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Wijnaldum sees room for improvement despite win

Wijnaldum sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has praised Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth but affirmed there is still room for improvement in their games away from home.Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated and managed the game at the Vitality Stadium as they pummelled the Cherries with three second-half goals.Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick – with the other a Steve Cook own goal – to secure a result that lifted the Reds a point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.However, Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum insisted Liverpool, who are now top of the Premier League table could have done better in the game.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It would have been complete if we’d done the first half much better,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle.“But in the second half we did what we usually do with the counter-press; that’s how we scored the second goal, when Mo scored. That’s the game we want to play – a high press when we lose the ball, counter-press to create chances, and also play to create chances. That went well in the second half.“It was a good game but if you want the perfect game, we had to play a better first half.”last_img read more

MoviePass reportedly changed passwords to keep users from ordering tickets

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Comments $6 at Tidal $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Comments DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. MoviePass reportedly froze out subscribers and changed their passwords to keep them off the app. MoviePass MoviePass, the $10-a-month movie subscription service that once dominated the industry, has been hit with financial issues that essentially brought an end to the company as we knew it. It dealt with those issues in-part by changing some users’ passwords to keep them from ordering tickets, according to a Business Insider report this week. MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Because MoviePass’ business model essentially involved paying theaters the full price for customers’ tickets, the company was quickly losing money, according to the report. CEO Mitch Lowe reportedly became frustrated with subscribers who took advantage of the low monthly rate by going to the movies every day, and ordered the company to limit subscriber access before the April 2018 release of Avengers: Infinity War. Lowe called for the passwords for a “small percentage of power users be changed,” which would keep them from going into the MoviePass app and ordering tickets, according to Business Insider.By the end of July 2018, the company was losing around $40 million a month, and on July 26 it ran out of money to put on MoviePass cards, Business Insider says. To get things running again, Helios and Matheson reportedly borrowed $5 million in cash. To deal with the loss of money, MoviePass reportedly made Mission: Impossible – Fallout unavailable for subscribers and froze half of them out on opening weekend, former employees told Business Insider.MoviePass has been wrestling with financial obstacles in the last several months by curbing its offerings. Last year, it reduced its plan to three movies for $10 a month. The company brought back its $9.95 unlimited movie plan in March, albeit with restrictions, before suspending its service indefinitely last month. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express MoviePass manages to get more expensive and less useful Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 21 $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Now playing: Watch this: DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 1:38 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Share your voice 7 Tags $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Sprint $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo $999 See at Amazon See it See It Best Buylast_img read more

OPEC News IranSaudi Arabia differences fuel price drop

first_imgIt used to be said of OPEC that it was like a teabag – it only worked in hot water. If that is so, conditions on world oil markets could hardly be more difficult as prices languish at almost seven-year lows near $40 a barrel.Yet, rather than closing ranks, OPEC is finding that an intensifying battle for market share, worsened by deep regional differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran, is driving it further apart.Halfway through last Friday’s six-hour meeting, an unexpected dispute erupted over the defining feature of the cartel. In a move sources say was masterminded by Saudi Arabia, ministers finally agreed for the first time in decades to drop any reference to the 13-member group’s output ceiling.The pivot, which surprised not only markets but also some OPEC officials, appeared to be a direct response to Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, which has made clear it intends to make a rapid return to global oil markets next year as nuclear-related sanctions are lifted.With Tehran looking to pump as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) more crude into a market already saturated with excess supply, an increase of about 1% in world supply, maintaining or legitimizing any pretence of OPEC limits – no matter how notional – was not an option for Riyadh.”The ceiling issue was very controversial and they could not decide on it,” said an OPEC source briefed on the discussion inside the room. “Nobody was happy.”Earlier, another source said there was a “huge disagreement among members, even bigger now, as oversupply is no longer mainly coming from Gulf delegates, but from Iran.”In the near-term, the outcome of Friday’s meeting probably makes little difference in global markets. Ever since last year, most members have been pumping flat-out to defend their market from fast-growing upstart rivals like US shale drillers.And anyway the group’s 30 million bpd ceiling has largely been symbolic and, in practical terms, ignored.Yet abandoning the pretence of production restraint threatens to intensify price wars between OPEC members, leaving them even less likely to agree on any market measures down the road, analysts said, and piling more pressure on prices.In a note following the meeting, Goldman Sachs said it saw a rising probability that the markets may need to adjust through “operational stress” when the world runs out of storage capacity, reiterating its “lower for even longer” thesis.OPEC’S PURPOSESince OPEC, which produces a third of global oil, was set up 55 years ago, the purpose of its existence was to set production targets to try to influence global prices.It has weathered internal strife and conflict before, including wars between its own members — Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the 1990s.But the present Sunni-Shia conflicts setting Saudi Arabia and Iran at each other’s throats, particularly in Syria and Yemen, make the relationship between the two OPEC powers even more fraught.”The fact that Iranian-backed Houthi militants are squaring off against Saudi-led troops in Yemen is not helpful, as increased Iranian oil revenues are likely to find their way to Iranian military interests in Yemen, Iraq and Syria,” said Aberdeen Asset Management’s investment strategist Robert Minter.Hence OPEC is setting up for a showdown at the corral, he added, as Iran wants its pre-sanction market share back, and the Gulf states are not inclined to cede volume when they are already feeling the budgetary pain of reduced prices.CONFUSION EMERGESUnlike OPEC’s previous meeting six months ago, when oil prices showed signs of stabilizing near a tolerable $65 a barrel, last week’s meeting was bound to be more tense as an unexpectedly deep and prolonged slump has sapped their economies.All the same, on Friday morning, most delegates and experts anticipated a relatively straightforward meeting that would bless the free-market policy and rubber-stamp a production ceiling. The only likely change, so it seemed, might be raising the figure to 31.5 million bpd to reflect current output rates, rather than the long-exceeded 30 million bpd last reset four years ago.After all, despite the price pain, there were signs that the dramatic strategy masterminded a year ago by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi was working, albeit more slowly than hoped. Booming US oil production has shifted into reverse, while the world’s demand for oil has revved into a higher gear.The first sign of confusion emerged more than 3 hours into the meeting as ministers broke for lunch.Word leaked that the group had indeed agreed to raise its ceiling to 31.5 million bpd – but it was unclear whether the figure included Indonesia, which was rejoining the group after a hiatus, leaving a 0.9 million bpd margin of error.Although the ceiling increase would have no material effect on actual production, the news sent oil prices tumbling by as much as $1 a barrel, pushing US crude back below $40 a barrel, a response that was unlikely to have heartened ministers.ABOUT FACEWhat fully transpired during that afternoon remains unclear. But several OPEC sources said ultimately a decision was reached that having no ceiling at all would be less negative for oil prices than having a higher ceiling.There appears to have been little if any debate about Iran’s production, although it has been clear for months that it will likely be the biggest challenge they face in 2016.”We spent two minutes on that issue. You can’t stop a sovereign country from coming back to the market. So, debating it is irrelevant,” said Nigerian oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. “As a matter of fact, our position is that Iran would displace somebody who is not an OPEC member.””From Saudi prospective, they have no allies. So staying the course makes sense for the Saudis,” said veteran OPEC watcher Gary Ross, Founder of Pira Energy thinktank.Ministers later sought to play down any conflict. Most said they saw no problem in having no targets for a few months and agree on new ones when Iran returns to the market, hoping by then for a deeper decline in US oil production.Some said they spent far more time discussing the succession of Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri, whose term is expiring.One thing is clear though – Friday’s decision will in no way help persuade non-OPEC rivals to curtail their output.”I find it very strange when proposals are being made to cut output when OPEC itself is increasing production,” the head of the Kremlin oil major Rosneft Igor Sechin told Reuters last week ahead of the OPEC meeting.last_img read more

Domestic car sales rose 5 in February Sensex sheds 100 points after

first_imgVehicles move past the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, October 1, 2016 (representational image).Reuters file11.38 AM IST: The Sensex and Nifty pared gains after a bullish opening driven by investors cheering results of exit polls that gave the BJP a clear edge over rivals in the key state of Uttar Pradesh. The Sensex was up 24 points at 28,854. Domestic car sales rose 4.9 percent in February to 1,72,623 units while overall passenger sales increased 9 percent to 2,55,359 units, the PTI reported, citing data released by automobile industry body Siam.However, two-wheeler sales remained almost flat at 13.62 lakh units.The Auto index on the BSE was up 0.17 percent. 9.15 AM IST: Stock markets open with a bang, on expected lines in response to the exit poll predictions. The BSE Sensex gained 124 points to reach 29,053 while the NSE Nifty was trading 37 points higher at 8,964. Top Sensex gainers were Hero Motocorp, Adani Ports, GAIL (India) and TCS.Wipro was trading 0.94 percent higher at Rs 488, GAIL was down 0.29 percent at Rs 378 after going ex-bonus on Thursday (ratio was 1:3), Dr Reddy’s Labs was trading 0.29 percent higher at Rs 2,716 despite receiving more than 10 observations after inspection by the US FDA of its manufacturing unit at Duwada, Visakhapatnam.Exit polls by various agencies give close to 180 seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. This could trigger a rally on Indian stock markets. The actual results will be declared on Saturday (March 11), but the party seen as falling short of a clear majority could dampen sentiments for investors.The best possible outcome for the BJP is 251-279 seats predicted by the India Today-Axis My India Poll, placing the saffron party far ahead of the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition’s 88-112 seats.The Times Now-VMR Exit Poll says the BJP could win 190-210 seats, while the Samajwadi Party-Congress is likely to bag 110-130 seats. The BSP may finish with 57-74, in the 403-member Assembly. Another exit poll, by NewsX-MRC, predicted the BJP to win 185 seats with the Samajwadi Party-Congress finishing second at 120 and the BSP at 90 seats. ABP-Lokniti exit poll gave 164-176 seats to the BJP and 156-169 to the Samajwadi Party-Congress.India TV-C Voter said the BJP will get 155-167 seats while the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition would finish with 135-147 seats. The poll of polls gave the BJP 179 seats, SP-Congress 136 and the BSP 77 seats.On Thursday, the BSE Sensex closed 27 points higher at 28,929 while the NSE Nifty gained 3 points to end at 8,927. Top gainers on the BSE included Unichem Labs, Inox Wind, Balrampur Chini Mills, SpiceJet and Dish TV.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) scaled down their purchases after spell of huge purchases in the past few days and were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 488 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). “There was a positive sentiment in the market as continued FIIs buying and hope of GST implementation. Global markets were not encouraging on expectation of US Fed rate hike in 15th March policy meeting. Both Hong Kong and China Index declined 1% each on account of China reporting poor CPI numbers,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Thursday.Another analyst advised caution ahead of results. “Tomorrow being the last day before the actual outcome, we would expect some volatility in the market. Hence, it’s advisable to avoid the momentum trading as the market may give few whipsaws.,” Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical & Derivatives, Angel Broking.On Wednesday, FIIs were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 3,573 crore, preceded by Rs 920 crore on Tuesday and Rs 564 crore on Monday.The rupee closed at 66.71 to the US dollar on Thursday, unchanged from its previous close. Gold prices closed Rs 250 lower at Rs 29,250 per 10 gm.last_img read more

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.The Texas House is taking up several measures aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system. It’s one of the issues that prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to call the special session.  What do these measures propose? How are they different from the ones up for consideration during the regular session? And how would they change the ways in which schools are funded? Chandra Villanueva, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, lays out the details of the proposed measures. Sharelast_img

Howard University Explores Business and Economic Development in South Africa

Howard University Explores Business and Economic Development in South Africa

first_imgApproximately 100 students participated in the April 15 panel discussion at the Howard University School of Business. The topic of the day, “Business and Economic Development in South Africa: The Mandela Legacy and the 20th Anniversary of Democracy in South African.The event was organized by the Howard University School of Business, in conjunction with the Center for Global Business Studies and the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project. Former president of Bennett College Julianne Malveaux moderated the discussion. The panel included former U.S. ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips; musician and activist Hugh Masekela; partner at Nixon Peabody Kendal Tyre; stakeholder relations manager for the Department of Arts and Culture, Ministry in South Africa Zwelibanzi Ndlovu; and third-year doctoral student at the Department of African Studies Phiwo Mnyandu.After the introductions, each panelist reflected on the changes and challenges of South Africa’s development, reconstruction, and economic opportunities in the 20 years of the country’s democracy.Masekela touched on the economic isolation of the period before the country transitioned from apartheid to democracy. Because of apartheid, countries and organizations around the world halted trade with South Africa. In the United States, organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus played a key role in corporate divestment of South African holding, in an effort to force an end to apartheid and segregation.After apartheid ended in 1994, most sanctions imposed on South Africa by the international community were lifted. “After 1994, I think we freed the business establishment of South Africa that was basically White owned,” said Masekela.Masekela said that to date, people who run the major industries in the country are hanging on to their wealth, refusing to share it with the rural townships. “Nothing has really trickled down to the ordinary, especially African men and women in South Africa,” he said. “There is a very small willingness by the business establishment to include the previously disadvantaged communities.”Looking at the country’s global stance today, Mnyandu said that South Africans are in a limbo between sadness and hopefulness that the country is still making an effort to improve its economic development.Christian Boyd, a freshman international business major from Michigan, asked the panelists if Nigeria’s economic growth, surpassing South Africa as the largest economy, was a good or bad thing for the African continent. Ndlovu said it was good because it was a positive step for the continent as a whole to create a friendly competition between countries in Africa. “If there is another giant, it gives us a challenge to do more as a country,” said Ndlovu.Boyd was impressed with his response. “I got the gist of it because basically he was saying that this was finally something South Africa needed … someone to compete with in terms of growth and their future,” Boyd saidJaelin White, 18, asked Tyre, who deals with franchise companies, manufacturing, and financial services companies on the African continent, how international companies who come into South Africa conserve the cultural aspect of the country.Tyre said franchising is just a way of doing business and 90 percent of the companies franchised are South African. Tyre added that the populous of the country gets to decide what product will succeed and what will fail.last_img read more

Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE Egypt Bahrain

Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE Egypt Bahrain

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Qatar, Qatar Airways Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE, Egypt, Bahrain Tuesday, June 6, 2017 DUBAI — Qatar Airways has canceled flights to Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday until further notice, the airline said on its website, a day after it had suspended flights to Saudi Arabia.The airline said passengers holding a confirmed Qatar Airways ticket to any of the four countries between June 5 and July 6 are permitted to rebook their flights up to 30 days after their current departure date.Qatar Airways said its offices will continue to operate as normal in affected countries until further notice.On Monday, EgyptAir, flydubai and Bahrain’s Gulf Air joined Etihad and Emirates in saying they would suspend all flights to and from Doha.The move came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in a coordinated move, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran.According to the CAPA Center for Aviation, “Losing Saudi, Bahrain and UAE airspace would effectively ground Qatar Airways.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksSince Qatar has very little airspace and is largely surrounded by Bahrain, a permanent ban by the aforementioned countries would be devastating for Qatar Airways. As Business Insider reports, losing access to Bahrainian airspace would force the airline to fly through airspace they are now barred from to reach their base in Doha.Credit: Business Insider With file from Reuters Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Air Canada kicks off MontrealLima and YellowknifeVancouver service

Air Canada kicks off MontrealLima and YellowknifeVancouver service

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Air Canada kicks off Montreal-Lima and Yellowknife-Vancouver service Tags: Air Canada MONTREAL — This past weekend was a busy one for Air Canada, which launched service between Montreal and Lima, and from Yellowknife to Vancouver.As Montreal’s first year-round link to the southern hemisphere, flight AC1942 arrived at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport on the morning of Dec. 17, complementing the airline’s existing flights from Toronto and positioning it as an “important player” in the growing market between Montreal and Latin America, said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.“Air Canada is continuing its global expansion with the launch of Montreal-Lima, the first South American route from our Montreal hub that will offer business and leisure travellers as well as freight forwarders from Quebec and Atlantic Canada convenient access to Peru,” he added. “This concludes an exceptional year of growth out of Montreal-Trudeau with the introduction of eight new destinations.”Next year, Air Canada will launch service to Tokyo-Narita (Japan), Dublin (Ireland), Lisbon (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania). Smith also added that over the past five years, Air Canada has increased capacity from Montreal by 83% and added 29 new destinations.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesMontreal-Lima direct service runs twice weekly and is operated by Air Canada Rouge with 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service.A day earlier on Dec. 16, Air Canada also inaugurated Yellowknife seasonal service from Vancouver, the only nonstop flights between the two cities. The daily service is offered onboard 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-705 jet aircraft and will operate until April. Next year’s seasonal service from Vancouver will kick off on Sept. 5, 2018.“We are pleased to now link Yellowknife to our Vancouver trans-Pacific hub, connecting seamlessly to and from our Asia and U.S. transborder networks to offer time savings and ease for both international visitors travelling to enjoy our country’s spectacular Aurora Borealis and Canada’s northern winter adventures, as well as for local residents. Our seasonal route will begin in early fall next year to meet the growing demand for travel to Canada’s Northwest Territories from Asia,” said Smith.center_img Share Posted by Monday, December 18, 2017 last_img read more

Can You Afford It

first_imgCan You Afford It? HOUSING mortgage mortgage servicer Mr Cooper Originations Q3 earnings report 2018-11-08 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Data, Foreclosure, News Sharecenter_img Though there are signs of the housing market leveling off, especially in more expensive metros, Q3 was yet another quarter marked by less affordability than the quarter that preceded it, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.In fact, the report finds that a modest increase in interest rates and the generally consistent uptick in home prices—the U.S. median bumped from $265,000 to $268,000, a new high—kept housing affordability at a 10-year low in the third quarter. In real numbers, that translated into an almost full-point drop in affordability. According to the report, 56.4 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $71,900.“This is down from the 57.1 percent of homes sold in the second quarter that were affordable to median-income earners and the lowest reading since mid-2008,” the report stated. “At the same time, average mortgage rates rose by a nominal 5 basis points in the third quarter to 4.72 percent from 4.67 percent in the second quarter.”And then there is the employment angle.“Continuing home price appreciation and rising interest rates coupled with persistent labor shortages are contributing to housing affordability concerns,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “Builders are increasingly focusing on managing home construction costs so that they do not outpace wage gains.”NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said ongoing job and economic growth do provide a solid backdrop for housing demand amid recent declines in affordability, However, he said, “housing affordability will need to stabilize to keep forward momentum from diminishing as we move into the new year.”As for most affordable markets, Syracuse remained the most affordable major housing market in the country for the second straight quarter. There, 88.2 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the third quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $74,100, the report stated.Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.; Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania; and Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Rounded out the five most affordable major markets of the quarter.Kokomo, Ind., where 93.2 percent of homes sold in the third quarter were affordable to families earning the median income of $64,100, was the country’s most affordable small market. Elmira, New York; Fairbanks, Alaska; Cumberland, Maryland-West Virginia; and Springfield, Ohio, rounded out the five most affordable small metros in Q3.On the other end of the scale, and the country, California remained out of reach to most median buyers. San Francisco was the nation’s least affordable major market in Q3, for the fourth straight quarter, the report stated. A mere 6.4 percent of the homes sold in the third quarter in San Francisco were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $116,400. Los Angeles,-Long Beach-Glendale; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; and San Diego-Carlsbad were the other top-five least affordable major metros in Q3.All five least affordable small housing markets were also in the Golden State. At the very bottom of the affordability chart was Santa Cruz-Watsonville, where 6.5 percent of all new and existing homes sold were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $81,400.Other small markets at the lowest end of the affordability scale included Salinas; Napa; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande; and San Rafael, the report found. November 8, 2018 567 Views last_img read more

European streaming service and DVD rental company

European streaming service and DVD rental company

first_imgEuropean streaming service and DVD rental company Lovefilm is launching via Microsoft’s Xbox Live service in the UK.The Amazon-owned company will launch a raft of Hollywood movies via the games console on December 6 for £4.99 (€5.80) per month. Movies at launch include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Gran Torino with films including The Dark Knight, The Hangover and Blue Valentine being made available ahead of Christmas.“It is an exciting day for Lovefilm customers and an auspicious day for the TV entertainment industry as a whole.  Launching Lovefilm Instant on Xbox 360 and Kinect means bringing the service to a million more living rooms – a huge achievement,” said Lovefilm CEO Simon Calver.last_img

SES expects to reach one million paying customers

SES expects to reach one million paying customers

first_imgSES expects to reach one million paying customers for its HD Plus platform in Germany by the end of this year, according to the satellite operator’s CEO, Romain Bausch.Speaking on a conference call on the company’s full-year results, Bausch said that there were currently 2.5 million HD Plus reception cards in the market and 2.3 million active HD Plus homes, of which 1.9 million were still in their free-to-view phase and 400,000 had paid the €50 annual technical service charge. “We think we will have over one million paying customers by the end of this year,” he said. HD Plus currently offers 12 Germany free-to-air channels in HD.The switching off of analogue satellite transmission in the German market this year is having a negative impact on the company’s revenues, and Bausch said that SES’s real growth rate was hidden because of this. The company is expecting top line growth of 2% this year and a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% between 2012-14, but without the impact of analogue switch-off, Bausch said the company would see 9% growth this year and 7.5% CAGR for 2012-14.Bausch said that SES’s focus on emerging markets under its new unified structure was paying dividends. Soft demand in the North American market had allowed it to redeploy its AMC-3 and SES-3 satellites in the high-growth markets of Latin America and Asia respectively. The lack of a need to replace satellites in North America would also mean reduced capex going forwards, he said.The company posted revenues of €0.1% for the full year, down 0.1%, attributed to the decline in the value of the US dollar, while recurring revenue grew by 2.8%. EBITDA was €1.275 billion, down 1.7%, in part due to a one-time reorganization charge of €14.8 million, while recurring revenue was 1.295 billion, up 3.1%. Profit was €6.7.7 million, up 26.8%.SES now has a contract backlog of €7 billion, with €2 billion of renewals and new business signed during the year. The company was hit in 2011 by a series of launch delays, limiting its ability to meet demand on schedule.last_img read more

Carson Palmer speaks on upcoming Cardinals Ring of Honor induction

Carson Palmer speaks on upcoming Cardinals Ring of Honor induction

first_imgIt started with a FaceTime call.This was atypical for Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, who regularly called former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer through the phone to catch up and ask how he was doing.But the two never FaceTimed. Palmer thought it was a pocket-dial.When he answered the phone, Michael Bidwill’s face appeared, with his classic red tie and all.“I was blown away that that’s what the conversation ended up being,” Palmer said Wednesday. Palmer mentioned his unfamiliarity with players on the Cardinals roster, as well as being the older guy in the room.“[I] was just was so pleasantly surprised to be a little bit older than most of the guys on the team and kinda be the elder statesmen,” he said. “To come in and just be accepted and welcomed with open arms by everybody was just, it was amazing.”The Ring of Honor ceremony will take place on Sept. 29 when the Seahawks play the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 5 Comments   Share   The FaceTime wasn’t a mistake or a pocket-dial. It was intentional on Bidwill’s part and for good reason.Palmer was being inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor.“[It was an] absolute honor,” Palmer said. “I’ve been humbled. I’m excited to share it with my family.”Palmer’s five years with the Cardinals featured two playoff appearances and three 10-plus win seasons. The quarterback threw for 16,782 yards and 105 touchdowns with the team. Injuries plagued two of his seasons, which eventually led to his retirement after the 2017-18 season.Palmer touched on how being traded, something he experienced when leaving Cincinnati for Oakland, is a wild ride.“When you get traded, you don’t know where exactly the facility is in the city, the stadium…” he said. “All those questions and concerns you have when you’re moving your family to a new city, trying to get kids into school. It was such a seamless transition and such a great transition and I’m just so appreciative that I got to experience being a Cardinal.”Related LinksCardinals’ David Johnson ‘honors’ Carson Palmer with self-made hatNew Cardinals defense to allow Baker, others to make playsOrlovsky: Murray ‘one of the great all-time QB prospects’ if not for heightThe transition was also a football one.“It was such a pleasant surprise because I really didn’t know much about the NFC; I’ve been in the AFC my whole career,” he said. “[I] didn’t know a ton about the NFC West.” Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer speaks to the media during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The Dress Code for This New Restaurant Is Your Birthday Suit

first_img Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Niche marketing Twin brothers in Paris left the insurance business to open a restaurant catering to nude vegans. Contributor President of The Marks Group Image credit: O’naturel | Facebook Next Article Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares 3 min read Gene Marks 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List November 8, 2017 The Dress Code for This New Restaurant Is Your Birthday Suit If you’ve ever had the desire to eat an entire meal in public and be completely naked at the same time well…now’s your chance. Just go to Paris and make a reservation at O’naturel.Yes, that’s the actual name and at the 40-seat O’naturel, which opened its doors last week, customers are asked to leave their clothes in the cloakroom and proceed – in all their splendidness – to dine with other clothe-less patrons. The “bistronomic” menu starts around € 39 (about $45) and features vegan dishes, whitch are popular among naturists, and of course a great wine selection. This is Paris, let’s not forget.Related: Dear Entrepreneurs: Small Is Still BeautifulDon’t worry, health officials, the staff are clothed, patrons wear slippers and the seats have disposable covers.According to two reports last week here and here in Le Parisian, would-be voyeurs on the street won’t get a peep show. The establishment sports a “neutral” front, with a heavy blackout curtain and other screens covering the main windows. The entrance is designed to prevent anyone from seeing inside, even when the doors are opened. The establishment received a hearty thumbs up from members of the Association des Naturists de Paris, who were invited to be the very first diners.Related: 9 Startups Changing the Fabric of FashionThe French, being French, aren’t ruffled. In fact, residents in the restaurant’s neighborhood are mostly indifferent to its uniqueness. “When we learned what was going to be here, obviously it made us laugh. Especially since there is a nursery next door,” one resident who lives above the restaurant said. “But it does not bother me.”Even though it’s early days, things seem to be going pretty well for Mike and Stéphane Saada, the twin-brothers who own the restaurant. The Saada twins are ex-insurance industry executives and, unsurprisingly, ardent naturists. The restaurateurs are hoping to tap into the two-million strong naturist community in France. “We have already had quite a few reservations on the Internet,” they said, adding the comments coming in on their website are “very nice.”Related: 7 Steps to Defining Your Niche MarketLots of people open up restaurants and it’s no secret that many of them fail. It’s a hard and competitive business. Which is why a potential road to success is picking a demographic — whether it’s vegans, naked people or even lovers of the Golden Girls — and (of course) serving up good food. In this highly specialized world, many smart business owners I know are zeroing in on a targeted industry and becoming excellent at a particular skill to stand out and profit. So why not excellent food that caters to the community of French naturists?Oh, and the best thing about O’naturel? Well, in my opinion, it’s that no matter how high the bill is, you’ll never feel like you’ve lost your shirt.last_img read more

Marijuana Is a 794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized

first_img Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Lawmakers loath to raise taxes but eager for new revenue are increasingly open-minded about legal marijuana. August 9, 2018 Add to Queue Marijuana Is a $794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized Adult Use Image credit: Hillary Kladke | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article 3 min read There are several good reasons for state lawmakers to embrace legal adult-use marijuana — criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, respect for individual rights — but for many the most compelling reason is this number: $793.6 million.That is the estimated 2017 total of taxes and fees raked in by five states where adult-use marijuana is legal, according to a report from the National Cannabis Industry Association. The NCIA, founded in 2010, represents about 1,500 businesses in the marijuana industry across the United States.Much of the rhetoric advocating legal marijuana revolves around arguments such as cannabis being less dangerous than alcohol or the social justice issues surrounding the implementation of drug laws. Those are strong, valid arguments but when it comes to actually changing minds, it’s wise to remember that money really does change everything.Related: Education and Employment Is High in Cannabis-Friendly StatesA windfall where the law allows it.The cannabis economy offers ambitious entrepreneurs the chance to flourish in an already competitive environment, but it’s the money governments are bringing in that is really turning heads in many public offices around the country. The NCIA-reported revenue for just five states. The numbers (rounded) from each are:Washington — $441 millionColorado — $234 millionOregon — $68.6 millionAlaska — $6.1 millionNevada — $43.7 millionThat Nevada number is particularly eye-catching because the state only started regulated sales of marijuana in July 2017.For state governments, there is simply nothing else aside from a gargantuan tax increase that can generate that much additional money this fast. Many observers think the potential for a large and reliable new source of marijuana tax revenue will push more states to legalize, just as New Hampshire’s legalization of a state lottery in 1964 prompted most other states to eventually follow suit. There are currenly just six states — Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah — without a state lottery. Related: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Dr. Quinn Medicinal Marijuana Woman’ Spoof Is HilariousEstimates of potential marijuana tax revenue has energized the push for legalization in other states.This talk heated up especially in Illinois last year, with even the Chicago Tribune weighing in that legalizing marijuana could help solve the state’s intractable budget problems. Voters will get a chance to approve recreational marijuana sales in November. However, it’s just an “advisory” ballot question. State lawmakers would still need to act. But a majority “yes” vote on legal adult-use cannabis would give lawmakers on the fence the political cover they need to move forward on legalization.Late last year, the Pennsylvania auditor general also advocated legalized marijuana to solve that state’s budget crisis, conservatively estimating $200 million in new revenue.Legalizing and taxing adult-use recreational marijuana is an increasingly viable option for states. The biggest barrier, as always, is lawmakers and state executives who led these states into a budget crisis in the first place. Voters who remember the promise of those who promoted state lotteries also might be skeptical about what marijuana tax dollars can accomplish.That said, for embattled state leaders, legalizing adult-use marijuana is a path more and more are willing to take — or at least seriously consider.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. –shares dispensaries.com Legal Marijuana Listen Nowlast_img read more

SureDone Enhances Automation Engine to Support Marketplaces and Complex Integrations

first_imgUpdated E-Commerce Automation System now Supports Newegg, Rakuten, WebShopManager, ShipHero, Informed Repricer and moreSureDone, a leading multichannel e-commerce listing and order management platform that improves the efficiency and automates the online commerce of brands, enterprises and growing e-commerce sellers, has enhanced its advanced Automation Engine to support complex connection types and integration workflows required by partner APIs. Initial implementations leveraging these powerful enhancements include integrations with Rakuten and Newegg marketplaces, ShipHero 3PL and logistics, WebShopManager storefronts and Informed repricing.“Our mission for automating commerce everywhere is one step closer by abstracting automation with virtually any type of connection and data integration with SureDone,” said Jason Nadaf, Founder and CEO of SureDone. “Our enhanced automation engine capabilities are unparalleled in the ecommerce industry and allow us to pass through the value of quick integration to marketplaces and logistics tools to our users, customers and strategic partners.”SureDone’s Automation Engine is an advanced purpose built commerce data and system connector that lets connection types and field variables be defined through configuration files. The data can be imported and exported to and from SureDone to facilitate product listing, inventory management, orders, ship tracking and other logistical requirements.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersTo support marketplace integrations with NewEgg and Rakuten and repricing with Informed, the new capabilities include the ability to make and process multiple sequential requests for feed and job based systems. To support leveraging the 3PL fulfillment network offered via ShipHero, upgrades were introduced to support line item shipping and enhanced JSON support.“Companies needing access to niche marketplaces that no other multichannel solution supports can now leverage SureDone’s multichannel e-commerce management software using these market leading enhancements,” said Chris Labatt-Simon, Executive Vice President at SureDone. “Imagine your efficiency when you are able to consolidate listing, inventory management, order management and logistics for all channels and systems. It’s now here with SureDone.”Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional SubscribersSureDone’s Automation Engine currently supports FTP, SFTP, FTPS, S3, HTTP (API, SOAP, JSON and websites) and EMail connection types, and CSV, XML, JSON, XLS, XLSX, HTML, Text, PDF and several other formats and connections, in addition to EDI over sFTP with AS2 coming soon. The SureDone advanced Automation Engine is being constantly enhanced to support new capabilities and use cases.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts Marketplace SureDone Enhances Automation Engine to Support Marketplaces and Complex Integrations MTS Staff WriterJune 25, 2019, 8:15 pmJune 25, 2019 advanced Automation Enginee-commerce listingJason NadafMarketing Technology NewsNewsorder management platformSureDone Previous ArticleNative Mobile Apps Market Expanding Massively by 2020Next ArticleMonetate Exceeds $2 Billion in Influenced Revenue and Unveils New Brand Identity and Leadership at Cannes Lions 2019last_img read more

TCALM Phase 2 clinical study results offer hope for essential tremor patients

first_img Source:http://www.cavionpharma.com/ The TETRAS Activities of Daily Living (TETRAS-ADL) scale, a measure of tremor impact on daily activities (p=0.049) The Clinician Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I), a measurement of physician-reported global improvement (p=0.001) The TETRAS Total Score (TETRAS ADL + TETRAS-PS rated by the study Investigators, p=0.029) The Goal Attainment Scale (GAS), a measure of progress toward patient-selected goals (such as dressing oneself, writing a sentence, or drinking out of a cup) (p=0.034) Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 7 2018Cavion, Inc., a leading clinical stage biotechnology company committed to developing novel therapeutics for people with neurological diseases, today announced promising results of the T-CALM Phase 2 clinical trial of its first-in-class T-type calcium channel modulator CX-8998 in essential tremor. The company plans to present results from this proof-of-concept study as a late-breaking poster on Monday, October 8 at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Hong Kong.Multiple secondary and exploratory endpoints collectively showed that treatment with CX-8998 10mg twice daily resulted in statistically significant improvement versus placebo in activities of daily living and patient-reported and clinical outcome measures, despite the study’s primary endpoint being missed. In the study, CX-8998 demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile, with patients in the drug treatment arm reporting higher levels of satisfaction with tremor control medication compared to patients on placebo.”After decades without new effective drug therapy options, we believe that the neurostabilizing effects of CX-8998 provide hope for essential tremor patients,” said Spyros Papapetropoulos, MD, PhD, Cavion’s Executive Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer. “The data are particularly compelling given that about two-thirds of patients in the study were on standard of care treatment and significant improvement was achieved with CX-8998 on several measures in a study lasting just one month.””Essential tremor is a challenge to treat, and patients often do not respond favorably to the existing medications, many of which have been available for decades,” said Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Cavion’s CX-8998 has a novel mechanism of action that may provide substantive improvement, and it could be an important therapeutic contribution above and beyond what we currently have for essential tremor. I look forward to its clinical progress and further investigation. Better medications are needed to treat this common and disabling movement disorder.”T-CALM was a 28-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial in 95 patients with moderate to severe essential tremor, conducted at 25 sites across the United States. Patients were randomized to receive either placebo or CX-8998 titrated up to 10mg dosed twice daily (BID). A majority of subjects (64 percent) added study drug to their existing standard of care anti-tremor medication.The primary study endpoint using remote video rating of the Tremor Research Group Essential Tremor Rating Assessment Scale – Performance Subscale (TETRAS-PS), a measure of tremor severity, did not meet significance at Day 28 (p=0.696). In contrast, the same TETRAS-PS scale rated by the study investigators who observed the patients in person resulted in a significant improvement in tremor severity at Day 28 for the CX-8998 treated group compared to placebo (p=0.027). Independent analysis of the video rating process uncovered unexpected complications in implementation. Cavion is working closely with the scientific community to enhance central video rating for use in interventional studies.Related StoriesOxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins in Parkinson’s diseaseOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearchers challenge conventional understanding of cause of Parkinson’sMultiple secondary and exploratory endpoints collectively showed statistical significance, with benefits after 28 days of treatment in patients receiving CX-8998 10mg twice daily (BID) compared to placebo in the following scales:center_img In addition, the Patient Global Impression of Change (PGI-C), a measure of patient-reported improvement, trended towards significance favoring CX-8998 (p=0.089). Kinesia One, an algorithm-based digital measure developed for Parkinson’s disease, failed to detect a treatment difference in Essential Tremor patients. Additional analyses, including patient satisfaction with control by anti-tremor medication and traditional and digital spirography, support a treatment benefit with CX-8998. The drug showed a favorable safety and tolerability profile, with the majority of adverse events mild to moderate, transient and non-recurring. No major differences between CX-8998 and placebo were observed in laboratory values, vital signs or electrocardiography.In addition to the T-CALM study for essential tremor, CX-8998 is currently being studied in T-WAVE, a multi-center Phase 2 clinical trial for generalized epilepsy with absence seizures. “The body of evidence supporting our ground-breaking approach is rapidly expanding,” said Andrew Krouse, President and CEO of Cavion. “Our pipeline of T-type calcium channel therapies extends beyond tremor to other neurological diseases that share a common pathophysiology. We look forward to initiating a Phase 3 study in tremor soon.”​last_img read more

Worryingly long wait for NHS cancer patients

first_imgJanuary 2019 marks five years since the 62-day cancer target was first missed and, despite the best efforts of hard working NHS staff, more than 127,000 people have been left waiting too long to start vital treatment throughout that time.” Dr  Fran Woodard, Macmillan Cancer Support The backlog of patients waiting to start treatment continues to grow. There are now over 100,000 more patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment when compared with the same time last year.”Professor Derek Alderson, President, Royal College of Surgeons. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 20 2019Around a fourth of NHS cancer patients have to wait a worryingly long amount of time to start treatment, according to a new NHS England report.The new figures reveal that the health service has not been meeting targets of on-time health care delivery to cancer patients for over 1000 days. Similar figures have emerged from the A&E department performance.For patients diagnosed with cancer, the UK government recommends that treatment should begin within 62 days. At least 85 percent of the patients should be seen during this time. January figures, however, reveal that only 76.2 percent of the patients are seen within this time frame. Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth in a statement said, “Today’s statistics will do little to allay frontline concerns that targets will be changed not on the basis of clinical consensus, but because of political pressure from Tory ministers.” He called the situation “shameful”. A spokeswoman from the NHS said, “More people than ever before are coming forward for cancer checks, with a quarter of a million more people getting checked for cancer this year and thousands more being treated within the two-month target. NHS England is investing an additional £10m this year to treat extra people and the NHS Long Term Plan sets out a range of ambitious measures to catch more cancers earlier, which will save thousands of lives every year.”Waiting time has not been looking good for the A&E department as well says the report. Only 84.2 percent of the patients are seen within the four hour target time. The recommended numbers of 95 percent have not been met since July 2015, says the report.Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskLiving with advanced breast cancerAn NHS spokeswoman said to this, “Despite significant increases in demand, almost a quarter of a million more people have been seen and treated within four hours in A&E this winter compared to last year. Ambulance services are responding to life threatening calls faster, with fewer ambulance handover delays at A&E, and significantly more people have got the support they needed to avoid a long stay in hospital.”The Royal College of Surgeons has issued a statement saying that 227,569 patients are kept waiting for over six months for a planned procedure. At present 4.16 million people are waiting to start on their treatment says the report.last_img read more

LA to become first in US to install subway body scanners

first_img Citation: LA to become first in US to install subway body scanners (2018, August 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-la-subway-body-scanners.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system In this Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 file photo ThruVision suicide vest-detection technology reveals an suspicious object on a man, at left, during a Transportation Security Administration demonstration in New York’s Penn Station. Los Angeles is poised to have the first mass transit system in the U.S. with body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives. Officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration have scheduled a Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, news conference. The TSA has been working on the experimental devices, known as standoff explosive detection units, since 2004 with transit agencies. They hadn’t been deployed permanently at any transit hub. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,File)center_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration had been testing several different types of body scanners for about a year.The scanners that are being deployed are portable, and project waves to do a full-body screening of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down.The machines, which scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious items from 30 feet (9 meters) away and have the capability of scanning more than 2,000 passengers per hour, said Brian Haas, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.The TSA tested body scanners in New York’s Penn Station in February and has also conducted tests at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and at a New Jersey Transit station during the 2014 Super Bowl.In December, a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself by setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a subway passageway near Times Square in New York City.Metro has previously tested several different types of body scanners, including airport-style screening systems where passengers walk through a scanner. The pilot program was meant to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines.About 150,000 passengers ride on Metro’s Red Line daily and the subway system counted more than 112 million rides last year. The Los Angeles subway system will become the first in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.last_img read more

Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

first_img © 2018 AFP Google reforms sexual misconduct rules Citation: Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims (2018, November 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-sexual-misconduct.html Explore further The change of workplace rules at the world’s leading social network will allow complaints of such improprieties to be aired openly in court.”Today, we are publishing our updated Workplace Relationships policy and amending our arbitration agreements to make arbitration a choice rather than a requirement in sexual harassment claims,” Facebook corporate media relations director Anthony Harrison told AFP.”Sexual harassment is something that we take very seriously and there is no place for it at Facebook.”The Silicon Valley-based internet firm’s policy about workers dating one another was also modified to require executives of director level or higher to tell the human resources department when they are dating another employee at the company.Google on Thursday outlined changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints, hoping to calm outrage that triggered a worldwide walkout of workers last week.Arbitration of harassment claims at Google will be optional instead of obligatory, according to chief executive Sundar Pichai, a move that could end anonymous settlements that fail to identify those accused of harassment.”Google has never required confidentiality in the arbitration process and it still may be the best path for a number of reasons (e.g. personal privacy, predictability of process), but, we recognize that the choice should be up to you,” Pichai said in a memo shared with AFP.Pichai promised that Google will be more transparent with how concerns are handled, and provide better support and care to those who raise such issues with the company.A section of an internal “Investigations Report” will show numbers of substantiated sexual harassment concerns as well as trends and disciplinary actions, according to the California-based company.He also said Google is consolidating the complaint system and that the process for handling concerns will include providing support personnel and counselors.Google will update its mandatory sexual harassment training, and require it annually instead of every two years as had been the case.center_img Facebook on Friday said it will no longer require employees to resolve sexual harassment claims via arbitration, mirroring a move by Google. A change of Facebook workplace rules will allow sexual harassment compalints to be aired openly in court This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more