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Worsening trade with India hurts California almond growers US Senator says as

first_imgWashington: A top US Senator has slammed President Donald Trump for “damaging” trade ties with India, saying his actions are hurting California almond growers who export more than USD 650 million worth of nuts to the country every year. California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s criticism of the US President came days after India announced a hike in customs duties on as many as 28 US products, including almond, pulses and walnut, in response to higher tariffs imposed by Washington on Indian products like steel and aluminium. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “India just placed a 75 per cent tariff on almonds in response to President Trump’s trade war. His actions are hurting Californians. “California almond exports to India are worth more than USD 650 million a year. The president must stop damaging trade relations with our allies,” Senator Feinstein said. Almond growers in the US are a worried lot as authorities last month predicted a record California almond crop for the upcoming production year. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador According to the Almond alliance of California, its almond export is being badly hit by retaliatory tariffs from both China and India. California almond orchards are expected to produce 2.50 billion pounds of nuts this year, up 8.69 per cent from last year’s 2.30 billion-pound crop, it said. The Indian move is also seen in retaliation to Trump’s decision terminating India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme after determining that it has not assured the US that it will provide “equitable and reasonable access to its markets”. The suspension became effective June 5. India’s retaliatory tariffs came into effect Sunday. Apple and almond are some of the other American agricultural products to be impacted by India’s retaliatory tariffs. The move will hurt American exporters of these 28 items as they will have to pay higher duties, making those items costlier in the Indian market. Earlier, the list included 29 goods but India has removed artemia, a kind of shrimp, from the list. The country would get about USD 217 million additional revenue from such imports. America had in March last year imposed 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent import duty on aluminium products. Earlier, there was no duty on these goods. India’s exports to the US in 2017-18 stood at USD 47.9 billion, while imports were at USD 26.7 billion. The trade balance is in favour of India.last_img read more

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A message from Clara Hughes The many masks we wear and the

first_img Twitter Advertisement Clara Hughes is the National Spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Mental Health initiative and the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign.  By sharing past struggles with depression, Clara has helped break down the stigma associated with mental illness.  Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the 1996 Summer Olympics and four medals over the course of three Winter Olympics. CLARA HUGHES SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSFACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/clarahughesolympian/TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/clarahughesINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/claraannehughes/?hl=enWEBSITE:  http://clara-hughes.com/ Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement “The many masks we wear and the ones we choose to share span the entire emotional spectrum. As humans we all hold the struggle and the joy; darkness and light; weakness and strength. It’s a hell of a lot easier to show these opposites in something like sport. Much more difficult to allow the darkness to be exposed in life. Real life. So here you go, friends, the very human side of me to balance out the myriad images of the smile I’ve shared time and again. We are all human. Vulnerable. Afraid. Sad. Alone. And we are also resilient. Brave. Happy. Loved. Let yourself be human. Let yourself do at least one good and positive thing for yourself each day. Force yourself to when you feel you can’t. Even if it’s getting out of bed or washing your hair. Or letting yourself share your beautiful tears to this world. I and we are not alone in the struggle of being human. The deepest level we connect is through great struggle. Don’t ever forget this. Especially in this time that is so difficult for so many. Including me.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rabat Zoo Seems to Deny Responsibility over Death of Child

Rabat – The Rabat Zoo has denied responsibility for a young girl’s death on Tuesday after an elephant threw a stone out of its enclosure that struck her on the head.The official statement from the zoo today noted that the elephant enclosure met all international standards. It asserted: “Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable, and unusual. Accidents of this nature happened in international zoos, most recently in Disney World Orlando and the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States.”A video posted by Jadid24/7 depicts the girl receiving medical care from passerby and a man who appears to be in uniform. However, the commentator of the video notes that the accident had occurred over five minutes ago and an ambulance had still not arrived. A commenter on the video expressed his outrage at the zoo’s handling of the case. “Primarily responsible for this tragedy is the director of the Rabat Zoo. How is it possible that the place receives a large number of visitors but there is no ambulance station?” Others on social media have noted the delayed arrival of the ambulance, calling upon the zoo to take responsibility for the death of the girl.The zoo offered its condolences to the family. read more

