PM Honoured With Key to Portmore

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was on Friday, June 28, presented with the key to the Municipality of Portmore, in a civic ceremony that was the highlight of a week long celebration of the municipality’s 10-year anniversaryw.At the function held at the Power of Faith Ministries, the Prime Minister was honoured for her invaluable contribution and service in assisting Portmore to achieve municipal status while serving as Minister of Local Government and Community Development in 2003.Expressing gratitude and delight at the special recognition, the Prime Minister said she was honoured to be marking the special milestone with the residents.She noted that as Portmore celebrates its 10th anniversary as a municipality, it can look towards an even brighter future, as the area stands to benefit from some major investment projects being undertaken by the Government.She cited for example, the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre, located close to the municipality, which is part of the Logistics Hub Initiative.The Prime Minister encouraged the Municipal Council to plan for and position the municipality to take advantage of opportunities that will be created by the hub.“I encourage you to begin preparing your young people to acquire the necessary skills training and certification to take up the jobs when they are created from the investments in the hub,” she said.She noted too that the municipality can celebrate the fact that at Naggo Head, some 750,000 square feet of factory space will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 13,000 persons.She informed that already, one investor, in anticipation of the opening of the technology park, has booked the first 100,000 square feet in the facility.The Prime Minister noted that the community has come a far way in 10 years and encouraged the council and citizens to reflect on the journey and plan for the future.The event was celebrated with pomp and pageantry with marching bands heralding the Prime Minister’s arrival and a guard of honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Several members of the diplomatic corps; councillors; government officials and scores of students, also attended the event.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAMlast_img read more

2017 Festival Queen Recognised By Rotaract Club of St. Andrew

first_imgMiss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby, has been awarded by the Rotaract Club of St. Andrew (RCSA) for outstanding contribution to their community and club service projects during her reign.The 25-year-old Festival Queen, who created history by being the first winner from the parish of St. Elizabeth, was recognised by RCSA at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston recently.President, RCSA, Sherika Watson, said Ms. Swaby has been one of the most instrumental persons in the delivery of projects for the Club within the last 10 months, and, as such, the Club decided to award her.“Ms. Swaby exemplifies what it means to be a true Rotaractor. She gives ‘Service above self’. Immediately after she was awarded as Queen in 2017, she has been to most of our Club’s meetings and she has also participated in most of our community service projects. She has also brought a unique Jamaican vibe that empowers and uplifts the spirit of our youth in the Club, which brings well-needed motivation,” Ms. Watson said.“She is very energetic. She is engaging. She loves to tackle and discuss issues affecting our youth, and she has been trying to find ways to create meaningful solutions to their negative situations,” she added.Ms. Swaby was inducted as a member of the Club on March 7. At the awards ceremony, Ms. Watson also announced Ms. Swaby’s appointment to the Board of RCSA as Professional Development Director for the 2018/2019 Rotaract year, which started on July 1.last_img read more

Diana Shippings Capesize Scores Higher Rate

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva’s SwissMarine Services for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.M/V Norfolk was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 13,250 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties. The 164,218 dwt vessel will work for a period of minimum twenty-one to maximum twenty-four months.Diana Shipping expected the charter to commence on December 1, 2017.M/V Norfolk is currently chartered to Singapore-based Trafigura Maritime Logistics at a rate of USD 12,000 per day.This employment is anticipated to generate around USD 8.35 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 50 dry bulk vessels, including 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 22 Panamax ships.last_img read more

Johnson Controls selling power solutions unit for 132B

first_imgJohnson Controls International PLC is selling its power solutions division to Brookfield Business Partners LP for $13.2 billion.The power solutions business, which makes and distributes advanced battery technologies for various vehicles, posted $8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.Johnson Controls CEO George Oliver said Tuesday the sale will let the company streamline its business, provide increased financial flexibility to strengthen its balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create options in its buildings unit.Cork, Ireland-based Johnson Controls anticipates using $3 billion to $3.5 billion of the $11.4 billion in proceeds from the sale to pay down debt.The deal is targeted to close by June 30, 2019.The Associated Presslast_img

