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first_imgUEFA Champions League Porto vs Liverpool: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:45 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images UEFA Champions League Porto v Liverpool Porto Liverpool Jurgen Klopp’s side are away from home in the first leg of their knock-out stage encounter with the Portuguese giants Liverpool make the trip to Portugal for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Porto on Valentine’s Day.Having been ejected from the FA Cup last month and being that they are unlikely to win the Premier League, the tournament is the Reds’ only realistic hope of winning silverware this season.While they may be considered outside bets for the title, Jurgen Klopp’s men boast a forward line that bagged 23 goals in the group stage — second only to Paris Saint-Germain — and they are not to be trifled with. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Porto stand in the way of the Merseyside outfit though and they will be aiming to establish an advantage that they can bring back to Anfield for the second leg next month. Game Porto vs Liverpool Date Wednesday, February 14 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Porto players Goalkeepers Casillas, Sa, Silva Defenders M. Pereira, Paredes, Marcano, Telles, Ricardo, Reyes, Felipe, Dalot Midfielders Brahimi, Torres, Herrera, Andre, Danilo, Otavio, Oliviera Forwards Aboubakar, Marega, Paciencia, Corona, Waris, Soares Porto have a near-full complement of players to choose from, including striker Vincent Aboubakar, who has scored five goals in the competition so far. Defender Felipe is suspended, while Ivan Marcano and Andre Andre are doubts for the game.Potential Porto starting XI: Sa; Marcano, Telles, Paredes, Ricardo; Herrera, Danilo, Andre, Brahimi; Marega, Aboubakar. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Grabara, Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders WIjnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke Klopp has named a 25-man travelling party for the trip to Portugal and Emre Can is included despite his one-match suspension. Joe Gomez is also available for the game.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno;  Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Betting & Match Odds Despite being away from home, Liverpool are considered favourites to win by dabblebet, who price the Reds at 13/10. Hosts Porto are considered 21/10 bets and a draw is 23/10.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool finished top of Group E, emerging unbeaten after games against Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor. However, while they scored plenty of goals, they also demonstrated a weak underbelly, something that was perfectly encapsulated when they forfeited a 3-0 lead away to Sevilla to draw 3-3.There have been some changes in personnel since then though, with Philippe Coutinho departing for Barcelona and Virgil van Dijk arriving from Southampton to strengthen a flimsy defence.Losing Coutinho is undoubtedly a blow, but Klopp will hope that Van Dijk’s presence in the backline can go some way towards eradicating the kind of errors that left them feeling equally incensed and embarrassed earlier in the season.With the colossal Netherlands international marshalling the defence and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top form, Liverpool will be confident about their chances of landing an early blow on their hosts on Wednesday.However, they will need to be wary of the Primeira Liga leaders, who found a second wind in the second half of the group stage to secure crucial victories over RB Leipzig and Monaco. 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first_imgROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a Helluva Town – Career Transition For Dancers’ 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves) New York 10019, followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York.From Broadway to the Battery, NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town will take attendees on a rockin’ ride through the most inimitable, iconic entertainment capital of the world – a mecca for arts and culture. This one-night-only entertainment event of the season features the best talent in theatre and dance performing with the Jubilee Orchestra. The show is produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo.The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards will be presented to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. Special guests include James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Chuck Scarborough and Karen Ziemba. There will also be special performances by artists from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; American Ballet Theatre; Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle; Ballet Hispanico; Jonah Bokaer; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Industrial Rhythm; Silva Dance Company; Tony Waag’s American Tap Dance Foundation plus a special appearance by the Rockette AlumnaeAngela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. “We are honored to present the 2014 Rolex Dance Award to Angela Lansbury, Career Transition For Dancers’ Honorary Chairwoman and legendary star of theatre, film, and television,” said Stewart Wicht, President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA. “I am both thrilled and humbled to be the recipient of this year’s Rolex Dance Award, and I want to thank everyone at ROLEX for this honor which I will always cherish,” stated Angela Lansbury. Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a career without precedent spanning more than half-a-century as a star of movies, a 5-time Tony Award-winning actress, and star of “Murder, She Wrote,” the longest running detective drama series in television history.Career Transition For Dancers, founded in 1985, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop skills necessary to excel in post-performance professions. With of­fices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers has provided more than 6,200 dancers with over 61,000 hours — equivalent to approximately $5.2 million — of career counseling and program services, and has awarded millions of dollars in educational scholarships and entrepreneurial grants. The organization has helped thousands of dancers throughout the US take their first steps towards discovering reward­ing post-performance careers. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 W 46 Street, Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036. The phone number is 212 764-0172 and the fax is 212 764-0343. In Los Angeles 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 455, LA 90036; 323 549-6660 and fax 323 549-6810. In Chicago at Hubbard Street Dance Center 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; 312 666-0234 and fax 312 455-8240. To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, please visit www.careertransition.org.The 29th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz, and Susan & Stewart Wicht. Gala Chairs are Avery & Andrew Barth, Janice & Stuart Becker, Victor Elmaleh, John Kimmins, Nancy & Duncan MacMillan, Phillip S. Masters, Michele & Ronald Riggi, and Misty Widelitz. Janice Becker is the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair and Craig Dix, Journal Chair. Vice Chairs are Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington and Christina Rose. 29th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsors: Dance Magazine and Pointe, Misty Widelitz, Janice & Stuart Becker, Fe & Alessandro Saracino Fendi and Joe Tremaine.Patron tickets are $600, $750 and $1,200 each. Tables for 10 are $7,500, $12,000 & $15,000. They include premium performance seating, post-performance ‘Supper with the Stars,’ dancing and a live auction. Sponsorships and Journal ads are also available. For gala information and tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at 212-228-7446 x33. For group sales call Susan Levy at (718) 499-9691. info@mcevoyandassociates.com Performance-only tickets are also now available at $45, $60, $90 and $140. They can be bought at the City Center Box Office, or by contacting CITYTIX at 212 581-1212 or on the web at www.nycitycenter.org.last_img read more

Rabat- Two police officers in Marrakech have been suspended from duty for accepting benefits in kind during the exercise of their duty.On Friday, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) decided to temporarily suspend the two Marrakech police department officers and submit their files to the disciplinary board to decide on the administrative wrongdoings alleged against them.Maghreb Arab Press quoted a source from the DGSN saying that according to the administrative investigation by the Marrakech police, the two police officers accepted benefits in kind while on duty on a public road and failed to respect their responsibilities of obedience and discipline dictated by their status as staff of the DGNS. read more

Rabat – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, under whose tenure the West African country has considerably improved its relationship with Morocco, has expressed his desire to continue partnering with the North African country.In a tweet yesterday, August 14, on Nigeria’s plan to rekindle its agriculture and expand national output, President Buhari spoke warmly of Morocco’s contribution.“We are taking our focus on agriculture to the next level,” President Buhari announced. “In our first term, we partnered with Morocco to revive abandoned fertilizer blending plants across the country.” So far, the cooperation has been crucial in the creation of an initiative, the Anchor Borrowers’ Program, with the task of providing “cheap credit to small scale farmers.”As much as it empowers small scale farmers by providing them with loans and familiarizing them with modernized, advanced tools, the Nigeria-Morocco cooperation is ultimately aimed at helping the giant West African nation achieve food security.The Nigerian president explained: “We also developed the food security program that provided capital to large scale food processors to enable them to off-take the grains produced by smallholder farmers. All of these, and more, aimed at addressing the value-chain issues confronting agriculture in Nigeria.”Buhari’s comments further cement Morocco’s growing reputation in African countries as a reliable partner in terms of expertise sharing and assistance in development sectors such as agricultural policies.In the agriculture sector, especially, Morocco’s OCP, a giant in the global market of phosphates and fertilizers, has been an essential actor in the perceptible food security and sustainable development impetus across the continent.Since creating its continental subsidiary—OCP Africa— in February 2016, the Moroccan company has made it its calling to take the driver’s seat in what it hopes will be a green African revolution in the coming years.In addition to signing agreements with governments across the continent to build fertilizer plants, OCP Africa has created programs to assist local farmers as well as scholarships in agriculture-related domains to train the continent’s future decision-makers in the field.President Buhari’s comments come just a month after those of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who also presented Morocco as an indispensable player in Nigeria’s and Africa’s aspirations to modernize agriculture and attain food security.The former Nigerian president hailed Morocco as an inspiration to other countries in the continent and acknowledged the kingdom’s role in the realization of a number of intra-African projects over the past months. President Obasanjo also urged other countries to replicate Morocco’s trajectory in terms of food security and sustainable development.In his tweet, President Buhari asserted that the next four years will see the introduction and implementation of “policies that will support cultivation and consumption of locally produced food items.”The Nigerian economy, he stressed, “stands to benefit a lot” from the cooperation with Morocco. The advantage for Nigeria includes job creation as well as “expansion of our rural economy.” read more

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was questioned by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today.Rajapaksa is being questioned on the controversial MIG aircraft deal. The Supreme Court had recently issued an order preventing the FCID from arresting Rajapaksa until a petition filed by him in court is heard. Rajapaksa had filed a petition in Court questioning the the role of the FCID.

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On her first official visit to Melbourne this week, the Ambassador of Greece to Australia Ekaterini Xagorari paid a visit to the Greek Centre and Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM).Accompanied by the Consul General of Melbourne, Christina Simantiraki, on Wednesday 24 August the pair met with the GCM’s president Bill Papastergiadis, general secretary Costas Markos, board member Jim Bossinakis, and director of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Jorge Menidis.During the meeting, Ms Xagorari was informed about the GCM’s activities and discussed various issues concerning both the GCM and the Greeks of Melbourne. Mr Papastergiadis also took the opportunity to discuss a series of issues raised in Greece, during the president’s recent meetings with ministers and other government officials. Among the issues were education, the working holiday visa, investment, culture, the entitlement of Greeks abroad to vote, and cultural exchange programs for students.The Ambassador expressed that she would look into these matters further by consulting with relevant ministers and authorities.Following on from the meeting, Ms Xagorari said she was impressed by the GCM and felt positive about its activities.“Melbourne, apart from the fact that it is a city with the third largest Greek population in the world, has a highly respectable and professional Greek Community which has done tremendous work in recent years,” said Ms Xagorari. “I’ve been fortunate to work with the GCM and we have opened a channel of communication and I believe in the future we will maximise this cooperation in many areas of common interest and concern. We already discussed several issues and I believe most of the work here in Melbourne passes through the GCM. It is a great achievement, the fact that the Greek community is united and there is an excellent cooperation with the GCM.”Mr Papastergiadis and the other members of the board in attendance said they were extremely pleased with the discussion that transpired during the Ambassador’s visit.The president said that he “was confident that good outcomes would be achieved with the assistance of the Ambassador in regard to the matters recently raised with the Greek Ministers,” adding that relations between the GCM and the Ambassadors of Greece have always been strong, which will continue to have benefits for the Greeks of Melbourne.last_img read more

