White elephant projects of former Government to be revived

He said that new factories will be opened in these areas to provide jobs to the public while efforts will also be taken to give the tourism sector a boost.The Prime Minister said that German car manufacturer Volkswagen will begin setting up a factory in Sri Lanka from August or September this year.Wickremesinghe said that up-stair houses will be constructed in villages and not just the cities by the Government so everyone can enjoy a little bit of luxury. Wickremesinghe was speaking at a United National Party (UNP) event in Kuliyapitiya today.Speaking further, the Prime Minister said that several parts of the country, including Hambantota will also undergo massive development. “We promised to fill the Hambantota port with ships. We are ready for that. Only one plane arrives at the Mattala international airport. We hope to have more planes landing their soon,” he said. The projects launched by the former Government which were termed as “white elephant” projects are to be revived by the current Government.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Hambantota port and airport will be made fully operational to receive higher traffic than it currently does. The Prime Minister also said that the Norochcholai coal power plant will also be made fully operational. read more

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Death toll from weather rises to 11 and over 27000 displaced

The Department of Irrigation has indicated that water levels at several major rivers were decreasing as which were at flood levels earlier. The Government has allocated Rs. 14.7 million to the 12 Districts affected by the weather to address the immediate needs of the affected population.The DMC said that as per the immediate rapid impact analysis estimates, 23,000 people need emergency flood relief and early recovery assistance. (Colombo Gazette) The death toll from the adverse weather rose to 11 today and over 27,000 people have been displaced, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today.The DMC said that 84,943 people (18,542 families) have been affected as of Wednesday morning. People at flood risk have been evacuated to safe locations. Approximately, 7,526 families have been evacuated into 194 welfare centres due to flood and landslide risks. A leak was noted on the Pulachchikulam tank in the Puttalam District and sand bags were placed to block the leak. The Vijaya Katupotha tank and Waama-Eliya tank had also been damaged due to the heavy rain. A stability issuehas been identified along the Kaduwela main bridge and the Kaduwela-Biyagama road has been temporarily closed. read more

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Kattankudy Police was not alerted of possible attacks by Zahran

The Kattankudy Police was not alerted of possible attacks being carried out by Zahran Hashim in April, the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks was told today.The current and former Officers in Charge (OIC) of the Kattankudy Police were questioned by the PSC today. It was revealed earlier that there was intelligence information of a likely attack being carried out by a group led by Zahran Hashim in April. However the Kattankudy OIC said that he was not advised by any authority to be on alert in April before the Easter Sunday attacks. Zahran Hashim was based in Kattankudy and had a suspected training camp in the area.

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UN World Bank assess Iraqi reconstruction needs in detailed report

In a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York timed in advance of a donors conference scheduled for Madrid next week, UNDP Assistant Administrator Julia Taft and Nicholas Krafft, World Bank country programme coordinator for Iraq, unveiled a “United Nations/World Bank Joint Iraq Needs Assessment.”The 77-page report, covering some 14 sectors, said that of the estimated $36 billion needed by 2007, some $9 billion would be required for 2004.An additional figure of $20 billion has been made public by the CPA, of which some $8.24 billion would be for 2004, according to UNDP.The UNDP/World Bank figures cover health, education, employment creation, infrastructure, agriculture and water resources, private sector development and demining activities, plus several detailed subcategories. The CPA figure, according to UNDP, covers so-called critical areas such as security and oil.The Madrid conference, scheduled for 23 to 24 October, was convened by the Government of Spain and supported by CPA members. According to Ms. Taft, the CPA asked the UN bodies to assess needs in preparation for the meeting. Some 45 nations and 15 organizations have announced their intention to attend, Ms. Taft said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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201516 NBA Preview The Hornets Coulda Been A Contender

