As hurricane season nears, small businesses should prepare

NEW YORK — With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season approaching next month, small business owners can expect to hear admonishments from government agencies about getting prepared.Disaster prep is something many owners intend to get to, but it gets pushed down the to-do list by more immediate concerns about customers, employees, finances and suppliers. But owners should think now at least about basic disaster planning, including how to protect their employees, computer data and premises.Meteorologists at Colorado State University issued their first forecast for the season in April, predicting 13 named storms — tropical storms or hurricanes with sustained wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Five hurricanes are predicted. That compares with the 15 named storms and eight hurricanes in 2018, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael that caused billions of dollars in damage. An average season has 12 named storms and six hurricanes; the hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.The National Hurricane Center has not issued its forecast yet, but last week it did warn about a tropical system that was expected to bring heavy rains to the eastern Florida coast.Although some preparation can’t be done until the last minute, owners can sign up now with data storage and backup services, update their contact lists for employees, customers and suppliers and check in with insurance brokers to be sure their companies are adequately covered. If they’ve been meaning to buy generators in case the power goes out, this is the time to do it — when a storm is on the way, generators quickly disappear from stores.Owners who want to shelter employees on their premises if necessary should stock up on water and food that doesn’t need refrigeration, flashlights, bedding and battery-operated radios and cellphone chargers.Evacuation planning is harder to do in advance because of the unpredictability of a storm’s path. As Hurricane Irma approached southeastern Florida in 2017, some residents who evacuated to Tampa in expectation the western coast of the state would be spared had to hurriedly move further north when the storm’s course changed. But once owners know where their staffers will be sheltered, they should have a complete list of locations.Businesses in inland places rarely hit by hurricanes should do at least basic planning. As Irma moved north, it hit cities like Atlanta, hundreds of miles away from the ocean.Disaster planning can be highly detailed, and owners may not realize they’re forgetting important aspects of protecting their companies. A number of online disaster prep resources are available from federal and state government agencies, and some include checklists that will help owners decide what they need to do.The sites include:— www.preparemybusiness.org , sponsored by the Small Business Administration— www.ready.gov/business , operated by the Department of Homeland Security— www.score.org/resource/hurricane-preparedness-checklist , operated by SCORE, the organization that provides free counselling for small businesses— www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/15238 , operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Notice of application of larvicide for mosquito control on the property of

From June 15 to Sept. 30, 2011, Brock University will conduct a larviciding program under the authority of the Medical Officer of Health, Regional Municipality of Niagara, to control larval mosquitoes in order to prevent their development into vectors of West Nile virus.The larvicide Methoprene (ingot formulation, PCP No. 27694), under the federal Pest Control Products Act, will be applied by direct hand application into catch basins at Brock University-owned and leased properties within the Region of Niagara.The biological larvicide B.t.i. (granular formulation, PCP No. 26863) may be placed by direct hand application into selected bodies of surface water such as ditches and ponds, depending on the results of testing for the presence of mosquito larvae. Signs will be posted at surface water locations where B.t.i. is applied. All larvicides will be applied by Ministry of the Environment licenced applicators.For details on the exact locations and dates of treatments, please contact Brock University at 905-688-5550 x3717. Collect calls will be accepted. read more

UN peacekeeping patrols seize weapons in eastern DR of Congo

About 500 peacekeepers from four companies, comprising troops from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, South African, Moroccan and Nepalese contingents, carried out Operation Djugu VI yesterday near the town of Zumbe in Zumbe district. No contact occurred between the forces of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and militiamen, but weapons and ammunition were discovered and seized, it said.Zumbe is the suspected headquarters of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI) militia, dominated by ethnic Lendu fighters.Djugu is one of the five administrative territories of the Ituri district. Since last December it has been the scene of looting and extortion against civilians as clashes between Lendu and Hema militias over land worsened, forcing some 80,000 civilians to flee their homes.According to a MONUC report last year, departing Belgian colonists, who had leased land from Lendu traditional chiefs in Ituri, left it during political upheavals in 1973 in the care of Hema managers. The managers began illegally and secretly to register the land in their own names, especially when a Hema, Zbo Kalogi, became Minister of Agriculture, the report said. read more

