New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka to level series 11

first_imgColombo: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the second Test in Colombo on Monday to square the two-match series 1-1. Victory was achieved with an hour left on day five when Lasith Embuldeniya edged a short delivery from Trent Boult to Kane Williamson at gully. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 122 runs after New Zealand declared their second innings on 431 for six with a first innings lead of 185. Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella fought a lone battle for Sri Lankans but he was ninth man out after a three-hour vigil. He made 51. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh New Zealand squared the two match series having lost the opening Test match in Galle last week. Sri Lanka, who scored 244 in their first innings and were still 187 behind as they started their second, were tottering at 88 for seven at tea. New Zealand then cleaned up. Off-spinner William Somerville had Suranga Lakmal caught by Tom Latham — top-scorer of the match with 154 — before Dickwella was caught off Ajaz Patel. Patel, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Somerville all finished with two wickets apiece.last_img read more

FN leaders in Washington to stop Keystone pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders are in Washington D.C. to meet with the Obama Administration.They’re there to talk about the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline project.The pipeline would cut across First Nations communities and could triple the size of the Alberta oil sands.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.last_img

Haiti Over 100 Sri Lankan blue helmets repatriated on disciplinary grounds –

2 November 2007The United Nations today announced that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on disciplinary grounds. The United Nations today announced that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on disciplinary grounds.Out of a total of 950 members of the Sri Lankan battalion (SriBat), 108 will be repatriated tomorrow, 3 November, with the cooperation of Sri Lankan authorities and following the receipt of a preliminary report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).The move comes in response to allegations which are “of a transactional sex nature,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters, adding that “there is a question of some underage girls.”“The United Nations and Sri Lanka take this matter very seriously and reiterate their shared commitment to both the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to best practices in peacekeeping,” she said in a statement.“The United Nations and the Sri Lankan Government deeply regret any sexual exploitation and abuse that has occurred, despite their efforts to ensure the highest standards of conduct and discipline.”Among those to be repatriated will be the battalion’s second-in-command and two company commanders, Ms. Montas said.The UN will follow up on the issue, she said.After hearing of allegations of abuse and exploitation incidents by SriBat in several locations in Haiti, MINUSTAH asked for an immediate investigation by OIOS and Sri Lanka dispatched a high-level national investigative team, which includes a female officer, according to the statement.Currently, MINUSTAH, Sri Lanka and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) are assessing the situation and considering how to assist the victims, Ms. Montas said.She noted that “Sri Lanka is a longstanding and important troop-contributing country with a history of dedicated service with UN peacekeeping missions.” read more

Lock away your grandparents BBCs new Agatha Christie show is no cosy

first_imgThe drama is based on a 24-page courtroom story by Christie The drama is based on a 24-page courtroom story by Christie Lock up your grandparents. Or at least, try not to let them near the television this Boxing Day.So goes the advice from the makers of the BBC’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation, as they warn the days of the “cosy” afternoon murder mystery are over.The director of Witness for the Prosecution said Christie adaptations such as Miss Marple and Poirot have become synonymous with a “lovely cosy afternoon watching TV on the sofa”, with neat plots, a sense of fair play and the bad guys always getting their comeuppance.But, Julian Jarrold said, a new version of Christie’s 24-page courtroom drama may require grandparents and young children to be “put away” from the television, thanks to a chilling storyline and unsettling ending. The Witness for the Prosecution tells the story of a wealthy, glamorous older woman, played by Kim Cattrall, who entices a young working class man to her home.The BBC version will see Leonard Vole, played by Billy Howle, be paid for his sexual services, before the woman, Emily French, is found bludgeoned to death on her living room floor.Vole is immediately arrested, drawing on the services of a down-at-heel, cough-ridden solicitor to save him from the gallows. Miss Marple: comforting television, according to programme-makers David Suchet in ‘Poirot – Death in the Clouds’, 1992 The programme will include some swearing, a “dismal” sex scene and dark undertones, set in a smog-filled post-war London.Sarah Phelps, the scriptwriter, said she had previously believed Christie dramas were “cosy fireside entertainment for when you’re depressed about winter”, with fans sitting down to watch in the comfort that “because everything will be alright in the end”.But she said, she had now become “acutely aware of the danger, the really unnerving, unsettling qualities” of the author’s work, leading her to capture the “cruel” elements of Christie’s storyline in her three-part series. Miss Marple: comforting television, according to programme-makers Catrall stars as the doomed Emily French Andrea Riseborough plays Vole’s girlfriend, an actress Andrea Riseborough plays Vole's girlfriend, an actresscenter_img Kim Cattrall, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan star “I know the TV adaptations of Miss Marple, and Poirot; it’s all delicious, bitchy and glorious and you’ve got the great and the good of stage and screen wearing gorgeous costumes,” she said.”But the undertow of it is it’s really great entertainment. “With some of the Marple and the Poirot shows we’re used to seeing, you’re in a very safe place; here’s the murder, here’s the plot and here’s the person who’s going to unravel it. Kim Cattrall, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan star “There isn’t any thing where I go ‘ooh I’m going to swear now and it’ll be really shocking’,” she said. “People swear and have sex. It’s not that shocking to me.“It seems extraordinary that people get upset by sex and swearing when really you’re writing about murder. She’s got her head caved in, there are brains on the floor. ‘But forget about that, don’t say the eff word!’“What? It’s a genuinely bizarre thing. 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. “It’s very satisfying. You feel very embraced by it.”My take on it [Agatha Christie], and one of the reasons I find it really satisfying to write for the small screen, is that the stories are dark.“What I like is to take this general perception of knowing where you are with ‘cosy Christie’ and twisting it.”Speaking at a screening of the drama at the BFI in London this week, Phelps was asked about the potential for controversy, with several expletives inserted into the script. David Suchet in 'Poirot - Death in the Clouds', 1992 Catrall stars as the doomed Emily French “So I don’t think oh this will rattle them up in the shires. I just think what is this story about and who’s telling it.”Witness for the Prosecution will begin on BBC One on Boxing Day at 9pm.last_img read more

