Month: August 2019

CarbonNanotube Toxicity Test Tricks Scientists

first_img Citation: Carbon-Nanotube Toxicity Test Tricks Scientists (2006, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-09-carbon-nanotube-toxicity-scientists.html Recent research has revealed that a standard cell-viability test may be causing carbon-nanotubes to “fake” toxicity. This work may explain why some studies have concluded that carbon nanotubes – which are being studied for their potential to improve building materials, drug-delivery systems, and electronics, to name a few applications – are dangerous to human health while others have not. 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.center_img Researchers from the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics at the Karlsruhe Research Center in Karlsruhe, Germany, exposed human lung cells to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) – large cylindrical carbon molecules – and conducted several tests to determine the nanotubes’ effect on the cells’ viability. Three tests showed the nanotubes to be non-toxic, but a fourth curiously produced the opposite result.“Each of the four tests gauges the toxicity of the SWCNTs in a different way, using different indicators, but we would expect them to yield the same result,” said the study’s lead scientist, Harald Krug, to PhysOrg.com. “The fact that one test appears to produce a ‘false positive’ in terms of toxicity suggests that past carbon-nanotube toxicity studies may be flawed.”The first test, known as the MTT assay, works by measuring how a salt, methylthiazol tetrazolium (MTT), is chemically converted to formazan, a purple dye, after being applied to nanotube-exposed cells. This conversion only takes place when certain cell mitochondria enzymes are active – that is, if the cell is alive and well. According to the results of the MTT assay, the nanotubes compromised cell viability.Krug and his colleagues attempted to verify the results of the MTT assay using another salt-based viability test, the water-soluble tetrazolium (WST) assay. According to this test, the nanotubes had no negative effect on the cells. Two other tests also showed no reduction in cell viability.Why the discrepancy between the MTT assay and the other tests? The answer seems to be due to the non-soluble nature of MTT and formazan. Using an electron microscope, the researchers saw that MTT-formazan crystals had covered the nanotubes, clumping everything together. The nanotubes were reacting with the MTT, causing the formazan to withdraw from the assay. This made the formazan undetectable and, as a result, made the nanotubes appear toxic. Several attempts to dissolve the crystals, as well as heat treatments, were unsuccessful.“In these studies, the viability assay of choice really needs to be double-checked, since interferences and disturbances are likely,” said Krug. “Further, we think our work demonstrates that standards should be established when testing the toxicity of carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.”An in-depth paper on this work can be found in the June 2006 edition of Nano Letters.Citation: Nano Lett., Vol. 6, 1261-1268 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Makes Some Noise

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A group of physicists studying heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a large particle accelerator located on Long Island, New York, recently showed that the collisions can create acoustic shock waves — sonic booms. This new information could be used to learn even more about the intriguing state of matter produced during the collisions. Explore further The matter, known as a quark-gluon plasma, is produced because the collisions are so energetic and hot that the ions’ constituent particles, quarks and gluons — known collectively as partons — which are normally tightly bound together, “melt” into a fluid-like particle soup.”What does a quark gluon plasma sound like? We wanted to find out,” said Duke University physicist Bryon Neufeld to PhysOrg.com, the paper’s corresponding author. “Sound waves are commonly used as a probe of everyday matter. But sound may also be a useful tool for researching matter at temperatures many thousands of times hotter than the sun.”Our work addresses the question of sound from a different perspective: What is the sound generated by highly energetic particles moving through the quark-gluon plasma, and how can we use it to explore the properties of the plasma?”Neufeld co-authored the paper on this research, appearing in the October 13 edition of Physical Review C, with physicists Berndt Mueller (Duke University) and Jorg Ruppert (McGill University, Montreal, Canada and J. W. Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany).The group was looking for evidence of a Mach cone — the cone-shaped shock wave caused by the pressure difference created when an object, like an airplane or particle, exceeds the speed of sound in that particular medium (the speed of sound is different in different media).Said Neufeld, “Highly energetic particles traveling faster than the speed of sound may produce characteristic sound patterns, such as Mach cones, which create distinctive experimental signatures. These experimental signatures can help determine certain characteristics of the medium they are traveling through, such as the speed of sound and viscosity.”After the heavy-ion beams collide (in this case the beams consisted of either gold or lead nuclei), some partons back-scatter into the plasma rather than out of it. The physicists modeled the case of a single parton moving through the plasma, depositing energy and momentum in its wake. They took that model and used it to solve the hydrodynamic equations of the plasma. The solutions show that, mathematically, if the parton is moving faster than the speed of sound in the plasma a Mach cone trails behind it.Citation: Phys. Rev. C 78, 041901 (2008)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Makes Some Noise (2008, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-relativistic-heavy-ion-collider-noise.html New tool predicts how electrical stimulation promotes healing An aerial view of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. Image: AIPlast_img read more

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Computer scientists say its time to start looking at treatment of data

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As anyone who has ever used a Windows based computer for any length of time knows, the longer you have it, the slower it goes; this is because of the accumulation of data files and entries in system logs; information that in many cases isn’t really necessary. Thus, our computers slow down due to the accumulation of “waste.” Now, two computer scientists from Johns Hopkins University have published a paper on arXiv, where they argue that data waste management on computer systems could, and should be handled similarly to the way physical-world waste is managed. More information: The Life and Death of Unwanted Bits: Towards Proactive Waste Data Management in Digital Ecosystems, Ragib Hasan, Randal Burns, arXiv:1106.6062v2 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1106.6062AbstractOur everyday data processing activities create massive amounts of data. Like physical waste and trash, unwanted and unused data also pollutes the digital environment by degrading the performance and capacity of storage systems and requiring costly disposal. In this paper, we propose using the lessons from real life waste management in handling waste data. We show the impact of waste data on the performance and operational costs of our computing systems. To allow better waste data management, we define a waste hierarchy for digital objects and provide insights into how to identify and categorize waste data. Finally, we introduce novel ways of reusing, reducing, and recycling data and software to minimize the impact of data wastage. Citation: Computer scientists say it’s time to start looking at treatment of data waste (2011, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-scientists-treatment.html Explore further E-waste trade ban won’t end environmental threatcenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com In their paper, Ragib Hasan and Randal Burns pick up where computer scientists at Cornel University left off after discovering in 1999 that up to 80% of files written to the hard drive by the Windows NT operating system were deleted within five seconds of being created.Hasan and Burns analyzed three computers: a MacBook laptop, a desktop running Ubuntu Linux and a Fedora Linux fileserver in the University Library (Linux is a variant of the Unix operating system used primarily at educational and research institutions). Their intent was to find out what percentage of the files on each of the computers had not been accessed since their creation. They found that the percentages for each were: MacBook: 20.6, Desktop: 47.4 and Server: 57.1 and that the percentage of disk space used for each was 98.5, 38.1 and 99.5 respectively; clearly indicating that a large number of files using a lot of disk space had never been used again once being created. This is clearly an inefficient use of resources.It is for this reason that the duo suggest a new approach be used for data waste, one that takes advantage of the research already done with physical waste; specifically, they suggest a pyramid approach be used, similar to the one put in place by physical waste management companies. At the bottom of the new pyramid would be the worst case scenarios, then moving up, the next best and so on till reaching the top, and that they be labeled as such: Dispose, Recover, Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, with zero data waste being the optimal goal.In this case, Dispose is just that, erasing the data, Recover refers to extracting usable components, Recycle would be refurbishing component for reuse, and Reuse would be using those recoverable components in another way, and Reduce, the ultimate goal would be creating software that doesn’t create waste data in the first place.Besides slowing computers down due to I/O bottlenecks, data waste can also contribute to faster burnout times for flash technology, which have a limited number of lifetime write/rewrites before dying, something the authors point out, will likely become more important as such technology is increasingly being used in hand-held computing devices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Hydrogen fuel cells provide power when fuel supply is off

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters 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. (Phys.org) — Fuel cells, which generate electricity from the chemical energy of a fuel such as hydrogen, are not intrinsically capable of storing energy. When a fuel cell’s hydrogen supply runs out or is temporarily interrupted, the cell’s power output quickly decreases to zero. If an application requires energy storage, then the fuel cell must be coupled to an external charge storage device, such as a battery, which increases the weight and volume of the system. But now researchers have designed a hydrogen fuel cell with a new anode that can supply electricity up to 14 times longer than conventional fuel cells, which could be particularly useful for mobile energy applications. New fuel cell keeps going after the hydrogen runs out Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further (Left) Each dark speck within the nine white circles is a tiny fuel cell. An AA battery is shown for size comparison. Image credit: Caroline Perry, SEAS Communications (Right) One of the nine circles is magnified in this image, showing the wrinkled surface of the electrochemical membrane. Image credit: Quentin Van Overmeerecenter_img For now, the researchers do not know exactly what allows the new fuel cell to run after its supply is cut off. They identified and tested three possible charge storage mechanisms, with the results showing that reversible oxidation of the anode contributed a portion of the observed charge, but did not account for all of it. The finding suggests that the power generation in the absence of fuel arises from multiple mechanisms.Although identifying the underlying mechanisms will require further research, the discovery that vanadium oxide anodes can store energy and deliver power when the fuel supply is depleted could be useful for developing future miniature power sources. Applications could include miniature autonomous systems, military technologies, and other devices that need to operate for short time periods.”Unmanned aerial vehicles, for instance, would really benefit from this,” said Van Overmeere. “When it’s impossible to refuel in the field, an extra boost of stored energy could extend the device’s lifespan significantly.” More information: Quentin Van Overmeere, Kian Kerman, and Shriram Ramanathan. “Energy Storage in Ultrathin Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl301601y The laboratory setup for testing solid-oxide fuel cells. Image credit: Caroline Perry, SEAS Communications Citation: Hydrogen fuel cells provide power when fuel supply is off (2012, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-hydrogen-fuel-cells-power.html The researchers, Quentin Van Overmeere, Kian Kerman, and Shriram Ramanathan, at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have published their study on the energy-storing solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in a recent issue of Nano Letters.In their study, the researchers fabricated the solid-oxide fuel cell’s anode with either vanadium oxide or a combination of vanadium oxide and porous platinum. Vanadium is known for its tendency to change oxidation state, a process that involves the transfer of electrons. Since a key to enabling fuel cells to store charge is to use materials that can reversibly transfer electric charges, vanadium’s properties make it a good candidate for these technologies. “This thin-film SOFC takes advantage of recent advances in low-temperature operation to incorporate a new and more versatile material,” said Ramanathan. “Vanadium oxide at the anode behaves as a multifunctional material, allowing the fuel cell to both generate and store energy.”The researchers’ experiments showed that, after the hydrogen fuel supply is turned off, fuel cells with the vanadium oxide anode could generate power for more than 3 minutes, compared with about 10-15 seconds for fuel cells with porous platinum anodes. Both fuel cells produced a comparable amount of power, and the researchers expect that future improvements will further extend this time. With the ability to store electrochemical energy, the new device could be thought of as combining the characteristics of a fuel cell and a battery.last_img read more

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Researchers seek to explain why there are so few land dwelling bioluminescent

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Explore further Image: Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7 The work by Vršanský el al comes on the heels of news that a rare species of cockroach, Lucihormetica luckae, specimens of which were found on the slope of a volcano before its subsequent eruption, appear to glow to mimic the click beetle which lives in the same general area. Click beetles glow, researchers believe, to warn predators of its toxic nature, thus preserving itself. The cockroach that mimics it on the other hand is not toxic, but it’s markings are so similar that it appears it evolved it’s luminescent abilities for the express purpose of fooling predators into thinking it was a click beetle and thus toxic.Vršanský and colleagues believe it’s possible that land dwelling bioluminescent species came to exist only after nocturnal life on land diversified to the point where such an ability would be useful. They also theorize that it’s possible that it took longer for bioluminescence to evolve in land creatures because of the toxic nature of the chemicals involved in growing glowing organs. Marine animals live in a colder and in some sense cleaner environment, it’s easy to wash away residue. Land species on the other hand would have had to evolve a way dispose of the toxins in a way that didn’t harm its carrier.The team also notes that because land dwelling bioluminescent species are so rare, it’s likely they might be at risk of disappearing altogether. L. luckae might be gone already, as no specimens have been found since the volcano on which it lived, erupted. And the most evident example of them all, the firefly has been found to be dwindling in numbers over the past decade as well. More information: Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence, Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7AbstractBioluminescence is a common feature of the communication and defence of marine organisms, but this phenomenon is highly restricted in the terrestrial biota. Here, we present a geographical distribution of only the third order of luminescent insects—luminescent cockroaches, with all 13 known and/or herein reported new living species (based on deposited specimens). We show that, for the first time, photo-characteristics of three examined species are nearly identical with those of toxic luminescent click beetles, which they mimic. These observations are the evidence for the mimicry by light—a new type of defensive, Batesian and interordinal mimicry. Our analysis surprisingly reveals an evolutionary novelty of all living luminescent insects, while in the sea (and possibly in the soil) luminescence is present also phylogenetically in very primitive organisms. Mushroom lights up the night in Brazil: Researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840center_img Journal information: Naturwissenschaften Citation: Researchers seek to explain why there are so few land dwelling bioluminescent species (2012, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-bioluminescent-species.html (Phys.org)—Visitors to the world’s oceans are likely to find a wide variety of bioluminescent creatures, especially as they descend to depths where sunlight can’t reach. The ability to glow has evolved in underwater organisms for a variety of reasons, from attracting prey to helping find a mate. On land however, things are very different. Other than 13 known species of insects, which of course include the firefly, very few other creatures have evolved the ability to glow and now, new research suggests that virtually all of them evolved much more recently than did marine dwellers. Peter Vršanský and colleagues from the Slovak Academy of Sciences have found after studying the collective history of all known bioluminescent species that land dwellers apparently evolved from a single source some sixty five million years ago, whereas their marine counterparts first came about closer to four hundred million years ago. Their paper describing their findings has been published in the journal Naturwissenschaften. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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ZSW engineers build lithiumion battery able to last for 27 years

first_img © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.zsw-bw.de/uploads/media/pi … hiumbatterien_EN.pdf (Phys.org) —Officials at Germany’s Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, (ZSW) have issued a press release describing improvements they’ve made to lithium-ion batteries. They claim their improvements allow a single battery to be recharged up to 10,000 times while still retaining 85 percent of its charging capacity. Such a battery, if used in an electric car, they note, would allow its owner to recharge the battery every day for 27.4 years. Citation: ZSW engineers build lithium-ion battery able to last for 27 years (2013, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-zsw-lithium-ion-battery-years.html Besides the initial high cost of car batteries for electric vehicles, one of the main factors preventing further adoption of electric vehicles is the knowledge that the batteries will need to be replaced after just eight to ten years of use (and in some cases as few as just 3). Batteries that could last 25 or 30 years would likely outlive many of the other cars’ parts, or the car itself, and if not too expensive, could finally give car buyers a compelling reason to switch from those that still rely on gasoline.ZSW’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to most in the auto industry—the company published a paper in Journal of Power Sources last year describing ongoing research into electrode manufacturing process improvements that they claimed could dramatically improve the longevity of lithium-ion batteries. They noted then that electrode thickness changes, how much the electrodes compact during use and the type of conducting agent used in their construction when engineered in a new way, could help such batteries endure more recharging.The newly redesigned batteries have approximately four times the density of current batteries (1,100 Watts per kilogram) and have been designed for use in storing power created by wind and solar farms and also in automotive vehicles.ZSW doesn’t say in its press release when they expect to deliver their new battery to manufacturers for use in actual cars or alternative storage devices. This likely means the company is still testing its concept to ensure that not only will the batteries hold up to claims of longevity but are safe in other ways as well. The company also noted that it has designed the new cell type itself as well as developing the manufacturing process used to make the battery. They’ve also made several prototype batteries in the 18650 format. Explore further Credit: ZSW Understanding the life of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicleslast_img read more

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Lunar rock samples reveal variations in water concentrations

first_img Citation: Lunar rock samples reveal variations in water concentrations (2014, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-lunar-samples-reveal-variations.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers studying rocks returned from the moon by Apollo 17 astronauts has found that rocks found in different locations have different amounts of water in them. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes their findings and offer possible explanations for the concentration differences. Secondary electron image of pits left by ion microprobe analyses of a heterogeneous apatite grain in Apollo sample 14321, 1047. Water has now been detected in apatite in many different lunar rock types. Credit: K.L. Robinson, HIGP. Optical micrograph of pyroclastic glass beads in Apollo sample 74220, 383, the famous “orange soil”. Water was first detected by Saal et al., 2008 in glass beads similar to these. Credit: G.J. Taylor, HIGP More information: Heterogeneous distribution of water in the Moon, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2173AbstractInitial analyses of lunar samples returned by the Apollo missions indicated that the Moon was essentially devoid of water. However, improved analytical techniques have revealed that pyroclastic glass beads in Apollo samples contain measurable amounts of water. Taking into account volatile loss during eruption of the glass beads onto the surface, the pre-eruption magma could have contained water on the order of 100 ppm by weight, concentrations that are similar to the mantle sources of mid-ocean ridge basalts on Earth. Lava flows from vast basaltic plains—the lunar maria—also contain appreciable amounts of water, as shown by analyses of apatite in mare basalt samples. In contrast, apatite in most non-mare rocks contains much less water than the mare basalts and glass beads. The hydrogen isotopic composition of lunar samples is relatively similar to that of the Earth’s interior, but the deuterium to hydrogen ratios obtained from lunar samples seem to have a larger range than found in Earth’s mantle. Thus, measurements of water concentration and hydrogen isotopic composition suggest that water is heterogeneously distributed in the Moon and varies in isotopic composition. The variability in the Moon’s water may reflect heterogeneity in accretion processes, redistribution during differentiation or later additions by volatile-rich impactors. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Digging deep in search of water on the moon Journal information: Nature Geoscience It was just six years ago that scientists learned that there was water on the moon, prior to that, conventional wisdom suggested the moon was not only barren, but completely dry. That discovery led to more research which revealed that not only is there water on the moon, but it’s actually widespread—sealed inside of rocks, but present nonetheless. In this new effort, the research team reports that in studying the findings of several other teams analyzing the rocks since water was first found in them, they’ve discovered that some of the rocks have more water sealed inside of them than others—the difference appears to be related to where on the moon the rocks were found. This suggests, the team reports, that some parts of the moon are wetter than others. The new research team also found that the chemical composition of the water was different depending on the rock source as well.The findings have led the researchers to consider how differing water concentrations relate to theories regarding the origin of the moon. Most scientists believe the moon came to exist approximately four and half billion years ago when a collision occurred between Earth and another planet. The general consensus is that some of the moon came from Earth, some from the other planet and the rest from other bodies such as comets and asteroids that subsequently struck the moon. Water on the moon could therefore have come from the Earth, the other planet or comets. Intriguingly, the researchers have found that the chemical makeup of water samples in some of the rocks (volcanic glass) is similar to magma samples that once resided in Earth’s mantle. Others, on the other hand, were found to be much drier. The researchers conclude that the formation of the moon appears to have been a far more complex series of events than theories have suggested. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The flow state Where creative work thrives

first_imgCsikszentmihalyi moved from Hungary to the US to study psychology and the question that had obsessed him since childhood. Growing up in World War Two-ravaged Europe, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi saw the adults around him struggling to rebuild their lives – and often losing the will to try. He became preoccupied by a question that doesn’t trouble most kids: what makes life worth living? He wondered how wealth fit into the happiness equation, but the data suggested money wasn’t the answer; beyond a certain, basic threshold, increases in income hardly affected well-being. So, as he recounted in a TED talk enticingly subtitled The Secret to Happiness, he decided to explore “where in everyday life, in our normal experience, do we feel really happy?”. Read the whole story: BBClast_img read more

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Stop Posting Your Childs Tantrum on Instagram

first_imgNaturally, joking serves a purpose — it provides psychological distance from negative feelings like shame or anxiety. A study of 105 wheelchair-bound college students found that humor, especially concerning bladder and bowel problems, was a key method of coping with distress. As one respondent said, “We have to laugh at ourselves to make life easier.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Publicly laughing at your toddler’s distress has somehow become not only acceptable but encouraged. Websites offer “best of”compilations, or canned quips readers can use when posting tantrum photos and videos (“Metallica has a new lead singer”). As psychologists and parents ourselves, we understand the urge to laugh when a child howls because he’s forbidden to eat the packing peanuts from the Amazon box, and we also understand the impulse to make these moments public. The problem is the mockery.center_img What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore “the wrong way”? Increasingly, the answer is “snap a photo, add a snarky caption and upload it to Instagram.”last_img read more

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Monochrome state of mind

first_imgThe colours that ruled Day 1 seemed to have stayed on through most of the collections witnessed on 27 March as well.The day kicked off with Myoho by Kiran & Meghna, Prama by Pratima Pandey and Vaishali S.  My Village by Rimzim Dadu and Kallol Datta’s 1955 came next followed by Anand Bhushan, Nachiket Barve, Amit GT, Charu Parashar, Ashima-Leena, Malini Ramani, Nikasha and finally the new wunderkind of Indian fashion – Rahul Mishra.Malini Ramani’s explosive collection of glam blacks accentuated with silvers, golds, pinks and reds and Nikasha’s pretty pastels for Bibi got our attention on Day 2.last_img read more

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Bucknell calls for pvt investments to restore heritage assets

first_imgKolkata: Private investment is required to restore the heritage assets here, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said. Fortunately the private sector is coming forward to save many such sites of heritage, Bucknell told reporters after unveiling of the restored RNM Galleria by a heritage conservationist in the city last evening. Stating that the city has rich associations in so many places, Bucknell said he would certainly work towards drawing the attention of the private sector to support the cause. “I am very supportive to various organisations working with this objective”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Observing that there are not just buildings retaining British or European architectural style, he talked about some of the lesser known terracota temples in different parts of Bengal. He said one should keep in mind that architecturally preserved places could draw more visitors from outside and not just Britishers. “I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic building (RNM Galleria) where restoration took five long years with private investment. It is a labour of love,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The building was constructed in 1910 and restored in the past five years. Referring to the ‘Danish Tavern’ restored in Serampore and serving customers as a cafeteria, he said “such social models may make an impact on heritage restoration. If you can’t generate income you can’t preserve.” US Consul General Craig L Hall said Kolkata remained special because of its rich US connections “having one of America’s oldest diplomatic posts in the city as President George Washington nominated the first American Consul to Kolkata in 1792. Kolkata has also been a very enriching place and “we have so many common interests of things in which we work together – from culture to science,” he said. The RNM Galleria will promote performing art, house The Calcutta Heritage and Art Club and a Cafe Galleria 1910 on its different floors.last_img read more

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Art and evolution

first_imgWorks of artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and India comprise the travelling exhibition underway at the India International Centre here. The series of uncanny artworks seem to tell a story. An anti-clock wise tour of the gallery indicates an evolution, a moving forward of time.Organised by Perve Galeria with support of the Portugal Embassy, the exhibition Lusophonies/Lusofonias display both modern and contemporary art by different generations of the Portuguese speaking countries or Lusophones which include Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and certain parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artworks in the exhibition have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, related to African roots. A troika of oxymoronic images, two from India and one from Africa, serves as a prologue to the collection which manifests the cross-cultural developments that followed the colonization across continents and the struggle against it.“The origin of this collection was the need to reflect on how lusophone countries saw and see Lusophonie, a plural and dialectical vision, full of discrepancies, ambiguities and mutual contamination about culture, society, and even about a common language,” says Nunes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show has been chronologically divided into three sections: ‘Colonialism’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Miscegenation and Diaspora.’  Moving from one period to another in the anthology portrays a clear evolution from the “tendency to use art as a revolutionary discourse” in colonies to the establishment of sovereign political regimes after independence.“In Portugal, the freedom of speech that followed several decades of repression was a symptom of the artistic development,” says Nunes. The final part of the Lusophonies exhibition represents the artistic development that has occurred over time extending up to the present, not only in the lusophone world, but also in the countries where artists today work about Lusophonie and African influence issues. Representation from India includes two photographs by Subodh Kerkar and a set of pots or ‘matkas’ usually used by women in Indian villages to carry water.Closing this chapter of exhibition, which speaks majorly of the African influence, is a box of postcard sized artworks, some of them suspended in the air through strings around it, by Nobel Laureate author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The exhibition is set to be on display till February 15.last_img read more

