UN welcomes relocation of Uzbek refugees from border camp

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the relocation of Uzbek asylum seekers further into the interior of Kyrgyzstan and away from a border camp in which they had been living since violence erupted in the Uzbek town of Andijan last month.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the 467 residents of the makeshift camp in Barash, Kyrgyzstan were taken on Saturday to a new camp site at Sasyk, well away from the border with Uzbekistan.“Border camps are nearly always highly problematic, insecure and a source of tension between states,” said Ekber Menemencioglu, UNHCR’s director for Central and Southwest Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. “The Kyrgyz authorities have been working closely with UNHCR on solving this situation, and we applaud their persistence in the face of varied pressures and a number of setbacks.”Hundreds of people fled into Kyrgyzstan from Uzbekistan after the May 13 violence in Andijan between protesters and security forces. The Kyrgyz government has repeatedly reassured UNHCR it would not forcibly return the asylum-seekers, despite rumours to the contrary. read more

Irish Water to appear before Public Accounts Committee following consultancy spend revelations

first_imgUpdated 5.35pmTHE WEEK AFTER the admission that €50 million was spent on consultants’ fees by Irish Water, representatives from the semi-State body are to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).Last week, the chief executive of Irish Water, John Tierney, said that half of its €100m spend over the past year went on consultancy fees. The figure was defended as it was spent “in the context of long-term cost savings”.The revelation led the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to say that Irish Water must show the consultancy fees were “value for money” and “necessary”.Tierney did say that the spend would not be repeated in the year ahead.Irish Water representatives are also due to appear before the Oireachtas Environment Committee tomorrow. Among the representatives will be Tierney.Michael McCarthy, Cathaoirleach of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, said: “This will be an opportunity for this Committee to examine the operation of Irish Water and address public concerns over spending levels with personnel responsible for the body.”PAC appearanceToday, it was confirmed that representatives of Irish Water will appear before the PAC this Wednesday, at 6.30pm.The PAC said his evening that it intends to review the oversight and accountability mechanisms put in place in respect of Irish Water.This review is necessary arising from the recent revelations that Irish Water had spent €50 million on consultancies who were engaged to put new systems in place for the introduction of water charges.The review by the PAC will involve representatives from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Commission for Energy Regulation, in addition to representatives from Irish Water.Chairman of the Committee, John McGuinness, stated that under the Water Services Act 2013, “there was no provision made for the conduct of value for money reports which would examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems that are put in place to run Irish Water and, under the current arrangements, the Public Accounts Committee is precluded from getting involved in examining the accounts of Irish Water”.Deputy McGuinness said:The meeting on Wednesday will provide an opportunity to stress test the oversight systems that are now in place for Irish Water and I would hope that after the meeting the PAC will make recommendations on how oversight and accountability will be enhanced. The review by the PAC is an important step in restoring public confidence in this important public utility company.The news was welcomed by PAC member and Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, who said he is pleased they will discuss how public money has been spent in setting up the body.Harris said that it is “only right that Irish Water appear before the PAC” on the issue of consultants’ fees.The fact that Irish Water doesn’t fall under the remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General should not diminish the PAC’s determination to scrutinise the spending of public money, so I am pleased that Irish Water is agreeing to appear before the Committee this week.The Secretary General of the Department of the Environment and representatives from the Commission for Energy Regulation have also been invited to attend.Harris said they should be called before the PAC “so we can get a full picture of how public money is being spent in the setting up of the new State utilities company”.Harris said he believes an appearance by Irish Water before both the Environment and Public Accounts Committee “will help ensure transparency and accountability”.Read: “You can’t create Irish Water out of thin air” – O’Dowd>Read: “No decision on Irish Water charging,” – Gilmore>Read: ‘A national scandal’: Irish Water facing questions from PAC over €50m consultancy fees>last_img read more

Officials say probe into deadliest biker shootout in US history would be

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott 7 Comments Image: Rod Aydelotte/Associated Press 24,814 Views Officials say probe into deadliest biker shootout in US history would be ‘waste of time’ as charges dropped A total of 177 bikers were arrested after the shooting. McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 10:45 PMcenter_img Share9 Tweet Email1 McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson Image: Rod Aydelotte/Associated Press https://jrnl.ie/4575937 Short URL ALL CHARGES IN an investigation into a shootout between rival biker gangs that left nine people dead at a restaurant in Waco, Texas will be dropped.Prosecutors in the US state confirmed the news yesterday, saying there would be no convictions in relation to the deadliest biker shooting in US history.McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson said any further effort to prosecute the case would be a “waste of time, effort and resources”.“In my opinion, had this action been taken in a timely manner, it would have, and should have, resulted in numerous convictions and prison sentences against many of those who participated in the Twin Peaks brawl,” Johnson said.“Over the next three years the prior district attorney failed to take that action, for reasons that I do not know to this day.”The shooting outside the restaurant on 17 May, 2015, which involved two rival biker gangs happened as bikers from various groups were gathering to talk, before fights and gunfire broke out.Waco police officers monitoring the gathering also fired on the bikers, killing at least two people.Surveillance footage showed many bikers running from the scene and ducking for cover after gunshots rang out.A smaller number could be seen pointing and firing weapons, slinging chains or participating in fistfights.Law enforcement officers recovered dozens of firearms, knives and other weapons from the restaurant and an adjacent parking lot.A total of 177 bikers were arrested after the shooting, then charged 155 of them with engaging in organised criminal activity. Many were held on a $1 million bond.Former District Attorney Abel Reyna ultimately dropped charges against all but 24 and re-indicted them on riot charges. However, those charges came to an end on Tuesday.“It’s a travesty that so many people were rounded up and then investigated, instead of vice versa,” Mark Snodgrass, president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said on Tuesday.“A lot of these people’s lives were put on hold for four years.”In a statement, Reyna said he disagreed with the overall result, but acknowledged it was the decision of prosecutors on how to proceed with their cases.With reporting from Associated Press. Apr 3rd 2019, 10:45 PM last_img read more

Tsipras ranked amongst 100 most influential people

first_imgTIME Magazine recently released its list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ in 2015, featuring none other than Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The left-wing leader of Syriza was labeled as ‘Greece’s rising star’, whose election is considered to have reignited hope in the Greek people in the face of austerity.“Alexis Tsipras represents a Europeanism shared by those of us who understand that democracy on our continent has to be linked to sovereignty and social justice,” wrote Pablo Iglesias, secretary general of Spanish leftist party Podemos. Recognised alongside some of the worlds’ most significant pioneers, artists, icons and leaders, among those named were Russia’s ‘Iron man’ Vladimir Putin, the United State’s Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, along with China’s leader Xi Jinping.Source: Time Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sidaction La recherche progresse mais le combat est loin dêtre gagné

first_imgSidaction : La recherche progresse mais le combat est loin d’être gagnéDurant ce weekend, et comme chaque année depuis 1994, le Sidaction appelle à la mobilisation et aux dons en faveur de la recherche contre le Sida. Trois jours qui permettent de récolter des fonds qui serviront à la recherche et à la prise en charge des patients séropositifs. Du vendredi 5 jusqu’au dimanche 7 avril, 20 chaînes de télé et stations de radio se mobilisent en faveur du Sidaction mais il reste possible de faire des dons jusqu’au 18 avril via le site internet www.sidaction.org.Depuis près de 20 ans déjà, le Sidaction, association créée par Pierre Bergé, se bat pour sensibiliser les populations et récolter des fonds en faveur de la lutte contre le Sida. L’argent recueilli est reversé à 50 % pour financer la recherche publique contre le VIH, tandis que l’autre moitié sert à l’accompagnement des malades de France et de 29 pays en voie de développement. En 2012, la somme récoltée avait atteint les 4 millions d’euros, un record qui, espérons-le, sera battu cette année.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, même si la recherche progresse et que les scientifiques ne cessent chaque jour de se rapprocher de la solution qui nous permettra de nous débarrasser définitivement de ce fléau, le combat contre le Sida est loin d’être terminé. Il est donc important de continuer à sensibiliser les populations aux risques de contamination et aux progrès qui restent encore à faire. N’oublions pas que l’on estime à 34 millions le nombre de personnes séropositives dans le monde et que les traitements sont souvent trop onéreux pour les populations atteintes. C’est d’ailleurs pour cette raison qu’Onusida, l’organisme des Nations unies en charge de lutter contre la maladie, s’est fixé pour objectif de fournir des antirétroviraux à 15 millions de patients d’ici 2015.Malgré les discours optimistes, le Sida tue 1,7 million de personnes par an ! Chaque don a donc son importance ! Les promesses de dons peuvent être faites en appelant le 110 (appel gratuit), par internet (www.sidaction.org), par SMS (en tapant DON au 33 000, message non surtaxé) et par courrier (Sidaction 228, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin 75010 PARIS).  Le 7 avril 2013 à 13:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

12 Year Old Boy Needs Help for Overseas Treatment

12 Year Old Boy Needs Help for Overseas Treatment

first_imgBY Kebba AF TourayPA Musa Camara, a twelve (12) year old boy, who resides in Kerr Serign, is in dire need of urgent assistance to foot his overseas treatment. The family members of the patient have been struggling from pillar to post, in search of financial assistance to help him regain his normal health conditions, but so far their efforts are proving fruitless.This is a great night mare to the family, which forced them to have an interview with this medium with a view to seeking for funds to relegate this condition into the past.In an interview with Foroyaa, his sister, Maimuna Camara, explained that Musa has been affected with this sickness for three years and since then, they have been going round to help him regain his health status, but pointed out that they are yet to meet their target.She explained that they took him to MRC, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital(EFSTH) in Banjul and recently to Sukuta Health center and another place for traditional treatment, but noted that no positive result is been made and this, she added cost them D100,000.“We have been lobbying for funds to cure him but the results of our efforts are not promising,” she explains.According to her they live with their Mother and they have to cater for their family in terms of feeding and paying their house rental fees, which he added is their major constraints.“Sometimes we encounter feeding constraints as such our neighbors sometimes come to our aid in our trying time,” she noted.“We are calling on the government, companies, institutions, Individuals and good Samaritans to urgently come to our aid and help our brother (PA Musa) regain his health, which is impacting on his academic endeavors,” Maimuna urges.According to the medical reports, Pa Musa is diagnosed with spinal TB which is tormenting him and impacting seriously on his learning crusades and needs immediate assistance to make his overseas treatment a dream come true.For assistance Pa Musa Camara can be reached on (00220) 9904440, 3999440 or on email:mbyealhagie@hotmail.com or better still donate through an account GTB 2147509401590.last_img read more

Blazers have sloppy preseason opener

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, looks to shoot as Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday in Portland. PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers had 17 turnovers in the first half of their first preseason game and the Los Angeles Clippers took advantage on their way to an 89-81 victory on Monday.Nicolas Batum was Portland’s leading scorer with 12 points in 27 minutes, while Damian Lillard scored 11 points and dished six assists in 25 minutes.“I can’t remember the last time I saw 17 turnovers in a half,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.DeAndre Jordan was dominant for the Clippers in the first half with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks.The Trail Blazers’ sloppiness on the offensive end was exploited by the veteran Clippers, led by Chris Paul and Jordan. The Clippers scored 14 points in the first half off Trail Blazer turnovers. Paul finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.The Trail Blazers were without LaMarcus Aldridge (quad), Mo Williams (ankle) and Earl Watson (left calf) who all sat out for precautionary reasons.Dorell Wright, who dislocated his right finger last week in practice, also sat. But Stotts said before the game that it was to give him a night of rest.Thomas Robinson started alongside the other four projected starters for this year in Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez.The Clippers showed Monday — even in the preseason — why they are regarded as Western Conference contenders.Led by Paul, the Clippers demonstrated their commitment to the defensive end early and set the tone for the night.“We’ll look at the film and learn from it,” Stotts said.CLIPPERS 89, TRAIL BLAZERS 81L.A. CLIPPERS (89) — Dudley 1-4 0-0 2, Griffin 5-13 4-4 14, Jordan 6-9 4-5 16, Paul 3-7 9-10 15, W.Green 5-8 3-4 14, Crawford 0-4 0-0 0, Mullens 2-10 0-0 5, Collison 2-7 1-3 5, Jamison 3-5 0-0 7, Hollins 2-2 1-1 5, Wayns 0-4 4-4 4, Amundson 0-3 0-0 0, Farrakhan 0-2 0-0 0, Davies 1-2 0-0 2, J.Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-81 26-31 89.PORTLAND (81) — Batum 4-8 2-2 12, Robinson 1-5 3-4 5, Lopez 3-9 2-4 8, Lillard 3-10 5-5 11, Matthews 2-10 2-2 6, Bost 3-8 0-0 7, Freeland 2-6 0-0 4, Leonard 3-7 4-5 10, Crabbe 2-7 1-2 6, Claver 2-3 0-2 5, Barton 3-5 1-1 7. Totals 28-78 20-27 81.last_img read more

Top Parnell Aide Outlines National Guard Response Timeline

first_imgIn September, a federal report on misconduct in the Alaska National Guard was released. And since then, it’s been an open question as to why long-running allegations of cronyism, fraud and the mishandling of sexual assault reporting didn’t result in reform sooner. News outlets, including Alaska Public Media, have sued the Parnell administration for access to records that could provide insight into their response. APRN’s Lori Townsend spoke with capitol correspondent Alexandra Gutierrez about where things stand today.Download AudioThe Attorney General released over a thousand pages of e-mails concerning the Alaska National Guard this weekend. Was there anything illuminating in there?For the most part, no. Hundreds of pages were totally redacted, and a good chunk wasn’t germane to the request at all. Some complaints about the National Guard’s leadership are included, and those are interesting. Some are signed, some are anonymous. Some are reasoned, some are totally vitriolic. And they came in waves and spurts from 2010 to present day.What have we learned about how the Parnell administration responded to them?The documents don’t give us a lot of specifics in this regard, especially because they’re so heavily redacted. But they do show the Office of the Governor discussing allegations on a regular basis and communicating frequently with whistleblowers. A lot of the emails are to or from Mike Nizich, Gov. Parnell’s chief of staff. He rarely gives interviews, but I sat down with him for 45 minutes to talk about when the administration started hearing about trouble in the Guard, and what it did about it. He outlined the chronology of the administration’s response and supplied copies of some of the investigation reports that they tracked through the years. The first contact with an investigating agency was October 2010, which was before any National Guard chaplains had made serious contact with the Office of the Governor. Nizich says he visited the Federal Bureau of Investigations, after two whistleblowers reached out to him with serious allegations about drug smuggling and gun running. He stressed that it’s pretty serious and unusual for the governor’s chief of staff to report a commissioner to the FBI. Obviously, that would have serious implications if the person were found to be in the wrong. But a few weeks later, he was told that there nothing to it. In 2012, there was a National Guard Bureau inquiry into sexual assault response that was called by Sen. Mark Begich. That came up dry. That same year, another aide to Parnell, Nancy Dahlstrom, says she went to the FBI, too. Again, nothing. In 2013, the U.S. Army Inspector General Agency looked into a complaint that then-Adjutant General Thomas Katkus’ covered up sexual assaults, and they cleared him. There was also a review by the Secretary of the Army, another Army Inspector General review, and a Department of Defense inquiry called by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. None of them found any problems. Nizich said it was like chasing ghosts. Did the fact that there were consistent complaints raise any questions about keeping Katkus in a position of leadership even if the investigations were coming up dry?I asked that, because it seems like at minimum, the sheer volume and persistence of complaints would indicate that Katkus was a divisive figure and that there was a low level of morale at least among some members of the Guard. Nizich said the administration understood that Katkus was making some changes that not everybody necessarily liked, but that because Katkus kept on getting a clean bill of health, so to speak, they trusted him. He also stressed that feedback they received wasn’t exclusively negative, and that Katkus did have his fans in the Guard.Did Nizich have an explanation for why the administration hasn’t been more forthcoming with documents?One of the interesting things about this whole crisis in confidence in the National Guard’s leadership and the governor’s response is it seems like there’s two components to this. There’s Parnell’s private response and his public response, which are actually pretty distinct things.As far as his private response goes, we’re still learning about that. On the most skeptical end of the spectrum, one could say the administration is controlling the release of documents, there’s a lot redacted, and there’s still a lot that isn’t yet public. And on the more trusting side of things, you look at the investigation record and the documents that have been released, and take the administration at its word with the rest. Without all the information and with so many different perspectives on how this was handled, it’s hard to be certain where things fall on that continuum.The public response is a different matter. One of the frustrating parts of the Office of Complex Investigations report that was released in September is that it describes all of this upsetting and unconscionable activity without naming perpetrators or quantifying the number of victims or the extent of fraud. With all of these open questions about just how bad it was, it shouldn’t be surprising that the public and the press have wanted answers. And when the administration didn’t appear to be forthcoming with information about how they handled things, that prompts the question of “Why?”Nizich’s explanation for the delayed response to – and subsequent denial of – records requests into the National Guard is part logistical and part legal. He says there were large records requests, like one for all of former naturak resources commissioner and current Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s state e-mails, made prior to the National Guard investigation which slowed the response. And he says there were enough legal privileges governing the documents to justify not releasing them – privileges that we’re definitely seeing exercised even with the documents that are now coming out on a judge’s order.Given the politically fraught timing of this happening during campaign season, voters probably could have had a clearer understanding of what happened had more information been provided and documents released sooner.last_img read more

Over 60 smallcap stocks gave 100 returns in 2015

first_imgAs many as 62 smallcap stocks have given more than 100% returns for investors this year, even as the benchmark indices failed to give positive returns.While Intrasoft Technologies shares rose by a whopping 605% during 2015, gains made by these smallcap stocks ranged from 100% to 400%.A strong uptrend in smallcap stocks is mainly led by inflows from retail investors, while largecaps suffered from continued selling by overseas investors, analysts said.Compared to a 7% decline in the benchmark BSE S&P Sensex, the BSE Smallcap Index went up by around 2% during the year.”Clearly, the market reaction is dominated by retrenchment of FII flow, which has been impacting the benchmark indices. At the same time, continued flow of retail investor money has supported midcap and smallcap stocks,” The Economic Times quoted Dhananjay Sinha, Head of Institutional Research, Economist & Strategist at Emkay Global Financial Services, as saying.Out of the 62 top performing smallcaps, five of them have given over 300% returms and 17 returned more than 200% gains.Kelton Tech Solutions (up 394%), Rajesh Exports (379%), JMT Auto (365%) and Gayatri Projects (344%) are the smallcap stocks that gave over 300% returns.Smallcaps gaining more than 200% include SpiceJet (293%), Welspun Syntex (268%), Tata Elxsi (265%), Jubilant Life Sciences (253%), Dishman Pharma (143%), Welspun India (143%) and Titagarh Wagons (136%).However, there are many underperformers in the BSE smallcap index that includes more than 700 stocks.”Past trend indicates that often the valuation cycle of midcap and smallcap stocks lag the benchmark indices. Hence, there is a fair amount of risk in the smaller stocks if the market weakness persists beyond the Fed liftoff event on Dec 16,” said Sinha of Emkay Global.last_img read more

BNP starts selling nomination papers

BNP starts selling nomination papers

first_imgBNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on behalf of chairperson Khaleda Zia collects nomination form to contest in Bagura-6 constituency in Naya Paltan central office on 12 November. Photo: Dipu MalakarBNP formally started selling its nomination papers on Monday to those who want to contest the next general election with the party’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, reports UNB.The sale nomination paper began at 10:45am with the purchase of two nomination papers for its chairperson Khaleda Zia.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir purchased a nomination form for Khaleda to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency.BNP leader Mirza Abbas will buy another form for Khaleda Zia to contest the polls from Bogura-6 constituency.Besides, Mirza Fakhrul bought another nomination paper for himself for contesting the election from Tangail-1.The aspirants can collect the party nomination paper from 10 to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday at Tk 5,000 each.Each nomination hopeful can submit the nomination paper either on Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm or the same time on Thursday with Tk25,000 as non-refundable deposit.Earlier in the day, BNP’s two alliances –Jatiya Oikya Front and 20-Praty– announced to participate in the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections as part of their movement to restore democracy, and demanded the election be deferred by one month.Huge party leaders and activists started gathering in front of BNP office soon after the announcement of its joining the polls.On Thursday evening, chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in a televised address to the nation announced the schedule for the next general election.As per the schedule, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on 23 December (Sunday) while the last date for submitting nomination papers is 19 November, the date for scrutinising nomination papers is 22 November and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is 29 November.last_img read more

India cancels visa of Bangladesh actor Ferdous

India cancels visa of Bangladesh actor Ferdous

first_imgActor Ferdous Ahmed is seen campaigning. Photo: TwitterBangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed will be sent back and blacklisted for violating his visa conditions by campaigning for the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the home ministry of India said on Tuesday, reports NDTV.The home ministry of India asked for a report from the Bureau of Immigration after Ferdous’ presence at a Trinamool roadshow triggered controversy.The ministry has cancelled his business visa and issued him a leave India notice.Ferdous Ahmed also has been blacklisted. The Foreigners Regional Registration Office or FRRO Kolkata has been asked to follow the orders, the home ministry said, the NDTV report added.Earlier, the Deputy High Commission for Bangladesh in Kolkata has asked him not to take part in the election campaign in India and return to his country.”Based on media reports, he was asked whether he participated in the campaign or not. Ahmed told us that he was there for the purpose of shooting and had participated in the (ongoing Lok Sabha election) campaign. It was not a right thing to take part in the election as a foreign national. He was asked to go back,” the official told IANS.”We have also suggested to him that he should resume his shooting activities after the election season gets over,” the official added.The Election Commission on Monday said the Model Code of Conduct doesn’t specifically state anything about a foreign national canvassing for any political party.Asked if it is a violation of the poll code or if any party has complained against the actor, additional chief electoral officer Sanjay Basu had said: “The MCC does not have anything specifically written regarding this. If anyone complains, we will see to it.”The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday lodged a complaint against the Trinamool candidate on violation of model code of conduct on foreigner canvassing for a party.last_img read more

Vishal Joshis wooden sculpture

Vishal Joshis wooden sculpture

first_imgAt the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat centre, Director Sunit Tandon stood at peered closely at the wooden installation that opened the exhibition ‘Contours’ which is open for public view until October 31.”The striking charcoal hue feels at once ancient and modern,” said Tandon and you could not disagree. Hung on the wall was the enveloping matte darkness burnt wood and the glittering primordial obsidian of subtle bronze toned spirals. As autumn set in the pathways of the capital city of Delhi, this single image emerged as a dark and startling, wonder almost as though it was dipped in charcoal and oil. Vishal plays with its opaque blackness, a shade that seems to absorb all the energies that surround it, acting as a backdrop for the mood changes that can entice viewers to peer closer. It references Japanese techniques too. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAn increasing number of Western architects and designers all over the world these days are dabbling with shou sugi ban, a centuries-old Japanese – technique for preserving and finishing wood by charring it with fire. The treatment – which leaves behind a dense, carbonized layer of blackness — has been around since at least the 18th century, though earlier examples exist. Interestingly, while it is no longer as popular as it once was in Japan, it’s found new life in the West. Shou sugi ban is the Westernized term for what is known in Japan as yaki sugi-ita (or just yakisugi), which translates loosely into ”burned cedar board.” To achieve the effect, planks of wood are treated with the heat on their outward faces only: Traditionally, three boards are tied together lengthwise to form a triangular tunnel. The interior is then set on fire and the scorched surface cooled with water. The work also reminded me of the Korean artist Lee Jaehyo. It is the life-blood of his art and it courses through all the animated objects that he creates. The man-made nails that he drives into calcified wood, on the contrary, exhibit his concern for death and destruction. The two sides of his nature represented in a living, breathing wood fashioned into ergonomic forms, and blackened, cosmic shapes onto which silvery patterns and meanings are articulated in silvery spikes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBurnt wood is becoming avant grade as a texture and a trend. While the practical aspects appeal to contemporary builders, the deeper roots of the trend no doubt lie in our current collective hunger for all things artisanal – for creations that contain the visible, sometimes-raw, but always an original touch of the human hand. Like reclaimed wood, this burnt charred ember has a homespun appeal. Vishal reflects his yearning for this aesthetic as it points us to a general act of treating materials in traditional ways. It also points us to the dynamics of creating installations that are small and quaint, to an adoption of principles that are fundamental to design: simplicity, and the use of natural materials to create a work that echoes sensitivity to the surrounding environment. But arguably it is the elegant beauty of charred wood — at once elemental, enigmatic and modernist that lends an imposing aura of intrigue and depth: It’s like antiquity visiting a white cube as it passes through the sieve of time.last_img read more

Windows 10 Web Search gets a tad more useful

Windows 10 Web Search gets a tad more useful

first_imgWindows 10 Web Search gets a tad more useful by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2017 in Windows – 20 commentsThe most recent Insider Build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update comes with extended web search functionality that makes it a tad more useful than it is right now in stable versions of Windows 10.Microsoft integrated web search capabilities into the default search functionality on Windows 10. This means that Windows 10 users may get search results returned to them when they run searches on the device.I did not find this particularly useful, as Windows 10 returns search suggestions only. This means that you don’t get any results displayed to you, but only some suggestions.One of the first guides that I published for Windows 10 was a guide that explained how to turn off web search on Windows 10. Microsoft removed the option to disable web searching in the Cortana and Settings user interface in the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.It is still possible to disable web search on Windows 10, but one needs to either use the Group Policy or the Registry for that.Windows 10 Extended Web SearchIf you run a search on a recent Windows 10 Insider Build, you may notice that it offers extended search functionality now. What is meant by that is that search returns more information to you than just search suggestions.Note: This seems to be live for US English search systems only right now.Basically, what happens is that you get the current search suggestions of Windows 10 search on the left, and a snapshot of Bing’s results page on the right.Since you get live results, running searches from your Windows 10 desktop may provide you with answers right away. It depends on what you are looking for obviously.You can scroll the results in the right pane, and even click on some content links to have them displayed directly on the page (those provided by Bing usually, like the see more link you see on the screenshot above).You can use the mouse to select a different suggestion, and get instant results on the right pane based on the selection.A click on links opens the result in Microsoft Edge. You can click on any of the links on the right preview pane as well to load this page directly.Closing WordsI find this more useful than the current implementation as it provides some content that users may find useful. The fact that you are limited to Bing and Microsoft Edge is a bummer. While I do not mind that the results are opened in Edge, I very much like to run searches on my preferred search engine and not on Bing.Now You: What is your take on web search functionality on Windows 10?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Web Search gets a tad more usefulDescriptionThe build-in web search functionality on Windows 10 displays web results right away now when you run web searches, and no longer suggestions only.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

first_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 May 10, 2018 — Teleradiology company DocPanel announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine Department of Radiology that will give consumers access to Keck’s 60 radiology subspecialists. DocPanel enables imaging centers to use USC experts who are focused on specific areas of the body, therefore providing unique perspective and accurate insights.Currently, there is a $15 billion radiology reading market; however, it is ripe with challenges such as radiology shortages, high error rates, growing costs and more.Serving as an online marketplace for patients seeking accurate diagnostic interpretations, DocPanel connects consumers to a large community of subspecialty radiologists around the world, and now including USC. Since launch less than a year ago, DocPanel has brought on hundreds of radiologists in 42 states across all specialties.USC’s network includes experts in many areas of radiology, including but not limited to:Body imaging abdominal imaging;Breast imaging;Cardiothoracic imaging;Cardiovascular;Chest;Computed tomography (CT);Emergency;Genitourinary;Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);Musculosketal;Neuroradiology;Nuclear;Pediatric;Positron emission tomography (PET)-CT;Ultrasound;Vascular;Women’s imaging; andX-ray”Our partnership with DocPanel opens up a whole new way for our subspecialty radiologists to reach patients who may be struggling to find clarity,” said Edward G. Grant M.D., FACR, professor and chairman, Department of Radiology at USC-Keck School of Medicine. “We are able to put patients at ease by providing accurate diagnoses. Division chiefs directly handle many cases, along with their hand-picked teams, ensuring patients receive reliable radiology reads, consultations and second opinions.”DocPanel offers a new flexible model that can co-exist, supplement or replace existing models of radiology. The company said this can help overcome challenges related to errors, high costs, staff shortages and more.For more information: www.docpanel.com 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 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Teleradiology | May 10, 2018 DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine USC’s 60 radiology subspecialists added to DocPanel’s online teleradiology marketplace Related Contentcenter_img 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 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. 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Siemens Healthineers Announces First US Install of Biograph Vision PETCT

Siemens Healthineers Announces First US Install of Biograph Vision PETCT

first_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 March 5, 2019 — Siemens Healthineers’ new Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system has been installed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia – the first healthcare institution in the United States to install the technology.The Biograph Vision possesses new Optiso UDR detector technology that is based on 3.2 x 3.2 mm lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) crystal elements and digital silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs). With this technology, the system delivers higher spatial resolution while achieving what Siemens calls the industry’s fastest time-of-flight, with a temporal resolution of 214 picoseconds, as well as an effective sensitivity of 100 cps/kBq. For these reasons, the Biograph Vision helps to reduce scan time to as low as 3 minutes per patient to improve throughput, reduce patient radiation exposure and cut tracer cost. The 78-cm bore aids in patient positioning and can help ensure patient comfort.The Biograph Vision also has optional features aimed at improving patient care. OncoFreeze provides PET/CT images that are virtually free of motion in the same period as a regular whole-body scan. CardioFreeze takes cardiac gating one step further, incorporating OncoFreeze technology to correct respiratory motion in the heart. FlowMotion Multiparametric Suite delivers images of standard uptake volume (SUV), metabolic glucose rate, and distribution volume.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more 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 | 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | PET-CT | March 06, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Install of Biograph Vision PET/CT Scanner installed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more last_img read more

Australia to gain from Asias luxury travel boom over the next 10

Australia to gain from Asias luxury travel boom over the next 10

first_imgAustralia to gain from Asia’s luxury travel boom over the next 10 yearsAustralia is in prime position to capitalise on the luxury travel boom that will sweep Asia in the next 10 years, with high-growth expected to come from China and India.According to a new Amadeus report featuring data from Tourism Economics, Asia Pacific’s luxury travel market will see faster overall growth than Europe’s from 2011 – 2025. Out of the 25 countries explored in this report, India has the highest rate of projected growth with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.8%, closely followed by China with a CAGR of 12.2%.Australia is already seeing strong tourism growth coming from China and India. In 2015, China represented the biggest region for tourism revenue – $8.3 billion (up 45% from 2014) and visitor growth (up 22% from 2014). India followed closely behind with 19% growth in visitors and 38% growth in total expenditure1.Further, 48% of Chinese consumers2 and 41% of Indian consumer3 are considering travel to Australia in the next 4 years.Tony Carter, Managing Director at Amadeus IT Pacific said, “Because of Australia’s proximity to Asia, our world class tourism, quality infrastructure and amenities, we are in a prime position to capitalise on the luxury travel boom in the coming decade.“The key to success will come down to our understanding of luxury, and what it means to different people. Luxury travel is subjective. For one traveller, it could be a private multimillion-dollar cruise around Queensland. For another, it could be the reassurance of having their dietary requirements automatically catered for throughout their entire holiday and a bespoke designer wardrobe waiting for them in their hotel room. Curating something that appeals to them on a specific, personal level that goes above a traveller’s “norms” is key to capturing the next generation of the luxury travel market,” added Carter.Amadeus’ report found that Oceania’s own luxury market is very mature, having the highest percentage of luxury outbound trips in 2015 at 30.5%, higher than even the US at 26.2%. From 2015 – 2025, Oceania’s luxury travel will grow faster than overall travel with a CAGR of 4.1%, compared to a CAGR of 3.8% for the overall travel market. The report further finds that growth in luxury travel will outpace overall travel, spurred on by consumers’ desire for life experiences.Some key findings from the report include:We have entered a new age of luxury travel, where luxury is curated, real-time and experience-ledDriven by India’s impressive luxury market growth, South Asia’s luxury travel market will expand at a faster rate than any other region exploredChina’s relatively mature luxury market is set against a backdrop of tightening regulations and a battle against corruption. This means luxury travellers in China are more conscious about flaunting their wealthSoutheast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand and Philippines, will also see luxury travel outpace overall travelA human desire for more rewarding experiences provides an essential catalyst to evolve and improve travel industry quality and service standardsA hierarchy of luxury travel needs is identified, ranging from 5-star quality and service standards to exclusive VIP privacy and securityIn 2015, Amadeus released a report called Future Traveller Tribes 2030, which identified six traveller tribes based on consumer behaviour, recognizing that purchasing patterns change depending on the circumstances of each trip.Using similar methodology, Shaping the Future of Luxury Travel, identifies six luxury traveller tribes to help travel providers better target their luxury customer market: Always Luxury; Special Occasion; Bluxury; Cash-rich, time-poor; Strictly Opulent; and Independent Affluent. Learn more herediscover more about Japan hereSource = Amadeuslast_img read more

Bubble Fears Unwarranted with Homes Still 3 Undervalued

Bubble Fears Unwarranted with Homes Still 3 Undervalued

first_img June 26, 2014 688 Views Bubble Fears Unwarranted with Homes Still 3% Undervalued Home Prices Home Values Housing Bubble Trulia 2014-06-26 Krista Franks Brock in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img While persistent price gains continue to dominate headlines, homes in a majority of major markets across the country remain slightly undervalued, quashing any concerns of a rising bubble, according to the latest data from Trulia.Nationally, homes remain undervalued by 3 percent compared with long-term fundamentals, according to Trulia’s Bubble Watch.Market-level data reveals 76 of the 100 largest metros remain undervalued, and most of the overvalued markets are less than 10 percent overvalued.”While the number of overvalued markets is rising, there remains little reason to worry about a new, widespread bubble forming,” said Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko.Just seven of the 100 largest metro markets are currently overvalued by more than 10 percent.Furthermore, Trulia points out even today’s most overvalued markets are nowhere near their bubble levels of overvaluation. For example, Orange County, California, the most overvalued market, is currently overvalued by 17 percent. This compares to 71 percent at the height of the bubble in 2006.Honolulu and Los Angeles tie for second place on Trulia’s list of overvalued markets. Homes in both metros are overvalued by 15 percent. However, in the first quarter of 2006, Honolulu homes were overvalued by 41 percent, and Los Angeles homes were overvalued by 79 percent, according to Trulia.The trend reads similarly down the list of top 10 overvalued markets, with the exception of Austin, Texas. Prices in Austin are currently overvalued by 13 percent, compared to just 8 percent at the height of the bubble. Trulia explains, “that’s because Austin (and Texas generally) avoided the worst of last decade’s bubble and bust.”Overall, Trulia expects national home prices to rise to a neutral level—neither undervalued nor overvalued—by the end of this year or the start of next year. Slowing price gains at the national level leave no concerns for a rising bubble, according to Trulia.Currently, three of the top five undervalued markets are in Ohio, with Akron and Cleveland topping the list with homes currently undervalued by 21 percent.Detroit, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio, follow. Homes are undervalued by 19 percent and 16 percent, respectively, in these two markets. However, both markets are experiencing double-digit price gains, so Trulia does not expect them to linger on the most undervalued list for long.Trulia determines whether a market is overvalued or undervalued by comparing home prices to price-to-income ratio, price-to-rent ratio, and long-term price trends. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgWe have paired up with Friendly Rentals to offer you the chance to win a romantic break for 2 to your choice of Barcelona, Venice or Lisbon. The prize includes a 2 night stay for 2 people in a Friendly Rentals apartment and return flights courtesy of Skyscanner.Take a romantic short break in Barcelona, where you’ll find plenty of places to stroll arm-in-arm, and in love. Like the gorgeous Laribal Gardens on Montjuic hill – from where you can watch the sunset over the city, and then take in the magical sound, light and water display of the Font Majica. ‘O sole mio’ cry the gondoliers as they punt happy couples slowly and joyfully along the famous canals of the floating city of Venice. Indulge in pure romantic cliché and make it even more special by popping a bottle of Prosecco as you float on by. Or perhaps you’ve got a question to pop?Ah, Lisbon. This colourful Portugese city abounds with ancient treasures for the culture lover, from museums brimming with artefacts to grand Gothic cathedrals. Wander the cobbled streets on foot or hop on a canary yellow tram, and let food be the food of love by tasting baked treats fresh from a fastida.Enter now!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related7 romantic city breaks in EuropeLove is all you need, but whisking your sweetheart away to Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon will probably earn you a few brownie points. Here are seven places in Europe to take your lover for a romantic city break, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or you just fancy treating that someone special.6 flights under £50Paris, Berlin, Venice, Barcelona, Croatia and many more – all with flights coming in at less than £50 return.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).last_img read more