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American Airlines suspends service to Venezuela indefinitely

American Airlines suspends service to Venezuela indefinitely

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is indefinitely suspending flights to Venezuela as political turmoil and unrest continues to grip the country.Airline spokeswoman Martha Pantin said Thursday that the airline will try to resume service when conditions are right but has no timetable for doing so.On March 15, American announced it was suspending its two daily flights from Miami to Caracas and one from Miami to Maracaibo through April 1. The airline acted after its pilots’ union told members not to operate flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns.American was the last U.S. airline flying to Venezuela.The United States was the first nation to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, heightening tension with the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. diplomats left the country this month.The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Mr. Gambari is scheduled to meet with senior government officials at each stop on his itinerary, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.All of the Special Adviser’s consultations are taking place within the context of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate for Myanmar.In June, Mr. Gambari visited European and Asian capitals for talks with government authorities.When he was appointed Special Adviser in May, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement that Mr. Ban “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights.” 6 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today arrived in Singapore on the first leg of an Asian trip that will also take him to Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. read more

In cutthroat housing market realtors get creative with elaborate closing gifts to

In cutthroat housing market realtors get creative with elaborate closing gifts to

TORONTO — Every time Toronto realtor Mike Donia helps a client close on a home, he drops some money of his own.Sometimes he spends it on a trip to stateside hockey game with former NHL star Bobby Hull and others to be chauffeured around Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood in a Ferrari.His other splurges include massive home murals, bringing in ponies for a birthday party on a three-acre property, 1,000 bouquets of fresh flowers and $3,000 of Godiva chocolate flown in from Europe.But these aren’t self-congratulatory treats for Donia. They’re gifts he’s given clients to thank them for entrusting him with one of the biggest purchases they’ll make in their lifetime.‘Getting close to the bottom’: Housing affordability relief likely to be short-lived, says RBCToronto home prices see biggest drop in almost 30 yearsMillennials behind surge in home buying intentions (with a little help from family): pollThey’re also a sign of how some realtors’ closing gifts have stretched beyond the standard houseplant or bottle of wine to become more thoughtful, personalized and sometimes, extravagant in an increasingly competitive race for clients amid a Canadian housing boom.“They are getting more generous,” Donia said in a call from Bangkok. He works from Asia for one-third of the year.“Real estate has become cutthroat. A lot of people are even cutting their commission…My feeling is if I take you and your son down to a (Toronto Maple) Leafs game and walk you into the dressing room, it’s like Mastercard. It’s priceless.”Donia said he goes to such lengths because “I grew up poor and I thought: what could someone do for me as a kid to make my place brighter?”His efforts reflect his client base, which includes international buyers and some notable names, but those whose customers aren’t as deep-pocketed or star-studded still said they’re seeing realtors get creative with their thank-you trinkets.They’ve noticed appliances, signed sports memorabilia, subscriptions to wine-of-the-month clubs or bi-weekly treat boxes, water colour or oil paintings of the property being bought and spa days are all becoming common.Amanda Miller, a realtor at Slavens and Associates in Toronto, said she often makes donations to children’s charities or non-profits and causes that are dear to her client’s heart.She also pays special attention when clients mention future renovations they have planned for their new home, their hobbies or what their kids enjoy because they could lend themselves to gift card ideas.“I really, really make an effort to get to know the clients extremely well,” she said. “You don’t want to give Client A a huge gift and Client B something else. I think that’s why real estate agents are trying to keep it personal. If you personalize something you can’t put a price tag on it to compare it.”Sometimes Miller’s gift isn’t something her clients can unwrap, but still manages to pack a lot of value. For example, she once worked with a client whose condo she thought needed to be staged, but it wasn’t in the woman’s budget. Miller forked over the cash for staging as a gift to the client and said it paid off when the woman got the maximum selling price for the community of buildings she was living in.Most real estate associations across the country said they aren’t aware of any regulations keeping homeowners from accepting a realtor’s gift, but a few cautioned that it should be made clear that the gift is not a referral fee, which could contravene legislation or professional standards in some provinces.Real estate agents say they consider gifts an extension of the relationship they build with a client, which often lasts years after they get a paycheque.Halifax-based realtor Sandra Pike’s go-to closing present used to be a gift card, but in recent years, she decided to “step up my game” and start giving Tiffany and Co. wine glasses with a bottle of bubbly.“We don’t have Tiffany here, so it is a big thing,” she said. “Not only do they see a sold sign on the lawn, but they are coming into their kitchen and seeing the gift on the counter and it’s quite something.”She’s heard of others hosting and paying for housewarming parties for clients or treating them to an afternoon cruising along the Atlantic coast, but also some who skip closing gifts. Those who don’t indulge are missing the big picture, she said.“We work with these people and develop relationships,” she said, noting that real estate is an industry where a single transaction will net thousands in commission for the agent and potentially more clients later.Vancouver-based realtor Jerome Deis said that appreciation is especially important in the competitive real estate environment, in which clients have a lot of choice.He said he’s heard of realtors nixing closing gifts and instead visiting clients multiple times throughout the year with smaller gifts, like a grill set or sauces around summer in order to stay top-of-mind for clients.Others drop the gift and lower their compensation on the sale in hopes that it will have a lasting impact because they recognize the importance of their client’s loyalty.“If you maintain a relationship with them you will get business from them and any referrals,” Deis said.“If you have a client, you want to hold onto them and hopefully for life.” read more

