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Budget Highlights For The Fiscal Year 200405

first_img TAX CHANGES FOR 2004-05 Third consecutive balanced budget 2003-04 surplus of $14.5 million; higher than projected despite floods, blizzards, and Hurricane Juan 2004-05 surplus of $2.1 million, in addition to the province’s first deposit in its debt retirement fund Nominal GDP forecast to grow to 3.4 per cent in 2004 Steady employment numbers projected for 2004 Federal sources grow $6 million, 0.32 per cent Provincial sources grow $267 million, 8.07 per cent Public education funding up $22 million; per student funding continues to increase Funding for special needs and smaller class sizes in primary and Grade one 89 per cent of Nova Scotia students meet or exceed expectations in literacy, and 81 per cent of students met or exceed expectations in writing Nova Scotia Community College receives an additional $3 million in operating funding Families Provincial credit rating improved Debt retirement plan introduced in legislation — first deposit in debt retirement fund in 2004-05 $6 million in the debt retirement fund and $4 million debt retirement contingency Foreign currency exposure 16.9 per cent — well below target Net direct debt to GDP ratio continues in its positive trend Capital budget $250 million, plus $38 million in capital grants for hospitals Investment in highway up $6 million to $112.2 million, including investment in steel truss bridge program New school construction stands at $45.9 million, and additions and alterations $13.4 million Nova Scotia Community College expansion, $25.5 million in 2004-05; part of $123-million expansion announced in 2003-04 $14-million investment in IT projects, including SAP financials in HAS and completion of the HR payroll/system for the province and school boards Education Community Services budget up $27.7 million; community supports for adults budget accounts for $10.3 million Caseloads under Employment Assistance and Income Support Program continue to decline Increased funding in Early Childhood Development and Affordable Housing Program 10 per cent personal income tax reduction remains in place for individuals with taxable earnings of $29,590 or less; applies to 53 per cent of Nova Scotia taxpayers 96 per cent of Nova Scotia taxpayers will pay less personal income tax in 2004 than in 2003 New personal income tax bracket added for high-income earners: taxable earnings $93,000 and above, tax rate 17.5 per cent Large corporations tax increases from 0.25 per cent to 0.3 per cent; applies to 1,400 of Nova Scotia’s largest corporations, effective April 1, 2004 Corporation capital tax on financial institutions increases from 3 per cent to 4 per cent; applies to banks and trust companies, effective April 1, 2004 Small business tax threshold implemented a year early; threshold increased to $300,000, effective Jan. 1, 2005 PAYING DOWN THE DEBT -30- NOTE: For further 2004-05 budget information, see the Departmentof Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . INVESTING IN PRIORITIES Health ADDRESSING THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT Health budget increases $230 million; Office of Health Promotion budget increases $3.6 million Total health-care budget at $2.36 billion Seniors living in nursing homes will no longer pay for their medical costs effective Jan. 1, 2005; seniors’ contribution based on income not assets Funding for long-term care beds, Pharmacare, ERs, orthopedics, Provincial Wait Time Project, Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, and Maritime Genetics Program Hospitals receive $78.5 million more; medical payments are up $85.6 million; Long Term Care up $ 24.1 million STEADY ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE … STRONG PROVINCIAL REVENUESlast_img read more

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More Steps Taken to Improve Workplace Safety

first_imgGovernment continues to work with Nova Scotians to improve workplace safety. After months of consultation with workers and employers, the new administrative penalties regulations took effect, Oct. 1. Administrative penalties, or fines, are used to improve compliance with workplace safety laws, helping to keep workplaces safe and workers protected. Hundreds of employers, workers and safety partners took part in a review of the regulations to help identify areas for improvement. The result includes a process for targeting repeat offenders. The new regulations also include a graduated system of enforcement, a greater focus on education and relationship building, and revenue from administrative penalties going towards workplace safety initiatives. “I commend government for engaging in extensive consultation,” said Jim Cormier, Atlantic director of the Retail Council of Canada. “We stressed the need for on-site inspectors to have more discretion around enforcement as well as the need to focus more efforts on education and the inspection of high-risk sites. I was pleased to see the feedback reflected in the changes.” Government is also reaching out to employers and workers to improve additional Workplace Health and Safety regulations. Proposed changes have been drafted based on input from safety partners. Before the changes are finalized, the department wants to hear from the employers and workers who are directly affected. “We’re seeing a lot of positive changes in workplace safety,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Change is often born of need, and we know employers and workers are the best people to tell us what that need is. I’m encouraged by their level of engagement, and I’d like to invite everyone to have their say in this consultation.” Proposed changes include improved safety training in workplaces, and enhanced hearing protection. Feedback on the draft regulations will be accepted until Dec. 19. For more details on the proposed changes and how to submit comments, visit novascotia.ca/lae/policy/WHSRsConsultation.asp. Occupational Health and Safety inspectors also recently conducted a province-wide blitz. Inspectors visited 66 high-risk sites where they noted an increase in compliance related to fall protection regulations. These unscheduled safety inspections are part of the work underway to increase targeted inspections by 200 per cent, and educate employers and workers on their responsibilities under the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations.last_img read more

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Large wildfire in northwest BC not expected to grow further wildfire service

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says precipitation and favourable weather have allowed it to contain one of the province’s largest active wildfires, more than a month after it was initially discovered.After growing to more than 900 square kilometres, the fire burning near Shovel Lake in northwestern B.C. was hit with scattered showers overnight, and Claire Allen of the BC Wildfire Service said any further growth is unlikely.“We’re not under control yet, seeing as there is still a lot of internal activity and a lot of work for crews to do over the next few weeks here,” Allen said Sunday.That work includes clearing up hotspots, perimeter patrols and assessing potentially-dangerous tree falls.The nights in the northwest part of B.C. are becoming quite cool and dropping to near-freezing levels, which Allen said reduces their burning window considerably, though the turn of seasons does not necessarily mean the end of the wildfire season.“The winds do tend to pick up in the fall so that’s something we’re watching quite closely,” she added.Apart from potential gusts, Sunday’s forecast in the area was favourable, with highs in the mid to upper teens and plenty of moisture in the air with a humidity index of nearly 40 per cent.This comes after winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour hit the blaze on Friday, which did not push the fire past the established containment lines.Allen said as the season ends, the importance of establishing containment lines ahead of a fire front is considerably lessened, and firefighters can change their tactics to match the lowered fire activity.“Fire behaviour generally becomes reduced this time of year, so our crews are able to do a bit more direct attack,” she said from the fire centre in Prince George, B.C.Allen said they have not seen as much torching in the area, where trees burn from the bottom up and resemble a torch, but noted that as autumn nears, deciduous trees will shed their leaves and create a different problem.She said deciduous leaves tend to hold more moisture in the summer and can act as natural barrier for ground fires, but as the leaves dry and tumble from their branches, they can act as fuel for smouldering ground fires.“We’ll be watching that in case it kicks up additional surface ground fires and have crews respond to that,” she said, adding she expected firefighters would have another few weeks left before that could become a problem.Several evacuation alerts in the area were rescinded on Aug. 31, though further evacuation orders and alerts in the area will remain in effect.On Sunday, an alert issued for 872 properties by the district of Fort St. James, a municipality due northeast of the wildfire, was fully rescinded.Allen said there is no longer a threat to any structures near the Shovel Lake wildfire and Fort St. James, and that while the wildfire service could confirm the blaze was man-made, the exact cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Prince George Fire Centre.An area restriction for public safety will remain in place for the wildfire near Shovel Lake until at least noon on Sept. 15.— By Spencer Harwood in Vancouver (follow him on Twitter @SpenceHarwood)last_img read more

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Amal Clooney Speaks At Texas Conference For Women

first_img“As women, there is a bond we all share,” Amal Clooney told a sold-out audience at the 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center. “It’s not a bond of geography or culture, but of shared experience. There are struggles that only women face. The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other. [But] if we are united, if we keep up the fight for each other’s rights, there is no limit to what we can do.”Amal Clooney at 17th Annual Texas Conference for WomenClooney, a British human rights lawyer, has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States and she has held a number of posts within the United Nations. Most recently, she has begun a case against ISIS on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who escaped capture and sexual enslavement by ISIS.The 7,250 attendees also heard keynote address from Abby Wambach, Olympian, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and author, “Forward: A Memoir”; Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion designer, philanthropist and author, “The Woman I Wanted to Be”; Annie Clark, founder of End Rape on Campus, whose work is featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground”; Nina Tassler, highest ranking Latina in network television and recently retired chairman of CBS Entertainment; and Linda Cliatt-Wayman, renowned educator and principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott also addressed attendees.Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify your Voice,” the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference, the largest of its kind in Texas, also featured breakout sessions led by more than 100 experts in the fields of leadership, philanthropy, health and wellness, finance, media, personal branding and professional development.This year, conference attendees visited the career pavilion for professional development workshops, resume reviews with human resource experts, LinkedIn profile makeovers and executive coaching with the International Coach Federation Austin and Texas Women in Business. In the Community Connection Pavilion, United Health Care provided interactive volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics.“Women derive incredible strength and inspiration when we come together to celebrate, encourage and amplify each other’s voices,” said Johnita Jones, president of the Conference Board. “And each year, we are reminded that we accomplish more together –this is the true Power of Us.”The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Cisco; Dell; Rackspace; State Farm; United; United Health Care; HEB; Texas Beverage Association; Deloitte; Liberty Mutual; Phillips 66; The University of Texas at Austin; USAA; Accenture; Akamai; Bonterra; Brandy Pham; erin condren; ExxonMobil; HomeAway; Huston-Tillotson University; IBM; Intel; KIND; Mary Kay; Master Card; Mercer; NFP;NXP; Oracle; Poo-Pourri; Retail Me Not; and Texas Woman’s University. Media partners include Austin American-Statesman; Austin Monthly; Austin Woman; Clear Channel Outdoor;iHeartMEDIA; KVUE; AAT; and The Texas Tribune.“Rackspace recognizes that amplifying the voices of women begins with a smart and dedicated community,” said Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rackspace. “We’re proud to partner with the Texas Conference for Women to provide the tools that will help women and the men who are their allies to thrive and make a difference.”last_img read more

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Materials and energy stocks push Toronto stock market higher New York gains

first_imgTORONTO — Gains in the materials and energy sectors helped Canada’s main stock index to a triple-digit gain in late-morning trading today.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index surged 242.13 points at 15,119.13.The optimism was also seen on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 128.67 points at 24,594.31. The S&P 500 index was up 22.95 points at 2,664.84, while the Nasdaq composite gained 75.32 points at 6,984.14.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.28 cents US compared with an average of 75.42 cents US on Tuesday.In commodities, the January crude contract climbed 78 cents to US$54.21 a barrel and the December natural gas contract was up eight cents to US$4.60 per mmBTU.The December gold contract jumped US$8.40 at US$1,229.60 an ounce and the December copper contract gained 0.02 of a cent at US$2.80 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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LeBron Heat Handle Celtics to Begin Title Defense

LeBron James and the Miami Heat opened defense of their championship with perhaps the best test the Eastern Conference has to offer, and the Boston Celtics just did not have enough. Rather, the Heat resembled the Heat of last year, only with a few more weapons, making them even more tough to beat.The Celtics, revamped themselves, battled long and hard, but they could not prevent Miami’s 120-107 victory. On a night when they received their championship rings, the Heat looked like champs, holding off Boston’s effort, a contentious tone to the game and even Kevin Garnett’s refusal to shake former Celtic Ray Allen’s hand.Wade scored 29 points, James had 26 points and 10 rebounds while missing much of the second half because of cramps in both legs, and the reigning NBA champion prevailed.“It was good to cap this night off with a win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was an emotional time for all of us in our organization.”There were actual fireworks before the game to close the ceremony where the Heat got their championship rings and raised their title banner. There also were plenty of figurative fireworks late, first with Boston almost digging out of a 19-point hole and, after the outcome was decided, Rajon Rondo flagrantly fouling Wade by wrapping his arms around his neck on a drive in the final seconds.“It was a punk play by (Rondo),” Wade said. “The league will take care of it. He clotheslined me, with two hands.”Meanwhile, Garnett would not extend a hand to Allen, who bolted from Boston to the enemy Heat as a free agent. As Allen entered the game for the first time, he trotted toward the Boston bench, exchanging a handshake, embrace and a few words with Rivers, who hasn’t hidden his displeasure about his former shooting guard’s decision to sign with Miami. When Allen tried to engage Garnett, the mutual pleasantries ended. Allen tapped Garnett on the shoulder as he sat on the Boston bench; Garnett didn’t even flinch, staring straight ahead, refusing to acknowledge the gesture in any way.“I was just trying to focus as much as I could. I am such an intense person,” Garnett said. “It was a blank. Obviously he’s on the other side. It’s time to play the game, man.”Allen didn’t seem flustered. His first shot in a Miami uniform was — what else? — a corner 3-pointer, which swished.“He was by himself in the corner,” Rivers said. “You’d think we’d know better.”In the end, though, the first Celtics-Heat matchup of this season was like the final one of last season — with Miami winning.Allen scored 19 points — needing only seven field goal attempts — in his first game with Miami and Chris Bosh threw in 19 points and 10 rebounds for Miami.Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Rondo finished with 20 points and 13 assists for the Celtics, who lost to the Heat in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. read more

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Truck driver killed in Mahaicony accident

The lorry following the accidentPolice are currently investigating a fatal accident that occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road, Mahaicony involving motor lorry GWW 6018 driven by Travis Isaac, 39, of Tempie Village, West Coast Berbice.According to information reaching this publication the truck was proceeding east along the northern side of the road and while negotiating a right bend, the driver lost control of the lorry, which was laden with sand, and ended up on the eastern side of the road in a trench.The lorry following the accidentAs a result, the driver along with two other persons identified as Akeem McPherson, 20, and Kurtis Elliot ,20, received injuries.They were taken to Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where a doctor on duty pronounced the driver dead on arrival.The occupants, McPherson of 620 Planation Ross, West Coast Berbice and Elliot of 49 Planation Ross, West Coast Berbice, were treated and sent away. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMahaicony: 1 dead, 4 injured as car slams into parked lorryMay 5, 2017In “Crime”5 injured in 4-vehicle accident at MahaiconyAugust 6, 2017In “Local News”Child among 5 killed in Corentyne smash-upOctober 15, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Ireland win Cheltenham how 14 Irish horses made history in the Cotswolds

first_img[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]8. Thursday started with a shock as Benefficient won the Jewson Novices’ Chase at 20/1It was the first-ever Festival winner for Tralee’s Bryan Cooper… but there was better still to come.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]9. With no Big Buck’s in the field, Solwhit took full advantage to win the World HurdleIt was only his third race after almost two years off the track but trainer Charles Byrnes and jockey Paul Carberry combined to show that class is permanent.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]10. An Irish horse always wins the Glenfarclas Cross CountryAnd when it was finally run in the fading light of Thursday evening, Barry Cash got Big Shu up to win by four lengths at 14/1.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]11. Friday started with one of the most exciting Irish performances of the weekIn the assured hands of Bryan Cooper, Our Conor romped clear to win the Triumph Hurdle by a whopping 15 lengths[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]12. And Cooper wasn’t done yetIn the very next race, he followed up to win the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle on Tony Martin’s Ted Veale — his third winner of the Festival.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]13. Salsify equalled the Irish record of 13 winnersAlthough Colman Sweeney did need a major helping hand from Oscar Delta, ridden by Jane Mangan, who ran out when winning the Foxhunters’ Chase.[©David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images]14. In the end, it came down to one race… and just one Irish contenderAlderwood was the only Irish-trained horse in the final race of this year’s Festival, the Grand Annual Chase, but AP McCoy delivered Tom Mullins’ charge to land Ireland’s 14th win, a Cheltenham record.[©David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images]Bobs Worth wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Nicky Henderson and Barry GeraghtyIrish jockey JT McNamara fractured two vertebrae in Cheltenham fall 1. In the beginning, there was Champagne FeverAll the talk in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was for hot favourite MyTentOrYours, but then Ruby Walsh came along on board last year’s Champion Bumper winner to spoil the party.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]2. Hurricane Fly looked a beaten horse as they turned for homeBut once Ruby asked the question, the 2011 champ stormed up the hill, becoming the first horse to win back his Champion Hurdle crown since Comedy of Errors.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]3. If Ruby was good on the Fly, he was even better on QuevegaSent off the 8/15 favourite, Walsh waited and waited before scything through the field to win a remarkable FIFTH successive Mares’ Hurdle.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]4. Back in Focus got day two off to a flyerPatrick Mullins continued his dad Willie’s hot streak when he came from a different field to win the John Oaksey National Chase, the opener on Wednesday’s card.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]5. And Lord Windermere led home an Irish 1-2 in RSA Chase that afternoonLyreen Legend (red and green) wasn’t too far behind at the finish.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]6. Flaxen Flare was the shock winner of the Fred Winter HurdleThe 25/1 shot gave Gordon Elliott and Davy Condon their only winner of the 2013 Festival.[©INPHO/Dan Sheridan]7. And then Ruby went and won the Champion Bumper — on 25/1 shot Briar HillHang on, Ruby was riding for Willie Mullins in the Bumper and nobody had it backed? Seriously?last_img read more

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Un architecte et un botaniste sallient pour réensemencer Paris

first_imgUn architecte et un botaniste s’allient pour réensemencer ParisL’architecte Edouard François, associé à Claude Figureau, ancien directeur du Jardin des plantes de Nantes, vont réaliser à Paris une tour écologique, recouverte de végétation. Cette construction qui doit voir le jour en 2014 aura pour but de disperser au gré du vent des espèces végétales qui ont disparu de la capitale.L’architecte Edouard François a été désigné créateur de l’année au salon professionnel du design “Maison & Objet”. Ayant déjà à son actif plusieurs immeubles végétalisés, ce tenant de la “Green architecture” doit réaliser en collaboration avec un botaniste une tour de logements comportant une masse végétale dans sa partie supérieure.À lire aussi15 fleurs incroyables qui ne ressemblent pas… à des fleurs !Ce projet a pour but “de profiter de la végétalisation d’un bâtiment pour que cette masse de végétaux dispense – au gré des vents et peut-être des oiseaux – des espèces végétales qui ne rentrent plus dans Paris, et de voir, à terme, s’exprimer un peu de biodiversité entre les pavés” indique Claude Figureau, le botaniste.  De 16 étages, le bâtiment de 55 mètres haut doit être construit en 2014 à proximité de la BNF, dans le quartier Masséna.Pour que cette tour ensemencière puisse remplir sa fonction, il faudra que le botaniste sélectionne des végétaux capables de composer avec les vents importants qui soufflent en altitude. De plus, pour donner un maximum de chance à ces plantes de se reproduire, il ne souhaite utiliser que des végétaux sauvages naturellement présents dans le bassin parisien. “Une espèce régionale pousse toujours mieux et demande moins d’eau et de traitements : ça augmentera très largement les chances que ces végétaux s’installent entre les pavés ou sur des terrains vague”, a-t-il expliqué à l’AFP.Le 21 janvier 2011 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Marchers plead for justice in case of toddler who died in hot

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A community came together to make a powerful plea for justice after a child died in a hot day care van in Oakland Park.Friends and family marched along Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, and ended at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters, Monday afternoon.Participants demanded answers and necessary action nearly a month after, investigators said, 2-year-old Noah Sneed was left all alone inside the sweltering vehicle for hours.“There’s not even an arrest. They haven’t told her anything except that they’re waiting for the medical report and that they haven’t called and said, ‘We’re still waiting,’” said Teresa Brown, the victim’s aunt. “They haven’t given her anything else, so she’s just sitting there waiting and crying, ‘Why has no one been arrested?’ So we decided we’ll come out here, and we’re not gonna stop.”The tragic incident happened at Ceressa’s Enrichment and Empowerment Academy, July 29.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Community First The New B2B Model

first_imgKelley Damore: The first part of the transition was a platform change. EE Times, Information Week, Dark Reading, Network Computing, Wall Street and Technology and Bank Systems and Technology have moved over, and Insurance and Technology will be moving over in the beginning of September. We still have a couple more sites that need to move over, but most of the sites are over there and have been for some time.What we’re looking at now is engagement. We need to create a community of IT professionals that speak online and attend events so we have 24/7/365 engagement. Whether that conversation starts online or at an event,
there should be a forum to continue those conversations.That was really the premise of the whole project. We wanted a platform where the decision-maker is at the center of interaction, as opposed to a traditional kind of journalism where you’re pushing out what you hearing in the market.FOLIO: Do you have a template for these new sites?KD: We moved the sites over to a community-based platform that we had called DeusM. DeusM was also a division within UBM that built out editorial-independent custom sites for vendors, so for three prior years, we already had a platform and a model that we were delivering against, as well as best practices. And now we’re using that platform for existing branded sites.So we did create a template, but clearly there are different needs and desires based on the audience and the brands. But I think it allows us to save on building costs and it makes things more streamlined in terms of workflow. It also helps to foster a consistent look and feel for the sites. 
For example, when you look at InformationWeek’s site, the networking tab is actually connected to Networking Computing, so you go to the Networking Computing site, but it’ll have the same look and feel. And when you click the security tab, the security community is really on the Dark Reading site.FOLIO: How does the role of the editor change with a greater focus on UGC?KD: Think about a dinner party. You have the host and that person needs to bring the right people to the dinner party, and then when the dinner party starts, they need to introduce people and engage people so that it’s successful.Community editor roles are similar. They’re focused on a particular topic or community. They need to ensure that they’re keeping the conversation going, that there’s content on the site that’s relevant to that community based on what’s happening in the market, and they’re recruiting professionals to write and inviting them to radio shows and videos and those types of things.FOLIO: How are you measuring whether it’s working? What metrics are you looking at?KD: We’re looking at traditional stats like page views, unique visitors, repeat visitors. We’re also looking at the organic comments, organic comments per visit, how many people come in to comment.But when you talk about community engagement,
it’s people commenting, repeat visitors, uniques. And getting people into the community can be pretty high touch. What I mean by that is, the editors will have a radio show, someone will come in a talk for a half hour and then people can ask questions. Editors will send out a personalized ‘Hey, thanks for coming, here’s something else you might be interested in.’ It’s more high touch than traditional media has been and by leveraging social platforms and inviting people, it’s a bit more guerrilla to make that individual person feel welcome and feel part of the community.FOLIO: What type of improvement have you seen?KD: Information Week and EE Times have been on the new platform the longest [each for close to a year],
so for Information Week, page views have increased 10 percent, uniques 16 percent, there’s been a 12-percent increase in repeat visitors, a 28-percent increase in organic comments and a 5-percent increase in comment per visits, though in the last couple months it’s been more aggressive. And then EE Times, traffic is pretty flat but they’ve seen an increase in organic messages and 17-percent increase in visits per message.In terms of the commenting and people coming back and feeling like they’re a part of the community, we’re seeing increases across the board.FOLIO: How has that translated to events?KD: The first part of this evolution was getting us on the platform and thinking differently about how to en- gage, but the other part of it was marrying it with events. We’ve had the editors building out content for our big events, doing far more promotion around our events and leveraging the speakers at the events to write for our site. We’ve probably been doing that for about six months and it’s worked.For instance, for Information Week and [sister conference] Interop, we’ve had a 54-percent increase on shared traffic to both sites, and a 144-percent increase in Information Week registrants that have gone to Interop. We’ve also had a 35-percent increase in Dark Reading visitors who are now registering for [sister conference] Black Hat. It’s been 18 months since UBM Tech officially killed its print magazines. In their place, the B2B publisher and events producer in the IT market has been developing a series of community-driven brands aimed at engagement online and at live shows.A lot of publishers have thought about making similar transitions, but few have taken steps toward the goal.FOLIO: talks with Kelley Damore, chief community of- ficer of UBM Tech, to see how the company has managed the dramatic changeover and whether it’s paying off.FOLIO: Where is UBM Tech in the transition away from print and toward the new community model? FOLIO: Eliminating print was another big component of this transition. Does your audience miss print?KD: It depends on the brand, but [magazines are] a brand play and another way for us to engage our audience, so we are still doing e-zines and it’s a mixed bag. You can talk to someone who says, ‘Oh my God! Why didn’t you do this 10 years ago?’ And there are others who would say they really miss seeing it in the lobby or on their desk. It’s a range, but we haven’t completely eliminated it.FOLIO: And advertisers?KD: Pretty much the same thing. There is still some buy-in from advertisers, some packages including these branded e-zines.FOLIO: Has the community focus translated to revenue gains?KD: I think that it’s certainly helped. I know that our events are up significantly and there’s been more registration. Is registration directly correlated with what we’re doing? I’m not sure I can exactly say that, but we think it has. And we’ve launched a bunch of new products around the community, and we’ve seen some [sponsor] interest there. So the media brands are actually above their goals and events are above theirs too.last_img read more

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KitchenAid brings Google Assistant to a splashresistant smart display at CES 2019

first_imgChris Monroe/CNET The latest entry in the growing crowd of smart displays comes from a surprising source — KitchenAid. The home appliance brand, which is owned by Whirlpool, is at CES for the first time and it’s rocking up at the smart home with an elegant-looking voice activated touchscreen complete with Google Assistant. The KitchenAid Smart Display has a sleek and understated design dominated by a 10-inch screen. It doesn’t have the bold colors that you might hope for if you’re a fan of the company’s classic stand mixers, but the silver frame looks polished nevertheless. Even better, it’s rated for IPX-5 water-resistance, so it can stand up to your kitchen’s splashes. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: 1:36 Smart Home 22 Photos Google Home Hub comes up big as a smart home control… 1 Price is keyKitchenAid said the price of the Smart Display will be between $200 and $300. Where it lands in that range will make a big difference. Lenovo’s 10-inch display costs $250, so KitchenAid’s model could look like a bargain by comparison or have that much more to prove.Either way, I’m excited to see KitchenAid jumping into the smart home biz, and bringing its cooking prowess and customary sense of style.  KitchenAid’s CES debut product will use Google’s smarts… Now playing: Watch this: What’s differentThe water resistance is a nice advantage that the others lack. The KitchenAid Smart Display also has exclusive extra cooking content courtesy of the Whirlpool-owned app Yummly. You’ll be able to open Yummly with a voice command to the display, then you’ll see personalized recipe recommendations based on your prior use of the app. Pick one, and Yummly can walk you through the cooking steps.A new Yummly Pro service even offers video guides for certain recipes hosted by celebrity chefs. If you’re a fan of the app, the Yummly integration might be enough reason to get the KitchenAid Smart Display over the others. Otherwise, Google Assistant’s native recipes guides are great, so you won’t be missing out on much by going with another option from the field. Comment 14 Photos Due out in the second half of 2019, the KitchenAid Smart Display will respond to your voice commands through Google Assistant. You can use the screen to watch videos on YouTube and make video calls. You can also use the touchscreen to control your smart home gadgets and search local restaurants. The smart home security cameras of CES 2019 4:45 CES 2019 CES 2019 Must-See CNET Smart Home Share your voice Joining a competent crowdThe touchscreen uses Android Things, Google’s trimmed-down operating system meant for smart home gadgets. Every other third-party smart display with Google Assistant makes use of Android Things, so expect a similar set of features as the existing Lenovo Smart Display, the JBL Link View and the LG WK9. The Google Home Hub offers the same features and looks the same in practice, though it uses the Chromecast operating system.The general competence of smart displays with Google Assistant bodes well for the KitchenAid smart display. Google makes good use of the screen to show you info after you ask a question. Controlling smart home devices is intuitive both with your voice and with touch. The smart displays we’ve tested will scroll through a customized slideshow of your pictures in ambient mode and they can walk you through each step of a recipe at your own pace. You can multitask and play music or watch a video while you cook and Google will save your place so you can check the recipe at any time.Both the Lenovo Smart Display and the Google Home Hub are particularly good in the kitchen, because of that step-by-step recipe help and their stylish designs. The biggest challenge for the KitchenAid will be distinguishing itself from a crowded and competent field while using the same voice assistant and operating system. Everything the Google Home Hub can do Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Google Assistant CES Products KitchenAid Google Tags 14 Photoslast_img read more

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EAs Origin terms of service updated to block lawsuits

first_imgA couple of weeks ago Sony updated the Terms of Service (ToS) for the PlayStation Network so as to block anyone suing them by making you agree to resolve probelms with a “neutral arbitrator instead of in a court by a judge or jury.” The ToS also stipulated class action lawsuits aren’t allowed as you have to resolve a dispute independently.Not one to miss a trick, EA has decided to update the ToS for its Origin digital download service to block similar action. In signing up with Origin you agree to “waive the right to trial by jury” as well as “foregoing the right to sue in court,” and that you will only bring a claim against EA as an individual “not as a plaintiff or class member.”By implementing this change, EA has effectively stopped any lawsuits that involve big money payouts. If Origin suffers the same fate as the PSN hack, you won’t be able to make a claim against the company because you signed this agreement. All you can do is complain, and EA has the choice of whether to listen or not.Once again, you can opt out of this waiving of rights by writing to EA within 30 days of agreeing. Apparently this updated agreement went out on August 25, so unfortunately it is too late for such a letter. Such is the complexity and language of these terms, no one bothers reading them, so EA can easily slip such clauses through and pull the rug from under its customers.Next time EA does roll out an update to the ToS for Origin make sure to check them. It may allow the letter to be sent at that time revoking EA’s decision to waive your rights for you. You may also be glad to hear that if you live in Quebec, Russia, Switzerland and the Member States of the European Union you are exempt from the new terms.More at EA, via Kotaklast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 13, 2010 – A needle guidance system was introduced for use with ultrasound platforms. SonoSite’s HFL50x transducer, coupled with the Civco Medical Solutions’ Infiniti needle guidance system, is used in regional anesthesia imaging applications and shallow access biopsies to shorten procedure time and increase accuracy. Together they offer a safe, reliable and efficient tool to increase clinical confidence in ultrasound-guided procedures. The Infiniti Needle Guidance System utilizes a two-part system consisting of a custom reusable biopsy bracket and disposable snap-on needle guide with sterile Civ-Flex transducer cover.The Infiniti needle guide offers multiple angle capabilities for shallow and deep access. The open channel design of the needle guide allows instruments to be positioned in the scan plane, providing a safe, efficient means for ultrasound-guided puncture procedures. The needle guide attaches to the reusable bracket and accepts 14 and 18 gauge or 20, 21/22 and 25 gauge instruments. Replacement kits include needle guide, transducer cover, gel packet and colored elastic bands. For more information: www.civco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… 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 | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | August 13, 2010 Needle Guide Offered for Ultrasound Platforms The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

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CFPB Sees Drop in MortgageRelated Complaints

first_img in Data, Headlines, News CFPB Sees Drop in Mortgage-Related Complaints March 28, 2017 513 Views CFPB Data Mortgage Complaints 2017-03-28 Mirasha Browncenter_img The volume of mortgage-related complaints received by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has declined, according to the CFPB’s most recent Monthly Complaint Report, which tabulated consumer complaints from December 2016-February 2017.  The report also states that the Bureau has handled roughly 116,200 credit card complaints since July 2011.According to the CFPB, debt collection, credit reporting, and mortgage were the top three most-complained about consumer financial products and services, collectively representing about 62 percent of complaints submitted in February 2017. Student loan complaints showed the greatest percentage increase from December 2015 – February 2016 (551 complaints) to December 2016 – February 2017 (2,913 complaints), representing about a 429 percent increase.The report stated that there were 3,718 mortgage-related complaints—which is a -10 percent change from last month’s report, which recorded 4,195 mortgage-related complaints.The most mortgage-related complaints were reported for Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and Capital One. Wells Fargo also saw the biggest increase in overall complaints (47 percent), followed by TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.One east  coast city and state stood out among the rest when it came to reporting complaints. As of March 1, consumers in Massachusetts were responsible for submitting 20,600 of the 1,136,000 complaints that the CFPB has handled. Approximately 15,400 of those complaints came from consumers who reside in the Boston metro area.Complaints related to mortgages accounted for 26 percent of all complaints submitted by consumers from Massachusetts, while mortgage complaints account for 24 percent of complaints submitted to the Bureau nationally.Overall, complaints increased the most in Montana (53 percent), Georgia (53 percent), Missouri (39 percent), and South Carolina (39 percent), and Louisiana (31 percent) from February 2016 to February 2017. The biggest declines were in West Virginia (-6 percent), Kansas (-3 percent), and New Hampshire (-3 percent).The CFPB has handled more than 1.1 million complaints since the beginning of the month. To see the CFPB’s full monthly report, click here. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img U.S.: Florida expects “typical” avocado volume, de … U.S. avocado market remains strong following price … Peruvian Police make arrest after spate of avocado … March 24 , 2019 Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed.Henry Avocado Corporation has voluntarily recalled California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores after environmental sampling tests at its packing facility came up positive for Listeria monocytogenes.The tests were part of a routine government inspection at Henry Avocado’s facility, leading the company to take this action “out of an abundance of caution” due to the potential fruit could have been contaminated by the bacteria.When the announcement was made on March 23 there had been no reported illnesses associated with this recall. “We are voluntarily recalling our products and taking every action possible to ensure the safety of consumers who eat our avocados,” says Henry Avocado president Phil Henry.The recalled products – California-grown conventional and organic avocados — were packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. All shipments from the packing facility are subject to the recall, with Henry Avocado noting packing did not begin at the California facility until late January 2019.center_img Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed.Henry Avocado is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves. For conventional products purchased at retail, consumers can identify the recalled products by the “Bravocado” stickers.Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the “Bravocado” label on the sticker.  Instead those products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker.  Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers.Henry Avocado Corporation is fully cooperating with federal and California health officials to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of these avocados.Consumers who have purchased any recalled avocados are urged not to consume them, but to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with further questions may contact Henry Avocado at (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or visit www.henryavocado.com/mediaListeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. You might also be interested in Colombian avocados are the business …last_img read more

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first_imgLake Louise, CanadaOscar- and Emmy Award-winning celebrities will compete in an array of snow-filled activities (toboggan, biathlon, and dual giant slalom races) amidst the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Sports Invitational in Lake Louise, Alberta from January 15-18, 2009.This made-for-television extravaganza, held in support of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance organization, raised close to $1 million last year for the organization. Celebrity guests scheduled to attend this year include host Robert F. Kennedy, co-host and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Fonda, Alicia Silverstone, John McEnroe, Olympic medalist Karen Percy-Lowe and hockey legend Kevin Lowe as well as dozens more.Travelers can take part in this celeb-laden, snow-filled weekend by booking the 2009 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Sports Invitational Package. The package includes:One night accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseTwo tickets to the Saturday Night Gala Event featuring blues rocker Jonny LangBreakfast for twoOn-site parking.Package rates begin at $1,147 USD.www.fairmont.comlast_img read more

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Archangel Michael hospice opens its doors to patients

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneAFTER two decades of struggle, Archangel Michael hospice in Mesa Chorio in Paphos is now finally open and officially able to take patients.This comes after a raft of various problems and bureaucracy spanning 20 years, as well as dedicated fundraising and donations from all over the world, said the general manager, Mona Skordi.She said that the first patient, a man was admitted to the newly opened facility on Wednesday.Although the hospice was inaugurated a few months ago, it has taken some time to receive the final piece of paper required, she said.She told the Cyprus Mail: “On Tuesday, after a long, and at times frustrating licensing trail, we are pleased to announce that we have received the necessary and final piece of paper from the ministry of health, so we are officially open and able to take patients.”The hospice aims to offer free hospice and palliative care to all in need regardless of their religious belief (or no belief), nationality or the nature of the illness, she said.This will include people with cancer and other serious illnesses, such as motor neuron disease, heart failure, end stage respiratory and kidney disease.“We also have the only dedicated children’s hospice resources in Cyprus,” she added.It has taken around 18 months to obtain the licence for the nine-bed facility which is set on a large plot in Mesa Chorio, and benefits from a mature garden. A large terrace with sea views will also enable patients and their families to enjoy the fresh air, she said.Of the nine rooms, two are also licensed for use by children if required. The facility also has a cafeteria, a conference room, a chapel, reception and an office.“We have ten fully trained bi-lingual (in Greek and English) nurses, some already have hospice experience. We also have a number of doctors from Nicosia and Paphos who are offering their services for free and will make daily rounds.”The hospice is managed by trustees with extensive expertise in business, marketing, health care and finance, she said.The hospice will initially occupy the top floor of a 5000 square-metre dedicated building and there will also be help for families of patients, including psychologists and drama therapy; the rooms are also large enough to place an extra bed, under special circumstances.Skordi is currently in the UK for a few days on a fundraising trip which will see hospice representatives connect with the Cypriot community in North London and various other associations. They will also have a stand at a forthcoming wine festival at Alexandra Palace in London and the hospice will receive extensive coverage in Greek media, she said. In addition, a variety of presentations will also be given.“This is the first time that we are going to the UK ourselves, we have a dedicated fundraising person there and hundreds of thousands has already come in from the UK in the past.”Skordi said that the hospice has cost over €2 million to date, which includes the purchase of the land, the construction and vital equipment. She said that the facility is expected to cost around €300,000 a year to operate, which includes staff salaries, medication and running expenses.“We have enough money set aside to cover the costs for the first year and we still need volunteers both for fundraising and at the hospice. We are about to open our fourth charity shop in Paphos in the first week of July. All of the profits from the shops go towards the hospice costs.”Skordi said that the staff and supporters all over the world felt emotional to see the purpose built hospice finally open and accepting its first patient.“We would like to thank all those who have supported us over the years in many varied ways and kept the faith, believing it would become a reality, which it now has.”For further information- Mona Skordi (m) 99 494140 www.archangel-michael-hospice.comYou May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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