Scientists found that 80-85% of the voltage of a lead-acid battery is due to relativistic effects. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. (PhysOrg.com) — French physicist Gaston Plante invented the lead-acid battery in 1859 – almost 50 years before Einstein developed his theories of relativity. Now scientists have found that the lead-acid battery, which is commonly used in cars, strongly relies on the effects of relativity. Specifically, the scientists calculated that 1.7-1.8 volts of the lead-acid battery’s 2.1 volts (or about 80-85%) arise from relativistic effects. More information: Rajeev Ahuja, et al. “Relativity and the Lead-Acid Battery.” Physical Review Letters 106, 018301 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.018301 Citation: Car batteries powered by relativity (2011, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-car-batteries-powered-relativity.html The physicists and chemists who performed the study – Rajeev Ahuja, Andreas Blomqvist, and Peter Larsson from Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, and Pekka Pyykkö and Patryk Zaleski-Ejgierd from the University of Helsinki – have published their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”This is a new, well-documented case of ‘everyday relativity,'” Pyykkö told PhysOrg.com. As the scientists noted in their study, the finding essentially means that “cars start due to relativity.”The lead-acid battery is the oldest type of rechargeable battery, with the main component being lead. With an atomic number of 82, lead is a heavy element. In general, relativistic effects emerge when fast electrons move near a heavy nucleus, such as that of lead. These relativistic effects include anything that depends on the speed of light (or from a mathematical perspective, anything that involves the Dirac or Schrödinger equations).The lead-acid battery contains a positive electrode made of lead dioxide, a negative electrode made of metallic lead, and an electrolyte made of sulfuric acid. Through their calculations, the scientists found that the battery’s relativistic effects arise mainly from the lead dioxide in the positive electrode, and partly from the lead sulfate created during chemical reactions.The discovery of relativistic effects in the lead-acid battery also sheds some light on why no corresponding “tin battery” exists. In the periodic table, tin is located directly above lead and has an atomic number of 50, making it lighter than lead. According to the scientists’ calculations, a tin battery would basically be a lead battery with very minimal relativistic effects. Although tin and lead have similar nonrelativistic energy values, tin’s small relativistic effects prohibit it from being used in an efficient battery.As the scientists noted, relativistic effects have been found in other areas, such as the perennial yellow color of gold and the liquidity of mercury, although the latter is still not very well proven.Overall, the scientists predicted that this understanding of relativity’s importance to the lead-acid battery will probably not help researchers improve the battery; however, the insight could be useful for exploring better alternatives, especially those that involve any sixth period element (found in the sixth row of the periodic table, like lead). New Hitachi Li-ion batteries to last ten years 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further
© 2013 Phys.org Titan is also a green powerhouse (Phys.org) —Officials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced the selection of the Spider II data storage and retrieval system from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to replace the existing system on the Titan supercomputer. They say it will give Titan the fastest such system in the world. Explore further Citation: Supercomputer Titan to get world’s fastest storage system (2013, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-supercomputer-titan-world-fastest-storage.html Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Titan supercomputer (built by Cray Inc.) on the ORNL campus was named the fastest in the world in November of last year, and currently still holds that title. Adding the fastest data storage and retrieval system will increase the entire computer’s computational efficiency.At the heart of Spider II are 36 SFA12K-40 hardware devices—each capable of handling 1.12 petabytes of data. Together they will allow Titan to move 40 petabytes of data at 1.4TB/s. According to ORNL, that’s equivalent to the amount of information in books stacked high enough to reach the moon. The system will have 20,000 disk drives to hold all that information and will use Lustre, the open source file-system software. In contrast, the current system is able to manage 10 petabytes of storage, running at 240GB/sec. Titan is a more advanced version of the supercomputer Jaguar—initial costs, paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy, were approximately $60 million. New additions, including the beefed up storage system, have raised that price to nearly $100. It’s a big machine—it takes up 404 square meters of floor space, and consumes 8.2 MW of electricity. At peak times it can perform 27,000 trillion calculations per second courtesy of 18,688 AMD Opteron CPUs and 18,688 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPUs—it’s ten times faster than any prior computer at ORNL. It also has 710TB of memory at its disposal.The new upgrade will help scientists conduct research efforts that ORNL reps say either cannot be done any other way, or are too dangerous or costly. Expected uses for the computer will likely involve running applications that typically involve an enormous amount of data crunching such as developing models for weather or economic forecasting, searching for oil deposits or putting together information from millions of sources to help track and stop terrorist activity. Currently, ORNL has chosen 31 projects to run this year. 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.
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. Explore further Over the years, scientists have developed different tools for helping to understand how the sun works, in more recent years, simulations have been developed that seek to demonstrate the sun’s activities, one of which is the 11 year cycle of magnetic field reversal. But, such simulations have been divided into two main categories, those that simulate large processes, and those that simulate relatively small processes. The goal has been to merge the two to allow for a better overall look at how the sun works in general, and to answer the question of how it is that the sun manages to maintain a steady large-scale magnetic field in spite of a there being what appears to be nothing but chaos at smaller scales. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have moved closer to being able to answer that question, by developing a new type of simulation of the sun that finally allows for including both large and small processes.To create the new simulation, the researchers used math to reduce small-scale diffusivities (parameters that are used to describe how the sun works as a whole), which allowed for minimizing the impact on the means by which the sun generates an electromagnetic field. That allowed for the creation of a whole new range of images. Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba University Thus far, the simulation has not answered the question of how the sun is able to maintain its large scale magnetic field, but the researchers suggest it has to do with small-scale but strong magnetic fields with low viscosity, suppressing the apparent chaos, thereby allowing for the maintenance of the large overall field. They hope to use their new simulation method to better understand the 11 year cycle because of the important role it plays in sending particles to Earth, causing problems for satellites and other electronic equipment. Journal information: Science © 2016 Phys.org More information: H. Hotta et al. Large-scale magnetic fields at high Reynolds numbers in magnetohydrodynamic simulations, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1893AbstractThe 11-year solar magnetic cycle shows a high degree of coherence in spite of the turbulent nature of the solar convection zone. It has been found in recent high-resolution magnetohydrodynamics simulations that the maintenance of a large-scale coherent magnetic field is difficult with small viscosity and magnetic diffusivity (square centimenters per second). We reproduced previous findings that indicate a reduction of the energy in the large-scale magnetic field for lower diffusivities and demonstrate the recovery of the global-scale magnetic field using unprecedentedly high resolution. We found an efficient small-scale dynamo that suppresses small-scale flows, which mimics the properties of large diffusivity. As a result, the global-scale magnetic field is maintained even in the regime of small diffusivities—that is, large Reynolds numbers. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S., China, and Japan has developed a computer simulation of the sun that is able to show both large and small scale processes. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how their simulation works and why they believe it will help solve one of the big questions in solar research. Image: Supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the Sun Citation: New simulation of the sun shows both large and small scale processes (2016, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-simulation-sun-large-small-scale.html Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba University
Digital camera image from in vitro cotton model after incorporation of exogenous molecules with new functionalities. Credit: Filipe Natalio Microscopic image of the cotton fibers after incorporation of the fluorescent exogenous molecule. This image was taken under a binocular under UV light showing the fluorescent fibers. Credit: Filipe Natalio Play Time lapse movie of the in vitro cotton model showing the development of fibers and integration of the fluorescent molecule. The time lapse movie was taken for 20 days with 1 image per hour. This video is shown under UV light to trace the fate of the fluorescent molecule. Credit: Filipe Natalio Explore further More information: Filipe Natalio et al. Biological fabrication of cellulose fibers with tailored properties, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5830AbstractCotton is a promising basis for wearable smart textiles. Current approaches that rely on fiber coatings suffer from function loss during wear. We present an approach that allows biological incorporation of exogenous molecules into cotton fibers to tailor the material’s functionality. In vitro model cultures of upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) are incubated with 6-carboxyfluorescein–glucose and dysprosium–1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid–glucose, where the glucose moiety acts as a carrier capable of traveling from the vascular connection to the outermost cell layer of the ovule epidermis, becoming incorporated into the cellulose fibers. This yields fibers with unnatural properties such as fluorescence or magnetism. Combining biological systems with the appropriate molecular design offers numerous possibilities to grow functional composite materials and implements a material-farming concept. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Image that shows a cotton fruit and different colors to show that we can provide functionalities to the cotton. Credit: Filipe Natalio Citation: Using sugar molecules to make cotton material glow (2017, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-sugar-molecules-cotton-material.html Wiping out bacteria with nanoparticle-cotton fibers Play Time lapse movie of the in vitro cotton model showing the development of fibers and integration of the fluorescent molecule. The time lapse movie was taken for 20 days with 1 image per hour. This video is shown under normal light. Credit: Filipe Natalio The team reports that they spent a significant amount of time testing the resulting cotton fibers to prove that the molecules were, indeed, inside the fiber cells and not just coating them—an important factor, because it means the molecules will not be carried away when the fabric is washed.Besides the coolness factor, the process offers the possibility of adding other features to wearable materials. To demonstrate, the researchers used the same process to introduce a magnetic molecule instead of one with fluorescent properties, and created cotton cloth with magnetic properties. Magnetism in cloth, the group notes, could possibly be useful for storing data from electronic devices. They note that the process could also be used with other materials made from plants such as bamboo or flax. As scientists continue to look for ways to create wearable electronic products, some unique ideas have emerged. One of them is adding material to the water used by a growing cotton plant to endow it with desirable properties. In this new effort, the researchers found that by combining two molecules, one that is naturally carried by plants to its cells and another that causes fluorescence, they could produce plant fibers with fluorescent properties. That fiber could then be used the same way it has for thousands of years, to make cloth. In this case, cloth that glows under a fluorescent light.In practice, the researchers grew cotton plants in water, then harvested their ovules, which is the part of the plant that makes the fibers. They cultured the ovules separately and eventually fed them water doctored with the desired molecules. After 20 days, the cotton was harvested and tested. The researchers found that approximately 5 percent of the molecules had made their way to the fibers—enough to make them glow green when exposed to fluorescent light. Journal information: Science PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Microscopic image of the cotton fibers after incorporation of the fluorescent exogenous molecule. This image was taken under a binocular under UV light showing the fluorescent fibers. Credit: Filipe Natalio © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany, Israel and Austria has developed a process for imbuing cotton fibers with material that glows under fluorescent light. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process, how well it works and other applications under which it might prove useful. Image that shows a cotton fruit and different colors to show that we can provide functionalities to the cotton. 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OM V-band (upper panel) and PN 0.3–12 keV (lower panel) background subtracted light curves of 2PBC J0658.0-1746 binned at 200 s, where for plotting purposes is also shown the result of a fit made with 7 sinusoids, the orbital period (8,565 s) and its first six harmonics (red curve). Image credit: Bernardini et al., 2019. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: New hard X-ray eclipsing polar identified (2019, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hard-x-ray-eclipsing-polar.html Using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Swift spacecraft, astronomers have found that a hard X-ray source known as 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 is an eclipsing magnetic cataclysmic variable of the polar type. The finding, presented in a paper published July 11 on arXiv.org, makes the object one of only a handful hard X-ray eclipsing polars known to date. Explore further New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered More information: 2PBC J0658.0-1746: a hard X-ray eclipsing polar in the orbital period gap, arXiv:1907.05318. arxiv.org/pdf/1907.05318.pdf Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems consisting of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. Polars are a subclass of cataclysmic variables distinguished from other CVs by the presence of a very strong magnetic field in their white dwarfs.Although over 140 polars have been detected to date, only 33 of them have been identified as eclipsing systems. Out of this number, so far, 12 such objects have been classified as hard X-ray eclipsing polars, which makes it a rare class. Therefore, any new addition to the still relatively short list of such objects is very important for building a larger database of these systems. This could offer astronomers more opportunities to study magnetic accretion in binaries, for instance.Now, a team of researchers led by Federico Bernardini of Rome Observatory in Italy reports about the newest addition to this list. By analyzing the data from XMM-Newton and Swift, they found that 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 (J0658), an unidentified source discovered by the Swift/BAT survey, appears to be a hard X-ray eclipsing polar.”The XMM-Newton observation, carried out a few months later in 2018, is here reported together with archival Swift/XRT and Swift/BAT light curves and spectra,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the paper, the X-ray emission shows bright and faint phases and total eclipses recurring every 2.38 hours. Moreover, the X-ray emission was found to be modulated at the orbital period and the intensity of the modulation turned out to be variable from cycle to cycle. Such behavior is indicative of a non-stationary mass accretion rate. The astronomers also found that the X-ray luminosity is highly variable on long timescales and the XMM-Newton spacecraft caught it at the lowest state ever observed. When it comes to the X-ray spectrum, observations have shown that it is thermal and consistent with a multi-temperature structure, as observed in many magnetic systems.In general, the results confirmed that J0658 is the 13th hard X-ray eclipsing polar detected. The researchers added that its orbital period of around 2.38 hours makes it a rare find, as only one pulsar of this type with similar orbital period (between two and three hours) has been identified to date.The study also reported fundamental parameters of the J0658 system. According to the research, the polar is located some 681 light years away and consists of a white dwarf with a mass of at least 0.6 solar masses and a companion of spectral type M4 about four times smaller than the sun, with a mass between 0.2 and 0.25 solar masses. The effective temperature of the white dwarf is estimated to be between 12,000 and 22,000 K, while for the companion this value was calculated to be at least about 3,000 K. 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.
The third edition of the bazaar which kickstarts on 26 October, is being organised by the NGO – Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN), an initiative of social activist Sara Pilot and Lora Prabhu.Stocked with locally made craftworks for home furnishing, fashion accessories, clothes and festive gift items for the shoppers, and spiced up with mouth-watering cuisine from the undiscovered streets of Jamia for the foodies, the Jamia Bazaar is something more than just an ordinary fair. It has an emotion to describe, a tale to tell. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a wide range of products, visitors can enjoy shopping for embroidered kurtis and salwars, shawls, bags, jewellery, high fashion ware, interesting items for kids, home furnishing, lamps, candles and lots more, completely handmade by women artisans and designers. The exhibition will showcase an interesting fusion of high end fashion with grassroots artisan skill sets – a celebration of traditional art, evolving fashion and women’s entrepreneurship. There will also be a gourmet trail featuring hot biryani, kebabs, achari chicken, kashmiri wazwan etc. A special feature will be the quintessential Flury’s Coffee Shop from Kolkata. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLive demos of adda work, crochet, resham embroidery will provide the visitors a unique experience to observe the skilled labour that goes into creating extraordinary works of fashion and art.Sara Pilot, Chairperson for these women living at the fringes of society, bringing to light their vastly neglected, but laudable talent and enterprise, thereby making a tremendous effort in uplifting the spirit of these women and the ghettoised communities of Jamia Nagar on the whole.’ The exhibition is being organised by women who are a part of CEQUIN’s Gender Resource CEQUIN on this venture, said, ’The bazaar opens a whole new world Centre in Jamia Nagar in partnership with other local NGOs including Muslim Women’s Welfare Organisation, IIWA, Roshni Craft Centre, Azra and several others.
A History of Modern India provides an interpretive and comprehensive account of the history of India between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a crucial epoch characterized by colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the independent Indian Union. It explores significant historiographical debates concerning the period while highlighting important new issues, especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and labour. The work combines an analysis of colonial and independent India in order to underscore ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the Indian nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the launch of this book, Cambridge University Press India has been successful in bringing together outstanding scholars – Professor Shahid Amin, Department of History, University of Delhi (DU); Professor Ashis Nandy, Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi; and Dr Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, DU, in a lively discussion on the perspectives of learning and teaching history, and the need to re-envision the past. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event was chaired by Professor Emerita Romila Thapar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, whose contribution to the understanding of ancient India has enriched and in many ways, shaped our idea of history. For Shahid Amin, this was a book to be savoured and read. He specially mentioned the evocative cover of the book and said it allows the reader to judge for himself/ herself – was Gandhi tired and dependent or was he confident of leading the nation into new areas. Charu Gupta praised Ishita for her great academic honesty and courage to write a book like this. The book is a ray of hope for our understanding of history. While, Professor Thapar noted that the great merit of the book is that it beckons the student to read some more. A History of Modern India is the first international textbook produced by the India branch of the Press and within only three months of publication, has become a part of the syllabus of Pune and Gauhati universities in India.
Whether guests are surprising a special someone or planning a romantic evening, Hyatt will set the stage for romance with a special experience designed especially for couples. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by declaring love#InAHyattWorld. Simply reserve, click and share for a chance to win a diamond for a loved one on this special day.Hyatt Regency also brings you a special Valentine’s Day special dining offers. At La Piazza, The China Kitchen and T K’s Oriental Grill offer starts at Rs 3,000 per person, Offering at Café, is starting at Rs 2,800 per person. Latitude 66 has the special offere starting at Rs 3,300 per person (non-alcoholic), Regency Green offers the special package at RS 50,000 (including a private canopy and unlimited drinks)
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is organising an event Music Without Boundaries by Delhi’s biggest and one of the most well-known choirs, the Capital City Minstrels on May 6 at its premises. The choir will be conducted by Carolin Remy. The concert celebrates 20 years of their existence. This time around, the audience will get to enjoy arrangements. As the title of the concert suggests, the repertoire will include a diverse range of music, keeping true to CCM’s dedication to music which has traces of Carnatic music. The singers will be supported by the well known Nise Meruno on Piano and Suchet Malhotra, with an array of percussion sounds adding special flavour. CCM is comprised of people from all walks of life. Different languages are spoken by various choir members. But the language that unites us all is music. A long-time member of ours, Tapas Bhardwaj is a visually challenged student and has earned the confidence and stage presence with his many performances on stage with CCM. Originating in 1994, the choir recently had celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over these two decades CCM has performed in more than 200 concerts at prestigious venues around the capital. The choir has also established strong cultural links with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, the Austrian, Italian and Vatican Embassies and regularly performs for important events at these places. CCM’s repertoire spans a wide range; from the earliest choral music to the entire spectrum of western classical music, and opera to ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, rock, pop, jazz as well as Indian music arranged for choir performances. So mark the dates!
BALURGHAT: In a significant move, the fugitive inmate’s security guard Ajit Goswami has been directed to keep away from exercising all responsibilities following the alleged ‘negligence of duty’ being raised against him.Notably the security measures of fugitive under-trial inmate Rafiqul Sheikh (35) were on the shoulders of Goswami. Sheikh fled from Raiganj super specialty hospital’s washrrom by breaking its false ceiling on Wednesday night. Sheikh had been undergoing treatment there for abdominal pain. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDoctor had diagnosed him for Hernia operation.North Dinajpur police chief, Anup Jaiswal informed that a DSP ranked officer has already been delivered a message for a thorough investigation against Goswami and report the same at the earliest if there was any negligence of duty.According to him, the security guard has initially been asked to stay away from work until further order.Police sources informed Rafiqul had been sentenced to jail custody since 2010 as his name was involved in several crime cases like burglary, murder, drug trafficking and many others. He hails from Malda’s Kaliachak. Around 11 months ago, he had shifted from there to Raiganj Correctional Home. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPHigh alert has immediately been issued throughout the entire district to trace him. NAKA checking has been on.Neighbouring counterparts Malda and South Dinajpur have been requested to intimate district police headquarter of North Dinajpur if they get anyinformation on Rafiqul.While interrogating other under-trial inmates closed to Rafiqul, they informed police that Rafiqul used a mobile phone while his stay in the correctional home. According to a police source, perhaps the mobile phone helped Raqiful to execute his plan to flee the hospital.Goswami is being interrogated by police officials forprobable clues.
Chuchura(WB): At least eight persons were killed in two separate road mishaps in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, police said Saturday. Five persons were killed when a car ploughed into a Durga puja immersion procession at Dumurdaha in the district Friday night, the police said. Hooghly Rural, Superintendent of Police, Sukesh Jain said two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. In the second incident, three persons were killed when a truck hit an e-rickshaw at Chuchura Friday night, they said.
Kolkata: One biker was killed and the pillion rider injured after a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ran them over on Circus Avenue near AJC Bose Road Flyover on Sunday morning. It was alleged that the bike riders violated traffic rules and were trying to move ahead on the opposite direction in a one way road.According to the locals, around 6:15 am on Sunday, a bike was headed towards Park Circus Seven Point using the wrong flank of the Circus Avenue. Both of the riders on the bike were without helmets. At the same time a HGV was moving towards Theatre Road using the same lane. Near Nasiruddin Road, the Bike collided head on with the HGV. Both the riders fell on the road and sustained multiple injuries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey were immediately rushed to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital (CNMC) where doctors declared the rider of the bike, Syed Iftikar Abbas Hossain (23), dead. The pillion rider identified as Shaikh Saif Ali is admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. The HGV and its driver were detained by the locals. Later, Karaya police station took charge of the vehicles and detained the offending driver. A case on charges of causing death by negligence, rash driving on a public way and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others was initiated. In another incident, a person identified as Ashok Khan (30) died in a bike accident at Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas. According to the locals, Ashok with a friend riding pillion was racing with another bike. Near Moudi on Amtala-Baruipur Road, he lost control and hit a wall of a tea stall beside the road. Ashok was declared brought dead by the doctor at Amtala hospital. His friend is admitted there with multiple injuries.
When artists create something, those particular art works reflect the shadow of their thoughts, reality of their fascination towards life, and the reason behind their very existence. The perception behind the artist’s creation, most of the time, is totally different from that the onlooker’s. Moreover, the relationship of an artist with his/her creation is quite a complicated topic to comprehend. Mohinder K Puri’s works do not seem complicated to the beholders and that is what makes him different from other artists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA striking fact about his paintings is the firm composition without the plethora of structures. A subtle use of colours turns his fascination into reality for which one can easily find forms delicately woven into each other in his creations. Those forms depict human relationships and music– his fascination. He is so fascinated about music that once he wanted to be a musician. It is unfortunate that he could not turn his dream into reality for Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi denied him admission. But that did not end his love for music. He turned towards Fine Art to create music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBorn in Quetta, Pakistan, in 1938, Puri moved to Dehradun in 1953 to learn Fine Art. Later, he joined Triveni Kala Sangam and studied painting under the supervision of KS Kulkarni. His work on music is his most beloved and most acceptable work so far. Perhaps no one has ever created music through painting as Puri has, which in itself is a marvelous achievement for an artist. Moreover, his paintings are known for creating dialogues through distinctive expressions demonstrated in them and Puri attributes all these expressions to his interest in music, theater and dance forms. Also, human relation and behavior has remained as the other central theme in the artist’s creation. One can easily see human forms depicting emotion such as pain, pleasure, joy and sorrows in his creations. There was a time when Puri admired Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. He never refused to accept that his works were influenced by Picasso, his all time favourite. But later he realised that his own identity was getting washed out under the influence of Picasso. So he quit painting and devoted himself to ceramic sculpture and murals. He learned that art in 1960s, when the medium was not yet to evolve in India. It was a small mural job that brought him to Delhi Blue Art Pottery and he came in contact with S Gurucharna Singh, the father of studio pottery in India. Later, S Krishnan, then well known art critic, declared him as the first sculptor in India to use ceramic for sculpture. Human head is the main theme of his ceramic works. He says, “Human head is a mine of expressions, which provides flexibility for experiments.”Recently, MK Puri represented India at the ‘China Hangzhou G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition’ at Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum in China. The theme for the G20 art exhibition this year was ‘Peace, freedom, and environment protection’. Two of MK Puri’s paintings with the theme of Yoga and Meditation were selected for the exhibition. The works were semi realistic and attributed the Indian flavour.This is not the first time that he represented India at an international art exhibition, in the past he has represented the country at exhibitions across the world including Second Havana Biennale in Cuba, Exhibition of contemporary Indian art at Cuba, Mexico, France, Yugoslavia and Myanmar.He was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition in Beijing, where he had been specially invited by the Olympic association to represent India. MK Puri, 78, still feels energetic and enthusiastic. He thinks there is a lot left to discover, “Although I have represented India across the world in various art exhibitions throughout my life, each new invitation to represent India enthralls me and inspires me to showcase India depicted like never before, especially the rich culture and heritage our civilization has. This enthuses me and I feel as a fresher to the world of depicting my thoughts on canvas.”
Singur: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra on Monday inaugurated the first solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur, which is the first of its kind in the country. The warehouse has been developed by a 92-year-old Japanese warehousing-cum-transportation logistics company Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation (KRT) that has is headquartered in Tokyo.”Around 25 percent of the produce by farmers are wasted due to lack of warehouse facility. This compels him to sell his produce at a much lower price. This facility will keep vegetables fresh for six to seven days. The farmers will be able to store their produce and get price for it and at the same time, the consumers will also get fresh good and quality vegetables,” state Agricultural Marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSpeaking at the event, the state Finance minister urged the Japanese company to set up around 100 such warehouses in different parts of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore without cost of land. “This warehouse has the capacity of storing 30 tonnes of vegetables per day,” Mitra said. KRT is already coming up with two such warehouses in North Bengal. The first one will be set up at the krishak bazaar in Phansidewa and another at Dhupguri. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere are plans to build 100 solar-powered warehouses with similar infrastructure in another five years with emphasis on North Bengal. “Japan will be the partner country for the fourth time this year at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) scheduled to be held in February. Your success story in Singur should be showcased at the BGBS,” Mitra said with Keiichi Higuchi, president, KRT seated on the dais. State Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee urged the state government to come up with a similar facility in Burdwan as it is a huge producer of vegetables. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Higuchi said his company will stay focused in Bengal as huge potential is there waiting to be explored and the state government has been supporting its efforts to modernise its existing farmers’ markets across the state. The KRT facility, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been made operational within three years of initial discussion. JICA India chief representative Katsuo Matsumoto said a total of Rs 6 crore had been offered as grant from pre-feasibility study to project execution for setting up this facility.
