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first_imgMumbai: National award-winning actor Kalki Koechlin, who is playing a pivotal role in ‘Sacred Games 2’, says that though she is quite politically aware as an individual, global politics was not a dinner table discussion at home in her childhood. Despite coming from a French family and brought up in India, global politics was not a topic of conversation at home for Kalki. “I haven’t grown up in an environment where politics was a topic of discussion but, yes, we all watch the news on TV and read newspapers that make us aware, and as growing-up kids, influence all of us. The show, which is directed by Neeraj Ghawyan and Anurag Kashyap, also features Nawazuddin, Pankaj in pivotal roles.last_img read more

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation Awards Luncheon Raises Over 2 Million

first_imgOn Thursday, October 27 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon to celebrate the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s announcement of $57 million in grants awarded to more than 250 breast cancer investigators around the world.The event raised more than $2 million with 900 guests in attendance to support breast cancer research.With opening remarks by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the awards luncheon honored two dedicated individuals for their unwavering devotion to eradicate breast cancer. Deborah Krulewitch, senior vice president of Corporate Administration at The Estée Lauder Companies, was presented with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her vital role in stewarding BCRF since its founding; Charles Perou, PhD, BCRF grantee, was presented with the Jill Rose Award for his outstanding research and seminal work in breast tumor profiling, which has revolutionized personalized medicine.In addition to Bloomberg, notable attendees included Good Morning America host Amy Robach, author and former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden, BCRF honorary co-chair Leonard Lauder, executive chairman of Estée Lauder and BCRF co-chair William Lauder, BCRF co-chair Kinga Lampert, television chef Sandra Lee, fashion critic Nina Garcia, style expert Gretta Monahan, model Denise Bidot, model Lais Ribeiro, actress Melissa Joan Hart, actresses Lea DeLaria and Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black, actress Krysta Rodriguez, and TV personality Aviva Drescher.The event began with this year’s symposium – “Breast Cancer: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” – and was moderated by Larry Norton, MD, BCRF scientific director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Judy Garber, MD, MPH, BCRF scientific advisory board chairman, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The discussion featured esteemed panelists Charles Perou, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Silvia Formenti, MD from Weill Cornell Medical College.Event co-chairs include Roberta M. Amon, Anne H. Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsy S. Green, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Aerin Lauder, Sandra Lee, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub and Simone Winston.Underwriters for the luncheon include ANN INC., Jody and John Arnhold, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Deborah and Peter Krulewitch, Kinga Lampert, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Lifetime, Lilly Oncology, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and Winston Flowers.last_img read more

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In battle against drugs Europe must help Latin America find alternative crops

“Reducing drug supply must go hand in hand with promoting development and job-creation,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement ahead of this week’s Summit of Heads of State and Government of the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean in Vienna.Noting that many Europeans were worried about importing problems from the outside such as drugs, illegal immigration, human trafficking and dirty money, he added: “I believe the response should be for Europe to export security by helping regions plagued by instability, violence and injustice to tackle their problems at source. What happens in the Andes can become Europe’s problem, if not today then tomorrow.”Mr. Costa said he hoped the summit participants would agree practical measures to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking, corruption and organized crime. “The threat posed by drugs can be lowered by reducing supply, demand and trafficking,” he noted.“EU leaders should drive home the message to their people that there is a direct link between drug consumption in Europe and serious crime in the drug-producing countries of Latin America. When you buy a line of cocaine, you are putting money into the pockets of Latin American criminals.”Corruption is an impediment to good governance, democracy and economic development in many Latin American and Caribbean countries, which must demonstrate convincingly that they are “serious about uprooting corruption – a job which no outsider can do for them,” Mr. Costa said. “But the EU can help by providing resources, know-how and assistance.” read more

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Holeinone propels Steve Stricker to 2day lead in Memorial Tournament

