LEVEL 4 REFEREES PRESENTERS

first_imgEvery now and again people achieve remarkable things in our sport, but very rarely do they receive recognition for their achievements. Over the past few weeks four people have gained their level 4 referee presenter status, Chris Harapa, Erene Devall, Scott Dews and Michael Rush. On the database of referee presenters there are only 100 people who have ever achieved this level and this award. Because of their remarkable achievement, we decided to take some time to focus on them and their involvement as Touch referees. Recently I asked each of them some questions about their involvement with Touch, what they love, what’s tough and what they see as the future of refereeing… CHRIS HARAPA: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I first started refereeing about 1990 down at the Domain lunchtime competition in Sydney as a duty ref, before a friend suggested that I take it more seriously as I was a better ref than a player. I joined South Sydney Referees the following year and they helped me get my level 1. I had lots of help then because some of the best refs then officiated at Souths; Adam Foley, Gary Mournehis, Richard Lawry, Mark Sinclair (all level 6’s & still involved in the sport). I stopped refereeing 3 years ago due to nerve damage in my back and am currently a member of the NSW Referees Panel. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? The speed & intensity of the game as well as the different standards across the park. Referees also devote a lot of time and money to the sport and this makes it hard for them and their families. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? When I refereed it was the great camaraderie and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even now as a panel member, the buzz and excitement of a tournament and seeing everyone puts a smile on my face. Also the challenge of improving, attaining higher badge levels and getting better quality games. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? I had no choice in giving up refereeing because I was forced to give it away, but when the Director of Referees, Ian Matthew invited me to assist the panel for the first time, I jumped at the chance to stay involved and give something back. Presenting and coaching is all part of the job, and I love it. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? As a referee, I attained my Level 4 State badge. As a referees’ coach, I am now a level 3 and hope one day to get that L4 at a national tournament. As a presenter, L4 as you now know. I’m also a level 1 player coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Achieving my L4 state badge and getting that blue blazer. An unbelievable semi final game at the State Cup in 1996 between the two best Womens’ sides at the time, Easts v Cronulla which went down to 3 on 3 and helped me get my level 4 badge. Also, you can’t beat our Referees’ Grading Night when you see the smile on a referee’s face when they receive their blue blazer and you helped them get there! 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? All my fellow referees through the years, the NSW Referees Panel, Ian Matthew (Director), my daughter Leah who is an inspiration (I got her involved from the age of 9 and she still loves playing now at 20), my son and best mate Dan, and my wife Megan as she is the one that encourages me and helps me to stay in Touch. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I can see a bright future ahead. Being associated with so many people that are happy to give up their time and energy as well as a genuine love for what they do, we will only get better in what we do. We are continually developing improving and delivering our courses on a regular basis as well as providing our senior and experienced referees a means to becoming coaches & presenters to help in the development of our junior, female & emerging referees. ERENE DEVALL: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I started in Kiama, NSW playing in 1980 and started refereeing as a L1 in 1983 (a life time ago) 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Its not difficult it just has lots of challenges. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The people you meet from all walks of life 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? When I started going through the levels as a referee. I have always been someone that likes to give something back – quite a few people helped me along the way – now its my turn. I also get a buzz out of seeing the people you help achieve their goals too. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? L4 Referee (retired when I became pregnant with my first child) L4 Coach and now L4 Presenter 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Coaching a great friend of mine through the system from L1 through to L6 referee and being present when he received his L6 at NTL. Too many highlights to mention one in particular – there have been so many. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? My husband has been the one to support and encourage me to achieve as I have, however, on the Touch Scene there are four people that have had the greatest influence on my career – Greg West, Ian Matthew, Lou Tomkins and Steve Fisher – they are part of the reason I stay involved. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I would like to see refereeing promoted as a sport within a sport – you either hate it or love it, there is no middle ground. I think that it does take a special type of person to become a Touch Referee. Within my career, thankfully, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. SCOTT DEWS: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I have been refereeing since the early 90’s, I became more involved & committed when I watched my wife playing rep Touch and realised I could ref at that level. I did my first tournament in ’94. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? During my time when I stopped playing and concentrated on refereeing full time, the park players in open grades basically ran the games, until I gained their respect. Now the only difficult ones are the long term players, who still need the older rules to recover (Mainly women). 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? To me being able to be involved in high level Touch games e.g.; Mens open NTL, Mens 20’s World Cup) is all the motivation I need. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? We need a level 1 coaching qualification to gain our state level badges, it was something I enjoyed, passing on information and assistance to developing referees.(My career now is adult training). 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? I gained my level 6 at NTL’s ’03 and from that and State of Origin I was invited to referee at the Youth World Cup in ’05. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Gaining the level 6 and then refereeing at the Youth World Cup in 2005. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? Ian Mathew and his panel have most definitely influenced my career. Ken Golden from this panel more than others, as he was the one that made me realise, I was the only one who could control my career as a referee. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? There is now a new system for referees to follow which will bring more female and younger referees into Touch, this can only make it stronger. MICHAEL RUSH: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I’ve been refereeing since 1991. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Players not knowing the key rules & the minority who think its open season on refs on the field. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The constant challenge during the game. You’re more involved in the game than as a player – or maybe that was just a problem with my playing! 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? As part of the refs team at a local venue, you find that after a while you have the opportunity to offer support to new refs. Getting injured and not being able to ref as much also played a key role for me later on. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? Level 4 Presenter, Level 3 Referee Coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? The memorable moments are when one of the refs you know achieves a goal (a Badge, or a level of game); but also when you see someone new come through and start to show interest in refereeing. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? One of our Refs Directors here, when I started refereeing, got me interested in sticking with refereeing and having a look at the coordinating and coaching side. More recently getting to work with some of the senior referee coaches. Also, the refs you organise courses and coaching for – a lot of really dedicated people. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? Very positive things. The arm of the sport continues to develop in terms of technical support offered. Refereeing offers a great challenge. The Presenters and Coaching qualifications offer the opportunity to set and achieve goals during and after your on-field career. Once again Touch Football Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank these referees for their contribution to refereeing and the development of our current and future Touch referees at all levels of the sport. We would also like to congratulate them on their own personal achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya Sarwate

