Attraction expands international presence with acquisition of CMJ Productions

first_imgAdvertisement Attraction, Quebec’s foremost media and entertainment group, is thrilled to announce it has recently signed an agreement to acquire renowned production company CMJ Productions. Specialized in producing factual series, Montreal-based CMJ Productions boasts a catalogue featuring more than 550 hours of quality TV productions broadcast in English in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and English Canada, as well as in French in Quebec.“CMJ Productions’ seasoned team, helmed by John Kuyk, leverages its extensive experience in international documentaries,” said Richard Speer, President of Attraction. “Adding CMJ Productions to Attraction’s asset portfolio will not only enable us to diversify our offering, but also significantly contribute to expanding our organization’s presence across English-language markets in Canada and worldwide!”“On behalf of everyone at CMJ Productions, it’s both a pleasure and honour to join the ranks of Attraction Media, a major player in the TV and film industries,” added John Kuyk, Founding President of CMJ Productions. “This transaction will take our team to the next level through the expertise and resources of a visionary and energetic company.” Advertisement Advertisement Following this transaction, CMJ Productions’ team will maintain the same organizational structure, with John Kuyk at the helm, supported by Judith Beauchemin.CMJ Productions’ catalogue includes Impostors, A Stranger in my Home, Fatal Vows, The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, Accident Investigator, Risk Takers, Stunt Stars, Monster Quest, Regatta, Outrageous Final Wishes, Hélico tout terrain, Wheels that fail and many more.About AttractionAttraction is a major media group operating in the advertising, film, television, new media, radio broadcasting and content distribution industries. Our client list features broadcasters, distributors, advertisers and, ultimately, all media and entertainment consumers across Québec and abroad. Founded in 2002, Attraction boasts nearly 250 creative minds. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fonseka wants international monitors for war probe

Former army commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today called for international monitors and foreign advisers to be invited to be involved in the investigation over the war.Speaking in Parliament, Fonseka, who is now a Minister in the Government, said that international participation is vital in order to ensure there is transparency and credibility in the investigation. He also insisted that the respect and dignity of the security forces must be protected when investigating incidents related to the war.Fonseka, who led the war during the final stages of the conflict, also backed an investigating over the alleged ‘white flag’ incident in which unarmed LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army were said to have been killed. However he said that if there was anyone who abused human rights and violated the law then they must be punished. “An investigation on the white flag incident is a must. The people must know if the white flag incident is true or not,” he said.The former army commander also said that some groups are now attempting to incite the public by spreading false claims.He urged the public not to be misled by groups claiming to stand for National interests and to ensure the peace in the country continues. (Colombo Gazette) “I led the war in line with the accepted laws and regulations. It was in line with Geneva protocols.” he said. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/AAA-SF-EDIT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

UNs tsunami relief appeal looks at needs both massive and modest

The nearly $1 billion United Nations flash appeal that Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched today for the survivors of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami ranges from the massive cost of feeding 2 million people for the next six months to relatively more modest pin-point goals such as replacing lost fishing boats. At the top end is $256 million sought by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – $185 million to provide crucial assistance for 2 million people and $71 million to boost logistics, transport and communications for the entire humanitarian community in view of the huge difficulties of reaching remote areas in a region where the infrastructure has been destroyed.“This is more than just a disaster for those countries directly concerned, it is a truly global disaster,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta where Mr. Annan launched the overall $977 million appeal – the largest ever by the UN for a natural disaster. At the lower end the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) is seeking $26 million to finance emergency rehabilitation projects over the next six months for farmers and fishermen, such as replacing lost boats and fishing gear or repairing damaged installations. “To enable both their rehabilitation and livelihoods, the best assistance we can offer them is an early opportunity to repair their boats and their fishing nets,” Mr. Annan told a news conference after launching the appeal. “If we give them quick financial support, building materials and other resources, they will make their own recovery.” The Chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service, Fernanda Guerrieri, warned that over the long run the costs would be much higher. And the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is requesting $28 million to help meet urgent health, hygiene and protection needs for women and youth in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the three countries hardest hit by the catastrophic tsunami. Targeted goals include medicines and supplies to enable pregnant women to deliver safely, emergency obstetric care, and hygiene kits including soap, washcloths and sanitary napkins for tens of thousands of women. read more

KSP Student found with gun on bus in Washington County

Graphic Courtesy: MGN Online SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – A student was found with a handgun in a backpack on the school bus Thursday morning in Washington County, according to Kentucky State Police.Investigators say students on the bus saw the gun and immediately told the bus driver.  KSP says school staff was able to intercede before the student entered the school building.- Advertisement – State Police say the child was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.The student was taken to the Adair County Youth Development Center. read more

