zoom An investigation has been launched into a possible cartel in the bunker sector in the Netherlands and Belgium, according to the Dutch competition authority.This investigation involves several companies that are active in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp, which may have concluded illegal price-fixing agreements, according to the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).The Dutch Public Prosecution Service provided ACM with valuable information about the bunker sector coming from the police. That information was one of the reasons to launch this investigation. ACM has already conducted several dawn raids in this sector.Fines for cartel activities imposed on companies can be as high as 40 percent of their combined global turnover. The maximum fine on individuals that have exercised leadership over cartels is EUR 900,000.In the coming months, ACM will assess whether the Dutch Competition Act has indeed been violated by investigating the actual practices in greater detail.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI chaired, on Friday in Rabat, the signing ceremony of an agreement between Morocco and French group PSA Peugeot Citroen providing for the setting up of an automobile factory in the integrated industrial platform “Atlantic Free Zone” in the region of Gharb Chrarda Bni Hssen.The ceremony started with the screening of a film detailing Morocco’s automobile manufacturing sector goals as identified in the industrial acceleration plan.On the same occasion, Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy presented the project before the Sovereign, underscoring the beneficial impact of the new car manufacturing plant, the second to be established in Morocco. After highlighting the positive results of the automobile industry as the first exporting sector in Morocco in 2014, Elalamy said that the new plant reflects the trust that Morocco enjoys among leading car manufacturing groups.In this respect, he pointed to the numerous assets that make Morocco an attractive destination for such large-scale investments, notably institutional, political and macro-economic stability, openness and the free-trade agreements that Morocco signed in addition to the structural reforms that helped improve Morocco’s business climate.Elalamy also underscored the quality of Morocco’s infrastructure and its industrial platforms and competitive edge in terms of logistics and connectedness through railways, highways, ports and airports.Equally important is vocational training through the adoption of an innovative strategy that meets the needs of automobile industry, he said, noting that four institutions are delivering training in these regards in the cities of Tangier, Casablanca and Kenitra.Speaking on the same occasion, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën Carlos Antunes Tavares said that the future factory will be completed for a total cost of 6 billion dirhams.The choice to set up the new plant in Morocco was not accidental, he said, adding that Morocco is well-placed to host such a large-scale investment thanks to its political, social, economic, commercial and geographic assets.The new plant will have a production capacity of 200,000 cars and 200,000 motorbikes, Antunes Tavares. This industrial complex will help the French group to increase exports to several markets in Africa and the Middle East, Antunes Tavares added.The factory will be ready in 2019 and will generate 4500 direct jobs and 20,000 indirect.The new plant will also include a research and development center with 1500 engineers and technicians.On this occasion, King Mohammed VI chaired the signing of the agreement and seven annexes relating to the setting up of the new plant of PSA Peugeot Citroen in Morocco.With MAP
The party’s agitation was to draw the attention of the State and Central governments to the plight of the fishing community and exert pressure on them to take steps to secure the release of the fishermen, he said. Mr. Vasan also appealed to the Centre to introduce Pamban Express in memory of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The late leader had appealed to the railways to introduce the express with a refrigerator coach for transporting fish from the island, while addressing the centenary celebrations of the bridge in January last, he recalled.Later, accompanied by district president A. Ravichandra Ramavanni and former MLAs Asan Ali and Ram Prabu, the TMC leader called on Mr. Kalam’s elder brother A.P.J.M. Maraikayar at the ‘House of Kalam’ and enquired about his health. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) in Tamil Nadu will stage State-wide agitation if the 14 Rameswaram fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on a charge of poaching on June 2 were not released at the end of their judicial remand on August 13, party president G.K. Vasan has said.Addressing the fishing community at Thangachimadam near Rameswaram, Vasan, who was on a “Towards the people” programme, said the fishermen were languishing in a jail for more than two months but neither the State nor the Centre bothered to secure their release, The Hindu newspaper reported. Referring to reports that the Lankan authorities delayed the release of the fishermen in view of the Prime Ministerial elections in the island nation, he said that the Centre should categorically tell the island nation that it should not link the fishermen release to the elections. Vasan who listened to the problems of fishermen by holding talks with the leaders of fishermen associations and the womenfolk before addressing the meeting, expressed anguish that political parties approached the fishermen issue with an eye on electoral gains.“The problem should be approached in a humane way,” he said, and declared that the TMC would be in the forefront in the fight to find a lasting solution to the issue.