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Prominent Vegas businessman accused of DUI after fatal crash

LAS VEGAS — A judge set bail at $250,000 on Friday for a 53-year-old Nevada businessman and grandson of a former Las Vegas mayor facing multiple felony charges of driving under the influence in a high-speed crash that killed one person and injured two.Scott Russell Gragson appeared in court with his attorneys following his arrest in the Thursday crash in a gated community in Summerlin.Attorney David Chesnoff said outside court they will investigate the case and fight criminal charges.Police say Gragson was driving a 2015 Range Rover that struck several trees, ejecting three back-seat passengers. A 36-year-old woman died and a 50-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman were seriously injured.Gragson and a 44-year-old front-seat passenger were treated for minor injuries.Gragson’s grandfather, Oran Gragson, a Republican, was mayor from 1959 to 1974.The Las Vegas Review-Journal identifies the suspect as an executive with Colliers International, a large commercial real estate firm. His son, Noah Gragson, is a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver.___Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.comThe Associated Press read more

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce critical of proposed tax reforms by Ottawa

FREDERICTON — Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes for businesses by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light, and the finance minister should apologize.“Whenever a process from government starts to position business people and the business community in such a negative light, it is an absolute disaster from a communications perspective and I think an apology from our federal minister to the Canadian business community would be appropriate,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.His comment came Saturday after members of the Canadian Chamber put their concerns directly to Finance Minister Bill Morneau at their annual meeting in Fredericton.“Characterizing the last 45 years of Canadian tax policy as loopholes is insulting to businesses that have worked within the rules in good faith to build their businesses, to save for retirement, and sometimes just to keep their doors open,” said Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.There was a round of applause when Morneau was asked if he would consider an independent royal commission to take a broader look at tax reform, but Morneau said the government has been talking about tax reform since the summer of 2015, and expects the current input will lead to changes in what’s being proposed.“We know we’re going to make changes. We’ve heard things from people that are going to be taken into account and the draft legislation, as proposed, will by definition need to be considered in light of the things that we’ve heard from people,” Morneau told the crowd.“I want to assure you that we are not doing this in order to end up in a situation that doesn’t consider all those points of view. We’re doing this to ensure we’ve got it right,” he said.The consultation period ends Oct. 2.McLellan said he thinks the current government is on a mission and will get the tax changes “come hell or high water.”Perrin Beatty, CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, warned the proposals could lead to “grave unfairness” for family farmers and small business workers across the country.“We may very well find that it discourages entrepreneurship and investment in Canada and has damaging impacts on the Canadian economy,” Beatty said in a presentation.The tax proposals include restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company.Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Many of the business owners say the proposed reforms won’t let them save for a rainy day.Fredericton car dealership owner John Clark said businesses like his had to put money away to survive downturns such as the recession in the 1980s and the impact of the introduction of the harmonized sales tax.Of the more than 500 New Brunswick doctors who answered a recent New Brunswick Medical Society members’ survey, 65 per cent said they would consider reducing the number of hours they currently work if the proposed tax measures are implemented. Forty-six per cent said they would consider moving their practice outside of New Brunswick and 25 per cent said they would consider retiring from the profession.In Halifax, scores of Nova Scotia’s doctors turned out for a meeting Saturday to sound the alarm about how the changes could impact health care in a province already struggling to meet the needs of an aging and sick population.Doctors Nova Scotia, the province’s medical association, found that of 864 physicians who responded to a survey, more than half said they would consider leaving the province if the tax proposals come into effect.Several panellists voiced concerns that patients will ultimately pay the price if the measures are implemented, saying the loss of even a fraction of Nova Scotia’s doctors could lengthen wait times for essential medical services.“I see (these tax reforms) as the straw that’s about to break the back of health care,” Dr. Lisa Bonang told the crowd. “It’s not about the money. … We love our patients. We only want what’s best for them. But our altruism will only go so far.”Bonang, who has been a family physician in Musquodoboit Harbour for 22 years, was overwhelmed with emotion as she pledged to continue practising in the rural Halifax community, despite feeling “dissed” by the federal government.“I’m willing to stay and fight and do what’s best for the health care for my community,” Bonang said through tears.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt, the only federal politician to attend the Halifax meeting, accused the Liberals of driving “wedges” between doctors and patients.“One of the most primary relationships you have is with your family doctor,” Raitt said. “I trust my children to you. I trust my husband to you, my parents to you. I don’t want to have a fight with you.”Morneau said he’s listening to the concerns of doctors and others, and they will be considered.“We’re out listening to people and haven’t concluded on the fiscal measures,” he said.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters Friday that he was concerned about the impact the tax changes could have on health-care recruitment in a province already dealing with a family doctor shortage.— with files from Adina Bresge in Halifax. read more