Emma Baranski adds solo title to résumé for Ohio State synchronized swimming

OSU junior Emma Baranski won the solo national title on April 16. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAnother Ohio State athlete, synchronized swimmer Emma Baranski, has made a splash in the national circuit, as the junior won the solo national title during the U.S. Collegiate Championships.But this was not Baranski’s first brush with collegiate success. Last season, the OSU synchronized swimming team, which finished in second place this year, won the team title for the 29th time. The feelings following the victories, Baranski said, are different.“With team, you’re working together with seven other girls, so it’s amazing to get the team title,” Baranski said. “But as solo, it’s a lot more pressured because everyone’s eyes are right on you. Individually, it felt really good, and I was proud of myself just getting through it.”OSU coach Holly Vargo-Brown’s sentiments mirrored Baranski’s, saying that the sense of pride she receives from coaching an individual champion versus a team champion has its differences. “We are fortunate in that last year we had a team title, and we didn’t have an individual one,” Vargo-Brown said. “I think this year to have done that is some extra pride because in the midst of everything not necessarily going Ohio State’s way, to know that this person that worked so hard was rewarded, I think that was extra special.”In addition to the second-place team finish, the Buckeyes also placed second in the duets and had two trios tie for third. Baranski, who dabbled in figure skating and dance before becoming involved in synchronized swimming, is studying arts management with minors in dance and business. She said hopes to own a dance studio one day. A desire to participate in a team sport pushed the Hamden, Connecticut, native toward synchronized swimming, but she said her dance background has helped her in solo routines.“In the team routine, you’re swimming a lot sharper, and your goal is to be synchronized with everyone else. With a solo performance, you’re trying to be one with music almost,” she said. “From the very beginning of when you start to train a solo, you’re training almost a story and an emotional piece. “It’s more of a dance routine in the water.”The Buckeyes’ coaching staff assigned a primary coach for Baranski to help her build a bond with the choreography. That, alongside Baranski’s work ethic and skill set, is what Vargo-Brown said she believes helped the junior to find success.“Emma is amazing. She’s a very hard worker, and she really brings a passion to whatever part of the synchronized swimming that she’s working on,” Vargo-Brown said. “Because she is a dancer, she has really been able to improve on the expression that she brings to the performance, which I really think has helped her achieve the success that she has.” While synchronized swimmers are rewarded for making their routines look effortless, Vargo-Brown said she does not want the athleticism of the swimmers to go unnoticed.“Synchronized swimming is not what you see in the movies or the renditions of people making fun of it; these are athletes, and they train like athletes,” said Vargo-Brown, a former OSU synchronized swimmer who is in her fourth season at the helm. “They lift weights, they’re in the water and they can’t touch the bottom, they’re holding their breath and they really do have to be in the most-fit shape possible to accomplish all of that.”  The level of work that goes into synchronized swimming is not lost on Baranski, who said that staying ahead of the competition is the hardest part. With a dream to participate in Cirque du Soleil’s synchronized swimming show in Las Vegas, she knows it won’t come easy.“It’s pretty competitive and it’s very international. You have the best talent from all over the world coming to Cirque du Soleil, so the competition is first,” Baranski said. “You really can’t stop training, it’s just go, go, go all the time.” read more

NHS outofhours services being run without a single doctor with some turning

first_imgExperts said patients were being put at risk by a scarcity of family doctors Credit:Alamy Experts said patients were being put at risk by a scarcity of family doctors  The national shortages have contributed to lengthening waiting times to see a doctor and a sharp rise in the number of practices refusing to take new patients. Official figures show the number of patients waiting at least a week to see a GP has risen by one third in three years, with more than 14 million patients waiting a week to get an appointment, or giving up, in 2015.Last week plans for a national ‘Uber– style’ system of private GP appointments using NHS doctors prompted a backlash from some medics.The new service will match patients who are prepared to pay up to £70 for an appointment with GPs working in NHS practices in their spare time. It came days after figures showed a rise in average earnings for GP partners, with 15,000 doctors earning more than £100,000 a year. A Department of Health spokesperson said: “This Government is committed to making sure that patients get the right care at the right time from well-resourced GPs as part of our commitment to a seven-day NHS. “”Total investment in general practice in England rose to over £9bn in the last year; an increase of almost 5% from 2014/15. We have also backed NHS England’s GP Forward View with a further £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21, which will be used to support general practice, including increasing GP numbers, reducing pressure on staff and retaining a healthy GP workforce well into the future.” NHS out-of-hours services are being run without a single doctor in some parts of the country, as other practices turn to refugee medics to plug desperate shortages of GPs.Experts said patients were being put at risk by a scarcity of family doctors, which could result in up to 600 practices closing their doors by 2020.The growing crisis means parts of Yorkshire covering up to 300,000 patients have been left without any doctor to send out at night, an investigation found. Senior doctors said the situation was “appalling” and in need of urgent action, with patients left in danger by “poor quality, unsafe care”.NHS leaders in Cumbria are drawing up plans to recruit refugee doctors, amid warnings that the state of local GP services has become “very fragile”.Forecasts suggest that on current trends, Britain will face a shortfall of almost 10,000 GPs within four years. Rising numbers of family doctors are retiring early, partly fuelled by Treasury rules which have increased tax rates for those with pension pots worth more than £1 million.Meanwhile, the number of trainee doctors choosing to become GPs is falling far short of demand, as waiting lists to get an appointment rise.In Yorkshire, NHS Doncaster clinical commissioning group admitted that its out-of-hours services had been operating without a single GP to treat patients who fell sick overnight.FCMS, which provides cover for a population of 300,000 people in south Yorkshire, said that on eight occasions during August it had no GP present.On six of the instances a doctor was available by phone, while on two occasions, including an eight-hour overnight shift, there was simply no doctor available at all, the firm admitted.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In Glasgow, out-of-hours services have been closed at short notice, during the summer period, after health managers were unable to find GPs to work shifts.An NHS Glasgow spokesman said: “Despite the assistance we get from GPs, including the support of many who come in at short notice, we have had to make short notice closures of centres when we do not have GP cover.”Health service managers in Cumbria are drawing up plans to recruit refugee doctors to work as local GPs. The proposals to employ foreign doctors granted asylum status, follow NHS research warning that general practice in the region is “very fragile,” with 47 per cent of GP partners planning to retire within a decade.The area is among several offering trainee GPs “golden hellos” of £20,000 on top of their salaries, in a bid to fill gaps.Dr Geoff Jolliffe, interim clinical chairman of NHS Cumbria CCG and a GP in Barrow, said: ‘If there are competent people who can speak English and are properly trained and can pass our procedures then I think that is a valid thing to do, but I don’t think it will solve our problems.“The long-term solution will be to understand what attracts people and redesign the job accordingly.”An NHS spokesman said the plans, which could also lead to the recruitment of ex-forces doctors, were not formal proposals, and were part of schemes which would go to public consultation.Rising numbers of family doctors are retiring early, with average retirement age dropping to 59 by last year.  One in three GPs surveyed last year said they intended to retire in the next five years. A spokesman said the problem was exacerbated by a lack of doctors, market forces pushing up locum rates for doctors, and changes in tax rules.Dr Dean Eggitt, medical secretary for Doncaster’s local medical committee, said the system was not safe.“It is an appalling situation that they are running an out-of-hours service that is supposed to be GP-led, subcontracted to GPs, without GPs,” he told Pulse magazine.“This is NHS care on a shoestring budget, cutting corners and only doing what you can afford – which is poor quality, unsafe care.”He urged regulators to examine the matter, in order to protect patient safety.last_img read more

Atlas Copco wins rock reinforcement order from LKAB in Sweden

first_imgAtlas Copco has won an order to supply the iron ore mining company LKAB with equipment for rock reinforcement, for its Kiruna and Malmberget mines in Sweden. Kiruna is one of the largest underground mines in the world. The value of the order, which includes an extensive service agreement, is about SEK140 million. The order was received in the fourth quarter. The full service agreement runs for three years and will guarantee availability for all units. LKAB will use the equipment to implement an action plan to improve safety in the mines, which will be reinforced with 400,000 complementary bolts and 300,000 m2 of wire mesh.“We have a very close cooperation with LKAB regarding safety and are pleased to be able to contribute in achieving maximum safety for our colleagues who work in the mines,” says Björn Rosengren, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Technique. “The functionality of our equipment, time of delivery and local service capabilities were strong arguments in winning this order.”The contract includes 10 Boltec LC rock-bolting rigs, one Boomer E2 C rig for bolt-hole drilling and one Cabletec LC for cable bolting. The equipment will be delivered during the first half of 2009.last_img read more

HISTORY Kielce are at the TOP of Europe

MVM VeszpremVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story PSG Handball win third place in Cologne Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev: My players are my heroes! Dreams came true! Vive Tauron Kielce are at the TOP of European handball! The Polish champions achieved the only trophy which missed in trophy room of one of the greatest handball team in the last six-seven years. It was easier than it was expected for Veszprem, but only in the first 45 minutes (28:19), when began one of the biggest drama in modern handball which ended in extra-time. Kielce made amazing turnover with 9:0 series which led to extra-time (29:29 – 35:35) and afterwards penalty roulet – 39:38…This will be a match for the historical books…Hungarian team began the match like an older brother outplaying with Palmarsson and Ilic 5-1 defense of the yellow team. Two former EHF CL winners with THW Kiel together with Laszlo Nagy were fully concentrated in „cheating“ agressive defensive line of the Polish roster for 4:1 lead after seven minutes of the match.The biggest power of Kielce’s offensive actions, Michal Jurecki wasn’t in mood, and that was the biggest problem for Talant Dujshebaev. Lijewski had some solutions in attack, but that wasn’t enough for turnover.Ugalde netted for 8:4 in 14th minute, but Kielce had an answer on that side with Reichmann, who scored two goals to keep his team above the water. Mate Lekai gave a great impact to efficiency of Veszprem in the second part of the first half. Longer bench of Hungarian team gave them a chance to came from 13:12 until 17:13 in the last few minutes of the first half.After only nine minutes of the second half, Talant Dujshebaev was forced to call time-out to try to save something of his team self-confidence and honour (24:17). Kielce’s attack collapsed, Jurecki together with Lijewski was totally out of the game which gave a chance to Veszprem to score many easy goals.Nothing has changed even after time-out. Dujshebaev payed a high price of playing with only four players in back-line. On the other side, Sabate has prepared a lot of options, gave a rest to Ilic and Palmarsson, who came back even stronger in the last part of the match. In 46th minute, outstanding Nilsson netted for 28:19.In the moment when everything seems done, but ten minutes afterwards, Kielce came to 28:28 (55.) with an goal from 7-meters by Karol Bielecki. Veszprem totally lost head in attack, while Slawomir Szmal made a series of excelent series to put his team on the edge of victory!But, the last four minutes showed TOP class of Mirko Alilovic, Veszprem’s goalie, who saved two 7-meter shots by Bielecki and Strlek, providing his team a chance to win after 0:9 series which totally ruined atmosphere in the red team. Ilić netted for 29:28 and Veszprem had also attack to score for a win, but at the end Kielce had 15 seconds to find the net for extra-time and they did it! Polish hero was Krzystof Lijewski, who scored for 29:29 three seconds before the buzzer…Nine minutes of extra-time weren’t enough that some of the teams finish the job.  Aguinagalde netted for 35:34 75 seconds before the buzzer. Veszprem had troubles to organize last attack, but in the last 15 seconds after exclusion of one Kielce’s players, 6 on 5, Nagy found Ugalde who scored for the final result – 35:35 which led to penalty-shot-out!Slawomir Szmal saved shot by Mirsad Terzic and give the chance to Julen Aguinagalde to become a part of handball and Polish sports history…PHOTO: Jozo Čabraja read more

Local man admits fraud in lead testing

first_imgA Vancouver man pleaded guilty Friday in Portland to one count of wire fraud for falsely telling customers he was certified to do lead-based paint inspections and testing in homes where children live.Martin Glaves Kuna, 66, was not certified by the state of Oregon to do the inspections, according to an Oregon Department of Justice release.Kuna advertised his services online from May 2008 to September 2012. During this time, he did more than 10 lead-based paint inspections, the release said. In January 2012, investigators with the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Kuna to stop lead inspections and testing, but he continued to advertise and perform the services.“Kuna unnecessarily put children and families at risk using unscrupulous and unsafe business practices. Cases like this one, where people could be exposed to a potentially harmful contaminant, will be tirelessly investigated and tenaciously prosecuted,” said Seattle EPA Special Agent Tyler Amon.Oregon law prohibits any person or company from performing lead-based paint inspections and testing in buildings where children reside without being properly certified first.“Individuals who lie about their qualifications to perform these tasks endanger the health and welfare of anyone who falls prey to such fraud, but especially endanger the lives and health of children,” U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said in the release.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday July 3 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioWade Hampton Census Area Gets A New NameBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner andCivil War general has a new name.Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Returns To Port To Address Engine TroubleEmily Schwing, KUCB – UnalaskaThe cutter and its crew were forced to turn back from a regular patrol in the Bering Sea when one of the ship’s diesel engines malfunctioned.Computers Aid Firefighting EffortsTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe wildfires around Nulato and Ruby on the Yukon River have been burning slowly but steadily this week.  A special crew of fire managers is overseeing the response to these fires from a base at the Galena Airport.State Fish And Game Officials Warn Of ‘Rabbit Fever’ OutbreakAlaska Department of Fish and Game officials sent out a warning after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”Associated PressHaines Assembly Approves Lower Cruise Ship Moorage FeesHaines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage rates in Southeast Alaska. The borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers.Emily Files, KHNS – HainesUAF Addresses Water Quality ConcernsThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has taken action to address campus water quality, after testing this spring revealed an issue.Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAK: Seward’s Mount Marathon Race Hits The Century MarkSeward’s Mt. Marathon race, which takes place July 4th turns one hundred years old this year.Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchoragelast_img read more