Is Al Jefferson more like Carlos Boozer or Zach Randolph? Jefferson turned 30 last season and was a significantly less productive player than he’d been the year before. Randolph has turned his career back around in his 30s. Boozer, though, kept declining after turning 30. They’re both among Jefferson’s top comparables according to CARMELO. The Hornets need him to be much more like Randolph if they’re going to make the playoffs. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Nicolas Batum played a niche role in Portland’s offense. Now that he’s in Charlotte, can he adjust to bigger demands? His shots, points per minute and 3-point percentage declined in each of the last three seasons. He shot or turned over the ball on just one of seven possessions when he was on court last year. The Hornets will expect more of Batum. His defense, at least, is solid across the board — a must for replacing a stopper like Kidd-Gilchrist. After a mediocre rookie season, Cody Zeller improved markedly last year, shooting more effectively while turning the ball over less often. Can he keep it up? CARMELO says yes — sort of. He’s likely to remain at his sophomore-year level but not graduate to All-Star level. How he does will determine how much of an opportunity he has to improve — the roster is crowded with big men. The offense runs through Kemba Walker, but too often it stops with him: He takes and misses too many shots. His teammates last year didn’t give him many great alternatives; this year he should do better if the new Hornets give him better options. In the preseason, Walker has been clicking well with Lin, which at times means Walker shoots even more and passes less while Lin plays more like a point guard setting up his backcourt mate. Marvin Williams has done well to reinvent himself as primarily a 3-point shooter. His accuracy shooting over defenders from outside, coupled with his effective rebounding, made him a valuable player last year. CARMELO doesn’t expect that to last. Few of Williams’s closest comparable players avoided big declines in their 30s, and Williams is 29. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Before Kidd-Gilchrist went down, Charlotte had taken steps to bolster its depth at just about every position but his small-forward spot. The Hornets signed guard Jeremy Lin and power forward/center Tyler Hansbrough, drafted Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky at No. 9 in the first round and traded for power forward Spencer Hawes and shooting guards Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum. Well, Batum really was more of a small forward for the Blazers, but he was going to move over to the No. 2 spot before Kidd-Gilchrist went down. Batum’s shift back to small forward leaves lots of room for young Hornets to move around the lineup and step up. CARMELO’s projections, though, call into question whether the healthy Hornets have enough talent to make the playoffs.Here’s what’s in store for the key Hornets in 2015-16 (and beyond): After the giddy rush of Linsanity, Jeremy Lin settled into a recurring role as a very standard, effective guard: For the Rockets and Lakers, he shot effectively, got to the free-throw line, handed out assists and stole the ball, but did little else on defense and turned the ball over too often. He’s expected to back up Walker but probably will play alongside him at times, as well. Jeremy Lamb disappointed in Oklahoma City. Will moving to a team with less talent free Lamb to play a bigger offensive role, or will he struggle even more with less help from teammates? CARMELO expects modest improvement for the 23-year-old, but not enough for a starting — let alone starring — role. Everything changed for the Hornets on Oct. 3. Before that day, Charlotte looked like a young, talented team on the rise, with lots of new players fighting for minutes. In a preseason game that night, though, forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder, requiring surgery that will likely keep him out for most of the season. Charlotte’s depth at small forward, and one of its best defensive players, vanished. With Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte looked like they could add a dozen wins to their total (33) last season, the team’s first rechristened as the Charlotte Hornets after New Orleans became the Pelicans. The new Hornets’ sophomore year won’t exactly be a slump, but Charlotte likely will struggle to reach .500 and make the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects the Hornets to go 40-42: read more

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Football Justin Fields granted eligibility to play for Ohio State in 2019

Ohio State freshman quarterback Justin Fields speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State has officially gained its third quarterback heading into next season.Freshman quarterback Justin Fields has been granted eligibility heading into the 2019-20 academic year, allowing him to play for Ohio State in the upcoming season.“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a release. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”Fields transferred from Georgia and committed to the Buckeyes on Jan. 4, but would typically be forced to sit out a season due to transfer rules.“I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty,” Fields said in a statement. “I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall.  I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process.” Fields said that he and his family did not feel it was appropriate to speak publicly about the events that led to his transfer publicly while the decision was being made. The former five-star quarterback applied for a transfer waiver application, allowing him to forgo sitting out a season due to problems at Georgia involving a baseball player who yelled a racial slur toward him during a game.“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Fields said. “A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.”On Wednesday, Fields said he wasn’t sure when a decision would be made on his waiver, and that he was hoping it would come soon.“I don’t really control that. They do,” Fields said. “I’m just trying to get here to be the best quarterback I can be.”At Georgia, Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 266 yards and four touchdowns in limited time throughout his freshman season.Fields said in his statement he “will not be speaking” on the subject of his transfer moving forward, instead focusing his attention to the upcoming season.“To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome,” Fields said. “I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner.  My dad always tells me that ‘you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’’ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.” read more

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Suzy Lamplugh police accused of ignoring new evidence that might finally unmask

A cold case unit from the Metropolitan Police has spent years following up potential leads and recently completed digs in Sutton Coldfield and Worcestershire in a desperate bid to locate her remains. But former Scotland Yard detective David Videcette, who has spent three years investigating Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance, has accused his… The 25-year-old estate agent went missing on July 28 1986 after apparently arranging to show a prospective client called ‘Mr Kipper’ around a house in Fulham, west London. Scotland Yard has been accused of ignoring crucial new evidence that a retired detective believes could finally unmask the real killer of Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared 33 years ago on Sunday.

