About 10000 homes were in NB flood areas but damage still unclearminister

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s environment minister has given a new sense of scale to the province’s record-setting floods, saying as many as 10,000 homes and businesses were within flood zones.Andrew Harvey said Thursday that precise figures have yet to come in on the extent of the damage those structures suffered, as citizens are still filing their claims for disaster relief.“There have been close to 10,000 for residential or commercial properties that could be affected,” he said during a news conference.“Some of these numbers are moving as we get new information as to how many actual applications we have for disaster financial assistance.”The minister said the figure was based on Service New Brunswick’s property identification numbers located within the flooded areas.Provincial officials also said that as of Thursday morning, there were 2,200 people who had registered for the disaster relief program, which covers some of the uninsurable damages in an effort to get homeowners back on their feet.Meanwhile, the province has estimated there are also about 2,000 recreational properties that have suffered damage.The rivers — swollen by heavy rains and snow melt — swamped homes throughout the region and caused some cottages to collapse, with some even floating off their foundations.Harvey also told reporters the province will have to consider changing the rules governing what can be built in the flood plains of the Saint John River and other waterways.The province had announced that it will require property owners to start considering flood mitigation measures before they’re given a permit to rebuild or renovate in areas within 30 metres of the water.However, Harvey conceded that this is merely a starting point, as wider changes to municipal bylaws and zoning rules have to be considered in the wake of the second major flood in a decade in his province.“As time goes on those are decisions that are going to have to be made about zoning and about where people are building,” he said.“These are some tough decisions that will have to be made … and we as a government at some point in the future will have to look at the issue about zoning.”Craig Stewart, vice president of federal affairs for Insurance Bureau of Canada, said in an interview that there is no time to lose in getting fresh rules in place — and suggests modeling them on zoning created in High River, Alta., which suffered devastating river flooding in 2013.“This should have been done yesterday,” he said.“Given lessons learned from flood events over the past few years, absolute priority should be given to changing zoning laws so that we stop putting people in harm’s way.”After the 2013 floods, High River brought in bylaws that turned the highest risk areas into parkland and prohibited rebuilding in those areas.Harvey said he’s hoping the most recent events are heightening awareness that flooding isn’t going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.“I mean hopefully the message to the people of New Brunswick today is, these are not one in every 100 years. These are 2008 and in 2018, who knows when the next flood could be? Nobody knows,” he said.Harvey said one bright spot was the announcement on Thursday that the government of Nova Scotia would be making a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help residents.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced the funding, saying the province wants to “support our neighbours in their time of need.”McNeil said about six provincial staff have also been sent to assist in the flood’s aftermath, to help process claims and inspect highway infrastructure.McNeil said the help isn’t unusual.“We support them as we had for the fires in Alberta,” said McNeil.— Story by Michael Tutton in Halifaxlast_img read more

DR of Congo refugees in Burundi total more than 34000 UN says

Earlier this week, 848 refugees from Kamanyola, who had fled into the mountains to escape fighting between rebel soldiers and the national army, entered Burundi after having returned home and found their property looted by both rebels and army, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson said in Geneva.Some soldiers had taken over homes, but willingly left when the owners reclaimed them, spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said.The new arrivals were housed temporarily at Rugombo transit centre near the border, but would be transferred to Kururama, which has reported no cases of cholera. Last week preventive measures against the disease were taken at three sites – Rugombo, Cibitoke and Gatumba – after Médecins sans Frontières (MsF) treated a few cases.Meanwhile, UNHCR plans to hold talks with Burundian officials on preparing a new site in Rutana province to house up to 70,000 refugees. read more

