Rahul says will visit JK dont need Guvs aircraft

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accepted Governor Satya Pal Malik’s ‘invitation’ to visit Jammu and Kashmir but said he did not need an aircraft. Gandhi said he and other opposition leaders would visit Jammu and Kashmir and urged Malik to allow them the freedom to meet people, and soldiers. On Monday, Governor Malik invited Gandhi to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying he would send an aircraft for him, after the Congress leader said, “People were dying in the state and the situation was not normal as claimed by the government.”last_img read more

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EIF Presents XQ Super School Live

first_imgXQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools with a special one-hour event, “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live.”The telecast will air live from Los Angeles on all four major U.S. networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed.“EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live” will combine live musical, comedy and documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of the American high school system. Audiences can expect to see the biggest stars from film, television, sports, music and digital media in the televised event.Over the past 100 years, the United States has gone from the typewriter to the touchscreen and the switchboard to the smartphone, yet its high schools have remained virtually unchanged. To prepare America’s youth for the 21st century, high schools must be rethought and reshaped so every student can succeed in college, career and life. XQ seeks to bring Americans together to create new school models reflecting the needs and experiences of the students they serve.The broadcast will challenge viewers to understand that transforming high school education is crucial for the future of our country. And, it will show how educators, parents, school administrators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students can serve as key influencers of change. This challenge of reshaping the education system starts at the local level, requiring each and every person to come to the table with a shared commitment to ignite change. This telecast will give viewers insight into how to spark this transformation and tools to initiate the process within their communities.The telecast will be produced by Done + Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Additional partners of the telecast include Anonymous Content, MACRO and Wise Entertainment.A tune-in campaign will launch in early July. The show will also include multi-platform digital components to encourage viewers to engage and participate online, on mobile and in their communities. To join the movement and learn more, click here.last_img read more

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Desert Design Berber Carpets Added to Museum Collection in Marrakech

Rabat – The Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Museum in Marrakech has announced that its new exhibition, “Desert Design,” will showcase the “incredible talent of Berber weavers.”The exhibition, which will run from June 16 to October 8, will feature 30 rugs woven by women of the Aït Khebbach tribe, from the easternmost region of Morocco.The vibrancy and patterns of the rugs, as well as the recycled material used to make them, “bear witness to the remarkable creativity of these Berber weavers, and contrast with the harsh and desolate environment in which they live,” said the YSL Museum in a statement. The YSL museum, next to the famed Majorelle Garden that once belonged to Yves Saint Laurent, opened its doors in 2017. As well as housing a permanent exhibition hall displaying the works of Yves Saint Laurent, the museum also houses a hall for temporary exhibitions, where the “Desert Design” exhibition will be on display.Arnaud Maurieres, the co-curator of the exhibition, explained in the statement how the ‘Desert Design” came to be. “In December 2010, we were exploring the eastern Moroccan desert, a vast plain devoid of trees, shadows, and water. It was there, in the middle of nowhere, that we came upon two modest earthen structures: the home of our guide, Lahcen, and his family,” Maurieres explained.“Nine people lived within the walls; there was nothing in the unpainted interior that resembled furniture. The only thing we noticed was a pile of rugs in the corner of one of the rooms.”“As they were unfolded to welcome us, the floor suddenly seemed dappled with vibrant colors, which astounded us. Lahcen told us that all the women of his tribe wove such rugs, and asked if we wanted to meet them. It was how our adventure began.”Moroccan designer Younes Duret is to credit for the design of the exhibition. The second co-curator, along with Arnaud Maurieres, is Christine Bouilloc.Bouilloc is the director of the Musee Bargoin de Clermont-Ferrand in Clermont Auvergne Metropole, France,  which is cosponsoring the exhibition. The exhibition will travel to the Musee Bargoin de Clermont-Ferrand after Marrakech, and be on display there from 2 November 2019 through 5 April 2020.Read also: Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech Wins 2018 ‘AFEX’ for its Architecture read more

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Côte dIvoire UN steps up humanitarian aid to ease widespread suffering

