Cody Simpson Visits Patients At Childrens National Medical Center

first_imgAustralian pop star Cody Simpson – who is finishing up a swing of East Coast dates before heading to Europe – has made a point of quietly stopping in to visit patients at children’s hospitals as his schedule permits.In addition to a stop at Dell Children’s Medical Center when he was in Austin last month performing at the SXSW festival, Simpson spent time this past Saturday afternoon with cancer patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.During this visit coordinated by the Hope for Henry Foundation which brings performers, athletes, authors and other celebrities to DC-area hospitals to brighten the days of seriously ill children, the singer spent considerable time with each patient, including signing CDs and taking cell phone selfies and Polaroids, which he printed and signed for the children.Simpson shared some of his own memories from the visit with his fans through social media, including Instagram.Simpson performed later that evening at a club in Washington. His newest CD Free comes out later this year – a single from the album, Flower, with artwork contributed by his friend Miley Cyrus, was made available in February. According to a Rolling Stone article, Cyrus has enlisted Simpson to support her own charity work on behalf of the homeless.last_img read more

Major ports cargo traffic rises 6 to 60 MT in Apr

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s 12 major ports recorded 5.65 per cent rise in cargo handling to 60.07 million tonnes (MT) in April this fiscal, mainly due to higher demand for coal, petroleum, oil and lubricants, industry body IPA said. These top ports, under the central government, had handled 56.86 MT of cargo in April last year. Increased demand from various sectors, including coal, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) and containers, was the main reason behind the growth in traffic, as per the latest data from the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Coking coal volumes handled by the 12 ports surged by 30.62 per cent to 5.51 million tonnes (MT) during the first month this fiscal, while thermal and steam coal grew 12.65 per cent to 10.91 MT. Thermal coal is the mainstay of the country’s energy programme as 70 per cent of power generation is dependent on the dry fuel, while coking coal is used mainly for steel-making. India is the third-largest producer of coal after China and the US and has 299 billion tonnes of resources and 123 billion tonnes of proven reserves, which may last for over 100 years. As per the IPA data, container volumes too rose 5.74 per cent to 12.54 MT in terms of tonnage handled. POL handling during April jumped by 11 per cent to 18.99 MT as compared to previous fiscal. As per the figures, Deendayal Port, earlier known as Kandla port, handled the highest traffic volume at 11.30 MT in April, followed by Paradip Port 9.55 MT, JNPT 5.99, Visakhapatnam 5.69 and Mumbai Port 5 MT. Kolkata Port, including Haldia, handled 4.95 MT of cargo, while Chennai port handled 3.94 MT of cargo. Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both the global and domestic activity. India has 12 major ports — Deendayal, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamrajar (earlier) Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) which handle over 60 per cent of the country’s total traffic. These 12 major ports had recorded 2.90 per cent growth in cargo handling to 699.04 million tonnes (MT) in 2018-19.last_img read more

Tesla stock falls as concerns about demand for Model 3 arise

Shares of Tesla are down 50 per cent since September, with concerns about Model 3 demand in the U.S. at the forefront.Daniel Ives of WedBush said in a client note Monday that so far there seems to be mixed signals on Model 3 demand, which could make it harder for Tesla to achieve a profit in its third and fourth quarters and the future.Tesla should also press pause on expanding into insurance, robotaxis and other projects, he added.“The company instead should be laser-focused on shoring up core demand for Model 3 and simplifying its business model and expense structure,” Ives said.Tesla Inc.’s stock dropped 4.4 per cent in Monday midday trading to $201.83. The stock fell below $200 earlier in the session, its lowest point since late 2016.The Associated Press

On World Post Day UN spotlights mail services crucial role in electronic

Thomas E. Leavey, Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), noted that the role of postal services today goes far beyond the physical delivery of mail. Products ordered over the Internet can be delivered through the postal network, while more posts are also providing Internet services through their own outlets by setting up Internet “cafés” or kiosks in post office lobbies.”Such initiatives reaffirm the role of the postal service as an important provider of information,” he said.And while information is now readily available on the Internet, access is still unequally distributed, Mr. Leavey added. “This growing ‘digital divide’ between developed and developing countries, between rich and poor, means that the physical mail network remains indispensable to a very large part of the world’s population,” he said.World Post Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the founding of the UPU in 1874 in Berne, Switzerland. Postal services throughout the world use the celebrations to introduce new products and services and to organize philatelic exhibitions. read more