Il y a 7 000 ans les hommes du Néolithique fabriquaient déjà

first_imgIl y a 7 000 ans, les hommes du Néolithique fabriquaient déjà du fromageUne équipe internationale a mis en évidence, sur un site néolithique polonais, des traces qui attestent de la fabrication de fromage dès le 6e millénaire avant J.-C.C’est en analysant des fragments de poterie vieux de plus de 7.000 ans que des chercheurs de l’Université de Bristol (Royaume-Uni) ont fait l’étonnante découverte. En effet, ils ont réussi à déterminer l’usage que les hommes du Néolithique avaient fait des récipients dont ces morceaux proviennent : ils s’en servaient pour la fabrication de fromage !À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces débris en céramique ont été découverts antérieurement par des archéologues polonais et américains dans la région de Kuyavia, au sud de Gdansk (Pologne). En les étudiant, les spécialistes avaient déjà établi qu’ils provenaient de récipients percés d’orifices et voyaient en ceux-ci de véritables faisselles, comme celles utilisées de nos jours dans la fabrication de fromages. Toutefois, les éléments obtenus jusqu’ici ne permettaient pas de confirmer la chose.  Pour en savoir plus, les chercheurs ont donc poursuivi les analyses et fait une découverte qui lève tout doute possible.Grâce à des analyses isotopiques, ils ont mis en évidence sur ces poteries (et pas sur d’autres récipients provenant du même site) des traces de lait caillé – ‘signature’ caractéristique de l’industrie fromagère : les tout premiers agriculteurs du Néolithique européen faisaient et consommaient donc bel et bien du fromage. Il s’agit là de la plus ancienne ‘industrie’ fromagère connue à ce jour.Plus encore qu’aujourd’hui, “à cette époque, beaucoup d’êtres humains étaient intolérants au lactose. La fabrication du fromage était donc un moyen particulièrement efficace pour eux de profiter des bénéfices nutritifs du lait sans tomber malades”, conclut Peter Bogucki, de l’Université de Princeton (États-Unis), cité par le Figaro.Le 13 décembre 2012 à 14:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Geeksplainer The Marvel Universe

first_imgStay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: with Legacy hitting the stands, let’s explain the Marvel universe.What Is The Marvel Universe?The Marvel Universe is the shared fictional reality that all Marvel comic books take place in, including alternate universes, other dimensions, places beyond space and time, et cetera. The main Marvel timeline (known as “616”) very closely resembles the world we live in.This is not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the shared fictional reality that Marvel movies like Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as TV shows like Jessica Jones and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., take place in. That universe does not include Marvel properties like the X-Men or Ghost Rider – but as of the last movie, does include Spider-Man. We’ll explain more in a bit.When Did It Start?The first “Marvel” comic wasn’t published by Marvel at all, but by a little publisher called Timely in 1939. The first issue of Marvel Comics featured the adventures of the Human Torch, an inhuman android who could combust at will, as well as the ocean-dwelling Sub-Mariner. Soon added to the lineup was Captain America in 1941, as well as a lineup of lesser-remembered heroes like the Thin Man and the Masked Raider. This was the Golden Age of comic books, a period of huge sales and creative expression.By the end of the 1940s, it was over. Superhero comics weren’t selling, and Timely renamed itself Atlas and focused on other genres – giant monsters, romance, funny animals, sports. Whatever paid the bills. The company chased trends throughout the 1950s to moderate success.The official beginning of the Marvel Universe came in 1961, when editor Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, who previously co-created Captain America for the company, sat down to work on a new type of adventure comic. The Fantastic Four were a quartet with unusual powers who faced off against menaces to humanity, but they had a depth of character that was unusual for the time. The group didn’t always get along – the deformed Ben Grimm resented team leader Reed Richards for turning him into the Thing, young firebrand Johnny Storm rankled at his new responsibility, and Sue Storm felt underappreciated.The book was an overnight success, and Lee worked with Kirby and other artists to get more like it on the market. Fantastic Four was joined by an insecure web-slinging teen named Spider-Man, a reanimated Norse god, a scientist who transformed into a menacing monster when he got angry, and dozens more. Captain America and other older heroes were brought into the fold as well. They faced off against equally innovative villains, from the despotic ruler of a fictional European nation to a literal devourer of worlds.What Made It Successful?What made the Marvel superhero comics different from the competition was the sense of place. While DC’s heroes fought criminal capers in made-up cities like Gotham and Metropolis, Marvel’s heroes lived in the all too real New York City. Spider-Man swung by the Empire State Building on his way back to Queens. Sure, there were a few fake places like the prehistoric Savage Land and the hyper-advanced African nation of Wakanda, but most Marvel adventures took place on a recognizable Earth.They were also reflections of their time. The threat of Communism was a major part of the early Marvel universe. The X-Men became the company’s mirror to hold up to prejudice and societal acceptance. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Obama all appeared in the pages of Marvel comics. And that’s where things started to get a little creaky.Where Did It Go Wrong?Marvel’s interconnected world was predicated on the idea of “continuity” – each issue of a comic book was part of the same massive story, told by different creators. It all “happened.” As their characters gained popularity, Marvel started giving them more individual titles – Spectacular Spider-Man hit stands in 1976, followed by Web Of Spider-Man in 1985. The X-Men were joined by the New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Force, X-Calibur and myriad other spinoff teams. And the storylines in each book were connected together, requiring fans to buy them all to keep up with the narrative.The first domino to fall was 1985’s Secret Wars II maxi-series. The first Secret Wars had been a relatively self-contained event with heroes and villains abducted to an alien world and forced to fight for supremacy. It had some repercussions on the Marvel Universe, most notably Spider-Man’s new costume. When it was time for the sequel, Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter had bigger plans.The tale of the omnipotent alien Beyonder coming to Earth was not only told in the pages of the maxi-series, but also in a whopping thirty-four other comics, from big sellers like Avengers to stuff like Micronauts. The logic was that fans of the story would be inspired to pick up books they wouldn’t normally read, increasing sales across the board.Marvel wasn’t alone in this tactic – DC did the same with Crisis On Infinite Earths the same year. But the age of the “Event Comic” would cripple Marvel’s fictional universe. More and more crossovers followed – Evolutionary War, Atlantis Attacks, Civil War – and each one had Big Repercussions. Characters died, new heroes were introduced, and the Marvel Universe was changed forever. At the peak of event mania, the company was doing three of these a year.All of those events ended up having the opposite effect. Readers grew weary of having to buy books they weren’t interested in just to understand the story, and comics sales dropped steadily starting in the 1990s. Couple that with constant re-boots to get sales bumps from #1 issues and other gimmicks and The House of Ideas was in a bad way.How Did They Try To Fix It?The Marvel universe started showing its age in 2000. At that point, Peter Parker’s adventures had been going for almost forty years. Iron Man’s origins in the Vietnam War would put Tony Stark in his 60s at least. The march of time made these old stories seem hopelessly out of date, and sales declined throughout the 1990s as the speculator market collapsed. Marvel tried an event called Heroes Reborn in 1996 that brought hot talent like Rob Liefeld onboard newly rebooted titles to tell their earlier adventures for a new audience, but it was a critical flop. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and needed something – anything – to pull them out of their tailspin.The new solution was the Ultimate Universe, a new line of books that basically reset everything back to the beginning. Ultimate Spider-Man, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mark Bagley, brought back a Peter Parker in high school, new to spider-powers and not even dating, let alone married. Takes on the Avengers, the X-Men and others followed in this new reality.The Ultimate Universe percolated along in its own little corner for a while, but mainstream Marvel also found its way back to relevance. Hot artists and writers delivered character-defining runs on books, including Ed Brubaker on Captain America and Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon on X-Men. This quality-first approach helped the company claw their way out of bankruptcy, but serious issues still remained.What Were Those Issues?The burden of continuity still hung heavy on the mainline Marvel titles. The company wanted to keep their characters relevant for younger readers, but that got harder and harder.One of the best examples was Spider-Man. When Peter Parker started out, he was a mousy high school kid. But by the 2000s, he was a grown man, married to a supermodel in Mary Jane Watson and no longer really relevant. As part of an initiative to get him back to his roots, 2007’s One More Day saw Peter Parker make a deal with the demonic Mephisto – erase his marriage in exchange for Aunt May’s life. It… didn’t go over well.Other franchises saw similar problems. In the pages of the X-Men, characters like Jean Grey and Magneto died and came back to life so often it inspired a joke about Heaven having a revolving door. After a certain point, you can’t logically cram 50 years of storytelling into the lives of characters that are still in their 20s.In recent years, Marvel tried to solve a few of these problems by shaking up many of their core titles. Sam Wilson, the former Falcon, took over the Captain America mantle while Steve Rogers turned evil. Riri Williams, an African-American teenager, became the new Iron Man. While many of these stories were quite good, fans rankled at the setting aside of characters they’d known and loved for decades.The company has had remarkable success with quirky, unusual books that ignore continuity or treat it playfully, like Squirrel Girl and Gwenpool – but in the bookstore market, not comic shops. Balancing the needs of these new fans with the hardcore base has proved very difficult.What’s The Deal With The Movies?Before Disney bought Marvel in 2009, the company had no real connections in the movie industry. So they operated like any other content holder – by licensing individual characters and properties out to studios. For most of their lifespan, this didn’t work out very well. While DC had success at the movies with the Superman and Batman franchises, Marvel had disasters like Howard The Duck. Sony’s handling of the Spider-Man was mostly competent, but the films were missing a little magic.Company executive Kevin Feige realized that Marvel hadn’t licensed the movie rights to the core Avengers, and Marvel raised funds to produce an individual film each for Thor, Captain America and Iron Man, then put them together in the Avengers. It was – obviously – a huge success. The films referenced each other in subtle and non-intrusive ways, building on plot elements to create the continuity that fans craved.But some of the characters are still tied up with licensing deals with other studios. It’s not likely that Fox will ever get rid of the X-Men, which is why Marvel started pushing the Inhumans in the comics as a substitute. These external business decisions harming the creative side hasn’t gone over well with fans.What Is Marvel Legacy?The company’s fiction has been in a rough state for the past few years. 2015’s Secret Wars event saw the whole multiverse taken apart, smashed back together and rebuilt. This brought the Ultimate Universe as well as other outliers into one big mess, and disbanded the Fantastic Four as a result of the disastrous movie the same year. Instead of simplifying things, it made everything way more complex.Much like DC’s recent Rebirth, Legacy is a Marvel event promising a return to the status quo – a clean slate, with all the recent deaths and shake-ups wiped clean. Bruce Banner is the Hulk again. Steve Rogers is Captain America. Thor is… Thor. The newly-introduced alternate versions of these heroes might be sticking around, or they might not.The books are also getting renumbered to reflect all of the past reboots, renumberings and the like – so Thor is going from issue #23 to issue #700. It’s a little confusing. Time will tell if this will be enough to revive interest in Marvel’s four-color offerings, or if the damage is already too great.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Two Men in Custody For Drug Possession

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 23, 2017 – Nassau – Police took two men into custody after seizing a quantity of dangerous drugs in separate incidents on June 21.In the first incident, around 12:00 noon, Southwestern Division officers were on routine patrol on Fire Trail Road near Sir. Milo Butler Highway when they saw a driving a van who aroused their suspicion. The officers then signaled to the vehicle to stop. When the officers approached the vehicle the male threw a taped package outside which was retrieved and found to contain 5 pounds of marijuana. The man was subsequently taken into custody.Then shortly after 1:00 pm, Southeastern Division officers were on routine patrol on Gilda Street, Kennedy Sub-division, when they saw a man standing on a premises who aroused their suspicion. The officers accosted the man and found a plastic bag containing 16 small foil wrappings with marijuana in his possession. The man was subsequently taken into custody.#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Multiple small earthquakes rattle San Diego desert

first_imgMultiple small earthquakes rattle San Diego desert Posted: May 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, May 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom OCOTILLO WELLS (KUSI) — Four small earthquakes were reported in Ocotillo Wells Saturday night, according to the USGS.The four earthquakes, ranging between magnitudes of 3.1 to 3.5, struck between 5:28 and 5:48 p.m. near the U.S.- Mexico border.No injuries or damage were initially reported. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Growing community of community gardens

first_img Just like the veggies themselves, growing a community garden “takes major energy,” said Carolyn Gordon, who volunteers with the Washington State University Clark County Extension. “You need a champion” to drive the effort and keep people inspired and active, she said. And that, like any volunteer-leader position, can lead directly to burnout.That’s why Gordon and others created the new Community Grown website. The site contains step-by-step suggestions, links and downloadable documents for aspiring garden leaders — like contracts between garden organizers and private landowners or neighborhood associations; itemized budget templates; and, of course, suggested garden rules.What rules does a community garden need? Simple but crucial ones: Weed your own plot in a timely way, never letting weeds go to seed; work your own plot and don’t touch anybody else’s without permission; no pesticides and herbicides; clean common tools and return them to the community shed; lock the shed door and don’t share the combination.A community garden can resemble a residential neighborhood, Gordon mused: full of different personalities, different approaches and different levels of responsibility and focus.The extension’s community garden program, Growing Groceries, is planning a bigger, better garden training than it’s had before, beginning in February 2014. Topics will include the nitty-gritty of growing food as well as broader organizational issues like saving money and working with diverse groups of people. Trainings are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., one Saturday per month, February through May. The cost is $35 and includes the popular book “All-New Square Foot Gardening” as well as other take-home materials.Learn more by contacting Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 ext. 5738, or visit Johnson is also your contact if your existing garden is looking for a trained mentor. “The food is great, but what really happens is 10 percent gardening and 90 percent community.”Dean Suteraa master gardner with the Washington State University Clark County Extensionlast_img read more

Strictly Business Earning a place in the media

first_imgGordon Oliver, Columbian’s business editor I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.I was part of a media panel with Cindy Johnson of the Vancouver Business Journal and Dawn Feldhaus of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record. Moderator Chandra Chase of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce posed three questions, which I paraphrase: What are tips for getting what she called “earned media” — an article in the newspaper? What mistakes do women entrepreneurs make in trying to get coverage about their businesses? And how has the Internet changed what stories get covered?Straightforward questions, with not-so-simple answers. The news business is hot and cold — some days are stuffed with news, while on others we worry about how to fill all the white space on a page. So the threshhold for breaking into print (and varies from one day to the next. No surprise. It’s not that we don’t have standards — plenty of suggested stories are too small, too insignificant, or too irrelevant to make the cut even on the slowest of days. But between that low place and the obvious news stories lie plenty of gray areas requiring day-to-day decisions.Before discussing mistakes in pitching stories, I offer my thanks to the entrepreneurs, both men and women, who reach out with story ideas. We love to hear them. We can’t be everywhere, and our readers and small businesses are our eyes and ears. The mistakes come from not understanding The Columbian’s frame of reference. Our franchise is local — in most cases, that means Clark County, not Portland. Information about employee promotions and recognition is likely to land in our Sunday paper and online. We’re always looking for profile subjects for our Monday “Working in Clark County” feature. Stories about significant changes or growth of a small business often become a news brief. For larger stories, we’re on the lookout for stories that reveal larger trends in our economy and communities.last_img read more

Diversified Communications Expands to Thailand with Acquisition

first_img“Our growth strategy to further the company’s diversification of risk through events serving different industries, in different geographies, with different formats; and launching to broaden the scope of our operations and provide further diversification in these areas has been our practice for the last decade,” says Diversified Communications CEO Ted Wirth in a statement. Wirth succeeded Nancy Hasselback as president and CEO last June.  Diversified Communications is continuing its acquisitive streak through a deal to buy Bangkok-based exhibition organizer Kavin Intertrade Co. Ltd. The move adds another seven shows, trade and consumer, to Diversified’s event business and establishes a new division in Thailand. It’s the first deal for Diversified in 2014—the company closed five acquisitions last year. The addition of Kavin brings another 20 employees on board, giving Diversified a global staff of 740, says the company.Diversified Communications has for years been uniquely aggressive in its international expansion, particularly through events. Likewise, as the company has broadened its global reach, it’s been growing the number of industries it serves, balancing its risk and market exposure across platforms and verticals, true to the company’s own name. More on this topic Diversified Adds Another Strategic Acquisition Hasselback Steps Down as President, CEO of Diversified Communications Diversified Communications Makes Fifth Acquisition This Year Diversified Communications Buys Accounts Payable Network Diversified Business Communications Buys Electronic Health Record Provider 1105 MediaJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered bylast_img read more

Disney acquires 21st Century Fox Good or bad for consumers

first_img 21st Century Fox Disney Fox More about the Disney/Fox takeover Now playing: Watch this: This sucks. All three of those films are prime examples of the kinds of movies Disney would *not* make, thus why Fox as an independent studio was valuable. A different, separate studio willing to take a gamble on important and teen-centric stories, now gone.— Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) March 21, 2019 Digital Media TV and Movies Others argue this is is a bad thing for consumers, saying Disney essentially has a monopoly on the entertainment industry. Many believe it’s now capable of driving up prices on its services, as well as having too much power in the box office. There are also concerns that Disney can pretty much decide what we see in the media.Here are some negative reactions to the news. Apple will finally reveal its $1 billion-budget TV service CNET readers also have some conflicting stances on the subject. CNET member Mccuerc believes this is bad for consumers and that capitalist system itself is to blame, as it creates a landscape in which we move from too much choice, to far too little.”A monopoly is a bad thing. It destroys choice. A plethora of choices so broad that it paralyzes the consumer is bad. It destroys choice.” — MccuercThis contrasts to CNET member CheddarBob69’s opinion, who argues this is just they lay of the land, and if Disney didn’t do it, somebody else would’ve.”What was Disney gonna do? Pass up a golden opportunity and let the competition get stronger? This is capitalism 101. You don’t like it? Too bad. None of the opinions of being upset or hurt about this affects what has happened. Do I like it? No. Do I respect it? Meh. But we all have to live with it.” — CheddarBob69Whether or not you agree with these readers, the fact does remain, we all have to live with it. Reader’s reactions range from “who cares” to “yay better content” to “oh jeez, another streaming service?”– and we want to know where you stand.Are you excited for all the new possibilities in TV and movies? Does Disney+ now have your interest? Or do you err on the side of caution, where this could possibly be a bad thing for us consumers? Let us know your answer to these questions and more in the poll below and feel free to explain further in the comments. Disney/Fox merger is officially done. Welcome back home X-Men, Fantastic 4, Deadpool, & moooooooore!— JR AQUINO (@JRAquino) March 19, 2019 3:09 Commentscenter_img Once the Disney/Fox deal closes next week, it’s gonna be interesting seeing what Disney is gonna be doing with the new stuff they acquired. I’m hoping they can make the animation studios they’re gonna get just as amazing as what they have with Disney Animation and Pixar.— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) March 12, 2019 The world’s largest media conglomerate just got bigger.Disney’s complete its acquisition of 21st Century Fox last week, March 19. The $71.3 billion dollar deal is one of the largest media mergers ever, and comes with a huge haul of properties such as movies, a movie studio, TV shows, TV networks and even a controlling stake in the TV streaming service Hulu. This is in addition to brands that Disney already owns such as Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, to name a few.Disney’s own video streaming service, Disney+, is supposed to launch some time this year, so this acquisition makes it primed to have an immediate impact in the video streaming service landscape. Some this is a positive thing, because we’ll see better quality content and competition among the streaming services. That, and franchises such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men can once again be rebooted or become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Take a look a some of the positive reactions around the Twittersphere. The filmed entertainment world is now essentially a three-way fight. With theatrical distribution, it’s Disney/Fox versus Universal/Comcast versus Warner Media And with streaming it’s Disney versus Netflix versus Amazon. Everyone else will be on a different playing field.— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) March 22, 2019 Disney closes Fox takeover, forging a Hollywood monster to take on Netflix Disney wastes no time welcoming Avatar, The Simpsons and Deadpool Thor welcomes Deadpool to the Marvel family 10 Tags CNET Asks Share your voice Originally published March 23, 2019 and updated as the conversation continues.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro images leak A gamechanger flagship in the making

first_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classy OnePlus 7 is hotly anticipated by fans around the world, but the maker of “flagship killer” smartphones has many plans in store and each one more exciting than the other. OnePlus 7 is surely going to grab the headlines at launch, but a new leak has pointed out that another variant of the upcoming flagship, OnePlus 7 Pro, which is going to be a showstopper.OnePlus 7 Pro images were leaked by a Weibo user, showing off the complete front design of the phone and the essential information about the handset from the About Phone page. In addition, mobile tipster Ishan Agarwal said OnePlus will launch a total of three OnePlus 7 variants, the standard one (GM1901, GM1903, GM1905), OnePlus 7 Pro (GM1911, GM1913, GM1915, GM1917) and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G (GM1920).Based on the leaked info, it appears the OnePlus 7 Pro will feature a dual-edged display, drawing similarities with Samsung Galaxy S10+. Not to mention, this is visually appealing as it gives a bezel-less look to the phone and the top and bottom bezels are also practically invisible. The missing notch is not a surprise as previous reports suggested a pop-up selfie camera in the OnePlus 7-series. OnePlus 7 Pro hands-on images leakWeiboThe About Phone section of the phone dives deeper into the specifications and suggests a 6.67-inch Super Optic display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage and triple rear camera setup. The cameras will include a 48MP sensor paired with 16MP and 8MP lenses. Finally, OnePlus 7 Pro will run Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.By the looks of this, it appears OnePlus has a revamped strategy for 2019 flagships. The company traditionally launches one flagship with different RAM and storage configurations. But the latest leaks suggest OnePlus will release multiple variants of its flagships to cater to the different needs of consumers and address the competition more aggressively. OnePlus is expected to launch three dual-tone OnePlus 7 models with gradient finishT3 via Tiger MobilesSamsung and Apple also launch three variants of their latest flagships and OnePlus is the latest one to join the trend. It will be interesting to see how OnePlus positions in its new phones in the market. The pricing of the OnePlus 7 trio is going to be a major differentiating factor for consumers. But one can expect the price of OnePlus 7 Pro to be higher than OnePlus 7, naturally for the upgrades offered in the former.OnePlus is expected to launch the new OnePlus 7-series in May and the OnePlus 7 Pro will make its way to India, Agarwal suggested. Stay tuned for updates. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:59Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Four charged over Panama Papers scam

first_imgThe US government announced charges Tuesday against four men it said laundered money and arranged tax avoidance schemes through the Panama firm at the centre of the “Panama Papers” scandal.The four were affiliated with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that helped thousands of clients around the world move money offshore to protect it from taxes.Named in the 11-count indictment were Ramses Owens, 50, Dirk Brauer, 54; Richard Gaffey, and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, 81.Owens is a Panamanian attorney who worked for Mossack Fonseca. Brauer, a German national, was an investment manager for Mossfon Asset Management, which was closely affiliated to Mossack Fonseca, the Justice Department said.Both were accused of marketing, creating and managing anonymously-owned shell companies on behalf of clients seeking to conceal assets from US tax authorities.Gaffey was a US accountant who allegedly helped Americans set up accounts with Mossack Fonseca, and Von Der Goltz, a German national who lived in the United States, was assisted by Gaffey and Owens in setting up offshore shell companies to hide assets, according to the charges.Prosecutors said Brauer was arrested in Paris on 15 November, Van Der Goltz was arrested in London on Monday, and Gaffey was arrested in Boston Tuesday.Owens remains at large.Mossack Fonseca’s operation was exposed in 2016 by reporters coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which went through 11.5 million leaked files to discover that scores of world leaders, sports and entertainment stars and dozens of billionaires used the firm to hide their wealth.It implicated Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wife; banks, companies and aides close to Russian President Vladimir Putin; families of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former British prime minister David Cameron; Middle East royals, and other international figures.”As alleged, these defendants went to extraordinary lengths to circumvent US tax laws in order to maintain their wealth and the wealth of their clients,” said Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.”Now, their international tax scheme is over, and these defendants face years in prison for their crimes.”Last Thursday, German prosecutors raided Deutsche bank offices in Frankfurt in an probe of money laundering and tax evasion also linked to the revelations of the Panama Papers expose.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | June 14, 2011 FDA Clears Konica Minolta’s Regius Sigma CR Reader June 14, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave 510(k) clearance to Konica Minolta Medical Imaging’s Regius Sigma tabletop computed radiography (CR) reader. The reader is offered as an affordable solution for lower volume clinics and practices, including orthopedic, chiropractic and veterinary.The new Regius Sigma tabletop CR reader has a small footprint (20-in W x 24-in D x 14-in H), weighing less than 70 pounds with flexible plate technology that enhances its compact design and cost effectiveness. As with all Konica Minolta CR readers, it is designed for ease of use and reliability, with very few replacement parts.With the FDA clearance, Konica Minolta now offers two versions of the ImagePilot to meet the varying needs of the outpatient and alternate care markets. In addition to the Regius Sigma, ImagePilot is available with the Regius 110 reader geared for higher volume practices and clinics.Users can also sync ImagePilot Sigma with Informity — a cloud-based archive, disaster recovery, image sharing and information portal solution — to collaborate with referring physicians and other specialists and receive remote technical support.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence Pinpoints Nine Different Abnormalities in Head Scans

first_img News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more A brain scan (left) showing an intraparenchymal hemorrhage in left frontal region and a scan (right) of a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the left parietal region. Both conditions were accurately detected by the tool. Image courtesy of Nature Medicine.January 7, 2019 — The rise in the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in U.S. emergency rooms has been a well-documented trend1 in recent years2. At the same time, the diagnosis of life-threatening conditions using these head scans has risen only slightly in emergency rooms. One problem ER doctors face is trying to separate out serious cases of head trauma from less serious injuries.A new study suggests that deep-learning algorithms could help automate the triage process for some of these head trauma cases, specifically for patients with brain injury who require immediate attention. The study3, which appeared recently in The Lancet, found that deep-learning algorithms were able to accurately identify as many as nine different critical abnormalities in CT head scans.The study is the latest in a slew of new research that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze medical images. Eric Topol, a physician at and the executive vice president of Scripps Research who wasn’t involved in the research, said that this study represents a step forward because most previous reports of AI in medical imaging gave a yes-or-no answer for one type of abnormality, like a brain lesion. But the algorithms in this study were trained to parse multiple kinds of brain trauma.“It’s one of the best radiology–AI efforts to date, because it widens the deep-learning interpretation task to urgent referral of many different types of head CT findings,” Topol said.In the new study, funded by the Mumbai-based company, which seeks to use AI for radiology, scientists employed by the company and their collaborators collected more than 313,000 anonymized head CT scans from 20 hospital and outpatient radiology centers in India. They then used these scans to develop and train their algorithms. Next, they randomly selected 21,000 scans in this sample representing more than 9,000 patients to validate the algorithms.The system was able to identify skull fractures and five different types of intercranial hemorrhage. It was also able to detect mass effect and midline shift, both used as indicators of brain injury severity. “These are critical results that need to be communicated to the doctor really fast,” said Sasank Chilamkurthy, the lead author of the study.The study authors asked three senior radiologists to independently analyze the CT scans. They found that the reviewers agreed with the algorithms’ diagnoses 86–99 percent of the time, depending on the type of brain abnormality.Chilamkurthy said one of the challenges of developing these types of algorithms is that a large volume of scans is needed in order to train an AI model and validate the findings. “You have to have a huge sample size because the abnormalities in the dataset are usually of low prevalence,” he said.Ideally, Chilamkurthy said, the system could diagnose patients with head trauma faster so that patients in critical condition could be treated as soon as possible. The authors say that their automated system could also be useful in remote locations where a radiologist is not immediately available.Chilamkurthy said is pursuing regulatory clearance through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its automated system. Earlier this year, the company won approval in Europe to market its AI-based chest X-ray product that can evaluate 15 different abnormalities.Eric Oermann, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai in New York who recently published similar research4 on using AI to analyze CT head scans, said the biggest challenge of applying AI to medical scans is generalizability. “Images come from significantly different distributions between hospitals, and deep learning models easily over-fit to these local generators,” Oermann said. “Getting models that work everywhere is a notable and open problem.”A clinical trial would be needed to determine if’s triage system could improve radiologist efficiency and patient care. The real test for these algorithms will be in a real, prospective clinical environment, Topol said.For more information: www.thelancet.comReferences1. Kocher K.E., Meurer W.J., Fazel R., et al. National Trends in Use of Computed Tomography in the Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Aug. 11, 2011. Korley F.K., Pham J.C., Kirsch T.D. Use of Advanced Radiology During Visits to US Emergency Departments for Injury-Related Conditions, 1998-2007, JAMA, Oct. 6, 2010. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.14083. Chilamkurthy S., Ghosh R., Tanamala S., et al. Deep learning algorithms for detection of critical findings in head CT scans: a retrospective study. The Lancet, Oct. 11, 2018. DOI: Titano J.J., Badgeley M., Schefflein J., et al. Automated deep-neural-network surveillance of cranial images for acute neurologic events. Nature Medicine, Aug. 13, 2018. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | January 07, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Pinpoints Nine Different Abnormalities in Head Scans New algorithms could help emergency clinics identify serious head trauma cases faster Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read morelast_img read more

Hotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributor

first_imgHotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributorHotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributorHotelbeds Group, a global bedbank and business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry, has confirmed that – following the closure of the customary regulatory and legal procedures – GTA has officially joined the Group.A strategic integration plan is now underway to integrate both GTA and Tourico Holidays – which joined the Group in June – into Hotelbeds Group in a phased approach.In the future, both hotel and ancillary partners, as well as travel intermediary clients, of all three companies will have access to an integrated and enhanced range of services, products and technology solutions drawn from the combination of all three.To reflect the new combined organisation and to drive forward the integration across all functions, the new leadership team of the Group was today confirmed to employees globally and published on Hotelbeds Group´s website.Joan Vilà remains Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group, with Carlos Muñoz continuing in his role as Managing Director Bedbank with the responsibility to manage the integration of the three businesses. Current Finance Director, Andrés Garcia takes on the Finance responsibility for the enlarged Group. Additionally various existing GTA, Tourico Holidays and Hotelbeds Group senior executives are taking leading roles across the enlarged organisation.This morning the Group also confirmed that leading travel-technology executive José Antonio Tazón has been appointed Senior Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Advisory Committee, reflecting the Group´s status as both an independent and significantly larger company.Joan Vilà, Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group commented: “It gives me enormous pleasure to confirm that yet another leading bedbank – following the inclusion of Tourico Holidays in June – is now officially part of Hotelbeds Group.“With both GTA and Tourico Holidays now part of our family, we can focus on realizing our ambition of becoming the very best travel trade partner by providing access to the best teams, products and data analysis in the industry, all backed up by an innovative technology platform.“Today´s news represents a landmark for our business, almost exactly one year since we became independent with the backing of Cinven & CPPIB. Therefore, as part of our growth strategy and significantly enlarged status, we are pleased to announce that José Antonio Tazón – whose experience of the travel technology industry is second-to-none – has joined our Board of Directors as a Senior Non-Executive Director and additionally has become the Chairman of our Advisory Committee.“We look forward to updating our partners on the progress of the integration and making further announcements about our ambitious plans in due course.”Since joining Hotelbeds Group in June, significant progress has already been made to integrate Tourico Holidays, including the selection of the IT platform and architecture for the enlarged group. Over the coming months the company will provide frequent updates on how its integration is progressing and what this means for its valued partners.About Hotelbeds GroupHotelbeds Group is a leading bedbank and a business-to-business provider of services to the global travel industry.The Group’s proprietary technology helps providers of travel services distribute their offering to travel sellers globally via an easy-to-use, advanced technology platform that increases reach, revenue and yield for both the provider and the seller.Operating mainly under the Hotelbeds and Bedsonline brands, the company connects, 35,000 travel intermediaries across more than 120 source markets globally with travel providers in over 180 countries representing more than 120,000 hotels, 20,000 transfer routes and 14,000 activities. In September 2016 the company became independent under the ownership of Cinven and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). The company is headquartered in Palma, Spain and has 6,150 employees working across 150 offices globally. In the financial calendar year of 2014 / 15 Hotelbeds Group sold around 26 million room nights and achieved a Total Transaction Value (TTV) of €3.8 billion.About GTAPowering global travel, GTA provides easy access to a wide portfolio of accommodation options, transfers, and tours & activities to the travel industry working with some of the biggest and best online travel agents, tour operators, and traditional travel agents. GTA has succeeded in the business-to-business travel industry for nearly four decades. Trusted to deliver because of its wealth of experience, privileged relationships and on the ground expertise, GTA’s technology-driven approach provides solutions to easily connect travel suppliers and travel sellers worldwide. Retail booking sites – TravelBound in North America and TravelCube in Europe, Latin America and Australasia – as well as GTA web and API for wholesalers, together process nearly 40,000 bookings every day, throughout the world. GTA’s vision is to be the world’s easiest travel distribution partner to do business making it simpler for their clients to sell more and drive business success.Source = Hotelbeds Grouplast_img read more

BofA Earnings Strong Despite Loss in Mortgage Operations

first_imgBofA Earnings Strong Despite Loss in Mortgage Operations “”Bank of America””: released Wednesday its third-quarter earnings report, showing healthy growth despite an expected weakening in its mortgage banking operations.[IMAGE]According to the earnings release, BofA took in $2.5 billion in Q3, a significant increase from the $340 million reported in the year-ago quarter. For the nine months ending September 30, total net income was $8.0 billion compared to $3.5 billion in 2012.The bank attributed its growth in part to improved credit quality and lower expenses, though those factors were partially offset by lower income from mortgage banking.BofA’s Consumer Real Estate Services division reported a net loss of $1.0 billion, faring even worse than last year’s [COLUMN_BREAK]loss of $857 million. Revenue was nearly half that of last year, falling to $1.6 billion. The provision for representations and warranties was also a little higher, rising about $16 million to $323 million.BofA says it funded $24.4 billion in residential home loans and home equity loans during Q3, helping nearly 97,000 homeowners either refinance or purchase a home through its retail channels. Approximately 78 percent of funded first mortgages were refinances, while 22 percent were for home purchases.The provision for credit losses on the mortgage side decreased $571 million from Q2 2012–to a provision benefit of $308 million–“”due to continued improvement in portfolio trends including increased home prices and the impact of regulatory guidance in the prior-year period regarding the treatment of loans discharged from Chapter 7 bankruptcy.””Meanwhile, loan performance improved, with the number of first mortgage loans that are 60 or more days delinquent falling 19 percent quarter-over-quarter and 57 percent year-over-year.””This quarter, we saw good loan growth, improved credit quality and record deposit balances. Our customers and clients continue to do more business with us,”” said BofA CEO Brian Moynihan. “”The economy and business climate will improve even more quickly as conditions normalize, and we are well positioned to benefit from that.”” Share October 16, 2013 452 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Investors Lenders & Servicers Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2013-10-16 Tory Barringer in Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

THE mouthwatering scent of freshlyprepared Macan

first_imgTHE mouth-watering scent of freshly-prepared Macanese cuisine filled the air as Travel Monitor sampled a Taste of Macao in Sydney yesterday.TIP: To grab your free Macanese tucker, take a selfie of yourself at the Food Truck and post on social media.Cutting of the ribbon by Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office and Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia) and leading Sydney chef Julian ConcottaMGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, was here in Sydney to meet travel industry executives and media at the unveiling of the Taste of Macao Eat Art Truck yesterday.“We pride ourselves in our food and we don’t mind using it to attract visitors!”What we now know as Macanese food was introduced to this small island by the Portuguese, a twist on Portuguese food with whatever spices the early colonial settlers picked up on the way from Africa and India.Taste of Macao food truck at Circular Quay, SydneyAt yesterday”s launch, Helen Wong, general manager of MGTO (Australia and NZ), said she expected the Sydney public to react warmly to the mouth-watering promotion.“It will provide us a great opportunity to showcase to Australians what to expect when dining in Macao – Macanese style,” she said. “Not only does Macao have an impressive list of Michelin-star restaurants. The Asian centre is renowned for its street food, and this will be a perfect way for Sydneysiders to sample such cuisine.“Besides, it will be the only Macanese restaurant in Australia, and it’s mobile.”The Taste of Macao Eat Art Truck will be serving the dishes free to the public in First Fleet Park, Circular Quay tomorrow from noon until 3pm. After two days at Circular Quay, the truck will move to Sydney’s Central Station on Friday, April 20, before heading to suburban Chatswood on Saturday, April 21. The delicacies will make their final appearance Harbourside at Manly Wharf, Sunday, April 22, between noon and 3pm.The three (free) dishes on offer are Macanese classics: African Chicken, pork chop bun and the Macanese version of the Portuguese egg tart.last_img read more

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