a zero-client enterprise universal viewer with an image-sharing/CD import workflow manager and a non-DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) management tool that integrates seamlessly into electronic health record (EHR) workflow. This single, integrated solution aligns with an organization’s strategic goals, enhances performance and is easy-to-use by all stakeholders. For more information: www.merge.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | April 08, 2019 Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Selects Novarad for Enterprise Imaging Management Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital (CCUH) recently selected Novarad to provide its facility with the Ncompass Enterprise… 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 December 4, 2013 — Merge Healthcare is showcasing its new universal viewer solution at Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. iConnect Access Version 5.0 combines enterprise viewing with image sharing for easy image review for referring physicians anywhere at any time. 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 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 | 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 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 | 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 more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more Slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2014, iConnect Access 5.0 is part of the iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform and includes iConnect Enterprise Archive, which was ranked the largest vendor-neutral archive (VNA) in the world for the second year in a row by IHS. News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more
For more information: www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/MammographyQualityStandardsActandProgram/Reports/ucm383672.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more 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 more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 The FDA said the facility has ceased performing mammography. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | January 30, 2014 ACR Takes Action Against Georgia Mammography Facility The Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Clayton, Ga., was investigated in April 2013 by the State of Georgia, under contract to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection revealed the facility operated for 75 days without performing film processor quality control when clinical images were processed. On May 13, 2013, FDA required the facility submit images to the ACR for an additional mammography review (AMR). On June 20, 2013, the ACR notified the facility that the deficiencies found in the evaluated mammograms posed a serious risk to human health. As a result, the ACR revoked the facility’s accreditation effective June 28, 2013. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… 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). Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more January 30, 2013 — A mammography facility in Georgia had its mammography acceditation revoked by the American College of Radiology (ACR) following an investigation that showed major quality issues. Based on the serious image quality deficiencies noted during the AMR, the FDA required the facility perform a patient and referring healthcare provider notification (PPN) to alert all at-risk patients (and their providers) of the mammography image quality problems at the facility. On Jan. 24, 2014, the FDA notified the facility that it successfully completed the PPN process. read more
Related Content 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 Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more A sample 3-D printed scaffold that matches the lower jaw of a female patient. Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.May 24, 2016 — To make a good framework for filling in missing bone, mix at least 30 percent pulverized natural bone with some special man-made plastic and create the needed shape with a 3-D printer. That’s the recipe for success reported by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in a paper published online in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.Each year, the Johns Hopkins scientists say, birth defects, trauma or surgery leave an estimated 200,000 people in need of replacement bones in the head or face. Historically, the best treatment required surgeons to remove part of a patient’s fibula (a leg bone that doesn’t bear much weight), cut it into the general shape needed and implant it in the right location. But, according to Warren Grayson, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the report’s senior author, the procedure not only creates leg trauma but also falls short because the relatively straight fibula can’t be shaped to fit the subtle curves of the face very well.That has led investigators to 3-D printing, or so-called additive manufacturing, which creates three-dimensional objects from a digital computer file by piling on successive, ultrathin layers of materials. The process excels at making extremely precise structures — including anatomically accurate ones — from plastic, but “cells placed on plastic scaffolds need some instructional cues to become bone cells,” said Grayson. “The ideal scaffold is another piece of bone, but natural bones can’t usually be reshaped very precisely.”In their experiments, Grayson and his team set out to make a composite material that would combine the strength and printability of plastic with the biological “information” contained in natural bone.They began with polycaprolactone, or PCL, a biodegradable polyester used in making polyurethane that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other clinical uses. “PCL melts at 80 to 100 degrees Celsius (176 to 212 Fahrenheit) — a lot lower than most plastics — so it’s a good one to mix with biological materials that can be damaged at higher temperatures,” said Ethan Nyberg, a graduate student on Grayson’s team.PCL is also quite strong, but the team knew from previous studies that it doesn’t support the formation of new bone well. So they mixed it with increasing amounts of “bone powder,” made by pulverizing the porous bone inside cow knees after stripping it of cells.“Bone powder contains structural proteins native to the body plus pro-bone growth factors that help immature stem cells mature into bone cells,” said Grayson. “It also adds roughness to the PCL, which helps the cells grip and reinforces the message of the growth factors.”The first test for the composite materials was printability, Grayson said. Five, 30 and 70 percent bone powder blends performed well, but 85 percent bone powder had too little PCL “glue” to maintain clear lattice shapes and was dropped from future experiments. “It was like a chocolate chip cookie with too many chocolate chips,” said Nyberg.To find out whether the scaffolds encourage bone formation, the researchers added human fat-derived stem cells taken during a liposuction procedure to scaffolds immersed in a nutritional broth lacking pro-bone ingredients.After three weeks, cells grown on 70 percent bone powder scaffolds showed gene activity hundreds of times higher in three genes indicative of bone formation, compared to cells grown on pure PCL scaffolds. Cells on 30 percent bone powder scaffolds showed large but less impressive increases in the same genes.After the scientists added the key ingredient, beta-glycerophosphate, to the cells’ broth to enable their enzymes to deposit calcium, the primary mineral in bone, the cells on 30 percent scaffolds produced about 30 percent more calcium per cell, while those on 70 percent scaffolds produced more than twice as much calcium per cell, compared to those on pure PCL scaffolds.Finally, the team tested their scaffolds in mice with relatively large holes in their skull bones made experimentally. Without intervention, the bone wounds were too large to heal. Mice that got scaffold implants laden with stem cells had new bone growth within the hole over the 12 weeks of the experiment. And computed tomography (CT) scans showed that at least 50 percent more bone grew in scaffolds containing 30 or 70 percent bone powder, compared to those with pure PCL.“In the broth experiments, the 70 percent scaffold encouraged bone formation much better than the 30 percent scaffold,” said Grayson, “but the 30 percent scaffold is stronger. Since there wasn’t a difference between the two scaffolds in healing the mouse skulls, we are investigating further to figure out which blend is best overall.”Although the use of “decellularized” cow bone has been FDA-approved for clinical use, in future studies, the researchers say, they hope to test bone powder made from human bone since it is more widely used clinically. They also want to experiment with the designs of the scaffolds’ interior to make it less geometric and more natural. And they plan to test additives that encourage new blood vessels to infiltrate the scaffolds, which will be necessary for thicker bone implants to survive.Other authors of the report include Ben Hung, Bilal Naved, Miguel Dias, Christina Holmes, Jennifer Elisseeff and Amir Dorafshar of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.This work was supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (F31 DE024922), the Russell Military Scholar Award, the Department of Defense, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund and the American Maxillofacial Surgery Society Research Grant Award.For more information: www.pubs.acs.org/journal.abseba FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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 Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. 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 Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more 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 | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | May 24, 2016 Johns Hopkins Team Finds New Recipe for 3-D Printed Bone Blend of natural and man-made materials works best, study in mice shows
Related Content 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 June 3, 2016 — Elekta announced that its Leksell Gamma Knife Icon radiosurgery system has been cleared for clinical use by both the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the United States.Icon offers physicians increased flexibility for treatment of certain brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders by allowing either frame-based or frameless methods to immobilize the patient’s head, while ensuring the highest level of precision. This allows patients with larger brain tumors and lesions close to critical brain structures to be treated with Gamma Knife accuracy and confidence.Leksell Gamma Knife Icon received 510(k) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2015 and CE marking in June 2015. It has also been cleared by the MFDS for clinical use in The Republic of Korea.The total number of cancer patients in Japan is estimated at about 980,000 a year, approximately 100,000 (10 percent) of whom will develop metastatic brain tumors. Only about 10,000 of these patients receive Gamma Knife treatment each year. Now, with Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, the number of patients who can receive stereotactic radiosurgery to the affected area would increase considerably.Unique to Icon is the integrated stereotactic cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging technology that can check the patient’s position against the treatment plan and automatically recalculate the plan to correct for movement, thus ensuring the highest precision. During treatment, Icon’s novel HD motion management system manages patient movement by using infrared marker tracking to monitor cranial position.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Radiation Therapy | June 03, 2016 Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Icon Cleared for Use in Japan and United States Patients and clinics to benefit from next-generation stereotactic radiosurgery system 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 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. 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 | 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 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
News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 more 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 News | Breast Imaging | June 28, 2018 3-D Imaging and Computer Modeling Capture Breast Duct Development Researchers hope understanding how ducts form could lend insight into how breast diseases spread throughout the body 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more 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 An image of a developing mammary duct. Image courtesy of Andrew Ewald.June 28, 2018 — A team of biologists has joined up with civil engineers to create what is believed to be the first 3-D computer model to show precisely how the tiny tubes that funnel milk through the breasts of mammals form. Understanding how such ducts form, the team says, may lend insight into how diseases such as metastatic breast cancers spread throughout the body. A report on the model was published April 9 in Developmental Cell.The model employed science and engineering principles commonly used to predict the forces at work on bridges and buildings and “miniaturize” them to use on cells.”We learned from this study that cancers would not need to ‘invent’ cell migration, but only reactivate dormant but normal duct migration programs in the wrong place and wrong time,” said Andrew Ewald, Ph.D., professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Ewald emphasizes that the computer model was created through observations of mouse tissue grown in the laboratory, but because mammalian biology is so highly conserved across species, the same processes are likely applicable to most or all mammals.Ewald’s lab worked with a research team from the University of Waterloo in Canada led by Wayne Brodland, to build the model. The team compared how migrating cells interact with their neighbors and organize into “scaffolding,” to the systems of beams that support man-made structures.”This was an interesting structural engineering problem to solve,” said Matthew Perrone, a civil engineering master’s student at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. “In addition to determining the forces acting within a finished duct that hold it together, we had to compute the forces that allow it to support itself while still developing.”As the mouse mammary tissues grew breast milk ducts, the research team measured the angles between one cell border and the next and used this info to calculate the relative strength and direction of forces acting on the cells in these tissues.These cellular scaffolds look similar to a basketball net, said Ewald.”Imagine an invisible hand pulling on the net, in which the angles between all of the links change such that you can predict where the hand is and what it’s doing,” he said.These angles change as a cell moves through a tissue, a process incited by chemical gradients within the cell. Using fluorescent molecules to mark these chemicals, the research team found the signaling proteins RAS, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and F-actin concentrate in the front of the cell and watched as these signals prompted the cell to change from a typical shapeless epithelial cell into a unique teardrop shape as they begin to move.”After seeing this occur hundreds of times, we knew that shape must be important for the biology and the mechanics of the system,” said Neil Neumann, lead author on the study and an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.That shape, the researchers found, was a result of a pulling force at the front of the cell and a pushing force at the back — the same forces at work in single cells moving outside of tissues.”Almost all of cell migration research over the past 50 years has been based on single cells that have been removed from a normal context and placed on a rigid surface such as a petri dish,” said Ewald. “Our results reassure us that our understanding of the forces at work on a simple system like a single cell can be applied to more complex environments.”However, Ewald said, a major difference between a cell moving in isolation and one moving through complex living tissue is that for the latter, the cell needs to break and form connections with their neighbors in order to move to their destination.Ewald’s team saw that the cells at the front of the elongating duct replicate to create layer after layer of daughter cells directly below them, like a ball slowly filling in from the outside. To elongate the duct, the cells from the lower layers begin to crawl their way up to the surface, expanding the surface area and the length of the duct.With all of this information coded in, the initial model was still incomplete, creating structures that sprawled out in all directions, rather than growing directionally into a long, linear tube typical of healthy mammary ducts. “This failure told us that for normal tubes to form, there needed to be some other force at the edge of tubes,” Ewald said. Ultimately, the researchers found that the stationary cells in the tissue created fibers that fortify the cell’s shape. When the forces created by these fibers were added to the model, the tubes finally elongated.”It is similar to blowing up a balloon inside of a paper tube. The rigid outer layer directs the expansion,” said Ewald.The researchers say the computer model should enable more multidisciplinary studies showing how cells migrate in healthy organs and provide insight into how diseased cells, such as cancers, may use these processes to spread.”An exciting part of this interdisciplinary work is that each side of the project informed and enhanced the work of the other,” said Neumann. “The experiments that we performed improved the computer model, and the results from the model gave us new insights into how the biology worked.”For more information: www.sciencedirect.com/journal/developmental-cellReferenceNeumann N.M., Perrone M.C., Veldhuis J.H., et al. “Coordination of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling and Interfacial Tension Dynamics Drives Radial Intercalation and Tube Elongation,” Developmental Cell. April 9, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2018.03.011 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 28, 2019 Using Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy Newly published Cleveland Clinic-led research first to use medical scans to inform dose delivery 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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 Related Content Image courtesy of Omega Medical ImagingNew Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to personalize the dose of radiation therapy used to treat cancer patients.Published today in The Lancet Digital Health, the research team developed an AI framework based on patient computerized tomography (CT) scans and electronic health records. This new AI framework is the first to use medical scans to inform radiation dosage, moving the field forward from using generic dose prescriptions to more individualized treatments.Currently, radiation therapy is delivered uniformly. The dose delivered does not reflect differences in individual tumor characteristics or patient-specific factors that may affect treatment success. The AI framework begins to account for this variability and provides individualized radiation doses that can reduce the treatment failure probability to less than 5 percent.”While highly effective in many clinical settings, radiotherapy can greatly benefit from dose optimization capabilities,” says lead author Mohamed Abazeed, M.D., Ph.D., a radiation oncologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute and a researcher at the Lerner Research Institute. “This framework will help physicians develop data-driven, personalized dosage schedules that can maximize the likelihood of treatment success and mitigate radiation side effects for patients.”The framework was built using CT scans and the electronic health records of 944 lung cancer patients treated with high-dose radiation. Pre-treatment scans were input into a deep-learning model, which analyzed the scans to create an image signature that predicts treatment outcomes. Using sophisticated mathematical modeling, this image signature was combined with data from patient health records – which describe clinical risk factors – to generate a personalized radiation dose.”The development and validation of this image-based, deep-learning framework is exciting because not only is it the first to use medical images to inform radiation dose prescriptions, but it also has the potential to directly impact patient care,” said Abazeed. “The framework can ultimately be used to deliver radiation therapy tailored to individual patients in everyday clinical practices.”There are several other factors that set this first-of-its-kind framework apart from other similar clinical machine learning algorithms and approaches. The technology developed by the team uses an artificial neural network that merges classical approaches of machine learning with the power of a modern neural network. The network determines how much prior knowledge to use to guide predictions about treatment failure. The extent that prior knowledge informs the model is tunable by the network. This hybrid approach is ideal for clinical applications since most clinical datasets in individual hospitals are more modest in sample size compared to non-clinical datasets used to make other well-known AI predictions (i.e. online shopping or ride-sharing).Additionally, this framework was built using one of the largest datasets for patients receiving lung radiotherapy, rendering greater accuracy and limiting false findings. Lastly, each clinical center can utilize their own CT datasets to customize the framework and tailor it to their specific patient population.”Machine learning tools, including deep learning, are poised to play an important role in healthcare,” said Abazeed. “This image-based information platform can provide the ability to individualize multiple cancer therapies but more immediately is a leap forward in radiation precision medicine.”For more information: clevelandclinic.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 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 | 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
Note: This article now includes stories of various other Google employees about the retaliation they faced, which they have shared with Google Walkout for real change. Last week, two Google Walkout organizers accused the company of retaliation against them over last year’s Google Walkout protest. The two Google employees, Claire Stapleton, YouTube Marketing Manager and Meredith Whittaker, head of Google’s Open Research were told their roles would change dramatically including calls to abandon AI ethics work, demotion, and more. In regards to this, both women hosted a Retaliation Town Hall to share their stories and strategize this Friday. The event was also live-streamed to other Google offices. 350+ Google staffers attended the Town Hall, where Stapleton said, that after her public sharing of retaliation earlier this week, Google executives tried to undermine her “in emails this week to thousands of my friends and colleagues”. In those emails, Google executives challenged Stapleton’s claim saying that she was “never demoted”. “What’s true is that there was a demotion, and after my lawyers got involved, it was reversed,” Stapleton wrote, in a statement viewed by Wired. Whittaker also provided further updates on the retaliation she faced. She said that her manager told her in late December she would likely need to leave Google’s Cloud division. The same manager told her in March that the “Cloud division was seeking more revenue and that AI Now and her AI ethics work was no longer a fit. This was a strange request because the Cloud unit has a team working on ethical concerns related to AI.” During the March meeting, Whittaker claims her manager also told her that there are “two kinds of people at Google…those who quit, and those who stay and hate every minute of it and try to destroy it. I was taken aback, since my work has always aimed to ensure that Google lived up to its purported values and treated its workforce, and the rest of the world, with respect.” Recently, Google dissolved it’s AI ethics council after nearly 2,600 employees, including Whittaker, signed a petition against the appointment of Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation. Employees were upset by James’ anti-trans and anti-immigrant political statements. Whittaker also signed the petition protesting Google’s infamous Project Dragonfly, the secretive search engine that Google is allegedly developing which will comply with the Chinese rules of censorship. Meredith Whittaker was also a leader in the anti-Maven movement. Google’s Project Maven, was focused on analyzing drone footage and could have been eventually used to improve drone strikes on the battlefield. More than 3,000 Google employees signed a petition against this project that led to Google deciding not to renew its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense in 2019. In her statement on Friday, Whittaker says that on April 1, a few days before the petition was drafted, she got approval from Jeff Dean to transfer from Cloud to Google’s Research and Machine Intelligence group. Two weeks after the petition was sent, Whittaker claims her transfer was killed. Other Google employees also spoke about employee discontent at Google ranging from the ethics of performing work for the US Department of Defense to the handling of sexual harassment claims. Following the statements of Whittaker and Stapleton in the town hall session, several current and former Googlers took to Twitter to register complaints and share their experiences of facing retaliation from the company. They expressed their disagreement with Google’s policies with the hashtag #NotOkGoogle which was trending on Friday. “This does not seem to be an isolated incident”, Vanessa Harris, Google Product Manager “I am grateful that I quit Google”, Liz Fong-Jones, ex-Googler, current SRE Dev Advocate @honeycombio She also talked about Google’s retaliation against her which forced her to quit. “This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Dr. Alex Hanna, a computational social scientist at Google Cloud Mila Hardt from Google Health division “I emailed @EileenTNaughton later again in November, just after the town hall meeting and her promises for change. I pledged her again to help stop the planned disposal of me. This time she never responded! My last day was after Thanks Giving! Thanks, Google for the gift!”, Vida Vakilotojar, Xoogler The town hall group also published an internal document with a new set of “demands”. The document which was seen by The Guardian includes a “transparent, open investigation of HR and its abysmal handling of employee complaints relating to working conditions, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation”. Other demands include a public response from Google co-founder Larry Page, and that Google meets the demands that were issued in the Google walkout. “Google has had six months to meet [those] demands; in that time, they’ve partially met only one of them,” the document states. “Google seems to have lost its mooring and trust between workers and the company is deeply broken. The company has no clear direction and is just progressing from crisis to crisis lately.” Google did not respond to specific questions about the town hall’s meeting. A spokeswoman said in a statement: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.” Other activist and worker groups also rose in solidarity. “The impact @mer__edith has in AI ethics is second to none. What happens to her at Google will be a gauge for the wellbeing of the entire field. Watch closely.”, Moritz Hardt, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Berkeley University Update: Yesterday, Google Walkout for real change published a blog post on medium sharing stories of retaliation from various other Google employees. “When I reported something unethical happening at Google, Employee Relations fudged data to protect Google.” “Retaliated against for defending a mother who reports to me. HR dismissed it as “poor behavior” “I reported my tech lead to my manager for sexual harassment, but my manager thought I was ‘overreacting’ ” “My first two years at Google I was not promoted due to bias. While my peer was promoted with the same ratings and same tenure, I was not. When I asked my manager about this I was told that I was being an “emotional woman.” How is this happening at Google? Clearly this pattern should not be allowed to continue. Read Next Google announces new policy changes for employees to report misconduct amid complaints of retaliation and harassment. #GoogleWalkout organizers face backlash at work, tech workers show solidarity Google employees ‘Walkout for Real Change’ today. These are their demands.
