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first_imgAPTN National NewsMajor crimes and forensic units are continuing to search for clues in the death of an 18 year-old male in Inuvik, NT.Police haven’t identified the victim yet but friends are already mourning the loss of Paulousie Ittungna.Ittungna was a popular athlete and Arctic Games Competitor who graduated from high school last year.Police are not ruling anything out, but they are asking anyone with information to come forward.last_img

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first_imgNew Delhi: The hype around Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme and low entry-barrier prompted a rich farmer from Maharashtra to approach the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to launch air services on select routes. But his initial enthusiasm soon fizzled out. The much-publicised Udan or regional connectivity scheme (RCS), now in its third year, also seems to have lost steam with the latest data showing that a fourth of the routes out of 688 awarded so far getting regular flights. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWhile 18 routes awarded to Deccan Charters and Air Odisha have been cancelled due to prolonged grounding of flights, as many as 10 routes awarded to crisis-hit Jet Airways are under review and may soon be cancelled. “We had relaxed the regulations to allow more entities to participate in the scheme. A farmer from Maharashtra came to discuss the launch of services but did not follow up. There are many issues such as availability of funds, cost of operations and weak demand preventing the spread of RCS,” said a senior official handling the flagship scheme. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysA total of 688 routes have been awarded to various air-operators in three rounds of bidding. In the first round of UDAN bidding, the government in March 2017 awarded 128 routes to five airlines for 43 un-served destinations. As many as 325 routes were awarded to 15 airline operators in January 2018 under RCS-2. The Civil Aviation Ministry in January this year awarded 235 routes, comprising 189 RCS and 46 tourism routes, across 29 states to airlines under the third phase of the scheme. The government has promised to make air travel affordable for the common man and provides subsidy by way of lower tax rates, waiver of airport charges and other concessions to airlines for cheaper air tickets. The ticket price has been capped at Rs 2,500 on RCS routes connecting smaller towns. The slow pace in growth of RCS flights, however, means lower subsidy outgo for the government. Going by the fund requirement, if all the routes awarded so far become operational, the total subsidy could go up to Rs 1,800 crore while the available funds from all sources are about Rs 1,000 crore. “The disbursement on account of subsidy has been low as not many routes have been operationalised,” the official said.last_img read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 8:41 am MDT TSX ahead as Syria fears ease, banks turn in strong earns, telcos breathe easier TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a solid gain of almost 100 points mid-afternoon Thursday amid strong bank earnings and an easing of concerns over a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 97.51 points to 12,704.73, with strength also coming from the three big telecoms on speculation that U.S. telco Verizon won’t be entering the Canadian wireless market.The Canadian dollar was down 0.41 of a cent at 94.96 cents US, the first time the loonie has closed below 95 cents since July 8.CIBC (TSX:CM) posted net earnings of $890 million or $2.16 per diluted share in the most recent period while revenue rose to $3.26 billion from $3.15 billion. Adjusted net income was $943 million or $2.29 per share diluted, 14 cents ahead of estimates and its shares gained $2.22 to $82.66.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) shares rose 75 cents to $65.24 as the bank reported record net income of $2.3 billion for the third quarter, an increase of three per cent from a year ago. Profit was $1.48 a share ex-items, beating expectations of $1.38. The bank also raised its dividend six per cent to 67 cents a share.TD Bank’s (TSX:TD) quarterly net income was $1.53 billion or $1.58 per diluted share, compared with $1.7 billion or $1.78 per share a year ago amid losses on the insurance side of the business. However, earnings ex-items were $1.65 a share against estimates of $1.55 a share and the bank increased its quarterly dividend by four cents, or five per cent, to 85 cents per share. TD shares advanced $2.12 to $89.93.Combined profits at the country’s biggest banks slipped to $7.63 billion in the third quarter, even though most of them reported stronger results for the period.“It’s a mixed bag but they are doing well,” said Ron Meisels, president of Phases and Cycles in Montreal.“I believe the banks have found the secret of making money in all environments. Banks have gone into so many side businesses — investments, brokerage business, money management businesses — and they have a lot of ways of taking whatever is there in the economy.”Meanwhile, U.S. indexes advanced amid indications that a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria may not be happening imminently.The latest reading on U.S. economic growth for the second quarter also came in better than expected. Annualized gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent, better than the 2.2 per cent that economists expected. The original reading was 1.7 per cent.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 16.44 points to 14,840.95 even as the strong data again raised concerns that the Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus as soon as next month. A run of largely solid economic figures had raised the likelihood of the Fed slowing its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases but some more recent the data have been a little bit more mixed.The Nasdaq was 26.95 points higher at 3,620.3 while the S&P 500 index was 3.21 points higher at 1,638.17.The prospect of an immediate multinational response diminished late Wednesday after the UN Security Council’s permanent members failed to agree to a proposal to use force against Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama also gave the impression that he had not yet decided to back a military strike.There have been appeals to wait until UN inspectors reveal their findings on the apparent chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus that has been blamed on the government of President Bashar Assad. The report is expected within a week.The prospect of intervention in the country’s civil war has rattled markets this week as it has raised fears that such a move could seriously affect a fragile global economic recovery and that fighting could spread to other areas of the Mideast.On the TSX, the telecom sector was the biggest percentage gainer, up 2.18 per cent with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 82 cents to $33.10, Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) rose $1.23 to $42.01 and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) ran up 96 cents to $43.44.Canadian telcos advanced as Britain’s Vodafone PLC confirmed that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for as much as $130 billion.That raised speculation that Verizon would not be interested in the possible purchase of at least one of the country’s smaller wireless players. Verizon has said it has had discussions but called it just an exploratory exercise.Most of the resource sectors were in the red but the gold sector shed early gains to move up about 1.2 per cent as gold prices also started to back off following gains earlier in the week. The December bullion contract in New York lost $5.90 to US$1,412.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 43 cents to C$20.69.The base metals sector was the biggest decliner, down 1.17 per cent while December copper gave back five cents to US$3.26 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dropped 13 cents to C$7.Oil prices declined after running up about four per cent in the previous two sessions on supply disruption concerns. The October contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.30 to US$108.80. The energy sector was off 0.42 per cent and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) shed 42 cents to C$44.38. read more