Reporting the findings of a seven-member assessment team which visited the city on Thursday, spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York that all UN offices in Mazar – except for the one belonging to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – had been rendered non-functional because of looting. All UN vehicles in the city had also been taken. Despite these difficulties, “the team held talks with General Abdurrashid Dostum of the Northern Alliance and other officials there on the progressive return of UN personnel.”The mission also raised concern about the protection of civilians and the condition of the internally displaced in Mazar-i-Sharif, “reminding the authorities that the eyes of the world are on them right now,” he said.Meanwhile, UN officials in Kabul and Islamabad today expressed their deep concern at the situation in Kunduz, stressing that a negotiated arrangement for the surrender of the Taliban forces – if they wished to do so – would not only save both sides from further bloodletting but would also allow the UN and its partners to revive much-needed humanitarian assistance efforts in the area. The UN officials emphasized that under international humanitarian law and UN human rights conventions, members of armed forces who laid down their arms were entitled to be treated humanely, without any adverse distinctions based on race, colour, religion or other such criteria.In another development, UNICEF today announced that its Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, is scheduled leave this weekend on a trip that will take her to Afghanistan and Pakistan to survey the difficult conditions facing millions of children in a region stricken by drought, displacement, disease and conflict. She will reach the region on Friday following stops in London, Dublin and Geneva.Ms. Bellamy said her trip to the Afghan region would emphasize the critical role children will play in the healthy, future development of Afghanistan. “With winter arriving in Afghanistan at the same time as a new set of political circumstances come into view, this is a crucial time,” she said. “As we plan for the reconstruction of this country’s education system, health care network, and other basic services for children, we cannot forget the immediate needs that must be met over the next difficult months.”
An Albouystown block maker was today (Tuesday), remanded to prison after it was revealed that the man he allegedly attempted to murder is still hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), suffering a punctured lungs.Twenty-seven-year-old, Malcolm Culley of Lot 154 Cooper Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, was not allowed to plea to the indictable charge read to him by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.That charge alleged that he, on May 18 2018 at the said Albouystown, with intent to commit murder wounded Rawle Khan.The Attorney of the accused, George Thomas requested for bail be granted in a reasonable sum revealing that his client, who is a father of one, is expecting another child shortly.He highlighted that Culley has no previous matters in the Courts and does not pose a flight risk.However, Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield objected to this and revealed that Khan is not out of danger suffering a punctured lungs, broken ribs and multiple lacerations in the male surgical ward of GPHC.As such, bail was denied and Culley was remanded to prison to return on June 11 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBlock maker charged with murder released on bailJuly 26, 2018In “Court”Duo remanded for 2014 murder of businesswomanApril 3, 2019In “Court”Teen accused of attempted murder remandedFebruary 20, 2018In “Court”
← Previous Story IHF world’s best coaches 2012: Rivera and Hergeirsson Next Story → Richard Stochl to Motor Zaporozhye DohaIHF Super Globe 2013QatarQatar handball Second day of the IHF Super Globe 2013 was easy one for European teams, HSV and F.C Barcelona. After surprising draw in the first match, German HSV Handball had only easy training against Sydney 35:15 during which some key players as Domagoj Duvnjak got a “free afternoon”.STATISTICSIn the same group, two Qatari teams, Al Sadd and El Jaish played 22:22. The semi-finalist will be known after last round matches.STATISTICSF.C Barcelona had easy job against Brazilian team – Taubate 32:18. The main role had goalkeepers Sterbik and Saric with over 50% of saves, while Sorhaindo scored 7 goals.STATISTICSTunisian team ETOILE SPORTIVE DU SAHEL beat domestic Al Rayyan 30:23.STATISTICS