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LHomme de Néandertal chassait aussi le mammouth pour construire des habitations

first_imgL’Homme de Néandertal chassait aussi le mammouth pour construire des habitationsUne étude franco-ukrainienne vient démontrer que l’Homme de Néandertal chassait bel et bien le mammouth pour se nourrir et pour construire des habitations plusieurs milliers d’années avant l’Homme moderne.Si l’homme de Néandertal a longtemps été considéré comme un être archaïque voire attardé comparé à Homo Sapiens, de plus en plus d’études sont venus infirmer cette réputation ces dernières années. Elles ont ainsi montré que cet ancêtre était bien doté de capacités intellectuelles et même de traditions culturelles tout à fait remarquables, comme en témoigne d’ailleurs une nouvelle étude franco-ukrainienne.Réalisés dans le cadre d’un projet impliquant le CNRS, le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle et l’Académie Nationale des Sciences d’Ukraine, ces travaux viennent de prouver que non seulement l’Homme de Néandertal se nourrissait de mammouths mais qu’en plus il se servait de leurs os pour fabriquer des habitations. Publiés dans la revue Quaternary International, les résultats sont basés sur l’analyse du matériel faunique du site de Moldova I situé en Ukraine. Dans cette vallée du Dniestr, 40.000 artefacts lithiques et environ 3.000 ossements de mammifères, essentiellement de mammouths laineux (Mammuthus primigenius), ont été retrouvés.Pour cela, plusieurs zones ont été dégagées : une fosse remplie d’ossements, différentes zones d’activités (de boucherie, de production d’outils), 25 foyers et une accumulation circulaire composée d’ossements de mammouths décrite initialement comme étant une structure d’habitat confectionnée par les Néandertaliens. Or, de telles structures d’habitat en ossements de mammouth n’étaient avérées qu’au Paléolithique supérieur, c’est à dire qu’elles avaient été réalisées par les Hommes anatomiquement modernes (Homo sapiens). Des os assemblés pour construire un abriÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’étude archéo-zoologique avait pour objectif de comprendre les modalités d’acquisition et de gestion des ressources animales, notamment du mammouth, à des fins alimentaires et non-alimentaires, indique un communiqué du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle. Au moins 15 mammouths ont ainsi été retrouvés à proximité ou sur le site même. Mais l’assemblage osseux circulaire de différents os (os long et os plats, défenses, vertèbres en connexion) ne peut être que l’œuvre d’hominidés et les marques anthropiques sur les os montrent que la viande de mammouth a été consommée par les Néandertaliens.La construction ne semble être qu’un abri coupe-vent et ne constitue pas une habitation couverte comme celles du Paléolithique supérieur. Néanmoins, la présence d’outils à l’intérieur d’une quinzaine de foyers est caractéristique d’un espace domestique. Ce gisement peut donc être assimilé à un campement principal avec des occupations récurrentes. Au vu de cette découverte, les Néandertaliens seraient donc les plus anciens Hominidés à avoir utilisé des ossements de mammouths pour construire des structures d’habitations.Le 23 janvier 2013 à 12:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Government to advance Heritage Tourism in the Bahamas

first_img Related Items:#HeritageTourism, #magneticmedianews, #NationalMuseum Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19th 2017 – Nassau – The new Minnis-administration says that they will be focusing on the country’s heritage tourism potential. Speaking at the recent Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Board of Directors and Membership meeting last Thursday, Prime Minister Minnis said, “Ours is a richly textured culture. Our history, music, food, dance, art, craft and our folkways are distinctly different. We must fully capitalize on our culture and heritage to add a more vibrant visitor experience.” As such, the government’s plans will include restoring and maintaining many of Bahamas’ historic sites; completing The National Museum of the Bahamas; building a Native Food Market to feature local art and facilitating the development of heritage and eco-tours throughout the islands.Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said, “A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists alike.” Adding also, “It will provide business opportunities and allow many Bahamians to sell their goods and products. Just as a previous FNM Administration created Fish Fry and a new Straw Market, my Administration will build a Native Food Market Over-the-Hill. Many cities and countries around the world boast native food markets.”Speaking on the National Museum, Dr. Minnis said, “Cruise ship passengers throughout the world visit museums,” Adding, “Imagine if New Providence can provide more of these experiences?” However, the Prime Minister admitted, “We are nowhere near monetizing the number of cruise ship passengers we have coming to The Bahamas. We can do so through heritage experiences.”The Clifton Heritage National Park in New Providence, Mount Alvernia in Cat Island, The Columbus Monument in San Salvador and plantation ruins on other Family islands are some of the other historic sites to be named throughout the Bahamas. Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Spectrum auction Bharti Airtel Vodafone India Idea Cellular may spend Rs 1