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Wellknown eateries in Balurghat run without Food Safety Licences

first_imgBalurghat: Most of the well-known eateries running in Balurghat have no ‘Food Safety Licences’.The matter came to light following joint drives conducted by the officials of the concerned district Food Safety Department and Balurghat Civic Body over the past two days.It may be mentioned that the state Urban Development department has instructed all civic bodies to conduct raids at restaurants and eateries after a racket selling rotten and stale meat was unearthed in Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe concerned officials have asked the owners of the restaurants and eateries to follow the food safety norms strictly, failing which they will close down the establishments.During the drives, the officials found that the hotels and restaurants are being run flouting the mentioned norms. In most of the restaurants, the kitchens are being run in unhygienic conditions. However, no stale and rotten meat was found stored in the freezers. Civic officials said the former Left board was largely responsible for the menace of flouting the food safety measures by the owners of those eateries and running their establishments without any hindrance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a civic official, the erstwhile Left board had only distributed registrations to the owners of those establishments for Rs 100 to start their trades.District Food Safety Department official, Biswajit Manna said: “It is unfortunate that most reputed hotels and restaurants in town have no proper infrastructure. The kitchens are unhygienic. The establishments have no Food Safety Licenses too. We have instructed to follow the rules and regulations immediately.” The chairman of Balurghat Municipality, Rajen Shill echoed Manna and said: “We will monitor the situation. Several drives will also be conducted at the eateries in Balurghat in future. We have talked to the officials of district Food Safety Department regarding the matter.”The officials said the raids will be held everyday and restaurants found not following the norms will be booked.It may be mentioned that in Birbhum district, the civic officials have collected food samples from several restaurants and sent them to the laboratories for analysis.last_img read more

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BJP supporters injure 10 policemen in Kharagpur

first_imgKolkata: Ten policemen, including an additional superintendent of police (ASP), were injured when BJP supporters beat them up at Chowringhee in Kharagpur on Monday afternoon.The injured policemen were taken to hospital where they were treated. The police have started an inquiry.Some trucks were carrying BJP supporters to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting at Midnapore College. The supporters asked the police to clear the traffic jam as they were getting late.When police failed to clear the jam, the BJP supporters got down from the truck and beat up the policeman on duty. They also beat up three police officers who came to his rescue. Later, a large contingent of policemen appeared on the scene and brought the situation under control.Calling the incident “unfortunate”, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said action would be taken against the party workers involved in the matter.last_img read more

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A banana a day may keep blindness away

first_imgIf you love apples, so also love the humble banana. Eating a banana daily is likely to boost eye health and prevent vision-related diseases, a study has found.Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid – a compound that turns fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow and are converted into vitamin A, important precursors for eye health — in the liver.According to previous research, foods containing high levels of carotenoids also protect against chronic diseases, including certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study showed that banana rich in provitamin A carotenoids may offer a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency — important for sight.To combat vitamin A deficiency, researchers have been investigating methods to boost carotenoids in bananas. Cara L Mortimer and other researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Australia studied two banana varieties to find out why they make very different amounts of carotenoids. They found that the pale yellow, low-carotenoid cavendish variety produces more of an enzyme that breaks down carotenoids. In addition, another variety stashes its carotenoids in microscopic sacs during ripening, shifting the chemical equilibrium in the fruit so it can make even higher levels of these substances. The findings, published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, can someday help in the development of banana varieties with enhanced health benefits.Bananas are ideal food for young children and families for many regions of the world, because of their sweetness, texture, portion size, familiarity, availability, convenience, versatility and cost.last_img read more

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Go to the farmers and tell them we dont need Centres help

first_imgBolpur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed to launch a massive campaign to inform the farmers that the state government will pay their entire premium of crop insurance. Banerjee was addressing the administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium here on Wednesday afternoon.The decision to pay the crop insurance was taken a few days ago, after the Chief Minister found that the Centre is taking the credit of paying the premium of crop insurance for Bengal farmers, by paying only 20% of the amount. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUtilising the situation, the state BJP was telling farmers that the Centre was paying their crop insurance premium. “We pay 80% of the premium and Centre pays only 20%. Give advertisement in newspapers, go to the farmers and tell them the actual story. We do not want Centre’s help. We will pay the entire amount,” Banerjee said. Banerjee expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the district administration to procure paddy directly from the farmers. District Magistrate Moumita Godara informed the Chief Minister that the district administration has procured 1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy against the target of 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee asked the district administration to start disbursing cheques among the farmers directly from January 5, under the “Give your paddy and take your cheque” scheme. The state government will open an additional 2,000 centres so that the farmers won’t have to travel far to sell their paddy. She asked the district administration to take stringent measures against errant drivers. Speed should be restricted on some stretches of highways and police vigil should be intensified, she said. She asked the district administration to implement ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ programme seriously. “It is often seen that various types of crimes along with incidents of reckless driving take place during late night and early hours and police vigil in the vulnerable areas should be intensified,” she said. Banerjee said she had the information that often some truck drivers ask the khalasis to drive the vehicle while they take rest. “Conduct surprise checks and taken stringent action against the khalasis,” she said, adding: “Ensure that drunken driving is totally stopped and ensure that no one talks on cell phone while driving as well.” She asked the people’s representatives to go to the people to oversee the distribution of rice at Rs 2/kg under Khadya Sathi project and distribution of houses under Bangla Abas Yojana.last_img read more

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Restore normalcy in Bhatpara within 72 hours CM to cops

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her displeasure over violence at Kankinara and Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas where two persons were killed, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday instructed the police top brass to restore normalcy in the areas within 72 hours. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, Commissioner of Police in Barrackpore Police Commissionerate was removed on Thursday evening with Manoj Kumar Verma replacing him. Verma was posted as IGP, Darjeeling.A senior official in the state Secretariat, on condition of anonymity, said that Banerjee has instructed the police to arrest all those involved in the violence irrespective of their party affiliations. “There are a number of miscreants in the area who are moving scot-free even though their names figure in the wanted list of the police. The Chief Minister raised questions regarding the police’s role in bringing them to book,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister has also questioned the involvement of outsiders in the incident and asked why the police have been unable to prevent their entry. She had instructed police to conduct naka checking both on land and waterways as well. She expressed her displeasure over the police’s failure in the recovery of arms and ammunition as per intelligence inputs. In recent times, there has been more than one occasion when bombs have been hurled and gunshots fired resulting in unprecedented violence in these areas. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee chaired a meeting to take stock of the situation and it was under her instruction that DG Virendra went to Bhatpara late on Thursday afternoon. The DG, who was supposed to inaugurate a new police station in Bhatpara in the morning, was compelled to return earlier in the day from the area which was at a stone’s throw distance from the building. Two persons were killed in Bhatpara after a major clash took place between two unidentified groups on Thursday morning. Six police personnel have also been reportedly injured in the incident while the cops had to fire tear gas shells and few rounds of bullet in the air. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of the North 24-Parganas district following the clashes. Route march has also been carried out in the area. According to sources, hours before the inauguration of the new Bhatpara police station, one Ram Babu Shaw was shot dead within a few hundred metres of the building which triggered massive violence in the area with crude bombs being hurled by miscreants. During the clash, another youth, identified as Dharambir Shaw, and several others were also injured. Later, Dharambir was declared brought dead at the hospital.last_img read more

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Kolkata girl dead in school washroom Primary autopsy confirms suicide

first_imgKolkata: Primary autopsy reports of Class X student, who was found dead inside her school washroom on Friday, confirmed suicide.Police said the primary report mentioned hypoxia or lack of oxygen supply to the brain and body as the cause of death of the student of GD Birla Centre for Education in south Kolkata. The cut mark on her wrist was a second injury, which according to doctors was “self-implicating”. Doctors suspected that the girl died because of the polythene packet that she had tied up with strings, used to bind practical notebooks, to cover her head. The autopsy was done at SSKM hospital on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Police also confirmed that the girl had suicidal tendency. Even earlier, she had attempted to take the extreme step at home. “So far, investigation reveals that it was a case of suicide. While examining her mother, we found out that she had made similar attempts at home earlier,” said an investigating official. Bright, meritorious and trained in self-defence, she was always among the top five rank holders. Police said she had attended five periods before her death and behaved normally. Before leaving her classroom, she had told her friends that she would go to the sick room. However, CCTV footage showed that she instead went to the washroom with a few things in her hand. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “She was missing for 40 minutes and was later found unconscious inside the washroom. Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, which very well-planned. She had spoken to her father before school and had asked him to get biryani from Hyderabad, when he returned from there,” said an investigating official. Her three-page suicide note had no overwriting and was flawless, said police. She also described how she was dying and that no one should be held responsible for her death. “She hasn’t held anyone responsible for her death in her suicide note. But her writing shows how upset she was and had a lot of hidden pain. She hasn’t addressed anyone in specific in her suicide note. She also thanked her parents for doing their best in her life. But has mentioned about some strange dark side of her life, which isn’t clear,” said police. Police suspected she might have consumed something before wrapping her head with a polythine, so that no one could hear her screams. However, that will be cleared in the detailed autopsy report. Police also suspected that she had learnt the procedure by watching web series or movies. “She was academically brilliant and would complete her syllabus much in advance. Her mother said she had wanted an admission in the Indian Statistical Institute in future and would often talk about it,” said police. Police are now examining her laptops and mobile phones. Chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ananya Chakraborti, met the school authorities Saturday. “The school authorities are very shocked since they never found anything abnormal in her. But after the incident when they spoke to her mother, she apparently revealed that the girl had attempted suicide even before. Her parents didn’t inform the school authorities about it, otherwise they would have paid more attention and such an incident could have been averted,” Chakraborti said.Several guardians believed that lack of CCTV cameras inside washrooms make it easy for students to do anything secretly. An attendant outside the washroom could have avoided this incident in particular, they added. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. It should be probed from all possible angle, be it any loophole on part of the school authorities, the education system or domestic environment,” said Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Childhood abuse worsens depression in adulthood

first_imgFacing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

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WATCH Crazy minor league hockey fight practically winds up in the parking

first_img Advertisement Thank you, minor league hockey. For fighting. This game wasn’t settled in a shootout, it was settled outside, behind the elementary school at the bike rack. The NHL discourages fighting because they are run by a bunch of heartless cowards. The best brawls always come from the minor league ranks, and last night was no different.During the Chicago Wolves’ clash with the Iowa Wild, an incredible fight took place. It was too awesome to settle on the ice.A hard check into the boards led to the fisticuffs that weren’t resolved until the dispute spilled out onto the breezeway. It was closer to an 80’s WWF double-disqualification than anything resembling hockey. There’s even a damn shopping cart in this fight for some incredible reason.Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat approved.last_img read more

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Webcams Gone Creative

first_img In an effort to be more accessible, more transparent and more “in your face,” entrepreneurs are looking to live webcams to broadcast their business. Check out how these four companies are leveraging the power of streaming footage–and learn how you can, too.Beachwood BBQThe idea: Live snapshots in 15-minute intervals of the restaurant’s beer menusWithin a year of opening in 2006, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, Calif., had upped its beer list significantly. But it became quite a chore for co-founders Gabriel Gordon, 31, and Lena Perelman, 32, to update the list online. The website often went untouched for weeks, Gordon says, which was bad for customers who arrived expecting a specific beer on tap.The byproduct: There are certainly no more disappointed customers, Gordon says. And in addition to increasing page hits, it’s helped boost the restaurant’s sales, too, from $635,000 in 2007 to about $1.4 million last year.The unexpected: Gordon says, “There are people on the East Coast who’ve written saying they check [the Hopcam] every day.”Lisa P. MaxwellThe idea: Live feeds (with chat capabilities) on the company’s 32 employeesAndrew Miller, 42, knew Lisa P. Maxwell’s website needed reviving to fit the Chicago creative marketing agency’s buzzworthy style. Miller says, “The sense of transparency and open honesty really appealed to me.”The byproduct: In the first month after the application went live last fall, there were about six blog posts about it daily, Miller says. The 7-year-old company works to get buzz for its clients, so it’s more convincing “to a client when we can say we’ve also done it for ourselves.”The unexpected: Miller says the innovation did present some issues, including inappropriate messages and personal chat.Sugar Hooker EntertainmentThe idea: Live, weekly TV shows onlineWhen Jerra Spence, 29, launched Sugar Hooker Entertainment in 2004, it quickly transformed into a fully integrated, multiplatform lifestyle brand for teenage girls. She says, “Instead of it being all about commerce, it ended up being all about community.” And that’s where the weekly girl culture variety show came in. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 12, 2009 40%of SMBs Plan to Add Customer reviews to their websites this year; 26% plan to incorporate video.(Source: The Kelsey Group)The byproduct: Since launching SHE TV through Stickam.com in October, the site has attracted more than 37,000 weekly viewers. “It’s grown my e-commerce sales significantly,” Spence says–to nearly $2 million last year.The unexpected: With the success of the variety show spawning others, she says, “I think it’s going to end up being an almost 24-hour entertainment channel.”DogtopiaThe idea: Real-time footage of dog day-care franchise facilitiesEver since Amy Nichols, 35, opened her first Dogtopia center in 2002, she wanted customers to be able to easily check on their pooches. “When I had to kennel my dog, I felt really guilty,” she says. So through OnlineDoggy.com, a provider of pet-care webcam systems, Nichols launched the webcam feature in 2005.The byproduct: “Customers love it, and it’s a big selling point,” Nichols says. While the system can be expensive upfront, “it only takes one [happy] customer for the franchisee to realize the value.”The unexpected: The live webcams double as security cameras and training tools. 3 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

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Google Rolls Out Inbox a New Email Service

first_img 2 min read Google Inc launched an email service called “Inbox” on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation.For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones.”Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters,” the company said in a blog post.Google said Inbox displays real-time updates to emails – for example, showing the delivery status of items bought online.It also shows reminders in a more accessible way that allows users to more easily keep track of chores and appointments.The company said the new application also enhances features that are already available in Gmail that allow users to view purchases and bank account statements grouped together.Google’s shares were up 1.7 percent at $547.33 in early afternoon trading Nasdaq.(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr) This story originally appeared on Reuters October 23, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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Why Your Password is Hackerbait Infographic

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 27, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Another day, another warning of potential password pitfalls. Is it just us or do the days of handwritten letters and carrier pigeons seem to be increasingly appealing?We recently wrote about the fact that people are still using terrible passwords. The passwords themselves are just the beginning. A new infographic compiled by password-management firm Meldium shows some interesting (read: frightening) statistics on how our online behavior is leaving us vulnerable to cyberthieves.Related: Does President Obama’s Bid to Bolster Cyber Security Go Far Enough?Did you know, for instance, that 90 percent of employee passwords can be cracked in six hours? That’s less than a full work day! Moreover, nearly two-thirds of people use the same password for their many different accounts. Imagine if whomever you shared your Seamless account password with also had your online banking password. Not a pleasant thought.The infographic below offers a look at the common ways of keeping track of various passwords, and how often people forget the magic word or phrase for a site.Click to EnlargeRelated: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Watch Apples Three New Smartwatch Ads

first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. April 27, 2015 After months of waiting, Apple’s debut smartwatch is finally here. The Cupertino company has eschewed its usual bombastic launches in favour of a pre-order system that has produced excellent sales, but also widespread confusion among customers about the availability of the device.Retail chief Angela Ahrendts acknowledged in a leaked video that staff have been “bombarded with questions” by customers as to when and where the device is actually on sale. The answer? Right now — but only online, with no official Apple Stores keeping the Watch in stock for the foreseeable future.To mark today’s launch, Apple has released three new adverts, highlighting the various ways the Apple Watch can be used by ordinary people. The ads, which we first saw on The Verge, are called “Rise,” “Up,” and “Us.”Rise looks at people starting their day aided by the Apple smartwatch — using it as an alarm, talking to one another, checking in to their flights, taking directions and phone calls, and of course, using it as a watch. It highlights little functionality that a customer wouldn’t get on their iPhone, but presents it in a more accessible fashion.”Up” puts the focus on its health features. We see people using timers for exercise, listening to music, and the device’s health-tracking and target-setting functionality.Also included is its “time to stand” feature that encourages the user to stand up after a period inactivity. Apple CEO Tim Cook has described sitting as the “new cancer,” and according to Wired, it is now common to see Apple employees randomly standing up in meetings because their Watch told them to.The last advert, “Us,” looks closely at the human aspect of the Apple Watch and how it can help people keep in touch. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch as its “most personal device ever,” and the ad explores this angle — showing off its ability to share doodles, 3D emojis and your heartbeat, as well as its uses for messaging, payments and unlocking hotel rooms. 2 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Inventor of Email Ray Tomlinson Dies at 74

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Ray Tomlinson, the man credited with founding email, has passed away at the age of 74, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the report, Tomlinson died of a heart attack.Tomlinson was a part a team of computer programmers at research and design company Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies) in Cambridge, Mass., and had begun experimenting with internal messaging in 1971. Tomlinson had an idea to send a text message between computers using a new network (and a predeccesor to the Internet) called Arpanet, routing it using an “@” symbol.He recalled the first email sent in an interview with NPR from 2009: “The keyboards were about 10 feet apart … I could wheel my chair from one to the other and type a message on one, and then go to the other, and then see what I had tried to send.”By the 1980s government and military personnel were actively using the system. And by the 1990s email had become one of two pillars of the budding consumer Internet, alongside the World Wide Web.Tomlinson was subsequently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.Tomlinson told NPR that he had a feeling that what he had discovered with the “@” symbol would have some impact.“What I didn’t imagine was how quickly that would happen,” he said. March 7, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Jaguar Land Rover Launches Tech Venture to Test CarSharing

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Jaguar Land Rover launched a technology business on Monday which aims to create apps for services such as car-sharing, the latest automaker to explore ways of tapping demand for cheaper and greener ways of making short journeys.The InMotion venture will begin testing products including car-sharing in North America, Europe and Asia from next month before broader testing by the public.Automakers are trying to appeal to younger consumers in major global cities who are less likely to buy a car and have been attracted by new services such as car club Zipcar and ride-service Uber.Britain-based JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, hopes the wholly-owned subsidiary will draw in new customers.”With the development of new apps and on-demand services, InMotion provides us with an opportunity to provide engaging and invaluable experiences to both new and existing customers globally,” Group Strategy Director Adrian Hallmark said.A number of automakers have sought to tap into demand for short-term car use including BMW, which operates its DriveNow car club in a number of cities, and Toyota which has a scheme renting cars from dealerships.(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Mark Potter) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 11, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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6 Ways Gen Z Will Change the Tech World

first_imgNovember 25, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The world of technology is in constant motion. Video games launch every few days, social media apps come out with weekly updates and Apple manages to pump out a new, slimmer phone every September.Our society is inundated with technological progress, and there are no signs that it is slowing down. In this age of fast innovation, everyone is a witness, but certain demographics are more influenced than others by the vast changes our technology is experiencing.Generation Zers are often the first adopters of up-and-coming technology, while also being vocal about the tsunami of new inventions. Here are six reasons why Gen Z has the potential to shape the tech world.1.  Enormous consumption.It’s no secret that today’s society hinges on a consumerist culture that devours products and services of all types. Gen Z stands at the forefront of this mass of hungry buyers.With 35.5 percent of Gen Zers admitting to spending an average of six to 10 hours per day on their mobile devices, it’s no wonder that new technology is developing so quickly. Combine this insatiable appetite for new goods with the tech industry’s propensity for sending forth new gadgets with lightning speed and you have our current situation.Consumer expectancy drives tech companies to constantly innovate, and constant innovation is what makes consumers expectant. It’s a continuous cycle in which each side feeds and shapes the other. As consumption burgeons, tech industries are encouraged to work at even greater speeds.Related: 5 Truths About Gen-Z Businesses That Want a Future Need to Know2. Instant demand.As a society, we have become accustomed to instant gratification. Goods and services are almost immediately available and in constant supply, so we as consumers have grown used to instant demand.Services such as Netflix, Hulu and VIDGO all offer content streaming, but the success of these services is not due solely to the popularity of digital streaming. The instantaneous nature of the new services is also attractive to consumers. In fact, according to Nielsen, 40 percent of Gen Zers plan to drop traditional pay TV service in favor of online-only options.Instant demand can shape the habits of the tech world by further encouraging businesses to act quickly and publicize their newest products as soon as consumers tire of the old ones.Related: Are You Ready for Gen Z?3. Social media influence.In our society, the Internet and social media pervade everything. Anyone can voice their opinions through these media outlets, and their availability only makes them more popular. A quick perusal of the internet and social media will turn up opinions and commentary on virtually any topic people are willing to talk about.Gen Z is especially susceptible to the ideas spread on social media, with 42 percent reporting that what they read on social platforms directly influences how they feel and think.With Gen Z consumers thoroughly discussing everything there is to know about modern technology, tech companies are more driven to innovate and give the people of the internet more to talk about.Related: The Thrill of Working at a Startup Holds Little Appeal for Gen Z4. Independent coders.Most of today’s consumers possess the power to voice their opinions to tech companies, and this can be a powerful way of getting their attention. What is less commonly recognized is the capacity of today’s consumers to create on their own.With a wealth of information easily accessible on the internet, ordinary people willing to learn can follow in the footsteps of tech giants with ingenuity and determination.As an example, many young people have learned how to create smartphone apps and websites, and have succeeded in marketing the products of their labor to much larger, better-equipped tech companies. Although programming remains a largely independent sphere, and does not have a significant presence in the classroom, earlier this year President Obama promised $4 billion of funding toward computer science in U.S. classrooms.These changes, and the presence of websites like code.org, certainly strengthen the ability of individuals to innovate in programming.5. Instant gratification.Most of the technology on the market falls under the category of smartphones, tablets and laptops. The demographic most associated with smartphones and communications technology is Gen Z.No other age group in our society uses social media, the internet and text messaging as frequently as Generation Z. A case study conducted by Tech.co found that 13 percent of all Gen Zers check their phone every few seconds, and as much as 14 percent uses their phones for more than 12 hours a day.It is for these reasons that they are the target market for most tech companies; the whims and desires of Gen Z shape the tech world much more than those of other age groups.As time progresses, tech companies are recognizing the trends in the desires of Gen Z and ultimately becoming more beholden to their cravings for new features, bigger screens, thinner phones and other innovations.6. Generational divide.Opinions on the usefulness and appropriateness of different technologies vary from age group to age group. While older consumers tend to view the new technology with a degree of skepticism, younger generations are much more welcoming of technological innovation.In a study surveying a thousand people between the ages 14 and 69, Gen Zers overwhelmingly answered that 13 was an appropriate age to get a first smartphone; older generations more often suggested that 18 was a better age.The generational divide in opinions on technology’s place in our lives can certainly influence the habits of tech companies.With Gen Z the most frequent consumers of up-and-coming tech, the tech world is more inclined to create new products aimed at the younger generations.last_img read more