A SYRIAN PASSENGER plane was forced to land in Ankara this evening on suspicions that it was carrying weapons, Anatolia news agency reported citing officials.“We received information that the plane’s cargo did not comply with rules of civil aviation,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying by the agency.Davutoglu noted that international law would apply if weapons were found on the Syrian aircraft, without elaborating further.The plane carrying 35 passengers was escorted by two Turkish jets to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport for security checks on its cargo by Turkish special operation units.The A-320 plane was travelling from Moscow to Damascus when it was intercepted by Turkish authorities at around 1430 GMT, according to NTV news channel.The search for weapons and ammunition is ongoing.Ankara on Wednesday also warned Turkish airline companies against using Syrian airspace to avoid a possible retaliation from Damascus, NTV added.After that warning, that a Turkish Airlines plane carrying Turkish pilgrims from the northwestern city of Bursa landed urgently in Adana city in the south, according to NTV.The plane is waiting for Ankara’s green light to take off again for its destination in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Tensions between Turkey and Syria have been running high, with sporadic fire exchanges at the border since last Wednesday.Last week, a Syrian shell hit a Turkish border town, killing five civilians – two women and three children.The deadly incident triggered retaliation fire from Turkish artillery units at the border, which has been increasingly fortified by scores of anti-aircraft batteries and Howitzers since the shelling.It also brought on a parliamentary mandate which is valid for one year and which allows the government to authorise cross-border operations in Syria, and to be used “if needed”.The Turkish army also warned earlier Wednesday of a stronger response if Syrian shells continued to land on Turkish soil.Ties between Ankara and Damascus have been dramatically strained since June, when a Turkish jet was brought down by Syrian fire, killing its two pilots onboard.- © AFP, 2012Read: Damascus rejects UN chief call for unilateral ceasefire > Read: Turkey authorises military operations in Syria >
Les bébés se souviennent des sons entendus dans le ventre de leur mèreUne nouvelle étude révèle que, in utero déjà, les fœtus écoutent et mémorisent les sons perçus. Bien que leur cerveau ne soit pas encore complètement développé, les bébés pourraient alors se rappeler ces sons une fois nés. Les enfants, dès tout petits, sont capables d’intégrer et de retenir une quantité colossale d’informations de toutes natures. Une capacité fascinante qui contribue grandement à leur développement. Toutefois, de plus en plus d’études affirment que certaines de ces informations pourraient être “absorbées” avant même de naitre. Dans une nouvelle étude publiée par la revue PNAS, des chercheurs finlandais de l’université d’Helsinki expliquent ainsi avoir découvert que les bébés seraient aussi capables de se souvenir des sons perçus in utero. “En plaçant une main sur la bouche et en parlant, on peut avoir une idée assez juste de ce qu’un fœtus entend lorsqu’il est dans le ventre de sa mère, séparée des bruits extérieurs par l’abdomen”, explique Eino Partanen, le principal auteur de ces recherches, le bébé “peut alors distinguer le rythme des sons et de la musique”. Toutefois, le chercheur rappelle que le cerveau du fœtus n’est pas encore complètement développé. Les foetus peuvent-ils donc se souvenir de ce qu’ils entendent in utero ? Oui, selon les chercheurs, du moins en partie. Pour en arriver là, l’équipe finlandaise a suivi 33 femmes enceintes divisées en deux groupe. La moitié d’entre elles se sont vus demander d’écouter régulièrement, à partir du septième mois de grossesse, une mélodie simple sur laquelle étaient répétés les sons “tatata”.Un “pseudo-mot” bel et bien retenu “Tatata est un pseudo-mot qui n’a pas de sens mais qui suit les règles de la langue finnoise et aurait donc pu exister” mais “il a trois syllabes donc il est plus difficile à apprendre”, explique Eino Partanen. Selon lui, avec ce morceau, les bébés auraient entendu le mot “tatata” environ 25.000 fois avant la naissance. Pour voir si les nourrissons étaient capables de reconnaître le son “tatata” une fois nés, les chercheurs les ont équipés de capteurs et ont réalisé un électroencéphalogramme (EEG). “Lorsqu’un son est répété régulièrement le cerveau finit par fabriquer un souvenir. En faisant écouter à nouveau ce son, on peut réactiver le zone du cerveau qui l’a emmagasiné”, a préciséM. Partanen, et l’EEG permet d’observer l’activité neuronale et donc en quelque sorte d’étudier la mémoire intra-utérine.