Karat writes to Javadekar accuses govt of bulldozing rights of

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat has written to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, accusing the Centre of playing down the “repressive” measures proposed in the amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. The Indian Forest Act, 1927 was the instrument through which the British colonialists established government ownership over forests and declared tribal communities to be encroachers, giving legal sanction to the burden of historical injustices against tribal communities, she said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “You have sought to play down the extremely repressive measures proposed in the Act and have entirely ignored the bulldozing of the rights of tribal communities in particular,” Karat said. She said the amendments criminalise every aspect of tribal life, giving “untrammeled powers” to the forest bureaucracy to arrest without warrant and use arms to implement the law. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “The 91 clauses in the amendments now proposed, including entirely new sections, go even beyond what the British dared to do, by militarising forest conservation,” she said. Highlighting some of the issues with the proposed amendment, Karat said the inclusion of the chief of Army staff as a member in the proposed National Forestry Board presumes that the Chief of Indian Army now has the time to discuss how to “protect” forests not borders.last_img read more

World Book Fair to focus on childrens literature

first_imgThe nine-day fair organised by the National Book Trust in association with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is particularly themed ‘Kathasagara: Celebrating Children’s Literature’ this year. Approximately 25 countries are participating this year with Poland being the guest country. A contingent of  around 25 people including authors, illustrators and publishers are participating from Poland in the fair.Speaking on the occasion, the President said, ‘We must be uncompromising in rejecting intolerance, prejudice and hatred. Book fairs such as NDWBF should remind us that our history and traditions have always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian and not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Congratulating the organizers for having chosen children’s literature as the theme for this year’s fair, Mukherjee said that no human society can develop in all dimensions if it does not produce meaningful literature. He appealed to parents and teachers to inculcate in children the habit of reading. He said implanting the habit of reading in children will ensure that it becomes a skill that stands them in good stead throughout their lives.Commenting on the fair the director of the Polish institute, Anna Tryc-Bromley said ‘We see this Fair not only as a feast of literature but also as a historic opportunity for Polish and Indian publishing industry to meet.’last_img read more

Sir Charles stands by his LeBron comments Westbrook and Carmelo would love

first_img“We don’t have to be friends… Anybody who thinks my comments were unfair, I don’t think they’re unfair.” pic.twitter.com/ZMChNLK3Ka— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 3, 2017 Advertisement He added that he won’t stop honestly critiquing player performances or filtering his opinion because of this recent beef. If that means taking heat, so be it.“My comments were what I said. I stick by them.”Strictly from a basketball standpoint, Chuck said there are a number of NBA stars that would love to be burdened with Cleveland’s “top heavy” roster that includes Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.“I’m pretty sure, Carmelo Anthony is a helluva player, and would love to have Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving,  and Tristan Thompson. Same thing with Russell Westbrook.”Here are Barkley’s full comments:Charles Barkley responds to LeBron James’ recent comments. pic.twitter.com/tJQYQzF3Bs— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 3, 2017center_img For the first time since LeBron James publicly torched him in the press for calling him ‘whiny’, Charles Barkley commented from his national perch on Inside the NBA last night to address the personal slams from the King. Barkley had given a radio interview, but had yet to address the topic nationally.Barkley said he had no problem with James comments, and mentioned that he forgot to mention that he also flunked Spanish in high school and lost at Jeopardy! to Martha Stewart.Barkley maintained that his criticisms were strictly related to basketball and never personal, even though James took it there.He praised James as an all-time NBA talent and a transcendent businessman, but firmly sticks by his comments that James was ‘whiny’ for going to the press to publicly rip his front office and roster.last_img read more