Agrium Q3 profit falls below expectations on special items stock drops

Agrium Q3 profit falls below expectations on special items, stock drops CALGARY – Agrium Inc. reported weaker third-quarter results on Wednesday and warned there’s more softness to come during the fourth quarter, sending its stock down about nine per cent.However, the CEO of the fertilizer giant said the factors that dragged on its bottom line — a severe U.S. drought, longer-than-expected downtime at a Saskatchewan potash mine and global demand uncertainty — are short-term in nature and 2013 is looking to be a strong year.“It’s unfortunate that our potash turnaround had the impact and that the drought had the impact that it did, but there’s nothing basically fundamental that’s going to get in the way of a great 2013,” Agrium CEO Mike Wilson said in an interview.But Agrium’s largest shareholder, Jana Partners, said the “surprise disappointment” underscores the New York hedge fund’s push for major changes, including the spinoff of the company’s retail segment and improved capital management.Agrium (TSX:AGU), which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said net income fell to $129 million, or 80 cents per share, from $293 million, or $1.85 per share, in the same period last year.The quarter included expenses related to environmental liabilities and share-based payments resulting from an appreciation in the company’s share price.Excluding unusual items, the Calgary-based company’s income was $215 million, or $1.34 per share. That was still well below a consensus analyst estimate of $1.76 per share compiled by Thomson Reuters.Sales revenue for the quarter came in at $2.96 billion, down six per cent from $3.17 billion year-over-year.Agrium shares dropped $10.14 or 9.5 per cent to C$96.26 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The shares haven’t been below $100 since Sept. 12.Markets were broadly negative on Wednesday, which likely exacerbated Agrium’s drop.Agrium shut down its Vanscoy potash mine in Saskatchewan for eight weeks related to an expansion at the site, but the planned turnaround lasted a few weeks longer than expected, adding to costs and cutting output. Uncertainty around contract negotiations with Indian and Chinese potash customers also cast a pall on that part of the business.One of the most severe droughts in U.S. history this summer also decreased how much farmers spend on products such as fungicide.Agrium expects to post earnings per share of between $1.50 to $1.90 during the fourth quarter, which would be slightly lower than a year ago. The company projects it will see lower international potash demand for the time-being and to feel the impacts of an early snowfall across Western Canada.But by early 2013, farmers will need to buy fertilizer, seeds and other products again in full-force, negotiations with Chinese and Indian customers should be settled and operations at Vanscoy will be back to normal, it said.Agrium Inc. has been fending off activist investor Jana Partners, which believes its proposals for a restructuring of the company’s operations could add as much as $50 to Agrium’s share price.“While the earnings weakness is disappointing — particularly in light of recent management comments promoting near term performance — the bigger disappointment is Agrium’s continued refusal to even engage with shareholders in a real discussion about value maximization,” said Jana founder Barry Rosenstein in an emailed statement.“This is only one quarter, but today’s results evidence the long-term operational, structural and governance deficiencies that have caused Agrium to underperform peers over the long term.”Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to split off its retail business — through which it sells fertilizer and other products to farmers — from its wholesale business that produces nutrients such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate.Agrium has argued a split would expose shareholders to too much risk, while Jana has accused Agrium of playing down the true value of its retail segment in order to bolster its argument.“Most notably, this quarter’s performance, and today’s share price reaction, highlight that Agrium’s strong retail business remains subject to the cyclicality of its commodity-driven wholesale business, despite the absence of any quantifiable benefits to shareholders from this combination,” said Rosenstein.Wilson said he had a “cordial” phone conversation with his counterparts at Jana about three weeks ago, but it doesn’t appear much progress was made.“It’s not that we’re not willing to consider their ideas,” said Wilson.“It’s that we think their analysis is flawed, and their analysis of spinning off retail would create significant risk and ultimately destroy value and the majority of our shareholders agree with that position. So yes, we’ve had discussions with them and unfortunately we agree to disagree.”Jana has said Agrium’s stock could get a boost of $15 to $20 per share by eliminating what it describes as a “conglomerate discount,” $10 per share by improving capital allocation and a further $20 if Agrium reduces costs in its retail arm and cuts corporate overhead.Jana has praised Agrium’s recent moves to buy back shares and boost its dividend.Agrium is not the only big Calgary company to come under pressure from a New York hedge fund in the past year.Pershing Square Capital Management waged a months-long battle and eventually replaced the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP). by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 3:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Time running out to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new