first_imgVidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateGetting Pujara out in both the innings and allowing him to score a solitary run in the entire game, Sarwate made a mockery out of the Test specialist in the Ranji Trophy final.advertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 17:20 IST Aditya Sarwate (PTI Photo)An unfamiliar name in the echelons of Indian cricket, 29-year-old all-rounder Aditya Sarwate starred both with the bat and the ball in the Ranji Trophy final to show he is a big match player.The left-arm spinner took eleven wickets in the marquee clash and made a valuable contribution of 49 runs in the second innings to setup 204-run target against Saurashtra.Sarwate fondly remembers the time he had during the match.”The match was like a dream come true. Every player dreams to win a final for his team, it was the same with me. I will cherish it for the rest of my life,” he told Mail Today from Nagpur.The match had many glittering moments but his battle with in-form Cheteshwar Pujara was the highlight of the match.Getting Pujara out in both the innings and allowing him to score a solitary run in the entire game, Sarwate made a mockery out of the Test specialist. The spinner, however, said the luck was on his side during the match.”We wanted to get him (Pujara) out early as we knew once he gets set at the crease he will take the game away from us. I feel I just got lucky to get him out early in both the innings as I had no special plan in mind against him,” remembered Sarwate.Beginning his club cricket career at the age of 18, Ranji Trophy selection came late for Sarwate. Despite consistent performance at the club level, the first-class cricketer made his Ranji debut back in 2015 at the age of 25.advertisementFour years later, it’s hard to believe the ‘batting all-rounder’ (as he likes to call himself) is the third-highest wicket-taker of the recently-concluded season with 55 wickets in 11 games.Sarwate credits Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit, who always kept him on his toe to deliver his best, for the fairytale turnaround. “Chandrakant sir has a very disciplined and straight-forward approach towards coaching. Either you perform or perish. I believe it is the right approach as it pushed us to performance at best of our capabilities,” said Sarwate.The off-spinner carried his form into the Irani Trophy as well by taking three wickets on the first innings of Irani Trophy, which included prized scalps of Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari. And late on Day three, picked the wicket of Mayank Agarwal.Sarwate (18 runs) also played a crucial role with the bat as he stitched a 58-run stand with centurion Akshay Karnewar after half of the side went back to pavillion after adding just 168 runs to the board in reply to Rest of India’s 330.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Aditya SarwateFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ranji Trophy finalFollow Chandrakant Patillast_img read more

In his own words Maxime Berniers full statement on leaving the Conservatives

first_imgOTTAWA – Maxime Bernier declared Thursday that he is quitting the federal Conservatives to launch his own political movement. The full text of the hard-hitting statement he read aloud during his news conference:___“Over the past few months, I have been raising policy issues which I believe are crucially important for the future of our country. This is my job as a member of Parliament.“Moreover, it is my duty, as a Conservative member of Parliament, to contribute to debates and to offer policy solutions from a conservative perspective. Otherwise, what is the point of being involved in politics?“I am in politics to defend ideas, real conservative ideas. Because I passionately care about Canada’s future. Because I know that the free-market conservative philosophy has the best solutions to ensure our society is more prosperous, secure, and peaceful.“However, my party’s stand on several issues have convinced me that under the current leadership, it has all but abandoned its core conservative principles.“I still cannot understand how a party that is supposed to defend free markets supports a small cartel that artificially increases the price of milk, chicken and eggs for millions of Canadian consumers.“More importantly, supply management has become one of the main stumbling blocks to an agreement with the United States on NAFTA. Former Conservative leaders Brian Mulroney and Rona Ambrose agree that it should be put on the table.“But the Conservative Party has been siding with the Liberal government. It also supports the retaliatory tariffs of the Liberal government, even though this is going to hurt our businesses and consumers. Even though Canada has no realistic chance of winning a trade war with a neighbour ten times larger. Even though we could successfully relaunch the negotiations if we put supply management on the table, and if we accept President Trump’s offer to negotiate a dismantling of all barriers, as the European Union has done.“The Liberals are playing politics with this crucially important trade file. They are endangering the 20 per cent of our economy that depends on trade with the U.S., and Canada’s future prosperity.“But instead of leading as a principled Conservative and defending the interests of Canada and Canadians, Andrew Scheer is following the Trudeau Liberals. I was told that internal polls are showing that the Liberals’ response to Trump is popular. And that in six months, if the polls change, the party’s stand may change too.“The same thing happened in reaction to my tweets on diversity and multiculturalism. This is another crucial debate for the future of our country. Do we want to emphasize our ethnic and religious differences, and exploit them to buy votes, as the Liberals are doing? Or emphasize what unites us and the values that can guarantee social cohesion?“Just like in other Western societies grappling with this issue, a large number of Canadians, and certainly the vast majority of Conservatives, are worried that we are heading in the wrong direction. But it’s not politically correct to raise such questions.“Instead of leading the debate and pushing back against all the unfair accusations, Andrew Scheer chose to avoid the controversy. He and several of my colleagues disavowed me. They are so afraid of criticism by the Left and the media that they prefer to let down millions of supporters across the country who would like us to tackle this issue.“When the Liberal government recently renewed the unfair and inefficient equalization formula for another five years, I was the only one to criticize it. Not a word from my Conservative colleagues.“A Conservative party that supports free markets should also advocate the end of corporate welfare. It is not only the principled thing to do, it could also be popular if we defend it in a consistent way. Canadians are tired of paying taxes to bail out Bombardier, Ford and other businesses.“Instead of taking up this idea, Andrew Scheer announced that he would name a regional minister for all the regional development agencies in the country, as opposed to having only one minister overseeing them as is the case now. He wants a minister from Quebec to distribute subsidies to Quebec, a minister from Atlantic Canada to distribute subsidies to Atlantic Canada, and so on.“The conservative solution should be to abolish these wasteful agencies. What my party proposes is to make them more efficient at buying votes with taxpayers’ money.“How can we expect this party to adopt any conservative reform when it comes to power, if it cannot even articulate a clear stand and defend them before it is elected? I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government.“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.“I know for a fact that many in the caucus privately oppose supply management. But buying votes in a few key ridings is more important than defending the interests of all Canadians.“The whole strategy of the party is to play identity politics, pander to various interest groups and buy votes with promises, just like the Liberals.“The Conservative Party tries to avoid important but controversial issues of concern to Conservatives and Canadians in general. It is afraid to articulate any coherent philosophy to support its positions.“Every public declaration is tested with polls and focus groups. The result is a bunch of platitudes that don’t offend anybody, but also don’t mean anything and don’t motivate anyone.“Andrew Scheer keeps talking about his ‘positive Conservative vision.’ But nobody knows what that vision is.“The Conservative Party has abandoned conservatives. It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.“If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction.“That is what I want to do. And this is why as of today, I am no longer a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. I want to do politics differently. I will find another way to give a voice to millions of Canadians. And I will continue to fight for Freedom, Responsibility, Fairness and Respect.”(Source: http://www.maximebernier.com/why_i_am_leaving_the_conservative_party_of_canada)last_img read more

