Province Explores Options for Cleaner Power Grid

first_img The study is expected to be complete later this year. By 2020, Nova Scotia plans to deliver more clean power through a stronger electricity grid. The province is funding a $300,000 study to examine options to strengthen Nova Scotia’s transmission system, acting on a commitment made last month in the 2009 Energy Strategy to encourage a greener grid. “Nova Scotians want more clean energy, and a stronger power grid can help deliver it,” said Energy Minister Barry Barnet. “Also, stronger grid ties to our neighbours would help everyone to better balance variable energy sources like wind. This study will help Nova Scotia move towards a greener future.” The work builds on a recent wind study that found that Nova Scotia’s ability to surpass 2013 renewable targets will depend greatly on grid connections inside and outside the province. “Nova Scotia’s new targets for 2020 will mean at least 25 per cent of all our electricity will come from renewable sources like wind, tidal, hydro and biomass,” said Mr. Barnet. “To get even more green power, we’ll need to strengthen the power grid connections that bind our province and region together.” Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin will conduct the new study, examining opportunities to expand the grid, and better integrate it with the rest of the Atlantic region, allowing greater access to renewables, large hydro, and other options. Also, the study will look at different system operator alternatives, such as a single regional operator able to balance electricity demand among several provincial partners. Other potential benefits of a stronger grid include: reducing dependence on foreign fuels increasing system stability and reliability cutting greenhouse gas emissionslast_img read more

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Come Meet Your Farmer At the Mall

first_imgShoppers will get a taste of rural life when they visit Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth for the second annual Meet Your Farmer at the Mall event. The event, taking place Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., will feature information booths hosted by local farmers and members of Nova Scotia’s agricultural sector, a farm animal and equipment display, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations with local foods and a local chef. “Meet Your Farmer at the Mall is a great way for people to meet local farmers and food producers face-to-face and to learn more about our agricultural sector,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “This event builds on the success and momentum of Select Nova Scotia, the province’s buy local marketing initiative.” “Meet Your Farmer puts a face on an industry that goes beyond the grocery store,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “By bringing agriculture downtown for a day, Nova Scotia families have a chance to learn about the science and the partnerships that go into helping the agricultural sector produce healthier, safer, high-quality food for all Canadians.” The event, supported by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and affiliated commodity groups, aims to raise awareness about local agriculture and the benefits of buying local food. With about 17,000 people visiting Mic Mac Mall every day, the event is a good opportunity for farmers and consumers to meet and talk about local food and the agriculture industry. “We are looking forward to this event,” said Dennis Boudreau, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Having a chance to meet with consumers in such a unique setting is a real opportunity for us to share our story of the importance of agriculture.” Meet Your Farmer at the Mall ties into Open Farm Day on Sept. 15, when farms across the province will welcome visitors for activities and demonstrations. For more information on both events, visit www.meetyourfarmer.ca .last_img read more

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Ryan Gosling Denis Villeneuve grab nominations at British Academy Film Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Best-director nominations went to Denis Villeneuve for Arrival; Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake; Damien Chazelle for La La Land; Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea; and Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals.Winners of the British trophies will be announced at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 12, two weeks before the Oscars.The BAFTAs differ from their U.S. counterpart in having a separate category for best British film. Nominees are I, Daniel Blake; raucous road trip American Honey; courtroom drama Denial; wizarding adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; documentary Notes on Blindness; and Iran-set horror film Under the Shadow.JILL LAWLESS – The Associated Press Advertisement Philosophical sci-fi yarn Arrival by Quebec director Denis Villeneuve and psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals have nine nominations each for the U.K prizes, known as BAFTAs. The contenders were announced at the British academy’s London headquarters by actors Dominic Cooper and Sophie Turner.Best-picture nominees are La La Land; Arrival; welfare-state drama I, Daniel Blake; Miami coming-of-age story Moonlight; and soul-baring domestic drama Manchester by the Sea. Advertisement Best-actor nominees are Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge; Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea; Jake Gyllenhaal for Nocturnal Animals; Gosling for La La Land; and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.Best-actress contenders are Amy Adams for Arrival; Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train; Stone for La La Land; Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins; and Natalie Portman for Jackie.Among supporting actor and actress nominees are Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, both for Lion; Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water; Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins; and Viola Davis for Fences. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical La La Land quick-stepped into an awards-season lead Tuesday, gaining 11 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.The sweet-tempered Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance is up for best picture, director, actor and actress at the British awards, which are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s prize-giving next month.Gosling’s nomination comes two days after the 36-year-old London, Ont.-native scored a Golden Globe win for his role as a struggling jazz musician in La La Land. It was one of the musical’s record-breaking seven awards nabbed on Sunday. Gosling is also in contention for a Screen Actors Guild Award on Jan. 29.last_img read more