To fuel renewables growth India seeks bids for 5 billion in transmission

first_imgNEW DELHI: India will launch $5 billion of transmission-line tenders in phases, beginning in June, to route a targeted 175 gigawatts (GW) of power from renewable sources into the country’s grid by 2022, the secretary at the ministry of renewable energy said. India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has pledged to cut emissions and have clean energy account for at least 40 percent of its installed capacity by 2030, up from 21.4 percent now, while looking to manage its energy appetite as its population becomes more prosperous. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe renewable energy targets would require investment in feeder lines and infrastructure upgrades. India has awarded tenders for 12 GW of transmission lines since December, while bids for a further 16 GW will be launched by the end of June. Another 38 GW will be bid out before March 2020, he said. Building transmission lines for 66 GW worth projects would need an estimated investment of 430 billion rupees, the secretary for renewables, Anand Kumar, said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia, which receives twice as much sunshine as European countries, wants to make solar central to its renewable expansion as part of the fight against climate change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set a goal to raise solar power generation to 100 GW and wind to 60 GW by 2022. The other 15 GW would come from biomass and hydropower. Research analysts have been sceptical about India meeting its ambitious targets. Consultancy firm WoodMac and research firm CRISIL have said India would not meet its renewable energy target due to policy issues, including cancellations of auctions of tenders, rights to land use and tariffs. India has cancelled tenders for renewable energy projects with a capacity of at least 5 GW, saying the bid prices were too high. Solar and wind energy developers have also complained about the difficulty of leasing land and duties on solar equipment imports. But Kumar says the government must be careful not to buy power at any cost. “The mandate of the government is that we should buy power at a competitive price which is affordable,” he said. The government is determined to overcome roadblocks, and is in talks with states to ensure easy land availability. It has asked distribution companies to borrow from the government-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency to ensure timely payments to power producers. Modi’s government changed rules for the awarding of renewable energy projects in 2017, leading to higher competition, lower prices and greater acceptance of renewable energy.last_img read more

UK and France agree on measures to deal with migrants in

Marrakech – British and French authorities have agreed on measures to deal with the influx of illegal migrants who have gathered near the port of Calais. The mayor of Calais threatened to close the port unless the British government took action to help prevent the migrants trying to force their way onto vessels sailing to the UK. He blamed the migrant problem on the UK’s lenient welfare system.British Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, signed an agreement in which the UK would contribute five million euros a year for three years to boost security at the Port of Calais, “and protect the vulnerable”, according to the French Interior Minister, as quoted by France 24. Both France and the UK will work together to combat human trafficking gangs. French officials estimate that there are 1,500 illegal immigrants in Calais, representing an increase of 50 percent. As the world refugee crisis increases, Europe’s far-right political groups like the English Defence League (EDL) are becoming more vocal. British anti-EU sentiment has also been increasing, according to the report. Meanwhile in France, Marine Le Pen’s National Front party won 14% of the vote in the Calais local elections, and support for the National Front elsewhere in the country is also increasing.The British newspaper the Guardian reported that French opinion polls show that Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, had topped the list of French presidential candidates for the first time, as President François Hollande’s approval rating was at its lowest point ever. read more

Sri Lanka to sign extradition treaties with several countries

A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to approve the treaty received clearance from the cabinet this year.Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that the extradition treaties have been signed in accordance to accepted international norms. (Colombo Gazette) He said in future Sri Lanka will also sign extradition treaties with Europe and Asian countries. Sri Lanka is to sign extradition treaties with several countries, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said today.He said the extradition treaties will help Sri Lanka and foreign countries exchange wanted criminals. The State Minister of Defence expressed these views after submitting to Parliament extradition treaties signed between Sri Lanka and Russia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine, Sri Lanka and China and Sri Lanka and Vietnam.The extradition treaty between Sri Lanka and China was signed during the official visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to China last year. Wijewardena said that Sri Lanka had recently signed extradition treaties with some countries, including Ukraine. read more