first_imgMyopie : définition, symptômes, correction, causes, de quoi s’agit-il ?La myopie est un défaut de la vision qui se caractérise par le fait de voir flou de loin et de voir net de près. Définition : qu’est-ce que la myopie ?La myopie se manifeste par une vision de loin floue et une vision de près nette. Le myope n’aura pas besoin de lunettes pour lire, mais en aura besoin dans la vie de tous les jours comme pour conduire une voiture. Plus la myopie sera forte et plus la personne devra avancer son livre devant ses yeux pour voir net. La myopie est souvent due à un œil trop long. La vision agit un peu comme une caméra vidéo. Les images doivent ainsi être mises au point par la cornée et le cristallin sur la rétine afin d’être transmise correctement au cerveau. Pour un myope, lorsque l’objet est éloigné, la focalisation de l’image de cet objet se forme en avant de la rétine. En Europe, on estime qu’environ 30% de la population est atteinte de myopie. La myopie n’est pas considérée comme une maladie, mais comme un trouble de la vision. Myopie : quels sont ses symptômes et comment évolue-t-elle ?Les premiers signes de la myopie sont assez faciles à distinguer, du moins, chez l’adulte. Au volant d’une voiture, la personne aura du mal à distinguer les panneaux de circulation ou les verra au dernier moment et elle aura du mal à reconnaître les gens qu’elle croise dans la rue. L’un des signes les plus courants est de plisser les yeux pour voir correctement de loin. Chez les enfants, la myopie peut se manifester par le fait que l’enfant rapproche les livres de ses yeux pour lire ou qu’il se rapproche de la télévision. Ce sont parfois les enseignants qui s’en rendent compte les premiers et en alertent les parents. La myopie commence généralement à se manifester vers l’âge de 6 ans et évolue jusqu’à l’âge de 25 ans pour se stabiliser ensuite. Une myopie qui commence très jeune sera plus importante que celle qui commence plus tard. La myopie peut également apparaître plus tard, après l’âge de 20 ans. Il existe aussi des myopies qui évolue progressivement jusqu’à 60 ans. Myopie : quelles sont les causes ?La myopie est dans la plupart des cas d’origine génétique. Un enfant a plus de risque d’être atteint de myopie si l’un ou l’autre de ses parents en est atteint. On retrouve en effet souvent dans une même famille plusieurs myopes. Plusieurs gênes ont été identifiés par les chercheurs, mais la transmission de la myopie n’est pas encore bien connue.Des facteurs environnementaux semblent toutefois être responsables depuis quelques années de l’augmentation des cas de myopie. Les activités à l’extérieur en lumière naturelle ont en effet chuté au profit des activités intérieures et du temps passé devant la télévision, les jeux vidéos ou les ordinateurs. Plusieurs études ont récemment mis à l’évidence le fait que plus les personnes sont exposées à la lumière naturelle et moins elles sont atteintes de myopie. Les études ont aussi montré que la myopie augmente dans les pays industrialisés et avec le niveau socio-économique et la durée des études. La lecture et le travail de précision à l’école sollicitent beaucoup la vision et contribueraient à la myopie. Myopie : comment la corriger ?À lire aussiDes tests de vue gratuits distribués dès le mois d’octobreLa myopie se corrige avec des lunettes ou des lentilles de contact. Leurs rôles sont de reculer le point de netteté sur la rétine et de rétablir une bonne vision de loin. La myopie peut également se corriger par une opération chirurgicale, une méthode qui est de plus en plus répandue aujourd’hui. Cette correction chirurgicale de la myopie peut être soustractive ou additive. La manière soustractive, qui se fait par laser, consiste à modifier la courbure de la cornée alors que la méthode additive consiste à ajouter un implant à l’intérieur de l’œil.Le 11 août 2016 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch The following was taped on Tuesday from Green Bay.Pre-Show Dark Match: Jack Swagger won a squash match.10/25 WWE Main Event tapings:* Apollo Crews def. Curt Hawkins* American Alpha def. The VaudevillainsPost-Show Dark Match: WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. The MizSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Videos Articles Maryse WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Adam Scott Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Twitter The Miz Now Playing Up Next Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articleslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Anchorage School District teacher David Schwantes was arraigned Thursday afternoon in an Anchorage court.Schwantes, 73, is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.Download AudioAnchorage Police Department Detective John Vandervalk says the arrest is based off an investigation of a complaint lodged by a former student who is now an adult, who alleges Schwantes molested him in the 1990s.A teacher picture of suspect David Schwantes from the 1990s. (Photo via APD)“Many times in life, people are triggering events that bring these things forward and in this case it was one of those things for this particular person,” Vandervalk said. “And it came into the issue of trust and what to do now with their children and childcare situations, and that’s what triggered them and brought this case forward for us.”Schwantes taught at Mt. Spurr Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson from 1968 until 1993. Between 1993 and 1996, he worked as a substitute teacher with the Anchorage School District. Then in 1999 and 2000, he worked in Title 1 after school activities at Muldoon Elementary.Prior to working in the Anchorage School District, Schwantes taught briefly in Southeast and rural Alaska.Detective Vandervalk says there may be additional victims.“Whether or not people want to come forward after this many years, realize every victim deals with a situation in their own way,” he said. “Some people may have put it behind them and it may be too difficult to deal with and they may not want to come forward anymore.”“That’s their own particular choice and what we want to have come out of this is the best possible outcome for the victim.”APD is working with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to identify other victims who may have attended Mt. Spurr Elementary in the past.last_img read more