Video via @ZachDeanDBNJ Advertisement Tim Tebow jacked the first walk-off home run of his pro baseball career with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 7th to complete a 4-0 comeback and sweep the doubleheader against the Daytona Tortugas (The teams played seven innings because it was the second game of a doubleheader). Tebow’s blast came on the first pitch of the at bat.His teammates met him at home plate to celebrate with the former Heisman winner. Tebow struggled in low A ball, but has tearing the cover off the ball at a .320 clip since his call up to high A at Port Saint Lucie.Tebow should be hitting walk-offs at CitiField for the Mets before the season is out. What the hell do they have to lose?TIM TEBOW WALK-OFF HOME RUN ON THE FIRST PITCH! pic.twitter.com/O7o7sAoUt2— Zach Dean (@ZachDeanDBNJ) July 14, 2017
Fresh off his LeBron James workout routine impersonation at Harrison Barnes’ wedding, Steph Curry and Kent Bazemore rolled up on a house party in Newport, Rhode Island to keep the party going into the early hours of the morning.Curry gladly pounded some beers with the regular bros without reservation. He even posed for some pics and let one guy grab a video. Curry looks little sauced and spilled some beer on his shirt. Hopefully he didn’t pull the old take a dump on the court gag.Watch Curry keeping the NBA championship party rolling with some random dudes in Rhode Island.Scroll the through the Instagram and check out the pics and video:
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 1, 2005 Now that cellular networks are starting to achieve broadband speeds in major markets, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the faster data speeds on their mobile phones. But there’s no reason you need to be limited to your phone. Why not bring your laptop or PDA to the party? Assorted hardware devices let you capture data over broadband cellular connections.For example, OmniWav Mobile’s MBR-1100 is an in-vehicle system that lets you connect any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled device to the internet. The vehicle broadband package costs $979, and the data service contract through Verizon Wireless is about $80 for unlimited use. Its range extends up to 300 feet, so you can still get online outside your car. A portable package version is also available so you can connect at your hotel, at a trade show or at a customer’s site.For a less expensive alternative, check out Novatel’s Merlin V620 Wireless PC Card Modem, which runs about $100 with a service plan. It also works with Verizon’s EV-DO network and will keep your laptop connected on the go. Generally, data speeds aren’t quite up to your office broadband line, but they’re sufficient for use on the road. Check provider websites to see if these services are available in your area yet. As broadband network rollouts continue, expect the number of similar solutions and providers to grow. This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Register Now » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 15, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Bikes generally haven’t changed that much since they first rolled, apart from getting lighter and sleeker and being outfitted with mini motors. For about 120 years, the humble, spoked two-wheeler has helped people get where they’re going.But it’s never been smart enough to tell people where to go. Not until now.Enter the Vanhawks Valour, a GPS-enabled Bluetooth smart bike that delivers turn-by-turn directions to riders using LED indicator lights embedded in its handlebars.Related: A Fashionable, Inflatable Bike Helmet Collar? Yes, You Read That RightIts Canadian creators are calling the sleek, matte black and ruby red pedal pusher the “world’s first connected bike for the urban commuter.” And, though we’re typically extremely skeptical of often inflated “first-ever” claims, we don’t think these guys are exaggerating. California engineering undergrad Kenny Gibbs came close last year when he invented a set of standalone GPS-enabled Helios handlebars for bikes. The Yuba City, Calif.-based designer’s aluminium bars help users geolocate their bikes when lost or stolen, indicate estimated speed and light up on either side to tell riders which way to go when they roll up to their next turn.Cool as Gibbs’ handlebars may be, they’re hardware you have to add to your bike. Not a bike itself. That’s where he lost his edge.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday LifeThe Toronto-based Vanhawks crew went whole hog and put all of the “connected” functionality that the Helios bars have into a badass, heck of a good-looking bike. And they took “the internet of bikes” theme quite a bit further than Gibbs did, though he still has one thing on them — his Helios bars have blinking directional lights, a safety feature we’re surprised the Valour doesn’t seem to have. Designed to make urban bike commuting safer, the Valour does, however, warn riders of dangers lurking in their blind spots. The bike’s mesh network, ultrasonic haptic feedback sensors detect nearby vehicles. When riders veer too close to traffic, the sensors trigger the handlebars to vibrate, another industry “first” the bike’s designers claim they boast the bragging rights to.The multi sensor-loaded Valour also works like a Fitbit with wheels, tallying stats like riders’ calories burned, speed, distance traveled, best times and more. Ride data is delivered via Valour’s companion smartphone app, which is slated to be available for iOS and Android devices and Pebble smart watches upon product launch. Related: College Startup Re-Imagines Bike SharingThe durable, ultra-light carbon fiber bodied bike went live on Kickstarter 16 days ago and has already more than quadrupled its $91,962 funding goal. With 16 more days to go, additional pledges are icing. The extra cash will fund the addition of a few fun, tricked-out features, including additional rim and frame colors, along with disc brake and carbon belt drive options. A pledge of $900 (plus shipping) would have gotten you a limited edition, production number engraved single-speed fixie Valour. Too bad they’re all sold out. Luckily, you can still put your money on a variety of other Valour rides, for fixie lovers and gear heads. About 225 were still up for grabs as of 3 p.m. ET.See the Vanhawks Valour in action in its official Kickstarter video below: Related: Uh, Did Your Refrigerator Just Send Me an Internet Virus?
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 14, 2017 8 min read When my co-founder and I were fleshing out the foundation of PolicyGenius, we knew our goal was to bring the insurance-buying process — from education to shopping to application — to the modern online consumer. The question was, “How do we do this?” And as we spoke to consumers about their decision journeys, we realized that the answer wasn’t new. It had been around for 30 years.Time after time, unprompted, we’d get asked why there wasn’t something like TurboTax for insurance.TurboTax helped pioneer robo-advice in household finances by offering expert-level guidance without requiring a face-to-face appointment with a specialist. It showed that it could be done for a complex financial process (there isn’t anything more complicated than filing your taxes, is there?) and now robo-advisors are taking over the investing world thanks to the likes of Tradeking, Wealthfront, Betterment, and more.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepSo the people we wanted to reach wanted TurboTax for insurance: something where they could go through the insurance shopping process — the whole process — online, getting guidance that they could follow at their own pace.Here’s what we learned by building it.You can’t be just an aggregator.You can find and compare insurance policies on PolicyGenius, so it’s tempting to describe the process as like “Kayak, but for insurance.” But unlike travel aggregators, we don’t just gather a bunch of deals and show them side-by-side on the screen. We can’t. Insurance is more complicated than flights, so we have to do more.When you go on vacation you buy your plane ticket, go on the trip, post the pictures to Facebook, and go back to your life. Insurance, especially life insurance, is more expensive, longer-term, and more complex. Choosing the wrong flight means you have to wake up early or have no legroom, but messing up your insurance policy has real consequences. That’s why we emphasize education and decision support.We built a resource center with content that explains different concepts, terms, and scenarios. During the application process, we explain why we’re asking for each piece of information. And with our Insurance Checkup, we show you not only what sort of protection you need, but why you need it.For a lot of people, shopping online for insurance means plugging your personal information into a form and waiting to get called by a horde of salespeople. That’s not a good experience. Customers don’t want to just be added to a call list. They’re trying to protect the wellbeing of themselves and their family; being little more than a stepping stone for a salesperson to get closer to their quota isn’t reassuring. Instead, we gave people a full shopping experience: go from research to application at your own pace, and only give up your contact information when you’re ready to take the next step in completing your application.Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No MoneyAnd insurance isn’t something that people think about all the time. That means you have a limited window to reach (and keep) them. How do you make the most of that time? By giving them all of the information and tools they need to go through the whole process upfront without needing to jump through hoops. In other words, don’t waste their time. Showing them the opportunity and value of life insurance through educational content and an easy-to-use process gives users the confidence that they can buy a policy without hassle and benefit from it for years to come.People will do more than you think they will.It’s easy to write off digital experiences as only being appealing for Millennials. And even though Millennials make up half of our customer base, that means that half of our users are from older, more affluent segments – and yet they still use and enjoy our digital experience. Remember, they’ve lived most of their lives in a world where TurboTax is the way millions of people do their taxes. They’re not new to this.Where do you integrate robo-advice? Wherever you can in the funnel – which, as it turns out, is every step.For example, we customize content and advice so that we’re giving customers relevant information. Even though the advice is “robo” that doesn’t mean it’s impersonal. If you can translate the type of advice a human insurance agent would deliver in the “kitchen table conversation” into an algorithm, then you can deliver tailored advice in a self-service, automated fashion. That’s what our Insurance Checkup does: in five minutes customers can find out exactly what type of coverage they need based on their financial situation.It doesn’t stop there, though. We provide instant, accurate, automated quotes with advanced underwriting techniques; at the evaluation stage, we’ve built plain-English content and decision-support features that answer the most important questions insurance shoppers have; our insurer report cards highlight all the ratings and customer “moments of truth” essential for the purchasing decision. Step by step, we make learning about, applying for, and purchasing insurance easy and self-directed.And what happens when you put robo-advisor tools in place in the funnel? More than you’d think.Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)Our customers spend a lot of time on the research and decision-making steps of the process because we’ve given them personalized content to dig through. They answer a lot of high-friction questions to get accurate quotes (more questions than a typical UX/UI designer would think is possible) and spend upwards of 10 minutes on our site per transaction. There’s only a few days between when they begin the process and when they finish their application, and a vast majority of our users do finish their application once they start – enough that we’ve seen 20% month-over-month growth when the rest of the life insurance industry has stayed relatively flat. We’ve done this by enabling people to buy life insurance the way they want to: with plenty of advice, on their own terms, instantly.Robo-advice isn’t a one-size-fits-all tool.We aren’t all suited for robo-advice just yet. Whether it’s because we’re concerned about the security implications of entering all of our financial information online or we just like having an expert sit down with us and answer questions in real life, an agent works better for some people.Although we’ve been able to reach across generational gaps at PolicyGenius, studies show that older generations (sorry 35 year olds, you’re an “older generation” now) are more likely to prefer a face-to-face experience at some point, while younger people are more comfortable with a fully online process – according to an AXA survey 34% of Millennials want to interact with their insurer solely online, and 8% don’t want to interact with them at all.But it’s not just an age thing. Whether or not people want to apply for life insurance online depends on their needs and their do-it-yourself orientation; where they fall on that spectrum dictates where you can fit robo-advisor tools into the process to make their experience as seamless as possible.On one end, you have someone with simple needs — they just want a pretty straightforward life insurance policy, for instance — and they’re comfortable going through it themselves; you can automate every step of the process, from education all the way through to checkout. They don’t have to talk to a single person if they don’t want to.Then you get to people who want to do it on their own but need an agent due to their financial situation: high net worth consumers with complicated estate planning needs are probably better served with a personal advisor at some point in the process.The inverse of the latter customer is the consumer who wants (more than needs) an agent but it may not be feasible for them to be supported every step of the way because it’s not cost-effective for the agent to handle every step of the process for them. For these customers, you can complement their journey with robo-advisor tools — let them go through as much as they can on their own and having an agent step in only when necessary so the agent doesn’t have to invest too much in time or resources for a simple policy.And finally, at the other end of our spectrum, there’s the traditional agent model for anyone who doesn’t want to go through the process alone or has complicated needs that an experienced professional can help with. 69% of respondents to a recent Allianz survey said they don’t trust advice found online, so they’d rather work with an agent than a robo-advisor — so there’s still a market out there for them.The life insurance industry has been around for a long time. We’re not going to revolutionize it overnight. We don’t have to, and we don’t want to — it’s a large, complex industry, and a lot of people still find value in the way it currently works. But we shouldn’t fight the tools and technology that are available to us, and implementing robo-advisors is one of the incremental changes we can put in place to make buying life insurance easier for everyone. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
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3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited1 of 7Tests graphics and gaming performance using the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark. Higher number is better.Apple iPad Air (2019)Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)Apple iPad mini 2019Lenovo Tab 4 10 PlusCategory Average (as of 02/28/19) Storage Drive Type 20537.25 0 15000 30000 45000 60000 75000 90000 256GB One year of hardware repair coverage via limited warranty, up to 90 days of tech support. Company Website Headphone 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Display Resolution RAM Upgradeable Specifications CPU Apple iOS 12 RAM Included https://www.apple.com/ipad-air/specs/ Storage Drive Size 3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery LifeColor AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4Jetstream Not Tested 13801 Review OS 2224 x 1668 Card Readers Graphics Memory Ports Card Reader Size Ports Yes USB Ports 10.5 Wi-Fi 8MP 7MP Weight Nano’SIM Looking up and down Apple’s revised iPad lineup, the newly reborn iPad Air appears to remix all of the company’s best tablet features together. The iPad Air packs Apple’s fast A12 Bionic chip and support for the Smart Keyboard, a first for a non-Pro iPad. And at $499, it’s half the price of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and $170 more than the regular iPad.article continued below Its bright, colorful, crisp 10.5-inch screen falls in a particularly sweet spot as well, giving you a great canvas for multitasking and gaming. Toss in fantastic battery life, and you get the best mid-size tablet we’ve seen in a while. iPad Air price and availability The iPad Air starts at $499 with 64GB of storage, which is enough for most, especially those that store photos and files in an iCloud account. A 256GB storage option is available at $649. You can upgrade to cellular LTE connectivity for an extra $130, a perk I’ve been begging Apple to offer on the next MacBook Pro. This would mean the difference between relying on airport Wi-Fi, or carrying a hotspot everywhere, as not everyone has a cellular plan that includes mobile hotspot capabilities. The iPad Air supports Apple’s $99 iPad Pencil (1st Gen) and a $159 Smart Keyboard cover. Design The new iPad Air is a larger iPad, which makes it a much-larger iPad mini, which is to say we’re all familiar with this machined aluminium design (available in silver, space gray and gold). Sure, its side bezels are slimmer than those of the original 2012 iPad Air, but if I were packing a bag in a rush, I might not notice the difference. This isn’t a bad thing, mind you, as the top and bottom bezels (also called the forehead and chin), look a lot less chunky on this 10.5-inch design than on the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini. The new 10.5-inch iPad Air weighs 1 pound and measures 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches, which makes it heavier than, but just as thin as, the new 7.9-inch iPad mini (0.68 ounces / 8 x 5.3 x .24 inches). It’s a hair lighter and thinner than the 9.7-inch iPad (1.05 pounds, 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches) and the 10.1-inch Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (1.1 pounds, 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.28 inches). With the Smart Keyboard attached, the iPad Air measures a slightly chunkier 0.5 inches and weighs about 50 percent more, at 1.56 pounds. Having carried the iPad Air around with and without its Smart Keyboard, I prefer holding it with the attached accessory, which provides a grippier surface. While I’d love the iPad Air to ditch its Lightning port for the USB Type-C port seen in the iPad Pro, I’m happy its other “retro” port — the 3.5mm headphone jack — is still around. I’m not sure why this tablet gets a feature that the iPad Pro doesn’t, but I’m not complaining. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor has also stuck around (Face ID has yet to replace it), and still unlocks the tablet almost instantly. Display When watching a 4K version of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on the iPad Air, I was giddy with the tablet’s image quality. The red-and-blue hues of young Miles Morales’ Spider-Man costume popped off the screen as he interrogated Peter B. Parker. Skipping around the movie, I stopped in awe when I saw the seafoam-green walls of Kingpin’s Super Collider, which looked absolutely electric on the screen. The dark corners of the subway tunnels in the movie looked pretty rich to me, despite the iPad Air not using an OLED display. The iPad Air’s 2224 x 1668-pixel panel is also great for crisp images, as those tiny Ben-Day dots that permeate every object and person in the Spider-Verse look extremely sharp on this 264 pixel-per-inch display. When watching a 4K version of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse on the iPad Air, I was giddy with the tablet’s image quality. According to our colorimeter, the iPad Air produces a high 132 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which jumps over the 116 percent average, the 119 percent rating from the 9.7-inch iPad and the 109 percent rating from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. The new iPad mini posted a slightly higher 135 percent. The iPad Air’s screen gets pretty bright, emitting up to 425 nits of brightness, besting the 409-nit category average and the 400-nit Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. The new iPad mini (490 nits) and the 9.7-inch iPad (489 nits) get even brighter. The Air’s screen is so bright that it offers a superb range of viewing angles, with colors looking true even when I’m examining its panel from 85 degrees to the left or right. MORE: Best Tablet 2019 – Top Tablets on the Market As I’ve navigated the iPad Air’s home screen and apps with taps and swipes, I’ve noticed that this touch-screen display continues Apple’s history of excellent input-tracking accuracy. You’ll appreciate that responsiveness as you drag apps up from the dock for split-view and swipe them in and out for a third “slide-over” app. Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil The iPad Air is the first tablet outside the iPad Pro line to both support the Apple Pencil and feature a Smart Connector for use with Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover. And while I’m delighted to see these two perks finally arrive, it just makes me want more. The iPad’s Air Smart Keyboard ($159 extra) offers a decent typing experience. Despite its keys being quite shallow, with 1.1 millimeters of travel (we look for at least 1.5 mm), I was able to type comfortably at 73 words per minute (with 98 percent accuracy) on the 10FastFingers.com typing test. That’s below my regular 80 words per minute (98 percent accuracy) average, but I’m OK with the trade-offs. The biggest issue with the Smart Keyboard is its high price, especially since this is not the latest version of the keyboard. Fortunately, you can pair this tablet with any Bluetooth keyboard, though the benefit of the Smart Keyboard is how neatly it folds into the tablet as a display cover for travel. The iPad Air supports the Apple Pencil ($99 extra), which works just as well as ever. When I handed the tablet and stylus to my colleague Remy Zimmerman, a graphic designer, she whipped together a gorgeous-looking avocado in the Procreate drawing app, mixing greens, yellows and browns together in the app while drawing a mix of thin and wide strokes on screen. I wish the Air supported the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil, which is currently limited to the iPad Pro. Sure, that device only charges via magnetic connections, and there’s no such edge on the iPad Air’s design. But its matte barrel feels much more natural than the glossy (and a bit too slick) 1st Gen Apple Pencil. Plus, the process of connecting the Apple Pencil to the Lightning port on the bottom of the iPad Air still feels awkward, like something’s going to break. Performance The iPad Air’s A12 Bionic system-on-chip (which features a Neural Engine for machine learning and the M12 co-processor) provides plenty of speed for such apps as Procreate and Pixelmator Photos to enable snappy creative experiences. This processor can also handle more-traditional laptop-like usage as well. Splitting its screen between the Bear text editor and nine tabs in Safari, I was able to quickly jump, without any stuttering, between tabs about Tucson, Arizona, and plan out my upcoming trip, even with the Music app active as the third slide-over app. I found the limits of the Air only by switching the third open app to YouTube, where I opened a 1080p clip from the VideoGameDunkey channel. Then, I saw Safari tabs taking a moment to refresh when I reopened them by clicking Cmd+Tab to cycle through open pages. The iPad Air’s A12 Bionic processor provides plenty of speed for apps such as Procreate and Pixelmator Photos to enable snappy creative experiences. On the Geekbench 4 general-performance test, the iPad Air notched a solid 11,471, more than twice the 5,600 tablet average. The new iPad mini (also packing the A12 and M12 chips) scored a similar 11,515, while we saw a lower 5,983 from the 9.7-inch iPad (Apple A10 Fusion) and a 4,097 from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625). Gaming The iPad Air is one of the best tablets for gaming, thanks to its speed, large screen, access to a wide range of iOS games and its augmented reality perks. As I played NBA 2K Mobile I was impressed by the visual effects, including the beads of sweat on the neck and back of Frank Ntilikina, who moved smoothly up and down the court at Madison Square Garden. (The fans, on the other hand, looked realistically bored and disappointed with the ever-underperforming squad). Indie game Donut County, where you navigate a sinkhole around California, looks even better on the iPad Air’s 10.5-inch screen than it does on my iPhone XS Max. Even as phones get larger and larger, apps just look better on larger canvases, where you have more space to enjoy the cartoonish visuals of a giant donut shop and its workers falling through the earth. I also got to enjoy a couple of augmented-reality apps on the iPad Air. In Avo!, I doodled lines on my screen to direct an avocado with googly eyes around my coffee table, and in Ghostbusters World, Slimer appeared in my bedroom, where I got to zap him on screen when he levitated in front of my TV. In each app, the AR objects handled object-detection well, and moved fluidly without issue. MORE: 21 Best Education Apps for Your iPad On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, the iPad Air earned a great 77,385, easily toppling the 26,854 tablet average, the 37,117 from the 9.7-inch iPad and the 13,801 from the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. Apps One of the most impressive apps I’ve tested on the iPad Air is Pixelmator Photo, currently in its final beta, which provides a really neat trick. Its ML button applies Machine Learning-based intelligence based on thousands of improved photos to instantly make your photos look starkly more realistic. (That’s where the A12 Bionic chip comes in.) Testing it out on a photo of a nightclub I shot in a back alley in London, a tap of the ML button instantly fixed the white balance of the image. Because of this, the van parked outside the venue gained a more natural white, and the pink design on the towel taped to it also cleaned up nicely, and you could see the dark gray (not black) tone of the marker-written words “SECRET GIRL GANG CLUBHOUSE.” It’s a much faster alternative to re-touching shots in VSCO, my current means of image doctoring, which can often lead to images that look unnatural and oversaturated. Testing a beta version of the Moleskine Flow drawing and writing app, I saw loads of potential in the app that could provide an alternative to using a real notebook, as it packs tons of writing utensils and an unlimited set of pages in a clean aesthetic. Unfortunately, I noticed a slight latency in my input in Flow when compared to using the Pencil in the Apple Notes app. Hopefully, this is something that gets solved in development. Audio Luniz’s “I Got 5 On Us” sounded great on the iPad Air as it filled my loft’s living room with accurate bass, crisp drums and clear synths. The iPad also handily reproduced James Blake’s soulful “Where’s the Catch?” with the singer’s plaintive, serene vocals coming through accurately. Battery Life The iPad Air is a trooper when it comes to endurance. The Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing at 150 nits) took 11 hours and 54 minutes to drain the slate of its charge, a time that beats the 10:16 tablet average and the 10:07 time from the 9.7-inch iPad by nearly 2 hours. The new iPad mini (12:40) and Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (13:06) last longer. Cameras Photography is definitely not a strength of the iPad Air.. I’m not just saying that because of how awkward I looked as I snapped photos with a 10.5-inch tablet, either. The 8-megapixel and front 7-MP cameras just aren’t very impressive. I was able to eek out decent selfies and shots of street art in downtown Manhattan — with accurate hues of spray paint and sharp details for my stubble — but only with the help of ample daylight (Though too much light caused sections of photos to be overexposed.) Fortunately, Pixelmator Photos’ MR button helped salvage those images. The rear cam’s ƒ/2.4 aperture (higher is worse) is partly to blame, as the iPad Air’s shooter lets in less than the wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) camera on the back of my iPhone XS Max. The iPad Air’s selfie cam sports an ƒ/2.2 aperture, the same as the selfie shooter on the iPhone XS. Both cameras are surprisingly zoomed in, which didn’t help, either. If I were giving this iPad to a relative, I’d advise them to keep using the phone in their pocket, as it’s also easier to hold in one hand than the 10.5-inch iPad Air. Instead, the iPad Air’s cameras are best suited for use in augmented-reality apps. iPad mini vs. New iPad Air vs 9.7-inch iPad: What should you buy? As Apple’s iPad lineup grows, the decision about which iPad is best for you becomes harder. The newly updated iPad mini is so similar to the iPad Air regarding battery life, screen quality and performance that any decision between those two comes down to three questions. MORE: Best Laptops Under $500 The first is “Do you love to multitask?” because the iPad Air’s 10.5-inch screen is much better suited to having three apps open at once, accomplished by using split-view apps with a third that you “slide over” on top of one of the first two, as the 7.9-inch iPad mini’s screen is a bit cramped for all those apps. Next: “Do you prefer to use your tech with one or two hands?” The lighter, smaller iPad mini is ideal for single-hand use, while the large screen of the Air practically requires using both hands. Lastly: “What kind of reader are you?” While comic books look great on the iPad Air’s large screen, ebooks fit the smaller iPad mini’s screen a lot more naturally. But what about the cheaper $329 9.7-inch iPad, which is often marked down on Amazon (it’s on sale there for $249 at the time of publication). With its slower A10 Fusion chip and lack of Smart Keyboard support, I’d recommend this slate to those who are looking for a tablet primarily for web browsing, email and looking through their photos. That’s why it’s a good fit for younger students. Bottom Line The new iPad Air doesn’t reinvent anything about the tablet, but simply provides a great combination of Apple’s existing parts and pieces. If only it included Apple’s Smart Keyboard, it wouldn’t feel so pricey at $500 (which is enough for a decent laptop). Still, the iPad Air’s fantastic display, lengthy battery life and speedy performance place it in a league of its own. The $329 iPad will suffice for more modest users, but those who want a great tablet experience without breaking the bank should buy the iPad Air. 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Microsoft to shut down docs.com on December 15, 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on June 09, 2017 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 9 commentsMicrosoft announced today that it plans to shut down the company’s Docs.com Office document sharing service on December 15, 2017.Docs.com started out as a cooperation between Microsoft and Facebook in April 2010. Created using Microsoft’s Office Web Apps platform, it allowed Facebook users to create, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents.The editors integrated with Office on Mac and PC devices, and allowed for local editing of documents — opposed to online editing — and syncing of edited documents with the online storage.Microsoft relaunched Docs.com back in 2015. The relaunch added support for more supports, support for fetching documents from OneDrive, and basic commenting support.Docs.com shut downA support article on the Office website highlights that Microsoft made the decision to shut down Docs.com.Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date.The support article provides a timeline of events to come:June 9, 2017 — New users are not accepted anymore. Existing users may still use the site as before.June 19, 2017 — Office 365 Administrators may migrate Docs.com documents and files to OneDrive for Business if a work or school account is used.August 1, 2017 — The publishing and editing functionality is disabled. Files can still be viewed online or downloaded.December 15, 2017 — Docs.com and all if its content is discontinued. Content is no longer accessible.May 15, 2018 — Any links pointing to Docs.com content that redirected to content on OneDrive or OneDrive for Business will stop working.-Docs.com users may sign in between June 9 and December 14, 2017 to back up all content on Docs.com to OneDrive. The Docs.com account is set to read-only when the transfer completes, and document links are redirected automatically to OneDrive.Docs.com users have several options when it comes to content that is stored by the service currently:Back up the data to the local computer system.Office 365 with OneDrive for Business users may back up compatible content to OneDrive for Business automatically.Microsoft Account and Facebook Account users may back up all compatible files to OneDrive.Microsoft creates an Excel file that contains metadata such as descriptions, and stores this automatically on OneDrive or OneDrive for Business. About and journal pages, as well as Sway content are moved to the My Sway page automatically.Microsoft notes that users need to make sure that there is enough free storage space available on OneDrive for the Docs.com content. Migration will be interrupted of the available storage limit is exceeded. Users need to free up space, or get more space on OneDrive, and launch the migration again on the Docs.com website.Why is Microsoft shutting down Docs.com?The main reason for shutting down Docs.com is that Microsoft believes that SlideShare is the better service for publishing Office documents.Following Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, SlideShare has joined the Microsoft family, and represents the ideal platform for publishing your Word, PowerPoint, and PDF content with its audience of 70 million professionals, and vast content library.Microsoft furthermore believes that OneDrive is the better service for custom sharing.For custom sharing, OneDrive offers additional tools, permission settings, and security to help share and protect your data and content.Closing WordsThe discontinuation of Docs.com is the second big shut down by Microsoft in recent time (after the announcement of CodePlex shutting down). Coincidentally, both shut downs happen on December 15, 2017.There are plenty of alternatives available, not only those operated by Microsoft, but also by other companies such as Google.Now You: What’s your take on Docs.com being shut down?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft to shut down docs.com on December 15, 2017DescriptionMicrosoft announced today that it plans to shut down the company’s Docs.com Office document sharing service on December 15, 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A lesbian couple who planned to surprise each other with a proposal accidentally planned it for the same day, and it was adorable.Tori and Berkley are a lesbian couple living in Texas and they have been together for over four years. She then grabs a ring box and also gets on one kneeTori is also shocked and shouts: “What?! This is a joke! This is a set-up!”(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)They both look totally shocked and Tori starts over again and the pair tear up.Of course, they both said yes and a round of applause breaks out from their family and friends.Writing on Twitter about the adorable moment, Tori called her partner a “tricky girl” for pretending to hate Pictionary so she could carry out her own proposal.She wrote: “I PLANNED A PROPOSAL FOR MONTHS.. little did I know she planned one too!(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)“I love you so much.“Can’t wait to marry the sh*t out of you.”Berkley added: “After 4 LONG months of keeping this secret.. turns out Tori McKynzi Marie Monaco was keeping one too. I cannot wait to marry the woman of my dreams. I love you forever baby.”Watch the adorable proposal below:[embedded content]Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)Each of them decided that they wanted to propose, and so they decided that they would surprise each other.Little did they know that they decided to surprise each other on the same day, and it was all caught on video by their friends and family.The pair were playing a game of Pictionary with friends at home, which was part of Tori’s big plan.Berkley is drawing on the board while Tori guesses, and she’s already setting her partner up for the surprise as she shouts “marry”, “proposal” and “couple” amongst other guesses.(Photo by Toorriiiiiiiiii/Twitter)Halfway through when Berkley is facing the board, Tori gets onto one knee and holds up a ring box and waits for her lover to turn around.Berkley is totally in shock and freezes, and then a family friend goes “show her!”. Lesbian couple surprises each other with double proposal and it’s so cuteCouple adorably goes viral after proposing to each other at the same timeGuy accidentally sets up Snapchat group trying to pick up girls but hilariously backfiresPINK NEWS-
Cancún, Q.R. — Environmental officials of the state say it’s important people understand how to live in the same environment as crocodiles and curb the amount of garbage being thrown away, something that is affecting their habitat.Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, Executive Director of Amigos de Sian Kan, said that it’s important for both humans and crocodiles to coexist in a natural environment, but while doing so, to take care of the environment of the crocodile, especially the Acutus species, which is at risk of extinction.He explained that there are two species of crocodiles in Quintana Roo, the Acutus and the Moreletti, and that the latter was recently removed from the risk of extinction list thanks to management projects that stopped hunting of the species.He says that hunting is not a problem regarding the crocodiles that live in the area, but that they are more concerned about how humans are beginning to invade the natural reserves that animals have left to live in.“Hunting really is no longer a major problem. It is more the problem of damage by the destruction of their habitat. There have been incidents of people illegally hunting crocodiles, which is a federal crime, but that really is not what’s putting the crocodile population at risk right now,” he explained.He said that chemical pollution is also not a problem that is affecting the population of crocodiles either, neither in the Manatí lagoon nor in the Nichupté as has been the case elsewhere in Mexico, specifically in the Tabasco rivers where dead crocodiles and manatees have been found.“I am more worried about the destruction of their habitat and the excess of garbage that we throw into the water more than the issue of industrial pollution. If you get chemical contamination it can affect them, but luckily there is no chemical industry in the state, so it is not such a serious problem,” he said.He explained that the real issue is raising awareness and educating people to have responsible management of the environment and learning to live with and share the space we all live in. He noted that understanding how to deal with a crocodile is also important, such as the crocodile that was relocated from the grounds of the University of the Caribbean recently.Each year there are several local incidences involving humans and crocodiles, that range from beach sightings in Playa del Carmen to attacks on the island of Cozumel and in the lagoons of Cancun where in 2017, a man lost an arm after being attacked by a crocodile.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development will be holding a rabies vaccination programme from June 18 to 22 at various points in Ezakheni.The vaccination programme, for dogs and cats, will start at 8.30am, so be sure to get your furry friend vaccinated free of charge.The dates and venues are as follows:June 18 – Ezakheni E-sectionJune 19 – Ezakheni E-section (E-Omdala), C1 and C2June 20 – Ezakheni C, C3 and C4 sectionJune 21 – Ezakheni D and Ntokozweni EncaniJune 22 – Ezakheni Mathanqaza (C1), Makipkipni and Ama-1 roomsFor more information, please contact Mr ME Munyai on 0769414235 or Mr AM Mchunu on 0768216771 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 uThukela has managed to restore water supply in some parts of Aloe Park and surrounding areas, while others will be receiving water later today (April 11).“Our engineers are still on site and trying to establish the root cause of the water interruption,” said uThukela spokesperson Jabulani Mkhonza.Read also: Update: uThukela battle to restore water to thousands of homes in LadysmithAlso read: No water in parts of LadysmithAlso read: Update: Hundreds of homes left without water Also read: Update: uThukela struggles to restore water to hundreds of homesRead also: Breaking News: Water to be back within the next hour“The community will be kept posted on the latest developments. We apologise for the inconvenience,” he added.Residents with dry taps are encouraged to take containers to the mosque in Poona Road to fill up with water.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!
