New UN report underscores ties between poverty and productivity

“Productivity is the cornerstone for poverty alleviation,” Lawrence Jeff Johnson, ILO’s Chief of the Employment Trends Team, said at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today of the report, entitled “Key Indicators of the Labour Market,” also underscored the linkage between poverty and productivity. Although productivity in East Asia has doubled in the last 10 years, the United States remains the global leader by a considerable amount in terms of labour productivity per person employed in 2006, the report noted. South Asia, Central and South-Eastern Europe (non-European Union countries) and the Commonwealth of Independent States have all seen their productivity rise in recent years. In South and East Asia, Mr. Johnson pointed out that the ILO has seen a marked decrease in the “working poor,” which he defined as “those individuals that are working but are unable to earn at least $2 a day for themselves and for their families.” However, the situation is different in sub-Saharan Africa, where there has been only “moderate” growth in productivity, he said. “The only asset the poor have is often their labour. And if we are to reduce poverty, we need to improve productivity,” Mr. Johnson said, adding that bolstering skills and labour could play a key role.The report also said that the productivity gap between the industrialized region and most others remains wide, even as productivity levels have been on the rise over the past decade worldwide.In an ILO press release, the agency stated that an increase in productivity is largely due to firms better utilizing capital, labour and technology, and thus limited investment in training and skills, equipment and technology could lead to an underutilization of the world’s labour potential.“The huge gap in productivity and wealth is cause for great concern,” said Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General. “Raising the productivity levels of workers on the lowest incomes in the poorest countries is the key to reducing the enormous decent work deficits in the world.”The report found the US has increased its productivity growth over most other developed economies, with $63,885 of value added per person employed in 2006, followed by Ireland ($55,986), Luxembourg ($55,641) and Belgium ($55,235).But the report stated that Americans work more hours per year than workers in most other nations with developed economies, and thus Norway has the highest labour productivity level when measured as value added per hour worked. 4 September 2007A new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) released today highlights the linkage between poverty and labour productivity, noting that limited investment in training and skills is diminishing opportunities to lift people out of poverty. read more

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Big Brother streaming edition to premiere Sept 28

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 4:55 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Big Brother’ streaming edition to premiere Sept. 28 FILE- In this April 26, 2015, file photo, Julie Chen arrives at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. An online-only edition of “Big Brother” will begin streaming later this month. CBS announced Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, the new take on the long-running reality TV competition will be titled “Big Brother: Over the Top” and is set to debut Sept. 28. The series hosted by Chen is currently airing its 18th season. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An online-only edition of “Big Brother” will begin streaming late this month.CBS announced Thursday the new take on the long-running reality TV competition will be titled “Big Brother: Over the Top” and is set to debut Sept. 28.“Big Brother: Over the Top” will feature a new cast of houseguests competing over 10 weeks for $250,000 — not the show’s usual $500,000 grand prize. The series will feature live feeds and a weekly elimination.The show is among three new projects set to debut on the CBS All Access streaming service, joining the sci-fi series “Star Trek: Discovery” and a spinoff of the legal drama “The Good Wife.”“Big Brother’ will continue to be broadcast on CBS. The series hosted by Julie Chen is currently airing its 18th season. read more

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Next Seasons NBA Heavyweights Warriors Cavs Spurs Rockets … Timberwolves