In April, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported.“This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet,” the WMO continued.CO2 levels first reached 400 ppm in April 2012, but this is the first time the monthly average passed the threshold. The agency predicts the global annual average CO2 concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.“Time is running out,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in the statement.“This should serve as yet another wake-up call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change. If we are to preserve our planet for future generations, we need urgent action to curb new emissions of these heat-trapping gases.”The UN is leading the effort towards an international, legally binding climate agreement by the end of next year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a climate summit on 23 September with leaders from Governments, businesses and civil society to raise the level of ambition, catalyze action on the ground and increase political momentum towards such an agreement.The overall goal of these efforts is to limit the average temperature increase to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in April that to keep global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius, means lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 per cent compared with 2010 by mid-century, and to near-zero by the end of this century. read more

UK CV manufacturing remains stable in May as exports drive output

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing remained stable in May 2018, falling just -0.6%, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 6,875 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built in Britain last month, the result of a boost in overseas demand.Production for export rose 11.6% in the month to 4,879 units. However, this was not enough to offset a decline in home production, which fell -21.9%, with fewer than three in 10 CVs built for UK customers.Year-to-date volumes remain down, falling -8.4% compared with 2017, and driven by declines in both domestic and overseas markets. However, exports continue to drive output, making up nearly 70% of production in the first five months.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,May’s CV manufacturing figures once again highlight the importance of exports to our industry. The EU remains our biggest customer, and securing the right conditions for future trade is vital for the sector. This means retaining the benefits of the single market and membership of the customs union. Anything less would undermime the future success of commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle manufacturing holds steady in May, declining -0.6%.Overseas demand drives production, up 11.6%, while home demand falls -21.9%.Year-to-date production remains down -8.4% with 33,384 CVs produced so far this year. read more

Missing RAF servicemans mother convinced of thirdparty involvement amid Facebook plea for

first_imgPolice are searching for three potential witnesses who may have seen a missing RAF gunner on the night he disappeared, as they say it is possible he went off with someone.Senior aircraftman Corrie McKeague, of II Sqn RAF Regiment, has not been seen for more than a fortnight after he vanished following a Friday night drinking session with comrades in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.Detectives say they have now identified three young people seen on CCTV at the time who they want to speak to. Corrie McKeague was last seen in the early hours of September 24Credit:SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY Brown suede Timberland boots Corrie McKeague is thought to have been wearingCredit:Suffolk Police/PA SAC McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10in and of medium build, with short light brown hair. A pink Ralph Lauren shirt that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he disappeared A pink Ralph Lauren shirt that Corrie McKeague was believed to have been wearing when he disappearedCredit:Suffolk Police/PA 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.center_img Police and detectives have said the 23-year-old is believed to have set off to walk to his base at RAF Honington nine miles away and they fear he may have had an accident on the way.However his mother, Nicola Urquhart, of Dunfermline, has said she is convinced others are involved.Ms Urquart, herself a police family liaison officer, said: “Police are confident Corrie is not still in Bury and has not left on foot. “This includes the possibility that Corrie may have attempted to walk home but not been captured on CCTV, that he has willingly gone with someone else or that something else may have happened.“At this stage there is no evidence of criminality and nothing to indicate any third party involvement, however this continues to be subject to the ongoing investigation and nothing can be ruled out at this time.” Brown suede Timberland boots Corrie McKeague is thought to have been wearing “This can only mean there is third party involvement, there is just no evidence so far to prove criminality.Suffolk police said: “Police are continuing to keep an open mind as to what has happened to Corrie, and continue to investigate all possibilities. Corrie McKeague was last seen in the early hours of September 24last_img read more

