A PAKISTANI SCHOOLGIRL shot in the head by the Taliban showed signs of improvement by moving her limbs today, the military said, though she remains unconscious and on a ventilator.The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.“The sedation given to Malala was reduced today so that neurosurgeons could do their clinical assessment and as a result of it Malala responded and moved her hands and feet,” military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said.“It is a positive development,” Bajwa told a press conference near Army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, close to the capital Islamabad, where Malala is being treated in a military hospital. ”As per doctors, (the) condition of Malala is stable.”A team of specialist doctors are providing “constant care” to Malala and all “contingencies” were in place in case they decide to move her abroad for further treatment, the general said. ”It is a case of serious head injury and the progress is very slow in it.”Two other girl students wounded with Malala were “also being taken care of at places where they can get best treatment”, he said, without elaborating.Bajwa said that all available resources were being used to investigate the incident and some arrests had been made, but he declined to say how many people were currently in custody and how many had been let go.Asked whether the military might now consider launching an offensive against the Taliban in their tribal area stronghold of North Waziristan, on the Afghan border, Bajwa said: “Such decisions are not taken overnight.”A military statement earlier said: “(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator.”Prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Malala yesterday, paying tribute to her and two friends who were also wounded when a gunman boarded their school bus on Tuesday and opened fire.“It was not a crime against an individual but a crime against humanity and an attack on our national and social values,” he told reporters, pledging renewed vigour in Pakistan’s struggle with Islamist militancy.Bajwa yesterday said the next 36 to 48 hours would be critical for Malala.- © AFP, 2012Read: Pakistan medics remove bullet from shot child activist
Williams opened the scoring with a sweetly struck penalty after 14 minutes, and made it two kicks out of three before the 20 minute mark.The home side was penalised at a scrum on 29 minutes and O’Gara finally had his first points of the game, but Williams restored the six-point deficit to make it 9-3 at half-time.Williams missed his first effort of the second half when Johne Murphy conceded a penalty for clashing with Phil John, but the Scarlets fly-half quickly made it 12-3 as O’Gara went awry for the third time in the match. Munster captain Mike Sherry was sin-binned in the 56th minute and that allowed the Scarlets, and Williams, to open up a 12-point lead, and the 20-year-old Williams capped a special performance with a drop goal that all but ended the game as a contest.The one negative mark against the young Welsh player came when he was sin-binned late in the game and Denis Hurley ran over the only try of the contest for Munster.O’Gara, at least, kicked the conversion but it was too late for the visitors to change the course of the game.Dominic Ryan hat-trick helps Leinster to easy win > The veteran fly-half had a good opportunity to give his side the lead early in the game, when Scarlets were penalised on halfway, but his kick fell short. That set the tone for a muted display from O’Gara, who subsequently missed another chance from 35 metres when the Scarlets were caught offside in front of their posts. MUNSTER ENDURED A miserable evening, as the Llanelli Scarlets completed the double over the Irish province with an 18-10 victory at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday evening.Man of the match Owen Williams scored all of his side’s points as Rob Penney’s men struggled despite having both Ronan O’Gara and Donncha O’Callaghan in their side.O’Gara only managed one penalty from four attempts as he bookended a miserable week after replacing Jonathan Sexton in the Irish side that was beaten by England at the Aviva Stadium.
12 cans of Heineken for €20? This is how minimum pricing could affect your pocket Each unit of alcohol will be required to cost €1 under the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. 117 Comments YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote Yes (1053) 58,228 Views Share377 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (4675) http://jrnl.ie/3224809 Feb 12th 2017, 9:30 PM The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling.Last week, we took a look at the impact the law’s advertising restrictions would have and, this week, we’ll look at the issue of minimum pricing on alcohol.SITTING ATOP THE lengthy Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is the provision that will allow the Minister for Health to increase the minimum price per gram of alcohol that can be charged in Ireland.Minimum pricing has support from across the political spectrum, but what would it actually involve? And how will it work in practice?So what’ll change?TheJournal.ie picked a supermarket at random, checking out its promotions to see if these prices would be possible when minimum unit pricing comes in.This 12-pack of cans of Heineken is on sale for €20. Source: TheJournal.ieUnder minimum pricing, this case of Heineken would need to cost at least €20.35.This bottle of Huzzar vodka, above the brands of Absolut is on sale for €19. Source: TheJournal.ieIt would need to cost at least €20 under the new legislation.And this 12 pack of cans of Guinness, at €18, would need to cost at least €19.90 under minimum pricing. Source: TheJournal.ieThese increases listed here are small, but minimum pricing would certainly have an effect on much cheaper alcohol.So what’s the big deal? Let’s take a look.What the legislation saysUnder the terms of the legislation, the minimum price per gram of alcohol would be set at 10 cent.To find the minimum price for a particular alcohol product, you find how much the drink weighs and multiply it by 10 cent.In practice, this would mean that the average pint of beer of two units (around 20g) would be required to cost at least €2.Anyone who has bought a pint of beer in a pub recently would say that there’s little chance of a pint costing less than €2, anyway. But it is the sale of beers at supermarkets and off licenses where this will have a major impact (more on this later).The rationale in implementing this measure is that, as the government continues to tax alcohol heavily, problem drinkers will increasingly opt for cheaper, and higher-purity, brands of alcohol.Unlike a tax increase which the retailer can choose to absorb themselves or pass onto the customer, this minimum price will be compulsory across the board.Also included in this part of the legislation is the provision that the Minister for Health can, three years after the legislation is brought in, increase the minimum price.The Minister will then be able to adjust the minimum price every 18 months.Any decision to increase this price will be required to take the latest up-to-date research available on societal figures such as the rate of alcohol consumption, patterns of alcohol consumption, the health related risks and societal harm.In response to a written question in the Dáil, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, explained how the bill should work: “MUP is a targeted measure, aimed at those who drink in a harmful and hazardous manner, and designed to prevent the sale of alcohol at very cheap prices. Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie“MUP is able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the minimum price is determined by and is directly proportional to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink.The MUP is set in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill at 10 cent per gram of alcohol, which equates to a minimum price of €1 per standard drink.In practice, the government hopes that this will reduce the effect of harmful drinking among those that drink the most.Corcoran Kennedy added that the measure will have a positive impact on rates of heart disease and cancer, and will also have some immediate effects on “health costs, crime costs and loss of productivity due to absenteeism”.The price of a pint?To find out how much an alcohol product weighs, for the purposes of this legislation, the following formula is used. Source: Oireachtas.ieSo, for a 750ml bottle of wine at 12% strength, you would derive its grams like this750 x 0.12 x 0.789 = 71.01 gramsTo then get the minimum price for that product, then you would multiply that figure of 71.01 by €0.10.Thus, retailers would be obliged to charge at least €7.10 for this bottle of wine.For a bottle of vodka, meanwhile, at 700ml and 37.5% volume, you would use the same method:700 x 0.375 x 0.789 = 207.11 grams.No matter what brand it is, this bottle of vodka would be required by law to cost at least €20.71 under the new minimum pricing laws.And, again, the same would apply to a 500ml can of beer at 5% alcohol volume.500 x 0.05 x 0.789 = 19.725 gramsEach can of beer would then be required to cost at least €1.97.Will this be a major change?Almost certainly, but not for every alcohol product and often not in a manner which drastically raises the price.Discounted alcohol is commonplace across every supermarket and off license in Ireland.Minimum pricing has the potential to hit the cheapest spirits, such as vodka, and some of the cheaper wines on the market but it doesn’t appear as if it will have an impact on some of the more popular beer brands, for example. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieIn one of Ireland’s biggest supermarkets at the moment, eight cans of Guinness are available at a discounted price of €13.When you do the sums (for a 500ml can at 4.2%), this breaks down to a minimum pricing requirement of €1.65 per can.At the moment, the discounted price offers the Guinness at €1.62 per can. In this case, minimum pricing won’t constitute a major change.In a different supermarket, another special offer has a special offer with a 20 pack of bottles of Heineken for €20.Again, when you calculate the minimum price under the government’s proposed laws (330ml bottle at 4.3%) this works at €1.12 per bottle.This special offer would mean this promotion could not run its current state, as it is 12 cent a bottle over the minimum pricing threshold.While perhaps not a major change in these areas, it would affect cheaper brands the most.One brand of rum is currently being sold at a discount retailer at €12.29 for a 700ml bottle at 40% alcohol.Under minimum pricing, this would be required to cost at least €22.10.In that same retailer, a 750ml bottle of red wine (12%) is currently listed for sale at €4.99. This would be required to cost at least €7.10.Will minimum pricing work?It’s a big question with no clear answer.In the FactCheck referenced above, TheJournal.ie found that evidence put forth by Minister Corcoran Kennedy when citing a study from British Columbia in Canada as insufficient to show that minimum pricing has been “proven to work”.In fact, according to the 2013 study from British Columbia, the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions actually rose between 2002 and 2013.Another commonly cited study in support of these measures is a study from the University of Sheffield, which says that minimum pricing would lead to an “immediate reduction in consumption” of alcohol in Ireland, with moderate drinkers affected the least in terms of how much they consumed and spent on alcohol. Source: Shutterstock/val lawlessThe study estimated that the most harmful drinkers would be affected most by the measures.It suggests that minimum unit pricing would save the lives of 197 people per year who would have otherwise suffered alcohol-attributable deaths.It also estimates that it would save €1.7 billion over the next 20 years, through reductions in health, crime and workplace harms.Study co-author Professor Petra Meier said: “Our study finds no evidence to support the concerns highlighted by government and the alcohol industry that minimum unit pricing would penalise responsible drinkers on low incomes.”The problem with proving that minimum pricing will work at reducing alcohol-related harm is that there is not a great deal of research completed with actual real-life data to back it up.The Sheffield study used a statistical model to suggest that minimum pricing should yield better health outcomes for the general population, but that does not necessarily prove that the measure working in reality.In Ireland, the prevalence of alcohol use disorders is much higher for men than women. Source: StatistaOne Irish study, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Research Board, yielded similar findings to the Sheffield study, which said that minimum pricing of €1 per unit would target only the “heaviest drinkers”.It involved a national survey of 3,187 respondents who completed a diary of their previous week’s alcohol consumption.This report found that one in seven (14%) Irish adults who drink alcohol, purchase it at less than €1 per standard drink which is below the minimum unit price.The majority of this low-cost alcohol (69%) was purchased in supermarkets.Lead researcher Dr Gráinne Cousins said: “Some opponents of minimum unit pricing are concerned that consumers using alcohol in a low-risk manner will be punished with higher prices.Our findings do not support these concerns, as unlike tax or excise measures, the introduction of a minimum unit price would affect less than 14% of the population.However, with no definitive long-term study proving that without doubt proves that it works, minimum unit pricing remains open to criticism.Court CaseWhat does appear certain, however, is that it has the potential to face a legal challenge here after a case at the European Court of Justice had raised doubts it could be implemented at all.Last December, the European court decided that introducing such a measure proposed in Scotland was illegal, but left it up to the Scottish courts to make the final decision.With the judgement by the EU court in Scotland, Ireland is similarly open to a legal challenge on minimum pricing.Lobbyists for the alcohol industry, however, may be dissuaded from taking such action as the final decision from Scotland’s highest court ruled that minimum unit pricing does not contravene national and European law.However, the Scotch Whisky Association has not yet given up in its attempts to block minimum pricing and is bringing the case to the UK Supreme Court.Ross Mac Mathúna, from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), told TheJournal.ie that his group would have no desire to bring a similar case against the Irish government here.Having said that, the group are opposed to minimum unit pricing. He said: “We have seen no evidence to prove this works. We would propose bringing in a ban on low-cost selling as an alternative to this at the moment.”SupportIn terms of political support, minimum pricing has been largely welcomed.In the Seanad last week, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer made the comment: “We all support minimum unit pricing.”Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers said that the provisions of the bill would be “very important” in addressing the currently “unsustainable” health impacts of alcohol in this country.