Poor farmers in 48 countries receive UN aid to cope with high

Some $21 million in new spending was announced today by the FAO to boost the next planting season and to demonstrate that by increasing the supply of key agricultural inputs small farmers can rapidly raise their level of food production.The agency says it hopes the initiative will have a catalytic effect which will encourage development partners to contribute to similar projects, but on a larger scale.According to FAO, the countries most affected, especially in Africa, will need at least a total of $1.7 billion to start reviving agricultural systems that have been neglected for several decades.The unprecedented hike in food prices, which rose 52 per cent between 2007 and 2008, has had severe economic, social and political consequences in poor countries. Over the past year, fertilizer prices shot up at a much faster rate than the rates for food.With today’s announcement, FAO’s initiative on soaring food prices now covers a total of 54 countries. 9 July 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing seeds, fertilizers and other supplies to small farmers in 48 countries as part of an initiative to help vulnerable households cope with the impact of soaring food prices. read more

Managed dairy system enticed CocaCola to build Ontario milk plant Dairy Farmers

Coca-Cola Canada’s decision to invest $85 million in a new milk processing plant in Ontario shows why the Canadian government should continue to defend the country’s supply management system, said the general manager of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused worries in Canada’s dairy sector when he said on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada would consider allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“As far as I know the government is going to continue to support the Canadian dairy system. This is a perfect example of why he ought to,” Dairy Farmers general manager Graham Lloyd said in an interview Tuesday.He said the system is attracting investment from around the world.“It’s a good example of why this system works, and when you compare it to the other systems and dairy industries they’re just not sustainable and not growing.”The U.S. beverage giant didn’t comment on Canada’s dairy system, but said tariffs were a deterrent to importing its Fairlife ultrafiltered milk from the United States.Coca-Cola also likes to make products in the country where they are sold, said Fran Mulhern, vice-president of Coca-Cola and general manager of the farm to table business.The company plans to build a plant adjacent to its 70-year-old Minute Maid frozen juice facility in Peterborough, Ont., to produce lactose-free milk that is rich in protein and lower in sugar than traditional milk.The operations, set to open in the first quarter of 2020, will create 35 new jobs and support 100 jobs at the existing juice plant, which supplies North America with frozen juice.Changing consumer habits towards products with less sugar makes it a perfect time to make Canada the first international market for Fairlife products such as ultrafiltered milk, said Mulhern.“We see lots of opportunities for this to really grow dairy, and bring consumers back into dairy,” she said in an interview.In the year after the product was launched in the U.S. in 2015, 40 per cent of the consumption came from buyers who were not drinking milk, according to a Nielsen survey, she said.Canadian milk consumption has been declining about one per cent annually for years, but value-added products are growing five per cent per year and account for 20 per cent of Canada’s dairy market. Almost 20 per cent of Canadians consume lactose-free dairy.The plant will be supplied with milk from local dairy farmers in Ontario.“Anything that will grow the dairy market and increase dairy production and increase dairy consumption is quite exciting, and that’s why we’re quite supportive of this opportunity,” Lloyd added in an interview from Ottawa.The milk uses a patented cold filtration process to remove lactose and sugar, leaving it with 50 per cent more protein and 50 per cent less sugar than traditional milk.Coca-Cola has been in a joint venture with Select Milk Producers, the sixth largest U.S. dairy co-operative, to make Fairlife products that are added to the multinational’s broad portfolio of beverages.Coca-Cola Canada employs 6,200 people in more than 50 facilities, including six production facilities across the country. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 3:37 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,692.41 down 95.84 points):Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 26 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $12.89 on 14.55 million shares. Activist investor Carl Icahn revealed Monday that he has bought more than 61.5 million shares of the energy giant for a 5.97 per cent stake.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 2.84 per cent, at $2.05 on 6.67 million shares. The energy sector was one of the leading decliners, down 1.04 per cent at 260.40 points.Pacific Rim Mining Corp. (TSX:PMU). Miner. Up 1.5 cents, or 42.86 per cent, at five cents on 6.24 million shares. OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC) announced an all-stock acquisition deal that values the Central American-focused miner at about $12.7 million. OceanaGold’s stock fell 11 cents, or 7.28 per cent, at $1.40 on 304,536 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Train and plane maker. Up five cents, or 1.06 per cent, at $4.78 on 3.69 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Down 77 cents, or 2.82 per cent, at $26.56 on 3.22 million shares. The metals and mining sector closed at 752.50 points, down 2.26 per cent.Toronto Venture Exchange (939.36 down 8.16 points):Mart Resources Inc. (TSXV:MMT). Oil and gas. Down four cents, or 3.23 per cent, at $1.20 on 5.31 million shares.ZoomMed Inc. (TSXV:ZMD). Software maker. Up a penny, or 25 per cent, at five cents, on 4.23 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Saputo (TSX:SAP). Dairy. Up $2.02, or 4.08 per cent, at $51.50 on 607,134 shares. The dairy and cheese giant entered into a $378-million agreement to buy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd., one of Australia’s largest and oldest milk processors. read more

