Camel fossil found in Arctic

first_imgAPTN National NewsWas the high Arctic once a tropical paradise?Not quite but some might think so after a remarkable discovery – the fossil of a camel.The news has experts thrilled.APTN National News was joined by Dr. Grant Zazula, a Yukon paleontologist.last_img

As crises become more complex prevention must be at the centre of

“The perils of nuclear weapons are again front and centre, with tensions higher than they have been since the end of the Cold War,” the Secretary General told an open debate of the Security Council.At the same time, he outlined threats emanating from the impact of climate change, transnational crime, protracted conflicts, frustration and marginalization fuelled by inequality, as well as the challenges from cyberspace.“Cybersecurity dangers are escalating, as some of the same advances in technology that have generated so many gains have also made it easier for extremists to communicate, broadcast distorted narratives of grievance, recruit followers and exploit people,” he added.In his remarks, Mr. Guterres underlined that addressing these challenges requires more coherent, coordinated and context-specific efforts on the part of the international community.Where women are empowered, societies flourish and peace processes have a better chance of taking holdSecretary-General GuterresPrevention of conflict also has to be the focus of all initiatives, he noted, stressing: “It avoids tragic human suffering and it even saves money.”Though hard to quantify and typically undertaken far from the media spotlight, “prevention is a sound investment that brings ample, visible dividends.” Moreover, the role of women in peacebuilding is crucial to the success of sustaining peace agenda.“We also know that gender equality is closely linked with resilience […] where women are empowered, societies flourish and peace processes have a better chance of taking hold,” stressed the UN chief.In addition, he also noted the need to include preventive diplomacy – efforts to respond promptly to signs of tension and to forge political solutions – in prevention efforts.Concluding his remarks, Mr. Guterres also called for unity within the Security Council.“Without [unity], the parties to conflict may take more inflexible and intransigent positions, and the drivers of conflict will push situations to the point of no return, again and again,” he said, adding: “But with unity, we can advance security and well-being for all.” Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks at the Security Council meeting on addressing the complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security. UN Photo/Mark Garten read more

NFL Week 1 Elo Ratings

Each week throughout the NFL season, we’ll be publishing Elo ratings for teams and using them to simulate the remainder of the season, and calculate each team’s chances of making the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Read about our methodology for details about how the system works.Elo ratings have been applied in many endeavors, from soccer to chess; we’ve simply taken the system and revised it to work with NFL data. Elo ratings have many virtues, including being simple and transparent. However, they’re based on a very limited set of information — only the final scores of games and home-field advantage is accounted for. Therefore, we very much doubt that they can consistently beat Las Vegas betting lines; the point spreads and win probabilities listed here are purely for fun and will not reflect important factors such as key injuries or personnel changes.The two charts below show the initial 2014 NFL Elo ratings, which are based on a mean-reverted version of ratings from the end of the 2013 season, as well as the league’s Week 1 matchups. read more

UPDATE BV FIRE Arson suspected in apparent murdersuicide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAvinash bond at LBI destroyed by fire – millions of dollars worth of goods went up in flamesMarch 14, 2016In “Local News”DJ Magnum’s home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedFebruary 20, 2017In “latest news”Friendship home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedJanuary 3, 2017In “latest news” Investigations are still ongoing into the deadly blaze early Sunday morning at Beterverwagting, East Coast of Demerara, in which three members of the same family perished.The deceased were identified as Leonard Pollard, 33; his one-year-old daughter, Nakasia Pollard and the child’s mother, Latoya Telford, 26, with whom the man allegedly shared a rocky relationship. It is suspected that the blaze was an act of arson in an apparent murder-suicide. Reports suggest that the man threw a flammable substance on his common-law wife and daughter, and set them alight before he reportedly hung himself.The two-storey house was completely gutted, destroying everything inside. Police quickly cordoned off the area as word spread of the incident, which sent shockwaves throughout the village.It was around 06:00hrs that undertakers retrieved and transported the burnt remains of the three persons who were confirmed to have been killed. Telford’s mother, who was present at the scene, was restrained by relatives as her daughter’s body was taken out. The woman confirmed that her daughter and Pollard were having problems over the last several months.According to information gathered, after several arguments, the woman had moved out of the Railway Embankment home, which she shared with her common-law husband, taking their three children along with her. Telford was said to have moved out in late 2016. Leonard’s brother, Leon Pollard, resided in the bottom flat of the BV home, while the two surviving children were said to be staying at Telford’s mother.According to a Guyana Times report, Telford would often visit Pollard, but the two always ended up arguing. During such a visit on Saturday, the now deceased woman had only her youngest child, Nakasia, with her. It was alleged that Telford was involved in another relationship, which was the source of much of the conflict.This was the account of Leon Pollard, Leonard’s brother, who told reporters that he and other family members had often warned his sibling to discontinue the relationship, but he never heeded their advice. Leon indicated that his brother, over the past few days, had shown him several text messages that Telford supposedly exchanged with the other man. Leon, who was at work at the time of the blaze, explained that Sunday morning’s fire has taken all but the clothes on his back. read more