The humanitarian crisis stemming from the fighting that ensued after Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the winner of the UN-certified presidential run-off election last November, continues despite Mr. Gbagbo’s surrender earlier this week.Although the violence appears to have ended, ethnic tensions are still high and many people remain in hiding in the bush, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today, voicing alarm at the living conditions of some 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Côte d’Ivoire.“We believe that major reconciliation efforts will be needed for the IDPs and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring countries to be able to return home in safety and dignity,” UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told a news conference in Geneva. Insecurity prevented access to these populations during the over four months of post-election unrest and medical workers had deserted the area, he noted. UNHCR, which is working to increase its presence in western Côte d’Ivoire, has so far distributed relief items to 10,000 IDPs in the area and is registering and profiling the displaced in Duékoué to better understand their needs and return intentions.The agency and its partners are also providing support to Ivorian refugees in Liberia, which now hosts more than 150,000 of them. Another 13,000 Ivorians have fled to other countries in West Africa.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is airlifting over 60 tons of medical, nutrition, education and water and sanitation supplies to Côte d’Ivoire. Medical kits will allow health workers to treat more than 40,000 patients for the next three months.“It remains difficult for our teams to circulate in Abidjan but UNICEF is slowly but steadily reaching out to the people and deliver much-needed aid,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, UNICEF Designated Representative in Côte d’Ivoire. “We will resume mass vaccination campaigns as soon as security allows it.”A chartered cargo plane is set to reach Abidjan tomorrow with 32 tons of relief supplies, the agency said in a news release. In addition, two chartered planes will each bring 15 tons of supplies to the town of Man in the west of the country and Bouaké in the centre to assist people in need in these areas. Given the threat of the spread of deadly epidemics, UNICEF and its partners are rushing to distribute water treatment products to the affected areas. The agency has distributed essential drugs for an initial 8,000 patients in Abidjan and biscuits to treat children suffering from malnutrition. UNICEF is concerned about the state of children who were victims or who witnessed extreme violence and will spearhead efforts to provide them with psychosocial support while assessing their other needs. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had managed to get some trucks into Côte d’Ivoire from Burkina Faso, and food distributions were now starting in a number of communities to provide high-energy biscuits.WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told reporters that there is a real need to focus on social cohesion and reconciliation, “which should pave the way for people to get back to normal life, working in the fields and sending their children to school.”Meanwhile, a team of health officials from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived to assess the situation in Abidjan and other parts of the country, where many hospitals and health centres remain closed and there is a lack of medical staff and supplies. WHO has transported six tons of medicines from neighbouring Burkina Faso and four tons from Ghana to parts of Côte d’Ivoire, and organized the distribution of supplies that recently arrived in the country. Earlier this week UN agencies and their partners appealed for $160 million to scale up aid to affected populations inside Côte d’Ivoire. The amount represents a five-fold increase over the $32 million initially sought in January at the onset of the humanitarian crisis.Cote 15 April 2011United Nations agencies are stepping up their efforts to ease the suffering of civilians in Côte d’Ivoire who bore the brunt of the post-election crisis that was marked by ethnic tensions, human rights violations and the displacement of an estimated one million people. read more

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Fonseka for a common opposition Audio

Fonseka expressed confidence of obtaining the support of some opposition members as well as the clergy and the public for a common opposition. Former army commander Sarath Fonseka has called for a common opposition to fight the government.Fonseka said this at a function attended by UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya, a few other UNP parliamentarians and former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Jayasuriya’s media unit said today. Meanwhile Fonseka also noted that he enjoyed the freedom of expressing himself from prison unlike the public who, according to him, have no freedom to say what they want.Fonseka says that during his prison term he was able to speak to the media and say what he felt and yet no one could harm him. He says the common opposition horse which he once rode has been hurt and bandaged but yet he wants to strengthen that horse and take it forward. However he says there is no guarantee on the safety of the general public who openly voice their political opinions.He also recalled that the current leadership had promised to abolish the Executive Presidency but instead implemented the 18th Amendment to the constitution to stay in power till he dies.Fonseka also insisted that the judiciary is not independent as judges are appointed by a “dictator” under the 18th amendment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Fed facing many uncertainties amid expectations it will slow its economic stimulus

