Kolkata: A West Bengal Minister was among over 400 persons forced to evacuate their residences and shops in the heart of the city after more than 50 buildings developed cracks — and several collapsed — apparently due to tunnelling work for the under-construction 16.60-km East West Metro Railway project — a part of which constitutes India’s first under-river train line.The project — technologically analogous to the Eurostar (connecting Paris and London) — met with what the implementing agency Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) called an “unprecedented disaster” on August 31, when a tunnel boring machine hit an aquifer resulting in water and silt gushing in and triggering serious ground loss on several roads in central Kolkata’s Bowbazar area — close to the city’s bustling office and business hub Esplanade and Dalhousie. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile 10 buildings developed cracks on August 31, the number increased to 20 the next day and climbed up to 52 till Thursday, prompting authorities to shift more than 400 dwellers to hotels or guest houses in the vicinity. At least two buildings have caved in.Among those asked vacate their residences by senior KMRCL officials was state Planning and Statistics Minister Tapas Roy as a precautionary measure as cracks have appeared in most adjacent buildings. Roy, who has been residing at BB Ganguly Street for over a decade, termed the situation “unfortunate”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, the KMRC has announced a relief of Rs 5 lakh to each household evacuated in a sudden/unplanned manner following damage to their residence.”The KMRCL board of directors have decided to immediately release Rs 5 lakh per family to those affected,” it said in a statement.The order to vacate “immediately” came to families on Durga Pituri Lane, Babu Ram Seal Lane and Gour De Lane.Anindita Dey, 25, is scheduled to get married on December 1. Her family was given “10 minutes” on Monday to take out their valuables and important documents. But before they could get anything out, the building collapsed burying their belongings in the rubble. The Dey family, now lodged in a hotel by the KMRCL, is now banking on the announced Rs 5 lakh compensation and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to see through the wedding.The KMRCL has promised to reconstruct or repair the damaged buildings, and provide the shifted residents flats on rent if their hotel stay “is prolonged”.The agency has also engaged several experts “of both national and international repute” for addressing the issue in the best possible manner”, the statement said.”International experts namely Paul Vireli (tunnel expert from South Africa), Guy Bridges (Hong Kong), geotechnical engineer John Endicott (Singapore), grouting expert Kiril Shramka (Russia) and Kumar Pitchumani from Chennai are already in Kolkata,” it said.According to KMRCL, the tunnel boring work has been stopped and would resume only after a green signal from the court. Company officials fear that the project could be delayed by at least a year, leading to a massive cost escalation.The court will hear the matter on September 16.Meanwhile, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim has sought Railway Minister Piyush Goel’s intervention to control the damage and ensure proper rehabilitation of the affected denizens. Hakim also charged the KMRCL with negligence that has caused the “massive human suffering”.The Chief Minister, who reviewed the situation with KMRCL authorities, experts, police and administrative officials earlier this week, has decided to form a core group comprising the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, City Police Commissioner and representatives of affected houses and shops to look into the tunnelling related problems.The Metro corridor bridges the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata — two of the most populous areas — has been planned to drastically cut down travel cost and time, almost by an hour and a half.The Metro would run from Salt Lake’s Sector V, Kolkata’s IT hub, and Howrah Maidan. Out of the total 16.60 kms, 5.8 km is an elevated corridor and 10.8 km will run underground. The 520-metre twin tunnels under the river are part of the underground stretch.Once commissioned in 2019, one would travel more than a 10-storied building below the water surface for almost half a kilometre across the 460 metre-wide Hooghly. The Metro project — connecting two of the world’s busiest railway stations Sealdah and Howrah — was originally slated to be operational by 2012, but the deadline has got pushed back repeatedly due to land and other issues.The affected section — from Esplanade to Sealdah — is a 2.45 km stretch. The tunnel boring machine was about 600 metres from Sealdah when disaster struck. The projected daily maximum passenger load is nine lakh.