Inslee tags county for tax breaks investment

first_imgSeven Clark County communities were dubbed “Opportunity Zones” by the governor’s office Friday, positioning them for more investment — although it is unclear when.Parts of Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Washougal were named among 139 underserved” census tracts in Washington that can now house projects with special tax breaks for developers.The hope is that investors who might have shied away in the past might now see the communities as better places to build affordable housing, expand businesses and create jobs.“I think it’s a huge win,” said Mike Bomar, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.Three zones cover Vancouver’s core from The Waterfront Vancouver to Clark College, while a fourth zone spans the neighborhoods of Bagley Downs, Meadow Homes, Northcrest and Harney Heights.Zones outside of Vancouver include Hazel Dell between 78th and 99th streets; and two zones covering almost the entire southern half of Washougal, including downtown and properties owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos takes swipe at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgSergio Ramos has lashed back at Jurgen Klopp as the war of words over last season’s Champions League final continuesReal Madrid captain Ramos made headlines during the game after tangling with Mohamed Salah, who subsequently left the field injuredThe skipper equally collided with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was later found to have suffered a concussion.Liverpool boss Klopp referred to Ramos’ actions as “ruthless and brutal” in an interview over the summer and was again critical of the Spaniard last week.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.In a recent interview ahead of Real’s UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday, Ramos was asked about these comments.He said: “I have given my opinion on the matter. I have no intention of hurting a player deliberately.“He will be wanting to explain not winning the final, but it’s not the first that he has lost.“Some of us have been operating at a very high level for many years – not sure he can say the same. Let Klopp worry about his own players.”last_img read more

Court Oregon can require shots when it has custody

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — An Oregon court has ruled that eight children in state custody can be given vaccinations over the religion-based protests of their parents.The children have been removed from the parents’ home in Marion County for reasons that haven’t been disclosed.They are ages 1 through 8 and are considered wards of the state. They live with relatives.Their mother and father say vaccinations violate their religious beliefs.A Department of Human Services spokesman says state law requires child welfare workers to ensure that children in departmental custody get their shots.The Oregonian reports the children’s attorney and the agency got a court order in April 2012 requiring the shots for a variety of diseases. The state Court of Appeals upheld that order Wednesday.last_img