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:39 am MDT Fed facing many uncertainties amid expectations it will slow its economic stimulus this week WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is being engulfed by the one thing it tries to prevent: uncertainty.Will the Fed take its first step Wednesday toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it’s given the U.S. economy?Will its eventual pullback jolt the financial markets?Who will fill several expected vacancies on the Fed’s policy board next year?And, with Lawrence Summers’ withdrawal from consideration, who will lead the Fed once Ben Bernanke’s term expires in January, ending one of the most tumultuous chapters in the Fed’s 100-year history?Uncertainty tends to rattle investors. Starting this week, the Fed may begin to supply the answers the financial markets are looking for.Here’s a look at the various uncertainties the central bank faces:TO TAPER OR NOTThough hiring and economic growth in the United States remain soft, the Fed is widely expected this week to slow the pace of its bond purchases. Its purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds have been designed to keep long-term loan rates low to get people to borrow and spend and invest in the stock market.Most economists expect the Fed’s initial move to be small — a reduction in monthly purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion.One reason: The Fed for months has been preparing markets for such a move. Fed officials wouldn’t likely want to raise further uncertainty by failing to meet the very expectations they had raised.Another factor: Some Fed officials don’t think the bond purchases are doing much good anymore. And they feel that by continuing to flood the financial system with cash, the Fed might be raising the risks of high inflation or dangerous bubbles in assets like stocks or real estate.Some had once expected a sharper first reduction in the Fed’s purchases of around $20 billion a month. But that was before the government said that job growth was only modest in August and that employers added many fewer jobs in June and July than previously thought.MARKET REACTIONInvestors’ response to a pullback in purchases is expected to be mild if the Fed announces a reduction of only around $10 billion a month. That’s especially true if it balances its action by underscoring its commitment to keep short-term interest rates low well into the future.The Fed has kept its benchmark for short-term rates at a record low near zero since December 2008. And it has said it expects to keep it there at least until the unemployment rate falls to 6.5 per cent — as long as the inflation outlook remains mild.The unemployment rate is now 7.3 per cent. Many economists do not expect it to reach 6.5 per cent until late 2014 or early 2015.Even then, Bernanke has said the Fed might decide to keep its short-term rate at a record low, especially if unemployment has dropped because more people have stopped looking for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed once they stop looking for a job.To stress its commitment to keep short-term rates low as long as necessary, the Fed may tweak the language in the statement it will issue Wednesday. It might say that a decline in inflation would cause its benchmark rate to remain near zero longer than expected. One Fed official has also suggested lowering the unemployment threshold for any short-term rate increase to 5.5 per cent from 6.5 per cent.Any such changes would give investors more assurance that short-term rates will remain low for many more months. All things considered, many economists don’t expect the first Fed rate hike to occur before 2015.FED COMMITTEE VACANCIESBernanke’s chair is one of several that will need to be filled in coming months. In fact, the Fed’s policy panel will have only 10 voting members at this week’s meeting instead of the normal 12. One board member, Elizabeth Duke, left in August. Another, Sarah Bloom Raskin, has been nominated by Obama for the No. 2 job at Treasury and won’t take part in the meeting.In addition, the term of a third board member, Jerome Powell, expires in January. And a fourth, Jeremy Stein, must decide whether to remain at the Fed or return to his teaching post at Harvard by May.Also, among the 12 regional Fed presidents, Sandra Pianalto, head of the Cleveland Fed, has announced that she will step down early next year.Obama hasn’t said publicly whom he might choose to fill those vacancies. Some published reports have suggested that Lael Brainard, Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs, is under consideration for one of the open board seats.The many vacancies are sure to raise questions about the Fed’s future course of policy.AFTER BERNANKEBernanke’s second four-year term as chairman expires Jan. 31, and he’s made clear he isn’t interested in another term. The speculation over who will succeed him has been Washington’s favourite guessing game this summer. The two leading candidates had been former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and current Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen.But in a surprise, Summers announced Sunday in a letter to President Barack Obama that he wished to remove himself from consideration for the job. Financial markets rallied Monday. Many investors had feared that if Obama chose Summers, who was thought to be his first choice, it could lead to a protracted Senate confirmation battle and perhaps raise doubts about the Fed’s commitment to low rates.About one-third of Senate Democrats had written to Obama, urging him to pick Yellen. Summers was opposed by liberals for his support as Treasury secretary of bank deregulation measures seen as contributing to the 2008 financial crisis.Critics also felt that Summers’ abrasive management style wouldn’t work in the Fed’s typically collegial atmosphere. A Fed chairman represents one of 12 votes on policy and must build consensus among a diverse group of board members and regional bank presidents with sometimes conflicting views.Yellen, the highly respected No. 2 official at the Fed, is seen as likely to get the nomination now. But analysts said a dark horse candidate can’t be ruled out. One could be former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who is personally close to Obama. Yet Geithner has said repeatedly that he isn’t interested in the Fed job.Yellen’s supporters have argued that with so many vacancies to fill, her experience on the Fed board as vice chair and before that as president of the Fed’s San Francisco regional bank, would be a crucial asset for the Fed’s chairmanship. read more

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Valeant asks lenders for more time to file earnings reports to avoid