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les résultats ont ainsi démontrés que les bébés qui avaient écouté/entendu le morceau pendant leur développement en avaient bel et bien fabriqué un souvenir, ce qui n’était pas le cas des autres enfants. L’analyse des EEG donne même à penser que les nourrissons étaient capables de distinguer le mot “tatata” de ses variantes. Enfin, plus les mamans avaient écouté le disque, plus le signal neuronal associé au mot “tatata” se révélait important. Parlez à bébé ! D’un point de vue pratique, ces résultats devraient encourager les futurs parents à parler calmement et régulièrement à leur bébé au cours de la grossesse, mais aussi de faire attention aux mots qu’ils prononcent en sa présence…Le 2 septembre 2013 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambert
Fred has thanked former Arsenal midfielder and agent Gilberto Silva for his role in helping him decide to join Manchester UnitedThe Brazil international turned down offers from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and some clubs in China to sign for the Red Devils this summer.Fred was officially confirmed as a United player on a five-year deal in June after the club agreed to pay Shakhtar Donetsk £47m.And the 25-year-old has thanked his agent, Gilberto, for helping pave the way to Old Trafford.Gilberto played for Arsenal for five years and was a key member of the famous “Invincibles” squad that went the entire 2003/04 season unbeaten.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Gilberto was a top midfielder who played for Arsenal,” Fred told the club website.“But he has a lot of respect for Manchester United, who are obviously a big club here in England.“He praised the club a lot and, after he was granted the opportunity to speak to Jose Mourinho and other senior figures at United, we made the decision together for me to come here. We decided it would be a good move for me.“Gilberto is a top guy and his advice means a lot to me. He played in the same position as I do and he won the Premier League, so I look to him for inspiration, I listen to what he has to say and I take on board what he tells me.”Fred will now be hoping to make his third start for United in Monday’s Premier League game against Tottenham.
US law firm Robins Kaplan has extended its paid parental leave policy to 10 weeks with immediate effect.The extension applies to all regular employees, and will be offered in addition to applicable medical leave benefits. It will mean that birth mothers will generally now receive at least 16 weeks of paid leave.As well as increasing parental leave, the US law firm is also introducing a number of initiatives to support employees upon their return to work. This will include a ramp-up period, where staff members can increase the intensity of their practice at their own pace for up to three months after their return, a parental leave mentoring programme, and offering an alternative work arrangements policy for increased flexibility.These enhancements are part of Robins Kaplan’s Leaders Engaged in the Advancement of Diversity (LEAD) initiative, which was established last year by the executive board to ensure the recruitment, retention and advancement of women, people of different ethnicities and LGBT individuals.Steve Schumeister, managing partner and member of the executive board at Robins Kaplan, said: “We recognise the need for competitive benefits that will allow our firm members to continue to excel in both work and life.“The firm has always upheld a strong commitment to women and diversity, and we believe this enhancement will further enable all working parents to advance their careers as well as their families.”
Of the four key votes; Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona votes yes, as did democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski voted ‘no’ during a dramatic procedural vote held on the senate floor on advancing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a final vote. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan voted ‘Yes’. Kavanaugh will get a final floor vote after enough senators Friday voted to advance his nomination. The final vote was 51 to 49. The final confirmation vote will likely be held on Saturday.
