Canadian found dead after kidnapping in Burkina Faso

first_imgCANADA — A Canadian national who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region has been found dead according to a report from Reuters.A spokesman for Burkina Faso’s security ministry identified the man as Kirk Woodman, who works for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company.Spokesman Jean Paul Badoum said Wednesday that the employee was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20 kilometres from Mansila in Yagha province.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canadian officials are reaching out to the kidnapping victim’s family.“The Canadian agencies involved in this situation are really aware of this situation, and we’ll be in contact with the family,” she told reporters in Repentigny, northeast of Montreal.In a statement, his family asked for privacy and said they will not be speaking publicly.“We have faith and trust in Canadian authorities to bring our husband and father home safe. We are hopeful for a fast resolution to the situation,” they said.The news comes soon after a 34-year-old Quebec tourist and her travelling companion were reported missing in the west African nation.Sherbrooke native Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso when all communication with their families abruptly ended Dec. 15.A statement by Security Minister Clement Sawadogo referred to the disappearance of Blais and Tacchetto as a kidnapping.West Africa’s Sahel region has seen a number of abductions of foreigners in recent years by extremists linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State organization.Burkina Faso recently declared a state of emergency in the region as attacks by Islamic extremists increased, especially along the border with Niger and Mali.Sawadogo said foreigners should use extreme caution when travelling in dangerous areas of the country.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Funnearn- a Real Money Gaming App launches IPL i.e. Intelligence Pattern Learning

first_imgNew Delhi: Funnearn a real money gaming app is launching a new edition to enhance the intelligence and mental capability of its users. Fundamentally the game is grounded on the experiments proceeded by the scientists of Primate Research Institute, The PRI to analyze and compare the memory power between chimps and humans. In the tests, a number pattern was given before them and gives enough time to memorize it. After some time, it was tested how much both memorize the pattern and amazingly at 90% of the time chimps won the tests by correcting the patterns. This can also be called Intelligent Pattern Learning, IPL, which can enhance intelligence and memory power. Also Read – The Puja carnival The new game of Funnearn brings IPL into an entertainment platform. The Funnearn game is intended to involve the users in IPL learning tests. Adopting the IPL test models, a scientifically proven method to enhance the phonetic number memory, the game tries to encompass the mental abilities like reasoning, plan, problem-solving, abstract thinking, and comprehensive analysis. It is found that Funnearn game is increasing the learning abilities of the users through active skill interaction with the games. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra Funnearn has made the test in a different way via extensive Bumper and Carnivals on a regular basis. This amazing game provides extra prize money which can be transferred to your Paytm wallet directly. Thus money making becomes easier for the younger generation with learning. Funnearn expects to bring a new sensation in the gaming industry through their interactive learning game and aids the younger generation with their intelligence and mental capabilities. To add excitement and curiosity in the zealous gamers, Funnearn is coming with an exceptional gaming and great earning experience. As more people are embracing online games with optimism, the industry is going to see a skill-play with Funnearn. India is one of the largest online markets globally which has undergone an enormous change in the last few years. The online gaming industry is rapidly growing all over the world and has made a huge impact both economically and socially. The exponential growth in mobile gaming apps and a considerable increase in the number of people who are attracted to these games prove the on-going revolution happening in this industry. In India, the digital gaming sector is flourishing with drastic developments and technological advancements. This huge inclination towards online gaming results in a new level of technical interaction. Due to the negative impacts of games over the society which comes as an addiction, several authorities banned luck based games like gambling. The factors like internet urbanization, societal ethics, literacy and intelligence level, etc. began to influence the gaming sector and the age confronted a shift from the purely entertainment based games to simple, skill and ethically based digital games. Although the rapid shift was a challenge initially, the digital gaming sector realized the innumerable possibilities and benefits of such revolutionary games and a new trend has emerged in the industry. India is witnessing a massive change in the choices and consumption patterns of its people because of the internet-urbanization which has a major influence on the gaming sector. With the advanced technological access and innovation in the designs, skill-based games are expecting a major growth. Transparency, strict regulation, consumer protection and above all the unlimited benefits acquired from those games promote it as a major contributor to the economic and social welfare of the country. As per statistics, online gaming is yet not reached saturation. Among the infinite game developers, Funnearn has established its position as a popular mobile gaming app through its innovative and advantageous games. With Funnearn the gamers can enter in paid contests and make money with their mental ability skills. The distinct feature of Funnearn is considered to be the convenient time management in games to play and earn. The contribution of Funnearn to the new digital gaming market includes the creation of talented players and also quick money making process in online gaming.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Launches Construction of Jewish Culture Museum, Part of…