Record order for mobile underground mining equipment from Penoles for Atlas Copco

first_imgAtlas Copco has received an order from the Mexican mining group Peñoles. Valued at about $67 million, it is one of the largest underground mining equipment contracts ever for Atlas Copco, and the company’s second large order in Mexico this year. Atlas Copco will deliver a total of 87 machines, including underground drill rigs for face drilling and long hole drilling, as well as products for underground bolting, loading and hauling. The equipment will be used by Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo in various current mines in expansion, development and as well as advanced exploration.“We are proud to be able to fulfill Industrias Peñoles’ and Fresnillo’s growing needs for advanced equipment and service, and look forward to developing our relationship further during the coming years,” said Bob Fassl, President of Atlas Copco’s business area Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. Peñoles is one of Mexico’s leading mining companies, with operations focusing on base metals such as zinc, lead and copper. It is also the majority owner of Fresnillo, which is the world’s largest primary silver producer. In January, Atlas Copco received an order from Fresnillo for underground mining equipment worth about $45 million.last_img read more

France says Assad regime has used the deadly chemical sarin

first_imgSarin useOn the diplomatic front, officials meeting in Geneva hope to hammer out terms to get Assad’s camp and the rebels to negotiate directly for the first time. The meeting comes a day after France said it had proof that Assad’s regime had used the deadly nerve agent sarin gas in Syria’s civil war.Earlier, a UN report said there were “reasonable grounds” to believe that both sides in Syria had used chemical weapons. However, Washington said it needed more evidence before concluding that sarin had been used.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France 2 television: “We have no doubt that the gas is being used. The conclusion of the laboratory is clear: there is sarin gas.”Experts had analysed samples brought back from Syria, he said. They had sent their results to United Nations experts investigating the issue. Earlier, Fabius had said in a statement: “France is now certain that sarin gas has been used in Syria several times and in a localised fashion.”It did not say who had used the gas, but in a televised interview later, Fabius said that in at least one case, there was “no doubt that it was the regime and its accomplices”.“A line has been indisputably breached… We must react, but at the same time we must not block an eventual peace conference,” he added.Washington and Moscow are trying to get the regime and opposition together to negotiate a way out of the war, which has cost more than 94,000 lives in 26 months of fighting.But a tentative date for the conference, initially planned for early June, has slipped back into July amid wrangling over the exact guest list and agenda.The White House reacted cautiously to the latest allegations of chemical warfare: they wanted to know more before concluding such weapons had been used.“We need to expand the evidence we have… before we make any decision,” said spokesman Jay Carney. President Barack Obama has said that the use of the deadly nerve agent would be a “game-changer” for Washington.In Geneva, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Tuesday that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that chemical agents have been used as weapons.”It was the first time it had made such an allegation.Read: Red Cross asks for access to Qusayr to bring food, water and medicineRead: Arms embargo against Syria rebels lifted SYRIA’S ARMY HAS overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, state media reports this morning, after a blistering offensive spearheaded by thousands of fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.Such a major battlefield success for President Bashar Assad’s forces, if confirmed, would come as officials from Russia, the US and the UN gathered in Geneva to work on a peace conference amid fresh allegations that the Damascus regime has used chemical weapons.“The Syrian army totally controls the Qusayr region in Homs province after killing a large number of terrorists and capturing others,” state television report said, using the regime’s terminology for the rebels.Official news agency Sana said the army had “reestablished total security in the town of Qusayr,” while Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, which has a correspondent on the ground, said the rebels had fled the region.Assad forces and Hezbollah fighters launched an offensive to retake the Qusayr region on the Lebanese border, on May 19.Rebels fighting to retain control of the town, only some 10 kilometres (six miles) from the frontier, were later joined by hundreds of reinforcements from Lebanon, most close to the Muslim Brotherhood. That lead to pitched battles in which civilians, many of them wounded, became trapped.Doctors had appealed for the Red Cross to be allowed in to treat the wounded, but Syrian officials said this would only be permitted once the rebels had been defeated.Civilians who had managed to flee Qusayr described it as “a ghost town, heavily damaged and filled with the sound of bombs,” the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.Those who had escaped were mainly women and children, because men risked being killed at checkpoints, said spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.Control of Qusayr is vital for the rebels as it is their principal transit point for weapons and fighters from Lebanon. It is also strategic for the regime because it is located on the road linking Damascus with the coast, its rear base.last_img read more

Commodity Classic Staff Presents on Shows Evolution at Conference

first_imgCommodity Classic staff was invited to make a 75-minute presentation this week at the Professional Convention Management Association (PMCA) Education Conference. Commodity Classic staff members Dave Buchholz and Peggy Findley presented on improving the brand experience throughout all aspects of a trade show or convention—using the evolution of the Commodity Classic brand experience and brand messaging as a case study.They discussed how Commodity Classic adopted a strategic plan focused on long-term growth; how the show engages proactively with its various audiences to gain continual feedback; and how the event’s brand messaging and marketing have changed and evolved over the past few years.They encouraged attendees to focus on what each of their audience segments wants out of the event/conference—and how to use that information to build value for the event that results in long-term growth in attendance and quality.Staff shared statistics on total attendance, first-time attendees, grower attendance, exhibitor numbers and media representatives to illustrate how the marketing and brand experience have had a direct and positive effect on growing the show.Findley spoke at length about the importance of having collaborative partners including registration/trade show management, design/exhibit services, marketing/communication, event planning/branding services, audio/visual companies, advisory committees, grower leadership and others who need to understand the brand, understand the audience and work together to achieve the objectives and delivery of an outstanding brand experience for everyone who comes to the show.“We had great questions and conversations with the audience at the end of the presentation—and both Peggy and I were approached by audience members for several hours later that afternoon,” Buchholz said. “Both of us felt that putting together this presentation was a great exercise for us too—as we were able to see and appreciate the progress and success Commodity Classic has enjoyed—and truly value the partnership of everyone involved on the team.”Attendees at this annual conference are convention managers and meeting industry professionals from all over the country.last_img read more

Defined benefit pension funding deficit falls to £460bn

first_imgThe funding deficit for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the UK was £460 billion at the end of June 2017, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its Skyval index, which is based on data relating to 5,800 DB pension funds and collected through the Skyval pensions platform used by trustees, sponsors and advisors, found that the funding deficit for the UK’s DB pension schemes fell by £50 billion between May 2017 and June 2017.At the end of June 2017, pension assets were £1,550 billion, and the liability target was £2,010 billion, according to the current funding measure, which is used by pension fund trustees to determine organisations’ cash contributions.Steven Dicker, chief actuary at PWC, said: “June saw an almost 10% reduction in the headline funding deficit across schemes. This was largely due to a small increase in long-term real interest rates, i.e. interest rates relative to inflation, as measured by government bond yields.“This was a bigger move than in some recent months and continues to illustrate the sensitivity of this type of deficit calculation to even modest market movements.“With continuing political and economic uncertainty, deficits calculated on this basis are likely to remain volatile.”last_img read more

The Economist Claims a Trump Bump

first_img Haydn describes a marketing plan which highlighted the magazine’s Trump coverage in order to attract new audiences. While initially the team relied on content marketing, they have since shifted toward demand-driven audience initiatives. These include direct-response broadcast TV, digital out of home campaigns, digital marketing programs, and experiential marketing campaigns, such as the branded distribution of cricket-covered waffles. Trump Bump or not, this increase is no mistake. The Economist has spent the last few months buckling down on its North American audience. Unlike Vanity Fair and The New York Times, there hasn’t been any public tension between The Economist and the president of the United States, though the globalist magazine did endorse Clinton, and has run six semi-provocative Trump covers since the election.  “You can see that the news environment is increasing demand for quality content, and certainly [we have] had all of the right marketing initiatives in place to capitalize on this,” Marina Haydn, SVP of circulation and retail marketing for The Economist, tells Folio:. In addition to digital subscriptions, the coverage of Trump has permiated the print space. The magazine found that on average, covers that have featured Trump sold 14 percent more than other covers. Notably, the brand claims that the digital marketing campaigns increased conversion rates tenfold compared to normal campaign conversion rates. One Facebook banner ad, for example, featured multiple Trump covers with the tagline, “If the world is falling apart, at least there is something to read.” Nonetheless, The Economist attributes its successful subscription drive to the news-hungry environment that has developed since November 8, and adept marketing which seized the moment. See our earlier story on The Economist’s expansion into the North American market. As the magazine grows more awareness in the U.S. market, North American digital subscribers have come to represent 35 percent of annual subscription volume. This number, pulled from the period between December 2016 and February 2017, is a 30 percent increase YoY. The Economist is following the trend of Trump-era subscription success, with a growth of 19 percent in North American digital subscriptions since the election. This puts the London-based magazine in the ranks of Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, which have all seen subscriptions surge since November.last_img read more

New complexity after quota abolition

first_imgA new crisis has emerged following the abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (class I and class II) in government jobs.The government took the decision amid a series of student movements demanding reforms in the quota system that started in April.In the end, the government on 4 October finally issued a circular entirely abolishing the quota system in recruitment of officers in class I and II public sector jobs, keeping the provision of quota only for Class III and IV jobs.Following the circular, children of freedom fighters took to the street and blocked city’s Shahbagh intersection, creating a new crisis.They also staged demonstration blocking roads at different parts of the country. However, the number of the protesters was very few.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command took position in Shahbagh intersection area yesterday [Thursday] rejecting the circular issued by the public administration ministry.Leaders of the forum said they will announce the next course of action from a grand rally, to be organised on Saturday.They said they will continue the sit-in programmes until quota is restored.Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command central president Sheikh Atiqur Rahman said they will also go to the court to challenge the decision.They decided to continue the movement under the banner of ‘Muktijoddha Mancha’. Professor of sociology at Dhaka University AKM Jamal Uddin was made the spokesperson of the mancha.Dhaka University unit leaders and activists of the command and its Dhaka metropolitan unit, Muktijoddha families, Muktijoddha Sansad Online Command, Muktijoddha Prajanma and several other forums’ leaders and activists have expressed their solidarity with the movement.Citizens suffered as the blockaders did not allow any vehicle, except ambulances and police cars, to move through the area. Policemen were also not seen taking any measures to bring normalcy in the area.The Adivasi Quota Reform Parishad has announced to observe a half-day hartal and strike in ethnic group dominating areas of the country.Leaders of both the organisation of freedom fighters’ children and the ethnic minorities said they will challenge the decision at the court.Adivashi Quota Sanrakkhan Parishad coordinator William Nokrek said they would block the roads in Nodda of Gulshan area in the capital and take legal actions to reinstate the quota system in public jobs.The Chittagong hill tracts affairs ministry in a recent meeting also demanded quota for ethnic groups be reinstated.Expert and quota reform activists said this would not have happened if the quota reform issue was dealt logically.Ganasanhati Andolan chief coordinator Zunaid Saki said the movement was for reformation of quota and not for abolishing the system.Muktijoddha Santan and Muktijoddhar Santan Oikya Parishad of Sylhet district and metropolitan demonstrated in the Zindabazar area of the city on Thursday afternoon.They also brought out a protest procession. Later, they announced a week-long programme.The sons of freedom fighters, ethnic minors and specially abled students of the Islamic University, Kushtia demonstrated blocking the Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway for abolishing the quota.In Rajshahi, Adibashi Chhatra Parishad, a forum of ethnic minority students, demonstrated demanding restoration of the system.Rajshahi University units of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command and Amra Muktijoddhar Santan also staged protest rally blocking the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of the main gate of the university.Narayanganj district unit of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command formed a human chain in front of the press club yesterday afternoon.People from different walks of life are now thinking of the matter whether the decision to abolish the quota is a ‘new tactic’ of the government.About the decision, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the quota has been scrapped as many people do not want it.“If you want restoration of quota system, you have to take to the street,” Hasina said at a media briefing on 3 October.The circular says the abolition will be applicable for all government offices, autonomous and half-autonomous institutions and even public corporation.The cabinet approval committee placed a recommendation saying that if the government thinks that quota is required for any marginalised groups, it will take necessary steps.But, the circular released on 4 October mentioned nothing about this despite legal prohibition regarding the physically challenged people.Till date, 55 per cent people in the government jobs were recruited through different quotas. Ministers and leaders of the ruling party came up with a mixture of feedback over the matter. At least five ministers at the cabinet meeting spoke in favour of quota system.However, students demonstrating for reforms in quota system are yet to say anything after the publication of the circular.Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council) convenor Hasan Al Mamun told Prothom Alo yesterday that they will soon take a decision about their next course of action.Ruling AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said no one has to make any demand for the freedom fighters to the incumbent government.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will take actions if any demand is justified and practical, he added.Asked about the matter, former cabinet secretary and adviser to a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan told Prothom Alo that the first administrative committee recommended abolishing the entire quota system.The government has now abolished it and it is good, he said. *The piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam and Shameem Rezalast_img read more

DC Parents Wary Over Plans to Reduce School Nursing Hours

first_imgIn an effort to streamline the traditional position of the school nurse, the D.C. Department of Health plans to change the way nurses are assigned to city schools – reducing many full-time workers to part-time status.  And while the new approach to in-school health care for students would incorporate a more preventative and community-based model, parents fear the changes would eliminate a necessary first-responder in cases of emergency.Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of D.C. Department of Health. (Courtesy Photo/ new strategy, which goes into effect January 2017 – based on the CDC’s “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” model – will maintain schools’ nurse coverage based on the overall health of the student body and the number of chronic health conditions within the student population.  According to LaQuandra Nesbitt, who leads the city’s health department, there would be no actual reduction in school health care but instead a redistribution of staff and resources.“[We are] transitioning from a model that is about 20 years old to a newer model that improves the structure of the program to provide a more comprehensive service to our children and families,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of D.C. Department of Health. “What we are doing here is we are transitioning from a nursing-only model to a more comprehensive approach.”But many parents, including Courtney Solomon whose daughters attend Amidon-Bowen Elementary school in Ward 6, said reducing the number of hours that nurses are on duty at schools is tantamount to crossing a highway while blindfolded. “The school nurses are necessary functionaries of every school because too many variables are unknown when dealing with children, too many potential dangers are around them,” Solomon told the AFRO.  “What galls me is that as soon as DCPS became majority minority, the very critical administrators we’ve always relied on are being classified as ‘optional,’ which could be of detriment of our kids.”The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) announced support for legislation requiring a nurse in every school for 40 hours per week, in a statement that read in part that students in other jurisdictions, including Philadelphia, have died in the absence of a school nurse. “DCNA believes that the District of Columbia will cut the funds of nurses in the school system which could lead to fewer nurses in the school system. The bottom line is that it is the duty of the DC Public Schools to protect our children and that means we need a nurse in every school throughout each school day,” the statement read.  “The District of Columbia law only requires a school nurse in every school for 20 hours per week.  We need a nurse in every school for 40 hours per week. It is time for the District to put the health of the children first.  They deserve it.”Many jurisdictions do not have an adequate number of nurses in the school system because of cost-saving measures, despite an increase in the number of students with chronic health conditions, including as many as 18 percent with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and food allergies.  School nurses monitor asthma, diabetes, and many more chronic diseases.“Students with life-threatening allergies and/or asthma have complex medical needs. Nurses provide a vital function in keeping these students safe and healthy. Although laypersons are often instructed about and tasked with medication administration, they can never fully replace the school nurse,” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America President and CEO Cary Sennett said in a statement to D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large).  “The school nurse has the unique skills and training to evaluate medical situations and make appropriate care decisions. For children with life-threatening conditions, this could mean the difference between life and death.”On Oct. 27, Grosso introduced emergency legislation to push the January implementation until the new academic year, in August. However, more than 1,500 parents have signed an online petition calling for a full-time nurse at every D.C. school.last_img read more

Centre to offer six CBM blocks for bidding in fifth round

first_img“We have identified 6 CBM blocks for offering in the next round of CBM block auction,” the official said. The blocks are GJ(1)-CBM-2013/V, GJ(2)-CBM-2013/V, GJ(3)-CBM-2013/V, GJ(4)-CBM-2013/V, GJ(5)-CBM-2013/V and GJ(6)-CBM-2013/V, all in Gujarat.In the previous rounds, a total of 33 CBM blocks spread over 16,613 square kilometers had been awarded. The blocks awarded hold 62.4 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of in place reserves, out of which 9.9 Tcf has been established so far. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash“So far only 8 blocks have reached development stage and only one block has reached commercial production stage and four others are producing incidental CBM,” he said. The government, he said, is keen to push for CBM extraction in a big way and will soon announce the 5th round of bidding. “The bid round has to be approved by the Cabinet and once that happens, the government will issue Notice Inviting Offer (NIO),” the official said. “Fiscal and terms of CBM block offering are under finalisation and will need to be approved by the Cabinet.”  Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsRoadshows will be held in India and abroad to attract global majors to invest. Of the 33 CBM blocks offered in the first four rounds, four blocks have been given up for poor prospectivity and 12 others are under the relinquishment. Prospecting license for three other blocks had not been granted.So in effect, there are only 14 operational CBM blocks. Among the companies which have relinquished the blocks include Australia-based Dart Energy, which gave up four out of five blocks it had won. BP plc of UK, the only other big foreign name to have bid for CBM blocks in India, too is relinquishing its CBM block in West Bengal. The official said Great Easter Energy Corp’s Raniganj (South) block in West Bengal is the only one on commercial production since July 2007 and is currently producing 0.42 million standard cubic meters per day of gas.last_img read more

Fire at Moonda Kotee tea estate none hurt

first_imgDarjeeling: A fire broke out at Moonda Kotee tea estate in the wee hours of Saturday. The office of the tea garden was totally gutted thereby destroying all documents, records and the computers of the garden. There has been no report of any injury or loss of life.The garden is situated around 4 km below Sonada in the Kurseong sub division of the Darjeeling district. The fire broke out around 12:30am on Saturday. “Tea garden workers and local residents tried to douse the fire. We even tried to contact the fire brigade but failed to do so. Soon, the office was razed to the ground,” stated Puran Rai, assistant manager of the tea estate. Incidentally, there had been a fire in the factory of the garden in 2004, in which the factory was gutted. The garden is owned by Darjeeling Organic Tea Estate Pvt Ltd. They have a worker strength of 949. 298. Seventy-eight hectares of land is under tea cultivation in the garden.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Feature | November 20, 2012 | Jef Williams, MBA, PMP, CIIP 5 Benefits of a VNA Solution Most adopters find that there are five primary benefits to utilizing a vendor neutral archive to manage data and images. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more An enterprise archive that manages all image and object data allows an organization to consolidate storage (hardware and software) and reduce the silos that exist within the organization.The management of patient information has taken a turn toward complexity with the advent of the new healthcare delivery models as proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), meaningful use (MU) and healthcare reform — specifically: Portability and interoperability. The silo and proprietary system model that has served providers for years has been demolished and replaced with a paradigm that requires the sharing of information with affiliated and nonaffiliated providers. The solutions to manage this interoperability are as vast as the HIMSS exhibit hall.  The complexity of sharing data intensifies as we look toward sharing image and object data. File size, coupled with the limitations of clinical/departmental systems that manage image data, has led to the advent of vendor neutral archive (VNA) solutions. These are growing in both technological advancement as well as industry-wide adoption.  As organizations continue down the path of VNA discovery and analysis, and the industry continues to adopt VNA as a solution for imaging storage management and security, as well as for interoperability, it is wise to consider the value points. These have become some of the key decision-making factors for many organizations in whether to embark on a VNA solution. As with any technology solution, it is imperative that each organization determine the priority of each point and let that drive the vendor selection process. There are many articles describing the various types of VNA solutions. Knowing the functional capabilities of each vendor is imperative to a successful adoption. Following is a recap of five main points to consider:Value Point One:Central Storage ArchitectureThis is perhaps the most obvious value of a VNA. An enterprise archive that manages all image and object data, regardless of its originating clinical system or specialty, allows an organization to consolidate storage (hardware and software) and reduce the silos that exist within the organization. Reducing silos in clinical systems and data leverages the management of storage platforms and independent archives. The key question, however, is how the data is managed in the VNA. Some choose to “wrap” all data in DICOM, that is, converting all other file types to DICOM. This solution works for many organizations. The question that must be answered is whether that stored data will ever be accessed by the originating clinical system. If so, that data must be “unwrapped” from DICOM back to its originating format for use. This can lead to agility, latency and technical issues. It is important to know the departmental workflow and system configuration for every system that will utilize the VNA.Value Point Two:Lifecycle ManagementImage management systems, primarily picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), manage image data in perpetuity. While some solutions have begun to adopt a model for managing old, outdated and nonrelevant image data for the purpose of purging, there remains no full imaging lifecycle management (ILM) solution on the market at the PACS level with the functionality provided by some VNA vendors.Image lifecycle management is much more than just identifying data for purging. True ILM provides the ability to use storage tiers to reduce the overall cost of archiving data long-term. By creating rules specific to the organization, including technical and clinical rules, many VNA adopters are leveraging cheaper storage to manage data that includes disaster recovery as well as compression and other methods to drive down the continuously expanding storage costs.  It is ultimately the decision of each organization — and the policy environment within which it operates — to determine the rules of how data is archived. It is, however, at a true option with the appropriate VNA.Value Point Three:Single Point of IntegrationThe rush to adopt electronic health record/electronic medical record (EHR/EMR) solutions as well as health information exchanges (HIEs) is well documented. The challenge many organizations are facing with the shortage of resources associated with the design, build and implementation of these solutions is the ongoing support for integration to these system-wide and region-wide solutions.  For any large entity there can be as many as 25 disparate systems that are managing clinical images and objects. As these larger systems are adopted, then undergo upgrades and updates, each disparate system integration must be managed, adapted and tested.  A robust VNA can become the platform that serves as the integration point for all data stored. Redirecting the integration point away from each disparate clinical system and onto the VNA there becomes a single point of integration to system-wide solutions (EHR, EMR, HIE). This reduction in interfaces and integration simplifies the support model, reduces costs and speeds the testing and support to adoption.Value Point Four:Data Viewing is SimplifiedClinicians who choose to view image data are beholden to the way each clinical system chooses to display this data outside of the department. Many systems use Web viewers that have varying levels of compatibility to the market-available browsers and versions (i.e., Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc).  It is common for clinicians to have ongoing challenges with using these viewers, as each clinical system uses a proprietary viewer that requires launching multiple windows — and as they upgrade their computer to differing browser versions, it may or may not “break” the viewer. Calls to the helpdesk with the response that “downgrading” the browser  or worse, switching from a Mac to a PC, causes frustration and physician dissatisfaction across the provider community.  For referring physicians, we strive to make doing business easy. By adopting a VNA solution with a single viewer (either provided by the VNA vendor or utilizing a third-party solution), many are finding a way to reduce the complexity of managing multiple image viewers. This single viewer solution improves the experience for the referring clinical community as well as the support model within IT.Value Point Five:Reduces or Eliminates Future Migration CostsEvery one of us who has replaced a clinical imaging system knows that data migration is both laborious and expensive. The migration costs associated with system replacement are most often higher than the cost of the replacement system. While data migration has improved significantly over time with faster and cheaper solutions, it remains one of the highest components of any imaging system replacement.  A true VNA solution will mitigate future migrations associated with system replacement or consolidation. The philosophy of a true VNA is that the user is able to manage data, which includes migration efforts, going forward. Rather than vendor-dependent efforts for any data management or conversion initiatives, VNA users are able to take control of the data. This makes system replacement a much easier, and cheaper, option.  In addition, this provides the customer freedom from the imaging system vendor and from the heavy lifting historically associated with system replacement. The VNA can be leveraged so that clinical systems can become primarily a workflow engine within the department, and replacement is a much more viable option when older systems fail to meet evolving requirements and optimization for the primary users.ConclusionThere are, of course, many other values associated with a VNA: hardware cost reduction, reducing expansion costs (mergers and acquisitions ) and risk aversion, to name a few. But the five value points discussed are proving to be the most widely identified benefits of an appropriate VNA.  As with any vendor solution, it is important to first determine what your organization is seeking to achieve. Each of these benefits, while important, is not equally important for every entity. Know yourself. Know your strategy. And as you embark on choosing and adopting a VNA solution, continue to discover ways to leverage this platform to meet the ever-changing model of healthcare delivery.  itnJef Williams is a frequent speaker and writer on healthcare technology topics and enterprise imaging solutions. 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MetLife Exits Reverse Originations Selling Portfolio to Nationstar

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Federal Reserve Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers MetLife Mortgage Applications Processing Regulation Reverse Mortgage Service Providers Shares Stocks 2012-04-27 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Servicing April 27, 2012 506 Views MetLife Exits Reverse Originations, Selling Portfolio to Nationstarcenter_img Share Life insurer “”MetLife””: announced Thursday that it will exit the reverse mortgage origination business, with plans to sell the division responsible for these loans to “”Nationstar Mortgage LLC””:[IMAGE]A spokesperson with MetLife did not immediately return requests for comment.It was not immediately clear how much Nationstar paid to buy the reverse mortgage portfolio from MetLife. A statement said that the transaction will need to clear certain regulatory hurdles and “”other customary closing conditions”” before it moves forward.The life insurer also said that it would cease receiving any new reverse mortgage loan applications and registrations. MetLife said that retail banking, including reverse mortgages, accounted for less than 2 percent of operating earnings for the company last year.In divvying up its share in mortgage originations, MetLife continues a process of divestiture from the banking holding business. The company sold off its stake in deposits to[COLUMN_BREAK]””General Electric Capital””: in December last year and transitioned warehouse finance operations to “”EverBank””: in February.MetLife said that it was advised by “”K&L Gates LLP””: and “”Deutsche Bank Securities Inc””: in wrapping decisions to sell off its mortgage originations units.The decision to shut the door on reverse home loans marks another turn away from mortgage originations for the life insurer. MetLife “”exited””: its share of the forward mortgage origination business in January.Citing an “”uncertain marketplace and regulatory environment,”” a spokesperson with the company told _MReport_ in October that MetLife planned to “”continue our reverse mortgage origination operations, but… that, as a public company, we continuously evaluate all of our businesses based on market conditions.””Analysts say that tough federal oversight helped expedite the company’s departure from forward and reverse mortgage originations. In the same month that it announced plans to stop originating residential mortgage loans, the “”Federal Reserve””: “”rejected plans””: by MetLife to move forward with stock repurchases and capital redistributions that aimed to shore up annual dividends for investors. The Fed had cited a “”revised adverse macroeconomic scenario”” in the decision.At the time, “”_Bloomberg News_””: quoted Dan Theriault, an analyst with “”Portales Partners LLC””:, as calling the rejection “”an embarrassment for the company.”” He said that he expected MetLife to “”accelerate its plans”” to leave the origination business.It is uncertain how many jobs will filter out of MetLife as the company leaves reverse mortgage originations. The decision to close down forward mortgage originations led the life insurer to “”axe””: 804 jobs in Texas in February.last_img read more

NewOak Hires Managing Director for Credit Solutions Group

first_imgNewOak Hires Managing Director for Credit Solutions Group Consulting and analytics firm NewOak announced the addition of a new senior member to its team of leaders. Triet M. Nguyen has been appointed as managing director of the company’s Corporate and Municipal Credit Solutions Group.Nguyen’s career spans more than three decades, most recently seeing him serving as managing partner at Axios Advisors LLC, an independent municipal research and investment advisory firm he founded in 2002. Prior to that, he was SVP at B.C. Ziegler, where he traded tax-exempt high-yield and taxable municipal bonds. Other past roles include positions at Saybrook Capital LLC, ebondUSA, and John Hancock Funds.Nguyen is also the author of Investing in the High Yield Municipal Market.Serving at NewOak, Nguyen will be responsible for helping the firm’s credit solutions team build out its capabilities and assisting clients in fundamental credit assessment, surveillance, and portfolio monitoring.”In the age of big data, reduced liquidity and increasing complexity, a transparent and efficient fundamental approach to credit surveillance and portfolio monitoring is going to be critical for financial institutions seeking to improve credit oversight, risk and regulatory transparency,” said NewOak CEO Ron D’Vari. “Triet brings a wealth of fundamental municipal and corporate credit expertise to the firm and will be a real driver of our expansion in these key areas going forward.””NewOak stands at the intersection of two exciting trends in fixed-income research and risk management: the increasing application of fundamentally driven corporate and municipal bond research, modeling and forecasting techniques; and the application of technology to greatly enhance credit and surveillance efforts for institutional portfolios. I look forward to helping the NewOak team develop and implement these pioneering solutions for our clients,” Nguyen said. Movers & Shakers NewOak 2014-09-30 Tory Barringer September 30, 2014 459 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Sharelast_img read more

NEW YORK — The Men in Black franchise has a new

first_img NEW YORK — The “Men in Black” franchise has a new recruit who isn’t a man, but actress Tessa Thompson is fine with keeping the masculine-centred film title — for now.Joined by co-star Chris Hemsworth on a black carpet, Thompson shrugged off the gender issue at the world premiere of “Men in Black: International” on Tuesday in New York.“No, I don’t mind,” Thompson said.Thompson cited her co-star Emma Thompson, who reprises her role in the series, as a voice of reason when it comes to gender equality and representation.“She said something great, like ‘I’ve had the conversation, it takes time.’ I think what she’s speaking to is the fact that sometimes change happens quicker than we have language to describe it,” Thompson said.But if the series continues, Thompson has some ideas for a title change.“I pitched some ideas like ‘People in Black,’ but that would be ‘PiB,’ which sounds like a sandwich. I pitched ‘Humans in Black,’ which would be ‘HiB,’ which sounds like something you don’t want to get,” Thompson said.“I think we can change the name at some point,” she added. “I hope we can get to the space where it’s not noteworthy when women topline these films, and I think a film like this helps us get there.”Thompson and Hemsworth step into the roles Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made famous. In the sequel, the duo continues to deal with attacks around the world while searching for a mole in the organization. “Men in Black: International” lands in theatres on Friday.Thompson and Hemsworth had already stablished a kind of playfully combative dynamic in “Thor: Ragnarok.”Hemsworth, in London on June 3, said it was “good to just hit the ground running, know each other’s rhythms, have the chemistry already, have someone you trust to kind of just improv with.”The pair said something special happened when they slipped on the iconic Paul Smith suits for the first time at their camera tests.“You put on the suit and then the glasses and you’re suddenly, for me at least, I remember that day being like ‘Oh we’re in a ‘Men in Black’ film!” Thompson said.Her co-star agreed: “There was a strange kind of, ‘Wow, we’re doing this.’”___Associated Press reporter Louise Dixon contributed to this story from London.John Carucci, The Associated Press Actress Tessa Thompson attends the world premiere of “Men in Black: International” at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Tessa Thompson is OK with the ‘Men in Black’ title, for now AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2019 9:24 am PDTlast_img read more

UNIC launches bitcoin course

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE University of Nicosia (UNIC) has launched a six week, free and open enrolment online course called “Introduction to Digital Currencies”, aimed at anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of the fundamentals of bitcoin and digital currency in general.The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is due to start on May 15, with other sessions starting each month thereafter.The course will be taught by UNIC computer science and finance professors, as well as bitcoin experts including Andreas Antonopoulos, a UNic teaching fellow.“It is an excellent opportunity for anyone to develop a good understanding of the technical and non-technical aspects of decentralised currencies in general and, more specifically, explore both bitcoin (the network) and Bitcoin (the currency),” said Antonopoulos, a leading bitcoin expert and entrepreneur.The MOOC will cover technical, legal, economic and regulatory matters relating to bitcoin and digital currency over a six week period and will be offered free of charge to students worldwide. Future sessions will be offered throughout the year, including in accelerated formats.More details about the introductory course and a registration form can be found at .Last November, UNIC became the first accredited university in the world to accept bitcoin for tuition payments and to announce the development of a Master ofScience Degree in Digital Currency. The MOOC is the first course in the master’s degree programme and students who successfully complete the MOOC will be able to apply credits for the course towards the full degree programme.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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