It was Modern Luxury who approached the publication, which has been around for almost 40 years and joins the company’s existing 40 regional titles. Janet O’Grady, the brand’s previous owner, will remain editor-in-chief of Aspen Magazine and continue to direct the publication’s editorial focus.When it comes to growth, Dickey says that Aspen will look to its other titles in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas or Houston, among others, to capitalize on the synergy between the demographics. According to Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, who was not involved in this deal, the very nature of Aspen as a location and a publication presents a great opportunity for Modern Luxury.“This make sense for them because it’s the same kind of audience that they’re going for,” she says. “These magazines sell advertising across their various titles—that’s the business model, to leverage multiple circulations and aggregate circulation to sell larger advertisers that want to target the same kind of audiences and have retail establishments or brands in all of the disparate areas. It’s quite possible that if you did a demographic snapshot of Aspen residents, my guess is that this is a second home for them, so it’s quite possible that Modern Luxury believes the same audience and the same mindset will be there, who will then go back to their primary city and also look for that brand.”Besides growing the brand’s stature among its existing audiences, Dickey says that over the next two-to-three weeks the company will begin rolling out Aspen Magazine on to tablets in an effort to grow its digital presence.In addition to O’Grady, all of Aspen Magazine’s staff is expected to be maintained, and its parent company will look to fill the open positions of publisher and managing editor. According to a spokesperson for Aspen Magazine, the title has a paid circulation of 5,000, though 30,000 copies are usually printed for distribution of this 7x publication.Outside of this acquisition, Modern Luxury is setting its site on continuous growth.“In the summer of 2013 we’ll also be going into the Hamptons—we allow the brands to show us where they need Modern Luxury, whether it’s a Seattle, a Boston or a Philadelphia, whatever the case may be. Where there’s a need, that’s where we look first.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Affluent lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury is closing a hole in its portfolio with the acquisition of Aspen Magazine—a market the CEO says will help propel the company’s growth.“Aspen is a premiere luxury market and our company didn’t have a presence there,” says Michael Dickey, CEO of Modern Luxury. “Our plan was to enter the market here in 2013, but then the opportunity came upon us to purchase Aspen Magazine and it was a great fit.”Dickey declined to offer terms of the sale.
Digital Media Mobile 85 Photos 5G Comcast Share your voice 8 Comments Comcast, the biggest cable company in the US, offers internet speeds of one gigabit per second. The industry announced an initiative to widen availability to 10 gigabit-per-second service to homes. Comcast Amid all the hype for 5G cellular tech at CES this year, the cable industry unveiled its own push for better internet speeds here too. They call it [raises eyebrows] “10G.” After all, if 5G is so great, can you imagine what 10G can do? 5G is the talk of Las Vegas as CES 2019 again. This year, however, 5G’s high-speed wireless networks are actually within eyeshot. Last year, Verizon launched its (sort of) 5G-based home broadband service and AT&T already rolled out 5G service in select markets. More cities will get 5G this year. The technology promises massive speed boosts — think of downloading a season of Game of Thrones onto your phone in minutes — as well as the potential for new developments, like streaming augmented reality.Meanwhile, cable companies, which are stuck with physical connections, don’t want to get left out of the 5G excitement. That’s even if their G isn’t the G that everyone is talking about. The cable industry’s plans to unveil a “10G” network transformation that will lead to 10 gigabits-per-second broadband service into homes in the coming years. Calling the initiative “the next great leap for broadband,” a coalition of international cable industry groups said 10G lab trials are underway and will move to field trials beginning next year. “With groundbreaking, scalable capacity and speeds, the 10G platform is the wired network of the future that will power the digital experiences and imaginations of consumers for years to come,” Michael Powell, the CEO of the US cable industry’s trade group, NCTA, said in a statement.OK, not so fast(See what I did there?)First of all, don’t get the Gs of these labels confused. 