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Atleo faces fire over lack of consulation from Ontario grand chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo is facing accusations of overstepping his authority by holding discussions with Ontario and organizing an energy and mining summit without first consulting First Nations leaders in the province.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy sent a strongly worded letter to Atleo in late March registering his political organization’s displeasure with the national chief for holding meetings with Ontario provincial cabinet ministers and saying the summit in Niagara Falls, ON., would develop a ‘path forward’ on resource development issues.“We find it unacceptable that the Assembly of First Nations would proceed with this summit without consulting with us directly and would enter in to discussions with the above named ministers without our knowledge and in the addition, that the summit is intended to develop a ‘path forward,’” said the March 29 letter from Beardy. “The majority of new mining and energy development in Ontario will take place in NAN territory and the conduct of those developments must and will be under the control of the First Nations in NAN.”Beardy said in the letter that Atleo’s office had been in touch with the Ministers of Energy, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and Aboriginal Affairs. Beardy also said Atleo met with officials with the provincial government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.NAN community territories cover two-thirds of the province.The AFN is holding the summit from June 27 to 29.Atleo has touted the summit as a way for First Nations to share information and hear new ideas on how to deal with the increasing global demand for natural resources and develop green energy projects.“Now more than ever, with the push for green energy and the growing global need for natural and mineral resources, First Nations have the opportunity to build our economies and empower our citizens for the benefit of our communities and future generations,” Atleo is quoted as saying in a brochure advertising the summit.The summit is being held in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians from the United States and the British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council.The summit will have workshops on clean energy projects, carbon credits and the impact of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The brochure shows that there will be presentations from South American Indigenous representatives along with Chinese and German trade officials.In a response letter to Beardy, Atleo said NAN was welcome to make presentations at the summit which the national chief pointed out was announced during the July 2010 annual general assembly in Winnipeg and again during the special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., in December 2010.“The summit is being planned at a critical time with Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which signifies that the world is ready to address Indigenous issues, including the environment,” wrote Atleo, in the May 19 letter.Atleo said he had communicated with federal, provincial and territorial governments about the event, inviting them to participate and contribute funding to “off-set the expense of this event.”Indian Affairs is a sponsor for the event, along with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ontario government’s electricity transmission and distribution company Hydro One, the Mining Association of Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Union Gas and Grand River Enterprises, the Six Nations-based tobacco company.last_img read more

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Kosovo parties find common ground in first round of status talks says

“The kind of matters we discussed are not earth-shattering matters in the political sense, but they are extremely important for the people concerned and we tried to approach this really from a practical point,” Albert Rohan, the Deputy Special Envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the future status of Kosovo said at a press conference in Vienna, where the talks were held.Delegates exchanged views on municipal concerns such as health care, education, culture, social welfare, police and justice, provisions on which will have to be incorporated into any resolution on Kosovo’s future status, according to Mr. Rohan.Future status options could include independence or autonomy for Kosovo where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, and which the UN has administered ever since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting. Serbia opposes independence.Last month, Secretary-General Annan called on Kosovo leaders to work to promote government reform and other key goals in the province, saying he was “seriously concerned” by the slow progress and setbacks between May and December last year.Both parties decided to meet again on 17 March to continue the discussion of decentralization, including such matters as local finance, inter-municipal cooperation and links between Kosovo municipalities and municipalities in Serbia as well as with Belgrade. read more

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Libya Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging but overriding priority must be

“The violence in Tripoli in recent weeks has made the situation more desperate than ever, and the need for action critical”, stressed António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization of Migration (IOM), and Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Disagreements on how to distribute people rescued at sea, led the European Union (EU) to end official Mediterranean Sea patrols earlier this year, as Italy rejected having to take the bulk of those rescued. While the specifics have not yet been outlined, news agencies reported that 14 EU countries have reached a tentative agreement to allocate migrants and refugees more evenly across the bloc.In Paris today, some European states moved closer to a shared, predictable disembarkation mechanism for refugees+migrants arriving across the Mediterranean – now is the time to depoliticize the issue, overcome differences and make practical plans. https://t.co/iQ3oxxKVyc— Filippo Grandi (@RefugeesChief) July 22, 2019 The UN officials advocated for a more orderly release process for those in detention, within urban areas or open centres, “that allow reasonable freedom of movement, shelter, assistance and protection from harm, plus independent monitoring and regular unhindered access for humanitarian agencies”. Considering the risks of abuse, maltreatment or death, “no one should be returned to detention centres in Libya after being intercepted or rescued at sea”, they stressed. They said the renewed commitment from EU States for those making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing was encouraging: “The status quo, where search and rescue operations are often left to NGO [non-governmental organizations] or commercial vessels, cannot continue”, underscored the high-ranking officials, calling for a renewed commitment to an EU State search and rescue operation, “similar to programmes we have seen in recent years”. The “crucial role” of NGOs “must be acknowledged”, they continued and not criminalized or stigmatized for saving lives at sea. “Commercial vessels, who are increasingly being relied upon to conduct rescue operations, must not be requested to transfer rescued people to the Libyan Coast Guard, nor directed to disembark them in Libya, which is not a port of safety”, they spelled out. They said the discussions on establishing a temporary, predictable arrangement for disembarking people after they have been rescued at sea, and sharing responsibility amongst States for hosting them afterwards, were promising, noting that “a joined-up approach to this situation is in everyone’s interests”.,No one should be returned to detention centres in Libya after being intercepted or rescued at sea – UN officials,They both maintained that “brokering a lasting peace in Libya must be the overriding priority”.In the meantime, evacuations and resettlement away from Libya continue to be a vital lifeline for people facing an immediate threat to their lives.  “Greater efforts are needed to address why people leave their homes in the first place”, they stated.,While multiple conflicts in North and Sub-Saharan Africa continue unresolved, and development challenges persist, “some will continue to seek alternatives for themselves and their families”, they said. “The international community should use any leverage it has to bring the warring parties together in dialogue and establish a political solution that restores stability and security”, concluded the UN officials. read more

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Business school increasing accessibility to community services with launch of Goodman Group