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Mila Barzdukas, Giuseppe Vinci, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan in front of a regulation size volleyball. Jody Avirgan: Neil, my favorite little tidbit from the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was the fact that each day, all the stats nerds streamed into the building toward panel discussions about sports analytics, waltzing right past — actual sports! There was a massive regional volleyball tournament taking place in the same building, and as far as I could tell, no one stopped to check it out. And, honestly, part of me thinks that it could have been an NFL game and people would have still hustled upstairs to talk about sports rather than just watch them. There was a panel discussion called “Is Analytics Taking the Fun Out of Sports.” This felt like a nice parallel to that idea.Neil Paine: “Hey, nerds — get your heads out of those volleyball spreadsheets and try watching a match!” (Said no one ever.) But seriously, the juxtaposition was interesting, particularly considering that we had the opportunity to speak with some people who do sabermetrics for volleyball. It seemed like this should have been a big moment for them — considering their sport was on display for all Sloan-ites to see — but instead it was just another smaller sport that can sometimes go neglected at an event geared more toward basketball, baseball and football.But not by us — right, Jody?Jody: Never. We contain multitudes. That said, I know next to nothing about volleyball. And while there is obvious strategy involved — you can see play fakes and how teammates work together — I hadn’t really thought about how you would evaluate the merit of particular plays. The main thing I learned from Mila Barzdukas and Giuseppe Vinci was to think about the setting pass. Is it one that leaves the team with no options but to flail and punch it over the net? Or is it a pass that multiple people could spike, from a wide range of unpredictable angles? That is, in essence, the goal of every possession — a versatile set pass. And it’s graded on a scale of 0 to 3. If you’ve got three options of attack from a given set, that’s a success.And the thing that makes it so intriguing is that the quality of the set is related to the pass before it, which is related to the serve before it. … It’s impossible to untangle each pass from the others. Which might be kind of unique among all sports, right? And, I imagine, a real metrics challenge. …Which is where I saw your wheels turning. Have we found your new beat?Neil: It’s possible. Not really having played volleyball since high school gym class, I’d never considered how oddly well-structured it is for analysis, in terms of the way each rally progresses and the fact that outcomes for individual players can be counted with relative ease. (Even at the 14- to 15-year-old level we observed, Vinci and Barzdukas insisted that coaches were tracking basic pluses and minuses — that is, positive and negative plays — for their players during matches.) It’s still not as perfectly suited to analytics as baseball (what is?), but it wouldn’t be unfair to liken it more to basketball than sports with more moving parts, such as hockey, soccer and football.The strategy of maximizing your passing options on any given setting opportunity struck me as particularly fascinating because it seems like one of those statistical best practices that can suddenly bring focus to a coach’s entire game plan. It that way, it may be much like how conserving outs should be the all-consuming imperative of a baseball offense or how resisting mid-range jumpers has become the mark of smart offensive basketball. (Even hockey has recently found a version of this: Playing dump-and-chase is the equivalent of cutting off your setter’s passing options.)The beauty of sports analytics, though, is that they’re a beginning, not an end. Finding the right strategy is just the first step in a journey that (hopefully) ends with the right players putting it to use. And with an actual volleyball tournament in such close proximity to analytics experts, both components of the odyssey were placed side-by-side, however briefly.Jody: Well said, Neil. Nice setup. Even the most grizzled volleyball coach would say you’re “passing a 3.” OK, folks, watch the video. CORRECTION (March 10, 10:37 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the number of passes in a volleyball point. It’s two, not three. read more

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Zach LaVinePG202014131760 Some context to go along with the chart: Based on his rookie season, KAT’s CARMELO “upside score” is 50.2. Simply, that’s our best guess at how many wins Towns will add to his team over the next six seasons. It means our model thinks he’ll be worth 50.2 wins above replacement over that period, which would have ranked seventh in the league in 2015-16, wedged between Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. That’s an alarmingly good projection, considering he’ll be entering his second season and presumably has not reached his potential — the other players who project anywhere near that range are all established stars whose six-year outlook includes only their prime seasons and the gradual decline from that peak. For Towns, it’s possible his best years aren’t even included in those six.The key thing here, the obvious thing, is that Towns’s status as a franchise centerpiece is not merely the product of especially sanguine long-term forecasts, as is occasionally the case with promising players still searching for their final forms like Marcus Smart or Elfrid Payton. Towns dominated this season, producing numbers in a way that doesn’t just suggest that he’ll be great, but that he is already great.This is an important distinction! The holes in Towns’s game — he doesn’t always establish good position or use his size effectively in the post; he doesn’t yet have a great feel for space in the pick-and-roll — are things that typically come along as players grow accustomed to the league. Meanwhile, the parts of his game that prop up his exceptional numbers — solid handle, an excellent face-up game from the wing, being a good finisher around the rim — are things that are much harder to teach a big man. And he already does some good things to highlight his strengths, like using his speed to get down the court and plant himself