The Strange Dynasty Of The San Francisco Giants Is Over Yes It

Seasons ✓✓ Made Playoffs?Won Division?Won Pennant?Won World Series?Losing record90+ Wins?100+ Wins?Dynasty points Angels200220091112825.0 In general, a season contributes nothing to the dynasty if the team fails to make the playoffs or win 90 games.Source: Baseball Databank Dodgers1946196642772133.3 -3 ✓✓+4 ✓ ✓ Yankees19201943106162425.0 Dodgers1973199121381942.1 +3 +2 The weirdest dynasties ever?Among MLB dynasties (as defined by Bill James’s point system), largest share of seasons during a run that contributed zero points to the dynasty +5 Source: billjamesonline.com ✗ Cardinals196319712104944.4% ✓✓✓✓✓+6 ✓✓+2 ✓✓ ✗-2 Phillies197619831142825.0 Giants201020163103742.9 ✗ Yankees1976198621931127.3 ✓✓ +1 But every dynasty also has to end. When a team has a zero-point season, its rolling tally drops at least 2 points (it falls by 3 if the team also has a losing record). When the rolling tally dips to zero again, or the team has three straight pointless seasons, the dynasty is definitively over.2And the dynasty’s final season is retroactively set to the last year in which the team picked up any dynasty points.This decade’s Giants officially qualified as a dynasty by hitting 10 points after the 2014 World Series victory, ultimately extending the span of their run from 2010 to 2016 with one additional playoff appearance.3Technically the Giants haven’t had three straight zero-point seasons or a running total of zero yet (their running total was 3 through 2018, which was their second-straight zero-point season), but our model gives them next to no chance of picking up any dynasty points — and thereby extending the run — in 2019. But of those seven seasons, three contributed nothing to (and therefore actively detracted from) San Francisco’s running dynasty total. Among the 38 distinct teams that James’s system considers dynasties, only one — the 1963-71 St. Louis Cardinals — had a higher share of their “dynasty years” contribute nothing to the dynasty itself. ✓✓+3 ✓+1 ✓✓✓ Red Sox2002201841851729.4 TeamStartEndTitlesMax Dynasty PtsZero-PtTotalZero-Pt Share Over the course of the past decade, the San Francisco Giants put together one of the strangest dynasties in baseball history. And now it is officially coming to an end.The Giants still have five players left over from their 2014 championship season, but the returns have diminished greatly since then. The team is in last place in the National League West; the FiveThirtyEight model currently predicts it to finish 70-92, which would be one of the worst records in franchise history.1Technically the 2017 version was even worse, although that team at least had injuries to blame (and a playoff appearance the year before to suggest a potential turnaround). And it could get worse by season’s end, with ace Madison Bumgarner (among others) on the trade block.The Giants got here in part by trying to extend the dynasty past its expiration date. But who can blame them? When a team’s initial successes defy the odds, it can be especially difficult to know when a downturn is permanent or just a detour along the road to another title. This is especially true of San Francisco, which sandwiched two mediocre nonplayoff seasons in between World Series titles. But we come here not to bury the Giants’ dynasty but to praise it — and imagine how Farhan Zaidi, the new president of baseball operations, might construct another one where the original once stood.So what makes the Giants’ dynasty of the 2010s — and yes, it was a bona fide dynasty — maybe the most interesting ever?Up and downThe simplest answer to that question lies with the team’s every-other-year pattern of success. In even-numbered years from 2010 through 2016, the Giants’ winning percentage was .557; in odd years, it was only .506. But plenty of teams have gone on wild championship roller-coaster rides. The Giants’ version was one of the most memorable because of how unexpectedly it materialized and how difficult it was to get a handle on, even while it was happening.Sabermetrics pioneer Bill James has a method of determining dynastic runs that involves giving out points for seasons of various accomplishments. He keeps a running tally of a team’s dynasty points after each season; whenever a team’s running total hits 10, it automatically becomes a dynasty — of which there have been only 38 in baseball history. Cardinals1926193531731030.0 ✓✓ Bill James’s dynasty accounting systemWhat an MLB team must do in a season to earn or lose dynasty points Keeping in mind that the majority of San Francisco’s dynasty took place in the double-wild-card era, where in theory it is easier to snag an occasional playoff berth to keep the run going, you could argue that a Giants-like run is even harder to pull off now than during the Cardinals’ era (most of which happened when the “playoffs” consisted only of the World Series).If all of this sounds like a knock on what San Francisco accomplished, it’s not. It actually just makes it more fascinating: Only nine teams in history ever won three World Series in a five-year period anyway, and none of those had anywhere near as many ups and downs — nor proved as many doubters wrong — as the 2010-16 Giants did.Growing a dynasty … on top of a dynasty?Surprisingly, that run actually began on the heels of another dynasty, at least according to James’s accounting system. The 2000-04 Giants hit a running total of 10 points as well, despite not winning any championships, because they won at least 90 games five years in a row with two division crowns, a pennant in 2002 and 100 victories in 2003. That team was powered by Barry Bonds at the peak of his historic hitting powers,4And with Bonds allegedly benefiting from performance-enhancing drugs. with help from second baseman Jeff Kent, pitcher Jason Schmidt and shortstop Rich Aurilia. But the club’s performance fell after much of Bonds’s supporting cast signed elsewhere (SB Nation recently made a great video about the bitter Bonds-Kent feud), and the Giants’ main attraction in the ensuing seasons was Bonds’s largely joyless pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.By 2008, Bonds was out of baseball and the Giants were terrible, winning just 72 games. They had just three players who had been ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects in the previous few seasons: pitchers Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez. Their farm system ranked just 23rd in baseball. Practically nothing about the Giants’ situation suggested that another dynasty was around the corner.But as bleak as San Francisco’s outlook appeared to be, the ingredients were largely in place for the run that was to come. To go with Cain and Lincecum, fellow dynasty cornerstones Bumgarner, Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt would all be drafted in 2007-09, while third baseman Pablo Sandoval and reliever Sergio Romo both made their MLB debuts in the summer of 2008. Nine players were on all three Giants championship squads — Posey, Bumgarner, Cain, Sandoval, Romo, Lincecum, Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez — and of those, six were either acquired by or made their MLB debuts for San Francisco in the 18-month span between May 2007 and November 2008. The team had also hired manager Bruce Bochy away from the division-rival San Diego Padres prior to the 2007 season.The Giants’ penchant for acquiring and developing homegrown talent helps explain a good amount of their success earlier this decade. From 2010 through 2016, only two teams (the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays) got more total wins above replacement5Averaging together the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from players who initially debuted with the team than San Francisco did. That group was headlined by Posey and Bumgarner, both of whom were top-10 draft picks, but it also included a fourth-rounder (Crawford), fifth-rounder (Belt) and 18th-rounder (Matt Duffy) who each peaked as 4-win players or better despite their lack of pedigree.Spare parts to the rescueThose Giants were made all the more interesting by the odd veteran pieces that filled in the gaps around the homegrown talent, particularly in the postseason. Journeyman castoffs Andres Torres and Aubrey Huff led the 2010 Giants in regular-season WAR, while that year’s NLCS MVP was Cody Ross (who had been claimed off waivers from the Marlins in August), and the World Series MVP was veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria, who had missed more than half the regular season with injuries.The trend continued in subsequent title runs. Outfielder Angel Pagan rebounded from a disappointing 2011 season with the Mets to produce 4.4 WAR for the Giants in their 2012 championship campaign. Melky Cabrera, on his fourth team in four years, was the All-Star Game’s MVP and hit an NL-best .346 that year before being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs (and recusing himself from the batting crown). Second baseman Marco Scutaro, picked up via trade in July, claimed NLCS MVP honors. After Posey and Bumgarner, frenetic outfielder Hunter Pence, acquired four days after Scutaro, was the Giants’ best player by WAR in 2013 and 2014, posting an 1.167 on-base plus slugging in the 2014 World Series. Even in 2016, obscure third baseman Conor Gillaspie provided playoff heroics when his ninth-inning home run won the NL wild-card game over the Mets.This quirky combination of young draftees and veteran reclamation projects helped each Giants championship team forge a different identity. The 2010 team was widely identified with Lincecum, Cain and eccentric, heavily bearded closer Brian Wilson. The 2012 version had evolved to become Posey’s team (he was named NL MVP) with Sandoval, the “Kung Fu Panda,” inheriting the role of postseason talisman from Wilson. And the 2014 season was all about the dominance of Bumgarner, who became virtually unhittable in October, winning the NLCS and World Series MVPs. Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean continually found ways to retool the roster on the fly, returning it to a championship level even after a 76-win season in 2013 suggested to many that San Francisco’s days of winning it all were probably over.An extraordinary timeThe Giants’ dynasty was also lucky to come along during an era of comparative parity in Major League Baseball. In 2015, my colleague Rob Arthur and I noted that MLB was getting tougher and tougher to predict during the decade of the 2010s, which happened to overlap with the entirety of San Francisco’s run to that point. In particular, the share of variance in team records explained by luck — which tracks with how compressed team records are across the league — had spiked upward to 64 percent that season, the highest mark since right after the 1994 strike.The Giants weren’t particularly dominant on paper during their dynastic years, never finishing higher than sixth in baseball in Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System during any of their championship seasons, but it was the perfect moment to be a good team that gets hot at exactly the right time. Although it is unlikely that San Francisco’s World Series runs were wholly (or even mostly) the product of making the playoffs and having the postseason crapshoot fall in their favor three times, there’s no denying that the Giants’ path was made easier by the lack of super-teams across the rest of MLB.And now, those days are gone. (Not that it would help the current Giants much if they weren’t.) Starting in 2016, the league became very much top-heavy and thus much easier to predict than it had been earlier in the decade. The simultaneous emergence of juggernauts in the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians over the past few seasons have left the next tier of teams feeling the squeeze. Yes, some of today’s reduced parity also owes to the surplus of tanking teams trying to emulate the championship runs of the Cubs and Astros, but the teams at the top are also just stacked with talent. That has made it much tougher to be a merely solid ballclub with World Series aspirations.The aftermathAfter falling short against the Cubs in the 2016 NL Division Series, the Giants hoped to return to contention with largely the same group plus ex-Nationals closer Mark Melancon (who’d been good the previous season). Instead, Bumgarner injured himself in an early season dirt bike accident, Melancon was terrible, and the team collapsed to 64 wins. Then San Francisco doubled down on reviving its even-year magic in 2018 by trading for 30-something stars Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. It didn’t work: Longoria was a disappointment at 1.2 WAR, McCutchen was traded to the Yankees at midseason, and Bumgarner was injured again. After 73 wins last year and this season’s 20-26 start, and facing Bochy’s retirement at the end of 2019, the franchise has finally begun staring down the specter of a rebuild.It’s easy to look back with hindsight and criticize the moves San Francisco made to try to keep its window of contention open. Well after the 2014 championship, for instance, the Giants signed pitchers Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Melancon to long-term deals totaling $282 million, which looks like a terrible waste now — as well as a betrayal of the dynasty’s original homegrown roots.But this was also the same team that rode out a playoff absence in 2011 to win again in 2012, and a 76-win disappointment in 2013 to win again in 2014. As Bumgarner told the L.A. Times before this season, “Pretty much every year we’ve won, we were not expected to win.”The retool-on-the-fly mindset served the Giants well — until it didn’t.As much as the failure of recent big-name acquisitions to recapture their former glory has hurt the Giants, another big factor has been the failure of the team’s homegrown core to age gracefully — and the lack of anything in the pipeline behind it. Although Crawford can still make the occasional spectacular play, he is down from a 5-win player in 2016 to a subreplacement one now, and he’ll make $15.2 million each of the next two seasons after 2019. Belt was worth 4.2 WAR in 2016; now he’s on pace for a more middling 2.2 WAR in 2019 despite his $17.2 million salary, which also repeats in 2020 and 2021. Duffy fell off in 2016 and was traded for Matt Moore, who was miserable for the Giants in 2017 and was himself dealt for peanuts.Even with Bumgarner healthy, the Giants have the league’s worst starting rotation according to WAR. And recent drafts have produced little of note. The farm system ranked 26th in Keith Law’s preseason rankings. Things suddenly look dire again.Rebuilding the next dynastyWith Sabean’s successor, Bobby Evans, removed from his post as general manager last September, the man tasked with rebuilding the Giants now is former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi, who has gained a reputation as an innovator and a genius since leaving his doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley to join the Oakland A’s front office under billion-dollar Billy Beane in 2005.Zaidi began shaking up San Francisco’s usual methods with a seemingly endless stream of anonymous signings before the season, in the hopes that at least some of them turn into viable major leaguers. That dizzying roster carousel did not let up once the season got underway, either. The team has started to employ modern pitching tactics like using an opener (which went poorly) and having position players like Sandoval throw mop-up innings (which went well!).But Zaidi has also run into friction six months into his new job. Already a figure of suspicion among Giants fans for his Dodger background, Zaidi was booed by season-ticket holders (granted, at Zaidi’s own urging) during a preseason meet-and-greet after he mentioned potentially using the opener. More seriously, he was openly criticized by Derek Holland after the pitcher was demoted from the starting rotation.Maybe all the constant roster-shuffling and other analytics-minded front-office techniques will pay off for San Francisco in the long run. But for now, the Giants are a bad team that can only get worse. The players are noticing — and so are the fans. AT&T Park was home to baseball’s third-best attendance mark as recently as 2017, but no team has shed more fans per game this season than San Francisco, whose 2019 attendance is down by more than 6,000 as compared with last year.How long will the Giants’ rebuild last? It might take a while to clear the current roster’s worst financial obligations from the books. Even in a world without Bumgarner, the team has $124 million committed to just seven players next year, with a payroll that could balloon to $172 million after arbitration and options are picked up. But as San Francisco’s ill-fated late push to sign Bryce Harper showed, the team hasn’t ruled out shelling out money for talent despite starting a new chapter in franchise history. Zaidi’s tightrope walk between alienating one of baseball’s best fan bases and genuinely refreshing the roster should be interesting to watch over the next few seasons.But it does also mean that the Giants dynasty of the early teens is firmly in the rearview mirror. What San Francisco accomplished then still defies statistical explanation to a certain degree, even acknowledging that most dynasties need an unlikely string of good fortune to build a great roster with long-term staying power. Through a combination of strong starting pitching, an impressive homegrown core and unbelievably shrewd veteran pickups, the Giants put together one of baseball’s most improbable strings of championships ever — a run that will be better appreciated only as it recedes into the realm of history. Now we have to see what Zaidi can do as a follow-up act.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgUpdated 23.10pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…(Image An Garda Síochanna Facebook page)IRELANDA report into the penalty points system found “widespread” breaches of policy, with the Garda Inspectorate saying nobody was “watching the store”.Friday’s airport strikes have been called off.Some parents on the Gateway scheme will take home less than €2 extra.Rehab gave over more information to the PAC.Gardaí were called to a protest on same-sex marriage in NUIG.A man has been arrested after a woman’s body was found in a house in Dublin on Sunday.A man was sentenced to 20 months for killing a 14-year-old boy in a hit-and-run. [RTE]Good news for Irish bond yields as they hit a record low today.A referendum could be held in May on whether Dublin should have a directly-elected mayor.WORLDThe scene of a gas explosion in New York today. (Image: FDNY)#NEW YORK: A gas explosion has killed two people and injured 18 in Harlem.#MALAYSIA AIRLINES: The last radio transmission from the cockpit of the missing plane has been disclosed.#LOUISIANA: A man who was on death row for 26 years was freed from prison after a judge said he was innocent.INNOVATIONA tech-savvy hospital in Boston have developed Google Glasses which lets ER doctors scan a QR code on the wall of each room to call up information about patients. [arstechnica]An art project is scanning brains so that signals from people’s brains can be turned into a 3D prints. [The Verge]PARTING SHOTEver wondered how you would go about using half a million cubes of sugar to build a castle. These Irish sculptors show us how it’s done. [Wired.com]First published 9.00pmHere’s what happened yesterday >last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img John Bercow unexpectedly announced that he was stepping down as Speaker. Source: House of Commons#SPOKEN FOR: The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, announced that he is stepping down from the role. #BREXIT: British MPs inflicted another defeat on the government, forcing it to disclose no-deal planning documents and all correspondence concerning prorogation. #IMPEACH: Democrats in the US have stepped up their impeachment investigation of US President Donald Trump, as scrutiny increases over Trump’s business and his lawyer’s involvement in Ukraine.PARTING SHOTThe EU is now a ubiquitous part of our lives. From Brexit to the general wranglings over the direction of Europe, all we talk about these days is the EU. The BBC details the history of the Hanseatic League – arguing that the powerful trading network was a precursor to the modern EU.  9,899 Views 3 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:58 PM By Dominic McGrath Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Here’s what made the headlines today. Get our daily news round up: https://jrnl.ie/4802410 NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar sit under a portrait of Michael Collins during a meeting between the two leaders today. Source: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire/PA ImagesBoris Johnson and Leo Varadkar met in Dublin today. Following discussions on the backstop, a joint statement following the meeting said that “significant gaps” remain on a number of issues. Prospective mothers have been warned against any sort of alcohol use during their pregnancy as the HSE launched a new campaign to dispel the myths between drinking and carrying a child.Health minister Simon Harris has sent letters to social media companies and sports organisations asking them to raise awareness of vaccinations. A second man arrested in connection with the murder of Vincent Parsons in Tallaght was released without charge last night. Bus Éireann drivers have said that they will stop serving Busáras after dark from next week unless the company provides more security at the Dublin station.Irish athlete Craig Lynch has died in a car accident. Lynch was part of the Ireland team that ran in the 2015 World Relay Championships. Meat Industry Ireland has pulled out of talks with beef farmers over ongoing protests. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today ruled out an election this year so Brexit preparations can be prioritised. Popular Dublin pub Bernard Shaw announced that it will close in October. WORLD Sep 9th 2019, 8:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Burglar steals valuables from Airbnb in Little Havana

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a brazen burglar who broke into an Airbnb rental in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.According to City of Miami Police, the subject entered the home located in the area of Southwest 15th Avenue and Ninth Street, Aug. 13.Surveillance video shows the perpetrator filling a backpack with valuables before he took off.The owner said he got away with $600 worth of items.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jharkhand mob lynching incident a blot on humanity Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tore into the BJP in wake of alleged mob lynching of 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand and dubbed the incident as a “blot on humanity”. “The brutal lynching of this young man by a mob in Jharkhand is a blot on humanity. The cruelty of the police who held this dying boy in custody for 4 days is shocking as is the silence of powerful voices in the BJP ruled Central & State Govts. #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror” he tweeted. Also Read – Key aide of PM opts outof service Advertise With Us Ansari was attacked by a mob in Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on the suspicion of theft on June 18. He was beaten up mercilessly for hours before being handed over to the police. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital on June 22. He was first admitted to Sadar hospital on Monday morning and then referred to Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us Tabrez’s family has alleged that the attack was communal and that he was made to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’. “Some locals thrashed Tabrez and later gave him over to the police. He was held ,Delhi, Jharkhand,Communal Attackon suspicion of theft but it was a communal attack. He was beaten because he had a Muslim name. They made him chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ again and again,” Tabrez’s relative Maqsood Alam told ANI. Advertise With Us He further claimed that the family was not allowed to meet him at the hospital. “We have the video of the incident. I demand the culprits should be arrested,” Alam added. “We want action against the police personnel who were on duty at that time,” another relative said. An FIR has been registered and further investigation is underway, police said.last_img read more

WATCH Former judge and National Conference neta Syed Tauqeer Ahmad asks people

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsFormer Jammu and Kashmir High Court judge and a new entrant into the regional National Conference party in J&K, Syed Tauqeer Ahmad, who also heads the organisation’s Kokernag (South Kashmir wing), is seen telling the people to chop off limbs of the forest department officials who oppose the construction of the road.”You have my permission. Of anyone from the government forest department comes here again to oppose the road construction, cut their legs and arms,” Syed Tauqeer could be heard telling the voters in the shocking viral video. Tauqeer is blatantly promoting violence by saying that nobody would harm them even if they attack the government officials.”It will take us 2-3 months to form the government. I am my party’s representative from the region. and if anyone from the department comes here and blocks the road , teach them a lesson and I can assure you noone will harm you,” Tauqeer said.The J&K is currently heading for Lok Sabha polls and State Assembly elections. In the pre-poll frenzy all the major parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and J&K Peoples Movement have been organising public rallies, workers meetings in various parts of the state to seek votes.  IANSThe NC leader’s brazen attempts to incite violence in the viral video has irked the Twitterati who have been tagging the former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah along with the video, urging him to take the action. The NC meanwhile issued a statement saying that the statement made by its leader, Syed Tauqeer are utterly disgraceful and that the party has nothing to do with his remarks. And that the personal opinion of the leader doesn’t represent the voice of the party. However, no action has been initiated against the leader.Watch the video here:A new enterant in National Confernce Qazi Tawqeer heard asking people to chop limbs of forest officials if they stop construction of a road-NC leader tipped to be a candidate for the assembly polls looks like inciting people to resort to violence 4 getting their demand fulfilled pic.twitter.com/TGseGqSRAS— zaffar iqbal (@szaffariqbal) March 29, 2019last_img read more

Lucifer and Kanchana 3 pirated versions leaked by Tamilrockers Is cyber cell

first_imgPirated versions of Malayalam blockbuster ‘Lucifer’ and Tamil movie ‘Kanchana’ has been released by Tamilrockers online. Even though the pirated version of ‘Lucifer’ was released three weeks after its release, the camera print of ‘Kanchana 3’ has hit online just hours after its theatrical release. It should be also noted that the pirated version of Telugu movie ‘Jersey’ which was released on April 19 is also available to download in the Tamilrockers website.As the pirated full movie copies of ‘Kanchana 3’ and ‘Jersey’ has been leaked online, the collections of these films will be affected very badly in the coming days. On the other hand, ‘Lucifer’ is expected to emerge as an industry hit in Mollywood, but the release of the camera print may result in a drastic dip in collections from now on.A couple of days back, a Kerala man who works in Saudi Arabia had uploaded a Tik Tok video that shows him watching the pirated print of ‘Lucifer’. In the video, the man can be seen saying that the film is not worth a watch, apart from three goosebump moments. As the video went viral on the online space, Aashirvad Cinemas, producer of ‘Lucifer’ lodged a police complaint and tracked the whereabouts of the man who uploaded the video.”People have the rights to criticize a movie after watching it in theatres. However, this man named Askar Ponnani who is currently working in Saudi Arabia has uploaded the video after watching the pirated print. This is something unacceptable, and these acts literally shatter the entire film industry. Kerala Police has already taken a case against him, and they have contacted the Saudi Arabian authorities to locate the place in which he works. Strict actions will be taken against Askar Ponnani once he lands in Kerala,” Aashirvad Cinemas wrote on their official Facebook page.Even though cyber cell in India is taking strict actions against sites like Tamilrockers to curb piracy, these sites are still active and are uploading pirated copies of movies in different languages within hours of its release. Earlier, cyber cell authorities have made sure that torrenting sites like these are not accessible for people who use Indian IP numbers. However, many people are still accessing these pirated sites using VPN (Virtual Private Network).If the police and judiciary fail to nab and punish the culprits behind piracy, it will finally result in the ultimate end of the Indian film industry, as cinema is also a business which solely depends on box-office collections.’Lucifer’ is directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, and it stars Mohanlal in the lead role. Apart from Mohanlal, the film also stars Manju Warrier, Vivek Oberoi, Tovino Thomas, Kalabhavan Shajon, Baiju Santhosh and Saikumar in other prominent roles. The film which is a political thriller has already grossed more than Rs 115 crores at the box office. On the other hand, ‘Kanchana 3’ also known as ‘Muni 4’ is a Tamil horror thriller directed by Raghava Lawrence. The film stars Raghava Lawrence, Oviya, Vedhika, Nikki Tamboli, Kovai Sarala and Soori in lead roles.last_img read more

Gone with the wind Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut not friends anymore

first_imgAfter what happened at the song launch of Judgemental Hai Kya between Kangana Ranaut and a journalist, it was expected that things might not remain smooth between Kangana and the film’s producer Ekta Kapoor. While Ekta had said that Kangana and she would team up again, it seems far from happening anytime soon.Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut have had a fall-out and it’s not going to be mended anytime soon. “Ekta is from the industry and knows how it works. She has always made it a point to be polite and friendly with the media and with the industry. Kangana’s needless outburst did affect the film and Ekta is miffed about that,” says a Deccan Chronicle report.Though the film has been liked by the critics, it failed to bring a huge crowd to the theatres. And Ekta feels the film couldn’t reach the success it destined to reach at. Even at the success bash of the film, Ekta Kapoor was nowhere to be seen.At the song launch of Judgemental Hai Kya, while Kangana had accused a journalist of maligning her and launching a smear campaign against her. “Justin, tum toh humare dushman ban gaye ho yaar….badi gandi batein likhte ho. Tum kitna ganda sochte ho! Tum itni gandi soch rakhte ho. You are bashing my film Manikarnika. Have I made a mistake in making that film? You are calling me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism. Is it a mistake to make such a film?” Kangana had said. The journalist had lashed back at Ranaut for levelling fake accusations on him saying, “This is not the right way to intimidate a journalist just because you are at such a powerful position.” The event got so heated up that the makers had to issue a written apology towards the team.Following which The Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India had decided to boycott Kangana and had written, “We, as a guild, have collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and not give her any media coverage. Rest assured, we will not let this matter affect ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’ in any manner and will be supportive of your film and other cast members, barring Ms Ranaut.”From Akshay Kumar to Rishi Kapoor, many celebs spoke up about the incident. Akshay Kumar had said, “Hame aapki bohot zarurat hai (We all need you). I believe that we can reach out to people and express our opinions through the media. I hope this misunderstanding gets solved. I am not too clued in into this matter because I was in London. It is unfortunate, but I hope everything gets solved.”last_img read more

EC fixes 26 June for voting in Gazipur city polls

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Election Commission (EC) on Sunday set 26 June to hold the Gazipur City Corporation polls, reports UNB.EC acting secretary HelaluddinAhmed said the election will be held on 26 June while the official election campaign will start on 18 June.The decision was taken at a meeting of the EC chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Hudain the afternoon, he said.On Thursday, the Appellate Division asked the EC to hold the GCC Election by 28 June.The Appellate Division passed the order after hearing three separate appeal petitions filed by the Election Commission and two mayoral candidates — Hasan Uddin Sarkar of BNP and Zahangir Alam of Awami League.On 6 May, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election which was scheduled to be held on 15 May.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January, 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, the GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on 6 May morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the Election Commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

Hollywood Women Launch Initiative To Stop Sexual Harassment

first_imgEvan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/APReese Witherspoon arrives at the 27th annual Independent Film Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in November. Witherspoon is one of hundreds of Hollywood women backing the Time’s Up initiative against sexual harassment.Some of Hollywood’s most powerful women have teamed up to launch an initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment inside and outside their industry after an avalanche of allegations set in motion by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.In a full-page open letter published in Monday’s New York Times, 300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives announced the campaign called Time’s Up. A few of the more famous Hollywood women who signed the letter include Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones, and Ashley Judd.It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. Sign the #TIMESUP solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund right here: https://t.co/GNhkSnWIDb pic.twitter.com/a5oi2Sbaam— TIME’S UP (@timesupnw) January 1, 2018“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.The Time’s Up initiative includes:A $13 million legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar jobs and farm workDrafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of such television series as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, was quoted in the Times as saying: “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house.”Witherspoon said that in the past women have been “siloed off from each other.”“We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard,” she said, according to the Times.Since October, when dozens of women began coming forward to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, numerous men in prominent industries have been forced to resign over sexual harassment claims, including top editors at NPR.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Being your own master is another kind of high

first_imgSinging, songwriting, beatboxing, live looping, and producing sounds with an array of gadgets on stage, this one woman army does it all by herself. Blending classical Indian, folk and western contemporary styles, Vasudha Sharma enlivens her audience through her music. Being out on a solo journey is a conscious decision? No, I am not trying to do it individually. I do collaborate and jam with other musicians at times. It’s just that I like to make my basic compositions and then get others on board. I like to control the inception phase. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Your music carries Indian folk and western sensibilities at the same time, how did this come about?I made a great leap that way. When I was four, my summer vacations were spent learning braj music in Mathura. I had no inkling of even Bollywood music back then. After I joined Hindu college for my graduation, I was introduced to Alanis Morissette. That’s when I started imbibing her style of music; you know the way youngsters do. That was my transition from Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixbraj rasiya to western.And which way did you decide to go from that juncture?I was really confused as I knew very little about western music. Then I got this scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston,USA. That’s when I decided to delve into western theory of music. Now, I can fuse both the styles together.Coming back to India, you dabbled in Bollywood as the music director of ‘Sharukh Bola Khubsoorat Hai Tu’. (Cuts in) I used to frequently visit Prithvi theatre for plays. One day I saw Makrand Deshpande in a café. I casually went up and told him that I was a singer songwriter and would like to make music for theatre. A year later or so, this offer came along.Bollywood, indie music or both, which way do you plan to steer ahead?Being your own master is another kind of high. I love the space I am in. I am producing my own album Attuned Spirits, for which I had recorded some songs in Boston. Jaagi Jaagi Raina, one of the singles from the album is already out in the market. I am enjoying the way things are panning out for me.last_img read more

All things fine and Italian

first_imgFor Simona Bocchi, sculptor, painter, interior-designer, jewelry designer, the desire to create forms out of nature grew in her as constantly as her creativity did.Italian by birth and essence, Bocchi has made India her home over the last few years. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bocchi says that she is fascinated by the balance of the yin and the yang and her creations stem from that like the living, breathing, pulsating mass of energy that transforms a piece of granite, marble, bronze, jute or even silver into a stunning piece of art. When I feel the masculine energy in me I like liberating it by making a piece that needs that kind of physical effort from me, on other days when I feel more feminine I prefer to use soft touches, brush tips to create what I want, explains Bocchi.She likes playing with the sense of movement in metal and wax as much as she likes the raw physicality of a piece of marble. It has happened at times that while I have been working on a particular vision, I cut away a piece of rock to expose a surface that isn’t a part of what I have perceived as my art, but it fits in so perfectly – I let it remain that way says Bocchi.last_img read more

Allegations of paper leak surface again on 3rd day of Madhyamik

first_imgKolkata: The third day of Madhyamik examination passed peacefully on Friday, even as allegations of the question paper being circulated on WhatsApp were repeated again. It was found that the question papers of History had been doing rounds on social media, an hour after the commencement of the examination. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, however, denied the incident. “I have constantly been in touch with the District Magistrates and the Police Superintendents and they had informed me that everything was in place,” Chatterjee said. This is the third day in a row when question papers of Madhyamik have been found circulating on WhatsApp. The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, which is responsible for conducting the examination, has already lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar Cyber Crime Police station, urging a probe in this regard.last_img read more

Want to become doctor say majority of toppers

first_imgKolkata: Most of the toppers in the Madhyamik Examination expressed their desire to become doctors in order to serve people in the rural areas, while some others wanted to pursue research on various fields.Sougata Das of Mahammadpur Deshpran Vidyapith in East Midnapore, who topped the examination this year 99.98 percent marks, shared his happiness soon after the result was published. “I want to become a doctor. I thought that I would score good marks, but I never thought that I would come first in the Madhyamik Examination. It’s a great feeling. I want to serve the people after becoming a doctor,” Sougata said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShreyashi Paul of Falakata Girls’ High School in Alipurduar, who ranked second with 691 marks, was also amazed to see her name flashing on the television screens. She wants to become a doctor as well. “It is a great feeling for me. I was quite determined that I would score high marks but the idea of securing second position was far from my mind. My parents and elder sister have always supported and guided me. I will be pursuing science stream and want to be a doctor. I want to serve the poor people. There was no specific time for my studies. I used to study whenever I had time on my hands,” Shreyashi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDebasmita Saha of Ila Devi Girls’ High School, who also secured the second position, said: “I am excited to see the result. I never thought that I would rank second. I had obtained 665 marks in my test examination. The number has gone up in the Madhyamik examination. I would give the credit to my parents and teachers. I used to study for 9-10 hours on an average basis. Listening to music, drawing and watching TV were my pastime habits. I want to become a doctor.” Camelia Roy of Raiganj Girls’ High School scored 689 and jointly stood third with two others. She said that she wants to pursue science and do research work in future. Bratin Mondal, who also stood third, is a student of Santipur Municipal High School. He said: “I did not indulge in mobile phone too much as it diverts the attention of students. I use mobile for getting information. I preferred not to indulge in social media. One should do creative things. I want to do research on physics. Both of my parents are physics teachers.”last_img read more

The Forgotten Beatle – Whatever Happened to Early Drummer Pete Best

first_imgWhen it comes down to music history, it seems no other story is more tantalizing than that looming over the name of Pete Best. Who is he, anyway? The short answer: he played the drums for the Beatles, before the Liverpool-formed band took it to the stars and before Ringo Starr was one of its full-time members. Pete Best played gigs with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison for two years starting in 1960, during the band’s early days in Liverpool and Hamburg.Original Beatles drummer Pete Best performing in Maryland in 2006He was born Randolph Peter Scanland in Madras, British India, in 1941. However, since his father lost his life during the war, and while his mother, Mona, remarried one Johnny Best, Pete took the surname of his adoptive father. The family of three relocated from India to Liverpool in 1944.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSome 15 years later, in 1959, Mona opened a coffee bar in the basement space of the family home. The venue was named Casbah Coffee Club, and it was here that an early version of the Beatles — the Quarrymen — began to perform on August 29, 1959. At that point, Pete Best was still not playing with the four.Paul McCartney and John Lennon, 1964In fact, Best was just gearing up as drummer with his own band, the Black Jacks with Brown, which replaced the Quarrymen as Saturday regulars at the Casbah Coffee Club.During the summer of 1960, McCartney and Lennon invited Best to join their band, right before a scheduled gig in Hamburg. Best accepted the offer, but according to statements made by John Lennon, Best was asked to join at that point out of need. They just needed someone, not necessarily with great talent, but someone able to endure the long gigs the band was due to perform in Hamburg.Harrison, McCartney and Lennon with George Martin at EMI Studios in the mid 1960sHamburg, which was a jubilant place for musicians during the 1960s, helped the Beatles get more noticed. They hosted hundreds of shows there in different venues, sometimes playing every night of the week for several hours. Best is said to have enjoyed special popularity among the girls. Take a closer look with the video below:However, everything was just about to change. The band led a dynamic lifestyle, sometimes fueled with certain “pick me ups”. For Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe, the original bass guitarist for the Beatles, it was perhaps all too much.Sutcliffe, who tragically passed away on April 10, 1962, is credited for devising the name “Beetles” along with John Lennon, with Lennon later amending it to “Beatles.” He had opted out of the band during the summer of 1961 in order to dedicate himself to painting, and an unwilling McCartney took over playing bass.Studio Two of Abbey Road Studios (in 2008) where Pete Best recorded with the Beatles in a test session on June 6, 1962. Photo by Tomswain CC BY-SA 3.0It was during this period that the young band finally nabbed a record deal with EMI. In studio, work got going on several demo songs included the future debut single “Love Me Do.” And in the whirlpool of changes, there he was — Ringo Starr, someone whom McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison were first introduced to back in 1959.Starr was a drummer for the super-popular Liverpool-based band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and his band also traveled to Hamburg to play gigs.Starr with his All-Starr Band in Paris, June 26, 2011. Photo by Jean Fortunet CC BY 3.0Sooner rather than later, Ringo would fill in the place of Best in the band, and people would be left wondering what happened. Many fans initially saw the move as a tragedy, with the most die-hard ones even camping outside Best’s home in a gesture of support.“He was a loner, and in a group you can’t be a loner,” remarked Tony Sheridan on Pete Best to the Washington Post in 2003. Sheridan, who died in 2013, was an English musician who built his career in Germany, and who had the fortune to perform with the Beatles in Hamburg.Pete Best on October 30, 2005. Photo by Leslie Spear CC BY 2.0“He was a very quiet guy, too. Never said a thing. But I think there was some jealousy about Pete in there as well, because half the gig in those days was to look the part, and the music was almost secondary. Lennon looked like a schoolteacher — he couldn’t see a thing without his glasses. Pete looked like a movie star,” Sheridan said.Beyond that, Ringo Starr felt like a greater match to work with than Pete Best, who was reputed for sometimes not showing up on schedule, or even bow out of gigs altogether. Rumors also flew around that McCartney felt a bit upstaged by the female attention given to Best. Ringo’s non-threatening appearance and playful personality, it was thought, would be a better match, in certain ways, for the band.The Beatles in 1965, celebrating a Grammy winIn those years before popularity hit the Beatles, Ringo would sometimes step in as a substitute when Best canceled on a show. He reportedly left an image of being not always the most reliable person, although without him there may have never been the Beatles.Ominously, the impression among McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison was that Starr was a better drummer than Best. At least better for them.McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, October 30, 1963Sheridan told the Washington Post that Ringo “was more intent on becoming a good drummer,” and that “Pete was less intent. He was a bit lazy.”Finally, the decisive blow on ditching Pete Best came from George Martin, the producer who worked with the Beatles and supported them with the release of each album.Namely, he proposed that since Best was an unsatisfactory performer, the band’s very future was threatened because of that. Fears were raised that the label would refuse the band if the lineup didn’t change. Which is what followed.Pete Best autographs a drum stick for a fan at Abbey Road on the River in Washington, D.C., September 2010. Photo by Gary Jacob,CC BY-SA 3.0Three days after Pete Best was ousted from the group, Starr officially chipped in as the new drummer for the Beatles. The rest is history. In 1963, the Beatles went on to experience unprecedented popularity, making millions of their records. Best initially struggled with depression; his condition leading him to the point where he even attempted suicide in 1965.Read another story from us: The Mania Returns! Peter Jackson is Making a Beatles MovieBest took many years to bury the hatchet, that such great fame and fortune eluded him for so little. He remained largely absent from the music scene, until the late 1980s when he initiated his very own The Pete Best Band. He is 77 today and an active professional musician.last_img read more

GE Welcomes New Partners Apps to GE Health Cloud

first_img March 2, 2016 — GE Healthcare announced two large systems integrators (SIs) and seven leading-edge independent software vendors (ISVs) are planning to move their digital solutions to the new GE Health Cloud. Designed exclusively for the healthcare industry and resting on the shoulders of GE’s Predix platform, the GE Health Cloud will ultimately connect more than 2 million imaging machines worldwide, including 500,000 GE Healthcare devices.The company also unveiled its own new cloud-based analytics apps for the health IT professionals, clinicians and executives at the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Las Vegas.The new SIs and ISVs to sign with the GE Health Cloud will bring IT solutions for clinicians across a range of care areas, including cardiology, radiology and surgery.Capgemini and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), two leading system integrators, announced plans to build customized apps for their customers using the GE Health Cloud:As a systems integrator and solutions provider, Capgemini brings industry-leading expertise in the healthcare and life sciences domain. Having provided connected healthcare and visualization solutions across several clinical specialties, Capgemini will leverage its business and digital expertise for its work on Predix to provide consulting and end-to-end solutions on the GE Health Cloud.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will leverage its business, digital and healthcare IT expertise to develop new applications on the GE Health Cloud platform. An existing partner of GE Healthcare and GE Digital, TCS will offer end-to-end solutions to its GE Health Cloud customers. TCS will leverage its consulting experience to ensure quality control and regulatory compliance in these new applications. One ISV, Barco Healthcare looks to work with the GE Health Cloud to develop ways to improve image sharing between physicians and radiologists to support patient-centric care. Barco’s goal is to use the cloud to help improve collaboration between remote physicians while minimizing image degradation.GE Healthcare is also building on its existing partnership with Arterys Inc., a company specializing in deep learning applied to imaging beginning with the heart, providing accurate quantification of blood flow and clinical visualization.GE Healthcare ViosWorks is powered by Arterys, which provides a real-time visualization platform that delivers quantitative data and structured reporting. ViosWorks is not yet commercially available.Other new planned ISV participants in the GE Health Cloud include: Pie Medical Imaging provides cardiologists and radiologists with advanced visualization and quantitative analysis tools to help improve diagnosis. Pie Medical aims to leverage the scalability and rapid processing power of the GE Health Cloud to deliver insights to clinicians in a shorter timeframe.Candescent Health provides a software-enabled service that helps radiology organizations better manage their radiology workflow and reading assignments, to help them to work to improve clinical consistency, increase physician efficiencies and drive greater healthcare value. By integrating with the GE Health Cloud, Candescent Health aims to make it easier and more cost-efficient to bring its technology and services to its customers.caresyntax digital integration solutions from S-CAPE GmbH, addresses productivity and safety in operating rooms and other acute areas through IT, video and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. By moving to the GE Health Cloud, S-CAPE aims to facilitate improved education and knowledge management for clinicians, while minimizing IT infrastructure and support requirements and upfront IT investments for participating hospitals.Imbio will develop computed tomography (CT) biomarker analyses which may help physicians deliver new, personalized diagnoses for patients with chronic lung diseases.Radiology Protocols offers a suite of products focused on revolutionizing radiology department workflow. By integrating its workflow with the GE Health Cloud, Radiology Protocols aims to streamline the management and analysis of large amounts of radiologic data, which could improve collaboration and facilitate best practices among radiologists.Apps on the GE Health Cloud will be delivered on a subscription basis, enabling hospitals and health systems to shift computing expense to a variable cost model. The cloud ecosystem will include a robust Software Development Toolkit (SDK), and its app store will host and promote new software solutions. To help ISVs run their cloud businesses more profitably, the cloud will also include a complete billing and subscription management infrastructure.GE also announced six new analytics applications that are being developed internally to be hosted on the GE Health Cloud. These apps are targeted to help clinicians in departments across the healthcare enterprise, including hospitals, health systems and physician practices:Centricity Insights for Financial Management is an advanced set of analytics to help healthcare systems reduce claim denials and related re-work costs. The DenialsIQ analytic, announced at HIMSS 2015, uncovers hidden patterns within claims denials so that administrators can proactively fix them. Centricity Insights for Intensive Care will use a patient’s data such as age, weight, smoker, diabetes and time on the ventilator to create a digital twin of the patient to help clinicians predict the average length of stay for that patient in the intensive care unit, and the probability that the patient will have further specific complications.Radiology Insights for X-ray Repeat/Reject Rates is intended to help reduce repeat/reject rates by using machine data to track and trend such rates and identify follow-up training needs.Radiology Insights for Modality Utilization will use machine data to track modality utilization across a region or hospital system to help care delivery networks optimize the use of their modality assets.CortexID Suite may provide insights to physicians in the image interpretation process of amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) studies conducted on patients being evaluated for cognitive impairment, or other causes of cognitive decline, and is an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations.Centricity Insights for Materials Management Optimization will analyze healthcare provider inventory, suppliers and the cost of materials used in cardiology, perioperative and interventional radiology procedures to help drive action.GE also announced a new portal that will provide a framework for payers and providers to collaborate. Centricity Solutions for Payer-Provider Collaboration aims to help payers gain better insight into the care that they are paying for, and help providers demonstrate their adherence to payer protocols while closing care gaps for high-risk and other patients. As a result, higher quality care may be delivered at a lower cost, which aligns with new and emerging reimbursement and delivery models.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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