first_imgMajor Indian telecom companies may shell out around Rs. 1 lakh crore on spectrum in the upcoming auction, according to credit rating agency Crisil. About 75 percent of the total amount would be spent by private telecom players.The top three telecom companies — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular — are expected to share about 55 to 60 percent of the total auction spending, Crisil said in its report. “Unlike previous auctions, operators do not face business continuity issues this time, but we expect reasonably healthy participation as incumbents will ramp up their 3G and 4G spectrum holdings ahead of Reliance Jio’s entry,” Ajay Srinivasan, Research Director at the rating agency, said.In the upcoming auction, which is expected to be held within the next two to three months, the central government is planning to put over 2,300 MHz of spectrum across seven frequency bands up for sale. This would be the highest quantity of airwaves being sold in one go.The total outgo towards the acquisition of spectrum in the current financial year would be about Rs. 37,000 crore, which is lower compared to the budgetary expectation of about Rs. 56,000 crore, the Crisil report added.In addition, there would be significant outgo for the telecom industry, which is currently staggering under a debt of $4 lakh crore as of March 2016.”Telecos are already facing increased network congestion in circles with high data consumption like key metros, which account for 60 per cent of the data traffic. Therefore, augmenting network capacity and spectrum holdings will be critical for maintaining their competitive position. Overall, Telecos are expected to fork out Rs 1 trillion,” Srinivasan added.The Bharti Airtel stock was trading at Rs. 370.00 at 9:42 a.m. on Tuesday, down 0.82 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Similarly, the Idea Cellular stock was also down 0.28 percent at Rs. 106.50 around the same time.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Recreating gastronomic delights

first_img1911 restaurant at the Imperial has recreated the magnificence of the classic gourmet affair from the coronation year 1911 in their attempt to revive the flavours of the exquisite dishes which were served to the discerning lords, ladies and regal emperors back then.“This December we celebrate the era frozen in time with inspired cuisine of the coronation, while one marvels the worthies from their frames on the walls at 1911 restaurant. Doffing our hat to the good old days, our chefs bring to you the slice of the classics to mark 104th year of Delhi Durbar, tucked away in The Imperial ramparts. The preparations, I am sure will leave considerable panache with authentic ingredients, culinary style and substance,” said Vijay Wanchoo- Sr Executive VP and GM, The Imperial.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial, New Delhi while talking about the menu said, “The expertise of the royal kitchens, the spices, ingredients, serving style of the grand feast of the coronation and many more minute details have been understood and researched, to create an inspired menu.” Digging historic chapters, the menu features  Trifle-Trifle existed in old British era  around 1650s and was an intrinsic part of an English menu which had earlier only alcohol, bread, cream and sugar. Later it was modified with fruits and held a significant position in ceremonies.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrifle, amazing flambéed dessert prevailed in 1900s, which was usually kept on the table and denoted celebration like cakes, Crepe suzette, was the favourite dish of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. It still entices palates across the globe, being one of the favourites in old English kitchens, Shepherd’s pie- one of the most famous Irish specialties in the late 19th century and also the most traditional one, normally called cottage pie. No feast was complete without it , Rhubarb pie- the pie has historic relevance in UK and is derived from the plant Rhubarb, also called Turkish rhubarb which had many medicinal qualities. It was the most famous pie in the royal kitchens in the 20th century.When: December 10-17Where: 1911, Imperiallast_img read more

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Speeding bus falls into waterbody on its way to Digha

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 persons were injured after a bus toppled into a roadside waterbody on its way to Digha early on Monday morning. Local residents and police rescued the injured passengers and rushed them to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital.According to sources, on Monday morning a bus full of passengers was running along the Contai-Nandakumar Road at a high speed, on its way to Digha. At around 4:30 am, the driver lost control over the bus near Marishda and it toppled into a roadside waterbody. Locals heard the sound of the accident and screams by the passengers and ran towards the bus. The driver and the helper had somehow managed to jump out of the bus before it fell into the waterbody. Several passengers got stuck inside the bus, while a few others were in the water. Local residents started a rescue operation and informed Marishda police station. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rescued the passengers with help from the locals. All the injured persons were rushed to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital, where they are still undergoing treatment. Sources informed that a few of the injured are in critical condition. Police are trying to contact the families of the injured persons. It is suspected that while driving the driver must have fallen asleep, due to which he lost control over the steering. Police will check the bus to ascertain if any technical fault was there. According to locals, the bus had met with the accident due to excessive speed. A probe has been launched in this regard. Search for the driver and helper is on.last_img read more

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Testing the Open Source Waters

first_imgOpenOffice 1.2 also has a database function built in. This can be used to create bibliographies, contact lists, address books and other functions you’d expect from a relational database.Though it’s easy to learn how to use the programs–and easy on any company’s budget–OpenOffice does have some drawbacks:The database program in version 1.2 is extremely difficult to learn. I also came across compatibility issues with some of my Windows software that wouldn’t allow for the creation of databases through OpenOffice. There’s an Access-like database for OpenOffice 2.0, called Base; however, it’s still in Beta version, so some functions don’t work. And at this point, Base doesn’t have an “import” function, which many Access users find useful. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It was my fault–I admit it. I was cleaning my computer’s file system, trying to speed it up a bit, when poof! My computer died. I was able to bring it back to life, but I lost a lot of programs I had to reinstall. Unfortunately, at some point during a move six months earlier, I had lost my Microsoft Office disk and now was in a bit of a jam: I was working on a project for a client, the deadline was coming up quickly, and it was too late to go to the store to buy another copy.That’s when I turned to Google. On a hunch, I searched for “Alternatives to Microsoft Office” and there I found OpenOffice.org. A quick read of OpenOffice’s website revealed a program that’s intended to be similar to Microsoft Office in look and feel, and that can read and save files in the Microsoft Office format, among others.Here’s the kicker: OpenOffice is free. Regardless of how many workstations you use the program on, it’ll never cost your company a penny. Compare that to the cost of licensing Microsoft Office Professional for just five workstations: According to a sales associate at the online retailer CDW, that’ll cost you upwards of $2,000.Being convinced–and desparate–enough to give it a try, I went through the download and install procedures, which took only a few minutes using my cable modem. I was very pleased with what I found. There’s a “Word”-like program, called Write, for drafting documents. There’s also a spreadsheet program, called Calc, that’s very similar to Excel and a presentation program called Impress that’s similar to PowerPoint. There’s also a program called Draw, which is comparable to Paint.After I became more familiar with OpenOffice, I discovered many useful features that other business owners will appreciate:Write is the OpenOffice equivalent of Word. It’s highly functional, very intuitive and has utilities for saving documents directly to PDF format, which allows for easy web publishing or portability between platforms, something Word doesn’t offer. Mail merge, table maker, object manipulation, various wizards and the ability to create your own templates are also available in Write. 4 min read Register Now » If you don’t remember to save your Write files in a .doc format, or PDF, then non-OpenOffice users who you send your files to won’t be able to read them.center_img Lastly, since OpenOffice was created as a group effort and built by volunteers, its how-tos and help files are sometimes difficult to find and understand.Overall, OpenOffice provides users with a versatile office suite. Many small-business owners will find that the office suite is a gateway to the larger world of open source software. For instance, when you find that OpenOffice doesn’t offer an Outlook-like e-mail service, you might soon discover Mozilla Thunderbird, another open source program that looks and acts very much like Outlook. Soon you may begin wondering why so many thousands of your business’s hard-earned dollars went to software suites, when similar software is available for free on the internet.Donald Carroll is the founder of Calvary Copywriting in Kansas City, Missouri. Specializing in the peculiarities of small to mid-sized businesses, Donald takes pride in helping the little guys fight big competition. Calc is similar in almost every way to Excel, but Calc files, unlike Excel files, can be saved directly to PDF, thus saving you the time and expense of having to use a separate program–Adobe–to turn the text document into a PDF. July 28, 2005 Impress presentations can be saved directly as a Macromedia Flash file, for easy uploading to your company’s website. In PowerPoint, this can only be done by using a separate and expensive program for converting PowerPoint documents to Macromedia Flash format. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Complaints lead to 9 harassment arrests in Cozumel

first_imgCozumel, Q.R. — Nine people have been arrested by Cozumel police after numerous citizen complaints of harassment. In an organized police operation, they were handcuffed and taken to jail where they will wait to see a judge. Municipal head Pedro Joaquín Delbouis said “The objective is clear. In addition to guaranteeing peace and security to those who live on the island, we must take care of our tourists so that they leave with a good image of Cozumel and return.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Police paid a visit to the group after they were accused of harassing people. The group were tourist sellers of services, timeshares and other products. Aside from harassment, they were found to be without permits. The Director of Public Safety says that arrested were Raymundo A.V., 22, José E., 45, Joshua Iran E.S., 33, Ricardo M.G., 31, Carlos S.V., 38, Vladimir F.S., 24, Carlos A.Z., 29, Jose Luis M.C., 43 and Perla T.,50 for presumed faults to authority, besieging passers-by and altering public order. Rosas López also said that such visits to vendors will be made more randomly. Renán Guido Rosas López, director of Cozumel police confirmed the operation in the Puerta Maya area of the city in response to complaints of harassment being made by the vendors. He said despite rumors that they were also selling drugs, narcotics were not found. last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 20, 2015 Kalorama: EMR Market Expected to Grow Beyond Incentives 7-8 percent annual growth expected for next five years, driven by fear of reimbursement penalties A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. 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But they will not be easy. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more center_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more May 20, 2015 — Kalorama Information expects the nearly 25 billion-dollar market for electronic medical records (EMR) to grow well past the period where there are incentives for U.S. healthcare providers, according to a recent report. The healthcare market research publisher said penalties, system upgrades, international sales and continued efficiency improvements will grow the market 7-8 percent each year for the next five years. The market for EMR systems continues to increase as more physicians and hospitals use EMR and acquire EMR systems, and as hospitals and physician groups upgrade existing systems.”Expect a fair amount of competition and stable growth next few years, without incentives boosting the market” said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information. “Eventually, there will be market saturation but this is a bit of a way off, especially in emerging markets.”Incentives for EMR use are one driver for the market but there is also, starting in 2015, a penalty for not using EMR. There are two components to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) EMR incentive: One is a positive or ‘carrot’ to encourage conversion and the second is a ‘stick’ to discourage paper records over time. Those physicians who do not adopt EMRs by 2015 will face a reduction of 1 percent in their Medicare fee schedule, increasing to a 2 percent reduction in 2016 and a 3 percent reduction in 2017 and beyond. Thanks to the incentive, use has increased among physicians, the group that vendors and the government have been targeting. Initially the market was boosted from incentive payments to physicians as of 2014. Growth rates were impressive in 2012-2014, averaging 16 percent. Growth will continue at approximately 13.4 percent for 2015-2019 as the ‘carrot’ of incentives tempts physicians but most importantly as the ‘stick’ of penalties threaten to impact 2015 revenues.”As we concluded in 2012 and 2013, Kalorama continues to believe that fear of reimbursement loss will end up driving adoption more than incentives for extra reimbursement, and our forecasts continue to reflect this observation,” Carlson said.The report projects continued business for the software and systems sold by companies like Cerner, McKesson, Epic and Allscripts for an electronic medical records purpose. Training and upgrading, optimization and ongoing support will be growth areas for vendors. It is expected that growth will be influenced by consumers either switching their current EMR for a different one or upgrading as technology advances. Kalorama’s report said that approximately 80 percent of the work of implementation must be spent on issues of change management, while only 20 percent is spent on technical issues related to the technology itself. Such organizational and social issues include restructuring workflows, dealing with physicians’ resistance to change, as well as IT personnel’s resistance to design and implementation flexibility needed in the complex healthcare environment.The report has more information on trends driving the EMR market. It also breaks out the market for various regional markets and for hospital versus physician markets.For more information: www.kaloramainformation.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. 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Ivory Coast Fighters sneak in Ghana refugee camps

first_imgAmpain, the largest of the three refugee camps for Ivorians in Ghana, is a sprawling, unfenced facility now home to some 4,000 people.Ghanaian authorities refused to allow The Associated Press to visit the refugee camp and deleted photos taken by a reporter who interviewed Ivorians living there.Patricia Ange Oulai, a 29-year-old refugee in the camp, said the presence of the fighters had her worried for her safety. “I regret that they are here because with everything happening people think they are the ones that are going to do the coup” back in Ivory Coast, she said.Post-election violence erupted in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to cede office despite losing the November 2010 runoff vote to Ouattara.Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011 and later transferred to the International Criminal Court at The Hague where he faces charges of crimes against humanity. High-level Gbagbo loyalists have sought asylum in Ghana and other West African countries.A report from a United Nations panel of experts presented to the Security Council last month alleges that these allies have worked to destabilize Ivory Coast from their base in Ghana.On Oct. 13, Ghanaian security forces conducted their first roundup of ex-combatants at Ampain. Padi, the program coordinator for the Ghana Refugee Board, said 43 suspected ex-combatants were detained in the early morning raid, though some were released after authorities concluded they were not fighters. Associated PressACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Fighters who backed former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo have infiltrated refugee camps in Ghana and are accused of attacking security bases back in Ivory Coast, according to Ivorian officials.Human rights groups say the presence of Gbagbo’s ex-fighters in the camps poses a threat to the security of refugees.Some fighters had been allowed to slip into the three refugee camps housing Ivorians, said Tetteh Padi, program coordinator of Ghana’s Refugee Board. In one example, Ghanaian authorities in May lost track of nearly 150 suspected fighters who were supposed to be transferred to a maximum security prison and now their whereabouts are unknown. Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories David Dalli, a 33-year-old former soldier in Gbagbo’s army who now lives at Ampain, said it was easy to pass as a civilian when he crossed into Ghana.“When I came here, I just said I was a civilian to hide who I was,” said Dalli, who took part in fighting in Abidjan.Paul Koffi Koffi, Ivory Coast’s deputy defense minister, said by phone from Abidjan that the Ouattara government was not happy that ex-combatants had found their way into the refugee camps.“The attackers at the different towns and the different army positions are coming from Ghana and are also coming from the refugee camps in Ghana,” he said. “Even if they are in some refugee camps, they have freedom of movement, so some are coming here and then going back to Ghana. And we don’t know what they are doing.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “We have known for a fact that some of them have infiltrated the camps,” said Padi. “Some of them have friends, relatives in the camps. So they have gone in there unofficially.”Ghana’s failure to monitor the ex-combatants is very worrying, said Matt Wells, West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.“Ghanaian authorities appear to have dropped the ball in losing track of many Ivorian ex-combatants, putting civilians in refugee camps at risk of sexual violence and child recruitment, among other protection concerns,” Wells said.Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s government alleges that Gbagbo fighters in the camps have taken part in recent attacks on military positions in Ivory Coast. Since early August, about 10 such attacks have been carried out throughout the country, with some allegedly perpetrated by fighters based in Liberia as well as Ghana.One attack on a town at the border between Ivory Coast and Ghana in September prompted Ivory Coast to close its land and sea frontiers with Ghana for more than two weeks.However, Padi said accusations that fighters in refugee camps had been involved in the attacks are baseless.“They’re totally false in our opinion because we know everything that goes on in the camps,” he said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too Padi said the raid was prompted in part by allegations from the Ivorian government that Ghana has been used as a staging ground for the recent attacks.“The idea is to make sure we know what they are up to so that we will not get accusations coming from Ivory Coast that we are harboring ex-combatants who are attacking Ivory Coast,” he said.The refugee camps should be completely cleared of ex-combatants so as to maintain their civilian character, said Andrea Lari, director of programs for Refugees International.“I think that it is urgent to address these allegations and delaying the intervention is only going to make matters worse,” Lari said.There are no good figures on the number of ex-combatants who fled into Ghana both during and after the post-election conflict, though most estimates run well into the hundreds. Veton Orana, protection officer for the U.N. refugee agency, said authorities began noticing an influx of potential fighters at the Elubo border crossing after the fall of Gbagbo in April 2011.Orana said some ex-combatants may have been able to conceal their status when they crossed at Elubo, and that others may have entered Ghana at other places. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Travelport Orbitz Worldwide update distribution agreement