Two days into the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, veteran PGA Tour golfer Steve Stricker finds himself atop the leaderboard at 9-under-par. “Obviously, I’m happy to be where I’m at,” Stricker said, “but you’ve just got to keep doing the same things I’ve been doing and try to do the same things, play to my strengths.” Stricker, who started on the back nine, capped off his round with a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, and a birdie on the ninth to propel him three shots ahead of his closest competition. “I made the turn 1-over for the round and shot 30 on the second nine,” Stricker said, “so things got going in the right direction.” Four players find themselves three shots off the lead heading into the weekend. One of those four, Rory McIlroy, shot an even-par 72 Friday. McIlroy did not improve on his first-round 66, but is still in contention. “I felt as if I played good enough to shoot something in the 60s, but I just made too many mistakes out there,” McIlroy said. “I made two bogeys on the front nine from the middle of the fairway with a 9-iron and a sand wedge in my hand. You just can’t do that sort of stuff.” Ricky Barnes, Rod Pampling and Jonathan Byrd also find themselves at 6-under-par. One group that seemed to have the biggest crowd all day was the Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel and Luke Donald trio. Donald, the No. 1 golfer in the world, finished his Friday round birdie-birdie, putting himself in a position for a late tee time. Donald is now tied for sixth, just four shots off the lead and will be a factor entering the weekend. “I played a lot of solid golf today,” Donald said. “Some careless mistakes out there, mostly short game mistakes. … A lot of positives though, and I’m still in a great place for the weekend.” Mickelson finished his day at 2-under-par, and played a nearly flawless round. Lefty recorded three birdies and one bogey Friday, putting him seven shots away from Stricker. “There’s some good chances out there,” Mickelson said. “If I can get a good round tomorrow, I hopefully will get in the mix for Sunday, which is the goal.” Seventy-three players made the cut for the Memorial’s final two rounds. Some big names missed the cut, including Stuart Appleby, Trevor Immelman, Martin Laird, Steve Marino, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Lucas Glover, Jhonattan Vegas and Justin Rose. Rose, the defending champion, will not be playing over the weekend at the Memorial this year. Rose shot a 3-over 75 Friday to finish 2-over-par for the first two rounds. The cut was 1-over-par. Rose finished the 18th, knew his weekend was over and, without hesitation, handed his putter to a child in the gallery. Play begins at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, and Stricker will tee off with Barnes at 1:40 p.m. read more

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ABMECs fourth Annual Conference looks at key industry issues

first_imgABMEC, the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies, held its fourth Annual Conference at the Warmsworth Hall Hotel near Doncaster on November 14, with 66 delegates in attendance. The main thrust of the conference, with input from 10 distinguished industry-related speakers, was to address the key issues facing the global mining industry, and the minerals and metal markets, which are all becoming increasingly complex and competitive. The line-up included IM Editor, Paul Moore, who gave a detailed analysis on Poland’s coal mining industry entitled ‘Innovation with Tradition’, based on experience gained on recent visits to the operations of KWK Bobrek-Centrum; JSW Zofiowka and PG Silesia; as well as previous visits to LW Bogdanka and the NWR Karbonia project.Other speakers covered important specific aspects of mining: Chris Hinde, Editorial Director of Intierra RMG, gave an overview of the current state of the minerals and metals markets around the world, the likely pattern of future world demand, and where we can expect future growth potential. He predicted a continued and growing demand for all major minerals, but particularly for copper, coal and iron ore, though coal prices had suffered in recent months.Chris Torrens, Director of Control Risks, outlined the various risk factors involved in mining development, and discussed the warning signs and some of the strategies to anticipate and deal with them, rather than waiting to be the victim of events and predictable economic factors. This was supported by Jim Keir of UK Export Finance who explained the importance of working with regional export advises to obtain the benefit of advice and support based on well-informed local knowledge.Stuart Bennett of Mining H&S went through the essential procedures for applications to, and the likely funding to be available for new projects from the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS), while Daniel Smith, an Associate of law firm Latham Watkins highlighted the need for expert professional legal guidance in the tricky world of commercial litigation in cases of bribery and corruption, and in potential disputes on matters of negligence and insurance claims. On the practical side, Jim Ford, Principal Inspector H&S, reviewed how, through good mining practice and management, major injuries have seen a rapid decline in recent years, and this was amply illustrated by David Vint, General Manager of ArcelorMittal who related examples of his company’s involvement in a wide variety of worldwide mining activities.Summing up the conference, recently appointed Director General, Jane Isaacs said, “It’s been a tough time for mining equipment companies, but we predict an upturn in the market mid-2014, when our member companies will be prepared to meet demand. ABMEC will be exploring and developing new markets including Vietnam and Mongolia in 2014.”last_img read more

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ROAD TO SWEDEN 2016 Eight matches eight wins for home teams

Qualifications for the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden began on Wednesday when eight matches have been played. There were any kind of uncertainty, on the contrary, the closest gap between two teams has been seen in Montenegro, where home team beat Macedonia 21:14.RESULTSGroup 107.10.15 – Norway vs. Belarus – 35:24 (19:13)08.10.15 – Romania vs. LithuaniaGroup 207.10.15 – Czech Republic vs. Italy – 33:15 (14:5)08.10.15 – Serbia vs. UkraineGroup 307.10.15 – Netherland vs. Bulgaria – 45:24 (24:16)07.10.15 – Spain vs. Austria – 25:15 (13:6)Group 407.10.15 – Croatia vs. Slovenia – 27:19 (14:11)07.10.15 – Montenegro vs. FYR Macedonia – 21:14 (12:8)Group 507.10.15 – Poland vs. Finland – 29:12 (13:8)08.10.15 – Hungary vs. SlovakiaGroup 608.10.15 – Russia vs. Portugal08.10.15 – Denmark vs. TurkeyGroup 707.10.15 – Germany vs. Switzerland – 29:18 (13:10)08.10.15 – France vs. IcelandPHOTO: Croatian Handball Federation Sweden 2016Sweden handballWomen’s EHF EURO 2016 ← Previous Story EHF CL: La Rioja sensational win in Belarus! Next Story → Uwe Gensheimer about PSG: I can’t wait to be there! read more

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Chipper in Glasnevin offering romantic meals for Valentines Day

first_imgThe chipper is offering couples the chance to reserve a table this Friday evening, when they will be: THIS VALENTINE’S DAY could be the perfect time to treat your loved one to a battered sausage.NOT THAT KIND OF BATTERED SAUSAGE YOU FILTHY ARTICLES!We mean an actual battered sausage, from Macari’s restaurant and takeaway in Glasnevin. … putting together our 25 years of experience of friendly service and fresh food.center_img Mama will be preparing some of her best kept Italian recipes, wines will be from our family vineyard from the hills of Rome and music will be provided by Italian legend Toto Cotugno*.Macaris is warning that space is limited though, so if you want to put a bit of spice (burger) into your Valentine’s Day, you better get booking.*Toto Cotugno won the Eurovision in 1990. Hold us now.Well, that’s your Valentine’s Day card sorted>This video perfectly captures the torment of every couple’s first Valentine’s Day>Well, these Winter Olympics competitors have some very unfortunate names>last_img read more

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Aer Lingus passengers will have to pay up to €60 for the

first_img Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images 43,844 Views Monday 26 Feb 2018, 2:18 PM Feb 26th 2018, 11:37 AM Share37 Tweet Email4 https://jrnl.ie/3873045 Source: wereturnit.com/Twitter “Working with a specialist partner in this area is designed to enhance the guest experience … Aer Lingus makes no money from this service, nor is it saving any cost, it is simply a means of increasing the quality of our service,” she said.Some airlines do not provide a lost property service. For example, Ryanair’s policy is that “your baggage is your responsibility” and customers must contact the lost property office at the relevant airport if they’ve left something on board.Dublin Airport charges a handling fee of €6 per returned item with additional postage fees if required.Note: This article was updated to include comment from Aer Lingus.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie We are delighted to announce @aerlingus as our latest #propertypartner We look forward to repatriating #lostproperty worldwide to @aerlingus Guests @DublinAirport #customerservice #smartflies pic.twitter.com/1EjcGA16P8— wereturnit.com (@wereturnit) February 15, 2018 Take me to Fora By Fora Staff Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: ChargesThe cost of using the service starts at €20 for the return of items like wallets, purses, glasses and passports. The return of a phone or bag costs €30 while a tablet device costs €40. Laptops are the most expensive item with a ‘find and return fee’ of €60.However, prices – which do not include VAT – may be higher depending on the weight and dimensions of the lost property.According to Aer Lingus’s website, customers must use the service “if you’ve left some property on board one of our aircraft or in our Aer Lingus lounge in Dublin Airport”.If they’ve left an item at an airport other than Dublin, they must contact the relevant airport authority’s lost property unit instead.In response to a query from Fora, an Aer Lingus spokeswoman said the airline introduced the service “to offer guests a more efficient system of retrieving any lost property items life behind”. Aer Lingus passengers will have to pay up to €60 for the return of lost items The IAG-owned airline is using a third-party firm to provide a ‘find and return’ service. 36 Comments AER LINGUS PASSENGERS will have to pay up to €60 for the return of lost property.Passengers who leave behind items like wallets, phones and laptops on board one of its aircraft, or in the Aer Lingus lounge at Dublin Airport, will now be charged between €20 and €60 for the search and return of the lost item.The service is provided through a third-party outfit called WeReturnIt, a Dublin-based company that also counts low-cost airline Norwegian and car rental firm Europcar as clients.WeReturnIt receives items from its so-called ‘lost property partners’. Lost property is stored for a period of 31 days, after which it may be binned or sold.Customers searching for a lost item complete an online form with flight information and a description of the property. WeReturnIt then checks if the item is in storage, confirms proof of ownership and ships it to its owner. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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10k for 10k Greek businessman sets out to raise 10000 for Childrens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne-based businessman George Passas had an alternative, and philanthropic, idea for thanking clients and friends for their support.Celebrating the upcoming milestone of 10,000 followers on Instagram for his construction company – currently standing at over 9,800 – Mr Passas decided to run the ‘$10k for 10k’ campaign, aiming to raise $10,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.“Supporting children who are battling cancer is something that we feel strongly about, and we hope that our donations will bring researchers closer to creating gentler treatments for children fighting this disease and one day even a cure,” the organiser explains.The end date for the fundraiser is Sunday 30 June, and response thus far has been overwhelming with more than $7,000 donated to date.In a bid to raise awareness and help research efforts on childhood cancer, Mr Passas encourages professionals in his industry, members of the Greek community and the broader public to contribute to the initiative.To support the ‘$10k for 10k’ campaign, visit https://bit.ly/2VGJji9* The Children’s Cancer Foundation was set up in 1992 by parents of children with cancer. The Foundation provides support services for patients’ families, runs initiatives to enhance clinical care, facilitates access to new treatments and funds research.last_img read more

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People Post About Their Dogs a Lot on Social Media and I

first_img Surprise! People love talking about their dogs. Even more shocking, people love posting about their dogs, sharing pictures of their dogs, and overall just love spamming social media with any anecdote about their dog (not that we mind).A new study released by BarkBox last week looked at the way dog owners behaved on social media and found that the act of owning a dog had a significant effect.The study, conducted by Kelton Global, a leading global insights research firm, surveyed 1,006 dog parents over the age of 18. It concluded that dog owners might go through a “withdrawal” when away from their pet, so they increase the amount they talk about their pooch on social media. Dog people talk or post about their dog around six times a week on average, or watch videos or look at photos of dogs in general three times per week.And this statistic might explain a lot about Instagram: around one in ten dog people have a social media account specifically for their pet.Out of all the pictures that may be on their phone, the majority (around 20 percent) are of their dog.Technology has allowed us to access some parts of our lives easier and more frequently, so it could be a way to fill the void when your dog isn’t around. It’s also a way to connect with your dog when you might be in another location since a number of survey participants admitted to having a webcam conversation with their dogs, and over 30 percent said they had a webcam set up so they can watch their dogs.Of course, the younger the dog parent, the more likely they’ll use technology to interact. The survey found 24 percent of millennials versus 13 percent of non-millennials had admitted to watching their dog on a webcam.In conclusion, people love their dogs. You don’t need a study to tell you that.This is part two of the survey. Part one, released late last year, found that 93 percent of participants said their lives were made better because of their dog.The study was funded by BarkBox, which makes a living off people who love the hell out of their dogs, so this isn’t exactly a scientific study. What it is though is a confirmation that people will do anything for their pups, and that when your Facebook feed is getting overrun with doggie pics, you can’t really do anything about it. It’s about love. Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Marcus Rashford on the Manchester Derby

first_imgIn an exclusive blog for the Manchester United website, Rashford shares his memories and experience of playing in the Manchester derby.Manchester United visit the Etihad on Sunday for a mouthwatering derby, and Jose Mourinho’s team will go into the game high on confidence after their 2-1 victory away at Juventus on Wednesday.Ahead of the game, Rashford wrote on the United website, sharing what the derby means to him.“I just love playing in the derby. There is a different feel around the city, and the way my friends speak leading up to the game is always different to other games.” Rashford said.“My family are the same. When it’s derby day, my brother just doesn’t speak! He is just tuned into the game and everyone just keeps themselves to themselves.“Derby day has always been a massive day in my family. There was always a get-together of sorts at my house when I was younger, including the one City fan in my family – my uncle.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“So it’s always all of us against him! [Laughs] Going to the derby games means you get the full experience and the full day out.“When you watch it on TV, it’s completely different to when you watch it at the ground. The atmosphere and the feeling is second to none when you’re there, but I still have great memories of watching on TV with my family.“The rivalry has always been huge between the two teams, I remember that from coming up through the ranks at United. I think I played in my first derby at nine years old and it felt different, it was special.“When I first joined the club, we had players from all over the country playing for United, there was a group of about 30 or 35 of us and, even though some weren’t from Manchester when they played in that game, it just had a different feel to it. It’s something that the Academy players here are well prepared for so you’re always ready when you step into that environment.“I’ll never forget Wazza’s overhead-kick [at Old Trafford in 2011]. That was probably one of the most entertaining derbies I have ever watched. For me personally, to score the winner there [at the Etihad in 2016] was the biggest feeling in my career. Obviously, winning trophies is always your aim but I’d say on a personal note that was the biggest feeling I’ve had.”last_img read more

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South Koreas foreigneronly casinos see revenues grow in August

first_img Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casino operators posted improved results in August with both Paradise Co and Grand Korea Leisure (GKL) announcing year-on-year increases this week.Paradise Co, which runs the Paradise City integrated resort in Incheon plus Paradise Walker-hill in Seoul, Jeju Grand and Busan Casino, reported an impressive 36.1% year-on-year increase in casino revenue in August to KRW69.28 billion. Sale of the century Load More The uptick was due to both higher volume and better luck, with table drop rising 24.4% to KRW623.03 billion. Table game revenue for the month was up 39.1% to KRW65.94 billion while slot machine revenue fell 4.3% to KRW3.35 billion.Meanwhile, GKL – a subsidiary of the Korea Tourism Organization that operates two casinos in Seoul and one in Busan under its Seven Luck brand – saw a more modest 4.5% year-on-year increase in casino sales in August to KRW53.01 billion, although the figure represented a significant 28.9% improvement over July numbers.GKL reported a 4.0% increase in table game sales for the month to KRW47.85 billion with EGM sales up 9.3% to KRW5.16 billion.For the first eight months of 2019 combined, Paradise Co has seen a 21.1% increase in casino revenue to KRW494.45 billion while GKL’s casino sales are down 1.9% to KRW320.13 billion.last_img read more

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Financial wellbeing in numbers

first_imgA look at some key statistics around financial wellbeing in the workplace:76% of US respondents provide financial health programmes for employees (Source: Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health) bit.ly/1N6SVnG44% of millennial respondents cite saving for a house as their financial priority (Source: Barnett Waddingham) bit.ly/229SxM066% of respondents who are struggling financially expect to work beyond 65, compared to 28% who are not worried about their finances (Source: Willis Towers Watson) bit.ly/1RCnKpD96% of respondents want to offer staff a holistic financial education programme (Source: Nudge) bit.ly/1QS9iYT39% say their financial struggles prevent them from performing at their best at work (Source: Willis Towers Watson) bit.ly/1qsnEH7last_img read more

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TwoYear Budget Deal Still Elusive After Administration Capitol Hill Negotiations

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senior White House officials met with top congressional leaders Wednesday to resume negotiations toward reaching a comprehensive deal on spending limits but left at a stalemate on overall spending to avoid another government shutdown this fall, Politico reported.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) met with Acting White House Chief of Staff Mitch Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Acting Management and Budget Office Director Ross Voight to discuss a two-year agreement.However, the meeting ended after failing to agree on topline funding allocation, raising new doubts over their ability to avert another fiscal crisis later this year, according to Roll Call.The negotiations stalemate prompted Republicans to turn to a one-year continuing resolution to increase domestic spending and halt steep budget cuts from a potential sequester this fall.“We are taking sequester off the table,” Mnuchin said after the meeting. “We are prepared to do a one-year CR with a one-year debt ceiling. The president has every intention of keeping the government open.”After the meeting, Democrats blamed Republican leaders hesitance to set a limit without approval from President Donald Trump. Republicans countered that they didn’t receive serious offer to reach agreement, and later Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dismissed a one-year deal.“A one-year CR is bad policy, it’s bad politics and it’s a fallback,” he said. “We should be negotiating a bill. We want to do better.”last_img read more

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Scientists Note Temperature Spike In Gulf of Alaska

first_imgScientists say temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska recently spiked over a very short time span. The warmer temperatures are a byproduct of mild winter weather and could have serious consequences for marine life. The latest temperatures come from a monitoring program that has collected data from the Gulf Waters for the past 17 years.Download Audiolast_img

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Kasturi appeals to AjithVijay to direct their fans into social service

first_imgActress Kasturi Shankar has responded to a fight between the fans of Ajith and Vijay on Twitter by asking the two stars to intervene to put an end to the issue. She has urged the fans to use their energy towards positive activities, thus indicating not to waste their time on trending negative topics on Twitter.”I repeat- Thalapathy Vijay Fans and Thala Ajith fans are able to make any hashtag trend nationwide. If they can use that energy & effort for positive activities, whole state will bless you & your favourite star. I appeal to popular icons to direct their fans into social service. [sic]” she wrote on Twitter.A section of fans trolled Kasturi for her comment. Nonetheless, her followers, in large, welcomed her statement. It got over 194 ‘retweets’ and over 1400 ‘likes’ by the time this story went for publishing.Time and again, Vijay and Ajith’s fans have locked horns over trivial issues to project their icon as the biggest star of today on social media sites. In the latest development, the fans of Thala apparently trended the topic on Twitter with a hash tag #RIPactorVijay on Monday, 29 July. It became a hot topic of debate with many people condemning those behind it.Notably, cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran wrote, “There was an asteroid that missed hitting our planet a few days ago, irregular monsoons hitting different cities, droughts in many parts of our country and very disturbing criminal cases being spoken, but the young generation of our lovey state manage to trend this #RIPactorVIJAY. [sic]”last_img read more