Backtoschool safety reminder

Backtoschool safety reminder

A new school year begins next week and police know children will be excited and distracted.That’s why police say it is important for parents to take a few minutes this holiday weekend to remind children of the importance of road safety and watching out for vehicles.Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, shared the following talking points this week:Cyclists under the age of 18 are required, by law, to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. Cyclists must obey the same rules of the road that other vehicles do. Always keep your eyes and ears open as sometimes drivers may not see you. Pedestrians should stay on the sidewalk wherever possible. Where there are none, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road on the shoulder facing traffic. Both pedestrians and cyclists should take advantage of crosswalks that have crossing guards. They too will be returning to their posts next week. Drivers are reminded that traffic volumes will increase next week and that bus routes may affect commute times. Sanchuk reminds motorists that registered owners of a vehicle can be charged if that vehicle is identified as one that fails to stop for a school bus when its overhead red signal lights are flashing. read more

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more

Passenger plane approaching Heathrow in nearmiss with drone 650ft to the east

Passenger plane approaching Heathrow in nearmiss with drone 650ft to the east

first_imgA passenger plane flying near the Shard had a “very near-miss” with a drone as it approached Heathrow Airport, an official report has revealed.The drone, described as black and about 50cm (20in) wide, was spotted out of the right flight deck window at about 12.45pm on July 18, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) report into the incident said. It added that the account given of the incident “portrayed a situation where a collision had only been narrowly avoided and chance had played a major part”.It deemed the incident to be in the most serious category of risk and said the drone operator had not been traced. The ShardCredit:PA The Shardcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The A320 aircraft, which was flying at an altitude of 4,900ft near to the Shard skyscraper in central London, “narrowly avoided” colliding with the drone, according to the report.The crew said the drone had “probably” passed above the right wing and the horizontal stabiliser, which is found on the tail of the plane.The UKAB report said: “Members agreed that this incident appeared to be a very near-miss and that the drone operator should not have been flying in that location at that altitude.”last_img read more