first_img“Under this new agreement, we have plans to work together to supplement this via an upgrade to Travelport’s latest API connectivity – Travelport Universal API – enabling Orbitz to progressively access and display to its customers the much wider range of travel content that Travelport can now provide,” Travelport chief commercial officer, Kurt Ekert said. The renewed agreement means that Travelport will continue to supply airline, car rental, hotel fares as well as availability, booking and ticketing services to Orbitz. Source = ETB News: T.N. “Travelport has been an important partner for Orbitz and we are pleased that they will continue to play a key role in our technology and travel management needs through this multi-year agreement,” Orbitiz Worldwide chief operating officer, Chris Orton said. Travelport, a leading distribution company, and Orbitz Worldwide have updated their global distribution system agreement.last_img read more

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Tourism New Zealand to raise its marketing budget in India

first_imgIn order to expand its growth in the Indian market and effectively engage with its travel trade and consumers, Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) has made plans to invest heavily in the market. Speaking on the sidelines of Kiwi Link India 2015 in Mumbai, Kevin Bowler, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand said, “We will spend NZD 5 million in India this year. In 2009, our budget was only NZD 1 million. Of the three emerging markets – India, Indonesia, and Brazil – India is the fastest growing market for New Zealand. We have a comprehensive marketing strategy for India and will extensively engage with the travel trade there. We will also look at a digital advertising approach.”While discussing about newer destinations in New Zealand, Bowler said, “One of the big successes is Hobbiton; it has some amazing experiences. We are introducing the same this year in the Indian market at Kiwi Link. Besides, Auckland, Rotorua, and Queenstown are popular destinations among Indian travellers. Young professionals, honeymooners, couples, and family trips are significant tourism contributors. The average length of stay of Indian travellers is around 14 days. There is a good distribution of tourists around the country.”In the fiscal year, which ended in June of this year, TNZ welcomed 43,000 Indian visitors, which is a 23% higher than the previous fiscal. Bowler attributed this growth to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. “The tourism figures have almost doubled since 2009. We are looking to sustain the numbers this year, and are hoping for a double-digit growth,” he added.last_img read more

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Anastasiades gas crucial to US role in talks