WASHINGTON, DC — The Department of State has alerted U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. The alert, which was issued on Nov. 21 and expires on Feb. 20, 2017, advises Americans to exercise caution at holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets.Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.While extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey in the past year, the Department remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe. If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. Embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backU.S. citizens are advised to exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Travel Alert Tuesday, November 22, 2016 United States issues travel alert to Europe during the holidays
Two new Canadian BDMs added to Back-Roads/Topdeck team Share Tuesday, September 11, 2018 LONDON — Back-Roads Touring and Topdeck Travel have welcomed two new Canadian members to its team: Isabella Borowiec and Miles Walker.Borowiec, a travel agent from Toronto with over six years’ experience, has been appointed Business Development Manager – Eastern Canada and the Maritimes. After planning dream holidays for clients with a specialty in groups and wellness tours, she jumped at the chance to move to the ‘supplier side’, said the two sister companies.Walker, meanwhile, has been brought on as Business Development Manager of Western Canada and Pacific Northwest USA. He joins Back-Roads/Topdeck after nine and a half years with On The Go Tours as its Western Canada Sales Manager, where he helped establish its Canadian arm after bringing the brand over from the U.K. in 2008.Back-Roads, now in its 28th year, has won ‘Best Small Coach Tour Company’ for three years running at the British Travel Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Topdeck, with over 45 years’ experience, offers unique tours in five of the seven continents to the youth market (18-39 years old).More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIsabella Borowiec can be reached at I.firstname.lastname@example.org and at (519) 500-4624.Miles Walker can be reached at email@example.com and at (778) 788-3470. Tags: Back-Roads Touring, New Hires, Topdeck Travel Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
No related posts. A moderately intense earthquake measuring magnitude-3.5 shook Costa Rica’s Pacific and central regions Friday morning. Since then, seven other quakes were reported over the weekend by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica’s (Ovsicori) automatic system.By 2 a.m. Monday, two more quakes (magnitudes 3.1 and 3.6) had shaken the same area, according to Ovsicori. “Some of the quakes are caused by the subduction [sliding] of the Cocos plate under the Caribbean plate,” volcanologist Marino Protti said.Five quakes had their epicenters near Costa Rican shores, while a strong magnitude-6.3 quake felt across the country at 9:15 p.m. Sunday originated on Panama’s Pacific coast, caused by a collision of the Cocos and Nazca plates, Protti said.Ovsicori experts are reviewing records from their automatic-detection systems to confirm the epicenters. No damage has been reported so far. Facebook Comments
No related posts. President Laura Chinchilla’s first trip of the year is scheduled for Jan. 21, when she will travel to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.After the European trip, Chinchilla will travel to Chile on Jan. 24, where she plans to meet with Latin American and European leaders.Chinchilla will return to Costa Rica on Jan. 28, according to Communications Minister Francisco Chacón. Facebook Comments
No related posts. SEATTLE, Washington – Microsoft’s Windows Azure software and related programs have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time, a sign of progress in the effort to challenge Amazon.com in cloud computing.The sales milestone for Azure – which stores business information and programs on remote servers and lets customers access them over the Web – was reached in the past 12 months, said Curt Anderson, finance chief for Microsoft’s server and tools unit.Microsoft, the largest software maker, is counting on Azure and other Internet-based business programs to bolster growth as a global personal-computer slump erodes demand for Windows software installed on desktop machines. About 20 percent of companies tapping the cloud use Azure, compared with 71 percent usage for Amazon, according to James Staten, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. Within a year, Microsoft can command as much as 35 percent, he said.“I expect them to double annually from here,” Staten said of Microsoft’s Azure revenue. “Microsoft probably has more net new growth opportunity sitting in front of them than probably anyone in the market.”Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure includes Azure, as well as software provided to partners to create related Windows cloud services, Anderson said in an interview.Azure subscriptions have risen 48 percent in the past six months, said Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s vice president for marketing for the server and tools division. That unit, which encompasses Azure, has posted nine straight quarters of sales growth of at least 10 percent, he said. Windows sales were $18.4 billion last year, down 5.7 percent from a peak in 2010.Gaining ground against Amazon won’t be easy. Microsoft will need to do a better job of convincing existing customers, as well as newer companies seeking to reduce computing costs, why they should opt for Azure, Staten said.“The majority of people thinking about cloud weren’t thinking of Azure first,” Staten said. “That’s been an uphill climb for them, and even though Microsoft is now matching the prices of Amazon and some of the capabilities, they haven’t really answered the question of ‘Why Azure?’”Startups, which tend to be early adopters of new technology, may be an especially hard sell, he said.“They haven’t excited the front-line developers — the ones who made Amazon who they are,” he said. “Those will be hard to influence.”Take Forest Key, an ex-Microsoft manager who is now chief executive officer of hotel-software startup Buuteeq Inc.Even after Key’s firm participated in a Microsoft program that gives free software to startups, he chose Amazon’s cloud service two and a half years ago. Now that Azure is more on par with Amazon, Key said he doesn’t want to switch.Anne Temme, a spokeswoman for Seattle-based Amazon at Weber Shandwick, didn’t respond to a request for comment.Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out new set of cloud services designed to more directly challenge Amazon and vowed to match the online retailer’s lowest prices for competing products. Since then, Azure added 10,000 customers, Numoto said. Azure lets companies store information and run software on Microsoft’s servers and access it over the Internet.With the latest offering, Microsoft entered a niche known as Infrastructure as a Service, which lets companies move applications to the cloud by renting storage and servers — instead of older versions of Azure that required customers to write programs from scratch.It’s the fastest-growing part of the cloud market, according to Gartner Inc., which estimates that sales of infrastructure services will surge by an average of 38 percent annually to $30.6 billion by 2017 from $6.17 billion last year.“Not that many people have quite figured out that the Azure of today is not the same as two years ago,” David Smith, an analyst at Gartner, said in an interview. “It’s changed a lot and the issue is getting people to give it a second look.”One early convert is Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which last year moved a North American program that tracks tire performance and wear to Azure from an internal system. The application, which has almost one million data points on various tires for vehicles ranging from trucks to school buses, helps Goodyear catch safety issues and propose the best products for typical road conditions in a specific region at a given time of year.Goodyear, the largest U.S. tiremaker, opted for Azure over Amazon because it already used Micosoft’s database and programming tools, said Johnny McIntosh, director of Goodyear’s fleet headquarters in North America.When Goodyear wanted a similar system in Singapore, it took less than an hour to set up, he said.“It’s not all been rainbows and sunshine – we were an early adopter so you know there will be some growing pains,” he said. “But overall it’s heavily used and it’s held up well.”The total cloud market, which includes categories like advertising, where Azure and Amazon don’t compete, is expected to rise to $237.2 billion in 2017 from $108.9 billion last year, Gartner forecast. Amazon Web Services’ annual revenues could reach $20 billion by 2020 from $1.8 billion last year, Carlos Kirjner, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., estimated in a research report earlier this month.One area where Microsoft has an edge over Amazon is in the so-called private cloud, which lets customers run Web-based programs via their own data centers. Microsoft also links Web- based applications to its traditional software. Amazon hasn’t focused much on the private cloud, Staten said.Microsoft’s flexibility helped win over Xerox Corp, which is barred by some government customers from running its programs in the public cloud. Azure enables Xerox programmers in Bangalore, India, to coordinate with users in the U.S., said Raman Padmanabhan, chief information officer for Xerox’s business services unit.Under the old system, U.S. customers often discovered bugs when it was the middle of the night in India. Now, Indian engineers run virtualization software that replicates systems running in the U.S. to speed development and test new software, he said. The result: costs were cut by 30 percent, productivity improved by 40 percent and 70 percent fewer engineers quit in frustration.“The biggest advantage I have with Microsoft is I don’t have to go to any other vendor for any solution – I can go to one partner for all of my operating systems, all of my development environment and all of my infrastructure tools,” he said. “Why would I waste time looking at another third-party solution?”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments
MEXICO CITY – Police launched tear gas at protesters who threw rocks and firebombs in Mexico City on Sunday, leaving two officers injured during a demonstration against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reform agenda.Scores of students teamed up with thousands of teachers who have led several protests in the capital in the past two weeks, challenging Peña Nieto’s shake-up of the education system.The city’s public security department said four people were detained after a group of protesters clashed with police in a separate demonstration against the president’s controversial plan to open the state-controled energy sector to foreign investment.Masked demonstrators clashed with hundreds of riot police, who used their shields to defend themselves, an AFP correspondent said. The student protest group #YoSoy132 said six of their comrades were detained.The students and teachers joined forces to march toward Congress as Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong prepared to deliver the government’s first annual report since Peña Nieto took office in December.But the teachers left the Congress after masked protesters again clashed with riot police. The students also left the area, saying they feared arbitrary detentions.Peña Nieto was originally scheduled to deliver his state of the union address on Sunday, but his speech was moved to Monday to avoid more disturbances, officials said.Some 10,000 teachers have camped out in the capital’s historic Zócalo square for the past two weeks, leading protests that have snarled traffic in the congested city, disrupted air travel and forced two soccer league games to be postponed.Last week, lawmakers were forced to meet in a convention center after teachers circled Congress, but Peña Nieto has warned that there would be no turning back on the reforms.Congress has already passed changes to the constitution to overhaul education and they are now due to vote on implementing the new rules requiring teachers to undergo mandatory performance tests to get jobs or promotions. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Related posts:On 35th anniversary of Romero’s murder, Salvadorans remember him finally as a martyr Four arrested in protest against El Salvador abortion laws Romero: The long journey to martyrdom, a timeline El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — María was in her second year of university. She had a boyfriend and used the pill. Nevertheless, she missed her period for a month so she bought a test, which confirmed her pregnancy.Her relationship wasn’t a serious one, and her studies were very expensive. She wasn’t sure she wanted a child so, ashamed, she told her parents what happened.Her father had a clear opinion about it: she had to get rid of the child, no matter what. But as María lives in El Salvador, this meant going to a clandestine clinic and risking up to 40 years in prison for murder — of a 6-week-old fetus.El Salvador is one of the few countries worldwide where abortion is forbidden in every possible case — even when the pregnancy is the result of a rape or when the mother’s life is in danger. The country’s anti-abortion law dates back to 1997.According to the Salvadoran group Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion, 129 women were put on trial for abortion in El Salvador between 2000 and 2011. Most of them had their charges upped to murder, according to the group, and many were convicted.Because of the serious penalties against abortion, María didn’t dare talk about it with anyone beyond her family. The more people knew about her pregnancy, the greater risk she ran that authorities would find out and she’d be prosecuted.In the end María went to a clandestine clinic in a residential house. She was given Cytotec pills, which stimulate contractions of the uterus that can cause a woman to abort. In María’s case, the pills also gave her chronic pain in her digestive system.According to the World Health Organization‘s most recent report on the issue, 21.6 million women had unsafe abortions in 2008. Of them, 47,000 women died as a result of the abortion, and 5 million were left disabled.Nine years after her abortion, María still suffers the physical and psychological effects of the ordeal. She’s afraid to tell her story using her real name. In a country where women can wake up chained to their hospital bed after a miscarriage, you don’t talk about the illegal abortion you’ve had.Which is not to say that it doesn’t happen frequently.Abortion laws in El Salvador, Nicaragua disproportionately affects the poorPro abortion rights groups and Amnesty International have teamed up to campaign for the freedom of 17 women, known as “Las 17,” who have been imprisoned in El Salvador for ‘murdering’ their fetuses. And they’ve had one big success.In January, one of the 17, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, was granted clemency after seven years in prison. Vásquez had been raped by her employer when she was 18. She had a miscarriage that resulted in heavy bleeding, which sent her to a hospital — against her employer’s will.There, the doctors suspected an abortion. After an operation, Vásquez woke up handcuffed.Vásquez was a domestic servant, living with the family she worked for and the man who raped her. With an average salary of $250 a month, domestic servants are unlikely to have the means to fund a safe abortion.In Nicaragua, where, like in El Salvador, politics are strongly influenced by the Catholic Church, abortion has been officially outlawed since 2006, even if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger.Ruth María Matamoros, a psychologist who works with the Nicaraguan women’s organization Grupo Venancia, said that the abortion ban creates a divide between rich and poor.“In our eyes the abortion law mainly creates discrimination against the poor,” she said. “Those who have the money just fly to Miami to go to a private clinic. The poor will always look for clandestine clinics, where (practitioners) don’t always know what they are doing.”Women in Nicaragua don’t get jailed for clandestine abortions as they do in El Salvador. But women’s organizations fear this could be the next step. And the abortion ban does put women’s lives in danger.Grupo Venancia’s staff regularly hears stories from women who sought abortions and were treated with bent clothes hangers, which can perforate and infect the uterus. Following such abortions, women often wait to see a doctor until the infection is life threatening.“We see this as a human rights violation,” said Matamoros. “Being pregnant after a rape is a form of torture. Plus, you don’t change anything about the amount of abortions (that take place) when you prohibit them. You only move the abortions to obscure places.”New pressure on El Salvador in roll on U.N. Human Rights Council?The 2013 case of another woman, who goes by the pseudonym Beatriz, brought international attention to El Salvador’s anti-abortion laws. Doctors determined that Beatriz’s fetus was not viable. Beatriz also suffered from the autoimmune disease lupus, which made every day of pregnancy a serious and painful danger to her health. So Beatriz sought legal permission to abort.She was initially denied permission to have an abortion, but the Inter-American Court of Human Rights intervened and ordered El Salvador’s high court to reverse its decision.Human rights lawyer and judge Florentín Meléndez, was the only one of five judges on the initial Salvadoran Supreme Court panel to vote in favor of granting Beatriz an abortion. He remains staunch in his position.“We are not only a tribunal for justice,” he told the Tico Times. “We deal with human lives, so it is important to be reasonable when we look at a case like Beatriz’s, and establish firm legal grounds for the future.”Following El Salvador’s decision to pardon Guadalupe Vásquez in January, a special U.N. panel applauded the decision but urged El Salvador to pardon the other women jailed under similar circumstances and to repeal its anti-abortion legislation.Abortion rights activists hope that El Salvador’s newly-won seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council could pressure the country to change the law. In its petition for a seat on the council, the country stressed the strides it has made in making amends for human rights abuses committed during the country’s civil war, which ended in 1992.The country promised to “continue to promote legislation and administrative and other measures in order to advance the goal of ensuring that public policy guarantees the full exercise of human rights” on the domestic front.But apart from Vásquez, El Salvador’s Supreme Court has not conceded pardon for any of the other 16 women for whom requests for clemency have been submitted. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Inept criminals sentenced to prison for attempting to steal a truck they couldn’t drive Thefts expected to spike as Christmas season begins 7 injured in Limón bar shootout involving at least one AK-47 assault rifle Motorcycle duo shoots U.S. businessman in Escazú suburb of San José, Costa Rica In August, two men held up a woman in San José. The thieves stole her smartphone and cash before police caught and arrested them with the loot. Their weapon of choice? A garden hose nozzle.A garden hose nozzle is admittedly an outlier when it comes to weapons in aggravated robbery but the capital’s criminals are increasingly turning to toy guns — or anything short of an actual firearm — when they want to rob someone. The guns might be fake but that doesn’t meant that the sentences are any less.For several years now, fake guns have become increasingly popular with thieves. Police seized 81 toy guns between January and August, up 43 percent from the 46 seized during the same period in 2014. Public Security Ministry spokesman Carlos Hidalgo said that roughly 60 percent of the fake guns seized were used in robberies. A garden hose nozzle used to rob a woman in San José on Aug. 24, 2015. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry)The fake guns police seize range from the comical to the military. Many are plastic replicas of small handguns, but in January police found a ceramic AK-47 in the hideout of a suspected drug dealer in Desamparados, south of San José.There is a significant difference in the punishment between robbery and aggravated robbery. Robbery is punishable with between six months and three years in prison. Aggravated robbery — when a thief uses a weapon or there is breaking and entering — carries a punishment of between five and 15 years in prison, according to Article 213 of the Costa Rican Criminal Code.The criminal code has no specific provision for someone who tries to rob another with a fake gun instead of a real one, but the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court has ruled that a weapon can be defined both by its physical description and the intent of the person wielding it. It could look like a gun or just be a hose nozzle hidden in a jacket pocket, but as far as the law’s concerned it’s still a weapon. A fake gun seized by police. (Courtesy Public Security Ministry)Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Tatiana Vargas said that these cases are generally treated as aggravated robbery because the fake weapon “provokes the same reaction in the victim as if it were a real weapon.” (The Tico Times could not verify what the two suspects aforementioned were charged with after they were sent to a San José flagrancy court in August.)One explanation for the increase in fake weapons is that Costa Rica has been making it more difficult for people to get weapons. Unlike the United States, there is no right to bear arms in Costa Rica and getting a gun permit can be a lengthy process. Hidalgo said that carrying a fake gun is not a criminal offense, unlike an unregistered firearm, and much less expensive than the real thing. Many criminals simply try their luck with the fake gun.The number of toy guns in crime might be on the rise, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to try your luck at Russian roulette with a robber. In June, police reported that they seized 2,300 real guns so far this year. Facebook Comments