County lines epidemic blamed as number of children missing or linked to

County lines epidemic blamed as number of children missing or linked to

Show more The smuggling networks are known as “county lines”. Academics and MPs described the figures, analysed by The Guardian, as “shocking”.“There will be elements of that about increased reporting and awareness but that is not going to account for such a big rise – there is something happening,” Simon Harding, an associate professor of criminology at the University of West London, told the newspaper. “Working in county lines has a great allure for young people. It gives them a tax-free income, gives them a regular income and high income”.  The Department for Education data showed a steady rise in the number of vulnerable children who go missing or become involved with gangs over the past few years. Factors for a child disappearing are complex but can also include the absence of social services in the area, along with the work of drugs gangs. Josie Allan, of Missing People UK, said: “I did research recently with a small group of young people involved in county lines, and everyone who took part said that going missing was a key feature, especially in the early stages of criminal exploitation.”Another factor thought to be driving the trend of children being reported missing is a drop in the number of parents or teachers reporting them as “absent” instead.  “Our national ‘tackling child exploitation’ support programme is helping specialists in education, social care, health, the police and the voluntary sector to improve how they respond to these kinds of threats in their communities, including gangs, county lines drug activity and trafficking, and our serious violence strategy includes a range of actions to combat county lines.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. County lines drug networks have been blamed for a huge spike in the number of children identified as having links to gangs, after the figure more than doubled in three years.Social services in England carried out 8,650 assessments of young people whom they labelled as vulnerable with gangs highlighted as an issue in 2017-18. It marked a significant jump on 2014-15, when 3,680 such cases were recorded.A similar trend was found in the number of children who went missing during the same period – from 8,850 to 16,070 – which is considered a trait of county lines networks.Drugs gangs increasingly recruit vulnerable children to ferry narcotics from cities to smaller towns, with around 2,000 operations believed to be operating across the UK. Ann Coffey, the MP for Stockport and chair of the all-party Parliamentary committee on runaway and missing children and adults, told the newspaper: “What concerns me is that we are not really making inroads on arresting and taking those senior gang leaders out of county lines. As long as they continue to operate, the number of children exploited will continue to grow.”A Government spokesman said: “Any child that goes missing from home, school or care could be in danger of exploitation from gangs or violent criminals – that’s why we are equipping the professionals who protect vulnerable children to help them identify those who are most at risk and keep them safe. read more

Banks DIH donates over 4M to charities

Banks DIH donates over 4M to charities

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPension raised for Banks DIH retired employeesFebruary 22, 2016In “latest news”Banks DIH rewards 23 NGSA highflyers with bursariesSeptember 5, 2017In “Local News”Citizens Bank profits plummet during peak business seasonMay 24, 2017In “Business”,Banks DIH Limited on Monday made its annual donation to charities which amounted to over $4 million.Representatives of the 25 charities that benefited pose with the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis (back row, second from right) and Managing Director, George McDonaldAt a simple ceremony held at Thirst Park, Greater Georgetown, the cheques were handed over to the 25 charities by the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis and Managing Director, George McDonald.The donations are done annually after shareholders of the company approve a sum of money to be disbursed under the heading “Deeds of covenant with organisations”.Some of the charities that received donations are the Salvation Army, Uncle Eddie’s Home, Dharma Shala, the Blind Society, Guyana Seventh-Day Adventist Churches, and the Young Women’s Christian Association among others.This is the first time that the company held a ceremony to hand over the donations.Banks DIH, throughout the years, has continued to aid the Guyanese public making donations when necessary. Major donations are made to the education sector and also to promote sports in Guyana.Funds are even sent abroad to help when disaster strikes. Banks DIH Limited on Monday made its annual donation to charities which amounted to over $4 million.Representatives of the 25 charities that benefited pose with the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis (back row, second from right) and Managing Director, George McDonaldAt a simple ceremony held at Thirst Park, Greater Georgetown, the cheques were handed over to the 25 charities by the company’s Chairman, Clifford Reis and Managing Director, George McDonald.The donations are done annually after shareholders of the company approve a sum of money to be disbursed under the heading “Deeds of covenant with organisations”.Some of the charities that received donations are the Salvation Army, Uncle Eddie’s Home, Dharma Shala, the Blind Society, Guyana Seventh-Day Adventist Churches, and the Young Women’s Christian Association among others.This is the first time that the company held a ceremony to hand over the donations.Banks DIH, throughout the years, has continued to aid the Guyanese public making donations when necessary. Major donations are made to the education sector and also to promote sports in Guyana.Funds are even sent abroad to help when disaster strikes. read more