Team total240+5.4+1.1 Teams like the Timberwolves usually improved their luckDifference between actual and Pythagorean wins for teams that underperformed their Pythagorean record by 7 or more wins, 1976-2017 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Andrew Wiggins32+1.5-1.9 ACTUAL – PYTHAGOREAN WINS Source: Basketball-reference.com 2010-11Timberwolves-7-2 Shabazz Muhammad16-0.1-3.1 Average-8-1 Gorgui Dieng30-1.0+2.6 1991-92Timberwolves-8-2 1984-85Trail Blazers-7-4 Karl-Anthony Towns37+3.7+0.3 1994-95Bulls-7+2 The Timberwolves look like contendersCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Minnesota Timberwolves SEASONTEAMSEASONFOLLOWING SEASON Justin Patton8-2.6+0.4 2011-1276ers-8+3 But that doesn’t account for the significant cap space cleared by the Rubio deal. If Minnesota added free agent point Jeff Teague, for example, their projected record would improve to 53-29. If they signed Kyle Lowry instead, they’d project to finish at 58-24. They could also use the extra cap room to sign a frontcourt player.Projecting the Timberwolves to win 50-something games seems awfully daring, especially for a team that’s burned CARMELO in the past. (CARMELO boldly projected the Wolves to win 46 games last season. Instead, they won 31.) But let me walk you through what the system is “thinking.” The projection reflects a combination of three factors: Butler, the Timberwolves’ youth, and their bad luck last season.Jimmy Butler is really good, and he’s replacing players who were really badCARMELO expects Butler to be worth about 10 wins next season, as compared to a replacement-level player. Oftentimes, replacement level is too low a bar when it comes to assessing an NBA acquisition. If the Celtics added players such as George and Hayward, their minutes would partly come at the expense of other pretty good players such as Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.2And they also might have to sacrifice players such as Bradley and Crowder as part of trades, or to clear cap room. Thus, their net gain might not be as large as you’d think.But the players the Wolves gave up for Butler weren’t making positive contributions at all, at least according to advanced statistics such as Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus. (CARMELO uses a combination of these stats to make its projections, weighting RPM more heavily.) LaVine is a good athlete who can create shots but who was woefully inadequate on defense; thus, he was no better than replacement level last season, these metrics figure. And Dunn, like many rookies, was overmatched, playing at a below-replacement-level clip. Thus, Butler is a true 10- or 11-win upgrade, relative to the players Minnesota gave up for him.We should note, however, that where Butler falls on the spectrum between “really good” and “superstar” is a matter of some debate. According to RPM, Butler was the seventh-best player in the NBA last season on a per-possession basis and the third most valuable by wins added above replacement level when also considering his playing time. By a more subjective measure — the views of sportswriters voting for the All-NBA teams — he was somewhere between the 11th- and the 15th-best player in the league, by contrast.Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins should continue to improveThe Wolves’ two former No. 1 overall picks are young — Karl-Anthony Towns turns 22 in November, while Andrew Wiggins will turn 23 in February — and both still have plenty of room to grow, especially on defense. Towns already has a well-rounded offensive game, having developed into a dangerous outside shooter last year (37 percent from 3-point range). But the advanced metrics are somewhat split on his defense, with RPM viewing it as below-average — unusual for a 7-footer3RPM almost always rates players that tall as net-positive defenders. — while stats based on opponents’ field goal percentages suggest that he does a respectable job of rim protection. Towns’s defense tended to fall apart in the fourth quarter last season, and overwork could have been an issue — he was second in the NBA in minutes played, behind Wiggins.Wiggins’s indifferent defense has been a subject of frequent critique at FiveThirtyEight. But the advanced metrics are uniformly in agreement that it’s poor. He allowed an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent last season on shots where he was the nearest defender.4And a maximum of 6 feet from the shooter; we consider shots where no defender was within 6 feet to have been uncontested. NBA shooters also have an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent on uncontested shots, so it’s as though he wasn’t playing defense at all. Because Wiggins is a good athlete with a long wingspan — factors that usually predict good defense — the problems mostly boil down to technique and effort, and those things can sometimes be improved.The Timberwolves were unluckyMinnesota was outscored by only 1.2 points per game last season, and yet they went 31-51. If that seems like a mismatch, it is. A team with that point differential would typically expect to go about 38-44, according to the Pythagorean record as calculated at Basketball-Reference.com. Thus, the Wolves underperformed by seven wins last year, relative to their number of points scored and allowed. That’s because they didn’t play well in crunch time and went 10-18 in games decided by 6 points or fewer.It’s easy to come up with hypotheses for why they played so poorly in these situations. Towns and Wiggins played too many minutes; Wiggins and LaVine took poor shots; Rubio isn’t a scorer, which limited their options in the half-court; they were bad on defense overall, and those differences are magnified in crunch time.The fact is, however, that teams who underperform their Pythagorean records by as much as the Wolves did last season usually don’t have the same problem the next time around, or at least not to the same extent. There had been 19 previous cases since the NBA-ABA merger where a team underperformed its Pythagorean record by seven or more wins. On average, they fell only one win short of their Pythagorean record in the following season. There’s certainly some skill in which teams fare best in crunch time — and Butler, who’s both a good defender and a versatile scorer, can help the Wolves with that — but losing so many games in the clutch is usually partly a matter of bad luck. 2006-07Celtics-7-1 Tyus Jones15-0.3-0.8 2013-14Timberwolves-8-3 1996-97Celtics-7+3 Repacement-level players43-1.7-0.3 2007-08Raptors-80 1976-77Suns-9-2 1999-2000Nets-70 1997-98Pistons-9-3 Timberwolves’ projected record49.532.5 Nemanja Bjelica16-0.7+0.7 1994-95Trail Blazers-8-4 1992-93Kings-8+2 1978-79Bucks-9-2 1989-90Timberwolves-7-1 1985-86SuperSonics-10-3 Jimmy Butler33+3.8+1.0 1982-83Pacers-7-2 Cole Aldrich10-2.2+2.6 UPDATE (June 30, 5:38 p.m.): Just as we were publishing this story, it was reported that Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Ricky Rubio will be traded to the Utah Jazz for a first-round draft pick. The story has been updated to reflect the trade.It’s a dangerous time of year to be an NBA fan. With free agency officially getting underway on Saturday, and players such as Paul George available via the trade market, you can talk yourself into any number of far-fetched scenarios wherein your favorite team puts just the right pieces together and suddenly becomes a contender. (What if the Spurs added Blake Griffin? What if the Celtics brought in both George and Gordon Hayward?) Sometimes dreams really do come true — like when the Rockets landed Chris Paul this week — but most of the time, you’ll wind up disappointed instead.At FiveThirtyEight, we sometimes play this dangerous game with spreadsheets — specifically, with a spreadsheet that projects team records based on our CARMELO player projections. And there’s one team that really caught our spreadsheet’s eye: the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves already made their big move of the summer, acquiring the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and an exchange of first-round draft picks. When we plugged the Wolves’ CARMELO projections into the spreadsheet,1Assuming the Wolves re-sign restricted free agent Shabazz Muhammad but make no other changes. it came up with a projected record of 50-33. 2002-03Nets-7-2 WINSLOSSES What could go wrong — or very, very rightIn addition to all the bad things that could happen to the Wolves from a basketball standpoint — injuries, poor chemistry, etc. — they’re also a challenging team to forecast. For the past two seasons, the Wolves have unquestionably had a lot of talent on their roster but have also unquestionably been bad. It isn’t quite as clear why this disconnect occurred. Towns, Wiggins, Rubio and LaVine are all somewhat unusual players, and they each engender disagreements both between the various statistical systems and between stats and “eye test” evaluations. The way RPM and CARMELO looked at the Wolves, Wiggins and especially LaVine were part of the problem last season, while Towns and Rubio were part of the solution. If that assessment was wrong, then jettisoning LaVine could be more costly than the system assumes. And as I mentioned, RPM and CARMELO view Butler as a borderline-superstar player and not “merely” an All-Star; that’s another source of uncertainty.On the flip side, the Timberwolves do have some additional cap space and an opportunity to round out their roster via players such as Taj Gibson, J.J. Redick or Danilo Gallinari. Even modest improvements could go a long way because they don’t have a deep rotation as currently constructed.Or the Wolves could go really bold and package Wiggins for another star. Before landing Butler, the Timberwolves were reportedly in the market for George, for example. But a straight-up trade of Wiggins for George would work under the NBA’s salary cap rules given the Wolves’ extra cap space. It would be a hugely risky move — George will be a free agent next summer and has said he wants to play for the Lakers — but a core of George, Butler and Towns could make the Timberwolves legitimate title contenders. Or at least, the spreadsheet says so. read more

