Tughlakabad to get water from taps in a week CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water woes of the residents of Tughlakabad will go promised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. Delhi Chief Minister held a review padyatra at Tughlakabad area on Sunday to talk to the people about the development works and progress. The residents complained about the unavailability of tap water and the CM promised to deal the matter within a week. “Pipelines have been laid. You will get water in your taps within a week. There’s no need for water tankers now”, he said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarKejriwal Saturday kicked off a public outreach campaign, under which he will take out foot marches in all 70 Assembly constituencies in the national capital. The residents of Tughlakabad told the chief minister that though Delhi Jal Board water tankers reach them regularly, they would like to get water directly in their taps. The CM said that they will no more need to take water from the tankers as in a week’s time they will start getting water at their homes through the pipeline. He apprised the residents that the order for the same has already been given to the Delhi Jal Board. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceChief Minister undertook a padyatra in the Deoli assembly constituency on Saturday morning. He received complaints of unavailability of DJB tankers, private tankers mafia and theft of water through private bores during his interaction with the local residents. He took immediate action and directed the DJB officials to lodge FIR against the private tanker mafia and private borewell operators. He also ordered the DJB to start laying of pipeline in Deoli area and start the supply of Sonia Vihar water in Deoli within four months. On Saturday, CM Kejriwal told the residents of Deoli that they will get steady water supply through DJB pipelines in four months. “Once the pipelines are laid, you will start getting water from Sonia Vihar… I have got to know that DJB tankers don’t come here regularly and you have been buying water from private tankers,” the chief minister, who is also the utility’s head, had said. In the recent Lok Sabha poll, the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal witnessed an enormous defeat. Party sources said that after rigorous meetings with the top leaders and workers the party learned that to win the coming Vidhan Sabha poll in 2020 the party should reach out to the public in the older fashion which would be door-to-door with the presence of Arvind Kejriwal. According to the senior leaders, Delhi CM would continue such small padyatras what he used to do before the AAP came to power in Delhi.last_img read more

British Columbia bearing brunt of impact from Huawei arrest Horgan

first_imgVANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says British Columbia, as the country’s gateway to Asia, is bearing the brunt of the impact of Canada’s tense relationship with China over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Speaking at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Vancouver Friday, Horgan described Meng’s arrest as “profoundly regrettable,” but adds “extradition treaties are extradition treaties” and he doesn’t think the federal government had any other option.Meng was arrested in Vancouver in December on a request from the United States, which wants her extradiated to face charges including conspiracy, fraud and obstruction.Horgan says the province does have an option, and that’s to continue to be aggressive and forward-looking when it comes to trade with Asia.He says it’s a critically important market and boosting innovation in export products will be a ticket to success, adding that the province has an opportunity to grow the market for engineered wood products. B.C. does billions in trade with China and Horgan says he’s confident that relationship remains in good shape.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Love can cure all addictions Mimi Chakraborty

first_imgTollywood actor Mimi Chakraborty who cut her teeth in acting in the television serial ‘Gaaner Opaare’ many years ago has recently completed playing the role of a hapless drug addict in the Shagufta Rafique film, Mon Jaane Na. Having studied the role in all its depth, Mimi found herself preparing hard for her part and is now looking at innovative promotions for the film.Excerpts from an interview: Tell us about your role in the film, Mon Jaane na… Also Read – An income drop can harm brainI play the character of Pari who is a shy orphaned girl married off to a taxi driver named Amir (Yash ) by the local maulvi. Soon she discovers some secrets of Amir’s life and decides to leave home. For two years she goes missing and Amir frantically looks for her everywhere and when she is finally found, she has transformed into a reckless drug addict and gone into prostitution. The story is how the couple battles this situation and overcome it. In the end, it is love which wins the day. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTell us how you prepared for this role: Playing a drug addict was difficult. I read a lot about addiction on the internet. I talked to people who had undergone the ordeal. I have a friend who has recovered now, so I spoke to him. Shagufta gave me some clips so I looked at them but there were no acting workshops since Shagufta did not want anything to come between me and my natural self. Tell us about the director of this film? This happens to be Shagufta’s first directorial venture. One reason why I chose this film is because of it has strong content. These days, people do get into drugs and then a whole lot of problems get unleashed. These people suffer, they become social outcasts. Rehab is also not the only solution in this situation. The film rightly depicts that love and care can heal the victim permanently. You decided to do playack also in this film… There was nothing planned about it and I’m totally nervous about how the audience will respond to it. In fact, I’m more nervous about it than I was about my first film. But, of course, I love singing… Your fitness plan since you have lost weight? I had to lose weight for this film. There is no diet as such that I follow. I don’t eat anything after 8.30 pm at night, and in the morning I don’t wake up to tea or coffee, I eat fruit instead. I work out for about two hours at the gym every day but on a Sunday, I break all rules and have sweets. Your next project? I’m doing a film with Birsa Dasgupta next. It’s a rom-com.last_img read more