3. UnfollowThe simplest way to deal with an abusive cyber bully is to unfollow them and rid your newsfeed of their negative energy.4. BlockIf reporting abuse and unfollowing someone doesn’t seem to deter them, the next step would be to block them completely and prevent them from having any contact with you.5. Remove ProfileThis is the most extreme precaution anyone can take when it comes to cyberbullying. Removing your profile ensures that there is no trace of you on the social media site and therefore preventing anyone from being able to make contact at all. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Cyber bullies have a great way of sucking the fun out of social media. Don’t allow them to become a regular fixture in your daily online life. Say goodbye to cyber bullies by clicking on five important buttons on your social media platforms.1. IgnoreAlthough cyber bullies are the hardest people to ignore online because they always scream at the top of their lungs trying to get a reaction, acknowledging them can exasperate the situation and get you into even bigger trouble.2. Report AbuseOn most social media platforms nowadays there are options to report any offensive or abusive users especially if they have broken the rules of engagement.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite KZN Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commented that, “We will clamp down on drugs in our province. Our officers will follow up on all information about criminal activities to make sure those involved are caught and brought to book.”DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? Six suspects appeared in the Ezakheni and Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Thursday) for possession of dagga.Three of the suspects were arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the Ladysmith Visible Policing Section. Acting on information that people were transporting dagga on the Newcastle road (N11), the officers rushed out to a hiking spot where they arrested the three suspects, aged between 28 and 54. The total value of the recovered dagga is R60,000.Then, on Wednesday evening, Ezakheni police officers arrested another three suspects for possession of dagga.The officers were busy with crime prevention activities which led them to a house in Ezakheni A-Section. On arrival, they arrested a 40-year-old man after dagga was found hidden in an ice-cream container.In a second house in the same section, police arrested a 47-year-old man after dagga was found hidden in a pot. This was followed by the arrest of a 21-year-old man at the same house. He was also found in possession of dagga.
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 | 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 Related Content 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 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 | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… 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. 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 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 | 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 Technology | October 30, 2008 Breast Imaging Workstation Offers Enterprise Integration, Interpretation Workflow Image courtesy of Imago Systems Three Palm Software’s WorkstationOne is a breast imaging workstation software that offers a distinctly different style of enterprise integration and interpretation workflow. The workstation’s reportedly simple interface is designed to meet the most demanding radiologists’ needs.- “Single-click” navigation streamlines reading sequences from opening a study to generating a report.- Customized mammographic-specific reading and hanging protocols for both screening and diagnostic study interpretation.- Incorporates expert viewing methodology including Tabár’s systematic viewing masks for searching for subtle radiographic abnormalities.- Eight current and prior images are displayed immediately when the next study is opened, with multiple priors accessible by single click.- Current images are high-lighted in all hanging protocols to minimize the risk of misdiagnosis from priors.- Full-resolution image viewing navigated using a mouse wheel; visual tracing of pixels that have been viewed – no need to manually pan and zoom the images to view all pixels at full resolution.- Electronic grease pen allows the radiologist to markup the image display any time; and automatically generate corresponding mammography recall form and/or screening report.- Range of modalities are FFDM, CR, digitized films, ultrasound and MRI and an integrated CAD and GSPS display.According to the company, the most important technical specifications are: – Runs on Windows with the dotnet framework (2.0 at minimum).- To be used with one color monitor for user navigation and two high-resolution monitors (FDA cleared for primary diagnosis of mammograms).- Acts as a storage SCP for MG for-presentation studies, US, MRI, GSPS and Mammography SR reports. – Acts as storage SCU to output GSPS or SC for report or measurements.- Optionally can use a modality worklist as a hint for up-coming studies (to trigger pre-fetch) and for composing an interpretation worklist. Enterprise features include:- Follows industry standards, compatible with IHE Mammo guidelines.- Images, GSPS and SR can be pushed to the workstation, or can be retrieved from PACS.- There are two levels of pre-fetch – optimistic storage to local disk based on an expected worklist, plus caching to memory during the reading cycle using the interpretation worklist.- Even with no user logged in, the system automatically pre-fetches studies.- Application honors the security settings of the enterprise – so can work within the policies that an enterprise implements as part of its HIPAA compliance.OEM vender features include:- Software-only install, so can easily be deployed in the field.- Runs on a range of Windows platforms (e.g., XP, XP-x64 and Vista).- Low maintenance system pre-fetches and cleans up data automatically.- Stand-alone configuration tool (allowing service configuration of site settings).- Customization capabilities include the ability to provide alternate mechanisms for triggering prefetch, desktop worklist integration, and bidirectional interfaces with RIS and mammography reporting systems. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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 | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 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 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 June 18, 2009 – GE Healthcare this week launched its Stimulus Simplicity program, which offers healthcare providers interest-free loans with deferred payments to purchase electronic medical records (EMRs) and a certification warranty to ensure the EMRs will meet any guidelines set for meaningful use. “Electronic medical records are designed to assist providers in improving patient outcomes, and reducing medical errors and costs,” said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO of GE Healthcare IT. “However, significant financial barriers are making healthcare providers hesitant to adopt the technology. Between the large upfront capital investment required in these challenging economic times and the uncertainty of the criteria to earn government incentive payments, small practices and facilities in rural areas and inner cities may decide the risks don’t outweigh the potential benefits. GE’s zero-interest interim funding and certification warranty provide doctors, community health clinics and hospitals a bridge to qualifying for stimulus funds and faster access to the improved care available through electronic medical record use.”The new program focuses on GE’s Centricity EMR and Centricity Enterprise Solutions – the company’s integrated clinical, financial and administrative system that documents all aspects of patient care. GE’s financial services business, GE Capital, will provide the financing with GE Healthcare providing its EMR product certification warranty. GE Capital expects to make about $100 million available for the program. Under the government’s stimulus provisions, federal funds won’t become available for EMRs until 2011 and the government has yet to set specific guidelines for determining what constitutes a “qualified” system.GE said the Hazard Clinic, in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky, is among the first to qualify for the interest-free loan to purchase the Centricity EMR solution. “This gives a small, rural clinic like ours a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring our patients the type of technology they’d typically have to travel for,” said Stephanie Wooton, Hazard Clinic administrator. “The case for EMR is clear and convincing. Yet, as a community-based organization, we likely wouldn’t have been able to transform our recordkeeping without this offer. Now, not only do we expect the Centricity EMR to save us money by increasing efficiencies, it will empower our staff to deliver the topnotch care our patients deserve. Frankly, that’s the most exciting part.”By accelerating EMR and health information exchange adoption, GE expects to help remove $28 billion in cost from the health system while improving access to better and more affordable care.“We can offer this attractive financing package because of the quality of GE’s EMR offering, the reduced credit risk due to anticipated customer reimbursement from the HITECH Act (contained in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, or ARRA), and the opportunity this program creates for new customer relationships for our healthcare financial services business.”When GE launched its new healthymagination business strategy last month, one of the key components was the commitment to provide financing for advancing healthcare solutions. The healthymagination initiative is a $6 billion commitment to improve access, affordability and quality of healthcare. Under the program GE supports the expanded use of healthcare IT to speed communications, while limiting variation and controlling costs. By accelerating EMR and health information exchange (HIE) adoption, GE expects to help remove $28 billion in cost from the health system while improving access to better and more affordable care.For more information: www.healthymagination.com, www.gehealthcare.com/usen/hit/hitech_act.html FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 Related Content A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | June 18, 2009 GE Launches its Own Economic Stimulus for EMR Implementation
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 Related Content 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 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 | 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 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 News | August 29, 2011 New Digital Linear Accelerator Control System Demonstrates Treatment Time Savings of Up to 30 Percent 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 August 29, 2011 – Elekta announced it has received approval to CE Mark its Integrity R1.1 treatment control system in the European Union. Integrity R1.1 combines a three-tier safety system with continuously variable dose rate (CVDR) and interdigitation capabilities for Elekta’s MLCi2 multi-leaf collimator (MLC). Integrity supports a complete range of delivery techniques –– including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and stereotactic applications –– while ensuring maximum patient safety.Incorporating three tiers of safety, Integrity has undergone rigorous tests in eight international centers, which demonstrated safe reductions in treatment times of as high as 30 percent. The approval of the CE Marking for Integrity enables European medical centers to realize these treatment speed and safety benefits when Elekta begins delivery of the control systems.”We depend on Integrity to ensure that the linac does what it is supposed to do,” says Prof. Frank Lohr, vice chairman of University Medical Center Mannheim (UMC, Germany). “Our data, using Integrity on a variety of plans, shows that VMAT plans are significantly accelerated and treatment delivery is considerably smoother than with the previous control system. On average, Integrity has reduced treatment times by 20 to 30 percent.”UMC is one of eight centers that participated in testing Integrity and has used the Integrity R1.0 control system for a year on two on Elekta treatment machines that are dedicated almost exclusively to delivering IMRT and VMAT. Efficiently delivering these complex techniques has been facilitated by CVDR and MLC interdigitation, both enabled via Integrity.”Because 60 percent of all our patients received IMRT –– with 70 percent of that group receiving VMAT –– the ability of Integrity to support MLC interdigitation and CVDR becomes even more critical, as they greatly enhance treatment delivery speed,” Prof. Lohr observed. “Integrity has shown to be a good, reliable product –– it does what it should and does it well, enabling us to provide the benefits of IMRT and VMAT to patients who will benefit most from these modulated therapies. Integrity also will help us fully exploit future innovations.”About IntegrityIntegrity combines a three-tier safety system with CVDR and interdigitation for Elekta’s MLCi2. The first Integrity safety tier records and verifies the prescription received from Mosaiq oncology information system (OIS) and checks that all linac parameters are set correctly. The second tier checks and controls MLC leaves, gantry, collimator and dose delivery throughout beam delivery, ensuring that all parameters are in the correct position and the right dose is being delivered. Guardian, the third tier, supervises the proper operation of the other two tiers –– verifying in real-time that the field currently being delivered matches the prescribed treatment parameters. If a discrepancy occurs, Guardian will stop the treatment.Interdigitation and CVDR boost efficiencyWith interdigitation, MLC capabilities have caught up with the ability of the treatment planning system to create fields with complex geometry. Because MLC leaves can move past one another (i.e., interdigitate), clinicians can employ island fields in difficult cases, such as those involving multiple targets. Interdigitation is important not just for treating multiple targets but also when there is a target geometry that consists of different dose objectives. For example, clinicians may want to treat a primary target to 70 Gy and a nodal region to 57 Gy.CVDR allows the dose rate to be adjusted to its ideal MU value during delivery of both dynamic and VMAT prescriptions. This option makes prescription delivery smoother and faster when compared to previous discrete dose rates. The additional dose rate options permit Integrity to easily navigate complex dose modulation paths.*Integrity is not available for sale or distribution in all markets. Contact your Elekta representative for further details. For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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
March 11, 2015 — Claron Technology showcased its NilRead universal zero-footprint diagnostic viewer for mammography applications at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in March. NilRead has regulatory clearances in Canada and in the EU, and Claron has also submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for NilRead mammography clearance.NilRead universal viewer supports anywhere, anytime viewing of diagnostic mammography images on a high-resolution monitor. Support includes both full field digital mammography studies and digital breast tomosynthesis. It enables radiologists to easily confer on cases, compare prior exams from any institution with current images and evaluate mammograms remotely anywhere worldwide.Like other viewers in the Nil family, the mammography viewer runs from a remote location with server-side rendering, eliminating the need to transfer ultra-large mammography files locally for image manipulation. This makes it particularly appropriate for telemammography. Nil enterprise viewers also allow accessing of images through an electronic health record (EHR) or other cross-department, unified patient record.NilRead is a full-featured viewer designed to enable diagnostic reading anywhere, anytime on any device — tablets, smartphones, laptops or desktops. The software supports diagnostic viewing of all Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) imaging modalities on single- or multi-monitor configurations. The viewer includes support for customizable hanging protocols, prior-current comparison, extensive measurements, and advanced visualization features such as thin/thick slabs, MIP, volume rendering and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) fusion.Complementing this is NilShare for viewing clinical images and interactive reports for real-time consultations and collaboration. Both viewers support a full range of images in addition to DICOM, including jpeg, tiff and pdf, as well as reports.The Nil viewer family is optimized for streaming integration with remote archives, including picture archive and communication systems (PACS) and vendor neutral archives (VNA), without caching data.NilRead and NilShare can be integrated into any DICOM network and are available as turn-key systems for hospitals, imaging groups or radiology practices. Nil uses highly optimized client-server communication to remain responsive even over connections with limited bandwidth and high latency, such as cellular 3G. Nil server-side software requires no special graphics hardware, allowing it to be easily virtualized and run in a cloud environment.For more information: www.clarontech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | March 11, 2015 Claron Showcases Nil Zero-Footprint Universal Mammography Viewer at ECR Software allows diagnostic viewing of full field digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis across multiple platforms 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 | 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
April 27, 2016 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the release of Dolphin Online Ready Patient QA and Monitoring. Dolphin enhances workflows in pre-treatment QA (quality assurance), while being mindful of future online treatment monitoring.To achieve added efficiency, Dolphin offers a “plug-and-play” design that enables significantly faster pre-treatment QA. Dolphin only requires two minutes to set up and wirelessly transmits the measured detector response to the Dolphin workstation. Additionally, the new automatic verification software QuickCheck saves valuable time by providing instant analysis of the Dolphin measurements and giving an “OK” message for the tests successfully passed.This design ensures that Dolphin will enable future online treatment monitoring by measuring the actual delivery during patient treatment and by automatic QuickCheck verification immediately after each fraction, seamlessly integrating into the therapist’s workflow.“The Dolphin will offer the possibility for online verification of complex dose delivery techniques such as IMRT [intensity modulated radiation therapy] or VMAT [volumetric modulated arc therapy] with the patient already in treatment position. Used for multiple treatment fractions the system even offers inherently a new possibility for cumulative delivered dose tracking,” said Dr. Hansjoerg Wertz, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Centre Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany in the name of the whole “Dolphin team” at UMM. “The novel online QA system contributes to reduce extra pre-treatment QA time to a minimum while at the same time increasing patient safety and preventing severe accidents due to the immediate detection of dose delivery errors. Based on our intensive initial experiences, we are planning to implement Dolphin into our clinical routine workflow for our patient verification during treatment as soon as possible. This gives us the ultimate confidence in treating our patients safely.”Dolphin offers not only a simple consistency check but is coupled with the advanced analysis of each measured dose, and in turn, offers a complete patient QA solution. The clinical relevance of the dose discrepancies is comprehensively determined with DVH and in 3-D patient anatomy using sophisticated TPS-Class verification software. Following this verification process, the clinical team can determine whether re-planning or plan adaptation is needed or machine-specific parameters can be verified.Dolphin is also designed for future applications, such as Machine QA and Adaptive-QA using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and dose of the day. The versatility of Dolphin makes it the universal detector for integrating future real time measurements into IBA’s myQA global QA platform for several key dosimetry applications, from Patient QA to Machine QA and more.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com 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 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 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 | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 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 | 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | April 27, 2016 IBA Releases Dolphin Online Ready Patient QA and Monitoring System System enables more efficient pre-treatment patient QA, with future online treatment monitoring for safer delivery of each treatment fraction enabled after linac interoperability confirmation 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 | 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 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. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | 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
Related Content 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 | 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 NET circulating transcript and chromogranin A (CgA) levels in responders and non-responders. a) Transcripts were significantly reduced at 6-month follow-up compared to pre-treatment values. Non-responders (NR) exhibited significantly elevated levels at 6 months (FUP_6m). This was also significantly higher than in responders (R). b) A significant alteration was noted only for CgA in non-responders (NR) at 6 months. c) Pre-PRRT: NET transcript scores were elevated in 94 percent and CgA in 57 percent. d) Responders: NET transcripts decreased in 88 percent of responders (no change in 12 percent). CgA was unchanged in 47 percent, decreased in 21 percent and was elevated in 32 percent. e) Non-Responders: NET transcripts increased in 90 percent (no change in 10 percent). CgA was unchanged in 33 percent, decreased in 40 percent and was elevated in 27 percent. For NET transcripts, no falsely decreased or increased values occurred in responders or non-responders, respectively. Credit: LuGenIum Consortium for Independent Research & Wren LaboratoriesJune 23, 2016 — Malignant neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are relatively rare, notoriously difficult to treat, and associated with poor long-term survival. According to research presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), June 11-15 in San Diego, an investigative blood test could predict how patients will respond to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) before they commit to a course of treatment.Cancerous NETs can develop in a variety of places where hormone signaling occurs between nerve cells and organs of the endocrine system, but the most common origins of these tumors are in the gastrointestinal tract, the lungs and the pancreas. These cancers sneak up on oncologists due to their rarity and the fact that symptoms such as flushing, diarrhea and sweating are often regarded as unrelated to disease and part of normal life events. Most cases are not caught until these tumors have already spread to other organs, making them difficult to treat with conventional means. A targeted treatment established in the early 2000s called peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) zeros in on active peptide receptors that are over-expressed on the surface of NETs. The injected drug binds specifically to these receptors and knocks out tumors by irradiating them with a powerful dose of short-range radioactive material while sparing healthy tissues nearby.PRRT has helped many patients and is associated with lower systemic side effects, but not all patients respond to PRRT. For this reason, researchers are working to predict patient response prior to the start of treatment with molecular imaging. A visualization of NET receptor activity informs clinicians of the potential path of PRRT in the body prior to therapy. A number of methods have been used, including somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI), since NET tumors commonly express somatostatin receptor activity; but not all do. Here, researchers are investigating a genetic blood test called a NETest, which measures the specific NET genes circulating in the blood that appear to define and predict responsiveness to PRRT.“This research shows that the molecular information obtained from a simple blood draw can be easily integrated with radiological and molecular imaging to provide a more accurate assessment of tumor behavior and response to therapy,” said Lisa Bodei, M.D., Ph.D., of the European Institute of Oncology Division of Nuclear Medicine in Milan, Italy, and a member of the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.For this study, researchers evaluated a total of 72 NETs being treated with PRRT by using a potent radionuclide agent called Lu-177 DOTATATE over the course of 33 months. Subjects underwent SRI, histological evaluations, a bioassay that tracks a common protein in NETs called chromogranin A, and the NETest. Researchers performed statistical analyses and developed a predictive response index of select NETest genes as a predictor of PRRT success and categorized patients’ response to treatment as either responsive or non-responsive.Results showed that PRRT led to a 68 percent rate of overall disease control, with median progression-free survival not achieved at the end of follow-up. Researchers were able to determine that 73 percent of low-grade tumors responded to treatment, while only half of high-grade tumors responded. Histological grading, SRI and chromogranin were not able to predict PRRT effectiveness. The NETest exceeded SRI evaluation and predicted both therapy response and non-response. The predictive response index of select NETest genes associated with metabolism, signaling and grading was found to be more than 90 percent accurate.“Using this method, a patient would be able to know if PRRT would be an effective cancer therapy for them,” said Bodei. “Additionally, further blood tests could be used to monitor the progress of treatment, rather than relying on statistics that are not specific to them as individuals.”For more information: www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | Oncology Diagnostics | June 23, 2016 Blood Test Predicts Success of Neuroendocrine Cancer Therapy Genetic testing accurately forecasts response to targeted treatment in neuroendocrine tumors 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 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 | 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 | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more
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Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. August 17, 2016 — Saint Alphonsus Health System is improving its workflow and enhancing diagnostic quality and safety across its network with Toshiba’s Aquilion computed tomography (CT) systems. The healthcare system, serving communities throughout Idaho and Oregon, added a new Aquilion Prime 80, complementing its seven other Toshiba CT systems.“Standardizing a platform across our hospitals has been important to ensuring system-wide patient safety and diagnostic efficiency,” said Scott Christensen, regional director, medical imaging, Saint Alphonsus Health System. “Toshiba offers comprehensive CT solutions that fit a wide variety of clinical needs while keeping the patient experience top of mind. We’ve seen a huge decrease in radiation dose to the patient with the advanced technology in both the Aquilion One and Aquilion Prime systems.”The Aquilion CT systems allow Saint Alphonsus to closely track patient safety on an ongoing basis through Radimetrics’ eXposure software, which automatically records and calculates cumulative patient radiation dose. The addition of the Aquilion Prime 80 to the health system’s imaging portfolio also improves clinical productivity, allowing physicians to diagnose quickly with image reconstruction speed of up to 60 images per second.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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December 5, 2017 — Ikonopedia and Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. showcased integrated breast imaging workflow and reporting at the 103rd Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.The two companies have expanded the partnership to integrate both the Opal and Exa healthcare information technology (IT) platforms with Ikonopedia’s solution for breast imaging reporting and tracking. The integration with Exa offers a seamless, closed-loop experience with multi-directional functionality and automated follow-up for patients with significant Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) scores. Ikonopedia’s solution captures various points of data from the Exa Mammo software to provide a complete patient profile that will result in automatic patient warnings and alerts.Exa’s custom workflow engine design and advanced toolsets make it an ideal solution across a broad array of imaging services, according to Konica Minolta, from the enterprise to specialty-based clinics. The Exa platform is comprised of multiple modules including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), electronic health records (EHRs) and specialty viewers, supporting digital breast tomosynthesis and cardiovascular imaging. The Exa modules can be used together as an integrated solution or individually with a facility’s existing software investments. It offers a diagnostic-quality zero footprint universal viewer and vendor neutral archive for DICOM and non-DICOM images; Server-Side Rendering for fast access to large files such as 3-D mammography with no prefetching required, and cybersecurity with no data transferred to or stored on workstations minimizing unwanted exposure to patient data. The Exa Platform was designed to enable each facility to design its own preferred imaging workflow, very simply, with drag and drop tools. The entire step-by-step process can be customized quickly and easily.The Ikonopedia structured reporting system reliably captures pertinent data to meticulously track patients through each stage of the exam process. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-compliant toolset is targeted and automated to monitor patients in all categories of care. Structured data is captured from multiple locations including resources within Exa, the patient questionnaire, risk-assessment, technologist reporting, physician reporting, follow-up recommendations and more. Data is monitored to produce automatic warnings and alerts, and personalized patient letters along with a detailed report to relay these findings to referring physicians.Ikonopedia provides reporting tools for screening and diagnostic modalities including mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) audit data is automatically captured in the background and reports are BI-RADS language-compliant based on the latest BIRADS Atlas (5th edition). Data is pulled forward from previous exams, and risk assessment tools including Tyrer Cuzick automatically alert the radiologist and populate reports for high-risk patients.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa, www.ikonopedia.com 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 | 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 Related Content 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Breast Imaging | December 05, 2017 Ikonopedia and Konica Minolta Showcase Integrated Breast Imaging Workflow and Reporting at RSNA Exa Mammo platform now includes Ikonopedia’s structured reporting system to capture patient data through each step of the exam process 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 | 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | 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 | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 May 16, 2018 — Accuray Inc. signed a multi-system, multi-hospital agreement with Mercy for the acquisition of Accuray Radixact and CyberKnife M6 radiation therapy systems to expand access to advanced, life-saving technology for more cancer patients. The next-generation systems will replace existing Accuray devices as well as competitive conventional linear accelerators. The order was entered into backlog during the company’s fourth fiscal quarter which ends June 30, 2018.Mercy cares for millions of patients annually across four states and was recently named one of the top five large U.S. health systems by IBM Watson Health for the third consecutive year. It is the first health system in Missouri to acquire the Radixact and CyberKnife M6 Systems. The agreement between Mercy and Accuray for these systems was reached through negotiations with healthcare supply chain management company ROi.”Mercy partnered with Accuray because we believe the company’s radiation therapy systems offer an advanced and differentiated approach to treating cancer that provides clinical and financial value to our patients, clinical teams and hospitals, and reinforces our reputation as go-to providers for exceptional cancer care,” said Steve Mackin, president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis and co-executive sponsor of Mercy’s cancer care steering committee. “The Radixact Systems will ensure our patients have access to the most advanced radiotherapy options and provide our large oncology program with meaningful clinical and operational enhancements compared to our current TomoTherapy Systems, allowing our team to confidently deliver very accurate treatments in standard radiation therapy treatment times, while expanding the types of cases we are able to treat. The upgrade of our CyberKnife System will also increase our teams’ efficiency and effectiveness, facilitating the delivery of highly precise radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy treatments to more patients each day.”For more information: www.accuray.com The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | 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 News | Radiation Therapy | May 16, 2018 Mercy Signs Multi-System, Multi-Hospital Agreement for Accuray Radiotherapy Systems Mercy is first in Missouri to acquire Radixact and CyberKnife M6 systems