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Pakistan Senate accuses India of funding the LTTE

He appreciated armed forces, Interior Ministry, Defense Minister’s statements for condemning India. The bullying tactics of Indian leadership were not acceptable. The resolution, moved by the leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq said such crude attempts by India were unacceptable. The resolution said such attempts by India at times to bully Pakistan are unacceptable and Pakistan rejects this hegemonic mindset, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported. The Pakistan Senate has accused India of funding the LTTE during the war in Sri Lanka and that it is now attempting to bully Pakistan.The Senate had yesterday adopted a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the recent provocative and hostile statements of Indian Leadership and threats of hot pursuit against Pakistan. Indian had financed Tamil Tigers to destabilize Sri Lanka, he said adding that Modi has massacred 2000 Muslims in Gujrat and had no regrets over such brutality.Pakistan should approach SAARC and other international organizations for exposing Indian leadership. India has proved that it is an irresponsible state.Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah urged the international community to take notice of Modi’s provocative statement. India-Pakistan relations could only be established on equal footings. Participating in the debate against statements of Indian leadership, Mushahid Hussain Sayed said India has established the foundations of cross border terrorism. Syed Tahir Hussain Mashshaddi said Pakistan was a peaceful nation.It does not have any aggressive designs against anybody. Pakistan would retaliate if its territorial integrity is threatened.Mir Kabeer said the threatening statements should be highlighted in the world. Taj Haider said the murderers of Mahatma Ghandi have come into power in India.Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldeni said we should put our house in order to effectively meet the challenges of India. Hafiz Hamdullah said Modi was issuing such statements to conceal his failures. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Dimuth Karunaratnes driving licence suspended

The driving licence of Sri Lanka Test Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was today ordered to be suspended by court.He was also ordered to appear before the Transport Medical Institute to conduct a test. Karunaratne was produced in court today over an accident in Borella. The Police had said that Karunaratne was believed to have been under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident yesterday. The accident had occurred at the Kynsey road junction in Borella.The vehicle of the cricketer had crashed into a three-wheeler injuring the driver of the three-wheeler. Karunaratne was arrested yesterday and later released on Police bail.He appeared in court today and was granted bail but the court ordered that his driving licence be suspended. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Loonie losing loft on markets

Bad news for cross-border shoppers: the Canadian dollar has hit its lowest level since September 2010.The loonie dropped to just above 94 cents American this morning, so this may make trips to the states a little more costly. However it’s actually good news for our manufacturing sector which usually prices its goods in American dollars.The low level comes amid speculation that our economy is slowing. A report released last Friday suggests that may be the case. Canada’s GDP growth slowed in April, down to 0.1%, from 0.2% the previous month.Compare that to the U.S., where economists say factory orders grew 2% in May, up from 1% the previous month, and you’ve got some more fuel added to the theory that a strengthening American economy is outpacing Canada.A Statistics Canada report is due out later this week with trade statistics and the unemployment rate, which is expected to remain unchanged at 7.1%.Al Sweeney has more.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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Alectra Utilities warns customers of phone scam

Alectra Utilities has issued a warning about a phone scam that threatens to disconnect customers electrical service if they do not provide payment immediately.The company says business customers have received calls from someone claiming to be a utility employee. The scammer tells the customer they need to visit a cheque cashing service to make a payment or they will face same-day disconnection.In previous scams, residential and business customers were asked to purchase a pre-paid credit card in the amount claimed to be outstanding on their electrical bill.Customers were then told to call a specific phone number to provide the card and a personal identification number (PIN) as payment on their account. When the scammer’s number was called, the recorded message said the customer had reached the utility’s billing department.In a statement, Alectra Utilities said they never ask for a pre-paid card payment for any outstanding balances. They also do not disconnect services after 4 p.m. on weekdays or any time on weekends or holiday.If you receive a suspicious phone call, Alectra Utilities advises that customers:Do not provide any personal information, including Alectra Utilities or credit card account numbers.Collect any information possible about the caller.Contact Alectra Utilities’ Customer Service department during regular business hours to report the incident.Anyone who believes they may have been the victim of fraud or theft are advised to contact police. read more

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Music festival promoter SFX files for bankruptcy protection

Music festival promoter SFX files for bankruptcy protection by The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2016 11:45 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The company behind the Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland music festivals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.New York-based SFX Entertainment Inc. says, however, that its festivals and events will continue as planned. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows companies to reorganize their debt while they keep their businesses operating.As part of its agreement with bondholders, SFX will eliminate more than $300 million in debt from its balance sheets and be turned into a private company.Shares in SFX had fallen steadily since they debuted on the Nasdaq market at $13 apiece in 2013.The company promotes electronic dance music events around the world, including Mysteryland and Life in Color. It also operates Beatport, an online music store for electronic dance songs.In the past year, SFX’s chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman tried unsuccessfully to buy the company and take it private. Sillerman said Monday that he will remain as chairman of SFX, but said the search is on for a new CEO. read more

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Staffords 2 interceptions sink Lions in loss to Chicago

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions were the team with the healthy starting quarterback, but in the end, Matthew Stafford came up short.Stafford had an interception returned for a tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter, then had another pass picked off in the end zone with just over a minute remaining in Detroit’s 23-16 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Chicago was without injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but the Bears’ stellar defence got the best of Stafford.With the score tied at 16, Stafford’s short pass to the left was intercepted by Eddie Jackson and returned 41 yards for a touchdown with 6:00 to play. The Lions (4-7) drove back down the field, but on third down from the Chicago 11, Stafford’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Kyle Fuller.“Jackson made a really good play on the first one. I’ve still got to see him a little better than I did,” Stafford said. “Second one, I know we got four chances at it there. Put it in where I thought was going to be a good spot, and just wasn’t.”Stafford went 28 of 38 for 236 yards, but Detroit didn’t take many deep shots. The Lions were playing Chicago for the second time in 12 days. In the previous meeting — a 34-22 win by the Bears — Chicago had six sacks.Stafford wanted to release the ball quickly Thursday, and he was sacked only twice in the rematch, but the Lions looked limited on offence. Detroit was without injured receiver Marvin Jones and injured running back Kerryon Johnson.The Bears (8-3) didn’t have Trubisky, but Chase Daniel stepped in for his third career start, going 27 of 37 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.Still, points were tough to come by, and the Lions were in decent shape in the fourth quarter, taking over at their 41 with 6:09 remaining in a tied game. Then Stafford’s pass intended for Michael Roberts was picked off by Jackson and run back to the end zone.“I saw him coming out of centre field. Just thought we had outflanked him,” Stafford said. “Thought Mike was out wider than he was, which was the truth. Just didn’t get it to him quick enough. He did a good job undercutting it and obviously made a great play.”There was still plenty of time, and before long, Detroit had first-and-10 from the Chicago 12. After a short run and an incompletion, Stafford threw to the right side for Roberts, but the receiver didn’t go where Stafford’s pass did — toward the back corner of the end zone.“It was one human on one human to my right, so I felt pretty good about it,” Stafford said. “Mike’s a big guy. Was going to try and give him a high ball to go up and jump and get.”Instead, Fuller intercepted the pass . Stafford was asked if he expected an interference flag, since Roberts’ route may have been impeded a bit.“No. I think obviously it’s a physical game,” Stafford said. “I was thinking Mike was going to be in a different spot, but that’s cutting the ball loose and then hoping sometimes that you’re on the same page. Obviously didn’t work out in our favour.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtristerNoah Trister, The Associated Press read more

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Man arrested after attempted armed robbery involving a hatchet at a Dublin

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3107051 Nov 28th 2016, 3:28 PM Share398 Tweet Email1 21 Comments Rush in county Dublin Monday 28 Nov 2016, 3:28 PM By Christine Bohan Image: Google Mapscenter_img Rush in county Dublin Image: Google Maps A 30-YEAR-OLD man who was arrested after an attempted armed robbery at a post office in north county Dublin earlier is due to appear in court tomorrow.The incident happened at around 10.30am today, when a man carrying a gun and a hatchet entered Rush Post Office. The man, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened staff and demanded money, but did not get access to the secure area where the money was kept.He left without taking anything from the post office, and fled in a red Ford Fiesta.Soon afterwards, gardaí from Balbriggan and Swords stopped a red Ford Fiesta on the M1 motorway and arrested a 30-year-old man. A gun and a hatchet were found in the car when it was searched by gardaí.The man is currently being held at Balbriggan garda station. He is due to appear at Swords District Court at 10.30am tomorrow.The investigation is ongoing, and gardaí have asked for anyone with information to contact Balbriggan garda station.With reporting by Órla Ryan Short URL 23,293 Views Man arrested after attempted armed robbery involving a hatchet at a Dublin post office A man carrying a gun and a hatchet threatened staff at Rush post office. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Make Rorys wish come true

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Five-year-old Rory Trist doesn’t remember the last time he was away from home with his parents for holidays.In the past three years, the furthest his parents took him was an hour away from their Perth home and hospital. More than half of Rory’s young life has been spent facing a battle, far too heavy for his small shoulders to bear. At the age of barely three, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common form of cancer in children.Each year in Australia over 300 people are diagnosed with ALL, most of them kids. “He’s had a pretty hard time and many problems in the last three years. He had just turned three when he fell really sick, as it took us quite a while to find out what was really wrong,” Rory’s mother, Tracey Trist (nee Sertis) tells Neos Kosmos. “He had a high fever to begin with, that continued on for a month and kept getting higher. Then the lymph nodes started swelling in his neck, and he started to become anaemic after about six weeks. By eight weeks, he had an enlarged liver, he bruised very easily. By then we knew there was something wrong.” Although with a good success rate in survivors, there is no cure for lymphoblastic leukaemia, which can be a life-threatening condition. With Rory undertaking monthly treatments in hospital and daily chemotherapy treatments at home, Tracey, a member of the Hellenic Community of Western Australia, says once all the treatments are finished, it’s the matter of keeping an eye on all the side effects the strong treatments can cause.“He finishes his treatment in January, he is on a clinical trial now. After that, we’ll have to keep an eye on side effects and we’ll remain under the hospital care until he is about 16. It’s still going be a lengthy process,” Tracey says. The last three years for Rory and his family have been incredibly tough. With Rory still attending school when his condition allows, Tracey says her five- year-old is doing considerably well given the amount of medication he is on.“However, he doesn’t feel 100 per cent ever, and that’s quite difficult for him at school. He gets very tired, but considering what he is on I think he is doing a good job.”For Tracey and Eugene as parents, it was much harder to come to terms with Rory’s diagnosis. “We are good now, much better than we were when compared to that initial shock and not knowing what was going to happen. I guess the thing is you just have to live with it as you can’t control it. Dealing with things as they come along – and that took a long time to accept.”But there is a glimmer of hope. Rory is waiting for a very special wish to come true – a family holiday to the Gold Coast, where he can visit the theme parks and go on scary rides with his biggest hero – his dad Eugene.Because of Rory’s leukaemia, the two of them haven’t had the same chances to build those special, carefree childhood memories as father and son. The thought of his wish coming true is giving strength and hope not only to Rory, but to Eugene and the whole family too. “We haven’t been away more than an hour from the hospital for years, and it’s something Rory is looking forward to. He’s chosen to go to the Gold Coast and see the theme parks and be able to play like every child in the water, to go for a ride with his dad. With the trip getting closer, in March, he keeps talking about it.”With Rory a grandson of Perth Greek community members Jack and Crystal Sertis, the Hellenic Community of Western Australia is calling on members to help Rory’s wish come true.To make a wish like Rory’s come true, visit https://www.makeawish.org.au to donate or call 1800 032 260.last_img read more

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PlayStation VR will ship with an 8game demo disc

first_img Battlezone1/8The classic Atari game is reborn in VR. Like the original Battlezone, you take control of a tank that has to destroy other tanks. The first person perspective of the original works great in VR, and with the new, stylized graphics, the game has truly been brought into the modern age. Battlezone will test player’s endurance with intense VR experiences.<><> Some of you may be too young to remember, but back in the late 90’s to early/mid 2000’s, companies used to put out demo disks. These usually contained a good variety of titles for a specific console or from certain publishers. They were a great way for folks to get a taste of what they would be buying into. It seems that demo disks aren’t completely a thing of the past as Sony will be packing one into its upcoming PlayStation VR peripheral.As you can see from the gallery and descriptions below, the PlayStation VR demo disk will have a nice variety of titles to sample. Even though the PlayStation VR unit costs $400, it actually costs a bit more than that when you include other necessary things like Move controllers and the PlayStation Camera. No matter how you slice it, buying a PlayStation VR isn’t cheap, so having a demo disk is a great way to assure buyers that their hard-earned money wasn’t wasted. By the end of the year, Sony plans to release nearly 50 titles for PlayStation VR. The company is clearly putting a lot of effort into this VR venture, but it remains to be seen if audiences will ultimately stick it out with VR. After all, it has been reported that sales of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have stalled. This could be seen as a bad omen for the PlayStation VR, but it could also mean that folks are waiting to buy the comparatively inexpensive Sony unit.The future of VR is still up in the air, but we should have a better understanding of the overall state of VR by the end of the year.last_img read more

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Bridgeview resource center breaks ground

first_imgThe Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center is beginning construction on “an act of faith,” as state Rep. Sharon Wylie put it. That faith is placed in the state Legislature, which will need to pass a capital budget that includes money for the $3.9 million project.“We’re determined that faith will not be misplaced, that we’ll move forward and do the right things to help people in our community,” said Wylie, D-Vancouver, adding that “we couldn’t do this if we weren’t optimists. We’ll have, when it passes, the best capital budget for the state of Washington that’s ever been, in my opinion.”Although there’s no capital budget yet, construction will start in the next month on the center using a $1.7 million bridge loan from Heritage Bank that the boards for Vancouver Housing Authority and Bridgeview approved earlier this year. The loan, which is backed by the housing authority, will fill the funding gap until the capital budget is resolved.Nearly $2.2 million has been raised for the project. Jan Wichert, executive director of Bridgeview, said she hopes to get $1.2 million from the Legislature, and that the remaining $500,000 would be raised through a community campaign.So, what happens if the state doesn’t give the nonprofit the full $1.2 million?“We’ll probably go back and ask again,” Wichert said.The 8,500-square-foot center in central Vancouver aims to be a one-stop shop for services and supports that low-income households may otherwise have to zigzag across the county to access. A groundbreaking ceremony Monday celebrated the start of construction.last_img read more

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Coast Guard stops migrant smuggling ring off Key West

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew stopped a smuggling ring of migrants off the Florida Keys.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton intercepted a raft about 41 miles south of Key West, Thursday.Officials said the raft, which left from Cuba, had nine migrants. None of them needed medical attention.Officials said the migrants were transferred to Bahamian authorities and will be sent back to the island.The alleged smuggler was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Texas Has Enough Federal Funds To Keep CHIP Running Through The End

first_imgReynaldo LealDr. Javier Saenz checks the ear of Viviana Escareño, 6, for infection. The young girl’s mother, Claudia Escareño, has brought “Vivi” to Saenz’s clinic since she was born.Texas now has enough federal money to keep alive a health insurance program for more than 450,000 uninsured kids and pregnant women through the end of March, a state official told the Dallas Morning News on Friday. That’s true even though the Children’s Health Insurance Program technically expired on Sept. 30 after Congress failed to renew funding. Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Commission, told the News that the Texas still has enough federal dollars to keep the program afloat, thanks to $248 million in funding allocated through a short-term spending bill passed last month. The news comes less than a month after Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was giving the state $135 million to continue the program through February.Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said in an email statement that the new funding would carry the program through March 31.“If Congress does not fully reauthorize CHIP by that time, Texas would pursue redistribution funding as it did previously with CMS,” Williams said. “If you’ll recall, we didn’t ultimately receive the redistribution of funds at that time — approximately $135M — because the continuing resolution came through to carry us through March.”Under CHIP, the uninsured rate among children across the country has dropped from 15 percent in 1997 to 5 percent in 2015. The program also offers prenatal care to about 36,000 pregnant women in Texas. About 394,000 Texas children ineligible for Medicaid are covered under CHIP, and another 249,000 Texan children on Medicaid benefit from CHIP’s 92 percent matching rate. Together, Medicaid and CHIP cover about 45 percent of all children in the state.“This is good news in the short term, but Congress needs to get moving on a clean, 5-year CHIP extension as soon as possible,”  said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, in an emailed statement. “The health of over 400,000 Texas kids depends on it,”State officials submitted a request with the federal government on Nov. 16 for an extra $90 million to support CHIP in the state until February. Sharelast_img read more

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Substantial Growth Found in Ordering of CTA Exams in Medicare Population

first_img 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 more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more August 2, 2016 — According to a new study , the last 13 years have seen substantial growth in the ordering of computed tomography angiography (CTA) examinations in the Medicare population, particularly in the emergency department (ED) setting. While radiologists generally do not order imaging exams, the study, conducted by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and published online in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), found that radiologists remain the dominant providers of CTA exams, with the chest being the most common body region imaged with CTA.“Using aggregated Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims data from 2001 through 2014, we identified growth in overall volumes in CTA services and per beneficiary utilization of CTA exams,” said Neiman Institute affiliate research fellow and lead study author Anand M. Prabhakar, M.D., MBA. “Although this trend was present for all types of CTA services and in all major sites of service, we found that growth was greatest for chest CTA and for CTA services in the ED.”Prabhakar, a Harvard radiologist, and his colleagues found that between 2001 and 2014, total CTA services in the Medicare FFS population grew from 64,846 to 1,709,088. They also found that the total number of CTA exams per 1,000 Medicare enrollees continuously increased from 2.1 in 2001 to 4.6 in 2013. Chest CTA utilization per 1,000 Medicare enrollees increased the most, rising year over year from 1.2 in 2001 to 25.4 in 2013. CTA services grew most rapidly in the ED setting, with the percentage of studies performed annually in EDs increasing from 11 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2014. By far, the largest growth in CTA services involved the chest, increasing from 36,984 in 2001 to 914,086 in 2014.“CTA growth in EDs continues to outpace all other sites of service. With further advances in CT technology such as dual source imaging, we anticipate this trend to continue as CTA exams continue to provide information previously only available through catheter-directed angiography,” noted Prabhakar.“These findings underscore the importance of ongoing high quality vascular imaging training for both diagnostic and interventional radiologists,” noted Richard Duszak, M.D., FACR, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice in the department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University and senior research fellow at the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. “As new interventional radiology residency programs are now being implemented, it will be important for programs to ensure that their trainees achieve high levels of proficiency in their vascular cross sectional imaging skills to meet this growing need.” Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 02, 2016 Substantial Growth Found in Ordering of CTA Exams in Medicare Population New study published in JVIR finds biggest increase in ED setting; radiologists continue to be dominant providers 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 For more information: www.jvir.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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PEOPLE Stewart awarded Order of Distinction for contribution to Jamaica tourism