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches shipping routes

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 10:47 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The sun sets over Nuuk, Greenland, Monday, July. 31, 2017. Arctic mining could benefit from a “green shift” away from fossil fuels. Minerals needed to make the batteries for electric cars, such as rare earth elements, lithium and cobalt, are likely to be found in significant amounts in the Arctic, from Russia to the Nordic countries and Greenland, said Morten Smelror, director of the Geological Survey of Norway. (AP Photo/David Goldman) LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut – From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.Yet beneath the forbidding surface of the world’s fifth largest island lies a vast treasure in the shape of an exceptionally pure strain of iron ore. The Baffinland mine, part-owned by a local company and ArcelorMittal, one of the world’s biggest steel producers, is believed to hold enough ore to feed smelters for decades.As climate change pushes the cold and ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush for the Arctic’s abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain largely unexplored. In April, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse Obama-era restrictions on oil drilling.Yet industry experts, researchers and veterans of the Far North say there remain many obstacles to reaping the riches once blocked by the ice. Conservationists also oppose the large-scale extraction of Arctic resources, fearing that the fragile environment will be irreparably harmed.The Associated Press took a first-hand look at the Arctic on a month-long, 10,000-kilometre (6,200-mile) journey aboard the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica, along with researchers specializing in Arctic development. The journey was in part an effort to promote the ship to potential clients in North America as an “icebreaker for hire.”“As the world demand for raw materials is ever increasing, and (with) a realization that a large part of the unexplored deposits are in the Arctic, there is a natural shift to focus on that area,” said Mads Boye Peterson, head of Denmark’s Nordic Bulk Carriers Shipping.Peterson’s company sent a freighter through the Northwest Passage four years ago to demonstrate the feasibility of using the route to haul cargo during the summer months, when melting sea ice opens up these frigid waters. But he also noted that rising temperatures make operations more difficult because moving floes are less predictable than unbroken sheets of ice.“On the surface it might look like a slam dunk,” he said. “But it’s actually a lot more complicated than just something you decide to do overnight.”___Learn more about the Arctic and read dispatches sent by a team of AP journalists as they travelled through the region’s fabled Northwest Passage last month: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NewArctic___The Arctic stretches from the North Pole to roughly the 66th parallel north, an area of about 20 million square kilometres (almost 8 million square miles) of freezing seas and tree-less lands.The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated that up to 30 per cent of the world’s undiscovered gas and 13 per cent of oil waiting to be found are inside the Arctic Circle. Even if only a fraction of these fossil fuels are tapped they could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.Coal, diamonds, uranium, phosphate, nickel, platinum and other precious minerals also slumber beneath the icy surface of the Arctic, according to Morten Smelror, director of the Geological Survey of Norway. And the growing need for sophisticated batteries to power electric cars and handheld devices likely will drive demand for rare earth elements, lithium and cobalt found in significant amounts in the Arctic regions of Russia, the Nordic countries and Greenland, he said.“The Arctic is certainly among the last frontiers with respect to undiscovered mineral resources, along with the deep oceans,” said Smelror.Apart from natural resources, the geography of the Arctic also opens up new opportunities. Sailing through the Northwest Passage could potentially cut the distance from East Asia to Western Europe by more than 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles), compared with the traditional route through the Panama Canal, offering huge fuel savings for shipping companies.It’s a far cry from the Cold War, when the only ships crisscrossing the frigid straits were nuclear submarines patrolling the frontier between East and West. The new battle for the Arctic and its resources is being fought by geologists and legions of lawyers.Greenland, an autonomous region of Denmark, has staked its claim to the Lomonosov Ridge — a massive underwater feature jutting hundreds of miles beneath the Arctic Sea that would greatly extend Greenland’s sea bed continental shelf for possible use in future undersea mining. Russia contests the claim — one of several disputes before the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.Moscow boldly underlined its claim to a vast part of the Arctic Ocean floor 10 years ago by planting an underwater flag at the North Pole. Russia has also been expanding infrastructure along its northern coast, partly to exploit reserves of natural gas in the region.Canada, meanwhile, contends that the waters of the Arctic archipelago — an area about twice the size of Texas — are its internal waters. To support its claim, Canada has been stepping up its activities in the region, including creating a new Arctic research centre and developing autonomous submarines to improve underwater charts. It has also been conducting search and rescue exercises in anticipation of growing ship traffic in the Northwest Passage.Preparations for Nordica’s journey included registering with Canadian authorities, who closely monitor traffic in the Northwest Passage to ensure compliance with environmental rules. Fewer than 500 ships have sailed through the passage since the first transit in 1906.Canada’s claim to the waters of the Arctic archipelago is contested by the United States, mainly due to concerns that it could set a precedent other, less friendly nations might follow.In general, the United States is taking a back seat for now. Washington has yet to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea that would regulate territorial disputes, due to concerns among some senators that submitting to international treaties would impinge on U.S. sovereignty.Despite competing claims and tough talk to home audiences, Arctic nations are co-operating well with each other, said Rachael Lorna Johnstone, a professor of law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland.“Everyone is following the rulebook,” she said.Some smaller firms are pressing ahead with business in the Arctic. The Alaska-based company Quintillion is laying a fiber optic cable through the Northwest Passage to provide high-speed Internet traffic to local communities. It would also establish an additional link between London and Tokyo — where two of the world’s main stock markets are located.The growth in adventure tourism and the lengthening summer season have produced a surge of traffic over the past decade. Last year, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity with 500 crew and 1,100 passengers paying at least $22,000 each for a four-week journey sailed through the passage.Such tours require years of planning and the approval of almost 30 Canadian agencies, including the authorities in the indigenous territory of Nunavut. Part of the revenue goes to local communities whose hunting grounds and travel routes might be disrupted by large vessels.“It basically opens up so much ice that we can’t even use the ice anymore, and we have to go by land where it was just right across before,” said Maatiusi Manning.The 33-year-old Inuk from Baffin Island’s Cape Dorset was on board the Nordica, gaining ‘ship time’ as part of his training to work on a factory fishing ship.Developing the local fishing industry is one way to solve the region’s chronic lack of jobs, now further threatened by the effects of climate change. “Money-wise it’s great,” Manning said of the fishery job he hopes to land when his training is completed. “It’s going to help a lot of families.”The environmental group Greenpeace said it was important to ensure the Inuit control their own fisheries, rather than let outside corporations with no link to the Arctic harvest its rich waters.“The fisheries are abundant in the Arctic,” said Charles Latimer of Greenpeace. “But we don’t want to make the same mistakes that we’ve done in other parts of the world where fisheries are collapsing.”Climate change is even opening new avenues in agriculture. Mette Bendixen, a climate researcher at the University of Copenhagen, projects that global warming will continue into the 21st century, extending the growing season by two months.“Not many people know that potatoes, strawberries are grown in southern Greenland,” he said.___Despite its promise, there are several challenges holding back the development of parts of the Arctic and the use of its resources.The search for fossil fuels above North America has slowed in recent years. One reason is low oil prices, which along with public pressure have made the Arctic shortcut less attractive to shipping firms. The drop in prices has hit Alaska’s budget hard, because it relies heavily on oil and gas revenue.While Russia and Norway are pressing ahead with new oil and gas projects along their coastlines, the seas off Alaska and northern Canada are much less accessible and any major spill would be difficult and costly to contain.Shell relinquished most of its federal offshore leases in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea last year, after pouring billions of dollars into exploration efforts over the past decade. Former Shell leases in the neighbouring Beaufort Sea have been taken over by an Alaska Native-owned company.“There are a lot of hydrocarbons in the Arctic, but for them to be economically viable the cost per barrel has to be higher,” said David Barber, an expert on the Arctic environment at the University of Manitoba. “Of course it will go higher, and thus the Arctic issue will come to the foreground again.”The rugged nature of the Arctic also slows development. Only 10 per cent of the Northwest Passage is surveyed to the highest modern standards, meaning uncharted shallows could pose a serious risk to shipping. Ocean currents are predicted to push polar pack ice into the passage for decades, limiting the route to sturdy vessels with experienced navigators — and keeping insurance costs high.“Think about a high mountain pass that is closed for half the year, has no gas stations, convenience stores or repair facilities,” said Andrew Kinsey, a senior marine risk consultant at insurance giant Allianz. “Is this the route that you want to use for your daily commute?”Environmental concerns and a growing acceptance of the rights of the region’s indigenous population also have held back some plans for Arctic exploration.As the Nordica made its way through the Franklin Strait, giant ripples indicated a pod of whales moving ahead of the ship — a mass of speckled narwhals occasionally breaking the water along the edge of the ice. It wasn’t clear whether the narwhals had spotted the ship, but they would have heard its growl as it crashed through piles of sea ice, a sound unlike any other in this remote corner of the Northwest Passage.Cargo hauls to the Baffinland iron ore mine are already restricted to August to mid-October, so as not to disrupt the Inuit’s ability to cross the ice to hunt, fish or trade. Such rules recognize the growing assertiveness of the region’s original inhabitants for a share of its riches, including the protection of local hunting grounds for seals and walruses.Manning, the trainee fisherman, hopes the opportunities his children gain from Arctic development will outweigh the disadvantages.“The ice in our bay, when it went, they noticed it really quickly,” he said. “My son was excited about it, but my daughter said, ‘Oh, there goes our trail to go to the fish lakes.’”Daria Gritsenko, a public policy researcher travelling on board the icebreaker Nordica, cautioned that any economic excitement about global warming opening up the Arctic needs to be tempered by an understanding of the risks. Melting permafrost already poses a problem for Russia’s Arctic infrastructure, from ports to pipelines, from roads to residential buildings.“We need to rethink how we build things in the Arctic,” said Gritsenko, who is based at the University of Helsinki. “Even if we develop a tremendous system of Arctic ports, how would the goods get there? That’s the irony of climate change.”Gritsenko said there’s likely no single answer to the multitude of problems ahead, including the overarching question of how a global economy that fostered climate change can be adapted to tackle it.“We need new ideas,” she said. “We need more alternatives.”___Follow Frank Jordans on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/wirereporter___Learn more about the Arctic here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/NewArctic read more

