Ontario allows sales of Canadian and international wines in 300 grocery stores

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 10:12 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario allows sales of Canadian and international wines in 300 grocery stores TORONTO – Wine, beer and cider will be sold in up to 300 grocery stores in Ontario in the next decade, but that appears to largely be the extent to which the Liberal government is planning to modernize alcohol distribution and sales.Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Thursday that the province will now allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, building on her government’s expansion of beer sales last year. An initial block of 70 so-called “universal” licences for grocery stores to sell wine and beer will be allocated this summer, with an eye to having them operational in the fall.There are currently 292 retail wine stores operating separately in grocery stores, and up to 150 of those could be converted to beer and wine outlets inside the stores with a shared checkout, still operated by the private wine companies.The timeline will ultimately be up to government but recommendations from Ed Clark, the former TD Bank executive turned premier’s adviser on government assets, suggest that by 2025 Ontario could see beer and wine sold in 300 grocery stores, with a further 150 selling beer only.Thursday’s announcement also contained a handful of changes for the spirits, cider and fruit wine industries, but beyond those new measures, the province seems content to end alcohol liberalization there.Wynne called it a “delicate balancing act” between the needs of the industry, its desire to grow, trade obligations and ensuring competitive prices.“All of those balls were in the air as the (Clark) council did its work, and as I say, I think we’ve reached a good balance of all of those things,” she said.“We very intentionally didn’t blow the system up because it works very well, because it allows for very good and competitively low prices for consumers.”Those prices could rise in the next few years. Clark said the government will announce a new minimum price for wine in next week’s provincial budget, though he said the current minimum is so low nothing is sold at that price right now.Grocery stores will not be permitted to sell wines for cheaper than $10.95.Ontario is staring down a $7.5-billion deficit, but Clark said increases in government revenue directly from this initiative are not significant and are spread over a number of years.Of the initial 70 licences for grocery stores, half will be restricted to selling only Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance wines for the first three years, while the rest can sell Canadian and international wines as well. After the initial three-year period those stores’ restrictions would be lifted, and every three years the province would roll out a new tranche of Ontario-only licences. This would allow producers to keep up with increased demand.Wynne also announced that cider can be sold in any grocery store that sells beer, and that the program allowing VQA wines to be sold at farmers’ markets will expand to include fruit wines and craft cider.Small producers of spirits will get to sell directly to bars and restaurants, and will be allowed a greater commission. The Liberal government has made a “fundamental decision” that “hard liquor” will not be sold in grocery stores, Wynne said.Spirits are also the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s highest-margin category and therefore critical to the revenue the LCBO provides to government.Ontario now has more than 240 wineries, with VQA sales in the province totalling $288 million in 2014-15 — a 66-per-cent increase in five years. Total wine sales in Ontario amount to about $2.2 billion per year, two-thirds of which are from imported wines.Opposition parties both called the announcement a “distraction” from other problems the Liberal government is facing. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne appears at a press conference in a Toronto supermarket on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 to formally announce that her government will open up wine sales in grocery stores across Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu read more

Ohio State football looking for confidence from young linebackers

Sophomore linebacker Darron Lee (43) chases freshman H-back Curtis Samuel (4) during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt was the final night in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State football team’s senior class. Players like Jack Mewhort, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde and Corey “Philly” Brown were set to step on the field as players for the last time in the ‘Shoe.One player who, at the time of the game, was thought to be coming back and continuing his Buckeye career was junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. But Nov. 23 against Indiana, Shazier had his most memorable — and final — performance at home.In the 42-14 win, Shazier tallied 20 tackles, the first time a Buckeye did it since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Less than two months later, he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.Now the Buckeyes have a hole to fill on defense, but coach Urban Meyer watched the future OSU linebackers Saturday at the 2014 Spring Game, saying he liked what he saw from early enrollee and freshman Raekwon McMillan and others.“He’s officially in the rotation,” Meyer said of McMillan after the game. “He’s gonna play … I’d put him the same category as the other guys, (redshirt-freshman Chris) Worley and (sophomore) Darron Lee — those guys all earned that they’re playing … (senior) Curtis Grant. Curtis had his best spring, so he’s earned that right.”Grant said March 6 that after watching McMillan play in spring practice, he recognizes the ability the freshman can bring.“Raekwon looks real good, he is real talented,” Grant said. “He comes in with a lot of things a lot of freshmen don’t come in with.”Although McMillan comes into OSU as a heralded five-star recruit, he wasn’t the only standout linebacker in spring practice.Lee, who hasn’t played during his Buckeye career so far, took many of the first team reps during practice.Meyer said Lee isn’t clear as the starter — as Worley is neck-and-neck with him for the position — but also that he has improved greatly since he came to Columbus.“Darron Lee and Chris Worley are two talented guys that are developed guys and … we almost sent Darron back to New Albany, on a one way bus ticket,” Meyer said. “He just didn’t show up with the right demeanor and … then about halfway throughout the season, you saw this really natural athlete and great kid start to develop. And here he is, and he’ll most likely start for Ohio State.”Meyer added that there is only one starting spot that has been decided on so far of the three at linebacker, and that everything else is still up in the air.“Yeah, (junior) Josh Perry’s pretty well done. He’s the Will (weak side) linebacker at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “Darron Lee, and the other four spots are not. The other two spots are occupied by four people. We have two Sam (strong side), Darron Lee and Worley. Mike (middle) linebacker is Curtis Grant and Raekwon.”Perry and Grant are the two regular starters returning from last season, and combined for 116 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 2013.Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said March 6 after practice that although some of the weight will be on the shoulders of the more experienced players, it’s more about creating a cohesive unit.“It’s a confidence issue, whether you’re a younger guy or an older guy,” Fickell said. “We’ve got to make sure that all of these guys play together, and I think that’s the one thing that started to happen at the end when things started to get tough, and we weren’t playing well … We’re going to rely on those older guys — they’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. They’ve been through a 24-game win streak and a two-game losing streak. They’ve got to feed off those experiences they’ve had.”Meyer said before practice started, he had placed an emphasis on recruiting linebackers, because of the inexperience of the unit.“He’s concerned, but we’re going to take that as a challenge and stick together, and work together,” Grant said. “Just get in here and work on the stuff that we need to work on to get better.”Whoever it is that is on the field when OSU kicks off its 2014 regular season Aug. 30 against Navy, they’re going to have their hands full.OSU had the ninth ranked run defense in 2013, only allowing an average 109.4 yards per game, but is set to go up against the second-ranked Navy run offense, which ran for an average 325.4 yards per game.The game is scheduled for noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Leftleaning National Trust head admits We have alienated traditional members after spate

first_img“My own view [is that] it’s too large, and therefore it’s kind of alienating a lot of its members. I think there is a big discrepancy between the historic houses and gardens which certainly the present DG is possibly embarrassed about, and landscape and coastline, and it may well benefit from splitting. National Trust staff and volunteers repair a stretch of damaged Coast to Coast path near Grasmere, Cumbria, with help from National Trust Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh and Tim Farron MP Credit:Paul Kingston/NorthNews Helen Ghosh Dame Helen, and an advertisement for the National Trust’s “airbrushed” Easter egg hunt Helen Ghosh  Speaking on Radio 4, Sir Roy Strong, a former director of both London’s Victoria & Albert museum and the National Portrait Gallery, was damning in his assessment of the Trust.He blamed successive “left-leaning” director generals, and suggested it may be time for the organisation – which attracts more than £500 million in annual funding – to be “broken up”. “It is sometimes the case that we appeal too much to one audience, and not enough to another.”Dame Helen, who succeeded previous director general Dame Fiona Reynolds in 2012, continued: “I haven’t got a specific example in mind. I think what I’m describing is that in order to be open-armed to welcome the widest possible group of visitors to our places, sometimes some of our perhaps more traditional visitors have felt that they are not being catered for as they once felt that they were.”The Trust has endured a torrid summer, during which it has faced criticism for requiring volunteers to wear gay pride badges, the public ‘outing’ of Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, former owner of Felbrigg Hall near Cromer, and a change in the recipe for it’s celebrated flapjacks. The outgoing head of the National Trust has admitted that the organisation has alienated “traditional visitors” in the wake of rows over Easter egg hunts, gay pride badges and flapjacks. Dame Helen Ghosh, who takes over as Master of Balliol College, Oxford University, next April, said that while Trust membership was healthy “sometimes some of our perhaps more traditional visitors have felt that they are not being catered for as they once felt that they were.”She told Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “Sometimes I see signs that our places, or things going on, that perhaps tread too far in one direction than another. Sir Roy StrongCredit:Clara Molden/Telegraphcenter_img “So much of what they do sounds like the Blair government in exile. It’s ticking the boxes against the disabled, the aged, LGBT, the ethnic communities and the rest of it, and something gets lost along the way.”The National Trust attracts 20 million visitors per year to its 775 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of land and more than 500 historic houses, castle, monuments, gardens and nature reserves Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969) Roy Strong Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969)Credit:Sue James/National Trust Earlier in the year, the Trust was accused of “airbrushing faith”, after the word “Easter” was dropped from the annual egg hunt it runs with Cadbury. Sir Roy, 82, said: “If you go to a National Trust house or property, you’re being almost told what to think, and how we ought to react.“They’re obsessed with children, play areas, fun things at Easter and Christmas, and so on. “The signs are that the National Trust is being turned into a branch of the leisure industry.“Within the last 20 years it’s really begun to alienate its own public. They’ve had two director generals, both competent in their own ways, and a balance has gone. Both were left-leaning”. 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

Wilshere handed twomatch ban for onefinger salute

first_imgARSENAL MIDFIELDER JACK WILSHERE was handed a two-match suspension on Thursday after he admitted a misconduct charge over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans.Wilshere was caught by television cameras raising his middle finger at City fans during the second half of Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat at Eastlands on Saturday.Although the incident was missed at the time by referee Martin Atkinson and his officials, the English Football Association was able to retrospectively implement disciplinary proceedings against the player under a new pilot scheme for ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.As such, an independent three-man panel agreed if the gesture had been viewed during the game, then it would have merited a dismissal.Arsenal submitted mitigating circumstances to the governing body, arguing the length of the punishment is excessive, but those submissions were rejected and so Wilshere will now miss both the crucial clash against title rivals Chelsea on December 23 as well as the Boxing Day trip to West Ham.A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been suspended for two matches by an independent regulatory commission.“Wilshere was charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December.“The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.“Whilst admitting the charge, Wilshere claimed the standard sanction for this offence was clearly excessive. The commission rejected this claim and the two match suspension will commence with immediate effect.”In December 2011, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham.However, a precedent had been set from earlier this season when a two-match suspension was handed out to Blackpool winger Tom Ince after he was retrospectively charged in relation to a gesture towards a match official in a Capital One Cup tie against Preston.FA chairman Greg Dyke had earlier empathised with the player’s frustrations, but insisted the highest examples must always be maintained by the professionals on the pitch and Wilshere, who turns 22 on New Year’s Day, must take lessons on board.“As a supporter I sympathise with the players because of the flak they get from the crowd,” Dyke said on talkSPORT.“People can lose their cool very quickly, but he (Wilshere) has got to learn. He’s very well paid to play the game and he’s got to learn to cope with it.“You think back over many years of players who were hot-headed when they were younger, but not when they get older. They just learn and mature. That is what happens. It is part of life.”(C) AFP 2013Neville brothers’ father cleared of sex assaultBrendan Rodgers coy over Suarez talkslast_img read more

79yearold jailed for three months over Shannon protest

first_imgA 79-YEAR-OLD woman has been jailed for three months for trespassing on the runway at Shannon Airport.Margaretta D’Arcy is an anti-war activist and a well-known writer from Galway.She refused to sign a bond to uphold the law for two years and stay out of unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport, a move which the court told her would have suspended her sentence.She will spend the next three months at Limerick Prison after being arrested in her home in Woodquay, Galway yesterday morning.Margaretta was convicted in December along with fellow activist Niall Farrell after Judge Patrick Durkan heard they endangered lives by blocking two flights from landing at Shannon in October of 2012.Niall Farrell spoke to TheJournal.ie and raised his concerns about Margaretta’s health. She is currently undergoing cancer treatment and he said “the big question is how are they going to be able to deal with her needs?”, adding that “arresting her is an outrage”.Both D’Arcy and Farrell are members of Galway Alliance Against War. The Alliance released a statement after the pair blocked the runway at Shannon, claiming:Over the past twelve years consecutive Irish governments have colluded in Washington’s campaign of wars from Afghanistan to Yemen, in which up to 2 million people have perished. By allowing the US military to use Irish airspace and Shannon airport to wage these wars we have become a willing accessory to mass murder. We have blood on our hands…we feel we have no alternative but to block the runway at Shannon to highlight Irish involvement in this carnage D’Arcy was married to the playwright John Arden who died in 2012. President Michael D Higgins spoke at John’s funeral about his close friendship with the couple and has been called on to assist in the current situation.John Lannon from Shannonwatch told TheJournal.ie that:We’ve called repeatedly on President Higgins to reiterate his anti-war stance and due to his friendship with Margaretta, we think it would be appropriate for him to visit her in prison and acknowledge her situation. Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest>Armed US plane landed at Shannon ‘in error’>last_img read more

NASA finds frothy magnetic bubbles at the edge of our solar system

first_imgThe Voyager 1 and 2 probes are now some 9 billion miles from Earth, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that they are making new discoveries. What has surprised NASA scientists, however, is what exists at the edge of our solar system.The simplest way to describe what both probes are currently travelling through is as a grouping of frothy magnetic bubbles. NASA is also referring to the area as the “foam zone.” The bubbles are not small, with each measuring around 100 million miles wide.AdChoices广告The foam zone was entered in 2007 by Voyager 1 and 2008 by Voyager 2. The reason we are only now hearing the details is because scientists had no idea what it was both probes were travelling through. A couple of years later and NASA believe they have worked it out.The bubbles have been formed due to the magnetic field of the sun getting “twisted and wrinkled.” This happens because the sun spins and as the distance increases from its origin the folds of the field compress to the point where strange things start to happen. The end result is right at the edges of the field you get these magentic bubbles forming.As you’d expect, this discovery has forever changed how we view the edge of our own solar system. Although referred to as the foam zone, the scientific name for the bubble-filled area is the heliosheath. We don’t understand it very well as this discovery clearly demonstrates, but it is thought to be of vital importance to keeping our planets and system safe from cosmic rays, interstellar clouds, and a bunch of other undesirables that are regularly trying to enter.What we don’t yet know is whether the bubbles aid our defences or not. Do the bubbles trap cosmis rays or act as a buffer to anything attempting to enter, or are they a side effect of the sun’s magentic field that serves no real purpose?You can bet the scientists at NASA will continue scratching their heads until they figure it out. The Voyager probes will no doubt help as they still have some way to travel through the foam zone. When they reach the other side we should know a lot more about its structure.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Overseas doctors lack communication skills

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram They may speak fluent English but it’s their lack of communication skills that is lacking in overseas doctors and failing the medical field, an inquiry has heard. Federal House of Representatives Health and Ageing Committee, which is holding an inquiry into the registration and support of overseas doctors, was told that the overseas doctors, coming from all cultural backgrounds, were faced with a cultural shock when beginning work in Australia.Committee chair Steve Georganas MP told Neos Kosmos that the overseas doctors need more than just an English test, they need a communication test. “You can speak perfect English but if you are not communicating with people then you’ve got a problem,” said Georganas.“For example, we had a doctor who gave evidence from the UK who said in the UK you would never, ever get a patient calling you with the first name. If you are a specialist they will call you sir, if you are a doctor they will call you doctor, if you are a professor they will call you professor. “Whereas in Australia they will pat you on the back and say ‘how you going mate?’” A lot of overseas doctors are revered in their country, so there’s a cultural change as well and that’s what this communications test is all about.” The inquiry is looking into streamlining the process for overseas doctors and Georganas said that the committee want to do all they can to see the doctors come to Australia but at the same time “ensure we keep the high standards we have”. He said the committee will do all they can to assist the doctors in passing their exams, and if doctors fail, the committee will show them why and where they failed to make sure the next time they sit the exam they are better prepared. The inquiry will be completed by the end of the year, at which stage the committee will compile the evidence and come up with recommendations to be tabled in the parliament.last_img read more

Worlds First

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While most Australians were enjoying a sunny day having barbecue parties and drinking beers on Australia Day, two men were braving the freezing temperatures of the Antarctic with not so much as a sausage in sight. James Castrission and Justin Jones, two regular Aussie blokes with big dreams, started their journey to the end of the world last year. Their journey finally came to an end last Thursday after a gruelling three month adventure, braving blizzards and temperatures in the region of minus 40 degrees, all the while dragging 160 kg sleds behind them. The adventurous pair embarked on their journey in October 2011, where they attempted to set a world record walking from the edge of the Antarctic to the South Pole and back, with nothing much in the way of transportation and assistance apart from their feet, a sled, a canoe and a couple of skis. Each carried with them everything they need to stay alive in 160kg sleds, which they dragged behind them for a total of 2270 kilometres over the course of three months. Cas and Jonesy, as they have become known around the world didn’t just go on this extreme trip on a whim, although the pair have been on countless adventure trips before. The trip was also part of a bid to raise money to help build specialised cancer centres for young Australians fighting cancer. The expedition was used to raise awareness and funds for this cause through the ‘You Can’ campaign, by Sony Foundation. Donators were asked to ‘Sponsor a Step’ and have been updated on the whereabouts of the two adventurers every two hours on their website as they traverse the barren Antarctic plains. Castrission, 29 and Jones, 28, will surely be glad to get back to the warm Australian summer, possibly catching up on a barbecue or two. They have lost an estimated 55kg of weight between them, and previous blog posts sent out during the trip revealed just how gruelling conditions were. “We’re not sleeping enough, we’re not eating enough,” Cas said on a blog dated 22 January. “We’ve lost about 55kg between us… and our hips and our bum bones are digging into the snow.” “It’s probably been the toughest couple of weeks, couple of months of our lives.” In 2008, the pair became the first people ever to paddle unassisted across the Tasman sea from Australia to New Zealand.last_img read more

Dolphins players host football clinic for Parkland community

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – The Dolphins teamed up with Stoneman Douglas High and other local schools over the weekend to help bring the community together.The team hosted a free football clinic at Pine Trails Park Sunday for boys and girls ranging from ages 7 to 16.“To have these guys get a break too and enjoy and you know, not have to go through the sadness that we’ve been going through for the last three weeks and have a day like this, oh my Lord, it’s just awesome,” said Stoneman Douglas Football Head Coach, Willis Special. “It’s a blessing”The kids were given the chance to meet and interact with Dolphins players and alumni.Dolphins right tackle, Sam Young, who grew up in nearby Coral Springs said he was beyond thrilled to volunteer. “It’s a great way to get everyone out in the community and just, you know, bring the community around something positive,” he said. “You see, you got some members of the Douglas Football team out here. It’s great to see them having some fun. I’m happy to be part of an organization that’s helping rebuild and helping really support this community.”The free event brought out 400 kids along with their parents.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Why Cher had the mustfollow Twitter account of 2018

first_img I’m thrilled if the music lifts you up, makes you want to sing & dance around your room….Or helps you cry & not feel completely alone.These can be strange times.I was beyond excited singing these songs, & I hope You’re HAPPY🎉listening to them💋Me— Cher (@cher) September 28, 2018 Mom hasn’t seen CD…. Doesn’t know I dedicated it to her😭— Cher (@cher) October 2, 2018 A man came up to me & said… “Don’t You Think You’re TOO OLD To Be Running Around The Stage Like That,..Singing Rock n Roll”⁉️I Said“I Don’t Know,.. Why Don’t you Ask Mick Jagger”— Cher (@cher) November 2, 2018 Just one womanYou’d think that when you’ve reached Cher-level heights of success, you’d no longer have to put up with men trying to tell you what they think you should do career-wise. Turns out, it’s not the case, but Cher gives short shrift to interfering gents. Cher tweets about her mother often, occasionally with a rolling-eyes emoji (see above), but how cute is this? Hi again— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018 Voice of an era”These are strange times.” Cher gets it. She understands that the world is falling apart and music is a way to process difficult emotions. That is why she is here for you with her ABBA tribute album. Cher gives you permission to cry, but she hopes you’ll be happy. WONT USE GOOGLE,GETTING RID OF FACEBOOK ACCOUNT I DIDNT KNOW I HAD.WOULD GET RID OF TWITTER IF IT WASN’T 4 ❤️ OF YOU.THESE COMPANIES HAVE NO ALLEGIANCE TO,OR ❤️OF ANYTHING BUT MONEY💰💰. THEY MIGHT AS WELL BE CONSPIRING WITH RUSSIA TO DESTROY OUR DEMOCRACY.WHERES❤️OF 🇺🇸— Cher (@cher) December 18, 2018 Thanks, Cher, for another legendary year and for keeping me sane. See you in 2019. Later ✌Changing your Twitter timeline: Twitter makes it easier to switch between latest and top tweets.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Like many people, Cher mulled leaving Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal became public in March. Like many people, she had mixed emotions about it. She’s staying on Twitter, though. Phew. A mama’s girl at heartCher loves her mother, and her mother loves her right back. Georgia Holt, who is 92, is her daughter’s No. 1 fan. “I crack myself up… I don’t even know what’s going on here,” she says at one point. And in response, what else can we say but: “Same, Cher. Same.”Who’d have thought that the global superstar, untouchable glamour-puss and goddess of pop could be so… relatable? Personally, I’d always found Cher a little intimidating, but the internet can be a great leveler. And so here I am relating so hard to her that in 2018 she’s far and away the best person I follow on Twitter.Cher swerves wildly between righteous indignation at injustice and funny, obscure observations. Her tweets often have the syntax of an experimental poet, which, she’s explained, is due to dyslexia. She flings emojis, paragraph breaks and punctuation about with wild abandon.I say this not simply to point out the color and originality she brings to the platform, but the way in which she elevates her voice using an enthralling mix of style and substance. Everything she is and says contrasts starkly with the snooty, snide, intellectually superior and often outright mean tone that dominates Twitter. Her unabashed authenticity and earnestness draw me to her on an almost daily basis.Even her Twitter bio is a breath of fresh air: “Stand & B Counted or Sit & B Nothing. Don’t Litter,Chew Gum,Walk Past Homeless PPL w/out Smile.DOESNT MATTER in 5 yrs IT DOESNT MATTER THERE’S ONLY LOVE&FEAR.”I’d go so far as to argue that Cher’s account — with its whirlwind of rants, its startling leaps between the personal and political, and its iconic meme-making tweets — represents our collective consciousness at this time of uncertainty and upheaval. It’s a reflection of a desire to express ourselves and engage with what’s going on in the world, while at the same time not quite knowing how.But Cher knows how. It’s both baffling and beautiful how she’s able to articulate so much in a way that traditionally would be considered the opposite of articulate, before breezily signing off with her signature “Later.”Let’s show our appreciation and take a look at some of the highlights of Cher’s year on Twitter.Meme queen 2018My favorite meme this year was Cher’s “Hi again” tweet. I’m not alone. Even by Cher’s standards, this tweet went crazy viral. I’m only one women— Cher (@cher) September 13, 2018 Hot tech takesGeorgia taught Cher well. Her daughter won’t take any nonsense from tech CEOs either. Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, you can’t pull the wool over Cher’s eyes. Going 2 Take This 🕳,I HATE IT.I WAS PISSED,& HAD STUPID REACTION😥.WAS IT REALLY THE”BEST”I COULD COME UP WITH🤮🤐⁉️I Should Have My Twitter License REVOKED👊🏻. Whatever The Person said,”Bla Bla Bla”,”BITCH,Youre Nothing” Is Indefensible.🙏🏻PLEASE🐥🐣..,Be Better Than ME😔— Cher (@cher) July 22, 2018 Twitter Mom Playing Around …..Notice 🕶 & Jacket…. pic.twitter.com/b4YyVMSTDx— Cher (@cher) December 11, 2018 Heart of goldCher’s empathy runs deep and is a side of her we see exposed on Twitter through tweets like this. Her sadness and frustration are so vivid here they brought tears to my eyes. Beyond Tired…..Later— Cher (@cher) September 25, 2018 Ok….my 92 yr old Mom just informed me,”Honey…I’mStreaming you on iTunes…“You’re Amazing…. “yes mom.. How did I know you’d say that”🤔She said to YOUNG BOY next Door..”Have you heard Cher’s New album⁉️He Said ”No” ”Well go listen to it…”You Can stream it on iTunes🙄— Cher (@cher) October 2, 2018center_img As every prolific tweeter knows, sometimes you tweet things you regret. Cher knows it too and gives a master class here in how to apologize with humility. I think we all know a Twitter user who could use this as inspiration. YOU MUST NEVER BECOME NUMB‼️Turn Sadness ,& immobility into activity & renewed Resolve. Join An Org or Group for Change.There are many women’s groups& Young ppl’s Groups.You must get involved with lifeNot Shrink from it. If you don’t like the way things are Change Them🕊— Cher (@cher) May 18, 2018 The tweet below is clearly a typo, and yet there’s something poignant about the emotion Cher is accidentally expressing here. She is just one woman, and yet as is often the case for women, so much is expected of her that she might as well be many women. It’s the end of 2018, and the internet has become the bad place, the creepy space, the danger zone. But don’t despair, for there is a beacon of light shining in the darkness, here to lift your spirits, here to restore hope, here to make you… believe.That’s right, it’s Cher. Specifically, it’s Cher on Twitter, although she’s obviously worthy of admiration beyond this context.Like many people, I often feel that Twitter is a soul-crushing hellscape where snark and cynicism are overvalued and where ego-driven chest beating is mistaken for genuine real-world importance. Bots, bullies, harassment and hate speech flourish on the platform, while normal folk bumble along, sharing their half-baked opinions and mostly failing at humor.And then there’s Cher. Cher is a different kind of Twitter user from the rest of us. She’s the antithesis of all the wrong types of tweeters.In 2018 alone, Twitter Cher made me laugh, cry and feel a range of complex emotions while I navigated a social network that I can’t abandon for professional reasons, but that mostly leaves me feeling dispirited and anxious.Even Twitter has realized that Cher is a true star among celebrity tweeters, cashing in on her genius by producing a two-part video series in which she reads her tweets and tries to explain what she was thinking at the time she posted them. All we can say is: mood. My❤️is torn 2 shreds😭.How can we take babies, Toddlers,5,10 +little 1’s.lostLijah for 30-60 min & WAS HYSTERICAL😩.CANT IMAGINE WHAT CHILDREN R GOING THROUGH⁉️Prison guards,No❤️,NO MOMMIE,DADDY.WE CANT KNOW THE TERROR,OF NEVER SEEING YOUR PARENTS/KIDSAGAIN ON THIS🌎— Cher (@cher) July 30, 2018 Tags ALMOST FINISHED WITH ALBUM🎉THINK ITS GOOD,& (as we all know) I’M NOT A BIG CHER FAN— Cher (@cher) July 25, 2018 Ok ….I’m Never sayin “Hi Again” Ever 👅👻— Cher (@cher) August 13, 2018 Hi again.@cher has too many good Tweets so we had to release a second #BehindTheTweets episode. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/JpjFtoWQqW— Twitter Music (@TwitterMusic) October 2, 2018 Even as recently as this month, Cher has been casting judgment on the tech world, proving that there’s no current-affairs issue she doesn’t have her eye on. Cher quickly realized that she’d created a monster, but she didn’t know how or why. All she knew is that there was no way she could stuff it back in the box. But don’t think that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a sense of humor. She can laugh at herself too. To be clear, the only person who’s allowed to make fun at Cher’s expense should be Cher. She also gives great advice to her followers and motivates them with hope. Look at this sweet but powerful reply she sent to someone who felt numb following the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting in May. Take a seat and admire this, in which Georgia owns the most powerful men in Silicon Valley while declaring her support for Cher. We stan Georgia. Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Users’ Data, Documents Show via @NYTimes How Long Are We going to Let Zuckerberg Get away With This…“Aw Shucks,Im Just a Kid”🐂💩⁉️ https://t.co/QYVvwI7iUE— Cher (@cher) December 5, 2018 Online Music I Honestly feel 😔 ..it was my✨First social media✨I Could talk 2 friends all over the 🌎… it was like magic🔮.Im Dyslexic & it’s ALL HARD 4 ME. (“This will bust me as old Granny”),But twt was so easy, When I went back 2 Fb,it was harder 2 Navigate.Twt understands me😔— Cher (@cher) March 21, 2018last_img read more

Alaskan seeks to document bringing DeLorean Back to Alaska

first_imgRob Prince and his DeLorean (Photo courtesy of Melissa Prince)A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor is pursuing a dream. Documentary film professor Rob Prince is on sabbatical in his home state of Michigan, where he has acquired an iconic 35-year-old sports car. The car is the centerpiece of a planned transcontinental trip and film project.Listen NowUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks documentary film professor Rob Prince has fulfilled a long held ambition.  In a Facebook video, Prince introduced the DeLorean he bought, and he is anticipating a documentary about taking the vintage gull-winged sports car across Canada to Alaska next year.Prince described the film as ”the juxtaposition of this really rare and futuristic looking car in these kind of middle-of-nowhere Canadian towns.”Prince noted that the documentary project also eases the guilt of spending $30,000 on the Delorean. Prince said he wants to “legitimize this idea of getting this wholly unnecessary and impractical toy – right about the time I turn 40.”Prince said his fascination with the DeLorean began after seeing it as a kid in the 1980’s pop classic movie: “Back to the Future”.“The “Back to the Future” movie introduced me to the DeLorean, but once I dug into the story behind it, I fell in love with the car itself outside of the film,” Prince said.Prince recounts maverick auto executive John DeLorean’s vision of building the car in Ireland.“It’s supposed to be this car that’s going to end the troubles in Northern Ireland because there’s going to be manufacturing jobs and ending with John DeLorean getting busted for a cocaine deal in an effort to save the company.”The DeLorean company recently revitalized in the U.S to again build the iconic car, which Prince said obviously still has plenty of fans.”People have followed me into gas stations to ask me about the car. People have taken selfies with the car as we’re driving down the freeway out their window.”A family man, Prince knows the two-seat DeLorean isn’t very practical, but said it’s so far been fairly trouble free, except for a while when it wouldn’t start due to fuse problem.“There were moments where I thought, ‘This is a huge, huge mistake,’” Prince laughed.Prince said those feelings fit into another part of what he’ll explore in the documentary.”This idea of what happens when you finally get something really big that you wanted for a very long time.”Prince recently launched on line crowdfunding campaign for his “Back to Alaska” DeLorean documentary project, and said he’s investigating sponsorships for his project.last_img read more

US agency Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion

first_img Share This! Tagsabortion conscience protections homepage featured nurse religious freedom Trump administration Vermont,You may also like Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Share This! News Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Wilson Ring Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Wilson Ring Share This! By: Wilson Ring Judge denies nuclear protesters’ religious freedom defense Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email DIY Faith • News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s largest hospital forced a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure over her moral objections in violation of federal law, a government civil rights agency said Wednesday (Aug. 28).The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington could lose some federal funding if the two parties cannot agree within 30 days on the hospital’s policies on employee participation in abortions, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.The nurse believed she would be participating in a procedure after a patient had suffered a miscarriage, office Director Roger Severino told reporters on a conference call. Instead, he said, she was told “‘Please don’t hate me’ by the doctor” when it became clear it was an abortion.The nurse asked to be relieved during what Severino described as an elective abortion and was told no. Faced with the prospect of losing her job, Severino said, “she relented and has been traumatized ever since.”The abortion took place in 2017, and the nurse filed a complaint with the civil rights office in May 2018. A subsequent investigation by the office “uncovered serious discrimination by UVMMC against nurses and staff who cannot, in good conscience, assist in elective abortion” in violation of federal laws known as Church amendments.In a statement, the hospital said it was disappointed by the action of the civil rights office.“The University of Vermont Medical Center has robust, formal protections that strike the appropriate and legal balance between supporting our employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and making sure our patients are not denied access to safe and legal abortion,” the hospital said. “These protections cover initiation and cessation of life support, organ transplant, sterilization, and termination of pregnancy.”Susan Berke Fogel, a leader of the National Health Law Program, which advocates for reproductive health, said the Vermont case is missing details of what the nurse was being asked to do. The Health and Human Services Department, she said, has been expanding the definition of what it means to assist in abortion procedures.They are definitely highlighting and putting forward cases that will achieve that goal that anybody can refuse to participate in anything,” she said. “And surely, the long-term goal is to get hospitals and other systems to stop providing abortions and gender-affirming care.”The nurse, who declined to be named publicly, no longer works at the university hospital, said her lawyer, Francis Manion, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, which works to “defend the rights of conscience of pro-life health care workers.”Federal laws protecting the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and some other procedures have been on the books for years. But religious conservatives who form a key part of President Trump’s base have long complained they were not enforced.Setting up the Health and Human Services “conscience office” last year was among a series of administration actions to address long-standing priorities of religious and social conservatives, who are key to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.A new rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions has led Planned Parenthood and other providers to leave the government program that provides for the funding. Another rule, not yet final, would revoke sex discrimination protections for transgender people in health care.The civil rights office is mainly known for handling privacy violations. Severino said the Vermont case was the third enforcement action since the launch of the new division last year.The other two involved pregnancy resource centers, one in California and one in Hawaii, that he said were discriminated against because they refused to make abortion referrals.Before Trump’s election, Severino said, the civil rights office averaged 1.25 conscience complaints a year. “Now we are in the hundreds of complaints,” he said.The Vermont Legislature this year passed a law, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott, ensuring a woman’s access to abortion. The Legislature also took the first step in a years-long process to amend the state constitution to achieve the same goal.___(Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this report.) Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Wilson Ring Wilson Ring,Load Comments,India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir Share This! Share This! 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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Pichu

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?With Pokemon so popular, does it really surprise you that out of the nearly one thousand current pocket monsters a couple of them are basically “Pikachu With A Twist?” Introduced in the second generation Pokemon Gold and Silver games, Pichu is a younger, weaker, cuter pre-evolution of Pikachu. Its cheeks are pink instead of red. Its tail is less spiky. It can’t even say its own full name yet.Smash HistoryAnother of the questionable secret clone characters, Pichu first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee representing the new Johto region Pokemon. But while Pikachu was pretty okay in that game, Pichu was far worse. This was intentional, reflecting the canonical gap in power between the two electric mice. Pichu then vanished from the series and everyone was cool with it.What Looks New in Ultimate?Pichu’s whole gimmick is that it’s a baby Pikachu. It’s smaller, making it tougher to hit, but lighter, making it easier to smash. More importantly, Pichu’s lightning attacks, while possibly stronger than Pikachu’s in some instances, also hurts Pichu itself. So to use your best attacks, pretty much any of your attacks with range and killing power, you also have to constantly hurt yourself. Pichu may have some better stats in Smash Ultimate but this sad fundamental characteristic is unchanged.Our Hopes?Everyone thinks Pichu was meant to be a joke character in Melee, and that’s fine if that’s the case. Pichu is like Dan from Street Fighter but adorable instead of annoying. But if everyone is going to be viable in Ultimate, we say really make Pichu a glass cannon. If the lightning hurts you make sure it hurts the other player a lot more! We also like the theory that current Smash Pikachu is evolved from Melee Pichu because of the outfits it carries over. So a confirmation on that, modern Donkey Kong is Donkey Kong Jr. style, would be great.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.center_img Pichu Hurts Us Both!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Pichu.last_img read more

4 held for murdering local TMC activist

first_imgKolkata: Barrackpore Police has arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in the murder of a Trinamool Congress activist, Satish Sharma.Sharma was shot at by some miscreants on Monday morning when he was sitting inside an under construction Kali puja pandal at Titagarh in North 24-Parganas. According to the investigation, police came to know that the miscreants had come riding a motorcycle. The victim was initially taken to B N Bose Hospital and later shifted to a private hospital Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifein the city. A bullet pierced his chest. Despite sustained efforts by the doctors, the victim succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning. The news of his death caused fresh tension at Titagarh where the incident occurred on Monday. Locals on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the incident. They alleged that the area often become a safe haven for criminals but the police have failed to take any steps against the miscreants. The family members of the victim lodged an FIR mentioning names of 10 people. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the basis of the complaint lodged by the family members of the victim, police raided different areas of the district and arrested four persons — Bhola Prasad, Kala Munna, Seikh Samir and Sanjay Das. It was learnt from the police that Samir and Sanjay are locals. The accused were remanded to police custody after being produced before a Barrackpore court on Tuesday. Locals staged a protest demonstration in front of the police on Tuesday. The senior police officers assured locals that the criminals involved in the incident would be put behind bars soon. The angry mob also staged a black flag demonstration in the area. The agitation was later lifted following assurances from top cops of Barrackpore police commissionerate. The police are also conducting raids at various places in the district to nab other culprits involved in the crime.last_img read more

Windy Wind Waves and Hurricane forecast on Android

first_imgWindy: Wind, Waves and Hurricane forecast on Android by Martin Brinkmann on September 11, 2017 in Google Android – 7 commentsWindy is a specialized weather application for Android that combines basic weather forecasting with highly detailed weather information.Designed specifically for anyone who needs wind or waves weather information, it may be used to keep track of storms and severe weather conditions on top of all the basic weather data such as temperature or precipitation.Windy is a refreshing application as it requires no extra permissions; it is free of advertisement, and does not require an account for usage.WindyWindy zooms in on your location when you start the application. If this is your first time starting Windy, you are asked to allow it to use location which it needs for that functionality.The weather app displays the current temperature and forecast, information on wind strength, and a map view that highlights wind speed and direction as well.You may use the built-in search to quickly jump to any location, or use zoom and drag motions to browse the map of earth manually instead.The app features other view modes that you may get automatically depending on your selection. Windy displays different information when you search for a location, and when you browse around.When you browse around, you get a play button that you may tap on to get a fast-forward forecast of the coming hours and days.A search for a location displays yet another display; this one is filled to the brim with weather data. You get a seven day forecast, information on temperature, rain, snow and wind, and may activate additional data widgets. You may add a meteograam, an airgram, and where appropriate information on waves as well using the bottom bar.When you search for a location, you get suggestions and may add these locations to your favorites. Useful as you may open these locations faster as you find them listed when you tap on favorites in the interface.You may set up weather alerts for locations you are interested in. Simply tap on the favorite icon and select “alert for this spot” from the menu.Alerts are available for the following information: wind, waves, new snow, temperature, hours, forecast model. You define ranges, e.g. temperature between 10 and 35 degrees or at least 30cm of new snow in the past three days, and will receive alerts if those conditions are met.Note that you need to add an email address, and that alerts are sent out to that address.There is another thing that you may do. A tap on the more button when you see the weather map displays options to change the forecast model (NEMS 4km, ECMWF 9lm, GFS 22km), the units, and what is displayed on the map (reported wind, temperature, weather forecast, airports, paragliding spots, Kits/ws spots, Webcams).Last but not least, the settings provide you with additional options. You may switch units here for the temperature, wind, rain, waves and pressure, change the wind animation on the map, switch the time format from 24 hours to 12 hours, and enable low bandwidth mode.A tap on advanced settings displays even more preferences. You may change the background map, show latitude and longitude on the grid, and use five sliders to customize the wind animation in more detail.Closing WordsWindy is an excellent application of Android. While it may not be suitable for users who just want a quick weather forecast, it is ideal for anyone who needs detailed information.If there is one thing to criticize, it is that the application has so many features and pages that you may feel a bit lost during the first days of usage.Now You: Which weather app do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 14 votes Software Name WindyOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.windyty.android Advertisementlast_img read more

Increasingly Valuefocused US Medical Imaging Market Redefines Vendorcustomer Relationships

first_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiology Business | December 18, 2015 Increasingly Value-focused U.S. Medical Imaging Market Redefines Vendor-customer Relationships Vendors and providers initiate shift to shared-risk agreements and long-term technology partnerships, finds Frost & Sullivan Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Image courtesy of BarcoThe fee-for-service reimbursement model that has been the norm in U.S. medical imaging is on its way to becoming obsolete. The increasingly popular accountable care payer-provider contracts are set to phase out existing payment models and, in their wake, alter provider-vendor relationships. The shift to value-based, outcomes-based or quality-based payments will push forward new purchasing frameworks in the medical imaging space, focusing on value, risk-sharing and long-term technology partnerships.Analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Development of Value-based Imaging, finds the greater focus on value-based purchasing will eventually touch every segment of the imaging provider spectrum and may become the standard in five years.“According to the current consensus, more than one in seven imaging procedures in radiology and one in five imaging procedures in cardiology will already be reimbursed as part of bundles in 2016,” said Frost & Sullivan Transformational Health Principal Analyst, Nadim Daher. “This advent of new payment models is already affecting the top and bottom lines of imaging providers, and will deeply impact the way customers assess imaging vendors and invest in imaging technology, thus encouraging new methods of working with vendors through enterprise-level deals.”In fact, nearly one in two imaging facilities are experiencing the rising influence on purchase decisions of enterprise stakeholders such as the C-suite, hospital management, financers and IT that do not belong to core imaging departments. Each stakeholder at the decision table has an agenda, priorities, and a set of key performance indicators (KPI) that imaging vendors need to commit to improving.In a growing number of deals, this commitment is actually being contractualized. In fact,  as payers continue to put healthcare providers more at-risk through accountable care models, large healthcare institutions are initiating discussions with imaging vendors regarding the feasibility of sharing some of the risk, as well as some of the profit.Furthermore, unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare provider and payer markets is starting to reflect on the addressable market as well. A smaller pool of larger customers will compel vendors to rethink, if not revamp, their value proposition. Redesigning cross-modality solution packages and consultative sales approaches around value and outcomes will not be an easy task, especially for established imaging vendors.“Vendors need to re-think their sales approach and value proposition to secure a position as the vendor of choice in each modality, as well as take more ownership of their customers’ KPI,” noted Daher. “They will need to exhibit higher pricing transparency, offer ROI modeling tools and provide best-in-class analytics capabilities to help customers rationalize imaging investments and quantify imaging outcomes”A number of high-profile, long-term vendor-customer alliances have started emerging in the U.S. medical imaging market, not unlike the new-generation of managed equipment services (MES) contracts being signed in various countries in Europe. These win-win technology partnerships are a solid step towards the re-alignment of incentives across the imaging value chain.For more information: http://bit.ly/1SlQQHn FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more center_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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This week in the Peace Corps Keeping up with computers

first_imgRelated posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Cacao in Talamanca This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating English learning This week in the Peace Corps: Brick to Bread ovens This week in the Peace Corps: Building sustainable recycling projects Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) Taylor started a computer class with new computers given by the Ministry of Public Education.Taylor teaches basic computer literacy while incorporating important life skills like self-esteem, critical thinking, and decision-making to help prevent cyberbullying and promote safe online habits.With cell phone use on the rise, many volunteers focus on computer classes to try to introduce the youth to a more useful type of computing. These classes improve the information technology skill sets of their students, preparing them for future jobs and potential future studies at universities or technical schools.The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page.  Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Two decades after Black Hawk Down Kerry visits Somalia

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation’s fledgling government and the United States’ readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history.But as Kerry vowed to deepen America’s partnership with a new cadre of Somali leaders, the fact that he never left the airport underscored just how dangerous and unstable Somalia remains after a quarter-century of civil war. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Before returning to Kenya, the top U.S. diplomat stayed a little more than three hours, meeting with Somalia’s president and prime minister and several regional chiefs and civil society groups. It was enough time, he said, to see the resiliency of a people determined to reclaim their future from the terrorists and militias that plunged Somalia into what had seemed an endless cycle of conflict. He promised American help along the path of recovery.“More than 20 years ago, the United States was forced to pull back from your country,” Kerry said, invoking the “Black Hawk Down” debacle when 18 servicemen died after Somali militiamen shot down two U.S. helicopters and a subsequent rescue mission failed. “Now we are returning.”The trip was made under tight security. Somalia’s government only learned a day ago that Kerry would join the State Department’s top Africa official, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on the trip. U.S. officials closely controlled access to the conference building where the discussions took place, an edifice encased by 6-foot high piles of sandbags and ringed by fencing wire.The actual meeting room was bleak and dark, illuminated by a single fluorescent light overhead. Down the street African peacekeeping troops sat at picnic tables as oily streaks of airplane fuel glimmered in the Indian Ocean. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “The next time I come, we have to be able to just walk downtown,” Kerry told Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Downtown, Mohamud replied, “is very different now.”Top of the agenda was the fight against al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-allied group that has terrorized Somalia for the last eight years. African forces and U.S. drone strikes have crippled the organization’s leadership in recent years and left the extremists without much of the territory they once controlled or cash flows to reverse their losses.But as al-Shabab has decentralized, the militants have expanded their activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries. Last month’s massacre at Kenya’s Garissa University College killed 148 people, mostly students, highlighting the group’s capacity to carry out relatively unsophisticated but extremely deadly terrorist attacks well beyond the Somali border.Somalia has been without a truly functioning, nationwide government for two-and-a-half decades. After warlords ousted dictator Siad Barre from power in 1991, they quickly turned on one another and the fighting has never stopped, making Somalia infamous for its high rates of violence and the proliferation of pirates operating off its coasts. Security began improving earlier this decade as international efforts against al-Shabab gained ground. US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, second from right, and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. Kerry is the first U.S. Secretary of State to ever visit the country. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “You have known immense suffering from violence, from criminals, from sectarian strife, from dire shortages of food and from an inability to remain safely even within your villages and homes,” Kerry said in a video address to the Somali people. He read out an almost identical statement shortly before leaving Mogadishu.“I visited Somalia today because your country is turning around,” Kerry said. “Three years have passed since a new provisional constitution was adopted and a parliament sworn in. With help from (African troops), Somali forces have pushed al-Shabab out of major population centers. A determined international effort has put virtually all of Somalia’s pirates out of business.”Yet even as a relative calm has settled over parts of the country, including Mogadishu, Somalia remains fraught with a painful memories for the United States.American soldiers deployed there in 1992 to stave off a national famine, and President George H.W. Bush dropped in for three days over New Year’s to visit the troops. By 1994 they were all gone, the lasting image of their mission that of American corpses being desecrated by a Somali mob.The Obama administration is banking on Mohamud’s government to lead Somalia toward democracy and economic development. The U.S. has provided hundreds of millions in military support to build up and professionalize the army, and is working with Mohamud to try to usher in a broader, more representative government over the next 18 months. If that effort is successful and stability expands, officials say the U.S. could re-establish an American embassy in the capital before President Barack Obama leaves office. For now, Obama has nominated a career diplomat, Katherine Dhanani, to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to the country since 1991, with the idea of her operating out of Nairobi and making regular trips into Somalia.Britain, Italy and several other countries already have embassies in Mogadishu.Kerry said the U.S. will start mapping out where a future U.S. diplomatic mission could be built.“We all have a stake in your success,” he said. “The world cannot afford to have places on the map that are essentially ungoverned. That is why Somalia’s return to effective government is an historic opportunity.”___Klapper reported from Nairobi, Kenya.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

New Fannie Mae Portfolio Hits MSR Market

first_imgNew Fannie Mae Portfolio Hits MSR Market November 19, 2013 510 Views in Secondary Market, Servicing “”MountainView Servicing Group””:http://mvch.com/, a provider of mortgage servicing rights (MSR) transaction and valuation advisory services, announced it is acting as the exclusive sale advisor for a Fannie Mae portfolio valued at $152 million (unpaid principal balance).[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The portfolio contains 100 percent fixed-rate, first-lien loans with a weighted average interest rate of 3.66 percent (3.90 percent on the 30-year product) and no delinquencies. The average loan size of the offering is $286,682.Most of the mortgages in the portfolio come from California, New Jersey, and Florida, with those states representing 40.8 percent, 33.2 percent, and 14.0 percent of the offering, respectively.Matt Maurer, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group and lead advisor on the sale, says these kinds of offerings are becoming more common as competition over servicing rights grows.””Several of our clients are taking advantage of the aggressively bid mortgage servicing rights market,”” Maurer said. “”And with margins compressed and origination volumes down, selling servicing at a gain holds a lot of appeal.””Written bids for the portfolio are due Wednesday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights MountainView Service Providers 2013-11-19 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Virgin Australia today

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterVirgin Australia today hosted the world’s first dedicated meditation flight with Sir Richard Branson, in partnership with Australian wellbeing and mindfulness meditation leader, Smiling Mind.VA9002 departed Sydney at 9am this morning with 65 special guests on board including Sir Richard Branson,media, VIPs and team members from Virgin Australia and Smiling Mind. All guests were treated to a hot towelservice and hand massages from the smoothfm angels, before Smiling Mind led a guided meditation at 30,000-ft.Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson said: “Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia deeply embedding mindfulness into the workplace and onboard flights.“Virgin Australia is very focussed on supporting the mental health of its passengers and team members, andthere are very few of us who haven’t been directly or indirectly impacted by anxiety.“We want to encourage more passengers to use their time flying with Virgin Australia to exercise their mindthrough meditations in the Inflight Entertainment System, and what better way to make this known than byholding the world’s first dedicated meditation flight,” Sir Richard said.Virgin Australia today also announced a new way for anxious travellers to self-identify with the airline prior totravelling. From early next year, passengers will be able to identify as having feelings of travel-related anxietybefore they fly, leading to personalised communications in the lead up to their journey, and face-to-faceinteractions while onboard the aircraft. Virgin Australia will release more information on this in the comingmonths.Today’s charter flight marks a new partnership between Virgin Australia and Smiling Mind, and will give all Virgin Australia guests access to Smiling Mind guided meditations via the Inflight Entertainment System, enabling the reduction of stress and anxiety during air travel.Smiling Mind CEO, Dr Addie Wootten said: “Mindfulness is a fantastic tool to combat travel-related stress, soSmiling Mind is delighted to be able to provide travellers with access to our guided meditations while in-flight.“As little as a couple of minutes of meditation can improve our overall sense of calm and wellbeing during a flight. And what better time than in air to meditate; we would love to see every passenger use air travel to give their mind time to thrive,” Dr Wootten said.Virgin Australia is also supporting the wellbeing and mental health of its staff by making the Smiling Mindworkplace program available via its internal health and wellbeing platform, Better Me. Developed byorganisational psychologists and mindfulness experts, the Smiling Mind program provides dedicated content toaddress today’s workplace needs.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more