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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Digital Pathology | January 10, 2019 AI Approach Outperformed Human Experts in Identifying Cervical Precancer Artificial intelligence algorithm could revolutionize cervical cancer screening, especially in low-resource settings January 10, 2019 — A research team led by investigators from the National Institutes of Health and Global Good has developed a computer algorithm that can analyze digital images of a woman’s cervix and accurately identify precancerous changes that require medical attention. This artificial intelligence (AI) approach, called automated visual evaluation, has the potential to revolutionize cervical cancer screening, particularly in low-resource settings.To develop the method, researchers used comprehensive datasets to “train” a deep, or machine, learning algorithm to recognize patterns in complex visual inputs, such as medical images. The approach was created collaboratively by investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Global Good, a fund at Intellectual Ventures, and the findings were confirmed independently by experts at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The results appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on Jan. 10, 2019.1 NCI and NLM are parts of NIH.”Our findings show that a deep learning algorithm can use images collected during routine cervical cancer screening to identify precancerous changes that, if left untreated, may develop into cancer,” said Mark Schiffman, M.D., MPH, of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, and senior author of the study. “In fact, the computer analysis of the images was better at identifying precancer than a human expert reviewer of Pap tests under the microscope (cytology).”The new method has the potential to be of particular value in low-resource settings. Healthcare workers in such settings currently use a screening method called visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). In this approach, a health worker applies dilute acetic acid to the cervix and inspects the cervix with the naked eye, looking for “aceto whitening,” which indicates possible disease. Because of its convenience and low cost, VIA is widely used where more advanced screening methods are not available. However, it is known to be inaccurate and needs improvement.Automated visual evaluation is similarly easy to perform. Health workers can use a cell phone or similar camera device for cervical screening and treatment during a single visit. In addition, this approach can be performed with minimal training, making it ideal for countries with limited healthcare resources, where cervical cancer is a leading cause of illness and death among women.To create the algorithm, the research team used more than 60,000 cervical images from an NCI archive of photos collected during a cervical cancer screening study that was carried out in Costa Rica in the 1990s. More than 9,400 women participated in that population study, with follow-up that lasted up to 18 years. Because of the prospective nature of the study, the researchers gained nearly complete information on which cervical changes became precancers and which did not. The photos were digitized and then used to train a deep learning algorithm so that it could distinguish cervical conditions requiring treatment from those not requiring treatment.”When this algorithm is combined with advances in HPV vaccination, emerging HPV detection technologies, and improvements in treatment, it is conceivable that cervical cancer could be brought under control, even in low-resource settings,” said Maurizio Vecchione, executive vice president of Global Good.The researchers plan to further train the algorithm on a sample of representative images of cervical precancers and normal cervical tissue from women in communities around the world, using a variety of cameras and other imaging options. This step is necessary because of subtle variations in the appearance of the cervix among women in different geographic regions. The ultimate goal of the project is to create the best possible algorithm for common, open use.For more information: www.academic.oup.com/jnciReference1. Hu L., Bell D., Antani S., et al. An Observational Study of Deep Learning and Automated Evaluation of Cervical Images for Cancer Screening. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Jan. 10, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djy225 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Pathology | August 15, 2019 Push for Personalized Medicine Driving Whole Slide Imaging System Growth Research on personalized medicines is gaining popularity in the cancer research industry, which has increased the need… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | 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 | 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 | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more
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 | 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 FFR-CT is Not for All Patients Increased cross collaboration by the often rivalrous specialties was the main point of the presentation, according to Bush, who said: “Imaging services are imaging services whether they come from the radiology or cardiology side.” Read more about the CMS payment for FFR-CT. At the end of the session, Bush asked rhetorically: “Are we at a point now where we are all (about) imaging?” This example of a coronary CT exams on the left shows what looks like severe coronary blockages due to calcified plaques. However, the FFR-CT image of the right shows the FFR analysis and no stent is needed. Imaging courtesy of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. These considerations brought the discussion full circle to whether FFRct should be part of cardiology or radiology. The question is rendered moot, they said, if radiology and cardiology can unify the speakers said. Also there are equipment requirements. Among them are the need for a state-of-the-art CT scanner with a 64-slice minimum per rotation and a one-beat imaging detector measuring 8 cm. FFR-CT candidates are only patients who do not have a bypass graft, fistulas larger than 1.5 mm, or metallic stents in certain coronary arteries. If they do, HeartFlow, the company that post-processes flow fractional reserve CT images, will not be able to process their images, according to the presentation. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The 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. Co-speaker Bush, director of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas, summarized the value of FFR-CT, telling Imaging Technology News that the noninvasive procedure can be “the right thing for the patient.” FFR-CT has been proven to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, according to Bush and Westervelt. In their presentation, they cited research showing that FFRct provides the information that cardiologists need without the expense, time or patient inconvenience of tests done in the nuclear medicine or cardiac catheterization labs. Ali Westervelt presents information at AHRA 2019 supporting the value of FFR-CT as a noninvasive cardiac test for patients at moderate risk of coronary artery disease. Her co-presenter, Curt Bush, looks on. Photo by Greg Freiherr 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 Value of FFR-CT in Evaluating Coronary Artery Disease The slide was based on research presented in the paper “1-Year Outcomes of FFRCT-Guided Care in Patients With Suspected Coronary Disease.” Westervelt and her colleague in the presentation, Curt Bush, noted that at one-year follow-up, no cardiac events were seen in 117 patients who had cardiac cath cancelled based on FFR-CT results. Additionally, mean costs were 33 percent lower with FFRct versus the usual care strategy — $8,127 compared with $12,145, respectively. The authors of the paper concluded that “selective FFR-CT was associated with equivalent clinical outcomes, quality of life, and lower costs, compared with usual care over one-year follow-up.” In the case of FFR-CT, this might be achieved simply by looking at the procedure as a form of “imaging” — essentially an element of a unified service line composed of both radiology and cardiology. Despite the advantages of FFR-CT, however, only about 200 facilities in the United States perform this procedure, according to Westervelt, who speculated that the young age of the procedure and its reimbursement status may have been barriers to wider adoption. “It is only about a three-year-old technology and until recently was not reimbursable,” she said. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more This example of a coronary CT exams on the left shows what looks like severe coronary blockages due to calcified plaques. However, the FFR-CT image of the right shows the FFR analysis and no stent is needed. Imaging courtesy of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT), which can be used instead of a catheter-based FFR in the cath lab. FFR-CT is being claimed by both cardiology and radiology. The critically important question, however, transcends turf issues. Will patients suspected of having coronary artery disease benefit from its use?Evidence presented July 22 during an Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting session entitled “Functional Flow Reserve CT: A New Frontier for Cross Collaboration,” indicates that FFR-CT can substantially benefit patients suspected of heart disease.During the AHRA presentation, Ali Westervelt cited a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicating that questions about obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in six of 10 patients who might otherwise be sent for cardiac catheterization could be answered with FFRct. During the presentation, Westervelt described a slide indicating that FFR-CT can dramatically reduce the need for cardiac catheterization. Its use, she said, focuses attention on patients most likely to test positively for CAD, as three of four patients sent to cardiac cath are found to have coronary artery disease. Early in the presentation, Westervelt noted that FFR-CT is restricted to patients at moderate risk of heart disease. These are patients who exhibit stable angina, but have significant risk factors. Those at severe risk still need to be assessed using cardiac cath, the two speakers agreed. After the presentation, members of the audience raised questions about the potential loss of revenue that might occur because FFR-CT could cut into the number of cath procedures. Bush and Westervelt responded that the top consideration should be the potential benefit to patients. 12PreviousNext Related AHRA and Radiology Management Content:Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from VolumeDR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine How Standardizing Protocols Can Save Time and MoneyHow Artificial Intelligence Might Impact RadiologyHow To Manage Risk in the MR SuiteCMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging Growth Of ACOs And Alternative Payment Models In 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Ali Westervelt presents information at AHRA 2019 supporting the value of FFR-CT as a noninvasive cardiac test for patients at moderate risk of coronary artery disease. Her co-presenter, Curt Bush, looks on. Photo by Greg Freiherr 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 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began paying for FFR-CT January 2018. “I think there was just not a lot of interest because everybody is looking at their business plan,” said Westervelt, who is transitioning to a new job in which she expects to perform FFR-CT. Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Editor’s note: This article is the fifth piece in a content series by Greg Freiherr covering the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting in Denver. The first article, How Standardizing Protocols Can Save Time and Money, can be found here. The second article, How Artificial Intelligence Might Impact Radiology, can be found here. The third article, How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite, can be found here. The fourth article, DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine, can be found here. Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Over the past three decades, Freiherr has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. Feature | Cardiac Imaging | July 24, 2019 | Greg Freiherr FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology? AHRA speakers say chest pain patient benefit is more important question Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Because the procedure involves radiology and cardiology, both service lines could become more integrated, the two speakers agreed. This is beginning to happen, Bush said: “There are more and more imaging directors that are including cardiology — both noninvasive and invasive (procedures) — in their scope of practice.” Additional FFR-CT Content:VIDEO: Using FFR-CT in Everyday Practice HeartFlow Analysis Successfully Stratifies Heart Disease Patients at One Year FFR-CT is Ready for Prime-time Evaluation of Coronary Disease CMS Will Pay For FFR-CT Noninvasive Coronary Analysis Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The speakers contended that for facilities with adequate equipment and patients who meet the requirements, FFR-CT can promote better utilization of imaging assets and more efficient use of cardiac catheterization. Use of the procedure can lead to an overall reduction of indirect and direct costs of care and improved fiscal return on assets, they said. To achieve these positive effects, however, FFR-CT must not impact the facility’s CT operation, they said. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more
The Kotlin team has come out with a release candidate 1.3 of the Kotlin Language. Kotlin 1.3 RC1 comes with improvements and changes to its compiler and the IDE, IntelliJ IDEA. Let’s discuss key updates in Kotlin 1.3 RC1. Compiler Changes Improvements Support has been added for main entry point without arguments in the frontend, IDE and JVM in Kotlin 1.3 RC1. Other than that, there is added support for suspend fun main function in JVM. The boxing technique has been changed. Now, instead of calling valueOf, a new wrapper type will be allocated. Bug Fixes The invoke function that kept getting called with lambda parameter on a field named suspend has been fixed. With Kotlin 1.3 RC1, correct WhenMappings code is generated in case of mixed enum classes in when conditions. The use of KSuspendFunctionN and SuspendFunctionN as supertypes has been forbidden. Also, the suspend functions are annotated with @kotlin.test.Test have been forbidden. Use of kotlin.Result as a return type and with special operators has been prohibited. The constructors containing inline classes as parameter types will be now generated as private with synthetic accessors. An inline class that was missing unboxing when using indexer into an ArrayList has been fixed. IDE Changes Support has been added for type parameters in where clause (multiple type constraints). Bug Fixes The issue where @Language prefix and suffix were getting ignored for function arguments has been fixed. Coroutine migrator has been renamed to buildSequence/buildIterator to their new names. Deadlock in databinding with AndroidX which led to Android Studio hanging has been fixed. The issue of Android module in a multiplatform project not being recognized earlier as a multiplatform module has been fixed. Multiplatform projects without Android target were not being imported properly into Android Studio, this has been fixed with Kotlin 1.3 RC1. IDEA used to hang when Kotlin bytecode tool window remained open while editing a class with a secondary constructor. This is fixed now. IDE Multi-Platform: Old multi-platform modules templates have been removed from New Project/New Module wizard. ConcurrentModificationException, an actual type alias has been introduced in the JVM library. There are more changes and improvements in Kotlin 1.3RC1. Check out Kotlin 1.3RC official release notes for the complete list. Read Next Building RESTful web services with Kotlin Kotlin 1.3 M1 arrives with coroutines and new experimental features like unsigned integer types IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 Early Access Program is now open!
Yesterday, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, revealed that “a sophisticated state actor” was behind a cyber attack on the Australian Parliament’s computing network that also affected the network of major political parties. First reported by The Guardian, the attack affected the computer networks of the Liberal Party and the Nationals – as well as the opposition Labor Party, only three months before the Parliamentary election in May. Morrison told reporters that “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity”. In a statement to parliament on Monday, he said there was no evidence of electoral interference and measures were taken to “ensure the integrity of our electoral system”. This intrusion into the networks of political parties was detected by agencies investigating the attack on the Parliament House network. He said security agencies had “acted decisively” to confront the incursion and were “securing these systems and protecting users”. Australian Cyber Security Centre head Alastair MacGibbon stated that the agency was currently unable to answer whether or not data had been stolen because all the agencies involved were “acting extraordinarily quickly and very openly, so we are piecing together all of the events.” There is no evidence as to which country was behind the intrusion as well as no comment on how deeply the attack had penetrated the computer networks. The news comes just months after the Assistance and Access Bill was passed that allows the police to tell apps like WhatsApp and Signal to build in so-called “backdoors”, to give investigators access to the contents of messages, to assist in any investigation of cyber offense. However, security experts were unanimously against backdoors since once such a mechanism has been implanted in the app, it can create a target for other countries’ spy agencies and corporate spies to see what people are discussing. Users on Twitter and HackerNews have expressed strong sentiments on this news, one user is blaming the government’s choices like weakening the encryption in apps through their new law, that has lead to this attack. Other users are speculating Russia’s hand in this attack. The Sydney Morning Herald stated that just four states — China, Russia, Israel, and the United States — have the capability to perform such an attack. Head over to BBC for more insights on this news. Read Next Australian intelligence and law enforcement agencies already issued notices under the ‘Assistance and Access’ Act despite opposition from industry groups Australia’s Facial recognition and identity system can have “chilling effect on freedoms of political discussion, the right to protest and the right to dissent”: The Guardian report Australia passes a rushed anti-encryption bill “to make Australians safe”; experts find “dangerous loopholes” that compromise online privacy and safety
ORLANDO — Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, couldn’t contain his excitement as he toured his new attraction at Universal Orlando Resort.Opening on April 6, ‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’ will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at The Tonight Show’s most hilarious segments as well as take them on an action-packed race through New York against Fallon himself. It is the first ride at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience.Fallon got a sneak preview of the attraction with Mark Woodbury, vice chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts. Watch the video of his reaction here: youtube.com/watch?time_continue=215&v=dDeRl2iEthw Share Watch Jimmy Fallon’s reaction to his new ride at Universal Orlando Resort Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Theme Parks & Attractions, Universal Studios << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Los Angeles LOS ANGELES —L.A. Tourism wants 50 million visitors by the year 2020 and it’s well on its way to that goal, with 48.3 million visitors in 2017 – a new tourism milestone for the seventh consecutive year.The 2017 record figure is 1 million visitors higher than 2016’s total, an increase of 2.2%, driven by an all-time high 41.2 million domestic visitors.International visitation overall grew 0.9% to a record 7.1 million visitors, outperforming both its projected forecast and inbound travel to the U.S. as a whole in 2017.International markets recording significant gains for Los Angeles in 2017 included Canada with its highest visitor total ever at 747,000, a 5.5% year-over-year increase).L.A. Tourism recently launched ‘L.A.’ Insider’, a new specialist training program now available as an online training tool that’s both mobile and tablet-friendly. The specialist program is the first of its kind for L.A. Tourism and is designed to help Canadian and U.S. travel trade better sell the city.There’s plenty of hotel news coming out of L.A., with recent openings in 2017 and more new hotels to come in 2018. Here’s a look at the newest offerings:CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. The hotel has 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about three kilometres south of Los Angeles International Airport.cambriahotelsandsuites.comDream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel has debuted in the heart of Hollywood, at Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-storey boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area.dreamhotels.comKimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) – Opened in August 2017, Kimpton Everly Hotel features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast.everlyhotelhollywood.comFreehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-storey building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or ‘poshtels’) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge.thefreehand.comH Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms.Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa is sporting a recent renovation that transformed its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa has expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. hotelfigueroa.comHotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in 2017. The 18-storey Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a US$1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property is at the heart of downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties.ihg.com/hotelindigoInterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a ‘sky lobby’ on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 square feet of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project that also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas.ihg.comThe Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The hotel has 286 guestrooms with two Penthouse Suites that all feature panoramic Hollywood Hills views.jeremyhotel.comLa Peer (West Hollywood) – Opening in January 2018, La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness centre and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat.lapeerhotel.comNobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) – Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms.nobuhotels.comNomad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, has opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel. The NoMad has been redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-storey hotel has some 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angelesProper Hotels (Downtown) – Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-storey property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms and has plans to open in mid-2018.properhotel.com/downtown-laSheraton Gateway Los Angeles (LAX) – The hotel completed its second phase of multi-million dollar renovation with sophisticated upgrades to their 802 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel lobby area and Sheraton Club. In addition, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel invested $3.5 million dollars to enhance its 38 versatile meeting and function rooms totaling in 50,000 square-feet of distinctive event space.sheratonlax.comWaldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand is on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 storeys tall and features 170 rooms.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.comWestdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Making its debut last month as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach boasts 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness centre and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation.westdrift.com/More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information, go to discoverlosangeles.com. Posted by Share Monday, February 26, 2018 Travelweek Group Record numbers of L.A. arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Club Med says it’s helping travel agents achieve their sales goals with advanced agent tools aimed at meeting client needs in a more personalized and experiential way.The all-inclusive pioneer has launched a sales kit focused on the main experiences to discover in Club Med resorts around the world. The marketing tools will allow agents to adopt a more experiential pitch and sell Club Med offers to more digitalized customers, according to the company, adding that the kit is aimed to familiarize agents with Club Med’s services and help reach sales goals.Essential in targeting a younger demographic, the sales kit is also instrumental in identifying key interests in a growing millennial market, says Club Med. “Digitalized and in search of transparency, this young generation aspires to be different and boasts a try-anything attitude.”Club Med’s offers include an extensive sports program with activities including flying trapeze, water skiing, and diving; a full range of childcare options with activities suitable for ages suitable for ages four months to 17 years; and dedicated spaces and services to relax and let go, with multiple adults-only areas such as Zen Oasis.Travel agents can explore the page https://en.clubmedagents.ca/training-tools-benefits/bucket-list-visionary/ to find training booklets and social media content. Share Thursday, July 5, 2018 Club Med launches new travel agent sales tools Tags: Club Med << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Oasis of the Seas sailing cut short after Norovirus outbreak By: The Associated Press Tags: Oasia of the Seas, RC, Royal Caribbean International, Sick Share MIAMI — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.Passengers took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting they were forced to stay onboard after docking in Falmouth, Jamaica, for what was supposed to be a day of excursions.Torres says returning a day early gives the cruise line “more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship” before it sails again. Friday, January 11, 2019
Some 550,000 residents of San José and the eastern province of Cartago will have rationed water service on Saturday and Sunday, officials said. The measures start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and end at 8 p.m. on Sunday.The Costa Rican Electricity Institute will perform maintenance works in tubing systems in the Río Macho area east of Cartago, which requires the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute to reduce aqueduct operations.Systems from the eastern zone of Cartago supply most of the water in the two provinces. Facebook Comments No related posts.
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Friday ruled against construction concessions granted by the Municipality of Osa in the southern Pacific for new tourism businesses inside protected areas.The Sala IV ruled in favor of an appeal against the municipality, which had said that forests and wetlands located inside “natural areas of patrimony” were fair game for the projects, part of a new development plan for the canton.Sala IV justices said that “in the absence of certainty about whether or not activities will cause serious or irreparable damage to an area, the administration must refrain from approving such projects.”The court suspended all concessions in the area “until there is absolute certainty that the properties are not part of natural patrimonial lands.” The case against the Osa Municipality was filed by local conservationist groups, after the municipality approved a construction concession for a private marina in the area.According to the complaint, several other projects are being planned and built in protected areas in the Osa region.The Osa Peninsula is one of the richest regions in the world in terms of biodiversity, boasting nearly 2 percent of animal and plant species found around the world. Facebook Comments No related posts.