Rabat – The King launched the construction of a new Jewish cultural museum and reviewed renovation work performed at the Al Batha museum, a project with a budget of MAD 15.6 million. The museum of Jewish culture, to be located in Fez Jdid district, has been allocated MAD 10 million and like the Al Batha museum, it is part of a larger development project called “Medina of Fez 2018-2023.”On May 14, 2018, King Mohammed VI led senior government officials to an agreement establishing the monarch’s vision to renovate and restore Morocco’s walled cities or medinas. In July 2018, President of the National Foundation of Moroccan Museums (FNM) Mehdi Qotbi announced that discussions were underway to determine the parameters of the project.For Qotbi, Fez represents “the memory of the country.” The investment of MAD 583 million in 32 projects is meant to support its history, heritage, and traditional arts. These include historical sites, mosques and Quranic schools, public spaces and facilities, as well as areas designated for handicrafts.Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Anton DelgadoThe King also visited Hammam Seffarine, which was renovated by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs with a budget of MAD 9.6 million, as well as Foundouk Staouniyine, which the Moroccan government and the US partnered to renovate at a cost of MAD 50 million.The restoration of the Foundouk includes a new center for innovation and sharing of ideas on weaving crafts.Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Anton DelgadoRead Also: Jewish Community Appoints First Chief Rabbi in Morocco in 100 YearsThe King also inspected the Lalla Yeddouna handicraft complex, supported by MAD 333 million in funding, which includes the renovation of 11 traditional buildings, the construction of seven new ones, and the development of the Oued El Jwahir River (Oued Fez).Lalla Yeddouna square. Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Anton DelgadoThe King reviewed the Lalla Yeddouna Heritage and Information Center of Fez which cost MAD 500,000.The Center seeks to raise public awareness about the importance and value of the heritage of the Medina of Fez.These development projects also include new parking lots, renovating public areas and creating information outlets–all which are in progress. In addition to Fez, the nation-wide development project to preserve Morocco’s heritage also includes work in Rabat, Sale, Meknes, Tetouan, Marrakech, and Essaouira.In October 2018, Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit announced an MAD 2.35 billion budget for these renovation programs.The Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development will contribute approximately 40 percent of the budget.The projects are in line with King Mohammed VI’s instructions to preserve the national heritage.Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ Anton Delgado read more

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UN environmental agency awards biologist for reducing humananimal conflict

22 November 2011A British biologist today received a United Nations award for her work using the diminutive bee to thwart the world’s largest land animal, the elephant, from crop-raiding in Kenya. A British biologist today received a United Nations award for her work using the diminutive bee to thwart the world’s largest land animal, the elephant, from crop-raiding in Kenya.At a ceremony at a UN wildlife conference in Bergen, Norway, Lucy E. King was honoured with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals of the UNEP (UNEP/CMS) Thesis Award for her work on reducing conflict between humans and elephants. Building on the fact that African Savannah elephants tend to be frightened by the sting of the honey bee, Dr. King’s research led to the development of a beehive fence to prevent migrating elephants from entering agricultural areas. “Dr. King’s work spotlights an intelligent solution to an age-old challenge while providing further confirmation of the importance of bees to people and a really clever way of conserving the world’s largest land animal for current and future generations,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.Dr. King’s experiments revealed that elephants would regularly flee from the digital playback of bee sounds and, in doing so, transmit a unique low-frequency rumble warning other elephants in the area to retreat. Based on these behavioural patterns, she devised a fence featuring one beehive every 10 metres, dissuading elephants from accessing the enclosed area. Noting that investments in biodiversity and ecosystems were “a key strand” of UNEP’s Green Economy work ahead of next year’s conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20), Dr. Steiner added that Dr. King’s work was an important development for the future of environmental sustainability. “Her research underlines how working with, rather than against, nature can provide humanity with many of the solutions to the challenges countries and communities face,” he added. Following a two-year pilot project in Kenya, the beehive fence was successfully adopted by farming communities in three different districts and by three separate tribes. Ninety different raids, or attempted raids, by elephants were monitored during which only six incidents of elephants crossing the fences were recorded.“By reducing conflicts between people and elephants, Dr. Lucy King has designed a constructive solution that considers the needs of migratory animals but also the economic benefits to the local communities linked to species conservation,” said CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema. In addition to the beehive fence’s preventative benefits, beekeeping was recently listed as an equal income generator for Kenyan farmers, with beekeeping recognized as the third most time-consuming activity after farm work and charcoal making in 2010. The project is now being replicated in Tanzania and Uganda. read more