4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 20, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » We live in a time when doctors no longer have to rely on costly and unwieldy medical imaging devices to diagnose illnesses. A simple “visual stethoscope” would help them see deep into the human body more easily than ever, thereby accelerating both diagnosis and therapy. Meanwhile, if you’re a chronically ill patient, you no longer have to make repeated, costly visits to the hospital. Say hello to Molly — an innovative, friendly, virtual nurse who can check up on you, monitor your vitals and provide follow-up care — all through your smart phone.Speaking of smartphones, the future of banking is here. You can now use your mobile device to do just about all your banking on the go — from opening an account to tracking your spending to freezing and unfreezing your credit cards, and more. You can even have your own automated financial adviser provide advice on where and how to invest your savings smartly, at a fraction of the cost charged by traditional banks.Butterfly Network, Sense.ly, Monzo, and Betterment are the companies that are making each of these scenarios a reality, respectively. They’re transforming the way we think about healthcare and financial services. And they’re doing that through a range of disruptive technologies — so much so that today’s healthcare and banking organizations are no longer just about people in white lab coats or crisp suits. They’re a confluence of product engineers, designers, developers and security specialists in addition to physicians or bankers. Think “Big Bang Theory meets Scrubs,” as Sense.ly describes itself. It’s a paradigm shift in traditional industry models.Related: 4 Steps to Cultivating an Innovation Mindset in Your OrganizationKeeping pace in a disruptive worldI believe we’re moving towards a future where financial services and healthcare organizations will not be known as financial services and healthcare organizations any longer, but as technology companies. Take banking, for instance: an industry steeped in conventional branch-based infrastructure and services, which is now being upended in Uber-like style by mobile and cloud computing, sophisticated behavior-based analytics, and young, ambitious startups that are more in tune with the needs of the millennial consumer. Just last year, Monzo, billed as the “bank of the future”, was able to raise 1 million pounds in 96 seconds, making it the fastest crowdfunding campaign ever.This is the exciting reality of the digital age. Every day, there are new technologies and new startups emerging with better business models, and simpler products and services. On one hand, these innovations are making our lives better. A DNA App Store, for example, can predict your health risks and pre-dispositions to certain diseases, and vein and voice biometric scanners can make financial transactions more secure.Related: The Science of Innovation: How to Imagine the Unimaginable On the other hand, these technological disruptions are upping the stakes on the playing field, making it more important for companies to stay on top of their game, and to push the boundaries of what’s possible. A November 2014 study by MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research found that an estimated 32 percent of revenue over the next five years would be at risk due to digital disruption.So, what does your startup need to be doing to ride the upside wave of that disruption, and make 2017 a year of innovation and transformation?1. Build diverse teams.In my experience, business leaders who surround themselves with people from different countries, ethnic backgrounds, genders, age groups and industry experiences are some of the best innovators simply because they bring a number of perspectives and ideas to the table. They have their assumptions challenged and their minds expanded, and they’re exposed to different ways of solving challenges and pursuing opportunities.Both Harvard Business Review and McKinsey found that diverse companies out-innovate and out-perform their peers. No one knows that better than Kaiser Permanente, where more than half of the staff comprise people of color, while three-fourths of the employees and nearly half of the executives are women. This kind of diversity, the organization claims, is a hallmark of its success.Related: 3 Ways Startups Can Promote Innovation in the Trump Era2. Get comfortable with uncertainties and unknowns.Being a pioneer and disrupter often means wading into uncharted waters, and taking risks that few, if any, have set a precedent for before. That’s what makes people like Elon Musk and Richard Branson some of the greatest disruptors of our time. They take big risks — big, calculated risks. They do their homework, and understand how to balance the risks and opportunities that matter, before making key decisions.Today’s businesses have the benefit of predictive algorithms and data crunching tools to prepare for the risks and uncertainties that lie ahead. And while some of those “risky” decisions may fail, it’s important to establish an organizational culture that values risk-taking. Empowering your people to experiment and explore new ideas is critical for innovation, transformation and disruption.3. Restrict resources.Having fewer resources pushes you to think differently and innovatively about how to solve problems, and get things done. Do you really need to rent that office, hire all those employees and purchase the latest software, or can you work remotely, contract with freelancers and use free software options? Do you really need to spend months planning and researching your product, or can you put it out there right away, and enhance as you go along and get feedback from your users? The key is to value ingenuity over investment. At MetricStream, strategic cases of restricted resources have led to our teams coming up with more innovative and effective approaches in marketing and lead generation, for example. I, personally, evaluate all my direct reports on their ability to innovate, which has led to more experimentation, better ideas and new effective approaches.Related: Why Failing Fast Is the First Step Towards Success4. Make compliance efficient.Disruptors like Uber and Airbnb may have flown under the regulatory radar for a while, but that’s rapidly changing with the onset of new rules governing the sharing economy. We’re seeing a similar trend in fintech: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently proposed a charter that, on one hand, would make it easier for fintech startups to provide their services and products, but on the other hand, would subject them to a range of federal consumer and commercial banking regulations. Meanwhile, healthcare startups are grappling with their own complex industry rules, ranging from HIPAA/HITECH to FDA mandates.While the regulatory landscape looks uncertain right now, we’re bound to see more rules in areas such as cybersecurity, as well as compliance and ethics. So, it’s important to be prepared. From day one, make compliance a part of your culture. Set up the compliance infrastructure and tools that can automate compliance monitoring. That way, you spend less time on cumbersome administrative tasks, and more time analyzing the risks and opportunities of new regulatory requirements. Looking to the futureImagine smart phones that can perform blood tests and medical scans, or a digital contact lens that can measure your blood glucose levels from your tears. Imagine banks that will allow you to “virtually” enter a branch and speak to a teller face-to-face, or robot advisors that will stop you from making unsound financial choices in real-time. The opportunities for technological innovation are truly endless, and startups are right at the forefront of this trend. So, let 2017 be the year you take new risks make bold decisions, and find new ways to transform, innovate and disrupt.last_img read more

