This illustration ashows the absolute value of the real part of the two-electron wave function for the H-initial state (a) before and (b) after an attosecond full-cycle pulse with a half-cycle momentum transfer equal to 10 atomic units and pulse duration equal to 0.6 atomic units. The arrow in (b) points in the direction in which the wavepacket is displaced with respect to the nucleus and the CM denotes the center of mass of the wavepacket. The small cut in the wavepacket in (b) is due to the electron-electron repulsion in the continuum. Image Credit: Darko Dimitrovski. Explore further What to call such a system is not yet an urgent matter, since, for now, an atom without a nucleus is just a hypothetical concept. But physicists John Briggs and Darko Dimitrovski from the University of Freiburg in Germany have recently described how such an atom might be created with the use of an attosecond laser. Capable of generating pulses that last just one billionth of a billionth of a second (10-18 seconds), an attosecond laser could possibly “detach” the electrons from an atom and – keeping their shape largely intact – remove them from being centered around the nucleus.“I would not call it an ‘atom,’” Briggs told PhysOrg.com. “Maybe an ‘atom without a nucleus’ or a ‘filleted atom.’ However, one should not forget that when several electrons are involved, once the nucleus is away, the electrons will repel themselves, and the ‘atom’ will be destroyed. Nevertheless, coincident detection of the electrons should allow reconstruction of the initial wavepacket.” Briggs said that he is not aware of the idea of an atom without a nucleus being proposed before. But such a thing could potentially be created because the duration of an attosecond laser pulse is much shorter than the orbital time of an atom’s ground-state electrons. In a hydrogen atom, for example, an electron takes about 24 attoseconds to orbit the nucleus. Besides being short, the attosecond laser pulse must also be very strong, with an electric field equal to or greater than the nuclear field experienced by a bound electron.The researchers propose that a single short (10-attosecond), strong (1018-watt) laser pulse interacting coherently with the ground electrons could be used to remove all the electrons from an atom, completely ionizing the atom. In the first half-cycle of a pulse, several atomic units of momentum would be transferred, causing the electrons to accelerate away from the nucleus without changing the form of their initial wavefunction.Normally, an electron wavepacket that leaves an atom spreads out and loses its shape, and the electrons quickly repel each other and fly apart. However, due to the extremely short attosecond pulse, the wavepacket has almost no time to spread. Although a single half-cycle pulse can produce this wavepacket, electromagnetic theory shows that a half-cycle alone cannot be produced. So the researchers use the second half-cycle pulse to stop the electron wavepacket from moving away from the nucleus, producing a stationary atomic electron cloud spatially distant from its nucleus. Instead of being centered around the original nucleus, the wavepacket has shifted and is centered around the pulse’s mean momentum. The researchers explain that this scheme could apply not only to single- or multi-electron atoms, but also to molecules. The greatest challenge, of course, is in building an attosecond laser with such a short, strong pulse. A sufficient attosecond laser – once it exists – could enable researchers to test Briggs and Dimitrovski’s proposal. Using different half-pulses, researchers could create atoms without nuclei, as well as slow down electron wavepackets for extraction by detector fields. “We conceived this as a ‘sexy’ little experiment,” Briggs explained. “However, the real message of the paper is that one should be able to fully ionize an atom or molecule (or even clusters of atoms or plasmas) and then control and manipulate, by further half-cycle momentum kicks, the state of the continuum electron wavepacket. The possibility of observing rather directly the spatial bound-state atomic wavefunction moving nucleus-free, essentially undistorted, is just one example of this general technique that the development of strong attosecond lasers will make realizable.”More information: Briggs, John S.; and Dimitrovski, Darko. “Ionization in attosecond pulses: creating atoms without nuclei?” New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 025013.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. You might remember learning in sixth grade science class that isotopes are atoms that have lost or gained a few neutrons, and ions are atoms that have lost or gained a few electrons. But what about an atom that has lost its entire nucleus – when essentially all that remains are the electrons whizzing around in their defined orbits? What happens when you explode a chemical bond? Citation: Physicists Ponder Atoms Without Nuclei (2008, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-physicists-ponder-atoms-nuclei.html
Can alkaline earth metals be used in quantum computing? (PhysOrg.com) — What if atoms could be used to perform the functions currently the province of electronic devices? The goal of atomtronics is to do just that by creating analogues to the common items found in electronic devices. Ron Pepino, a graduate student at JILA and the University of Colorado, believes that he and his colleagues have found a way to create the atomtronic versions of diode and transistor circuits. The work of Pepino, Cooper, Anderson and Holland is described in Physical Review Letters: “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors.” Citation: Atomtronic transistor and diode could advance quantum computing (2009, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-atomtronic-transistor-diode-advance-quantum.html “In our work, we create a one-to-one analogy between conventional electronic circuits and atoms trapped in optical lattices,” Pepino tells PhysOrg.com. “In this analogy, the current carriers — the electrons — are replaced with neutral, ultracold atoms, the semiconductor material that the electrons traverse is replaced with an optical lattice, and the electric potential difference — which induces the flow of electrons around the circuit — is replaced by a chemical potential difference”“The dynamics of atoms in optical lattices, which are basically crystals of light, have been studied both theoretically and experimentally for many years now. We add to this field by theoretically demonstrating that the electronic properties of the diode and transistor can be observed in specifically tailored optical lattices,” Pepino continues.The team at JILA believes that it is possible to emulate the behavior of a semiconductor diode in these atomic systems. “We have predicted that you can take the optical lattice, manipulate its experimentally-tunable parameters in a specific way, and recover diode-like phenomena,” Pepino explains, “Our simulations show that this augmented optical lattice will allow atoms to flow across it from left to right, for example, but forbids the atoms to traverse the lattice going the other way. We have modeled this, and we think it might work.”Pepino and his peers have also modeled an atomtronic transistor. “All modern electronics contain transistors; they are the fundamental building blocks of electronics and computers. Naturally, we want an atomtronic version.” The transistor designed by Pepino and his colleagues exhibits on/off switching behavior, and acts as an amplifier. By configuring the optical lattice in a manner discussed in their article, they show that it is possible to recover the characteristics of the conventional electronic transistor in the atomic world. He points out that atomtronics probably won’t replace electronics. “Atoms are sluggish compared to electrons, and that means that you probably won’t see atomtronics replace current electronic devices. What atomtronics might be useful for is the field of quantum information.” Because electrons lose any possible initial quantum state as they bounce around through the energy dissipating semiconductor or metallic systems, they are ill-equipped for quantum computing. “In quantum computing, you store a quantum state on an object, perform operations on the object and then read out the final state. If the system is not coherent, the initial stored information is lost,” Pepino points out. “Atoms trapped in optical lattices have been considered extensively for specific quantum computing schemes due to their inherent energy conserving characteristics. The dynamics of our atomtronic devices would be coherent and potentially useful in quantum computing.” He also suggests that there is the possibility that atomtronics could be useful in obtaining sensitive measurements. At the very least, he concludes, “atomtronic systems provide a nice test of fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics.”While these ideas have been modeled, they have yet to be built. Pepino says that an effort is under way to set up experiments that could provide a proof of principle for the work being done at JILA and the University of Colorado by experimental collaborator and co-author Dana Anderson.More information: Pepino, et. al. “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.140405 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
Osborn’s reconstruction of Platybelodon from his 1936 book Proboscidea. Credit: American Museum of Natural History, via the Biodiversity Heritage Library/Wired By most standards, the platybelodon was an odd looking animal—while resembling modern elephants, it also had a protruding lower jaw with horizontal teeth that Sanders believes were used in a scythe-like manner to mow down grass for consumption. Platybelodon fossils were first discovered and described back in the early 1920’s. Since that time, many more fossils (particularly in China) have been found helping to give researchers a better picture of what the animal actually looked like. It’s now pretty clear that they lived approximately 8 to 20 million years ago in Africa, Asia and even made their way to North America. But because their upper mouth region, snout or trunk, was made of softer material that didn’t fossilize very well, researchers have not been able to see what the upper part of the mouth or trunk actually looked like. For that reason, they have had to put forth theories to explain why an animal would grow a lower jaw the way it did and how an upper mouth or trunk might make best use of what it had—otherwise, neither would have evolved the way it did.The earliest depictions of platybelodon show an elephant-like creature with a dexterous upper mouth and large, equally dexterous tongue. The thinking, by one of the first to try to understand how the animal looked—Henry Osborn—was that platybelodon simply used its mouth parts to grab food and eat it, much like most other grazers. Paleontologist David Lambert, suggested back in 1992, however, that careful study of the teeth on the bottom jaw indicated the animal used them for slicing grass, a feat which would have been difficult for a simple normal grazer. Now, Sanders is weighing in, suggesting that the answer is simple—platybelodon had a trunk like modern elephants, but rather than simply using it to yank food from the ground to stuff into its mouth, it used it to hold onto thick tough grasses while sawing with its lower teeth. That would explain, he says, why the trait evolved—it was a way to help feed a large animal that had to subsist on grass that was too tough to simply yank from the ground. New advance on Platybelodon from the Linxia Basin of China This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Noted paleontologist William Sanders of the University of Michigan has suggested via email to Matt Simon of Wired Magazine, that earlier depictions of platybelodon with a gaping mouth are likely misrepresenting what the ancient elephant-like animal actually looked like. Explore further Citation: New theory suggests platybelodon had a separate trunk (2013, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-theory-platybelodon-trunk.html © 2013 Phys.org
Delhiites, it is time to rediscover the romance of Russia that Bollywood once created soon after Independence. So from Russian theatre to ballet, you can catch them all in your city itself. And all this, thanks to a protocol that was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations [ICCR] and the Ministry of Russian Federation. As a result, a festival that will showcase Russian culture in India will be held later this month and will go on till early November. Not just Delhi, those living in Mumbai and Bangalore will also get a chance to be a part of this cultural extravaganza. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A total of 65 artistes and delegates will travel from Russia for the festival and they will be provided with hospitality by ICCR. A similar cultural programme will take place in Russia next year.In India though, expect performances by soloists of the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg Folk ensemble Barynya, the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photo exhibition.The two-day festival in Delhi will see joint performances by folk dance ensemble Barynya and the State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]. The next day, there will be a performance of Russian Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBarynya originally is a Russian folk dance accompanied by music. The word barynya was used by simple folk as a form of addressing a woman of a higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The dance doesn’t adhere to a choreography and consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork — knee bending. Go for this.DETAILWhat: Barynya and State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT] When: 29 October At: FICCI Auditorium, What: Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres When: 1 NovemberAt: Siri Fort AuditoriumTimings: 7 pm
Promoting, professionalising and branding street foods in its own master style, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has announced a grand Street Food Festival at the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex. The theme slogan of this culinary carnival would be ‘Swad hai, Romanch hai, Street Foods ki Baat hi kuchh aur hai’.This winter delight set to attract thousands of foodies across India over three days will have master street food vendors of different regions of India and other countries with their signature dishes having age old stamps of culinary tradition and culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Not just a unique battle of tastes, the carnival will be an advocacy event with a difference wherein the executives and functionaries of tourism, food processing, health, labour and employment departments and boards, and representatives of culinary institutes, development agencies, media and academic institutions would join together to share, acknowledge and celebrate the potentials and the possibilities of street food vending sector,’ said Arbind Singh, NASVI national coordinator while announcing the dates and venue of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’It will be an occasion to reassert that the grassroots street food entrepreneurs play a wonderful role in poverty reduction, employment generation and enterprise building, and they make cities charming for all,’ Singh added.NASVI feels that the street food vendors are disadvantaged because there is usually no support from formal institutions to improve their businesses or protect them from external influences. The usual response at policy level towards street food vendors is poor.They often have no legal status, resulting in victimisation by the police, public health institutions and local government authorities.So head over and show these guys some of your support and also – tuck in!WHEN: 20, 21 and 22 Dec, 12 noon-10 pmWHERE: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Gate No: 14Entry by ticket: Rs 30 per Person
Artist Amit Bharis is all set to take over the Capital with his magical canvases. Bhar belongs to the artistic tradition which is inspired by silent moods and contemplative conditions. His images are easy and uncomplicated, caressed by a mysterious but pleasant feeling. There is no room for strong, emotional outbursts in his works; they are never to be touched by anger, apprehension, anguish, or bitterness. Instead, Bhar’s art takes the course of a pilgrimage or a spiritual sojourn where negative thoughts are systematically filtered and eliminated; and in their place feelings of all-pervasive love, subtlety and gentle playfulness come to rest. Bhar’s works represents a meditative reflection, unburdened ambiance and a nuanced poignancy of an empowered spirit. It is clear that for the artist, creativity is an act of devotion, an act of connection, and a process of sharing. His paintings are acts of revelation, of affection, of softly spoken discourse, of giving as well as receiving. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bhar chooses the realistic mode for his artistic expression – a mode that is at once, penetrative, insightful and striking. The artist sees and perceives all things made by man and nature with all the care and grace they deserve. His paintings are filled with hues that pleases the eye. Bhar’s skill lies in mixing colours, perfecting the line and forming a texture. He also captures the nuances of a magical moment, a silent chant, a personalized mantra. Light is his biggest source of stimulation; the shadow, a willing and worthy companion.Bhar’s art is about positive energy and joyous associations, be it with the serene Ganga herself with her sensuous waves and ripples; or the Enlightened One himself exuding both tranquillity and expansion at the same time. Don’t miss this one!When: 1st March till 15th March, 2014Where: ART INDUS, 37, Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri
According to Towers Watson 2014-15 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam are set to lead the way with over 11 per cent overall salary increases while India is placed at the fourth position with an increase of 10.8 per cent. The report added that though salary across the regions are set to rise, a corresponding rise in inflation would mean that pay increases in ‘real terms’ would be eroded significantly in the coming year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChina is expected to see the highest salary increase — 5.2 per cent in real terms in the region, followed by Pakistan (4.5 per cent), Bangladesh (4.3 per cent), Vietnam (4.1 per cent) and Sri Lanka (3.8 per cent). India was ranked sixth with a corresponding real increase of 3.5 per cent. ‘We foresee an increased economic growth in Asia Pacific in 2015 in light of a declining unemployment rate and rising GDP in the region,’ Towers Watson Data Services practice leader, Asia Pacific Sambhav Rakyan said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘This, in turn, will lead to inflationary pressures that affect real salary increases. Indians will only see an effective salary increase that is one-third of the overall salary increase due to such pressures,’ Rakyan added.The report further noted that in 8 out of the 10 sectors surveyed, the pay raises for Executive Directors and Senior Management in India are expected to be higher than or equal to 2014 with the professional services sector particularly standing out at 4.5 per cent. In India all employees — from production workers to executive directors — are set to have higher pay raises than last year.
The Oil Ministry has asked sectoral regulator DGH to renegotiate fiscal terms of Cairn India’s Rajasthan oil block before its licence can be extended beyond the contractual period.“We have asked DGH to renegotiate terms with both the contractors, Cairn and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC),” a senior government official said.Cairn’s contractual term for exploring and producing oil from the Rajasthan Block RJ-ON-90/2 expires in 2020 and the company has made a formal application for extending the licence by another 10 years saying that the block also has significant potential to produce natural gas. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAs per the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the licence can be extended by 5 years if it is oil bearing, and by 10 years if it has natural gas potential. ONGC, which is the licensee of the block, has agreed to 10 year extension but asked the ministry to decide if fiscal terms need to be renegotiated. The official said the ministry put the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons on the job after the Law Ministry opined that fiscal terms can be renegotiated while granting extension beyond contractual period. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe government can look at raising its share of oil from the fields from a current cap of up to 50 per cent as well as allowing state-owned ONGC to raise its stake. Asked for an opinion on the issue by the Oil Ministry, the Law Ministry stated that the extension of contract can be done only on “mutually agreed terms and conditions” by all parties to the contract ie government, ONGC and Cairn. He said the ministry has stated that the PSC for the Rajasthan block clearly states that extension can be granted on “mutually agreed” terms and conditions. The phrase mutual agreement clearly indicates a new agreement implying thereby that the parties to the agreement are at liberty to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the contract including fiscal terms and conditions, it has opined. Accordingly, the administrative ministry can renegotiate the terms and conditions in the best interest of the Union of India before granting extension and there appears to be no legal objection in this regard, it added.On the term of extension, it left it to the oil ministry to decide based on ground facts. ONGC holds 30 per cent interest in the Rajasthan block.Contractually the Rajasthan block is to return to ts licensee, ONGC after its term expires in 2020. Cairn India is the operator of the block with 70 per cent interest.
Kolkata: The drivers of Baguiati-Ultadanga auto rickshaw route suspended their service alleging that several autos are plying illegally on the same route. It has been alleged that the drivers of such auto-rickshaws behave badly with the passengers.According to the sources, the number legal autos on the Baguiati-Ultadanga route is around 350. But every day approximately 600 autos ply on the same route. The auto drivers with legal documents alleged that over 250 autos are plying without any valid papers. “As people do not know about these autos, they tend to blame all the auto drivers in case of extra fare or rude behaviour,” said an auto driver. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe auto drivers on Friday afternoon stopped their service protesting against the illegal auto drivers. They demanded strict action against the illegal autos plying on their mentioned regularly. Due to plying of illegal autos, the legal auto drivers’ earning have came down. In the evening, the number of autos that ply has become low compared to the number of passengers. Sources informed that several autos do not have any insurance as they are not authorised by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). Thus, the passengers of those autos will not get any compensation if the auto meets with an accident.
Kolkata: Several passengers and daily commuters in the city faced immense trouble while reaching their destinations on Tuesday, as some errant cab drivers forced them to get off and snatched the keys from the drivers to force them to go for strike.According to the accused drivers, they are protesting against the Ola and Uber authorities regarding several issues. Later, the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild (WBOCOG) intervened and service normalised from the afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWBOCOG president Madan Mitra on Tuesday warned the drivers not to go for any strike. He also stated that the Ola and Uber authorities are doing injustice to the drivers and cab operators. On December 27, the guild authorities led by Mitra will meet Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari regarding the problem. It was on Monday when some online cab drivers went to Uber’s office in Salt Lake, where they were heckled. Later, the angry drivers decided to go for a strike till Wednesday. However, the guild requested the drivers not to go on strike. Mitra also got in touch with them and asked for the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording guild leaders, when the news of forceful strike reached them on Tuesday morning, they intervened and warned the strike supporters to restrain themselves, adding that strict action would be taken otherwise. Due to the issue, cabs at the Kolkata Airport were very low in number. General Secretary of the guild Indranil Banerjee stated that the situation has now been normalised. No effect of the strike will be there from Wednesday. On Tuesday Mitra said: “No strike of Ola and Uber will be tolerated. By taking the guild’s and my name, some miscreants tried to go for a strike forcibly by dragging out passengers from cabs and snatching the keys from the drivers. We are trying to locate them. We are going to sit with Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari regarding the problem on December 27. The Ola and Uber authorities are behaving like fascists.”
People who use smartphones in excess may experience personal, social and workplace problems warn new research.In the study, participants who identified themselves as “addicts” and “fanatics” exhibited signs that could indicate depression, social isolation, social anxiety, shyness, impulsivity and low self-esteem. “Our smartphones have turned into a tool that provides short, quick, immediate satisfaction, which is very triggering,” said Isaac Vaghefi, Assistant Professor at the Binghamton University-State University of New York. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our neurones get fired and dopamine is being released, and over time this makes us acquire a desire for quick feedback and immediate satisfaction. This process also has contributed to developing shorter attention spans and being more and more prone to boredom,” Vaghefi said.The umbrella term “technology addiction” refers to addictive behaviour related to social media, excessive texting, information overload, online shopping, gambling, video gaming, online pornography and overall smartphone usage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the study, seven per cent were identified as “addicts” and 12 per cent as “fanatics.” Both groups experience personal, social and workplace problems due to a compulsive need to be on their smartphones, according to the study published in the Information Systems Journal.Females were most likely to exhibit susceptibility to addiction.”While self-identified ‘addict’ users were in the minority, I predict technology addiction will increase as technology continues to advance and application, game and gadget developers find new ways to ensure users’ long-term engagement with technology,” Vaghefi said. The researchers said that if you constantly check your smartphone, even when it does not ring or vibrate, or you get paranoid when the smartphone is not with you, seeking professional help might be a good idea. Moreover, if you use technology as a way of escaping problems or relieving feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression, or you ignore what is happening in real time in favour of what is happening virtually, you might then be a right candidate to seek professional help, the researchers said.
While intimate partner violence is a prevalent and pressing concern in heterosexual relationships, gay couples too may be at an increased risk of physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse as well as controlling behaviour, finds a study.According to researchers, the violence links back to HIV prevention because men in abusive relationships may find it hard to negotiate for condom use or even when and how they have sex. A gay man who is struggling with his identity might lash out at his partner with physical or emotional abuse as a stress response behaviour – similar to heterosexual couples, where an unemployed man lashes out at his female partner because he feels inadequate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study makes a strong connection between internalized homophobia and violence, the findings showed.”If you just looked at physical and sexual violence in male couples, it’s about 25 to 30 per cent, roughly the same as women,” said Rob Stephenson, Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.”We’re stuck in this mental representation of domestic violence as a female victim and a male perpetrator, and while that is very important, there are other forms of domestic violence in all types of relationships,” Stephenson added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research is important because it debunks that stereotype, and accounts for controlling and isolating behaviours as well as physical abuse, Stephenson said.For the study, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the researchers recruited 320 men (160 couples) to independently complete individual surveys measuring demographic information, partner violence experience and perpetration, and individual and relationship characteristics that may shape the experience of violence. They found that 46 per cent of the 320 men (160 couples) experienced some form of intimate partner violence in the last year – physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and controlling behaviour.The Supreme Court in India has began hearing a number of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual homosexuality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storeyed building near Exide crossing on Friday morning. Twelve fire tenders were pressed into action and the flames was doused after almost three hours. None was hurt or trapped in the building.On Friday morning, around 9:30 am, fire broke out at an office of an interior decoration company on the 4th floor of a multi-storied building located on 60, Chowringhee Road, popularly known as Mukherjee Building. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin a few minutes thick black smoke covered the entire Exide crossing and Bishop Lefroy Road. Occupants of the building ran out of the apartment in panic and people residing in adjacent buildings also got frightened seeing the thick black smoke and they too rushed out of their homes. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. Primarily three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames but fire fighters realised that the intensity of the fire is quite high and therefore fire brigade control room was asked to send more fire tenders. Later, in two phases eight more fire tenders were sent at the incident site. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAt the first, fire fighters evacuated all the apartments adjacent to Mukherjee building. While a section of firefighters sprayed water from the ground floor, other firefighters divided into two groups sprayed water from other buildings. The Disaster Management Group (DMG), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) also joined the fire fighters to bring the flames under control. The situation turned serious when a major vertical crack developed on the building due to the heat. Soon, a huge portion of the building collapsed. According to firefighters, the building was weak and therefore it collapsed but necessary safety precautions were taken in this regard. Fire minister Sujit Bose and Director General of Fire Jag Mohan arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. After an elaborate discussion with the fire officials, Bose said: “Senior officials have visited the spot. The flames were brought under controlled after two hours. Though a part of the building collapsed, no one is trapped or injured. Some parts of the apartment need to be demolished. KMC will take a decision on that. An inquiry will be conducted to find out whether the building authorities have mandatory fire license and no objection certificates. Stringent action will be taken if negligence is found on anybody’s part. Some residents told me that they were alerted by the fire alarm.” According to CESC, engineers reached the site within 20 minutes and found that the fire erupted on the 4th floor of the multi-storied building. After consulting the fire brigade officials, power supply to the affected building was re-energised within 5 minutes. CESC engineers and workers kept a minute-to-minute watch till the fire was completely doused. Later, after the clearance given by the fire brigade, power supply was restored.
Over 20 per cent women in India live with an undiagnosed thyroid problem and do not even realise that it is the cause of various health issues including infertility, health experts have said. Thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces thyroid hormones that help regulate the human body’s energy use. Sometimes the thyroid makes too much or too little of these hormones. When thyroid hormone production drops (hypothyroidism), the body’s processes slow down and change. On the other hand, overactive levels of the hormone (hyperthyroidism) can speed up the body’s functions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid could make women unable to conceive. Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with ovulation, which impairs fertility, the experts said. “Thyroid is a very common problem especially post 25 years of age and women are four times more prone to thyroid disorders than men,” experts said. “Undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease can be a cause for infertility or frequent miscarriage.” Infertility symptoms can include disturbed menstrual cycle, heavy and less frequent periods, low basal body temperature and difficulty in conceiving. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLow thyroid levels, which make the ovaries less able to produce progesterone, also lead to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), affecting about 70 per cent of women. An undiagnosed thyroid problem could also be the cause of other health issues including symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, constipation, muscle and joint aches, sluggishness, intolerance towards cold weather, abnormal and irregular periods and sleeplessness, among others. “Infertility is a major health threat due to thyroid and many other conditions that are often the direct result of undiagnosed and untreated thyroid conditions,” explained experts. “In order to lead a healthy life I would recommend that all patients who recognize any of these symptoms should go for a TSH test,” experts noted. Hyperthyroidism can be treated in many ways such as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test, chest X-ray, T4 or thyroxin test. However, a doctor chooses the line of treatment on the basis of a number of variables like the underlying cause of hyperthyroidism, the age of the patient, the size of the thyroid gland and the presence of coexisting medical illnesses. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including getting proper diagnosis, weight loss, ample sleep, de-stressing, regular exercise, not ignoring early symptoms and an adequate diet are essential.