To enhance its longstanding relationship with the Niagara community, the Goodman School of Business at Brock University is making community services more accessible through the establishment of Goodman Group.The move will bring together programming for Niagara businesses, students and the broader Brock community, providing them direct access to a full range of learning and development services offered by the School’s faculty, staff and students. It will serve as a hub for the community, while also providing students with real-world, experiential learning opportunities.“This is a very exciting chapter for the Goodman School of Business,” said Dean Andrew Gaudes. “All the projects will engage students, faculty and the community in a matter that provides a rich experience for all parties involved.“We are putting our best researchers into practice in supporting and developing our community, while applying what we advocate when it comes to engaging our students in experiential learning.”Goodman Group will offer:Consulting Services (formerly known as Goodman MBA Consulting)Executive DevelopmentProfessional Development (formerly the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education)Venture Development (formerly BioLinc)Although the formation of Goodman Group is new, the School has an established track record of providing these supports to local businesses, said Goodman Group Director Abdul Rahimi.“Creating Goodman Group allows us to offer the community greater flexibility,” he said. “Depending on the client’s need, we can easily direct them to the business support that aligns with their goals and resources.”Since 2012, local entrepreneurs have been turning to Goodman’s Venture Development (BioLinc) for programming and support to help build their skills and businesses. The School’s rich history in providing consulting services goes back even further to the 1980s.Over the last three years alone, Goodman has provided professional development training to more than 875 community members through programs such as its NextGen Municipal Leadership program, and the Professional Leadership Development Certificate, which runs in collaboration with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC).Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the GNCC, said the most pressing challenge facing Ontario’s businesses today is the availability of skilled talent.“Brock University and the Goodman School of Business are truly ahead of the curve when it comes to creating the talent we need to prosper,” she said. “Creating the Goodman Group is the logical next step in their quest to support and nurture Niagara’s businesses, and shows Brock University’s continued commitment to excellence and to supporting our community.”For more information on Goodman Group’s programs and services visit brocku.ca/goodman-group/ read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 10 Ohio State survives late game scare in 1613

Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor In ChiefHighlighted by the play of some of the younger players on the roster, No. 10 Ohio State’s move to Ohio Stadium proved not to be too big, continuing its win streak to start the season with a 16-13 victory against Bucknell Saturday. This is the third straight season the Buckeyes have started 4-0.Freshman attack Jack Myers, scored seven goals, the most a single player has scored in a game since 2013, and sophomore attack/midfielder Colby Smith added three goals with two assists in the win against the Bison.Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said this game was a launching point for the younger players on the roster. “I think it tells them there is more out there for them,” Nick Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, we did a lot of positive things, and there will be some growth opportunities.”Junior attack/midfield Tre Leclaire added two goals to his team-leading 11 on Saturday, adding one assist. Bucknell struggled to keep up with the Buckeyes scoring despite junior attack Will Yorke getting five goals himself until the fourth quarter where the Bison found a rhythm and caught the Buckeyes off guard, scoring seven of the final nine goals. “They kept fighting, I’m disappointed in the finish but to be 4-0 and get a win at home, puts you in great shape,” Nick Myers said.Ohio State sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio won the faceoff battle, against Bucknell senior faceoff specialist Jarett Witzal, who won .545% of the faceoffs coming into the game. Inacio finished the game winning 20-of-27 faceoffs.The Buckeyes got on the scoreboard quickly, with Smith scoring within the first two minutes. Junior attack Will Yorke would equalize the scoring for the Bison with a long-range goal for his seventh of the season. Jack Myers got two goals for himself later on in the quarter. Ohio State won all four faceoffs in the quarter, which ended with the Buckeyes up 3-1 on Bucknell. “Coach Ross did a great job at getting us organized, simple plan and Jack had a big day, it was kind of the end of the rainbow,” Nick Myers said. Jack Myers said it was a credit to his teammates and his coaches for putting him in a place to be successful. “I was the end of that rainbow,” Jack Myers said. The momentum of the end of the first quarter seeped into the second started, with Myers getting his hat trick to put Ohio State up 4-1. Colby Smith recorded his hat trick in the quarter, helping the Buckeyes double the Bison’s goals in the quarter to make the score 9-4 going into halftime.The third quarter was Myers time to shine. The freshman scored four goals in the quarter and the game looked out of reach with Ohio State leading 14-6 heading into the fourth. The Bison  started to claw back, scoring eight of nine goals to bring the game  within two before senior midfielder Jack Jasinski netted an insurance goal to cement the win. “We had an opponent that kept the pressure on us, good quality lacrosse, we knew that coming in and they finished really strong, and we’ll get better as a result,” said coach Myers.No. 10 Ohio State moves on to take on Marquette on the road at noon on Saturday. read more

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Eight things we learned about Sean Dunne from his bankruptcy

first_imgDave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images4.The sharp-dressing tycoon still spends €457 a month on clothes and has a wardrobe worth €9,000.Mens shopping via Shutterstock5. He is holding on to a $1 million (€780,000) pension pot even if he is declared bankrupt.  The pension from his construction company DCD Builders is not included in the bankruptcy proceedings and is only listed in court documents for “disclosure purposes”.Pension Pot image via Shutterstock6. But he only donates €76 a month to charity.Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images7. Property speculation is not the only slippery slope he’s gone down – he owns €762 worth of ski gear and golf clubs.Ski jump via Shutterstock8. There is still €7,600 worth of furnishings gathering dust in his former home on Shewsbury Road in Dublin 4.Abandoned house via ShutterstockHat tip to Nama Wine Lake for the court documents.Read: Bankrupt developer Sean Dunne reveals liabilities of €718 million>Read: Sean Dunne declares bankruptcy in US > HIS PROPERTY EMPIRE may have come crumbling down around him but Sean Dunne’s spending habits do not seem to have changed.The Baron of Ballsbridge’s financial accounts were laid bare last week in court documents filed as part of his bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.The Carlow-born developer left Ireland soon after the property bubble burst but still owes the taxpayer €185 million from development loans which were transferred to NAMA.The married father of three claims in court filings that his monthly expenses total €16,600, including a €457 budget for clothes.Dunne is also listed as a “project manager” for a company owned by his wife Gayle Killilea where he earns €6,352 a month. While he also brings home €17,000 a month from various property rentals.Declaring himself bankrupt in America means the businessman will be debt free in two years as opposed to the 12 years it would take had he gone through the Irish courts.Lets take a look at how the man behind the failed €57 million-an-acre Jury site now spends his money:1. He owns a watch, wedding band and cuff links worth €5,700.Watch and cufflinks via Shutterstock2. He’s a rugby fan with a ten-year season ticket for the Aviva Stadium.  He is also paying €4,900 for premium seats in Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium.Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images3. He looks after his Mammy’s €690 Sky TV bill.last_img read more

