AutoNation, Inc., America’s largest automotive retailer, today announced the kick-off of its coast to coast Give Love Drive Pink tour. The tour celebrates a new partnership with multi-platinum pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, Andy Grammer, as well as spreads awareness about the company’s commitment to Drive Pink.Andy Grammer is a known philanthropist and this cause is close to his heart. Early detection and raising awareness became important to the pop artist, after losing his mother Kathy to breast cancer. This partnership includes AutoNation’s sponsorship of The Good Parts Tour Driven by AutoNation in select markets. Five dollars from every ticket sold at an AutoNation sponsored concert will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Andy first showed support for AutoNation Drive Pink when he performed at the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and Concert at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.Andy Grammer said, “I am happy to once again join AutoNation and the commitment to Drive Pink. I believe Give Love and Drive Pink are a perfect fit. Both were created to give love, hope, and support.”A vintage Shasta ‘Airflyte’ will make 10 scheduled tour stops across the country to major events in the communities AutoNation serves. The first stop on the Give Love Drive Pink tour was in Austin, TX, at the 14th Annual Bat Fest.The converted Shasta, which has been re-imagined into a modern photo booth experience, allows guests the opportunity to take photos and share their personal Drive Pink stories on social media. ‘Give Love Letters’ will be available for guests to fill out. The custom-made postcards will be mailed by AutoNation to local hospitals. Guests will be able to decorate commemorative quilt squares to honor loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The quilt squares will be used to create the Drive Pink Across America Community Quilt which will be unveiled at the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.“We are excited about our Give Love Drive Pink Tour across America. We hope to engage local communities in our mission and continued commitment to drive out cancer. AutoNation’s Drive Pink initiative has raised more than $14 million dollars for cancer-related charities from coast to coast,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of AutoNation.Cannon went on to say, “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our partnership with Andy Grammer than to promote cancer awareness and Andy’s upcoming tour.”AutoNation’s commitment to community well-being and its fight against cancer has garnered recognition from around the country, including being named one of America’s top 100 Corporate Citizens by Forbes Magazine and Just Capital.
ICMR recently launched the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA)- India and organised the Stakeholders’ Meeting at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi to have vibrant discussions on the roadmap of the Alliance. National and International leaders of malaria research, officials from Government of India, NGOs participated in the day long meeting.Indian Council of Medical Research has established ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance-India (MERA-India)’, which is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control. The principal activity of the Alliance is to prioritise, plan, conduct, scale up and translate relevant research in a coordinated and combinatorial way in order to have a tangible impact of this research on the population at risk for malaria. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOver the past two decades, India has made impressive progress in malaria control. The malaria burden has declined by over 80% and malaria deaths by over 90%.The success has provided a strong foundation for commitment from the leadership of the Government of India to eliminate malaria in India by 2030. This situation highlights the need for a common platform and shared research agenda and resources through establishment of the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India. MERA India will facilitate trans-institutional coordination and collaboration around a shared research agenda which responds to not only to programmatic challenges and addresses gaps in available tools but also proactively contribute to targeted research. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardOn the occasion Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Govt of India stated that MERA India alliance is very important to Ministry of Health and Family welfare because of the operational research. “WHO report has appreciated our research for decline in malaria and it is time to ensure its elimination by 2030,” she added. Dr Neena Valecha, Regional Adviser, WHO-SEARO, spoke on the need of support from the government. She mentioned about the need of coordinated approach, research inputs and tools which can guide national programme to develop strategies for the regular changes endemicity in the near malaria elimination era. Lt Gen Bipin Puri, DG, AFMS, said that Armed force implemented IRS that reduced malaria cases in 1996 from 12.6/1000 to 1.10/1000 nowadays. He also discussed about the measures taken in Northeast for malaria control in Armed Forces such as early diagnosis, treatment and chemoprophylaxis, regular practice of sundown sleeve down approach, and a lot more. Dr Sundeep Sarin, Adviser, DBT, said that DBT has initiated the programme and sponsored the vaccine project on malaria. Professor Balram Bhargava, Secretary DHR and DG ICMR mentioned the importance of malaria elimination, need of commitment for cutting edge research and to stick with the time line. Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Director, NVBDCP, Dr RR Gangakhedkar, Head ECD, ICMR, Dr Manju Rahi, Scientist at ICMR, Dr Anup Anvikar, Scientist at ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research discussed about aspects of Malaria elimination research alliance.
1 October 2007Nearly 600 Somali police recruits – including 50 women officers – have graduated from a training programme sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at creating a professional civilian police force to work towards restoring peace, gain the community’s trust and champion human rights. Nearly 600 Somali police recruits – including 50 women officers – have graduated from a training programme sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at creating a professional civilian police force to work towards restoring peace, gain the community’s trust and champion human rights.This initiative is one component of UNDP’s efforts – which also include developing oversight mechanisms for the police by establishing Police Advisory Committees – to support the war-torn country’s police and bolster the rule of law and security.“The training you have all successfully completed emphasized human rights principles as a core component of policing,” UNDP Country Director Bruno Lemarquis said at last week’s graduation ceremony.He underscored the importance of recognizing that the police are responsible and accountable to the Somali people, and said he expects the graduates to strive to uphold human rights principles every day.Representatives from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and State authorities attended the event at Armo Police Training Academy in Puntland, in the country’s north-east.Recruits for the programme were selected through an inclusive process taking balanced regional representation into account. This is the second group of police recruits to graduate from Armo Academy.
30 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his concern over the growing number of attacks on schools and hospitals and threats to children in armed conflicts around the world, stating that the United Nations is considering targeted measures against those who commit such crimes. “Beyond naming and shaming, we have a further tool we can consider employing to safeguard schools and hospitals in conflict,” said Mr. Ban at a panel discussion organized by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Germany’s Ambassador to the UN, Peter Wittig, ahead of next month’s general debate on the issue in the Security Council.“The threat of targeted measures against repeat violators – especially non-State actors – is credible and effective,” the Secretary-General said.He said the protection of schools and hospitals is central to the UN’s work to protect children from those who seek to deny them education and health care.“Let us resolve to keep up the pressure on all who violate the rights of children in conflict, whether it is in conscripting child soldiers or threatening schools and hospitals,” said Mr. Ban.He welcomed in efforts to negotiate a Security Council resolution that will add attacks on schools and hospitals as a listing criteria in his annual reports on children and armed conflict.The Secretary-General noted that initiatives by the UN, governments, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on previous listed violations, such as the recruitment and use of children in conflict, have yielded positive results.“These efforts – and the ‘action plan’ concept laid out in Security Council resolution 1539 and later resolutions – have led to the signing of 15 action plans covering nine conflict arenas,” he said. Under the resolution, parties named in the Secretary-General’s reports on children and armed conflict are obliged to prepare concrete time-bound action plans to halt recruitment and use of children.Mr. Ban commended Chad for undertaking to separate all children associated with its security forces. Once Chad’s action plan is implemented, the country will be removed from the “list of shame.”“I encourage the governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar and Sudan, as well as the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, to follow suit,” Mr. Ban added.The panellists at today’s discussion included Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Martin Mogwanja, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Consort of the Emir of Qatar and UNESCO’s Special Envoy on basic and higher education, gave the keynote speech.
Police are investigating a collision that left a woman dead and one injured in Niagara Falls.Emergency crews were called to 11245 Sodom Rd. around 8:11 a.m. on July 29 after hearing reports of a car crash. According to an initial investigation, a 2005 Pontiac G6 was traveling southbound before it left the roadway and collided with a tree.A 27 year old Fort Erie female was ejected from the Pontiac and pronounced dead at the scene. The second occupant, a 38 year old Fort Erie male suffered minor injuries.Police say they are not sure what caused the vehicle crash but the collision reconstruction unit is investigating.
by Anna Gronewold, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2017 8:33 am MDT Last Updated May 14, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the cellphone records showing the driver of the car his son was in had been texting behind the wheel.Lieberman doesn’t believe getting that information should be so hard.He’s channeling his grief over the 2011 accident into a proposal that would allow police at accident scenes in New York to immediately examine drivers’ cellphones with a device to determine if they’d been tapping, swiping or clicking. It’s been called a Breathalyzer for texting.“You think people are already looking at phones and it just doesn’t happen,” said Lieberman, who is partnering with the Israel-based tech company Cellebrite to develop the plug-in device that’s been nicknamed the “textalyzer.”The idea already faces obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates who are quick to note that police need the owner’s consent and a warrant to get cellphone records. They’re also concerned such technology would be used to access all of the personal information people may have on their cellphones.“Every fender bender would become a pretense for gobbling up people’s private cellphone information, and we know that cellphones typically contain our entire lives,” said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, who is no relation to Ben Lieberman.At least 46 states have laws barring texting while driving and 14 ban all hand-held devices, but some safety advocates say more needs to be done to enforce the laws.Deborah Hersman, the CEO of the National Safety Council and a supporter of the “textalyzer” legislation, noted that in 2016, 40,000 people died on the road, a 14 per cent jump from 2014 and the biggest two-year jump in 50 years.“There can’t be a more compelling reason than life or death for saying why we should have access to this information,” Hersman said.Cellebrite said its technology, which is about nine months away from being finished, sidesteps privacy concerns because it’s designed only to determine usage, not access data. Company officials said the device would only be able to tell if someone physically clicked or swiped the phone during the time of the accident, and then investigators could use that to determine if they should get a warrant for more detailed information.“For this device, the whole purpose is not to get any data,” said Jim Grady, the chief executive officer of Cellebrite USA. “So no, police won’t be able to, unless they rewrite our code.”Under the bill, which has been approved in one Senate committee and is pending in another, a person would not be criminalized for refusing to have their phone checked, but they could get their license suspended. The idea is that a person implies consent to drive without distractions when they receive a license, said Jay Shapiro, a New York attorney and former deputy district attorney.Sponsors say they expect the Republican-led Senate to approve the bill, but anticipate opposition from the Democratic-led Assembly.Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, New Jersey and the city of Chicago.After Ben Lieberman obtained the cellphone records, the driver of the car carrying Evan had his license revoked for a year. He was never charged with a crime.Lieberman said he hopes the “textalyzer” will serve as a deterrent and a way for law enforcement to begin tracking the scope of the problem.“The last thing I want to do is be responsible for legislation that is going to infringe on someone’s privacy,” he said, “but I also don’t want to bury another child.” New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to combat distracted driving
Maria Fernanda Espinosa told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, that her Campaign Against Plastic Pollution – a priority during her year in office – will hold both consumers and decision-makers accountable, urging the phasing out of single-use plastics such as water bottles, and raising awareness of the impact plastic pollution has on human and environmental health.It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea–General Assembly President“It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Microplastics are now confirmed in table salt, in fresh water, each person on the planet is believed to have plastic in their bodies,” she cited in her statement“I intend to leverage the capacity of the office of the President of the General Assembly, to support ongoing global campaigns to beat plastic pollution. This will include complementary efforts by UN Environment, Global Citizen and National Geographic, amongst others.”According to the UN’s climate agency, UN environment (UNEP), more than eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean annually; that’s equal to dumping one garbage truck of plastic per minute, at a cost of around $8 billion, in damage to marine ecosystems.The Assembly President said the campaign is comprised of two elements: global advocacy, and internal initiatives to reduce plastics use within the UN.This is not the first time the UN has put the scourge of alarming plastic debris at the head of its priorities. In 2010 the “Greening the Blue” campaign was launched to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability throughout the UN system and encourage staff members to reduce, reuse and recycle.During this year’s high-level week of the General Assembly, UNEP launched the Global Plastics Platform, a network to foster commitments to reduce plastic pollution by exploring innovative designs, and methods of consumption and disposal of plastics around the world.Last year, the agency headed up the Clean Seas campaign to urge a ban on single-use plastic, after findings revealed there were 500 times more microplastic particles littering the ocean, than there are stars in the galaxy.Ms. Espinosa has previously pledged her commitment to the issue; specifying the environment and a ban on plastics among the seven top priorities on her agenda as Assembly President.She announced that in Spring 2019, the initiative to stamp out plastic will be highlighted by events across the globe; including one celebrating innovative progress in New York City, a concert in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, and a photo exhibit at the UN General Assembly to coincide with World Environment Day.Join us in groundbreaking plastics ban, urges PMThe Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Gaston Browne, announced that the concert was set for April 27th to coincide with Antigua ‘Sailing Week’. It will include regional and internationally renowned musicians and artists and will highlight efforts to tackle the problem globally. We need to protect our oceans and we are calling on all nations to join us in banning…single use plastics – Antigua and Barbuda PM, Gaston BrowneHe noted that Antigua and Barbuda had been successful in the elimination of single use plastics. “During the past two years, we have introduced a ban, which has worked very well…Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the Caribbean to do so. We need to protect our oceans and we are calling on all nations to join us in banning the use of single use plastics.”Norway’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ms Mari Skåre, affirmed: “We are strong supporters of the initiative and the reason is that we have a problem with plastic pollution. Norway knows this. We know it is a health problem for the oceans and for humans. Fish eat plastic, humans eat fish”, she said. “The good news is that we have solutions. We can solve this. This is why this global campaign is so important. If you are consumers, use your own bottle. We want to pull our weight in finding good, clean solutions for our common future.”
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Emilyh Maitlis, who presents Newsnight but is also not on the list, retweeted this tweet.It appears something of a sisterhood of BBC presenters and journalists has emerged as Charlotte Smith, who presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and BBC 1’s Countryfile, added to the backlash by saying she was happy to take one for the team and have her salary raised to be on the list along with the men. @janegarvey1 I’m happy to accept a pay rise to help the BBC out with its gender pay gap problem… #notonthelist— charlotte smith (@charlottebsmith) July 19, 2017 Big fan of the BBC but if you position yourself as the very bastion of equality.. you must practise what you preach. #bbcpay— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 19, 2017 She also said she wished her programme was on an hour earlier, as the salaries were not published until 11am.The BBC has admitted that two-thirds of its top earners are men, which shows a gap between the pay of male and female presenters and journalists.The popular presenter of Woman’s Hour sarcastically tweeted ahead of her show that the news of the pay gap shows things are “going well”.She tweeted: “I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it?” Jane Garvey, who presents Woman’s Hour, was not included in the list of the BBC’s top-paid presenters, journalists and actors. She began the backlash against the gender pay gap, which sees the highest-paid female star being paid a quarter of what the highest-paid male star makes, on Twitter early on Wednesday morning, before speaking on it on Woman’s Hour.Ms Garvey said: ” Radio 2…extraordinarily male and entirely pale and big salaries,” before hastily adding: “allegedly.”Jeremy Vine, who presents his show on Radio 2, is the fourth highest-paid BBC employee, on £700,000-£749,999.The top seven best-paid BBC employees are men, topped by Chris Evans who is on £2,200,000-£2,249,999. The highest-paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, is paid a fraction of this and is on £450,000-£499,999. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Of the 96 top names earning £150,000 or more, 62 are male and 34 are female.Releasing the BBC annual report, Lord Hall, the director-general, said: “At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women.“Is that where we want to be? No.”The backlash from female presenters began last night with one well-known name saying the corporation is stuffed with “male ‘intellectual titans’ with egos the size of planets” who have demanded huge salaries and got them. On Good Morning Britain, he gestured to fellow presenters Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, and said women “dominate” at ITV. I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it? https://t.co/j2M6oQBqde— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) July 19, 2017 She tweeted: “I’m happy to accept a pay rise to help the BBC out with its gender pay gap problem.. #notonthelist”.Ms Garvey replied that this is a “lovely idea”.The presenter said on Woman’s Hour: “We have been covering the gender pay gap for 70 years.”It would be hypocritical in the extreme if Woman’s Hour didn’t speak on this today”. He also pointed out that the CEO of ITV is a woman. It was recently announced that the former boss of EasyJet, Carolyn McCall, is their new chief executive. The presenter said: “We are the BBC in reverse! We are a shining example of equality – the women dominate on ITV!”The BBC replied: “We look forward to seeing how ITV compares when all large employers have to report their gender pay gap next year.” ITV presenter Piers Morgan has said that “women dominate” the rival network and that the BBC should practice what it preaches when it comes to gender equality.
PSG Handball won the third place at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne! In their last match with Zvonimir Serdarusic on the bench, Karabazic brothers and Co. were more concentrate in battle with RK Vardar Skopje 29:28 (14:15).The hero of the match was Nedim Remili. The 23-years old righ back was unstoppable with nije goals for the winning team.This was third appearance of the French team in Cologne in a row. They still waiting for the most prestigious trophy in world of handball. ← Previous Story VIDEO: HBC Nantes fans are ready for the final! Next Story → Sander Sagosen (PSG Handball) “We had bigger plans for this weekend
180 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31,259 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3346219 THE POLICE CHIEF in the Californian city of Fresno has said that three people have been killed in a shooting in the downtown area of the city.Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters that a suspect was in custody, after the shooting near a Catholic charities building in the city.The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, allegedly told police that he “hates white people” and is said to have shouted “allahu akbar” before he started shooting.Dyer told reporters that the three people were shot minutes apart in close proximity in areas around the downtown area of Fresno.The suspect was wanted for a separate killing from last week, in which a motel security guard was shot dead.Dyer was quoted as saying that it “was too early to say whether or not this involves terrorism”.Police said the shootings, which took place at four different locations in the downtown area of the city, were unprovoked and that up to 16 rounds were fired during the hour-long rampage.Muhammad faces four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, authorities said.Following the shooting, Fresno city spokesman Mark Standriff said county offices were placed on lockdown, and people were urged to shelter in place. Suspect tells police ‘I hate white people’ after three killed in California shooting The man was wanted by police for a separate killing last week. Image: AP #Fresno PD Chief Jerry Dyer says suspect yelled “allahu akbar” before being arrested, say was also suspect in another murder from last week pic.twitter.com/1kaG339t2u— Joe Moeller (@joemoeller44) April 18, 2017 With reporting from the Associated Press and AFPRead: Young upstart on course to dish out embarrassing defeat for Donald Trump Share Tweet Email Image: AP Source: Joe Moeller/Twitter Apr 18th 2017, 9:57 PM Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 9:57 PM By Sean Murray
Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – The temperature infrared guns are here… here to test whether passengers arriving to Providenciales are with high fever and possibly infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Arrived since Monday at the Provo International Airport; you can see the Minister of Health Porsha Smith being scanned by the device; photos are posted at her Facebook page. The government on Friday announced measures to keep the islands Ebola Free… we also learn that the hospitals are well outfitted in the event they have to contend with EVD. Meanwhile the New York Times is reporting that the White House is considering how robots can help in the fight against Ebola. Providenciales Airport Reopens Today Recommended for you Related Items:Ebola, Portia smith, providenciales international airport, temperature infrared guns, white house Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale
That was quite a strong cold front that moved through the local area Monday afternoon. When the front passed through some areas it had heavy hail and blustery winds. Snow started falling in the higher elevations; however clearing moved in from the west after the front.At this writing it appeared that the moisture available with the coldest air overnight Monday into early Tuesday would be limited so there was only a small chance of any short-lived snow here at city levels.Forecast charts show higher pressure moving in on Wednesday for rapid warming after a chilly overnight period. Highs near 60 degrees plus or minus are on tap Thursday and Friday before maybe another shot of rain.Officially, Vancouver ended up the month of February with an average mean temperature of 43.6 degrees compared to the normal of 43.5 degrees. How is that for closeness? The precipitation totaled 2.92 inches, well below the average of 4.03 inches. Nothing really exciting to write home about.Temperatures around Western Washington in February were just about right on average everywhere. Precipitation was normal or above to the north, running below average in Southwest Washington. At least we didn’t have to contend with any devastating flooding or crippling snowstorms.
Kanhaiya KumarIANSOne constituency of Bihar that drew the attention of the entire national media was Begusarai. Dubbed the ‘Leningrad of Bihar’ by some, this constituency saw Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawahar Lal Nehru University Student’s Union, being fielded by a coalition of left parties against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) Giriraj Singh.Many expected the former student leader to lose on account of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) fielding its own candidate, Mohammad Tanweer Hassan, despite earlier giving signs of supporting Kanhaiya’s candidature. It was believed that Hassan would cut into the votes of Kanhaiya and ease the path of the BJP leader.However, if one were to look at the number of votes polled, it is clear that Giriraj Singh may have easily won even with a coalition of all major opponents of BJP. When reports last came in, he was winning more than 53% votes. Needless to say, even with the support of RJD, Kanhaiya would not have troubled Giriraj too much.In this direct test of his electoral strength, Kanhaiya managed to win more than a lakh votes. But even in 2014, Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate got nearly two lakh votes. This seat had been held by NDA since 2004, by JDU till 2014 and BJP afterwards.Mohammad Tanweer Hassan had come second in the last elections with over three-and-a-half lakh votes. But with the support of JDU behind him, Giriraj Singh was likely to cross the line without much difficulty. The presence of the RJD candidate only made matters worse for Kanhaiya in a seat with a substantial Muslim population.
Infosys shares could fall sharply on Tuesday when the stock exchanges re-open after an extended weekend after one of its clients â€” Royal Bank of Scotland â€” cancelled a key project in which over 3,000 Infosys employees were deployed.RBS has scrapped plans to hive off and list Williams & Glyn (W&G) as a separate entity. Instead, it will be exploring options to sell it to another lender. Infosys, along with IBM, had won a project in September 2013 to develop computer systems for W&G for an estimated Rs. 2,500 crore.”Infosys has been a W&G program technology partner for Consulting, Application Delivery and Testing services, and subsequent to this decision, will carry out an orderly ramp-down of about 3,000 persons, primarily in India, over the next few months,” the Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter said in a statement last Saturday (August 13).”The Royal Bank of Scotland announced last week that it will no longer pursue its plan to separate and list a new UK standalone bank, Williams & Glyn (W&G), and instead will pursue other options for the divestment of this business. RBS is a key relationship for Infosys and the company looks forward to further strengthening our strategic partnership and working with them across other strategic and transformation programs,” Infosys added.Infosys shares closed at Rs. 1,063.30 apiece, down 1.28 percent, on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The company’s first quarter (Q1) results were perceived as disappointing by analysts and investors and its decision to scale down the revenue guidance for the current fiscal sent the share crashing almost 10 percent on the day.Infosys lowered its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent from 11.5-13.5 percent earlier. After the company announced its guidance on July 15, the Infosys stock fell to Rs. 1,060, a loss of 9.78 percent from its previous closing. The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 percent in constant currency terms.
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) canceled 876 flights, a third of it’s 3,000 scheduled flights on Wednesday following a 24-hour strike by its pilots.Although flights by Germanwings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines are operational, the cancellation of Lufthansa flights is estimated to hit around 100,000 passengers.”The pilots union Cockpit–”Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes on November 23 from 00:00 – 23:59 German local time. Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience caused by the VC strike and will try to minimise the impact on its passengers,” the company said in a statement on its website.This being the 14th strike to hit the airline, the strike began after disagreements over pay hike. While the union demanded an average increase of 3.7 percent in pay for 5,400 pilots over a five-year period dating back to 2012, Lufthansa offered a 2.5 percent increase over the six years until 2019, but was not found acceptable by the union, according to Reuters.Lufthansa said a strike “is not the right way” for crews to proceed. The company has also approached the Frankfurt labour court in an effort to avert the strike as it seeks a temporary injunction. A hearing has been scheduled for 3 pm local time (1400 GMT), the court said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.Strikes forced Lufthansa to cancel more than 16,000 flights in 2014 and 2015, burdening operating profit by 463 million euros ($523 million), according to Bloomberg.
Share North Korea fired a ballistic missile Friday night which flew longer than any of its previous missiles and landed in the ocean off Japan, according to officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States.There was no immediate announcement of the type of missile. On July 4, North Korea test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a major step toward its goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the United States.Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile launched Friday flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the ICBM on July 4 — and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.Suga said officials are analyzing whether it was an ICBM. He said Japan has lodged a strong protest with North Korea over the launch.“North Korea’s repeated provocative acts absolutely cannot be accepted,” he said.Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the coast guard issued safety warnings to aircraft and ships.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he called a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council.South Korea and the United States also confirmed the launch.“We are assessing and will have more information soon,” said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was launched from North Korea’s northern Jagang province.There was no immediate confirmation of the launch by North Korea. The day’s broadcast on state-run television had already ended when the news broke at around midnight Pyongyang time.July 27 is a major national holiday in North Korea called Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War Day.North Korea generally waits hours or sometimes a day or more before announcing launches, often with a raft of photos in the ruling party newspaper or on the television news. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is usually shown at the site to observe and supervise major launches.Late night launches are rare. North Korea usually conducts its missile and underground nuclear tests in the morning. It’s likely the North launched the missile at night and from the remote province of Jagang to demonstrate its operational versatility. To have a real deterrent, it’s important for North Korea to prove it can launch whenever and wherever it chooses — making it harder for foreign military observers trying to detect their activities ahead of time.Yoji Koda, a retired admiral in Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force, said in an interview with NHK that information that the missile flew 45 minutes and landed west of Hokkaido suggest that it was most likely another ICBM.Analysts say the “Hwasong 14” ICBM launched by North Korea on July 4 could be capable of reaching most of Alaska or possibly Hawaii if fired in an attacking trajectory. It was launched at a very steep angle, a technique called lofting, and reached a height of more than 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) before splashing down in the ocean 930 kilometers (580 miles) away.
Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 11, 2015 | Greg Freiherr Deals Proliferate in Dangerous World of CT Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Images reconstructed from a scan done with the Koning Breast CT scanner show the heterogeneously dense breast of a 44-year-old woman in high-contrast and high-spatial resolution. The FDA-approved scanner, with its 10-second scan time and lack of breast compression, is being positioned against breast tomosynthesis and potentially breast MRI. (Image courtesy Koning Corp.)Lying chest down, head turned to the side, breast suspended through a cutout in the table, women can routinely get a mammogram with computed tomography (CT). An alternative to tomosynthesis and potentially even magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the 360-degree scan can be completed in 10 seconds. It provides 3-D images of the breast with no tissue overlap, requires no breast compression and can be done at a dose equivalent to conventional diagnostic mammography. The developer of this FDA-approved scanner — Koning CT of West Henrietta, N.Y. — is among the latest to enter the CT industry. Others may be coming. Carestream Health is developing a CT scanner specifically for orthopedics. China-based United Imaging Healthcare, with scanners lauded for their performance by customers outside the United States, has opened an office in Houston. Accompanying changes in the rank-and-file is a cornucopia of equipment deals already spilling into the U.S. market. CT scanners from industry standard bearers range from entry level 16-slice systems to ones featuring high-performance dual-energy scanning, each at extraordinary values; all optimized for low-dose: $400,000 for 16-slicers; $550,000 for 64- to 80-slice products; $1.3 million for premium scanners (although optimized dual-energy or spectral CTs may cost substantially more).As noteworthy as these low prices are the numbers of CT platforms. Globalization is the cause of this proliferation, said industry analyst Michael Silver. “Some vendors say we need one kind of offering for the Chinese market; another one for the Japanese; this for the Indian; one for the European; multiple ones for the U.S.,” said Silver, a senior fellow at SG2, a consulting firm that advises hospitals on equipment purchases and services. “I think there are too many.”This proliferation may be adding to cost, if not in the prices paid by customers then in the expense shouldered by industry, he said. Selling and supporting multiple platforms adds cost. “Ultimately that plays against the competitiveness of vendors in the long term,” Silver said.The plethora of choices puts a special onus on the buyer to pick the right one. To do so, administrators must exactly gauge the patient needs of facilities — present and future — and the price they can afford in an increasingly uncertain reimbursement environment.Cuts enacted in the wake of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 reduced imaging services $2.8 billion over five years. Since then, healthcare reform has raised questions about how medical care will be paid in the future, a specter imposed by the transition from fee-for-service to value-based medicine and improved patient safety.Currently, an unprecedented government effort to rein in patient radiation exposure is driving the purchase of new CTs. The tip of this spear is XR-29, a ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that mandates dose tracking software to record dose in the patient record; software that notifies staff about the dose before the scan; automatic exposure controls that tailor output; and the integration of protocols that will serve as references for specific types of exams.Enacted under the Federal Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, XR-29 is supposed to take effect the first of next year. Facilities that don’t comply will be subject to a 5 percent reimbursement penalty in 2016 and 15 percent in the following year. But a respite may be in the works.Groups including the The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), American College of Radiology, Radiology Business Management Association and American Hospital Association are pushing CMS for a delay of 12 or even 18 months. And for good reason. As of October, CMS had not issued a final version of the ruling.“The capital budget cycle at hospitals is usually 18 months,” said Sheila M. Sferrella, who chairs the AHRA regulatory affairs committee. “In that type of planning cycle, there’s no way to allocate the capital for replacement equipment in time.”More than one in three CT sites surveyed by AHRA last summer could be penalized, if the CMS ruling takes effect as scheduled at the beginning of 2016. And that’s the best case.In August, when AHRA conducted the survey,56 percent of respondents indicated they were not in compliance with XR-29 at that time; 36 percent replied they would not be compliant even by Jan. 1, 2016.Implementation may be delayed. But it is inevitable.The good news for administrators of tight budgets is that — in this politically charged and economically sensitive environment — providers can pick from the best deals ever. Editor’s note: This column is the culmination of a series of four blogs by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on CT systems. The blogs, “Three Ways CT Will Radically Change — When and How,” “Two Reasons Why CT Providers Shouldn’t Panic About XR-29,” “CT Royalty Turns to Value in Buyers’ Market,” and “High-performance CTs Flood Market,” can be found at www.itnonline.com/blogs.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at www.itnonline.com. 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