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AntiCounterfeiting Packaging Market – Future Growth Strategies 2024

first_imgAnti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (Americas, APAC and EMEA), Application Development status, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2024.ICRWorld’s Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.The report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Get a Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3243466?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Product Segment Analysis• Authentication Packaging Technology• Track and Trace Packaging TechnologyGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Application Segment Analysis• Food & Beverages• Pharmaceutical & Healthcare• Industrial & Automotive• Consumer Electronics• Cosmetics & Personal Care• Clothing & ApparelGlobal Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market: Regional Segment Analysis• USA• Europe• Japan• China• India• South East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our report:• Avery Dennison• Sun Chemical• DNP• NHK SPRING• Flint Group• Toppan• 3M• Essentra• Alien Technology Corp• Zebra Technologies• KURZ• OpSec Security• Lipeng• Shiner• Taibao• Invengo• De La Rue• Schreiner ProSecureTable of ContentChapter 1 About the Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Industry1.1 Industry Definition and Types1.2 Main Market Activities1.3 Similar Industries1.4 Industry at a GlanceChapter 2 World Market Competition Landscape2.1 Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Markets by Regions2.2 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market by Types2.3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market by Applications2.4 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market AnalysisChapter 3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market share3.1 Major Production Market share by Players3.2 Major Revenue (M USD) Market share by Players3.3 Major Production Market share by Regions in 2019, through 20243.4 Major Revenue (M USD) Market share By Regions in 2019, through 2024Chapter 4 Supply Chain Analysis4.1 Industry Supply chain Analysis4.2 Raw material Market Analysis4.3 Manufacturing Equipment Suppliers Analysis4.4 Production Process Analysis4.5 Production Cost Structure Benchmarks4.6 End users Market AnalysisChapter 5 Company Profiles5.1 Avery Dennison5.2 Sun Chemical5.3 DNP5.4 NHK SPRING5.5 Flint Group5.6 Toppan5.7 3MChapter 6 Globalisation & Trade6.1 Business Locations6.2 Supply channels6.3 Marketing strategy6.4 Barriers to EntryChapter 7 Distributors and Customers7.1 Major Distributors and contact information by Regions7.2 Major Customers and contact information by RegionsChapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major Countries8.1 USA8.2 Germany8.3 China8.4 Japan8.5 IndiaChapter 9 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Forecast through 20249.1 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Demand by Regions Forecast through 20249.2 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Price(by Regions, Types, Applications)Analysis Forecast through 20249.3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Revenue (M USD)(by Regions, Types, Applications) Forecast through 20249.4 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market AnalysisChapter 10 Key success factors and Market OverviewTable of Content• Chapter 1 About the Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Industry• Chapter 2 World Market Competition Landscape• Chapter 3 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market share• Chapter 4 Supply Chain Analysis• Chapter 5 Company Profiles• Chapter 6 Globalisation & Trade• Chapter 7 Distributors and Customers• Chapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major Countries• Chapter 9 World Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Market Forecast through 2024• Chapter 10 Key success factors and Market OverviewAvail Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3243466?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Global Critical Care diagnostics Market by Manufacturers Countries Type and

first_imgThe Global Critical Care diagnostics  Market is projected to reach USD 1.4 billion by 2025 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 6.0% during forecast period 2018-2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Critical Care diagnostics  market based on North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW . It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Get a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2908316?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Critical Care diagnostics  industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Abbott Laboratories, Alere, Inc. , Beckman Coulter, Inc., Becton Dickinson and Company,  Bayer AG , Siemens Healthineers , F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.The research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Critical Care diagnostics  market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Critical Care diagnostics  industry has achieved extensive growth since 2018 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2908316?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paperlast_img read more

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Quad9 DNS promises better privacy and security

first_imgQuad9 DNS promises better privacy and security by Martin Brinkmann on November 19, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: June 28, 2019 – 32 commentsQuad9 is a new endpoint DNS service by IBM, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) that improves privacy and data protection.While there are quite a few public DNS services out there, most Internet users probably don’t use any of those but rely on the Internet Provider for all things DNS. That’s comfortable as it works out of the box, but neither really secure nor beneficial to data privacy.The provider knows any domain name to IP look up on the computer, and knows exactly what users do on the Internet. Even VPN solutions may not protect against this, depending on whether the VPN protects against DNS leaks or not.Third-party services may improve security, privacy and the performance of DNS. Not all services do, and some services may use the accumulated traffic information internally or may sell it to marketing companies.Related articlesHow to fix Resolving Host (DNS) issues on WindowsHow to configure DNSCrypt on WindowsDNS Jumper 2.0 gets better automation optionsVerisign launches Public DNS service that respects user privacyQuad9 DNSQuad9 by IBM, PCH and GCA promises fast speeds, and improved security and privacy. The operators of Quad9 promise that the service does not “store, correlate or otherwise employ any personally identifiable information”, and that data will never be shared with marketers or used for demographic analysis.Security checks are performed on all DNS requests to identify malicious networks and sites prior to the loading of content from these sites and services.Quad9 uses PCH’s network of worldwide servers — IBM states that services are available in over 160 locations around the world — and that access and performance should be quite good regardless of location.Setting up Quad9 is quite easy as well. All you need to do is set the DNS of the network adapter to 9.9.9.9 and 149.112.112.112 to do so . You find instructions on how to set this up for Windows and Mac devices on the Quad9 website.Webmasters find options on the site to check whether domains are blocked by the service, and an option to request the unblocking if it is a false positive.I ran Quad9 through a series of DNS benchmarks and the service did not disappoint.While it is not the fastest service out there, it finished in the top 3 before popular services such as Google DNS, OpenDNS and many others.Here is a video that highlights the basics of Quad9 and DNSClosing wordsIt is always good to have more choice, and Quad9 is a promising new DNS service that is free, secure, not invasive to privacy, and quite fast .Now You: Which DNS service do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameQuad9 DNS promises better privacy and securityDescriptionQuad9 is a new endpoint DNS service by IBM, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) that improves privacy and data protection.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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KB4090913 for Windows 10 fixes USB bug

first_imgKB4090913 for Windows 10 fixes USB bug by Martin Brinkmann on March 06, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: March 06, 2018 – 30 commentsMicrosoft released the cumulative update KB4090913 for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) on March 5, 2018. The update fixes an issue with some USB devices connected to the Windows 10 device.Microsoft released several patches for Windows 10 version 1709 in February. One of the updates was KB4074588, a big cumulative update released on February 13, 2018 which addressed numerous issues but introduced bugs as well.One of the bugs affected some USB devices and onboard devices that stopped working after installation of the update.Microsoft wrote the following under known issues at the time:After installing this update, some USB devices and onboard devices, such as a built-in laptop camera, keyboard or mouse, may stop working. This may occur when the windows update servicing stack incorrectly skips installing the newer version of some critical drivers in the cumulative update and uninstalls the currently active drivers during maintenance.A workaround was not provided at the time which meant that affected users had no choice but to rollback the update to wait for a fix for the issue. Rolling back had problems of its own as KB4074588 addressed security issues in the Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10. That’s actually one of the main reasons why I dislike how Microsoft handles updates on Windows 10; if something goes wrong, you cannot install the security updates only because you don’t get them individually or at least as a package as on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1KB4090913 for Windows 10 version 1709KB4090913 is a quality update according to Microsoft that introduces no new operating system features. The update fixes the USB bug introduced in KB4074588 on February 13, 2018 according to Microsoft.Microsoft notes that it will deliver the update through Windows Update and that admins and users may download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog site as well. A quick check on Windows Update did not return the new patch at the time of writing.Installing the update brings the build of the operating system to build number 16299.251.It is too early to tell if that is indeed the case. Users should note that the remaining known issues introduced in February or even earlier still exist.Windows Update History reports that KB4054517 failed to install because of error 0x80070643.Antivirus needs to set a Registry key to avoid that updating is blocked on the device.After installing this update, some devices may fail to start, and return INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.WID AD FS database corruption issueNow You: Were you affected by this bug or others?SummaryArticle NameKB4090913 for Windows 10 fixes USB bugDescriptionMicrosoft released the cumulative update KB4090913 for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) on March 5, 2018. The update fixes an issue with some USB devices connected to the Windows 10 device.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Anomalies On Moons South Pole Could Be Caused By Metal Asteroid Impact

first_img Ads by Amazon Search “When we combined that with lunar topography data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we discovered the unexpectedly large amount of mass hundreds of miles underneath the South Pole-Aitken basin,” explained Peter B. James, an assistant professor of planetary geophysics and the lead author of the study. “One of the explanations of this extra mass is that the metal from the asteroid that formed this crater is still embedded in the Moon’s mantle.”The South Pole-Aitken basin, as its name suggests, is located near the lunar south pole. It is oval-shaped and measures about 2,000 kilometers. Scientists believe that the crater was formed 4 billion years ago.Remains Of A Massive AsteroidWhatever the mass is, it is weighing the basin floor downward by more than half a mile, the researchers shared. They tried computer simulations of large asteroid impacts and found that under the right conditions, pieces of an iron-nickel core might have been dispersed into the upper mantle.”We did the math and showed that a sufficiently dispersed core of the asteroid that made the impact could remain suspended in the Moon’s mantle until the present day, rather than sinking to the Moon’s core,” James stated.Another possible explanation for the anomaly is a concentration of oxides in the area. Oxides might have formed when the Moon’s ancient magma ocean cooled and solidified.The researchers noted that larger asteroid impacts might have had occurred throughout the solar system, but none of those have left traces like the one that crashed on the lunar surface to form the South Pole-Aitken basin. James called the crater “one of the best natural laboratories for studying catastrophic events” that was influential to the evolution of rocky planets and moons.The researchers published the study in the Geophysical Research Letters on April 5. TAG Moon, Asteroid, South Pole Aitken Basin, Asteroid Strike, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestseller Close The Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin is the largest crater in the solar system. It was formed when an asteroid crashed into the lunar surface a long time ago.In a new study, scientists suggested that the remains of that asteroid are still buried underneath the ancient crater.Mystery Of The South Pole-Aitken BasinWhile analyzing the data collected during NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a team of researchers from Baylor University noticed an anomaly between the surface topography and the gravitational tug of the moon. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY All ENDS IN Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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Parody of Google Duplex phone call shows the true terrifying future

first_img[embedded content]Google held its developer’s conference earlier this week, wowing and shocking the world with a demo of Google Duplex. The new AI voice assistant can make phone calls on your behalf, and it’s shockingly believable.While some raised the question of ethics, YouTuber Adam Fierman dreamed up another scenario. In the parody published on Friday, the assistant makes a phone call to a man’s girlfriend. Then it dumps her.“John would like you to remove his belongings  from his apartment,” the bot says.“What are you talking about?” the woman asks.“I’m very sorry, but John has decided to end your relationship,” the bot responds.Too real.[h/t:Reddit] By Brian Koerber2018-05-11 23:55:16 UTClast_img read more

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Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox A Magnet With Only One

first_imgFast-moving monopoles likewise pump out this light, and so do the comparatively massive, slowpoke monopoles — but for a different reason. These monopoles, borne of the early Grand Unified era of the Big Bang when three of the fundamental forces were joined as one, would possess a vestige of the extreme energy density where the differences between Standard Model particles and forces disappear. “The Grand Unified monopole contains in its tiny heart a little bit of the Big Bang, when all the forces were equal,” says Pinfold. When a proton in ice is exposed to this core of a monopole, where elementary particles’ differences disappear, the proton decays, with its constituent quarks transforming into other particle types including positrons, which can generate detectable Cherenkov light.As of 2015, when they issued their most recent major report on the topic, researchers hadn’t found any monopoles with IceCube, based on two years’ worth of data. But again, patiently waiting could yet pay off.A Magnetic FutureIf magnetic monopoles ever do show up in Earth’s vicinity, or the detritus of particle collisions, we will know it. And should someone, somewhere, indeed manage to unambiguously nab one of the little rascals, then the real fun begins. Wrangling monopoles could be easy, bending the particles to our will just by applying common electromagnetic fields. Monopoles might flow as magnetic, instead of electric currents, paving the way for “magnetronic” technologies involving “magnetricity,” perhaps in ultra-compact data storage or totally reimagined computer architectures.As for science experiments, working with a new particle could finally deliver on those Grand Unified Theories and even theories of everything. Getting to that new realm of physics would likely require the brute thrill of smashing monopoles’ heads together. “If we can find them,” Rajantie says, “ultimately what we particle physicists would like to do is have a collider where we collide monopoles with other things and see what comes out.” Who knows, maybe the LHC could give way to an LMC — a Large Monopole Collider.And finally, Pinfold and those like him who have wondered why magnets cannot splice into solitary north or south poles would have an answer.“The magnetic monopole runs through the development of modern theories of the universe like a golden thread,” says Pinfold. “If we do see something, it will be a very big deal.”last_img read more

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Trump officials refuse to meet regarding transgender rights

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts [Wikipedia Commons] The Washington Blade reported officials from the civil rights offices with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have turned down the request to confer on transgender matters.The request was sent via a letter dated 13 February from Massachusetts Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy), who serves as chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force.The letter was sent to a total of eight departments. The other six, which have yet to respond, are the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Education, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HSS). The letter requested a response by 23 February.‘During the first year of this administration, transgender Americans have endured a systematic attack on their dignity, rights and freedom,’ the letter says. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The letter cites concerns about transgender rights including the withdrawal of guidance assuring transgender students access to school restrooms that match their gender identity, the elimination of Title VII employment discrimination protection and Trump’s proposed ban on transgender soldiers serving in the military.It also lists the creation of a Conscience & Religious Freedom Division within the Department of Health & Human Services as a major concern. That division is viewed by many as a tool for LGBTI discrimination.‘These new policies could result in health care providers refusing medically-necessary treatment to transgender patients and school boards creating hostile and unwelcoming environments for transgender teachers and students,’ the letter states.‘We believe the “government of the people, by the people, for the people” must apply to all Americans, not just the politically-favored,’ reads the letter.In addition to Kennedy, the letter was signed by Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois), Rep. Donald McEachin (Virginia) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (Arizona). The letter was also signed by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting delegate to the House representing the District of Columbia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Officials with the Trump administration have declined to meet with members of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force to discuss perceived rollbacks to transgender rights. Celebrities, politicians, and more respond to Trump’s transgender military banTop US General contradicts Trump over transgender military banFirst transgender recruit joins US military following Trump’s banRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trump-officials-refuse-meet-congressional-members-regarding-transgender-rights/last_img read more

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Russia website wants users to hunt gays in Sawinspired horror game

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- In the week since the website called, ‘Saw’, launched at least three men have been violently assaulted.The victims contacted the Russia LGBT Network to report what had happened to them, but there may be many more who are too afraid to speak out.‘This is terrifying,’ Mikhail Tumasov, chairperson of the Russia LGBT Network, tells Gay Star News.‘I’ve never seen anything like this.‘The killing and torturing of gay people, they call it a game.’But Tumasov wants to be very clear, while it’s a first that homophobic violence is being treated like a game, the website is a part of a trend of anti-LGBTI sentiment in Russia. A trend, he says, is supported by government silence.Russia’s LGBTI community does not have any legal protections from discrimination and violence. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed the ‘gay propaganda law’ and since then the LGBT community has lived in fear of persecution.The European Court of Human Rights said the law was ‘discriminatory, reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia’.Pay to find gay people, pay more to get your name taken offThe website allows people to upload photos of people they accuse of being gay with personal information and how to find them.Organizers plan to make a database of people of gay people, including their addresses and other information.People will then be able to access the names for a fee: 200 Rubles (US $3) to find personal information.But if your name is on the database and you want to have it removed, you have to pay a bigger fee: 1500 Rubles (US $23).Some of the profiles of alleged gay men posted to ‘Saw’. | Photo: Supplied‘Saw’ supposedly takes its name from the horror movie franchise of the same name.The targeting of LGBT people is called a ‘game’ on the website. It has 1 to 31 May listed as the dates for the ‘game’.For now, the ‘game’ is targeting people in the province of Ufa, in south-east Russia.The website even boasts how the ‘best 50 homophobes from Chechnya’ are based in Ufa.While the ‘game’ is based in Ufa, one of the early victims was from nearby Samara.‘Even though this started in Ufa, that man was in Samara, so someone on the website described him and then people in Samara went to find him and attacked,’ Tumasov says.Access to ‘Saw’ was blocked recently. But it has continued on social media which concerns Tumasov that the attacks may go national across Russia.‘I’m sure it will spread quickly. What is frightening to us that this has structure, it has a system,’ he said. ‘It’s the first time we have seen an organised approach to homophobic violence, it’s very dangerous.’‘Chechnya’s Comeback’, the website celebrating the torture of gay men. | Photo: SuppliedWill ‘Saw’ target Russia’s World Cup?Tumasov worries ‘Saw’s’ organizers might target foreigners coming to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.‘We are about to start our world cup, many foreigners will come and many won’t know what they can face here,’ he says.‘Some of the fans could be simply LGBTY friendly, they don’t have to be gay, they could be straight and could behave freely. And if there is suspicion they might be followed.’But Tumasov’s advice for World Cup attendees is the same advice he’s giving to LGBTI people in Ufa.‘Be very careful about online invitations to date, make sure you have a friend coming with you if you are meeting someone online for the first time,’ he says.Government must lead by exampleTumasov argues Russia’s inaction on the crimes against gay people in Chechnya has sent a message to ‘Saw’s’ organizers that homophobic violence is acceptable.‘The Russian LGBT Network is still trying to get a response from the government about what has happened in Chechnya,’ he says.‘The government has not responded clearly to condemn the violence and we can see how that could be inspiration for homophobic groups.‘It’s important that for the government to say clearly, that LGBT people are a social group and theyshould be protected.‘Then such people (homophobes) would follow their example.’In the meantime the Russian LGBT Network is mobilizing itself and other organizations to support any potential victims.They are getting lawyers ready to protect victims and encourage people to support any victims.But he says the solution is in the hands of lawmakers.‘This (website) is real, not fake,’ he says.‘As LGBTI people we rely on our surroundings, that’s why I’m talking about creating laws because we don’t have any legal protections.’We have to save peopleTumasov has been a long time LGBTI advocate in Russia. He has witnessed a lot of homophobia and even been the victim of horrific homophobic violence himself.But he’s more worried about ‘Saw’ than of anything else he’s seen.When he first saw the website, he found it ‘terrifying’, but knew he had to spring into action.‘I was very calm when I saw it, the first thing I thought is we have to do something,’ he says.‘I thought, “let’s help, let’s save people”.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A new website in Russia is encouraging people to ‘report’ LGBTI people to be targeted for torture.‘Chechnya’s Comeback’, the website says, referring to the local government-sanctioned brutal torture and executions of alleged gay men in the Northern Caucasus. Russia actually just told the UN that gay people don’t exist in ChechnyaLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRussia releases homoerotic video to get people to vote in electionsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russia-website-wants-users-to-hunt-gays-in-saw-inspired-horror-game/last_img read more

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17 of the most sizzling fabulous photos from Benidorm Pride

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies. _asc, _auc, _smb_api_session, address_bar_tracking, atrk.gif, ckid, cktst, gs_chn_id, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, gsHideBar, LSW_WEB, ps/analytics, trackedUrl ckid, cktst, ps/analytics _asc, _auc, address_bar_tracking, trackedUrl GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… _smb_api_session, _smb_api_session, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, LSW_WEB Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoLGBT tourism: 10th edition of GNETWORK 360Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade and tourism: A violent NO by Dictator ErdoganRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/best-photos-from-benidorm-pride/last_img read more

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Company Mi Crédito Mexicano suspended in Cancun for alleged fraud

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A credit company has suddenly closed its doors in Cancun after accusations of fraud.Credit easy and fast was how Mi Crédito Mexicano attracted clients who were offered credit from 150,000 peso to 10 million peso. After numerous complaints and more than a year of operating, the Federal Attorney’s Office were able to file a federal complaint against the Transnational Enterprises of Mexico, SA de CV in the amount of 30.6 million peso.For those seeking credit, clients were charged a 5.8 percent commission fee for “administrative expenses”, then took between one and two months to approve (or decline) an application.In Cancun, the credit company had two office locations, one on Lopez Portillo Avenue and the other on Avenida Palenque with Calle Camarones.The Federal Attorney’s Office said that regarding the credit company, “We also went to the National Commission for the Protection and Defense of Financial Services, but they told us that they could not do anything because the company does not provide loans.“Nevertheless, in the announcement it clearly says we grant you the financing.”After more than a year of demanding that something be done, the Federal Attorney’s Office proceeded to issue a certificate of requirement and federal arrest against Transnational Enterprises of Mexico SA de CV for not having made their fiscal payment.At the moment, 40 clients in Cancun have organized legal action against the company. Since 2016, numerous incidences of the same type of fraud have been reported against Mi Crédito Mexicano in various states including Durango, Chihuahua, Campeche and Chiapas, where they also offered credit then disappeared.In October of 2017, Profepa, in conjunction with la Fiscalía General del Estado of Chihuahua, also suspended the operations of Mi Crédito Mexicano which affected 280 clients. They also suspended the company in Durango in December of 2016.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pair arrested found carrying drug stash on Cancun street

first_imgPolice say they were patrolling the streets of Region 259 on motorcycles when the two men saw them and fled on foot. Police began the chase, trapping the pair inside a building. Upon review, police found 100 packages of street doses of marijuana inside the box they were carrying. Cancun, Q.R. — Two youths who were seen carrying a box down a Cancun street caught the attention of patrol officers after they spotted police and ran. Arrested was 21-year-old Luis Alberto G.C. from Tabasco and 22-year-old Ángel Alexis P.L. of Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Major Derbyshire roads closed due to snow as Beast from The East

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of key roads are closed in Derbyshire – including several linked to Staffordshire and Cheshire, as the snow storm known as the ‘Beast from the East’ continues to batter the East Midlands and much of the UK Derbyshire County Council says roads including the A53 from Buxton to Leek, the A54 from Buxton to Bosley Crossroads and the A537 Cat and Fiddle from Buxton to Macclesfield are closed in the county on Tuesday night. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Snow is in force in Derbyshire until 11.55pm on Wednesday evening, with much of the Staffordshire Moorlands now covered by the same weather warning after it was extended by the Met Office at around 5am on Wednesday morning. Other roads in Derbyshire are also closed tonight – with motorists advised to avoid making unnecessary journeys. Speaking just after 6am on Wednesday morning a Derbyshire County Council spokesman confirmed the roads were still closed. He said: “Major disruption is expected on roads in some areas of the county this morning with extremely low temperatures causing treacherous conditions. “Temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees Celsius overnight − meaning grit fails to stop working fully to melt snow and ice. Read MoreWeather warning extended into North Staffordshire as ‘Beast from the East’ continues on Wednesday “Gritters and ploughs have been out throughout the night, and farmer contractors will be working to help clear routes this morning. “Conditions are particularly bad in the High Peak, where a number of routes remain closed: A57 Snake Pass, A6024 Holme Moss, A53 Leek Road, A537 Cat & Fiddle, Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth. “There is a strong possibility of ice – even on surfaces which have been repeatedly treated over the last couple of days in readiness for the so-called “Beast from the East”. “Please, only travel if essential in the affected areas.” Cheshire East Council’s Highways Department, which manages the other end of the A54 and A537, confirmed the two roads were still shut at 4am on Wednesday morning. A spokesman said: “The A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle roads remain closed this morning due to ice and snow conditions, please use alternative routes. “We’re gritting all the primary gritting routes this morning, please drive with extreme caution this morning even on treated roads.” It is unclear when the affected roads will reopen at this stage. The A623 at Tideswell is still passable, the council spokesman added. Highways England closed the A628 at Woodhead Pass following an accident involving a lorry and a car but the westbound route had now reopened by 10pm on Tuesday night. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A628 Woodhead Pass is now passable westbound between the A616 and the A57 near Woodhead following a collision between a car and an HGV. “Weather conditions are challenging in the area, so please only travel if necessary.” Read MoreUpdate: Armed man arrested was carrying ‘garden stake’ The A537 Cat and Fiddle shortly after 10pm on Tuesday evening (Image: Cheshire East Council) Buxton Weather Watch, a social media page which forecasts and reports on weather conditions around the Peak District town said further snow showers were expected late on Tuesday night. The page said: “More persistent snow showers now approaching from the north east, some nasty conditions in the next couple hours, dry one minute then heavy snow the next.” As of writing there are no reported ongoing traffic issues in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire. Read MoreFirefighters spend hours working on a chimney fire No weather warnings are in place in North Staffordshire tomorrow with the exception of the area of the Moorlands covered by the one which affects Derbyshire, with the next one expected on Friday. Elsewhere in the county the South West has seen considerable travel disruption today, while Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings are in place for much of the UK over the coming days. The A623 in Tideswell near Buxton last night (Image: Derbyshire County Council)center_img What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more

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first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailResidents and community leaders are calling for the speed limit to be slashed on a busy road where motorists hit speeds of more than 90mph. Dozens of accidents have been reported on the section of the A51 – between Aston Marina, on the outskirts of Stone, and the A34 roundabout – in the past decade. It has sparked calls for the speed limit to be cut from 60mph to 40mph. Now Stone Town Council is writing to Staffordshire County Council to urge them to take action. Families say that stretch of the A51 is ‘dangerous’. The A51 at its entrance to Aston Marina, near Stone Councillor Mike Williamson said: “As a keen cyclist I used to cycle along the A51 to go to Sandon. But I have stopped doing that – it’s much too dangerous to consider going on a bicycle. “If I want to go to Sandon I go to The Star and cycle along the towpath. I would rather fall into the canal than be hit by someone going at 60mph.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive A stretch of the A51 between Aston Marina and the A34 roundabout Gill Howe, from Aston Lodge, said: “I’ve lived here for 22 years and this road has always been a problem. I nearly get taken out most days and I think the filter lanes confuse people. Getting out of Aston Marina and pulling into Stone, when you need to slow down or speed up, is dangerous.” Read MorePlans revealed to fit all taxis with CCTV cameras to keep passengers safe – do you think it’s a good idea?   Kat Davis, aged 40, added: “It will be a good idea to reduce the speed limit. There have been accidents and 40mph would be a sensible speed. I’ve witnessed a few near-misses and the bend in the road doesn’t help when people are doing 60mph. The filter lanes also mean that traffic is in the middle of the road with fast cars going past either side.” The roundabout of the A34 and the A51 near Stone A number of residents have written to the town council to support the campaign. Read MoreWatch the moment police catch this driver speeding between cameras on the A34   Town councillors have backed the speed reduction calls. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

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Distributing water to the community

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Al-Imdaad Foundation distributed water at the Ladysmith Dawah Centre Mosque, Leonardsville, and Darul Uloom Mosque, Acaciavale, on Thursday when various areas in Ladysmith had no water supply.The affected areas were Ezakheni, Ezakheni Industrial Area and Acaciavale.This was due to high turbidity (silt build-up) at the Ezakheni Water Treatment Plant.Community members could go to the mosques and collect 10-litre bottles to fill with water.JoJo tanks were set up inside the mosques, from which to fill the many containers.“We are so grateful to the Al-Imdaad Foundation for this kind gesture.“The water really helped us,” said one extremely grateful resident.The foundation’s efforts to provide people with water extend throughout the province in this time of severe drought.last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 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 October 14, 2008 – Health Systems Solutions Inc. (HSS) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Emageon Inc., in a deal where HSS will acquire all outstanding shares of Emageon common stock for $2.85 a share, in an all cash transaction of approximately $62 million. The price represents approximately a 37 percent premium on Emageon’s share price as of market close on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. “This transaction allows HSS to reach critical scale and positions us well for future growth. Our acquisition strategy is based upon using Emageon as our platform acquisition that will enable us to realize synergies from future acquisitions,” said Stan Vashovsky, HSS’ chairman and CEO. A factor in the timing of this combination is the desire to accelerate the delivery of next generation Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). The deal will allow HSS to augment Emageon’s technological capabilities as the industry moves to the start of the PACS replacement cycle in early 2009 in hopes to facilitate faster speed-to-market of next generation systems.The purchase is being financed by a facility of $85 million provided by Stanford International Bank Ltd., a member of the Stanford Financial Group and HSS’ principal shareholder. The additional funds will be used for working capital and to fund growth initiatives. The financing will take the form of 6 percent Convertible Secured Debentures due 2013 with warrants to purchase up to 9 million shares of common stock.The transaction is subject to approval of a majority of Emageon’s stockholders, as well as certain customary closing conditions. For more information: www.emageon.com and www.hssglobal.com 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 Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | October 13, 2008 Health Systems Solutions to Acquire Emageon for $62 Million News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 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 | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | 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 | February 02, 2009 MRI Technique Shows Asthma Patients Have Chronic Airflow Changes in Lungs 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 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 Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more 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 Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more February 2, 2009 – Using a special MRI technique, researchers have determined that the location and degree of airway narrowing in the lungs of asthma sufferers can be markedly persistent over time, according to finds to be published in the February issue of Radiology.“A considerable number of airways appeared to be consistently narrowed over time,” said the study’s lead author, Eduard E. de Lange, M.D., professor of radiology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. “This finding was irrespective of disease severity or the use of medication.”Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder in which the small and medium-sized airways of the lungs become obstructed. Narrowing or closure in the passages can be caused by swelling in the walls or changes in the structure of the airways as a result of the chronic condition.For the study, researchers used hyperpolarized helium 3 (3He) MRI to visualize areas of airflow obstruction in the lungs called ventilation defects. To perform the imaging test, patients inhaled the helium gas prior to undergoing MRI.In order to measure the changes in the location and size of airway defects over time, researchers performed consecutive 3He MRI studies on 43 asthma patients between 18 and 40 years old.Twenty-six patients underwent two imaging studies on the same day (up to 82 minutes apart), and 17 underwent 3He MRI on three occasions separated by an average of 51 days. In addition to each 3He MRI exam, patients also underwent spirometry, a test that measures the amount of air exhaled from the lungs.In the same-day examinations, 75 percent of the lung defects identified by 3He MRI remained in the same location for both imaging studies. The majority of those defects, or 71 percent, remained the same size. In the multi-day examinations, 67 percent of defects were still present in studies that were repeated with a median interval of 31 days; in studies with a median interval of 85 days, 38 percent of defects remained in the same location. The findings were not affected by disease severity or by use of asthma medication.“Most of the change in overall defect number was caused by variability between patients rather than within patients, indicating that 3He MRI provides a reliable means for visualizing airflow impediment within the lungs of patients with asthma,” Dr. de Lange said.After an interval of about three months, repeat 3He MRI revealed that more than one-third of airway defects were in the same location and approximately one-half of those defects were the same size.“A considerable number of airways appeared to be consistently narrowed over time, which helps us understand that asthma is largely a focal disease of the lung,” Dr. de Lange said.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco 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.last_img read more

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first_imgClinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry FordVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:14Loaded: 2.60%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | August 06, 2009 IG-IMRT Feasible for Patients with Biliary Adenocarcinomas News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019 Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | October 30, 2018 Elekta Introduces Strategy for Precision Radiation Medicine at ASTRO 2018 At the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, Oct. 21-24 in San Antonio, Elekta introduced the… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.center_img August 6, 2009 – In comparison to a cohort of patients treated by conventional radiation techniques, image-guided intensity-modulated RT (IG-IMRT) was feasible for biliary tract tumors, and the median survival was nearly double that in the group treated with conventional RT.This study is the first clinical outcomes of biliary tract cancers treated with IG-IMRT, warranting further investigation in prospective clinical trials.Biliary tract lesions are comparatively rare neoplasms, with ambiguous indications for radiotherapy. The purpose of the study was to report the clinical results of a single-institution biliary tract series treated with modern radiotherapeutic techniques, and detail results using both conventional and image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT).In the stidy, 24 patients with primary adenocarcinoma of the biliary tract (gallbladder and extrahepatic bile ducts) were treated by IG-IMRT from 2001 to 2005. To compare outcomes, data from a sequential series of 24 patients treated between 1995 and 2005 with conventional radiotherapy (CRT) techniques were collected as a comparator set. Demographic and treatment parameters were collected. Endpoints analyzed included treatment-related acute toxicity and survival.The results showed a median estimated survival for all patients completing treatment was 13.9 months. A statistically significant higher mean dose was given to patients receiving IG-IMRT compared to CRT, 59 vs. 48 Gy. IGIMRT and CRT cohorts had a median survival of 17.6 and 9.0 months, respectively. Surgical resection was associated with improved survival. Two patients (4 percent) experienced an RTOG acute toxicity score > 2. The most commonly reported GI toxicities (PRTOG Grade 2) were nausea or diarrhea requiring oral medication, experienced by 46 percent of patients.Source: Radiother Oncol. 2009 Aug 1;92(2):249-254, CD Fuller, ND Dang, SJ Wang, P Desai, M Choi, CR Thomas, M Fuss.For more information: www.oncologystat.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 15, 2018 VIDEO: Clinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry Ford Benjamin Movsas, M.D., read more Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 21, 2019 FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System February 21, 2019 — ViewRay Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. read more Elekta SmartClinic is one of the key features in the Mosaiq Plaza suite of data-focused integrative oncology software Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 07, 2019 Elekta Unity MR-Linac Earns FDA Clearance The Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system recently received 510(k) premarket notification… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… 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 Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | April 24, 2019 Accuray Launches Synchrony Motion Tracking and Correction Technology for Radixact System Accuray announced the launch of its Synchrony motion tracking and correction technology to be used with the Radixact… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | 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 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. Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content News | 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 | 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 | February 13, 2013 New Radiation Oncology Device Reduces Treatment Times, Increases Safety With radiation oncology treatments, the goal is to hit the tumor with as much ionizing X-ray energy as possible, while sparing adjacent, healthy tissue. The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has taken a major step toward that goal as one of the first sites in North America to install a sophisticated new multi-leaf collimator (MLC) system on its medical linear accelerators.The MLC system precisely focuses high-energy, megavoltage x-ray beams that increase doses to tumors and minimize doses nearby. The 160-leaf collimator also allows radiation oncologists to customize the therapeutic beams to conform to a tumor’s shape and size. For patients, the highly conformal treatments mean fewer side effects and less time on the treatment tableWith its increased leaf speed and advanced reliability and monitoring of leaf position, the new system will be used to treat a wide variety of diseases, including prostate, breast and lung cancers, as well as for highly specialized treatments such as stereotactic body radiosurgery,“This system is safe, reliable, accurate and fast,” said Stanley Benedict, chief of clinical physics in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology. “It’s great technology for our patients.”The collimator is the latest weapon in the NCI-designated cancer center’s treatment options. The system complements other sophisticated radiation oncology technologies already established at UC Davis, such as Gamma Knife radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy and high-dose-rate brachytherapy, which pinpoint tumors and avoid healthy tissue.Multi-leaf collimators act like high-tech lenses, focusing radiation beams and conforming them to the shape of an individual’s unique tumor. With its 160 tungsten leaves and larger field size (40 centimeters by 40 centimeters), the new device can precisely target tumors both large and tiny. This versatility is particularly helpful when treating head and neck and other complicated tumors surrounded by normal tissue.The new device is accurate to within .01 millimeters, allowing oncologists to conform treatments to tumors with the utmost precision.In addition to the MLC, a new software package precisely controls the leaves to ensure that the beam aligns tightly to the target. The software also can move individual leaves as quickly as 6 cm per second. The collimator’s high speed is ideal for radiation dose control and for arc-based treatments, in which a linear accelerator gantry rotates around the patient while simultaneously conforming to the tumor from different angles and continuously shaping the radiation beam.“This is a very safe system,” said Richard Valicenti, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. “And because it’s so fast, we can reduce individual treatment times from between 25 and 50 percent.”The system also can “interdigitate,” a process that helps radiation oncologists target multiple, tiny areas with different doses. “It’s the equivalent of painting by numbers,” said Benedict. “We can paint in certain doses to specific parts of the body.”It will also be ideal to conduct stereotactic body radiotherapy, which delivers higher doses in fewer treatments.“Stereotactic treatments tend to be longer because they’re larger fraction sizes,” said Valicenti. “Now we can do these treatments with shorter durations. The technology might also allow for fewer treatments.”The collimator, called Agility, and controlling system, called Integrity, was manufactured by Elekta, a global company based in Stockholm, Sweden that develops tools, treatment planning systems and software programs for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy.UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations.For more information: cancer.ucdavis.edu. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | 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 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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). 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A serverless online store on AWS could save you money Build one

first_imgIn this article you will learn to build an entire serverless project of an AWS online store, beginning with a React SPA frontend hosted on AWS followed by a serverless backend with API Gateway and Lambda functions. This article is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ written by Diego Zanon. In this book, you will be introduced to the AWS services, and you’ll learn how to estimate costs, and how to set up and use the Serverless Framework. The serverless architecture of AWS’ online store We will build a real-world use case of a serverless solution. This sample application is an online store with the following requirements: List of available products Product details with user rating Add products to a shopping cart Create account and login pages For a better understanding of the architecture, take a look at the following diagram which gives a general view of how different services are organized and how they interact: Estimating costs In this section, we will estimate the costs of our sample application demo based on some usage assumptions and Amazon’s pricing model. All pricing values used here are from mid 2017 and considers the cheapest region, US East (Northern Virginia). This section covers an example to illustrate how costs are calculated. Since the billing model and prices can change over time, always refer to the official sources to get updated prices before making your own estimations. You can use Amazon’s calculator, which is accessible at this link: http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html. If you still have any doubts after reading the instructions, you can always contact Amazon’s support for free to get commercial guidance. Assumptions For our pricing example, we can assume that our online store will receive the following traffic per month: 100,000 page views 1,000 registered user accounts 200 GB of data transferred considering an average page size of 2 MB 5,000,000 code executions (Lambda functions) with an average of 200 milliseconds per request Route 53 pricing We need a hosted zone for our domain name and it costs US$ 0.50 per month. Also, we need to pay US$ 0.40 per million DNS queries to our domain. As this is a prorated cost, 100,000 page views will cost only US$ 0.04. Total: US$ 0.54 S3 pricing Amazon S3 charges you US$ 0.023 per GB/month stored, US$ 0.004 per 10,000 requests to your files, and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred. However, as we are considering the CloudFront usage, transfer costs will be charged by CloudFront prices and will not be considered in S3 billing. If our website occupies less than 1 GB of static files and has an average per page of 2 MB and 20 files, we can serve 100,000 page views for less than US$ 20. Considering CloudFront, S3 costs will go down to US$ 0.82 while you need to pay for CloudFront usage in another section. Real costs would be even lower because CloudFront caches files and it would not need to make 2,000,000 file requests to S3, but let’s skip this detail to reduce the complexity of this estimation. On a side note, the cost would be much higher if you had to provision machines to handle this number of page views to a static website with the same availability and scalability. Total: US$ 0.82 CloudFront pricing CloudFront is slightly more complicated to price since you need to guess how much traffic comes from each region, as they are priced differently. The following table shows an example of estimation: RegionEstimated trafficCost per GB transferredCost per 10,000 HTTPS requestsNorth America70%US$ 0.085US$ 0.010Europe15%US$ 0.085US$ 0.012Asia10%US$ 0.140US$ 0.012South America5%US$ 0.250US$ 0.022 As we have estimated 200 GB of files transferred with 2,000,000 requests, the total will be US$ 21.97. Total: US$ 21.97 Certificate Manager pricing Certificate Manager provides SSL/TLS certificates for free. You only need to pay for the AWS resources you create to run your application. IAM pricing There is no charge specifically for IAM usage. You will be charged only by what AWS resources your users are consuming. Cognito pricing Each user has an associated profile that costs US$ 0.0055 per month. However, there is a permanent free tier that allows 50,000 monthly active users without charges, which is more than enough for our use case. Besides that, we are charged for Cognito Syncs of our user profiles. It costs US$ 0.15 for each 10,000 sync operations and US$ 0.15 per GB/month stored. If we estimate 1,000 active and registered users with less than 1 MB per profile, with less than 10 visits per month in average, we can estimate a charge of US$ 0.30. Total: US$ 0.30 IoT pricing IoT charges starts at US$ 5 per million messages exchanged. As each page view will make at least 2 requests, one to connect and another to subscribe to a topic, we can estimate a minimum of 200,000 messages per month. We need to add 1,000 messages if we suppose that 1% of the users will rate the products and we can ignore other requests like disconnect and unsubscribed because they are excluded from billing. In this setting, the total cost would be of US$ 1.01. Total: US$ 1.01 SNS pricing We will use SNS only for internal notifications, when CloudWatch triggers a warning about issues in our infrastructure. SNS charges US$ 2.00 per 100,000 e-mail messages, but it offers a permanent free tier of 1,000 e-mails. So, it will be free for us. CloudWatch pricing CloudWatch charges US$ 0.30 per metric/month and US$ 0.10 per alarm and offers a permanent free tier of 50 metrics and 10 alarms per month. If we create 20 metrics and expect 20 alarms in a month, we can estimate a cost of US$ 1.00. Total: US$ 1.00 API Gateway pricing API Gateway starts charging US$ 3.50 per million of API calls received and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the Internet. If we assume 5 million requests per month with each response with an average of 1 KB, the total cost of this service will be US$ 17.93. Total: US$ 17.93 Lambda pricing When you create a Lambda function, you need to configure the amount of RAM memory that will be available for use. It ranges from 128 MB to 1.5 GB. Allocating more memory means additional costs. It breaks the philosophy of avoiding provision, but at least it’s the only thing you need to worry about. The good practice here is to estimate how much memory each function needs and make some tests before deploying to production. A bad provision may result in errors or higher costs. Lambda has the following billing model: US$ 0.20 per 1 million requests US$ 0.00001667 GB-second Running time is counted in fractions of seconds, rounding up to the nearest multiple of 100 milliseconds. Furthermore, there is a permanent free tier that gives you 1 million requests and 400,000 GB-seconds per month without charges. In our use case scenario, we have assumed 5 million requests per month with an average of 200 milliseconds per execution. We can also assume that the allocated RAM memory is 512 MB per function: Request charges: Since 1 million requests are free, you pay for 4 million that will cost US$ 0.80. Compute charges: Here, 5 million executions of 200 milliseconds each gives us 1 million seconds. As we are running with a 512 MB capacity, it results in 500,000 GB-seconds, where 400,000 GB-seconds of these are free, resulting in a charge of 100,000 GB-seconds that costs US$ 1.67. Total: US$ 2.47 SimpleDB pricing Take a look at the following SimpleDB billing where the free tier is valid for new and existing users: US$ 0.14 per machine-hour (25 hours free) US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the internet (1 GB is free) US$ 0.25 per GB stored (1 GB is free) Take a look at the following charges: Compute charges: Considering 5 million requests with an average of 200 milliseconds of execution time, where 50% of this time is waiting for the database engine to execute, we estimate 139 machine hours per month. Discounting 25 free hours, we have an execution cost of US$ 15.96. Transfer costs: Since we’ll transfer data between SimpleDB and AWS Lambda, there is no transfer cost. Storage charges: If we assume a 5 GB database, it results in US$ 1.00, since 1 GB is free. Total: US$ 16.96, but this will not be added in the final estimation since we will run our application using DynamoDB. DynamoDB DynamoDB requires you to provision the throughput capacity that you expect your tables to offer. Instead of provisioning hardware, memory, CPU, and other factors, you need to say how many read and write operations you expect and AWS will handle the necessary machine resources to meet your throughput needs with consistent and low-latency performance. One read capacity unit represents one strongly consistent read per second or two eventually consistent reads per second, where objects have a size up to 4 KB. Regarding the writing capacity, one unit means that you can write one object of size 1 KB per second. Considering these definitions, AWS offers in the permanent free tier 25 read units and 25 write units of throughput capacity, in addition to 25 GB of free storage. It charges as follows: US$ 0.47 per month for every Write Capacity Unit (WCU) US$ 0.09 per month for every Read Capacity Unit (RCU) US$ 0.25 per GB/month stored US$ 0.09 GB per GB transferred out to the Internet Since our estimated database will have only 5 GB, we are on the free tier and we will not pay for transferred data because there is no transfer cost to AWS Lambda. Regarding read/write capacities, we have estimated 5 million requests per month. If we evenly distribute them, we will get two requests per second. In this case, we will consider that it’s one read and one write operation per second. We need to estimate now how many objects are affected by a read and a write operation. For a write operation, we can estimate that we will manipulate 10 items on average and a read operation will scan 100 objects. In this scenario, we would need to reserve 10 WCU and 100 RCU. As we have 25 WCU and 25 RCU for free, we only need to pay for 75 RCU per month, which costs US$ 6.75. Total: US$ 6.75 Total pricing Let’s summarize the cost of each service in the following table: ServiceMonthly CostsRoute 53US$ 0.54S3US$ 0.82CloudFrontUS$ 21.97CognitoUS$ 0.30IoTUS$ 1.01CloudWatchUS$ 1.00API GatewayUS$ 17.93LambdaUS$ 2.47DynamoDBUS$ 6.75TotalUS$ 52.79 It results in a total cost of ~ US$ 50 per month in infrastructure to serve 100,000 page views. If you have a conversion rate of 1%, you can get 1,000 sales per month, which means that you pay US$ 0.05 in infrastructure for each product that you sell. Thus, in this article you learned the serverless architecture of AWS online store also learned how to estimate its costs. If you’ve enjoyed reading the excerpt, do check out, Building Serverless Web Applications to monitor the performance, efficiency and errors of your apps and also learn how to test and deploy your applications. 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Hydro cyber attack shuts down several metal extrusion plants

first_imgOne of the largest producers of aluminum in the world, Norsk Hydro, was hit by a cyber attack in the company’s IT system on Monday evening affecting major parts of its smelting operations. The attack which escalated overnight and which is still ongoing has caused the company to resort to manual operations at its smelting facilities. The company’s website is currently down and it is posting updates to Facebook. Hydro said that IT systems in most business areas are impacted. According to a statement to BBC, Hydro said that the digital systems at its smelting plants were programmed to ensure machinery worked efficiently. However, these systems had to be turned off. The company is unsure what type of cyber attack it is facing or who is responsible. “We are working to contain and neutralize the attack. It is too early to assess the full impact of the situation. It is too early to assess the impact on customers. We have established a dialogue with all relevant authorities”, the firm updated on their Facebook post. “They are much more reliant today on computerised systems than they were some years ago. But they have the option of reverting back to methods that are not as computerised, so we are able to continue production”, a Hydro spokesperson told BBC. According to Reuters, “The company shut several metal extrusion plants, which transform aluminum ingots into components for car makers, builders, and other industries, while its giant smelters in countries including Norway, Qatar and Brazil were being operated manually.” A Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) spokesperson said, “We are helping Norsk Hydro with the handling of the situation, and sharing this information with other sectors in Norway and with our international partners.” Hydro is arranging a press meeting on Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 at 14:00:00 GMT where it will inform everyone about the cyber-attack. We will keep you updated as and when updates to this story is announced. In the meantime, you can check out Norsk Hydro’s Facebook wall for updates. Read Next 5 nation joint Activity Alert Report finds most threat actors use publicly available tools for cyber attacks How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attack Microsoft claims it halted Russian spearphishing cyberattackslast_img read more

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This Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year

first_imgThis Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year Travelweek Group Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Margaritaville Currently in soft opening and on track for completion in March 2018, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman features a ‘casual-luxe’ design inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffet. As part of the resort’s soft opening phase, its four pools, retail store, watersports desk, lobby bar, coffee shop, bar & grill and signature restaurant are all currently open. Upon completion, it will also feature flexible meeting and function space, a fitness centre and the Banana Wind Café.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor reservations contact Reservations@mrgc.ky. Agent accreditation is required at time of booking. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Posted by GRAND CAYMAN — As a huge thank you to its retail partners, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman has announced that it is offering travel agents two-night complimentary stays for two through December 2018.The offer, says the resort, will allow agents to learn more about the new full-service destination beach resort, which was recently added to Grand Cayman’s growing hospitality lineup.Agents looking to extend their trip can enjoy a special rate of US$189+ per night between now and April 1, or $139+ per night between April 2-Dec. 20 with resort fees waived. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Competition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry

first_imgCompetition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry Share Travelweek Group OTTAWA — After an investigation, Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued a press release advising that it has taken action to strengthen competition and innovation in Canada’s travel industry.As per the release, Softvoyage will not enforce several types of exclusionary and restrictive contract terms in its contracts.John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, stated: “We commend Softvoyage for its collaboration in resolving our concerns. We believe that today’s agreement will promote greater competition and innovation in the travel industry, resulting in better choices for Canadian travellers.”To read the full press release go to canada.ca/en/competition-bureau/news/2018/01/competition_bureautakesactiontostrengthencompetitionandinnovatio.html. Thursday, January 18, 2018 center_img Posted by Tags: Softvoyage << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Kids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises latest promotion

first_imgKids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises’ latest promotion Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 12, 2019 MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises is making family travel much more affordable with a new kids fly free promotion.The limited-time offer allows children 12 and under to fly free when booking a cruise vacation with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises.Applicable on new individual bookings made between April 10-20, 2019, the offer is valid on any six-night (or longer) sailing in a balcony stateroom or above, for departures between April and August 2019. There is a maximum of two children aged 12 or younger when sharing a stateroom with two adults.Free air will be in the form of an air credit.“With so many different destinations and onboard activities, a cruise is the ultimate choice when booking a family vacation,” said Nathalie Tanious, senior vice president, commercial, TravelBrands. “We wanted Canadian families to enjoy summer break and decided that this offer for kids to fly free would be the best way to make a splash.”Cruise line partners include: Azamara Club Cruises; Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises; Costa Cruises; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; MSC Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; and Royal Caribbean International.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTravel agents can visit travelbrandsaccess.com to make qualifying cruise bookings for their clients.center_img Tags: Encore Cruises, Promotions, TravelBrands, TravelBrands Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Israel tourism numbers on the rise ahead of planned airport expansion

first_img Wednesday, June 19, 2019 NEW YORK — As recent numbers show, tourism in Israel is on the uptick, with a total of 1.9 million visitors in 2019 so far compared to 1.75 million during the same period last year.This past May alone, says the Israel Ministry of Tourism, 440,000 tourists arrived in Israel, marking an increase of 11.3% over the previous year and a 26.8% increase when compared to May 2017.“The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.This momentum can be attributed to numerous new developments and offerings, including:• Renovations at Dan Caesarea: After eight months of renovations, the Dan Caesarea Hotel has reopened. The hotel underwent a NIS80 million renovation to attract a younger generation, upgrading 116 rooms and suites, the lobby, dining room, event halls, spa, children’s club and public areas.• Six new hotels from Jordache Enterprises Group: The Group is expanding its hotel business in Israel with six new hotels this year, which include three 4- and 5-star properties under the Herbert Samuel brand: the 162-room Milos Dead Sea Hotel; the 110-room Opera Tel Aviv Hotel; and the 30-room Boutique Tel Aviv Hotel. In addition, the Setai hotel brand will open three hotels with a five-star rating.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back• 11 new hotels from Isrotel: Isrotel announced plans to open 11 hotels in Israel, eight of which will be built by 2022. Five hotels will be in Tel Aviv, with others being built in Eilat, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert.• Expansion of Ben-Gurion Airport: Israel’s Transportation Ministry approved a NIS3 billion expansion plan of the airport, which includes expanding Terminal 3 by 80,000 square metres. In addition, a fifth passenger concourse will be built to accommodate additional aircraft. The expansion will allow the airport to accommodate up to 30 million additional passengers a year.• New interactive map: The Israel Ministry of Tourism has introduced a new interactive map of Israel that displays thousands of items of information, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, hiking routes and other accommodation options. The site is translated into 11 languages. • New app for the visually impaired: The Tower of David Museum and the Center for the Blind in Israel have partnered to launch a mobile app that provides guided tours and routes for the visually impaired to experience Old City Jerusalem. The app provides descriptions of sites and encourages the listener to physically interact with the area through touch.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFor more information go to www.israel.travel. Israel tourism numbers on the rise ahead of planned airport expansion << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Israellast_img read more

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31 Photos from Puerto Viejos Rasta Tope

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Red Hot Chili Peppers to play Lollapalooza as new album emerges

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Forget Lollapalooza; this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago is way better Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new album Q&A with Robyn Hitchcock: He began in the punk era but landed in Nashville Pop icon Prince dead at 57 The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline Chicago’sLollapalooza festival, it was announced last Wednesday, as the alternative rock greats complete work on their first album in five years.The July 28-31 festival in Chicago, which is marking its 25th anniversary, also said that Radiohead would perform, in the latest date for the acclaimed British arthouse rockers whose small arena tour sold out within minutes.See: Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new albumRed Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis last month told a radio station that the band had written “two dozen songs” and was “in the home stretch” of selecting and recording them for the new album.Band members have said they were in the studio with longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich as well as Danger Mouse, a diverse producer with a background in hip-hop who worked on the latest albums by Adele and U2. Lana Del Rey attends her “Freak” music video premiere at The Wiltern on Feb. 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope/AFPThe album, whose release date and title have not been revealed, will be the first since the Chili Peppers’ 2011 “I’m With You,” which brought in new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.The Chili Peppers emerged in 1980s Los Angeles as they brought funk elements into punk rock.Each of the band’s albums has entered the top five on the U.S. chart since “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” which came out in 1991 during a surge of interest for music outside the pop mainstream.Lollapalooza was launched that year by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who envisioned a traveling festival to celebrate music and alternative culture.The festival declined as fans increasingly found it too commercialized, but was reborn in 2005 as an annual event in Chicago’s Grant Park.Lollapalooza has since expanded internationally, with editions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Germany, with a Colombian version to debut in October.For the 25th anniversary, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days in Chicago, one day longer than usual.Other performers include LCD Soundsystem, the influential New York electronic act that is reuniting for April’s Coachella festival in California, as well as rappers J. Cole and Future, the wildly popular Lana Del Rey, and many others.last_img read more

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Brazil removes diplomats from Syria

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s Foreign Ministry says it has removed nearly all diplomats from its embassy in Syria because of heavy fighting there.The ministry says in an emailed statement Friday that the diplomats are now stationed in Beirut.The ministry emphasized it’s not closing the embassy. It says a diplomat remains in Damascus to attend to any Brazilians in the Middle Eastern country.Fighting between government troops and rebels has been raging in Syria’s capital Damascus, with hundreds being killed in recent days. Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Brazil has a large and influential expatriate Syrian community, mostly in Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city.The first Syrian immigrants arrived toward the end of the 18th century and established themselves in business, medicine and academics.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Grenade blast wounds 37 watching Philippine circus

first_imgMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Police say a grenade attack on an army outpost in the southern Philippines has wounded at least 37 people who were watching a nearby circus performance.Police Senior Inspector Romeo Abler says a man hurled the grenade toward the outpost but it hit a protective net and bounced toward dozens of villagers watching a nearby circus late Saturday in Paquibato district in Davao city’s rural outskirts. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Abler told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that 37 villagers were wounded by the powerful blast and a stampede that followed. At least three were in serious condition in a hospital.Communist guerrillas are active in the remote region but an investigation has not yet clearly pinpointed who may have carried out the attack, according to Abler.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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Israeli model rallies support for Gadhafi son

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   “He challenged his father’s regime,” she said.Seif al-Islam, 40, was arrested by Libyan rebels last November, weeks after they captured and killed his father. Held in a Libyan jail, the younger Gadhafi is now caught in a legal tug of war.The International Criminal Court wants him in the dock in the Hague on charges of crimes against humanity for alleged involvement in attacks on civilians during the uprising against his father. Libyan authorities say they will try him for torturing and killing rebels and have refused to hand him over to ICC representatives. His international defense team has said there is no way he can receive a fair trial in Libya. The ICC refused to comment on Weinerman’s efforts.Weinerman said the international community, especially the U.N. Security Council and the same NATO countries that gave military muscle to Libya’s rebels, are responsible for Seif al-Islam’s safety, and called on them to do more to get him into ICC custody. He would likely face the death penalty if convicted in Libya.Weinerman, who appeared in a number of popular Israeli TV shows in the 1990s, also said he should be treated as a prisoner of war because he was arrested on the battlefield. Weinerman’s campaign is remarkable both because of the serious allegations against Seif al-Islam_ he faces murder charges inside Libya and an international war crimes indictment _ and the taboo nature of their relationship. Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels last October, was a staunch opponent of Israel, and contacts between citizens of the two countries, much less romances, are extremely rare.In an interview, Weinerman described Seif al-Islam as “very calm and quiet, polite, a real gentleman.” She said she was introduced to him by mutual friends in London in 2005, and that their relationship was romantic. She would not elaborate.“He has a great sense of humor and we always had laughs together,” she said.She said she has never visited Libya but said to have met other members of the Gadhafi family. She did not provide names and declined to show The Associated Press any photos, correspondence or other mementos from their time together.Weinerman’s purported romance with Gadhafi first appeared in European tabloids in 2006. But only this month did she go public, hoping to draw attention to his plight.She said that Seif al-Islam was a moderating influence on his father, and that he introduced “some reforms to Libya and he wanted to bring so many more.” Sponsored Stories Libyan officials said last month that Seif al-Islam’s trial would begin in September.The online petition, which aims to collect 50,000 signatures, accuses the ICC of prosecutorial misconduct and says Seif al-Islam “has been the victim of a mass media campaign to implicate his guilt for crimes that he has not committed and for which there is no substantive evidence.”___Associated Press writers David Stringer in London and Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.___On the Web:The petition can be found at http://bit.ly/sezApNBackground on the case against Gadhafi: http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/PIDS/publications/SaifAlIslamSenussiEng.pdf Four benefits of having a wireless security system Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories center_img She was especially critical of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who she says was a close friend of the younger Gadhafi.“They worked together and became very close friends, sharing each other’s company,” she said. She urged Blair to “show some loyalty” and Christian compassion.Blair’s office declined to comment on the accusations. But in the past, it has acknowledged that in 2007 it responded to a request for assistance from Seif al-Islam as he worked on a thesis on international governance at the London School of Economics. The note, drafted by officials, offers some examples of good practice in international civic society and was signed by Blair.Blair has defended his relationship with the Gadhafi family, saying his efforts helped push Libya to curb its nuclear and chemical weapons programs and end ties to terrorist groups.Weinerman claimed it was Seif al-Islam who helped persuade his father to come clean on Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program, an important step in bringing Libya out of isolation and one which Blair touted as a diplomatic triumph.With Seif al-Islam languishing in a Libyan jail controlled by the rebels who caught him, Weinerman sits and waits in Tel Aviv, worrying for his safety. She said she has not had any contact with him since his arrest. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressTEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – An imprisoned son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is getting help from an unlikely source: an Israeli actress and model who says she had a romantic relationship with him.Orly Weinerman is rallying support for a petition drive calling on Libyan authorities to release Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, saying he is a generous and caring person who has been abandoned by the international community and deserves a fair trial outside Libya.last_img read more

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2 Norwegians rescued from basket stuck over fjord

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Jan Gunnar Hole, who led it, told The Associated Press that he proposed dropping ropes to the men from a helicopter, then instructing them via mobile phone how to rappel down to one of two boats.“This was the simplest solution,” he said. “The men were cold, of course, but when you’re climbing down from 85 meters there’s a lot of adrenalin.”Given the success of the operation, he must have been right.The fjord is located south of the city of Trondheim.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement OSLO, Norway (AP) – Two Norwegian electricians trapped for an entire day in a basket 85 meters hanging (280 feet) above a fjord successfully rappelled down to a boat waiting below, rescue workers said Tuesday.The workers were stranded over the Nordfjord in western Norway on Monday after the basket they had been working in became stuck on the power cable due to an unknown technical failure.An attempt early Tuesday to rescue them by helicopter failed because of windy weather, so rescue services called in a local group of alpinists to lead a new rescue operation. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Afghanistan says Pakistan will help in peace talks

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation _Nooruddin Turabi, former Taliban justice minister._Jahangirwal, a special assistant to Taliban leader, Mullah Omar._Qutub, a Taliban leader._Abdul Salaam, former Taliban governor of Baghlan province._Maulvi Matiullah, the Taliban’s director of the customs house in Kabul._Mahamad, the Taliban’s former governor of Kunduz province._Sayed Saduddin Agha, a former Taliban commander._Allah Dad, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of communication.The ninth prisoner released was Anwarul Haq Mujahid, the son of the late Mohammad Yunus Khalis, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He has joined his family in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a cousin and family friend who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.Afghan officials are still hoping for the release of the Taliban’s former deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was captured in Pakistan in 2010. Baradar was reportedly conducting talks with the Afghan government that were kept secret from the Pakistanis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Some members of the peace council suggested that Pakistan’s religious and political leadership might be having a change of heart _ in part because of violence committed by Pakistan’s branch of the Taliban movement.“This is the first time that we really saw some changing of the minds while we were speaking,” said Qayumuddin Kashaf, a member of peace council and head of the top religious council in Afghanistan. He said that in the past, Pakistani religious leaders insisted that insurgents were waging a holy war in Afghanistan. “Now we see some changing of the mindset because the security situation in Pakistan is very bad if not worse than Afghanistan.”Others in Kabul believe, however, that Pakistan may simply be playing a waiting game, trying to appease Afghanistan with small gestures until international troops leave Afghanistan and the Taliban can try to mount a comeback.Despite the prisoner release, the peace process still has little traction and has experienced many setbacks, including the assassination of Rabbani’s father in September 2011. Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president and the first leader of the peace council, was killed in his Kabul home by a suicide bomber posing as an emissary from the Taliban. Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A top Afghan peace mediator hailed Pakistan’s recent decision to free nine members of the Taliban who favor negotiations, saying Saturday it was a sign Islamabad is willing to help bring the militant group to the table and end Afghanistan’s 11-year-old war.The cooperation of Pakistan, which has longstanding ties to the Taliban, is seen as key to jumpstarting the stalled Afghan peace process. The Afghan and U.S. governments accuse Islamabad of backing insurgents _ an allegation Pakistan denies _ and say many militant leaders are hiding in the country. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories It’s unclear whether the Taliban are interested in negotiating peace, but the insurgent group welcomed the release of the prisoners. “Without a doubt, releasing prisoners fosters confidence between two neighboring countries and their nations,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement issued Friday.During the delegation’s trip, both countries appealed to the Taliban to join the peace process and sever ties with al-Qaida and other international terror networks. They said Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States would provide safe passage to members of the Taliban who want to talk with negotiators.They agreed to work with the international community to remove prospective Taliban negotiators from the U.N. sanctions list so they can participate in any peace talks. The sanctions include a travel ban, arms embargo and assets freeze.Afghanistan and Pakistan also agreed to hold a conference of religious leaders and scholars from Islamic countries to address violence in the name of Islam, council members said.The peace council did not identify the prisoners who were freed, but an Afghan official familiar with the peace process gave The Associated Press a list of eight. They were: Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Afghanistan needs Pakistan’s help in reaching out to top Taliban leaders, but still insists that peace talks be led by Afghans, saying it will fight those who try to interfere.Salahuddin Rabbani, the head of the High Peace Council who led a delegation to Islamabad this week, said Pakistan’s prisoner release marked a shift in the neighboring country’s policy. In the past, the Pakistanis have arrested Taliban figures interested in peace talks with the Afghan government, he said, but now the government is releasing them and pledging to give them safe passage to negotiations.“It seems that Pakistani officials have realized that a close cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan can be effective for the peace initiative,” Rabbani said. “Of course, this is a vision we have been insisting on for a long time.”Rabbani, whose delegation spent four days in Islamabad this week meeting with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders, said Pakistan has pledged to release additional Taliban prisoners who will be allowed to stay in Pakistan, return to Afghanistan or seek residence in a third country. While nothing can guarantee they won’t rejoin Taliban fighters, Rabbani said he was confident that they would continue to cooperate with the peace council. “We will be in contact with those released,” he said. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! 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Spain king Millions need unemployment relief

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories MADRID (AP) – Spanish King Juan Carlos has used his annual Christmas address to the nation to express sympathy for millions of Spaniards who have lost their jobs amid the nation’s economic crisis and have little relief in sight.The 75-year-old monarch says a big effort is needed to jumpstart the Spanish economy because “we cannot accept as normal the anguish of the millions of Spaniards who do not have work.” Spain has an unemployment rate of 26 percent, and joblessness is more than twice that for Spaniards under age 25.Juan Carlos spoke Tuesday night. He did not mention scandals that have hit Spanish royalty hard. Juan Carlos received huge criticism last year after going on an elephant hunting trip just as Spain’s economy was teetering on the verge of collapse.(Copyright 2013 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 Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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ACCC eyeballs Stella Jetset merger

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d258/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have today called for comment on Jetset Travelworld’s proposed acquisition of Stella Travel Services Holdings.The Commission issued a statement this morning seeking “further information on certain competition issues which have arisen from the ACCC’s market inquiries to date”.According to the release, the ACCC invites submissions from the market by 12 August 2010, which will result in their final decision being deferred to 2 September 2010.The Statement of Issues is available on www.accc.gov.au/mergersregister.Submissions can be sent to the ACCC at: mergers@accc.gov.au.   last_img read more

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Sydney Airport makeover to transform NSW aviation

first_imgAiming to increase traffic flow, Sydney Airport has released plans to divide its space into two airline alliance-based precincts that would integrate international, domestic and regional services under the single roof.Hoping for completion date of 2019 and awaiting necessary 2014 Master Plan approval, the proposed plan would see the Qantas Group operating under the current domestic terminals T2 and T3 while Virgin Australia and its international alliance members would operate from current international terminal T1.The Airport said in a statement to its shareholders that the makeover would provide better use of its current facilities, improve aircraft parking space as well as allow room for future terminal enhancements.Meanwhile other carriers including Tiger Airways, Rex, AeroPelican and Brindabella would undergo consultation to decide which terminal they would operate out of.Jumping on board with new plans, Qantas and Virgin Australia signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to progress the proposal.Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather explained that the integration has the potential “transform aviation in NSW”.“First, it would improve Sydney Airport’s attractiveness as a global hub and deliver a better passenger experience every day,” Ms Mather said.“Second, as Sydney Airport invests in its future it would bring with growth in tourism and business travel which would lead to job creation and contribution.”She added that the improvements would reduce aircraft turnaround times, eliminate towed main runway crossings, reduce aircraft emissions as well as minimise operating disruptions.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti concurred noting that the changes would significant benefits to travellers.“As passenger numbers grow over the next decade, it is vital that airlines and airports work closely together to deliver a seamless travel experience,” Mr Joyce said.While Mr Borghetti said Virgin believes “there is potential in Sydney Airport’s proposal” and is keen to see how it “supports the growth of Virgin Australia and its alliance partners”.Tourism Australia has also backed Sydney Airport’s decision to unite its split its operations based on airline alliances, claiming it would help achieve 2020 growth plans.The Group’s managing director Andrew McEvoy said in an online statement the new division expected to provide more seamless travel for holiday-makers, the plan would help Sydney Airport grow sustainably.“Sydney Airport has a vital role to play for Australian tourism as both the largest international air gateway to our country along with the busiest domestic air facility,” Mr McEvoy said. “All our international air gateways are critical, but the industry does acknowledge the key role Sydney Airport plays in catering for more flyers and greater onward connections than any other Australian airport.“Together with the recently announced Rydges hotel development for the international terminal at Sydney, this is continued evidence that Sydney Airport share our growth vision and, with it, the need for significant supporting infrastructure investment and realigning the use of existing terminal resources.”Earlier this year Tourism Australia released a 2020 plan which would see Australian tourism double existing overnight visitor expenditure to $140 billion per annum.The airport changes would also see Qantas receive a new engineering complex while Virgin Australia will welcome a new hangar. Proposed Virgin Australia and alliance precinct Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jcenter_img Qantas Group proposed precinctlast_img read more

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AITTC enhancing tourism connections

first_imgLiberal Party MP’s and India’s High Commissioner to Australia were supportive of the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) goals at the association’s launch this week.The AITTC was introduced in November 2012 as an Australian-based association, formed to augment and guide bilateral tourist traffic movement between the two countries.The council’s membership comprises a diverse variety of travel industry constituents including hotels, travel agents, airlines, tour operators, media professionals and tourism bodies.Dr Geoffrey Lee MP Parramatta, David Elliott MP Baulkham Hills and India’s High Commissioner to Australia Biren Nanda expressed encouragement and necessity for a group such as the AITTC to assist in establishing lasting bonds between India and Australia’s tourism industry.“Developing this kind of network is so important to the future of a healthy and developing relationship with India and its emergent tourism market,” Dr Lee said.The AITTC has two founding members based in Mumbai and Delhi, a growing list of members and contacts in Australia and the support of tourism bodies such as Destination NSW and Tourism Australia.“We will provide a platform to connect, communicate and collaborate,” AITTC founder Sandip Hor said.David Elliot MP Baulkham Hills relayed the NSW Premier’s thoughts regarding the new tie-up. “The Premier says the door is open for Indian businesses and professionals to come to Australia and succeed and a direct aviation link with India is worth pursuing,” Mr Elliot said.Air India had plans to place Boeing Dreamliners on a direct service between the two countries last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T New council established to guide tourist traffic between Aus, India.last_img read more

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New app launched to help travellers localize and socialize

first_imgSource = LocSoc New app launched to help travellers localize and socializeEver wondered which club or bar to go to when traveling to a different country; or even in your city on a weekend of fun? Want to meet new people who you share common interests with, or that are going to the same party as you? Too shy to speak to that beautiful girl or guy right next to you?Then, LocSoc is the app for you, to Localize and Socialize with the hottest people in the hottest spots! LocSoc is the innovative smartphone application that instantly allows you to find the trendiest people and establishments not only near you but anywhere around the world, through intelligent geo location.The social life of its users is boosted thanks to the integration of a multi-search system composed of filters for “users” and “spots”. For users: communities can be built through an affinity to tastes and identities such as age group, look, and sexual orientation or by ethnicity.For spots: it gives you the ability to search for places frequently attended by the community of your preference via filters such as popularity, type of music, type of customers and proximity.Another special feature about LocSoc is that it allows the users to check-in to a place they’re at or to a spot they are going to, up to one month ahead allowing the user to utilize it as a vibrant social events calendar. This gives the user a platform to share their social interests and join the type of crowd they prefer.After creating their dedicated profile, the user can access all of the various spots and get in touch with other members through an integrated chat system. Users can choose the level of confidentiality of their profile by allowing who they want to be visible to on the network.The application will be free to download for everyone, with all ‘elite’ options unlocked for the first month of usage. Upon completion of the month, the elite options will be locked. Users can then continue using the free version or upgrade back to elite.LocSoc is translated in 24 languages and it has listed more than 60,000 bars and clubs in over 120 countries.In addition, a tutorial video is available for users to familiarize themselves with the functionalities of the application. Learn more herelast_img read more

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Travelex launches Luxury for Less travel search engine

first_imgTravelex has launched the world’s first travel aggregator that looks beyond flights and accommodation to provide holidaymakers with a breakdown of the true cost of a holiday from flights, accommodation, spending money, and currency exchange considerations.In partnership with Skyscanner, the Luxury for Less by Travelextravel search engine uses hotel and flight data, figures on average spend, and the foreign exchange rates to help Australians book a luxury holiday without the deluxe price tag.Daniel Simone, head of retail Australia and New Zealand, says: “the travel engine brings together the world’s hottest destinations under one roof to help Australians discover the best luxury locations for less.Helping travellers make their money go further, the site also provides top travel tips, research and booking tools, and hacks including the best times to fly when considering weather, local events, and currency exchange fluctuations.”To navigate the site all users have to do is enter their takeoff location, preferred travel dates, budget, and number of travellers and Travelex will do the rest. Inspired Travellers can then book their trip and manage their currency exchange needs through the travel engine.Australians love to travel abroad with the travel industry experiencing a significant growth over the past five years. This has heightened demand for industry services including online travel booking services.“As Aussie’s become more comfortable researching and booking travel online, people have become hungry for more easily accessible travel tools and resources,” says Simone.Travelex asked 2,000 people globally about their favourite jet-setting hot spots to develop the engine and bring users affordable luxury locations.“From beach getaways to penthouse living to Michelin star meals, luxury means different things to different people. Whether you want to live it up in Thailand or explore the Himalayas, the Luxury for Less travel engine will show you how to have an A-list experience on a budget. The opportunities are endless if you have the right information at your fingertips,” adds Simone.Top five places to get the most bang for your buck this winter1. LondonFrom quaint Georgian squares to the beautiful winding alleyways, there’s more to London than Big Ben and The London Eye. This city has such diverse wonders, from Borough Market to the West End theatre district, sat side-by-side with grand architecture old and new, that every trip brings new finds.The foreign exchange rate has fallen by $22.35% in the last 12 months. This means you’ll get $233 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)There are 605 Michelin star restaurants in London (Source: Michelin)The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $7 (Source: Numbeo)2. PhuketThailand’s biggest island is low cost and high in luxury whether you’re in a spa or high-end nightclub. Phuket has some of the world’s best diving spots too.The local currency has fallen by 5.9% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $59 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)The average 5* hotel costs $52 per night (Source: Skyscanner)The average temperature in July is 25°C3. BaliIs there a single more idyllic tropical paradise than Bali with its stunning landscape overlooked by volcanoes? The Indonesian Island isn’t just about unforgettable diving sports and dolphin watching, either; its fascinating history and the fine local craft scene are there to be explored.The local currency has fallen by 2.3% against the Aussie dollar in the last 12 months – this means you’ll get $23 more for every $1,000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)The average 5* hotel costs $108 per night (Source: Skyscanner)The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $15.53 (Source: Numbeo)4. LisbonIn one reasonably priced package, the Portuguese capital offers a city break, beach holiday and cultural expedition – plus some of Europe’s best seafood.The foreign exchange rate has fallen by 5.47% in the past 12 months. This means you’ll get $43 more for every $1000 you exchange (Source: Travelex)There are 24 Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon (Source: Michelin)The national average for a mid range bottle of wine is $3.12 (Source: Numbeo)5. PragueThe Czech capital offers more for your money than most European cities, but as well as having a thriving nightlife it’s a forgotten cultural delight, with grand churches, the world’s oldest working astronomical clock and the Mozart puppet opera, of course.The average 5* hotel costs $101 per night (Source: SkycannerThere are 31 Michelin star restaurants in Prague (Source; Michelin)The national average for a mid-range bottle of wine is $2.89 (Source: Numbeo)https://www.travelex.com.au/travelex-hub/travel-inspiration/luxury-for-lessSource = Travelexlast_img read more

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A Huge Thank You for Your Support

first_imgA Huge Thank You for Your SupportA Huge Thank You for Your Support Raising Emergency Funds for LombokWe far exceeded our fundraising expectations thanks to your generosity! The total raised through on and offline donations now stands at an impressive US$11,673. We have been overwhelmed by the support shown from our partners, colleagues and members of the community. Your donations have made an immediate positive impact on the ground in Lombok, with emergency aid provided to those most in need.With the funds raised we have been able to purchase:Eight portable generators, eight water pumps; water filters; hoses; eight large water storage tanks and a good amount of tarpaulin.Alongside our partner TUGU Hotels, we have worked around the clock to transport emergency equipment using Destination Asia vans. The first generators were purchased on 9 August, with our teams delivering them in Lombok into the early hours of Sunday 12 August.Thanks to your donations, we were able to set up four fully operational emergency stations in Lombok. Plans are in place to make delivery of a further eight water tanks, four generators, four water pumps plus extra hoses and water filters on Wednesday 15. As a long standing member of the community and with so many colleagues, friends and family affected by the earthquake, we would once again like to thank everyone for their generous support.Source = Destination Asialast_img read more

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Manoj Saraf

first_imgA few months back, I got a communication from the TTF and OTM organisers saying that I have been nominated as one of the top 100 travel professionals in the country. Therefore, it was a great honour for Gainwell to be nominated for the award; unfortunately I could not attend OTM in Mumbai. So it’s great that I could attend TTF Kolkata to receive the award. Gainwell has been in Kolkata for 24 years and since the company started in 1991 we have been participating in TTF Kolkata ever since except for one or two years. So it has been a rewarding experience to see the event grow and it is really nice to see so many quality participants.last_img read more

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Brit and German travellers amongst the top spenders in Greece

first_imgGreece is one of the most significant tourist destination of Europe and also accounts for a significant amount of revenues generated from tourist expenditure and arrivals in Europe. The vast and varied history of Greece is popular amongst the travellers and the archaic architecture appeals the tourists to come in large numbers.Last year, the German and British tourists accounted for a third of arrivals from abroad and 30%of tourist spending.The German travellers spent most of their money in the regions of Greek territory and the British visitors were Crete, the Southern Aegean (including the Cyclades and the Dodecanese) and the Ionian Islands.           In these three regions spending per tourist exceeded 600 euros, against a national average of 449 euros.The highest flow of incoming tourism was the Southern Aegean, Crete, Central Macedonia (including Thessaloniki and Halkidiki), Attica and the Ionian Islands.The local breakdown found German and British visitors had a high presence in all regions last year, particularly in terms of overnight stays and spending.The differences are compared to the rest of the country was in Attica, whose top three markets were Britain, the United States and Cyprus.There are top five tourist markets- Germany, Britain, France, US and Italy, which accounted for 39.4%of visits, 47.8% of overnight stays and 50.3% of spending.last_img read more

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Kolkata to host its first SKAL National Congress 2018

first_imgThe Kolkata wing of SKAL will host the SKAL National Congress 2018. SKAL Kolkata will host it’s very first SKAL National Congress 2018 event in Kolkata from – August 17-19, 2018. The event will take place in Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences. SKAL Kolkata is one of the oldest club which was formed on April 30, 1954 and is one of the Active SKAL Clubs in India having 150+ members who are from top management of some of the leading organisations of the tourism industry in Kolkata constituting travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines.Speaking on the occasion, Sanjeev Mehra, Secretary remarked, “We want to create awareness to work together to enhance our vision, maximise networking opportunities and develop a responsible tourism industry. We want to focus our efforts on the National Congress 2018 in Kolkata for which we hope to welcome 600-750 members.”There will be networking sessions and conferences for the members in the event. The objective of the club is to promote West Bengal as a MICE and tourism destination, bringing all the Skalleagues across all regions from India and abroad under one umbrella. This is an opportunity to ensure that the travel industry grows strong and becomes more proactive in this sector by inviting Foreign Direct Investments.last_img read more

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NewDay USA Announces Relocation into Expanded Offices

first_img November 16, 2012 415 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing NewDay USA Announces Relocation into Expanded Offices Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-16 Tory Barringercenter_img “”NewDay USA, LLC””:http://www.newdayusa.com/, announced it is packing up and moving its Maryland office into a new 60,000 square foot facility to better support the launch of NewDay USA University, an educational and training center created for new and established mortgage banking professionals.[IMAGE]””Through NewDay USA University, a state-of-the-art educational program, our goal is to train the next generation of mortgage bankers, which we believe will be our company’s lasting legacy,”” said NewDay USA CEO Rob Posner. “”To reach this goal, we needed a facility that enabled us to create a training center that would provide a strong learning environment for new recruits as well as current employees.””The training center will provide programs for new hires (who will undergo an eight-week program designed to teach best practices in the mortgage industry) and current employees (who will receive continuing education that includes professional development as well as instruction on regulatory and agency changes). In addition, the facility will continue to build NewDay USA’s programs for reverse mortgages and loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).””Mortgage banking offers a great career path, especially for young people and recent college graduates,”” said retired Rear Adm. Tom Lynch, chairman of NewDay USA. “”Educating new hires and providing continuing education to current employees has been a cornerstone of success at NewDay USA and it is a foundation in the company’s strategic plans for growth.””This commitment to education and ongoing training is especially important as the mortgage industry continues to experience unprecedented change. NewDay’s program’s ensure employees are always up-to-date and prepared for regulatory changes that impact all aspects of mortgage originations and loan servicing,”” Lynch added.NewDay USA expects to complete the move in early 2013. Sharelast_img read more

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US Bancorp PNC Profits and Mortgage Revenues Decline

first_img January 15, 2016 703 Views 2015 Fourth Quarter Earnings Statement PNC U.S. Bancorp 2016-01-15 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination U.S. Bancorp, PNC Profits and Mortgage Revenues Declinecenter_img U.S. Bancorp and the PNC Financial Services Group Inc., reported Friday morning that net income at both banks is down from the previous year, and the results for mortgage banking revenues at both banks followed right along, according to Q4 earnings statements for both banks released on Friday.U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement showed that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $1,476 million, or $0.80 per share, down 0.8 percent from $1,488 million, or $0.79 per share reported in the fourth quarter of 2014 and down 0.9 percent from $1.489 million in the third quarter of 2015.The bank’s said that their fourth quarter earnings decrease is credited to a “higher provision for credit losses, lower noninterest income, impacted by the 2014 Nuveen gain, partially offset by increases in payments-related revenue and trust and investment management fees and the gain on the sale of a Health Savings Account deposit portfolio, along with an increase in net interest income primarily driven by growth in earning assets.”U.S. Bancorp Chairman, President and CEO Richard K. Davis noted, “U.S. Bancorp delivered a remarkable performance in 2015; a year underscored by persistent and historically low interest rates, modest economic growth, and increasing regulatory requirements. More than any year in recent history, 2015 required strong management focus as we balanced decisions on operating efficiencies with opportunities for investing in future growth and addressing our customers’ needs. U.S. Bancorp rose to that challenge, delivering record net income and diluted EPS for the year and continuing with industry-leading performance metrics.”Average total loans grew 4.2 percent, or $10.3 billion year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015 to reach $256.7 billion, with residential mortgages contributing 2.1 percent to this growth, according to the statement. Residential mortgages totaled 53.0 billion, up from 51.8 billion in the previous quarter and 51.9 billion last year.Despite the increase in loan volume, however, mortgage banking revenue for U.S. Bancorp totaled $211 million in Q4, down over-the-quarter from $2.24 million and over-the-year from $235 million. The decline in mortgage banking revenue was primarily due to “an unfavorable change in the valuation of mortgage servicing rights, net of hedging activities,” according to the statement. Overall noninterest income was down by $30 million over-the-year for U.S. Bancorp (from $2.370 billion down to $2.340 billion), though it did increase over-the-quarter by $14 million.”As we look to 2016, we are well positioned to continue providing quality products and services to our customers and exceptional value to our shareholders from a position of strength and stability that our stakeholders have come to expect from U.S. Bancorp,” Davis said.U.S. BancorpPNC’s 2015 net income total was $4.1 billion, or $7.39 per share, down from 2014’s profits of $4.2 billion, or $7.30 share, according to the bank’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. In addition, 2015 fourth quarter earnings were $1.0 billion, or $1.87 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, or $1.90 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and $1.1 billion, or $1.84 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.The institution stated that its fourth quarter results reflect “revenue growth over the third quarter in both net interest income and fee income, a continued focus on disciplined expense management, and higher loans and deposits.”Residential mortgage banking noninterest income decreased $12 million primarily as a result of lower loan sales revenue, the statement showed. Residential mortgages totaled $113 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from last quarter’s number of $125 million and last year’s number of $135 million. Mortgage loans declined despite an increase in total loans PNC by $1.7 billion as of December 31, 2015 compared with September 30, 2015.“PNC delivered consistent, quality results and advanced our strategic priorities in 2015,” said William S. Demchak, Chairman, President and CEO. “We increased fee income, reduced expenses and managed a strong balance sheet that will benefit from rising interest rates heading into 2016. Our strong capital position enabled us to increase the amount of capital returned to shareholders in 2015. We’re positioned to continue to drive long-term value through our execution in 2016 and beyond.”PNCClick here to view U.S. Bancorp’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement.Click here to view PNC’s 2015 fourth quarter earnings statement. Sharelast_img read more

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New Bills Take Aim at Making Housing More Affordable

first_img In response to the rapid home price appreciation the country has been experiencing for most of the last four to five years, one U.S. Senator has introduced legislation to help families and individuals who are looking to purchase their first home but are constrained by affordability issues.Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced a bill, the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Act of 2016 to aid first-time homebuyers. Wyden’s proposal would give first-time homebuyers a refundable tax credit equal to 2.5 percent of the home’s purchase, with a maximum credit of up to $10,000. Borrowers would receive the full 2.5 percent credit as long as the home is less than $400,000, which is the average price of a home in Portland, the most populous city in Wyden’s home state.“Our country’s housing policy needs a remodel,” said Wyden.  “We have too many people working hard to support their families who can’t afford rent much less even think about buying their first home. The federal government needs to do more to repair the housing crisis at all levels, working closely with state and local governments. That includes making sure we are adequately funding effective programs to help people experiencing homelessness, getting low-income families access to quality housing, and making sure middle class Americans can afford rent or their first home.”“Our country’s housing policy needs a remodel.”Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)Wyden’s proposal is aimed at helping middle-income Americans find solid footing, the credit would apply only to individuals with incomes below $80,000 per year and married couples with incomes of less than $160,000. Those who sell their homes within five years of purchase would have to repay a portion of the tax credit they receive, barring special circumstances such as job relocation or military deployment.In addition to the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Act, Wyden is in the process of finalizing a bill to be released in September that would help provide affordable rental properties for moderate-income families. This bill is modeled after the federal government’s existing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and will encourage housing developers to build more affordable rental properties through a new tax credit.Click here to view the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Act of 2016. July 22, 2016 600 Views New Bills Take Aim at Making Housing More Affordable in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img First-Time Homebuyers Homeownership Tax Credit 2016-07-22 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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Reps Luetkemeyer Duffy Among New Subcommittee Heads

first_img January 6, 2017 620 Views Reps. Luetkemeyer, Duffy Among New Subcommittee Heads House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who was recently re-elected to a third term in that position, has announced that Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) will take over as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) will assume the role of Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee for the 115th Congress.“I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to pass laws that promote a dynamic economy with more jobs, higher wages and greater economic freedom for all Americans,” Hensarling said. “Our committee will continue to develop bold, forward-looking plans that hold Washington and Wall Street accountable, end taxpayer-funded bailouts and protect consumer choice.”Luetkemeyer served as the Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee during the 114th Congress. In July 2016, a Luetkmeyer-sponsored bill, H.R. 3700, better known as the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, became law. The bill includes reforms to FHA’s restrictions on condo financing and helps veterans achieve homeownership. It passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.In November 2016, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee held a hearing examined the nation’s housing appraisal system, determining that complex and outdated system results in more lengthy closings and increased costs to consumers and is therefore in need of an overhaul. Luetkemeyer declared in that hearing that as far as the “regulatory regime surrounding appraisals, it seems we’re stuck in 1989.”He is taking over as Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee for Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), who announced in September 2015 that he would not be seeking re-election.“It is a great honor to be named the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit,” Luetkemeyer said. “Helping small businesses, families, and consumers access affordable credit is critical to growing our economy and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all Americans have access to the tools they need to reach financial independence.”Blaine LuetkmeyerSean DuffyAccording to Luetkemeyer’s website, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit “oversees all financial regulators including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Comptroller of the Currency. It also oversees all matters pertaining to consumer credit including the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and overall access to financial services. The Subcommittee is also charged with overseeing the safety and soundness of the U.S. banking system.”Duffy will take over Luetkmeyer’s former position as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. According to Duffy’s website, the jurisdiction of that Subcommittee includes the National Flood Insurance Program, public and private housing, urban development, the Rural Housing Service, Government-Sponsored Enterprises, Federal Housing Agency, Federal Housing Administration, and HUD.“Many elements of our housing market need to be made to work for all Wisconsinites—rural families, in particular, have been left behind. I look forward to working with Dr. Carson to bring much needed change to HUD and to improve housing for all. I’ll defend Wisconsin taxpayers as we reform National Flood Insurance, the FHA, and other programs. I’ll also ensure that the Wisconsin insurance industry, an important engine of our state’s economy, has a strong voice in Congress.”Click here to view the complete leadership list for the House Financial Services Committee. House Financial Services Committee Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Rep. Sean Duffy 2017-01-06 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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Where the Housing Market Is Headed

first_imgWhere the Housing Market Is Headed With the economy on cruise control and a solid labor market, it would seem like ideal conditions for brisk home sales. The fly in that ointment is that there just aren’t enough homes for sale to drive sales totals higher.That, however, could change by the end of this year. Such is the perspective of Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors. Yun presented his 2018 midyear forecast during the 2018 REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, where he said that, despite headwinds, a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales is likely ahead. Home sales rates cooled noticeably last year. According to NAR, after accelerating 3.8 percent in 2016, existing home sales rose only 1.1 percent to 5.5 million in 2017. Yun said he expects that rate to bump to almost 2 percent this year and then turn into 5.7 million home sales next year.“Overall fundamentals remain solid, driven by a growing economy and steady job creation, which will sustain home sales in 2018 slightly above last year’s pace,” Yun said. “The worsening housing shortage means home prices are primed to rise further this year too, hindering affordability conditions for homebuyers in markets across the country.”Until then, the widespread shortage of homes for sale is the major factor limiting sales, Yun said. Home sales have risen modestly since the start of the year, but without more supply to satisfy demand and alleviate the upward pressure on prices, contract activity is likely to remain flat and will more or less continue sideways through the end of the year. According to NAR, total housing inventory at the end of March was 1.67 million existing homes available for sale. That’s 7.2 percent lower than a year ago when there were 1.8 million. Inventory has trended steadily downwards for the past five years, Yun said, and the country is “experiencing the lowest inventory levels in a generation.” Unsold inventory, he said, is at a 3.6-month supply, which is down from 3.8 months a year ago.Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, who also spoke at the expo, said there are 250,000 fewer starter homes (those priced under $200,000) now than there were two years ago. The shortage has pitted millennials, boomers, and inventors against each other for a smaller pool of affordable inventory.“There is reason for optimism ahead though,” Hale said. “We are starting to see new listings grow in recent months; the inventory shortage isn’t over, it took us years to get into an inventory rut, so it’s going to take us years to get out of it, but we do see signs of a turnaround.”While consumer optimism for finding a home is waning, Hale said buyers aren’t giving up their dreams. “Buyers know it’s tough,” she said. “Thirty-five percent of shoppers anticipate a lot of competition, but they remain optimistic, and more than 70 percent expect to close in 2018.” in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, News, Origination Sharecenter_img Home Prices Home Sales Housing Inventory inventory shortages NAR National Association of Realtors 2018-05-25 David Wharton May 25, 2018 2,608 Views last_img read more

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Eye on the Industry Updates on Black Knight Hyland and More

first_img Share From new technology and recognition to the latest people movements. Catch the latest buzz from the industry in this weekly update.Florida-based Black Knight, Inc. has introduced LoanSphere Servicing Digital, a new solution to help mortgage servicers deepen customer relationships and increase retention. LoanSphere Servicing Digital delivers detailed, timely, and highly personalized information to customers about the value of their homes and how much wealth can be built from these real estate assets. A consumer-centric solution, this interactive tool gives customers the ability to easily perform tasks and find information related to their mortgages, while providing a platform for continual engagement between servicers and their customers. “Our goal with LoanSphere Servicing Digital is to give our servicing clients an engaging, consumer-centric tool for customer retention,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO of Black Knight. “For many people, a house is the single greatest asset they’ll ever own. With that in mind, and employing a ‘design thinking’ approach, we’ve developed a solution that lets our clients provide their customers with ongoing, detailed information about their loans and homes, as well as the tools to help manage the wealth they have built in their homes.”___________________________________________________________________________________Hyland, a Cleveland-based content services provider, released the latest version of OnBase, a single enterprise information platform for managing content, processes, and cases. By empowering organizations to create more personalized user experiences—including improved mobility and enhanced integrations with core business applications–OnBase 18 streamlines access to critical information, delivering content on demand and eliminating information silos across the enterprise. The new release brings more than 3,100 customer-driven enhancements to the low-code OnBase platform, which provides content management, case management, business process management, records management, and capture capabilities in the cloud or on premises. “OnBase 18 exemplifies Hyland’s focus on empowering our customers to create forward-looking, future-ready solutions,” said Bill Priemer, President, and CEO at Hyland. “This platform reflects a shift in our industry, as customers increasingly demand more intuitive and user-centric services that simplify content usage by all parties–users, systems, and applications. We’ve listened closely to our customers and examined all areas of the product to make significant enhancements that will benefit every industry we serve.”___________________________________________________________________________________Nela Richardson, who served as Redfin’s first Chief Economist, has left the company after four years. The announcement came last Wednesday, with Redfin releasing a statement of confirmation to MReport. “Redfin loved every minute of the four years that Nela worked with us, and we’re sad to see her go,” Redfin stated. “At the same time, we support Nela in pursuing the next challenge in her career and wish her all the success in the world. We thank Nela for her many contributions to Redfin and for her continued friendship in the years to come.” Richardson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and previously served as the Senior Economist for Bloomberg Government. In the initial press release announcing her hire, Redfin detailed the duties of her role to include continuing to “lead and contribute to national housing market and policy conversations with special attention to the consumer experience.” Richardson led the Redfin team of economists and data scientists responsible for providing industry reports.___________________________________________________________________________________St. Louis-based independent mortgage lender, Cornerstone Mortgage has been named a 2018 top workplace in Missouri by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The division of Guild Mortgage was ranked eleventh in the midsize company category and featured among the top workplaces for the seventh consecutive year on this list. Cornerstone said that it also earned the Ethics Award for receiving the highest score based on responses to the survey question, “This company operates by strong values and ethics. “Teamwork and employee satisfaction are extremely important to our culture of customer service, so we are proud to once again be recognized as a Top Workplace,” said Angi Stevenson, President, and CEO of Cornerstone. “The passion and dedication of our employees have helped us continue to grow as we provide an ever-expanding array of mortgage options to more homebuyers in the Midwest. Their continued satisfaction with leadership and trust in the future of the company as part of Guild provide a solid foundation for continued growth throughout the region.” July 4, 2018 655 Views Eye on the Industry: Updates on Black Knight, Hyland, and Morecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Black Knight Cornerstone Mortgage HOUSING Hyland loan OnBase Originators Redfin Servicers technology 2018-07-04 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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BofA CEO Moynihan Speaks on Housing Trends

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO, Bank of AmericaA number of factors are affecting the housing market. Despite these changes, one needs to keep perspective when analyzing this industry, according to Brian Moynihan, Chairman, and CEO of Bank of America, who recently spoke about the changes in mortgage interest caps and the macro factors affecting housing at CNBC’s Net/Net event in New York.Speaking about the changes to the cap in the mortgage interest that homeowners could write off, implemented in the Tax Cuts Act, Moynihan said that it was unchartered territory for many homeowners as well as financial institutions because the home mortgage interest deduction was “so jealously protected for so many years. And $10,000 is a pretty healthy amount of interest.”However, he said that these changes wouldn’t have a huge effect on homeowners because to qualify for that kind of cap on a mortgage, “a household’s probably got to have a $100,000 to $125,000 of income, a little bit more. So a couple hundred dollars a month isn’t going to make the decision different.” At the most, Moynihan said it would slow down a homeowner’s decision to upgrade. “But I think we’ve got to be careful about over-estimating across the 60 million households that have debt out of 130 million households in America.”Touching upon the high-interest rate environment and the health of the housing market, Moynihan said, “Housing is at tails,” as a number of factors were affecting the housing market, but they should be kept in perspective, especially since the rising rates will not change the market in any major way. “We still did, around, 10.5 billion of mortgage loans this quarter. Last year we probably did 13 billion,” Moynihan told the audience.Looking at the effect of population on housing, Moynihan said, “At the end of the day, without population growth that we had in the mid-2000s at 1.5 percent the demand for housing is going to sort of ebb and flow a little differently.”Looking at the larger market, Moynihan said that housing construction was growing evenly because of locational problems. “It’s really tight in cities like Charlotte where we’re trying to build tens of thousands of units for workers because we’re short. In other places, there’s an excess of supply,” especially in cities that are still recovering from the Great Recession. Despite rising home prices and inventory remaining down, for the most part, Moynihan said that they were fine for now. “But we got to watch it because it’ll be a leading indicator of people’s belief in their wealth if we see housing prices tip over,” he said. October 17, 2018 683 Views center_img BofA CEO Moynihan Speaks on Housing Trends Bank of America homeowners HOUSING mortgage Supply 2018-10-17 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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August 07 2019

first_imgAugust 07 , 2019 Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … Meanwhile, Australia Organic referred to the fruit as a “long neck avocado” and “100 percent organic and GMO-free”. Its post alone has received more than 10,000 comments and 8,000 shares. You might also be interested in Mission Produce reveals avocado ‘size interchangea … “South Florida farmers grow dozens of unique varieties not common in any other part of the mainland USA.”center_img The image of the fruit, reportedly of the Pura Vida avocado variety, has generated thousands of likes, comments, and shares.”That looks like a house deposit right there!” said one user, referring to controversial comments made by a millionaire two years ago that young people cannot afford to buy houses because they’re wasting their money on avocado toast. Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … An image of a strange-looking avocado recently posted on Facebook by a U.S. company has gone viral. It has stunned social media commenters with its peculiar shape and size.Florida-based fruit supplier Miami Fruit last week posted the photo of the fruit.Photo: Miami Fruit, via FacebookIn its Facebook post, the company said: “The avocados are popping off right now!” U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme …last_img read more

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Qantas Holidays has released its inaugural luxury

first_imgQantas Holidays has released its inaugural luxury Unique Rail Journeys brochure, featuring Belmond Trains, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, Rocky Mountaineer and luxury trains in India and Southern Africa.Your clients can relive the golden age of train travel with this selection of iconic and unique rail journeys from around the world, and visit pristine lakes in Canada, grand castles in Scotland or charming villages in Spain, and discover Africa’s wildlife and the legendary Incan empire in South America.“When you travel by rail, it’s all about the journey with the destination being the ‘icing on the cake’! Relax in lounge cars that exude old world charm. Savour dining experiences to rival those of world class restaurants. Be pampered by attentive hosts keen to share their local knowledge. Add awe-inspiring scenery and exotic destination to the mix and you have all the ingredients for the journey of a lifetime.”View the brochure HERE. IMAGE: Belmond – Glenfinnan Viaduct BrochuresluxuryQantas Holidaysraillast_img read more

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Michael Johnson newly appointed ceo for Australia

first_imgMichael Johnson, newly appointed ceo for Australia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia, has been spending his first few weeks in the role holding discussions with key contacts in the hotel industry. Last Thursday night [30 May 2019], along with Dr Adele Lausberg, TAA’s National Policy and Research Adviser, he celebrated hotel history with the Hilton team at the Marble Bar in Sydney as the renowned hotel group marked 100 years.Michael (left) is pictured at the event with Heidi Kunkel, Vice President of Operations – Hilton and Ronald van Weezel, GM of Hilton Sydney. australiaHiltonhotelsTAATourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2) Play actionIf Arizona is in third-and-short, they can run the ball for the first down. This eats clock with a fresh set of downs, keeping Manning on the sideline. It also gives great credibility to a Drew Stanton play fake. Denver’s defense is good when they can create situations that force you to be one-dimensional. If you have the option to run or pass, it minimizes the effectiveness of their playmakers. To win, Stanton will need every advantage possible. The uselessness of a third-and-9 play fake will only make it easier to bring him down.Manning is in a similar situation. Todd Bowles wants to bring the house. The success of a third-and-long blitz could pay huge dividends against Denver. A third-and-short blitz that gets telegraphed to Manning will lead to extra point attempts. In order to take advantage of Bowles’ skill as a defensive play-caller, the play fake has to be removed as a strong weapon. The key, therefore, is to eliminate four and five-yard gains on first down.3) Hit ManningDon’t jump offsides. The Denver crowd is great at staying quiet. It’s so easy for the defenders to hear Manning, making it easier to jump offsides because of his outstanding cadence. Every pass-rusher for Arizona must know that a sack is nice, but hitting Manning is the key. Even if he completes a big pass play, he must have to get up off the ground after the throw. Consistent hits force him off his spot. If his back foot plants with minimal pressure, the Cards lose. Sacking Manning wins the game for Arizona. Hitting Manning gives Arizona the chance to win. Giving Manning time to throw means wait for Sunday Night Football to see if Cincinnati will remain as the only unbeaten. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I’m spending my Sunday watching college football!Obviously, that may sound confusing but I’ll be traveling to Southern California and watching ASU all day Saturday, so I’ll miss the games. Give me the third-greatest invention of all-time (the DVR), and I’ll be watching all these great games that I’ll miss.Nationally, all eyes are on the SEC West this weekend. #6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State, #3 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss, and #15 LSU is at #5 Auburn. That’s an amazing schedule for the entire country. In the SEC West, that’s just a normal gameday. Locally, all three teams in this state have or have had huge road games against “ranked” opponents. Each game has a national stage feel to it but each team has a different role on the stage. Arizona was the opening act against Oregon. We looked at them Wednesday and they actually did a few of the things we discussed in their win. Thursday, ASU was the focus for their road game versus USC. Today, we wonder how can the Cardinals come home from Denver undefeated.OWN THE STAGEArizona needed a win to get the stage door open on the national stage. Arizona State needs to beat USC just to keep from being pushed off the stage. The Cardinals are already on the stage as one of two remaining unbeaten teams, but this is the opportunity to get the nation to flood the theater to see the Cardinals on stage. Here’s what I hope to see for the Cards to be 4-0:1) Win first downThis is not offense or defense specific, it’s both. Arizona can’t win if Peyton Manning is in third-and-short. Arizona can’t eat the clock on offense if it’s in third-and-long. Third-down conversions will be a huge stat in this game, as will time of possession — two stats that often go hand-in-hand. It’s too simple to just look at third-down conversions because they’re normally a product of gaining good yards on first down. Which leads to… Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) scores a touchdown as Denver Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson (47) defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) The Arizona Cardinals promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday and released tight end Joseph Fauria.5-foot-eight, 198-pound Williams played in five December games for the Cards last season and recorded 246 rushing yards on 53 carries for a 4.6 yard average. He’s been playing on the Cardinals practice squad since September 5 when he was cut from the active roster. Fauria played the past two seasons and the 2015 preseason with the Detroit Lions and did not play last week for the Cardinals in their game against the New Orleans Saints. He has 24 receptions and 287 yards for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories — NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) January 3, 2017Leone, 24, spent the last two seasons with the Lions, for whom he punted 216 times with an average of 49.4 yards per kick and a net average of 39.11. He was also the team’s kicker, converting on 65-of-90 field goal attempts.Leone played his college football for the University of Houston Cougars. In 2013 he was a FWAA Second team All-American as well as a Ray Guy Award semifinalist. He went undrafted in 2014 before signing with the Baltimore Ravens. He appeared in three preseason games before being waived in late August.In Jan. 2015, Leone signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was released on May.This past season for the Cardinals, Wile avearaged 43.7 yards per kick, with a net of 37.5 yards, while Drew Butler posted averages of 42.2 and 35.6, respectively. Ryan Quigley averaged 41.6 yards per kick, with a net of 37.2.Even if the Cardinals do bring Leone in, that does not necessarily mean Wile is out. On Monday, while cleaning out his locker, Wile said he would keep working and assume he would be back, as he is under contract for 2017.“They just want me to come in and work and I’m just going to go in like I have to earn the job every day,” he said. “That’s kind of the plan, and head back to train with some guys back in San Diego this offseason. I’m just excited for next season.” #BCLions release punter Richie Leone so that he can sign with the #Cardinals. Will receive a significant signing bonus. #NFL #CFL— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) January 3, 2017 Came down to Cardinals and Eagles for Richie Leone. He cancelled tryout in K.C today because of flu. Signs with Arizona #BCLions . B.C. Lions’ Richie Leone attempts a field goal against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a Canadian Football League game in Regina, Saskatchewan, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Mark Taylor/The Canadian Press via AP) 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals used three different punters in 2016, with Matt Wile getting the nod for the final three games.Now, however, it appears they may be looking into another option. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Good competition. Both men have been practicing very well the last couple of days,” Holcomb said. “It’s an ongoing process, it’s a constant rotation.”Benwikere played 34 snaps on defense to Taylor’s 55 Sunday in a 16-14 loss to Chicago, though many of those were in the interior as a fifth or sixth defensive back.It’s possible he could continue to earn more snaps in that role if Taylor continues seeing most of the snaps at corner.EXTRA POINT— Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, on the mobility and arm strength that Rosen brings to the table: “You do so many drills during the day or during the week of, you’re not just sitting back there dropping, sitting in the pocket. You got to be able to move, you got to know when you can step up, when you can flush, what are the certain looks, where are the hot answers when things break down. I think as we’ve all seen in the short amount of time he’s been with us that he can throw on the run and get out of certain things and make some plays with his feet.” He remembers the early days, when the first thing he’d do upon hearing a play-call was double-check where he was supposed to line up or where a hole might open up.“I was so worried about, alright, don’t forget that. This is your move. This is what you got,” he said.“Now I hear a play, I already know what I got, I’m already looking at the defense. I’m all about the defense now. It’s slowed it down for me tremendously.”Cornerback competition on the radarNew coaching staff, new year, same microscope on the Cardinals’ cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.Jamar Taylor, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a trade this offseason, began the year as Arizona’s starter. But on Sunday, he was lifted in the fourth quarter for Wilks-taught defensive back Bene Benwikere.Benwikere played for Wilks from 2014-16 after he was the Carolina Panthers’ fifth-round pick in 2014. He’s since bounced around, playing for the Dallas Cowboys last season.Wilks said Sunday that inserting Benwikere at corner was about searching for a spark and this week reiterated the competition is open. Defensive coordinator Al Holcomb said the call is Wilks’ to make, but did say Thursday that a competition is taking place. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, left, wraps up Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Forget for a second about starting running back David Johnson’s exit from the field during a crucial 3rd-and-2 situation on Sunday against the Bears.There’s a reason it’s Edmonds, the fourth-round pick out of Fordham, who is backing up Johnson at all. The Cardinals think he’s more than prepared.Related LinksArians on TD Fantasy Podcast: Cards are improperly using David JohnsonBehind Enemy Lines: Division-rival Seahawks prepare to visit CardinalsCardinals LBs Bucannon, Reddick continue to work as snaps dwindlePreparation has Cardinals QB Josh Rosen confident heading into first startCardinals offensive coodinator Mike McCoy has praised Edmonds’ pass-protection abilities with his 5-foot-9, 205-pound frame.Edmonds has rushed 10 times for 39 yards and caught all nine targets thrown his way for 39 more yards.He’s made the transition to the league easy on himself.“It was film study for me,” he said. “Really just paying attention to small little details, find ways to memorize, OK, how do I know this pressure is coming? I was always taught in college: prepare for the worst and react to the easy.“I look at a full play that I’m trying to study and let it go — so I try not to think about it. And then I rewind it. And then I’ll try to break it down, step-by-step, what I have to do, what my job is, where my eyes and O-line are on that look.”Edmonds said he’s grown immensely in how fast he’s able to process information, even comparing earlier parts of training camp with Week 1 of the regular season. 4 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Typical NFL quarterback he is, Josh Rosen is supposed to be the most confident. As a rookie now tasked with leading the Arizona Cardinals, he is not supposed to show weakness.“Fake it ’til you make it,” he’s said since being drafted No. 10 overall.Subtly, he broke that rule about carrying all the confidence in the world by complimenting rookie running back Chase Edmonds.“I think he’s smarter than all of us,” Rosen said Wednesday, speaking of his fellow Cardinals rookies. “He’s the one fixing a lot of protections.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCelebrity Cruises has just announced its latest modern luxury experiential offering: the addition of Xcelerate – cutting-edge, high-speed internet capability – across its entire fleet. Xcelerate will make it easier for guests to stay connected while on holiday, with higher-speed internet at sea that will allow for faster web browsing, accelerated page loads, and more dependable video streaming capabilities.Xcelerate provides the type of Wi-Fi access that modern luxury travellers have come to expect. With the improved capability, guests on Celebrity’s ships now will be able to access, with ease, some of their favourite technology for staying connected, such as Facebook, FaceTime, Skype, YouTube, Netflix and more, with ease.“Xcelerate is going to give our digitally connected guests a new opportunity to share their amazing travel experiences with the world in real time, whether docked in Europe’s sought-after ports-of-call or gliding through the ocean on all of our large ships, anywhere in the world,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises CEO and President. “We know that this is what our guests expect – it’s what we expect when we travel, too – and we are thrilled to be answering that expectation with Xcelerate, which offers some of the fastest access at sea.”Xcelerate is available on Celebrity Reflection, and soon will roll out to the remainder of the premium cruise line’s large ships. (Celebrity Xpedition, the 100-guest ship sailing year-round in the Galápagos Islands, is not scheduled to receive Xcelerate.)Xcelerate is yet another incentive for travellers to take advantage of Celebrity’s signature ‘Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!‘ offer, which includes the opportunity to enjoy free unlimited streaming internet onboard. Guests who book an oceanview or higher stateroom and ‘Go Big’ can enjoy a free perk from the choice of Classic Beverage Packages, unlimited internet packages, gratuities or US$150 (per first two passengers) to spend onboard. Passengers can even choose to upgrade and ‘Go Better’ to get their choice of two perks, or ‘Go Best’ and get all four perks, plus a Premium beverage package upgrade. Most of Celebrity’s 2017-18 sailings are eligible for ‘Go Big, Go Better, Go Best!’.New bookings in Oceanview staterooms and above made by 1 May 2016 will also receive a free upgrade from Celebrity’s standard Go Big price tier (that makes you eligible for one complimentary onboard extra) to the superior Go Better package that gives guests a choice of two complimentary extras on their cruise. New Suite Class bookings will receive all four extras for free.Celebrity offers numerous Xcelerate packages, all of which can be pre-booked before departure or purchased onboard for the same rate. Xcelerate’s streaming features are well-suited to the unlimited package, which starts at US$140 per person for five to nine days and US$199 per person for 10 plus days.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHyatt Hotels Corporation has announced two new hotel developments in Los Cabos and Mexico City  under the Park Hyatt brand. These two properties mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza.“We are excited to announce the introduction of the Park Hyatt brand in Mexico,” said Pat McCudden, senior vice president of capital strategy, real estate and development for Hyatt. “Park Hyatt hotels and resorts are masters of detail, and we expect Park Hyatt Los Cabos and Park Hyatt Mexico City will deliver understated elegance and intuitive refinement for guests with an appreciation for world-class architecture, design and cuisine.”Park Hyatt Los Cabos will be located in a 10-hectare site within Cabo del Sol, a golf resort community that stretches along three kilometres of beach in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 162 guestrooms and 28 Park Hyatt Residences.Park Hyatt Mexico City will be developed through a joint venture agreement with Grupo Sordo Madaleno, and will be part of a mixed use development in the heart of the Polanco neighborhood. Featuring 155 guestrooms and 23-unit Park Hyatt Residences, the hotel is expected to open in early 2021 and will be located on the upscale Campos Eliseos Street overlooking the iconic Chapultepec Park. Many of Mexico City’s most important cultural and entertainment attractions will be within a short distance from the hotel.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has said it hopes to secure new flights to Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia.Tony Hallwood, the airport’s commercial director, will be attending this week’s Routes Europe 2009 conference in Prague in order for LBIA to gain new European routes.More than 650 delegates will attend the event, including as many as 75 airlines and up to 200 airports.Mr Hallwood said that he was confident the LBIA would be in a position to announce the launch of new routes later this year.”With strong support from the business community across the Yorkshire region, we are already stimulating significant interest in what Leeds, Bradford and the wider Yorkshire region can offer to a range of European airlines,” he commented.Mr Hallwood will meet with a number of cheap flights carriers and scheduled service airlines in the hope that they will be encouraged to launch new business and leisure flights from LBIA.Pakistan International Airlines recently increased its number of flights to Islamabad from the airport from two to three times a week.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLeeds Bradford nominated for ‘Best Airport’ awardLeeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has been nominated for a prestigious travel industry award.Extra weekly flight to Islamabad from Leeds Bradford to be introducedPakistan International Airlines will increase its number of flights to Islamabad from Leeds Bradford International Airport.Rhodes flights added at Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Rhodes have been announced by low-cost airline Jet2.last_img read more

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Block Island Facebook So if youre looking for

first_img Block Island / Facebook So if you’re looking for a truly unique destination on Block Island, this newly-restored boutique hotel inside this 1800s mansion should do just the trick. Block Island / Facebook If you recognize the picturesque exterior of the Block Island Beach Hotel, that’s because it’s been a staple of Block Island for over a century. The hotel re-opened on July 1st, 2019 after sitting vacant for years. Posted in Travel News July 03, 2019 by Beth This Restored Beach Hotel In New England Will Positively Charm You There’s something about New England’s coastline that’s positively breathtaking. If you’ve been craving the perfect escape in this region of the U.S., we have just the spot in mind. Block Island Beach Hotel in Rhode Island is a newly-renovated accommodation that can only be described as a little slice of paradise. Here’s more on why you’ll want to stay at this fabulous new hotel in Rhode Island. center_img Block Island / Facebook Of course, much of the hotel’s original charm has remained intact, such as the breathtaking water views and sweeping front porch. Have you visited Block Island before? If so, we’d love to hear all about your stay! For more information, you can visit the official website by clicking here.Address: 32 Dodge Street, New Shoreham, RI, 02807 Block Island / Facebook The boutique hotel company Lark Hotels has completely renovated the Surf Hotel into a chic and romantic coastal accommodation. The renovation includes 31 beautiful rooms, a waterfront patio, new restaurant, and a coffee bar.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWith lush-green mountains towering over 13,000 feet and a sub-tropical climate weather, Taiwan offers a variety of incredible natural resources. Recently named by Lonely Planet as one of the “Top 10 Best Countries to Visit in 2012,” the island is progressively transforming itself into a “Nature Wonderland” for international travelers to enjoy. In March, Taiwan will host two popular green events; the International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12, and Yilan Green Exposition in Yilan from March 31 – May 20, to demonstrate its commitment to eco-tourism.“Taiwan’s mission to provide green sustainable living has been recognized by our international peers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Los Angeles. “Our island is considered a ‘green trendsetter’ because of our continuous effort to develop impactful events focusing on green living. To us, this style of living is the only way to preserve Taiwan’s natural treasures, and a healthy sustainable environment for our people and travelers.”The Taiwan International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12 is considered the most popular horticultural event for the past 10 years because the county has consistently produced 40% of all orchids grown in Taiwan. Tainan’s rich botanical resources for cultivating orchids has secured the island as the world’s largest orchid exporter, and recognized by orchid collectors worldwide as the “Orchid Kingdom.” And with an expected attendance of over 3,000 international floral exporters and buyers at the show, the “Orchid Kingdom” plans to unveil its newly developed breeds – Phalaenopsis and Oncidium (Dancing Lady Orchid) – for the world to admire.In continuation of its commitment to green living, the island is hosting the 13th annual Yilan Green Expo from March 31 – May 20. Lasting two months, the popular expo plans to incorporate the “Organic” concept into three key exhibit areas – Garden, Food & Lifestyle and Farm.In the Garden area, visitors will learn the importance of how and which of the Five Chinese natural elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth – define their personality. Then, the fun will begin when they let their defined personalities guide them to experience and enjoy a variety of food, music and gardening throughout the expo.For the interactive visitors, the Food & Lifestyle area will provide demonstrations on how to save food during the cooking process. In addition, visitors can roll-up their sleeves to learn how to grow an organic family garden through recycling kitchen waste.As for visitors interested in learning about how the traditional Taiwanese farmers lived, enjoyed and maintained a true healthy sustainable green lifestyle, the Farm area will include a traditional farmstead mansion, a terraced field and a rice paddy field specifically designed and built for the expo to educate local and international visitors on the various aspects of farm life.www.go2taiwan.netlast_img read more

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first_imgBoulder, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineInnovative jewelry designer Todd Reed invites you to witness the process of creation at his brand new studio cum showroom, opening in early December at the east end of Pearl Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Famed for questioning traditional conventions of beauty, Reed uses recycled gold and raw, uncut diamonds to deliver stunningly unique pieces of fine art jewelry.His new luxury studio space, minimalist modern in design and over 5,000 square feet in size, boasts a public showroom, a jeweler workspace behind a wall of water and a lounge. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed as if you were entering a friend’s perfectly appointed home—with warmth and refreshments. A collection of high-karat gold pieces will be on display, and if you’re interested in looking at the more expensive items, you’ll be able to do so in the comfort of a private viewing area.Self-trained metalsmith Todd Reed founded his company in 1992 and remains involved in all steps of the design and production process. He stays true to his values by using recycled materials, sourcing high-quality gems from reputable distributors, handcrafting all jewelry 100 percent on-site and designing pieces that challenge traditional perceptions of beauty.Now, by opening his studio to the public, he plans to share his design vision and philosophy with visitors and the local Boulder community alike. Reed will be available on-site to work with customers, whether you’ve got your eye on a ready-made piece or prefer to have one personally customized.The recipient of jewelry design awards from the American Gem Trade Association, Veranda magazine, Town & Country and others, Todd Reed jewelry is considered more art than accessory, an expression of individuality and true beauty. Reed says, “My work continues to grow as I grow, and I am still inspired by most everything. Beauty and nature are endless inspiration.” Now you can watch the celebrated atelier in action and be inspired to add one (or more) of Reed’s wearable, literally one-of-a-kind works of art to your personal collection.www.toddreed.comlast_img read more

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WASHINGTON – Brace yourself for a likely new era o

first_img WASHINGTON – Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch — and pay for — TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.The government argued that the merger would stifle competition and lead to higher cable bills. But U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ultimately agreed with AT&T’s assertion that it had to grow to survive in the era of Google, Amazon and Netflix.“It really was a stunning rebuke of the Department of Justice,” said media analyst Craig Moffett. “Judge Leon was wholly unpersuaded by their case.”The ruling could open the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing worlds of entertainment production and distribution. Major cable, satellite and phone companies are bulking up with purchases of entertainment conglomerates to compete against rivals such as Amazon and Google.Waiting in the wings are potential big-billions deals involving 21st Century Fox and Disney, Verizon and CBS, T-Mobile and Sprint. Comcast and Verizon are also jockeying for position.A combined AT&T-Time Warner could also get a boost from the official end of net neutrality, the Obama-era rules that barred broadband and wireless companies from favouring their own services to the detriment of rivals like Netflix. As of this past Monday, AT&T and Verizon can prioritize their own movies and TV shows, to the likely disadvantage of rivals such as Amazon, YouTube and future startups.The judge’s decision frees wireless and pay-TV giant AT&T to absorb Time Warner, which owns CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.The result for consumers? More options, especially if they’re AT&T customers already, said GBH Insights analyst Dan Ives. He said consumers can expect to more things to watch and more streaming options, like bundled packages with HBO, CNN or sports.“It’s a major shot across the bow at other wireless and cable providers,” Ives said. But he acknowledged that consumers might eventually end up paying more, too.Leon said the government failed to prove that the merger would lead to higher prices and other harm to consumers. Despite Justice Department lawyers taking their “best shot,” he said, their evidence was “too thin a reed for this court to rely on.”The judge added that he wouldn’t temporarily block the merger for a possible appeal by the government. The “drop dead” deadline for completing the merger is June 21. If it’s not wrapped up by then, either company could walk away, and AT&T would have to pay a $500 million breakup fee.The ruling was a stinging defeat for the Justice Department. Opposing the merger forced federal antitrust lawyers to argue against standing legal doctrine that favours mergers among companies that don’t compete directly with each other.Another wild card: When first announced in October 2016, the deal drew fire from then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Trump has also publicly feuded with Time Warner’s CNN, calling it “failing” and a purveyor of “fake news.” The president’s statements didn’t come up during the trial.John Bergmayer, senior counsel at the consumer group Public Knowledge, said the decision could have long-lasting negative effects thanks to “the many other mergers it will encourage.” In a statement, Bergmayer called for “reinvigorated regulatory oversight of the video marketplace.”Dallas-based AT&T is a wireless, broadband and satellite behemoth that became the country’s biggest pay-TV provider with its 2014 purchase of DirecTV. It claims about 25 million of the 90 million or so U.S. households that are pay-TV customers.AT&T general counsel David McAtee said the company plans to close the deal on or before June 20.___Mae Anderson reported from New York. by Marcy Gordon And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 8:30 am PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In this March 22, 2018, file photo, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. The judge presiding over the government’s legal effort to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner will likely deliver his verdict on Tuesday, June 12. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) center_img AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergerslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2018 6:17 am PDT FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Shakira performs at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Spanish prosecutors charged the Colombian singer with tax evasion on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira MADRID — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.The charges Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.Prosecutors in Barcelona say her travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.The Colombian singer officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015.A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial.Shakira’s representatives said they had no immediate comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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ELLENVILLE NY — A fire at a used car dealership

first_img ELLENVILLE, N.Y. — A fire at a used car dealership in upstate New York has totally destroyed the set for a new HBO miniseries starring Mark Ruffalo and Rosie O’Donnell.The upcoming series “I Know This Much is True” had been filming at the Ellenville dealership and in nearby Poughkeepsie and Ulster for about a month before the fire broke out early Thursday morning.Chris Busby, the general manager of 613 Automotive Group, told the Poughkeepsie Journal it was a “huge loss” for both the dealership and HBO. He said there were no injuries, but about a dozen vehicles HBO was using to film at the site were destroyed.The series is based on 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb and follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers portrayed by Ruffalo.___Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.comThe Associated Press Upstate NY dealership fire destroys HBO miniseries set by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 6:21 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2019 12:06 am PDT IN THE NEWS: U.S. BORDER PATROL CALLS ANTI-MIGRANT POSTS “INAPPROPRIATE”CLINT, Texas (AP) — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol says any employee who has violated agency standards about what they can and can’t say online will held accountable for their posts. The statement comes as ProPublica came out with a report yesterday about what has been posted in a closed Facebook group for agents and employees. The posts featured sexism and comments that betrayed indifference to migrants who have tried trying to get into the U.S. from Mexico. There were also doctored images of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a Democrat. The Border Patrol chief says such posts _ even if made in a private online group _ are “completely inappropriate.”IN THE NEWS: GEORGIA AGENCY SHUT DOWN SOME COURT websiteS AFTER CYBERATTACKATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state agency is the latest government entity to fall victim to a cyberattack. The Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts says it had to shut down some of its websites because of the electronic incursion. It is unclear how many Georgia courts are affected _ or to what degree their operations are impaired. News outlets report the hackers infected the agency’s computers with malware _ and demanded a ransom to release the computers from the grip of the attack. For now, an agency spokesman says officials have “quarantined our servers and shut off our network to the outside.” The agency’s website was offline yesterday.ON THE WEB: HOLIDAY AIR TRAVEL ADVISORYCYBERSPACE (AP) — Worried about facing huge crowds if you’re travelling by air for the Fourth of July? The TSA says you shouldn’t be. The head of the agency says travellers should see only a slight boost in checkpoint wait times over the four-day holiday weekend. And the TSA says that prediction takes into account the diversion of about 350 workers to the U.S.-Mexico border. Some of those being redeployed to the border are screeners. But TSA chair David Pekoske says the border deployment has not had a measurable impact on airport wait times so far. TSA expects to screen about 12.1 million people between Wednesday and Sunday for the July 4 holiday period.___Online:TSA site: http://www.tsa.govby Oscar Wells Gabriel IIFollow Oscar Wells Gabriel II on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OWGabriel2The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img AM Prep-Cyber Cornerlast_img read more

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A small crowd of enterprising dancers convened for

first_imgA small crowd of enterprising dancers convened for the last performance of the festival event. [photo & text: Logan Bier] June 27, 2011The second day of the 13th annual Juneteenth Festival began with a lively performance by Shri, including members Lee Lozowick (vocals), Deborah Auletta (vocals), Doug Fulker (guitar & vocals), Franck Giambelluco (guitar), Nachama Greenwald (harmonica), Steve Ball (Hammond organ & electric piano), Tina Zuccarello (bass) and Zac Parker (drums). The band’s discography includes thirteen original albums, including their latest, Lucky Thirteen (2009). [photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] The crowd quickly grew more lively and energetic, making a wonderful finale for another very successful and fun weekend at Arcosanti.Many thanks to all of the residents, volunteers, performers and musicians that made this event possible![photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img The Juneteenth festival drew to a close with a second, extended performance by Turner Jr. & Flavor, a reggae/funk band. [read more about this group at Daily Progress 2011/6/22 : /today/2011/06/22/1308759202172.html ]last_img read more

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December 27 2013We continue the report about the

first_imgDecember 27, 2013We continue the report about the East Foundry Apartment and surrounding landscape renovation [see posts from 12/16, 12/18 12/20 and 12/23/2013]. The first level of concrete has been poured onto the silt bed and the crew of workshop participants and interns is smoothing-screeding the surface.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]Construction intern Felipe Quintero is mixing the concrete and workshop participant Marco Vargas Weers will wheel it to the work site.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]In the background we see Paul Hernandez who designed this renovation project.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]The first layer of concrete is complete and here are Dan and Paul laying in a perfectly formed reinforcement steel – rebar set.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]More concrete is spread over the rebar.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]Here is the completed panel, with grooves and small bits of rebar sticking out at its end, which will be handy to connect this panel with the wall where it is planned to be.[photo by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo and text by Sue Kirsch]In the next report, scheduled to post on Monday, December 30., we will see more photos of work on the renovation location.last_img read more

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Protest after jealous husband fatally stabs wife

first_imgActivist groups in the north were to protest on Wednesday afternoon over the fatal stabbing on Tuesday of a 25-year-old woman by her husband.The killing took place on Tuesday morning in a central Famagusta road in the north, when a 42-year-old man stabbed his wife following an argument in a cafe.According to media reports in the north, the couple were in a cafe when they began arguing. The woman abruptly left the cafe but was followed by her husband who was holding a knife. He then reportedly stabbed her six times, in the chest and neck, before stabbing himself in the chest. Reports said that jealousy was the cause of the couple’s argument.The woman was taken to the hospital by a passer-by where she was pronounced dead. The husband, who was transferred to hospital by ambulance, is currently in intensive care but out of danger, reports said. He is under arrest, while his hospital room is guarded.Media reports said that the husband – who had moved out of the couple’s home five days ago –  had posted on his Facebook profile on Monday a poem describing the death of a woman.The 25-year-old was a student and her family lives in Turkey.The group organising the protest, Dayanisma, said that instead of curbing male violence in the north, women’s murders are increasing day by day. It added that the harassment, rape and murder of women is political, and that it is the duty of the authorities to prevent such attacks You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Manchester victim Saffies Dad talks of loss on BBC

first_imgThe mother of the youngest victim of May’s Manchester terror attack, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, knew her daughter had died despite being in a coma when the girl was found, the girl’s father told the BBC on Tuesday.Saffie’s father, Cyprus-born Andrew Roussos decided to publicly speak out on his family’s loss on the day that would have been his daughter’s ninth birthday.Speaking on Victoria Derbyshire programme, Roussos described his daughter as “a stunning young girl”, who loved dancing, music and gymnastics.Saffie Rose Roussos was among the 22-people killed in a terror attack after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, when a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden bomb at the exit of Manchester Arena. The eight-year-old, a huge fan of Ariana Grande, had gone to the concert with her mother Lisa and older sister Ashlee Bromwich, 26, both of whom were injured in the explosion.“She was a joker. She was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl,” Roussos said.Saffie, he said, would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV, as she loved fame and stardom.The night of the attack, he said he went at the stadium where he found Ashley being treated.“It was chaos. You’re panicking and worrying. You don’t know what’s going on,” he said.He later found out that his wife was at the Salford Royal Hospital but had heard nothing of Saffie.Despite fears that his daughter might have died, he kept his hope alive, thinking she was in one of the hotels that took in unaccompanied children that got separated from their parents during the incident.He was later informed by a police detective that his daughter had died.“I couldn’t take it in. I just sat there looking at him,” he said. “It’s just your worst nightmare. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to think,” he said.His wife, Lisa, was placed in an induced coma due to her injuries, but when she woke, she knew her daughter had died.“Saffie’s gone, isn’t she?” Roussos said quoting his wife.He said he just nodded. “That’s all that was said really”.Roussos’ wife is still recovering and has had multiple operations. He said she is improving at a much quicker rate than doctors had expected.The whole family are now supporting each other to overcome their sorrow.“We do a little bit of laughing, a little bit of joking, a little bit of crying and cuddling, and that’s how we get through the day,” Roussos said.He said that when he met with Ariana Grande before her One Love Manchester concert in June, to help raise funds for those who were injured and the relatives of those who died in the attack, he told her he was thankful that Saffie had managed to enjoy her entire concert before she died and that the attack had not taken place before the singer had finished her performance.“All she could say to me was, ‘I’m sorry’, and I said, ‘You’ve got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do’.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Egovernment council fails to meet goals

first_imgA council set up to improve Cyprus’s e-government services has failed to meet its three-year targets, an audit service report said on Tuesday.The council’s aims, drawn up in October 2015, included providing more public services online through the Ariadne platform, electronic signatures and authentication, exchange of data between different government departments, digitizing government grant schemes and moving towards a ‘paperless’ public service (eOasis).The main reasons for the failure were the fact that the schedule was never realistic to begin with and a lack of any substantial follow up with any of the projects, the report said.Additionally, there were never enough meetings – in two years there were seven meetings that were supposed to monitor any progress, resolve problems that may have come up in implementing them and take necessary decisions.“In light of the above, we are of the opinion that the aims of creating the e-government council have not been successful in practise as the approval of projects and prompt examination of applications were not enough – as we have seen – to implement the project in the projected timeframes,” the report said.The cabinet had, in May 2015, decided to replace the executive board of computerisation with the e-government council in a bid to make Cyprus’ digital improvement more efficient by taking decisions on a higher level.Chaired by the undersecretary to the president, the council comprises the finance and transport ministers, the secretary general of the energy ministry, the information department chief and an internal audit officer as an observer. The chief of the electronic communications department became a member in March this year.The audit service recommended that the cabinet demand progress reports at regular intervals from the council and that it should meet more frequently. Additionally, the council’s support team should monitor all the projects and keep the council up to date.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsJoint Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Research Joint Pain ReliefYahoo Search | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Former MP says turtle fracas exaggerated event brought millions

first_imgFormer Akel MP Kyriakos Tyrimos on Friday criticised environmentalists whose actions upset the wedding plans of a Russian family, saying millions were spent on the three-day affair held at the luxurious Anassa hotel in Paphos.As part of the wedding reception, the hotel used heavy excavators to flatten the beach and build a platform.Singer Christina Aguilera had been booked to perform for the Russian newlyweds and their guests on Wednesday evening.The hotel had secured a permit from the local authorities, revoked after concerned people flooded social media protesting that the party preparations were endangering turtles on the beach, which is a protected area. The reception was eventually held inside.Crews were working on Friday to restore the beach without using heavy machinery.The former MP, who attended the wedding, said the reactions of the environmentalists were exaggerated.“Why did they not have the same sensitivity when the Argaka forest burnt?” he said, in a written statement. “Is the exposure that our island received abroad negligible? I think some things that will benefit our country must be dealt with more seriously.”He raised the question why environmentalists have not reacted to the many violations which have taken place in the area, where houses, villas, and apartment blocks have been built illegally.The wedding lasted three days, millions of euros were spent, and some of the foreign guests expressed their desire to invest in Cyprus, he added.He also noted the platform was built in an area where there are sunbeds and umbrellas every day anyway, so no environmental disaster took place.Tyrimos said the Russian businessman and his family lived in Limassol until 2012 and this is where his daughters grew up. In recent years, they have been living in Switzerland and the family is active internationally and has offices in Cyprus as well as in England, Switzerland, Russia and elsewhere.According to Tyrimos, the family knows the Akamas area where they spent their holidays when they lived in Cyprus and had visited the island earlier this summer for discussions with the hotel during which they made some requests that were accepted.The permit for the beach party had been issued by the Paphos district office.It’s understood it was granted on condition that any works carried out at the site would not cause any damage to the environment – especially the rare species of turtles that nests there – and that any installations would be dismantled once the event was over.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arrest after cannabis found in police search

first_imgA 34-year-old man from Limassol was arrested on Thursday morning after 228g of cannabis were found in his possession.Members of the drug squad stopped a vehicle for inspection at 4.45am in Limassol.When the officers searched the car they found eight nylon bags containing the illegal drugs, a precision scale, a bag with three grammes of white powder and €3,420 in a sports bag.The driver was remanded for six days after his arrest.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Overseas Cypriots conferences to be held July 2527 in Nicosia

first_imgThe 9th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (Nepomak) and the Meeting of the Central Councils of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (Pomak) and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (Pseka) will be hosted in Nicosia from July 25 to 27.President Nicos Anastasiades will open the conferences and Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou will welcome the delegates. The ceremony will be addressed by House President Demetris Syllouris and Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Overseas Greeks Terence Quick, followed by speeches by Nepomak president Antonia Michaelides, Pomak president Andreas Papaevripides, and Pseka president Philip Christopher.Delegates will be briefed in closed sessions by the ministers of energy, foreign affairs, and finance, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Nicos Christodoulides and Harris Georgiades, and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis. They will also hold a round table discussion with foreign ambassadors. On the sidelines of the conferences, there will be meetings with Anastasiades and political party leaders or representatives.You May LikeHealthy Mixer35 Amazing Benefits of All-Natural Honey: #24 is SoberingHealthy MixerUndoBusinessBuzzoTop 15 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariesBusinessBuzzoUndoHoochHe’s considered the best point guardHoochUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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History of foreign ministry goes on show

first_imgAn exhibition showing the operations of the foreign ministry through the years will be open later this month following the idea by Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides.“Many times people don’t realise that what is happening regarding Cyprus has to do with the foreign ministry, as most work is done abroad,” head of communications at the ministry Demetris Samuel said. “We wanted to explain what our role is.”“We wanted something modern, so it is a timeline rather than photographs,” The Foreign Ministry through the Years curator Anna Marangou told the Cyprus Mail.The history line starts in 1960 with black and white photos, and only in the 1980s do colour ones start to appear, while in the 90s and afterwards all pictures are in colour.Every past foreign minister who is still around commented on what they thought were the most important parts during their time, and contributed to the text and photos.Turkish Cypriots played an important part in the beginning, and Samuel said the ministry hopes they will soon be part of the collection again.Actually, the first photo of the timeline depicts Turkish Cypriot Ismet Guney, who designed both the modern Cypriot flag and the emblem of the newly founded Republic in 1960.Soon after, in 1961, the ministry sent the first seven diplomats abroad, of whom two were Turkish Cypriots.Those first ambassadors were sent to Washington, London, Athens, Cairo, Ankara, Moscow and, perhaps less predictable, to Bonn.Nowadays, 160 diplomats work in Cyprus and abroad, though there were even more, around 200, before the economic crisis in 2013.One of the perhaps lesser known facts reported on the board is that Cyprus was interested in joining the European Union as early as 1962, when then Foreign Minister Spyros Kyprianou sent a letter declaring the country’s interest.In total, there are more than 500 photos and the accompanying text is in English, Greek and Turkish.The timeline covers the years from 1960 until 2017.The idea is also to show the exhibition to Turkish Cypriots, some of whom attended the inauguration of the exhibition on February 26. Pupils from the north will be invited to see how the country’s history has been shaped by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.The exhibition at the ministry of foreign affairs will be open to the public every Wednesday (except on public holidays) from 11am to 2pm from March 20 until June 19, 2019. Special arrangements can be made for visits by organised groups. For more information, Tel: 22-651299 or email comunit@mfa.gov.cy.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Peace gathering and fund raiser for Sri Lanka bomb victims

first_imgThe Sri Lankan community of Paphos is inviting the public to attend a peace gathering and fund raiser on Sunday in support of the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.The gathering will take place at the A Lyceum of Paphos (in the old town) on Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.Suicide bombers killed more than 250 people and injured more than 500 in the recent bombings that shocked the world.Many of the 1,500 or so Sri Lankans in Paphos lost family members, friends and neighbours in the blasts according to Tamara De Silva (Kumari), who has lived in Paphos for the last eight years. The Sri Lankan community of Paphos decided to organise the event to promote peace and raise funds to help, she said.Kumari was in Sri Lanka on holiday with her family at the time of the bombings. She witnessed the carnage at one of the churches on Easter Sunday, soon after the bomb was set off, and told the Sunday Mail the life would never be the same.“It was a terrible sight and for the rest of my time there we didn’t sleep hardly at all. It was terrifying and still is. People are scared to go to work and send their children to school. Isis released a video when I was there threatening to kill 60,000 Sri Lankans and children,” she said tearfully.Clearly shaken by the experience, she said :“ All of our lives changed that day. We are all still in shock and full of fear. Even though we have had civil war for 33 years, I have never seen such fear in the people,” she said.Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity are the main religions in Sri Lanka and representatives from both the Catholic church and the Buddhist faith will come together for the event for the first time in Paphos, according to Father Carlos Ferrero, the St. Paul’s Catholic Parish Priest.Buddhist Monk, Soratha Thera, will attend from Nicosia and along with Father Carlos Ferrero will talk and pray and lead the programme, said Kumari.Attendees will wear white to respect the bomb victims and hundreds of tea light candles will be lit to spell out ‘Pray for Sri Lanka’ underneath the flag of Sri Lanka, also depicted by lit candles. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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AG wont speculate on public pay appeals chance of success

first_imgAttorney-general Costas Clerides would not speculate on Monday on the probability of success of an appeal against a court decision that reversed payroll reductions imposed on civil servants as part of an austerity drive in 2012, but said he would not recommend filing one if there was no chance.His comments followed a broad meeting at the presidential palace to discuss the March 29 administrative court decisions on three appeals filed by civil servants.The court said a freeze of incremental pay rises, a 3 per cent contribution to pensions, and a reduction in civil servants’ pay was in violation of article 23 regarding the protection of the right to property.Clerides said it was premature to talk about amending the constitution, as he declined to speculate on the chance of success of the state’s appeal.“Certainly, no lawyer, the attorney-general more so, would advise filing an appeal if there were no chances; but as I said, predictions on difficult matters of a constitutional nature, European law, etc, cannot be easily made,” he said.Clerides said the state’s appeal will focus on matters relating to the correct interpretation and implementation of the constitution “and we should not talk about amending it at this stage.”The government has said it would put measures in place to counteract the effects of the court decision, including seeking a change of the constitution if its appeal failed at the supreme court.The attorney-general said they must file a request to suspend execution of the administrative court decisions.The state will also seek to have the case heard as soon as possible by the supreme court’s full bench of 13 judges.Addressing talk relating to possible conflict of interest, Clerides said judges were not affected because their income was the subject of a different article in the constitution.The fiscal consolidation measures affecting exclusively the public sector passed by parliament before Cyprus agreed the terms of its 2013 bailout with international creditors included a general wage and hiring freeze, a 10 per cent drop in hiring salaries, and a permanent up-to 12.5 per cent reduction in pay.On top came an extraordinary levy on wages in both the private and public sector which was phased out in 2016.The measures helped reduce the government’s staff expenses to €2.2bn in 2015 from €2.9bn in 2011.Implementation of the administrative court’s decision would cost the state over €1bn in the next four to five years as it reinstates salaries to previous levels.But only those who applied to the court are expected to receive backpay.“When an applicant went to court is also important because some applied in 2012, others in 2013, yet others in 2017. Retroactive return of money would depend on when each one applied,” Clerides said.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Nicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Johnson announces September office hours

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News 03Sep Rep. Johnson announces September office hours State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Thursday, September 20, 2018Allegan CountySimply Celia’s142 S. Main St. in Wayland8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Kent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.“One of my top priorities as State Representative is to always be accessible to the people I am elected to serve,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I have personally held 32 local office hours since taking office for residents to personally share their concerns, ask questions and get help with issues involving state government.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com.last_img read more

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Rep Johnson plan allowing CBD oil in Michigan receives House approval

first_img Categories: Steven Johnson News State Rep. Steven Johnson’s plan allowing people to use and possess CBD oil in Michigan has been approved by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.Johnson said CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is not marijuana and a medical marijuana card should not be required to purchase, use or possess it in Michigan, as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) currently requires.“CBD oil won’t get you high,” Johnson said. “It’s derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But LARA decided in May to start classifying it the same way they do marijuana, which contains 5 to 35 percent THC.”Johnson said many people use CBD oil derived from hemp to treat pain, anxiety and depression, and to reduce the prevalence of epileptic seizures.“So now all of the people who were using this medicine either have to stop – or go through the process of getting a medical marijuana card,” Johnson said. “Hemp is not marijuana, and that should be clearly reflected in our policies.”Johnson’s legislation clarifies in Michigan law that CBD oil derived from hemp should not require a medical marijuana card to possess. The plan would also allow industrial hemp to be grown in Michigan.The plan, laid out in House Bills 6330, 6331 and 6380, now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 15Oct Rep. Johnson plan allowing CBD oil in Michigan receives House approvallast_img read more

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Rep Sheppards plan increases penalties for texting while driving

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard this week introduced legislation to increase the fines for drivers who text while driving.Sheppard’s plan increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500.“When we get behind the wheel, we are responsible for our actions,” Sheppard said. “It’s my belief if drivers face higher fines for texting and driving, they may think twice before texting so they keep their focus where it should be – on the road.”Sheppard noted the recent case of a distracted driver involved in a crash on U.S. 23 in Monroe County, killing a mother and her daughter. The driver was charged with one count of reckless driving causing death.“Statistics are telling us that more people are not driving responsibly. If you’re the driver, set a good example by making the best choice for you and everyone on the road by putting the phone down and being responsible,” Sheppard said.  “No text message is worth someone’s life.”The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.House Bill 4199 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.### Categories: News,Sheppard News 15Feb Rep. Sheppard’s plan increases penalties for texting while drivinglast_img read more

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Predatory Telemarketers Prey on Public Sympathy for Veterans

first_imgShare180TweetShareEmail180 Shares November 9, 2014; Eagle-TribuneNPQ has written repeatedly about the proliferation of fundraising scams that use veterans or first responders as bait. These programs deplorably exploit not only the veterans but the public with some of the most outrageous preying on older and more vulnerable givers.Today, on Veterans Day, you will undoubtedly read many heartwarming stories about the efforts of local nonprofits reaching out to veterans—not just the post-9/11 veterans that have captured the attention of the American public in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but older veterans as well. In Lawrence, Massachusetts, for example, the New England Veterans Liberty House is helping 91-year-old Herman Bazin, a veteran of the Normandy invasion, with home repairs delivered by volunteers and with services through Meals on Wheels and the Veterans Administration. A little disconcerting is information from the organization’s 2013 Form 990 indicating that NEVLH hired a firm called All Pro Productions to conduct telephone-based fundraising. The firm raised $301,600 in gross receipts, retained $244,093 as the fundraiser’s fee (80.9 percent), and delivered $57,507 to the nonprofit, and NEVLH’s 990 reports spending $8,618 on “veterans assistance.”All Pro’s keeping more than four of every five dollars raised for the veterans nonprofit is a bit worse than what was revealed in 2013 in a report of the Massachusetts Attorney General on telemarketing, in which the firm raised money for the Ware Police Union, keeping more than two-thirds, and the Lunenberg Police Relief Association, retaining more than 70 percent as its fee. Apparently, All Pro Productions, founded by former New England Patriots lineman Fred Smerlas in 1995, has encountered criticism before for its telemarketing tactics, including one report in which All Pro’s telemarketers allegedly identified themselves as firefighters in their fundraising campaign for Professional Firefighters of Hudson Local 3154. An All Pro telemarketing campaign for the Ipswich firefighters union apparently also delivered only about 30 cents on the dollar to the union.On Veterans Day, we’re concerned about fundraising for veterans nonprofits of all kinds, small like NEVLH and large too. According to the Massachusetts AG’s report, All Pro Productions raised $955,198 for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, but kept around 76 percent and delivered 26 percent to NEPV. PVA isn’t unhappy with All Pro Productions, indicating that it calls on All Pro year-round rather than for one-time telemarketing extravaganzas. It may be that for the New England Veterans Liberty House, turning to All Pro Productions for its fundraising in 2013 was worth the cost, as 2013 appears to have been the nonprofit’s first full year of operations. Perhaps NEVLH anticipates that with the fundraising grounding of year one, All Pro’s efforts in 2014 will prove more lucrative and the nonprofit will be able to keep a much larger share of the total. Or, as with the scandalous telemarketing numbers generated for Viet Now that led to a Supreme Court ruling, NEVLH justifies its low take from the telemarketing as more than fundraising, as education for the public about the needs of veterans in the Lawrence area.There are probably plenty of explanations that might be ginned up by All Pro Productions and others to explain and justify NEVLH’s take of less than 20 cents on each dollar raised from donors. Somehow, when fundraising for veterans on Veterans Day, those explanations don’t seem particularly persuasive—even if NEVLH volunteers are helping WWII vet Herman Bazin with needed home repairs.—Rick CohenShare180TweetShareEmail180 Shareslast_img read more

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