New friendship centre pushed in Montreal

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday night, the Montreal Native Community Development Centre had its inaugural general meeting to present its proposal for the founding of a new Aboriginal community centre.But the project is not without controversy. In order to get funding for their start-up centre, they’ve had to dip into resources that were once set aside for Montreal’s existing Native friendship centre.Does Montreal need two friendship centres? And if so, are there enough resources for both?APTN National News reporter Tom Fennario has this story.last_img read more

Banning Much Loved is a Sovereign Decision Minister

Rabat- Minister of Communications and Spokesperson of the Government Mustapha El Khalfi said banning Nabil Ayouch’s film “Much Loved (Zine li Fik)” from screening in Morocco was a “sovereign decision”. Speaking to news website Al Yaoum24, the Islamist Minister said the ban decision of Nabil Ayouch’s film about prostitution in Marrakech has been taken because “the film undermines the moral values, and dignity of Moroccan woman as well as the image of Morocco.”El Khalfi added that a team from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), the country’s film regulatory body, saw Nabil Ayouch’s film at the Cannes international film festival and therefore it decided not to authorize the release of the film in Morocco. Reacting to the controversy that has been caused by the film even before it hits movie theaters, the PJD Minister said that he is a good follower of the debate taking place on social media platforms, adding that he was surprised by the overwhelming support for the ban decision.Clips from the film containing vulgar language have caused a furor among Moroccans who called for the film to be banned.Nabil Ayouch, the film’s director, has also been accused defaming Moroccan women and tarnishing the country’s image.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Ban encourages all Nigerians to work together to overcome current challenges

Mr. Yar’Adua returned to Nigeria last week after spending some three months in Saudi Arabia, where he was being treated for his ailments. Mr. Jonathan, the country’s Vice-President, was installed as the acting leader in his absence. The Secretary-General continues to follow political developments in Africa’s most populous nation closely, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He recognises the challenges currently confronting the country as it continues to develop its democratic system and encourages Nigeria’s leadership and institutions to work together in the greater national interest, respecting the rule of law and ensuring adherence to the country’s Constitution,” it stated. “The Secretary-General wishes to encourage all Nigerians, their leaders and institutions to continue to support the efforts of Acting President Jonathan and the Government which he leads to help the country overcome its current challenges.” 2 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Nigerians to continue supporting Acting President Goodluck Jonathan – who was chosen to lead the country while President Umaru Yar’Adua recovers from illness – and the Government in overcoming its current challenges. read more

UN warns of climate changes potentially dire impact on food security

31 March 2011The effects of slow-onset climate change are expected to have “potentially catastrophic” impact on food production in developing countries in future, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling for action to mitigate the adverse consequences. “Currently the world is focused on dealing with shorter-term climate impacts caused mainly by extreme weather events,” said Alexander Müller, the FAO Assistant-Director General for Natural Resources, in a submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“This is absolutely necessary, but ‘slow-onset’ impacts are expected to bring deeper changes that challenge the ecosystem services needed for agriculture, with potentially disastrous impacts on food security during the period from 2050 to 2100. Coping with long-term changes after the fact doesn’t make much sense. We must already today support agriculture in the developing world to become more resilient,” said Mr. Müller.In its submission, FAO outlines steps that governments could consider in climate change negotiations to ensure that food security is not threatened. The agency recommends that food security be used as an indicator of vulnerability to climate change, saying that agriculture systems and the ecosystems it depends on are highly sensitive to climate variability and climate change.Changes in temperature, precipitation and related outbreaks of pest and diseases can reduce production, with poor people in countries that depend on food imports particularly vulnerable, according to FAO. “If we’re looking to assess vulnerability to climate change, it makes very good sense to look at food security as one important indicator,” said Müller.FAO suggests that global climate change adaptation mechanisms include greater attention to risks arising from slow-onset impacts of climate change, particularly the effect on food security.A key measure highlighted in the FAO submission is the need to develop staple food varieties that are better adapted to future climatic conditions. Plant genetic material stored in gene banks should be screened with future requirements in mind, and additional plant genetic resources – including those from wild relatives of food crops – should be collected and studied because of the risk that they may disappear, FAO recommends.Climate-adapted crops such varieties of major cereals that are resistant to heat, drought, submergence and salty water, the agency suggests, stressing this should be done in ways that respect breeders’ and farmers’ rights, in accordance with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. read more