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

first_imgPeru’s Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico [Mining and Metallurgical Geological Institute] (INGEMMET) is updating the data of the National Geological Map at 1:100.000 in order to have it ready by the end of next year, Eng. Susana Vilca President of the institution, told MinerAndina.Com. The National Geological Map set consists of 501 maps covering the entire country. Each geological map or group of maps, is accompanied by a study in which geomorphology, stratigraphy, tectonics, economic geology, historical geology of the region studied stratigraphic sections and results of laboratory tests are described.This is the pre-upgrade of the Andean orogeny of the Geological Map scale 1:50,000 scheduled for late 2021, which, once completed, will give way to update the Amazon region at that level.Thus, the National Geological Map provides accurate geological information: the Peruvian soil contents and also the type of mineral resources. The information will be freely accessible to all citizens.“We are also planning to update the southern Eastern Cordillera, not only mapping, but also identifying the type of mining resources, because that area is a virgin site for mineral exploration. I think we’re going to help a lot of mining and exploration companies. It plans to start studies in 2015 and part of 2016, from the mountains to the jungle”, Vilca said.Within its mandate to promote mining during 2014 INGEMMET has referred to the Agencia de Promoción de la Inversión Privada [Agency for Promotion of Private Investment] (ProInversión) three reports of Areas of Inadmissibility of Claims (ANAPS): Colca (14,100 ha), Jalaoca (6,400 ha) and Cahuacho (800 ha) and, currently being evaluated, an additional 17,200 ha.“There are other studies, such as the Cotabambas area in Apurimac, areas that are seeing very interesting and I think it’s going to get Proinversion very well,” said the senior official. Thus, INGEMMET is leading the strengthening of research planning through various initiatives. The goal is to standardise the information to facilitate full consultation process geological information and level of knowledge of our geological, mining and energy potential.last_img read more

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

first_imgUnimin Canada will make a multi-million dollar investment in the modernisation of the company’s mining and manufacturing operations at Blue Mountain in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. When completed, the new operation will further improve the site’s environmental footprint and support continued mining, manufacturing, and employment at the facility for many more decades. The modernisation will enable the optimization of new technologies and practices to reduce noise, dust, lighting, and use of water, as well as electricity, and will provide improved capabilities to serve coatings, polymers, glass, and ceramics markets. The long-term sustainability of this operation is one of the key goals of this project.Upon the completion of the modernisation scheduled for early 2020, Blue Mountain’s sister operation at Nephton will be closed. Unimin will work closely with its staff and labour representatives to determine mutually effective adjustment measures for the approximately 100 employees who will be affected. During the modernisation, the Nephton facility will remain fully operational.“To sustain our operations in the Kawartha Lakes region over the long-term, it is critical that we continue to increase efficiency levels and stay competitive in the marketplace,” said Carl Horvat, Regional General Manager. “We appreciate that this will affect a number of valued employees and will work with everyone involved over the next two years, to manage this transition effectively.”The facility’s product, Canadian Nepheline (nepheline syenite), used worldwide, is a high-quality ingredient used in the production of glass, paint, insulation, and ceramic tile as well as in polymers and coatings. It is processed without toxic chemicals, making the process environmentally friendly.Unimin is an application-focused minerals company providing materials solutions to its customers. Unimin is one the largest producers of quartz proppants for oil and natural gas stimulation and recovery and is a leading supplier of multi-mineral product offerings to industrial customers in glass, construction, ceramics, coatings, polymers and foundry markets.Unimin operates a portfolio of strategically located and long life assets with 38 sand, mineral and coating processing facilities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico that serve a variety of energy and industrial customers. It offers a broad portfolio of minerals including silica sand, with feldspar, nepheline syenite, lime, clays (incl. kaolin), calcium carbonate and olivine allowing the company to offer a multi-mineral product mix to its industrial customers.It operates an extensive logistics and distribution network with access to five Class 1 railroads, a large number of in-basin oil and gas operating terminals and strong unit-train capabilities.last_img read more