Firefox will support Windows 10s dark mode

first_imgFirefox will support Windows 10’s dark mode by Martin Brinkmann on July 13, 2018 in Firefox – 15 commentsThe Firefox web browser will soon respect the dark and light mode setting of the Windows 10 operating system.Mozilla launched a new version of Firefox Nightly yesterday that introduces support for Windows 10’s dark and light mode feature.Windows 10 users may personalize the operating system by choosing what Microsoft calls a default app mode. The default mode is set to light but users may switch it to dark if they prefer a darker interface for apps that they run on the device.Applications need to support the feature which is why some apps and most desktop programs don’t display in a dark interface when you enable dark mode.Mozilla revealed recently on Twitter that upcoming versions of Firefox will support dark mode. Firefox users who run Nightly versions of the web browser on Windows 10 devices can test the functionality right away provided that they use the default theme in Firefox and not custom themes.Here is how you switch the display mode:Open the Firefox web browser (Nightly supported only right now) and make sure it is up to date by selecting Menu > Help > About Nightly.Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.Go to Personalization > Colors.Scroll down to the “Choose your default app mode” section on the page.Switch from Light to Dark.Firefox’s interface should change immediately. You can restore the default mode by switching the app mode to light again in the Settings application.Note that Firefox respects the setting only if you have not installed a custom theme in the browser. If you have, Firefox will ignore the change.Firefox has supported a night theme for some time now and it is possible to enable it right away on all supported systems. You can do that by selecting Menu > Customize in Firefox to get started. Select Themes when the customize interface opens and there the dark theme.Support for Windows 10’s app mode ensures that a user’s choice is respected by Firefox automatically on devices running Windows 10.You can follow development on Bugzilla. Firefox Nightly is currently at version 63. The feature could land in Firefox 63 Stable which will be released on October 23, 2018 if the schedule holds.Now You: Do you prefer a light or dark theme?SummaryArticle NameFirefox will support Windows 10’s dark modeDescriptionThe Firefox web browser will soon respect the dark and light mode setting of the Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | April 07, 2015 WMIS to Collaborate with NCI on Expansion of Co-Clinical Trials WMIS hails President Obama’s emphasis on precision medicine and expansion of research to speed discovery Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more April 7, 2015 — The World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) announced the kick-off of a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to promote best practices for co-clinical trials. The goal of the collaboration is to speed the discovery of more and better treatments for cancer and other diseases. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).WMIS also lauded President Obama’s recent announcement of the Precision Medicine Initiative designed “to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes?—?and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier,” stated Jason Lewis, M.D., professor and vice chair for research, Emily Tow Jackson Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and president of the WMIS.Over the past two years, WMIS and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) have shared their interest with NCI to promote best practices for co-clinical trials. The organizations met at the World Molecular Imaging Congress in September 2014 to finalize an agreement that WMIS, with the assistance of the AAPM, would explore how to promote best practice for quantitative imaging for co-clinical trials.Co-clinical trials are defined as parallel or sequential trials of combination therapy in patients and in mouse and human-in-mouse models of appropriate genotypes to represent the patients. The initiative is designed to help establish best practices for quantitative imaging methods and imaging protocols that are applied to both mouse and human-in-mouse models. The research resources are expected to improve the correlation of results from mouse models with prospective and/or retrospective clinical trial data. The clinical goals are to support effective mouse/human co-clinic therapy and prevention trials.“Molecular imaging and the emerging field of theranostics are essential to the successful implementation of precision medicine. The World Molecular Imaging Society, with its international forum for discussing all aspects of molecular imaging and related fields, is in a unique position to take the lead in global discussion, innovation and scientific collaboration, from preclinical studies to first-in-human imaging trials,” said Hedvig Hricak M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, and member of WMIS.As part of the agreement, WMIS will include two spotlight sessions on precision medicine and co-clinical trials during the upcoming 8th Annual World Molecular Imaging Congress. The theme of the meeting is “Precision Medicine, Visualized,” which embodies current and future roles of molecular imaging in basic science, translational medicine and healthcare. The WMIC meeting will take place Sept. 2-5, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii.“The WMIS is committed to bringing key technologies that enable the study of biology in the complexity of living systems to the greater scientific community, and to advancing the imaging tools that will help patients who suffer from the most devastating diseases. Our key focus for 2015 is precision medicine and disseminating knowledge, new tools and technologies that help expand the development of this theme on a global scale is the aim of WMIS and we work with our international colleagues to ensure that our voice reflects the advances taking place around the world,” added Lewis.For more information: www.wmis.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