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Former DIG Nalaka de Silva granted bail

Former Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was granted bail today.Nalaka de Silva has been in remand over an alleged plot to kill the President. The Criminal Investigations Department had told court earlier this year that there was evidence to prove Nalaka de Silva was linked to the alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

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Asia and Pacific economies grow nearly 6 per cent in 20022003 UN

China’s economy, with its gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by just under a quarter between 2001 and 2003, plays a leading role as group growth is increasingly driven by intra-regional trade and domestic demand, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says.China is now the fourth-largest trading nation in the world and helps to stimulate output growth across a broad regional front. “From a regional perspective, growth was broad-based, with all sub-regions but one experiencing higher growth, and was not affected significantly by the war in Iraq and the SARS crisis,” ESCAP says in a 16-page summary of the report, “The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2004. Growth in ESCAP developing countries shows not only an impressive turnaround after the global 2001 slowdown, but also indicates that the process is becoming less dependent on global economic trends. India, the largest economy in South and southwest Asia, improved its GDP growth rate in 2003 to 7.5 percentage points, more than 3 per cent over the 2002 rate of 4.3 in 2002. The rate is projected to ease in 2004 to a still respectable 6 per cent. On the other hand, several of the Pacific island economies have been running fiscal deficits and are dependent on aid. “The existence of inefficient state-owned firms and poor governance aggravates the fiscal problem significantly, while the shortage of public resources has meant chronic underinvestment in physical infrastructure, especially communications, a critical necessity given the physical remoteness and vulnerability to natural disasters of the island economies,” ESCAP says. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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UNESCO names Turkish musician Kudsi Ergüner as agencys Artist for Peace

The United Nations cultural agency, has appointed musician Kudsi Ergüner, as an Artist for Peace in recognition of his efforts to promote the universal values of music, his contribution to the protection of musical heritage support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), and his unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization.Paying tribute to Mr. Ergüner, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said: “Your life and work have been guided by a profound passion to bring the past to life, to share the wisdom and beauty of traditions, to pass their messages of peace and dialogue to current and future generations, to share the depth of Mevlevi Sufi music, building on Persian and Turkish traditions, mixing this with poetry, literature and living arts across the region.”The appointment ceremony was held yesterday at the Congress Center in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, following the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee.“I’m an artist but also a man of action and I hope to share my actions in the framework of UNESCO alongside other Artists for Peace,” said Mr. Ergüner.Born in Turkey in 1952, Mr. Ergüner is a musician, player of the ney (reed flute), composer, musicologist, teacher, author and translator. Trained by his father, Ulvi Ergüner, the last great master of the flute, he has given concerts all over the world and has collaborated with artists, such as Peter Gabriel, Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook and Didier Lockwood.UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence and prestige to promote the agency’s programs. UNESCO is working with them to increase public awareness regarding key development issues and the role of the Organization in these areas. read more

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Peyton Manning Had The Worst Season Of Any Super Bowl Quarterback Ever

With a few notable exceptions, one being Brother Eli on the 2007 Giants, even the dumpier quarterbacks who get to the Super Bowl tend to play at about a league-average level. But Manning has blazed a new trail for ineffective passers with eyes on the Super Bowl, so long as they play in front of a superlative defense and cobble together a few decent playoff starts. There’s a reason the 2015 Broncos’ most similar team was the 2009 New York Jets.Funny thing, however: Manning playing poorly doesn’t seem to matter very much for Denver’s chances of winning the game. Based on regular-season value over average, Cam Newton and the Panthers have a huge advantage in the passing game over the Broncos — the sixth-biggest in any Super Bowl since the merger, in fact2The biggest passing mismatch was the aforementioned 2007 Eli against the record-setting Tom Brady. — but that hasn’t mattered much in past Super Bowls. Whether you look at total or per-attempt measures of value, there’s essentially zero correlation between the disparity in regular-season QB performance for the Super Bowl opponents and the eventual point margin of the game itself. This makes sense, as the equilibrium of a successful team will account for poor play from any given position (even QB) if the rest of the team is strong enough. And given the importance of quarterbacks to modern NFL play, the Broncos’ compensation for Manning’s play is just about the most impressive thing we’ve seen out of a unit leading up to a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, The Sheriff, is back in the Super Bowl saddle. Good for him; we’ve written many paeans to Manning over the years, for the simple reason that he’s the greatest statistical quarterback of all time. But let’s face it: 2015 was also far — faaaaaar — from Manning’s best season, and in the context of a Super Bowl appearance, Manning’s standard of play pales even in comparison to “game managers” like Trent Dilfer. In a lot of ways, Peyton’s 2015 was worst regular-season performance ever by a QB who would eventually start the Super Bowl.During the regular season, Denver had the NFL’s eighth-worst passing offense according to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average, with a mark one full standard deviation worse than average. That’s really bad by Super Bowl standards: If we index the Broncos’ DVOA relative to the league, the only post-merger Super Bowl team to throw the ball less effectively were the Vince Ferragamo-led 1979 Los Angeles Rams.Now, Manning was injured during the regular season and missed six games, so you might think others share in the blame over the Broncos’ lousy aerial attack. But you can’t pin this on Brock Osweiler — he was mediocre in Manning’s stead, not outright horrible. Manning, on the other hand, was the league’s worst QB (on a per-drop-back basis) according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), and its second-worst according to DVOA. He ranked among the bottom 15 percent of NFL passers in not just conventional categories such as touchdown and interception rate, but also fancier numbers like the percentage of his throws that were on-target.1In the estimation of ESPN’s Stats & Information group. Plain and simple, he stank.Let’s compare Manning’s overall season to those of other Super Bowl starting QBs over the years. If we judge by ANY/A compared to the league average from the season in question, Manning’s 2015 ranks second-worst, again ahead of only Ferragamo’s catastrophic 1979 numbers. And Ferragamo’s damage was at least limited: He started only five of the Rams’ 16 games, and played in an age when teams passed less, so a poor QB wasn’t as harmful to his team’s chances as today. (Not that it mattered for Ferragamo; his Rams lost the Super Bowl to the Steelers 31-19.)Manning, by contrast, plays in a pass-crazed era and threw the ball about as often per game as his peers, despite his horrible passing efficiency rates. The result, according to Football Perspective founder Chase Stuart’s method of judging QB value versus league average (which considers both passing and rushing value) was by far the worst regular season by a Super Bowl starter since the merger. read more

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Baltic Handball League F4 in Estonian Polva on April 1617

Baltic Handball League The 2015/16 BHL season is on a finishing straight – only four best teams remain in the competition, which means in three weeks time we will have the Final Four. BHL management together with clubs has decided, the final tournament will take place in the lovely Southern Estonian city of Põlva, on 16th and 17th April.Põlva is an experienced organizer, having last hosted the Final Four in 2014. Back then SKA Minsk defeated the host Serviti in the final, while Cocks Riihimäki beat HC Meshkov Brest in the bronze-medal match. This time the top three from two years ago return to Mesikäpa Hall with Meshkov replaced by Lithuanian side Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas.The schedule for the Final Four is:Saturday, 16th AprilSemi-finals17:00           SKA Minsk – Serviti Põlva19:15           Cocks Riihimäki – Granitas-Gaja-Karys KaunasSunday, 17th April12:00           3rd place match14:15           FinalAll matches will be broadcasted live on www.baltichandball.net and on sport.postimees.ee. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Markooović for sensation in Mannheim Next Story → ROAD TO EHF CUP FINAL4: Granollers VS Silkeborg, German clash for Nantes read more

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8th Goalkeepers summer in Omis – Croatia

Besides professional coaching and improvement in goalkeeping skills, the camp participants have the opportunity to create lifelong friendships, which is very often the case, as we found out from the organizer. On top of this whole amazing experience comes the beauty of the Adriatic Sea and Croatian coast which you don’t want to miss! Goalkeepers Camp The International Handball Goalkeeper’s Camp is designed for female and male goalkeepers born between 2006 – 1993.The camp has grown into one of the most recognizable brands as the world biggest and best camp for handball goalkeepers, with rich tradition, great quality, the team of world best coaches and world best goalkeepers as demonstrators. If you would like to be part of this unique handball goalkeeping fairy tale, you have to hurry up to their website www.handballgoalkeeper.com and fill up the application form! The camp has the purpose to improve participant’s performance in all aspects of goalkeeper game!That is why, next to the world best goalkeeper coaches, a physical coach and a mental coach, at the camp there are always present some of the world best goalkeepers who are helping the participants with their progress.Just to name some of the goalkeeper’s demonstrators, during previous 7 years at the camp, some of them were: Thiery Omeyer, Kasper Hvidt, Roland Mikler, Mirko Alilovic, Danijel Saric, Borko Ristovski and many, many others! “It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 8th edition of the International Handball Goalkeeper’s Camp which will be held from 22 – 28.06.2018. in Croatia! We still have some available spots at our camp after we had to increase the camp capacity due to extremely high interest!”, says Mario Caljkusic, the main organizer of this unique project for goalkeepers. ← Previous Story HP WWCh 2017 prediction: Norway and Russia for the glory! Next Story → WWCh 2017: Time-out button is new handball inovation The International Handball Goalkeeper’s Camp will be held in Omis – a small, beautiful oasis, about 20 kilometers away from Split.The location, facilities, conditions and environment in Omis offer a top-notch impression, so it is not surprising that the same organizer has two more equally unique and big handball projects in the same location in co-operation with his business partners. Those two other projects are: Barcelona Handball Camp and Masters Handball World Cup. read more

