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All children immunised in Bengal, says CM as World Immunisation Week starts


first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of the first day of the World Immunisation Week on Wednesday, said that all the children in the state have been fully immunised.Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said: “#WorldImmunisationWeek begins today. I am very proud to share with you all that 100% children in #Bangla are fully immunised. My best wishes to all.” It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, has done a great deal of work in building better infrastructure so that mothers and children get the best quality treatment in state-run hospitals and health centres in the city as well as the districts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChildren in far-flung areas had often been suffering from malnutrition as there were no awareness programmes previously. Due to the relentless efforts initiated by the district administration, the people in the districts are now becoming aware about various factors. Awareness is being spread among conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers in the districts, particularly in the rural areas, thanks to the initiatives of the state government that appears determined to bring down Bengal’s rate of underweight children. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe district programme officers under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are providing supplementary nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and for their children up to six years. The nutritional support is being given in order to counter calorie and protein related malnourishment. The officials of the Health department in the districts are successfully making people understand the importance of breastfeeding newborns till they attain six months of age and the importance of the mother’s first milk. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government has reduced the infant mortality rate to 25 against 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate to 101 against 1,00,000 live births. In the remote areas, ‘delivery huts’ have been set up so that expectant mothers can be provided treatment, care and other facilities completely free of costs, before being delivered to a nearby hospital. Prodded by the Chief Minister, the state Health department has also set up mother child hubs at various state government hospitals in the state, which are dedicated for the treatment of mothers and their children.last_img read more


Seven judge bench to consider FR against Pujith Hemasiri


A seven judge bench is to consider the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.The petition was filed accusing them of failing in their duties to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya today decided to appoint a seven judge bench to consider the case. (Colombo Gazette)


Second weekend in EHF CL 912


Nine wins of home team, only one draw in the Danish Aalborg and two good performance by the visitors, that was the second weekend of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/2015.GROUP A:THW Kiel : NAturhouse La Rioja 34:32 (20:16)Meškov Brest‒ Metalurg 28:24PSG ‒ PPD Zagreb 27:22GROUP BBarcelona ‒ Wisla Plock 30:25Bešiktaš ‒ Kolding 24:33Flensburg ‒ Alingsas 31:21GROUP CVardar – Čehovski Medvedi 39:28 (24:12)Veszprem ‒ Rhein Neckar Löwen 27:24 (10:11)Montpellier ‒ Celje PL 30:25GROUP DVive Tauron Kielce ‒ Pick Szeged 37:32Motor Zaporožje ‒ Dunkerque 21:23Aalborg ‒ Kadetten Schaffhausen 23:23 EHF CL ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barcelona and KIF Kolding notch second wins Next Story → EHF CL ROUND 2 – BEST 7: Second nomination for Alex Dujshebaev


Chinas demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter


first_img 14,746 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 25th 2017, 4:00 PM 25 Comments Image: Shutterstock/meunierd Sotho men in small village in Lesotho, Africa. Image: Shutterstock/meunierd UNDER A CLOUDLESS sky in South Africa’s northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine.The gelatin found in the animals’ skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade.Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses.Around Mogosani village, in South Africa’s North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens.Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are found nearby.“The thieves are after the skins,” donkey keeper George Sising told AFP.“We never used to have this problem, donkeys here used to roam free, but now people are afraid of what might happen.”Like many of the village’s poor and unemployed, Sising, 65, relies on the animals to make a living, using a donkey-drawn cart to collect recycling material, firewood and sand for sale.The donkey-hide gelatin has no commercial value in Africa but is highly sought after in China as an ingredient for traditional medicine to treat health problems such as anaemia and menopause-linked ailments.Hooves also contain gelatin, while the meat, consumed in parts of China, is believed to be more nutritious than beef and is enjoyed in burgers or stewed.‘Our animals ‘ Source: Nariman El-Mofty/PA Images“Many people here don’t eat donkey meat, they are just our animals,” said Sising.The gelatin, known in China as ejiao, is dissolved into hot beverages, or mixed with nuts and seeds as a snack.The industry is said to be worth millions of dollars and China is increasingly looking to Africa to satisfy demand after its own donkey population dropped sharply.Donkey numbers in China have nearly halved from 11 million in the 1990s to six million in 2013, according to the country’s national animal husbandry yearbook.“Jobs are scarce here, and donkeys are our source of income, if you own donkeys you can work for yourself,” said Ikgopeleng Tsietsoane, 25, another Mogosani donkey owner.In October, six of his nine animals were stolen and the perpetrators never found.“The theft is taking away our livelihood. If nothing is done, this village will soon have no donkeys left,” he said, adding his family had begun keeping the animals in 1991.He said the long-eared creatures were normally bought or sold for 400 rand (€29), but the price had surged to up to 2,000 rand.Tsietsoane was adamant that he would never let go of his remaining three animals.Two months ago, police in Johannesburg uncovered a storage container with more than 5,000 donkey hides, in what was described as the biggest bust so far.The collection is believed to have come from across the country and police have made several large finds in the city this year, suggesting a growing trend.“In one instance, donkey skins were found inside the yard of a tavern owned by a Chinese man,” said North West province police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone.After the police busts prompted a public outcry, the Chinese embassy in January issued a statement insisting no formal trade existed with South Africa. “There is no Chinese company importing donkey skins from South Africa through legal channel(s),” it stated.But plans revealed in September to formalise the trade between North West province – believed to have the country’s biggest donkey population – and China’s Henan region may change that.Donkey prices shot up after the announcement.‘A cruel death’ Source: Shutterstock/Villiers Steyn“The aim was to create commercial opportunities for people in rural areas who own these animals,” said Patrick Leteane, director general at the North West provincial government’s agriculture department.“We wanted to unlock a whole value chain that would involve breeding, feedlots, slaughtering and export,” he said.China produces 5,000 tons of ejiao each year, requiring some four million hides, according to the China Daily.Speaking to AFP, Kabelo Nkoane, of the Highveld Horsecare Unit, said the animal welfare group’s staff began noticing donkey killings two years ago and now discover piles of donkey hides and meat in backyard slaughterhouses at least four times a week.“The animals are killed in a very cruel manner, bludgeoned in the head with a hammer or stabbed,” said Nkoane.“They are then skinned and, according to our sources, their skins taken to China, where they harvest the gelatin used in medicines.“If nothing is done, we might find ourselves with a similar situation to the rhino poaching crisis in the country.”South Africa’s landlocked neighbour, Botswana, currently legally exports donkey meat to China, as does Kenya, and Namibia is in the process of setting up an abattoir to service the Chinese market.But formalising the trade has not stopped illegal, cruel killings.After facing an unsustainable donkey slaughter, Burkina Faso last year announced a ban on the export of donkey meat and skins to Asia.© – AFP 2017Read: Bodies of five tigers with missing organs found in Vietnamese man’s freezerRead: The sea turtle who swallowed almost 1,000 coins has diedcenter_img Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 4:00 PM Sotho men in small village in Lesotho, Africa. 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Finance minister wanted


first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras is due to meet the leaders of the other two parties in his coalition government on Tuesday to discuss who could fill the role of finance minister after National Bank President Vassilis Rapanos turned down the position on Monday for health and political reasons.Rapanos upset the government’s plans when he wrote to Samaras Monday to declare that he is not well enough to become finance minister. The banker was hospitalized after complaining of stomach pains and dizziness on Friday. He was still undergoing tests on Monday.“The recent incident that led me to being hospitalized indicated that my health problem has not been overcome,” Rapanos said in his letter. “Following discussions that I had with my doctors, I have concluded that the condition of my health, for the time being, is not what it should be in order to fulfill my duties adequately.”Samaras responded by accepting Rapanos’s decision and wishing him a quick recovery. Sources said the prime minister had suspected since Saturday the would-be finance minister would reject the role. It appears that beyond his health problems, Rapanos had serious concerns about the cabinet named by Samaras.Sources said that Rapanos had expected technocrats like caretaker Development Minister Yiannis Stournaras and ex-Interior Minister Tasos Yiannitsis to hold ministerial positions and the banker’s own choices to be appointed as deputy ministers in his department. Rapanos is also thought to have been alarmed by the content of the coalition’s policy program, which was made public on Saturday. He felt the proposals would have made achieving the country’s fiscal targets more difficult and would have been challenged by Greece’s creditors.The post is currently held by caretaker Giorgos Zannias. One option open to Samaras is to keep the experienced Zannias in the position for the time being. Yiannitsis and Stournaras were also linked to the role on Monday but the former is thought not to be interested. As things stand, Zannias will accompany President Karolos Papoulias to the European Union leaders’ summit on Thursday, so a new finance minister will not be sworn in until Saturday at the earliest.PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis, who Samaras will meet at his home Tuesday, held talks Monday and decided not to travel to Brussels this week. Instead, they agreed to wait until Samaras recovers from eye surgery to fly there together.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Yelp le moteur de recherche locale communautaire lancé en France