Houston star defensive tackle – and projected high first rounder – Ed Oliver didn’t play in the Cougars 48-17 thumping of Tulane, but he saw plenty of action on the sidelines when an argument with Head Coach Major Applewhite over a coat went nuclear on national television.The scene unfolded when Applewhite saw Oliver – inactive for the fourth game in a row – standing on the sidelines in an oversized team coat. Applewhite told Oliver to remove the coat because it violated a team rule that only dressed, active players get to wear the specific jackets.After Applewhite got grabby and tried to physically remove the coat, Oliver lost it and began screaming at his head coach all the way to the locker room while being restrained by teammates after the half ended. It’s hard to blame Oliver. It sounds like a dumbass rule and Applewhite doesn’t need to be grabbing all over him on national TV, or ever. It’s bush league.Oliver didn’t return to the sidelines for the second half, and he shouldn’t be in any hurry to return at all. He’s better off getting healthy to help his draft stock instead of risking injury for Major Coatsnatcher.Major Applewhite told Ed Oliver he couldn’t wear one of those black jackets…… And Ed Oliver went off. #Houston pic.twitter.com/2n9MF41u55— #FreePhillipDorsett (@ftbeard_17) November 16, 2018
July 16, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Women entrepreneurs face more obstacles than men who raise money for high technology startups from venture capitalists. In a recent report by All Raise and Pitchbook, data revealed that split across 482 teams, female founders raised a total of $2.88 billion last year. That’s 2.2 percent of the $130 billion total in venture capital money invested over the year. Unfortunately, the percentage has not increased from the previous year. As a result, there are fewer female founders. And there are even fewer female technical founders.Tracked over the past 28 years, the Digest of Education Statistics report on the percentage of women versus men in computer and information science degree enrollment, found that computer science majors have gone through boom and bust cycles among undergraduates. The report noted that the number of male and female students who were awarded degrees in the field went up and down at the same, and that general views of computer science are not gender-specific. In 1984, 37 percent of computer science majors were women, but by 2014 that number fell to 18 percent, according to the study. The researchers argued that one insight to gain from the data is that many women choose to not pursue computer science degrees because they believe stereotypes about the kinds of people who work in the field and don’t see themselves fitting in that framework.The more those stereotypes continue to spread, the fewer women are likely to enroll in computer science degrees. This, in turn, leads to fewer female founders in the space. and the perpetuation of myths about gender differences in the tech sector. But there are some accomplished technical female founders whose work is debunking those misconceptions. Medha Parlikar, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed blockchain technology company CasperLabs, is one of those leaders.Parlikar began working in the tech industry in the early 1980s and has worked delivering production software at companies like Adobe, Omniture, Avalara, MP3.com and DivX. Her first formal involvement with Blockchain came in 2017 with the RChain project where she served as the tech manager, before co-founding CasperLabs in the fall of 2018. She has served as the CEO of CasperLabs since its inception.Parlikar shared what she has learned over the course of her career and debunked three myths that she believes hold women back from pursuing jobs in computer science. 1. Women are too risk-averse to build large scalable businesses.“This is definitely a myth,” said Parlikar. “Building a scalable business is a matter of acquiring and developing customers, finding a niche in the market, and failing and learning as a business. The qualities that a leader needs for this knows no gender.” Unfortunately, in the entrepreneurship space, one extremely powerful and pervasive stereotype is that women are too risk-averse. This myth is predicated on the assumption that risk-taking is essential for a successful entrepreneur. The great business stories of our times are filled with examples of leadership risk-taking, yes. However, research across academia has coined the term “survivorship bias” to denote that too often in storytelling, we have a bias to tell the stories about gambles that paid off rather than tell the slow and steady story of the incremental approach to successful software products. Therefore, risk-taking may be considerably overvalued.2. The work environment is hostile to women.“There are startups that are tough on women, and this is unfortunate,” said Parlikar, who leads a tech team of over twenty developers and researchers. “Clearly, there is a level of professionalism and decency that is expected in a work environment. When you have to take a stand and vigorously debate technical details with a room full of men, you have to dig deep and follow your truth. I had to learn to do that — to follow my truth — and it has made all the difference in the world for me. It wasn’t something that I was taught. It was something that I learned. I had the answers all along, I just needed to trust in myself.”3. Computer science isn’t feminine.There’s a common misconception in tech that women are expected to act and dress like men do to get ahead. A typical engineer outfit can consist of a startup branded T-shirt they got as free swag, jeans, sandals and a hoodie. Then there are the “bro-grammers,” a subtype of male programmers who embrace the bro culture by hanging out and drinking a cold beer after a coding sprint.And while representation of the women in science in the media still remains largely lacking, Parlikar cited computer science pioneer Margaret Hamilton, who coined the term software engineer and wrote code that was integral to NASA’s Apollo missions, as someone who greatly inspired her.”It was the advent of the personal computer that tipped the scales away from young girls entering computer science. I was very fortunate, my father made sure I was exposed to personal computers at a young age,” she recalled. “Computer Science has given me a wonderful career, that has given me the flexibility to work from home and be present for my kids. It’s a great career for women.”Personally, as a three-time venture-backed technical female founder of software companies with one exit under my belt, I’d like to add that, in my experience, being a woman can allow you to stand out from a group of men and help your voice to be heard when you speak up. I embrace wearing dresses, heels, lipstick and perfumes, and like to have fun with my feminine side. I’m a girl’s girl and I always have been. But when I’m in the coding den, finishing out on developer sprint, I’m not focused on the differences between myself and the men I work with. I show up as I am. I get work done. And I occasionally will enjoy a beer with the team after work. Computer science is a field that opens doors and provides great opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Don’t be afraid to take your seat at the table. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Firefox 55: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changes by Martin Brinkmann on August 22, 2017 in Firefox – 66 commentsThis guide offers information on changes made to the Firefox 55 preferences, as well as new, deprecated, or removed Ghacks user.js preferences.Mozilla released Firefox 55.0 to the Release channel on August 16, 2017. The new version of Firefox improved session restore on startup significantly, but is also incompatible with older versions as profile data changed.Note: The Ghacks user.js file is a large well maintained file that lists Firefox preferences and values that are considered safer or better for privacy. You can check it out on the official project site. If you never worked with a user.js file before in Firefox, make sure you read the excellent overview to understand how it works.Thanks goes to Earthling, Pants and anyone else who contributed to the list this month.Firefox 55: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changesNote: You may access the full Firefox 54 to 55 diff here. This is important information for users who already use the user.js file as it highlights new, removed, and changed preferences. It is recommended that you go through the listing and add the preferences to your current one that you require.In total, there were 432 recorded diffs between Firefox 55.0 and Firefox 54.0. 207 of those are new, 66 removed, and 159 different.Key points:The list has a new section: 500 System Add-ons / Experiments. All system add-ons but Screenshots are disabled.First Party Isolation is enabled.OCSP servers are set to hard fail when the server does not respond.Disabled TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1New preferences in Ghacks user.js for Firefox 55:user_pref(“browser.onboarding.enabled”, false);user_pref(“browser.tabs.remote.allowLinkedWebInFileUriProcess”, false);user_pref(“browser.urlbar.speculativeConnect.enabled”, false);user_pref(“extensions.formautofill.addresses.enabled”, false);user_pref(“extensions.formautofill.experimental”, false);user_pref(“extensions.formautofill.heuristics.enabled”, false);user_pref(“extensions.shield-recipe-client.api_url”, “”);user_pref(“extensions.shield-recipe-client.enabled”, false);user_pref(“extensions.webcompat-reporter.enabled”, false);user_pref(“media.eme.chromium-api.enabled”, false);user_pref(“media.gmp-manager.updateEnabled”, false);user_pref(“media.gmp-manager.url.override”, “data:text/plain,”);user_pref(“network.auth.subresource-img-cross-origin-http-auth-allow”, false);user_pref(“security.tls.enable_0rtt_data”, false);user_pref(“toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled”, false);user_pref(“toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled”, false);New preferences that are commented out by default://user_pref(“browser.cache.memory.capacity”, 0);//user_pref(“dom.ipc.processCount.file”, 1);//user_pref(“extensions.screenshots.disabled”, true);//user_pref(“extensions.systemAddon.update.url”, “”);//user_pref(“media.wmf.vp9.enabled”, false);//user_pref(“privacy.trackingprotection.annotate_channels”, false);//user_pref(“privacy.trackingprotection.lower_network_priority”, false);//user_pref(“toolkit.cosmeticAnimations.enabled”, false);Newly activated preferences that were commented out previously:user_pref(“browser.formfill.enable”, false);user_pref(“browser.tabs.remote.separateFileUriProcess”, true);user_pref(“privacy.firstparty.isolate”, true);user_pref(“privacy.firstparty.isolate.restrict_opener_access”, true);user_pref(“security.OCSP.require”, true);user_pref(“security.tls.version.min”, 3); // previously inactive with value 2Commented out preferences://user_pref(“privacy.trackingprotection.enabled”, true);//user_pref(“privacy.trackingprotection.pbmode.enabled”, true);Changed values of active preferences:user_pref(“geo.wifi.uri”, “”); // 54alpha: “https://location.services.mozilla.com/v1/geolocate?key=%MOZILLA_API_KEY%”//user_pref(“privacy.window.maxInnerHeight”, 900); // 54alpha: 768//user_pref(“privacy.window.maxInnerWidth”, 1600); // 54alpha: 1366Removed from user.js:user_pref(“dom.keyboardevent.dispatch_during_composition”, false); // default is false anywayuser_pref(“dom.vr.oculus.enabled”, false); // covered by dom.vr.enableduser_pref(“dom.vr.openvr.enabled”, false); // covered by dom.vr.enableduser_pref(“dom.vr.osvr.enabled”, false); // covered by dom.vr.enableduser_pref(“extensions.pocket.api”, “”); // covered by extensions.pocket.enableduser_pref(“extensions.pocket.oAuthConsumerKey”, “”); // covered by extensions.pocket.enableduser_pref(“extensions.pocket.site”, “”); // covered by extensions.pocket.enabled//user_pref(“layers.async-pan-zoom.enabled”, true); // default is true alreadyDeprecated:browser.formautofill.enabledbrowser.formfill.saveHttpsFormsbrowser.fullscreen.animatebrowser.newtabpage.directory.pingbrowser.selfsupport.enabledbrowser.selfsupport.urlbrowser.tabs.animatedom.enable_user_timingdom.keyboardevent.code.enabledgeo.security.allowinsecureIf you have questions about any of those preferences, remarks, or a comment, feel free to leave a comment below or head over to the project on GitHub to leave comments there.SummaryArticle NameFirefox 55: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changesDescriptionThis guide offers information on changes made to the Firefox 55 preferences, as well as new, deprecated, or removed Ghacks user.js preferences.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Scientists used ultrasound to deliver a drug to a rat, like the one captured here. (Credit: Pan Xunbin/shutterstock)At least 50 million people worldwide live with epilepsy. For nearly one-third of those people, anti-seizure medications don’t work. Surgery to remove the part of the brain that causes epileptic fits is an option for some, but the intrusive treatment might not work. It could also lead to memory and language problems, among other complications. Now researchers from Stanford University have developed a noninvasive technique that could enable patients to know the outcome of such a surgery before it happens.“We can anesthetize tissue and see if the electrophysiological characteristics go away,” said Raag Airan, a neuroradiologist, who led the new research. “And at the same time, ask the patient if they can speak and remember.”Unprecedented PrecisionAiran and his team made this possible using ultrasound. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, the researchers show in rats that they can deliver an anesthetic drug to millimeter-sized regions of the brain using a focused beam of sound waves beyond the audible limit of human hearing. The approach could also help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, the researchers say.In the new work, Airan and team used a drug called propofol to anesthetize the part of the brain that processes visual information known as the primary visual cortex. The anesthetic is also sometimes used as an antiepilepsy medication. To deliver the compound to the visual cortex, the researchers first created a biodegradable nanoparticle cage for the drug. When the right frequency of ultrasound hits the nanoparticle, its liquid-filled center vibrates until it ruptures and releases the drug.Airan and team injected the propofol nanoparticles into the rats’ bloodstream, which then circulated throughout the body. But, the nanoparticle cages only released the anesthetic where the researchers delivered small bursts of ultrasound.“Where we zap with the ultrasound is exactly where we anesthetize the brain,” Airan said. “When we’re zapping is when the brain is anesthetized and when we stop zapping, the brain recovers.”Treatment TranslationThe nanoparticle cages are less than half the size of fat-based microbubbles other groups have used to deliver compounds to the brain with ultrasound. They’re also made from ingredients the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved. Airan hopes to translate the technology to clinical use in the next few years, saying the approach has a range of potential uses including delivering chemotherapies.“At this point, we’re limited by people, time and money to explore these options,” Airan said. “But we’re not limited by the technology. There’s kind of a million and one things to do.”
A KiwiBot, an automated food delivery robot which is present on UC Berkeley’s campus, caught fire on Friday afternoon.In a post, the company explained the incident was due to a faulty battery which had been mistakenly installed instead of a functioning one. The errant battery started smoldering while the robot was idling, leading to smoke, then fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.“A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher. Within moments of the incident occurring, it had already been contained,” the post read.“The Berkeley Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter to secure the scene, and doused the robot with foam ensuring there was no risk of re-ignition.”Some people caught the incident on camera, where a crowd gathered around the blaze.[embedded content]After the incident, students set up a candlelight vigil for the fallen robot. On Facebook, the robot was called a “hero” and a “legend,” according to The Daily Californian.KiwiBot added that following the incident it pulled robots from service, and that orders in progress were delivered by hand. The company added no customers or members of the public were at risk, and that it has installed custom software to monitor the battery’s state.Since 2017, KiwiBot has been used to deliver food around the UC Berkeley campus, where there are more than 100 robots operating as part of the fleet. A KiwiBot burst into flames on UC Berkeley’s campus.Image: kiwibotBy Johnny Lieu2018-12-17 02:45:18 UTC
Anti-LGBT Republican Michele Bachmann is preparing for a potential political comeback – and a run for the Senate.The Tea Party politician served in the US House of Representatives from 2007 until 2014, earning a reputation while in office as one of the strongest opponents of LGBT rights in Congress. Mrs Bachmann claimed: “I think [gays] want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually.“That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”She also warned there would be “profound consequences” from God in response to same-sex marriage, and claimed that gay people are working alongside Islamist terrorists and the Black Lives Matter movement to undermine American values.But three years on from her exit from Congress, Mrs Bachmann is planning to make a comeback and run for the Senate.The Republican hinted that she plans to stand for the Senate seat in Minnesota vacated by embattled Democrat Al Franken.Speaking to evangelical TV host Jim Bakker, she said: “I’m from Minnesota. I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat.“The only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and be able to advocate for these principles.”She added: “The question is, should it be me, should it be now? But there’s also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic.”Mrs Bachmann continued: “If you stand up for Biblical principles in DC, the blades come whirring and they try to chop you off. This is not an easy place to be.“We’re trying to be wise. Should we do this? Shouldn’t we do this?”Though Minnesota went for Hillary in 2016, the Democrats retained the Senate seat by just 300 votes in 2008 – leaving it vulnerable to a challenge.Since leaving office, Bachmann, who served on Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, has grown steadily more extreme and disturbing in her public statements.After millions took part in Women’s March protests across the US, Bachmann claimed gays, black activists and Islamists have decided to “work together” against the new President.She said: “People understand Islam abhors homosexuality, yet they often join forces in protests with gay activists.“The answer is simple, Black Lives Matters, the gay agenda, as well as Islamic supremacism, all seek domination over American freedoms. School teacher fired because she married the love of her lifeUS Congress passes resolution condemning anti-gay purge in ChechnyaTrump official tells Supreme Court: Businesses should be free to put up ‘no gay couples’ signsPINK NEWS- “They cannot reach their aims separately, but they can realize the fall of individual liberties if they work together. Once liberties fall, the groups break with each other in a race to impose their particular views on the American populace.“Causing liberties to fall is a long-term project, and they will use whatever allies they can get to realize that phase of their goals.”She also claimed that Donald Trump’s election victory was a “supernatural” intervention by God to stop protections for transgender people.Speaking on ‘Understanding the Times with Jan Markell’, she claimed: “We know that [Trump’s election] just wasn’t in the natural. This was in the supernatural where God sovereignly, I believe, answered the prayers of believers beseeching him and he’s given us a reprieve.”Of course, many people sensed the mysterious hands of an unknown power interfering in the US election, but most of them have concluded that it was the Russian government – or the electoral college system that allowed Trump to gain power with three million fewer votes than his opponent.But Bachmann is certain it was actually God.In the clip transcribed by Right Wing Watch, she explained: “This was the last exit ramp for the country and if we were not going to see a political change,“We were in a situation where the president of the United States on his own just issued a sheet of paper and said, overnight, every single public school in the country would have to have the girls’ bathrooms open to the boys and the boys’ bathrooms open to the girls.“What we were told from the White House, is that when we look at our body in a shower, our body isn’t reality anymore, so we actually get to choose if we’re a boy, if we’re a girl, if we’re one of like 58 different whatever that we decide we want to be that day.“In other words, we were all told that we were forced to repeat a lie, not the truth… and when you repeat lies, Romans 1 tells us, that’s when you fall into deception, God’s gives us over to our own delusion.“[But] we were given a reprieve… God has privileged us in this country that we get to be able to vote for the laws and the people we live under so people decided to take that vote. It was completely unprobable… I know it was a reprieve.”A 2011 investigation found a religious counselling centre owned by Ms Bachmann attempts gay ‘cure’ therapy and aims to repress “homosexual urges”. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, ran the service.She has also claimed that God would destroy America because of the “sin-sick” culture of same-sex marriage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
4.Best thing that’s ever been mine #Prom2018 pic.twitter.com/W3hgqNITRV— ℬ (@bxpxjz_) April 17, 2018Those dresses slay.5.Ladies loving ladies | Photo: Instagram @bos_lezcouples20186.Queer prom is the best | Photo: Instagram @jude.de.dudeSome people also attended queer proms, which are becoming increasingly popular.7.The Pose | Photo: Instagram @lil.red.boyAlways gotta do The Pose.8.Lookin’ good | Photo: Instagram @dustreaper9.Power couple | Photo: Instagram @burritofemmeQueer power couples, indeed.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Forget all your bad dances: this inclusive Brighton prom is beautiful and queer AFLesbian couple told they can now attend Alabama school prom togetherWhat happened when a group of bros in New Jersey yelled at this gay couple?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/best-queer-prom-pictures-2018/ A couple posing for prom photos | Photo: Twitter @macydanley22 It is spring once again and that means one thing — it’s prom season. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… As high schools across the United States start wrapping up their years, with students impatiently waiting for summer, seniors are attending the night they’ve been waiting for.Prom is a Big Deal (something Hollywood has repeatedly told us). It’s a night for high school seniors to dress to the nines, dance their hearts out, and celebrate the end of one chapter and beginning of another.It all starts with the elaborate proposals, which can sometimes have consequences for LGBTQ students, and leads up to the big night.This year, students really did dress to impress.Here are some of the flashiest and great queer prom photos from this year.1.The swimmer and the football star | Photo: Instagram @jake.bainJake Bain and Hunter Sigmund are graduating seniors at John Burroughs High School in Missouri.Bain is a football player and Sigmund is a swimmer. Don’t they make the cutest couple?2.my better half , my saving grace #prom2018 pic.twitter.com/5Tn1dcsvkv— mace (@macydanley22) April 14, 2018‘My better half, my saving grace.’Talk about swoon-worthy.3.She suits me #Prom2018 pic.twitter.com/d0NvGEVxfg— Marin (@haigoodmarin) April 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDisruption on the M6 motorway is expected to last throughout the evening rush hour – police have confirmed. Three lanes remain closed on the M6 Northbound between Junction 19 and Junction 20 – although all lanes have now reopened on the southbound carriageway. Delays of two hours or more are reported after a lorry hit the central reservation and spilled oil across the motorway. At one point the entire motorway has closed. No one was injured in the accident but the clean-up is expected to take most of the evening. A spokesman for North West Motorway Police advised motorists to seek alternative routes. He said: “Clear up is still ongoing & the M6 Northbound has one lane running past the scene. “The Southbound has 2 lanes running. “This will be the situation through the evening rush hour. “Please plan ahead and consider alternative routes if this is your evening commute.” The accident is also causing congestion across many majors across South Cheshire, including the A34, and congestion around towns including Congleton, Sandbach and Nantwich. Read MorePolice appeal after convict absconds from prison on Staffordshire/Derbyshire Border A spokesman for Highways England said: “There are severe delays of over an hour and a half on the M6 in Cheshire due to a single vehicle collision involving a lorry which has collided with the central reservation between J19 (Knutsford) and J20 (M56). “North West Motorway Police, Fire & Rescue and Highways England Traffic Officers are on scene dealing with a significant clean-up operation where debris and a spillage of fuel are across the carriageway. “Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed on the northbound carriageway with traffic using the hard shoulder to pass the scene. “In addition 1 lane is closed on the southbound carriageway between J20 and J19. “Motorists heading towards the area are advised to allow additional travelling time.” For the latest information and updates about this incident, visit our live feed here.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA stretch of the A500 in South Cheshire is set to become a dual carriageway after plans were given the go-ahead this morning. Under the proposals, approved earlier today by Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board, a 2.05 mile (3.3km) stretch of road between Meremoss Roundabout near Crewe and junction 16 of the M6 motorway will be widened to include two lanes in both directions. Work on the £55m plan is set to begin in 2020 – with work set to finish in 2021 after 19 months. The construction, which will also require the removal of two bridges, is expected to take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am and 2pm on Saturdays, with none of the work planned on Sundays and Bank Holiidays. A report said: “It is likely that there will be a significant number of HGV movements associated with the scheme, especially in relation to earthworks element of the scheme. “The two road overbridges, namely Barthomley Road overbridge and Radway Green overbridge, that currently cross the existing section of A500, would require full phased demolition and two new bridges with a larger span to cross the widened road would be constructed in their place.” Read MoreFire at Chester Zoo was accident – fire service confirm In a statement recommending approval, council planning officers said: “The development would provide benefits in terms of increasing capacity of the existing highway network, economic benefits and enhanced landscaping and ecological impacts thus representing betterment from the existing situation. “The development would have a neutral impact upon flooding, living conditions, design, air quality, right of way, public safety, historic environment and contaminated land.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. A First bus The new timetable will also see First Potteries axing the services to Saxonfields and Meir Hay with D&G also operating a new service in that area. Bus users have criticised the frequency the transport giant changes its routes. Kay Banks, aged 79, from Crackley, said: “There are so many changes that they have only just finished putting the new posters up around us. I don’t know how they even find time to come up with the changes. Read More’Passengers want a railway they can trust…and cheaper fares’ – Calls for network to be publicly owned (but what do you think?) “With all of the timetable changes it can make it difficult for people getting the buses and if you come tomorrow you won’t know what the times are. “They’re doing this too often and it will be two or three months and then there will be another one.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailBus passengers must make note of even more timetable changes – which has seen one estate ‘cut off’. The new First Potteries timetable, which comes into force on Sunday will see the number 18 route from Hanley to Haregate now terminate at Leek Bus Station. There are fears the new route means early morning commuters or children travelling to school will be left without a bus. Councillor Charlotte Atkins, who represents Leek North on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “I have spoken to First and it seems there is no chance they will reverse this decision. The full changes can be seen below: Changes to the First Potteries schedule todayRoute 3/3A: Hanley – Kidsgrove – Crewe The Monday to Saturday 8pm, Hanley to Butt Lane; 11.30pm, Hanley to Talke; 8.15pm Talke to Hanley; 10.30pm Crewe to Hanley; and both 8pm and 11pm Hanley to Talke services will no longer run. On Saturdays, the 4.55pm Hanley to Talke will terminate at Kidsgrove. There will be minor changes to the 6.29pm Crewe to Hanley and 5.17pm Talke to Hanley journeys. Route 4/4A/4E: Hanley – Newcastle – Audley & Talke On Monday to Friday The 8pm 4E departure from Hanley will terminate at Audley Council offices and show route 4.. The 7pm and 8pm 4E Hanley – Audley and 8.30pm 4A Hanley – Talke departures will no longer operate. The 7.02pm and 8.02pm 4E Audley – Hanley departures will no longer operate On Saturday The 3.30pm 4A Hanley – Talke journey will now extend to Kidsgrove and continue to Tunstall, Burlsem and Hanley as route 3A. The 5.30pm 4E departure from Hanley will terminate at Audley Council offices and show route. The 7pm and 8pm Hanley – Audley and 2040 4A Hanley – Talke departures are withdrawn. The 6.57pm & 8.12pm 4E Audley – Hanley departures will no longer operate On Sunday The 6.32pm 4A Hanley – Talke journey will start at 6.35pm and the 7.04pm 4 Hanley – Chesterton journey will start at 7.05pm. Both will have slightly revised time. The 8.28pm 4A Kidsgrove – Hanley and 10.06pm and 10.58pm 4 Newcastle – Hanley journeys will no longer operate. Route 5: Hanley – Abbey Hulton There are minor timing changes to early morning, Monday-Friday journeys. There is a new Sunday timetable. Route 6/6A: Hanley – Longton – Coalville/Blythe Bridge There is a new timetable on these services to improve reliability. The frequency and routes are not changing. Route 7/7A: Hanley – Chell – Kidsgrove/Biddulph On journeys from Kidsgrove, route 7 will now be timed at The Dog & Partridge in Packmoor instead of Newchapel Working Men’s club and Spink Bank Road instead of Chell Roundabout. Most journeys do not change but First Potteries says the new route provides a ‘more suitable location’ if the buses are ahead of schedule. There is a new evening timetable on departures after 6.00pm, Monday-Saturday and a new Sunday timetable. Route 8: Hanley – Ball Green On Saturdays: The 5.50pm Hanley – Ball Green runs 5 minutes later The 8.40pm Ball Green – Hanley runs 10 minutes later The 6.15pm Ball Green – Hanley runs 5 minutes later Route 11: Hanley – Bentilee (Dawlish Drive) – Longton – Newcastle and route 12/12A: Hanley – Bentilee (Beverley Drive) – Saxonfields/Meir Hay – Longton There will be a number of changes around the Bentilee area. There will still be buses every 20 minutes on route 11 between Hanley & Newcastle on route 11, there will be a new timetable For Dawlish Drive to Hanley, buses continue to operate every 10 minutes For Hanley to Dawlish Drive, there will continue to be a bus every 10 minutes but your routes will change. Route 11 operates every 20 minutes to an unchanged route. Route 11B will operate every 20 minutes, serving Beverley Drive first before travelling along Dawlish Drive. If you travel from Hanley on route 11B you will get off the bus on the opposite side of the road to normal. For Hanley to Beverley Drive, catch route 11B, every 20 minutes. For Beverley Drive to Hanley route 11B will operate every 20 minutes but you will need to wait on the opposite side of the road to currently. Buses to Hanley will operate one way along Beverley Drive and return to Hanley via Dawlish Drive. First Potteries will no longer operate between Beverly Drive and Longton. Route 18: Hanley – Sneyd Green – Leek We will no longer operate between Leek Bus Station and Haregate. Some alternative journeys are available on D&G route 16. Route 32: Hanley – Cheadle – Uttoxeter On Monday-Fridays: The 7.19am Hanley – Uttoxeter journey will depart at 7.34am. The 5.42am Cheadle – Hanley journey will depart at 5.47am The 6.48am Tean – Hanley journey will depart at 6.53am Route 98: Newcastle – Burslem – Ball Green On Monday-Fridays the 7.20am and 3.45pm departures from Newcastle – Ball Green will operate five minutes later. Route 100: Bradeley Village circular This route was withdrawn from May 25. Route 101: Hanley – Newcastle – Stone – Stafford On Monday-Fridays: Journeys from Filleybrooks towards Stafford will operate later: 5.40am will depart at 5.50am, 6.29am will depart at 6.40am and 6.59am will depart at 7.05am. The 6am Hanley-Stafford journey will depart at 6.10am. Journeys from Stafford towards Hanley will operate later: 6.10am will depart at 6.20am, 7am will depart at 7.10am, 7.20am will depart at 7.25am, 7.40am will depart at 7.45am. The 7.09am Stone-Hanley journey will depart at 7.10am. On Saturdays: From Hanley to Stafford, the 7am journey will depart at 7.10am and the 7.30am journey will depart at 7.35am. From Stafford to Hanley, the 8.10am journey will depart at 8.20am and the 8.48am journey will depart at 8.53am “The problem is the early morning bus. The issue is about getting children to school and if they are not in the immediate Haregate vicinity they won’t be able to get to the bus station. “D&G has put on a few buses, which is fine in the middle of the day but that won’t get kids to school or people to work in Hanley or Stoke-on-Trent and that is a problem.” Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Hanley Bus Station Alan Reade of Benitlee is also concerned about how often the operator changes its bus routes. The 61-year-old added: “The timetables could be a bit better and we couldn’t seem to see the new times in the bus station. “We regularly get the bus between Hanley and Bentilee but we were unsure about what time we would have to get it on Monday. No one seemed to know what was going on. Read MoreGovernment appoints ‘trouble-shooter’ to review failing Stoke-on-Trent City Council department (& the authority may be stopped from running it) “You ask at the ticket office and they don’t seem to know either because the routes keep on changing.” Dan Flanagan, Operations Manager at First Potteries said: ”This weekend we will be making some timetable and route changes within our network, most customers will not recognise any change to their services, for more details please check out our website page for specific details on the changes.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Marlon Michael is a personal trainer / bodybuilder who likes nothing more than to help people transform their physique and ultimately achieve the body of their dreams.Born and raised in Ladysmith, Marlon moved to Durban 10 years ago and that was where his love for bodybuilding and personal training began. The muscular personal trainer began working out at Virgin Active, Durban, where he claims he got all the experience he has acquired.“When I initially started training, my goal was not to lose weight, but actually to gain it,” smiles Marlon. Now back in Ladysmith, the enthusiastic personal instructor has his own gym called ‘Ultimate Fitness Club’, where he trains people and also advises those who seek personal training for faster and efficient results. Marlon’s inspiration for bodybuilding comes from the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) superstar Goldberg. He even has a poster of Goldberg stuck on his office wall.“My greatest pleasure in the gym is when a client walks out with overwhelming satisfaction about the transformation of their body when they reach their ultimate goal,” explains Marlon.Ultimate Fitness Club has been operational for almost five years now, and keeps growing as more and more people join in search of physical perfection.“Training is good for people, as it promotes a healthy lifestyle. It is also good for the mind, as you get to release stress. For anybody who wishes to start training, I would like to urge them to do so entirely with a passion and enthusiasm to work hard.”He concludes that training is not fun and games; it gets really hard, so people should be aware of the work that needs to be put in.