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Neil Youngs Green Car May Have Sparked Warehouse Fire

first_imgA hybrid owned by rock legend Neil Young is being blamed for a San Francisco warehouse fire. The November 9th fire, which wiped out paintings, instruments, and vintage cars owned by the singer, is being blamed on a battery powered 1959 Lincoln Continental. The LincVolt served as the inspiration for last year’s Fork in the Road.Young places the blame for the blame squarely on human error, not on the battery-powered vehicle. “The car was plugged in to charge and left unattended,” Young told the press. “The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended. A mistake was made. It was not the fault of the car.”While firefighters were able to safe most of the goods stored in the space, the damage from the fire totaled around $1 million. According to The Guardian, Young plans to build a similar vehicle with parts from a 1958 model that he received as a gift from him wife on his 65th birthday. “Barn’s burnt down,” Young cited a quote from Mizuta Masahide, a Japanese poet. “Now I can see the moon.”His mission of exposing the dangers of fossil fuels remains unchanged.last_img read more

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Xylobands turn Coldplay concert into incredible light show

first_imgColdplay concerts-goers usually expect a light show to go along with their music. But the pop/rock band is on to something new lately, turning its audience members into an interactive LED light show.The technology is called Xyloband, and it has been most notably featured in Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown” music video and at the band’s concerts. These wristbands are embedded with LEDs that are controlled via a radio transmission. Jason Regler, co-owner of RB Concepts, confessed he came up with the idea—ironically enough—while at a Coldplay concert after hearing the line “lights will guide you home” from the song “Fix You.”The wristbands are controlled from single laptop that’s loaded with Xyloband’s proprietary software, which the RB Concepts company provides with each order. The laptop is then connected through a cable to a transmitter and antenna, which can broadcast a signal to control the wristbands up to 328 yards away. Each wristband has a receiver, which allows data to be sent from the laptop to the wristbands, telling them how and when to flash.Currently, the wristbands can only be switched on during events using the transmitters, combined with RB Concept’s software. Regler, in an interview, told a story about how one woman who lived near the “Charlie Brown” music video shoot was surprised to find her wristband from a previous Coldplay concert flashing again. Regler believes that if the Xylobands could be activated at home, users would control them during the event—thus ruining the community experience of flashing as one light.For now geeks can try and replicate the transmission to activate the Xylobands, but according to Regler they might have a bit of trouble cracking the code.via Mashablelast_img read more

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Super priority

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of The Beatles, John Lennon, reckoned that life was what happened when we’re busy making other plans. But sometimes, it’s living that puts major plans on the backburner. Take retirement saving. Most people understand that they’ll need to replace around 70 per cent of their average earnings in retirement. An average couple needs in the order of $1 million to live comfortably for more than twenty years of not working. Given the size of this goal, you’d expect a certain focus on retirement savings among working people. But in a survey we did at Yellow Brick Road during June, we found that saving for retirement ranked 12th in priorities out of 16 financial issues. The most important issue for our sample of 25-49 year olds was general cost of living, followed (in order) by utility bills, mortgage repayments, credit cards and the cost of raising children. Other issues greater than saving for retirement were medical bills, saving for a holiday, personal loans, rent/board, vehicle finance, insurance costs and paying for renovations. Retirement ranked higher than saving for a wedding. So, retirement saving isn’t really ignored, it’s just that ‘life’ gets in the way. However, most Australians can help their retirement planning without having to find extra money. If you’re employed, your employer must put aside 9.25 per cent of your wages into a superannuation fund. So you’re already saving. But it’s what you do with this superannuation that makes the difference. Start by focusing. Tell yourself: “It’s my money.” Secondly, ensure your fund is not charging too much in fees. You shouldn’t pay more than 1 per cent per annum to have your savings managed (yet many do). The difference between 1 per cent and 2 per cent of a $100,000 nest egg is $1000. This is money you should keep in your own savings where it can compound. Thirdly, avoid trading-off potential returns in order to have ‘risk free’ savings. The difference between a ‘conservative’ option in a super fund and a ‘growth’ option can be the difference between earning 4 per cent and 9 per cent. On a $100,000 nest egg, that’s a difference of $5000 each year. Young people especially should not be too conservative in their investment choices. At the same time, avoid chasing the fund with last year’s hottest performance. You’ll find the best performing funds by looking at how they measure over a three- or five-year period. Finally, save money with lower pricing on life insurances through your super fund. If you can save $500 a year in life insurance premiums, that’s more money in your retirement savings. As with all important investments, there are no magic solutions with superannuation. The point I make is that your goals come closer to reality when you start to focus and to pay attention. Not everyone can throw more money into their super when life is getting in the way. But anyone can take an interest, compare funds and make good decisions. Good luck. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

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Caribbean Recording Stars Beenie Man D Mac at Turks and Caicos Fish

first_img Teen TCI Pageant this weekend; events start at Fish Fry Providenciales, 20 Mar 2015 – Island Fish Fry likely saw its most diverse cultural display last night with many dignitaries and high profile figures in the crowd supporting; including the Premier and Opposition Leader. A near 20 person delegation from the Bahamas showed up to promote the upcoming Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; we had a chat with Nikia Deveaux of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism who said reaction on their international promotional circuit has been excellent. “Well people are very excited, you know Junkanoo is very popular and now to find there is another time of year people can come and experience that, people are very excited.”Sharelle Carroll of the Bahamas National Festival Commission was thrilled to be in the Turks and Caicos, adding that the two countries are like family and it just makes sense to bring the invite.“We want you to tell your friends, you know, make it a family event where you can come to The Bahamas and just experience a beautiful taste of what we have to offer. And then when you’re having your events we will come on back to Turks and Caicos ; it’s a beautiful place to be, we’re just excited to be here, the hospitality is amazing.”D-Mac put on a good show, leaving the crowd demanding more… there were ticket giveaways for the Junkanoo Carnival with on stage contests led by the Mighty Pencil, Terrible T and the TCIs own, Micky. There were also ticket giveaways for this guy. “Well you know, I always feel the love when I come to Turks and Caicos you know.”Beenie Man showed up but very late at the Island Fish Fry, hunting down some island food and giving us a one on one where he promised to deliver a fantastic show tonight. “I just want all the fans and well-wishers to turn out and just know Beenie Man is here for them… in music you have to stay relevant, cause if you’re not relevant – you is, irrelevant.” Small World learning center is the venue, tickets are available at NCS MoneyGram, Delicious Dishes and the Dolphin Restaurant. Go to Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook or Dee242649 on Instagram for the photo highlights of both groups. Beenie Man showed up but very late at the Island Fish Fry, hunting down some island food and giving us a one on one where he promised to deliver a fantastic show tonight. “I just want all the fans and well-wishers to turn out and just know Beenie Man is here for them… in music you have to stay relevant, cause if you’re not relevant – you is, irrelevant.” Island Fish Fry earns Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor© Related Items:bahamas junkanoo carnival, beenie man, Fish fry Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos represents at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Kings Place Arts and Music Centre increases pay and paid sick leave

first_imgLive music venue Kings Place Arts and Music Centre has agreed to increase the minimum hourly rate of pay for staff as part of a three-year plan, as well as improving annual paid sick leave entitlement.The organisation has agreed to the three-year staged pay rise plan with trade union Bectu. This will include a rise in the minimum hourly pay rate to £9.65 an hour for 2018-2019, an increase to £10.10 an hour for 2019-2020 and a further pay rise to £10.55 for 2020-2021.In addition, current pay rates for employees and casual staff will increase by 2% and be backdated to 1 April 2018.Kings Place Arts and Music Centre has also increased the annual paid sick leave entitlement for permanent employees. This will rise from 10 days in a 12-month period to four weeks over a 12-month period. Paid sick leave for casual staff is also going to be introduced based on an allowance equivalent to four weeks’ pay.Kings Place Arts and Music Centre entered into a voluntary recognition agreement with Bectu in April 2014.Helen Ryan, assistant national secretary at Bectu, said: “Our members are very determined to secure at least the London living wage at the venue. Our agreement doesn’t prevent the branch from submitting a pay claim for 2019-2020.“The union is also continuing discussions on an agreement regarding breaks and going forward we want to ensure that there is equal access to training opportunities for both staff and casuals.”Kings Place Arts and Music Centre was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

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Paytm launches its ATM outlets all you need to know

first_imgPaytm Payments Bank service goes live in India; all you need to knowPaytm via Twitter (screen-shot)India’s largest online wallet, Paytm on Tuesday unveiled ATMs, which allow customers to open bank accounts, deposit cash and withdraw money.Over the next three years, the company plans to pump in Rs 3,000 crore to expand these offline-distribution networks, reported news portal Moneycontrol.The idea behind coming up with this strategy is to allow local stores to act as potential cash-in and cash-out points.The Softbank-backed firm plans to add 100,000 ATMs “Paytm ka ATMs” all over India, of which 3,000 outlets were already approved by the regulator.In the first phase, the firm has started with 3,000 ATM points in cities like Delhi-NCR, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Aligarh, reported the news portal.”The Paytm Ka ATM banking outlets is our step towards ensuring every Indian has access to banking facilities. This will enable our customers to visit their trusted neighbourhood outlet to open their bank account, deposit and withdraw cash, in addition to getting their Aadhaar linked,” said Renu Satti, managing director and chief executive officer, Paytm Payments Bank.Last month, the company opened its payments bank services. To make the proposition lucrative, Paytm Payments Bank offers zero charges on all online transactions and no minimum balance is required for holding an account.Earlier in November, Paytm, integrated central government’s mobile payment interface BHIM UPI on its platform with an aim to double its monthly user base.The company aims to operate the same way in the offline space. The firm opened ATM outlets so as to help customers withdraw money from their Paytm Payments Bank account and making banking simpler and accessible for everyone.”We believe this hyper-local model of banking will play a crucial role in enabling hundreds of millions of under-served and un-served customers to gain access to quality banking services,” said Renu.Post Centre’s note ban exercise in November 8, last year, Paytm’s user base jumped from 140 million in October of 2016 to 270 million in November 2017. Currently, the company’s valuation stands at Rs 45,500 crore ($7 billion), which is almost double than what it was before the previous fund-raise.The company believe that these ATM outlets are expected to be playing a key role in bringing banking access to smaller cities and towns by offering customers easy access point near them.last_img read more

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Galveston PD Pulls Some Ford Explorers From Fleet Amid Carbon Monoxide Concerns

first_imgCode 4Ford ExplorerThis comes after the Austin Police Department took over four hundred of its Explorers off the road. Officials said more than 20 Austin officers were exposed to carbon monoxide.Media outlets are now reporting the Galveston Police Department removed 27 Explorers as a precautionary measure until they can be checked.A spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department recently said they haven’t gotten reports of any problems with their Explorers. They have a little over 400 in service.In a statement last month, Ford said it has discovered holes and unsealed spaces in the back of some Police Interceptors that had equipment installed after leaving Ford’s factory. Sharelast_img read more

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Temporary OK For Travel Ban Puts Focus on Wednesday Hearing

first_imgTwitter User @loudandclearradioThe U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing President Donald Trump’s third travel ban to take effect — at least for now — has intensified the attention on a legal showdown Wednesday afternoon before three judges in Seattle who have previously been cool to the administration’s efforts.Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Ronald Gould, Richard Paez and Michael Hawkins are scheduled to hear arguments in Hawaii’s challenge to the ban, which restricts travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries and has been reviled by critics as discriminatory.The same panel unanimously ruled against Trump’s second travel ban, saying the president had not made a showing that allowing travelers from the listed nations would harm American interests.While courts in Hawaii and Maryland had partially blocked the third ban, the Supreme Court on Monday stepped in and lifted those orders pending the outcome of legal challenges in the 9th as well as the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit, which is scheduled to hear arguments Friday. The justices urged those courts to rule swiftly, but offered no rationale for letting the full ban take effect in the meantime.Many legal experts saw it as sign of the high court’s thinking, one that’s likely to color the arguments this week.“We agree a speedy resolution is needed for the sake of our universities, our businesses and most of all, for people marginalized by this unlawful order,” Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin said afterward. “We look forward to the arguments this Wednesday on the merits before the Ninth Circuit.”Citing national security concerns, President Donald Trump announced his initial travel ban on citizens of certain Muslim-majority nations in late January, bringing havoc and protests to airports around the country. A federal judge in Seattle soon blocked it, and since then, courts have wrestled with the restrictions anew as the administration has rewritten them.The latest version, announced in September, targets about 150 million potential travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, though it allows for some admissions on a case-by-case basis. It also blocks travel by North Koreans along with some Venezuelan government officials and their families, although those parts of the restrictions are not at issue.The administration said the latest ban is based on assessments of each country’s security situation and their willingness to share information about travelers. But judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked it to varying degrees just before it was due to take effect in October. The judges found that the ban appears impermissibly discriminatory, has no legitimate national security purpose and violates U.S. immigration law.The lower court rulings “threaten the ability of this and future Presidents to address national-security threats and advance foreign policy interests,” the Justice Department wrote in its 9th Circuit appeal. Further, the government says, courts don’t have the authority to review the president’s decision to exclude foreigners abroad unless Congress authorizes them to, and Congress has provided no such authorization.Critics of Trump’s travel restrictions insist that they make up the Muslim ban he promised during his campaign, and judges have seized on the president’s public statements on Twitter and elsewhere in finding them unconstitutionally discriminatory.This week’s arguments arrive as Trump continues to stoke those anti-Islam sentiments: Just last week, he drew a sharp condemnation from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office when he retweeted a string of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group purporting to show violence being committed by Muslims.Despite the Supreme Court’s action Monday, Matt Adams, the legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights project, which has also fought Trump’s travel restrictions in court, said he’s hopeful it will be struck down.“I’m still optimistic the courts are going to say yes, this is version 3.0, and they might have painted it a little fancier, but it’s still the Muslim ban,” Adams said. Sharelast_img read more