The more we delay the more we will pay says Ban urging

Credit: UNFCCC “The more we delay, the more we will pay,” warned Mr. Ban as he called on countries to deliver by closing tomorrow a draft text for the 2015 Agreement that provides a clear and solid foundation for negotiations to be held next year in France.“Actions now will set a strong foundation for Paris, and go hand-in-hand with our efforts to realize sustainable development,” the UN chief added. COP 20, which opened on 1 December in Lima, Peru, brings together the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, the parent treaty of the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol, in an attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020. The Conference wraps up tomorrow.Reiterating that climate action and sustainable development are “two sides of the same coin,” Mr. Ban urged States to act to keep average global temperature rise below 2ºC – the internationally-agreed limit. “We have been talking over the last two decades. Now it is time to begin real, serious negotiations based on a draft text,” the Secretary-General said. “A non-paper is not an option. I urge all delegations to overcome all procedural matters and deliver a text with a formal status, so that the work of negotiating can begin in earnest at the February session. We don’t have a moment to lose,” he stressed. Momentum could be based on the success of last September’s Climate Summit in New York, where leaders announced ambitious commitments and new coalitions came together to advance sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency, Mr. Ban said. During that conference, CEOs also committed to sustainable supply chains that will help preserve the world’s forests and industry leaders in oil and gas, freight, and municipal waste all came forward with commitments as well. The UN Chief also commended the “milestone” achieved this week when the Green Climate Fund reached its $10 billion monetary goal. But, he added, that amount remained “only a down payment” and the world needed to now ensure ready access to those funds for countries that are most vulnerable to climate change. read more

Mens basketball Rutgers gives Ohio State a chance to keep conference momentum

Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been searching for a win, or even a moment to hang it’s hat on since the season began on Nov. 11. After gutsy performances against Virginia and Nebraska, but no real signature performance, the Buckeyes looked to have finally picked up a win they can brag about with their 70-66 win over Michigan.Fast-forward four days later, and the gleam of the win is over and reality is setting in once again. OSU is still near the bottom of the conference, with little time to climb the ladder before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off. Rutgers, the Buckeyes’ next opponent, will be a tell-all test to see whether OSU has it figured out or not.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson said the biggest difference in the Michigan game and the rest of the season was the focus and intensity going in.“Our biggest thing before the game was all in … and one time,” he said. “We just basically told ourselves one time, just give it everything we’ve got. This is going to be good, and continuing to build off of it.”The Scarlet Knights are coming off a big win in their own right. For the first time in 24 conference games, Rutgers beat a Big Ten opponent on the road in Penn State. Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Sanders picked up 25 points in the team’s win, and is averaging 13.0 points per contest this season. Not far behind is redshirt junior forward Deshawn Freeman, who averages 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Outside of the starting five, Rutgers has little in terms of point production. Freshman forward/guard Issa Thiam, who has started 12 games but averages just 16.4 minutes and 3.9 points per game, will likely be in the starting unit against OSU after logging 29 minutes and starting at forward against Penn State.OSU has benefited from solid play in the paint by Thompson and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, which could spell problems for Rutgers. Scarlet Knights’ senior center C.J. Gettys, a Columbus native, averages just 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and has been known to be slow in the paint at times.Rutgers turned the ball over 15 times last game, right on par for its 14.3 turnovers per game average. Both teams have a -0.8 turnover margin coming into the game, making Wednesday’s matchup a surefire defensive free-for-all.OSU has been experimenting with getting inexperienced players more playing time, most notably with freshman forward Andrew Wesson. Wesson said his contributions are all for not if they don’t benefit the team, and he said he was just trying to put a spark in his team against Michigan. “When I come into the game I just try to make a difference any way I can,” he said. “If that’s rebounding, making defensive plays, whatever they need me to do. That’s what I try to do.”Thompson said this year’s Rutgers team is one of the better ones in recent history, but the numbers say otherwise. As a team, the Scarlet Knights shoot just 41.4 percent from the field, and just 29.4 percent from deep.Whether OSU has the kind of spark needed for the rest of the season might be plainly obvious against Rutgers, as a team with a 2-9 conference record could be the kind of trap game that exposes certain issues from earlier this year.On the other hand, the Buckeyes could absolutely dominate Rutgers, and get just enough fan attention to revive talks about the conference tournament once again. Either way, coach Thad Matta isn’t taking anything for granted just yet, and isn’t concerned with the confidence his team has after a win.“I want to see us string something together,” he said.Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