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You can now buy experiences through Airbnb

first_img Apr 2nd 2017, 12:30 PM 17,197 Views By Aoife Barry Short URL Image: Shutterstock/AlesiaKan 12 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3314957 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share68 Tweet Email4 You can now buy ‘experiences’ through Airbnb But are they coming to Ireland? Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 12:30 PM SINCE IT WAS started in 2008, Airbnb has shaken up how we view booking accommodation abroad.Instead of having to book a hotel or B&B, the site enables people to let out their own houses, apartments or even treehouses for short-term lets.But Airbnb hasn’t been without its controversy – some countries are cracking down on how long people can rent out their space for, while here in Ireland guidelines have been issued to local authorities on the use of the site by landlords.Now, the company has been moving from just accommodation towards experiences, launching – you guessed it – Airbnb Experiences. While it has been rolled out in other areas since last year, this week Irish Airbnb users will have received their first email about Airbnb experiences.But will Ireland be included?An Airbnb spokesperson told TheJournal.ie:We are continually experimenting with new markets for Trips. We announced our intention to launch in Dublin back in November 2016 and look forward to sharing more soon.That’s a little less information than we hoped for – but shows that there’s something on the way.Here’s what we do know about Airbnb experiencesThe company says you can “spend just a couple of hours or multiple days with a local expert. You choose what’s best for your schedule. Book everything from short lessons to week-long excursions.”So far, that includes things like:A nighttime entertainment experience in Tokyo, hosted by a man named Tatsuya – which includes dinner, traditional japanese food, and a night on the tiles (for €172). A tasting session of organic wines in Tuscany for €35 per person, or a four-hour walk through the Muir Woods in San Francisco for €48.Let us introduce you to a selection of 5 authentic and organic Tuscan wines of our production and savory organic menu traditional or vegetarian in a cosy and intimate winery owned by our family. Your experience will include an explanation of the characteristics of each wine and the differences between organic and conventional wines . We encourage small groups to make it a more personal experience.The hosts of the experiences don’t have to be Airbnb accommodation hosts.It makes business sense for Airbnb to move beyond accommodation – and it’s savvy too, in that it avoids the issues that the company has had in some countries.In San Francisco – the home of Airbnb – the company has been working to crack down on illegal hosts, after there were concerns that people were evicting tenants to rent out their rooms on Airbnb. Source: Shutterstock/mirtmirtThis year, Housing Minister Simon Coveney met with Airbnb bosses to discuss the role the company plays in Ireland’s rental market. With a 100% rise in the number of hosts in Dublin in just one year, it’s clearly a sector Coveney wants to keep his eye on.He said that he would regulate the site if a “satisfactory arrangement” is not reached over renting.In Berlin, hosts are only permitted to rent out their property for 50% of the year, while Amsterdam has imposed a limit of 60 nights per year. But Coveney hasn’t signalled whether Ireland would adopt a similar approach.The Minister told TheJournal.ie:I would be hopeful we would be able to put in some memorandum of understanding that can make it very clear that those who want to use Airbnb need to do so responsibly.If we get a satisfactory arrangement in place with them, and I think we can, then I don’t think I will need to legislate or to introduce regulations. If we can’t do that, then obviously I will be forced to do that.In 2016, it was ruled that an apartment owner in Temple Bar needed to apply for planning permission if they wanted to continue to rent out their property via Airbnb (doing so had already netted them €79k in one year). Following this, Coveney issued guidelines to local authorities on the issue, with a focus on those in urban areas where the housing and rental crisis is most acute.He told this website that to purchase properties to let them out on Airbnb – effectively using them as B&B or hostel-style accommodation – “in my view, is not the spirit of what should be happening through that platform and I think they [Airbnb] agree with that and we are going to look to try and end that.”Earning powerAirbnb hosts in regional and rural Ireland earned €27 million over the last year, and a report by the company – Home-Sharing: Empowering Regional and Rural Ireland – said that local businesses benefited from new visitors, with guests spending €47 million.The 2016 report also found:In that year, 6,000 hosts in regional and rural Ireland earned an average additional income of €2,700 per household.44% of hosts in the regional and rural report said that they are using the income to make ends meet.In Dublin, 88% of hosts share their primary residence. Outside of Dublin this figure is 64%- Additional reporting Christina FinnRead: Coveney says he will regulate Airbnb if ‘satisfactory arrangement’ not reached over renting> Image: Shutterstock/AlesiaKanlast_img read more

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George Pappas named top Kastellorizian