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Houston Pension Reform Plan Advances In Texas Senate

first_imgState of TexasThe Texas Senate is moving closer to a vote on a pension reform package for Houston city employees. The plan, put together by Mayor Sylvester Turner and approved by the Houston City Council, aims to rein in unfunded pension liabilities that have reached $10 billion, more than four times the city’s annual operating revenues.In testimony before the Senate State Affairs Committee, Turner argued the reform plan he’d put together was the only way to meet Houston’s pension obligations to all city employees, and he warned of dire consequences if the plan fails.“Let’s assume the worst, that we don’t get a bill,” the mayor said. “Then add another $134 million to my budget that I have to balance by the end of June. And you’re going to see a lot of people that are not going to be working, because we’re going to balance the budget.”The committee also heard from one of the fiercest opponents of Turner’s package. David Keller chairs the board of trustees for the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. Keller said the mayor’s plan puts an undue burden on firefighters, compared to police and other city employees.“I would ask the members of this committee whether it is fair to ask our fund, representing only 18 percent of the city’s total pension obligation, to bear more than 35 to 40 percent of the total benefit cuts. That is the real question here,” Keller said.The next step will be a vote of the full Senate. 00:00 /00:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

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Building A Cybersecurity Team in Radiology

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more References1.    Era of Change: Today’s Healthcare Consumer. Ambra Health. https://ambrahealth.com/ebook/era-change-todays-healthcare-consumer/.  Accessed Oct. 12, 2017.2.    “Radiologist Arrested in Breach Case,” Data Breach Today, Dec. 8, 2014. www.databreachtoday.com. Accessed Oct. 12, 2017.3.    Health Care Cybersecurity Survey. American Health Lawyers Association. www.healthplanalliance.org/Document.asp?DocID=3188. Accessed Oct. 12, 2017. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Industry and Government Response While healthcare organizations are still learning to defend themselves from cyberattacks that are growing ever more complicated and clever, they are not solely responsible for their own protection. Government and vendors have been key partners in the fight against the industry-wide, worldwide cyberattack issue. 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 Related Cyber Security Content:VIDEO: Cybersecurity in the Medical Imaging DepartmentThe Rising Danger of Cyber Crime in HealthcareProtecting Patients From HackersHealthcare’s Growing Cybersecurity ThreatsBalancing Needs In The Fight Against CybercrimeRaising the Bar for Medical Device Cyber SecurityRead other related healthcare cybersecurity stories at “The State of Healthcare Cyber SecurityWhy Radiology Should Be Very Afraid Of Cyber CriminalsHow Radiology Can Fight Cyber CrimeHealthcare Industry Lacking in Basic Cybersecurity Awareness Among Staff 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 IndustryManufacturers are also doing their part to help their radiology customers protect themselves from cyberattacks. “Medical imaging manufacturers and hospital IT departments share the responsibility for technical infrastructure and mechanisms to provide compliance with best-in-class cybersecurity provisions and risk assessment tools,” said Henri “Rik” Primo, director of strategic relations and digital health services for Siemens Healthineers, at AHRA 2017.One way that manufacturers are participating in cybersecurity efforts is through the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS), a nonprofit organization. The mission of MDISS — made up of medical device vendors, healthcare delivery organizations, universities and other industry stakeholders — is to “develop practical technologies, practices and policy solutions for making devices safer and more secure.” In August, the group announced the launch of a new network of medical device security testing labs called WHISTL (World Health Information Security Testing Lab). These facilities, independently owned and operated by MDISS members, will each conduct research and development under their own set of standard operating procedures. It is the first time this type of “proving ground” has been designed around the needs of medical device researchers, healthcare IT professionals and hospital clinical engineering leaders. Researchers will be able to run devices through more rigorous and realistic testing, allowing hidden vulnerabilities to surface more quickly.Developing best practices should be high priority for device manufacturers, according to Primo, to ensure consistent, high-quality protections on all equipment. Examples include making user interfaces simple so employees are not tempted to create workarounds, and multi-factor authentication for all device users (i.e., requiring presentation of multiple pieces of evidence to validate a user’s identity).When working with a vendor, Primo told his AHRA audience, the vendor should always pre-test the security of the device prior to installation, and may also want to engage whitelisting protocols; these will create a list of entities approved to access the device. Vendors and users will also want to ensure communication protocols are protected, “which is essential when transmitting protected health information,” Primo said.The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers several guidance documents related to cybersecurity, including PS3.15 of the DICOM standard, which provides specific guidance on security and system management profiles, and the Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2), a form that manufacturers can use as a tool when performing risk assessment for a customer. Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The driving force of healthcare technology advancement in recent years has focused on making it easier to share information among all members of the care team — including patients — to facilitate higher-quality care. Allowing greater connectivity comes with a price, however, as it makes personal health information (PHI) and other personal data more vulnerable to those with ill intentions. Cyberattacks on healthcare institutions as well as data breaches regularly make headlines as various individuals and entities seek to use this information for their own personal gain. To date, providers of all specialties — including radiology — have had trouble defending themselves against these invasions, and they must improve if they hope to maintain the trust of their patients. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more GovernmentIn August, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights launched an updated version of the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT), a searchable repository of information on recent health information breaches (within the last 24 months) and what actions are being taken to resolve them. The HBRT was originally released in 2009; new features in the updated version include:•    Enhanced functionality that highlights breaches currently under investigation and reported within the last 24 months;•    New archive that includes all older breaches and information about how breaches were resolved;•    Improved navigation to additional breach information; and•    Tips for consumers. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Marrying Radiology and IT While the technical components are an important piece of any cybersecurity strategy, the most important part of any plan is without a doubt the humans, according to Deford. Without sufficient knowledge and training followed by successful execution, best practices, technologies and protocols will provide little protection against malicious entities and individuals.The single biggest mistake that Deford sees most healthcare organizations make is foregoing transparency between IT and the departments they are helping. In essence, this puts the entire responsibility for cybersecurity in the hands of the IT department. While it is important to call upon their technological expertise, they will not have an inherent understanding of the clinical workflow requirements for radiology (or any other hospital department). From the other side, working with IT will help radiology better select and implement technology and practices that help keep the entire organization safe, according to Deford.It is also important to involve department or hospital executives, board members and other high-ranking individuals to build the most effective security program. “A good security program is driven into place and monitored from the top of the organization — they are the leaders who can change the organization’s culture and attitude about the importance of cybersecurity,” said Deford.“Whether we like it or not these days, everything is connected to everything else, so a risk accepted by one person (department) is a risk imposed on everyone else connected to that network,” he added. “By understanding radiology’s clinical requirements, corporate IT departments and CISOs [chief information security officers] can build better security programs to protect the entire organization.”  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 “The HBRT provides healthcare organizations and consumers with the ability to more easily review breaches reported to OCR,” said Roger Severino, director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), in a statement. “Furthermore, greater access to timely information strengthens consumer trust and transparency.”Under the official HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, providers (aka “covered entities”) and “business associates” are only required to provide notification of data breach if the breach involved “unsecured” PHI — information that has not been rendered unusable, unreadable or indecipherable to unauthorized people through the use of a technology or methodology specified by the HHS Secretary in guidance (i.e., encryption and/or destruction). Notifications must be sent to individual patients, via first-class mail or e-mail, no later than 60 days after the discovery of the breach. If the breach affects more than 500 residents within the impacted state/jurisdiction, media notice is required. The HHS Secretary must be notified in the event of any information breach. 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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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. 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 Feature | Cybersecurity | November 06, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis Building A Cybersecurity Team in Radiology As attacks on patients’ personal information become more sophisticated, radiology and other departments must work together with IT, government and industry to better protect their patients Data Vulnerabilities in RadiologyDue to the nature of the specialty — medical imaging data is only ever directed outward — radiology has its own unique vulnerabilities when it comes to cybersecurity. Ambra Health conducted a survey of 1,100 healthcare consumers across age groups and genders to determine how they engage with their healthcare providers and use technology to access medical information and imaging. When asked specifically how their medical images were moved, 57 percent said CDs were used, the largest percentage by far. Online access/image share was the fifth most used method, used by just 17 percent of respondents; 31 percent said they have no online access at all to their medical records.1Despite these statistics, many institutions have by now adopted electronic health records (EHRs) to more easily share patient information between providers. While this can significantly improve workflow between providers and between healthcare facilities, it also means “there is a proliferation of data that is being transferred continuously,” said Drex Deford, an independent healthcare IT consultant, at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) in July.In addition, many of these records can now be viewed on mobile devices, so providers do not even have to be in the hospital or their office to check up on patients. Some hospitals provide mobile devices to providers that feature encryption and other advanced security measures — but some hospitals, said Deford, have a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy, so physicians are accessing sensitive medical information on their personal, consumer-grade, unsecured smartphones and tablets.According to Deford, ransomware — software designed to lock up a computer and/or the information on it unless the user pays a ransom — is the No. 1 tactic employed by medical hackers. Threats can come in countless forms, however. Radiologist Richard Kessler, M.D., was arrested Dec. 3, 2014, for stealing the PHI of nearly 97,000 current and former patients of NRAD Medical Associates on Long Island, N.Y. Kessler claimed he stole the records because he was going to start a competing radiology practice. All he had to do to steal the data was connect an external hard drive on which to download the information.2 A breach could also occur from something as innocent as an employee getting creative and finding a workaround for a process or protocol they perceive is hampering their efficiency.With so many risks, many healthcare organizations simply are not equipped to handle cybersecurity on an adequate level. In a recent survey by Bloomberg Law of 290 healthcare attorneys, nearly 4 in 10 said they did not feel their organization’s incident response plans were detailed enough or had been adequately tested to ensure patient data safety.3 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 morelast_img read more