In Bahrain 2 police officers killed 6 wounded in bombing

first_img Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The Interior Ministry described the bombing as a “terror blast,” and said it took place in the largely Shiite community of Sitra, just south of the capital, Manama. One of the wounded officers sustained serious injuries, the ministry said.Bahrain is a Sunni-ruled kingdom that is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, whose responsibilities include patrolling the busy waters off Iran.The opposition movement in Bahrain is dominated by the country’s Shiite majority, which has long complained of discrimination and heavy-handed treatment by security forces.Although opposition rallies largely attract peaceful demonstrators, young activists frequently set up makeshift roadblocks and clash with police in Shiite villages. Anti-government activists have planted bombs that have killed or maimed police in the past.The largest Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, condemned the killing.Tuesday’s blast occurred just days after Bahraini authorities announced they had broken up an attempt to smuggle assault rifles, ammunition and explosives into the kingdom. The cargo intercepted earlier this month off the country’s coast included nearly 44 kilograms (97 pounds) of C-4 plastic explosives and detonators. Sponsored Stories Police linked the smuggling attempt to Iran, alleging that one of the suspects they arrested received military training in the Islamic Republic, and that he and another suspect admitted to receiving the shipment from Iranian handlers.Iran has denied involvement.___This story has been corrected earlier to show that the two officers first mentioned were killed, not wounded. Six were wounded.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 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Quick workouts for men 5 ways to recognize low testosterone DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Bahraini policemen were killed and six were wounded in a bomb attack south of the island kingdom’s capital on Tuesday, according to authorities.The blast was the latest in a series of bombings in recent years targeting security forces in the Gulf nation, which continues to face low-level unrest more than four years after widespread protests demanding greater political rights.last_img read more

Consumer Confidence Mostly Weathers Government Shutdown

first_img October 14, 2013 473 Views Share Consumer Confidence (Mostly) Weathers Government Shutdown Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers 2013-10-14 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data The University of Michigan’s “”Index of Consumer Sentiment””:http://www.sca.isr.umich.edu/ declined to a nine-month low in its preliminary October reading, but analysts say the drop wasn’t as bad as it could have been.[IMAGE]The index plunged to 75.2 in the mid-month report, down from 77.5 at the end of September. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected a preliminary value of 76.0.Still, given the current situation in Washington, October’s numbers aren’t so bad, says Amna Asaf, economist for “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/.””Given the impact of the ongoing government shutdown on some other measures, the modest decline in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … [COLUMN_BREAK]was comforting,”” Asaf said. “”We suspect that a combination of lower interest rates and gasoline prices helped to offset some of the negative impact from the shutdown.””The fall in the headline index was due entirely to a drop in consumer expectations. The Surveys of Consumers’ Index of Consumer Expectations fell to a 2013 low of 63.9 from September’s 67.8. While the index’s value “”is now consistent with a sharp slowdown in consumption growth in the fourth quarter,”” Capital Economics doubts that will happen, noting “”declines in sentiment don’t always translate into falls in actual spending.””Meanwhile, the Current Conditions Index was more or less flat at 92.8 (compared to 92.6 in September).While October’s preliminary reading was something of a relief, there’s every chance the final report will show a more significant decline in confidence.””Overall, while it’s a bit of good news that confidence didn’t fall by a whole lot, the preliminary reading of the University of Michigan Index has been relatively optimistic over the past year,”” Asaf said. “”We won’t be surprised if the final estimate (to be released in two weeks) will show a much bigger drop, as more recent survey responses are included.””If, however, Congress can reach an agreement on handling the debt ceiling this week, “”then presumably confidence will rebound a little.””last_img read more

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