first_imgBy Elias HazouON THE eve of a new round of peace talks, President Nicos Anastasiades has said that an agreement reunifying the island would help ease Turkey’s energy needs.In an interview with The Associated Press published on Monday, the president said a deal would allow Turkey to be supplied with newly found Cypriot and Israeli natural gas and contribute to improving relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv.Anastasiades told the AP the United States was instrumental in the resumption of stalled negotiations with the breakaway regime. He added that the growing interest in an accord is grounded in the potential for regional energy cooperation and helping to diminish instability in a turbulent region.The president said Israel could also export its offshore gas to Turkey through a reunified Cyprus and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may visit Cyprus in the spring.US Secretary of State John Kerry may also be coming here around March, according to local media reports. Citing their sources, daily Politis and Phileleftheros said the chief US diplomat has taken a personal interest in the Cyprus issue. Kerry is reportedly being kept abreast of developments by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland – who was on the island earlier this month – and by US Ambassador in Nicosia John Koenig.The rumoured American role in nudging ahead a new peace drive has been tied to a broader US policy of encouraging a thawing of Turkish-Israeli relations. Israel is currently mulling how and where to export its excess natural gas reserves, with Cyprus and Turkey both being possible destinations.Peace talks, stalled since January 2012, are set to resume after the leaders of the communities last week agreed a joint communiqué laying out the broad parameters of a settlement.Whereas the Greek Cypriot leadership has been talking up the document as a success, having secured in it the so-called three singles – sovereignty, citizenship and personality – a different narrative has emerged north of the dividing line.In an interview with Hurriyet, Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu indicated that the joint communiqué was not to his liking, but that he would engage in talks regardless.The document contained ‘theoretical’ points, which the Turkish Cypriot side would negotiate to render more specific, said Eroglu.“Contrary to the Greek Cypriots, we regard the text as a tool for commencing negotiations. I cannot say that I liked the text one hundred per cent…the desires of the Greek Cypriots as well as our own had to be registered on that paper,” he was quoted as saying.Maintaining his hawkish outlook, Eroglu warned that he’d refuse to sign a peace deal which international movers and shakers might foist on Turkish Cypriots for the sake of wrapping up the decades-long conflict.“If they force me to sign and we find ourselves at the mercy of the Greek Cypriots, to me that is not an agreement,” Eroglu said.He challenged also the notion of a single sovereignty, as provided for in the joint declaration, saying: “All states are sovereign. No constitution of any nation-state speaks of a single sovereignty. But the Greek Cypriots insisted on this. Therefore each [constituent] state is sovereign.”Eroglu’s ‘foreign’ minister Ozdil Nami, however, appeared more comfortable with the content and wording of the joint declaration.Speaking to Hurriyet, Nami said the document provides for two constituent states that will exercise any powers that are not delegated to the central, federal government.“Just as Obama cannot abolish the death penalty in Texas, here too it will be similar,” he explained.The two constituent states would maintain powers and jurisdictions in some areas – such as education – but not in others, such as defence and foreign affairs.Nami also expressed the opinion that a peace plan would go to separate referenda only if opinion polls conducted previously indicated that the chances for acceptance are solid.“You should know that, if we do go to referenda, a ‘yes’ will emerge,” he added.Explaining US involvement in the latest talks initiative, Nami said the Americans neither pressured the sides nor imposed anything on them. The US government engaged once a vacuum was created following the discrediting by the Greek Cypriots of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer.However Nami ruled out the opening of the fenced-off city of Famagusta as part of confidence-building measures. Instead, Varosha would be part of the peace negotiations themselves.The Turkish Cypriot side would not give up its ace in the hole [Varosha] just so that Greek Cypriots could be prodded into accepting a peace plan, he said.Meanwhile in Nicosia, the government hailed remarks by the president of the European Commission, José Barroso, who supported keeping separate Varosha and the talks process – in line with Greek Cypriot aspirations.Deputy government spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos said Barroso’s comments indicated that the President’s lobbying of the EU was paying dividends.Barroso went on to urge political parties in Cyprus to get behind the President in the peace process – a remark that did not sit well with the parties.AKEL does not need Barroso to advise it on how to behave on the Cyprus issue, party leader Andros Kyprianou said.Giorgos Lillikas, head of the Citizens Alliance, accused Barroso of meddling in domestic Cypriot affairs. And EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou said the EU official’s remarks were reminiscent of foreign interference in 2004, when a UN peace plan was put to the people.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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One major issue standing in the way of Airbnb law

first_imgLawmakers on Tuesday said they were almost ready to bring a bill regulating the operation of short-term Airbnb-style property rentals to a vote, although one major issue still needs to be ironed out.The pending question relates to the ease with which individuals would be able to rent out apartments in residential buildings.There are two schools of thought on this. Under the first anyone should be able to rent out their apartment. If subsequently the other owners in the building complain, a provision in the law would allow them to file their complaint to the junior ministry for tourism.The other school of thought is that permission to rent out an apartment should be subject to the agreement of a building’s management committee or the majority of the apartment owners.The legislative proposal provides for a three-year transition period to be afforded to current Airbnb renters to acquire a VAT number and comply with safety and health regulations – pre-conditions for registering their properties.The aim is to create a dedicated registry for short-term self-catering accommodation and then taxing that income, bringing cash into state coffers.Each property thus registered is to be assigned a number, which will be used in online advertising platforms so that punters may know whether the property in question is registered or not.The bill covers villas, residences and apartments used for tourism purposes.Earlier, the House commerce committee had heard there are an estimated 40,000 accommodations across the island being used for short-term rentals that are unlicensed and thus not subject to the legislation governing tourist lodgings.Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Akel MP Costas Costa reiterated concerns that enforcing strict licensing criteria might disqualify many who now rent their properties on a short-term ba-sis.It could impact hundreds of families living in the countryside who rely on this practice to earn income, he said.The legislative proposal will amend an upcoming law which is to be voted on February 15. The government bill governs hotel and tourist accommodation, and purports to simplify licensing and classification procedures.The legislative proposal will be put to the House floor after the government bill has passed.You May LikeYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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