Comments Share The court-martial stripped him of his title, medals, pension and other honors, dishonorably discharged him from the army and sentenced him to a 30-month jail term.In November 2011, he was sentenced to an additional three-year term for allegedly implicating the defense secretary and president’s brother, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in war crimes during the civil war.About 3,000 supporters gathered in front of the prison in Colombo on Monday, cheering and shouting slogans. They blocked traffic on a main road for hours.Fonseka vowed to continue his struggle to create “a free and fair country” and urged the people to join hands with him in his endeavor.Fonseka and Rajapaksa had a falling out months after the war ended in May 2009, and their relationship deteriorated further after Fonseka challenged the president in elections.While in detention, Fonseka won a parliamentary seat on the opposition ticket in April 2010, but was disqualified from holding office after the court-martial.Sri Lanka has faced growing criticism over alleged rights abuses in the final phase of the civil war. Its ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. sponsorship of a resolution passed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March to press Sri Lanka to conduct an independent probe into civilian deaths in the final months of fighting. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More than 80,000 people were killed in the conflict, in which ethnic minority Tamils were seeking a separate state, claiming decades of discrimination by the Sinhalese majority.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s former army chief, who was imprisoned after losing an election to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was released from prison Monday to thousands of cheering supporters.As firecrackers erupted in the background, Sarath Fonseka promised to carry on with his challenge to the government.“I will sacrifice my life to serve the people of this country. My courage will not be shattered even if they detain me for 10 years and I will not stop performing my duty,” he said. Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories He was freed as a result of a pardon issued by Rajapaksa, who signed the official papers on Saturday.Fonseka’s release came after Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday in Washington, with the protection of human rights highlighted in their meeting. The U.S. has called Fonseka a political prisoner.Though released from prison, Fonseka will not be allowed to contest elections immediately. Under Sri Lankan law, a person who has served six months or more of a prison term longer than two years cannot contest elections for seven years.Tiran Alles, an opposition lawmaker and a member of Fonseka’s political party who previously negotiated with Rajapaksa to obtain Fonseka’s release, said they would hold talks with the government to obtain Fonseka’s voting rights too.A full presidential pardon could restore those rights.Fonseka _ Sri Lanka’s only four-star general _ had been credited with leading Sri Lanka’s army to victory in the country’s long and bloody civil war against ethnic Tamil rebels. But he was jailed after challenging Rajapaksa in elections.He was court-martialed on several charges related to his military service. Fonseka said the cases were a political vendetta to persecute him for daring to run against Rajapaksa. The government denied the accusation. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – The sugarcane on Rama Velip’s farm is darker than it should be, stained by the iron dust that blows from hundreds of mining trucks that pass through the south Indian village every day.“I see red everywhere,” said Velip, whose village lies along the transport route from a series of iron and manganese mines to a cluster of smelters and refineries. “It’s not just the dust. Mud from these mines gets washed down the Zuari River and trickles into my fields.” Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The report studied communities in Goa and Karnataka but said the troubles there reflected problems in the mining industry across India. Government authorities did not reply to questions seeking comment about the report’s findings Thursday.“Mining operations often cause immense destruction when government doesn’t exercise proper oversight,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “India has laws on the books to protect mining-affected communities from harm, but their enforcement has essentially collapsed.”Ritwick Dutta, a lawyer who heads the EIA Response Center, an environmental group, noted that all mining assessments must be cleared by the federal Ministry of Environment and Forests’ appraisal committee _ until recently headed by M.L. Majumdar, who sits on the board of at least four mining companies.“There are glaring conflicts of interest throughout the system,” Dutta said. “For instance, these assessments are conducted by hired consultants (paid by the mining companies). That’s why no mining project in this country has ever been rejected.”Experts have also questioned the criteria for environmental assessments. For now, many farmers like Velip are considering going into the trucking business.“Our fields keep drying up, and so many people in my village have switched from farming to trucking for the mines,” said Velip, speaking over telephone from Goa.“But what will I do if I take a loan of 1.5 million rupees ($27,000) to buy that truck and the government finally agrees to shut down these mines?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories The 49-year-old farmer has lost more than half his harvest every year since India’s mining boom began in the early 2000s, watching helplessly as iron dust leeched moisture from his cane plants and mining mud dried up the springs on which he depended.Over the past 10 years, he has seen the price of iron go from $10 per ton to $130. He has also watched as his wife and two of his three children have become asthmatic.The plight of Velip’s family is shared by thousands of people in the states of Goa and Karnataka, where irresponsible mining has damaged the health of thousands of people, interfered with their livelihoods and poisoned the water, according to a human rights group that blamed the troubles on a systematic failure of governance.In a report released Thursday, New York-based Human Rights Watch blamed the Indian government for failing to enforce key human rights and environmental safeguards in the mining industry.The 70-page document found that existing laws have “effectively left mine operators to supervise themselves” and described in detail how regulations rely heavily on dubious assessments of the environmental impact proposed mining projects would have. “They are based on data collected over just three months,” said Sujeet Dongre, head of the Center for Environment Education, which is studying mining in Goa. “For mining operations that will last several decades, seasonal changes at the site need to be incorporated _ which is not possible without at least a year’s data.”Both Dongre and Dutta say environmental assessments contain either incorrect or fraudulent information regarding proximity to water bodies, wildlife or other natural resources.“The data has never been consistent with what we have seen on the ground,” Dongre said.Chris Albin-Lackey, author of the Human Rights Watch report, says the overarching problem is that the government has not dedicated enough resources to regulators.“A few dozen government officials are tasked with overseeing the impacts of every mine in India,” Albin-Lackey said. “This makes in-field monitoring impossible, and regulators end up with no idea of how many mining firms are complying with the law or how many communities are being harmed by illegal practices.”The Indian mining industry, which produced about $44 billion of minerals in 2010-11, has been overrun by corruption scandals in recent years. A key bill on mining regulation, which proposes profit sharing between firms and local communities, remains blocked in Parliament. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Children pedaled around on tricycles at a playground in Caracas, while joggers ran past on a winding pathway, then slowed down and paused to gape at the unfolding scene on a recent morning.Next to the concrete playground, a young woman in tight shorts and an athletic top gripped and climbed a vertical pole, holding her muscular legs out from her body and doing the splits while holding herself in place. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, it’s become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, it’s hit the streets and at least one playground in Venezuela, a country that’s made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States.The public emergence of pole dancing would seem a natural for this flesh-obsessed country. But its new visibility has stirred controversy and tut-tuts from some who say such behavior should remain out of public sight. Meanwhile, the sport was featured in an exhibition event held in London last month ahead of the Olympics, with some lobbying for its inclusion as an official sport.Elba Moya, a 76-year-old nurse in Caracas, said she frowns on the idea.“That’s a bad spectacle for children,” she said. “That should be for nightspots and the places where it has to be.”Dancers such as Franleska Garcia, a 28-year-old business manager, said they hope to turn around such attitudes in a country where Catholic-inspired social conservatism remains alive.“We wanted to lift the taboo,” Garcia said. Pole dancing “isn’t sensual. What we do is fitness. It’s acrobatics.” Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Venezuela was a relative latecomer to the sport, which started drawing a following four years ago while also coming into fashion in other Latin American countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia. Now, some 10 gyms and schools in Venezuela offer classes in pole dancing.Garcia and eight other women started a “street pole dance” initiative about three months ago, with their performances drawing the attention of the Venezuelan press and the disapproval of some readers, who posted online comments criticizing them for performing in public around children.During a recent practice, interior decorator Jesus Echevarria paused to watch while keeping an eye on his playing kids. If anything, the roots of the sport and its current incarnation didn’t faze him.“It has an impact on people the first time they see this kind of sport,” he said. “But afterward people are amazed.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation But Serbia will only move forward in its bid to join the EU by making “sufficient progress on a key priority: visible and sustainable progress in relations with Kosovo,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said, speaking after talks with Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dacic. “Partition of Kosovo is not on the table.”Fule said the EU’s goal was to make sure that both Serbia and Kosovo move “on the European integration path without blocking each other.”Dacic, whose nationalist-led government came to power in May, has said previously the best solution for Kosovo would be dividing it into Serb and Albanian parts. Kosovo’s Serb-populated north has been a flashpoint because hardline Serbs there do not acknowledge the authority of Kosovo’s central government in Pristina.Dacic said Thursday his government was ready to reopen EU-brokered negotiations with Kosovo.“It is better for all of us to solve the problems at the negotiating table,” Dacic said, but added that “Serbia cannot accept any additional conditions that would mean recognition of Kosovo’s independence.”Fule said Serbia must implement other reforms such as stepping up the fight against crime and corruption and furthering respect for human rights, including those of the gay community, whose pride march was banned last week over alleged security concerns from right-wing groups. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories “Serbia is expected to pursue its European integration with renewed ambition and perseverance,” Fule said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Any partition of Kosovo along ethnic lines is unacceptable, the European Union told Serbia’s new leader on Thursday, urging the country to hold talks on normalizing ties with its former province.Serbia has refused to recognize the 2008 declaration of independence of Kosovo, whose ethnic Albanian majority split from Serbia after a bloody 1998-99 war. Serbia is also seeking to join the 27-nation EU. Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
BERLIN (AP) – A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has reached an agreement with the German government for Berlin to provide some $1 billion in homecare for victims.A spokeswoman for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said Tuesday that about 56,000 survivors in about 46 different countries will receive financial support under the agreement for a four-year-period from 2014-2017. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Hillary Kessler-Godin, speaking by phone from the fund’s New York office, said the amount of financial aid for each person will depend on individual needs and circumstances.The agreement was negotiated Thursday in Jerusalem with the German Ministry of Finance, which could not immediately be reached for comment. The fund also provides survivors worldwide with other welfare services such as food, medicine or transportation.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “For France to have the contrary view now, it shows just how far Iran’s nuclear program has advanced,” he said.U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, who has taken a tough stand against Iran’s nuclear program, applauded France’s position, telling CNN: “Thank God for France and thank God for pushback. … The French are becoming very good leaders in the Mideast.”___Brian Murphy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The bite of sanctions against Iran in recent years has left dangling billions of dollars worth of French investment there, including from companies like oil giant Total and car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Meanwhile, France has been cozying up to rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional archrival.This month, French President Francois Hollande travels to Israel. In his radio appearance, Fabius said that French officials have been in contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Geneva talks.Criticism of France emerged on a Twitter account widely believed to have the approval of the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader _ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “(hash)French officials have been openly hostile towards the (hash)Iranian nation over the past few years; this is an imprudent and inept move,” wrote (at)khamenei_ir.Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, pointed to a French role reversal from a decade ago when Hassan Rouhani _ now Iran’s president _ was its nuclear negotiator. France led a drive for a deal to sharply limit Iran’s nuclear program, but it was scuttled by allies who felt it did not go far enough. After the Geneva talks ended early Sunday with no deal, diplomats including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that progress was nonetheless made and negotiations will continue Nov. 20. He said the U.S. was “grateful” to the French and shared some of their concerns.After the failure of European-led talks with Iran over the nuclear program in the mid-2000s _ when America gave Iran the silent treatment _ Paris has staked out a hard-line stance. While President Barack Obama has recently sought a breakthrough, France has little to gain politically from an accord, and that gives Paris a freer hand to stick to strategic and security concerns.In Geneva, the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia, China and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton were looking for initial caps on Iran’s ability to make an atomic bomb, while Tehran sought some easing of sanctions stifling its economy. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius broke the near-uniform silence of the diplomats during the talks by using French radio to express reservations about Iran’s enrichment of uranium and prospects of producing plutonium.“You know, the French are very irritating. When the Americans absolutely want to do something, the French have this terrible habit of somewhat disagreeing,” said analyst Francois Heisbourg of the Foundation for Strategic Research think tank in Paris. “We actually have experience in dealing with the Iranians directly. There used to be negotiations between the Europeans (and the Iranians) between 2003 and 2005.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share “The Americans haven’t spoken to the Iranians since 1979. And the Americans are telling us how it should be done,” Heisbourg said. As for the Americans, “maybe they just want a deal _ it happens all the time in history: People badly want a deal and end up by negotiating against themselves.”Kerry said the United States has “serious and capable” experts who have dealt with Iran for years.“We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid,” he told NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. “I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests in our country, and of the globe, and particularly of our allies, like Israel, and Gulf states, and others in the region.”France has had deep ties to Iran over the years, notably striking business deals and hosting reformist former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in the late 1990s _ when the biggest sticking point was whether to serve wine at dinner. (It was not.)France was a major partner of the shah, and also harbored Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei in exile before he returned home to lead the Islamic Revolution. Today, the outspoken opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has its base in the Paris suburbs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PARIS (AP) – When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast _ a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue.France, analysts say, was motivated by factors including its tough stand against the spread of nuclear weapons, skepticism about Tehran’s trustworthiness, and the longstanding French tradition of speaking out on the world stage. Critics faulted France for alleged grandstanding and seeking closer ties with Iran’s foes.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOSCOW (AP) — A state-of-the-art Russian tank, which was shown to the public for the first time earlier this month, on Thursday ground to a halt during the final Victory Day rehearsal.The tank, T-14 Armata, is said to surpass all Western versions because of its remotely controlled cannon and the protection it offers to its crew. The T-14, which replaces the T-72 and T-90, is set to undergo trials next year.Weaponry was rolling across central Moscow Thursday morning in the dress rehearsal of the military parade on Red Square on May 9 as Russia commemorates the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement One of the eight T-14s suddenly stopped while others drove on. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it failed, the T-14 rolled away under its own steam about 15 minutes later.While the tank was stranded on the cobbled Red Square, the presenter commenting over the PA system said it was part of the training to “evacuate weaponry” and had been planned.The tank’s producer insisted that the T-14 did not break down.Alexei Zharich, deputy general director of the Uralvagonzavod factory, said on Twitter that the military were responsible for the way the rehearsal was held but insisted that the tank “was functioning properly and left on its own power.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Russian army officers discuss a situation with a crew member of the new Russian T-14 Armata tank at the Red Square during a preparation for general rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 70 years after the victory in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2015. One of the tanks moving on Red Square suddenly stopped while others drove away. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it away the T-14 rolled away about 15 minutes later.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share
