Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts

first_img( — Scientists have discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump. Because the pump is based simply on temperature differences and has no moving parts, it could provide reliable and precise control of gas flow for a variety of applications, such as gas-sensing breath analyzers and warfare agent detectors. Mechanical engineers Naveen Gupta and Yogesh Gianchandani from the University of Michigan have published their study on the zeolite gas pump in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. The researchers used a type of zeolite called clinoptilolite that, like all zeolites, contains billions of nanopores which a gas can flow through. The nanopores in clinoptilolite are packed much more densely than could be achieved through lithographic techniques, and so the mineral can enable a higher rate of gas flow.“Unlike zeolite gas pumps, most of the traditional micropumping mechanisms have moving parts,” Gupta told “As we go smaller in size, the ratio of the surface area to volume of the parts increases, which results in increased frictional losses of power. Larger frictional forces result in increased wear and tear in the devices, which affects the reliability of the system adversely.”Using clinoptilolite, the engineers built a gas pump that operates on the principle of thermal transpiration, the phenomenon that gas molecules drift from the cold end to the hot end of a narrow channel. Their handheld-size gas pump, called a Knudsen pump, consisted of a thin, flexible heater in the center, sandwiched between two thin pieces of the porous mineral. The researchers added pieces of perforated aluminum between the layers to maintain a uniform temperature. Finally, the entire assembly was sandwiched between two pieces of insulating polyvinyl chloride (PVC).The pump operated on 296 mW/cm2 of power, and contained two inlet ports for the gas to enter at opposite ends of the device. When the heater started operating, cold gas molecules from the inlet ports began drifting through nanopores in the zeolite mineral toward the heater in the center. The gas quickly flowed out through a central outlet port, and could be used for a specific application.As the researchers explained, the thinner the nanopores (or nanochannels) through which the gas flowed, the higher the pressure at which the pump could operate. Using the zeolite’s large number of thin nanochannels, the device could pump gas at a high flow level. These nanochannels were so thin (in this case, about half a nanometer), that they were thinner than the mean free path of the molecules at atmospheric pressure, resulting in “free molecular gas flow.” “The free molecular regime is a name given to the gas flow conditions in which the mean free path of the gas molecules is much larger than the characteristic length of the channel,” Gupta explained. “Unlike the case for the continuum gas flow regime, in the free molecular regime the gas molecules bounce against the channel walls much more frequently than they bounce against each other. Under these conditions, the wall interaction dominates and tends to cause the molecules to drift from the cold end to the warm end of the channel.” Clinoptilolite, which has a greenish-white color, is one of the most abundant zeolites, and is also inexpensive, easily accessible, and mechanically strong. Along with having no moving parts, these advantages may make the pump useful for various purposes. “These miniature pumps may someday be useful for a variety of applications ranging from ventilation to vacuum pumping,” Gupta said. “They may also assist as gas reservoirs and gas separation elements in miniature or handheld system diagnostic. However, the Knudsen pumping technology is still evolving and will need quite a bit of effort before it gets there.”More information: Gupta, Naveen K. and Yogesh B. Gianchandani. “Thermal transpiration in zeolites: A mechanism for motionless gas pumps.” Applied Physics Letters 93, 193511 (2008).Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further This exploded view of a zeolite-based gas pump shows how gas flows through nanoporous zeolite from the cold to hot areas via thermal transpiration. The two zeolite disks are 2.3 mm thick and 48 mm in diameter. Image credit: N. K. Gupta and Y. B. Gianchandani. Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid Citation: Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts (2008, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Aging worker termites explode themselves in suicide missions

first_img Termites travel with fungi as take-away food 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Blue and white workers of Neocapritermes taracua. The picture shows a soldier, two white workers (ww) and two blue workers (bw) with two blue spots between their thorax and abdomen. Image courtesy of R. Hanus © 2012 Play This movie shows one worker of Neocapritermes taracua rupturing its body after being attacked by workers of Embiratermes neotenicus. The worker emit a ball-like droplet of haemolymph (marked with the red arrow), together with a part of its internal organs, such as the intestine (visible as the dark spot). Before body rupture, a pair of blue crystals is easily distinguishable in the N. taracua worker, but these crystals rapidly dissolve in the droplet of haemolymph and disappear. Video courtesy of R. Hanus The team reported that the blue crystalline material is probably a hemocyanin protein (which has a similar function to hemoglobin in mammals, carrying oxygen around the bloodstream). The protein is rich in copper, which makes the crystal blue. Team member, PhD student Thomas Bourguignon of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, said that the blue crystals mix with the products of the salivary gland and make them toxic. The researchers found that when a worker with blue spots was attacked by invading termites, it ruptured its body wall, releasing the contents of the blue pouches, which mixed with salivary fluid to form a drop of chemical so toxic that it paralyzed or killed most of the invading termites that touched it. The blue-spotted worker termites died in the process. Workers with no spots also burst when threatened, but less readily and less effectively since the toxins released were much less potent than that from the blue spots. Journal information: Science More information: Explosive Backpacks in Old Termite Workers, Science 27 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6093 p. 436 DOI: 10.1126/science.1219129ABSTRACTBy nature, defensive behavior is risky. In social insects, such behavior is more likely to occur in individuals whose potential for other tasks is diminished. We show that workers of the termite Neocapritermes taracua develop an exceptional two-component suicidal apparatus consisting of copper-containing protein crystals, stored in external pouches, and internal salivary glands. During aggressive encounters, their bodies rupture, and the crystals react with the salivary gland secretion to produce a toxic droplet. Both the amount of defensive substances and the readiness to explode increase with workers’ age, as their food-collecting ability declines.center_img Explore further An international team of researchers, led by Robert Hanus and Jan Šobotník of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, looked at Neocapritermes taracua termites, native to French Guiana, and discovered that many of the workers had varying sizes of blue spots on their backs. The blue spots are external pouches containing copper-containing proteins secreted by specialized glands located on top of the salivary glands. When the researchers picked up the termites using forceps, they were surprised to find they burst, releasing a toxic sticky droplet along with fragments of intestines and internal organs. Blue and white workers of Neocapritermes taracua. The picture shows two soldiers, two white workers (ww) and three blue workers (bw) with two blue spots between their thorax and abdomen. Image courtesy of R. Hanus The team tested the effectiveness of the toxins by dabbing a drop of fluid on the bodies of enemy termite species. They compared the blue liquid of the older workers (containing the crystals and products of the salivary gland), the liquid with the blue crystals removed, salivary fluid from younger workers, and the same fluid with blue crystals added. They found the most toxic was the blue liquid from the older workers, and next in line was young workers’ salivary fluid mixed with blue crystals.The study also demonstrated that the number and size of the blue pouches increased with the workers’ age. The workers’ capacity to do other work such as gathering food diminishes with age, and as they become less useful to the colony in other ways, and less able to defend the colony using their jaws, their capacity to act as suicidal defenders of the colony increases along with their willingness to sacrifice themselves.Suicidal explosive behavior has been seen before in termites, but the contents of the intestine are usually expelled rather than toxins as found in the N. taracua termites, and the enemy termites are usually inconvenienced and slowed down rather than killed. Citation: Aging worker termites explode themselves in suicide missions (2012, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A new study of termites has revealed that older workers are equipped with suicide packs of chemicals on their backs to fight off intruders.last_img read more

Samsung rowing harder and faster for flexible screen production

first_img More information: … 116392091283994.html 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. Expectations are that Samsung, as part of the grand mix, is to start mass production of smartphone screens using bendable plastic rather than glass. According to the WSJ report, Samsung’s flexible displays will incorporate OLEDs.Analysts believe the move into mass production would be a real business advantage as smart-device makers in competition with Samsung scramble for attention and market share with their designs and feature sets. Some of the reasons why a Samsung customer would favor plastic rather than conventional glass would be lightness and durability. As for Samsung, the technology could also help lower manufacturing costs as well as differentiate its products from rivals, said an analyst at Shinyoung Securities in the WSJ report. Explore further Samsung readies first batch of super-thin bendable AMOLED displays (—Is Samsung getting ready to release a line of flexible displays made of glass-replacing plastic? The right words in response may be “well, finally,” or “well, maybe.” The Wall Street Journal has talked to a source who said that Samsung, in the words of the WSJ subheading, “Plans to Mass Produce Flexible Mobile-Device Screens” in the first half of next year. The source was not named and was only described as “a person familiar with the situation.” Samsung has tantalized techies and consumers with its futuristic videos showing a beautiful-life day using wearable wrist computers, auto dashboard display screens, location-finding smartphones, and wall mounted computer screens of plastic rather than glass. © 2012 Citation: Samsung rowing harder and faster for flexible screen production (2012, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Hopes that Samsung would not miss the 2012 mark in flex displays for television were shelved this year with reports of problems preventing release of the 55-inch OLED TVs. The idea had been to sell them in time for the London Olympics.Samsung is considered one of the leaders in OLED display research and the leader in (Active Matrix) AMOLED, where a transistor next to each pixel brings faster response time. OLED Displays are thinner, more efficient and offer better picture quality than LCD or Plasma displays.As for smartphones, back in March, analysts were already talking about how Samsung was looking at its plastic-backed AMOLED devices to make lightweight, ultra-thin phones with foldable screens. Analysts said they expected to see Samsung apply plastic substrate-based, bendable or curved displays for smartphones with the first products carrying a design where a screen is folded over the edges of a phone, so that the display continues on to the sides. The display would be unbreakable.Samsung claims that by 2014, 50 percent of cell phones might have AMOLED displays, and by 2015 it could become the main TV panel technology.last_img read more

Earliest evidence of life found 349 billion years ago

first_img How to Find Signs of Life on Mars 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. Stromatolites. Credit: Macquarie University The scientists, led by Associate Professor Nora Noffke of the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, did not strictly find fossils of that age, but actually found web-like patterns criss-crossing the surfaces of the Pilbara sandstone. Dr. Noffke calls the patterns and textures Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures (MISS) and said the structures were created by a complete ecosystem of different types of bacteria living in the Archean eon (roughly 3.8 to 2.5 GA) almost three-and-a-half billion years ago. The Pilbara region is a popular area for scientists searching for traces of early life on the planet because the ancient sedimentary rocks are extremely well preserved. The rocks were originally sand, and the region was originally a coastal plain. The sand was then built up into microbial mats by microbes, and over time the sand turned to rock and preserved the bacterial mats and structures such as MISS.A separate group of scientists working in the Pilbara published a paper last year describing their find of microbial fossil traces dated at around 3.4 billion years old. Similar fossils have also been found by Noffke’s group in sedimentary rocks in South Africa, but these were dated at 2.9 billion years old.Noffke’s team measured the carbon content in the rock and examined the ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12. In non-living sources the ratio is around 1:99, while in photosynthesizing bacteria and other living organisms there is even less C13. Noffke and her group found the ratio in their samples was consistent with organic carbon. Unfortunately, there were no traces of preserved fats, proteins or fossilized microbes to definitely confirm the material is from living organisms.Microbial mats still form today in a few places such as the Pilbara. They contain mats of photosynthesizing cyanobacteria that produce food for use by themselves and other bacteria in the mat, and they also produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are believed to have created the Earth’s oxygen around 2.4 billion years ago. Dr. Noffke said her findings could help in the search for signs of early life on other planets, by giving more information on what to look for, as explained in an earlier Phys.Org article.Dr. Noffke presented the paper at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, North Carolina in November. (—A group of US researchers studying some of the oldest rocks in the world in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, say they have found the oldest traces of life on Earth, dated at 3.49 billion years old. More information: A MICROBIAL ECOSYSTEM IN AN ANCIENT SABKHA OF THE 3.49 GA PILBARA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AND COMPARISON WITH MESOARCHEAN, NEOPROTEROZOIC AND PHANEROZOIC EXAMPLES, … ram/Paper205981.htmlAbstractGerald Friedman’s actualistic research on microbial processes in modern coastal sabkhas has opened the path of understanding of ancient microbial biota. Some of Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks exposed in the Pilbara area of Western Australia include a mixed carbonate-evaporite-siliciclastic coastal sabkha. In the present day such sabkhas are widely colonized by microbial mats. Interacting with sedimentary processes such as erosion or evaporate crystal growth the microbial mats generate biogenic structures such as stromatolites or MISS. In the Pilbara area of Western Australia stromatolites occur which belong to the oldest fossils in Earth history. However, there also exists a plethora of well preserved MISS. These structures represent an entire ecosystem of surprising diversity. Actualistic comparison of fossil and modern biogenic structures and their facies-related distribution in sabkha settings points towards the presence of microbial communities in the Paleoarchean time highly similar to those we are familiar with today. Citation: Earliest evidence of life found: 3.49 billion years ago (2013, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species Explore further Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Eran Amichai et al. Calling louder and longer: how bats use biosonar under severe acoustic interference from other bats, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2064AbstractActive-sensing systems such as echolocation provide animals with distinct advantages in dark environments. For social animals, however, like many bat species, active sensing can present problems as well: when many individuals emit bio-sonar calls simultaneously, detecting and recognizing the faint echoes generated by one’s own calls amid the general cacophony of the group becomes challenging. This problem is often termed ‘jamming’ and bats have been hypothesized to solve it by shifting the spectral content of their calls to decrease the overlap with the jamming signals. We tested bats’ response in situations of extreme interference, mimicking a high density of bats. We played-back bat echolocation calls from multiple speakers, to jam flying Pipistrellus kuhlii bats, simulating a naturally occurring situation of many bats flying in proximity. We examined behavioural and echolocation parameters during search phase and target approach. Under severe interference, bats emitted calls of higher intensity and longer duration, and called more often. Slight spectral shifts were observed but they did not decrease the spectral overlap with jamming signals. We also found that pre-existing inter-individual spectral differences could allow self-call recognition. Results suggest that the bats’ response aimed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and not to avoid spectral overlap.center_img (—A trio of researchers with Tel-Aviv University has found that bats produce calls that are longer and more intense when among a crowd of others of their own kind as a means to hear themselves among the din. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Eran Amichai, Gaddi Blumrosen and Yossi Yovel describe lab experiments they conducted with trained bats to learn more about how bats contend with noise from surrounding bats. © 2015 Citation: Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by other bats (2015, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Bats famously use echo-location to avoid colliding with objects while flying and to zero in on moving prey such as insects, but how do they recognize their own echoed pings when traveling or hunting with a large group of other bats, all of whom are sending out pings of their own, creating a lot of competing noise? That is what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn. Some have suggested that the bats simply change the frequency of their tone, so that it can be differentiated from other bats, but no one had ever tested this theory.To learn more, the researchers trained several bats to land on a roost on command, and then set up speakers connected to a bat-sound emitting source next to the roost to mimic different numbers of bats in the area. They then listened in as the test bats changed their tones in response to the noise levels they encountered. The researchers found that the bats tended to increase the duration of the calls they made and to make them more intense when there were many competing tones from other bats, which the team termed severe interference. And contrary to conventional theory, they found little evidence of spectral shifts—when they did occur they did not decrease overlap with competing tones. The researchers refer to the noise made by several bats emitting noise at the same time as jamming, because, quite naturally it could lead to problems with individual bats hearing their own tones, which could be problematic during such events as landing—the researchers found that when the bats attempted a landing on a quiet roost, they generally produced short calls to ensure a soft landing. When approaching a noisy roost, on the other hand, they shifted to producing near continuous high intensity calls.last_img read more

Eat up Dilli style

first_imgThe festival will be inaugurated by D.M Spolia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 23 December.This festival will offer culinary delights of Purani Dilli. The festival was started in the year 2010 and, since then Delhi Tourism organises Dilli Ke Pakwaan every year. The event has been receiving encouraging response from Delhiites and foreign tourists alike. The festival will have vendors from Purani Dilli who will showcase their expertise in grafting some of the most delectable, mouth watering cuisines. Visitors will be able to savor the Mutton Korma, Chicken Tikka, Kabab, Special Chaat, Hot Jalebi, Ice Candy, various flavors of kulfi, Daulat ki chaat, puri aloo chaat, rabri falooda, firni and many more. There will be more than 150 varieties of food on offer for the visitors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The entrance gates of the Dilli ke Pakwaan venue will be designed in the shape of a samosa and malai tikka. There will be theme corners where visitors will be able to enjoy the taste and also get a vivid glimpse of its culture and tradition.Renowned chefs will be giving interactive sessions on cooking besides various competitions for the visitors, such as best recipe and best food lover will also be held during the seven day event.Another addition to this year’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is that a special kid’s zone will be designed for the children. Various competitions will also be held for children in that zone.To embark the history of Delhi the entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhi charm. Cultural performances will bring Dilli Ke Pakwaan alive along with appetizing regional food and street food.Delhi food has always been an amalgamation brought in by people who have migrated to the city and settled. The original food of Delhi mainly refers to the days of Shahjahanabad. This festival is the celebration of this social and cultural diversity.Dilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is one event that is a testimony that despite modernity and the thriving fast food culture, traditional street food is still the flavor any day.last_img read more

ER to run 10 pairs of AC summer specials

first_imgKolkata: For the convenience of passengers, Eastern Railway will run 10 pairs of AC weekly superfast summer special trains between Sealdah and Kamakhya stations via Dankuni. 02261 Sealdah-Kamakhya AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Sealdah station on every Friday between May 4 and June 29 at 23.55 hrs to reach Kamakhya at 18.35 hrs on the next day, while 02262 Kamakhya-Sealdah AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Kamakhya station on every Saturday between May 5 and June 30 at 23.05 hrs to reach Sealdah at 17.45 hrs on the next day. The trains will have only air-conditioned accommodation.last_img read more

6 pins removed from pvt part of 30yrold

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old mentally retarded man from Bihar was successfully operated upon at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan on Saturday where the doctors removed as many as six pins from inside his penis.The victim was brought to the hospital from Siwan district in Bihar last Monday after he complained of pain inside his private part. After conducting X-Ray, the doctors were perplexed to see pins inside his penis. He also faced difficulties while urinating. The doctors decided to conduct the surgery on Saturday. They first performed microsurgery through which they removed two pins. They had to cut open a small portion from his lower abdomen to remove the other four pins. The operation was not easy as his veins could have been affected. Adequate measures were taken while conducting the surgery so that no injury occurs while removing the pins. The patient told the doctors that he had inserted the pins into the urinary tract when he used to feel an itching sensation inside his penis. The patient has been stated to be in stable condition and recovering well.last_img read more

Top BJP ministers attend RSS meet Oppn questions govts accountability

first_imgFormer J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at the RSS over its coordination meeting with the BJP and questioned how it could be called a ‘social organisation’. “So the RSS is doing a 3-day performance appraisal of the Modi government. Anyone else want to tell me that they are a ‘social organisation’?” he tweeted. There was speculation that the demand for ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP), over which ex-servicemen have been agitating in the national Capital was discussed on the sidelines of the three-day coordination meeting.  Also Read – K’taka cabinet expansion on August 20Governance issues such as the Land Bill and the Patel reservation agitation in Gujarat and recent census figures are also on the list of items to be deliberated.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the event on its last day (Friday). Wednesday’s deliberations were attended by Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar besides party chief Amit Shah and some other ministers.  Also Read – Torrential rains lash northern states, alert sounded in PunjabRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presided over the meeting, which was attended by representatives of 15 Sangh associates – Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangathan. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who has been deputed by the RSS to the party, said there would be no discussion on OROP, adding that the government is seized of the matter.“The meeting is about how we should move ahead into the future. It’s not about any review of the government or any policy and programmes,” he said. Sources said government would be given a feedback over the issues before it but it would not be any threadbare analysis of any specific programme or policy. There was a feeling among the participants in the meeting that the contentious OROP issue should be resolved at the earliest, considering that it is an issue dear to the Sangh Parivar.last_img read more

Youth threatened at gunpoint

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar police have arrested two persons on the charges of threatening a local youth on gunpoint.The incident sparked tension among locals, who were walking along the Shaymnagar road on Saturday evening.The complainant, Pradip Nayek, told the police that he was passing through the area when one person, later identified as Debu Mukherjee, took out a firearm and threatened him on gunpoint.One Gazi Oraon, a local resident, was accompanying the accused. Some of the locals managed to catch hold of the accused.They were also roughed up by the irate mob. After being informed, police rushed to the spot and arrested both the youth. Police have recovered one firearm and two rounds of cartridges from his possession. Both the youths have been remanded to five-day police custody after being produced before Bidhannagar court on Sunday.last_img read more

Chambal Fertiliser going slow on Tripura urea plant says Manik Sarkar

first_imgChambal Fertiliser is not showing much interest in the urea plant in Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Thursday.“Chambal Fertiliser had agreed, but now it is not showing much interest,” Sarkar said during an interactive session with the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (CFCL) has informed that a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Government of Tripura to conceptualise and develop a gas-based fertiliser plant in Tripura. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn August, the pre-feasibility study was started and based on that a final call was supposed to be taken. Sarkar did not elaborate what went wrong with the project.The Department of Fertilisers was supposed to facilitate the setting up of the urea plant by taking up matters like allocation of gas and providing gas connectivity with the Petroleum Ministry.Speaking about the ONGC power plant, Sarkar said there were some issues with gas supply, but both units were expected to be stabilised.He said the state would become power surplus soon and would also export power to Bangladesh.“We will become power surplus soon,” he said. This may help to attract investment in the state, Sarkar said adding the militancy issue had been well tackled but, still 17-19 camps were operating from Bangladesh and the state was vigilant.last_img read more

Online shopping more popular among consumers Survey

first_imgThe study undertaken jointly by Yahoo and Mindshare analyses the shopping behaviour of customers to reveal that 31 per cent shoppers opt for online shopping in order to save the time and effort that might be spent on physically going to stores to buy the same products.About 28 per cent customers are driven to buy online due to the availability of discounts and promotions while the convenience to shop anywhere, anytime attracts the remaining 21 per cent, it said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study also highlights how more and more customers are taking to mobile phones to make online purchases as compared to other electronic devices.“The e-commerce landscape in India is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, largely due to the rapidly evolving mobile ecosystem. This research highlights the role of mobile from the top of funnel to the bottom and how it varies across product categories. It will help us develop sharper, more connected communication strategies for brands,” MA Parthasarathy, Chief Product Officer, Mindshare South Asia said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to the survey, majority of consumers use only mobile devices while making purchases related to apparels, electronic devices, baby and pet care products.Most purchases made online over mobile phones tend to be regular or impulsive buys rather than expensive ones, the study claims.Over 90 per cent of the consumers use mobile devices for quick and frequent purchases of travel, music and movies, contrary to 36 per cent who purchase high consideration products like insurance on their PC or laptop. About 30 per cent people prefer buying products of personal hygiene from the store itself.The study also provides marketers with insights on India, to sharpen their digital and mobile commerce initiatives and build a strong mobile strategy.“The study shows that the consumer path-to-purchase is turning more complex and nonlinear, with mobile at the center of this evolution.“As mobile devices become more important in the consumer’s last mile of purchase decision, brands need to build targeted, more seamless shopping experience across all channels to strengthen sales and acquire new customers,” Francis Che, Head of Insights, APAC, Yahoo said.For those who continue to prefer in-store shopping, major detractors include non-authentic goods, unreliable delivery and lack of quality control.last_img read more

trolling effect standup comedians face the heat

first_imgBollywood films are seeing cuts and beeps by the censor board, musicians are facing flak and being misinterpreted, actors are being judged on the basis of their religion. So, is stand up comedy the only platform devoid of interference from “moral policing”? In stand-up comedy, artistes take bold pot shots at politicians or comment on social issues like the beef ban – yet most of them feel that people in India are not quite ready to be criticised or mocked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStand-up comedian Appurv Gupta, who has more than 200 shows to his credit, says “online trolls are making sure that even comedians won’t say what they want to say”.”These days, everyone is getting hurt over even small things and if we say something that affects them emotionally or forces them to think about their past decisions, then they can go to any level – especially on internet – and they make sure that either they win the argument, or you stop arguing with them,” Gupta said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I, as a comedian, think twice before writing a small tweet and think about the consequences; so I doubt whether I have freedom of speech, specially at this point of time. Things were different 2-3 years back. I don’t know whether this change is good or bad for everyone, but, yes, freedom of speech is facing a struggle in India,” he added.On the other hand, Amit Tandon, who has done more than 700 shows in India and on foreign shores, feels stand-comedy is “one of the voices” against the negativity escalating in the country, but he believes that “other people are doing better jobs than comedians, like RTI (Right To Information) activists, NGOs, etc”. “In fact, stand-up comedy shows you that there is still freedom of speech because, despite all the FIRs, no comedian has actually gone to jail. It shows that it is okay to speak against the government,” Tandon quipped.On a positive note, Neeti Palta, who gives a female point of view on a variety of subjects, from Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, to current affairs – all the while poking fun at men, pointed out that since the time of “Akbar and Birbal, comedy has always been used as a tool to sugarcoat hard truths and make them more palatable. And so is the case today”.”It reflects the ethos of the era it exists in. Be it a poking fun at intolerance or a bunch of idiots who are all too easily offended, or the current political scenario, or even the alter lives we lead in cyber space. Everything is rich ground for material,” she said.Arjun Anand, co-founder at Punchliners, a stand-up comedy platform, said that every comedian expresses his perspective through distinct forms of comedy. But he believes that “sensitive issues must be handled sensitively”.Sorabh Pant concurs, saying that he thinks twice about his jokes only when it is related to Indian politicians.”I want to make sure that I am not saying anything that is incorrect. I will criticise (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, (Chief Minister of Delhi) Arvind Kejriwal and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi, but I am also going to figure out their positive side to keep it balanced because all three of them have quite a vast number of supporters in the country and it is a little unfair to disrespect them,” Pant said.last_img read more

The Heartfulness Way launched in India

first_imgEnsconced in India’s ageless oral tradition, Kamlesh D Patel – widely known as Daaji, the fourth guru in the Heartfulness lineage – traces a seeker’s journey as he examines the nature of spiritual search. Through a series of illuminating conversations between a teacher and a student, Daaji, through his book ‘The Heartfulness Way’, reveals the core principles of the Heartfulness practice and philosophy to Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness practitioner and trainer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn January 19, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in the presence of Union Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu, unveiled the book by Daaji. The book promises to be a treat for those who are curious about what Heartfulness is and how it can change our day to day lives. Speaking on the launch the revered spiritual Master, Daaji said, “The Heartfulness Way encapsulates a seeker’s journey while examining the nature of spiritual search within and around us. The books reflect the essence of prayer and yogic transmission aimed at deconstructing and demystifying the act of meditation based on meditation tips. To feel, be a part of and practice Heartfulness is an experience, which aims to seek the essence beyond the form and the reality behind the mere ritual.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith over a million practitioners worldwide, Heartfulness meditation ( is a set of practices for self-development that help us find inner calm and stillness in our extremely fast-paced world. Heartfulness is offered at no cost. There is no dogma. The easily adopted practices are appropriate for people from all walks of life, cultures, religious beliefs and economic status over the age of 15. Heartfulness is an approach to the Raja Yoga system of meditation called Sahaj Marg or the Natural Path, founded at the turn of the 20th century and formalized into the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945 in India. Ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at thousands of schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in corporations, non-governmental and government bodies worldwide. More than 5,000 Heartfulness centres, known as HeartSpots, are supported by thousands of certified volunteer trainers in 130 countries. The meditation practice is offered free of cost across the globe.The Heartfulness Way has already achieved the Number One Best-Seller Status on Amazon with pre-orders flooding the website. On introducing the Book in India, Gautam Padmanabhan CEO, Westland Publications Pvt Ltd said, “We are thrilled to be associated with this book. It’s an honour to publish this illuminating book and I hope the book manages to create a connection with its readers and reaches the length and breadth of the world.”last_img read more

Antidengue drive carried out in New Alipore

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)’s Health department carried out anti-dengue drive in Ward 117 in New Alipore on Tuesday.Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-In-Council, Sewerage and Drainage, were present at the event. Senior officials of the KMC’s health, building, solid waste management departments were also present. KMC has identified 20 vulnerable wards where some people had fallen sick due to dengue in 2018. The KMC team is visiting the houses of those victims and is looking into their surroundings. The civic officials felt that this was the best way to control the spread of the vector-borne disease. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTulika Pal (31 years) residing at Jyotish Roy Road had dengue in 2018. Aditya Prasad (18), a resident of the same area, suffered from dengue in 2018 as well. The civic officials visited their houses and spoke to them. The KMC team on Tuesday also visited the houses of 13 people who had dengue in 2018. Never in the history of the KMC, the drive with such seriousness had been carried out. Not only the civic officials are talking to those who have been affected by the disease but they are also examining the conditions in which they are living. The overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are being examined. In view of global warming, the civic authorities have started anti-dengue drives from January. In early February, awareness drives were carried out in all the 144 wards of the KMC. The dengue eradication drive will be done in three phases. The current phase will continue until July. The second phase will start in August and continue until October. In November and December, follow-up drives will be conducted.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics kicks off on Feb 17

first_imgTheatre lovers in India have a reason to rejoice! The country is set to host the largest international theatre festival – the 8th Theatre Olympics – for the first time, with participation from 30 countries in a series of performances to be held across India. The 51-day-long event will be inaugurated at the majestic Red Fort on February 17 at 6:30 pm by Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu. The 8th Theatre Olympics 2018 will travel to 17 Indian cities with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows with the participation of 25,000 artists from the globe. The festival will conclude on April 8, with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe theatrical extravaganza is being hosted in India by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art.Since 1993, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), Poland (2016). The festival is considered to be the biggest international celebration of theatre in terms of plays, participants, performances and number of days. During the festival, plays will be held in Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants from 30 countries including Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mauritius, Nepal, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and U.S.A. would showcase their acumen in theatre. Theatre and film veterans of the likes of Shabana Azmi, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Himani Shivpuri, Seema Biswas and Saurabh Shukla will also take part in this grand theatrical treat. “I thank and congratulate the international theatre community for providing India with this grand opportunity. Theatre mirrors our lives and is a strong and powerful medium which intricately and beautifully portrays social issues on a larger platform. India is proud to host the 8th Theatre Olympics 2018 and showcase its cultural strength to the world,” says Union Minister of State for Culture (IC), Dr Mahesh Sharma.Numerous allied activities like seminars, symposia, ‘Interface’ and workshops with well-known academicians, scholars, authors, actors, designers and directors are scheduled to take place across 17 cities. The allied programs would boast of 60 ‘Living Legends’ series and 50 ‘Master Classes’. The 8th Theatre Olympics would also include two international seminars in Delhi and Mumbai with six national seminars in Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata and Varanasi. The best way to preserve knowledge is to pass it on. Upholding this spirit, the students of National School of Drama are all pumped up for the theatre festival. Through the youth forum of National School of Drama, “Advitiya 2018”, young voices are being channelled through street plays, music bands, short playwriting and theatre reporting. There will be a competition on short playwriting with cash prizes of Rs 25,000, 50,000 and one lakh. “For the past three years, we had the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream that we had seen has come true. Since we began to envision and achieve this feat, Dr Mahesh Sharma and the Ministry of Culture have extended wholehearted support to the idea and have played an instrumental role in making it a reality.Throughout centuries we have seen playwright like Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht becoming a part of Indian theatre, while despite having our own extraordinary playwrights and theatrical figures, we are still to make a similar impact. This is a huge leap towards that direction of putting Indian theatre on the world map,” says Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD.last_img read more

Youth attacks woman inside moving train

first_imgKolkata: A woman was attacked by a youth on Sunday night while she was travelling along with her 10-year-old son in a Howrah-Haldia local. The miscreant fled after the train came to a halt before Haldia. According to sources, on Sunday night one Alaka Jana of Padmapukur in Haldia boarded the ladies compartment of Howrah-Haldia local from Tamluk, with her son. The compartment became empty at Ranichak station. The train then slowed near Bandar station, where a youth jumped into the compartment. He came to Jana, took out a knife and asked her to give him her belongings. When Jana told him that she had no valuables with her, the youth allegedly tried to snatch her handbag. When she tried to resist and screamed, the miscreant stabbed Jana on her right hand. Meanwhile, the train slowed down between Bandar and Haldia. Taking advantage of this, the youth jumped off the train and fled.last_img read more

Radio signals reach homes of missing persons

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC), an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, helped to reunite two Bihar residents —a nonagenarian man and an elderly woman— with their families on Monday. These two elderly persons went missing after they got estranged from their respective groups at Gangasagar Mela.A teacher recently saw the woman wandering aimlessly on the road in the hot and humid weather in Kakdwip. When he asked what her name was and inquired about her identity, the woman started fumbling names of Gods and Goddesses. The man took her home and after offering her food he informed his family doctor about the matter. The doctor advised him to contact the West Bengal Radio Club as he knew that a number of missing persons had been reunited with their families by the radio enthusiasts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have been successful in reuniting missing persons with their families. When we were contacted with the photograph of the woman, we circulated it in our network and managed to trace her address in Bihar,” said secretary of WBRC Ambarish Nag Biswas.One of her family member in Bihar said the woman lived with her sister in Rajasthan about two years back and turned up at the Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Islands with a group. The woman’s daughter came to Kakdwip along with other family members from Bihar and took her home. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe elderly person was spotted near the Bakkhali sea beach a few days ago by a civil defence volunteer Subhankar Mondal whose job is to ensure that no one is present on the beach at the night. After the beach was vacated the elderly was found loitering near the beach. The matter was reported to the SDO and the intervention of WBRC was sought. The local panchayat office provided him food and shelter and the ham radio enthusiasts circulated his photograph in their network and traced his address. They found that the man belongs to Sheikpura in Bihar. His brother Ashok Sha turned up on Monday at the panchayat office and the elderly person was handed over to him in presence of officer in charge of Bakkhali Coastal Police station Goutam Biswas.last_img read more

Please restore normalcy a mellow Mamata requests doctors on strike

first_imgKolkata: A mellowed Mamata Banerjee put the ball on the agitating junior doctors’ court after they refused her offer of a meeting on Saturday, holding out three key assurances and requesting them to rejoin work. She said all their security demands would be met, no action would be taken against them for the now five-day-old strike, and they would be free to contact her, the governor, chief secretary or the police commissioner for a resolution through talks. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Immediately after Mamata’s news conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat, the junior doctors said the strike would continue as the chief minister had not agreed to their demand to meet them at NRS Medical College and Hospital. Late on Saturday night, the junior doctors rebutted several assertions made by Mamata at the media conference but said a general body meeting would decide if talks can be held at any other venue. At the media conference, Mamata adopted a tone that was in sharp contrast to the belligerence she had displayed at SSKM Hospital on Thursday, which had escalated the confrontation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state On Saturday, Mamata concluded her opening remarks at Nabanna with an impassioned plea: “Please restore normalcy. Start the service for the people: my humble submission to them. I’m not going to take any stringent action (against the agitators), though we have everything with us. Let good sense prevail.” Redeploying the people skills that had once stood her in good stead, Mamata said: “They are young, they made a mistake, let them be, I forgive them.” After issuing the invitation on Friday evening, Mamata had waited for the junior doctors to turn up, but as they couldn’t decide immediately whether to accept the invite, another meeting had been set for Saturday at 5pm. On Saturday afternoon, the junior doctors issued a statement Mamata addressed the news conference amid a sense of dejection in the administration following the junior doctors’ refusal to turn up for the meeting, and amid a perception that her stridency was preventing a resolution. By then, the Union home ministry had sent an advisory to the Bengal government “urgently” seeking a report on the cease-work by doctors — a move described as unusual by officials in Delhi. At the outset, Mamata sought to address the perception that the government had done nothing to resolve the crisis. She pressed chief secretary Malay De to describe the steps the administration had taken since Monday night’s mob attack on junior doctors at NRS following a patient’s death. Mamata then took the microphone. “We have taken all possible action. I sent a minister, officers and the police commissioner to talk to them (the agitators),” she said. “The police arrested five of the accused immediately, and stringent charges have been brought against them. The police commissioner has enhanced security at all the medical colleges and hospitals.” She added: “I waited five hours yesterday and three hours today to talk to the junior doctors.” Over the next half-hour, Mamata tried to give her side of the story and hammer home the fact that poor patients across the state continued to suffer -– a factor that can turn public opinion against attempts to prolong the strike. Rarely before have emergency services been affected in state-run medical colleges and hospitals for five days on the trot, with no certain end in sight. Several senior doctors who had provided moral support to the agitation when it started told this newspaper on Saturday that some of the junior doctors had begun making “illogical and unreasonable demands”. A government source said: “Had Mamata tried sending this message two days ago, there would not have been many takers. But today, people know how the patients are suffering because of the strike.” Some junior doctors have accused Mamata of arrogance for her failure to visit them or Paribaha Mukherjee, an intern severely injured in Monday’s attack, and cited her belligerence during the visit to SSKM Hospital on Thursday. Mamata tried to rebut the charges at the news conference. “When I entered (SSKM), the agitating doctors sitting there created an obstruction…. While I was walking, I was pushed. They were shouting and filthy comments were passed,” she said. “Despite that, I told the police not to arrest anybody. They are young, they had made a mistake, let them be, I forgive them. Had this taken place elsewhere, a lot of action would have been initiated.” Never losing her composure, unlike at SSKM, Mamata was at pains to underscore that she was pursuing a reasonable approach devoid of vindictiveness or rancour. Mamata repeatedly — and in detail — contrasted her government’s approach with that of others elsewhere in the country to doctors’ strikes. She said her government could have taken stringent action, such as enforcing the Essential Services Maintenance Act (Esma), blocking the registration of the agitating doctors, extending their period of internship or filing FIRs against them. “Such stern steps have been taken by 9 to 10 states in the past few years. But we did not do it,” she said. Sources said that although Bengal had desisted from adopting Esma owing to the erstwhile Left Front government’s opposition to the act, the state government could have implemented its provisions through an ordinance. By explaining what she could have done, sources said, the chief minister had attempted to underline her government’s apparent lenience and put pressure on the agitators to call off their strike. She tried to highlight her eagerness for a solution by suggesting the junior doctors could meet other authorities if they were averse to talk to her. “They had two main demands. First, a heightening of their security; second, action against the accused. Both have been done. Still, if they think I’m not capable enough, they can hold meetings with the governor, chief secretary or the police commissioner. If they have additional demands, those will also be taken care of,” she said. The option of talks with the governor, sources said, was a significant conciliatory gesture on Mamata’s part since she has had testy ties with Keshari Nath Tripathi and had as recently as Thursday accused him of exceeding his brief at the behest of BJP leaders in Delhi and Calcutta. Sources close to Mamata hoped that her news conference would help undo the damage her belligerence had caused on Thursday when she gave the agitators four hours to join duty or face action, and called some of them “outsiders”. Neither the heath department nor the police have initiated any action, though, a point Mamata took care to highlight. “She had looked overly belligerent till yesterday. But she has deployed her tried-and-tested outreach skills, and this has helped her turn the tables on the agitating doctors,” a Nabanna official said.(With inputs from Telegraph India)last_img read more

The Scientist who Tried to Cross Breed Humans and Chimpanzees

first_imgTo many these days the abbreviation “AI” means “Artificial Intelligence.” However there is another definition in the scientific community. One that has less to do with machinery and more to do with humanity… Artificial Insemination. Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov made his name in this field of AI, tinkering round the edges of what was seen as God’s plan. Bypassing the traditional method of conception, he gave life and hope to those who had none.Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov (biologist)However in the years after his death he was also known by another title — “Red Frankenstein”. He got that through his interest in blending the human and animal kingdoms. In the 1920s, Ivanov set out on an ambitious research mission. The destination? Africa.What he had in mind sounded like the business of a mad scientist. Yet for Ivanov it was all part of a day’s work. He’d already crossed a zebra with a donkey. Now he was looking to fuse a person with their genetic ancestor… the ape.A 2008 article on the New Scientist website writes, “Despite the disapproval of the scientific establishment Ivanov got the go-ahead – and the funds to mount an expedition to Africa to collect apes. Documents show that the decision was pushed through by leading members of the Bolshevik government…”Photo by shakko CC BY-SA 3.0He also received support from the Pasteur Institute in Paris. They ran a center for primates out in Guinea, West Africa and agreed to supply the raw material for Ivanov’s experiments in the form of native chimps.Ivanov’s plan was thwarted by nature at the last minute. Having traveled all the way to Guinea, he was disappointed to discover no suitable candidates for his unusual enterprise.Instead he worked for a while in the French capital, planning to try and catch his own primates later in the year. During this period he worked alongside surgeon Serge Voronoff on another mind-boggling pursuit.Serge VoronoffVoronoff’s reputation preceded him. New Scientist gives details of an “increasingly fashionable ‘rejuvenation therapy’. In a now notorious operation, Voronoff grafted slices of ape testes into those of rich and ageing men hoping to regain their former vigour.”Ivanov and Voronoff made a powerful but bizarre combination. Rather than using their Summer to catch some rays and watch movies, they “made headlines by transplanting a woman’s ovary into a chimp called Nora and then inseminating her with human sperm.”Following this failed side project, Ivanov made a second trip to Guinea. As a 2011 piece on the Scientific American blog mentions, “He only attempted to inseminate three females before being forced to abandon the project as useless.”Chimpanzee.But Ivanov chose not to return home and kept chasing his theory. In a development that wouldn’t look out of place in a horror movie, he took drastic measures.“Desperate to make use of his limited funding,” the blog writes, “Ivanov then made the horrific decision to attempt the insemination of African women with chimpanzee sperm without their knowledge.”The authorities in Guinea soon shut down that avenue of exploration. Ivanov went home to Russia, but the snow wasn’t all that was frosty. Word spread about his scheme to exploit female fertility, and it blackened his name.Ivanov attempted to reproduce the experiments, this time with willing Soviet volunteers. He spent the rest of the Twenties trying to realize a human/ape hybrid, but greater forces intervened that had nothing to do with science or the natural world.Oliver the chimpanzeeIn 1930 Ivanov was arrested on charges of sabotaging his rivals’ endeavors. He was exiled to a labor camp in the city of Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan, and by 1932 he had died from a stroke.The Russian establishment had turned against him, after the initial encouragement which led to Ivanov’s African excursion. Why was this? The answer lies in the complex political situation of the time, in a country thrown into a new era by the Revolution.Scientific American writes, “While some of his previous support was based in the political ideology at the time, there were strong political divisions that split scientific opinion on a range of issues and Ivanov was caught in between.”14-year-old boy after having an ape thyroid gland grafted onto his ownAccording to historian Alexander Etkind, whose ideas are referred to in New Scientist, Ivanov’s work was “part of an ambitious plan to transform society. The high-ranking Bolsheviks who backed Ivanov were intellectuals who saw science as a means of realizing their dream of a socialist utopia…”Their aims went beyond scientific prestige. They reportedly sought to alter the mindset of the nation so it would be more in line with their way of thinking.The article continues, “One way to do that was through ‘positive eugenics’, using AI to speed up the spread of desirable traits – a willingness to live and work communally, for instance – and to get rid of ‘primitive’ traits such as competitiveness, greed and the desire to own property…”Oliver the chimpanzeeBy looking back at Man’s primal ancestors, it was hoped human heritage could be used to change society for the common good.The Bolsheviks’ dismissive attitude toward religion was said to be courted by Ivanov, who highlighted the Darwinian dimension to his African proposal. Other theories behind the government’s enthusiasm include an interest in Voronoff’s monkey-fueled rejuvenation techniques!Some believe that Ivanov shared the Bolshevik ideals and it was partly a political decision for him. Others state that “AI” was his only goal, and the African situation was the perfect springboard to put his thoughts into practice.Whether his views were strictly political, or scientific, or both, the winds of change blew. Stalin took up residence in the Kremlin, and he was at odds with those who funded Ivanov.Scientific American describes how “other scientists rejected genetic research as bourgeois or imperialist and advocated the inheritance of acquired characteristics (what is commonly known as Lamarckism). It was these researchers… who had Stalin’s support at the time.”No matter what Ivanov’s standing as an eminent biologist, he wasn’t greater than Stalin’s influence. The dictator believed projects such as Ivanov’s would beat a path to fascism, and from that moment the ape man’s genetic golden goose was cooked.It’s easy to see the controversial Ivanov as a monster, the “Red Frankenstein” and an isolated case of a mad scientist. There’s a strong case to say he was. Though by no means the only expert mixing up human and animal genes, he certainly went too far trying to force artificial insemination on women.In echoes of Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), Scientific American sums up his contribution by saying “Ivanov represents a scientist, widely respected in his field, whose dedication to find out if something could be done blinded him to ask whether it should be done.”Read another story from us: World’s First Painting Produced By Artificial Intelligence Fetches Huge SumHe also “reminds us of the role that politics can play in the development of scientific research even if the scientists directly involved are not political themselves.”Perhaps Ivanov’s tale of genetic experimentation is best viewed as a cautionary tale, much like the original Frankenstein himself.last_img read more

Belgian Monks Revive 220yrold Beer after Rediscovering Lost Recipe

first_imgFor five centuries, the Belgian monks of the Grimbergen abbey proudly brewed their own beer–until anti-Catholic French troops ransacked the brewery and smashed their equipment in 1798. But the abbey’s emblem is a phoenix with the Latin motto “Ardet nec consumitur,” meaning “Burned but not destroyed,” and they weren’t going to give up forever. As of May 2019, the beer of these Belgian monks is preparing to flow again, as the monks are rediscovering and resurrecting the historic recipes and instructions from their archives. “Brewing and religious life always came together,” said Karel, one of 11 Norbertine canons living in the abbey.Monk stands in front of Grimbergen Abbey. Photo by Lennen Descamps CC BY-SA 3.0The monks are determined to rediscover their expertise. “For us, it’s important to look to the heritage, to the tradition of the fathers for brewing beer because it was always here,” Father Karel Stautemas said in an interview with Reuters.“The Grimbergen name already appears on Belgian beer, thanks to licensing deals with two commercial breweries: Carlsberg brews Grimbergen beers for the international market, while Heineken-owned Alken-Maes brews for the domestic market in Belgium,” according to Reuters. “The abbey gets part of those profits; now it wants to get directly involved in making the beer.”Grimbergen blonde. Photo by Ludovic Péron CC BY-SA 3.0Marc-Antoine Sochon, who is an expert at Carlsberg, will reportedly be the project’s brewmaster. “We will keep the same yeast, which will bring all the fruitiness and spiciness and we will start to dig into more innovations, such as barrel-ageing, dry-hopping,” Sochon said, adding special edition batches could be just 60 hectolitres. The project,  Carlsberg financed, will focus on locally produced crops. The abbey has planted hops in its garden to prepare.Inside Grimbergen Abbey. Photo by Lennen Descamps CC BY-SA 3.0Reuters also reported that the Grimbergen’s monks will follow the rules of Belgium’s Trappist beer makers, even though they are not a Trappist order, requiring them to brew within the abbey walls, control the brewing, and steer profits toward maintaining the abbey and supporting charitable causes. Some of the books saved from the marauding French in the abbey’s library date back to the 12th century. Those that dealt with brewing beer are in Latin and Old Dutch, so clearly some updating will be required.Grimbergen beer. Photo by Lennen Descamps CC BY-SA 3.0“We’ve spent hours leafing through the books,” Father Karel said, “and have discovered ingredient lists for beers brewed in previous centuries, the hops used, the types of barrels and bottles, and even a list of the actual beers produced centuries ago.” Before its library was destroyed, the abbey’s monks desperately knocked a hole in a wall and that was the means for protecting the books. The abbey itself was rebuilt.Related Video:For centuries, Grimbergen Abbey has been associated with the symbol of a phoenix, said NPR. Its monks adopted the mythical animal as part of their coat of arms in 1629, after rebuilding the abbey following an earlier period of religious strife. An estimated 30,000 priests were exiled from France following the societal upheavals of the late 18th century. By 1794, France’s churches and religious orders were being closed down and religious worship suppressed. Some priests went into hiding. On Feb. 18, 1793, the Convention voted a prize of 100 livres to any citizen who turned in a priest.Related Article: The World’s Oldest Continuously Operated Brewery Nears its 1,000th BirthdayBy the spring of 1794, almost none of France’s 40,000 churches were open. Many abbeys and nunneries had been wrecked. Napoleon Bonaparte displayed respect for the Pope and as he rose in power, the anti-Catholic measures were no longer enforced.To find out more please visit Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

VIDEO Slovenian hockey player is lucky he didnt kill his opponent with

first_img Advertisement Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic is lucky he was only suspended from the IIHF World Championships for two games for kicking his opponent in the throat with his skate. A couple of inches either way, he could be looking at 10-15 years in prison.During their game against Switzerland, several Slovenian players were ratpacking a Swiss player near their bench, when Jeglic attempted to kick the Swiss player in the throat with the blade of his skate. Luckily, he didn’t sever the guy’s jugular vein, which would have been a death sentence.A two-game suspension is a gift for this clown.Slovenia’s Jeglic suspended 2 games…TWO GAMES?!?!…for this act against the Swiss.#IIHFWorlds— Pete Buchanan (@Buc07) May 7, 2017last_img read more

VIDEO Wide receiver pulls freakish full flip while catching crossing route

first_img Advertisement The G.O.A.T of flipping internet receivers still has to be Bears rookie receiver Tarik Cohen, who trended in college by catching two balls at the same time while doing a backflip. Some guy on the internet is putting Odell Beckham’s famous one handed grab to shame with a viral video of the freak receiver executing a full flip while catching a crossing route.This is one of those clips you just watch 20 times in a row on a loop. Even if he doesn’t make the NFL, he’s already headed to the viral hall of fame.Gonna be in love with this for awhile.— JustCallmeVC (@MynameisVc) June 30, 2017last_img read more

That Viral Video of Tiger Reacting to Doubters Saying Hes Finished is

first_imgIn case you’ve been trapped in a cave for the last 24 hours, Tiger Woods won his first Masters since 2005 and completed a comeback most people never thought would happen. In the flurry of social media activity following the win, a video made by the golf-centric Twitter feed, Skratch, of Tiger watching and reacting to a clip of media  – including Colin – and other golfers saying he’s finished went viral. The video is almost too good to be true because it so perfectly sums up the perseverance of his comeback. It turns out it is actually a fake.With Tiger about to win #TheMasters it’s important to bring this video back. 🐅— levi ⛩ (@yyyork_) April 14, 2019The only reason to point it out is because hundreds of thousands of people are accepting it at face value, but the actual video Tiger was watching on the tablet is a clip of PGA golfers complimenting him on his then 79th tour win. It’s obviously nowhere near as interesting as the fake one, and obviously way less popular. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but it’s fake sports news. For the record.last_img read more

Slow Motion Isolation of Chris Archer Getting Stampeded in RedsPirates Brawl is

first_imgBy now, everyone has seen video of Reds Pitcher Amir Garrett going on a one man mission to fight the entire Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but the biggest loser from the MLB’s version of Avengers: End Game was Pirates slight-framed hurler Chris Archer.Archer tried to provide some backup for his teammates, but for his good deed he was rewarded by getting stampeded like the running of the bulls. If that wasn’t bad enough, Amir Garett – who started the entire thing by turning into a human badger –  ended up on top of Archer to administer some additional pummeling.Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the right right decision. This is one of those instances.last_img read more

Tricks of the Trade

Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Trading Assistants are changing the face of eBay. Last year, more than 14,000 TAs were registered in eBay’s Trading Assistant Directory. In fact, helping others sell their goods on eBay was one of the hottest business ideas for 2005 and 2006, according to Christopher Matthew Spencer, an eBay Powerseller, Trading Assistant, instructor and author of The eBay Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Starting Your Own eBay Trading Assistant Business.Although the Trading Assistant Program is fairly new, the concept has been around for some time. “We were trading assistants before they called us Trading Assistants,” Spencer, 37, says of his Burbank, California, drop-off store, The Spencer Company, whose 2006 sales are expected to reach more than $500,000. He says many eBay sellers go through a natural progression to becoming TAs: First they sell their own items, then they start selling things for their friends. Eventually, word spreads that they will help people sell on eBay, so they get business cards printed and start looking for people who need help selling their goods. Sound familiar?Some TAs sell anything and everything, while others work a specific niche or price point. They work out of their homes or through drop-off stores, full time or part time, according to Walt Duflock, eBay’s senior manager of seller development. The key to TA success, Duflock and Spencer agree, is tapping into the vast marketplace of people who want to sell online without spending time doing it themselves.Business SenseMeeting the minimum requirements for becoming a Trading Assistant is your first step. Those include: selling at least 10 items within the previous three months; having a feedback score of at least 100, of which 97 percent is positive; and maintaining an account in good standing. But there’s more to succeeding as a Trading Assistant than meeting these basic requirements. According to futurist Dan Nissanoff, author of FutureShop and co-founder of Portero, a New York City Trading Assistant business for companies that sell high-end consumer products, the Trading Assistant business can be very lucrative if you know how to run the business.First, decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you plan to spend achieving your goal. Do you want to be a stay-at-home parent and run your business part time out of your home? Do you want to make enough money to quit your job and run an eBay drop-off store full time? Or are your goals somewhere in the middle?Ron Mansfield, an eBay Trading Assistant, consultant and author of numerous books, including eBay to the Max, warns that running a TA business is a lot of work, though all that hard work can pay off in profits.Skip McGrath agrees. McGrath, a Trading Assistant in Anacortes, Washington, and author of various eBay guidebooks, points out that most financially successful Trading Assistants work full time (not necessarily in a drop-off store) and serve a particular niche.The key, McGrath and Mansfield stress, is to realize that being a Trading Assistant is a real business, and you must treat it as such. It is important to maintain a professional image and strong work ethic. Some other tips include:Invest in letterhead and business cards.Answer your phone in a professional manner.Dress appropriately when you meet with customers.Focus on customer service–for the seller and the buyer.Use written contracts.Develop good bookkeeping skills.Keep accurate records.File for a sales tax number and an employee identification number.Advertising AdvantageEffective advertising for your business is essential. “But that doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars [on] advertising,” says McGrath.Start small, he advises. Word-of-mouth is very powerful, so be sure all your friends and family are aware that you’re available to help them–and anyone they know–sell items on eBay. Mention your business to people you meet at church or through clubs in which you’re involved. Offering to sell donated items for nonprofits is a great way to raise money for charity and also earn a nice commission (it’s a tax write-off for you, too). The key is to make yourself and your business known in the community.Another simple, inexpensive way to find customers is to visit garage sales late in the afternoon. McGrath found a saddle at one garage sale that the owner was trying to sell for $300. Because it hadn’t sold, McGrath offered to sell it on eBay. The saddle sold for $790–a terrific success for the saddle owner, the buyer and McGrath, who earned a 30 percent commission.Some other marketing ideas include:Classified adsCommunity bulletin boardsDoorknob hangerseBay’s Trading Assistant Directory: Visit for all the information you need to sign up.Product SelectionAs a Trading Assistant, it’s very important to know how to say no. “Junk is junk, and eBay isn’t going to magically make it valuable,” Nissanoff says.McGrath agrees. “Six of the seven calls I get a week I turn down,” he says. “They’re looking to sell lower-value items.”McGrath and Mansfield suggest the following:Set a minimum selling price. Determine what your time is worth, and don’t sell items for so little that you won’t make a good profit.Make sure there’s a market for all the items you’re selling. Also check the selling prices for similar items on eBay.Consider specializing in the types of items you sell, either by client or product.Be careful about agreeing to sell items with a high degree of product liability (such as baby products).Bright FutureThe importance of Trading Assistants hasn’t yet been fully realized, according to Nissanoff. “The Trading Assistant revolution will bridge the gap between eBay sellers and the general public,” he says.Spencer points out the virtually unlimited nature of the Trading Assistant’s market. “There’s lots of money in the Trading Assistant arena,” he says. “eBay has helped me become a millionaire.” Maybe it can help you, too.Lisa Stammer is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She specializes in topics related to business, health care, technology and parenting. October 20, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. read more

Why Emerging Technologies May Hold the Future of Fashion

first_img Listen Now 4 min read February 18, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The glamour of New York Fashion Week may have moved on to London, but excitement still lingers in New York over the industry’s future. That excitement is owed in no small part to Decoded Fashion, a company dedicated to bringing emerging technologies into the fashion world.Decoded Fashion recently held a four-hour event during New York Fashion Week to show that the future of fashion lies in a marriage with technology. The February 14 event served as the finale to the 550-person fashion hackathon Decoded Fashion initiated earlier this month.The cross-pollination of fashion and tech extended to the keynote speakers last Thursday, with new Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich interviewing fashion phenom Zac Posen and Vogue senior market editor Meredith Melling Burke chatting with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley. With topics ranging from new retail technology to 3D printing, attendees from both sides of the aisle were in agreement that emerging tech provides can’t-miss opportunities for fashion.One major theme was the importance of content marketing. Many in the fashion industry are still loath to engage on social media. But Posen, once gun-shy himself, said he now embraces Instagram to “fill the craving” of fans looking for insight into his creative process. “We live in a very voyeuristic culture, and if you’re able to curate that voyeurism” you can be very successful, said the designer, now a judge on Project Runway, whose gowns are red-carpet favorites for many star actresses.On a panel about customer outreach, Valentine Uhovski, Tumblr’s fashion evangelist, later touched on the same theme. “We no longer have to seek out Fashion Week coverage. It comes to us. It’s inescapable,” he said, referring to the way in which live streams of runway shows have made formerly exclusive events more accessible. This additional exposure, he implied, has been a boon for fashion brands.Related: Innovative Event Aims to Merge the Worlds of Fashion and TechnologyUhovski’s panel also included supermodel Coco Rocha, known for her dedicated use of social media. (She has nearly two million followers on Google+ and half a million followers on Twitter.) Rocha said she owes her popularity in part to tailoring her posts to appeal to the unique nature of each social network. In China, Rocha said, “models are bigger than celebrities,” so it made sense to sign up for Chinese social network Sina Weibo. With more than 2 million followers on Sina Weibo and 340,000 on Instagram, she doesn’t just post pretty photos. She said fans look for the stories behind the photos — and she curates them carefully. “I may take 15. I may filter five. I post one.”Meanwhile, Glossi — one of 10 companies showcased as “startups to watch” — also underscored the importance of placing content marketing high on the priority list. “Brands are becoming journalists. Marketers are becoming editors,” said Matt Edelman, founder of Glossi, a platform that brands can use to create, publish and share their own digital magazines.Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY are already using Glossi, as is Lucky magazine. Glossi launched in public beta two months ago. “We’re seeing an exciting, diverse community of creators on the platform, ranging from teenage girls to major brands and media companies,” said Edelman, whose company is backed by two Santa Monica, Calif.-based venture-capital firms, Clearstone and Anthem.”There is so much out there that we can change this industry with,” Rocha said, referring to 3D printing, laser etching and other technologies now available to designers. Fashion, of course, is the domain of physical products, but digital looks set to play a major role in its future.Three such promising concepts were presented during the event’s centerpiece, where the hackathon finalists pitched their apps to a panel of fashion judges.The winning concept, SWATCHit, is a platform to connect designers with skilled artisans. The judges — who included Posen, editor-in-chief Dirk Standen and Steven Kolb, the CFDA’s chief executive — chose SWATCHit over Coveted, one-click purchasing through Tumblr, and 42, an analytics suite for retail stores. The winning team walked away with $10,000 cash and a launch supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.Liz Bacelar, co-founder of Decoded Fashion, said she is already in talks with the British Fashion Council to bring the hackathon to London in the fall. She is confident the fashion establishment is coming around to the benefits of technology, and she tries to reassure designers that she isn’t out to wreck their craft. “It’s disruption but it’s controlled disruption,” she said. “It’s safe disruption.”Related: Social Engagement Boosts Quirky Clothing Line Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

Google Suspends Modular Smartphone Project

first_img Enroll Now for Free September 2, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Google’s Motorola division announced Project Ara back in 2013, giving the modular smartphone concept plenty of time to bake in Google’s oven.Eager audiences waited and salivated at the thought of a handset with pick-and-choose parts: Don’t want a camera, but need extra battery? Just swap the parts. Need a big loudspeaker for an upcoming beach trip? Snap one in. Easy. At least, that was the idea. According to a recent report from Reuters, Google has suspended Project Ara.Sources claim the company is looking to “streamline” many of its ongoing hardware projects.But that doesn’t mean Ara is officially over. While Google may not be interested in making the device anymore, it could license the technology if another firm wants to pick up the Web giant’s torch.That said, the setback is just one more in a long list for Ara. The smartphone initially promised a commercial launch target of 2015, but that got pushed back to 2016, and then 2017.As the delays grew, Google even changed a bit of the Ara’s modular design: Rather than having completely replaceable components — like a CPU that you could swap out for an upgraded version every year — Google ended up switching to a version of the Ara that had many key components built into the frame.In other words, parts like the Ara’s CPU, GPU, antennas and battery could be supplemented with modular chips, but you couldn’t replace them outright.This week’s reports come as a bit of a surprise, given Google’s Ara push at this year’s I/O developer conference, which included a demonstration of a fully functional Ara device, a tease of the 2017 commercial launch date and a promise that developer versions of the smartphone would start shipping this fall. In fact, Google’s developer website for the Ara still points to a fall 2016 launch date.Of course, the irony is not lost in the fact that Motorola has beaten Google to the market with a somewhat-modular smartphone of its own — or, at least, one you can customize with add-on components. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more

iPad Pro Is the Fastest Tablet Ever

first_img It goes without saying that the iPad Pro is the fastest tablet Apple has ever made. That’s to be expected; it’s the latest and greatest slate powered by the powerful new A10X Fusion processor.The question is how much more powerful is it? We benchmarked the 10.5-inch iPad Pro against the other iPads in Apple’s lineup as well as Android rivals, and according to results, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro’s A10X chip is a third faster than most other tablets on the market, though only 10 percent faster than its predecessor.AnTuTuOn the AnTuTu benchmark, which measures overall system performance, the new iPad Pro scores 205,223, the highest score we’ve ever seen on any device, not just tablets. It’s higher than the 2016 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with its A9X processor (187,411), the A9-powered iPad (126,384), and the aging iPad mini 4 (84,841).That means the new iPad Pro is 9 percent faster than the older model, 38 percent faster than the iPad and a staggering 59 percent faster than the mini 4. Compared with the Snapdragon 820-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (139,783) — the most powerful Android tablet on the market — it’s 32 percent faster.The only Android device that comes close is the HTC U11 with a Snapdragon 835 processor (175,241), but the iPad Pro is still 15 percent faster.Geekbench We also tested the iPad Pro using Geekbench, a measure of single-core and multi-core CPU performance. Apple has typically excelled at having fewer, faster processor cores, while Qualcomm loads its chipsets with more cores and multiple low-power cores to improve multitasking and battery life.With the iPad Pro, it doesn’t matter; the slate blows all other comers out of the water, scoring 3929 single core and 9348 multi-core. Again, it’s the best result we’ve seen on any device, including the 12.9-inch 2016 iPad Pro (3119/5247), the iPad (2522/4369), the mini 4 (1709/2901) and the Galaxy Tab S3 (1609/3963).Graphics performance and web browsingGraphics performance is also improved. On the PCMark suite, the iPad Pro scores 3263 for graphics performance, a small improvement compared with last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3163).The bigger gap is with the iPad (1994) and mini 4 (1086). On GFXBench suite, this translates to 208fps on the T-Rex offscreen test, again a modest improvement over the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (170fps), but a big jump over the iPad (82fps) and mini 4 (48fps). The Tab S3 does no better than the iPad in this test (83fps), making the iPad Pro 60 percent faster than its primary Android competitor. On the iPad Pro, demanding games will be smoother and provide sharper graphics and better textures.When it comes to web browsing, the iPad Pro again excels in the Jetstream and Browsermark tests (203.5 and 472.7, respectively). It’s quite a bit faster and more efficient than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (150 and 300.7), iPad (130 and 250) and mini 4 (80.5 and 187.5).What all this boils down to is that the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro’s A10X Fusion processor will be slightly faster than the A9X in speed, graphic performance and web browsing, but the gap between the two isn’t big enough that the average user will notice.Where the iPad Pro really excels is compared with A9 and Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablets. There, the new iPad Pro is between 30 to 50 percent faster, showing how far Apple’s new chipset has come compared with the previous generations. If you own an older, non-Pro Apple device or an Android slate, you may want to give some serious thought to an upgrade. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read June 15, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

HP ZBook 17 G5 Review

first_img3DMark Fire Strike1 of 12Tests notebook graphics performance.HP ZBook 17 G5Dell Precision 7730Lenovo ThinkPad P71Category Average (as of 11/30/18) Specifications Windows 10 Pro Optical Drive Speed NVMe M.2 PCI-e SSD 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 3Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1Hard Drive SpeedJetstream 4.5 x 2.2 inches With the HP ZBook 17 G5, HP has refreshed its 17-inch workstation with a sleeker design, beefed-up internals and some useful security features. The Intel Xeon CPU powering the HP ZBook 17 (starting at $1,899, reviewed at $5,313) provides blistering performance, and the vivid 4K display offers a theater-like viewing experience. Unfortunately, the workstation gets below-average battery life and its shallow keyboard is less comfortable than those on competing laptops. Still, if you want raw horsepower and a jaw-dropping screen, the ZBook 17 G5 won’t disappoint.article continued below Design The ZBook 17 G5 is a massive machine with a chunky chassis that feels like an anvil in your hands. The laptop is so large that my co-worker grew facetiously frustrated as the beastly computer overlapped onto his desk. Aggressive edges on the back corners of the aluminum and magnesium laptop provide some flair but not enough to shift my focus away from this monster’s gargantuan size. Seriously, if you want to avoid spending money at the chiropractor, keep this thing at your desk. While the ZBook 17 G5 looks much better than its predecessor, the large naked, grey surfaces dilute welcome design elements. That’s especially true when you compare the 17-inch giant with the ZBook Studio x360 G5, whose smaller size better fits the stylish, aggressive look HP was going for. The ZBook 17’s lid has a stylish chrome HP logo in the center and a rough gray texture on the lip. Opening up the screen reveals more smooth gunmetal surfaces. A small ZBook logo sits to the left, below the keyboard, diagonal to the Bang & Olufsen branding. Above a thin, light-up power button is a wide speaker grille with conjoined triangle patterns. The ZBook 17 G5 is a massive machine with a chunky chassis that feels like an anvil in your hands. Now, the ugly: the ZBook 17’s massive bezels. When configured with an IR camera, the 17-inch display is framed by thick plastic panels, bigger than any I’ve seen on a modern laptop. The HP ZBook is larger than its rival giants. At 16.4 x 11.3 x 1.3 inches, the ZBook takes up more surface area than the Lenovo ThinkPad P71 (16.4 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches) and the Dell Precision 7730 (16.3 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches). The ZBook 17, at 7.7 pounds, is heavier than the Precision 7730 (7.5 pounds) but doesn’t weigh as much as the hefty ThinkPad P71 (8 pounds). Ports The ZBook 17 G5 has every modern connection you could ask for, including five USB ports. On the left side of the laptop resides an optional Smart Card Reader, an SD Card slot, three USB 3.0 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet input and a lock slot. The right side of the laptop is an odd mix of new and old. There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports alongside a Blu-ray CD/DVD drive, an HDMI, a headphone jack and a mini DisplayPort. Nearest the hinge is a standard power connector and a tiny power LED indicator. Durability and Security This colossus can survive a fall or two. According to HP, the machine has undergone 120,000 hours of testing. Rated to 14 MIL-STD-810G tests, the ZBook 17 can withstand excessive temperatures, high altitudes, dust and sand, and drops, among other extreme conditions. There are tons of security features on the HP ZBook that will protect your privacy so you can sleep well at night. HP’s Sure Start software is designed to automatically detect, stop and recover from a BIOS attack without help from IT. Every time you turn on your PC, Sure Start validates your BIOS code, then continuously monitors memory. Rated to 14 MIL-STD-810G3 tests, the ZBook 17 can withstand uncomfortable temperatures, high altitudes, dust and sand, and drops, among other extreme conditions. HP recently adopted RAID 1 for its workstations, so if the ZBook 17’s SSD fails, a mirrored backup will protect any endangered data. There is also an optional IR camera for facial-recognition login via Windows Hello. MORE: 10 Worst Data Breaches of All Time Above the display is a privacy shutter that slides in front of the webcam and protects you from snooping deviants. The ZBook also has a fingerprint sensor on the deck, a Smart Card reader on the left side and a lock slot. Display The marvelous 17-inch, 4K nontouch display on our ZBook 17 G5 review unit is extremely sharp and soaked in rich, vibrant colors. With such a beautiful display, the ZBook 17 might be the closest a laptop will get you to a home-theater experience. When I watched a trailer for the upcoming thriller film Serenity, the 3840 x 2160-pixel display captured the thin wrinkles in Matthew McConaughey’s weathered, scruffy face. In one particularly creepy scene, Anne Hathaway wakes up next to sheets covered in bright-red blood. The display was so crisp that I could see the tiniest details in the crime scene, from the brown leather dress shoes splayed across the bathroom floor to a key sitting on the edge of the bed, adding intrigue to this riveting mystery. The ZBook’s marvelous 17-inch, 4K nontouch display is extremely sharp and soaked in rich, vibrant colors. Speaking of creepy, I then watched a trailer for the upcoming film Glass, and boy, did this superhero horror film from M. Night Shyamalan look fantastic on the ZBook 17. The first time you see all three “heroes” together is in a pink room, which bursts with color on the HP’s HDR panel. The characters’ distinctly colored garb of purple, yellow and teal stood out against the soft background. And in a comic store scene, turquoise neon lights cast a colorful glow on a wall of comic books. In our testing, the ZBook 17 G5 covered 171 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which, incredibly, falls short of the outstanding results achieved by the ThinkPad P71 (183 percent) and the Precision 7730 (211 percent). That said, the average workstation display’s score (153 percent) isn’t as high. MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness The anti-glare display on the HP ZBook is easily viewable outdoors thanks to its 342 nits of maximum brightness, which matches the workstation average (342 nits). The display is more luminous than the 4K panels on the ThinkPad P71 (283 nits) and Precision 7730 (330 nits). Keyboard, Touchpad and Pointing Stick Business professionals who type for hours a day deserve a better keyboard than what the ZBook 17 has to offer. There’s no excuse for it, either; this massive workstation is 1.2 inches thick, and yet, its keyboard keys have a measly 1.2 millimeters of travel, which is well below our 1.5mm preference. For comparison, the slimmer Precision 7730’s keys have 1.6 mm of key travel, and the ThinkPad P71’s have 2.2 mm. The shallow, backlit keyboard with numpad feels weighty and somewhat stiff. I also find the curved keys on the Thinkpad P71 and Precision 7730 to be more comfortable than the flat caps on the HP. On the bright side, the keys have a nice tactile feedback, are well-spaced and require 72 grams of actuation force, which is above our recommended minimum (60 grams). I banged out 105 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 89 percent in the typing test. Both of those results are worse than my usual 109 wpm at a 5 percent error rate, but not by much. Business professionals who type for hours a day deserve a better keyboard than what the ZBook 17 has to offer. The 4.5 x 2.2-inch touchpad is flanked on the top and bottom by a set of left-, right- and center-click buttons. I had no problems using the smooth surface to complete Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom, three-finger swipe to switch apps or three-finger tap to open Cortana. MORE: The Best Laptops for Business and Productivity I’m not part of the cult following who use the pointing stick in place of a touchpad, but the black rubber knob in the center of the ZBook 17’s keyboard was responsive when I navigated the web. Performance This blazing-fast workstation didn’t break a sweat when it was challenged with a heavy workload. Twenty Google Chrome tabs including two 1080p YouTube videos and two more full-HD Twitch streams were no match for the HP ZBook 17 G5. I didn’t notice any stuttering or lag as I flipped through the tabs and watched full-screen videos. The HP ZBook 17 also did an outstanding job on our synthetic benchmarks. The laptop scored a 20,900 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, trouncing the ThinkPad P71 (Intel Xeon E3-1535M, 15,972) and the workstation category average (17,082). But the Core i9-8950HK-equipped Precision 7730 took the top score, with a 23,130. The ZBook 17 went uncontested on our Excel Macro Test, matching 65,000 names to their corresponding addresses in just 49 seconds. The Precision 7730 (1:19) and the workstation average (1:13) needed more time to complete the task. The NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD inside the ZBook also outpaced the competition by a good stretch, duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media files in 6 seconds, for a rate of 848 megabytes per second. Other workstations, like the ThinkPad P71 (1TB PCIe TLC OPAL2 SSD, 463 MBps) and Precision 7730 (M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD, 565 MBps), also have superfast storage, and yet they fall far behind the ZBook. The workstation category average is a file-transfer rate of 536 MBps. MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall Performance The workstation needed 13 minutes and 27 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution using the HandBrake app. That’s quicker than the workstation average (16:19) but far behind the Precision 7730’s time (8:59). Graphics Armed with an Nvidia Quadro P4200 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the ZBook 17 can run graphically intensive programs, like Photoshop or 3D-rendering software. It can even power modern video games as demonstrated on our real-world gaming test, in which it played the racing game Dirt 3 at a silky-smooth 225 frames per second. The ZBook 17 G5 scored a 184,848 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited synthetic graphics test, topping the ThinkPad P71 (Quadro P5000, 173,153) and the workstation average (151,284). The Quadro P5200-equipped Precision 7730 (188,813) just edged out the HP. When the HP stops running games or intensive programs, it switches from dedicated graphics to an Intel UHD Graphics P630 GPU. Audio The ZBook 17’s powerful speakers filled a large conference room with booming sound, but you should avoid blasting your music too loud. On certain tracks, like Ben Howard’s “I Forget Where We Were,” I noticed a scratchy distortion MORE: Buying Headphones in: Pros and Cons of Every Type When I dropped the volume down halfway, the indie song evened out, exhibiting clear, bright vocals and heavy bass thuds. I found myself tapping my foot along to the drum rhythm and enjoying the smoothness of the song’s presentation. I didn’t notice any distortion when listening to Thrice’s “In Exile.” The speakers sounded great on this song, keeping up with the rock track’s complex instrumentation. Battery Life Powerful workstations aren’t meant to last a full day on a charge, but the HP ZBook 17 G5 powered down a few hours earlier than I would have liked. The machine lasted only 4 hours and 31 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of display brightness. That’s actually longer than what the Dell Precision 7730 lasted (4:14) but still nowhere near the workstation average (6:47). The ThinkPad P71 powered down at 5:57, but that was on an older version of our test, with display brightness at 100 nits. Webcam Business professionals who frequently make video calls will want to replace the ZBook 17 G5’s 720p webcam with an external camera, like the Logitech C920. Selfies I took with the ZBook 17’s front-facing cam were grainy and unfocused, even though the lens gathered a good amount of light in our dim office. The lack of sharpness is a shame, because the camera captured pretty accurate colors. I could see light streaks in my dirty blond beard, and the lime cabinets behind me were the right shade of green. Unfortunately, my beard looked more like a blob than something composed of individual strands of hair. Heat The ZBook 17 G5 did a fine job dispersing heat across its massive footprint, even under a heavy workload. When we played a 15-minute HD video in full screen, the laptop’s touchpad heated to only 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest part of the laptop, near the hinge, topped out at 95 degrees, matching our comfort threshold. Both the center of the keyboard (88 degrees) and the underside of the laptop (91.5 degrees) were also well below that mark. Software and Warranty The ZBook 17 has mostly been spared of preinstalled software, apart from several in-house diagnostics and support apps. Those include HP DreamColor Assistant, a display-calibration software, and HP Sure Click, an app that provides hardware-enforced security to web browsers. Another helpful addition is HP JumpStart, which guides you through the setup process of your new laptop. Other programs are duds. The Power Manager app wanted me to adjust the BIOS settings before it would open. And for whatever reason, WorkWise is preinstalled on the ZBook despite HP’s plans to discontinue that app in January 2019. The typical bloatware that Microsoft brings to its OS is mostly absent on Windows 10 Pro, although a few apps remain, like LinkedIn and Microsoft Solitaire Collection. MORE: How to Use Microsoft Excel Like a Pro The HP ZBook 17 G5 ships with a three-year warranty with on-site repair services. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands rankings. Configurations The ZBook 17 G5 is one expensive machine, even for a workstation. The laptop starts at $1,899 for an FHD display, a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia Quadro P1000 GPU. Our $5,313 review unit ups the display to 4K resolution and packs an Intel Xeon E-2176M CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a Quadro P4200 GPU. Upgrading the CPU to a Xeon E-2186M costs another $434, and increasing storage to 1TB will run you an additional $405. For fun, I configured a top-of-the-line ZBook 17 with the highest-end components HP offers to see how expensive it could get. The 4K touch-screen laptop was powered by a Xeon E-2186M CPU and came with 64GB of RAM, three 2TB M.2 SSDs, an additional 1TB SATA drive (that’s 7 total TBs!) and a Quadro P5200 GPU (with 16GB of VRAM). Those insane components, combined with a few extras, like an IR camera and a backlit keyboard, came to a grand total of $16,845. MORE: Which GPU is Right For You? Fortunately, the ZBook 17 is very serviceable, so it doesn’t take much effort to pop off the bottom panel and upgrade to up to 10TB of SSD storage or up to 128GB of RAM. Bottom Line The ZBook 17 G5 is an excellent machine for the most-demanding power users. If you can get past the sheer size of this laptop, you’ll appreciate its gorgeous 4K display, superfast performance and reassuring cooling. But it does have a few noteworthy shortcomings. Although workstations aren’t known for their longevity, the ZBook has especially poor battery life. Perhaps the ZBook’s biggest fault is its shallow keyboard, which is nowhere near as comfortable as those on the ThinkPad P71 or Precision 7730. Those competitors put up a good fight against the ZBook 17. The ThinkPad P71 has a best-in-class keyboard, an equally stunning 4K panel and decent battery life. That machine’s performance, however, can’t keep up with the ZBook’s. The Precision 7730 is another fantastic workstation, with an eye-watering 4K panel, fast performance and a premium design, but it too has poor endurance, and it ran warm under a heavy workload. In the end, each of these laptops is a good choice for people who want the very best laptop hardware — and have several thousand dollars to spend. 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Windows 10 upgrade prompt gets decline option

first_imgWindows 10 upgrade prompt gets decline option by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 20 commentsBetter late than never. Microsoft is about to release an update to the company’s Get Windows 10 application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices that includes a decline option.Microsoft has been criticized heavily for its aggressive push of the Windows 10 operating system. The company’s offer looks like a good one on first glance: upgrade your existing version of Windows to Windows 10 for free in the first year.The main issue that users have with the promotion is not that it exists, but that it won’t take no for an answer.In fact, some of the latest Get Windows 10 prompts that user receive give users no option at all to decline the upgrade.Microsoft changed the prompt regularly, and made it increasingly difficult for users to decline the offer.The Get Windows 10 application shares characteristics with malware, as it is difficult to get rid of completely.Windows 10 offer with decline optionThe Verge reports that Microsoft will launch a new upgrade prompt soon that makes things clearer.The new Get Windows 10 prompt lists “decline free offer” as one of the options. While the focus is on the upgrade now button in the interface, it is still probably the clearest “no” option of any Get windows 10 prompt up until now.A “choose time” option is listed as well for users who want to schedule the upgrade to Windows 10 on the device.The prompt lists July 29 as the last date to get the free upgrade, and it will surely convince some users who have not upgraded yet to take Microsoft up on the offer.Since the new version of the Get Windows 10 application is not available yet, it is unclear what happens when users select to decline the free offer.Microsoft could interpret this as “not now” instead of “stop bothering me”, which in turn would mean that users would see that prompt or another one at a later point in timeWindows chief Terry Myerson told the Verge that Microsoft has been hard at work at incorporating user feedback, and that the new prompt is the result of that feedback.Why now?One has to wonder why it took Microsoft so long to incorporate this change. Cynics might state that the company pushed the majority of users to Windows 10 already, and that the last month in which the free upgrade is available does not matter that much anymore to the company.I’d say that the last month is one of the most important ones for Microsoft. Users who declined or blocked the upgrade offer in the beginning might want to take advantage of it after all. The Anniversary Update, which will be out at about the same time as the free upgrade offer expires, introduces important feature additions to Windows 10 that many say should have been there from the beginning.It is still saver to block the Windows 10 upgrade offer directly, or use a program like Never10 or GWX Control Panel for that instead.Now You: Will you upgrade your Windows version to Windows 10 before the offer expires?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 upgrade prompt gets decline optionDescriptionBetter late than never. Microsoft is about to release an update to the company’s Get Windows 10 application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices that includes a decline option.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

A resourcefriendly way to stream Twitchtv content

first_imgA resource-friendly way to stream content by Martin Brinkmann on July 11, 2016 in Music and Video – 5 is a popular destination to watch live streams of various video game and related broadcasts. Most Internet users tune in using a web browser, and that is working fine most of the time.Twitch used to use Flash exclusively on the site but has since then started to integrate HTML5 video streams on the site as well.Regardless of that, you may notice that the Twitch browser client can be quite the resource hog. While you may be able to adjust some settings, quality of stream for instance, to reduce its resource hunger, you may prefer a better way of streaming Twitch streams that don’t tax the computer as much.Livestreamer Twitch GUILivestreamer Twitch GUI is a graphical user interface for the popular Livestreamer application. We reviewed Livestreamer before here on Ghacks. It is a command line application to watch Internet streams in your favorite media player on the computer.Livestreamer Twitch GUI makes things more comfortable by adding an interface to the whole process. You need to configure the program before you may use it.First of all, it is required to download it and Livestreamer to the system. Livestreamer is available for Windows and as source code, Livestreamer Twitch GUI for Windows, Mac and Linux.Once you have both on your system, you may want to check the settings to make sure everything is set up correctly. The frontend reminds you if something is amiss when you start to play a video as well.The preferences are quite extensive. I suggest you enable the advanced settings and features preferences at the top to display even more.PreferencesWhile there are lots of preferences displayed on the page, the following ones may be of interest to the majority of users:Set the preferred stream quality. It is set to source by default, but you may change it to a desired quality. This is interesting if your Internet connection is slow or unreliable, or if you prefer maximum quality all the time.Livestreamer lists several parameters including the path to the livestreamer.exe executable, but also stream type and parameters.Videoplayer sets the media player that Livestreamer Twitch GUI will load the stream in. If you leave it blank, the default player will be used.Control various GUI related preferences. Change the theme from light to dark, enable or disable OS integration, and set refresh rates (off by default).Filter streams by language. You may remove broadcaster languages to filter out streams.Configure desktop notifications, for instance when favorites are streaming.Make sure you hit the apply button at the bottom of the page after you are done. The application displays a prompt if you miss it though.Browsing TwitchLivestreamer Twitch GUI lists several options to browse streaming channels on Twitch. You may use the featured, top games or top channels listings for instance, or use the search at the top for that to find specific streams.The account-specific section requires that you sign in to a Twitch account. You may then access your subscriptions, live streams, hosted streams, and favorites using the program as well.Once you have found a stream that you want to watch, you may simply click on it to start the process. If things are set up correctly, the stream opens in the default media player automatically.Livestreamer Twitch GUI displays options in its interface while the stream is playing in the main media player. Since the stream is displayed in the media player, you won’t get access to the chat for instance or other controls while using it.That’s why an option to launch the chat is displayed by the program. You also find options to change the stream quality, and even stream only the audio.Closing WordsIf you run into resource woes regularly when streaming Twitch content, you may want to give Livestreamer Twitch GUI a try.While it requires an initial setup to get everything going, it is not overly complicated and a one-time process only.SummaryArticle NameA resource-friendly way to stream contentDescriptionLivestreamer Twitch GUI is a graphical user interface for the popular Livestreamer application which sends media streams to the default video player on the system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefox 62 Developer Toolbar removal

first_imgFirefox 62: Developer Toolbar removal by Martin Brinkmann on May 21, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: May 21, 2018 – 35 commentsMozilla will remove the Developer Toolbar, also known as GLCI, from the Firefox web browser when it hits version 62 in September 2018.Firefox users who run an earlier version of the web browser can display the Developer Toolbar with the shortcut Shift-F2 or by using the Tools menu.The toolbar is quite handy for certain operations: you may use it to take screenshots, manage Firefox add-ons, change Firefox preferences, edit or remove cookies, or restart the web browser.Basically, what it does is provide commands that Firefox users may run from the built-in command line. The fact that it is a command line interface makes it a tool for advanced Firefox users for the most part and developers.Mozilla added the toolbar to Firefox in 2012 and it has been a part of Firefox since. The Developer Toolbar was not promoted much and that is one of the main reasons why it has not seen lots of usage.The organization made the decision to remove the toolbar from Firefox based on the following reasons:The user interface and GLCI is unmaintained.Some features are broken because of Firefox’s multi-process architecture e10s.Low usage.Alternatives are available.The feature blocks UnsafeSetInnerHTML.The main tracking bug on Bugzilla provides additional information. Mozilla plans to remove the Developer Toolbar and browser references in Firefox 62. Firefox 62 Nightly does not support the Shift-F2 shortcut already; nothing happens when you activate it.As far as alternatives are concerned:Screenshots — Mozilla suggests to use Firefox’s screenshot tool instead which the browser ships with. It does not support some operations right now though such as capturing full page screenshots or setting a device pixel ratio.Restart — load about:profiles, click on the restart button, or use operating system specific options such as Alt-F4 on Windows or Cmd-Q on Mac, and loading Firefox anew afterward. Also possible to use Ctrl-Alt-R in Developer Tools but only in Nightly.Mozilla revealed that restart is by far the most used command that users run when they use the Developer Toolbar.Closing WordsI have to admit that I did not use the Developer Toolbar much but it was quite handy for restarting Firefox quickly (Shift-F2, type res, hit tab to auto-complete to restart, hit Return).The removal may be a loss to some who use it for the same purpose or other purposes. I think that Mozilla should have alternatives for the most used actions in place and communicated to Firefox’s user base before the feature is removed from Firefox Stable.Now You: Do you use the Developer Toolbar in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 62: Developer Toolbar removalDescriptionMozilla will remove the Developer Toolbar, also known as GLCI, from the Firefox web browser when it hits version 62 in September 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Why uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in Firefox

first_imgWhy uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on March 27, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: March 27, 2019 – 30 commentsFirefox users who have the content blocker uBlock Origin installed receive a permission prompt currently when uBlock Origin is updating.The prompt requests permission to store unlimited amounts of data. Firefox displays the prompt during the upgrade of uBlock Origin. The two options that are provided are to allow the permission by selecting “update” or to disallow it by selecting cancel.The prompt reads:uBlock Origin has been updated. You must approve new permissions before the updated version will install.Choosing “cancel” will maintain your current add-on version.It requires your permission to:Store unlimited amount of client-side data.The update won’t be installed if you select cancel. The change brings the uBlock Origin extension for Firefox in line with the Chrome extension. Chromium-based versions of uBlock Origin requested the permission since 2014 when the extension was first published.Mozilla notes that extensions should only request the unlimited storage permission of they use more than 5 Megabytes of storage; this is the case for uBlock Origin as it uses more than 5 Megabytes of local storage in its default configuration.The change has no impact on the functionality of the extension at this point. Firefox does not enforce local storage quotas which means that extensions may store more than 5 Megabytes of storage even if they don’t request the permission currently.It is possible that the storage limit will be enforced eventually, however. The new permission request in uBlock Origin is a preemptive one to avoid issues in the future if the limit is enforced by Mozilla.While preemptive in nature, it is still justified as the extension uses more than 5 Megabytes of local storage in its base configuration.Closing WordsThe permission brings uBlock Origin in line with the Chrome version of the extension. Firefox users who want to continue using up to date versions of the browser extension need to allow the new permission by selecting update.Now You: Do you use a content blocker in your browser of choice?SummaryArticle NameWhy uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in FirefoxDescriptionFirefox users who have the content blocker uBlock Origin installed receive a permission prompt currently when uBlock Origin is updating.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