UNHRC to be briefed on progress achieved so far in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will be sending a delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva next month to brief the council on the progress achieved by Sri Lanka so far on the human rights issue.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the UNHRC will be looking at the progress achieved so far and not the political situation in the country at present. The Prime Minister said that the session on Sri Lanka when the UNHRC meets for the 37th Session will be a review on Sri Lanka on what has been done so far. The March 2017 resolution provides a two-year extended timeline for the Government of Sri Lanka to tackle its commitments on post-war reconciliation and allegations of war crimes laid out in the 2015 UNHRC resolution.The draft resolution calls for a written report from the High Commissioner at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018.Accordingly the report from the High Commissioner will be submitted on March 21st at the 37th Session of the council in March 2018. (Colombo Gazette) The briefing on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) has been set for March 21.The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka last March giving the country two more years to show progress on addressing post war issues. “Geneva is on the performance up to date so you will have to judge on what has been done so far,” he said. read more

UN environmental agency launches global tree planting campaign

The launch of the campaign, “Plant for the Planet,” one of the highlights for delegates attending the Global Youth Retreat – which kicks off tomorrow and runs through 8 February – is taking place parallel to the UNEP Governing Council meeting. The retreat will also see the election of a Youth Advisory Council to UNEP. According to the agency, over 50 young people will join with Kenyan school children and an international group of environment ministers on 8 February at the Ngong Forest Sanctuary to plant 4,000 trees. The campaign is aiming to see more than a million seedlings planted to restore the native and rare indigenous trees to forests in Kenya.UNEP’s Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, said today he hoped the retreat would inspire youth to take the torch of a fairer, healthier and more equitable world forward. “Young people have a critical role to play in shaping the environment and helping to deliver a less poverty-riven world now, and in the future,” he added. Mr. Toepfer noted with concern that young people are some of the biggest consumers of goods such as mobile phones, computers and other electronic equipment. That pattern of behaviour was especially troubling in developing countries where much of the so-called “E-waste” ended up. “So the consumption patterns of the young are crucial in our push to deliver sustainable development,” he said. read more

Ohio State womens basketball throttles Illinois behind historic offensive performance

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston sets the offense during a game against Illinois on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 117-74. Credit: Brooke Profitt | Lantern photographerAs time ticked down at the Schottenstein Center in the final home game of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s regular season against Illinois, the question was not which team would score more points. It was whether OSU’s starting backcourt of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston could outscore the Fighting Illini on their own.On a warm Sunday afternoon in Columbus, No. 5 OSU (23-4, 15-1) ran past Illinois (9-18, 2-14) with an outstanding offensive showing, 117-74. The Buckeyes powered past the Illini behind an impressive offensive performance from the senior guard Alston, who scored 39 points, just three points shy of the single-game record at OSU. Meanwhile, the sophomore Mitchell had an extremely efficient day, putting in 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.Combined, the duo matched the point total of the entire Illinois team, with 74. “We played with great pace, we shared the ball (and) we shot it well. We were extremely efficient,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “There’s not much more I could ask for in terms of how our offense went today.”The Buckeyes are now on a season-high 11-game win streak and still hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.  Before their final game at the Schott began, Alston, along with fellow senior Cait Craft and redshirt junior Kalpana Beach, were recognized for their contributions to the program over the course of their careers.The emotional pregame turned into a high-powered first-quarter offense for the Buckeyes. The Fighting Illini held their own through the first five minutes, but quickly fell behind by double digits when the Scarlet and Gray turned to their full-court press defense. The Buckeyes finished the first quarter with 37 points, 16 of which were dropped in by the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, Mitchell.OSU followed up its first quarter outburst with another offensively charged 10 minutes. An array of Buckeyes contributed to the second-quarter barrage.By the half, the lead had bloomed to 27 points as the Buckeyes owned a 67-40 advantage heading into the locker room. It marked the highest-scoring first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray’s big lead was due in part to impressive team 3-point shooting effort, as they connected on 11 of their 18 attempts. At the midway point, Mitchell had 25 points for the Buckeyes on a nearly perfect 8-of-9 shooting. Alston added 19 points of her own.Although the Buckeyes maintained control for the vast majority of the game, Craft said she is still focused on what the team can improve on heading toward the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.“I feel that offense is something our team has, even when we’re not hitting shots, we find other ways to score,” Craft said, “Defensively is where we really need to work.”OSU showed no signs of rust coming off the break as it continued to add onto its already-impressive lead. No single player took control in the third period, but just about everyone who checked in meshed with the others and helped create scoring opportunities. At the conclusion of the third period, the Buckeyes were in control by 44 points. In the closing quarter, the Buckeyes held their own, maintaining their massive lead and spreading out playing time. The three players recognized before the game subbed out just before the end of the final quarter and were given a big round of applause by the home crowd. “I think we were really dialed in,” Alston said. “I feel like that’s how the game should be. When you make it fun and everyone is scoring it becomes contagious.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action Wednesday on the road against Minnesota (18-9, 10-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

National Lottery winner awarded £25m prize with alleged fraudulent ticket it emerges

first_imgThere were some weaknesses in some of the specific controls relevant to this incident and we’re very sorry for thatAndy Duncan, Camelot chief executive Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson called for an urgent statement by the Government.He said: “Thousands of organisations rely on money from the National Lottery and the millions of people who play it are right to expect that the rules of the game are fair.”Camelot has very serious questions to answer.”So too do ministers. Karen Bradley was asked only yesterday in Parliament about security breaches at the National Lottery and she failed to offer assurance that the Government is taking steps to improve it.”The commission ruled that Camelot breached the terms of its operating licence over control of its databases, the way it investigated prize claims and its processes “around the decision to pay a prize”.A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman said: “The integrity of the National Lottery is absolutely paramount and it is crucial that both players and returns to good causes are protected and not at risk from fraudulent activity.”It is right that the Gambling Commission has acted in this case and assured us that Camelot has put controls in place to mitigate against any similar licence breach in the future.” The commission said Camelot had already taken steps to ensure that a similar problem would not happen again.The watchdog’s chief executive, Sarah Harrison, said: “The Gambling Commission’s chief concern is to ensure the National Lottery is run with integrity and that player interests are protected.”Camelot’s failures in this case are serious and the penalty package reflects this. Importantly, the package also ensures that good causes will not lose out as a result of Camelot’s licence breach.”Lottery players can feel reassured that our investigations have found no evidence of similar events happening and that controls are in place today to mitigate against future prize payout failings of this type.”Camelot said police had decided earlier this year to take no further action over the alleged fraud.Mr Duncan said: “It’s really important that people understand that this allegation relates to a unique, one-off incident dating back to 2009 and involves a potentially fraudulent claim on a deliberately damaged ticket. It has nothing to do with the National Lottery draws themselves.”We’ve strengthened our processes significantly since 2009 and are completely confident that an incident of this nature could not happen today. We welcome the Gambling Commission’s confirmation that this is the case.” Convicted rapist Edward Putman, who won £ 4.9 million pounds on the National Lottery, covers himself up as he arrives at St Albans Crown Court, Herts., to be sentenced for benefit fraud. Photo: Kerry Davies/INS NEWS LTD Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan apologised, saying: “We accept that, at the time, there were some weaknesses in some of the specific controls relevant to this incident and we’re very sorry for that.”Hertfordshire Police said: “An allegation of fraud connected to a lottery win from 2009 was investigated by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist Cyber and Financial Investigation Unit working with the Gambling Commission.”As part of the investigation a man  was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Following a thorough investigation the man was released with no further action to be taken against him.”In 2012 convicted rapist Edward Putman, 51, also from Kings Langley, was in court for fraud for falsely claiming £13,000 in benefits on top of his £5 million win.center_img Convicted rapist Edward Putman, who won £4.9 million on the National Lottery arrives at St Albans Crown Court, before being sentenced to nine months in prison for benefit fraudCredit:Kerry Davies/INS NEWS LTD National Lottery operator Camelot has been fined £3 million by the gambling watchdog after paying out a £2.5 million prize claim involving a deliberately damaged ticket.The penalty was handed down by the Gambling Commission over a 2009 incident that went undiscovered for six years until 2015, when the regulator and police were alerted.A 51-year-old man, from Kings Langley, had claimed the £2.5 million jackpot using a damaged ticket.He was arrested for fraud last October and has been released without charge, Hertfordshire Police say they will reopen the case if new evidence comes to light.The man has not repaid any of the money to Camelot and the firm says it is still “considering its options”.Camelot said it was unable to confirm the details of what had occurred but added that many of the people involved in the case in 2009 were no longer with the company.  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 read more

When everything old is new again

first_imgLater next month, Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre will house the production of the Greek tragedy inspired play Elektra/Orestes. Drawing on the story of the House of Atrius, audiences will bear witness to an endless cycle of each generation trying to solves the problems of the previous generation, no doubt impacted by the generation before that.Playwright Anne-Louise Sarsks teams up with playwright Jada Alberts to pose two very important questions: Who is responsible for the state of things? And what can any one of us do about it?The play follows a family – a mother, brother, and two sisters – as they attempt to decipher and make sense of the world around them, taking extreme measures in their endeavour to make everything ‘right’.Presenting a contemporary take on an old tragedy, actor Hunter Page-Lochard stars as a modern day Orestes, while the role of Elektra is played by Katherine Tonkin.Prepare to be confronted by the cycle that is love, justice and revenge in a disordered world of natural disaster and war. Performances of Elektra/Orestes will run from Saturday 14 March-Sunday 26 April at the Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW. Tickets: Adult $72/seniors $62/concession $49/previews $50/student saver $39. For further information or to book tickets, visit www.belvoir.com.au/productions/elektra-orestes/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Point Météo trois départements en alerte orange pour les avalanches

first_imgPoint Météo: trois départements en alerte orange pour les avalanchesAprès les chutes de neige de ces derniers jours, la situation continue de s’améliorer mais des départs spontanés d’avalanches sont constatés dans les Alpes. Météo France a donc maintenu l’Isère, la Savoie et la Haute-Savoie sous alerte orange. Une grande partie de la France reste sous vigilance jaune pour la neige et le verglas.Météo France place toujours samedi matin sous vigilance orange avec risques d’avalanches les départements de l’Isère, de la Savoie et de la Haute-Savoie. L’Ain, la Haute-Marne et les Vosges ne sont par contre plus concernés par ce bulletin qui vaut jusqu’à dimanche, 6h00. Les faibles chutes de neiges qui pourraient survenir dans la matinée ne justifient par contre plus le maintien de l’alerte sur la neige et le verglas.Selon Météo France, “sur les Alpes du Nord, les manteaux neigeux sont faiblement stabilisés. Depuis lundi, le cumul des chutes de neige atteint de 80cm à 1m50 à 1500m et au-dessus. Cette neige récente s’est un peu tassée, notamment en versant sud, mais reste fragile sur de fortes épaisseurs dans de nombreux secteurs. Depuis le milieu de la matinée de vendredi, l’épisode neigeux en cours a déposé, environ 30 cm voir plus, au-dessus de 2200m dans un contexte souvent très ventés. Les visibilités sont médiocres en montagne mais quelques départs spontanés d’avalanche ont été signalés.”Vigilance jaune pour une grande partie du paysMétéo France conseille aux personnes qui circuleraient dans les départements concernés de prévoir un minimum d’équipement au cas où elles seraient amenées à devoir passer plusieurs heures d’affilée dans leur voiture car des routes pourraient être coupées. Pour les skieurs, il est bien entendu conseillé d’appliquer à la lettre les instructions données par les stations de ski.Dans le reste de la France, plus de la moitié des départements reste tout de même en état de vigilance jaune car les températures nocturnes entrainent un risque de regel. L’ouest de la France est épargné en dehors des Pyrénées. La préfecture de Paris a par ailleurs ramené le plan neige ou verglas en Ile-de-France au niveau 1 vendredi 7 décembre à 16h, ce qui est le niveau minimum pour la période de novembre à mars.Le 8 décembre 2012 à 10:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Battle Ground school district purchases 20 acres

first_imgBattle Ground – Battle Ground Public Schools closed earlier this month on a purchase of 20 acres of property in the southeast portion of the district.The land lies west of Northeast 152nd Avenue between Northeast 99th and Northeast 110th streets. The land will someday be the site of a new campus with kindergarten through fourth grade and fifth through eighth grade schools.The purchase price was $2.267 million, according to the agreement. The seller was the Robert Dempsey Family Trust.The school district paid for the land in full using funds collected from impact fees, according to a district spokeswoman.There are no immediate or specific plans to build on the site. However, the district is asking voters next Tuesday to approve an $80 million bond to renovate, replace and build schools.last_img read more

THE GAMBIA STANDARD BUREAU TGSB

first_imgWith MUHAMMED SAILU BAH Welcome to another edition of know your public institutions column which seeks to create awareness of the nature and work of publicinstitutions in the Gambia. This edition carries an exclusiveinterview with the Director General Gambia Standard Bureau (TGSB) onthe establishment of TGSB.Foroyaa: Sir can you please tell our esteem readers about the GambiaStandard Bureau?DG Stand Bureau: Thank you for that question, The Gambia StandardBureau was established as an Act of Parliament called The GambiaStandard Bureau Act which was enacted in 2010, that is its legalfoundation.The Bureau actually became functional, by that I mean the setupstarted, staff were recruited the departments were developed in 2012and that same year the standardization department was fully staffedand started work on standardization, and a group of standards in thearea of food which was a priority, as we you may know it was developedall over the country and finalized in 2013. Foroyaa: How is the Standard Bureau structured?DG Standard Bureau: The structure of the Bureau is like this, we havea board of directors which leads the strategic direction of thebureau, and also the mission of the Bureau, and they are the ones whooversee the finances of the bureau. The members of the Board ofdirectors is actually specified in the act and it is composed of:members from the public sector; that is the Ministry of trade, whichis our oversight Ministry, Ministry of Finance; and also the privatesector participation through the Gambia Chamber of Commerce andIndustry, who appointed The Gambia Manufacturers Association torepresent them there. Because as you know as you know standardizationand quality issues are key in the area of manufacturing and throughthe promotion of manufacturing, it is important to be represented inthe highest decision making body. Apart from that the otherrepresentatives are the consumers, overall we are all consumers.  Ifyou talk about quality, testing, standards and so forth,  your overallobjective is to ensure that there are quality production and servicesand these are the things demanded by consumers. So consumers arerepresented in the highest decision making level of the Bureau, whichis unique to ourselves. I think we are the only institution in whichthe consumers are represented at the highest decision making levelwhich is the board of directors. We also have representatives from theacademia; the Vice Chancellor who is sitting for the University of TheGambia is also in the board of Directors so we have that.We have the management level, which is headed by the Director Generalwhich me Papa Secka, who oversees the day to day activities of theBureau and you also have different departments known as divisions. Thedivision of standardization, the division of metrology, the divisionof Quality assessment and the division of information and media whichactually compose of standard information centre, as well as what iscall the TBT enquiry point (Technical Barrier  Treat enquiry point)and under it you have the different standardization officersoverseeing standardizations, the metrologists who are actually runningthe metrology laboratory, which is the sub institution under us, whichdefines the most physical accurate standards which are used to ensurethat there is accuracy in measurement in the country. In a nutshellthat is how we are structured. To be Continued]]>last_img read more

Across US people rally for Justice for Trayvon

first_imgATLANTA — One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.The Florida case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense, guns, and race relations. Zimmerman, who successfully claimed that he was protecting himself when he shot Martin, identifies as Hispanic. Martin was black.“It’s personal,” said Cincinnati resident Chris Donegan, whose 11-year-old son wore a black hoodie to the rally, as Martin did when he died. “Anybody who is black with kids, Trayvon Martin became our son.”The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies and vigils outside federal buildings in at least 101 cities: from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita, Kan., and Atlanta, where people stood in the rain at the base of the federal courthouse, with traffic blocked on surrounding downtown streets.Chants rang out across the rallies. “Justice! Justice! Justice! … Now! Now! Now!” “We won’t forget.” “No justice! No peace!” Many also sang hymns, prayed and held hands.last_img read more

Salesforce Apple and Deloitte listed as best places to work in the

first_imgSoftware organisation Salesforce (pictured), technology business Apple and professional services firm Deloitte are the top three employers to work for in the UK and US, according to research by Power House Truths.The analysis used data from LinkedIn, Glassdoor, PayScale and annual organisational reports to compare business’ average salaries, benefits and employee reviews. More than 210,000 staff member reviews were used to compile the final ranking.Salesforce tops Power Truth’s rankings, and offers an average salary of £84,400. Apple, in second place, provides an average salary of £93,700, while Deloitte comes in third; its average salary is £57,000.The research also explored organisations’ employee benefits packages. Sainsbury’s, for example, was lauded for offering good sick pay, critical illness cover and a 10% employee discount card. Uber, on the other hand, was praised for its flexible working hours, while pharmaceutical business GlaxoSmithKline was recognised for its approach to work-life balance, organisational culture and career opportunities.However, online retailer Amazon was noted to provide comparatively poor work-life balance initiatives and smaller salaries.Other employers featured in the research include Airbnb, Barclays, Bupa, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, JP Morgan and Oracle.Karen Dykes, recruitment partner at Anne Corder Recruitment, said: “With talent shortages reported in many sectors, top candidates are looking beyond basic salary offerings to attract them to certain roles.“Benefits packages are most certainly in the spotlight, with a particular focus on those that support work-life balance. These include generous holiday entitlement, healthcare advantages and flexible working.“If a skilled candidate has multiple interview offers, benefits packages will come into play. They may be time-poor in terms of interview preparation, so will narrow the field by evaluating the overall package.”last_img read more

11yearold begins walking again after losing both legs

first_img“This level of amputation is generally very hard, especially when it’s on both legs,” he said. “The fact that she’s so young … It’s re-learning everything you thought you knew about walking.”Victoria is always excited to work, the physical therapist said.“She’s a great little girl. Hard worker, just wanted to jump, get right into everything,” said Victoria’s physical therapist. “She was excited about everything. She never complained. She’s been a joy to work with.”Victoria’s aunt, Marie, said she is impressed with how fast her niece is learning to walk.“When she had the surgery, she goes to school after that, after one week, she goes to school, when she go there, she was walking on her knees,” Marie said.Victoria’s goal is to walk and see her mom and dad on Christmas.“I’m going to see my family and my friends,” she said. MIAMI (WSVN) – An 11-year-old double amputee is making strides thanks to the doctors and nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Victoria Thermitus was born in Haiti with two inverted feet, making it difficult to walk. She was the only surviving baby in a set of triplets.With limited access to medical care, her family could do little to help her.When an earthquake hit Haiti six years ago, her legs were further damaged from rubble falling on top of her.Victoria moved to Miami to live with her aunt last year. In March, the day after her 11th birthday, she underwent a double amputation at Jackson.Then she was fitted for prosthetics, and is now learning to walk on her new legs.Victoria’s physical therapist said Victoria has had to re-learn how to walk. Victoria is also proud of the chores she’s now able to do around the house.“I clean the dishes and around the house,” she said.Victoria wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street)Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10am-3pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10am-3pm: St. Thomas/Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Flu Epidemic Claims Two More Lives In The Houston Area

first_imgSecond-grade teacher in Texas is the latest flu victim pic.twitter.com/fczm9vsesh— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 7, 2018 Photo via Public Domain PicturesCDC reports the flu is widespread across America this year and possibly won’t peak until March.A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least two more deaths associated with the flu have been reported in Harris and Galveston Counties, according to ABC13.  In Harris County the number of flu-related deaths is now three, one more from what was reported last month, officials told ABC13. In Galveston County, officials said a 48-year-old woman died in late January after contracting the flu. The second death in that area this season.According to click2houston.com, more than 3,500 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Galveston County this season.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is widespread across America this year and possibly won’t peak until March.#Flu activity continues to increase across the United States. Remember these 3 steps to #fightflu: 1⃣ Get yourself & your family a flu shot2⃣ Take everyday preventive actions3⃣ Take antiviral drugs, if your doctor prescribes themhttps://t.co/nUIfIerdNP pic.twitter.com/MsJy9I9LG6— CDC (@CDCgov) February 6, 2018 You can reduce your risk of getting the #flu through everyday good health habits. Please stay home if you are sick to help prevent spreading respiratory viruses to others. We also recommend you frequently wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.— Dr. Anne Schuchat (@CDCDirector) February 3, 2018 I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/mAVjlmVKnl Cold & Flu Prevention in the Winter Months— antiagingtoday (@antiaging4today) February 3, 2018 Is it a cold or #flu? Both are respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses that may require special diagnostic tests. Learn some of the differences between cold and flu. https://t.co/7WjAoXbzIl pic.twitter.com/o38dOCgmRM— CDC (@CDCgov) February 5, 2018center_img It’s that time of year again: Flu Season. Learn what you can do to prevent the flu in this week’s safety tip. #safetytip #fluseason #fluprevention #piedmontvacc pic.twitter.com/1NGgz1vyUd— PVCC (@PiedmontVaCC) February 5, 2018 Fighting the #flu. Great video from https://t.co/g1SDv6ZIGV https://t.co/5JcbWink8I Prevention is best get your flu vaccine from your GP, Pharmacy or Occ Hlth Dept #YourBestShot— HSE NIO (@HSEImm) February 7, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

3 Ways You Can Avoid Wasting Your Companys Money on Technology

first_imgMarch 11, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Business-tech adoption continues to grow globally. Worldwide, according to a Gartner forecast, IT spending is expected to reach $3.8 trillion by 2019, driven by investments in enterprise software and IT services.Related: 3 Tech Strategies You Can Use to Earn and Save More MoneyThat’s good for the companies making the tech, but perhaps less so for the companies buying it. Reason: With software and hardware becoming increasingly affordable, it’s easy to make rash spending decisions to purchase devices or subscribe to services that promise productivity gains and benefits. Any of those purchases may fail to deliver.So, as an owner, you need to exercise caution, because building your company’s tech infrastructure in a slapdash manner can be a financial sinkhole. The last thing you need for your fledgling venture is a runaway IT budget.Want to avoid wasting money when it comes to technology? Here are three ways to do that:1. Streamline Saas subscriptions.Netskope’s data indicates that enterprise companies often run up to 1,200 cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products.  Out of those 1,200 cloud services, the most highly used are HR and marketing apps, which respectively average 139 tools for HR and 121 for marketing apps apiece.Given this rate of adoption, it’s common for teams to subscribe to multiple applications twith similar features and overlapping functionalities. Marketing apps, for instance, might all feature some form of analytics and tracking, automation and communication capabilities. To prevent such redundancy, it’s important that companies track their SaaS subscriptions.”Keeping SaaS cost under control is a challenging task when SaaS spend is spread among different business units,” Uri Nativ, co-founder and VP of engineering at Torii, wrote on his company’s blog. “When visibility is low, the spend control is low, which quickly leads to wasted money.”A SaaS spend dashboard has to be presented to IT and your business units in readable way,” Nativ added. “Once the various business units have good visibility on cost, they can control it, save money and reduce waste.”2. Avoid cheap devices from dubious manufacturers.Another area where you may be spending unreasonably is hardware. The electronics manufacturing boom has fed an influx of cheap computing devices into the market. Due to their low prices, you may be tempted to experiment with off-brand PCs, tablets or even internet of things (IoT) devices, like smart thermostats for your workplace.However, many of these devices are sold cheaply because manufacturers cut certain corners on durability and performance. Some cheap devices may even expose you to data breaches. Additionally, issues that arise from shoddy production can become costly to deal with, especially if they result in information loss or down time.As cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs has advised on his blog, “Bear in mind that when it comes to IoT devices, cheaper usually is not better.”There is no direct correlation,” Krebs added, “between price and security, but history has shown the devices that tend to be toward the lower end of the price ranges for their class tend to have the most vulnerabilities and backdoors, with the least amount of vendor upkeep or support.”3. Adopt only mature and proven technologies.For smaller ventures, being an early adopter can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you may be able to leverage new technologies and turn them into your competitive advantage. On the other hand, new technologies take time to mature and offer only spotty reliability and poor user experiences. Emerging technologies also commonly fizzle out.Related: How Start-ups are Using Tech to Help SMEs save MoneyTake the case of cryptocurrencies. While they may have enjoyed massive buzz a year ago, users now struggle to find practical uses for many of the tokens in circulation. In late 2017, at the height of the crypto-hype cycle, even small businesses began to invest in these currencies and support them as payment methods. While that action might ultimately be the right move, we’re not there yet: Today, the infrastructure and climate simply aren’t ready yet.As economist Nouriel Roubini has noted, even Bitcoin, the most mainstream cryptocurrency, has serious limitations. “With Bitcoin, you can do five transactions per second; with Visa, you can do 25,000 transactions per second,” Roubini said in an interview with Cointelegraph. “It’s not scalable, it’s not secure, it’s not decentralized. So, what is it worth?”While this doesn’t mean that cryptocurrencies will never find their place in the business ecosystem, companies that were early adopters may now have to re-evaluate whether providing continued support for crypto payments will be worth the costs they’ve incurred.Smart spending countsConventional financial wisdom dictates that just because something is cheap or readily available doesn’t mean that you ought to buy it. The same is true for IT spending.Align your tech adoption with your business goals. That way, you’ll be able to identify which technologies fit your situation best, so that you can make smart purchasing decisions. A streamlined and secure infrastructure should help you get the most benefits with the least expense. You have to carefully evaluate your IT strategy and invest only in technologies that have the most potential to provide real value to your business in the immediate future.Related: Upgrading Your IT EquipmentGiven the competition that businesses face, making sure every penny creates value for your company could be the positive impact your bottom line needs. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Coronary Stents Market Is Projected to Hit US 9003 Mn by

first_imgThe Global Coronary Stents Market was valued at $4,806 million in 2015, and is projected to reach at $9,003 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2016 to 2022. The drug-eluting stents (DES) segment accounted for nearly half of the total market in 2015.Emerging stent technologies in the coronary stent field, including bare-metal stents (BAS) and the third-generation DES with biodegradable polymer/polymer-free coating, aim to cater to the unmet needs associated with coronary stents.Download Report Sample @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2187Factors that drive the growth of the global coronary stents market are increase in prevalence of CAD, improved patient outcomes with stenting, and emergence of new trends in the field of coronary artery stents. In addition, increase in demand for coronary stents from the emerging countries and growth in awareness about availability of suitable insurance & reimbursement policies provide opportunities to the coronary stents manufacturers. However, high cost of procedures associated with coronary stents and availability of substitute method for the treatment of CAD are expected to hamper the market growth.Coronary stents are small elastic tubes used for the treatment of narrowed and blocked coronary arteries in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). These reduce the symptoms of chest pain (angina) and aid in the treatment of a heart attack. These types of stents are also called as heart stents or cardiac stents. They comprise metal mesh and are implanted in constricted coronary arteries during a technique known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or angioplasty.DES is expected to maintain its dominant position throughout the analysis period, owing to its significant property of preventing the growth of scar tissue (restenosis) in the arterial wall after the procedure. In addition, with the advancements in stents field, DES have been significantly improved and show reduction in stent thrombosis. Moreover, they provide improved outcomes for patients with CAD treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).The metallic biomaterials segment dominated with three-fourths of the market, in 2015, owing to cost-effectiveness of these materials. Metallic biomaterials provide efficacy of vascular healing as compared to other materials. These are used to manufacture expandable and drug-eluting stents. The global metallic biomaterials market segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5%.Have any Query? Ask our Research Experts @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2187In 2015, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA collectively accounted for one-fourth of the total coronary stents market and are expected to continue this trend due to increase in stents development, specifically in China, India, and the other developing countries. Rise in geriatric population is the main reason for the growth of coronary stents market in the Asia-Pacific region.Leading industry players:Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific Corporation, C. R. Bard, Inc., Medtronic plc., Microport Scientific Corporation, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Terumo Corporation, Biotronik SE & Co. KG, Biosensors International Group, Ltd., and Stentys SA.Other Leading industry players:Meril Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Vascular Concepts Limited, Translumina GmbH, REVA Medical, Inc., and Elixir Medical Corporation.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Hotels around Mexico prepare for massive CFE battle over tariff hikes

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Hotels around Mexico are preparing for a massive increase in electricity tariffs which they say in some cases, will reach 300 percent.“We can no longer remain indifferent to the abuse of the authorities in energy matters,” said the national president of the Mexican Association of Motels and Hotels, Rafael García González.In a press conference, the president of the association said that the energy reform, promoted by the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, has affected the competitiveness of the sector.García González mentioned that the hoteliers looked to the Energy Regulatory Commission, the company in charge of establishing energy quotas, to ask for clarification about the increase in rates, however, they did not receive a response.He says that the Mexican Association of Motels and Hotels will ask the commission for patrimonial damage for hotels that have been affected.Paloma Palacios, president of the Mexican Association of Motels and Hotels for Los Cabos, said that hotels from that state have obtained two orders to suspend payment of electricity.“The suspension of payment does not mean to stop paying. One part is suspended, while the other is paid,” explained the representative, who added that they expect a suspension of payment of 60 percent of electricity rates.Hotels around Mexico prepare for massive CFE battle over tariff hikesPhoto: La Asociación Mexicana de Hoteles y Moteles“Los Cabos is one of the main destinations in the country that captures a large number of international visits with seven of every 10 travelers returning. What worries us is that the sector is affected,” he said.“This situation could generate economic instability, since the hotel industry is one of the largest generators of jobs in the country,” he added.The president of the Hotel Association of Cancun and Puerto Morelos, Roberto Citron, said that although the legal processes they plan to undertake will be carried out individually by each company, the union will remain united to face the problem.He explained that the methodology used by the regulator to establish the rates applied by CFE have not been published in the country’s Official Gazette.According to estimates, in 2018, the states most affected by the increase in rates are Quintana Roo with a rebound of 75 percent, Colima also by 75 percent followed by Baja California Sur with 70 percent, Mexico City with a growth of 27 percent and Tabasco with 41 percent.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, 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 more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | December 31, 2015 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Installs New 3-D Full Body Imaging System With Low Dose Radiation CHLA is the only pediatric facility in Los Angeles County to offer the new technology, which offers detailed 3-D imaging and uses up to 90 percent less radiation than standard X-ray  Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Scoliosis patient Zayden Rainey, 5, inside the EOS Imaging Machine at CHLA. December 31, 2015 —Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announces the availability of the EOS Imaging System, the first technology capable of providing head-to-toe images of patients in both 2-D and 3-D while using up to 90 percent less radiation than X-rays.“This new state-of-the-art technology will be of great benefit to the pediatric patients we treat, especially those with spinal conditions like scoliosis that require frequent imaging,” said David L. Skaggs, M.D., MMM, chief of orthopedic surgery and director of spine surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Frontal and profile radiographs are acquired in a single step as the patient stands or sits in the EOS machine. If a full-body radiograph of the entire body is unnecessary, the EOS scan can be targeted to a single anatomical area such as the vertebral column or the leg. The image is acquired by way of a simultaneous body scan using two very fine X-ray beams, with a whole-body scan taking less than 20 seconds to complete. The two resulting low-dose digital images are processed by EOS’s proprietary software to generate a 3-D composite image using cone-beam CT technology of a patient’s entire skeleton (or part of the body, such as the spine or lower limbs).“EOS promotes a safer and more precise approach to pediatric care. Not only will patients be exposed to a significantly reduced dose of radiation, but the full body 3-D imaging capabilities of EOS will allow our team of specialists to make more accurate diagnoses and more informed treatment and surgical plans,” Skaggs said.Aracely Rainey and her son Zayden, 5, make frequent trips to CHLA from their Yuma, Arizona home. “We were going to the Phoenix hospital and we weren’t getting the results that we are getting here,” Aracely said.Since birth, Zayden, who has severe scoliosis, has endured multiple surgeries for his condition. As a result, Zayden had always been apprehensive about going to see the doctor. But after having a magnetic “Magec” rod surgery, doctor visits are a breeze. The Magec rod is a revolutionary procedure in treating pediatric scoliosis patients to reduce the number of surgeries needed to treat curvature of the spine. Initially, the rod is surgically implanted in the patient’s back. Additional surgeries, sometimes twice a year, used to be the norm with scoliosis patients as they grew. But the Magec rod system allows the spine to be lengthened by using a non-invasive magnetic device on the patient’s back. Now when Zayden comes to CHLA, he has a painless experience of correcting his spinal curvature and becoming taller without surgery.Once Zayden has a Magec rod lengthening, which takes less than two minutes, he gets his spine X-rayed by CHLA’s new low-dose radiation EOS imaging system. Nothing could please his mother more, especially knowing that her son is being exposed to a drastically lower dose of radiation each time he is X-rayed.“I want to be careful for him so that he can live a healthy life,” said Aracely of Zayden, who gets four X-rays a year and will continue to need frequent imaging until his early 20s when he is fully-grown. “If I have to have my son go through radiation, and now I am putting him through less radiation — it’s a blessing.”The Children’s Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides the most comprehensive pediatric orthopedic care in the western United States. Its team of surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation experts, physical therapists, biomedical engineers and numerous other collaborating support staff specializes in every ailment associated with orthopedics including fractures, injuries, spine disorders, neuromuscular weakness, tumors, and hip, hand and joint abnormalities. The program is ranked among the top 10 pediatric orthopedic programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. It speaks to CHLA’s reputation and vigilance in preventing surgical complications, as well as the use of the most advanced and safest technologies to provide expert care to the patients it serves from the local community and from around the world.For more information: www.CHLA.org/EOS, www.eosimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read morelast_img read more