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said: “Minimum pricing will help because there is a clear correlation between the price of alcohol and the amount people drink. Addressing price would be a step in the right direction.”Doctors are on side as well, with a statement from the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) expressing their support for the provisions of the bill last week.Its president, Dr Emmet Kerin said: “This is an important bill, legislating for the first time on alcohol consumption as a public health measure.Our health system is overwhelmed. Health promotion initiatives such as the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are critical to reducing preventable diseases and keeping patients well.Groups raising awareness around the dangers of alcohol are also supporters of the provision.Alcohol Action Ireland reject the claim that a ban on below-cost selling would be more effective as it cannot “target strong, cheap alcohol” while MUP is “able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the price is determined by and directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink”.A statement from Alcohol Action Ireland said: “MUP sets a “floor price” beneath which alcohol cannot legally be sold, but will not increase the price of all alcohol products sold in Ireland, instead targeting the products that are currently very cheap relative to their strength in supermarkets.” Source: Shutterstock/Radu BercanOne issue of contention on MUP, away from the perceived health benefits, is the presence and proximity of Northern Ireland.Currently, there are no concrete plans to introduce a similar measure there, and with the falling price of Sterling already acting as an incentive to shop up North, Mac Mathúna said this could drive more consumers north of the border to access alcohol at lower prices.Labour Senator Ged Nash expressed similar concerns, pointing out that the synchronisation between the Irish government and the Northern Irish Executive on this issue is “extremely important if we are to achieve the ambitions of this legislation”.Mac Mathúna adds that there will be “unintended consequences” of setting a floor price for alcohol, as setting a floor price means that the floor can then be raised further.Indeed, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said he will not implement his planned sugar tax until the UK does the same – to ensure symbiosis between the two jurisdictions.ConclusionMUP will not raise the price of many drinks in supermarkets and off-licenses, but it undoubtedly targets some of the cheaper, stronger products on the market.The studies that have been completed to date suggest that it will benefit the health of the general population, without penalising casual or low-risk drinkers.Having said that, there is no definitive proof that it will reduce alcohol-related harm across society.With the government set to plough on with this top line provision of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, Ireland could be the first country to find out if minimum pricing works.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of alcohol labelling, the state of Ireland’s relationship with alcohol and how that could evolve under the new bill.What do you think?So, what are your thoughts? Do you support the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Ireland? Short URL No interest/No opinion (228) Poll Results: By Sean Murray Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM
WikiLeaks : en sursis chez OVHLa justice française a rejeté les requêtes d’OVH concernant la légalisation ou non de l’hébergement du site WikiLeaks. Elle justifie sa décision par la nécessité d’un débat plus poussé. En attendant, WikiLeaks peut rester. Alors que le fondateur du célèbre site compromettant pour de nombreux gouvernements, Julian Assange, vient d’être arrêté à Londres (voir notre article), WikiLeaks continue d’exister sur la Toile. Actuellement hébergé chez OVH, le site, qui n’a pas pu être interdit de résidence en France comme Eric Besson, ministre de l’Economie et de l’Industrie, le demandait (voir notre article), est donc maintenu en ligne et doit continuer à rendre public des télégrammes diplomatiques confidentiels qui gênent les Etats-Unis. L’hébergeur OVH devra attendre pour avoir une réponse claire. Depuis la fin de semaine dernière, WikiLeaks a élu domicile chez lui et la polémique a enflé suite aux propos d’Eric Besson, estimant que le site, qui a dévoilé des informations diplomatiques et secrètes à la face du monde, ne peut séjourner impunément en France. Sollicités par OVH, les tribunaux lillois et parisien ont rejeté les requêtes expliquant le besoin d’un “débat contradictoire”. En attendant, plusieurs acteurs du web ont vivement réagi aux propos du responsable politique. En désaccord avec Eric Besson, ils publient désormais des miroirs du site WikiLeaks (d’autres sites web qui publient les mêmes informations que le site d’origine et sont mises à jour automatiquement) rendant ainsi sa suppression quasi-impossible. Le 7 décembre 2010 à 13:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles, arrived at Clarence Town on Monday 5th October 2015. Acting Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, Commanding Officer HMBS Durward Knowles, immediately contacted Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, the Island Administrator. During discussions with Mrs. Bethel, it was revealed that parts of Long Island had been cut off due to flooding, which made streets impassable for impact teams to reach disaster stricken areas.Marines, from the ship’s company were quickly deployed to assist with relief efforts underway with locals within the community. Teams included an engineering team that assisted in the repairing of the Community Centre’s generator. Teams were also dispatched to investigate the environmental impact of a beached vessel near the community. After a complete assessment was done, the grounded vessel posed no threat of potential or immediate environmental damage.With the arrival of additional Defence Force Impact Teams, areas once isolated became accessible. This allowed for proper assessment so that basic needs of the communities could be met. Fresh water and food being priority, cleanup efforts were also conducted to allow ease of access and transportation of incoming relief supplies. With the establishment of communication and transportation networks, relief centers are now able to provide more effective relief to the communities. Defence Force personnel continue to carry out assessments, assist in distribution and regulation of supplies and equipment while providing security.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with the island administrator, NEMA and Pathfinder representatives remain committed to relief efforts here in Long Island.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding our Heritage.”For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel (Guard our Heritage) -(rbdf)- “Guard Our Heritage”Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”
The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper debuted for his team, but his club ended up losing in penalty kicks against Werder Bremen.Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen drew 3-3 yesterday after extra time in DFB-Pokal Third Round action.But in the penalty kicks stage, Bremen ended up winning 4-2, eliminating the hopes and dreams of BVB.On that match, goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel debuted with his new team, and he’s bittersweet after debuting on a very complicated match that ended up in a defeat.“It was an emotional day for me. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Oelschlagel told the club’s official website.“It’s still fresh in my mind. For me, it’s a dream come true.”“The outcome of the match is very annoying, there’s obviously a sense of frustration there,” he explained.“It was only this morning that the goalkeeping coach told me I’d play.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I had a few good moments, but the team made it easy for me too. Ultimately, for me personally, I’m able to draw a positive conclusion,” the goalkeeper concluded.Eric Oelschlagel debuted professionally with Werder Bremen II in 2014, in 2016 he moved to the senior squad for two years.Then he was transferred to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 and had played only with the second squad until yesterday.“It was no surprise that it was going to be a difficult match against Werder Bremen,” coach Lucien Favre added.“After Bremen took an early lead, we controlled the game. They played very compactly. It was difficult to find the gaps.”“We played with patience and the equalizer at 1-1 before the break was deserved,” he continued.“Bremen were always dangerous. The goal we conceded at 3-3 was a little unnecessary but that’s all part of the sport – as are illnesses for our players in February.”