23 scientificallybacked ways to reduce stress

23 scientificallybacked ways to reduce stress

first_imgSpark some scents. Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress [7]. Certain aromas (like lavender) have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels [8].Listen to music. Research points to multiple ways in which music can help relieve stress, from triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures [9] [10].Laugh it off. Laughter can reduce the physical effects of stress (like fatigue) on the body [11] [12] [13].Drink tea. One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation [14].Exercise. That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress.Try guided visualisation. Visualising a calm or peaceful scene may help reduce stress and ease anxiety [15].Join a religious community. Surveys have shown a major underlying reason people practice religion is for stress relief. One study even found that college students who practiced a religion were less stressed than their non-religious counterparts. And other research suggests religious people are less likely to experience stress-related mental illness [16].Chew gum. Studies suggest the act of chewing gum can reduce cortisol levels, helping to alleviate stress [17].Get a massage. Getting a good ol’ rub down may do more than alleviate physical pain. Studies suggest massage may also be beneficial for fighting stress [18] [19]. It may also help improve body image [20].Try self-hypnosis. Research suggests hypnosis can help reduce anxiety. Plus, it’s a great self-mediated technique for stress-relief [21] [22].Talk about sex, baby. Studies have shown sex can actually decrease the physical symptoms of stress, like lowering blood pressure.Take a nap. Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief [23] [24].Hug it out. Hugging may actually reduce blood pressure and stress levels in adults [25].Hang with your pet. Or, as we’ve put it before, just get a dog. Dog owners have been shown to be less stressed out— most likely thanks to having a buddy to cuddle [26].Do an art project. Art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behavior and symptoms [27].Write it out. Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects [28] [29]. A gratitude journal can really help us put things in perspective, so pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.Take a walk. A quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief, especially when we step outdoors [30] [31]. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural.Kiss someone! Research suggests kissing releases chemicals that ease hormones associated with stress, like cortisol. Forming positive relationships is also a key way to help reduce stress and anxiety.Don’t write a list of the top 23 ways to reduce stress!What are you favourite tips for reducting stress? We would love to hear them in the comments section below…- By Kate Morin; updated by Shana LebowitzTake some time alone>New study finds a potential cause of obesity>Visualise exercise to get more from a workout> Republished with permission from Greatist.comWHETHER IT’S RELATED to an issue at work, a fight with a friend, or problems with family, everyone feels stressed sometimes.And while therapy can help (come on, everyone’s thought about laying on that infamous doctor’s couch at some point), most solutions (think talk therapy or medication) are dealt with in the long-term. So what can be done in the next five minutes to reduce — and prevent — stress? Here’s our list of the Greatist ways to decrease stress right now. Try progressive relaxation. All the way from fingers to toes— tense and then release each muscle group in the body (lower arm, upper arm, chest, back and abdominals, etc.). Once the body is relaxed, the mind will be soon to follow [1]!Try some light yoga. The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses makes this activity work to reduce stress, too [2].Meditate. The “mental silence” that goes along with meditation may have positive effects on stress (especially work-related stress) [3] [4].Breathe deep. Taking a deep breath has been shown to lower cortisol levels, which can help reduce stress and anxiety [5]. Studies suggest deep breathing can also cause a temporary drop in blood pressure [6]last_img read more

