Tapestry Michaels rise while Tyson Foods Fortive fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:Tyson Foods Inc., down $7.23 to $86.06The meat producer slashed its 2019 profit forecast, citing higher commodity costs and a recent fire at a beef processing plant.Coupa Software Inc., up $11.69 to $146.09The software company raised its profit and revenue forecast for the year after reporting solid second quarter results.Box Inc., up $1.82 to $16.67Hedge fund Starboard Value LP acquired a 7.5% stake in the cloud computing company.Fortive Corp., down $2.06 to $66.96The industrial conglomerate will split into two separate and publicly traded companies by the middle of 2020.PVH Corp., up $6.78 to $81.08CEO Emanuel Chirico bought $10 million of stock in the company, which owns the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands.Starbucks Corp., down 66 cents to $96.11The coffee chain is lowering its profit forecast for fiscal 2020.Tapestry Inc., up $1.05 to $21.49CEO Victor Luis resigned from the upscale handbag company less than a month after warning about a profit slump.Michaels Companies Inc., up 66 cents to $6.26The arts and crafts store operator raised its profit forecast for the year after reporting solid second quarter results.The Associated Press read more

UPDATED Man unsuccessful in selling garden tractor pulls gun

Regina police arrested a 34-year-old man who allegedly brandished a handgun after a stranger refused to buy a garden tractor.A male suspect — described as Indigenous, 5-foot-10, with short brown hair, wearing dark sunglasses and a vest — drove into the 3500 block of Dewdney Avenue and unloaded a garden tractor from his truck at about 4 p.m. Sunday The suspect wanted a 33-year-old man to buy the tractor. When the man refused, the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim, police said.The victim walked away from the suspect without injury or further incident. The suspect was not known to the victim.The suspect vehicle was described as a blue Ford F-150 truck with no tailgate. The truck also had a broken passenger tail light and a dent on the passenger side of the box.A vehicle matching the description was spotted in North Central on Monday by a Regina Police Service member. Police said the suspect attempted to avoid the officer by abandoning the truck in an an alley near the 1400 block of Wascana Street and fled on foot. Officers pursued the suspect and used a Taser to make the arrest.The man was assessed by EMS at the scene and transported to cells. Police said he did not suffer any injuries.The 34-year-old man is charged with possession of a firearm obtained by crime, possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, resist arrest, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and failure to stop after accident.He makes his first appearance in court Tuesday morning. read more

Equity is achieved when bias is identified and combated expert says

Chris D’souza believes equity belongs in the classroom. He’s made it his life’s work to help people, and educators, recognize and combat their own biases.“Teachers are very important players in people’s formation of how they process the world so it’s really important that they understand their own biases,” D’souza said. “The goal is that they think critically about what they think and why. The end goal is to treat people with dignity.”D’souza will be at Brock University Friday, May 13 for Equity Talks 2016: Promoting Equity Literacy, Critical Conversations and Strategies, an event organized by the Faculty of Education in association with the Ontario Literacy Association Niagara.The free event is a chance to engage in critical conversations on equity literacy, share innovative and practical resources and curriculum strategies and explore children’s books that focus on black, racialized and Indigenous experiences and history in the Niagara Region.It takes place in the instructional resource centre on the second floor of Welch Hall from 1-4 p.m.Also speaking is writer Robert Priest, who has authored 14 books of poetry, three plays, three novels, seven CDs and children’s verse.D’souza said in his talk he aims to challenge people to look critically at their biases and perceptions about all aspects of being human from race and class to gender identity and sexuality.Identifying one’s own bias can help them move past it and ensure they are treating all people equitably and with empathy, he said.“It’s powerful understanding one’s own bias and the way we analyze it,” he said.D’souza gives talks to people from junior kindergarten to management-level professionals and works extensively with school boards around the country.He said teachers are an important group to reach because they have such a significant influence on students and how they see others and themselves.A teacher’s reactions and interactions either replicate or disrupt the status quo, he said.Associate Professor Dolana Mogadime, in the Faculty of Education, said students have embraced D’souza’s work.“Chris is a charismatic leader in the field of equity and inclusive education in Ontario. He embodies a clarion call for the promotion of equity and inclusion through his advocacy presentations by incorporating his personal life experiences challenging exclusion, racism, sexism and heterosexism,” she said. “He makes audience participants critically engage with the unexamined assumptions that can take the form of stereotypes and subtle forms of microaggressions that unintentionally perpetuate thinking that marginalizes people because of their race, class, gender and sexuality.”D’souza will return to Brock this fall to take part in the White Privilege Symposium Canada running Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. He is one of a number of speakers who will discuss equality in his talk titled: Why is the new super girl a skinny, blue-eyed, white blond?” (Interrupting whiteness in youth culture).For more information on the WPSC read The Brock News story. read more

Turner Wiggins have doubledoubles in Bowling Greens win

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Justin Turner scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with six assists and Demajeo Wiggins also had a double-double as Bowling Green defeated Drexel 81-71 on Sunday.Turner made 11 of 19 shots, including 3 of 4 from the arc, while Wiggins had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season. Dylan Frey added 10 points.Drexel led 45-43 at halftime after shooting 57 per cent but plummeted to 22 per cent in the second half.Daeqwon Plowden tied the game with a basket that began a 12-0 run that left the Falcons (4-3) ahead 70-60 with 5:05 remaining. The Dragons closed to seven on Zach Walton’s 3-pointer with 56 seconds left but they didn’t score again with Turner making three free throws for the final score.Troy Harper came off the bench to score 20 points for the Dragons (3-3), who had a three-game win streak snapped, while Alihan Demir added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Camren Wynter scored 12 points and Trevor John had 10.The Associated Press read more

Football Fourstar 2018 cornerback Sevyn Banks commits to Ohio State

BMMMMM!!!!! pic.twitter.com/1V2ZxzMKWB— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) April 27, 2017 A GREAT day planting flags in Orlando today! #homeofmickeymouseandfutureBuckeyes! Oh & by the way…BM!#lluvthesunshinestate— Kerry Coombs (@DB_CoachCoombs) April 27, 2017 Orlando, Florida, native Sevyn Banks has reportedly committed to Ohio State, adding to the team’s haul for the 2018 recruiting class. First reported by Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, Banks is the first cornerback to commit to the Buckeyes from the 2018 class.Banks, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect, attended OSU’s annual spring game on April 15. He is currently ranked as the 22nd best cornerback in the class, even after a torn ACL kept him on the sideline for his entire junior season.OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs was at Banks’ high school in Orlando on Wednesday.The decision by Banks comes just one day after Georgia native and four-star defensive end Brenton Cox committed to play football in Columbus.Banks is the ninth member to give a verbal commitment to OSU in the 2018 class.Sevyn Banks commits to #OhioState https://t.co/SLvjFhwywr #buckeyes @BanksNiko pic.twitter.com/zddsja7yxC— Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel (@OS_ChrisHays) April 26, 2017 read more

New Zealand smash the highest ODI total of all time

Suzie Bates and Maddy Green get together (Sportsfile/Sebdaly)New Zealand women amassed 490 for 4 – the highest total in all ODI cricket – to smash records and Ireland women at the YMCA Cricket Club in Dublin.They threatened to break the 500-run barrier when they were 471 for 4 in 49 overs. Seventeen-year-old Amelia Kerr – the fourth New Zealand batsman to cross 50 – drove the first two balls of the last over through extra cover for fours.She followed it with another four to the long-on boundary, but could manage only seven off the last three balls.In response, Ireland folded for 144 in 35.3 overs as New Zealand secured the fourth-biggest win in women’s ODIs – by 346 runs. They achieved the biggest win – by 408 runs – when they ran up 455 for 5, the previous highest total in ODIs, in Christchurch in 1997.Ireland will also be concerned about Isobel Joyce, who did not bat in the chase after bumping her head on the ground while fielding. She had bowled just one over in the first innings. (Cricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Zealand women post new ODI record total of 490-4June 8, 2018In “latest news”England cement white-ball rise with No.1 ODI rankingMay 2, 2018In “latest news”ODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news” read more

OpEd A bridge that may sink us

Below in an opinion piece by Member of Parliament, Attorney-at-Law and former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall:Ours is an economy which is comparatively small, relatively undiversified and precariously dependent upon primary production. In such an economy, experience, if not common sense, militates against the over-expenditure of scarce financial resources, however accessed, on projects that are infrastructural and non-productive.In Suriname, for example, the construction of two massive bridges has thrown one of the most vibrant and resilient economies in the Region, into a tailspin, from which a decade after, it is yet to recover. Similarly, in St Vincent, perhaps the most modern and one of the largest international airports in the Caribbean, just constructed, is perceived to have caused two commercial banks to close their doors and has cascaded the tiny economy of that island into chaos.It is against this economic reality that great care and prudence were exercised by the People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/) administration in relation to capital projects of such nature. For example, the model used for the financing of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project required not a single cent from the treasury. The project was to be financed solely by the contractor. All that was required from the Government was a guarantee of GPL’s purchase of the power generated by the project under a Power Purchase Agreement.Similarly, the Berbice River Bridge, again, did not extract any financial input from the treasury but was financed by a unique and innovative Public/Private partnership. In order to minimize the cost of that bridge, the design and location of the bridge were carefully chosen. Even then, the resultant tolls to cross the bridge generated great criticism from the then political Opposition, although every effort was expended to bring the toll as close as possible to what it would have cost to cross the river by ferry. The bottom line is no one can or has ever questioned the cost of that project. The benefits flowing therefrom have been and continue to be immeasurable. Those who were hitherto critical of it, and promised to slash the tolls by half, now in Government, hypocritically enjoy it and have never delivered that promise in respect of the tolls.Let me make it very clear that I support a new bridge across the Demerara River. The technical life of the current bridge has long expired. In fact, when in government, I was part of a Cabinet that made a decision to construct a new bridge across the Demerara. That Cabinet commissioned a feasibility study in order to examine the design of a new bridge, its location, estimated costs and the possible model of its financing.At a cost of several million dollars, such a study was done. This study, unfortunately, recommended 2 different locations for the new bridge without taking into account locating it alongside the current bridge. Additionally, the cost of the fixed four lanes, reinforced concrete bridge which was recommended was considered to be exorbitant. The 2015 elections came and the rest is now history.This Government handpicked a foreign consultant at a cost of 146 million dollars to commission a new study. This study produced Houston as the most suitable location for the bridge. The design was a 3-lane fixed bridge with a discernible twist to make it miraculously land on the property at Versailles of a financier of the APNU’s elections campaign.Subsequently, this design was also scrapped. So 146 million dollars wasted and they are now planning to proceed with a 4-lane fixed bridge to be designed by the contractor. Therefore, in final analysis, the contractor will determine the cost of the bridge that has to be built!Unless this project is prudently monitored and managed and executed in a transparent and accountable manner, we are likely to end up with a monstrosity which can cost this nation billions of dollars. The resulting toll charges will be far beyond the affordability of the average Guyanese and consequently, hundreds of millions will have to be hemorrhaged from the treasury to subsidize it, annually.These are merely ancillary to the huge debt burden which the financing of this project would leave upon the backs of the ordinary Guyanese. When this debt is added to the over US$950 million expected to be borrowed from the Islamic Bank, coupled with the 30 billion borrowed for GUYSUCO, which the Government has guaranteed, I am in no doubt that we are once again on the road to becoming the most indebted people, per capita, in the western hemisphere – and unenviable legacy of the PNC.History and societal evolution have taught us that the humankind ought to learn from their mistakes, or are condemned to repeat them. Our Government seems determined to keep us trapped in this cycle of condemnation and repetition.The elections of 2020 presents the earliest exit from this vicious cycle. Only time will tell if we will be so sagacious as a nation to make the right choice. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

VIDEO Kielce is Happy

After such an exciting match between Vive Targi Kielce and Rhein Neckar Lowen 32:28, Polish team publish video “Happy Swietokrzyskie region” – inspired by American artist Pharell William’s song showing the places that best reflect the nature of our region. Shoots of the clip was taken in the Ethnographic Park in Tokarnia, Geopark Kielce, nature reserves: Ślichowice and Kadzielnia and Chęciny Castle. In the clip you can see the Oak “Bartek” – the oldest tree in Polnad, Design Centre, Kielce Episcopal  Palace and the Kielce town.The recording was attended by Bertus Servaas President, Vice-Presidents: Marian Urban and Tadeusz Dziedzic, coach Talant Dujsebajev and players of Vive Targi Kielce. Happy Swietokrzyskie version of the video was created with the participation of schools: Perfecta Dance, Cha-Cha, Verso, Go4Dance and many friends and residents of the Kielce. We Play Together for Swietokrzyskie region! ← Previous Story Kielce with +4 to Germany! Next Story → Fortress Skopje still undefeated, HSV happy with 28:28 read more

Poll Are you planning to attend an antiTrump protest

first_imgPoll: Are you planning to attend an anti-Trump protest? A protest is planned for this Thursday at the US Embassy in Dublin. Yes (2432) 24,035 Views http://jrnl.ie/3214365 Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 8:51 AM 172 Comments A PROTEST AGAINST Trump’s travel ban has been planned for this Thursday at the US Embassy in Dublin.Organised by the group United Against Racism, the event’s Facebook page lists (at the time of writing) 1,700 people as attending.Protests took place across the US over the weekend after Trump introduced the travel ban on travellers coming to America from seven predominantly-Muslim countries and, yesterday, thousands took to the streets in London and marched to Downing Street to protest the travel ban.So, today we’re asking you: Are you planning to attend an anti-Trump protest? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Scenes from the demonstration at Downing Street in London yesterday. Jan 31st 2017, 8:51 AM Poll Results: No (9173) Short URL YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote Image: Victoria Jones PA Wire/PA Images No interest/No opinion (946) Share20 Tweet Email Scenes from the demonstration at Downing Street in London yesterday. Image: Victoria Jones PA Wire/PA Images By Sean Murraylast_img read more

TriMet to close 3 downtown Portland stops next year

first_imgThe TriMet Board of Directors on Wednesday chose to close three of its downtown Portland MAX train station stops in order to speed up commute times.The board will close the Kings Hill/Southwest Salmon station for a one-year review, then will decide whether to close it permanently.Ozzie Gonzalez was the only board member to vote no on that change.“Part of the tension in this decision today is essentially: How much are we helping make an effective regional system versus how much are we ensuring preserving an effective local, centralized system,” Gonzalez said.The board will use the yearlong closure to evaluate its effects on things like queues at neighboring stops.TriMet’s general manager, Doug Kelsey, said the year will be a time to think about what to do with the station in the event of a permanent closure.“In the closure of the Kings Hill station, on a longer-term basis, what do we want to do with that? I think we need to engage the community,” Kelsey said. “Could it turn into a garden? Could it turn into a Nike bike location? What could that platform be used for that would be a benefit for the community?”The board also unanimously decided to permanently close the Mall/Southwest Fourth and Mall/Southwest Fifth stations.All three of those closures will begin March 1, 2020. TriMet has estimated that those three closures will cut travel time by about 11%.Last month, the TriMet board also decided to evaluate ridership at the Skidmore Fountain station for the next three years before deciding whether to close that stop.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Press Statement from Prime Minister Minnis on the Passing of Sir

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 5, 2018 – Nassau – During my visit to the Republic of Haiti for a CARICOM meeting, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Durward Knowles, a Bahamian son and patriot, a noted businessman and sportsman.  He possessed an enthusiastic and exuberant spirit, and the joy of living.Sir Durward was a philanthropist and a man of tremendous generosity and compassion, who exemplified the spirit of volunteerism and community service.  Along, with several others he helped to found the One Bahamas Foundation.  Last year the country was able to pay fitting tribute when Sir Durward achieved another milestone when he became a centenarian.I fondly remember the commemoration of this achievement, when Queen’s College, his alma mater, unveiled a monument in his honor and the launch of the Sir Durward Knowles Centenary Leadership Fund.I noted at the commemoration that Sir Durward’s life reminded us of the importance of character, and that through his extraordinary service and philanthropy, Sir Durward has taught us of the need not just to make a living, but to make a life worth living.He used his talents and privilege to help others, including the more vulnerable in our society.  He contributed significantly to education, civil society and athletics.He also showed a commitment to equality and justice, demonstrating the nobility and largeness of spirit to confront certain historic wrongs in our country, which some others chose to silently ignore at best.”As the title of his biography stated, he was, Driven by the Stars.  His Olympic bronze medal and his 1964 gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics exemplified his athletic and competitive spirit.For many years Sir Durward has been involved with the disabilities community, helping those with physical and mental disabilities.This involvement with the disability community demonstrated a core value of Sir Durward.  This value is the dignity of all, regardless of any circumstance of birth or life, a belief that was demonstrated in his love of country, service and those he encountered in all walks of life.On my own behalf and that of my wife, Patricia, and that of a grateful nation, I extend condolences to Holly, Lady Knowles and to Jill, Charlotte and Randy.Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, MP Prime MinisterCommonwealth of The Bahamaslast_img read more

Caledonian MacBrayne earns living wage accreditation

first_imgFerry operator Caledonian MacBrayne’s parent company, David MacBrayne, has been accredited by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying its 1,450 staff the hourly living wage rate of £7.85, including all employees at Argyll Ferries.Caledonian MacBrayne has also made a commitment to ensure that its regular contractors comply with the living wage.The organisation is the first major transport company in Scotland and the first ferry operator in the UK to earn the accreditation.Martin Dorchester, managing director of Caledonian MacBrayne, said: “It is absolutely right and proper that Caledonian MacBrayne’s employees should earn a living wage.“It is something we were already doing with our staff and gaining accreditation simply formalises our commitment to this.“In an ideal world, [organisations] should not have to wear a badge to let others know they are doing the right thing by staff, but if by wearing this badge Caledonian MacBrayne can persuade others to follow suit and reward their staff properly, then this can only be a good thing.”The living wage rate of £7.85 an hour is based on the cost of living in the UK. It is distinct from the national living wage announced by the government in the Summer Budget. This will begin at £7.20 an hour from April 2016, with the aim of reaching £9 by 2020. The national living wage only applies to workers aged 25 and over.last_img read more

Kitchenware News Magazine Sold to Trade Publisher

first_imgTucson, Arizona-based Oser Communications Group—publisher of trade show dailies, trade journals and magazines—today announced its acquisition of ELM Communications’ flagship Kitchenware News and Housewares Review .Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Kitchenware News and Housewares Review is monthly niche magazine serving consumer kitchen equipment manufacturers and distributors. According to owner and publisher Jim McNeil, “I felt that joining with a group with strong national presence could help our clients even more.” As part of the transaction, McNeil will join OCG’s leadership team. OCG publishes titles including FirstLook Publishing, Restaurant Daily News and Arizona Gourmet Living.New York-based investment bank M.C. Alcamo & Co. represented ELM Communications in the deal.last_img read more

Owner Renegotiates Capital Structure of Endurance Sports Publisher

first_imgPrivate investment firm Falconhead Capital has recapitalized San Diego-based Competitor Group, Inc., publisher of VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete magazine, and Competitor magazine, and producer of more than 30 related events. Middle market financing firm Golub Capital arranged the Competitor Group’s new $57.5 million senior secured credit facility.Falconhead says the recapitalizing Competitor’s capital structure “provides enhanced flexibility to facilitate organic and acquisitive growth initiatives, and establishes a supportive partnership with a new lender.”It was not immediately clear for how much the original credit agreement was for or which investors were previously involved. Falconhead says the recapitalization involves a distribution to Competitor Group’s shareholders. “Competitor Group remains conservatively financed under the new capital structure and as a result of attractive market conditions and the company’s strong financial performance, it will have improved debt terms and requirements,” the group says in a statement.last_img read more

Govt completely suspends mobile internet

first_imgThe country is set to vote in the 11th national election Sunday with no mobile internet access available anywhere across 64 districts, reports UNB.The government has completely shut down mobile internet services across the country, after earlier, the authorities curbed 4G and 3G network services to limit mobile internet following instructions from the election commission to slow down the mobile internet speed.Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent a letter to all mobile operators around 10:50pm Saturday asking them to implement the directive immediately.As per the letter, the directive will remain in force until further notice.last_img

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first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content When Parkland Health and Hospital System began plans to construct a new facility, the administration decided it was time to rebuild from the inside out. At the time, the Dallas-based county hospital had five different picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) in place and a particularly outdated one in the radiology department.In August 2009, Parkland began implementing McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging enterprise PACS for a consolidated, open imaging platform that integrates with Parkland’s third-party electronic medical record (EMR), third-party viewing applications and various teaching and conferencing applications. As a result, Parkland’s system uptime is constant, image retrieval has dropped from minutes to seconds and radiologists have increased reporting volume while improving report turnaround time for accelerated decision making.ChallengesParkland Health and Hospital System is a 990-bed county hospital for Dallas and one of four teaching hospitals for the University of Texas (UT). Prior to opening a new facility, Parkland took a closer look at its internal processes and operations. The imaging department was quickly targeted for an overhaul because of its many challenges.While PACS technology had been deployed, there were five different systems for obstetrics, cath lab, echo lab, ultrasound and radiology, which required multiple system sign-ons and made scalability extremely difficult. Additionally, the radiology department’s aged PACS was burdened with many workflow and stability limitations.“System uptime hovered around 60 percent, and we had trouble adding end users,” explains Maviea Easter, manager of diagnostic imaging and informatics at Parkland. “The system was so clunky, in fact, that radiologists sometimes just went back to doing things manually or were forced to create workarounds in their workflow.”When Parkland added an EMR, radiology’s PACS simply couldn’t keep up. The radiology information system (RIS) workflow made it hard to find cases, compare priors and launch dictation. Radiologist and support staff frustration levels were high.“Opening prior reports was laborious,” recalls Travis Browning, M.D., Parkland’s director of radiology informatics and assistant professor at UT Southwestern. “The load time was very slow for larger studies, making you cringe if you had to close and reopen the exam. Often you had to wait while prior studies were retrieved manually from the archive. The whole process was just inefficient.”AnswersWhen Parkland decided to consolidate to one PACS, the county facility evaluated its existing in-house PACS vendors. McKesson, at that time, supplied PACS for Parkland’s obstetrics unit. After multiple demos and site visits, the committee comprising radiology, obstetrics, surgeons, referring physicians and ER physicians chose to upgrade to McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging PACS because of its stability, scalability and flexibility.“As an academic institution, we have a diverse workflow that encompasses multiple patient care provider levels,” says Easter. “Horizon Medical Imaging has a flexible workflow, its disaster recovery ranked high and the neutral platform allows us to integrate with third parties and to easily add imaging to other ‘ologies’ in the future.”Implementation speed was also a factor, adds Easter, noting McKesson installed the PACS in only one year. The implementation included migrating 1.6 million studies from the previous systems and converting from a RIS driven workflow to a PACS driven workflow. “The timeframe was incredible. The norm to accomplish all of that for a hospital this size is two and a half years.”Browning and his peers are more productive with single sign-on and a PACS workstation capable of launching a variety of applications including the study worklist, dictation system, peer review, RIS and EMR. Studies sent from the scanner are immediately seen and available on the worklist.Opening a study displays the images automatically using user-specific hanging protocols. Prior reports and comparison exams are displayed and easily browsable, thus streamlining the process for the radiologist to interpret the study, dictate and electronically sign the report. Moments after signing, the report is available in the EMR, which helps Parkland comply with the meaningful use requirements of federal stimulus funding.ResultsSince implementing Horizon Medical Imaging, image retrieval time dropped from 11 minutes to 21 seconds — a 97 percent improvement. Image transfer time for studies with more than 1,000 images decreased from eight minutes to 3.5 minutes — a 56 percent improvement. There have been no imaging system outages and report turnaround time decreased by 34 percent.“With the McKesson PACS, we can see more, better and faster,” says Browning. “Study loading is quicker. Finding cases is easier. Integration of digital dictation, electronic peer review and EMR software is smoother, and, most importantly, interpretation and diagnosis is accelerated.”For more information: www.mckesson.comThis case study was supplied by McKesson.  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 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more center_img Case Study | August 09, 2011 Parkland Health and Hospital System Rebuilds From Inside Out With Horizon Medical Imaging News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

New café helps rural tourism

first_imgTicos and tourists alike can now experience the Costa Rican countryside without leaving San José. Opened in January, the Regiones Café in the western neighborhood of Rohrmoser brings flavors and artisanal products from rural communities in every corner of the country.The café is a new project from the Costa Rican Association for Rural Community Tourism (ACTUAR in Spanish), a nonprofit organization that promotes alternative vacations in the country’s lesser-known regions.Buoyed by a booming tourism industry, ACTUAR was founded in 2004 to open up small communities to vacationers seeking a more authentic Costa Rican experience. Soon the association’s travel desk had added Caribbean cooking classes, guided mollusk picking and dance lessons to the long list of touring options in the country.“We began to talk more about a café project when the recession hit in 2008, realizing that ACTUAR had increased dependency on tourism in some of the rural areas,” said Kyra Cruz, the organization’s director. “A lot of the people who made it through without a problem were people who worked in agriculture.”Agriculture, particularly bananas, coffee and pineapples, was surpassed by tourism as top income generator in 1999. Many of the rural communities who participate in ACTUAR have strong agricultural roots that became less attractive as more tourism opportunities presented themselves.“We want to promote a more sustainable model,” Cruz said. “The idea is to prepare these communities for crisis, and that means continuing to produce what they were known for.”At the Regiones Café the walls are decorated with photos and art from ACTUAR’s 37 rural communities. In addition to using traditional recipes from throughout Costa Rica, the café also sells agricultural products, like coffee and chocolate, from the communities. Approximately 80 percent of the purchase price from each sale goes directly back into the community it came from. The entire back room at Regiones is filled with hand-made art, and each piece demonstrates a connection with the community’s original trade.“We have been forced to find a solution in order to continue our tradition of maintaining the environment in our lands,” said Marcony Lacayo Elizondo, a member of the indigenous Maleku community of Guatuso, in north-central Costa Rica. “We have continued growing our trees for food and medicine, but now we also grow trees for their seeds and wood to make art.”The Maleku’s painted seeds and famous wooden masks can be found in many gift shops, but, while these communities have traditionally been associated with art, ACTUAR is providing training in other areas in order to bolster an artistic culture. Fishing towns, for example, are beginning to make jewelry from spare nets and hooks.“We want to improve the channels of distribution,” Cruz said. “We want the rest of the country to promote these products and promote these communities.”For more information, see: www.actuarcostarica.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Houses are Better Today Housing Not So Much

first_img The American housing situation is better today than it was three decades ago, and yet more than 38 million U.S. households have housing cost burdens, leaving little income left to pay for food, healthcare, and other basic necessities.That’s the assessment of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) in its annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. Since 1988, when the report debuted, about 40 million homes have been built to accommodate 27 million new households. Houses have become larger, better built, and generally safer to live in, structurally, JCHS reported.But fewer young adults, millennials, in this case, can afford houses today than 30 years ago. That, the report states, is despite the fact that high housing costs in the 1980s kept buyers away in droves.“With fewer young adults buying homes, demand for rental housing remained high—as did rents despite a boom in multifamily construction,” the report states. “Rapid losses of low-cost rentals forced millions more lower-income households to spend outsized shares of their incomes on housing.”In other words, 38 million households, in the U.S. in 2018, mainly renters, are considered burdened, meaning the residents spend more than 30 percent of their income on household expenses like rent.“Despite their growing numbers, only about one in four very low-income renters benefited from subsidies to close the gap between market rents and what they could afford to pay,” the report states. As it is, federal housing assistance reaches only a fraction of the large and growing number of low-income households in need.”The report goes on to say that between the shortage of subsidized housing and the ongoing losses of low-cost rentals through market forces, low-income households have increasingly few housing options. Meanwhile, the rising incidence and intensity of natural disasters pose new threats to the housing stocks of entire communities.“Soaring housing costs are largely to blame, with the national median rent rising 20 percent faster than overall inflation in 1990–2016 and the median home price 41 percent faster,” JCHS reported. And although better housing quality accounts for some of this increase, the report stated, “sharply higher” costs for building materials and labor, along with limited productivity gains in the homebuilding industry have made housing construction considerably more expensive. “Land prices have also skyrocketed as population growth in metro areas has intensified demand for well-located sites,” the report stated. Add to that the rise of new regulatory barriers that limit the supply of land available for houses and the growing complexity of planning and building housing communities, and the strain on the lowest earning young adults, JCHS wrote, is overwhelming.And it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much easier. As the expense and complexity of housing has increased, earnings have not necessarily kept pace. Gross domestic product per capita increased  52 percent in between 1988 and 2017, the report stated. And “if incomes had kept pace more broadly with the economy’s growth over the past 30 years, they would have easily matched the rise in housing costs.” This, JCHS concluded, underscores how income inequality “has helped to fuel today’s housing  affordability challenges.”The study garnered an immediate reaction from industry insiders. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, said the racial gaps present in the housing system are a top priority to address.“If we can’t address racial and ethnic gaps in the homeownership rate, it may hold back the homeownership rate for the diverse millennial generation,” she said. “The gains made by Asian Americans and Hispanics are important because they make up 27 percent of the 18-34 population.”At the same time, Hale said the losses in homeownership rate among the African-Americans population “will have a bigger impact on overall numbers as their share of the population grows.” African-Americans currently make up 14 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds, and 10 percent of adults age 55 plus. Houses are Better Today. Housing, Not So Much June 20, 2018 618 Views Diversity Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners homes households HOUSING Housing Quality Land Millennials Rent 2018-06-20 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Virgin Limited Edition has announced the opening o

first_imgVirgin Limited Edition has announced the opening of a third villa on the Son Bunyola estate, available for bookings from spring 2017.The new three-bedroom villa, Son Balagueret, will be Son Bunyola’s latest addition following the opening of the first two villas, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila, in summer 2016. Each of the three private villas provides tailored service in a spectacular setting.Son Bunyola is a large private estate located in between Esporles and Banyalbufar on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The estate, with its own gated entrance, is spread over 283 hectares and features one main Finca building dating back to the 1800s that is surrounded by vines, citrus fruit trees, almonds and olive trees. The area is home to some of the most historical and picturesque towns on the island and is dominated by the breathtaking scenery of the Tramuntana mountain range.last_img read more

Hellenic Bank sells €145m in NPLs to Norways B2Holdings

first_imgHellenic Bank, Cyprus’ third largest lender, said that it agreed to sell Norway’s B2Holdings ASA €145m of loans as part of its strategy to reduce its delinquent loan portfolio.The deal, subject to regulatory approval, affects 1,977 facilities extended to 1,158 borrowers and “is not expected to have a material impact on the income statement and capital position of the bank due to existing provisions taken against these assets,” the bank said in a statement on the website of the Cyprus Stock Exchange on Tuesday.The completion of the agreement which is “at arm’s length” and affects “predominantly non-retail secured and unsecured exposures” will reduce by 6.2 per cent the bank’s non-performing loans seen at €2.3bn at the end of the third quarter of 2018, the bank said.“The transaction is consistent with the bank’s strategy of ‘fixing’ the balance sheet and at the same time it is in line with the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) guidelines on the management of non-performing loans,” Hellenic Bank said.“In addition to organic reduction of the problematic portfolio, the bank remains focused on accelerating the de-risking of its non-performing exposures through portfolio disposals and other transactions”.Hellenic Bank which posted an after-tax loss of €17.8m in the first nine months of 2017 and is struggling with a 55.7 per cent non-performing loans mountain, did not announce the price of the transaction. The coverage ratio of the bank’s non-performing loans with provisions was at the end of September 61.4 per cent.A source at Hellenic said that part of the non-performing loans the bank agreed to sell to the Norwegian company’s subsidiary B2Kapital Cyprus Ltd were already terminated.Hellenic’s agreement is the second transaction of this type and comes after the change in legislation as part of Cyprus’ adjustment programme terms. It also follows a May 2017 agreement between Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Development Bank involving less than one seventh of the deal announced on Tuesday.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more