deep in the post early in a possession, unlike, say, DeMarcus Cousins, who does exactly the opposite. It’s also probably fair to assume that the Wolves’ improvements in other areas will compound any growth by Towns. For instance, Towns’s overall numbers for chances created off of the pick-and-roll are unimpressive, but those are tanked in part by a good deal of his PNRs coming with LaVine, who is very bad at those plays, and in part by the Wolves’ truly awful shooting. Minnesota scored 87.4 points per 100 chances created off of Towns’ screens, but that number shot up to 95.1 points per 100 when Towns took the shot. It’s not a coincidence that Minnesota attempted the second-fewest threes per game this season and shot the fifth-worst percentage of them. Surround Towns with a few shooters, and who knows what’ll happen.The degree of difficulty for Towns comes through in the deeper-dive stats. By quantified shot quality, which estimates how difficult shots are based on factors like location and the position of the nearest defenders, Towns got shots that would be expected to fall at a rate equivalent to a 48.3 percent effective field goal percentage, which is very bad. His actual eFG% was 55.6, near the top of the league. The difference between the two — his shot-making prowess, or quantified shooter impact — was +7.2, which is fifth among players who took at least 500 shots, sandwiched between Klay Thompson (+6.6) and Leonard (+8.7).That’s a long way of saying that Towns’s already stellar shot chart, like this one from StatMuse, is even more impressive than it looks: Karl-Anthony TownsC21201514000 2016-17 PHI1st-round pick, 2016——201614000 2015-16 MINAndrew WigginsSG20201414000 Corey MaggetteSG221999131760 13890 2016-17 MINAndrew WigginsSG21201414000 Nerlens NoelPF22201362380 12790 James HardenSG20200932890 2009-10 OKCKevin DurantSF21200723250 The Timberwolves have many obvious needs — perimeter defense, outside shooting, perhaps even a point guard who doesn’t shoot 37 percent from the field. One or two of those may be addressed with that No. 5 pick, or in free agency, or through further development of the young lions surrounding Towns. But unlike just about every other young team in the process of squadding up, the Wolves already have their superstar. Ben GordonSG21200432890 Michael OlowokandiC26199814000 Total *This assumes the 2016 first-round draft picks also will play at least 1,500 minutes next seasonSources: Basketball-reference.com, kevin pelton/espn Jeff GreenPF23200752500 Jerami GrantSF22201439500 Thabo SefoloshaSG252006131760 1st-round pick, 2016——201652500 In the weeks immediately after the death of Sam Hinkie’s Process in Philadelphia, the 76ers finally landed a No. 1 overall draft pick. (Hinkie, the team’s former general manager, was known for his strategy of engineering high draft picks by piling up calamitous records.) By the cold animating arithmetic of that strategy, Tuesday’s event was the turning point. Next year’s squad will feature Nerlens Noel (No. 6 overall in 2013), Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014), Jahlil Okafor (No. 3 in 2015), and whomever the Sixers draft with the No. 1 pick — presumably LSU forward Ben Simmons.Next season’s 76ers will not, however, be the NBA team most loaded down with young talent. That will probably be the Minnesota Timberwolves.Using the draft-pick value chart of ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, we aggregated the amount of young talent on each roster during the lottery era (since 1985) for a table, which you can find at the bottom of this post.1To be included in his team’s total, a player had to log enough minutes to qualify for Basketball-Reference.com’s rate-statistic leaderboards — generally 1,500 minutes in a normal, 82-game season — and he had to be selected in one of the previous four NBA drafts. For next year’s Sixers, this process could yield the second-most draft-value points of any team since ’85, provided Embiid somehow stays intact long enough to make the leaderboard cutoff and Nik Stauskas somehow plays above his usual sub-replacement-level standards.But even if all that happens, Philly will run behind the 2016-17 Timberwolves of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad — and, especially, 2016 rookie of the year Karl-Anthony Towns.In Towns, the Timberwolves have something the other teams on this list need if they hope to make the turn from “stockpiling assets” to becoming genuine contenders. Specifically, a high draft pick who turns into a superstar. Although draft value is a functional proxy for talent — none of the teams that had an abundance of draft value were truly bereft — nailing a pick like Towns is the difference between real and abstract value, between the Thunder in 2010 and the Bulls in 2003.As a rookie, Towns picked up 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 32 minutes per game, with a shooting line of .542/.341/.811. That’s exceptional for a first-year big, but to really get across how great he was we need to dig a little deeper. Here’s his CARMELO projection for next season: Shabazz MuhammadSG232013141690 13060 Chris DuhonPG22200438530 Quentin RichardsonSG212000181490 Zach LaVinePG212014131760 Teams with the highest combined draft value (among players selected in the previous four NBA drafts and playing at least 1,500 minutes), 1985-2017* Gorgui DiengC272013211340 Nik StauskasSG23201482200 Kirk HinrichPG24200372280 Total (projected) Eddy CurryC22200142660 TEAMPLAYERPOSAGEYEARPICKVALUE Total Shabazz MuhammadSG242013141690 Darius MilesSF20200032890 Luol DengSF19200472280 14860 Nate Silver contributed research. Total (projected) Total Gorgui DiengC262013211340 Joel EmbiidC22201432890 DRAFT 2004-05 CHITyson ChandlerC22200123250 Jahlil OkaforC21201532890 Russell WestbrookPG21200842660 Total 14140 15290 2001-02 LACElton BrandPF22199914000 Karl-Anthony TownsC20201514000 read more

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first_imgThe failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recordingDru Sharpling, HMIC “We estimate that the force fails to record over 38,000 reported crimes each year. The reported crimes that go unrecorded include serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”The failings are often a consequence of a lack of knowledge on the part of the officers and staff as to their responsibilities for crime-recording; including the cancellation of recorded crime records.”In dip samples of cancelled recorded crimes, 18 out of 20 rapes were found to have been correctly dropped, and 17 out of 21 other sexual offences.But only 10 out of 20 violent crimes and 15 out of 22 robberies that were audited had been correctly cancelled.GMP said recording levels had risen from 68 per cent to 85 per cent in the past two years, and that further progress would be made once a new IT system was introduced.Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “Many victims of crime are satisfied with the service they receive, even when the crime is not recorded properly and the report doesn’t highlight this.”Whilst there are some unacceptable crime recording failings, many are simply administrative issues and do not mean we have failed the victim.”A significant amount of activity has taken place to address these administrative problems and we will continue to work hard to address this.”He also stressed that the majority of unrecorded violent crimes were “in the less serious categories”. One of the biggest police forces in the country fails to record more than 38,000 reported crimes each year, including a quarter of violent offences.Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was graded “inadequate” at recording crime, and a watchdog found officers were also wrongly cancelling recorded violence, robbery and sex offences.Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said GMP recorded around 85 per cent of crimes that were reported, but the force was under-recording some serious offences. A quarter of violent crimes, equivalent to more than 16,800 offences, went unrecorded in a year.Dru Sharpling from HMIC said: “Despite making some progress following our 2014 inspection, the force is failing some victims of crime. Another force, Staffordshire Police, was graded as “requires improvement” when recording crime.HMIC said that 91 per cent of reported crimes were recorded, including every rape, but that the force was under-recording offences including violence, sex offences and modern slavery.Wendy Williams from the watchdog said: “The force is still not recording a large number of crimes each year properly – approximately 6,700 crimes, including some serious crimes, such as violence and sexual offences.”There is a lack of knowledge amongst officers and staff about their responsibilities to record crime.”Meanwhile, Sussex Police was judged to be “good” at recording crime, with a rate of nearly 95 per cent, although 5,300 offences were going unrecorded, including some serious allegations.Chief Constable Giles York said: “We were inspected at no notice by the HMIC and to have achieved 95% accuracy is a huge testament to how our staff understand what this means for victims of crime.”Some victims may not have had their crimes recorded entirely accurately and if they have felt let down by that, then I am really sorry.”We will need to keep working hard to maintain and improve this very high standard for recording crime to ensure that victims get the services they need.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgARE YOU A driver, invoicer, accountant, factory worker? Then you’re in a similar situation to the workers from English factories during the Industrial Revolution. If you don’t enter the world of work 2.0 technological progress may well destroy your job.A specific feature of the current global crisis is high youth unemployment. What’s more, this problem affects mainly and nearly exclusively developed countries. Thus maybe the reasons for high youth unemployment can be found in the weaknesses of the global economy? The best educated generation in history is now experiencing that we’re living through a dramatic revolution.We’re seeing the creation of the digital world. Ten years ago, there was no such thing as Facebook. Ten years before that, we didn’t have Amazon or the Web. New technologies have opened up new opportunities. They bring with them an ever more complex reality.In the new digital reality companies of a new type, such as Google, thrive. This firm has been testing driverless cars for the last few years. A special machines directs Toyotas Prius and Lexus RX450h equipped with sophisticated observation systems. These cars have driven over 300 thousand miles of roads in California and Nevada, not once causing an accident or even a fender bender. This is a shocking result unattainable for many drivers. A computer, rather than a driver who has to be paid, drives safer than humans, reducing the costs of the car fleet at the company; that’s a very tempting vision.Technological progress is causing certain jobs to disappearIt is also part of a broader trend seen since the times of the Industrial Revolution and recently returning to the fore. Machines are taking work away from humans, or to put it more subtly – technological progress is causing certain jobs to disappear, even those which were very common quite recently. An invoicer or an assembly line worker are becoming history – as once happened to the profession of blacksmith – we don’t use horses for transportation any more.The automation of repetitive and often tedious tasks in services doesn’t only apply to office and factory workers. Also services are being automated. The same goes for posts serviced by machines, especially so due to Machine to machine (M2M) technology.We are suffering from a disease, which you will be hearing a lot about in the coming years – technological unemployment. Unemployment caused by the fact, that the speed of falling demand for human labour as a result of technological progress will be quicker, than the speed with which we will find new uses for this labour – this was said in 1930 by John Maynard Keynes. the same conclusions were drawn by Peter Drucker and Nobel prize winner in economics Wassily Leontief, who stated in 1983, that people will share the horse’s fate after the Industrial Revolution.Work will ultimately return. But it won’t be the same kind of work as before. No one is going to pay you a salary just for showing up at work. Employers will have new expectations for their workers, thus creating a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure world of work. It will be run by people with new values, driven by the coming of Work 2.0.A whole new way of working and livingWork 2.0 is a whole new way of working and living. The new type of work is carried out by people sitting on chairs and looking into their monitors all day. Their minds are flexible and focused on multitasking. They work part-time. Sometimes 15 hours in a row, sometimes on a Sunday, often remotely. The worker bears the costs of the equipment he uses, of the insurance taken out on the effects of his work, of continuous education, of the effects of his illness. How, why, when and where of work has never been so open to individual interpretation as now. It’s a new social contract between employers and employees.While in the old system you pretty much chose one career to follow and this choice affected your entire life, changes on the labour market have made this way of planning your future redundant. Work 2.0 is emerging as new technologies are making more and more jobs possible for automation – why would a company pay you for something their own computers can do for free and much quicker? And if your job still isn’t up for automation, your employer has the technology to outsource it to a cheaper worker at its fingertips.Technology is a double-edged sword, as it has the ability to both liberate and enslave. Technology is changing the nature of work, enriching us, and as companies redefine how and where different tasks are carried out, they require new skills and new employer-employee relationships. However, jobs for others than workers 2.0, the global hyper-skilled, are disappearing—this transformation is leaving many people without a job for good.Sergiusz Prokurat is the author of ‘Work 2.0: nowhere to hide’ (2013), a lecturer at the University of Euroregional Economy and ISG Paris and Director of the CSPA think tank.Website: www.work-2-0.com Contact: sergiusz.prokurat@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/workXXIcentaurylast_img read more