Sailors of USS George Washington salute as they leave the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo Monday, May 18, 2015. The U.S. Navy’s Japan-based aircraft carrier is heading home after seven years, to be replaced by a newer version of the same ship in the fall. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 0 Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — China’s aircraft carrier ambitions demonstrate the continuing importance of the mammoth ships in the western Pacific, a senior U.S. Navy officer said Monday, as America’s Japan-based carrier began a long journey home.A symbol of American power in the Pacific, the USS George Washington left the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, its home port for the past seven years. It will be replaced by the USS Ronald Reagan, a newer version of the same ship. “Everybody asks whether the aircraft carriers are obsolete,” Navy Rear Admiral John Alexander said at a dockside news conference before the ship departed. “I would say when other countries are building an aircraft carrier, they’re doing it for a reason, and the fact is you can actually have a bigger influence in the region.”The George Washington will conduct exercises in the region before heading home, Alexander said, but he wouldn’t specify whether any would be in the contested waters of the South China Sea.Sailors in dress whites lined the 1,092-foot- (333-meter-) long flight deck, and huge American and Japanese flags hung in the massive, open bays below. Families of crew members, some tearing up, waved American flags and held up handmade posters on shore.The George Washington will rendezvous with the Ronald Reagan in San Diego, where about 2,000 of the crew from each ship will in essence trade places.Commissioned in 1992, the George Washington will continue to Virginia, where it will undergo a multiyear overhaul and refueling of its two nuclear reactors.The Ronald Reagan, commissioned in 2003, is due to arrive “later in the fall” to be the new flagship of the Yokosuka-based carrier group. Alexander said.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The preparatory talks in Berlin involve 35 countries. The Paris summit in December aims to curb climate change and rising global temperatures, which scientists say are largely driven by carbon emissions.The European two leaders said they “are committed to the goal of limiting global temperature increases at least to below 2 C compared with pre-industrial levels.”To achieve this goal, they said a fundamental shift of investment into low-carbon infrastructure and technologies is needed as well as climate-friendly land use.They also said countries already threatened by “unavoidable risks and damage arising from climate change” need to be strengthened in their resilience.Merkel has made climate protection one of the key goals of her political agenda, and Germany wants to focus on it at the G-7 summit next month in Bavaria. Under Merkel’s lead, Germany began to phase out nuclear power after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan and has since then invested heavily in renewable energy.For some critics, those reforms do not go far enough.Activists from Greenpeace and other environmental groups protested Tuesday in Berlin, placing a model of Paris’ Eiffel Tower converted into a wind turbine in front of the city’s Brandenburg Gate. They demanded a faster energy transition away from nuclear power and coal and toward the use of 100 percent renewable energies by 2050. BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference.Merkel and Hollande said in a joint statement that both countries “are firmly decided to take all efforts to reach an ambitious, comprehensive and binding U.N. climate agreement by the end of this year in Paris.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories A demonstrator jokes with his mask depicting French President Francois Hollande during a protest at the Pariser Platz near the building hosting the ‘Petersberg Climate Dialogue’ conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollande are due to attend this international meeting on climate protection in preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year in Paris. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The German government plan is one of the world’s most ambitious, calling for renewable energies, including wind and sun, to make up 40-45 percent of Germany’s energy mix by 2025, compared with just under a quarter now, and 55-60 percent by 2035.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested a Winnipeg man on the suspicion that he may carry out terror activities or help an extremist group, but no charges have been filed.Aaron Daniel Driver, 23, was arrested Thursday and appeared briefly in court Friday. He is being kept in custody until his next court appearance Tuesday.The RCMP allege in provincial court documents that they have reasonable grounds to believe he “will participate in or contribute to, directly or indirectly, the activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.” Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Police would not provide more details. Neither a lawyer who appeared on Driver’s behalf nor the Crown attorney on the case returned messages seeking comment.Copyright © 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 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that the first official face-to-face discussions between Afghan government officials and the Taliban have made progress, with the two sides agreeing at a meeting near Islamabad to work on confidence-building measures and hold more such talks after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The statement by the Foreign Ministry came after Islamabad hosted the landmark, one-day talks Tuesday at the hilltop resort of Murree, close to the Pakistani capital. The meeting, supervised by U.S. and Chinese representatives, ended with both sides agreeing to meet again, the Foreign Ministry statement said. “Our political office has complete authority and capability … to hold or suspend talks whenever or wherever it wants,” Mujahid said.Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif described the talks as “a major breakthrough.”Sharif’s close aide, lawmaker Abdul Qayum told a local TV station the latest round was a continuation of an earlier one held in China in February, though Beijing and other officials have not confirmed this. “There’re some Taliban who still don’t want peace. There’re others who want to reconcile,” said Qayum.The Pakistan and the Afghan government statements did not mention any of the participants by name.But a Pakistani intelligence official familiar with the meeting said the Taliban delegation was led by Mullah Abbas Stanekza and also included Mullah Jalil, both considered important Afghan Taliban leaders.Afghan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai led President Ghani’s team, which also included a member of the High Peace Council, Haji Din Mohammad, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.He said Tuesday’s meeting took place at a government rest-house and lasted for hours, starting with an iftar — the evening meal with which Muslims break the daytime fast during Ramadan — and ending with a pre-dawn meal in the early hours Wednesday. The participants talked about working on minimizing civilian casualties at their next meeting, the official added. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Still, Islamabad’s hosting of the talks has raised suspicion among some Afghan politicians, who believe Pakistan is interfering and seeking dominance over their country.Nasrullah Sadieqizada, an Afghan parliament member, called the talks “Pakistani propaganda.”The White House praised the Pakistani government for helping facilitate the meeting.“This is an important step in advancing prospects for a credible peace,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The United States commends the government of Afghanistan’s prioritization of peace and reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.”___Associated Press Writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The talks came after several informal contacts between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives, most recently in Qatar and Norway. The fact that Tuesday’s talks were the first formally acknowledged by the Afghan government and the semi-public nature of the meeting suggested possible progress, after years of frustration in trying to bring the two sides together.The Islamabad statement said the participants recognized the need to “develop confidence-building measures” and exchanged views on ways to bring peace and reconciliation to Afghanistan, where fighting has continued since the Taliban were removed from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001.Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement for his war-battered country. He has sought Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiations, since Islamabad is believed to wield influence over the group.Afghan forces are now bearing the brunt of the insurgency after the U.S. and NATO forces reduced their combat role in Afghanistan at the start of the year, with Washington cutting its troop presence in the country.The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the development, praising Pakistan and thanking Washington and China. “We believe that if there is a good and strong intention in the peace process, there will be good results,” Kabul said. Previous efforts to start a dialogue had stalled. Also, there have been differences among the Taliban over the talks in the past. It was not clear whether the Taliban representatives who attended the Pakistan meeting had the green light from their supreme leader, Mullah Omar, or the insurgents’ political office in Qatar, which was specifically set up to work toward a peace deal.Mullah Omar has not been seen in public for over a decade and the Taliban themselves are divided among various factions and groups. Some of the Afghan insurgents have also recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.Analysts believe there is no guarantee all factions would fall in line — even if the talks made significant breakthroughs. Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington told a local TV station that with so many groups in the mix, it is likely each would question what it could gain from peace.“I don’t see a ceasefire anytime soon, say in next six months,” she added.A Taliban statement emailed to the media in Kabul by the insurgent group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid did not provide clarity on whether the talks were fully endorsed by the Taliban leadership. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
International visitors to Queensland rose despite the natural disasters which struck the state earlier this year and it looks like they have Asia to thank for it.The latest Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey show that two million international travelers visited Queensland in the year ending March 2011, an increase of one percent from last year.Tourism Minister Jan Jarrett said 197,000 Chinese visited in the year ending March, which represents an increase of 29 percent from last year. She also reported that Chinese visitors spent 388million whilst in Queensland which is 62million more than the previous period.“I don’t think we could imagine a more perfect storm of events to challenge our tourism industry but there is some good news from many of our international markets, particularly out of Asia,” Tourism Minister Jan Jarrett said.The Gold Coast represents Asia’s most popular Queensland destination overall recorded a six percent decline in international visitors, with 121,000 Chinese visitors.Hong Kong visitors to the state remained the strongest at 39,000. Visitors from Singapore rose nine percent, Malaysians increased 13 percent, Koreans eight percent and Indonesians 13 percent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has hired ex-Virgin Blue/Australia chief operating officer Andrew David to head the carrier’s operations down under.Stepping into the chief executive (CEO) position from 17 October this year, Mr David replaces ex-CEO Crawford Rix, who left the company in July after the carrier was grounded by Civil Aviation Safety Authority due to safety concerns.Having previously worked with then Virgin Blue between February 2005 and November 2005, Tiger Airways Holdings Limited acting chief executive Chin Yau Seng explained Mr David will contribute an array of information and knowledge.“We are pleased to welcome Andrew David as the new CEO of Tiger Airways Australia,” Mr Seng said. “He brings a wealth of airline business experience and a proven leadership track record.” Mr David’s resume also includes chief information officer positions at Air New Zealand as well as consulting roles at British Airways and IBM. Group president Tony Davis stepped into the chief stepped into the CEO role on a temporary basis after Mr Rix’s resignation in July.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Families and travellers planning a Labour Day getaway may need to plan ahead for flight disruptions, as Qantas workers prepare for a one hour strike on Friday 30 September.On one of the busiest weekends of the year, the carrier has confirmed that up to 3,800 baggage handlers, ground staff and other employees will walk off the job in a strike lead by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) against pay disputes.The news comes a week after the group of employees held industrial action for up to four hours, causing the cancellation of up to 28 flights and delays on 27 others.TWU informed Qantas yesterday afternoon that a further 50 union delegates will hold a two-hour stop work meeting on 29 September.Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said the carrier was organising a contingency plan to minimise disruptions to passengers.Among the adjustments in place to avoid major flight disruptions, the Group said they would increase capacity out of Auckland this weekend to ensure travellers heading to Sydney for the NRL Grand Final Premiership arrive on time for the game.From Saturday 1 October, Qantas will add an extra two Boeing 737-400 between the two cities, flying from Auckland on the Saturday at 10.00am and flying out of Sydney on 3 October at 11.45am.While four A330s will fly on 1 October from Sydney to Auckland at 12.30pm and return from Auckland on the same day at 7.50pm, while on the 3 October a service will run from Sydney at 12.45pm to Auckland and return from the NZ city at 7.10p. “This is one of our busiest weekends of the year with tens of thousands of people travelling around Australia for the football and for the school holidays on Friday alone,” Ms Wirth stated. “The union knows this and they are trying to cause maximum disruptions to passengers.“These strikes hold passengers to ransom but don’t help the TWU get any closer to an agreement. “We call on the union to call off the strike and return to the negotiating table.” Ms Wirth explained that the two groups had been in discussion over pay since May this year and were unable to reach an agreement because the 15 percent pay rise over the next three years is not a sustainable figure for the “current economic climate”.“We value our staff and we are a generous employer,” she added. “We are willing to negotiate on reasonable pay increases.”While some passengers face disruptions over the long weekend, others may also find themselves held up tomorrow as the Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association announced a one hour work stoppage in Sydney tomorrow and in Melbourne on Friday.“Over the past month, more than 20,000 people have had their flights cancelled or delayed as a result of the industrial action by the engineers’ union and the TWU,” Ms Wirth noted. “This is a coordinated campaign by three unions, with the pilots’ union, the licensed aircraft maintenance engineers’ union and the TWU all taking some form of industrial action over this period.” Meanwhile, travellers arriving into Australia today were forced to wait in long queues at international airports as Customs staff walked off the job for up to two hours from 7.00am.Up to 3000 workers pitched for better pay and working conditions this morning in a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) organised strike.Flying into Sydney this morning from Los Angeles, Simon Lister told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was forced to wait in line for more than an hour after exiting his flight.“It was chaos in there,” Mr Lister said.“A lot of people who were queuing were getting irate and staff were getting irate too, they were getting very angry and pushing a lot of people out of the way.”Other arrivals said there was a lot of “pushing and shoving” as people became more emotional during the long wait.Although staff have returned to their posts, arrivals into Sydney and Cairns airport can expect delays this coming Thursday and Saturday as customs staff hold further strikes.
Source = MTA Travel Jessica Watson, 2011 Young Australian of the Year and youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world, now adds the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) to her impressive resume after being recognised by the Order of Australia Association in the Australia Day honours for her services to sailing and to youth.Of the award she said “It’s very humbling because there are so many other incredible Australians. Sometimes I kick myself, thinking: ‘what am I doing here? I’m just me!’”Jessica, was officially inducted into the MTA – Mobile Travel Agents team in front of 120 Travel Agents and Head Office staff at their brand launch celebration on the 19 November 2011. Co Managing Directors Roy and Karen Merricks couldn’t be more proud and pleased for Jessica’s recognition “She is young, adventurous and inspiring and such a fantastic representation of MTA in all aspects”.
The Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award.Five nominations were received from across the State and included Cheryl Macaulay (Northcliffe), Chris Telenta (Halls Creek), Heather Christy (Fremantle), Robyn McCarthy (Merredin) and Yvonne Bradfield (Armadale).The desktop assessments have now been completed by the judging panel and according to Nicole Maas from the West Australian “We applaud the entrants as they were all of a high standard and it certainly made the judging very difficult and competitive. I am truly inspired by the dedication of the Visitor Centre Managers and what they are achieving for Tourism in WA”.Of these five nominations, the judges have advised there are two (2) entrants who have been selected as finalists. These include Robyn McCarthy from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre in Merredin and Yvonne Bradfield from the Armadale Visitor Centre.Both Robyn and Yvonne will now participate in a telephone interview with the judging panel and the winner of the 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000 thanks to the West Australian Newspapers.West Regional Newspaper Group General Manager Ian Jones said “The company through its regional network was closely aligned with the aspirations of local communities. We are very pleased to be associated with this award and congratulate all those who work so hard to make the tourism experience extraordinary in WA. In particular, I congratulate Robyn and Yvonne for their outstanding efforts on behalf of their local communities”.Previous winners have included –– 2007 – Glenys Russell from the Kojonup Visitor Centre– 2008 – Felicity Anderson from the Bunbury Visitor Centre– 2009 – Scott Fleming from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre– 2010 – Narelle Brook from the Kununurra Visitor Centre– 2011 – Justine Nagorski from the Denmark Visitor CentreThis year’s winner will also receive a free registration to the 2013 Visitor Servicing Conference as well as taking home the perpetual trophy and a small replica to keep.The 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award winner will be announced as part of the Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner on Thursday the 20th of September in Mandurah, which forms part of the Annual Visitor Servicing Conference. Source = Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia
Virgin Australia has intensified its capacity in the last 12 months in an effort to generate a larger market share, reporting net loss of AU$98.1 million for the year to June 2013. Etihad Airways has purchased 16 million new shares in Virgin Australia, surpassing Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to become the airline’s third largest investor. The increase in holdings has made the Abu Dhabi-based carrier an “anchor shareholder”, according to Etihad chief executive James Hogan, the Herald Sun reported. The Foreign Investment Review Board has approved Etihad to increase its stake in Virgin to a maximum of 19.9 percent, with the airline keen to reach this target. Air New Zealand is Virgin Australia’s largest shareholder, maintaining a 22.9 percent stake in the business, followed by Singapore Airlines holding 19.9 percent. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently granted approval for Air NZ to increase its share to 25.9 percent but the Kiwi carrier has insisted it is not looking to control Virgin. Source = ETB News: P.T.
The results, which were compiled from interviews and calls with 200 travel agents, provide a snapshot of the thinking of travel agents around Australia about issues facing the Australian tourism industry. The study also found that the number of tourism agents has not grown from 4500 for the last 10 years. The nature of travel purchases is also changing according to the study – the Australian intermediary market is now worth AUD$3 billion per year and has been growing 29 per cent over the past few years. The results of the Australian Travel Agent Barometer Survey for September-October 2013 have been released. 66 per cent of agents do not make a profit above AUD $100,000 per annum and their average margins are also quite low – at 1.7 per cent. Key among the findings of the Survey was the strong level of confidence about the industry’s future – with 80 per cent saying that they believe business is good right now and that any downturns are cyclical. Lastly, staff retention also seems to be positive – 80 per cent of consultants intend to stay in the industry the next five years. Source = ETB News: T.N.
“Sydney Airport’s low quality of service ratings and relatively low investments in the face of on-going increases in demand, suggest that needed investments have not been forthcoming,” the report said. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Sydney Airport has been rated Australia’s worst large airport in the most recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) annual report on aviation. Out of the big four airports, Brisbane was the only the one to improve its level of service with Tullamarine passengers saying they received “good” service at Tullamarine. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that capacity pressures would affect airports considerably in future. The ACCC has been concerned that parking bays have been restricted at Melbourne Airport with numbers lessening recently. Sydney Airport has again received the worst rating of Australia’s four biggest airports, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Despite the negative feedback, all four airports recorded car parking revenue growth. Airport users are charged $56 at Sydney Airport for eight hours parking. Sydney had both the highest car parking revenue per space as well as the highest parking margin per space. The report stresses that Sydney Airport will need to work on its congestion, improve capacity for passenger transit and enhance service levels in order to meet future demands. Airlines ratings fell across the board, with service levels going from “satisfactory” to “poor”. “It is likely that the current infrastructure at monitored airports will be under increasing pressure in future years given evidence of aeronautical and land-side congestion at some airports,” Mr Sims said.
Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program, Virgin Velocity, has become the first such scheme to partner with mortgage broker Aussie.The new partnership means that Virgin Australia customers will be awarded points to the value of their home or personal loan when their loan is with Aussie.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson said that the new partnership will enhance the frequent flyer program’s offering.“We are continually looking at ways to enhance the program and our portfolio of partners. Finding new opportunities to reward our members on their everyday spending is a priority and today marks the next chapter for Velocity in extending Velocity Points earn to new home loans and personal loans,” Mr Thompson said. “We know how important it is to choose the right loan, and our members will now be rewarded when seeking high quality assistance from Aussie whether they are moving, investing, refinancing or buying their first home through Aussie, all with the added benefit of earning Velocity Points.”Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
TripAdvisor Source = TripAdvisor TripAdvisor announces instant bookings with Langham HospitalityTripAdvisor today announced a partnership with Langham Hospitality Group to add its hotel inventory to the TripAdvisor instant booking platform. Travellers shopping for hotels on TripAdvisor will soon be able to conveniently book Langham hotels without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience.“We are excited to join TripAdvisor’s new instant booking distribution channel,” said Nick Cohen, Global Director of E-Commerce for Langham Hospitality Group. “It gives our customers the opportunity to make a seamless reservation on TripAdvisor, powered by our own direct inventory. Our partnership with TripAdvisor is focused on providing guests with the ideal set of options as they research and book their trip.”TripAdvisor first launched its instant booking platform to U.S. consumers in June 2014, with a phased roll out to other international markets, including Australia and New Zealand, expected over time. The platform provides a more efficient hotel booking experience for travellers.Hotels available through TripAdvisor instant booking receive a prominent booking button that travellers may click to easily complete their reservation on the site. As with other instant booking partners, the transaction and customer care are handled by the hotel.“Our partnership with Langham Hospitality Group is another milestone in our expansion of the breadth of trusted hotel brands bookable through TripAdvisor instant booking,” said Robin Ingle, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, TripAdvisor.
Association of Australian Convention Bureaux commends Perth backingThe Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), commends Opposition Leader, Mark McGowen, on his pledge to invest $5 million per annum in the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) if WA Labor wins office at next year’s state election.AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “With tourism being identified by Deloitte as one of Australia’s five super-growth industries, now is not the time to cut investment in convention bureaux, especially with the mining boom transitioning to production.”In 2014, Deloitte further described the business events sector as “a high-value, fast-growing component of the visitor economy”. One in five dollars spent by international visitors in Australia is spent by an international delegate attending some form of business event. In addition, international delegates spend, on average, 21% more than other international visitors over the course of their trip – and 77% more per day.Hiebl added, “State and territory investment in convention bureaux around the country is a critical component of the public-private-partnership structures that they work under. Governments that are truly committed to the doubling of overnight expenditure in line with Australia’s Tourism 2020 targets will have a solid and secure investment strategy for the business events sector.”“The extreme funding decrease of 28% announced by WA Treasurer Nahan last year would diminish the PCB’s capacity to bid for and win new international and national conventions for the state which would see Western Australia miss out on the opportunity to leverage this industry”.Around the world, business events are being used as strategic tools for attracting trade, investment and global talent. Governments invest in the business events sector because they recognise not just the high yield, but also the long-term benefits accruing from growth in the visitor and knowledge-based economies.AACB calls on the State Liberal Government to reverse its PCB funding cut decision and back a sector that can drive jobs and economic prosperity for Western Australia.Source = Perth Convention Bureau
Aussie hotels shine at awards dinner in Hobart CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, Trent Fraser (far right) and Mark Pearce, Senior Vice President, International Division, Choice Hotels International (far left) with recipients of the Franchisee of the Year awardAussie hotels shine at awards dinner in HobartChoice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, has recognised 26 Australian hotels for their superior hospitality performance, each taking out a coveted Gold Award at the 2016 Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Awards, held last night in Hobart, Tasmania.Trent Fraser, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Chief Executive Officer, announced this year’s winners in front of more than 240 guests and praised the extremely high level of quality and service exhibited by each of the award-winning properties.“Gold Awards are given out to a small number of hotels in each of our brands that receive the highest satisfaction rating by guests and who are highly engaged with all of Choice Hotels programs,” Mr Fraser said.Choice Hotels represents the Econo Lodge, Comfort, Quality and Clarion hotel brands, as well as members of the Ascend Hotel Collection.“It’s truly inspiring to work alongside hoteliers that are committed to evolving with the industry yet continue to remain focused on delivering the best possible experience for every single guest,” Mr Fraser added.The biggest announcement however was saved for the end of the night when the Franchisee of the Year for each brand was announced.The coveted winners for 2016 were; Econo Lodge Alabaster in Cowra, NSW, Comfort Inn Parkes International, Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Clarion Hotel Townsville, and Oceans Resort Hervey Bay, an Ascend Hotel Collection member.“We’re really proud to be able to recognise the outstanding efforts of each of our Franchisee of the Year award winners”, said Mr Fraser.Mr Fraser continued “These five properties deliver an amazing guest experience, equal to some of the best in our industry and the commitment they make to their respective brands is truly humbling. Each of these winners are truly deserving of this acknowledgement and we look forward to continuing to work with each of them, to further grow their businesses in the future.”The award-winning hotels are located in all regions of Australia, further emphasising that Choice Hotels has some of the best accommodation options available across the entire country.Choice Hotels Asia-Pac is one of the largest hotel franchisors in Asia Pacific, with more than 270 hotels across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Franchisee Gold Awards winners in Australia were: Ascend Hotel Collection Oceans Resort (QLD) (Ascend of the year)The Riversleigh (VIC)ClarionClarion Hotel Townsville (QLD) (Clarion of the Year)Clarion Hotel City Park Grand (TAS)Quality Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway (VIC) (Quality of the Year)Quality Hotel Gateway (TAS)Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes (VIC)Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong (VIC)Quality Hotel Platinum International (QLD)Quality Hotel Regent Rockhampton (QLD)Quality Inn City Centre (NSW)Quality Hotel NOAH’s On the Beach (NSW)Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth (NSW)Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale (NSW)Quality Suites Pioneer Sands (NSW)Comfort Comfort Inn Parkes International (NSW) (Comfort of the Year)Comfort Inn Capital HorshamComfort Inn Richmond HentyComfort Inn Deakin PalmsComfort Hotel Adelaide Riviera (SA)Comfort Inn & Suites Blazing Stump (VIC)Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens (QLD)Econo Lodge Econo Lodge Alabaster (NSW) (Econo Lodge of the Year)Econo Lodge Moree Spa Motor Inn (NSW)Econo Lodge Beachside (QLD)Econo Lodge City Star BrisbaneAbout Choice Hotels A good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed is something we all look forward to whilst travelling. And at Choice Hotels Asia-Pac this is a priority for us. We have more than 270 hotels across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, with more than 11,000 rooms. We are a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, Inc., a publicly listed (NYSE: CHH) company in the United States with more than 6,300 hotels and 500,000 rooms in more than 35 countries and territories. With Choice Hotels, you always have a choice. All hotels are individually owned and operated.Source = Choice Hotels
Source = World Expeditions Adventure South NZ announces all trips operating after New Zealand quakeAdventure South NZ, a division of World Expeditions, which specialises in cycling and walking holidays in New Zealand, has confirmed that all its travellers, guides and staff are safe and accounted for in the wake of the earthquake that hit New Zealand’s South Island east coast overnight.The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck around 180kms north of Christchurch city at 12.02 this morning.Whilst the tremors were felt by the Adventure South team in their homes, evidently there is no damage in the city.Adventure South NZ General Manager, Mike Smith, says they have been in contact with all accommodation providers this morning and they have not been damaged and that the roads linking them are also unaffected.“This is positive news, because it means that for all our travellers that are currently in the field, or due to arrive into New Zealand in future days and weeks, our trips will continue to operate as normal,” he said.Mr Smith wants to assure clients that there will be no disruption to upcoming trips.“While our thoughts are with those families and businesses that have been affected by this recent quake, it is business as usual for us here in Christchurch.“Aside from disrupted sleep last night, the team are preparing for a busy week ahead.“I’d like to assure clients on upcoming trips with us to not be concerned and we look forward to continuing to provide great New Zealand holidays for all our customers.”
You can have the crazy rich Asian Experience in SingaporeYou can have the crazy rich Asian Experience in SingaporeChangi International Airport, SingaporeSingapore’s airport is a tourism destination in its own right, if only to find out why it’s been ranked world’s best airport for the 6th consecutive year. No layover will feel too long when you are spoilt for choice with incredible activities that include: butterfly and sunflower gardens, two movie theatres, rooftop pool, video game consoles, sleep pods, free WiFi and more. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is not missing your flight!www.changiairport.com/The street food: Singapore’s famous Hawker CentresStraight off the plane, Nick and Rachel tuck into some of Singapore’s famous street food, found at any of the city’s 100-plus hawker centres. The ‘richness’ of the city truly comes from its people, a harmonious melting-pot of cultures that includes people of Chinese, Indian, Malay, Eurasian and Peranakan backgrounds. Do as the locals do and head to the longest queue to experience popular dishes such as satay, laksa, chilli crab and chicken rice.You don’t have to break the bank to eat like a king in Singapore, with two hawker stalls awarded Michelin stars – Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, both selling traditional dishes starting from SGD$3. This makes Singapore home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world!www.visitsingapore.com/dining-drinks-singapore/local-dishes/Raffles Hotel: Rachel and Nick’s hotel choiceAs famous as Singapore herself, the iconic Raffles Hotel is an embodiment of Singapore’s colonial history and the famous birthplace of the Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. The hotel was opened in 1887 and its name was chosen to pay homage to British Statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Singapore’s founder. The 103-room hotel is currently undergoing major restoration work and will re-open later this year, with three new suite categories ready to welcome a celebrity clientele that in the past has included: Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and, more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.www.rafflessingapore.comCHIJMES: Araminta and Colin’s wedding chapelIn Singapore, the incredible architecture tells the many stories of its past lives. The historic building complex in downtown Singapore, CHIJMES (pronounced “chimes”), was a former Catholic convent and girls school. The neoclassical building harks back to a more gracious bygone age, with green lawns, marble waterfalls and courtyards now surrounding buzzing restaurants and bars; acting as an inner-city oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. It is here that Araminta Lee and Colin Khoo choose as the location of their wedding, fitted out with a garden-city theme.www.chijmes.com.sg/Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay: wedding receptionSingapore is full of passionate people who make the impossible possible; combining their expertise, creativity and hard work to create unforgettable experiences. The “only in Singapore” attraction Gardens by the Bay is a great symbol of this ‘crazy’attitude, reclaiming land from the sea to build a 101 hectare green oasis right in the heart of the city that includes two large, free-standing domes: the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. In 2015, Guinness World Records listed the Flower Dome as the largest glass greenhouse in the world, that is home to vegetation from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.Outside the domes is Supertree Grove, home to 12 picturesque trees that range in height between 25 to 50 metres. The fantastical trees act as vertical gardens, providing shade during the day and come alive at night in an extraordinary explosion of sound and light, as part of the twice-nightly Garden Rhapsody Sound & Light Show (7.45pm and 8.45pm). It’s no surprise that Araminta and Colin choose it as their unique wedding reception location!www.gardensbythebay.com.sgCocktails in ChinatownRachel and Peik Lin made the most of the year-round tropical weather by enjoying a catch-up over alfresco cocktails at a bar on Bukit Pasoh Road in Chinatown. Singapore has quickly become the ‘cocktail capital of Asia’ with six of its bars featuring in the world’s top fifty list. Within traditional restored shophouses, behind hidden doors, or on hotel rooftops with panoramic skyline views – the bars are a great place to feel the city’s infectious energy and meet kindred spirits who call the city home. The 24/7 city doesn’t have lock-out laws so pace yourselves!www.visitsingapore.com/en_au/editorials/cocktails-with-a-local-twist/Marina Bay Sands: the ultimate engagement party setting!Singapore is known for breathtaking architecture that juxtaposes ‘old and new’ and ‘east meets west’. The Marina Bay Sands building has quickly become an iconic symbol of the city, soaring 57 levels above the heart of the Marina Bay area. The infinity pool that is available to all hotel guests is the world’s largest, stretching 150-metres long. Travellers can access the observation deck or have a cocktail at CÉ LA VI, the brag-worthy venue that elevated the party vibes for Nick and Rachel’s engagement party.www.marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark/observation-deck.html Source: 2018 World Airport Awards, announced on Thursday (Mar 22) 2018. Peranakans refer to early Chinese migrants who settled in the region, inter-marrying with local Malays. Peranakan cuisine blends Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques of the Malay people.Source = Singapore Tourism Board
Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department, inspected ATDD stand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held in Dubai on May 4 to 7, 2015.In statements, he affirmed the importance of taking part in the annual ATM exhibition, being a pivotal tourism event, providing a platform for participants trying to network and make use of potential business opportunities.Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid also highlighted the importance of focusing on available services, lauding the keenness of hospitality sector representatives to be part of ATDD delegations to all international exhibitions.Praising the promotional campaign launched at the ATDD stand, Sheikh Abdulaziz said, “Demand was increasing on Ajman hotels, and the Government of Ajman was investing in infrastructure and facilities with the aim of luring more visitors and being ready for different kinds of tourist activities and achieving the vision of a Charming Emirate and Unique Tourism Experience”.The ATDD Chairman also inspected participating UAE and GCC stands, as well as a number of European, Asian and African stands.For his part, ATDD General Manager said Ajman delegation to ATM 2014 focused on increasing awareness about potentials and offers in the tourism market, with paying a special attention to the needs and requirements of travellers and clarifying the added-value services.Participation of ATDD in all international events serve the strategic goal of enhancing the tourist image and identity of the emirate of Ajman, Faisal Al Nuaimi said, noting that ATDD aims to increase the number of visitors to the emirate in 2015 by 25%.The number of visitors to Ajman in 2014 was 850,000 visitors and ATDD aims to achieve the target of five million visitors to Ajman in 2021.
August 15, 2012 471 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2012-08-15 Mark Lieberman Builder confidence improved two points in August to 37, its highest level since February 2007, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported Wednesday. Economists had expected the index to remain flat at 35.The improvement in the index in August marked the fourth straight month-month gain. The overall index has gained 22 points in the last year, the largest one year gain since February 1992. The August reading also marked the third straight month the index was more than double what it had been one year earlier.The Housing Market Index (HMI), considered a measure of builder confidence, could be reflected in permits and starts data reported for August. That report from the Census Bureau, will be issued in September. Meanwhile, Census will report Thursday on permits and starts for July when builder confidence, as reported by NAHB, rose six points to 35, the strongest one-month improvement since September 2002.All three components of the index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the assessment of current sales, of sales six month out and traffic at showrooms and model homes ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô improved. The current sales measure rose three points to 39, its highest level since February 2007. The August gain followed a jump of five points in July. The current sales gauge is up 24 points in the last year, the last year, the strongest year-year surge since February 1992.Buyer traffic also rose three points to 31, its highest reading since May 2006. Year-year the buyer traffic index is up 20 points the largest 12-month improvement since March 1996.The index of the outlook for sales in sales months rose one point to 44, the highest level since April 2007. The six month sales outlook index has increased 25 points in the last year, the largest annual gain since January 1992.””This fourth consecutive increase in builder confidence provides further evidence of the gradual strengthening that’s occurring in many housing markets and providing a needed boost to local economies,”” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “”However, we are still at a very fragile stage of this process and builders continue to express frustration regarding the inventory of distressed properties, inaccurate appraisal values, and the difficulty of accessing credit for both building and buying homes.”” Gains in the index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô or its components ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô do not always translate into new home sales. New home sales, for example, fell 32,000 in June to 350,000 although the HMI rose that month. The current sale measure rose in June as well but the buyer traffic index was flat. Six month earlier ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô in December ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the outlook for sales six month ahead had improved.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Regionally, the index improved in two of the four census regions: up nine points to 42 in the Midwest and two points to 35 in the South but down nine points to 25 in the Northeast and down three points to 40 in the West. The regional confidence measures are consistent with the most recent report (for June) on new home sales which showed new home sales plunged in the Northeast.The HMI survey followed a surprisingly strong payroll report for July which showed the nation added 163,000 jobs, far what the market had been expecting but the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in the same month. However recent housing specific survey such as the Case Shiller Home Price Index show improvements in home prices. Builder Confidence Soars To Five-plus Year High in August
A Manhattan real estate attorney was sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in a $9 million mortgage fraud scheme, “”Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara””:http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/October12/FingerEricSentencingPR.html announced Friday. [IMAGE] U.S. District Judge Naomi R. Buchwald sentenced Eric Finger, 47, of Mineola, New York, in Manhattan federal court. In addition to his prison sentence, he was also ordered to give up $7.2 million.Through Finger’s scheme, he and his co-conspirators obtained more than $9 million in mortgage loans to purchase dozens of residential properties throughout New York City and Long Island, with most of the loans going into default, according to a release. “”Eric Finger’s sentence is a fitting conclusion for a man who abused his license to practice law and disgraced the bar by helping to facilitate a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. He has now lost his liberty and will forfeit millions in ill-gotten gains,”” said Bharara. According to the indictment and statements made in court proceedings, Finger and his co-conspirators used “”straw buyers”” to fraudulently obtain mortgages from lenders. Finger was retained to act as the lender’s counsel on many of the fraudulent transactions, but instead of representing the lender’s interest at closing, he disbursed fraudulently obtained mortgage proceeds to co-conspirators and lied to his clients about the transactions. The identities of those who received the loan proceeds and the amounts received were also misrepresented. The co-defendants in the case, Jeffrey Larochelle, Denise Parks, Frederick Warren, Joell Barnett, Foriduzzaman Sarder, Sakat Hossain, Mikael Huq, Fritz Bonaventure, Dorian Brown, and Reginald Johnson, pled guilty previously.Sarder was sentenced to 78 months in prison; Hossain was sentenced to 29 months in prison; Huq was sentenced to 42 months in prison; Parks was sentenced to time served; Warren was sentenced to 51 months in prison; Bonaventure was sentenced to three months in prison; Brown was sentenced to four months in prison; and Johnson was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Larochelle and Barnett are still awaiting sentencing. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share October 15, 2012 406 Views Real Estate Attorney Sentenced to 51 Months for Mortgage Fraud Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-10-15 Esther Cho
FBI Justice Department Mortgage Fraud 2014-03-14 Colin Robins An audit performed by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that mortgage fraud wasn’t prioritized as highly as claimed in public statements by the Department of Justice.The audit, led by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, found instances of a low prioritization of mortgage fraud: “For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Investigative Division ranked mortgage fraud as the lowest ranked criminal threat in its lowest crime category.”According to the FBI, loan origination scams used to be the most prevalent type of mortgage fraud, due to the ease of getting a loan. With tightened restrictions on lending, foreclosure rescue scams, loan modification schemes, and short sale frauds have displaced loan origination scams.FBI field offices visited by the OIG, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, listed mortgage fraud to be a low priority—if it was listed as a priority at all.”We also found that while the FBI received $196 million in appropriated funding to investigate mortgage fraud activities from fiscal years 2009 through 2011, in FY 2011 the number of FBI agents investigating mortgage fraud as well as the number of pending investigations decreased,” the audit said.Additionally, a press conference held by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) was held to report the results of the Distressed Homeowner Initiative. The attorney general announced 530 criminal defendants had been charged in 285 criminal indictments, as well as 110 federal civil cases were filed against more than 150 defendants involving over 15,000 victims, for losses totaling at least $37 million.The attorney general concluded that these cases involved more than 73,000 homeowner victims for losses estimated at more than $1 billion.However, the audit by the OIG found these numbers to be inaccurate.”Based on a review of the case list that was the basis for the figures, the then-Executive Director of the FFETF told us that numerous significant errors and inaccuracies existed with the information,” the audit reported.The audit also remarked, “We also found that neither DoJ nor the FFETF had an established methodology for obtaining and verifying the criminal mortgage fraud statistics announced during the press conference on October 9, 2012. We found this process to be disturbing, and it led the Department to report inaccurate information to the public.”In a later statement, the DoJ amended its results, noting the initiative charged 107 defendants, and not 530. The total estimated losses were $95 million, and not the reported $1 billion.”Despite being aware of the serious flaws in these statistics since at least November 2012, we found that the Department continued to cite them in mortgage fraud press releases that it issued in the ensuing 10 months,” the audit said.The OIG offered recommendations for improvement to the DoJ including updating online materials related to the Distressed Homeowner Initiative, as well as suggesting to “[i]mplement a methodology for properly soliciting, collecting, and reviewing information before publicly reporting results.” March 14, 2014 472 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News DoJ Watchdog Finds Lax Approach to Mortgage Fraud Share
National Community Stabilization Trust Names Robert Grossinger as President May 21, 2015 562 Views Housing and Economic Recovery Housing Strategies National Community Stabilization Trust 2015-05-21 Staff Writer Robert GrossingerThe National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) announced in a press release that Robert Grossinger will be the new president of the organization, effective immediately.Grossinger will succeed Craig Nickerson, who joined NCST at its founding at amidst the 2008 housing crisis and served 45 years in the housing and community development arena, the company says. Grossinger’s priority in his new position will be to continue to move the organization’s established market-relevant housing strategies forward, while increasing its focus on markets that are still struggling to see a housing and economic recovery.”It’s truly been an honor to lead a dedicated team of professionals at NCST,” Nickerson said. “I could not be more pleased with the Board’s selection of Rob. In my opinion, there’s no better person to lead this organization forward.”Prior to accepting his new role at NCST, Grossinger was VP at Enterprise Community Partners, where he provided leadership and partnership responses to the foreclosure crisis as well as the health and housing area. Prior to his role at Enterprise, Grossinger served as SVP in the corporate social responsibility group at Bank of America, LaSalle Bank, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Grossinger has also served as an active member of the NCST Steering Committee since 2010.”Rob’s depth of experience in the community development and financial industries will serve NCST well at this pivotal time,” said Ed Jacob, NCST board chair and past executive director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. “The work of NCST is not done; too many boarded up homes remain in our communities and Rob has the tenacity and vision to continue our path forward.”Grossinger will continue to work with industry partner such as, federal government policy makers, local community leaders, and high profile financial institutions that are dedicated to stabilize struggling markets.”I am thrilled to join the NCST team,” Grossinger said. “The foreclosure crisis may be winding down, but distressed real estate and lack of capital still hinder recovery in many markets. The NCST team, working closely with other national nonprofit organizations, must focus in these markets. We must offer even more holistic solutions, such as the purchase of non-performing mortgage notes, expanding the use of faster REO property solutions, and increasing access to development financing.” in Headlines, News, Servicing Share
HouseCanary’s HCRI measures the Effective Gross Yield (EGY) of the single-family rental (SFR) industry as a whole to give investors, lenders and renters a health benchmark of the for-lease market by state, ZIP code and block.”Of the top 50 metros, only 3 metros have shown positive growth in yields over the last quarter,” said Alex Villacorta, HouseCanary’s EVP of Analytics. “Though the most abundant double-digit opportunities reside in the Southern region of the country, there are still several localized pockets of high-yield opportunities in most markets throughout the country.” The nationwide EGY is holding at 8.0 percent, despite the continued rise in housing prices.The top five highest MSAs by EGY as listed by HouseCanary in Q3 were Rochester, Memphis, Buffalo, Birmingham, and Cleveland. The EGY of three of the top MSAs’ decreased compared to last quarter, including Rochester at 13.9 percent which had the largest decrease of 3.3 percent. HouseCanary indicates this drop as a sign that the top MSA market may be beginning to soften. It’s also worth noting no other MSA decreased more than 0.7 percent compared to Q2.The MSAs of Memphis,TN-MS-AR, Buffalo-Cheektowaga, Birmingham-Hoover, and Cleveland-Elyria landed at 13.7, 13.3, 13.1, and 13.0 percent respectively. The HCRI analyzes 40 years of residential property data spanning over 1 billion transactions, 100 million macroeconomic and local data points, and 3 million census blocks across the country. Lenders and investors have only been able to calculate gross yields for individual properties or their own portfolio of properties in the past, but this data provides the industry with a uniform and centralized index of rental yields.The methodology and data can be viewed here. Top MSAs for SFR Homes October 19, 2017 579 Views Alex Villacorta effective gross yield HCRI HouseCanary SFR 2017-10-19 Dean Terrell Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal
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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFL is once again proving that its king among U.S. TV viewers. The Arizona Cardinals’ season-opener on Sunday in St. Louis drew an average rating of 24.6 and reached an estimated 446,000 Valley households, making it the most-watched TV program in Phoenix for the week. NFL games were the most-viewed TV program in all 30 NFL markets during Kickoff Weekend for the fifth straight season. More than 108 million fans tuned in to watch NFL action over season’s opening week — the fourth consecutive season in which the league has had a total audience of more than 105 million. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share The Cardinals (0-1) continue their season on Sunday with their home-opener against the Detroit Lions (1-0) at 1:05 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium. – / 27
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “On the injury side, Ted Ginn (knee) and Michael Floyd (groin), really no change. We hope to get them in this ballgame (Saturday at Minnesota), but there’s a chance they might not make it back. Lyle Sendlein (calf) is definitely still out. Hope to have all three of those guys back next week for sure. The day-to-day: Max Starks with an ankle, Anthony Steen with a sore neck, Jonathan Cooper with a toe, Nate Potter with a back and Kevin Minter with a pec (pectoral issue). All of those guys are out today. We’ll just take it one day at a time with all of them.”Given the depth at receiver, can you keep six on the final 53-man roster?“Potentially yes. We will not cut a player at one position to keep somebody just for depth. We’re going to keep the best players on the team. There’s some great battles going on from 45 to 53. It’s fun to have this type of squad.”How intense the competition is at receiver?“You better not have a bad day. One bad day could cost you your job. That’s what you want. You want guys that have to come out and focus every day in practice and give everything they have every single day and then to be able to put it on tape on game day.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“After looking at the tape, I was very pleased with the intensity, the effort that we played with. Really pleased with our secondary. I think we only had two penalties as far as illegal hands; one of them was actually on a blitz, on a blitz pickup (using) hands to the face. Our guys have really adapted to the rule changes very well so far. Offensively, not much to say negatively. We ran the ball effectively even with a bunch of mental errors by some young guys. Second half we had quite a few mental errors. First half was pretty efficient football. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact How did Jonathan Cooper hold up after giving up sack to J.J. Watt?“He shook it off; got better and better. It’s a shame he got rolled up on and got the toe (injury), but hopefully he won’t miss much time.”Are you worried about the conditioning of John Abraham when he finally reports?“No. He was in great shape when he showed up (in the offseason) and I would think he would come back in just as good of shape. But knocking that rust off and getting up to playing speed in a lot of the new stuff on defense that we have right now, he hasn’t been exposed to. There will be a learning curve, but hopefully he’s going to have over 20 days to be ready (for the regular season).” Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
– / 20 0 Comments Share Another week, another workmanlike win on the road for the Arizona Cardinals.Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes, running backs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor were big factors on offense and the defense played well in the Cardinals’ 24-13 win over the Oakland Raiders Sunday. The key to the win, according to general manager Steve Keim, was offensive balance.“You think about the balance we had offensively, I can’t remember a time we ran the ball five more times than we threw it,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “To see Andre and Stepfan have so much success on the ground and to see the balance we had — you know, it wasn’t perfect by any stretch. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “Andre, as well as he played, had two critical drops — one being on a third-down conversion that would have been big for us. But we played well as a whole.”The Cardinals ran the ball 37 times for 123 yards on the day while throwing it 31 times for 242 yards. It was the first time the Cardinals had more rushing attempts than passes since their 17-10 Week 16 win over the Seattle Seahawks last season. In that contest, Arizona ran 43 times while throwing only 25.With the win, the Cardinals move their record to an NFC West-best 5-1 and picked up a game on both Seattle and San Francisco, who both lost Sunday. Despite the lack of flashy numbers, Bruce Arians’ team just continues to win.But how?“That’s a good question,” Keim said. “I think it’s good coaching and certainly a locker room of guys that care about each other and are invested in the same goal.”The Cardinals return home to University of Phoenix Stadium next Sunday for a clash with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) at 1:05 p.m. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
LISTEN: Drew Stanton, Cardinals quarterback Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires When Drew Stanton signed with the Arizona Cardinals in March 2013, he walked into a situation where it looked like he would be the team’s starting quarterback. Just a few weeks later, though, the team traded for Carson Palmer, sending Stanton back to the bench.The veteran remained there the entirety of his first season with the team, and things were not expected to change in his second.However, Palmer was sidelined due to various injuries, leading to Stanton not only playing for the first time in four seasons, but playing a lot. In all, Stanton appeared in nine games — starting eight — completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions. The Cardinals were 6-3 in games he played, and 5-3 in games he started.He showed he could be a starter, even if there are no designs for that to be the case in Arizona.Set to enter the final season of his contract, Stanton told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday he would be open to returning to Arizona, even in a backup role.“Of course,” he said. “Talking with my agent, I’ve had many talks with him about it. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. When you find a good organization that you really like, there’s something to be said for that.”Stanton, 31, mentioned that when a player starts chasing starting jobs there’s a chance things don’t end up working out too well.“You find yourself in some difficult situations when there aren’t good pieces around you,” he said. “There’s amazing pieces here in place.”With that in mind Stanton, who has appeared in 21 career games and thrown 12 touchdown passes, said every year is unique and he takes things one season at a time. Top Stories “I went four years without touching the field and then last year I was fortunate to play a little bit and try to help this team win football games, and it felt great to be able to do that,” he said. “But at the same time, you balance all those things and you weigh all those options.“And my family will play into that as well, my son’s getting older, all of those things.”So while the allure to be a starter may still exist, it will not be the determining factor on where Stanton goes when his contract expires.Because while he would like to be be a team’s number one quarterback instead of a backup, Stanton understands a move like that does not always work out for the best.“I think it is all based on the situation you find yourself in,” he said, noting that sometimes a team just needs a quarterback while other times the organization has undergone a complete makeover. “So I think you can evaluate everything in that sense, but at the same time this is a pretty good situation here.“There’s a lot of familiarity with me and this is a place that has really opened up a lot of doors for me, and I will take all that into consideration.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Elvis DumervilLBNot Injury-RelatedDNPFullFullProbable Marshal YandaGAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable Alex OkaforLBCalfDNPDNPDNPOut Darren WallerWRConcussionFullFullFullProbable Breshad PerrimanWRKneeDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo PlayerPositionInjuryThursdayFridaySaturdaySaturday Status Daryl SmithLBNot Injury-RelatedDNPFullFullProbable Top Stories Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury-RelatedDNPFullFullProbable Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Friday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty LaMarr WoodleyLBChestLimitedLimitedFullProbable Kendrick LewisSKneeDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Brittan GoldenWRGroin——LimitedProbable John BrownWRHamstringLimitedDNPLimitedQuestionable Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable Darren FellsTEShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut Maxx WilliamsTEKnee/AnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Chris CantyDECalfLimitedDNPFullProbable Comments Share Lardarius WebbCBThighLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Asa JacksonCBThighDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Cory ReddingDTShoulderLimitedFullFullProbable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) visit the Arizona Cardinals (4-2) on Monday Night Football at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Below is the official Week 7 injury report for both teams. PlayerPositionInjuryThursdayFridaySaturdaySaturday Status Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frostee RuckerDTFootLimitedLimitedFullProbable Terrence BrooksSThumbDNPDNPDNPOut