Tangalle boat attack suspects remanded

The 12 and 10 year old were handed over to a children’s home while the 6 year old was freed and temporarily handed over to a children;s home. The 14 suspects were arrested in Australia and deported last Saturday after a copy of a court warrant was handed over to INTERPOL.The 14 suspects were wanted over the incident in Tangalle where fishermen on a multi-day fishing trawler were attacked and the trawler was then stolen. The trawler was used by the 14 suspects to head to Australia to seek asylum. Among the 14 suspects arrested after being deported from Australia, was a 12, 10 and 6 year old. The Tangalle Magistrate has remanded 10 of the 14 suspects arrested over the Tangalle trawler attack, the police media unit said today.The police said that another two suspects have been produced before an identification parade. read more

Veyangoda theme park accident claims second life

An accident at a theme park in Veyangoda has claimed a second life, that of a 13 year old child.The mother of the child was killed in the accident yesterday while the 13 year old girl was in hospital in serious condition. The cart in which the mother and child were in which was fixed to a rotating ride known as the octopus had collapsed from mid-air yesterday. A 47 year old woman was killed in the accident while the child was injured.The Police said that six people have been arrested over the accident. (Colombo Gazette) The child succumbed to her injuries today. read more

Vehicle used by actor Ryan Van Rooyen found

The vehicle belongs to Amila Prasanga Hettiarachchi alias “Suranji Sudda” who was also arrested in Dubai.According to reports, the Police had found Kerala Ganja hidden in the vehicle. The Police have found a vehicle used by actor Ryan Van Rooyen who is now in Police custody in Dubai.The vehicle was found in Mirissa and was taken into custody. Ryan Van Rooyen was arrested together with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush in Dubai recently. (Colombo Gazette)

UN agency calls for safeguards to protect fish stocks in developing countries

“Some developing countries with reasonably healthy levels of stocks have, in their search for foreign, external, earnings needed to pay off debts and to stimulate economic growth, entered into fishing agreements which allow foreign fleets into their waters,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. He noted, however, that the studies conducted in collaboration with UNEP in Argentina and Senegal indicated that unless strict safeguards were in place, “this can be a costly mistake.” In Argentina – a “stark” example – exports grew by 478 per cent between 1985 and 1995 as the number of fish caught mushroomed. But the price was high: the quantity of fish caught has, since 1997, “fallen dramatically” as a result of over-exploitation of key stocks, UNEP noted. Between 1997 and 1999, the catch dropped by a quarter and revenues declined during that period by 14 per cent.Negative impacts were also found in Senegal, where trade liberalization “has had a devastating effect on some key stocks, especially those deep-living, coastal species, favoured by European consumers,” UNEP said, warning of a risk that Senegal’s own market supply could face shortages in the near future as fishing efforts shift from locally consumed species to those destined for export.Among other recommendations, the studies propose a range of measures that could be taken to address the situation, including the possible institution of quotas and higher prices for foreign fishing fleets, as well as a suspension of agreements if stocks become seriously depleted. read more