World Bank and UN agency sign agreement on persistent organic pollutants

Signed by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer and World Bank Vice-President for Environment Ian Johnson, the new memorandum of understanding focuses on activities for jointly assisting countries in developing National Implementation Plans for the treaty, which was finalized last December and will be signed and adopted next week. The two partners will also work together to help Governments build national capacity for implementing the Convention. They will provide assistance for developing national POPs inventories and monitoring programmes, and will support activities for eliminating or restricting the production and accidental release of POPs. “This represents a winning partnership in the war on persistent organic pollutants,” said Mr. Toepfer. “The World Bank has an outstanding presence in countries around the world which enables it to deliver support effectively to Governments, and it has a long-proven track record in managing projects. UNEP brings extensive technical expertise on POPs and the Stockholm Convention and has supported countries around the world with over 50 scientific and policy workshops on POPs in the last four years.” Mr. Johnson said the World Bank saw the partnership with UNEP “as a strategic one which will strengthen both of our agencies’ effectiveness in assisting our client countries.” The Stockholm Convention sets out control measures covering the production, import, export, disposal and use of POPs. Governments are to promote the best available technologies for replacing existing POPs, while preventing the development of new ones. read more

New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congos restive

“This nutrition crisis and food insecurity in the Kasai region follows the displacement of thousands of families who have been living for months in very harsh conditions,” said Tajudeen Oyewale, the acting head of UNICEF in the African nation, in a news release underlining the scale of the catastrophe. “The true scale of the problem is becoming clear as people are returning home in some areas where the security situation has improved and health services have started functioning again.” According to estimates, at least 750,000 children across the Kasai region are acutely malnourished and some 25 health zones are in a situation of nutritional crisis – a state when the severely has exceeded emergency thresholds. The dire situation is primarily the result of over 18 months of insecurity and violence that has resulted in displacement of over 1.4 million and has severely reduced agricultural production with some two-thirds of households not to work their land to grow crops. The level of food insecurity is not expected to improve before June next year as the planting seasons for crops which would have been harvested by then has already been lost. Making matters much worse is the “devastation” of health facilities, according to UNICEF. Approximately 220 health centres have been destroyed, looted or damaged, access to treatment for communicable diseases as well as care for the children severely malnourished extremely difficult. “Guaranteeing access to basic health and nutrition services to returning populations is essential to help malnourished children survive and thrive,” said Mr. Oyewale. In response to the crisis, UNICEF and partners provided therapeutic nutritional care to more than 50,000 children aged between 6-59 months in the region this year. However, lack of resources has severely impacted aid delivery. With just days remaining in the year, the UN agency has received a mere 15 per cent of the funds it required for 2017. read more

