In Assam’s tea estates, an uphill battle against a killer brew

first_imgFive years ago, Rumi Kamar’s elder daughter wanted to have a taste of what she had brewed. That was when Ms. Kamar decided to end her 10-year-old sulai (country liquor) business which she ran from her house near the Ghuronia Tea Estate in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh district.Ms Kamar started brewing sulai soon after she became a mother at the age of just 15. The liquor fetched up to ₹3,000 on Sundays as plantation workers splurged on pay day.Part of her decision to distil illicit liquor was to ensure a better life for her two daughters as her husband did not have a regular job.But her daughter’s demand changed things. “I suddenly realised this (brewing) was not the future for my daughters,” Ms. Kamar said.Now almost 30, Ms Kamar switched to rearing pigs. She earns a fraction of what she made from “quenching the thirst”, but “I no longer feel guilty”, she saidThe 45-year-old Debaru Bhakta, once a competitor to Ms Kamar in Ghuronia, also started raising pigs three years ago. “Sulai is paying. But I don’t want to reap the curses of the dead and their survivors,” he said.Mr. Bhakta was referring to the last month’s hooch tragedy in Golaghat and Jorhat districts that killed 168, mostly plantation workers — many of them women. At least a dozen others who survived, have lost their eyesight.Periodic awareness drives by the local administration, labour organisations, agencies such as the Unicef, and the management of some estates have played a significant part in the turnaround in small time distillers like Ms. Kamar and Mr. Bhakta.“Weaning people away from liquor or brewing, which is lucrative, is easier said than done. The difficult part is financing alternative vocations for small-time brewers, many of whom do not possess land,” Dibrugarh’s Excise Superintendent Ajoy K. Bayan said.He credited field workers such as Chandra K. Baruah who visit the estates periodically to keep tabs on illicit liquor dens apart from advising people to kick the habit. “It is not always a dark story (alluding to the hooch tragedy) though motivation is a painstaking process,” Mr. Bayan said.Dibrugarh upped the ante against sulai when Laya Madduri, since transferred to southern Assam’s Cachar district, was the Deputy Commissioner. “We learned that things did not end with campaigning with all stakeholders. We provided training to brewers in various vocations. The toughest part was convincing banks to back those who want to reform,” she told The Hindu.A few did go back to brewing, but many moved to other professions with or without financial support. They include Sailen Gogoi, a hitherto unlicensed brewer of Ahomgaon, who learned carpentry and received a loan of Rs 1 lakh through Dibrugarh district officials to set up his unit.Dealing with the plantation workers, though, has been tougher. This is where the efforts of the decade-old informal Mother’s Club comprising 12-15 women from estates under the Assam Branch of the Indian Tea Association, have yielded results.“Alcoholism has not been eradicated, but our intervention has made a lot of difference,” Radhamani Saonra, a club member of Borjuli Tea Estate in Sonitpur district said.British hangoverSocial activists said access to cheap liquor is a trait planters have inherited from their British predecessors to keep labourers in a state that do not let them seek any other opportunity. “Drinking keeps the workers busy during the evening, to be ready for work early next morning,” Amiya Sarma of NGO Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi said.Some planters disagree. “Our efforts have kept liquor off our estate. Campaigning against alcoholism is part of our managerial drill,” Somnath Nandi, manager of Borjuli Tea Estate, said.Navin Keot, secretary of the Congress-affiliated Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangh, admitted that lack of political will has hit the “century-old” battle against the bottle. “Action is often against the smaller illegal brewers who can be motivated. At the root of the problem are richer brewers who want the extra money,” he said.The bootleg sulai sells for ₹30-40 per 750 ml bottle while the licensed, branded variety costs ₹60. Two years ago, the BJP government changed the country spirit policy and abolished the British-era mahal system, in which a few people controlled large swathes of the legal, quality-controlled sulai market.The new policy allowed licensed manufacturers, spaced out across Assam, to produced hygienically packed sulai while IMFL outlets were allowed to sell the local liquor for an annual license fee of ₹20,000.The State government has not ruled out sabotage by those who were hit by the abolition of mahal system leading the February hooch tragedy.last_img read more

Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s always gonna be a defensive struggle with Star. They really hit us hard in the beginning of our game and took us out of our offense,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Luckily for us, our defense held up and kept us in the game and eventually, our shots got falling and that gave us in the game. But again, it’s really going to be a defensive struggle against Star.”Meralco recovered from its dismal start when it was held scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of the game as Star took an early 20-3 lead and forced the Bolts to the lowest scoring quarter for the season with just seven points.But with the help of Dillinger, Meralco patiently chipped away the lead eventually tied the game at 41 after a Durham basket with 6:57 left to play in the third quarter.“It shows your ability to get back,” said Black on the Bolts’ third straight come-from-behind win. “We tried to do our best to surround Durham with floor spacers, so if we can just get those guys make their shots in the next games, we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT Baser Amer had 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds as the Bolts survived the absence of Chris Newsome, who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.Jio Jalalon paced Star with 15 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip from the charity stripe, with six rebounds and three assists.Paul Lee and Mark Barroca had 11 markers apiece, but lost their poise in the endgame for the Hotshots. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Meralco aims for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Jared Dillinger was instrumental in the heist and fired 15 points built on three triples to go with five assists and three rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fearless slasher drilled two treys in the final two minutes and sank the go-ahead layup with 1:02 left.Allen Durham topped Meralco with 23 markers, 23 boards, and four dimes, including the game-clinching bucket in the final minute. PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last three minutes to complete their rally from 12 points down, 59-47, in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12last_img read more

Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics FILE – Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers overcame low expectations and a roster without any current or former All-Stars to win 48 games, make the playoffs and push the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to six games.Now they’re ready to go shopping. A blockbuster list of free agents comes on the market this summer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s a beautiful basketball team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a bright future.”Some things to watch:IMPACT ROOKIES: Two of the team’s three rookie guards made a big impact. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started 73 of 82 games at the point, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the regular season. He scored a Clippers rookie playoff record 25 points against the Warriors. Landry Shamet joined the team in February in a trade from Philadelphia, where he played his first 54 games. He finished fourth all-time in 3-pointers made (167) by a rookie during the season, when he shot 42 percent. Jerome Robinson showed promise while struggling to find minutes in a crowded backcourt, dealing with a nagging foot injury and going back and forth to the G League. The trio’s presence could help make the Clippers an attractive free-agent destination, knowing their youngsters can make plays in big games and have huge upside. “They were complete pros,” Lou Williams said. “They took every challenge that we had for them, on the road, in practice.”GETTING A STEAL: C Ivica Zubac came over from the Lakers in a steal of a deal at the trade deadline in February. The 7-foot-1 center started 12 of 33 games for his new team, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He had a playoff career-high of 18 points and 15 rebounds against Golden State. Zubac and Montrezl Harrell formed one of the best center combinations in the league. Zubac, a third-year pro, can become a restricted free agent after the season.OFF THE BENCH: Harrell and Williams, a candidate for his third Sixth Man of the Year award, proved a lethal combo off the bench. They notched the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history at 36.9 points. Williams led the league in bench scoring at 20.1 points (also tops on the team) while becoming the No. 1 bench scorer in league history. Harrell was fourth at 16.8.ADVERTISEMENT The Clippers have depth and a cohesive bunch of players who fight to the finish — comeback wins of 31 points in Game 2 against Golden State, 28 points at Boston, 25 points at Detroit and 20 points at Charlotte — and that should help catch the eye of big-name talent.They went 48-34, extending a franchise record with their eighth consecutive winning season. Their 13-2 mark was the NBA’s best in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did more than most thought we could,” coach Doc Rivers said. “This is the start of something great here.”After missing out last year, they returned to the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. As an eighth seed, they lost in 4-2 in the first round to Golden State, but not before their Game 2 comeback — the biggest in NBA playoff history. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments FRONT OFFICE: The Clippers have a solid front-office to pursue free agents. President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank presides over general manager Michael Winger, assistant GMs Mark Hughes and Trent Redden, and consultant Jerry West. Winger is so committed to seeing the franchise build a long-term contender that he took himself out of contention for Minnesota’s basketball ops job. Under Frank, the team traded its highest-scoring players each of the last two seasons (Blake Griffin and Tobias Harris) for multiple draft picks and other players while freeing up room under the salary cap to offer maximum deals to free agents this summer. Coach Doc Rivers is locked in for what’s to come, having said in March he’s working out a long-term contract extension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Ex-tennis star James Blake wrongly arrested in New York

first_imgInternal affairs detectives are investigating claims by former tennis professional James Blake that he was thrown to the ground and then handcuffed while mistakenly being arrested on Wednesday at a Manhattan hotel, police said.Blake, 35, who is biracial, told the Daily News of New York he wasn’t sure if he was arrested because of his race but said the officer who put him in handcuffs inappropriately used force.”To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is,” he told the newspaper. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”The agent who represented Blake when he was a professional tennis player, Carlos Fleming, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.Stephen Davis, the New York Police Department’s top spokesman, said a cooperating witness misidentified Blake to detectives investigating fraudulently purchased cellphones as one of two people he recognized as being involved with the scheme.”Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately,” Davis said in a statement. “In regards to the alleged improper use of force, the police commissioner directed the internal affairs bureau to investigate.”Officers arrested a suspect in the cellphone scam at the Grand Hyatt New York during a controlled buy earlier Wednesday, police said. It was after that buy that a deliveryman with the cellphone company pointed out Blake and another man in the hotel lobby as having purchased cellphones the day before, they said.advertisementThe second man was taken into custody, police said. A security guard at the hotel, himself a former member of the NYPD, recognized Blake, prompting the arresting officers to confirm his true identity.Blake’s last tournament as a professional was the 2013 US Open, where he lost in the first round of singles and doubles. He was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, including at the US Open in 2005 and 2006.Blake was born in Yonkers and went to high school in Connecticut, then attended Harvard before turning pro in 1999.last_img read more

2nd ODI: Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik fifties give India series levelling victory in Pune

first_imgTight bowling and fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik helped India secure a series-levelling six-wickets victory against New Zealand in the second one-day international on Wednesday.Opener Dhawan top-scored with 68 and Karthik remained not out on 64 down the order as the hosts reached the 231-run victory target with four overs to spare at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.There was drama before the match when the ground curator was suspended following a TV sting operation in which he allegedly agreed to tamper with the wicket.Indian bowlers, especially new ball colleagues Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 45) and Jaspreet Bumrah, laid the foundation for their comprehensive victory by restricting New Zealand to 230 for nine after the tourists opted to bat. (Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operation)50s from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik help India chase down 231 to win the 2nd #INDvNZ ODI by 6 wickets.https://t.co/vyTOuNASgs pic.twitter.com/IvZ9kuG27L- ICC (@ICC) October 25, 2017On a slow track, the pace duo combined slower balls with bouncers, conceding 83 runs in 20 tidy overs while sharing five wickets between them.New Zealand were reduced to 58 for four in the 16th over and none of the touring batsmen managed a 50, crawling to the 100 mark in 26 overs.Following their poor start, Tom Latham (38) and Henry Nicholls (42) tried to rebuild the Kiwi innings and Colin de Grandhomme subsequently made 41 off 40 balls to lend some respectability to the New Zealand total. (Committee of Administrators reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’)advertisementLeg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed de Grandhomme and Adam Milne off successive deliveries but New Zealand, who won Sunday’s series opener in Mumbai by six wickets, somehow avoided being bowled out in the contest. (Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)India lost Rohit Sharma early in their reply but Dhawan added 57 runs with skipper Virat Kohli to help them overcome the early loss. (BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)Kohli fell for 29 but the left-right combination of Dhawan and Karthik thwarted the tourists, mixing caution with aggression during their 66-run association.Dhawan, who was adjudged caught behind on 46 before the decision was overturned, hit five boundaries and a couple of sixes before falling to Milne. (MCA president Abhay Apte promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)Karthik then combined with Hardik Pandya, who chipped in with a 30-run cameo, to keep India on course, and Karthik went on to hit Tim Southee for his fourth boundary to seal India’s victory.Kanpur hosts the third and deciding one-dayer on Sunday.India captain @imVkohli was very pleased with the contribution from @Jaspritbumrah93 and @BhuviOfficial as they levelled series #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MIUTdMRC8k- ICC (@ICC) October 25, 2017last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paqueta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16. last_img read more

Mumbaibased delivery boy arrested for sending threat mails to Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Cyber Crime Cell of Special Cell has arrested a Mumbai-based delivery boy for allegedly sending threat mails to senior political party leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to Cyber Crime Cell, the 28-year-old delivery boy Abhisekh Tiwari “gave life threats” to Kejriwal. Tiwari was arrested from Nala Sopara in Mumbai on Thursday. The accused also allegedly sent a bomb threat mail to the headquarters of a national political party in New Delhi. “Accused works for a furniture foam distributor in Mumbai. A school dropout, he was not satisfied with his job and his life, and wanted to do something big to draw the attention of people. He came up with the idea of sending threat emails to political leaders,” Anyesh Roy, DCP cyber cell said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe first such mail sent by him was to a local municipal office bearer of a major political party in Mumbai, however, he could not get the sort of response he thought he would. Disappointed with the lukewarm response, he upped the ante and decided to send threat mails to senior political leaders, the police said. “First, he sent threatening mails to the CM, Delhi. Ignorant about the fact that police is on his trail, he sent another threatening mail of an impending bomb blast to a national political party’s HQ in New Delhi,” the police said. The suspect, however, had gone underground and was leaving very few digital footprints. With deep analysis of technical inputs, his location was zeroed to Nala Sopara, a densely populated, low-lying area. The team in Mumbai searched through hundreds of Chawls till the accused was finally nabbed from a Chawl.last_img read more

Follow Generational Clues to Collaboration Success

Smarter Not Harder: Communications in the Next-Gen Workplace Scott McMaster August 09, 2019 Agile and collaborative businesses are increasingly leveraging communication tools to grow their businesses. Slack Fights Channel, Admin Fatigue Ryan Daily August 14, 2019 More configurability, customization, and automation coming to Slack users through a suite of APIs and posting permission options. Collaboration ImplicationsAs Jason coyly stated, these findings are “clues” to understanding these younger generations, and of course, the full story will emerge when hiring his firm to do a custom study. We all have to sell ourselves, so I can’t begrudge him, but even these few clues suggest implications for collaboration.First, as outlined above, the sales approach for collaboration will need to change. Hiring younger sales people who will natively relate to younger buyers is a good start, but the most important thing is to understand this different buying psychology. Another aspect Jason emphasized was the need to see each Gen Zer as a unique individual, and not stuff them all into a generalized “box.” When talking to them along these lines, and showing how applications make it easy for them to have personalized experiences, they’ll see that you understand them.Second, these clues should provide further validation that first-generation UC offerings are woefully inadequate for what’s coming. For a long time now, I’ve been saying that if UC was invented from scratch today, it would look a lot like Slack — and as such, it’s not surprising to see how successful it’s been. Despite the fact that technology seems to change every few months, product development cycles take years, and that means the collaboration solutions that Gen Z will need should be well along now in their R&D cycles.Based on the above data points, those offerings clearly need to be mobile-first, and social channels need to be part of the mix. This also means that marketing efforts to drive both collaboration adoption and usage need a social media element. I haven’t seen that yet from the vendors, but I think these clues are telling us plenty, and if you see me as an influencer, then hey, all of this must be true. As Millennials make their mark, and with Generation Z coming up quickly behind them, intergenerational research has become a thing — and it’s something we all need to pay attention to. The implications for marketers are obvious, as the buying behaviors of digital natives are much different from older generations, and that’s where much of this type of research is focused.Closer to our world, there’s a different set of needs to understand, namely around how digital natives use communications technology in the workplace. Compared to consumer behaviors, the research on that front is fairly thin, and even less well understood is how digital natives will behave when moving into decision-making roles for these technologies. That area should be of intense interest to collaboration vendors, as the buying criteria and the decision-making process will likely differ with this cohort from older generations.I can’t do an exhaustive analysis here, but I do want to share some takeaways from a fascinating keynote at the recent BroadSoft Connections conference. While BroadSoft’s transition into the Cisco fold was the big story at Connections, as covered here and here, kudos to the conference planning team for tapping Jason Dorsey for a keynote. Jason is the president and co-founder of The Center for Generational Kinetics, a research firm with a particular focus on Gens Y and Z.Jason covered a lot of ground during his fast-paced, high-energy presentation, and he did a great job showing how Millennials and Gen Z are different from previous generations as well as from each other. This is actually my first important takeaway. If you’re looking to discern how workplace demographics are evolving, understand that you have to view these two groups distinctly rather than as one. While it’s tempting — or just easier — to view all digital natives as a homogeneous group, that’s going to lead to poor decisions around which collaboration technologies to invest in.To make sure you’re following along, the base birth year for Gen Z is 1996, and to make this real for the audience, Jason noted that most of this group has no recollection of 9/11. This may seem like yesterday for many of us, but not Gen Z. The preceding generations are bracketed as follows: Millennials, 1977-1996; Gen X, 1965-1976; Boomers, 1946-1964.With these in mind, one of the core challenges facing IT decision-makers is to deploy the right mix of collaboration tools that have relevance across the various generations in the organization. Clearly, a start-up bootstrapped by under-30s will have a different set of collaboration needs than an enterprise in a mature industry with a healthy mix of workers across all four of these generations.Once you accept that Millennials and Gen Z are different, the rest of this post will make more sense. What follows are some interesting research findings for each, and then I conclude with the implications I’m seeing for collaboration.Takeaways for Millennials (aka Gen Y)Jason isn’t alone in saying this is the largest demographic in the workplace, so take note of that reality. It’s not quite their world yet, but it’s starting to feel that way, and will most definitely be theirs as they move into decision-making roles.Related to that, he noted that Millennials are risk-averse, and have come into the workforce with less debt than their parents did. He largely attributes this to “delayed adulthood” — Millennials live at home longer, start their working lives later, and are careful about spending. It remains to be seen how this will impact their collaboration buying decisions, but the characteristic of being risk-averse may be a clue, and bears watching.Millennials aren’t really all that tech-savvy; rather, they’re “tech-dependent.” That was an aha! moment as digital immigrants — you know who you are — instinctively assume the former, especially based on what their kids are doing. Millennials are certainly comfortable with technology, but the dependency marker is a subtle difference, with the point being they know how to use technology, but don’t really have a deep understanding of technology. This isn’t surprising given how ease of use is first-principle for consumer technology, and that naturally carries over into the workplace. In contrast, Gen X workers are the real tech leaders, since they came up before the cloud and needed a working understanding of both hardware and software, Jason pointed out. To him, these workers are the “glue in the workplace” — they’re the ones who fix the problems with workplace technology, not Millennials. This may not be that relevant for collaboration, but it’s worth noting nonetheless.Takeaways for Gen ZJason was a bit short on details here, but characterized Gen Z as savers, not spenders. They shop at thrift stores and are averse to taking on college debt. Unlike Millennials, who are entering mid-career with money to spend, Gen Z is rooted in the gig economy where real jobs are getting hard to come by. In that regard they’ll make more loyal employees, at least those lucky enough to land jobs, Jason noted.Thinking ahead to when this cohort moves into decision-making roles, he also pointed out that they are non-linear thinkers. Translation for collaboration vendors — old-school sales approaches that follow a linear process where you explain how the technology works, how it fits into your network, how IT needs to manage it, how end users will experience it, etc., don’t work. That’s the wrong approach for Gen Z — “…show them the last step first, just like the way they play video games. They start by seeing how the game ends, then they go back and learn how to play it.” So, they need to understand the outcomes first — how collaboration will make workers more productive — and if that resonates, then they’ll want to know how the technology works. A Gen Z sales person will natively understand this, but everyone else will need to adapt their approach with this crowd.Jason referenced a current report of theirs, “The State of Gen Z 2018,” but didn’t cite any findings. I downloaded the report, and discovered some notable things about how Gen Z uses technology among the broader discussion of their consumer habits. Namely:Gen Z is mobile-centric — 95% have smartphones; remember, this group falls into the tender age range of 13-22More than half are on their smartphones five hours a day, and 26% are on more than 10 hours a day29% are on their smartphones after midnight, every night — they’re constantly connected31% are uncomfortable being away from their phones for 30 minutes or less42% get highly stressed when someone touches their phone without permission — whoa — it’s a highly personal and private experienceSocial media and the Internet are their trusted go-to sources for almost everything — Facebook for checking or creating group events, Snapchat for sending or sharing, Instagram for following brands, and YouTube for learning about productsThey’re informed buyers, with 27% reading three to four reviews before buying — online of course — and another 21% reading five to six reviewsGen Z relies heavily on friends — and strangers — for buying decisions; 46% follow 10 or more “influencers” on social media — putting trust in people they don’t actually know52% follow three or more brands via social media — for Gen Z, this must be seen as a bona fide marketing channel BCSLogo.png See All in Digital Workplace » BCStrategies is an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market.Tags:News & ViewscollaborationMillennialsGen ZDigital WorkplaceBCStrategiesConsultant PerspectivesFuture of WorkReal-Time Communications Articles You Might Like workers.jpg Understanding the Changing Role of Collaboration in IT Irwin Lazar May 30, 2019 As collaboration gets integrated into workflows, IT leaders must rethink how they deliver these services and measure success. Workforce Optimization, Looking Ahead Nicolas De Kouchkovsky August 27, 2019 Combining performance, quality, and workforce management, workforce optimization is providing a 360-degree view of agents and their responsibilities. Is Cognitive Collaboration in UCC’s Cards? Tom Nolle August 29, 2019 Cisco’s new cognitive collaboration story might be the next evolution of computer-assisted cooperative work. Log in or register to post comments read more

Boldly exploring the final frontier of microcirculation of skeletal muscle

It’s no surprise Mike Plyley is an avid fan of the Star Trek TV shows and movies. Their theme of “boldly going where no man has gone before” captures the spirit of Plyley’s 40-year career as a microcirculatory researcher.His research has aimed at better understanding how the structural arrangement of capillaries and muscle fibre affects the supply of oxygen and nutrients to, and the removal of waste byproducts from, our skeletal muscle.But while Plyley and other researchers typically seek new discoveries and knowledge, he learned early on that it’s also important to boldly explore issues and questions of others who have gone before. That’s how Plyley, who stepped down in the summer as Brock’s Dean of Graduate Studies, started his own career.Back in 1972, after finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario, Plyley was asked to remain at Western’s Department of Medical Biophysics and join the Microvascular Research Group, led by Professor Alan Groom.Plyley recalls walking into Groom’s office to discuss the potential direction for his master’s research. Following the meeting, he developed a series of studies to re-examine the longstanding research of August Krogh, who received the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1920 for his discovery of the motor-regulating mechanism of capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels in skeletal muscle.Prior to his Nobel-winning research, Krogh had conducted studies to determine the number, distribution and surface area of capillaries as part of his research concerning respiratory gas exchange in tissue.Groom told Plyley that Krogh estimated as many as 10 to 15 capillaries supply oxygen to each muscle fibre. Groom, a highly respected researcher in the field, believed the number had to be much less — possibly as low as three or four, and likely no greater than six, depending on the size and shape of a given muscle fibre.“It seemed sacrosanct to be asked to challenge the work of someone of Krogh’s calibre,” says Plyley. “Krogh was and still is revered in the field, as the concepts that he developed are still the cornerstones for many studies and mathematical analyses of diffusion in tissue, to this day.”But Plyley and Groom proceeded with the research, and in 1975 published their results in the American Journal of Physiology. Their findings confirmed, as Groom suspected, that indeed the capillary supply of any given muscle fibre averaged four to five capillaries, with a range of one to nine. They also found that the supply of capillaries was similar in various muscles across the animal kingdom, including human skeletal muscle.So, did Krogh miscount? Not exactly.Plyley says the differences in capillary counts was due to different procedures and methods available in the two eras. Krogh’s technique a half century earlier involved staining capillaries, but it also stained the nuclei of the adjacent muscle tissue, which may have then been included in the capillary count.However even if the capillary count was distorted, says Plyley, Krogh’s findings were a breakthrough and a critical key to future research.“Krogh’s concept that each capillary supplies oxygen and nutrients to, and removes waste products from, a circular cross-sectional area of tissue, with a radius equal to the ‘Krogh diffusion distance’, still stands.”Plyley’s own research was largely put on the sidelines during his five years as Dean of Graduate Studies, as he focused on continuing the development of a rich graduate experience for Brock’s 1,700 master’s and doctoral students. He was particularly committed to strengthening the connection of graduate scholarship and research to Brock’s transdisciplinary directions, and developing professional skills programming for graduate students through the VITAE program and the Mapping New Knowledges graduate student research conference.Despite the demands of senior administration and FGS leadership, Plyley found bits of time to keep abreast of research activity in his field, continuing his Friday morning ritual of reviewing newly published articles in his field.When his term as Dean ended on June 30, he shifted back to research mode and catching up on some 250 published papers on the capillary supply of muscle that he accumulated over the past five years. Plyley now plans to spend his administrative leave examining these papers and adding their data to a database that is his legacy project to his research field — and his labour of love.“The database on the capillary supply of human skeletal muscle will incorporate data from 400 or so published papers, and will include results from males and females, young and old individuals (age 2 to 85 years), untrained, trained, and well trained individuals (including Olympic-level athletes), and those with chronic diseases, such as heart disease, COPD and neuro-muscular disorders.”Once the human database is ready for use, he’ll begin creating a second one with skeletal muscle data from the animal kingdom, thus allowing virtual studies from both comparative and developmental perspectives. The intention is to house both databases in the Brock Library — a searchable resource for researchers in his field to explore issues and questions that cannot readily be examined.“This kind of database will save researchers time and expense as it will serve as a one-stop-shop of published work in the field from around the globe, allowing researchers from around the world, especially researchers from small institutions, to conduct virtual experiments.”Plyley wants the database to help researchers, including young graduate students, boldly go forward and advance the field in exciting ways, and at the same time attract new graduate students to Brock to study in Brock’s Centre for Bone and Muscle Research.“The plan would be to allow researchers to go into the database and extract the data they need to apply to their own work, or to frame new questions that need to be asked and answered.” read more

Queen My grandson is nine and he does nothing else but try

first_imgThe Queen meets with people with disabilities and their families at a ceremony in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Motability’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years

(CNN) A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier.Francine (left) and Marcelin Dumoulin went missing from their Swiss farm in 1942. (CNN photos)Marcelin, 40, and Francine, 37, Dumoulin went missing on August 15, 1942, after leaving to milk their cows in a meadow near their home. They never returned to their family, including their six children.A worker found the frozen bodies of a man and a woman last week during routine maintenance. The corpses were preserved in the receding Tsanfleuron glacier, near a slew of trendy ski resorts at 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level.“From afar, it looked like small rocks, but there were too many in the same place,” noted nearby Glacier 3000 resort director Bernhard Tschannen in an interview with Radio Television Swisse.When he got closer, he noticed a collection of frozen accessories — backpacks, watches, mess kits, a glass bottle and boots — all of which dated back several decades.An inspector examines the belongings found alongside the couple. (CNN photo)Decked in World War II-era clothing, the duo was frozen close together. Their bodies have since been airlifted from the Alps.The couple’s youngest daughter, 79-year-old Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, told Swiss paper Le Matin their children had never stopped looking for them.“We spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day,” she said.Another daughter, Monique Gautschy-Dumoulin, told Radio Television Swisse (RTS) her parents were walking to the valley the morning of their disappearance. It was a nice day, she says. Her father was singing.But that was the last Monique would see of her parents, whose disappearance left her to care for her young sisters and brothers.Their mother, a schoolteacher, and father, a shoemaker, likely fell into a crevice of the glacier, where their bodies were preserved.The Institute of Forensic Medicine will seek to formally identify the bodies, through DNA tests, but the couple’s children are convinced they are their missing parents.“I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm,” Udry-Dumoulin said. “Now, I know where my parents are.”CNN’s Merieme Arif and Sophie Jeong contributed to this report Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMissing T&T couple found murdered…Police believe they were abducted and killed after car deal went sourMarch 16, 2016In “Crime”Body of world-class climber may have been found 16 years later – reports CNNMay 2, 2016In “latest news”Thailand rocked by eleven bombs in one dayAugust 12, 2016In “World” read more

Legal help needed after ball gets stuck during Winning Streak filming

first_imgThis did not have any impact on the outcome of the game and the show broadcast at the normal time.The Winning Streak TV Gameshow takes place under the supervision of independent observers from KPMG.Read: A number of the ‘I Want To Get Cancer’ ads can’t be shown again> By Aoife Barry Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan of Winning Streak Feb 21st 2017, 3:50 PM A RECORDING OF an episode of Winning Streak was delayed at the weekend after a ball got stuck during the ‘wheel reveal’ section.The ball, which got stuck in a draw drum, would have determined which player could have had a chance of spinning the big wheel.Legal help had to be drafted in to deal with the issue, the Irish Sun reported this morning.However, the situation didn’t have an impact on the overall outcome of the game, the National Lottery said.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a National Lottery spokesperson said: On Saturday afternoon, during the recording of the Winning Streak TV gameshow a technical issue occurred which caused a short delay to the filming of the show. Legal help needed after ball gets stuck during Winning Streak filming Filming had to be halted for a period of time. Share12 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3251070 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32,030 Views Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan of Winning Streak Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 3:50 PM 21 Comments last_img read more

Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped one-tenth of a cent Saturday to $3.585, its lowest amount since April.The average price has dropped eight of the past nine days, decreasing 2.7 cents, including four-tenths of a cent on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 1.6 cents less than a week ago and 5.2 cents lower than one month ago, but 60.6 cents more than one year ago. It has risen 46.3 cents since the start of the year.“Southern California refineries are producing at near-record levels while investors are worried about reduced demand, which led to a futures sell- off last week and a drop in wholesale prices,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.“This drop, combined with a significant worldwide downturn in oil prices this week, could mean continued price reductions at the pump in coming weeks.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Average gas price in San Diego hits lowest price since April KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 18, 2018last_img read more

SmokeFree Workplace Bill At A Stand Still

first_imgSenator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is the sponsor of the bill: “The Rules Chair (LeDoux) suggested in an interview that she is waiting for some negotiation, and I will just tell you that I don’t trade. I don’t look at legislation that way, legislation needs to stand on it’s own and if it has support it should go to the floor.” The bill creates exceptions for retail tobacco or e-cigarette stores and for legally operating marijuana businesses, provided they meet certain requirements. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-smokefree-workplace-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-smokefree-workplace-bill.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 63, the Smokefree Workplace bill, is currently in the House Rules committee. It has passed the Senate and over half of the House has signed on as cosponsors, but one lawmaker is standing in the way of that bill moving any further. State Representative Gabrielle LeDoux chairs the House Rules Committee and decides which bills make it to the floor. She has halted moving the bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate last year and enjoys widespread support in the House — half the body’s 40 members have signed as co-sponsors.center_img But LeDoux told reporters last month that the state should not be “cramming down the throats” of municipalities a program they may not want. A similar measure failed in 2016 after clearing the Senate, dying in a different committee that LeDoux then chaired. SB 63 would “[prohibit] smoking in certain places,” covering most workplaces where there is one or more employee.last_img read more

Coalition Works to Strengthen Baltimores Civilian Review Board

first_imgBaltimore City’s Civilian Review Board (CRB), which investigates police misconduct allegations from the community, has long been criticized for its lack of teeth, both because its recommendations are in no way binding on the police commissioner, and because it lacks the subpoena power required to compel the testimony of all potential witnesses to an incident under investigation.In an effort to strengthen the review board, and to give it greater credibility, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Community Association, has formed the Baltimore City Citizen Police Review Board Coalition, along with his fellow co-chairs the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Rev. Roland Patterson of Campfield AME Church, and former state senator Larry Young.Currently, the CRB is made up of one community representative — appointed by the mayor — from each of the nine police districts in Baltimore. In addition to these nine members who have full voting rights on the board, there are three non-voting members: one from the Baltimore police commissioner’s office, one from the Fraternal Order of Police (the police union), and one from the Vanguard Society.“We think that’s good,” said Cheatham during an interview with the AFRO. “We think having them on there gives you insight from officers themselves, just as long as they continue not to have a vote.”The coalition has drafted legislative language that would reform the CRB in two ways.  First, the coaltion would see two additional voting members added to the board, one from the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP, and one from the American Civil Liberties Union, Maryland. Second, and more significantly, the coalition is asking that the board be given the subpoena power it currently lacks.“The subpoena power is the big issue,” said Cheatham. “That’s the one where I think –at least probably coming from the police perspective — they may have some concerns, but most of the civilian review boards around the country that are considered to be somewhat strong review boards in fact have that subpoena power.”Without the subpoena power, Cheatham explained, the CRB lacks the ability to speak to all witnesses to an event, and is often forced to rely heavily on official police reports, giving only one side of the story. “It throws the whole game into one court,” said Cheatham.Del. Curt Anderson (D), the chair of the Baltimore City delegation to the House of Delegates, told the AFRO in a previously published interview that his delegation will likely move to give greater weight to the CRB’s recommendations, so that the commissioner is not able to simply ignore them.Cheatham says he would welcome such a development, but that he would like to work more closely with Anderson, whom Cheatham described as “a long-time friend,” to avoid there being multiple draft legislations floating around the General Assembly on the same issue.Click here to see a copy of the coalition’s proposed draft.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

All for a cause

first_imgFrance’s most iconic attraction, the Eiffel Tower turned pink as part of a push for breast cancer awareness, the media reported on Tuesday. October is breast cancer awareness month and Paris officials did their part to raise awareness by lighting the Eiffel Tower in pink. The illumination is part of the Ruban Rose (pink ribbon which is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness) event launched by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who witnessed the spectacle on Monday night. Organisers said lighting up the tower in pink was “more than a symbol – it’s a sign of victory over this illness”.  The light show in Paris marks France’s 22nd “Pink October” campaign, which will also see information stalls set up at Trocadero, not far from the tower, until Thursday. A series of events including beauty therapy and solidarity marches have also been scheduled.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise ImagingGE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:35Loaded: 2.93%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Inc. and Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. showcased their enterprise imaging and informatics… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more February 7, 2011 – A diverse mix of advanced Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) installations has been implemented by ScImage. These complex VNA implementations re-define the routine, file storage task of a typical VNA.Customers experience significant return on investment when the implementation provides diverse functionality beyond the basic VNA storage specification. Advanced processes, such as zero-footprint electronic medical record (EMR) Content Management, redundant multi-specialty PACS capability and order driven study routing characterize the significance of the Advanced VNA platform.Examples of the diverse capability of the company’s Advanced VNA include a university medical center in New York, where it provides archive services for seven different PACS systems. It supporting five departments at two distinct facilities, including EMR image enablement for all connected systems.At Diagnostic Imaging Associates (DIA) of Tulsa, Okla., which reads more than 2,500 studies per day, the company provides centralized content management, and a zero-footprint, multi-specialty image viewer. This allows DIA’s numerous clients to access their patients’ images and results easily and securely.Newton Medical Center, in Newton, Kan., uses the VNA to link radiology, cardiology and mammography for central, mirrored storage. This provides a single-source EMR image integration, rules-based DICOM routing and DICOM tag morphing.For more information: www.scimage.com News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at … read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  News | February 07, 2011 Advanced VNA Provides Advantages in Diverse Settings News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more June 15, 2015 – Researchers announced the results of a study to develop and validate a model, comprised of echocardiographic and clinical data, to predict three-year mortality of patients hospitalized in coronary care units (CCU). The results describe an integrated score for three-year mortality of CCU patients, comprised of fewer variables and better/equal predictive value compared to existing scores.In today’s complicated and demanding healthcare environment, CCUs tend to utilize a large amount of resources, from both a labor perspective and a financial one. Accurate and objective outcome prediction helps physicians dedicate the appropriate resources to patients most likely to benefit, and also provides the patient and family a more complete picture of risks and benefits associated with their condition or procedure.”Assessment of patient mortality in the cardiac care unit (CCU) is becoming increasingly difficult due to the significantly more complex patients being admitted. As a result, there is a need for the development of a score for predicting mortality among these patients in order to best direct their care,” said primary investigator Prakriti Gaba, BS, a medical student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Our novel score incorporates both clinical and echocardiographic parameters specifically catered to a CCU patient population to assess patient mortality and has shown better prognostic value compared to existing scores such as SOFA, SAPS, Charlson scores, et cetera.”Researchers on the study, Novel Integrated Echocardiographic and Clinical Data Model Predicts 3-Year Mortality in Coronary Care Unit Patients,included Prakriti Gaba, Niyada Naksuk, Charat Thongprayoon, Vitaly Herasevich, Charles Bruce, Suraj Kapa and Samuel Asirvatham from Mayo Clinic.Ms. Gaba will present a poster based on this research on Sunday, June 14, 2015 during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 26th Annual Scientific Sessions at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.For more information: www.asescientificsessions.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 15, 2015 Mortality of CCU Patients Better Predicted by New Echo-Based Model Formula from Mayo Clinic researchers assesses clinical and echo parameters to determine patient mortality, distribution of treatment resources News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

Candidates face off at Grupo Extra debate in Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party (PRN), left, listens as Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) speaks during a debate Monday night hosted by Grupo Extra.At the debate, held at Club Unión in downtown San José, the candidates discussed issues ranging from the country’s dire fiscal panorama, to a recent wave of femicides, to the “cementazo” corruption scandal, to the track record of the current PAC administration. (Carlos Alvarado indicated that in terms of cabinet appointees, his government would be “borrón y cuenta nueva” – a fresh start.)Read about the latest developments in Costa Rica’s runoff election here. Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Ricacenter_img Related posts:Evangelical Alliance lawyer: Costa Rica should reduce limits on religious propaganda Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Rica Presidential candidates in Costa Rica close campaigns with San José rallies Images from a busy, hot Election Day in Costa Ricalast_img read more

Top gongs for Newcastle Airport at Tourism Awards

first_imgLast night Newcastle Airport was announced the winner of the Specialised Tourism Servicescategory at the prestigious 2010 Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards. The Airport was also inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning this Award for threeconsecutive years. The Airport was recognised for enhancing the visitor experience and working closely withlocal tourism. As the gateway to some very diverse tourism experiences – including, PortStephens, Newcastle, Hunter Valley Wine Country and the Central Coast – Newcastle Airportwas acknowledged as a vibrant regional tourism partner who develops inbound marketingpartnerships with local businesses and airlines to encourage tourism growth. Newcastle Airport CEO, Paul Hughes, said “Winning this industry judged award and beinginducted into the Hall of Fame is an honour. Our industry has recognised us for thecontribution we make to tourism within the Region. “We are proud to contribute to our thriving local economy and are delighted to be the gatewayto the Hunter and Port Stephens.” In addition to this Award, Newcastle Airport’s Marketing Communications Coordinator,Rebecca Wilson was awarded the Young Achiever in Tourism Award for her facilitation ofcampaigns with Tourism NSW, Jetstar and Gold Coast Airport which saw an increase indomestic tourism visitation at a time when visitor numbers were in need of boosting. Both Newcastle Airport and Rebecca Wilson now progresses to the State Finals to be held inSydney in November 2010. Source = Newcastle Airport Limitedlast_img read more