A job well done to our local Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers in keeping our roads safe over the festive period.Ladysmith / KwaZulu-Natal RTI worked 24-hour shifts from Tuesday, December 13, to Sunday, January 10.As reported by RTI chief provincial inspector Mr Dave Steele, there were in excess of 2200 vehicles per hour passing through Tugela Plaza.Reports of a hijacking on Friday, December 12, saw officers responding. The vehicle was located at Ultra City, where officers discovered that it had not been hijacked but had merely broken down. Arrangements were made and the motorist was soon back en-route to JHB, thanks to good work by RTI.Taking their jobs seriously and clamping down on offenders, officers made numerous arrests for contravening the rules of the road. The arrests included 83 for driving without a licence, 443 for driving an unlicensed vehicle, and 20 for un-roadworthy vehicles. 90 arrests for outstanding warrants were effected.A 75% decrease in accidents was reported. Officers did not hesitate to arrest motorists if they were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving unlicensed vehicles, driving without a licence, and for reckless and negligent driving. These drivers put their own lives in danger, as well as the lives of other road users. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Related Content News | 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 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | October 19, 2008 Aspyra Debuting New All-In-One PACS, RIS/PACS October 20, 2008 – Aspyra Inc. will debut its All-in-One PACS and RIS/PACS solutions at the upcoming RSNA 2008.Aspyra’s All-in-One PACS and All-in-One RIS/PACS are designed to provide cost-effective solutions for the cost-conscious hospital, imaging center and orthopedic group practice. The economical, all-inclusive package includes Aspyra’s complete PACS or RIS/PACS software application, server, Web server, primary on-line RAID 6 archive storage, secondary DVD archive storage (enabling HIPAA compliant off-site storage backup), system backup DVDs and patient CD creator. Aspyra’s PACS, Specialty PACS and RIS/PACS solutions are designed to meet the needs of acute care hospitals, enterprise-wide delivery networks, medium to large imaging centers and orthopedic group practices, with end-to-end solutions that automate processes at every point of patient and imaging encounter workflow.For more information: www.aspyra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more
LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more The Coronis 5 MP Mammo display system for digital mammography offers the latest display technology for high-bright diagnostics along with a series of DICOM-compliant displays for clinical review. The system offers radiologists highly accurate grayscale images with high resolution, high contrast and perfect geometry. Innovative technology, such as per pixel uniformity, ensures pixel-perfect images, without disturbing screen-noise, which might hide subtle details. Thanks to the DuraLight backlight technology, Coronis 5 MP Mammo has a lifetime that is three to five times longer than conventional displays. Main features:• Pixel-perfect diagnostic precision• Uniform luminance across the screen • Ultra-fast image processing • Transparent calibration and QA• Five-year warrantyFor more information: www.barcomedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Photo courtesy of Barco Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. (USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more Related Content Technology | October 02, 2009 5 Megapixel Monitor Offers Clarity for Mammography The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Photo courtesy of US Electronics
The University of Arizona is using 3-D printing of pediatric patients chest cavities and organs to confirm if the Syncardia ventricular assist device (VAD) can fit in specific patients. Feature | May 20, 2014 FDA Gathers Information on How to Regulate 3-D Printing of Medical Devices The FDA has recognized 3-D printing technology now exists to print medical devices and is gathering information… read more News | January 27, 2012 Arizona Heart Equips ORs With Ziehm Mobile C-Arms January 27, 2012 — Arizona Heart has chosen Ziehm digital flat-panel C-arms for its three advanced technology suites…. read more Related Content News | April 22, 2015 3-D Printed Heart Model Instrumental in Helping St. Louis Toddler Breathe Easier 3D Systems announced that a 20-month-old toddler is breathing and swallowing easier thanks to a team of cardiologists… read more Feature | November 20, 2014 Surgeons use 3-D Printed Model of Heart to Treat Patients with Disorders An experimental 3-D printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders,… read more March 31, 2011 – Accurately navigating and interpreting cardiovascular anatomy for precise device deployment is a challenge to physicians during complex interventional procedures. In order to help solve that problem, the Infinix-I X-ray system, from Toshiba, has been upgraded.Upgrades include Volume Navigation 3D roadmapping for all new systems, a 12-inch x 12-inch flat panel detector on ceiling mounted C-arms and the Maquet Magnus OR table availability for the Infinix VC-i and CC-i systems.“Developing industry-leading technology that improves diagnostic accuracy, workflow and patient outcomes provide physicians with greater confidence when deciphering and navigating complex cardiovascular structures,” explained Doug Ryan, vice president, Marketing and Strategic Development, Toshiba. “These upgrades to the Infinix-i line of cardiovascular X-ray systems enable physicians to perform complicated interventions more quickly and accurately, another example of Toshiba’s commitment to improving patient care.”Now available on all Infinix-i systems, the company’s real-time Volume Navigation 3D roadmap displays the deployment of coils during intervention on a cerebral aneurysm with exceptional clarity and precision. It links the movements of the system components with the fusion 3-D and fluoroscopic display. As a result, despite changes in table and C-arm position, the 3-D overlay is automatically aligned with the fluoroscopic image with high accuracy. In addition, it provides 2-D and 3-D roadmap display modes and allows physicians to fine-tune images with manual controls for device enhancement, further assisting physicians when making difficult decisions during advanced procedures. The feature is particularly helpful for procedures on intricate vascular regions, such as the brain, uterus and abdomen.The Infinix CC-i and VC-i ceiling mounted systems are now available with a 12-inch x 12-inch flat panel detector. This midsized panel allows for an improved field-of-view, provides twice as much anatomical coverage compared with smaller flat panel detectors and is optimal for performing a range of cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures, including those on pediatric patients. The small profile of this midsize detector is well suited to the operating room environment. Additionally, the systems are now available to be combined with the Maquet Magnus table for enhanced use during hybrid OR procedures. As a result of this compatibility, rotational, low-contrast and 3-D angiography imaging can now be performed in rooms with the equipment. The system’s design is suitable for open surgical and catheter-based interventions, providing optimum patient access, a critical capability for hybrid exams.For more information: www.maquet.com, www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 31, 2011 Upgraded Cardiovascular X-ray Systems Ease Navigation During Complex Procedures News | April 08, 2011 FDA Releases February PMA Device Approvals The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week released its February list of device and technology premarket… read more News | April 06, 2012 Maquet, Siemens Collaborate for Hybrid OR Installations April 5, 2012 —Maquet and Siemens Healthcare announced they will collaborate closely to introduce a combined system for… read more News | August 14, 2012 Increasing Minimally Invasive Surgeries to Boost Adoption of Hybrid ORs in Europe August 14, 2012 — The next five years will see many hospitals in Europe overcoming the high cost and complexity of… read more Plaster composite heart focusing on the intracardiac details to aid surgical planning. Technology | December 13, 2011 Steris, Toshiba Partner on Hybrid Operating Rooms Steris and Toshiba America Medical Systems formed an alliance to offer advanced vascular, cardiovascular, pediatric and… read more Dr. Krassi Ivancev and staff in the University College London Hospitals in the United Kingdom perform a hybrid procedure in their GE-installed hybrid OR. Feature | September 21, 2011 | Dave Fornell How to Plan for a Hybrid OR One of the biggest trends is the creation of hybrid operating rooms (ORs) that bring together the best of both surgical… read more News | May 01, 2015 New Studies Examine the Significant Risk of Life-Threatening Blood Clots in Post-Surgical Lung Cancer Patients One life-threatening complication of lung cancer surgery is the formation of blood clots in the lungs (also called… read more
Technology | August 20, 2014 GE Healthcare Introduces Next Generation Pocket-sized Ultrasound With Dual Probe First of its kind 2-in-1 probe, Vscan with Dual Probe now supports many core point-of-care ultrasound procedures to help triage News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content August 20, 2014 — GE Healthcare introduces the Vscan with Dual Probe with the first of its kind 2-in-1 probe to give healthcare providers more uses for pocket ultrasound. This powerful pocket-sized ultrasound tool houses two transducers in a single probe, allowing clinicians to see both shallow and deep views of the body without changing probes. This enables efficient triage and fast workflow, which may lead to time and cost savings in many point-of-care settings.Vscan with Dual Probe adds clinical value in a wide variety of resource-constrained environments with a pocket-sized device that covers many point-of-care ultrasound procedures as identified by the American College of Emergency Physicians. For emergency care, this includes inserting central or peripheral lines (IV line inserted into a large vein) or completing focused heart and lung assessment exams. For hospital environments this includes bedside cardiac evaluations on rounds and efficient assessment at admission and discharge. Additionally, for obstetric areas, this includes visualization of fetal heartbeats, and quick assessment of fetal position or maternal status. Vscan with Dual Probe puts ultrasound capabilities in clinicians’ pockets to give them convenient access — when and where they need it most.“We’re excited to unveil Vscan with Dual Probe — a first-in-market dual probe ultrasound device,” said Ajay Parkhe, GM of Primary Care Ultrasound for GE Healthcare. “It builds on our experience in the global pocket ultrasound market to solve our customers’ biggest clinical and economic challenges. With this latest edition to the Vscan family, our pocket-sized ultrasound technology provides both deep and shallow scans to help healthcare providers make confident decisions quickly, impacting both cost and time. Just like the current Vscan, this new device is ultra-portable very easy to use, has excellent image quality and allows the clinician to take a quick look, non-invasively, inside the patient. In addition, the Dual Probe version combines the sector probe with a linear probe in one device to conduct most of the standard ultrasound scans within minutes.”“The past five years have demonstrated that miniaturized, portable ultrasound technology like Vscan can have a tremendous impact on the practice of healthcare in developing and developed nations,” said Anders Wold, president and CEO of GE Ultrasound. “We hope with our new Vscan with Dual Probe we have made the use of ultrasound at the point of care, simple and fast all the while helping healthcare providers improve access to impactful medical technology.”For more information: scan.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | 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 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more
News | October 06, 2014 VuComp Launches Continuing Education Programs and Support During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more October 6, 2014 — VuComp Inc. announced its commitment to the education and support of medical professionals who dedicate their lives to the early detection of breast cancer. VuComp will be hosting a series of educational programs throughout the United States as Breast Cancer Awareness Month commences.VuComp has partnered with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) to offer continuing education (CE) programs to existing customers and members of the medical community who wish to learn more about the latest advances in breast density and computer-aided detection (CAD). The programs offered are: The Reality of Breast Density (1 CE Credit); Breast Density Challenge (3 CE Credits); and, The History of Mammography CAD (1 CE Credit). Events are currently scheduled in major cities around the country including Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis’ Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; and Denver.In addition to the CE programs, VuComp will be hosting a webinar Nov. 5 at 12 pm EST titled, “Decreasing Legal Liability — A Breast Density Screening Update.” The webinar will be presented by Bonnie Rush RT, (R), (M), (QM). Rush is a nationally recognized author, lecturer, consultant and expert witness. The impact of breast density notification continues to gain momentum as now 19 states require that physicians notify women of their breast density following their mammogram. In addition, national breast density notification legislation has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. This webinar will explore the effects of notification, the potential legal ramifications of false negatives, as well as the need to standardize breast density assessment.“VuComp is proud to invest in the education and training of our customers and other medical professionals,” said Jim Pike, president and CTO of VuComp. “We believe that through ongoing learning, the role of advanced computer algorithms in assessing mammograms for potential cancers in conjunction with accurate breast density assessment will continue to gain broad acceptance and improve early detection.”For more information: www.vucomp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | 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 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 more
Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., and Lauren Libero, Ph.D., utilized structural MRI to analyze three factors that could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Image courtesy of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. March 9, 2015 — Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues are the first to combine three different measures of the brain to distinguish people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from matched, typically developing peers. This multimodal approach, published online in the journal Cortex, uses anatomy, the connectivity between different brain regions and levels of a neurochemical for measurement; this is distinct from many previous studies that have used a single neuroimaging measure. While those studies uncovered widespread functional and anatomical brain abnormalities in ASD, the results were not highly consistent, possibly reflecting the complex brain pathology in autism spectrum disorders.At this time, autism diagnosis is based on behavior. Kana’s multimodal neuroimaging-based classification is a step toward a possible biomarker for autism and possibly diagnosing autism at an early age, perhaps as early as 6 months, when the brain is very plastic and intervention might be more effective. “But that’s a long, long way off,” said Kana, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and an associate scientist in UAB’s Civitan International Research Center.This preliminary study needs to be validated with a larger sample, Kana said; but it “emphasizes that the brain abnormalities in autism may not be confined to a single area. Rather, they are distributed across different areas at multiple levels and layers.”Kana, corresponding author of the study, examined 19 high-functioning adults with ASD and 18 typically developing peers, who were matched for age and intelligence. Using the 3-Tesla scanner in the UAB Civitan Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Kana’s group performed structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain cortical thickness (volume data), diffusion tensor imaging to measure the connectivity of white-matter fibers of the brain and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy to measure brain neurotransmitters like N-acetylaspartate. The brain’s white-matter areas are like electrical cables that link different regions of the brain.The same MRI machine does all three measurements, using different settings for each. The volume data take 10 minutes, connectivity measurements take 12 minutes and the spectroscopy takes 30 minutes. While some participants were comfortable in the tight space of an MRI, others needed training in a nonfunctioning simulator MRI before any testing.Kana’s group found significant differences in some specific measurements using each of the three neuroimaging approaches. They then combined certain of these key differences into a decision tree model — akin to the differential diagnosis flowchart used by clinicians. This decision-tree model gave a classification accuracy of 91.9 percent for distinguishing ASD subjects from the controls.“Autism is such a heterogeneous disorder, and every patient presents with different symptoms and levels of severity,” said Lauren Libero, Ph.D., first author of the study. “That makes it really challenging to try to find one explanation within the brain for the very complex symptoms of autism.”“This study is important,” said Libero who is now a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California-Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), “because we found that different combinations of alterations in the brain could lead to the same or different levels of symptom severity. This could explain why previous studies have found varying results when it comes to which areas of the brain are affected in autism. There likely is not one uniform pattern affecting everyone with autism.”“We also found that combining different MRI techniques led to better classification of our participants with autism,” Libero said. “Most previous studies have focused on using one technique at a time, even though we have evidence that there are alterations in the brain in autism in terms of structure, white-matter connectivity, and brain chemical concentrations. When we are looking at a disorder that is so complex, multiple modalities of investigation can be more efficient to separate autism from other disorders, or to identify subgroups within autism. Our study found a way to combine measures of brain structure, white matter diffusion, and neurochemical concentration to classify our participants by their diagnosis, as well as their level of autism severity.”Specific significant findings in the Libero et al. Cortex paper include:Increased cortical thickness in ASD participants, compared to controls, across the left cingulate, left pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus, left inferior temporal cortex and the right precuneus;Reduced cortical thickness in the right cuneus and right precentral gyrus;Reduced white matter connectivity (as measured by reduced fractional anisotropy and increased radial diffusivity) for two discrete clusters on the forceps minor of the corpus callosum; andReduction in N-acetylaspartate in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Just three of these significant differences — radial diffusivity in the right forceps minor, cortical thickness in the left pars opercularis and fractional anisotropy in the left forceps minor —yielded the best decision tree for distinguishing ASD participants from controls.Kana and colleagues also built a decision tree with five of the significant findings that sorted ASD participants by disease severity.For more information: www.uab.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content 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 | 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 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 News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | 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. 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 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco 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 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 | March 09, 2015 Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging Tracking three different measures via structural MRI could allow autism diagnosis as early as six months News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more
News | 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 | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more December 8, 2015 — IDS announced the release of AbbaDox HTML5 DICOM Image Viewer and the DICOM Virtual Appliance. Both applications are designed to fully support inter-PACS (picture archiving and communication system) communications with logic-driven routing and vastly improved image load and transmission speed, replacing its previous DICOM image viewing module.Among the prominent features are advances in image transfer and viewing. Images load instantly, demonstrating faster load and transmission times. The zero-footprint AbbaDox Image Viewer requires no client installation and is compatible with all modern web browsers that are HTML5-compliant including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, MacOS Safari and Mozilla Firefox. Users can also access the Image Viewer through native apps on the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.Developed using the newest version of the hypertext markup language, HTML5, the AbbaDox Image Viewer is a true end-user, cross-platform solution which replaces its predecessor application built on the Microsoft Silverlight development platform. The increased speed, ease of deployment and rich user interface, along with the dynamic and responsive interaction, particularly with mobile devices were all factors in adopting the HTML5 standards and methodologies for the product redesign. The release also includes major improvements to the DICOM Virtual Appliance. The new architecture improves the image cache with increased processing, routing and archiving capabilities. Addressing the need for imaging centers to have access to a highly-durable, highly-available repository service, the appliance acts as a full PACS, providing online storage with various storage topologies — these include local RAID arrays, external hard drives or nearline storage using network or cloud storage services. It also supports offline devices such as tape backup.The new backend appliance is also capable of transcoding incoming DICOM images on the fly offering more efficient storage with the JPEG 2000 lossless file format. In addition to JPEG, users can download images to the local workstation as a DICOM image or a study with the full series of images. Improvements in routing include bi-directional image transfer, allowing images to be shared across locations with groups or individual users. Studies can also be sent to a specific PACS. The new design optimizes workflows through querying multiple, remote PACS while providing routing rules based on logic designed to direct the studies in an efficient and intelligent manner. Images on a CD, for example, can be uploaded using the CD Uploader and then routed to an archive or the main PACS with additional routing instructions based on modality or other criteria.The new viewer maintains the original user interface and popular features such as window and level controls, triangulation, zoom, magnify, measurements and annotations. Because image rendering has moved from the server to the Web client, image processing operations such as window leveling are faster and more responsive.For more information: www.idssite.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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 Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | 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 Technology | PACS | December 08, 2015 IDS Announces New HTML5 DICOM Image Viewer HTML5-based version simplifies cross-enterprise image access, sharing and storage News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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
Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Newer SystemsSiemens introduced several new systems in its Artis series, including the Artis Q, Artis Q.zen and the Artis one. These incorporate both new X-ray tube and detector technology to not only lower dose, but also cut energy consumption by up to 20 percent from previous generation Artis systems. Siemens’ new X-ray tube uses flat emitter technology, which enables smaller, square focal spots that the vendor said leads to as much as 70 percent improved visibility of small vessels and improved image quality. The Artis Q.zen combines this X-ray tube with a new crystalline detector that enables patient doses as low as half the standard angiography levels. New software suites for various specialties have been introduced for Philips’ angiography systems, including interventional oncology, interventional neurology and for the hybrid OR suite. The oncology suite can perform two passes with the C-arm for to collect images of the arterial and tumor phases with contrast to combine them into a single image to help guide embolizations. The software also features automated feeder vessel detection. Philips EchoNavigator software enables fusion imaging with live 3-D/4-D transesophageal echo (TEE), showing the relation of the TEE image on live or captured image angiography. Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Siemens Healthcareusa.healthcare.siemens.com Philips Healthcareusa.philips.com/healthcare GE, Toshiba aqnd Philips offer software to visualize the dose accumulation (peek skin dose) on a patient in real time. All these systems show an illustration of the distribution of received X-ray radiation to serve as a reminder to move the C-arm to avoid radiation burns. Dose limits also can be set. At the 2015 American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting, Toshiba highlighted its 3-D rotational angiography capabilities and its new transcatheter valve planning and image fusion capabilities. The 3mensio Structural Heart software facilitates pre-operative planning of aortic valve procedures, mitral valve procedures and left arterial appendage (LAA) closures. It can also fuse 3-D CT or MRI images with live fluoroscopy to enable procedural guidance. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Artis Q, Artis Q.zen and Artis one include the Clearstent Live application, which freezes motion in the region of a stent, allowing the physician to mask out movement of the beating heart and place the stent in precisely. The Artis one also offers new tools for cardiac imaging, including HeartSweep, which uses dual-axis rotational angiography to image the entire heart in a single, smooth C-arm movement instead of multiple acquisitions from different projections. This single-sweep movement has the potential to speed up procedures and save contrast agents. GE Healthcaregehealthcare.com At RSNA 2014, Toshiba introduced its new line of combination computed tomography (CT)/angiography systems. It combines an Infinix Elite angiography system with an Aquilion Prime or Aquilion One Vision Edition CT system. This offers an all-in-one interventional lab and CT solution to deliver real-time CT images during procedures instead of CT-like rotational angiography images. It can significantly improve workflow with its SURE Guidance technology, allowing image transition between modalities. At RSNA 2015, Toshiba showcased its Infinix 4DCT, which merges the Infinix Elite angiography system and Aquilion One Vision edition CT system. The Aquilion One Vision is capable of capturing an entire organ in one rotation with 640 slices and 16 cm of anatomical coverage. The combination of the interventional lab and CT eliminates the need to transfer patients between departments and allows clinicians to decrease procedure time and maintain patient safety. Designed as an angiographic interventional system, Trinias offers a new 12-inch Crossover flat panel detector for multi-procedure versatility that accommodates any type of angiography procedure. Combined with Score Pro image processing, the systems provide excellent visibility and numerous image guidance functions, as well as sophisticated 3-D application techniques. When used as a cardiac or neuro interventional system, Trinias is equipped with a new 8-inch flat panel detector. The system also has Score StentView, which improves visibility of existing stents in vessels. 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 Radiation ReductionAll the new angiography systems on the U.S. market offer dose-lowering technologies. These advances include improved X-ray tubes, more sensitive detectors and software to help improve image quality at lower doses, in addition to noise reduction. The Philips Allura Clarity is an example of the next-generation system that can help lower standard procedural dose by 50 to 75 percent. The operator can easily adjust the frame rates to help reduce dose, and the system incorporates Philips’ ClarityIQ software to achieve excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. The software helps correct for motion, reduces noise, auto enhances the image and corrects pixel shift on cine images. The ClarityIQ technology is also available as an upgrade for the majority of Philips’ installed base of monoplane and biplane interventional X-ray systems. Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Philips added a new 16-bit digital detector on its FD20 platform. This offers four times higher contrast and higher DQE. Also, the new detector is designed so it does not need active cooling. Comparison ChartThis article served as an introduction for a comparison chart for angiography systems on the U.S. market. To access the chart, click on the “Comparison Charts” tab at the top of the screen. 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Omega Medical Imagingomegamedicalimaging.com Toshiba recently introduced a new line of combined CT and angiography systems, allowing true CT imaging on demand in the interventional lab.Angiographic imaging system vendors have developed several new technologies to address emerging cath lab trends, including the need to reduce radiation dose, improve image quality and enable advanced procedural image guidance. All three of these points have become increasingly important as more complex procedures are attempted in interventional cardiology cath labs and hybrid ORs. These procedures include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip repairs, left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusions, atrial and ventricular septal defect closures, and new interventions for both electrophysiology (EP) and heart failure.All of the major vendors in the United States introduced new systems and technologies in the past few years to reduce dose and enhance visualization in the cath lab. The vendors have tailored their systems into various models for specific specialties and at various price points depending on the degree of functionality. Most vendors also offer software to enhance visualization of stents and other devices.Advanced Imaging, Guidance, PlanningNewer imaging systems enable advanced 3-D imaging with rotational angiography, which uses a quick spin around the patient to create a computed tomography (CT)-like, 3-D image of the anatomy. This can all be done tableside in the cath lab. Some systems allow these images, or CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 3-D images, to be overlaid or fused with the live 2-D fluoroscopic images. This fusion technology is used with TAVR planning and navigation software to better guide precise device placement. Software also allows 3-D images to be integrated with EP electromapping systems to guide catheter ablation procedures without the need for live fluoroscopy, helping to reduce dose. GE Healthcare introduced its revolutionary Discovery IGS series in 2013. The laser-guided system captures the advantages of floor- and ceiling-mounted fixed systems and the mobility advantage of mobile C-arms without any of their inherent limitations. The imaging device is on a mobile, wheeled gantry that can be moved anywhere in the room like a mobile C-arm, but offers precision, high-quality imaging and features of a fixed system. At the touch of a button, clinicians can move the system to the table for imaging various anatomies and then move it aside and park it, allowing room to optimally position physicians, nurses, technologists, anesthesiologists and other personnel for surgery, with unobstructed access to the patient. The gantry comes with a new wide-bore design, which allows for steep angles and ease in 3-D acquisition, especially for large patients. It uses the same digital flat-panel detector technology as GE’s fixed-based Innova angiography imaging systems. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more At the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 annual meeting, Siemens introduced its Artis With Pure technology, which simplifies the use of Siemens’ 3-D rotational angiography. The software suggests imaging protocols for ease of use and offers step-by-step instructions to create a fusion image. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Shimadzu’s new angiography system platform is the Trinias series. It uses high-speed Score Pro image processing technology, and a smart ergonomic design aids intuitive functionality. The Score process enhances fluoroscopic images while maintaining as low as achievable dose considerations. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Toshibamedical.toshiba.com Siemens’ Syngo Dyna 4-D imaging now enables a combined digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and DynaCT (a CT-like 3-D image) at the same time to show filling of vessels with contrast. The Syngo DynaCT SMART feature can remove metal streak artifacts tableside from 3-D reconstructions. A Quick Zoom feature also allows zooming in on a region of interest tableside without the need to manually manipulate images in the control room. These technologies can be retrofitted on older Artis systems. Feature | January 27, 2016 | Dave Fornell Trends in Interventional Lab Imaging Systems Advances in the cath lab include the need to lower radiation dose, boost image enhancement and enable fusion imaging Dedicated cardiac and neuro cath labs generally use smaller detectors in the range of 8-10 inch diagonal to allow steep C-arm angulations to get different views of the coronary anatomy. Larger detectors in the rage of 15-20 inch diagonal offer a larger field of view for peripheral procedures and interventional radiology. Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more At RSNA 2015, GE showcased its Assist brand, a collection of new interventional imaging software packages designed for specific clinical subspecialists. The suite offers simple to use fusion imaging for computed tomography (CT) 3-D image reconstructions that can be overlaid or fused with live angiography in the cath lab. The new Assist suite of targeted software solutions include Vessel Assist to better navigate vessels for chronic total occlusions (CTO), transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and interventional neuroradiology arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and aneurysms. The EVAR Assist aids endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). Needle Assist is for bone interventions and pelvic bone osteosynthesis. FlightPlan for Liver helps with liver embolizations. Valve Assist is for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). PCI Assist aids complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) navigation. News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Detector ConsiderationsWhen looking at systems for labs utilized by multiple users (interventional cardiology, vascular surgeons, interventional radiology, etc.) the size of the X-ray detector should be kept in mind, as different users have different requirements. Detector size is expressed in one of two ways: height and width, or as a diagonal measure from corner to corner. So a 20 x 20 cm detector can also be described as a 10-inch diagonal detector. Toshiba’s Spot Fluoroscopy software for its Infinix-i systems allows clinicians to observe a target region of anatomy using Spot Fluoro’s live fluoroscopy, while viewing the last image hold (LIH) in the surrounding area that has been collimated out of the field of view to cut dose. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more
News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Seven-hospital system will feature fully integrated platform for diagnostic imaging needs The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 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 Vue Motion, a zero-footprint universal viewer that allows viewing, storing and sharing of patient imaging exams; Vue RIS (radiology information system), providing a holistic view of each patient to support enhanced treatment decisions; Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Vue Reporting, combining all workflow, visualization and reporting tools into a single web-enabled workspace, with speech recognition for more efficient reporting; Vue Beyond, giving hospital administrators real-time insight into key performance indicators to support more effective decision making and quality reporting. Vue Archive, providing a vendor-neutral clinical repository; With nearly 6.5 million procedures performed per year and more than 400,000 imaging studies, Santa Casa has intensive requirements for data quality and performance. With its large-scale data migration capabilities, Carestream will transfer 170 terabytes of legacy data to the new platform while ensuring that users can stay productive throughout the process.“We are looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership with Carestream,” Hoffman said, “and to a much more collaborative imaging workflow that will keep us at the forefront of quality care.”For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more May 22, 2019 — Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all seven of its hospitals in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.Santa Casa is the oldest hospital in Rio Grande do Sul, with a history of service dating back to 1803. Despite its age, Santa Casa is one of Brazil’s most modern hospital systems, setting the standard in Latin America for patient care, disease prevention, medical research and teaching. Its seven hospitals provide leadership in the fields of internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery, oncology, pediatrics and transplants. It is also the region’s largest hospital system, with 1,278 beds, 6,765 employees, 1,747 doctors and 80 radiologists.Santa Casa ultimately decided to adopt Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform for its size, scope, quality of care and technical innovation. “We needed a comprehensive, future-ready solution to replace our aging systems,” explained Luciano Hoffman, M.D., the hospital’s head of diagnostic imaging. “We spent a year evaluating every major vendor to choose the most capable partner to handle our diagnostic reading workflow from end to end. Carestream was the clear winner.”When the migration to Carestream is complete, Santa Casa will have a fully integrated platform for its diagnostic imaging needs, consisting of: Vue PACS (picture archiving and communication system), enabling accurate and efficient information exchange across the multi-site radiology workflow; MyVue patient portal, providing secure patient access to clinical information, exams and reports that fosters active involvement in personal health and wellness; and News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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 | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content 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 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Yesterday, FireEye revealed a new group of hackers named APT38, a financially motivated North Korean regime-backed group responsible for conducting destructive attacks against financial institutions, as well as for some of the world’s largest cyber heists. FireEye Inc. is a cybersecurity firm that provides products and services to protect against advanced persistent threats and spear phishing. Earlier this year, FireEye helped Facebook find suspicious accounts linked to Russia and Iran on its platform and also alerted Google of election influence operations linked to Iranian groups. Now FireEye cybersecurity researchers released a special report titled APT38: Un-usual Suspects, to expose the methods used by the APT38 group. In the report, they said,“Based on observed activity, we judge that APT38’s primary mission is targeting financial institutions and manipulating inter-bank financial systems to raise large sums of money for the North Korean regime.” The researchers also state that the group has attempted to steal more than $1.1 billion and were also responsible for some of the more high-profile attacks on financial institutions in the last few years. Some of the publicly reported attempted heists attributable to APT38 include: Vietnam TP Bank in December 2015 Bangladesh Bank in February 2016 Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan in October 2017 Bancomext in January 2018 Banco de Chile in May 2018 Sandra Joyce, FireEye’s vice president of global intelligence says, “The hallmark of this group is that it deploys destructive malware after stealing money from an organization, not only to cover its tracks, but [also] in order to distract defenders, complicate the incident response process, and gain time to get out the door.” Some details of the APT38 targeting Since at least 2014, APT38 has conducted operations in more than 16 organizations in at least 11 countries. The total number of organizations targeted by APT38 may be even higher when considering the probable low incident reporting rate from affected organizations. The group is careful, calculated, and has demonstrated a desire to maintain access to a victim environment for as long as necessary to understand the network layout, required permissions, and system technologies to achieve its goals. On average, they have observed that APT38 remain within a victim network for approximately 155 days, with the longest time within a compromised environment believed to be almost two years. In just the publicly reported heists alone, APT38 has attempted to steal over $1.1 billion dollars from financial institutions. APT38 Attack Lifecycle FireEye researchers believe that APT38’s financial motivation, unique toolset, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) observed during their carefully executed operations are distinct enough to be tracked separately from other North Korean cyber activity. The APT38 group overlaps characteristics with other operations, known as ‘Lazarus’ and the actor they call as TEMP.Hermit. On Tuesday, the U.S. government released details on malware it alleges Pyongyang’s computer operatives have used to fraudulently withdraw money from ATMs in various countries. The unmasking of APT38 comes weeks after the Justice Department announced charges against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean computer programmer, in connection with the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. According to Jacqueline O’Leary, a senior threat intelligence analyst at FireEye, Park has likely contributed to both APT38 and TEMP.Hermit operations. However, the North Korean government has denied allegations that it sponsors such hacking. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Facebook COO, Sandberg’s Senate testimony Google’s Protect your Election program
Yesterday, at the AWS re:Invent conference, Andy Jassy, CEO at Amazon Web Services introduced AWS DeepRacer and announced a global autonomous AWS DeepRacer racing league. Amazon DeepRacer AWS DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale radio-controlled, self-driving four-wheel race car which has been designed to help developers learn about reinforcement learning. This car features a 4-megapixel camera with 1080p resolution, an Intel Atom processor, multiple USB ports, and a 2-hour battery. The car comes with a 4GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. The compute battery is a 13600mAh USB-C PD. It is embedded with an accelerometer and gyroscope. The console, simulator, and car are a great combination to experiment with RL algorithms and generalization methods. It includes a fully-configured cloud environment that users can use to train Reinforcement Learning models. This car also uses a camera to view the track and a reinforcement model to control throttle and steering. AWS DeepRacer is integrated with Amazon SageMaker to take advantage of its new reinforcement learning model and with AWS RoboMaker in order to provide a 3D simulation environment. It is also integrated with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams for the video streaming of virtual simulation footage and Amazon S3 for model storage. It also comes with support for Amazon CloudWatch for log capture. AWS DeepRacer League The AWS DeepRacer League gives users an opportunity to compete in a global racing championship to advance to AWS DeepRacer Championship Cup at re:Invent 2019 and to probably win the AWS DeepRacer Cup. This league is categorized into 2 categories, live events, and virtual events. Live Events Developers can compete by submitting their already built or new reinforcement learning models to the virtual leaderboard for the Summit. The top ten champions will compete in live races on the track, using AWS DeepRacer. The summit winners and top performers across the races will qualify for the AWS DeepRacer Championship Cup. The AWS DeepRacer League will be launched in AWS Summit locations around the world, including Tokyo, London, Sydney, Singapore, and New York in early 2019. Virtual events Developers can build RL models and compete online using the AWS DeepRacer console. The virtual races will take place on the challenging tracks in the 3D racing simulator. What is in store for the developers? Learn reinforcement learning in a new way AWS DeepRacer helps developers to get started with reinforcement learning by providing hands-on tutorials for training RL models and testing them in a fun way, with the car racing experience. It is easy to get started quickly, anywhere One can start training the model on the virtual track in minutes with the AWS DeepRacer console and 3D racing simulator irrespective of place or time. Idea sharing The DeepRacer League gives a platform to developers to meet fellow machine learning enthusiasts, online and also in-person to share ideas and insights. Also, it gives an opportunity to compete and win prizes. Developers will also get a chance to learn about reinforcement learning via workshops. No need to manually set up a software environment The 3D racing simulator and car provide an ideal environment for developers to test the latest reinforcement learning algorithms. With DeepRacer, developers don’t have to manually set up a software environment, simulator or configure a training environment. Public reaction to AWS DeepRacer is mostly positive, however, a few have their doubts. Concerns range from CPU time, SageMaker requirement, and shipping related queries. To know more about this news, check out Amazon’s official blog. Read Next Amazon launches AWS Ground Station, a fully managed service for controlling satellite communications, downlink and processing satellite data Amazon re:Invent announces Amazon DynamoDB Transactions, CloudWatch Logs Insights and cloud security conference, Amazon re:Inforce 2019 Learning To Dress: Synthesizing Human Dressing Motion via Deep Reinforcement Learning
Posted by Thursday, March 1, 2018 Tags: Celebrity Cruises, Culinary Tourism Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Foodie bliss onboard Celebrity Edge, with 29 dining venues Share For breakfast and lunch Le Grand Bistro is reminiscent of a bustling boulangerie-patisserie, with handmade macaroons, artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread. At night the lights are dimmed, and an entirely new experience is served; Celebrity is bringing the tabletop to life in partnership with TableMation Studios, featuring Skullmapping’s world famous Le Petit Chef, an animated 3D character who appears right on guest’s plates and prepares each course they’ll be enjoying right before their eyes. Celebrity says it’s “an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have ever experienced at sea”, and Celebrity guarantees that, as the brand is the very first cruise line to partner with TableMation Studios and Skullmapping.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoWith five diverse complimentary dining offerings – including the iconic Oceanview Café, now featuring more live action stations, and Mast Grill, plus three completely new offerings – Grand Plaza Café, The Spa Café and Juice Bar, and Eden Café – guests have even more ways to experience the world-class cuisine on Celebrity Edge, in addition to the new complimentary four Main Dining offerings, says the cruise line.The 11 bars and lounges on board Celebrity Edge include the iconic Martini Bar and the Eden Bar. Additional bars and lounges to be featured on Celebrity Edge include: The Retreat Lounge and The Retreat Pool Bar, both exclusive for Suite Class guests; The Theater Bar; The Casino Bar; The Club; Café Al Bacio; The Pool Bar and Edge Cabanas; Sunset Bar; and Il Secondo Bacio.Celebrity Edge will spend its inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019.Homeporting in Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Edge sets sail Nov. 21, 2018. Bookings are now open including dining reservations. Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. MIAMI — Celebrity Edge’s new dining options run the gamut from a sky-high venue cantilevered 16 decks above the ocean, to a fusion of technology, animation and dining with ‘Le Petit Chef’.The 29 dining spots include four main dining restaurants, two Suite and AquaClass restaurants, seven new specialty restaurants, five complimentary dining venues, and 11 bars and lounges.“Once again Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying, and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience, allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”Brian Abel, VP, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises, adds: “We are known for our world-class culinary offerings – our guests tell us this is what sets us apart and the prestigious awards we win affirm that – and on Celebrity Edge, we’ve combined unique concepts, expansive menus, and incredible design to serve a platter of exciting new dining experiences never before seen at sea.”Celebrity has redesigned the main dining experience on Celebrity Edge, to include four complimentary restaurants, each with its own design and ambience inspired by a specific region of the world. Menus in every restaurant feature signature dishes that are offered today across the fleet, which change nightly, and also selections of dishes to showcase the inspiration.Tuscan Restaurant, a nod to Celebrity’s popular Tuscan Grille, features freshly made pastas, while Normandie Restaurant, a conceptual cousin of the brand’s French restaurant, Murano, will feature French dining.In the Cyprus Restaurant – a nod to the Mediterranean and Celebrity’s Greek heritage – guests will enjoy flavourful Mediterranean fare. And the Cosmopolitan Restaurant will feature new American cuisine.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJWith Celebrity Traditional Dining, guests choose early or late seating, which allows them to enjoy dinner at the same table with the same waiter every evening. With this option, they will be assigned to one of the four main restaurants, while having the ability to experience the others upon request.Celebrity has renamed its Celebrity Select Dining program Celebrity Select Dining Plus, now allowing guests to dine when and where they’d like to each evening; they can make reservations in any of the four restaurants at the time they wish.Suite Class guests have access to a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, which the cruise line calls “an evolution of the highest-rated restaurant in the Celebrity fleet.”AquaClass guests will exclusively continue enjoying the clean, crisp flavors of the award-winning Blu, a spa-inspired restaurant.Six new specialty restaurants include: Fine Cut Steakhouse; Rooftop Garden Grill; Eden Restaurant; Raw on 5 offering the best delicacies from the sea and beyond; and Magic Carpet, billed as a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining adventure with the best views at sea. When the Magic Carpet is positioned at the very top level it becomes an extraordinary, exhilarating experience known as Dinner on the Edge.Le Grand Bistro will serve upscale French cuisine with stunning views of the sea
Posted by MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc.’s first quarter results show a marked improvement from last year, and if trends continue, the company expects to maintain gains at the end of winter.The Corporation posted revenues of $725.8 million, compared with $689.3 million in 2017, an increase of $36.5 million (5.3%). This improvement was driven by growth in the number of travellers (6.2%) in the Sun destination market – its main market for the period – and of 20.3% in the transatlantic market. In addition, average selling prices rose slightly across all markets.“During this quarter, we continued the repositioning started last year by announcing the disposal of Jonview for $48.4 million, and the appointment of Jordi Solé as President of our new hotels division,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “The disposals made during the past 18 months generated $327 million in total for our hotel investments. We’re also continuing our work on revenue management and the fleet.”More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksTransat A.T.’s operations resulted in an adjusted operating loss of $31.0 million, compared with $37.1 million in 2017. The $6.1 million improvement resulted largely from an increase in the number of travellers combined with higher average selling prices and the favourable foreign exchange effect, which led to a $13.3 million decrease in operating expenses for the quarter. However, this improvement in operating results was mitigated by $9.0 million in maintenance costs related to one-time events.On a comparable basis, excluding the sale of Ocean Hotels and Jonview, the adjusted operating loss decreased by $9.1 million compared with the previous year.The Corporation’s second quarter outlook remains positive, with capacity up 5.5% compared with last year. To date, 77% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 4% and the load factors are down 1.4%. Due to the strengthening of the loonie, offset by rising fuel costs, operating expenses are currently down 3.3%.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyLooking ahead to summer, the transatlantic market (Transat’s main market during this season), capacity is up 17% compared with 2017. To date, 30% of seats have been sold, load factors are similar and selling prices are up 1.7% compared with the same date last year. Higher fuel costs, net of fluctuations in the Canadian dollar against the greenback, the euro and the pound have currently led to a 3.3% increase in operating costs. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Transat A.T. reports 5.3% increase in revenue in Q1 results Share Tags: Air Transat, Profit Report, Transat Thursday, March 15, 2018
Which company had the best April Fool’s gag? Share Monday, April 2, 2018 Tags: Contiki, Emirates, LOL, Swoop, Virgin Group, WestJet Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — You can always count on the travel industry for a few good laughs on April Fool’s Day.Some of the biggest names in the business participate in the annual gag-fest that is April Fool’s, and this year was certainly no exception. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pranks that debuted in the days leading up to April 1st and on April Fool’s Day.Which company had the best April Fool’s gag? Vote for your favourite now!