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first_imgIrish Embassies in Mozambique and Malawi are working with partners on the ground in response to this crisis, while the Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria is monitoring the effects of the crisis in Zimbabwe, through its office in Harare.Here’s a breakdown of the Irish Government’s €1,050,000 response: €400,000 released by the Embassy of Ireland in Mozambique to the World Food Programme.€500,000 to the IFRC Red Cross response in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.€150,000 in Irish Aid funding allocated to Concern Worldwide for activities in Malawi. Image: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi Friday 22 Mar 2019, 5:19 PM Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Mar 22nd 2019, 5:19 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland to give over €1 million to Cyclone Idai relief effort as fears death toll could exceed 1,000 Ireland will contribute at least €1,050,000 to help those most gravely affected by the cyclone. Three thousand people who are living in a school that has 15 classrooms and six, only six, toilets. You can imagine how much we are sitting on a water and sanitation ticking bomb.What moved him the most was the number of children without their parents, separated in the chaos or newly orphaned.“Yesterday (we) did a reconnaissance and we found another (inland) lake. So we are still very early in the phase of identifying what the scope of this is, for who is affected and how many are lost,” Emma Batey, coordinator for the consortium of Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children, told the AP.Luckily, the area is a national park and less densely populated, she said. Still, “there were devastatingly small amounts of people.”She estimated that another 100 people would be airlifted out today: “We’re only picking up those in absolute dire need.”No one is still clinging to roofs and trees, she said. Mozambicans stands in a queue to receive food from the World Food Programme in Nhamatanda, about 100km west of Beira Source: Themba HadebePedro Matos, emergency coordinator for the World Food Program, said that what rescuers are seeing now is “sometimes it’s just a hut completely surrounded by water.”“If islands are big enough, we can even see smoke coming out, meaning that they’re cooking,” he said, adding that it remains “super difficult” to estimate a death toll or even the number of missing.For residents of Beira, life staggered on. People salvaged the metal strips of roofs that had been peeled away like the skin of a fruit. Downed trees littered the streets. And yet there were flashes of life as it used to be. White wedding dresses stood pristine behind a shop window that hadn’t shattered.Zimbabwe was also affected by the cyclone and as roads began to clear and some basic communications were set up, a fuller picture of the extent of the damage there is beginning to emerge.The victims are diverse: a mother buried in the same grave with her child, headmasters missing together with dozens of school students, illegal gold and diamond miners swept away by raging rivers and police officers washed away with their prisoners.The Ministry of Information said 30 pupils, two headmasters and a teacher are missing.Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that officers and prisoners were washed way. Marta Ben prepares food on a sidewalk after her home was destroyed in Beira, Mozambique, Source: Cara Anna via PA ImagesIn downtown Beira, a sidewalk is Marta Ben’s new home. The 30-year-old mother of five clutched a teary child to her hip as she described the sudden horror of the storm.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said, barefoot, a cooking pot bubbling nearby. “We were not warned. Suddenly the roof flew away.”She said she and neighbours in their home near the beach hurried their many children away but “we lost some of them.” Hers survived.Now they claim a patch of sidewalk among others newly homeless. They beg passers-by for aid. They say they have received nothing from the government or aid groups, “not even bread.”And yet she knows others have suffered more. She described seeing the ragged people who had been ferried by fishermen from communities outside the city. “They looked sad,” she said.The survivors from inland Mozambique arrived by the boatload, some 50 at a time, mostly children, witnesses said.“Some were wounded. Some were bleeding. Some had feet white like flour for being in the water for so long,” said Julia Castigo, who watched them arrive Friday morning.The 24-year-old said the cyclone came as a surprise to her, her husband and two children. It blew away the roof, the door, the windows. Water filled the home.She looked resigned. “We survived. We’re still here,” she said simply.Additional reporting from Assocaited Press  36 Comments 9,690 Views By Adam Daly Share1167 Tweet Email Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi via PA ImagesIn Mozambique, thousands of people were making a grim voyage toward the city of Beira, which although 90% destroyed has become a centre for frantic rescue efforts throughout the region.Some walked along roads carved away by the raging waters a week ago. Others, hundreds of them, were ferried in an extraordinary makeshift effort by local fishermen who plucked stranded people from small islands.Helicopters set off into the rain for another day of efforts to find people clinging to rooftops and trees.For those who reach Beira with their few remaining possessions, life is grim. Waterborne diseases are a growing concern as water and sanitation systems were largely destroyed.“The situation is simply horrendous, there is no other way to describe it,” As Sy said after touring transit camps for the growing number of displaced. Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Image: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has announced it is giving over €1 million in funding to support the thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa. Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, and Minister of International Development Ciarán Cannon made the announcement today offering their deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by the “truly shocking” disaster. “Rapid assessments, including through EU satellite imagery, have highlighted the vast scale of humanitarian need, which is only likely to grow in the coming days and weeks. It is vital therefore that we step up our international response.“That is why, in addition to our contributions to the UN relief efforts, I am pleased that Ireland will contribute at least €1,050,000 to help those most gravely affected,” Coveney said in a statement. A week after Tropical Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, flood waters have begun to recede in parts, adding fears the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed.The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by Mozambique’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesIn addition to worries about the number of dead, As Sy told The Associated Press that the humanitarian needs are great.“They are nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem,” As Sy said. “And I fear we will be seeing more in the weeks and months ahead, and we should brace ourselves.” A man passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi via PA ImagesMinister Ciarán Cannon described the disaster as one of the “worst weather-related disasters ever experienced in Africa,” adding that Ireland’s response will be crucial over the coming days in order to minimise the loss of life. https://jrnl.ie/4556276 last_img read more