Not many people wish to raise a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. Diane Lohrey is no different. But when she and her husband adopted three children, all later diagnosed with an FASD, they accepted the hardships and the rewards.Download AudioWhen you walk into the Lohrey household, kids seem to materialize out of thin air.“We have five of our own and one foster, so six kids right now,” says the mom, Diane Lohrey.The Lohrey family. From left to right: Elena, Kylie, John, Kristyanna, Diane (holding a foster child) and Emilyanne. Elena, Kylie and Kristyanna have all been diagnosed with FASD. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Two are biological, three are adopted and the foster child is through the state Office of Children’s Services.“And they just called us a few minutes ago to see if we would take an 8-year-old boy, but we have no room right now,” Lohrey says.They’ve already converted their garage into a comfortable bedroom. At least a dozen foster children have passed through the four-bedroom house since 2005, staying anywhere from one night to 18 months.The Lohreys’ first adoption was Elena from Russia in 2004.“Within two days, I knew something was wrong,” she says.Elena was 21 months old. Lohrey says she was different than the other Russian infants getting adopted.“She would stare at things. She didn’t know how to play with toys. She would play with a little piece of lint more than she would a toy,” Lohrey explains.Years later, the Lohreys adopted biological sisters Kylie and Kristyanna from Juneau through OCS.They receive a stipend from the state for the two girls, who are now ages 5 and 6, and any foster children that pass through. Lohrey is a stay-at-home mom and her husband is a highway engineer.Elena Lohrey, 12, looks at pictures from an FASD Family Camp her family attended in Arizona earlier this summer. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)All three adopted kids were diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders at the FASD clinic in Juneau. Medical professionals at the clinic require some kind of evidence that the biological mother drank during pregnancy in order to do the diagnosis.That was hard for Lohrey. She pleaded with Kylie and Kristyanna’s biological mom, “‘Go to OCS and write down that you drank or that you drank before you knew you were pregnant. That is the greatest gift you can give these children,’ and she did it,” says Lohrey, crying.Emilyanne, 21, is one of Lohrey’s biological children. She says the diagnosis opens the doors for getting help, “and for, like, other people to understand, they’re not just bad kids. There’s a logical explanation for why they are the way they are, and how to give more ideas how to help them and not discard them like trash.”FASD is an umbrella term that’s used to describe a range of disabilities, minor to severe. Lohrey says each of her three adopted kids falls in different areas. Issues include short attention spans, disorganization and being overly trusting. One of her kids has a tendency to lie and steal.Elena, who’s also been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, doesn’t communicate her own needs.“She won’t voluntarily say, ‘I need something,’ or ‘I need help,’ or ‘I’m lost.’ So one of the things they told us is that she might need long-term care, that she might not be able to live on her own. And that was like – that hurt,” Lohrey says.The Lohreys converted the garage into a bedroom that Kristyanna, 6, and Kylie, 5, share. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)It’s tough to accept that your child has a lifetime disability for which there’s no cure, Lohrey says. In most cases, you can’t tell by looking that someone has an FASD.“A lot of times, you’re out in the community and your kids are doing something stupid and you’re embarrassed and some people will say really rude things to you, like ‘You need to control your child,’ and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m doing the best I can. You have no idea.’ And sometimes I would love to wear a shirt that says, ‘My child has FASD. Don’t judge us,’” Lohrey says.The Lohreys did not set out to adopt three kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.“And there are days when I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish I had never adopted.’ I think that’s with your typical family, too. I think there are days where parents say, ‘I wish I didn’t have any kids.’ I think that’s normal,” Lohrey says.She admits she may say it more than other parents, but there are times when she can’t imagine not adopting.“Each little child that you adopt, each little child that you foster, hopefully you’re giving them something that will make this world a better place and better understanding and teach more empathy,” Lohrey says.Lohrey sometimes blames the biological parents, but she knows that’s pointless. She says you can’t change the past. You can only focus on the here and now, and the future.
New Delhi: A 12-year-old boy died after he was bitten by a snake in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony area, police said on Saturday. According to a senior police official, the boy has been identified as Deepak Kumar, a resident of Safeda jhuggi cluster in the area. “The incident took place on Friday night when Deepak was sleeping at his house. He was taken to the Hedgewar hospital by his parents,” said the police official. “The hospital called us and informed about the incident at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. A post-mortem was conducted at Sabzi Mandi mortuary and body was handed over to the family,” he said.
