Month: August 2019

Protein lifetime and the stability of cell structures

first_img(Phys.org) —The ability of a cell to move, replicate, and recast itself according to the needs of the organism which it serves, comes at it price. The extreme flexibility of cells takes its origin from the constant turnover of nearly every component with which they are made. There are a few exceptions to this general principle for a few protected regions like, for example, the lens of the eye, or the collagen matrix within the extracellular space. In a new paper published in Cell, researchers show that certain components of the pore complex that controls the flow of components out of the nucleus, escape the normal turnover cycle, and may persist for the lifetime of the cell. Some Nuclear pore complex proteins can last for the lifetime of the cell. Credit: learn.genetics.utah.edu More information: Identification of Long-Lived Proteins Reveals Exceptional Stability of Essential Cellular Structures, Cell, Volume 154, Issue 5, 971-982, 29 August 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.07.037AbstractIntracellular proteins with long lifespans have recently been linked to age-dependent defects, ranging from decreased fertility to the functional decline of neurons. Why long-lived proteins exist in metabolically active cellular environments and how they are maintained over time remains poorly understood. Here, we provide a system-wide identification of proteins with exceptional lifespans in the rat brain. These proteins are inefficiently replenished despite being translated robustly throughout adulthood. Using nucleoporins as a paradigm for long-term protein persistence, we found that nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are maintained over a cell’s life through slow but finite exchange of even its most stable subcomplexes. This maintenance is limited, however, as some nucleoporin levels decrease during aging, providing a rationale for the previously observed age-dependent deterioration of NPC function. Our identification of a long-lived proteome reveals cellular components that are at increased risk for damage accumulation, linking long-term protein persistence to the cellular aging process. The ‘weakest link’ in the aging proteome Journal information: Cell Extracellular proteins, like crystallins of the lens, or components of cartilage, accumulate damage over time that compromises their function. Clouded vision or stiff joints are the familiar result. Inside cells however, an intricate accounting system exists whereby proteins are stochastically festooned with sequential markers for degradation—much like a trainee might predictably progresses through the colored ranks of Karate. In yeast, it has been reported that the average protein half-life is just 90 minutes, while for mammals it may be more like 1 or 2 days.An exception to this rule is our DNA, which owes its long life to dedicated repair mechanisms that patch up damage. For proteins however, no such sequence-level mechanisms are known to exist. The histone proteins that bind DNA have also been observed, in some cases, to be exceptionally long-lived. Measuring these lifetimes reliably, particularly for the older generation, requires some special experimental considerations. The researchers used a method called pulse-chase labeling, which requires feeding newborn rats a diet containing exclusively the 15N isotope as the pulse. A normal 14N diet, the chase, was begun after 6 weeks, and the animals then sacrificied at various times over the ensuing year. The cellular components were then fractionated and mass spectrometry was used to comprehensively identify long-lived proteins in the brain. The lifespans of a few components of the nuclear pore complex (NPC) were particularly striking. The NPC contains multiple copies of over 30 different subvarieties of the nucleoporin (Nup) family alone. Two particular subcomplexes of Nup proteins, which serve as scaffold components, where found to resist degradation. The researchers also measured translation levels of these and 11,000 other proteins to measure synthesis levels concomitantly. Every long-lived protein was found to also be actively involved in translation.Unlike other large protein complexes, such as ribosomes or proteasomes, the NPC apparently does not turnover as an entire complex. Instead individual subcomplexes are exchanged at specific rates as new copies are synthesized. What mechanisms might administer this exchange, if any, are as yet unknown. The researchers found, in particular, that 25% of those proteins within a certain complex (Nup205), have not been replaced after a year. Together with the histone H3.1 protein, that stat earns them the title of most persistent mammalian intracellular protein. The authors speculate that disassembly of entire NPCs might not be practical for the cell because dismantling these key components could jeopardize the integrity of the nuclear envelope. Important nuclear substructure, possibly including epigenetic depots critical for transmitting information beyond the lifetime of an individual cell might then be compromised. They also note that long-lived proteins might also be sources of vulnerability within the proteome, particular those that would be exposed to harmful metabolites or chemical interlopers. Identification of these elements may therefore be important in understanding the aging process in postmitotic cells.center_img Citation: Protein lifetime and the stability of cell structures (2013, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-protein-lifetime-stability-cell.html Explore further © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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A close up look at how bacteria make ice

first_img(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has taken a closer look at a type of bacteria that is able to cause ice to form, sometimes even under conditions above the normal freezing point. Explore further In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the technique they used that allowed them to watch very closely what occurs as the bacteria promote ice formation and their discovery of the means by which the bacteria cause it to come about.Scientists have known for some time that some bacteria can promote the growth of ice crystals (they have been used to help create snow for ski resorts, as one example), but until now, the exact mechanism has not been closely studied. In this new effort, the researchers used a device called a sum frequency generation spectrometer to get a better look—it allows for a very close up view of a process as it takes place. In this instance, they watched as samples of Pseudomonas syringae went to work on both airborne water droplets and those that were on a surface. In so doing, they discovered that the bacteria use two different techniques to promote ice formation.The first technique involved a layer of proteins that surrounded the body of the bacteria—some were hydrophobic and others were hydrophilic—the opposing forces allowed the bacteria to shuttle water molecules around like a tiny tugboat, coaxing them into formations that were conductive to crystal growth.The second technique involved using vibrational energy to actually remove heat from the area surrounding the molecules that they had lined up, leaving them colder, which resulted in ice crystal formation at temperatures that were above freezing.The researchers note that the bacteria also have antifreeze proteins in their bodies to keep themselves from freezing. They add that their findings may have implications for Earth scientists, as ice causing bacteria play a major role in the creation of ice crystals in the atmosphere, and in frost formation on plants. More research into the process could also lead to the development of icing, or even de-icing products. Journal information: Science Advances Ice crystals: Max Planck researchers discovered that certain bacteria can affect the ordering and the dynamics of water molecules in water droplets. Thus, ice crystals develop already at zero degrees Celsius or just below, and not at minus 37 degrees Celsius as in pure water. Protein molecules at the surface of the bacteria are responsible for this process. Credit: R. Eckl © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: R. Pandey et al. Ice-nucleating bacteria control the order and dynamics of interfacial water, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501630AbstractIce-nucleating organisms play important roles in the environment. With their ability to induce ice formation at temperatures just below the ice melting point, bacteria such as Pseudomonas syringae attack plants through frost damage using specialized ice-nucleating proteins. Besides the impact on agriculture and microbial ecology, airborne P. syringae can affect atmospheric glaciation processes, with consequences for cloud evolution, precipitation, and climate. Biogenic ice nucleation is also relevant for artificial snow production and for biomimetic materials for controlled interfacial freezing. We use interface-specific sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy to show that hydrogen bonding at the water-bacteria contact imposes structural ordering on the adjacent water network. Experimental SFG data and molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that ice-active sites within P. syringae feature unique hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterns to enhance ice nucleation. The freezing transition is further facilitated by the highly effective removal of latent heat from the nucleation site, as apparent from time-resolved SFG spectroscopy.Read press release Chipping away at the secrets of ice formation 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. Citation: A close up look at how bacteria make ice (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-bacteria-ice.htmllast_img read more

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Solar cell mystery solved expected to greatly increase efficiency

first_img Explore further But in a new study published in Science Advances, Dong Shi et al. have taken a closer look at spiro-OMeTAD and found that it still has a great deal of untapped potential. For the first time, they have grown single crystals of the pure material, and in doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that spiro-OMeTAD’s single-crystal structure has a hole mobility that is three orders of magnitude greater than that of its thin-film form (which is currently used in solar cells). “This paper reports a major breakthrough for the fields of perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by finally clarifying the potential performance of the material and showing that improving the crystallinity of the hole transport layer is the key strategy for further breakthroughs in device engineering of these solar cells,” Osman Bakr, a professor of engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and leader of the study, told Phys.org. The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the time-consuming process of designing and synthesizing radically new organic hole conductors as replacements to spiro-OMeTAD may not be necessary.In general, perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are made of three critical layers. Two of these layers—the electron-transporting layer and the light-absorbing layer—are well-understood structurally. However, the mesoscale packing structure of the hole-transporting layer, which is usually spiro-OMeTAD, has so far eluded researchers, and consequently its charge transport mechanisms have remained a mystery.In the new study, the researchers figured out a way to grow pure single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD by dissolving the spiro-OMeTAD in a carefully chosen solvent. They then placed this vial inside a larger vial containing an antisolvent, in which spiro-OMeTAD does not dissolve as well, and allowed the antisolvent vapor to slowly diffuse into the inner vial. Eventually the solution in the inner vial becomes supersaturated, so that not all of the spiro-OMeTAD can stay dissolved, causing the spiro-OMeTAD to crystallize. The researchers then performed a variety of measurements on the crystals to investigate their charge transport mechanisms and other properties.The results are much more encouraging than expected, in many ways running contrary to the conventional wisdom based on the material’s large-scale structure, which suggested that the material had reached its limits. Although the method used here to grow single crystals cannot be performed at a large scale, the researchers predict that similar methods that use an antisolvent to trigger crystallization could be used to enhance the crystallinity of the thin-layer spiro-OMeTAD, improving its hole mobility in order to make more efficient solar cells.”These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells by showing the still untapped potential of spiro-OMeTAD,” Bakr said. “They unravel a key mystery that has confounded the photovoltaic community for the last 17 years.” (Left) The set-up used to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, based on antisolvent vapor-assisted crystallization. (Right) Single crystal structure of spiro-OMeTAD. Credit: Shi, et al. ©2016 AAAS Pinholes be gone More information: Dong Shi, et al. “Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering.” Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501491AbstractWe report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9′-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD’s paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD’s intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency (2016, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-solar-cell-mystery-greatly-efficiency.html (Phys.org)—For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly used hole-transporting material in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells has remained stagnant, creating a major bottleneck for improving solar cell efficiency. Thinking that the material has given all it has to offer, many researchers have begun investigating alternative materials to replace spiro-OMeTAD in future solar cells.last_img read more

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Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified

first_img Explore further Potential therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used ultrafast x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to quantify the entatic state of cytochrome c. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their procedure and what they learned. Kara Bren and Emma Raven with the University of Rochester and University of Leicester respectively offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and outline some of the implications regarding the role that the protein plays in cell life and death. More information: Metalloprotein entatic control of ligand-metal bonds quantified by ultrafast x-ray spectroscopy, Science (2017). science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi … 1126/science.aam6203AbstractThe multifunctional protein cytochrome c (cyt c) plays key roles in electron transport and apoptosis, switching function by modulating bonding between a heme iron and the sulfur in a methionine residue. This Fe–S(Met) bond is too weak to persist in the absence of protein constraints. We ruptured the bond in ferrous cyt c using an optical laser pulse and monitored the bond reformation within the protein active site using ultrafast x-ray pulses from an x-ray free-electron laser, determining that the Fe–S(Met) bond enthalpy is ~4 kcal/mol stronger than in the absence of protein constraints. The 4 kcal/mol is comparable with calculations of stabilization effects in other systems, demonstrating how biological systems use an entatic state for modest yet accessible energetics to modulate chemical function. 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. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified (2017, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-energetic-entatic-state-cytochrome-quantified.html A change in the active-site conformation turns cytochrome c from an electron shuttle in respiration to a peroxidase enzyme for apoptosis. Credit: (c) Science  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1236 , DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5587 Journal information: Science Cytochrome c is a protein that exists in many plants, animals and unicellular organisms. In humans, its main purposes are ferrying electrons in mitochondria and assisting with apoptosis (normal cell death and the processes surrounding it.) These two functions have been shown in prior efforts to rely on the position of methionine residue. When sulfur works with iron, the protein is ready to transfer electrons. Otherwise, it engages in peroxidase activities. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the energetics of the protein by probing the iron and sulfur bond. Entatic states, Bren and Raven point out, are very important in bioinorganic chemistry—it actually translates to something that is stretched when subjected to tension.To better understand the bond between the two elements, the researchers temporarily forced them apart using a Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray free electron laser and then timed how long it took the two components to reform using iron X-ray emission spectroscopy. They found that the environment in which they existed boosted bond strength by four kilocalories per mole, which was enough to allow the protein to toggle between its functional states and to quantify the energy cost of the entatic state.As Bren and Raven note, the results of the study have implications regarding the role that cytochrome plays in respiration, which they relate to living and apoptosis, which they relate to death. To promote continued living the protein helps to maintain a certain reduction potential. For apoptosis, the entatic state is disrupted allowing peroxidase activity to be enhanced.last_img read more

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Shes a small wonder

first_imgShe is just 10. But by the touch of her hand she can spell magic on a lump of clay. And with fire and colour she adds expressions. Avani Singhania just wrapped up her exhibition of ceramic works at the second edition of the her show titled- Pots, Platter And Me Returns at the Experimental Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.A student from Vasant Valley School, Avani followed her passion for pottery at the nascent age of 6- years under the guidance of Ela Mukherjee, a famous ceramic artist and a winner of Charles Wallace awards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Enthusiastically explaining her works, Avani said, ‘I love experimenting with colours and shapes. I first got to know about pottery in a school exhibition and found it very fascinating. My parents were very supportive and sent me various workshops to learn more about pottery. During one of the workshops I met my teacher Ela Mukherjee and she has been my inspiration ever since.’At the exhibition she displayed an array of colourful tea pots, cups and saucers, decorative items shaped like hearts, ovals and pen-stands in ceramics. The collection also includes bowls, coffee mugs, diyas, candle stands in bright colours to go hand in hand with the festive season.Avani has been learning pottery since 2009 and has already put up one exhibition in 2011 in Mumbai and once in Delhi in 2012. She has been taking regular classes and wishes to explore more about the art.Age is just a number for Avani as she stunned visitors at her exhibition with her wonderful talent of shapes and colour.last_img read more

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Comedy history class

first_imgGet ready for a laughter dose as Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Comedy Central brings the standup comedy show – India 3D – Last Three Decades of Change. The show features comedians – Amit Tandon and Appurv Gupta.India 3D – Last three Decades of Change highlights how life and lifestyle has changed in India over the last three decades. As tablet moved from being medicine to mobile, smartness moved from people to phones, hobby moved from books to Facebook, our world has changed more than ever before. A woman’s role has changed in the household and expectations from an Indian man have evolved. Between the two of them they present views of a youngster and a conventional ‘well settled’ middle aged man. From technology to lifestyle to relationships, the artistes will talk about all aspects of a middle class Indian.  So book your tickets soon.Where:  Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House When: 10 October Timing:  8 pmlast_img read more

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Chia your daily dose of happiness

first_imgDepression has not been taken with much seriousness for long, due to social stigma or lack of awareness and diagnosis but is now an acknowledged malady that affects growing numbers of people across the world. In a mental health survey released by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, one in every 20 Indians suffers from some form of depression. Not just that, as a country India was ranked 122nd in World Happiness Report released last month. If more evidence were needed, the UN has declared Depression as the theme of World Health Day 2017. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDepression can be due to various reasons ranging from endogenic to environmental causes. Sometimes environmental situations can trigger a genetic predisposition and cause the onset of depression. However, there is now growing agreement that food plays a significant role in brain chemistry. A good food selection with the right quantities and combinations of food groups helps in better wellness resulting in effective ability to handle and recover from stresses. Being happy goes hand in hand with optimum cognitive performance, and although one cannot alter the environmental stress one is exposed to, consistent low-intensity stresses of day to day life is often a challenge experienced by all. However, right foods prevent the onset of depression or help alleviate depression. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive According to growing consensus in the scientific and nutrition community, Omega-3 fats are an effective nutrient in our diet that provides adequate protection against depression. Foods rich in omega-3 are fish and a few plant produce. Chia is one of the richest sources of plant based omega-3 fats for vegetarians. Omega-3 fats have shown a positive role in improving mood in people suffering from depression. It is estimated that some cultures who have been consuming foods such as Chia as part of their regular diet do better than others in mental health. Chia is an ancient grain and was an essential part of the Aztec culture with a presence in their religious practices, daily food and special foods as well as food for the ancient Aztec warriors. Over the centuries, witnessing many a military invasion, the crop lost its presence and was revived only in the recent past. Chia seeds occurs in nature in black, mottled and white forms with white seeds having an edge over the rest. Due to its high import costs, superfoods have been inaccessible to a majority of consumers in India, leave alone the common man. However all that may be about to change.India’s premier nutrition research development organisation, Central Food Technology Research Institute, has developing agro-technologies to grow superfoods in Indian conditions, and as a pilot programme provided Chia seeds for free to Indian farmers. CFTRI has developed blue flower, white seed Chia lines which blend seamlessly into foods, which have a better market globally. Farmers from across the nation have benefited with better incomes due to the seeds they received and cultivated with CFTRI agro-technology.Chia seeds do not require post-harvest processing and can be directly consumed after cleaning. It is highly versatile and can be consumed by adding to our daily foods. Chia upon adding to water becomes a gel that is easy to drink. One can add about 3-gram Chia to a glass of water and allow the water to rest for about 10 minutes; the seeds form a transparent gel that can be easily consumed. Seeds can blend well in into fruit juices, smoothies, shakes, buttermilk, puddings and bakery products like bread and cakes. The neutral taste of the seed helps in seamless blending into all food products. On an average, an adult needs about 1-1.6 gram of omega-3 fat daily and that can be met by simply having 1 teaspoon of chia seeds dissolved in water or in any other form.One of the main focus of CFTRI’s work on superfoods like Chia is to make it easily available and affordable to Indians at large so that it can gain the currency of a stable like a dal or pulses of everyday use. (Courtesy: Prof. Ram Rajasekharan)last_img read more

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Know why women are better at reading mind

first_imgEver wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes — known as cognitive empathy.The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum — which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy,” said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test.For the new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the team analysed cognitive empathy in 89,000 people on this test. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results confirmed that women on average do score better on this test because of gene’s influence.In addition, the researchers found that genetic variants that contribute to higher scores in the test also increase the risk of anorexia, but not autism, the researchers noted.”We are excited by this new discovery, and are now testing if the results replicate, and exploring precisely what these genetic variants do in the brain, to give rise to individual differences in cognitive empathy,” explained Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor at the University of Cambridge.last_img read more

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Food allergy can become fatal for your kid

first_imgA 13-year-old Indian-origin boy in London died last month after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a piece of cheese. According to media reports, Karanbir Cheema was allergic to wheat, gluten and dairy and his condition was well known at school but he came in contact with the allergen in cheese as it was allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate.Food allergy or intolerance, which can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock, are estimated to affect four to six per cent of children and four per cent of adults, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).If left untreated, a food allergy can turn fatal, especially in children, because the body’s immune system considers the proteins and complex carbohydrates present in the food as foreign.”It is only in rare cases that one can get a severe allergic response to any food allergen. Food items like cheese have other ingredients which may have caused severe allergic reaction. Commonly mild allergy, however, does not cause such severe reactions,” said Vivek Raj, Director (Gastroenterology), Max Super Speciality Hospital.According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are eight foods that are common for allergic reactions in a large segment of the sensitive population. These include, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, wheat and their derivatives, soy and their derivatives, and sulphites (chemical-based, often found in flavours and colours in foods) at 10 parts per million (ppm) and over.These can cause several types of allergies such as skin manifestations which include rashes, swelling and itching, respiratory symptoms including wheezing, bronchospasm and choking and gastrointestinal symptoms including cramping, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some also cause low blood pressure which manifests as light-headedness, dizziness or even a fainting spell.Allergy to any food item may cause bronchial secretions, which can lead to bronchospasm – a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles in the respiratory tract.”As a result, the patient experiences choking and breathing difficulty, which, if not treated timely, may increase the risk of death,” added Rakesh Gupta, Senior Consultant, Apollo Hospitals.Further, children are much more vulnerable to food allergies than adults as the allergies fade away by adulthood.”As children grow older, they outgrow some of the allergies as their immune system matures. Also, the allergens are identified in childhood and then the person learns to avoid those as an adult,” Raj noted. However, allergies are not just hereditary but may be related to gender, according to recent research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.The study revealed that the genetic risk of a child having allergies doubles if the parent of the same sex is an allergy sufferer. Thus, mothers pass the risk of allergies to their daughters, as do fathers to their sons.Moreover, food allergies can worsen other conditions such as asthma and diabetes. If a patient already has other allergy-linked conditions like asthma, then the impact of food allergy can be more, doctors said. “As there is no cure to food allergy, the only way to prevent it is not to eat that food item,” suggested Ritika Samaddar, a Delhi-based nutritionist.”The allergy can be confirmed by skinprick tests and/or bloods tests to measure the allergy antibodies,” she added. Because fatal and near-fatal food allergy reactions can occur at school or other places outside the home, parents of a child with food allergies need to make sure that their child’s school has a written emergency action plan. The plan should provide instructions on preventing, recognising and managing food allergies and should be available in the school and during activities such as sporting events and field trips, experts suggested. However, “if any allergic item is consumed, the patient should be immediately rushed to the hospital. No drug should be taken without a doctor’s prescription”, Gupta said.last_img read more

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Be draped in these puja classics

first_imgIt is the time of the year to look your best and create an aura in whichever Pandal you visit or party you attend with friends, family or with your beloved. With Durga Puja around the corner, the fashionistas are gearing up to shop their favourite attires. And what better than to don a saree during this grand celebration. To add to the festivities, leading retail saree store of Bengal, Indian Silk House Agencies, launched Pujor Shaaj, their Durga Puja special collection. Renowned actor, Konineeca Banerjee unveiled the special collection in the presence of Pratibha Dudhoria, Director, Indian Silk House Agencies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “The Pujor Shaaj collection is inspired from the goddesses Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. The designs are exquisite and unique, which will appeal to the saree lovers across the globe. This year we are also focusing on our youth as well by providing them with sarees that are light, comfortable, trending, and perfect for any occasion and at a very reasonable price, which they can wear with great panache”, said Dudhoria.The exclusive Pujor Shaaj collection comprises of Kanjivaram, Arni Silk, Garad, and Uppada in a range of Rs 2500 and above. Gadwal, which starts from Rs 4500, and Kora, Matka, Chanderi, whose range starts from Rs 1000. Printed fabric starts from Rs 2000, whereas, Tussar, Handloom, Maheshwari, Benarasi and Katan sarees in varied colours and outstanding designs are available at a starting rate of Rs 3000. This new collection will be available across Indian Silk House Agencies outlets in Rashbehari Avenue, Barasat, New Market, Gorabazar, and Kanchrapara.Indian Silk House Agencies also has a range of costume jewelry available to complement these sarees.last_img read more

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Charkha to provide jobs to five crore women

first_imgThe Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh, on Monday, said that following the ‘Khadi for Fashion’ call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry had planned to connect at least five crore village women to Charkha (spinning wheel).Addressing the Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations at Khadi Bhawan in Connaught Place, the minister said that Khadi has now become popular among younger generation too. “For a significant span of time Khadi was meant for either dadaji (older ones) or netaji (politicians). But, due to the initiatives and appeals made by our Prime Minister – who is himself the latest USP of Khadi –Khadi has now become a fashion trend among the youth,” he said, adding, “Even the results speak. The previous governments could increase the sale by only 70 percent in 10 odd years, but we enhanced it to 90 percent.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking of solar charkhas, the minister said that it would provide employment to at least five crore village women in the coming five years. “With five pilot projects at Varanasi, Nawada and other places, we are already on our heels with this project. It will ensure a regular income between Rs 6000 and Rs 10,000 to each of the women,” he said. The minister claimed that in efforts to make Khadi a fashion brand across the globe, the department is in regular contact with all leading fashion institutes of the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSingh further added that even in Africa, as a part of centenary Year celebrations of Gandhiji’s Swadeshi Movement, the High Commission of India in Uganda, in association with the Republic of Uganda, is unveiling the Gandhi Charkha – gifted by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) – at the Gandhi Heritage Site at Jinja in Uganda. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his address, said that Khadi has been spreading its wings in all directions for creating maximum job opportunities for the artisans. “Since sanitation and Khadi was close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart, the KVIC is all set to take his legacy forward,” he said, adding, “We have also taken Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’ very seriously and we are trying to give a major push to our ‘Honey Mission’ in the coming days.” Arun Kumar Panda, secretary, MSME, also laid stress upon enhancing the total turnover of Khadi and Village Industries. Earlier, the minister inaugurated 60 Khadi outlets – which were renovated and re-launched during the completion of KVIC’s 60th anniversary and a Khadi outlet at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow, through remote device. He also handed over the cheques to five artisans each from two Khadi institutions of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, under the new sales initiatives undertaken by KVIC. Later, he inaugurated a Honey Parlour – showcasing several qualities of honey – at Palika Bazaar.last_img read more

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A magnificent range of Diwali hampers

first_imgAdding to your celebration and joy, Mister Chai is presenting a magnificent range of Diwali Hampers offering gourmet assortments and pure joy. This Diwali, make your loved ones feel special and gift them hampers that matches their personality, tailored to their taste and filled with luxuries and love. Exuding surprise and elegance, the spectacular festive hamper range comprises of ‘The Globe Trotter’, ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘The Free Spirit’ starting at INR 5000 plus taxes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The Globe Trotter’ is for those businessmen and women in your circle who travels the world and are fond of those little treats. Generously filled with fine nuts, chocolates and a bottle of happiness, this is a perfect gift for the globe trotters. If you have those friends who love spreading a hearty laughter to your life, ‘The Entertainer’ Diwali gift hamper is the choice. It offers some delicious chocolates, macaroons, cookies, nuts, and tea. ‘The Free Spirit’ hamper is the choice you can make for those you know exceptionally well. Custom-made and skillfully craft a Diwali hamper for your loved ones, with their favourite ingredients and drinks. Each gifting has equal grandeur, finesse and uniqueness, filled with an alluring gourmet treat to make your festival truly delightful.last_img read more

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Cherishing Indian culture through music and dance

first_imgDance, music, and art have always played a vital role in developing our aesthetic and artistic senses and perceptions. Rigchhandam, a premier institution excelling in dance, music, art, and elocution – which is a cultural wing of South Jodhpur Park Academy – presented ‘Alochayar Shure’, ‘Prayash’ and ‘ Samanyo Khoti’ in their 17th Annual program held in GD Birla Sabhaghar.It was the coming together of like-minded people with one basic objective in mind – propagation of traditional Indian values through Indian music and dance. The Academy members were honoured to have renowned Rabindrasangeet exponent Srabani Sen as its President, with the expectations that under her able guidance, they will be able to make progress in the right direction, and fulfill the designated objectives and aspirations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe dance section is being looked after by Subhra Mandal, a disciple of Kathak legend Birju Maharaj as well as Shrimati Amala Shankar, the doyen of the Uday Shankar ‘Creative’ style of dance. “Our main motto is to inculcate Indian values in our children and fellow members. Our rich culture and traditions should be cherished by one and all. With a batch of around 135 students from school kids to octogenarians, we believe that music plays a strong part in our daily lives, strengthening the heart and mind,” said co-founder Subhra Mandal. While tradition in these creative fields holds a unique position, it is very much true that innovation and new ideas add a relevant and modern dimension to these artistic forms of expression. The coming together of old and new is surely a healthy sign in the creative world.last_img read more

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Michael Jackson and Paul McCartneys Feud Over Beatles Song Rights

first_img“Michael, we’re not gonna fight about this okay?” “Paul, I think I told you, I’m a lover, not a fighter.”“She told me that I’m her forever lover,” said Paul “You know, don’t you remember?”“Well, after loving me,“ Michael answered, “she said she couldn’t love another.”“Is that what she said?”“Yes, she said it, you keep dreaming.”This playful exchange happened between former Beatle Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson during the 1982 hit music video “The Girl is Mine.” The video featured a make-believe rivalry between the two pop stars over the affections of a young lady.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0Three years later, McCartney and Jackson would lock horns in a real-world battle, but not over a girl.According to Billboard Magazine, the conflict started in 1985, when Jackson paid nearly $50 million to ATV Music (now called “Sony Music”) to purchase a 4,000-song catalog.Michael Jackson performing his song “Jam” as part of his Dangerous world tour in Europe in 1992. Photo by Casta03 CC BY-SA 3.0The catalog contained 250 songs by the John Lennon/Paul McCartney songwriting duo. It also included tracks by Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.Paul McCartney was not happy about having his own songs purchased out from under him by another artist. To add more insult to injury, Jackson had actually outbid McCartney on the deal.John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right) in 1964.The fact that McCartney and Jackson were friends and had recorded multiple songs together – including: “Say, Say, Say,” “The Girl is Mine,” “The Man” and “Girlfriend,” – surely made the deal more of a betrayal. Their friendship never recovered.But how did Paul McCartney, one of the most famous pop songwriters of the 20th century, end up in a position where another artist could buy the rights to his songs?When The Beatles’ debut album “Please Please Me” was released in March 1963 their manager, Brian Epstein, published the songs with the company Northern Songs.Please Please Me, side 1, with original Parlophone gold and black label. Photo by Parlophone Records CC BY-SA 3.0The company was primarily owned by Epstein himself and by publisher Dick James, along with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. George Harrison and Ringo Starr – the other two Beatles songwriters – split ownership of the remaining 40 percent.Northern Songs became a public company in 1965, with Lennon and McCartney owning 15 percent each and with Harrison and Starr sharing a small percentage. Harrison was not happy about this, and even wrote a song about his meager cut in the deal.Jackson performing in June 1988. Photo by Zoran Veselinovic CC-BY-SAIn 1969, Dick James sold his stake in the company to ATV Music. John Lennon and Paul McCartney tried to outbid ATV, but they didn’t have enough money. After ATV had taken control of the Beatles’ song catalog, Lennon and McCartney sold their company stakes to ATV as well.So, when ATV Music went up for sale, they offered McCartney one more chance to bid on the rights to the Lennon-McCartney song catalog. This is when Michael Jackson stepped in and paid $47.5 million to become the owner of the catalog.McCartney and Lennon, 1964.In 2006, the matter became more complicated for McCartney when Michael Jackson, faced with a potential bankruptcy, agreed to sell half of his ownership in the company back to Sony/ATV. This would give Sony 75 percent ownership of the Lennon-McCartney song catalog, which, according to The New York Times, was then worth about $1 billion.McCartney was left with only one shot to get his songs back. According to the United States Copyright Act of 1967, any publishing rights to songs written before 1978 could be regained by their author after 56 years. Since the first Beatles songs had been written between the years of 1962 and 1963, McCartney would have to wait until 2018 before he could hope to get his songs back.Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Then, in 2009, Michael Jackson died by overdosing on the anesthetic “propfol” – he was 50 at the time. Jackson’s share of the Lennon-McCartney catalog became a part of his estate, which was controlled by his attorney John Branca and by John McClain.In 2015, McCartney began the fight to reclaim 32 Beatles songs written in 1962. In 2016 Sony finally agreed to pay $750 million to buy out the half of Sony/ATV which was owned by the Jackson Estate. This made Sony the sole owner of 750,000 songs, including the Lennon-McCartney catalog.Read another story from us: A Hard Day’s Night (in Jail): Paul McCartney Arrested for Arson in 1960This deal marked the official end of Jackson and McCartney’s battle – which had literally become a fight to the death. According to Billboard Magazine, Sir Paul McCartney finally regained the Beatles’ song catalog in June of 2017, just a few days before his 75th birthday.last_img read more

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VIDEO A Kentucky bar instantly transformed into the saddest place on Earth

first_img Advertisement Sports can give fans indescribable joy, and gut wrenching misery. Kentucky fans experienced both in a matter of 10 seconds at the end of their Elite 8 tournament game against North Carolina.A camera set up inside of a Kentucky bar captured the entire range of emotion, from their ecstasy after Malik Monk’s game-trying three, to getting their heart ripped out by UNC walk-on Luke Maye on the next possession.Watch how quickly this party turns from the ecstasy to agony. It hurts to watch, unless you hate Kentucky.last_img read more

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VIDEO Markelle Fultz casually knocking down a backwards fullcourt shot is the

first_img#1 overall pick Markelle Fultz is teetering on bust status after a rookie year that has seen more viral clips of his mysteriously broken shot than highlights on the court, but there may still be hope.A video has emerged from Sixers’ practice today of Fultz casually burying a backwards full-court heave, which somehow looks smoother than his stroke from the free throw line. Maybe this is the breakthrough Fultz needs to get rid of the yips. Probably not, but maybe.Here’s video evidence of the Philly rook not being terrible at basketball. Still working to confirm it’s not a Powerade commercial shoot.Watch the last thing anyone was expecting to see.Markelle Fultz drains a full-court shot … backwards. pic.twitter.com/TJwl8QUclC— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) January 26, 2018last_img read more

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LA high school shut down due to social media threat allegedly from

first_imgWith the nation on high alert following last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles was shut down on Friday morning due to a threat allegedly received from former student, and NFL offensive lineman, Jonathan Martin.Martin, who is best know for being subjected to bullying while with the Dolphins, allegedly posted a cryptic message to his Instagram account last night that included images of a shotgun, shells, and the hashtags #Harvard-Westlake and #MiamiDolphins written across the barrel. It also tagged former Dolphins teammates, including Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, who were implicated in his bullying. In the past, Martin has also detailed accounts of being bullied in high school.A caption in the post reads:“When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” While officials from Harvard-Westlake will only confirm that the the closure was caused by a social media threat from a former student, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed it was caused by Martin’s post.Update:TMZ is reporting that Martin has been detained by the L.A.P.D for questioning regarding the incident. Advertisementlast_img read more

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VIDEO Joe Thomas did first word association for all 21 Browns QBs

first_img Advertisement Joe Thomas just retired and is almost certainly headed to Canton after being consistently excellent for 10 years on the worst team in the NFL. While most NFL o-lineman will only play with a handful of quarterbacks, Thomas blocked for 21 inept signal callers thanks to the Browns inability to ever land a franchise QB. IIncredibly, Big Joe remembers all of the washouts, and recently sat down with The Checkdown to do a first word association exercise for every one of them, from Charlie Frye and Seneca Wallace, to johnny Football.Thomas’ memory is damn impressive, but damn that list is depressing when you say all the quarterbacks out loud.Joe Thomas blocked for 21 different @Browns QBs.We asked him the first thing that comes to mind for each one. 😂 @joethomas73 pic.twitter.com/f9IZymkR61— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) July 25, 2018last_img read more

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Every Laker not named LeBron is a tradable piece

first_imgGuests:Chris Broussard – Fs1 NBA Analyst; Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer;                       Michael Rappaport – Actor/Comedian and host of the I am Rappaport Stereo Podcast; Jay Glazer – Fox Sports NFL Insider Every Laker not named LeBron is a tradable pieceLeBron James exploded in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Spurs, scoring 14-straight points to get the win. Aside from LeBron’s vintage incredible performance, Colin came away from the game convinced that L.A. none of his supporting cast is good enough to be off limits if the right trade comes up.LeBron’s greatness has shown how average the rest of the roster is, and the best way rto build a winner while LeBron is still close to his prime is to trade for established players, not commit to devoloping their average young talent. The Sixers short circuited “The Process” to trade for Jimmy Butler, and the Lakers should look to make similar moves for LeBron. Also:– Kawhi and LeBron would be a bad fit together– Thunder comeback after Westbrook steps back– Packers need a head coach that will make them uncomfortablelast_img read more

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5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

first_img Mobile advertising is becoming more popular as people use mobile devices to access websites, shop and make purchases. For business owners, now can be a good time to start experimenting with mobile advertising — especially while it’s still highly affordable.If you’re on the fence about whether advertising on mobile might be right for you, consider some new research from Williamsburg, Va.-based research firm Borrell Associates: nearly half of small-business owners are somewhat or very likely to purchase mobile advertising in the next year, while more than one in four expect to increase mobile ad spending.How can you figure out how mobile advertising might best benefit your business? Here are five tips to help you determine its value and to get started on the right foot:1. Determine where your customers are. Most mobile ad networks allow geo-targeting so that only mobile users in a defined area see the ads. But narrow targeting to only a zip code or two will likely yield few prospects and little new business.Mobile ads offer the best return on investment for businesses that can serve clients who are located anywhere, or at least throughout a major metropolitan area. A jewelry designer who ships anywhere or a motel owner near a popular tourist destination might be a great match for mobile advertising. But a massage therapist who relies mainly on local customers probably should spend her ad dollars elsewhere for now.In a couple of years, however, that may change as technologies improve and mobile users begin to outpace computer users in conducting local internet searches.Related: Building a Successful Google Campaign from Scratch2. Define your conversion points. If you develop a mobile advertising strategy, you not only want to tell mobile users your business exists, but also encourage them to take action.What can people do on their smartphones or tablets that can help your business? Plenty. They can call or email you, submit their contact information via an online form, make an appointment or reservation, follow you on social media, sign up for your email newsletter or text alerts, register for your events, or buy something from you online.These actions are measurable “conversion points.” Tracking your conversion rate (number of mobile site visitors divided by the number of actions taken) is how you’ll discover which kinds of mobile ads work best.3. Build a mobile landing page. Your existing website, even if it’s mobile friendly, might not be the most effective destination for your mobile ad. You need a useful landing page designed to convert mobile visitors into customers.Your mobile landing page should link to your main website, of course. But it’s even more important that it display your address on a map, list your phone number and hours, indicate the region you serve, and offer features, such as online appointment scheduling, that are directly relevant to the pitch you made in your mobile ad.If you can build a mobile landing page in your existing website platform, that’s great. If not, your mobile landing page doesn’t need to be part of your main site.You can build a simple mobile landing page with Google Sites (free the first year) and access analytics data about traffic to the page and users’ activity on it. DudaMobile also offers free mobile landing pages with analytics, but for $9 a month you can get more pages and features such as click-to-call and integrated maps and directions. You may want to set up more than one mobile landing page if you’re running multiple campaigns targeting different market segments or making different pitches or offers.Related: Common Google AdWords Mistakes and How to Avoid Them4. Start with Google AdWords. Search ads are currently the biggest part of the mobile ad market, and Google’s AdWords offers a variety of services for mobile advertising. Plus, these are text ads, so you don’t need to create an ad banner to get started.You can set up a mobile-specific AdWords campaign that targets only mobile devices with full web browsers. You also can set AdWords bids for mobile searches only.Control costs by setting your own maximum daily spend, starting at, say, $30 to $50 a month. Then, track your AdWords mobile performance and stay focused on conversion rates.5. Explore other mobile ad networks. You’ll need to supply a mobile banner ad for other networks, most of which deliver ads to apps and some mobile websites. AdWords users can use Google’s display ad builder, but you also can create a mobile banner with any design software.The cost, reach, targeting and other features of these networks vary widely. Most allow you to specify your maximum daily spend. The MobiThinking “Guide to Mobile Advertising Networks” offers useful overviews of the different types of networks and detailed reviews. Related: Mobile Advertising Platform Delivers Real Leads 5 min read October 3, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Google Shuts Down ComparisonShopping Site to Focus on Future Innovations

first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Google is shuttering Google Compare, its U.S. comparison-shopping site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit’s efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and financial-services tools, the Journal said.The company said in an email to its partners on Monday that Google Compare’s U.S. and U.K. services would start winding down this month and terminate on March 23, according to the Journal.Google said the service didn’t meet its expectations and that the company will now focus on AdWords and future innovations, the paper reported citing the email.Google could not immediately be reached for comment outside U.S. business hours.(Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington and Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Gopakumar Warrier) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 23, 2016last_img read more

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The Global Three piece Cans Market is poised to grow strong

first_imgBig Market Research Market Reports has announced the addition of the “Global Three piece Cans Market: Industry Analysis, Opportunity Assessment; 2019 – 2024“report to their offering.SummaryICRWorld’s Three piece Cans Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.A sample copy of this premium research report is available @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3234057#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kGlobal Three piece Cans Market: Product Segment AnalysisFoodDrinkDryChemical ProductsSpraysGlobal Three piece Cans Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our reportBallCrownArdagh GroupDS containerBWAYCCL ContainerColepNussbaumMassilly GroupEXALTUBEX GmbHGrupo ZapataHUBER Packaging GroupTAKEUCHI PRESSAlltub GroupEurosprayBharat ContainerLinhardtTIN_CAN PackingPERFEKTÜP AEROSOLCPMC HOLDINGSAESTARChina Aluminum CansLAYAShengyaCorner AerosolShandong MeiduoQiaotou JiankeGuangzhou SihaiYongjiaInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3234057#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Three piece Cans Market last_img read more

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Homophobic tennis player Margaret Court dumped from club over antiLGBT views

first_imgSpeaking to West Australia, Court claimed that she lost the re-election in a “politically motivated” vote which “silenced” her.Talking about being dumped by the club, Court described it as “sad”.She said: “You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself.“It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that”.Ian Hutton, the president of the club, said that it was not only Court’s backwards views on marriage equality that led to the final vote but also her inability to attend club events.Related: Sigur Rós are trolling homophobic tennis player Margaret Court in the best wayChief executive of the club, Michael Roberts, said that Court’s views were “polarising” and so the outcome of the vote was inevitable.He said: “If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarising, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community.“Obviously, her opinions had played a part in it, there’s no doubt about that.“Cottesloe Tennis Club, whether they meant to or not, have made a bit of a social stand by making the decision.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The string of abusive comments started earlier this year when she made a splash by likening gay people to Hitler.Court claimed that homosexuality is an ungodly “lust for the flesh”, that LGBT tendencies in young people were “all the devil”, and that older lesbian tennis stars have ‘converted’ younger players in a rant on a radio interview.More recently, she said that Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day will be cancelled if the country votes in favour of equal marriage.Related: Gay couple ‘tie the knot’ in protest wedding outside of the Margaret Court ArenaCourt has now been voted out of the Cottesloe Tennis Club in Perth where she stood as the vice-patron for years. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A famous homophobic tennis legend has been dumped as vice-patron of her club over her anti-same-sex marriage views.Margaret Court has become notorious for her homophobic rhetoric in recent months as the debate on same-sex marriage heated up. Tennis legend insists sexual abuse makes you gay, claims transgender children are SatanicAnti-gay voices are silenced according to tennis star Margaret CourtTennis player hints at boycott of Margaret Court ArenaPINK NEWS-last_img read more

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iPhone 11 Is All About That Square Camera Bump

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag July 17, 2019 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Apple hasn’t been able to keep new iPhone designs from leaking ahead of a launch for several generations now, with the iPhone events becoming simply confirmations of what we already knew. This year, it looks like Apple will be confirming the iPhone 11 is more of the same, but with the addition of an unusual square camera bump on the back of the phone.We’ve heard rumors of a camera upgrade on the iPhone for a while now, with leaked case molds back in May suggesting a square camera bump. Now, as 9To5Mac reports, YouTuber MKBHD managed to get his hands on dummy models of all three iPhone 11 handsets and his video shows us how bad, or good depending on your tastes, the square camera bump looks.What you’re seeing is the purported iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R, with both the 11 and 11 Max sporting three rear camera lenses including a new ultra-wide angle lens. The iPhone 11R is the budget iPhone, sacrificing one lens to hit a lower price point, but retaining the same size camera bump with the flash in a different location.Regardless of what you think about the new camera setup on the rear of the phone, if these dummy models are the final design, then it’s more of the same from Apple. The only noticeable visual difference is the camera bump. The iPhone 11 retains the same design, same layout, same notch, same lack of USB-C, and most likely the same pricing.What we should expect under the hood is a faster processor, faster sensors inside the notch, and the iPhone becoming an even more impressive digital camera replacement. If photos aren’t your focus and you own an iPhone XS or XS Max$1,064.50 at Amazon, then the choice to upgrade may come down solely to the design.As the design is mostly the same and the new square camera bump will divide opinion, many iPhone owners could opt to stick with their iPhone XS and wait for the iPhone 12. That wouldn’t be great news for Apple who already suffered a dip in iPhone sales last year suggesting we have reached peak iPhone. Apple also deciding to not share sales figures anymore was very telling.Are you an iPhone owner considering an upgrade to the iPhone 11 later this year? What do you think of the square camera bump? Enroll Now for Free 3 min readlast_img read more

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Former longtime policeman arrested for murder in Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An altercation between two men in front of a Cancun supermarket has resulted in the death of one and the arrest of another who is reported to be a former police officer.The incident arose Monday night when an apparent altercation between the two occurred in front of a mini-market on Bonampak Avenue in Supermanzana 3 of central Cancun. The altercation took place around 9:10 p.m. in front of a Go-Mart when one of the two men involved in the altercation got in his SUV to leave the scene.He was followed by the second man in a Jeep Cherokee with whom he had the altercation. The jeep followed the SUV to Róbalo Street where the driver caught up with him and shot him several times while in his vehicle.State Police arrived on scene and arrested the man alleged responsible for the death of the SUV driver.According to a press release, the arrested man was a municipal policeman with the federal security agency Grupo Maya, from 2006 until 2015. When arrested, he was found carrying a firearm.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RTI officer killed in hit n run on the N3

first_imgAn RTI officer was killed in a hit ‘n run on the N3 near the Tugela River this afternoon (August 26).It is alleged that the officer was on duty, working on the N3, when a vehicle knocked him down and sped off.The officer died at the scene.Paramedics, RTI, forensic staff and other emergency officials responded.We will update you with more information once we know more. Our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.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 last_img read more

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Plenty to read in this weeks Ladysmith Gazette newspaper get your copy

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! It’s Thursday, people, and the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper has hit the streets already.We have plenty for you to read in this week’s edition.Read our front-page story about horror crashes on the N3 on Workers’ Day that claimed seven lives.We also have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, not forgetting our community stories, school news and sports articles.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!You won’t be wasting your money if you buy this week’s newspaper. The cost of the newspaper is ONLY R5.30.Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy NOW! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Update Drunk policeman guards prisoner

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! With regards to a recent incident at a local hospital involving an allegedly drunk police officer, the SAPS request that witnesses come forward and hand over statements.The policeman was allegedly drunk while on duty and guarding a prisoner at the hospital.Sources claim the officer was intoxicated and making a noise in the hospital. A bag he was carrying was evidently left near the patient while he went to look for matches. In the bag was a firearm, a bottle of booze and a packet of cigarettes.In order for police to proceed with investigations and for internal charges to be laid against the officer, witnesses are urged to come forward.Witnesses are to contact Lieutenant Colonel Zungu of Ezakheni SAPS on 0366369518/9542. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Anker MondayTuesday Deals 45 DashCam A1 33 Car Charger with Alexa USBC

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you’ve been waiting for Monday to arrive just in the hope for some discounts from Anker then you won’t be disappointed today.Grab a Super Cheap DashCam A1, USB-C Cables, Lightning Cables, Qi Wireless Chargers and More from Anker Today and TomorrowBlack Friday is right on our faces and we can start to see some solid discounts from big names in the mobile industry with Anker being one of them. Today the company has unleashed a whole new set of deals which are designed to please. It includes dash cams, cables, wireless chargers, eufy night lights and whatnot. Dive right in and save some money in the process too.Roav DashCam A1 with 1080p FHD NighHawk Vision – Was $59.99, Now just $43.59 with code RAOVAA22Roav VIVA Alexa Enabled 2-port USB Car Charger – Was $59.99, Now just $33.99 with code ROAVFF44Roav HydroClean Electric Pressure Washer – Was $159.99, Now just $118.95 with code ROAVWW22Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro IP68 Headphones – Was $49.99, Now just $39.99 with code SDCREPROAnker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0 6-feet Cable – Was $11.99, Now just $8.39 with code ANKER8482Anker 2-Pack, 6-feet PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A Cable (Gray and Red) – Was $12.99, Now just $9.99 with code CABLE266Anker 2-Pack, 3-feet PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A Cable (Gray and Red) – Was $12.99, Now just $9.99 with code CABLE265Anker PowerLine+ 10-feet Lightning Cable (All Colors) – Was $17.99, Now just $13.49 with code ANKERPLNAnker PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable, 3-feet – Was $9.99, Now just $6.99 with code ANKE84814-Pack eufy Plug-in Night Light – Was $13.74, Now just $11.59 with code EUFY1303Anker PowerPort Wireless 5, Qi Certified Wireless Charging Stand – Was $19.99, Now just $16.99 with code ANKER253last_img read more

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first_img News | October 30, 2013 Philips and Infraredx Sign Agreement for Resale of Infraredx’s TVC Imaging System Philips and Infraredx Inc. announced a non-exclusive resale agreement for Infraredx’s TVC imaging system. Under the… read more Feature | May 07, 2010 | Dave Fornell Intracardiac Ultrasound More Accurately Guides Therapies Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) offers a clearer view of transcatheter devices and electrophysiology (EP)… read more ICE is offered on GE Healthcares Vivid i and Vivid q portable ultrasound systems. Images can be integrated into GEs CardioLab electrophysiology system. News | May 21, 2010 Second OCT System Ready for U.S. Regulatory Study May 21, 2010 – A second company is hoping to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an optical… read more News | May 19, 2010 St. Jude Acquires LightLab, OCT Imaging May 20, 2010 – St. Jude Medical Inc. announced yesterday it is purchasing LightLab Imaging Inc. for $90 million…. read more News | December 30, 2008 Volcano to Pay $21.5M for OCT Company News | January 04, 2011 FDA Forecasts Medical Device Technology Trends for Next Decade January 4, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an update of what medical devices it expects… read more Feature | December 13, 2010 | Dave Fornell Advances in Intravascular Imaging There have only been incremental improvements in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) over the past decade. However, three… read more Technology | May 05, 2010 FDA Clears First Coronary OCT System in the United States May 5, 2010 – A new high-definition intravascular imaging system gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… read more A comparison between a cross section of a foot in a healthy and a diabetic patient with peripheral artery disease. The optical tomographic imaging technology shows blood perfusion, or the absence of perfusion, in the issue. Feature | December 13, 2010 | Adrienne Ma, analyst, Millennium Research Group Stent Costs Increase Use of Intravascular Imaging During a time when the U.S. healthcare reform is on the minds of many within the medical community, physicians and… read more Boston Scientific’s Atlantis IVUS Feature | February 26, 2015 Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography Could Track Vascular Disease in Diabetics Approximately 8 to 12 million people in the United States alone are suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a… read more An optical coherence tomography (OCT) image of a stent in a coronary vessel. The shadows are from the stent struts. The St. Jude Medical Lightlab C7-XR optical coherence tomography imaging system offers better image resolution than current IVUS systems. Pictured is a follow-up study of a stent showing it neointimal tissue strut coverage. Related Content December 30, 2008 – Volcano Corp. will acquire Axsun Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of lasers and optical engines used in medical Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging systems and advanced photonic components, as part of Volcano’s strategy to establish its position in invasive imaging.Volcano will pay approximately $21.5 million in cash at closing, which is expected to occur this week. Axsun, which recorded revenues from continuing operations in excess of $18 million in calendar 2007, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volcano.Axsun currently has development partnerships with companies serving the cardiology and dental markets and expects the launch the first medical imaging systems utilizing its technology during the first half of 2009. Volcano said it plans to utilize new integrated versions of Axsun’s advanced tunable laser and optical engine technology in the development of certain new OCT imaging systems. Axsun’s technology and laser components reportedly allow for dramatic imaging performance improvements in equipment form factors as small as 1/1000th the size of current laser components at very low manufacturing costs. Volcano hopes the Axsun acquisition will accelerate its OCT product development efforts and provide sustainable competitive advantages in the invasive imaging arena. The company said that it expects this transaction to be neutral to consolidated earnings per share in fiscal 2009 and that following completion of the transaction it will have more than $145 million in cash, with no debt. The company said it will provide additional details on the financial impact of the transaction when it provides 2009 guidance during its fourth quarter earnings conference call in mid-February.For more information: www.volcanocorp.com and www.axsun.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 15, 2010 New Company Plans to Enter IVUS Market With High-Definition System September 15, 2010 – A high-definition intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) system will be demonstrated during the… read more The St. Jude Medical Lightlab C7-XR optical coherence tomography imaging system offers better image resolution than current IVUS systems. Pictured is a follow-up study of a stent showing it neointimal tissue strut coverage. last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | September 29, 2010 Digital X-ray System Installed in North Carolina College Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems September 29, 2010 — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, N.C., has installed a new dual-detector digital imaging system incorporating the Canon CXDI-40G and CXDI-50G digital receptors. The college is an open-door, comprehensive learning-centered institution of higher education serving the citizens of Rowan and Cabarrus counties. A member of the North Carolina Community College System, it offers affordable occupational and education programs leading to associate in applied science degrees, associate in arts degrees and associate in science degrees.The sale and installation was facilitated by Blue Ridge X-ray Imaging, a dealer for Quantum Medical Imaging. The digital radiographic (DR) system installed includes Quantum’s Q-Rad-CXDI Series ceiling-mounted system with an overhead ceiling-mounted X-ray tube suspension, elevating four-way float radiographic table and wall stand. The CXDI-40G digital receptor is mounted in the wall stand, while the second CXDI-50G digital receptor is used in the table. The system allows the CXDI-50G receptor to be removed for patients on gurneys or in wheelchairs. The DR console is fully integrated with the Quantum Q-Bus generator for maximum productivity.For more information: quantummedical.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more last_img read more

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first_imgProviding accuracy for surgeonsThe MDSC range includes a family of near-patient surgical displays (24-inch and 26-inch) and a large-screen OR 42-inch display, allowing hospitals to choose the display that best fits the needs of their ORs. Equipped with LED backlights, these surgical displays provide surgeons with accurate, realistic images in full HD resolution and with excellent depth perception. Full 10-bit video processing and precise color calibration ensure long-term accurate images with near-zero latency for perfect hand-eye coordination. Designed for the ORThe lightweight and compact design allows easy, dual monitor mounting onto surgical booms and spring arms. Because of their smooth surface, splash-proof housing and full screen protection, all displays are easy to clean and disinfect. Moreover, the use of energy-efficient LED backlights lowers the heat output, ensuring safe operation near patients. For more information: www.barco.com, www.medica-tradefair.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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The full HD resolution LCD panel makes the displays suitable with contemporary endoscopy camera systems. Technology | November 22, 2013 Barco Launches Line of Network-Enabled Surgical Displays News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more “The MDSC surgical display line has been purpose-built for the operating room, combining the best features of our first generation of surgical displays with new color calibration algorithms and smart mechanics. They also offer optional integrated functionality for use with Barco’s Nexxis digital OR solution, ensuring smooth distribution of uncompressed video and data over the IP network without delay,” said Johan Stockman, vice president of strategic marketing for surgical imaging, Barco. “For minimal invasive procedures, this line offers lag-free, high-accuracy imaging, flexible visualization modes and the best ergonomics — all of which are becoming increasingly important in today’s operating rooms.”  Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more center_img Photo courtesy of US Electronics November 22, 2013 — Barco, a supplier of diagnostic systems, presented its MDSC line of network-ready surgical displays. These displays are fully compatible with Nexxis, Barco’s imaging and audio management solution for the operating room (OR), which integrates surgical devices over IP. Featuring an integrated raw-IP decoder, an easy-to-clean design and high image quality, Barco’s MDSC surgical displays are suitable for modern digital ORs and endoscopy imaging. Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. (USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more Related Content Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Photo courtesy of Barco Barco’s MDSC-2226 is available for order now, while the MDSC-2224 and MDSC-2242 displays will be commercially available in Q1 of 2014. The systems are being displayed at Medica 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany (hall 15, booth E18). 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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first_img 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 Most women who undergo partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) surgery for breast cancer also complete a course of radiotherapy delivered to the whole of the affected breast (called external beam radiotherapy, EBRT). EBRT has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer recurring in the breast, but it can cause unpleasant side-effects, and requires women to attend radiotherapy centres for 20 days after surgery, which can cause serious difficulties for women who live far from radiotherapy centres, especially those in remote or very rural areas. In some cases, women who are eligible for lumpectomy may end up undergoing full mastectomy, simply because they cannot meet the demands of subsequent radiotherapy treatment required by partial tissue removal.Without radiotherapy treatment, women who undergo lumpectomy are at risk of the cancer recurring, usually either at, or near, the site of the original tumour. This has led several groups of researchers to investigate whether a single dose of radiation, specifically targeted to the site of the tumour, and delivered during or soon after surgery, might offer a viable alternative treatment to reduce the risk of recurrence. Two articles published today in The Lancet and The Lancet Oncologyreveal new results from two trials assessing two different methods of delivering targeted radiation in this way.TARGIT-A trialIn The Lancet, an international team of researchers, led by Professor Michael Baum and Professor Jayant Vaidya, of University College London, UK, investigated the performance of TARGIT (where radiation is delivered to the tumour site via a miniature X-ray emitting device) compared with a standard EBRT course of daily doses for 3 to 6 weeks. Over 12 years, 1721 women received the study treatment (TARGIT), compared to a control group of 1730 women who received standard EBRT treatment. The TARGIT technique was originally developed by Professor Michael Baum, Professor Jayant Vaidya, and Professor Jeffrey Tobias, and has been tested in 33 different centres since 1998.The 3451 patients who participated in the final analysis were made up from two separate strata, equivalent to two trials run in parallel. The first included 2298 patients, 1140 of whom received TARGIT at the same time of the initial surgery (as originally envisaged by the researchers); these participants were compared with 1158 patients receiving conventional EBRT. However, after receiving requests from some clinicians, they extended the trial to include 1143 women, 562 of whom were allocated EBRT, and 581 of whom were allocated to receive TARGIT as a second procedure an average of 37 days after surgery (postpathology stratum).The trial was intended to reflect real-life practice as far as possible, so women who had received TARGIT at the time of surgery but were subsequently shown to carry high risk features for recurrence also received EBRT. Overall, about 80% patients in the TARGIT group completed their surgery and radiotherapy under a single anaesthetic, without needing any supplemental EBRT.The researchers specified at the outset that if the difference in 5-year local recurrence between the two treatments was less than 2.5% then TARGIT should be considered “non-inferior” (as good as) standard radiotherapy. Across all trial participants, the difference in 5-year risk for cancer coming back in the breast (local recurrence) was within the originally set limit of 2.5%, meaning that a single TARGIT treatment was non-inferior to EBRT in controlling cancer. Furthermore, the overall mortality was 3.9% with TARGIT and 5.3% with EBRT, due to significantly fewer deaths from cardiovascular causes and other cancers. When TARGIT was given at the same time as lumpectomy, as the researchers originally planned, the local recurrence and breast cancer deaths were similar in the TARGIT and EBRT groups, and deaths from other causes were significantly reduced with TARGIT (1.3% for TARGIT vs. 4.4% for EBRT).According to Professor Vaidya, “The most important benefit of TARGIT for a woman with breast cancer is that it allows her to complete her entire local treatment at the time of her operation, with lower toxicity to the breast, the heart and other organs Our research supports the use of TARGIT concurrent with lumpectomy, provided patients are selected carefully, and should allow patients and their clinicians to make a more informed choice about individualising their treatment, saving time, money, breasts, and lives.”*ELIOT trialIn The Lancet Oncology, researchers in Italy, led by Professor Umberto Veronesi, of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, report results from a trial of a slightly different method of delivering targeted radiation, using a device which emits electron radiation to the tumour site (electron intraoperative radiotherapy, or ELIOT). 651 women attending the European Institute of Oncology in Milan for early breast cancer treatment received ELIOT during lumpectomy surgery, and a control group of 654 women received standard EBRT after lumpectomy.The researchers distinguished between true local recurrence of breast cancer (occurring in exactly the same site as the tumour), and recurrence of cancer in the same breast that had been operated on (ipsilateral recurrence). In both cases, after 5 years, recurrence was significantly higher in the ELIOT group than the control group – 21 women (2.5%) in the ELIOT group experienced local recurrence, rising to 35 women (4.4%) when any ipsilateral recurrence was included, compared to just four women (0.4%) in the control group who experienced any recurrence.Despite the different rates of breast cancer recurrence, overall survival at 5 years did not differ significantly between the ELIOT and control groups (34 deaths in ELIOT vs. 31 deaths in the control group); there were no significant differences between the number of deaths due to breast cancer, or due to any other cause.For the patients in the ELIOT group, the researchers examined the characteristics of tumours where relapse occurred, allowing them to identify several features associated with recurrence, including large tumour (>2cm), and oestrogen-receptor negative (ER-negative).According to Professor Veronesi, “For women who receive intra-operative radiotherapy, identifying the features most commonly associated with recurrence of cancer in the breast that has been operated on will allow us to identify the patients most likely to benefit from subsequent external radiotherapy.””Although our results show that 5-year rates of local recurrence were significantly higher in women who received ELIOT, we need to bear in mind that for some women, the benefits of not needing to complete weeks of radiotherapy will outweigh a higher risk of local recurrence. It’s also encouraging that after 5 years, overall mortality rates do not differ between women who received ELIOT and those who received standard treatment. Advances such as intraoperative radiotherapy might help to further improve the quality of life for patients, and the findings of our trial will enable clinicians to better use biomolecular factors along with traditional clinical and histopathological factors to identify the patients who are ideal candidates for partial breast irradiation.”Writing in a linked Comment on both studies, Professor David Azria and Dr Claire Lemanski of the Institut du Cancer Montpellier, France, suggest that although it is clear that further research will be needed to identify the patients least likely to experience recurrence of cancer after undergoing surgery and intraoperative radiotherapy, “The new data from TARGIT-A and ELIOT reinforce our conviction that intraoperative radiotherapy during breast-conserving surgery is a reliable alternative to conventional postoperative fractionated irradiation, but only in a carefully selected population at low risk of local recurrence.” 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 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 | 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 | 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content Feature | December 16, 2013 One-stop Radiotherapy May Offer Alternative to Lengthy Post-surgery Procedures for Breast Cancer New study shows that intraoperative radiotherapy during breast-conserving surgery is a reliable alternative to conventional postoperative fractionated irradiation FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

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first_imgRelated GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:36Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:36 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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Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:RSNA Technology Report 2015: Magnetic Resonance ImagingRecent Advances in MRI TechnologySoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast MediaComparison Chart: MRI Wide Bore Systems (chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: MRI Contrast Agents(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register)Comparison Chart: Cardiovascular MRI Analysis Software(chart access will require a login, but is free and only takes a minute to register) Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Women’s Health View all 62 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Find more SCCT news and videos Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | January 15, 2014 EIZO Medical LCD Monitors at RSNA 2013 Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Technology Reports View all 9 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. center_img Find more SCCT news and 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 Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. EIZO offers the most extensive line-up of high quality LCD monitors into the medical industry. Focusing on monitors that are stable and accurate over time makes them the monitor of choice for leading facilities around the world. This year marked their emphasis on Multi-Modality displays that can accurately display both color and grayscale images on the same screen optimized to the appropriate color settings for diagnosis. LED backlight technology ensures the best image quality and longer backlight life. Built-in front calibration sensors allow for easy quality control even from a remote location, eliminating the need to physically calibrate at every workstation. EIZO stands behind every monitor they make with a 5 year warranty guaranteed for up to 20,000 hours of life. EIZO offers the industry’s first FDA approved color mammography 8MP monitor and have recently announced the second generation of this product with the RadiForce RX850. A new 6MP color display, The RadiForce RX650, rounds out the EIZO line-up to solidify them with an offering for every medical imaging modality. Clinical Review displays, the RadiForce MX-Series, were also a focus at RSNA 2013 for all non-diagnostic imaging and can be a great cost effective alternative for facilities that need to stay within strict budgets. Surgical displays have been added to the EIZO line-up in recent years where EIZO offer large 56 to 60 inch monitors for the replacement of multiple monitors in OR and surgical suite environments. EIZO also ensures quality control is maintained throughout facilities by offering the RadiCS QC software for calibrating their displays and generating necessary reporting over time. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. 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Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Information Technology View all 220 items Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Conference Coverage View all 396 items 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) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Find more SCCT news and videos Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Recent Videos View all 606 items Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. 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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img News | May 05, 2014 Driving Towards Healthier Play: GE, PGA Tour Add Portable Ultrasound to Medical Trailers Advancing access to ultrasound to help boost quality of care read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more May 5, 2014 — GE and the PGA Tour have announced the addition of a new portable ultrasound system to the Visionworks Mobile Health & Fitness Trailers on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. The access to GE’s LOGIQ e laptop-sized technology will potentially provide on-site medical professionals with more information at the point of care to help aid in injury diagnosis and help golfers return to play faster.“Ultrasound is extremely valuable in the treatment of sports injuries,” said Tom Hospel, medical advisor to the PGA Tour whose company, Physiofitness Associates, staffs the trailers. “Besides helping me make a clear diagnosis, it gives athletes a window to actually see their condition — why they have pain and how we can remedy it. Adding the technology to the mobile trailers allows the healthcare staff immediate access to high-quality diagnostic imaging to help make an informed decision, diagnosis, administer therapy and conduct patient follow-up monitoring on some of the injuries on tour.”More commonly known for its use during pregnancies, ultrasound technology has also proven valuable in a variety of other clinical settings, as well as for its ability to guide healthcare providers through needle-guidance procedures.In sports medicine and specifically for golfers, the technology is adept at enabling real-time access and visualization of many areas of the body most commonly injured during participation, including: muscles, tendons, the abdomen, joints and the extremities.Trained clinical staff on the Mobile Health & Fitness Trailers will be able to perform exams using the ultrasound technology in the mobile medical trailers. If immediate, extra consultation is needed, the staff will consult with a physician who specializes in reading medical musculoskeletal ultrasounds for elite athletes.Since 2011, GE has been an official marketing partner of the PGA Tour and is the official medical diagnostic imaging equipment sponsor and official electronic medical records management solutions sponsor of the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour.  Portable, laptop-sized GE ultrasound technology is also currently being used on the European Tour. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | August 19, 2014 Medical Record Software and Medical Collaboration Go Hand in Hand 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more August 19, 2014 — Healthcare technology has evolved immensely in the past few years. With electronic medical records (EMR), medical image transfers or telemedicine, it is easy to forget that the priority is the patient — an individual person with unique needs, concerns and feelings. That is where medical collaboration comes in. This forward-thinking strategy asks healthcare providers to combine their collective experiences and judgment through sharing information, exchanging ideas and thoughts, and involving the patient as a valued team member. The goal is to work together as a cohesive team to maximize the individual’s health outcome.On the surface, medical collaboration may sound similar to care coordination, but it is actually quite different. Where care coordination focuses on numbers, medical collaboration focuses on people. Where care coordination prioritizes workflow and finances, medical collaboration centers around the patient’s well-being.How does this relate to EMR and the technology behind it?Electronic medical records and other innovative technologies can certainly save time and money; however, it is important to keep in mind the health and well-being of the patient. When cases are translated into numbers in electronic records, institutions risk losing the patients’ identities and focusing more on numbers; number of patients, number of events, number of payments, number of discharges, number of reimbursements and more.But if today’s trends are pushing towards the profit margins of healthcare rather than the individuals, how can we take conscious steps to ensure each patient is getting the care and treatment they deserve and need? How do we encourage medical collaboration using software and other technologies as a tool to help people?Traditionally, several factors have prevented healthcare providers from collaborating efficiently and effectively:An attitude that fails to value teamworkPoor communicationDisregard for patient inputInadequate infrastructureSome of these obstacles will take time to overcome, but the infrastructure is in place today. With electronic medical record software and electronic medical imaging, providers can exchange data and ideas almost instantly. They can communicate thoughts and consider differential diagnoses more quickly and securely than ever before. They can develop possible treatment plans and discuss them with the patient sooner, which leads to beginning treatment sooner. And the right diagnosis, paired with the right treatment, can only help patients heal faster while building their confidence in our abilities.Fore more information: www.etiam.com 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 | 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Related Content September 29, 2014 — Siemens Healthcare will debut the Acuson X600, a cost-effective ultrasound system that offers enhanced image quality and reliability, at the 2014 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Engineered around an advanced imaging engine, it delivers performance above its price class for general imaging and OB/GYN. Ultra-sensitive wideband transducers, including new lightweight 3-D/4-D transducers for women’s imaging, improve image resolution and penetration.Advanced workflow solutions such as ergonomic design, QuikStart rapid boot, wireless data transfer and tissue grayscale optimization enhance efficiency before, during and after the procedure. The Acuson X600 system will benefit from Siemens pioneering technologies to evolve and adapt for years of service.For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare 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 Technology | September 29, 2014 Siemens to Unveil Affordable, Advanced Ultrasound System at RSNA 2014 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 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 | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 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 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

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Vertess Predicts TrumpCare Means Yuge Spending on Healthcare IT

first_img According to Vertess, an international healthcare-focused M + A advisory firm with expertise in diverse healthcare and human service verticals, ranging from healthcare IT to life sciences and other specialized services and products, every sector of the healthcare industry is struggling to figure out what TrumpCare will mean to their businesses. Some will do better under TrumpCare, but most will do worse. There is one sector, however, which is guaranteed to grow like gangbusters under a Trump administration: Healthcare IT. Vertess explains why.First, there will be a sharp uptick in government spending. According to the research firm Winvale, the US Government already spends approximately $6.7 billion on healthcare-related IT. This direct IT spending will dramatically increase over 2017. However, this is a drop in the bucket compared to the new Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price’s operating budget. Secretary Price will manage an annual budget of more than $1 trillion.Vertess expects Secretary Price will want to maximize every dollar of his limited budget to satisfy his ambitious boss. This means he’ll be looking to improve the performance of the CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others. There’s no question that this will drive a significant increase in IT spending. Second and, more importantly, TrumpCare (whatever form it finally takes) will include an increased emphasis on cost control and outcomes that will drive healthcare providers to use more technology, according to Vertess. Much of this technology spending will be necessary so that healthcare providers can reallocate costs of care management onto patients.This will force post-acute care providers and other segments that are notoriously slow adopters to increase spending on new systems, new technology, and upgrades to existing IT systems.What does this mean for Healthcare IT firms? A rapidly growing market, obviously, means opportunity for growth. However, history shows that such markets often outpace the ability of companies to grow their business organically. Because of this, there will be a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the IT healthcare segment in 2017 and beyond. Indeed, some of that activity has already manifested itself as forward-looking healthcare IT firms position for the oncoming changes. There were several notable Healthcare IT transactions in 2016, which comprised over $1 billion each. Many of those companies will be in Orlando, Fla., during theHIMSS conference.What this means is that there’s never been a better time to sell a healthcare IT firm because the feeding frenzy is already starting. Similarly, and a bit ironically, there’s never been a better time to expand by acquisition. Yes, it’s a seller’s market, but there is so much potential growth in the IT segment that it will be almost impossible to grow organically and keep up with the market.For more information: www.vertess.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more 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. 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. 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No Canadian passport Dont try flying back into Canada as of Sept

first_imgNo Canadian passport? Don’t try flying back into Canada as of Sept. 30 Tags: Canadian TORONTO — If you have clients who are dual citizens, take note: starting Sept. 30 these travellers will need a Canadian passport to fly back into Canada, reflecting new policy from the federal government.Currently dual citizens flying back into Canada only need to show their passport from one country. A traveller who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, for example, can right now use their U.S. passport to gain entry back into Canada, as long as they also show proof of residency in Canada (like a driver’s license).According to reports in the Toronto Star, that will all change on Sept. 30, when dual citizens must have a Canadian passport to get back into the country. The new policy is part of Canada’s new electronic screening system, and so far only applies to air travel.Some are calling the move a cash grab, and discriminatory. But Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesperson Lindsay Wemp told the Star that a valid Canadian passport is the only acceptable travel document for the purpose of air travel. “As the government does not want Canadians to face travel-related delays, we strongly encourage all Canadian citizens to travel using a valid Canadian passport.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIt’s estimated that close to one million Canadians have citizenship for more than one country. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 18, 2016 last_img read more

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Bali airport reopens but volcano still spewing ash

first_img Share Tags: Indonesia, Travel Alert By: Stephen WrightSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash  KARANGASEM, Indonesia — The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Wednesday after an erupting volcano forced its closure two days ago, but the country’s president said the danger had not passed and urged anyone within the mountain’s exclusion zone to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Volcanic ash reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) in the air began drifting south and southeast of Mount Agung, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off, said airport spokesman Arie Ahsannurohim.The airport, which handles more than 400 flights a day, had closed Monday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands of people trying to enter or leave the popular vacation destination. Thick ash particles are hazardous to aircraft and can choke engines.Despite the all-clear from authorities, flights are unlikely to rapidly return to normal levels and a change in the direction of the ash or a new more powerful eruption could force the airport’s closure again.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered all concerned ministries and agencies, as well as the military and police, to help Bali’s government deal with the disaster.“I hope there will be no victims hit by the eruption,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAuthorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending up to 10 kilometres (6 miles) in places from the volcano as it belches grey and white plumes. Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands more have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their land and livestock.In the village of Tulamben inside the exclusion zone, farmers were plowing their fields with cattle Wednesday, seemingly unbothered by the smoking mountain behind them swelling with orange lava.In Sukadana village, about 8 kilometres from the crater, a few remaining residents said mudflows of volcanic debris and water had passed through the area for a couple of days before solidifying.Some stranded tourists managed to get off the island before the airport reopened, but they faced an arduous journey involving crowded roads, buses, ferries and sometimes overnight waits in yet another airport in Surabaya on the island of Java.“This is a very unforgettable experience for us. So much hassle and definitely one for the books,” said Sheryl David, a tourist from Manila, Philippines, who arrived Saturday in Bali with three friends and was supposed to leave Tuesday. She remained stuck in a third airport on Wednesday in the capital, Jakarta, waiting for a flight home that required buying a new ticket, but said the experience didn’t dampen her feelings about the island.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Yes, still a paradise,” she texted.The volcano’s last major eruption, in 1963, killed about 1,100 people, but it is unclear how bad the current situation might get or how long it could last. A worst-case scenario would involve an explosive eruption that causes the mountain’s cone to collapse.“An analogy would be the twin towers collapsing in New York on 9-11,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University. “You saw people running away from the debris raining down and columns of dust pursuing people down the street. You will not be able to outrun this thing.”Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased at the mountain. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being lifted to the highest level again Monday.Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Groups save more at Sandals Beaches with new ACV promo

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Sandals Resort Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL – Air Canada Vacations and its partner of over 30 years Sandals &Beaches have teamed up to offer an exclusive new group promotion, the likes ofwhich hasn’t been seen since 2013.Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, said that the company “has not put an offerlike this out since 2013” and that it’s a “great opportunity [for agents] to book theirgroup customers into one of Sandals or Beaches’ fabulous properties.”The promotion runs until June 7, 2018 for travel from May 14, 2018 through Dec.20, 2020. Passengers in ever sixth room will fly and stay free (restrictions apply).This offer is valid for all group types including incentive and wedding.In addition, groups booking with ACV and Sandals & Beaches will receive: unlimitedgolf at select resorts; $1,500 Premium wedding perks; $500 future travel credit fortheir next vacation; no deposit wedding for 90 days; free upgrade to Business Classfor the bride and groom; free Island Routes excursion; and the chance to earn10,000 ACV&Me Bonus points, a value of $100 (valid for the first 25 groups only).More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaSandals Resorts can be found in Antigua, Bahamas (two properties), Barbados,Jamaica (seven properties) and Saint Lucia (three properties). Each resort offersbeachfront locations, a choice of à la carte restaurants, premium brand wines andspirits, luxury accommodations, butler service in top-tier suites, water sports, andRed Lane Spas.Beaches Resorts are located in Jamaica (two properties) and Turks & Caicos. Eachresort features land and water sports, anytime gourmet dining and luxurious family-friendly suites. Children of all ages can participate in kids camps, while teens canenjoy video games, the Liquid nightclub and Scratch DJ Academy. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Groups save more at Sandals & Beaches with new ACV promolast_img read more

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An unprecedented start for Jamaica tourism in 2019

first_img MONTEGO BAY — Jamaica’s tourism sector has reported an “unprecedented start” to 2019, with record-breaking arrival figures and earnings.In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, the country has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period. As such, it has generated foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.On reaching this milestone, Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, said: “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the way we market the destination and we have been seeing the dividends. While the March numbers are still preliminary, we are pleased to have achieved this milestone so early in 2019. A big thanks to our various travel partners who have been selling Jamaica and helping us sustain this positive growth.”In addition to record numbers, Jamaica has also been recognized with several accolades this year, including a #14 ranking on the Best Destinations of the World list, and #1 Best Destination in the Caribbean at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Plus, at the Caribbean & North America edition of the World Travel Awards, the destination took home a total of 24 awards including Leading Caribbean Destination, Leading Caribbean Cruise Destination, and for the 13th straight year, the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Tags: Jamaica, Statistics Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by An “unprecedented” start for Jamaica tourism in 2019last_img read more

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The Tico Times releases the most accurate election poll – and predicts

first_img Facebook Comments The Tico Times released Wednesday night — right before election campaigns closed — the most scientific poll of the 2014 campaign season. Our model concludes that National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya and Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta will head to a runoff after this Sunday’s election.Our forecast shows ruling party candidate Araya receiving 31 percent of the vote, Villalta picking up 25.2 percent, Libertarian Movement candidate Otto Guevara getting 19 percent and Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís tallying 14.5 percent.The Tico Times is too small to conduct its own survey. So how did we end up with the guaranteed most accurate poll of the election? It was incredibly simple. We aggregated the data from the other trustworthy public polls out there, and averaged them.It took us 10 minutes of basic arithmetic to develop our forecast. We took the recent polls by UCR and CID-Gallup and a mid-January poll by UNIMER for our data. Aggregate polls, while not necessarily performing better than the best poll, should outdo the typical individual poll.As polling expert Nate Silver explains in “The Signal and the Noise”, his book on probability and predictions:Across a number of disciplines, from macroeconomic forecasting to political polling, simply taking an average of everyone’s forecast rather than relying on just one has been found to reduce forecast error, often by about 15 or 20 percent.That’s it. Now our model isn’t as sophisticated as other election prediction gurus. We’re amateurs, but we feel quite confident that our poll will perform better than the rest. Though it still might not perform all that well.We recognize the limitations with the first ever Tico Times poll. The forecast only had three polls to take data from, and the methodology used by these polls even could affect results. For example, we know that the UCR poll only surveyed people with landlines. Since younger people tend to not have landlines, younger voters might have been surveyed less in the UCR poll. (A move that in recent history might favor left-leaning candidates like Villalta and Solís),So we feel confident in our prediction, though there are some clear limitations. But instead of suppressing our data like one notable publication has done, we’ll explain our analysis and concerns.Let’s start by looking at the third and fourth place candidates.Libertarian Movement candidate Guevara has failed to gain ground during the campaign’s final months. Polls actually have him going backwards after a strong end of 2013. After aggregating the polls, we see Villalta has a better chance of overtaking Araya than Guevara has of surpassing VIllalta and moving into second place.A recent spike for center-left candidate Solís has encouraged his base. The enthusiasm seen from his followers on social media finally started to show in the final week of polling. However, a wide gulf still separates Solís from second place Villalta.Here’s another way to look at it: Araya is closer to earning 40 percent of the vote — which would prevent a run off — than Solís is to surpassing Villalta AND forcing a runoff with Araya.And despite the CID-Gallup poll, putting Araya on the verge of a first round victory it still remains more probable than not that a runoff will be necessary.In 2010 the polls did underestimate the Citizens Action Party candidate. Though in that case, late endorsements likely propelled the 2010 candidate to a strong finish.What about undecided voters? Polls showed a high number of undecided voters — nearing 40 percent of respondents.The Tico Times forecast does NOT include voters who were undecided or said they would not vote for a candidate. One of the main limitations of these Costa Rican surveys is that pollsters did not push undecided voters to indicate if they were leaning toward a candidate.If polls showed that undecided voters leaned toward Solís then that would alter our forecast in his favor. If undecideds leaned toward Araya, he might have a chance to win outright on Feb 2. Unfortunately, our knowledge of undecided voters is blank.Yes, like La Nación speculated, the number of undecided voters could mean the election results could vary widely from polls — but this is unlikely. The odds of even a slim majority breaking for one candidate seem small. Instead, with our lack of knowledge about the undecided voters, it’s best to divide those votes evenly among the candidates.That takes us right back to where we were at the beginning. With four days to go until the elections, our forecast indicates Araya and Villalta as the most likely result on Election Day.We invite you to make your own conclusion. Here is a chart of the 14 polls released since August.Dashboard 1 Learn About Tableau Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote The real communist threat in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s two top political parties agree to runoff presidential debate, with or without candidateslast_img read more

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Costa Rica police seize 170 wild animals from German tourists luggage

first_imgUpdate: A more thorough revision of the animals by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) put the final count of animals at 235 adults and 203 tadpoles. Of the adult animals 184 were frogs, 42 were lizards and 9 were snakes. SINAC also corrected the name of the arrested man. Police previously reported that his last name was Maciej.Original story (with name correction) continues below:San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport is often busy, but it became a zoo on Tuesday when police discovered 170 live animals in the luggage of a passenger headed to Panama.According to police, the 31-year-old German Maciej Oksrora was behaving suspiciously before his check-in at the airport, prompting airport officials to search his bags. Inside, they found frogs, snakes and lizards concealed in plastic bags and take-out food containers. Maciej put lettuce leaves in each of the containers presumably to feed his collection of hungry reptiles and amphibians. The suspect failed to present proper paperwork to transport the animals and was arrested. According to Costa Rican law, Maciej faces fines up to 40 times a monthly salary, or one to three years in prison.He was turned over to the local prosecutor’s office, where the investigation continues. The 31-year-old German planned to check the luggage containing the creatures. (Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry) Facebook Comments Related posts:German tourist busted at Costa Rica airport smuggling 400 animals is released with no fine Caught in the act: After turtle poacher fails to appear in court, police find him returning from another hunt PHOTOS: Authorities seize 442 turtle eggs in 2 days Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists saylast_img read more

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Tico Times Weekly Digest November 12 2018

first_imgIn this week’s episode of the Weekly Digest: hunger is on the rise in Latin America, saving Costa Rica’s smallest primate and more news from ticotimes.net.This week’s Digest was sponsored by Banana Beach in Santa Teresa.Interested in sponsoring the Digest, with the option of a visit from our film crew? Contact kstanley@ticotimes.net.Stories from the episode:Both hunger and obesity increase in Latin America: http://bit.ly/2RN6UrGHelping save Costa Rica’s smallest primate: http://bit.ly/2z5smkJAn interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez: http://bit.ly/2DktHXICosta Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies: http://bit.ly/2T6rbtWTeenage designers steal the show at fashion show: http://bit.ly/2QxVrfrOff the Eaten Path – Cordero’s Bar: http://bit.ly/2T6rnta Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Nov. 5, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 7, 2019last_img read more

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Land reform Paraguays ticking political bomb

first_img Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Pedro Servin and Belen Bogado in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Yet during four years in office, Lugo achieved little meaningful reform.“It’s amazing how that land question again has become the Achilles’ heel of Paraguayan politics and of this government in particular,” said Miguel Carter, a Paraguayan political scientist specializing in South American land issues at American University in Washington. “Symbolically, the fact that this massacre of 17 people triggered this onslaught is telling.”Agriculture keeps the tiny economy of landlocked Paraguay sputtering along. The two largest exports are soy and beef, and the farm sector last year generated nearly 30 percent of the government’s annual revenues of $8 billion.Yet with big agribusiness dominant, the average countryside dweller sees little of that wealth. Between 74,000 and 300,000 people are landless, according to varying estimates. Paraguay is the region’s most unequal in land concentration, trailing countries like Brazil, where land problems are at least cushioned by a more industrialized economy.In Paraguay, the imbalance dates back to around 1870 when the country began unloading terrain to pay off a crippling war debt. The selloff sped up under strongman Gen. Alfredo Stroessner’s 1954-1989 rule, when large agribusiness took hold and 8 million hectares (20 million acres) passed to private buyers, many of them friends of the regime. Associated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Along Avenida Republica in downtown Asuncion stands the gleaming facade of the $20 million Legislative Palace, where well-tailored congressional aides on their cellphones come and go and armed police guard the legislature that just impeached one president and installed another.Across the street, a trash-strewn tent camp dominates a public park where residents of a shantytown scheduled for demolition have been protesting for the last year and a half. Pigs and dogs root in the dirt, as flames lap at the grate of a rudimentary cooking pit. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Lugo gets credit for sincerely wanting to lift the rural poor, and for publicly legitimizing discussion of fishy land transfers. He also funded programs to distribute seeds to poor farmers and teach them about fighting crop disease and raising livestock.But in 2010, just 30,000 titles were granted under land reform, according to Eugenio Alonso, who then oversaw the land agency.The president couldn’t implement land reform quickly because the government didn’t have any land under its control to distribute, said Luis Aguayo, leader of Paraguay’s largest landless movement group with about 60,000 members. “But he was advancing, administratively, to recover terrain controlled by the big landowners.”But at the same time, during Lugo’s administration police launched 300 operations to clear invading protesters from private holdings.Now his successor, former Vice President Federico Franco of the Liberal Party, has to make land reform a central issue of his own foreshortened term, which ends August 2013. Franco on Wednesday ordered the Agriculture Ministry to conduct the national land survey as quickly as possible, saying a solution to Paraguay’s agrarian problem is “long-awaited.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Colorado leader Horacio Cartes denied the impeachment was a power grab, saying his party was motivated by Lugo’s “bad governance.” There is “only one way for the Colorado party to return to power: by winning the 2013 elections,” he said.Only belatedly, after one of Lugo’s appointees was immersed in scandal, did he order a clean-up at the agency responsible for land reform.“The idea was to recover lands that Stroessner fraudulently gave to his friends and families,” said Belarmino Balbuena, leader of the Paraguayan Peasants’ Movement. “That idea couldn’t move forward because the courts put the brakes on any attempt to recover them, in compliance with laws that protect the rich, not the poor.”With a 1.8 percent annual population growth rate, small plots of land can’t sustain large families and the industrial sector is too small to absorb the overspill. So many peasants migrate to construction jobs in places like Buenos Aires, or to shantytowns in Asuncion.“It’s this model of development that has become a curse on Paraguay. It concentrates land, it doesn’t lead the country to industrialization, therefore it creates large segments of the population living in poverty,” said Carter, the American University political scientist. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   The post-Stroessner constitution gives lawmakers wide leeway in checking the president. With weak support in congress against strong conservative opposition, the 61-year-old Lugo apparently never felt confident enough to push comprehensive land reform.He also didn’t keep promises to hold a nationwide survey to untangle an out-of-date land registry in which many titles vastly understate the amount of land controlled by large soy and cattle farms. By some accounts the listed holdings exceed the country’s total square acreage. In some cases, multiple people lay claim to the same land and in others owners have apparently illegally claimed adjacent terrain as their own.Lugo also lost budget battles that could have funded land acquisitions. During his administration, Congress passed Paraguay’s first income tax, but delayed its implementation until 2013, just months before Lugo’s term would have ended. An agreement struck with Brazil to triple the amount of energy it pays for energy from a shared river dam to $360 million annually, but Congress kept tight control of the windfall.Against strong opposition and impeachment talk that swirled long before his recent troubles, Lugo “never was up to tackling what was Paraguay’s biggest social problem,” said Alfredo Boccia Paz, a Paraguayan political columnist. But he acknowledged that “If he had done much more, he probably would have fallen sooner.” The stark contrast tells the story of a divided people living under the same red-white-and-blue-striped flag.In one Paraguay, GDP has risen for three straight years and tony nightclubs and steak dinners are commonplace. In the other Paraguay, comprising more than half of the country’s 6.5 million people, putting food on the table is a daily struggle and home may be a dirt-floor shelter with no electricity, toilets or running water.The political crisis in this South American nation is grounded in the tensions between the landed and the landless, which came into sharp relief June 15 when a clash over disputed property left 17 people dead and provoked the impeachment a week later of President Fernando Lugo.But the roots of the crisis stretch back 140 years, and prevail through an intractable pattern that keeps about 1 percent of the population in control of 77 percent of arable land, while 55 percent of Paraguayans are poor and 31 percent live in extreme poverty by a U.N. count.Paraguay’s poor hoped they had found their savior when Lugo, the bearded and sandal-clad “bishop of the poor,” won the presidency in 2008 on campaign promises to deliver land reform, ending the conservative Colorado Party’s six decades of single-party rule.last_img read more

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Germany France urge closer European unity

first_img Top Stories He denounced vandals who desecrated at least 40 graves of Germans killed in World War I in a military cemetery in Saint-Etienne-a-Arnes in northern France on the eve of Sunday’s meeting.“No dark forces, much less foolish acts, can alter the deep movement of Franco-German friendship,” he said.The reason for the attack, not far from Reims in a region that saw battles in both world wars, was unclear. French authorities were investigating. France sees occasional cemetery vandalism, usually targeting Jewish or Muslim graves.Hollande hailed de Gaulle and Adenauer for “the audacity to imagine a common future after so much pain” and their “greatness” for laying the groundwork for Franco-German friendship that became a basis for the European Union.“Europe can emerge stronger from this crisis,” Merkel said.Hollande, known for his sense of humor, broke the somber mood by joking about the unusually blustery July weather. “It’s weather like this that seals friendships,” he said with a smile.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressREIMS, France (AP) – The desecration of dozens of graves of Germans killed in World War I and buried in a French cemetery clouded a historic meeting Sunday by the leaders of the two nations, who urged Europeans to set aside economic worries and deepen their union.In the medieval cathedral in Reims, France, a city battered by the two world wars, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the 50th anniversary of a meeting between France’s Charles de Gaulle and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer that paved the way for decades of cross-border partnership.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The Reims cathedral where the two leaders attended a special mass was where kings of France were long crowned, and was bombed by German planes in World War I. It was in Reims that Germans signed their surrender to the Allies on May 7, 1945, heralding the end of World War II in Europe.On July 8, 1962, De Gaulle and Adenauer shook hands in a symbolic gesture meant to bury generations of enmity between France and Germany. On Sunday, Merkel and Hollande exchanged kisses on the cheek.Today’s leaders, whose countries are the biggest economies in the eurozone, acknowledged the challenges facing the shared currency as debts in smaller countries have affected the whole region and worry markets worldwide. The conservative Merkel and Socialist Hollande disagree on some key issues raised in seeking solutions to the crisis, including sharing debts across the eurozone.“The economic union … appears not to be strong enough,” Merkel said, urging Europeans to “complete the economic and monetary union on a political level.”Hollande insisted that the French could keep some of their cherished national sovereignty but said the current crisis should push Europeans to speed up integration and force a “new start” for European unity.last_img read more

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73 people arrested for recent Ivory Coast attacks

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Prosecutor Ange B. Kessi Kouame said on Thursday that 149 people had been detained in response to the attacks, though 76 were released after the investigation. He said the 19 soldiers faced charges including murder, violating state security and disturbing public order, and that their trial would start on Sept. 6.(Copyright 2012 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 ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast’s military prosecutor says that 73 people, including 19 soldiers, have been detained in connection with a recent spate of attacks on military positions in the West African nation.Gunmen have carried out seven attacks against the military so far this month, killing at least 12 soldiers and one civilian. Officials blamed the attacks on loyalists of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to leave office after losing the 2010 election dragged the country into near-civil war. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories last_img read more

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Myanmar general turned democracy backer dies at 93

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix He was imprisoned in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s for his continuing criticism. But his open letters to Ne Win about economic reform were a catalyst for the discontent that led to the failed 1988 mass pro-democracy uprising that toppled his former superior.He became chairman of the National League for Democracy party which he joined Aung San Suu Kyi in founding at the height of the 1988 unrest. However, he resigned shortly afterward, alleging communist influence in the party. He founded his own party, but it won just a single seat in the abortive 1990 election.Despite a conciliatory nature, he found himself at odds with many in Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement because of his never-discarded personal loyalty to Ne Win and the army as an institution.He is survived by his wife and four adult children.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Aung Gyi, a senior army officer who served briefly in Myanmar’s post-coup military junta but later became a founder of the country’s pro-democracy movement, died Thursday at age 93.His family says he died from cardiac arrest.Brig. Gen. Aung Gyi was army number No. 2 and then also served in the second position in the junta set up after commanding Gen. Ne Win seized power in a 1962 coup. However, his public comments about the coup and economic policies caused his ouster in 1963. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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Suicide bombers attack restaurant in Somalia

first_imgMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – A police official says a security guard died while fending off suicide bombers who were trying to storm into a popular Mogadishu restaurant.Yusuf Abdi said Saturday that security guards at the gate of The Village restaurant shot at the two suicide bomber who tried to enter without going through the security check.Abdi said the bombers detonated their explosives killing one guard. The blast shattered the restaurant’s glass windows and punctured the tires of luxury cars parked outside. The attack was likely carried out by the Islamist extremist rebels of al-Shabab which has been fighting the Somali government for nearly five years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaida affiliated group out of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the rebels continue to carry out suicide attacks in the capital.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Thailands king leaves hospital after 4 years

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories BANGKOK (AP) – Thailand’s 85-year-old king on Thursday left the Bangkok hospital where he lived for the past four years and returned to his seaside palace with the queen.King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit traveled by car to Klai Kangwon Palace in the town of Hua Hin, where they lived before the world’s longest-reigning monarch was hospitalized with lung inflammation in September 2009.Tens of thousands of well-wishers gathered in front of Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital to see the widely revered Bhumibol off. Sitting in a Volkswagen van, the king looked fresh in his patterned shirt and salmon-colored suit. The queen was wearing a bright blue top and a pearl necklace. Both waved eagerly to the crowds of people who waved pictures of the king, as well as the Thai and royal flags.“As a Thai, I’m here today to see him off,” said Poranee Sunasuan, a 39-year-old officer worker from Bangkok. “I feel so good that I can’t describe into words. I’m really happy to be here.”Throngs of Thais also welcomed the king near the royal residence in Hua Hin, a seaside town in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Bangkok.The palace has not indicated whether the king’s move will be permanent.Bhumibol has had a variety of ailments and almost disappeared from public life after being hospitalized for what the palace called a lung inflammation. He made only rare day trips, always in a wheelchair.The 80-year-old queen was admitted to the same hospital last year after the palace said she experienced dizziness and staggered slightly while walking for exercise.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Magnitude61 earthquake hits Indonesia

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has been recorded in Indonesia.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has no warning in effect.The Geological Survey report says the quake hit 197 miles (318 kilometers) east of Dili, East Timor, just after 1730 GMT.The quake’s depth was recorded at 11 miles (18 kilometers).Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top Stories (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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GOP trade chief will yield to Dems on jobs program funding

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s top Republican on trade says he’s willing to concede to Democrats on a key jobs program.Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says the jobs program can be funded without cutting Medicare’s budget. cbcThe concession could make it easier for House Democrats to back the president’s trade agenda.At issue is Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program in the trade package that helps workers displaced by trade agreements. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Democrats reacted angrily to a Senate-passed bill that would partly pay for the program by cutting Medicare.Ryan says there are plenty of other ways to pay for the program and says he thinks the House can resolve it without sending the bill back to the Senate.Ryan chairs the Ways and Means Committee.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Oranges pullout from Israel gives lift to boycott movement

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — French telecom giant Orange SA’s declaration that it wants to cut business ties with Israel has given a boost to the burgeoning anti-Israel boycott movement while also drawing a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.The move bodes poorly for Israel at a time of growing international anger over its West Bank settlements and could potentially put almost any Israeli company in the crosshairs of the boycott campaign. It also has illustrated just how deeply intertwined Israeli settlements are with the rest of the country. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday that Washington would continue to oppose “inappropriate one-sided criticism against Israel.” But he said this job would be harder to do because peace negotiations are not taking place.“Talks were always the most effective tool to beat these efforts,” he said. “So if we don’t have any talks now, and most of the world doesn’t think they will take place anytime soon, how can we fight boycott, sanctions and delegitimization, and how can we keep two state solution realistic?”___Associated Press writers Daniel Estrin and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.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 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches With Richard’s comments, Orange appeared to becoming the largest and best-known company to yield to pressure from a global movement calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.Israeli officials say the so-called BDS movement is not out to promote peace, but instead aims to “delegitimize” the country’s very existence as a Jewish state. They point to the grassroots BDS movement’s support for millions of Palestinian refugees to return to ancestors’ homes in what is now Israel. Israel rejects the “right of return,” saying it would end the country’s character as a Jewish and democratic state.In a statement issued in Paris, Orange said it sought to clarify that it wants to pull out of Israel for business reasons, not political ones.The company said it doesn’t want to maintain a presence in countries where Orange itself is not a phone provider, and that the move is “in conformity with its brand policy.” Orange said it “has no reason to take part … in a debate of a political nature.”Other Israeli officials also denounced Richard’s comments.Culture Minister Miri Regev called on the French government to “show zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.” She also urged Jewish customers of Orange in France and around the world to drop their service and switch carriers. But virtually any Israeli company could come under scrutiny. Israeli banks, for instance, have branches in settlements and lend mortgages to residents. Israeli gas stations and supermarkets operate in settlements, and every major company is likely to employ someone who lives in a settlement.Isaac Benbenisti, the incoming chief executive of Partner Communications, said he was “outraged” by Orange’s decision. “The story is not a story about Partner and Orange. The story is a story about the state of Israel that is under a worldwide attack, mainly in western Europe, by sources that want to hurt us,” he told The Associated Press.As Netanyahu faces growing pressure to re-launch peace talks, he must now also search for a formula that can address the world’s anger over the settlements while keeping his new government intact. The narrow coalition is dominated by pro-settler hardliners who oppose Palestinian independence.Since winning re-election, the Israeli leader has tried to backtrack on a campaign statement that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch. Earlier this week he renewed a call to restart peace talks without any preconditions. But so far, few leaders appear to be taking him seriously. In an Israeli TV interview, President Barack Obama said the international community remains skeptical. Netanyahu responded angrily on Thursday, calling on “the French government to publicly repudiate the miserable statement and miserable action by a company that is under its partial ownership.”The remarks came a day after Orange’s chief executive Stephane Richard said he would end his company’s relationship with Partner Communications Ltd. “tomorrow” if he could, but that he was bound by a contract for the time being. He cited the company’s sensitivity to Arab countries. Partner licenses the Orange brand name in Israel.Richard’s announcement caused uproar in Israel.“The absurd drama in which the democracy that observes human rights — the state of Israel — and which defends itself from barrages of missiles and terrorist tunnels, and then absorbs automatic condemnations and attempted boycotts, this absurd drama will not be forgiven,” Netanyahu also said.Pro-Palestinian activists in France have been pushing for Orange to end the relationship over Partner’s activities in Israeli settlements. The settlements, built on land the Palestinians want for a future state, are seen as illegitimate by the international community. “The boycotters of Israel are not looking … to partition the land of Israel, but to erase the state of Israel,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said this week. “This is anti-Semitism under a new guise.”The BDS gains have accompanied an official Palestinian campaign of targeting Israel in international institutions like the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Last week, Israel fended off a Palestinian attempt to kick it out of the global soccer body FIFA.The Palestinians say such tactics are necessary after more than 20 years of failed peace efforts. The Palestinians claim the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — for their state. With more than 550,000 Israelis now living in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, they say that time is running out for a two-state solution.“The Israeli reaction to the boycott movement means that our political movement began to affect them and to scare them,” said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official.Partner was targeted because it keeps communications equipment in the West Bank that serve Jewish settlers. It also “sponsored” Israeli military units that took part in last year’s Gaza war by giving soldiers discounted service. Many local companies have similar partnerships in Israel, where military service is mandatory. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The French government, which did not immediately comment on Richard’s announcement, has good relations with Israel and accusations of anti-Semitism are a sensitive issue — especially in the wake of attacks by Islamic radicals who killed 17 people in a kosher supermarket and a satirical newspaper in January. France is home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities and has sought to maintain good ties with Israel’s government as well as Arab allies.At the same time, the BDS movement has been active in France, and staged a protest at Orange’s annual shareholder meeting last month. Activists have also called attention to activities in Israel of French companies Danone, L’Oreal, hotel chain Accor and energy company Veolia.Orange, one of the world’s largest telecom companies, provides mobile phone services in about 30 countries. It says it has about 200 million customers worldwide, and declared revenue last year of 39 billion euros ($44 billion). The French government holds a roughly 13.5 percent stake in Orange.The BDS movement has been showing increasing signs of traction. Several high profile artists have canceled performances in Israel and the movement has also become increasingly popular on U.S. college campuses. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Nun who took on Mother Teresas India charity mission dies

first_img KOLKATA, India (AP) — The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity said, but did not give more details about the cause of her death.She was selected to lead the Roman Catholic charity six months before the death of its founder, Mother Teresa, in 1997. She remained its leader, or Superior General, until stepping down in 2009. That year, she also received India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in honor of her service to the nation. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too People pay tribute as the body of Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa, as the head of Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by the later is kept at the St.John’s Church in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The 81 years old nun died in Kolkata early Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Bikas Das) She was born to Hindu parents in 1934 in the northern Indian city of Ranchi, now the capital of the state of Jharkhand, before India had gained independence from the British Empire. She reportedly converted to Roman Catholicism after being educated by Christian missionaries and learning of Mother Teresa’s work.Indian politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi praised her work for the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata, where the charity is based.“Sister Nirmala’s life was devoted to service, caring for the poor and underprivileged,” Modi said in a statement, adding that he was “saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.”West Bengal’s highest elected official, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said in a Twitter message that “Kolkata and the world will miss her.”A funeral was planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the charity’s Kolkata headquarters, called the Mother House.Mother Teresa received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her charity work and is considered a candidate for Catholic sainthood.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Australia says Vietnamese asylum seekers could be sent home

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Comments   Share   The Western Australian state government on Tuesday confirmed that a police boat intercepted the asylum seekers at sea and watched over them until a navy ship arrived.Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton would release no details of the asylum seekers or their circumstances on Wednesday, citing a government policy of secrecy surrounding its responses to such boat arrivals.But he said his government would strike a second diplomatic deal this year with Vietnam to send Vietnamese boat arrivals home if they prove not to be genuine refugees.“If it is safe to do so and we have met our international obligations and we don’t owe people protection, then those people will go back to their country of origin,” Dutton told reporters.“People who seek an economic outcome are not true refugees and just because somebody is on a boat does not mean that they are a refugee,” he added.Rights groups complained that Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam in April.United Nations refugee agency questioned whether refugee applications can be properly judged at sea. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Doan Viet Trung, a member of the human rights group Voice Australia, said the mother of a 16-year-old boy among the latest asylum seekers had told him from Vietnam that around 45 people were aboard the boat. They left Binh Thuan province on July 2 on their 5,200 kilometer (3,200 mile) voyage to Australia.Doan said he did not know the detail of their refugee claims. But the asylum seekers included fishermen whose boat had been sunk by the Chinese near the disputed islands. The 11 fishermen were rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat, he said.The fishermen had requested Vietnamese government protection to return to the Spratlys, but none was offered, Doan said.Voice Australia has called for the Vietnamese refugee claims to be process on mainland Australia rather than at sea.Asylum seeker boat arrivals from Southeast Asia have all but halted since in the past two years since the government began turning back boats and refusing to resettle people who pay smugglers to bring them to Australian shores.Asylum seekers who are not turned back are usually sent to detention camps run by Australia on the Pacific island nations of Nauru or Papua New Guinea.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Wednesday that a boat carrying dozens of Vietnamese asylum seekers intercepted close to the northwest coast could be sent back to Vietnam.Some fled Vietnam after their fishing boat was sunk by the Chinese navy near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a refugee advocate said.A wooden boat carrying men, women and children was spotted by the crew of an oil tanker on Monday within Australia’s offshore oil and gas fields off the northwestern port of Dampier. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Not happy Boeing I want my aeroplanes earlier Qatar CEO

first_imgSpeaking candidly on British television last week Akbar al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, expressed his displeasure over the delays over at Boeing as well as the manufacturer’s treatment of clients.Currently Qatar Airways has firm orders for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and options for 30 more, and with a delay of two and a half years, the carrier won’t see its first Dreamliner until at least the end of 2011.“We gave them an ultimatum to accept our conditions because of the continuous delays that they’ve been having and I had to put them on notice,” said Mr Al Baker to the BBC’s HARDtalk program.“My ultimate to them was because I want my aeroplanes earlier than they were wanting to give.  And we had prepared a termination notice to them if they wouldn’t have met our requirements.”He adds that Boeing did eventually meet the carrier’s new requirements and had agreed on a delivery schedule that was “convenient” for Qatar.But threatens, “If it slips… I’ll cancel the order.”“If this is the way they treat customers, as they tried to treat us but were not successful, they will not only lose me but they will lose others too.”One of the fastest growing carriers in the world at the moment, Qatar flies with a fleet of 72 aircraft and has orders for over 150 more. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1e0de/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Hawaiian Airlines accelerate purchase from Airbus

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hawaiian Airlines have accelerated the delivery of an Airbus A330-200 by two years to assist with plans for new international routes to Asia.The airliner set to arrive in the second quarter 2013 was pushed forward to fourth quarter 2011, as Hawaiian Airlines prepare nonstop flights between Honolulu and Tokyo, Japan and South Korea.  “Having recently announced new service to Asian and recognise that further opportunities for new flights may develop in the next year we have been fortunate to be able to accelerate the delivery of one of our A330’s on very short notice,”  Hawaiian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dunkerley said. The airline is due to receive ten new airlines over the next four years with two already in use since June for flights between Hawaii and Los Angeles.Hawaiian Airlines said the A330-200 was selected because the airliner carries 294 passengers and is equipped for “longer operating range allowing flights from Hawaii to Eastern Asian and North America”. Until 2011 Hawaiian Airlines will continue using the B767 aircraft seating 264 passengers.last_img read more

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Rail Plus boosts agents commission

first_imgRail Plus on the right track Rail Plus will offer Australian travel agents booking The Ghan, Indian Pacific, The Overland and The Southern Spirit more base commission, the company has announced. A booking on one of the four Great Southern Rail journeys will now earn agents a ten per cent commission, an increase of three per cent on the previous rate. According to Rail Plus national sales and marketing manager Greg McCallum, the move reflects the growing importance the company places on domestic rail journeys. “Last year Rail Plus saw the number of Australian passengers experiencing a local rail adventure grow by 10 per cent,” Mr Callum said. “This year we expect that figure to increase even more dramatically.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Centre Serves Up Gold Medal High Tea

first_imgThe Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre’s inspired high tea has won gold at the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge in Sydney.The Centre was one of only two venues to be given a gold award after brewing up a storm against some of the city’s best-known high tea establishments in last week’s New South Wales challenge.Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said the Centre prided itself on the high tea served in its waterfront Bayside Lounge, which was recently ranked one of Sydney’s top 10 high tea offerings by Time Out magazine.“It’s wonderful to see our culinary team’s creativity and flair earn them gold in this competition,” Mr van Amerongen said.Centre Executive Chef Uwe Habermehl and Sommelier William Wilson created a delicious high tea for the Challenge, consisting of four different Dilmah tea drinks and a range of sweet and savoury offerings, such as peach tea and pumpkin macaron with leatherwood honey filling, served with Dilmah Berry Sensation iced tea made with sparkling rain water. Source = Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre High Tealast_img read more

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New Zealand Rugby spurs arrival growth

first_imgNew Zealand welcomed a 26 percent increase in International arrivals for the month of September year on year, resulting in a positive start to the spring tourism season.Recent statistics New Zealand figures found that 74,355 of September arrivals visited New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011, more than a third of all arrivals for the month.The significant 26 percent increase for the month of September resulted from traditional rugby unions including France, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Argentina.Tourism New Zealand arrival forecast for the Rugby World Cup indicated a total of 95,000 visitors, despite the total number of visitors for the event standing at around 80,000 the final total won’t be known until data for October has been collected. The statistics also revealed in the year ending September 2011, 2,548,094 international visitors arrived in New Zealand, 1.2 per cent up from the same period last year.Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said that clearly the September growth is due to the rugby, however growth out of Singapore up 66 per cent), Malaysia up 36.7 per cent) and China up 7.6 per cent displays the importance of the long-term destination game.“This is a fantastic result for the Rugby World Cup 2011and is well worth celebrating,”  Mr Bowler said.“Growth figures out of Asia this month demonstrate that Tourism New Zealand’s international partnerships and marketing campaigns, along with increases in airline capacity from Jetstar Asia and Air Asia X, are continuing to achieve success,”Mr Bowler said monthly increases from China have remained constant and expects to see this market increase in the months ahead with China Southern Airlines increasing flight frequency from three times per week to daily from next month. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Growing Asian market calls for more seats

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Qantas announcing its plans to operate A380 services to and from Hong Kong acknowledges that Asian markets are vital to the Australian tourism industry, said Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Felicia Mariani.Recent data has indicated a 22 percent growth in the China market over the last 12 months and the decision to commence A380 services to and from Hong Kong next year is a “great investment” for tourism, Ms Mariani said.“The A380 service will not only provide a premium airline offering to a highly discerning market, but it will also add around 20,000 seats a year to this important route from Asia,” Ms Mariani said.Ms Mariani explains with the airline currently operating 12, A380’s in their fleet, Australia will from the 15th January next year be in a good position to embark on fierce global competition.“These new services will provide additional capacity on key growth routes for Australia in the all-important Eastern markets.  In addition, this new capacity provides daily direct services from Melbourne to London (via Singapore) and Melbourne to Los Angeles.”Ms Mariani added these direct daily flights from Melbourne along with the increased capacity announced by Qantas for the Sydney/Dallas route shows there is demand from these markets.“The increased capacity will allow us to respond with competitive airfares and easy access to our destination.”Ms Mariani said despite the recent slowdown from markets like North America and the UK reported for the middle of this year, there was still over 450,000 visitors from the United States and 615,000 visitors from the UK arriving into Australia.The role for the Industry now is to leverage these new opportunities and turn the interest and awareness to travel to Australia into visitation, Ms Mariani added.last_img read more

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JTB Corp acquires Tour East Group

first_imgJapan travel specialist, JTB Corp. has announced the acquisition of Tour East Group from Holiday Tours and Travel, the group’s main shareholder.The move comes in an effort to enhance the development of Inbound Business within the Asia Pacific Region by acquiring the group in five different countries and will give Japan’s largest tour operator control over the entire Tour East operation in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, where Qantas is a share holder.The Thailand arm of Tour East was not purchased due to the 51 percent rule on local ownership preventing the sale, although negotiations are underway.“The agreed acquisition with JTB will put Tour East on the path to further expansion and growth, as JTB’s brand and reputation will enable Tour East to enhance its business proposition to customers through enhanced global reach, technology, and more comprehensive products and service offerings,” Tour East said.JTB Corp. says it is driving the global strategy to strengthen the inbound business infrastructure by taking this opportunity, in order to obtain the expanding international tourist arrival numbers through promoting the global inbound business strategy for the Asia Pacific Region.According to JBT Corp., the details of the business development after completion of the acquisition are as follows:–          JBT Corp., will enhance the Inbound Business Platform within the Asia Pacific Region with the Tour East brand–          JTB Corp. will enhance the product development and distribution at each destination.–          JTB Corp. will enhance the purchasing and procurement power by combining the quantity handled by JTB Group and Tour East Group.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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The Mountain Collective announces Thredbo as first international partn

first_imgThe Mountain Collective announces Thredbo as first international partner resortThredbo, Australia’s premier snow resort, has today been announced as the first full international partner of the Mountain Collective, a collaboration of 16 of the best independent ski resorts in North America; including iconic destinations Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, AltaSnowbird, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and now Thredbo.The news is perfect timing for Australian skiers and snowboarders looking forward to the upcoming Australian winter who also have an eye on skiing in North America during the 15/16 snow season. The Mountain Collective offers the ultimate flexibility for customers to take advantage of great local conditions and overseas trips.“We are thrilled to have been invited to join the Mountain Collective as the first international member of this collection of North America’s most impressive destination ski resorts. Among Mountain Collective’s criteria for membership, is to be the best in breed in our destination so to have the endorsement of some of the best global ski brands underpins Thredbo’s positioning in the Australian market. Thredbo’s membership delivers great value for our premium season pass holders, many of whom ski in the northern hemisphere in our summer and will hopefully introduce more skiers and snowboarders to Thredbo’s slopes by virtue of the complimentary days on offer to Mountain Collective pass holders” said Thredbo General Manager, Jordan Rodgers.“Thredbo is widely considered to be the finest mountain resort in Australia and their customer base aligns well with the other leading destinations in the Mountain Collective. Expanding our presence in key global markets, such as Sydney, with strong partners like Thredbo ultimately benefits skiers and riders in Australia,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company.For further information, visit www.thredbo.com.auSource = Thredbolast_img read more

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Gender diversity starts with culture says IHG

first_imgIHG Future Leaders intake for 2016It’s a corporate Australia-wide issue that representation of females in leadership is far exceeded by their male counterparts.Whilst the hospitality industry is not immune from the challenge, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) is investing in company culture to build a more sustainable model for gender diversity into the future.IHG COO Australasia & Japan, Karin Sheppard – the most senior authority in the region and a product of IHG’s global opportunities having held senior roles in the Middle East, Asia and Europe – acknowledges the gender gap in management level, particularly hotel general managers.Karin Sheppard, IHG COO Australasia & Japan“This is an industry-wide challenge; to create a more diverse workplace and encourage more females into general manager roles,” Ms Sheppard said.“It can be difficult to balance commercial realities with contemporary life – women often take time out from their career for family responsibilities, but it is the responsibility of employers to adapt and create an environment and culture that acknowledges these considerations.”IHG have implemented the most generous paid parental leave in the hospitality industry in Australia offering six weeks paid leave after two years employment which is increases to 12 weeks as tenure grows – valid across 80% of its hotels and at corporate office level. As a result around 95% of women return to IHG after parental leave.“There is an even gender representation on the AMEA Regional Operating Committee which Australia and New Zealand forms part of, with similar levels in my local leadership teams,” Ms Sheppard said.“This year we had a very encouraging 70% intake of women in our Future Leaders program which identifies high potential talent – all of which have expressed a desire to become General Managers in the future.”The 2015 Workplace Gender Equality report indicated that IHG’s gender pay gap is lower than both organisations of the same size and the accommodation/food service sector overall.Despite the progress Ms Sheppard believes there is more to be done.“As we mark International Women’s Day it is important to celebrate some of the significant progress made to date.  Our aspiration is to create a culture that embraces diversity at all levels of the organisation and we remain committed to achieving this,” she said.IHG are set to open over ten hotels over the next three years in Australasia and in a competitive environment for sourcing talent, the company is focused on investment in its employees.“A strong diversity agenda is critical to the continued success of our business, as we seek to attract the strongest pool of talent to sustain the growth expected in this region,” she said. InterContinental Hotels GroupSource = InterContinental Hotels Grouplast_img read more

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Emirates goes all A380 to Manchester adjusts A380 schedule to Birming

first_imgEmirates goes all A380 to Manchester; adjusts A380 schedule to BirminghamEmirates goes all A380 to Manchester; adjusts A380 schedule to BirminghamEmirates announced an 11% capacity increase to Manchester with the deployment of a third daily A380 on the route. As of 1st January 2017, the replacement of the Boeing 777-300ER will mean that all Emirates flights to Manchester will be operated by the iconic double decker aircraft. The airline also unveiled plans to swap its current A380 service at Birmingham from the morning to the afternoon departure slot, in order to offer customers even more connections beyond Dubai to other Emirates A380 destinations – ensuring a seamless “A380 to A380” experience.Thanks to the new aircraft deployment, Emirates will offer 2,198 additional weekly seats on the route, enabling further business and leisure travel between Dubai and Manchester. The airline also expects to break the symbolic mark of one million passengers carried on the route for this financial year, attesting to the growing demand in the market. With a total of 517 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, the aircraft features 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 427 spacious seats in Economy Class.First and Business Class passengers on the Emirates A380 can spend time during their flight relaxing or networking in the renowned Onboard Lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft. Those in First Class can enjoy the exclusive use of the on-board shower spas to refresh during flights. Premium customers are offered complimentary chauffeur drive to and from Manchester Airport, lounge access and priority check-in. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to free Wi-Fi and over 2,500 channels of films, TV shows, music and games, through Emirates’ ice Digital Widescreen, which was recently named the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards.Manchester has been an important destination for Emirates over the last 25 years and the second route launched into the UK after London Gatwick. With 21 weekly flights, Emirates enables convenient and seamless connections to popular destinations such as Bangkok, Perth, Singapore, Mumbai and across Emirates’ global network of over 150 destinations. Flight EK21 will depart from Dubai at 0300hrs and arrive in Manchester at 0700hrs. The return flight EK22 will depart from Manchester at 0845, with a 1945hrs arrival time in Dubai.Emirates is also adjusting its A380 schedule to Birmingham in order to enable even more convenient A380 to A380 connections via its hub in Dubai. As of 1st January 2017, the A380 will operate flights EK37/38 instead of flights EK39/40 as it currently does. Leaving Birmingham at 2045hrs, EK38 arrives in Dubai at 0740hrs; while EK37 departs from Dubai at 1450hrs to arrive in Birmingham at 1845hrs. The A380 service to Birmingham will continue to operate with a two-class configuration aircraft, offering 615 seats in total. Passengers travelling to other destinations across the UK can also take advantage of Emirates’ codeshare agreement with FlyBe. Emiratesbook your flights hereSource = Emirateslast_img read more

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Manly Beach named Australias top beach

first_imgBeachfront best value hotel nearby: QT Bondi, from $317 per night on TripAdvisor6. Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLDStretching over four miles of white sand and glistening water, reviewers say Four Mile Beach is “one of the most iconic beaches in tropical north Queensland”. Travellers can expect warm waters, tropical weather and a coastline fringed with palm trees at the main beach of Port Douglas. Swimmers are advised to stay within the netted area which keeps the section of the beach free of sharks, crocodiles and jellyfish. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Quest Manly, from $261 per night on TripAdvisor2. Surfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLDSurfer’s Paradise Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic and visited tourist attraction, known for its “crystal clear waters” and “great sandy beach”. Reviewers recommend it as a picnic spot and taking a stroll down the esplanade for the magnificent city skylines. Vigilant lifeguards keep the beach safe and ensure that beach-goers swim within the safe zones. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, from $376 per night on TripAdvisor5. Seven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Firefly Beach Cottages, from $85 per night on TripAdvisor9. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Compass Point Dive Resort, from $315 per night on TripAdvisor6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peppers Soul, from $326 per night on TripAdvisor3. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLDStretching over seven kilometres, Whitehaven beach is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. The beach gives a whole new meaning to soft, white sandy beach with 98 percent pure white silica sands, making it “one of the purest in the world”. Travellers highly recommend making a climb up to the Hill Inlet lookout for views of “swirls of pure white sand, crystal turquoise water and little islands of coral reefs around it”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Pier House 60 Marina Hotel, from $370 per night on TripAdvisor8. Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, from $175 per night on TripAdvisor8. Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLDMooloolaba Beach is the one of the safest of the Sunshine Coast beaches as its north-facing location ensures near-perfect and safe water conditions all year round. The gentle waves makes the “beautiful and clean” beach popular for swimming, boogie boards and body surfing. A favourite among families, the rock pools along the beach have “all sorts of interesting creatures for children to observe safely”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Beco de Noronha Pousada, from $375 per night on TripAdvisor3. Varadero Beach – Varadero, CubaTripAdvisor is unable to offer information about accommodations in Cuba at this time, due to restrictions on travel to Cuba.4. Eagle Beach – Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Burleigh Mediterranean Resort, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor10. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, WAExperience “turquoise waters and white sand” at Turquoise Bay, one of Western Australia’s most beautiful beaches. The beach is within metres of the renowned Ningaloo Reef making it the perfect spot for snorkelling amongst a rich biodiversity of marine life including “colourful corals and fishes, octopuses and see turtles.” The bay is also popular for drift snorkelling, where beachgoers swim out to the reef on the southern end of the beach and let the current wash them north to the sand bar.Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, from $163 per night on TripAdvisorTop 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in the World:1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peninsula Boutique Hotel, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor7. Cable Beach – Broome, WACable Beach is said to be “one of the most scenic beaches in the world”, with its rich red ochre dunes, white sand and clear turquoise waters. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, the beach remains relatively uncrowded even during the peak season between May and October. A “must-do on everyone’s bucket list”, travellers can relax over beers whilst watching the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Ports of Call Resort, from $341 per night on TripAdvisor2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, from $217 per night on TripAdvisor7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Netanya Noosa, from $342 per night on TripAdvisor5. Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSWWorld-renowned Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, located just eight kilometres or a short bus ride away from the city centre. Visitors to Sydney’s famous eastern shoreline will be delighted with Bondi’s “lovely sweeping curve”, “mesmerising waves” and lively sun seekers. Travellers recommend going on a coastal walk from Bondi to Congee to be “rewarded with great scenery and a pleasant walk”. Manly Beach named Australia’s top beachManly Beach named Australia’s top beachTripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Beaches in Australia and the world.For the first time, Sydneysiders’ favourite Manly Beach took the #1 spot in Australia whilst six beaches in Queensland made it into the Australia top 10 list. Globally, the gorgeous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos was rated as the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers.“There are few things that Australians love more than a day out at the beach and for those planning a beachside getaway before summer officially comes to a close, TripAdvisor has identified the top award-winning beaches across Australia,” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “We have also listed top-rated nearby great value hotels that will enable travellers to enjoy a fantastic beachfront holiday.”Member for Manly James Griffin said this accolade is well-deserved recognition for what is now officially Australia’s best beach. “Manly is loved by locals and visitors from across the globe so it’s no surprise to see our beach named the number one beach in the country, thanks to its stunning coastline, waterside bars and restaurants, picturesque walking tracks and direct access by ferry from Sydney’s CBD,” Mr Griffin said.“Manly attracts around 2.3 million visitors each year and with the inaugural Vissla Sydney Surf Pro kicking-off this weekend, now is the perfect time to visit our beautiful beachside suburbs.”Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Australia:(Excerpts in quotes below from TripAdvisor reviewers)1. Manly Beach – Sydney, NSWComing in first is nothing new to Manly Beach – it was first beach in Australia to allow daylight swimming in 1903, hosted the world’s earliest surfing championship back in 1964 and now taking the number one spot. Reviewers say it’s a “must-see” when in Sydney and travellers can take the ferry service from Circular Quay and spend the afternoon taking in the “breath-taking” views or strolling along Corso, for plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort, from $191 per night on TripAdvisor9. Burleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLDLocated on the Southern end of Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is famous for its “perfect” surfing conditions and laid back Australian atmosphere. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the beach is a great spot for swimming in protected waters. It is also close to Burleigh Head National Park, where travellers can “spot some wildlife and capture great scenic shots of the coastline”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island, from $304 per night on TripAdvisor4. Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLDHome to one of Noosa’s best surf locations, Noosa Main Beach is “great for first time surfers” thanks to its “gentle waves and plenty of life savers”. As one of the very few beaches along Australia’s eastern coastline that faces north, the waters are warm and calm most of the year around. Travellers can head to the nearby Hasting Street, a vibrant area with cafes, bars and restaurants, after a day of relaxation under the sun. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Ocean Blue & Sand, from $257 per night on TripAdvisor10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Hotel Bucaneros Hotel & Suites, from $114 per night on TripAdvisorTripAdvisor has awarded 355 beaches overall, including the top 25 in the world and local lists for Asia, Europe, Africa, South Pacific, South America, Middle East, Caribbean, Central America, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice Beach award-winners for 2018, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveller photos, visit www.TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches Travellers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravellersChoice.Source = TripAdvisorlast_img read more

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Cunard launches new holistic spa concept

first_imgCunard launches new holistic spa conceptCunard has announced the launch of its brand new holistic spa concept Mareel, inspired by the ocean and seamlessly blending natural beauty and timeless luxury.Co-created by Cunard and wellness trailblazer Canyon Ranch, Mareel Wellness & Beauty will launch exclusively onboard the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December, closely followed by Queen Victoria later in the month and onboard Queen Mary 2 from November 2020.Australian travellers will be among the first to experience the new Mareel spa, with Queen Elizabeth arriving Down Under in early February 2019 for a record 54-day season in local waters.The word ‘Mareel’ is from old Norse language meaning ‘phosphorescence of the ocean’. This description of glowing light from the sea perfectly reflects Cunard’s new ocean inspired wellness and beauty experiences that will leave guests feeling radiant, from the inside out.Mareel will offer a new luxury space decorated in hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm where guests can soak up the transformational power of the oceans.New facilities offered by Mareel onboard Queen Elizabeth will include:A couples suite for seaweed bathing ritualsA meditation room with acoustic resonance loungersA reconfigured multifunctional fitness centre and studio spaceSound therapy facilities in every treatment roomWhile Cunard sets the standard in maritime luxury, the spa and wellness treatments and expertise will be offered in partnership with Canyon Ranch, with a new and extended spa treatment menu featuring mineral-rich seawater and marine based experiences to transform and heal.Luxury products used within the Mareel spa have all been selected to offer the very best and meet socially responsible production techniques, with organic treatments featuring ingredients that are sustainably harvested, wild-picked, biodynamic and toxin-free.The signature treatment of the Mareel spa is ‘Ocean Discovery’, offering the option to combine up to five treatments, or select individual 30 minute treatments if preferred.  Using luxurious marine based products from VOYA which are sustainably harvested from Western Ireland, Ocean Discovery aims to leave guests feeling revitalised and illuminated from the glow of the ocean.Extending the offering of Mareel beyond the spa space, enhanced wellness experiences will also be offered across the ship’s daily activity program including stretch and meditation films on stateroom TVs every morning, wellness seminars, and activities on deck such as dance and open air yoga.The new Mareel Wellness & Beauty experience is just one offering following a refurbishment of Queen Elizabeth during a two-week period in dry dock in Brest, France.  In addition to the new Mareel spa, many of the guest public areas have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre has had a complete technical overhaul and several public rooms, bars and lounges have also been refitted with new carpets. Outside on deck there is new furniture and the aft sun deck has a new layout.  Finally a fresh shopping experience has been created in The Royal Arcade.Cunard Vice President Marketing Angus Struthers commented: “We are delighted to share news of Mareel Wellness & Beauty, Cunard’s first ever own spa concept.  Wellbeing is key to life, and feeling relaxed in mind and body is an important part of any holiday, and we are thrilled to offer such a luxurious spa at sea for our guests.”2019 is an important year for Queen Elizabeth.  January 3 will see her set sail from Southampton to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa.  She will be based in Australia until March 30 2019, then depart for Tokyo, Japan for two voyages exploring the cultural delights of the islands. On May 5 she will start a transpacific voyage to relocate to Alaska for a maiden season until June 30, 2019. Queen Elizabeth will then head back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.For more information and to book, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 13 24 41 or visit www.cunard.comSource = Cunardlast_img read more

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India signs bullet train deal with Japan

first_imgIndia has signed an agreement with Japan for the development of its high-speed rail network. The deal was formalised during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day state visit to India which also yielded deeper defense ties and a plan for civil nuclear cooperation.Under the terms of the agreement, Japan will support the development of India’s first high-speed rail link, which will connect Mumbai with Ahmedabad. The deal formed part of a US$12 billion rail support package for India, which takes the form of a low-interest loan.“I cannot think of a strategic partnership that can exercise a more profound influence on shaping the course of Asia and our interlinked ocean regions more than ours. This enterprise will launch a revolution in Indian railways and speed up India’s journey into the future”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The deployment of Japanese bullet train technology on the 505km Mumbai-Ahmedabad line is expected to slash the eight-hour rail journey down to just three hours.last_img read more

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Freddie Mac 83 of Q3 Refinancers Maintain or Cut Debt

first_img Share in Data, Origination, Secondary Market November 7, 2012 427 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt Refinance Service Providers 2012-11-07 Tory Barringercenter_img The vast majority of homeowners who refinanced in Q3 2012 either maintained or slashed their loan debt, according to a release from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/.[IMAGE]In the year’s third quarter, 83 percent of homeowners who refinanced their first-lien home mortgage either kept the same loan amount or lowered their principal balance by paying-in additional money at the closing table, the GSE revealed. That percentage fell just short of the record 85 percent recorded during Q4 2011.Of those borrowers, 54 percent maintained about the same loan amount, while 29 percent reduced their principal balance.[COLUMN_BREAK]””On average, borrowers who refinanced reduced their interest rate by about 1.7 percentage points,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac. “”On a $200,000 loan, that translates into saving about $3,500 in interest during the next 12 months.””Refinances done under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) had an average interest rate deduction of 2 percentage points.Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages hit new lows during September, he added, with 30-year product averaging 3.5 percent and 15-year averaging 2.8 percent during the month. In addition, according to Freddie Mac’s “”Primary Mortgage Market Survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/, 82 percent of loan applications during the third quarter were for refinance, matching the record share of the fourth quarter of 2010. In response, Nothaft said Freddie Mac is boosting its origination projection for the second half of the year to account for additional refinance activity.Among the refinanced loans analyzed by the GSE, the median depreciation of the collateral property was 10 percent over the median prior-loan life of 4.8 years. For loans refinanced under HARP the median depreciation in property value was about 31 percent, and the prior loan had a median life of about 5.6 years. Approximately $7.7 billion in net home equity was cashed out during the refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages, up from $5.9 billion in the third quarter. However, cash-out volume remained low compared to the $84 billion beak in Q2 2006. Freddie Mac: 83% of Q3 Refinancers Maintain or Cut Debtlast_img read more

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Georgia MLS First to Adopt LPS reInsight System

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Lender Processing Services (LPS),””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx a Jacksonville, Florida-based provider of data, analytics, and technology for the real estate industry, recently introduced reInsight MLS, and “”Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS)””:http://www.georgiamls.com/ became the first to launch the new offering. [IMAGE]””Extending the LPS-GAMLS partnership has created a new MLS system that is scalable and configurable to meet the needs of both casual and more sophisticated users,”” said Rich Lull, managing director for LPS MLS Solutions. [COLUMN_BREAK]reInsight integrates a map-centric interface that allows users to customize the system and a graphic interface that allows users to see more in one view into the existing MLS database. Also, a Comparative Market Analysis incorporates public records to provide further insight into local markets. “”On GAMLS’ 50th anniversary, we’re happy to be able to present our current and future members a significant improvement in the way they serve their clients using the MLS system,”” said Richard Boone, CEO of GAMLS.””We have been partners with LPS for more than 15 years, and we are excited to work with them to launch this unique, next-generation MLS system at a time when members and their clients can use an extra competitive advantage in the marketplace,”” Boone added. With more than 25,000 members, about 55,000 active listings, and more than 1 million inactive listings, GAMLS is the fifth-largest MLS database. “”We commend Georgia MLS for its vision, and we are pleased to deliver an MLS system that not only changes the way users do business, but provides a foundation for future innovation,”” Lull said. November 13, 2012 469 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-13 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img Share Georgia MLS First to Adopt LPS reInsight Systemlast_img read more

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FirstTime Continuing Jobless Claims Continue to Drop

first_imgUnemployment,First-Time, Continuing Jobless Claims Continue to Drop Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-03-14 Mark Lieberman First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 10,000 to 332,000 for the week ending March 9, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/031413.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected 350,000 initial unemployment claims. The drop in filings–the third in the last four weeks–resumed a downward trend in layoffs. [IMAGE]The report on claims for the week ended March was revised to 342,000 from the originally reported 340,000.Meanwhile, the number of continuing claims (reported on a one week lag) fell 89,000 to 3,024,000, the lowest level since June 2008. Continuing claims for the week ending February 23 were revised up to 3,113,000 from the originally reported 3,094,000.The four-week moving average of first-time claims fell 2,750 to 346,750, a five-year low. The moving average, which smooths the volatility in the weekly report, has fallen for three straight weeks.The four-week moving average of continuing claims also fell, dropping 28,250 to 3,098,250, the lowest level since July 2008.The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits and often shows large movements, depending on first-time claims 26 weeks earlier and legislative changes to state unemployment programs. It is subject to wider revisions than the number of first-time claimants.The steady decline of initial unemployment claims (in seven of the first 10 weeks this year) signals sustainable improvement in labor markets, but those improvements could be reversed quickly as the impact of budget sequestration cuts extends to government contractors. The improvement this year marks a reversal from the beginning of 2012, when first-time claims rose in six of the first 10 weeks of the year.The report on initial claims to be released next week will cover the same week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for its monthly Employment Situation report. That report will be released next on April 5.Initial claims fell in three of the first seven weeks of 2012, dropping an average of 15,000. In the four weeks in which claims rose, the average increase was a little over 8,000. This year, claims have fallen in four of the first seven weeks (with an average drop of 18,500), but the average increase in the other three weeks was 23,000, suggesting employers may have done even more short-term hiring for the holiday season.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 23 was 5,619,860, an increase of 217,967 from the previous week. There were 7,424,041 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending February 23.According to the BLS, 12,032,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in January, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.63 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 6.27 million one week earlier.The Labor Department said states reported 1,917,158 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending February 23, a decrease of 136,532 from the prior week. There were 2,875,795 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.States continue to borrow from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of March 12, 23 states had borrowed a total of $29.3 billion. One week earlier, 23 states had an aggregate $28.5 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls. Five states–California, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Ohio–owe more than $1 billion, which may require higher unemployment premiums or special assessments on employers in those states._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 a.m. EST._ in Data, Government, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img March 14, 2013 403 Views Sharelast_img read more

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FirstTime Jobless Claims Spike to 4Month High

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-04-04 Mark Lieberman First-time claims for unemployment insurance jumped an unexpected 28,000 to 385,000–the highest level since November–for the week ending March 30, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/040413.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to rise to 350,000. Initial jobless claims for the week ending March 23 were unchanged at 357,000.[IMAGE]The week-over-week increase in first-time claims was the strongest since mid-February, when filings rose 41,000. The weekly increase resulted from a sharp drop in seasonal adjustment factors that the Labor Department uses to account for known, recurring events that affect data.The number of continuing claims for the week ending March 23 (reported on a one-week lag) fell 8,000 to 3,063,000. Continuing claims for the week ending March 16 were revised up to 3,071,000 from the originally reported 3,050,000.While a setback for an otherwise improving labor picture, the claims for the week covered by this report will not be a factor in the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation release for March, scheduled for release Friday. That release will be based based on employment statistics for the week including the 12th calendar day of the month. From mid-February through mid-March, first-time unemployment insurance claims fell 25,000, and the four-week moving average fell 20,750 suggesting layoffs will not be a drag on the employment situation report. On Wednesday, the payroll processing firm ADP reported private sector employers added 158,000 jobs in March, down sharply from 237,000 jobs added in February and from economist forecasts of 205,000 new private sector jobs. The consensus forecast for the BLS report is an increase of 193,000 jobs in March compared with an initial report of 236,000 new payroll jobs in February, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 7.7 percent.The four-week moving average of first-time claims increased 11,250 to 354,250. The moving average, which smooths the volatility in the weekly report, has increased for two straight weeks. Initial claims have increased for three straight weeks for the first time this year.The four-week moving average of continuing claims fell, dropping 10,500 to 3,067,250, the lowest level since June 2008.The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state [COLUMN_BREAK]jobless benefits and often shows large movements, depending on first-time claims 26 weeks earlier and legislative changes to state unemployment programs. It is subject to wider revisions than the number of first-time claimants.The increase in first-time claims reverses what had been a favorable trend. Initial unemployment claims have fallen for seven of the first 12 weeks of the year, averaging just a shade over 350,000–the number most economists see as the tipping point between a strengthening and weakening jobs market. That claims reversed trajectory, coupled with the disappointing ADP report, suggests the job market has a steep hill to climb.The unemployment rate, always a key measure of economic health, has taken on added significant since the Federal Open Market Committee said it├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós looking for a sustained unemployment rate of 6.5 percent or lower before changing interest rates or ending its other actions to stimulate the economy.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending March 16 was 5,288,614, a decrease of 167,165 from the previous week. There were 7,050,710 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. Extended Benefits were available only in Alaska during the week ending March 16.According to the BLS, 12,032,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in February, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.74 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 6.58 million one week earlier.The Labor Department said states reported 1,799,625 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending March 16, a decrease of 106,699 from the prior week. There were 2,815,108 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012.States continue to borrow from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of March 19, 23 states had borrowed a total of $29.0 billion. One week earlier, 23 states had an aggregate $28.7 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls. Five states–California, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Ohio–owe more than $1 billion, which may require higher unemployment premiums or special assessments on employers in those states.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 23 were in California (+8,712), Texas (+2,736), Kansas (+1,611), Arkansas (+1,542), and Pennsylvania (+1,448), while the largest decreases were in Virginia (-1,117), Massachusetts (-804), South Carolina (-602), Puerto Rico (-529), and North Carolina (-503)._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. Eastern._ Unemployment,First-Time Jobless Claims Spike to 4-Month Highcenter_img April 4, 2013 440 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Home Prices and the Middle Class

first_img For the majority of homes, buying is cheaper than renting. But as home prices rise faster than incomes and mortgage rates slowly head upwards, the question of national affordability becomes ever more germane.Compared to the longer-term past, homeownership still looks relatively affordable as home prices remain undervalued and mortgage rates remain near historic lows. However, affordability for the middle class in some areas of the nation is becoming problematic.In a blog post, Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko notes that certain discrepancies do arise, specifically along the coasts, for middle-class homeownership.Kolko explains his methodology of defining what counts as “middle class” and what counts as affordable before breaking down nationwide trends: Affordability is based on whether a home’s monthly payment, which includes mortgage, insurance, and property taxes, was less than 31 percent of the surrounding metro’s median household income. The designation “middle class” is fluid, dependent upon each metro’s local median household income.Kolko found that the middle class is getting priced out of California but finds more success in the Midwest. In fact, in 80 of the 100 largest U.S. metros, most of the homes for sale are within reach of the middle class.In the most affordable housing markets, more than 80 percent of homes are within reach. Akron, Ohio, tops the list at 86 percent of homes affordable for the middle class. “The 10 most affordable markets include eight in (or near) the Midwest, plus the southern markets of Columbia, South Carolina, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Five of the top 10 are in Ohio,” Kolko writes.Indeed, the top three metros for affordability include Akron, Toledo, and Dayton, Ohio, each sporting percentages above 80 percent of homes as affordable for the middle class in May 2014.Seven of the 10 least affordable markets reside in California. Not surprisingly, the rest of the top ten is rounded out by New York City; Fairfield County, Connecticut; and Honolulu, Hawaii. San Francisco remains on top as the least affordable city in the nation, with only 14 percent of homes for sale in San Francisco affordable to the middle class, despite higher median incomes.Education also plays a factor, affecting income, which in turn directly reflects one’s ability to afford a home.”Household income is strongly correlated with education. Median household income is $33,500 for households headed by someone with a high school degree or less, $49,300 with some college or an associate’s degree, $77,500 with a bachelor’s degree, and $100,000 with a graduate degree,” Kolko commented.He notes that the higher the education of a metro’s population, the more homes will be available for purchase with a median income: “Take the Washington, D.C., metro area as an example: for a high-school-or-less household, just 23% of homes for sale are affordable, compared with 75% for a bachelor’s-degree household and 83% for a graduate-degree household.”Furthermore, the supply of available homes matters, with lower affordability markets experiencing a low supply from a lack of new construction, driving prices upward and out of the range of middle class families.For America’s most expensive markets to come down in price, there would have to be a subsequent drop in demand or an increase in construction. Cities like San Francisco, south Florida, and parts of the Northeast are geographically limited by their availability to construct new homes, and thus, are inherently limited in their ability to construct new homes, according to Kolko.Unfortunately, his conclusions aren’t exactly great news for the middle-class family looking to purchase a home in more expensive markets. “In all, today’s unaffordable markets are likely to stay unaffordable. A collapse in demand is nothing to wish for; geographic constraints are nearly impossible to change; and strong political forces make building regulations difficult to relax,” he writes. Home Prices and the Middle Class Home Prices Housing Affordability Housing Starts Housing Supply Trulia 2014-05-16 Colin Robins Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 16, 2014 443 Views last_img read more

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Rust Belt Mortgages Are Swimming Underwater

first_img Mortgage Payments Rust Belt Zillow’s Negative Equity Report 2016-06-08 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News It seems homeowners in the Rust Belt region, which stretches from New York through Indiana, have the most to worry about when it comes to their mortgage payments–at least according to Zillow’s Negative Equity Report released this morning.The report, which examines the number of underwater mortgages across the country, found that homeowners in the Rust Belt are much more likely to have underwater mortgages and negative equity than any other area of the country.In total, four of the most underwater markets are located in the Rust Belt region. These include Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland. Other highly underwater U.S. metros include Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, and Las Vegas.Homeowners on the West Coast? They are much less likely to be behind on their mortgages than other U.S. homeowners. In fact, the Bay Area boasts the lowest rates of negative equity among all large American markets. The San Jose and San Francisco metro areas actually have negative equity rates under 5 percent.”When the housing bubble burst, the West Coast had more than its fair share of underwater homeowners,” according to Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “But the strong local economy and job markets have significantly helped these housing markets recover, and several are now more expensive than they were during the housing bubble. Other parts of the country didn’t get those same benefits.”Currently, Chicago has the highest rate of negative equity in the country, replacing Las Vegas, the previously crowned winner. At one point, Chicago has a 41.1-percent rate of negative equity. Though the city’s numbers have improved significantly since then, that improvement is happening at a much slower rate than other areas of the country.“Until market fundamentals improve, homeowners and buyers in these areas will be facing disproportionately higher levels of negative equity as they navigate the housing market,” Gudell said.In total, Zillow’s report found that 12.7 percent of all U.S. homeowners currently have a mortgage in negative equity. That’s down from 31.4 percent in 2012 and 13.1 percent in 2015. June 8, 2016 572 Views center_img Rust Belt Mortgages Are Swimming Underwater Sharelast_img read more

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What Lies Ahead for Mark Calabrias Confirmation

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News February 26, 2019 4,070 Views What Lies Ahead for Mark Calabria’s Confirmation? Dr. Mark Calabria’s nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) as Director took a step towards confirmation with the Senate’s Banking Committee approving his nomination by a vote of 13-12. The nomination will be confirmed after a Senate vote that is being set for a later date.Calabria’s nomination was voted on by the Senate Banking Committee along with the nominations for Bimal Patel, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Todd M. Harper, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board; and Rodney Hood, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board”If confirmed all these nominees will play integral roles in helping to promote the U.S. trade and facilitate commerce abroad, oversee policy and regulation of the financial system and support our nation’s housing system,” said Sen. Mike Crapo in his remarks before the vote.Calabria was nominated for the post of Director FHFA by the Trump administration in December 2018. Prior to being nominated for this position, he was the Chief Economist to Vice President Mike Pence.“I congratulate Mark Calabria on his nomination as director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute. “Housing finance policy is approaching a critical juncture and we look forward to working with Dr. Calabria and the team at FHFA towards implementing regulations that preserve and protect homeownership.”Recently, Calabria had told the Senate Banking Committee during a hearing that he was committed to making the FHFA a “World-class regulator.””FHFA is absolutely necessary,” Calabria had said while answering a question on why he wanted to take up this job, despite his past remarks. “In fact, I want to raise the stature of FHFA. I remember how the employees at its predecessor felt and their inability to stand up and be able to do effective financial regulation. I’m committed to seeing turning FHFA into a world-class regulator.”While his prepared remarks didn’t mention the current administration’s goal of the privatization of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Calabria addressed these issues during his discussions with the Committee. Calabria said that if he was confirmed as Director of the FHFA his role would be to “carry out the clear intent of Congress, not impose my own vision.”During his nomination hearing, Calabria gave an outline of what his priorities would be if confirmed. Calabria said that a number of critical elements were needed in reform such as a “greater need for competition.” He said the current FHFA mandate was clearly where “the regulator cannot make such changes.” As a result, he said, “The very broad changes that have to happen in the mortgage finance system have to be done by Congress.”Calabria said that if he was confirmed as the FHFA Director his objective would be to ensure the GSEs were, “well capitalized, well managed, and well regulated.”Addressing his views on the affordable housing goals Calabria said that his past concerns with affordable housing goals were in the context of “two large institutions with zero capital.” However, he added, “I do believe we can get to a spot where we can have risk-taking via affordable housing goals if we can have an appropriate regulatory structure that has capital backing those goals. I’m very concerned about any large financial institution where we push it to take an additional risk without the appropriate regulatory structure in place.”Clarifying his comments on getting rid of the GSEs in the past, he said that they were essentially pointed towards getting rid of the model of privatizing gains and socialize losses. “I believe all large financial institutions need to be well capitalized more managed, more regulated, and I believe the GSEs were “none of the above” before the crisis. “I want these entities to be good corporate citizens, I want them to be the model of how other corporation should want to behave.”center_img FHFA Mark Calabria Sen Mike Crapo Senate Banking Committee 2019-02-26 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … U.S. avocado market remains strong following price … October 14 , 2018 U.S.: FPAA pushes for new tomato deal with Mexico, … center_img Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin … India-based Mahindra Agri Solutions has entered into a joint venture agreement with Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation Group to help Indian farmers increase their farm productivity.Mahindra says the partnership will offer new generation products to effectively manage pest and insect-related challenges faced by farmers.”We are delighted to join hands with Sumitomo Corporation, a leading global player, to offer the latest world-class technology which would help to significantly reduce crop damage,” said Ashok Sharma, CEO of Mahindra Agri Solutions, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra.“This association will be a win-win for both companies as it will bring Mahindra’s presence across the Agri value-chain and Sumitomo’s global expertise, on the same platform. I am hopeful that by providing world-class crop care solutions, we will further the cause of augmenting farmer prosperity, thereby enabling them to rise.”Meanwhile, Tomoaki Tetsu, general manager of the AgriScience Department at Sumitomo Corporation, a global player in multiple industries including crop care, said that the company is excited about the partnership and the possibilities that it presents. “Seeing the growth momentum of the Indian market, we are confident that this JV will enable Indian farmers to accelerate access to innovative solutions in terms of technology & products which would result in the increase of farmers’ income,” said Tetsu.The current estimated consumption of crop protection products in terms of value is around US$2.5 billion and is expected to grow at 7% annually for the next few years.Mahindra and Sumitomo Corporation will hold 60% and 40% equity respectively in the new company named Mahindra Summit Agriscience Limited.The joint venture will have access to latest global technology for minimizing crop damage and increasing the yield, due to Mahindra’s contribution with strong farmer connect, widespread domestic distribution and agriculture expertise and Sumitomo’s strong ties with large Japanese crop protection innovator companies.Mahindra Agri Solutions is the first Indian company to have a joint venture partner that has deep relationships with large Japanese R&D houses.Currently, India loses nearly 40% of its total production in terms of value to pest attacks and diseases, according to Mahindra.Photo: Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

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first_imgNovember 28 , 2018 PRESS RELEASEPASADENA, Calif. – Cuties®, America’s original mandarin brand, launched its holiday promotion – Spread the Cheer – encouraging people to share their favorite ways to give back, while also giving them the chance to win one of five, $1,000 shopping sprees to make those wishes come true.Now through December 19, Cuties will support Spread the Cheer with in-store merchandising, an iBotta digital coupon FSIs, partnerships with food influencers, and targeted social media campaigns to increase consumption of Cuties Citrus during peak season.“With a wildly successful ‘Countdown to Cuties’ campaign leading up to Cuties season, we learned that people can’t wait to get their hands on Cuties,” said Kate Reeb, director of marketing for Sun Pacific. “To keep this momentum going, we’re encouraging people to connect with us more personally about the things that motivate and bring them joy over the holiday season – the more we engage and connect with our shoppers, the better we can serve them in-store and online!”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8UJeLDszewCuties is asking fans to share how they #SpreadtheCheer during the holiday season, and here’s what they have to say so far: To learn more about Spread the Cheer, visit www.cutiescitrus.com and follow along on Instagram at @cutiescitrusofficial to see how others are “spreading the cheer” this holiday season!center_img You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Kevin Kolb has done none of these things. However, if Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt does indeed decide to go with Skelton September 9 when the season opens against the Seahawks, he will essentially be ending Kevin Kolb’s career as an Arizona Cardinal.At least, he should be.Two years ago the Cardinals were in a similar situation, as Coach Whiz decided Matt Leinart was not the guy to lead the team into the future. The decision to go with Derek Anderson was bad, but the fact was once it was made there was no going back to Leinart.The job was supposed to be his, and the second he lost grasp of it there was no way to even fake confidence in him going forward. Should Anderson struggle or get hurt the coach and team would have to profess faith that the former Heisman Trophy winner could do the very job no one thought he could do just months before. It wouldn’t work, which is why the coach decided it would be best to just sever ties with the QB rather than keep him on the roster as the backup.The same would have to be done for Kolb, right?As I wrote in my column Monday, going with Kolb first leaves the option of turning the keys over to Skelton should the need arise. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The news came as a shock. Sort of.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that John Skelton is the favorite to win the Cardinals QB job. This is the same Adam Schefter who first brought up the idea that the Cardinals may part with Matt Leinart in September 2010, so it’s safe to say he may have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in Arizona.Skelton, of course, has outplayed Kolb in the preseason, if only by a small margin. He’s shown improved accuracy, a good feel for the pocket and an ability to take a hit, get up and go again. It would be easy to justify the move should Kolb struggle or get injured, and there would be no harm, no foul. However, go with Skelton and there is no backup plan that can involve Kolb. It was his job to lose, and he would have lost it. And if history is any indication, the starting QB role isn’t the only job he’s about to lose. – / 20 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald seemed incredulous that the question was even asked.“How can you be over-confident after scoring three points in a game,” he said when asked if the Bills’ struggling defense could present a different kind of challenge for the Cardinals offense. “How can you? That’s not the attitude we have right now. “We have the we have to prove ourselves attitude and we do. After putting a bad performance like that on national TV we have a lot that we need to improve on, and we need to go out there and show that we’re capable of executing at that level.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We have to do a better job this week of paying attention to the details and preventing those long passes,” he said.The Bills are averaging 23.6 points per game, which places them 15th in the NFL but nearly five whole points ahead of the Cardinals. And while Fitzpatrick gets a lot of the attention, their two-headed monster at running back of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller has given Buffalo the fifth-best rushing offense in the league. In other words, the Bills can move the ball in a variety of different ways.“They give you a number of different looks,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s kind of a different offense from what you see, the conventional type.” The “bad performance” Fitzgerald was speaking of was Arizona’s 17-3 loss to the Rams last Thursday, a game where the offense tallied just 282 total yards. It led to Arizona’s first defeat of the season, and while it counts as just one loss, it has led many to wonder if Arizona’s offense will ultimately be its undoing.Which is why, really, the idea that the Cardinals could be over-confident against anyone — even the NFL’s 31st (out of 32) ranked defense — seems somewhat preposterous. But Arizona’s defense is a different story. They should be feeling pretty good about this game, right? After all, the Bills were just held to three points by the San Francisco 49ers, and come into their game against the Cardinals having turned the ball over 13 times in five games, which is the third-worst total in the NFL. Not exactly.“They’re very explosive,” Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson said of the Bills. “They spread the field out, create space, and just have their athletes in space trying to make plays.”Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson agreed with the idea that the Bills are explosive, pointing the fact that while Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may be third in the NFL in interceptions thrown (8), he’s also third in touchdown passes (12). Many have come on big plays, which is something the second-year pro said the Cardinals need to do a better job of defending. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are getting more global recognition, but this time it’s not about the team’s win total, it’s about Arizona’s worth as a franchise.In a list created by Forbes, the Cardinals rank 42nd among sports teams worldwide and are valued at $1.54 billion, with a one-year uptick of 54%.As a whole, the NFL had 27 teams included in the list, while seven came from MLB and eight came from both the NBA and European soccer. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with Jaron Brown (13) against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   A big factor in the increased value could be from the team’s sellout streak since moving to Glendale. Since being built in 2006, the Cardinals have sold out all 104 games in University of Phoenix Stadium.Winning could help, too, as the Cardinals did not crack the top 50 last year after losing in the Wild Card Round, but made a jump this year after reaching the NFC Championship Game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img“We’re starting to look like the defense we’re supposed to look like, we’re supposed to look like from the beginning,” he said. “We’re going to get better and I feel like the cards are going to fall into place for us.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 46 Top Stories In what resulted in a 6-6 tie, the Cardinals surrendered just 257 net yards, as the Seahawks converted just 3-of-14 third downs and averaged a paltry 4.5 yards per offensive play. Yet, safety Tyrann Mathieu was adamant that this was not the best the defense has to offer.“Because we didn’t score a touchdown; we didn’t catch an interception,” he said. “We didn’t really change the football game at all. the score is tied up. So, we played well but we didn’t play well enough.”“Get the takeaway,” linebacker Markus Golden said of what more the defense could have done. “We could’ve got more takeaways, could’ve stopped them from getting six points. That could’ve won’t the game right there. So we could’ve done better, stopping them from getting six points and we would’ve had the win.”Standards are high, to say the least.“I have to watch the film before I can say that,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said when asked to rank this performance among others. “We have had some good games over the years, but this one has to be up there.”Whatever the Seahawks wanted to do Sunday night, the Cardinals had a counter. Seattle gained just 52 yards on 19 rushing attempts, while QB Russell Wilson completed 24-of-37 passes for 225 yards, or a pedestrian 6.10 yards per attempt. The QB, limited in mobility by a leg injury, was avoiding a relentless pass rush most of the night, and deserves credit for being sacked just once. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Of course, six offensive holding calls — five of which were accepted — may have helped keep Wilson upright, at least some of the time.“Yeah, they probably could have called three more,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “The guys up front, we were getting there and the four-man rush, didn’t have to pressure much.”Linebacker Chandler Jones, who recorded the lone sack (and forced a fumble on the play), was also credited with three QB hits, while linebacker Markus Golden knocked Wilson down once. Campbell also got a shot on Wilson, and often times when the Cardinals weren’t quite getting to the passer, their presence caused him to scramble and throw off target.“Well, we’ve never had two edge rushers like Chandler and Markus,” Mathieu said. “Let’s call it what it is: their offensive line is not that good. So, we felt like we could get pressure on them, which we did a bunch of times tonight.”The pass rush was providing the pressure, and the secondary was locking down the receivers. For most of the night the Seahawks had nowhere to go, and when they did complete a pass there wasn’t much room to run with the ball. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img “We definitely, all week, we knew we had to tackle well,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “Open space, we were going to have opportunities to make open-field tackles, and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”The Seahawks’ first nine drives ended with punts.“I thought we did play well as a defense,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “We tackled well; we didn’t have any busted coverages. I believe we’re now turning the corner as a secondary. We have so many new faces plugged in here at the beginning of the season. Now guys understand how to play with one another. Guys understand the scheme now. So it’s definitely a pleasure and a blast to see us go out there and have fun for 60 minutes and to play with relentless effort and give our team the best opportunity to win.”The Cardinals had a chance, but just could not come through. Defensively they have now gone nine consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown, and have the look of one of the NFL’s elite groups, but despite all that happened on that side of the ball, there is still a feeling of wanting more.Based on what transpired Sunday night, they might be on the verge of getting it. Linebacker Kevin Minter thinks the team is “making a mean step forward” on the defensive side of the ball, with a group of players who are hunting. Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) forces Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) to fumble during the second half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks recovered the ball and had to punt. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the first 60 minutes, the Arizona Cardinals’ defense outright dominated the Seattle Seahawks’ offense.The Seahawks’ first first down came in the second quarter; they visited Arizona’s side of the field just once, and it came after a blocked punt that was recovered at the Cardinals’ 22. The ensuing scoring drive went zero yards.In fact, just three times all night did the Seahawks cross midfield, with two of them coming in overtime. Whether they were attempting to attack via the ground or through the air, the Cardinals had an answer.last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills’ helmet isn’t befitting of its mascot.That appears to be a scaled fish with teeth rather than a Buffalo.The Bengals’ and Broncos’ helmets stick to their mascots but in a dreamscape sort of scenery, though Denver’s helmets also includes a bear, an eagle or falcon — two other NFL mascots, by the way — and salmon.The Eagles and the Buccaneers get our vote for best of show.As for the helmets that are just too far out there, the Raiders’ silly pirate helmet is in the running for most hilarious, but the New York Giants’ “I love N.Y.” theme takes the cake.Check out the rest of the helmets in this album here. With the NFL taking Monday Night Football’s Raiders-Texans matchup to Mexico City, the league is tapping into the local culture.The NFL asked Mexican artists to reimagine helmets for every team in the league, and the Arizona Cardinals’ look maintains the red birds’ aggressive look.Might the artist who painted the Cardinals helmet be a Ball State alumnus?The look is clean and it’s one of few of these that could actually make for a standard helmet. Many of the other helmet reimaginations are quite extravagant compared to your usual gameday helmets. Take, for example, the Tennessee Titans’ tops, which … just look. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact And with Boone sidelined, other linemen will have to step in.“I think the key is getting D.J. Humphries back at the left tackle, that would possibly give you some flexibility to move John Wetzel around because he is that jack of all trades on that offensive line,” Vince Marotta said.You can also “like” Arizona Sports on Facebook and see Vinny and Skinny broadcast live. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Every week, “Vinny and Skinny” will break down the Arizona Cardinals’ previous game and look ahead at their upcoming matchup.In Week 3, the Cardinals fell 28-17 to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, while the injuries to the offensive line continued to mount. Offensive lineman Alex Boone is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a partially strained pectoral injury in Monday’s contest.“I think they dodged a bullet there,” said Mike Jurecki on the timeline of recovery. “It’s got to be more difficult for an offensive linemen with just being able to punch and use your hands.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgWith two decades of coaching experience under his belt including four as the San Diego Chargers head coach, McCoy is familiar with the pressures that coordinators and head coaches face. While he understands that analysis and second-guessing come with those job titles, he wants outsiders to remember a simple reality.“This is what we do as coaches all week long from Monday up until the game, or adjustments in the game.,” he said. “You put a game plan together and you stick to your plan.“It’s going to come down to players. Good players make good coaches and we’ve got to design a good scheme on a weekly basis to help our players succeed.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals coach Steve Wilks doesn’t know what to expect from coordinator Mike McCoy’s offense because McCoy doesn’t know what to expect from his offense.McCoy hasn’t had starting quarterback Sam Bradford for more than a few full practices because Bradford was limited in OTAs and minicamp while rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee.McCoy hasn’t had a long look at star running back David Johnson because Johnson sat out minicamp in a contract dispute. McCoy hasn’t fully evaluated tight end Jermaine Gresham because Gresham is still rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon suffered last season, and aside from Larry Fitzgerald, the receiving corps is still a mystery of scattered puzzle pieces. Wilks hasn’t hidden the fact that he’d like to run the ball more than the Cardinals did under Bruce Arians. Health provided, Johnson gives him a premier back with which to do it and a superlative receiver to boot.McCoy is also expected to go to more short and intermediate routes in the passing game, and he said Tuesday that he will give his tackles more protection in passing situations, something Arians was hesitant to do.“You’re probably going to see [diminutive receiver] JJ Nelson try to blow up a defensive end from time to time,” McCoy said, joking. “We’re going to give those tackles help. Back in the day, there was usually one guy you had to worry about. Now, you look across the line of scrimmage and the athletic ability of the defensive fronts these days, that’s the toughest part. That’s a challenge every week. There’s so much talent on defense and the speed of the game.”McCoy said he wants to have an open dialogue with his players to better understand their strengths and comfort zones.“I want them to express their opinions about things and come to me with suggestions, but then I also say that I am the coordinator and I have final say,” he said. “You may not always like the decisions we make but there’s going to be give and take.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments   Share   “We’ve only had two practices in pads,” McCoy said Tuesday. “We’re going to find out.”Despite all the unknowns, Wilks believes he can fall back on McCoy’s track record.Related LinksCardinals notebook: Outdoor practice and Chandler Jones’ sled destructionCardinals’ ‘Red & White Practice’ to raise funds for fallen DPS trooperCardinals’ Rosen ‘unbelievably fortunate’ to have Bradford as a mentor“There’s guys that have schemes and guys that have systems. I believe in systems that adapt to the personnel that you have,” Wilks said. “Mike does a great job of that.”Five days into training camp, McCoy was preaching that very approach when asked to evaluate the progress and identity of his offense.“We’re creating the identity right now in training camp and the preseason,” he said. “We’ve got a long ways to go. That’s what training camp is for.”McCoy said it is critical that the coaching staff evaluate the strengths of its personnel and then play to those strengths with the game plans it designs and the plays it calls.“Who’s the best puller? Who are our best double-team guys? How do our tight ends block certain schemes. You find out a lot about your players,” McCoy said. “There’s going to be plenty of plays we’re going to look at in the next couple weeks before we get to that home opener and say, ‘OK, this is not us.’ That’s our job as coaches to find out, ‘What do we do best?’” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group today announced its Asia Pacific initiative of partnering with Accomable, a UK- based pioneering global platform that provides specialised information and listings on assisted travel, adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people. Other site highlights include useful tips such as nearby hotel attractions and travel information vital for all accessible travellers.Guests can now view and book over 100 of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific hotels, equipped with accessible guestrooms and facilities, through Accomable’s website. The number of listings is intended to increase, in tandem with impending hotel openings and the Group’s expansion plans throughout the region.“I am pleased that our partnership with Accomable has gotten off on a strong and encouraging start. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s focus on improving the lives of our communities is one of the integral “Responsible Business” pillars that we constantly support. We are guided by the Carlson credo, and this initiative demonstrates our commitment and dedication in caring and catering for the specially-abled at our hotels,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific.Accomable’s CEO and Co-founder, Srin Madipalli, noted, “We are excited to collaborate with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and their proven portfolio of strong brands. The accessible traveller community welcomes their hotels’ accessible guestroom features, excellent service and international hospitality standards that assure safety and comfort.”Accomable currently offers more than 600 accessible properties in over 60 countries worldwide, with plans to increase its listings to 1500 properties by the end of the year.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo Escarpment at the rim of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara Reserve, andBeyond Bateleur Camp has recently reopened following a complete rebuild. Twenty years after its first opening, this much loved classic in andBeyond’s portfolio of lodges has received a new look.The rebuilt camp incorporates fresh ideas inspired by guest feedback and changing trends in hospitality. Stylish, yet understated, African design touches update and refresh the camp, while maintaining its much-loved classical and romantic safari feel. The camp’s original designers, Fox Browne Creative, were charged with creating its brand-new look. To create a sense of continuity, they refreshed and up-cycled a number of the camp’s original artefacts, antiques and furniture pieces. High quality local artisans and suppliers were used wherever possible to maintain a sense of authenticity and ensure that economic and skills development opportunities continue to flow to the surrounding communities.The new design retains the vintage silver, soft worn leather, antique trunks and crystal decanters of the old camp, while incorporating new design touches such as old world maps and elegant dark brass fitting that contrast with white marble surfaces. Usable floor space in the elegant guest tents has almost doubled and the interiors appear more spacious through the use of a lighter colour palette and cleverly incorporated natural light. Ensuite bathrooms are flanked by private stone courtyards with spacious bathtubs, as well as indoor and al fresco showers. Sunken daybeds on the private verandas encourage idle afternoons without spoiling the breath-taking Mara views from everywhere inside the tent.Early morning wake-up calls to enjoy the Mara’s diverse game viewing are accompanied by freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered through the conveniently placed butler hatches. While guest safety a priority, fences have been repositioned so that wildlife can come closer to the camp.In addition to two new swimming pools with generous decks and unbeatable views, the camp also boasts a spa that provides a selection of treatment and massage options for both single guests and couples looking to indulge in a shared experience. A well-equipped fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling roll-back glass walls looks out onto the Mara so guests feel as though they are working out in the midst of the game-filled plains. The camp’s Safari Shop offers some of the region’s best designer and luxury products, taking the retail experience to a new level.An additional feature due to open in June is the interactive bar that serves coffee by day and speciality gin cocktails by night. Not only does this highlight the best of Kenyan coffee but it also makes the most of the current trend towards authentic speciality drinks and gin in particular. With gin and tonic the quintessential safari drink, there is no better place to enjoy it than the birthplace of traditional safari, the Masai Mara. After cocktails, guests can also enjoy a multitude of new dining venues created during the camp’s rebuild, from the pool deck to in-room or veranda dining.In keeping with the remainder of andBeyond’s East Africa circuit, andBeyond Bateleur Camp now has a family unit that consists of two guest tents with a shared sitting area. Along with the three family rooms at nearby andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, this makes andBeyond one of the most family friendly lodge operators in the Masai Mara.Situated in the midst of the reserve’s astounding year-round concentration of animals, including the Great Wildebeest Migration, guests can enjoy an unsurpassed wildlife experience in terms of both the density and variety of species. AndBeyond Bateleur Camp’s location on the plains of the Mara triangle means that the camp is a short drive from important access points, such as the Oloololo gate to the Mara Reserve, the airstrip where most guests enter the Mara and the departure point for hot air ballooning safaris. The 1214-hectare private concession that the camp is situated on also allows for night drives, game walks and outside dining in a much more flexible fashion than many other lodges in the area, thus ensuring the ultimate safari experience for all guests.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Options include seven nights cruising Castles along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam on Uniworld’s Super Ship Antoinette priced from just $2,969pp cruise only; or discover the best of Europe on a grand journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea on the Ultimate European Journey, 24 nights of travel and indulgence from just $14,039pp cruise only, a saving of over $4,000pp.In keeping with the world’s best theme, Uniworld has partnered with two of the world’s most-awarded airlines for this promotion, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.Fiona Dalton, Managing Director for Uniworld Australia, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been voted #1 River Cruise Line for the second year running by the readers of Travel & Leisure.“This is a very prestigious global award and since we firmly believe that a celebration is best shared with others, we’re inviting Australians by way of this amazing offer to experience our truly unique ships and the Uniworld difference, first hand. With the depth and breadth of itineraries available and our commitment to continue to elevate the river cruising category with four new super ships launching in 2020, this is certainly the most enticing offer we’ve ever released for a pre-season sailing period,” Dalton said. Travellers can take advantage of this offer and experience two of Uniworld’s newest super ships due to launch in 2020, including the S.S. São Gabriel in Portugal on the Portugal, Spain and the Douro itinerary, or explore Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy while cruising on the S.S. La Venezia. These completely reimagined and relaunched floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes the company’s ships are known for – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes, while maintaining their high crew to guest ratio.Guests of Uniworld can expect impeccable personalised service, intimate and beautifully designed ships with original artwork from the old masters, farm to five-star dining onboard, unlimited premium wines, spirits, on-board entertainment; and over 80 exclusive excursions to choose from such as cycling, golf and gourmet foodie walks.The offer is available for new bookings made before 16 August, 2019 in conjunction with 2020 European itineraries departing between 1 March and 15 November 2020.For more information visit uniworld.com or call 1300 780 231. Go back to the e-newslettercenter_img Go back to the e-newsletter In celebration of being acknowledged as #1 River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure in its annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ for the second year in a row in 2019, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is inviting travellers and cruisers alike to experience the very best of European river cruising with an incredible promotion to Europe for 2020.For a limited time only, and with 22 European voyages available, Uniworld is offering Australians the chance to tailor their deal with a choice of three amazing offers:Fly free in Economy including air taxes and save $1,000pp or,Fly Business Class from $2,999pp including air taxes or,Save $2,000pp for cruises 10 days or less and save $2500pp for cruises 11 days or more, when arranging one’s own flights.*This offer is available on all stateroom categories and is also combinable with an early payment discount of up to 10% for bookings paid in full within three days.last_img read more

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Related 16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holi

first_img Related16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up…Summer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakersSkiing on the cheap: real value resortsSerbian skiing costs less than a third of some French resorts; Skyscanner reveals three secrets to cheap ski holidays. Turkey’s appeal as a potential holiday destination has increased thanks to an improvement in the quality of accommodation available in the country, it has been claimed.Nigel Harris, chief executive at Artemis Travel, believes Britons are looking for a combination of good accommodation, flexibility on cheap flights to Turkey and value for money when it comes to booking their summer vacation this year.He suggests that Turkey scores favourably in all three categories, and where once its downfall would have been the standard of accommodation, there has been a “definite” improvement in this area.”In the past, it was seen as a last minute choice, with poor quality accommodation,” he commented.”That has changed now and there is a definite move towards having very good accommodation out there; hotels and self catering [accommodation] have very good facilities.”Research conducted by M&S Money conforms with the view that more Brits are booking cheap flights to Turkey this year.The financial services provider’s figures show sales of the Turkish lira have increased by 46 percent in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the equivalent period in 2008. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Related Brits cite lack of money as main reason fo

first_img RelatedBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling moreBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling moreMore Brits prepared to splash out while on holiday this yearOver a third of British holidaymakers travelling on flights abroad this summer intend to spend more money on their break.Banned on board: Christmas gifts you can’t take on a flightTis the season to visit a Christmas market, call on far-flung relatives, or maybe even fly somewhere a little bit warmer. But, you might want to make sure that cabin baggage restrictions and customs regulations don’t ruin Christmas. Here’s a complete guide to what Christmas items are banned on board… Are you travelling abroad this Christmas and New Year?Do you want to be with your family at Christmas or escape them?Take our Christmas Travel Survey now!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Virgin Atlantic luggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage

first_img1 hand luggage bag per passenger.Upper class passengers can take two piecesExcess luggage is £65* per item Liked this? Try these 23x36x56cm maximum cabin baggage dimensionsLaptops must fit your original cabin bag RelatedBritish Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Emirates hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat is Emirates’ luggage allowance and how can you and avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here’s everything you need to know…Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on an Aer Lingus flight? What’s the airline’s hold luggage allowance? Don’t get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance. FAQ about Virgin Atlantic’s Baggage AllowanceCan I take sports equipment on board Virgin Atlantic flights?Yes. You may take sports equipment in place of your standard baggage allowance, so long as the dimensions are no larger than 190 x 75 x 65cm, and it weighs no more than 23kg. If you want to take your standard bag as well as sports equipment, you can book an extra bag online.How many extra bags can I buy with my Virgin Atlantic plane seat?You can purchase up to 7 extra bags online, each weighing 23kg. That’s 161kg you could take with you to the US, Caribbean or Canada. If you wait until you’re at the airport, you can check in up to 10 extra bags. After that, you’ll have to go through Virgin Cargo.What’s the fee for an overweight bag at check in?It’s £65 for an overweight bag, and £40 for an oversized bag.How to best excess baggage fees and maximise Virgin Atlantic’s luggage allowance1. Learn how to travel light, for real!Don’t count yourself as an organised or minimalist packer? Get into our packing guides and you’ll find yourself going from 28kg down to 15kg (or something similar!). We usually only use 50% of our suitcase when we overpack, so it’s well worth drilling it down into a capsule collection. These luggage accessories will help you become the most organised packer on the plane, and our 16 best packing tips ever are sure to help with hand luggage too. Virgin Atlantic cabin bag sizeVirgin Atlantic hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed onboardCost to check in oversized hand luggage Virgin Atlantic hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees 2. Upgrade to Premium EconomyAs any oversized baggage will cost you £65, if you know you need to take extra luggage then it pays to check out the difference between the fares when you book. In Premium Economy, you can check in two hold bags each weighing 23kg, which means you’ll have a combined weight of 56kg once you add hand luggage into that. Upper Class have a checked luggage allowance of three 23kg bags, and 16kg in the cabin too. 10kg maximum weightTwo pieces with a combined weight of 16kgcenter_img Virgin Atlantic hold baggage sizeVirgin Atlantic hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of Virgin Atlantic hold luggage 3. Invest in wearable luggageIn previous years, wearable luggage has been bulky, unstylish and not exactly the most subtle way to pack. Nowadays, wearable luggage jackets and waistcoasts don’t have to look completely ridiculous and could save you some cash when it comes to not having to pay for checked luggage. Have a nosey at this offering from SCOTTeVEST, which can hold your iPad in a side pocket, or get thrifty with the Stuffa – it can hold 5kg of clothing! 4. Book with a different airlineWhilst Virgin Atlantic offer a hefty 23kg in checked luggage, British Airways offers 23kg in the cabin alone, as do KLM. So it may be worth considering flying with another airline with a larger luggage allowance if you’re trying to skirt past paying excess baggage fees.See baggage restrictions for all major airlines5. Buy new cabin luggageThere are plenty of ways to fit far more into your hand luggage besides trying out wearable luggage. The Cabin Max 44l may mean that you don’t even need the 23kg that you’ll receive with your economy ticket. Check out the best cabin bags on the market, and pick a roomier carry on to take with you on your next Virgin Atlantic flight. Virgin Atlantic hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees Get the complete guides to baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and British Airways.How will the laptop ban affect travel plans?There’s currently a UK travel ban on laptops and tablets in the cabin when travelling to certain countries, make sure you know what you can and cannot take in your hand luggage.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?You are still limited to a max of 100ml per container, and it must all fit into a plastic bag. What about soft cheese, though?Cabin luggage: Guide to hand baggage sizes and weight restrictionsCheck out all of the airlines luggage policies before you book.Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/prepare-to-fly/baggage.html, https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/hand-baggage-allowances, and https://www.klm.com/travel/gb_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/baggage_allowance/index.htm. Please always check the latest guidance at https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/prepare-to-fly/baggage.html, https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/hand-baggage-allowances, and https://www.klm.com/travel/gb_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/baggage_allowance/index.htm before booking a trip.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Up to 90x75x43cm maximum dimensions23kg Overweight bags cannot weigh more than 32kg per item1 free bag for Economy classic and delight, 2 for Premium cabin and 3 for Upper Class£65 for your first extra bag, £140 for subsequent bagsFees can vary if you’re on a codeshare flightlast_img read more

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Rome Italy – Hotel de Russie the Rocco Forte Col

first_imgRome, Italy – Hotel de Russie, the Rocco Forte Collection’s stylish hotel in the heart of Rome, is offering guests the opportunity to visit the cultural event of 2010 in Italy. The Scuderie del Quirinale Museum is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Caravaggio with an exhibition of the great master’s most important and representative work. The exhibition will run from February 18 to June 13, 2010.Drawn from museums and galleries all over the world, the paintings include the Bacchus from the Uffizi, David with Goliath’s Head from the Galleria Borghese, the Musicians from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and The Supper at Emmaus from the National Gallery in London. The paintings will be accompanied by in-depth commentaries that place them in historical context, and chronicle Caravaggio’s complex artistic development and revolutionary approach to naturalism.The 18th-century Scuderie del Quirinale—the former papal stables directly opposite the main entrance of the Palazzo del Quirinale—was remodeled in the late 1990s by architect Gae Aulenti and reopened 10 years ago as a venue for exciting, temporary exhibitions. It sits on the highest of Rome’s seven hills and has stunning views over the city.In celebration of the Caravaggio exhibition, Hotel de Russie is introducing a special Caravaggio package, which includes tickets to the exhibition, a copy of the official exhibition catalog, a two-night stay in a double classic room (with upgrade subject to availability) and daily buffet breakfast.The Caravaggio package starts from €1,221 ($1,775) including VAT and is based on two people sharing a double classic room for a minimum two-night stay. The package is valid from February 18 to June 13, 2010.For more information visit www.roccofortecollection.comlast_img read more

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Box Office Top 20 Infinity War adds 1148 mill

first_imgBox Office Top 20: ‘Infinity War’ adds $114.8 million by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2018 7:34 pm PDT Last Updated May 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This file image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.” In its second weekend in theaters, “Avengers: Infinity War” continues to dominate in North America. (Marvel Studios via AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Avengers: Infinity War” did even better than expected in its second weekend in theatres, grossing an additional $114.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $453.1 million.In a distant second was “Overboard,” a remake of the 1987 comedy starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris, which earned a solid $14.7 million in its first weekend — more than the film cost to produce.The thriller “A Quiet Place” took third with $7.8 million, followed by “I Feel Pretty” in fourth with $5.1 million and Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” in fifth.Newcomer “Tully,” starring Charlize Theron, debuted in sixth place with $3.3 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $114,774,810, 4,474 locations, $25,654 average, $453,107,350, 2 Weeks.2. “Overboard,” Lionsgate, $14,711,101, 1,623 locations, $9,064 average, $14,711,101, 1 Week.3. “A Quiet Place,” Paramount, $7,763,085, 3,413 locations, $2,275 average, $160,057,471, 5 Weeks.4. “I Feel Pretty,” STX Entertainment, $5,050,520, 3,232 locations, $1,563 average, $37,948,803, 3 Weeks.5. “Rampage,” Warner Bros., $4,637,400, 3,151 locations, $1,472 average, $84,801,710, 4 Weeks.6. “Tully,” Focus Features, $3,282,610, 1,353 locations, $2,426 average, $3,282,610, 1 Week.7. “Black Panther,” Disney, $3,254,977, 1,641 locations, $1,984 average, $693,235,592, 12 Weeks.8. “Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare,” Universal, $1,887,970, 1,904 locations, $992 average, $38,238,330, 4 Weeks.9. “Super Troopers 2,” 20th Century Fox, $1,871,303, 2,118 locations, $884 average, $25,502,004, 3 Weeks.10. “Blockers,” Universal, $1,751,340, 1,672 locations, $1,047 average, $56,222,840, 5 Weeks.11. “Bad Samaritan,” Vertical Entertainment, $1,726,868, 2,007 locations, $860 average, $1,726,868, 1 Week.12. “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros., $1,330,043, 1,405 locations, $947 average, $133,074,547, 6 Weeks.13. “Isle Of Dogs,” Fox Searchlight, $806,625, 702 locations, $1,149 average, $28,469,671, 7 Weeks.14. “Traffik,” Lionsgate, $794,348, 747 locations, $1,063 average, $8,258,908, 3 Weeks.15. “Naa Peru Surya,” Great India Films, $644,048, 194 locations, $3,320 average, $644,048, 1 Week.16. “RBG,” Magnolia Pictures, $578,470, 34 locations, $17,014 average, $578,470, 1 Week.17. “102 Not Out,” Sony Pictures Releasing International, $483,681, 102 locations, $4,742 average, $483,681, 1 Week.18. “I Can Only Imagine,” Roadside Attractions, $428,775, 660 locations, $650 average, $81,897,642, 8 Weeks.19. “A Wrinkle In Time,” Disney, $410,517, 294 locations, $1,396 average, $95,496,098, 9 Weeks.20. “Sherlock Gnomes,” Paramount, $398,418, 636 locations, $626 average, $41,218,306, 7 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2018 7:41 am PDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Police say rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car.Officer Drake Madison says Friday the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $35,000 bail.Madison says several hundred people had gathered outside a Dave & Buster’s sports bar in the Hollywood area, where the rapper was hosting an event for a new album.He says officers detained several in the crowd, including Williams, and officers found a firearm inside his car.Williams was arrested in September 2017 on drug and gun charges after a traffic stop near Atlanta.Brian Steel, an attorney who represented him in that case, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday.___This story has been corrected to show the suspect’s first name is spelled Jeffery, not Jeffrey.center_img FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo Young Thug attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball in New York. Police say the rapper was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car. Officer Drake Madison says Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $35,000 bail. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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TORONTO — Catherine OHaras beloved Schitts Cre

first_img TORONTO — Catherine O’Hara’s beloved “Schitt’s Creek” character, former soap-star Moira, has inspired many a meme on social media with her outlandish outfits, prima donna behaviour and hilariously dramatic elocution.O’Hara explained the development of the diva in an interview with The Canadian Press. Catherine O’Hara explains the development of a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ diva, Moira Actor Catherine O’Hara of the television show Schitt’s Creek is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC-Steve Wilkie MANDATORY CREDIT ON MOIRA’S OUTLOOK ON LIVING IN SCHITT’S CREEK:“Moira is not letting go (of her past life),” she said. “Moira gets involved with (town) things like Jazzagals but not with any kind of agenda. It’s just like, ‘What, you think you can sing? No, no, no.’ Or ‘What? You’re going to direct the play? No, that would be me.’ Or ‘You’re going to run things in town? No, not if I have anything to say about it.’“It’s not with any plan to stay involved, it’s just more out of a desperate sense of competition.” DOES O’HARA SOMETIMES SLIP INTO THE CHARACTER OF MOIRA?“Oh, way too much, but especially if I’m defending her — and I have to defend her quite a bit,” she said with a laugh. ON MOIRA’S OVER-ENUNCIATION AND USE OF ARCHAIC WORDS:“I’ve met people in my life who speak in a way and with an accent that has nothing to do with what you know of their history but you don’t dare question it. It’s like, ‘OK, all right, I guess you’re French now, OK,’” said the Toronto-born Emmy winner and “SCTV” alum, whose films include “Beetlejuice,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and two “Home Alone” films.“Like any insecure actor … Moira had to believe that she was capable of so much more than just being a soap-opera character, that she has so much more potential. So that sadly comes out in most of her conversations.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2019 9:26 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ON MOIRA’S WILD OUTFITS:“Oh my lord, I’ve had the best,” O’Hara said. “They always look wilder when I’m walking the streets of ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ That is the silliest, when we go on location.“But Daniel (Levy) has always said, because we dress this way, you don’t have to verbally remind the audience of our past life. It’s just a great visual reminder of who we were and who, Moira for one, still thinks she still is.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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FILE This Oct 10 2018 file photo shows Jimmy P

first_img FILE – This Oct. 10, 2018 file photo shows Jimmy Page posing for a portrait at the Fender Factory in Corona, Calif. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, Fender instruments revealed its recreation of a Telecaster guitar that Page once painted with a dragon, a long-lost piece of six-string history that marked the guitar hero’s last days in the Yardbirds and first days in Led Zeppelin. Fender craftsman Paul Waller, who worked with Page to reboot the dragon, says it represents “a pivotal moment for the guitar and for music.” (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jimmy Page’s dragon guitar reborn after 50 years on ice LOS ANGELES — After five decades, Jimmy Page’s dragon has re-emerged from its lair.Fender instruments on Wednesday gave the public its first look at its recreation of a Telecaster guitar that Page once painted with a dragon, a long-lost piece of six-string history that marked the guitar hero’s last days in the Yardbirds and first days in Led Zeppelin.The instrument with the psychedelic green-and-red serpent on its body represents “a pivotal moment for the guitar and music,” said Paul Waller, the master builder who worked side-by-side with Page to make him a spot-on match of the guitar before making 50 more by hand to sell to the public.The reboot was hatched when Page was looking through photographs for a book celebrating last year’s 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin. The dragon guitar, which he says was once his “Excalibur,” kept popping up in them, and he started to think it was time to get past his bitterness about its fate.The 1959 Telecaster, pre-paint, had been a cherished gift from his fellow former Yardbird bandmate Jeff Beck.“It was given to me with so much affection,” Page told The Associated Press in October. “I really wanted to customize the instrument, almost consecrate the instrument.”Page first decorated it with mirrors, then pulled out poster paints and used his art-school skills to summon the dragon.He would use the guitar to write and record songs like “Dazed and Confused” for the first Led Zeppelin album, work as significant as any in the history of the electric guitar.But a clueless house-sitter, not thinking much of Page’s painting, put his own mosaic artwork over the dragon and presented it to Page as a gift. Page said it was all he could do not to hit the guy over the head with it. Instead, he stripped it bare and angrily threw it into storage, where it sat for 50 years.The guitar-makers at Fender had thought about remaking the instrument long before Page himself came forward, because of its historic significance and as a way to claim for Fender a piece of Page, who among guitar nerds is associated with rival Gibson guitars.“A lot of people were surprised to hear all of Led Zeppelin One was recorded on a Telecaster, that’s kind of mind-blowing,” said Waller, who has been building guitars since high school woodshop and whose creations have included a Telecaster for Keith Richards and a fully functioning Stratocaster made of cardboard.Page wanted to recreate not just the design, but the form, feel and sound of the original, so Waller went to his house in London and the two took out the old guitar and took it apart piece-by-piece so they could recreate each part for the rebuild.“Best day at work ever,” Waller said.Page even made a trip to Fender’s California plant — the rocker’s first time inside a guitar factory — to inspect and help with the finished products.“All the employees lost their minds,” Waller said with a laugh, “to watch somebody like Jimmy Page be totally enthralled with the machinery and act like a kid and be taking pictures.”The 75-year-old Page painted at least a stroke on each of the 50 instruments Waller built.“He was adamant about applying paint to every one,” Waller said.Fender is also selling assembly-line models of the guitar that are more affordable than the many thousands the handmade ones are likely to bring in.Waller said he had been a bundle of nerves when the first of the recreations was sent to Page in England, and was deeply relieved when he heard back from Page that it was a dead ringer for his original.“As soon as he opened the case he knew,” Waller said.Page agreed, telling the AP that “If anything, the colours were just slightly richer.”___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2019 2:45 pm PDTlast_img read more

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Make or break Cypriots cling to hope in peace talks

first_imgBy Michele KambasAs a new showdown looms over troubled Cyprus reunification talks, peace activists are clinging to the last vestiges of hope that a deal can be done ending decades of division on the ethnically split island.Every Saturday for more than a decade, people from rival sides have met over coffee at a medieval inn on the Turkish Cypriot side of Nicosia to discuss their vision of a united country.But for the past two months, their chats have had to deal with a marked slowdown in momentum at formal talks on reunification between Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders.These formal peace talks — billed by diplomats as the best chance in decades to end the Cyprus conflict — are stuck as the two sides disagree on the way forward.Last week a UN envoy launched shuttle diplomacy to avoid the prospect of collapse, and concerns are mounting that the process could be sidelined by Greek Cypriot elections next year.Those at the coffee talks are concerned.“We are very anxious, but that makes us all the more determined for a solution,” says Andreas Paralikis, a Greek Cypriot economist who was among the first to start mingling with Turkish Cypriots after checkpoint controls were eased to allow the crossing of people in 2003.He belongs to a generation traumatised by war. He was a teenager when Turkey launched an invasion of Cyprus in 1974, carving the island into two after a brief Greek-inspired coup.Now, with other Cypriots of all ages, he sits at the Buyuk Han to debate a conflict which has been omnipresent all their lives.Over time, the group have become close friends.At the inn, retired journalist Suleyman Erguclu, a Turkish Cypriot, said the island should not give up hope.A seasoned veteran in covering what is locally known as the “Cyprob”, he experienced conflict first hand, witnessing intercommunal violence at the age of 9 in 1963. By the age of 15 he took up arms, becoming a ‘soldier at night, a student in the daytime’, and fought a war in 1974.“I don’t want my grandsons, or Mikis’s grandsons to go through the same experience,” he said.Greek Cypriot and biologist Mikis Hadjineophytou, 67, worries that failure this time could be permanent.“We have been here before. Elevated hopes, being almost there, then disappointment, depression,” he said. “I don’t think we will get another chance. Maybe we will, but it will be a much worse scenario.”Formally, the two leaders have for months been trying to forge a deal which would reunite the divided island under a federal umbrella. But talks are stuck on the agenda of a conference in Geneva which will discuss the role of Britain, Greece and Turkey in a post-settlement Cyprus.Though officially the process is open ended, they are taking place against the backdrop of plans by Greek Cypriots to push forward with exploration for natural gas offshore, an endevour Turkey says is illegal, but that Cyprus says is its sovereign right.French oil major Total plans its first exploratory drill in July.Erguclu reckons the energy issue could be a catalyst for a solution, provided everyone cooperates. It should work for both sides, he said, surrounded by coffee-drinkers yearning for a reunited country.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Hermes urges passengers to arrive early during record travel period

first_imgWith 1.4 million flights this month Larnaca and Paphos airports are busier than ever, and passengers are advised to be at the airport at least two hours before their flight, airport operator Hermes spokesman Adamos Aspris said on Friday.“The main message to the public is that we need the passengers’ collaboration,” he said. “This doesn’t only help the airport operator but the passengers themselves.”“Travelers should follow the guidance of airport staff at all times.”So far, he added, things have been running smoothly for several reasons. For one, the operator has employed additional seasonal staff, and as well, the travellers mostly do come prepared, with their travel documents in hand and having removed items from their hand luggage with which they are not allowed to travel such as knives and scissors. All this helps the process but according to Aspris there is another reason why there have so far not been big delays during the summer months.“We are happy because the various services are well coordinated and working together makes avoiding delays possible,” he explained.Check-in usually starts more than two hours before a flight, but this varies according to the airline. Travelers can check instructions on their ticket, consult their travel agent or airline website to inform themselves and when in doubt contact the airline directly.Before approaching passport control passengers need to be sure that they have either a valid passport, or, when travelling in the EU, an ID card and other documentation such as visa for the destination country.To protect against the threat of liquid explosives, there are rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels on flights in and out the airports.Liquids should be in containers with no more than 100 millilitres. These containers must be placed within a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which itself must not exceed one litre in capacity. The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag sealed.Only one transparent bag of liquids is permitted per passenger, and must be presented for examination at the security check points.Exemptions apply for some medicines and baby products that may be needed during the flight.For security checks passengers should be ready to remove their belts and objects from pockets and take off shoes with high heels.Hermes has prepared a video with security checks which is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umzlcvM8JeU.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rain snow and high levels of dust Updated

first_imgMore rain and snow is expected to fall during the week and temperatures will gradually fall, the met office announced on Monday.In the afternoon and evening it will be cloudy with local rains expected to fall as snow in the higher mountains and isolated storms. Winds are forecast to be moderate to strong.During the night temperatures are going to drop to 8C inland, 12C in coastal areas and 1C in Troodos where frost may form.Some rain and snow will fall on Tuesday as well, and the possibility of thunderstorms has not been ruled out. Temperatures will rise to 16 to 17C in most areas except the mountains where the maximum is expected to be 5C.On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday temperatures are forecast to fall noticeably.Airborne dust is also currently trapped in the atmosphere as part of the current low pressure front.All areas of the island had high levels of atmospheric dust on Monday morning, prompting the labour inspection department to issue a health warning.According to met officer Matheos Papadakis the dust should recede by midnight.The average hourly concentrations of particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) in the atmosphere reached levels between 53 μg/m³ and 428 μg/m³ (micrograms per cubic meter).In Nicosia the level was 262.8 μg/m³, in Limassol 316.3 μg/m³, and in Paphos 255.2. Levels in Paphos and Paralimni remain dangerously high. The safe limit is 50 μg/m³.The labour inspection department warned the public and especially people who are vulnerable, such as patients and older people and those with breathing difficulties, to stay indoors as much as possible.You May LikeProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar SolutionsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Community leader urges decision on Paphos marina

first_imgThe community leader of Kissonerga village in Paphos is urging the government to proceed as quickly as possible to reach a decision over the long-awaited new marina due to be built in the area.George Stylianou told the Cyprus Mail that the lead up to last Sunday’s presidential elections had furthered delayed the procedure to be followed after the supreme court upheld an appeal by Poseidon consortium, whose bid was rejected, that the committee responsible for overseeing the Paphos marina tender process is unlawful.“We are urging the relevant authorities to speed up their decision, as we have been waiting for over a decade and this is also having a negative impact on some of our planned projects,” he told the Cyprus Mail.These include the upgrading of the area’s beachfront, as well as the construction of breakwaters.“This will give us one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in Cyprus measuring around one and a half kilometres in length,” he said.A decision made by the marina management committee in 2017 saw the consortium lose out to Pafilia developers after the body found that evidence supplied to secure financing for the multi-million euro project was ‘not satisfactory’.The recourse brought by Poseidon consortium argued that the committee’s move to dismiss their tender, and move on to request Pafialia – the developer next on the list – to commence negotiations was wrongful.At the end of December, the supreme court upheld the complaint of the consortium and said that the establishment and functioning of the marina management committee was unlawful and therefore its decisions void.Stylianou said that the simplest and quickest way forward is to allow for the current ‘legally permitted’ members of the committee to evaluate Poseidon’s offer and decide if the contract should be awarded to them or to Pafilia.“This sort of thing happens everywhere and would be a much faster result for us, as we are at the final stage; there is a way to make it happen,” he said.However, he also said that, “if all fails and as a last resort”, a new committee might have to be formed, the entire process cancelled and a new tender offered.Poseidon’s €215 million bid was rejected in April 2017, which meant that tender runner up Pafilia, with a different design and a cost of around €175 million, could submit their paperwork.That decision was the latest in a long-running tussle between various developers dating back to 2007. In 2008 the tender was initially awarded to the Cybarco-Pandora consortium, which includes the Leptos Group.However, the other two bidding consortiums, Pafilia and Poseidon – a joint venture in which Aristo Developers is a major stakeholder – challenged the award at various stages.The project was then frozen after litigation began in 2008.In December 2015, the supreme court finally voted in favour of Poseidon but they still had to provide proof of funds. Last April, the marina management committee decided that Poseidon was unable to meet the financial criteria. The project was then passed on to Pafilia, the biggest developer in Cyprus.“The marina will provide a substantial income for us which is good news for our community, but we just need the marina to finally get started,” he said.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Get into sartorial groove at Fashion Fair

first_imgA few years ago, we had a good thing going here in Cyprus with local designers, photographers, models and fashionistas all enjoying a local Fashion Week. And it was great – not only for those of us who were invited to sit in the f’row, but also for all the local talent – people who got to showcase their skills to an island-wide audience. Alas, the CFW disappeared into the ether, and with it went many a wonderful opportunity for talented local creatives. Until now, that is. Because one local industry luminary is planning to recreate those opportunities – and more – at the end of March with Cyprus’ first professional Fashion Fair…Well-known stylist, with a portfolio of work across Europe under his belt, Panos Yerolemides has put together an event which is absolutely unmissable for the dedicated follower of fashion. Taking place at Pavilion in Nicosia from March 30 to April 1, the Cyprus Fashion Fair promises to be all that was Fashion Week – and then some… Designers, shops, catwalk shows, workshops and lectures all under one roof, with the aim of promoting the local fashion industry.Billed as ‘the biggest fashion exhibition in Cyprus’, the fair is modelled on similar events in Europe: the Tranoi show in Paris, Athens’ Fashion Trade Show, and the Pure London event in the UK. “A Fashion Fair is something that’s missing from Cyprus,” explains Panos, who is co-organising the event with venue manager Alexis Michaelides. “Having worked across Europe, I’ve seen what’s out there in terms of promoting regional brands and shops, and we just don’t have an event of a similarly professional calibre here on the island – something that markets our local designers and boutiques.“Here in Cyprus, there are a great many fashion creatives, and they’re amazing at what they do,” Panos continues. “You see their work in magazines, in photoshoots, and on television, but what’s lacking is one, large expo where they can all come together under one roof to promote what they do – to introduce their work to the others in the industry and to the general public.”To this end, the Fashion Fair will boast a number of local design talent (over 30 exhibitors at the last count, including well-known creatives such as Anastasia Lardas, Erotikritos, Elena Andreou and Kika Ioannidou), shop owners, artists, stylists, photographers and models. Booths for designers and shops will be set up across the width of the main hall, while a large catwalk will sit centre stage. “We’ve organised three shows a day, showcasing various exhibitors,” Panos reveals. “We’re also offering several workshops with the designers themselves: tutorials and seminars explaining the creative process, an in-depth look at how the fashion industry really works from those who are in the thick of it.“I think this will be particularly valuable to younger people who are interested in fashion,” he adds. “Anyone who’s ever dreamt of a career in the industry, be they designer, stylist, photographer or model, will be able to draw on the experience of the professional exhibitors. They’ll be meeting the designers themselves, talking about how it all works, finding out how to market and promote themselves, and discovering the difficulties and challenges involved in such a career path. Plus, they’ll have the chance to ask all their questions which – until now – may have gone unanswered!”Hoping to create an ongoing event, with two iterations per year, organisers see this first fair as “a way to introduce the idea of a professional fashion trade show to Cyprus. We want to take the industry that step further,” says Panos. “This isn’t just a market where you go and buy handmade necklaces, this isn’t hobbies. This is about the professionals, an official fashion trade expo for Cyprus that will, over time, attract buyers from all over the world – a really big event that will echo down the years.”All in all, it’s a perfect opportunity for anyone lamenting the loss of our local fashion week (or is too young to remember that it ever existed!) to get back into the sartorial groove; a chance to meet local movers and shakers (and possibly snag a coveted designer discount: prices on most items will be reduced for the duration!). Dedicated followers of fashion: diary this now! One day, you’ll be able to say you attended the very first Cyprus Fashion Fair!The first Cyprus Fashion FairFrom March 30 to April 1, 11am to 8pm each day, at Pavilion, Nicosia. Entrance costs €5, and includes coffee and cocktails. For more information, visit the Facebook page ‘Cyprus Fashion Fair’ or the Instagram account ‘cyfashionfair’You May LikeFitness Engage11 Best Ab Workouts For A Six-PackFitness EngageUndoHistory A2ZSalaries Of Your Favorite TV ReportersHistory A2ZUndoUniversityBuzzo9 Best Colleges You Can Attend For FreeUniversityBuzzoUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Man jailed for attacking exgirlfriend

first_imgA 23-year-old man from Limassol was sentenced to 15 months in prison for robbing, abducting and attacking his former girlfriend.The decision was taken by the Paphos criminal court over the incident which took place in November 2017 in Paphos.His girlfriend, 29, had initially also accused him of rape but the charge was later dropped.He has since been sent to the Nicosia central prison.You May LikeWorldemandKeep Your Heart Healthy WIth These Delicious SuperfoodsWorldemandUndoBundoo8 things to know before starting solid foodsBundooUndoPOM Industries LLCPOM Pepper Spray – Next Generation of Performance, Quality and SafetyPOM Industries LLCUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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German tourist drowns off Peyia

first_imgA German tourist, 67, apparently drowned off Peyia in Paphos on Monday.His exact cause of death will be established in a post-mortem on Wednesday.According to CNA, while swimming off Peyia around 4.30pm the man was spotted floating unconscious in the water. A life guard brought him to shore and he was taken by ambulance to Paphos hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.The German tourist was on a short holiday with his wife in Paphos and they were due to leave on October 10.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 SupplementUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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MS sufferers call for greater access to new drugs

first_imgNew drugs for multiple sclerosis patients are urgently needed and should be supplied by the government regardless of the cost, the multiple sclerosis association said on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion of World Multiple Sclerosis Day, the head of the association Savvas Christodoulou said that around 2,000 people suffer from the degenerative disease of the brain and spinal cord in Cyprus, though a lack of patient records means the exact numbers are not known.Christodoulou stressed the association was very concerned about the delay in introducing new drugs.“The system of introducing new drugs is long delayed and that is very unpleasant for patients who depend on our therapies, and the inclusion of new drugs in the state catalogue should be reviewed in order to access newly approved therapies as soon as possible,” he said.“However expensive these medicines, if administered correctly, they will not burden the state budget, as disability benefits will not have to be paid.”When a drug exists and can be used to slow the progression of a disease and provide a better quality of life for the patient, then it is the duty of the state to help, he added.He explained that a re-evaluation of specific medicines has been one demand in their negotiations with the health ministry and free MRI diagnostic tests for all multiple sclerosis another.Patients receive some free treatment either in the private sector, in public hospitals or at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics.The head of the association thanked the labour ministry for an annual state subsidy which covers part of their expenses.Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou assured multiple sclerosis sufferers and their families of the ministry’s support.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Limassol port workers declare work stoppage for Friday

first_imgWorkers at the Limassol port are to go on a two-hour work stoppage on Friday morning to protest over the long delay in reaching an agreement with their employer over their collective agreement.Trade unions that represent the workers said that the work stoppage would take place between 8am and 10am.The decision was taken after another round of consultations between the unions and the port’s managing companies failed. The consultations are being arbitrated by the transport ministry that offered to facilitate the talks in a bid to help bridge differences.A representative of the workers told the Cyprus News Agency that in addition to the delay in achieving a collective agreement with the new managers of the Limassol port, there are a number of technical problems and other outstanding issues concerning dock workers.He criticised what he described as the indifference of the employers and the transport ministry to solve the problems and meet the dock workers’ demands.The two-hour work stoppage, he said, was not intended to create tension but as a leverage to resolve the dispute.The workers downed tools earlier in the year over the same issue.An impromptu work stoppage last October ended after union reps received written reassurances from the workers’ employer, Eurogate Container Terminal, over the negotiations for the collective agreement.Earlier in the same week, workers from P&O Maritime Cyprus had stopped working for two hours, saying their working conditions were difficult, and that they worked long hours and shifts.Their unions said at the time that there had been no change in working conditions despite four-month long efforts to reach an agreement. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus wine competition reflects islands vibrant industry

first_imgA total of 147 wines competed last weekend in the 10th Cyprus Wine Competition, aiming for gold, silver and bronze stickers indicating a quality product from what has become an annual event.And in another sign of how vibrant the wine industry is on the island, over 20 wineries were in competition in the event, which is now held under the auspices of the ministry of agriculture. In the end no bronze awards were given because of the high number of silvers.The Cyprus Wine Competition is now an institution. It is, in a way, one of the best methods to evaluate Cyprus wines, and has a lot to offer to all local vine growers and wine makers. It is also a way to attract the attention of the media in Cyprus and abroad as several journalists from other countries joined the seven-member jury of international judges who had the task of judging the wines by blind tastings.Wine has been made in Cyprus for over 5,000 years and the island has an excellent climate for it with its long hot summers to ripen the grapes. The message of the competition was that Cypriot winemakers must stick more to the local, indigenous varieties. The only grand gold medal was awarded to 2010 Commandaria Aes Ambelis.Overall, 16 gold medals were awarded and 30 silver. Only 10 medals were awarded to dry reds (last year it was 17) and 19 to dry white, with surprisingly five to sweet white wines and five to Commandaria wines. Rosé wines were awarded eight medals, better than last year’s two.The jury was slightly disappointed this year with the Cyprus reds, as several samples were found oxidised and with some defects. But they were impressed with both rosé and especially the whites, with Xynisteri leading, followed by Morokanela and Promara. A new imported variety, Altes, was introduced along with a couple of dry Muscat, and only one Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Shiraz was the grape variety that won most medals, while only one Cabernet Sauvignon did.Special awards were given to Kolios Winery’s 2012 Ayios Photios for its Maratheftiko varietal, and Gerolemo Winery for its 2016 Morokanella white varietal. Laxia 2015 of Santa Irene in Pharmakas village was awarded the special award for local Mavro varietal and 2016 Tsangarides Winery was given this special award for its Xynisteri. The local white 2015 Promara of Vouni Panayias was given the last special award.This page will feature tasting notes of the winners at the first opportunity. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate not only all those winemakers that won a medal, but also all wine makers who entered their wines in the competition. Time and consistency in quality will do them justice in future competitions.The President of the Jury of Tasters was Dr Jean-Claude Ruf, from France, who is actually acting as the OIV Commissioner and Head of Unit Health and Safety. OIV stands for the International Organization of Vine and Wine. The competition is under the auspices of the OIV and the ministry is obliged to follow its rules and regulations in terms of blind tasting, marking the wines and distributing the medals.As for the rest of the panel, there was only one Master of Wine (MW), Demetri Walters of Berry Bros & Rudd of London. Demetri is keen on Cyprus wine as some are introduced and promoted by Berry Bros and Ruud shop’s in London. His professional interest comes from the fact that his mother was born in Pachna village.To complete the jury the five other seats were taken by expert oenologist Marie-Laurence Porte who was very active in Bordeaux and works for several Petit Château, oenologists from Greece, Apostolos Matamis and Dr Evangelos Soufleros, also a viticulturist who teaches at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, active wine writer in social media, consultant and sommelier Gerald Olivier and Sotiris Neophytidis of Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol and winner of the best Sommelier of Cyprus in 2016. Sotiris was the only Cypriot on the panel, complying with OIV regulations which state that only one native member of the organising country is allowed.The Cyprus Union of Qualified Oenologists was the host of the annual awards ceremony held at the Annabel hotel.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus CBank appoints Oliver Wyman as restructuring advisers

first_imgCyprus’  Central Bank has appointed global management consultants Oliver Wyman as advisers on the banking sector restructuring it must complete under its international bailout.Oliver Wyman were appointed mainly to assist with the restructuring of Bank of Cyprus, a central bank spokeswoman said. Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, absorbed part of now-defunct Laiki Bank earlier this year.Large depositors of Bank of Cyprus were forced to forfeit 47.5 per cent of savings exceeding the insurable threshold of 100,000 euros to help recapitalise the Greece-exposed lender in March.The conversion, a first in the euro zone debt crisis which had until that point used money from taxpayers rather than depositors to bail-out distressed banks, radically changed the ownership structure of the lender, making depositors its key shareholders.Bank of Cyprus also assumed some of the assets of Laiki, shut down under a 10 billion euro bailout programme Cyprus signed up to with lenders from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Unemployment payments down

first_imgUnemployment benefits payments fell 11.3 per cent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2014, social insurance data showed.August recorded the second biggest annual drop in payments – 47.3 per cent or €4.7 million compared with €9.0 million in August 2013.The biggest annual decrease was recorded in April, 68.3 per cent.The total amount paid by social insurance in the first eight months of the year reached €92.3 million compared with €104.1 million in 2013.Unemployment in Cyprus fell to 15.4 per cent in August compared with 15.7 per cent the previous month, according to the EU’s statistical service Eurostat.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Lowlevel of lifelong learning among Cypriots

first_imgJUST 6.7 per cent of Cypriots aged between 25 and 64 took part in lifelong learning in 2018, way below the EU average of 11.1 per cent, a newly published Eurostat report shows.While in most countries more people participate than in the past, the numbers have decreased slightly in Cyprus since 2014, when the percentage was 7.1.This is not in line with one of the targets under the strategic framework for European cooperation and training (ET 2020) which is that, at European level, an average of at least 15 per cent of adults should participate in lifelong learning by 2020.The latest results from the EU labour force survey show that the numbers on average improved only slightly and it is unlikely at this point that the EU target will be met. In 2018 the participation rate in the EU stood at 11.1 per cent, 0.2 percentage points above the rate for 2017. The rate has increased gradually since 2015, when it was 10.7 per cent.On average, across the EU in 2018 the participation rate for adult learning among women was higher (12.1 per cent) than the rate for men (10.1 per cent). In Cyprus, 6.8 per cent of those who participated were men and 6.6 women.In the EU member states, the highest rates of adult participation in learning were in Sweden (29.2 per cent), Finland (28.5 per cent) and Denmark (23.5 per cent). In contrast, five member states had participation rates below 5 per cent: Romania (0.9 per cent), Bulgaria (2.5 per cent), Croatia (2.9 per cent), Slovakia (4.0 per cent) and Greece (4.5 per cent).The report explains how lifelong learning is defined for this survey.“It encompasses all learning activities undertaken throughout life with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences, within personal, civic, social or employment-related perspectives. The intention or aim to learn is the critical point that distinguishes these activities from non-learning activities, such as cultural or sporting activities. Adult learning refers to the participation of adults in lifelong learning. Adult learning usually refers to learning activities after the end of initial education.”The indicator to measure lifelong learning is defined as the share of people aged 25 to 64 who stated that they received formal or non-formal education and training in the four weeks preceding the survey. You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Gas pipeline should run through Turkey Akinci says

first_imgTransporting natural gas to Europe via Turkey is the most practical way to serve peace and stability and contribute to a solution in Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said.According to the Cyprus News Agency, Akinci was commenting on the trilateral meeting between Israel, Greece, and Cyprus and plans to sign a deal for the EastMed pipeline that will supply gas from the region to Europe.Akinci said it was not possible to contribute to peace and stability in the area by excluding the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey.He reiterated that Turkish Cypriots too had rights on the island’s natural resources and would be sensible to manage the issue on the basis of common benefit and carrying the gas through Turkey in a cheaper, faster way.“This is the sensible way to serve peace and stability and contribute to a solution in Cyprus,” he said.Akinci said the EastMed pipeline would be an additional mistake to the Republic’s accession to the EU 14 years ago without a solution.After accession, the Greek Cypriot side moved away from a solution and if they are the sole owners of the natural gas, excluding the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey, the little incentive they have for a solution will diminish, he said.That would only serve partition, Akinci added. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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