Trump declares emergency as Hawaii braces for hurricane

Satellite image of hurricane Lane (CNN photo)HAWAIIAN OCEAN VIEW, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Lane drenched Hawaii Thursday ahead of its arrival in the island state, prompting US President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency as landslides and flash flooding left roads blocked.The National Weather Service said Lane — located about 200 miles (320 kilometres) south of Hawaii — remained a powerful hurricane, packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, although it was downgraded to category three mid-afternoon local time.The eye was expected to sweep very close to or over the islands, 2,000 miles southwest of the mainland US, sometime later Thursday.Up to 12 inches of rain had already fallen before dawn, according to federal authorities, with 30 inches expected in the worst-hit areas over the coming four to five days.“Someone once told me it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark,” American Red Cross vice-president Brad Kieserman told a news conference in Washington.“That means that readiness is important — readiness to make sure we can fulfil our responsibility and the critical infrastructure lifelines.”Emergency teams have set up 16 evacuation centres, with a further 19 due to open throughout the day, authorities said, as Trump urged Hawaiians to hunker down and prepare for the worst.“Our teams are closely coordinating with the state and local authorities. You are in our thoughts!” Trump tweeted.Brock Long, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said: “We are extremely concerned about the potentials for inland flooding, landslides occurring and damage to the transportation, communications infrastructure.”Residents across the state were stocking up on water, food, gasoline and emergency supplies as Lane drew nearer.“Last couple of days it’s been like this — it’s been busy,” said Chris, an employee at a gas station in Haleiwa, on the north shore of Oahu island — the location of the capital Honolulu.“We have been just constantly getting cars filling up. Everybody is in a panic mode right now — everyone is filling up gas, gas cans, propane cans and all that.”Landslides and flooding caused by the first rainstorm partially blocked several roads on Big Island, according to local media.Sea levels were expected to rise as much as two to four feet above normal tide levels, causing coastal erosion and prompting a storm surge and “large and destructive waves.”United Airlines announced it had cancelled all Friday flights to and from Kahului International Airport on Maui, the second-largest island.Honolulu authorities said they were planning to activate a three-minute island-wide outdoor siren warning system at 4:00 pm to alert the public to the possibility of severe flooding. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStorm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens HawaiiAugust 31, 2016In “World”‘Life-threatening’ Hurricane Florence closes in on US east coastSeptember 13, 2018In “World”Florida braces for lethal floods as hurricane nearsOctober 9, 2018In “World” read more

Man jailed for three months for posting pictures of Grenfell Tower victim

first_imgMan jailed for three months for posting pictures of Grenfell Tower victim He opened a body bag to look inside. Share53 Tweet Email1 Jun 16th 2017, 10:28 PM A 43-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to three months in prison after being found guilty of malicious communications offences.Omega Mwaikambo was arrested after he shared images of what appeared to be a partially-covered man’s body in a body bag.Mwaikambo, of Testerton Walk, W11 pleaded guilty to two counts under s127 of the Communications Act at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.He received six weeks in prison for each count, to run consecutively, making a total of twelve weeks.Mwaikambo was originally arrested near to Latimer Road tube station at around 6pm on Wednesday after he posted images relating to the fire at Grenfell Tower on his Facebook page.He was taken to a west London police station and subsequently charged.Read: Angry protesters storm town hall shouting ‘We want justice’ over London tower block fire> 53 Comments Friday 16 Jun 2017, 10:28 PM By Cliodhna Russell 55,732 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greece seeks Aussie solutions to obesity

first_imgGreek Junior Minister for Health and Social Development, Christos Andonis visited Australia last week while on his way to New Zealand. Mr Andonis whose portfolio includes the areas of sport and nutrition met with his Australian peers in Sydney and Canberra to discuss health and education programs combating obesity. He said he was keen to “borrow ideas on ways to combat obesity which has become a major concern for Greece in recent years.” Many Greeks have abandoned the traditional and healthier Mediterranean diet substituting it for pizza, burgers, sweets and fizzy drinks. At the same time they are eating larger portions of meat and carbohydrates. “Fighting obesity is a major focus for the Papandreou Government” said Mr Andonis from Canberra on Wednesday. “The health costs of treating the effects of obesity will be greatly reduced through preventative programs” the Junior Minister added.Greece’s citizens are now among the fattest in Europe, obesity is becoming a national epidemic at great cost to the national health system according to visiting Greek Junior Minister for Health and Social Development.Approximately 60 percent of the population lives in urban areas, where there are few places to enjoy outdoor activities, while schools cut back on physical education and proffer high calorie snacks at the canteens – the forecast is for a fatter future unless something is done.The International Obesity Task Force last year revealed that 38 percent of Greek women obese or overweight and over 75 percent of Greek men above the age of 30 overweight.Meanwhile, Greek surveys show that 40 percent of Greek children aged between 9 and 18 are overweight, with boys in that age group weighing in at 15 kg heavier than their counterparts of 20 years ago. Mr Andonis’ motivational motto in the fight against obesity is, “Wherever a new gym opens a hospital closes.” Mr Andonis is on his way to New Zealand where he is leading a 30 strong contingent of athletes competing in the Asian Para Games. On more general issues of Greece’s future Mr Adonis expressed “optimism and pride” with the work that the Papandreou government is doing to make the Greek state more transparent and efficient. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