Increases to public sector wages include highest pay award for armed forces

first_imgSecretaries of State have this week (Monday 22 July 2019) confirmed pay increases for public sector staff, including hospital doctors, teachers and military personnel.The pay awards have been agreed following recommendations from seven independent pay review bodies.The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed proposals laid out by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, agreeing to a 2.5% pay increase for all NHS consultants and dentists. This includes a pay rise of between £1,940 and £2,630 for consultants, between £970 and £1,820 for specialty doctors and between £1,360 and £2,250 for associate specialists. The pay increases will be backdated to April 2019.Furthermore, 39,000 junior doctors will receive a minimum 8.2% pay rise over a four-year period, as well as have new limits on working hours; this is part of improvements into junior doctors’ working conditions and ensures that they are paid fairly for late night and weekend shifts.These pay increases form part of the Interim People Plan, which aims to make the NHS an employer of choice. In addition, the government plans to develop an approach for a multi-year deal on contract reform for specialty and associate specialist doctors in order to improve recruitment, retention, morale and productivity.Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary, said: “Our NHS would be nothing without the hard work and commitment of its amazing staff. So, we are supporting tens of thousands of doctors and dentists with one of the biggest pay rises for over a decade, in recognition of their 24/7 dedication and compassion towards patients.”The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has accepted recommended pay increases suggested by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to raise the upper and lower boundaries of all pay ranges for teachers by 2.75%. This equates to a £1,000 wage increase for the average classroom teacher and a £1,620 rise for the average school leader.The minimum starting salary for classroom teachers will increase by £653, or £816 for staff based in inner London; this will increase annual wages to be between £23,720 and £24,373 for classroom teachers working outside of London, or between £29,664 and £30,480 for those based in the capital.Classroom teachers at the top of this main pay range could receive an increase of between £963 and £1,111, creating average salaries of £35,971 across the UK or £41,483 for those employed in London. More experienced classroom teachers at the top of the upper pay range, on the other hand, might see an increase of between £1,084 and £1,327, with their average annual salaries then reaching between £40,490 and £49,571.Teaching staff at the top of the leadership pay range could gain between £3,053 and £3,259; this equates to a salary of up to £114,060 for those working across the UK, or up to £121,749 if employees are based in London.Hinds said: “If we want the best people working in our classrooms then it’s right that we ensure their salaries recognise the vital nature of their work, and the potentially life changing impact they can have on the lives on our children.”Pay rises have further been confirmed for military staff, as the Ministry of Defence has agreed to the proposals made by the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body. This features an across-the-board 2.9% pay increase, the highest pay award for armed forces staff since 2007. This represents an average £995 annual increase.A separate 6% pay rise has been awarded to the lowest paid personnel, increasing basic pay for newly trained sailors, soldiers and airmen and women by £1,140. After basic training, new and junior personnel will receive an annual wage of £20,000, ensuring that they receive the living wage rate.Increases in armed forces’ pay will be implemented in September’s salaries, back dated to April 2019.The Ministry of Justice has also accepted in full the recommendations proposed by the Prison Service Pay Review Body, which confirms pay increases of at least 2.2% for all prison staff as well as a targeted 3% pay rise for band three prison officers.A total of six pay deals were finalised on Monday 22 July 2019, to be backdated to the start of each workforce’s financial year. Other pay awards include a 2.5% increase for police officers and a 2% pay rise for senior civil servants and senior military staff.Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, said: “Public sector [staff] deliver Britain’s world class public services and should be properly rewarded, which is why I’m confirming a second year of above inflation pay rises.“This is in recognition of the hard work of millions of people, including soldiers, teachers and doctors, and will help us recruit and retain the best staff.”last_img read more

Two Transported To CPH Following HeadOn Collision On Kenai Spur Hwy

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 9:15 a.m., this morning, at mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Bud Sexton, with Nikiski Fire Department: “One individual in each of the two vehicles were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” Sexton: “Just a good reminder to everybody in these snowy conditions to make sure to leave plenty of distance between the vehicle in front of you, take it slow, and leave early.” The accident briefly halted traffic in both directions of the Spur Highway while crews remained on scene. Sexton stated that it was a ‘relief’ that both patients were in the condition that they were and not injured more severely in the accident.last_img read more

BB Patil calls on National Highways Authority of India Chairman

first_imgZaheerabad: MP BB Patil called on National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman Nagendra Sinha and requested him to speed up the construction of roads in the constituency. He explained him about the proposal of six lane road project of Bodhan-Rudrur-Madnur stretch. “Though I discussed several times with union minister on the project, the DPR is still pending,” the MP said. Later, talking to the media, Patil said the NHAI chairman responded positively. “We will meet various union ministers for the development of our state,” he said.last_img

Sharps banks considering additional aid as part of Foxconn deal Source

first_imgSharp Corp’s two main banks are set to lower the interest rates on a combined 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion) in loans to the Japanese display maker as part of a planned takeover by Taiwan’s Foxconn, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said.The core banking units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Mizuho Financial Group Inc also plan to extend the deadline for repayment of a combined 510 billion yen in syndicated loans due at the end of the month, the source said.The source declined to be identified because the plan has not been officially announced.The banks are also considering an additional commitment line for the troubled company, the source told Reuters, as it seeks to restructure under Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.Representatives for Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho declined to comment.last_img read more