This MLB Offseason Has Been Eerily Quiet

Something strange is happening with the baseball hot stove this winter. Not only is it not hot, it almost seems like it’s off.Available stars who would ordinarily have been snapped up long ago are still sitting on the shelf, which has the MLB Players Association panicking — and looking for answers. Is this simply a weak class of free agents? Have all 30 teams finally figured out that spending boatloads on veterans is usually dumb? Is the gap between contending and tanking teams to blame? Or is it just — gasp! — collusion, like the kind owners engaged in three decades ago?It’s difficult to pin down exactly why this offseason has proceeded so slowly. But the sluggish pace it has taken is quantifiable — and eye-catching. I gathered data on ESPN’s top 40 free agents1For all players ranked 40th or better on ESPN’s yearly free-agent rankings. In some years, the rankings skipped numbers, presumably because some players were ranked but did not actually hit free agency. This means that the top 40 doesn’t always include a full 40 players. for each winter going back to the 2006-07 offseason and tracked how many days it took after the end of World Series before those top players were signed. (Players technically become free agents the morning after the World Series ends.) For instance, today is Day 82 since the Astros beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, and only 43 percent of the top 40 free agents — including only two of the top 10 — have put pen to paper. How abnormal is that? Between 2006 and 2016, the average offseason saw 76 percent of the top 40 free agents inking deals by Day 82 of the offseason.Here’s what this offseason looks like so far compared to how long it usually takes for top free agents to sign: The freeze on this year’s class of free agents is alarming. For one thing, it took much longer than usual for a team to break the free-agent ice. And, aside from a brief acceleration during the winter meetings in mid-December, the pace of signings has been markedly slower than normal — particularly early in the offseason, when the biggest flurry of signings usually takes place.Only the 2008-09 offseason, when just 53 percent of top-40 players were signed by this stage of the winter, came close to lagging as much as the current slowdown. And even then, most of the biggest available names had already been signed by this point in the offseason. Granted, three of those (Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett) were all picked up by spendthrift Yankees. By contrast, the current Yankees made their big splash in the trade market, where they acquired Giancarlo Stanton, and the team is now trying to squeak in under the luxury-tax threshold rather than adding free agents. Perhaps in the past, slow free-agent classes could always count on the Yankees to open the pocketbook and keep the money flowing — but not this year.Before we jump to any conclusions about the owners being in cahoots, it’s worth noting that many of the explanations for this year’s issues contain at least a kernel of truth. This class of free agents is indeed mediocre — in terms of wins above replacement2Using an average of the WAR metrics found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. produced by top-40 players in their previous three seasons, this is the worst crop of available talent since at least 2006.3Looking only at the most recent previous season improves this group’s standing slightly, bringing it up to sixth out of the 12 free-agent classes I examined. At the top of ESPN’s free-agent rankings, ace starter Yu Darvish is as good as any prized free agent from yesteryear, but many of the names further down the list come with legitimate issues, including Jake Arrieta’s declining value, J.D. Martinez’s inconsistent defense and Alex Cobb’s durability.It’s also true that more teams are tanking now than in years past. And the proliferation of statheads in MLB front offices over the past decade could explain why teams are no longer scrambling to offer big free-agent contracts to players who are already past their primes.As Yahoo’s Jeff Passan wrote in an excellent column last week, that final point is part of a bigger issue with the fundamental way baseball’s economics works, particularly as younger players generate more and more of the game’s on-field value. But if teams are suddenly realizing the folly of free agency, it’s also worth asking why they’ve chosen to simultaneously make their stand this year. (Bad deals still got made last season, though perhaps not as many as in the past.) The alternative explanation — collusion — is notoriously difficult to prove, however, and seems like an unbelievable risk for a group of owners who are already making money hand over fist.But the simple truth is that we don’t really know why the market for free agents is so sluggish this year. We can only prove that it is indeed historically slow-moving — and that fact alone demands an explanation. read more

Paul Daniels son accuses Debbie McGee of failing to support him after magicians death

first_imgThe TV star died of a brain tumour in March aged 77, leaving his £1.5 million estate to his wife.However, his son said that because of a series of bad investments Paul owed £1 million in taxes when he passed away.Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, Paul Junior claimed that two months after his father’s death Ms McGee told him she was closing the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan where he was working. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGeeCredit:Paul Howard/REX/Shutterstock Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee Ms McGee worked as the magician’s on-stage assistant between 1979 and 1994, and married Daniels in 1988. She lives in the couple’s £2.5 million Berkshire home, which was transferred into her name before her husband’s death.Paul Junior said: “I’ve put up with her for years for the sake of my dad but now that he’s gone I want nothing to do with her.”A spokesperson for Ms McGee described the claims as “inaccurate”. He said: “She had told me I could keep the shop going, because my dad had always enjoyed keeping it alive. We opened it together.”She told me she would look after me and help pay my rent and bills afterwards. But, like my inheritance, I’m yet to see a single penny.”I had no money to pay my rent.”He also claims that he was left without a phone after she cancelled his £38-a-month company contract, but said she agreed to give him a £3,500 redundancy pay out.center_img He added: “She promised that she would look after me and my brothers. But the only person she has looked after is herself.”Paul Junior is the eldest of three children from Daniels’ first marriage to Jacqueline Skipworth, and spent ten years working with his father as an assistant stage manager in the 1970s and 1980s.However, in the mid 1990s he said that he and his father became estranged, only reconciling a few years later when he was convicted of cultivating marijuana worth £89,000 and given a 12-month community order.He said: “It became something that brought us closer together again. Rather than wash his hands of me, he brought me back into the fold. We became father and son again.” 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. Paul Daniels’ son has accused his stepmother Debbie McGee of failing to support him after the magician’s death.Paul Junior, 56, says Ms McGee told him she would “look after him” and his two brothers after his father left his entire estate to her.But he claims that she cut off his phone contract and left him jobless after closing the magic and fancy dress shop in Wigan that he and his father had set up together.last_img read more