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2015 Kastellorizian of the Year for 2015 is Mr George Pappas, chancellor of Victoria University and chairman of the influential Committee of Melbourne. The Kastellorizian Assocation of Victoria will honour their distinguished member at an official presentation on 17 October, which coincides with the celebration of the club’s 90th anniversary. Mr Pappas, (nee Georgios Papageorgiou) was born in Rhodes on 11 June 1946 and migrated with his parents to Melbourne in 1952. He completed his early school years at Spring Road Central School, before winning a place at the Melbourne High School. In his matriculation year he was awarded Exhibitions in both Economics and British History, together with General Exhibition, Senior Government and Monash University Scholarships. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics in 1968 and was awarded a Frank Knox Memorial Scholarship to study at Harvard University. He graduated with distinction and soon after began working with the Boston Consulting Group until in 1976 he returned to Australia to form George Pappas and Associates. Joined by former classmates at Harvard – Colin Carter, Ralph Evans and Maurie Koop – Pappas Carter Evans and Koop (PCEK) was formed in 1979. After many successful years, PCEK merged with the global Boston Consulting Group in 1990, with Mr Pappas as vice president and head of the company’s Australian and New Zealand arm. Training Australia’s most promising business minds has been a continuing activity for Mr Pappas, both at PCEK and BCG, combined with his service as chair of the advisory board of the Monash Institute of Medical Research. Mr Pappas was appointed chairman of the Committee for Melbourne in 2005. In this role he leads a group whose members comprise a cross section of the city’s most influential companies and institutions. As chairman of Energy Matters and through his involvement with the Ray Willis Leadership Program at Melbourne High School, Mr Pappas offers ongoing advice to aspiring scientists. Currently he is involved in mentoring a group of young businessmen who are establishing one of Australia’s leading suppliers of clean energy products. Mr Pappas’ term as chancellor of Victoria University ends in December 2019.last_img read more

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Un gros dinosaure dont le cerveau était à peine plus grand quune

first_imgUn gros dinosaure dont le cerveau était à peine plus grand qu’une balle de tennisPubliant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs espagnols ont scanné et étudié les restes fossilisés d’un dinosaure du genre Ampelosaurus, découverts dans leur pays, et constaté la petitesse du cerveau de cet animal. En 2007 sur le site de Lo Hueco (province de Cuenca, Espagne), a été mis au jour un fossile vieux d’environ 70 Ma (Crétacé supérieur) et appartenant à un dinosaure sauropode du genre Ampelosaurus. Mais depuis sa découverte, celui-ci embarrasse les scientifiques espagnols qui se posent des questions quant à l’espèce de l’animal : ce fossile appartient-il à l’espèce Ampelosaurus atacis, la seule connue à ce jour pour ce genre zoologique et dont tous les fossiles, à ce jour, ont été trouvés en France ?Pas nécessairement, répondent les scientifiques. Mais “d’autres fossiles seront nécessaires pour établir que nous avons affaire à une nouvelle espèce”, estime Fabien Knoll, du CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas : le ‘CNRS’ espagnol). En attendant, lui et ses collègues ont soumis le crâne de l’animal au scanner 3D et ont eu une belle surprise. “Ce saurien pourrait avoir atteint 15 m de longueur; néanmoins son cerveau n’allait pas au-delà de 8 cm”, poursuit le chercheur qui ajoute : “L’augmentation de la taille du cerveau n’a pas été favorisée au cours de l’évolution des sauropodes”, comme elle a par exemple pu l’être dans d’autres groupes comme les mammifères ou certains oiseaux.”Ils ont apparemment buté sur quelque chose et sont restés comme cela – l’augmentation de la taille de leur cerveau n’était pas une priorité majeure chez eux”, a expliqué à LiveScience  Lawrence Witmer, paléontologue de l’Université de l’Ohio. Un phénomène qui laisse d’ailleurs et depuis longtemps, les scientifiques perplexes : comment des animaux aussi grands pouvaient-ils vivre avec des cerveaux si petits ? Une oreille interne tout petite À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Peut-être, devrions nous retourner cette question – peut-être ne devrions-nous pas demander comment ils pouvaient fonctionner avec de petits cerveaux, mais ce que font tant d’animaux modernes avec des cerveaux aussi ridiculement larges. Les vaches pourraient être des triples Einstein comparé à la plupart des dinosaures, mais pourquoi ?”, a expliqué Witmer. Reste que ce n’est pas la seule découverte qu’ont faite les chercheurs qui ont également constaté une autre caractéristique : la petite taille de l’oreille interne. Selon Knoll, “ceci peut suggérer que l’ampelosaure n’était pas adapté pour mouvoir rapidement ses yeux, ou bien sa tête et son cou”, l’oreille interne étant notamment impliquée dans l’équilibre. Mais elle joue aussi un rôle dans l’ouïe. “Le fait qu’il avait une petite oreille interne signifie qu’il n’était probablement pas très bon pour entendre les sons transmis par l’air”, a indiqué le chercheur expliquant que son audition passait peut-être par des sons transmis par le sol. Néanmoins, le même examen fait en 2012 sur une autre espèce de sauropode, Spinophorosaurus nigeriensis, avait montré au contraire une oreille interne relativement développée.”Il est tout à fait énigmatique que les sauropodes montrent une morphologie si diversifiée de l’oreille interne alors qu’ils ont un corps de forme très homogène ; d’autres recherches seront certainement nécessaires”, remarque un autre chercheur, rejoignant en cela Fabien Knoll. Les premiers dinosaures sauropodes, végétariens comme l’ampelosaure, sont apparus 160 millions d’années avant ce dernier. Le 25 janvier 2013 à 16:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Foden I dont plan on following Sancho Diaz footsteps

first_imgTeenage star Phil Foden insists he sees himself continuing at Manchester City, despite fellow young prospects Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz both leavingFoden broke into the first-team at City last season in a Champions League match against Feyenoord at just 17 years old and he’s since gone on to make a further 24 appearances.Manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of Foden’s and has already ruled out a loan move for the 18-year-old, despite having never handed him a Premier League start.Nevertheless, Foden has no plans on emulating new Real Madrid signing Diaz and Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho in leaving City for better first-team opportunities.“It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are – it is difficult to get in, but we all try our best,” said Foden, according to FourFourTwo.“It’s up to them [Diaz and Sancho], really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff, so I’m in the right position. I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.“I’m sad to see him [Diaz] go, but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him. He will do well, I know it.“I grew up with him and know his qualities, so I know he’ll do well. Maybe one day I’ll face him in the Champions League.”Foden has made 15 appearances for City this season across all competitions with five of them being starts.last_img read more

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Understanding of laws regarding ecigarettes often hazy

first_imgSmoking has long been banned inside public places. But with the emergence and surging popularity of electronic cigarettes, local public health officials are fielding a common question among business owners: What about vaping?Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that vaporize liquid nicotine, which is then inhaled by the user. The act of using the devices has been coined “vaping.”Theresa Cross, a health educator for Clark County Public Health’s chronic disease prevention program, receives a few calls each month from employers, employees and the public asking about the legality of using e-cigarettes inside private businesses.“The state smoking ban doesn’t cover these devices,” Cross said of e-cigarettes.In December 2005, the Smoking in Public Places law (formerly the Washington Clean Indoor Air Act) went into effect, making it illegal to smoke in all indoor public places and workplaces in Washington. That was before electronic cigarettes appeared on the market. The current state law does not prohibit e-cigarettes or vaping.King and Grant counties have modified their local ordinances to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere cigarette smoking is prohibited. Clark County has prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors but has not placed restrictions on their use by adults.last_img read more

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VMC to launch special drive to check plastic menace in city

first_imgVijayawada: To get rid of the plastic and polythene covers menace in Vijayawada city, the Municipal Corporation has decided to launch a special drive to create awareness on the harmful effects of using polythene carry bags and plastic bags in the city. The civic body will promote the eco-friendly jute bags, cloth bags and paper bags in a phased manner and will take the help of Self-Help Groups, NGOs and other organisations in this regard. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The VMC is planning to enter agreement with some organisations to procure and sell the jute bags to the people on subsidised prices. The jute bags are expensive compared to plastic carry bags. So, the VMC is planning to take initiative and purchase the jute bags in bulk quantities so that it can sell it at cheaper rate on subsidised price. The main objective of this plan is to encourage people to use eco-friendly jute bags. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The VMC staff is facing many hardships due to dumping of polythene covers, plastic bottles and other waste plastic materials in the side drains by denizens. These plastic materials are choking the flow of water in the side drains, which is the root cause of many problems in the city. The VMC has been trying to educate people on avoiding the use of polythene covers, which are used by traders particularly the fruit vendors, grocery shops, flower vendors etc. People too habituated to use these harmful polythene covers and carry bags. Advertise With Us Every day more than 400 tonnes of garbage is lifted from the city to the dumping yards. Polythene covers and plastic carry bags constitute sizeable chunk of garbage across the city. Moreover, many people habituated to dump the garbage covers on the side drains obstructing the flow of sewage waters. To put an end to this menace and to promote eco-friendly jute bags, the VMC is planning to procure jute bags in large quantity and distribute to people on subsidy price, said Prasanna Venkatesh, Commissioner of VMC. He told media the civic body would conduct a series of meetings with the stakeholders and try to create awareness on the benefits of using eco-friendly jute bags, paper bags and cloth bags in the city. He said training will be imparted to Self Help Groups for stitching of cloth bags, which can be made with unused old clothes. Moreover, special training will be given to Self-help groups in making eco-friendly paper bags. The civic body is also planning to increase the capacity of plastic recycling plant located at the excel plant in Ajit Singh Nagar, said the Commissioner Venkatesh.last_img read more

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Adidas and Puma Were Created by Two German Brothers who Hated Each

first_imgIt had the makings of a great novel or movie. The story was based on a successful family business which turned into a vicious rivalry between two brothers. It spanned most of the 20th century, including the Nazi period, as well as a deeply divided town. It all began in a small urban area in Germany in the 1920s. The town was Herzogenaurach. The brothers’ owned a tiny firm called Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Company. They worked out of their mother’s laundry room.The older brother was Rudolph, also known as Rudi, an extrovert, who loved the sales aspect of the business. Adolph, or Adi, was a quiet craftsman, who designed and produced the shoes.Adidas storefrontLike many of their fellow citizens, the brothers joined the Nazi party after Adolph Hitler came to power in 1933. Their shoe business remained modest until 1936. In that year, Germany hosted the Olympics.In an ironic twist, the two party members got legendary African-American runner Jesse Owens to wear their running shoes while competing. Owens went on to win four gold medals during the games. The exposure of their product gave Dassler Shoes a huge boost in sales.Jesse Owens with his record-setting long jump, wearing Dasslers’ shoes, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R96374 / CC-BY-SA 3.0Despite or because of their success, tensions between the brothers grew. Apparently, their wives did not much like each other from the beginning. Things got worse from there.There were various incidents that pushed them further apart. The story goes that during an Allied bombing, Rudi and his wife were already sitting in a shelter.When Adi and his spouse arrived, Adi made a comment about the town getting bombed again. Rudi supposedly mistook Adi’s comment as a personal attack against him.Sculpture of Dassler in the Adi Dassler Stadium. Photo by Maxim560 CC BY-SA 3.0Later, Rudi was called up to fight in the German army. Rudi was convinced that Adi and his wife had deliberately planned to get him sent to the front and killed. Rudi was arrested twice, first by the Nazis for deserting his post, then later by the Allies. Rudi blamed all of this on Adi. Meanwhile, as Rudi was stuck as a prisoner of war, Adi began selling shoes to American military servicemen.Bad feelings remained and the company was divided in half in 1948, including all assets and employees. Adi named his new company “Adidas”, a combination of his first and last names. Rudi first named his company “Ruda”, and then changed it to the sporty-sounding “Puma”.PUMA sponsored Gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos (right) showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200 m race at the 1968 Summer Olympics; both wear Olympic Project for Human Rights badges.Two competing shoe factories were built, on opposite sides of the town. Herzogenaurach’s economy was soon dominated by rival companies — most of the population in the town by this point was working for either Adidas or Puma.The town was rigidly divided by company loyalty. Marrying or dating anyone from the rival company was forbidden, and there were businesses that would serve only Adidas or Puma customers. It was said that people in Herzogenaurach would first look down and check your shoe brand before deciding whether to start a conversation.Meanwhile, both companies prospered for a while. Rudi and Puma had better sales staff, while Adi and Adidas were stronger at technical components and relationships with athletes. Adidas generally had the upper hand financially over Puma.Puma in the New Jersey Outlet shopping areaWhile competing intensely against each other, a newer company would eventually come along to dominate the athletic sports shoe industry. That upstart company was Nike, causing both Adidas and Puma to go into decline.Read another story from us: Icon of the Fashion Industry Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85 – Tributes Pour InBy the early 2000s, both brothers had passed away. They were buried at opposite ends of the same cemetery in town, with as much distance as possible between them. In a symbolic gesture to end the longstanding feud, in 2009, members of both companies agreed to play a relatively friendly game of soccer against each other.last_img read more