first_imgEven brief global warming events – known as hyper thermals – can cause mammals to shrink in size, according to a new study that unveils the underlying effects of current human-caused climate change. More than 50 million years ago, when the Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size, researchers said.”We know that during the largest of these hyper thermals, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) temperatures rose and some mammals shrank by 30 per cent over time, so we wanted to see if this pattern repeated during other warming events,” said Abigail D’Ambrosia, a doctoral student at University of New Hampshire in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The hope is that it would help us learn more about the possible effects of today’s global warming,” said D’Ambrosia. Researchers collected teeth and jaw fragments in the fossil-rich Bighorn Basin region of Wyoming. Their focus was on several early mammals including Arenahippus, an early horse the size of a small dog, and Diacodexis, a rabbit-sized predecessor to hoofed mammals.Using the size of the molar teeth as a proxy for body size, the researchers found a statistically significant decrease in the body size of these mammals’ during a second, smaller, hyperthermal, called the ETM2. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArenahippus decreased by about 14 per cent in size, and the Diacodexis by about 15 per cent.”We found evidence of mammalian dwarfism during this second hyperthermal, however it was less extreme than during the PETM,” said D’Ambrosia. “During ETM2 temperatures only rose an estimated five degrees and it was shorter only lasting 80,000 to 100,000 years, about half as long as the larger PETM,” she said.”Since the temperature change was smaller, this suggests there may be a relationship between the magnitude of a global warming event and the degree of associated mammal dwarfism,” she added. Researchers propose that the body change could have been an evolutionary response to create a more efficient way to reduce body heat. A smaller body size would allow the animals to cool down faster. Nutrient availability and quality in plants may have also played a role.Previous research shows that both the PETM and the ETM2 hyperthermals coincided with increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and that could have limited nutrient quality in plants, which may have contributed to the smaller mammal body size. Hydrological records during the PETM also suggest less precipitation and drought which could have led to drier soils and even fire which may have affected vegetation growth and eventually possibly offspring size. After both hyperthermal events, body sizes on all mammals rebounded. The study was published in the journal Science Advances.last_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Police report that a collision between a public combi and a pickup truck in Cancun Friday night has left 13 injured.An incredible crash between a collective transport unit and a private pickup truck left the front of the combi destroyed and the truck overturned. The collision happened Friday night on Luís Donaldo Colosio Boulevard at the height of the Cherries Motel.Preliminary reports say that the two collided when one of the vehicles entering the main stream of traffic failed to give way to the other. Police and paramedics from several ambulances arrived to tend to the injured.Two people were taken to private hospital. The driver of the pickup was hurt along with all 11 passengers and one driver inside the public combi unit. In total, 13 people were listed in need of medical attention.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media Injectors | April 02, 2019 The Power In Prefilled Syringes The continuing search for advantages to improve workflow has radiology departments constantly searching for new solut read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco GU12171120 Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Bracco Diagnostics’ Empower CTA injector. Automated contrast media injectors are used in cardiac imaging to help improve patient safety and enhance image quality. These devices can control contrast dosage, record the amount used, speed injections to keep up with faster computed tomography (CT) scanners, and warn clinicians of potential hazards, such as air embolisms or extravasations. There are some key differences buyers should be aware of between injector systems used for angiography, CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Key Differences in InjectorsCT systems use a dual-head injector with two syringes for initial and follow-up contrast doses during imaging. Angiography injectors are single head injectors using one syringe. The second major difference is where the contrast is injected. CT systems all use venous access. Air embolisms are not a major issue because any small bubbles injected into a vein are expelled through the lungs. Angiography systems inject contrast into arteries, where air embolisms can present a serious risk. For that reason, many cath lab injectors have air embolism detectors, warning of bubbles in the line before they reach a patient. CT imaging studies usually require high-flow, high-volume, fixed rate injections delivered with relatively high pressures. However, in the interventional suite, procedures need low, variable flow rate injections. Contrast injector systems used with MRI systems are engineered to prevent electrical interference in the magnetic field. Devices may either use a hydraulic control system or include shielding of its electrical controller.Injectors Offer Advantages in CTWhen contrast injectors were first introduced with CT about 20 years ago, single head angiography injectors from the cath lab were employed, said Carter Newton, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of radiology, assistant clinical professor of cardiology, University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, Ariz. However, dual head injectors specifically designed for CT have since replaced the single head devices. Newton said the double syringes allow a large, fast initial bolus of contrast, and a second syringe filled with a follow-up saline-contrast flush to keep the contrast flowing in the body. “The key advantage is you can optimize the bolus injection into one or more phases,” Newton said. In cardiac CT, a quick injection is needed to image both sides of the ventricular septum. He said this helps identify shunts, evaluate septal thickness and enlargement of the right and left ventricles. The contrast delivery is more controlled and efficient when using a dual-head power injector, Newton said. These devices also are required with the extremely quick imaging times now possible with new multidetector CT scanners.Workflow ImprovementsAutomated systems allow the operator to enter the injection rate and include features to aid clinicians. Newton said some systems offer extravasation sensors to warn if the injector needle is imbedded in tissue instead of inside the vessel. “It takes out all the uncertainties,” he said. Injector control of contrast delivery timing also can be leveraged to optimize imaging. If timed properly, Newton said this could help limit the number of scans necessary due to problems with insufficient contrast delivery. Data management systems are offered for several injector systems. These provide data to measure workflow efficiencies, imaging optimization and patient safety. The systems can integrate preprogrammed multidetector CT protocols. Other features may include intuitive auto initialize, auto fill and auto purge features, air embolism protection, and on-the-fly flow rate manipulation.Lowering Angio Contrast DoseAutomated contrast injectors were first introduced in the cath lab as a way to conserve contrast