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

Guardiola challenges City to make 100 points

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to maintain their concentration on the remainder of their campaign by reaching the 100-point landmarkThe Citizens were denied the opportunity to overhaul Chelsea’s Premier League record of 95 points over a single 38-game season on Sunday when they were held to a goalless draw against a resilient Huddersfield side, who are currently fighting for survival.At 94 points with two matches remaining, City lifted the Premier League trophy at the Etihad Stadium after the game with nearest rivals Manchester United 17 points behind in second-place with a maximum of six points remaining.However, despite having sealed the league title and having no more silverware to gain from this season, Guardiola is now embracing the prospect of reaching the 100-point milestone.“We cannot deny it would be nice, but it’s nicer when you win the Premier League,” said the Catalan, as stated on Daily Mirror.“We’ve spoken about that and these targets help you to be focused.“We lost a bit of focus today, but we have another chance on Wednesday and hopefully we can make a good performance.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Guardiola warned Cty that things will harder next season: “It looks easy when you win games, but next season will be even tougher,”“They’ll all want to beat us and we have to be focused. We have to understand how difficult it will be next season.”Despite the personal trauma of the premature birth of his son, a delighted David Silva hailed the achievement of his side.“With what happened to my son, I’m very happy,” said the 32-year-old.“He’s getting better, we’ve won the title and I’m happy.“I feel good, even having to travel back to Spain and back to England, but we got it – we are the champions.”City will next face Brighton at home and then an away fixture against Southampton as they bid to reach a historic 100 points.last_img read more

Residents outside Fairchild AFB File Federal Lawsuit over Water Contamination

Residents outside Fairchild AFB File Federal Lawsuit over Water Contamination

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Almost 100 people who live near Fairchild AFB outside of Spokane, Wash., last week filed a federal class-action lawsuit against multiple manufacturers of a firefighting foam they say caused a range of health issues after contaminating the local water supply. The lawsuit alleges the manufacturers negligently created a dangerous product and marketed it without adequate warnings and instructions for its use, reported the Spokesman-Review. “There are multiple parties that could be held liable for this,” said Andrew Biviano, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs. “For something like this — such a disaster — mistakes were probably made all along the way.” The lawsuit does not name the Air Force as a defendant.This week the Air Force said it is starting to install water filters for residents near the installation who rely on private wells with elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals. Over 80 wells in the area had shown elevated levels of chemicals found in the foam used at Fairchild, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.Air Force photo by Grace Nicholslast_img read more

Vikrama Simhapuri University takes up Akiras method for

Vikrama Simhapuri University takes up Akiras method for

first_imgNellore: Department of Social Forestry, in association with National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU), has taken up Akira Miawayki’s method of artificial forest development on the varsity premises.Varsity Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Prof R Sudarshana Rao and Registrar Prof A Prasad participated in the plantation programme on Monday at the varsitycampus. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Japanese botanist has pioneered in developing artificial forest within less space of land with less time in the light of drastic encroachment of forests in the world due to growth of urbanisation and huge population and the pilot project was taken up by the State government in Chittoor district.The V-C said that the forests which are becoming endangered causing huge pollution and heat waves in the region. He expressed happiness over implementing the project. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Forest Officer Suhasini said that among all the universities in the state, VSU has been the first taking up this kind of plantation programme. The programme is being carried out under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which provides employment to hundreds of rural people. The V-C thanked District Collector Seshagiri Babu, DFO of social forestry wing S Ravishankar for supporting this project.last_img read more

Flyers from India can now buy dutyfree goods up to Rs 25000

Flyers from India can now buy dutyfree goods up to Rs 25000

first_imgInternational air travellers can now buy goods up to Rs. 25,000 across all duty-free shops at Indian airports. The move comes after request by travellers to increase the limit on purchase of goods at airports.”Passengers can now purchase goods at duty free shops in Indian rupees up Rs. 25,000 as against the earlier ceiling of Rs. 5,000,” a senior official at the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) told Press Trust of India on the latest hike.Duty-free shops are retail stores which sell goods to travellers primarily flying out of a country. Such goods are often exempt of local or national taxes and are identified by government authorities.The news agency added that the change in limit comes after flyers had sought a hike in line with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) instruction that allows passengers to carry in and out Indian currency up to Rs. 25,000.The official noted that all duty-free shop operators are advised to display rate of exchange for conversion of foreign currency once in 14 days for import and export of goods. Even information related to use of Indian currency needs to be displayed at the duty-free stores.The order also stipulates that the store owners also display the prices of goods in Indian rupees.last_img read more