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Twitters favourite shepherd quits government review of National Parks after three days

I’m done. Thank you to all the lovely people I have met and chatted with on here. Learnt loads from you all. Maybe I’ll pop back someday.But never intended to go this long. pic.twitter.com/npRnhl90dV— Herdwick Shepherd (@herdyshepherd1) June 18, 2018 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. Guy Shrubsole, an environmental campaigner, said the panel had “seemed rather skewed” in favour of farmers.He told The Telegraph: “I was just a bit perturbed not to see an ecologist on the panel… obviously a review of National Parks obviously has to listen carefully to farmers – such as James Rebanks – I’d just hoped the review would also include a conservation scientist, and I remain hopeful that they will appoint one.”Mr Rebanks’ resignation has prompted fears from countryside groups that farming interests won’t be sufficiently represented on the panel.Fiona Howie, chief executive of Campaign for National Parks, said Mr Rebanks resignation was a “real shame” and called for a “more sensible and mature debate” over the future of the country’s National Parks.A Defra spokesman said the views of farmers and land managers were ‘vitally important’ to the review, but no decisions had yet been made about a replacement. A high-profile Cumbrian sheep farmer dubbed “Twitter’s favourite shepherd”, has quit a major government review of England’s National Parks, blaming the “cretinous” objections of a fringe conservationists.James Rebanks told The Telegraph that he resigned from the panel, set up by Michael Gove, the Environmental Secretary, just three days after agreeing to the role after he faced a barrage of online criticism from “a small minority of conservationists” who objected to a sheep farmers being included in the review.Mr Rebanks, a Herdwick shepherd whose family have worked the land for 600 years, went from unknown rural shepherd to international prominence after he opened a Twitter account in 2012 to document life on his sheep farm.He has since gained more than 112,000 followers, been featured in The New Yorker and his book – The Shepherd’s Life – was published to critical acclaim. It also appears he is taking a break from Twitter, using the social media platform to say he was “done”.   James Rebanks   James Rebanks Credit:Stuart Nicol The farmer says he has an “excellent relationship” with the major conservationist bodies, but blamed “extreme environmentalists” for his decision, saying they were not interested in how to “make the uplands of Britain better both for nature but also the people of the future”.Mr Rebank’s appointment to panel, which also includes Conservative MP Nicola Blackwood and former National Trust director general Dame Fiona Reynolds, received a lukewarm welcome from some conservationists, who said it was dominating by farming interests and seemed set to reject ‘rewilding’ the countryside with endangered and extinct flora and fauna. read more