5G is the the fifth generation of cellular technology, which will deliver speeds 10 to 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection. But the 10G moniker cable companies are pushing refers to the 10 gigabit-per-second speed they’re aiming to deliver to more homes. A prototype of Motorola’s 5G Mod. Juan Garzon/CNET Today, broadband providers offer one gigabit service to about 80 percent of homes in the US. Their 10G campaign is a way to group all their network upgrade efforts — aimed at upping residential speeds to 10 gigabits — under one shared umbrella. That the branding also throws a little shade at mobile competitors is a bonus. Second, consumer Wi-Fi routers can’t broadcast at 10 gigabit-per-second speeds, and there aren’t many routers available that have the capability to access that kind of connection (and those routers with those ports can cost hundreds of dollars). So 10 gigabit service wouldn’t make a meaningful difference in most homes today, even if it were something cable companies could turn on by flipping a switch. But the point of the group’s 10G push, according to the NCTA, is to build the speed and capacity that can enable new experiences and meet demand for future innovations. That’s especially relevant at CES, when companies from around the world pack Vegas with tech that needs high-capacity networks to function, like devices to manage smart homes or those that create immersive experiences like augmented reality. Finally, 5G has been shown in labs to hit peak speeds at 10 gigabits per second, so while a “10G” campaign may suggest that broadband networks are aiming for something speedier than mobile providers, that’s not necessarily the case. The NCTA has a courteous stance on this, saying that fixed and wireless network technologies complement one another. But it added that 81 percent of people in the US use Wi-Fi networks to watch video on their mobile, so it isn’t all holding hands and singing kumbaya. Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019
Tiny things This expandable tiny house can be bought through Amazon. Wzhgroup Buzzwords incoming! Flat pack. Prefab. Module. Container house. Solar energy. That’s the description for the $23,800 Weizhengheng tiny house you can buy through Amazon in the US.The house comes from China’s Wzhgroup, which specializes in flat pack and container buildings. The structure’s not eligible for Amazon Prime and you’ll need to pay an additional $1,000 for shipping. The Amazon marketplace seller Lot LUO is listed as “just launched” and has no feedback yet.Enlarge ImageYes, it has a bathroom. Wzhgroup What sets the Weizhengheng tiny house apart from some of the other mini homes available through Amazon is the promise of solar power and wind power systems, a bathroom, a kitchen and a remote control that commands the house’s hydraulic system to expand or fold up.Before you get too excited and start mashing the buy-now button, the seller asks potential buyers to get in contact for size and shipping details prior to ordering. The Wzhgroup website says the hydraulic and solar systems are optional, so the final price may vary.Let’s also consider the fate of an earlier viral Amazon tiny house. The $7,350 Allwood Solvalla Studio Cabin Kit captured imaginations back in May and temporarily sold out on the shopping site. There are only a few reviews of the Solvalla, but they’re not kind. “Glorified dog kennel,” reads one. That review complained of a lack of kitchen, bathroom, insulation and electrical wiring. This is where the much more expensive Weizhengheng container house hopes to win out. Online There are no reviews of the Weizhengheng home yet. This isn’t exactly an impulse purchase you can shrug off if it doesn’t work out, so all the usual buyer-beware warnings apply.The design looks promising, but nothing is simple. A tiny house still needs a foundation, and it needs to survive the code compliance requirements for your area. Weizhengheng suggests renting a crane to put it into place. And you’ll still need to factor in installation costs, which may include an electrical hookup, water supply connection and a sewage line. The cute little tiny house you bought on Amazon could end up with a not-so-tiny price tag. CNET is reaching out to Wzhgroup for comment. 7 Inside Intel’s tiny house of the future Share your voice Tags 15 Photos Amazon Comments Scientists build a miniscule house to show off nanorobotics Palm’s head-scratching tiny phone may find a niche with kids
A thick haze of smoke covered Anchorage and much of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Thursday morning.Download AudioThe smoke, from both the Tyonek and Funny River wildfires, was heavy over Anchorage in the early hours, although a light breeze helped to push the smoke away by afternoon. But Christian Cassell, with the National Weather Service’s Anchorage office, says winds now helping to clear smoke away from the city, are about to change“The next 24 hours or so through, let’s say, [Friday] afternoon are looking pretty good, with north winds that’ll gust 20-25 miles per hour. So we’re looking at the smoke being pushed off to the south of Anchorage,” Cassell said. “As we get into [Friday], however, the wind is gonna start reversing again and it’s going to start coming out of the south, and that’s gonna start pushing the smoke up towards Anchorage’s way again. And, unfortunately, it looks like we’re gonna be in that pattern through the weekend.”Cassell says the worst smoke conditions are generally in the late night and earliest morning hours, because of an inversion created when the ground cools faster than the air above it.