No smileys: Crackdown leaves cellphone-using drivers frowning

first_imgOfficer Ed Michael surprised several drivers Wednesday afternoon, walking up as they were stopped at the intersection of Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast 190th Avenue, near Wal-Mart.He couldn’t help but smile about it.“They’ll drive right up next to me, and not even notice that I’m right there because they’re not paying attention,” he said, after asking one driver to pull into a nearby parking lot to have a chat with another officer.Instead, they all were fiddling with their phones.Michael, from the Battle Ground Police Department, and other officers from around the county contacted 203 drivers that afternoon as part of a statewide traffic enforcement emphasis to combat distracted driving, funded through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.Twelve drivers were ticketed. The fine for cellphone use while driving is $124. The other 191 left with warnings.That day, two plainclothes officers hung out at different ends of Mill Plain, around Southeast 194th Avenue. They’d watch for drivers talking or texting, then radio what they saw to an officer down the street, who’d flag the drivers down at an intersection.Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal police officers participated in Wednesday’s efforts, as well as the Washington State Patrol.“Most people are OK with it,” said Vancouver Sgt. Therese Kubala. “We’ve had a couple people who are really upset by it, but we have to educate them and say, ‘You know, this is the law.’ ”last_img read more


first_imgThe tourism fraternity comprising of the The Gambia Hotel Association, Tourism and Travel Association of the Gambia of small scale Enterprise in Tourism representing the voice of the multitude of tourism operators in the Gambia and are at the forefront of promoting the Gambia, “the smiling coast Africa” as the most sought after tourist destination in Africa.The tourism fraternity commends the way and manner in which the Gambian people have handle the political situation since the outcome of the December  1st election which clearly demonstrates the political maturity and sincerity to democratic values.Tourism is a very sensitive and highly volatile industry that strives on a stable and peaceful political environment. The recent developments with regards to the political situation of the Gambia is of great concern to the Associations as we already beginning to see a decline in the arrival figures and cancellation of booking for this season.Indeed, tourism remains a strong pillar of The Gambia economy, contributing over 20% of GDP while offering gainful employment to tens of thousands of Gambians both directly and indirectly, as well as providing much needed foreign exchange earnings to the banking and other sectors of the economy.The unconditional declaration by the outgoing president to annul the results and deem them null and void id contrary to our cherished democratic values of peace, progress and prosperity.It is therefore important to note that it is only in an atmosphere of prevailing peace and security that the country will realize continued economic growth and development. The Associations are standing in solidarity with civil society organizations in calling for a peaceful handover of power to the president elect Mr. Adama Barrow.We therefore call on President Jammeh to respect the outcome of the elections as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which in the final analysis extols the expression of the will of the Gambian people.We hereby seize this opportunity to inform all visitors, partners, particularly tour operators, public relation and marketing firms that the Gambia remains peaceful and secure for tourism and business generally.last_img read more