LAGOS, Nigeria – International efforts have widened to trace more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria, while France has called for African leaders to hold a summit focused on the issue.Israel on Sunday joined the bid to find the 223 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria’s restive northeast four weeks ago, but Washington said U.S. troops would stay out of any rescue mission.“There’s no intention, at this point, to [put] American boots on the ground,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC television, admitting that finding the girls would be no easy task.Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone and accepted an offer for assistance in finding the girls, who were kidnapped from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok, Borno state, on April 14.Jonathan told Netanyahu that, “Nigeria would be pleased to have Israel’s globally acknowledged anti-terrorism expertise deployed to support its ongoing operations,” according to the president’s spokesman Reuben Abati.Britain, the United States and France have already sent specialist teams and equipment to help Nigeria’s military in the search concentrated in the remote northeast, which has been hit by five years of deadly violence.French President Francois Hollande said a summit on security in west Africa, focusing on Boko Haram, could be held as early as this Saturday “if the countries agree.”“I suggested, with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a meeting of Nigeria’s neighboring countries,” he said on Sunday during a visit to Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Demonstrators hold a vigil for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2014. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFPThe leaders of at least five African countries — Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin — may take part, a source close to the president said.Nigeria’s government has been criticized as slow to respond to the crisis, and Amnesty International claimed on Friday that the military had prior warning of the impending abductions.Abuja has since been forced into action after a groundswell of national and international outrage that has included protest marches across the world.Jonathan has said he believes the girls are still in Nigeria. Searches were being conducted in the Sambisa forest area of Borno state, where the military has previously found Boko Haram camps and arms caches.There are fears, however, that the girls may have been moved across the border into Chad and Cameroon.‘Utterly merciless’Boko Haram, whose name translates loosely from the Hausa language spoken widely in northern Nigeria as “Western education is sin,” has attacked schools, churches, government installations and, increasingly, civilians since 2009.This year alone more than 1,500 people have been killed, despite a state of emergency imposed in three northeast states in May last year which was designed to put down the insurgency but has failed to stem the bloodshed.The militants were blamed for another attack on Friday night that completely destroyed the village of Liman Kara in northeastern Adamawa state.The kidnapping of young girls and women has been used as a previous tactic, but the scale of these abductions — and threats from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to sell the girls as slaves — has galvanized the international community into action.U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, in a recorded message on Saturday, described the kidnappings as “unconscionable,” adding to condemnation from governments, religious leaders of all faiths, Hollywood celebrities, business figures and ordinary people around the world.The leader of the world’s Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, warned that dealing with Boko Haram would be fraught with danger, as his opposite number in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, pledged his support for the girls’ return.Welby, an oil executive before joining the Church, has experience negotiating with violent groups in the oil-producing Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria.He told BBC radio in an interview that the girls faced a “colossal” risk.“They’re in the hands of a very disparate group which is extremely irrational and difficult to deal with, and utterly merciless in the example it’s shown in the past,” he said.Negotiating would be “extremely complicated” because of Boko Haram’s disparate structure, while poverty and mass unemployment in mainly Muslim north Nigeria — factors seen as fueling support for the group — have to be addressed, he added. Facebook Comments Related posts:Nigerian president orders probe into schoolgirls’ kidnapping Obama not seeking plans for US troops to rescue Nigerian girls Bringing home Nigeria’s missing girls Boko Haram’s horrendous abduction of 234 teenage girls
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Colombia’s May 25 presidential elections only a week away, it appears that Marxist rebels have reached a landmark accord with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos to cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking.The deal – now being negotiated by both parties in Cuba – could give Santos a badly needed boost in his bid to hold onto the presidency, say experts meeting Tuesday at a Washington event to discuss the ongoing peace talks. Its main points include programs to substitute illegal crops as well as public health initiatives to prevent drug use.The conference, titled “Drug Trafficking and the Peace Process in Colombia,” attracted more than 100 people to the Woodrow Wilson Center and was co-sponsored by Fundación Ideas para la Paz, a Bogotá-based think tank.Bruce Bagley, a University of Miami scholar who specializes in Latin American affairs, said aggressive spraying and fumigation efforts by the Bogotá government have forced Colombian cocaine production down while production is rising in neighboring Peru. Today, the two Andean nations are roughly on par, he said, with each accounting for about 44 percent of world production; Bolivia produces the remaining 12 percent.That’s a sharp reversal from 2005, when Colombia grew an estimated 90 percent of the world’s coca leaves.Much of Colombia’s cocaine production is controlled by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla group that’s been battling the Bogotá government for 50 years. Peace talks that began in 2012 seek a negotiated end to the FARC insurgency, which has cost more than 200,000 lives since fighting began in 1964.“The FARC has been involved in cocaine trafficking since the early 1980s. They’ve been able to use this as an important source of financing, and they continue to do so today,” he said, estimating that the FARC earns $300 million a year from cocaine smuggling. “For them to give it up will be very tough. It’s a question of life and death.”Bagley added: “In my opinion, the FARC leadership is ready to exit the drug trade, but they’re negotiating very hard for things like alternative development programs, technical assistance, access to credit, clinics, schools and other things. This is going to be an expensive proposition.” Angélica Durán Martínez, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, argues for decriminalization during a Washington conference Thursday on drug trafficking and the peace process in Colombia. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesOther speakers at the Washington conference included Rafael Guarín, Colombia’s former vice minister of defense; El Espectador newspaper columnist Pascual Gaviría; Angelica Durán Martínez of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell; retired Col. Carlos González Jaramillo; Sergio Guarín, coordinator of peace-building and post-conflict construction at Fundación Ideas para la Paz, and Daniel M. Rico, a Fulbright scholar at the University of Maryland, and former counter-narcotics consultant to the Colombian Ministry of Defense.Bagley said there are now six or seven “bandas criminales” (criminal gangs), also known as “bacrim” groups, led by the Urabeños and the Rastrojos, in key parts of Colombia and all along the Pacific coast.“This restructuring of organized crime – pushed in part by the ‘reverse cockroach effect’ – has beset Central America and Colombia once again,” he warned. “I don’t think U.S. authorities have paid enough attention to this. The Urabeños may soon rival the power of the Medellín cartel.”This is why, he said, “overall, the FARC would like to get out of this business, because they see that drugs are financing their principal enemies.”Bagley, citing official statistics, said the area of land for coca cultivation in Colombia fell from 64,000 hectares in 2011 to 48,000 hectares in 2012 – a drop of 25 percent – while cocaine production dropped from 345 to 309 metric tons over that period. Meanwhile, the average price of the coca leaf rose from $2,357 to $2,589 per kilogram.The total value of coca leaf production and its derivatives fell by 12 percent, from $422 million in 2011 to $370 million in 2012, while seizures increased by 21 percent, from 155,832 kilos in 2011 to 188,021 kg in 2012.Within Colombia, the biggest drops over that time period occurred in the Orinoco region (down 45 percent), followed by Meta-Guaviare (down 34 percent), the Pacific (down 29 percent) and Putumayo-Caqueta (down 26 percent). But neighboring Peru has picked up the slack, meaning overall worldwide production of cocaine is relatively stable.“Cocaine demand in Europe has increased dramatically, and Europeans pay two to three times as much per gram as do Americans. There’s also been a dramatic increase in South American consumption, particularly in Brazil, the number two cocaine consuming country in the world. Argentina is number three, and Spain is four. Twenty years ago, neither Brazil nor Argentina even figured on the radar,” Bagley said. “The old argument that cocaine consumption is an American disease is incorrect. The decline in U.S. consumption has been more than compensated by a rise in Europe and South America.”Gaviría, the reporter from El Espectador, estimated that 62,000 Colombian families live from coca production, which is concentrated in 10 municipalities that together account for about 47 percent of national cocaine production. In addition, polls show that about 80 percent of those families say they want to get out of the business.But when Colombia is compared to Peru, he said, it’s clear which country has paid a higher price in terms of bloodshed.“Peru has somehow overtaken Colombia [in cocaine production], yet Peru still has a homicide rate of only 8 per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Colombia it’s 35 per 100,000,” Gaviría said. “They are waging a low-intensity war against the drug traffickers. Maybe we should have chosen that low-intensity war like Peru did.” Pascual Gaviría Uribe, a columnist for El Espectador. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesDurán Martínez, whose research on organized crime, violence and drug trafficking in Mexico and Colombia received funding from the U.S. Institute of Peace and other organizations, praised the likelihood of a drug trafficking accord between the Colombian government and FARC.But she also called for the decriminalization of marijuana as well as the legalization of coca.“I think decriminalizing the weakest links of the drug trafficking chain is a step in the right direction, but it’s not going to solve the drug trafficking problem or eliminate coca production in Colombia,” she said, adding that fumigation efforts have frustrated rural farmers who already don’t trust their own government.“For alternative development projects to succeed, fumigation has to stop. Rural areas are in a very difficult situation right now, and the crisis is very deep,” she said. “And even if the process of rural development is successful, it’s unlikely to lead to an elimination of the coca crop. There are many other actors engaged in drug trafficking [besides the FARC], so this agreement is likely to have a limited impact.”The agreement on illegal drugs is the third of six agenda points agreed by FARC and government negotiators in Havana. Other accords cover agrarian reform and political participation. Still up for discussion: how to compensate victims of the 50-year conflict and how to implement the deals.Santos, who is running for re-election, faces stiff opposition from candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga – an ally of former President Álvaro Uribe. Zuluaga, who according to polls is running neck-and-neck with Santos, demands a unilateral ceasefire from FARC before talking with the rebels, and strongly opposes any deal granting the guerrillas impunity for their crimes.Rafael Guarín, former vice minister of defense, argued that it makes perfect sense to negotiate an accord on drug trafficking with the FARC, “because it is precisely the FARC which broadly controls the growing areas. And in border areas with Venezuela and Ecuador, they control the processing of coca. Based on this, the peace process cannot be understood as a simple demobilization.”But Guarín – echoing Zuluaga’s stance – warned against giving FARC rebels a blanket amnesty or allowing them to participate in politics.“This would mean the legalization of drug trafficking,” said the former defense official. “It would be very serious if we sign an accord that includes demobilization, with a constitutional clause leaving the door open for the state to relinquish criminal prosecution of drug traffickers. What kind of message does this send?” Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombian Embassy attaché tells of harrowing 13-year ordeal as a FARC captive Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream Waging peace in Colombia
Four Honduran judges dismissed after having opposed the bloody coup d’etat that toppled then-President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya on Jun 28, 2009, expect to obtain full reparation from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights this week.Former Judge Guillermo López, one of the four, summarized the group’s expectations on Monday, during the start of a two-day hearing at the court, headquartered in the Costa Rican capital.A favorable ruling would mean justice, a goal the judges were unable to obtain in Honduras, López told seven continental magistrates heading the proceedings in a packed courtroom yesterday.When asked about his request to the court, the former judge stated in closing testimony that, “I believe I’d speak of full reparation.”He also sought a return to the bench: “I believe that a key act is to have us reinstated,” he added.A win at the court “would be a very heartening message for all judges in Honduras, in terms of expressing themselves, organizing themselves, and taking part in the defense of institutions,” he said, adding that, “in situations of crisis, [it would go] against the breaking of constitutional order.”He also urged the court to help empower judges “in exercising their rights and strengthening judicial independence.”López suggested a mandate by the court on reforming recent legislation in Honduras that governs a judge’s career, notably the “disciplinary system.”“Reform is urgent and necessary,” because, “if we are reinstated, that very same law, as it is today … could serve to have us investigated again and to have us fired,” he warned. Honduran Judge Adán Guillermo López speaks on a mobile phone next to Judge Luis Alonso Chévez after calling off a hunger strike they were holding along with lawmakers Sergio Castellanos and Waldina Mejia, not pictured, at La Merced square in Tegucigalpa, on June 1, 2010. Orlando Sierra/AFPIn his hour-long testimony Monday, López – the only one of the four judges attending the hearing – also pointed out the need for the Honduran government to accept its responsibility in the events.“I believe it’s very important for the state to admit full responsibility for those events, and to do so publicly,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court must “announce it will stop all persecution, exclusion and discrimination against members of the Asociación de Jueces por la Demnocracia,” or the Judges’ Association for Democracy, AJD.López referred to the organization to which he and 180 other Honduran judges belong, one of two such groups in the Central American nation.The former jurist explained that in 2009, AJD issued statements countering the Supreme Court’s allegation that Zelaya’s violent overthrow and exile was not a coup, but rather a “constitutional succession.”“Nowadays, being a member of the judge’s association is practically a crime,” he said.For AJD members, “there’s no possibility for training, there’s no possibility for promotion; the judges in our organization are not promoted, they’re banned from being promoted simply because they belong to this guild,” he said.In his detailed account of events the day of the coup and since then, López told the court that he was disciplined for having taken part in a massive, peaceful demonstration on July 5 in front of the Toncontín International Airport on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa.Thousands of opponents to the coup gathered there to welcome Zelaya, who had announced his return, accompanied by Organization of American States Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza and several Latin American presidents.But military authorities parked jeeps and other vehicles to block the landing strips, forcing the plane carrying Zelaya and the other leaders to abort the landing.Military and police forces then charged the demonstrators, firing bullets and tear gas.López was among the wounded that day, suffering a severe fracture in his left leg. Supporters of toppled Honduran President Manuel Zelaya protest on July 11, 2009 in Tegucigalpa. Orlando Sierra/AFPOn Monday, the former judge pointed out that, “as I was being punished for what was seen as a disciplinary crime – having taken part in the July 5 demonstration, as of June 28, the Supreme Court expressed in a communiqué that everything that had happened in the country was legitimate, and the rule of law had been preserved.“Later on, in July, they issued another communiqué, and in the following weeks, they put out a total of five communiqués … clearly stating the constitutional – or presidential – succession that had taken place in the country was legitimate,” he added.“It’s unheard of that a high court of justice would make an effort to legitimize what had been a coup d’etat,” he said.López and colleagues Luis Alonso Chévez, Rolando Barrios and Tirza Flores hope the Costa Rica-based court will declare the Honduran government responsible for human rights violations committed against them.The hearing concludes today, with legal representatives of the victims, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Honduran government expected to make their closing arguments. 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Costa Rica’s mobile carriers perform well with their 2G and 3G networks, but they need improvements in coverage and quality of their 4G networks. These are some of the main findings of the latest quality evaluation conducted by the Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL).During six months last year, the agency evaluated the performance of mobile and mobile Internet services of state-owned ICE-kölbi, Spanish carrier Telefónica, which operates here under its Movistar brand, and Claro, owned by Mexico’s América Móvil.The evaluation included on-the-ground measurements of mobile coverage, network capacity to complete calls without interruptions, voice quality and transfer speeds of Internet data.Call qualityThe three carriers scored high with values ranging between 89 and 99 percent in coverage and voice quality over their 2G and 3G networks. Values, however, varied depending on each network’s national coverage.Benchmarks for the 3G network, the most widely-used here, placed ICE-kölbi first with a national coverage of 93 percent. Claro was second with 81 percent and Movistar followed with 79 percent.ICE also topped the evaluation for the 4G network with a national coverage of 89 percent. Claro and Movistar obtained 71 and 46 percent, respectively.SUTEL’s report also states that the carriers scored high in their networks’ capacity to allow customers to complete phone calls without interruptions.Claro got the top spot with only 5 percent of dropped calls. Only 10 percent of Movistar customers experienced interruptions during their conversations while 14 percent of ICE-Kölbi’s customers were unable to complete their calls.Low speed benchmarksThe main differences among the carriers in SUTEL’s study are in the average speeds of their mobile Internet networks.The study found that, on average, Claro offers the best data download speed on 3G networks, with 3,629kilobytes per second (kbps). Movistar is second with 2,620 kbps while ICE-Kölbi offers 1,244 kbps.Overall, downloading data on mobile phones is slow in Costa Rica compared to many other countries.London-based tech consultant OpenSignal recently released the results of its Global State of Mobile Networks, an evaluation of mobile data performance in 95 countries.South Korea tops the list with an average speed of over 41,000 kbps while Costa Rica’s average of 2,550 kbps placed it only above Afghanistan.Uruguay, at 10,200 kbps, ranks first in Latin America. OpenSignal’s study, however, only included 15 countries in the region.Service complianceSUTEL’s study found that all three carriers failed to comply with download speeds promised by their plans, reaching on average 72 percent of the promised download velocity.Claro customers who signed a 5 Megabytes per second (Mbps) plan received, on average, actual speed of 3.6 Mbps.Movistar customers got 2.6 Mbps on their 4 Mbps plans.ICE-Kölbi customers who signed a 3 Mbps plan received 1.2 Mbps on average, making it the least compliant.Claro offers the best mobile internet speed in 4G networks, with an average of 13.4 Mbps. ICE-Kölbi is second with 5.9 Mbps and Movistar is third at 5.7 Mbps.SUTEL’s Fallas hopes the research can help consumers make a more informed decision when signing a mobile phone plan.The agency conducted its research between June and December 2015 through on-the-ground tests along 31,393 kilometers across the country.According to SUTEL, there were 7.5 million mobile phone lines in Costa Rica at the end of 2015, of which 5.4 million (72 percent) included mobile internet plans.Internet data traffic in Costa Rica in the last two years has shown noticeable growth. Mobile internet users transferred 24.2 Terabytes of data in 2013. They transferred triple that amount last year.Full results of SUTEL’s mobile service quality evaluation are available on the agency’s website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Telecommunications regulator proposes lifting phone, internet rate controls Telecomm regulator warns mobile carriers to reduce wait times on customer service hotlines Costa Rica ranks just above average in 4G mobile coverage Costa Rican Electricity Institute appeals ₡2 billion fine by regulators
Related posts:Live blog: Costa Rica’s 2018 election results Why these Costa Rican women dressed as characters from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to vote today PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s final hours of voting Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’ While our Election Day reporters around the country reported a sluggish start during the morning hours of this presidential and legislative contest, some reported bigger crowds, more colorful partisan cheerleading and even some dancing as the day continued.In various locations around the country, including Tres Ríos and Curridabat, east of San José; Desamparados, to the south, and Heredia, to the north of the capital; and Bijagua, Guanacaste, near the northern border with Nicaragua; and other locations around the country, our correspondents reported significant turnout.Will voter participation truly surpass forecasts, or is it an optical illusion caused by our low expectations? How will the night ahead unfold? Stay tuned to our live blog, beginning at 6 p.m., for continuing coverage, and follow us on Instagram at @TheTicoTimes for more pics and videos. A young campaign volunteer for Rodolfo Piza of the Social Christian Unity Party in Puriscal, southeast of San José. Francisco Cubillo / Tico Times The voting station in Cipreses de Curridabat, an eastern San José suburb, was packed at approximately 1 pm. Katherine Stanley / The Tico Times Francisco Cubillo / The Tico Times National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Antonio Alvarez Desanti voted at the Escuela Central de Tres Ríos. Gregory Calvo / @greg_calvo / The Tico Times A man scans the voting lists to find his name in Coronado. Iva Alvarado / @ivacaminando / The Tico Times Thousands of people headed to the Supreme Elections Tribunal to obtain ID cards, or cédulas, so they could vote. Paula Alvarez / The Tico Times José María Villalta (right), a 2018 legislative candidate and 2014 presidential contender, both times for the leftist Broad Front, smiles with a poll-goer in Coronado, San José. Iva Coronado / @ivacaminando / The Tico Times Voting with a wink and a nod in Tres Ríos, east of San José. Gregory Calvo / @greg_calvo / The Tico Times Facebook Comments
La Ruta de los Conquistadores is a brutal, three-day mountain-bike race in which participants traverse more than 220 kilometers from Jacó Beach to Playa Bonita, Limón.The race bills itself as “one of the most difficult athletic events on the planet,” and its website highlights reviews from participants who describe the race as a “soul-sappingly hard […] journey across laughably steep inclines.”The event sends riders through five mountain ranges and almost 30,000 feet of elevation gain. It promises “every imaginable riding surface,” from sand, to thigh-deep mud, to volcanic ash. In 2015, a participant spent 30 hours lost in the Carara Rainforest after a river swept him away.La Ruta has grown dramatically since Román Urbina first blazed the path in 1993. The race now welcomes hundreds of international riders and has helped create a genre of similar events worldwide.It has even garnered the attention of cycling’s best-known athlete, Lance Armstrong. The retired road-racing star will participate in this year’s Ruta, the race confirmed to The Tico Times.“Apparently, this shit is supposed to be terrible — like the hardest three days you could ever imagine,” Armstrong said earlier this year on his “Stages” podcast.Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005, but he was later stripped of those accomplishments after an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.Armstrong is banned for life from sanctioned cycling events but is able to race at non-sanctioned events like La Ruta. Not that Armstrong has any expectation he’ll win. Despite his competitive nature, the 47-year-old admits he’s no longer in peak cycling shape.“They’ve got some of the best mountain bikers in the world now, and the locals – the domestic guys from Costa Rica – are insane,” Armstrong said. “They know the trails.“[…] ‘Pura Vida’ — That’s what they say down there. They have monkeys everywhere. They have alligators. I’m serious, they have alligators. I’ve seen pictures. […] I fear more the mosquitoes. I hate mosquitoes.”Armstrong also posted a video announcing his participation:Lance Armstrong at La Ruta de los Conquistadores from Mark Higgins on Vimeo.La Ruta has partnered with the Association Fight Against Childhood Cancer (ALCCI) since 2012 and expects Armstrong’s participation to increase their contribution this year.La Ruta de los Conquistadores will be held Nov. 1-3. The full course map is available here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Betalú wins, Armstrong finishes Ruta de los Conquistadores PHOTOS: La Ruta de los Conquistadores Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Three days of mountain biking through Costa Rica
Most recent global data indicate that the number of cases and deaths caused by the disease will grow in the region in a faster pace than the average.Different sectors point to the need of action in order to increase access to cancer treatment. Better infrastructure, more financing, human resources and availability of treatment are the most mentioned solutions.Every two minutes, five persons are diagnosed with cancer in Latin America. The region has 1.4 million new cases per year and the disease continue to increase. In September 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), linked to the World Health Organization (WHO), updated the Global Cancer Observatory and the picture for the future is alarming: the incidence of the disease is bound to grow 63 percent in the world until 2040, and the number of deaths should increase 71.5 percent.In developing areas, like Latin America, where early diagnostic and the access to treatment are more difficult, the outlook is even worse: the number of cases must leap 73 percent in the next 21 years, getting close to 2.5 million a year.At the same time, the access to health care in the region faces serious problems: according to a study published in The Lancet, more than 156 million people die every year due to the lack of access to health services. The growing need of attention faces fragmented health systems, lacking infrastructure, human resources, diagnostic, treatment and financing.Formed by countries with different socioeconomic and cultural realities, Latin America also has different panoramas related to prevention and fight against cancer. “The situation is uneven. There are countries with well succeeded policies, well implemented and with good results, such as Uruguay and Costa Rica, and there are others that are still very far from these results”, analyses the oncologist Eduardo Cazap, one of the biggest authorities of the region. The doctor was the founder and first president of the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM, in the original language) and he also presided the International Union against Cancer (UICC, in the original language).The specialist adds that Chile, Peru and Colombia have also obtained good results with their policies, and that Brazil is making “important progress”. In Latin America, cancer is the second most deadly disease, losing only to cardiovascular illnesses.The report Latin America Cancer Control Scorecard (LACCS), published by The Economist Intelligence Unit, has shown that only 7 percent of the population of the twelve analysed Latin-American countries live in areas where there is a thorough registration of the cases. With respect to the PNCCs, in 2014 ten countries had a well-developed plan, but its implementation and the results were variable. “In order to be effective, the plan must be well designed, be fit to the needs of the country and be according to the existing resources”, asserts Cazap.However, the implementation of the politics stumble upon the lack of resources, on cultural barriers such as the fear to be screened and finding out a disease, and that at the time, and the difficulty to reach the whole population. “The fragmentation is a common problem in almost every country. There are areas where the population have a very good resources bases, even better than in developed countries, while in others, access is too limited”, says Cazap.In Peru, for instance, 85 percent of oncologists are in the capital; in Colombia, six out of each group of ten specialists live in the four biggest cities of the country. In Panama and Paraguay there aren’t linear accelerators outside the capitals. In Brazil, people living in cities like Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro have good hospitals, professionals and equipment, but those who live in the North of the Country, in the Amazon, virtually don’t have access to treatments. “I believe that the governments efforts must be focused on democratizing the access to public health care”, says the coordinator of the Agreement Against Cancer in Ecuador, Wilson Merino.Another problem that is common to the countries is the little investment in prevention, which drives to a statistics worrying: between 30 percent to 40 percent of tumours are diagnosed in advanced stages. “Speak about cancer and taking good quality information should be public health programmes. This is a challenge to every country”, asserts the director of the National Institute of Cancer of Uruguay, Álvaro Luongo.The doctor remembers that many diseases may be prevented or detected right at the beginning, elevating the chances of a cure: lung tumours may be avoided with good anti-smoking policies; breast and prostate tumours may be detected early by a mammogram and rectal examination, respectively; and cervix tumour may be avoided by vaccinating the population against the HPV.According to an estimative of the World Oncology Forum, edition 2014, to each US$ 1 invested in prevention, US$ 2.74 are saved in treatment.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. 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Those seeking asylum in Costa Rica include “students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders and farmers,” the agency added.Government talks with the opposition aimed at easing the crisis broke up last week without agreement on political reform in the crisis-torn country.Ortega’s leftist government has said it remains committed to breaking the impasse through dialogue.The United States and European Union have threatened Ortega with sanctions, while the opposition has demanded the release of all those detained during protests.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments More than 60,000 people have fled the crisis in Nicaragua over the past year, the UN said Tuesday, with neighboring Costa Rica bearing the brunt of the refugee flow.The central American country has been gripped by a year of political unrest since months of street protests erupted last April against President Daniel Ortega’s government, leaving more than 325 people dead.The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said that an estimated 62,000 people had fled to neighboring countries — 55,000 of them to Costa Rica.People “have resorted to irregular crossings to avoid detection, often walking for hours through difficult terrain, exposed to heat, humidity and the risk of malaria,” UNHCR said in a statement. Want stories like this delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the Tico Times newsletter Related posts:As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Protesters gather at Nicaraguan embassy in San José to rally against Ortega regime Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture In San José, Nicaraguans march in memory and call for justice