If you belong to the millennials’ club —those born after
Feature | April 30, 2014 | Gavin Finn, President and CEO of Kaon Interactive Mobile Technology Enables New Level of Customer Engagement in Medical Marketing When physicians interacted with an iPad their degree of interest in a product increased by as much as 75 percent News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more To make an application truly interactive, it needs to be able to engage the user on three levels: 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. All participants in the process of evaluating and selecting medical devices, whether they are physicians, technicians, nurses, lab technicians, or even purchasing or IT department staff, have a heightened expectation of their role in the buying process. Because they have become so used to actively controlling their own experiences as consumers, they have now brought that level of expectation to their professional domains. This is a crystal-clear opportunity for the suppliers to raise the effectiveness of their sales and marketing. However, it requires a new perspective that involved customer engagement. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content The days of showing ineffective slide presentations, videos and data sheets are over. Welcome to the new life line of mobile engagement for medical marketing. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay Another transformational aspect of the digital interactive experience is that these kinds of customer engagements can occur anywhere, and are not limited to sales meetings. Customers can engage with these applications online (browsing the vendor’s website in their office or home) or at a trade show or professional meeting (on large interactive touch screen devices). This allows for a continuing dialogue and interaction, even after the face-to-face meeting, further increasing the effectiveness of the process. Because these engagements transcend the single sales meeting, marketers now have the opportunity to update and expand the interactive applications over time, keeping them up to date with new product information and relevant to the users. 2. Emotional: By developing some emotional connection to the user (e.g. fun, excitement, etc.), a greater degree of interest, brand connection, and recall is established; How much is this new model changing the landscape for sales and marketing teams who sell into hospitals, physicians groups, laboratories, and research facilities? In a word: completely. The reason for this total transformation is that there is an entirely new (and better) level of involvement that is facilitated by these touch-screen devices, and it allows for better decision-making by the buyers, and more successful communications for the sellers. This revolution is not powered entirely by the electronic devices, however; it is truly driven by the sales and marketing applications that are enabled because of these devices. News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more A series of research studies has shown that when physicians were presented with marketing and sales materials on an iPad, their level of interest and satisfaction with the sales encounter did not increase materially over a more traditional “pitch.” When the physicians interacted with the iPad themselves, however, their degree of interest and satisfaction increased by as much as 75 percent. What made this difference in success possible? In this case, the physicians (customers) were actually using the device and the application — they were active participants in the process, rather than being simply listeners to a sales presentation. John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr The availability of interactive digital applications on mobile platforms is also an opportunity for marketers and sales people to deliver a much more compelling articulation of their value proposition and competitive differentiation. This is possible because of the visual interactive nature of new applications technologies for these platforms. Fully interactive, photo-realistic real-time 3-D products can be explored by each of the customers, replacing the need to see every physical product (particularly for large product portfolios or when numerous versions of products cannot all be made available). Interactive, immersive storytelling applications can also be included, to explain how the company’s products are used to deliver improved outcomes for each constituent (e.g. improved image quality, reduced patient wait times, lower energy costs, etc.). Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more 1. Multi-sensory: By engaging more than one of the senses at a time (e.g. tactile and visual), brain activity is increased, and this improves memory and knowledge retention; In order to successfully exploit these new digital solutions, the sales and marketing content on these touch-devices can’t be the same slide presentations, videos, and PDF files used before. What is required is the dissemination of interactive applications (apps) that allow for each user to explore the vendor’s solution in whatever sequence they prefer, to whatever degree of detail is relevant to them, and at whatever pace is appropriate for them. This means that each customer encounter is a highly personalized experience, delivering a consistent message but in a very specific and meaningful manner. This is truly an opportunity for companies to create an effective user engagement with each constituent in the purchasing process. For the physician, their focus could be on quality of the results and improved patient outcomes, for the technician the emphasis may be on workflow and ease-of-use of the equipment, and for the CFO it may be how the overall cost of ownership is reduced. For every user, because they are driving the interaction themselves, they are able to explore their areas of interest, making the interactive selling experience efficient and effective. 