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first_imgPortuguese forward Andre Silva is refusing to rule Sevilla chances of securing a shock La Liga title this seasonUnder new coach Pablo Machin, Sevilla have emerged as one of the surprise packages in Spain this term and currently sit third in the standings and five points adrift of leaders Barcelona.Los Rojiblancos proved their solid form was no fluke when they thrashed European champions Real Madrid 3-0 earlier this season.And Silva, who has scored eight goals in his 16 league games for Sevilla, believes they are capable of achieving even more.“Individually, I can say that I believe that we can do great things, my teammates and I are very focused,” Silva told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Who knows how far we can go. We’re working to get things done in the best possible way and are improving. At the end, we’ll see where we are.”The Portugal international is aware dethroning Barcelona in La Liga will be no mean feat, but insists Sevilla mean business.“Barcelona and those other great clubs have a lot of quality,” admitted Silva.“It’s very difficult, but we are here, passing, playing football, fighting… we’re not up there to say hello. We want to do big things.”Sevilla will take on second-place side Atletico Madrid on January 6 for their first match of 2019 in La Liga.last_img read more

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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man is facing murder charges in connection to a shooting at a gas station in Fort Lauderdale.Forty-four-year-old Jeffrey Sapp was arrested for the shooting on Christmas at the Westar Gas Station along Broward Boulevard and Northwest Seventh Avenue.Police said surveillance video captured Sapp walking in and out of the gas station before following and shooting victim, Emmanuel Watts, several times inside the business.Watts was rushed to the hospital\ where he succumbed to his injuries.Sapp appeared in bond court and was denied bond, Wednesday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgPolice conduct an anti-drug drive in Dhaka’s Hazaribag area on Sunday.The police once again on Sunday conducted anti-narcotics drives in two places of the capital with much show and publicity.And allegations have it that the law enforcement harassed innocent people during the drives in the both places.Police, however, said although they rounded up people during the drives, they released innocent ones after quizzing them.Over 1000 members of the police took up position in and around the slums along the railway line in the capital’s Karwan Bazar around 1:30pm Sunday, but the operation began about one and a half hours later. By that time, the news of the anti-narcotics drive spread across Karwan Bazar.Police claimed that they recovered 4400 pieces of yaba, 8 kilograms of hemp and 440 bottles of phensidyl during the drive in Karwan Bazar slum – which is notoriously known as a drug haven.In another drive at the residential quarters of the city corporation’s cleaners in Ganaktuli, police rounded up a total of 105 men and women and kept them at the playground of a nearby Leather Technology Institute.During their two-hour drive, the law enforcement erected several signboards in the locality, notifying people that an anti-drug drive was underway.Police later released 55 of the 105 detainees, and recovered 363 yaba tablets, 29 bottles of phensidyl, and 1500 litres of local liquor.Earlier on Saturday, police conducted the anti-narcotic drive with huge fanfare at Karail slum of the capital on Saturday night. Over 1000 members of police took part in the operation.Read more: 12 more killed in alleged gunfights, toll crosses 100The drive began with an announcement by the police through the Public Address System. A tent was erected on a nearby playground and sitting arrangements made for the senior officials of the law enforcement.Police claimed that they detained over 30 drug peddlers from the slum.Earlier in the day, about 1,000 armed members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) joined an operation at ‘Geneva Camp’ in Mohammadpur of capital, although none of the key drug peddlers was detained during the operation.Drive in city’s HazaribaghLaw enforcers detained over 100 people on suspicion of drug dealing, during a drive in Ganaktuli of the capital’s Hazaribagh.After the drive, hundreds of men and women were seen crowding in front of the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology to have their relatives and friends released, claiming that they were innocent.Hashem Ali Miah, a 50-year old cleaner who lives in City Palli’s No. 6 Building, told Prothom Alo that the police dragged his his son Nazrul Islam out of bed bed.Asked whether Nazrul is a drug trader, his father said, “Those who are involved in the drug trade have already fled away. Now the police are detaining innocent boys.”At least 20 people including some ailing and elderly cleaners were detained from City Palli’s No. 6 Building, said locals.Police detained both father Husen Miah and son Ramzan Ali from a house. They even picked up a water carrier Babu. The local people said Babu had been awarded by the mayor recently for his brilliant SSC exam results.Another City Corporation staff, Md Morshed, alleged that his nephew Rafiqul Islam, who returned home from Malaysia last week, was also detained.”Rafiqul showed his papers to the police but they didn’t pay any heed,” said Md Morshed.Cleaner Noor Hossain Miah said that his son Babul Hossain and nephew Delwar Hossain were detained from his home. Delwar who works as a cleaner of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, was released in the afternoon but Babul is still in police custody, he said.College student Sanjida said that police detained two of her brothers. The actual drug dealers had left the area two weeks ago.”Police came and picked up innocent people,” she said.Police said, however, that they detained those who are involved in the drug trade.Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Ramna Division, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Abdullahil Kafi, however, said that a total 105 people were detained from City Palli. Of them, 55 were released and 50 others would be charged in narcotics cases, he added.The police official also said that around 1500 litres of local liquor, 367 yaba tablets, one kilogram of cannabis and 29 bottles of phensedyl were seized from the area.A factory that made the liquor was also sealed off in a certain Sumon’s house.One of Sumon’s relatives said that they belong to the Harijan community and drinking is part of their culture.An official of Department of Narcotics Control told Prothom Alo that sweepers, cobblers, tea garden workers and indigenous people can store nine and a half litres of liquor each for a month but keeping 1500 litres of alcohol in stock is illegal. Policemen seen one and a half hours before Karwan Bazar drivePolice detained some 53 people during a drive in the capital’s kitchen market Karwan Bazar on Sunday.The drive started around 3:00pm.Hundreds of cops, detectives and dog squads were also on the scene around 1:30 pm. Some of the policemen were seen resting under the Software Technology Park in Karwan Bazar while others were in the kitchen market.After around one and a half hours later, Biplob Sarker, deputy commissioner for Tejgaon division of DMP, came on the scene and directed the police teams to cordon off the Karwan Bazar slum.”Catch whoever seems to be suspicious,” he instructed the cops.The cops then conducted their drive in shanties of Karwan Bazar slum and detained 53 people.Joint commissioner of DMP, Abdul Baten, briefed the newsmen around 3:50pm that they detained 47 people including four women during the drive.Asked whether they could capture any of the listed drug traders from Karwan Bazar, Abdul Baten said that a special force is working on arresting them.last_img read more

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 In its first day of release, Drake’s “Scorpion” shattered Spotify’s and Apple Music’s one-day global record for album streams — and late Sunday, a rep for Amazon confirmed that the MC had broken its single-day streaming record as well. “Scorpion” clocked more first-day streams than any other album on Amazon Music Unlimited, breaking a record previously held by Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods.”Reps for all three services did not immediately provide further details. A rep for Spotify confirmed that the record had been broken by a large measure, but did not confirm the numbers officially, noting that its SpotifyCharts page may not be fully accurate.If the album’s streaming numbers were to continue at this rate — which seems unlikely — it would easily top 1 billion streams in its first week, obliterating the previous record. That mark was also set by “Beerbongs & Bentleys” last month, with 236,500,546 streams in the U.S. and 411,816,710 globally in its first week. Guess whose record that last number broke? Drake’s, for last year’s 22-track mixtape “More Life,” which set the record with 385 million streams. Late Friday afternoon, the RIAA announced that Drake has become its top certified digital singles artist, with 142 million to date — a number that’s sure to grow in the coming days.Stats will be updated through the coming hours and days.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia.But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes.So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by the hacker group themselves. They offer a disclaimer letting you know that you may well render your system useless, so make sure you pay attention to that before trying to mess with your little chunk of Nintendo gold.You can check out some of the games added, like River City Ransom, Battletoads, Metal Gear, Darkwing Duck, Bucky O’Hare, and more. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, but there’s the question of why you’d risk messing up your rare NES Classic you paid good money for when you could just use a Raspberry Pi emulator or something to that effect since that’s essentially what’s been done here, but you can’t argue with all the hard work that went into making this possible. Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series last_img read more

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first_img 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 | 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 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | 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 June 4, 2010 – The first national contract signed for a magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA) contrast agent was been signed, making it available to more than 27,000 medical facilities. The contract with Amerinet Inc., a leading national health care group purchasing organization, gives access to Ablavar (gadofosveset trisodium), an injectable MRA blood pool imaging agent indicated to evaluate aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) in adults with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The agent helps produce high-resolution images and is uniquely designed for vascular imaging, making it possible for physicians to detect vascular disease less invasively than with conventional X-ray angiography. Additionally, the product requires no radiation or iodine and can provide both first pass and blood pool images with a single, low dose injection.”Blood pool agents remain in the vasculature for an extended period of time, increasing the brightness of blood, resulting in high-resolution images. The albumin-binding properties of Ablavar make it uniquely designed for vascular imaging because it provides an expanded imaging window, making it possible to evaluate not only the location of disease but also the extent and severity of disease.The agent was cleared for use in the United States in January and is the first and only blood pool contrast agent approved for magnetic resonance angiography to evaluate peripheral artery disease (PAD). For more information: www.ablavar.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | June 03, 2010 Large Contract Expands Use of MRA Contrast Agent Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… 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 | 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | 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 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 Braccolast_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Related Content 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 center_img 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 | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | 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 September 28, 2017 — University of Iowa Health Care recently purchased Carestream’s Vue Motion enterprise viewer, lesion management and mammography/tomography software to augment the capabilities of its existing Carestream Clinical Collaboration Platform.“We need a fully featured enterprise viewer that can support rapid, reliable image access by the thousands of physicians we serve. This new viewer will be integrated with our Epic EMR [electronic medical record] to deliver images to University of Iowa clinicians, referring physicians and other clinicians as well as patients,” said Maia Hightower, M.D., chief medical information officer and clinical assistant professor, University of Iowa Health Care.Carestream’s Vue Archive module stores images from multiple applications, and a backup Carestream data center manages images during system upgrades and provides redundancy to help ensure continuous uptime.“Our organization is transferring additional data onto the Clinical Collaboration Platform’s Vue Archive module to deliver easy access to users and better leverage this investment. This allows us to reduce operating costs while ensuring responsive service to users,” Hightower added.The healthcare system also is implementing Carestream’s lesion management application to help enhance assessment of oncology patients with quantitative measurements, bookmarking and comparisons over time to aid oncologists’ diagnostic and treatment decision making.  Adding Carestream’s mammography/tomography module will equip physicians to read these images on picture archiving and communication system (PACS) workstations and eliminate use of standalone mammography workstations.  The University of Iowa Health Care’s Vue Archive enterprise repository stores radiology images, cardiology catheterization images from a dedicated cardio PACS and echo images from a separate PACS. It maintains both a production data center and a backup data center to supply redundancy and ensure access to patient data.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | September 28, 2017 University of Iowa Health Care Expands Carestream Clinical Collaboration Platform Capabilities Upgrades include new enterprise image viewer, lesion management and mammography modules Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read morelast_img read more