Scientists say the American lion is not a lion after all

first_img Explore further Panthera atrox skull. Image credit: Wikipedia. More information: Per Christiansen and John M. Harris, Craniomandibular Morphology and Phylogenetic Affinities of Panthera atrox: Implications for the Evolution and Paleobiology of the Lion Lineage, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3):934-945. 2009. doi:10.1671/039.029.0314 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Male sabertoothed cats were pussycats compared to macho lions © 2010 PhysOrg.com The best preserved fossils of Panthera atrox have been found in the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles and are mostly housed in the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Over the last 40,000 years the tar pits have trapped and preserved many animals in the thick asphalt deposits, because they were attracted to water that often covered and concealed the asphalt. Around 90 percent of the large animals found in La Brea were carnivores, presumably attracted to the area by the animals trapped in the sticky asphalt, and then becoming trapped themselves. The largest of the cat family found in the tar pits is the Panthera atrox.The new study, by Per Christiansen of the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, and John Harris of the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles in the U.S. used a range of statistical and shape analysis methods to compare large numbers of skulls of modern and extinct pantherine cats. They analyzed 23 dimensions on the skulls and found P. atrox has some similarities to lions but also many differences. The mandibular morphology is closer to jaguars and tigers than to lions. The researchers concluded that P. atrox was evolved from a line of cats that immigrated into the Americas in the mid Pleistocene, and which gave rise in the late Pleistocene to P. atrox and the jaguar.Panthera atrox was one of the largest cats ever, weighing in at over 350 kg and attacking prey animals as large as the wild horse and bison. It is believed to have inhabited open habitats, like the largest individuals of the modern jaguar, and became extinct around 10-12,000 years ago. At its height the American lion ranged from Alaska and the Yukon to Mexico.The paper was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. (PhysOrg.com) — There has been some debate over the last century or so about whether the extinct American lion, Panthera atrox, which dates from the Pleistocene, is related to present day African lions (Panthera leo) or to the jaguar (Panthera onca). Most paleontologists consider P. atrox as a lion, and have in the past even classified the American lion as Panthera leo rather than a separate species. Now a new study has challenged previous classifications and found the American lion was a distinct species and more similar to the jaguar than the lion. Citation: Scientists say the American lion is not a lion after all (2010, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-scientists-american-lion.htmllast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Is Available At An AllTime Low – Get

first_img Share Tweet Submit Xiaomi is most famously known for its built quality and innovation in design. It’s one of the first companies in the industry that brings design variations as part of the running trends. The company’s Mi Mix 2S is one of the most beautifully designed smartphones to-date. Moreover, the device has been quite hot in demand recently. Well. there’s good news for you if you are thinking of upgrading your smartphone. That’s right, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now available at an all-time low price. The discount is available for a limited time, so be sure to act fast.Get The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S At Insane Discount – Just $379.99In terms of the design, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S takes the cake in every department and now that it is available at a discount, there’s no reason not to get it. The device boats an all-screen design and for those resistant of the notch, there isn’t any on this device. You get a complete display, no sensor or camera cutouts. This is what many of the smartphone manufacturers have been working towards.Head over to this link to get the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S For $379.99the best part about the design of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is that there are no sacrifices made, You still get all the sensors a front-facing camera and anything that is necessary at the front. It’s an all-glass phone from front to back. The selfie camera has been placed on the bottom chin of the device, so just turn your phone upside down and you’re all set to shoot. The discount is great, so do take advantage of it while you still can.As for the specifications, this particular model comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The best part about the device is that it houses the latest Snapdragon 845 so you’re good if you’re a hardcore gamer or a power user. The dual camera module at the back is nothing short of taking amazing photos and videos. The device is so good and on par with the other flagships of the industry, now available at a discount budget price.If you’re interested in getting the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, it is available at a massive 36 percent discount. The discount trims the price down to just $379.99. Simply use our coupon code: GBMPM2S16 to avail the discount.Head over to this link to get the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S For $379.99The offer is super limited, so be sure to act fast. If you fail to get it on time, the discount would revert back to its original price. Be quick and order away! There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. There will be more discount offers in the future, so be sure to check them out.This is all for now, folks. Are you interested in getting the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S at a massive limited time discount? Share your views with us in the comments.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Technology | November 20, 2012 Radcal Launched New Family of Diagnostic X-Ray Meters Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Content Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more November 20, 2012 – Radcal Corporation announces today that they will launch their “Family” of diagnostic X-ray meters at this year’s RSNA in Chicago. Making up this Family is the foundation meter, the Accu-Gold, and the newly designed solid state only meter, the Rapid-Gold for both Diagnostic and Mammography measurements.Radcal announces the official launch of our new Family of “Gold” Standard meters at this year’s RSNA meeting. The Accu-Gold, which was launched in 2011, is a multi-channel digitizer that processes the input from both solid state sensor as well as ion chambers individually or simultaneously for all modalities and parameters. Present Radcal users of ion chambers can use their own chambers for cost savings and add accessories such as mAs and light meters to the Accu-Gold system.Rounding out the Family is the Rapid-Gold series of meters. Utilizing the same digitizer technology, the Rapid-Gold is a solid state only system with the capability of adding mA and mAs sensors. The Rapid-Gold series is offered in four (4) versions for both diagnostic and mammographic measurements. Utilizing the laptop for data accumulation and processing makes this Family of Gold Standard meters Powerful, Productive and Price competitive.For more information: www.radcal.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read morelast_img read more