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How tumblr helped this nonbinary young person learn to love themselves

first_imgNon-binary people often use gender neutral pronouns | Photo: theyspace Instagram How I’m fighting the feminists who are crowdfunding money for transphobiaHow much of our gender is a performance?Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/non-binary-blog/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) My name is Lisa, but most people probably know me as ‘nonbinaryproblems.’ GAYSTARNEWS- That is the handle for my blog (on Tumblr) where I write about, quite literally, non-binary problems.I talk about how I deal with dysphoria, ignorance and accepting myself. So basically just anything else in my life that relates to my gender identity.When I first started my blog, I was really only looking for a place to vent.I never thought I would gain the followers that I have now or that I’d have such a big impact on people.A few years ago I was just a lost, confused 14 year old wishing I had someone to talk to about what I was feeling.Now I get to be that person for so many people and that constantly blows my mind.The amount of messages I get asking for advice is crazy.All I’ve ever wanted to do is help people who are going through the same thing that I did and now I’m getting that chance. I’ve helped people figure out their pronouns, their gender, and how to come out.But I think the most important thing I’ve done is help people accept themselves and their identity.Photo: nonbinaryproblems tumblrIt’s like trying on clothes…I have gotten a lot of asks and messages from people but there was one in particular that stuck out to me.Someone asked me if it was normal to change their gender/sexuality or be confused about it and that question really hit home for me.I went through a few identities myself before I decided on non-binary and that was something I asked myself everyday. I thought I was supposed to get it right on the first try but I soon learned that wouldn’t be the case.Since then I have realized that if you go through a few identities before finding what fits for you then you couldn’t be more normal.It’s like trying on clothes. You’re lucky if you find your size on the first try.I love my blog because my writing helps others but I also love it because its therapeutic for me.When I don’t have anyone to talk to in real life I can turn to my followers and I’ll know that someone will understand what I’m experiencing. I have found a sense of community here and it’s so incredible. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The people that I’ve spoken to have changed my life more than I could ever imagine.I’ve had people stand up for me and reassure me that they would be there for me just as I am for them. I’ve had people come to me for help and then turn around and help me right back.Everyone has been incredibly kind to me and supportive of my blog. I love all of my followers and I am so proud of each and every one of them for overcoming everything that they have to get out of the closet.Photo: nonbinaryproblems tumblrI used to hate being non-binary…Everything I write, I try to turn into some sort of lesson that other people can learn from.I am always trying to find and appreciate the good parts of my life. Because for so long, I wasn’t able to do that!I used to hate myself and my identity. But, that very fact that has shaped me into who I am today.It helped me realize how important being happy is and how I never want anyone else to go through what I did.So whenever I have a bad day- whether that be because of my dysphoria or because someone called me a slur- the first thing I do is turn to my blog because there is probably someone who went through the exact same time. And if I can do even the smallest thing to help them I will.It’s still unbelievable to me that I’m as out and proud as I am.The fact that I can say with confidence and without fear that I am non-binary and that my pronouns are they/them still baffles me sometimes.For a while I didn’t think I would get to this point but I did because I had help.I was previously inspired by other people who spoke out about their identity and their experiences. And now, I get to be that person!A quote that I live by- especially in regards to my blog is:‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ – GandhiPhoto: nonbinaryproblems tumblrlast_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… 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 The policy draft would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to specify appropriateness criteria from among those developed/endorsed by national professional medical specialty societies (such as the ACR) or other entities. The secretary must also identify mechanisms, such as clinical decision support (CDS) tools, by which ordering professionals could consult these appropriate use criteria. CDS systems in Minnesota and at Massachusetts General Hospital have been shown to cut down on duplicate and/or unnecessary scanning and their associated costs.  “We look forward to continuing our work with Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other stakeholders to arrive at medical imaging policies that make sense in terms of quality, access and appropriateness,” said Ellenbogen. “The provisions in this congressional policy draft are a strong first step in that process,” Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  In addition to the provisions associated with appropriateness criteria, there are many provisions in the policy draft related to an SGR replacement. ACR will review those additional provisions in the days to come and provide feedback to Congress, CMS and other stakeholders. 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 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 Studies show that imaging exams reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, shorten length of stay and are directly linked to greater life expectancy. A recent Neiman Institute Report, a study in Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) and a Moran Company report show Medicare imaging use and imaging costs are down significantly. Medicare spending on scans today is the same as it was in 2003, and the Health Care Cost Institute reports that imaging is the slowest growing of all physician services among the privately insured. Use of appropriateness criteria can help streamline the ordering of these services.  Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Feature | November 06, 2013 SGR Replacement Policy Draft Endorses Use of Appropriate Use Criteria in Medical Imaging Ordering Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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 For more information: www.acr.org, www.healthcostinstitute.org, www.rightscanrighttime.org, www.jacr.org 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. “Use of appropriateness criteria in the ordering of exams can educate providers regarding which scan is best for the patient’s given condition and even when no exam is warranted at all,” said Ellenbogen. “This can help ensure that every patient who needs imaging care gets the right exam at the right time for the right indication and avoids care that they may not need. This is what modern imaging care is all about. We look forward to working with Congress to help move this process forward.” 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 “This landmark step by Congress is a validation of a cornerstone of the College’s Imaging 3.0 initiative that increases quality of imaging care and preserves health care resources. We strongly urge Congress to follow this approach which helps medicine transition from volume-based to quality-based care without interfering in the doctor-patient relationship,” said Paul Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair, ACR Board of Chancellors.  November 6, 2013 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) applauded a joint Senate Finance and House Committee on Ways and Means’ proposal to require ordering physicians to consult appropriateness criteria for advanced imaging services provided to Medicare patients. The provision, included in a draft policy to replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, would deny Medicare payment for the exam if appropriateness criteria were not consulted by the ordering physician and require prior authorization for outlier providers whose ordering is inconsistent with that of their peers.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read morelast_img read more

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ACV resuming flights to Cayo Coco and Santa Clara following hurricane

first_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has announced that it will resume flights to Cayo Coco (CCC) and Santa Clara (SNU) this December, confirming that “it’s business as usual in Holguin and Varadero”.Montreal-Cayo Coco will resume on Dec. 24, while Montreal-Santa Clara starts Dec. 20. From Toronto, Cayo Coco will resume on Dec. 19, and Santa Clara on Dec. 23.According to the tour operator, both Holguin and Varadero are fully restored following Hurricane Irma. Flights to Varadero have already resumed from Montreal and Toronto. Flights to Holguin from Montreal are operating normally and flights from Toronto will commence on Oct. 29.For cruise passengers, flights from San Juan will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays, commencing as planned from Toronto on Oct. 29, and from Montreal on Dec. 16.In addition, Air Canada Vacations will be increasing capacity to Sun destinations for the remainder of 2017, including:Montreal-Cozumel: One additional flight as of Oct. 16; one additional flight between Oct. 28 and Dec. 9Montreal-Holguin: One additional flight as of Oct. 20; one additional flight between Nov.6 and Dec. 11Montreal-Punta Cana: One additional flight between Nov. 1 and Dec. 13Montreal-Cancun: One additional flight between Oct. 6 and 27Toronto-Montego Bay: One additional flight as of Oct. 20; two additional flights on Fridays and Saturdays between Oct. 20 and Dec. 15Toronto-Puerto Vallarta: One additional flight between Nov. 6 and Dec. 11Toronto-Cancun: One additional flight between Nov. 4 and Dec. 9More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAir Canada Vacations is also adding the following flights for the 2017 holiday period:Montreal-Cozumel: Dec. 23 & 30Montreal-Holguin: Dec. 18 & 25Montreal-Montego Bay: Dec. 19, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018Montreal-Punta Cana: Dec. 20 & 27Montreal-Varadero: Dec. 21 & 28Toronto-Cancun: Dec. 16 to 30Toronto-Montego Bay: Dec. 20 to 29Toronto-Punta Cana: Dec. 21 & 28Toronto-Varadero: Dec. 18 & 25Travellers have until the end of the month to book their package to Mexico or the Caribbean and benefit from an early booking bonus of $150 per adult, and $100 off per child, as well as eight days of free airport parking in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Monday, October 16, 2017 Posted by ACV resuming flights to Cayo Coco and Santa Clara following hurricane Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Cuba << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Japan police seek motive for selfimmolation on bullet train

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Japanese police search the apartment of the man who set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train Tuesday on a famed Japanese Shinkansen bullet train, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The man killed himself and another passenger. The shocking incident Tuesday occurred as the super-express train approached Odawara, just west of Tokyo, as it headed to Osaka. (Kyodo News via AP Photo) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Wednesday searched the apartment of the man who set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train, killing himself and another passenger, as officials sought clues to his motive.Investigators identified the man as 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki. He poured an oil-like liquid over himself and set fire to it at one end of a train car on Tuesday, filling the coach with smoke and killing himself. A 52-year-old female passenger died from suffocation after suffering throat burns. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Investigators searched his apartment in Tokyo, looking for clues to his actions. Television video showed them carrying out cardboard boxes filled with confiscated items. Police said they haven’t determined the motive.Japanese media quoted his neighbors as saying he had repeatedly complained that his meager pension was barely enough to live on.As the nation tried to recover from the shocking incident, transport officials met with bullet train operators to seek ways to tighten security without affecting the efficiency of the trains.Transport Minister Akihiro Ota told the meeting that it would be important to step up luggage controls, also as part of anti-terrorism and fire-prevention efforts.The 16-car bullet train, called shinkansen in Japanese, travels the 553 kilometers (343 miles) between Tokyo and Osaka in 2 hours and 33 minutes.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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