No Gran Turismo 6 for PS4 but Gran Turismo 7 will appear

first_imgDeveloper Polyphony Digital isn’t very reliable when it comes to releasing games on time. They typically take a lot longer to complete than fans, and I’d imagine Sony, would like them to. So when Gran Turismo 6 was announced for PS3 rather than PS4, I speculated that surely there’d be a quick turnaround getting the game updated for a re-release on Sony’s new hardware. That’s clearly not the case, though.Japanese publication Famitsu recently did an interview with Polyphony Digital CEO and series producer Kazunori Yamauchi where they touched upon Gran Turismo 6, the PS4, and what will inevitably be called Gran Turismo 7.It turns out GT6 isn’t going to have a quick update and re-release on the new console. Instead it looks as though a new entry in the series is being developed for the PS4. That game will surely be announced eventually as Gran Turismo 7, and I say eventually as Yamauchi says we’ll be waiting at least 12 months for it. But it could be as long as two years away.Based on past performance, it’s fair to say that GT7 isn’t going to appear on the PS4 until some time in 2015. That poses a bit of a problem for Sony as it’s not like gamers can boot up GT6 on their PS4s due to it not being backwards compatible. Still, the prospect of a new game taking full advantage of the PS4 hardware is sure to excite racing fans and fans of the Gran Turismo series alike, and the waiting is just par for the course.last_img read more

Earth Day event puts emphasis on healthy eating

first_imgHector Hinojosa, owner of Foody Blues BBQ.Troy Wayrynen/The ColumbianHector Hinojosa, owner of Foody Blues BBQ, prepared a plate using locally grown food for the Spring Food Challenge at the Grow Vancouver event. This Earth Day, dozens of Clark County residents learned how the foods they eat impact the planet on which they live.To do so, they ate dishes prepared by local chefs with local produce, meats and cheeses. They stocked up on broccoli, squash, corn, melon, spinach, peas and cilantro seeds. And they heard from representatives from local farms and Waste Connections, who spoke about composting and farming.At the root of the Grow Vancouver event on Monday was a simple message: a healthy food system equals a healthy planet.A local food economy with small-scale producers creates more habitat for wildlife and reduces the carbon footprint left by large-scale agricultural practices that contribute to climate change, said Warren Neth, event organizer and member of Slow Food Southwest Washington.“I grew up on a small farm in Clark County, and I’ve always been interested in finding ways to build consumer demand for Clark County grown foods,” Neth said. “These events — food challenges, local chefs working with local farmers — builds those relationships between farmers, restaurants and general good food consumers.”During the Spring Food Challenge event at Clark College, chefs from three local venues — Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground, Foody Blues BBQ and Clark College Food & Wine program — presented small-plate courses they prepared using produce from Clark County farms and local products purchased from New Seasons Market.Edurne Garcia, chef and assistant coordinator for the Clark College Food & Wine program, used the ingredients to create a fritatta, green salad and sliced baguette topped with goat cheese and roasted beets.last_img read more

Pensions research deadline extended

first_imgThe Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2015 deadline has been extended to Wednesday 30 September so there is still time to have your say.How are the pension reforms impacting workplace pension strategies? How are employers communicating the pension changes to staff? Share your experiences by taking part in the short online survey.This is your last chance to have your say and gain an insight into how your organisation’s pension approach compares with market peers and employers in other market sectors. The research findings will be available online in November and will be sent to subscribers with the November 2015 issue of Employee Benefits magazine.To thank you for your time, respondents will be entered into a prize draw for £100 of retail vouchers. For your chance to win, fill in your details at the end of the survey.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

FPL plant in Dania Beach catches fire

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at the Florida Power and Light’s Fort Lauderdale Power Plant, Sunday night.A 7News viewer sent cellphone video of the massive fire at the plant, located on Southwest 47th Court and 40th Street, in Dania Beach.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews rushed to the scene of the two-alarm fire. They remained at the scene late into the night as they worked to contain the flames.An FPL spokesperson released a statement that read in part, “We are aware of the fire at our Fort Lauderdale Power Plant. This is not affecting any of our costumers, and we are working along with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.” #video #workingfire @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue @insideFPL plant @STATter911 @FirehouseNews @alertpage #breakingnews pic.twitter.com/KOmJOokkxm— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) September 5, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Market Bellwethers Point to a New Consumer Magazine Era