3. Intellectual: When an application includes the sharing/transfer of useful and relevant information, a conversation results, one that is characterized as a dialogue with knowledge transfer. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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 | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Editor’s note: Gavin A. Finn, Ph.D., is president and chief executive officer of Kaon Interactive, a provider of interactive 3-D product marketing and sales applications that help B2B marketers and salespeople consistently demonstrate and differentiate products anywhere, anytime, on any device. For more information, visit www.kaon.com. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. An example of a 3-D product demo, where a device can be rotated on any axis, allows zooming in on details and enables a virtual tour, including opening covers or doors to show internal components.It is impossible to escape the reality that as the use of mobile electronic devices increases amongst consumers, a proportionate increase in the use of such devices in the medical sales and marketing arena will follow. This is already a significant trend that has spread from pharmaceutical sales to device providers and, indeed, through all aspects of the interaction between physicians and their providers of tools and solutions. This new engagement capability could not come at a more opportune time. With regulatory constraints, increased workloads, and more competition, face time with prospects has been virtually eliminated. Capturing and focusing the prospects’ attention, and using the precious few moments granted for a meeting in the most effective way, are now imperatives that drive the success of all sales encounters. With mobile interactive applications, the customer participates actively in the process to clearly understand the value of the solution and how it meets their specific needs. Through this active participation, knowledge acquisition and retention is increased. Consequently, everyone in the purchasing ecosystem has the most accurate and useful information available in order to make informed buying decisions.
Friday, February 3, 2017 Tags: TICO Ontario Comp Fund contribution rates go up April 1 Share TORONTO — TICO is reminding registrants that the increase to the Compensation Fund contribution rate from $0.20 to $0.25 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales takes effect April 1.Last year TICO announced its Board of Directors had approved a phased-in increase over two years. The phased in approach was to provide some relief to registrants. Phase 1 allowed for an increase from $0.15 to $0.20 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales and became effective on July 1, 2016.The increase approved for Phase 2 of the Compensation Fund Contribution Rate provided for an increase from $0.20 to $0.25 per thousand dollars of Ontario sales effective April 1.“We understand that the industry is facing difficult challenges. TICO has maintained a strong control over its costs, and this focus will continue. TICO understands the concerns of industry members that the legislation and funding model is dated and needs to be reviewed. Both the Board and Senior Management are committed to continued collaboration with the Ministry to ensure these concerns are understood during the Ontario Government’s comprehensive review of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05,” said Richard Smart, TICO President & CEO.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“Our goal has been to keep fees to registrants as low as possible while ensuring that TICO has appropriate resources to execute its consumer protection mandate in an efficient and effective manner.” Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments Share Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian army troops killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting Tuesday in a forest to plan attacks on the country’s capital, a ranking gendarmerie official said.The official said that two others were captured in the assault on the group meeting in the Boukram forest in Boumerdes, some 20 kilometers (about 13 miles) from Algiers. A dozen Kalashnikovs, three rocket launchers and dozens of homemade bombs were recovered. It was the deadliest assault on extremists in recent times in Algeria where al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, carries out sporadic attacks east of Algiers.The official, in the gendarmerie’s command post in Boumerdes, said intelligence sources had informed the army of the meeting. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly about the operation.The official described the dead as “terrorists,” the habitual reference for AQIM which operates in the region, sometimes striking at security forces in a drum of low-level violence.The last major attack in Algeria was the attack on a desert oil plant in January 2013 that left 40 hostages, mainly foreigners, dead. It was claimed by a group headed by the feared Mokhtar Belmokhtar, loyal to al-Qaida but not to its Algeria branch.AQIM struck in the Algerian capital in December 2007 in a double bombing that demolished U.N. offices, killing 17 U.N. staffers, and damaged the Constitutional Council building across town.There was no immediate official reaction to Tuesday’s army assault.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies