CU to induct postgraduate students through online admission test

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta University will conduct online entrance examination for post-graduate (PG) admission from this academic year. The move is aimed at transparency, saving time and modernisation.There are 66 post-graduate departments, which will conduct online entrance tests. The varsity will earmark one or two centres in the city where the students will have to come and appear for the examination. “Calcutta University will be the first university in the state to introduce online entrance examination. This is the most modernised approach for holding such examination ,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University . Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Vice-Chancellor assured of quick publication of results of the entrance test. The entrance test will be MCQ type and of an hour duration. There will be 50 questions. Each right answer will fetch two marks and there will be negative marking of . 5 (half) for each wrong answer. If there is a tie in marks then the student will less negative marks will get the edge. Calcutta University has a total of 147 colleges among which post-graduate courses are offered in 32 colleges Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total number of post-graduate seats in the varsity, including the colleges that offer post-graduate, is 8,695. The seats in Master of Arts (MA) is 4,373, in Master of Science (MSc ) is 3,074 while that in Master of Commerce (M.Com ) is 1,248. The total seats in the varsity is 5520 while that in its affiliated colleges offering PG is 3175. Admission against 60 percent seats are reserved for Calcutta University current year passed out students while admission against 40 percent of total seats are reserved for both CU and non-Calcutta University students on the basis of entrance test marks. “Calcutta University is also planning to hold PG examinations in away centres from the next academic year,” the vice chancellor said. It may be mentioned that according to a recent survey conducted by India Today and Marketing and Research Development Associates Calcutta University has ranked fifth among all Indian universities and the first in Bengal. Calcutta University has been ranked outstanding in parameters like intake quality and governance academic and research excellence, career programme and placement. Calcutta University has filed, granted and published the highest number of patents in the last three years. ” The achievement is due to very high quality research outputs and teaching performance of our internationally famous teachers,” a senior Calcutta University official said.last_img read more

New UN report urges measures to ensure affordable health services for all

The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that Governments worldwide are struggling to pay for health care, which is rising as populations get older, as more people suffer chronic diseases, and as new and more expensive treatments appear. It says that in countries that depend heavily on people paying directly for services at the point of delivery, health bills push 100 million people into poverty each year.In its annual World Health Report, the agency shows how all countries, rich and poor, can adjust their health financing mechanisms so more people get the health care they need. It highlights three key areas where change can happen – raising more funds for health, raising money more fairly, and spending it more efficiently.“No one in need of health care should have to risk financial ruin as a result,” said WHO Director General Margaret Chan. “The report sets out a stepwise approach. We encourage every country to act on this and do at least one thing to improve health financing and increase health coverage over the coming year.” WHO says that in many cases, governments can allocate more money for health. In 2000, African heads of State committed to spend 15 per cent of government funds on health, a goal that three countries – Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania – have already achieved.If the governments of the world’s 49 poorest countries each allocated 15 per cent of state spending to health, they could raise an additional $15 billion per year – almost doubling the funds available, notes the agency.Countries can also generate more money for health through more efficient tax collection, says WHO, which cited as an example Indonesia, which has boosted revenue by 10 percentage points. They can find new sources of tax revenue, such as sales taxes and currency transactions, as in the case of Ghana, which funded its national health insurance partly by increasing the value-added tax (VAT) by 2.5 per cent. A review of 22 low-income countries shows that they could between them raise $1.42 billion through a 50 per cent increase in tobacco tax. WHO also cites the role of the international community, noting that if all donors joined Norway and others that have kept their promise to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to official development assistance, three million additional lives could be saved in lower-income countries by 2015.The report highlights the model used by countries such as Japan, Chile, Rwanda and Thailand, which have reduced dependence on direct, out-of-pocket payments and increasing prepayment – generally through insurance or taxes or a mix of the two. The funds raised are then pooled so that it is not just those who get sick that bear the financial burden.Smarter spending could also boost global health coverage anywhere between 20 and 40 per cent, the agency points out, highlighting 10 areas where greater efficiencies are possible, including the use of generic drugs wherever possible – a strategy that saved almost $2 billion in 2008.WHO is presenting its report today to a ministerial conference on health financing, held in Germany. The agency and its partners will then embark on a programme to help countries review their health financing systems and strategies, facilitate exchanges of experiences between countries, and help countries adjust financing systems so that more people get access the services they need. 22 November 2010The United Nations health agency today mapped out what countries can do, including raising more funds and spending it more efficiently, to ensure that everyone who needs health care can access it despite rising costs. read more

IMF chief predicts sustainable Gulf growth praises management of oil prices

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The head of the International Monetary Fund said Saturday that the economies of the oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council will continue to enjoy high growth rates, although at reduced rates.Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, also praised the GCC countries’ management of oil prices and reserves, and lauded their financial contribution to the transition of Arab countries following the uprisings that have rattled local economies.“I would like to stress the important, positive role the GCC countries play in the broader Middle East and North Africa region, and the world at large,” Lagarde said after a meeting of the six-nation GCC, which counts Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman as members.“The generous financial aid the GCC has provided to some of the Arab countries undergoing transition is helping those countries through a very difficult period,” she said. “And, at the global level, GCC countries’ oil policy has helped stabilize oil markets and counter price pressures that could have inflicted serious damage on the world economy.”She said that while other Arab economies are challenged, the GCC countries are enjoying growth that reached its highest level in eight years in 2011 at 7.5 per cent.“Nevertheless, given the uncertain global outlook, continued emphasis on strengthening resilience, including in fiscal and financial sectors, will be important alongside greater focus on the foundations for longer-term growth,” she said.An IMF official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the organization’s policy, said following the GCC’s strong performance in 2011, growth in the nations’ non-oil sectors is expected to slow as fiscal stimulus eases, but remain high by historical standards at around 6.5 and 5.6 per cent in 2012 and 2013, respectively.Saudi Arabia is one of the largest donors to countries of the region and contributors to the IMF.Riyadh pledged an additional $15 billion earlier this year to the IMF following the fund’s call for new resources, the official said. by News Staff Posted Oct 6, 2012 12:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IMF chief predicts sustainable Gulf growth, praises management of oil prices read more

BHP Billiton and Saskpower partner to accelerate development of CCS

first_imgBHP Billiton and Saskatchewan-based electricity provider, SaskPower, have announced a partnership to accelerate the global development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by sharing access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam facility – the world’s first full chain power sector CCS project. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies, and subject to contractual terms, BHP Billiton would contribute to the establishment of a global knowledge centre to help promote research and reduce the cost and risk associated with new CCS projects.BHP Billiton Chief Commercial Officer, Dean Dalla Valle, said he was excited that the company was working with SaskPower to support efforts to reduce the world’s emissions. “To respond effectively to climate change, we must develop and deploy a wide range of low emissions technologies more quickly than the usual commercial timeframes. But progress remains too slow.“The individual components of CCS (capture, transport and storage) have been successfully demonstrated for many years but Boundary Dam is the first power project to bring all these together. Much more investment and many more projects are needed to bring down the cost of technology and accelerate its deployment. By making relevant information from Boundary Dam more widely available, we hope our contribution has a multiplier effect and promotes CCS investment around the world.“We continue to assess other investments to support the development of CCS and other low emissions technology as part of our commitment to take action on climate change,” Dalla Valle said.In welcoming the partnership Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall said: “We’re very happy to have BHP Billiton and SaskPower seek to partner on next steps, and make CCS more accessible to the world. With private enterprises like BHP Billiton investing in low emissions technology, we are turning the tide today in Saskatchewan, and tomorrow around the world.”SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said: “SaskPower’s CCS journey began more than a decade ago, and today we’re proud to develop this exciting opportunity with BHP Billiton. The intention of this partnership is to allow the CCS expertise and knowledge being developed in Saskatchewan to be shared worldwide, and what better way to do that than with a major global business leader.”Giles Hellyer, President BHP Billiton Canada, said he was proud that BHP Billiton was seeking to partner with a local Saskatchewan organisation to achieve excellent work that is firmly aligned with BHP Billiton’s climate change position. “As the home of our Jansen potash project, we have a strong connection with and commitment to Saskatchewan and it’s great to see some of the innovative work being done in the region recognised globally as part of such an important effort to reduce the world’s emissions.”“This partnership demonstrates the strength of the work being undertaken by SaskPower at the Boundary Dam facility, the support offered by the Saskatchewan Government and BHP Billiton’s commitment to tackling climate change. We know there is still much more to be done in CCS, but we are encouraged by the results we are seeing today, and the innovations we are working on for tomorrow. The Boundary Dam project offers lessons for all of us and we look forward to being part of it.”last_img read more

Fascism Inc screening

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On the occasion of the first anniversary of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas and news of a possible visit by two MEPs of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to Australia, the Greek Democritus League is holding a screening of the documentary film Fascism Inc.A film by Aris Chatzistefanou, Facism Inc deals with the birth of fascism and its unbreakable financial and political ties with big business. Admission is free. Donations given will go to the filmmaker.When: Sunday 5 October at 3.00 pm Where: Democritus, 583 High Street, Thornburylast_img read more

Melbourne man jailed for defrauding almost 5 million

first_imgA Melbourne man has been sentenced to seven years’ jail with a minimum of 4.5 years, after he duped an elderly builder out of $4.92 million over an eight-year period, starting in 2003.Tom Poursanidis, 52, was found to have “preyed” on Paul Knight, a trusting builder, and gained from his “goodwill to fleece all of his hard-won assets”, according to County Court Judge Irene Lawson. Prosecutor Damien Hannan told the court Poursanidis had offered to pay half of Knights’ costs and repairs to purchase and trade second-hand vehicles, which was agreed to but based on fake documentation. Fearing he would lose all of the money he had invested into the business venture, by 2009 Knight was borrowing money but unable to pay off his debts.Poursanidis’ barrister argued a lesser sentence was warranted due to his client’s parents’ deteriorating health – including probable terminal cancer faced by his father – but the court felt otherwise. Judge Lawson stated that the monies defrauded from Knight were from life savings accumulated from 1961 and noted that the hardship on Poursanidis’ parents did not warrant exceptional circumstances to have his sentence downgraded.The judge concluded by saying Poursanidis’ three sisters would now have to share the load in caring for their parents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Thank Jerry Lawson for the Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target The Nintendo Switch throws a lot of new ideas at players at once. It’s a handheld that’s also a console. Its controllers detach and can be used in a variety of ways. And one of its marquee games features a location called New Donk City. But one of the Nintendo Switch’s coolest features is decidedly old-school. Instead of using cumbersome spinning optical discs in a portable device (like the PSP) the Switch runs games off of SD card-like cartridges. Later this fall you’ll be able to buy Skyrim on a cartridge.Cartridges dominated the video game home console industry in its early days before discs became the media of choice. But now that cartridges are coming back there’s no better time to thank the man responsible for the innovation, the late engineer Jerry Lawson.Gerald “Jerry” Lawson was an engineer from Queens who taught himself engineering by repairing various electronics in his youth. While working for companies like Grumman Aircraft, Federal Electric, and PRD Electronics into the early 1970s, he encountered the huge, room-filling, militarized supercomputers that were the standard at the time. Lawson was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club, the famous Silicon Valley garage incubator that spawned folks like famous Apple gurus Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.Jerry Lawson was also a big Black guy, one of only two Black members of the Homebrew Computer Club and the first Black video game designer after the release of his early arcade game Demolition Derby. Lawson’s achievements during the birth of the games industry would be impressive no matter what. But the fact that he accomplished what he did as one of the few African-Americans in the field makes him even cooler, and his historical erasure even more shameful.Lawson’s technological breakthrough was the development of the video game cartridge, which he created alongside others at Fairchild Semiconductor. Before, individual games were hardwired into the machine. Think arcade cabinets. Changing games required knowing both mental motherboard programming knowledge as well as physical disassembling and soldering knowledge. That’s for a niche group of DIY nerds; not the wide consumer base games need to thrive. So the cartridge, which allows users to easily hot swap games on a console while withstanding repeated use without electrocutions, is a bigger miracle than you might even realize. Plus, being able to sell individual games outside of the machines needed to play them opened up gaming as a business exponentially.Despite Lawson’s invention, the 1976 Fairchild Channel F console and its cartridges didn’t become a huge success. That was the Atari 2600 the next year. Lawson went on to start his own game development company Videosoft and remained an obscure figure in the industry, which seems unbelievable considering what he did. But in 2011 the International Game Developers Association named Lawson, an industry pioneer. He passed away shortly after.Articles about Lawson tend to pop up around this time of year. I wonder why? But if you’re curious the best resource is still this extensive interview with Lawson conducted by Benj Edwards of Vintage Computing and Gaming in 2009.I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus saying Jerry Lawson is a too-often forgotten titan of the industry who always deserves more recognition. A Jerry Lawson biopic could be the Hidden Figures of video games. But until then the best we can do to honor Lawson’s legacy is continue enjoying his creations. I know who I’ll be thanking whenever I plug a new cartridge into my Nintendo Switch.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… last_img read more

Chelsea join SMS race

first_imgChelsea have joined the race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to talkSPORT.The Blues have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic.The 23-year-old is one of the brightest and most sought-after prospects in Europe and has caught the attention of some Europe’s top clubs including Real Madrid.The Serbian midfielder was immense for Lazio last season scoring 12 goals and providing another six in 35 appearances for the Rome based club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.He was a part of Serbia’s 23 man party to the World Cup and his performances at the tournament have attracted more attention with new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who is keen to add him to his squad at Stamford Bridge.Lazio are thought to want around £110million for the former Genk man but Chelsea are willing to include Cesc Fabregas as a makeweight in the deal.Chelsea completed the signing of Jorginho from Napoli yesterday as Sarri begins a new era at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Title race is wide open says Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that this season’s title race will be far more difficult for his team compared to last season.Manchester City won the league last season with an unprecedented 100 points – 19 more points than second-placed rivals Manchester United.With just nine matches played so far this season, it’s looking far more competitive, with the top five teams separated by two points.Speaking to the press ahead of Monday’s mouth-watering game at Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola urged his players need to fight harder if they are want to make history by becoming the first team to retain the Premier League title in a decade.“I don’t have doubt about that,” Guardiola said – via Manchester City Official Website.“Two points difference in five, six teams. It’s strong.“You see line-up for Tottenham. Tottenham are always there.“They can’t invest because they build an incredible stadium but it’s a top side.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Last season we did really well in both games, but they are a top team.”Guardiola then praised Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical ability as both teams prepare to face off at Wembley on Monday night.“They play with five at back, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again.“When you know a team does the same thing, it’s easier to control it. They sometimes play Son with Dele Alli, they can change it. You have to be prepared for that. Tactically they are very well prepared.“When we see their game at Inter in Champions League, they were not worse than opponent. I say they were better. But the competition is special. The numbers are the numbers.“It’s one of the teams I like the most to watch, I learn when I see them.“They have a young team, good keeper, striker, everything to be there [at the top].”last_img read more

Portlands Eastbank Esplanade reopens

first_imgA team of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) operations supervisors and engineers working on-site has determined that the floating walkway and bike path underneath the Burnside Bridge shall be RE-OPENED to all foot and bike traffic. Crews are working to remove fencing and should be finished by 12 noon on Monday, June 20, 2011. The area affected was approximately 1000-to-1500 feet of floating territory that the recent high water on the Willamette made impassable. PP&R engineers and survey teams concluded via on-site inspections, in conjunction with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, that the water level had dropped below the target height of 16 feet, making the reopening possible. PP&R teams will continue to survey the water levels regularly and cannot rule out re-closing the walkway in the future, depending on the conditions.The elevated water levels had forced the temporary closure of the Eastside Esplanade’s floating walkway from May 31st until today. The walkway transitions from a sidewalk to a wooden deck over water beneath the Burnside Bridge on both sides. However, the closure affected users from north of the Morrison Bridge to south of the Steel bridge.The temporary closure was marked by signs and construction fencing, for the safety of the thousands of walkers, runners and cyclists who typically use the area daily.A PP&R 2010 study indicated that close to 2750 bike trips are made on the Eastbank Esplanade daily; a large number of walkers and runners also use the area.High water was exacerbated by both recent rains, and by hot weather that may have accelerated snowmelt, further prolonging high water conditions. As the water rose, it lifted the floating bridge so that the connecting portions between the bridge and fixed, concrete sidewalk were at unsuitable angles. Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary concern is for the safety of everyone using the area, and the Bureau kept the floating platform closed until the water subsided to the target height of below 16 feet. Engineers insist on maintaining a few inches of pad beyond the 16′ mark in case of fluctuations in the water level.last_img read more

Publishings New Breed

first_imgSGC HORIZON (formerly MB Media)• Formed in May, 2010, with acquisition of 13 shuttered online and print properties: Building Design+Construction, Custom Builder, Construction Equipment, Housing Giants, Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Construction Bulletin, SpecCheck,,,, and from RBI. • Re-acquired by Scranton Gillete Communications in July, 2010, and reformed as SGC Horizon.• Professional Builder has a circulation of 112,000, Professional Remodeler has 83,400, Building Design+Construction has 75,485, Construction Equipment has 76,043, and Custom Builder has 44,830. • Revenue: Tracking “significantly ahead” of 2010. Non-print revenue is currently increasing by 36 percent.“Tony Mancini and Rick Blesi were running the Construction Media Group for Reed, and they had formed a company called MB Media, and purchased those assets from Reed. We, in turn, went into a series of discussions with Tony and Rick and formed an LLC called SGC Horizon, in which Scranton Gillette has the majority stake, but Tony and Rick still have significant ownership stakes,” explains Ed Gillette, president and CEO, Scranton Gillette Communications (SGC).Mancini and Blesi had both served as publishers within the Construction Media Group for Reed and now both have the title of group director and principal, SGC Horizon, LLC. Mancini runs the residential and commercial construction brands for SGC Horizon, and Blesi oversees the construction equipment brands.“When Reed made what I would consider to be a strategic error and shuttered those titles, it was an opportunity for us to talk to Tony and Rick. This was a both a strategic and financial opportunity for SGC, as these were all complementary titles because we were already strong in infrastructure construction brands. We were covering about 65 percent of the construction market, and with the acquisition of the RBI titles we closed a 360 degree loop in the construction market. We now cover every aspect of construction that one of our clients would want to get into,” Gillette explains. “Strategically it was a home run; they could leverage off our infrastructure approach and we could leverage off their commercial and residential approach. Financially, it was a win-win because of how we structured the deal; it was very advantageous for everyone.”SGC is now able to leverage all these brands to marketing partners in a network buy. “Because of our database abilities we can present very specific demographics and now we can attract partners like American Express and Chase, who we might not have been able to attract before,” says Gillette. “The big push now is to provide custom integrated solutions to our partners and our ability to execute against that is really what’s driving our profits. We can now provide multi-platform solutions across our brands, with customized print, digital, lead gen, face-to-face, white paper and education components. Trucks are a perfect example: we now have the demographics that would literally put Ford in every one of our brands, at the CPM they desire.”While SGC is a middle-market company, it remains nimble enough to turn integrated programs around quickly, according to Gillette. “I don’t know how many times Tony or Rick have said to me, `We never could have done this at Reed’,” Gillette continues, “Basically there’s just one or two people they have to talk to to gain consensus on a project or an idea. It’s been very invigorating for us because of the energy that Tony and Rick have, and how aggressive they are; and it’s been invigorating for them because they can get decisions turned around very quickly and our speed to market is competitive with anyone out there right now.” EDITOR & PUBLISHER (Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc.)• Acquired in January 2010, two weeks after Nielsen Business Media had shut down the publication.• Website averages 65,250 unique visitors per month. For 2010, the total number of visits was 1,421,306.When Editor & Publisher was acquired by boating magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh Co., it took the whole industry by surprise. “Editor and Publisher had been shut down for a couple of weeks before we could complete a transaction and take over. To the outside world there was considerable doubt about the magazine’s future, and a number of advertisers jumped ship,” explains Duncan McIntosh. “Starting back up we utilized most of the same staff that had been running the magazine for the past decade, while we searched for the right combination of editorial and salespeople we felt could operate in an entirely new playing field and environment. Revenue was down, but so was overhead, as we brought more and more of the day-to-day operations into our California facility. Editor & Publisher was profitable in 2010 and continues to be so today.”Concerning the challenges of reviving a shuttered magazine, McIntosh explains, “We took on a staff of individuals who were used to doing it their way and who had done it that way for a very long time. Our laid- back California demeanor can be deceiving; we often come across as very low-key, but underneath, we are very competitive and intent on succeeding. The staff was predisposed to devote what we felt was a disproportionate amount of time, space and energy to the big metropolitan dailies—we felt strongly about broadening the base to better cover the smaller weeklies and dailies that make up the major part of the news reporting industry.”One of the immediate changes made was a reduction in staffing (including longtime editor Mark Fitzgerald), and a strategic shift to focus on aggregating news stories, rather than creating original content. Editor-in-chief Jeff Fleming is quick to point out a fine distinction, “When we acquired E&P from Nielsen, the perception was all of the online content was exclusive, but in reality, a lot of the content was aggregated—uploaded with a new headline, a lead and several sentences reworked, but with no attribution to the original source. Now, primarily, the exclusive content that is uploaded online is content selected from our print edition. When there is time and budget, we will also include original stories from our in-house staff and freelancers.”Under Nielsen, there were six full-time editors producing a magazine and two weekly e-newsletters, according to Fleming. Under Duncan McIntosh Co., E&P has two full-time editors and two editorial staff members who divide their time between several publications. “The magazine consistently averages more pages than it did under Nielsen and we now produce a daily e-newsletter,” he adds. “We work within a budget and don’t live beyond our means.” Back in 2009, things were looking pretty bleak for quite a few industries, and b-to-b magazines were no exception. While the typical American business thinking has always been to grow your business or die trying, 2009-2010 saw larger publishers divesting themselves of titles in a restructuring scramble which left many valuable brands on the outside looking in. And then small, nimble and scrappy start-ups acquired those brands and began a rebuilding process.Reed Business Information (RBI), once a b-to-b publishing giant, began selling off titles in July of 2009, and then announced in May of 2010 that it would shut down the 23 remaining unsold properties. Similarly, Nielsen Business Media sold off eight titles in December 2009, announcing around the same time that it would shutter Editor & Publisher, and continued to divest itself of more trade and b-to-titles in the travel segment in March of 2010. Last Minute ReprievesHowever, in RBI’s case, many of the titles scheduled for execution were granted a stay, when Reed struck several deals with former key employees to take over some of the publications. Editor & Publisher received an 11th hour reprieve as well, when two weeks after being shut down the 130-year-old magazine was acquired by Irvine, California-based boating magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. PEERLESS• Formed in April 2010 with acquisition of Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review and Material Handling Product News from RBI.• Print circulation is stable with prior RBI numbers with Logistics Management at 70,000, Supply Chain Management Review at 15,000 , Modern Materials Handling at 80,000 and Material Handling Product News at 70,000.• Total unique Web visitors are at about 75 percent for the re-launched sites, as compared to RBI numbers.“Reed came to me and asked if I would be interested in acquiring the four titles I was publishing,” explains Brian Ceraolo, executive vice president and group Publisher for Peerless Media, and the former Supply Chain group publisher at RBI. “And I said, absolutely!” He immediately found a partner, Ken Moyes of EH Publishing, who “provided most of the financial backing.” Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, Peerless Media operates as an LLC under EH Publishing, an integrated media company for the technology and construction industries.“We draw resources from EH Publishing, fewer and fewer now that we’re more on our own, but it was a huge help to have them as our partner at the beginning,” says Ceraolo, who explains that EH Publishing is still the majority shareholder in Peerless Media. Ceraolo staffed his new company with his entire team from the former Supply Chain titles at RBI, as well as former RBI employees from centralized services, such as audience development and production.“We didn’t miss a beat when we first left. We had closed the April issues through Reed, and had the May issues ready to go when the transaction was finalized. I have to say that Reed was very good to us on the way out, getting us all the BPA information we required so we didn’t miss the May audit,” he continues. “The websites were down for about three weeks, during which time we redesigned them and improved the functionality.”It’s a whole different ballgame being separated from a big publishing company, according to Ceraolo. “Between allocations for shared services such as marketing, IT and production, I counted about 20 salaries that we were paying to Reed, when we really only needed about four or five people,” Ceraolo says. “Now, we have everyone under one umbrella, working towards one goal, and they all know the industries and markets—which makes everybody more productive. And, as a smaller company, we have complete control over what we want to do with our business.”One of the things that Ceraolo did with that control was to alter his business model fairly radically and move his new company quickly into the marketing services business. Noting that clients’ budgets were expanding beyond traditional print and online spending to include SEO, SEM, Google AdWords and advanced lead generation, Ceraolo extended Peerless Media’s capabilities in those areas. “We’re offering several lead generation programs; we have an excellent lead nurturing program which has developed significant business for our clients. We now have a fully-staffed research department that can meet any research objectives our clients have, and we’ll be offering consulting services on search engine marketing and optimizing in the near future,” he explains.Ceraolo noted that advertising sales across all Peerless Media titles and websites were up 21 percent over last year, and he estimates that the increase for the total year will be about 24 percent. As to future plans, Ceraolo envisions further building out the marketing services side and is looking into acquiring complementary publications later this year or early in 2012.  CFE• Formed in April, 2010, with acquisition of Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and Consulting-Specifying Engineer from RBI.• Control Engineering has a total magazine, newsletter and monthly site view audience of 343,000, Plant Engineering is at 186,600, while Consulting-Specifying Engineer reaches 157,000.“The first thing we said is, let’s not buy this business and just do what Reed was doing, but with a smaller footprint and a smaller group of people,” remembers Steve Rourke, CEO-COO of CFE Media (formerly a group VP/general manager at RBI). “We refocused on understanding what content our readers want during the day to help them do their jobs better, how do they want it delivered and how they want to engage and interact with that content.”From that, CFE developed a viable business model to serve reader needs, according to Rourke. “Perceptions of audience content needs and desires were constantly challenged, as were ideas of where we should be spending our limited time and resources. And we developed a deeper understanding of our audience than a lot of traditional publishers have,” he adds. “The traditional way was to send out surveys to readers, but they never really had the kind of deep discussions that we had with our readers. At larger publishers they might feel that what works in one market will work in another market, but each market is completely different.”As a result of this refocusing on content, the company has seen a steady increase in unique website visitors, clickthrough rates, pages opened and time spent on websites. “For example, we’ve seen a 22 percent rise in visitor traffic at the Control Engineering site. We look at these numbers every month, and we think it’s key to our success,” Rourke says. The company also tracks open rates on e-newsletters, and reports that of the nine newsletters for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer brand, five have increased open rates over the last year, two have decreased slightly and the two e-newsletters launched this year have open rates of approximately 25 percent and 33 percent. CFE undertook some internal structural changes, even though most of the team the company was working with had come over from RBI in the acquisition. They eliminated job descriptions, and asked staffers to do whatever was necessary to support the audience, customers and the overall business. The company no longer has strict, traditional editorial functions. Staffers work as content managers in the belief that great content is available from people every day; it’s the finding, qualifying and processing content that is the challenge. Rourke also encourages his team to address challenges differently than had been done in the past and to do “much more with much less.” “Our internal team has been excellent. They took a big risk by coming on board with a start-up (in terms of compensation, benefits, unknown future, no clearly identified structure or processes) but have adapted and in many cases thrived,” Rourke says. “For example, we have a person who was an entry-level, junior editor at the previous company who is now in charge of our Web layout, development and operations, and of course he still has the editor role. All in all, it hasn’t been easy for the team but they are doing a great job.”Given the challenges related to the economy and the many unknowns the company faced in June of 2010, Rourke wasn’t overly confident that in June 2011 CFE would still be viable. “That being said, we are much more confident now that we’ll be around in June of 2012 and will have accomplished some pretty cool things with our customers, our partners and our people during the next 12 months,” he says. While several existing publishers also snapped up RBI and Nielsen titles, FOLIO: caught up with a few of the entrepreneurial publishers and took the pulse of the newly reborn magazines.last_img

Over 60 housing projects in 50 cities delayed Survey VIDEO

first_img Close At least 62% of under-construction housing projects across 50 cities are delayed, while the percentage for delayed flats/apartments stands at 64%, a recent real estate survey found.According to data analysis by ‘Fight for RERA’, from research firm Liases Forras, nearly 30% of under-construction apartments are delayed by two or more years.Even though the housing ministry had been working on a real estate regulation law for more than eight years, it did not have any official data about the number of delayed projects.But, there’s some good news knocking at the door of home buyers.With the real estate regulator in each state hosting project details online, a consolidated data at the national level will be available soon!Are you ready to buy your dream house with RERA safeguarding buyer interests?Watch the video to find out more. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Over 60% housing projects in 50 cities delayed: Surveylast_img read more

Teenage girl allegedly raped in train toilet

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice arrested a young man in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna on allegation of raping a teenage girl in Rajshahi-bound ‘Silk City’ train on Thursday, reports UNB.The arrested is Maminul, 26, from Chapainawabganj sadar upazila.When the 14-year-old girl, from Sirajganj, went to the toilet of the train, Maminul went there and raped her, said Rajshahi railway police officer-in-charge Syed Iqbal.Hearing screams of the victim, passengers of the train rushed to the spot and caught Maminul. They beat him up and handed over to railway police station in Ishwardi.The victim along with her aunt was going to Damurkuda in Paba upazila of Rajshahi to visit her aunt’s house.last_img read more

Genre Films Clean Up At the 2018 Academy Awards

first_imgStay on target For decades now the Academy Awards have developed a reputation for being pretty elitist. On paper they reward the best films of the year but in reality Oscars tend to go to a certain kind of great film. Stuffy costume dramas, reverent historical epics, social issues films that aren’t too provocative, movies about how cool Hollywood already is, limited-release movies typically only seen by the old folks who make up the Academy itself. These movies aren’t (usually) bad by any means, but “Oscar-bait” only makes up a fraction of what the art form can offer.Fortunately, ever since expanding the potential number of Best Picture winners following the snub of The Dark Knight, we’ve seen more and more genre films (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) sneak their way into the Oscars. Mad Max: Fury Road rightfully cleaned up in 2015. The recently revealed 2018 Academy Award winners, and even just the field of nominees, continue this promising trend for fans of freaky cinema.Now don’t get your hopes up too high. It’s not like Gal Gadot was nominated for Best Actress in Wonder Woman. The list is still dominated by typical Oscar fare. The Post is a movie about crusading Baby Boomer-era journalists directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks AND Meryl Streep. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is actually called that. There are two British WWII movies on here: Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, which to be fair was written and director by geek movie god Christopher Nolan.However, there’s an appreciated quirky streak running throughout many of the nominees. Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird bring a progressive edge to what would be typical romance and coming-of-age films, respectively. Phantom Thread may seem to be about a boring dude who makes dresses, and it is, but it’s ultimately much stranger. Finally, Get Out and The Shape of Water are just full-on genre films. Get Out is a scathing take on modern liberal racism that’s also a horror movie where brains get scooped out. The Shape of Water features sex with a fish man, and it has the most nominations. 13!And that’s just in the Best Picture nominees. It’s great to see talented folks like Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Sally Hawkins, Willem Dafoe, Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon get recognized once you consider how they may have been ignored in the past.Weird/genre movies get even more love once you get into the writing and technical categories. Logan and The Disaster Artist, two movies about superheroes past their prime, are both nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Kobe Bryant got a nom for animated short Dear Basketball. Hopefully Blade Runner 2049 is the film that finally gives Roger Deakins his overdue cinematography Oscar. But we’re also rooting for Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison since she’s the first woman nominated for the category. The live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is up for Best Production Design. Edgar Wright’s musical chase film/Ant-Man rebound Baby Driver is up for best sound mixing.And naturally the visual effects category is nothing but genre films with Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War for the Planet of the Apes all competing.Finally, and we have to stress this, The Boss Baby is now an Academy Award-nominated film. In the same category as living painting Loving Vincent. Can’t get much weirder than that.Here’s the full list of 2018 Oscar winners.Best PictureCall Me By Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhantom ThreadThe PostThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest DirectorChristopher Nolan – DunkirkJordan Peele – Get OutGreta Gerwig – Lady BirdPaul Thomas Anderson – Phantom ThreadGuillermo del Toro – The Shape of WaterBest Actor in a Leading RoleTimothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your NameDaniel Day-Lewis – Phantom ThreadDaniel Kaluuya – Get OutGary Oldman – Darkest HourDenzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.Best Actress in a Leading RoleSally Hawkins – The Shape of WaterFrances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMargot Robbie – I, TonyaSaoirse Ronan – Lady BirdMeryl Streep – The PostBest Supporting ActorWillem Dafoe – The Florida ProjectWoody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriRichard Jenkins – The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer – All the Money in the WorldSam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Supporting ActressMary J. Blige – MudboundAllison Janney – I, TonyaLeslie Manville – Phantom ThreadLaurie Metcalf – Lady BirdOctavia Spencer – The Shape of WaterBest Original ScreenplayThe Big SickGet Out- By Jordan PeeleLady BirdThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Adapted ScreenplayCall Me By Your Name- By James IvoryThe Disaster ArtistLoganMolly’s GameMudboundBest Film EditingBaby DriverDunkirk- Richard King and Alex GibsonI, TonyaThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Foreign Language FilmA Fantastic Woman (Chile)- Directed by Sebastián LelioOn Body and Soul (Hungary)The Insult (Lebanon)Loveless (Russia)The Square (Sweden)Best Animated FeatureThe Boss BabyThe BreadwinnerCoco- Lee Unkrich and Darla K. AndersonFerdinandLoving VincentBest CinematographyBlade Runner 2049- Roger A. DeakinsDarkest HourDunkirkMudboundThe Shape of WaterBest Production DesignBeauty and the BeastBlade Runner 2049Darkest HourDunkirkThe Shape of Water- Paul Denham AusterberryBest Visual EffectsBlade Runner 2049- John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. HooverGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Kong: Skull IslandStar Wars: The Last JediWar for the Planet of the ApesBest Make-Up and HairstylingDarkest Hour- Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy SibbickVictoria & AbdulWonderBest Sound MixingBaby DriverBlade Runner 2049Dunkirk- Richard King and Alex GibsonThe Shape of WaterStar Wars: The Last JediBest Sound EditingBaby DriverBlade Runner 2049Dunkirk- Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. RizzoThe Shape of WaterStar Wars: The Last JediBest Costume DesignBeauty and the BeastDarkest HourPhantom Thread- Mark BridgesThe Shape of WaterVictoria & AbdulBest Original ScoreDunkirkPhantom ThreadThe Shape of Water- Alexandre DesplatStar Wars: The Last JediThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriBest Original Song‘Remember Me’ – Coco- Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez‘Mystery of Love’ – Call Me By Your Name‘This Is Me’ – The Greatest Showman‘Mighty River’ – Mudbound‘Stand Up For Something’ – MarshallBest Documentary FeatureAbacus: Small Enough to JailFaces PlacesIcarus- Bryan Fogel and Dan CoganLast Men in AleppoStrong IslandBest Documentary ShortEdith & EddieHeaven is a Traffic Jam- Frank StiefelHeroin(e)KnifeskillsTraffic StopBest Live-Action ShortDeKalb ElementaryThe Eleven O’ClockMy Nephew EmmettThe Silent Child- Chris Overton and Rachel ShentonWatu Wote/All of UsBest Animated ShortDear Basketball- Glen Keane and Kobe BryantGarden PartyLouNegative SpaceRevolting RhymesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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USbased philanthropist Frank Islam applauds contribution of Bollywood director management guru Fauzia

first_imgNew Delhi: Renowned entrepreneur and intellectual from Bollywood, Fauzia Arshi was hailed by eminent American Entrepreneur and Economist Frank Islam during his recent visit to India. During his recent visit to India, Frank met a series of influential people in the country and Fauzia was one of them. Frank invited Fauzia to be a part of Frank & Debbie Management Complex as she is also a professor of management. Frank appreciated her for her achievements and especially her book on International marketing management which is a textbook for the various universities in India. Commenting upon her meeting with Frank Fauzia said, “Frank is the pride of India and an inspiration for achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen Fauzia asked Frank about his suggestion to the Indian government, Frank said, “Government should make it easy when it comes to giving seed money to the budding entrepreneurs in order to make India a self-sustained economy.” Frank Islam hails from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh and never leaves an opportunity to visit his motherland to keep his roots intact with his motherland. Internationally influential Frank is famous world over for his philanthropy and honest opinion on US politics. He owns one of the most lavish and luxurious houses in the world. One of his gifts to India is Frank & Debbie Mangement Complex in Aligarh Muslim University. It is one of the best management institutions in Indialast_img read more

What Business Owners Need to Know About Protecting Their Data

first_imgFebruary 1, 2019 With the recent rush toward enhancing consumer data protection due to GDPR and other privacy regulations that have taken effect, businesses have strengthened their platforms toward better protecting and securing user data. But is this enough? What do you need to know as a business owner, entrepreneur or manager?Recent vulnerability reports prove that even major ecommerce and social platforms can easily become an attack vector for cross-site-scripting (or XSS) attacks, and these happen even if the platforms themselves are secure. With vulnerabilities in third-party application providers being used by major customer-facing platforms, there is an increased risk that user data will be exposed to malicious players. This is the risk we all face, unfortunately. Data privacy regimesPerhaps the biggest tech news in 2018 was the enforcement of the European General Data Protection Regulation, which sought to protect European Union citizens’ personal data from being collected and utilized without consent. With the GDPR, any business that handles data on E.U. citizens, or which counts E.U. citizens as among their clients, will need to explicitly inform said users of data gathering efforts, and seek explicit content for doing so.GDPR has had its impact even outside of Europe since any business that provides services to E.U. citizens or residents will need to comply. In addition, there have been numerous privacy-focused regulations that are also in effect worldwide, given the recent consumer and business focus on data privacy, which are all good things that are working to protect us.Even with an increased focus toward enhancing privacy, however, there are still a lot of risks involved when it comes to businesses losing user data to malicious hackers. For one, given the collaborative nature of services (e.g., an ecommerce store utilizing a payment processor or a logistics provider), the weakest link here would be the service that can introduce a potential breach. In this regard, the moment a third-party application puts the user at risk, the entire operation could already be compromised.XSS in a nutshellIn the simplest explanation, XSS attacks are a form of data-injection, wherein malicious client-side code is injected by an attacker into an otherwise legitimate website. This works by injecting code — usually JavaScript — into a website or web app’s output, often working through forms such as search fields, feedback forms, forum text entry fields and even cookies stored on a user’s browser.When an unsuspecting user accesses an affected website, the injected code has the potential to deliver a payload, which can include executing code, stealing data, controlling a user’s session or installing backdoors to a computer system or network.Such attacks are borne by the need for today’s websites to be interactive. With the numerous interactions between browser and server over a single session, XSS can even be used to pull content from a third-party website, use existing cookie data (which can include usernames and passwords), or interact directly with an app’s client-side processes.What platforms have been vulnerable?A recent DOM-XSS (document object model-XSS) exploit has been found on prominent social networking and ecommerce sites including Tinder, Shopify and Yelp, reports VPN Mentor late in 2018, exposing as many as 685 million users globally to data theft.Digging deeper into the potential extent of the risk, the security researchers discovered that the XSS vulnerability included money transfer service Western Union and image sharing service Imgur. Other services affected by the vulnerability were Canva, Letgo, Lookout, Fair, Amazon Music, TicketMaster and Reddit, among others.The weak point is assumed to have originated in a third-party mobile linking platform that unifies user experiences across different devices and channels. The service has an alias subdomain for its partner sites (including the ones listed above), and clicking on links pointing to these subdomains may have rendered users vulnerable to data theft through scripts injected by malicious hackers.What can businesses and users do?The company involved has promptly fixed the potential vulnerability after receiving reports of the XSS risk. However, this precludes the possibility that attackers may have discovered the vulnerability and exploited it to steal data. Therefore, this means that users who have recently or regularly used services detailed above like Tinder, need to double check if their accounts are not compromised. Password changes and browser cache/cookie clearing might be a good idea.For businesses, meanwhile — especially those that run consumer-facing platforms, or even those that utilize websites for employee access — there are several methods to minimize the risks, as explained by ComputerWeekly, associated with XSS. This involves building applications with a tight security development lifecycle. This means constantly building and updating in order to reduce or eliminate security-related errors in design and coding. This also means assuming that all data that is being received by the application can potentially come from an untrusted source, even if it comes from users who are already logged in and authenticated.As such, some changes that can be adopted for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers can include:Not trusting user input blindly. This means constantly validating the input for type, length, format and data range whenever such data goes across trust boundaries;Reducing client-side input, to preclude the possibility of unwanted code or character sets being passed through;Setting a webpage’s character set to the bare minimum (ISO-8859-1), which is enough for English and most European languages;Asking users to re-authenticate before accessing critical services;Immediately expiring login sessions if access from multiple IP addresses is detected;Utilizing vulnerability scanners to keep track of such risks in real-time;And conducting penetration testing before an application or website goes live.The takeawayAs XSS attacks have been all over the headlines, it makes sense to focus on preventing security risk, especially in the light of calls for better data privacy and protection. This is important today, given the fact that most sites will not work without client-side scripting.If this has still gone above your head, make sure to contact your webmaster and have him or her walk you through these important points regarding data protection. Knowing that major social networks and services have actually been at open risk to a big XSS attack, both businesses and users need to be proactive about their security. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | June 09, 2014 Siemens Debuts syngo.via Software for Molecular Imaging at SNMMI 2014 Software allows comparative viewing of nuclear studies from various vendors on one system 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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Bouziane et al.center_img 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 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 News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content June 9, 2014 — At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), June 7-11, at the St. Louis Convention Center, Siemens Healthcare will debut syngo.via for molecular imaging — a reading solution that transforms large amounts of data into comprehensive results, allowing for organ-based reading, reference-based quantification and evidence-based reporting of disease. With syngo.via for molecular imaging, physicians are better able to focus on reading and can more easily produce high-quality diagnostic reports. Also at this year’s SNMMI, Siemens will move from innovation to results, demonstrating the clinical adoption and efficacy of the two groundbreaking molecular imaging systems it introduced at last year’s SNMMI annual meeting — the Biograph mCT Flow positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system with continuous FlowMotion technology; and Symbia Intevo4, the first system to completely integrate combine datasets from single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and CT.syngo.via for Molecular ImagingPhysicians expect clinical applications software to help better understand complex diseases at a functional level. The new syngo.via for molecular imaging provides unique and automated tools to visualize, measure, and report disease.Now, physicians can immediately review all available information and perform organ-specific readings. For multiple time-point cases, prior studies are all registered with each other, even when acquired on multiple sources. The new Siemens-exclusive EQ•PET algorithm harmonizes quantification of PET data based on National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) references. It allows standard uptake value (SUV) comparison in longitudinal patient exams for determination of cancer manifestation and change, independent of scanner make, model,or reconstruction algorithms. Neurology quantitative tools provide comparable results, which could potentially improve reader agreement for Alzheimer’s disease evaluation. Cardiology quantitative tools improve therapy risk management of coronary artery disease with diagnostic blood flow quantification. Finally, with syngo.via structured reports, molecular imaging physicians will be key contributors to confident therapy decisions of the multi-disciplinary patient management team.Biograph mCT Flow: One Year LaterAt SNMMI 2013, Siemens first detailed how its Biograph mCT Flow overcomes the limitations of conventional bed-based PET/CT with FlowMotion, a new technology that moves the patient smoothly through the system’s gantry while continuously acquiring PET data. Biograph mCT Flow with FlowMotion advances routine image quality to a new level by enabling imaging protocols based on the organ’s need. FlowMotion expands accurate and reproducible quantification in all dimensions for precise disease characterization in therapy monitoring, while enabling physicians to offer as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) dose to every patient.A year after the introduction of FlowMotion, the PET Center at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor is routinely demonstrating how high-resolution FlowMotion studies can help physicians discover tiny lesions in the head and neck that might otherwise elude detection. “We [scan] our head and neck cancer patients with FlowMotion because it permits us to very efficiently acquire better images,” says Kirk Frey, M.D., director of the PET Center. “We believe this gives us more accurate nodal staging. Our sense is that FlowMotion provides an accurate and sensitive acquisition.”Pioneer users of FlowMotion technology are also using it to perform whole-body imaging — either routinely for oncologic applications or as part of research projects. Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo began using FlowMotion routinely in February, utilizing it primarily in oncology. “FlowMotion allows us to visualize the tiniest lesions in head and neck cancer patients,” says Koji Murakami, M.D., Ph.D., head of the division of nuclear medicine, department of radiology. “For these patients, we perform precise imaging using slow table speeds, followed by a faster table speed for the pelvis and extremities, which have a lower probability of metastases.”Respiratory gating is an important part of scans involving suspected thoracic and abdominal metastasis, yet until recently, Murakami and his colleagues had no choice but to conduct a separate respiratory gated scan for these patients in addition to a whole-body, stop-and-go scan. Biograph mCT Flow with FlowMotion resolves this problem. “The merit of FlowMotion,” he says, “is that we can vary the acquisition time and integrate respiratory gating into a single exam.”Symbia Intevo: One Year LaterAt SNMMI 2013, Siemens debuted Symbia Intevo, the world’s first xSPECT system, which combines the high sensitivity of SPECT with the high specificity of CT. Completely integrating data from both modalities, Symbia Intevo generates high resolution and, for the first time ever, quantitative images for SPECT. xSPECT reconstructs both the SPECT and CT portions of the image using the high-resolution CT frame of reference for precise, accurate alignment that facilitates the extraction and deep integration of medically irrelevant information.At the German Federal Armed Forces Hospital in Ulm, Symbia Intevo with xSPECT made an immediate impact upon its arrival in March. The system delivers xSPECT images that localize metabolic hot spots so lesions on the bone can be differentiated from those in the surrounding soft tissue. “They look like CT images — the outlying border is extraordinary; the brilliance is very good,” says Burkhard Klemenz, head of the hospital’s nuclear medicine department. “Now, for the first time, I look at the xSPECT Bone [4] images, and I talk to my colleagues only about those images; it’s because the images are so convincing. We can recognize disease localization now with xSPECT Bone.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Arrivals are up plus the latest newbuild hotel news from the DR

first_imgArrivals are up plus the latest new-build hotel news from the D.R. Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism has approved 42 new projects including 14 new hotels, as visitor arrivals to the island increase in leaps and bounds.From January to October 2017 tourist arrivals increased by 4.5%, reaching a total of 4.5 million international travellers. The D.R. topped the year off with recognition from The World Golf Organization as the ‘Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean’ for the fourth year in a row.The D.R.’s Ministry of Tourism recently approved the 42 new tourism projects – an investment of US$1.8 billion dollars – through the Tourism Promotion Council. These projects will mainly impact the Punta Cana region. The top sponsors of the new projects include Spanish capital, Canadian investors and Panamanian sectors.Here’s a look at some of the new hotel projects in the works:The Iberostar Group has announced it will open two new hotels in the D.R.; one in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City and the other in the east coast area of Bávaro. These new projects will add to Iberostar’s current portfolio of 3,000 hotel rooms in country.Construction for the Lopesan Costa Bávaro resort in Punta Cana began with plans to have several swimming pools and 1,020 hotel rooms, scheduled to open in May 2019. The resort calls for a EUR130 million investment and will be constructed by The European Lopesan Hotel Group and IFA Hotels & Touristik AGIberostar has announced the construction of 3,000 more hotel rooms in two hotels in the Colonial City and Bavaro beach. Iberostar currently operates three resorts in Punta Cana and will be operating the old Hotel Las Mercedes in the Colonial City, the first hotel in Santo Domingo for the Spanish chain that has several resorts in Punta Cana.Senator Hotels & Resorts purchased three Riu resorts in Maimón and Puerto Plata that will be renovated: the former Riu Merengue, Riu Mambo and Riu Bachata. Senator Hotels & Resorts of Spain is new to the market and currently operates 33 city and beach hotels in Spain.The groundbreaking ceremony for Grupo H10’s construction of Ocean El Faro in Uvero Alto took place last month. The hotel will have 909 hotel rooms and is scheduled to open in November 2018.The Punta Cana region will be getting three new hotels from the Karisma Hotels & Resorts international chain. Construction of the three hotels is scheduled for next year, and two will begin in the spring. The company has also announced an expansion of Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana, one of the first Karisma hotels built in the Punta Cana area. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 center_img Share Tags: Dominican Republic, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Ocean by H10 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader surrenders at rally

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lópezcalmly turned himself in to authorities Tuesday at a tumultuous rally in Caracas as his followers shouted “Freedom! Freedom!”The government of President Nicolás Maduro had banned the opposition march after López said he would use it to surrender, ringing the plaza with police and national guard anti-riot troops.The surrender marked a dramatic inflection point after two tension-filled weeks of protests in the oil-rich country, led by students angry over rampant crime, deteriorating living conditions and jailings of demonstrators.Maduro last week ordered López’s arrest on charges of homicide and inciting violence after violent street clashes in Caracas left three dead.Defying a ban, thousands of López’s supporters turned out dressed in white at the Plaza Brión after he called the march in a video message on Sunday, pledging to turn himself in if the government sought to arrest him.López, also in white, suddenly emerged in the crowd, climbing a statue of Cuban independence hero José Martí with a Venezuelan flag. After delivering a brief message to his cheering supporters, he surrendered to the National Guard.“I present myself before an unjust justice, before a corrupt justice,” said the 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist.“If my incarceration serves to wake up a people, … my infamous incarceration will have been worth it,” he said to an explosion of cheers from the crowd.He calmly walked under escort to a National Guard vehicle as his supporters pressed in around the vehicle, blocking its path.Shouts of “Freedom, Freedom!” and “It’s going to fall, it’s going to fall, this corrupt government is going to fall” rose from the crowd.López himself got on the loudspeaker from within the vehicle to appeal for calm.Three rings of National Police backed by a second line of National Guard anti-riot troops with light armored vehicles were positioned around the plaza.Meanwhile, the government summoned its followers to rallies of its own in an area of downtown Caracas where the opposition march was to end, raising the risk of a violent confrontation.‘They will not pass’“Not one single opposition march is going to enter the territory of Libertador municipality,” said National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, referring to the city’s western downtown district, where the opposition march was to end.“They will not pass. It is not authorized,” Cabello said late Monday on his new nightly television program.The opposition protesters turned out anyway. Some carried signs that read: “24,763 violent deaths in 2013. We are more than a statistic.”“We are expressing the frustration we feel. The country is in chaos, there are no supplies in the hospitals, we are sick of the insecurity. I want a Venezuela of progress,” said Satle Oviedo, a 27-year-old hospital worker.Under the slogan “the exit,” López and other opposition leaders have pushed for anti-government street protests to force a “constitutional change.”There is no provision for recall elections until April 2016, and Maduro, who was elected in April 2013, has said he will never resign.The confrontational approach has aroused misgivings within the opposition coalition formed in 2012 to defeat the late Hugo Chávez.But Henrique Capriles, the two-time opposition presidential candidate and governor of the state of Miranda, said he would take part in Tuesday’s march even though he does not think the time is ripe to try to force the government from power.“We may have differences but we feel solidarity,” Capriles said.Tense U.S.-Venezuela ties The tensions generated by the protests have spilled into the international arena as well.On Sunday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. diplomats, accusing them of meeting with student leaders under the guise of offering them visas.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, confirming the expulsion orders, said Tuesday the United States was considering what actions it will take.“We have seen many times that the Venezuelan government tries to distract from its own actions by blaming the United States or other members of the international community for events inside Venezuela,” she said.“These efforts reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan government to deal with the grave situation it faces,” she said.Venezuela’s relations with Washington, long strained under Chávez, have remained sour and distrustful under Maduro, who has hewed closely to his predecessor’s socialist policies.In late September, Maduro kicked out three other U.S. diplomats, on accusations of conspiring with government opponents. The two countries have had no ambassadors since 2010.Various Latin American leaders closed ranks behind Maduro, while regional organizations like Celac, Unasur and countries like Mexico and Panama urged Venezuelans to resolve their differences through dialogue.The secretary general of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, called on all sides to refrain from violence, warning it would further polarize “the delicate political moment that the South American country is living.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Venezuelan opposition spurns government crisis talks Venezuela’s Maduro caught between pragmatism, ideology Venezuela looks set to lock away prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lópezlast_img read more