Buy the Fluance Ai40 wireless bookshelf speakers get a free Google Home

first_img 0 Review • The Google Home Mini is a worthy competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Google Home Mini Amazon How To • Prime Day 2019 final hours: Best Target deals you can get right now Post a comment News • Google pushes its Assistant in cars with Anker Roav Bolt Tags The Cheapskate See it See It 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. $379 Best Buy $29 Share your voice Fluance What’s better than one Bluetooth speaker? Two of them, of course, linked together for true stereo sound and robust enough to really fill your living room.That leaves out the majority of brick-style speakers, which tend to be small and single — fine for casual listening but not really audiophile-friendly.Which brings us to today’s deal. For a limited time, you can get the Fluance Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers for $200 shipped, a price that includes a free Google Home Mini (in your choice of chalk or charcoal) when you apply discount code FREEMINI at checkout.See it at FluanceAvailable in your choice of three vinyl finishes, the Ai40 feels like a mix of old-school and new: The two speakers are wired together, but they pair with any Bluetooth source (like your phone or tablet). There’s also a set of RCA inputs in case you want to connect something like a stereo or turntable.This isn’t my area of expertise, so I’ll turn you over to CNET’s Steve Guttenberg. His verdict: Sound that’s “almost too good to be true” from a pair of $200 speakers.As for the Google Home Mini, it brings smarts to the equation: Pair it with the Ai40 and ask Google to play your songs, podcasts and all that good stuff. It’s been on sale for $29 fairly consistently for the past couple months, but now it’s back to its regular $49 price. Whatever the current cost, it’s a great freebie.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Dell See It Mentioned Above Google Home Mini (Coral) $29 $29 Wireless & Bluetooth Speakerslast_img read more

Federal Food Stamp Program That Millions Of Texans Rely On Could Undergo

first_img Share Wikimedia commonsMore than three million Texans rely on the federal food stamp program – also known as SNAP.But the program that helps feed low-income Americans could be going through some major changes in the near future if a bill before Congress right now passes.Rachel Cooper is a policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities.“The new bill would mean that we push the work requirements up from 49 to 59. So that’s a new group of older workers who would have to maintain their twenty hours at minimum a week,” Cooper explained.The bill would kick about 125 thousand Texans out of the program. last_img read more

5 fabulous European Prides you need to check out this weekend

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- List of LGBTQ Pride events: Much of the world celebrates, some are not allowedParis rainbow crosswalk vandalized for the second time in a few daysThese 31 pictures of Sitges Pride are smoking hotRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Pride month might be about to finish, but European Prides are still alive and kicking. Milan Pride in northern Italy | Photo: Alice Redaelli Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The march will kick off at 13:00 in the Grønland area, finishing at Pride Park, the annual Pride village with food, drinks, and entertainment which will be open until midnight.Paris Pride Parade | Photo: Jeanne Menjoulet Flickr4. Paris Marche des FiertésOne of the biggest European prides, Paris Marche des Fiertés will take the streets louder than ever this Saturday, following the vandalization of the rainbow crosswalk in Marais.The march will kick off at Place de la Concorde at 13:00, before heading to Place de la République. The event is set to attract a crowd of 500,000 people.Milan Pride in 2014 | Photo: Micol Favi5. Milan PrideMilan, northern Italy, will celebrate its thriving LGBTI community on Saturday too. This year’s theme is #CiviliMaNonAbbastanza (which translates to: ‘Not Civil Enough’), a polemical hashtag aiming to criticize the conservative attitude in the Catholic country.The march will follow the polemic sparked after the newly appointed Minister for Families Lorenzo Fontana declared ‘rainbow families do not exist’.The meeting point will be at 15:00 in piazza Duca d’Aosta. Then, the parade will start at 16:00 and culminate in Porta Venezia district.Read more about Prides:7 US Pride festivals off the beaten track that will blow you away Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . On the last day of June, there will be several parades in some of the nicest travel destinations across mainland Europe worth checking out.Barcelona Pride in 2017 | Photo: Ajuntament Barcelona1. Pride BarcelonaHosting two days of acts and performers, Pride Barcelona is one of the most anticipated European Prides. The LGBTI community will party in the central Avenida de la reina Maria Cristina and spread their love around, following the theme #AllMyLoving.The parade will kick off at 16:00 at Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. The route will take marchers and floats to Avinguda del Paral·lel (Spanish: Avingua del Paralel), finishing off in Plaça d’Espanya (Plaza de España) at 19:00.Conchita will perform tonight (29 June) on the main stage in Avenida Maria Cristina. The party will continue tomorrow with acts from Eurovision contestant Eleni Foureira, dance music legend Gala, and American R&B singer Natalie.Dublin Pride Parade in 2015 | Photo: Wiki2. Dublin PrideThe capital of Ireland will also celebrate equality this weekend, with the 35th Dublin parade taking place on Saturday.This year’s theme is ‘We Are Family’, highlighting the support families give to the LGBTI community, but also how the community itself is an extended family.Better be on time. Assembling in St. Stephen’s Green, the parade begins at 2pm ‘sharp,’ according to the official website.Kicking off in Stephens Green South, the march will then head towards Kevin Street. It will run towards the river, crossing Fr. Matthew Bridge and going up Church Street before turning into Smithfield.Oslo Pride parade | Photo: Human-Etisk Forbund3. Oslo PrideOslo Pride Parade will take the streets of the beautiful Norwegian capital for a few hours of good LGBTI fun, the Scandi way.last_img read more