Xerox Mortgage Services Releases BlitzDocs Servicing

first_img “”Xerox Mortgage Services””:http://www.xerox-xms.com/ announced the release of BlitzDocs Servicing to simplify the paperless mortgage process for lenders and servicers. [IMAGE]BlitzDocs provides an electronic loan folder that imitates traditional paper loan folders. Through the expanded offering, the solution is able to provide a single point of reference for all documentation related to a borrower for the lifespan of a loan, which results in better customer service for the borrower. [COLUMN_BREAK]BlitzDocs has been used by lenders and servicers for its document management capabilities to support customer service and default loan servicing. The expanded solution helps lenders and servicers meet new regulations introduced by agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to a company release. “”By helping servicers go paperless, Xerox is simplifying the servicing process and removing costs associated with manually sending documents, improving customer service by ensuring 24/7 access to all loan documents, and supporting compliance by providing an audit trail of all actions taken on a loan,”” said Nancy Alley, VP and general manager of Xerox Mortgage Services.Through BlitzDocs, documents can be sent and received from trading partners including originators, borrowers, investors, sub-servicers, business process outsourcing providers and mortgage insurance companies. April 22, 2013 451 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-22 Esther Chocenter_img Xerox Mortgage Services Releases BlitzDocs Servicing Sharelast_img read more

FirstTime Jobless Claims Post Surprise Increase

first_imgFirst-Time Jobless Claims Post Surprise Increase in Data, Government, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-30 Mark Lieberman May 30, 2013 408 Views center_img Share First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose for the third time in the last four weeks, increasing 10,000 to 354,000 for the week ending May 25, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/053013.asp reported Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists expected initial claims to remain at 340,000 as originally reported for the week ended May 18. That report was revised up to 344,000.The number of persons continuing to collect unemployment insurance for the week ending May 18, reported on a one week lag, also increased, rising 63,000 to 2,986,000. Continuing claims for the week ending May 11 were revised up to 2,923,000 from the originally reported 2,912,000.The four-week moving average of initial claims rose 6,750 to 347,250–the third straight weekly increase. The four-week moving average of continuing claims fell 11,500 to 2,986,500, the lowest level since May 2008. Continuing claims have been affected by the ongoing federal budget sequester.As a result of the sequestration cuts to unemployment programs (most of which kicked in at the end of March) the four-week moving average of continuing claims has fallen for six straight weeks, with an average drop of just over 17,000. The four-week moving average was 3,093,000 at the beginning of April.Comparative and trend data for continuing claims are becoming increasingly less reliable as sequester cuts affect the numbers. Some states are reducing the number of weeks of payments, while others are cutting payments themselves.Initial claims for the week ending May 25 were affected in part by low seasonal adjustment factors that inflate the raw data. Even on an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 13,653, suggesting employers are continuing to reduce payrolls despite what appears to be a recovery. The reported increase followed on a report of improving consumer confidence, a survey usually affected by employment trends. The confidence survey, though, was completed before the week covered by the unemployment claims data.This week’s data on initial claims will have no impact on the Employment Situation report for May to be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on June 7. That report is based on employment and payrolls for the calendar week including the 12th day of the month. From mid-April to mid-May, first-time claims dropped 11,000, and the four-week moving average fell 21,500, suggesting layoffs will not be a drag on payroll numbers for May.The Labor Department said the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 11 was 4,578,592, a decrease of 166,659 from the previous week. There were 6,138,246 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending May 11. According to the BLS, 11,659,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in April, with 4.35 million “”long-term”” unemployed–that is, out of work for at least 27 weeks. Of those individuals counted as unemployed, 7.08 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance for the week ending May 11, up from 6.91 million one week earlier.The Labor Department also said states reported 1,726,659 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 11, a decrease of 50,027 from the prior week. There were 2,618,445 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC benefits this year are threatened by the federal budget sequester. States continue to borrow from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of May 24, 22 states had borrowed a total of $21.2 billion. One week earlier, 22 states had an aggregate $21.4 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls. Five states–California, Indiana, New York, North Carolina and Ohio–each owe more than $1 billion which may require higher unemployment premiums or special assessments on employers in those states.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 18 were in South Carolina (+1,263), Tennessee (+1,191), Missouri (+785), Michigan (+634), and Massachusetts (+610), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,334), Georgia (-1,802), Illinois (-1,198), Kentucky (-902), and Ohio (-623)._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._last_img read more