Travelweek Group Abu Dhabi tourism board to make first ever visit to Canada Share Monday, June 18, 2018 NEW YORK — Abu Dhabi has set its sights on the Canadian market, launching its first-ever dedicated visit to Canada.Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueThe Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will be visiting Canada as part of its summer North American roadshow, which also marks the first time that the organization will partner with the Dubai Tourism Board to promote the region. The two will be joined in North America by some of Abu Dhabi’s most important tourism stakeholders, including Etihad Airways, Jumeirah Group, Yas Experiences, and Arabian Adventures.Yas BeachDCT Abu Dhabi will meet with an exclusive group of travel agents and tour operators in the following cities:June 25 – VancouverJune 26 – MontrealJune 27 – OttawaJune 28 – Toronto6 – New York7 – Washington, D.C.8 – Chicago9 – Los Angeles10 – Orange CountyAt each stop, guests will learn about Abu Dhabi’s ever-expanding tourism and cultural attractions, including the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the upcoming debut of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and an influx of new hotels openings such as soon-to-launch Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort and the new Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi.Ferarri WorldFor more information go to http://dctabudhabi.ae. Posted by Tags: Abu Dhabi, Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>
VISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 23, 2019 Share Tags: FAM, VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA Earlier this month, VISIT FLORIDA hosted eight travel agents on the Spring 2019 Canada Travel Trade FAM. Beginning in one of Florida’s largest gateways, the group flew direct from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and explored the beautiful destination of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which included hotel site visits, airboat rides and riverboat cruises. The group then traveled a short way north to The Treasure Coast. This coastal and easily accessible destination is located on the southeastern coast of Florida and is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. While in the Treasure Coast, the group enjoyed waterfront dining, hotel site visits and paddle boarding.In the fall, VISIT FLORIDA will host its next Canada Travel Trade FAM. To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest in participating in this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Share Tags: Crystal River, Florida, Pensacola, SeaWorld Travelweek Group Posted by Budget cuts not a problem, says Visit Florida, Canada still a top priority TORONTO — Any concerns about Visit Florida losing steam in the Canadian market following hefty budget cuts were eased yesterday at a media luncheon in Toronto, where much of the talk centered on Canadian initiatives and the importance of travel agents.News broke earlier this year that the state-funded tourism agency’s budget would be cut by US$26 million (from $76m to $50m) next fiscal year, and that the agency itself would expire on Oct. 1. That date, however, has been extended until June 30, 2020 following last-minute budget talks, giving Visit Florida another year to stay afloat and market the destination, particularly in Canada.Speaking exclusively to Travelweek, Meagan Dougherty, Public Relations Director, says that Canada will still be a “huge” target for the agency and that the new budget will not alter its focus at all.“We just have to make our marketing dollars work harder for us and stretch further. When you have a larger budget you can do this, this and this. But with a smaller budget, you really have to pare that down and see what’s going to make the biggest impact,” she says.Canada, she adds, is Florida’s number one international market, with 3.5 million visitors last year, up 2% over the year before. Even more impressive is the fact that Canadians spend an average 21 days in the Sunshine State, making them a highly coveted market.“We’re really seeing an uptick among Canadians, both the drive and fly markets,” she says. “A couple years ago, we took Canada for granted and didn’t put as much emphasis here, which is why we started to see the numbers going down. But as soon as we started reminding Canadians of what we have to offer, the numbers started to go up again.”This renewed focus on Canada will take a slightly different approach; while previous directives showcased Florida’s beaches and theme parks, new efforts are being made to highlight lesser-known destinations within the state.Sana Keller and Meagan Dougherty“We really want to highlight more ‘unknown-to-Canadian’ destinations, which is why we’re here today in Toronto,” says Dougherty. “Florida fatigue is real, but that’s only because people are staying in their comfort zones and going to the same places every year. We want to tell them to come on down and try something new.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHow this message is delivered to Canadians depends heavily on travel agents, she adds. Referring to them as “our first point of contact on the front lines”, Dougherty stresses the importance of education and why agents need first-hand experience to better sell the destination.“We want to make sure our travel agents are educated to be able to sell the other side of Florida. We have to get them here to experience it for themselves,” she says.To do this, Visit Florida has tied in some of its fams into its new Florida Travel Pro program, an e-learning platform that was launched in both English and French last year. The agency also recently welcomed new Chief Marketing Officer Gerardo Llanes in May, who Dougherty says is very trade-focused.“He’s already hit the ground running and making sure that we have all of the tools in place for our travel agents to learn the destination and sell it as we would – as Floridians,” she says. “He comes to us with a lot of experience in the tourism sector and we’re really looking forward to the changes and improvements he’s going to help us make, especially in the Canadian market.”Here are the destination partners that participated at the luncheon:Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley, SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT• According to Suzanne Beasley, Senior Manager of Communications, SeaWorld’s mission focuses solely on education and conservation: “We want guests to be entertained but also be educated and inspired.”• Many of SeaWorld’s attractions are tied to conservation groups and initiatives. For example, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Tidal Twister coaster, which opened in May 2019, is partnered with The Rising Tide Conservation, which develops techniques for raising marine ornamental fish for both public displays and private aquariums. Its messaging can be seen throughout the ride.• All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove – are now designated as certified autism centres. According to Beasley, the designation will be rolled out to all parks in the coming year.Nicole Stacey, Visit PensacolaPENSACOLA• This family-friendly, laidback beach destination is the most northwestern city in Florida. It’s also America’s oldest settlement, established in 1559.• Pensacola is the only city from Jacksonville to New Orleans where visitors can enjoy the ‘Big 5’: Symphony, Museums, Orchestra, Ballet and Art.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises• Don’t miss the Naval Aviation Museum, a popular attraction for history buffs and multi-generational groups• Palafox Street, named after General Jose de Palafox y Melzi, has been named one of the best streets in America.CRYSTAL RIVER• This coastal gem in western Florida is located just over an hour north from Tampa, and less than two hours west of Orlando• Though small in size (the population is only 3,500), Crystal River is known for being the Manatee Capital of the World, as it’s the only place in North America where you can swim with these gentle creatures in the wild. Surrounding springs flow at a constant 23 degrees Celsius, making the waters attractive to both the manatees and swimmers throughout the year.• Other popular activities include boating, diving, fishing and eco-tours.OCALA MARION COUNTY• Located dead centre in the state, the county is big on horses, known for ample horseback riding and horse carriage rides. It’s officially been named the ‘Horse Capital of the World’.• Other popular activities include bird watching, zipline, river tubing and hiking.• Ocala/Marion County is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. Its Santos Mountain Bike Trails have received the prestigious designation of a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of only six designated Ride Centers in the United States.• Coming in January 2021 is the World Equestrian Centre, which upon completion will offer horse barns, sporting arenas, a concert venue and an all-suite luxury hotel that will feature a 2,200 square-foot Presidential Suite.FLORIDA’S SPORTS COAST• Following a rebrand in 2018, Pasco County is now known as Florida’s Sports Coast, capitalizing on the destination’s long list of outdoor activities, sports facilities and water sports.• Don’t miss the James E. Grey Preserve, 80 acres of protected swamps and uplands where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.• Birdwatchers will have a field day at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, where they can spot Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills and even the elusive Black Rail. 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Already tipsy, we started with the typical raw seafood dish, Tiradito. Prepared with thick slices of sea bass doused in lemon juice and yellow pepper sauce, this chilled appetizer was a perfect launching point. The fish was salty and soft, balanced out with a smattering of crunchy corn and a kick of cilantro.Next we chose what the menu called “shrimp stuffed avocado,” but what would be more accurately described as “shrimp and avocado in sauce.” Though misleading and not really in-step with traditional recipes, the deliciousness of the warm, creamy sauce made up for the misnomer.While the appetizers were delicious, nothing could have prepared us for the main attraction. Our waiter brought out the seafood-packed Parrillada Macchu Picchu in flaming glory – literally, it was on fire – and I could feel my stomach begin to stretch at the site of its sheer mass.The Parillada is a no-frills kind of meal, but a fancy presentation isn’t really necessary with a colossal mountain of seafood and grilled meat: The taste does the talking. The amount and variety of sea souls on the platter were almost too numerous to name. The shrimp were huge, the potatoes were crispy and the octopus and calamari were an ideal amalgam of spongy and juicy. At the bottom of the platter, the sea bass seemed to soak up all of the juices from the top layer, leaving a deliciously soggy filet. The steak and chicken also did not disappoint, making the perfect compliment to the heaps of seafood.With the massiveness of our main course, we were unable to find even a shred of space for dessert. But for those who opt for a more reasonably-sized entrée selection, Macchu Picchu has several Peruvian desserts, including one of the nation’s favorites: a caramel-like merengue called suspiro limeño.Dessert or no, the heaping portions at Macchu Picchu are sure to put you into a food coma, but no need to worry. The restaurant’s friendly staff will be happy to call you a taxi, and the front entryway alpaca will be there to see you out. Facebook Comments Macchu Picchu’s Tiradito, a traditional dish prepared with raw sea bass, corn, parsley and cilantro in lemon juice and a yellow pepper sauce. Lindsay Fendt If your daily dose of rice and beans is getting old, maybe its time to set your sites south of the equator for some authentic Peruvian cuisine at the long-time San José favorite, Machu Picchu.To kick off the gastronomic journey, patrons at Machu Picchu are greeted at the door by a giant stuffed-animal alpaca, but don’t let its soft fur and general adorableness distract you. The real Peruvian flavor is further inside.Machu Picchu offers pretty much everything in the way of traditional Peruvian food. The menu is chalk full of seafood, corn and plenty of potatoes. The drink menu also offers the imported Cuzqueña beer as well as the all-popular Peruvian cocktail, pisco sour. Made from grape brandy, bitters, egg whites and just a touch of cinnamon, Macchu Picchu’s pisco sour packs a punch. The tart and foamy drink goes down easy, and if you’re not careful you might find that you’ve finished your giant glass before the appetizers even arrive. No related posts.
The Legislative Assembly approved in a second-round vote Monday afternoon a long-delayed capital-control bill that requires foreign investors to deposit 25 percent of their investment with the Central Bank (BCCR).The bill’s passage is a reminder of how quickly the winds of foreign capital can change direction. Last year, when the bill was first introduced, President Laura Chinchilla’s administration was concerned that short-term foreign investors looking to turn a quick profit on high interest rates would overheat the Costa Rican economy. But after the colón’s recent devaluation, Costa Rica might gladly welcome back some of those short-term investments, also known as hot money.“This gives the executive branch the tools to confront foreign capital whose only purpose is to take advantage of high rates of return and destabilize the country’s economy,” said National Liberation Party lawmaker and Financial Affairs Commission President Siany Villalobos.The bill requires investors outside Costa Rica to deposit 25 percent of their investment with the BCCR in the same denomination as their investment.The new powers will permit the BCCR’s board of directors to raise taxes by up to 30 percent on capital gains or other investment yields for up to six months at a time if they believe the investments could destabilize the economy.The BCCR released a statement Tuesday that these restrictions would not apply to other kinds of foreign investment, such as property, factories or other investment projects.The bank added that the hot money flows that sparked the need for legislation were no longer an issue, and that there was no plan to implement these new tax powers.“In the current conditions, it would not be necessary or possible to use the measures the bill approves,” the bank wrote in a statement on its website, adding that the Central Bank did not anticipate any change in the exchange rate, capital investment or other economic variables because of the bill’s passage.Costa Rica has seen its currency, the colón, devalue roughly 10 percent against the U.S. dollar since January, prompting the BCCR to intervene. Central Bank President Rodrigo Bolaños previously argued that the sudden rise in the colón coincided with the second announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve that it would pull back economic stimulus from the U.S. economy.The new bill will become law once signed by President Chinchilla and published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta. Facebook Comments Related posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Costa Rica’s Solís urges calm after Moody’s knocks investment rating down to junk status Business leaders, industrialists worried about Costa Rica’s ‘political problem’ Dollar exchange rate down following Central Bank’s intervention announcement
Related posts:Álvaro Saborío breaks fifth metatarsal in morning practice, out of World Cup With Saborío out for World Cup, a broken-up Pinto says team must move forward Costa Rica completes 23-man roster for World Cup 2 days before the World Cup, Costa Rica loses another player to injury Thanks for all your messages of support. I feel stronger and better !! pic.twitter.com/sjaHe17U2W— Álvaro Saborío (@al_saborio) June 3, 2014 Forward Álvaro Saborío announced Tuesday that he plans to travel with Costa Rica during the World Cup.Saborío would’ve directed the Ticos’ attack during the tournament, but doctors discovered a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot last Thursday. He will need three to four months to recovery from the injury after undergoing a successful surgery Monday.The Costa Rica Football Federation had said it hoped Saborío would accompany La Sele at the World Cup. On Facebook, the Real Salt Lake striker confirmed his attendance in Brazil.I want to thank the fans that since the first day I wore the La Sele shirt have supported me and given me good vibes.Thanks to all who have tried to make me feel good despite the pain I’ve been through. I want to say thanks to all.I have received support from teammates and other teams, that affection from all of you has given me the encouragement to go. I will be supporting the team and will see them make history.Saborío, who led Costa Rica in qualifying with eight goals, was dearly missed last night when Japan roughed up the Ticos, 3-1, in a friendly in Tampa. Facebook Comments
After a 10-minute test ride on surface streets, riders park the bikes. Before they get off, a Harley photographer takes a picture and hands them an access code so they can download the picture and post it on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Next, they’re shuttled to a video camera to record instant impressions and then are asked to fill out a 10-minute survey on an iPad.Sample questions include “What words come to mind when you first rolled the throttle?” and “How would you describe the bike’s look, sound and feel?” The survey also asks how much a buyer would expect to pay, starting from “below $15,000” to as high as “$35,000 and above.”For all the “awesomes” and “wows” collected on the commentaries, there also are criticisms: a desire for more battery range, for example, or on-board charging ports and storage. Several riders said the price would need to be near or below $15,000.Myburgh, who rides a 2011 Brammo electric bike, said he likes the bike’s sound, which he likens to the TIE fighter Darth Vader flies in the “Star Wars” movies. Myburgh said he appreciates the innovation and the risk Harley is taking by developing a bike so counter to its snarley-Harley roots.“You’re going to get guys saying it’s not a true Harley- Davidson — it’s not air-cooled, it doesn’t make a lot of noise and it doesn’t fall apart,” Myburgh said. “But you have to embrace the future at some point.” Follow @ModernMotoGuy as he shares his 1st electric motorcycle journey with the world aboard #ProjectLiveWire. pic.twitter.com/IMjtslNeKG— Harley-Davidson (@harleydavidson) July 8, 2014 While motorcycles are already quite efficient — most Harleys go 30 to 60 miles on a gallon of gasoline — Myburgh said he won’t own a Harley unless they make one that doesn’t require gas.The electric bike’s battery range is about 53 miles and the engine can be operated in three modes: sport, power and range. There are no gears to shift through, so the prototype rides as easily as a moped, albeit one that’s frighteningly quick. Acceleration goes from zero to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in under four seconds. It has foot and hand brakes and also slows quickly when the throttle is released.If Harley does go green, it’ll compete against a handful of companies, including Brammo, based in Talent, Ore., and Zero Motorcycles, based in Scotts Valley, Calif. Global sales of electric motorcycles are expected to grow slightly, according to a report from Navigant Research, to 1.4 million annually in 2023 from 1.2 million this year.For much of its 111-year history, Harley sold choppers as fast as it could to riders it knew well: wealthy, middle-aged American white men. The recession shook that up.Revenue in 2009 fell almost a quarter from a year earlier. Wandell, hired from auto-parts maker Johnson Controls, cut costs and pushed Harley to try to expand its customer base to women, younger drivers, non-whites and non-Americans.The company is projected to increase sales 7 percent to $5.6 billion this year, based on analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. After receiving 25 percent of its revenue from outside the U.S. in 2006, the company forecasts 40 percent of sales this year will be in foreign markets, which is where more than half of its dealerships are located.Harley’s stock, which dropped each of two years before Wandell arrived, has risen annually since. So far this year the stock has declined 9.6 percent to $62.56.The electric bike program is an extension of how Harley also has changed the way it develops motorcycles, using focus groups and clinics and opening test-runs to a wide circle of consumers and dealers. Earlier results hit the market last year with a new Touring line, equipped with voice-activated and touch-screen GPS systems, and Street bikes, Harley’s first lightweight motorcycles in decades.The electric version “is going to appeal to a whole new set of customers,” Wandell said. “It’s getting folks thinking about our products that maybe typically wouldn’t have.”David Hood, a 46-year-old from Old Hickory, Tenn., came to Boswell’s dealership not to scout a potential purchase, but to have a peek into what may be the future. He’s old-school Harley, riding a 2008 Street Bob and loving the potato-potato rumble of its V-twin engine.“It’s cool,” Smith said. “Today’s world is the world of innovation. Everything’s changing.”© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – Tyler Dean has the jeans, jacket and beard that place him squarely in the target market for Harley-Davidson. Another draw for the motorcycle maker: Dean has a social media account, and he knows how to use it.Harley, the manufacturer of road hogs famous for roaring throttles, said in June it’s considering selling a relatively quiet, electric motorcycle. It’s now showcasing the bikes on a 30-city tour to seek feedback and drum up interest among people like Dean, who cares about the environment and can spread the word about his likes on social media like Twitter and Instagram.“Businesswise, this is smart,” said Dean, 31, who stopped riding after he got married three years ago and is starting to feel the itch again. “I’m going to take my photo of me sitting on this and post it to everyone I know. I’m not going to post me sitting in a Toyota.” While the idea of an e-hog has risks, he said “if Harley is doing it, that means it’s a viable thing.”The tour is part of a push by Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell to make the once-insular company more open and ensure its perch atop a U.S. motorcycle market that researcher IBISWorld pegs at $6.9 billion, with Harley getting about half. The company views electric power as a way to reduce emissions and prepare for a time when petroleum-based fuel may be more scarce. It’s also a way to appeal to younger, affluent consumers who want a clean way to get around in style without dropping $100,000 or more on a Tesla Model S.Harley, based in Milwaukee, wants “to make sure we’re not missing something” as the tour continues in more U.S. cities and Europe and Canada next year, Wandell said in an interview. “We don’t want to come to market with something that falls short of somebody’s expectation.”Like Dean, 25-year-old Ben Myburgh isn’t in Harley’s current core market, which skews older and wealthier. He is, however, the type of customer the company wants to win.Myburgh races electric bikes in his spare time and signed up in June to be in the first group of five riders at the start of the tour’s stop in Nashville, at Boswell’s Harley-Davidson dealership. The Nissan quality engineer came prepared: With his padded riding jacket and pants, he was the only member of the quintet not clad in blue jeans and black shirtsleeves. He wore a Google Glass headset, which he used to film his test run.Social media has been a big part of Harley’s marketing effort. Project Livewire, as the bike is called, garnered 340 million media impressions as of mid-July. To help fuel that, test riders are encouraged to work their networks.“Email and social media gave HOGs a louder voice and more access,” Erik Gordon, a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, said in an interview, referring to the motorcycle maker’s enthusiasts. “To Harley’s credit, they see that as an asset, not a threat.” Related posts:A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Embattled ride-sharing Uber faces global crackdown US inflames debate on climate finance with plan for UN talks What Paris climate talks have accomplished
Related posts:Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary Guanacaste nonprofit celebrates 10 years of support for youth ‘Extreme’ Pacific winds create dangerous conditions for boaters, swimmers WATCH: Sea turtles come ashore to nest by the thousands at Costa Rica’s Ostional beach At first glance, it looked like an ordinary day at Avellanas beach, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Kids on surfboards were pushed into the waves while others played in the sand. Food, drinks, and families having fun were everywere. On closer inspection, you might have noticed something outstanding. A group of special needs children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays such as autism were here to enjoy, some for the first time, a day at the beach.Under the auspices of the Shine Project Foundation, this activity was organized by Carlsbad, California couple Rob Williams, a dual language immersion teacher and his wife Cheryl, who teaches moderate to severely disabled students.The Shine Project Foundation was created in October 2013 in the United States “to provide events and opportunities with typical peers to help facilitate communication, build friendships, and develop creative, recreational, and vocational skills in a safe, fun, and structured environment.”Saturday’s beach day was the first activity the couple has organized in Costa Rica, where they have been on leave from their jobs for the last year.After the Williams conceived the idea of a beach day for special needs children, they reached out to Courtney Gaw Borquet, a board member of the nonprofit association for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents (CEPIA), who located the appropriate families.“I found the kids at physical therapy sessions at CEPIA,” Gaw said. “Then I went into different towns and asked around, called the leaders of the communities to find the kids for today.”She invited eleven families from six towns in the province of Guanacaste and they were certainly ready for fun when the bus arrived to drive them to Avellanas beach.Once on the sand, approximately 30 volunteers were on hand to facilitate all of the scheduled activities including surf lessons, areas for swimming and playing in the sand, even a spot where children could be dragged along the shore on a boogie board.“We love special needs kids and we wanted to do what was necessary to give them the opportunity to enjoy the beach, and some of these kids have never been to the beach,” said Rob Williams.One of those children was 13-year-old José Francisco Baranco, who was not only on his first trip to the beach, but got his first taste of the ocean too. Two volunteers carried him into the water, where he played for 10 minutes and didn’t want to come out. With flapping hands and a warm smile he let them know that he wanted to stay put.Victor Nuñez Ramirez, Tamarindo’s head lifeguard, watched over everyone with eagle eyes because the surf had a strong current. He observed as 14-year-old Ignacio Orbando López was lifted from his wheel chair, loaded onto a longboard surfboard, and then pushed into the waves by two surf instructors.“He is happy,” said Nuñez.Even though Orbando has cerebral palsy, he wore a big smile as he took a surf lesson from Mauricio Ortega Chaves of Avellanas Surf School. With Ortega holding him at the waist, and another instructor applying pressure to the nose of the board, Orbando had enough balance to ride a wave into shore.“To me, being with these kids and teaching them how to surf, is just plain surfing, period. They’re just like you and me,” said Ortega.After his surf session, 5-year-old Angelo Borquet shot the world famous surf symbol, the shaka (thumb and pinky up), as he climbed off his board. He then joined another boy who, like him, has Down syndrome. Together they worked at digging holes and building sand castles with similarly aged children from Avellanas and the surrounding areas.“It’s important for these kids to be included in all activities, and to be able to enjoy a day just like their peers do at the beach,” said Gaw, who is Borquet’s mother.Cheryl Williams felt the day was a success. “Although they do not have the mental and cognitive ability to express themselves verbally, they can express themselves with body language, facial expressions and sounds. Being in the water and the sensation of the sand is very therapeutic, especially if they don’t move their body very much. It’s very exhilarating to them,” she said.Related: Children’s Hospital celebrates families with special needs Facebook Comments
Facebook Comments The office of President Juan Orlando Hernández said the head of state “has today (Friday) accepted the resignation of the secretary for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Arturo Corrales.”Corrales was Orlando’s security minister during an alleged cover-up of the police involvement, which came to light through recent reporting by the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo.The daily cited a security ministry document revealing that senior police officers ordered the assassination of Honduras’ top anti-drug official, Arístides González, in December 2009.It also said the group of police ordered hits on a state prosecutor, Orlando Chávez, in April 2013, and on a former security ministry consultant, Alfredo Landaverde, in December 2014.The hierarchy of the security ministry in place between 2009 and 2014 covered up the information, the newspaper said.Corrales was security minister for one year, from January 2014 until January 2015, when he was made foreign minister.Honduras’ public ministry, which handles state prosecutions, opened an investigation last week after a raid on the police headquarters turned up evidence regarding González’s murder.The president has asked Congress to approve an emergency decree aimed at accelerating a clean-up of the 12,000-strong police force that has been dragging on for four years now.That process started in early 2011 when it was discovered that it was riddled with officers working for narcotics cartels, hitmen and other criminals.Authorities believe more than one in 10 of the officers is dirty and must be booted from the police force. Related posts:Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered, family says Former Limón judge sentenced to jail for aiding drug traffickers Four arrested over murder of Honduras activist Berta Cáceres Environmental leader killed in Honduras TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales resigned on Friday after being mired in a scandal in which a cabal of corrupt top police officers reportedly ordered hits on anti-crime officials.