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2016 7:47 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Valeant asks lenders for more time to file earnings reports to avoid default MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals says it is seeking a little more time from its lenders to file its annual report and quarterly results and avoid the risk of default.The Quebec-based company said it has launched a process to extend the filing of the report known as Form 10-K until May 31, a month later than the deadline it had hoped to achieve.It also wants to extend the filing of its quarter ending March 31 until July 31.The company (TSX:VRX) warned two weeks ago that it could be in breach of some of the covenants on its approximately US$30 billion of debt if it doesn’t obtain some relief.Despite seeking the changes, Valeant said Wednesday that its financial position isn’t in any immediate danger.The proposed extensions must be approved by lenders holding more than half of the value of Valeant’s loan principal. read more

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Peeling away from big corporations smaller farmers gain greater hold in banana

“The competition among banana producing countries is fierce, and many have struggled to remain competitive, but there are also new opportunities, as the market is no longer dominated by big players – and new buyers are entering the market,” said Ekaterina Krivonos, economist at the Trade and Markets Division in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).In a new report on the changing nature of the global banana trade, FAO said that the combined market share of the three largest multinational banana traders fell from 65.3 per cent in the 1980s to 36.6 per cent in 2013.The scope of operations of these companies – Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte – has moved away from plantation ownership and production to post-production logistics, including transportation and marketing, noted the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Bananas and Tropical Fruits.Last month, Chiquita, the largest of these companies, merged with Flyffes, one of the main suppliers to the European market.With new opportunities for smaller farmers, the UN agency said banana producers need to be better informed and better prepared.“In this changing market structure, it is vital that smallholders, as well as producer organizations, receive support in all of these areas, to be fully included in their national economies and to build the resilience of farming families in the banana industry,” said Kaison Chang, Secretary of the FAO Intergovernmental Group.The Rome-based agency is working with Governments and producers to help them build their viability by maintaining good cultivation practices, preventing and fighting plant diseases, strengthening producer organizations and developing both domestic and international marketing strategies, according to the report. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State moves up to No 13 in AP Top

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) drives the lane in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State continued to ascend up the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, moving from No. 22 to No. 13 Monday. The Buckeyes have not been ranked this high in the AP poll since Dec. 15, 2014, when they were the No. 12 team in the nation.Ohio State is one of four Big Ten teams ranked, joining No. 3 Purdue, No. 6 Michigan State and No. 25 Michigan.Head coach Chris Holtmann extended his unbeaten streak to start conference play to eight games, leading his team to wins versus Northwestern and Minnesota, the former on the road and the latter at a neutral site. Ohio State’s win against Minnesota was the team’s 17th victory this season, matching the total from all of last season. Overall, the Buckeyes are 17-4.With the 8-0 record in the conference, Holtmann has the longest undefeated start in a Big Ten coach’s first season since Sam Barry began his Iowa coaching career with an 11-0 start in 1923. The record is Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell, who went 12-0 to begin Big Ten play in 1912.The Buckeyes will hope to begin Holtmann’s tenure 9-0 when they host Nebraska at 8 p.m. Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Uralprom opts for Atlas Copco generator for early phase Levobereznoe mine development

first_imgThe Russian Urals region experiences harsh weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C. For the Levobereznoe copper mine in the Orenburg region, Uralprom opted for Atlas Copco Predictable Power to meet its power generation requirements in the form of an Atlas Copco QAS 250 generator built into a ‘North’ container. The Uralprom engineering company required a 250 kVA generator for the mine. As part of UMMC, one of the world’s largest mining companies, Levobereznoe is run by Mednogorskij Medno-Sernij Komvinat (MMSK). Developing a new open pit requires a lot of electrical power for the construction of the camp, pump stations and other infrastructure, however, mains electricity wasn’t an option, hence the choice of an on-site generator. The generator had to be built according to demanding specifications, including working temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C and protection against wind, snow, rain and falling rock.“We have a long and good working relationship with Atlas Copco,” says Denis Polykov, Deputy Director, Uralprom. “We know we can trust Atlas Copco equipment to perform well in every environment.” In cooperation with its engineering team in Zaragoza, Atlas Copco developed a customised solution based on its Predictable Power philosophy: an Atlas Copco QAS 250 generator, built into a ‘North’ container. The Atlas Copco QAS 250 delivers 250 kVA prime power and 275 kVA standby power. Its 500-hour service interval, comprehensive Qc1002™ control module and sealed spillage-free frame simplify on-site operation and maintenance. “For this application, the high quality canopy of the QAS 250 wasn’t suitable,” says Vadim Tokarev, Sales Representative for ZAO Atlas Copco in Russia. “Due to the environmental conditions, we determined that a ‘North’ container was necessary. All containerised generators offer easy transportation, but, as the name suggests, the ‘North’ is also able to withstand low temperatures (-40°C) to ensure the generator works even on the coldest days.”In addition, its soundproof materials help to reduce noise emissions. The container also incorporates health and safety features. These include a fire alarm system, an automatic fire extinguisher, a cooling system for optimum air temperature, emergency lighting, built-in storage batteries and a security alarm system. “Delivering Predictable Power regardless of the environment is something that we pride ourselves on,” continues Tokarev. “Predictable Power is our guiding principle for how we design, test, build, commission and service our generators. In this case, the customised QAS 250 combines low cost of ownership, reliable performance and risk-free operation – elements that our customers want and need.”last_img read more

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11 ice creams from an Irish childhood that must be brought back

first_imgSUMMER IS UPON us and that means only one thing.Ice cream. But what of the forgotten ice creams? The fan favourites that have gone up to the great big freezer in the sky?We want them back. And the campaign to get them back starts HERE, my friends.1. Fat FrogsPretty much the Holy Grail of lost ice creams. We need some sort of Indiana Jones of ice cream, a Raider of the Lost Lollies, to sort out getting the Fat Frog back for us. Why did it ever leave? Source: SMQ1369/YouTube2. The Jurassic Park ice lollyThis was a limited edition treat, and we’re urging any DailyEdge.ie readers with pictures of one (or the wrapper) to send them in to fiona@dailyedge.ie. This delectable confection had the green exterior of a Fat Frog, with gooey red innards. Surely someone else out there must remember?Further to this limited edition dream cream, here’s another one-time-only run – the summer of sin with Magnum in 2003: Source: Fbcdn/HB Ice Cream Memories3. Solero ShotsLittle containers of goodness. Pellets of ice and food colouring and sugar. Basically, exactly what you wanted as a youngster on a sunny day. Shake ‘em into your mouth. Hands-free ice cream – as good as it gets. Source: culy.nl4. DraculaA more macabre ice lolly than your average – “blood red innards” and all. Source: Brand New Retro5. ThatawaysAn ice cream perfect for gesticulating rude things to your pals with. Every time we see those foam fingers at American sporting events, a tug in our heart longs for a Thataway. Source: Fbcdn/HB Ice Cream Memories6. SkyThe Sky ice cream bar was vanilla with a stick of bubble-filled aerated chocolate through the middle, covered in more chocolate. If you had 50p in your pocket, a Sky could be all yours. Careful not to get it down your new Care Bears top now. Source: Facebook/HB Ice Cream Memories7. SparklesTruly retro, but appeared down throughout the years – even until very recently – in various forms, colours and under slightly-different guises. Pure orange Sparkler anyone? Source: Facebook/HB Ice Cream Memories8. Chilly WillyThe possibilities for juvenile japes and puns with this “water ice” was endless. We’re still not mature enough to take this name seriously. Snigger. Source: HB Ice Cream Memories9. HiawathaAll the way from 1980. Shush, hold us now. We can’t believe it’s been that long either. Although, to be fair, they probably wouldn’t get away with this type of representation of Native Americans these days. Source: HB Ice Cream Memories10. The JumboThis wrapper dates from back in 1982, but the Jumbo stuck around a lot longer than that. When you think about it, the Jumbo was kind of a cross between a chocolate mallow and an ice cream sandwich. A match made in icy cold heaven. Source: HB Ice Cream Memories/Facebook11. And don’t let the new “Funny Foot” fool you, gang…It’s not the beloved Freaky Foot of yore. Source: AkamaihdWhat long-lost ice cream would you like to see back in your local newsagent or ice cream van? Let us know in the comments. Let’s share the grief.Read: Irish ice creams: A definitive ranking from worst to best>Read: 11 insane and incredible ice creams we want to eat right now>last_img read more

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Inagua All Age School Pays Courtesy Call on the Speaker of the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 23, 2018 – Nassau – The Hon. Halson Moultrie, Speaker of the House of Assembly, welcomed teachers and students of Inagua All Age School on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 during a courtesy call at the Speaker’s Office.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items:last_img

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EPIC program is all about afterschool fun

first_imgLearn more about East Park Impact Center at www.totallyepic.org.Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, five kids spilled out of a dark-blue van into East Park Church on Northeast 18th Street. They came racing into the wing of the church building and spread out across the game room.Two boys settled in at the small bank of computers set up along one wall. Before they fired up the games they wanted to play, the two activated a timer.They were allowed 15 minutes at the screens.But despite that tight limit on their video-game time, Reyes Sanchez and Ryan Blaize, both 11, come here every Wednesday and will continue to do so, they said. Like most of the kids here, they’ve made friends, had fun and found a safe and sociable way to spend the long Wednesday afternoons.The East Park Impact Center — or EPIC — has become a haven for a small group of kids during the Evergreen school district’s early-release Wednesday. The center currently offers about 25 students a chance to play, learn and build relationships in a structured environment. Many of the students come from difficult backgrounds, but the nonprofit’s efforts appear to have helped them overcome some challenges.EPIC started about two years ago, after a couple of parents read a story in The Columbian about the Rocksolid Community Teen Center in Battle Ground.last_img read more

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Child airlifted after ATV crash in Florida City

first_imgEarlier this week, authorities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties issued a warning to riders stressing they will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy to such activities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – – Rescue crews have airlifted a child to the hospital after the victim was injured in a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle in Florida City.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northwest 16th Street and Fifth Court, just after 4:45 p.m., Saturday.Officials said the ATV and another vehicle collided.Paramedics airlifted the young patient to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.It remains unknown whether the child was riding in the ATV or was a passenger in the other vehicle.Officials have not provided further details about the crash.The incident takes place as hundreds of bikers are taking to the streets of South Florida in dirt bikes, four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles as part of the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” movement to protest gun violence. last_img read more

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New Nintendo 3DS cuts Monster Hunter X startup time by 75

first_imgThe New Nintendo 3DS has been out for a whole year now, and purchasing one promises to bring faster load times and access to a few games that otherwise can’t be played, for example, Xenoblade Chronicles. While it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting very many more games that require the New 3DS in order to work, Nintendo is keen to demonstrate the benefits of the latest version of its handheld.Last week saw the release of Monster Hunter X in Japan, which is a huge deal as the series always sells millions of copies. Nintendo would also like to sell a few New 3DS off the back of that, so it created a load times comparison video using the game, which you can watch below.The New 3DS has a clear loading speed advantage, and this is made most apparent when it comes to initially starting up the game. The older 3DS takes over 21 seconds to launch Monster Hunter X, where as the New 3DS only requires a little over 5 seconds. That’s a reduction of roughly 75%.Once the game is loaded there’s further time savings to be seen, but they are reduced to around 30%. That’s still significant for regular players. Loading game data takes 11.8 seconds compared to 15.34 on the older hardware, and switching areas in the game takes 8.1 seconds compared to 11.86 seconds.These time savings probably aren’t enough to force an upgrade if you’ve got an older 3DS in perfect working condition. However, anyone considering a purchase or has a 3DS that’s on its way out should only be considering the New 3DS. The advantages are clear from both load time savings and access to some otherwise unplayable games, and of course, you can’t forget the addition of the C-Stick.last_img read more

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Companys money transferred by fraudulent means

first_imgKOLKATA: More than Rs 7 lakh was fraudulently transferred from a private company’s account in Salt Lake Sector V. It was suspected that some miscreants might have hacked the e-mail account of a senior official of the company and initiated the payment through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) process. After the fraud came to light, a complaint has been lodged with Electronics Complex Police Station on Monday. Sources informed that the company used to send e-mails with instruction of payments to the bank where their account was and the end of the day, the bank used to send a confirmation e-mail to the company stating the payment details. On November 2, the officials from the company noticed that a payment was made to one Akash Arora’s account which was not instructed by the bank. When the company officials checked the e-mail it was found that a mail was sent to the bank that the company was unaware of. In the e-mail, the bank was asked to pay Rs 7.5 lakh to the said person using RTGS process. On Monday, a representative from the company lodged a complaint at Electronics Complex Police Station. Based on the written complaint, police initiated a case on charge of cheating, criminal breach of trust, forgery and using a forged document or electronic record. Till Tuesday, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

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first_img May 12, 2009 – Medicare, the U.S. federal health insurance plan for the elderly and disabled, will not pay for virtual colonoscopies, which check for colon cancer using scans.”Evidence is inadequate to conclude” that virtual colonoscopies, also known as CT colonography, are an appropriate colorectal cancer screening test for Medicare patients, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Tuesday in a statement on its website.The decision finalizes a February proposal from CMS.Colonoscopies can detect colon cancer early, while it can still be treated or even cured, and usually involve using a camera threaded up through the rectum and into the colon. People find the procedure embarrassing and uncomfortable and some studies have shown using an external scan can be nearly as effective.But a doctor doing a colonoscopy can also remove pre-cancerous lesions on the spot. If growths are seen using a scan, the patient must then undergo a colonoscopy anyway. Insurers rarely pay for “virtual” colonoscopies.New Hampshire-based iCAD Inc is one company providing computer-aided detection or CT colonography equipment.(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Maggie Fox; Editing by Richard Chang)SOURCE: Reuters FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read more CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more News | May 12, 2009 Medicare Will Not Pay for “Virtual” Colonoscopy center_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more Related Content Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more last_img read more

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Beware the Invisible Gorilla

first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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In a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, 24 radiologists were asked to detect lung nodules. “A gorilla, 48 times the size of the average nodule, was inserted in the last case … 83 percent of the radiologists did not see the gorilla,” the researchers wrote, even though the majority, as revealed by eye tracking, looked directly at it. Will radiology fail to see the approaching gorilla of reimbursement cuts, if and when it comes again? There are plenty of reasons to be alert.In his bid for the Presidency, Mr. Trump attacked ObamaCare relentlessly as Republicans voted repeatedly — and unsuccessfully — to repeal it. Both had cited this program as the cause of rising insurance premiums. Hoping to leverage the seismic shift in Washington that occurred last November, Mr. Trump and Congressional Republicans are trying to come up with a “replace/repair” plan for ObamaCare. Assuming they succeed in the ouster of ObamaCare, if insurance premiums (or healthcare costs) rise, Congressional Republicans and Mr. Trump will want a scapegoat, something the President can tweet about with impunity. What branch of medicine will it likely be? (Hint: Which lacks grassroots support? Which depends on costly machines and high charges?)Maybe it isn’t a bad idea for radiology to keep an eye out for gorillas. Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at www.itnonline.com.  News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Radiology Business| March 02, 2017 Beware the Invisible Gorilla Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 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.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img A slam against radiology is probably the last thing anybody would expect to see in fallout coming from the new U.S. president. And so far there has been nothing. In literally thousands of Trump tweets over the last several years, radiology has not been mentioned once. And that is exactly why radiology needs to be on the lookout. Big time! It’s not what the tweets say but the effect they have — how Trump tweets distract and how they might provide cover for the gorilla that could be coming for radiology. To see this, we first must consider the phenomenon of “Trump tweeting.” In early December, the President-elect took aim at Boeing for “out of control costs” on a new Air Force One — “more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” he tweeted.Never mind that the Air Force, according to Reuters, had previously said it planned to spend $1.65 billion for two of the jets. Never mind that the initial contract of $25.8 million had been awarded to reduce risk and lower the cost of the program, according to the Pentagon’s daily digest of arms deals.A big company with lots of military contracts, booming sales of commercial planes and a soaring stock price, Boeing was an irresistible target for the soon to be Commander in Chief. And world media from CNBC to the BBC, The Guardian to WirtschaftsWoche quickly scrambled to report the “news.”The tweetfest continued after Mr. Trump moved into the White House. And it wasn’t all about Boeing. In the three weeks since inaugural day (Jan. 20 to Feb. 10), more than 130 Presidential tweets were sent, according to a search on Trump Twitter Archive. Those tweets gripped the nation’s attention, appearing daily on websites and in newspapers, nightly on network news, distracting the public from the substance of what was going on.To understand the significance of this for radiology, we must consider the phenomenon of the “invisible gorilla.” But first we must look at the economic barrage that radiology has struggled against in recent years. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Hard Times More than a decade ago, as editor of the newsletter DI SCAN, I suggested in a series of commentaries that radiology launch a public awareness campaign. Radiology, I warned, was not properly appreciated by the public. And, because radiologists are “doctors’ docs,” it has no grassroots support among patients, making it an easy target for politicians wanting to “do something” about spiraling healthcare costs. From 2006 to 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) repeatedly cut radiology payments. The bundling of reimbursement codes for computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis led to a 29 percent drop in payments in 2011, according to a study by Thomas Jefferson University researchers. In 2012 and 2013, the volume of CT procedures dropped 5.5 percent annually, according to the IMV Medical Information Division.In 2013 the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) directed CMS to develop an appropriate use criteria (AUC) program for advanced diagnostic imaging services, singling out magnetic resonance (MR), CT and molecular imaging. It is no coincidence that the highest profile modalities — the ones with the costliest machines and the highest charges — continue to be lightning rods for politicians. And that brings us to the gorilla and the presidential tweets that could make it invisible.Cognitive psychologists call this phenomenon of invisibility “inattentional blindness.” (It is also known as perceptual blindness and change blindness.) It happens when observers see only what they are looking for, even when other options are right in front of them. This phenomenon was most famously demonstrated in a study that asked volunteers to count the times players passed a basketball. Absorbed in the counting, the volunteers did not notice a person in a gorilla suit walking right through the players. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more last_img read more

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Aloha State welcomes Personal Travel Managers

first_imgAloha State welcomes Personal Travel ManagersMost people, if they’re fortunate, have moments when they pause and think to themselves, “I love my job.”  For TravelManagers’ Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in New South Wales, that moment occurred recently on her Hawaii famil, organised exclusively for CT Partners members and hosted by Hawaiian Airlines and Freestyle Holidays.“I was floating around the hotel pool on a yellow beanbag, looking out to Diamond Head.  I noticed that everyone was happy and making conversation with complete strangers, as if we were all children again at a friends’ pool party. The DJ’s tunes were blaring out over the speakers and the wait staff were on hand to refill the drinks”.That moment was just one highlight of a four-night stay in Honolulu for Mason, who was one of two personal travel managers (PTMs) from TravelManagers that were invited to participate in the famil.  Leah Boyd, representative for West Brunswick in Victoria, also joined the group, making the most of every opportunity to experience the famous Aloha spirit not just in Waikiki but all over Oahu.“We hired cars and drove to the North Shore, where we looked around Turtle Bay Resort. Many of our clients hire cars on Oahu, so it was a great perspective to learn some hints, such as to make sure you pre-book in order to avoid a two-hour wait for your car!”, explains Boyd.For Boyd, a visit to the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu’s east coast, about forty minutes’ drive from Honolulu, was another highlight.“There were many activities to take part in – horse riding, ATVs, zip-lining, and the beach. Our group tried a variety of activities so now I can recommend the right activities for my clients’ respective needs”.Honolulu is well known as a shopper’s paradise, and the group returned home armed with an excellent knowledge of the best spots for retail therapy.“There is no way I could imagine shopping from sun up to almost midnight, but you can do it here and the value is great!” says Mason.  “Between Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Shopping Centre and Waikele Outlets, the range is vast.”Both PTMs relished the opportunity to have a first-hand update on the accommodation options on offer in Waikiki, and also appreciated the chance to see a variety of hotels and room types ranging from relatively simple family-friendly properties to iconic properties like the Moana Surfrider.Mason says the time spent on her bean bag wasn’t all fun though – she took it upon herself to find the best cocktail on the beach.  The Trump Towers won many awards for their eighteen-ingredient Mai Tai, which Mason describes as delicious.  Her top tip for enjoying it?“The best bet is to book a table for Friday night dinner and enjoy the local fireworks over the park from the restaurant at the same time – the perfect end to a perfect day.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 3:This is not the first time the Cardinals have taken a player from Washington State since moving to Arizona. In the seventh round of the 1995 draft, they selected defensive tackle Chad Eaton and in 1997 they selected wide receiver Chad Carpenter in the fifth round.4.48:At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Bucannon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds — third-fastest among safeties.6:During his senior season, Bucannon was tied with Rashaad Reynolds, Robert Nelson and Steven Nelson for the Pac-12 lead with six interceptions.49:Out of a possible 49 career games in Pullman, the No. 27 overall pick played in all 49. 114:In addition to leading the conference in interceptions as a senior, Bucannon was tops in the Pac-12 with 114 total tackles. 384:Lauded as a hard-hitter, the 22-year-old finished with 384 career tackles at Washington State and earned the 2013 CFPA Elite Defensive Back Trophy. 1978:Bucannon became the first safety taken by the Cardinals in the first round since they selected Ken Greene out of Washington State with No. 19 pick in the 1978 NFL Draft.2003:The Oakland, Calif. native also became the first Cougar to be taken in the first round since the Seattle Seahawks selected Marcus Trufant in the 2003 NFL Draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals traded their No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 27 pick and the No. 91 pick in the third round.With that 27th selection, the Cardinals selected safety Deone Bucannon out of Washington State.Here’s a look at Arizona’s newest addition by the numbers:1:Bucannon comes to the Valley with plenty of accolades. In 2013, he was named a first-team All-American and a first-team All-Pac-12 member. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 35 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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