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Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

first_imgBefore the internet, before TV or radio, even before newspapers, there was an earlier source for news: the town crier.This past weekend, dedicated Ontario criers gathered for some competition paying tribute to one of the world’s oldest methods of communication — and a wedding.Once a year, the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition gives modern-day town criers the opportunity to compete for the highest honour in the business. At this year’s contest, which took place Saturday in Bracebridge, Ont., the winner was John Webster, official town crier for Markham, Ont.Contestants are judged on the same criteria that was demanded of town criers several hundred years ago, says Steve Travers, official town crier for Barrie, Ont., and last year’s contest winner. They must get people’s attention, be precise in their wording, stay on topic, sustain a loud volume in their speech, and have a dignified entrance and exit. “If you skip in or you waddle in like a duck or something, they don’t like that,” he says.Getting attention can be one of the biggest hurdles. At an event in Kingston, Ont., a few years ago, contestants were tasked with promoting their home city. Travers decided to highlight Barrie’s Ribfest, which includes free beer samples. Instead of the traditional crier’s opening of “oyez” (similar to “hear ye”), he yelled out, “Free beer! Free beer!”“I got everybody’s attention,” he says.This year there was a first for the competition — crier Athol Hart married Beth Sinyard, his official assistant. Most criers have a “consort,” Travers says. “We used to call them escorts, now we don’t, because of the connotation.”Town criers have held funerals for former members, but for most people in the group, this was their first crier wedding. Fourteen criers gathered along the Muskoka River for the ceremony. “We rang our bells and we all made a proclamation for them, saying that we hope they have a wonderful life together,” says Travers.The practice of town crying has been traced back to England in 1066, where it was used to communicate news or laws to a largely illiterate public. Today, several Ontario towns still employ town criers to add pomp to ceremonies, parades, or other special events.For most of the time that town crying was common practice, the profession was only open to men. Today’s guild is still mostly male, although it includes some women criers. Travers also points out that two of Ontario’s most famous town criers, George “Washington” Jones and John “Daddy” Hall, were black men who established successful careers as criers after escaping slavery.The Ontario Guild of Town Criers has a fiercely dedicated group of roughly 50 members. “You have to be a little bit out there to be a town crier,” Travers says. “My wife says we’re all nice-crazy.”last_img read more

Floods in Morocco Minister of Interior Blames Drivers for High Death

Floods in Morocco Minister of Interior Blames Drivers for High Death

Rabat- Following the floods that killed at least 36 people and left 6 others missing over the weekend, Moroccan Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad, blamed drivers for the high death toll in what has been described as one of the country’s worst natural disasters.Over 36 people were killed and 6 others are still missing due to the floods that hit the Morocco’s southern regions over the weekend.During a session of oral questions at the lower house the parliament on Tuesday, the opposition parties strongly criticized the government’s lack of responsiveness in dealing with the floods, saying that it “failed in handling the situation and should be held responsible for the high number of casualties.” In response to these accusations, Mohamed Hassad called on the opposition parties to abstain from capitalizing on last weekend’s flood tragedy.In his defense of the government’s handling of the floods, Mohammed Hassad put the blame on the drivers, saying that their decision to travel through the areas threatened by floods, despite warnings issued by the government, is the main cause of the high death toll.’It was not a sudden heavy rain… the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of the Heavy thundery showers that were expected to hit the southern region, but the driver’s lack of response to these warnings resulted in the high number of casualties,’’ Mohamed Hassad said.The Minister went on to add that on Saturday, the driver of a bus carrying 15 people, decided to cross the Bridge of Timissourt River, near Bouizegrane, despite the floods. ‘’As a result, 14 of the passengers- among whom a 9-year-old child and three women- were killed after the bus was swept away by floods,’’ he explained.The Minister also noted that 14 other people were killed while riding three taxis, after their drivers blindly decided to cross through embankments threatened by floods, despite the NWS’ warnings.Mohamed Hassad said that the Fire Department managed to rescue 432 people from floods. ‘’94 of them were rescued by helicopter,’’ he concluded.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

RBC chief Dave McKay tops big banks pay at 124 million as

RBC chief Dave McKay tops big banks pay at 124 million as

TORONTO — The chief executives of Canada’s five biggest banks collectively earned roughly $53.6 million in the latest fiscal year, up more than seven per cent from a year earlier.But it was a particularly good year for TD Bank’s chief executive Bharat Masrani, who got a more than 20 per cent increase in total direct compensation to pull in $10.85 million in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Still, Royal Bank’s chief executive Dave McKay was paid the most among his peers with $12.43 million in total direct compensation, up 7.9 per cent from a year earlier, according to the banks’ latest proxy circulars.Scotiabank’s Brian Porter was second-highest paid at $10.86 million, marking a 7.4 per cent increase from fiscal 2016.BMO’s Bill Downe, who retired from the top role on Oct. 31, was paid $10.5 million, down roughly one per cent from a year earlier.CIBC’s Victor Dodig, CEO of Canada’s fifth-largest bank, received $8.94 million in total direct compensation in 2017, up 1.71 per cent. read more

Man arrested over multiple abuse

Man arrested over multiple abuse

According to the police, the suspect had also assaulted a police officer at the Inginiyagala police station.The police urged the public to be cautious of men who claim to be mentally unstable and use that excuse to fulfill their sexual desires. (Colombo Gazette) He had in 2010 sexually abused a 14 year old school girl and on Saturday he had sexually abused a 16 year old girl, the police said. A man has been arrested in Inginiyagala over multiple child abuse related incidents, the police media unit said today.The police said that the man had pretended to be mentally unstable and had physically abused young girls over a period of time. The suspect had also sexually abused two other young girls, both sisters, and on another occasion he had physically abused a girl on the road.

Modernity meets tradition as Prince Harry and Meghan show first official pictures

Modernity meets tradition as Prince Harry and Meghan show first official pictures

Tiggy Pettifer, Prince Harry’s beloved nanny then known in her maiden name of Tiggy Legge-Bourke, was seen being driven into the castle as a guest at Archie’s christening.  The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were missing from both the photograph and the christening, instead spending the weekend in Sandringham for long-held hosting duties. Observant royal-watchers immediately noticed the thread of continuity from Prince Harry’s own christening, when the wider Royal Family joined the playful baby on the same chairs for a photoshoot in which a mischievous Prince William stole the show crawling on the ground.  The first colour photograph of Archie since he was two days old appears to show him taking after his father, with wisps of reddish fair hair just visible.  Staring to the right of photographer Chris Allerton, the seventh-in-line to the throne is wide awake and attentive as he wears a replica of the christening gown worn by members of the Royal Family since the days of Queen Victoria.  It was, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said, a “special moment”, as their firstborn son was christened in the bosom of his loving family.As he showed his wide-awake face to the world for the first time, it seemed only right that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s first formal photograph honoured not just those he will grow up with, but also the beloved grandmother he will never know. The presence of Diana, Princess of Wales, was unmistakable, with her two sisters placed at the heart of a traditional photograph arranged around the same suite of green chairs used in 1984 for pictures of Prince Harry and his mother. The image was one of two issued by Buckingham Palace after Archie’s private christening, the more formal of a pair which neatly encapsulated the Sussexes intention to blend duty and modernity.  The second, a black and white shot worthy of a fashion magazine, showed the Duke and Duchess cradling their two-month-old son between them, gazing adoringly over his head as he sleeps.  Writing in an Instagram caption, as the couple shared the photographs with their 8.8m followers, an aide added: “The Duke and Duchess are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. “They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.” Among admirers of the photographs were Hollywood actress and wellness entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, who commented: “What a beautiful picture.” Archie, nestled on his mother’s lap with his casually-dressed father next to them, is surrounded by members of the Royal Family: the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Doria Ragland, the Duchess’ mother, was the sole representative of Archie’s maternal line, with the estranged Thomas Markle missing once again. In the middle of the picture, behind the chairs of Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room, are Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale: two of the three siblings of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Lady Jane was one of the first visitors to see baby Archie as a newborn, and it is understood that their presence in the official photograph underlines the Duke’s determination to bring his son up surrounded by the memory and values of his mother.  Archie Mountbatten-Windsor with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex A spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. “They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.” Archie Mountbatten-Windsor with the Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:Chris Allerton After a tumultuous week in which the Duke and Duchess were criticised for shutting the public out of simple factual details surrounding the christening, the palace declined to confirm the names of Archie’s godparents after the service. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted what was described as an “intimate” service, using water from the River Jordan and the historic Lily Font. Archie wore the handmade replica of the fine Honiton lace gown, originally commissioned by Queen Victoria for her first child and worn by every senior member of the Royal Family including Prince Harry. read more

Google Doodle shows the total lunar eclipse in real time

Google Doodle shows the total lunar eclipse in real time

first_imgThough it’s no Les Paul Guitar Google Doodle, Google currently has a live doodle of the 100-minute-long lunar eclipse that has already started. Those of us in the U.S. are out of luck this time around and won’t be able to view the total lunar eclipse, which is the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years, but people in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia will have a great view. Whether or not you can see the eclipse in person, you can check out Google for an interactive doodle.Google is showing the eclipse in (almost) real-time from cameras in South Africa, Dubai, and the Canary Islands. The picture will update ever two minutes, so make sure to hit your refresh button to see the updated moon. The process of the entire eclipse takes five hours, but the moon will be overshadowed for 100 minutes. If you check into Google a little too late, you can simply click on the slider and see the eclipse in action in a time-lapse.AdChoices广告The images come courtesy of Slooh, the astronomy site that Google teamed up with to do the sky images for the Google Earth Sky layer. Slooh’s footage is also being streamed on Google-owned YouTube and you can download an Android app to view the eclipse on Google phones. Google pretty much owns this total lunar eclipse.If you happen to miss today’s lunar eclipse, and Google’s doodle of the eclipse, there will be another total lunar eclipse on December 10, 2011, and this one will be visible to those of us in the U.S.Wondering how to watch the total lunar eclipse? Check out our suggestions here.last_img read more

Coalition partners in lastditch bid to mend govt rift

Coalition partners in lastditch bid to mend govt rift

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left (DIMAR), are to meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for crucial talks aimed at bridging a rift over the closure of state broadcaster ERT that has put the future of the government in doubt.Until late on Tuesday, aides to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras were working on proposals that would avert the risk of snap elections by restoring the signal of the state broadcaster – which the two coalition partners have strenuously demanded – without going back on pledges to foreign creditors for permanent layoffs in the civil service.According to sources, the final proposal foresees the rehiring of all 2,600 dismissed ERT employees on fixed-term contracts that would allow them to work for another two months – the estimated period of transition from ERT to a new, streamlined state broadcaster. The proposal was reportedly sent to PASOK and DIMAR and, although there were no official reactions, the general sense was that it could provide the basis of a settlement.Earlier on Tuesday, a leaked proposal from Samaras’s camp foreseeing the hiring of a skeleton staff of 30 to 100 employees to run the temporary broadcasts reportedly prompted the anger of the junior coalition partners.Both PASOK and DIMAR have insisted that ERT must reopen before its restructuring can begin while New Democracy counters that ERT is defunct. In accordance with their different positions, the parties have different interpretations of a Council of State ruling, issued late on Monday, according to which the government had the right to close ERT but not to cut the broadcaster’s signal.Sources said earlier in the day that Kouvelis was furious with Samaras for refusing to reopen ERT following the ruling, deeming this a “direct provocation.” “As long as ERT remains closed, the risk of early elections remains and is the exclusive responsibility of the premier,” a DIMAR official said. The stance of PASOK remained that ERT must reopen as soon as possible.Meanwhile there was heated speculation about whether the coalition leaders will be able to find a way out of the deadlock.“I hope those handling the situation are sensible,” said former Premier Costas Simitis.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Impact of Current Developments on Businesses and Transportation

Impact of Current Developments on Businesses and Transportation

first_imgBy Sailu Bah Although the movement of people and goods has improved, businesses are affected as well as transportations.Security check points are still being mounted on the Banjul Highway. The screening of both commercial and private vehicles has increased. Vehicles are stopped, passengers are asked to produce their documents and belongings are searched.On the Banjul Highway alone, there are three security check points. While visiting the Banjul market on Thursday, armed gun men could be seen patrolling.Speaking to some stall owners and vendors at the Albert market, one Mr Jallow said business has drastically gone down since the attack. “I cannot even buy new stuff for my business, because few customers are coming,” he lamented.Mariama Ceesay, a vendor said she is selling for her mother. “My mother cannot come due to the long queue along the way so I decided to come and help her, but business is not going as before. I hope that the situation would change,” she remarked.Other shop owners said they are losing a lot because they cannot enter Banjul till around 12 noon. They lamented the long hours they spend on the way to Banjul and when going home as well.Speaking to some of the residents in Banjul on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th January 2015, Ida Mboob, a lady in her early 20s, said she is uncomfortable with the intensification of security in the Capital.According to Mboob, she is working in the Kombos and finds it very difficult to travel to her place of work due to the security check points along the highway.She said she is hoping that the peace and stability of the Gambia is maintained, and prayed to God to make the situation better.Sainey Sissoho, a resident of Tobacco Road said though the situation of Banjul is going towards normalcy, people are still not comfortable seeing soldiers with guns all over the place. “We understand that the soldiers are working towards securing the country but it is very hard to be comfortable with this kind of situation,” he lamented.Mr. Sissoho observed that compared to last week when  armed soldiers were seen  patrolling the Tobacco Road, the situation has now eased.One Amie Njie revealed that she cannot even go to the Kombos because she has lost all her documents, and a lot of security checks points are on the highway. Editor’s Note Foroyaa will make effort to gauge the impact of current developments on Tourism.]]>last_img read more

Real Madrid win even when they play badly – Messi

Real Madrid win even when they play badly – Messi

first_imgLionel Messi is still reeling from Barcelona’s shock exit in the Champions League and bemoaned the fact that even when rivals Real Madrid play poorly they still manage to winThe Catalan giants were handed a shock exit from the competition at the quarter-final stage against AS Roma, despite having won the first leg 4-1 at home.Yet, the Giallorossi left Barcelona stunned at the Stadio Olimpico with a new 3-4-1-2 formation proving to be a deadly move for Ernesto Valverde’s side with Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas’ goals securing a 3-0 win for the hosts and enabling them to progress to their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since 1984.Speaking one month later, Messi admitted that he still feels a “huge disappointment” over the result and feels that Real get away with playing poor games, unlike Barcelona.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Position by position, Madrid have the best players in the world,” he told TyC Sports, via Sport.“As do we. Madrid have something that just they have, though. Playing badly, they can still get results. We have to be the far superior side to win.“This recent Champions League was a fuck up, given the advantage we had, we [should have been] in the semis. It was a huge disappointment. We were so close…”last_img read more

Central Bank Governor says Bahamians unaware of DIC

Central Bank Governor says Bahamians unaware of DIC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – According to Central Bank Governor, John Rolle, most Bahamians are unaware of the insurance guaranteed to local money in the banking system. Rolle made the statement while announcing the Deposit Insurance Corporation (DIC)’s 2017 Public Awareness Campaign.Rolle is also DIC Chairman. “We have realized that many, if not most, Bahamians did not fully appreciate that their Bahamian dollar deposits in any local bank are insured up to $50,000.The Deposit Insurance Fund has assets of more than $40 million against a deposit base of around $6 billion,” said Rolle.The DIC awareness campaign aims to strengthen public confidence in the financial system and educate the public on the role of the DIC in protecting the interest of Bahamian dollar depositors added Rolle. The April campaign will include public service announcements and visual aids. DIC is a statutory corporation managed by the staff of the Central Bank.Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#BahamianunawareofDIC Related Items:#BahamianunawareofDIC, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Replacement Commissioners from Canada UK unable to quell TCI crime draws comment

Replacement Commissioners from Canada UK unable to quell TCI crime draws comment

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos, June 26th 2017 – Providenciales –   A Police Commissioner from Canada could not do it.  A Police Commissioner from the UK cannot do it and that must mean, says former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hubert Hughes, too much was expected of former Commissioner Edward Hall and his team when it was there turn at the helm.  In a detailed comment to Magnetic Media, Hughes who returned to his home of Anguilla after serving many years as second in command of the TCI Police Force said what is happening now is unfortunate and disappointing but points to a recurring problem of limited resources which he believes was exacerbated by top cops who are gravely unfamiliar with the lay of the land. “I was once told by a former British senior police officer that he cannot come to Turks and Caicos Island and tell the local police how to police the Turks and Caicos Islands because of his lack of local knowledge. In addition one of them admitted to me that the first time he saw a kilo of cocaine is when he came to TCI in charge of the criminal investigation drug squad. Policing an archipelago like Turks and Caicos  requires a Command team with good local knowledge of the environment, national culture and subcultures of the different island and families, and good human investigation management training and skills . It calls for a great deal of knowledge on how to police the air, land and sea in order to control gun crime in particular.”Hughes adds that no information to the Police about crime simply means that something is lacking in the relationship between public and police; he said key is mutual respect. “Respect will lead to shared values to improve public confidence in the force. Shared values will lead to trust. Without trust no one will speak to the police in confidence. In order to prevent and detect crime the level of trust within the ranks of the force must be high as well. I’m not convinced if that is the case within the RTCIPF at the moment.”  The former DCP was not only offering constructive criticism, he offered a way forward and penned, “My approach to such a situation would be to divide crimes in the following four categories: exploitive crimes, mutualistic crimes, competitive crimes and individual crimes.”Hughes explained that exploitive crimes, like the shooting of Kevin Newman of Alabama on Friday, should get the most resources, while individualistic crimes, like having a joint, should get the least amount of attention.   Related Items:#magneticmedianews, 3 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Family turns up the volume to fight MS

Family turns up the volume to fight MS

first_imgWhat: Benefit for Team Road Kill, Ron Haye’s MS Society fundraising bike team.Who: The Shivas and The Gunnar Roads Band.When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.Where: Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver.Cost: $10 donation at the door.As Ron Haye undertook the fight of his life, the rock ’n’ roll music in his ear buds provided the soundtrack that spurred him on.The Beatles. Springsteen. Johnny Cash. Dave Matthews. They pounded his ears while he pounded the treadmill at the gym — trying to lose weight and get in shape so multiple sclerosis couldn’t press its advantage.“Music was something that helped get me through it. I could listen and I could focus on that,” Ron said. His symptoms would be raging — numbness, fatigue, overheating — but he could focus on the electricity, the harmony, the beat, and keep on going.All the while, Ron’s son, D.J., was serving in the Coast Guard — living at stations across the nation and overseas. He was just on his way out of the area, about two years ago, when his father got his diagnosis. Since then, D.J. hasn’t been able to participate as the tight-knit Haye family and its supportive community of friends pulled even closer together on Ron’s behalf.“It’s tough because it happened right when I was leaving,” D.J. said. “When I got back, I knew I wanted to spearhead something for my dad, myself.”last_img read more

City of Dreams ramp helps Melco Resorts grow Macau market share in

City of Dreams ramp helps Melco Resorts grow Macau market share in

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage At Studio City, operating revenues grew 4.7% to US$328.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA by 29.5% to US$94.8 million, aided by good luck. VIP rolling chip declined significantly from US$6.1 billion to US$3.1 billion which Melco said was “affected by the Macau market-wide VIP weakness”, with win rate up from 2.66% to 2.76%. Mass table drop was up 7.7% to US$877 million with hold percentage notably higher at 29.2% compared with the 24.5% recorded 12 months earlier, while EGM handle also increased to US$630.9 million.In the Philippines, City of Dreams Manila saw a very slight increase in operating revenues to US$176.1 million driven entirely by exceptional luck in VIP. Adjusted EBITDA declined from US$87.3 million to US$82.8 million. City of Dreams Manila’s rolling chip volumes totaled US$1.9 billion in 2Q19 versus US$3.0 billion in the prior year period, but a win rate of 5.21% compared with 3.70% in 2Q18 was well clear of the expected rolling chip win rate range of 2.85% to 3.15%. Mass market table games drop decreased from US$196.9 million to US$192.8 million while EGM handle grew 10.4% to US$945.1 million.Back in Macau, Altira saw its revenue decline by 18.0% to US$104.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA by 53.6% to US$8.5 million, with Melco pointing to a softer performance in rolling chip. Mocha Clubs held steady at US$28.9 million in operating revenues.With City of Dreams Macau leading the way, Sanford C Bernstein analysts predict Melco increased its Macau market share by 220bps year-on-year, including 130 bps in VIP market share and 375 bps in mass. Overall better VIP hold rates had a positive impact on EBITDA of US$53 million, they said.Melco has increased its quarterly cash dividend by 6% to US$0.05504 per ordinary share, the company announced. Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts Melco Resorts & Entertainment booked a 17% increase in operating revenues to US$1.44 billion and record Adjusted Property EBITDA of US$442.2 million in the three months to 30 June 2019, driven by ongoing ramp at flagship Macau resort City of Dreams and strong mass market performance at Studio City.City of Dreams saw operating revenues rise 36.9% to US$790.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA 46.2% to US$250.8 million, with both the VIP and mass segments exhibiting significant growth. Rolling chip volumes totaled US$14.9 billion in 2Q19, up from US$10.5 billion in the prior year period, while win rate also increased from 2.88% to 3.16%. Mass market table games drop increased by 16.2% to US$1.37 billion, with hold percentage rising from 28.4% to 31.6%, while EGM handle fell slightly to US$1.04 billion. Load Morelast_img read more

Do not miss Employee Benefits Wired Supporting good governance

Do not miss Employee Benefits Wired Supporting good governance

first_imgEmployee Benefits Wired: Supporting good governance, presented in association with Nest, will be broadcast live at 11am on Wednesday 30 August 2017.The expert panel discussion can be viewed for free on the Employee Benefits video channel.The online debate will provide insights on the key issues surrounding good pensions governance and how employers can ensure best practice.Topics that will be discussed include why good governance is important, what this looks like, how employers can be sure a master trust is delivering good governance, how frequently schemes should review pensions governance policies and how organisations can assess best practice.The expert panel will include Debbie Lovewell-Tuck, editor at Employee Benefits, Paul Budgen, director of business development at Nest, Laura Andrikopoulos, senior DC consultant at Hymans Robertson, and Will Aitken, director at Deloitte Total Reward and Benefits.Viewers can submit questions to the panel by tweeting #EBWired.Tune in to the Employee Benefits video channel at 11am on Wednesday 30 August 2017.If you are experiencing any difficulties viewing the stream on our site, please click here to watch on an alternative stream.last_img read more

Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking

Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking

first_img Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Comments Apple Pay Bitcoin Apple Cryptocurrency Now playing: Watch this: “You may not use or permit your account to be used for … cash advances or cash equivalents,” reads the Apple Card Customer Agreement posted Friday on the website of Goldman Sachs Group, Apple’s partner in the Apple Card venture. The agreement says cash equivalents include things like travelers checks, money orders, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips and cryptocurrency.Reuters notes that Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase nixed such purchases because they were worried volatile prices for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin could leave consumers with debt they couldn’t repay. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Card: After mocking credit cards, Apple creates one The new Apple Card won’t let you switch from iPhone to Android, probably ever Apple Card’s underwhelming features won’t spark Google, Samsung copycats Apple Card, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade: It’s just another way to say iPhone Tags Apple 9to5Mac points out another detail from the agreement: Apple Card holders can’t use their accounts in connection with an iPhone that’s been hacked or modified through jailbreaking.”If you make unauthorized modifications to your Eligible Device, such as by disabling hardware or software controls (for example, through a process sometimes referred to as “jailbreaking”), your Eligible Device may no longer be eligible to access or manage your Account,” the agreement says.Apple will begin offering the Apple Card to users this month, CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call Tuesday.First announced during Apple’s March software and services event, Apple Card will be Apple’s entrance into the payments arena. The iPhone maker has teamed with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the card, which will be available as a digital card in the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. A physical titanium card will also be available for use in places that don’t yet accept mobile payments. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobilecenter_img 4 4:02 More on Apple Card See All • Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking Apple Card is on the way. Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Like US banking giants and credit-card issuers Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co. before it, Apple won’t let people use its card to buy cryptocurrencies. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrierlast_img read more

MercedesBenz will bring a new EQ concept AMG GLB to Frankfurt

MercedesBenz will bring a new EQ concept AMG GLB to Frankfurt

first_img 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… Post a comment Share your voice Electric Cars Crossovers Enlarge ImageA new EQ concept and Mercedes-AMG GLB will sit at this display next month. Mercedes-Benz The 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show will play host to a handful of new Mercedes-Benz models. Ahead of the auto show next month, the German luxury brand provided some background information for what we’ll see when the sheets come off.Foremost, a new EQ concept will take center stage. EQ is Mercedes-Benz’s dedicated electric-car brand, which kicked things off with the 2020 EQC electric SUV. In the future, we’ll likely see an EQA small car and an EQS to battle the Tesla Model S and forthcoming Porsche Taycan electric sedan. What form this latest EQ concept will take is unclear at the moment.Mercedes-Benz only said the electric concept vehicle will underscore flexibility, which leads us to believe this will be some sort of utility vehicle. SUVs are all the rage, haven’t you heard?The production version of the EQV electric van will also make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker showed a lightly concealed “concept” EQV this past March that largely previewed what we’ll see from the production vehicle. Overall, it looks very similar to the V-Class van that also debuted at the beginning of this year. The EQV should sport a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery to provide power for an electric motor with 201 horsepower. The concept was front-wheel drive, and that shouldn’t change for the production van. Look for a 249-mile range form the EQV, likely based on the European WLTP test cycle (less conservative than EPA measurements), and those with access to a fast-charging system will be able to juice the battery with 62 miles of range in about 15 minutes.Electric cars won’t be the only talk at Mercedes-Benz in Frankfurt. Following the GLB-Class’ reveal this past June, AMG has gotten its hands on the blocky subcompact SUV. While the standard GLB features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 221 hp, the GLB AMG will certainly kick things up a notch.The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off on Sept. 10, and that’s when we’ll learn more about all the new metal Mercedes-Benz has planned. Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC first drive: Luxury first, range second Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV looks prepped for production 52 Photos Mercedes-Benz EQV concept electrifies the humble van Now playing: Watch this: More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC-Class 1:38 0 Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title Tagslast_img read more

Worlds largest solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi start

Worlds largest solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi start

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsAbu Dhabi will be hosting the world’s largest single-site solar plant. About 24 international and local companies have signed up for bidding to build the plant.The project will cover an expanse of 20 square kilometres. It’s plan is about twice the size of the present largest solar project at Al Dhafra. Abu DhabiERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty ImagesThe United Arab Emirates will be having a 2,000 MW solar photovoltaic power project in the heart of its capital city. Emirates Water and Electric Company (EWEC) is awaiting architectural proposals and plan layouts from the 24 companies by the fourth quarter of 2019 to proceed in the functions.As per the agreement by EWEC, the successful bidder will hold a 40 per cent stake in the project and the rest will be distributed among the local suppliers and partners.The plant is expected to start commercial operations by 2022 and will bring about a hike in Abu Dhabi’s solar power capacity to about 3,200 MW. Representational ImageReutersAbu Dhabi has been trying hard to focus on using renewable resources for years. The country aims at generating 7 per cent of its energy from solar power and the current plan will help them rely more on renewable resources by 2022.Masdar, the government-funded green energy firm, is helping the country achieve its aim by adding many projects related to renewable energy and power plants. Al Dhafra already hosts the biggest operational power plant named Noor Abu Dhabi, the newer plan is just a boot to produce more energy.last_img read more

Death in road rage Harsh Vardhan seeks action against 2 policemen

Death in road rage Harsh Vardhan seeks action against 2 policemen

first_imgHarsh Vardhan, who is the MP from Chandni Chowk constituency, has also demanded that the two cops be suspended and a thorough investigation initiated in the case.“On Friday, I had gone to meet the family of late Shahnawaz to extend my condolences. His sons, Fahad of Class 9 and Kaif of Class 4, told me that there were two policemen, who stood there as mute spectators. Not only should an inquiry be ordered against these two policemen, but they should also be suspended,” he said in the letter to the Police Commissioner. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe also said that a message must be sent to the people that the police are their “protector”.The Union Minister has further requested the Police Commissioner to make sure that the FIR into the matter is fool-proof and the family members of Shahnawaz including the two minor sons, who are eyewitnesses in the case are provided with adequate police protection.Md Shahnawaz (38) was allegedly beaten to death in front of his minor sons in central Delhi’s Turkman Gate area on Sunday night. He was attacked by the occupants of a car after his bike grazed their vehicle. Police have arrested all the five accused in the case.Shahnawaz, who ran a shop dealing in electronic scrap in Mata Sundar Road area, was returning home with his sons — Fahad (13) and Kaif (9) — after visiting his parents at Chandni Mahal area when the incident took place.Shahnawaz is survived by his wife Mumtaz, two sons and six-year-old daughter Talbia.last_img read more

Counterpoint Deconstructing PACS PointCounterpoint

Counterpoint Deconstructing PACS PointCounterpoint

first_imgKey Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Michael J. Cannavo, better known as the PACSMan, has had over 350 articles on PACS technology published over the past 30 years in industry trade journals. He has extensive experience in the PACS marketplace and has worked with over 300 hospitals, radiology groups and imaging centers nationwide proposing workable, cost-effective solutions for imaging departments, as well as integrating PACS into the EHR. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Feature | PACS | July 06, 2016 | Michael J. Cannavo Counterpoint: Deconstructing PACS Point/Counterpoint There has been a lot of talk about “deconstructing” PACS. But what does this mean, and how could it affect the way you do business? This point/counterpoint takes a look at both sides of the debate.center_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content It’s important to weigh both sides of the PACS debate to determine what is the right choice for your practice. (Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare)I am neither for or against deconstructed PACS, but rather feel that the way it has been presented is more marketing hype than anything else.The widespread adoption of standards like Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) certainly has helped the concept of deconstructing PACS (DP) to evolve. It seems everywhere you turn there is also talk of interoperability, although today it’s more a buzzword than a reality. More than that, though, the development and growth of alphabet soup submarkets like VNAs, and to a lesser degree medical image sharing (MIS), use of viewer-agnostic zero-footprint viewers (ZFV), and others have helped further the use of DP. That said, there still remain many more turnkey solutions in place than build-it-yourself ones and probably will for quite a while. The reasons for this are many. First, the number of vendors who have adopted a DP approach are relatively few, and nearly all of those are smaller independents. None of the majors have adopted a DP philosophy although most majors will connect to other third-party software and solutions if/when pushed.  Second, few facilities have the internal resources to implement and support third-party solutions from a host of different vendors. VNAs remain the exception because they can support multiple different “ologies,” and both the short- and long-term savings are significant. Third, assessing best-of-breed solutions takes time and most facilities don’t have the time to do a detailed assessment and define what best meets their needs. And lastly, not all solutions play well with the others. Updating one solution’s software might also have a negative impact on the overall system operation. I have witnessed this time and again when modality manufacturers would update their software without telling the PACS vendors, causing unreadable images the next morning until it got figured out. Meshing with an Enterprise Imaging StrategyDeconstructed PACS is all about sharing across the enterprise, whereby “regular” PACS is more a department-centric solution. This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, as the solution employed varies based on the needs of the facility. VNAs take into effect other “ologies,” while MIS and ZFV both send images across the wide spectrum of clinicians in a facility. Most facilities are looking long-term to the creation of an EHR. While some facilities might elect to just tie the various clinical systems together using an interface engine, others prefer to eliminate as much of the disparate systems using as few applications as possible. This includes using virtual machines (VM) versus physical hardware, the cloud for storage versus on-site archives (or hybrids that use a combination of both), and reference viewers that allow for radiology and cardiology images to both be displayed, as well as reports and so on.Can regular PACS do that as well as a DP? Yes, but you are limited in both how much you can do and the format therein. Images stored in and retrieved from a VNA offer a lot more flexibility than those stored in a vendor PACS. Images viewed on a ZFP offer more viewing options that those coming from a Web-based PACS. Images transferred to a physician’s office via an MIS offer several advantages over CDs or even USB flash drives. It is important to note that these newer options are not without added cost as many of the “features” you would look at in a DP are included in a regular PACS design. That said, when you look at the bigger picture, oftentimes the benefits outweigh the costs. Once again though, a lot of facilities don’t have the time or resources to make the required evaluation that ensures that everything will work together well and meet the requirements.The Future of PACS There will always be the need for standalone turnkey PACS solutions, especially in the smaller (<150 bed) hospital and diagnostic imaging center markets. Even when DP becomes more widely accepted you’ll still see more turnkey PACS than build-it-yourself PACS in place. Simplicity is key and the “one throat to choke” approach usually works best for that. Supporters of DP will say you can choke the throat of a systems integrator as well but it’s just not the same as going back to a PACS vendor saying “It’s your system — make it work,” even if third-party components are in the design as nearly all are. The exception to all this will be VNAs. These will become a standard part of PACS in the next five or so years and will no doubt supplant current PACS archives. As VNA prices continue to drop as well as the required data migration costs, VNA adoption will show an even greater uptick. This is predicated on having an accepted industry-wide standard for a VNA adopted, but that should happen fairly soon.  Lastly, look for data analysis along with the creation of an electronic health record (EHR) to play a strong role in continued PACS growth and utilization. PACS has evolved since it was introduced in the 1980s and continues to evolve. As technology advances, this allows new features to be incorporated into PACS system design. While not all advances will be incorporated nor will they happen as quickly as one would like to think, what makes sense from a functional and financial standpoint will no doubt become part of the new PACS.Editor's note: You can read Tom Watson, Matt Adams and Cris Bennett's Point argument here. 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial... read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to... read morelast_img read more