One might wonder what can be so exciting or inspiring about a mathematician’s life, as the makers of Super 30 chose to make Anand Kumar’s biopic. However, after watching the movie, one will realise what miracle true dedication and determination can do.STORYLINEAnand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan), son of a postman in Bihar, is known for his extra-ordinary knowledge of mathematics. With dreams of pursuing PHD from Cambridge University, Anand sends them solution of a mathematical problem that was never solved before. Impressed by his ability, Anand finally gets invited to be a part of his dream institute.However, owing to their financial crisis, and no help from local ministers, Anand gets bound to let go his dream. Things turn worse for him when his highly supportive father passes away, and responsibility of the whole family comes on his head.Shattered and with no hope from life, Anand starts selling papad across the streets of the city to earn bread and butter for his mother and younger brother. However, his fate changes one day when an influential man Lallan Singh (Aditya Shrivastava), who knows Anand’s ability, offers him to join his coaching institute as a teacher.Using Anand’s expertise and local leader’s (Pankaj Tripathi ) influence, Lallan starts earning in crores by assuring IIT entrance for the kids belonging from well-to-do families. Even Anand starts making huge bucks, and his family is out of any financial distress. With sudden flow of money, his girlfriend’s (Mrunal Thakur) rich father also agrees to their relationship. Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 stillPR HandoutHowever, Anand soon realises how he has become part of the “education mafia”, and how he got distracted from his belief that states “everyone has right to education”. He then leaves everything behind, and starts his own free coaching institute exclusively for kids who cannot afford education.Here starts Anand’s biggest challenge as he faces not just severe financial dearth, but also life threatening attacks from his rivals. How and in what circumstances, the teacher takes his students to the destination marks the life of the story. Rating Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESHrithik is superb all through the film. All the expressions – from being elated for getting invitation from Cambridge University to facing severe hopelessness, Hrithik showcases all the emotions brilliantly. The transition from being childish college kid to becoming an inspiring teacher, he does full justice with the character.The kids who play Anand’s students also add power to the plot with their expressions. Aditya Shrivastava and Pankaj Tripathi as antagonists do not just show their wickedness, but also add much humour to the plot.Other supporting cast including Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Nandish Singh among others also did a good job. Super 30 Super 30 movie reviewTwitter Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTOverall, Super 30 is a well-made entertaining and inspiring film. Hrithik delivers one of his best performances, and the story is highly engaging. This one deserves to be watched. Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESSuper 30 is blessed with some fine performances and a gripping plot. The movie never turns dull, and keeps you engaged all the way. The story is highly inspiring and at the same time entertaining.The movie has a strong message, and exposes the dark reality of the big business running around in the name of education. There are not many songs to distract you from the plot. Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESThe movie does not have many dialogues that make the expected impact. A few of the sequences may appear little too unrealistic, but that is a debatable thing.
Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers One of the 100-plus roving robots that deliver food across the Berkeley, Calif., area last week caught fire on the UC Berkeley campusStudents were understandably upset: That’s one fewer bot available to help stave off 2 a.m. study-break cravings.“One of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor flames,” manufacturer Kiwi wrote in a blog post. “A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher.AdChoices广告Videos shared to Facebook’s Overheard at UC Berkeley page corroborate the company’s story.“Garnering more than 300 reactions and more than 90 comments within an hour of uploading, the video of the robot in flames made waves on the page,” according to Daily Californian city news editor Sophia Brown-Heidenreich. “Students have called for a moment of silence, suggesting finals next week may have finally gotten the robot, as well.”The Berkeley Fire Department, meanwhile, secured the scene, dousing the android with foam to ensure there was no risk of re-ignition.On the plus side, this is not a sign of the coming robot apocalypse.Kiwi chalked the incident up to human error: Someone replaced a functioning battery with a defective one.“This caused an exceedingly rare occurrence of the battery experiencing thermal runaway,” the blog post said. “To ensure this will not happen again, Kiwi has put in custom software that will rigorously monitor the state of each battery.“We took this issue very seriously,” the firm continued. “We promptly pulled all of our robots from operations, suspending our service until we were able to investigate the root cause.”Those orders already en route were delivered by hand.Iatsenia assured The Daily Californian that this particular KiwiBot was not delivering a meal when it caught fire.Phew.More on Geek.com:Postmates’ New Adorable Robot Will Bring You DeliveriesStarship Launches Autonomous Ground Delivery Service in UKHey, Dummy: Don’t Bite a Smartphone Battery!
Delivered fresh from The Netherlands, the Spinifex Orchestra were in town recently to rock the Capital. Not adhering to your usual larger-than-life orchestra concept, the four-musician band gave the city a taste of the live music experience. We caught up with them about their India story, performing in Delhi, plans for the future and more. Here are excerpts: Tell us a bit about yourselves. A little history. Where did Spinifex Orchestra start from? Was there an idea behind the conception of a tradition that brought it about? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It all started with a band called Bhedam. A band which consisted of four musicians from The Netherlands and two percussionists from Bangalore. It was way back in 2001 and 2002 that we had collaborated with Indian musicians and it had taught us a lot. We took lessons from Jahanavi Jaiprakash, but it all changed with her sad demise in 2002. That was of the end of Bhedam. But the rest of the orchestra members felt the need of a larger band and thus in 2006, Spinifex was formed. It was a nine-piece band originally. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix We were involved with different projects and that is how Spinifex grew. There were a couple of other bands namely — Tubaband, Indian Spinifex — which we had formed as a part of our crossover with Indian musicians. We finally thought we need to be flexible as a regular orchestra and finally a smaller band with five members were formed. How many members and how long have you performed together?Well it is a five-member band with Tobias Klein on the saxophone, Jasper Stadhoulders on the guitar, Goncalo Almeida on the bass, Philipp Moser on the drums and Gijs Levelt on the trumpet. But Gijs isn’t touring India with us this time and we miss him a lot. We have been playing together for three years now. How has India treated you so far? Is this your first India tour?We all like India very much. It has always been great to come here and perform. Tobias is touring India for the fifth time but it’s the first tour for the others. How has Delhi treated you?This place (India Habitat Centre) is unlike other places I have seen in India before. I had been to Khan Market the last time I toured India and that place was quite impressive. Delhi has always been warm to us and has shown tremendous support throughout. What sort of audience and feedback are you expecting from Delhi?(Laughs) Well you saw that! People who enjoy live music and want to experience it first hand.What plans for 2013 and what plans post Delhi? We are recording next week in Amsterdam. We’ll be touring Portugal in July. Various tours and events are lined up in The Netherlands after that.Do you find takers in this age of electronic dance music and pop? People are always curious to hear new things and that is always going to be the case. There are audiences who prefer to experience live music.Do people need to be made more aware about orchestra music?People should be made aware about live music. The culture is picking up fast. Experiencing live music is very important in the rapidly evolving music environment. Has there been a shift in the trend of how orchestras were perceived earlier and nowadays?Not really, if you ask me. There is no distinction between orchestra music and music with singing.