Featured Deal Get Apollo Lake N3450 Windows 10 Linux Mini PC for 197

first_imgGet Beelink AP34 Mini PC for $197.59 with code ‘GBMAR066’Here is the specs list of Beelink AP34 Windows 10 / Linux Mini PC (as advertised):Brand: BeelinkModel: AP34Type: Mini PCSystem: LinuxProcessor: Apollo Lake N3450 (running speed rises by 50 percent than x5-Z8350)Core: Quad CoreGPU: Intel HD Graphics 500 (max resolution up to 4096 x 2160 at 60Hz)RAM Type: DDR3Storage: 64GBSystem Bit: 64BitWiFi Chip: 802.11acDecoder Format: H.264,H.265Video format: 4K, 4K x 2K, ASF, AVC, AVI, DAT, FLV, ISO, MP4, RM, RMVB, RV, TS, VOB, VP9, WMVAudio format: AAC, AC3, ACC, APE, DDP, DTS, MKA, MP3, MPEG, OGA, OGG, RM, TrueHD, WAV, WMAPhoto Format: BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PNGSupport 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes5G WiFi: YesBluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0Power Supply: Charge AdapterInterface: 3.5mm Audio,DC Power Port,HDMI,LAN,Reset Port,SD Card Slot,USB3.0Language: Multi-languageHDMI Version: 1.4Other Functions: ISO FilesHDMI Function: HDCPPower Consumption: 18WRJ45 Port Speed: 1000MRemote Controller Battery: 2pcs x AAA batteriesIncludes: 1 x Beelink AP34 Mini PC, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x English User Manual, 1 x Mini PC BracketTo avail the limited-unit deal, head over to this link, click on Add to Cart and enter coupon code GBMAR066 to get the price down to $197.59 Share Tweet Submit Mini PCs have become a rage lately. Among several other options, Beelink has also been getting some favorable reviews. Its noiseless AP34 mini PC now gets even more powerful and aesthetically pleasing and brings the choices of both the Windows 10 and Ubuntu 17.04 onboard. Now offered under a super flash deal, you can get Beelink AP34 64bit Intel Celeron N3450 Mini PC for just $197.59 for the first 10 units only.last_img read more

Embolx Announces FDA Clearance of Nextgeneration Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheter

first_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 29, 2018 Embolx Announces FDA Clearance of Next-generation Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheter Next-generation balloon microcatheter now comes in multiple lengths enabling radial arterial access and improves navigation through complex vascular structures June 29, 2018 — Embolx Inc. has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its next-generation family of Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheters for pressure-directed arterial embolization therapy. Now commercially available in the United States, the next-generation family of Sniper devices offers physicians enhanced performance features to improve access and allow easy navigation through small complex vascular structures.Embolx’s next-generation Sniper microcatheter is now available in three lengths – 110, 130 and 150 cm – now enabling interventional radiologist physicians to access either femoral or radial arterial sites. Advancements in the Sniper’s balloon and atraumatic tip designs allow larger vessels to be occluded and enhance the ability for Sniper to track inside vessels.The Sniper microcatheter alters blood flow‐dynamics by controlling pressure to increase therapeutic agent delivery into target areas. It is currently used for the treatment of cancerous tumors in the liver and other organs, enlarged prostate (also called benign prostatic hyperplasia) and uterine fibroids. This therapy allows the delivery of drugs and embolic agents to only targeted treatment areas, while protecting surrounding healthy tissues.”The great thing about Sniper’s enhanced design and longer lengths is that it allows me to perform procedures using a transradial approach with the benefits of pressure-directed embolization. The ability to reverse blood flow using Sniper’s balloon helps me to not have to worry about non-target embolization,” said Aaron M. Fischman, M.D., interventional radiologist and associate professor of radiology and surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “I can perform the procedure the way I want because of Sniper’s wide range compatibility with different guidewires, guide catheters, coils and therapeutic agents.”Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists where blood supply to organs or tumors are blocked after therapeutic agents are injected in a blood vessel near the treatment location.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 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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Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