first_img(* “Continuously”refers to publications that reported advertising sales to PIB in all four quarters of both 2008 and 2009. It excludes 21 titles that discontinued publishing and/or did not report ad sales in all four quarters of 2009. By excluding non-continuing PIB publications from this analysis it provides a more representative (less skewed) picture of the industry’s true advertising sales performance.) In 2008 PIB revenue for continuously audited consumer titles fell an estimated 8 percent and in 2009 it dropped 13.8 percent. In the last two years the decline of PIB ad revenue for audited consumer magazines has been approximately 21 percent. The pace of the advertising decline was slower to manifest itself, but by the end of 2009 its descent (21 percent) fell right in line with industry circulation level and newsstand revenue decrease rates. Touching Bottom: Defining New Industry Parameters The simultaneous convergence of the three major bellwether indicators, along with signs of a modest advertising recovery in 2010, flattening newsstand sales and the success of a major new publication (Food Network), provide persuasive evidence that the consumer magazine industry is no longer searching for the bottom. The industry appears to have weighed anchor on a smaller business—whose parameters are 20-25 percent smaller—but one that’s ironically, perhaps, more vibrant than the bloated environment they have vacated. New Directions for Consumer Magazines As a result of its bruising descent the industry is battle scarred and less arrogant. But it’s also leaner, wiser, a more effective consumer and audience development marketer, less advertising-centric and better prepared to cope with the demands of new media and the startling advances in technology.These developments have conspired to change the consumer magazine publishing business in significant and subtle ways.Industry Consolidation: The ravages of the last two recessionary years have not fully worked their way out of the system. This means that further industry consolidation can be expected. Influence of the “Big 4”: These four supersized companies control (end of 2009) 56 percent of consumer magazine advertising revenue (60 percent in the 4th quarter of 2009). Their circulation, newsstand and advertising dominance is likely to increase in the future. Because of their scale, strong product lines and abundant human and financial resources they are well advantaged to successfully transition to a publishing model that is less advertising driven. Still to be determined, however, is how responsibly they’ll act to protect the industry’s open business environment and shared resources (i.e. the newsstand channel). The Big Get Bigger, The Small Get Squeezed: The business climate has become increasingly unfriendly for smaller publishers. They’ve enjoyed somewhat of a free ride in the past, but now they’re being squeezed harder than ever by most magazine service providers—postal, fulfillment, national distributor, printing/paper and banking. Their operating expenses are rising and at the same time it’s become more difficult for them to attract the skilled personnel necessary to provide the array of new consumer marketing services and information demanded by advertisers. Judging from advertising sales the last two years and the record number of small magazine closures it appears as if smaller titles (especially those that are male oriented) are increasingly vulnerable when competing with alternative electronic media sources for both readers and advertisers. Finally at the newsstand retailers are looking to reduce the number of “underperforming” titles, which will definitely restrict the future newsstand distribution of smaller titles. Publication Preference Change: The prospect of publication preference changes will probably be most dramatically illustrated by the growing divide between female and male oriented titles. Female publications generate two times more advertising revenue and circulation than male publications. In 2009 female oriented publications further distanced themselves. It’s estimated that the advertising revenue of the 69 continuing PIB male oriented titles declined 21 percent, while the PIB advertising revenue of female oriented titles declined at a much lower—11 percent—rate. In the women’s field the best advertising performance was reserved for those titles whose advertising featured products/services for the home, including food and health. The often disparaged traditional women’s titles (BH&G, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook) were the only significant sized consumer magazine category that was able to post positive advertising results in 2009—advertising revenue up 4.4 percent. The advertising shift toward “for the home” publications will probably be accompanied by a commensurate change in reader product preferences.For most male categories the news was universally grim. Advertising revenue declines of 20 percent or more were the norm. There were 25 continuously audited consumer titles that registered PIB ad sales gains in 2009, but only two (Muscle & Fitness, Flex) were male oriented. Ascendancy of Consumer Marketing: The advertising decline of the last two years has muffled the appeal of the advertising-centric management approach that pervaded most consumer magazine publishing companies for the last two decades—so much for conventional wisdom. Publishers now recognize that to more effectively compete with new media sources they must demonstrate greater consumer awareness. This has precipitated renewed emphasis on developing strong consumer and audience development marketing skills. This is a major change; one publishers are just now coming to grips with.The FutureThe consumer magazine business of the future will be; smaller, more “Big 4” dominant, increasingly women focused, less kind to smaller publishers, multimedia sensitive and more consumer oriented. After nearly a decade of trial and error, the industry now appears ready to confidently face the future. Nobody has articulated the essence of this remarkable change better than Mr. Charles Townsend in his recent address at the MPA/PBAA Retail Conference. And who better than the head of Conde Nast, a company that has, arguably, been the most chastened by the advertising turndown, to verbalize this dramatic change. Mr. Townsend spoke of the death of the advertising-centric publishing philosophy and the renewed emphasis on the consumer. Most importantly Mr. Townsend, using the iPad as metaphor, spoke of publishers finally getting beyond their fear of electronic media. He suggested that new technology, like the iPad, should be embraced, rather than feared by publishers. He described it as a means of attracting new readers, with very few adverse ramifications.My calculations, observations and beliefs confirm that Mr. Townsend probably has it right. The stars and the bellwethers have aligned and I believe history will show that 2010 marks the start of a new, and exhilarating, era for the consumer magazine business. Contrary to popular belief the sky is not falling on the consumer magazines business. It might not be all peaches and cream, but industry performance markers have fallen into a symmetrical pattern that describes a permanently smaller industry, one that is now properly sized and prepared to meet the competitive media challenges of a new era.Market Bellwethers Converge A strange thing happened to the consumer magazine busidness near the end of 2009. The three major market bellwether performance indicators (circulation levels, newsstand sales, advertising sales), which had been sending mixed signals in recent years, simultaneously aligned. Circulation Levels: In the year 2000 the circulation of audited consumer magazines peaked at 312 million. At first the circ level declines were gradual. But in the last few years the decreases have become much more acute. By the end of 2009 the circulation of audited consumer magazines had plunged to 251 million, a drop of 22 percent. Newsstand Sales: Newsstand unit sales have been steadily declining for decades, but revenue remained stable, at about $3.2 billion, for the 8 year period prior to 2008. But in the last two years industry newsstand revenue of audited consumer magazines fell to an annual level of approximately $2.7 billion—off about 16 percent.Advertising Sales: Advertising revenue of audited consumer magazines also declined, by just over 20 percent in the last two years. I’ve used PIB data for this calculation. Although PIB revenue can’t be taken at face value, the year over year percentage change data is a useful measuring tool. Additionally it should be noted that PIB does not report on all audited consumer magazines, but it remains a reasonably representative industry sample because the 188 continuously audited consumer magazine titles reported by PIB in 2009 accounted for 81 percent of the circ of all audited consumer magazines.The chart below (in 000s) compares 2008 and 2009 PIB advertising revenue for all the continuously* audited consumer magazines, including the “Big 4”—Time, Inc. Conde Nast, Meredith and Hearst.last_img read more

New Guidelines Toughen Enforcement on Student Visa Violations

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Though rules barring re-entry have remained the same, what has changed is the point at which the government starts the clock to count days of unlawful presence.Beforehand, the government counted unlawful presence only when a Department of Homeland Security officer or immigration judge formally identified that a student had violated their status. The new policy makes it harder for international students who take a semester off to stay in the country and resume their studies later. “While before they could maybe try to fix the situation down the line while still in the United States, that is now is becoming tremendously difficult with this new memo because now these people are collecting unlawful presence,” said immigration attorney Sara Goldberg. Goldberg said a lot of things can cause a student to lose their legal status, like not being able to afford classes for a semester. “It’s negatively impacting them (international students) in a way that they are more limited in their options for recourse than they were before this memo,” Goldberg said. According to a report by ICE, over 86,000 international students study in Texas. The state has the third highest population of international students in the country. International enrollment numbers at University of Houston has averaged at around 4,000 in the past five years.  00:00 /00:51 International students will start accruing days of ‘unlawful presence’ immediately after they no longer meet the terms of their student visa, according to a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy.Once a student accrues more than six months of unlawful presence, they could be barred from re-entering the United States for three to ten years. center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