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DR System Offers Simplicity at an Affordable Price

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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 17, 2016 DR System Offers Simplicity at an Affordable Price center_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more 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 more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more The ddRElement digital X-ray system, by Swissray, is designed to be extremely affordable. The multifunctional DR system delivers superb image quality utilizing the latest state-of-the-art workflow software. Utilizing Swissray’s amorphous silicon flat panel 17-by-17 inch detector and a cesium iodide scintillator, it produces crisp images at very low dose.Also, it features the eXpert/SwissVision software, which simplifies and organizes every aspect of the radiographic procedure and provides optimized workflow.For more information: www.swissray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more

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HIMSS Survey Reveals Challenges Ahead for Advancing Health IT Outside Hospital Environment

first_img Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 21, 2017 HIMSS Survey Reveals Challenges Ahead for Advancing Health IT Outside Hospital Environment New HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey notes health IT continues as bright spot in the economy even as EHR adoption matures News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more February 21, 2017 — A new study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), unveiled at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, reinforces the positive impact health information technology (IT) has on the U.S. economy while signaling challenges ahead for the expansion of health IT’s footprint. Weaving together two historically seminal HIMSS research efforts (the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey and the biennial HIMSS Workforce Study), the new HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey report details the health IT priorities of key stakeholder groups and their linkages to various strategic initiatives (e.g. employment of select IT leaders) and economic measures (e.g. workforce projections). In an era of maturing electronic health record (EHR) adoption, the study finds health IT leaders continue to report positive market growth metrics. Yet, health IT staffing structures and experiences in provider sites outside the hospital, coupled with their unique clinical IT priorities, point to a need to address the challenges faced by these types of providers in order to propel the sector’s growth.“Health IT continues to be a bright spot in the U.S. economy,” said Lorren Pettit, vice president, health information systems and research for HIMSS. “Health IT workers continue to see strong demand for their skills, as employers across the provider and vendor/consultant spectrum embrace various health IT strategic initiatives. But the specific hurdles faced by some sectors suggest that the health IT field will need to creatively address its expansion outside the hospital walls.” Key findings include: Demand for health IT talent leaves employers struggling. The majority of health IT employers (61 percent of vendors/consultants and 43 percent of providers) have positions they are looking to fill. The findings suggest the demand for health IT workers is strong, as evidenced by the fact that only 32 percent of vendors / consultant organizations, and 38 percent of provider organizations, claim they are fully staffed;The majority of health IT employers grew or at least maintained the size of their IT workforce over the past year. Sixty-one percent of vendors/consultants and 42 percent of providers reported IT staffing increases, and the majority of respondents across both groups expect to further increase or hold steady over the next year;IT budgets continue to rise. Although projections are not uniform between the two groups, the majority of providers (56 percent) and vendors/consultants (87 percent) project increases in their IT budgets this year;A significant disconnect exists between providers and vendors/consultants on certain select clinical IT priorities – notably electronic health records (EHRs). Vendors/consultants seem to be “moving on” to other issues, whereas providers appear to be wrestling with how to best leverage their existing EHR investments; andHowever, the stakeholder groups are generally aligned on the biggest priorities facing those leveraging clinical IT, including privacy/security, care coordination, culture of care and population health. The 2017 Leadership and Workforce Survey reflects the responses of 368 U.S. health IT leaders between late November 2016 and early January 2017.Download the complete report.For more information: www.himssconference.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img 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 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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