media in an effort to save money, Newton said. However, using less contrast has now become an important patient safety issue. There is increasing concern over patient contrast dosage during procedures, particularly in patients with renal impairment. The iodine-based imaging agents used in angiography and CT can cause contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). Automated contrast injection systems help physicians monitor the dosage used. Some systems also allow physicians to set the precise amount of contrast used during each injection. Manual devices, and some automated systems, do not allow for meticulous control of the flow rate, amount and peak pressure.About seven years ago the Krannert Institute of Cardiology in Indianapolis converted from manual to power injectors in its cath labs. Since the migration, contrast use in the cath labs dropped about 60 percent. “That was a huge change in our practice,” said Jeffrey Breall, M.D., director, cardiac catheterization laboratories and interventional cardiology, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University, Clarian Health. “Our number of contrast-induced nephropathy cases dropped significantly. I think it is an expense that is well worth it,” he explained. The previous manual injection system required a 6 French diagnostic catheter, but a smaller 4 French catheter is used with the automated injector. Breall said the smaller catheter also helps reduce bleeding issues.Angiography InjectorsKrannert and Clarian physicians use Acist power contrast injectors, which automatically capture contrast usage information during a procedure. The information is used to generate a report. Breall said the staff is now well accustomed to interacting with the device and individualizing the various controls to optimize the images, while minimizing the contrast. “The one-time up-front cost for the injector system pays for itself in no time,” Breall said. The opacification and clarity using the Acist device in combination with 4 French catheters is every bit as good as that seen with 6 French catheters. We have also saved thousands of dollars on closure devices for diagnostic cases.” Medrad’s Avanta fluid management injection system provides similar functionality in the cath lab. It offers fixed or variable flow contrast and saline delivery on-demand, replacing the manual manifold and syringe. The system can help improve workflow and reduce contrast consumption. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more 12PreviousNext Bracco Diagnostics’ Empower CTA injector. Feature | June 02, 2010 | Cristen C. Bolan Contrast Injectors Cut Dose, Keep Quality Automated imaging agent injectors improve cardiac care during CT scans and in the interventional suite. Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. Medrads Avanta fluid management injection system for the cath lab offers fixed or variable flow contrast and saline delivery on demand, replacing the manual manifold and syringe. The system can help improve workflow and reduce contrast consumption. Medrads Avanta fluid management injection system for the cath lab offers fixed or variable flow contrast and saline delivery on demand, replacing the manual manifold and syringe. The system can help improve workflow and reduce contrast consumption.center_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Access to PET/CT Imaging AgentsThere is an overall trend toward better patient outcomes when using molecular imaging in diagnostic work up. In nuclear medicine, physicians have primarily used single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) for cardiac imaging. However, doctors are discovering the benefits of using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for diagnosing cardiovascular disease. Yet, a significant factor hindering the adoption of PET/CT in cardiac imaging has been access to radiopharmaceuticals.Reimbursement The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services currently reimburses existing agents for myocardial PET/CT imaging. This includes [13N]Ammonia, fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and rubidium-82 (82Rb). However, each agent has it’s challenges. With ammonia, the half-life is just 10 minutes, requiring an onsite cyclotron, which is expensive. FDG also requires an onsite cyclotron. Similarly, the rubidium tracer requires a generator, which carries with it a fixed overhead cost of $35,000 to $40,000 per month. To cover this cost, a center must perform between seven and eight exams a day consistently.Affordable Agent In an effort to produce an affordable and accessible imaging agent for PET/CT, Lantheus Imaging is developing a fluorine 18-labeled (18F) agent with a two hour half-life. The novel 18F PET/CT tracer is designed for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Like FDG, the new agent, called BMS747158, can be manufactured by a regional cyclotron and then shipped to several PET/CT imaging centers. This eliminates the need for an onsite cyclotron or generator, according to Jamshid Maddahi, M.D., FACC, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. The data from a phase I study showed high myocardial uptake at rest that significantly increases with pharmacologically induced stress. The ratio of myocardial to background radioactivity is favorable and improved over time. These findings suggest BMS747158 has potential to be used as a myocardial perfusion PET/CT agent for patients both at rest and under stress. “More that 80 percent of the U.S. population is within the range of a regional cyclotron,” said Maddahi. “Like technetium, BMS747158 can be shipped to imaging centers as a unit dose. Therefore, you do not need a minimum number of patient studies per day to make the cost of the tracer economical.” In preliminary phase 2 studies, Maddahi and his team found BMS747158 detects more ischemia than technetium SPECT/CT imaging.Driving Adoption The increased use of PET/CT for oncology among nuclear medicine physicians will facilitate the transition to 18F PET/CT imaging in the future. “Centers that have consistent volumes of seven to eight patients a day will start by using rubidium PET/CT for MPI, and then transition to BMS747158,” said Maddahi. 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first_imgAlbino animals are not all that rare, says Rodolfo Vargas, founder and director of the Herpetology Refuge in Santa Ana. But in the wild they rarely grow to size. Without camouflage, they are easily seen by predators.A fully grown, 3-meter long, white boa constrictor is therefore extremely rare. And for Vargas, it’s a delightful addition to his collection at Refugio Herpetológico, where he rescues and breeds endangered animals.Housed in a mini-jungle along the old road through Santa Ana, southwest of Costa Rica’s capital, the refuge takes in abandoned and injured native wild animals. Some are confiscated at the airport and saved from the international animal trade. Others are brought to the shelter by the Environment Ministry.“Many of these animals were pets,” Vargas says. “When they got too big or bothersome, their owners wanted to get rid of them.” Included in these specimens are enormous piranhas and turtles that people acquired when they were small. There is a margay, a small spotted cat, and lots of parrots, toucans and monkeys. There’s an enormous crocodile that’s missing a paw, and also some caymans. There are 80 snakes and many iguanas and lizards.The refuge is a study center and a place where animals can live in an almost-natural setting until they can be repatriated to the wild. Some, like the parrot that lost a wing, will stay at the center permanently. The refuge is not a zoo but is a place where visitors are welcome to see and learn about Costa Rica’s animals. School classes come on field trips.And now there is an albino boa. She is about 4 years old, according to Vargas. A man in Guanacaste had her for about two years then gave her up. Since she came to the refuge, she has given birth to 13 baby boas, all with natural coloring. Albinism, the absence of melanin which produces pigmentation, is known in all species of animals but is more common in some than others. Vargas, who holds a master’s degree in biology, aims to breed the new, unnamed snake to see if more albinos are possible. The refuge already has three boas, one male and two females, which Vargas has successfully bred.Right now the new snake is kept under observation and is not on display, but she will soon live in the display area with the other three boas, Vargas says.He has always been interested in snakes and reptiles and brought his first snake home when he was 13. Now 28, his interest is not just in the animals but in conserving all of nature.The refuge is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The website, www.refugioherpetologico.com, gives a map of the site. Buses leave every 20 minutes from the Coca Cola station or the south side of La Sabana Park. Ask driver for Refugio Herpetológico. Entrance ¢3,000 ($6) citizens and residents, ¢1,500 ($3) children, non-residents, ¢7,000 and ¢5,000 ($14 and $10). Facebook Comments Related posts:Imagine living underwater for 31 days. Or better: Watch other people do it. Illegal fishing kills 7 sharks, including endangered scalloped hammerhead, near Cocos Island Hurricane Arthur puts a damper on July 4 celebrations in US In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapselast_img read more

first_imgHawaiian AirlinesHawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group form interline partnershipHawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group today launched a new interline partnership offering travelers from cities in New Zealand and Japan convenient flight connections to Hawai‘i and the U.S. mainland. The move enhances Hawaiian Airlines’ already comprehensive network of flights between Japan and Hawaii and underscores the carrier’s increasing commitment to New Zealand by expanding its reach beyond Auckland to eight additional cities.Jetstar New Zealand’s domestic flights from Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Napier, Nelson and Queenstown will now connect in Auckland with Hawaiian Airlines’ non-stop flights to Honolulu.In Japan, the interline agreement allows Jetstar customers departing from Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Takamatsu, Okinawa and Kumamoto to connect on Hawaiian’s non-stop flights to Hawai‘i from Tokyo, Sapporo or Osaka.“We are thrilled to make our authentic brand of warm Hawaiian hospitality accessible to more New Zealand and Japanese travelers,” said Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines.Jetstar’s Chief Commercial Officer Catriona Larritt said the agreement takes advantage of Jetstar’s growing networks in New Zealand and Japan. “The new partnership will make it easier for American visitors to explore our network of destinations in Japan and New Zealand, as well as offering travelers from both countries more options for travel to Hawai‘i,” Larritt said. The Jetstar partnership comes as Hawaiian Airlines prepares to increase its New Zealand operations from three to five non-stop weekly flights between Auckland and Honolulu. The increased frequency, starting March 21, responds to strong demand for the singular in-flight hospitality experienced by more than 260,000 Hawaiian Airlines passengers since service began in 2013.“New Zealanders have been fast to discover Hawaiian Airlines as the ideal option for flights both to Hawai‘i and further to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, or any of the 11 U.S. North America cities we serve,” said Russell Williss, New Zealand country director for Hawaiian Airlines. “In addition to superior service and comfort, our guests are able to enjoy the convenience of a free stopover in Hawai‘i before connecting to North America or on the return to New Zealand.”Hawaiian Airlines recently announced its 12th U.S. mainland destination – Long Beach – with daily flights from Honolulu aboard new Airbus A321neo aircraft commencing May 31.Hawaiian operates spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Premium Cabin lie-flat seating and expanded Extra Comfort premium economy on flights from New Zealand and Japan to Hawaii. Guests also enjoy island-inspired meals prepared by top Hawaii chefs.Travelers throughout New Zealand and Japan may book Jetstar/Hawaiian Airlines streamlined flight combinations via Hawaiian Airlines reservations at 099772211 in New Zealand, 0570-018-011 in Japan, or via preferred local travel agents.About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines’ online newsroom.About Jetstar Airways New Zealand Launched in New Zealand in 2005, Jetstar operates over 200 weekly return domestic flights in the New Zealand domestic market between Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Queenstown, Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. The airline also operates more than 50 weekly international return services between Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia and Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand. A fleet of 8 Airbus A320s and 5 Bombardier Q300s are based in New Zealand supporting Jetstar’s New Zealand domestic and international operations. (Q300s are operated by Eastern Australian Airlines for Jetstar Airways.) Jetstar Airways is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group.About Jetstar Japan Jetstar Japan operates more than 100 flights a day to 17 domestic routes and 8 international routes. In the domestic market, Jetstar Japan operates flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Nagoya, Oita, Kagoshima, Matsuyama, Takamatsu, Kumamoto and Miyazaki. Jetstar Japan operates international services to Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila and Shanghai. The airline operates a fleet of 21 Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation.For media inquiries, please contact jetstarmedia@jetstar.comSource = Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMatthew Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso, proudly spoke of the changes and evolution happening within the travel network at Virtuoso Travel Week.“This week, as you look out across the hundreds of events, you will see a lot of new things about Virtuoso. This event started with 98 people and today we are 98 countries strong, as you saw by the flags represented here today. But with so much going on it’s easy to miss some of our evolutions.”He continued, “The changing of something as big, complex and successful as Virtuoso is not for the faint of heart. This year’s expansion was designed to make this week more personal and more customisable. Its growth provides us with unprecedented options and the connections that we make as the Virtuoso staff make with you during this week makes the work that we do all year long more meaningful to us. And so, our team has worked tirelessly to make this a success.”Virtuoso Travel Week MagazineTo provide advisors and clients with richer content and more solid takeaways, Virtuoso’s marketing and editorial team have evolved the simple event directory into the new Travel Week Magazine.Virtuoso Travel Week on tourUpchurch spoke of both the setbacks and triumphs of Virtuoso Travel Week on tour for 2016: “Virtuoso Travel Week is an event that cannot be contained within these walls. So it has had a huge expansion this year, with 22 tours visiting 66 cities around the world. And while we may have a record 2500 advisors here today, we estimate that by the end of this year we will have connected an additional 4600 advisors to our partners.“Outside the US the format continues its growth and success; in the US most cities had great turnouts, although we did have a few that were disappointing. So you have given us great feedback, and the US format will be refined next year.”“Virtuoso Wellness”Virtuoso Wellness will focus on the booming health sector, which is predicted to reach $680 billion by next year. The new community launched on Sunday 7 August during an experiential event – the Virtuoso Wellness Zone – at Virtuoso Travel Week.Travellers take 586 million wellness trips each year, according to the Global Wellness Summit. In fact, the niche encompasses 15 per cent of global tourism, second only to cultural tourism in revenues. It is also lucrative, as wellness travellers spend 130 per cent more than the average traveller. Virtuoso’s new community unites travel advisors who serve a health-conscious clientele with handpicked partners including hotels, cruise lines, tourism boards and tour operators for networking, education and marketing.“Simply defined, wellness travel encompasses physical, mental and social wellbeing, as well as spiritual health,” says Albert Herrera, Senior Vice President of Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso. “There’s no doubt that this trend will only continue to flourish. Through our Virtuoso Wellness community, we can connect like-minded individuals and develop a true community that, through regular interactions and peer-to-peer collaboration, can share knowledge, develop expertise and ultimately work together to better serve consumers seeking healthy travel experiences.”Virtuoso announced the following partners as part of its wellness community: Ananda in the Himalayas, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Canyon Ranch, Carillon Miami Beach, Clinique La Prairie, Golden Door, Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites, Guanajuato Tourism Board, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Miraval Resort and Spa, Rancho La Puerta, Schloss Elmau, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, The Ranch Malibu, UnCruise Adventures, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and VeraVia at The Park Hyatt Aviara.Voyages programmeVirtuoso has unveiled the newest iteration of its popular cruise enhancement programme that has been delighting clients for more than a quarter of a century. The network has rebranded Virtuoso Voyager Club as Virtuoso Voyages, and enriched the programme’s offerings to provide more value to clients, advisors and participating cruise lines.This year Virtuoso Voyages will offer more than 375 sailings on luxury ocean liners and river and specialty cruises, with shore events in 87 ports in 46 countries. Virtuoso Voyages now features a level of customisation unique in the industry, with generous amenities worth up to $800 per couple. The programme provides bespoke options that include an exclusive shore event with a fine-dining experience, an in-port tour with a private car and driver, credit towards a private shore excursion, or a shipboard credit. A knowledgeable Virtuoso host accompanies each departure and welcomes network clients to two private onboard social events, including a new farewell reception that permits inspired clients to book their next cruise while still enjoying their current one.With 10 participating cruise lines, Virtuoso Voyages now enjoys the highest number of partners in the programme’s history. Four new lines added this year both address the enormous growth Virtuoso has reported in river and specialty cruising, while also complementing more traditional ocean cruising: Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Windstar Cruises. These new lines join the six existing participants: Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises. The addition of AmaWaterways in 2017 will further augment Virtuoso Voyages river cruise offerings.“Advisors who really know our cruise enhancement programme and make the most of it are huge advocates,” said David Powers, Director, Cruise Programmes at Virtuoso. “Virtuoso decided to refresh the programme so that more advisors can leverage it as a key sales tool, while also allowing more clients to discover its value. After extensive conversations with our advisors and cruise suppliers, we’re delighted to launch Virtuoso Voyages and at the same time unveil its expansion and new features.”Another new element of the Virtuoso Voyages programme extends the overall experience through pre- and post-sailing packages in popular European ports. For shore excursions during the cruise, advisors can recommend handselected unique tours from Virtuoso partners. Virtuoso Voyages land additions are commissionable and capture more of the client spend for advisors.To further induce sales, Virtuoso will offer advisors enhanced training and tools on designated sailings and introduce a new Virtuoso Voyages Specialist designation to foster a community of excellence among participating advisors. Onboard hosts will have to complete training specific to the cruise line they’re sailing on. As well, the network has simplified client registration by housing all programme forms and information in virtuoso.com, featuring a redesigned intuitive interface and simplified cruise search.Based on advisor demand, a Virtuoso Voyages sales directory will debut later this year. Both a client marketing tool and a reference guide, the directory will be published digitally for easy updating throughout the year with itinerary changes and other developments. As well, Virtuoso has released a video to further promote the programme and bring its advantages to life for clients.Virtuoso IncubatorAt the start of last year, the launch of the Virtuoso Incubator created quite a buzz. The idea of the Virtuoso Incubator was to attract and test new travel technology that can serve the network and the diverse needs of its members. Upchurch commented: “$5 billion a year is spent on new travel technology, but the vast majority of that is B2C. We wanted to champion technology that would assist agencies and advisors.”Virtuoso is unveiling the 12 emerging travel technology companies participating in its innovative Incubator programme for 2016. As the industry’s first formal programme to foster new technology, Virtuoso Incubator seeks out, refines, then introduces tools to enhance service levels, provide efficiencies and ultimately help its members maintain their competitive edge. More than 100 companies within the rapidly growing $5.2 billion travel technology space applied this year – twice the number of 2015 – causing Virtuoso to be highly selective in choosing which tech initiatives to nurture.“Virtuoso Incubator is focused on finding solutions that enhance advisor productivity and client service because the primary goal is to ensure our members remain the most competitive in the market,” said David Kolner, Senior Vice President, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “And when you consider that $190 million was funded into B2B technology startups in 2015 alone, our role becomes one of curation and cultivation. No single tech advancement can meet the needs of 11,400 advisors in 37 countries, and this programme allows Virtuoso to present our members with options so that they can choose the best solutions for their unique businesses.”This year’s participants are:Addo: A content marketing and communication management system designed to find, select and personalise content from travel suppliers.AlannaTech: A database management system that helps automate agency and advisor communication and marketing campaigns. This multilingual platform also enhances client knowledge to increase sales and trip personalisation.CheckMate: From before check-in through departure, CheckMate’s tools enable on-demand hospitality to have a two-way conversation between advisors and travellers through any means of communication – text, email or phone.Engage: An integrated chat and video communication tool that helps advisors sell immediately anywhere online on any device, and makes clients accessible to advisors anytime with one click.FITeXplorer: A bilingual English-Spanish productivity tool that creates complex itineraries and allows for easy changes to bookings within itineraries in real time. It provides seamless custom, global, and multi-destination itineraries in minutes.The Quest: An itinerary management tool that offers extensive supplier libraries and realtime updates so advisors can create and share itineraries. It syncs with ClientBase continuously, pushes content in PDFs and a smartphone app, reduces errors and saves time.Tandem Cruise Booking Engine: A B2B cruise booking tool that efficiently finds, compares, quotes, and books cruises from a single web-based system. Virtuoso is testing a customised version of this which includes unique features and content designed for its member agencies.Travefy: A collaboration platform for group travel, including money collection and custom itineraries. Advisors can invite travellers to a shared platform for discussions, polling and collaborative itinerary management.TripBAM: The only global hotel rate assurance solution that works with any GDS, can apply a cluster of hotels and shop for commission conversion opportunities. It helps lower hotel costs, increase commissions and improve compliance to negotiated programmes.TripChamp: A booking tool that allows advisors to see fares from their GDS as well as fares from other sources not available on the GDS, and access the marketplace on a zero markup basis to re-purpose and sell to clients.TripWing: An itinerary builder that allows advisors to easily generate professional materials including itineraries with just a click of a button, keeping clients updated.Yonderbound: The world’s first travel knowledge monetisation platform, where verified professional users create stories featuring hotels and activities that anyone can book, promoting advisor trips and contact information.Through its Incubator programme, Virtuoso is leading the charge in improving the customer experience by attracting technology solutions to the travel industry. Participating companies benefit from the participation and guidance of the group’s advisor-based Technology Committee, which tests the product, provides real-world feedback and allows the company to continue iterating its product to better meet the needs of travel agencies, advisors and clients. Three participants from the 2015 programme have become full Virtuoso partners: itinerary management solutions Umapped, TripScope and Axus.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgMPs called on Thursday for the construction of a new building to house the state lab as the existing infrastructure, in the case of an earthquake, could cause massive damage to the surrounding area due to the dangerous chemicals stored in substandard conditions.The head of the state lab, Popi Kanari, told the House health committee that the building housing the current facilities was built in 1970 without any earthquake resistance provisions, and that despite numerous appeals to the competent state authorities, the construction of a new building has been pending since 2008.“Today 21 labs are housed [in the existing building] where inflammable radioactive toxic substances are stored in shacks, not even in decent, roofed premises,” Kanari said. She added that the staff who were working in squalid conditions had now reached their limits as regards safety and work spaces.The lab is situated near a swimming pool and at least once school.The state lab is dealing with food safety, is monitoring and controlling pollution of the water and the environment, and provides quality controls for consumer products including pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It also has a forensic chemistry and toxicology laboratory which carries out analyses among others for drug trafficking and drug use, arson, use and possession of explosives, murders, rapes and unnatural deaths and poisonings.The existing infrastructure, Kanari said, limits the development of the state lab as it cannot even apply EU directives because it does not have the proper facilities.“Construction on the new building was to commence in 2008 but our respective governments were saying that it was not an urgent project and that chances of an earthquake were infinitesimal and so it was put on the back burner,” Kanari said.She said that back in 2007, a €700,000 study was carried out on a new state lab building and that the government had a plot available for this purpose, “but unfortunately many years passed without anyone viewing positively this project”. A new lab would cost well over €30 million.“The time has come for the immediate start of construction not in 2018, but in 2017, with a four to five years’ completion timeframe,” Kanari said.The head of the House health committee, Costakis Constantinou, said that all committee members had unanimously agreed on taking the initiative on pushing forward the construction of a new state lab building.The committee is calling on the finance ministry and the government to come up with a supplementary budget for construction to commence “even in 2018 […] for a new building in five years”. Constantinou said that he would convey this message himself to President Nicos Anastasiades.Akel MP Adamos Adamou said that in the case of an earthquake, “the whole area will be in danger”. Greens’ MP Giorgos Perdikis said that the lab’s building was “a radioactive bomb within a densely-populated Nicosia area”. His party, he said, had brought up the issue six years ago.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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