Did you think that being narcissistic or having an inflated sense of self-importance was not good? Not always, say researchers who claimed that narcissist adolescents may be mentally more tough and perform better at school.Narcissists strongly believe that they are better than others and deserve rewards. The findings suggested that the relationship between narcissism and mental toughness could be one of the personality mechanisms that increases sense of self worth which may translate to higher motivation in some contexts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Narcissism is considered as a socially malevolent trait and it is part of the Dark Triad of personality traits – narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism,” said Kostas Papageorgiou, from the Queen’s University in Belfast.”Being confident in your own abilities is one of the key signs of grandiose narcissism and is also at the core of mental toughness. If a person is mentally tough, they are likely to embrace challenges and see these as an opportunity for personal growth,” Papageorgiou explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, included data from 340 adolescent students, who took part in two assessment waves. The team measured their scores on certain aspects of subclinical narcissism.The results indicated that, in some ways, narcissism might actually be a positive attribute.”People who score high on subclinical narcissism may be at an advantage because their heightened sense of self-worth may mean they are more motivated, assertive, and successful in certain contexts,” Papageorgiou explained.He highlighted the importance of how society looks at narcissism and explains that emotions cannot be categorised as “good” or “bad”.”We perceive emotions or personality traits as being either bad or good but psychological traits are the products of evolution; they are neither bad nor good – they are adaptive or maladaptive,” Papageorgiou noted.
One of the things that I personally like about the Surface Pro is the impressive hinge design and the Signature Type Keyboard Cover since it features an extremely tactile keyboard for something that is so slim.In addition, the new Surface Pen features just 21ms of latency, making it super-responsive when used with the machine. As for the Signature Type Covers, they are covered in Alcantara fabric and can be bought in colors like Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Platinum, and Aqua.If you want to check out the discounted Surface Pro on the Microsoft Store, you can do so over the weekend or right now. Microsoft’s Surface Pro family has finally turned five years old and the software giant is going to be commemorating this celebration by offering a huge discount on its latest and greatest 2-in-1, which is armed with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. The Surface Pro has come a long way in terms of functionality, battery life, and other perks and we are certain that the hybrid will become better in the future.The addition of a Thunderbolt 3 port would certainly have sweetened the deal for the product, but it looks like we will be seeing this in the successor. Starting from tomorrow, the Surface Pro will be $200 off in the Microsoft Store and in select retailers like Best Buy. The deal will last throughout President’s Day weekend and excludes the Surface Pro with Advanced LTE. Share Tweet Submit
Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions. News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Feature | June 09, 2008 | Pat Lee SPECT Adapts to DRA Downturn SPECT systems and IT solutions counter DRA slowdowns with workflow enhancements in a cost-conscious package. Siemens’ Symbia E SPECT is designed to offer high-quality imaging at an affordable price. Small and large medical imaging equipment suppliers alike are struggling with slowed equipment sales resulting from tighter capital budgets that stem from the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005, which took effect January 1, 2007. To survive the draconian reimbursement cuts in medical imaging, these suppliers must either adapt or die. The trick is to reduce cost without cutting corners on quality, and a few of the leading manufacturers have found the right formula for doing just that.The DRA legislation targets medical imaging procedures and related products and services primarily because they have been identified as the fastest growing costs in healthcare. Subsequently, medicare reimbursement for imaging already has decreased by more than $13 billion as part of the DRA. The reduced coverage results in a lack of access to much needed medical imaging services, including applications using ultrasound, positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear imaging and X-rays across multiple indications.Reimbursement rates until now have been left to each state, with some states, such as New York and California, favoring relatively reasonable rates and others less so. As it stands today, Medicare reimbursement rates for imaging services in physician offices and independent imaging centers was lowered an estimated 18 to 19 percent below total reimbursement for similar services in hospital outpatient departments. At Radiology Associates of South Florida, where they use two Philips hybrid SPECT/CT 16–slice systems, the impact of the DRA has weighed in. “Any time there is an unknown in reimbursement rates, medical equipment sales are affected. That’s the situation the cardiac medical imaging is currently in. CMS is closely reviewing the practices of physicians ordering these tests to determine whether they are medically necessary,” Jack Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., chairman of radiology associates of South Florida, chief of Imaging Services , Baptist Hospital of Miami, medical director, cardiac imaging, the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute.While many manufacturers are toughing it out, some large players have chosen to divest their assets in imaging. Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co., for example, sold its medical imaging business unit for approximately $525 million to Avista, a private equity firm, on January 8, 2008. This came after its medical imaging unit reported fourth quarter net sales had slipped from $142 million in 2007 from $156 million in 2006. SPECT adapts to the DRAOne imaging system that Siemens has modified to lower the overall price, yet still offer high-image quality, is SPECT. In October 2007, Siemens introduced the new Symbia E Series SPECT Image, at the 2007 European Association of Nuclear Medicine Annual Congress. This new imager, typically hospital based, incorporates a new camera with an improved chassis and electronics that are said to greatly enhance image quality and reliability. These modifications are designed to improve the accuracy of diagnoses. Also, the Symbia E can be upgraded to accommodate a larger workload as clinical practices grow. Symbia E is equipped with remote servicing capabilities, a feature that allows checking the system status through remote access and diagnostics to enable system corrections to reduce downtime and therefore cost. Workflow solutions such as a physician worklist and cardio-Flash reconstruction software and the integrated quality control component are meant to save time as well.Marcus Lusser, vice president, global sales and marketing, Molecular Imaging Division, Siemens Medical Solutions, says Siemens takes a three-pronged approach to the current cost pressures in the medical imaging market. The small c.cam has been developed for use in physician offices, the Symbia E is primarily for hospital use and hybrid devices such as Biograph and Symbia T for PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging, respectively, are used for more complex cases. “A primary goal of ours is to offer high-quality cardiac images at a range of prices and help prevent unnecessary and expensive medical interventions. Using molecular imaging techniques in cardiology, we can determine the extent of diseases earlier and prevent the costlier interventions that might not be necessary.”Cardiac SPECT in half the timeAn important strategy allowing hospitals and imaging centers to compensate for reduced imaging reimbursements is increasing patient throughput. That can be achieved by improving efficiencies in the imaging process. According to Kevin Boyle, GE Healthcare product manager, the DRA compounds the already tremendous pressure their customers are feeling, and GE is helping them address the DRA challenge by focusing on clinical and economic relevance in their current and future products. A prime example of this is Evolution for Cardiac, a cardiac solution that supports CT-based attenuation correction and is designed to cut imaging time in half. Evolution for Cardiac is based on technologies developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University, and is used for both gated and non-gated cardiac SPECT and SPECT/CT. The software reportedly improves the positional accuracy of imaging through 3D modeling of the collimator-detector response function. Quality images are obtained in less time with a better patient experience. Because the patient spends less time (about half) on the table being imaged, patients move less, resulting in better images. Also, because the software is integrated into the workstation, the technologist’s workflow is faster and easier. This, in turn, increases patient throughput.Hybrid solutionAnother approach to addressing the uncertainties of the economic climate is to focus resources on hybrid cardiac tests. For more complex patient cases, the capabilities of either dedicated SPECT or diagnostic CT or for hybrid imaging, the Precedence 64-slice SPECT/CT by Philips offers several innovations. Using CT with SPECT can help identify early disease and clarify ambiguous results of other tests. Precedence combines CT-based attenuation correction, calcium scoring and CTA in one system. The scanner produces myocardial perfusion imaging in, according to Philips, half the time of conventional scanners, allowing faster patient throughput. The new IT upgrade, Philips Xcelera R2.2 integrates exam results from key cardiology subspecialties so that relevant images, such as nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and electrophysiology and electrocardiograms, and information is available in a centralized location, again, saving time. Precedence includes new or enhanced reporting tools for 2D and 3D Echo, 2D and 3D cardiac CT and MR and electrophysiology recording and mapping information as well.Even with the DRA, however, there is a silver lining. By offering unique targeted responses to a shaky medical imaging market, manufacturers are driving improved clinical operations and better patient outcomes at lower costs. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in… read more Related Content News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. 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Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye to open December 2018 Posted by Tags: Wyndham Hotel Group Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> PARSIPPANY, NJ — Wyndham Hotel Group will manage the 242-key Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand flag. The five-star oceanfront resort is scheduled to open in December 2018.The resort’s five towers, housing one-, two-, and three-bedroom hotel and residential suites, feature 11 waterfalls and rise up from pools connected by bridges and canals.Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye will offer a spa, fitness centre, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space and an onsite excursion centre. It puts guests within steps of Belize’s Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef system which runs the length of the country, and is just five kilometres from San Pedro, the island’s only town.“Belize is emerging as a top spot on every traveler’s bucket list, thanks to its pristine beaches, celebrated culture, and continuous recognition as a must-visit destination by respected sources like The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and U.S. News & World Report,” said Paulo Pena, President and Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“With overnight visitors hitting a record high last year – up 13% over 2015 – we’re seeing an increased demand for first-class, high-end hotel experiences in destinations like Ambergris Caye.”Wyndham is pursuing aggressive development in Latin America and Wyndham Grand’s Caribbean presence is growing with the existing Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Puerto Rico and new-construction resorts planned for Barbados and Nevis, both of which will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group upon opening over the next two years.The company is growing its collection of managed properties around the world, recently widening it to more than 100 hotels and resorts globally with the acquisition of Fën Hotels, a leading management company in Latin America with 25 hotels across Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, and the U.S. Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Costa Rican woman on Friday was sentenced in a Florida court to 30 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 25 undocumented Cuban migrants to that country, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.Mercedes Morera Roche, 49, was extradited to the U.S. from Panama on Aug. 21 to face human smuggling charges. On Oct. 6, she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle more than 25 undocumented migrants from Cuba to the U.S.According to her plea agreement, Morera admitted that between 2004 and 2011, she was an organizer of a human smuggling network that provided instructions, fraudulent identities and travel documents, escorts, transportation, safe-house locations, and other assistance to facilitate the illicit travel of undocumented migrants to the United States.Morera said that in some cases, she provided fraudulent passports so that undocumented migrants could fly to the U.S. with the help of corrupt airline and immigration officials. She also directed the migrants to destroy the fraudulent documents during the flights to the U.S., and instructed them about what to do and say to U.S. immigration officials upon landing.In other cases, she coordinated the smuggling of undocumented migrants over land routes through Latin America and Mexico into the U.S. Morera charged up to $10,000 for each undocumented migrant.Morera was born in Cuba but received Costa Rican citizenship on May 16, 2003, after marrying a Costa Rican national. She was married to him from 1997 to 2003. The couple divorced the same year she received her citizenship. Facebook Comments Related posts:Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say Costa Rican police detain 9 undocumented migrants near Jacó, arrest driver Costa Rican police detain undocumented Eritrean, Somali migrants On patrol with the Costa Rican Border Police
0 Comments Share The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like WASHINGTON — The U.S. has taken Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.Secretary of State John Kerry has signed an order removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.Kerry acted 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so. Lawmakers had that much time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The step comes as officials from the countries continue to hash out details of restoring full diplomatic relations, including opening embassies in Washington and Havana and returning ambassadors to the two countries. Friday’s removal of Cuba from the terrorism list had been a key Cuban demand.
A new Radisson Blu for Prague, Czech RepublicA new Radisson Blu for Prague, Czech RepublicThe Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague is a rebranding of an existing hotel and is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2019. The hotel will undergo a full renovation to provide guests with the full Radisson Blu experience, including its personalized service and exquisite atmosphere. The historic hotel building is located at the heart of Charles Square and well-positioned within walking distance of both Prague’s Old Town and New Town.Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We are delighted to sign a new Radisson Blu Hotel in Prague, one of Europe’s gateway cities. With this deal, our team further cements the leading position of Radisson Blu in Europe as the largest upper upscale brand, that is relevant to both investors and guests”Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague will feature 160 guest rooms – including premium suites of more than 40m2. The dining facilities include a lobby bar and lounge, a terrace bar with splendid views over Prague and an all-day dining restaurant. The Meetings & Events area will be redesigned and will be comprised of six flexible conference rooms and a dedicated foyer – all ready to accommodate the increasing number of MICE and business guests to the city. The hotel will also have a well-equipped gym and one spa treatment room.Whether guests visit for intriguing history, UNESCO World Heritage architecture or the vibrant culture and buzzing nightlife, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague will be a perfect partner to help create the most memorable travel experience in one of Europe’s most exciting cities.About Radisson Blu®Radisson Blu® is an upper upscale hotel brand that delivers a positive and personalized service in stylish spaces. Characterized by attention to small details and a Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, Radisson Blu hotels are designed to make a big difference and inspire unforgettable experiences with every stay. Through personalized service and local nuance, each stay at a Radisson Blu hotel offers a truly individual guest experience. Radisson Blu hotels are in major cities, key airport gateways and leisure destinations. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson Blu by participating in Radisson Rewards™, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.Radisson Blu is part of the Radisson Hotel Group™ which also includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson and prizeotel.For reservations and more information visit, www.radissonblu.com.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/radissonblu/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/radissonblu/Twitter: https://twitter.com/radissonbluFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/radissonblu/ABOUT RADISSON HOTEL GROUPRadisson Hotel Group™ (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with eight distinctive hotel brands, more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson and prizeotel. Guests can benefit from the newly rebranded Radisson Rewards™ (formerly Club Carlson SM), a global rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers exceptional loyalty benefits for our guests, meeting planners, travel agents and business partners. Radisson Meetings™ offers a variety of fully-equipped meeting and event venues featuring fast free Wi-Fi, A/V technology and on-site contacts designed to make every event unique. More than 95,000 global team members work for the Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.For more information, visit www.radissonhotelgroup.com/media.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/radisson-hotel-group/Instagram (Employees): https://www.instagram.com/radissonmoments/Instagram (Hotels): https://www.instagram.com/radissonhotels/Twitter (Corporate): https://twitter.com/radissongroupTwitter (Hotels): https://twitter.com/radissonhotelsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/radissonhotelsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/radissonhotelgroupSource = Radisson Hotel Group
April 18, 2016 651 Views Urban Institute found that the decline in small loans has been accompanied by an increase in the denial rates for applicants for these loans. Calculations based on Housing Mortgage Disclosure Act data showed that the denial rate for loans under $50,000 is higher than the denial rate on larger loans in the postcrisis years. In 2014, for the conventional channel, the denial rate for sub- $50,000 loans was 22 percent, much higher than the 17 percent rate for loans between $50,000 and $100,000. The gap is even larger in the government loan market: 33 percent compared with 20 percent.”Tight credit and the low profitability of small loans are making it extra hard for those who want to purchase,” the report said. “Moreover, lenders don’t find these loans attractive. Loan origination costs are largely fixed and recovered either through the sale of the loan or, over time, through the financing spread and payment for servicing. Smaller loans generate lower sales prices, spreads, and servicing income, making them less economically attractive to lenders.”The report continued, “Small mortgage loans are important to the vitality of hundreds of urban communities throughout the United States. Bringing them back will be hard, and we don’t have any immediate or easy solutions. We’re eager to work with policymakers and industry leaders to understand the impact of the loss of these loans and develop strategies to encourage their availability.” One task that has never been easy in the housing market is getting a mortgage loan for under $50,000, but small loans are quickly nearing the point of nonexistence which will create barriers of entry for homeownership.A recent report from Urban Institute found that from 2004 to 2011, the national share of these small loans remained between 3 and 4 percent, but by 2014, it had declined to just 2.3 percent.”The absence of small loans may seem insignificant in high-cost markets, but in cities like Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Tampa, Florida, a significant portion of the housing stock sells for $50,000 or less. And if potential buyers can’t get a mortgage for these houses, they’ll miss that important first rung on the homeownership ladder that helps both families and neighborhoods,” Urban Institute said.Urban Institute examined 10 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) where a substantial share of the housing stock is worth less than $50,000. In 2014, lower-valued homes accounted for over 8 percent of the stock in each of these MSAs (except in Stockton-Lodi, California). These shares have been on the rise since the housing crisis. In Tampa, the share of lower-priced homes increased from 5 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2014.”The number of small mortgages doesn’t match the number of lower-value homes: the share of owner-occupied, purchase mortgages under $50,000 has steadily declined over the same postcrisis period. That share in Tampa has always been less than 3.5 percent but dropped to 2.1 percent in 2014,” the report stated. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Mortgage Loan Small Loans Urban Institute 2016-04-18 Staff Writer Are Small Loans a Thing of the Past? Share