Related posts:5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 5 questions for a Costa Rican oxcart painter 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer 5 questions for a couple of clowns in Costa Rica This week, Julian Charrière is in San José to kick off his first solo exhibit Latin America: an array of complex artwork exploring the concepts of time, nature, entropy and geology.Charrière, 28, was born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and French mother. He studied art at the École cantonale d’art du Valais, the Berlin University of the Arts and Olafur Eliasson’s Institute of Spatial Experiments. A resident of Berlin, Germany for the past 11 years, he had had solo exhibitions in Germany, France, Switzerland, United States and now Costa Rica.His art incorporates natural materials he has found in the different remote locations he has visited. These include a 30,000-year-old iceberg in Iceland, a gigantic Bolivian salt flat, volcanoes in Mexico, Stalin’s nuclear test sites in Kazakhstan and the isolated region of Chernobyl. He collects both materials and information that he later uses to create works using various techniques and media, including photography, sculpture and installations.One of his most recognized pieces, created with German artist Julius von Bismarck, is called Some pigeons are more equal than others. The artists created a device that trapped and quickly dyed the feathers of random pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, Venice, causing passersby to notice an animal that is generally overlooked as part of the landscape.Charrière’s solo exhibition Siempre cuenta cuántos cuentos cuentas will be inaugurated on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Despacio Gallery. The Tico Times visited Despacio to speak with Charrière about his life and work at Despacio, located between Calle 9 and Avenida Central. Excerpts follow.Why did you become an artist?As a young child, I wanted to be a cook and an explorer who would go into places that nobody had gone before. After a while, I understood that we’ve already been everywhere. Then I thought I could be an architect; I liked the idea of building things that have utility.In high school, I had a very interesting art teacher, and I thought that maybe I didn’t want to be a cook or an architect; I could bring all of these things together and make art. [My work] is a little bit about cooking ideas. It’s also a little bit about architecture, somehow, but there’s much more freedom… From one encounter to the other, it happened. I was lucky enough to get into a program, to get to know all of these great people in Berlin.Berlin is still very important for creation in Europe. It’s the city with the biggest number of creative people and artists in Europe, so you’ve a lot of production and great energy to create there. It’s not an art market like it would it be in New York or London. Every artist is there to produce. The space is very cheap. It’s a creative economy with studios, print shops and workshops that are very specialized. Charrière’s artwork explores scientific phenomena. (Courtesy Eddy Mottaz)How did you come up with the idea of the red pigeon?The pigeon is very interesting because humans took it from the natural world 1,000 years ago and domesticated it like a device. At some point, the pigeon was an apparatus of communication that we used to send messages. We took an animal, living in nature, and made it into a device to be able to communicate.At some point, that device became obsolete. It’s not interesting anymore. Now, pigeons hang around, depend on us and share public spaces and cities with us. They’re also sharing the urban landscape; we share the same infrastructure, but we forget that. So we were interested on focusing attention on them. When you place color on the pigeon, the pigeon becomes somebody. Usually a pigeon is very plain and you never distinguish them. Once you have a red pigeon, and see it every day, then you start having a relationship with it. You have to a relationship with other species that are in the same space, which I think it’s a nice result. It works as a sort of graffiti… creating these moving dots, which focus your attention on different objects depending on where they are.How did you come to focus your work on the ideas of time and entropy? Time is very important, but it’s a very abstract concept… you think about 1,000 years without being able to grasp what that really is. You can think about your grandfather, your great-grandfather and your great-great-grandfather. After that, it’s a mess.Now we’re talking ecology and the legacy [we’ll leave for] the future… What are we going to leave behind when we’re not here anymore? This is something that is very bound to the arts because of culture and its traces. The idea of a museum, culture, and voyage is about traces. Going to space is about traces… This is something that I wanted to reflect through images. A lot of people write about it. For me writing is not my main medium, so I represent it through objects or visual ideas.How did you get the idea of extracting lithium from the Bolivian desert?Lithium is the material of the future. Everybody needs it. Communication needs lithium. Green energy needs lithium. [The use of] lithium is rising because we need to save energy. I read about mining and found that there was this big salt flat in Bolivia with all of this lithium lying underneath the salt… It’s a very beautiful and fragile ecosystem due to its dryness. Everything is very connected, delicate and crystalline. The salt is also a crystal and it’s very important in alchemy, which I’m very interested in.Before I went, I did a lot of research. I contacted miners and indigenous people, who are a little bit against the lithium production… The end result was very visual, a very heavy sculpture made out of tons of salt and lithium brine. Nobody knows what lithium looks like; I didn’t know lithium was a liquid and found in a desert. It’s something very mysterious and magical. The material itself is so beautiful, and people don’t talk too much about it. “We Are All Astronauts,” by Julian Charrière. (Courtesy of Julian Charrière)Why do you feel the need to research the relationship between humanity and nature?Nobody is dealing properly with this problem between nature and humanity,.. If you look into nature today, you’ll find isotopes and acid rain. Everything is going to change. You’re not going to find something [one hundred percent] natural… Since it’s so blurry, I find it very interesting to try to create spaces for others to reflect [upon it]. I travel so that others can reflect. Sometimes it’s easier with an image, and it’s more direct than reading a text. You’re offering a space for reflection and it’s also my reflecting space. I like to share it.Sometimes people come with a very simple mentality. For example, you see the photo of a man burning an iceberg, and it’s very easy to say it’s climate change, but then you’ve got to think, why is he doing that? It’s like the [metaphor] of the iceberg itself. You see the tip of the iceberg out of the water, but then you have to analyze what it actually is [underneath] .It’s like opening a door. People can have a view, a little of information, have the tip of the iceberg, or they can dive into it. This work is so small [physically], but I can see more and go super deep. You can go deeper, deeper and deeper. You can either understand more or get lost. When you admit that you’re lost in reality, it’s because you’re looking for explanations. It’s the feeling of trying to find an answer.For more information on Julian Charrière’s first solo exhibition in Latin America, visit Despacio’s Facebook Page. The inauguration will be on Oct. 20 (admission is free) and the exhibition will continue into December.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at email@example.com. Facebook Comments
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Clinton, whose advisers were of two minds about whether the designation was the right path, said in a statement Friday that the U.S. will “also continue our robust campaign of diplomatic, military and intelligence pressure on the network, demonstrating the United States’ resolve to degrade the organization’s ability to execute violent attacks.”Enraged by a string of high-profile attacks on U.S. and NATO troops, Congress insisted Clinton deliver a report on whether the Haqqanis should be designated a terrorist organization and all of its members subjected to U.S. financial sanctions.A subsidiary of the Taliban and based in the remote North Waziristan region of Pakistan, the Haqqani network is responsible for several attacks in Kabul, including last September’s rocket-propelled grenade assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. American officials estimate its force at 2,000 to 4,000 fighters and say it maintains close relationships with al-Qaida.U.S. defense officials said the administration doesn’t believe the Haqqanis have designs to attack the United States. But they said the group shelters al-Qaida and other militant groups, allowing them to plan and train for possible operations targeting the U.S. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The U.S. already has sanctioned many Haqqani leaders and is pursuing its members militarily. But it resisted the terrorist designation because of worries that it could jeopardize reconciliation efforts between the U.S. government and insurgents in Afghanistan, and ruffle feathers with Pakistan, the Haqqanis’ longtime benefactor.“The only reservation _ and it’s only a mild one _ is whether this complicates reconciliation at all,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said. “I see only a very small downside to the designation and that’s more than offset by the financial pressure on the network.”Friday’s decision also could complicate talks to free the only U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a 26-year-old from Idaho who has been held by the Haqqanis since 2009.State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell dodged questions about reported Haqqani threats to further mistreat Bergdhal as a result of the designation but said the U.S. was doing everything it could to free him.“He’s just been held for too long,” Ventrell told reporters.American officials have held talks with Ibrahim Haqqani, the brother of the network’s founder, Jalauddin Haqqani, to try to further peace talks with the Taliban, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the negotiation attempts. The designation does not stop the U.S. from meeting with the Haqqanis, who’ve been among the least interested in talking reconciliation before American troops make an almost complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, officials said. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The designation risks straining U.S.-Pakistan relations. Last year, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen argued that the Haqqani network “acts as a veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence _ the most far-reaching volley in a long dispute between Washington and Islamabad.Other U.S. officials dispute that assessment but still accuse Islamabad of giving the network a free hand in North Waziristan region and providing it some logistical support. The accusation could take on added significance now that the Haqqanis are officially a foreign terrorist organization _ something the U.S. hasn’t issued for the Taliban.Sherry Rehman, the Pakistani ambassador in Washington, brushed off the designation, calling it an internal U.S. matter and noting that Haqqanis are not Pakistani nationals.“It’s not our business,” she said, but added that Pakistan would maintain its counterterrorism cooperation with the United States.Islamabad says that its forces are stretched thin in fighting an insurgency that already has killed more than 30,000 people and that it cannot also take on the Haqqanis near the Afghan border. Many analysts attribute the military’s reluctance to take them on to historical ties and an assessment that the group can be an important ally in Afghanistan after U.S. and allied forces withdraw. Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration declared Friday that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network of militants is a terrorist body despite misgivings about how the largely symbolic act could further stall planned Afghan peace talks or put yet another chill on the United States’ already fragile counterterrorism alliance with Islamabad.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision, signed Friday ahead of a Sunday deadline set by Congress, bans Americans from doing business with members of the group and blocks any assets it holds in the United States. The order, which will go into effect within 10 days, completes an odyssey of sorts for the Haqqanis from the days they partnered with the CIA during the Cold War and were hailed as freedom fighters. Since then, the network has developed a sophisticated, mafia-style financing operation that relies on extortion, kidnapping, smuggling and legitimate businesses, according to a recent report by the Combating Terrorism Center in West Point, N.Y.Last month, the U.S. scored a major counterterror success when an unmanned drone strike in Pakistan near the Afghan border killed one of Haqqani’s sons, Badruddin, considered the group’s No. 3.The State Department said in May 2011 that Badruddin Haqqani sat on the Miram Shah Shura, a group that controls all Haqqani network activities and coordinates attacks in southeastern Afghanistan. It also blamed him for the 2008 kidnapping of New York Times reporter David Rohde.The U.S. already had designated Haqqani and his sons individually as terrorists, but Congress wanted tougher action. In July, it set a deadline to prod the administration into imposing blanket sanctions on the group.___Lee reported from Vladivostok, Russia. Associated Press writers Sebastian Abbot and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, and Kimberly Dozier and Donna Cassata in Washington contributed to this report.__Follow Bradley Klapper at https://twitter.com/bklapperap How men can have a healthy 2019 Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Imtiaz Gul, head of the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies, predicted little additional fallout in a relationship that has suffered severe blows in the last 20 months, including a CIA contractor’s killing of two Pakistanis, the unilateral U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden and NATO’s accidental killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers. But he said the U.S. sanctions wouldn’t prompt a Pakistani crackdown or hurt the Haqqanis significantly.“They are not a corporate sector entity maintaining bank accounts and working via the Internet doing banking transactions online,” said Gul. “They operate covertly through intermediaries.”Fighters for the head of the network, Jalauddin Haqqani, were among the leading recipients of CIA money during the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, when U.S. money helped finance Afghan rebels. They ousted the Russians in February 1989, overthrowing the Moscow-backed government in Kabul three years later before turning their guns on each other.Haqqani developed extensive foreign contacts over the years, getting money, weapons and supplies from Pakistani intelligence and serving as justice minister after the Soviets left, and minister of tribal and border affairs after Taliban fundamentalists seized power in 1996. He joined the Taliban insurgency when the U.S. helped overthrow the regime after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “This means that the threat is still here,” he said.Valls said some 48 people have been detained this year in 21 anti-terrorist operations. Most were let go, but some 17 remain in custody pending further investigation.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – French authorities have detained nine people in anti-terrorist raids this week, including people suspected of plotting attacks in France or of belonging to jihadi networks, officials said Tuesday.Interior Minister Manuel Valls urged police to keep up the pressure in particular on groups preparing fighters to join extremist militants in Syria or to join al-Qaida.“We will leave no space for these groups,” he told reporters. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies France has been on higher alert for potential attacks since French troops entered Mali earlier this year to push out al-Qaida-linked extremists who had seized much of the West African country and have threatened France and Europe.Several French citizens have also gone to Syria to fight alongside extremist groups battling President Bashar Assad’s regime. That is complicating the French government’s efforts to aid _ and possibly arm _ the more mainstream Syrian opposition.Police detained six people in the Paris region Monday suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in France, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.The suspects, between 22 and 38 years old, were being questioned Tuesday by anti-terrorist investigators, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said. They can be held up to four days under France’s anti-terrorism laws.Valls said the six were suspected in a recent theft and had “incontestably the intention to pass to action, or at least a will to commit terrorism.”In an unrelated investigation, three suspected extremists were detained Tuesday morning by agents from the DCRI intelligence agency, Valls said. He didn’t give details on the identities or place of arrest, but said the three had been under surveillance for alleged involvement in a jihadist movement. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Patients with chronic pain give advice 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Sponsored Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks fell on Tuesday and Wall Street was expected to open lower as investors worried about a slump across bond markets and a rise in the cost of crude oil.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 1.6 percent to 6,917.17 and Germany’s DAX sank 1.9 percent to 11,451.14. France’s CAC 40 dropped 1.5 percent to 4,952.96. Futures showed the U.S. was headed for a down day, with S&P 500 and Dow futures both down 0.6 percent. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share VOLATILE BONDS: A sell-off in global bond markets, including U.S. Treasurys, has increasingly rattled investors since last week. Weakness in bond prices pushes up borrowing costs and can drag on economic activity. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen recently warned that long-term bond yields, which move in the opposite direction to bond prices, could quickly shoot higher once the Fed begins raising interest rates from a record low.In Europe, bond yields had been depressed in recent weeks, with many touching record lows, by the European Central Bank’s stimulus program, which entails buying bonds. Some experts say the bounce back was overdue. The German 10-year yield was up another 0.10 percentage points on Tuesday, to 0.72 percent, having traded as low as 0.08 percent last month.ANALYSTS’ TAKE: “Some of the recent volatility in bond markets has played a big role in the choppy price action in equities,” IG strategist Stan Shamu said in a note.Erik Nielsen, chief economist at UniCredit Research, says the current rise in bond yields should not worry investors too much in the longer term as the yields had previously dropped sharply. Many German government bonds, for example, were near zero or even negative — meaning investors were paying to lend the German government money. “Markets are – and will continue to be – very volatile,” said Nielsen, but the economies of the U.S. and Europe remain on track. “If you keep your eyes on the key fundamentals, there’ll still be lots of money to be made.” ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained $1.16 to $60.41 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 14 cents to close at $59.25 a barrel on Monday.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 119.97 yen from 120.16 yen in the previous trading session. The euro strengthened to $1.1243 from $1.1147.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies GREEK TALKS: Also overshadowing markets was a lack of a deal to get Greece more bailout loans. Eurozone official Jeroen Dijsselbloem said progress was made at Monday’s meeting among finance ministers from eurozone countries but more time and effort was needed to reach a firm deal. Greece wants easier terms for the loans but faces an acute cash crunch that many experts think could see it default on its debts within weeks if it does not get more loans. A default could eventually even cause it to drop out of the euro bloc.ASIA SCORECARD: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed flat at 19,624.84 and South Korea’s Kospi was also little changed at 2,096.77. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.1 percent to 27,407.18. But Australia’s S&P/ ASX 200 rose 0.9 percent to 5,674.70 and China’s Shanghai Composite index advanced 1.6 percent to 4,401.22.CHINA CUT: Chinese stocks continued to get a boost from Sunday’s interest rate cut, which was the third cut in half a year aimed at shoring up sputtering economic growth. The central bank’s latest move came after trade data released on Friday showed imports and exports declined in April suggesting domestic and foreign demand are slowing. At the same time, inflation remains low, giving policymakers leeway to ease monetary policy as they strive to keep growth from falling below a 7 percent target. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Malaysian men watch the trading board at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Asian stock markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after the latest talks between Greece and its European creditors failed to reach agreement on bailout terms as the Greek government runs low on cash. Chinese stocks were a bright spot, boosted by an interest rate cut on the weekend. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances.Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Prosecutors said they would carefully study the ruling before deciding whether to appeal to a higher court.“Assisting suicide according to the conditions laid out in the euthanasia law is and remains, in the view of the prosecution office, exclusively a task for a doctor,” prosecutors said in a statement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his “unwritten moral duty” to help his mother achieve her wish for “a painless, peaceful and dignified death.”Heringa “could not lean back and do nothing, while watching her suffer,” the verdict said. “This would have caused him life-long feelings of guilt.”While euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands for years if carried out under strict conditions by a physician, assisted suicide by a friend or relative of the person who wants to die remains illegal.Euthanasia supporters welcomed the decision, which overturned a lower court’s conviction of Heringa in 2013. While he was found guilty in 2013 of assisting his mother’s suicide, the court did not impose a punishment.Heringa appealed his conviction, while prosecutors said he should have been given a three-month suspended sentence.“This is a step in the direction we want to go,” said Fiona Zonneveld of the Dutch Association for Voluntary Euthanasia. “Many people who consider their lives completed want to be helped by their loved ones. We think that should be allowed.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group active in northeast Nigeria, have come to Yola. The suicide bombings marked the first such attack in this city.The bombs went off as merchants were closing shop, others were hurrying to make last-minute purchases and commuters were catching tricycle taxis home.“I can see blood splattered everywhere, including my car, but I can’t give any detail because we are all running,” bread seller Ayuba Dan Mallam said shortly after the blast.Deputy Police Superintendent Othman Abubakar blamed Boko and said two suicide bombers were among 31 corpses recovered from the scene.Two hours earlier, eight soldiers were killed by a suicide car bomb at a checkpoint outside a military barracks in Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast, located 410 kilometers (255 miles) north of Yola.___Associated Press writers Haruna Umar in Maiduguri and Michelle Faul in Lagos, Nigeria, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the main market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Yola, killing 29 people and themselves, officials said Friday, blaming the extremist Boko Haram group.Another 38 victims, some with serious injuries, were treated in hospitals after the Thursday night explosion, Sa’ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits the roof of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Earlier Michelle Obama toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Expo 2015 world’s fair focused on food and nutrition, topics in step with the first lady’s initiative to promote healthy eating.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments Share Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories After the moment of solemnity, the U.S. first lady turned her attention to thanking the soldiers and their families for their service.She noted that soldiers from U.S. Army Africa based in Vicenza were “the first American military boots on the ground to stop the spread of Ebola” and that the 173rd Brigade, also in Vicenza, deployed paratroopers in recent days so that “for so many, that means another Father’s Day without Dad around.”Mrs. Obama said one of her missions as first lady is “to make sure I shine a light, a really bright light, on all of you and everything that you do for the folks back home.”The first lady then spent a half an hour among the troops shaking hands and giving hugs. Nearby, first daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama’s mother Marion Robinson and a cousin scooped ice cream for the soldiers, their spouses and children.Mario Caballero, who serves in the 173rd brigade, and his wife Sabrina Rezzara were standing nearby hoping to give the first lady a gift, a party favor from their 10-month-old son’s baptism.“I love her. She’s amazing. I love all the support she gives to the troops,” said Rezzara, an Italian from Vicenza. VICENZA, Italy (AP) — Michelle Obama shared her dismay Friday over the killings of nine worshippers at a historic black church in the United States, telling American soldiers and their families based in Italy that she hopes such tragedies “will one day come to an end.”“We have seen too many tragedies like this,” Mrs. Obama said of the attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “There is something particularly horrifying about something that happens so senseless in a house of worship.” The first lady and her daughters later read books to about 150 children in the middle school gymnasium, and Mrs. Obama presided over a surprise baby shower for 23 expectant mothers from the base.She was to speak privately afterward with the pregnant women to discuss their concerns about the closure of the birthing center on the base last year, according to a base official.Before Vicenza, the first lady spent days in Milan promoting the healthy eating agenda behind her “Let’s Move” initiative in conjunction with Milan’s Expo 2015 world’s fair focusing on food and nutrition. Her four-stop trip started in London and will wrap up with cultural stops in Venice.On Thursday in Milan, Obama, her daughters, her mother and cousin lit candles inside Milan’s Gothic-inspired Duomo for the victims of the South Carolina shooting.Speaking to the troops and her family in Vicenza on Friday, she referred to her husband’s expression of anger and sadness at the slayings.“As my husband said yesterday, simply saying our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and community of Charleston simply does not convey the heartache that we feel,” Mrs. Obama said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Nettleton’s father, Peter Nettleton, said his son-in-law’s reported death filled him with joy.“I was ecstatic when I heard he was dead. It’s great news.” Peter Nettleton told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The law would automatically strip the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offenses or suspected of serious terrorism-related offenses.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was considering making the law retroactive so that terrorists already convicted could be deported on release from prison. The law could apply in future to Australians who were not dual nationals but could apply for citizenship from a parent’s homeland.The government estimates that up to half of about 120 Australians who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State movement are dual citizens.The government has also passed contentious new laws that make it a criminal offense to even visit Mosul or the Islamic State movement’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa province, where the Sharrouf family was thought to be based.Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused in 2007 of stockpiling bomb-making materials and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in 2009 and served less than four years in prison.Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled. Nettleton later took their children to Syria to reunite with her husband. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Fairfax Media newspapers reported last month that the Australian family of Sharrouf’s Muslim-convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her bring her three young boys and two teenage daughters from Syria home to Sydney.Sharrouf’s 7-year-old son horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described it as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”Bishop said the Sharrouf’s death would have to be verified before Australia considers repatriating the family.“We understand that there are family members in Syria or Iraq and should these reports be verified, then we will try to be in contact with them,” Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp.But the government will not guarantee that the family can return.“It would depend very much on the circumstances and the advice that we receive from our intelligence agencies at the time,” Bishop told ABC.Sydney-born Sharrouf, who was also a Lebanese national, was a prime target of legislation to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow terrorists who are dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. Check your body, save your life
Elderly people argue with a bank worker as they wait to be allowed into a bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)n Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Some said the referendum result, which showed more than 60 percent of Greeks rejecting austerity terms, marks a turning point in Greece’s relations with the rest of Europe and the world. They believe the “no” vote expresses an independent spirit in the face of wealthier nations and financial institutions perceived to be bent on imposing more hardships on the Greek people.“I don’t think anything has changed yet but I believe the situation will change for the better now,” said Vaggelis Arkadinos, a 47-year-old who has stopped paying his rent and utility bills because of a cash shortage. “Now it’s worse than ever, but I hope it will soon get better. I expect the government to get us a good deal as soon as possible, so we can get our life back.”Some took particular pleasure in saying “no” to German creditors.“You can’t always say ‘yes’ to the German will,” said shop worker Eleni Lampaki, 50. “I think now we will be back at the negotiating table in a better position because of this vote. … Part of our debt has to be forgiven.”She said the constant German demand for more Greek austerity reminds many of Germany’s harsh wartime occupation of Greece — a time in which many Greeks went hungry and defiant for years. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Comments Share Parents, stop beating yourself up Still, these good feelings do not mean that business — or life — is good. The bank closures, now in their second week, are having a devastating impact as Greeks hold tightly onto what cash they have, fearing the banks might even run dry. Cash machines are limited to dispensing 60 euros ($66) per customer each day. No one has access to their safe deposit boxes — where some Greeks are thought to have put cash savings — since the banks are closed.Small business operators can’t use credit cards or money from bank accounts to replenish their stock — they have to rely on the cash generated from customer purchases, which are few and far between.These restrictions are creating unease that is undercutting the morning-after glow of saying “no” to creditors.Papadokostakis said the storm of the brief yet furious referendum campaign has been replaced with a calm feeling of satisfaction. But he knows the underlying crisis is far from solved.“I’m afraid this quiet situation will become very anxious and dangerous,” he said. “We hope other people don’t have to live like us. It’s not good to be under this stress.” “I have the memory of my parents from World War II,” she said. “And I think the Germans hate the Greeks because of our resistance during the war. It’s a personal issue for them.”Lampaki said the “no” vote will help future generations even if there is hardship ahead.“I think the Greeks have been very powerful to say ‘no,’” she said. “This was a vote for the future of the country, for our children and grandchildren. We did the right thing. There was a revolution yesterday.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Across the country, Greek banks remained closed, access to cash was severely limited and it was far from clear when or if a fresh bailout deal with international creditors could be reached for this deeply indebted nation.Yet there was pride and defiance in Athens after a lopsided victory for those who want the Greek government to reject the demands of European creditors for more austerity, including further cuts to pensions. Greeks know full well they are whisper-close to financial ruin but many feel they have at least reclaimed their dignity.“Something happened last night with the Greek people,” said George Papadokostakis, 34, who runs the Due coffee shop in west Athens. “I’m very happy. We were in a dead-end situation (but) with the ‘no’ vote we believe there may be something better. I thought we were dead, now we have a small hope.”He thinks the “no” vote will help Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government get a better deal from its European creditors. Indeed, three Greek opposition parties signed a declaration of support Monday for Tsipras in future bailout talks, adding to the backing he has from his governing Syriza party and junior government partner the Independent Greeks. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nicky Zachary closed her family’s shoe store just a few hours after opening it Monday — the few customers who had strolled in hadn’t bought a thing. But she was not discouraged — she thinks a landmark “no” vote in a nationwide referendum Sunday has bonded Greeks together.“We can live with very little and we can live through difficult situations,” said Zachary, 50. “I think, after the referendum, the Greek people are united in this situation. I don’t want to lose the dream for a better Greece. I want to have hope for a better deal.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Alliance Airlines has announced that it will open a full operations base in Cairns from 3 May, 2010.The airline’s Managing Director, Mr Scott McMillan, said Alliance Airlines would base two Fokker 100 jets at Cairns Airport.The Brisbane-based carrier would increase its Cairns flights from the current five departures per week to 10, and would actively explore further growth opportunities. Initially, the airline will base up to 20 employees, including 14 flight crew and three engineers at the new Cairns base. “The resources industry is buoyant and growing in Queensland and in neighboring markets including the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea,” said Mr McMillan.“We are a national company and we are a significant part of the resources industry infrastructure in Australia, and Cairns is the perfect base for our next phase of growth, providing modern facilities for both domestic and regional international flight operations,” he said. The airline currently operates a fleet of 11 Fokker 100 jets and six Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft from bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22e8f/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged AENA, the Spanish air navigation service provider, and the Spanish air traffic controllers to avoid strike action at all costs. Spain’s air traffic controllers have been urged by IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, to accept AENA’s offer to enter into an arbitration process. “This is not the time for strikes. Arbitration is a fair, open and balanced means to settle the differences between AENA and the air traffic controllers. And it would avoid debilitating disruption to Spain’s economy,” he said. Mr Bisignani said that with 20 percent unemployment, Spain could not afford to be a spectator in the post-global financial crisis environment: “The economy is weak and it can ill afford the devastating effects of an air traffic control strike on Spanish business, especially tourism.” The recent ash crisis that closed much of Europe’s air space cost airlines $1.8 billion, and is estimated to have cost the economy over $5 billion, he noted. “Even the threat of a strike is seeing people changing plans to avoid Spanish destinations, airports and airspace. That’s lost money for the economy and puts Spanish jobs at risk. Agreeing to arbitration would remove the threat of a strike and restore passenger confidence.” After much deliberation, Europe seems to be making headway on key elements of the Single European Sky. Uniting Europe’s airspace is a critical factor in its success. The annual benefits are expected to include savings of over EUR 5 billion in costs, reduction of delays by millions of minutes, and reductions in CO2 emissions of 16 million tonnes. The standstill between AENA and the Spanish air traffic controllers comes as Spain prepares to benefit from the Single European Sky.“AENA too must change to ensure that Spain has cost-efficient air connectivity to power its economy. The burden of this change includes the controllers,” Bisignani said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
Second award win for Amadeus this year, following Best Technology Provider victory at Travel Weekly Globe AwardsAmadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, along with its partners Microsoft and American Express Global Business Travel have been awarded Travel Team of the Year by the Business Travel Awards in London last week.Amadeus, Microsoft and American Express Global Business Travel worked together to address the challenges Microsoft faced with its new online travel initiative in Europe and create a new way to deliver travel services for the Microsoft traveller. Full integration and alignment between the three parties responsible for the success was critical. The teams worked creatively to break down inherent organisational boundaries creating a seamless relationship between the business travel services provider, the client and the technology provider. This new way of working together bridged the gap between organisations, emphasized the traveller experience and delivered a 21st century solution expected for a leading technology company.Over a period of months the team not only worked through the implementation process but continued to drive dramatic business results, for all three business partners proving the effectiveness of the hybrid model. Microsoft has to date achieved significant savings through the online booking tool and increased online adoption by 30% across EMEA. Julia Heesterman, Head of Travel Services EMEA at Microsoft commented: ”This award is proof that a clear and shared vision can truly drive amazing results. The support of our partners and the willingness of all involved to challenge their own thinking has been critical to this success, as such I am thrilled to be able to showcase the value of a true partnership approach which triumphs over the traditional supplier client model. Simply put, this was a significant undertaking achieved by an outstanding group of true travel professionals.” John Lyons, Vice President Business Development at American Express Global Business Travel stated: “This is one example of how American Express Global Business Travel is transforming the way our clients think about their travel programmes, and the results we can achieve when we challenge ourselves creatively. I am delighted that the work with our partners has been recognised and am looking forward to continuing to deliver outstanding results.” As the winners collected their award, the event presenter commented, “Praise indeed! The judges said this was a fascinating exercise in co-operation that brought together different technologies and developed an innovative relationship, all underpinned by a great team charter. All together a brilliant example of how to build a new culture and working model in an effort to improve traveller experience.” The awards, judged by leading corporate travel managers and the editorial team at Buying Business Travel, was one of the most fiercely contested in recent years. Albert Pozo, VP Multinational Business & Corporate Travel, Amadeus comments: “Amadeus is delighted to have created strong relationships with two important players in the industry that have lead to a win-win situation for all. These types of partnerships take time to develop and require commitment from all parties, but the savings and the operational benefits speak for themselves. We look forward to extending this level of collaboration to forge new relationships with key partners in the future, and to continue to prove that by putting together the expertise and core competencies that each of us has uniquely developed, we are able to achieve results that exceed our individual possibilities and can manage improvements that result in a positive impact on the bottom line.” This is the second industry award for Amadeus this year, after receiving the accolade of Best Technology Provider at the recent Travel Weekly Globe Awards. It was the third consecutive year Amadeus had won the award, demonstrating their continued commitment to offering the best services and products to travel agents. Source = Amadeus
Event Travel Management has been recognised as the Best Business Events Travel Agency in Australia, claiming the prestigious Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) award at the weekend.The specialist event division of Corporate Travel Management was presented with the award at a gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s The Westin on Saturday 21 July 2012, with Event Travel Management General Manager Tracey Edwards proudly accepting the award.“I am very proud of all of my team for their ongoing hard work, their commitment and dedication to our clients, and their focus on continually innovating to be ahead of the pack,” said Edwards.“The business events industry is an extremely dynamic, challenging and rewarding space to work in, and this award is just further proof that what we do for our clients and suppliers is recognised by our industry – I couldn’t be more proud.”Corporate Travel Management Managing Director Jamie Pherous echoed Edwards’ sentiments.“At CTM we are so focused on providing compelling and innovative solutions for our clients, and our events team is no different – it is fantastic to see their dedication and commitment for their clients recognised by the travel industry with this prestigious award,” said Pherous Source = Event Travel Management
Source = Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort has recently been awarded an Earth Check Certification for their sustainability achievements and commitment to the environment. General Manager James Murphy said the prestigious award from EC3 Global is a fantastic achievement because it recognises the resort’s collective efforts to deliver continuous environmental improvements. “The certification process looks at the resort’s carbon footprint, taking into consideration energy consumption which YTD has reduced by 22%, sustainability efforts of our suppliers and what locations we source our employees from to reduce the carbon footprint to and from work. “Our commitment to environmental initiatives compliments the work done by our parent company Accor Hotels under the banner Planet 21, which was launched in Cairns in April this year with a tree planting day at the Cattana Wetlands,” he said.“This award is an amazing triumph not only for our dedicated team members but also our guests who we engage as much as possible in our environmental initiatives,” said Mr Murphy. “The Earth Check Certification also acknowledges the important work we do within our local community and our support towards worthwhile charities like Mission Australia.”“We are also proud to be part of one of the world’s largest international hotel groups, Accor, who were responsible for planting over 2 million trees in 2011 alone,” he said. The program is managed by EC3 Global, a worldwide benchmarking certification and performance improvement system assisting the travel and tourism industry to attain sustainability. The company’s certification system responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management.
Virgin Australia and South African Airways have today announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement giving Velocity Frequent Flyer and Voyager members the ability to earn and redeem Points across both airlines’ networks.From early next year, Velocity members will be eligible to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on all South African Airways operated services, including Airlink and SA Express.At the same time, Voyager members will be able to earn Miles on all Virgin Australia operated services, on all domestic, short-haul and long-haul international routes.Members of both frequent flyer programs can use their Points to purchase Reward Seats on flights from both of the airlines operated services.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson, said that this an exciting extension of the bilateral codeshare agreement Virgin Australia launched with South African Airways in October.“Having the ability to earn and redeem Points as well as enjoy a number of premium services like priority check-in, priority boarding and lounge access with South African Airways is an important benefit for our members,” Mr Thompson said.South African Airways executive customer loyalty Ms Suretha Cruse, said that South African Airways is delighted to build upon the strong relationship we have with Virgin Australia.“We have had very positive feedback since code-sharing on Virgin Australia’s domestic network and this will only further enhance our customers’ experience, we look forward to welcome Velocity members on the award-winning services of SAA,” Ms Cruse said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Solomon Airlines & SIVB join forces to stage major Australian tourism pushSolomon Airlines and the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau have combined resources to stage what represents one of the biggest ever Solomon Islands tourism promotions staged in Australia. Intended to play a two edge role in promoting both the national carrier’s soon to commence Sydney-Honiara direct service and also encouraging Australians to holiday in the Solomon Islands, a six week Sydney media campaign combining print, radio and online media kicks off this week. The road show got off to a cracking start on Monday night when more than 40 of Queensland’s senior travel management, Brisbane media guests and VIPs crowded into Brisbane’s Hotel Urban on Monday night to meet the combined airline and national tourist office team. Dignitaries in attendance included the Solomon Islands High Commission’s Ms Jenny Barile, and Solomon Islands community representative Miller Apusi.SIVB chairman Wilson Ne’e, SIVB CEO Josefa Tuamoto, Solomon Airlines head office marketing division manager Colin Sigimanu and Solomon Airlines’ regional director Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Victor Sharan also attended the event. Target audience for the NSW media campaign is 4.5 million Sydneysiders and a further close on 700,000 people residing in Wollongong, the Blue and the Central Coast.An estimated 200,000 motorists are also expected to hear the promotion every day on their car radios while commuting from Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains to Sydney during the campaign.The radio campaign also offers listeners the opportunity to win one of 10 Solomon Island holidays for two while the print media advertising – plus a giant billboard located at Sydney domestic airport – will promote special holiday packages.The airline and national tourist office are adding further profile to the promotion via a series of top level media, travel industry and consumer events taking place in Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong, and Gosford.Highlights of each event will be performances given by the Hageulu Panpipers from Isabel Province.The group will also perform on Sydney’s famous Circular Quay in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as at one of the biggest shopping malls in Sydney, Westfield Parramatta, which attracts some 800,000 shoppers on a weekly basis.Pictured – the SIVB team at the Brisbane event. From left, marketing manager Freda Unusi; information officer, Alice Afia, Australian marketing officer, Stella Lucas and CEO, Jo Tuamoto. Source = Mike Parker-Brown PR SIVB/Solomon Airlines
Source = Andrew J Wood Thailand Tourist Visa Andrew J WoodThailand launches new 6-month visas for touristsThailand’s new six-month, multiple-entry tourist visas will become available November 13, but will limit stays to 60 days at a time.The Foreign Ministry told all embassies, consulate-generals and honorary consuls worldwide to begin preparing for the visas, regulations for which were approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in August and published in the Royal Gazette in September.The ministry publicly released details of the new visas on its Facebook page today (Sept 22) the Bangkok Post reported.Unlike current tourist visas, which offer from one to three entries, the six-month multiple-entry visa will allow unlimited border crossings during the validity period. However, to prevent foreigners from basically living in Thailand on tourist visas, each entry will be limited to 60 days.The new multiple-entry visa will cost B5,000, versus B1,000 for a single-entry, 60-day visa, which can be extended in-country for up to 30 days for an additional fee.Amid the immigration crackdown that followed August’s Erawan shrine bombing, immigration agents on the Cambodian border and in Kanchanaburi have reportedly stopped even those travellers with valid tourist visas from immediately leaving the country and re-entering to activate additional entries.The same border crossings had already stopped issuing additional 15- and 30-day visa-waiver stamps to “border runners” not holding tourist visas.It’s unknown if the border problems currently plaguing tourist-visa holders will continue into November when the new six-month visas become available. But the tourism and foreign ministries are eager to get the new travel documents up and running to spur tourism, which was impacted by last month’s bombings.Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said earlier that officials hope the new visa “will promote Thailand as a destination for weekend vacations and that business people will visit Thailand more often.”Thailand has set a target of 28.8 million tourists this year, up from 24.7 million last year. The sector accounts for about 12 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.Last month’s Erawan shrine bombing is estimated to have cut the number of expected tourists by 1.33 million and cost the country B64 million in tourism revenue.Many visitors used the previous border runs to cheaply and quickly extend their stays in Thailand and some to work illegally without work permits. Visit Thailand
Royal Jordanian and Qatar Airways offer passengers even moreRoyal Jordanian and Qatar Airways offer passengers even moreRoyal Jordanian and Qatar Airways have announced an expansion of their current code-share agreement, which will add six new destinations to Royal Jordanian’s network. RJ will enhance Qatar Airways’ network with the addition of flights from Amman to Doha, furthering the existing Qatar Airways code-share on Royal Jordanian operated flights to Doha.Royal Jordanian customers will have access to more destinations on Qatar Airways global network such as, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Muscat in Oman, Karachi in Pakistan, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Perth in Australia, and Singapore, subject to regulatory approvals.This expansion will open up 18 weekly flights between Doha and Amman, in addition to numerous new connections from the award-winning Hamad International Airport.Royal Jordanian President/CEO Captain Suleiman Obeidat said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Qatar Airways, a renowned partner in the oneworld airline alliance. In joining forces with Qatar Airways, we are able to extend our customer experience beyond our existing destination network, to include several new destinations around the world.RJ is a pioneer and leading airline in the Levant, serving the passengers of the region to reach further destinations through our code-share partner.”Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “By partnering with Royal Jordanian, we are opening up the world to passengers travelling from Amman through Doha. Our code-share agreement enables Royal Jordanian to benefit from connectivity to some of our most popular routes, including Perth and Singapore amongst our more than 150 worldwide destinations. We welcome the partnership with Royal Jordanian, and look forward to seeing our collaboration flourish in the years to come.”Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian launched the code share agreement in August 2015.Doha-Amman schedule:QR 401 departs AMM at 21:15; arrives DOH at 23:55 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)QR 403 departs AMM at 12:35; arrives DOH at 15:15 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)QR 400 departs DOH at 16:55; arrives AMM at 19:45 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)QR 402 departs DOH at 08:15; arrives AMM at 11:05 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)RJ 646 departs AMM at 09:00; arrives DOH at 11:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)RJ 650 departs AMM at 02:40; arrives DOH at 05:10 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday)RJ 647 departs DOH at 12:30; arrives AMM at 15:20 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)RJ 651 departs DOH at 07:00; arrives AMM at 09:45 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday Book Royal Jordanian hereSource = Royal Jordanian
Viking launches two new high end longshipsViking launches two new high end longshipsViking Cruises today launched two new additions, Viking Hild and Viking Herja, to its fleet of currently 64 river vessels. Viking Hild will sail the Rhine River from April on Viking’s Paris to the Swiss Alps itinerary, and later this year both new ships will sail Viking’s popular Danube Waltz and Rhine Getaway itineraries.The new ships integrate cutting-edge technology that reflects current travel trends and guest preferences for more spacious and open interiors. Accommodating 190 guests in 95 staterooms, Viking Longships have a patented layout that allows for two Explorer Suites – the largest river cruise suites in Europe, as well as seven two-room Veranda Suites; 39 Veranda Staterooms with full-size verandas; and 22 French Balcony Staterooms. Additionally, all Viking Longships have had sustainability upgrades, such as onboard solar panels, organic herb gardens and energy-efficient hybrid engines.“We are thrilled to launch two new ships to the river cruising market. Since we debuted the Viking Longships, we have amassed consumer and industry acclaim including recognition from Cruise Critic,” said Michelle Black, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. “All our river ships are designed with our guests’ comfort in mind, offering sleek Scandinavian design and an abundance of space and natural light.”The christening of the two new ships marks another year of impressive growth for Viking. The company launched its third ocean ship, Viking Sky, in February and will add a fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, in November. By 2019, Viking will have a fleet of six ocean ships and will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line.For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (Australia) and 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.auTo join the Viking Cruises community online, visit www.facebook.com/vikingcruisesAUNZ Source = Viking Cruises
SiteMinder-Top hotel Star Award presentationGermany’s hotel industry recognises SiteMinder with prestigious awardThe global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has again been recognised as a provider of one of the best products in Germany’s ever-growing hotel market. SiteMinder was yesterday announced a recipient of its third consecutive Top hotel Star Award, as voted on by readers of Germany’s most widely-circulated trade publication, Top hotel, for its online distribution platform, The Channel Manager.The Channel Manager placed bronze in the ‘online’ category, as revealed during the third day of INTERNORGA in Hamburg.Speaking on the goal of the awards, Top hotel editor Thomas Karsch said, “When hotel guests review their stay in a hotel, they first think of the friendliness and readiness of the hotel staff when assessing the quality of that hotel’s service. The hardware at the hotel, including its facilities and equipment, are frequently unnoticed or presumed (to be self-evident).”For more than 10 years, The Channel Manager has served hotels globally as the leading cloud-based platform for managing a hotel’s availability, rates and inventory in real-time. The Channel Manager provides two-way connectivity between 350 distribution channels and more than 200 property management systems, central reservation systems and revenue management systems to maximise a hotel’s online reach, minimise overbookings, and lower costs of acquiring guests.The product leads SiteMinder’s solutions in generating more than 43.5 million reservations and over US$16 billion in revenue each year for 24,000 hotels globally.Among these hotels is the DORMERO Hotels group, which implemented The Channel Manager in 2015 to support its plan of doubling in size by the end of the decade.Max Herbst, head of revenue management at DORMERO Hotels, today says, “The power SiteMinder’s Channel Manager gives to us to access both local and global markets is unsurpassed, and it’s the reason it is the leader in the market today. Supported by the company’s local customer service, SiteMinder’s Channel Manager has empowered our hotel business to increase year-on-year room nights by 45 percent and year-on-year revenue by 33 percent, while significantly reducing the cost of acquiring guests. We congratulate SiteMinder for this well-deserved win.”The annual Top hotel Star Award also recognises suppliers from 13 other categories, including food & beverage, design and service. More than 100 suppliers were nominated this year to attract more than 4,000 votes in total.About SiteMinderAs the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform; TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major GDSs. With more than 24,000 hotel customers and 550 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have presence in more than 160 countries on six continents.For more information, visit www.siteminder.com.Source = SiteMinder
Beyond Travel Group on the moveContinued growth means Beyond Travel Group has outgrown its Surry Hills headquarters and will move to a new address in Sydney’s CBD on February 24.The company – which includes Beyond Travel, Cruise Croatia, Cruise Russia, and Sri Lanka, India & Beyond – will relocate to suite 207 at 83 York Street in the Sydney city centre with the move set for Saturday to minimise disruption to the company’s valued trade partners.All email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same with firstname.lastname@example.org and 1300 363 554 the general points of contact.Beyond Travel Group’s general manager of sales and marketing Bryce Crampton says it’s the recent addition of four new staff members in sales and reservations, welcomed to the team to guarantee trade support, which prompted the change in premises.“We’ve long been the experts in Eastern European travel but in the past year we’ve expanded the specialists on staff to include India and Sri Lanka as well as an increased focus on cruising in Croatia and Russia,’’ he says.“And because we don’t plan to stop there, and are responding to more inquiries than ever with the majority morphing into bookings, we decided now was the time to leave our much-loved home in Surrey Hills for York Street.’’Source = Beyond Travel Group
Abecrombie & Kent – New brochure: Latin AmericaAbecrombie & Kent – New brochure: Latin AmericaThis is A&K’s largest Latin America portfolio yet and is full of new ways to travel in the New World, journeys filled with ancient sites and modern sounds, extraordinary landscapes, unique wildlife, mesmerising cultures, histories, myth and magic unmatched anywhere else in the world. With designer hotels and eco-lodges, sprawling estancias, glamorous high-altitude lodgings, luxury trains and small ships – the possibilities are endless.A&K’s Latin America Product Manager Brett Lemish travelled extensively in the vast continent-and-a-half to create the new portfolio, working alongside A&K’s local experts in the company’s six Latin American offices, and with the team of Latin America travel specialists in its own Australian office.Lemish says, “Latin America is truly another world. There are dramatic landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see – mountains, rainforests, glaciers, high deserts, salt plains and endless pampas. Some of the most biodiverse regions and ecosystems on Earth. So many sophisticated, intriguing, captivating cities. Incredible food, and cultural diversity too, with the common thread through it all the warmth of the people. It’s a marvellous place to travel at any time, and when you add the calibre of accommodation and experiences that A&K can access, it goes to the next level entirely.”With A&K’s local networks, expert guides and support on the ground, A&K can arrange special access to events, experiences and encounters, putting its travellers in the front seat or taking them behind the scenes.Because A&K recognises that many of its guests like to handcraft their own journeys and direct their own experiences, the new portfolio provides a wealth of ideas and suggestions of ways to travel and places to combine which may be the roads less travelled or the less obvious cultural attractions. For example, a 25- day odyssey through Chile, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay may involve meeting local winemakers, exploring Inca ruins and discovering Rio’s Carnival culture and Brazilian beaches and maybe exploring colonial architecture in Peru and savouring typical cuisine in Uruguay. There are no fixed days, dates or prices; all quotes are managed on a bespoke basis.The core feature in this portfolio is the private journey offering of which there are 18 presented in detail. New amongst these is the 15-day Chile & Argentina: Patagonian Wilderness which takes travellers to a ranch at the end of the world, on an unforgettable glacier hike, and five days cruising through the Patagonian fjords aboard Ventus Australis. Prices start from $16,385 per person.Also new is the 12-day Chile & Ecuador: Nature’s Wonderland which introduces Santiago, its colonial neighbourhoods and museums, the breath-taking landscapes and outdoor adventures of the Atacama Desert and the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard luxury mega-catamaran Endemic. Prices start from $19,235 per person.Wonders of Peru & Brazil is an extraordinary 19-day journey which captures the must-see attractions in both countries from Lima, Machu Picchu and Cusco to Iguazú Falls, Rio and more. Important monuments, mesmerising scenery and two of the continents most iconic rail journeys are highlights and accommodation and rail travel comes from the connoisseurs at Belmond with a two-night journey on Belmond Andean Explorer from Cusco to Arequipa a core feature. Prices from $18,995 per person.Uruguay is a new destination for 2019 and it’s delightfully unspoiled. With a rugged coastline and idyllic rural scenery, a rich colonial heritage and abundant fresh produce, travellers can experience it all in five days on A&K’s ‘Undiscovered Uruguay’ tasting the best wines, savouring local delicacies in neighbourhood eateries and encountering artisans and musicians in workshops and studios. Prices from $2,895 per person.Also new for 2019 are bite-size enhancements attached to each journey, which are little add-ons to enrich the experience in a destination. For example, it’s an invitation for travellers in the Argentinian capital to see the city through the eyes of a street artist. Or at Iguazú, to take to the air in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the thundering waterfalls.In Bolivia’s remote Uyuni salt flats, to bed down in a super luxe Air Stream camper complete with gourmet chef. Or to meet a famous Colombian sommelier for a rum tasting like no other.There are also a multitude of suggested extensions, which are shorter itineraries that can be tacked on to another to add another dimension or round off a stay. They are generally designed for less than a week to one destination and with one main focus, for example a beach hideaway, a jungle adventure or a vineyard experience. The four-day ‘Wineries of Mendoza’ combines well with journeys in Argentina, Chile and Brazil and is priced from $1,545 per person.The portfolio also lists an extensive collection of A&K’s Latin America accommodation partners from Belmond, Relais & Châteaux, Tierra and Inkaterra to The Singular and Four Seasons plus a multitude of boutique affiliates like Hotel Sazagua, Legado Mitico, Alto Atacama, Eolo and more.Source = Abecrombie & Kent
The Austrian capital, Vienna, has registered 6.3 million visitor overnight stays between January and June – an increase of 5.4% for the same period the previous year.According to the data released by the Vienna Tourist Board, the capital’s top five source markets in the first half of 2015 were Germany with 1,283,000 bed nights (a 6% growth in the same period the previous year), followed by Austria (1,243,000, up by 7%), the USA (348,000, up by 9%), Italy (328,000, up by 13%), and the UK (237,000, up by 11%).“Vienna demonstrated its tourist attraction in the first half of 2015 with an increase of 5.4% to some 6,330,000 visitor overnights,” said Norbert Kettner, the Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.Vienna also reported surprisingly strong growth, compared to 2014, from South Korea (86,000 overnights, +29%), Serbia (79,000, +25%), Turkey (71,000, +28%), India (40,000, +41%) and Taiwan (36,000, +57%).With the expansion of hotel accommodation in Vienna between June 2014 and June 2015 – an increase of 3,700 to 63,800 beds – room occupancy rose from 65% to 66% over the same period.
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced a new collaboration with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan that would comprise of a series of short films, in which the actor would unravel the secrets of Dubai, offering his fans a chance to see the city through the star’s eyes.The project aims to appeal to the fans of the actor from across the globe, giving them the opportunity to explore the city and its many offerings.Shah Rukh Khan commented, “Dubai is a second home to me… Whether I am here on vacation with my family and friends or my many business trips here for shoots, it’s a city that I truly relate to on so many levels – driven, passionate and spirited. And I can’t wait to take my fans and fellow travellers from around the world on an unexpected discovery of a city that I love. This new collaboration with Dubai Tourism is exciting and one that I am personally very passionate about.”The series of short films, which is slated to be released across various Dubai Tourism channels in December, would kick-start a year-long campaign of multiple Dubai Tourism projects in collaboration with Bollywood.Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said, “We are delighted to partner with Shah Rukh Khan for this special project, which highlights Dubai’s diverse offerings that cater to every type of traveller. We look forward to exploring Shah Rukh’s strong connection with Dubai and sharing his unique experience with a global audience. These upcoming collaborations with the Bollywood industry will reinforce the strong role India has played in our city’s evolution and further fortify our bond.”
A recent national survey finds that approximately three in every four Americans regard home ownership as an important investment and want to own homes.[IMAGE]The survey, conducted by “”Lake Research Partners””:http://www.lakeresearch.com/ and “”Public Opinion Strategies””:http://pos.org/, polled 2,000 likely 2012 voters in May. Participants included homeowners, renters, and young adults living at home with their parents.The findings “”[speak] pretty clearly about the enduring value of home ownership among Americans,”” said Neil Newhouse, partner and founder at Public Opinion Strategies, over a conference call organized by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.com/.””Despite the ups and downs of the housing market, homeowners consider owning a home to be a central part of the American dream,”” Newhouse added.””Americans still see owning a home as one of the best investments they can make,”” said Bob Nielsen, “”NAHB’s””:http://www.nahb.com/ chairman. [COLUMN_BREAK]In response to a question that asked participants to rank their priorities, 74 percent of respondents rated home ownership just below paying off their debt, saving enough for retirement, and being successful at work. Despite the recent housing crisis and perceptions of risk in housing markets, 75 percent of the participants agreed that owning a home is worth the risk.When asked what they considered to be their best investment, 36 percent of survey participants identified their homes as the most important. Sixty-seven percent of participants who identified themselves as renters “”strongly agreed”” that owning a home is the best long-term investment.Participants from all age groups also agreed that owing a home is the best long-term investment, with 79 percent of those aged 18-34 “”agreeing”” with 79 percent of those aged 65 and above.Ninety-five percent of participants who identified themselves as homeowners said they were “”happy”” with their decisions to own a home, the survey finds. The survey found that 2 in 1 Americans who owe more on their homes agreed that home ownership is worth the risk, despite the perception of risk in the housing market.Nearly three-fourths, or 74 percent, of those who do not own a home also said that it is a goal of theirs to buy one.””There’s a reason for that ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Americans are optimists,”” said Celinda Lake, president of “”Lake Research Partners””:http://www.lakeresearch.com/. “”By a 2-to-1 margin, they say it’s worth a risk despite the ups and downs of the housing market.””Thirty-one percent of participants reported that saving for a down payment and closing costs presented the biggest obstacles to home ownership. Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers 2011-06-07 Ryan Schuette June 7, 2011 483 Views Survey: Americans Still Want to Own Homes in Data Share
New,Blueberry Systems Announces New IT Executives “”Blueberry Systems, LLC””:http://www.blueberrysystems.com/, a Colorado-based mortgage and financial service technology provider, announced two new additions to its executive team.[IMAGE]Sharon Kenney joined Blueberry Systems as director of IT governance. She has more than three decades of IT experience, previously servicing at Aurora Bank as assistant VP of IT governance for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she was a technical communications manager for First American Nationwide Documents. In addition, she was owner and technical communications consultant for DataScribe for more than five years, specializing in technical writing, software documentation, [COLUMN_BREAK]and business writing services for corporate clients and government agencies.””Blueberry Systems continues to be at the forefront of mortgage technology,”” Kenney said. “”I’m honored to be a part of their team and I look forward to all the great things we have planned for the industry.””In addition, the company has brought on Richard Jones as director of IT infrastructure. Jones has more than 15 years of IT experience, having served previously as CIO for Pinal County, Arizona. Prior to that, he was IT operations director for First Magnus for nearly a decade, where he provided technology leadership and management of technology systems and services. “”Blueberry Systems is dedicated to helping mortgage lenders succeed by solving their day-to-day problems as well as their long-term, strategic challenges,”” Jones said. “”I’m thrilled to be a part of it and part of such a first class team.””””We understand that who you do business with matters, making it imperative that we recruit the very best,”” said Wil Armstrong, a founder and CEO of Blueberry Systems. “”We are a close-knit and tightly-focused team that seeks to add real and demonstrable value to our customers. We’re confident Sharon and Richard will play a critical role in helping us maintain that dedication.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share January 25, 2013 397 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-25 Tory Barringer
Prospective Homebuyers Favor Low Down Payments, Fixed Rates Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers LendingTree Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2013-06-20 Krista Franks Brock June 20, 2013 401 Views A plurality of prospective homebuyers responding to an industry survey anticipate down payments of less than 15 percent when they purchase a new home. Forty-four percent of respondents anticipate low down payments of no more than 15 percent, while 34 percent foresee paying between 15 and 24 percent of purchase price at closing. [IMAGE]Nineteen percent say they will put down more than 25 percent of their home purchase price when the purchase their next home, according to the survey conducted this May by Research Data Technology on behalf of Charlotte, North Carolina-based “”LendingTree.””:https://www.lendingtree.com/ Data was collected from 600 people planning to purchase a new home sometime in the next year. About 57 percent or respondents will be first-time homebuyers. When it comes to the type of mortgage prospective homebuyers prefer, the plurality–45 percent–favors a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loan. [COLUMN_BREAK]The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage was the second-most popular choice with 36 percent of respondents expecting to obtain this type of loan. Seven percent plan to apply for an adjustable-rate loan. The greatest frustrations with the mortgage process include time-consuming paperwork, complex loan terms, and the borrower’s own uncertainty about whether he/she is receiving a fair deal. At the same time, the greatest obstacles to obtaining a mortgage and purchasing a home are prospective buyers’ financial situations and ability to obtain sufficient funds for a down payment, according to LendingTree’s survey. A majority of survey respondents anticipate rising home prices and rising interest rates over the next 12 months, meaning time is of the essence for those planning to purchase a home. Sixty-four percent of prospective homebuyers believe interest rates will rise in the next 12 months, and 68 percent believe home prices will rise over the same time period. “”Increasing home prices are providing would-be sellers with the confidence needed to take action, while rising interest rates are placing a sense of urgency on potential home buyers,”” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree.””Together this creates a unique window of opportunity for buyers and sellers to take advantage of the market while home prices and rates are still reasonably affordable,”” Lebda said. Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
Home Prices Trulia 2014-06-06 Scott_Morgan Share After the rollercoaster ride that has been the past six years, the national housing market is finally in a place that, at least for the moment, looks stable. Better yet, it looks downright sustainable, if the latest Trulia Price Monitor is to be believed.According to Trulia, for the first time since July 2012, none of the 100 largest markets in May—anywhere in the United States—saw home prices rise more than 20 percent year-over-year.This is the first sign of sustainability in the housing market in years and is, according to Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko, a welcome change from the hyper-rebounding that occurred in some markets—particularly in the West, where asking prices rose by as much as 30 percent from 2012 to 2013—that had several economists worried that an accelerated boom/bust cycle was brewing.”That’s a good thing,” Kolko said. “Extreme price increases create unrealistic expectations, encourage flipping, and might discourage some owners from selling if they expect big increases to continue.”While May’s asking prices rose at their slowest rate in 13 months, they still rose 8 percent, which remains well above the long-term historical norm for home-price appreciation. Furthermore, prices rose 2.4 percent quarter-over-quarter in May, Kolko said.At the same time, the number of markets with year-over-year price declines is also at a post-recession low. According to Trulia, the only metros where asking prices were down year-over-year were El Paso, Hartford, Albany, and Little Rock. This belies a healthy deceleration in booming markets, where prices had been rising unsustainably fast, Kolko said.Another encouraging sign of a good economy, according to Trulia, is the fact that rents are up nationwide, but also not by any huge margin. Nationally, rents are up 5.1 percent overall from a year ago.Apartment rents are up 5.8 percent, while and single-family rents are up 2.1 percent. As it has been in the home sales market, California’s coastal metros lead the pack in rising rent prices. Among the 25 largest rental markets, rents rose most year-over-year in San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Price Gains Showing Signs of Stability June 6, 2014 742 Views
Share in Daily Dose, Data, News May 1, 2017 646 Views Seller Confidence Gets a Boost For Redfin, the top answer on its latest Home-Seller Sentiment Survey was a pleasant irony. When asked to list their top three concerns about selling their homes, a quarter of the sellers who responded said they had none.This was a marked jump in seller confidence, if measured against the last time Redfin surveyed sellers in January. April’s numbers reflect a nine-point jump in unconcerned sellers, and “no concerns” leapt from the eighth-most common answer to the top of the list three months later. There was also a drop in the percentage of sellers worried about finding a replacement home, down from 24 percent in January to 18 percent in April.Redfin credited a strong selling season in March for the boost in confidence. One measure of increased confidence was that sellers adopted a more aggressive pricing strategy. The share of sellers reporting they would price high because they believe negotiation in inevitable increased almost 6 percent, to 21 percent in April.At the same time, the firm’s chief economist, Nela Richardson, said prospective sellers have been slow to list their homes.“New listings dropped 2.3 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year,” Richardson said. “Would-be sellers are likely waiting for prices to peak; they’re trying to time the market to fetch the largest possible gain.”Whether this is a good thing is open to debate. Sylva Khayalian, a Redfin agent in Los Angeles, said, “Over-pricing one’s home is a common mistake made in a seller’s market. Especially as we progress through the spring and into the summer months, homeowners see neighbors receive multiple offers and sell for more than their asking price and some assume they can ask for even more.Another measure of seller confidence is that a fifth of sellers told Redfin they had all the power in a sale right now. That’s up 7 percent from January. Meanwhile, 22.5 percent of sellers said buyers have zero power. That’s up 9 percent from January.Lest that come across the wrong way, the bulk of respondents put things a little more modestly. Almost 36 percent of sellers said they had a little more power in a negotiation and sale than buyers. And that number was actual down since January. Then, more than 40 percent of sellers had the same thing.But whether that number dropped because more sellers think buyers have greater leverage or because they shifted their views from “some” to “all” in terms of the power sellers hold is unclear. Housing Market seller confidence Sellers Sellers Market 2017-05-01 ScottMorgan1
Recently, online real estate and rental marketplace Zillow, performed a comparative analysis on its report published in 2017 examining the relationship between rising rents and homeless populations. The analysis found that the report had accurately predicted the recently released 2017 point-in-time (PIT) counts by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The company said that their analysis showed a median absolute percent error of 8.3 percent against the PIT counts. The analysis’ predictions of the PIT counts in 17 out of 25 metro areas were within the 99 percent predicted interval.The report had predicted that the relationship between rising rents and increased homelessness was particularly strong in Los Angeles; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle. In two areas–Los Angeles and Sacramento–the rapidly rising rents meant that the figures compiled by the HUD came in higher than Zillow’s prediction. According to Zillow’s report, nearly 2,000 more people would fall into homelessness if the rent in Los Angeles climbed an average of 5 percent. The local count in January 2017 indicated that 57,794 people in the Los Angeles metro area experienced homelessness, an almost 11,000-person increase from 2016. The increase was greater than expected, given that rents rose about 4 percent from 2016 to 2017.In Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Miami, and Tampa the local counts were lower than the report’s predictions. The lower counts, Zillow has said, were because some areas have disrupted the link between rising rents and homelessness. Houston, for example, had one of the higher homeless counts in the country five years ago. Now it’s dropping fast, so that a 6 percent decrease in rent over the past year translated into 426 fewer people experiencing homelessness in Houston.The latest results will be incorporated into the dynamic Bayesian hierarchical model that Zillow uses for time-varying homeless count data and will be reflected in their predictions for 2018. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News analysis Homelessness HOUSING HUD Los Angeles metros New York PIT counts prediction Rents Washington D.C. Zillow 2018-01-04 Staff Writer Rising Rents Leading to Increase in Homelessness January 4, 2018 672 Views Share
September 26, 2018 647 Views Share Federal Reserve Interest rates Mortgage Rates 2018-09-26 Seth Welborn The Rate Hike: Expert Opinion On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve voted unanimously to raise the interest rate paid on required and excess reserve balances to 2.20 percent.“Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has stayed low. Household spending and business fixed investment have grown strongly,” said the Fed’s Open Market Committee in a statement.“Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability,” the statement continued. “ The Committee expects that further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term. Risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced.”Following the announcement, Chairman Jerome H. Powell was scheduled to speak in a press conference.With the Federal Reserve set to raise interest rates by 25 basis points, the question now is how will it impact consumers? According to LendingTree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze, homeowners with Adjustable Rate Mortgages and Home Equity Lines of Credit will see the most impact, while fixed rate products will be relatively untouched.”Mortgage rates, particularly fixed interest rates, are determined by the supply and demand for longer-dated securities. In this regard, another action the Fed is taking does have an impact on mortgage rates, said Kafpidze. The Fed’s plan to normalize its balance sheet by lowering holdings of treasuries and mortgage-backed securities reduces demand for these longer-dated securities and will apply some upward pressure on interest rates over time.”Kapfidze notes that in the last three Fed rate hike cycles, since 1994, while Fed funds rate increased three percent on average, mortgage rates adjusted by only around one percent. In 2015 and 2016, mortgage rates even dropped while Fed Funds went up.According to Kapfidze, mortgage rates will be more impacted by the Fed’s plan to normalize its balance sheet by lowering holdings of treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. By reducing demand for these longer-dated securities, it will apply some upward pressure on interest rates over time.In addition to mortgage rates, the rate hike is likely to impact other forms of credit. Holden Lewis, market insights expert at NerdWallet, discussed how else consumers may feel the hike.“The interest rates that people pay on their credit cards will go up a quarter of a percentage point because the Federal Reserve has raised the federal funds rate by the same amount,” said Lewis. “Interest rates on home equity lines of credit will go up a quarter of a percentage point, too. The rate hike could cause minimum payments to rise for borrowers who carry balances on their cards or HELOCs. Most borrowers will see the increase reflected in the next billing cycle.” in Daily Dose, Government, News
2019 Five Star Government Forum FSGF National Mortgage Servicing Association NMSA Wes Iseley 2019-04-24 Seth Welborn Mortgage Servicing Professionals Convene and Collaborate in D.C. During an annual meeting of the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) in Washington, D.C., Wes Iseley, Senior Managing Director at Carrington Mortgage Holdings, was announced as the organization’s new Chair. He inherits the role from Ray Barbone, EVP of Mortgage Services for BankUnited.The NMSA is a nonpartisan organization driven by senior executive representation from the nation’s leading mortgage servicing organizations, formed for the purpose of effecting progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry.“It is an honor to serve as the incoming Chair of the NMSA,” Iseley told DS News. “The NMSA will continue to work together to improve the industry and our service to our consumers.” As the NMSA’s new Chair, Iseley added that he will strive toward “solutions to be adopted by our governing bodies to make us more efficient and valuable to the consumers we provide service to.”Incoming NMSA Chair Wes IseleyPrior to Carrington, Iseley was President of Saxon Mortgage, a Morgan Stanley Company. Iseley worked daily with the trading desk at Morgan Stanley and reported directly to the Global Head of Residential Real Estate.”I congratulate Wes Iseley on being appointed Chair of NMSA and look forward to working with him to continue the association’s critical work,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of Five Star Global. “His proven success in leading organizations and reputation as an excellent communicator, make Wes the right leader to guide NMSA towards effecting progress and change on the key challenges facing the mortgage servicing industry.”Speaking of the legacy of outgoing Chair Ray Barbone, Iseley said, “Ray Barbone’s leadership is evident in where the NMSA is today and how many of the top servicers are active in the group. He was instrumental in bringing key players together during the disasters we all faced during his tenure.”Roy Diaz, Chair of the Legal League 100, addresses the NMSA crowd.The meeting also included an update from Roy Diaz, Chair of the Legal League 100. Diaz discussed current mortgage servicing challenges from a legal perspective and provided an update on the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP. The Court found that businesses engaged in nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings are not considered “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.The NMSA meeting was part of a packed week in Washington, D.C., that included Tuesday’s tenth annual Five Star Government Forum, where leaders from mortgage servicing and the federal government engaged in open dialogue about the industry’s most pressing issues. That even included keynotes from both Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. You can read our coverage of the event here.Part of the mission of the NSMA is to create and publish resources for the benefit of the mortgage servicing industry. For example, at the 2018 National Mortgage Servicing Association Member meeting, former Carrington Mortgage Holdings EVP Rick Sharga presented a State of the Housing Market Report covering multiple economic factors relevant to servicers. Additional resources provided by the NMSA include a white paper aimed at producing “common sense, practical, and affordable remedies” to reduce the costs of foreclosure practices and address community blight. You can read the full white paper, as well as other NMSA publications, by clicking here. April 24, 2019 1,476 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing Share
Kanzi apple harvest kicks off in Australia … Berries Australia: Govt must do more to address la … Australian veggie exports jump in 2018 … The company noted that berry industry volume remains high, with corresponding pricing offsets being the consequence, particularly in the peak season. Blueberry volume was up +25.2%, with pricing down -7.5%, while raspberry volume growth was +19.1% and pricing down -6.3%.Costa also said that it had established a dedicated varietal improvement facility at Atherton (FNQ) with the aim of developing varieties specifically suited to low latitude environments, both in Australia and overseas, especially China and Mexico.The citrus category, which Costa said achieved a “standout result” for the financial year, benefitted from a late start to the 2017 season and early start to the 2018 season coupled with excellent crop quality and strong export market demand for navel oranges and seedless mandarins.The 2018 calendar season is forecasted to produce circa 80,000 metric tons (MT), a 20% reduction on the prior season, reflecting the normal biennial bearing cycle of citrus crops.The company said that with 75% of its citrus exporting to countries including Japan, the U.S. and China, the reduction of Korean citrus trade tariffs has opened up an exciting new export market, highlighted by the fact that consumer preferences are similar to those of Japan, but with greater per capita demand.International berry growthThe company noted its China expansion program is progressing well, with a total of 100 hectares planted at the end of the financial year. These plantings are across three farms, with 77 hectares of blueberries, 16 hectares of raspberries and 7 hectares of blackberries.”A further 65 hectares consisting predominantly of blueberries is to be planted in 2019, with significant development and preparation work completed ahead of the current wet season. Land options for 2020 plantings are also currently being explored,” it said.Morocco blueberry plantings totaled 294 hectares at the end of the period across six farms, including 21 hectares in Agadir (720km south of its existing farms) for season extension. The 2018-19 program will focus on further plantings in Agadir.OutlookCosta said that during 2019 “significant scale” will be delivered in mushrooms and avocados, and together with growth in tomatoes and berries they are expected to provide long-term sustainable returns.Based on the current trading conditions, the company expects to generate low double-digit profit growth in the year ahead to June 30, 2019. Australia ups efforts against Queensland fruit fly … You might also be interested in Australia-based Costa Group registered a 26% rise in net profit to AUD$76.7 million for the 2018 financial year, thanks partly to strong export demand for citrus which offset challenging conditions for blueberry production in Morocco.Australia’s biggest listed fresh produce company also notched 10% revenue growth to AUD$1 billion over the period ended July 1.In its results, the company announced a AUD$67 million expansion of glasshouse tomato production in New South Wales and said it has made six avocado-related acquisitions over the last 18 months.“Performance in FY2018 once again reinforces the value and resilience of our diversified portfolio and business model,” said Costa Group CEO Harry Debney.”The citrus category had a standout performance, boosted by excellent crop quality and strong export demand, while mushrooms and tomatoes also performed well, with results exceeding targets.”This performance countered a materially lower than expected contribution from African Blue due to prolonged cold weather, causing up to an eight week delay in maturity of the Moroccan crop.”Costa said it made “significant progress” during the year on its growth projects, including berry expansion plantings across Australia, China and Morocco, continued construction of additional capacity at the Monarto, South Australia mushroom farm and expansion of ist avocado business – the company’s newest vertically integrated core produce category.Berries and citrusCosta said blueberry production over the period was impacted by lower yields. It said the cold Northern Hemisphere spring and early summer period delayed the Morocco harvests, with yields in the country around 10% lower. August 24 , 2018
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “If you couple that with all the research that we’ve done in concussions and the long term implications and the changes that the NFL is trying to make in the game because of the research in concussions, 18 games is not just about playing two extra games. For the owners it’s really just about making $500 million or so more. To the players it’s a health issue. It’s a quality of life issue. You’re looking at ‘Do I risk my quality of life by playing these extra two games just for some extra money’.”In a hope to avoid an 18 game schedule, Feely and his fellow players have a solution on how to get the owners the extra money they desire without endangering the players.“I heard a great point from Eric Winston down with the Texans,” Feely said. “He said if you want more money you can take the Thursday night game and you can bid it out to the networks. Right now we’re just playing that on the league owned network. You could bid that game out and probably get more than $500 million because of the ratings it got last year. It’s a very tough issue for the players to swallow.” Although the extension doesn’t guarantee a new agreement will happen, it does mean the league, players and fans get to avoid the mess of a lockout. At least for another week.“Had we not had an extension then we would have went into the legal world and all the ramifications and legal wrangling,” Feely explained. “Then the CBA would have been decided. Now it would have been decided, not in a negotiation process where rational minds can come to an agreement, but in the legal format and in the legal system.“You would have had the owners lock us out. Followed by the desertification of the union. Followed by the antitrust lawsuits of top stars in the NFL against the owners and then you would have had emotions brought back into the equation. I think it would have been much harder to get a deal. It would have solidified the fact that we were going to miss games in the season. That it was going to be protracted and go into the season. I’m hopeful now that it’s not.”Feely said the biggest hurdle the two sides must clear over the next week, if they hope to reach an agreement, is the proposed 18-game schedule.“Money is always at the forefront of all these decisions,” the kicker said. “The kind of decisions you’re working with are budgetary decisions. They wanted a billion dollars back, billion with a b, off of the salary cap. I think the 18 games is something that is very hard for players to wrap their minds around. If you look at this year there was 300 players put on [injured reserve]. If there is 1,700 players, that’s almost one-in-six players on every team put on IR this year. Top Stories The NFL and NFLPA may have a seven-day extension in place but that doesn’t mean a lockout has been avoided. There is still a lot of work to be done if both sides hope to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.Arizona Cardinals kicker and team union representative Jay Feely said Friday that the extension is a positive but the crisis hasn’t been averted.“I think it’s a definite positive,” he told Sports 620 KTAR’s Sports Interactive. “All the fans of the NFL should be excited and happy. By no means does it mean the deal is going to get done and that a lockout is going to be averted, but it was a big step. Neither side would have taken these steps if they didn’t feel a resolution to the negotiations was plausible.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Top Stories Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals were a sieve on defense last season, allowing 434 points and 373.6 yards per game.So, one of the priorities in the off-season was to improve on that side of the ball, and it appears they have.Adding Ray Horton as defensive coordinator was a start, and bringing in players like Patrick Peterson, Stewart Bradley and Richard Marshall should help.But the final piece to solving the defensive puzzle? “On defense the final piece was Kevin Kolb coming in and solidifying our offense,” Horton told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Friday. “He helps.”It’s an interesting thought because there are many out there who believe the defense struggled last year largely because the offense failed.Unable to sustain drives and control the ball, it seemed as if the defense was on the field for far too many plays and, at some point, maybe even gave up because they knew how inept the offense was.While a poor reason to not play hard, it would be tough to give it your all when you know it wasn’t likely to matter.But that ship has sailed, as the offense appears ready to start scoring points again. If Horton knows it you better believe the defense does, too. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Comments Share “After a week off, I expected it to be a lot sloppier,” he explained. “We had a couple of false starts and offsides, but all in all, I was really pleased with where we picked back up in all phases.”Thursday will be the final day of Cardinals organized team activities. Next week, non-veterans will participate in a mandatory three-day minicamp. – / 22 Within a couple of weeks of his mid-January hire, Bruce Arians had rounded out his 21-member coaching staff.He fused together a team of experienced, long-tenured coaches with young, up-and-coming names to create a staff that outnumbered former Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s regime by four. Then, Arians said that his staff — one of the largest in the NFL — would take pay cuts in order to up the coach-to-player ratio. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As OTAs resumed on Monday, Arians spoke highly of his staff and the work they’ve done this offseason.“I’ve been really pleased,” the coach said following Monday’s activities. “The staff has done a phenomenal job, especially in fundamentals and teaching techniques.” Arians went on to speak to the all-around progress that he has seen his coaches put into effect as the changing-of-the-guard process continues.“In each phase, at every position, in each group, we’ve got 95 percent of everything installed, both sides of the ball and the kicking game.”That considered, the coach couldn’t help to reiterate: “I’ve just been really pleased. I can’t say enough good things about this staff.”But he didn’t limit his praise to his fellow coaches. The players, too, Arians insisted, were right on track.“This group is way beyond where I thought they’d be right now,” he said, speaking of the names on his roster.In addition to being generally ahead of schedule with their OTA progress, Arians pointed out the sharpness of his players as they resumed activities after a week off. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories
Oh, and I didn’t include Carson Palmer. That is a given. 1. Patrick Peterson on offense – Camp Cards has been bursting with stories on just how many looks Peterson has seen as an offensive player. On how many times he’s played defense one series, only to don a white pullover, switch sides and play on offense. On Wednesday, I saw him catch a long bomb for a touchdown from Carson Palmer. Just how much of a glimpse into this are we going to see against the Packers? 2. The run game – Eric Winston saidduring our show Wednesday that he can look Cardinals fans in the eye and tell them the offensive line will be better than in years past. Pass protection will obviously be the main gauge of that, but so will their ability to run the football. It might not be easy to tell; injuries to Ryan Williams, Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington have been an issue. Still, it’s worth watching. 3. Cornerback depth – They’ve got a lot of it and after Friday we’ll have a better idea of who is on the top of the pyramid and who is on the bottom.4. Tyrann Mathieu – “Pound-for-pound the best player on the field” and “playmaking machine” are two of my favorite quotes I’ve read about the rookie out of LSU in the last couple of days. He’s made a play just about every day at camp so far. Let’s see how that translates into the game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Knowing full well the first preseason game offers little in terms of playing time from the starters or any kind of flavor out of a vanilla game plan, I’ll be watching on Friday night when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field like everybody else. What am I watching for? Every example is preceded by the disclaimer “I know it’s just the first preseason game, but……” 5. Wide Receiver depth – It’s unlike the cornerback position since they don’t have a lot of it. After the top three, there’s a big drop-off. But just like the cornerback spot, it’s time to see who is on the top of the pyramid on who is on the bottom. – / 13 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Incidentally, the Cardinals and Chargers are also scheduled to face off in the regular season.Last season, the Cardinals went 3-1 in the preseason, beating Green Bay, Dallas and Denver while losing to San Diego. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals know who they will be playing as they prepare for the 2014 regular season.The NFL released the preseason schedule Wednesday, and the Cardinals’ looks like this:Week 1 – vs. Houston Texans (Aug. 7-10)Week 2 – at Minnesota Vikings (Aug. 14-18)Week 3 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Aug. 24) (Sunday Night Football)Week 4 – at San Diego Chargers (Aug. 28)Exact dates and times are yet to be determined.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A day after re-signing preseason standout Chris Hubert to the practice squad, the Arizona Cardinals elevated him to the active roster.Hubert was given a chance to get back on the team because Jaron Brown suffered a torn ACL on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Before signing on Tuesday, Hubert performed well throughout training camp and was on the practice squad until he was released on Sept. 13.The 5-foot-9 receiver out of Fayetteville State was one of the best receivers of all time at his alma mater, as he is the all-time leader in touchdown receptions (19), second in receptions (129) and third in receiving yards (1,784). Cardinals receiver Chris Hubert works against Chargers defensive back Larry Scott during a training camp practice Aug. 17. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In a corresponding move, guard/tackle Martin Wallace re-signed with the practice squad. He was with the practice squad for two weeks until he was released Tuesday to make room for Hubert. The 6-foot-6, 311-pound product out of Temple entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He has also been on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
One could view Dansby’s return as a replacement for Kevin Minter, who hit the market Thursday, the first day of NFL free agency.With the Bengals last season, Dansby started seven of his 16 games played, posting six passes defensed and one sack with 114 total tackles, good for 20th in the NFL. Former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby is back again.The 35-year-old, two-time Cardinal and 13-year NFL veteran will begin his third stint with the Cardinals.Dansby has started 178 of his 196 games played with the Cardinals, Dolphins, Browns and Bengals. The Cardinals first drafted Dansby out of Auburn in 2004, and he played with the Cards through the 2009 season. After a stint with the Dolphins, he returned to Arizona for a season in 2013. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby reacts after coming up with an interception in the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)
Seattle clinches a playoff berth with a win over Arizona and an Atlanta loss or tie. A loss by the Falcons and a Cardinals-Seahawks tie would also reserve a postseason spot for Seattle.Atlanta has the tiebreaker over Seattle because of a head-to-head victory in November.Here’s a look at the other NFL games with playoff implications on the line:NFCCLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East and first-round bye, Minnesota – NFC North, Los Angeles Rams – NFC West, New Orleans – playoff berth, Carolina – playoff berthPHILADELPHIA (12-2) (vs. Oakland (6-8), tonight; vs. Dallas (8-7), Sunday) IF PHILADELPHIA WINS VS. OAKLAND MONDAY:Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffsIF PHILADELPHIA LOSES VS. OAKLAND MONDAY:Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:— Win, or— Minnesota loss, or— Tie and Minnesota tieMINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-3) (vs. Chicago (5-10), Sunday) IF PHILADELPHIA WINS VS. OAKLAND MONDAY:Clinches first-round bye with:— Win or tie, or— Carolina loss or tie, or— New Orleans winIF PHILADELPHIA LOSES VS. OAKLAND MONDAY:Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:— Win and Philadelphia loss or tie, or — Tie and L.A. Chargers loss and Tennessee lossThe Associated Press contributed to this story. — Tie and Philadelphia lossClinches first-round bye with:— Win or tie, or— Carolina loss or tie, or— New Orleans winNEW ORLEANS (11-4) (at Tampa Bay (4-11), Sunday) Clinches NFC South with:— Win, or— Carolina loss, or— Tie and Carolina tieCAROLINA (11-4) (at Atlanta (9-6), Sunday) Clinches NFC South with:— Win and New Orleans loss or tie, or— Tie and New Orleans lossClinches first-round bye with:— Win and New Orleans loss or tie and Minnesota loss and L.A. Rams loss or tieATLANTA (9-6) (vs. Carolina (11-4), Sunday) Clinches playoff berth with:— Win, or— Seattle loss, or— Tie and Seattle tieAFCCLINCHED: New England – AFC East and first-round bye, Pittsburgh – AFC North, Jacksonville – AFC South, Kansas City – AFC WestNEW ENGLAND (12-3) (vs. N.Y. Jets (5-10), Sunday) IF PITTSBURGH WINS AT HOUSTON MONDAY:Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:— Win, or— Pittsburgh loss, or— Tie and Pittsburgh tieIF PITTSBURGH LOSES AT HOUSTON MONDAY:Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffsPITTSBURGH (11-3) (at Houston (4-10), MONDAY; vs. Cleveland (0-15), Sunday) IF PITTSBURGH WINS AT HOUSTON MONDAY: 2 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories — Clinches first-round byeClinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:— Win and New England loss or tie, or— Tie and New England lossIF PITTSBURGH LOSES AT HOUSTON MONDAYClinches first-round bye with:— Win or tie, or— Jacksonville loss or tieJACKSONVILLE (10-5) (at Tennessee (8-7), Sunday) IF PITTSBURGH LOSES AT HOUSTON MONDAY:Clinches first-round bye with:— Win and Pittsburgh lossBALTIMORE (9-6) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday) Clinches playoff berth with:— Win or tie, or— Buffalo loss or tie, or— Tennessee loss or tieTENNESSEE (8-7) (vs. Jacksonville (10-5), Sunday) Clinches playoff berth with:— Win, or— Tie and Buffalo loss or tie and L.A. Chargers loss or tie, or— Buffalo loss and L.A. Chargers lossLOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7) (vs. Oakland (6-8), Sunday) Clinches playoff berth with:— Win and Tennessee loss or tie and Buffalo loss or tie, or— Win and Tennessee loss or tie and Baltimore win or tie, or— Tie and Tennessee loss and Buffalo loss or tieBUFFALO (8-7) (at Miami (6-9), Sunday) Clinches playoff berth with:— Win and Baltimore loss, or— Win and L.A. Chargers loss or tie and Tennessee loss or tie, or For the Arizona Cardinals, the 2017 finale marks a chance to play spoiler.There’s a whole lot to be spoiled for their Week 17 opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals’ NFC West rivals sit second in the division behind the Los Angeles Rams, and coming off a 21-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle needs a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive.The rest of Seattle’s odds will be up to the Atlanta Falcons, who face the Carolina Panthers in the same 2:25 p.m. time slot as the Cardinals and Seahawks. Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Wilhoite (57), K.J. Wright (50) and Bobby Wagner (54) celebrate a pass by Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott intercepted by Wright in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The expectation is that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals’ open head coaching position, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rapoport notes that his expectation is Shurmur will be a finalist and one of the coaches to participate in a second round of interviews by the Cardinals.Shurmur, of course, is one of the hottest names out there for head coach openings and Arizona isn’t the only team that is high on him. The New York Giants is reportedly “in very good standing” inside the Giants’ building, better than most would expect.Shurmur is one of nine known candidates to interview for the Cardinals job. One of those other names is Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who Rapoport also believes is likely to get another interview.Wilks and Shurmur continue to generate buzz, as it’s a possibility for Wilks to have another interview with the Giants as well. It was reported that Wilks was expected to have an interview with the Colts, but that is no longer the case.The 52-year-old Shurmur is in his first year as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator after serving as the interim the season prior. His previous titles in the NFL include head coach of the Cleveland Browns and offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.Known for getting the best out of quarterbacks, Shurmur has had quarterback Case Keenum thrive this year with 3,547 passing yards for 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.Shurmur, along with six other known candidates, have playoff games to worry about this weekend. Wilks and Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher are the only two whose teams are not in the playoffs. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact From Up to the Minute Live: #Vikings OC Pat Shurmur is expected to be a finalist for the #AZCardinals, and he’s a strong candidate for the #Giants, as well. Could have options. pic.twitter.com/dWqzKeCUY9— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2018 8 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
As of Friday, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had yet to speak with coach Steve Wilks about what the team’s quarterback depth chart will look like for their Sunday game against the Seattle Seahawks. The coaching staff will huddle Saturday to determine how to manage their backups, demoted former starter Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon, Wilks said Friday.The only known is that rookie Josh Rosen will make his first NFL start. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 13 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona will continue carrying three quarterbacks, but it’s not known if Bradford or Glennon will act as Rosen’s backup, nor which one of them would be on the inactive list. Glennon has been the odd man out so far, having appeared on the inactive lists through Arizona’s 0-3 start to the season.“As of right now, we’ll carry three (quarterbacks),” Keim told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Bradford was pulled for Rosen in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s loss to the Bears on Sunday before being demoted. He completed 63 percent of his passes for just 5.0 yards per attempt this season, throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions while fumbling three times.Related LinksThe future is now for the Cardinals’ offenseCardinals DE Markus Golden expects increased playing time in Week 4Week 4 injury report: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle SeahawksPreparation has Cardinals QB Josh Rosen confident heading into first startAdding to his questionable status, the veteran was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a pectoral injury.Regarding their quarterback room, the Cardinals will operate by making the best “football decision” and will not “get consumed with the money part of it,” Keim said.On a contract with $15 million guaranteed upon signing, Bradford’s future with the team, even if he remains on the roster, is in question considering the struggles on the field coming off a knee injury that limited him throughout training camp. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File) Top Stories “To be able to do all those little things early on will be something that I will certainly look at,” Keim said.“The position that he was put in last Sunday certainly showed that Josh has that potential. For a guy that jumped in there, I thought he let the ball rip a number of times and looked confident in the pocket. Again, I was very impressed with what I saw in Josh.”EXTRA POINTS— Keim, speaking on the offensive line play: “I would say ‘inconsistent’ is the word I would use. The disappointing part is they’ve showed the physicality, particularly in the run game that they can be an effective group running the football and they can create an identity there. You’ve seen some breakdowns there. Those guys have to learn how to play in unison.”— The GM on the loss of playing time for linebackers and first-round picks Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick: “Both of those guys have all the necessary skills. To be able to play fast and to be able to play productive, you have to do the little things right. Certainly still have high hopes for both of those guys.” “The fact that we made the change would tell you that Sam obviously had struggles,” Keim said. “I think the one thing that probably comes to mind is when you watch Sam play in the past, his comfort level in the pocket, his ability to play balanced with his feet, his body, and to throw with the type of accuracy he is historically known for, those are the things that I thought escaped Sam in this offense.”“And I didn’t quite see him as comfortable as I would’ve liked, which also affected his natural accuracy. Times where he made players move for the ball and just the placement itself of the football was not there compared to what I’ve seen in the past. Sam’s a diligent guy, he worked extremely hard. We’re very, very thankful for what he’s done here, but this is a results-based business.”Now the focus turns to Rosen.Keim knows the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft will have a steep learning curve. Arizona will scale back the playbook, allowing Rosen to play fast.The general manager wants to “just see growth” in how Rosen handles the tempo, play clock, line-of-scrimmage adjustments and how well he identifies defenses. How easily can Rosen then go through his progressions? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
8 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals were set to work out former Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Daniel Braverman on Tuesday, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Braverman, a Western Michigan product, was a seventh-round draft pick (230th overall) in 2016 by the Bears. He was released upon final roster cuts and joined the practice squad, where he remained before earning a promotion to the active roster on Nov. 29, 2016. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 5-foot-10 slot receiver played in three games as a rookie but did not record a catch for Chicago.He was waived up 53-man cuts heading into last season and spent January of 2018 through August on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.Related LinksThe Chiefs are very big favorites over the CardinalsBehind Enemy Lines: Cardinals prep for Chiefs’ offensive buzzsawArizona has continued to spend its Tuesdays taking a look at free agents.For Braverman to make the team, the Cardinals would likely have to make a decision about one of their six wideouts currently on the roster. They signed veteran Kendall Wright on Monday to join Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson and Trent Sherfield. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Daniel Braverman runs the ball at NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Carved into Santorini’s volcanic caldera and perched 300m above the Aegean Sea, the Iconic Santorini has just scored an award from Mr and Mrs Smith. The luxury boutique hotel’s Cliff Suite came in at #6 in the 2015 list of 10 Sexiest Bedrooms in the World for good reason. The Smiths explain, “The Cliff Suite, with its French doors, Juliet balcony and indoor grotto pool … has bags of personality and a natural charm.”This award will join the many other trophies Iconic Santorini has won over the two years since its establishment.While the hotel is currently closed, it will reopen May 2016 with some exciting new editions. The award-winning Cliff Suite will boast a new jetted pool on the balcony, so guests can soak in some bubbles while they soak up the views. In addition to the new pool, the Cliff Suite will also welcome lovers with a candlelit indoor grotto pool, bouncy COCO-MAT 4-Layer bed, headboards fashioned from the branches of native trees plus many modern-day essentials like a JBL sound system with iPod dock, a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning.“We are thrilled to receive this coveted award,” says James St John, Vice President of Operations, Hospitality America. “It underscores what our visiting friends have been telling us: they have trouble deciding which suite to check into because they’re all so romantic… and sexy, of course.”All of Iconic Santorini’s 19 rooms and suites echo the island’s unique style of whitewashed vaulted caves restyled to blend timeless Greek charm with today’s finest amenities. Other highlights include a cliff-side infinity pool and multi-level sunning deck, a tranquil massage facility with its own jetted grotto pool, a fitness centre and a traditional Greek taverna with priceless views of the ancient volcano.Vella Ramasawmy, General Manager explains, “Our philosophy is to offer our visitors a taste of Greek culture and hospitality with impeccable service – in other words, rewarding vacations for honeymooners, wedding parties, romantics in general and travellers looking for an exceptional experience.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterIn the most southern atoll of the Maldives, Thaa, keen surfers will find some of the world’s best surf breaks crashing right at the footsteps of Maalifushi by COMO. The resort, opened in 2014 as the second Maldivian COMO property, has joined with Tropicsurf to offer deals to enjoy the best of the waves during the surfing season. These packages have specifically been tailored for those looking to experience wave riding for the first time.Staying either five or seven nights with the ‘Learn to Surf’ package, guests start with Lagoon Lessons where they’ll learn the basics of surfing in calm waters before progressing to Ocean Transition Lessons where – with the instructor by their side – they will be gliding across tropical swells.For the more experienced surfer, the seven night ‘Surf Pro’ package allows surfers to explore the untamed oceans around Maalifushi solo.Rates for the Learn to Surf package start at AUD$7,667 for five night stay and AUD$11,495 for seven night stay, twin share in a beach suite.Rates for the Surf Pro package start at AUD$13,094 for seven night stay, twin share in a beach suite.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterOn 4 May 2016, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker hosted a press conference to officially inaugurate the airline’s new route from Doha to Adelaide and to celebrate the arrival of the first commercial Airbus A350 to land on Australian soil. Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young, and South Australia Minister of Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell, joined His Excellency Mr. Al Baker at the press conference, showing their support for the new route, which will add an estimated $41 million to the local economy.The launch of the new Adelaide route is part of Qatar Airways’ expansion plans in Australia where it launched its new daily flight to Sydney in March this year and where it has been flying daily to and from Melbourne since 2009 and Perth since 2012. Demand in Australia is so great that at a recent press conference in Sydney, H.E. Mr. Al Baker announced that the aircraft type flying to Sydney would be upgraded from a Boeing 777 with a capacity of 335 passengers to an Airbus A380, with a capacity of 517 passengers, by September this year.As the global launch customer of the Airbus A350, Qatar Airways has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and already flies its eight aircraft to Munich, Singapore, the United States and Frankfurt. The Airbus A350 is the ideal aircraft for long-haul travel as its modern design and technology provide the ultimate passenger comfort while reducing fatigue after a long-distance flight.Passengers travelling to or from Adelaide on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in one of its 36 Business Class seats will enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 80 inches of seat pitch. The 1-2-1 configuration gives every passenger direct access to an aisle and the on-demand à la carte menu service allows Business Class passengers to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight. The aircraft also features the state-of the-art Oryx One entertainment system, with more than 3000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes.The new service to Adelaide will also provide 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the South Australia hub in the belly hold of the A350, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo carrier, already carries more than 450 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne per week.With an average connection time of just 90 minutes via the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport, passengers travelling from Adelaide can expect a smooth and seamless journey to their final destination via Doha.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterThe Peninsula Beijing, which is being renovated and set to relaunch early next year, is expected to set new standards in design, luxury and comfort within easy access of Beijing’s finest attractions, shopping, dining and night life.The relaunch aligns the hotel with its sister properties around the world in terms of décor, technology and facilities and comes at an especially important time as it falls during the 150th anniversary year of The Peninsula Hotels’ parent company, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels. It is expected that the Lobby, public areas and restaurants will be ready in May 2016, with the first batch of rooms and suites available in late July to early August and the entire renovation completed by early 2017.With the relaunch of the hotel, the group are also launching their new ‘Keys to the City’ programme (currently on offer at their Chicago and Paris hotels only), which comprises of a collection of curated bespoke experiences giving insider access to Beijing’s most coveted landmarks and venues.Go back to the e-newsletter
SeaDream Yacht Club will sail eight week-long voyages of Cuba, and another of nine days, between early February and late March 2019, aboard SeaDream II, which can access captivating and lesser-visited smaller ports that large cruise ships cannot get into.The mega motor-cruiser, which carries a maximum of just 112 guests and 95 crew, will begin her Cuba programme on 26 January 2019 with a nine-day positioning voyage from San Juan in Puerto Rico, to Cuba’s Cienfuegos, along the way calling at five ports in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba.She will then sail eight week-long voyages of Cuba, followed by nine days from Cienfuegos on 1 April 2019 through five ports in Cuba, the British Virgin Islands, British West Indies and French West Indies, to Marigot on the Caribbean’s St Martin island.All Cuba sailings will have days ashore in some of the country’s most colourful and least-visited ports, offering unique experiences through guests’ immersion in its culture and history, and, for historic car buffs, the sight of tens of thousands of classic American cars from the 1940s and ’50s that still drive the roads there today after one-time leader Fidel Castro banned further vehicle imports from America in the 1950s and 1960s.Prices for these rare sailings will start from US$5089 per person twin-share including SeaDream’s award-winning cuisine, wines and bar drinks, power and sail water sports, use of the golf simulator and fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and staff and crew gratuities.
Go back to the enewsletterDevelopers of the new, low-speed Airlander vehicle believe Australia is a prime candidate for the airborne luxury expeditionary tourism sector. Last month Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), in partnership with Design Q, revealed details of the passenger cabin of its 18-guest floating aircraft, dubbed Airlander 10.Speaking exclusively with LATTE, Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Media and Communications Manager Rebecca Zeitlin says that for a number of reasons, Airlander and Australia seem to be a “great fit”.From their office in the UK, Zeitlin explained: “Australia has two really big challenges in tourism. First, there are amazing places to explore, but a lot of them are very hard to reach and far away from existing travel infrastructure. Additionally, tourism is under increasing pressure not to damage the environment, particularly in sensitive places like the Great Barrier Reef.”“Airlander’s capabilities directly address both of these challenges. Because Airlander is not reliant on traditional infrastructure and can take off and land from virtually any flat surface, the aircraft is capable of reaching those far-flung destinations.”“The aircraft’s ability to stay airborne for days also makes it ideally suited to expedition-style trips,” Zeitlin commented.“Airlander is also a much greener way to travel compared to traditional aircraft, particularly helicopters. When we think about flying Airlander from one end of the Great Barrier Reef to the other – which we can do in one trip – while having minimal environmental impact…that’s pretty powerful.”© Hybrid Air VehiclesZeitlin said that the interior of the Airlander 10, which was previewed at the Farnborough International Airshow recently, demonstrates that “all of this can be done in incredible style and comfort. It really brings to life what we mean when we say ‘Re-think the Skies’.”The first vehicle to have type-certified aircraft in service with customers is slated for the early 2020s. “When we reach our full production capacity, we aim to produce 10 to 12 aircraft per year,” she said.Quizzed by LATTE to determine whether Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited had any prospective customers in Australia, Zeitlin said that due to confidentiality she was unable to offer any details on potential customers.“Those potential customers represent a variety of sectors from defence to tourism, as well as several nationalities. We expect that tourism customers will use Airlander 10 to reach destinations all over the globe,” she concluded.© Hybrid Air VehiclesHAV previously flagged plans to bring their aircraft concept to the luxury travel and adventure sector, saying “the wide-ranging and unique capabilities of Airlander mean the company can provide a brand new option forhigh-end, luxury tourism.”“The ability to stay aloft for days at a time, in virtual silence, with floor-to-ceiling windows and fresh air make Airlander perfect for cruising in exceptional locations. Using innovative technology, Airlander 10 is the first in a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft. Though potentially capable of staying in the air for weeks at a time, it is her ability to land anywhere that truly sets her apart from traditional aircraft,” HAV said late last year.© Airlander campaign imageryAll images used with permission. Lead image, Airlander campaign imagery.Go back to the enewsletter
Are you bored of Berlin? Over Oslo? Think Paris is past it? Then why not ditch the well worn, tourist clogged, clichéd cities and head off the holiday-makers map?But remember, you don’t need to leave the continent to find exciting, exotic destinations. Skyscanner counts down Europe’s most undiscovered capitals; cities that feel much further from home than they really are…10. Moscow (Russia) – it may be the capital city of a world superpower, but Moscow’s reputed high costs and the need for a Russian visa means that Moscow isn’t as popular as it could or should be for a city with so much going for it. With Red Square, The Kremlin and St Basil Cathedral to see, not to mention the vodka bars, caviar cafes and borsch bistros, this Soviet city offers an Eastern allure, unlike anywhere else in Europe. Find cheap flights to Moscow from £155 return, including taxes.9. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – still a highly underrated city, Ljubljana is a compact capital divided by the green Ljubljanica River and overlooked by a medieval castle. The atmosphere is one of style and sophistication and this city has thankfully been overlooked by British stag parties. With its colourful architecture, leafy streets and café-cultured locals, there’s a strong air of romance in Ljubljana, an ideal city for wining and dining. Find cheap flights to Ljubljana from £44 return, including taxes. 8. Belgrade (Serbia) – renowned for its busy nightlife and 24 hour party people, Belgrade has continually rebuilt itself in the wake of war, having been destroyed more than twenty times in the course of its millennial history. A city of artists, visit The National Museum to get a complete idea of the archaeology and art of Serbia, then take a stroll down Stari Grad, a wide boulevard lined with restaurants, cafes and buzzing bars; an ideal place to soak up some Serbian style. Find cheap flights to Belgrade, from £146 return, including taxes.7. Minsk (Belarus) – renowned for friendly locals, clean streets and leafy parks, the city benefits from a lack of tourists clogging the streets. The Minsk Circus is well worth a visit and is especially good for the children. Adults can catch an opera or ballet, a ticket for which will cost far less than in most other cities in Europe. Belarusians like to boogie, so be sure to visit a nightclub or two and bring your dancing shoes. Find cheap flights to Minsk from £312 return, including taxes. 6. Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – this tiny landlocked country has been generally ignored by Brits, which makes it a great place to visit if you want to get away from your fellow countrymen. A pretty little city, you’ll find art exhibitions, good wine and haute cuisine along cobbled streets, mixed in with modern architecture and an efficient transport system. For a taste of the great outdoors, visit the nearby Mullerthal region; known as little Switzerland, there you’ll find expansive valleys, rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls, ideal for getting back to nature. Find cheap flights to Luxembourg from £109 return, including taxes.5. Chisinau (Moldova) – extra marks if you’ve already heard of this one – most Brits haven’t. Squished between Romania and Ukraine and built on the river Bîc, this is one of Europe’s more obscure and also cheapest capitals. In this forgotten corner of Europe, you’ll find surprisingly fine wine and a mixture of hip soviet bars and traditional European charm, not to mention a warm welcome from the locals who are generally surprised and delighted to meet foreign visitors. Find cheap flights to Chisinau, from £348 return, including taxes.4. Skopje (Macedonia) – built on the banks of the Vardar River, the city had to reconstruct 75% of its buildings after a devastating earthquake in 1963, but Skopje boasts an intriguing mix of Christian and Islamic culture, which has spawned a lively and varied society. Visit the Old Bazaar which is the largest in the Balkans, where you can while away a day immersing yourself amongst every kind of curios you can imagine, then take tea and watch veiled women rub shoulders with fashion conscious teenagers. Find cheap flights to Skopje from £393 return, including taxes.3. Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – located in the western Balkans, this city is a great value destination which is said to feel more Middle Eastern than Eastern European. A great mix of Turkish, Austrian and Soviet style, the country is also a great ski destination, having hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Find cheap flights to Sarajevo from £209 return, including taxes. 2. Bern (Switzerland) – eclipsed by Geneva, Bern often gets overlooked by those travelling to Switzerland, a shame seeing it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Surrounded by the snow covered peaks of the Swiss Alps, it has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Truly an architectural marvel, discover the alcoves, towers, arcades and fountains of the old quarters, before sampling Bern’s gastronomic delights in one of its chic restaurants. Find cheap flights to Bern from £101 return, including taxes.1. Podgorica (Montenegro) – some travel experts have lauded Montenegro as a future travel hotspot despite it being largely unknown to British travellers. The spectacular Dajbabe monastery is a must and the seaside resorts of the Adriatic are not far away. Montenegro also boasts the second deepest canyon in the World, as well as the spectacular and spiky Durmitor mountain range where it’s possible to ski during winter. Find cheap flights to Podgorica from £290 return, including taxes.Top ten most undiscovered European capitals based on number of flight searches from the UK on www.Skyscanner.net during summer 2008.To EditorsPermission is granted for this release to be reproduced in full or in part on the condition that Skyscanner.net is credited. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 amazing Eastern European cities you probably haven’t heard of but must seeThere’s much more to discover in Eastern Europe than those old favourites Prague and Budapest. We’ve picked out ten hidden gems that are ideal for a weekend city break or an even longer holiday.Secret Cities 2010: Europe’s 10 least travelled capitalsSecret Cities 2010: Europe’s 10 least travelled capitals7 places to see amazing Christmas trees: in picturesCheck out these seven of the world’s top tinselled trees to get you in the Christmas mood.
RelatedTop 20 travel hacks and money saving tipsYou may be skint, but you can still holiday in style; here’s how.How to stay fit and healthy on holidayHow to stay fit and healthy on holiday7 ways to stay healthy on long haul flights7 ways to stay healthy on long haul flights 1. Holidays are great for your health. Most people work hard and experience a lot of stress, so it’s important not to try to do too much on holiday. Sleep as much as you can – get to bed early, lie in and take naps to help your adrenal glands recover and encourage relaxation.2. Travelling can put a strain on your health and diet. Try to avoid processed and junk food at airports and on the flight. These will give you an immediate sugar rush, followed quickly by an energy slump – when you’ll want to have another sugary snack.3. Plan what you’ll eat on the journey. Take a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts and seeds for snacks. I like Bounce Balls and Nakd bars, both are natural with no added sugar. I usually pack a salad in a Tubberware box to eat on the flight.4. Drink plenty of water, especially when flying. All that air-conditioning and the thin air in the sky really dehydrates your body.5. When on holiday, eat a big healthy breakfast, such as fruit and natural yoghurt followed by eggs or smoked salmon on wholewheat toast. Eat a good lunch plus snacks in the morning and afternoon and try to have a light dinner with no starchy carbohydates (pasta, potatoes or rice).6. Take advantage of local and seasonal food. If you’re staying by the sea, eat lots of fresh grilled fish. Oily fish – including sardines, fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel – is particularly good as it’s rich in Omega 3, which keeps your skin hydrated and encourages healthy digestion as well as weight loss.7. If you do plan a boozy night out, eat plenty of protein first and try to alternate glasses of alcohol with water. A couple of glasses of red wine is the best option. Cava has been found to be good for blood sugar management – it releases its sugar slowly into the body. Cocktails are the worst due to all the sweet mixers and sugar in them.8. Try to eat a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables – oranges, red peppers, green courgettes, yellow sweet corn – to get a wide range of antioxidants.9. Lying in the sun feels great but you only need 10 minutes of unprotected sunshine to get your daily dose of vitamin D. After that you should use sunblock. As we get older, the collagen in our skin breaks down more rapidly, leading to lines, wrinkles and discolouring.10. To prevent the breaking down of collagen, eat lots of purple fruits, such as fresh blackberries, blueberries and black grapes. One study showed that eating tomatoes reduces your risk of turning red in the sun so have a glass of tomato juice – though it’s much safer to use sunblock!Amelia Freer is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and works for the Healthy Holiday Company which offers spa holidays and yoga holidays across Europe.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Nutritional therapist Amelia Freer explains how to stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle on your summer holiday.
You deserve a summer holiday. OK, so you’ve left it a bit late to book this year, but hey, you’ve been busy! Don’t worry – even though we’re entering the peak holiday season, there’s no reason to pay a premium for flights, you just need to follow a couple of rules.First, aim for cities rather than beach destinations: flights to Spanish resorts might be spendy, but flights to places like Dublin or Copenhagen are a snip. And second, check out business hubs: tonnes of flights go to Cologne and Amsterdam, meaning it’s easy to get a bargain. Business doesn’t have to equal boring – here’s our alternative take on some bargain summer destinations.1. Dublin, Ireland from £36*Check pricesFirst-time visitors to Dublin might be surprised by the city’s vibrant café culture. The city might not have the temperatures of the Mediterranean, but it’s certainly got the vibe. Temple Bar is packed with cobbled streets and cool cafés, from the hugely popular Italian café Dunne & Crescenzi to the more traditional Irish Brick Alley Café. Further afield, just by the Grand Canal, you’ll find possibly the best coffee in the city at 3fe.Read more: 11 of the best bars in Dublin RelatedHow to have a family holiday for less than £500It’s not too late to book your August family holiday! We’ve found five holidays in Europe that will set you back less than £500 for flights and accommodation for a family of four, plus a few essentials for any family getaway; ice cream and beer. Check out these amazing value…16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up…Where to go on holiday for short-haul late summer sun in 2017While we’re getting ready for autumn, summer is still in full swing during September and October in many European destinations, including Tenerife, Cyprus and Spain. So don’t panic if you’ve not had your dose of vitamin D yet, a late summer sun holiday is only a short flight away. 2. Cologne, Germany from £38Check pricesPossibly this city’s greatest attraction is the enormous river that bisects it – boat trips along the Rhine are a great way to take in Cologne’s relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a drink or two. And remember we said that business doesn’t have to be boring? Well, if you delay your trip until August, you can witness the great and good of the gaming industry descend on Cologne for Gamescom, the largest video game exhibition in Europe – it makes for a rather more interesting trade show than, say, Hungarotherm in Budapest, the ‘International Trade Exhibition for Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning Technology and Sanitation’ (yes, that is a thing). Gamescom is open to the public, so you can sample all the latest video games for yourself.Read more: 10 best things to do in Cologne3. Copenhagen, Denmark from £61Check pricesSpeaking of trade shows, in July Copenhagen plays host to the Fresh Food Festival, which bills itself as ‘a yearly event that celebrates the principles of raw food’. So if you enjoy eating raw things and being lectured by disturbingly healthy people, Copenhagen has you covered. Fans of debauchery, on the other hand, are encouraged to gorge themselves at the 60 or so independent food stalls of Torvehallerne, followed by a boozy tour of the Carlsberg brewery. Hic.Read more: 9 best things to do in Copenhagen on a budget4. Oslo, Norway from £63Check pricesWhereas Dublin has a laid-back café culture, the Norwegian capital has a ruthlessly hip coffee scene. Oslo-ites take their coffee seriously, and joints like Tim Wendelboe, Supreme Roastworks and Stockfleths compete to provide a supreme cup of joe, as served by world-class baristas. Whatever you do, don’t ask for instant. Once you’ve drunk your fill, haul your caffeine-maxed, jittering body aboard a ferry for a tour of the hundreds of beautiful islands surrounding the city.Read more: Top 10 things to do in OsloTop 10 coffee capitals for caffeine addicts5. Bordeaux, France from £77Check pricesThink of Bordeaux and you’re most likely to think of wine – and indeed, an enjoyable few days can be had touring and sampling the produce of the region’s vineyards – even if you don’t remember any of it afterwards. But it’s also home to some top-notch art: the famous Musée des Beaux-Arts boasts a collection that includes works by Rubens and Titian, but the CAPC museum of contemporary art is equally worth a visit. Until October, the CAPC is home to a fascinating retrospective on the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the director, poet, comic-book writer and mystic (to name a few of his many job titles) who in the 1970s attempted to direct a film version of Dune starring Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger.6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands from £95Check pricesLike Oslo, Amsterdam is famous for its coffee shops – although unlike in Oslo, many visitors don’t go there for the coffee. But away from the city’s most infamous pastime, there’s an array of different things to see and do. Number one on your list should be a boat trip along the famous Amsterdam canals to admire the beautiful architecture of the canal-side houses. Follow that up with a trip to the world-famous Rijksmuseum, featuring artworks by Rembrandt and Vermeer, and end your day with a cocktail in the Skylounge… or a night out clubbing if that’s more your sort of thing.Read more: 10 best things to do in Amsterdam: a local’s guideGet more tips on how to grab a bargain flight:Find cheap flights with the Skyscanner Best Time to Book toolGet the best air fares with Skyscanner Price AlertsThe Skyscanner guide to finding a late deal20 money saving travel tips and secrets*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK between 30 June and 12 July.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Actor and founder of Elsie Fest, Darren Criss, poses for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in New York. Criss will hold the fourth annual Elsie Fest in New York’s Central Park on Oct. 7. The festival, which blends the musical theater and pop music worlds, will feature performances by Tony winner and “Younger” actress Sutton Foster, Rufus Wainwright, Matthew Morrison and more. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) Darren Criss readies festival celebrating musical theatre by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 11:40 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Darren Criss says adding “Emmy winner” to his name feels good since it “used to be Emmy loser.”Criss won best actor in a limited series for his acclaimed role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” last month. He was previously nominated for best original song for writing “This Time” from “Glee.”“Maybe my posture’s gotten a little straighter. It’s certainly a very flattering feather in my cap. I don’t think it means I’m going to work any harder, or work any less harder than I already am,” he said in an interview this week.He’s excited, though, that it could help the music festival he created — Elsie Fest — gain new fans: “If it means more people are interested in taking a chance on something like Elsie, awesome!”The fourth annual Elsie Fest, which blends the musical theatre and pop music worlds, takes place Sunday in New York’s Central Park.“I was the only guy that I knew that had as seasoned of a dual citizenship between this sort of Broadway/cabaret/musical theatre world, which isn’t just about performing; it’s about knowing the people and the culture and where that culture has presence in other areas of culture,” said 31-year-old Criss, who has starred in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” as well as appearing in numerous TV shows and films.“So between that and working in rock venues and actually being a musician and touring places and knowing how to package a tour with an artist, I started seeing these margins of disconnect between worlds that should be pretty similar. These are all artists that are storytellers that have chosen different kingdoms to speak their language. And I started to realize that there was a disconnect and I wanted to put them together.Sutton Foster — who won Tonys for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Violet” and stars on the hit TV series “Younger” — will headline the festival. Other performers include singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, former “Glee” stars Matthew Morrison and Alex Newell, voice actress and singer Jodi Benson, Casey Cott of “Riverdale” fame, three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry and “The Flash” actor Grant Austin. The festival, hosted by Z100’s Elvis Duran, will also feature performances by the cast of the musicals “Be More Chill” and “The Prom” as well as the musical film “Anna and the Apocalypse.” Marie’s Crisis, the West Village piano bar, will host singalongs on its stage.Past Elsie Fest performers included entertainers who have successfully jumped from the Broadway stage to the pop charts to TV and movies, including Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Evan Rachel Wood, Todrick Hall, Lea Michele, Tituss Burgess and Pasek and Paul.“I think three or four years ago it was a pain in the (butt) to try to explain this to people because there was no precedent for it, so not only to festival-goers but to artists and investors there was sort of this uphill climb,” Criss said.“If we were starting a huge rock festival or pop festival, you can reference other things and other models that people can latch on to categorize what we’re trying to do. We’ve set our own precedent and we’re very proud of that and while it was frustrating in the beginning, the proof of concept just worked.”___Online: https://www.elsiefest.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2019 2:47 pm PDT NEW YORK — W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and bestselling author of military novels, has died.Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12 at 89. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details.Himself a military veteran who served in the Korean War, he wrote more than 200 books under W.E.B. Griffin and other names and sold millions of copies. His many popular series included “Badge of Honor,” ”Clandestine Operations” and “Presidential Agent.” More than 20 novels, including the upcoming “The Attack,” were written with his son, William E. Butterworth IV.Griffin started out writing books under his own name, but worried that libraries wouldn’t accept multiple works by the same author in a given year and began using other names.The Associated Press W.E.B. Griffin, prolific military novelist, dead at age 89
Some ideas for treating a favoured newborn like royalty FILE – This July 5, 2015 file photo shows Britain’s Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, with son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram as they arrive for Charlotte’s Christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. Silver Cross, founded in 1877, has been bouncing royal babies in their fancy prams since the birth of King George VI. Prince Charles got around in one when he was born and now the three children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, have shared their Silver Cross ride. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Your sister, best friend or beloved cousin just had her first baby and you’d like to treat your favoured newborn to some luxury. But where to begin?Where you live and how you shop — online only, swanky department stores or exclusive boutiques — will help determine your options, along with the fast-moving local trends where your little “royal” resides.The mindset of baby’s parents also matters. Do they have traditional taste? Are they modernists? Is laid-back chic, chemical free or New Age more their style?In celebration of the upcoming birth of the first baby for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, some gear and gift ideas to get you started:PRAM OR STROLLERWhat does actual royalty use? Well, in Britain it’s usually Silver Cross. Founded in 1877, the company has been bouncing royal babies in their fancy prams since the birth of King George VI. Prince Charles got around in one when he was born and now the three children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, have shared their Silver Cross ride.The company has lots of options if you can’t afford the top of the line, hand-built Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin, for example. It’s available at Harrods for about $4,000, as is the Marie-Chantal Kensington for nearly $2,000. They convert from carry pram to stroller. Silver Cross is available in stores around the world, including the United States.Too rich for your blood, or simply not the right vibe? Go for UPPAbaby (one in the Vista collection with a bassinet runs nearly $1,000) or a fun and funky Bugaboo. The convertible Track collection from Bugaboo sells for up to $2,000 or so, depending on add-ons.ROYAL DUDSLet’s just cut to the chase. While thoroughly modern Meghan may choose less traditional looks for her No. 7 in line for the throne, sister-in-law Kate has some favourite British brands for her brood, including No. 3 Prince George and little sis Charlotte.The bite-size princess, especially, is quite the fashion influencer, with some of her smock dresses selling out in just a few hours. Thrifty Kate does believe in passing down, though she has two boys and a girl.Some of her brands: Amaia (Charlotte’s $184 burgundy coat for her first day of school), Pepa & Co. (George’s whale jumper — think sweater — when he was 3) and My 1st Years, because who can forget that adorable monogrammed robe George sported to meet then-President Barack Obama?Kate’s choices aren’t always hugely pricey, so don’t sweat it.And for Meghan’s royal bundle? Meghan the American. Meghan the Californian. Petit Tresor has all manner of gear, nursery furniture and baby blankets, including monogrammed cashmere blankets with crochet trim for up to $700. Elegant Child of Beverly Hills has a selection of Charlotte-worthy party dresses in the $380 to $480 range.For the feet? Perhaps the Duchess of Sussex will hop on the Freshly Picked bandwagon and outfit her baby in a pair of $60 “it” fringe moccasin-style soft shoes. There’s a wide range to choose from.SILVER SPOONS AND SUCHThere’s always that gift option of a keepsake. Take your pick at Tiffany & Co. for silver spoons, cups and baby brushes. Don’t miss the company’s earthenware banks for $125. They include elephants, pigs and bunnies.Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge and various other royals and celebrities have been spotted at London’s high-end Fortnum & Mason department store. Online, you can find the timeless Harmony Barbell Rattle for 140 British pounds. It’s hand-tuned. It has 16 tones. It’s crafted from German silver with an ample covering of sterling for added strength.How about you hunt down a rare edition of a children’s classic book? Let Abebooks.com drop some knowledge on that. Search the site for the world’s most valuable editions.THAT CALIFORNIA VIBEMarkle has embraced mindfulness as her pregnancy has progressed. Jerico Mandybur is fresh out with “Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach to Self-Care, Healing and Empowerment,” a beautiful deck of illustrated tarot cards published by Hardie Grant and available on Amazon for $22.48. Mandybur shows how to use the ancient cards and practices as healing tools first and foremost.Just how Southern California the Duchess of Sussex will get when it comes to her baby is unknown. The nursery at Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, will reportedly be eco-friendly and gender-neutral in design touches heavy on grey and white.Will that colour scheme take off in baby gifts? Saks Fifth Avenue online sells an Aden (plus) Anais 100 per cent cotton baby blanket, the Dream Serengeti, in a grey print with rhinos for nearly $50.Stella McCartney isn’t a Californian, but she’s feeling “cool California vibes” in the latest from her children’s collection. That includes an adorable grey baby jumpsuit (for any gender) with a green and blue snake wending through, done in 100% organic cotton for $80. There’s a palm tree print in blue, yellow and green on a grey T-shirt for $58.British designer. Check. California cool. Double check.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 8:30 am PDT