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Palmer, however, got the last laugh after that second down incompletion by throwing a touchdown pass on the next play.The 7-yard strike to John Brown put the Cardinals ahead 17-0 seconds before the first half ended and capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive.Arizona would quickly score a touchdown in the second half after safety D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble by Packers running back James Starks. Jerraud Powers recovered, and the Cardinals quickly moved down the field and scored on a touchdown run by rookie running back David Johnson for a 24-0 lead.Defensive lineman Cory Redding’s fumble recovery and rumble into the end zone soon after gave Arizona a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter. – / 36 Well, that was rude.Packers linebacker Clay Matthews laid a hit on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and extended his hand, as if he was offering to help the fellow USC Trojan off the turf. But as Arizona’s signal-caller reached for Matthews’ hand, the Green Bay linebacker rescinded the offer, leaving Palmer grasping for nothing.“I mean, it’s part of the game, you know?,” Palmer said of what happened with Matthews. “It is what it is.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Maybe the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff hopes are barely flickering. No doubt the team hasn’t played up to expectations.The Cardinals, a popular Super Bowl contender to start 2016, are 4-5-1 with the math of making a playoff run not in their favor. On a national level, the reaction has pinned much of the blame on quarterback Carson Palmer, who on Sunday completed 20-of-38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Nevermind that he was pressured more than any quarterback has been to this point in the NFL season.Fair or not, Palmer’s dwindling career has been the easy-to-run-with storyline on the Monday after Week 11’s 30-24 Arizona loss to the Minnesota Vikings.Palmer has completed 62 percent of his passes this year, which is 1.1 percent below his career average, and 7.16 yards per attempt, 0.18 below his career average. He’s thrown 13 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.Here’s a collection of opinions near and far that focus on Palmer as a talking point when discussing the Cardinals’ disappointing season.— Carson Palmer is not a quarterback you can win a title with (NFL.com)“Palmer has always been my one “yeah, but …” with Arizona. Heck, I argued for Drew Stanton a few years ago. While the Cards’ discouraging campaign isn’t all on Palmer, it’s clear that he’s not a championship quarterback. That’s been proven in playoff games. And this year, he looks done.” — Adam Schein— NFL Winners and Losers: With Carson Palmer fading, Cardinals’ championship dreams are done (Yahoo Sports) — Pressure, misses, and miscues blight Palmer’s day (Pro Football Focus)“Carson Palmer was strong between the numbers on his short and intermediate throws, but outside the numbers, struggled when he threw across the line of scrimmage; Palmer went 5-for-13 for 55 yards and Xavier Rhodes’ pick-six on throws outside the numbers across the line of scrimmage.” — Ben Stockwell – / 22 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carson Palmer is grabbed by Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss on Nov. 20, 2016. (Associated Press) Top Stories “Even though Arizona has talked up Drew Stanton as its next starter, it’s hard to buy that a 32-year-old with a 67.2 career rating is leading anyone to a championship. Palmer is still their best option right now (starting over at quarterback in the NFL is really tough to do), but it seems like he has passed the point in which he could lead Arizona to a Super Bowl, and his 2017 salary-cap number is $24.125 million according to Spotrac.” — Frank Schwab— NFL Insider notes: Carson Palmer’s window slams shut, Dak plays his best game (CBS Sports)“The offense is simply not good enough. Palmer is searching and hoping for big plays, but turning the ball over far too often. His pick-six on Sunday, which Xavier Rhodes returned for 100 yards, turned around the game for good and perhaps will go down as the crossroads of this season.” — Jason La Canfora — What do you think the future holds for Carson Palmer? (ESPN)“I look at this when I watched Carson Palmer yesterday, and the way I looked at his eyes and the just way the game unfolded for him, I saw a guy that to me looked like he’s about ready to hang ’em up. That’s clearly my opinion. He just took a beating … You just can’t allow your quarterback to ever take a beating like that.” — Mark Dominik Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Your browser does not support the audio element. (AP photos) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We are a long way away from the start of the NFL season, let alone the preseason or training camp.With that in mind, it’s never too early to start making predictions, and NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks made some by taking a swing at who will be the best rookies at each position in the 2018 season.Despite three other quarterbacks taken ahead of Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen, Brooks believes Rosen will be the rookie quarterback to make the biggest impact in year one. Despite being the last of the Tier 1 quarterbacks to come off the board, Rosen lands in the best spot to showcase his talents as a natural passer.It’s no surprise to hear that from Brooks, who is a huge fan of Rosen.In mid-March, he called Rosen “the most polished quarterback prospect I’ve scouted since Andrew Luck entered the league in 2012.”Overall, Rosen is about as complete as they come at the position with a polished game that is ripped straight from an instructional video on how to play the position. He can make throws to every area of the field with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Although there are some questions about his intangibles and commitment level from some scouts around the league, there’s no disputing his talent, game or potential.The Ringer’s Danny Heifetz dubbed Rosen “the perfect quarterback for the Cardinals to win now.”The Cardinals now have their quarterback of their short- and long-term future for the first time in a decade. He immediately puts them back in contention for the NFC West title.Rosen, of course, will have to beat out not only Sam Bradford for the starting position, but even Mike Glennon for the backup position. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bradford signed a one-year deal worth $20 million and has a team option for the next year. The 30-year-old, of course, has an extensive history of injuries and that could lead to Rosen’s emergence this upcoming season.Second-round pick Christian Kirk, meanwhile, also made the list at wide receiver.The Cardinals’ new WR2 should pile up big numbers opposite Larry Fitzgerald as the designated “chain mover” in the team’s new scheme. Kirk shows the skeptics that he is more than a slot receiver by ringing up yards and scores as a perimeter playmaker.Kirk will have an opportunity to produce right away. Jaron Brown and John Brown combined for 52 catches in 2017 and both departed in free agency. The only replacements Arizona brought in were Kirk, Brice Butler and Cobi Hamilton.2017 third-round pick Chad Williams could also emerge, but Kirk’s dependent style of play as a pass-catcher is a great fit for instant contributions.In the NFC West, San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey was the only other nominee. 1 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Bucky Brooks, NFL Media Analyst Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterSri Panwa, the pool villa resort and gastronomical destination on the south-eastern tip of Phuket, has launched a brand-new collection: The Habita. The new phase will comprise 30 Luxury Pool Suites and Penthouses, as well as a new food and beverage offering, Baba Chino, adding to its original seven suites, 52 villas and four international restaurants.The Habita at Sri Panwa follows the resort’s style of tropical modern design, with each suite and penthouse having its own infinity pool as well as panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. So as to make the most of Sri Panwa’s scenery, the new area has been carefully designed so as to create a symbiosis between natural beauty and modern architecture. The Habita’s iconic roof takes the form of an arching leaf while the interiors focus on nature with patterns resembling trees, while the natural breeze passing through the open planned design give guests the feeling of a living system.The new precinct will also house the resort’s fifth restaurant concept, Baba Chino, where renowned Thai Iron Chef, Chef Pom, has curated a menu based on his modern take on traditional Chinese cuisine with an inspired twist. The Habita will also feature Baba Shishi Lounge.Sri Panwa’s gastronomic concept, Baba, has an additional four locations situated across the resort, each providing a truly unique and exceptional international dining experience. Baba Soul Food uses only the freshest ingredients and unique cooking techniques to create locally inspired traditional Thai dishes, while Baba Poolclub boasts a more extensive menu selection offering a wide range of international cuisines, specialising in barbecued seafood and meat. Baba IKI is located on the second floor of Baba Poolclub and specialises in Japanese cuisine. Baba Nest is the resort’s premium cocktail bar, serving a selection of Mexican tapas and surrounded by unique 360-degree infinity pool and located on a platform at the top of the resort.The Habita also features the Forest Olympic-size waterfall pool and a dedicated kids’ pool, both located within a perfectly landscaped water garden, and the recently refurbished Cool Spa, with its new treatment rooms and dedicated wellness area.Go back to the e-newsletter
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Graham-London CEO and founder Eric Loth had the pleasure to join up with the great competitor Scott Dixon at the Indy car 500 held last weekend. “Thanks to Dixon’s inspiration, both our energy and passion for efforts were well represented during the race,” Loth commented.Loth and Dixon were photographed both wearing the limited edition of: the Chronofighter Oversize-Scott Dixon timepiece.Watch Details: Reference: 2OVKI.B30A.K10T ·Titanium case 47mm with black PVD lever and pusher ·Carbon fiber bezel ·Dial: Scott |Dixon logo at 9 o’clock -Chronofighter Oversize Scott Dixon Limited Edition of 100 pieceswww.graham-london.com
The Latest: LL Cool J – winning award is ‘amazing moment.’ WASHINGTON – The Latest on the Kennedy Center Honors show (all times local):6:40 p.m.LL Cool J says it’s “an amazing, amazing moment’ for a hip hop artist who Kennedy Center officials describe as the youngest recipient ever to win an award at the Kennedy Center Honors.The 49-year-old hip hop artist made the comments as he and other honorees made their entrance to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts along the Potomac River.He says there were a lot of deserving rappers and performers from his generation but will not say that anybody deserves this over himHe said — quote — “I’m humble, but I’m not going to play pseudo-humble. I’m the one!”___6:10 p.m.Honorees and attendees are beginning to arrive at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors.Among the first to walk the red carpet was Kenny Center President Deborah Rutter, who patiently fielded questioned about a high-profile no-show.President Donald Trump announced he wouldn’t be attending this year in the face of boycott threats by some of the honorees.Rutter said the president’s attendance is traditional and important but thanked the White House for avoiding a showdown that would have overshadowed the ceremony.___12:18 p.m.This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will recognize some of the best artists and performers in the country, while skipping the political drama that had loomed over it in a divisive political atmosphere.Television producer Norman Lear is a longtime political activist who threatened to boycott over his opposition to President Donald Trump. But a showdown was avoided when Trump announced in August that he would not attend.Rapper and actor LL Cool J and Lear are among the honorees for this year. The 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Sunday night will also pay tribute to dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and musicians Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan.The recipients were honoured Saturday at a gala State Department dinner ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, talks Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein following the State Department dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2017 3:13 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to host a travelling exhibition of “Star Wars” costumes that explores the artistry behind their creation.The exhibit, “Star Wars and the Power of Costume ,” features more than 60 costumes including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, droids and others. It’s scheduled to run May 20 through Sept. 30.More than 150 pieces and sketches documenting the creative process also are part of the display. The museum’s director, Salvador-Salort-Pons, says the exhibition “allows visitors to explore the creative processes behind the art of costume design.”The costumes are from the first seven “Star Wars” movies. Videos showing designers and actors also are part of the display.The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2018 5:47 am PDT Last Updated Mar 26, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Detroit museum to host travelling ‘Star Wars’ costume exhibit
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 7:09 am PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby, right, arrives for his sexual assault case spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, left, at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) The Latest: Jury picked for Cosby’s sex assault retrial NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):3:55 p.m.A jury has been picked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Prosecutors and the defence have settled on the panel of 12 jurors who will sit in judgment of the 80-year-old comedian. They still have to pick six alternates.The main panel appears to have 10 white and two black jurors. Cosby’s lawyers had accused prosecutors of racial discrimination Wednesday for excluding a black woman from the panel. Prosecutors denied race had anything to do with it. Cosby is black.The jury has seven men and five women.Cosby has denied charges he drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.___3:10 p.m.Three more jurors have been selected in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.Two white men and a white woman will serve on the panel.Cosby’s lawyers had tried to get the woman removed for cause after she admitted she checked off the wrong answers on her jury questionnaire because she hadn’t read the questions. The defence complained “she keeps changing her answers.”Eleven jurors have been picked so far, including nine whites and two blacks. The jury has six men and five women.The 80-year-old entertainer has denied drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.Cosby’s lawyers earlier alleged a black woman was removed from jury consideration because of her race.___1:15 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have agreed to move ahead with jury selection after alleging prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration because of her race.Jury selection in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial was halted for several hours Wednesday after the defence challenged the woman’s removal. Defence lawyers say a member of the prosecution team was overheard making a disparaging remark after prosecutors used one of their challenges to have the woman dismissed as a potential juror.Prosecutors pushed back, noting two blacks have been already been seated as jurors.Cosby’s lawyers agreed to let jury selection proceed.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___12:05 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are alleging a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after prosecutors removed a black woman from consideration as a prospective juror in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.The 80-year-old comedian’s lawyers are trying to use the remark as evidence that prosecutors were discriminatory in wanting the juror off the case. Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss said Wednesday that a member of the prosecution team was overheard saying “something that was discriminatory and repulsive.”District Attorney Kevin Steele says “there’s absolutely no legitimacy” to the defence challenge. He says prosecutors had no problem seating the two other black people who’ve appeared for individual questioning so far.Judge Steven O’Neill has ordered both sides into chambers to talk it over.___10:35 a.m.Jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial has been halted as the comedian’s lawyers challenge the prosecution’s decision to exclude a black woman from the jury.The defence is alleging the prosecution was discriminatory in using one of its seven strikes to remove the woman from consideration. Prosecutors did not have to give a reason for wanting her removed. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden says the challenge makes no sense because they’ve already seated two black jurors.The judge says he doesn’t believe the prosecution had any “discriminatory intent” but halted Wednesday’s proceeding to read a defence brief.Eight jurors have been picked so far, including one Wednesday.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He’s pleaded not guilty. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___This item has been corrected to fix the spelling of Feden’s name.___10 a.m.A judge is giving The Associated Press and other media organizations more access to a portion of jury selection in the Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial.Media lawyers had challenged an arrangement that forced reporters to watch the group questioning part of jury selection on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci agreed Wednesday to move the camera to the back of the courtroom so the media can see the potential jurors.DelRicci refused to make room in the crowded courtroom for a pool reporter, but said if the jury pool did not fill the room to capacity, he’d allow reporters to attend live.Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.___8:50 a.m.Comedian Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of jury selection in his retrial on sexual assault charges.Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday where lawyers are continuing to choose the jury.One juror was chosen Monday and six on Tuesday.The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004.The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favour of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.Cosby’s lawyers scored a pair of rulings Tuesday crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar.__12:05 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers have scored a pair of rulings crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar as jury selection in his sexual assault retrial continues for a third day.Seven jurors have been picked so far. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.Judge Steven O’Neill on Tuesday granted the Cosby team’s request to call a woman who says accuser Andrea Constand talked about framing a celebrity before she lodged allegations against the comedian in 2005.Constand’s lawyer has said Marguerite Jackson isn’t telling the truth.The judge also ruled that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid Constand in a 2006 civil settlement.The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___The items marked 3:55 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. have been corrected to reflect year of alleged assault was 2004, not 2012.