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have announced their retirement from the sport after an illustrious career in which the duo became the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time.The pair, who became household names after winning a gold medal on home ice at the 2010 Olympics, delivered the message late on Tuesday on both of their Twitter accounts through a self-recorded video showing them skating around an empty rink.“Hello everybody, we have some news for everyone, for our fans, people who have supported us, it’s a little bit emotional so bear with us,” said Moir, 32.“We didn’t know how to tell you, but I guess the best way for us is just to go where we’re most comfortable.“This is home for us … we spent 22 years coasting around the outside of the rink, hanging out together, making programs, trying to just soak up our sporting experience,” Moir continued before Virtue jumped in.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“After 22 years, it feels like the right time to step away from the sport,” Virtue, 30, said.“This is so personal and emotional for both of us. We’re just so grateful. How lucky are we really that we got to share all of this together and with all of you?”When Virtue and Moir won gold in Vancouver it marked a breakthrough for North American ice dance as the Canadian pair ended a streak of European dominance that had existed since the sport became an Olympic event in 1976.They went on to earn a pair of silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and then won gold in both events four years later in Pyeongchang.Their career also includes three world titles, most recently in 2017 when the victory capped an undefeated season, and they went on to led Team Canada as flag-bearers for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.Virtue, who along with Moir, is preparing for a Canada-wide Rock the Rink Tour that runs from Oct. 5-Nov. 23, said the future of Canadian ice dancing is a bright one.“We’re in such good hands in Canada. The next generation of skaters is going to blaze new trails, break all of our records and we can’t wait to cheer them on,” said Virtue.“And we’ll be there watching,” added Moir. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. This year, WHO is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most. This includes enacting paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave to encourage shared responsibility of caring for their children on an equal basis. Find out more here. UN working ‘intensively’ to stop Ebola in eastern DR Congo, following second case in major border town UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on a bus traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Afghanistan, in a statement released Wednesday morning. According to news reports, dozens of civilians, mainly women and children, were killed after the bus hit a roadside bomb. The Secretary-General reiterated that “international humanitarian law explicitly prohibits indiscriminate attacks and attacks directed against civilians and appeals to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to uphold their obligations to protect civilians”. The UN chief also expressed his “deepest sympathies” to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Afghanistan and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. Outgoing UN agriculture agency chief hands over reigns World Breastfeeding Week 2019 to spotlight importance of family-friendly policies Senior UN officials tasked with controlling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have responded to Tuesday’s confirmation of a second case of Ebola in Goma, a major trading town in the vast country’s restive east, near the border with neighbouring Rwanda. On Wednesday, David Gressley, the UN Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator, and Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response at the World Health Organization (WHO), released a joint statement announcing that they are “working intensively” to halt any further spread. Surveillance is being stepped up at all entry and exit points in the area, but more needs to be done to eradicate Ebola, the officials said, calling for a “strong, resilient health system” to avoid a resurgence of the disease in DRC. Read our full report here. UN chief welcomes Greta Thunberg’s decision to sail to Climate Action Summit UN Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted on Wednesday that he is looking forward to meeting internationally renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg when she arrives in New York for the Climate Action Summit that will take place at UN Headquarters in September. The UN chief wrote that Ms. Thunberg, and her generation, have “grasped the urgency of the climate crisis better than many others”, and that “it’s time we listen”. The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions to the climate crisis. Ms. Thunberg announced on Monday that she will be sailing across the Atlantic on the sixty-foot racing boat Malizia II in mid-August, and will continue on to Chile for the COP25 Climate Conference in Santiago, which will take place in December. UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ bus attack in Afghanistan The social protection programmes and public policies fundamental to reducing hunger must be improved, the outgoing chief of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva said at a handover ceremony marking his last day at the UN agency’s helm. On 1 August 2019 the new Director-General, China’s Qu Dongyu will take over until 31 July 2023, when his term expires. Mr. Graziano da Silva has spotlighted FAO’s role in improving the “lives of vulnerable people” by providing technical capacity, especially to developing countries. “I have no doubt that Dr. Qu has a lot to offer to FAO in terms of knowledge and his experience,” he said. Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 31 July on SoundCloud:
European passenger car registrations grew 6.2% in January, compared with 2015, according to ACEA statistics released this week. 1,061,150 units were registered across Europe last month, making it the 29th consecutive month of growth in the region.Registrations were up across all five major markets once again, although Italy and Spain performed particularly strongly, with demand growing 17.4% and 12.1% respectively. France (+3.9%) and Germany (+3.3%) experienced smaller increases, while Britain’s new car market posted a 2.9% increase on the previous year, following record breaking car registrations in 2015. ACEA reported that the results were encouraging, indicating that the upward market trend remains stable.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Police said they believed the killers may have been staking out the property and waited until the streetlights went off after 1am, before making their move.Dorset Police received a call at 3.03am reporting that Mr Hedger had been blasted with a shotgun. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.Detectives said Mr Hedger-Cooper, who was in the house at the time of the raid, has been deeply affected by the incident and is being supported by specially-trained officers.In a statement released by police, Mr Hedger’s victim’s family said: “Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.”We are devastated that Guy’s life has been cut short in this way. Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever. We ask for time to grieve in peace.”Detectives believe there may have been an element of pre-planning involved and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area directly before or during the days or hours leading up to the incident. Mr Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area. Police close to Guy Hedger’s homeCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Mr Hedger died as a result of shotgun wounds, after armed raiders wearing balaclavas broke into his home in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the edge of the New Forest. Chief executive Debbie Godfrey-Phaure said: “Guy was a very kind and generous man who volunteered and gave his time freely to Avonbourne.”She added: “Guy had a deep passion for education and was dedicated to expanding the experience and knowledge of children in Bournemouth.”Everyone at the trust will miss his guiding hand, friendship and the wonderful service he provided us.” Detectives believe the intruders had been staking out the couple’s property in the secluded cul-de-sac in Castlewood, DorsetCredit:Bliss Aviation/BNPS Police investigating the murder of a man who was shot by intruders at his home in Dorset have arrested four people.Guy Hedger, 61, an insurance executive, was killed in front of his partner Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, at their home in Ringwood in the early hours of Sunday morning in what police described as an “aggravated burglary”.Detectives announced that they had arrested four people in connection with the murder.A 41-year-old man from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary, while a 44-year-old and a 40-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. All three people are currently being questioned by detectives. Dorset Police said they were searching properties in Winterborne Stickland near Blandford and in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth.A fourth man, age 40, from Blandford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary after he handed himself in at Bournemouth Police Station.Superintendent Kevin Connolly, of Dorset Police, said: “I would like to thank the public for coming forward with information.We are very grateful for the all the public support we have received. “We have worked tirelessly on this investigation which still continues even though arrests have been made.“Our appeal still stands for anyone with information that could aid our investigation to come forward as any small detail may be important.“In particular, we are interested in any suspicious activity after 3am on Sunday 30 April 2017 in the Verney Close area of West Howe and in Winterborne Stickland.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A spokesman for insurance company Liverpool Victoria (LV) paid tribute to Mr Hedger.”An extremely talented marketer, Guy was instrumental in building the LV brand and he will be sorely missed by many,” he said. A police search dog is used in the hunt for cluesCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA
2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen7511213:179(34)11 After surprising draw with Ukrainian Motor Zaporozhye at the beginning of the EFH Champions League campaign, German Rhein Neckar Lowen took much more seriously the away match with the same rival. Gudmundur Gudmundsson’s players have been on the high level in Harkov with Uwe Gensheimer in the main role with seven goals. This victory put the “Lions” at TOP 16 three matches until the end…HC Motor Zaporozhye – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26:32 (10:15)HC Motor Zaporozhye: Koshovy (, Stochl – Kubatko, Edokimov (2), Skopintsev (3), Shevelev, Aflitulin (2), Kamanin, Kurylenko, Zhuk (1), Semikov (2/2), Ostroushko (8), Onufryienko (2), Tsap, Tsitou (4), Burka (2)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin Jacobsen, Peribonio () – Schmid (3), Gensheimer (7/5), Roggisch, I. Guardiola (2) , Groetzki (1) , G. Guardiola (2) , Ekdahl du Rietz (3), Petersson (3) , Myrhol (1), Gorbok (5), Prodanovic (3), Sigurmannsson (2) 4. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…6204161:171(-10)4 ← Previous Story Third time lucky for Sydney Uni – thanks to overseas students? Next Story → Volker Zerbe is back! 6. St. Petersburg HC6006120:176(-56)0 4. Celje Pivovarna Lasko6204159:161(-2)4 handball matchhandballđhc motor handballRhein Neckar Lowen 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém6600193:145(48)12 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye7313197:211(-14)7
For those fans excited about the upcoming Super Bowl this Sunday you will be in for another treat, well it’s a treat if you like Star Wars.VW will be promoting their latest car during this year’s Super Bowl, and while this does not sound that exciting, the ad depicts a small dinky Darth Vader (ok, it’s a kid in a Darth costume), who is desperately trying to use the Force to control all manner of objects in his house. After all of his early attempts fail, it’s only at the end that his powers prevail.It’s here that you see the VW connection and this part certainly gave me a laugh. On a serious note the advert does use high-end production values, what with the “Imperial March” music and a clever twist implemented at the end.But judge for yourself as Deutch LA (the company behind the ad) have uploaded it to YouTube:Read more at CNet.com
By Cormac Fitzgerald It’s very frustrating for us to see.Gibney also pointed to actions by management in individual stores as examples of the dispute being treated like “a game”. David Gibney said the campaign was about undermining the strike. Source: twitterGibney pointed to an example earlier this week when the below sign was posted on the window of Tesco Drumcondra. This followed ballots of eight stores by Mandate in which seven stores voted not to join the strike action (the sign has since been removed). A sign stuck on the window of tesco Drumcondra. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieA spokesperson for Tesco Ireland told TheJournal.ie that the company takes out advertisements “all year round”.“Over the last week we have used some of that space to communicate to our customers and apologise for any disruption caused by this unnecessary strike action and also to share some points about Tesco as an employer,” the spokesperson said.In relation to loss of revenue, the spokesperson said there had been “some impact on trade” due to the strike action.“But we are really pleased with the response from customers with over 45,000 customers shopping in the 16 stores subject to this unnecessary action over the weekend,” the spokesperson said.Now, both sides have agreed to meet with a view to ending the industrial dispute.The dispute centres around proposed changes Tesco is hoping to bring to the contracts of long-term workers at the company.Tesco Ireland currently employs over 14,500 workers. About 250 workers in total (or just under 2%) – who have been working for the company since before 1996 – will be affected by these changes. Workers striking outside tesco Drumcondra. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieAll strikes are temporarily suspended while the talks are ongoing. While Tesco has committed to bringing no changes to the pre-96 workers’ contracts while the sides are negotiating.Tesco has previously condemned Mandate for the ongoing strike action, labelling it as unnecessary and unjustified.It argues that the contracts need to be changed in order for the company to remain competitive.Tesco has called on Mandate to accept a Labour Court recommendation, which it says will protect the rate of pay of the affected workers. Mandate disputes this, saying that workers will face pay cuts.The union has criticised Tesco for not properly engaging with them, claiming that the contract changes will negatively impact workers’ pay and conditions, a point which Tesco strongly disputes.A spokesperson for Mandate told theJournal.ie talks would get underway at the Labour Court “shortly”.Read: A St Pat’s lecturer brought her students to Tesco today to teach them about the strikeRead: Tesco claims 45,000 people shopped at stores picketed by strikers 95 Comments Feb 25th 2017, 12:01 AM 28,370 Views Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 12:01 AM ‘It’s very frustrating’ – Union not happy with Tesco anti-strike ad campaign Strike action at Tesco stores has been suspended temporarily to facilitate negotiations. Short URL Source: TheJournal.ieTHE TRADE UNION representing striking Tesco workers has expressed its frustration with the company for running an extensive advertising campaign encouraging customers to pass the picket line and shop at stores where strike action is taking place.It was announced last night that strike action at Tesco stores would be suspended in order to facilitate talks at the Labour Court between the Mandate trade union and Tesco.Double and full-page advertisements have been taken out by Tesco Ireland in various broadsheet and tabloid newspapers since industrial action began on Tuesday 14 February.For example, on Wednesday of this week advertisements were taken out in the Irish Independent, the Irish Daily Star, the Irish Daily Mirror and the Irish Sun.In each case the advertisement was placed close to front page of the newspaper and the ads were identical across each publication.One page displays a number of special offers available at the store. The other informs customers that all Tesco stores remain open and condemns the strike action as “unjustified”.“We call on Mandate to stop their unjustified strike action in 16 stores and accept the Labour Court recommendation which Tesco has accepted in its totality,” part of the ad reads, below a number of paragraphs outlining why Tesco is a good place to work. The advertisement taken out by Tesco. Source: TescoSimilar advertisements – as well as ones without the page calling for the strike action to stop – have also featured in the Irish Times, the Sunday Independent as well as the above titles on various days since the beginning of the strike action.Advertising rates of cost vary from publication to publication.According to the Irish Times rates card, a single full-page advertisement costs €34,000 to take out.Based off 2013 rates, a colour double page spread in the Irish Independent costs €36,955. While a full-page colour advertisement in the Sunday Independent costs €42,170.According to Media Street, a full-page ad in the Irish Daily Mirror costs €9,544 and in the Sun €12,715.All the above prices are for individual advertisements. In general, newspapers and magazine companies that have a long-standing relationships with a customer will offer significant discounts on ad space (as is likely the case with Tesco).Pushing customers past the picket linesDavid Gibney, representative for Mandate trade union, told TheJournal.ie that the advertisements “caused more conflict between worker and customer”.“These ads are about pushing customers passed the picket lines,” said Gibney. https://jrnl.ie/3255553 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ariane 6, une fusée plus économique et compétitive pour tenir tête à la concurrenceJean-Yves Le Gall, le président du CNES, a dévoilé mardi l’architecture retenue pour la fusée Ariane 6 et ses nombreux atouts. Selon lui, la nouvelle fusée Ariane a tout ce qu’il faut pour pouvoir se tailler une place d’envergure dans un marché de plus en plus concurrentiel.La décision a été difficile pour l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) : qui devait succéder au lanceur Ariane 5 ? Une version améliorée de la fusée, Ariane 5 ME ou une nouvelle version, Ariane 6 ? En novembre dernier, l’agence a finalement opté pour le développement d’un tout nouveau lanceur juste après Ariane 5 ME. Depuis cette date, les choses ont ainsi bien avancé, comme l’a démontré mardi, une présentation faite par le président du CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall. A cette occasion, le président a dévoilé l’architecture retenue pour la fusée. “C’est une étape importante qui nous permet de nous concentrer sur une seule configuration”, a expliqué le directeur des lanceurs à l’ESA, Antonio Fabrizi. Selon M. Le Gall, Ariane 6 sera plus économique et plus compétitive qu’Ariane 5. En effet, l’architecture qui a été retenue est basée sur “une optimisation des coûts”. “L’ADN originel d’Ariane 6” Elle sera dotée de quatre moteurs identiques situés au premier étage pour trois d’entre eux et au deuxième étage pour le dernier. Ces moteurs de 125 tonnes de propergol solide (P135) sont des versions améliorées du P80 de la petite fusée Vega. Quant au dernier étage cryotechnique, il sera propulsé par un moteur ré-allumable Vinci, le même que celui qui équipera Ariane 5ME, le modèle qui doit assurer la transition entre les versions 5 et 6. Ses réservoirs seront remplis d’oxygène et d’hydrogène liquides.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreFinalement, cette configuration conserve “l’ADN originel d’Ariane 6”, indique M. Le Gall. Elle a été décidée par “un large consensus de tous les partenaires du programme”, explique-t-il cité par l’AFP. Les premiers lancements d’Ariane 6 sont prévus à l’horizon 2021/2022. Elle sera en mesure de placer des satellites de 3 à 6,5 tonnes en orbite pour un prix jusqu’à 30% moins important que celui des lancements actuellement réalisés (100 millions d’euros pour un satellite de 6 tonnes). Une concurrence de taille Si Ariane 6 ne pourra transporter qu’un seul satellite à la fois, cela la rend aussi plus flexible. Avec l’apparition de nouveaux concurrents comme la société américaine SpaceX du milliardaire Elon Musk, “il fallait absolument se mettre au diapason du marché”, a souligné Mme Fioraso, la ministre de la Recherche. “SpaceX a déjà emmagasiné 8 commandes alors qu’il n’a jamais réalisé un seul lancement”, a-t-elle rappelé. Elle a également souligné qu'”un emploi développé dans le spatial génère 20 emplois en amont et en aval” avant de préciser que son objectif était “de garder 50 % de retour industriel pour la France”. Optimiste, M. Le Gall a déclaré tabler sur un objectif de 10 à 15 lancements annuels avec une Ariane 6, contre 5 à 6 lancements par an pour Ariane 5.Le 10 juillet 2013 à 18:38 • Maxime Lambert
A tire that came loose from an SUV traveling on Interstate 5 struck two cars Monday afternoon on both sides of the freeway.The incident took place around 12:30 p.m. near the Clark County Fairgrounds, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo. No one was taken to the hospital, and no citations were issued.Clay Lewis, 25, of Newport, Ore., was driving south on the freeway in a tan 2008 Toyota RAV4 when a tire came loose, according to the memo. The tire crossed the median and struck a white 2004 Dodge Ram traveling north. It then bounced back to the southbound side and struck a 2009 Chevrolet pickup on the driver’s side windshield, causing minor injuries to the driver, identified as Ted Erickson, 64, of La Center.Emergency crews were on scene for about 20 minutes. The Toyota and Chevrolet were towed from the scene, the memo said.
Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter AP, Posted: August 16, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film.___Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy are preparing to sue the federal government, including several who say their young children were sexually, physically or emotionally abused in federally funded foster care.A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages. More than 3,000 migrant children were taken from their parents at the border in recent years and many more lawsuits are expected, potentially totaling in the billions.The families — some in the U.S., others already deported to Central America — are represented by grassroots immigration clinics and nonprofit groups, along with some of the country’s most powerful law firms. They’re making claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a precursor to filing lawsuits. The FTCA allows individuals who suffer harm as a direct result of federal employees to sue the government.“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” said Erik Walsh, an attorney at Arnold & Porter, which has one of the world’s leading pro bono programs.The firm has so far filed 18 claims on behalf of nine families, totaling $54 million, and Walsh says dozens more are likely.The government has six months to settle FTCA claims from the time they’re filed. After that, the claimants are free to file federal lawsuits.The departments of Justice and Homeland Security, both named in the claims, did not respond to requests for comment.Health and Human Services — the agency responsible for the care of migrant children — said it couldn’t comment on pending litigation, but that it treats children with dignity and respect.Last year, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement cared for nearly 50,000 children who crossed the border by themselves, as well as children who were separated from their families under the zero tolerance policy.The agency housed them in foster programs, residential shelters and detention camps around the country, sometimes making daily placements of as many as 500 new arrivals, from babies to teens.The allegations of abuse and assaults in foster care raise fresh questions about the government’s efforts to place younger children with families in lieu of larger shelters and packed detention facilities.The legal claims, a recent federal court filing and HHS documents released by Congress earlier this year allege that children have suffered serious emotional trauma after being physically harmed or fondled by other children while in foster care.Six of the claims for damages involve children who were in foster care. And one recent court filing refers to a migrant child being abused in foster care.The records released by Congress show the Office of Refugee Resettlement referred at least seven foster care allegations of sexual abuse to the Justice Department in 2017 and 2018. Because some are anonymous to protect the children’s privacy, it’s unclear if some of the claims are duplicates.Justice has not responded to repeated queries about those cases from members of Congress.Three of the four incidents involving physical harm outlined in the FTCA claims occurred at Cayuga Centers in New York, the largest foster care placement for migrant children, housing up to 900 babies and children at a time.Cayuga Centers did not respond to requests for comment.One Guatemalan mother whose 5-year-old daughter was placed in Cayuga last year says her little girl still wakes up crying from what she endured at the foster home.“Now she’s scared each time we go out or when she sees a police car or someone in uniform,” said the mother, who has filed a $6 million claim. “She says ‘Mami, don’t let them separate us again.’”Families who spoke to the AP and FRONTLINE did so on the condition of anonymity over fears about their safety.Another 5-year-old Guatemalan girl said a boy grabbed her chest and touched her inappropriately, both in her foster home and during daytime classes at a Safe Haven for Children New York foster program, according to a $3 million injury claim. The girl was moved to a new foster home but suffered verbal abuse from her foster parent’s mother, who called her names and locked her alone in rooms as punishment, according to the claim.A spokesman for Lutheran Social Services of New York, which oversees the Safe Haven foster program, declined to comment.Two claims blame the government for wrongful deaths: one, seeking $20 million, was filed by the wife of a Honduran father who killed himself in a padded cell after officers pulled his 3-year-old son from his arms.“The people making these policies intended this level of suffering, and that’s what’s unconscionable,” said John Escamilla, who is representing the man’s wife and two children.He said he plans to file a federal lawsuit stemming from his FTCA claim as soon as Friday.The government has not settled any family separation cases in the administrative claims stage. But one federal lawsuit is currently in litigation in Massachusetts, and in February, a judge approved a $125,000 settlement for a Honduran mom and her son, then 6, who had been detained for four months and threatened with separation under the Obama administration.Aseem Mehta, a law student at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School who worked on the case, said the settlement — the first of its kind — sends a clear message that such claims have legal standing.“Our case is a benchmark,” Mehta said. “The most important take away is these claims are viable, and courts will entertain them, and the Department of Homeland Security views them as meritorious; they don’t settle cases unless they think there’s liability they’re exposed to.”Janet Napolitano, who led Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, said she recalled a number of tort claims were filed against the agency in her time but said family separations were rare. The Trump administration’s failure to swiftly reunify families and children may have left the agency open to lawsuits, she added.“There very well may be some vulnerability there,” said Napolitano, now the president of the University of California. AP Updated: 7:18 AM Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes August 16, 2019
Microsoft Microsoft announced today that its upcoming OS update, known as the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, will allow users to decide for themselves when to initiate the update. This is a change from previous practice, when users were not allowed to defer major software updates. The May 2019 Update will be available next week for users in the Windows Insider Program and will roll out en masse in late May.With this update, Microsoft is enabling users to still check for monthly quality and security updates while putting off ones for major features. When your device is getting close to no longer supporting your version of Windows 10, you will be notified when an update is available. You can defer this update for up to 35 days.Other features include “intelligent active hours,” in which you can manually schedule a time for your computer to avoid updating (during work hours, for example). If you’re unsure what time to schedule, Windows Update will choose which hours based on your personal usage patterns. In addition, Microsoft will be adding a public dashboard of known bugs and fixes that you can keep track of, and it will apply machine learning to revamp how it prioritizes known issues. Read Google Home Hub review Comment See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Angela Lang/CNET Turo See it DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo See It Software An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $60 at Best Buy See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 7 Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 1 See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon Sprint $210 at Best Buy Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the AirPods review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.
Glenn Ellis, is a regular media contributor on Health Equity and Medical Ethics. He is the author of Which Doctor?, and Information is the Best Medicine. Listen to him every Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) on www.900amwurd.com, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on www.wdasfm.com. For more good health information, visit: glennellis.com DISCLAIMER:The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.) Glenn EllisHealthy lifestyles are learned at a young age.Like everything else, what you eat related to health, and it disproportionately impacts poor, African-American children. It’s no secret that for years, low-income communities of color have suffered as grocery stores and fresh, affordable food disappeared from their neighborhoods. But few of us stop and take note of what this is doing to our children.Have you ever gone late to work, so you can have breakfast with your child at school to see what they serve? How about remembering the last time you took your child to the supermarket to teach them how to shop for food? When was the last time you looked around a typical corner store, paying attention to what many of our children are eating everyday?A few years ago, a study by Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education revealed that for a “little more than a dollar” city kids can walk into a typical corner store and fill up with unhealthy calories of low-nutrition junk, and for many, it has become a way of life and gateway to obesity. It found that the average Philadelphia student purchases more than 350 calories on each visit to the corner store – and 29 percent of them shop at corner stores twice a day, five days a week, consuming almost a pound worth of additional calories each week.In fact, according to The Food Trust, in communities that lack supermarkets, entire families depend on corner stores for food purchases. The choices at these stores are often limited to packaged food and very little, if any, fresh produce. Corner stores are also frequent destinations for children, many of whom stop daily on the way to and from school for snacks.In another national survey, fat comprised an averageof 35 percent of total caloric intake in youth aged 2 to 19 years,and almost two-thirds of these youth did not eat recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 23.5 million people lack access to a supermarket within a mile of their home. A recent multi-state study found that low- income census tracts had half as many supermarkets as wealthy tracts. Another multi-state study found that 8 percent of African Americans live in a tract with a supermarket, compared to 31 percent of Whites. Studies have shown that a good breakfast boosts not just student nutrition, but also student achievement and health, and reduces absenteeism and visits to the school nurse. This under-nutrition can affect a child’s behavior, school performance and overall cognitive development.For a school age child, the act of not eating breakfast can lead to fatigue and a diminished attention span. While the body adjusts to decreased blood sugar levels, the brain struggles to perform its function with a minimal supply of nutrients. Children up to the age of 10 need to eat every four to six hours to maintain a blood sugar concentration high enough to support the activity of the brain and the nervous system. Most teachers can quickly identify those children who come to school without breakfast. Their heads are on their desks at 10 a.m. – the beginning of the peak learning hours.Junk food is everywhere and it is being consumed by our students in record quantities.Its consumption is associated with various physical ailments including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and decreased life expectancy. Because of junk food, “our children’s life expectancy could be lower than our own.” Junk food is also a major cause in the 23 percent of American children who are overweight.Often times, doctors do not seek the root of the problem (food) but instead they mask the behavioral symptoms with drugs such as Ritalin or Prozac, which have their own series of side effects, all while the brain development continues to be damaged.There are many health benefits associated with good nutrition and physical activity. Eating smart and moving more help children and youth maintain a healthy weight, feel better and have more energy. These positive health benefits have the potential to translate into academic benefits at school. Good nutrition and physical activity nourish the brain and body, resulting in students who are present, on-time, attentive in class, on-task and possibly earning better grades. As students work hard to achieve high academic standards, it is more important than ever that we provide opportunities for them to be active and eat healthy throughout the day.Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comSept. 30, 1988, 38-year old Mayor of Baltimore Kurt Schmoke testified before the House Select Committee on Narcotics regarding the impact and efficacy of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Schmoke, then a rising star in the Democratic Party, had only been on the job as mayor of Baltimore for a little over a year, inheriting a city imploded by the crack epidemic, which cut a virulent swath through the urban landscape of America.“We can guarantee that if we continue doing what we’re doing, we will fail. If we’re going to have a new war on drugs, let it be led by the surgeon general, not the attorney general,” said Schmoke. The former Baltimore City College High School football star, Rhodes Scholar and Baltimore City State’s Attorney was advocating for the legalization of marijuana and the treatment of drug addicts as patients instead of criminals. The New York Times reported on the day of Schmoke’s testimony the following:“Instead of a drug policy based primarily on law enforcement, Mr. Schmoke proposed ‘a measured and carefully implemented program of drug decriminalization,’ similar to the repeal of Prohibition. $140 Billion on Illicit Drugs He conceded that there were risks in what he was suggesting.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“‘Providing legal access to currently illicit substances carries with it the chance, although by no means the certainty, that the number of people using and abusing drugs will increase,’” Mayor Schmoke said. ”But addiction, for all of its attendant medical, social and moral problems, is but one evil associated with drugs. Moreover, the criminalization of narcotics, cocaine and marijuana has not solved the problem of their use.””Despite Schmoke’s cogent, clear-eyed analysis of the catastrophic war on drugs, he was widely ridiculed for even suggesting a national conversation about decriminalization. In fact, three of his Maryland Democratic colleagues from the House of Representatives, Kweisi Mfume, Ben Cardin and Roy Dyson, testified against Schmoke before the House on that day. The late Marion Barry, then the mayor of neighboring Washington, D.C., a city, which had also been ravaged by drug addiction and violence, bolstered Schmoke’s premise only to a point. Barry testified it was “time to rethink our policy,” but he also said, “I don’t know enough about the impact of cocaine addiction.” A little more than a year later on Jan. 18, 1990, Barry was captured on videotape smoking crack cocaine (he was targeted in a joint sting by the FBI and D.C. Police) at the Vista International Hotel in Washington, D.C.This was the toxic milieu in which Schmoke delivered his bold proposal; it all but destroyed the political ascendancy of perhaps the most erudite person to occupy Baltimore’s mayor’s chair.But, for those of us who have been here since Schmoke’s testimony before Congress more than 30 years ago, do you feel safer now or then?In September of 1988, I had just returned to Baltimore from Los Angeles and was about 90 days from entering the doors of the AFRO for the first time in January 1989. Do I feel safer in the city now than I did then? No.Baltimore’s population in 1990 was 736,014; the homicide rate that year was 234. In 2019, the city’s population is estimated at 611,648 (over 100,000 people fewer than 1990), yet, the murder rate has eclipsed 300 for the last four years in a row. I don’t have to be a criminologist to discern a large percentage, if not a majority of murders in our city, are fueled by the illicit drug trade.Recently, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (the office that propelled Schmoke to the mayor’s chair), announced her office would no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases. Foundational in Mosby’s decision are the stark racial disparities in sentencing and law enforcement in such cases.I would argue Mosby’s policy shift is a good first step. But, in order to neutralize the illicit drug trade you have to take the profit out of it. To begin healing our addicted communities you have to stop treating them as criminal lepers and begin treating them as patients. Because what we are doing now regarding the drug trade isn’t working for anybody save those who profit from the misery that engulfs are city.Maybe it’s time we revisit Schmoke’s vision he presented more than 30 years ago. We’ve lost so much already; how much longer can we continue down this perilous path?Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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Photo by Greg Freiherr News | October 10, 2014 Radiology Management Company Helps Hospitals Grow Business, Retain Patients On-site service brings trained diagnostic, interventional radiologists directly to hospitals October 10, 2014 — Current economic factors have created many challenges for hospitals and medical providers, regardless of size or location. Large urban hospitals are searching for ways to reduce costs and achieve greater efficiency, and smaller facilities, such as those in rural areas, are struggling to keep up with technology and staffing to keep their patients closer to home. To meet this need, Las Vegas-based Desert Radiologists, one of the country’s largest and most successful private radiology practices, created Desert Radiology Solutions (DRS) with teleradiology and on-site imaging services that help hospitals and other radiology practices around the country grow their business, providing more resources and greater flexibility.DRS is a full-service and cost-effective radiology management and diagnostic services program adaptable to the specific needs of the individual medical provider. The group includes more than 60 board certified physicians, with subspecialties in musculoskeletal, nuclear medicine, pediatrics, interventional, and neuroradiology. For large hospitals, DRS not only provides image interpretation on the most complex of cases, but it can provide on-site staffing for interventional procedures as well, seamlessly adding capacity without adding overhead.In addition, DRS offers a variety of services for small to medium-sized hospitals, particularly in rural areas, including on-site diagnostic and interventional radiology programs. DRS has created an innovative on-site program that brings trained diagnostic and interventional radiologists directly into the hospital to provide diagnostic procedures and interventional support. For partnering hospitals, this means the ability to provide more services to their local medical staff and allow their patients to remain closer to home for their medical care.Established in 2011, DRS is already helping others achieve their radiology practice goals. It is currently assisting several hospitals and medical practices in the United States who otherwise would have been required to send patients to other facilities in order to get the appropriate diagnostic reports and analysis.Reports are available within 24 hours for routine exams and within 30 minutes for STAT exams after image acquisition. For hospitals and medical providers, this provides the best of both worlds — on-site capabilities to meet their patient needs with full back-up support from a large, experienced radiology group with all-inclusive redundant systems in place to ensure the highest level of quality and service.In addition, DRS provides customizable management solutions, from administrative and human resource services to technology, contract negotiations, and marketing assistance to help its partners grow. These innovative radiology business and professional services, based upon proven systems and procedures, allow hospitals and physicians to maximize their financial resources and focus on what really matters — their patients. Desert Radiology Solutions and Desert Radiologists also are actively recruiting and hiring physicians and radiology staff for all types of specialties and positions, including partnership-track opportunities, both in their Las Vegas facilities and at ancillary locations.For more information: www.dradsolutions.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more
Andrea Perrone has been named Brioni Group CEO and replaces the governing committee of which he was part together with Antonella de Simone and Antonio Bianchini, who managed the Group’s companies for the past three years, a governing structure set in place by Brioni over the last 10 years.“I would like to thank Antonella De Simone and Antonio Bianchini for their fundamental contribution to the consolidation of Brioni and to the Group’s company policy leading up to this historic turning point that will allow us to face the challenges of the current recession more cohesively” said Andrea Perrone “Mr.Bianchini and Mrs.De Simone will continue to actively support Brioni’s expansion and further development”.At the same time as Andrea Perrone’s appointment, the Group announced consolidated 2008 revenues that were substantially unchanged from 2007’s €206.5M, with consolidated profits (EBITDA) of €32M, 3% down on the previous year.“We are very pleased that our business continued to do well in 2008, and we are well aware of the challenges we will be facing, especially in North America, in 2009,” Mr. Perrone said in a company statement. “In the current year we will continue to concentrate on value-added quality production and on our successful casual wear. Defending employment and protecting our know-how is something that we care about very much and that will require sacrifices over the coming months, but we are confident that in the mid-term we will be repaid for defending the excellence and exclusiveness of our ‘Made in Italy’ products.”The company has announced that it is planning a commercial strategy that centres on the new emerging economies in Asia. This ambitious business expansion plan will involve China with new openings in Shanghai, Beijing and other Chinese cities, starting from September this year.In the past 2 years Brioni has pursued an international expansion strategy, opening in Russia (Saint Petersburg, Kiev and Ekaterinburg), Kazakhstan (Almaty), Azerbaijan (Baku), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Hong Kong, China (Macao and Beijing), South Korea (Seoul), Indonesia (Jakarta), India (Mumbai and New Delhi), UAE (Dubai), France (Cannes) and in the United States with a new boutique in Bal Harbour, Florida.The company also plans to open new stores in Barcelona, Venice, Dusseldorf and Hamburg as a sign of confidence in the European elite. “Despite the recession we continue to have a loyal following among affluent European consumers, including the German-speaking countries of Switzerland, Germany and Austria, who are enthusiastic about Brioni’s contemporary sartorial elegance.”www.brioni.com
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