Local Pastors Take to Streets After Spike in DC Violence

first_imgLocal Pastors gather in Washington, D.C. to speak with teens and residents about the growing violence in Wards 7 and 8. (Courtesy Photo)When Nathaniel Newell attended Spingarn High School three years ago, he had to “literally fight my way home” from the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station in Northeast D.C. to his mother’s house near Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. “Back then, we used to go behind Big Liquors and hold the fights,” Newell said. “Other times, entire ‘hoods’ would gather after school and fight, but it’s nothing like it is now. Back then we would be friends after the fights. Now people want to shoot or stab you if they lose.”Newell, 20, was back at the Minnesota Avenue Station June 1 with a group of local pastors to speak to teens and residents about the growing violence in Wards 7 and 8. “I know a lot of these youth and they can relate to me and I can relate to them,” said Newell, an aspiring business owner and freshman at Prince George’s Community College. “Not everybody can come down here and talk to these youth who have grown up without fathers and in some cases mothers and who go to bed hungry listening to gunshots a lot of nights. I know that was my story, but I am telling them it doesn’t have to be their story.“Working together we can make a better life for everyone. A lot stems from the crack epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s, but it’s good that we are out here showing people that someone cares. You have to start somewhere.”The June 1 event is the first of a series called “Peace Walks” in high crime areas near the metro. The pastors said the goal is to encourage youth to lay down their arms and seek positive resolutions to street conflicts that far too often end up in deadly tragedies. According data collected by the Metropolitan Police, as of June 7, the area surrounding the metro station has seen 15 violent crimes, consisting of sex abuse, robbery, and assault. To date there have been more than 50 homicides in the two Wards.Peace walks will occur in areas such as Kenilworth, Lincoln Heights, Barry Farms, Condon Terrace, Savannah Place, Clay Terrace, Benning Terrace, Langston Terrace, Mayfair, Simple City, and Trinidad. “We want our youth to know there is a better way,” said organizer the Rev. Charles McNeill Jr. co-chairman of Maryland Business Clergy Partnership, vice president at large of National Capital Baptist Convention DC & Vicinity, and pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Ward 5. “We are reaching out to the entire community to help resolve what we believe is a growing concern in the church and out of the church. We have pastors that are ready to hit the pavement to save not only souls, but a lost generation of youth who have lost hope and lack opportunity.”McNeill, joined by seven other Ward 7 pastors, has an unique perspective because he once patrolled the same streets as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department. “I am a firm believer that we can’t incarcerate everyone. I believe that we must be proactive in our approach to not only saving lives, but saving our community. We are working across social service lines and grassroots organizations to get this done,” he said.The movement continues to grow as the Nation of Islam and several other clergy groups have joined the effort. “There is a lot of pain in our community,” said Ward 7 resident and pastor Nathaniel Thomas. “I live in this community. It’s time for pastors to leave the safety of their pulpits and the four walls of the church and do the real work of the gospel. There are a lot of shootings that just don’t make any sense and a lot of it stems from stress. Young people are under stress.”The Rev. Andrea Harris is a firm believer in street ministry. Her church, located off Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast, often holds services in the middle of open air drug markets. “People see us and ask for prayers from their homes,” Harris said. “Many of them just open their windows to get a good word. For me, this is what pastors are supposed to be doing; taking the gospel to the streets.”last_img read more

Fire breaks out at Park Streets Apeejay House

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at Apeejay House in Park Street around 11 am on Monday. Ten fire tenders were at the spot trying the douse the flames, which spread from the building’s server room in the fourth floor of the eight-storeyed building, reports said.Immediately security persons went towards the server room to check. By the time the fire was identified it had gone beyond control. Without wasting any time, the whole floor was vacated. Fire brigade and police personnel were called in. Six fire tenders were sent to douse the fire within few minutes. As the intensity of the fire grew, four more tenders were pressed into action. Sources informed that though sprinklers were activated at the right time, the fire could not be doused as its intensity was very high. Firefighters faced difficulties primarily as the flames occurred on the fourth floor. To deal with the situation a hydraulic ladder was used to reach the fire-affected area from outside. The fire-fighting management system of Apeejay House also helped the firefighters to douse the flames. Though the police informed that extent of damage is yet to be ascertained, sources informed that the damage will cost worth lakhs of rupees. The office premises have almost been turned into ashes. Around 1 pm, state Fire minister and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the spot. Also Director General (DG) Fire, Jag Mohan, supervised the fire-fighting teams. The cause is yet to be ascertained. However, no one was hurt. After almost three hours, normal traffic movement resumed in Park Street.last_img read more