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Drivers will beat traffic jams through new app which maps UKs most

The Government is also issuing guidance to local councils about charging utility companies for carrying out roadworks at peak times The Government is also issuing guidance to local councils about charging utility companies for carrying out roadworks at peak timesCredit:Andrew Crowley Roads minister Jesse Norman says motorists will be able to plan journeys better to avoid congestionCredit:Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images Roads minister Jesse Norman says motorists will be able to plan journeys better to avoid congestion “We want to reduce this disruption and delay, and Street Manager is just one of a number of actions we are taking so that local authorities and utility companies can better plan and manage their roadworks.”The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily.”The current system has been described as old and often supplies out-of-date information about roadworks.A spokesman for the department said Street Manager will allow existing apps such as Waze and Google maps to enhance their services for motorists. It would see the latest data shared via satnavs and app ‘push’ notifications.Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, welcomed the proposal. “Roadworks, while necessary, cause congestion and disruption to road users and businesses, with UK drivers wasting an average of 31 hours in rush-hour traffic last year,” he said.”Councils are on the side of frustrated motorists who find themselves spending wasted hours held up in tailbacks and already do what they can to minimise costs to road users.”These initiatives will give road users more accurate information to plan their journeys and avoid delays where possible.” Earlier this year it was announced authorities were given the power to fine firms up to £2,500 a day for working on roads during busy periods.  Around 2.5 million roadworks are carried out annually, costing the economy £4 billion according to figures from the DfT.The charges will also encourage companies to work together to ensure the same road is not dug up multiple times.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys. The Government is promising to help motorists avoid traffic jams in the future by investing millions of pounds in a new mapping system.The Department for Transport has announced it is investing £10 million to create a real-time map of traffic jams.The technology will replace the old system which distributes data about roadworks which is often out of date. The programme, titled Street Manager, will be free for companies and app developers to use.The department hopes Waze and Google maps will integrate their data so drivers can plan the most effective routes to their destinations.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Alongside this announcement, the Government is also issuing guidance to local councils about charging utility companies for carrying out roadworks at peak times. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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National Library launches initiative to teach uneducated persons to read and

The National Library in collaboration with the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) launched an initiative called “Smart Skills Pilot Programme” which is intended to help persons with poor literacy skills.Guyana’s Ministry of Education states that a significant number of students do not reach an acceptable level of literacy.There are many individuals, young and old, employed and unemployed, who have difficulties reading, writing, speaking and understanding.As such the Smart Skills Pilot Programme aims to teach those persons how to effectively apply literacy skills.The initiative is divided into several modules. There is a class focused on basic reading and understanding for adults, another regarding the filling out of forms and one about the recognition and signing of names.The classes are being held at the Library’s Georgetown Centre. But plans are afoot to roll out the project at its rural centres.Some of persons being targeted are vendors and janitors. Young entrepreneurs are also targeted, since the training seeks to boost their confidence and intellect. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeenage mothers to be re-integrated into schoolsFebruary 12, 2016In “Politics”President announces subvention for Sophia Literacy ProgrammeDecember 13, 2015In “Business”Education Ministry unveils 5 year reading revolution as world celebrates Literacy DaySeptember 8, 2014In “Business” read more

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Young Greek girl killed at sea

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 12-year-old Craigieburn girl has died after being pulled into deep sea by a riptide. Tina Eustace was playing in shallow water with her sister Helen, 14, and friend Monique, 14, at Gippsland’s Loch Sport on Sunday January 3rd when all three were unexpectedly drawn into deeper water. Tina’s mother, Carmen, had only turned her back for a second to grab some towels.An anonymous woman noticed the struggling trio, diving into the waters and recovering the girls safely to the shore.But it was too late for Tina. Whilst the other girls were unhurt, the 12-year-old was not breathing. Paramedics tried to revive her and managed to bring her back temporarily but she died some hours later at the Royal Children’s Hospital.Tina’s devastated father, Nick, said his family was struggling to cope with the loss of his daughter, who was looking forward to starting Year 7 this year.He is furthermore angry that the beach had no warning signs of danger in the area. Nevertheless, he hopes that other families will take heed of the following important message.“Parents should always exercise extreme caution as it doesn’t take long for accidents to happen,” he said.“Our children knew how to swim but it wasn’t enough.”last_img read more

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Etax return forms for high earners

