© 2011 PhysOrg.com Hot dust and moisture collide to fuel Asian summer rainy season More information: Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon, Science, Published Online September 29 2011, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204994ABSTRACTObservations show that South Asia underwent a widespread summertime drying during the second half of the 20th century, but it is unclear whether this trend was due to natural variations or human activities. We used a series of climate model experiments to investigate the South Asian monsoon response to natural and anthropogenic forcings. We find that the observed precipitation decrease can be attributed mainly to human-influenced aerosol emissions. The drying is a robust outcome of a slowdown of the tropical meridional overturning circulation, which compensates for the aerosol-induced energy imbalance between the northern and southern hemispheres. These results provide compelling evidence of the prominent role of aerosols in shaping regional climate change over South Asia. In their paper, the team says that prior to human interference, the monsoon season came about as warm most air gathered over the Indian and Arabian seas (due to more sunlight in the summer months), then traveled northeasterly (because air moves naturally from high pressure systems to low) where it was pushed higher up into the atmosphere due to the heat from the ground below. As it moved higher, it cooled, causing the creation of clouds and eventually the formation of raindrops which began to fall, resulting in massive amounts of rain in the north central regions.In the latter half of the last century however, things changed due to the rapid increase in the amount of aerosols being pumped into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and from cook fires. Such activities, the researchers say, effectively created a sort of umbrella over India that reflected back some of the heat from the sun, cooling the surface, which meant that not as much moist air was pulled up from the ocean, resulting in less rain falling in the more northern regions and more rain falling in the south and in the ocean. Their model also accounts for the increase in rainfall in neighboring Pakistan where flooding due to excess rain has been in the news of late.The model was developed in hopes of explaining the real world measured changes in rainfall in the area. Records indicate that rainfall in north central India has fallen by as much as 10% during the time period 1950 to 1999, which for India is serious business as up to 80% of the rain the country gets occurs during the monsoon season.On a positive note, Ming points out that aerosols, unlike greenhouse gas emissions, don’t linger in the atmosphere for very long, thus, if changes are made in particle emissions, its likely rain patterns would soon return to normal. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A research team from Princeton has developed a model that they say shows that manmade aerosols in the atmosphere are in part responsible for the decrease in rainfall in India’s north central regions and for an increase in the south during the annual monsoon season. Massimo A. Bollasina, Yi Ming and V. Ramaswam write in their paper published in the journal Science, that aerosols created by burning fossil fuels has changed the weather dynamic in southeast Asia. Citation: Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade aerosols (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-monsoon-india-result-manmade-aerosols.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds (Phys.org) —Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer has discovered what appears to be a new type of bioluminescent larvae. He told members of the press recently that he was walking near a camp in the Peruvian rainforest at night a few years ago, when he came upon a side of exposed earth upon which there were many little green glowing dots. Taking a closer look, he found that each dot was in fact the glowing head of a worm of some sort. He posted pictures of what he’d found on Reddit which were eventually spotted by entomologist Aaron Pomerantz, with the Tambopata Research Center. After contacting Cremer, Pomerantz made a pilgrimage to see the worms, gathered some samples and set to work studying them. Shortly thereafter, he determined that the worms were the larvae of an unknown type of beetle, likely a type of click beetle. Credit: Jeff Cremer © 2014 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. More information: blog.perunature.com/2014/11/un … tery-at-refugio.html Citation: Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest (2014, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-mysterious-glowworm-peruvian-rainforest.html Further study of the half inch long larvae revealed that the photoluminescence served just a single purpose, attracting prey. They would sit waiting with their jaws spread wide open. When the light they were emitting attracted something, typically ants or termites, the jaws would snap shut capturing the bug thus providing a meal. Pomerantz collected several samples of the larvae and took them back to a lab where they were tested—he and his colleagues found the larvae would snap shut on just about any bug that touched its jaws. He compared them to the giant worms in the 90’s sci-fi comedy, Tremors—only these were much smaller of course.In the wild the larvae live in the ground—they push just their heads out, keeping their bodies hidden, revealing just their glowing heads—bugs, like moths to a light on the porch in summer, are attracted to the light and get eaten. The team members still don’t know what kind of beetle the larvae would grow into, but are determined to find out—they aren’t even sure if they are from known species. There are a lot of different kinds of click beetles, approximately 10,000 species, about 200 of which are known to be bioluminescent. The entomologists believe the larvae get their luminescence from a molecule called Luciferin, which is also found in the compound used by fireflies to light up the night sky. Explore further
More information: Daniel W. Belsky et al. Genetic analysis of social-class mobility in five longitudinal studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1801238115AbstractA summary genetic measure, called a “polygenic score,” derived from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of education can modestly predict a person’s educational and economic success. This prediction could signal a biological mechanism: Education-linked genetics could encode characteristics that help people get ahead in life. Alternatively, prediction could reflect social history: People from well-off families might stay well-off for social reasons, and these families might also look alike genetically. A key test to distinguish biological mechanism from social history is if people with higher education polygenic scores tend to climb the social ladder beyond their parents’ position. Upward mobility would indicate education-linked genetics encodes characteristics that foster success. We tested if education-linked polygenic scores predicted social mobility in >20,000 individuals in five longitudinal studies in the United States, Britain, and New Zealand. Participants with higher polygenic scores achieved more education and career success and accumulated more wealth. However, they also tended to come from better-off families. In the key test, participants with higher polygenic scores tended to be upwardly mobile compared with their parents. Moreover, in sibling-difference analysis, the sibling with the higher polygenic score was more upwardly mobile. Thus, education GWAS discoveries are not mere correlates of privilege; they influence social mobility within a life. Additional analyses revealed that a mother’s polygenic score predicted her child’s attainment over and above the child’s own polygenic score, suggesting parents’ genetics can also affect their children’s attainment through environmental pathways. Education GWAS discoveries affect socioeconomic attainment through influence on individuals’ family-of-origin environments and their social mobility. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists predict reading ability from DNA alone Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Genetic study suggests there are variants that can increase chances of success in life (2018, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-genetic-variants-chances-success-life.html A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has found genetic variants that appear to confer success in life. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found. Explore further Genetics plays a role in how well people do in life—some seem more naturally endowed with traits for success than others. In this new effort, the researchers report finding some of the genetic variants that appear to account for such differences.To learn more about the role genetics plays in offering a propensity for success, the researchers undertook a genome-wide association study. They used data from five population-based longitude studies conducted in the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand. Analysis of the data allowed the group to derive polygenic scores for over 20,000 people. These scores, the researchers explain, were used as a yardstick of sorts to measure and compare the individuals against one another regarding success factors. The team used school and career achievement along with income as benchmarks for success.The researchers report finding that polygenic scores served as a useful benchmark—those with higher scores, they note, tended to do better in life. Using such an approach allowed the researchers to remove social status as a factor. Those with high polygenic scores tended to do better than their parents or siblings regardless of the social class in which they were raised. They also found that when comparing siblings, those with the higher polygenic scores generally became more successful.The researchers suggest their findings show that just a few genetic variants can account for providing people with a leg-up in life. Those who have them tend to read earlier, succeed in school at an early age and then go on to have successful careers. But, they also note, such variants are no guarantee—they point out that having such variants is still just a small part of the puzzle. They estimate the variants account for just four percent of differences in social mobility. © 2018 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.
The device in its copper cavity. Credit: Sletten et al. In their paper, published in Physical Review X, the researchers outline how they coupled a qubit to surface acoustic waves and successfully engineered a sharp frequency dependence in the qubit-phonon interaction. The interference resulting from this process generated a high-contrast frequency structure in the qubit-phonon interaction.”Inspired by the successful use of qubits to control quantum states of light, we wanted to explore what we can achieve by coupling qubits to sound,” Lucas Sletten, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “We asked ourselves: Is it possible to resolve that sound in a solid is, in fact, quantized? Can sound be used to store and process quantum information? Can these particle-like quanta of sound, termed phonons, be counted without destroying them? If so, could you play this trick with more than one mode at a time? And more generally, what is possible with sound that can’t be done with light?”Sletten and his colleagues used a device made up of a superconducting qubit that interacts strongly with phonons trapped in an acoustic cavity. The device was placed inside a microwave resonator that serves as a sensitive probe of the qubit. This allowed the researchers to measure and control the qubit, while observing its interaction with phonons. “The phonons live in an acoustic resonator that functions like a musical instrument, but at frequencies 20 octaves above the highest note on a piano,” Sletten said. “Just like an instrument, there are different notes, or modes, that can live within our resonator. The electrical analog of such a multi-mode resonator would be many meters long and a nightmare to implement on chip.”A mode within the resonator corresponds to an integer number of ripples fitting exactly into the box, or cavity, that confines the sound waves. To sense the motion of the trapped phonons, Sletten and his colleagues connected the qubit to the acoustic resonator using a transducer that transforms motion into electrical current. When sound is excited in their resonator, therefore, the qubit sees a current that alters its energy. Double-slit qubit concept and device. Credit: Sletten et al. Explore further “Another insight from our work is that the slowness of sound can be a valuable resource in engineering quantum systems,” Sletten said. “The long time it takes for a phonon to bounce back and forth between the mirrors is what allows the cavity to support multiple modes. Additionally, we leverage a long delay inserted in the middle of our transducer to precisely control how the qubit interacts with each mode, a crucial ability in counting phonons in a multi-mode cavity.” In the future, the research conducted by Sletten and his colleagues could pave the way towards the development of effective techniques to control acoustic quantum states. Meanwhile, the researchers plan to continue exploring the use of phonons in quantum science.For instance, they would like to investigate whether it is possible to entangle several different phonon modes (‘notes’) based on their shared interaction with a qubit. If confirmed experimentally, this would prove the huge potential of phonons for quantum information processing applications. “Acoustic systems are also a promising interface between different quantum platforms, such as superconducting qubits, quantum dots, and optical photons, and may also prove powerful tools for investigating the types of surface physics that may be limiting some cutting edge quantum technologies,” Sletten added. More information: L. R. Sletten et al. Resolving Phonon Fock States in a Multimode Cavity with a Double-Slit Qubit, Physical Review X (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.021056 Credit: Sletten et al. Phonon-mediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement Citation: Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity (2019, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-coupling-qubits-multimode-cavity.html “We engineered a system sensitive enough that even the quietest sound allowable by quantum mechanics, a particle-like single phonon, shifts our qubit’s energy enough for us to notice,” Sletten said. “Moreover, this detection does not destroy the phonons we measure. We can count phonons not only for one mode of the cavity but for several, demonstrating we can take full advantage of our multi-mode cavity.” The findings gathered by Sletten and his colleagues show that superconducting qubits can interact with sound waves strongly enough to reveal the quantum nature of sound, without a direct exchange of energy taking place. By attaining sensitivities high enough to break a sound wave into quantized parts, the researchers have moved one step closer to achieving excellent quantum control of acoustic systems. Journal information: Physical Review X In a recent study, researchers at the University of Colorado have resolved phonon Fock states in the spectrum of a superconducting qubit coupled to a multimode acoustic cavity. Fock states (or number states) are quantum states with a clearly defined number of particles. These states play a crucial part in the second quantization formulation of quantum mechanics. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The works of artist Suhas Roy, in his exhibition titled, Simply Suhas will be on display from 18 December.All the elements in his works ensure that his richly romantic subjects do not touch extreme syrupy and stereotypical portrayals. Instead, their very patent beauty veers towards melancholic grace and elegance. This graceful portrayal of his subjects has much to do with his choice of materials – crayons, charcoal and brush. Art works are usually inspired by life around him, but his themes are as much influenced by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. The vast and complex texture of life is seen as mystical and dark in his work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mystical flavour of his works arose from his interpretations of the ‘unknown’. Revealing his philosophy, the artist said ‘I want to prove that the business of art is simple’. Roy has proved that it is not necessary to fret and fume or deliver profound sermons. Success can come from delicate little strokes, small but honest commitments and simple joys. A fine blend of beauty and simplicity remain the hallmark of Suhas Roy’s work. His subjects are romanticised, inhabiting the dreamlike world between sensuality and innocence. This show will bring to the viewer, a rare combination of lasting beauty and nuanced depth-never compromising one for the other.When: 18th December, 10 am onwardsWhere: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre
In an endeavor to bring the SAARC nations together to jointly address the issue of employment and enhance regional integration, Sasian – South Asian Festival is being organised in the Capital At Hotel Ashok. The event will be a launch-pad for sustainable, cross cultural collaborations of South Asians across the globe.South Asian Festival will also host Lotus Bazaar which is a 4-day-long festival and will include a series of trans-disciplinary workshops, events, performances, symposia, exhibitions and fests. The Bazaar will offer space for direct retail to a selected few artists, artisans and cultural enterprises from all 9 South Asian countries attempting to connect the above to the global market. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Lotus Bazaar will also host South Asia’s first food festival named Sanjha Chulha, curated by Pushpesh Pant to promote the incredible variety of local and regional cuisines of South Asia showcasing the diversity of culinary art.The aim of the festival is to reverse de-skilling of artisans and revive the rich traditions of South Asia and to provide the traditional artisan with dignified options.When: March 28 – 31 Where: Hotel Ashoka
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Asking different states to continue raids to check hoarders, the union government on Thursday said over 1.2 lakh tonnes of pulses had been seized across the country so far.”The state governments have continued operations to check hoarding of pulses. So far 9,304 raids have been conducted and 1,20,907.90 tonnes of pulses seized,” union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said in a statement.The ministry advised the state governments to continue the drive against hoarders under the Essential Commodities Act.The seized pulses would be released in retail markets across the country to tame skyrocketing prices, that touched Rs.200 per kg for arhar.Earlier, state-run Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC) had floated a tender to import 18,000 tonnes of pulses (both tur and urad).
The Congress and NCP on Sunday boycotted a customary tea party hosted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on the eve of winter session of the state Legislature and accused the BJP-Shiv Sena government of failing on all fronts.The opposition leaders also reiterated that a scam of Rs 4000 crore has taken place in distribution of pulses in the state.In a joint press conference, leaders of the NCP and the Congress accused the BJP-led NDA government of failing to rein in suicides by farmers. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“…There is a shortfall in revenue collection; malnutrition deaths are on rise, the crime rate is also on rise in state, particularly in Nagpur,” said the Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress.He was echoed by other leaders including the Leader of Opposition in Council, Dhananjay Munde and former deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (both NCP).“The combined opposition has boycotted the customary tea party with Chief Minister (in protest against) the BJP-Shiv Sena government’s failure on every front,” said Vikhe Patil. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeHe said the saffron alliance of BJP and Sena had accused the Congress-NCP combine of “misrule” of 15 years when they came to power last year.“However, within a span of one year this government has undermined 15 years of our work,” the Congress leader told reporters after emerging from a combined meeting of the opposition parties.Vikhe Patil said the government stood “fully exposed” in the pulses scam and “we have already demanded resignation of Food and Civil Supplies Minister (Girish Bapat)”.
To give a visual treat to her audience, Divyangana, a young and dynamic Kuchipudi dancer will be performing at Kamani auditorium on December 26. The dance recital will commence with ‘Ganesh Stuthi’, a customary prayer to the Gods for a successful show.This will be followed by ‘Tarana’, a Hindustani musical item and a composition of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar in Raag Bhairavi and Taal Eka. In this specific dance form, dancers are depicted as sculptures that come to life and dance happily in the temple’s celebration but freezes back into sculptures towards the end. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNext in line is ‘Bhamakalapam’, which is a Sringara Kavya – practical exposition of Natya, Sangeeta, and Tala Shastras, altogether composed by Siddhendra Yogi. Even today, it is the most popular dance number and invariably the dream of every Kuchipudi artist to dance in the role of Satyabhama once in their lifetime. The dance number starts with Satyabhama entering the stage with a song that introduces her as the daughter of King Satrajeet, claiming to be the most beautiful amongst all women and the beloved of her lord. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis will be followed by ‘Sason Ki Mala’ – a popular Meera Bhajan. Post that, one can witness ‘Tarangam’ based on Raag Mohana and Taal Adi. ‘Tarangam’ marks the climax of a traditional Kuchipudi recital which depicts the famous stories of Krishna’s childhood. This item ends with a display of exquisite virtuosity as the dancers execute intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate while coordinating with complicated rhythmic patterns.Divyangna Ahuja is one of the most promising disciples of Padmabhushan and Padmashree Dr Raja Radha And Kaushalya Reddy. She has been trained at the institution named Natya Tarangini and emphazises on the perfection of techniques, foot work and body movement with a fine balance of ‘Abhinaya’.
Washington: An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ or ‘The Crouching Woman.’ Researchers released their findings on a press conference at the ongoing four-day annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Austin, Texas, Xinhua reported.The 1902 oil painting, owned by Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada, depicts a crouching and cloaked woman, painted in white, blues, grays and greens.Researchers used non-invasive portable imaging techniques, including infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging and then an X-ray fluorescence imaging instrument to detail those buried images. It shows that Picasso painted over another painter’s work after rotating it 90 degrees to the right, using some of the landscape forms in his own final composition. For example, Picasso incorporated the lines of the cliff edges into the woman’s back.Picasso also made a major compositional change, the study showed. The artist initially painted the woman with a right arm and hand holding a disk but then covered them with her cloak in the final work. Marc Walton, a research professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University said, “Picasso had no qualms about changing things during the painting process.”The imaging techniques allowed art collectors to better understand Picasso’s style, influences and process.”When we saw the rendering of the lead elemental map, it became clear to me that the arm hidden under the visible surface of ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ is the same as the proper right arm of a crouching woman in a Picasso watercolour recently sold at auction,” said Kenneth Brummel, the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art. The watercolour is titled ‘Femme assise’ (1902).”We now are able to develop a chronology within the painting structure to tell a story about the artist’s developing style and possible influences,” said Sandra Webster-Cook, AGO’s senior conservator of paintings.
To celebrate the 158th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, (NGMA) in association with National School of Drama has organised Children Theatre Festival. The event was officially inaugurated on June 21, 2019.Plays developed and performed by children will enthrall the audience at The Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi. All the performances are based on Rabindranath Tagore’s work and have proved to be a crucial tool in giving insight into the great life of the artist. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe National School of Drama and NGMA have been collaborating in organising such workshops for children every now and then. In the past month, participants have been coming every single day to rehearse and understand their respective plays along with instructors. The whole campus has almost been given a new life because of the energy and enthusiasm of the children. Speaking at the inaugural function, Adwaita Charan Garanayak, Director General, NGMA stated, “The children have found a unique way of immortalising the spirit of Tagore’s work through their creative practices. The dedication of the participants and the organisers was evident as they came every day and put in their hard work throughout the infamous dry heat of Delhi summers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRitu Sharam, Director, NGMA stated, “I am pleased to say that the workshop has been a great way of initiating the process of making NGMA more accessible to the public. Interaction with all sections of the society while interpreting NGMA’s role in the 21st century and making it a cultural hub is an area that concerns me the most. NGMA with its repository is focusing on the diverse modules of increasing interaction with all of society as one to form stronger relationships. This workshop was an integral step in our endeavour to allow people and especially children to familiarise themselves with great artists like Tagore and the museum at large.” The workshops are divided into three age groups – 8 to 11-year-old, 11 to 13-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old.
3. Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers. REJECTED. – The Clippers have lost 9-straight games to the Warriors, and it seems clear that they don’t have a prayer to beat them as currently constituted. A lot of people like this trade. Colin has gone back and forth.In the end, Anthony doesn’t solve the Clippers math problem against the Warriors. He’s a two-point jump shooter, and that doesn’t cut it while Golden State is knocking down threes. If the end objective is to beat the Warriors, Anthony isn’t the answer. Pass. 5. Jimmy Butler to the Celtics. ACCEPTED. – Alright, now we’re talking. This rumor has been gaining steam in the NBA rumor mill thanks to an eyeball emoji tweet from Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas last night. If Danny Ainge can get this done, it’s a no-brainer. Butler is a legit, franchise player for a team that has roster of mostly B- guys.The Celtics tried, and failed, to make significant moves with a stack of draft picks last year, and still have plenty of assets. This move may not beat the Cavs this year, but it instantly makes them the second-best team in the East. It gives them two A players in Thomas and Butler, a B player in Horford, and an A coach in Brad Stevens. Get it done, Danny.The Celtics should do whatever it takes to trade for Jimmy ButlerRT if you agree with @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/0YHZUGY1nu— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 21, 2017 7. Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs. REJECTED. – Colin has said this trade was a bad idea from the time it first became a thing. The Cavs giving up Kevin Love for Anthony makes no sense and doesn’t do anything to help them win another title.Love and Anthony are both defensive liabilities, but Love gives the Cavs three—point shooting and rebounding. Anthony doesn’t do either. Even when Love was struggling in the Finals, he still managed to pull down 14 rebounds in Game 7. Enough with this dumb banana boat fantasy. It shouldn’t happen. It’s not happening. Cavs GM David Griffin should run away from this trade like he just rear-ended a Pinto. 4. Blake Griffin to the Celtics. REJECTED. – Colin has never questioned Blake Griffin’s talent, but he hasn’t seen convincing evidence that he makes his teams better. When Griffin was out last year with a host of injuries, the Clippers went on a winning streak.Colin thinks Griffin is already past his physical peak, which is bad news when his game is based almost exclusively on athleticism and attacking the rim. The Celtics have the most trade capital of any team at the trade deadline, but this is not the move to make. Advertisement 2. Derrick Rose to the Timberwolves. ACCEPTED. – The word on the street is that the Timberwolves want to unload Ricky Rubio’s contract, and that Tom Thibodeau likes Kris Dunn’s long-term prospects. Multiple reports Thibs may be interested in reuniting with Derrick Rose in Minnesota.It’s no secret that Colin isn’t a fan oft-injured, ball-centric Rose, but he’s playing on a one-year deal and Rubio’s contract runs until the end of the 2018 season. Also, Rose is capable of running Minnesota, which gives Kris Dunn more time to develop and hopefully take over next year. Sign the paperwork. The trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Some teams are trying to make that one move to put them over the top, while others are looking to unload salary and bad contracts. GM Colin showed up for work today, and put his stamp of approval – or denial – on the 7 biggest proposed trades floating out there in the NBA rumor mill.No Woj Bombs here, just straight Colitov Cocktails.Here’s Colin’s yay or nay on 7 potential trade deadline deals:Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers. REJECTED. – This deal has popped up on the radar over the last several days, and according to New York Post, Anthony would be comfortable relocating to the L.A. This trade makes no sense for the Lakers. Carmelo doesn’t play any defense and would be a bad fit for a Lakers roster loaded with young core players. 6. Lou Williams to the Wizards. ACCEPTED. – This move isn’t a sexy as Butler to Boston, but it’s a solid move for a young team trying to rise in the hierarchy of the Eastern Conference. Williams is a steady scorer who can run back-up point in the sixth man role. He’ll also add depth in the playoffs for a team that aspires to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.The Lakers are already working on a protected lottery pick from another train wreck season, and Williams isn’t a part of their long-term plans. If they can get another pick from Washington for Williams, they should pull the trigger. Why would they trade for another star on the downside of his prime, after just getting out from under the albatross of Kobe’s massive contract? None of this makes any sense.
Stop making excuses for Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook got bounced in the first round of the playoffs last night by the Rockets, and Colin wasn’t shocked. During another fourth quarter where Westbrook ran out of gas, the announcers noted that he had played 40 minutes and was carrying the burden of the team, as an excuse for his performance.Colin thinks it’s ridiculous to make excuses for Westbrook when he doesn’t have it in the fourth quarter of a first-round playoff game, but murder LeBron for cramping up after playing 40-plus minutes through to the Finals. Allen Iverson never got the same benefit of the doubt as Westbrook, either. He was significantly smaller than Westbrook, a better defender, and got routinely hammered in a more physical NBA.It’s the responsibility of a true superstar to conserve energy at points in the game, so they can close it out in the fourth. Michael did it, LeBron does it. Westbrook doesn’t get it. That’s his problem. Stop making excuses.“This is what’s happened in Russell Westbrook’s world. Excuse after excuse after excuse.”The NFL Draft is all about productionThe NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night and NFL teams are furiously evaluating talent down to the last minute. Draft night-eve is the time when teams abandon carefully constructed draft strategy when the bullets are flying and make emotional decisions.For months, the general consensus has been that this year’s quarterback class is subpar, but Colin thinks once the draft kicks off, however, teams will have no problem talking themselves into drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Draft “experts” say one quarterback might go, Colin thinks the number will be more like 4 or 5. The panic is already in the air, it is every year.“My prediction is we will have three quarterbacks picked in the first round, maybe four.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Westbrook’s first round exit from the playoffs; if he needs to change his style of play to have a chance to win in the playoffs; and why Chris Paul’s legacy will be hurt by his lack of playoff success.Greg Cosell – Senior producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show to talk NFL Draft; what the film says about the running backs; why he doesn’t agree that Myles Garrett is “lazy”; and his scouting report on Mitchell Trubisky.Cris Carter – FS1 host and Pro Football Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss Jabrill Peppers diluted drug test; the Gareon Conley rape allegations; and his take on pre-draft red flags.Lance Zierlein – NFL.com NFL Draft analyst is in-studio to talk NFL Draft; his sure things; potential busts; and why he’s not sold on Deshaun Watson or Myles Garrett; and why he doesn’t think Trubisky is an AlphaGlen “Big Baby” Davis – NBA Champion with the Celtics is in-studio to talk about the Clippers struggles; why it’s time to blow it up; and what makes Rajon Rondo a leader.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Q: For entrepreneurs going into the Internet of Things, what do they need to worry about? How do they keep their product safe? A: One of the biggest security challenges we will face over the next five years is how to secure the 50 billion devices coming online. Between the exponential growth of connected devices and the introduction of hyper-connectivity with 5G, the bad actors will have an unprecedented ability to leverage an extraordinarily large attack surface at previously unrealized speeds.In the middle of 2014, HP published research that basically suggested that most IoT device manufacturers were foregoing any meaningful security and instead solving for time to market and convenience. In the report, they looked at the top 10 devices deployed in consumers’ homes and found that they had on average 25 vulnerabilities each. Most of those vulnerabilities were things that any security practitioner would address before taking the device to market such as not using encrypted communications, not requiring a password reset and not requiring a complex password, to name a few. I recall being on a panel at IoT conference last year where one of the panelists talked about a connected lightbulb that was broadcasting WiFi passwords in clear text so anyone who detected the lightbulb would be able to easily tunnel into any device connected to the WiFi. Related: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Future of Cybersecurity and HackersTo build trust with the businesses and consumers who will be purchasing your IoT devices, I suggest you consider the following:Build security in from the beginning.Hire a cybersecurity expert or seek consultation to ensure you are building products that are secure before you take them to market. Your worst nightmare would be waking up one morning to find your IoT devices were shown to be easily hacked or have a serious exploitable vulnerability.Take privacy seriously.Don’t bury the privacy statement deep in a EULA and be sure to use simple language that clearly reflects what information you will collecting and what you will be doing with the data. Related: Going Beyond Passwords: 4 Ways to Keep Your Company’s Information SafeBe transparent.Only collect the data you need what you say you’re going to collect and only do with it what you say in your privacy statement.Plan for the worst.Even if you have built a secure IoT device and are adhering to your privacy statement, you still may find your device and company being the victim of an attack. You should build and practice a crisis communications plan should your company’s IoT device be a negative media headline. Stay informed.Security practices, architectures and solutions are constantly evolving especially as they relate to IoT. Stay informed of what’s going on the space and use the latest, best known methods and techniques. Research was recently published saying that 45 percent of those surveyed said concerns over online privacy and security stopped them from using the Internet in very practical ways. I believe for the full potential of the Internet and IoT devices to be realized, we must demonstrate both can be properly secured and that we can protect the privacy of those who use them. Related: Digital Pickpockets Are Now Targeting Your Smartphone 3 min read May 25, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
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Moreover, growing use of feldspar in various end-user industries is expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the feldspar market during the forecast period.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2908321?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNRise of the market is backed owing to the increasing use of feldspar in automotive glass and rising commercial and residential real estate investments. Government is enthusiastically involved in various investments and activities for promoting construction and to build infrastructure. According to the IBEF (India Brand Equity Foundation), India has received foreign direct investment of around $24.7 billion from April 2000 till 2017 with an aim to carry infrastructure and construction development projects in India. Similarly, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2016, investment in real estate development grew approx. 6.9 % year on year in China. Additionally, as per the Fraser Institute Organization in March 2017, the federal government and several provincial governments collectively plans to spend approx. $ 180 billion on infrastructure in Canada. These funds are allocated particularly for Alberta and Ontario. Also, the Department of Finance (Canada) estimates that, the government of Ontario is planning to spend around $160 billion on infrastructure over 12 years and Alberta government is also planning to spend $39 billion on infrastructure which includes social housing and to enhance commercial infrastructure over 5 years starting in 2017. Hence, rising investments in commercial and residential real estate is expected to boost the demand for feldspar considering its industrial application viz., as a raw material in glass & ceramics, coating for welding rods and as extenders and fillers in paint industry thereby supplementing the growth of the feldspar market across the globe during the forecast period. 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Australian Matt Pearson is behind Alauda, a flying, racing car startup.Image: alaudaBy Johnny Lieu2017-12-14 05:04:37 UTC Since Back to the Future, you’re far from alone if you’ve wondered where the heck your flying car is already.Sure, we’ve seen pitches by the likes of Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and Slovakian startup AeroMobil — but the reality of a flying car still seems a way off.An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I. Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse.Unlike the DeLorean, Pearson’s Airspeeder Mark I is a quadcopter — essentially a bigger version of a drone, with a single seat for the pilot. “About three years ago I started to look at hover technology, and magnetic hovering. The problem with that is you need to build a track as well as the vehicle. You can’t just build a magnetic hover car and fly it on any road, you need to build the road,” Pearson explained to Mashable.“Then I realised quadcopter designs were so much more versatile, so much more advanced, and so much more easier to work with.” Image: alaudaMuch of the Airspeeder is custom made: The wooden propellers, the 50-megawatt electric motors, and the aluminium frame. It’ll be powered by lithium ion batteries and will have a top speed of more than 200 km/h. The Airspeeder will have sensors to prevent collisions, but they’re also looking into a Mars Lander-type safety system, which uses airbags to protect the vehicle on impact.While the dynamics of an Airspeeder might be different, the control surfaces are similar to a normal aircraft. Two joysticks will each control pitch and roll, as pedals control yaw and throttle.Turning Airspeeder into a sportWhy just fly a car when you can race it? Pearson hopes to have two Airspeeders test-racing through a desert in the later half of 2018, with an aim to launch a Grand Prix in 2020. They’ll be unmanned at first, as the team works on the car’s safety systems. “We want to create a sport, not just a flying car. So Alauda is like Ferrari, and we have something called Airspeeder — that’s like Formula One, which is the category,” he explained.“We want to create race regulations that say you can’t go higher than this, you can’t go lower than this, and we’ll build that into the software as well so it limits what drivers can do. That will be related to safety, but also crowd safety too.”The races could be time trials around an aerobatics course, a la Red Bull Air Race, or an endurance sprint from point-to-point.“It depends on how much space governments will allow us to have, and where it’s safe to do it. The good thing about Australia is that we’ve got a lot of open fields … [but] one of the limitations are is that you can’t go that far without needing another battery, so I would say we’re thinking of starting something as small as a couple of square kilometres.”Like in motorsports, Pearson envisages integrating the art of the pitstop in Airspeeder racing. “What we’ll have in the racing is a lot of pit stops, you touch down, the crew slides out the batteries and slides new ones in. So it’s going to be a really exciting thing to watch,” he said.Great Scott! But it’s still early daysAlauda are still testing prototypes on a field within Australian military airspace, with government permission. Pearson is currently the company’s sole investor. The company has turned to a Kickstarter to help raise funds and gauge interest in the endeavour.“We’re running this Kickstarter to go hey, if people are excited about this come join us, be part of this, the more money we raise the faster we can go,” he said.“It’s engineering time to get the safety systems right, and the certification — this has to be certified like a normal aircraft and each part has to be certified individually. It’s a long process, and we want to get it started.”They’re also looking for people who have a background as a racing driver, but also a pilot’s license, who might want to fly an Airspeeder (if you’re one of these people, you’ve used your time on this planet very, very well).“You actually see that quite often through history, especially with Formula One drivers — those kinds of thrill seekers. It’s that mix of experience, because we’re blending those two fields. We’ve found a couple like that already and we’re excited about that,” Pearson said.
In all the early chaos, a thousand Plutos may have formed in the distant part of the solar system where Neptune orbits today, including a nascent Ceres. Then the shifting gas giants scattered those bodies everywhere. “In the great rearrangement of the solar system, Pluto went outward, Ceres came inward,” says planetary scientist and New Horizons co-investigator William McKinnon. He proposed Ceres’ migration in 2008 — the first hint of a potential sibling relationship between the two worlds.It’s possible that Ceres could have formed near its current place in the asteroid belt, McKinnon concedes, but then it would be “a most unusual asteroid.” The dwarf planet alone accounts for about a third of the belt’s mass, and its icy interior distinguishes it from its rockier neighbors. Plus, recent observations on Ceres’ surface of ammonia (of household cleaner fame) also hint toward a more distant origin, to a time and place when such compounds were more common.As for Pluto’s migration, Neptune probably managed the heavy lifting. When the ice giant spiraled outward, it carried nearby smaller icy bodies along with it, shepherding them toward the edge of the solar system. It’s just a twist of fate that Neptune carried away Pluto, while Jupiter and Saturn brought in Ceres.Active WorldsThe dwarf planets defied expectations when NASA’s spacecraft arrived. Instead of observing cold, dead blocks of ice, Dawn and New Horizons saw dynamic planets with signs of ongoing activity. Although water and ice should evaporate rapidly on Ceres, with its exposed surface, Dawn saw signs of ice in some of its craters. Pluto, far from the sun, constantly repaints its surface with new material, most likely liquids welling up from below and freezing on its surface.Both worlds might also boast the same strange phenomenon: icy volcanoes spouting frigid lava. Ceres has only one mountain, a dome-like bulge about half the size of Mount Everest known as Ahuna Mons. Pluto has a pair of slopes in its southern hemisphere, informally named Wright and Piccard Montes. On Ceres, the ice is made up of frozen salt water and mud, but on Pluto, it’s probably ammonia. While “we think of ammonia like Mr. Clean and Windex, very liquid,” McKinnon says, at Pluto’s subfreezing surface temperatures, ammonia freezes into solid ice. “Once you get it that cold, it’s like honey or hot basaltic lava, so it will act more like lava,” he explains.Desch and Marc Neveu, both at Arizona State University, model cryovolcanism on icy worlds. Neveu says a slushy mix would be driven to the surface of both planets “if the fluid has an extra push.” What could provide that push? Two potential scenarios: gas seeping from the liquid solution, like carbon dioxide escaping from an open soda can, and a pressure difference caused by the slow freezing of liquids.Both worlds actually show recent signs of such oozing eruptions. On Ceres, the relatively smooth flanks of Ahuna Mons and the presence of water ice suggest material bursting forth from within. The strange texture of the plains around Pluto’s mountains suggests flowing lava. Scientists aren’t sure yet how active the volcanoes are today.
Qatar Airways flies the rainbow from Doha to MykonosChiang Mai in Northern Thailand named one of Travel +Leisure World’s Top 15 Cities 2017Winners of IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards announced Chiang Mai, 14 December, 2017 – Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its fourth gateway into Thailand with its inaugural service to Chiang Mai, as Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference today at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai alongside the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, and the Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (3rd from left), H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive (center), and Mr. Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways Senior eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/qatar-airways-opens-fourth-gateway-into-thailand-with-new-service-to-chiang-mai/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… SAWASDEE:
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Owner and managing director, Blaine Adamson, declined to accept the order, saying slogans of gay pride breached his religious belief system.“Specifically, it’s the Lexington Pride Festival, the name and that it’s advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can’t promote that message”, he told the city’s Human Rights Commission.The Commission had ruled that Adamson’s refusal to take the order breached a city ordinance which prohibits local businesses from discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)The ruling was overturned by the Kentucky court of appeals last year, which found that the ordinance did not extend to speech.In a 2:1 finding, the court ruled that while the city’s ‘fairness’ ordinance does protect gays and lesbians from being discriminated against, it does not mean that they are obliged to spread a certain message.“The right of free speech does not guarantee to any person the right to use someone else’s property,” wrote Chief Judge Joy Kramer.The ruling was blasted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, now named the Pride Community Services Organisation, who said the ruling was not about free speech, but about LGBT+ people being treated as “second class citizens”.The agency decided to ask the Kentucky Supreme Court for a hearing, which they have accepted.(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, has backed a t-shirt company in its high court battle, after it refused to print pride shirts due to its owner’s religious beliefs.The Lexington-based company, Hands On Originals, had refused to print slogans for city’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization in 2012, who had placed the order in advance of a gay pride march. Now, the case is before the state’s highest court and being backed by the state’s Governor. Attorneys for Bevin have been asked to file a brief for the court case involving Hands On Originals.The state needs to protect the right of citizens to act according to their conscience, Bevin says.It is not the first time that the conservative Governor’s views on the LGBT+ community have landed him in the spotlight.In March, Bevin signed legislation which allows student groups which receive public funding at universities, colleges and high schools to discriminate against LGBT+ students.The law protects students who “voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints … in classroom, homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments”, even when those views are homophobic.It was labelled “shameful” by Human Rights Commission’s legal director, Sarah Warbelow who said: “No student should fear being excluded from a school club or participating in a school activity because they are LGBTQ”.She added: “While of course private groups should have the freedom to express religious viewpoints, they should not be able to unfairly discriminate with taxpayer funds.”Bevin is also a strong backer of the anti-gay marriage clerk, Kim Davis, who made news in 2015 for blocking the marriage of gay couples in Rowan County, Kentucky, after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the constitutional right to marry.The anti-LGBT marriage clerk eventually allowed her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, after she was briefly jailed for contempt of court, but only if the marriage licenses did not bear her name as the clerk.At the time, Bevin pledged to re-draft the state’s laws to aid Davis, saying: “One thing I will take care of right away, we will remove the names of county clerks from the marriage forms. That is going to be done.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) What does ‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ mean?Trump official tells Supreme Court: Businesses should be free to put up ‘no gay couples’ signsPrimark faces backlash as no profits from Pride t-shirts donated to LGBT+ causesPINK NEWS-
Rome Pride took place 9 June (Photo: @romaprideofficial | Instagram) Man in ‘frock’ denies validity of gay families.Vatican wants to align with young peopleSome Vatican officials made the assertion that ‘LGBT youth’ wanted to ‘benefit from greater closeness’ with the Church and ‘experience greater care by the Church’.Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Vatican’s synod office, told reporters that the LGBT reference was deployed because it had been used by young people and the church was following suit.“We are open. We don’t want to be closed in on ourselves,” he said.The shift marks a departure from previous language used by the Vatican. In the past it has used terms such as “persons with homosexual tendencies”, while more recent documents have used the term ‘homosexuals’.Cloistered views: Vatican moving slowly towards inclusiveness. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Better late than never, the Vatican has recognised the LGBT world for the first time, in a bid to position the Catholic church as more inclusive. UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitNearly 10,000 people sign petition to remove pro-LGBTI priest from major Catholic eventGreater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pope-recognises-lgbt-for-first-time-but-is-it-repentance/ Pope Francis has also used the word ‘gay’ at press conferences and in interviews.The report was released ahead of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, due to take place in October. One of the topics on the agenda will be ‘Young people, the faith and vocational discernment’.‘The Synod’s primary aim is to make the whole Church aware of her important and not at all optional task of accompanying every young person, without exclusion, towards the joy of love, said Cardinal Baldisseri.However, the move comes just days after Pope Francis angered LGBT groups by saying that gay families weren’t ‘valid’.Those comments were made last weekend when the Pope attended a meeting on Saturday with Italian group Forum delle Famiglie.Then, in a Vatican document published on Tuesday, senior Church figures gave reference to LGBT, which some may interpret as a way of making amends for the comments denying the validity of gay families.In a separate interview published on Wednesday, the 266th Pope also reaffirmed that women could still not become priests.‘Yes, we must give them [women] a role, but this is not enough,’ he told the Reuters news agency. ‘With sacred orders, you can’t do anything because dogmatically it doesn’t go – and John Paul II was clear and closed the door, and I won’t turn on this.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window The accident happened on the M6. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) A dog, called Buster, made it out of the van without serious injury. (Image: Central Motorway Police Group.) Police search for missing woman The rescue was also attended by Central Motorway Police Group and Highways West Midlands. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) Driver named following fatal collision Emergency service workers at the scene. (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency service workers were called to the M6 today after a van rolled over. The incident happened earlier today on the M6 northbound between junction 15 and 16. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say a van left the carriageway and rolled over. Two people sustained minor injuries and fire crews from Hanley, Newcastle and Longton managed to expertly extract the driver with support help from West Midlands Ambulance Service. A dog, called Buster, made it out of the van without serious injury. The rescue was also attended by Central Motorway Police Group and Highways West Midlands – who made the area safe while the operation was underway. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes
The hunt for a monster-sized African Rock Python is continuing near Ladysmith.Residents just outside of Ladysmith in Helpmekaar Road are living in fear, as a six-metre-plus African Rock Python has been seen several times in the Ekuvukeni area.The concern to residents and local snake expert Fanie Cilliers is that the area in which the snake has been spotted is near two primary schools, with children coming and going all the time.A snake of this size can easily see a small child as prey if there isn’t any natural food source in the area.Concerned community members at the top of the mountain, waiting to see the snakeFanie was in the area on Monday and Wednesday this week, trying to find the snake after it was seen by residents and police, who have photos of the massive reptile.The snake eluded Fanie on both days, going down a burrow which was made by porcupines which it devoured as prey.Fanie says the burrow is basically a labyrinth of tunnels in a 30-metre radius and is deep down, with tunnels running in different directions, making this catch very tricky.The snake is a female due to its size and is very likely to be sitting on eggs. A python can lay anything from 20 to 100 eggs, which means that 100 baby African Rock Pythons could soon be roaming around in the area.Inside one of the many holes into the burrowResidents are fearful, with over 50 goats having gone missing this year alone. They say more are likely to go missing.On Tuesday (August 2), police contacted Fanie to go out to where the snake was last seen. With the cautious help of scared residents, fires were lit at the entrance to one of the 20 holes to try and smoke the snake out, but the snake did not budge.Also read: Update: Massive African Rock Python found close to primary school near Ladysmith (Contains capture video) WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Ladysmith believe it or not: When a snake is not a snake, community blames inyangaAlso read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithAlso read: 4-metre-plus Python snake chases 9-year-old boy up a tree, fleeing for his life near LadysmithAlso read: Watch: Huge Mozambique Spitting Cobra snake found at Ladysmith home as it spits venomFanie and the residents also tried to dig a hole to get a better view of the burrow, but after digging for over four hours, nothing was found.Now they are all waiting for the snake to be spotted again so that it can be captured and safely relocated away from the schoolchildren and goats in the area.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!
NTT Nissan Ladysmith hosted the launch of the new Nissan Navara on Tuesday, February 7.Potential customers were amazed and intrigued by the muscular vehicle, crowding around to get a better view of its interior and exterior good looks.Those who attended the event were excited about the release of the all-new Nissan Navara and were seen interacting with the sales officials at NTT, finding out more about this ruggedly handsome and certainly very capable vehicle.The new Nissan Navara is a tough customer and is touted as being one of the best all round utility vehicles ever to hit South African shores. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It boasts superior off and on road performance, a high level of luxury features and great fuel economy. The 2.3LE turbo-diesel engine is the epitome of ‘punch’, with 450 NM of torque and 140 KW of power available in all models.“The all-new Nissan Navara has a fuel consumption of 6.5 litres / 100km. It also has three and a half tons of towing capacity and 1.2kg of load capacity. The new Nissan Navara will be available for sale in showrooms from the beginning of March this year,” said Dealer Principal Willem Bosch.
Considering the persistent drought and uThukela releasing a statement saying they will be forced to shut off the water supply for 19 hours a day, Ladysmith residents say the town cannot afford to have burst water pipes go unattended.Inside the premises of Mnambith TVET College lies a burst water pipe out of which thousands of litres of water is running freely. The leak has been in existence for about two weeks now.“When I contacted the municipality, a lady said she’d report the matter and have somebody come and fix the pipe, but in the two weeks of complaining, nobody from the municipality has come to fix it,” said a concerned drought sufferer. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “As we are currently facing drought conditions and having water cuts in residential areas, burst pipes raise a major concern to the people of Ladysmith. This kind of thing should be fixed pronto to save the town’s water. It’s a precious resource, is it not, and yet the ‘powers that be’ can just stand by and watch it go to waste for weeks on end. How is this acceptable?” said another resident.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Behind the scenes, the private sector has seconded people who are working to ensure the model is financially and economically robust and sustainable.A team of actuaries, seconded by the banks and insurers and managed by the Association for Savings and Investment SA, is crunching the numbers to determine a viable funding model. The model, which seeks to offer fully subsidised education to the very poor, will include both loans and grants for the “missing middle”, with the amount to be repaid determined by income after students graduate.Funding will come from existing and new streamsUltimately it will include NSFAS funding, as well as private sector funding, donations and debt funding. The new B-BEE codes suggest that private sector firms voluntarily contribute 6% of payroll, up from 3%, to skills funding. On the debt side, the model envisages various levels of debt funding including social bonds, DFI funding and commercial funding from long term investors such as pension funds.Nxasana is loath at this stage to put a figure on the size of the funding pot, or the number of students that the system will be able to fund – although he has a rough estimate in mind.Public policy, tax and legislative requirementsA team from Webber Wentzel is working to fulfil the public policy, tax and legislative requirements that such a model will demand.Systems requirementsSoftware developers are busy with the systems that will allow the financial scheme to run efficiently and reach across all of South Africa’s universities and colleges. Nxasana reels off at least five systems that require development. For instance, means testing which is a manual process and open to fraud and abuse needs to be automated. A student management system is essential. “We need to link with university and college portals to monitor student academic activity. If we are going to provide support, we need to know immediately that a student is not coping.” Call centres, debtor management systems – these all need to be developed.“These are massive undertakings,” says Nxasana. “They cannot be completed in a few weeks.”Rollout 2018Assuming all goes well with the pilots, Nxasana is hopeful that the full funding programme can be rolled out in 2018. Initially it will run parallel to NSFAS and as and when NSFAS is capacitated, the two will merge.Read the original article on Moneyweb WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite New model for tertiary education funding“We have a solution to the student fees problem,” says the former CEO of FirstRand Siswe Nxasana, now the driver behind a public-private partnership working around the clock behind the scenes to create a new funding model to resolve South Africa’s tertiary education funding crisis.With students rioting across the country and arson the order of the day, few problems are more pressing but with a new solution in sight the mayhem and destruction is becoming all the more senseless.In an interview with our sister site Moneyweb, Nxasana, who is also currently the chairman of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), says this new funding model will be piloted at six to eight universities and a number of technical education colleges next year and will offer free education to those that currently cannot afford it.Discussed with stakeholdersIt has been discussed in a series of meetings involving all of South Africa’s stakeholders, including student groups.In a nutshell the model aims to provide funding for students whose parents or caregivers earn less than R600 000 a year. This is considerably more than is currently available through NSFAS and would include students that fall into the so-called “missing middle”.Like NSFAS, this funding will be designed to cover tuition and living expenses. However, the model goes further in that it will provide students with academic support as well as life-skills and social skills.Skills shortage will be addressedIt is also designed to address SA’s acute skills shortage – there will be increased focus on funding those qualifications that are in demand, as well as scarce skills, says Nxasana in the Moneyweb interview.“What we are trying to do is resolve the skills supply / demand imbalance that exists in the country.”Strong relationships between business and institutions of learningBusiness will build stronger relationships with institutions to ensure that the students produced are employable. This means ensuring that curricula are relevant and of high quality.“With a few exceptions mainly in professional qualifications, this has hardly been done before,” says Nxasana. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
At about 7.15am (today), a man in his early 50s was travelling along the Colenso/Weenen Road (R74) when he stopped to speak to someone at the side of the road. A vehicle then drove past and the occupants opened fire on the two. It is suspected that there may have been about three gunmen who fled the scene by vehicle.The man who stopped to speak to the pedestrian sustained several gunshot wounds to the body, fatally wounding him. The pedestrian (in his early 40s) sustained gunshot wounds to the arm and is in hospital.The drive-by shooting has sent shock waves through not just the Colenso community, but those linked to the various clans in the ongoing taxi war that has plagued eZakheni. The motive is still unclear at this stage. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Colenso police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. The name of the deceased is known, but the pedestrian has not yet been officially identified.Police are still searching for the suspects.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there?
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News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | March 29, 2010 Patients Tolerate Lymph-Node Radiotherapy After Breast Surgery 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 March 29, 2010 – Researchers found in patients with early breast cancer, delivering radiation therapy to the lymph nodes located behind the breast bone and above the collar bone is well-tolerated, after mastectomy or breast conserving surgery.Dr. Philip Poortmans, from the Dr. Bernard Verbeeten Instituut, Tilburg, The Netherlands, a radiation oncologist will tell delegates at the seventh European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC7), and a member of the EORTC* Radiation Oncology Group, will present the results from the study. Dr. Poortmans will describe how women at a high risk of developing breast cancer will probably benefit from additional lymph node radiotherapy.Initial findings from the 4,004-patient multi-center study carried out by the EORTC radiotherapy and breast cancer groups (46 institutions from 13 countries) show that there is no evidence of increased toxicity to the heart at three years follow-up in patients who received additional lymph node radiotherapy.Patients will be followed-up for many years to see whether specific lymph-node radiotherapy could lead to long-term damage of the heart or the lungs, side effects that are associated with breast cancer radiotherapy.The long-term aim of the EORTC study is to see whether giving additional radiotherapy to the lymph nodes located behind the breast bone and above the internal mammary and medial supraclavicular lymph nodes to patients with early operable breast cancer will improve overall survival.For more information: www.ecco-org.eu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
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News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | May 21, 2012 HIMSS Submits Comments on Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Standards & Certification Criteria NPRMs News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | 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 May 21, 2012 — The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program—Stage 2; and Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology.“Since the inception of the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), HIMSS has supported the concept of graduated complexity of meaningful use that recognizes the varying degrees of maturity of adoption and implementation of health IT that serve as the foundation for healthcare transformation,” said Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president. “We appreciate the incredible commitment [HHS] has placed on engaging in a public dialogue and agree that the Meaningful Use program encourages standards-based collection, analysis and exchange of health data in a safe and secure environment that can help providers, hospitals and consumers improve care delivery for all Americans.”Over the first year of the Meaningful Use program, HIMSS has observed an increasing amount of resources being utilized to prepare eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) for attestation. As part of its HIMSS analytics data collection on meaningful use activity, HIMSS has seen a 12 percent increase in hospital preparedness for stage 1 meaningful use requirements. The increase appears to be an affirmation of the impact of the Meaningful Use program, and organizations’ collective willingness to engage in the program as a foundation for improving the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery in the United States.HIMSS strongly suggests the government incorporate a 90- to 180-day reporting period for the first year of Stage 2 in 2014. As part of the preparation for the Stage 2 Final Rule, HIMSS is encouraging HHS to continue reviewing and reassessing the timeline to maximize the amount of time all EPs, EHs, CAHs and vendors have to prepare for Stage 2 meaningful use.HIMSS also recommends that 2014 (the first year of the new certification criteria and CQMs [clinical quality measures]) be limited to a 90- to 180-day reporting period and that the department reconsider the proposal that providers who are in Stage 1 will be required to meet all of the criteria changes to Stage 1 by FY/CY 2014. HIMSS also recognizes the areas in which its members agree with the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) proposed rules, and provides support—notably, this includes support for the “Base” EHR concept, and for the extension of Stage 1 meaningful use for 2011 attesters.The HIMSS comments also:Encourage alignment between federal and state quality reporting requirements;Emphasize that quality measures should be utilized only if the standard and specifications supporting the quality measure have been tested and verified;Encourage the utilization of mobile technologies to support patient engagement;Include several requests for additional clarity or definition; andAddress questions in the NPRM around accounting of disclosures and data portability.For more information: www.himss.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more
Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | 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 | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more September 28, 2012 — On Sept. 3, three patients became Gleneagles Hospital’s first to receive their radiation therapy treatments on the center’s new Elekta Synergy treatment system equipped with Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator (MLC). The beam-shaping solution’s ultra-fast leaf movements enabled clinicians at Gleneagles Hospital to cut treatment times nearly in half.”Beam delivery for two of the patients took almost half the time it takes on the existing treatment system,” says Yak Koon Tay, chief physicist at Gleneagles Hospital. Gleneagles Hospital acquired Elekta Synergy in June with Agility integrated, powered by the Integrity R3.0 digital control system. It is the first center in Southeast Asia to have the Agility 160-leaf MLC. The center also plans treatments with Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system.”Patients benefit from various advantages that Agility brings, including low transmission, high leaf speed, optimal leaf width, orthogonal tracking jaws and consistently good penumbra and accuracy,” Tay observes. “With the low MLC transmission of less than 0.5 percent, patients with cancer will receive reduced mean dose to organs-at-risk.”Integrity and Monaco bring added advantagesIn addition to state-of-the-art beam shaping with Agility, Elekta Synergy promises smooth and safe delivery of all treatment techniques with the Integrity control system, Tay adds.”Accuracy and performance are significantly improved with Integrity,” he says. “Continuously variable dose rate [CVDR] – which allows the dose rate to be adjusted to its ideal value during delivery of both dynamic and [volumetric modulated arc therapy] VMAT techniques – makes the delivery of the prescription smoother and faster when compared to a discrete dose rate.”Monaco — with the gold standard Monte Carlo dose algorithm — has helped physicians at Gleneagles Hospital provide fast and accurate dose delivery to patients. “The measured dose in the phantom and planning dose are accurate and gives us confidence that what we plan is what we deliver,” says Tay.On Sept. 14, Gleneagles Hospital brought the Agility-equipped Elekta Synergy up to a full-day’s schedule of 25 to 30 patients.For more information: www.elekta.com/agility FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | September 28, 2012 Singapore Center Uses Elekta’s Agility Beam-Shaping for First Time in Radiotherapy First to use Agility in Singapore, Gleneagles Hospital accelerates therapy delivery and improves dose sculpting capabilities News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more
October 2, 2013 — Between 1999 and 2002, the UK Standardization of Breast Radiotherapy (START) trials recruited 4,451 women from 35 radiotherapy centers across the U.K. START A compared the international standard, a total dose of 50 Gy delivered in 25 doses of 2 Gy over 5 weeks with 41.6 Gy of 3.2 Gy and 39 Gy of 3 Gy given in 13 treatments over 5 weeks. START B compared the standard (50 Gy given in 25 doses of 2 Gy over 5 weeks) with 40 Gy delivered in 15 doses of 2.67 Gy over 3 weeks (hypofractionated).After 10 years, tumor control rates in START A were similar between the three schedules with very few women experiencing a relapse of their cancer (7.4% after 50 Gy, 6.3% after 41.6 Gy, and 8.8% after 39 Gy) and with much the same damage to surrounding healthy breast tissue.Likewise, in START B, the number of women whose cancer had returned in the breast remained similar in both schedules at 10 years (5.5% after 50 Gy and 4.3% after 40 Gy). Moreover, with the shorter 40 Gy 15-dose schedule, there was significantly less harm to healthy tissue while the unexpected survival benefit seen at five years persisted. These outcomes were similar irrespective of age, tumor grade, stage, chemotherapy use or use of tumor bed boost.”These 10 year results reassure us that three weeks of radiotherapy is as good as the five weeks still used in many countries with less damage to nearby healthy tissue, as well as being more convenient for women (shorter waiting lists and fewer hospital visits) and cheaper for health services,” explained John Yarnold, professor, study leader from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, in The Lancet Oncology. “The upshot is that, contrary to conventional thinking, cancer cells are just as sensitive to the size of daily radiotherapy dose as the normal tissues responsible for late onset side effects, meaning the continued use of traditional lower (2 Gy) doses spares the cancer as much as the healthy tissue, offering no benefit to patients. Our results support the continued use of 40 Gy in 15 fractions, which has already been adopted as the standard of care by most U.K. centers.” 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 | 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 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. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | October 02, 2013 Studies Confirm Shorter Radiotherapy Course Best Option for Women with Breast Cancer Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | 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
Technology | September 17, 2014 ViewRay’s MRIdian Enables Adaptive Radiation Therapy at Siteman Cancer Center 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 Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more September 17, 2014 — ViewRay announced the world’s first on-table adaptive radiation treatment program using the MRIdian system began at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The MRIdian system provides a patented combination of continuous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and simultaneous radiation therapy delivery for the treatment of cancer.Siteman Cancer Center was the first in the world to offer MRI-guided radiation therapy using the MRIdian system, with the first patients treated in January 2014. Since then, the Siteman team of physicians and physicists has treated more than 20 different regions of the body using MRIdian’s intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and 3-D conformal techniques. The team is now also the first in the world to utilize the adaptive capabilities of the MRIdian in an ongoing clinical service, enabling greater accuracy in treatment delivery and more personalized patient care.“Medicine is moving towards personalized care, and we’re proud to have pioneered the most customized approach to radiation delivery available,” said Chris A. Raanes, ViewRay president and CEO. “The MRIdian system was designed to meet the demands of adaptive treatment planning and delivery, from its integrated MR imaging and high-contrast soft tissue images, to its ultra-fast Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithms. It’s gratifying to see the system enable a unique clinical service that benefits patients.”The core technologies behind MRIdian’s adaptive capabilities are its MR imaging, soft tissue tracking and real-time treatment planning. These allow clinicians to truly adapt the treatment plan every day to the patients’ internal changes. Utilizing MRI not only improves soft tissue visualization, it eliminates X-ray exposure that is inherent in computed tomography (CT) scans.“Based on what one sees on MRI, we can now evaluate the change in anatomy or change in dose distribution and then decide if the current plan is sufficient or if an adjustment is necessary,” said Jeffrey Olsen, M.D., radiation oncologist at Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine. “The component of re-planning or on-table adaptive planning is new in radiation therapy.”MRIdian systems have been acquired by several leading cancer centers worldwide, including the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.For more information: www.viewray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more 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. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more
Feature | Women’s Health | July 22, 2015 Additional Radiation Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients Canadian study finds radiation following whole-breast irradiation reduces recurrence both locally and elsewhere News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | 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 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. 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 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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 | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content 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 July 22, 2015 – A study has found no increase in overall survival but a reduction in breast cancer recurrence when the lymph nodes receive additional radiation beyond the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery.The research, which examined the addition of regional nodal irradiation to whole-breast irradiation compared with whole-breast irradiation alone, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It was led by Tim Whelan, M.D., professor of oncology with McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a radiation oncologist at Hamilton Health Sciences Juravinski Cancer Centre.The study involved women with axillary node-positive (cancer in the lymph glands under the arm) or high-risk node-negative breast cancer (no cancer in under-arm nodes, but cancer with bad prognostic features).Radiotherapy to the chest wall and regional lymph nodes (under the arm, above the collar bone and under the breast bone), known as regional nodal irradiation, is used after mastectomy in women with node-positive breast cancer who are treated with adjuvant systemic therapy. Such treatment reduces breast cancer recurrence and improves survival.Currently, most women with breast cancer are treated with breast-conserving surgery followed by radiation to the whole breast. An important unanswered question was whether the addition of regional nodal irradiation to the usual radiation of the breast would improve outcomes.”This study is important because it shows that additional radiation to the surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to women, particularly those with involvement of the lymph nodes in the axilla,” said Whelan.”Additional radiation to the surrounding lymph nodes reduced the risk of subsequent recurrence of breast cancer both locally, such as under the arm, and at sites distant from the breast, such as the bone, liver and lung. The treatment did not increase survival, but follow-up is still relatively early.”The nodal treatment was associated with limited toxicity, including a slight increase in the risk of radiation pneumonitis and lymphedema (fluid retention and swelling) of the arm.The study, conducted over 14 years by the NCIC Clinical Trials Group at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, involved more than 1,800 patients and a team of investigators from Canada, the United States and Australia.”Further research is necessary to determine which women are most likely to benefit and who may avoid the additional radiation,” said Whelan, adding that it is exciting that another study performed in Europe has showed very similar findings.For more information: www.fhs.mcmaster.ca FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
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 Test your software Not only should you confirm with your clearinghouses, billing service and payers that they will be upgraded and compliant with the ICD-10, but when they will be ready for testing to occur. Robust end-to-end testing must occur with your software in order to ensure claims are being accepted properly and processed by insurance contractors, Medicaid and Medicare and that other payment processes are operational. Test internally to ensure transactions can be generated and sent with the ICD-10 codes and test externally to ensure the transactions are successfully received by payment providers and that the payment can be processed correctly. After October 1, any ICD-9 codes used in transactions will not be accepted for services and will be rejected for payment. Failure to test your software properly can result in disruptions in patients’ receiving the treatment they need and receipt of due payments. 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 Educate or it all falls downThe updated, enhanced medical coding will not prove capable without humans to employ its codes, terminology, and procedures appropriately and correctly. You must educate your staff about the changes to the ICD-10 and perform practices and routines in order to prepare for the change. Have each of your staff participate in educational seminars in order to become informed of the changes and how that will affect their position, the procedures patients are to undergo based on the new diagnosis codes, as well as the improved treatments that patients are to have performed. Assist and inform staff by identifying the 50-100 most commonly used ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes based on specialties and determine the equivalent ICD-10-CM codes, and have this information accessible before and after the implementation of the ICD-10. Having your staff prepared and knowledgeable about the ICD-10 will reduce delays in patient care and procedures, which is the reason for the ICD-10—to deliver improved diagnosis and advanced medical treatments that will enhance patients’ quality of care. 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 Implement an effective communication method and coordinate conflict resolution While making the data transition and update to the new and diverse medical coding that is in the ICD-10, it is inevitable that there may be delays in processes, confusion over coding and form completion, as well as workflow changes. Make sure your employees know who they can contact or call on if they are unsure of what code to report, how to complete a form or other transitory questions that may arise following the implementation of the ICD-10. Identify leads and supervisors for each workflow and specialty area that will be available for their staff requests and questions, and make sure those individuals are highly educated on the ICD-10 and have the authority to execute a resolution.Additionally, determine how transactions handled just prior to the compliance date will be handled in order to ensure payment processing will occur and, more importantly, patients are covered financially and receive the best treatment. Identify critical areas or procedures that may be challenging to transition to using the ICD-10 and have practical resolutions for those practices ready to be executed if and when needed.Obtain the correct medical documentation and update your forms to support the ICD-10.Patient intake forms, EMR forms, insurance forms and superbills must be updated to support the ICD-10 codes. In order to have patient medical records completed correctly and treatments performed effectively — and to have payments process — healthcare providers, clearinghouses and payers must update their forms to reflect the codes in the ICD-10. Physician forms must be updated with the new medical terminology and diagnoses and procedural codes, along with superbills. Identify categories of uncommon services and diagnoses and determine units, time and cost for each category in order for physicians to be able to report in the EMR and on superbills. Determine and have readily available a list of common or most frequently used abbreviations to ensure they are utilized correctly and correspondently with the ICD-10 terminology and codes.Lastly, obtain the updated and correct documentation that will stand as educational and reference material in regards to the ICD-10. The American Medical Association publishes the ICD-10 codebook and other supplementary documentation on topics such as anatomy and physiology, mappings and coding workbooks. Make sure to have these ICD-10 Bibles available, and in all areas, for staff and physicians to reference when needed or desired.For more information: www.enablesoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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Richard Milam, office productivity expert and president and CEO of EnableSoft, suggests five practices that will enable healthcare providers to implement the ICD-10 by the due date and ensure an expedient, smooth transition. He indicates that these are imperative when it comes to the overall success of meeting the deadline: Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 13, 2015 Productivity Expert Offers Five Practices to Smooth Transition to ICD-10 Process automation, software testing and strong communication among keys to successful coding switch on October 1 Employ robotic process automation that does the work for you“You” is meant to imply the entire organization because that is how many resources it will take to have the ICD-10 switch completed by the deadline if robotic process automation is not used to update and add the multiple new codes into electronic medical record (EMR), National Drug Code (NDC), medical billing and claims processing data systems. Certain software may have to be upgraded or replaced to support the 68,000 diagnoses codes and nearly 87,000 procedure codes; however, through a series of human-directed scripts, robotic process automation technologies will populate the specific fields in the data systems with the ICD-10 data required. The already costly transition to the new ICD-10 can be mitigated by not having to outsource or hire new employees to enter the new codes manually. Furthermore, the data transition can take place over the course of a few days, not a few months. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more
News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | October 10, 2016 Whole Brain Radiotherapy Offers Little Benefit for Metastatic Lung Cancer Study finds that despite widespread use, WBRT had no beneficial effect on length or quality of survival compared to steroid treatment and other supportive care 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 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 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 | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 October 10, 2016 — People with the most common type of lung cancer whose disease has spread to the brain could be spared potentially harmful whole brain radiotherapy, according to new research published in The Lancet. The phase 3 randomized trial found that whole brain radiotherapy had no beneficial effect on length or quality of survival over treatment with steroids and other supportive care.Despite its widespread use, until now there has been no robust evidence to determine whether whole brain radiotherapy, which can have substantial side effects (e.g., fatigue, nausea, neurotoxicity), is better than best supportive care alone in terms of prolonging life or improving quality of life.The authors say that while whole brain radiotherapy may be beneficial in patients who are younger than 60 years old, it should no longer be considered standard treatment for the majority of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread to the brain.The findings were presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting, Sept. 3-7 in London, England.More than 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with lung cancer worldwide this year. Up to 30 percent of NSCLC will eventually spread to the brain, and most are inoperable and have a poor prognosis. Secondary brain tumors are usually treated with whole brain radiotherapy along with supportive care including steroids (usually dexamethasone), but with limited success.”Whole brain radiotherapy was widely adopted into clinical practice based on the assumption it improves tumor control in patients with brain metastases. But in our lung cancer clinics, we were not seeing the improvements we had hoped for in our patients. Survival times are poor and have hardly changed since the 1980s. What’s more, the technique’s toxicity can be substantial and it can damage cognitive function”, explained study author Paula Mulvenna, M.D., consultant clinical oncologist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.In order to see if patients could be treated as effectively without whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT), Mulvenna and colleagues designed the non-inferiority Quality of Life after Treatment for Brain Metastases (QUARTZ) trial. They recruited 538 NSCLC patients (aged 18 or older) with brain metastases from 69 centers in the U.K. and three in Australia between March 2007 and August 2014. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either best supportive care and dexamethasone, or best supportive care and dexamethasone plus whole brain radiotherapy (20 Gy in five daily fractions).As the life expectancy of patients with advanced NSCLC is poor, the benefits of treatment were measured in terms of quality adjusted life years (QALYS), which combines length and quality of life (evaluated during weekly telephone assessments). The researchers decided that a reduction in QALYs of no more than 7 days would convince clinicians and patients that WBRT should no longer be considered as standard care. By October 2015, 536 patients had died (267 in the whole brain radiotherapy group and 269 in the best supportive care alone group).Findings showed that patients in both groups lived a similar length of time after randomization (average survival 64.4 days whole brain radiotherapy group versus 59.5 days best supportive care alone group ), and experienced a similar quality of life. Having one week of whole brain radiation showed no quality-of-life benefit. Furthermore, the difference between the groups in terms of average QALYs was just 4.7 days (46.4 days in the whole brain radiotherapy group versus 41.7 days in the best supportive care alone group. There were no clear differences in steroid use or the number of serious adverse events reported in both groups, although more episodes of drowsiness, hair loss, nausea and dry/itchy scalp were reported while patients were receiving WBRT.The authors note that although the patients recruited in this trial had a poorer prognosis than those in previous studies (which provided the basis for the use of whole brain radiotherapy), they are typical of patients in routine clinical practice, of whom very few (3.5-7.5 percent) fall into the better prognosis groups. Mulvenna explained, “Just 30 patients (6 percent) in our analysis fell into the best prognosis group. Most (301 of 533; 56 percent) fell into the intermediate group who have previously been thought to benefit most from whole brain radiotherapy, but actually appear to derive no substantial benefit from this treatment.”The researchers point to several caveats, including the fact that 11 percent of participants randomized to whole brain radiotherapy were in too poor health or did not live long enough to receive the treatment. Additionally, the quality of life assessment was limited to key measures to avoid overburdening patients.According to Prof. Ruth Langley from the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, where the study was designed and coordinated, “Whole brain radiotherapy cannot be considered as the standard treatment for all patients with brain metastases because it does not extend survival, improve quality of life or reduce steroid use. Overtime, there’s been a shift away from using whole brain radiation in favor of radiosurgery, which has minimal side effects. Our results could further restrict its use. In the future, potential new treatments (whether using drugs or stereotactic radiotherapy techniques) should be assessed in addition to best supportive care rather than in addition to, or in place of, whole brain radiotherapy.”Writing in a linked comment, Cécile Le Péchoux, M.D., from Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus, Villejuif, France, and colleagues discuss whether there is still a place for whole brain radiotherapy in NSCLC patients with brain metastases. They conclude, “This trial might not rule out use of whole brain radiotherapy in all patients with NSCLC and brain metastases…We believe that optimized whole brain radiotherapy, given at the right time to appropriate patients, could lead to more individualized strategies. Both systemic and local treatments of brain metastases need to be discussed with patients, taking into account the results of this trial, classical prognostic factors and the molecular status.”For more information: www.thelancet.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more January 19, 2018 — Accuray Inc. announced recently that the Heidelberg University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and Oscar Lambret Cancer Center in Lille, France, are the first in the world to connect both their Accuray CyberKnife and TomoTherapy platforms to the iDMS Data Management System. The two facilities are now able to benefit from a centralized database that shares and makes data accessible across the radiation therapy treatment delivery platforms, adding flexibility and improving efficiency in their radiation therapy departments.The iDMS System allows for the seamless integration of a wide range of technologies including the Radixact, TomoTherapy and CyberKnife Systems, Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System (TPS), and third-party treatment planning and oncology information systems (OIS). As a result, clinicians can leverage the technology and data they need to optimize each patient treatment.”Heidelberg is an extremely busy hospital, treating more than 4,500 cancer patients per year. We require radiation therapy technology that can keep pace with the demands of our facility and enable us to deliver precise radiation to any tumor in the shortest amount of time possible,” said Jürgen Peter Debus, M.D., Ph.D, medical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy at Heidelberg University Hospital. “The integration of the Accuray radiation therapy and treatment planning systems with the iDMS System helps us do just that. Treatment planning is now faster, reducing overall treatment time, without sacrificing quality and we can easily transfer patients between systems so we don’t risk downtime.”The centralized platform for storing and managing all patient and treatment plan data provides the clinical team with numerous benefits including:Seamless treatment of patients on different compatible Accuray delivery systems while maintaining a single treatment record, simplifying and personalizing patient treatment;Quick access to previously treated patient files, reducing treatment time;Remote review and authorization of treatment plans with PlanTouch, enhancing flexibility;Interfaces with compatible third-party OIS, providing efficient department integration;Customizable generation of patient, plan and system reports, supporting practice needs; andState-of-the-art disaster recovery features, ensuring data integrity.”Radiotherapy is a key component of our multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer. With the installation of the iDMS Data Management System we have the flexibility to treat patients using either our TomoTherapy Systems or our new CyberKnife M6 System, while maintaining one patient record. This simplifies and speeds up the entire treatment process, while enabling us to adapt how we choose to deliver the radiation treatment at each session based on the needs of the patient,” said Xavier Mirabel, M.D., head of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Brachytherapy, Oscar Lambret Cancer Center.For more information: www.accuray.com News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | January 19, 2018 First Hospitals Achieve Inter-System Connectivity Across Accuray Radiation Therapy Platforms iDMS Data Management System helps improve treatment outcomes and efficiency by sharing patient data throughout the entire disease management period Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | 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 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 | Computer-Aided Detection Software | December 04, 2018 ScreenPoint Medical and Volpara Partner to Bring AI to Breast Imaging Clinics Volpara will deliver ScreenPoint’s artificial intelligence-based detection products as part of its expanding VolparaEnterprise AI cloud ecosystem News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | 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 December 4, 2018 — ScreenPoint Medical has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Volpara Health Technologies. Volpara will deliver ScreenPoint’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based products to customers as part of its expanding VolparaEnterprise AI cloud ecosystem. Together, the two companies expect to improve the clinical performance of mammography and drive the earlier detection of breast cancer. The partnership will leverage Volpara’s growing footprint in the breast imaging marketplace and will provide an opportunity for ScreenPoint to enter the U.S. market.ScreenPoint recently announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Transpara detection and decision support software, designed to assist radiologists with the reading of screening mammograms. Transpara is the first AI application for detecting breast cancer in screening mammograms to gain FDA 510(k) clearance, based on its functionality that interactively provides support for detection and diagnosis.“Compared to traditional mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) products, ScreenPoint’s decision support product Transpara delivers much more clinically useful information to the radiologist,” said Ritse Mann, M.D., Ph.D., breast imaging specialist at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands, who uses the system clinically and evaluated its performance in several studies, “I can use Transpara as a second reader and its opinion is as good as when I would ask a colleague.”For more information: www.volparasolutions.com, www.screenpoint-medical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more
At the Xilinx Developer Forum in San Jose, Arm announced its collaboration with Xilinx, the market leader in FPGAs. The collaboration plans to bring the benefits of Arm Cortex-M processors to FPGA through the Arm DesignStart program, thus providing scalability and a standardized processor architecture across the Xilinx portfolio. Users can expect a fast, completely no-cost access to soft processor IP, while taking advantage of the easy design integration with Xilinx tools and comprehensive software development solutions to accelerate success on FPGA. These processors will enable embedded developers to design and innovate confidently, while benefiting from simplified software development and superior code density. In addition, products can be easily scaled on these processors, thanks to the support of the broadest technology ecosystem of software, tools, and services provided by the team. Arm for FPGA comes with the following benefits: #1 Maximum choice and flexibility Users can obtain an easy and instant access to Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 soft processor IP for FPGA integration with Xilinx products. They will not be charged any license fee or royalties for this access. #2 Reduced software costs The processor focuses on reducing software costs while obtaining maximum reuse of software across an entire OEM’s product portfolio on a standardized CPU architecture, scaling from single board computers through to FPGAs. #3 Ease of design The team has ensured an easy integration with Xilinx system and peripheral IP through Vivado Design Suite. They use a drag-and-drop design approach to create FPGA systems with Cortex-M processors. The extensive software ecosystem and knowledge base of others designing on Arm, will ultimately result in reducing the time to market for these processors #4 Measures to Combat FOSSi (free and open source silicon) threat Arm Cortex-M1 includes a mandatory license agreement, which contains clauses against reverse-engineering. The clause also prevents the use of these cores for comparative benchmarking. These clauses will assist Arm to enable IP holds up against the latest and greatest FOSSi equivalents (like RISC-V) when running on the same FPGAs. This is not the first time that Arm has raised its voice against FOSSi threats. Earlier this year, they had also launched an aggressive marketing campaign specifically targeting RISC-V. The Arm and Xilinx collaboration will enable developers to take advantage of the benefits of heterogeneous computing on a single processor architecture. To know more about this news, head over to Arm’s official blog. Read Next Meet ‘Foreshadow’: The L1 Terminal Fault in Intel’s chips SpectreRSB targets CPU return stack buffer, found on Intel, AMD, and Arm chipsets Qualcomm announces a new chipset for standalone AR/VR headsets at Augmented World Expo
[People] Dickey sets up shop with Echo Travel Marketing Tags: People Monday, November 13, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON — Veteran sales professional Melanie Dickey has launched Echo Travel Marketing, specializing in results-driven sales and marketing expertise to the North American travel industry.“We are out in the field meeting with travel professionals and industry executives every day,” says Dickey. “We can take your brand and have your message ‘echo’ from coast to coast. By utilizing our highly specialized team of professionals we can provide a turnkey solution for businesses who needs sales now.”Echo Travel Marketing is representing the Kids Eat Free Card and VIP Dine 4Less Card across four cities in the U.S.: Anaheim, Las Vegas, New York and Orlando.The company has also secured contracts with Granite Productions, “so if you have an intimate corporate gathering or a large-scale conference and tradeshow, then Granite Productions can take your event to the next level.”Dickey can be reached at (416) 879-5636 or email Melanie@echotravelmarketing.com, or see echotravelmarketing.com.Dickey has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with companies including Visit Orlando, Globus family of brands, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and CAA South Central Ontario, with expertise in account management, training and development and creating and executing sales/marketing plans for maximum ROI. Travelweek Group Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
DENVER, Colorado. — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will not wait until the end of their first debate to proclaim themselves the winner or attack an opponent’s claims – their online teams already will have done so.They’ll be plenty of ways to follow Wednesday’s U.S: presidential debate, and the retorts that follow. Basic cable packages in Costa Rica offer channels that will carry the debate like CNN, Fox News, ABC or NBC. But in addition, the Internet – as it tends to do – will provide live commentary on what’s being said and how “true” each statement is.While aides and other interested parties spun their message in Denver, Colorado ahead of Wednesday’s first of three 90-minute showdowns between the White House rivals, two websites will provide live punch later on.Romney’s debates.mittromney.com and Obama’s www.barackobama.com/debate will vie for online supremacy when the debate starts at 0100 GMT.Obama’s site was trailing a “Cheat sheet,” outlining what the Democratic candidate contends that Republican rival Romney will say to try and win favor.“While President Obama will lay out his specific plan to grow the economy and restore middle-class security, Mitt Romney will no doubt double down on his well-established strategy of attacking the president, distorting his own record, and avoiding any and all details of his plans for this country.”Romney’s site, meanwhile, listed a set of “Debate Facts,” noting that the United States had suffered a credit rating downgrade under Obama and said the national debt had risen by more than $5.4 trillion on his watch.The site “will be the hub of our debate night efforts, fact-checking the Obama campaign as well as posting supportive material for our arguments,” Zac Moffatt, director of Romney’s digital campaign, told Mashable, a website.On Twitter, the battle was already under way between Republican accounts, including the candidate’s official @MittRomney and @RomneyResponse, and the Obama side @BarackObama and @TruthTeam2012 will lead the charge. Obama’s top advisor David Axelrod, @davidaxelrod, is likely to be active as is the president’s campaign spokesman Ben La Bolt, @BenLaBolt on what are two of the most followed accounts among the Democrats.But a less partisan check on each of the candidates is likely to come from independent websites including politifact.com (@PolitiFact on Twitter) and factcheck.org, both of which check the veracity of campaign statements.Leading traditional news organizations, most notably The New York Times, have also upped their online game for the debate, with the “Gray Lady,” ready to publish elements on 76 subjects on the newspaper’s website when appropriate.“We’re writing these fact-checks in advance so that we’re not scrambling,” said Mary Suh, a deputy politics editor at The New York Times, where 20 reporters have worked on the debate material.“It’s all on an Excel spreadsheet – from Romney’s Bain history to Obama’s record on the deficit,” Suh added.But Andrew Beaujon, a media reporter for the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school, said social media had changed the game of making sure that politicians’ public statements are held to account.“The interesting thing about this is, probably, the biggest fact checker is Twitter,” Beaujon said. “Not everybody will need a professional fact checker to look things up.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
After a minor fender-bender, do drivers politely exchange information, or do they scream and yell with loud gesticulations? Can you drink tap water, or should you avoid it? Do you mostly pay what the price tag says, or are you expected to pay in untaxed cash and then haggle over the unstated cost? To put these crude stereotypes more abstractly, is civil society mostly moderate, predicated on rule of law, and meritocratic – or is it characterized by self-indulgence, cynicism, and tribalism? Culture still matters.”Indeed culture does matter. I’ll agree with that part.Costa Rica fits this picture to some extent, so we had better examine the rest of the premises. Costa Ricans tend to litter, argue after fender benders and haggle prices in certain situations. And, yes, the government is “perennially insolvent and wracked by corruption.”So why, at least to those of us who love Costa Rica despite her faults, does the assessment feel so wrong? Okay. Not everybody in Costa Rica litters. And not everybody yells at other drivers, though I’ve heard that a lot of New York drivers do, and I know that Italian drivers do. Also, we can drink the tap water, as long as we don’t mind a lot of chlorine. Of course, pretty much everybody haggles prices. I know I do. And what’s wrong with that anyway?So it starts to seem pretty complicated.Well, then, let’s look at the alleged foundations of these behaviors: “self-indulgence, cynicism, and tribalism.” I must say, I’ve seen my share of all of them here.Those of us who regularly navigate the broken sidewalks of Costa Rica can testify to self-indulgence or, at least self-absorption. Ticos bump into us, block aisles, sit in the middle of stairways. Of course, all we have to do is ask permission, “¡Permiso!” and they move, unless, of course, they are using a cell phone. On the other hand, if we stop Ticos to ask directions, they will do whatever they can to help.I don’t know. If we’re going to talk about self-indulgence, maybe we should take a peek into our own glass houses first. We aren’t exactly known for self-denial. Not that one person’s experience proves anything, but I have learned more about self-denial and making do with what I’ve got living in Costa Rica than in all my years as a pampered daughter of the U.S.Cynicism: We certainly can’t fault Ticos for being cynical about politics or government. “Realistic” might be a better description. As for their attitude toward their fellow man, I must admit they tend to distrust anyone outside their family, and not, perhaps, without reason. I live in a relatively deprived region, and I have developed a theory that third-world countries where scarcity has been the rule develop a culture based on survival-by-deviant-means, when necessary. And, of course, culture always lags behind development, so the fact that Costa Rica is no longer so third world makes no difference to the mentality, at least not yet. Historically, most middle-class Americans have had little or no reason to connive, cheat or steal in order to stay afloat. Therefore, they have little reason to distrust others. (The very rich may be another story.) So cynical though Ticos may be, can we really blame them?Tribalism: First of all, we need to ask what it is. (I don’t think Hanson is referring to the kind of tribalism found among peoples living in jungle.) It is, for our purposes, the strong loyalty that people feel for a group to which they belong, coupled with the belief that they are superior to all other such groups.I must admit that here in my little mountain village, I have seen a lot of this among families. Each family is a little enclave that protects itself and concerns itself minimally with the problems of other families. But this is only one community, and communities are like people. Each has its own personality. I wonder if it is any different in some small communities in the United States? For that matter, how different is it in the big city?Then, of course, there is the fanatic Tico loyalty to soccer teams. If you have lived in Costa Rica very long, someone has probably asked you whether you are ligista or saprissista. But, whoa! What about the English hooligans or our NFL enthusiasts?All this is getting way too complicated. And, really, that’s the point. There are about a hundred if’s and however’s that I have not taken into consideration.The truth is we cannot judge an entire culture based on a few superficial characteristics. It’s like judging a person based on whether he smokes or she lies about her weight. These may not be admirable qualities, but they have nothing to do with the quality of the person.At any rate, it becomes dangerous to judge a culture at all. For one thing, we need to understand that many values are relative – that what we may consider good or moral is not necessarily what another culture may consider good or moral. Keep in mind how certain cultures throughout the world admired Bill Clinton for his fling with Monica Lewinsky.For another, it only foments conflict and war. It’s one of the things wrong with the world.Oh, incidentally, I just thought of another example of tribalism: A member of a right-wing group who thinks that his way of life is superior to that of a different culture. Facebook Comments Kate Galante Said Victor Davis Hanson onNationalReview.com (as quoted in The Week on June 15, 2012):“Over the years I have developed an unscientific and haphazard – but often accurate – politically incorrect method of guessing whether a nation is likely to be perennially insolvent and wracked by corruption. Do average passersby throw down or pick up litter? No related posts.
A member of the Supreme Elections Tribunal said that pictures appearing in a Diario Extra report are not of original ballots that would be used in the runoff presidential election scheduled for April 6. Héctor Fernández, director of the electoral registry, made the declarations Monday.On Saturday night an unidentified person sent an envelope containing three supposedly original ballots and a letter claiming “many others like these are currently circulating throughout the country,” Diario Extra reporter Luis Zárate told The Tico Times.Zárate said the ballots appeared to resemble the original ones as described by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).The registry numbers on them indicate they belong to polling center number 4,716, which corresponds to Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste, according to TSE records.But Fernández said TSE officials checked the bags containing the ballots at that polling center and all the ballots “are intact, therefore it looks like a counterfeit case.”Fernández stressed that all 3.8 million official ballots are stored under high security and that none are missing. “At this time I cannot confirm whether they used a photograph of an actual ballot or if they used a printed test ballot that should have been destroyed before starting the actual printing process,” he said.“We can not yet confirm if the ballot’s design was leaked. We currently are collecting evidence to file a complaint with the Judicial Investigation Police as this is clearly a criminal offense,” he stated.The TSE will provide to investigators videos of the printing process. The whole process was filmed by 32 cameras placed inside the facility of the printing press company.National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya would not comment on the issue, “as he is no longer taking part in the campaign” said Fernando Fernández one of Araya’s press advisers. Araya last week announced he will stop campaigning for the runoff election due to a lack of financial resources and as a result of polls showing him trailing Citizen Action Party’s candidate Luis Guillermo Solís by a large margin.Solís briefly addressed the issue, saying he hoped TSE conducts a serious investigation since “these accusations should not be taken lightly.” Before taking a trip to the country’s northern region to resume his campaign, Solís said he has total confidence in the voting process conducted by TSE.Fernández said the TSE is considering adding new security features on the ballots to decrease the chances that counterfeit bill could pass as the real thing.They also will instruct polling center members on better surveillance for Election Day in order to detect any attempt to cast a counterfeit ballot.“This measure obviously will increase election costs but we must guarantee the people that the voting process will be fraud-proof,” Fernández said. TSE officials are currently investigating how the designs of both the front and back of the runoff election ballots were leaked. Partial design sample provided by TSE (Alberto Font/The Tico Times) Facebook Comments Related posts:Supreme Elections Tribunal dismisses request to reprint ballots for runoff election Why Costa Rica will have a runoff election this weekend Beached: Slow voting in Guanacaste’s Playas del Coco Live Costa Rica presidential election results
Facebook Comments As Puerto Rico continues to reel in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry is seeking out Costa Rican citizens on the island in order to coordinate their evacuation, if necessary.Because of the lack of electricity, Costa Rica has used radio communications facilitated by the government of Puerto Rico to reach out, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry. At the time of the statement’s release on Thursday, the ministry had identified 255 Costa Ricans in Puerto Rico.Costa Ricans who are in Puerto Rico and have not yet been in touch with the ministry are asked to contact the Costa Rican Honorary Consulate in Puerto Rico, or the Consular Department in Costa Rica, with their basic information (names, identification numbers, contact information, physical location, and age); whether or not they have their passport or other identifying documents; contact information of family members or other primary contacts in Costa Rica; special needs, such as wheelchair use; and, in the cause of minors, whether they will travel alone. Please scroll down for full contact information.Puerto Ricans have struggled to rebuild their lives over the past eight days in the aftermath of a storm that took down the power grid, crippled cell phone communications and wrecked water supplies. Hours-long lines have been the norm at gas stations as people scramble to find fuel for generators and cars.Much of the capital, San Juan, is a landscape of ruin: buildings with all their windows shattered, traffic lights down, and trees that survived now without a single leaf. Some stores are open but they do not have much to sell.Approximately 10,000 people are in shelters, according to emergency responders at FEMA, the U.S. disaster relief agency, and thousands more are clearing their homes of debris. Shortages of food and water have added to the misery and uncertainty amid a frustratingly slow relief effort, and U.S. President Donald Trump has been criticized for the delays in aid.This story includes reporting by the AFP’s Andrew Beatty, with Leila Macor in San Juan. Contacts for Costa Ricans in Puerto Rico, or their families and friends who wish to help them get in touch:Consular Department in Costa Rica (from outside Costa Rica, dial + 506 and then the number): 2539-5515, 2539-5344, 2539-5358, 2539-5314Cellular and WhatsApp: 8866-3655Phone/WhatsApp in Puerto Rico: + 1 787 438-0148, Honorary Consulate. + 1 787 412-2618, y + 1 787 944-4842,Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Departamento-Consular-MREC-186597…/Emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org Related posts:Government charters flight to bring Costa Ricans home from Puerto Rico At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant ‘tragedy’ Nancy Reagan dies at 94; First lady was a defining figure of the 1980s Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses
I entered Don Wang and was catapulted 9,300 miles away to China. The decoration, the smells, the Chinese waiters bustling back-and-forth and the delicious food made me forget I was in Costa Rica for a second.The place used to be run by a different owner, but now Denia Argüello, a Tica, bought it after she met Wei-Wen Yuan Wang, who’s also known as Román Yuan. He was a chef from China who had worked at Don Wang but did not have the money to buy it himself. The two are now married and running Don Wang together.“After I came here there were many changes, right?” Argüello said, remembering how different the place used to be. She and Román cleaned everything, changed the furniture and equipment, created a new logo, and started promoting the restaurant’s new image. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)They wanted to set it apart by creating a calm, elegant atmosphere. They wanted it to be a restaurant “to talk, for family.” Argüello said that most Chinese restaurants seemed to be noisy, with children running around and loud TVs buzzing, Don Wang is supposed to be more of a quiet, harmonious place. A place for families.The family is at the center of Don Wang’s work, the two owners are married and have two daughters.“We hope that one day our daughters will continue the tradition of this business,” Argüello said. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)While they want the restaurant to stay in the family, they also want it to evolve and adapt. The menu started offering more options after people started complaining that they wanted sushi, tempura or Japanese soup.“OK, then we will add sushi, so you can eat here and don’t go there,” Argüello said, explaining how the married couple had started to add Japanese, Thai and Costa Rican dishes to their repertoire. If a dish doesn’t receive much demand, they cross it off the menu. If they get a lot of requests for a dish, they added it.All the dishes on their menu are accompanied by photos because many people don’t know what the names of these foreign dishes mean. Argüello said that a lot of restaurants only show photos of their best dishes and the others might not be what you expect.“What you see is what you get,” she said, showing the menu. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)With its food and atmosphere, Don Wang aims to be as authentic as possible. Her husband is in the back cooking and Chinese waiters and workers are making sure everything runs smoothly and authentically.For authenticity’s sake, Argüello is more of the restaurant’s organizer and communicator. She works in the front and deals directly with clients. She’s also been involved in teaching people Chinese etiquette.“I promote culture, and I promote food,” Argüello said. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)For more information visit Don Wang’s website or their Facebook page. You can also contact them through +506 2223-5925Street address: Barrio Chino, Calle 11, Avenidas 6 and 8, across from Teatro LuchoThis article was sponsored by Don Wang. Want an article featuring your business? Contact email@example.com for more information. Facebook Comments Related posts:Rodrigo Brenes wants to take over the world, one ice cream cone at a time Fishy dreams: Turning passion into Poke with Canadian chef William Ayre Seaweed can help feed the world. But will we eat it? Recipe Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – For months, Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been under fire: called a lackey and political ally of Raul Castro’s communist government, asked to resign over his treatment of protesters and ridiculed in Miami as a snobby elitist.Now, Cuba’s Roman Catholic Church is fighting back.Church officials on the island have launched a full-throated defense of their leader, and Catholic publications have harshly denounced his critics. Analysts say the increasingly virulent back-and-forth is extremely unusual on an island where the church has traditionally preferred to exercise influence quietly, behind the scenes. In response, Church publications have put out a series of articles and editorials lauding Ortega as a brave advocate for Cuba’s dissidents, and one of the few people on the island with the courage to speak his mind directly to Castro.Supporters say Ortega has prodded Castro in face-to-face meetings to open the country to more private enterprise, and has allowed Catholic magazines to publish essays on the need for more reform that would never have been allowed in the state-run press.In a letter emailed to foreign journalists on Monday, a council of Catholic community groups in Havana called Ortega a patriot who is motivated by love for Cuba and the church to bring about dialogue. Cuban bishops issued an earlier statement saying they saw in the recent criticism a plan to destroy Ortega’s reputation and harm the church.By far the strongest defense has come from Orlando Marquez, a top church spokesman who published a battle cry against his boss’s critics last month.“Those who repudiate dialogue will never cease to open fire because that is their mission,” Marquez wrote in Palabra Nueva, the Catholic magazine he puts out. “They want to blow up any effort at understanding.” Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family But she made clear that she would keep pressure on the cardinal to advocate on her group’s behalf, saying: “Our main objective here is for the Cardinal to know that we are women who get thrown in jail and suffer repression.”Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor of religious history at the University of Havana who has known Ortega for many years, said the church’s defensiveness is a symptom of the difficult role in which it finds itself in a country with no traditional opposition parties or independent institutions.“The cardinal has insisted the church is not a political party, but in Cuba there are no political alternatives, so like it or not, that is the role the church has assumed,” he said. “To me, it is a political defense of an institution that is preparing to have a role, as far as it is able, in a post-Castro era. They must be very careful with each step.”___Associated Press reporters Andrea Rodriguez in Havana and Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami contributed to this report.___Follow Paul Haven on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/paulhaven In a speech at Harvard University in April, Ortega defended the eviction and described the protesters as “former delinquents” with “no culture.” He also insisted that he had acted properly in helping negotiate the release of dozens of political prisoners in 2009 and 2010.Most of the freed prisoners accepted exile in Spain, and some have since criticized Ortega for not doing enough to fight for their right to remain in their homeland. Ortega told the audience at Harvard’s Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies that the prisoners’ own families had requested exile, a version the family members deny.The blowback to Ortega’s speech was immediate, and sharper than any the cardinal has faced during a long career atop the island’s Catholic hierarchy.“Ortega’s attitude only demonstrates his political complicity with the government,” the director of U.S.-funded Radio and TV Marti Carlos Garcia-Perez wrote in an editorial in April. “This is a lackey’s attitude.”Exile blogs in South Florida began calling for Ortega’s resignation. One political cartoon that appeared in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald showed the cardinal and a military-clad Castro singing a love song together. Another depicted a snobby priest telling a worshipper that Ortega required proof of his cultural worthiness before he would be allowed to attend Mass. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice And it comes at a time when the cardinal could have reasonably expected to be taking a victory lap; he has just organized a high-profile visit by Pope Benedict XVI and is likely nearing the end of his tenure. As is customary, Ortega handed his resignation to the pope when he turned 75 last year, but Benedict has not yet accepted it.“What surprises me this time is not that there are attacks, because there have always been attacks,” said Carlos Saladrigas, a Cuban-American businessman and one-time hardline anti-Castro militant who has become a voice for reconciliation between Miami and Havana. “It’s the voracity of the attacks, their forcefulness.”Ortega’s troubles began shortly before Benedict’s March 26-28 visit, and many believe they are a direct result of concessions the cardinal made to ensure its success.Some say he held back criticism of the government in the months preceding the trip, and looked the other way as some dissidents were rounded up. Then, days before Benedict arrived, Ortega had police called in to break up a sit-in at a Havana church by a group of protesters who were demanding a papal audience and political change on the island. Those sentiments _ if not the belligerent phrasing _ have been echoed by many of Ortega’s allies, including Saladrigas and Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who has long pushed his flock toward greater dialogue with their homeland.“To suggest that somehow he is a lackey of the regime is ludicrous,” Wenski told The Associated Press. “Some of the cardinal’s harshest critics here are looking for a scenario that is easy to advocate outside of Cuba. They are thinking that there is some way to bring down the Cuban regime overnight.”Still, the cardinal’s problems are not limited to Miami. Several prominent dissidents have been critical in recent weeks. Guillermo Farinas, a hunger striker and winner of Europe’s 2010 Sakharov prize, has called the cardinal a sellout. Martha Beatriz Roque, a former political prisoner, accused him of bowing his head before the government.Ortega met for more than three hours on June 7 with members of the island’s best known opposition group, the Ladies in White, in an effort to clear the air. Ladies leader Bertha Soler said that she was satisfied with the meeting and that the cardinal “was very receptive.”
The ANP’s full report will be released Friday. It will show “the accident could have been avoided if Chevron had conducted its operations while fully adhering to the regulations of the ANP and industrywide best practices, as well as its own procedure manual,” Chambriard said.She added that the agency would fine Chevron about the maximum allowed under Brazilian law, upward of $25 million. Chevron and driller Transocean Ltd. are facing an $11 billion lawsuit that a federal prosecutor filed earlier this year.“We disagree with the report’s characterization of our safety culture,” Chevron’s statement read. “We are confident that at all times during the Frade incident we acted appropriately and responsibly.”The crude began seeping from cracks in the ocean floor near a Chevron well in November. Two weeks after the leak, the ANP said the seepage was under control. But in March, oil again started leaking and Chevron voluntarily suspended production in the field.Chevron, based in San Ramon, California, said after the November leak that it had underestimated the pressure in an underwater reservoir, so crude rushed up a bore hole and eventually escaped into the surrounding seabed some 230 miles (370 kilometers) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The oil seeped from at least seven narrow fissures on the ocean floor, all within 160 feet (50 meters) of the wellhead. No oil reached Brazilian shores. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The leak paled in comparison with the 2010 spill from a BP PLC well in the Gulf of Mexico, which at its peak spewed more than 2 million gallons (7.5 million liters) a day. Brazil also has had bigger oil spills than Chevron’s.In 2000, crude spewed from a broken pipeline at the Reduc refinery in Rio de Janeiro’s scenic Guanabara Bay, spewing at least 343,000 gallons into the water. Just a few months later, more than 1 million gallons of crude burst from a pipeline operated by the state-controlled Petrobas oil company into a river in southern Brazil. Brazil’s worst oil disaster was in 1975, when an oil tanker from Iraq dumped more than 30 million gallons into Rio’s bay.Earlier this year, Brazilian authorities banned Chevron from any new drilling or water-injection activities at working wells in the country.“For the moment, in order for Chevron to drill, it must prove to the ANP that it will be doing so in an absolutely safe way, recognizing its errors and mitigating those errors. … We need to avoid the possibility of another accident,” Chambriard said.Chevron has said it followed all laws and best practices while drilling offshore, but the ANP said Thursday that its investigation found the company at fault. In April, a Brazilian prosecutor filed an $11 billion lawsuit against Chevron and the Switzerland-based Transocean for both the leak in November and the one in March, alleging they caused environmental damage. Prosecutors also asked that Chevron be temporarily prohibited from sending any profits made in Brazil outside the country.A month before that lawsuit, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 17 Chevron and Transocean executives accusing them of environmental crimes, of misleading ANP about safety plans and of not providing accurate information in the wake of the spill. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 31 years in prison.Last week, however, federal police in Rio de Janeiro said their investigation into the oil leak, which was carried out because of the court cases, found that the spill caused no significant environmental damage.Judges must still decide if the cases will go to trial, which would be a lengthy process given the number of defendants, the complexity of the case and the Brazilian legal system’s room for numerous appeals.___Associated Press writer Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories An ANP emailed statement said the investigation determined Chevron “was not able to correctly interpret the geology and local fluid dynamics” of the reservoir when the leak occurred. It blamed Chevron’s water-injection practices for the reservoir pressure.The ANP also said that Chevron “dismissed” test results from drilling three other wells in the same area that “indicated the necessity to change the project” and that the company “contradicted its own manual” by not using enough pressure while drilling an exploratory well.The regulator said further that Chevron didn’t respond properly once the leak began.“Despite strong indications of an underground blowout, Chevron was slow in acknowledging the situation, resulting in the initial adoption of ineffective methodology to control the well,” the ANP email said. “If Chevron had identified the underground blowout immediately, the volume of oil released into the sea would have been significantly lower.”The company disagreed.“Chevron Brasil’s rapid response to the November incident brought the well under control in four days. … The well was successfully plugged and abandoned. We have and will continue to engage openly and transparently with all Brazilian authorities and regulatory agencies,” the company’s statement said. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – An investigation by regulators found that Chevron Corp. could have prevented an offshore oil leak last year and that the spill was larger than previously estimated, the head of Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency said Thursday.Magda Chambriard, who runs the agency known as ANP, said at a news conference that about 155,000 gallons seeped into the ocean from cracks in the seabed floor near a Chevron well in the Frade field. Previous estimates put the leak at about 110,000 gallons, which a Chevron statement said is the figure it sticks by. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Comments Share
Top Stories Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – An international rights group accused Thailand’s army chief on Thursday of interfering with investigations into deadly political unrest that paralyzed the capital two years ago.New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement urging army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha to stay out of the probe into the deaths of more than 90 people killed during a nine-week anti-government protest in Bangkok that ended with a military crackdown. The group accused Prayuth of trying to intimidate investigators and critics in an attempt to halt criticism of the military. Prayuth also ordered an army legal officer last week to file a defamation complaint against a Canadian lawyer representing the protesters _ members of Thailand’s so-called Red Shirt movement _ who alleged in a speech that the army committed brutality against demonstrators.“Instead of going after critics, (Prayuth) should be ensuring accountability within his ranks,” Adams said.The army spokesman did not return several calls seeking comment Thursday.Human Rights Watch also expressed concern that current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government appeared to be siding with the military, rather than holding it accountable.In response to Prayuth’s comments, a deputy prime minister ordered the Department of Special Investigation chief to stop talking publicly about the investigations and to apologize to the army chief.Not one soldier or official has been charged in connection with the crackdown, which was ordered by Abhisit’s government and led by Prayuth.Many of the Red Shirt protesters involved in the 2010 demonstrations were supporters of Yingluck’s brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup and lives in exile. Some Red Shirts have accused Yingluck of abandoning their cause despite riding their support to a massive electoral victory last year. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Prayuth has denied any army abuses during the 2010 protest and crackdown, which also saw more than 2,000 people injured and buildings across the city set ablaze. Last week, he told the Justice Ministry’s Department of Special Investigation to stop accusing soldiers of having killed protesters and not to report publicly on its findings.“Abuses by soldiers took place in full view of the Thai public and the world’s media, yet the Thai army chief is now trying to intimidate investigators and critics into silence,” Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch’s Asia director, said in the statement.Those killed in the protests and clashes with the military included protesters, journalists, medics, police and soldiers. During the final days of the protest, heavily armed soldiers were seen firing their weapons in central Bangkok, and some areas of the capital were listed by the government as “live fire zones” in which anyone entering risked being shot.Supporters of the military and the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva have pinned the blame for most of the deaths on armed members of the protest group.Prayuth has denied that the army deployed snipers during the crackdown _ a claim Adams called “ludicrous.” The rights group cited photographs and videos of soldiers on skyscraper rooftops with telescopic rifles aimed at street protests below. Quick workouts for men The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Top Stories Berlusconi resigned as premier last year amid personal sex scandals and legal woes, unable to convince international markets that he could balance Italy’s budget and pass necessary financial reforms to save Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis. Italy’s president tapped Monti, a respected economist and former European commissioner, to head a government of technocrats to guide Italy until general elections.Monti’s government has imposed a painful austerity program and pushed through structural reforms that together have succeeded in bringing down Italy’s borrowing costs. While ordinary Italians have chafed at the reforms, the positive market reaction to Monti’s stewardship has fueled support for a second term, particularly among centrist politicians and some of Italy’s business elite.Monti has ruled out running for premier but has left the door open for a second term if no party wins a clear majority and he is tapped to head another government.“I will reflect on all the possibilities _ none excluded _ in which I could possibly be able to contribute to the best interests of Italy and Europe,” Monti said on a primetime talk show on RAI state television Sunday. Comments Share 5 treatments for adult scoliosis (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) President Giorgio Napolitano made clear last week that Monti couldn’t run for office heading a party ticket, since he’s currently a senator-for-life. Newspaper analysts suggested Napolitano’s aim in keeping Monti out of the campaign, on a potentially unelectable centrist ticket, was to ensure he remained a viable alternative for premier if neither of Italy’s main parties wins a clear majority _ or to be named his successor as president.___Follow Nicole Winfield at http://www.twitter.com/nwinfield Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Some analysts had predicted a low turnout, thanks to a series of party finance scandals that have soured Italians on their political class. But some voting stations stayed open well beyond the official closing time to allow everyone on line to cast their ballots, the ANSA news agency reported.While the candidates have been gamely campaigning and debating one another ahead of the primary, Sunday’s vote has largely been overshadowed by speculation about the political ambitions of Italy’s current premier, Mario Monti, and whether ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi will run for office for a fourth term.Berlusconi again threw a wrench in the primary plans of his center-right People of Freedom party by hinting Saturday that he was “thinking” about returning to politics. Berlusconi has flip-flopped several times on the question in recent weeks, complicating efforts by his party secretary, Angelino Alfano, to rally support behind a party that has been tainted by the finance scandals in recent months.“If Berlusconi really does return to the field as he has said, I have to ask myself what’s the point of having a primary, which only has sense if he doesn’t run,” Alfano said. “Otherwise we have to rethink everything.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressROME (AP) – Italians voted in a primary for a center-left candidate to run in spring general elections that will in large part determine how Italy’s tries to fix its troubled finances and emerge from a grinding recession.Exit polls and preliminary results cited late Sunday by Italian media indicated that none of the five candidates won a 50 percent majority, meaning a runoff will be held Dec. 2 between the top two finishers: Pier Luigi Bersani, the 61-year-old leader of the main center-left Democratic Party, and Matteo Renzi, the 37-year-old mayor of Florence. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories “You have not shown any remorse,” Tijhuis told Johnson, a citizen of Jamaica who worked as a security guard in St. Maarten. “Only a life sentence is justified.”Jeremiah Mills, who was on probation for robbery, was acquitted of the murder charge but convicted of being an accomplice. The judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison.Jamal Woolford was convicted of being an accessory and received 22 years.Authorities portrayed the killing as part of a crime spree that included the robbery of a Chinese restaurant, for which all three were also convicted. The judge issues a verdict and sentence at the same time under the St. Maarten legal system.Friends and relatives of the Kings wept as the verdicts were read out. Gasps were heard from the audience when Johnson turned and smiled to the gallery as he was led out of court following the verdict.Michael King, a retired insurance executive, and his wife owned a home in St. Maarten, which shares an island with the French dependency of St. Martin. Their throats were slashed and their house looted in the September attack.Johnson’s lawyer, Brenda Brooks, had argued that her client did not intend to kill the couple and should be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. She said Wednesday that she would appeal the verdict and sentence. The three men are expected to serve their sentences in St. Maarten’s Pointe Blanche prison.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) – A judge in St. Maarten convicted three men and issued prison sentences Wednesday in the killing of a South Carolina couple in the Caribbean country.Lead defendant Meyshane Johnson was found guilty of all six charges against him, including two counts of murder in the deaths Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.Judge Tamara Tijhuis imposed a life sentence, citing the cruel nature of the crime and the possibility that he might commit similar crimes if released. Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BEIRUT (AP) – Undeterred by a devastating suicide attack that rocked the Iranian Embassy in Beirut a day earlier, hundreds of Hezbollah supporters pumped their fists in the air Wednesday and vowed eternal allegiance to the Lebanese Shiite militant group as they buried victims from the bombing.Hezbollah’s deputy leader Naim Kassem said the group will not be dissuaded from supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country’s civil war, describing recurrent attacks on Shiite strongholds in Lebanon as “inevitable pains on the road to victory.” Assad’s view of the war _ that it is a fight against terrorism and not a revolt against his family’s decades long rule _ has been echoed by Hezbollah and was on full display at Wednesday’s procession in southern Beirut.“Death to America, Israel and the takfiris!” shouted hundreds mourning four of the dead, in the predominantly Shiite Ghobeiri district. Takfiris refer to Sunni radicals. Hezbollah supporters routinely denounce the U.S and Israel.“If Hezbollah wasn’t taking part in the battles in Syria, the takfiris would have long invaded our homes and slaughtered us all like they are doing in Syria,” said Ghada Samaha, a 45-year-old Hezbollah supporter taking part in the funeral.The woman, wearing a head-to-toe black covering known as a chador, said she was ready to sacrifice her three sons for the fight in Syria, if Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said it was necessary.“I don’t have a problem with it. This is what we want,” she said.The bravado is typical of the group’s supporters, who tend to close ranks and rally around their leadership in times of trouble. But the repeated attacks against Shiite strongholds have raised questions on how far the community is willing to go in its support, particularly as the attacks become more sophisticated. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How men can have a healthy 2019 ErrorOK… ErrorOK Comments Share The attack, by two suicide bombers who detonated their explosives outside the mission’s metal gates, killed 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat and embassy guards. More than 140 others were wounded, according to the Health Ministry.The bombing was the latest in a series of attacks that have struck Lebanese Shiite areas in recent months, some of which Sunni radicals claimed they made in retaliation for Hezbollah’s backing of Assad’s forces against the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow him in Syria’s increasingly sectarian conflict.An al-Qaida-linked militant group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack _ the deadliest targeting of Iranian interests since the uprising against Assad began in March 2013. Iran has been a staunch supporter of Assad’s government, and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has been instrumental in helping his troops flush out insurgents from key areas near the Lebanese border.Hezbollah has defended its actions in Syria, calling it a necessary and existential fight against Sunni extremists who increasingly dominate the rebellion there.Hezbollah’s Kassem dismissed accusations that the group’s cross-border intervention had brought on the attacks in Lebanon, telling its radio station: “This terrorist attack will not deter us from our course.” Tuesday’s strike was the first suicide bombing to target Shiite areas in Lebanon since the war in Syria started.Previous large-scale attacks on Hezbollah strongholds include an Aug. 15 car bombing in southern Beirut suburbs that killed 27 and wounded more than 300. A less powerful car bomb targeted the same area July 9, wounding more than 50.“It is hard to tell how much Lebanon’s Shiites can tolerate this state of war with the Sunnis. Fighting Israeli occupation was easy to sell, but not this,” said Bilal Saab, director of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, North America.Women wept as Hezbollah pallbearers carried the coffins of four who died in Tuesday’s attacks, including Radwan Fares, a Lebanese national who headed the Iranian Embassy’s security. Women threw flower petals and rice from balconies at the coffins below, wrapped in yellow Hezbollah flags.“At your service Hezbollah,” shouted the men on the streets, fists thrusting in a rhythmic salute.___Follow Zeina Karam at http://twitter.com/zkaram New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
But the justices in an unsigned opinion said there was no clearly established law at the time giving inmates a right to adequate suicide prevention protocols.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says former Delaware prison administrators are immune from a lawsuit over a 2004 inmate suicide.The justices on Monday ruled against the family of Christopher Barkes, who hanged himself just hours after being arrested for violating probation.A federal appeals court ruled last year that the family could pursue claims that the prison violated Barkes’ constitutional rights by failing to conduct a proper suicide prevention screening. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The sacked officers had been appointed in January 2014 when former President Goodluck Jonathan replaced the top military echelon because of failures against Boko Haram.Jonathan had been accused of being partisan in naming Christians to all but one of the positions in the armed forces traditionally dominated by Muslims. Nigeria is divided almost equally between Muslims who predominate in the north and Christians in the south.Buhari’s announcement on Monday was more even-handed.Both the new army chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and the national security adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, are from northeastern Borno state which is the birthplace of Boko Haram.Defense chief Maj. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and navy chief Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas are from the south. The chief of defense intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku, is from the Middle Belt and the chief of air staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is from northeastern Bauchi state.Boko Haram had seized a large swath of northeast Nigeria and declared an Islamic caliphate. A multinational army earlier this year drove the insurgents out of towns and villages but suicide bombings and village attacks have increased, killing more than 250 people in the past two weeks. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Muhammadu Buhari has fired all Nigeria’s military chiefs as a multinational army prepares for a fresh onslaught against the West African nation’s Islamic extremists.It was an expected development since Buhari, a former military dictator who was elected in March, has severely criticized the Nigerian military’s failure to defeat the Islamic extremists operating mainly in the northeast. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The sackings come two weeks before Buhari is to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C. to discuss more U.S. help in the battle to curb the Islamic uprising that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes and killed more than 13,000 people in six years.Amnesty International puts the death toll at more than 20,000 to include the deaths of some 8,000 detainees who allegedly died in military custody.Buhari has promised to investigate Amnesty’s allegations. Hundreds of soldiers are being court-martialed for alleged cowardice and desertion. Atrocities committed by the Nigerian military have hampered U.S. help because of laws that prevent the United States from providing certain arms to the governments of armed forces accused of gross human rights abuses.Buhari inherited a firestorm of problems including a near-empty treasury blamed on corruption and halved prices for the petroleum that provides about 80 percent of government revenue.Last week, he announced he was halving his salary, putting lawmakers on the spot as their salaries come up for review. But salaries form only a small part of the remuneration as lucrative allowances make Nigerians among the highest paid legislators in the world at nearly $200,000 a year. Top holiday drink recipes Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Macau’s tourism director says the country “needs” to develop a new tourism strategy in order to attract extra arrivals and increase overnight stays. Travelling to Sydney with a delegation of up to 32 tourism leaders, Macau Government Tourist Office director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said the country was taking inspiration from successful tourism destinations including Australia to develop a five-year tourism Master Plan. Meeting with the Tourism Minister of NSW George Souris, Destination NSW, Representative to trade commission and the Lord Mayor of Sydney this week, the director said the delegation hoped to learn and share tourism ideas with other cities and countries.“We need to update the Master Plan for Macau as soon as possible,” the director explained at a press conference in Sydney. “Everyone knows Australia is quite good for tourism.”The tourism head said the delegation had also picked up a few tips from China, Singapore and Las Vegas.As part of the delegation’s tour down under this week, the director said the group would also host tourism trade and this year’s Macau Tourism Roadshow, which will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 18 October this year. Click back onto e-Travel Blackboard tomorrow for more news from Macau.
Webjet’s $25 million placement has been completed. Webjet Limited has recommenced market trading, following the completion of the $25 million capital raising placement, established to fund the acquisition of online travel agency Zuji.Webjet announced plans to buy out Zuji in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore earlier this week.The purchase is still subject to regulatory approvals and will be completed in the first quarter of next year.Full settlement of the placement will occur on 19 December and the equally-ranked new shares will begin trading on 20 December 2012. “The placement was well over-subscribed with strong support from existing shareholders and new investors,” Webjet managing director John Guscic said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
Asian investors to acquire Westin SydneyA joint venture between Singapore developer Far East Land and Housing Development Company Pte Ltd and Sino Land Company Limited, a real estate development and investment holding company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Westin Sydney and its adjoining Heritage Retail podium for A$445,333,000. Far East Land and Sino Land are members of Far East Organization and its Hong Kong-based sister company, Sino Group, respectively.Under the agreement, the joint venture will acquire The Westin Sydney, a deluxe hotel set in the heart of Sydney’s fashion and financial district. The iconic five-star hotel features 416 luxurious rooms and extensive conference facilities. Located at the prestigious address of 1 Martin Place, the property is complemented by a large prime retail podium with its unparalleled location fronting Martin Place, George and Pitt Streets. Part of the redevelopment of Sydney’s historic General Post Office, The Westin Sydney is surrounded by the city’s most exclusive designer shopping, best restaurants, theatres and nightlife, and is close to Sydney attractions such as Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.The acquisition of the Sydney landmark is consistent with the hospitality business strategy of Far East Organization and Sino Group, and aligns with the group’s long-term vision to build an enduring leading real estate business in Australia. With the property’s unique position in Sydney’s tightly-held luxury hotel segment, the group is confident that The Westin Sydney will contribute to the growth of the business. The Westin Sydney continues to be managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under the existing management agreement. At the same time, tenants in the Heritage Retail podium will now have access to the new owners’ property management infrastructure serving the group’s Sydney- based retail and office properties. Far East Organization has a growing portfolio of quality investment properties and development sites in prime locations across Australia, having invested A$1.4 billion in acquisitions and joint ventures since 2013. Today, Far East Organization has a significant presence in the hospitality, residential and commercial sectors in Australia.Far East Organization and Sino Group together with their listed affiliates own and operate a significant hotel portfolio in Asia, including the prestigious Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore and the luxury hotel Conrad Hong Kong. Far East Hospitality Holdings, a joint venture between Far East Organization’s listed unit, Far East Orchard Limited, and The Straits Trading Company, has a hospitality joint venture in Australia with the Toga Group. Besides hotel ownership, TFE Hotels operates one of Australia’s largest hospitality management platforms.Source = Far East Land – Housing Development Company – Sino Land Company
AccorHotels in partnership with Queensland Real Estate Developer, Kinstone Developments Group, is pleased to announce that a new-build 238-room Novotel hotel will be built on Brisbane’s South Bank, following the signing of a management agreement.The Novotel Brisbane South Bank will be located directly across the road from the Brisbane Convention Centre on Cordelia Street, with direct pedestrian access connecting the hotel with the Centre.The hotel will feature two meeting rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, restaurant and bar as well as on-site car parking.Rooms will incorporate the new global Novotel ‘N Room’ design as well as Novotel Gourmet Bar and Food Exchange concept. The hotel will encompass Novotel brand identifiers including Live N’ Dream bedding, interactive TV’s and FairTrade bathroom amenities, and free barista coffee at breakfast.Construction of the Novotel Brisbane South Bank will commence in late 2016 with an expected completed date in late 2018.Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath said, “We’re pleased to form a strategic partnership with Kinstone Developments Group on this prime hotel for Brisbane’s South Bank.“Significant investment in infrastructure such as this Novotel hotel will further increase the capacity for Brisbane to attract significant events, conferences and exhibitions and cater to the domestic and international travel markets.“Brisbane is the main gateway for Queensland visitors and with aviation links expanding all the time especially from Asia, the city is exceptionally well placed to grow its market share and drive the local visitor economy.“With around 24 per cent of the worldwide Novotel network located in the Asia Pacific region, Novotel Brisbane South Bank is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the brand’s growing presence backed by AccorHotels powerful global distribution and digital platforms and a rapidly expanding loyalty program.”Representing Kinstone Developments Group, Arthur Liu said, “We are delighted to work with AccorHotels on providing business and leisure travellers with the first internationally branded hotel in the South Bank precinct.“With Kinstone Developments Group’s experience both at home and abroad, it is certain that the new Novotel hotel will be delivered at superior quality. We believe that our new hotel will further enhance international and domestic travellers’ Brisbane experience, whether they come for conferences, exhibitions, plays, opera, or concerts.”Novotel is the heritage brand of AccorHotels in Australia since the opening of the first flagship hotel – Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour in 1991. In 25 years, the brand has achieved extraordinary growth and now boasts a portfolio of 29 hotels (5,639 rooms) across the country.The new Novotel Brisbane South Bank will complement the existing Novotel Brisbane and Novotel Brisbane Airport hotels in the city, and join the brand’s established global network of over 450 hotels and resorts in 61 countries. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels
Qantas Group Full Year Result 2016Key points:Record underlying profit before tax: $1.53 billion, up 57%Record statutory profit before tax: $1.42 billion, up 80%Record results for Qantas Domestic, Qantas International, Jetstar Group, Qantas LoyaltyNear-doubling of earnings per share: 49c, up 24cReturn on invested capital: 23%, up 6.5 pointsOperating cash flow: $2.8 billion, up 38%Net free cash flow: $1.7 billion$500m shareholder return: fully-franked 7c per share ordinary dividend and onmarket share buy-backAdditional cash bonus totalling $75 million for 25,000 non-executive employeesContinued investment in aircraft cabins and wi-fiQantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $1.53 billion for the 12 months ended 30 June 2016 – the best result in its 95-year history.The record performance is a 57 per cent per cent improvement on financial year 2015. It means Qantas can resume dividend payments, reward 25,000 EBA-covered employees with a one-off cash bonus, and continue investment for customers, including extending wi-fi to Qantas’ regional and international fleets and finalising the network and customer experience for the Qantas Dreamliner.SUMMARY OF RESULT Qantas Domestic, Qantas International, the Jetstar Group and Qantas Loyalty all reported record results.Total underlying EBIT in the domestic market – across both Qantas and Jetstar – was a record $820 million, up $191 million, and total underlying EBIT in the international division was $722 million, up $374 million.Return on invested capital was 23 per cent, compared with 16 per cent at 30 June 2015, and earnings per share almost doubled to 49 cents.The Qantas Transformation program continues to reshape the Group’s cost base and ability to generate revenue. It has unlocked $1.66 billion in permanent cost and revenue benefits since early 2014, including $557 million in financial year 2016, and is now outperforming, with the Group expecting to realise $2.1 billion in benefits by June 2017.Effective fuel hedging saw the Group secure a $664 million benefit from lower global fuel prices compared with financial year 2015, passing a proportion of these savings through to air fares – which are up to 40 per cent lower than a decade ago in the Australian market.The Group’s financial position improved significantly during the year, with $2.8 billion in operating cash flow used for capital expenditure, shareholder distributions and debt repayments, and excess cash used for refinancing.CEO Comment Chief executive Alan Joyce said the result demonstrated the success of Qantas’ strategy to build a strong, sustainable future for the national carrier.“Our transformation program is paying dividends for our shareholders, our customers and our employees,” Mr Joyce said. “Our people can be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. It’s thanks to their skill and commitment that we’re announcing a record profit today.“This was a true team performance, which shows that our strategy is the right one for the tough markets we’re operating in and the long-term opportunities we see ahead of us.“Transformation has made us a more agile business, created value for our shareholders and given us a platform to invest for the future. Qantas is stronger than ever, but we’re also determined to keep changing and adapting so that we can succeed no matter what environment we’re in.”RETURNS TO SHAREHOLDERS The Group has returned more than $1 billion to shareholders over the past 12 months, through a $505 million capital return (completed in November 2015) and $500 million on-market share buy-back (completed in June 2016), and Qantas today confirmed it will return up to $500 million more to shareholders.The Qantas Board has declared a fully-franked final ordinary dividend of 7 cents per share – or $134 million in total – to be paid on 12 October 2016. In addition, Qantas will carry out a further on-market share buy-back of up to $366 million, subject to shareholder approval.Where there is surplus capital in future the Group will first distribute to shareholders via an ordinary dividend, in conjunction with share buy backs, special dividends or a capital return should additional surplus exist. Future dividends will be partially franked or unfranked, until Qantas’ franking credit balance – which will fall to $26 million after the current dividend is paid – increases.REWARDING OUR PEOPLE In recognition of their outstanding contribution, around 25,000 personnel across the Qantas Group will be eligible for a one-off $3,000 Record Result Bonus (on a full-time basis) if they are covered by an EBA that includes the 18-month pay freeze outlined as part of the Qantas Transformation program.Combined with the bonus announced in July 2015, this now means more than $160 million in cash rewards has been set aside for non-executive employees in the past two years.The costs of the discretionary payment will be recognised in financial year 2017, outside of underlying earnings.INVESTING FOR CUSTOMERS Over the past 12 months Qantas has announced new investment in eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for Qantas International, super-fast inflight wi-fi for Qantas Domestic, and new lounges in London Heathrow and Brisbane, in addition to the refresh of Qantas’ Airbus A330 and Boeing 737-800 fleets.The Group confirmed today that:Qantas is in the final stages of scoping options to extend wi-fi to its regional and international fleets;Qantas is exploring a partnership with Cricket Australia to live-stream cricket over summer 2016-17, on the aircraft involved in the wi-fi technology trial;The first Qantas Dreamliner flights will open for sale before Christmas, on Qantas International’s existing network, with other international destinations for the Dreamliner confirmed shortly afterwards; andQantas is working with a team of world-class designers, including Marc Newson, and university sleep experts to design the Dreamliner interiors in Economy, Premium Economy and Business to best-in-class standards.“Throughout our transformation we’ve invested in the areas that matter most to our customers,” Mr Joyce said. “We’ve renewed our aircraft, lounges, technology and the training we provide for our people, who’ve done a phenomenal job to earn record customer satisfaction.“Today’s result means we can build on those investments, with some really exciting projects in the pipeline to make the experience of flying with Qantas even better. Our plans for the Qantas Dreamliner, in particular, will set new standards for the industry.”GROUP PERFORMANCE Qantas’ performance in financial year 2016 reflects the advantages of the Group portfolio, with approximately two-thirds of its earnings generated from its strong, stable domestic and loyalty businesses, and approximately one-third from its international business – increasing potential earnings and resilience to volatility.Qantas Domestic reported record underlying EBIT of $578 million, up 20 per cent on financial year 2015.The business continued to navigate the transition in the Australian economy, with a $121 million drop in revenue from resources markets but higher revenue in non-resources markets, and capacity reductions limiting the impact of weaker demand at the end of the year. Operating margin was up 1.9 points to 10.1 per cent.Customer satisfaction was at record levels, helped by upgrades to Qantas’ A330 and B737 fleets and continuous investment in service training.Qantas International reported record underlying EBIT of $512 million, up 92 per cent on last year and an improvement of more than $1 billion compared with its result in financial year 2014.The business continued to reduce costs and increase revenue while growing capacity to meet demand through a 5 per cent rise in aircraft utilisation. Unit costs excluding fuel were down 4 per cent and operating margin was up four points to 8.9 per cent.With business travel and tourism strengthening in Asia, Qantas International has re-allocated capacity from trans-Pacific routes and the domestic market to destinations including New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia. Overall capacity on the Pacific routes has been increased under an expanded partnership with American Airlines, which saw Qantas return to San Francisco and American to Sydney and Auckland.This agile approach to growth will continue in financial year 2017, as the Group monitors broader economic conditions, while continuing to deepen strategic partnerships with American Airlines, Emirates and China Eastern.Qantas International’s employees also achieved record customer satisfaction.The Jetstar Group reported record underlying EBIT of $452 million, up 97 per cent.Operating margin for the Jetstar Group in financial year 2016 was up 5.8 points to 12.4 per cent, helped by a 3 per cent reduction in unit costs (excluding fuel).After completing the renewal of Jetstar’s long-haul fleet with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, investment is focused on continuing to improve the airline’s customer experience and online sales channels.The Jetstar airlines in Asia delivered an $85 million improvement on last year. This improved performance included a first full-year profit for Jetstar Japan, which today announced plans to grow from 20 to 28 aircraft over the next three years, building on its success since launch in 2012 and supporting ongoing domestic and international growth.Qantas Loyalty reported record underlying EBIT of $346 million, up 10 per cent.Revenue increased by 6.7 per cent, with margins up 0.7 points to 23.8 per cent.Approximately 45 per cent of the business’ revenue growth in the year came from non-core ventures, while the core consumer and business loyalty programs continued to perform strongly.Qantas Frequent Flyer members increased by 580,000 to 11.4 million and a range of improved products and partnerships have been announced. An expanded arrangement with Woolworths increases opportunities to earn Qantas Points on every dollar, including grocery and fuel purchases.Loyalty continues to invest in new ventures and grow the scale of existing ones, taking a strategic stake in Data Republic – a secure data sharing platform – alongside Westpac and NAB, and launching Qantas Assure, a health insurance venture with nib.Qantas Freight reported underlying EBIT of $64 million, down 44 per cent on last year.The result reflects difficult global cargo markets and the end of favourable legacy agreements with Australian Air Express, impacting yields. However, the business is well-positioned for the future. New long-term deals with Australia Post and Toll, the country’s two biggest freight customers, are in place in the domestic market. Qantas Freight is also pursuing new opportunities internationally, in particular on triangular Australia–China–US routes.FINANCIAL POSITION The Group remained in an optimal capital structure throughout the year, with net debt within the Group’s target range of $4.8 billion to $6 billion.Total Group short-term liquidity is $3 billion, including $2 billion in cash and $1 billion in undrawn facilities. The Group’s unencumbered asset base is valued at more than US$3.9 billion.Investment remains disciplined, with net capital expenditure of $1 billion in financial year 2016 and a forecast of approximately $1.5 billion in financial year 2017.OUTLOOKFirst half The Group is planning for capacity growth of 2-3 per cent in the first half of financial year 2017, driven by increased aircraft utilisation:Group domestic capacity is expected to be flat to a decrease of 1 per cent; andGroup international capacity is expected to increase by approximately 4 per cent.The Group is planning for the mixed domestic and international operating environment to continue in the first half. Unit revenue is expected to be below the first half of financial year 2016, with competitive industry pricing and resources sector weakness. This will be offset by a total unit cost improvement from the Qantas Transformation program and lower fuel costs.The short-term outlook remains subject to variable factors, including oil price movements, foreign exchange movements and global market conditions.Mr Joyce said: “The Qantas Group expects to continue its strong financial performance in the first half of financial year 2017, in a more competitive revenue environment. We are focused on preserving high operating margins through the delivery of the Qantas Transformation program, careful capacity management, and the benefit of low fuel prices locked in through our hedging.“The long-term outlook for the Group is positive, with clear strategic priorities and a robust financial framework to deliver for our customers, our people and our shareholders.”Full year The Group’s current operating expectations for financial year 2017 are as follows:First half Group capacity is expected to increase by 2-3 per cent;Full year underlying fuel costs are expected to be no more than $3.2 billion, or $3.1 billion at current forward Australian dollar prices;Full year depreciation and amortisation expense is expected to be approximately $150 million higher than in financial year 2016;Full year lease expense is expected to be approximately $100 million lower than in financial year 2016;Full year transformation benefits (cost, fuel efficiency and revenue) are expected to be $450 million; andFull year net capital expenditure is expected to be $1.5 billion.Having regard to industry and economic dynamics, no Group profit guidance is provided at this time.Introduction of quarterly trading updates From financial year 2017 the Qantas Group will enhance market disclosure by reporting first quarter and third quarter trading updates, released in October and April. The quarterly trading update will incorporate traffic statistics and unit revenue (RASK) performance, and introduce actual revenue performance for the quarter at a Group level. Quarterly trading updates will replace monthly traffic statistics. QantasSource = Qantas Group
AYANA unveils new luxury resort in Komodo, IndonesiaAYANA unveils new luxury resort in Komodo, IndonesiaAYANA is launching a brand-new resort on the little-known and undeveloped eastern Indonesian island of Flores, set to open in summer 2018. A one-hour flight east from Bali, AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will be the first and only five-star hotel in the region, putting both the town of Labuan Bajo and the island of Flores on the map as one of the hottest up-and-coming destinations. The AYANA properties in Bali and Jakarta are famed for world-class hospitality, exceptional design, superior cuisine and unparalleled service.AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will offer visitors 12 suites and 189 premium guest rooms, each offering an ocean view with the distinctive Kukusan Island in the distance. The unconventional design will have guests check in on the 11th floor lobby and reach their room by descending towards the beach. The town of Labuan Bajo is considered the premier launching point for trips to the home of the famous Komodo Dragon. The resort will be actively raising funds to support Komodo National Park in developing facilities and enhancing the safety and training of Komodo Rangers.The new resort will feature a rooftop wedding and function suite, a rooftop bar, lobby bar, HonZEN Japanese restaurant, Kisik Seafood BBQ, an all-day dining venue serving relaxed Asian cuisine and international food, a private beach, two main swimming pools, a children’s pool, a spa, gym and kid’s club. The resort will also offer day trips on the property’s catamaran and power boat.AYANA Komodo Resort will additionally be debuting a 177-foot-long and 36-foot-wide, nine-bedroom traditional phinisi ship, named AYANA Lako’dia (meaning “safe journey” in the local language), that will take guests (either by full charter or bookable by bedroom) around the island for two- or three-night trips.For more information about AYANA, visit www.ayana.com.About AYANA:This luxurious resort located in stunning southern Bali is a unique award-winning destination for leisure and business travelers alike, whether they seek an intimate couples’ retreat, a fantasy family playground, an awe-inspiring event venue or state-of-the-art business retreat facilities. With a name meaning “place of refuge” in Sanskrit, the tropical-elegant AYANA Resort and Spa BALI and The Villas by AYANA is situated on the 225-acre Karang Mas Estate, perched above majestic Jimbaran Bay, seven miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Chic RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, with a name meaning “forest”, nestles nearby on 20 acres of lush gardens within the same estate. Together they offer 78 private pool villas, 693 guest rooms and suites, 12 pools, 19 restaurants and bars, 15 wedding venues, 19 MICE and meeting venues and much more, all accessible by complimentary shuttle service, together with stunning design details and unsurpassed service and amenities, including extensive spa and recreational facilities. In the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, AYANA Midplaza JAKARTA is one of the city’s finest hotels, offering 366 rooms and suites, nine dining outlets and a unique sense of sophistication that combines resort chic with big-city glamour. Source = AYANA Komodo Resort
All in Packages for Le Meridien Bora Bora on SaleAll in Packages for Le Meridien Bora Bora on SaleTahiti Travel Connection (TTC), the leading travel specialist to the Islands of Tahiti in Australia, is selling all-in packages for the Le Meridien Bora Bora resort.Located on an unspoiled beach, Le Meridien has amazing views of both the Bora Bora Lagoon and Mount Otemanu. It has several facilities for guests such as an infinity edge swimming pool and two restaurants.Guests can stay either at a deluxe garden view room or overwater bungalows. Accommodations include satellite TV, iPod docking station, in-room safe, and a minibar.7 nights stay starts at $5,699 per person. All packages are inclusive of accommodation, return international and domestic flights, all required transfers, and daily breakfasts. TTC-exclusive bonuses and extra gifts are also included in some of the deals, such as free lagoon tours, free nights, discounted room rates, and more.To get more details about the Le Meridien Bora Bora packages you may contact our Tahiti Travel Specialists by calling 1300 858 305 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.tahititravel.com.auSource = Tahiti Travel Connection
Source = AccorHotels AccorHotels to manage back iconic French Polynesian resortAccorHotels has today announced it will take over the management of the iconic Le Méridien Tahiti and rebrand it as Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel.Owned by Grey Investment Group since 2012, the hotel located on the West coast of the island, has handed over the management of the hotel to AccorHotels, effective October 15, 2018.AccorHotels and Grey Investment Group have forged a long-term relationship through sale and manage-back agreements. AccorHotels sold off its French Polynesian resort portfolio to the Grey Investment Group in December 2015, yet continued to manage-back the resorts.Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel is the fourth hotel to be managed by Accor Hotels for the Grey Investment Group in French Polynesia, joining Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island.Senior Vice President Operations, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar said, “AccorHotels are thrilled to be chosen to manage another resort in French Polynesia for the Grey Investment Group and we are excited to undergo a rebrand of this iconic resort.”“AccorHotels’ history with the country dates back to 1969 and shows our commitment to this amazing destination. The resort has tremendous potential – from its prime location at the edge of the Punaauia lagoon, to its sprawling grounds and large white sand pool. We plan to bring our know-how and strong service culture, mixing the Polynesian sense of welcome and the French art-de-vivre,” concluded Gillian.Grey Investment Group has an ambitious vision for the hotel and has scheduled a major overhaul in the coming months with the reopening of the renovated overwater bungalows, and upgrade of the ballroom and restaurants outlets.Built in 1998, the newly rebranded Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel is located on a premium beachfront property rich in history and legends for the Polynesians, currently offering 149 guestrooms, two restaurants and three meeting rooms.About Grey Investment GroupFounded in 1937, Samoan based Grey Investment Group has been involved in successful ventures in the South Pacific for over 75 years, starting with the iconic Aggie Grey’s Hotel.The group’s recent activities include investments in Virgin Samoa Airlines, the acquisition of the Le Méridien Hotel Tahiti in 2012 and the Sofitel French Polynesia Hotels in 2015. Its other investments include manufacturing of exported Artesian Water, diverse food supplies, banking, gas, airline catering, inbound tour operating and real estate in New Zealand. The Grey Investment Group continues to develop their portfolio in the Pacific region, as it looks to diversify and grow in emerging markets to add to its rapidly expanding asset base. The Group now employs close to 2,000 full time employees in the Pacific region.About SofitelSofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with over 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.
Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, CommercialTHAI Offers 50 Percent Mileage Discount to Redeemers on 13 DestinationsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) offers special privilege for Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members to spend 50% less miles in redeeming award tickets to 13 destinations in all classes since 1 August 2019 until 30 September 2019.Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial, said THAI offers mileage discount for ROP members requiring 50% less miles when redeeming award tickets of any class to 13 destinations with highest discount at 65,000 miles. ROP members may redeem roundtrip award tickets under this privilege in Bangkok to Kunming, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Colombo, Dubai, Beijing, Fukuoka, Moscow, Copenhagen, and Stockholm routes. Tickets can be redeemed since 1 August 2019 until 30 September 2019 for travel on 1 August 2019 until 31 October 2019.For further information, reservations, and ticketing, visit thaiairways.com/rop or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).Source = THAI
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Exclusive: Trade Group to Call for CFPB Official to Resign After Broker Comments Share June 12, 2012 435 Views Sparking indignation in the mortgage broker community, Raj Date, deputy director of the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ laid the bulk of the blame for the housing crisis on brokers during a “”speaking engagement””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/speeches/remarks-by-raj-date-to-the-american-bankers-association-conference/ Monday. His statements have led at least one industry trade group to call for his resignation. [IMAGE]””After all, if you think back to the most problematic vintages of mortgages during the bubble… most of those problematic mortgages were originated not by supervised banks, but by mortgage brokers and finance companies,”” Date said before a group of banking professionals at an “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/Pages/default.aspx conference Monday. Marc Savitt, president of the “”National Association of Independent Housing Professionals (NAIHP)””:http://www.naihp.org/ called Date’s comments “”outrageous.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]Date, who comes from a banking background, came to his position at the CFPB “”with a preconceived notion about mortgage brokers,”” Savitt told _MReport_ Tuesday. And it is this “”preconceived notion”” that Savitt says “”shows me that that’s the wrong guy for the job”” and has prompted the NAIHP to call for Date’s resignation. (The NAIHP is currently preparing a press release to announce their decision to call for Date’s resignation.) Not only has Date “”energized and infuriated an entire industry,”” according to Savitt, but he says the comments are also “”not true.””Date says incentives are misaligned and that, leading to the mortgage bubble, “”If a borrower could qualify for a loan at, say, 6 percent, a broker might juice that rate from 6 percent up to 8 percent.””The CFPB has been considering requiring a change in loan officer compensation changing it from a percentage model to a flat fee. Savitt believes this “”is a done deal”” already, and it will just be a matter of time before the CFPB implements the change. However, he insists, citing independent studies from Harvard and Georgetown University that brokers have traditionally helped borrowers receive lower interest rates. Either way, Savitt says, “”The banks approved these loans, not the brokers.”” While Date speaks of “”transparency, fairness, and proper financial incentives,”” Savitt believes his bias makes him unfit for his role. in Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fixed-Rate Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Mortgage-Backed Securities National Association of Independent Housing Professionals Politics Processing Service Providers 2012-06-12 Krista Franks Brock
Share The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in August ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the lowest level since April but the economy added just 96,000 jobs, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ reported Friday. [IMAGE]According to Labor, 581,000 people left the labor force in August leading to the drop in the unemployment rate which nonetheless remained above the election-critical 8.0 percent. At the same time, July’s job gains ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô originally reported at 163,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô were reduced to 141,000 while June’s job numbers dropped to 45,000 from 87,000.Within the “”household survey”” the labor force participation rate, which tracks the labor force as a percentage of all those over 16, and thus is a measure of confidence in the ability to find work fell to 63.5 percent, the lowest level since September 1981.Economists expected payrolls to grow by 125,000 and the unemployment rate to remain at 8.3 percent.Average weekly hours remained at 34.4 consistent with July’s revised number but hourly earnings rose for all workers fell to $23.52 from $23.53 adding pressure on household incomes.With today’s report, the unemployment rate remained above 8.0 percent for the 43rd consecutive month ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the entire Obama Administration ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô though it has dropped from its cycle peak of 10.1 percent in October 2009.The weak payroll gains were consistent with a slowdown in corporate profits. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported last week corporate profits rose just 0.5 percent in the second quarter, a poor performance which has not been followed by slow increases in payrolls.The impact of the payroll gains in the last two months was muted further by an increase in the number of individuals holding two or more jobs: up 152,000 in the last two months, 64 percent of the 237,000 increase in the number of jobs. As a result, the number of individuals classifying themselves as “”employed”” in the household survey taken for this Employment Situation report fell a combined 314,000 in the last two months even with an increase in jobs.The number of persons unemployed fell 250,000 in August to 12,544,000, the lowest level since April, but the number of people employed dropped as well, by 119,000 to 142,101,000, the second consecutive month-month drop and the fourth decline in the last six months.While the increase in the unemployment rate was encouraging, it was more a function of arithmetic than any improvement in the economy with the decline in the total labor force which is the sum of person employed and unemployed. To be unemployed an individual over the age of 16 has to meet three tests: out-of-work, available-for-work and looking-for-work. The unemployment rate is the result of dividing those unemployed by the total labor force if unemployment goes down ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô as it did in August by 250,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and the labor force drops, the resulting unemployment rate will also fall.An alternative measure showed more strain in the labor sector. [COLUMN_BREAK]The employment-population ratio which measures the number of people employed against the entire over-16 population, without qualifying definitions used to determine “”unemployment”” dropped to 58.3 percent. The inverse of the ratio ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 41.7 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô represents the share of the over-16 population without jobs. At the onset of the recession in December 2007, the employment-population ratio was 62.7 percent and when the recession officially ended in June 2009 it was 59.4 percent.Another widely followed alternative measure of employment which includes discouraged workers and others “”marginally attached to the labor force”” fell to 14.7 percent in August from 15.0 percent in July, again a function of a declining labor force..Despite the one encouraging sign in the report, other indicators were disappointing. The average duration of unemployment rose to 39.2 weeks in August from 38.3 in July, the third increase in the last four months.The weak jobs picture touched all sectors of the economy. Manufacturing jobs, for example, fell 15,000 in August and July’s gain of 25,000 was revised downward to 23,000. Within the manufacturing sector though, the auto industry shed 7,500 jobs in August. While professional and business services added 28,000 jobs in August, the gain was far below the 47,000 jobs added in July and the number of new temporary jobs actually fell 4,900 in August after growing 6,900 in July. Temp jobs are often considered a gateway into permanent employment but also reflect a lack of confidence by employers who are reluctant to make a permanent addition to payrolls.The sector showing the strongest job growth ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 34,000 jobs — was leisure and hospitality, the sector with the lowest average weekly earnings: $348.40 compared with an average of $809.09 for all private sector jobs.Despite a quarter-quarter 2.7 percent decline in profits, the F.I.R.E. (finance, insurance and real estate) sector added 7,000 jobs August, more than reversing the 2,000 jobs cut in that sector in July. Within the financial sector, the number of real estate jobs fell 5,200 and the number of underwriting jobs dropped 1,100 in August.While total construction employment nudged up a net 1,000 in August, residential construction jobs fell 1,100 and non-residential building construction jobs fell 2,400. Gains though were registered in residential specialty contractor positions with 8,200 new jobs in August.The number of government jobs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô which has long been a drag on the employment picture ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô fell another 7,000 in August after dropping 21,000 in July. State and local government payrolls fell a combined 10,000 while federal payrolls rose 3,000. According to the report, there were 2.8 million federal workers in August compared with 14.1 million local government jobs and just over 5 million state government jobs. Since the onset of the recession in December 2007, government payrolls are down a net 476,000 with most of the cuts at the state and local level.The payroll report was also affected ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô positively – by a strike of utility workers in New York City. Those workers returned to work in August, boosting utility jobs by almost 9,000, reversing a similarly sized decline in July. Jobs are only included in the payroll report if positions are paid during the week of the month including the 12th calendar day of the month. The 9,000 striking Con Edison workers were not on the payroll during the July survey period. Unemployment Drops to 8.1% as Economy Adds Just 96K Jobs Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-09-07 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing September 7, 2012 422 Views
Share NAHB Examines Ideal ‘Generation Y’ Home in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Green Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2013-06-04 Tory Barringer As National Homeownership Month kicks off, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) is taking a look at the features today’s young homebuyers want most and how builders are adapting to those needs.[IMAGE]””As the economy recovers and young people who had to live at home with their parents move forward with their lives and achieve their dreams of homeownership, home builders are delivering homes that cater to the floor plans, features and affordability that this generation desires,”” said NAHB chairman Rick Judson, a homebuilder and developer from Charlotte, North Carolina.According to the association’s 2012 consumer preference survey, more than 80 percent of Generation Y homebuyers (people born in 1977 or later) prefer a highly energy-efficient home over a lower-priced home without [COLUMN_BREAK]energy-efficient features, preferring to save instead on utility costs.To meet this need, builders are now constructing homes with ENERGY STAR-rated appliances; windows, doors, and insulation that help control the home’s climate; and other modern components such as tankless water heaters and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that help save energy costs.Gen Y also seems to favor media and game rooms more than any other kind of specialty room. New homes today not only contain those spaces, but they are outfitted with modern, state-of-the-art electronic and wiring components that can accommodate high-definition televisions, full-house sound systems, hard-wired fire and security alarms, and more.Beyond those features, NAHB noted that new homes today actually cost less to maintain than older homes. A study done by the group found that homes built before 1960 have average maintenance costs of $564 per year, while a home built after 2008 averages $241. “”The time has never been better for young people to become home owners, whether it be a new home or existing,”” Judson said. “”There are outstanding opportunities in the current market, with near record low interest rates, competitive prices and new homes being built that include open layouts, energy efficient components and other features that cater to young buyers.”” June 4, 2013 428 Views
in Secondary Market Freddie,August Business Sinks at Freddie Mac Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-09-27 Tory Barringer September 27, 2013 503 Views “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ mortgage portfolio shrank in August at the fastest rate so far this year.[IMAGE]The portfolio contracted at an annualized rate of 5.0 percent, turning down further from July’s -1.7 percent growth rate. Year-to-date, the portfolio’s average monthly growth rate is -1.7 percent.For the year’s first eight months, business has fallen in five and grown in three. Until the most recent report, the portfolio’s worst month was January, when the growth rate was -4.8 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]As of the end of August, the book’s ending balance was $1.93 trillion. New business also declined to its lowest level this year, with purchases and issuances totaling roughly $36.0 billion. Through August, new business for all of 2013 has totaled $354.3 billion.Multifamily new business volume was $1.8 billion for the month and $17.8 billion year-to-date.Meanwhile, Freddie Mac’s portfolio of mortgage-related securities and other guarantees did a little better than in August, though growth was still weak at an annual rate of 2.3 percent.Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $20.8 billion in August, representing 63 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances, the mortgage giant reported. Relief refinance mortgages made up 33 percent of total single-family refinance volume.Freddie Mac’s single-family seriously delinquent rate fell to 2.64 percent from July’s 2.70 percent. The multifamily delinquency rate also dropped, coming in at 0.05 percent.The GSE reported 7,502 loan modifications in August, bringing the year-to-date count to 53,746. Share
Global DMS, Collateral Analytics Partner to Enhance Offerings in Headlines, News, Technology Collateral Analytics Company News Global DMS Valuation 2014-06-10 Tory Barringer June 10, 2014 427 Views Global DMS and Collateral Analytics, two providers of valuation software solutions for real estate professionals, have come together to integrate parts of their products, the companies announced.Launched as part of a strategic alliance between the two firms, the integration now allows users of Global DMS’ single-source eTrac Enterprise appraisal management platform to access Collateral Analytics’ products and services, combining the former company’s compliance expertise with the latter’s highly accurate property value estimates.Together, the companies say the combined solutions will significantly reduce costs, drive appraisal review efficiency gains, and deliver greater accuracy, reliability, and time savings.Vladimir Bien-Aime, president and CEO of Global DMS, explained how the partnership will benefit both businesses and their clients: “There are many factors that must be taken into account in order to determine accurate property valuations and reporting in today’s market. This new partnership extends to our customer base Collateral Analytics’ sophisticated data analysis capabilities that produces precise reports on valuations, market analytics and risk scores.”Michael Sklarz, president and CEO of Collateral Analytics, echoed Bien-Aime’s statement, adding praise for Global DMS, which he said “has done a tremendous job in building a platform to bring automation and compliance to the entire valuation management process for organizations operating in the appraisal business.””Our solutions complement one another well and make for a robust offering that can be seamlessly accessed by Global DMS customers,” Sklarz continued. “We are very pleased to have established such a strong partnership with Global DMS.” Share
Share Chase Downsizes Jumbo Loan Requirements in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Buyers will now be able to obtain a jumbo loan with an even lower credit score and down payment at Chase. According to an announcement from the bank on Wednesday, Chase, a U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. is simplifying its jumbo loan product offerings by lowering FICO and down payment requirements on loans as much as $3 million.According to the announcement, single-family homebuyers can now obtain jumbo loan with a FICO of 680 or higher and can put as little as 15 percent down. The previous requirements required single-family buyers to have a minimum FICO of 740 with a 20 percent down payment.Wall Street Journal reporter Annamaria Andriotis noted that Chase followed a similar route taken by Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., and other banks for requirements on jumbo mortgages. Regulatory costs and litigation risks are also causing some big banks to shy away from smaller loans.“In some cases, our customers have been helped by other banks that have different guidelines,” said Sean Grzebin, head of retail mortgage lending at J.P. Morgan to the WSJ. “Some of this is [about] retaining customers we should have gotten and we hadn’t because of program restrictions.” The bank, run by Chairman and CEO James Dimon, said in July 2014 it was repositioning its mortgage strategy to focus on higher-end customers.In April, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported that jumbo loan applications saw significant increases mainly in the $417,000 to $625,000 range and also in the greater than $729,000 range. These results aligned with the MBA Mortgage Credit Availability Index, which revealed growth in jumbo product offerings.”Generally, the home purchase market is slowly beginning to regain some footing as households have become confident in their income expectations and job prospects,” the MBA said. “Entry level buyers continue to be impacted by factors such as tight credit, student loan debt, and regulatory challenges.”The bank also released its easy-to-understand guidelines for primary and second-home loans, investment properties, and cash-out finance loans that reflect its thorough analysis of market and borrower risk.“Everyone in the home-buying process–from consumers to real estate agents and mortgage bankers–can more easily understand how we can help them close on a loan fast,” said Sean Grzebin, head of retail lending.“We want to make sure homebuyers can easily understand the benefits of financing with Chase,” said Steve Hemperly, head of mortgage loan originations. Down Payment FICO JP Morgan Chase & Co Jumbo Loans 2015-08-05 Staff Writer August 5, 2015 812 Views
As the baby boomer generation edges closer to retirement age, housing demand for seniors is expected to increase, but could too much of a good thing mean oversupply?Auction.com released a report Wednesday highlighting that deal volume among those that are born between 1946 and 1964, has increased 60 percent year-over-year.However, there are concerns that this building spree to meet the rising demand for senior housing may lead to an oversupply, because it is unclear of what kind of housing this group will need or at what time they will need it.”The numbers indicate that demand will grow over the long term, although investors should always take into account the cyclical nature of the real estate market as well as regional factors,” the report said.According to Auction.com, the surge in retiring seniors have presented investors with the opportunity to acquire senior housing and care facilities.In 2013, those that are 65 and older made up 14.1 percent of the population, while 18-64-year-olds made up 62.6 percent of the population.The U.S. Census Bureau expects the senior population numbers to keep rising through 2030, as the last of the baby boomer come of age. Approximately 10,000 baby boomers will reach retirement age every day over the next 19 years.As the senior numbers grow, so does their need for housing, the company explained. Housing transactions among the senior cohort is climbing toward pre-recession peak numbers.This year, senior housing transaction volume surpassed $20 billion, an increase of nearly 59 percent from 2014, the report found.”The big picture demographic trends clearly paint senior housing and care as a sector on the rise, with major potential growth,” Auction.com said. “However, it remains a niche asset class, offering discerning investors with a long-term view a chance to get in on the ground floor and take advantage of the changing U.S. demographic landscape.”Senior households have been rising slowly over the decades, but this is about to change in the coming years. Urban Institute’s analysis of housing trends determined that senior households are expected to grow dramatically by 2030 released in June 2015.The Institute found in 1990, there were 20 million households for seniors ages 65 and up. In 2010, this number had reached 25.8 million, and by 2030, the institute projects that aging baby boomer households will reach 46 million.“This dramatic growth will occur among both senior homeowners and renters, the authors said. “Our research suggests that from 2010 to 2030, senior homeowners will increase from 20 million to almost 34 million, and senior renters—who include both homeowners who will shift to renting and baby boomers who already rent—will increase from 5.8 million to 12.2 million.”Click here to view Auction.com’s full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News September 9, 2015 559 Views Senior Housing Demand Soars, But so do Chances of Oversupply Auction.com Baby Boomers Demand Oversupply Senior Housing 2015-09-09 Staff Writer Share
Builder Confidence Lots and Labor Availability National Association of Home Builders 2016-02-16 Scott_Morgan Builder Confidence Shaken by Cost and Availability of Lots and Labor February 16, 2016 880 Views Share Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes is still doing well, but has dropped since last month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, or HMI, released Tuesday.The latest HMI showed builder confidence to be at 58 in February, down from January’s 61 and seven points lower than its recent peak of 65 in October. That said, the index is still well above the tipping point of 50 and three points above last February’s number.NAHB Chairman Ed Brady attributed the dip to the high cost and lack of availability of lots and labor, but said that February’s index shows builders are still generally optimistic about the housing market.“Of note, they expressed optimism that sales will pick up in the coming months,” Brady said, despite that consumers have expressed some worries about the housing market over the past few months.Indeed, the HMI component measuring sales expectations in the next six months rose one point to 65 in February, which is a good sign that builders are optimistic overall. Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.David Crowe, NAHB’s chief economist said “the fundamentals are in place for continued growth of the housing market. Historically low mortgage rates, steady job gains, improved household formations and significant pent up demand all point to a gradual upward trend for housing in the year ahead.”Broken down to the four main regions of the country, the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores were all in slight declines. The Midwest fell one point to 57, the West registered a three-point drop to 72 and the Northeast and South each posted a two-point decline to 47 and 59, respectively, according to the report.Weather did not appear to have a large impact in either direction on confidence, which is a major difference between last winter and this one so far. While the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have had to deal with some hefty snowfalls, January indicators showed no worse decline than regions that have had little winter weather.According to NAHB, new home purchases are “dominated by existing home sellers with very good credit, significant equity accumulation, and strong employment records.” First-time buyers, the organization announced, are missing from the new market, perhaps due to a trend toward larger houses with more bedrooms and baths that could be keeping new buyers wary.“One downside to this trend is these same well-off new home buyers are also more likely to hold a substantial share of their wealth in equities,” NAHB stated. “The turmoil in the stock market and the general unease concerning international economic trends is most likely to affect the same group of households that are the most active in new home purchases.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
Housing Permits Housing Starts 2016-11-13 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: Can Housing Starts Keep Up the Pace? For months, the industry has been watching the housing starts numbers to see if new residential home construction would pick up as the inventory of existing homes has been extremely tight.HUD and the Census Bureau will jointly release the next New Residential Construction Report for October 2016 on Thursday, November 17. In September’s report, housing starts declined over-the-year by 12 percent and over-the-month by 9 percent (down to a rate of 1.05 million), which was largely driven by a drop in multifamily starts; single family starts jumped by 8 percent over-the-month in September (to an annual rate of 783,000). Single-family building permits increased by 6.3 percent over-the-month up to 1.23 million in September.The fact that overall permits (1.23 million) outpaced housing starts (1.05 million) in September indicates a significant turning point for the market, Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said.“True, housing starts dropped—but we have to take that with a grain of salt because it came from such thin data,” Smoke said. “On the other hand, the permitting data released today blew by analysts’ expectations. It also showed that this year’s most troubling trend in new construction has clearly reversed: Permits are outpacing starts, which indicates that developers and builders are finally planning for more growth ahead. That’s great news for both the economy and the consumer.”NAHB Housing Market Index for November 2016, Wednesday, November 16The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index dropped down two points in October, reflective of builder confidence toward the housing market decreasing, according to NAHB. What will November’s housing market index set to release on Wednesday, November 16 hold?“Even with (October’s) drop, builder confidence stands at its second-highest level in 2016, a sign that the housing recovery continues to make solid progress,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “However, builders in many markets continue to express concerns about shortages of lots and labor.”NAHB reports that two HMI components fell comparatively to the previous month’s standings, specifically current sales conditions and buyer traffic. However, the index did indicate that sales expectations in the next six months rose from September.“The October reading represents a mild pullback from a jump in September, and indicates that the housing market continues to make slow and steady gains,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Moreover, mortgage rates remain low and the HMI index measuring future sales expectations has been over 70 for the past two months. These factors will sustain continued growth in the single-family market in the months ahead.”This week’s scheduleWednesday, November 16NAHB Housing Market Index for November 2016, 10 a.m. ESTHousing and Insurance Subcommittee Hearing, “Modernizing Appraisals: A Regulatory Review and the Future of the Industry,” 10 a.m. ESTThursday, November 17HUD/Census Bureau Housing Starts for October 2016, 8:30 a.m. EST November 13, 2016 548 Views Share
Mortgage Loan Apps Increasing Mortgage loan applications increased this week, according to the Mortgage Banker’s Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey released Wednesday.The Market Composite Index, which measures loan application volume, increased 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to last week, ending June 16, 2017. Unadjusted, the Index decreased 0.4 percent. The Refinance Index increased by 2 percentage points bringing it to its highest level since November 2016. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent from last week and 2 percent on an unadjusted basis.At 46.6 percent of total applications, refinance shares of mortgage activity increased from 45.4 percent last week. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) increased to 7.5 percent of total applications.The FHA share of total applications decreased from 11.2 percent last week to 10.1 percent this week. The VA total share decreased to 10.4 percent from 11.1 percent. Total applications from USDA decreased to 0.7 percent from 0.8 percent the week prior.30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances, which are $424,100 or less, remained unchanged at 4.13 percent, with points decreasing to 0.34 from 0.35, including the origination fee, for 80 percent LTV loans.The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.40 percent from 3.37 percent, with points increasing to 0.38 from 0.34, including the origination fee, for 80 percent LTV loans, according to MBA.Contract interest rates for 5/1 ARMs remained unchanged at 3.26 percent, with points increasing to 0.22 from 0.20 for 80 percent LTV loans. The effective rate for 5/1 ARMs, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased from the week prior.MBA’s survey covers over 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications and has been conducted weekly since 1980. Mortgage bankers, commercial banks, and thrifts are included in the respondents. June 21, 2017 551 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Mortgage Applications 2017-06-21 Brianna Gilpin Share
February 10, 2018 696 Views On Friday, February 9, MountainView Financial Solutions presented its monthly mortgage servicing rights (MSR) seminar, featuring Tim Rood, Chairman of The Collingwood Group, LLC. Rood presented a webinar entitled “Rightsizing Your Mortgage Business for 2018: Planning for the Uncertainties.” If you missed out on it when it was originally broadcast, now you can view a recording of the full webinar by clicking here.Looking forward, the webinar predicted that 2018 will definitely be a purchase market, with overall strong real estate markets in cities such as Seattle, Austin, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, and Dallas. The webinar predicted the top performing states of 2018 to be Nevada, Texas, and Florida.Las Vegas home values are expected to rise approximately 5.8 percent over the next year, having already risen 8.6 percent in 2017. On the Texas front, the webinar pointed out the influx of companies choosing to relocate or expand operations into Texas due to low taxes and a low cost of living. Home sales in Texas are expected to grow 6 percent in 2018, according to the webinar. For Florida, there is expected to be a 5 percent increase in most popular areas.The webinar highlighted several noteworthy trends from 2017, including an increased migration from large, expensive cities into more affordable mid-tier cities. The Rust Belt saw a spike in residents moving to Chicago, and Chicago, Boston, and Seattle saw the highest share of residents staying put in those respective cities.The webinar also explored the problem of data and document defects within the mortgage process. According to the webinar, a typical mortgage cycle from application to close averages 57 days, but only involves around 18 hours of “work in the file.” This is due to delays in receiving documents, and due to those documents often containing errors. According to the webinar, “40 percent of Documents Gathered are Incorrect or Deficient and go undetected for days or weeks” and “70 percent of Files are advanced Incomplete resulting in downstream Inefficiency and Rework.” Share Homebuyers Mortgage Servicing Rights Mortgages MountainView Financial Solutions The Collingwood Group. Webinar 2018-02-10 David Wharton Streamlining the Mortgage Process You can watch the full webinar by clicking here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, Media, News, Origination
Min Alexander Joins Auction.com as COO in Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Servicing Auction.com Chief Operations Officer Company News COO Min Alexander 2018-04-10 David Wharton Auction.com, based in Irvine, California, and the nation’s largest real estate transaction marketplace, today announced the addition of Min Alexander as its COO. As COO, Alexander will lead a team of 800 professionals who manage the sale of over 140,000 exclusive listings annually. Her team includes the 500+ remote Auction.com auctioneers and local market real estate experts that host over 16,000 auctions and 2,000 customer facing events across 3,100 U.S. counties annually. Alexander will be a key influencer of the strategic development of Auction.com’s marketing, data science and technology initiatives.In her role, Alexander reports to Jason Allnutt, General Manager, Auction.com. Allnutt is also announcing the retirement of Javid Jaberi, outgoing COO for Auction.com. “Javid has been instrumental for the growth and success of Auction.com, as well as a mentor to me,” said Allnutt. “He will hold a special place in the hearts and minds of our teams, and will forever be an important part of the Auction.com story. Javid will stay on as an advisor through the end of the year, ensuring a smooth transition.”A veteran with over 18 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Alexander has a proven track record of managing residential real estate investments and driving sales performance and revenue, focusing on quality, innovation, and customer experience in various business operations. Prior to joining Auction.com, Alexander served as SVP of Real Estate Services for Altisource, where she oversaw the business’ real estate portfolio and auction services. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.“As we continue to drive innovation and optimize real estate disposition, we rely on the best and brightest minds in the industry to steer our teams, buyers, and sellers in the right direction,” said Allnutt. “Min’s proven leadership, knowledge, and experience aligns her with our company’s culture and will keep us moving ‘Beyond the Bid.’ I look forward to working with Min and witnessing the success she brings to Auction.com.” April 10, 2018 782 Views Share
February 08 , 2019 The Oriental Red kiwifruit from Italy-based Jingold has won the gold prize of the Fruit Logistica Innovation award announced today at the trade fair taking place in Berlin this week.Trade visitors had two days to cast their votes for the annual prize.The Jingold team – (L-R) Harry Xu, general manager; Frederico Milanese, international development manager; Madlen Miserius, senior product manager Originally from China, the red Dong-Hong kiwifruit not only has unique organoleptic properties but also boasts an excellent shelf life, a release from the trade fair said.As well as the fiery red color of its flesh, trade visitors also commented on the fruit’s “extremely pleasant, sweet taste”. It also has a high sugar content, with 20 to 21 degrees Brix.“We are very happy to win this important award. It’s been a year of hard work for our team. We invested a lot of energy to develop and improve our product and are glad that people like it so much”, says Federico Milanese, Jingold’s international development manager. Amazon teams up with Japanese supermarket chain to … AUSVEG welcomes first female ag minister … Silver prize was awarded to the Softripe Ripening Technology from German firm Frigotec. Trade visitors were impressed by this natural, energy-saving ripening technology for bananas and other tropical fruit.The technology helps fruit to reach customers at optimum ripeness, and varying the different ripening levels can also improve fruit quality, the release said.The bronze prize was won by the top-sealable compostable, recyclable strawberry punnet from CKF in Canada.Fruit Logistica said that with the wood pulp punnets for 350 to 400 grams of strawberries, the Canadians are setting an example of environmental protection in terms of sustainabilityThe wood pulp punnet not only provides a great deal of protection for the fruit and a view of the product, but also ensures a longer shelf life, without using plastic. Related story: Italy: Jingold gets underway with Oriental Red and organic gold kiwifruit UAV-IQ and Koppert team up for drone-based aerial … You might also be interested in London gears up for Global Grape Summit tomorrow …
Executive Director of Orbit World Travel, Michael Chase-Smith, has given an insight into his philosophy for ‘survive and thrive’ in today’s tech-driven travel environment, ahead of his appearance at the first annual Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference, 20-21 July at the Crystal Palace in Sydney’s Luna Park, and 25-26 July at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. According to Chase-Smith, travel industry players need to know their audience, and recognise that ‘they can’t be all things to all travellers’.“They need to get a strong understanding of their business in this new-tech world, how it can maintain its client base and grow, and what technology and tech partners they should work with to evolve their business.“Having the right technology partners to provide the necessary solutions to keep their customers engaged and attract new customers is now critical.” Chase-Smith said that while Orbit World Travel is constantly keeping abreast of evolving technology, the key to his company’s success lies in its ‘human resources’. “Our people are still our greatest and most important asset. “Without them having the right experience, training, passion and ability to embrace technology, we wouldn’t have many customers and we wouldn’t retain them.“While we are very technology focused travel company, developing many of our own solutions, we still need good people to get the most out of the tech and ensure our clients have a great experience.”Chase-Smith will present ‘Emerging Technology Trends’ at the Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference, and discuss how emerging technology trends affect, and benefit, the travel industry, and why the industry’s leaders must strategically embrace change to remain viable.“Virtual Reality and now Augmented Reality are two areas which are fast advancing,” he said. “Artificial Intelligence and messaging platforms are starting to assist travellers with advice to book travel and will become more prominent during the trip very soon.“It’s all tying-in more now with the need for better data and personalisation and what this can do to improve the traveller experience, optimise choices pre-trip, and staying connected with the traveller during the trip.“Technology and change is more dynamic and fluid than it’s ever been. “Leaders who think that what they’ve done in the past that led to success will automatically lead to success in the future, will be making a big mistake.”Others joining Michael on the line-up for day two include Melissa Browne, author, media commentator, public speaker and accountant, with Original Thinking for Creative Leadership; Paralympian Dr Jessica Gallagher with Trust – Mindset – Courage (Melbourne only) and Jane Challinor, Director of Real Business Group with Path to Profit.Conference tickets are available here. Orbit World TravelresourcesTravel Industry Exhibition & Conferenceupcoming events
Pinky’s Eco Retreat will open on Rottnest Island (just offshore from Perth, Western Australia) in late 2018 following the granting of conditional approval for the world-class beachside eco tent resort by the Rottnest Island Authority Board. Pinky’s will be the first new accommodation to be built on the island in 30 years. Nestled behind the dunes of Pinky Beach and a few steps away from popular snorkelling beach The Basin, the Retreat will retain Rottnest’s laid-back West Australian character in a series of 86 low impact eco tents of varying sizes and styles and a Beach Club, interconnected by raised walkways throughout, and accessible to all Rottnest visitors. Pinky’s will appeal to both groups and couples and all budgets providing a range of eco tents from luxury ‘glamping’ to affordable family accommodation. Prices will start from approximately $100 per night.Each eco-tent will include an ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower, bath, lounge area, comfortable pillow-topped double bed or two single beds, plus private outdoor entertaining area with day bed and comfortable seating. Tea, coffee and fridge facilities will be included.Interiors will reflect the Australian coastal setting using high quality materials including eco-engineered timber floors, raw linens, and weathered stone and wood. Overhead fans will cool the tents in place of air conditioning. Secure bike port facilities will be available with each tent.Artist’s impression – eco tent @ Pinky’s Eco Retreat“Pinky’s Eco Retreat has been two years in the planning so now having approval to turn our vision into a reality is extremely exciting,” said Baileys Group Director Guy Bailey.“Each member of the Baileys Group has been visiting Rotto since childhood and we all have strong connections to the island. To be able to deliver a new style of accommodation to the Island for locals and interstate and international visitors will be hugely satisfying.” As part of the Pinky’s Eco Retreat development, Baileys Group will improve public access to both Pinky Beach and The Basin via new raised walkways, and increase publicly-accessible open space. Substantial work will be done to stabilise and revegetate existing degraded sand dunes. There will be no fencing, and raised walkways will protect the landscape and allow native fauna to continue to roam freely.An open air informal contemporary Beach Club restaurant and bar for guests and beachgoers will be a feature of Pinky’s Eco Retreat. It will provide the first food and beverage outlet between the Settlement and Geordie Bay and will include take away options for people touring around the island. There will also be public showers and bathrooms.To find out more, sign up for e-news to get updates on timing and booking availability visit Pinky’s. campingglampingPinky’s Eco RetreatRottnest IslandWAWestern Australia
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After retiring following his dismissal as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arians was offered a chance to join first-year coach Chuck Pagano’s staff in the same role in Indianapolis. It was really nothing out of the ordinary, until things got crazy.Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia in September, leaving Arians to assume the top role on an interim basis. The Colts went 9-3 under his stewardship and finished the season with an 11-5 record, earning a playoff spot just one season after winning just two games. Though Arians was not officially credited with those wins, he did enough to earn the AP Coach of the Year Award, making him the first interim head coach to claim the honor. The coach’s success in Indianapolis led to his chance to take over in Arizona, and the circumstances that led to him to this point are certainly out of the ordinary.“Many, many days,” Arians said when asked if he reflects on how Pagano’s illness led where he is now. “It’s a shame that it took that to get an opportunity.“I’m just thankful he’s healthy and beat it and continues to beat it. That was really the whole focus last year. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It did present an opportunity and I’m very thankful for it, but I hate that it had to happen that way.”It’s all led to this point, where Arians’ 6-4 Cardinals will host the 7-3 Colts in a big game for each team. Arians said preparing for the Colts would be easy, though he expects pre-game warm-ups to be an emotional challenge. He added that he and Pagano, who chat pretty much every week, are not likely to do so ahead of the game, though he may trade some texts with Colts assistants “busting chops.”Once the game starts, Arians said he expects it to be like any other.Except, admittedly, it’s not. Arians was asked if a suggestion that he won’t have much emotion for the game is true. “No, but I will hide it very well.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Finally, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians can turn his attention to the Indianapolis Colts.He wishes he didn’t have to.“I was hoping it would never be on the schedule because too many emotional ties to what happened last year to have to play them,” he said Monday. “I’m just glad we are playing here and not there. That would really be tough to walk into that stadium.” Top Stories 0 Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals thought the stars were aligning for them last season when they opened the year 9-1 and had a chance to play all of their playoff games, including the Super Bowl, at University of Phoenix Stadium. A rash of injuries, most notably Palmer’s torn ACL, derailed those hopes, but Arians said the message this season was never about what might have been; it was about what the Cardinals didn’t do to make what might have been actually happen. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) points to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after a touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) YearTeamOverall finishPlayoff finish “I think you can see another juice of guys just trying to reach that (playoff) level. You have to take it to another level once you get there. I think guys have realized that and know what it takes.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 36 “We tightened up and didn’t play very well,” Arians said. “Even without our quarterbacks we didn’t play well enough to win in the playoffs.”Arians believes this year’s team is better because it has learned from last year’s mistakes.“We’ve learned how to win those games this year and it should continue into the playoffs,” he said.That quiet confidence was apparent in most of the Cardinals who spoke after Sunday’s game. In Arians’ case, it was because he was hoarse after yelling so much during the game; in Palmer’s case, that’s just who he is, but there was still a noticeable absence of celebration in the locker room and at the podium for postgame interviews.“You don’t get rings for byes,” Arians reminded everyone. “You don’t even get T-shirts and hats.”The Cardinals want the entire gift package, so the focus remains the same, even if the state of the team is a whole lot more encouraging than it was last season heading into the playoffs.“It’s all about when you click at the right time and your team is hot going into the playoffs,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “Even though last year, mentally and verbally, we could speak on what we wanted to do, if you watched us play toward the end of the year, you could see us breaking down a little bit with guys just beat up, hurt, fatigued and all that. 1992-93Suns1stLost NBA Finals 2015Cardinals1st or 2nd— Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share 2006-07Suns2ndLost WC semifinals 2004-05Suns1stLost WC Finals GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians will tell you that Sunday’s 38-8 whipping of the Green Bay Packers was just a step. By securing a bye in the first round of the NFL playoffs, Arizona has accomplished nothing more than putting itself in position to achieve its greater goals.That’s true, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge how rare this 2015 Cardinals season is in Valley sports lore. Top Stories Regardless of what happens on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale, Arizona will finish with one of the NFL’s top two records. If the Cardinals lose and New England wins, Arizona would be tied for No. 2 with the Patriots. If the Cardinals win, they’d own the No. 2 spot alone, and if Carolina also loses, Arizona would be tied for the best record in the NFL at 14-2.The last time this franchise finished No. 1 or No. 2 overall in the NFL was in 1948 when it played in its second straight NFL championship game — when it called Chicago home.In the Valley’s major pro sports history, only three teams have ever finished with the first or second best record in their league. The Suns did it in the 1992-93; 2004-05; and 2006-07 seasons.“To be 14-2 would be awesome,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “It’s a phenomenal record; it’s a phenomenal achievement.“Just knowing we have a playoff game here and hopefully more is a huge advantage for us.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Your browser does not support the audio element. Linebacker Kevin Minter runs down the field during Arizona Cardinals OTAs Tuesday, May 17. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories He still has a role in defending the passing game, however, and the linebacker is aware of that and has trimmed down to help defend more of that style.“I still wanted my power, because that was my game. I’m a downhill guy, but at the same time, I need to be able to move in space. This is a passing league now,” Minter said. – / 16 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “As far as being my first time being that middle linebacker for this team, I feel like I did alright,” Minter said on Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The LSU product was second on the team in tackles with 110 with 13 for loss.“I kind of established myself a bit this past season,” Minter said.While it was a solid start, Minter and Cardinals fans alike know he can bring more.“Going into this season I need to take another step forward,” Minter said. “I still feel like I haven’t really met my expectations yet.”Minter was not shy about the expectations for the team either, after losing in the NFC Championship. The fourth-year inside linebacker said the team “laid an egg in Carolina” and the team was “complacent.”“Our whole motto now is finish. It definitely holds true this year. We were a game away from being in the big one.”That determination for the team is something Minter has seen in OTA’s, calling the team “crisp” and said they’ve “been hitting on all cylinders.”As a run-stopper and playing a more traditional position — unlike linebacker and safety hybrid Deone Bucannon — winning those hard-hitting battles inside the tackles is what Minter does for his team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The road for the Arizona Cardinals at inside linebacker in the absence of former Pro Bowler Daryl Washington has had its ups and downs.Kevin Minter was drafted in the second round by Arizona in 2013, and after temporary solutions like Karlos Dansby in 2013 and Larry Foote in 2014 helped, Minter was a possible long-term answer after Washington was suspended in 2014.Coming off his first full season of starting at the position, the 25-year-old feels good about the way he played. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals linebacker
A new head coach. A new quarterback. A new defensive scheme. An actual long-term quarterback.There is a lot of new in the Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 campaign, and with that comes more excitement than usual for a preseason debut.Here are the five things to watch for in Saturday night’s matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers at 7 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.How many snaps are chosen for Rosen?Duh. Comments Share If Wilks’ system can have a positive effect for the likes of Baker, Bucannon, Nkemdiche and Reddick, the Cardinals defense could explode to greater heights next season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals fans know wide receiver J.J. Nelson has the speed and experience, and second-round pick Christian Kirk brings a serious reputation of pass-catching production as an inside receiver.That’s six different names that have a case for talent to make an impact. The question is if the Cardinals can bring that potential out of them.Replacing A.Q. Shipley(AP Photo/Matt York)The Cardinals couldn’t even make it to their first preseason game before suffering a significant loss via injury when A.Q. Shipley tore his ACL and left a hole at center.Rookie offensive lineman and third-round pick Mason Cole will attempt to fill that void.The good news is Cole has the track record. He made 104 consecutive starts between his high school days and his time as a Michigan Wolverine under former NFL coach Jim Harbaugh.With how much the Cardinals are relying on a running game built around David Johnson and protecting quarterback Sam Bradford, if there was one young player you’d hope looks good in the preseason for Arizona, it would be Cole.Steve Wilks’ 4-3 defense(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)You can’t help but get excited to watch the wrinkles of Wilks’ defense when you hear the way Patrick Peterson talks about it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Coach Wilks is just letting (DC Al Holcomb) do his thing, and I believe it’s just gonna allow us to line up and play fast football,” Peterson said in mid-June to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.Some of those wrinkles include getting the most out of specific players, which Peterson described in early July to 98.7 FM’s Bickley & Marotta.“You got (safety Budda Baker) pretty much being the chess player — you don’t know what the heck he’s going to be doing. Obviously, you got Deone moving into that MIKE position right now, so we’re a little bit faster at the linebacker position … being a little bit more natural now for (defensive tackle) Robert Nkemdiche being in a 4-3 system, having him playing straightforward now.”The man going under the radar in his system that was not mentioned by Peterson is second-year linebacker and former first-round pick Haason Reddick.Part of the appeal in drafting Reddick was his versatility as a linebacker. He goes from playing defensive end in college, playing both inside and outside last season, to a more permanent role as strongside outside linebacker under Wilks.Wilks, of course, has the track record in Carolina for getting the most out of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, two of the NFL’s best linebackers this decade. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Josh Rosen (3) and Sam Bradford (9) drop back to throw passes during an NFL football practice Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories The other cornerback outside of Peterson has always been hit-or-miss for the Cardinals with no long-term solution. That remains an issue for now. Jamar Taylor, the former Browns corner the Cardinals acquired in the offseason, is starting while Bene Benwikere and Brandon Williams are listed behind him.All of those players have the entire preseason to prove why they should win their respective job, and that starts on Saturday.Young, impact weapons on offense(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)Odds are the Cardinals will be desperate for some more playmakers outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson.It’s that way because a majority of the other names are young and inexperienced, but that doesn’t mean they lack upside.Chad Williams saw under 100 snaps in his rookie season last year and is expected to take a step forward in year two to make plays at wideout.Was Brice Butler underutilized in Dallas and due for a breakout year?Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones sure did make plays last season, coming out of nowhere to finish with 28 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns over five games.Running backs Chase Edmonds and T.J. Logan provide the shiftiness and elusiveness to be a nice change-of-pace option for offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Related LinksCardinals’ Steve Wilks not concerned with showing too much in preseasonCardinals’ Rosen on criticism of asking ‘why?’: ‘Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’Pro Football Focus ranks Cardinals backfield third in NFLAll eyes in Cardinals land will be on the quarterback of the future Josh Rosen, and it sounds like head coach Steve Wilks has a desire to see a lot of the rookie quarterback.“We want him to play quite a bit and get him in the flow of the game,” Wilks said Wednesday.Preseason performance is rarely indicative of much but it will be nice to see how Rosen handles his first NFL action.Not Larry Fitzgerald, not Chandler Jones and not Patrick Peterson(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Arizona Cardinals have a Pro Bowler at wide receiver, defensive end and cornerback.At this point in the season, though, the Cardinals lack depth at those positions and have battles underway alongside their three stars.Brice Butler got the nod as the No. 2 wide receiver in the team’s first unofficial depth chart, but Chad Williams, Christian Kirk, Greg Little and J.J. Nelson will compete for the starting role.With Markus Golden’s timetable for a return from a torn ACL a mystery, Benson Mayowa is listed on the opposite side of Jones. Arthur Moats and Jacquies Smith were both signed by the team at the end of July to compete for time as well. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories One week is a long time in the career of a rookie quarterback, and for Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen, seven days made a big difference.A week after the four quarterbacks taken in the top 10 in this year’s draft all lost, the young passers rebounded, made big plays and went 4-0 on Sunday.It wasn’t always pretty. Mayfield was the only one of the four to throw for more than 200 yards, but his Cleveland Browns still scored just 12 points in 70 minutes of football in their overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the draft, went 25 of 43 for 342 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The other three completed 10 passes each.Darnold and Rosen completed less than 50 percent of their throws, although Darnold threw for three touchdowns in the New York Jets’ 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos, including a 76-yarder to Robby Anderson.Related LinksCardinals’ first win of Steve Wilks era comes with whisper of momentumA tale of two halves; Josh Rosen has up-and-down start in road winRapid Reactions: Wilks, Cardinals take home first win of seasonArizona Cardinals defense shines in win over San Francisco“Every single week, we can do that,” Darnold said. “I’m just really excited for next week.”Aside from the 1987 strike season with replacement players, there have only been three other seasons in which four or more rookie QBs have won in the same week — 1974, 2010 and 2012. It happened multiple times in 2012, including a week when five rookies were winners — Nick Foles, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson.Allen went 10 for 19 for 82 yards and an interception on Sunday as the Buffalo Bills outlasted the Tennessee Titans 13-12.Allen is now 2-2 as a starter, while Mayfield improved to 2-1 and Darnold to 2-3.And Rosen got his first win in his second career start since he took over for Sam Bradford, throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Christian Kirk on Arizona’s first play from scrimmage. He didn’t do much the rest of the way, going 10 of 25 for 170 yards, but he avoided mistakes as the Cardinals beat the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers 28-16. From left to right, 2018 rookie quarterbacks Baker Mayfield of the Browns, Josh Rosen of the Cardinals, Sam Darnold of the Jets and Josh Allen of the Bills. (AP photos) 2 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Rosen, the outspoken former UCLA player, was the last of the four rookies drafted, and he said the other teams made mistakes when they didn’t take him. He was also the last to make his debut this season. But the Cardinals’ starting job is his to lose now.Allen took over for the ineffective Nate Peterman in the Bills’ first game, a blowout loss to the Ravens, and has started ever since. Darnold opened the season as the starter but was on a three-game losing streak before the Jets came through on Sunday.Mayfield has been the splashiest thus far, bringing excitement to Cleveland that befits his status as the top pick. His only loss since taking over for Tyrod Taylor was a 45-42 overtime shootout at Oakland last week.“We have a team right now that is starting to believe in themselves, and rightfully so,” Mayfield said. “I take a lot of pride in the culture change and being positive, always moving forward and doing your job no matter what the situation is. That was big for us.” – / 23
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of InterContinental Dubai Marina, a 132 guest room luxury hotel with 196 fully serviced InterContinental Residential Suites in the centre of one of Dubai’s most popular and vibrant neighbourhoods.The hotel is a showcase of cutting edge design and décor, with bespoke modern art, design and sculptures throughout. With stunning views of the marina and nine restaurant and bars on offer, InterContinental Dubai Marina creates the perfect setting for guests to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer.Home to a collection of nine stylish restaurants, lounges and bars, the hotel is positioned to be one of the new hot spots of Dubai. The jewel in the hotel’s crown will be Marina Social restaurant – British, Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s first in the Middle East – which will open later in September 2015. The restaurant will also include an exclusive bar, The Social Room, with mixologists creating unique cocktails using an eclectic range of spirits from around the world, and will be host to one of the largest whiskey collections in the city.Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “Dubai’s tourism market is expanding at a rapid pace so it is important to ensure our luxury properties can accommodate all of our travellers varying needs. We are confident that with its unique cosmopolitan design, eclectic food and beverage offering and first class service, InterContinental Dubai Marina will become one of the city’s favourite spots attracting residents in the Middle East and visitors from around the globe.”InterContinental Dubai Marina is the fourth InterContinental property in the UAE after the iconic InterContinental Abu Dhabi and InterContinental Dubai Festival City, and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City.
Go back to the e-newsletterVirgin Limited Edition’s Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard in Franschhoek, South Africa announced the opening of its new Manor House on 1 June 2016. A short walk from the main hotel, the Manor House is a private retreat located near the Country Kitchen restaurant.Situated in an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard encompassing 39 hectares. Comprising four deluxe suites, and a bunk room for children, Manor House captures that ‘home away from home’ feel while allowing guests to indulge in all the luxury of a hotel stay. Groups of up to eight people will be welcomed to kick back and relax while a dedicated team takes care of the rest; from arranging private dining and spa treatments to horseback riding and wine tasting, no detail is overlooked.Manor House is complete with two private swimming pools; one in the courtyard and the second facing the vineyards and mountains – the perfect spot to take some time out on one of the large sunloungers and soak up the spectacular scenery. For those looking to keep active there is also a gym and games room.When it comes to dining, guests have the flexibility to choose: having meals privately in Manor House, making use of the indoor kitchen or al fresco dining area, or enjoying the delights of Mont Rochelle’s two restaurants, Miko and Country Kitchen.Manor House is available for exclusive stays of two nights or more throughout the year. Rates start from R46, 800 per night based on eight adults sharing.For guests who would like to combine a winelands break with a safari, Virgin Limited Edition provides the perfect extension to a stay at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand, adjacent to Kruger National Park.Go back to the e-newsletter
AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius located along a stretch of the island’s unspoilt south coast. When it opens in 2021, the 150-key beachfront AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa will offer the best of both worlds – stylish accommodation coupled with an untouched beach paradise.Only 30-minutes from the international airport, AVANI Mauritius Bel-Ombre Resort & Spa will comprise 150 guest rooms, including 134 Standard Rooms and 16 AVANI Suites. In addition twelve, offer for purchase, residential Four-Bedroom Pool Villas will also be included in the development.The new upscale resort will offer a specialty restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant, large multi-functional meeting space catering for MICE and weddings, an AVANI Spa and AVANIFIT gym, AVANI Pantry, AVANI Kids Club, a beach activities centre and two swimming pools.AVANI, a true lifestyle brand, appealing to millennial-minded travellers and focused on the details that matter, combines the personal and unique guest experiences that developers, KPMM Mauritius, were looking for when considering the management appointment for their new build Bel Ombre resort. Coupled with the operational expertise and global reach of Minor Hotels, AVANI’s stylish and straightforward approach to hospitality management firmly persuaded KPMM to award AVANI the management contract.
Go back to the enewsletterThe Indonesian capital has many splendid hotels, and there are several additions coming up within the next three years. First, let us visit Jakarta’s ‘institution’, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, built for the fourth Asian Games. It was opened on August 5th 1962 by President Soekarno (he also constructed a welcome monument in front of the hotel, with a traffic circle around it; this whole complex is called Bunderan Hi).The main lobby of the hotel is, today, a light and glass construction, but leading off this is a maze of corridors, many lined with photos of Soekarno and dozens of the global VIPs who have graced the hotel since. This is where top people come to see, and be seen. This is still where big names get married: the main ballroom holds 3,500 which is still not big enough for some weddings (typical attendance for Jakarta’s A-list crowd can be up to 5,000). Guests are often asked to arrive at a particular time during the event, staggered to avoid congestion, and food is stand-up, apart from for the lucky VIPs assigned to seated areas.There are 289 rooms in all. Suite 826 must surely be a favourite, as it looks down at the Bunderan Hi circle. Through 24 hours, traffic flows; interestingly, and seemingly on a whim, traffic direction can entirely, or partly change, depending on the current thinking of the policemen on duty. Quite a lot of the day-time and evening traffic is on its way to Jakarta’s largest, and most important, shopping mall, which sprawls around several six-floor open atriums (only last week, what must be one of the world’s biggest Victoria’s Secrets stores opened here).I tried to take a walk outside the hotel but, literally, the sidewalk pavement stopped abruptly after 300 yards, and I either had to reverse or head into the mall; I chose the latter. I later found there was also direct entry and exit via the hotel’s lobby.The mall is also connected to Kempinski Residences, which share a 17th-floor rooftop pool, and the adjacent gym, with the hotel. All this, including the mall, happens to be owned by Indonesia’s richest brothers, Budi and Michael Hartono. Michael went viral on social media a few weeks ago because, at age 78, he won Bronze (for bridge) in 2018 Asian Games and he, said to be worth double-digit US billions, came home with US$750.The hotel is also partly owned by the Katuari family, and it is Grace Katuari who has done an outstanding job in bringing some elements of the building up to global restaurant standards. She has, for instance, replaced a restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel by a stunning Scandinavian-look Japanese, OKU.OKU is filled to capacity all evening long, and entirely local. I was with the hotel GM Sjefke Jansen, who must surely have made the reservation soon after he arrived from St Petersburg five months ago (foodie hotel guests should definitely book a table and room, at the same time).As local connoisseurs know, Kazumasa Yazawa’s food is exquisite, with such tastes as buta pork belly salad, and a savoury omelette with spicy raw cod and Emmenthal. Apparently another restaurant here at the hotel, a 650-seat Paulaner Brauhaus, also runs at 100% (who says hoteliers cannot run restaurants?). On our way out, after dinner, we looked in on a high school prom ball being held in a smaller ballroom, the 800-person oval room. When I left the following morning that area had metamorphosed into photos of mountains and young blondes in dirndls, hosting an Austria marketing breakfast. There is always something going on at this historic hotel.Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta Capital PlaceI am often asked, ‘which is the best hotel in the world?’. Impossible to answer. Almost as difficult is the question, ‘which is the most beautiful hotel in the world?’, but at least one contender would be the still-new Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta Capital Place.From top to bottom, the luxury of space and attention to detail make this entire 20-floor building a thing of beauty. One of the first things GM Christian Poda wanted to do on my arrival (by a mile-long private road, built by the hotel’s owner to avoid Jakarta’s correctly notorious traffic) was to show it – the hotel – off. The exterior is a steel and glass rectangular sculpture-shape by Cesar Pelli. Bill Bensley landscaping includes his signature animal sculptures amid ballet-like trees around the fifth floor outside pool, and all interiors are Alexandra Champalimaud, star of all YTL hotels, the redone Raffles Singapore and so many more.Champalimaud’s talent includes an almost unmatched eye for colour. All 125 units here are suites, from 63 square metres up. Suite 1609 is best described as a subtle silver-grey palette, which includes full-height panels of modern chinoiserie, delicate chrysanthemums on a shiny silver background.In public areas, however, Champalimaud has gone for a riot of colour, plus height and light. The lobby’s ceiling is 13 metres high, with Lasvit chandeliers from Prague. A grand staircase, leading down from meeting rooms, has 27 wide stairs covered in beige carpeting with occasional gentian flowers (high over, a moulded cream cornice features Indonesian spices, in relief).Several rooms lead off the lobby, which is itself seating-free. A library, open 24/7 for residents, has comfy seating, and hardbacks include Dictionary of Clinical Cardiology standing next to a tome on Cartography. Look up, and the ceiling here is malachite, with criss-crosses of gold leaf.The library is flanked by a nook of a bar and by the aptly named Palm Court, with a hemispherical ceiling which soars to 15 metres. Seating here is bottle-green, and includes porters’ chairs with hoodie-type backs. Go out from Palm Court, which is all-day dining, to its tiled courtyard garden (Bill Bensley), with towering palms and a glassed-in conservatory called Orchid Court, because that is what it is filled with.Bill Bensley also designed some outré chairs for the outside terrace to the 20th-floor, dinner-only Alto restaurant, where the interior has deep persimmon walls. Yes, I was told, this is the best Italian food in town. Christian Poda and I both had his favourite dish, Straccetti al Porcini – freeform pasta with porcini, and oodles of truffle parmigiano cream (his preferred accompanying wine, Tignanello 2012, was a perfect match).The chef, Marco Riva, was everywhere in this thoughtfully attentive hotel. He was there at dinner, and at breakfast down in Palm Court, supervising the first appearance of a buffet that, today, successfully evolved from what had until now been one long table to several different venues. No, he did not bring my room service lunch trolley, though I am sure he personally prepared the caprese of soft cheeses and green and red, tomatoes – and was it he who had suggested sending up rosemary flavoured iced tea? Marco Riva was certainly there, by the lobby’s tea salon, when I later checked out.Oh that salon, another venue of exquisite beauty, with mustard chairs in front of displays of cake boxes in soft gelato colours, pistachio and rose. High above is yet another crystal chandelier, and as I walked out I noticed a bough-shaped chocolate confection on which playing cards are affixed. This is an absolutely gorgeous hotel, with endless touch points, many of them delightfully whimsical.Lead image: Hotel Indonesia KempinskiGo back to the enewsletter
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RelatedTop 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Gloucester for rugby fansIt’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Top 10 places to eat and drink and party in Newcastle for rugby fansOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try. _Photo: Smalljim, CC BY-SA 3.0_2. WalkaboutThink rugby, think beer. For this, we think the Walkabout has always got to be in the mix, especially as it claims to have the biggest TV screen anywhere in town. If you’ve blown your cash celebrating the night before, on weekdays you can even snare lunch for a fiver! The bar staff here fully expect to see the players congregating in front of their big TV screens too.https://instagram.com/p/zsP2I3EsIU/3. Jack in the GreenIf you fancy more than just a standard pub serving the usual imported beers, Jack on the Green was in January this year named one of the UK’s top 50 gastro pubs. Their ‘Totally Devon’ local-produce-laden, three-course menu is a steal at £25.Posted by The Jack In The Green on Friday, 27 March 20154. Urban BurgerWhat could be more satisfying than a burger, whether you’re recovering from the night before or building up to the next big match? The plump patties at Urban Burger are backed up by local cheese and bread, too.Posted by Urban Burger Exeter on Thursday, 11 October 20125. Black Horse InnWhen a pub’s Facebook page boasts of pints from £1.99, you know you’re on to a winner. Feeling a little fragile? The Black Horse Inn’s Dirty Burger will sort you out, with the prime beef covered with a mound of chilli con carne, sauteéd red onions, jalapeños and French’s American mustard.Posted by Black Horse Inn on Thursday, 19 March 20156. Harry’s Grill BarThis family-run bolthole tempts carnivores with sticky short beef ribs in a maple and bourbon glaze, followed by chargrilled Devon minute steak with triple cooked fries. It makes Harry’s Grill Bar the perfect place to refuel after a big match.Sticky #Ribs anyone?Ribs marinated & cooked in maple syrup, soy, spices, pickled red cabbage and twisters!Posted by Harry’s Restaurant on Friday, 30 January 20157. Ruby Modern DinerIf fast food joints just don’t cut the mustard for you, posh up your burger at Ruby, with Devon blue cheese, chipotle mayo or chorizo. They do sliders here too and – our favourite – a range of pulled pork brioches. Yum.Burgerlad.com and EatingExeter.co.uk have tried the New SCORCHIO, Have you tried it yet?Posted by Ruby Burgers on Saturday, 2 May 20158. Hole in the WallThis boisterous drinking den declares itself a ‘rugby pub’ and is renowned for going just a little doolally over the oval ball. Having recovered from a serious fire last summer it has reopened with a new menu, and continues to be highly regarded for its excellent Sunday roast. They always have at least three ales on tap too.Posted by The Hole In The Wall on Friday, 9 August 20139. On the WaterfrontOn a sunny day there is no better place to be than down on Exeter’s historic Quayside. The stylish On the Waterfront bar is housed in a glorious 19th-century warehouse, with the outdoor tables by the water hotly contested. Get in here quick!It’s going to be a perfect night for sitting on the Quayside and watching the sun set. Who’s coming down?Posted by On The Waterfront on Monday, 11 May 201510. Gidleigh ParkThis two-Michelin-starred country retreat is within easy striking distance of Exeter, so consider slipping off the rugby top and popping on a shirt and tie instead for one of the best meals you’ll ever savour. Celebrated chef Michael Caines is at the helm in the Gidleigh Park kitchen, and the menu includes local produce such as Brixham scallops and Dartmoor beef.Lovely picture of the house taken by Magali our Assistant Sommelier out on a walkPosted by Gidleigh Park on Sunday, 1 June 2014Getting thereBus services C, 77 and 78 run from the city centre (where you will also find the train station) on match days to Sandy Park, while bus service 52 departs daily from Exeter’s bus station and stops on Sidmouth Road, near Sandy Park. There will also be a park and ride just off the A3052, near junction 30 of the M5, on match days.Going to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital.Top 10 places in Gloucester for scrummy scran during the RWC It’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Newcastle’s top bars and restaurants on rugby daysOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.6 of the best places to eat and drink in Leicester whether you like rugby or not Celebrate Rugby World Cup victory in one of these six top pubs and restaurants in Leicester.Brighton feasts for rugby fans: top 10 caf**é**s and restaurantsIf you’re heading to the games, or fancy a cheeky weekend beside the seaside, there’s plenty of fish and chips to be had but you might want to shake things up – here’s 10 of the best local bars and restaurants for you to check out.7 incredible rugby stadiums around the world Get set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Find flights to ExeterFind hotels in ExeterSkyscanner 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 Well-heeled Exeter stands amid Roman city walls, its Gothic cathedral glowering down on medieval and Georgian houses, cobbled streets – and some thoroughly modern places to eat and drink.This is the foodie capital of Devon, located in the heart of a rural county that grows and rears some of England’s very best produce. Here you’ll find top quality dining options and a rash of vibrant pubs and bars, all set to entertain visitors during the Rugby World Cup.Sandy Park, home to the Exeter Chiefs and revamped just last year, will see three games of the 2015 Rugby World Cup (on 29 September, and 7 and 11 October) and Georgia, Romania, Tonga and Namibia will all site their Team Bases close to the city too. Look out for their players and fans as you enjoy your time in Exeter.1. Fan ZoneHead to Northernhay Gardens and join thousands of other rugby supporters – and what the organisers say will be a few players too – catching the games on a big TV screen. Entry is free, although sadly the beer isn’t! There will be lashings of food and other entertainment too, and it’s open every day of the tournament.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineActor Richard Gere was the guest of honor at a cocktail reception held at the Relais & Châteaux Maison in New York City December 9th. Gere, along with his wife Carey Lowell and business partner Russell Hernandez, owns the Bedford Post, one of 36 new members of Relais & Châteaux, the prestigious international hospitality Association. Gere is also serving as the 2011 Relais & Châteaux Ambassador. Guests savored the culinary artistry of Grand Chef William Bradley of Addison in San Diego, another new member.Left to Right: President of Relais & Châteaux North America Patrick O’Connell, Richard Gere, Carey Lowell, Alessandra and Russell Hernandez, Relais & Châteaux International President Jaume Tàpies, Grand Chef William Bradley.www.relaischateaux.com
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 7:23 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, moderator Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, asks a question during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Holt says his trip to North Korea was valuable despite restrictions placed upon him by his hosts. Some critics accused NBC News of presenting an air-brushed depiction of the dictatorship. But Holt and other experts say there’s a value to such trips despite the limitations. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News anchor Lester Holt learned while going through customs in North Korea that his request to visit the heavily-fortified border with South Korea had been denied, and he was headed to a ski resort instead.His schedule was not his own, and Holt is only the latest journalist to learn the price of peeking into one of the world’s most restrictive societies. Holt’s first trip to North Korea was timely, with international tensions high and NBC weeks away from broadcasting the Winter Olympics from South Korea. But Holt and NBC also faced criticism for presenting an air-brushed view of the dictatorship.“I absolutely think the trip was worth it,” the NBC “Nightly News” anchor said. “We talk about this place, we hear the bellicose language from its leader and we hear the reaction from our country. It’s important to get on the ground. You go to a place like North Korea with your eyes wide open.”Holt’s reports began Saturday and continued after he returned to the U.S. on Tuesday — and there was a marked change in tone after he got home.Critics like former Fox News commentator Eric Bolling tweeted disgust with Holt’s on-air comment on Monday that he had been treated with respect by the North Koreans. The New York Post, in an editorial, said that “we’re still trying to figure out why NBC ‘Nightly News’ and Lester Holt decided to shill for North Korea’s dictatorship.”It was clear even from Holt’s early reporting that he was being shown only what the regime wanted him to see. While at the ski resort, he said on Sunday’s “Today” show that “what you’re seeing here certainly flies in the face of a country that’s undergoing crippling sanctions and that may be part of the reason we were invited to see this.”Still, he watched his words. Holt operated under the assumption that everything that was said, including internal editorial discussions among NBC colleagues, was being monitored while he was still in their country, he said.“I don’t want to say we censor ourselves, but you have to be mindful of the fact that you’re continuing the trip there,” he said. “You’re considerably more free when you’re out of there in how you frame certain things.”In his report Tuesday after returning home, Holt said that he hadn’t seen many cars on the road and that while the ski resort was a source of pride for the North Koreans, it appeared to only be open to the nation’s elite. He made note of apparent poverty in rural areas when he was on the road, including the preponderance of manual labour, but his NBC camera operators were told to delete video it had taken.The Tuesday report was coupled with an interview with a former North Korean turned dissident and now in hiding for fear of assassination — one that surely wouldn’t have aired while he was still in the country.“As a reporter, you always want more,” he said. “We want to be able to control where we go, who we can talk to, and we weren’t able to. That’s frustrating, but it wasn’t like we didn’t know that going in.”Network news crews need to carefully weigh the value of such trips, particularly when money is tight, said Tom Nagorski, executive vice-president of the Asia Society and a longtime executive at ABC News, where he was involved in planning the network’s overseas coverage. Ultimately, when you’re seeking a depth of understanding, there’s no substitute for travelling to the country and seeing the people, even if the picture is incomplete, he said.The true value comes in multiple trips to a country like North Korea, when a reporter becomes attuned to subtle changes in how people act and even what they wear, he said. He noted recent reporting by ABC News’ Bob Woodruff that illustrated his depth of knowledge about the country.Even when she travelled to restricted areas in North Korea, Myanmar and China, veteran Boston Globe reporter Indira Lakshmanan said she soaked up valuable information. It’s important for journalists to be up front about the limits they were placed under so viewers or readers can keep the information in context, said Lakshmanan, an analyst for the Poynter Institute.“Reporting under the strictures of a repressive regime is often the only legal and safe way into a place,” she said.Holt believes the ski resort was selected so North Koreans could show that the country wasn’t as backward as depicted. While there, he also met with sports representatives to talk about the country’s participation in the Olympics and had a meeting with a top government official that he said turned into a lecture.Holt, who said he learned three weeks ago that a longstanding request to get in the country had been approved, suggested the North Koreans were motivated “by a sense that they want to move past the nuclear issue, and to declare that ‘we are a nuclear nation, deal with it, and we want relations on another level now.’”He said that it was interesting to hear the voice of the people. “Even though you know you’re not sure that you’re hearing their true voice, it’s certainly the voice of the country.”Visits by western news organizations are rare, but not unheard of: CNN’s Will Ripley has visited North Korea 17 times since 2014. The Associated Press has maintained a video office in North Korea since 2006, and in 2012 added a text and photo bureau, the first by a western news agency. Both are staffed regularly by visiting international journalists. NBC’s Holt says he approached North Korea with eyes open
John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp poses for a portrait to promote his 22nd album “Plain Spoken” at the Greenwich Hotel in New York. Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sunk to his knees in support for the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Target” _ with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/The cotton fields in this land/Here’s an easy target.” At the end, he kneeled and lifted his right fist into the air. The song comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2018 12:15 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Target,” with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/ The cotton fields in this land/ Here’s an easy target.” At the end, he knelt and lifted his right fist into the air.The song comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year.Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement at the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males. The protests prompted President Donald Trump to say players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp told The Associated Press. “Sadly it was politicized by the current administration. The song is simple and the protest is pure.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – An estimated 6.3 million people saw the premiere of Netflix’s “Lost in Space” within the first three days that the streaming service made it available this month. That’s a promising start for the remake, already one of the outlet’s more popular series after the phenomenon of “Stranger Things.”The Nielsen company shows that many “Lost in Space” viewers binged. The average viewer of the series watched two and a half hours a day.Within three days, Nielsen says nearly 1.2 million people watched the premiere season’s 10th and last episode — a clear indication of how many people quickly watched the entire season.Nielsen says that roughly 10 per cent of all TV viewing now is through streaming services. Half of that streaming viewing was on Netflix. Nielsen data shows binging for Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 12:48 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
apology|Canada|Robert De Niro|tony awards by Rob Gillies, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 10:08 am PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 10:33 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actor Robert De Niro is apologizing to Canada for the “idiotic behaviour of my president” Robert De Niro apologized to Canadians for his president’s actions a day after he launched an expletive at Trump De Niro apologizes to Canada for “idiotic behaviour” of Trump TORONTO – Hours after a profane attack on Donald Trump during a live awards show, actor Robert De Niro has apologized today to Canadians for the U.S. president’s comments about Justin Trudeau.The actor says Trump’s conduct following the G7 summit in Quebec was “idiotic” and “a disgrace.”Robert De Niro apologizes to the Canadian people for the behaviour of President Trump, calling it a disgrace and disgusting pic.twitter.com/yQfMTwNFNA— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) June 11, 2018De Niro made the comments in Toronto while attending a groundbreaking for a Canadian Nobu restaurant and hotel.He apologized to Canadians and the prime minister.Trump blasted Trudeau after leaving the G7 summit on Saturday and abruptly withdrew his support for a communique the participating countries had drafted hours before.The president has also written a series of tweets attacking Trudeau and criticizing Canada for imposing what he describes as unfair trade barriers on the U.S. Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Summary Related Stories Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-bomb
NEW YORK — An executive at a San Diego television station that accused CNN of rejecting the reporting of one of its journalists for political reasons now concedes he doesn’t really know why the network turned him down.After CNN reached out to KUSI-TV to see if reporter Dan Plante would come on the air Thursday to talk about a border barrier in San Diego, the segment never happened. CNN said plans often change, but KUSI saw other motivations.The station put out a statement saying its reporter was rejected because KUSI had aired stories concluding that the barrier worked, and that wasn’t what CNN wanted to hear.But the station’s news director, Steve Cohen, tells The Associated Press he made his own conclusion about the rejection without talking to CNN.The Associated Press TV station backs off accusation that CNN played politics A U.S. Border Patrol agent rides a vehicle on the beach in San Diego, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, seen through the border wall from Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump walked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday – “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted- as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2019 2:17 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Joe Reedy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2019 5:20 pm PDT Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams marks the biggest day of sports broadcasting for networks.Here are some things to know about CBS’ coverage as well as other Super Bowl-related programming on other networks:___SUPER 20 FOR CBSThis marks the 20th Super Bowl broadcast for CBS, which gives them the lead among all networks. NBC is next with 19 followed by Fox (eight) and ABC (seven). CBS and NBC both aired the first Super Bowl.___IN THE BOOTHJim Nantz will call his fifth Super Bowl, which ties him with Joe Buck for fifth among play-by-play announcers to call the game (Pat Summerall holds the record with 11 for CBS and Fox). Tony Romo, who is in his second year with CBS, becomes the 23rd analyst to call the game. Gene Steratore will be the rules analyst after being the referee in last year’s Super Bowl. Reporters Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and special teams analyst Jay Feely will be on the sidelines for their second Super Bowl.___PRODUCTION NOTESCBS will use 115 cameras, including multiple 8K cameras in the end zone and 16 with 4K capabilities. The cameras producer higher resolution images for critical plays such as turnovers or if a player remains inbounds. They could come in handy if there is another situation similar to the AFC championship game when the camera tried to zoom in during a replay to determine if New England’s Julian Edelman touched the ball during a punt return.By comparison, CBS’ broadcast of the Super Bowl in 1972 had 15 cameras. There will be more than three times that amount (50-plus) in both end zones on Sunday.Jim Rikhoff has been part of the production team for the past six Super Bowls on CBS, but this will be his first as the lead producer. Mike Arnold is the lead director for the fifth time.___RATINGSThe average audience for the playoffs is up 12 per cent over last year. But will that translate into an increase for the Super Bowl?Last year’s game on NBC between the Philadelphia Eagles and Patriots averaged 103.4 million, which was a 7 per cent drop from the 2017 game between Atlanta and New England. The record is 114.4 million for the Super Bowl between Seattle and New England in 2015, which was also on NBC.___PREGAME COVERAGECBS comes on the air at 11:30 a.m., with “That Other Pregame Show”, which usually airs on the CBS Sports Network. NFL Films’ “Road to the Super Bowl” follows at 12 p.m., and “Tony Goes to the Super Bowl” at 1 p.m.“The Super Bowl Today” comes on at 2 p.m., leading into kickoff at 6:30 p.m. This will be the ninth Super Bowl pregame host assignment for James Brown and his fifth for CBS.Segments include a look at Atlanta’s music scene, interviews with both quarterbacks and coaches, and an interview with President Donald Trump from CBS News.___OTHER PREGAME PROGRAMMINGNFL Network will air an 8 1/2-hour edition of “NFL GameDay Morning”, starting at 9 a.m.ESPN’s “Postseason NFL Countdown” will go on the air at 10 a.m. for four hours.For those with pregame fatigue, the Puppy Bowl kicks off on Animal Planet at 3 p.m.___FOR THE CORD CUTTERSDirecTV Now, Hulu, YouTube TV and fuboTV all have CBS. PlayStation Vue has CBS but only in select markets.For those who don’t subscribe to a streaming service, it will be available on the CBS Sports and NFL websites.___SPANISH BROADCASTESPN Deportes will have the Spanish-language broadcast. It will also be streamed on the ESPN App.___POSTGAME COVERAGEAfter CBS’ broadcast ends, the CBS Sports Network will have an expanded version of “The Super Bowl Today Postgame Show”. ESPN and NFL Network will also have postgame shows.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Reedy, The Associated Press New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick holds the AFC Championship trophy as he talks with Jim Nantz after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Super Bowl 53 on TV: A viewer’s guide to Sunday’s game
LOS ANGELES — Chance the Rapper tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend in a star-studded ceremony.The Chicago-based rapper posted several photos of him and Kirsten Corley on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday. He captioned his photos with him sporting a white tuxedo with black pants and her wearing a strapless white dress writing “The Bennetts.”Reports say the couple married in Newport Beach, California on Saturday.The 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, shared another photo of him with Kanye West, Dave Chappelle and Kirk Franklin.Last week, Chance the Rapper posted a story on social media of how he met Corley when he was 9-years-old at his mother’s office party. He called their marriage “destiny.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 1:56 pm PDT Chance the Rapper marries longtime girlfriend AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
November 8, 1999Watch out for your toes! Bruce Bender uses the jackhammer to dig out a water linein back of the EastCrescent.Photo by: Doctress Neutopia
August 28, 2003PUBLIC RESTROOMS 7 – INTERIOR: The public restroom in Unit 8 of the East Crescent is coming along nicely. A fine blue hand-crafted concrete counter for 2 sinks has been installed in the mens bathroom. [Photo & text: sa] The last report on the interior was posted on 6/24. Since then a lot of work has been done. The wall frames are installed. [Photo & text: sa] Drywall is fitted into place. [Photo & text: sa] Workshopper and planning intern Carolyn Campbell works on the drywall. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] The mens bathroom in the midst of tiling. [Photo & text: sa] Dark grout gives this tiled wall a beautiful finish. The fine job of tile installation was done by metalshop manager, crane driver, camp coordinator and space commander Ron Chandler. Bathroom fixtures are installed. [Photo & text: sa] The drywall in the womens and handicap accessable restroom is almost finished. This report will continue with a follow-up on the casting of the concrete sink counters. [Photo & text: sa]
There is a great deal more the state can do to provide financial assistance and relief to low-income pensioners and the elderly, the House labour committee heard on Tuesday.Among other issues, the care benefit has been reduced, as a result of which senior citizens often cannot afford to pay in full their lodging at care centres.Also slashed has been the benefit for personal convenience (a small amount for personal expenses) to those who have been enrolled into the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme.Problems were also identified in home-care. Care workers are self-employed, and are often paid late by the person cared for, whose responsibility it is to compensate the carer.Alternatively, due to delays in payment of the care benefit to senior citizens, the latter are unable to pay their carers on time.This has led to many workers abandoning the profession, MPs heard.The committee also stressed the need that low-income pensioners, who for any reason failed to apply for GMI within the specified deadline, be given leeway to submit an application at any time.Committee chair Andreas Fakondis (Akel) said low-income pensioners who are GMI beneficiaries are allowed a maximum €250 from GMI a month on top of their pension.Another matter is the proper apportioning of interest for joint deposit accounts for the purpose of calculating pensioners’ earnings, which therefore impacts the benefits to which they are entitled.For example, under the current system if three people have a joint account that pays out an interest of €100, this amount is considered as the earnings for each of the account holders, rather than one-third of it.Low-income pensioners are also asking that they be exempt from paying the €10 flat fee for first-aid services, bringing them in line with other GMI beneficiaries.Other demands include greater subsidisation for bus fares (currently 50 per cent is subsidised) as well as expanding subsidies for theatre tickets.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 Taboola
FOUR people were arrested on Friday after a 33-year-old man was caught at Larnaca airport with 15 kilos of cannabis in his suitcase.According to police, the drug squad Ykan had received a tip that the man, who had been on a return flight from Brussels, would have the drugs and following an inspection of his luggage, 28 plastic bags containing 500 grams of cannabis each, were found in his suitcase.He was arrested for questioning and police also arrested a 35-year-old man who was waiting for the 33-year-old outside the terminal building.The 35-year-old, who was with his wife, consented to having his car and home searched where police found traces of drugs and €20,000 in cash. He was subsequently arrested.Another two men, aged 25 and 35 from Nicosia but living in Famagusta were also arrested in connection with the case. They were stopped by police while in their cars near their Famagusta residences.The 35-year-old tried to drive off but was stopped by police.Investigators believe the four are part of a drug ring which supplies narcotics to primarily younger people. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 Taboola
The Paphos criminal court on Wednesday sentenced two men in prison for five and four years after they were found guilty of property fraud.The two men from Paphos, aged 63 and 50, were charged with selling land to a British man, 90, in 2012, which he later found had been sold twice.The man had purchased six pieces of land through the suspects, three of which, located in Inia, had been sold twice.The Briton paid €564,243 for the land but later found out he was the registered owner of only three of the six plots in Inia, Kritou Terra and Mamountali. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
A theatre and performing arts school in Paphos is celebrating five successful years since it was set up and on Sunday evening, five of its students competing in the popular TV show, ‘Greece has got Talent’, were sent through to the next round.Filmed and produced in Greece, the programme is broadcast in Cyprus on Sigma TV on Sunday and Monday evenings.Anna Michaelides, founder of the Young Stars Theatre and Performing Arts School in Kissonerga, said that she was thrilled with the news, as this month the school celebrates five years since they opened the doors to talented children of all ages.“My aim when setting up the school remains the same today and that’s to help kids to get on the right path to further study in the UK if they want to pursue a professional career in performing arts,” she told the Cyprus Mail.The school offers classes in ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, contemporary, acro, LAMDA musical theatre, drama and singing.The youngest of her acts is 10-year-old Nicolas Michael from Emba, who impressed the three-judge panel with a hip hop routine, also through is Michaleides’ 11-year-old daughter Maria, who secured her place in the next round also with a hip hop performance.Georgina Moakler, 14, from Coral Bay gained her place with a superb ‘rock ballet’ performance carried out on ‘pointes’, and George Michaelides, 14, the theatre school founder’s son, and Antonia Roumeliotis from Chlorakas, daughter of the school’s head of dance, are also through to the next round as a duet.George Michaelides, although only 14, is already ambitious and knows that he wants a career on the stage.“Both Antonia and I want to go on to be professional performers and we want to end up on Broadway and the West End,” he said.The school’s founder attended the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School in the UK from the age of 10, and went on to study at the prestigious London Studio Centre.Michaelides has worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright, performed at The Royal Albert Hall, the Dominion Theatre, London Palladium and the Covent Garden Opera House.UK dance professionals and stars of musical theatre productions are regular guest teachers at the school, offering a range of workshops and opportunities to students.“I am passionate about offering children an opportunity to take things further, as there is not much going on in this sphere in Cyprus,” she said. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
In Cyprus more than 600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, according to a report by the Institute of Neurology and Genetics, which is playing a key role in the research of genetic and environmental factors that affect the development of breast cancer in the Cypriot population.In an announcement, the Institute said that scientists from the world’s largest research consortium had detected 72 new genetic markers that affect the predisposition for breast cancer growth in women.More than 550 researchers from 300 different centres worldwide participated in the study through the Breast Cancer Association Consortium, which is dedicated to research into genetic and environmental factors that affect the risk of developing breast cancer.The Institute of Neurology and Genetics said that researchers analysed data from about 275,000 women, including 146,000 who had breast cancer.it added that the results of gene study had led to the discovery of a series of genetic markers that increase the risk of developing breast cancer, seven of which are associated with estrogen receptors, and did not respond to hormone therapies.Research findings have been published in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics and it is hoped they contribute to a better understanding of the cause of breast cancer and possibly lead to new, personalised diagnostic methods that could more accurately determine the likelihood of developing breast cancer.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
AUTUMN is finally here, according to the met office, albeit only for this weekend which is expected to be very rainy.Saturday is expected to be partly cloudy with local rain and storms. Earlier in the day, rain is expected in the western areas of the island and later in the day other areas are expected to be affected, mainly in the mountains, as well as the southern and eastern parts.The eastern part of the island, the met office said, from the Famagusta area up to the Karpasia peninsula, is expected to experience a downpour.Temperatures are expected to be around 26 degrees Celsius inland, and on the southern and eastern coasts, around 25C in the other coastal areas and 14C in the mountains.Heavy rain is also expected on Sunday, mainly in the Paphos and Limassol districts, but areas of the other districts are to be affected too. A slight temperature drop is expected.Local showers are expected on Monday and Tuesday, but the temperature is expected to gradually rise.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 56-year-old male Paphos resident was sentenced on Friday to 3.5 years in prison after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to his 42-year-old roommate last July after hitting him with a golf club during a heated argument.The court said that it took into consideration the fact that the accused did not plan the attack and that the victim was not permanently damaged. It also took into consideration the 56-year-old’s clean criminal record and that he had been in custody since July 20, a few days after the incident occurred.The 56-year-old man hit and seriously injured his roommate after he had been reportedly angered when the 42-year-old returned home drunk an hour after midnight and started making noise.In the ensuing argument, the 56-year-old reportedly grabbed a golf club and attacked his roommate. The club broke in two and the suspect allegedly stabbed his roommate with the sharp edge.The 42-year-old was treated in the intensive care unit of Paphos hospital with severe chest trauma.The suspect had claimed that the victim had fallen on the broken golf club he was holding by accident.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola