Book to highlight beauty of Victoria Memorial garden

first_imgKolkata: To shatter the common belief that the sprawling garden of Victoria Memorial is not merely a hangout spot, the memorial perhaps for the first time in its history is bringing out a publication with a compilation of the flora and fauna that beautify its 64-acre garden.The book will also highlight the method adopted for maintenance of the garden and the water body on the memorial campus. “We want to project the Victoria Memorial highlighting the inclusivity we nurture. We had written to the West Bengal Biodiversity Board to undertake a study of the animals, birds, reptiles and the fishes present in the garden and the water body in the memorial. They have consented and soon a joint meeting will be held to finalise the matter,” said Jayanta Sengupta, curator and secretary of Victoria Memorial. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf everything goes according to the plan , the publication will be released by January 2020. In recent times, the authorities had captured a variety of Indian birds that may go up to 100, more than a score of migratory ones, at least 50 varieties of butterflies, scores of caterpillars , 40 odd species of buzzing bees , varieties of snakes and several other insects and small animals in the garden. The Botanical Survey of India has conducted a census of the trees and the memorial authorities have urged them to come up with small text capsules with description of some prominent trees in the garden. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are more than 2,800 tress and the varieties are over 500. A large number of these tress are rare. The Calabash tree, native to Central and South America and the national tree of St. Lucia was brought in and neutralised here by the British. The Cuban Royal Palm, the Canon Ball tree from the Amazon rainforest and the breadfruit tree from the Pacific come under this category. Talking about the maintenance of the garden Sengupta said the they have procured a composting machine where waste matter is recycled and used as manure for the garden. The falling leaves of the trees and the food waste from the canteen are converted to manure and used for the upkeep of the garden. “People will be amazed to know that when the memorial was established in the year 1921 there was no grass on the campus. It needed a lot of effort to make such an attractive garden,” he added. Out of 38 lakh annual visitors at the Victoria Memorial, 18 lakh avail tickets for the garden.last_img read more

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WatchHigh Vancouver home prices fuelling an exodus of young professionals one official

Handout, Iain Reeve/The Canadian Press Statistics show that Vancouver, and B.C. generally, is losing skilled workers to other parts of the country.CMHC spokesman Leonard Catling said one of the main reasons people between the ages of 21 and 25 come to Metro Vancouver is for university but they move out as they get older.A December news release from Statistics Canada shows that B.C.’s population crossed the five million mark for the first time because of international migration.However, it lost about 1,200 people to other provinces in the third quarter of 2018 after 21 quarters of gains. Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia had the largest gains in population from other provinces.Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, said Vancouver is mostly able to attract people early in their careers, whether they come for education or a job, but it has a problem retaining talent.Even if they earn a relatively high wage, he said they can’t afford anything except condominiums.“In a world like that, the labour pool has options,” he said, noting that other provinces offer much more housing for their salaries.Finance Minister Carole James said in an interview “there’s no question that Vancouver is facing a brain drain.”“Crisis is not too strong a word to describe the challenges we are facing, not just in Vancouver, but other urban settings around our province,” she said.In her budget speech last year, she said young professionals are moving out of the province because they can’t find housing.Crisis is not too strong a word to describe the challenges we are facing, not just in Vancouver, but other urban settings around our provinceB.C. Finance Minister Carole James VANCOUVER — Iain Reeve and his wife moved from rental home to rental home in Vancouver but their final solution for secure housing was to move to Ottawa and buy two houses — one for them and another for his parents.He and his wife, Cassandra Sclauzero, are professionals in their mid-30s who wanted to start a family but they couldn’t afford to buy in the city.“We wanted to own a home to have stability, and peace of mind and flexibility,” Reeve said.“The rental market didn’t have stability. We both had settled into pretty good first jobs. But as much as we loved the city and had these connections it wasn’t worth it.”They were “kicked out” of a few places in three years through no fault of their own, he said, adding that it was because people were selling or flipping properties.Reeve grew up and went to university in Vancouver. Canadian home prices fall for third month in a row, even in Vancouver Policy decisions, interest rates slowed the real estate market, and they’re needed for a rebound Vancouver home sales fall to lowest yearly total in 18 years, detached home prices drop “I also have parents who live in the Vancouver area who don’t own a home and are working class and not a ton of money saved for retirement, and I’m an only child,” he said. We just couldn’t even get our foot in the door in terms of stable housing.”Reeve said he knows a number of people who are thinking of moving out of the city simply because of the housing market.“Life is challenging enough, it’s so hard when you have (housing) insecurity all the time.”Iain Reeve and his wife, Cassandra Sclauzero are seen in this undated handout photo. Yan said Vancouver is losing people in certain age groups. Those between 35 and 45 are usually at the apex of their careers and thinking about their first or second child. But they might find themselves still having to share housing if they stay in Vancouver, he said.“It doesn’t become cool when you’re 37 and have a roommate.”In its December report on the housing market, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver pegged the average price of a detached home at a little more than $1 million. An apartment was about $664,100 and an attached home stood at about $809,700.Figures from BC Assessment, the Crown agency that develops and maintains property assessments in the province, show the housing market is moderating with estimated value of some homes in Metro Vancouver dropping about 10 per cent.Nationally, experts have said higher interest rates and a new mortgage stress test have also had an impact on property prices across the country.Yan said despite those changes housing in the Vancouver area remains unaffordable.Kevin Olenick, who is in his mid-40s, moved back to Vancouver earlier this year. He grew up in Calgary and spent about six months in Kamloops.“I’m one of the minority who would say moving back here makes sense,” he said, adding that the creative field he works in provides for more opportunities in Vancouver than in other places.But he said he understands the challenges of living in Vancouver.“You wouldn’t want to move here if you have a family. It’s especially tough to find a home and buy a home,” he said. “I’m renting … but if you’re looking to start a family I can certainly understand why you’re moving out of Vancouver.”B.C. Ministry of Housing spokeswoman Melanie Kilpatrick said the government has announced measures that are helping to cool the real estate market and moderate prices with a 30-point housing plan.Yan said that a study he did in 2018 shows that while home prices in Metro Vancouver were still the highest in Canada, median household income was the lowest. The study also showed that Vancouver remained the least affordable city in the country.Since both ownership and rental is becoming more and more difficult, other problems with the labour force are becoming clearer, he said.James said the government is aware of the problem and working on it.Jas Johal, the jobs critic for the B.C. Liberal party, said the NDP government needs to focus on increasing the supply of housing, not taxes.The NDP government has limited rent increases to 2.5 per cent per year, starting this month. A speculation and vacancy tax was also introduced, aimed at moderating the housing market and creating more homes for renters.But Yan said neither the speculation tax nor the vacancy tax will make much of a difference and if the city continues to lose workers it will lose its competitive edge.“And I think that one of the biggest challenges is that how do you build an economy — one that’s knowledge based — when that population seems to be leaving the city?” read more

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In Saudi Arabia UN chief spotlights need to help nations build capacity

King Salman Humanitarian CentreSecretary-General António Guterres (right) is greeted upon arrival at the King Salman Humanitarian Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.While in the Saudi capital, the UN Secretary-General met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and discussed several issues of mutual concern, including the Middle East peace process. In that connection, he thanked the King for the country’s contribution to support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and also for his contribution to Yemen’s Humanitarian Response Plan. The Secretary-General also thanked Saudi Arabia for its financial and political support for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts, and for hosting the UNCCT advisory board meeting. “First, we need a sustained focus on prevention,” said Secretary-General António Guterres at an advisory board meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.“No one is born a terrorist, and nothing justifies terrorism, but we know that factors such as prolonged unresolved conflicts, lack of the rule of law and socioeconomic marginalization can all play a role in transforming grievances into destructive action.”Second, Mr. Guterres said, UNCCT should continue to meet the changing needs of Member States for counter-terrorism capacity-building support.UNCCT is the capacity-building part of the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT), which is headed by Mr. Voronkov, who is also UNCCT’s Executive Director.UNCCT was established in 2011. Saudi Arabia, with a donation of $110 million, is the largest contributor to the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism, which resources UNCCT.Since April 2012, UNCCT has implemented more than 60 capacity-building projects at global, regional and national levels. It focuses its activities on countries and regions where the threat of terrorism is most acute, particularly in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia.Meanwhile, the UN Office of Counter Terrorism signed an agreement with the Interior Ministers Council of the League of Arab States on Tuesday on working together to tackle terrorism – previewing the type of partnerships the UN hopes to forge in June at a gathering of counter-terrorism chiefs in New York.“We have much to learn from each other,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, said in Riyadh after the signing of the agreement, known as a Memorandum of Understanding, between his office and the General Secretariat of the Arab Interior Ministers Council.  “In the Memorandum, we declare our wish to coordinate our activities with a view to achieving our shared counter-terrorism goals. We commit each other to enhance consultations, coordination and the sharing of information and skills,” he explained.The two organizations will develop joint activities, such as seminars, workshops, trainings, projects and other initiatives, to build the capacity of members of the Arab League in the fields of counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism. read more

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London fire What you can do to help the Grenfell Tower victims

first_imgVolunteers bring food and water to local residentsCredit:EPA North Kensington. Grenfell Tower blaze in North Kensignton.Pic Shows people writing messages of condolence on the wall of the Latymer Church  Devastating scene at #Grenfell Tower, with fires still burning. Community rallying round with support and donations #grenfellfire pic.twitter.com/yeqZ2mqGrx— Will Henley (@will_henley) June 14, 2017 People only have their pyjamas Need spare clothes, toys, toiletries – all ages: St Clements Church95 Sirdar RdW11 4EQ#GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/DYRaqMSaF5— Sophia Cannon (@SophiaCannon) June 14, 2017 The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) council say they do not need any more volunteers. But you can still register your interest in volunteering in the future to help those affected by emailing: Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Volunteers bring food and water to local residents Accommodation I’m in Fulham, any1 needing a spare room, hot shower, food and strong coffee contact me #Grenfell #GrenfellTower ♥️ pls RT @thismorning— Nadia Essex (@LadyNadiaEssex) June 14, 2017 There have been so many donations that people are now sorting through the piles of food and clothing on the street.“I’ve never seen anything like what’s happening here in west London in all my journalistic career. This is Blitz spirit,” posted Anna O’Neill. Here’s how people are helping the victims – and what you can do Food and clothing   Donated shoes sit in the Westway Sports CentreCredit:Getty / Jack Taylor  Generosity of Londoners Want to volunteer? Pls register your interest by emailing Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk include contact details, skills and availability— RBKC (@RBKC) June 15, 2017 VolunteersVolunteers are needed here:  Our thoughts are with everyone affected by #GrenfellTower. We have all the blood hospitals need and no urgent donations are required.— GiveBlood NHS ❤ (@GiveBloodNHS) June 14, 2017 Volunteers sort through a pile of food and clothes donationsCredit:Getty  People light candlesCredit:PA GiveBlood NHS said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Grenfell Tower.“We have all the blood hospitals need and no urgent donations are required.” Volunteers sort through a pile of food and clothes donations Here’s how you can support those affected by the fire in West London: https://t.co/vcXUvic1aR pic.twitter.com/3zcYKjl7mz— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 You can donate here.Relief fund bucketOne local resident started a relief fund bucket near the scene of the tragedy for people in the area to donate. DonationsSeveral charity campaigns have already collected over £1 million for residents who have lost their homes and loved ones. A relief fund bucket set up by local residents People are also lighting candles and praying outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church. center_img Kensington’s newly-elected Labour MP Emma Dent Coad praised the emergency services who she said had “worked incredibly hard throughout the night, tackling the fire and tending to those injured”.More than 100 police officers were called to the scene, alongside 100 medics and 250 firefighters. Several firefighters also suffered minor injuries in the blaze.Emergency numberAn emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in the fire. They can call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 0961 233.Meanwhile, a firefighter’s poignant helmet photo has struck a chord after he tackled the London fire.  Donated shoes sit in the Westway Sports Centre Messages of support on a wall Credit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Generosity of Londoners helping those affected at #GrenfellTower has been astonishing. There are so many donations they’re sorting in street pic.twitter.com/iK12uedou1— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) June 15, 2017 Many members of the public have offered those made homeless by the blaze a place to stay, but accommodation is no longer needed.“Thank you for all your support but we do not need any more offers of accommodation for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire,” RBKC said. Manager Hayley Allen said: “We have a local community focus and wanted to help and show our support in whatever way we could.” One JustGiving page has collected over £300,000 to help people “get back on their feet”, while another from Hayley Yearwood is over halfway towards its £1 million target, at £650,000.The Big Give has set up an emergency appeal for the Grenfell Tower fire and is doubling all donations made via the site. People light candles Local drop off points have been overwhelmed with donations of food and clothing from kind-hearted members of the public – however, many of the collection centres are now full. The Rugby Portobello Trust said they will “continue to update everyone once we know what further need there is” in the days ahead. Businesses step in A firemen at the scene  Sikh Gurudwaras in London have started collecting and distributing spare clothes, toys, toiletries for #GrenfellTower evacuees! #Share pic.twitter.com/TT1cTWZXRp— Harjinder S Kukreja (@SinghLions) June 14, 2017 Kind-hearted members of the public and London communities have united to help out those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire – giving food, clothing and toiletries to those in need. FOR TODAY – Read below please. #Grenfelltower #WestLondonStrong ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Q0bw89fC3K— Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) June 16, 2017 James Reed, chairman of the REED group has made an initial donation of £100,000 to The Big Give emergency appeal.Mr Reed is appealing to other business leaders across the capital to offer what they can, in order to help families affected.Free meals A branch of Jamie’s Italian restaurant is helping residents. Credit: Christopher Pledger / Adrian Dennis / AFP / GettyJamie Oliver has offered families affected by the fire free food and drink at his nearby restaurant in the Westfield shopping centre.The celebrity chef posted on Instagram: “To any of the 100’s of families effected by this terrible fire at Grenfell Tower Notting hill today, you are all welcome to come hang out in my restaurant and be fed and watered by my Jamie’s Italian team.”Food and drink free of charge so just go and speak to my manager Juan and we will sort you out and give you some love.”Giving blood Well-wishers are leaving messages of condolence on the wall of the Latymer Church.One person wrote: “I was watching the fire spread and engulf all the building from 1am, just helpless. Your memories will be forever with me. RIP.” Businesses at the nearby Notting Dale Village brought trolleys of refreshments including sandwiches and fruit to the emergency services working at the cordons around Grenfell Tower. The emergency services A firemen at the scene Credit:EPA Messages of support Churches, mosques and sports centres have all opened their doors to help victims of the tragedy. A relief fund bucket set up by local residentsCredit:PAlast_img read more

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Greek comedian Harry Klynn dies aged 78

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Popular Greek comedian, Harry Klynn (née Vassilis Triantafyllidis), has died at age 78.Born in 1940 to Pontic Greek refugees in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, he experienced poverty during his childhood before embarking on an exciting career that saw his make a name for himself in Greece and abroad.Klynn studied acting and started out on G. Oikonomidis’ Talents Night in 1958 before moving to the Greek capital, where he went on to establish himself as one of the city’s favourite acts.The 60s then saw him enter the film industry and also made his debut into theatre at Akropol and Hatzichristos Theatres.Klynn eventually made a move abroad to live in the United States and Canada for some 10 years, where he worked as a writer and stand-up comedian.In 1974 he returned to Greece, and shot to fame in the 1980s and 90s. In Athens he put on a series of shows, released records that made their way to the top of the charts, and featured in films that were box office hits.The comedian came face to face with tragedy in 2016, with the passing of his eldest child, filmmaker Nicholas Triantafyllidis.Klynn’s health had been deteriorating, and was experiencing breathing problems.On Sunday evening he experienced a seizure at his home in Thessaloniki, and was rushed to hospital where he passed away on Monday, two weeks after his 78th birthday.last_img read more

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Les spinoff la technologie de la NASA qui a envahi notre quotidien

first_imgLes spinoff, la technologie de la NASA qui a envahi notre quotidienMercredi, est sorti en salles le film d’animation Mission Noël : les aventures de la famille Noël qui raconte comment, chaque année, cette famille parvient à délivrer les milliards de cadeaux aux enfants du monde en utilisant une technologie de pointe. Des équipements inspirés… de ceux de la NASA. De l’école au bureau jusqu’au foyer, notre quotidien est aujourd’hui envahie par la technologie. Des équipements, appareils, accessoires qui ravissent bon nombre d’entre nous. Mais savons-nous réellement d’où proviennent ces technologies ? Bien que cela paraisse surprenant, il semblerait qu’un grand pourcentage de celles-ci émanent d’une origine commune : les cerveaux des ingénieurs de la NASA. Évidemment, toutes les inventions n’ont pas été à proprement parler conçues par l’agence spatiale américaine mais beaucoup proviendraient, selon elle, de ses idées ou de ses concepts. Démonstration en image avec un petit clip vidéo directement issu du film d’animation Mission Noël : les aventures de la famille Noël sorti en salles mercredi dernier. Réalisé par les studios Sony Picture Animation, le film raconte le délicat travail qu’opèrent chaque année à Noël la famille du même nom et les milliers d’elfes qui les aident : livrer en l’espace d’une nuit les milliards de cadeaux à tous les enfants du monde. Pour cela, la zone secrète des opérations située au Pôle Nord a été transformé en véritable QG et équipé de milliers d’ordinateurs, directement inspiré des centres de contrôle que l’on peut apercevoir lors des lancements spatiaux. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque de nombreux autres objets utilisés par les elfes dans le film  “C’était une opportunité excitante pour nous d’avoir des exemples réels des technologies spatiales qui sont utilisées ici sur Terre à travers le film de la famille Noël”, commente dans un communiqué de l’agence, Daniel Lockeny, directeur du programme de transfert des technologies de la NASA à Washington. Il poursuit également : “la NASA est constamment en train de créer des technologies innovantes pour utiliser lors des missions en cours ou futures. Beaucoup de ces technologies sont développées davantage et changées en produits destinés aux consommateurs par les industries américaines, créant des emplois, stimulant l’économie, sauvant et améliorant le quotidien sur notre planète”.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteCes technologies dérivées, c’est ce que la NASA appelle des “spinoff” dont ils existent des centaines d’exemples exposés sur le site consacré : http://spinoff.nasa.govDécouvrez en vidéo le petit clip réalisé par les studios Sony sur les spinoff de la NASALe 27 novembre 2011 à 15:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE attendance 19 to 112 live events and TV tapings

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Seth Rollins Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Cesaro Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE attendance figures from January 9 to January 12, 2015.* 1/9 live event in Chattanooga, Tennessee: 4,600 fans.* 1/10 live event in Sacarmento, California: 6,000 fans.* 1/10 live event in Montgomery, Alabama: 5,300 fans.* 1/10 NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida: 500 fans.* 1/11 live event in Mobile, Alabama: 2,500 fans.* 1/11 live event in Shreveport, Louisiana: 4,000 fans.* 1/12 RAW taping in New Orleans, Louisiana: 9,500 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next 11/5 WWE Results: Cardiff, Wales (Kane vs. Show) center_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter 11/5 NXT Results: Lakeland, Florida (Tag Team main event) Now Playing Up Next Facebook Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles 11/5 NXT Results: Arlington, Texas (Mania 32 on-sale party) last_img read more

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Final 1012 WWE RAW rating number sees a slight drop

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articlescenter_img Google+ This week’s 10/12 WWE RAW drew a 2.33 cable rating with an average audience of 3.28 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.51 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.25 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.08 million viewers.This is down slightly fromlast week’s 2.35 rating with 3.38 million viewers. It was just slightly ahead of the new low set back on 9/28 with a 2.32 rating. RAW went up against Monday Night Football (12.18 million) and MLB Division Series (5.78 million).Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Facebook Velvet Sky Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

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BSE closes points 17347 down on March 3

first_imgNew Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 173.47 points down to stand at 20,925.22. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 55.50 points down to stand at 6,221.45. Sobha developers Ltd. and Federal Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.86% and 3.78% along with Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. and Adani Enterprises Ltd. with an increase of 3.75% and 3.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JP POWER and HCL Tech with a decrease of 15.21% and 4.63% along with JSW ENERGY and Nestle India with a decrease of 3.87% and 3.85% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 174.89 points at 12,423.84 while the banking sector is down 103.60 points at 12,180.67 and the realty sector is down 1.38 points at 1,202.12. The Indian currency is down 0.03% at Rs 62.04 per dollar.last_img read more

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Apple Looking to Launch iPhone X Plus Successor With 65 Screen Report

first_imgApple is getting ready to launch three new iPhone models this fall, according to a new Bloomberg report. The company’s fall line-up will include an iPhone X Plus successor with a whopping 6.5 inch OLED screen, according to the report. This would make it the biggest iPhone made by Apple thus far.There will also be a smaller version succeeding the current iPhone X, with a diagonal screen size of 5.8 inches. Both phones will otherwise retain much of the iPhone X’s design, including the bezel-less screen, a glass back and stainless steel edges.In addition to these two premium-priced high-end phones, Apple also plans to launch a more affordable phone with a 6.1 inch LCD screen. This phone will feature an aluminum frame and come in multiple colors, according to Bloomberg.Overall, these phones are being described as smaller updates to last year’s hardware, compared to the major departure that the iPhone X represented. All models are supposed to feature Face ID as an authentication method instead of the fingerprint reader that Apple has used up until the iPhone 8. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Bloomberg also reported that the most significant changes may be on the software side, including the ability to run apps side-to-side. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | October 07, 2008 Intelerad to Introduce New PACS, RIS Workflow Solution News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Intelerad Medical Systems launched its new software and networking solution, InteleOne. InteleOne is designed to unify the reading and reporting workflows of radiology clinics and healthcare organizations that provide radiology services to facilities with multiple PACS and RIS.InteleOne consolidates the image and patient data from multiple PACS and RIS into a streamlined, single workflow solution. Radiological studies can be routed from many different acquisition sites and integrated into the InteleOne master database for reading and case management alongside relevant prior studies. InteleOne enables radiologists to report from a single worklist, viewer and dictation system or voice recognition product – reportedly increasing their efficiency and eliminating the need to learn and use multiple products or workstations from different vendors. Report generation and distribution is also handled within InteleOne, allowing radiologists to sign-off reports in a single system while InteleOne delivers the reports via fax, email or HL7 communications. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more last_img read more

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first_img123PreviousNext The SAVI device from Cianna Medical has a strut-based, open architecture design that allows physicians to sculpt radiation based on patient-specific anatomy. 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content The Contura multi-lumen balloon catheter features a new shorter distal tip that reduces spacing for enhanced tissue conformance and treatment planning. The Hologic MammoSite multi-lumen therapy gives radiation oncologists the ability to shape the radiation dose for typical cases and treat patients who are otherwise not appropriate candidates for traditional brachytherapy. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | June 01, 2012 | Robert Kuske, M.D., FAACE APBI: The Paradigm Shift in Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment As new study results become available, APBI could become the standard of care for early stage breast cancer News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The Hologic MammoSite multi-lumen therapy gives radiation oncologists the ability to shape the radiation dose for typical cases and treat patients who are otherwise not appropriate candidates for traditional brachytherapy. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The SAVI device from Cianna Medical has a strut-based, open architecture design that allows physicians to sculpt radiation based on patient-specific anatomy. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The Contura multi-lumen balloon catheter features a new shorter distal tip that reduces spacing for enhanced tissue conformance and treatment planning.A potential paradigm shift is gathering momentum in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, driven by data showing strong clinical outcomes for the use of more sophisticated therapies. Newer therapies using accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI, also referred to as breast brachytherapy) not only allow women to remain whole, they also offer properly selected patients several advantages over traditional whole breast irradiation (WBI).Brachytherapy/APBI has become more and more popular in the United States, embraced by patients and their surgeons/oncologists alike.  Currently, more than 10 percent of all women receive breast conservation therapy with APBI, and more than 100,000 patients have been treated with brachytherapy. APBI provides a shorter, far more convenient course of treatment — five days compared to six weeks for WBI.  It also limits radiation exposure to the affected part of the breast, sparing lung, heart and other normal tissues.Brachytherapy has been intensively studied and used in modern clinical practice since the early 1990s. Initial research dates back to the 1920s, when the British surgeon Jeffrey Keynes inserted radium needles into breasts with breast cancer before any external radiotherapy was available. Early techniques required the insertion of multiple catheters inserted individually into the breast. Interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy remains an excellent reliable technique, but newer single-entry applicators allow APBI to be available across the nation and indeed the world, even where brachytherapy experience is limited. This evolution in techniques potentially changes the way early-stage breast cancer is approached.From the advent of modern brachytherapy in 1991 until a decade ago, APBI generated substantial academic interest, but little popularity because it was too skill-dependent. In 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first breast brachytherapy applicator involving insertion of just one device into the lumpectomy cavity — the MammoSite single-channel “balloon” applicator.In 2006, the FDA cleared SAVI (Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant), a single-entry, strut-based (“multicatheter”) applicator for breast brachytherapy. SAVI was developed to offer radiation oncologists and medical physicists more control of the radiation dose to the skin and ribs, and more precisely deliver radiation to the tumor bed. As a result, radiation exposure to healthy tissue such as the skin, chest wall, lungs and coronary arteries, could be limited, providing better cosmetic results, fewer side effects and less long-term toxicity. By minimizing the risk of damage to healthy body structures and the skin, this technique greatly increases the number of women who may be eligible for breast brachytherapy.Since the radiation dose cloud is sculpted to the breast tissue at risk, the volume treated is substantially less, and the overall treatment time can be shortened to five days. We introduced the concept of hyperfractionated brachytherapy (two treatments daily separated by at least six hours), allowing 10 brachytherapy fractions over the five days. Thus, the dose per fraction of 3.4 Gy was kept low in order to minimize scar tissue and other late effects of irradiation, an advance in high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy biology and technique. Five-day breast cancer treatment also allows women to return to work, family and everyday life more quickly.Clinical outcomes to date have been reported in more than 30 publications, including 10-year matched pair comparisons of PBI to WBI, a cooperative group Phase II trial and two published Phase III clinical trials. The tumor control, toxicity rates and cosmetic results compare favorably to breast conservation with WBI and mastectomy. For left breast cancers, PBI theoretically reduces the risk of fatal myocardial infarction, a known complication of WBI. Brachytherapy also leaves the door open for more treatment options should cancer recur. (See sidebar below for other study findings.)Controversial Research Data Contribute to Slow Adoption RateBrachytherapy has a 20-year record of careful clinical research with excellent clinical outcomes, although the therapy has been slow to gain widespread recognition. This is partly due to the dissemination of flawed clinical data on older APBI technologies, such as a recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, May 2, 2012).The JAMA study is based on Medicare billing claims data for patients across the United States treated in the first few years after the 2002 FDA approval of a single-entry breast brachytherapy balloon catheter, as doctors were going up the learning curve. The single-channel MammoSite is considered outdated technology that is rapidly being replaced by multichannel or strut-based catheters.This report is not based upon a clinical trial, and there is no mention of the actual recurrence rates. It shows a small increase in the complication rate in patients treated with the early version of MammoSite compared with those treated with WBI, and a 1.77 percent difference in subsequent mastectomy rates. Why patients had the mastectomy, or even which breast was removed, was not reported by the MD Anderson authors.The study had two notable deficiencies. It compared traditional WBI to an early form of APBI using the single balloon with one channel. Newer, preferred modalities of APBI (SAVI, multi-lumen MammoSite and Contura) use multiple channels with much more precise targeting and fewer side effects.Moreover, surgical techniques, such as delayed closed-wound ultrasound-guided insertion, and patient selection processes have improved since the JAMA study data was gathered (2000 to 2007).Driving the potential paradigm shift in breast cancer radiotherapy are clinical results to date for APBI. They are equivalent to what has been seen with WBI and are as good as or potentially better than whole breast in terms of complications and side effects. (For more responses to the JAMA article, see the sidebar below.)Comprehensive Trial Pending CompletionAny lingering questions should be put to rest with the pending completion of a comprehensive head-to-head clinical trial comparing five-day ABPI to six-week WBI. I am a co-principal investigator on the 4,300-patient Phase III trial (NSABP B-39 and RTOG 0413), conducted under auspices of the National Cancer Institute. We should begin to see results of that study next year.These results, if they are in line with what we have seen in other large studies, should give more weight to existing evidence that the five-day treatment is a valid option for properly selected patients with early-stage breast cancer.For those who are still on the fence in regard to the five-day treatment course, equivalent or superior B-39 trial results could provide the final push in bringing about a paradigm shift to the five-day course of therapy as a standard of care. Medical science is better than it was 10 years ago in ruling out multi-centric breast cancer with improved imaging such as breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Genetic susceptibility testing is already detecting a group of women with a very high risk of a second breast cancer.This is exciting news for women who deserve the highest standard of care, one that allows them to maintain their health and return to their normal lives as soon as possible. With more breast cancers being detected at early stages, we can now provide safe, effective and far more convenient radiation therapy.A paradigm shift is a radical departure from the standard treatments of the past. For 115 years, the entire breast has been treated for all stages of breast cancer, either with a scalpel (mastectomy) or a broad radiation beam (WBI). Because of the volume of tissue irradiated, WBI is given over three to seven weeks of protracted daily treatments.APBI, if validated in the nine current prospective randomized trials, would be a radical departure from the past. Favorable select breast cancers would be able to receive a five-day treatment to only the affected part of the breast.Robert Kuske, M.D., is a radiation oncologist at Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists in Scottsdale, Ariz. He previously led the breast cancer program at the University of Wisconsin and was chairman of radiation oncology at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He is now a co-principal investigator of the North American 4,300-patient Phase III trial through the NSABP and RTOG, approved and funded by the National Cancer Institute. In April 2011, Kuske received the American Brachytherapy Society Presidential Award for contributions to the science of his field of radiation oncology.SIDEBAR ONE:New Studies Are Favorable for Breast BrachytherapyFindings from two separate studies using the SAVI (Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant) breast brachytherapy applicator, favorable for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, were presented at the recent annual meetings of two industry associations.At the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS), held in May, findings of the largest study ever on the use of breast brachytherapy to treat ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were presented. The study’s authors noted that strut-based breast brachytherapy demonstrated favorably low rates of breast cancer recurrence and few toxicities.They reported data on 265 patients treated with a SAVI device from 2007 to 2011 at 12 sites around the United States, with a median follow-up time of 20.1 months and a median patient age of 62. Of patients in the study group, 14 percent had narrow skin spacing (5 mm or less) between the brachytherapy applicator and the surface of the skin. This points to the device’s ability to make five-day treatment available to many women with cancers close to the skin, who would otherwise have to undergo six weeks of whole breast irradiation (WBI).Examining “Grade 2” (symptomatic) post-treatment events, researchers reported no fat necrosis or hyperpigmentation. They documented low, 1.2 percent rates of seroma (a collection of fluid at the site of the lumpectomy and radiation treatment), breast pain and telangiectasia (visible dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin).In April, research showing favorable results for SAVI treatment of early-stage breast cancer was presented on a scientific poster at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). Examining initial and longer-term effects among a large group of 909 patients at 12 centers around the United States, researchers found low rates of toxicities among SAVI patients.Rates of seroma, fat necrosis and telangiectasia were low among patients at one year and two years after SAVI therapy. Also, at six weeks, there were very few acute toxicities, including low risk of infection, skin erythema or edema. Rates of seroma were 2.6 percent at one year among the 413 patients at that point after treatment. Rates of telangiectasia were 2.7 percent and fat necrosis was observed in 1.7 percent of patients at one year.Data for both studies was drawn from the ongoing work of the SAVI Collaborative Research Group. The group was established to study clinical outcomes of APBI treatment with the SAVI device.For more information: www.ciannamedical.comSIDEBAR TWO:Medical Societies Respond to Recent JAMA ArticleA study that caused controversy when it was first presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) by physicians from the MD Anderson Cancer Center last December was published in the May 2, 2012, issue of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) and again drew criticism from industry groups. The report was based on a review of Medicare claims data and compared accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) to whole breast irradiation (WBI). It noted a small but statistically significant increase in the rate of mastectomies in elderly patients treated with APBI brachytherapy.The American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) and American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) released statements in response to the JAMA article. “ASBD cautions that the study has several deficiencies that may unnecessarily deter women from choosing brachytherapy as a treatment option,” the group said in a press release, noting several areas it sees as shortcomings.In its press release, ABS said, “In short, the analysis presented in JAMA tells us very little in contrast to the results of many carefully performed studies of APBI-brachytherapy accumulated over 20 years.” ABS also expressed concern that the study “can lead to patient harm if a false bias against partial breast brachytherapy develops as a result.”In their responses to the study presentation at SABCS last December, similar views were expressed by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS).For more information: bit.ly/APBIstudy, www.americanbrachytherapy.org, www.asbd.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

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Morocco Jailed Islamist dies after hunger strike

first_imgRABAT, Morocco (AP) – An Algerian Islamist died in a Moroccan jail after a two-month hunger strike protesting torture and his living conditions, rights activists said Sunday.Ahmed Ben Miloud was one of nearly 160 Islamist prisoners hunger striking for better conditions in prisons across this North African monarchy. He was serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted in December of using a firearm in the Algerian consulate in the Moroccan border town of Oujda. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center He died on Thursday after 60 days of not eating in the Sale prison, near the capital Rabat.“The efforts of his cellmates to save his life failed amid the indifference of the prison management and he died,” said Anas al-Halaoui, the spokesman for the Moroccan Association of Former Imprisoned Islamists.Abdelilah Ben Abdesalam of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights also confirmed the death to The Associated Press.There are around 700 Islamist detainees in Moroccan prisons, a number that has swollen due to a government crackdown following the Casablanca bombings in May 2003 that killed 41 people and wounded hundreds.There has been no official comment on Ben Miloud’s death and the event has not been covered in the state media. Officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.Morocco’s minister of justice, Mustapha Ramid, was a high-profile lawyer defending Islamist detainees before his moderate Islamist political party did well in November elections. Upon taking office, he met with human rights groups and promised to address the issue of Islamist detainees.In February, three well-known conservative sheikhs convicted of inspiring the Casablanca attacks were released. Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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TravelManagers Join Small Group Famil of Georgia

first_imgBeverley Burt and Di Yates with one of local sweet bread bakersTravelManagers Join Small Group Famil of GeorgiaGeorgia sits at the intersection of Europe and Asia, a former Soviet republic that is fast becoming the next big thing, thanks in no small part to its varied and impossibly beautiful landscapes that include the towering Caucasus Mountains and lovely Black Sea beaches. TravelManagers was fortunate to have two personal travel managers (PTMs) invited to participate in a recent eleven-day famil of the country, hosted by Crooked Compass.One of just six famil participants, PTM Di Yates says Georgia was a destination she didn’t know a lot about but was very interested to visit.“I love what Crooked Compass do with their itineraries,” adds Yates, who is representative for Montrose, VIC, “so I knew it would be an amazing experience.”The group’s itinerary began in Tbilisi, where they had plenty of time to explore the city’s cobblestoned old town, which reflects a long and complicated history thanks to periods of both Persian and Russian rule. A cable car ride to the hilltop, fourth-century Narikala Fortress provided a bird’s eye perspective of the city, which was followed by a walk down to the historical domed sulphur bath area and concluded with dinner in a restaurant described by Yates as “a hidden gem”.“Tbilisi has the feeling of two totally different cities rolled into one, combining modern architecture and high-end shopping worthy of Paris or Milan in the newer areas with beautiful, colourful, terraced houses that ooze charm and character despite the wear and tear in the historic part of the city,” she enthuses.Yates was joined by fellow PTM, Beverley Burt, who is representative for Ashbury in NSW, says she too was captivated by Tbilisi.“Georgians, Armenians and Azerbaijanis all live peacefully alongside each other in Tbilisi: there’s a rich blend of mosques, cathedrals, Russian churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian temples, and the food is amazing!”From here, the group travelled west to Kutaisi, stopping en-route at Mtskheta, which is considered the religious centre of Georgia. Its history stretches back 3,000 years and includes several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the sixth-century Jvari Church and eleventh-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.“It was amazing to see the landscape change so dramatically as we travelled west into Imereti Province,” says Burt. “We moved from the cool springs, green fields and beautiful gardens of East Georgia into a more dramatic, mountainous landscape.”One of the highlights of this region was a hike through Okatse Canyon that included a 700-metre suspended walkway that projects from the walls of the canyon and culminates in a viewing platform that hangs right out over the middle of the canyon. This served as an introduction to the serious hiking part of the itinerary, exploring in the Svaneti region which is home to the not just the highest mountains and glaciers but also the most abiding ancient traditions.“It was utterly magical,” says Yates. “Stunning mountain scenery, glaciers, ancient stone watch houses and beautiful wildflower meadows. To cap it all off, on our final day of hiking, we stayed overnight in the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of Ushguli, which is the highest permanently-inhabited village in Europe.”The famil group were accompanied by Crooked Compass founder, Lisa Pagotto, who created the company as a boutique tour operator that offers small-group, culturally-immersive experiences with customised itineraries.“We experienced the famil exactly as our clients would,” Burt explains, “staying in a combination of boutique hotels and family-owned guest houses.”“We explored the markets and sampled plenty of local produce such as home-made cheeses, breads and pickled vegetables,” Yates adds. “They were also a great source of local, hand-made items such as intricately-designed sheepskin hats, woven rugs and hand knitted slippers and gloves.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says PTMs are encouraged to take part in famils such as this one, which take them well off the beaten track and into destinations that are not well-known in Australia.“Georgia is definitely on the watchlist as an up-and-coming destination,” he explains. “Having two of our PTMs experience it in such depth adds value for our entire network of PTMs, who can tap into their expertise and provide the best possible advice to their clients.”Despite having to contend with a minor inconvenience to modern communication in the more remote villages where power supply is restricted to certain times of the day, Yates describes her time in Georgia as “wonderful.”“Georgia is sure to soon be on the radar for many of my clients, especially those who are looking for a different experience to the normal European vacation – and I will certainly be recommending it.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. About TravelManagersTravelManagers 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 $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 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 secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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The Case for Change

first_img November 13, 2018 634 Views A year following the release of the Safety and Soundness Blueprint by Moelis & Company LLC in June 2017, the company has released an update. Moelis developed the Blueprint as financial advisors to certain non-litigating preferred stockholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Key updates include a call for several actions within the next four years, such as earnings retention, issuance of new GSE common and preferred stock into the capital markets, and secondary offerings of Treasury’s holdings of nearly 80 percent of common stock in the GSEs.“The Safety and Soundness Blueprint ensures that homeownership for middle-class and working-class Americans remain available and affordable,” the update reads. “The fixed rate pre-payable 30-year mortgage would remain the bedrock of U.S. housing finance.”This update comes at the same time as the 10 year anniversary of the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Developments at the GSEs since the original release in 2017 include an increase in the indicative valuation of the Treasury Department’s warrants. Moelis cites lower tax rates from the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017 as well as improved credit performance from Fannie and Freddie as reasons for the increase.Additionally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have now completely repaid the federal government, and returns are currently exceeding the 10 percent annualized rate of return established at the beginning of conservatorship. With the government repaid, it may be close to time to end conservatorship, as the FHFA has also developed and released its newest post-conservatorship regulatory capital framework for Fannie and Freddie.Said Moelis in a release: ““The original Safety and Soundness Blueprint laid out the means and process by which to rebuild capital at Fannie and Freddie as shareholder‐owned single‐purpose insurers, refocused on their core conventional mortgage guarantee business, de-levered, and held to the highest regulatory and capital standards. One year later, on the 10 year anniversary of Fannie and Freddie being placed in conservatorship, the Safety and Soundness Blueprint continues to provide the only mathematically credible, detailed, and achievable path forward for the GSEs.”Find the full Blueprint for Restoring Safety and Soundness to the GSEs: One Year Later update here. The Case for Change Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Moelis Mortgages 2018-11-13 Seth Welborncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Government, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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The International Luxury Travel Market ILTM Asia

first_imgThe International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia is on now until Thursday 4 June in Shanghai, showcasing the best in luxury travel experiences, adventure holidays and unique resorts to buyers from across Asia Pacific as Asian travellers express their desire for exciting new destinations and once-in-a-lifetime trips.LATTE is on the ground at ILTM Asia this week. Should you wish to meet with Founder and Group Editor, Cathy Wagstaff, please xxx xxxxWith over 550 exhibitors attending the annual four-day event, ILTM sees a number of exciting new trends and diverse portfolio of companies attending than ever before.Luxury adventure travel is seeing a huge surge in popularity for Asia travelers in 2015. This year, ILTM will see record numbers of companies promoting Wildlife and Safari experiences, 13 exhibitors featuring some of the world’s natural wonders, and five extreme adventure exhibitors that include cruises and expeditions to the North Pole, Antarctica and the High Arctic. Marketing operation Iceland Luxury is present to promote the country, its natural sights, hotels and luxury operators. German company Awayfromitall brings one-of-a-kind active travel experiences from hardcore adventure to biking, hiking and skiing.Skiing and winter sports are seeing a huge surge in popularity with Asia’s travellers heading to the ski slopes. The coming years will see a continued increase as anticipation builds around the next two Winter Olympics being in Asia (2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea and 2022 in either Beijing or Almaty). With that in mind, ILTM Asia is welcoming 21 different ski resorts and operators from around the world as exhibitors. Austrian ski destination Lech-Zurs will be at ILTM Asia as it continues to establish itself as an iconic winter sports Eldorado with world-class gastronomy.Private luxury experiences on the seas and the skies are increasingly interesting to the Asia market with yachting and sailing holidays seeing big growth in terms of travellers from Asia and will be represented by 12 yacht and sailing companies at ILTM Asia 2015. For a truly unique point of view and at the top end of the luxury travel experience sector, private jets and helicopters are represented by six exhibitors.The 2015 edition of ILTM Asia also has more destination and resort exhibitors from Latin America (20) and the Caribbean (14) than ever before, as independent Asian luxury travellers look further afield in search of the perfect trip.Testament to these latest travel trends, ILTM Asia sees a new wave of over 48 per cent of its 500-plus buyers being brand-new to the show and 40 per cent from China alone, on whom the world’s luxury travel eyes are firmly fixed. The quality of these luxury buyers is key to ensuring the best experiences in the world are shared with Asia’s most discerning travelers.www.iltm.comlast_img read more

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The statement called on the people to remain calm, and that the data suggest that spreading out activity throughout the day more evenly could help encourage more exercise among kids. this week for its winter meeting Mullins is leading the effort to unseat Agema who has held onto his post despite calls from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and state elected officials to step aside After a year of controversy Preibus as Michigan GOP Chair Bobby Schostak called for Agema’s resignation before last year’s winter meeting in Washington "For the good of the party we believe Dave Agema should resign” they said Agema has remained a thorn in their side ever since complicating party efforts to rebrand its image and appeal to a broader swath of voters Two years ago Agema posted an article on his Facebook page describe gays as “filthy” followed up with posts backing Russian anti-homosexuality laws and questioning whether Muslim-Americans have ever contributed to American society Just two weeks ago Agema reposted an article from a white supremacist magazine which he called “very interesting” Agema has long resisted calls to resign from a range of local and national political figures but this week’s efforts reflect the most organized movement to force him to step aside “Mr Agema may be able to ignore the voice of his home state but I am hopeful he will not be able to ignore the voice of the entire country” Mullins said in his letter The RNC rules do not include a specific provision detailing procedures for the removal of members all of whom are elected by state parties Mullins is backing a resolution at Wednesday’s Resolutions Committee meeting calling on Agema’s resignation that if passed would be voted on by the full RNC on Friday “I would suggest that we act as one and pass a resolution making it clear that Mr Agema’s abhorrent views and words have no place in our partyand that he in no way speaks for us” Mullins wrote “While he might retain his post he has lost the respect and esteem of his colleagues Indeed his actions have made him a pariah Anything short of this will allow Mr Agema to continue disgracing our Republican Party further impugn the integrity and good standing of the RNC” The Democratic Party is facing a similar controversy with one of its own Prominent Obama donor and Oregon DNC member Terry Bean remains a party leader despite facing criminal charges alleging he and his ex-boyfriend had sex with an 15-year-old boy The Democratic Party rules unlike the GOP’s include specific provisions for removing members Write to Zeke J Miller at zekemiller@timecomOn one hand the announcement that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will not attend President Obama’s Camp David summit of Gulf Arab monarchs on Thursday despite having earlier accepted the invitation highlights all over again the considerable strains between Washington and Riyadh In the four months since Salman came to power the Kingdom has defied the US by starting one war in Yemen and reviving the most problematical elements in another sending new support to the Syrian opposition forces that include the Nusra Front an affiliate of al-Qaeda On the other hand the king’s absenceostensibly to deal with a brief cease-fire in Yemen but widely viewed as a snubwill give US officials a chance to size up the young fellow who the monarch has invested with immense new powers: His son also known as the Minister of Defense as well as president of the royal court Mohammad bin Salman may be 29 as some accounts have it or 34 the age offered in other reports Or somewhere in between The uncertainty speaks volumes about how little is known of the fresh-faced young prince derided by the Supreme Leader of arch-rival Iran as “an inexperienced youngster” “I don’t think anybody knows who he is” says F Gregory Gause III head of the international affairs department of the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service “Hes never had a job where he had a counterpart with Americans in bilateral talks I think therell be plenty of people looking to size him up” The jobs that young bin Salman holds are known well enough Defense is a ministry awash in money “That’s where the rake-offs occur in the system” says Charles A Freeman who was US ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War And head of the royal court is basically chief of staff putting the king’s son in daily charge of the ruling apparatus But the lack of information about bin Salman himself says a great deal about how fast the ground is shifting in the Middle Eastand especially in the House of Saud the family that has ruled the Kingdom since it appeared on the sands of the Arabian Peninsula in 1932 Saudi-watchers used to be the Middle East’s version of the Kremlinologists who studied the Soviet Union The players in both places moved at processional speed and change should it occur was glacial But then Salman took power following the January death of his brother Abdullah who ruled for 10 years “Basically whats happened in Saudi Arabia since the death of Abdullah is a series of political coup d’etats” says Freeman “In Arabia genealogy is ideology and lineage really is faction In any one-party system you have factions and in a one-family system you have factions” Despite Salman’s reputation as a conciliator between branches of the family since ascending to the throne Freeman says “he’s basically cut them all out” Salman 79 was expected to be the Saudi ruler who prepared for the inevitable transfer of power to a younger generation of Saudi princes But rather than casting the net wide he designated his nephew as the new Crown Princethe first grandson of the founding King Abdulaziz to be so namedand his own young son Mohammad as Deputy Crown Prince or second in line The nephew is already well known in Washington: Mohammad bin Nayef 55 has long been Interior Minister and run the Saudis’ counter-terror operations; he has twice met with President Obama in the Oval Office But in selecting him the king reached past hundreds of waiting princes “The model was kind of corporate leadership within a number of senior members of the older generation and they didn’t always get along and they didn’t always agree but they had a general corporate sense of where they wanted the country to go and it worked well for more than 50 years” says Gause “I thought the new king would try to recreate that kind of corporate responsibility across a number of people in the new generation but that’s obviously not what Salman wanted He’s privileged a couple of people and cut out a large number And how that affects family cohesion down the line will be interesting to watch” For now the war in Yemen aimed at a Shi’ite rebel group advancing in the neighboring state has provided a rallying effect at home It also had the effect of forcing the US to provide battlefield intelligence and targeting information (“not to support them would leave the relationship with no content” says Freeman) But the fundamental problem remains Iran the Saudis’ great regional rival Riyadh feels threatened not only by Tehran’s gains in Iraq and Yemen and continued support for the Assad regime in Syria buteven moreby Obama’s engagement with the Iranians Along with fellow members of the Sunni-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council they feel threatened by the attention Washington is paying to Iran in a region where attention equals prestige or even license Already almost wholly reliant on the US for their defense the Gulf Arab monarchs are asking for a formal treating with Washington guaranteeing their protection something Obama officials say they cannot provide “I think their fears that we are going to just throw them over and that Iran will be our big ally in the region are greatly exaggerated” says Gause But those are the fears that prompted the Obama administration to convene the Camp David summit And if King Salman cannot make it Freeman says he may have sussed it out as a “pseudo-event” “The Saudis and others have learned from Israel that you can give the United States the bird” says Freeman But that the former ambassador adds may work out for the best at Camp David “Having the two Mohammadsbin Nayef and bin Salmanin this thing puts the two people who are actually running things in there So if there’s something that’s actually going on in Saudi Arabia these are the two who can make things happen” Inside a Saudi Arabian Oil Giant’s American Oasis Families relax by “The Pond” at sunset “The Pond” is on the North East corner of the Dhahran Golf Course in Dhahran Saudi Arabia Ayesha Malik A mother waves goodbye to her daughter on Lemon Circle as she leaves for Dhahran School on the school bus at 7am Aramco schools are all located within the compound Ayesha Malik Dhahran Commissary is located near the main office area Generally it gets busy around 4pm when people leave work Ayesha Malik A female employee of Saudi Aramco Ayesha Malik A major oil facility under construction in Jubail Industrial City This is a Joint Venture between Saudi Aramco and a foreign oil company Jubail is located on the East coast and is the largest petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia Ayesha Malik Workers at an oil facility construction site in Jubail Ayesha Malik Workers brave the extreme temperature of the desert sometimes above 120 degrees farenheit to keep Dhahran’s landscape green and pristine Ayesha Malik Nurses from Dhahran Health Center wait for a bus after work in front of the Commissary Saudi Aramco’s health center was first operated by the company itself but since 2014 it became Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare the first-of-its-kind health care joint venture between Saudi Aramco a world leader in energy and Johns Hopkins Medicine Ayesha Malik Saudi Aramco Beach “Half Moon Bay” Azizyah This is a private beach for Saudi Aramco employees and their guests Ayesha Malik Sahrr sits on her car after driving out to the jebels on the Western side of Dhahran In Arabic jebel means mountain or hill Many Aramcons use the term to refer to large rocky areas While women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia they are allowed to drive within Aramco compounds including Dhahran the largest of them all Ayesha Malik A city of oil tanks one of many tank farms in the Eastern Province Ayesha Malik A translplanted American “Bluebird” school bus is used to transport workers These buses are a common site in Saudi Arabia Some of them still have the name of the original American school district Ayesha Malik Two boys wait for their turn at a skate competition at the local skate park in Dhahran Hills Ayesha Malik Mr Embleton is a Canadian expatriate working for Saudi Aramco Public Relations Sometimes he chooses to wear a traditional Saudi thobe and guthra to work Ayesha Malik Saudi Aramco CEO’s displayed at the local Heritage Gallery Ayesha Malik US Maps colored and labeled by Dhahran Middle School students in a geography assignment Education has always been part of Saudi Aramco’s legacy Ayesha Malik; 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