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Construction of new Costa Rican Legislative Assembly facilities to start in February

first_imgConstruction of a new complex that will house Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly will begin on Feb. 15, and the first stage will be inaugurated in the second quarter of 2016, according to Julio Cedeño, engineer of Novatecnia, the company that will manage the project, the weekly El Financiero reported this week.New Assembly facilities will cost an estimated $76 million and would be finished in four stages spanning five years. The complex will have two towers and one main building, and will be located at the Assembly’s current location in downtown San José.Plans for lawmakers’ main office building will be ready in early November. That building will cost $32 million and will be located in the western sector of the legislative complex, across from the south side of the Supreme Elections Tribunal.Novatecnia will open public bidding for construction of that building and a second tower that will host administrative offices.The fourth part of the project consists of renovating current facilities, some of which were declared of historical heritage by the state, and therefore must be preserved and restored.“All public bids will be awarded between the second half of November and the first week of April,” Cedeño said.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Efforts to restart talks promising says Eide Updated

first_imgThere is still work to be done before the two leaders can return to the negotiating table, but ongoing efforts to achieve this are promising, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday.After a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades late in the evening, Eide said that, although the impasse in the talks is not over yet, both leaders “very clearly confirmed we are looking for a way to overcome this”.“There is still work to be done but I don’t think it will take much time before the two leaders are back at the table,” he said.“However, I don’t have an exact date.”Reflecting on the week after Geneva, “before this impasse happened”, Eide said, the two leaders realised their talks were “not particularly effective”, and both have ideas on how to improve on the methodology of the talks once they return to the table.“We have to talk about how we use our time more effectively,” he said.“The week after Geneva was not bad, we did have progress, we did look forward and not backward, but not with the necessary speed. First we will come back [to the table], and when we are back, we will discuss together how we will do it from there.”Asked what Eide meant when he referred to “ideas” about methodology, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said “we will have to see what Mr Akinci means”.“What is clear is that the President has presented his proposal, on the triptych where convergences, minor divergences, and great divergences, will be recorded, so that we can, through this methodology and by adhering to the agenda of each meeting, solve the problems,” he said.Earlier, after meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the north, Eide said he had “no news to share” but was confident the current impasse in the talks will be overcome because “there’s a will to overcome it”.Eide denied reports in Greek Cypriot media that the UN might seek a more assertive role in the talks, offering bridging proposals or even arbitrating, saying there is “absolutely no such intention”.“We’ve tried that before, we’ve recognised that it did not work, and I came in here saying that even if I was asked by the leaders to arbitrate, I wouldn’t do it,” Eide said.“And there’s no problem because I’m not being asked to arbitrate.”Still, he added, both leaders know that the “famous window of opportunity” remains open, though it will not remain open forever.“Tomorrow we will have a full month without meetings, which is the longest break until now over these 22 months [of talks],” he said.Eide confirmed press reports that Anastasiades asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for an audience during his visit to New York later this month for a conference on investment in Cyprus, and hinted that it might be granted, but denied Akinci might be asked to attend.“As I know [Guterres], he is easily accessible, but we’re not planning a joint meeting.”Meanwhile, Anastasiades had earlier on Wednesday called on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to drop their rhetoric and focus on finding a solution that would yield a functional, modern state.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with the leadership of a labour union, Anastasiades repeated his readiness to immediately resume the talks, stalled last month after a fallout over a parliamentary decision to commemorate the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in public schools.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that “while the negotiations were continuing, the Greek Cypriot side took the decision of Enosis, which is to unify with Greece.”Anastasiades rejected the statement.“I want to say one thing: let us abandon the rhetoric and the excuses and concentrate in a positive manner on how a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality can yield a functional, modern state,” he said.Anastasiades stressed that an “unfortunate regulation adopted by parliament” did not mean the president’s policy or that of the parties would change.He said that the day after the vote, the national council unanimously decided that “we are neither fighting for Enosis, nor of course for partition”.“If a regulation, and I’m responding to Mr Cavusoglu, about a brief reference, can be considered a change in policy, then what can one say about the July 20 celebrations, (and) August 15, when the invasion took place and violently imposed division, the state’s partition, and occupation of part of our country,” Anastasiades said.“I was not the one who walked out of the talks and let us stop excusing behaviour caused by other reasons and not our own stance and conduct.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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