The Complex Lives of SubSaharan Migrants in Morocco

Rabat – As migration continues to gather international fervor three weeks after world governments met in Marrakech to sign the Global Compact on Migration, Morocco’s thousands of sub-Saharan migrants continue to wait in line to reach their “European dream.”Graffiti in the park of Qamra in Rabat. Photo by François Koundouno/MWNBraving Rabat’s capricious weather and the gazes of onlookers, a number of sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco’s capital have found themselves a sort of refuge in Qamra, a popular neighborhood that houses the city’s bus station.While Morocco takes pride in a “responsible” and “Africa-centered” migration policy, Qamra shows a much blurrier picture. It is unclear at first sight whether the migrants in Qamra are facing a reluctant world that only perceives them in terms of cost and benefit analysis; whether their lives are eclipsed behind Morocco’s policy priorities, or whether their presence is no issue to locals, many of whom donate food and clothing to the migrants.Despite some degree of friendliness and tolerance, the complete picture of the increasing visibility of sub-Saharans in Morocco offers reasons for caution. Qamra calls for perspective and nuance, a number of migrants told Morocco World News.Moroccans are ‘better racists’Under the bridge linking Qamra to the chic neighborhood of Al Irfane, seven Guinean migrants have established what they call “home.” They eat and sleep there, armed with a buoyant hope of fulfilling their “Boza” dream and royally oblivious to stares and prejudice.Negotiating the condescension, the indifference, and the generosity of onlookers, but also a number of racist observations on their “black bodies,” they continue to live and think of a day when they will live the “European dream.”Alpha Omar, the apparent leader of the group living under the bridge, spoke to Morocco World News about his daily hardships. As forthcoming as a Catholic unburdening himself to a priest during a confession ritual, the Guinean migrant spoke of his long itinerary through West African countries to reach Algeria before being expelled to the Morocco-Algeria border.“We left Guinea because there was no hope,” he says, laughing, his face wearing that unmistakable marker of gravity. His voice grave and sour, as if signifying that he was not exaggerating his story, Omar spoke of the “hell” he and some others went through in Algeria.“Work is abundant there. We could work there, but at the expense of our lives and security.” He suggests that it was impossible to survive Algeria’s daily patrols and security checks.What does that make of Morocco? A better and friendlier place for migrants; a racism-free environment?Read Also: Paul Kagame: Europe is Responsible for Migration CrisisIt depends on what meaning one ascribes to “better,” Omar’s friends jumped in the discussion. There is racism in Morocco, they conceded, but not as harsh as in other Arab countries.“In Algeria, you can make money but you’re never safe. Here, jobs are scarce, almost non-existent. But you feel relatively safe, generally free of harm from authorities and Moroccans. Moroccans are better racists,” Omar explained.When asked about Morocco’s recent crackdown on irregular migrants in provinces whose proximity to Europe brought droves of migrants to Morocco in the first place, the Guinean seems conciliatory, saying that Morocco is acting in “defense of its interests.” But, he regrets, “they have made it hard, impossible for people to try ‘Boza.’”The unfading appeal of hopeThe “stubbornness of hope,” Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote in her celebrated “Americanah,” is that it makes you believe that you’re exceptional. The “being exceptional” part was particularly striking in how Omar and his friends approached their Moroccan “stay.”For all of them, Morocco is a necessary scene in a longer play: life in Europe. As they spoke, their voices, words, and elisions were rife with that gleeful aura of someone who not only hoped to make it to the end but was, in fact, convinced that the end will be happy, and worthy of the efforts and struggles.Graffiti in the park of Qamra in Rabat. Photo by François Koundouno/MWN“Migration is the only hope left,” Souleymane, the youngest of the crew living under the bridge, said as he chimed in for the first time.Guinea’s political failures and deepening poverty, he elaborated, herald no prospects of success for “people like us, with no connections in high places in the country.” To leave the country then becomes the only way of helping families to emerge from the deep structural and institutionalized poverty befalling many postcolonial societies.But how can you even have the time to hope, to imagine a happy ending, when you barely have time to live, to reflect; when your surroundings, the squalor you call “home” elicit only a permanent urge to go, no matter where?Those questions were left unanswered, but the evasions were evocative, pregnant with meaning: to hope, it is enough to be alive; no luxury is required.“I have a BA in economics,” said Mamadou. “But in Guinea, there is no job. So the only hope resides in going, taking with you the prayers and good wishes of those you leave behind. To go is like sacrificing your own life and wellbeing so that others in the family can hope of a life without the same difficulties.”Mamadou, like the others living under the bridge, is from Guinea.But he doesn’t live with Omar’s group. “Who told you everyone has a home here?” he asked. “People here sleep wherever they can, wherever they find space they deem appropriate for the night.” He points at a number of people lying on the ground, sleeping on generous grass that has become a mattress for many.Morocco World News met Mamadou in what used to be Qamra’s park. Now occupied by hordes of migrants who sleep on the grass, play and cook in the vicinity, the once-park has become the closest thing to “home” or “our place” for Qamra’s pack of migrants. They call it “la foret” (the forest), perhaps a veiled reference to the migrants’ forest in Tangier.But while Tangier’s “forest” is actually a forest, with all the dangers that life in such a place entails, Qamra’s “forest” is mostly made up of grass, wooden benches, and a number of lone and small trees, visibly stubborn enough to convince their occupants that they are indeed in a forest, cut from the outside world.“You can’t bear all these tribulations and ordeal,” Mamadou continued, as he recalled his failed attempts—he didn’t say an exact number—to cross to Spain. “You can’t bear all of this is you’re not driven by something, some sort of positive feeling that you’ll make it, that somehow God has not allowed all this suffering for no reasons.”This romanticization of immigration, the deliberate choice to ignore the ordeal of irregular migration and focus rather on the financial returns and the possibility of social mobility is reminiscent of sociologist Abdelmalek Sayad’s interpretation of his Algerian informants’ quite naïve and emphatic idealization of reaching France.Omar and Mamadou are in some sense a perfect embodiment of neoliberalism’ gospel of the self-made man, the much-circulated belief that success can become a reality through resilience and a persevering spirit. “Just as some dream to succeed in life with their good education,” Omar said, “mine is to become rich by traveling, migrating to places that offer opportunities.”The teaching of this success gospel can be liberating. It may even be well-meaning to Qamra’s migrants and other disenfranchised groups in some other parts of the world, but it is willfully and blatantly oblivious to the effects of class and structural mechanisms of disenfranchisement. It whitewashes the significant extent to which seemingly impartial institutional and structural dispositions have great bearing on people’s economic outcomes.Ansoumane Mara drinking tea offered by Omar and his friends. Photo by François Koundouno/ MWNPerhaps that is the whole intended point, to take society out of the picture and put the entire burden on the individual. Qamra’s migrants, or the vast majority of them, seem to have bought into the idea: Hope and hard work, despite the uncertainty and the crushing precariousness of life as a migrant, will prevail.Does it not sound unnecessarily romantic and unrealistic to associate migrants’ lives with agency and responsibility when they are clearly acting within boundaries and rules that operate beyond their control, and do not take their lives into consideration?But Omar has no ears for such intellectual mumbo-jumbo. To him, his daily life is proof that he is “a man,” a conscious agent of his choices; and a “fighter.” “God willing,” he says, seeming to have been taken aback by the seriousness of his own words, “like my other friends who have already crossed to Spain, I, too, will one day make it.”Between victimhood and agencyBut that does not mean that Omar and his pack are complacent optimists.Ingrained in the belief that success can in some way right their countries’ failures to grant them decent living conditions, their present life is a constant game of fantasizing about a better future; they dream of changing their circumstances. They hate being called “illegal migrants.”Torn between sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco, and Europe, they have developed complex personal stories, convincing themselves that salvation will come from “Boza,” even if that means challenging the jaws of the Atlantic or Mediterranean, and sometimes dying in the process.What, then, can one say to adequately capture Omar and his friends’ lives? Where does one even draw the lines? Are they victims of neoliberal globalization or conscious agents of a battle for a better future? Are they innocent collateral damages of their origin countries’ political failures? Do they feel victims of marginalization and discrimination in their host society or rather beneficiaries (actual or imagined) of the many opportunities associated with migration?Omar and his friends seem to be many of these at the same time. Sometimes, they are even all of these. Migration is a universe of contradictions.For all that it is worth, Souleymane, the economics graduate, is adamant about his status. He is no victim, he continuously proclaimed, repeating words like “dignity,” “respect,” and “humanity” like a broken faucet.Their lives, he suggested, is a walking confusion, a sum of battling, scattered, and confounding selves. He argued that the narrative of victimhood takes away the complexities of migrants’ stories. Instead of passive victims ensnared in the grip of lives they did not choose, he urged others to think of him as someone trying his best to escape from the unintended consequences of a conscious choice.Ansoumane Mara, a sub-Saharan rights activist and blogger residing in Marrakech, agrees with Souleymane. Migration, Mara explained, is more complicated than people may think. Driven by the urge for nuanced analysis, Mara is more interested in “exposing the root causes” of migration.Omar and friends have made thmeslves a home under the bridgeIt doesn’t help to unendingly debate whether or not migrants are victims or have agency, or which Western country is pro or anti-migration. “Until we address the causal factors, we will keep on having the same debate,” he said.But who, then, is responsible? How does one even measure responsibility in such a multi-layered and multi-faceted phenomenon?“It is true that the West, especially France, has a lot to be blamed for. But while neocolonialism can help explain the lot of many African countries, I think African leaders are the primary culprit. African countries’ failure to devise working policies and their leaders’ lack of concern and love for the youth seem to me to be the prime factors. Did you listen to Macron’s speech in Burkina Faso? He clearly suggested that France does what it does in Africa thanks to its loyal and Francophile vassals who are leading Francophone Africa.”It is doubtful whether Omar and his bridge friends were listening to Mara, even though they may have agreed with him.As Mara bombarded them with questions about how they survive in Morocco (How long have they been in Morocco? What do they eat? How do they make money? Are they in touch with their parents? Do they need some clothes?), Omar replied, “We speak with our parents every now and then.”Sensing Mara’s next question, perhaps the point of their conversation, Omar hammered home: “When conditions are ripe for ‘Boza,’ we will try again. That is what we are here for.” read more

China contributed almost USD 10 billion to Lanka

“By last year trade with China have almost doubled from 2009 volumes. Also in 2014, our exports to China almost tripled from 2009 levels. According to the Department of Commerce under me, latest  statistics  show  that  China  has  come within the first  20  export   destinations  of Sri Lankan  products  in 2014,” Minister Bathiudeen said.He said that exports to China in the first half of this year has increased by a strong 20 percent in comparison to entire exports to China in 2014 which was only $173 million.He said that Sri Lanka is not only a South Asian market for China but is a great off-shore assembly hub for Chinese and Far Eastern manufacturers. The Ambassador said that Chinese financial contributions to Sri Lanka is important as it has a positive impact on the development of the country. Ambassador Xianliang was addressing the inauguration event of the first China Product Expo in Colombo. China has contributed almost USD 10 billion to Sri Lanka so far, China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said today.“Sri Lanka being located in the middle of Indian Ocean does not mean there is (special) investment advantage. There are other coastal countries in this region at the same time having same advantages as Sri Lanka. But China still attaches importance on the China-Sri Lanka cooperation,” he said. China became the topmost global investor in Sri Lanka by Y2013 and according to BoI data, in 2013 China had 24 investment projects valued at $239 Mn as cumulative ‘realized’ investment.Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said that China is Sri Lanka’s second largest product supplier and bilateral trade between China and Sri Lanka has also been growing steadily. The Minister also invited Chinese manufacturers and industries to invest and partner with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

China involved in almost 40 of Sri Lankan construction projects

Dr. Karunarathna was speaking at the opening of the seventh construction industry exhibition titled “Construction Expo 2018” at the BMICH in Colombo today. “In the next three years CHINCA wants to increase their stake in the Sri Lankan construction industry to 70% of total projects. This can be detrimental to our local firms. As a result, the Construction Chamber of Sri Lanka has signed an MoU with CHINCA to share all their projects here with Lankan construction firms so that the risk is mitigated. We have also moved a cabinet paper-all such projects by foreign firms from any country should have a Sri Lankan partner from now on,” he said. Chinese firms are involved in almost 40% of construction projects in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIoB) said today.President of the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIoB) Dr. Rohan Karunarathna said that China International Contractors Association (CHINCA) has a stake in 40% of construction projects in Sri Lanka. Over 240 local and international vendors, including 20 Indian companies and 30 Chinese firms are displaying a wide spectrum of construction products, services and information for the local construction sector.A China Liaoning –Sri Lanka Business Forum was also held on the sidelines of the expo opening. Liaoning Province Commerce Department Section Chief Qyu Wanliang addressing the Forum said that Sri Lanka is an important partner in China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and an important trade partner of China.“Liaoning-Sri Lanka total trade in the first five months of this year was US $51 Million. Liaoning Province believes it has opportunities to partner with Sri Lanka’s economy which is growing steadily,” he said.Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen declared open the exhibition. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Talking to kids about money early helps build good habits for life

Talking to kids about money early helps build good habits for life, experts say by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Talking about money might not be considered the polite thing to do, but experts say when it comes to talking about money with children, the earlier the better.Gary Rabbior, president and chief executive of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, suggests children as young as three or four can start learning some of the basics about money.One of the earliest and most important lessons children can learn is that every decision you make with money involves a trade-off.“Part of the parenting dilemma which starts at a very young age is, ‘How do you tell a kid they can’t have everything they want?’” Rabbior says.“When you buy something or make a decision about one thing, you’re giving up the opportunity for something else and we really advocate that as one of the most early learning experiences because that concept of trade-offs helps kids understand they can’t have everything they want.”Learning to distinguish the difference between needs and wants is a key lesson for children and even parents who may be struggling to stick to a household budget.Natasha Nystrom of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada says once children start counting, it may be time to begin introducing some of the concepts about money, including the different coins and bills and what it means to spend them.“If you’re making your grocery list, you can involve them in that,” says Nystrom, a spokeswoman for the agency.“If you’re looking at flyers to save money on some of the items on your grocery list, you can involve them so that they can help you cut out some of the coupons that might help you save some money.”Nystrom says an allowance can help kids learn how to save for a toy they want.Rabbior urges parents to involve their children by making it hands on and interactive instead of trying to tell them something.“Kids learn and retain information much more effectively by being active and a participant,” he says.“Actually go out into a store, go and do some comparison shopping. Let them see how prices differ from one place to another.”When it comes to an allowance, Rabbior says parents need to do what works for their family and their values about money.Questions about how much it might be, whether it is given as payment for doing chores or just doled out for children to decide what to do with, are things to consider.“Allowances is the one thing where there is no prescription that we lay down or anything we recommend because there are so many variables at play,” Rabbior says.“Ultimately, parents should read, reflect on what people say, but in the end make their own decision.”But he says teaching children about money isn’t about stopping them from making mistakes because they can be powerful learning experiences.“If they want something and you know you’ve taken them through and guided them on the decision, but they really want to spend their money on this thing even though you don’t think they’ll want it next Thursday, go ahead and let them to it,” he said.“The consequence of that is much better than later on when they are spending much more money on a much more significant decision.” read more

Rain helps Windies edge out Scotland for World Cup place

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: Players gave their all for Caribbean fans, says Windies coachMarch 22, 2018In “Sports”Holder named captain of WC Qualifiers squadMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Windies arrive in Zimbabwe to kickstart qualification bidFebruary 19, 2018In “Sports” Jason Holder celebrates a wicket (Getty Images)HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — The West Indies snatched a spot at next year’s World Cup by edging to a five-run victory over Scotland on DLS method in Harare on Wednesday.The two-time World Cup winners were bowled out for just 198 batting first, but rain forced an early finish with the game in the balance and Scotland on 125-5 with 14.4 overs remaining.Jason Holder’s Windies claimed the penultimate place for the tournament in England and Wales, with Scotland knocked out of contention. read more

YouTube streaming Bonnaroo music festival all weekend

first_imgIn the mood for some live tunes but don’t particularly want to venture out of your cave? Well, you’re in luck! Google is enabling your sedentary lifestyle by streaming the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in its entirety this weekend on YouTube. Also, it’s free.For those unaware, Bonnaroo is recognized as one of the great annual indie music festivals. Bonnaroo comes to you from Great Stage Park, a 700 square-mile park in Manchester, Tennessee. It’s an entire weekend of music and art with some well known bands including Radiohead, Ben Folds Five, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. The kids still listen to this stuff, right?If that does not strike your fancy, there are nearly 50 acts performing at the show from a variety of genres. It’s not just indie rock; the festival stream will bring you some hip-hop, folk, and collaborative world music as well. Something for everyone. Just check out the YouTube page for the schedule.The stream will get underway today, Friday June 8 at 1PM CT, or 11AM PT and will continue all weekend long. The stream will be on the Bonnaroo YouTube page and there is already some preview content for you to get warmed up. YouTube is also celebrating the collaboration with Bonnaroo by posting playlists from some of the artists at the show, including Soja, the Punch Brothers, and Debo Band.Is it true altruism from Google? Well, there is going to be a Dell sponsorship tie-in, and I would not be surprised if there were some conveniently placed Google Play Music links floating around during the show. Still, free music is still free, and it’s the next best thing to braving the outdoors for a weekend.via Googlelast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique un impact sur notre santé mentale

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : un impact sur notre santé mentale ?Les dommages sanitaires engendrés par le changement climatique ne sont pas uniquement physiques, révèle une récente étude publiée par l’Institut du climat australien. D’après ces travaux, les événements climatiques extrêmes encouragés par le réchauffement global représentent aussi un danger pour la santé mentale, des adultes comme des enfants. L’Institut du climat, un organisme australien, vient de publier une inquiétante étude sur l’impact des changements climatiques sur notre santé mentale. Baptisé Un climat de souffrance : le coût réel de la vie et l’inaction sur le changement climatique, le rapport cité par l’AFP se base sur le passé récent pour parvenir à ces conclusions. Les chercheurs révèlent ainsi que les conditions climatiques extrêmes qui ont touché l’Australie ces dernières années, notamment des ouragans, des sécheresses et des inondations, ont engendré une augmentation des dépressions, de l’anxiété, du stress post-traumatique, mais aussi de l’abus de substances nocives comme l’alcool. Certaines études tendent également à prouver que des vagues de chaleur ou de sécheresse entraînent une augmentation des taux de suicide.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Parmi les populations touchées par de tels phénomènes climatiques, jusqu’à une personne sur cinq souffrira de stress, de blessure émotionnelle, voire de désespoir, affirme l’Institut du climat. Les enfants souffrent eux aussi de ces événements, lorsqu’ils doivent faire face à l’anxiété et l’insécurité engendrées par l’impuissance des adultes devant le changement climatique. “Nombre d’études existent sur les conséquences attendues du changement climatique en termes économiques, mais il y a une lacune sur les conséquences du changement climatique pour le bien-être et la santé humaine” déplore Le Pr Tony McMichael, professeur à l’Australian National University ayant participé à ces travaux.La publication du rapport de l’Institut du climat australien intervient au moment où les débats se font de plus en plus houleux au sujet de l’instauration d’une taxe carbone dans le pays. Le gouvernement entend mettre en place cette contribution destinée aux plus gros pollueurs dès 2012.Le 30 août 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE RAW Preview: Crown Jewel fallout, Rousey to respond to Lynch, Evolution rematch

first_img Videos Articles Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Google+ Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms Becky Lynch’s Removal From Survivor Series Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE RawVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:51/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Facebook Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden Pinterest Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE RAW will be taped today from Manchester, England.Scheduled for the show is the fallout from Friday’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, including Brock Lesnar becoming the new WWE Universal Champion. Lesnar is not advertised to make an appearance at the taping.WWE is also advertising a rematch from the Evolution PPV featuring Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya vs. The Riott Squad in a six woman tag team match.RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will also be responding to Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch before their Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series.WWE is teasing the latest between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as they remain RAW Tag Team Champions, along with tensions between Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka.Wrestleview.com will have a live ongoing RAW recap tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT. We will have a full spoiler report up later today as well.Be sure to joins Mike and Victoria Tedesco live on YouTube after RAW! Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

Number of Tourists Visiting the Last Frontier Sets Record

first_imgAlaska has set a record for the number of tourists visiting the nation’s northernmost state.The State Division of Economic Development in a release says Alaska had 1.96 million visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014.That beats the previous mark by 5,000 visitors set during the 2007-2008 year.There were 1.8 million visitors last year.Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell attributes the increase to increased cruise ship calls in Alaska, and new national and international air service routes. The state also instituted an advertising campaign aimed at winter travelers.last_img

Growing piles of Garbage

first_imgSR Nagar: Garbage has been piling up everywhere on streets, lanes and including on main roads. The stretch of SR Nagar to Balakampet and stretch of Mitrivanam to Sathyam Theater is filled with garbage in all the corners of the street, locals says “GHMC is responsible for unattended garbage”.Shopkeepers demand that GHMC officials address the issue and ensure that the garbage is removed regularly. It appears that neither residents nor the GHMC officials seem to be concerned about lifting of the piled-up garbage. The advertising pamphlets are additional add on to the garbage, as every hand-picker pamphlet is throw on the road itself. They are apprehensive that the piled-up garbage may result in spread of diseases. Some locals have alleged that the supervisors and contractors who are responsible for monitoring the lifting of garbage are whiling away their time at local hotels.last_img read more

The Invisible Children With Cancer

first_imgThe Invisible Children With Cancer Kateryna Kon by NPR News Marc Silver 8.23.19 9:36am When childhood cancer is diagnosed early and treated effectively, the survival rate is impressive. In the United States, for example, the five-year survival rate for children with cancer is 80 percent.”The survival rate is much lower in many areas of the world,” says Lisa Force, a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an author of a new report in The Lancet Oncology that calculates the number of years of healthy life lost due to childhood cancer in 2017.The number is astounding: 11 million years lost, due to both mortality from cancer and to complications that children experience even if they survive cancer – when you’re done with treatment you’re at high risk of nerve damage and of chronic diseases that like congestive heart failure. And of the 400,000 cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year, 140,000 of the children die. Yet in many poor and middle-income countries, there is not even a national policy stating how childhood cancer should be addressed, says Force. Creating that kind of policy is a goal of the World Health Organization and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, who have partnered to achieve the U.N.-mandated goal to improve childhood cancer survival rates to 60 percent globally for the six key childhood cancers by the year 2030. Currently, the death rate in low- and middle-income countries is reportedly only 37 percent on average and possibly as low as 20 percent, says a spokesman for St. Jude. We spoke to Force about the report. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.How can you come up with data on childhood cancer when some countries don’t keep registries of cases and deaths?We start with the number of deaths from cancer captured in systems around the world, from verbal autopsies and from cancer registration systems which often capture cases or diagnoses. To estimate in areas where we don’t have data, we essentially will borrow information from either surrounding areas or regions.To reduce the years lost to death and other disease, you stress that speedy diagnosis is necessary. Why is that?Childhood cancers generally progress quite rapidly. In the vast majority of cases we know they’ll be fatal without quick diagnosis and treatment. Improving childhood cancer survival will require well-functioning health systems.Are early diagnoses possible in low- or middle-income countries?It’s a challenge. You might not have a health clinic nearby. Or even if you do have a clinic and a parent brings in a child, the symptoms might present similarly to other diseases – lymph node swelling may be mistaken for something like TB; or leukemia presents with several blood cell lines being down, which may be mistaken for malaria, which may also do that.Diseases like TB and malaria and HIV claim many lives among children and adults in the developing world. Is it more important to devote funds to those diseases than to childhood cancer?We’re certainly not saying that childhood cancers are more important than any other diseases. It’s more to say that cancer has not been discussed when policymakers create frameworks that address diseases in children. Cancer is often not even brought to the table as something to consider. Or when developing a national cancer control program many governments don’t include children at all in these plans. We also know that in many of these settings, the burden of infectious diseases is declining over time as countries get better at treating them, and the burden for non-communicable diseases like cancer rises correspondingly.What’s a first step a country can take to address childhood cancers?The first step is to find out what your country is currently doing about childhood cancer and what the needs are. And what kind of programs would be helpful?An appropriate referral pathway, education of front-line providers to know what symptoms to look for, labs that will help you diagnose cancers early, and effective treatment – chemotherapy and radiation and surgery.What role can parents play?I don’t want to make everyone scared and think that everyone has cancer. But I would just generally say that there are signs to watch out for – continued fever, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue, extra bleeding, a mass that presents somewhere, external or internal. And if something doesn’t feel right with your children, if you seek medical care and you don’t feel someone is listening to you appropriately, I recommend being the best advocate for your child you can be, seeking different opinions, going back to a provider.One of the messages I get from your report and your comments is that children with cancer are invisible, in a way, in many countries.Right, exactly. I hope this report emphasizes that children get cancer around the world, regardless of whether there is a cancer registry [keeping track of cases in a country] or not. These children are vulnerable and neglected in policies that address cancers. As a global community, we need to do a better job of including them in our framework for improving our health systems. The tragic thing is for cancers that are very curable in high-income countries, the survival number is much lower in many areas of the world. It’s an unfortunate reality right now that an important prognostic indicator for survival is where that child is living.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | June 12, 2008 Covidien Launches New Sandman Devices for Sleep Therapy June 13, 2008 – Covidien’s two new continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, the Sandman Info and the Sandman Auto, are available in the U.S.They are the latest additions to the company’s Sandman portfolio of sleep diagnostic and therapy devices that feature integrated heated humidification and Adaptive Pressure Stability technology. The Sandman Intro CPAP, released earlier this year, is reportedly the first all-in-one CPAP device from Covidien to feature integrated heated humidification and Adaptive Pressure Stability. Likewise, the Sandman Info and the Sandman Auto are designed to deliver smooth, stable airflow in response to each patient’s unique sleep breathing pattern. The Sandman family also is designed to provide accurate pressure throughout changing environmental conditions, automatically adjusting to barometric pressure changes at altitudes up to 9,000 feet. Plus, they automatically compensate for leaks, said the company.For more information: www.covidien.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Technology to Watch in Breast Imaging

first_img ScreenPoint’s Transpara automatically identifies soft-tissue and calcification lesions and combines the findings of all available views.The global breast imaging market is expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., a San Franciso-based market research and consulting company. The increasing prevalence of breast cancer and supportive government initiatives to increase awareness are expected to boost demand in the market.1This market will primarily be driven by factors such as growing prevalence of breast cancer, increasing awareness about early detection of breast cancer and government investments, and funding for breast cancer treatment, said Research and Markets in its “Global Breast Imaging Market: Trends Analysis and Forecasts up to 2022” report. However, the growth is likely to be restrained by factors such as high installation costs of breast imaging systems, side effects of radiation exposure, and errors in breast cancer screening and diagnosis.2Technological advances, such as molecular breast imaging, digital mammography, optical imaging, electrical impedance imaging and tomosynthesis are now propelling the market and are expected to show a lucrative growth over the forecast period. The innovation of complementary products to provide comfort to a woman undergoing screening is expected to catalyze the market growth further.1 Breast DensityNearly half of all women in the United States who receive mammograms have dense breasts, complicating efforts to identify breast lesions. Typically, the radiologist assesses fibroglandular breast density visually after the patient has left the facility. The Siemens Mammomat Revelation offers automated breast density measurement during the mammogram for immediate, personalized risk stratification and more individualized care. Its soft compression adjusts the level of breast compression automatically to suit each patient’s anatomy. Coupled with ergonomic SoftComp Paddles, personalized soft compression enables improved breast positioning, more consistent image quality, and less discomfort and anxiety.According to JoAnn Pushkin, DenseBreast-info, Inc.’s executive director, 34 states, encompassing more than 84 percent of American women, now have enacted laws that require some level of density notification following a mammogram. “Everyone needs to be aware, though, that not all of the laws, even if the state has a law that requires density notification, that information doesn’t necessarily provide women with information about her own breast density,” she stressed. “It might just be that the state is required to provide a general notification about breast density, so not all laws tell a woman she has dense breasts.”The American College of Radiology (ACR) just released new recommendations on breast cancer screening in women with higher than average risk. “The fact that the ACR is recognizing who is at greater risk was a helpful clarification, and so as a breast cancer survivor, the two newest pieces that I think will affect screening protocols for women is that any woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50, no matter what her breast density is, are recommended to have an annual mammogram and MRI, and same thing for breast density and a history of breast cancer no matter what age she was diagnosed,” said Pushkin. “This will lead to earlier-stage diagnosis, which is what saves lives.”Several software programs have been created to help radiologists better assess breast density. Densitas Inc. recently received FDA clearance for its Densitas|density automated breast density software. The software analyzes the same processed digital mammograms that radiologists view and are routinely stored in picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). The zero-click software provides radiologists with breast density assessments at point-of-care that are reportedly as accurate as the visual assessments made by experienced Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-qualified radiologists. The automated reports enhance confidence in follow-up care decisions and facilitate uniformity in density measurements across clinics and major hospital networks.In addition, Hologic’s Quantra 2.2 Breast Density Assessment Software, also available on the 3Dimensions system, enables clinicians to provide women with consistent breast density assessments during routine breast cancer screenings. Through a proprietary algorithm powered by machine learning, Quantra software analyzes mammography images for distribution and texture of breast tissue, delivering clinicians accurate breast density assessment. The software categorizes breasts into four density categories, in alignment with the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (ACR BI-RADS) Atlas 5th Edition, according to the company. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. References1. www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-breast-imaging-equipment. Accessed April 26, 2018.2. www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170222006174/en/Global-Breast-Imaging-Market-Trends-Analysis-Forecasts. Accessed April 26, 2018. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Photo courtesy of Hologic. Feature | Breast Imaging | May 03, 2018 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Technology to Watch in Breast Imaging The continuous development and refinement of imaging systems and software can help lead to earlier-stage diagnosiscenter_img ScreenPoint’s Transpara automatically identifies soft-tissue and calcification lesions and combines the findings of all available views. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content Artificial IntelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world of radiology. In this month’s supplement, “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Radiology,” ITN contributing editor Greg Freiherr takes a look at three key components of artificial intelligence. Rest assured AI will not be diagnosing patients and replacing doctors, he says — it will be augmenting their ability to find the key, relevant data they need to care for a patient and present it in a concise, easily understandable format.Artificial intelligence definitely has its place in breast imaging as well. Ikonopedia introduced its next-generation breast ultrasound reporting module at the SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium. The BI-RADS-compliant interface is intuitive, designed to streamline reporting for both screening and diagnostic exams acquired with both automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and handheld ultrasound.The new module is based on the teaching files of A. Thomas Stavros, M.D., FACR, one of Ikonopedia’s founders and author of the reference book “Breast Ultrasound” (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004). The module guides breast imagers through the interpretive process for breast ultrasound exams with an intuitive lesion locator tool designed specifically for breast ultrasound. It leverages Ikonopedia’s proprietary reporting interface and lesion locator that has increased efficiency for breast imagers in other breast imaging modalities. All reports are guaranteed to be 100 percent BI-RADS language-compliant and current with the Atlas 5th Edition. Ikonopedia is fast without sacrificing accuracy while eliminating reporting errors common with dictation, such as inappropriate BI-RADS, incomplete reports and wrong-side reporting, according to the company. Stavros said the module’s situational-based display of only relative icons unclutters the screen, and makes reporting cleaner, faster and more efficient.Technologists are able to monitor their own performance and self-train with VolparaEnterprise software, which features a technologist dashboard. The lead technologist sees a Quality Quadrant diagram that summarizes patient positioning and compression performance by each technologist, helping to identify training opportunities. “We have been using VolparaEnterprise to redefine how to track and trend our technologist’s quality and facility workflow. VolparaEnterprise has provided our institute with amazing objective, analytic capability that has allowed us to applaud the team’s strengths and use them to facilitate collaborative growth, while identifying opportunities that we individualize by technologist. We have seen continued and sustained improvements as a result of this program,” said Maureen Mann, executive director of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute in Florida.Utilizing state-of-the-art image analysis and deep learning technology, ScreenPoint’s Transpara automatically identifies soft-tissue and calcification lesions and combines the findings of all available views into a single cancer suspiciousness score. While calcifications are marked as in traditional computer-aided detection (CAD) systems, only a small number of soft-tissue lesion marks are shown and are proven to have low false positive rates. However, readers can probe any suspicious image region for decision support to help determine whether further investigation is needed.The Koios Decision Support (DS) Platform is proprietary and patented cloud-based software built on proven machine learning algorithms. The platform is trained on an ever-growing database of tens of thousands radiologic images linked to pathology results. It is a cloud software that uses AI to assist the radiologist in reading ultrasound images. Koios technology uses a massive database of medical imaging, pathology data and machine learning to provide physicians with a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer. Koios analyzes 17,900 features per image, executes concurrent algorithms trained by hundreds of thousands of images as pathology results.As technology advances, so do radiologists’ needs. The continuous development and refinement of imaging systems and software can help lead to earlier-stage diagnosis, which in return is what saves lives. TomosynthesisThe 3-D tomosynthesis segment is identified as the fastest-growing segment of the breast imaging market. This technology offers enhanced efficiency and higher diagnostic accuracy in comparison to other available technologies, which is also expected to help boost market growth.1At the recent 2018 Society for Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Symposium in Las Vegas, many current technologies were being showcased on the show floor. Hologic’s Clarity HD high-resolution 3-D imaging and Intelligent 2-D imaging technology recently received premarket approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are now available on the 3Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system. With these innovations, the system now provides higher resolution 3-D breast images for radiologists, enhanced workflow for technologists and a more comfortable mammography experience with low-dose options for patients.Clarity HD high-resolution 3-D imaging technology provides fast, high-resolution 3-D images to accelerate screening and analysis, and is designed to clearly reveal subtle lesions and fine calcifications to help pinpoint cancers early. Clarity HD technology’s advanced detector and 3-D imaging algorithm work together to deliver high-quality 3-D images, regardless of breast size or density. Intelligent 2-D imaging technology works with Clarity HD technology to deliver high overall image quality, and clarity, contrast and detail at a lower dose.Siemens Healthineers’ HD breast tomosynthesis offers the widest image acquisition angle available at 50 degrees, according to the company. The wide angle delivers a high depth resolution for better separation of overlapping breast tissue, providing high-quality 3-D images for improved diagnostic confidence and earlier lesion detection. This technology is the basis for Mammomat Revelation’s HD Breast Biopsy solution, which enables one-click targeting of suspicious areas with a +/-1 mm accuracy. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more 12PreviousNext Siemens Mammomat Revelation’s HD Breast Biopsy solution, which enables one-click targeting of suspicious areas with a +/-1 mm accuracy. Siemens Mammomat Revelation’s HD Breast Biopsy solution, which enables one-click targeting of suspicious areas with a +/-1 mm accuracy. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more last_img read more

Scientists from 15 countries study deep carbon sources in Costa Rica

first_imgThe interior of the Earth has large unexplored sources of carbon, and a group of 35 scientists are meeting at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) Thursday to share the latest advances and research on the subject.The experts, from 15 countries, were invited by the U.S. Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) to attend a workshop organized by the UCR’s Central American School of Geology and the National Seismological Network (RSN).The group will tour the Turrialba and Poás volcanoes, where they will conduct measurements of gases that will help them better understand those emissions.“Currently the location of only 10 percent of the planet’s carbon is known, and the remaining 90 percent is in the interior of the Earth. Hence the importance of joint research,” RSN expert Carlos Ramírez Umaña said.Some substances obtained from carbon such as methane, benzene and alcohol, are widely used in industry and in everyday activities such as vehicle fuel, cooking and for providing energy to homes.The forum also will address issues related to underground life, volcanic emissions and even the beginning of life, “as the human being is made ​​of carbon compounds,” RSN geologist Gino González said.The group of scientists includes geologists, biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers from India, China, France, Italy, Japan, England, Portugal, South Africa, the United States, Taiwan and Costa Rica. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican students turn larvae, crickets into nutritious meals to fight hunger Which little piggy is it? Sexual rebellion and murder among the bees Researchers find specimen of Costa Rican frog believed to be extinctlast_img read more

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first_imgAustralian Cruise AssociationcruiseNorwegian Cruise LineQueenslandSteve OdellSunshine CoastViking Cruises The Australian cruise industry seems unstoppable, and the latest CLIA figures show incredible growth. With more and more cruise lines home-porting their ships downunder each season, industry attention has turned to destination development and, critically, our Aussie ports.It’s timely then, that with the theme “Together Towards Tomorrow”, the Australian Cruise Association’s annual conference, which will take place in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast from 6-8 September 2017, has a focus on the state of the industry in Oz and the immediate future, and celebrates the importance of regional ports.Hosted by Business Events Sunshine Coast (BESC), four keynote speakers have already been secured, and preparations are well underway for the event which is expected to attract around 140 people, including leading national and international cruise executives and representatives from the supply side of the cruise sector. “We are thrilled with the calibre of speakers already confirmed for this year’s conference who will undoubtedly deliver some thought-provoking insights. In addition to hearing from our guest speakers, we will also be holding a panel discussion to address plans for the future around this critical issue. Panel participants will be announced shortly,” said CEO of Australia Cruise Association, Jill Abel. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Senior VP and MD Asia Pacific, Steve Odell, will kick off the event, speaking on Opportunities, Challenges and Brand Diversity, and drawing on his extensive experience with NCL, and his previous work with Silversea, to provide observations on what’s ahead in the next few years for the cruise industry.Supporting destination development is a key platform for the ACA and second speaker, Matt Grimes will offer valuable insights gleaned from his responsibilities across itinerary, development and deployment at Viking Cruises, and in anticipation of Viking’s first ocean cruise from Australia, in early 2018. Chair, Asia Pacific for Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, Sarina Bratton, will present Delivering the Expedition Experience. Sarina’s visionary approach to the cruise business, evidenced as founder of Orion and now special adviser to Ponant as they set an aggressive course for growth in APAC, will no doubt be of high interest to the audience.Sarina BrattonRounding out the keynote presentations will be Tammy Marshall, founder of innovation and change management consultancy, The Bhive. Tammy will be delivering a Demand Study, commissioned by ACA, which addresses trends and future projections for the industry. She has driven change in Australia for major organisations such as Carnival and TFE. The welcome function will be held on the pool deck at host hotel, Mantra Moololooba, and the Gala Dinner will take place at highly-renowned Thai favourite, Spirit House, set in lush tropical gardens in the hinterland.The conference agenda will be supported with a fabulous line-up of activities designed to showcase our host venue to attendees. Half day and full day networking programs will kick the conference into gear on the first day with Paddock to Plate experiences and visits to Noosa, Australia Zoo and even sea-kayaking on the agenda. For further information on the conference or to register click hereTOP IMAGE: Steve Odell ACA Keynote Speakerlast_img read more

Cyprus needs to step up pace of reforms lenders say

first_imgCyprus’ international lenders said on Monday the government needed to step up the pace of reforms, following completion of their review last week.Staff teams from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission (EC), in liaison with the European Central bank (ECB), visited Nicosia during July 14-24 to review Cyprus’s economic reform programme.In separate identical announcements, the European Commission and the IMF said the teams had reached staff-level agreement on policies that could serve as a basis for completion of the review, reflecting the progress and policies under the programme.The financial situation of the banks was gradually improving, and there was tentative evidence that the slow pace of debt restructuring was picking up, the announcement said. Fiscal targets in the first half of 2015 were also met with substantial margins. In addition, the authorities were making progress on their structural reform agenda.“The authorities’ commitment to the programme is bearing results in several areas, with the economic recovery starting in early 2015 and unemployment starting to decline from still-high levels,” the lenders said. “Looking ahead, increasing the pace of reform will be essential,” they added.Addressing the excessive level of non-performing loans in the banking system remained the number one priority.The lenders said it was a necessary condition for a sustainable stabilisation of the banking system and would require further steps as a matter of priority“To this end, legislation to expedite the transfer of title deeds and to facilitate the sale of loans should be adopted as soon as possible,” the lenders said.They also said the authorities should make all necessary efforts to effectively implement the new insolvency and foreclosure legal frameworks.“Continued sound public finances are needed to ensure that public debt returns to an acceptable level while steering public spending toward growth-enhancing activities,” added the announcement.“Finally, firmly moving ahead with structural reforms—including the privatistion process and the public administration reforms—is critical to cement the improvements in public finances and restore sustained economic growth.”The conclusion of the reviews is subject to the approval processes of both the European Union and the IMF, which is expected to be initiated in September or October.You May LikeIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo 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