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 1.2 million taxpayers will have to learn how to fill and submit their tax returns in electronic format by June, as the Finance Ministry is set to demand that everyone with annual incomes in excess of 15,000 euros send their forms through the internet as of this year. As a result, even pensioners and farmers across the country will be forced to discover the world wide web, as their handwritten forms will no longer be acceptable if the ministry’s intention turns into law. The aim is to have those earning over 1,100 euros per month pay their tax as early as possible. Already tax receipts for 2012 have been delayed as the ministry has put back the deadlines for the submission of statements. The estimated 1.2 million taxpayers will receive a notice in the mail informing them that they should submit their statement electronically as of this year. They will then have to visit the website of the General Secretariat of Information Systems (GSIS) at www.taxisnet.gr to collect their personal tax code. The general secretary of the GSIS, Haris Theocharis, said on Wednesday that he expects the submission of four million electronic tax statements this year, up from 2.75 million in 2011. Some 800,000 self-employed taxpayers have been obliged to submit their forms electronically, with 1.2 million to be added to them this year. The rest who have been using the Internet to send their statements have acted on their own initiative. It is clear that many will need to resort to tax experts, seeking help that will set them back by anything between 30 and 100 euros. Sources suggest, however, that the expense of a tax expert’s help could be exempt from the taxable income, although that will only count for next year’s statement. Meanwhile, the guideline booklet issued by the Finance Ministry yesterday calls on all its agencies to go ahead with confiscation of salaries, pensions or bank accounts of taxpayers with debts to the state. Debts have to be over 5,000 euros and should not leave taxpayers with less than 1,000 euros per month when it comes to salary or pension confiscation. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Google Chrome passe en version finale 41

first_imgGoogle Chrome passe en version finale 4.1Deux semaines après avoir mis en ligne la version bêta de Chrome 4.1, Google annonce la disponibilité de la version finale de son dernier navigateur Internet. Grande nouveauté de cette dernière mouture : l’intégration de la traduction automatique des pages en langue étrangère.Uniquement disponible pour les utilisateurs de Windows, Chrome 4.1 se dote de l’outil de traduction automatique de Google, permettant de traduire les pages consultées en 52 langues. Cette option est accessible en un simple clic, une barre d’outils apparaissant dès que le contenu d’une page est dans une langue différente de celle choisie par défaut. Cette barre propose une traduction, il suffit alors de cliquer sur “oui” ou “non”.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Outre cette principale nouveauté, la dernière mouture du navigateur de Google s’enrichit de plusieurs fonctions de contrôle de la confidentialité. Sont désormais possibles la configuration de l’enregistrement des cookies, de l’affichage des fenêtres pop-up, de l’exécution JavaScript ou encore de l’usage des plug-ins. L’utilisateur peut alors définir des règles générales ou décider de mettre en place des exceptions pour certains sites.Une mise à jour sera très prochainement proposée automatiquement aux utilisateurs des précédentes versions de Chrome, mais il est  également possible, en attendant, de télécharger Chrome 4.1 sur www.google.com/chrome.Le 18 mars 2010 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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RBC to close four Branches across the country

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 3, 2017 – Nassau – A decision to close down four RBC branches of banks across the country is true; the company is calling it a merger of those branches with other nearby branches.  However, some of the branches which will be fused are miles apart and even on completely separate islands.While there is no clarity on how many staff members will be impacted, RBC Royal Bank explains in a media release that it is working on ways to soften the impact.  The bank said,  “RBC will partner with employees to identify alternative opportunities they may wish to consider during their respective transition period.  Where this is not possible, we are committed to communicating with employees regularly so they have the information they need to make informed decisions about their future.” Treasure Cay Branch in Abaco will close and merge with Marsh Harbour; Lynden Pindling International Airport branch will close and merge with Cable Beach branch; Bimini Branch will close and merge with Grand Bahama RBC, with effect from May 26 and Spanish Wells branch will merge with Harbour Island by June 23.  RBC says it is committed to a smooth transition.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Matic Players are responsible for form and Mourinhos exit

first_imgNemanja Matic believes Manchester United players are responsible for the club’s current form and Jose Mourinho’s exit.The Portuguese manager lost his job after United’s 3-1 defeat at rivals Liverpool on December 16, with the club making a swift move to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a caretaker boss.The Norwegian’s time in charge began in impressive fashion as he guided them to a 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday night.However, the gap between the Red Devils and arch-rivals Liverpool has become massive 19 points behind and Matic insists the players are responsible for their poor performances.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…When asked if the players must take responsibility, Matic told Sky: “Of course. I said this also after the Liverpool game, that we have to take responsibility and do our best to play better and to win games.“I don’t know [what changed at Cardiff]. This is the question no one has an answer to but we are sure this is the way to continue, to fight and we will try to do it.“This is football. In football this happens. We know also it’s not only the manager’s fault when the results are not good.“But this is football and we have to carry on, to fight for the club.”last_img read more

