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CMPort Marks 100 Mn TEU Milestone in 2017

first_imgzoom China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort) reached a milestone during 2017 as it handled over 100 million TEUs during the year.For the year ended December 31, 2017, the port’s total throughput was at 102.9 million TEUs, up 7.5% from the previous year.Mainland China contributed 77.1 million TEUs to the total volume, while Hong Kong and Taiwan handled 7.5 million TEUs. Overseas ports reached 18.3 million TEUs, with Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT) in Sri Lanka and Lomé Container Terminal (LCT) in Togo throughput increasing by 18.5% and 67.5%, respectively.“In times with the 25th listing anniversary of the company in Hong Kong, CMPort and its subsidiaries surpasses 100 million TEUs, setting a new record in history,” Bai Jingtao, Managing Director, said.In 2017, the company became the shareholder of the Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka and TCP Participações S.A. (TCP) in Brazil. Regarding port investment in Mainland China, CMPort has taken a majority stake in Shantou Port Group Corp during the year.As of the end of 2017, the business of CMPort covered 31 ports in 16 countries and regions and over five continents, with more than 190 container berths and more than 220 bulk cargo berths.last_img read more

Chinese premier backs more investments in eastern Europe

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary – China’s premier outlined his hope Monday that his country’s closer co-operation with central and eastern Europe will help foster prosperity in the region.At a summit of 16 countries in the Hungarian capital, Premier Li Keqiang said efforts such as China’s “new Silk Road” initiative to expand trade across Asia, Africa and Europe, should be a boon to the countries that were formally part of the communist bloc.“Our aim is to see a prospering Europe,” he said, adding that the closer ties with the 16 countries, which includes 11 European Union members, will “usefully complement” EU-China relations.China’s rapid economic growth has seen the country ratchet up its spending on the global stage, and the “Silk Road” prospect is a key trade effort.Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, host of the “16+1” summit, said the region was in need of external technological and financial resources, including from China, to grow.“European resources are in themselves insufficient,” Orban said. “For this reason we welcome the fact that as part of the new economic world order, China sees this region as one in whose progress and development it wants to be present.”Orban mentioned the reconstruction of a railway line between Budapest and Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, a project financed mainly by China, as a “flagship project” of China’s increased presence in the region.Orban said that the upgraded railroad line could become the fastest transport route to Western Europe of China’s new Silk Road.Li laid out his hope that the countries of eastern Europe, which generally are poorer than those in the west, will account for more of China’s imports, which should total some $8 trillion over the next five years.“We hope the central and eastern European countries find their place in this volume and expand their presence on the huge Chinese market,” Li told an economic forum being held during the summit.Orban, who has closed off his country to most migration from outside Europe, especially Muslims, said Europe needed “strong allies” to confront the “historical challenges” it is faced with.“If Europe shuts itself in, it loses the possibility of growth,” Orban said. “We 16 have always been open and would always like to remain so. We always saw co-operation with China as a great opportunity.”Orban has been keen to pursue a policy of “Eastern Opening” for Hungary, looking to increase trade with Asia while portraying Western Europe as economically challenged and losing its global standing. His stance is seen as an effort to discredit criticism from the European Union that he is undermining democratic principles.“We see the Chinese president’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative as the new form of globalization which does not divide the world into teachers and students but is based on common respect and common advantages,” Orban said.last_img read more

Morneaus update bolsters struggling media with 600million in tax measures

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is stepping in to help the struggling Canadian media industry with new tax credits and incentives valued at nearly $600 million over the next five years.Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the investments will protect the vital role independent news media have in Canadian democracy.The full details of the program won’t be available until the next federal budget, after the government receives advice from an independent panel from the journalism community.It’s expected most of the funding will go to a new tax credit for media organizations to support the labour costs of producing original news content, as well as a temporary tax credit for people who subscribe to digital news.The package will also allow non-profit media organizations to apply for charitable status, allowing them to seek donations for which they can issue a tax receipt.The Conservative are critical of the government for doing anything for the media industry, accusing the Liberals in recent days of using money to curry favour with journalists ahead of the next election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Malawi UN backs scheme to help rural poor participate in liberalized market

24 January 2008Small-scale crop, livestock and fish producers and processors in Malawi will gain knowledge on benefiting from increased market competition under a new programme supported by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Small-scale crop, livestock and fish producers and processors in Malawi will gain knowledge on benefiting from increased market competition under a new programme supported by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).The nearly $20 million Rural Livelihoods and Economic Enhancement Programme will receive an $8.4 million loan and an $8.3 million grant for a three-year pilot period and then will be expanded to handle up to six commodities, the agency said in a news release.Initially, the Programme will focus on groundnuts and Irish potatoes. To ease the transition from subsistence to small-scale commercial farming, participants will improve the yields and quality of their produce, learn better processing and marketing methods, and improve access to financial and technical support.“Involving the private sector to drive agricultural commercialization is a new approach in Malawi,” said Miriam Okongo, IFAD’s country programme manager for the country, which is undergoing a period of economic liberalization.“However, the rural population is not yet prepared for the realities of a market-led world,” she added. “The aim of this programme is to help make them make production decisions based on market needs rather than taking the traditional production-oriented approach.” read more

At end of Annans trip Sudan pledges to end conflict in Darfur

In a joint communiqué issued Saturday at the end of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s official visit to Sudan, the Government and the UN warned that “catastrophic levels” of suffering could ensue if present conditions persist, and set up a high-level Joint Implementation Mechanism to report on progress. The Government agreed to resume political talks in Darfur “in the shortest possible time” to reach a comprehensive settlement. It undertook to deploy a “strong, credible and respected police force” in areas where internally displaced persons (IDPs) have fled attacks, and in other high-risk locations, and said it would “immediately start to disarm the Janjaweed and other armed outlaw groups.” On human rights, Khartoum committed itself to “concrete measures” aimed at ending impunity and the immediate investigation of all abuses, with perpetrators brought to justice. In May, two UN human rights reports found that the Janjaweed, bands of Arab fighters recruited or armed by the Sudanese Government as part of its fight against two rebel groups, committed murders, rapes and other crimes against Darfur’s black African population. The Government further pledged to allow the deployment of human rights monitors and to establish a “fair system, respectful of local tradition that will allow abused women to bring charges against alleged perpetrators.” During his trip eastern Chad the previous day, Mr. Annan met some of the 15,000 refugees from Darfur living at one of eight UN camps. They told of suffering abuses before fleeing for their lives. In Darfur itself on 1 July, he spoke with female IDPs who offered similar accounts. By the agreement, the Government said it would suspend all restrictions for aid workers and permit freedom of movement throughout Darfur, while ending limits on “the importation and use of all humanitarian assistance materials, transport vehicles, aircraft and communications equipment.” For its part, the UN said it would help implement Sudan’s peace accords, aid the country’s IDPs as well as refugees in Chad and assist in the deployment of African Union (AU) ceasefire monitors. read more

Ontario passes bill to create capandtrade system to fight climate change

Ontario passes bill to create cap-and-trade system to fight climate change TORONTO – Ontario has passed legislation creating a cap-and-trade system to fight climate change, which the government predicts will add $5 a month to home heating bills and 4.3 cents to the price of a litre of gasoline, or $8 a month on average.“The costs, according to our economists, are $13 a month, and that’s before we consider any of the investments,” said Environment Minister Glen Murray.“So if you’re buying an electric vehicle or home heating and cooling system or new energy systems that we’ll be helping subsidize, that will lower those costs.”Under cap and trade, industries are given specific pollution limits, but can sell their emission allowances to other companies if they come in below their annual limit, or buy credits if they exceed it.The province plans to hold its first auction of pollution credits in early 2017, and expects to raise $1.9 billion a year from the plan, promising to use the money to help people and companies transition to a low carbon economy.The Chamber of Commerce urged the Liberals to delay implementation of cap and trade for one year.“We need to think about striking a balance between leading, driving and shaping, and not getting so far ahead of our competitors that we just get too far ahead,” Chamber president Allan O’Dette said in an interview Wednesday. “If we get so far out and we lose our competitive advantage, we need to be mindful of that.”The Progressive Conservatives support the idea of putting a price on carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but say it should be revenue neutral, and claim the Liberals will use the money generated to balance the books.PC Leader Patrick Brown, who skipped Wednesday’s vote on the cap-and-trade bill, issued a release condemning the Liberals for adding to the cost of living.Murray said economists determined that Brown’s idea of a revenue neutral carbon tax would eliminate the money the government plans to use to help people offset the costs of converting to a low-carbon economy.“The team recommended that would jump the cost per month to about $107 per household, about eight or nine times more,” he said.“That confirmed the original numbers we saw when we choose cap-and-trade over a revenue neutral carbon tax system.”Ontario will join existing cap-and-trade markets in Quebec and California starting next January. Manitoba has also signed on to join in the cap-and-trade plan with Ontario and Quebec, but will limit it to 20 large polluters in the province.Emission allowances will be capped at roughly 142 metric tonnes per year in 2017, which is expected to decline 4.17 per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.But some major Ontario industries will be given a four-year exemption from cap-and-trade, which the government says is necessary to protect Ontario jobs in sectors that compete with jurisdictions without a carbon pricing system.The carbon pricing scheme is a key part of the Liberal’s climate strategy, but their climate change action plan won’t be officially released for a couple of weeks.The Liberals denied a published report claiming their climate change plan would include phasing out the use of natural gas for home heating, and point out they are expanding the gas grid to more rural areas of the province.“There is no natural gas police, and natural gas will continue to be a part of home heating and cooling,” insisted Murray.– With files from Allison JonesFollow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2016 9:56 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Morgan St rallies behind Little to be Binghamton 7468

BALTIMORE — Jordan Little scored 14 points and Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. each scored 14 points and Morgan State used a second-half comeback to beat Binghamton 74-68 on Wednesday night.The Bearcats led 44-28 at halftime and extended the margin to 20 points early in the second half before Morgan State (3-5) mounted its rally. The Bears outscored Binghamton 30-8 in a 12-minute span and took a 58-56 lead with a pair for free throws by Jordan with 6:42 left.J.C. Show made a pair of free throws to knot the score, but Martez Cameron responded with a jump shot and Dervonish-Prince buried a 3-pointer and the Bears led for the remainder. Sam Sessom’s narrowed the deficit to 68-66 with 71 seconds left before the Bears closed it our making 6 of 8 from the foul line. Cameron added 13 points.Sessoms scored 22 and Show scored 19 for Binghamton (3-6).The Associated Press read more

Holden to cut production in Adelaide

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Doubt has again surfaced over the future of Holden manufacturing in Elizabeth, North of Adelaide as Holden’s General manager Mike Devereux, prepares to announce to the 2,500 strong workforce of a decision to rationalise the factory’s operations. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says the speculation is that the Adelaide plant will reduce manufacturing from 450 cars per day to 400, but no permanent full-time workers are expected to lose their jobs. However, as many as 200 casual positions may go in the rationalisation process. Holden has blamed the high Australian dollar value for changes.The South Australian and Federal Governments are considering assistance measures, aimed at securing the Elizabeth plant’s operations for at least another decade and ensuring the car maker’s long-term manufacturing future in Australia. He said the South Australian and Federal Governments would pay a “substantial amount” of approximately $200M to GM to keep its factories in Australia, but that may still not be enough to stop the corporate giant from downsizing.last_img read more

Five things to know before Smackdown tonight in Greenville New segment set

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WWE is featuring a preview for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Greenville, including five things you should know about the show before it airs live tonight.This includes:1. Hype for AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam2. Does Charlotte Flair have the advantage in the triple threat this Sunday?3. Shinsuke Nakamura has been undefeated since Money in the Bank4. New Day prepares to face The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown tag titles5. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega are on a roll as a teamDon’t forget to join us for live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).New segment set for SummerSlamWWE is promoting a segment involving Elias at SummerSlam this Sunday.It’s being advertised that Elias will perform his “greatest song” in Brooklyn.We reported earlier on the updated card for SummerSlam this Sunday night. Pinterest WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Isco and Asensio vindicate themselves vs Melilla

first_imgStellar performances from Isco and Asensio against Melilla in Copa del Rey, Vinicius Junior was also on point with 1 goal and 1 assist.For Isco and Asensio, things were starting to get a little complicated under new manager Santiago Solari and they desperately needed a great performance in order to gain back a little confidence in their game.Isco’s case was quite more pressing as he had been constantly scrutinized for not having a good relationship with Santiago Solari, Asensio’s case was slightly less concerning as he was only underperforming since the start of the season but didn’t really have any problems with the new manager.This Thursday against Melilla, was a perfect opportunity for both players to get back on track and they didn’t disappoint.It was a relatively easy opponent after they were able to win the first Copa del Rey match with a convincing 4-0 victory, but Real was playing at the Bernabeu and they really wanted to make a good impression with the fans.Asensio started the goal-fest with a great solo goal after 30 minutes of the first half had passed, then Vinicius made his appearance two minutes later to assist Marco from the left flank and let Real Madrid take a 2-0 lead.👏 Congratulations to @Frangarcia_11 and @Alvaro10fidalgo on making their official first-team debuts! Well played, guys! #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Just before the 40th minute of the game, Asensio was able to confirm his Player of the Match status with an assist to Javi Sanchez.Marco delivered two goals and one assist in the span of only six minutes, this was more than enough for Real Madrid to completely shut down any hopes Melilla had to turn the game around.But the match was still on the first half, it was far from over and we still had at least three more goals to watch.Isco hadn’t appeared yet, but he did it in the 47th minute with a beautiful long-range goal that gave Los Blancos their fourth of the night and a breath of fresh air to Isco who barely celebrated scoring this goal.Throughout the second half, it was Vinicius tho took the lead of all offensive plays with his explosive dribbling coming from the left flank.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The Brazilian was determined to score his goal, which came fifteen minutes away from the final whistle after a double effort because they goalkeeper was able to deflect his first shot.‘Vinny’ was finally able to get a proper goal, unlike the one he got the first time through a rebound.⏸ HT: @realmadrid 3-0 @UDMelilla (agg. 7-0)⚽ @marcoasensio10 33′, 35′, @javisf5 39’#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018For Melilla, playing this stage of the Copa del Rey was already a major achievement. They had already received Real Madrid’s visit a couple of weeks back and all the players wanted was to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, they never really expected to upset Los Blancos.Any goal they scored against Real Madrid would be celebrated as if they had already won the title itself, the moment finally came through Qasmi and all the players ended up very grateful for the massive opportunity.At the end of the match, Isco was able to get his second goal that gave Real Madrid a 6-1 victory with an aggregate 10-1 in total.This victory puts both Asensio and Isco back in Solari’s radar, they really needed this performance in order to shake off the bad luck they had attracted to themselves in the last few months.Solari proved that he was really happy with not only the result, but also the fact that he seems to have recovered two of his most important players for Real Madrid.📸 Six of the best at the Bernabéu this afternoon as we ease through to the next round of the Copa del Rey! #RMCopa— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Which goal was your favorite from Real Madrid’s 6-1 victory against Melilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Congress Extends Highway Funding Important to Soy Transportation

first_imgThe House of Representatives passed a two month extension of the highway funding authorization earlier this week. The measure simply extends the current authority, which expires on May 31, through the end of July when the existing funding is also expected to run out.The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports enactment of a long-term highway reauthorization bill that provides sufficient funding to meet construction and maintenance needs for roads and bridges, increases truck weight limits on federal interstates and continues the hours of service exemption for agriculture.Upgrades to roads and bridges not only allow soy growers to more efficiently transport their products via the highway—but also take some strain off of other means of transportation like railways.This two month extension is expected to be passed by the Senate before they adjourn for the Memorial Day recess.  Since there is sufficient funding in the Highway Trust Fund to carry through the end of July, Congress only had to provide an extension of the authority to keep highway maintenance and construction flowing.  Before this extension expires at the end of July, Congress will need to come up with additional funding to ensure that the highway programs continue without interruption.ASA Washington staff continues to communicate ASA’s transportation and infrastructure priorities with House and Senate members on the relevant committees.last_img read more

State gives millions to local parks

first_imgThe Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office has given Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation a grant of more than $2 million to fund four Clark County projects.The money will go toward land acquisition, habitat preservation and park development.Parks and Recreation applied for the funding through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which provides grants to more than 85 programs throughout the state.“Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation has been really good about going out for grants, so this is really exciting,” said city spokeswoman Barbara Ayers.The four projects• Flume Creek Habitat Area will get $1.1 million to purchase 160 acres of shoreline, wetlands and mature upland forest south of Ridgefield.• Cougar Creek Woods Community Park will get a reimbursement of $558,391, half the cost of 10 acres for a future community park. The money will also preserve habitat for the western wahoo, a threatened shrub that grows along Cougar Creek.• John Ball Neighborhood Park will get a reimbursement of $224,853, half the acquisition cost of the existing 2.4-acre park at West 23rd Street and Kauffman Avenue.last_img read more

Samsung tries to turn your refrigerator into Tinder

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 23 Tags “We hope people can meet under more honest or transparent circumstances with the help of the contents of the fridge, because that can tell you a lot about the personality,” said Elin Axelsson, PR manager at Samsung Electronics Nordic based in Sweden. She talked about combating the shallowness of filtered photos on social media and dating sites with something a bit more… organic.its-complicated-logo.jpgClick for more on love in the age of apps. Also, Axelsson noted, there are tons of single people in Sweden, where the idea originated. Nearly half of all households in the country consist of single adults without kids, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office. Who knows? Maybe this is what gets young single Swedes together. The app, though, is available worldwide. Although online dating has been around for decades, its popularity has gone more mainstream in the past several years. The Statistic Brain Research Institute found that more than 90 percent of the 54.3 million singles in the US have tried their luck finding love, or whatever else, online.While judging love interests based on their taste in cheese or deli meat might seem like one of those April Fools’ stunts tech companies like to pull, niche dating sites are definitely a thing. You can find apps based on political or religious preferences. There are sites for the tall, the affluent, the gluten-intolerant, the Canadian. Trek Passions, a site for sci-fi fans, wants users to “love long and prosper.” And let’s not forget Farmers’ Only, in case you are “single in the country.”Hungry for loveHalf-consumed jars of condiments, cans of soda, bags of salad greens, a raw ginger root, ham — when you start swiping around on Refrigerdating, you’re getting a glimpse into the way people live. And while the app is an entertaining promotion for the Family Hub, factoring in a potential partner’s eating habits isn’t that goofy a thought. refrigerdating-2Your fridge could help you fill your stomach and your heart.  Chris Monroe/CNET “Food is really a part of our lifestyle these days, and there are so many nuances of diet — there are people who are gluten-free or vegan — and often [they’re] most understood by someone who also has that diet,” said Laurie Davis, an online dating coach and author of the book Love @ First Click.Eating habits can indicate more in common than what’s on your plate, Davis said. Love in this HubRefrigerdating is available through a browser, so it’ll work on whatever phone you have. Samsung hasn’t said how many people are using it, just that they’re signing up. Be warned: The concentration of users at the moment seems to be in Sweden. Developer Peter Simonsson said the team opted for swiping since it’s a common format for dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. Samsung even worked with a relationship expert when creating the app. Samsung recommends you don’t stage your fridge to try to attract dates — be yourself and embrace the leftovers, stale bread and alarming amount of fizzy water. You never know. The right brand of almond milk might get you the love of your life. It’s Complicated: This is dating in the age of apps. Having fun yet?Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Culture Appliances Mobile Apps Mentioned Above Samsung 4-Door Flex Family Hub Refrigerator (Stainless Steel) Could you find love in your fridge? Chris Monroe/CNET The way to your heart might actually be through your fridge.That’s what Samsung is hoping, at least. While you might mostly associate Samsung with phones, tablets and TVs, the electronics giant is trying to make inroads into your love life by launching a dating app called Refrigerdating. Yup. Refrigerdating. The free app works with the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, a $4,000 appliance with a touchscreen on the door that you can use to view the family’s schedule, and an ingredient-tracking camera that lets you double-check whether you’re out of milk. With the app, you take a photo of the inside of your fridge to share, and you can swipe right or left based on how the contents of someone else’s speak to you. Never fear, though, you can also just take a photo with your phone if you don’t have the Family Hub.The idea is that what’s in there, whether it’s moldy leftovers or an enticing collection of craft beer, could provide a more authentic look at who you are and how you live. And ideally, keep you far away from those monsters who refrigerate their honey. Best Buy See It $3,099 See itcenter_img See It Share your voice Abt Electronics Comments Preview • Samsung’s $6,000 smart refrigerator: a fridge too far? 1:34 $3,099 $3,094 Samsung wants you to find love through your fridge Review • Need? No. Want? Definitely. Samsung’s Family Hub touchscreen refrigerator reviewed Samsunglast_img read more

Latest Pixel 3A 3A XL leaks appear to paint complete picture of

first_img Pixel 3: 6 months in See it Google Pixel 17 Photos Google’s Pixel 3. Angela Lang/CNET Curious about what exactly will be in Google’s rumored budget Pixel 3A and 3A XL before the company likely announces it at I/O next week? You can now rest easy. In yet another leak before the May 7 developers conference, this time via Droid-Life, nearly all the hardware details have been revealed. As expected, the devices do appear to be cheaper versions of last year’s well-regarded Pixel 3 and 3 XL, according to specs posted by the site. They keep many of the Pixel 3’s standout features, however, including Night Sight for low-light photos, Google Assistant’s Call Screen for screening calls, unlimited Google Photos storage and the promise of three years of security and OS updates.  0 Rumors Google How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone $219 Now playing: Watch this: Phones 5:52center_img Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) Tags Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Share your voice News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Post a comment 15 Pixel 3 features you should use right now The 3A is expected to have a 5.6-inch display while the larger 3A XL will pack a 6-inch screen, according to Droid Life. Each will reportedly have a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage plus rear fingerprint sensors. The devices will keep the Pixel lines’ “Active Edge” for squeezing the device to summon the Google Assistant, according to the leak. Battery sizes are said to be 3,000 mAh for the Pixel 3A, and 3,700 mAh for the larger 3A XL.Read more: Pixel 3 phones aren’t selling, and it’s probably Verizon’s fault It is still unclear what the processor will be, but the phones have been rumored to feature a plastic body and headphone jack. Color options leaked by Droid-Life appear to be black, white and purple. Google didn’t immediately respond to a CNET request for comment on the leak. According to the YouTube channel This is Tech Today, which obtained what it says are images of the Pixel 3A’s box, the smaller Pixel will start at $399 and the 3A XL will start at $479. Google is likely hoping the Pixel 3A line will help boost its smartphone ambitions. While the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were highly regarded, they have struggled to make an impact with consumers. On its parent company Alphabet’s earnings call this week, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said that Pixel sales were lower year over year, in part due to “heavy promotional activity industry-wide, given some of the recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

Calls For Hearings Into National Guard Misconduct Continue

first_imgAnother state legislator is calling for hearings into misconduct in the Alaska National Guard.Sen. Bert Stedman, a Sitka Republican, believes the hearings should occur when the Legislature reconvenes in January. He says to call hearings now would politicize the issue further, but that the Legislature must be involved in the reform effort. He called the abuse, which included sexual assault and fraud, profoundly troubling.“In all my years of public service, this is one of the most appalling things I’ve ever seen,” said Stedman in a phone interview.In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch News last week, Sen. Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, demanded for the Legislature to involve a special investigator. The idea has received pushback from Senate President and Wasilla Republican Charlie Huggins.last_img read more

Titanfall is never coming to the PlayStation 4 but the sequel might

first_imgThere were plenty of next-generation console games shown off at E3 back in June, but one of the most impressive was Titanfall. This first-person shooter was announced as an exclusive for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Gamers planning to lay their hands on the PlayStation 4 have been hoping Titanfall would come to their platform at a later date, but that appears to be a pipe dream. According to publisher Electronic Arts, Titanfall is never coming to the PS4.Titanfall is a fast-paced FPS, which isn’t that unusual. The twist is that you aren’t just carrying around a gun — you’re in the gun. Titanfall puts you in the driver’s seat of giant, heavily armed combat exoskeletons called Titans. You can call it a mech if you want, but the developers would prefer that you didn’t.You’re not always in the Titans, though. There’s plenty of gameplay where you’re on foot completing objectives, just to spice things up. There’s plenty of wall running and acrobatics to give you a chance against the Titans, or you can suit up in a Titan of your own and blast away. The demo video looked stunning, but the gameplay was also incredibly impressive. It’s easy to see why PS4 buyers would want to get in on the action.While Titanfall is definitely not coming to Sony’s platform, the developer, Respawn Entertainment said that future games — even a Titanfall sequel — could be multiplatform. So there is at least a little light at the end of the tunnel.Titanfall is currently slated for a March 2014 release.last_img read more

Mozilla updating Firefox preferences

first_imgMozilla updating Firefox preferences by Martin Brinkmann on March 07, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 11 commentsMozilla is working on an updated version of the preferences in the Firefox web browser to remove inconsistencies and improve the user experience.The Firefox preferences page allows users to modify various important browser settings such as the homepage, update behavior, or search engines.The page has not changed all that much in the last couple of years. In fact, the last two changes date back years. Mozilla did remove some options including the ability to turn off JavaScript from the preferences back in 2013, and moved the preferences page from its own window to a browser tab in 2014.Mozilla updating Firefox preferencesThe 2017 update to the preferences page of Firefox will change things around fundamentally, but won’t remove any options from the preferences (not that I’m aware of).Note: The development is still in progress. Things may change along the way, Mozilla may move preferences around, create a new category, or make other changes that are not reflected here right now. We will update the article once we become aware of these changes if they happen. If you notice them first, let us know and we update the article asap.The design goals are simple: remove inconsistencies, and improve categories for better navigation. Mozilla did ran some tests and results indicate that the “average success score” improved by 30% over the current implementation.Average success core in this context means whether users managed to complete tasks in the settings successfully, or not.The current implementation of the preferences in the Firefox browser uses the eight tabs general, search, content, application, security, privacy, sync and advanced. Advanced is further divided into the tabs data choices, network, update and certificates.The new design will reduce the number of tabs to the following five: general, downloads & links, privacy & security, Firefox account, and updates.No sub-tabs are used either. This means that some categories, general and privacy & security in particular, will be bigger than before.Take a look at the following mockups which highlight the new layout of the preferences: Note that Firefox Account looks like a new category, but it is just Sync renamed.As far as inconsistencies are concerned; Mozilla plans to remove those as well. To name some: learn more links are placed on the right or next to a preference, search may be next to an item, or on top of it, and options or description fonts may be bold or normal weight.The new preferences make the preferences more compact, as all are listed on five tabs instead of eight (plus four sub-tabs).Mozilla plans to integrate a search option on the preferences page that enables you to find preferences quickly using it. A demo video has been published on YouTube that shows how that search works on Firefox Nightly.Closing WordsI prefer less tabs over more tabs when it comes to preferences. Others may prefer it the other way around, especially if the new system requires scrolling to get to certain options.Now You: What’s your take on the new preferences in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameMozilla updating Firefox preferences DescriptionMozilla is working on an updated version of the preferences in the Firefox web browser to remove inconsistencies and improve the user experience.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

BeatsX Is Down to Its Lowest Price Ever – Pair your iPhone

first_imgToday, the BeatsX is at an all-time low and that might not sound like much, but when you see something that has received a $60 price cut, we are certain that you will be off to the races to get your hands on it, and if you have an iPhone, that sounds like an even better deal.Just like the AirPods, BeatsX features the W1 chip which will effortlessly connect to your iPhone X as soon as it has been successfully shipped to your doorstep. What this means is that you will not have to sift through your connectivity settings in order for these earphones to pair with your smartphone. All you have to do is bring them in close proximity of your device that they will connect without creating any bit of fuss.Here’s another advantage of purchasing discounted BeatsX earphones apart from the price reduction. Since they are held together by a fair amount of sleeving, there is no way you will end up losing these unless of course, you end up losing the entire set of earphones.In addition to playing music and using it for media consumption, you can also take calls, control your music and activate Siri (you will need an active internet connection in order for Siri to work wirelessly). BeatsX can also provide you with up to 8 hours of battery life, which is sufficient for these pair of Bluetooth-enabled earphones.Furthermore, these come with a feature called Fast Fuel; just leave them plugged in for 5 minutes and you will have up to 2 hours of listening time added.Buy BeatsX from Amazon Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Two Key Issues Keeping Radiologists Up at Night in 2017

first_imgFeature | Radiology Business | March 03, 2017 | Pat Free Two Key Issues Keeping Radiologists Up at Night in 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more 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 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. 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.  To understand the issues facing radiologists, it is important to identify the changes over the past decade that have transformed how radiologists are being reimbursed and the impact this has had on their jobs. Significant declines in reimbursements followed by rapidly changing payment models and interoperability initiatives are all coming to a head under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); one of two value-based reimbursement models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Along with determining how to be successful when transitioning to new, value-based models, radiologists must look for new ways to better engage their health systems in order to further improve patient outcomes while decreasing cost. 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 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 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 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 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 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more 1.    How Do I Lower the Risk of Potential Reimbursement Cuts With MIPS?The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has called 2017 a “go at your own pace” transition year, so participation in MIPS in 2017 will help you gain experience before the negative adjustments increase in the following years. Aside from whether you decide to report at a group or NPI level, there are key components of MIPS that radiologists need to understand. As part of MIPS, radiologists in 2017 must determine if they are patient or non-patient facing, adopt clinical improvement activities, and explore the use of clinical data registries to help them be successful in submitting their quality program data.•    Understand the Difference Between Patient Facing and Non-patient FacingIt is essential to understand the distinction between patient facing and non-patient facing as the former must participate in the advancing care information component of MIPS. If the service is deemed patient facing, radiologists need to submit two key measures for advancing care to satisfy that requirement. For the most part, radiologists are only thinking of the direct, “obvious” patient-facing services such as rounding on a patient from a noninvasive procedure. However, there are other procedures that are in a grey area, leaving many radiologists asking questions like, “What if I do a paracentesis, or what if I am indirectly supervising a procedure that is patient facing?” As a result of this confusion, the American College of Radiology and CMS created a current procedural terminology (CPT) listing of codes that designate if services are patient facing or non-patient facing.  This allows groups to look back at the distribution of these codes and determine if they are required to meet the advancing care information component of MIPS. If a doctor is considered patient-facing in 2017 and they do not have a CEHRT, they may fall under the hospital-based eligible clinician exemption in the advancing care information (ACI) performance category. If the clinican sees 75 percent of their covered professional services using POS 21, 22 or 23 then you could be exempt from ACI also.   •    Establish a Mechanism to Analyze and Report Clinical Practice Improvement ActivitiesGroups need to establish a mechanism to measure and analyze what clinical improvement activities they should be reporting. It is important to decide what is considered a best practice and what is available at the practice. In many cases, this does not have to be a heavy lift for radiologists. For example, one group was concerned after finding that 60 percent of their follow-ups were not further investigated as recommended. In response, they created a bullet proof mechanism to help mitigate this risk. If a woman was due for a follow-up mammogram in six months and nothing occurred, the radiologist receives a note in six months and one day that said, “Patient X is due for a follow-up mammogram.” This alert helped ensure that the patient would get scheduled for her follow-up visit. Despite its simplicity, this critical process is not happening enough. Without a clinical improvement system in place, radiologists must advance to the next patient and hope that the system tracks and prompts clinicians with the appropriate follow-ups. This is just one example of the many simple things that groups can start incorporating into their systems to realize some of the huge risk mitigation benefits. The tweaks also benefit the health system, the radiologist and more importantly, helps improve patient care and patient satisfaction. •    Leverage a Clinical Data Registry Confusion remains high across the industry as to whether or not to use a qualified data registry company. Part of this confusion stems from the fact that it is quite possible to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019 simply by continuing to report via claims based quality measures in 2017. The dilemma for many groups is that if they do not choose to invest in using a qualified data registry this year, they risk receiving a negative payment adjustment in subsequent years due to the new complexities under MIPS.Under a registry, there is a larger selection of measures thus increasing a group’s chance for successful reporting. There are also no major negative consequences for radiologists who actively engage in the MIPS program with a data registry as the registry allows you to proof the data set before submission to Medicare. Additionally, radiologists will gain applicable experience. With claims-based reporting, there is no audit or review process, so if the initial submission is inaccurate, the individual or group would be penalized.   Many groups are concerned about the cost of a registry since it can be $200 to $500 per physician. However, contemplate a four percent payment reduction on a group that collects $5 million annually in Medicare payments — that equals $200,000 in penalties in just one performance year. If groups pay $15,000 to $20,000 a year for a registry, they could not only avoid penalty payments, but also see a positive ROI from incentives that would offset any costs incurred. In 2018 and 2019, the penalties are expected go up and incentives are expected to go down, providing even more reason for radiologists to get involved now while incentives are available. However, if a practice has multiple physicians or tele-radiology physicians, a registry can become rather costly.2.    How Can I Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction While Decreasing Cost?Scrutiny over appropriate use is continuing to be a significant issue as healthcare continues to look for ways to take cost out of the system while improving patient outcomes. Proactivity and better leveraging the data that already exists are just a few tactics that radiologists can adopt in 2017.•    Develop a Proactive Stance on Appropriate UseScrutiny over appropriate use is going to continue to be a significant topic as it may have some short-term negative utilization impact on radiologists. Radiologists need to be proactive and really focus on navigating a health system’s ordering of radiology services because hospitals, payers and ACOs want to ensure that radiologists provide the appropriate amount of radiology at the right time, with the right expertise level to help improve patient outcomes and reduce cost. Educating referring doctors on the appropriate use of radiology services can also create a win-win scenario for both radiologists and doctors. In some scenarios, order volume may decrease but in others, they may find a service that was indicated but was not ordered.•    Analyze Group Level Data More Effectively for Improved Radiologist Utilization Currently, there is a lack of analysis being done at a group level and many hospitals are sitting on a trove of untapped data. In the right clinicians’ hands, this data can be useful. The conundrum, however, is that hospitals typically do not let radiologists access this data. Radiologists have different data requirements and if groups can take advantage of this information, they can empower win-win opportunities that improve a radiologist’s workflow, as well as provide more effective radiology service utilization.Currently, many radiology groups can not report their work output by date and time stamping. But access to this information could lead to cost savings and more efficient staffing. For example, if physicians express the need for more help from 7–10 p.m. on a Friday night, the practice can add a doctor. But what happens when their income falls? With data and systems that can report by time slot, radiologists can practice smarter staffing while resulting in income optimization. Increased exposure to more data can also empower more risk mitigation and quality outcome analysis. As groups become more comfortable in data analysis, they will be more effective in asking questions like, “Can I measure and report my referring physician’s ordering patterns? Can I more effectively report on a real-time basis? How bullet proof is my peer review program and quality program?” Be Comfortable with Short-Term Losses for Long-Term GainsLooking ahead, it is important that radiologists understand what they need to do to protect their livelihood as there will be continued scrutiny over appropriate use. In the short term, this may have negative utilization impacts on radiologists because it stops them from ordering unnecessary services. However, this will help radiologists better navigate a health system’s ordering of radiology services. Groups also need to ensure they are participating in the new payment models to avoid finding their name on negative quality ratings. As the power continues to shift to the hands of the consumer, this will be especially critical for survival.Editor’s note: Pat Free, vice president of radiology operations at McKesson, has over 17 years of experience with the company. Currently, Free is responsible for national medical practice business management and consulting. Prior to McKesson, Free was director of medical practice operations at Ascens. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgIf you liked this article, hopefully you’ll enjoy these:UK’s top 10 craft beer pubs10 of the best beaches in BritainCheck flights to BristolSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in TaipeiLooking for a slice of Southeast Asia away from the usual backpacker crowds? Check out Taiwan, with a city break in the island’s vibrant, cross-cultural capital. From forested mountains to tasty noodles, we bring you the top things to see and do in Taipei.12 days of Christmas breaksCheer yourself up with this seasonal selection of pre-Christmas breaks and escapes, at home and abroad.6 best baths in BudapestEnjoy a long hot soak at one of these luxurious bath houses in the ‘City of Spas’. 11. Walk: SkylineHike the Bath Skyline and at points you forget you’re still in a city – except when the trail offers splendid urban views. Bath sits on the edge of the Cotswolds, so this 10km route takes in plenty of beech woodland and bucolic rolling green, as well as an 18th century folly, a Palladian bridge and a skirt around the hill-top University. Better, the National Trust, which looks after the landscape, reckons the walk burns off an average of 735 calories – so you can book in for that Chequers burger, guilt-free.And one for luck…12. Top Tip: Embrace the twilightThe Thermae Bath Spa is open until 9.30pm: arrive just before dusk so you can loll in the roof-top pool as the sun sinks down and the city starts to glitter. Also, in July and August the excellent Roman Baths Museum stays open until 10pm – it’s usually shut by 6pm – so you can see the medicinal waters twinkling under torchlight.center_img Spa-vellous! From the baths to burgers via cycling, cocktails and much more, we take a local expert’s advice on the best things to do in Bath.1. Market: Green ParkTrains haven’t tootled into Green Park Station since 1966; these days it sees more cabbages than carriages. Every Saturday the restored Victorian terminus hosts a Farmers’ Market, where you can nibble Bath Soft Cheese, Seven Hills Handmade Chocolates, Lovett Pies and plenty more. A Vintage & Antiques Market takes over on the first and last Sunday of the month, with an Artisan Market every second Sunday. 2. Coffee: Colonna & Small’sIf the whiff of a Costabucks makes you shudder, head here. Colonna & Small’s, headed up by 2014 UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, does coffee for the connoisseur/geek. The menu looks more winelist, relaying a bevy of bean choices, their nuances poetically described. You can even book in for an Espresso Course or group coffee tasting. Brunch: Wild CaféTiny tucked-away independents are all well and good but, damn, if only Wild Café were twice the size. If you CAN bag a brightly coloured chair here, expect simple things – fairtrade and locally sourced – done lip-lickingly well: pancake stacks, scrambled eggs with Bath Pig chorizo, the city’s best bacon sandwich (three rashers!). The kitchen’s right in the café, so be prepared to sit in a state of nasally-affronted food envy while you wait for your brunch.4. Proper pub: The Bell InnWalcot Street, Bath’s old artisan quarter, is still dominated by eclectic independents. And no place embodies that spirit more than The Bell Inn 103 Walcot St. When closure loomed in 2013, it was bought by a community cooperative – with support from the likes of Michael ‘Glastonbury’ Eavis and Robert Plant. It continues to be Bath’s best live music pub, hosting acts three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Sunday), as well as serving lots of local real ales.5. Gastro pub: The ChequersHidden from the main hubbub, but only a stone’s throw from the Royal Crescent, The Chequers has been serving wayfarers since 1776. The menu’s come on a bit since, but it still serves all comers. There are juicy bar staples – arguably Bath’s best burger and big, fat, Bath Ale-battered fish-n-chips. But there are more refined options too – Wiltshire pork ‘three ways’, blowtorched mackerel, a novel game pie. It’s all good, whether you’re feeling fancy or just want some (damn fine) chips. Shop: Mr Bs vs ToppingsIt’s too close to call – Bath has two equally excellent independent bookshops. Toppings has a fine selection; it also has real clout, attracting the literary great and the good for talks and tastings on an almost daily basis. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights is just a lovely place to be; it even has a ‘Bibliotherapy Room’ with fireplace, armchairs and free coffee and tea.9. Freebie: Mayor of Bath Honorary GuidesBath’s whole centre is Unesco-listed, being deemed of Outstanding Universal Value. To get some background – on a budget – join a tour with the Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides. This daily primer (10.30am and 2pm, Sun-Fri; 10.30am only, Sat) lasts two hours and is completely free. Gratis. The guides don’t even accept tips. They just love Bath that much – and want you to, too.10. Bike: Two Tunnels GreenwayHilly Bath can be bike unfriendly… thankfully, the Victorians burrowed railway tunnels through the summits to the south, which have been recently reopened as a Sustrans multi-use path. The 21km Two Tunnels Greenway is a lovely loop ride or walk, incorporating a pretty canal towpath, a Georgian aqueduct, quiet country lanes and nearly two miles of subterranean cycling – with a motion-sensitive light and music installation enlivening the old stone walls.last_img read more

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