UN nuclear chief urges new rules to fight spread of weapons of

“The non-proliferation regime right now is absolutely under growing stress,” Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said at the end of a three-day visit to Washington yesterday, during which he conferred with President George W. Bush and other top United States officials. “We are facing now the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction which is everybody’s fight,” Mr. ElBaradei said in an interview on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television. “What we have seen with A.Q. Khan associates, the black market, what we have seen with some of the Al-Qaida people interested in nuclear weapons, makes it clear that this is a different ball game and we have to revise the rules, and that really was the focus of my discussion with President Bush yesterday,” he added, referring to the Pakistani scientist blamed for the spread of nuclear technology to other countries. “I think the message I’m getting from Washington this week (is) that we really need to put our heads together, not just the US and IAEA, but everybody in the international system.” Drawing an analogy with the fight against terrorism, he said defeat would spell widespread doom. “It’s either we will win or everybody would lose.” Calling on the international community to look at the big picture, Mr. ElBaradei declared: “There’s a lot of measures we need to take, control of the nuclear material, better export control, better authority for the Agency, less countries having enrichment and reprocessing.” read more

Omnicom and Publicis Groupe to merge creating worlds largest advertising company

by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2013 9:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Omnicom and Publicis Groupe to merge, creating world’s largest advertising company PARIS – Omnicom Group Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA say they are combining in a “merger of equals” that will create the world’s largest advertising firm, one worth more than $35 billion.The combined company will be called Publicis Omnicom Group and be jointly led by Omnicom CEO John Wren and Publicis CEO Maurice Levy as co-chief executives. The move is designed to bolster the companies’ focus on growing Asian and Latin American markets such as China and Brazil, where they each have ramped up operations to counter lacklustre growth in weak European markets.But although a combined firm will allow for more pricing power in general, the decrease in competition could present regulatory hurdles in the U.S. and Europe. Client conflicts also could be an issue, as rivals such as Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Yum Brands’ Taco Bell, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble now find themselves under the same umbrella.Rich Tullo, an analyst at Albert Fried & Co. in New York, predicted pushback from regulators in both the U.S. and France. The U.S. could be wary of one company controlling such a large portion of the market, he said, while in France, authorities might not take warmly to any Americanization of a company that is a bright spot in the bruised French economy.Tullo also questioned whether the combined company could live up to promises like the $500 million in cost savings touted with the announcement, given Europe’s shaky financial condition. “That sounds like financial alchemy, if you ask me,” he said.Omnicom Group Inc., based in New York, owns BBDO Worldwide, DDB Worldwide Communications Group and TBWA Worldwide, among other agencies. Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA runs its namesake agency as well as Leo Burnett Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and DigitasLBi. Their merger creates a company with combined annual revenue of about $23 billion, leapfrogging them over current London-based industry leader WPP PLC.For the first year, Omnicom Chairman Bruce Crawford will serve as non-executive chairman of the new company. He will be succeeded by Elisabeth Badinter, the current Publicis Groupe chairwoman, and daughter of its founder, for the second year.Levy is slated to take the non-executive chairman’s seat after 30 months, leaving Wren to continue as sole CEO from that point.Omnicom, which also owns public relations firms such as Fleishman-Hillard, Porter Novelli and Ketchum, reported 2012 profit of nearly $1 billion on revenue of $14.22 billion. Earlier this month, the Madison Avenue giant posted second-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ average forecast, though revenue growth of 2 per cent fell just short of expectations.Founded in 1986, Omnicom generates just over half of its revenue from U.S. clients, and about one-quarter from European and British markets combined. The company’s stock has risen 31 per cent in the last 12 months, recently peaking at $67.43 on the New York Stock Exchange.Omnicom will benefit from Publicis’ strategic shift in the last few years toward digital operations, as the French company beefed up its digital marketing profile with the acquisitions of Digitas, Razorfish, Rosetta, Big Fuel and LBi. Publicis, which had revenue of $8.78 billion in 2012, had targeted generating 75 per cent of its revenue in digital and fast-growing countries by 2018, according to a recent investor presentation.The move gives Publicis, which has faced questions about who will succeed 71-year-old Levy, access to Omnicom’s well-regarded senior leadership, said James Dix, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.Analysts said the deal also represents even more consolidation in an industry that is already dominated by just a few players, a fact that might not sit well with U.S. regulators.If the Omnicom-Publicis combination goes through, the combined company would account for nearly 40 per cent of the U.S. ad industry, twice as much as the nearest competitor, WPP, according to Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group in New York.Wieser said Sunday the deal came as a surprise to many in the industry. Omnicom, he said, has “always been viewed as too large to get any larger.”The combined company will have more than 130,000 employees.One concern is whether Omnicom and Publicis can strike a harmonious balance of power — something that can be difficult in mergers of similar-sized companies.“It’s not clear yet who really is in the driver’s seat,” Wieser said. “That will emerge over time.”The fact that the two firms are based in different countries could also become an issue, Dix said. “You have these fiefdoms that keep people from playing together. One company is based in Paris, one is in New York. Where is the power centre?” he said in an interview Saturday.Dix expects that top executives are comfortable with the structure of the deal, but the adjustment may be more difficult for the next level of executives who run the firms’ units.“Now they have to fit together into a broader organization,” Dix said. “If you lose clients or have defections of senior executives then you have something that looked good on paper but didn’t quite play out.”The combination has been approved by the boards of both companies, but remains subject to regulatory approval in both the U.S. and Europe, and to a vote by shareholders of both companies. The deal is structured so that the shareholders of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom, after special dividends, will each hold approximately 50 per cent of the company.Publicis Groupe shareholders will receive one new share of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Publicis Groupe share they own, together with a special dividend of 1 euro per share. Omnicom shareholders will receive 0.813 new shares of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Omnicom share they own, plus a special dividend of $2 per share. The new company intends to be listed in Paris and on the New York Stock Exchange.The combination could have a domino effect on the industry, spurring marriages between other ad giants who might fear they can’t compete otherwise, said Michael Corty, an analyst at Chicago-based Morningstar. “Within the ad agency industry, this is potentially an earthquake deal.”___Business News reporters Christina Rexrode and Jon Fahey contributed from New York. read more

Memo To NFL GMs Stop Drafting Kickers

One of the strongest takeaways of the early NFL season is that the Minnesota Vikings need to stop drafting kickers.Last Sunday, rookie Daniel Carlson endured one of the worst days for a kicker in recent history, becoming just the 15th man this century to attempt at least three field goals without hitting any of them, according to Carlson was drafted in the fifth round, one round higher than the Vikings selected Blair Walsh in 2012. Walsh is also a distinguished member of the 3+ missed kick club, pulling the feat for the Vikings in his rookie year. For good measure, he did it again last year on the Seahawks.Like Walsh, Carlson is also currently looking for an NFL job. The Vikings cut him Monday after his last-second, overtime miss of a 35-yard chip shot, which left the Vikings in a 29-29 tie with their archrival Packers in Green Bay. Minnesota replaced him with free agent and longtime Cowboy Dan Bailey, who is only the second most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history.Drafting Carlson in the fifth round doesn’t sound like a huge investment by the Vikings, given that most fifth-round picks in general don’t amount to much.1The 40 fifth-rounders of 2017 have a combined two touchdown passes with seven picks, 522 rushing yards, 124 catches and nine sacks. But a fifth-round pick for a kicker is more like a first-rounder for any other position. Since 2000, just 16 kickers have been taken in the fifth round or higher, led by Sebastian Janikowski, taken 17th overall in 2000. (Janikowski is another kicker on the misery list of shanking all three attempts in a game.) In the same time period, 53 quarterbacks and 75 wide receivers have been taken in the first round.Carlson is hardly the first drafted kicker to struggle so much that he ends up booted out of the NFL. Last year, second-round pick Roberto Aguayo was released by Tampa Bay and has yet to attempt another regular-season kick. He missed nine of 31 attempts as a rookie. So is there any reason for a team to draft a kicker — especially one so high?We looked at all field goals since 2000, using data from In total, 140 kickers made 13,469 made field goals on 16,389 total attempts, for an 82.2 percent success rate. Limiting our sample to the 91 kickers who had at least 15 attempts2Which eliminated Carlson. gave us 13,328 field goals on 16,175 attempts. But then we broke it down further, looking at kickers who were drafted out of college versus kickers who were signed as free agents. Ultimately, there was no improvement in field goal accuracy for drafted kickers relative to the proverbial man off the street. Since 2000, all drafted kickers have made 5,532 of 6,794 field goals, a rate of 81.4 percent. Free agents are 7,937 for 9,595, or 82.7 percent. Among those free agents is only the most accurate and prolific long-distance kicker in NFL history, two-time All-Pro Justin Tucker. Even if we go super rarified, the best of the best kicking prospects — just the nine men to kick this century who were drafted as kickers in the first three rounds — the percentage is just 81.3 percent (1,680 for 2,066). And the bulk of that is longtime Raider and current Seahawk Janikowski, who is also below average at just 80.3 percent on 517 career attempts.3Janikowski’s abundance of long attempts are skewing his success rate, though — he has an 86.1 percent rate on field goals under 50 yards, which is slightly better than the 2000-2018 league average of 85.3 percent for that distance.Carlson isn’t the only drafted kicker to get the hook this season. The Browns released 2017 seventh-round pick Zane Gonzalez after he missed two field goals against the Saints, including the potential game-tying kick in the closing seconds, and two extra points. In typical Browns fashion, it turns out that he may have been kicking with an injury unbeknownst to the team and head coach Hue Jackson. Either way, the team signed rookie free agent Greg Joseph to kick Thursday against the Jets — and he made two field goals and an extra point, with no misses.The kicking game in general has been an ugly mess this season. Through two weeks, NFL kickers had made “only” 80.7 percent of their field goals, which would be the lowest rate for a season since 2003. Even last year’s AFC Pro Bowl kicker, Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Boswell, has followed up his 35-for-38 season by missing both of his attempts plus an extra point already this year. It’s hard to view this season as anything more than an aberration, though. Success has been steadily increasing over the years, as noted in 2016 by FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris, and that trend continued in the following two seasons. Even 80 percent is a massive improvement from 1986, when barely two-thirds of kicks split the uprights.But while kickers are generally getting better, having one that ends up being bad seems random. So we have come here not to criticize NFL GMs in their kicker-picking ability, but to pity them. Not only is predicting whether a kicker is going to make a specific kick virtually impossible, past performance in kicking — whether in college or in the NFL — also doesn’t seem to predict future results.So regardless of Bailey’s career excellence, the Vikings can’t be that confident that he’ll make his next kick any more than they would have been if they had kept Carlson.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

MMC set to launch HyDrone 1800 the UAV with a flight time

first_imgOn April 10, MicroMultiCopters Aero Technology (MMC) says it “will change the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry forever. Drones will cease to be seen as toys and will become actual tools that will change humanity permanently. After April 10 HyDrone 1800’s three-hour flight time will be but a minimum for industrial UAVs.“UAV companies that manufacture professional drones are in reality producing ‘toys’ that average 30 minutes of flight time. Serious businesses cannot accomplish much in 30 minutes with their UAVs. But what could businesses achieve with more than three hours of flight time?”MMC already offers the Phoenix A6 UAV with a 75-minute. The HyDrone 1800 however, a copter that flies for more than three hours, covers a distance of up to 100 km, and is able to operate below -20oC, “stands as a foundation for further development in the professional UAV industry,” MMC says.last_img read more

Bank of Ireland reports first profit in five years

first_imgBANK OF IRELAND has reported a half-yearly profit of €399 million, compared to a €395 million loss at the same time last year.The announcement of the bank’s results marks the first profit the bank has made in five years. The bank said that an €87 million one-off payment from changes to their defined benefit pensions topped up an underlying profit of €327 million.The bank says that its bad debt charges are down by around 43% to €444 million. However, the bank’s loan book dropped to €83 billion as repayments continue to outpace draw downs. The bank added that mortgage arrears also fell, by around 7%.Ulster BankElsewhere, Ulster Bank announced half-year profits of €84 million.Their chief executive Jim Brown said that bank is focused on sustaining their recovery. “Today’s results demonstrate a second consecutive quarterly profit, the success of our existing strategy and sustained progress across all areas of the Bank. The half-year adjusted operating profit of £69m (€84m) reflects an improvement in Net Interest Margin, a reduction in expenses and an improvement in impairment losses. “Impairment losses have improved by 89%, while the number of customers in mortgage arrears has now decreased month on month for the past 15 months, reflecting the investment to date in supporting customers in difficulty. In total, the number of customers in arrears in the Republic of Ireland has reduced by 10,000 compared to the same point in 2012.” Read: AIB made a pre-tax profit of €437 million in the first half of 2014last_img read more

Engrais azoté  le prix à payer est très cher en matière de

first_imgEngrais azoté : le prix à payer est très cher en matière de santéL’azote émis par l’agriculture aurait un impact conséquent pour la santé et l’environnement à l’échelle de l’Europe. Une étude publiée à l’occasion d’une conférence internationale à Edimbourg (Ecosse) fait état de conséquences dont le coût est estimé entre 70 et 320 milliards d’euros. La première Évaluation européenne pour l’azote (ENA) est déconcertante. Selon l’étude, le coût de l’azote en matière d’impacts pour l’environnement et la santé humaine représente plus du double des bénéfices pour l’agriculture européenne.Les engrais azotés sont effectivement une source majeure de risques pour l’environnement dans lesquels ils ont utilisés. Commercialisés au cours du XXe siècle, ils sont depuis ce temps très appréciés par les agriculteurs dont les rendements et la qualité des cultures se sont retrouvés améliorés sous l’action des produits. A cause de l’utilisation de ces engrais, la présence d’azote dans l’environnement a été multipliée par plus de trois au niveau européen. Cette pollution azotée, présente dans l’atmosphère sous la forme de particules, peut réduire l’espérance de vie humaine d’une durée de plusieurs mois dans des zones particulièrement touchées.Une consommation de viande beaucoup trop importanteAfin de mieux comprendre le phénomène et pouvoir y faire face, deux cent chercheurs de 21 pays différents proposent leur diagnostic sur la situation. Ils exposent également des gestes à adopter pour réduire les émissions d’azote et leur impact dans les écosystèmes. Parmi les recommandations, les scientifiques préconisent de diminuer la consommation de viande, actuellement beaucoup trop importante. En effet, l’apport en protéine animale d’un régime alimentaire commun dépasse actuellement de 70% le taux recommandé par les experts de la nutrition. L’étude souligne que ce changement de comportement alimentaire pourrait réduire considérablement l’usage de produits azotés employés à 80% pour produire de la nourriture destinée aux animaux d’élevage. À lire aussiTote bag, G20 et paternité, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 juinL’étude recommande également un changement des pratiques agricoles. Mark Sutton, du Centre d’écologie d’Edimbourg, explique à l’AFP : “Près de la moitié de la population mondiale dépend des engrais azotés synthétiques utilisés pour la production alimentaire. Les solutions incluent une utilisation plus efficace des engrais minéraux et organiques (fumiers, lisiers, composts …)”.Actuellement, plus de 10 millions d’Européens utilisent de l’eau dont le taux d’azote est bien au-dessus des seuils réglementaires. Consommée régulièrement, cette eau multiplie les risques de cancer. Au niveau de l’environnement, les forêts représentent un écosystème qui souffre extrêmement des dépôts d’azote. Les experts ont mesuré une baisse de plus de 10% de la biodiversité sur les deux tiers du continent. Le 11 avril 2011 à 18:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Washington health exchange costs rise

first_imgClark County residents looking to purchase health coverage for 2017 through the state-based insurance exchange have only 20 options offered by four insurers. And those plans will likely cost more than they did this year.The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner released on Wednesday the approved plans and rates for the 2017 marketplace. Statewide, nine insurers were approved to sell 98 plans on the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange. In addition, seven insurers will sell 56 plans outside of the exchange.The premiums for health plans statewide in 2017 will be an average of 13.6 percent higher than this year. The amount each person’s premium will change depends on where they live, their age, whether or not they smoke, which plan they select and how many people are covered.“We knew that it would be difficult for the health insurers to initially set their rates without knowing who would sign up for coverage and what services they would use,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler in a news release. “In fact, we were surprised when rates came in significantly lower than predicted in the first few years of the Affordable Care Act.”“I do believe this year’s change is a one-time adjustment, and that we’ll see premiums level off as insurers gain experience and more people get covered,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2014 – At least three members of the House of Assembly today pulled out of contributing or voting when it came to the trial with a jury being re instituted in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most speaking stood to see the constitutional change repealed… to bring back trial with jury. This issue and change had come about in the aftermath of allegations against former government ministers, members of their families and some developers named in the Commission of Inquiry as suspect… among them, former premier, Michael Eugene Misick. Withdrawing from the debate were his older brother, Minister of Finance and all island member Hon Washington Misick and his nephew, member for North and Middle Caicos, Hon Donhue Gardiner. From the Opposition side, Hon Derek Taylor claimed conflict of interest and stepped away from this debate. The most poignant presentation likely came from the member for Cheshire Hall, Minister Hon Amanda Missick who firmly laid out why she believes the repeal is necessary and how the change in the law was an underhanded move by the British. She said that trial without jury is an injustice and bears a high degree of prejudice. The Home Affairs minister said the measure was never necessary for the Turks and Caicos as research bears out that juryless trials were only meant to be a resource for failed jury trials and not as a punishing stick or as a prejudge before one has had their day in court. Boldly, she explained that in her estimation: the juryless trial was brought for a specific purpose and only after the actions of individuals were brought into question. The Cheshire Hall member continued with: A jury trial is a legal proceeding where members of the public are invited to listen and make a decision based on evidence presented… she said it brings a sense of fairness and impartiality; pointing out that one on trial is more able to accept the verdict. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amanda missick, derek taylor, donhue gardiner, michael misick, trial by jury, washington misick Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Recommended for youlast_img read more

FOLIO Recognizes the Top Women in Media

first_imgFOLIO: celebrated its first annual Top Women in Media luncheon at the Grand Hyatt on Wednesday, October 1st. Close to 200 list-makers and their well-wishers were on hand to help honor the group in six different categories: Corporate Visionaries, Industry Leadership, Director-Level Doers, Entrepeneurs, Rising Stars and Mentors.  FOLIO: created the list and event to recognize the women driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies—women who are innovating in new ways and guiding their businesses into new markets.  The luncheon was keynoted by Kay Koplovitz, the founder of USA Networks and the SyFy Channel and an inspiring business woman in her own right. Koplovitz encouraged the audience of women to seek parity in the market and strive for exponential thinking. Here, you will find the full list of honorees in each category and a link to each of the women’s profiles.Corporate Visionaries Marin Bright – Bright Business MediaElisabeth DeMarse – TheStreet IncMariette DiChristina – Scientific AmericanCharlene Finck – Farm Journal MediaSusan Fitzgerald – Madavor MediaMonica Gadsby – Starcom MediaVest GroupGillian Gorman Round – LuckyChristine Guilfoyle – Meredith CorpCarolyn Kremins – EpicuriousPoppy MacDonald – National JournalS. Mitra Kalita – QuartzKatherine Nicholls – Niche MediaMichela O’Connor Abrams – Dwell MediaMaria Rodale – Rodale IncLindsey Turrentine – CBS InteractiveKathy Savitt – YahooSamantha Skey – SheKnowsAmy Vaxman – Questex Media GroupNancy Weber – Meredith CorpEvelyn Webster – Time Inc Industry Leadership Anna Bager – Interactive Advertising BureauMary Berner – MPALynne Biggar – Time IncMyrna Blyth – AARPKris Flitcroft – AC Business MediaLaura Frerer-Schmidt – Women’s HealthNancy Gibbs – TimeConnie Guglielmo – CBS InteractiveStacey Hawes – EpsilonKaren Kovacs – PeopleLea Ann Leming – SheKnowsMonique Manso – People en EspanolJanice Min – The Hollywood ReporterJulia Turner – SlateEnedina Vega – MeredithDenise Warren – The New York TimesLisa Weinstein – Starcom MediaVest GroupCarey Witmer – MeredithDirector-Level Doers Nicole Dorrler – American Legacy FoundationJennifer Follett – The Channel CompanyTessa Gould – Huffington PostMarissa Hayes Aydlett – QuartzStaci L. Hallmon-Bazzani – ESSENCELisa Herdman – RPAKristina McMahon – Women’s HealthCathy McPhillips – Content Marketing InstituteJoy Robins – QuartzAnne Sachs – GlamourJoan-Marie Stiglich – SLACKEntrepreneurs Keisha Andrews-Rangel – nTrigue MediaAnne Hartnett – Agent PublishingJosie King – CFO PublishingKathy Leake – LocalResponseBabette Gaither Maxwell – Victory MediaAnna Murray – emedia llcJane Pratt – Say MediaMaureen Slocum – Zoomba GroupRachael Ray – Rachael RayCarley Roney – XO GroupLisa Sugar – PopSugarRising Stars Ankita Agarwal – AnomalyLindsey Benoit – Women’s HealthGrace Bacon – QuartzDanielle Balestra – CFO PublishingAmy Dickerson – Starcom MediaVest GroupNathalie Gorman – ALM MediaEmily Hirsch – MediaRadarLauren Indvik – Fashionista.comLee Ann Jarousse – Health ForumMolly McDonough – ABA JournalAlison Cooke Mintzer – Asset InternationalJulie Muroff – Light ReadingCandace Roulo – Penton MediaErica Schulz-Schueller – Cygnus Business MediaLindsey Unterberger – GlamourMentors Steffie Corcoran – Oklahoma TodaySusan DaMario – Summit Media GroupSusan Goodall – GlamourMary Grayson – Health ForumJoAnn M. Laing – Information StrategiesMaggie Murphy – Parade Media Grouplast_img read more

Bonniers Motorcycle Group Launches Marketing Services Division

first_imgEnthusiast media company Bonnier formed its Motorcycle Group when it bought nine titles from Source Interlink (now TEN: The Enthusiast Network) two years ago. Now, the group has its own marketing services team to match.  Bonnier consolidated the group’s custom advertising solutions under a new moniker called Quickshift. “We have been executing successful marketing programs for our clients for the past two years; this officially establishes a brand and division to manage this business,” says Andy Leisner, VP, group publisher, Bonnier Motorcycle Group, in a statement.  The division will work with the Motorcycle Group’s sales staff to deliver agency-like services—including video, PR, social media and custom content and events—for power sports advertisers.center_img The group claims to reach 8.3 million enthusiasts across its 12 brands, which include Cycle World and Motorcyclist. Bonnier Motorcycle Group general manager, marketing services Garrett Kai will head up the division.last_img read more

Pentagon Takes First Step in Commissary Privatization

first_imgThe Defense Department shortly will issue a request for information from companies with the capability to take over the operation of all or part of the military commissary system.This initial step by DOD to better assess the feasibility of privatizing commissaries comes at the request of Congress.“This is a request for information only. It is important to emphasize that NO decision has been made to privatize commissaries and the department is NOT soliciting actual proposals for privatization,” DOD spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson told Military Times via email.Sakrisson emphasized that the department is committed to preserving the commissary benefit for military members but also is exploring options for reducing the government’s cost of delivering that benefit.The version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the Senate is scheduled to debate this week calls for a pilot program testing privatization at up to five commissaries at major installations, according to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who is renewing his effort to slow the test. Inhofe intends to offer an amendment to delay the pilot program until the department completes an assessment of the costs and benefits of privatization.“There are too many unknowns as to whether privatization could directly impact a military member’s ability to provide for their families as well as the potential for it to affect retention,” he said, according to a press release.Last year, Inhofe sponsored an amendment to the authorization bill on the Senate floor with Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) to postpone a similar pilot program. It was adopted and included in the final defense authorization measure signed into law.“I am committed to fighting this again on the Senate floor,” Inhofe said earlier this month following a visit to the Altus Air Force Base commissary.The assessment of the costs and benefits of privatization required under the amendment added last year to the authorization bill is under way, he said. The Senate and House versions of this year’s authorization bill would allow commissaries to introduce variable pricing as well, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DSC Prize winner to be announced at Kolkata literary meet

first_imgNew Delhi: The winner of the USD 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced at the Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) next month, its presenters Wednesday said. Indian authors Neel Mukherjee, Sujit Saraf, Jayant Kaikini and Manu Joseph and writers of Pakistani origin Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid are in the race for the award, which is now in its eighth year. The winner will be named at the iconic Victoria Memorial Hall on January 25 at a special ceremony during the literary festival that will take place from January 22-27. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The jury is headed by Rudrangshu Mukherjee and has Claire Armitstead, Nandana Sen, Firdous Azim and Tissa Jayatilaka as other members. The partnership with the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet will provide a significant impetus to the literature of the region as both the prize and the festival are strongly focused to further the cause of South Asian writing, the presenters said. Speaking about the partnership, Surina Narula, founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature said, “We see a lot of positive synergies in this partnership as we both share a common vision to promote and highlight South Asian writing to more people across geographies through the forum of literature and the arts.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Malavika Banerjee, director of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, added, “At a time when this region is yielding a rich crop of young writers it’s heartening to see a prize that showcases and rewards the best books from this region.” Since 2016, the winner is announced in different South Asian countries by rotation. In 2016, it was awarded to Anuradha Roy at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and last year, the prize was given to Anuk Arudpragasam at the Dhaka Lit Fest in Bangladesh. The DSC Prize, instituted by Surina and Manhad Narula in 2010, focuses on South Asian fiction writing. From the 88 eligible entries received this year, the DSC Prize had first announced a longlist of 16 books in New Delhi in October and then a six-book shortlist in London in November.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… 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 | 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 May 22, 2012 – As the picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) market has developed over the last decade, the variety of images, formats and procedures available in digital form in departmental silos has proliferated. Increasingly, healthcare providers are implementing central platforms to consolidate storage, thereby reducing PACS data migration costs and enabing better data mining and data sharing across departments.These so-called vendor-neutral archives (VNA) collate, manage and store data from disparate PACS and other sources across the hospital site. Subsequently, out of the 1.4 billion new radiology studies captured by PACS in 2011 worldwide, 75 million were stored by VNAs, representing a 5.4 percent VNA-to-PACS attach rate. In 2016, this is forecast to grow to 31 percent worldwide, according to “The World Market for Medical Enterprise Data Storage – 2012,” a new report from InMedica, a division of IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS).InMedica defines a VNA as a medical image archiving platform, providing an open, standards-based architecture for database management, long-term storage, disaster recovery and secure lifecycle management of data from multiple imaging and non-imaging applications and modalities. It should support digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) and non-DICOM data irrespective of data source or storage medium, making it application-neutral, as well as vendor-neutral.There are different reasons why a hospital would implement a VNA, and these are represented in the types of VNA architecture (Fig.1). A hospital may want to simply minimize storage costs and reduce PACS switching costs in one radiology department; InMedica defines this as a Level 1 – single department DICOM VNA. It may want to share images across departments in a single site: Level 2.0 – multi-department DICOM VNA. In a community or hospital group, it may share images across multiple locations: Level 2.1 – multi-site DICOM VNA. In order to implement a cross-enterprise strategy, some hospitals may go a step further and seek to integrate image and non-image clinical data across departments using cross-document sharing (XDS) or similar protocols: Level 3.0 – multi-department XDS-based VNA; or use such protocols across multiple locations: Level 3.1 – multi-site XDS-based VNA.“More than 65 percent of VNA studies worldwide in 2011 were either Level 2.0 or 2.1, showing that current demand is driven by the need to consolidate, centralize and share data across imaging departments,” commented Theo Ahadome, healthcare IT market analyst at InMedica. “Increasingly, the integration of non-image data to create a full enterprise-strategy is being implemented. As this occurs, and VNA storage volumes increase, they are projected to erode the share of storage volumes held by PACS.” Reflecting this, incremental storage capacity from VNA is projected to reach 114 petabytes worldwide in 2016, compared to 140 petabytes for PACS.These trends and more are discussed further in InMedica’s report, “The World Market for Medical Enterprise Data Storage – 2012.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morelast_img read more

Scoot broadens partnership with Virgin

first_imgScoot has announced an expansion of its Australian network in partnership with Virgin Australia, the airlines network in Australia has grown to 11 cities.Guests travelling to Australia on Scoot’s non-stop services to Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast or Melbourne can now buy tickets through to eight additional cities in a single transaction.Scoot chief executive officer Campbell Wilson, said that Australia was Scoot’s first destination and the goal is to continue expanding in the country.“Australia was Scoot’s very first destination and, since launching flight to Sydney in June 2012 we’ve added Gold Coast, Perth and, soon, Melbourne.  Our new partnership with Virgin Australia expands our coverage of Australia yet further, so whether it’s North, South, East or West, Scoot – and Virgin – have Australia covered,” Mr Wilson said.Scoot operates direct flights from Singapore to Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth, guests can now make onward journeys to the following cities with flights operated by Virgin Australia.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more