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Charges dropped against boxer involved in fight at Miami Beach parking garage

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Charges against a boxing champion involved in a brawl at a Miami Beach parking garage were dropped after a deal was made in court.Battery charges will be dropped against Shakur Stevenson if he serves one year of probation and performs community service.The 21-year-old has already paid the victims’ medical bills.Surveillance cameras captured the undefeated featherweight boxer — seen in the long-sleeve shirt with the white markings — throwing punches at a man and woman in 2018.Police said Stevenson and another boxer made sexually explicit comments to the victims that instigated the fight.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Troopers Will Be Patrolling Checking Buoys And Pots Through September

first_imgCol. Doug Massie, Director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers: “In years past, we have had reports of people pulling pots that don’t belong to them and taking the shrimp. This is so frustrating for the owners of the pots. We are doing what we can to mitigate this by being out there and meeting with people recreating on the water. We hope that our visibility will deter this illegal behavior.” Last month, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released an emergency order limiting the number of allowable pots to three this year for the fishery. AWT would also like to remind fishermen that, if they are shrimping, all people in the boat are required to have a shrimp permit in addition to their regular fishing license. Permits are available online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/. This fishery does require fishermen to report their harvest by October 15. Harvest reporting can be done online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/PU/.center_img Common violations that Troopers write tickets for during the shrimp pot fishery are failing to have a proper biodegradable escape mechanism and improperly marked buoys. In addition to checking licenses of fishermen, Troopers do pull pots to check that everything meets the requirements. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be out patrolling and checking buoys and pots in the Prince William Sound through September 15, when the fishery closes.last_img read more

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Google agrees to comply with RBIs data storage rules

first_imgReserve Bank of India [ Representational image]Reuters/Vivek PrakashAccepting RBI’s norms of payment service rules on data localisation, Google has sought an extension to meet the deadline for local storage of data in India. This comes on the backdrop of a directive by the central bank in April this year where it had asked payments system operators to store all data, including full end-to-end transaction details collected, within the country to ensure the security of users’ data.Last month Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Law & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had met in California. During the meeting, the Technology giant had accepted the Central government regulations of local storage norms regarding its payment service app Google Pay, earlier named as ‘Tez’Google has sought time till December to comply as the current deadline put by RBI is October 15 to store all the information in the country.Apart from Google Pay, Visa, American Express, Facebook, PayPal, and Mastercard are also required to store the data in India. Google app icon seen on a smartphone screenREUTERS/Dado RuvicAccording to a report by Reuters, US trade groups, representing companies such as Amazon, American Express and Microsoft, have opposed India’s push to store data locally and the issue could further undermine already strained economic relations between India and the USExperts are of the opinion that Google Pay has a   limited customer base and only domestic transactions take place on its platform, whereas Visa and Mastercard have to process much more data most of which is cross-border transactions.The Google spokesperson said that soaring data flows generate more economic value and hence the socio-economic impact of restricting data flows must be thoroughly considered while framing any policy. There is a need to find practical and contemporary solutions to policy issues in line with global best practices, Indian express quoted.In an interview with Mint, Hany Fam, president, enterprise partnerships, Mastercard, while agreeing that the regulations will pose financial implications for companies, proposed for a clear distinction between storage norms of personally identifiable information (PII) and non-PII data.PII is any data that could potentially identify a specific individual including name, social security number, date and place of birth and biometric records, etc.The order was issued at the time when Zuckerberg led Facebook faced a global backlash over breach of user data.last_img read more

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SCBA announces 5day demo for obstruction to meet CJ

first_imgSupreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Saturday announced a 5-day nationwide demonstration programme protesting the police ‘obstruction’ during SCBA lawyers’ attempt to meet chief justice SK Sinha on Friday.SCBA president Zainul Abedin came up with the announcement at a press briefing at SCBA auditorium in the morning.”Lawyers of all district bar associations will form human chains and hold protest rallies from Sunday to Thursday protesting the obstruction,” said advocate Zainul Abedin, also a BNP leader.On Friday, members of SCBA executive committee had to return from in front of the Bar Council building due to the police obstruction on their way to the house of chief justice SK Sinha to meet him, he alleged.”This proves that the CJ didn’t go on leave willingly rather he was forced to take the leave”, he added.”Article 94 of the Constitution states about the independence of the judiciary but now the head of the judiciary, the chief justice, himself doesn’t have any freedom, which we consider as deception of the government with the judiciary.” he said.SCBA general secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon said those who have taken stance against the chief justice they actually do not want independence of the judiciary.last_img read more