first_imgYelp : le moteur de recherche locale communautaire lancé en FranceFrance – Jusqu’ici réservé aux internautes anglophones, Yelp, un site de recherche locale communautaire permettant aux internautes de partager leur avis sur toutes sortes de lieux, vient d’être lancé en France. La version française de Yelp est la première version non anglophone du site qui rencontre un succès fou aux États-Unis. Yelp permet aux consommateurs de noter et donner leur avis sur les commerces de proximité, les établissements publics ou encore les services professionnels.Lancé en 2004 aux États-Unis, puis étendu à l’Angleterre, au Canada et à l’Irlande, le site offre certaines fonctionnalités de réseau social telle que la possibilité d’ajouter des utilisateurs à sa liste d’amis. Une version mobile, qui n’existe pour l’instant qu’en anglais, est également disponible pour les smartphones Android, BlackBerry, iPhone et Palm Pre. “Mesdames et Messieurs, Yelp débarque en Europe ! Dotée de fortes traditions culinaires, artistiques et culturelles, la France était un choix naturel pour le lancement de notre premier site non anglophone” explique sur son blog Jeremy Stoppelman, le PDG de Yelp. La version française de Yelp permet aux internautes de partager leurs bonnes adresses dans neuf grandes villes françaises dont Paris, Marseille, Lyon et Lille. Mais pour l’instant, seuls les internautes parisiens ont commencé à partager leurs avis. Le 6 mai 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


LiPhone recule en France et en Allemagne


first_imgL’iPhone recule en France et en AllemagneSi l’iPhone 4S est toujours un vrai succès mondial, les parts de marché du téléphone d’Apple dégringolent en Europe, notamment en France et en Allemagne. Sans surprise, la concurrence d’Android est passée par là.Dans le monde, l’iPhone ne s’est jamais aussi bien vendu. Malgré un appareil simplement mis à jour techniquement, l’iPhone 4S est en passe de battre le record de ventes de ses prédécesseurs. Pourtant, en terme de parts de marché, la situation est tout autre. Apple subit de plein fouet la concurrence des appareils équipés d’Android et perd 9% du marché en un an en France et 5% en Allemagne, selon une étude de Kantar Worldpanel ComTech et relayée par Reuters.À lire aussiLe jour du dépassement, c’est quoi exactement ?Sur les trois derniers mois de l’année, la part de l’iPhone est passée à 20% contre 29% un an auparavant. De son côté, Android creuse le fossé en détenant aujourd’hui pour un pays comme l’Allemagne, 61% de part de marché. Un succès incontestable qui doit beaucoup à la diversification de ses appareils et la politique tarifaire très agressive des terminaux et aussi à la crise économique qui a amené beaucoup de consommateurs vers ces appareils plus accessibles, là où l’iPhone reste ciblé comme smartphone de luxe.Par contre, dans les pays anglo-saxons, l’iPhone est un vrai succès. En Grande-Bretagne, il est passé en un an de 21,4% à 30,9%, idem pour les États-Unis avec une progression de 11%, passant de 25% à 36% sur la même période.De toute façon, Apple n’a aucun souci à se faire, son but n’ayant jamais été d’être leader sur le marché mais d’augmenter ses revenus avec la vente matérielle et les revenus moyens sur la vie du téléphone comme les applications et les services. De plus, le cabinet d’analyses Susquehanna estime à 30 millions le nombre d’iPhone vendus au quatrième trimestre 2011 et à 111 millions durant l’année fiscale 2012. Le 26 décembre 2011 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


State Patrol examines policy after mans body not found for 3 days


first_imgThe Washington State Patrol is re-evaluating its procedures after a trooper responded to what appeared to be an abandoned minor collision but was actually a fatal crash scene. The victim of the fatal crash was not found initially.The ordeal led the family of Travis Williams, a 43-year-old man from Ridgefield, to search the area and find his body three days after the fact.“We don’t want to be in this situation ever again,” State Patrol spokesman Trooper Will Finn said.A trooper was patrolling the area of Interstate 5 northbound near state Highway 14 about 2 a.m. Aug. 15 when he saw what appeared to be someone walking with a flashlight south of him.When the trooper got to the area, he found a motorcycle leaning against the jersey barrier. The motorcycle had minor damage, but the trooper saw no evidence of a major crash and thought the driver had walked away in the time it had taken the trooper to get to the scene, Finn said.last_img read more


City Council sides with unions backs effort to strike Prop B from


first_img June 10, 2019 Updated: 10:18 PM I look forward to supporting those willing to continue to fight to keep pension reform the law in San Diego. 4/4 cc— Chris Cate (@chrisjcate) June 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in closed session Monday to join a coalition of four local labor unions in their effort to strip 2012’s Proposition B pension reform initiative from the city charter.The group of labor unions, headed by the Municipal Employees Association, which represents city workers, intend to begin a quo warranto process to have the initiative struck from the charter. Because the council cannot override the voters’ approval of Proposition B, only a court or a second vote on an upcoming ballot can remove the initiative.The process is likely to begin at a lower court level, assuming an approval by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who must sign off on the city and unions’ quo warranto request. The initiative’s backers, which include Mayor Kevin Faulconer, could also continue the legal fight to keep it in the charter, launching another lengthy process of appeals up through the court system.The state Supreme Court ruled last year that Proposition B was placed on the ballot by then-Mayor Jerry Sanders and not simply a coalition of voters, making it subject to state labor laws. Sanders violated state law by avoiding negotiations with local unions while drafting the initiative, which is required under the 1968 Meyers-Milias-Brown Act when an initiative affects the benefits of union workers, the state’s high court found.Proposition B’s supporters, including the city at that time, filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take the case, leaving the state court’s ruling in place.“Yes, 150,000 voters said `yes’ on Prop. B and another 80,000 said `no,’ so you have 234,000 people who said anything about Prop. B,” MEA attorney Ann Smith told the council. “You, on the other hand, have 1.4 million residents in this city to serve and you have to care about what is in their best interest; that’s your job.”A state appellate court also ruled earlier this year that the city is required to give back pay to the roughly 4,000 city employees who have been hired since 2012 and would have otherwise received a pension. However, that cannot be done until the initiative’s rules governing pensions are off the books.About two-thirds of San Diego voters approved Proposition B in 2012. Then-City Council members Carl DeMaio and Faulconer backed the initiative and have continued to do so despite the state Supreme Court ruling. Supporters have argued the initiative is not subject to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act because it is not applicable to citizens’ initiatives.“The council’s vote today to invalidate Prop. B goes far beyond what any court — including the Supreme Court — has ordered the city to do,” City Councilman Mark Kersey said in a Twitter post. “We have the ability to make whole the affected employees without overturning the will of a near super- majority of voters in 2012.”The six Democrats on the technically nonpartisan council voted to back the unions in the quo warranto request while Republican City Council members Chris Cate and Scott Sherman and Kersey, an independent, voted against it. Cities up and down the state are grappling with unsustainable pension benefits, having to either cut benefits for retirees or increase taxes on their residents to make payments. 2/4 cc— Chris Cate (@chrisjcate) June 10, 2019center_img City Council sides with unions, backs effort to strike Prop. B from charter Posted: June 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

AAA Average price of gas in Washington falls to 298


first_imgThe AAA auto club says the average price of gasoline in Washington has fallen below $3 a gallon — to $2.98. That’s down 8 cents in a week and 13 cents in a month, but it’s 31 cents higher than the national average. In Vancouver the average is $2.91Some metro prices from the AAA’s Monday survey: Bellingham $3.01, Bremerton $2.91, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.06, Tacoma $2.97, Olympia $2.99, Yakima $2.92, Tri-Cities $2.89, Spokane $2.82. The average price in Oregon has fallen to $2.93, also down 8 cents for the week and 15 cents in a month.last_img


Turnpike NB lanes reopen after car fire in South MiamiDade


first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Northbound lanes along the Florida Turnpike in South Miami-Dade have reopened after a car fire caused major traffic backups on the highway.Cellphone video sent in to 7News showed the vehicle fully engulfed in flames near the Allapattah Road exit, Sunday afternoon.Firefighters were able to put out the blaze.Traffic cameras showed northbound traffic moving slowly just after 6 p.m.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com. last_img


Two schoolgirls win contest to name two new ferries


first_imgThe winners of Alaska’s “Name The New Ferry” contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallot congratulate ferry-naming winners via Skype (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation)Tuesday’s announcement revealed that one would be the Tazlina and the other the Hubbard.Download AudioMost classrooms don’t get this kind of call:“I’m Gov. Bill Walker and I’m Byron Mallott, Lt. Gov. And we have an important announcement today that we wanted to share with you. And we’re looking for a young lady named Malea Voran. Is she there?”Malea Voran was there, at the school in Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.During the Skype video call, Walker explained that her essay about the Tazlina Glacier was a winner in a statewide competition.“You did a very nice job, a very nice report,” Walker said. “And we have selected you as the recipient of one of the two names for the two ships.”All ferries are named after glaciers. In an interview with KDLG in Dillingham, the seventh-grader read the first paragraph of her essay.“The Tazlina … I will be riding on the Tazlina,” Voran said.The name means “swift river’ in Ahtna Athabaskan.The other winner is 10th grader Taylor Thompson of Eagle River, who proposed the name Hubbard. That glacier is near Yakutat, Mallott’s home town. It’s famous for advancing, often rapidly, while most other glaciers are retreating.She also got a call from the governor.“I was looking at the list of all the glaciers in Alaska and there’s a lot,” Thompson said. “That one was a really nice name. I started looking at the glacier and decided it was really nice, so I decided to write my essay about it.”That essay said the glacier, quote, “surpasses all others in its beauty and magnificence. A ferry named after it would surely do the same.”The governor said the name represents growth, and his administration is trying to grow Alaska’s economy. The lieutenant governor noted the Hubbard is the world’s largest non-polar tidewater glacier, which ties into Alaska’s size.The two essays were chosen from about 450 submitted by Alaska students.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow was one of the judges. He said it was a hard choice.“The name was part of the consideration,” Woodrow said. “But you really had to put the best and most well-written essays forward.”He says one of the more popular names suggested was Margerie, in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.The two new state ferries are under construction at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. They’re due to be completed in 2018.They’re slated to sail Northern Lynn Canal, between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.last_img read more


Crude oil falls after US growth figures disappoint


first_imgCrude futures dropped in Asian trading on Friday after the release of a report showing that U.S. economic growth had slowed sharply, reinforcing concerns about sluggish demand in a world awash with oil.U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the third quarter as businesses cut back on restocking warehouses to work off an inventory glut, data showed.Both of the main crude benchmarks are on track to post their first weekly gains in three weeks, but with oil still being added to inventories, prices are likely to be rangebound in the coming weeks, traders and analysts said.U.S. crude was down 45 cents at $45.89 a barrel at 0739 GMT. The benchmark is on track to post a gain of 2.4 percent this week.Brent crude fell 32 cents to $48.48 a barrel and is heading for an increase of 1 percent this week.The sluggish U.S. growth figures and weak home sales numbers have tempered the market’s positive reaction to government figures earlier in the week showing oil stockpiles last week had increased by 3.4 million barrels, which was below the estimate from an industry group.That had sent prices sharply higher with U.S. crude rallying nearly $3 a barrel.”Clearly China demand is a key question for energy markets at the moment. With the manufacturing PMI due Monday I wouldn’t expect anyone to getting too carried away,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.The 50 percent slide in oil prices since last year is gradually pushing the oil industry into the red with little relief in sight.last_img read more


Celebrating different cultures through art


first_imgWith the world shrinking fast, cultural boundaries are vanishing and festivals have become global! An online art exhibition When worlds collide is a nine-day long display of this blending of cultures. Organised by Touchtalent.com, an online community for art and creativity, the exhibition will focus on the festivals from different regions like Diwali and Halloween. This exhibition would be live from 23 to 31October.Ankit Prasad, co-founder and  CEO? of Touchtalent.com said, ‘This is an impressive opportunity for creative users from across the globe ?to be part of the? exhibition and celebrate world’s two important festivals?.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Touchtalent.com is a community of creative individuals to share appreciate and monetize creativity. Touchtalent has a social reach of 60 millions in over 192 countries. Everyday users from more than 100 countries visit Touchtalent to showcase their creative content.One sees a lot of creativity around these two festivals. In India people love to create and gift paintings, decorate their houses with rangoli etc, while in the west people dress creatively on the occasion of Halloween. The exhibition is an ingenious way of appreciating the diversity of faith. They are looking for entries that can celebrate the colourful and assorted celebrations all over the world.Artists can upload their creative work on www.touchtalent.com with hashtags #Festivals #Halloween or #Diwali before 22 October’. All selected artworks would be displayed in the exhibition.last_img read more


Stay in the stunning penthouse in Birminghams iconic Rotunda tower


first_imgAn icon for BirminghamThe Rotunda is an icon for the city. During World War II, the Luftwaffe devastated Birmingham, as an important industrial city.Inevitably, urban planners went wild during the post-war construction of the 1950s and 60s. Many of the buildings they put up were uninspired and, therefore, unloved.The Rotunda is an exception. Built in 1965, the 81 meter (266ft) tall round tower is one of the best examples of architecture from this period. As a result, it enjoys the second highest building protection status in the UK.The city has, however, given it a new lease of life. In 2008, it was converted from offices into apartments.Staying Cool at the RotundaUnlike some serviced apartments, checking in to the Rotunda is easy – just like a hotel. The receptionists on the ground floor are happy to share advice and give directions, as well as to deal with any problems.Staying Cool has a few different options, but we checked into the two double-bed penthouse apartment.You get an instant ‘wow’ when you step through the door into the penthouse. It’s light, airy and modern. Two ensuite bedrooms are set on either side of a living area, with a good-sized kitchen. And, most of all, every room has a panoramic view of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows.You can make the most of the view by stepping out onto the curved terrace. Make sure you grab a bottle of Prosecco or Champagne before you check in. You’ll want to sit out on the terrace and chink glasses while you watch the sunset over the city.Inside, the kitchen has a great espresso and cappuccino machine, a cooker, microwave and dishwasher. Alongside coffee pods for the machine and milk, you’ll find complimentary cereals and oranges for the juicer.The lounge area boasts a big flatscreen TV, loaded with Sky. Staying Cool also offers free fast wifi. The penthouse offers 1,100 square foot of floor space, including its terrace. So even if there are four of you staying, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out.The spectacular night-time view from the Staying Cool penthouse’s curved terrace at the Rotunda, Birmingham.Sleep wellBoth bedrooms are the same size. A combination of blackout curtains, king-sized beds and soft pillows will ensure you enjoy a great sleep.Again, both rooms enjoy generous-sized bathrooms, with powerful showers, aromatherapy spa products and big, fluffy towels. The Staying Cool penthouse in the Rotunda, Birmingham, is the most central place you can stay in the city. And it’s probably one of the most fun too.Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England, is not on most tourist itineraries of the UK. But it boasts a busy Gay Village, a thriving student population and great shopping. Is this the most relaxing weekend break yet invented? GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) VisitBritain celebrating UK Government’s largest participation in Pride activities in the AmericasMexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017LGBT International Acronym Adds a +Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stay-in-the-stunning-penthouse-in-birminghams-iconic-rotunda-tower/center_img In the morning, you can order an organic, free-range breakfast. But equally, many of the city’s best cafés and restaurants are on your doorstep.Around the RotundaThe Rotunda is easy to find. It’s sandwiched between New Street, the city’s main train station, and The Bullring, it’s top shopping mall.You can enjoy browsing the shops in The Bullring, including the leading fashion chains and a branch of Selfridges. You are also walking distance to The Mailbox, which has a branch of Harvey Nichols and boutique shops.Beyond The Mailbox, you can take a pleasant walk along the canal, to the Gas Street Basin. This is one of the gems of British Industrial Revolution infrastructure. What was once a dirty but buzzing hub of the freight business is now a pleasant marina, with brightly painted narrowboats.Meanwhile, in the Jewellery Quarter, you’ll still find the city’s famous artisans bringing bling into our lives. English Heritage rates the unique, charming district as a ‘national treasure’. And it’s still home to 800 businesses.Birmingham’s LGBTI area, around Hurst Street, offers a friendly and fun night out. It’s also the heart of one of the UK’s best Pride events, Birmingham Pride (Gay Star News is a partner of the event).While you are on Hurst Street, take a look at the National Trust’s ‘back-to-back’ houses. You can book a tour in advance, and learn about the bleak lives of Birmingham’s citizens as the city boomed during the Industrial Revolution. Afterwards, visit the traditional sweet shop, to remind yourself the past had its good side too.Meanwhile, if you love art, you must not miss the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Its famous for the largest public collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world, and many more treasures.Stay like a VIP in BirminghamYou can find out more about the Staying Cool penthouse and other serviced apartments at the Rotunda, Birmingham here.Also on Gay Star NewsHere are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Naked rowers to open gay sports center in Birminghamlast_img read more


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first_imgGeneral Program WinnersSan Joaquin General Hospital (French Camp, Calif.) – Agents of Shielding will train medical and resident staffs in radiation protection when using radiation-producing imaging devices. Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Recipients were judged on their program plan and ability to share best practices for improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and vascular imaging.  IDN Grant WinnerOhioHealth (Columbus, Ohio) – OhioHealth’s Lung Cancer Screening Program will use an OhioHealth Cancer Services video to highlight advantages of comprehensive lung cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, and the importance of smoking cessation. Pediatric Program WinnersMedical City Dallas (Dallas, Texas) – City Scans for Kids will create an interactive website that increases preparation and decreases stress and anxiety prior to radiology procedures. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more In addition to receiving grants, all winning programs will be featured in an AHRA publication. The Putting Patients First program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than $300,000 has been awarded.    Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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For more information: www.ahraonlin.org, www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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.  Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Riddle Hospital (Media, Pa.) – Reducing Radiation Exposure within the Interventional Cardiology Lab will evaluate current protocols and implement new techniques involving shielding, time of exposure and positioning during procedures. 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | January 29, 2014 AHRA, Toshiba Announce 2013 Putting Patients First Grant Recipients Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (Baton Rouge, La.) – Reducing Cervical Spine Imaging in Pediatric Trauma Patients less than Age 11 will use a research-supported pediatric cervical spine clearance protocol to reduce radiation exposure in children younger than 11. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more 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 last_img read more


Google to acquire cloud data migration startup Alooma


first_imgOn Tuesday, Google announced its plans to acquire cloud migration company Alooma, which helps other companies move their data from multiple sources into a single data warehouse. Alooma not only provides services to help with migrating to the cloud but also helps in cleaning up this data and then using it for Artificial Intelligence and machine learning use cases. Google Cloud’s blog states that “ The addition of Alooma, subject to closing conditions, is a natural fit that allows us to offer customers a streamlined, automated migration experience to Google Cloud, and give them access to our full range of database services, from managed open source database offerings to solutions like Cloud Spanner and Cloud Bigtable” The financial details of the deal haven’t been released yet. In early 2016, Alooma raised about $15 million, including an $11.2 million Series A round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Aloomas’ blog states that “Joining Google Cloud will bring us one step closer to delivering a full self-service database migration experience bolstered by the power of their cloud technology, including analytics, security, AI, and machine learning” In a statement to TechCrunch, Google says “Regarding supporting competitors, yes, the existing Alooma product will continue to support other cloud providers. We will only be accepting new customers that are migrating data to Google Cloud Platform, but existing customers will continue to have access to other cloud providers.” This means that, after the deal is closed, Alooma will not accept any new customers who want to migrate data to any competitors–for instance, Amazon’s Azure. Those who use Alooma in combination with AWS, Azure and other non-Google services will likely start looking for other solutions. Read Next Microsoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’ Autodesk acquires PlanGrid for $875 million, to digitize and automate construction workflows GitHub acquires Spectrum, a community-centric conversational platformlast_img read more


Riu Palace Costa Mujeres opens on Mexicos Caribbean coast


first_img Posted by Share Thursday, November 29, 2018 Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, said: “We are delighted to be offering our customers even more resort choices in the latest tropical destinations. The new Riu Palace Costa Mujeres is a great addition to our lineup of top-rated properties in the up and coming and highly sought-after luxury enclave of Playa Mujeres. With direct Sunwing flights available from 19 airports coast to coast, we’re pleased that so many of our customers will be able to take advantage of this new resort this coming winter.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterRiu Palace Costa Mujeres’ dining scene includes the pool restaurant, Tastes, as well as Mexican, Japanese, Italian and fusion cuisine in the themed restaurants Zarape, Japan, Roma and Krystal. TORONTO — RIU Hotels & Resorts’ 19th property in Mexico – and its second in Costa Mujeres – has opened its doors.A year after Riu Dunamar made its debut comes the all-inclusive Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, with 670 rooms, 24-room service and free WiFi throughout the resort.As the exclusive vacation provider of RIU Palace Hotels and Resorts, Sunwing offers exclusive RIU-topia perks at the property including welcome cocktails, unlimited reservation-free dining, spa credits and more, in addition to RIU Palace inclusions such as 24-hour room service, daily champagne breakfasts and poolside wait service, for clients booking their vacation package with the Signature Collection by Sunwing. Tags: Costa Mujeres, Openings & Renovations, RIU Hotels & Resortscenter_img RIU Hotels & Resorts CEO Luis Riu says the layout of Riu Palace Costa Mujeres’ restaurants, bars and square on the upper floors of the complex give guests direct views over the sea, the pools and gardens and the beach. “With this new hotel, we wanted to fulfill a wish expressed by some of our most loyal customers: to have clear views of the Caribbean while they enjoy food and cocktails. To do this, the building has been designed in an innovative way, creating terraces, dining rooms and cozy corners on the first floor to improve our guests’ experience,” he says.The new resort also has five pools (two with swim-up bars) and a reserved area on the beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas. There are also varied entertainment programs for adults, sports activities with RiuFit and art with RiuArt, as well as live shows, a gym and a spa.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America Guests can also take advantage of Pacha nightclub, RiuLand kids’ club and Splash Water World at neighbouring Riu Dunamar.Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, part of the Riu Palace line, is located by the beach of Bahía de Mujeres, a stretch of white sand and crystalline waters about 30 km north of Cancun’s hotel district. Guests can explore the Isla Mujeres turtle conservation centre, the pre-Mayan ruins of El Meco and the archaeological remains found at El Rey.RIU opened its first Mexico resort, Riu Yucatan, in Playa del Carmen in 1997. With this new launch, the hotel chain now offers nearly 11,000 rooms in Mexico, with resorts in Playa del Carmen (6), Cancún (4), Costa Mujeres (2), Los Cabos (2), Riviera Nayarit (3), Mazatlán (1) and Guadalajara (1). Riu Palace Baja California in Los Cabos, will be RIU’s 20th hotel in Mexico. Travelweek Group Riu Palace Costa Mujeres opens on Mexico’s Caribbean coast << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Envoy Mortgage Expands into Homebuilder Market


first_img “”Envoy Mortgage””:http://envoymortgage.com/ is expanding its business with the launch of its new National Builder Division platform.[IMAGE]The independent, full-service mortgage banking firm wants to get in on the resurgence in the homebuilder market segment by offering targeted products and services to meet their specific needs. To that end, Envoy seeks to capitalize on the company’s core strengths to develop relationships with homebuilders and developers across the country.””Everyone knows the economy has been struggling, and that pain was especially felt in the new home construction segment,”” said Suzanne Schakett, SVP of Envoy’s new division. “”Those struggles did not necessarily have to do with homebuilders mishandling their business in any way, but rather with cash flow constraints from the banks and their inability to acquire interim construction financing, among other factors.””Today, however, there is a renewed energy being felt in the industry, and homebuilders are excited for the first time in several years,”” Schakett added.The National Builder Division will partner with large and small homebuilders, using construction market research and expertise to focus on helping clients expand their footprint in new construction communities. Through the new division, Envoy hopes to provide the best and most competitive loan products and to serve as an extension of their clients’ sales teams through on-site coverage, co-branding, and customized solutions to help generate traffic.Schakett said the company wants to avoid offering “”vanilla mortgage products”” and instead wants to help builders get everything they need to sell homes.””With this new platform, Envoy Mortgage is able to effectively leverage all of our tools and resources to help homebuilders and developers ell homes and deliver a best-in-class home buying experience,”” Schakett said. “”It is important that we offer a variety of products to aid builders and their buyers in making their dream of owning a new home a possibility.””Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Envoy Mortgage operates a network of retail branches, offering origination in 47 states. Envoy Mortgage Expands into Homebuilder Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-09 Tory Barringer October 9, 2012 420 Views center_img Share in Origination, Servicinglast_img read more


California Forecast Rising Sales Flattening Prices


first_img Home sales in California are expected to rebound in 2015 following a step backward this year, according to a forecast from the state’s Realtor group.In its 2015 housing market forecast, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) calls for existing-home sales in the state to reach 402,500 next year, an increase of 5.8 percent from 2014’s projected sales figure of 380,500.Even with the increase, home sales are still expected to fall short of last year’s total of 414,300, demonstrating how much California’s market has slowed down in 2014.”Stringent underwriting guidelines and double-digit home price increases over the past two years have significantly impacted housing affordability in California, forcing some buyers to delay their home purchase,” said CAR President Kevin Brown. “However, next year, home price gains will slow, allowing would-be buyers who have been saving for a down payment to be in a better financial position to make a home purchase.”The median home price in the state in 2015 is forecast to rise 5.2 percent to $478,700, less than half the 11.8 percent increase expected for this year. The forecast appreciation rate is the slowest in four years, CAR said, reflecting improvements in housing inventory and investors’ diminishing market presence.The slowdown in price appreciation, coupled with an expected minor increase in mortgage interest rates to an average 4.50 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, are anticipated to help boost sales.”While the Fed will likely end its quantitative easing program by the end of this year, it has had minimal impact on interest rates, which should only inch up slightly and remain low throughout 2015,” said CAR VP and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young, who will present the association’s forecast at the California Realtor Expo this week. “This should help moderate the decline in housing affordability we saw occur over the past two years.”Continuing a trend recorded over the last few years, the San Francisco Bay area is expected to outperform the other regions of the state, owing its growth to a more vigorous job market and tighter supply conditions. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share October 8, 2014 554 Views center_img Forecast Home Prices Home Sales Realtor Association 2014-10-08 Tory Barringer California Forecast: Rising Sales, Flattening Priceslast_img read more