Independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers Lisee

first_imgMONTREAL – An independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers and would not afford them the same rights as a citizen, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Tuesday.The party’s position on border security can be found in a series of leaflets and videos aimed at promoting independence and educating the electorate.The PQ made the documentation public in advance of a convention this coming weekend where Lisee will have a confidence vote on his leadership.Border security is a major talking point in the province, as thousands of people, mostly from Haiti, have crossed illegally into Quebec from the United States since June and applied for refugee status.“The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that as soon as you have your foot on our territory, you have all the rights of a Canadian citizen,” Lisee said.That statement is not entirely true, as refugee applicants are not entitled to vote or to hold a Canadian passport.Asylum seekers do benefit, however, from an appeal process that can extend their stay in Canada significantly even if they are denied refugee status.If Quebec separated from Canada it would not sign the Safe Third Country Agreement, allowing asylum seekers to cross at regular channels instead of trudging through forests, Lisee said.He added an independent Quebec would draw inspiration from European countries, where an applicant’s asylum status is considered different from that of a citizen and the process moves far more quickly.“In other countries asylum seekers are considered asylum seekers and not citizens,” Lisee said.Other issues in the PQ’s leaflet and video project on independence include taxes, agriculture and pipelines.A sovereign Quebec would get to keep the money its citizens give to Ottawa and put it toward the public pension plan. Lisee said Quebec leaving Canada would mean it could fight more strongly for its agricultural sector and be able to veto any pipeline project crossing over its territory.last_img read more

Jayalalithaa seeks release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka

Bringing to his notice two incidents of three fishermen each from Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district and Sethubavachatram in Thanjavur district being captured by the Sri Lankan Navy, Ms. Jayalalithaa said “these incidents are a rude shock, coming as they do, when Tamil Nadu is eagerly awaiting the home coming of the 104 fishermen whose release has been announced after several months of incarceration in Sri Lankan Jails.” (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has requested the Indian Government to take expeditious steps to secure the release of six fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu captured by the Sri Lankan Navy, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she urged him to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to also secure the release of 68 fishing boats and nets. read more

Militias disrupting disarmament and reintegration efforts in DR of Congo – UN

Denouncing militia activities, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) is calling on the leaders of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and the Front of the Nationalists for Integration (FNI), who are to become senior officers in the national army, to assume their responsibilities and instruct their members to hand in their weapons within the framework of the disarmament and reintegration programme.Ituri has been torn by factional conflicts for years, most recently earlier this month when thousands of refugees fled into neighbouring Uganda from ethnic fighting between the militias. The UPC is Hema and the FNI Lendu.MONUC also denounced threats made against militia members who want to give up their arms.According to the latest statistics, as of Monday, 2,474 former fighters have entered into the transit centres in Ituri, and 14,499 weapons and munitions have been handed in.In other action, the UN Mission has been distributing humanitarian aid in some towns along the Congo River in the country’s east while UN peacekeepers have been distributing drinking water, in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, in Kimbanséké, a poor district of the capital, Kinshasa, where a typhoid epidemic has broken out. read more

US newhome sales fell to 350000 in June a sign weak growth

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 10:44 am MDT WASHINGTON – Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May. The steep decline suggests a weaker job market and slower growth could make the housing recovery uneven.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes fell 8.4 per cent last month from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 350,000. That’s the biggest drop since February 2011.Sales in the Northeast plunged 60 per cent in June to the lowest level since November.’Nationwide, sales in May and April were revised much higher. June’s sales pace is 15.1 per cent higher than the same month last year. But sales remain well below the 700,000 annual rate that economists equate with healthy markets.“While a housing recovery is under way … fits and starts are to be expected and clearly this summer is one of the ‘fits,’” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, said in a note to clients.Home builder stocks fell sharply after the report came out. Hovnanian Enterprises fell 5 cents to $2.41, Beazer Homes fell 10 cents to $2.38 and Toll Brothers fell 60 cents to $29.84.The housing market has started to show signs of recovery this year.Builders are more confident and breaking ground on more homes. Mortgage rates are at record lows. And home prices nationwide have stabilized after losing a third of their value in the past six years. Sales of new and previously occupied homes have risen, although the increases have been choppy.Sales of previously occupied homes fell in June to their lowest level since October. But sales were up 4.5 per cent from a year ago, evidence that a modest recovery is still under way.One trend that is holding back sales has been low inventories. There were 144,000 new homes for sale in June, just above May’s 143,000 — the lowest on records dating back to 1963. At the current sales pace, it would take 4.9 months to exhaust the June supply. A six-month supply is generally considered healthy by economists.The reduced inventory is pushing up overall home prices, which have turned up in recent months. The median price of a new home, however, fell 1.9 per cent in June from May to $232,600.“With no excess inventory of unsold new homes, any sustained recovery in new home sales should quickly translate into firmer prices,” Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said.Low inventories are also spurring more building. Builders broke ground last month on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years. And permits to build single-family homes rose to the highest level since March 2010. Surveys also show that builders are more confident in the market, partly because they are seeing more interest from potential buyers.However, many people are still having difficulty qualifying for home loans or can’t afford the larger down payments that are being required by banks. That’s likely holding back sales.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to statistics compiled by the National Association of Home Builders.Economists expect housing will add to economic growth this year for the first time since 2005. But home construction and remodeling have become such a small part of the economy that the increase will likely have only a modest impact.Other than housing, the economy has been weakening. Americans have cut their spending at retail stores for three straight months, the longest stretch of cutbacks since the recession. A survey earlier this month found that manufacturing activity contracted in June for the first time in nearly three years.And hiring is slowing. Employers added an average of only 75,000 jobs a month from April through June. That’s much lower than the average of 226,000 a month added in the first three months of this year.On Friday, the government will issue its first estimate for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Economists have cut back on their forecasts in recent weeks, and now expect growth at an annual rate of only 1.5 per cent. That’s below the 1.9 per cent pace in the first three months of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales fell to 350,000 in June, a sign weak growth may slow housing recovery read more

Taseko aims to prove in court that federal government wrong to reject

Taseko aims to prove in court that federal government wrong to reject B.C. mine VANCOUVER – A mining company that has filed two Federal Court applications against the federal government over the rejection of a $1.5-billion mine in B.C. now wants a full trial.Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) spokesman Brian Battison says the company has filed an application asking that both applications be set for a single trial, which he said would give the company greater access to legal tools as it attempts to argue the federal government’s decisions were unfair.Earlier this year, the government cited the potential impact on a lake considered sacred by area First Nations in rejecting the New Prosperity mine, which is located about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.Taseko first filed an application challenging a report written by a review panel with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and then filed a second application once the government turned down the project.The Tsilhqot’in (sill-KOH’-teen) nations say they’re looking forward to getting into the courtroom as Taseko fights for the largest undeveloped gold and copper deposit in Canada.In June, the Tsilhqot’in won a decades-long court case that recognized their aboriginal title over 1,750 square kilometres of territory west of Williams Lake in a case unrelated to the mine. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2014 3:04 pm MDT read more

Emergency Leitrim Council meeting calls a halt to mining firm drilling in

first_imgDemonstrators who gathered outside the offices of Leitrim County Council in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday. Source: James MolloyLEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL unanimously passed a motion in an emergency meeting last night calling for a stop to drilling work by mining firm Tamboran Resources in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.Communities claim that the drilling is the first stage in the fracking process.Councillors voted unanimously to ask the Taoiseach and the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White to intervene with British prime minister David Cameron and Northern First Minister Peter Robinson to immediately call for an end to all drilling works by Tamboran Resources. Love Leitrim group at the peaceful presence outside Leitrim county council buildings. Source: Love LeitrimThe councillors also want White to meet with them on the matter stating that it was a matter of urgency.It is believed that campaigners have been protesting at the drilling site for a number of days. The company has erected a high security apparatus, which councillors, who have visited the site said are very “imposing”.The meeting ended with councillors further pledging that they would show solidarity to protesters holding vigil by arranging to visit and attending meetings organised by the community there.Read: “We are not going to win overnight.” – Anti-fracking activists as company prepares to start drilling?Column: Will fracking be added to our energy mix? Ireland has questions to answer first>last_img read more

PS3 firmware updated and restraining order placed on Geohot

first_imgSony have released a new firmware update (3.56) for the PS3 in an attempt to counterbalance Geohots hack which saw the individual and his team sued by Sony recently over several legalities, one of which was piracy caused by the exploit.However Sony have not confirmed that the update is designed explicitly to stop jailbreaking, but its recent restraining order against Geohot (aka George Hotz) was a minor victory for the corporate (or was it?, keep reading).A San Francisco court granted Sony a temporary restraining order which bans Hotz from offering to the public, creating, posting on-line, marketing, advertising, promoting, installing, distributing, providing, or otherwise trafficking any info or software that is related to circumventing the PS3’s security.Yet if Sony thought it had won the battle the company were mistaken as all this has done is made a martyr of Geohot. Already we have read reports that the 3.56 update has been hacked by a Wii hacker called Youness Alaoui, (aka KaKaRoToKs). Apparently he stated on Twitter the he has been able to unpack the firmware and publish its signing keys, thus allowing for custom firmwares to be created that would mimic the official update and allow hacked PS3s access to the PSN network.With this news Sony’s only hope to combat ongoing piracy is to deploy serial keys with PS3 games, but would this still be enough to deter all but the most determined hackers?Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

Pyrros Dimas Syriza made me leave Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Olympic weightlifting champion and former MP Pyrros Dimas gave an interview to a sports-themed radio station in Athens and blamed the government for his decision to seek employment in the US. “From the moment Syriza came to power, they cut 55 per cent from the Greek federation,” Dimas said, explaining that this all but prevented new talent from emerging and taking part in international athletic competitions. The Olympian pointed out that only the Weightlifting Federation was affected by funding cuts, attributing this to his own voluntary involvement. “It was like they were telling me to pack up and leave,” said Dimas, who now lives and works in the US as a weightlifting adviser. “Syriza essentially sent me away. It was a political decision,” he said.Dimitris Papadimoulis, a Syriza member of the European Parliament, dismissed the claim by Dimas saying in a tweet that he “more likely found a better job in the US, rather than was booted out” and attributed the funding cuts to the doping scandals which had put the federation to shame.last_img read more

Gattuso happy with improved Milan

first_imgGennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s current brand of football and went on to praise the team after their win over Cagliari.With fellow top-four rivals securing wins prior to their clash, Milan knew anything less than a victory will see them in the seventh positionHowever, Gattuso’s men responded with an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to a Luca Ceppitelli own goal, followed by strikes from new boys Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piatek to complete the rout.“We did well tonight, played good football and could’ve had more goals. I didn’t like the attitude of the midfielders in the first half, as we weren’t taking enough control,” the Coach told Football Italia via Sky.“I’ve liked our performances for a while and said we needed to get both phases right, attacking and defending. We were fortunate today.“Now it’s about hunger, the desire to work together as a unit. I don’t want to hear ‘I’ from anyone, it’s about ‘us.’“For many years we’ve reached the spring and Milan have been outside the race for the Champions League, but we need to break that trend and fight hard to be in a strong position when the final weeks arrive.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The former Rossoneri midfielder praised Calhanoglu for his effort on the flanks and his impact on the game.Way to go boys, determination begets success 👏🏼Bravi ragazzi, siamo sempre con voi 🔴⚫️#MilanCagliari pic.twitter.com/Rq2RB7Ii8s— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2019“I expect more from Hakan Calhanoglu because he has remarkable technique, but then you have to look at how much he runs, the distance he travels and the work-rate. I think he is unfairly maligned, I like the way he interprets that role.“He’s not a real winger, I know that, but he can unite the midfield with the attack and give a lot of quality to the side.”Milan will face fellow top-four rivals Atalanta in their next encounter on Saturday.last_img read more

Friend Wolter confessed killing girlfriend because she narced on him

first_imgIn an encounter with an old friend at the Clark County Jail, Dennis Wolter allegedly confessed that he killed his girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011 because she “narced him out.”Dannielle Williams said Thursday that she was taken into custody on May 26, 2011, for a parole violation related to a DUI conviction. Inside a Camas police patrol car, she encountered an old friend — Wolter — who also was being transported to the Clark County Jail, though she didn’t recognize him at first. She was seated in the front, while he was in the backseat.“We were just making small talk,” she testified. “Then, I realized I recognized him.”They talked as they waited outside the jail’s booking area. Here is how she recalled the conversation for jurors:” ‘What are you in for?’” she asked” ‘Murder,’ ” he replied.” ‘Wow, tough luck,’ ” she said. ” ‘I’m here for DUI.’ “” ‘Who did you kill?’ ” she asked him.” ‘Kori,’ ” he said.She said she didn’t immediately register who Kori was, then realized the victim was her ex-boyfriend’s stepmother. She asked Wolter why he killed Fredericksen, Williams said.“He said she narced on him,” Williams testified.“‘Karma is a bitch,’” she told Wolter. “‘What goes around, comes around.’” She testified that she was referring to Wolter’s wrongdoing when she made the comment.“‘It was quick and easy this way,’” Wolter replied.He then asked her to apologize to her ex-boyfriend for killing his stepmother, Williams said.Williams said she was offered a possible sentence reduction in exchange for her cooperation in testifying. However, the judge in her case declined to reduce her sentence, she said. Nevertheless, she said, she decided to testify against Wolter.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 10 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioSullivan Calls On Begich To Sign Pledge Discouraging Outside InfluenceLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCU.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is calling on incumbent Mark Begich to sign a pledge to discourage outside groups from running political ads in the race. The pledge would impose a financial penalty on a campaign that benefits from Outside spending. Begich campaign isn’t buying it.Mallott, Walker Criticize Gov. Parnell For Skipping DebatesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageSince April, gubernatorial challengers Byron Mallott and Bill Walker have gone after incumbent Sean Parnell for skipping debates. They hit that point again on Monday, at a candidate forum hosted by the National Congress of American Indians.HAARP Demolition Reportedly ‘Put On Hold’Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Gakona High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program may have been saved in the nick of time. According to Alan LeMaster, who runs a lodge at Gakona Junction, five room  reservations made by U.S. Air Force officials for this week have been canceled, he says, because demolition of the research facility has been “put on hold.” LeMaster told APRN that leaders of  the demolition project told him that a “cease and desist” order has been issued for  the scheduled demolition.FAA Approves BP’s North Slope Drone UseAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageFor the first time in Alaska, and the United States, a company is flying drones over land for commercial purposes. BP is using Unmanned Aerial Systems to inspect roads, gravel pads, and pipelines on the North Slope. It’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for this type of use.Land Trust For Alaska Tribes Is A Popular ConceptLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAt a wide ranging press conference during day three of the NCAI gathering in Anchorage today, BIA Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said the concept of taking land into trust for Alaska tribes is a popular one.National Archives Departure Impacts Broad CommunityAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe National Archives in Anchorage is closing its doors to researchers in less than two weeks, despite impassioned pleas by historians and researchers. But they aren’t the only ones who use the stacks of historical records.AIDEA Briefs Federal Commission On Ambler RoadZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeThe state says it will cost as much as $400 million to build a controversial proposed mining road to Ambler. But some opponents of the road think that figure is too low.Utah Official Advocates For Land Transfer In AlaskaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska is not alone in its conflicts with the federal government over land management. Leaders in some Lower 48 western states want Alaska to join an effort to gain control of federal lands within their borders.Wells Fargo Donates Land To EklutnaJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageWells Fargo is donating sacred land to the village of Eklutna.Sitka Wood Carver Tommy Joseph Comes To The Anchorage Museum Joaquin Palomino, APRN InternTlingit wood carver Tommy Joseph was in Anchorage last week to repair a totem pole that will become part of the Anchorage Museum’s collection.last_img read more

4 get Bangla Academy award

first_img.Four personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar 2018.Director general of Bangla Academy poet Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press briefing at the academy on Monday afternoon.The award recipients are poet Kazi Rosy (Poetry), Mohit Kamal (Literature), Syed Mohammad Shahed (Essay and Research) and Afsan Chowdhury (Literature on Liberation War Affairs).The winners will receive a cheque for Tk 2 lakh and crests each..However, awards are not being given for translation, biography and travelogue, drama, science, technology and environment, and juvenile literature categories this time.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the awards among the recipients at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on 1 February.Last year, twelve personalities were given the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar 2017.Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution to the field of Bengali language and literature.last_img read more

Upper atmospheric lightening sprites caught in 3D video

first_img Explore further Image credit: NHK / AGU A sprightly explanation for UFO sightings? 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 Play Video credit: NHK / AGU Scientists still don’t know much about them, though theories regarding their origin abound. One that seems plausible is that when lightening with a positive charge occurs, surrounding clouds are drained of a positive charge, leaving them with a net negative charge, which could lead to an electrical field building up between the clouds and the upper atmosphere; when it reaches a certain point, sprites and elves appear. What’s also unclear is whether sprites and elves have any impact on weather, or if they just exist for moment, then disappear; ghostly bright apparitions one moment, gone the next without a trace. In the language of those studying the phenomenon, sprites are the part of the lightening that resemble jellyfish and travel downwards after starting out as a ball shape. Elves are the halos that create the eerie effects. Both are reddish in color and last for something like 10 milliseconds.The video was captured by a research team funded by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation. Two jets flying over parts of the south-west United States this past summer, with cameras aboard, were used for filming to create the 3D effect and the results were presented at the American Geophysical Union Conference last week. In some respects, the images produced by the research team look like fireworks, creating jellyfish type patterns far above the thunderstorms below that are thought to spawn them. In others, they appear almost liquid in their fluidity. And even though they are way up there, some fifty miles from the ground, they can still be seen, as they are frequently brighter than Venus in the night sky, though doubtless most who have seen them, didn’t know they did, as they would have existed among regular storm cloud activity. Sort of like sprites and elves of lore.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — Sometimes in science, it’s easy to get caught up in the practical, to focus so heavily on the why’s and how’s of things, that it’s easy to miss the simple beauty that nature offers. That might be the case with a little known type of lightening that occurs between the part of the atmosphere where weather events are seen quite easily, and the far reaches near the beginning of space. Called sprites, these other kinds of lightening strikes are of far shorter duration than we’re accustomed to; it wasn’t until just the past thirty years or so that anyone even knew they existed. So odd were they, that pilots flying at high altitudes who saw them feared for their jobs if they spoke of them. Now however a research team has captured some instances of them using high speed cameras mounted on two jets to create 3D images. Citation: Upper atmospheric lightening sprites caught in 3D video (2011, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-upper-atmospheric-sprites-caught-3d.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What This Founder Learned at a Farmstand Helped Her Bra Startup

first_img Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.For many women, shopping for the right bra is something of an ordeal. You have to get measured by a total stranger, the bra may only last about a year and the offerings that are available can be pretty expensive, with an average garment retailing for about $100 or more.Fed up with an exhausting and inefficient process and certain that others felt the same, in 2013, Heidi Zak launched ThirdLove, a San Francisco-based lingerie company that aims to provide customers with bras that truly fit at an affordable price.Related: A Bra Company That Uses Smartphones to Find the Right Fit Just Raised $8 MillionZak, who worked as a senior marketing manager at Google before founding the company, differentiated ThirdLove from other lingerie startups by integrating technology and patenting an app to allow users to size themselves at home with just a few photos. Once a person is sized, they can shop for the bra they need. ThirdLove allows customers to try the garments before they purchase for 30 days. If it doesn’t fit, then they can send it back for $2.99. The company also provides a glossary of fit concerns on the site for reference and live chats with ThirdLove stylists.She also realized that standard sizes simply wouldn’t work for every customer, so with head designer Ra’el Cohen, the company designed bras in half sizes. With that custom fit in mind, ThirdLove also has a 30-day trial period before purchase.Since its launch over four years ago, the company has raised more than $13 million, expanded into underwear, as well as lounge and sleepwear and has more than 250,000 paying customers.We caught up with Zak for our 20 Questions series to find out what motivates her and makes her tick.1. How do you start your day?I wake up usually around 6:00 am and try to get a quick workout in. I have two little kids. Before my second baby, I would go to a bootcamp or a cycling class but now I just tend to do cycling using Zwift. It’s a cool new startup that allows you to use your own bike and work out with the TV. I also use Daily Burn, a platform for online fitness videos That way I can just work out from my basement. Working out is something that really energizes me and makes me feel much more focused and efficient. The days I don’t work out, I feel it.2. How do you end your day?By putting my kids to bed. I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old. I’m away from them during the day, so for me, it’s crucial to spend time with them.What I love about that is that when you’re with your kids you don’t have to think about anything else. As the founder a company your mind is always racing, but I don’t think about anything for a few hours while I spend time with them.Related: The Top 10 American Cities for Working Parents3. What’s a book that changed your mind and why?Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. It’s all about how children relate to each other — but some of it also can be brought into any relationship, even those at work. The book talks about not needing to be fair, meaning, each child does not need to get the exact same thing.This lesson applies really well in the corporate environment, too. Every employee is unique and needs their own personal objectives and goals. If you’re having any interpersonal issues, getting to the root of the issue at hand is important, so is being able think about things from different [points of view].4.What’s a book you always recommend and why?One of the things that is super important in business is how to negotiate well. For me, it’s something that I’ve had to learn along the way. One of the books I read at MIT is Getting to Yes by Bruce Patton, Roger Fisher and William Ury. I recommend it to everyone at our company to read.Negotiating is a hard skill, but one that is necessary for almost every job function – and this book is a quick read about the basics. The key learning for me is that you must figure out what you can offer to the other side, and to do that, you must get to know them to understand their most important needs. It’s not just transactional, it’s personal.5.  What’s a strategy to keep focused?I check email once an hour or less. If I check it more, I lose focus. So, I set aside five or 10 minutes to check email and then spend the rest of the time thinking about what I need to be doing.Related: 4 Great Non-Business Role Models for Entrepreneurs6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?I wanted to be a broadcast journalist. I looked up to Katie Couric when she was at the Today Show. I think she was just really knowledgeable and came across as very friendly — something about her that was really real, and I think I liked that about her.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?I haven’t had a lot of really bad bosses. The one thing that I’ve noticed from having different types of bosses is that the best ones have a clearly articulated vision of what the team is working toward. You have to communicate it effectively and do it often. That’s what I try to do; you can’t say it too often.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?I think my dad is my biggest influence. He grew up on a small farm outside of Pittsburgh. Through a lot of hard work and by focusing on education, he has been really successful in business. I think it’s true in life that when you work hard, things will work themselves out for you. That work ethic is also something that I look for when I’m hiring.Related: 7 Elements of a Strong Work Ethic9. What’s a trip that changed you?Five years ago, my husband and I climbed to Mt. Everest basecamp in Nepal. You get to 18,000 plus feet at base camp. It’s important in two ways: I like to challenge myself generally and that trip pushed me to my limits. I had a little altitude sickness, but I made it thanks to the support of my husband and the other couple we were with. That’s the other thing, surround yourself with people who are supportive that you trust.10.  What inspires you?I think what inspires me the most are our customers. I specifically set aside time to read customer chats, reading the positive comments of course is awesome, but I also get a lot of value from the things that we can improve on. I read those conversations and get inspired to do things better, change things and develop products based on that feedback. That inspires me every day.11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?I had a more traditional career path before ThirdLove. But after moving out to Silicon Valley five years ago, I caught the entrepreneurial bug. I was impressed by the people I was meeting and ThirdLove was the first real business I started.Related: Starting A Business? You Need These 3 Basics.12.  What was an early job that taught you something important or useful?My first job was when I was 14, I grew up in western New York, and I worked at a farm stand. There are two things that I still use today from the job. One is how to make things look really beautiful. It was very much learning how to merchandise — how do you make them look compelling for a customer that it going to walk in. The other thing was I learned how to think about the customer, what their needs were and how to sell to them effectively.13.  What’s the best advice you ever took?Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. When you start your own company you have to get used to learning how to do things that you don’t know how to do. You also need to learn how to take risks and be okay with not knowing what the next stage is going to bring.14.  What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?The worst advice that I’ve gotten is to not do something. There is never been a time that I have regretted going somewhere new. Most regrets come from not seizing an opportunity or not doing something. A lot more comes out of saying yes than saying no.Related: Richard Branson: How to Spot an Opportunity15.  What’s a productivity tip you swear by?We use Hipchat at work. It’s a great way to collaborate across teams and share files instead of email.16.  Is there an app or tool you use in to get things done or stay on track?I live and die by my Google Calendar. I would be nothing without it.17.  What does work-life balance mean to you?I don’t think there is such a thing. Every day you choose something to prioritize, especially as a working mom. Sometimes I stay late to work or leave early to go to my daughter’s preschool. Every once in awhile I squeeze in something for myself. You’re always picking and choosing, and hopefully, it’s balancing out over the week or month.Related: In Defense of Work-Life Balance18.  How do you prevent burnout?It goes back to exercise and being outdoors. In the winter that might be snowboarding or going on a trail run, or maybe surfing, being outside and getting away from technology. Those activities really energize me.19.  When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?Go outside. I think taking a walk and going out to look at some new scenery is the best way to reset.20. What are you learning now? Right now our business is growing very quickly, so I spend a good amount of time interviewing more senior people. The interview process is much longer for these hires, because it’s important to find the people with the  right skill set, cultural fit and leadership skills. For me, it’s learning how to effectively handle those interviews. That’s something I’ve been focused on recently.  January 6, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 10 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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In its ongoing research to develop Gemstone Spectral Imaging, a technology designed to enhance CT’s diagnostic capability, GE Healthcare is working with leading institutions, including Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, and Keio University in Japan. One of the major clinical advantages researchers have found with spectral imaging is the ability to quantify and separate materials, such as calcium, iodine and water, enabling clinicians to better characterize lesions. These indeterminate lesions are most common in the abdomen region, such as the kidney, liver and lung, and when lesions cannot be accurately interpreted, additional testing, such as a PET or MR scan, is required to make a definitive diagnosis. Spectral imaging uses two different energy levels to distinguish one type of tissue from another and offer additional anatomical and functional information that expedites a CT evaluation. Spectral imaging CT addresses issues related to poor contrast resolution of small abdominal lesions. Another clinical advantage that Gemstone Spectral Imaging provides is reducing artifacts. It derives images as if they originated from a single energy source and removes the artifacts created by objects in the body, such as major bones and metallic implants used in joint and spinal surgery. Gemstone Spectral Imaging is available as an option on Discovery CT750HD systems. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | November 17, 2009 Spectral Imaging CT Assists Lesion Characterization Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more

What is hyperconverged infrastructure and what can it do for your business

first_imgGuest post by George O’Dowd, MD, Novi.Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is an innovative virtualised solution that combines the data centre infrastructure components of storage, compute and networking, into a single easy-to-manage platform. HCI is all about simplifying the data centre experience and, given the well-accepted benefits, it is unsurprising to see that the HCI market is predicted to grow at a rate of around 40% year-on-year to become an $18 billion market by 2023.Can hyper-converged infrastructure work for my business?Enhanced availabilityOrganisations with mission-critical applications require “always-on” or highly available infrastructure to meet the expectations of the business and customers. Poor performance and unplanned IT downtime carry significant costs and the risk of missing important customer deadlines. HCI enables businesses to run mission-critical applications without the complexity and cost of traditional infrastructure.Traditionally, such infrastructure consisted of many expensive individual components, consisting of physical servers, shared storage (SANs) and storage networks from a mix of different vendors. These components were essentially connected together to form a high availability solution.However, multivendor components were not optimised to work together as a single solution. This created weaknesses and inefficiencies in the overall system as a result, such as:– Complex and temperamental configuration of each individual component.– A difficult to maintain and manage overall system.– An increased total cost of ownership as a result of multiple components and vendors.– Unpredictable results across the entire solution when firmware upgrades or modifications are made to one component – especially troublesome in a mission-critical environment.As HCI flattens the stack of individual infrastructure components into a single device, the risk of failure between components is minimised and all components are optimised to work together in an appliance type scenario.Scalability and business continuityHyper-converged infrastructure is also ideally suited to growing companies who require the ability to scale. HCI enables businesses to easily add future servers and is optimised to deliver significant performance improvements (compared to traditional infrastructure) with solid-state storage, data compression and deduplication built-in.Another key feature of HCI is its ability to provide data protection and recovery, whereby snapshots of individual servers can be captured and stored for quick recovery. This allows businesses to recover files and systems in a matter of seconds and is a transformative feature in an environment where the ability to quickly restore a corrupted VM is essential.Lower costThe overall cost of hyper-converged infrastructure, including maintenance, is significantly lower than traditional infrastructure. Using a scale-up or scale-out architecture enabled by HCI drastically reduces capital expenditure costs for businesses. This has made high availability possible for businesses that previously couldn’t afford to implement the required traditional infrastructure. Given the benefits and with the option of spreading the cost over longer-term periods, investment in HCI can be easily justified.Novi can help organisations to modernise their IT with HPE Simplivity, the enterprise-grade hyper-converged platform. Visit novi.ie to learn more.last_img read more

Search for missing teenagers continues

first_imgThe search for teenagers Saiyuri Sewchurn and Bernlee Dennis continues in Ladysmith.The teenagers, both 18 years old, were last seen on Tuesday.It is alleged that 1 of the girls was found last night (Friday) on the R103.Social media has been abuzz with the news.Police are involved in the continuing search for the other girl.We will update this story once we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

CWT sees mobile future for travel

first_imgYesterday, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) released a study into the impact of mobile has in the travel industry.Tap into mobile: managed travel in the digital economy, suggests that mobile bookings are set to climb steeply over the next decade.In addition, CWT’s research predicts that mobile bookings will more than double in the next two years and will influence the entire traveler experience.As booking or buying anything is so easy and convenient via mobiles, the industry is expecting mobile booking increase significantly, reaching 25 percent of total transactions by 2017.The study highlights that 62 per cent of business travelers already carry company smart phones and 56 per cent of companies have a ‘bring your own device’ policy for their travelling workers.CWT executive vice president, global marketing & enterprise strategy, David Moran,  said that as there isn’t an app on the market that allows for easy mobile travel bookings, they have been preparing a new one-stop-shop for mobile travel booking.“We have been planning for this shift for some time and are getting ready to launch new mobile services, CWT To Go will create the corporate travel app that appeals to both travel managers and travelers,” Mr Moran said.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

TravelManagers Disaster Plan tested by Paris Terror Attacks

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia TravelManagers Australialearn more here Join TravelManagersbecome a PTM here Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Disaster Plan tested by Paris Terror AttacksThe terror attacks that were carried out just over a week ago were the worst terror attacks to have taken place in Paris in over 70 years. Amidst a nation thrown into mourning, the travel plans of many thousands of people were thrown into complete disarray, with border controls tightened, flight and rail services delayed, and many travellers unclear as to the certainty of their plans.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says his company’s focus in such an event is to provide their personal travel managers (PTMs) with as much information as possible, as quickly as possible, in order to track down and ensure the safety of any clients that may have been affected.“It’s a sad reality in today’s world that we need to be prepared for the worst case scenario, be it a terrorist attack or a natural disaster,” he explains. “We have very clear plans and systems in place so that we can swing into action immediately and get on with the task of providing our PTMs with the appropriate client lists.”In this case, Gazal says the National Partnership Office (NPO), which has the responsibility of putting the crisis plan into action, was alerted to the situation in Paris within two hours of the first attack taking place, while events were still unfolding at the Bataclan Theatre.“Less than an hour later, we had provided our entire PTM network with a comprehensive Client Location Report, detailing all clients that were currently in Paris or would be arriving into any point in Paris between 1 and 20 November,” Gazal says.In many cases, that information also included the name, phone number and address of the client’s accommodation arrangements, which Gazal says further simplified the task of contacting clients. Throughout the weekend, Gazal says the NPO continued to communicate any updates to its PTMs by email, SMS, Intranet and TravelManagers’ Closed User Group Page on Facebook.For the PTMs, this support, and the speed with which it was provided, was invaluable. Gayle Dawson, representative for Queensland’s Springfield Lakes, was one of the PTMs who has since expressed her appreciation for the support of the NPO.“Having the support of NPO when we are worried and trying to help our clients is so important and those efforts do not go unnoticed – we all really appreciate it so much.”As Gazal explains, when things go badly wrong as they did in Paris last Friday evening, for many of the PTMs it’s very personal.“We are an organisation of passionate travellers, so when somewhere as beloved as Paris is affected by a terrible tragedy, it really hits hard. On top of that you have to consider that for many of our PTMs, their clients have become their friends, so it’s very disquieting to know that they may be in danger or distressed, far away from home. That’s just one of the reasons it’s so important that we provide every assistance in verifying all clients’ welfare as quickly as possible.”In the end, 25 of TravelManagers’ PTMs had a total of 46 clients who were affected by the Paris terror attacks. Once those details had been established, PTMs were able to contact those clients to make adjustments to travel arrangements, keep them advised regarding airline announcements, insurance company advisory notices and other details that might impact on their journeys.Michelle Desmarchelier, representative for Berowra in New South Wales, is another PTM who has been grateful for the quick action taken by the NPO.“It’s comforting for all PTMs to have the support of NPO but it’s sad that we need to be travelling down this path (yet again!). I am truly distressed by what’s unfolding in Paris.”Gazal is also very grateful with the way the situation has been handled and the support that the NPO has been able to provide.“We are lucky have some fantastic staff who are prepared to drop everything, even over the weekend, to make this all happen. Without their dedication, it would be nearly impossible to provide our PTMs, and their clients, with the support that really need.”About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2014. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

Samoa Joins The Fight Against Plastic Pollution

first_imgSamoa has become the latest Pacific island country to enforce a ban on single-use plastics in a bid to address the growing issue of plastic pollution.The Waste (Plastic Ban) Management Regulation 2018 was officially endorsed by Cabinet of the Government of Samoa in 2018 to manage the plastic problem in Samoa with commitment to protect the country’s oceans and marine environment.The ban prohibits the import, manufacture, export, sale and distribution of plastic shopping bags, packing bags and straws effective from 30 January 2019.SPREP Director General, Mr Kosi Latu, said, “SPREP would like to congratulate the Government and people of Samoa on taking initiative in banning single-use plastic bags and straws. It is a continuing show of Pacific leadership and commitment to addressing the problem of plastic pollution and marine litter.”The official notice of the plastic ban came from the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, and outlined which plastics are to be banned and which are exempt once the ban goes into effect.The notice stated that “plastic shopping bags” under the regulation means a bag made in whole or partly of thin plastic film and contains starch (such as biodegradable bags) or full petroleum, or additive used as shopping bags. “Packing bags” means packing bags used for re-packing and storage of products.Exemptions are granted for the purpose of food safety and in consideration of food items where plastic packaging is necessary, such as plastic bags used exclusively to pack or repack frozen goods like meat, ice cubes, locally produced chips and kekesaina, kava, local biscuits and repacked coffee, tea, sugar, flour and cocoa.Also included in the regulations is a fine for those who fail to comply with the plastic ban. The fine is set at SAT $10,000.Samoa follows other countries in the Pacific which have already put in place measures to discourage the use of plastic bags and address the growing issue of plastic pollution.The Republic of the Marshall Islands banned the importation, manufacture and use of single-use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam cups and packaging when its legislation came into effect in March 2017, while Vanuatu’s legislation came into effect on 1 July 2018.The post Samoa Joins The Fight Against Plastic Pollution appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more