first_img Wednesday, October 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img [PEOPLE] Stewart awarded Order of Distinction for contribution to Jamaica tourism KINGSTON — Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, has been conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism and the hotel industry.The Order of Distinction is a national honour conferred by the Government of Jamaica upon citizens who render outstanding and important services to the country. The motto of the Order is ‘Distinction through Service’. Stewart was presented with the insignia on National Heroes’ Day (Oct. 17) at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at King’s House, the official residence of the Governor-General.Stewart was among several Jamaicans to receive national honours. Stewart has been at the helm of Sandals Resorts International for the last 10 years and has filled multiple leadership roles within the sector, including First Vice-President for the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.“I am humbled and honoured to be bestowed the Order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Government of Jamaica”, said Stewart. “I am very proud to be Jamaican and having the opportunity to contribute to my country’s development and to the development of the region through tourism is something I’m very thankful for and something I take very seriously. I want to say thank you Jamaica, thank you to all my amazing teams across our group of companies and across the region and thanks to my amazing family.” Tags: People, Sandals Resortslast_img read more

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New map shows the literal translations of world cities and some are

first_imgNew map shows the literal translations of world cities, and some are real headscratchers << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 30, 2018 Share Posted by TORONTO – Did you know that Rio de Janeiro means ‘river of January’? Or that Bangkok means ‘district of wild plums’?We bet you didn’t know that many city names carry hidden meanings and historic references, with some proving more obvious than others.In a revealing new map, On The Go Tours takes a look at major city in each country around the world to highlight their literal translations. Based on their meanings, where will you book a trip this summer?Here are the most unusual literal translations the company found:Tirana (Albania) – ‘Dairy’Mbuji-Mayi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – ‘Goat water’Quito (Ecuador) – ‘Centre of the world’Accra (Ghana) – ‘Ants’Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – ‘Muddy confluence’Ngerulmud (Palau) – ‘Place of fermented fish’Bo (Sierra Leone) – ‘Yours’Singapore (Singapore) – ‘Lion city’Bloemfontein (South Africa) – ‘Fountain of flowers’Khartoum (Sudan) – ‘End of an elephant’s trunkMore news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyDushanbe (Tajikstan) – ‘Monday’Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) – ‘City of love’Funafuti (Tuvalu) – ‘Banana’Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) – ‘Father of the gazelle’Harare (Zimbabwe) – ‘He does not sleep’To view the full map, go to: http://onthegotours.com/literal-translations-of-cities/The map is broken down into a number of different categories: People. Natural, Feelings, Man Made, Animal and Other. According to the map, it seems that nature inspires us the most when it comes to naming our cities, as 35% (67 cities) of those featured on the graphic have been named after things in nature. This includes Berlin, Germany, whose literal translation is ‘swamp’ and Reykjavik, Iceland, which translates as ‘smoky bay’.The next most popular theme we choose to name our cities is ‘manmade’. 50 cities fall under this category including Lisbon, Portugal, which means ‘safe harbour’, Kuwait City, Kuwait, which means ‘fortress by the sea’ and Canberra, Australia, whose literal translation is ‘meeting place’. There are only 11 places on the map that are named after animals; including Bern, Switzerland, named after ‘bear’ and Kampala, Uganda, which translates as ‘gazelle’.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe remaining cities are named after ‘people’ (29 cities), ‘feelings’ (17 cities) and ‘other’ (16 cities).For more information on the literal translations of cities around the world, please visit On The Go Tours. The Canadian Press last_img read more

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