How the International Design Festival boosts San Joses economy

first_imgFor seven consecutive years, designers Paco Cervilla and Alfredo Enciso along with the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC), have been organizing the International Design Festival (FID) in San José. This year its seventh edition will be held at the Antigua Aduana from March 10-12 with a list of fifteen guests representing the fields of cinematography, design, visual arts, innovation, photography, interaction, creativity and music.However, the speakers aren’t the only attraction of this unique festival. During the FID, the city of San José becomes Latin America’s creative hub for three days through the festival’s efforts to boost the capital’s economy by bringing in specialized tourism; supporting the more than 20 local restaurants in Paseo La Luz, Barrio Escalante; and featuring 60 local designers who participate in the Espacios FID fair at the Casa del Cuño, part of the Antigua Aduana complex.According to Cervilla, the FID’s purpose has been the same throughout these seven years: to position Costa Rica as a creative and innovative country on a global level.See also: International Design Festival: How to organize a massive, successful event in Costa Rica The FID brings together design professionals from countries around the world for three days. (Via FID’s Facebook)“When a country is perceived as an innovative, creative place in which things are happening, it attracts foreign investment. It attracts clients, and we also wanted to promote specialized tourism because San José has always been a transit zone. People come here, stay for a day and then leave,” Cervilla told The Tico Times. “San José’s potential as a tourist destination wasn’t being exploited before, and we analyzed the importance of having a festival within the city that works as an urban activator.”Cervilla also mentioned that recent editions of the festival have received approximately 550 attendees from 14 different countries including Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Canada and many others. This tourism generates between $130,000 and $150,000 during the three days of the festival. The FID has also generated $400,000 in global publicity for Costa Rica.“The festival has become one of the city’s most important driving economic forces for urban activation, and it has become an event in which a great quantity of money moves within San José and stays in many of its businesses,” Cervilla said.One of the examples of the businesses near Barrio Escalante that benefits from the FID is the local restaurant Al Mercat, whose menu features local produce such as chayotes, papaya and güitites prepared by chef-owner José Pablo González.Al Mercat created an alliance with the FID that has allowed them to participate for four consecutive years with its food stand outside the Antigua Aduana and its local restaurant in Barrio Escalante near the Spanish Cultural Center (CCE). Al Mercat’s food stand (left corner) at the FID’s sixth edition. (Via FID’s Facebook)For González, this particular event has allowed him not only to grow financially, but also to generate new contacts through networking.“The FID experience during those three days is explosive. You get to meet a lot of people and exchange information. It’s three days of enrichment from a visual level to a professional level. Definitely for us it’s huge exposure in which a lot of people move through here. During those days we have a great increase in our sales, both at the food stand and the restaurant,” González told The Tico Times.Meanwhile, the parallel event Espacios FID at the Casa del Cuño next door consists of a regional design fair curated by the MADC, for which 60 stands were chosen for this year. Espacios FID brings new design products by local designers to the Casa del Cuño. (Via FID’s Facebook)According to MADC Director Fiorella Resenterra, “a visibility, projection and promotion platform has been consolidated to boost local design brands. It’s a space in which many projects launch themselves into taking a second step as a business: having their own shop or creating a more established distribution circuit of its products.”In the case of the designers Ximena Esquivel from Ximena Esquivel Joyería and Oliver Skinner from Plivertees, Espacios FID has allowed both of them to generate income for their businesses and create networking that has helped them with long-term sales growth.This year Esquivel will be participating for the third time at Espacios FID, with her jewelry line that merges silver and semi precious stones.See also: 5 questions for a Costa Rican jewelry designer – ‘Nature is my inspiration’“The first time I participated it helped me get the contact of a business to whom I still sell a lot of my jewels,” Esquivel told The Tico Times. “Last year we sold as if it were Christmas. These types of activities have helped to get people educated to appreciate national design products… As more events have been taking place, people have been searching more for these local products and continue purchasing them.” Ximena Esquivel’s jewelry stand at the FID’s sixth edition in the Casa del Cuño. (Courtesy of Ximena Esquivel)Skinner has participated in all editions of the Espacios FID with his Plivertees pop-culture T-shirt brand. The FID has allowed him to network, beginning collaborations with other artists and creating an alliance with Véritas University design professor Ana Castillo.See also: 5 questions for Costa Rican designer Oliver Skinner – ‘Just be yourself’“Espacios FID has allowed me to expose my work through my brand. It has become a space to establish alliances with other designers and students who aspire to some day have their own [business]. It’s an ideal space to do networking because of the Central American audience that comes here,” Skinner told The Tico Times. Oliver Skinner organized a contest during the FID’s fourth edition in designs from Gabriela Ugalde and Claudio Corrales were printed for Plivertees shirts. (Courtesy of Oliver Skinner)During the FID’s fourth edition, Skinner gave all FID speakers a special T-shirt designed by artist Gabriela Ugalde with a San José theme. The FID has allowed Skinner’s business to grow in exposure and allowed him to pay the seamstress and serigraphy company that help him. Due FID networking, Skinner met artist Mr. Masking and began a collaboration with him. (Courtesy of Oliver Skinner)Year after year, the FID has boosted San José’s economy through education, tourism, gastronomy and design, allowing it grow as an urban reference in Central America.Tickets to the 2016 FID are for sale at the stores deaquí y deallá and Saúl E Méndez, and on the FID webpage. For more information visit the FID Facebook page. Related posts:Highlights from the Design Fest’s first Parque La Libertad edition 2017 International Design Festival to feature wide range of guests Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Costa Rican fashion designer Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Export tourism at risk in South Australia

first_imgSource = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman With tourism identified as a key driver for the South Australian economy, the Weatherill Government has disbanded the advisory board to its tourism marketing organisation, the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC).Australian Tourism Export Council managing director, Peter Shelley has said that the industry creates up to 10,000 new jobs for South Australian people and stimulates the economy greatly.“Tourism is one of Australia’s growing export successes, South Australia has now set out a State Tourism Plan which is beginning to build momentum, and the announcement to disband the Board is at complete odds with the Government’s own stated aims,” said Mr Shelley.The South Australian Tourism Commission Board consists of skills based positions from a range of areas including industry and non-industry experts and has been responsible for building the current tourism strategy to take the industry through to 2020.“The success of the South Australian tourism industry, and indeed its contribution to Australian export tourism, is under threat and we have written to Premier Weatherill urging him to rethink this decision,” said Mr Shelley.The board has the expertise and industry connection which has built a strong tourism strategy for South Australia and is a necessity if the SouthAustralian tourism industry is to succeed. Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more