Essar Steel to face insolvency proceedings finally

Essar Steel to face insolvency proceedings finally

first_imgEmployees walk past an Essar Group logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoState Bank of India (SBI) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) achieved significant success on Wednesday when the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted their petition to initiate insolvency proceedings against the company that owes around Rs 37,000 crore to banks.After the Ahmedabad Bench of the NCLT admitted the lenders’ petition under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, two professionals — Satish Kumar Gupta from Alvarez and Marsal —  were appointed as Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) under Section 13 of the Code, according to a report by barandbench.com on Wednesday.Also read: List of India’s top 12 defaulters who owe a mind-boggling amount to banksEssar Steel is one of the top 12 defaulters whose collectively owe about 25 percent of the overall gross NPAs of about Rs 8 lakh crore (Rs 7.7 lakh crore, according to some estimates) to banks. The management control of Essar Steel, in accordance with the provisions of the Code, now passes to the two IRPs and the Essar board stands suspended for 180 days. Simultaneously, it paves the way for the formation of a committee of creditors that will take decisions in accordance with Section 28 of the Code, the website reported.Essar Steel had unsuccessfully tried to stall insolvency proceedings last month but the Gujarat High Court dismissed the company’s petition that challenged the Reserve Bank of India’s directive to banks for initiating insolvency proceedings to recover their dues.Other defaulters include Lanco Infratech Limited, Bhushan Steel, ABG Shipyard, Alok Industries, Electrosteel Steels, Jyoti Structures, Bhushan Power, Jaypee Infratech, Era Infra Engg, Monnet Ispat, and Amtek Auto, according to media reports.Essar Steel had argued in its petition before the Gujarat High Court that with annual revenues of around Rs 20,000 crore, it stood on a different pedestal when compared to other defaulters who had failed to repay their dues and claimed that it had paid Rs 3,467 crore to banks between April 2016 and June 2017.Essar Steel has a production capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum and is not a listed entity.last_img read more