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist _The current bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, has some (EURO)440 billion in lending power, but most of that is already committed to bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal._The European Stability Mechanism _ the new permanent fund _ would have some (EURO)500 billion, but has yet to be ratified by eurozone member countries and will not come on line before a Sept. 12 court decision in Germany at the earliest. And (EURO)100 billion of that is already committed to rescuing Spanish banks from collapsing due to bad real estate loans.(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 Top Stories FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – All eyes are on Mario Draghi to see what the European Central Bank can deliver to help save the European single currency.The pressure is on Europe’s monetary authority and its president because the other main rescue funds available to the 17 euro countries remedies have limited firepower.Here is a glance at what other assistance is available to the eurozone:_The eurozone governments have already managed to bail out small countries _ Greece, Ireland and Portugal. But governments across the eurozone, their deficits swollen by the crisis, are short of money for further bailouts. Sponsored Stories
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan opposition leaders are asking President Hugo Chavez’s government to consider amnesty for 125 people in prison or exile.Lawmaker Edgar Zambrano says he submitted case files Friday on 80 people in exile and 45 others listed as “political prisoners” to the office of Vice President Nicolas Maduro. A swift response seems unlikely since Chavez is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. Among those on the list is Pedro Carmona, a business leader who temporarily took over the presidency during a failed coup against Chavez in 2002. He fled to Colombia and received asylum there.Another is Maria Lourdes Afiuni, a judge under house arrest for freeing a banker from prison while he was awaiting trial on charges of flouting currency exchange controls.The government denies Venezuela has political prisoners.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – A security official says a young Tunisian man has set himself on fire in a town near the Libyan border after being accused of theft.Samir Ben Tahar, 25, had denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he was in Libya at the time of the theft, said the official in the border town of Ben Guerdane.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said Ben Tahar was in the hospital in critical condition after suffering from third degree burns Thursday. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Sponsored Stories According Interior Ministry figures, it is the 165th case of a self-immolation in Tunisia since that of an itinerant fruit-seller in the town of Sidi Bouzid.That young man’s burning and eventual death sparked Tunisia’s successful pro-democracy uprising in December 2010.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life
Four benefits of having a wireless security system WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter.The deficit rose to $51.4 billion, the largest trade gap since October 2008 and more than 43 percent higher than in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Exports were up 0.9 percent to $187.8 billion, while imports increased 7.7 percent to $239.2 billion. The trade deficit is the short-fall between exports and imports. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, container ships wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. The Commerce Department releases international trade data for March on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) The result suggests that international trade played a bigger-than-expected role in the U.S. economy’s anemic growth in the January-March. It could even force the government to further revise down its gross domestic product estimate for the quarter, possibly into negative territory.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the massive trade deficit means the U.S. economy “undoubtedly contracted slightly in the first quarter.” He estimates GDP in the January-March period fell 0.3 percent instead of the 0.2 percent growth the government reported last week.However, he notes that the surge in imports stems largely from the resolution in February of a labor dispute at West Coast ports, which worked to clear their backlogs in March.“Assuming that most of the catch-up is now complete… then imports should fall back in April, bringing the trade deficit down to a more normal level too,” Ashworth said in a note to clients.That means the road ahead should be brighter. Economists are looking for growth to rebound in the current April-June quarter to around 2 percent, climbing to a 3 percent average in the second half of the year. Rising employment is expected to fuel stronger consumer spending, which would help offset sluggish export growth. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Exports have been hurt by an increase in the value of the dollar against other major currencies over the past year. A strong dollar makes U.S. products more expensive overseas while lowering the price of imported products in the U.S.The jump in imports in March reflected greater shipments of foreign-made industrial machinery, autos, mobile phones, clothing and furniture.For the first three months of this year, the trade deficit was 5.2 percent higher than the same period a year ago. A larger trade deficit acts as a drag on growth because it means more U.S. producers are losing sales to foreign competitors.The trade gap with China in March surged 38.7 percent to $31.2 billion. The U.S. trade deficit with China is the largest for any country and is on track to set another record this year.Imports of petroleum products declined 6.6 percent to $15.4 billion, the lowest level for imports since September 2004. U.S. exports of petroleum dropped 7 percent to $7.7 billion. Both declines reflected the big drop in oil prices over the last year.President Barack Obama has been pushing the benefits of free trade in an effort to convince Congress to pass the legislation he needs to complete a sweeping trade agreement with 11 other nations, an agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories The legislation, approved by committees in both the Senate and the House, would force Congress to consider the trade agreement under fast-track rules. That means an up-or-down vote with no amendments from Congress.The fast-track legislation is expected to win Senate approval but passage in the House will be more challenging. Democrats in both chambers are demanding that the administration negotiate stronger labor and environmental standards and ban currency manipulation, with some believing that China is doing so to gain trade advantages.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories
The big mover was the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China, which earlier jumped 2.8 percent to close at 4,657.60, the highest level since 2008.CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren’t allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are plowing the money back into the market, sending it higher, said Andrew Sullivan, a sales trader at Haitong Securities. They’re also betting that the economic stimulus that has powered the Chinese rally will continue after recent poor economic indicators such as a disappointing manufacturing index on Thursday. “Even when you’ve got bad news, stocks are going up anyway,” Sullivan said. “It is just pure liquidity, it’s not fundamental in any way.US ECONOMY: Global investors are awaiting a speech later Friday by Fed Chair Yellen on the outlook for the world’s biggest economy. Stock markets are hitting record highs as investors bet the U.S. central bank will delay raising interest rates based on mixed reports on the world’s biggest economy. Data out Thursday showed U.S. home sales in April slipped on tight supply while jobless benefit applications fell to a 15-year low.GOLDIN BOUNCE: A Chinese horse breeding, winemaking and financial conglomerate’s Hong Kong-listed units saw further fluctuations a day after they plunged more than 40 percent. Goldin Properties Holdings Ltd. jumped 6.3 percent while Goldin Financial Holdings Ltd. rebounded before sinking 3.1 percent in the final half hour of trading. Earlier this week, another Chinese firm, solar panel maker Hanergy, tumbled in Hong Kong for no apparent reason before being suspended. The volatility is partly a sign of the rising flow of money from mainland China after the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges opened a trading link last year. Trader Dudley Devine works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, May 21, 2015. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading. Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona KEEPING SCORE: Asian benchmarks ended mostly higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.3 percent to close at 20,264.41 and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.1 percent to 2,146.10. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 1.7 percent to 27,992.83. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was little changed at 5,660.70. Southeast Asian indexes were mixed.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude slipped 58 cents to $60.14 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.74 to close at $60.72 a barrel on Thursday.CURRENCIES: The dollar declined to 120.98 yen from 121.05 yen on Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1176 from $1.1110.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.KEEPING SCORE: European stocks were mixed in midday trading. France’s CAC 40 was down 0.1 percent to 5,142.77 and Germany’s DAX slipped 0.4 percent to 11,818.81. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent to 7,052.25. U.S. stocks were poised to open higher, with both the Dow and S&P 500 futures up 0.1 percent. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
A man watches rescuers work on the hull of a capsized cruise ship on the Yangtze River in Jianli in central China’s Hubei province Tuesday June 2, 2015. Divers on Tuesday pulled survivors from inside the overturned cruise ship, state media said, giving some small hope to an apparently massive tragedy with well over 400 people still missing on the river. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT Sponsored Stories ___11 a.m. (0300 GMT)AccuWeather agency says showers, thunderstorms and potentially strong winds will continue in the region over the next 24-36 hours, making rescue efforts more challenging.The rescue is ongoing in about 15 meter (50 feet) deep water of the Yangtze River, where the Eastern Star cruise ship overturned Monday night with 456 people aboard. Thirteen bodies have been pulled so far and 14 people rescued.AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani says a stalled front at the time of the sinking was causing numerous thunderstorms with gusty winds.China’s state media reported a cyclone with winds of up to 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour was lashing the river at the time.___9:30 a.m. (0130 GMT)Chinese state broadcaster CCTV revises the number people on board the cruise ship to 456 when it capsized on Monday night. Originally state media said 458 people — 406 passengers, five travel agency employees and a crew of 47 — were on board.But CCTV cut that figure by one passenger and one crewmember. No reason was given for the change.___8:30 a.m. (0030 GMT)Amid continuing uncertainty about the fate of the more than 400 missing on the cruise ship that capsized in China’s Yangtze River, state broadcaster CCTV announced Wednesday morning that it was suspending live broadcasts from the disaster site for technical reasons. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona It did not elaborate. International media workers have also been kept away from the immediate area surrounding where workers are searching for bodies.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 12:15 p.m. (0415 GMT)More divers are being sent to join the rescue.Thirteen divers were working at the disaster site Tuesday, and an additional 120 were supposed to have arrived overnight from the provincial capital of Wuhan.According to the Hubei provincial military region commander, Chen Shoumin, 50 more divers from Guangzhou are due to arrive Wednesday.The overturned ship has drifted about 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) downstream on the Yangtze River before coming to rest close to shore, where fast currents and strong winds are making the rescue difficult. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share
LGBT Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Preferred Hotel Group has launched Preferred Pride, a collection of nearly 100 independently owned and operated hotels catering specifically to the needs of the gay and lesbian traveller.With LGBT travel booming, Preferred Pride aims to offer the extra level of reassurance the discerning gay and lesbian traveller seeks, whilst standing for equality in employment practices and supporting the LGBT community. “Preferred Pride is more than just another LGBT seal of approval; the program was created to unite Preferred’s diverse community of independent hoteliers around the world who are committed to the LGBT community,” Preferred Hotel Group executive director, leisure sales Rick Stiffler said. “It is a global initiative that enables hoteliers to learn about and better understand the needs and preferences of the LGBT traveller.”To better serve the gay and lesbian market, the Preferred Pride program offers diversity training on industry best practices, with participating properties able to choose a qualified ‘internal ambassador’ to work within the hotel. Properties must be either TAG Approved (Community Marketing’s Travel Alternatives Group) or belong to IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) to qualify as a Preferred Pride hotel.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W The United States Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, presented an official Certificate of Appreciation to the Visit USA Organisation (Australia) for their dedication and commitment to promote tourism to the United States, at an event in Sydney to mark Visit USA Week.Mr Bleich said the number of Australian visitors to the US was “remarkable”, hitting the one million visitor milestone and staying longer in the country than ever before.Visit USA Australia President Geoffrey Hutton has described 2011 as “the most amazing year for the USA” from the local market. “They are also the only international tourists to visit more than two states,” Mr Hutton concluded.Also revealed on the day was Brand USA (formerly called the Corporation for Travel Promotion), the public private partnership formed to promote America. Expected to visit Australia later this year to invest in the local market, Brand USA will match dollar for dollar spending from local companies. Visit USA recognised for efforts by US Ambassador
South African Airways new Country Manager – Tim Clyde-Smith South African Airways new Country Manager – Tim Clyde-Smith with Ian Robinson Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W New country manager in Australasia for South African Airways (SAA) Tim Clyde-Smith was introduced to industry and SAA partners at a function in Sydney last week. Fresh from his recent role in the passenger sales development area at Emirates Airlines, Mr Clyde-Smith has 20 years experience in the travel and tourism industry under his belt.He brings with him a broad cross-industry record of achievement and an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry. Mr Clyde-Smith’s enthusiasm for the appointed new role was evident as he discussed with e-Travel Blackboard his focus on increasing revenue and passenger yield for the airline’s operations in Australia.SAA and Qantas code share agreement to South Africa will not be extended beyond December 2012, with the current agreement in place until then. SAA is still review its options but assures its clients of the airlines long term commitment to the Australian market.
TripAdvisor has revealed the most popular travel destinations Australians are researching online, with Bali topping the list as the most sought after holiday escape.Internationally, Bali is the standout winner with the region of Seminyak taking the number one spot and neighbouring cities Kuta, Ubud, Legian and Nusa Dua all appearing in the top 20 destinations.Although Bali is one of the closest international hotspots, distance is not an issue as New York, Paris and London all ranked within the top five most-researched destinations.The interest in the Olympics and Paralympics could have helped London secure the fifth spot, according to TripAdvisor. The only New Zealand city to make this list was the resort village of Queenstown, coming in at 17.Melbourne beat out Sydney as the most searched city in Australia, while Queensland recorded the highest number of destinations researched online. Australia’s wine regions have begun to intrigue domestic travellers with two NSW Hunter Valley towns – Cessnock and Pokolbin – ranking in the top 20 and Western Australia’s Margaret River making the list. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Resort Pool in Kuta, Bali
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey affects local weather. A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok experienced rough turbulence before landing in Hong Kong, injuring 20 passenger and crew. The Airbus A380, carrying 500 people, was knocked around upon descent and those injured in the fray were sent to three different hospitals in the surrounding area, the Telegraph reported. Source = ETB News: P.T. The National News Bureau of Thailand said one crew member aboard the flight suffered a broken collarbone. Hong Kong Airlines reported a similar incident, when three passengers and three flight attendants were hurt after a flight from Phuket hit “sudden turbulence” as it neared the airport. Turbulence is the most common cause of injury to air passengers around the world, however, extreme turbulence is quite rare. Flight TG600 departed Thailand on the morning of Friday 30 August 2013. Hong Kong has been experiencing uneasy weather as Tropical Storm Kong-Rey passes nearby. “Despite the turbulence, the pilots safely landed the aircraft, with the Thai’s ground customer services staff at Chek Lap Kok Airport and Hong Kong International Airport Authority staff immediately transporting the injured to hospital,” Thai Airways senior executive vice president commercial Chokchai Panyayong said. “Thai regrets this unforeseen weather occurrence and will tend to medical expenses of all passengers and staff who were injured.”
Welcoming more than 407,000 cruise tourists last year, numbers will increase to around 420,000 for the new season with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) expecting that number to reach one million by 2020. With Dubai featuring on most of the world’s leading cruise liners’ international itineraries, it continues to reinforce its position as a popular cruise destination, firmly cementing its reputation as the Arabian Gulf’s “cruise hub of the region.” New to the region, MSC Cruises has proudly announced Dubai as its newest home port for their 2013-2014 season itinerary, with the MSC Lirica arriving in November and bringing over 60,000 passengers in its 20 turnaround call. Dubai’s cruise industry continues to flourish with the announcement of MSC Cruises becoming the hub’s newest home porting partner and two Cunard cruise liners due to make an appearance as well. “A combination of careful and strategic planning, marketing initiatives, infrastructure development, targeted investment and Dubai’s appeal as a popular destination, has allowed Dubai to experience robust growth in cruise tourism,” DTCM general manager Veronica Rainbird said. Cunard Line has announced in addition to their overnight Dubai calls in April 2014, both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will be returning once again to Dubai as part of their world cruise in 2015. Source = ETB News: L.B. “Dubai has the largest, state of the art facilities for cruise tourism in the Middle East and has consistently kept up with the industry’s growth and demand, enhancing the facilities and services of its ports to cater to the growing number of cruise lines and visitors.”
NEXT Hotels brand is redesigning the guest experience with technology giant DOCOMO interTouch, offering guests freedom and control with an integrated solution available on the NEXT App.Using the latest technology, the NEXT Hotels property in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall is the first hotel in Australia enabling guests to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms using their smartphones as room keys.The hotels chain governed by SilverNeedle Hospitality is committed to assisting time-crunched guests with optimising their hotel experience by removing any obstacles that could delay them in getting to their destination.DOCOMO interTouch is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, a global leader in mobile telecommunications technologiesSilverNeedle Hospitality managing director and group chief executive officer Iqbal Jumabhoy, has said that the project is all about giving travelers the freedom to choose their own experience.“Our NEXT Hotels® brand is dedicated to providing the ultimate guest experience, and that requires us to effectively combine the use of space, technology and service to ensure that every moment is memorable and stress-free,” Mr Jumabhoy said.SilverNeedle® Hospitality will launch the NEXT App, into which the Mobile Key is embedded, the app will be available in both Android and iOS stores.The app allows travelers to make a room reservation, enter their room, control in-room gadgets, order room service and check out of the hotel.Prior to arriving at NEXT Hotel® Brisbane, guests can check in using the NEXT App; select their preferred rooms or accept the pre-assigned rooms; and receive their own room key codes on their smartphones, bypassing the conventional check-in process to get to their rooms if they wish.The new technology is an Australian first, and SilverNeedle Hospitality are planning on implementing the technology in all of their NEXT Hotels in Australia.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
Tourism Australia brings the best Australian business events to IMEX FrankfurtAustralian business events industry partners will today join Tourism Australia on the Australia stand at IMEX Frankfurt, showcasing the latest developments in incentive and association offerings from across the country. Providing even more opportunities to showcase Australia, Tourism Australia is also sponsoring the media centre and the Associations Day program at IMEX Frankfurt.Commenting on the importance of business events to the visitor economy, the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck said, “International business events contributed over $3.8 billion in visitor expenditure and over 800,000 visitors in 2015. Business events also generate closer people-to-people links and drive our knowledge economy”.This year, 18 Australian business events products and destinations (up from 15 at IMEX 2015), with 30 delegates in total, will give buyers an excellent opportunity to discover why there’s nothing like Australia for business events. The Tourism Australia team will be conducting business appointments as well as group training sessions and networking opportunities on the stand.“Tourism Australia hosts the Australia stand at IMEX Frankfurt because it provides the platform for Australian industry to meet qualified buyers, do business and network,” said Penny Lion, General Manager Business Events Australia. “It’s great for Australia that we’re joined on the stand by such a high calibre of stand partners, as buyers are always looking for new ideas and information”.Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Ovation Australia, and Shangri-La Hotel Sydney are all new exhibitors on the Australia stand, adding even more for buyers to discover.In order to bring association buyers at IMEX Frankfurt all the latest news on Australian innovation and innovators, Tourism Australia has also developed a new, bi-annual publication, “Australia Innovates”, which features selected content originally created by Austrade.“It’s a great way to continue to build on our work in showing the world that not only is Australia a stunning destination for business events, it also has a depth of knowledge that can really help associations deliver on their event objectives,” said Ms Lion.“Having recently finalised new research on association delegate behaviour, we know that Australia is strongly perceived as a quality destination for business events. We look forward to sharing further insights from this research in the coming months, to provide industry with a competitive advantage when it comes to developing delegate acquisition strategies,” said Ms Lion.“There is so much happening in Australia right now and visitors to our stand at IMEX Frankfurt will benefit from the wealth of business events knowledge and experience being shared. We can’t wait to help buyers discover why Australia should be their next event destination,” said Ms. Lion. Business Events AustraliaSource = Tourism Australia
The Union Ministry of Tourism sanctioned 15 Rural Tourism sites for an amount of Rs 436.29 lakh during the year 2012-13. Similarly during 2013-14, 17 Rural Tourism sites for an amount of Rs 9.44 lakh were sanctioned and for 2014-15, four Rural Tourism sites received fund of Rs 131.05 lakh. The states in which the sites of Rural Tourism sanctioned are Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Tripura.The Union Ministry of Tourism has launched a new Scheme namely Swadesh Darshan for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around Specific Theme pursuant to the Budget 2014-15 Announcements. One of the circuits which have been selected for development is Rural Tourism Circuit.Ministry of Tourism has a Rural Tourism Scheme which is the part of ‘Product/Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits (PIDDC)’ Scheme. The main objective of this scheme is showcasing rural life, art, culture and heritage in villages that have core competence in art and craft, handloom, textiles, natural environment etc. Under this scheme, Central Financial Assistance (CFA) up to Rs 50 lakh for infrastructure development and up to Rs 20 lakh for capacity building is provided to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for each identified site by them. However, an amount of Rs 20 crore has been allocated under UT Plan for PIDDC during 2015-16.
The Park Hotels, operating luxury properties across India, has acquired its first international hotel in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.The Sahara Palace Marrakech features 108 rooms and suites, plus an outdoor pool, gardens and a 3,800 sq m spa with an indoor heated pool, 14 treatment rooms, two Turkish hammams, a fitness centre and a “yoga temple”. There are four restaurants and two bars, including the Bombay Veranda and Bombay Bar.Priya Paul, Chairman of The Park Hotels, commented, “We are delighted to be managing this beautiful palace hotel in Morocco. Along with the strong Moroccan accents throughout the property, there are a number of Indian design influences, making the hotel a great fit for us as hoteliers from the subcontinent.”
A study has found that the year 2016 witnessed a huge rise in Indians planning travel on the go and showed an increased preference to travel domestically.According to the study by Skyscanner, mobile web is instrumental in travel planning. The data revealed an eight percent Year-on-Year leap in searches made on smartphones, indicating a growing preference to plan travel on the go.Skyscanner reports also suggest a 13% growth in searches for domestic destinations, due to a rise in a number of new routes and flight choices. New Delhi took the major share of domestic searches in both 2015 and 2016, achieving a steady 15% both years.Additionally, in terms of international destinations, the U.S. achieved most searches in both 2015 and 2016, with the searches accounting for eight percent and nine percent of all searches in the respective year.Budget airlines continued to be the preferred mode of air travel in both domestic and international travel. There was an eight percent increase in searches for budget airlines tickets compared to 2015.Indians made the most of the festive season in October, which is usually plush with holidays. Occasioned by Durga Puja or Diwali and Bhai Dooj, October turned out to be the favourite month for travel for the second year in a row.Commenting on the findings of this analysis, Reshmi Roy, Growth Manager- India, Skyscanner, said, “The insights we have drawn from this review of Skyscanner’s data are key to understanding travel patterns and will help us to continue building products that solve problems for Indian travellers. With increased connectivity, travel planning can become very simple.