Honolulu Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgHonolulu, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFresh off of last June’s Kahala Food & Wine Classic, chef Emeril Lagasse returns this spring for another soon-to-be-sold-out Kahala foodie extravaganza. The Kahala Hotel & Resort welcomes back the beloved star-chef of New Orleans cuisine, and will also feature wine selections from the award winning Schrader Cellars and cigars from Davidoff.Chef Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of thirteen award-winning restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico). He is a national TV personality and best-selling author of 14 cookbooks, including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced the world to his creative take on Creole cuisine, and his latest book, Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast. His new, hour-long primetime television series “The Emeril Lagasse Show” will debut on March 28 on ION Television. He was the featured chef at the last Kahala Food & Wine Classic in June 2009.The Kahala Food & Wine Classic featuring the Best of Emeril’s Kitchen includes these events:E Komo Mai, New Orleans Opening Night Dinner Friday, April 9 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration and Reception 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Outdoor dinner, Kahala o Ke Kai Lawn By the shores of The Kahala, Chef Emeril, paired with the majestic red wines of Schrader Cellars, will present Spring’s freshest local ingredients and flavors of the Pacific. A night influenced by Hawaii, yet inspired by New Orleans. Cigars from 10 p.m. to midnight.Cooking Demo: Emeril Live Saturday, April 10 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Maile Ballroom The stage is set for a culinary showcase; up close and personal with Emeril Live, just like the TV show. Be entertained by Chef Emeril, the heart and soul of New Orleans cuisine, as he highlights the magic of the Pacific. Emeril will be available to answer questions from the audience following the demonstration.Wine-ology Wine Tasting Saturday, April 10 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Waialae Ballroom Wine tasting with Napa Valley vintner Fred Schrader and winemaker Thomas Brown of Schrader Cellars. The tasting will also feature paired tapas.The Art of Blending and Tasting: A Cigar Lesson with Michael Herklots Saturday, April 10 1 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Kainoa Terrace Dissect the science of cigars with the finest tobacco blends. Join Davidoff’s Michael Herklots for a lesson where all the secrets of the cigar are divulged, from plant to puff.Emeril’s Kama’aina Affair: Final Night Dinner Saturday, April 10 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration/Reception 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Plumeria Beach House Come feel the love of New Orleans, highlighted with the flavors and produce of Hawaii. Prepared by Chef Emeril, and paired with the award winning wines of Schrader Cellars. The food, wine and celeb-appeal of Chef Emeril offer a truly unique Big Easy experience.Mississippi Smokin’ (After Hours) Saturday, April 10 10 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. Koko Head Lawn Guests can enjoy the elegance and pleasure of Davidoff Cigars with “stickman” Michael Herklots and a glass of liquid gold.www.kahalaresort.comlast_img read more