Poisoned spy Sergei Skripals pets died in wake of nerve agent attack

first_img“This decision was taken in the best interests of the animal and its welfare.”Russia’s UN envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, on Thursday asked at a Security Council meeting about Mr Skripal’s two cats and two guinea pigs.  “What happened to these animals? Why doesn’t anyone mention them? Their condition is also an important piece of evidence,” he said.No information has been given about the second cat.  The property was a focus of police activity in the aftermath of the attack, with other sites in the Wiltshire city combed over for clues.A government spokeswoman said: “The property in Wiltshire was sealed as part of the police investigation.”When a vet was able to access the property, two guinea pigs had sadly died. A cat was also found in a distressed state and a decision was taken by a veterinary surgeon to euthanise the animal to alleviate its suffering. 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.center_img Two guinea pigs were found dead at the home of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal after the property was sealed off for investigations.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs added a cat was also found in a distressed state at the house and a decision was taken to euthanise the pet.Tensions between Russia and the United Kingdom have been high since Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury last month.Scotland Yard said Mr Skripal and his daughter first came into contact with the nerve agent at his home after detailed forensic testing showed the highest concentration of the substance was found on the front door.last_img read more

This TD claims his bill could save thousands of jobs and create

first_imgINDEPENDENT TD STEPHEN Donnelly is to introduce a bill aimed at cutting the cost of companies going into examinership by as much as half.The Wicklow deputy’s Companies Amendment Bill 2014 will be introduced in the Dáil as part of private members’ time later today.The proposed legislation aims to reduce the cost of the current examinership process by tens of thousands of euro by cutting out legal fees and fees incurred by an examiner in preparing for court proceedings.The bill would facilitate business owners and their creditors meeting outside of the courts to try and agree a strategy to save a company rather than putting it into receivership – an option of last resort that usually results in a firm being wound-up.Donnelly points out that the difficulties in going through examinership means that between 2011 and 2013 there were 64 examinerships, whereas during the same period there were 1,046 receiverships.The bill is aimed at small business with fewer than 50 employees and a turnover of less than €10 millionDonnelly also insists that the bill will not unfairly prejudice creditors as they would be prevented from receiving less in the examinership process than they would if the company was put into receivership.Donnelly cites Central Bank figures in claiming that half of all loans to small and medium sized businesses in Ireland are in distress.With small businesses accounting for 70 per cent of the jobs in the State he claims his bill is likely to result in thousands of jobs being saved and tens of thousands being created as businesses “begin to thrive again”.The government is likely to make its position on the legislation clear prior to the debate later today.View: Slideshow produced by Stephen Donnelly explains how the legislation would work > Explainer: What does liquidation, examinership and receivership mean?last_img read more

Bad heartburn You might have Barretts Oesophagus

first_imgGETTING HEARTBURN OR acid reflux occasionally is fairly normal – but some people find themselves chronically affected by these ailments.Some of those people could also have a condition that can have an even more serious impact on their health.Up to 10% of people with chronic heartburn could be at risk of developing the condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus – about 4-5 per cent of people with Barrett’s will go on to develop cancer.What it isThe Irish Society of Gastroenterology wants more people to know about the condition, which is where the cells lining the lower part of the oesophagus undergo change as a result of constant acid reflux from the stomach.Barrett’s is considered a pre-cancerous condition, and endoscopic screening for it and for early pre-malignant changes is generally recommended in all adults aged 50 and over who have a long history (over five -10 years) of heartburn.What the experts sayProf Dermot O’Toole is an upper GI consultant gastroenterologist at St James’s Hospital and a member of the Irish Society of Gastroenterologists. He’s a leading consultant and expert on Barret’s oesophagus.He spoke at the recent summer meeting held by the society, where the latest discoveries on Barrett’s were discussed.Prof O’Toole pointed out that a lot of people get the odd bout of heartburn or reflux every now and again, and “this is normal”. It’s termed physiological reflux.He pointed out that when changes are detected early, patients with Barrett’s can be entered into programmes where they are put under medical surveillance.Keeping an eye on the conditionUnder these programmes, they undergo an endoscopy every three to five years to monitor for any cancerous changes.Prof O’Toole said that there may be an element of “overkill” in having everyone with the condition to have a scope, so it would be good to narrow down who would be most at risk of malignant cancer.At the summer meeting, a number of free papers and research were presented that looked at the genetics of Barrett’s.The experts were able to discuss whether genes may be useful in predicting patients who go on to experience malignant cancer with Barrett’s.If work can be done in determining the patients with Barretts who are going to go on to eventually develop malignant cancer, this could mean targeting the screening at the at-risk group.In the meantime, surveillance for all people with Barrett’s is still recommended.Diagnosing patientsSome people who are diagnosed don’t have major symptoms of Barrett’s, but instead the condition is found when they have a scope for another reason.“We are trying to better understand the genetics,” said Prof O’Toole, saying it may be helpful to look at disease modifying genes, and genes that show patients are predisposed to a more aggressive form of Barrett’s.About 95% of patients with Barrett’s go on to die of unrelated causes.Testing and treating Barrett’sCurrently, testing for Barrett’s involves a scope.There is a new form of screening undergoing testing that sees the patient swallow a tablet on a string. Inside the tablet capsule is a small sponge.After swallowing, the capsule dissolves and the sponge can be pulled back up, bringing with it some of the lining of the lower oesophagus.This can then be analysed to make a diagnosis.Treating cancer in Barrett’s patients also involves new technology. “If they go on to get early malignant changes or cancer, we now are capable of getting rid of that endoscopically,” said Prof O’Toole.In the past, the treatment of early (‘non-invasive’) cancers in Barrett’s oesophagus was surgical removal of the oesophagus. These days we have minimally invasive procedures (endoscopic based) that can eradicate both pre-cancerous and early cancerous cells completely.Weight and Barrett’s oesophagusWeight plays a role in Barrett’s – as it does in many other physical conditions.Reflux is common in Ireland, “especially in the Irish population where obesity is prevalent”, said Professor O’Toole. “There is a definite link between reflux and obesity.”“We have a high degree of prevalence in our society of obesity or overweight,” he said. The national registry shows that 70 per cent of patients with Barrett’s are either overweight or obese.Prof O’Toole encourages patients to get down to a normal body weight and make sure they eat quality fruit and fibre. He pointed out that vegetables and fruit have anti-oxidants, so help to introduce protective elements into people’s diets.Patients are given treatments to suppress their acid production, whether they have symptoms or not.People are encouraged to make lifestyle modifications alongside taking their medication, and avoid food and beverages that trigger acid production.At the summer meeting, the gastroenterologists discussed the incidence of Barrett’s in America, and how incidence rates are in perfect correlation to obesity rates.If you are concerned that you may have Barrett’s, you’re encouraged to speak to your GP.People with chronic reflux who are on medication but have difficulty controlling their symptoms, and who have not had an endoscopy can speak to their GP about referral for specialist assessment.Read: “People are being left to rot”: Rare disease sufferers feel let down by health service>last_img read more

Houston Real Estate Icon Turns 90

first_imgFlorian MartinWelcome Wilson Sr., a long-time Houston real estate developer, turns 90 on March 17. Listen Share X 00:00 /03:33center_img Welcome Wilson Sr. turns 90 years old on March 17.The iconic Houston real estate developer was a long-time chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents.Many buildings across the region bear his signature.Among Wilson’s first developments in the region were Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island near Galveston. Both are now incorporated cities.His firm, Welcome Group, now develops industrial facilities.Wilson’s impressive resume also includes government positions. He served in the Executive Office of the President under Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy and was named Special Ambassador to Nicaragua under Lyndon B. Johnson.We sat down with Wilson to talk about how Houston has been evolving over the many years he has worked here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

When creativity meets architecture

first_imgAmalgamating art and infrastructure to create something new in the field of real estate, not only demands an innovative approach but also a vision to create a better future.  In a unique initiative, Kolkata-based real estate major Hiland Group is tying up with one of India’s best-known artists, Paresh Maity, to set up ‘Bonochhaya’, a 100-crore signature Tagore-inspired real estate project at Santiniketan. The project envisages setting up villas and row houses in a 12-acre gated community. It is situated on the main Illambazar road. In the first phase, the project will have 35 exclusive villas and 167 row houses which will cost between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 55 lakh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This is the country’s first project in which an artist of Paresh Maity’s stature will be directly involved in the conceptualisation and aesthetics. Inhabitants of ‘Bonochhaya’ will be able to enjoy the artist’s creative vision with installations and shared spaces showcasing unique works of art,” said Nandu Belani, Director of the Hiland Group. “Paresh Maity’s vision will help to transform ‘Bonochhaya’ into a unique experience by adding context, aesthetic value, and greater purpose to the environment. We have seen that many home-buyers have a strong knowledge and love for art. ‘Bonochhaya’ will be for them”, added Nandu Belani. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Santiniketan is in my blood. Art is a fundamental aspect of ‘Bonochhaya’. I have been deeply inspired by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and I hope to pay tribute to the genius in his own land in my own way – through my art. I plan to use a lot of locally available materials and showcase local talent in ‘Bonochhaya’ through large-size installations, murals etc. This will be a one-of-its-kind project,” said Paresh Maity.For connoisseurs, ‘Bonochhaya’ will offer a veritable art walk through Paresh Maity’s oeuvre, with sketches that adorn the area around the name ‘Bonochhaya’, and murals and installations all round for residents to enjoy. Maity’s Tagore-inspired creations will give the residents company in the sitting areas.  A treat for the senses, these paintings and sculptures will make ‘Bonochhaya’ unique in every sense and thrill art lovers and create a rich cultural environment.last_img read more

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News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content Technology | April 16, 2009 iCAD’s Breast MRI-Guided Planning Software Gets 510(k) Clearance Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more April 16, 2009 – iCAD Inc. today announced it has received 510(k) clearance for PrecisionPoint, the company’s interventional planning solution for breast MRI that can make biopsies easier and faster. PrecisionPoint will be offered as an integrated module within the company’s CADvue breast MRI image review software.”We continue to improve upon our software offerings to provide clinicians increasingly accurate tools to aid in the detection of breast cancer. Our new PrecisionPoint software enables the user to pinpoint exactly where the biopsy is needed without the need to manually calculate the location and depth of the lesion,” said Rick Ortega, director of MRI programs at iCAD. “Faster and more reliable biopsies could help reduce the need for repeat exams and aid in quicker clinical decision making and treatment for patients.”In addition to the inclusion of PrecisionPoint, iCAD has made a number of other functional and interface improvements to the latest release of its CADvue software. CADvue is a complete MRI image review, analysis and BI-RADS compatible reporting solution that generates contrast enhancement curves, dynamic 3D images and quantification of key lesion parameters. CADvue’s automation of critical manual steps reduces the time required to generate curves and streamlines radiologists’ workflow and diagnosis. The latest CADvue software release includes:- A compare function that enables radiologists to easily view multiple studies of the same patient;- Enhancement of MIPs/3D renderings; and- The addition of CADvue Lite, which gives the user the ability to export CADvue images onto a CD with a DICOM viewer to support improved communication between physicians.“The addition of PrecisionPoint, coupled with the new features and product enhancements within CADvue, gives clinicians a complete set of tools to improve the review and analysis of breast MRI studies, as well as interventional planning,” said Ortega.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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Here are the 2018 dates for Goways popular Africa seminars