Share Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Confidence Debt Crisis Euro European Union First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Bonds Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers Treasury Department Treasury Yields 2011-11-09 Ryan Schuette More refinance loan applications inspired a 10.3-percent leap forward in mortgage applications last week, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The MBA released a weekly survey responsible for tracking mortgage application volume.The trade group’s Market Composite Index recorded a seasonally adjusted 10.3-percent uptick from the week earlier, while loan volume went up 9.9 percent on a seasonally unadjusted basis from the week earlier.The Refinance Index offered up a 12.1-percent surge in loan application volume, as the Purchase Index similarly noted an increase along the lines of 2.7 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a contrast with figures from last week but still lower than the same week seen last year.””As has been the case all year, many refinance applicants are opting to deleverage by choosing 15-year mortgages,”” [COLUMN_BREAK]””Mike Fratantoni””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/78422.htm, MBA’s VP of research and economics, said in a “”statement””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/78422.htm.Also on a seasonally adjusted basis, the four-week moving average fell by 0.37 percent but went up by 0.89 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the Purchase Index.The refinance share of activity shot up by 78.6 percent in total application volume, an increase from 77.1 percent from the week before, while adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) remained unchanged from last week.The surge in mortgage loan application volume follows a shortfall in contract interest rates on average for fixed-rate mortgages, with the 30-year loan seeing a drop from 4.31 percent the week before to 4.22 percent last week.The same for the 15-year loan fell from 3.63 percent to 3.54 percent, while interest rates for 5-year and 1-year ARMs declined from 3.09 percent to 3.01 percent last week.””Treasury rates dropped last week, as renewed turmoil in Europe once again led to a flight to quality, and 30-year mortgage rates dropped to their second lowest level of the year,”” Fratantoni added. “”Refinance applications jumped more than 12 percent to their highest level in a month and some lenders experienced even larger increases. Trouble in Europe reached a boiling point last week when Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced his resignation following a ratification by his parliament of a bailout package worth trillions of euros. November 9, 2011 432 Views Mortgage Applications Surge Forward by 10.3% in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
Servicers Pick Up Pace on Loan Modifications in Q3 November 6, 2012 433 Views In the third quarter of this year, servicers increased the pace at which they completed proprietary modifications and short sales, “”HOPE NOW””:http://www.hopenow.com/ data revealed Monday. [IMAGE] In Q3 2012, proprietary modifications, or non-government mods, stood at 186,057 compared to 161,764 in Q3 2011, representing a 15 percent annual gain, according to the alliance. Quarter-over-quarter, proprietary mods were up 41 percent compared to Q2 2012, when there were 131,556 completed mods. In addition to the 186,057 proprietary mods in Q3, mortgage servicers also completed 33,276 mods through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), bringing the quarterly total for completed mods to 219,333. HOPE NOW noted HAMP figures for September have not yet been reported.When including all modifications, year-to-date, 604,301 homeowners have received permanent loan mods in 2012. In Q3, short sales, another solution to prevent foreclosures, totaled 110,153, up 16 percent from Q3 in 2011 when there were 94,560 completed short sales. [COLUMN_BREAK]Quarter-over-quarter, short sales were up 3 percent. However, completed short sales were actually down month-over-month by 13 percent in September. While mods and short sales were up in Q3 2012, foreclosure starts were down, falling to 503,995 compared to 597,447 in Q3 2011, representing a 16 percent decline. Foreclosure sales saw a slight 1 percent decline in Q3, falling to 197,937 compared to 199,383 a year ago. In a statement, Faith Schwartz, executive director of HOPE NOW said, “”The combination of loan modifications and short sales solutions completed by mortgage servicers, in the third quarter of the year, totals over 329,000. That compares to approximately 198,000 foreclosure sales during the same time period.””Delinquencies past due 60-plus days also fell in Q3 2012, numbering 2.45 million, down 12 percent from the same quarter last year. For just the month of September, HOPE NOW also provided data on characteristics of proprietary loan modifications. Among the 60,595 completed proprietary loan mods in September, 87 percent included reduced principal and interest on monthly payments. In addition, 76 percent of those mods had reduced principal and interest payments exceeding 10 percent. Since 2007, the servicers have completed 5.82 million permanent loan modifications. Of those loan mods, 4,739,109 were proprietary and 1,076,747 were completed under HAMP. HOPE NOW–an alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and non-profit counselors–offers a free hotline for struggling homeowners at 888.995.HOPE. in Government, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Processing Service Providers 2012-11-06 Esther Cho Share
In Ohio, Accurate Group announced its support for the imminent release of Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) in the form of enhanced appraisal processes, updates to the company’s Valuation Compliance Report (VCR), and training and certification of its appraisal review team.In a release, Accurate Group said it has been in close communication with Fannie Mae ahead of CU’s release to lenders and appraisal management companies (AMCs) to ensure the company and its clients are ready.”Our clients rely on us to stay ahead of the compliance curve, so we’ve been proactively planning for the Fannie Mae CU changes,” said Paul Doman, president and CEO of Accurate Group. “We have the processes, technology and team in place to help lenders adhere to the new Fannie Mae requirements and are prepared to make this change a smooth transition for them.”In addition to putting its appraisal review team through a series of Fannie Mae training and certification sessions, Accurate Group has also modified its review processes to incorporate CU in the workflow, the company said.The firm’s Accurate VCR product has also received an upgrade and now includes new rules necessary to ensure all hard-stop proprietary messages are addressed before appraisals are submitted.”This is one of the benefits our clients gain by choosing an appraisal management and compliance company such as Accurate Group, over just a standard AMC,” Doman said. “With Accurate Group, compliance is never an afterthought—it is engrained in our business and in every product and service we offer.” Accurate Group Announces Support for Fannie Mae’s CU Share in Headlines, News January 22, 2015 471 Views accurate group Collateral Underwriter Company News Compliance Fannie Mae 2015-01-22 Tory Barringer
Share NMSA Calls for Clarification of the Definition of Robocalls in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing The National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) issued commentary on Monday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Notice of Inquiry in regard to preventing illegal Robocalls.In its official statement, the NMSA applauds the FCC’s desire to prevent Robocalls made by servicers, but urges the commission to go one step further by clarifying the definition. Currently, the FCC defines Robocalls by referring to a previously proposed description set forward by the “Robocall Strike Force,” which was established at the request of former Chairman Wheeler in 2016:“…an ‘illegal robocall’ is one that violates the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, the related FCC regulations implementing the Act, or the Telemarketing Sales Rule, as well as any call made for the purpose of defrauding the customer, as prohibited under a variety of federal and state laws and regulations…”It is the position of the NMSA that ambiguity in the language and lack of defining terminology leaves open the possibility of inconsistency. The organization further urges the FCC to adopt language that clearly defines a Robocall as:“Any telephone call to a telephone number using and artificial voice or prerecorded message where a live person is not on the line and available to communicate with the intended recipient of the call at the time of connection to the telephone number called.”Currently, mortgage servicers are not considered exempt from the laws outlined in The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), despite efforts to petition the FCC otherwise back in June of 2016. The FCC ruled that the importance of dissemination of information about delinquencies to consumers did not warrant setting aside privacy concerns. Further, because consumers could revoke consent so easily, mortgage servicers could be at risk for hefty fines for each call. A standard definition of a Robocall would be in the interest of both the industry and the consumer.“We applaud the FCC’s active engagement in protecting consumers,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “It is this shared interest that drives NMSA to continue to work towards shaping the American housing industry for the benefit of homeowners, and while there is more work to be done, this continued dialogue between concerned members of the industry and regulatory institutions is a step in the right direction.”To view the letter, click here. NMSA Robocalls 2017-08-01 Joey Pizzolato August 1, 2017 710 Views
FinTech MCT Security 2018-09-28 Seth Welborn in News Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT), a mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, has announced the implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA) security protocols, which require multiple methods to verify a user’s identity for logins and transactions.“We live in an era where security sensitivities and breaches are increasingly common occurrences within organizations and their technology stacks,” says Phil Rasori, COO at MCT. “In order to most effectively protect our clients, their data and transactions, we felt that it was a prudent time to implement MFA into our MCTlive! secondary marketing software as a logical safeguard in order to maintain high levels of security.”MCT’s new MFA technology uses Google Authenticator for MCTlive! security where the user must not only log into the platform with their credentials, but also receive a unique code from their mobile device that expires after 30 seconds. In addition, MCTlive! password requisites have been strengthened.MFA can be configured for particular MCTlive! users to be multi-factor, or for others to have simpler, quicker password access. MCT puts the ease of internal controls in the hands of the lender when it comes to user log on and security, which is very granular. In addition, detailed reporting can be easily produced at any time which timestamps each user’s log in attempts and security methods used.”The security of our borrowers’ information is paramount for First Bank, particularly with data breaches seeming to become more and more common,” stated Andrew Stringer, Director of Secondary/Capital Markets at First Bank, an MCT client. “Multi-factor authentication in MCTlive! adds an additional layer of protection that not only gives me peace of mind knowing our data is protected, but also demonstrates proactive ways our secondary department is mitigating risk for the bank.” Mortgage Capital Trading Updates Security Protocols September 28, 2018 534 Views Share
Top Stories Arizona wants to put pressure on the young quarterback, but still has to be careful how they attack Newton.“When things break down he can move in the pocket and chew up some yardage getting down the field. He’s a guy you have to make sure you’re very disciplined in your rush lanes and your containment,” said Whisenhunt.The biggest knock on Newton’s game has been his inability to throw the ball down the field and with accuracy, so Arizona will be trying to make Newton beat them with his arm.“You don’t want to let him create big plays with his feet and try to make him beat you by playing a normal quarterback game. As far as a guy that can drop back and throw the football and win games, that’s tough for a young player,” said Whisenunt.Whether the Cardinals choose to blitz and put pressure on Newton or sit back and let him try to beat them with his arm, this game will present a challenge for Arizona in the first game of the season.“It’ll be an interesting chess match in this first game,” said Whisenhunt. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 on Sunday and will also get the first look at number one overall draft pick quarterback Cam Newton.Despite being a young player, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows his team has to be on the lookout for Newton’s athletic abilities.“He’s a guy you have to make sure that you understand he can hurt you with his feet,” said Whisenhunt on the Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf show on Tuesday. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Kevin Kolb seems to have firmly grasped the role of the starting quarterback in Arizona, leading his team to a surprising 4-0 start. But whether keeps the starting job or if it will go back to John Skelton remains up in the air.After Skelton was sidelined with an injury in the Cardinals’ Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, Kolb was called upon to lead the successful game winning drive. Combined with strong performances from Kolb in wins over the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins, it looked like the quarterback controversy fans thought was over had started back up again. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With the Cardinals having a short week of practice before Thursday night’s game against the St. Louis Rams, the starting job will most likely remain Kolb’s for the time being.Cardinals head coach Whisenhunt said won’t be worrying abut who to start until he’s sure Skelton is ready to play again.“At some point when we feel, based on what [Skelton] did in practice, he’s ready to go we’ll have a decision to make,” said Whisenhunt. “That’s a decision that we’ll make before the game. I don’t think there’s anybody saying we have to make that change right now.”After Skelton returned to practice on Wednesday, Whisenhunt said it was nice to see his two quarterbacks back out on the field and looks forward to seeing them battling for the starting spot.“I think [the QB competition] made both those guys better and I think we’re reaping the dividends of that right now,” said Whisenhunt. “So say whatever you want to say about picking the quarterback and when we picked the quarterback and how it all came down. But, bottom line is we’re 4-0. Kevin has played well for us and he’s done exactly what we’ve expected him to do and we’re pleased about that.” Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After all, the Bidwills know what winning feels like, and fans understand the franchise can be successful. No longer is being not-embarrassing the goal, rather it’s to be good. Very good.And in a bit of an ironic twist, we have Ken Whisenhunt to thank for that. – / 17 As far as eras go, the Ken Whisenhunt-led one in Arizona has been incredibly successful.Two NFC West championships. Super Bowl XLIII. Four non-losing seasons in six years. It has also been disappointing.The Cardinals won 27 regular season games in Whisenhunt’s first three years with the team; they’ve won just 17 in the last three. That he had so much early success is undoubtedly working against the coach now, as most are somewhat understanding — even forgiving — when a team is building, but rarely tolerate going in the wrong direction. And if the Cardinals did not hit rock bottom in their record-setting loss to the Seahawks Sunday, they’re certainly damn close as they continue on that path. Then again, if a 58-0 loss is not as bad as it gets — with Seahawks fans having a party at the Cardinals’ expense while feeling pity for the team’s fans (seriously, an Arizona fan wearing a paper bag on his head was the most popular person on the building, with Seahawks faithful lining up to take pictures with him) — I shudder at the thought of what could be worse.The coach said Monday that, upon viewing film from the game, he determined his team did not quit. Everyone else who watched the game knows that simply is not the case.So, as my colleague Dave Burns pointed out, it can be difficult to know when the end of an era is at hand. But at this point we all know it’s time for a change. Many changes.Whisenhunt and his staff will not be the only ones shown the door, though. Veterans Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson may be winding down their outstanding Cardinals careers, too, and by the time the dust settles the only players left from Arizona’s Super Bowl team could be Larry Fitzgerald, Levi Brown, Calais Campbell and Lyle Sendlein. 0 Comments Share And who knows, with no quarterback, a new coach and a big contract, perhaps Fitz may be on his way out, too. It all may be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.Super Bowl XLIII was four years ago, folks.Things were never as good as they were then and likely have never been as bad as they are now. Cardinals fans have experienced incredible highs and terrible lows during Whisenhunt’s six-year stint as the boss, and while he will largely be remembered for his stubbornness and inability to solve the Rubix Cube that is the quarterback position, it’s unfair to label him as a bad coach, because he’s not.In fact, he’s the best coach in Arizona Cardinals history.However, that’s not reason enough to keep him around. The fear that the Cardinals cannot do better — and who knows, maybe they can’t — is not a reason to maintain the status quo.The pre-Whiz Cardinals would have settled for mediocrity, viewing a coach with a record as close to .500 as Whisenhunt’s as a great success. But while the score Sunday may have painted a different picture, these are not the “Same Old Cardinals”.Disasters like the one Sunday will not be tolerated by fans, and it’s hard not to see ownership feeling the same way. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
After all, when a team invests the kind of resources it did to get Kolb — and then perhaps passed on a chance to sign Peyton Manning because they were afraid of losing him — there’s no other way to view things.And it’s a shame.Now the Cardinals are, for better or worse, in pretty much the same place they were two summers ago, minus the possibility that their franchise QB could be on the way. Drew Stanton is alright, but in no way projected to be a star. Brian Hoyer played admirably last season, but the same could be said for him.Then there’s John Skelton and Ryan Lindley who, well, yeah.The Cardinals swung for the fences when they made the deal for Kolb, as he was the biggest name on the market and many believed he was destined to blossom into a quality quarterback. As anyone who knows baseball could tell you, sometimes a cut like that leads to a home run, and sometimes it results in a strikeout. The Cardinals didn’t connect, and now the Kevin Kolb era is over in Arizona. He will go on to sign with another team and, maybe, stay on the field long enough to show what kind of quarterback he can be. It’d be nice to finally find out. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Oh, and I guess this makes number 22. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From the time until Kevin Kolb was rumored to be heading to Arizona and now, I wrote roughly 21 columns regarding the quarterback.Of those 21, eight had a negative tone, seven had a positive vibe and six were rather neutral. Make up your damn mind, Green. The truth is anyone who has read my stuff over the last couple of years knows I was not in favor of trading for the QB. He was unproven, I believed, and in no way worthy of the investment the Cardinals were going to make in him. There were times over the last couple seasons where he looked promising, and at the end of the day we all wanted him to succeed. He didn’t. But this isn’t my way of saying “I told you so” or gloating about how right I was, because no one could have predicted what would transpire for Kolb or the Cardinals over the nearly two years they were together.Fifteen games. Fourteen starts. A 6-8 record. A 58.5 percent completion percentage to go along with 17 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 10 fumbles. Various injuries, from turf toe and a concussion in 2011 to busted ribs and a shoulder issue in 2012. A fired coaching staff.Two seasons and roughly $20 million later, the team got very little from its Hail Mary attempt to replace Kurt Warner, and the new coaching staff decided it best to move on.And it probably is, for both the team and the quarterback.Kolb’s time in Arizona was ill-fated from the beginning, with the pressure of replacing a Hall of Famer and expectations unbefitting of someone with his credentials. Is it his fault the team made such an investment in him? Was Kolb responsible for the coaching staff trying to force a scheme upon him rather than adjust its game plan to suit his skills? Can you really blame him for getting hurt?The answer to all the questions is “no”, but then again, that does not change the fact that Kevin Kolb experiment in Arizona will go down as a failure. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
LISTEN: Deone Bucannon- Cardinals safety But things changed. Most notably, inside linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 season, making it necessary for head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be flexible and creative in coming up with a plan for 2014.Part of that plan was to utilize the rookie in the dollar linebacker position — a hybrid of safety and linebacker — in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense. “Coach Bowles trusted me with such a big position and such big responsibility, and I’m honored and I’m thankful for that,” Bucannon told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The 22-year-old admitted the learning curve has been steep this season.“Honestly, the first thing I had to learn was different offensive line fronts, understanding when guards pull and how to adjust my gaps and how to get over and reading the surface,” he said. “That was probably the toughest to know right away because when you’re at safety, you have 10 or 15 yards to diagnose a play. When you’re a linebacker, you have two to five yards to diagnose a whole play and react a lot faster.”As a First Team All-American and Pac-12 selection in 2013, Bucannon was very comfortable with what his coaches asked him to do at the collegiate level. They never asked him to do anything like what he’s been called on to deliver this year. “Never, I was always at safety,” he said. “Sometimes, I would drop down, but it really wouldn’t be in the box, it would kind of be outside the box — I’d play more of an outside linebacker. But no, this is the first time.”He’s learned it quickly. Bucannon is fourth on the Cardinals in total tackles, has four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. And he’s retained his reputation as a big hitter that followed him to the NFL.His coaches have praised him, as well as his teammates.“He’s seeing the game from a totally different perspective, so we knew it was going to take a few weeks to come along to where we needed him to be,” safety Rashad Johnson told Burns and Gambo Monday. “Right now he’s hitting his stride and playing great.“He’s doing a great job for us filling in at that position. He’s going to be a really, really special player for the Cardinals for years to come, just because his mindset and his drive for perfection. I’ve never met someone as young as him who is just so hungry to get it right every time.” – / 26 Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select safety Deone Bucannon from Washington State.”That’s what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced back in early May — emphasis on the word ‘safety.’That’s the position Bucannon played during a stellar collegiate career in Pullman; it was certainly where the Cardinals planned to play him during his rookie season. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals are bringing back another one of their own.ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that running back Chris Johnson is re-signing with the team on a one-year deal.He had reportedly been deciding between the Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share #AZCardinals RB Chris Johnson received a 1-year deal worth up to $3M, source said. He turned down nearly double that from another team.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2016Johnson was a late addition to the 2015 Arizona Cardinals, but he proved to be one of the most important. Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) I like to thx all the teams that was involved but I we have unfinished business in AZ let’s get that ring— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) March 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Signed during training camp, he went on to run for 814 yards and three touchdowns on 196 carries after filling in for an injured Andre Ellington. A fractured tibia suffered in Week 12 ended his season.At that point, rookie David Johnson took over as the team’s primary running back and excelled, leading many to speculate Chris Johnson would depart in free agency in search of a larger role.However, the 30-year-old — who is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one time First-Team All-Pro — has been to the postseason just once in his career, and decided his best chance to get back was in Arizona. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories On March 7, NFL teams will be allowed to start contacting the agents for free agents.On March 9, they can start signing them.As it all pertains to the Arizona Cardinals, it’s difficult to predict who they might be interested in. They have holes to fill, yes, but with roughly $17 million in cap space it’s unlikely they will have a legitimate shot at some of the league’s best available players.Then again, where there is a will there is a way, and the Cardinals may very well find a way to nab some impact players. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But the Cardinals are not the only team who could be interested in the 26-year-old, and though he may not be viewed as the top interior lineman on the market, his price tag figures to be fairly high.Should the Cardinals nab Zeitler, he would be their second high-profile free agent pickup at the guard position and third overall along the offensive line, following Mike Iupati in 2015 and tackle Jared Veldheer in 2014.Also notable in Bowen’s piece, he wrote that the Indianapolis Colts are the best fit for defensive lineman Calais Campbell, saying the longtime Cardinal “has put himself in a position to grab a lot of attention in free agency.” Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) celebrates his touchdown with guard Kevin Zeitler, left, and center Russell Bodine during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling One such option could be Kevin Zeitler, a guard formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals whom ESPN’s Matt Bowen believes is a perfect fit in Arizona. In the Insider piece, Bowen explains scheme is a big part of his thought process.The Cardinals’ vertical passing attack took a step backward in 2016. Now, there are multiple reasons for why that occurred, but it starts up front with an offensive line that surrendered 41 sacks. That impacted Bruce Arians’ game plan and the overall production from quarterback Carson Palmer. Adding Zeitler — the best interior offensive lineman on the market — allows the Cardinals to get younger and more athletic up front. Zeitler’s ability to pull is a fit for the Cardinals’ running game, and he strengthens an offensive line that has to keep its aging quarterback off the turf.Zeitler was a first-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2012, and since then the 6-foot-4, 320-pound lineman has established himself as one of the NFL’s better guards, and it’s true he would make a lot of sense for the Cardinals.Arizona has some uncertainty at right guard after Evan Mathis retired following an injury-shortened season, and though there are some options there is not much certainty with regards to replacements currently on the roster.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones isn’t donating what he committed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He’s doubling what he promised with two games left in the 2018 regular season.Jones said he would donate $20,000 per sack to the hospital before the second-to-last game of the year, and though he only tallied 1.0 sack combined against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, the defensive end announced on Wednesday that he had donated $40,000. 2 Comments Share Top Stories Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is sacked by Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The lone sack over the last two games came on Sunday in a 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.Relatively, Jones had a quiet season. But quiet for him is 13.0 sacks, tied for eighth-most in the NFL this year.Related Links98.7 FM roundtable: Which direction should Cards’ coaching search go?Arizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Chiefs OC Bieniemy, like McCarthy, reportedly uninterested in CardinalsThe 5: Most pivotal moments in the Cardinals’ 2018 seasonJones led the NFL with 17.0 sacks last season, and since joining Arizona in 2016 via a trade with the New England Patriots, he has led the NFL with 41 total sacks.In 2018, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald led the league with 20.5 sacks.Bettering Jones in sacks this year were Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (16.0 sacks), Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (15.5), Broncos linebacker Von Miller (14.5), Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (14.5), Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (14.0) and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (13.5).Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Kansas City linebacker Dee Ford and Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt tied Jones with 13.0 sacks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
A 2016 photo of Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers taken on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments Share Related LinksReport: Cardinals interview former Browns HC Hue Jackson for OC jobReport: Arizona Cardinals hire former Broncos DB coach Greg WilliamsJohn Clayton: ‘Hard to tell’ who will be Cardinals OC right nowClements coached the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks from 2006-11 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.Clements has coached the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-03), Kansas City Chiefs (2000) and New Orleans Saints (1997-99) prior to his tenure in Green Bay.This will be Clements’ first season coaching since 2016.The Cardinals had interviewed six other candidates before deciding to reportedly not move forward with an offensive coordinator. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly not expected to hire an offensive coordinator but have hired Tom Clements to assist in the passing game.The move first reported on Saturday was made official by the Cardinals on Tuesday.Clements, 65, will coordinate the team’s passing game while also serving as quarterbacks coach.Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is expected to be the main play-caller with Clements assisting in the offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Our collection of eight 98.7 FM VIPs are competing for bragging rights against eight former Arizona pro athletes: former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, Suns guard Eddie House, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez, Cardinals offensive lineman Max Starks, Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette and Coyotes captain Shane Doan.Related LinksNCAA Tournament bracket pits ASU against St. John’s in a 2017 rematchArizona State makes NCAA Tournament for 2nd straight yearWatch: ASU’s Zylan Cheatham learns he is NCAA Tournament-boundThe cumulative points by the team of pros will be stacked up against the team of hosts, including Doug Franz, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi, Dan Bickley, Vince Marotta, John Gambadoro, Dave Burns and Luke Lapinski.Here’s where things stand as of Wednesday:PROS: 714 pointsHOSTS: 704 points1st place: Luis Gonzalez – 106 points2nd: Shane Doan – 1043rd: Ron Wolfley – 1024th: Eddie House – 1005th: Dan Bickley – 986th: Doug Franz – 92T7: Lorenzo Alexander – 90T7: Luke Lapinski – 90T7: Carson Palmer – 9010th: Casey Jacobsen – 8811th: Dave Burns – 8612th: Jay Feely – 8213th: Paul Calvisi – 80T14: John Gambadoro – 78T14: Vince Marotta – 7815th: Max Starks – 54Each players’ individual brackets are scored as follows: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Those who thought they knew college basketball better than their favorite sports-talk hosts at 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station got the chance to put that to the test.Those who joined the 2019 Bracket Boss challenge got a chance to win $1,500 by competing against the hosts and anchors of of Doug & Wolf, Bickley & Marotta, Burns & Gambo and The Rundown with Luke Lapinski.This year’s Bracket Boss came with an added twist. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri), former D-back Luis Gonzalez (Getty Images / Christian Petersen) and former Coyote Shane Doan (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). Correct first-round pick: 2 pointsCorrect second-round pick: 4 pointsCorrect Sweet 16 pick: 8 pointsCorrect Elite Eight pick: 16 pointsCorrect Final Four pick: 32 pointsCorrect champion: 64 points
Designed to spark the imagination of avid travellers, Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 – an epic 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London – is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travellers will voyage in luxurious comfort to 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. Plus, with 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays, guests will have ample time to delve deeper into destinations.This one-of-a-kind journey, titled “The Tale of Tales”, offers innovative destinations and unique features, such as an overnight stay in Tokyo with two full days to explore, a circumnavigation of Africa with an overnight in Cape Town, and a double overnight in Bordeaux to enjoy the region’s famous wines. There is also a stopover in Saint-Malo, gateway to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will also have the chance to sail the Guadalquivir River in Seville and savour Bilbao’s cultural scene with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, before the voyage concludes in London, renowned as a financial centre and one of the great capitals of the world.“World Cruise 2019 has been crafted to tell a fascinating story about our planet,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “From island hideaways and ancient temples to tribal cultures and nature preserves, guests will be treated to extraordinary discoveries — all while enjoying the understated luxury and small-ship camaraderie of Silver Whisper. It’s the perfect setting for guests to create exciting new chapters in their own lives, shaped by new experiences and perspectives.”The Tale of TalesWith this unique voyage, Silversea has the pleasure of inviting nine writers aboard to seek the drama of the unknown and the amazing. They will each create a short story inspired by regions of sublime natural beauty and exotic cultures. The result will be an exclusive anthology of the voyage, an unprecedented portrait of The Tale of Tales. Already confirmed to put their pen to paper are Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and Pico Iyer, novelist, travel writer and essayist since 1986 for Time magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.A host of added-value benefitsTo make this all-inclusive journey even more carefree, guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities and events, including a Bon Voyage reception and overnight luxury hotel stay in San Francisco; Business Class air (from select gateways) and transfers (between airport, hotel and Silver Whisper); complimentary baggage valet service; a US$4000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi; complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service; special commemorative gifts and more.Plus, some of the exclusive events that are in the planning stages will include “Greeting Tahitian Gods”, set in Papeete around the only fully restored marae (temple); “Robben Island: A Walk Through the History of South Africa”; and a private opening of the spectacular Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
People always use round numbers but at Skyscanner we like to do things differently. £104 is close enough to the ton, but with the extra four quid gets you to a really quite exotic place.Part of Skyscanner’s functionality you may not have used is the “Weekend breaks” option which appears under “Suggestions” on the homepage. This allows you to pick a weekend in the future and quickly find flights (in ascending price order) for destinations all over the world. Booking flights for a romantic weekend, a stag or hen-do, a birthday surprise, a sporting couple of days or just a short get-away takes hardly any time with Skyscanner since all the dates are already listed. Having chosen your departure airport, a selection of cities appears with just a click of a button.The list of destinations below shows just a selection of possible trips using Skyscanner’s search engine capabilities. All return prices are correct at the time of writing and all relate to the same weekend 14th-16th March 2008.Skiing in FinlandFlights: London Stansted – Tampere, Finland with Ryanair Price: £44.18 per personWhen you think of weekend ski trips in early spring, Finland is not a country which immediately leaps to mind – not to my mind anyway. Himos is one of Finland’s most popular ski resorts and is just 95km from the airport in Tampere. The resort can be reached by bus or by hire car and the trip takes about 90 mins – a reasonably short transfer time to a ski resort.Himos has 21 runs – the longest being just under one kilometre and 13 lifts. There are slopes to suit all abilities and children under the age of 7 with a helmet can ski for free. Unlike many resorts in the rest of Europe, you can ski from late October and also unlike many resorts, day prices for adult lift passes are around 30 Euros.For more information see:www.himos.comA taste of North AfricaFlights: London Gatwick – Marrakech, Menara with Royal Air Maroc from www.ebookers.comPrice: £104.00 per personA quick three and a half hour flight can transport the weekend traveller to a city that is genuinely very different to cities in western Europe. The airport is just 4km from the city and a quick bus or taxi ride can take you to the heart of the city. The first stop for the visitor is often the Medina (or Old City).In the centre of the Medina is Djemaa el-Fna – a busy square with a carnival-style atmosphere which draws tourists to witness the entertainers and performers and to sample delicious Moroccan food from local stalls. The city also affords the visitor the opportunity to explore a maze of alleyways full of bazaars and shopkeepers selling local products – get your haggling skills sharpened up before embarking on a spending spree. With average temperatures in March reaching up to 21 degrees, you might even get a bit of a tan.For more information see:www.fodors.comwww.morocco.comHistoric GranadaFlights: Liverpool – Granada, Spain with RyanairPrice: £77.92 per personThe Spanish city of Granada is famous for, amongst other things, the magnificent Alhambra – the Moors’ hilltop citadel and their last stronghold before being ousted in 1492. Over two million visitors a year flock to see it every year and as such tickets are at a premium. The number of tickets is strictly controlled so rather than risk a long queue and potential disappointment, it is best to get tickets in advance (more information here).On a hill opposite the Alhambra is the Albaicín – the old Arabic quarter – which still retains the feel of its origins. The winding cobbled streets and white-washed houses are a photographer or painter’s dream and almost everywhere one goes, there is a beautiful view to be had. Exploring the area, one finds countless squares, restaurants and shops – a beautiful and picturesque place to while away an afternoon or two.For more information see:www.timeout.comgranadainfo.comEastern European adventures in SloveniaFlights: London Stansted – Ljubljana, Slovenia with EasyjetPrice: £64.98 per personLjubljana is the capital of Slovenia and only a couple of hours away by air. It is one of the most attractive of the former Soviet Bloc countries, and its capital is well worth a visit.The buildings of the city centre were shaped in the main by architect, Jože Pleènik though they have also been influenced by other nations who have passed through the city in the preceding centuries. The city offers the visitor a wealth of sites with one of the most popular being Ljubljana Castle where you can either don a stout pair of walking legs and climb to it or catch a funicular railway. The castle affords the visitor fine views of the city and is certainly recommended. Elsewhere, you can enjoy museums, galleries or simply sit in one of the many squares enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by.Ljubljana is not just a city of sights though: there is a vibrant nightlife supported by one of the youngest populations of any European capital. The bars and clubs offer an eclectic mix and there is surely something to suit any visitor from the cool, clubber to those wanting just a quiet drink somewhere.For more information see:www.cityguide.travel-guides.comwww.lonelyplanet.com**Belgium – not your first choice for a weekend away perhaps…;Flights: London Heathrow – Brussels International, Belgium with bmiPrice: £64 per personOrFlights: Glasgow Prestwick – Brussels International, Belgium with RyanairPrice**: £56.49 personMost people will agree that Brussels is not a particularly attractive city and as such, I would suggest you leave it as quickly as possible and get on a train (conveniently located at the airport) and make your way on the 90 minute journey to Ghent.Belgium gets a bad press from many European countries despite its lovely countryside and unspoilt towns and cities; Ghent is one of these. Much of the city’s medieval architecture remains remarkably well-preserved and wandering around the picturesque streets is a real pleasure as you walk down winding streets with stylish shops on either side – only to find yet another historic building. Ghent has the largest car-free area of any Belgian city so it is ideal for visitors exploring on foot.If walking is not your thing, then perhaps take a boat ride down Ghent’s canals. These offer an excellent way to get to know the city and also offer an attractive backdrop for a bite to eat or a drink in the many cafés and restaurants.Belgium is famous for its beer and there is no shortage of bars where a bewildering array of choice is available. A large student population ensures that there are always places open and you can be guaranteed a good night out courtesy of the friendly and helpful locals.For more information see:www.travel-library.comwww.world66.comPrices correct as at January 2008ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow to search for flights with Skyscanner’s new Facebook Messenger botIntroducing Skyscanner’s latest flight search innovation: the Skyscanner bot for Facebook Messenger. Using the latest technology, we’ve made it even easier for you to find the best flights, but how does it work? Let us explain…The best time to book cheap flightsWant to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!Top 20 travel hacks and money saving tipsYou may be skint, but you can still holiday in style; here’s how.
Skyscanner takes a look at five notoriously hellish summer cities, and tells you why autumn is the coolest time to visit.In the heat of the summer, the city can be a hellish place. Sewers are stinking, shirts are sticking, everyone is hot, everyone is bothered. Crowds line the streets, public transport is a nightmare, and all in all, there are far better places to be.Enter Autumn. At this time of year, the crowds evaporate, along with the heat and high prices, leaving behind cooler climes and cheaper times.Athens – by Autumn, temperatures in the ancient Greek capital have cooled off to a pleasant level. Apparently the 6th most visited capital in the world, Athens is an ideal base from which to explore the four surrounding mountains (Parnitha, Penteli, Hymettus and Egaleo) and go mountain biking, rafting or just walking along the well marked paths to take in the beautiful gorges, springs and waterfalls that dot the region. Find cheap flights to Athens (prices from £66 return including taxes).Rome – they say that autumn in Rome is like a good British summer – warm, sunny and blue. Whilst this isn’t guaranteed, autumn is a far better time to visit the Italian capital than summer, unless of course, you enjoy having your shirt permanently fused to your back. Now’s the time for you to take in the ancient Roman landmarks – The Colosseum, The Temple of the Pantheon and The Imperial Forums, without having to battle the crowds. Find cheap flights to Rome (prices from £37 return including taxes).Istanbul – though not as famous as other ‘leaf viewing’ destinations, the Turkish capital has some impressive leafy avenues well suited to romantic strolls. Now is the ideal time to see the trees on the Sultanahmet turn gold, matching the guilded décor of the Topkapi palace. Watch the world pass by from a cosy cafe, whilst warming up with a cup of dark, rich, black Turkish coffee. Find cheap flights to Istanbul (prices from £59 return including taxes).Madrid – summer may be over in the UK, but the weather is still warm in Spain making autumn a great time to visit the capital. If you’re an art fan, visit the ‘Golden Triangle’ – an area with three of Madrid’s finest art museums. If pictures aren’t your bag – how about the zoo? Home to around 3000 animals that roam free behind moats rather than cages, it’s regarded as one of Europe’s finest. Find cheap flights to Madrid (prices from £30 return including taxes).Lisbon – with temperatures in the late teens, autumn is a wonderful time to discover the Portuguese capital – one of the few in Europe that offer both a river and a coastline. A city set on seven hills, explore the quiet, romantic, narrow streets of the old quarters of Alfama and Bairro Alto, or hop on a boat trip and take a mini cruise up the river Tejo. Find cheap flights to Lisbon (prices from £51 return including taxes).Find more cheap flights around the world at www.Skyscanner.netTo EditorsPermission is granted for this release to be reproduced in full or in part on the condition that Skyscanner.net is credited. All prices correct at the time of writing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest placesAutumn Adventures; the coolest time to visit the hottest placesBargains of the week: Athens | Lisbon | RomeBargains of the week: Athens | Lisbon | RomeAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peeping
RelatedGreater number of Brits book holidays onlineMore Brits are choosing to book their forthcoming holidays online because it offers dynamic pricingBrits continue to book flights despite environmental concernsBrits are continuing to book flights despite having environmental concerns, new research has revealed.Growth of online flight bookings outpaces growth of traditional methodsThe number of people choosing to book flights online continues to outpace the growth of traditional methods More people are choosing to book their flights online because they don’t trust traditional travel brochures, a new survey has revealed.A poll of 1,250 adults by webTV travel site Holiday ’09 revealed that more Brits are turning to booking holidays online in an attempt to discover lower prices amid the current economic turmoil.The findings suggest that six out of ten Brits don’t trust travel agent brochures anymore, while half of respondents said they would be seeking advice on how to get the best deal on their 2009 holiday.Commenting on the findings, Ceriann Mullins, editor of holiday ’09, said: “It’s clear that following recent events in the industry and the global economy that customers want reassurance from travel companies, placing openness, transparency and interactivity higher up their decision making process.”Recent reports suggest that booking flights online is causing many package holiday operators to struggle, with some twelve million travellers choosing to book their own packages online.Skyscanner.net said in September that it had reported a 35 percent rise in visitor numbers over 12 months as more people researched into booking flights on the internet.Get Skyscanner Widgets! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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Anguilla, Lesser Antilles – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhile jetsetting off to a luxurious Caribbean holiday comes with the romance of leaving everything behind, ‘everything’ usually refers to meetings and deadlines, rather than friends and family. While sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help with the sharing part, they lack the directed and personalized touch that makes the sharing truly, well, shared.Runtriz, the world’s top mobile app developer for hotels and resorts and Postcard on the Run partner up to bring guests staying at the Caribbean’s exclusive Viceroy Anguilla a quirky new innovation that combines the technological perks of smart phone apps with the intimacy of classic postcards. Guests at the five-star property will now be able to use the hotel’s app to create and send customized photo postcards directly from their mobile device while relaxing by one of the resorts infinity-edge pools.Simply snap a photo, add a personalized message and tap the send button with Postcard on the Run’s Snap, Tap and Send function to have it mailed as a real, printed postcard, anywhere in the world. To give loved ones an even more immediate sense of your travels, the app will allow guests to enhance their postcards with special Scratch ‘n’ Smell scents with beach and resort in mind.“When a postcard is received and displayed, not only will they see a great personalized picture and message but they will also see the Viceroy emblem,” said Matt Allard, Runtriz president and founder. “We want to change the way that travelers interact with hotels and resorts by increasing the level of direct communication,” said Kelly Kang, director of marketing and social media at Viceroy Hotel Group. “Postcard on the Run is an ideal partnership for our brand as each Viceroy property is continuously striving for the most innovative ways to elevate their already unparalleled service and signature experiences.”www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJaguar recently confirmed that it will bring an all-new sports car to production: The F-Type. Speaking at the New York auto show Adrian Hallmark, global brand director, Jaguar Cars, confirmed: “We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we’ve accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.“That car will be called the F-Type, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year. The core appeal of Jaguar’s cars is their sporting heart, and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-Type. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer—the F-Type is coming.”Utilizing Jaguar’s industry-leading knowledge of all-aluminum construction, the F-Type will launch as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available—including a new power-plant family—and all will deliver stunning sports car performance.On April 5, the F-Type’s rigorous development schedule moved to final on-road testing, with engineering prototypes leaving Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant—the same plant at which the production cars will be built. Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s vehicle line director said: “The engineering development of the F-Type has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved.”Ian Callum, director of design, said: “A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-Type, D-Type and E-Type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-Type will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive.”The F-Type will join Jaguar’s existing range of cars—the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-Type technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid-2013.www.jaguar.com
New York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineCeleb-favored jewelry designer Loree Rodkin is raising both awareness and much-needed funds for relief efforts in Haiti with her latest launch. Created in collaboration with Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, the Brighter Future bracelet is a stylish way to support this important cause.Featuring unique details like tamarind wood beads and a Hamsa hand charm—with stunning embellishment in the form of with gray diamonds and a single sapphire—the new piece is equal parts earthy and elegant. All proceeds from its sales will benefit Penn’s organization, which focuses on bringing medical aid, protection and relocation to the Haitian people in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the island one year ago. Retailing for $250, it’s available online exclusively at Rodkin’s official website.“Sean Penn is an old friend from my film business days,” said the designer of the project. “I so admire his tireless and perilous efforts in helping the Haitians—they are so desperately in need, and will be for an eternity. I wanted to contribute in an ongoing way to do what I can.”Visit www.loreerodkin.com.
A selection of Jason Oliva paintings, both those newly-acquired by the owner of NY Vintners, along with a few paintings from his collection dating back to 2001, are on permanent display at NY Vintners wine shop/Event space. Along with a Monopoly print 2001 (a few of the edition of 50 are still available for purchase) NYV is displaying: Budda 2009, Birdsss 2009, Chair 2003, Eiffel Tower 2007, and Telephone 2004.NY Vintners is located at 21 Warren st. (Tribeca, NYC) Near City Hall off Broadway. It operates a successful online business along with the architecturally stunning Shop/Event Space. The location is entirely modular and can be converted into an enormous space able to entertain hundreds of people. NY Vintners has grown to become a world class operation worthy of a visit.www.newyorkvintners.com www.jasonoliva.com
One of India’s most renowned luxury hotel groups is partnering with another industry leader. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has joined forces with Lufthansa, the European airline offering the most flights to India, to provide authentic Indian cuisine to travelers. For the next two years, First and Business Class passengers on Lufthansa flights to and from India can enjoy royal Indian cuisine prepared by two chefs of the award-winning Leela group as part of the airline’s Star Chefs program.Lufthansa passengers can dine on prawn curry masala with thalimpu sadam or lal mans, a Rajasthani meat dish, or Alleppy fish curry. For vegetarians the menus offer an appetizer of moong dal pakoda chat with Imli Chutney, followed by khade masale ka paneer (cottage cheese) with jeera rice and dal tadka, and for dessert kacha golla.With over 36 years as a chef at some of India’s finest luxury properties, Corporate Master Chef Farman Ali has distinguished himself as a pioneer in preparing fine Indian cuisine and presides over the kitchens at the group’s flagship Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore. His culinary mastery ranges from Hyderabadi, Marwari, Kashmiri and Awadhi cuisines to those of Gujarat and the northwest frontier. “Royal menus from the four corners of India and culinary fare of bygone eras have always fascinated me,” says Ali. Under his stewardship, the property’s signature Indian restaurant, Jamavar, was ranked one of the world’s top dining places by Forbes Magazine.One of India’s leading culinary ambassadors, Surender Mohan is Corporate Sous Chef at The Leela Kempinski Mumbai where he is at the helm of the award-winning Jamavar. He trained in the royal kitchens of one of India’s Maharajas and was a gold medal winner at the China Gourmet Expo. “When I cook, India comes alive,” Mohan explains. His culinary skills impressed former President Bill Clinton when he visited The Leela in Goa.“We look at our partnership with Lufthansa as excellent synergy and branding for The Leela,” says Rajiv Kaul, The Leela’s Senior Vice President.“Our aim is to make each of our flights a truly memorable experience for our passengers, and this includes savoring the cooking skills of our famous Star Chefs from around the world,” explains Jens Bischof, Lufthansa’s Vice President, Americas. “Together with our selection of world-class wines, fine Masala teas and friendly personalized service, guests are assured a unique dining experience.”www.lufthansa.com www.theleela.com
Rapper Drake watches the action between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors during first half NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Drake is making history on the Billboard charts again with his song “God’s Plan.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn TORONTO – Drake is making history on the Billboard charts again with his song “God’s Plan.”The Toronto rapper struck another milestone this week as the first male solo lead performer to achieve two 10-week chart toppers on the Billboard Hot 100.“God’s Plan” debuted in the No. 1 spot in January and has maintained the position ever since.Drake first held top rung of Billboard’s main singles chart for that long when “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, clung to the highest spot for 10 weeks in 2016.The achievement stands separate from male acts who have reached double-digit chart weeks as groups — like Boyz II Men and the Black Eyed Peas — and solo featured artist Pharrell, who holds two 10-week top songs, once as a guest on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and another time with his own song “Happy.”Drake narrowly missed another 10-week top spot qualifier when “Work,” a song he recorded with Rihanna, was knocked out of the pole position after nine weeks by “Panda,” a song from rapper Desiigner.Despite hints on his recent album “More Life” of plans to take time off, Drake hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He released the “Scary Hours” EP earlier this year, which features “God’s Plan” and another track called “Diplomatic Immunity.”Over the weekend, he posted a photo of himself on Instagram Stories hinting about a new project in the works.“You can see the album hours under my eyes,” he wrote.Drake has previously said his next album will be dedicated to his hometown.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Drake scores second 10-week Billboard topper with his song ‘God’s Plan’ by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 3:21 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘The Crown’ star speaks about pay disparity FILE – In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, actors Claire Foy, left, and Matt Smith pose at the premiere of season two of the Netflix series ‘The Crown,” in London. Smith said he supports fellow actor Claire Foy over the revelation that Foy was paid less than her male co-star in the Netflix drama. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – “The Crown” star Matt Smith says he supports fellow actor Claire Foy over the revelation that Foy was paid less than her male co-star in the Netflix drama.A producer disclosed last month that Foy, who starred as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Smith, who played Prince Philip, because Smith was better known.Smith told The Hollywood Reporter he believes they should be paid “equally and fairly.” He says he’s pleased “it was resolved and they made amends.” Smith did not explain what he meant.The gender pay gap has become a big issue in Hollywood after revelations that many female stars have been paid less than their male counterparts.Foy and Smith are being replaced by older performers in the next season of the show.
by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2018 5:48 am PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden is getting her own meta comedy series on CTV.The eight-time Juno Award winner will play a “fictionalized version of herself” on “Jann,” which is set to debut next year, Bell Media announced Thursday as it unveiled details of its 2018-2019 season.Her character is described as a newly single singer-songwriter who is trying to revive her career while grappling with her mother’s early stages of dementia. Filming is set to start this fall in her home city of Calgary.“I am more or less freaking out about this amazing opportunity to partner up with CTV!” Arden said in a statement.“I have had a long and successful relationship with the network and can’t wait to have everybody see the ‘Jann’ show! The support of their creative team means the world to me and I know we are going to make something hilarious and heartfelt at the same time.”Arden is known for her quick wit and has been a guest co-host on CTV’s daytime talk show “The Social.” She was also a contributor to the network’s recent royal wedding coverage.“Every time Jann shows up on a CTV show, our ratings go up,” said Mike Cosentino, president of content and programming at Bell Media.“I am not a guy who laughs out loud reading scripts. I was howling reading the script,” added Bell Media president Randy Lennox.Also set to debut on CTV next year is the Martin Scorsese-directed “SCTV Reunion Special,” featuring an interview Jimmy Kimmel recently did with the surviving original cast members in Toronto.CTV has also announced a new multi-year partnership with Canada’s Walk of Fame to become the official and exclusive broadcaster of the awards.The next awards ceremony, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary, will take place in December. “We’re going to really super-charge the format,” said Cosentino.Other new Bell Media announcements on Thursday included the rebranding of four of its specialty channels as CTV properties, and the launch of two new video-on-demand services.The company says Space, Bravo, Comedy and Gusto will become CTV Sci-Fi, CTV Drama, CTV Comedy, and CTV Life.They will be joined by CTV Movies and CTV Vault, two new ad-supported VOD services, in a new CTV digital “super-hub” platform featuring all seven services.Bell Media has unveiled a total of 13 new and 29 returning original series and specials.Returning Canadian series include “The Launch,” “Corner Gas Animated,” “Cardinal,” “The Amazing Race Canada,” “Frontier” and the satirical news program “The Beaverton,” which moves to CTV in midseason.CraveTV’s “Letterkenny” has also been renewed and, as announced Wednesday, the first two seasons will be available in the U.S. on the streaming service Hulu on July 13.Last week Bell Media unveiled its American show acquisitions, including the soapy drama “Grand Hotel,” and the cop dramas “The Rookie” and “Magnum P.I.” for CTV. “Roseanne” was pulled from CTV and its streaming platform after its American network, ABC, cancelled it.“The trends we saw in L.A. this year was more of a drama year than a comedy year, but the overwhelming singular trend was really a trend around diversity — diversity of voices, women in strong roles,” said Cosentino.“The Higgins character on ‘Magnum P.I.’ is a woman. But there was a lot of minority actors in great roles this year and more diversity than ever.”Meanwhile, CraveTV will have a new, original, female-driven mockumentary series, “New Eden.”Last month Bell Media announced the shows “Daily Planet” and “Innerspace” have not been renewed, resulting in the elimination of 17 positions in Toronto. Jann Arden gestures during an interview in Toronto on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden is getting her own comedy series on CTV. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Jann Arden to play a fictionalized version of herself in CTV comedy series
January 28, 2003Good luck and thanks to Linda Roby [right], leaving Arcosanti to enter her Graduate School. Linda has worked in PR and on the Italian Project since September 2000. Welcome to new Public Relations Coordinator Kelli Huth [left] She arrived from New Mexico where she worked at University of New Mexico. Kelli brings her strong writing and communication skills to Cosanti Foundation’s PublicRelations office. [Photo & text: sa]
March 10, 2017Welcome to the March 5. 2017 workshop participants.from left:David Berner [2 weeks],Kyle Larimer [scholarship],Kyli Skinner [scholarship],Arthur Swieckowski.[photo by Sue Kirsch]
Paphos municipality has launched an ‘adopt a family for Easter’ campaign to try to ensure that families in the region facing financial hardship have a good holiday.The scheme – jointly run with the Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) – allows for people to donate non-perishable food at various drop-off points around Paphos until Friday.“We help people who meet set criteria and conditions, and the aim of this programme is to support families in need, so they can have all the necessities and goods on their Easter table,” Socrates Charalambides of the Paphos branch of the PVCC told the Cyprus Mail.He added that far fewer families are in need of help than during the same period two years ago, and that goods including red Easter eggs, food or traditional Easter goods would be welcome donations.Andri Christodoulidou-Tsartsali of Paphos municipality said there are around 300 families registered with the volunteer council helping people in the entire district, giving the joint effort a wider reach than the municipality on its own.Food collection points are open every day until April 7 at the senior citizens’ day centre in Paphos from 07.30 to 14.00, the senior citizens’ day centre in Mouttalos from 07.30 to 14.00, the centre for children in Kato Paphos from 10.30 to 18.00 and the municipality’s social grocery building in central Paphos from 10.00 to 13.00.Charalambides said members of the public can drop off items that are always required like clothes, food, toys, baby food and baby supplies at the PVCC office in Anavargos in Paphos at any time of the year.For further information: Paphos municipality-Andri Christodoulidou – Tsartsali, telephone: 26 822854 (office hours), The Paphos volunteer centre: 26 953725You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesThailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that it notified Thai anti-money laundering bureau after filing a criminal complaint with Department of Special Investigations (DSI) against a top executive of Group Lease, a listed company at the Thai exchange, in a case which may potentially trigger investigations also in Cyprus.Mituji Konoshita, the chief executive officer of the Bangkok-based Group Lease Plc. Co. Ltd. (GL), associated with Japan’s J Trust Co. Ltd, is under investigation “for committing fraud, misappropriating the company’s assets and falsifying accounting records by executing concealed transactions through several associated companies abroad to exaggerate the company’s operating results,” the Thai SEC said in a statement on its website on Monday. “With reference to the annual financial statements for the year 2016 wherein the auditor made a note on the loan transactions with foreign debtors which subsequently increased GL operating results, the SEC investigated further and found that Konoshita ordered Group Lease Holding Co., Ltd. (GLH), a subsidiary of GL based in Singapore, to issue loans to several foreign companies”.J Trust Co. is together with the Tanzanian former bank FBME Bank implicated in a money laundering case involving Indonesia’s former Bank Century, later renamed to Bank Mutiara and now called Bank J. The Japanese company, in which former Bank of Cyprus vice-chairman and current US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross reportedly owned a shareholding, acquired Bank J in 2014.The SEC said that the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) assisted its investigation and provided “important facts and evidence for the prosecution of the case”. The action taken by Thai authorities follows the publication of a report dated October 11, by a group known as “Anonymous Equity”. The report inter alia documents how GL managed to manipulate the stock market.“GL’s share price increased by more than 1,100 per cent from early 2015 to late 2016,” Anonymous Equity said adding that in December 2016, when the share price peaked at 68.20 Thai (€1.75), the stock was trading at approximately 115 times trailing earnings and approximately 13.2 times its book value.“The share price then collapsed by almost 80 per cent in March 2017, before rebounding and stabilizing at substantially lower levels than before,” the group said.CySEC chairwoman Demetra Kalogerou was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Cyprus Business Mail. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) subsequently suspended the trading of the company’s stock. GL which announced in April that it extended loans worth several dozen million dollars to four Cyprus-based companies, said that it wanted to use the East Mediterranean island as a springboard to expand in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.In April, the Asia Sentinel news site reported that J Trust acquired Mutiara for $363m (€307m), which was six times the Indonesian bank’s book value and believed to be the highest ever paid for the acquisition of a bank in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia’s government injected $104m in order for the bank to comply with a regulatory requirement of $50m in minimum capital. The Asia Sentinel said there is no record that any money left J Trust in 2014 or in the financial year 2015/2016.The Thai SEC said that “evidence showed that GLH had issued loans to four registered companies in Cyprus and another one in Singapore, in the total amount of approximately US$54 million dollars with Konoshita as the controller and the ultimate benefactor”.“After receiving the loan money from GLH, the five debtor companies transferred the money within the companies of the lender’s group to repay for the interest and the principal to GLH in instalment,” the supervisor said. “The amounts of the interests were recorded as income in the GLH’s financial statements, which was considered fabrication of accounting records and exaggeration of GL operating results”.The Thai financial market regulator said that “Konoshita’s misconduct above is deemed an execution of concealed transactions, asset misappropriation, permission of false accounting transactions and preparation of incorrect accounting records”.According to the SEC statement, Konoshita, who faces an up to 10 years prison term and a fine in excess of 500,000 Thai bhat (€12,800), manipulated the GL stock with false statements and information that contradicted information previously disclosed by GL at the Thai exchange on March 13 as well as comments the GL executive made at a press conference on March 14.Konoshita who following the filing of the criminal complaint was deemed unfit to hold an executive or board position was removed as GL’s CEO, said then that “the foreign borrowers were unrelated to him,” the SEC said adding that it is investigating also other persons in relation to this case. “The SEC has therefore informed the Anti-Money Laundering Office for further action regarding relevant matters”.“In any case, filing a criminal complaint commences the criminal justice administration whereby the consideration whether a defendant is guilty is under the DSI’s investigation, the public attorney’s prosecution, and the court’s jurisdiction, respectively,” the SEC said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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Babies born in Cyprus have some of the best chances of survival as the island has one of the lowest newborn mortality rates in the world, according to figures published by Unicef on Tuesday.Specifically, one in every 714 newborns die in Cyprus, ranking in the 10 lowest numbers on the list, which spans countries from across the world.Placed on number 178, Cyprus is just above Estonia, Slovenia, Finland, Singapore, Iceland and Japan, which is the last and therefore best, ranked, at 184 with one in every 1,111 newborns dying.Pakistan has the highest newborn mortality rate with one in 22 dying.According to the Unicef report, “more than 80 per cent of newborn deaths are due to prematurity, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.“These deaths can be prevented with access to well-trained midwives, along with proven solutions like clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the first hour, skin-to-skin contact and good nutrition.”Unicef’s executive director Henrietta H Fore, said “while we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old.“Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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
Pupils of eight Nicosia primary schools who met with the House environment committee on Wednesday presented MPs with their ideas to combat climate change and contribute to sustainability.Among the suggestions raised were solar airplanes and solar bags, recycling and reuse programmes and the operation of a library with only reused books.The debate took place as part of a campaign around Earth Hour, which will be commemorated this Saturday, when the public is urged to turn their lights off for an hour to raise awareness.The session was attended by the education minister, the commissioner for the environment and representatives of the Pedagogical Institute who said they were impressed with the children’s contributions.“You are the tomorrow of our country, our future, and we ask you to criticise and demand things, to submit your testimonies and your inquiries,” Adamos Adamou, head of the committee, said.He added serious work is being done in schools, and in this way behaviour is changing.Vice president of the committee Charalambos Theopemptou said it was no coincidence that this generation was called the “generation of idiots” because although the effects of humanity’s actions on the environment are known, it is still being destroyed. He said he wished the children could become the “generation of wise men”.“The children have the right to walk safely to their schools, breathe fresh air without pollutants, be able to drink fresh water from coolers rather than plastic bottles and have their lessons away from noise,” Theopemptou said.He also referred to the abolition of plastic bags, the benefits of composting and the need to reduce waste by reusing materials.Earth Hour started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007 and is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action.Participants are asked to switch off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time on March 24.You May LikeDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndoWmntalks.comWhy Soda Is Bad For YouWmntalks.comUndoMedicare World NewsChanges to Social Security: 7 Things to Look Out For in 2018Medicare World NewsUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Hellenic Bank will soon roll out its first Mobile Banking Unit vehicle, designed to reach customers in the countryside and remote locations.According to a news release, the MBUs will be powered by solar energy and other innovative technologies making them energy sufficient for up to 15 hours.The bank said that it will be announcing the vehicles’ routes once the technical inspections are complete.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 SupplementUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 50-year-old man who is in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital after being found heavily injured in the parking lot of an apartment building, is believed to have fallen off a tree, reports said on Sunday.The man was found heavily injured in the parking lot of an apartment building in Paphos at around 1am, in an area near trees. He was initially transferred to the Paphos general hospital where he underwent surgery. Due to the severity of his condition he was later transferred to the Nicosia general hospital. The 50-year-old was diagnosed with fractures to the skull and rib cage and a punctured lung.According to the Cyprus News Agency, police said, following investigations, that the man had climbed a tree to pick avocados and lost his balance, falling off the tree. Police were informed that the 50-year-old used to visit often the area where he was found injured to feed some animals kept there.His condition is considered to be critical, police said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameThis game will take 2019 by storm!Plarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola