This is the one decision nobody is saying Arsène Wenger has got wrong

first_imgPlay Video Read more Sportblog Arsène Wenger Nick Hornby, the author and Arsenal fan, recalls the moment in Jasper Rees’s book Wenger: The Making of a Legend. “When Bruce Rioch was sacked, one of the papers had three or four names,” Hornby remembers. “It was Venables, Cruyff and then, at the end, Arsène Wenger. I remember thinking as a fan: ‘I bet it’s fucking Arsène Wenger … trust Arsenal to appoint the one you haven’t heard of.”The most prescient words came from Gabriel Vistotsky, a French subscriber to The Gooner, in a letter published by the fanzine a few weeks later. “Arsène Wenger is among the best coaches in the business, high above either George Graham or Bruce Rioch,” he wrote. “It is a risky appointment but if he succeeds Arsenal (and English football in general) will be better off because of him.” Yet the press were sceptical. The Sunday Mirror chided David Dein, Arsenal’s vice-chairman, for “persuading us that the lanky M’sieur Wenger, despite sounding like Rory Bremner auditioning for ’Allo ’Allo, is ‘ow you say fantastique!”, and not everyone writing in the temporarily renamed Le Gooner was getting carried away, either. The editorial noted: “No matter how many videos he has watched, or telephone conversations he has had with Stewart Houston, nothing will have prepared him for the combined talents of David Hillier, Eddie McGoldrick and Steve Morrow.” Arsène Wenger stirred Arsenal exasperation but was a martyr to his values comment At the same time, let’s not labour that point too much when Arsenal, 14 years since their last championship, are 33 points off the top of the Premier League and – if you need any more evidence of their loss of nerve and touch – the only team in English football’s four professional divisions not to register a single point from their away fixtures since the turn of the year. Managers, like players, can have spells of good, bad and indifferent form, but it would be generous, to say the least, to depict Wenger’s decline as a blip when it has gone on longer than he would probably wish to remember.These are not the moments, perhaps, to be going back over Wenger’s flaws but it probably says everything that Sir Alex Ferguson, formerly the Arsenal manager’s bete noire, now describes himself as pleased to hear the news, on the basis his “friend” can get a proper send‑off. Sign up for the Fiver, our free daily football email 2:42 The saddest thing, perhaps, is that of all the thousands upon thousands of words that have been devoted to Arsène Wenger over the last couple of days, it is difficult to recall a single sentence arguing that this is all threatening to be one big mistake and that, contrary to what you might have heard, it isn’t the right time for him to go.It was difficult, however, not to appreciate the cartoon in Saturday’s edition of L’Equipe showing two Arsenal supporters debating the issue and the impression it left about how strangely unsettling it is to imagine somebody new in Wenger’s touchline seat next season. One of the supporters has a can of spray paint in his hand and has scrawled the words “Wenger Come back!” in red capital letters on a brick wall. “Was it not you who was screaming: ‘Wenger Out’?” his companion asks. “Yes,” says the fan responsible for the graffiti, “but, like Brexit, I’m afraid I will regret it.”Touché! And, yes, it is perfectly feasible that the Wenger Out fraternity might end up looking slightly foolish if the handover doesn’t go smoothly, as they often don’t, and Arsenal find the process of change far more challenging than the people who have campaigned for this moment might have anticipated. Share on Messenger Pleased? Even ignoring, for one moment, the rivalry that once existed between the two men, Ferguson holds a senior position in the League Managers Association and that is not usually the word that would be applied when a member of the profession, with more than half his contract still to run, has decided to cut himself free on a go‑before‑you’re-pushed basis. What Ferguson means is that it spares Wenger avoid any more unpleasantness from the supporters who have been lobbying for the Frenchman’s removal. Except, of course, Ferguson started warming to Wenger only when he stopped having to worry about him, as the manager of Manchester United, a decade or so ago. Ferguson called a ceasefire, on his own terms, when Wenger stopped winning leagues and settled for FA Cups. On reflection, Arsenal’s crowd could be forgiven for preferring the days when the two men were bonded by mutual antipathy.Instead, Arsenal have finished, on average, 13 points off the top over the previous 10 seasons and whoever replaces Wenger will quickly come to realise there is no point having an obsession with attacking perfection if it is with a core of players who do not deserve to see their names on the back of Arsenal shirts. The new manager will inherit a squad that has become weak and vulnerable and, however it is dressed up, it is difficult to shake the feeling that Wenger’s resignation speech was written in the knowledge that the people at the top had made up their minds. Much better to announce it this way, you might think, than for Arsenal’s highest-ranking executives to prove they were not in a state of denial, after all.The important detail is that this is the one decision where nobody, it appears, can say Wenger has got it wrong. That, in turn, should dramatically lift the mood when Arsenal play West Ham inside the Emirates, hitherto a cauldron of doom, on Sunday. It is time, undoubtedly, for a rapprochement. It is time for the vast expanses of empty seats to start filling again and for the people who have drifted away – through staleness, anger, apathy, call it what you will – to make their way back. And perhaps it is time, as that cartoon in L’Equipe indicates, for some of Wenger’s more vehement critics to take stock of the last 22 years and remind themselves that the good far outweighs the bad.When Wenger was introduced as Arsenal’s manager on 22 September 1996 it was a rubbish-processing plant, rather than a gleaming 60,000-seat stadium, off Hornsey Road. It was the year Take That split and the Spice Girls formed. Diana and Charles divorced, Major League Soccer was in its first season, Peter Andre was No 1 in the charts and something called eBay had just been launched if you could understand how to get the screech of dial-up internet. The London Evening Standard will probably never be allowed to forget its “Arsene Who?” billboards but, in fairness, there were a lot of people asking that question. “I’ve got to play for a Frenchman? You have to be joking,” was Tony Adams’s first reaction, give or take a few missing expletives. Share via Email Wenger jumped because he feared push from Arsenal board Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on WhatsApp That, in a nutshell, is how history will remember Wenger’s teams, rather than the fact that he never sustained that thrilling early momentum or the many occasions when we saw his less attractive traits – the man who hated to lose, the man whose insistence on old‑fashioned Arsenal values quickly disintegrated if things did not go his way.Wenger’s transformational work changed the team that attracted routine cries of “Boring, boring Arsenal” into the most watchable side in the country. More than that, he managed to assemble a group of players who did not just play with artistic merit but were also tough as teak. His team were filled with so many six-footers that Sam Allardyce, then the manager of Bolton Wanderers, said his own players found it intimidating when the two sides lined up in the tunnel.At some unspecified point, Wenger lost some of the underlying philosophies that had made his teams so special. But in his peak years he knew the value of a parsimonious defence. He understood his team could not pass the ball, cherish it, treat it like a friend, unless they had combative players such as Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit who could win it first and he knew that the best forwards, such as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, had to mix their prodigious skills with competitive courage. Arsenal, at their best, were spellbinding. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Arsenal Topics Share on Twitter Read more Premier League managers react to Arsène Wenger’s departure – video Share on LinkedIn The game I always remember – and it isn’t easy, over 22 years, to pick out one – came at Elland Road in September 2002, at a time when Leeds were regarded as one of the top teams in the country. Leeds had finished fourth and fifth in the previous two seasons, as well as reaching a Champions League semi-final, but they took an almighty chasing that day. Arsenal won 4-1 and their performance was so thrillingly superior it did not feel outlandish afterwards to find Wenger making comparisons with the great Real Madrid, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Ajax and Liverpool sides that had shaped his thinking. His own team, he said, had a bit of everything. “Danger everywhere, tremendous spirit, a privilege to watch,” he said. “Total football.” On that form, he was asked, would Arsenal beat Brazil, the five-times World Cup winners? “It is difficult to say,” Wenger said. “If you can organise it I can guarantee it will be a sellout.”As it turned out, we never got around to arranging that game and, judging by Arsenal’s deterioration in the following years, let’s just say it is probably not an idea he might want to entertain with the current side. Back then, however, the thought did occur that it might have been the most beautifully constructed club side I could remember in English football. I hesitate to say that when I have watched in awe some of the more formidable Liverpool sides. I grew up with Clough’s precious magic and I had a ringside seat during Ferguson’s years of trophy-collecting for Manchester United – football, bloody hell, and all that. But Arsenal, playing at the point of maximum expression, would have held their own against anyone and, aesthetically, Wenger was right. It was our privilege. Well, he didn’t do too badly. Two decades on, Wenger’s legacy will be as solid as the stadium he helped to design. He won the Double in his first full season and repeated the trick a few years later. His seven FA Cups alone are as many as Chelsea and Liverpool have won in their entire histories. Walk up the stairs at Arsenal’s training ground and the framed collection of letters in one long row – “WWWWDDWWWDWWWDDWDWWDWWWWWWWWWDWDWDDDWW” – is a reminder of the 2003-04 Invincibles season. Thirty-eight games: 26 “Ws”, 12 “Ds” and not a single “L” in sight.Arsenal’s unbeaten run eventually stretched to 49 games and it could be an awfully long time before another team threatens that record. The previous best, set by Nottingham Forest at the 42-game mark, lasted a quarter of a century. “Arsenal are nothing short of incredible,” Brian Clough said. “They could have been nearly as good as us.” Yet that was just Cloughie having a bit of fun when, deep down, he will have known that managerial greatness is not exclusively reserved for those who win European Cups. “Arsenal,” he added, “caress a football the way I dreamed of caressing Marilyn Monroe.” Five innovations Arsène Wenger brought to English football Read morelast_img read more

Touch Football All Stars Shine Bright on the Big Stage

first_imgTry scorer for the Indigenous All Stars in game two, Watego was instrumental and sentimental about the week that was.“I identify with the Yugambeh people of Beaudesert and they are who I am representing in this great event,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity to be picked for this team. There are a lot of indigenous players that would love to have this opportunity, so we’re very honoured to be picked and compete.”It’s great to see some young talent coming through and even more players to represent our people and our culture. We’re really proud and lucky to have this opportunity. And as always with matches of some significance, winners are grinners;- no bigger grin than on the face of Manly All Star, Danni Davis.”I was really excited coming into this week and with the result.”This is my first time playing and it’s exciting to compete against the very good Indigenous team but also to play with the boys from the Australian Men’s side; they are the top team in the world and I really enjoyed mixing it with them.”Our team looked sharp all week; we have girls and boys that are used to playing mixed, and a lot that aren’t, but I was confident that we would all do our jobs and come together against a great Indigenous team. For the record, the games were typically of the highest level and intensity and fittingly finished in the very typical drop-off format to split the teams and spoils.Game one went to type and down to the wire with the All Stars edging out the two time winners 7-6 in a four-on-four stoush at Wallsend Touch HQ. only a try to the mercurial Pete Norman separated the two combatants. By @JulianTFACommunity and culture. Connection. Respect.The simplicity of the message was no less powerful as the symbolism. The messenger no less significant too; straight from the lips of one of the proudest and most prodigiously talented NRL players to ever lace on a boot of any colour, lands or creed.For Kangaroos, Queensland and Cowboys (and one time Touch Football) star, Jonathan Thurston, a leader among his Harvey Norman All Stars’ clan and Touch Football equivalents in Newcastle, this week is as important as those illustrious colours he proudly and regularly wears for club, country and the big ‘Q’ on the big stage through the regular season.‘JT’ to his friends and foes, captured better than anyone the mood, the vibe, and that connection to the Harvey Norman Indigenous v World All Stars week featuring both codes and pathways. It was a reflective JT before his upcoming master-class display on Friday evening in a News Ltd (The Australian) piece to mark the start of this most culturally important week in Australian sport. “This game means a lot to all the boys who play in it. We’re representing our culture and giving back to the game that gives us so much,” he said.“The game is the showpiece but it’s what we do in the community throughout the week that makes it so special. These weeks have made me have a deeper connection with my heritage and made me feel a lot more comfortable in my skin.”For the third year in succession the Australian Touch Football contingent have joined JT and his friends from near and far and been an integral part of the week through on and off field celebrations; and pivotal to the cultural celebration.This has afforded the best Touch Football talent on the planet the opportunity to wear their respective star spangled colours and reflect on their own connections to community and culture. To country. Nation.Traversing the stadiums of Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Newcastle, the positioning of the six-a-side mixed format shifted to a new and lofty level in 2017. Game three of a close fought tri-series the curtain raiser to the main Rugby League fixture on Channel Nine, effectively kicking off the 2017 NRL premiership. The spirit and significance of this week and event was not lost on two key Indigenous Touch Football figures who figured very prominently through the series and in their respective communities. For Australian Men’s and Women’s representatives, Scott Bundy and Marikki Watego it is about so much more than what goes down inside the stripe.”This tournament is a great opportunity for all the indigenous people to come out and showcase their skills, have a good performance in front of a big crowd, enjoy the game and have some fun. I’m representing my mob from Northern New South Wales and so proud of that fact,” Bundy said.”The other All Stars team did their homework and put on a good performance. They brought in a new coach (Tony Trad) and a couple of new players. But we had a good team and a couple of new faces and all gelled together well – full credit to the All Stars guys on their win.” Game two in a reduced format and on the McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle saw both teams’ trade blows and go end to end, with Rebecca Mi Mi scoring for the indigenous team and followed by the game breaker in game one, Pete Norman.A great ball right from Hennessey to Hayley Maddick pushed the All Stars team ahead and inched them closer to their historic first series victory with eight minutes on the clock remaining.Two minutes left and 2-1 down, one last shot for the indigenous team went begging and with the clock winding down so too were the Indigenous team’s chances.Game three was effectively a dead rubber but with pride on the line and in front of the building stadium crowd, anything was possible.Buoyed by their series win for the first time, the All Stars went up a gear but so too the indigenous side. In a see-sawing battle they both saved their best till last with an awesome spectacle and 4-all draw to close out the series.At tournament end All Stars and Australian Men’s Open captain, Nick Good channeled the great Thurston and offered his own thoughtful perspective from across the fence.”The All Stars is such a great concept,” Good said at the close of a great week.”It allows the elite in the mens and womens to join on the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and culture and celebrate that too. “Irrespective of the result, as an All Stars team we are really proud of our (country’s) indigenous culture as well as our other cultures, we have people from all over the world, so for us its also about recognising where our parents and families are from. “And where we’re all from.”Connection and respect. Unity. To see all the action and behind the scenes images from the event, click here.Related Files2017_harvey_norman_all_stars_team_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAll Stars Shinelast_img read more

PM Holness Announces State of Public Emergency in St. James

first_img The constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of person in such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James effective Thursday, January 18.The Prime Minister made the announcement this afternoon (January 18) at a press conference held at Jamaica House.“Crime and violence in particular murders have been escalating in the parish of St. James. I have been advised by the security forces in writing that the level of criminal activity experience continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety”, said the Prime Minister.The Governor General signed the Proclamation to bring into the effect the state of public emergency. The Proclamation has also been gazetted.The constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of person in such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety.Last year, 335 murders were recorded in St. James, which is twice the number of any other parish.Prime Minister Holness outlined that under the state of emergency the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some rights will be suspended. He noted, however, “This does not mean that use of these extraordinary powers can be arbitrary or are beyond review. The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all”.The security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, access to places and to detain persons without a warrant.In addition, all persons using all roads leading in and out of St James will be subject to vehicle and personal search. In various areas of city and township, there will be joint static and mobile patrol. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints.Meanwhile, Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montaque made an appeal to the citizens of St. James for their full cooperation during the period. He acknowledged usual activities may be curtailed. However, he assured that the operations to be carried out by the security forces will be targeted at the criminal elements and their facilitators.“Any information you have, we need it. We need your full cooperation in moving forward in restoring peace and order so that the good people can continue to contribute to the well-being of Jamaica”, said Minister Montaque.If persons have any information to assist in the crime fighting effort, they may call crime stop, 311.A special hotline has also been set up to be manned by the Jamaica Defence Force for persons to give information. The number is 830-8888. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James effective Thursday, January 18. “Crime and violence in particular murders have been escalating in the parish of St. James. I have been advised by the security forces in writing that the level of criminal activity experience continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety”, said the Prime Minister. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Fivemember panel to introspect Congs loss

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress chief and former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday constituted a five-member committee to probe in depth the reasons behind the party’s rout in the city in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.The committee members include Parvez Hashmi, Dr AK Walia, Dr Yoganand Shastri, national spokesperson Pawan Khera and Jaikishan (ex-MLA). They will probe the reasons for the defeat of all the seven Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The committee will also discuss steps to be taken to ensure Congress’ victory in the state Assembly elections to be held early next year and how to further strengthen the party’s hold in Delhi. The committee has been asked to submit its report to Dikshit within ten days. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarCongress marginally improved its performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, where the party finished second in five of the seven parliamentary constituencies in the city-state. Dikshit, who contested from North East Delhi seat, lost to sitting MP and actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari by over 3.5 lakh votes. BJP won all seven seats in Delhi, not only repeating its 2014 feat but also improving its vote share by nearly 10 per cent. AAP, which is running the government in Delhi, slipped to the third position.last_img read more

Drakes YOLO days are running out Menon

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook That is, unless you are Aubrey Drake Graham.Drake hatched his long-term goals during a short burst of adolescence. TV star to rapper to cultural livewire. This was the game plan since puberty. He didn’t just follow his dreams — he kidnapped his dreams, locked them in a cage and dared them to escape. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The net result is that while most people arrive at the Big 3-0 with an active To-Do list, there’s not much more Drake needs to do, not unless he plans to colonize Mars or start his own YOLO religion. Advertisement Advertisement Drake turns 30 on Monday.That’s a major milestone for anyone. For the first time, you are closer to 40 than 18, which is like having your right foot on the dock as your left foot, still in the canoe, starts to drift the other way.Time is a perpetual ripple in your 20s. It is silent. But in your 30s, the biological and social clocks tick in Dolby Surround. Pings that seemed like distant echoes at 20 — establishing a career, finding love, building a nest egg — can thunder a decade later when living for the moment gives way to worrying about the future.last_img read more

EC orders Eros Now to take down web series on Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Citing the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission on Saturday directed Eros Now to immediately take down a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all related contents till further orders. The EC order said that the streaming of five-episode web series, “Modi: Journey of a Common Man”, should be “stopped forthwith”.After watching the trailer, the EC said, it is apparent that the web series showcases different phases of Modi’s life — from childhood to becoming a national leader. The poll watchdog cited its April 10 order banning the screening of a biopic on the PM till the Lok Sabha elections are over, to bar the streaming of the series. There was no immediate response form Eros Now producers. In its order staying the release of the biopic, the EC had said that “any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub serving the purposes of any political party or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC”.last_img read more

Marrakech international Human Rights Forum to Open Thursday

Marrakech – The city of Marrakech is once again stealing the limelight as it is hosting this November 27 through 30 to the 2nd international human rights forum, an opportunity to celebrate humankind’s lofty struggle for a better world where all dimensions of human rights are respected.Held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the gathering is bringing together 5,000 participants, from 94 countries, hundreds of local and international Ngo’s and dozens of Moroccan and foreign experts.It will also be an opportunity to highlight headways made by Morocco in human rights respect and promotion as the Kingdom has been ushered since the enthronement of King Mohammed VI in an accelerated process of reforms that are leading to a modern state, particularly as regards deepening the practice of democracy and the human rights culture. The wide-ranging process, that earned international recognition and acknowledgment, includes incorporation of cultural and linguistic rights in public policies, transitional justice, expansion of access to economic and social rights, human development and territorial governance.No doubt that the experience of the justice and reconciliation commission, established in 2004 to settle past human rights abuses, was a turning point in this process as it helped Morocco make a final reconciliation with its part and turn a new page in human rights practices.The commission, which undertook to compensate individuals who sustained serious human rights breaches and conduct repair programs for communities affected by these abuses, stood as a model for other countries and attracted the attention of both international power and leading human rights-advocacy organizations as an initiative worth encouraging.In the same year, a new family code came to entrench equality between Moroccan women and men and justice in the family cell. This outstanding new law was acclaimed as a model for other Muslim societies and as a law combining religious and legal constraints while bringing about changes promoting equality.In the same vein, and to upgrade Morocco’s economic and social development, the Royal speech of May 2015 announced the launching of the National human development initiative meant to improve the social and economic conditions of poorest categories and support income-generating and job-creating activities.This lofty and generous initiative illustrates Morocco’s commitment to fight precariousness and social exclusion, under the leadership of HM the King.These headways were enshrined in the 2011 constitution that came to perfect a process started in 1999 and consolidate democratic institutions.No wonder that Morocco, which boasts a sound basis at the domestic level, chose to reinforce its openness on human rights groups and various UN relevant mechanisms, including the special procedures.In this context, Morocco welcomed 5 UN special rapporteurs in 2014, conducting with them open, frank and constructive dialog and producing evidence to its effective and irreversible commitment to consolidate human rights.These positive evolutions, expected to be highlighted during the global human rights forum, were not the result of specific circumstances but the fruit of a deliberate choice by Morocco and of a Royal approach making of the Kingdom an example to follow and a haven of stability standing out in a region where most countries have made different choices leading to political bankruptcy. read more

Police bust major vehicle racket

The police said that 20 vehicles have been seized while more vehicles which were sold island-wide are to be located. The police says a major vehicle racket has been busted following information provided by a suspect who is in police custody.According to the police media unit, following months of investigations by the Western Province intelligence unit, the suspect who is in custody had revealed information on the racket where several vehicles were stolen and the number plates changed. Further investigations revealed that the suspect in custody was wanted by the CID, Mirihana police, Colombo Fraud Bureau, Colombo Crimes Division and the Mount Lavinia police, among others. (Colombo Gazette) The suspect had appeared under five different names and sold the stolen vehicles using fake documents. read more

Nowzer Fowzie arrested freed on bail

He was produced in Court and released on bail. A businessman had filed a police complaint against Nowzer Fowzie in 2012 alleging the provincial council member had held a gun at him and threatened to kill him. (Colombo Gazette) Western Provincial Council member Nowzer Fowzie was arrested today over an alleged death threat to a businessman, and was later freed on bail.The Colombo Chief Magistrate had yesterday ordered the arrest of Nowzer Fowzie and accordingly the police arrested him today.

Onetime items cut GM 3Q earnings 53 per cent offsetting strong North

One-time items cut GM 3Q earnings 53 per cent, offsetting strong North American earnings DETROIT – General Motors’ third-quarter net income fell 53 per cent compared with a year ago, as one-time expenses masked a strong performance in North America and a narrowed loss in Europe.The company earned $698 million in the quarter, or 45 cents per share. That compares with $1.48 billion, or 89 cents per share, a year ago. But without $900 million in one-time items, GM earned $1.7 billion, or 96 cents per share. That beat Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 94 cents per share.Revenue rose 4 per cent to $39 billion, just short of Wall Street’s estimate of $39.2 billion.Investors viewed the results favourably. GM shares rose 87 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $36.93 in morning trading.GM’s performance in North America was especially strong, with pretax earnings up 28 per cent to $2.2 billion on solid pickup truck sales and better pricing. GM rolled out updated versions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups in the spring.The company’s profit margin in North America — the percentage of revenue it gets to keep after expenses — was the highest in two years at 9.3 per cent. GM has a goal of 10 per cent pretax margins in the region.“The new trucks are doing great in the marketplace,” Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann said. “We’re commanding good pricing. We’re controlling costs.”GM’s average sales price rose 1 per cent in the U.S. during the quarter to $34,566, according to Kelley Blue Book. Sales of the Silverado, its top-selling vehicle, were up 14 per cent over last year’s third quarter. Prices for the pickup rose by 2 per cent to an average of $36,487.In Europe, GM cut its loss by more than half to $214 million. Revenue there rose year-over-year for the first time in two years. Ammann said the company cut $400 million in costs during the quarter, and updated versions of its Opel Mokka small crossover SUV, Adam subcompact and Insignia midsize car sold well.GM’s International Operations, including Asia, saw pretax earnings fall 61 per cent to $299 million due to struggles in India, Australia and Southeast Asia. The unit would have lost more than $100 million without $400 million in earnings from China.“We continue to have challenges in some markets,” Ammann said. Some are due to industrywide issues such as competitors lowering prices, but some are execution problems on GM’s part, he said.South American profit rose 79 per cent to $284 million. The company’s financial unit saw a 20 per cent rise in pretax earnings to $239 million.One-time items included $800 million to buy preferred stock from a health care trust for union retirees and a $48 million impairment charge in South Korea. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 6:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Former exec settles with matchmaking service over bad dates

Former exec settles with matchmaking service over bad dates by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 9:46 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – A retired corporate executive said in a lawsuit that she spent $150,000 on a matchmaking service that set her up with a string of highly incompatible suitors, including men who were married, mentally unstable or felons.Darlene Daggett, former president for U.S. commerce for the West Chester-based home shopping channel QVC, settled the lawsuit against Corte Madera, California-based Kelleher International hours after it was filed in federal court last week, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2vmkpoc ).Kelleher chief executive Amber Kelleher-Andrews, a former actress who appeared on “Baywatch” and “Melrose Place,” said in a statement to the newspaper that her company is responsible for thousands of marriages over the years.“It doesn’t always work out,” Kelleher-Andrews told the newspaper. She said her company works to end courtships “fairly and reasonably.”According to the lawsuit, the 62-year-old Daggett, a divorced mother of four, wanted someone to spend her retirement with, and she felt “social dating sites did not provide her with the degree of screening and privacy she was looking for.”She said she paid $150,000 for a “CEO Level” membership with Kelleher International that guaranteed her matches from around the globe but then endured a series of bad courtships that fell short of what the dating service promised.Her attorneys described one match as an Australian entrepreneur who took Daggett on trips to Panama and Costa Rica. She said the man started a new trip around the world with his ex the same day she flew home from Panama, something she didn’t learn about until a year later.Another match was revealed to be a disgraced New York judge who was censured for sleeping with an attorney, court records show.Another said he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before he began dating again, her lawsuit alleged.A match from Charlottesville, Virginia claimed he suffered from trauma that caused him to lie uncontrollably, according to the suit. Daggett said she later pursued a stalking complaint when the relationship turned sour. That suitor is now awaiting sentencing on a $10.5 million federal bank fraud case.Daggett also dated a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company for months, and he spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at her home, but then he dropped their relationship without explanation, she said. The lawsuit refers to him only as “the Serial Lothario.” read more

Mens fertility irreversibly damaged by age of 18 thanks to Western junk

Male fertility is being irreversibly damaged by a diet of western junk food by the time men reach 18, a study has found. A groundbreaking investigation has established that teenagers who favour high-fat and processed foods like pizzas, chips and snacks are killing off sperm-producing cells that can never be replaced. It showed that a diet dominated by fish, chicken, vegetables and fruit is best is for protecting those cells and ensuring healthy levels of sperm. Sperm counts have been declining in recent decades and various studies have pointed to poor diet as a significant cause. However, they have tended to focus on older men – those in their late 20s, 30s and 40s who are struggling to conceive…. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Irelands lost generation What happened without the 20somethings Part two

first_imgIRELAND HAS THE highest net migration in Europe.Nobody leaves any country, including Kosovo and Lithuania, more than leaves Ireland. Our net migration in 2012 was around 35,000, but the numbers of indigenous Irish leaving are higher.Without question, the hardest hit generation are those aged between 21 and 28. Over 30 per cent of Irish youths receive some form of income support.But what happens without them? What is the impact on Ireland?In part two of three, we look at the effects on sport and education.SportSport, culturally, is the lifeblood of many Irish communities, bonding towns and villages.That ethos is being stripped away in many places as players in all sports head for pastures new.In December, a survey by the Tipperary county board found that the county has lost 639 players in the last five years.County secretary Tim Flynn said at the time that the survey showed the effects of the recession.““I still believe that the results are a reasonable reflection of the trend over the past five years since the current recession took hold.“The UK was the destination for 70% of our emigrant players whilst the USA was the second most attractive for about 18% ,with Australia at 12%.”Elsewhere, the buzzword is amalgamation as storied clubs aim to stave off extinction by combining their forces.And it is not just in rural settings. One Dublin club member says his club have lost “at least 20, probably 30″ players in the last three years.“You start to look around and think about joining up with other clubs, but that is messy, so you persevere and hope for a good crop of young lads to come through.”Last year, Mayo’s Kilmovee club made headlines by posting an image of an “Emigrants XV” of players who had left their club.And it’s not just native games. The pinch is being felt across the board.Stephen Findlater of TheHook hockey website says that field hockey is another sport impacted by emigration.“If you take my own club (Three Rock Rovers), we won the All-Ireland in 2008, but since then we’ve lost 16 players from our first and second teams.“The problem we have is that we get guys who come and play for a couple of months, or a year. But the guys who are gone, are gone for good.”EducationOne area where the trend is different, however, is third-level education.Rather than seeing a decline in mature students, many colleges are seeing an increase in 20-somethings going to college.However, those seeking training are doing so firmly with job prospects in mind.“What we’re seeing,” says Steven Roberts of Griffith College Dublin “Is an increased interest in the kind of areas that there are jobs in.“So students are more and more looking at the jobs market. They are more focused on their opportunities.”Neither has the flight of 20-somethings affected the numbers enrolling in primary schools, with over 71,000 pupils starting junior infants last September.That trend will continue, the Department of Education believes until 2019, suggesting that the effects of the loss of many of this generation will be long-term.One veteran Meath teacher says that the only thing that has changed is the gender balance at the school gates.“The ages would be more mixed, because some people have kids later and you’d see more dads now, but really, it seems that if people have young kids, they’re toughing it out here.“The ones without the kids are free to leave.”Next week, we look at Irish society and coming home.Have you noticed an under reported effect of emigration? Email: paulhosford@thejournal.ieRead: Ireland’s lost generation: What happened without the 20-somethings? Part one.last_img read more

Après les porcs 1 000 canards morts repêchés dans une rivière chinoise

first_imgAprès les porcs, 1 000 canards morts repêchés dans une rivière chinoiseSelon les autorités locales, près de 1.000 canards morts auraient été repêchés dans une rivière du Sichuan, dans le sud-ouest de la Chine. Cette eau n’étant pas utilisée pour alimenter les habitations, la population ne courrait aucun risque.Décidément, la Chine est dans une mauvaise passe. Après la polémique des milliers de cochons morts jetés dans le fleuve qui traverse Shanghai (16.000 aux dernières nouvelles), c’est au tour de la Nanhe, une rivière qui traverse la province du Sichuan, de charrier près de 1.000 canards morts. Ce sont des habitants qui ont découvert les cadavres et ont alerté les autorités.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Selon Liang Weidong, directeur adjoint à Pengshan, le canton où ont été retrouvés les canards, les carcasses se trouvaient dans des sacs tissés. Pour l’heure, les autorités sont incapables de déterminer l’origine de la mort, d’autant que certains animaux étaient déjà fortement décomposés. Les autorités se sont ainsi empressés de repêcher les cadavres, de les désinfecter et de les enterrer. Les premières investigations ont semble t-il révéler que les cadavres ne proviennent pas de Pengshan mais de plus en amont de la rivière. Néanmoins, les autorités ont d’ores et déjà souligné que la population et le bétail ne craignent rien puisque la rivière n’est pas utilisée pour fournir de l’eau potable aux foyers de la région. Sur Weibo, le Twitter chinois, les réactions ne se sont, sans surprise, pas fait attendre, rapporte la BBC. Ainsi, on pouvait entre autres y lire “cochons morts, canards morts… cette soupe devient de plus en plus épaisse” ou “les cochons morts n’ont pas encore disparu que des canards morts font leur apparition ; cette société aime t-elle la compétition ?”. “Les canards morts dans la rivière Pengshan nous posent un problème très pratique et montre à quel point la limite de la société descend de plus en plus bas”, a commenté un autre utilisateur. Après les porcs morts, cette autre affaire pose effectivement de nouvelles questions sur l’agroalimentaire chinois et en particulier sur l’élevage des animaux.  Le 26 mars 2013 à 19:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mashrafes joining politics a need of hour

first_imgMashrafe Bin MortazaBangladesh cricket superstar Mashrafe Mortaza has defended his decision to enter politics as the “need of the hour” after angering some fans by contesting upcoming elections.Mashrafe, who enjoys rockstar status in cricket-mad Bangladesh, divided opinion when he announced he would run in the December 30 polls on an Awami League ticket.A photograph of the 35-year-old alongside party leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dominated headlines for days.But it split fans in the South Asian nation of 165 million, which this year witnessed major rallies against the Awami League, which has jailed opponents and stifled dissent.”I believe that every conscious, worthy and honest Bangladeshi should enter politics,” Mashrafe said late Sunday in his first public remarks since announcing his candidacy.”Maybe many can’t find the courage for different reasons and mental limitations. I thought that it was important to break this mental barrier. So, I myself took the initiative to fulfil my desire,” he said in a Facebook post.Earlier, the Awami League confirmed the one-day international captain would contest a parliamentary seat from his home town Narail in southwest Bangladesh.A cricketer moving into politics is nothing new in South Asia, where star players command god-like devotion from millions of fans.It is however rare for a current player to make the change.Mashrafe is expected to skipper Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series against the West Indies on home soil starting 9 December.The fast bowler said his political ambitions called at a time when he is contemplating his future, with speculation he could retire from international cricket after next year’s World Cup.”I don’t know what is waiting for me in the next four and half years after the World Cup. So I made an assessment of the time. I listened to the need of the hour. Because I believe, work should be done in due time,” he said.Mashrafe, who has undergone more than half a dozen knee surgeries, has already retired from Twenty20 international cricket and has not played a Test match since 2009.last_img read more

Why Slack Which Goes Public Today Is Counterproductive for Business Owners

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Slack Technologies (or WORK as its new NYSE ticker is called) will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange today, making this company the latest in a parade of highly valued tech outfits to go public this year.Related: How to Get a $1 Billion Valuation in Just Eight MonthsThis is a tool you’ve surely heard of: Slack’s chat and collaboration platform has become a workplace tool to more than 500,000 organizations and was valued privately last year at more than $7 billion dollars. So it must be the latest, greatest way to communicate, right? Well not so fast…“Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work,” Cal Newport, once said. He’s associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of six self-improvement books. And in my opinion, that particular quote from his book Deep Work nailed the problem with Slack: Because, when I think of Slack’s impact on productivity, I think of words like frenetic, shallow and reduced focus (a.k.a. deep work).Today, Slack will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange as a direct listing (meaning no underwriters, no new shares, no offering price — just existing shares). Some estimates from investors are pegging the value just south of $20 billion dollars. And that may be fine for investors and for those who like chat-room tools. Slack after all is an excellent real-time messaging, chat- room application.But it’s also, to my mind, a drain on productivity and deep work when it is used as intended. Here’s why:The ASAP cultureSlack capitalizes on the current ASAP culture shaping our world. From the instant nature of search engine results, to on-demand grocery delivery, to Uber, and real-time updates across the world on Twitter, we are all now accustomed to “instant everything.” Waiting for anything is increasingly regarded as a negative experience by those people doing the waiting.Combining the ASAP culture with a group-chat application promotes an unhealthy level of “always on” and real-time everything. And real-time business communication provides a false sense of productivity: The reason is that it provides us with a figurative hit of dopamine via the “instant gratification” we receive when we get immediate feedback or answers (even if they aren’t the best-thought-out answers).Consider the famous, maybe infamous, “Marshmallow Experiment.” You’ve probably heard of this research, which was carried out in the 1960s by a team at Stanford University led by a professor named Walter Mischel. The short version:Children were brought into a room and had a marshmallow placed in front of them.They were told that if they didn’t eat the marshmallow for 15 minutes, they would be given a second marshmallow as a reward.The choice was, Eat one marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and eat two.Most children did not make it to 15 minutes, but some did.Follow-up studies were conducted on each child over the next 40 years. The children able to delay instant gratification outperformed those that couldn’t in areas such as SAT scores, physical fitness, social skills and stress management.The research was later challenged and, some say, debunked. But at the time, its conclusion seemed clear: If you delay the need for instant gratification in the setting of business communications, you’ll produce better work by being able to focus more deeply on the work you are doing.Related: Stop Fooling Yourself. Productivity Tools Like Slack Are Secret Enemies of CollaborationShallow and synchronous conversationsThe demand for synchronous (real-time) conversations leads to a lack of depth. Researcher Linda Stone coined the phrase “continuous partial attention” in 1998. This is not to be confused with multitasking. Where multitasking is a conscious choice, continuous partial attention is something we do without even thinking about it.Stone described continuous partial attention as paying “continuous partial attention in an effort not to miss anything. “It is an always-on, anywhere, anytime, anyplace behavior that involves an artificial sense of constant crisis,” she said. “We are always in high alert when we pay continuous partial attention. This artificial sense of constant crisis is more typical of continuous partial attention than it is of multitasking.”So, how does this relate to Slack? Slack both promotes synchronous communication and feeds into prolonged continuous partial attention, neither of which promote healthy business communication or focused work.And this is what leads to generally shallow conversations in Slack. We look to fulfill our desire for instant gratification by providing answers and making decisions while we are in a constant state of continuous partial attention.Lack of organization Slack recently introduced threading to help solve the problem of conversation organization. However, this is a only a partial solution to the larger problem of organization in Slack. Take Basecamp or Teamwork as examples of better ways to organize communications. You can create a message in either of these tools and give it a proper category to make information retrieval much easier. All files and comments are automatically placed under that specific message. In Slack, you have to rely on users to make sure they keep everything in a thread (among a sea of streaming real-time chats), and there’s no way to categorize these for later.Files constitute another issue, as do tasks. Using Slack for team communication necessitates the need for at least one additional tool and likely more than that. In this scenario, you have Slack as your communications tool along with Product A for task management. Slack does integrate with services like Dropbox and Google Drive, but there’s no organization within Slack as there is in competing tools.Do you comment on a task in Slack or have the conversation in the task-management product? Does everyone follow this rule? Is integrating with a project=management tool that simply copies the conversation into Slack worth it? Is the file linked in Slack, or the project management system, or neither?As becomes obvious, a lack of organization feeds into unnecessary sub-conscious decisions and thought processes, which produce needless cognitive load and distract from actual work.Notification fatigueThe notification indications on channel names promote notification fatigue. Unless you have super-specific channel names, you really have no idea what the context of the notification is. You need to go into the channels, one by one, to discern what needs your attention and what doesn’t. Imagine doing this in a marketing agency with channels for each client as well as broader internal channels.Real-time chat promotes fear of missing out in addition to all the other issues I’ve talked about here, especially when it’s used as the primary communications tool in business. This is especially true for entrepreneurs who may have team members from various time zones.Your time and attention are your most important assets. You need to ruthlessly guard and manage these assets; otherwise someone else will manage them for you, and your work will suffer.Managing notifications is important. Ideally, you’d want your notifications to be based on specific context (“Where is this file?” vs. “Someone hacked the client’s website.”), so you can respond appropriately rather than having only a general idea of what the notification is all about.What to do in place of Slack.First, you can invest in tools and processes that allow you and your team to participate in focused work. Real-time chat has its place in business, but using it as your primary mode of communication poses many, many issues you should strongly consider before implementing it.Also, thankfully, emergencies are uncommon: There are few instances in which pulling someone off his or her work is worthwhile to the end product. Some of this is company culture and some of it is a byproduct of the tools a company implements.Related: Slack Is Adding Email Conversations and Calendar IntegrationsSlack, all told, is a fantastic real-time group chat tool. But, ask yourself: Is a real-time tool the right choice for your business. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 20, 2019last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content May 27, 2009 – Orthopedic Specialists, P.C. of St. Louis, Miss., a multi-specialty orthopedic practice, switched from analog film to digital with Viztek’s Opal-ORTHO PACS and U-ARM DR solutions. Viztek’s Opal-ORTHO PACS was installed complete with orthopedic templating and a full set of tools designed specifically for the orthopedic market. Also installed was Viztek’s U-Arm DR, delivering superior image quality within seconds of exposure. The PACS and DR package has transformed Orthopedic Specialists’ workflow. Previously, after image acquisition, films were physically moved from the x-ray suite to a processing room, where they were developed with chemicals. The physician often brought several images to the exam room to discuss with the patient. After the consultation, the films would have to be put into jackets and patient folders and finally stored in the constantly expanding file room. Frequently films are requested by consulting or referring physicians. In these cases, films were located in the storage room, copied and sent via mail or courier to the outside office. Today, X-rays are transferred digitally from the Viztek DR system to its workstation. The images are automatically sent from the DR workstation to the Opal-ORTHO PACS, where all the patient files are stored. From there, the images can be sent to the referring physician via the Web or burned to a CD. The physicians can easily, securely, and efficiently access patient information from any Web-enabled PC. The time and financial resources required to process, locate, and pull patient x-rays have been decreased considerably, relative to the previous analog process. Bruce Ashby, Viztek’s General Manager of DR says, “Orthopedic Specialists is a perfect example of a successful transition to digital radiology. With both the DR and PACS, they have saved their practice countless hours of work processing and physically moving films around their facility. The physicians and PA now all have easy and secure access to quality images, regardless of their location.”For more information: www.viztek.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | May 27, 2009 Orthopedic Group Installs Viztek PACS, DR Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more A fully cloud-based, zero-footprint medical imaging management suite is now accessible through a standard Web browser. The VoXcell imaging suite, by KJAYA Medical, features complete RIS, PACS, image archiving and communication functionalities, plus a full range of advanced visualization tools.For the first time, medical facilities can manage all imaging workflow using robust industry-standard applications, leading-edge 3-D processing, PET/CT viewing and more without the need for any tools other than Internet availability.With the VoXcell imaging suite, full digital image management no longer requires any in-house hardware other than a typical web-enabled PC. Software purchases, downloads, and IT staff maintenance also is eliminated. In addition to full image interpretation and reporting, it supports image communications on the fly for referring physician reporting, remote consultations, trauma transfers and more.At the heart of the technology are graphics processing units (GPUs), which are made up of hundreds of small processors that handle information simultaneously. The VoXcell cloud is composed of high-performance GPU servers in geographically separate locations nationwide. The GPU storage area network and fiberoptically connected data centers enable rapid access to, and processing of, large medical data files while providing redundancy, unlimited storage and archiving capabilities. All processing is handled remotely on cloud server banks. In addition to conventional 2-D PACS images, VoXcell can format and accurately deliver interactive on-demand high volume 3-D/4-D reconstructed images over the Internet. For example, it can display the latest 4-D 320 slice CR scan output comprising 6700 images (3.5GB data) in seconds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the VoXcell cloud-based advanced clinical viewing software as a diagnostic device. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | October 19, 2010 Cloud-Based Imaging Suite Offers Complete Digital Image Management News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morelast_img read more

Miami Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler the P

first_imgMiami, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Yachts of Seabourn has issued an advance announcement highlighting the new worldwide itineraries that its fleet of award-winning, all-suite yachts will offer in 2011 and 2012. At the same time, the line announced a special promotion on the entire 2011 Europe and Asia schedule of voyages. The promotion, which begins when the cruises go on sale on March 23, features two-for-one cruise fares from $3,250 per person, and value-priced round-trip, add-on airfare from $699 for economy and from $2,299 for business class. The promotion continues for bookings made through June 30, 2010.“With the launch of Seabourn Quest in June 2011, our six intimate yachts will enable us to provide the unique, Seabourn yachting lifestyle to travelers anywhere they wish to explore, from the beaches of St. Tropez to the jungles of Borneo,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s president & CEO. “From Iceland to Queensland and Beijing to Barcelona, you can travel the world, and travel it well, on a Seabourn yacht,” she said.During the 15 months between January 2011 and April 2012, the ultra-luxury cruise line will offer its most extensive and diverse menu of itineraries ever, calling at a record 266 ports in 78 countries during 252 scheduled voyages visiting a wide variety of popular destinations and exotic locations across the world. Fares and details will be available on Seabourn’s website on March 23, and a lavishly illustrated catalogue will be published in April.With the introduction of Seabourn Quest, Seabourn will complete its three-year fleet expansion, which has added three new vessels, allowing the line to offer more departures in more destinations, for longer seasons than ever before. Sophisticated travelers continue to look to Seabourn for more exotic and unique destinations, and in 2011-2012, Seabourn will satisfy their appetites with visits to novel, far-flung ports in Africa, South America and Asia, such as Maputo, Mozambique; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; and Bangaram in India’s Laccadive Islands.New Yacht: Seabourn Quest Maiden Voyage from Barcelona to Athens. Quest’s maiden season will include seven-day Eastern Mediterranean cruises, operating alternately between Athens and Istanbul, and Venice and Athens, as well as a seven-day Black Sea voyage. On January 5, 2012, Quest begins a 109-day World Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Venice on a unique eastbound course via South America, South Africa, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.In 2011-2012, Seabourn returns to Canada and New England with a series of nine-dayAutumn Maritime cruises aboard Seabourn Sojourn, which will include the yacht’s maiden call to New York. Sojourn will also operate a series of six 14-day Patagonian Passage voyages to the picturesque Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands between Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seabourn Pride remains in Asia for a second season of year-round exotic cruises to major destinations such as Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. New for 2011, Pride will operate a series of new 12-day cruises between Singapore and Bali with calls to exotic ports in Borneo, Sulawesi and Java.In early 2012, Seabourn Legend will be based in the Arabian Sea and offer Indian Oceans Delight with stops to Oman’s capital city of Muscat, also known as “Arabia’s jewel,” and the vibrant city of Mumbai, India. Other new itineraries include a 60-day Stars of the Southern Cross cruise round trip from Los Angeles to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii aboard Seabourn Odyssey; new seven-day St. Petersburg & the Baltic cruises between Copenhagen and Stockholm aboard Sojourn; week-long Gems of the Adriatic and Dalmatian Discoveries cruises round trip from Venice aboard Seabourn Spirit; an 18-day Path of the Vikings transatlantic voyage from Dover to Quebec, and a 12-day Canada & Colonial Autumn voyage from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale aboard Sojourn.Seabourn’s record number of port visits in 2011-2012 will include more than 50 destinations that are either maiden calls or ports that the cruise line has not visited in years. New ports include Bangaram (Laccadive Islands), and Porbandar,India; Matarani, Peru; Brindisi, Italy; Burnie (Tasmania), Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Chan May, Vietnam; Constantza, Romania; Pointe des Galets, Reunion; Doha, Qatar; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; Fanning Island, Republic of Kiribati; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Gili Sudak Island and Waikelo, Sumba, Indonesia; Qaqortoq, Greenland; Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; St. Helena, United Kingdom; Karimunjawa Island, Indonesia; Sur and Khasab, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Maputo, Mozambique; and Walvis Bay, Namibia.New Seabourn Journeys In 2011-2012, Seabourn will offer two new Seabourn Journeys, fully-escorted packages for guests wishing to extend their stays on land. A new three-night pre- or post-cruise Journey from Sydney, Australia, provides an in-depth exploration of the Australian Outback, including a sunset camel safari to a bush barbecue and visits to the breathtaking scenic wonders, the Olgas and Uluru, the largest monolith on earth also known as Ayers Rock. Also new is a five-night pre- or post-cruise wildlife safari Journey from Cape Town, South Africa to the Singita Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

Cyprus gets four proposals for interim gas supplies

first_imgCyprus state gas company DEFA said on Monday it has received four proposals to supply natural gas to the island, an interim solution for power generation before its own reserves come on line.DEFA did not release details of the bidders, saying it was bound by confidentiality agreements. Based on its initial invitation for proposals, issued in January, it was seeking a supply line for up to 10 years, commencing in January 2016.The state-controlled company said at the time it wanted a comprehensive solution involving all commercial and infrastructure requirements including sourcing, transportation and processing.It will sell the gas to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, the now state-controlled monopoly up for privatisation over the next four years. (Reuters)  You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLifestyle Daily ReviewsThese Top-Rated Online Degrees Are Perfect For Seniors (See The List)Lifestyle Daily ReviewsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsFantastic Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo 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