LIVE Flooding causing chaos on roads and rail lines across Staffordshire

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Flooding in Norton Green Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch again Video will play in center_img The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comFlooding is causing chaos on the roads and rail lines across Staffordshire with warnings being issued by the Environment Agency. A number of road closures have been put in place due to the excess standing water, while there are up to hour-long delays and some cancellations on several train services after flooding caused issues on some lines. A Met Office Yellow Weather  warning  for further rain is also in force until midnight tonight. The latest hour-by-hour weather forecast from the Met Office says further rain is expected throughout the morning – with more due later in the evening. Flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible and people should ‘be prepared’ have been issued on a number of rivers and waterways across North and Central Staffordshire and South Cheshire (see our list below) by the Environment Agency. A flood warning, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required, is in force in Marchington near the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. Two other flood warnings, which covered the River Tean in Checkley and Upper Tean and the River Hamps in Waterhouses are no longer in force. For more information on the latest road closures and train service updates, follow our live blog below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .Key EventsLatest list of active flood alerts08:26Current road closures/blockages07:5717:54Flooding in Poynton Town Centre in North CheshireA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Please be aware there’s currently flooding in Poynton town centre. Emergency services are at the scene. Roads currently closed are: – London Road – Street Lane – Park Lane – Clumber road.” 17:50Rainow Road out of MacclesfieldA Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Rainow Road out of Macclesfield (B5470). It now has a temporary closure on it as many of the streams can’t cope. Please expect delays in the area and consider using the Buxton Road as an alternative. Please drive carefully.”Rainow Road out of Macclesfield (Image: Cheshire Police)17:44A6 closed between Buxton and BakewellA Derbyshire Police spokesman said:A6 Buxton to Bakewell. River has burst its banks. Road closed. “17:42Roads still affected by flooding in CheshireA Cheshire East Council spokesman said:There are a number of roads affected by flooding in the North of Cheshire East. Please take extra care and avoid unnecessary journeys. “17:35Flooding in Norton Residents says the flooding in Norton Green is the worst since 2012. More here. 17:31Latest forecast from Buxton Weather WatchThe social media channel, which provides weather updates for the Peak District town, said: “Its unbelievably wet out there right now. Heavy rain passing over leaving plenty of flooding problems. Good news though. Later this evening it will become much drier and should remain dry throughout tonight. Just a small risk of a shower after say 10 or 11pm.”15:33Accident on Moorland RoadMoorland Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Park Road.Close to Burslem College Campus. 15:11River Dane ‘extremely high’A Cheshire Police spokesman said:The River Dane is currently flowing at an extremely high level and moving very fast after the recent heavy rain. Be extra careful when near the river and keep away from any unprotected river banks .”The River Dane in Congleton is flowing extremely high this afternoon (Image: Cheshire Police)15:03Lanes closed on A50Reports of two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to broken down lorry and oil spillage on A50 Westbound from A5005 Lightwood Road (Longton / Dresden turnoff, Longton) to A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout, Trent Vale).Lane one and two (of three) are closed. 13:27Flash closed due to flooding in CongletonThe Flash in both directions closed due to flooding from Peel Lane to Mow Lane.Not too far from Astbury Golf Club.11:02Two lanes shut due to accident on M6A Highways England spokesman said:M6 southbound Taffic Collision between the slips at J13 Stafford South between an LGV & car, Lanes 1 & 2 (of 3) blocked .”10:34Landslide between Chester and CreweLandslide on the railway (Image: British Transport Police)10:32A34 reopens in CheshireA Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “A34, Newcastle Road has now reopened following the earlier flooding. Gang are currently on route to close Styal Road, Wilmslow due to the River Dean banks bursting, please avoid the area.”10:31Lane closed A500 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound from A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park) to A5271 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Traffic is coping well.Lane two (of two) is closed. 09:21Flood warnings…There are a number of flood alerts and flood warnings across the country. There are currently two warnings and two alerts in the #northwest . Stay vigilant and be #prepared!#FloodAware #WeatherReady #flood pic.twitter.com/3TUhVGJW6j— The Flood Hub (@TheFloodHub) July 31, 201909:20Roads closed in Cheshire EastThere are currently several roads across @CheshireEast with flooding/standing water due to the weather conditions⛈️. Temporary traffic signals are in place at some locations for safety reasons whilst we assess the network. Plan your journey in advance: https://t.co/D54g0BJm3V pic.twitter.com/30imn3gFl6— CEC Highways (@CECHighways) July 31, 201909:04Our photographer at the scene in Norton Green08:56Flood Warning in Waterhouses no longer in forceThe Flood Warning for the River Hamps in Waterhouses is no longer in force – the Environment Agency have confirmed. The river in the area is still covered by a Flood Alert08:53Train operators say services returning to normalA Virgin Trains spokesman said:All lines between Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke-on-Trent have now reopened. Residual delays to services are expected.” 08:51Photos of flooding on railway at KidsgroveFlooding on the railway line near Kidsgrove (Image: Network Rail)08:50Flooding on railway near KidsgroveFlooding is causing delays on the railway network near Kidsgrove this morning. A Network Rail spokesman said:Heavy rainfall overnight has caused flooding at Kidgrove. Services between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe/Stoke-on-Trent may be delayed and subject to short notice change. Please check National Rail before travel for the most up to date information .”08:42Latest from the Environment AgencyAn Environment Agency spokesman said:We are continuing to see heavy rain today in parts of the Midlands and into Yorkshire. Some of these areas have already seen significant rainfall and we may see local flooding impacts.” 08:37Flood Warning in Checkley no longer in forceA flood warning for the River Tean in Upper Tean, Lower Tean and Checkley is no longer in force as of 8.35am – the Environment Agency have said.08:26KEY EVENTLatest list of active flood alertsAs of 8.23am the Environment Agency have the following Flood Warnings (Flooding Expected, immediate action required) and Flood Alerts (flooding is possible-be prepared) in force in locations in our area:Stoke-on-Trent: Flood Alert for River Trent Staffordshire Moorlands:Flood Warning for River Hamps at WaterhousesFlood Alert for Rivers Churnet and TeanFlood Alert for Rivers Hamps and ManifoldFlood Alert for Dove near the Moorlands/Derbyshire border Newcastle Borough/South East Cheshire:Flood Alert for the Dane Catchment including Kidsgrove, Congleton, Sandbach and North Western Crewe Stafford Borough: Flood Alert for Stone TrentFlood Alert for Rivers Sow and PenkNear Uttoxeter:Flood Warning at Marchington Brook in MarchingtonRugeley:Rugeley TrentNo longer in force:Flood Warning for River Tean at Upper Tean/Lower Tean/Checkley08:19More flooding pics from KnypersleyCars driving through flood water in Tunstall Road, KnypersleyTunstall Road, Knypersley08:16The Churnet river looking pretty full in Leek..The Churnet river near the canal is higher than normal08:13Staffordshire Moorlands Local Police Team statement:There are numerous flood warnings in place across the Moorlands this morning with more rain on the way. Please drive carefully and allow extra time for your journeys.”08:10The waterfall at Westwood Golf Club in Leek this morning08:02Elsewhere…The A500 near TalkeThe A500 North is closed for emergency repairs after a car crashed into a lamppost and burst into flames.More here…08:01Morning forecast…Good morning! Early rain, heavy at times, over N and E England turning more showery in the day, locally heavy. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect parts of Scotland. Elsewhere, mostly dry with sunny spells. Breezy across England and Wales https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbo^Sophie pic.twitter.com/1u8z6GEgeI— Met Office (@metoffice) July 31, 2019last_img read more

Saudi Food and Drug Authority Approves LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging Solution

first_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Breast Imaging | January 18, 2016 Saudi Food and Drug Authority Approves LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging Solution Women throughout the Middle East will now have access to new technology for early breast cancer detection 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more January 18, 2016 — Gamma Medica Inc. announced the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has issued a Medical Device Marketing Authorization (MDMA) for their LumaGEM breast imaging product. This MDMA allows Gamma Medica to market the LumaGEM using molecular breast imaging (MBI) technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Integrated Business Ventures Co. Ltd. (IBV) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is Gamma Medica’s authorized representative and strategic partner for the KSA and the Middle East markets.According to the National Cancer Registry and leading cancer care centers, there are an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 new cases of breast cancer discovered each year in KSA. It has been reported that up to 60 percent of these cases are diagnosed at later symptomatic stages, which significantly reduces the five-year survival rate from over 90 percent at an early detection stage to about 22 percent in later symptomatic stages. According to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, breast cancer represents 24 percent of all cancer cases, making it the most common form of cancer in women in KSA. Coupled with the extreme shortages of radiologists, LumaGEM will likely reduce the clinical burden and enable more women to be screened.Dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to detect cancer, as lesions can be masked on standard X-ray mammogram that uses anatomical imaging as a way of detection. MBI is a functional imaging modality that highlights metabolic activity in breast tumors not visible on mammography due to tissue density, thereby leading to earlier diagnosis, improved outcomes and lowered costs. Recently published studies have shown that the addition of MBI for women with dense breast tissue results in an estimated 4 times increase in breast cancer detection rates, 50 percent reduction in biopsies and a subsequent 15 percent lower cost per cancer detected than screening with mammography alone. Moreover, the MBI procedure is very well tolerated by patients due to the reduced tissue compression on the breast during the examination.It is important for women to discuss with their doctors if MBI is an appropriate screening modality for them. The MBI technology is an appropriate choice for all early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer In addition to women with dense breast tissue or suspicious lesions, MBI is also appropriate for high-risk patients with a family history of breast cancer, patients who have tested positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, symptomatic patients, patients with cosmetic augmentation or patients who cannot undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigation.For more information: www.gammamedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more last_img read more

COD 25101 House in an excellent location in Escazú for sale

first_img Next Image Price: $450,000COD: 25-101Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: + (506)2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 320m2Land: 320m2Bedrooms: 5 Or MoreBathrooms: 4.5Parking: 3This spectacular house is a wonderful opportunity. It’s located in one of Costa Rica’s most prestigious areas and is only 300 meters from Escazú’s Country Club. Escazú is an up and coming city full of opportunities. This house is ideal for families as the property is more than 600 m2 and includes an area for BBQs, a rancho, a separate apartment, space for 3 cars and a maid’s quarters.Features:The house is 320 m23 car garageRancho with BBQ6 bedrooms4.5 bathroomsMaid’s quartersLaundry roomLarge dining/living roomsKitchen with granite countertopsAvailable furnishedSeparate apartment that can be rented out https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-05.jpg Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-02.jpg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-07.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-04.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-01.jpg info heading info content https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-101-06.jpg See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

PTM helps stranger in Atlanta and is rewarded with a Client for

first_imgPTM helps stranger in Atlanta and is rewarded with a Client for Life Personal Travel Manager – Sarah BirdPTM helps stranger in Atlanta and is rewarded with a Client for LifeFor TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Sarah Bird representative for Casino in New South Wales, going the extra mile comes naturally. Without hesitation Bird recently assisted her client who was stranded at Atlanta Airport due to severe storms and pending tornado warnings, with getting back home to Australia. What is worthier of mention however, is that Bird also ended up helping a stranger and with it, obtained a new client for life.It was a chance conversation that Bird’s client had with another passenger, Abby Moore who was travelling with her father also affected by the delays at Atlanta Airport that led to the call to Bird.“Abby and her father had booked their airfares with an online travel agent (OTA) and they were not receiving any meaningful assistance from the airline staff on the ground or their OTA which they had booked with. It was while my clients were waiting for an update on their flight that they started talking to other Australian’s who were also stranded and my client suggested Abby contact me, which she did.”Bird’s desire to assist a stranger in need was without question.“The situation was not entirely straight forward as the original arrangements I had spent time working on got cancelled again by the airline. It took most the weekend with many emails and phone calls to finally resolve Abby and her father’s travel.”For Moore, the professionalism she received from Bird and her genuine desire to help someone half way across the world was overwhelming.“I was recommended to contact Sarah by a fellow passenger at the Airport after our flight was cancelled and I was left with no idea with what to do. Sarah worked tirelessly and rebooked my father’s and my flights home within an hour and continued to check up on me during the weekend. Sarah provided excellent service with very short notice.”Thanks to Bird, Moore and her father returned home to Cairns safe and sound. From this experience, Bird has obtained a new client in Moore and significant word of mouth referrals.“I will never book another overseas trip without Sarah. I thought it would be fine to book my arrangements without a travel professional, but after experiencing Sarah’s incredible skills and expertise I realize just how great it is to have someone to answer your questions, and solve any hiccups in record time. Ten out of ten I will recommend Sarah. She saved my holiday from the other side of the world, I can’t thank her enough,” says Moore.TravelManagers is an example of a company utilizing technology to its fullest extent and clearly demonstrates the personal travel manager model, with its blend of online presence and personal service, is the future of the travel industry.“Emergencies, natural disasters and flight cancellations do not always happen conveniently between 9am and 5pm weekdays as this situation shows. The ability to work anytime, day or night truly shows that our personal travel managers really offer a superior level of personal service and flexibility to any client,” says TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.Gazal commends Bird’s instantaneous willingness to assist as resonating perfectly with the TravelManagers family based values.“Sarah certainly delivers on TravelManagers’ philosophy of providing personal, consistent and exceptional client service. This example shows Sarah really cares and will go above and beyond no matter what the circumstances – even when these newly introduced clients had booked services with another provider, she was happy to provide assistance. This type of personal service is invaluable and is indicative of our 500 personal travel managers across Australia.”For Bird, it was just another day.“Another happy client experience, all in a day’s work.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.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 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 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. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_img FILE – This Aug. 14, 2009 file photo shows a van decorated with “Woodstock or Bust” at the original Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, N.Y. The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a court on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 rebuffed an ex-investor’s effort to cancel the anniversary extravaganza. But organizers will have to do without some $18 million, at least for now. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 2:12 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Woodstock 50 festival: Investment bank is lining up money NEW YORK — Organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival are signalling progress toward resolving a financial crunch after a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live.The festival announced Friday that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. has signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together.Meanwhile, organizers say preparations continue. The anniversary event is scheduled Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York.Amplifi Live put up $49 million before clashing with organizers over attendance, budget and other issues. Amplifi announced April 29 it was cancelling the festival and took back about $18 million.Organizers retorted the show was still on. They sued Amplifi.A judge ruled Wednesday that Amplifi couldn’t singlehandedly cancel the festival but didn’t have to put the $18 million back in while the dispute goes to arbitration.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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