first_img Posted by Tags: Africa, Goway Share Friday, August 24, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Save the dates, Goway’s popular Africa seminars are coming to Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.Now in its 9th year, ‘G’day Goway’s Africa’ takes place next month and will include 26 suppliers from 11 countries. Following feedback from last year’s event, this year’s seminar has been tweaked to be exclusive to agents only and will be held in the evening. General Manager Moira Smith also added, “What’s unique about it is the sheer diversity of products and destinations represented.The countries represented are: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Morocco, Israel, Dubai and Egypt.Each seminar will include registration at 5:00 p.m., official welcome at 5:30 p.m., a presentation at 6:00 p.m., a round robin agent’s session at 7:00 p.m., and a prize draw for trips to Africa at 9:00 p.m.Here are the dates:G’day to Goway’s Africa – Toronto 2018Sept. 18Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville HotelG’day to Goway’s Africa – Edmonton 2018Sept. 19Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton WestG’day to Goway’s Africa – Vancouver 2018Sept. 20Sheraton Vancouver Airport HotelMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAgents must register for the event at more information email or call 1-800-245-0920. Here are the 2018 dates for Goway’s popular Africa seminars Travelweek Group last_img read more

Flight schedule United Flight 917 will depart San

first_imgFlight scheduleUnited Flight 917 will depart San Francisco at 10.45pm three times weekly, arriving at Auckland International Airport at 6.55am two days later due to time zone differences (all times local). On the return, Flight 916 will depart Auckland at 1.20pm daily, arriving at San Francisco International Airport at 6.40am the same day. Flying times will be approximately 13 hours westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.United’s joint venture partner Air New Zealand operates a daily service between San Francisco and Auckland, departing San Francisco at 9.45pm and arriving in Auckland at 5.35am two days later due to time differences. The return flight departs Auckland at 7.45pm and arrives in San Francisco at 12.45pm the same day.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterTravelling between the West Coast and the South Pacific just got easier as United Airlines launches a new nonstop service between its premier Pacific gateway at San Francisco International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand.United’s inaugural service to Auckland also marks the official start of the airline’s joint venture agreement with Air New Zealand. The carriers are deepening their existing Star Alliance relationship by offering customers even more choice and convenience when booking travel between the United States and New Zealand and beyond.“Our new joint venture with Air New Zealand allows both airlines to optimise our trans-Pacific schedules and offer customers more choice and convenience when travelling between the US and New Zealand,” said Jim Compton, United’s Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer. “Our customers wanted new ways to access New Zealand and destinations beyond and our relationship with Air New Zealand allows customers to plan seamless travel throughout the South Pacific.”Powering United’s inaugural flight between San Francisco and New Zealand is an innovative energy-saving partnership with the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE). United will operate Boeing 787-8 aircraft on the San Francisco to Auckland inaugural route, which are built using lightweight composites, state-of-the-art engines and an improved aerodynamic design, allowing it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.As part of the Aspire Initiative air traffic providers will also support optimal flight paths and recommend real-time, dynamic reroutes, further optimising efficiency after departure throughout the entire flight. Additionally, ground crews at the departure and arrival locations will work to reduce aircraft idle time, providing expedited taxi to the runway and gate.“We understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, even as we expand our global network. Working with ASPIRE is just one way we’re demonstrating our environmental leadership within the industry,” said Compton.last_img read more