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first_img This story originally ran in the June 27, 2019 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — A travel agent’s value proposition includes personalized service, sales savvy and an expert in their client’s corner when travel plans go awry. They can also help shield clients from all the online travel booking scams out there. The numbers are staggering.Anyone who’s on social media, especially Facebook, has seen them: the posts purportedly from established airlines promising free airfare if users just click on the link and forward to friends. Except the post isn’t from a legit airline at all, and the scammers get access to contact lists and worse, user names and passwords.Fake hotel booking sites are also rampant, with online travel bookers misled by sites that look like hotel online booking engines, but aren’t. In the U.S., the American Hotel & Lodging Association says 15 million travellers are duped by online hotel booking scams every year, resulting in billions of dollars in losses.Online travel booking fraud is an issue in Canada too. Cyber security experts McAfee surveyed 1,000 Canadians and found that about one in eight had been scammed or nearly scammed when booking a vacation online. Not surprisingly, bargain-hunters were most at risk for travel booking frauds, with nearly a third of vacation scam victims (33%) being defrauded after spotting a deal that looked like a great offer – but turned out to be a scam. Almost one-third (30%) of travel-related scam victims reported that they lost between $1,000 and $3,000. The situation is even more dire for the 14% who reported identity theft after sharing their passport details with cybercriminals during the booking process.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesSearch terms most likely to yield potentially malicious websites in the results, according to McAfee, included ‘2019 vacation’, ‘All-inclusive vacation’, ‘Best vacations 2019’, ‘Cheap trip deals’, ‘Last minute vacation’, ‘Travel deals’, ‘Trip accommodations’, ‘Vacation’, ‘Vacation deals’ and ‘Vacation packages’.All the more reason to use a travel agent. In light of the stats, a travel agent’s ability to help clients zero in on the right vacation isn’t just a time saver – it can be the difference between dreams fulfilled and dreams dashed. Online travel booking scams are thriving “largely because consumers are overwhelmed with choices,” says McAfee Gary Davis. He’s the company’s ‘Chief Consumer Security Evangelist’ and knows a thing or two about cyber security. Today’s distracted consumer mindset is just exacerbating the problem, he says. “Hackers are betting that consumers aren’t going to research their site or offer deeply enough to know that it’s fraudulent.”Just like with any scam, the biggest warning sign “is when an offer appears too good to be true”, says Davis. “If everything a consumer searched is aggregating around a certain price point then someone comes across a dramatically better offer then it’s probably fraudulent. Another warning sign is if they ask for payment in advance with a cheque or cashier’s cheque.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe retail travel industry is rife with fraud, much of it directed at travel agents themselves, especially when it comes to bogus ticket sales purchased with fraudulent credit cards. Long on the receiving end of travel booking fraud, agents are now a consumer’s best bet for avoiding a scam. TICO has been active in educating Ontario consumers about online booking scams. “The biggest warning sign of an online travel scam – if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” says TICO President and CEO, Richard Smart. TICO directs consumers to its database to search for TICO-registered agencies and wholesalers.Online travel booking scams are everywhere, and they’re getting more sophisticated, adds McAfee’s Davis. “Hackers and scammers are always trying new techniques to dupe consumers into engaging with them,” he says, adding that one emerging approach is trying to interact with an unsuspecting consumer via their mobile device.Agents can also remind their clients about best practices for accessing WiFi while travelling. Davis says that while 36% of people say have concerns about having their personal data stolen while on vacation, almost half (47%) said they either don’t check the security of their Internet connection while travelling, or they willingly connect to an unsecured network. Most Canadians use their personal devices on vacation and many checking and sending e-mails (64%) and managing money through a banking app (32%), both data-sensitive. Tags: Cosco Friday, July 5, 2019 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Consumers who book through a travel agent can avoid falling prey to online travel scams Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Royal Palace & Temple This year is the year for Thailand to draw in more Aussie travellers, according to the Consul General of Thailand Biravij Suwanpredhes, who said the growing number of unused Australian vacation time presented ‘major’ tourism opportunities.Speaking at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) annual road show this week, Mr Suwanpredhes told guests that in 2010 up to 126 million Australian vacation days went unused and in 2011 that number maintained with 117 million days.The Consul General said the large number of holiday days available to the Australian public presented “major potential” for “aggressive marketing” to possible travellers.  With a short destination video and a marketing campaign planned, Mr Suwanpredhes said Australians would further be enticed to visit Thailand particularly as it celebrates a landmark anniversary with Australia this year.Describing 2012 as the “signature year” for Thailand, he explained the 60 year anniversary of friendship between the two countries will play a role in boosting travel between the two destinations.According to the head, Australia makes up five percent of Thailand’s international arrivals, with up to 800,000 Aussies passing through its airport gates last year.Click here for more information from the event and to check out photos from this year’s TAT road show.  last_img read more

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first_imgA large quantity of cigarettes and around three kilogrammes of tobacco for which no tax had been paid were seized on Friday following a search in a Larnaca home and betting agency.According to the customs department the owner of the house and betting agency was arrested after 3.2kg of tobacco and 4,000 cigarettes were located in her property.The goods did not bear warnings in Greek and Turkish as to the risks of smoking, customs said, an indication that no duty was paid.The woman was released after paying €4,000 that includes taxes and fines.You May Likecollegebuzzo18 Worst Colleges And Universities in AmericacollegebuzzoUndoiDailyinfosThe Most 13 Best Affordable Cars for College StudentsiDailyinfosUndoDegree26 Degrees with the Highest Earning PotentialDegreeUndo Romanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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