NEW YORK — An upcoming biography of Angela Merkel will draw upon extensive interviews with the German chancellor and with those who know her.Kati Marton’s “A Pastor’s Daughter” is scheduled for 2020, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. Marton herself has a long background in Germany, as a correspondent with ABC News and as the wife of a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Holbrooke, who died in 2010. Last year, she wrote a profile of Merkel for Vogue magazine. Marton’s previous books include “The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World” and “True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.”Merkel has been German chancellor since 2005. She announced recently that she will seek neither re-election as chancellor nor as chair of her own party, the Christian Democratic Union.The Associated Press Upcoming Merkel book includes extensive interviews with her FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel, attends a press conference after a party’s board meeting in Berlin, Germany. An upcoming biography of Merkel will draw upon extensive interviews with the German chancellor and with those who know her. Kati Marton’s “A Pastor’s Daughter” is scheduled for 2020, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 5:07 am PDT
Juanes is named Latin Grammy Person of the Year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 9:01 am PDT FILE – In this May 5, 2018 file photo, Juanes performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Juanes has been named 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. The academy will honor the 22-time Latin Grammy Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner on Nov. 13, 2019 at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, on the eve of the Latin Grammys. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — Colombian rocker-activist Juanes has been named the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.The academy will honour the 22-time Latin Grammy Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner on Nov. 13 at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, on the eve of the Latin Grammys.Juanes made his debut in 2000 with “Fijate Bien.” Since then, he has sold over 20 million records. He recently released a single “Querer Mejor” (kay-rer may-hore), featuring Alessia Cara. It will be included in his next album.Mexican rock band Mana won the same award last year. Past honorees include Shakira, Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz and Julio Iglesias.Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press
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Police on Tuesday were still seeking a suspect who evaded arrest the previous night during a drug bust involving gunshots on Nicosia’s Tseri Avenue.Drug squad officers arrested a 25-year-old Paphos man and seized three kilos of cannabis during the operation involving the police firing shots to stop two suspects in a car.It happened at around 8.30pm when drug squad officers acting on a tip-off sought to stop the suspects.The driver accelerated in a bid to escape, forcing officers to use their pistols to get the car to stop.Police said the suspects fled on foot while the car was still in motion on a side road, eventually crashing into a lamppost and coming to a halt.Officers managed to apprehend the passenger of the car, whom they said was known to them. A packet containing one kilo of cannabis was found on the street, falling from the passenger door when the suspects fled the car.Two more kilos were found inside the car during a subsequent search in the presence of the 25-year-old.The man was brought to court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody for eight days.Reports said he refused to co-operate with police.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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 Taboola
President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Friday said he has heard the concerns put by President Nicos Anastasiades over Turkey’s actions regarding enclaved Greek Cypriots and Maronites.Speaking during the final press briefing in Brussels after the EU Summit, Turk said he had been briefed by Anastasiades on ‘Turkey’s actions vis-a-vis the Greek Cypriots and Maronites’.President Tusk had previously conveyed the EU’s 28th consensus that Turkey must respect in its relations with the EU, all of the EU Member States.“We want to keep the door open to Ankara, but the current reality in Turkey makes it difficult”, he said. “It was also stressed that Turkey needs to respect all Member States in its relation with the EU, including when it comes to the implementation of the existing customs’ union”, he added.Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met with the vice chairs of the European Conservatives and reformist group, German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel and British MEP Geoffrey Van Orden, to brief them on the status of the Cyprus problem after Crans-Montana and what could happen from this point forward.According to Turkish Cypriot press, quoted by the Cyprus News Agency, they also discussed how the European Conservatives could contribute to broadening relations between Turkish Cypriots and the EU.Henkel and Ordel also met with with ‘foreign minister’ of the north Tahsin Ertugruloglu to discuss the Cyprus problem. Meanwhile, three Turkish Cyprios ‘MPs’ in Brussels sent a letter to all MEPs briefing them on their views on the matter.They were Hasan Tacoy, of the National Unity party, Armagan Candan of the Republican Turkish party and Zeki Celer of the Communal Democracy party, who were invited to a round table discussion on the Cyprus problem organized by the socialists and democrats.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar SolutionsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
There are no easy solutions Cyprus wants to become an energy hub and to exploit its natural wealth, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday.He was addressing the 5th Energy Symposium hosted by the Southeastern Europe Energy Institute and Financial Media Way, in Nicosia.Lakkotrypis said that if Cyprus wished to complete the puzzle of hydrocarbons, from delineating its EEZ, to discovering reserves, to exploiting them and developing all the relevant services, then the path would be a long one, hard work is needed and “there are no easy solutions.”“What I can assure you is that we are committed to our goals and we will seek to achieve them with confidence,” he said.He added that it would be very hard to say how hydrocarbon reserves would be exploited until a clear picture has taken shape on the quantities available. The so called ‘Aphrodite’ reserves, discovered in Block 12 of Cyprus’ EEZ which have been confirmed can be commercially developed only through a direct pipeline to Egypt’s LNG plants in Idku and Damietta for which intensive negotiations are taking place within a difficult international economic environment.In his address Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority’s (CERA) President Andreas Poulikkas spoke of the authority’s proposal to import natural gas to Cyprus as a permanent solution, one that runs in parallel with using reserves within Cyprus’ EEZ for reasons of security supply and competition but also in order to use natural gas in other areas.CEO and founder of EC Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd Cyprus Charles Ellinas said that very few projects have moved forward to a phase of implementation in recent years due to low prices. He added that in a world with a plethora of energy resources, exporting becomes a more difficult option and he expressed the view that large companies such as ExxonMobil will not go ahead with any projects unless they are profitable.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Two Ukrainian oligarchs acquired Cyprus’s Quickpace Ltd, a company with $160m (€133m) in illicit frozen assets controlled by Ukraine’s ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, Aljazeera reported on Sunday.The two men were named as gas-tycoon Alexander Onyschenko and real estate operator Pavel Fuchs.Aljazeera, which cited an “unsigned contract” it obtained and other documents, said that the seller, Serhiy Kurchenko, known as Yanukovych’s “family wallet,” received $30m in cash in exchange plus other assets, including a private jet.According to the website of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, the Limassol-based Quickpace operates in the real estate management and is today owned by the British Virgin Islands (BVI)-based Evermore Property Holdings Ltd after it acquired it in August 2015 from the Nicosia-based Prontoservus Ltd, a company linked to the law firm established by Polakis Sarris.Quickpace is also headquartered at the address of Proteas Management, a business services company affiliated with the Andreas Sofocleous & Co law firm.While Onyschenko, one of the two buyers in the deal, confirmed the participation of Fuchs and Kurchneko, he also denied that it had gone ahead, Aljazeera reported. Christina Sarris, a lawyer at the Polakis Sarris law firm said that the deal had indeed gone ahead, according to Aljazeera.The Qatari news television channel said that it also obtained a record of a $2m initial payment from a Barclays Bank account to a Russian-owned account at Latvia’s Norvic Banka. Fuchs is the owner of Dorchester International Incorporated, the parent company of Evermore Property Holdings, according to Aljazeera.It also reported that Quickpace held bonds and cash, all frozen by a Ukrainian judge on suspicion they were proceeds of crime, and added that trading frozen assets is illegal both in Ukraine and abroad.The value of frozen assets deemed the product of crime and traced to Yanukovych’s political friends is estimated at €1.5bn which is estimated to be only a fraction of the total. The frozen assets were held by companies in Cyprus, the UK, Panama, Belize and the BVI.“Any services provided by Prontoservus Limited, Byroco Nominees Limited -or by any individual connected to the said entities- with respect to the Cyprus company Quickpace Ltd were provided in full compliance with the applicable Cyprus law,” said Yorgos Trillides on behalf of Polakis Sarris & Co LLC in an email on Monday when requested for comment.Byroco Nominees is another firm affiliated to the Polakis Sarris law firm.A Central Bank of Cyprus official said that he could not immediately recall that Quickpace had any deposits frozen in Cyprus. Also, a search on the website of the Department of Company Registrar revealed no pending charges or mortgages. Mokas, the Law Office’s anti-money laundering squad, was not immediately available for comment. The Andreas Sofocleous law firm did not respond immediately when asked for comment.The buyers aimed to make a $130m profit by persuading a judge to unfreeze the Quickpace assets, Aljazeera reported citing “article 4.4” of the unsigned contract. Buyers would cooperate in “taking action to remove the arrest from the accounts”.Yanukovych, an ally of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, fled Ukraine in February 2014 after months of popular unrest which security forces attempted to quell with lethal force. His overthrow angered Putin who in response ordered the seizure and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, sparking a tsunami of US and EU sanctions in response.Russia is considered to be behind the unrest in the eastern part of Ukraine, inhabited by Russian-speaking Ukrainians.Aljazeera reported that the documents it obtained while they make no explicit reference to the former Ukrainian leader, “reveal how Yanukovich’s clan pumped stolen money into companies in Ukraine with bank accounts in Latvia and gradually passed it through dozens of offshore shell companies in Cyprus, Belize, BVI and other money-laundering hotspots including the UK”.In March 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides said that Cypriot authorities suspected that two Ukrainian nationals with assets in Cyprus could have embezzled public funds in their country.The full report and video are available here.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Paphos police are investigating a case of abduction after a 34-year-old woman reported on Wednesday evening that she and her child had been locked in a man’s house.She told police she went to the man’s home to discuss some differences she had with him. They reportedly had a relationship in the past.He kept her in his house against her will until he left at some point and she managed to escape.A warrant was issued against the 34-year-old man and police are looking for him.You May LikeTopixYou Probably Can’t Pass This World History QuizTopixUndoHistory DailyLook Closer…Unedited Photos Captured In NatureHistory DailyUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The government’s donation toward the victims of the July wildfires in Greece will be used to finance the construction of a hospital in the affected area, deputy government spokesperson Klelia Vassiliou said on Wednesday.Following a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday, Vassiliou said that “after the July 25 Cabinet decision to grant ten million euros – in addition to the contributions of Cypriot citizens to same account – for the victims of the fires in Greece, it has been decided in agreement with the Greek government to finance the construction of a hospital in the area affected by the devastating fire.”The administrative procedure in view of the hospital’s construction will be undertaken by the Greek government, Vassiliou added. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
From rainfall to architecture, the rings of a tree reveal far more than just its ageDendrochronology has more relevance for Cyprus than just the Greek roots of the word.As all Greek speakers know, dendro means tree, chronos time and logos knowledge in ancient Greek.And to the layperson, dendrochronology means counting the rings of a tree when it is cut horizontally to determine its age because a tree grows one ring for each year of life.This has been done in Cyprus, and the oldest, according to the forestry department, is a terebinth tree in Apesia, Limassol at more than 1,500 years old.What fewer people know is that nowadays, dendrochronology is used for much more than finding out how old a tree is. It offers vital conclusions for studies of the environment, art, architecture and history among others.Professor Manning scanning the tree-rings of a wooden icon in the Holy Cross church in PelendriWhich is why the Cyprus Institute has recently founded the Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory in collaboration with Cornell University, the Department of Antiquities and the Department of Forestry.“It is important to establish such a research facility in Cyprus,” said Nikolas Bakirtsis, associate professor and director of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories at the Cyprus Institute.The lab draws from the expertise and work of Cornell’s Tree-Ring Laboratory in Cyprus, and will, in turn, produce new data and studies in collaboration with the US university and the two key government departments in an effort to develop the method in Cyprus and neighbouring countries which have similar tree-growth patterns such as Lebanon.Critical to the science, trees from the same region tend to develop the same patterns of ring widths for a given period of chronological study.Each tree is an imprint of its environment. Definitely one of the most useful things which can be done with this method is to determine when there have been droughts in the past, as the rings are not all the same width. The less water a tree has at its disposal during a given year the narrower the ring.The scientists can thus map trees over time and place.“These are the only indisputable hard evidence that exists from past environments,” said professor Sturt Manning of Cornell University and director of its Tree-Ring Laboratory. “With climate change, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the past, the present and the future.”It also makes sense to match climate events with big happenings in the world. We are becoming increasingly aware that the longevity of the Roman Empire was supported by a uniquely long period of climate stability as it was a time when the climate did not suffer, Manning explained.In times of drought, resources would dwindle, contributing towards the end of various empires, as hungry people were prone to rebel.In Cyprus periods of severe drought are not a new thing, the trees have shown us. The 1760s and the 1880s were periods when water was scarce, and when many Cypriots migrated from the island.Not only does dendrochronology have historical implications, but it can also inform us about the date of monuments and the related architectural choices.Last year a collaborative survey between the Cyprus Institute, Cornell and the Department of Antiquities sampled wood from the floor beams and the tie-beams of the Dragoman’s house in the old city of Nicosia, the most important example of residential architecture from the last hundred years of Ottoman rule. Such samples can then be matched with established dendrochronology chronologies to offer dates for the specific wood samples.The 18th century dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios house in NicosiaThe idea was to try to better understand the building history of the important complex, but also to explore the provenance of the wood used in its construction. Was it Pinus Brutia, the most common pine tree and available near Nicosia, Pinus Nigra, of better quality and a tree which only grows on the very top of the Troodos mountains or Cedar, the highest in quality but growing only in one certain area? Furthermore, was the wood local, from the forests of Cyprus, or shipped to the island from Anatolia?Contrary to expectations, the wood was local Pina Nigrus. This may not sound that exciting, but it has, as so many of these data do, implications.Up to this discovery, there had been no evidence for the existence of related specialised industry and a transport system that could carry high-quality wood from as far away as Troodos to Nicosia. It is also worth considering that the Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios, being among the richer people, if not the richest person in Cyprus, spared no expense in quality materials – even for the mere floor beams of his house.We know when the house was established, in 1793, but little more in relation to its architecture, materials and how long it took to build.Wood samples such as this will give us a much better idea about when houses were built, Bakirtzis said. “Before dendrochronology, and without inscriptions, it was only possible to determine the age by the style and typologies through comparisons of buildings to others abroad, but this is not always accurate. For example, what was in fashion in 14th century Constantinople may not have reached Cyprus until much later, or, it may have happened instantly. Additionally, stylistic and typological comparisons can only offer broad chronological timeframes,” he said.He explained that in Cyprus there are many monuments preserving wood dating from the Byzantine and medieval periods. For example, the famous churches of the Troodos range where wooden roofs, tie-beams, door frames and windows can offer valuable chronologies.“This will be a new set of data that will enrich our knowledge. Until now, we have relied on the few surviving inscriptions and the stylistic dating of wall paintings.”Dendrochronology also helps in determining the exact age of works of art such as icons. Icons may be unsigned, but when wood is dated and analysed it becomes possible to see if it comes from the same area, meaning several pieces can be attributed to an artist or a group of artists working together.The new Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory will be using a newly developed technique of scanning the wooden surface, a non-destructive technique with minimal intervention for precious works of art.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Ancoria Bank has launched operations with a total of two banking branches, one in Nicosia and another in Limassol, a total staff of 60 and an initial capital of €50m, the lender’s chief executive officer said.The goal of Ancoria, the first bank to obtain a banking licence from the Central Bank of Cyprus following the 2013 banking crisis, is to create a modern and flexible financial organisation with a new culture, approach and relation to its customers, CEO Ioannis Loizou said according to a statement emailed by the bank said.The bank, which plans to set up another banking centre in Larnaca will “jointly determine the customers’ needs and offer them the suitable solutions,” Loizou was quoted as saying. The bank already offers products to finance companies and private customers, mortgages, student loans, car loans and other consumer loans.Loizou added that the bank will pay a lot of attention to corporate governance and transparency, the use of technology and innovation.Evgenia Christodoulou, deputy CEO and business development manager at the lender, said that the bank will redefine banking practices by respecting customers and their companies and prioritising service to them.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The health ministry on Wednesday issued guidelines concerning services from public hospitals after June 1 when the first phase of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) will kick in.Hospital cards will continue to apply after June 1 for inpatient care in public hospitals as Gesy’s first phase only covers outpatient care.Beneficiaries whose cards have expired may have them renewed at the Citizen Service Centres (KEP) in all districts.Referrals to specialist doctors in public hospitals and health centres scheduled between June 1 and August 31, 2019 will be carried out as already arranged.For appointments scheduled to take place after September 1, 2019, patients should visit the general practitioner of their choice to obtain a new referral.Pharmacies in public hospitals and health centres will continue to serve patients under the existing regime for the transition period between June 1 to August 31, 2019.From September 1 onwards, state pharmacies will no longer offer services to outpatient patients, and the public will be able to obtain their medication from any Gesy pharmacy.The public pharmacies in the rural areas of Salamiou, Pedoulas, Fyti, Omodos, Panayia, Kato Pyrgos, Avdimou, Lefkara, Platres, Pahna, Palehori, Agros, Evrychou, Kofinou and Kyperounda will remain in operation since there is no private pharmacy there.Pharmacies at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics will continue to operate as normal for the treatment of their patients.After September 1, 2019, prescriptions for outpatient patients for specialised drugs such as medicines for Aids patients, medications for the treatment of haemophilia that require special care and storage and expensive medicines will be filled at the pharmacies of the state health services organisation (Okypy).As of June 1, all Gesy beneficiaries are automatically eligible for a European Health Card. Although inpatient care is part of the second phase of Gesy which will be implemented in June 2020, Cypriot citizens will be able to receive both out-of-hospital and in-hospital health services when visiting other EU member states when and if they need treatment during their stay.The Citizen Service Centres will issue European Health Cards.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.“I am always trying to find new and better ways to listen to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “This tele-town hall is a great way to communicate with people from a large area, and I encourage everyone to participate.”The tele-town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. Although the discussion will be centered around government fiscal responsibility, auto no-fault, and other current issues, people are encouraged to call in with any questions or concerns they may have. The initial call for the event will come from Rep. LaFave’s office, but if someone misses the call, the number to dial is (855) 756-7520 ext. 35322.For questions regarding the tele-town hall, residents are encouraged to contact LaFave’s office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. 06Jun LaFave sponsoring tele-town hall for U.P. residents Categories: LaFave News