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Trumps firing of FBI head triggered probe Ex FBI official

first_imgActing FBI director Andrew McCabe announces the results of the national health care fraud takedown during a news conference at the justice department in Washington, US, 13 July 2017. Photo: ReutersFormer top FBI official Andrew McCabe said he began an obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigation involving US president Donald Trump and his ties to Russia after Trump fired bureau director James Comey in May 2017, CBS News reported on Thursday.McCabe, who became acting director after Comey’s firing, said he was disturbed by his conversation with Trump following Comey’s dismissal and got the investigations started the following day, according to excerpts from an interview with “60 Minutes” to be broadcast on Sunday.”I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly,” said McCabe.In the first public confirmation of the investigation by an official who was involved, McCabe described events that occurred in the eight days between Comey’s firing and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, CBS said.”I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly and reassigned or fired that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace,” said McCabe, who is promoting a book to be released next week, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.”McCabe confirmed a New York Times report in September that there were meetings at the Justice Department about whether the vice president and Cabinet members could be gathered to remove Trump under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which outlines how a sitting president can be removed.McCabe also confirmed the newspaper’s account that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump, CBS reported.Rosenstein denied the report at the time and a justice department spokeswoman said on Thursday that Rosenstein again rejects McCabe’s account as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”Mueller’s office is examining possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Moscow has denied interfering and Trump says there was no collusion with his campaign.Trump, who has frequently criticized Comey, McCabe and the Russia inquiry, on Thursday attacked McCabe on Twitter as a leaker and a “disgrace to the FBI.”In June 2017, Comey told a Senate committee he believed Trump had directed him to drop a probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of the broader Russia investigation.McCabe himself was fired in March 2018 by then-US attorney general Jeff Sessions, who cited an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation watchdog report that found McCabe leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions. McCabe said he was targeted over the Russia probe.The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, called on McCabe to appear before the panel to “answer questions about what appears to be, now more than ever, bias against President Trump.”last_img read more

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Young electrician dies maintaining air conditioning units in Puerto Aventuras

first_imgPuerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A man was pronounced dead by paramedics after emergency officials were called to the Chedraui supermarket in Puerto Aventuras.The emergency call came in around noon when an electrician was apparently repairing the store’s air conditioning system. Reports say that the man, a 20-year-local, was electrocuted while performing maintenance on the unit.Municipal police arrived along with paramedics, however, they confirmed the young man had already died for apparently for not wearing safety equipment.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img

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Redrick Technologies to Exhibit at SIIM 2016 Annual Meeting

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 08, 2019 Infervision Releases InferTEST Program at SIIM 2019 Infervision announced their InferTEST program at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM)… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 21, 2016 Redrick Technologies to Exhibit at SIIM 2016 Annual Meeting Company’s presentation will include latest case study focusing on importance of good ergonomics in the radiology reading room June 21, 2016 — RedRick Technologies — provider of ergonomic radiology furniture, monitor mounting solutions and reading room design guidance — announced it will be exhibiting at the 2016 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 29-July 1 in Portland, Ore. The company’s offerings will focus on the importance of good ergonomics in the radiology reading room.RedRick Technologies can now address the need for a more compact and cost-effective radiologist workstation that still provides a high-quality, ergonomic and fully adjustable sit/stand workspace. These new workstations will enable more healthcare facilities to benefit from the link between good ergonomics, radiologist health and productivity. RedRick Technologies provides fully integrated and adjustable reading environments that reflect a consultative approach and high standards for product design, quality and function.Visitors to the RedRick Technologies booth at the SIIM 2016 annual meeting are also encouraged to pickup a copy of their latest customer case study about the challenges of balancing the demands of reading productivity and clinical collaboration. This case study reviews how the development of a new ergonomic reading room in the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Center in Hamilton, Ontario, helped their radiologists overcome such challenges to the benefit of their clinical and operational workflow.For more information: www.redricktechnologies.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more last_img read more

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Apollo Enterprise Patient Multimedia Manager Adds DiACardios Cardiology Decision Support

first_img 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 | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Clinical Decision Support | January 19, 2017 Apollo Enterprise Patient Multimedia Manager Adds DiACardio’s Cardiology Decision Support Apollo adds to its set of image analysis and clinical decision support tools with DiACardio’s LVivo automated Echo Evaluation Toolbox 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more center_img Related Content 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 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. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 January 19, 2017 — Apollo Enterprise Imaging Corp. announced it has entered into an agreement with DiACardio Ltd to integrate DiACardio’s cardiology decision support tools into Apollo’s enterprise imaging solution, Apollo EPMM (Enterprise Patient Multimedia Manager).Apollo will integrate DiACardio’s LVivo Toolbox, which enables cardiologists to analyze echo clips, automatically and instantly with high accuracy in a click of a button. Based on proprietary technology it enables automated calculation of the left ventricular ejection fraction and global strain (LVivo EF) in addition to automated segmental wall motion and segmental strain evaluation of the left ventricle (LVivo SG). Using these tools within Apollo EPMM, users will be able to conduct quick, accurate and objective cardiac analyses on echocardiograms at the touch of a button. Recent American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guideline updates regarding the treatment and evaluation of heart failure underscore the importance of reliable, standardized, reproducible and quantitative reporting of left ventricular function. The combined capabilities of Apollo and DiACardio allow cardiologists to diagnose illness more reliably, share images with colleagues more readily, and with precision, quantitatively track response to treatment in an era where cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices are being recommended more frequently.Apollo will be exhibiting at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 20-22 in Orlando, Fla.For more information: www.apolloei.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Qatar Airways acquires the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

first_imgQatar Airways acquires the Sheraton Melbourne HotelQatar Airways acquires the Sheraton Melbourne HotelAcquisition strengthens hospitality offering for passengers travelling on the award-winning airline’s daily flights to Melbourne Qatar Airways brought its ultra-modern A380 to Melbourne in June 2017 Airline launched direct service to the Australian capital of Canberra earlier this week, connecting Canberrans to its extensive global network of more than 150 destinations   Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, further expanding the growing portfolio of its hospitality division, Dhiafatina Hotels.The Sheraton Melbourne joins a growing list of distinguished establishments acquired and managed by Dhiafatina Hotels, including the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, The Novotel Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh Scotland, the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, and The Airport Hotel located at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA).Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel complements Qatar Airways’ global strategy for growth, and further strengthens our offering for passengers travelling on board our daily flights to Melbourne. Melbourne is an incredibly important destination on the Qatar Airways network, so much so that last year we began flying our state-of-the-art Airbus A380 aircraft to Melbourne.“Qatar Airways is committed to going places together with our passengers, and I am delighted to announce the acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel as part of the Dhiafatina portfolio, hand-picked to extend the excellent service our passengers receive, both in the air and once they arrive at their destination.”The elegant five-star Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is located in the Paris end of Melbourne’s Little Collins Street, just minutes away from many well-known restaurants, theaters, and designer boutiques, as well as Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is also within walking distance of the iconic Parliament House and the Melbourne Museum. With its 174 luxurious rooms and suites, it is ideally situated for guests choosing a city break as well as business travellers who are attending one of Melbourne’s many events and exhibitions.The hotel features the Little Collins Street Restaurant with its Signature Seafood Buffet and High Tea, as well as its magnificent view of Melbourne. The hotel also features the distinguished East Restaurant on the ground floor, as well as the many scrumptious delights of Crux & Co Pâtisserie.The Spa at the Sheraton Melbourne features five treatment rooms, an indoor heated lap pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. A dedicated floor offers 670 square meters of meetings and events space and extensive event coordinating and catering facility.Qatar Airways introduced its flagship Airbus A380 on the Melbourne route in June 2017, increasing the airline’s daily capacity on the Doha-Melbourne route by 44 per cent. The A380 aircraft features a luxurious First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, as well as designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and  amenities. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including onboard Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected to while up in the air.In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialise at the on-board lounge located on the upper deck of the aircraft.Earlier this week, Qatar Airways launched direct services to the Australian capital of Canberra, and now proudly connects Canberrans to the airline’s extensive global network of more than 150 destinations. The airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand; St. Petersburg, Russia and Penang, Malaysia, to name just a few. The airline will launch service to Cardiff, United Kingdom and Thessaloniki, Greece in coming months.Qatar Airways flies daily to Melbourne from Doha’s Hamad International Terminal. To book your journey to Melbourne, please visit www.qatarairways.com.qa About Dhiafatina Hotels:Dhiafatina for Hotels (also known as Dhiafatina) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qatar Airways Group. Dhiafatina is an Arabic word meaning “Our Hospitality,” which represents the Qatar Airways Group expansion into hospitality business including hotels, spa management, and other services.This subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group was established in 2010, and has a growing portfolio of hotel properties that have been hand-picked to complement Qatar Airways’ global strategy of growth for the future.The vision for Dhiafatina is to both own (and in some cases, also operate) four and five-star hotels in strategic key markets for Qatar Airways. The first property to join Dhiafatina was the Oryx Rotana in Doha, which has been owned by Qatar Airways since 2010, and is operated by Rotana Hotels. The Airport Hotel at Hamad International Airport (HIA), opened in 2014, is also operated by Dhiafatina.Dhiafatina also acquired the Sheraton Skyline at Heathrow Airport in London in October 2014 and the Novotel Edinburgh Park in Scotland in April 2015. These properties are wholly owned by Dhiafatina and the day-to-day operations are managed by branded hotel operators, Starwood and Accor respectively.Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

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