NASAs Orion Crew Capsule For Artemis 1 Moon Mission Now Complete

first_img AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches All ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestseller Ads by Amazon The Orion crew module that is built by contractor Lockheed Martin is integrated with the European-built service module. It can transport a crew of four astronauts to journey at or beyond the low Earth orbit.The integrated spacecraft will undergo testing at the KSC and then, it will be followed by thermal vacuum tests at NASA’s Plum Brook Facility in Ohio in September. It is scheduled to return to KSC by the end of the year to prepare for its launch in space.Artemis 1 Moon MissionOrion’s first Moon mission is named Artemis 1, and it will not be carrying anyone. The new Space Launch System will propel the uncrewed Orion to orbit the Moon in six days and then return to back to earth after a total of three weeks in space.Artemis 1 is set to test all the hardware and operations of Orion spacecraft. When it comes back to Earth from space, it will splash down off Baja, California.If the plan goes well, two astronauts will land on the Moon’s South Pole. They will be the first humans to touch down the Moon in the 21st century. This will also put the first woman on the moon. Both of them will make history once they set foot on this side of the Moon where no human has ever been before.NASA’s Orion crew capsule, which will bring astronauts back to the Moon since the culmination of the Apollo space program, is slated for its first trip to the lunar orbit sometime after June 2020. TAG NASA, Orion Crew Module, Mike Pence DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Close U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that NASA’s Orion crew capsule for the Artemis Mission 1 is officially complete. He announced this big news during his speech at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission on Saturday, July 20.  ( NASA/JSC ) NASA’s Orion crew capsule is now complete and ready for the next stage of the project.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed the big news during his speech at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission held at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, July 20.”Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of NASA, and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight,” Pence said. Searchlast_img read more

Brazil mourns lesbian activist assassinated in driveby shooting

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Marielle Franco, 38, was shot on Wednesday night as she returned home after attending promoting empowerment for black women when she was killed.A car pulled up beside her and shot nine bullets killer Franco, her driver and injuring her press secretary.The AP reported she was shot three times in the head.Franco was a lesbian, black city councillor who spoke out for disenfranchised communities, especially for Rio’s most poor people in the favelas (slums).She was @MarielleFranco: a black, LGBT woman raised in one of Rio’s poorest favelas, became a human rights activist, joined the socialist PSOL party, was elected in 2016 with a massive vote to Rio City Council. A hideous loss, & the possibility of assassination is real & chilling— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 15, 2018She was also a passionate LGBTI advocate and had tried to start a lesbian visibility day.Franco was a very vocal critic of Rio’s police violence and was very opposed to the federal military intervention in the favelas.‘This a chilling development and is yet another example of the dangers that human rights defenders face in Brazil,’ said Jurema Werneck, Amnesty International’s Brazil director.‘As a member of Rio de Janeiro’s State Human Rights Commission, Marielle worked tirelessly to defend the rights of black women and young people in the favelas and other marginalized communities.’Saddens me to hear that #Mariellefranco who dedicated her life to fighting against racism, prejudice & police violence in Rio de Janeiro, was assassinated last night. COME ON BRAZIL STAND UP— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) March 15, 2018The city came to a standstill on Thursday with thousands attending an impromptu rally outside of Franco’s memorial service and burial.Thousands of people also took to the streets around Brazil, especially in São Paulo, to protest her murder.Brazilians take to the streets in Rio de Janeiro in response to the assassination of Marielle Franco, prominent human rights advocate and leftist councilwoman.#MariellePresente Marielle Franco was killed in a drive-by shooting in Brazil. | Photo: Facebook GAYSTARNEWS-center_img LGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraits2016 IGLTA Honors announced annual awardsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : One of Rio de Janeiro’s most admired political activists was gunned down in violent drive-by shooting as Brazil reels from her shocking murder. — teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 15, 2018Franco won her seat on the city council in 2016 against all odds and with the fifth-highest amount of votes out of the 51 councillors.Raised in one of Rio’s most dangerous favelas, Mare, Franco never tired when it came to standing up to police violence.She was a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and was a symbol of hope for many minority groups.#MarielleFrancoPresenteRio City Council.Activist.Reformer.Feminist.#Lesbian.Assassinated 14 March 2018 by the cowards who feared the strength of her voice and the power of her activism.#RIP— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) March 15, 2018Mourning MarielleRecently appointed rapporteur of a municipal commission to monitor the federal intervention in policing Rio de Janeiro, Franco had a lot of opinions about the plans.According to Fairfax Media ‘police, prosecutors and even drug gang leaders said looked like a political assassination’.‘The scene is clearly of an execution,’ said Marcelo Freixo of Franco’s Socialism and Liberty Party.‘The shots were all directed at her. They were all from a professional.’Incredible, wrenching photo. PSOL leaders David Miranda & Marcelo Freixo carry the caskets of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes through a mourning and indignant crowd in Rio de Janeiro. As Brazilian militants are saying: Marielle, presente. Anderson, presente. Hoje e sempre.— ellinha (@ella_mahony) March 15, 2018Brazil is a very dangerous country for LGBTI people and has more than one murder per day of an LGBTI person.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Hundreds go to funeral for 10yearold bi boy tortured to death by

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, are both charged in his murder. They are behind bars and expected to be arraigned next month.Barron described horrific treatment of Avalos and his siblings, including beatings, starvations, sexual abuse, being locked in small spaces, and denial of water.Despite teachers, family members and counselors warning of horrific treatment, it is unknown why Avalos was allowed to remain under the care of his allegedly abusive parents.DCFS director Bobby Cagle said it was ‘premature’ to say Avalos’ torture and death was a failure of the welfare system.8-year-old boy tortured to death; parents found guiltyLate last year, a Los Angeles couple was found guilty for torturing an eight-year-old boy to death.Isauro Aguirre, of Palmdale, was sentenced to death.. His girlfriend, the boy’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, pled guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.The series of brutal acts against eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez included dousing the boy in pepper spray, forcing him to eat his own feces and vomit, putting cigarettes out on his skin and beating him with a bat.Aguirre also tied the boy up, locking him in a cage and shooting him with a BB gun.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Parents ‘likely’ beat 10-year-old boy to death for being gayMartyn Hett laid to rest at ‘iconic’ funeral and the world is urged to #bemoremartynEight-year-old allegedly murdered for acting gay had ‘the worst injuries I’ve ever seen on a child’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Anthony Avalos, 10, was found dead in his Lancaster, California, home last week.He had died after a series of head injuries. His mother claimed these injuries came from a ‘fall’.Hundreds come out to support loving family and friendsParents likely beat a 10-year-old boy to death for announcing he ‘liked boys’, investigators have said.Anthony’s funeral was held at Saint Junipero Serra Parish in Quartz Hill. Following the mass, the casket was placed on a hearse and taken to Good Shepherd Cemetery.Many wore attire adorned with superhero emblems. Anthony was a big fan of superheroes.Maggie Dowdy, a stranger, attended the funeral to pay her respects.‘I have family and grandchildren of my own. I would hate for anybody to do anything like that to them. We have to stand behind this child and know that people do love him.’Maria Barron, Anthony’s aunt, thanked the community for coming together show support for her nephew.Did the welfare system fail Anthony Avalos? The young boy’s life was cut too short | Photo: YouTube/CBS Los AngelesOfficials were warned by Barron who complained about how the boy was being treated by her sister.More than a dozen referrals were made regarding physical, emotional and sexual abuse of Anthony since 2013. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Hundreds of people attended a funeral for a 10-year-old bisexual boy on Saturday (21 July).He was allegedly tortured to death by his mother and her boyfriend.last_img read more

Federal authorities destroy more than 460 guns at Cancun military base

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — More than 460 guns were destroyed by federal authorities in Cancun Wednesday as part of a government clean to rid criminals of their weapons.Cancun mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba, says that part of the problem is the amount of weapons in the hands of criminals. He described the event to destroy the guns as “very significant” saying that the weapons being removed from the streets around the state has an impact on violence since six out of every 10 homicides are committed with guns.“The law is very clear, he explains, “There are restrictions on owning a weapon. The unfortunate thing is that all these weapons circulate in the black market. There are even cases where high caliber guns have been confiscated from minors.”He explained that while it is good to remove as many weapons from the streets as possible, we must also remove them from the hands of criminals and prevent them from reaching children.Estrada Barba congratulated the judicial and ministerial authorities for putting an effort into the issue of weapons in the state pending the new justice system.In total, 467 weapons that included guns, an excess of 3,300 rounds of ammunition and two silencers were destroyed along with pieces of military clothing and gear used by criminals. The destruction of the weapons was done by the Secretariat of National Defense at the X Military Region in Cancun.General Gustavo Nieto Navarro, commander of the X Military Region, said that citizens can also voluntarily surrender their weapons as part of the Weapons Exchange Program where they are awarded with incentives.“The implementation of the Weapons Exchange Program is intended to promote the voluntary surrender of firearms, grenades and ammunition among citizens in exchange for incentives such as articles for domestic use.“The goal of the program is to diminish tragic and violent acts within the family or community nucleus through a permanent campaign.”He stressed that all weapons seized by the civil authorities are made available to the Secretariat of National Defense and all are destroyed.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

300 National Guard members sent to protect MexicoBelize border

first_imgThe arrival of the 300 guards is meant for direct support for the National Institute of Migration to stop the flow of more Central Americans from illegally entering Mexico. The members of the National Guard were sent to the border as per an agreement made with the US to help curb the flow of migrants who cross through Mexico to reach the United States. Chetumal, Q.R. — Hundreds of members of the National Guard have arrived in the southern portion of the state of Quintana Roo in a bid to secure the Mexico-Belize border from illegal immigrants. In addition to personnel, surveillance has also been reinforced at border points such as the town of La Unión and the Chactemal and Subteniente López bridges.center_img The move comes the same week as the announcement by the government of Mexico that all passengers using the ADO bus service will be required to produce identification before boarding. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Martin Estrada resigns as Director of Public Safety

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The general director of the Municipal Public Security of Solidaridad, Martín Estrada Sánchez, has resigned and in his place is Lieutenant Jorge Robles Aguilar. The resignation comes one day after the visit of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and within the framework of the consolidation of the single command decreed by the governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The resignation of Martín Estrada Sánchez comes one day after the presidential visit to the city. In his public announcement, Estrada Sánchez said his resignation was voluntary. Without specifying the reason for his resignation, Martín Estrada took to social networks to say “Today, I present my voluntary waiver to the position of General Director of Security Public and Transit. I greatly appreciate your support at the time.”center_img The mayor of Playa del Carmen, Laura Beristain Navarrete, accepted the voluntary resignation of Estrada Sánchez from the position of General de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito Municipal de Solidaridad.last_img read more

Update 62 arrested for Van Reenens Pass truck protest

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch: Truck drivers protest on N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass (KZN)Read also: Update: Minister condemns the blocking of the N3 at Van ReenenAlso read: Update: More protesters arrested at Van Reenen’s PassBetween 60 and 70 trucks had to be towed away, and emergency services, law enforcement and recovery services worked through the night in order to clear the highway and open all the lanes.Emergency services cleared the northbound section for traffic last night (June 20) and re-opened the southbound lanes this morning (June 21).Those arrested were set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court today, facing charges of public violence and obstructing traffic.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Police arrested 62 protesters late yesterday afternoon (June 20) on Van Reenen’s Pass.The suspects are aged between 28 and 59 years old.These arrests come after South African truck drivers staged a protest regarding a wage dispute. They are also demanding that no foreigners be permitted to drive trucks in South Africa.The truck drivers used their trucks to block the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass.The road was blocked for about 15 hours.Read initial story: Warning: Protest action on the N3 at Van Reenen’s Passlast_img read more

Shortage of dogs at K9 Unit

first_imgThe Ladysmith K9 Unit is appealing to the community for dogs.This is a matter of urgency, as the unit only has 7 patrol dogs and one explosives dogs at this time, leaving officers without a ‘partner’. The breeds ideally required are Rottweilers and German Shepherds.The dogs must be under 3 years old and must be thoroughbreds.They will be put through a small training programme and should they not pass, they will be returned to their owners.To those people out there who own these breed of dogs, you are urged to donate one to the Ladysmith K9 Unit. In doing so, you will be helping to combat crime in and around town.Police have recently noted an increase in armed robberies, shootings and house break-ins in town and you will be going a long way towards stamping out this kind of opportunistic crime.For more information, contact Captain Hlongwane on 079-514-5083 or Warrant Officer Steenkamp on 082-780-2487. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img Technology | June 15, 2008 Infinity Omega is a Full-Function Patient Monitor for Patient Transport The Infinity Omega solution integrates a two-screen patient monitoring solution and consists of a full-function patie read more June 25, 2008 – Hill-Rom this week said it entered into two new agreements to will enhance and add integrated functions and value for the company’s NaviCare WatchChild solution.An agreement with AirStrip Technologies brings the value of the innovative AirStrip OB product, a state-of-the-art software application allows obstetricians to use their own PDAs and Smartphones to remotely access real-time waveform data for both the mother and fetus. The interface between Hill-Rom’s WatchChild solution and AirStrip OB will be configured to function with Hill-Rom’s original WatchChild solution as well as the enhanced version introduced this past April.In addition, Hill-Rom’s relationship with ExitCare, L.L.C. will integrate an educational component, the ExitCare Labor & Delivery product, consisting of hundreds of labor and delivery patient education topics augmented with color illustrations. This will serve as a tool to facilitate communication between clinicians with patients and family members.The newly introduced, enhanced WatchChild solution evolved from a recognized need to provide an integrated and intuitive way to manage obstetrical operations, including reporting, communication, care plan development, skin and fall assessment screening and operating room record/pre-anesthesia checklists. The NaviCare WatchChild solution also offers state-of-the-art data archiving capability to help manage long-and-short-term liability risks for hospitals and caregivers. The NaviCare WatchChild solution is part of the NaviCare Clinical Operations Platform. In February 2008, Hill-Rom introduced an enhanced NaviCare Clinical Operations Platform designed to support hospital efforts to provide improved patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency.For more information:,, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | May 29, 2008 Draeger Launches Online Medical Service Community for Clinical, Biomedical Customers May 30, 2008 – Draeger Service, the Service arm of Draeger Medical Inc., this week launched its Draeger Medical Servi read more News | June 17, 2008 Georgetown University Teams with Gentag, SAIC to Develop Needleless Glucose Sensor June 18, 2008 – Georgetown University, Gentag Inc. and Science Applications International Corp. read more News | August 17, 2009 SonoSite Acquires CardioDynamics for $12.3 Million August 17, 2009 – SonoSite Inc., a specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, announced that on Aug…. read more Technology | June 12, 2008 15-Inch Monitor Created for Vital Signs Monitoring Quest International Inc. read more Related Content News | June 01, 2008 Cantimer to Develop Portable, Noninvasive Hydration Measurement, Monitoring System June 2, 2008 – Cantimer Inc. said today it was awarded a $996,000 contract by the U.S. read more News | June 24, 2008 Hill-Rom Enhances NaviCare WatchChild with Remote Perinatal Monitoring News | June 16, 2008 Free Cell Phone Minutes, Texting Used to Help Monitor TB Treatment June 17, 2008 – One of the biggest challenges in fighting tuberculosis is simply getting patients to take their medic read more News | July 10, 2008 Researcher Says RFID Devices are Much Safer than Dutch Study Suggests July 11, 2008 – A new study that found wireless systems that track hospital medical equipment can cause potentially… read more News | October 07, 2013 Philips, Accenture Create First Proof of Concept for Delivering Patient Data via Google Glass Royal Philips and Accenture announced the creation of a proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration that uses a Google Glass… read more News | May 28, 2008 GE Healthcare Anesthesia, Monitor Servicing Team Wins Customer Satisfaction Award May 29, 2008 – For the seventh year in a row, GE Healthcare has won Omega Management Group’s prestigious NorthFace Sc read morelast_img read more

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first_img 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 News | April 29, 2009 Barco Sets Up Flagship Reference Site in a Major Belgian Hospital The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging 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 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 Photo courtesy of US Electronics 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 | 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 Photo courtesy of Barcocenter_img 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 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 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 April 29, 2009 – Barco is expanding its clinical collaborator network with a brand-new customer reference site at the Dienst Medische Beeldvorming, the radiology practice serving the General Hospital Group AZ Groeninge in Kortrijk, Belgium. With this initiative, Barco aims to intensify its cooperation with the clinical end-user community. As a global reference site, the Dienst Medische Beeldvorming (Medical Imaging Department) has been equipped with the very latest in diagnostic display technology, including the first 6 MegaPixel color display system for diagnostic imaging. In addition, the department has rolled out Barco’s MediCal QAWeb solution for intervention-free calibration, Quality Assurance and asset management throughout the enterprise. The program will carry on when the AZ Groeninge Hospital, along with the Dienst Medische Beeldvorming, will move to a brand-new facility on the outskirts of the city of Kortrijk, a stone’s throw away from Barco’s headquarters.The Dienst Medische Beeldvorming at AZ Groeninge is a long-standing Barco customer and has been using Coronis 2MP, 3MP and 5MP Mammo monitors throughout its radiology department for several years. As a Barco reference site, they will now also deploy the innovative Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display system in their reading rooms, where radiologists routinely read multiple (color and grayscale, moving and static) images from advanced modalities such as X-ray, CT, MRI, PET-CT, US and angiography.Dr. Patrick Seynaeve, head of radiology at the AZ Groeninge Hospital, praised the new Barco 6 MegaPixel diagnostic displays: “We make life critical decisions every day. The multi-modality Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display system will provide us with the best image quality available and increases our diagnostic confidence.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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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first_img Technology | Dictation Systems | November 25, 2015 M*Modal Expands its Imaging Reporting Suite to Improve Documentation Quality November 25, 2015 — M*Modal will showcase improvements to its Fluency for Imaging reporting suite at RSNA 2015. read more News | February 24, 2015 Dolbey Speech Recognition Awarded Best in KLAS Third Consecutive Year For the third consecutive year, a Dolbey speech recognition solution was named Best in KLAS. Dolbey earned this year’s… read more Technology | January 06, 2015 IDS Debuts Advanced Integration With Cloud Speech Engine for its Speech Recognition, Reporting Platform IDS debuted at RSNA 2014 Voice2Dox speech recognition and reporting platform with cloud-based clinical speech… read more Technology | February 19, 2015 Calgary Scientific Launches ResolutionMD 5.0 Calgary Scientific Inc. announced the release of ResolutionMD 5.0, which offers better access to health information,… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | April 28, 2016 G2 Speech, LogicNets Announce Strategic Partnership for Clinical Structured Reporting April 28, 2016 — G2 Speech, European provider of… read more News | Information Technology | July 28, 2017 Nuance Restores Service to Majority of eScription Clients Following Malware Incident Nuance Communications Inc. provided an update on its restoration process following the previously reported June 27,… read more News | Information Technology | February 26, 2016 Nuance Unveils Dragon Medical One Platform Nuance Communications Inc. announced Dragon Medical One, a universal and secure cloud-based platform that provides… read more News | Dictation Systems | March 07, 2016 M*Modal Highlights Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation at HIMSS 2016 M*Modal announced that its clinical intelligence platform has been broadly embraced by physicians in over 150 sites… read more Technology | June 03, 2015 Nuance Launches First Evidence-Based Computer-Assisted Reporting Solution for Radiologists Nuance Communications Inc. announced the general availability of PowerScribe 360 Reporting version 3.0, delivering the… read more January 28, 2013 — Avreo announced the release of Version 7.4 for preview at HIMSS 2013. Version 7.4 enhancements include voice recognition improvements such as voice command shortcuts, advanced report template management and new voice recognition editor workflow to offer interpreting physicians the option to send voice recognition reports to an editor for final review prior to distribution.“Avreo is committed to concentrating on customer needs,” stated Jonah Still, Avreo CTO. “Focusing the release of interWORKS Version 7.4 on a specific enhancement area allows us to effectively work towards maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | January 28, 2013 Avreo Version 7.4 Enhancements Introduced Technology | April 16, 2015 Nuance Showcases New Clinical Documentation Tools for Mobile Devices and Wearables Nuance Communications showcased its newest innovations for bringing clinical documentation to smart devices, smart… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

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first_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  GE Healthcare celebrated the production of its 10,000th OEC 9900 Elite mobile imaging system globally, following installation at a prestigious hospital in Pittsburgh. Mobile C-arms are digital X-ray imaging systems used to see inside the body during surgery and interventional procedures, aiding surgeons in precise surgical repair. The delivery of this system marks a significant clinical milestone because the global use of this high-quality system is helping promote the advancement of minimally invasive surgery in all regions of the world.The OEC 9900 Elite touts superb image quality in a highly automated machine and was named the overall best Mobile C-arm, ranking number one in image quality, and emitting the least amount of radiation in a study presented at the North American Spine Society’s Annual meeting in 2012.  With nearly 40,000 OEC C-arms in use globally, the OEC 9900 Elite’s foundation has a familiar user interface, allowing Radiologic technologists and Surgeons to become comfortable using the system very quickly. Beyond ease of use, which is critical in a fast paced and intense OR setting, the OEC 9900 Elite has unique image optimization features and critical dose management capabilities — all key attributes that help clinicians provide the best care for their patients.“We are incredibly proud today as we reflect on the significant contributions our business has made to improving health across the globe,” said Carrie Eglinton Manner, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Surgery. “The founders of OEC had a vision for enabling better surgery, and we still work every single day to make that vision real. We shipped the 10,000th OEC 9900 Elite, with our heartfelt wishes that this and all OEC C-arms will help improve the health of people in their communities.” The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm is used in nearly 4,000 facilities around the world including hospitals, prestigious medical teaching Institutions, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices.More than 1,100 GE Healthcare Surgery employees around the world celebrated this latest milestone and the role OEC C-arms play in helping dedicated healthcare professionals deliver exceptional care for their patients. Whether in the course of routine surgeries or during events like the earthquake recovery in Haiti and the 2010 Winter Olympics, “We are humbled to have OEC C-arms consistently chosen as a key tool in improving global health. Whether clinicians use one of our ten thousand premium C-arms in place today, one of the tens of thousands of OEC C-arms prior to them, or one of the future C-arms we will develop, we are on a mission to continually help advance innovation in surgical care.” stated Eglinton Manner.The comes in the OEC Elite 9900 Ortho/Surgery and the OEC Elite 9900 Vascular configurations.For more information: Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more 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.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Related Radiology Business Transformation Content:Opportunities for Growth in a Competitive Radiology ClimateVIDEO: The Consolidation Trend in Radiology BusinessMust Radiologists Be Prepared To Delegate … To Smart Machines?VIDEO: Critical Issues in Radiology AdministrationRadiologists Seek Greater Involvement in Patient CareVIDEO: Role of Medical Imaging in Value-Based Care FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr Related Content Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  PreviousNext Radiology value-added matrix. Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Feature | April 01, 2015 | Jeff Zagoudis Critical Issues Facing Radiology As new payment models and quality measures are introduced, radiologists must prove their value to stay ahead of the curve Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Radiology value-added matrix.The landscape of the healthcare industry is poised for dramatic change in 2015 and the years ahead, and radiologists need to be ready to adapt if they’re going to thrive. This was the overarching message from the plenary session “Critical Issues Facing the Practice of Radiology in 2015 and Beyond” at RSNA 2014, presented by Bibb Allen, Jr., M.D., FACR; Geraldine McGinty, M.D., FACR; and James A. Brink, M.D., FACR, all members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors. Declining ReimbursementsThe largest issue looming on the horizon, by all accounts, is the transition from fee-for-service to a value-based payment model. Allen termed the shift a “revalidation of current inputs,” as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) works through the current procedure terminology (CPT) codes to determine what codes can be eliminated or bundled together. From radiology’s standpoint, Allen noted that many technical component codes are already being eliminated. As more and more codes are bundled or eliminated, exam volume has begun to decline and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Resetting the scales to a value-based payment system is slowly but surely leveling the playing field for reimbursements, with payments equalizing across the board. At the same time, however, this raises concerns about the growing commoditization of healthcare in general, and radiology specifically. “If all we have to offer is radiological interpretation, it doesn’t really matter who that interpretation is done by or where that person is,” Allen said. “It’s just a diagnosis at the bottom of a sheet of paper. It is a service that is fairly uniform and can be traded on a market totally based on price.” The key, he said, is adapting to healthcare reform, which centers on four ideas:•  Better health for the population•  Better care for individuals•  Lower cost through improvements•  More patient-centric focus What’s Appropriate? Rather than subject a patient to a battery of imaging exams, this more patient-centric, value-based healthcare model focuses on implementing the right treatment or service. With so many different types of imaging exams and each with a myriad of applications, the question becomes how can one be absolutely certain they’re implementing the “right” imaging solution?  To help radiologists ensure they are taking the best course of action, the ACR released its own appropriateness criteria for clinical decision support (CDS). The document contains evidence-based guidelines for radiological options in response to various conditions and scenarios, along with an appropriateness rating for each option. The appropriateness criteria are regularly updated but are still not widely used at the point of care, according to McGinty.Radiologists have a little time to get a better understanding of the appropriateness measures, but should have them down by Jan. 1, 2017, when the Clinical Decision Support for Advanced Imaging mandate takes effect. Spawned from the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, the measure will require physicians ordering advanced diagnostic imaging exams to consult a series of government-approved, evidence-based appropriate-use criteria via a CDS system. Claims for the exam will only be reimbursed if the physician can confirm they consulted the system. Value-added RadiologyEstablishing their place in the new system goes beyond just making appropriate exam choices, though. Radiologists have to become their own advocates and demonstrate quantifiable value — both within and outside of the imaging lab. Quantifying exam time is relatively easy, but what about all of the other job-related functions carried out during the day? A tool like the Radiology Value-added Matrix provides one solution. The chart consists of several columns, with header categories such as quality, service, utilization management and professional development. Underneath each column are the related tasks, which can then be broken down into the amount of time spent performing each task. Multiply that number by the average hourly rate for radiologists at your hospital, and a more accurate picture emerges of how radiologists spend their time and what exactly they contribute. See Radiology Value-added Matrix.Manage the PopulationWith an increased focus on patient-centered care and the emphasis on decreasing volume, the best way to satisfy these dual objectives is to be more mindful of population health management. This means keeping a population as healthy as possible while minimizing the need for interventions, from hospital visits to imaging exams. “It should be automated and ongoing,” said Brink. The process of population health management lays out as follows:1.  Define the population2.  Identify the care gaps within that population3.  Stratify the risks involved with care4.  Engage the patients 5.  Manage their care6.  Measure the outcomes of careRadiologists play a critical role in the second half of the process, providing data analysis and integration while facilitating improved communication through quality reporting. Executing higher quality reporting is easy to achieve, said McGinty, through a variety of informatics tools, which are one of the key focuses in the ACR’s Imaging 3.0 initiative. Making use of computer-assisted reporting tools can enhance information quality in several areas, including: •  Detection of findings•  Disease classification•  Recommendations for further actionElectronic health records (EHRs) are just one example of a powerful informatics tool that can be used to help ensure a patient is receiving the proper imaging exam. Many vendors now include safeguards within their software to adjust the workflow if an imaging exam appears to be implemented outside of its standard indications. Managing QualityAs these new measures are implemented going forward, radiologists have the opportunity to help each other improve and adapt by coordinating a strong quality management framework. The idea is to get everyone on the same page in terms of quality, safety and performance improvement efforts. McGinty put forth the concept of a radiologist value metric dashboard, much like the Radiology Value-added Matrix. Such mechanisms serve a two-fold purpose: They show the value that imaging departments add to clinical care in their own facilities, while also providing concrete data on how they differ from the competition. Above all else, being proactive in addressing these critical issues is the key for radiologists to survive and thrive in the changing landscape. News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | April 20, 2015 | Dave Fornell Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging New technologies and stress-only imaging can help cut nuclear imaging dose rates below 10 mSv UltraSPECT’s image reconstruction software can be used on older SPECT systems to allow lower-dose imaging. This is an example of the software’s imaging capability using between 30-50 percent less dose. The GE Discovery NM 570C uses newer CZT cameras, which directly transfer photon detections into digital signals, rather than using traditional photomultiplier tubes. The more efficient transfer of image data allows lower tracer doses to be used. read more

The Debate Over Breast Density

first_img 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 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. read more 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 | 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). 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 Feature | Breast Density | February 03, 2016 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane The Debate Over Breast Density The jury remains out on whether breast density should be considered a risk factor. Sidebar:USPSTF Final RecommendationsThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just released its final recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer following an in-depth review of the science on the benefits and harms of screening mammography, and a detailed review of input received from the public and healthcare professionals on its 2015 draft recommendation. The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of experts in evidence-based medicine. Here are the highlights of the statement:• The Task Force confirmed that screening mammography is effective in reducing deaths due to breast cancer in women 40-74. The greatest benefit, according to USPSTF, is in women 50-74, with the best balance of benefits toharm when screening is done every two years. (B recommendation)• For women in their 40s, mammography screening every two years can also be effective. USPSTF recommends that the decision to start screening should be an individual one, taking into account health history, preferences and the value of potential benefits versus harm.(C recommendation)• The likelihood of benefit is less for older women, and the potential harm is proportionally greater. The most serious potential harm is unneeded treatment for a type of cancer that would not have become a threat to health over the lifetime. Another harm is a false-positive test result that can lead to additional tests and procedures, anxiety and stress.The Task Force also identified several areas where additional research is needed to better understand the benefits of screening. It concluded that evidence is insufficient to determine the balance of benefits and harm in three areas: the benefits and harm of screening women 75 and older; adjunctive screening in women with dense breasts; and the effectiveness of 3-D mammography for the detection of breast cancer. The Task Force strongly encourages additional research in these areas and notes that women should speak with their doctors to determine what is best for their individual needs. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more center_img 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 Click here to view a live, continuously updated map. Breast density notification is an ongoing topic that gained a lot of momentum in 2015, and continues to do so in 2016. Not surprisingly, many of the sessions and studies presented at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in December focused on density issues.Some HistoryAccording to Dense Breast Info, an educational coalition, 40 percent of women 40 and over have dense breasts, and cancer risk can be four to six times greater in women with extremely dense breasts than in women with low breast density. Although mammograms find some cancers not seen on other screening tests, in dense breasts, mammograms will miss more than 50 percent of the cancers present. It is clear that more research is needed on breast density in order to better understand its full impact on breast health.To date, 24 U.S. states have adopted legislation requiring healthcare providers to notify women whose mammograms reveal dense fibroglandular breast tissue. To track the progress of legislation across the country, has created a color-coded map separating states into six categories: States with a law requiring notification on the books (24); states that suggest notification (2); states with a 2015 or 2016 bill (11);  states with an inactive bill (2); states with no active bill (15); and states that offer some level of insurance coverage related to breast density screening (4). Federal legislative efforts are ongoing. (See Breast Density Legislative Progress.)A new study released at RSNA suggests that breast density alone is not a risk factor for cancer. In this study, researchers looked at data from 52,962 mammography exams done on women 50 to 69 over a five-year time period. “In our study, we found that there was no significant difference in breast density between breast cancer patients and the control group in the screening program,” stated Natasa Katavic, M.D., Department of Radiology at Health Center Osijek in Osijek, Croatia, and co-author of the study. “We wanted to find out if breast cancer patients had more dense breast tissue than the healthy women. Also, we wanted to see what the percentage of dense breasts was in our postmenopausal population and, consequently, determine the value of mammography screening for this group.”The study concluded that of 230 detected breast cancers, nearly half were from the group with the lowest category of breast density, while slightly less than 3 percent came from women in the highest breast density category. It did not find a strong association between higher mammographic densities and a higher risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women. “Our study suggests that breast density alone might not be a strong independent risk factor for breast cancer. In risk assessment, all risk factors should be considered before decisions on additional examinations,” said Katavic.Trends in ReportingIn other research presented at RSNA, Manisha Bahl, M.D., M.Ph., breast imaging fellow at Duke University Medical Center, discussed how breast density notification laws have had an immediate, but not a long-term, impact on dense breast reporting, however recognizing that they have brought renewed attention to the topic and importance of breast density. The purpose of this study was to evaluate trends in the reporting of breast density in response to breast density notification legislation. This study used the American College of Radiology’s National Mammography Database (NMD). Researchers collected state-level data, monthly over a 20-month period, on the percentage of mammograms reported as heterogeneously dense or extremely dense and the breast cancer detection rate. Z-tests were used to calculate differences in proportions, and p-values less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant. A Z-test is a hypothesis test based on the Z-statistic, which follows the standard normal distribution under the null hypothesis. “Our results suggest that radiologists downgraded breast density assessment immediately after law enactment, but then resumed pre-law reporting patterns shortly thereafter,” she said. She cited two possible explanations for this: Radiologists may just want to avoid the new requirements for reporting, or they downgraded assessments fearing an influx in women wanting supplemental screening. The NMD database includes data from 4 million mammograms spanning from 2010 to 2014, with results showing a statistically significant decrease in the percentage of mammograms reported as dense in the month after enactment of the law, compared to the prior month. She concluded that as a result, it appears the legislation was the catalyst for the decrease, noting the fluctuations did not occur in states without the law during that same time period.Inconsistent Density AssignmentRecently, researchers at UC Davis and other institutions released a study stating that more research is needed on the evaluation of dense breasts. Their research found that the determinations of breast density can be unreliable, and that as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next. The study also found that supplemental diagnostic screenings for women with dense breasts helps to find additional breast cancers, but also greatly increases false positive results.The review of 24 studies among 2,067 citations examined the evidence on the consistency of breast density category assignment and on supplemental screening beyond standard mammography for women with dense breasts. “The number of states mandating that breast density information be reported to patients is increasing,” said Joy Melnikow, director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis and first author on the paper. “But the assignment of breast density is not terribly consistent. The policy may be out in front of the science.”Breast density has been categorized through the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS). Breasts are defined as: a) mostly fatty, b) scattered density, c) consistent density and d) extremely dense. Higher breast density modestly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer and decreases the sensitivity and specificity of screening mammograms. Women classified with dense breasts (categories c and d) may be offered supplemental screening with ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the study shows this approach may not be supported by strong scientific evidence, citing that one problem with this reporting is the inability to accurately assess if a woman even has dense breasts.“It is important to be clear who actually has dense breasts,” said Melnikow. “Also, when patients are told their breasts are either dense or not dense, they need to have confidence in that assessment. It’s clear from our review of ultrasound and MRI that if you go beyond mammography to try to find breast cancers you can find them, but whether there’s a benefit to women’s health from looking is not established. At this point, there are no studies on clinical outcomes.”Melnikow believes the best solution for these problems is to conduct long-term, rigorous research to better standardize breast density classification and determine whether supplemental screenings provide actual health benefits for women. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms for supplemental screening of women with dense breasts with ultrasound, MRI or other modalities. The USPSTF recommendations continue to be an ongoing controversy that undoubtedly will remain in 2016.(See USPSTF Final Recommendations.)“It’s important that policies come from the evidence,” said Melnikow. “It’s also important that women not overreact to information about their breast density.”  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 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. 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 Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

Facebook is at it again This time with Candidate Info where politicians

first_imgOn Wednesday,  Facebook launched Candidate Info, where politicians can pitch on camera. It features thousands of direct-to-camera vertical videos where federal, local and state candidates introduce themselves and explain their top policy priority, qualifications and biggest goal if they win office. Scott Walker (R – WI Governor), Elizabeth Warren (D – MA Senate) and Beto O’Rourke (D – TX Senate) have already posted, while Facebook expects more candidates to participate, shortly. The Facebook mobile app’s navigation drawer will soon show these videos as part of an Election 2018 bookmark. The video clips will begin appearing to the potential constituents in the News Feed, next week. Facebook believes these videos will make it easier for people to learn about and compare different candidates. This feature is an addition to the Town Hall feature which Facebook had launched in 2017, which offers a personalized directory of candidates the users could vote for. In a similar fashion, Candidate Info only shows video clips from politicians running elections relevant to a given user, so in case, you are in California you won’t see videos from the Texas Senate race between O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. Though, you can still find their videos on their Facebook Pages. Considering, the midterms are just around the corner, Facebook is trying its best to protect elections from interference by  domestic and foreign attackers, connect users to candidates, offer transparency about who bought campaign ads, and encourage people to register and vote. With fake news that spread through the social network thought to have influenced the 2016 election, and ill-gotten Facebook user data from Cambridge Analytica applied to Donald Trump’s campaign ad targeting, the social media platform is hoping to avoid similar problematic narratives this time around. We aren’t sure Candidate Info is going to help here though. If anything, it might make things worse for the elections. It looks a lot like a shiny new filter bubble. What happens, for example, if one candidate in a constituency uses this tool to reach their constituents and the other doesn’t? Worse, still what if they don’t own a Facebook profile? This could give one of the parties an undue advantage as they will be on the top of the mind on Election day. And even if both the parties have their accounts and opt for this tool, what’s the guarantee that there won’t be any algorithmic manipulations? One of the campaigns from either of the parties might get an advantage purely based on what’s trending. Thirdly, the logic behind Facebook deciding which candidate’s pitches are relevant to the user based on where they are located is blickered, at best and dangerously comprising the viewer’s worldview, at its worse. Friends and family, though distributed across states, do influence who one votes for by virtue of their shared values. Denying users a chance to understand candidates from other constituencies simply tells an incomplete story. This could prevent healthy national level discussions and directly impact who becomes the next president. The bottomline is users should be ones deciding who to listen to, not the algorithm. Read Next Did you know Facebook shares the data you share with them for ‘security’ reasons with advertisers? Coinbase looking to replicate Facebook’s platform strategy with support for more digital assets WhatsApp co-founder reveals why he left Facebook; is called ‘low class’ by a Facebook senior executivelast_img read more

Google Chrome developers clarify the speculations around Manifest V3 after a study

first_imgOn Friday, a study was published on where the performance of the most commonly used ad blockers was analyzed. This study was motivated by the recent Manifest V3 controversy, which reveals that Google developers are planning to introduce an update that could lead to crippling all ad blockers. What update Chrome developers are introducing? The developers are planning to introduce an alternative to the webRequest API named the declrativeNetRequest API, which limits the blocking version of the webRequest API. According to Manifest V3, the declarativeNetRequest API will be treated as the primary content-blocking API in extensions. The Chrome developers listed two reasons behind this new update, one was performance and the other was better privacy guarantee to users. What this API does is, allow extensions to tell Chrome what to do with a given request, rather than have Chrome forward the request to the extension. This allows Chrome to handle a request synchronously. One of the ad blocker maintainers have reported an issue on the Chromium bug tracker for this feature: “If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content blockers can accomplish their duty, this essentially means that two content blockers I have maintained for years, uBlock Origin (“uBO”) and uMatrix, can no longer exist.” What the study by Ghostery revealed? This study addresses the performance argument made by the developers. For this study, the Ghostery team analyzed the network performance of the most commonly used ad blockers: uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Brave, DuckDuckGo and Cliqz’z Ghostery. The study revealed that these content-blockers, except DuckDuckGo, have only sub-millisecond median decision time per request. This small amount of time will not have any overhead noticeable by users. Additionally, the efficiency of content blockers is continuously being improved with innovative approaches or with the help of technologies like WebAssembly. How Google developers reacted to this study and all the feedbacks surrounding Manifest V3? Following the publication of the study and after looking at the feedbacks, Devlin Cronin, a Software Engineer at Google, clarified that these changes are not really meant to prevent content blocking. Cronin added that the changes listed in Manifest V3 are still in the draft and design stage. In the Google group, Manifest V3: Web Request Changes, Cronin said, “We are committed to preserving that ecosystem and ensuring that users can continue to customize the Chrome browser to meet their needs. This includes continuing to support extensions, including content blockers, developer tools, accessibility features, and many others. It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to prevent or break content blocking.” The team is not planning to remove the webRequest API. Cronin added, “In particular, there are currently no planned changes to the observational capabilities of webRequest (i.e., anything that does not modify the request).” Based on the feedback and concerns shared, the Chrome team did do some revisions including adding support for the dynamic rule to the declarativeNetRequest API. They are also planning to increase the ruleset size, which was 30k earlier. Users are, however, not convinced by this clarification. One user commented on Hacker News, “Keep in mind that their story about performance has been shown to be a complete lie. There is no performance hit from using webRequest like this. This is about removing sophisticated ad blockers in order to defend Google’s revenue stream, plain and simple.” Coincidentally, a Chrome 72 upgrade seems to break ad blockers in a way that they can’t see or block analytics anymore if the web page uses a service worker. Read Next Chromium developers propose an alternative to webRequest API that could result in existing ad blockers’ end Regulate Google, Facebook, and other online platforms to protect journalism, says a UK report Google announces the general availability of a new API for Google Docslast_img read more

VISIT FLORIDA appoints firstever female President and CEO

first_img Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Share Posted by VISIT FLORIDA appoints first-ever female President and CEO Tags: Promotions, VISIT FLORIDA Travelweek Group Young’s predecessor, Ken Lawson, left his role as CEO to take over the reins of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), as reported in December 2018. Lawson’s appointment in Jan. 2017 came after the resignation of three Visit Florida executives in the wake of the Pitbull scandal, which resulted in outgoing Governor Rick Scott calling for the resignation of Lawson’s predecessor, Will Seccombe. TALLAHASSEE, FL — For the first time ever, VISIT FLORIDA has a female President and CEO in charge following a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors.Dana Young, a sixth-generation Floridian, will assume her new role on Jan. 9 after serving as a senator for District 18 in Hillsborough County. Young also served in the Florida House from 2010 to 2016, rising to House Republican Leader.Governor-elect Ron DeSantis called Young an “exceptional leader” and commended her for “working tirelessly” to improve the quality of life for all Floridians.“Her leadership ability and experience make her an excellent candidate to lead VISIT FLORIDA in its mission to maximize the economic impact of travel and tourism to our state,” said DeSantis. “I look forward to working with Dana, who will be the first woman to lead VISIT FLORIDA, to strengthen our tourism industry and build on the economic success of our great state.”Young’s appointment comes at a time of record growth in tourism for Florida. According to Lino Maldonado, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors, the state’s tourism industry has achieved seven consecutive years of record visitation and visitor spending, with the latest economic impact study showing that visitors spent US$112 billion and supported 1.4 million Florida jobs.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureYoung thanked DeSantis and the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead VISIT FLORIDA, saying: “As a Floridian, with a family tradition of public service, I understand the vital importance of tourism to our state and look forward to working with industry businesses to inspire travel to Florida, stimulate the economy and create more jobs. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Americas greatest gift A Thanksgiving story

first_imgWondering where I was going to get the pan drippings for the gravy and mashed potatoes I agreed to make for an expat Thanksgiving this year, I starting thinking about last year’s turkey. It was my first Thanksgiving in Costa Rica and away from family. As we sat down to the meal in Escazú, hosted by a Costa Rican family and complete with sweet potatoes and even canned cranberry sauce served in slices, I was struck by the endearing role reversal.Mercedes, the live-in maid of my partner’s father, served the half bird simply, lightly seasoned and roasted without much fanfare. How did this woman who knew so little about Thanksgiving get its culinary centerpiece so right? Nostalgia and a twinge of homesickness might have added their own special spice to the bird, but that does little to explain how the meat, so often dry and oft overcooked, came out so moist and flavorful with crisp mahogany skin.While we might not have had dressing and my grandmother’s pecan pie, the foods we celebrate over on Thanksgiving are part of the same culinary exchange that happened in Central America when Spanish conquistadors, indigenous Americans, and African slaves came together here in the isthmus and built a collective food culture over hundreds of years.Plus, turkey in Costa Rica is hardly the alien encounter it was for the Spanish conquistadors who first saw it served at Aztec banquets in Mexico hundreds of years ago. Native to the Americas, turkey has long been enjoyed in the New World and is a Christmas table staple here.Turkey has even been called “the greatest gift the Americas ever gave to the Old World,” according to food writer and poet Marjorie Ross, author of “Entre el comal y la olla: Fundamentos de gastronomía costariccense” (“Between the comal and the pot: Basics of Costa Rican Gastronomy”), which traces the history of Costa Rican cooking from its earliest incarnations.Ross points out in her book that many of Costa Rica’s national dishes — gallo pinto, casados, olla de carne — all have their roots in the first encounter. Spanish conquistadors brought sugar, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, rice, and wheat with them, along with their cooking styles, including ovens. The region’s indigenous inhabitants already enjoyed corn, beans, sweet and hot peppers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, yucca, and cacao, among the wide array of fruits and other vegetables. A Caribbean-style casado served with chicken and patacones, a style of fried plantains. Alberto Font Any budget-conscious backpacker passing through Costa Rica has likely had a casado, a mix of rice, black beans, salad, beef (often served stewed in a sauce), sweet plantains, and sometimes a side of pasta. The carbo-loaded plate is a satisfying way to explore the marriage of ingredients that came out of the encounter between Europe and the Americas: beef and rice from Spain, and indigenous ingredients like beans and plantains from Central America.But gallo pinto, a mix of white rice, black beans, onions, sweet peppers and garlic, best embodies the mix of influences in Costa Rican cooking.Ross argues in her book that the dish brings together the three legs of the Tico table: Spanish, indigenous and African. The food writer says that while rice and beans came from European/Asian and American sources, it was African slaves brought to Central America who combined the two staples together into the iconic dish it is today.Ross likens the combination to the Southern classic Hoppin’ John, a rice and black-eyed pea dish cooked with spices, onions, and pork (smoked ham hocks if my dad’s making it).Colorful ears of corn are common decorations come November in the United States, but maize doesn’t reverberate there the same way it does with holidays here in Central America. Corn-flour tortillas have never gone out of style here and corn tamales are just as much a part of the Christmas table here as turkey is for Thanksgiving.    With the addition of milk and other dairy products to the Central American diet after European migrants brought cows to Costa Rica in the 16th century, staples like corn got a makeover, often as sweets. Costa Rican classics like churreadas, fried sweet corn pancakes served with sour cream, bizcochos, a simple cornmeal cake, and budín de elote, a syrupy moist dessert sometimes prepared with whole corn kernels baked inside, were all made possible thanks to sour cream.I like to think that the same kind of creativity that cooks in the isthmus channeled to make sense of new foods and create new flavors also manifested itself in Mercedes last year. Unburdened by Norman Rockwell notions of what a Thanksgiving Turkey is, serving a half turkey roasted flat without trying to stuff it or worry about last-minute gravy, she was able to approach the bird with a clean slate and just cook a damn good turkey.Maybe I’ll try my hand at it next year. But who am I kidding, I’ve got potatoes to mash. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Liberation lawmaker claims recent Assembly policies limit press freedom

first_imgNational Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Rolando González Ulloa on Wednesday morning filed an appeal with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, that challenges a directive by the Legislative Assembly’s directorate prohibiting officials from providing information or statements to the press without approval by the Assembly’s executive director.Assembly President Henry Mora Jiménez, from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC), and secretaries Jorge Rodríguez Araya and Luis Vásquez Castro, from the Social Christian Unity Party, signed the directive on Dec. 10, 2014. It was disclosed to Assembly officials in an internal memo this week.The memo explains that all information required by members of the media must be approved and channeled through the Assembly’s executive director, Antonio Ayales Esna.“The measure aims to provide effective, official, clear and concise information. It does not intend to block communication bridges. The goal is to maintain order and unity in the delivery of official documentation,” the document states.Vázquez denied that the move limits access to information.“We are enforcing a 2009 agreement that is currently being used in all public offices; we are simply naming an official spokesperson. The move is necessary because some people here have distributed information and documents regarding decisions that haven’t yet been approved,” he said.Earlier on Wednesday, González filed the complaint asking Sala IV justices to revoke the directorate’s policy because “it constitutes a threat to freedom of expression, of accessing information and of the press in our country,” he said at a press conference later that day.González told reporters that the directorate’s latest agreement “is one of 11 consecutive decisions – all related to the government and to PAC and its allies – where threats to press freedom are evident.”The legislator cited a directive by Casa Presidencial last year to filter all public agencies’ communications to the media. He also mentioned criticisms, negative remarks and calls to boycott media outlets made by Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez, PAC President Kattia Martin and former Broad Front Party presidential candidate José María Villalta.In addition, González said he filed a separate appeal with the Sala IV against minister Jiménez for refusing to comply with a request to deliver a report on the log of Casa Presidencial’s incoming and outgoing visitors from December to January.“The Constitutional Chamber will tell us if that information is confidential or not,” the Liberation legislator said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Legislative Assembly reverses order restricting access to information Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway Less-than-impressive: It’s been a year of few achievements by Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly Setback for Solís: Opposition parties gain control of Costa Rica’s legislative directoratelast_img read more

Oped Lets see a TransPacific Partnership that respects workers rights

first_imgRelated posts:Ex-trade minister Anabel González: TPP, like CAFTA, will help Costa Rica in long run US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership US lawmakers ease Obama’s path to Pacific trade deal Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal TheTrans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations has been characterized as the most progressive trade agreement in our history, with the strongest labor and environment provisions ever.But what is the benchmark? To date, the United States has never had a trade agreement that protects basic rights and raises wages and living standards for working people. Previous agreements have failed to ensure the integrity of the democratic process and preserve consumer and environmental protections. Comparing this pact to previous agreements sets a pretty low bar.While there have been some small improvements to the labor chapters of trade agreements over the years, the enforcement record has been mediocre.In April 2008, the AFL-CIO, together with several Guatemalan labor unions, filed a petition under the Central America Free Trade Agreement. This is the first step in initiating a complaint when there has been a violation of the labor commitments in a trade agreement. The petition alleged that the Guatemalan government failed to enforce its own labor laws — tolerating repression of union activity and blacklisting, as well as violence and intimidation, including the assassination of two union officers.Seven years later, a dispute settlement panel has yet to hear the case — and workers continue to wait for justice.In March 2012, the AFL-CIO and more than 20 Honduran labor organizations alleged that Honduras, too, was failing to enforce its labor laws. This petition detailed egregious violations affecting hundreds of workers. Not only did the Honduran government fail to protect workers from beatings and assassination, but its own police and soldiers were implicated in a number of cases. Despite the egregious and repeated violations, the Obama administration took almost three years to even publish a report. Workers wait for justice.In April 2010, the U.S. and Colombian governments, with an eye toward speeding ratification of the long-stalled U.S.-Colombia trade deal, announced a “labor action plan,” which was intended to bring Colombia into compliance with internationally recognized labor rights. Since the plan’s announcement, 105 Colombian trade unionists have been assassinated. Clearly, the new standard — reportedly similar to what’s included in the TPP — is insufficient to the monumental task of creating a fair playing field for U.S. and Colombian workers. Workers wait for justice.The labor movement has fought for more than 20 years to include enforceable labor provisions in trade deals. Workers in the United States — and in our trading partners — have an economic interest in ensuring that basic rights are respected. If employers can violate the right to unionize with impunity, they can easily bring down wages, for all workers, globally.That’s why the AFL-CIO, working with union federations from the other TPP countries, has offered suggestions to our government over the past five years to improve the labor chapter — and address the failures of prior trade deals.Our recommendations include, among other things, the right to bring a labor claim based on a single egregious violation (such as a mass firing or violent attack), clear rules and deadlines that would require timely action on meritorious cases, protections for migrant workers, a ban on goods produced with forced or child labor, an independent secretariat to study and review labor practices and new standards related to labor inspections and decent work.We don’t know yet whether any of our proposals made it into the TPP, since the text has not been made public. But the administration has given no public indication that our suggestions have been incorporated into its own negotiation text — let alone the negotiated draft. Until we hear something different, we remain unimpressed by the administration’s boasts about how strong and progressive the labor chapter is. We have heard those promises before.Vietnam, Mexico, Brunei and Malaysia — all TPP countries — are notorious labor and human rights violators, currently out of compliance with the standards supposedly in the TPP. There is no known plan to withhold TPP benefits until these countries comply.This raises serious doubts about whether the TPP will create a level playing field for workers. History shows we have one chance to get this right. That is why we oppose giving the Obama administration “fast-track” negotiating authority that would limit Congress’s ability to influence a final deal. The administration should release the TPP text and let the public judge for itself whether this deal will truly raise labor standards and conditions for workers when similar language included in past deals has been ineffective. Anything less is irresponsible.– – – –Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Death of Kivú the lion unleashes blame game

first_imgThe body of Kivú, the last of Costa Rica’s living lions, is currently under forensic evaluation  to determine the exact cause of his death, but the Environment Ministry (MINAE) and Simón Bolívar Zoo are blaming each other for his passing last Friday.Fundación Pro Zoológicos (FUNDAZOO), the administrator of the San José zoo where Kivú lived most of his 18 years, released a statement denying any responsibility for the lion’s death. The statement said Kivú never showed any symptoms of chronic kidney disease during examinations conducted at the zoo.Zoo officials blamed MINAE and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry for the deterioration of Kivú’s health. Taking the lion to ZooAve, a private refuge in Alajuela province, was the reason for his health problems, the statement said.The document adds that “the quick death of the lion at ZooAve, following its forced relocation on Dec. 5, was the result of [MINAE and MAG’s] disregards of all warnings about the risks of moving him outside Simón Bolívar Zoo.”It cites a Nov. 2 report from FUNDAZOO’s veterinarian Randall Arguedas that was submitted to both ministries at the time to prevent the relocation. Arguedas said that moving the lion to another location with different temperature, relative humidity and other environmental conditions than those in downtown San José could severely affect Kivú’s health.The zoo’s statement says Kivú’s kidney problems were a result of conditions of his new enclosure at ZooAve, “built using metal roof sheets and lacking proper ventilation.” Those factors caused a temperature spike that required additional water intake, “but stress prevented him from drinking enough water and that likely led to a kidney failure.”Following Kivú’s death, many people commented on the zoo’s Facebook profile, blaming zoo administrators for keeping the lion inside a metal cage during most of his life, and for disregarding orders to move him to a better home.MINAE respondsMINAE officials on Tuesday responded with another news release saying that Kivú’s death “was a result of the chronic disease that started affecting him before his relocation.”The lion stopped eating last week and a general check-up showed his chronic renal disease had worsened. Officials, however, stressed that the lion’s quality of life improved at his new and more spacious home.The ministry’s statement describes how living conditions at the Simón Bolivar Zoo prevented the 18-year-old lion from engaging in natural behavior, and argues that zookeepers failed to follow recommendations to improve the lion’s diet by giving him not only meat but also bones, feathers, fur and innards to stimulate his instincts.The response also noted that spending most of his life inside the 70-square-meter cage the zoo provided had a direct impact on Kivú’s life. It critized FUNDAZOO for failing to relocate the lion to a more appropriate home, “despite a public commitment issued upon his arrival in 1999 to take him and his sister Kariba to a refuge in Santa Ana.”MINAE’s statement says the decision to relocate Kivú was based on the results of physical and laboratory tests that showed the chronic kidney disease.“The decision was based on an in-depth analysis conducted by 10 feline experts, including international consultants,” the ministry said.Ban on zoosNegative reactions and comments following the first news reports of Kivú’s deteriorating health also included requests for the closure and ban of all zoos in Costa Rica.Rafael Ortiz Fábrega, a legislator representing the Social Christian Unity Party, filed a draft bill last week asking for amendments to the country’s Wildlife Law to ban zoos. Solís’ plan states that Costa Rica should ban the opening of new zoos and calls for a five-year period “for the closure or transformation of all existing ones.”Current zoos would be forced “to change their operation to follow that of sanctuaries, refuges or conservation centers,” Solís said. He also proposes a ban on the capture or import of animals for public exhibition purposes.Solís says that the operation of the country’s zoos “is not appropriate for the 21st century, as captive animals face terrible suffering,” and added that zoos give Costa Rica a bad environmental image.The Environment Ministry said that experts are currently working on various projects to improve the quality of life of captive animals. However, a proposal for closing or banning zoos is not currently under consideration at the Ministry.In December, President Luis Guillermo Solís posted one of the last videos of Kivú at ZooAve. Related posts:Kivú’s health condition worsens; officials evaluate options Ministries confirm relocation orders for Kivú the lion Environment officials move Kivú the lion to a new home Kivú the lion recovers at his new home Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Two police officers detained suspected of robbing foreigners

first_imgTwo National Police officers were detained this week after being accused of robbing foreigners, Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry confirmed Thursday.The incident occurred in Garabito, a canton within Puntarenas province best known for housing the beach city of Jacó.“We received an alert of people who had apparently been the victims of robbery on the part of the officials,” said Rodrigo Alfaro, the regional assistant director for National Police in the Central Pacific.According to the daily La Nación, two officers with surnames Falcón and Faerron allegedly picked up the victims in downtown Jacó, robbed them of about $400 and their cell phones, and dropped them off at nearby Clarita Beach.Alfaro said that upon learning of the allegations, his team immediately communicated with the officials’ supervisors and with the prosecutor’s office. The two National Police officers were then detained.“They are being investigated at this moment by the Garabito prosecutor’s office,” Alfaro said.Know your rightsUnder the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Costa Rican authorities are required to send any communication you address to your country’s embassy or consular office. While an embassy cannot investigate crimes, it will connect you with resources that can.Global Affairs Canada, a branch of the Government of Canada, provided an overview of Costa Rica’s criminal law system for visitors:You cannot be held in detention longer than 24 hours without a court order. In most cases, only a prosecutor can order the continued detention of an individual. During the arrest, all personal items, including travel documents, are held in custody by the authorities. You will be informed of your rights, including the right:to know the cause of your detention, the name of the officer that requested it, and be shown the warrant issued against you;to immediately inform the person or institution of your choice that you have been arrested and detained;to be assisted from the beginning of the proceedings by the lawyer of your choice, otherwise by a public defender;to be presented to the prosecutor (from the office of the prosecutor or Ministerio Público) or the court (tribunal), and to be informed of the acts you are alleged to have committed;to remain silent. In case you decide to make a statement, you have the right to have your lawyer present when you do so;not to undergo any technique or method that could induce or alter your free will or undermine your dignity; andnot to be subject to any means that impair your free movement, other than those restrictions ordered by the prosecutor or court.​​The United States Embassy recommends that victims of a crime contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, report the incident to local police and request a copy of the ensuing police report.​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say National Police increase street surveillance ahead of holiday season Government announces increased security measures to curb recent crime wave Police officers suspected of robbing tourists under investigation by OIJ, MSPlast_img read more

In spat EU Parliament stops talks with EU Council

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK… ErrorOK Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   ___Don Melvin can be reached at Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – Just as voices across Europe are calling for stronger governance in response to the financial crisis _ a surer hand at the wheel _ one branch of the EU said in a fit of pique Thursday that it was suspending cooperation with another branch on a range of important security issues.The European Parliament, feeling slighted it was not consulted on a proposal the Justice and Home Affairs Council made earlier this month on curbing the free movement of people across national borders, announced it would stop working with the Council on five law-enforcement proposals. They relate to the border controls as well as to fighting cybercrime, improving cooperation among national police forces, finalizing the internal security budget, and crafting an anti-terrorism proposal requiring airlines to supply information on passengers to EU member countries. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “This is quite drastic action,” acknowledged Armin Machmer, a spokesman for Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.A British member of the Parliament, Anthea McIntyre, put it another way. “We should not react with a childish tantrum and throw our toys out of the pram,” she said.The immediate flashpoint was the proposal this month by the Justice and Home Affairs Council, which is composed of officials from the 27 EU national governments, to amend the way the Schengen open-borders agreement allows national authorities in some instances to temporarily close their borders. The Parliament, made up of elected representatives from around Europe, felt it should have helped develop the proposal rather than having it presented to them on a yes-or-no basis.But beyond that, the Parliament has felt ignored or consulted only as an afterthought on a variety of issues, including on the European Union’s response to the financial crisis now threatening the euro currency.The Schengen Agreement, allowing people to move unhindered across the national borders of 26 European countries, is considered one of the EU’s proudest achievements. Tinkering with it arouses strong emotions. Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “This is a very sensitive point,” Machmer said. “That also in part explains the fury.”The decision to suspend cooperation was made by a majority vote of the Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, a group composed of Shulz and the leaders of the Parliament’s political groups.“It is without precedent that in the middle of the legislative process, one co-legislative chamber excludes the other,” Shulz said in a statement. “The JHA Council’s approach of 7 June represents a slap in the face of parliamentary democracy and is unacceptable to the directly elected representatives of European citizens.”Morten Bodskov, minister of justice for Denmark, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency at the moment, said he regretted the Parliament’s decision.“A good cooperation is to the benefit of all, especially during the present economic crisis,” Bodskov said.Jochen Mueller, a spokesman on home affairs issues for the Council, could not be reached for comment.But Timothy Kirkhope, another British member of the Parliament, denounced the decision to suspend cooperation with the Council.“The European Parliament is now threatening public safety in order to make a political point,” Kirkhope said. Members of Parliament, he added, were “putting their own self-aggrandizement ahead of safety and security.”last_img read more

NKorea defectors grilled over alleged fraud

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Seoul says more than 23,000 North Koreans have come to South Korea since the 1950-1953 Korean War. Many struggle to adapt to life in the South.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean police say they have uncovered an insurance fraud scheme involving more than two dozen North Korean defectors.The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Tuesday that 27 defectors are suspected of faking illnesses to bilk insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Police say in a statement that some of the money has been sent to family members in North Korea. Police are also investigating two brokers who were allegedly involved. Police say six hospital officials are also suspected of helping the defectors fake illnesses. Comments   Share   last_img read more

India opposition parties protest economic reforms

first_img Comments   Share   But critics said the move will hit farmers who are dependent on diesel fuel to power irrigation pumps and tractors.The decision to open up the supermarket sector is aimed at attracting foreign investment to jumpstart the country’s sputtering economy.Opposition parties said the decision will hurt millions of small store owners and traders who will not be able to compete against multinational retailers.The BJP and Communist parties said they will hold a series of protests against the government in the coming weeks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Hundreds of supporters of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party held a rally in New Delhi demanding that the government reverse its decisions, saying they would hurt the poor.Shouting “Down with Manmohan Singh’s government” and “Roll back the diesel hikes,” angry protesters climbed over barricades erected by police on the road.They burned an effigy symbolizing what they called the “corrupt government” before dispersing.In Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state, the top elected leader, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, led a large rally protesting the government’s economic reform policy.Banerjee, a key coalition partner, gave the government 72 hours to reverse its decision to open the supermarket sector.In Kerala state in the south, shops were closed and public transport was halted after opposition Communist parties and the BJP called a general strike.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defended the hike in diesel prices, saying it was “vital” for the country’s energy security.“Our energy prices are out of line with world prices,” he said.The government hiked the price of diesel after coming under intense pressure to reduce its fiscal deficit by cutting spending for subsidies, particularly on fuel. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top holiday drink recipes Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NEW DELHI (AP) – Angry Indian opposition parties protested on Saturday against the government’s decision to open the country’s huge retail market to foreign retailers.The government’s surprise announcement Friday that it will allow foreign investment in retail and aviation and the sale of minority stakes in four state-run companies evoked sharp criticism from opposition parties and some of the ruling Congress party’s coalition allies. A day earlier, the government announced a hike in the price of diesel fuel.last_img read more

Belarus elects entirely progovernment parliament

first_img The vital role family plays in society (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressMINSK, Belarus (AP) – International observers on Monday condemned a weekend vote in Belarus in which not a single opposition politician won a parliament seat. The election looks set to deepen the former Soviet nation’s diplomatic isolation.Critics also said the 74.3 percent turnout reported Monday by the country’s Central Elections Commission chairman was way too high and indicated widespread fraud. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Political analyst Leonid Zaiko said the way the elections were held highlighted Lukashenko’s desire to prepare for another beckoning economic crisis.“He plans to control the situation with an iron fist. He has no time for any opposition, not on the street and certainly not in parliament,” Zaiko said.Lukashenko’s landslide win in the 2010 presidential election triggered a mass street protest against election fraud that was brutally suppressed. Some of the 700 people arrested at that protest are still in jail, including presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich.Opposition politicians have cautioned supporters to refrain from holding protest rallies this time.The opposition had hoped to use this election to build support, but 33 of 35 candidates from the United Civil Party were barred from television, while the state-owned press refused to publish their election programs.The United Civil Party and another leading opposition party, the Belarusian Popular Front, pulled their candidates off the ballot and urged voters not to show up at the polls a week before the election.The United States and the European Union have imposed economic and travel sanctions on the Belarusian government over its crackdown on opposition groups and independent news media. “The aim of giving President Lukashenko’s regime the appearance of democratic legitimacy has clearly failed,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement. “In view of the glaring irregularities in these elections, it is clearly visible for everyone what Belarus is today: the last dictatorship in the heart of Europe.”Westerwelle said Germany and its European partners would step up their efforts to push for the release of political prisoners and isolate Lukashenko and his regime.EU foreign ministers hold talks in Brussels next month on political freedom in Belarus. They are expected to consider possible revisions to sanctions against the country aimed at more specifically targeting those in the leadership deemed responsible for the political crackdown.EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule lamented that “the elections took place against the background of an overall climate of repression and intimidation” and described it as “yet another missed opportunity to conduct elections in line with international standards in Belarus.”____Geir Moulson in Berlin and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? The main opposition parties, which were ignored by state-run media, boycotted the election to protest the detention of political prisoners and the ample opportunities for election fraud.The vote filled parliament with representatives of the three parties that have backed the policies of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.“This election was not competitive from the start,” said Matteo Mecacci, leader of the observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. “A free election depends on people being free to speak, organize and run for office, and we didn’t see that in this campaign.”Belarus’ parliament has long been considered a rubber-stamp body for Lukashenko’s policies. He has ruled Belarus since 1994 and Western observers have criticized all recent elections there as undemocratic.Local independent observers estimated the overall turnout as being almost 19 percent lower than the official 74.3 percent figure.“Belarus gets ever closer to the worst standards of Soviet elections,” said Valentin Stefanovich, coordinator of the Rights Activists for Free Elections group.At least 20 independent election observers were detained, according to rights activists. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Russia says Latvian weaponssmuggling ring broken up

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   The arrests come amid heightened tension between Latvia and Russia. Latvia and its former Soviet Baltic neighbors are unsettled by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and alleged supply of arms and troops to separatist rebels in Ukraine’s east. Russia in turn criticizes Latviafor language laws it claims effectively ban the use of Russian.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Federal Security Service says it has broken up a ring that was smuggling firearms into the country from Latvia.The service, known by its initials FSB, said in a statement Thursday that more than 30 weapons were seized in a raid in the Pskov region, which borders Latvia and Estonia. The weapons included submachine guns and carbines, the statement said.The FSB says one Latvian citizen and eight Russians were arrested in the case. Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Hayman named best in Australia

first_imgHayman has been named Best Hotel/Resort in Australia at the National Travel Industry Awards for Excellence 2010.A six-time winner of this award and the first resort to be inducted into the NTIA Hall of Fame in 2005 after winning this category for three successive years, Hayman accepted this latest award at a glittering dinner in Sydney on Saturday night (10 July).Hayman General Manager, Shane Green said the award was a significant one for Hayman, having been voted on by the travel industry.“We are delighted with the success Hayman has enjoyed in these awards over many years, and having been selected by our industry partners, who continue to allow us to showcase the many wonderful attributes of our resort and island,” Mr Green said. Mr Green acknowledged the contribution of “an exceptional group of people who live and work on Hayman and are dedicated to providing a special resort experience”.“We are committed to delivering a higher level of excellence to our guests and respected partners through our ongoing enhancements to the Hayman experience which will include the unveiling of magnificent new Beach Villas in December.”Hayman is owned by Mulpha Australia Limited and is a member of the prestigious organisation, The Leading Hotels of the World. Source = Hayman <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Gap Adventures Expedia team up

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hiking in NepalExpedia has announced a partnership with Gap Adventures in a bid to increase customer access to adventure tours.The new partnership is expected to benefit venturesome people through easy searching and booking systems via the Expedia website.Expedia Australian and New Zealand General Manager Nicolas Chu said the agreement will offer customers more choice.“We believe that where you book matters and Gap Adventures, an established partner of Expedia in Canada, has a unique and comprehensive product offering which we believe our Australian customers will embrace as the popularity of adventure travel continues to rise.”“Expedia’s consumer reach and commitment to putting the traveller first aligns with Gap Adventures’ philosophies to change people’s lives through travel, to lead with service and to provide travellers with the opportunity to see the world in an authentic and sustainable way,” Gap Adventures Australia and New Zealand Head Pete Rawley said.Via the Tours tab on the Expedia website customers will have access to Gap Adventure’s 100 worldwide tour groups including; sailing around the Greek Islands and mountain climbing in Nepal.last_img read more

South Africa shows huge growth from Australia

first_imgSouth African High Commissioner, Koleka Mqulwana speaking to trade South African Tourism hosted a breakfast this morning, announcing monstrous potential to grow their national economy by investing in the burgeoning Australian market. Lalie Ngozi, general manager of South African Tourism, thanked guests for the opportunity to break bread with the important people responsible for South Africa Tourism’s involvement in the Australian market place. “Australia has honoured South Africa and we are here to stay,” Ms Ngozi said. The Republic of South Africa Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, expressed how important a stake in the Australian market is and that priority must be to develop this long-haul market.“We take this market very seriously and the support received by the trade has been appreciated. “Of the outbound market, 1 percent encompasses Australia, which is a good base to grow on,” Mr Schalkwyk said. Tourism is a primary solution to boost the South African economy.   The government will focus on developing small businesses within the tourism sector; a joint initiative (Tourism Enterprise Program) providing small businesses a chance to break into the market which will in turn help develop rural tourism. Agents at the trade show wondered how South Africa would remain competitive in terms of price and safety. “The destination offers value for money and to remain competitive we have introduced many new products to offer any traveller regardless of their budget. Activity-based Tourism is the direction for 2012 and by attracting the Australian and New Zealand market, we will be focusing on outdoor holidays, golf, hiking and of course the safari,” Mr Schalkwyk said. Products will be sold around the experience with a variety of inclusions to provide extra value and incentive. Safety was a hot topic and South African Tourism said it takes the safety of travellers very seriously and addressed this excessively during the World Cup. “Just like all major cities around the world, there are areas you just do not go but international events have helped maintain our message of that it’s safe to travel,” Ms Ngozi said. Word of mouth is another initiative South African Tourism is planning to roll-out in Australia throughout 2012. Launching this week, the new website will showcase deals and specials, creating a new online platform to the market. In an exclusive interview with e-Travel Blackboard, The Hon. Marthinus van Schalkwyk shared one of his favourite getaways, the Isi Mangaliso Wetland Park, located north of Durban. “It’s a sub-tropical paradise. It is absolutely wonderful and the only place you can see elephants on the beach; another example of the unique products on offer in South Africa,” he said. The Hon. Marthinus van Schalkwyk. South Africa Minister of Tourism Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tcenter_img South African High Commission Mauritz Lindeque, South African Tourism Trade Relations Leisure Manager Rob Gurr, South African Tourism Asia & Australasia Business Tourism Manager Eric Lewanavanua, South African Tourism Chief Marketing Officer Roshene Singh, South African High Commissioner Koleka Mqulwana, South African Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima, South African Tourism Australasian Country Manager Lalie Ngozi, Deputy Director Administration Tebogo Kambule and Republic of South Africa Director General Lm Makhubela joined the South African Tourism Minister for the breakfast event at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel this morning. South African High Commissioner, Koleka Mqulwana last_img read more

Record month sees Hawaii visitor numbers surge

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Just popping in. Hawaii saw record visitor numbers in April (Image Ken Bradshaw) Visitor numbers to Hawaii reached a record high in April, pushing year-to-date tourism arrivals to the state up nearly ten per cent.According to figures released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Aloha State welcomed a record 647,194 visitors in April this year, beating the previous record of 618,230 set in 2006.The 11.3 per cent year-on-year increase in April arrival numbers also saw a record US$1.17 billion pumped into the state’s economy, with visitor spending climbing 26.8 per cent over the year before. Leading the way in growth was Hawaii’s top international market, Japan, whose arrival numbers during April rose a whopping 36.2 per cent to 86,685. Spending by Japanese visitors surged 45.8 per cent to $153.7 million. During the first four months of 2012, visitor numbers rose by 9.4 per cent to 2.6 million visitors, while spending rose by a healthy 16.7 per cent to US$4.78 billion.“It is important that we continue to support efforts that help to balance airlift and room availability for the overall benefit of our state’s tourism economy,” HTA president and chief executive Mike McCartney said. “The increases in airlift to the Hawaiian Islands with new routes, as well as the move to larger aircraft, were significant contributors to a robust April.”All Hawaiian Islands saw growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals for April 2012, with Oahu experiencing a 12.9 per cent gain in arrivals, the largest visitor rise among the isles.last_img read more

AIPA Qantas cannot afford to be left behind

first_img“Qantas International needs to thrive in order for Qantas Loyalty and Qantas Domestic to succeed, so now is the perfect time to invest in this segment for the future and ensure it continues feeding the success of other segments for years to come,” Mr Susz said. “Now is the time for Qantas to be bold and capitalise on the momentum being made in the International segment with strategic and forward-looking aircraft purchases,” AIPA spokesperson Adam Susz said. With Qantas’ international competitors being bold in their own aircraft renewal, AIPA believe Qantas cannot afford to be left behind. As Qantas celebrates profits, it is warned against resting on its laurels. With fuel costs continuing to be a key factor for Qantas in the coming years, the need to invest in more fuel-economic aircraft to replace the current ageing Boeing international fleet will become crucial.center_img The positive trend in Qantas International and the Qantas Group emphasises the need to make the most of the situation by investing in fleet renewal, according to the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has spoken about Qantas’ good fortune, stating that although the news is good, the company cannot afford to rest on its laurels. Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more

Air New Zealand partners with Singapore Airlines

first_imgThe alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines took flight early Tuesday morning with the first return service between New Zealand and Singapore departing Auckland just after midnight.From tomorrow the Star Alliance carriers will each operate one daily return service between Auckland and Singapore, adding to that, Singapore Airlines will also operate a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon, said that the launch of the alliance is an exciting way to kick off 2015.“Our New Zealand – Singapore service is a key to our Pacific Rim strategy, providing our customers with not only a convenient direct service, but great connectivity to South East Asia and markets beyond,” Mr Luxon said.The launch of the alliance is exciting news for the airlines’ customers with Air New Zealand operating to Singapore for the first time in eight years and Singapore Airlines now operating the Airbus A380 on the route.Through the alliance, both the carriers aim to increase capacity between New Zealand and Singapore by up to 30 per cent year-round over time, while delivering enhanced benefits to customers.In addition to the increased capacity Air New Zealand’s customers can now enjoy codeshare connectivity to more than 50 additional destinations on the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir networks, and a further 40 routes in the Air New Zealand network.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

High Tide DMC hires Lori Uebler as VP of Sales for North

first_imgLori UeblerHigh Tide DMC hires Lori Uebler as VP of Sales for North America and CanadaHigh Tide DMC is pleased to announce the hiring of Lori Uebler as VP of Sales for USA and Canada Lori will be responsible for all sales throughout North America and Canada, building and maintaining relationships both nationally and internationally. Lori has over 16 years of experience in all facets of the hospitality industry, while focusing on the meetings and incentives over the last 6 years while she worked for AMResorts. Ms. Uebler is considered an expert in Mexico and the Caribbean meetings and incentives. In her role with High Tide DMC as VP of Sales for North America and Canada, Lori offers a world-class commitment to her clients, her goal will be to service all clients with her utmost care and attention through dedication, honesty and friendship. We are excited to have Lori join High Tide DMC; she is a polished professional who brings an extensive amount of experience and knowledge, in business development, account management and client service to the role. Lori Uebler Contact Information:Phone Number: 610.393.5017 Email: lori@hightidedmc.comWebsite:  www.hightidedmc.comAbout High Tide DMCHigh Tide DMC is a local US, owned DMC, dedicated to providing a real experience on Customer Service, we are known for our tours, transfers and our hospitality throughout Mexico. We have been bringing groups both large and small to Cancun for over 20 years. During that time we cultivated solid relationships and trust with every reputable vendor, from renting an umbrella at the beach to the decision makers at the best resorts throughout the region, we have built solid relationships that go far beyond the traditional business relationships. Over time our contacts and vendors became friends and in some cases, nearly family. From bellmen to General Managers, the term “Mi Casa Su Casa” has a unique and true meaning with High Tide DMC. Through the years, we have spent countless holidays, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions with our friends from Mexico, so when we decided to combine forces, not only was it seamless, but it was built by people with a rich and long history.Source = High Tide DMClast_img read more

NSW celebrated in Russell Crowes latest music video

first_imgNSW celebrated in Russell Crowe’s latest music videoDestination NSW has partnered with Russell Crowe’s musical project The Indoor Garden Party for the band’s new music video for the single Out of Range, which features an array of spectacular New South Wales vision.Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said the music video was a celebration of the beauty and unique landscape of the State.“The Out of Range music video showcases more than 15 different spectacular locations throughout NSW, highlighting the depth and breadth of our exceptional State,” Ms Chipchase said.“This music video not only celebrates the beauty of NSW, but highlights the vast range of landscapes, attractions and experiences on offer to visitors travelling to every corner of the State.“From the stunning coastal shots stretching from Bondi Beach to Newcastle, the hinterland and ranges of the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains, to the red dirt of Broken Hill and lush farmland of Russell Crowe’s own Nana Glen property, the video reinforces that there is nowhere quite like NSW,” she said.The decision to showcase NSW in his music video comes as no surprise from Crowe, who is passionate about his home state. Having grown up in Sydney, the Oscar-winning actor and musician is also part owner of South Sydney rugby league side the Rabbitohs.Out of Range is the latest single from album The Musical which was released on June 16, 2017. The album was curated by principal songwriter Crowe and features Canadian folk rock icon Alan Doyle and producer Carl Falk, as well as vocalists Scott Grimes and Samantha Barks. The album is available on all major outlets.00:0000:00Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Thailands most petfriendly beach resort

first_imgThailand’s most pet-friendly beach resortThailand’s most pet-friendly beach resortIf there’s a single word to describe Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas it would be “unspoilt” – a pristine white beach overlooking a clear sea and backed by virgin jungle. Quiet. Authentically rural. A place to relax, read, and rejuvenate and a place to bring your dog!Take your fur baby for a walk by the ocean, through the garden, even to lunch or dinner with you in the open-air restaurant. There are even pet washing and grooming tools supplied in every villa. If your dog isn’t too large, it can even stay in your room with you.Whether you bring your poodle or Pomeranian or just yourself, the resort has an endless array of things to see and do. The palm-covered hills of Koh Chang lie across the strait; you can take a boat there or to Koh Kood to experience world famous dive sites. Enjoy the infinity pool and a traditional Thai massage in the resort’s spa. Stroll the 800-metre stretch of beach just outside your front door, take a Thai cooking class or join the candle-making and T-shirt painting activities.Situated in Trat on the South-East coast of Thailand close to the Cambodian border. The area surrounding the resort is steeped in history and offers a real Thai experience where the locals go about their daily activities without the hustle and bustle of other resort areas.You wouldn’t expect a resort like this to be very big, and it isn’t. All 44 units are suites or villas each with its own living room, and a balcony or terrace. The accommodations feel serene and spacious. At the Azure restaurant you can enjoy a breakfast buffet, Thai, Asian, or international food, with views out over the ocean. Or get closer to the water with a snack or refreshment at the Breezes Beach Bar.Source = Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villaslast_img read more

Explore the gems of ancient Greece with STUBA

first_imgExplore the gems of ancient Greece with STUBA roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = Greece. Probably the most important player in much of current day arts, philosophy, politics and democracy. From the alphabet, to much of the food we enjoy, Greece has had its finger in the pie, and remains one of the worlds top tourist destinations world wide. With over 24.8 million visitors, and a population of only 11 million, you’re guaranteed top service !The Greek empire rose around 1200 to 800 BC, being the Golden Age of Greece, lasting centuries and nurtured scientific, political, artistic and literary development.The golden age of Greek tourism is, or course,  Now ! The best time to visit Greece is , strangely enough, tourist season: April through to October, with peak season being July through August. Pleasant  weather for those not keen on extremes, would be May to JuneWith tourist hot spots scattered all over the country, some of the best things to arrange for your clients are:– Athens Scenic Bike Tour: check out the Roman Forum, Dipylon Gate, Ancient Agora, Acropolis,  and much more, while burning off some calories.– Climb Mount Olympus: Travel to Litochoro to take the trek. Don’t feel bad if you cant make it to the top; there’s plenty of satisfaction getting half way.– Take a seat in the Epidaurus Theatre: dating back to the 4th century , marvel at the tiers and let your mind wander as to the day to day activities of the Greeks.– Hephaestus Temple : Admire the elegant architecture and garden surrounds, of the temple dating back to 450 BC perched on Agoreao Koronos Hill.– Marvel at something made in the last thousand years ! – The Corinth Canal was created by Nero, but only completely finished in the 19th CenturyWhatever the timeframe, budget, and experience of your client, Stuba can help the dreams of a lifetime come true. With over 2,800 Properties across Greece, there’s always something for everyone ! last_img read more

British Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London Heathrow

first_imgBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways first Airbus 350 touches down at London HeathrowBritish Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow this weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite.The airline will take delivery of 18 A350s, with four of the new aircraft joining the fleet before the end of the year.Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”The newly-branded ‘Club Suite’ offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every aspect of British Airways’ Club Suite has been designed for today’s customer.The A350 promotes a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is intended to compliment the time of day and outside light. Customers will leave their flight feeling rested thanks to higher levels of humidity and refreshed air as the cabin pressure is equivalent to an altitude of just 6,000 feet. There are also environmental benefits to flying on the state-of the-art A350 as 25 per cent lower fuel burn significantly reduces CO2 emissions.As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush new pillow and warm quilt, new amenity kits and an enhanced service and an improved dining experience. The World Traveller (economy) cabin offers 219 seats. Customers will also benefit from high-speed WiFi, allowing travellers to browse the internet on their personal electronic devices.In a world first, the airline mapped out their new Club Suite and A350 in lasers within the British Airways Laserdrome, a 100 square metre structure, towering 6 and a half metres high.During phase one in August, the first A350 aircraft will start some short-haul flying between London and Madrid to allow the airline’s teams to perfect their customer service delivery and familiarise cabin crew with the aircraft layout.In phase two, which starts during September, the aircraft will begin long-haul flying to Dubai, followed by services to Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore this year. During this period another three A350 aircraft will join the British Airways fleet and two Boeing 777 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new cabin.At the start of 2020 phase three will begin which will see British Airways rolling out its Club Suite on further long-haul aircraft across the network.The arrival of the A350 is part of the airline’s £6.5bn current investment programme and forms part of an exciting year for the airline as it celebrates its centenary. Other activity includes the airline’s BA 2119 programme exploring the future of fuels, the customer experience of the future and the aviation careers in the next 100 years. Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

Tourism Fiji will lead Green Growth for Tourism Industry

first_imgThe Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT), Faiyaz Siddiq Koya has revealed that Tourism Fiji will lead the way to achieve a sustainability conscious tourism industry – that aligns itself with the Fijian Government’s Green Growth Framework – to protect the pristine natural environment of Fiji.Koya made the announcement during a press conference at the Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) 2015.The Fijian Government in June this year launched the Green Growth Framework, which focuses on rebalancing the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social, and environment.The press conference highlighted examples of environmental and sustainability conscious tourism industry operators that are doing well in supporting the vision of ‘A better Fiji for all’ and taking into consideration the global and regional developments on green growth.“The last impression that Fiji and its people leave in the minds of the international buyers, exhibitors and media is a very important one. Therefore, this calls on each individual to regard Fiji as a precious destination,” stated Koya.Koya noted that despite the fact that globally, the travel industry is perceived to have the highest carbon-footprint, it is  important to recognise the efforts of key industry partners who are taking momentous steps in trying to offset the carbon emissions from tourism-related activities through innovation.Koya emphasised that Fiji has real examples of industry partners who have been conscious of the fragile nature of Fiji’s natural environment and have already put environmental best practices in place to ensure its sustainability.last_img read more

Keralabranded taxis to ply in Dubai to promote tourist offerings

first_imgIn an effort to tap the outbound tourism season in Middle East, Kerala Tourism is targeting the Arab travellers by rolling out a high-octane promotional campaign in Dubai, showcasing the state’s spectacular features via colourful visuals draped on a bevy of taxis moving through the bustling metropolis.Around 200 Kerala branding taxis will ferry the message of ‘A Faraway Land Four Hours Away’– with eye-catching visuals featuring hill stations, backwaters, waterfalls as also Ayurvedic therapies – through the streets of Dubai.“Apart from the favourable climate, the relative proximity and excellent air connectivity between Kerala and the cities of the Middle East make it easier to attract holiday makers to the state,” said Dr Venu V, Principal Secretary of Tourism.With Arab tourists being one of the biggest spenders, Kerala has received more than one lakh visitors in from the region in 2015. The majority came from Saudi Arabia with 51,149 Saudi nationals visiting last year, while Oman accounted for 18,763 footfalls.“As the holiday season in the Middle East coincides with the Monsoon season here, Kerala is well-positioned to benefit from the influx of travellers looking to trade in the sizzle and dust for cooler climes and greener pastures,” said U V Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism.last_img read more

Singapore defines Casinos and luxury

first_imgSingapore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Not to mention the fact that if you are looking for luxurious casino resorts then you are in the right place. Marina Bay Sands is a world of fine dining, high-end shops, Broadway shows and infinity pools.Source: BBClast_img

Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery

first_img Home Prices Housing Permits Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2014-03-07 Krista Franks Brock Energy Sector Growth Boosts Recovery March 7, 2014 445 Views Nationwide, the economy and housing market are functioning at a level about 87 percent of their pre-crisis normal levels, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and First American’s Leading Markets Index released this week, which measures metro markets based on housing permits, home prices, and employment.Fifty-nine of the 350 metro markets are at or above their pre-crisis norms, according to the index, up from 58 metros last month. At the same time, 130 markets are at least 90 percent of their pre-crisis levels, according to NAHB.A little less than half—about 45 percent—of the normalized markets are located in areas benefitting from strong employment in the energy sector.“The strong energy sector is at the forefront of the recovery and centered in many small and mid-sized markets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Wyoming,” said David Crowe, chief economist at NAHB. He also pointed out that eight of the top 10 markets in NAHB’s index are located in these four states.A look at the unemployment rates in these states supports NAHB’s findings. Texas’ unemployment rate is 6 percent; Wyoming’s is 4.4 percent; and North Dakota’s is a meager 2.7 percent, according to December data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Among major metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ranked highest on NAHB’s Leading Markets Index with a score of 1.41, indicating the market is “41 percent better than its last normal market level.” Honolulu, Hawaii; Oklahoma City; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also ranked near the top.A few smaller markets outranked the best of the larger metros. Odessa and Midland, Texas, both scored at least 2.0, indicating their markets are performing twice as well as they did before the economic downturn, according to NAHB.“Despite the cold weather that has constrained economic and housing activity across much of the nation this winter, markets are returning to normal levels,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of NAHB. “As the job and housing markets continue to mend and the onset of spring releases the pent-up demand for new homes, this will bode well for the remainder of 2014.”center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Sharelast_img read more

HouseCanary Announces New Additions

first_imgHouseCanary Announces New Additions HouseCanary 2017-10-01 Brianna Gilpin October 1, 2017 533 Views Sharecenter_img HouseCanary announced last week the addition of its value report to Mercury Network’s OptiVal Automated Valuation Model (AVM) Cascade as well as the hiring of VP of Business Development and Financial Services Josh Seiff.Mercury Network’s OptiVal Cascade now contains 12 AVMs and is the only independent and objective Cascade that evaluates multiple AVMs to select the most accurate for a particular piece of real estate, according to the release.Nearly 1,000 of the nation’s lenders and appraisal management companies use Mercury Network’s technology to manage real estate valuation operations and collateral risk.“We’re proud to be selected for the OptiVal Cascade,” said Chris Stroud, Chief of Research at HouseCanary. “Lenders need easy access to highly accurate data to mitigate risk and HouseCanary’s AVM has an excellent history of pinpointing property values. Objective testing will make our AVM more accessible to lenders when they need it most.”The same week, Former Fannie Mae VP of Multifamily Capital Markets & Trading Josh Seiff was announced as a new addition to the HouseCanary Staff. Seiff will lead Business Development efforts in the financial services segment of the company and drive its strategic initiatives within the real estate capital markets ecosystem. His hiring will further HouseCanary’s goal of bringing price transparency to the real estate market.“During his 13 years at Fannie Mae, Seiff traded municipal bonds, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, structured products, and derivatives, while also leading a variety of key technology and finance initiatives,” the release said. “As part of Fannie Mae’s multifamily senior management team, Seiff created and led the GeMS securitization program and the issuance of more than $70 Billion in Agency CMBS securitizations. In 2017, Seiff pioneered the first ever large-scale agency securitization of Invitation Homes’ portfolio of single-family rental properties.” in Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Fabrizio Brook Adds Legal Veteran to the Team

first_img May 18, 2018 625 Views Share in Headlines, News, Servicing Fabrizio & Brook, P.C., a Troy, Michigan-based law firm, has announced the addition of attorney Larry E. Powe to its team. The firm provides full legal services to mortgage industry professionals, including loss mitigation, residential and commercial foreclosure, REO, evictions, bankruptcy, real estate, curative title, and defense litigation, including federal agencies related thereto, and financial institution deposit insurance underwriters.Powe brings over 40 years of practical legal expertise, including financial institution receiverships throughout the state, creditors rights, bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters, creditor-related matters, contract disputes, alternative dispute resolutions, general circuit court and federal court receiverships, and secured and unsecured creditors.AV-rated in Martindale Hubbell and based upon his practical experience, Powe continues to be an invited lecturer for industry continuing education, as well as continuing legal education seminars for the Real Property Law Section and Probate Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, with emphasis in the areas of real estate, mortgages, foreclosure, title exceptions and disputes, intestacy, easement disputes, and priority of secured liens.The Fabrizio & Brooke firm is a member of the Legal League 100, the premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States.center_img Fabrizio & Brook Adds Legal Veteran to the Team Bankruptcy Fabrizio & Brook Litigation Property Law real estate 2018-05-18 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

The Week Ahead Checking in on Housing Forecasts

first_img 2018-08-12 Kristina Brewer The Week Ahead: Checking in on Housing Forecasts Local View – Next, get local, as our market experts give you the lay of the land in some of the rapidly evolving markets in the West Coast including:SeattlePortlandBay Area & SacramentoOrange County & Inland Empire On Tuesday, Metrostudy will be hosting its quarterly Housing Forecast Webcast at 2 p.m. EST. Agenda highlights for the webcast include:National Update – Metrostudy Chief Economist, Mark Boud, will present a state of the union on the current residential construction market, answering these critical questions: Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:CoreLogic Home Performance Insights, Tuesday, 9 a.m.NAHB Housing Market Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ETHousing Starts Survey, Thursday, 8.30 a.m. ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETValueInsured Summer 2018 Modern Homebuyer Survey in Daily Dose, Headlines, News What are the trends and forecasts for key indices impacting the housing market?What factors will likely play a role in the next housing downturn?How are product tariffs impacting construction costs and the market?How are immigration policies impacting employment and the housing market?What’s in store for the latter half of 2018? August 12, 2018 400 Views Sharelast_img read more

Millennials Finding it Hard to Leave Home

first_imgMillennials Finding it Hard to Leave Home Just in time for Mother’ Day, a new study by Zillow found that the amount of millennials—those between the ages of 23-37—still living with their mother has reached its highest level this century.The reported figure of 21.9% is nine points higher than those of the same age in 2005, and more than doubling the 11.7% rate back in 2001.While the amount of millennials living at homes continue to rise, the unemployment rate for those living at home has fallen to 10.3% from 19.5% in 2010.“While it might be tempting to stereotype these young adults as lazy millennials bumming off of mom, the data paints a different picture,” said Sarah Mikhitarian, Zillow Senior Economist. “When the housing market went bust and the economy unraveled into a recession, young adults increasingly returned to their childhood home. And, despite a strong labor market and fairly robust economic recovery, this trend has continued in the face of rising housing costs and deteriorating affordability. Living with mom as an adult can certainly bring its share of headaches, but the benefits go beyond the occasional home-cooked meal – living under mom’s roof can allow young adults to save enough money for a down payment, security deposit or some other big expense.Also, as rent rates rise, affordability challenges in the short term and long term are impacted. Zillow states renters in today’s market need an extra year and a half to save for a down payment than their parents’ generation 30 years earlier.Zillow states that rent has increased 2.4% year-over-year to $1,472 in February, and forecasts an additional 1.8% increase in the coming year.The markets with the most millenials living at home are Riverside, California, Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York—at least 31%. These markets are also among the least affordable rental markets in the nation.Just 13.7% of millennials still live at home in Seattle, Washington, which is the lowest in the nation. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 8, 2019 1,267 Views center_img 2019 Housing Market Affordability Millenials 2019-05-08 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgVirtuoso’s Luxury Marketplace White Paper reveals 77% of Virtuoso agency members in the Asia-Pacific region are seeing growth in the business, but it’s not all rosy. Luxury travel agencies believe there is opportunity to connect more effectively with luxury clients through co-operative marketing beyond pure discounting.Key insights from Virtuoso’s white paper include:Luxury travel suppliers are willing to spend more from their marketing budgets but they don’t believe current joint marketing campaigns portray their brand wellLuxury travel agencies believe there is opportunity to connect more effectively with luxury clients through co-operative marketing beyond pure discountingRepeat business accounts for more than 70% of most Virtuoso advisor business and new client acquisition is attained overwhelmingly through referrals, but relationship marketing holds a small share of existing marketing spendMost luxury supply marketing is aimed at new customer acquisition which is least likely to convert and often fixated on discountsThe APAC market craves localised marketing and personal messaging, rather than those repurposed from larger international markets“The luxury travel segment is thriving both here in our region and globally. Consumers are trading up to the best experiences the industry has to offer and our business grew over 20% in 2017, making this one of Virtuoso’s fastest growing markets globally,” Virtuoso’s Managing Director – Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Michael Londregan said.“While desire is high, we feel our industry is lagging behind the consumer when it comes to the way we market luxury travel. We found a strong belief amongst both luxury travel suppliers and advisors that there are few viable and effective marketing channels to communicate their message and support their brands.“There is a lot of activity in the travel marketplace but most of it is distress marketing – promoting our “brown bananas” – and very little communicates the luxury value proposition in a way that connects with luxury clients. Our research shows this is something our luxury suppliers and agents are craving.”Mr Londregan said following the white paper’s findings, Virtuoso will make a significant investment in marketing resources for the region in order to better service supply partners and agency members.As a direct result of the research Virtuoso is delighted to announce that Adrian Clarke, will join Virtuoso’s APAC team in a marketing role in March 2018.“Transitioning from the member side of the program into Virtuoso itself is an exciting progression,” Mr Clarke said.“I’ve always admired Virtuoso’s clear market position and look forward to working with the best suppliers and advisors in the region to grow engagement and revenues through better marketing programs.”Mr Clarke has held numerous senior marketing roles in the travel sector including most recently as the Head of Marketing with Travel Associates, one of Virtuoso’s valued members.IMAGE: Adrian Clarke luxuryVirtuosolast_img read more

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first_img“These guys will get the football, they will get it accurately, they will be able to run after the catch,” he said. “Carson Palmer is a huge addition to this team.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Who is Carson Palmer?Is he a former Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall draft pick who just needed to be in a quality environment to succeed, or is he a washed up 33-year-old whose arm strength isn’t what it once was?The Cardinals are banking on him being the first option, and ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski tends to agree.“I view him very highly,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “He got lost in the Black Hole. Oakland is an absolute mess; he had no chance, whatsoever. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “None.”Jaworski noted that Palmer spent more playing from behind last year than any QB in the league, which certainly did not help the passer succeed. But even with that, Palmer still completed 61.1 percent of his passes for more than 4,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Though the Raiders went 4-11 with him as a starter, many believe the team’s struggles were not the quarterback’s fault.“It’s difficult to compete at a high level when you’re always playing uphill,” Jaworski said. “Carson Palmer still has a tremendous skill-set, and I know Bruce wants to get the ball down the field. He doesn’t like that dink-and-dunk type stuff. “So he’s got the guy that can still throw the ball with accuracy down the field, has a good, quick release.”Acquired for practically nothing in the offseason, the Cardinals are hoping the veteran will rediscover what made him successful in Cincinnati playing alongside skill position talents like Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Rob Housler. Jaworski thinks he will, and that those pass catchers will be very happy with the guy tasked with getting them the ball.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The future at running back seems pretty set for the Arizona Cardinals, with the emergence of young running backs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor and the offseason addition of Jonathan Dwyer.But in’s fictional All-Time Draft, the Cardinals dug deep into the pool of Hall of Famers and came out with one of the greatest backs ever to play the game at No. 20: Walter Payton.“This could be a sweet pick for them with Walter Payton out of Jackson State,” said fantasy editor Michael Fabiano. “Can Walter Payton make an impact going from a small school to the National Football League? We’ll see what happens.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Payton, a three-time NFL MVP and 1985 Super Champion, scored 110 career touchdowns and rush for a league record 16,726 yards during his 12-year tenure with the Chicago Bears from 1976-1987.The nine-time Pro Bowler was inducted into Canton back in 1993.Obviously, it’s nothing more than some interesting filler before the league’s actual selection show begins on May 8.Nonetheless, it’s nice to dream once in awhile.“I like Payton, he can do everything,” said analyst Elliot Harrison. “I’ll tell you what you have to look out for, Walter Payton can throw the halfback option. It’d be interesting to see that come back into the game. This guy is as durable as it gets. I like the pick.”Something tells us, Harrison wouldn’t be alone with that final thought. Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img As the 2015 NFL season winds to a close Sunday with Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., it’s only natural for those outside of Denver and Charlotte to be looking ahead to next season.That includes fans in the Valley, who saw their Arizona Cardinals fall just short of a second trip to the Super Bowl when they were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game nearly two weeks ago.Should the Panthers beat the Broncos Sunday, Cam Newton and Co. would likely host the NFL’s 2016 Thursday night Kickoff game, which has become quite a spectacle in its own right. The last 12 Super Bowl champions have opened the next season in the league’s Thursday opener. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider 0 Comments   Share   Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton leaps into the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. But who would the Panthers play?Outside of their three division opponents, Carolina will host the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and … the Arizona Cardinals.ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf Friday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and said one could make a compelling case for a Cardinals-Panthers rematch to open the 2016 campaign.“I think you can,” Clayton said. “Naturally, you would think you’d go by the championship (games) and what about Denver-New England? Certainly, without Peyton Manning, you would say ‘no’”Win or lose in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Manning is expected to announce his retirement after an illustrious 18-year career. His absence would certainly take a lot of the luster off of a Broncos-Patriots AFC Championship Game rematch. Those two teams are scheduled to meet during the 2016 regular season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.“The New England games are too valuable — they’re not going to put a Denver-New England game on in the first game because they can get better ratings on New England football later in the season,” Clayton said. “So I think Carolina-Arizona would be a perfect one.”center_img It is interesting to note that in this run of 12 straight Super Bowl champs opening the next season on Thursday night, only twice has the game featured a conference championship game rematch. The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings opened the 2010 season after meeting in the NFC Championship Game the year prior and the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts revisited their AFC Championship meeting to open 2004. – / 69 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 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 impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Against Chicago, the lines struggled quite frankly. What did you see from both lines in this game?Offensively, I thought we did a good job of protecting other than one or two times there was some leakage. But I thought we gave Carson and Drew, for the most part, very good pass protection and those guys, I thought, were in rhythm and on point. Defensively, with Robert (Nkemdiche) down and Olsen Pierre going out early, I had a little bit of concern in the run game early on where we got creased, and whether it was a guy just didn’t have gap control or a linebacker who didn’t come over the top and fill — those are things we need to continue to clean up. But those were my only concerns on defense because I thought we set the edge much better this week with Chandler (Jones) and Markus Golden. And I thought our secondary played exceptional.What is your plan for roster cutdown with about 1,200 players about to hit the street this coming weekend? Is it any different than any other last Thursday of the preseason?Yeah, it’s significantly different. When you think about the fact that there’s 1,184 players who aren’t going to be on NFL teams over a two or three-day period, it puts a lot of strain and pressure on your personnel department. Fortunately, Michael Bidwill has given me the resources to build, in my opinion, one of the best personnel departments in the National Football League and when you have guys like Mike Disner and Terry McDonough and Quentin Harris and Adrian Wilson — you know, to me, the best of the best which certainly make me look good. We’ll put a plan in place and the good news is Coach (Arians) and I spent a lot of time talking about our roster (Sunday) and to feel like you’ve got a core group of talent, whether there’s 51 or 48 really good players that you can count on, it does take a little bit of stress off you from the standpoint you don’t have to search the wire to build a team. You’re really just looking for one or two positions, potentially. The bottom line is those players that are free have to significantly upgrade your roster or you don’t want to make a change because if a guy isn’t good enough, you have to get him up-to-date on the schematics and playbook, so there are so many things that go into it. You have to be convinced that, from a talent standpoint, this player is a significant upgrade. 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Top Stories The fact that the fullback is making a bit of a return to the NFL in 2017, that could be important for Elijhaa Penny’s chances, couldn’t it?I think, in any business, it’s ‘the more you can do,’ right? He’s a big man, he’s got nifty feet, he does some good things in terms of run skills. He does have the ability to have positional flexibility and then, more than anything, there’s no doubt that we’ve looked to improve our core special teams and he’s a guy that Amos (Jones) and some of our coaches really like running down and covering kicks and those sort of things. Elijhaa’s certainly got a chance. He was on our practice squad last year and is another guy who has improved over time. – / 24 Arizona Cardinals general manager joins Doug and Wolf every Monday morning following a game on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.This week, Keim discussed the team’s 24-14 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The win evened the Cardinals’ preseason record to 2-2 heading into the final tuneup tilt of the year, Thursday night in Denver against the Broncos.After you watched the tape of the Atlanta game, what made you smile? I think the wide receivers have responded pretty well since Bruce Arians put them on notice. Are you seeing the same thing?There’s no doubt that a good butt-chewing is good for all of us. Bruce let them have it and I think they’ve all responded. Not only have they responded on the field, but they’ve gotten out of the training room, which was something that needed to improve. A lot of those soft-tissue issues cleaned up real quick.On defense, last week the talk was all about Josh Bynes. This week, there’s a lot of talk about Cap Capi. Where is the biggest competition going on in terms of making the 53-man roster?I think punter is one of them. I think the fourth outside linebacker is certainly an area that we’re going to look at. Inside linebacker is another position that you want to continue to look at. Offensive line depth is an area, as well. Cap had a nice night, gave tremendous effort and was certainly disruptive. I won’t say he’s the biggest surprise, but there’s no player on our team that has worked harder this offseason than Kareem (Martin). Kareem Martin, in my opinion, is the most improved football player on our entire team, when you look at his body of work, how far he’s come. When we drafted him, he was a long, lanky athlete who had some speed and straight-line ability. But he has grown into his body, he’s spent tons of time in our weight room and when you do that, you become more confident as a player from a physicality standpoint. Kareem, I’m truly proud about the way that he’s worked because it shows the rest of the team that if you put in the time and the effort, you can get better.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Going into Thursday night, how many jobs would you say are up for grabs?I would say probably four or five, you know, where you could probably say there is a battle or where guys could emerge. A lot of that is on special teams and their ability to cover kicks and punts and those sorts of things. That’s what preseason is about. A lot of these young guys are continuing to grow and get better. Earlier on in training camp, I was a little down on Brandon Williams, and he has certainly rebounded. Going from the first week of camp, where I had some concerns and some doubts about the corner position opposite of Patrick Peterson, now all of a sudden, I feel like we have four solid corners, which is sigh of relief.What do you need to see from Chris Johnson Thursday in order for him to make the team? How badly did he hurt himself with his performance in Atlanta?I’m not going to critique Chris on the radio. The one thing I’ll say is he’s a pro’s pro. He gets it. And it’s not just his performance in one preseason game that’s going to make a difference. It’s a body of work that Coach and I will look at. We’ll determine the best 53, and more importantly, who’s going to be active on game day. That’s the toughest thing. When you have a better roster — Coach and I were looking (Sunday) at who’s going to be active on game day, and it was a lot tougher than we anticipated when looking at which guys are going to be down. You’d like to have them all available on Sunday. For the most part, I was really pleased with the overall performance. Especially, as we’ve talked about, when you put a lot of emphasis on the third, or in this case, the fourth preseason game. And to do it in what you’d think is a pretty hostile environment where a brand new stadium is built with a team coming off an NFC Championship — knowing the type of players that they have from a talent standpoint, and the way we played and executed, I was really pleased.What did you see from John Brown?Well, it’s pretty simple — the play-making ability. We all know what kind of player John Brown can be and the injuries have been an issue. But when John Brown is healthy, there’s no doubt that he’s a dynamic player who can create mismatches, especially in the vertical game, which is something we desperately need from him. Not only does John Brown’s big play ability help us just in terms of putting points on the board, but it opens other things up, whether it’s Larry underneath, whether it’s tight ends, it’s David in the run game or David’s ability to motion in the slot and create mismatches with linebackers and safeties. It does so many different things for you that defenses have to prepare for. John Brown is a very important part of this puzzle, so having John healthy and guys like Tyrann Mathieu — the biggest keys to those two players is they change field position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Top Stories 4. Cleveland Browns (via Texans)Do they need a QB? See above.5. Denver BroncosDo they need a QB? Maybe. It all depends on whether you believe Broncos GM John Elway about sticking with the development of backup Paxton Lynch behind newly-signed starter Case Keenum. Elway has also publicly listed the pick for sale.6. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets)Do they need a QB? No. Trading down from No. 3 and taking a package from the Jets means general manager Chris Ballard believes quarterback Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury isn’t a career-threatening issue.7. Tampa Bay BuccaneersDo they need a QB? No. They’re set with Jameis Winston.8. Chicago BearsDo they need a QB? No, not after very surprisingly trading up and then selecting Mitch Trubisky second in the 2017 NFL Draft.9. San Francisco 49ersDo they need a QB? Nope. The 49ers made Jimmy Garoppolo a well-paid man and long-term answer at quarterback.10. Oakland RaidersDo they need a QB? No. First-year head coach John Gruden is set with Derek Carr.11. Miami DolphinsDo they need a QB? Possibly. Ryan Tannehill’s second torn ACL might have Miami concerned about his durability and future as the starting quarterback. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Of course, the Cardinals aren’t in dire need of a quarterback. They’ve signed starter Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon as depth, yet there’s no better way to find a franchise signal-caller than via the draft. In some order, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph are considered the six best quarterbacks available.Looking over a collection of 14 notable mock drafts to begin the week of the draft (and omitting trades by Arizona), nobody has fewer than three quarterbacks going off the board before Arizona drafts 15th.Related LinksA quarterback rich 2018 NFL Draft awaits the Cardinals5 off the board by No. 15 (2):’s Charles Davis,’s Bucky Brooks4 off the board by No. 15 (9): ESPN’s Kiper/McShay, Huddle Report’s Robby Esch,’s Daniel Jeremiah,’s Charley Casserly, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, The Athletic’s Chris Burke,’s Curtis Conway, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar3 off the board by No. 15 (3): CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli, Walter Football’s Walter Cherepinsky, PFF’s Steve PalazzoloWith that, let’s take a look at which teams are drafting ahead of Arizona and what their quarterback situations look like — without considering their other needs — to imagine how many of them just might draft a quarterback if one of their favorites falls into their laps. 1. Cleveland BrownsDo they need a QB? Probably. The Browns aren’t in a rush. Though they traded DeShone Kizer after his rocky rookie season, they also bought themselves time by acquiring Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills.With the first pick and the fourth pick, the Browns could in theory draft a quarterback of the future. They could also push that need to next year and attempt to dangle the fourth pick as trade bait in front of needy teams like Arizona. They have shopped the No. 4 pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.2. New York GiantsDo they need a QB? Yes. Eli Manning is 37 and for a struggling team last year put together one of his least-productive seasons. A new front office could be ready to begin searching for the veteran quarterback’s replacement.3. New York Jets (via Colts)Do they need a QB? Probably. New York re-signed veteran Josh McCown as insurance and inked Teddy Bridgewater, who is working back from his career-threatening knee injury two years ago.They’re prepared for the interim, but with a No. 3 pick, they can get the future-building going. Based on their move up from the sixth slot, it appears they have a quarterback as a target. – Can general manager Steve Keim move up and nab a higher pick now that a couple of quarterback-needy teams like Buffalo already made their intentions known heading into draft day?– Or do the Cardinals like a darkhorse quarterback prospect enough to take a stab in the second round or later? If other teams ahead of the Dolphins are gun-shy about drafting QBs, it’s possible they select one.12. Buffalo Bills (via Bengals)Do they need a QB? Yes. Buffalo signed free agent A.J. McCarron this offseason. It’s likely he’s more of a bridge option after trading Taylor.The Bills’ trade of defensive tackle Cordy Glenn to move them from 21st to 12th makes it appear that they want a quarterback at this slot.13. Washington RedskinsDo they need a QB? No. They let Kirk Cousins walk and acquired Alex Smith from the Chiefs this offseason.14. Green Bay PackersDo they need a QB? Nope. The Packers are well-stocked with Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley and Kizer on the roster.15. Arizona CardinalsDo they need a QB? Obviously. But even with up to six quarterbacks potentially going in the first round of the draft, the Cardinals might find themselves looking at the fifth- or sixth-best quarterback option by this point and potentially reaching.All of these questions linger:– Even if only three quarterbacks are off the board, do they like the next QB on their big board?– Do they trade down to draft a quarterback later on while acquiring more draft picks? Hours out from the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have plans for big decisions — or big moves.That’s because the hurdles to acquire a quarterback of the future are out in the open. Several quarterback-needy teams already made trades to improve their draft positioning, and even with up to six quarterbacks being considered as potential first-round picks, it’s a wonder how many of those will still be on the board if Arizona holds at the No. 15 overall pick. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Woo-hoo. The Cardinals didn’t get blown out on Sunday. Their moral victory is proof of how far we’ve fallen.It’s considered progress when they cover the spread against the Chiefs.It’s failure when a 12-point defeat is considered acceptable, regardless of circumstance.It’s an accomplishment when you hold Patrick Mahomes to under 300 yards passing in a single contest.It’s a condemnation of Steve Wilks when you have an extra week to prepare for an opponent and give up a touchdown within the first minute. It was his first vow when he took the job and yet the problem still persists. Andre Smith just played his worst game in Arizona, spearheading a line that could ruin most rookie quarterbacks.The latest example is stupefying, especially when Wilks once called the 2018 offensive line “the strength of the team.”Nothing will change until the Cardinals figure out how to correctly build the nerve center of their football team. Bill Belichick makes it look easy. So do the Steelers. Why are the Cardinals so easily deluded when it comes to their offensive linemen?Maybe all of this losing is for the best, yielding high-leverage draft picks to supplement their abundance of salary cap space entering next season.They need to learn if this head coach is worth another year. They need David Johnson to build off Sunday’s performance, and stop running with his head down, looking for a soft landing at the first taste of contact. They need their defense to develop a real identity by the end of the season.But they can’t let a matador offensive line ruin the verve and raw potential of Rosen. Keeping him upright and breathing is paramount, along with men upfront who understand the position, who know what it means to serve and protect. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo He signed Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati to big-dollar contracts. He still can’t find the right mix, even though the GM was once an offensive lineman at North Carolina State.Before Rosen’s game-changing interception on an intended screen pass to David Johnson, the Cardinals’ quarterback was hurried 16 times with five sacks and 10 knockdowns in 35 passing attempts.How is a quarterback supposed to develop when he doesn’t have time to learn on the job, surrounded by veteran linemen who perform like rookies?Experience will teach a young quarterback to identify defensive linemen who are baiting him on screen passes, like Justin Houston did before his interception that spoiled the Cardinals’ comeback effort. But a good offensive lineman will also counter a cherry-picking defensive player by peppering him with body shots, teaching him to think twice before leaving his feet on pass attempts.That didn’t happen on Sunday.Hence, the dilemma surrounding Keim’s status as GM. He’s done more good than bad since taking over in 2013.He traded for Carson Palmer and drafted Rosen. He traded for Chandler Jones. His 2018 draft class could be full of impact players, negating the big whiff of 2017. But do you trust him to fix the offensive line? 72 Comments   Share   Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) hangs on to the clothing of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)center_img It’s progress when your defense forces the Chiefs to punt three times in succession.It is failure when our standards have been lowered so much that we are resigned to embrace baby steps, to search for the good with telescopes and magnifying glasses.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals fall to Chiefs despite Johnson’s big gameCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald passes Terrell Owens in all-time rec. yardsDavid Johnson enjoys best game of season against ChiefsCardinals’ defensive line continues to find success getting to the quarterbackSorry, winning is for winners. Progress is for losers. And our NFL team is back on the wrong side of the tracks, grasping for low-hanging fruit.It’s further confirmation that Arizona has become the kindergarten of professional sports.A 26-14 road loss to Kansas City might’ve been their best performance of the season, surpassing both victories against the lowly 49ers. But everything that felt good about Sunday’s performance was wiped away in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs obliterated the Cardinals’ offensive line, pressuring Josh Rosen on almost every snap that mattered.The lopsided ending was embarrassing, emasculating and spoke to a recurring nightmare in Arizona.During his tenure, General Manager Steve Keim has failed spectacularly at assembling a competent offensive line.He’s drafted Jonathan Cooper, D.J. Humphries, Mason Cole, Korey Cunningham, Will Holden, Dorian Johnson, Evan Boehm, Cole Toner and Earl Watford. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Reach Bickley at Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As a result of the team’s poor performance and a 48-7 stomping at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Vince Tobin was fired seven games into the season.2003Record: 4-12Despite posting a better record than 2000, this is the season ESPN’s Bill Barnwell dawns as the worst in franchise history.Arizona finished last in the NFL in both scoring offense and scoring defense that season. Additionally, the Cardinals had a league-worst point differential of -227.The offensive struggles may have been a result of Plummer’s departure in the offseason. Though his stat line was never eye-popping, Plummer was a team leader for several years and consistently racked up significant yards. His replacement was Jeff Blake, who struggled to move the offense, throwing 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a completion percentage of 56.7.One of the only positives of this season was wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin wowed during his first season in the NFL, accumulating 1,377 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, helping him win Offensive Rookie of the Year.Following the trends of Ryan and Tobin, head coach Dave McGinnis was fired after the dreary season. But one good thing did come out of this forgettable year: Arizona selected Larry Fitzgerald with the No. 3 pick in the subsequent NFL Draft. Top Stories 10 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In the second season as the “Arizona Cardinals,” the team struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. Arizona finished 27th of the league’s 30 teams (Texans and Ravens didn’t yet exist) in points per game with 17.2, and on defense, the Cardinals allowed a league-worst 26.4 points per game.Despite his success in previous years, Krieg struggled behind center. Starting all 16 games, Krieg threw 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing just over 58 percent of his passes. He didn’t return the following season.The dismal year also led to Ryan’s firing. Ryan never coached again in the NFL, but his sons, Rob and Rex, have coached all around the league.2000Record: 3-13This is saying a lot, but the 2000 season very well might be the worst in Arizona Cardinals history. Since relocating to the Phoenix area, the Cardinals have never won fewer games than they did in 2003.What stood out that year was the atrocious turnover margin. Arizona posted a league-worst takeaway-giveaway differential of -24. Much of this was a result of quarterback Jake Plummer throwing 21 interceptions and losing eight fumbles.Not only did the Cardinals lose a lot of games, they got blown out consistently. Arizona’s -233 point differential was the worst in franchise history and the second lowest in the league that year to, you guessed it, the Cleveland Browns.center_img Here’s a look at some of the worst years since the franchise moved to Arizona (in chronological order):Related LinksCardinals’ Coleman shares unique journey with deaf studentsCardinals’ Steve Wilks experiencing a learning curve in first year as HC1991Record: 4-12Since moving to the Valley, the Cardinals have finished the season with a 4-12 record five times. The 1991 season was among the most disheartening of those. Despite beginning the year 2-0, the then-Phoenix Cardinals struggled down the stretch, losing their last eight games.The main issue for the Cardinals that season was offense. Phoenix’s 196 points scored is the franchise’s lowest mark since the NFL increased the number of games in a season to 16. At quarterback, the snaps were split among Tom Tupa, Stan Gelbaugh and Chris Chandler, all of whom threw more interceptions than touchdowns.One of the few positives of the squad was then-rookie Aeneas Williams, who recorded six interceptions.The season was the beginning of the end for head coach Joe Bugel, who would coach two more seasons in the Valley before receiving the pink slip. In four years with the Cardinals, Bugel posted a 20-44 record.1995Record: 4-12Following an 8-8 season in Buddy Ryan’s first season at the helm and the signing of former Seahawks star quarterback Dave Krieg, expectations were somewhat high in 1995. That didn’t stop the Cardinals from being a laughingstock once again. 2018Record: 2-9The 2018-19 season isn’t even complete, but it has undoubtedly been one of the Cardinals’ worst seasons ever. Problems have stemmed on both sides of the ball, but perhaps the struggles on offense are the most notable.With five games left, the Cardinals are dead last in almost every major offensive statistic — scoring offense, total yards per game, passing yards per game and rushing yards per game.What’s been most disappointing for the Cardinals this year may be the use of David Johnson. Though an elite back, Johnson has been unable to find daylight this year due to offensive line struggles and so-so play calling that led to offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s firing. Through 11 games, Johnson has rushed for 692 yards and six touchdowns on 3.7 yards per carry.Sam Bradford was expected to lead the passing game, but needless to say, that didn’t go as planned. Rookie Josh Rosen is now the primary signal caller for the Cardinals, and his play has been up and down thus far.At 2-9, there’s a chance Arizona could eclipse the 2000 season as the worst record since moving to the Valley. This is Steve Wilks’ first year coaching the Cardinals, but if his squad doesn’t show signs of life soon, it could be his last. The year was 1988: St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill announced the relocation of his NFL franchise to Phoenix.Now 30 years since football arrived in the Valley, the franchise has certainly enjoyed its fair share of victories and accomplishments. But on the flipside, it has indisputably endured its low points. The 2018 season is no exception.With five games left in the regular season, the Cardinals sit at 2-9 and tied for last in the NFC. Record-wise, this is on track to be one of the worst seasons since the team moved to Arizona, but it isn’t without competition for that unwanted crown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Lucerne Festival has been celebrating the finest i

first_imgLucerne Festival has been celebrating the finest in classical music since 1938, with famous orchestras, legendary conductors and virtuoso soloists collaborating three times a year at the idyllic location of Lake Lucerne. The artists perform in a concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel, renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and exquisite architecture, where they encounter an audience that is no less international and sophisticated.Featuring different themes each year, the programme offers a wonderfully broad spectrum ranging from Mozart to the Modernists, from early music to avant-garde experimentation. This year’s festivities are themed Easter, Summer and Piano, and run between April and November.New to the Festival in 2017 is the free Lucerne mobility ticket entitling participants to the free use of buses and trains (2nd class) in tariff zone 10, valid for the entirety of their stay. The Lucerne Mobility Ticket is personal, non-transferable and not inclusive of boat travel. The pass is issued upon check-in, however, the hotel reservation document (printed or digital) may be presented to the ticket inspector for transit to the hotel.last_img read more

Elite Havens has announced that the seven villas o

first_imgElite Havens has announced that the seven villas of the Sava Beach Villas estate are now part of its exclusive Phuket holiday rental collection.Sava Beach Villas comprises seven designer villas set in a beachfront estate, just 25 minutes from Phuket international airport in Phang Nga province. These Natai Beach rentals offer a choice of seven bedrooms with Villa Tievoli; six bedrooms at Villa Amarelo, Villa Cielo, Villa Malee Sai and Villa Essenza; and four-bedroom escapes at Villa Roxo and Villa Aqua. Each villa has a distinct personality reflecting its individual owner’s taste, while all offer a modern haven with sea and sunset views.An immersion into tranquillity and care awaits guests at Sava Beach Villas, with large private pools of 18 or 25 metres, indoor and outdoor living areas, private dining rooms, entertainment and sports facilities and a team of staff including Thai chefs and villa managers to cater for every guest whim – all just steps away from the soft sands of Natai, a quiet beach that extends 10 kilometres up the Andaman coast. And for those in search of a fantasy beachfront Phuket wedding venue, Sava is a dream destination.Natai Beach is less than an hour’s drive from the busy tourist areas of Phuket, yet it offers a sense of seclusion and exclusivity with only a handful of luxury villas and boutique resorts lining its sandy shore. From relaxing on the sands of Natai and kayaking or standup paddle boarding along the shore to venturing out for a yacht charter cruise of majestic Phang Nga Bay or snorkelling the pristine waters of the Similan islands, Sava Beach Villas offer the ultimate tropical beach getaway.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedFewer European visitors leads to ‘more enjoyable’ continental holidaysPeople booking flights to Europe this year are having a more enjoyable time because of the fewer number of visitorsMore UK holidaymakers book long-haul flightsBrits are more likely to book holidays to longer-haul destinations because the cost of flights has come downPeople ‘certain’ to book more flights to and from the UKMore people will book flights to and from the UK because of the steep decline in the value of the pound Long-haul flights are now on “everybody’s wish list”, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).According to Ken Kenward, AITO’s executive director, booking long-haul flights is no longer considered a luxury by a growing number of travellers.”Long haul holidays have always been popular,” he said.”A long haul holiday is on everybody’s wish list and holidays now are more of a necessity than a luxury.”Mr Kenward added that people book long-haul flights for a number of reasons – be it to go on a gap year, find work abroad or to enrol at a foreign university.The Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer revealed last month that Thailand was the cheapest long-haul destination for UK travellers.The far-east country was 41 percent cheaper than Spain, the cheapest country in the eurozone.South Africa was one place behind Thailand in terms of value-for-money, while Kenya came fourth as it seeks to increase its share of the African tourism market. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgeverywhereNeed ideas? Search everywhere for destination inspiration! Skyscanner’s search tools RelatedSearch tips and tools – countryCheck out all the options and search by country to find the very cheapest airports to fly into or fly from.App happy: Introducing the Skyscanner app that will save you time and money on travelSay hello to Skyscanner’s 3-in-1 app for IOS and Android. We’ve made it even easier to compare flight prices, find hotel deals or hire a car by combining all three into one smart app. So, whether you want to book a work trip or a family holiday, find out how…Using Skyscanner like a proLearn how to fly like a pro with Skyscanner’s tutorial videos tp:// ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map mapDon’t know where to go? Use the map to plan your trip… countrySearch by country for the cheapest airports whole monthSearch whole month to find the very cheapest days to fly! center_img facebookUse Skyscanner on Facebook to find your flights Skyscanner for FacebookTry it now! quick startDon’t know where to start? Try Skyscanner’s quick search user guide appGet Skyscanner for your smart phone | Find cheap flights, direct from our Facebook wall!Simply post details of the flight you want to the Skyscanner Flight Search wall – and we’ll post a quote back in seconds!No need to add any appsNo need to leave FacebookFast, free and straight off the wall!Try it now: Skyscanner for Facebook See how it works:last_img read more

7 Valentine Australia From unromantic beginnings

first_img7. Valentine, AustraliaFrom unromantic beginnings as a coal mining town, this lakeside lover’s paradise sits on the shore of Lake Macquarie, just up the coast from Sydney. Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, head up here with your Valentine for a spot of camping, swimming and that Aussie national past-time, barbecuing.Find flights8. Rose, USAWhat’s in a name? Well they’re aren’t many roses in this small New York town, which was actually named after the landowner Robert S. Rose. Residents in this romantically named town once thought gold and gems were buried beneath their feet. They failed to find any treasure, but then, in the immortal words of Dolly Parton: I never promised you a rose garden.9. Truelove Lowlands, Devon Island, CanadaUnless you have a peculiar penchant for polar bears, or you really love your own company, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find true love in Truelove. Devon Island is no love island, in fact it’s more like something out of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, being the world’s largest uninhabited spot of land.Find flights10. Love County, USAWe made it to the end of the list without running out of romance-related puns! Love is in the air in Love County, Oklahoma, where more than half of the population are married, that’s 10% more than the US national average. Are they more amorous, or just traditional? We’re not sure on that one. Read more about romantic holiday ideas:10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 great attractions7 romantic city breaks in EuropeDecent proposals: 7 really romantic (cheap) places to pop the questionSingle and wanting to escape smug couples this Valentine’s Day? Check this out:Kill Cupid: 5 unromantic, anti-Valentine’s destinationsSkyscanner 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 4. Kissing, GermanyBavaria, the home of Black Forest Gateau and beer, the perfect recipe for romance. Join the queue and pucker up alongside other soppy couples getting snapped snogging in front of Kissing’s welcome sign. If all the lovey-dovey stuff gets too much then Munich is only a short jaunt down the road. Find flights5. Heart’s Content, CanadaFrolic in the snow with your special someone to your Heart’s Content in this small town located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Don’t get your wires crossed; famous for being the end of the line for the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable until it was decomssioned, the brick cable buidling is now a communications museum.6. Date, JapanIt’s a double date in Japan, which has not one but two towns named Date, actually pronounced ‘Dar-tay’. The first is located on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, the other on the main island of Honshu. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so here are 10 of the most romantic-sounding destinations in the world to get you in the mood for love.Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a romatin rendezvous, or you just want a giggle at some soppy city names, ditch the forecourt flowers and take a trip down lovers’ lane.1. Romance, USALegend has it, the rugged town of Romance, Arkansas, was named by a teacher who thought the views around the town were particularly romantic. The town’s biggest attraction is the local post office, where romantics flock to get a ‘Romance’ postmark on their love letters – they’re still waiting for email to catch on.Find flights2. Lover, EnglandAnother one for philatelists out there; the post man has a hard job carrying the sacks of sweet-nothings sent each February 14th to the village in Wiltshire who prize the ‘Lover’ postmark. With only three roads in the tiny hamlet, you’re bound to find the path to true love here.3. Heart Peaks, CanadaGet all hot under the collar with a hike up the volcanic mountains, Heart Peaks, in British Columbia. Feel light-headed and giddy (it could be love, it could be altitude sickness) atop the 6000-foot peak. Having laid dormant for thousands of years however, you might find more fizzle than sizzle.center_img Related7 romantic city breaks in EuropeLove is all you need, but whisking your sweetheart away to Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon will probably earn you a few brownie points. Here are seven places in Europe to take your lover for a romantic city break, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or you just fancy treating that someone special.Top 10 Valentine Breaks: romantic holiday destinations off the beaten trackSkyscanner introduces 10 cities where love is still in the air5 Most Romantic Cities in Italy5 Most Romantic Cities in Italylast_img read more

Bangkok – Six Senses Resorts Spas opens the prem

first_imgBangkok – Six Senses Resorts & Spas opens the premier destination spa of the twenty-first century in Thailand with the unveiling of Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket on November 1, 2008. Located on the pristine, private island of Naka Yai, just ten minutes by speed boat from Phuket’s northeastern coast, Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket offers multi-day programs, also referred to as Life Passages, to transform guests’ lifestyles through complete immersion into healthy and mindful living.The resort’s 61 villas, four interrelated spas and two restaurants will be fully open to welcome, accommodate, pamper, inspire, guide and educate guests during their stay. Guests can enjoy Indian, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian holistic treatments in authentic settings.Signature water features located in the Indonesian Spa set a positive mood for indulging in a Balinese Inspiration or Javanese Divine Renewal ritual. Within the Thai Spa, Siam Sensations allow guests to experience traditional Thai therapies, while acupressure body or foot massages are administered by highly skilled therapists under the calming shadow of bamboo trees located within the Chinese Spa. Spa journeys are completed with a carefully selected tea, offering specific benefits in the Oriental embrace of the Chinese Tea Bar.last_img read more

Kendrick Lamar performs at LA LIVEs Microsoft S

first_img Kendrick Lamar performs at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square during NBA All Star Weekend 2018 on Friday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2018 3:10 am PDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star gamecenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday’s NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night.The Grammy-winning rapper was alone on an outdoor stage across from Staples Center for a 45-minute set packed with hits from his albums, collaborations and mixtapes.With no introduction or fanfare, the 30-year-old emerged wearing an oversized red sweatshirt over a white T-shirt and black pants, his braids pulled back, and launched into the biting “DNA” from his album “DAMN.” He performed several songs from that most recent album, including “Love,” ”Loyalty,” ”XXX” and “Element.”Lamar said little between songs other than shouting out to the “day one Kendrick Lamar fans.” For them, he played tracks like “Backseat Freestyle” and “Swimming Pools (Drank)” from 2012’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.” He also urged the audience to “generate some noise for yourselves.”Even alone on stage accompanied by his own recorded track, Lamar is electrifying. His vocal delivery is flawless and his presence powerful. Giant screens on either side of the stage projected his image during the set, but even with his diminutive stature, Lamar is somehow bigger.American Express sponsored the show as part of its All-Star weekend events. Tickets were available to cardholders, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. But with the show’s rib-rattling bass, chances are it was heard for blocks around downtown Los Angeles.The Killers are set to perform Saturday night.___AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is at .last_img read more

Travis Scott performs at the Okeechobee Music and

first_img Travis Scott performs at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Okeechobee, Fla. Rapper Travis Scott and rock bands Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys are headlining this year’s Osheaga music festival in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Amy Harris/Invision Travis Scott, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys headline Osheaga festival MONTREAL – Rapper Travis Scott and rock bands Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys are headlining this year’s Osheaga music festival in Montreal.The three-day festival kicking off on Aug. 3 is also set to feature electronic duo Odesza, rapper Tyler, the Creator, singer Khalid and rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs.The festival was first staged in 2006 and is held at the city’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.Last year’s event, headlined by the Weeknd, Lorde and Muse, included increased security measures after a female concertgoer said she was slipped a date-rape drug at the festival in 2016.———On the web: https://www.osheaga.comcenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2018 12:36 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2018 10:57 am PDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2005 file photo, David Milch, left, creator of the HBO series “Deadwood,” appears on the set with Larry Cedar, center, and Peter Jason in Santa Clarita, Calif. HBO says it’s greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago. The critically acclaimed, award-winning series was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File) HBO’s ‘Deadwood’ series to get new life as TV moviecenter_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – “Deadwood” fans can exhale.HBO says it’s greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago.HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Wednesday that production is scheduled to begin in October. An air date has yet to be set but it could debut in spring 2019, he said.Bloys told a TV critics’ meeting it was a logistical “nightmare” getting the ensemble cast’s schedules to align, but it finally worked out.The critically acclaimed, award-winning “Deadwood” was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title.The series aired from 2004-06 with stars including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker.It was created by David Milch, known for his work on the contemporary police dramas “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues.”last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 9:45 am PDT Executive gave tip that launched admissions bribery case FILE – This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Dozens of people were charged Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. The coaches worked at such schools as Yale, Wake Forest, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File) BOSTON — The biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted began with a tip from an executive investigators were targeting in a securities fraud probe, a law enforcement official said Thursday.The executive told Boston authorities chasing down the market manipulation scheme that the women’s soccer coach at Yale University said he would label the executive’s daughter as a recruit in exchange for cash, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.Investigators recorded a meeting between the executive and the coach at a Boston hotel room in April 2018. During the meeting, which is described in court documents, authorities say Rudy Meredith told the father he would help his daughter get into Yale in exchange for $450,000. Meredith accepted $2,000 in cash in the hotel room and gave the executive directions about how to wire the rest of the money, authorities say.Meredith began co-operating with the investigation that same month in the hopes of getting a lesser sentence, prosecutors say in court documents. Meredith, who resigned from Yale in November, has agreed to plead guilty to charges including wire fraud. A message was left Thursday on Meredith’s phone.The Wall Street Journal first reported the source of the tip. Authorities have not publicly identified the executive.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields, have been charged in the case . They include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.Prosecutors said that parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting accepted. Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children’s admission, officials said.The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students, and paid off insiders at testing centres to correct students’ answers, authorities say.Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has said that the investigation is continuing and that authorities believe other parents were involved. The IRS is also investigating, since some parents allegedly disguised the bribes as charitable donations.The consultant, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in federal court Tuesday in Boston. Singer’s attorney told reporters that he plans to co-operate fully with prosecutors.On Wednesday, two college students filed a lawsuit against the University of Southern California, Yale and other colleges, saying they were denied a fair opportunity for admission because the alleged scheme gave coveted spots to “unqualified students.”____Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at Durkin Richer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2019 6:16 am PDT CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.Prosecutors dismissed charges against Smollett related to making a false report. However, the Police Department and city officials maintain Smollett orchestrated the January incident and they’re trying to recoup $130,000 the city spent on police overtime.Smollett’s attorneys argue federal court is the proper venue for the case because the actor, who lived in Chicago while filming the TV show, “Empire,” is actually a California resident.The Associated Press Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, in Chicago. On Monday, June 24, 2019, Chicago police released hundreds of files from the investigation into Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men, including releasing video footage for the first time of the “Empire” actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File) last_img read more

July 14 2002 The new workshop arrived for their 5

first_imgJuly 14, 2002 The newworkshop arrived for their 5-week program on the seventh of July.>>From top left>> Isamu Tomono, Alex Pierro, Stephen Ramsey, MeganBingham, Daisuke Nakanishi, Shunsukei Mizumoto, Aurelian froment, IanKessler-Gowell, James Quigley, Eric richardson, Yvonne Brook. >>Frombottom left>> Stefano Capranico, Rebecca Kreithen, Natalia Ortegon,Pete Falco, Daniel Boylen, Willy Salas, Ricardo Nabholz, MelindaBarnadas, Chad Phelan. [Photo & Text : SA] After graduating onJuly third, several graduates from the Juneworkshop have decided to stay on for an extended period to help theproject. >>From top left>>Maya Glavin, Scott Airlie, Jenny Lee,Caterina Loy, John Aillsboro, James O’Meara. >>From middle left>> LissWilliams, Elanor Mayer. >>From bottom center>> Jason Curtis, SaraBadiali. >>Inset left>> Miko Yoshida, Yuka Momokida. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img read more

June 13 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took p

first_imgJune 13, 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday, June 7. and 8. 2014.Once again this was an event with a line-up of awesome musicians, some returning to the Arcosanti stage and some very good people that were here for the first time.The event started with the beautiful voice of Marilynn Carter, accompanied by Ray Carter.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Here we see the Miles Dalto Trio performing the first set on Saturday, Louis Landon on piano, Bob McKeon on drums and bassist Sean Brogan.Sherry Roberson and on drums Bob McKeon.Here is singer Ray Brown with Miles Dalto on piano, Ray Carter on bass and Bob McKeon on drums.The Saturday evening party in the Vaults featured the Tommy Dukes Blues Band.One cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. More about this event will be posted on Monday, June 16. 2014.last_img read more

December 4 2015The November workshop crew got an

first_imgDecember 4, 2015The November workshop crew got an opportunity to leave their mark in concrete as they mixed, carried and filled in the formwork for the amphitheater stage. [all photos and text by Hildemar Cruz]Crew members worked early in the morning while the weather behaved to mix and carry all the materials to pour the new layer on the stage. Patience and commitment proved to be the best tools for this task, as workshop participant Carlos works diligently to fill in the formwork.Teamwork wins again! The group was able to completely fill in the edge of the stage before morning meeting.last_img read more

in the photo Here we see the base of the 3D Jerse

first_imgin the photo: Here we see the base of the 3D Jersey model being assembled.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]166201csin the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. “ArCanyon” arcology. in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. [photo credit: Colly Soleri] July 4, 2016We salute the long and valiant effort that led to a FREE INDEPENDENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the constitution that was written to establish the underlying principles for this, our country.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!Here is the continuation of our report about the 1970 Soleri exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]Excerpt from the catalog: “PAOLO SOLERI DOCUMENTA”, commentary and graphics by Donald Wall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, February 1970.“Because the Soleri Exhibition accedes to a social relevance seldom attained by most museum exhibitions, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is especially indebted to the Prudential Insurance Company of America for acting as co-sponsor, and to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for aid in the publication of the catalog. Prudentials’s contribution goes beyond the financial: it shows American business interest can exert collaborative pioneering effects on the social reals. And HUD’s participation through the urban renewal demonstration program represents a new dimension of that department’s concern for the achievement of quality in our developing environment. While neither Prudentail, nor HUD necessarily endorse any of Soleri’s particular solutions, both feel that the issue he raises must be heard and discussed at an early date if ever new cities are to be created.”in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. The “Suspension” bridge[photo credit: Colly Soleri]in the photo: A large platform was placed into the main atrium, to support the 3D Jersey model.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]center_img in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. “Mesa City Markets” and “Mesa City Crafts Villages” scroll drawings.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]in the photo: all is ready for the opening[photo credit: Colly Soleri]The next segment of this report will be Wednesday, 7/06/2016 and it is about the exhibition opening.last_img read more

January 16 2017Paolo Soleri late 1960s THE ARC