DC Kids Get Full Rides to College

DC Kids Get Full Rides to College

first_imgOnly about 17 percent of residents in Ward 7 have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The poverty level for children under 18 is 40 percent. The median household income in this majority-Black ward is about half the amount in Washington, D.C., and three-quarters of the amount in United States overall.But this economic environment didn’t stop 19 high school students at Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School in Northeast D.C. from receiving full college scholarships, WUSA 9 reported. Students at the school received a mixture of athletic and academic scholarships on signing day, including a cheerleader who received funds towards her education at Virginia State University. All 200 of the senior class are going to college this year.Several students at Friendship Collegiate Academy officially sign contracts for athletic scholarships.During the scholarship signing, scholarship recipient Jordan Marshall said, “Football was an alleyway for me, a way to get out all my frustration of the day,” CBS DC reported.Another recipient, Vaughn Taylor, said “I stay busy, stay motivated because I have football. I have something to work towards,” WUSA 9 reported.The achievement of Friendship’s graduating senior class comes at a critical time for DC Public Schools.Ballou High School in Southeast D.C. also had a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate last year. But Brian Butcher, a history teacher, told NPR, “They don’t deserve to be walking across the stage.”An NPR investigation found that most of Ballou’s 2017 graduation class missed more than six weeks of school. And according to district policy, if students miss a class 30 times in a year, they should fail the course. But teachers felt pressure from administration to pass absent students, according to NPR. Some teachers who were terminated last year told NPR they believe they were targeted for not passing students.While school district officials acknowledge absenteeism is a problem, they told NPR that they can’t ignore what students experience outside of school. NPR reported that many students are dealing with trauma, family responsibilities or a job, which can make it difficult to show up to school every day. Data released last year found that 47 percent of D.C. students have experienced some kind of traumatic event.According to WUSA 9, Marshall’s friend, for instance, was killed in a drive-by shooting at 17. Taylor was five years old when his father was murdered. Yet, both students from Friendship Public Charter School in one of D.C.’s low-income neighborhoods managed to focus on school and football and get full rides to college.The AFRO contacted Friendship Public Charter School multiple times, but the school did not return calls.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more 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 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 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 Technology | October 21, 2010 New System Links RIS, PACS, HIS 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. 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 | 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 Related Content 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 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 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 October 21, 2010 – A new qualitative intelligence and communications system (QICS) directly interfaces with hospital information systems (HIS), radiology information systems (RIS), PACS and related systems and will be on display at RSNA 2010. The peerVue QICS is an IT platform that automatically addresses unmet workflow and communication needs, such as critical test results, emergency department discrepancies, radiation dose tracking, peer review, Rad-path correlations and technologist performance tracking.QICS leverages existing RIS and PACS data, while eliminating the need to create workarounds in these systems or to purchase new software applications to meet evolving workflow, communication and regulatory challenges. A single system with unlimited flexible implementation options, it will reduce IT integration and workflow complexities and save money, while driving new departmental efficiencies.For more information: www.peervue.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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

Business as usual TCF tells agents to operate as normal

Business as usual TCF tells agents to operate as normal

first_imgTravel agents have been urged to continue reporting to the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) as usual after the consumer protection Group received a string of calls enquiring about the future of the company’s operations.Reassurance follows the release of a Consumer Affairs Ministers half year review earlier this month, which highlighted concerns over the relevance of the TCF in today’s market as well as the possible withdrawal of funding into the consumer protection Group.However, despite the report the company’s chief executive Glenn Wells said there is no “immediate changes” to the TCF and at present agents should “continue normal operations”.He explained that at this stage the Ministers have only released a brief communiqué about their decision, which will be followed by a Draft Plan from August this year. “They [agents] must continue to lodge their annual financial reviews and financial statements with the TCF,” Mr Wells said.  “New agents must still make application for TCF participation and show they have the necessary financial resources to carry on business as a travel agent as part of their application for a travel agents licence.” Mr Wells said he expects a final decision on future operations to be made later this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

ClosingCorp Partners With Springboard Home Loans

ClosingCorp Partners With Springboard Home Loans

first_imgClosingCorp Partners With Springboard Home Loans in Headlines, Origination, Technology  ClosingCorp, recently announced that Springboard Home Loans, a not-for-profit mortgage lender working to expand homeownership, has begun using its SmartFees solution, an automated fee solution that delivers real-time closing cost data from more than 20,000 individual service providers.With this move, Springboard will now be able to expedite Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure production through its integration with ClosingCorp and Ellie Mae’s mortgage management solution, Encompass.”As a not-for-profit lender, our mission is to bridge the wealth gap in America by providing scaled solutions and access to capital for underserved communities,” said Gabe Del Rio, President, Springboard CDFI. “Working with ClosingCorp’s Smart Fees brings us best-in-class accuracy and efficiency, while providing a completely transparent closing process for our partners and borrowers.”“We are excited about our association with Springboard and the important role it plays in financing homeownership for aspiring first-time homebuyers,” said Bob Jennings, CEO of ClosingCorp. “We continue to be dedicated to providing solutions that help automate the residential real estate transaction process while helping our lender clients improve cycle times, increase efficiencies and remain compliant at all times.” August 10, 2017 748 Views center_img Share Partnership 2017-08-10 Joey Pizzolatolast_img read more