Ahead of May 23, predictions are popping up about the potential successor to Raisina Hills. Prior to elections, the Modi-led NDA government had been strongly touted for a successive term. While the critics had their arguments clearly not in favour, BJP’s cry for national security gave them the boost they desperately needed, especially after losing three state assemblies in the Hindi belt and drawing abject criticism for their faulty governance plagued with demonetisation and hate crimes. Cornered over the controversial sub-judice Rafale deal and mishandling of government institutions, BJP’s run up to the Lok Sabha elections was certainly not desirable. Poking nationalism within masses through audacious oratory made the BJP supremo use the army and surgical strikes to extract electoral mileage but opposition parties did not sit out the campaigning extravaganza as Congress led the charge to expose Modi and BJP’s failed governance. Overall, BJP had to draw out exigency plans to accomplish a desirable campaign session which saw numerous MCC flouts in contentious speeches made to garner votes. As if Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature was not controversial enough, BJP found itself in ugly conflict during campaigning for the final phase in Bengal. Even if MCC flouts are discounted, though they remain utterly serious in nature irrespective of EC’s clean chit to Modi-Shah, the ugly spat only makes the incumbent’s insecurities clearer. Despite the national security rhetoric, Congress and other regional parties have definitely forced BJP to break a sweat. And, then came the six phases of general elections which saw faulty EVMs, alleged rigging, influencers forcing re-election, defamation attempts, vote selling and ugly spats between politicos. All that in progress to decide who will form the next government. BJP brought in a change in governments when it garnered a majority in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and became the single largest party capable of forming the government. Their confidence exceeded expectations and in their attempt to write off opposition ploys to stitch alliances, it termed the grand coalition (mahagatbandhan) a “mahamilawat”. BJP pursued a strange narrative of apprising masses of how a coalition government would turn up to be a weak government against BJP’s majority government. To elucidate BJP’s anti-coalition stance, it is necessary to understand Modi’s tenure. Demonetisation single-handedly remains the biggest instance of a majority government undertaking a drastic step in the nation’s ‘interest’. Not only did demonetisation failed as an anti-graft exercise but impacted jobs and economy in general with small traders being extinguished. The decision of demonetisation was clearly an unobjectionable one since a single-party government need not consider others. Had it been a coalition government, such a decision would have faced avid criticism before being implemented, if at all. Presence of other parties in the fray, therefore, seems considerably impactful during such circumstances. But in their defence, the saffron party can argue that it is their single-party government which has the audacity to undertake such steps (irrespective of consequences). The instability that some previous coalition governments have portrayed strengthens their support. All this hostility against the idea of a coalition has been the general BJP mood but their straight faces do not recall the fact that they were part of the previous coalition governments, particularly V. P. Singh-led National Front in 1989 and the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government in 1977. So the Modi-Shah criticism of opposition’s coalition steps reeks of hypocrisy. Also Read – A strong standpointMay 23 poses several outcomes for our country. A BJP majority, like in 2014, would mean that the country reflected BJP’s stance of single-party governance. Congress’s 150-160 seats would mean a potential Congress-led alliance government. However, should Parliament be hung due to equal stake between BJP and Congress, it is the regional parties that will be instrumental in forming the government, which would definitely be coalition-styled. The coalition government, in this scenario, is what the country needs since it brings to the table a degree of diversity and plurality. There are arguments that coalitions are associated with periods of greater economic growth, less economic volatility and more foreign investment; Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I is a case in point. Beyond diversity and plurality which is essentially good for democracy comes the concern of regional plurality. Parties such as DMK, TDP, TRS, NCP, SP-BSP, TMC, et al, coming from the corners of such a vast country in a coalition government will only increase the representation of Indian states. The country has not particularly faced a turbulent coalition government, at least not without other factors contributing to the chaos. In such a case, the coalition government might just augur well for the country since we saw what a single-party government can do in the five years.
Rabat- A member of the Republican Party known for his inflammatory opinions on a number of social issues has posted troubling statement on the way Ebola should be treated, as well as Sub-Saharan Africans.In a number of Tweets posted on Saturday, Todd Kincannon, the former general counsel and executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, said that every person who has been in contact patient should be simply executed.People with Ebola in the US need to be humanely put down immediately. RT @AP: Dallas hospital: U.S. Ebola patient in critical condition— Todd Kincannon (@Todd__Kincannon) October 4, 2014“People with Ebola in the US need to be humanely put down immediately,” he said. The protocol for a positive Ebola test should be immediate humane execution and sanitization of the whole area. That will save lives.— Todd Kincannon (@Todd__Kincannon) October 4, 2014“The protocol for a positive Ebola test should be immediate humane execution and sanitization of the whole area. That will save lives.”But the insanity of this controversial Republican Party did not stop there. He lashed out at Africans and labelled as cannibals..@SapiensUnited The people of Africa are to blame for why it’s so shitty. They could stop eating each other and learn calculus at any time.— Todd Kincannon (@Todd__Kincannon) October 4, 2014“The people of Africa are to blame for why it’s so shitty. They could stop eating each other and learn calculus at any time,” he said.
“We need peace now. We need to bring this terrible conflict to an end,” said Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.The doves were released from the Kabul headquarters of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by Mr. Eide and representatives from 21 UN agencies working in the country.The Special Representative called for an immediate end to the conflict, adding that the burden of bringing the conflict to a halt falls first of all on the Afghans themselves.“They must find their way to bring peace to their country, and we must be there to support them and that is why the United Nations is here.“A peace process is so important to this country now and must be on the top of the political agenda once the election process has been brought to an end,” he added, referring to last month’s presidential and provincial council polls. The country is still awaiting the announcement of the final results of the elections, the first to be organized by the Afghan Independent Election Commission. Mr. Eide urged all Afghans to use the Day to focus on how to bring peace to their nation. “Stop the fighting on 21 September and demonstrate that there is a readiness from all of us to move into a peace process.”This year’s Peace Day campaign – ‘What Are You Doing for Peace in Afghanistan?’ – was launched on 1 September and features numerous initiatives by individual citizens and groups, as well as a polio immunization drive that aims to reach millions of children in some of the most insecure areas in the country. The International Day of Peace was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. The Assembly called for people around the world to use the Day as an opportunity to promote the resolution of conflict and to observe a cessation of hostilities during it. 16 September 2009The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today joined colleagues in releasing 21 doves ahead of the International Day of Peace, an occasion which he stressed is particularly relevant for a country which has witnessed intensifying conflict over the past year.
Companies in this article: (TSX:VET)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Vermilion Energy Inc. says a refinery outage in France led to a second-quarter oil and gas production decline from the prior quarter, offset by gains in its operations in the United States and Australia.CEO Tony Marino says the Calgary-based company averaged 103,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, down about 400 boe/d from the prior quarter, as output in France slipped by about 1,300 boe/d or 15 per cent to 9,800 boe/d.He says the Grandpuits refinery southeast of Paris was temporarily shut down due to a pipeline interruption that left it without sufficient feedstock to operate but has now returned to normal operation.Marino says Vermilion incurred about $2 million in unplanned capital spending to buy equipment to transport some of its oil by truck and barges to other delivery points in France and Germany, but had to swallow an $11-million hit to funds flowing from operations due to lower sales and higher transport costs.Vermilion is reporting net income of $2 million on oil and gas sales of $428 million for the three months ended June 30, versus a loss of $61 million on sales of $394 million in the year-earlier period.The company’s largest operations are in Canada, which recorded 61,507 boe/d in the second quarter, but it also operates in Australia, the U.S., Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland, Hungary and Ukraine.The company’s stock fell by as much as 8.7 per cent to a 52-week low of $22.17 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plans to leave the European Union (all times local):9:50 a.m.The head of the European Union’s executive Commission says it is working hard to reach a Brexit deal, and failure to achieve one would be Britain’s fault alone.Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted Friday as telling German daily Augsburger Allgemeine that a no-deal Brexit “would be a catastrophe for the United Kingdom and the European continent.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is demanding significant changes to the withdrawal agreement negotiated by his predecessor, Theresa May, and insists that his country will leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal.Juncker said that he and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier are doing everything to ensure an agreement is reached.He added that “if in the end that doesn’t succeed, the responsibility for this lies on the British side alone.”___9:30 a.m.A senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed concerns about tensions arising from Parliamentary debates over Brexit, telling supporters that it isn’t surprising that people are upset about the country’s failure to leave the European Union.The prime minister has been accused of whipping up division with his charged language about Brexit opponents in the House of Commons this week.But Dominic Cummings told backers at a book launch that the only way to calm tensions is for lawmakers to respect the results of the 2016 referendum.He says the current chaos is “a walk in the park” compared with the 2016 referendum campaign in which the country narrowly voted to leave the EU. Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.The Associated Press
Norfolk issued three boil-water advisories last year after contractors working on street-reconstruction projects accidentally dug into water mains.Breaches of the municipal water system are serious because they create a potential entry point for contaminants.The breaches occurred April 26 on Bell Street in Delhi, April 21 on Second Avenue in Simcoe, and July 9 on Temperance Street in Waterford.By law, breaches must be reported to the province. In all three instances, the Ministry of Health issued a boil-water advisory in the affected communities.Norfolk staff also isolated the affected areas, flushed the system, and tested the water to ensure chlorine levels met provincial standards.The “adverse results” are documented in Norfolk’s annual report on the performance of the county’s municipal water system in 2018.By the end of February each year, municipalities in Ontario must prepare a report about their water systems and make it available to the public.According to the Norfolk report, there was a second adverse event in Waterford last year.This involved a water technician who noticed that a chlorine analyzer had been placed on hold the previous day and left thereJune 16, the entire water system was tested to ensure that chlorine levels were where they needed to be and that the system had not be overdosed or under-dosed.As well, water samples were collected and tested. All met Ministry of the Environment requirements.In Port Rowan, trace amounts of coliform bacteria were detected in the system in early August.Water samples were collected in the area of the adverse result and re-tested. Chlorine levels were deemed to be a proper levels and all further sampling met MOE requirements.No adverse events were recorded in Port Dover last year.Norfolk’s municipal water systems are also regularly tested for dozens of organic and inorganic contaminants.As reported several years ago, sodium levels in the Cedar Street well-field in Simcoe remain unusually high and are likely to remain that way while it is in service.Four tests at the Cedar Street well-field produced noteworthy exceedances last year.The highest recorded level was 90.1 milligrams per litre according to the Norfolk report. The other three tests ranged between 60.5 milligrams per litre and 72.2 milligrams per litre.As previously reported, people consuming municipal water with sodium-sensitive medical conditions are advised to consult a physician on whether they should continue to do so. There may also be steps they can take to minimize their exposure to sodium, which is a major component of salt.The 2018 water report also discloses major expenditures on the municipal system. These include Delhi ($184,100), Simcoe ($429,800), Port Dover ($206,500), Port Rowan ($230,500), and Waterford ($87,600).Copies of Norfolk’s 2018 drinking water reports are available on the county website under “Water and wastewater.” They are also available in hard copy at municipal offices in Delhi, Simcoe and Langton.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
In South Africa, Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet with President Thabo Mbeki and address a joint session of the country’s Parliament in Cape Town and to visit Johannesburg, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.The Secretary-General will travel next to Madagascar, where he plans to hold meetings with President Marc Ravalomanana and other officials and receive an honorary doctorate from the National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences, the spokesman said.In the Congolese capital of Brazzaville, Mr. Annan is expected to meet with President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, who is also the current head of the African Union (AU).Wrapping up his Africa trip with a stop in DRC, Mr. Annan will meet President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa and address the Congolese people. He is also expected to travel outside the capital to Kisangani, according to the spokesman.The UN Operation in the DRC (MONUC) has over 16,800 uniformed personnel deployed across the vast country, where it is helping to foster stability, support a peace agreement and organize elections.
The Secretary-General nominated Ms. Bachelet after consulting widely with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States. Her name now goes forward for consideration and approval by the 193-member UN General Assembly.Ms. Bachelet just ended her second four-year term as President earlier this year, having already held the post between 2006 and 2010. She was the first woman to be elected to Chile’s highest office. After her first term, she came to New York as the first ever Executive Director of the UN gender equality office, UN-Women.She also held key governments posts earlier in her political career as Chile’s Minister of Defence, and Minister of Health.The High Commissioner, is the principle official who speaks out for human rights across the whole UN system, strengthening human rights mechanisms; enhancing equality; fighting discrimination in all its forms; strengthening accountability and the rule of law; widening the democratic space and protecting the most vulnerable from all forms of human rights abuse.The job is currently held by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who steps down from the unique role, calling governments and leaders to account for human rights abuses, at the end of this month. He served a single term, beginning in 2014.Headquartered in Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is mandated to promote and protect the universal exercise and full realization of human rights, across the world, as established in the UN Charter.
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Shanquan Hemphill scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Green Bay held on late to edge Northern Illinois 85-83 on Wednesday night.Hemphill was 12 of 15 from the field for the Phoenix (4-3). Sandy Cohen III added 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists. JayQuan McCloud had 15 points with three assists.Hemphill’s dunk to close the first half gave Green Bay a 47-44 edge but the Huskies (4-3) went ahead 58-56 early in the second half on a Dante Thorpe layup. Northern Illinois’ shooting fell off after that, allowing Manny Patterson’s jumper to put the Phoenix back on top 60-58 and a Hemphill layup stretched it to 76-61 with just under six minutes to play. Green Bay led 82-74 with 37 seconds left when a late rally by the Huskies cut it to the final score.Eugene German scored a career-high 33 points for Northern Illinois. Thorpe and Levi Bradley each finished with 13.The Associated Press
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and former coach David Blatt question an official’s call on April 19 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen David Blatt was hired to be the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2014, the roster he was inheriting consisted of all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, the soon-to-be No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and a bunch of young guys and journeymen veterans who had just finished up a 33-49 season.A month later, LeBron James, arguably the best player in the league and one of the most difficult players to coach, decided to take his talents back to Cleveland to suit up for Blatt’s Cavs.Then, a little over a month after that, Cleveland decided to trade Andrew Wiggins, the player it selected with the first pick in draft and a guy who Blatt had coached all summer, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for superstar forward Kevin Love.By the time the Cavs opened up regular-season play on Oct. 30, 2014, against the New York Knicks, Cleveland had transformed its roster from one of the worst in the league to one that was expected to win multiple championships.All of this pressure was put on the 56-year-old Blatt, who, despite his great success in Europe, had never coached in the NBA, did not have any relationships with current NBA players or coaches, and had not even lived in the United States since the early 1980s when he moved to Israel.An argument could be made that this man was the worst possible choice Cleveland could have made to coach James, Irving and Love.But the fact of the matter is that Blatt was not hired to coach the team that ended up taking the floor on opening night last season. When James and Love are added to your team, the entire complexion of it changes.Fast forward several months to the playoffs and the roster had changed yet again with trade acquisitions Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. Blatt ended up leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, where the team came just two wins short of its first title in franchise history. Many would argue that James and the rest of the gang could have done it with or without Blatt, but, nonetheless, he did coach his team to the finals in his first year.That first year was filled with constant scrutiny from the media, fans and even players. When the Cavs lost, Blatt was given most of the blame, and when they won, he was given no credit. Despite all of this, he never complained and continued to encourage and praise his team and superstar James. Many will point to Blatt’s failure to challenge James as one of the reasons he was fired. But realistically, James has not allowed any coach to challenge him since he was in high school. These same critics of Blatt say that new Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, who basically stole Blatt’s seat on the bench, will be more successful because of his plans to challenge James and the rest of the Cavs’ star players. Lue being a former player — something James has supposedly always wanted in a coach — is pointed to as the reason he will be able to be tougher than his predecessor. The reality is this: Lue was a below-average NBA player, and the players on this Cavs team might respect him more than Blatt but not enough to drastically change the way they play. Their play and demeanor has been — and will continue — to be determined by their true leader: James. Blatt’s track record shows that he is a good coach, just not the right one for this team. The Cavaliers have their coach, and he wears No. 23.
Updated 8 July, 4.52pmTHE DEPARTMENT OF Finance has a new Secretary-General, with career civil servant Derek Moran approved by Cabinet this afternoon.Moran’s was brought to cabinet for approval this morning, his being the only name being considered. Therefore, today’s approval was understood to be little more than a rubber-stamping exercise.Moran was an assistant secretary at the fiscal section in the Department of Finance, one rung below the top of the ladder.He has worked extensively on budget formulation, and is thought to have a good working relationship with Public Expenditure and Reform Secretary-General Robert Watt.John Moran, who unexpectedly resigned at the beginning of May, will now officially vacate the post, allowing namesake Derek time to bed in in his new position before the Dail breaks up for summer.Several meetings to kick-start the budget process are understood to be scheduled between Moran and Finance Minister Michael Noonan over the coming weeks.First published 3 JulyRead: The most senior official in Michael Noonan’s department has resigned>Read: John Moran – There was no sinister reason for my resignation>
Updated: 4:46 PM Update: 52-year-old man killed in last night’s officer-involved shooting in El Cerrito KUSI Newsroom August 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 52-year-old man, who police say threw a brick at his 70-year-old aunt, was shot and killed by an officer during a shooting in the El Cerrito community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.The woman called police a little before 7:50 p.m. Saturday from a home in the 5800 block of Adelaide Avenue to report that her nephew had thrown a brick at her, San Diego Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Two officers responded to handle the possible assault with a deadly weapon call, which eventually resulted in an officer-involved shooting, Dobbssaid.“Although it is early in the investigation, witnesses told the investigators the male advanced on the officers, while swinging a large post-like object at them (later determined to be a shovel),” he said.“The officers gave the male orders to drop the weapon, but the male refused to cooperate,” he said. “He continued quickly advancing on the officers, swinging the shovel, prompting one officer to fire his Taser, while the second officer fired his service weapon.”The 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported, Dobbs said. The officers involved in the shooting were from the department’s Mid-City division. One was a four-year veteran, while the other was a 16-year veteran of the police department.San Diego police asked anyone with information regarding the officer-involved shooting to call the department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom,
Tomato growers in Puebla have also been using the sargasso biofertilizer, all with positive results. He says they have even tested the biofertilizer on vanilla, a plant that is difficult to produce in this region, noting that those results turned out very well. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Luis Masia of Alquimar Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A local company has put the masses of unwanted sargasso to use as a biofertilizer for coco, tomato and sugarcane crops around the country. “Our optimum capacity is 5,000 liters per week, although we are still in testing, the biofertilizer is already on sale online,” explained Masia who is part of the Puerto Morelos project for use of the seaweed. Alquimar owner Luis Masia says “One ton a day is nothing compared to all the sargassum that comes to our shores,” he said “hence the need for all those who can take advantage of this algae to join in a value chain to try to get the most out of it.” The company Alquimar says they scoop up about one ton of sargasso a day from Cancun and Puerto Morelos beaches, which is processed in a plant in Cancun. The result is a biofertilizer that they say has already yielded a 30 percent increase in their first crop tests. He explained that the fertilizer is produced without additional chemicals and that after processing, the remaining organic matter, known as the bagasse, is used to create the biofertilizer. He says they have provided the biofertilizer to test, free of charge, to cocoa farmers in Tabasco as well as sugarcane growers in Veracruz and in the south of Quintana Roo.
Feature | March 14, 2012 | By Doug Rufer, director of operations and business strategy for healthcare information solutions, Carestream Health RIS: What’s New for 2012? Evaluate platforms based on MU requirements and support for next-generation functionality. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more As one of top issues facing healthcare facilities today, satisfying meaningful use (MU) criteria is driving replacement of existing information management systems, including radiology information systems (RIS). The challenge is to find an affordable RIS system that meets MU requirements while delivering the feature set your facility’s workflow requires.A key issue facing many radiology directors is whether they should employ a powerful certified RIS or use a RIS module that’s part of a certified electronic health record/electronic medical record (EHR/EMR). There is often cost-based pressure to use the EMR’s RIS module, but these modules often deliver limited functionality.Fully featured reporting and embedded voice recognition are usually not included. Built-in rules and triggers for complex exams (including angiography, contrast exams, positron emission tomography [PET], computed tomography [CT] and magnetic resonance [MR] exams) may not be offered. If patient preparation rules are not completed during scheduling, exams may have to be canceled when the patient presents. All of these deficits impede efficiency — and ultimately create higher costs. Mammography imaging is another area of concern. A modern RIS should support additional breast imaging modalities for screening and diagnostic exams, including MR, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Patient communications, reporting and other functionality required by Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) guidelines must also be met. If the EHR’s RIS module doesn’t deliver this functionality, facilities will need to integrate a fully featured RIS or a mammography information system.Managers also need to find a RIS that can accommodate ICD-10 in time to meet the October 2013 deadline. That’s no small feat, since ICD-10 involves 68,000 codes as compared to 14,000+ codes for ICD-9.It’s important to understand that RIS suppliers can opt for either complete EHR certification or modular certification. With complete certification, the RIS adheres to all 33 criteria, which include 25 functional criteria and eight privacy and security requirements. A RIS with modular certification means it can meet any number of specific criteria, plus the eight required security measures. A facility can combine certified modular products to meet MU requirements.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has two divisions that oversee meaningful use. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees providers (physicians and hospitals). The ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) works with the certification bodies and regulates healthcare IT vendors and products.New Features Influence Decision-MakingMeaningful use issues are just one part of the RIS selection process. Compelling next-generation features promise to influence RIS decision-making in 2012. They offer benefits today, and some of the tools could be added to meaningful use requirements in the future. These include:• Data mining/business intelligence tools – Imaging providers are using business intelligence tools provided by their RIS to help improve productivity and workflow, a necessity in an environment of declining reimbursements and a sour economy. Facilities are tracking room utilization, staff productivity, radiology report turnaround and other key factors that can help drive gains in revenue and referrals.• Support for structured data – This enables a certified RIS to share data with a certified EMR to ensure imaging data is appropriately stored and shared and meets MU requirements. MU rules dictate that data in an uncertified system cannot be exported directly to CMS, but can be sent to a certified system for reporting, as long as the data is in the required format.• Order entry decision support – The American College of Radiology (ACR) has been working to create a decision support database for several years. The objective is to outline which imaging exams are medically appropriate for a patient’s symptoms or diagnosis. The ACR’s decision support database is currently being tested in several hospitals. Certified RIS platforms are available that support user-defined rules so each facility can set its own standards for the “appropriateness” of an imaging exam. These platforms can be adapted to support the ACR criteria when they are finalized.• Exam protocols – Radiologists already use established protocols for ordering complex imaging exams at large teaching facilities and specialty hospitals. Protocol variations involve scan thickness, scan sequences, reconstructions, gantry tilt and other characteristics. The specific protocol is determined by a patient’s diagnosis, stage of disease, type of treatment level and other data. In the future, hospitals of all sizes and other imaging providers may adopt a list of protocols to ensure optimal imaging results based on a patient’s disease state.• Quality Outcomes – There is a movement toward establishing guidelines for capturing, maintaining and reporting radiation dose, speed of reports and other factors that can enhance diagnosis and treatment. The RIS is the likely platform to collect and store patient imaging data as part of this effort to help improve patient outcomes.• Structured Reporting – Conversion to structured reporting is driven by results from studies that show that up to 80 percent of physicians do not fully understand the radiologist’s diagnosis as presented in the report. Use of paragraph-style reporting based on dictation by a radiologist will likely be replaced with structured reporting that involves the selection of clear, standardized wording to convey a diagnosis. Standardized wording not only will make a diagnosis easier to understand, but it also will enhance the ability for data mining by research facilities nationwide.A Flexible RIS Can Support Current, Future NeedsThe bottom line is that most providers of imaging services — hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, women’s health facilities and others — have developed a specialized workflow that meets the needs of their physicians, radiologists and patients. Each provider needs a RIS that supports the existing workflow and allows flexibility for future adjustments, while simultaneously meeting MU requirements. It’s a tall order, but can be done.An important note is that suppliers of standalone RIS systems may choose to have their RIS certified as a module. This offers users a flexible RIS that captures MU data and shares that information with other health IT and EHR systems. These RIS platforms can easily accommodate changes in MU standards. Ultimately, today’s RIS solutions will need to satisfy specific workflow challenges while evolving to address changes in healthcare regulations. Choosing a Stage 1 certified modular RIS solution will satisfy short-term needs, but it’s important to select a vendor that has plans to move to full certification within the next year. This commitment to full certification can equip a facility to support new regulations today and Stage 2 and 3 initiatives in the future.One of the bright spots for administrators and managers charged with evaluating certified products from multiple suppliers is that all the information on every certified healthcare IT system is presented on one website: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert. This website is managed by the ONC and is continuously updated as new systems are certified.Doug Rufer is director of operations and business strategy for healthcare information solutions for Carestream Health. 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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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Travelweek Group “Pulling out all the stops”: Trafalgar’s Acclaim 2019 trip heads to Africa TORONTO — Trafalgar’s annual agent incentive trip, Acclaim, will visit the brand’s newest destination of Africa in 2019.For the first time ever the incentive is going global, with agents from all of Trafalgar’s sales regions having the chance to be part of the industry’s greatest incentive trip.Meanwhile there’s still time to nudge clients to take advantage of Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount (EPD), expiring Jan. 31, as a way to boost bookings.Trafalgar says the 10-day Africa trip in seven destinations “will once again see winners treated to Trafalgar’s incredible travel experiences with plenty of VIP surprises along the way.”The journey starts in Cape Town with highlights from the top selling Essence of South Africa trip, including an ascent of Table Mountain and exploring Cape Peninsula. There’s also a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch with a family in their 18th century Cape Dutch home in the Cape Winelands.As always the legendary Gala en Rouge event will be held in a secret venue. Trafalgar says it will unveil surprises surrounding the trip in the coming months, as agents get one step closer to securing their spot.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“We are #AgentsFirst and we recognize the importance of providing our valued partners with an opportunity to experience first-hand the incredible experiences and moments that Trafalgar offers their customers as well as our brand innovation. With our seven brand-new African itineraries now launched and off to an extraordinary start, it was the perfect choice to take Acclaim to South Africa in 2019,” says Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman.Tollman hails from South Africa so the 2019 Acclaim trip is near and dear to his heart. “Africa sits very high on many people’s wish-list, but until you go there, you don’t really understand how it’s going to change you,” he says. “It’s one of those places that, when you leave it, you understand the very essence of the reason we travel.”Tollman adds: “The Acclaim trip is renowned as the industry’s best trade incentive. And with us returning to our family’s roots, our agent partners are guaranteed that this will be an extraordinary trip, to an extraordinary destination, that will be spoken about for years to come. We are pulling out all the stops.”More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAgents in the running to participate in Acclaim 2019 will receive a monthly maildrop to advise whether they’re in the race. Agents can also visit the Trafalgar Tribe Facebook page to keep up to date on how to get in on the action and where it will take them.“The greatest excitement I have is to give our travel partners the opportunity to encounter this special country in our own local and unique way. It is my hope, and certainly my intent, to ensure they feel Africa in a way that only Africans understand; so that they too may say ‘Sanibonani South Africa’,” says Tollman.To qualify agents must book a minimum of four guests from the Trafalgar Africa brochure for travel in 2019. Any additional passengers booked on any other Trafalgar product for travel in 2019 will also be eligible for this incentive. All bookings must be booked and have deposit by May 13, 2019. Thursday, January 17, 2019 Posted by Tags: Africa, Agent Incentives, Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >>
New Delhi, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation for a Joint Venture with Yunnan Tourism Co. Ltd to engage in development, construction, operation and management of two hotels in Kunming Expo Garden, situated in Yunnan province of southwest China. Kunming is a gateway to China, connecting Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa, and is just a two-hour flight from Kolkata, India. “The Indian Hotel Company’s presence in Kunming is critical for our selective global expansion plan because of its strategic location with access to key markets like Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Laos. It is a major communication and transport hub in China having good connectivity with the domestic Chinese tourism circuit. The entry of Taj and Vivanta by Taj brands in Kunming offers an exciting opportunity to establish the brands in the Chinese market,” said Mr. Abhijit Mukerji, Executive Director, IHCL. The IHCL and its subsidiaries, collectively known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, is one of Asia’s largest group of hotels. Taj already has management contracts in place for a landmark hotel, Taj Temple of Heaven Beijing, in close proximity to the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing. A key tourist destination, The Temple of Heaven Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed between 1406 and 1420 and used by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.Taj will also manage a luxury resort in Hainan Island, the premium resort destination in China. Apart from the renowned Taj hospitality, both the hotels will offer high-end accommodations, signature restaurants, banqueting facilities and Jiva Spa, Taj’s acclaimed Indian and all natural spa. Mr. Ge Bao-rong, General Manager, Yunnan Tourism Co. Ltd said, “We are delighted to partner with The Indian Hotels Company Limited to bring the Taj legendary service to the Yunnan province and China. We are confident that their expertise of the Indian and international markets combined with our understanding of the Chinese market will be immensely helpful in developing world class hotels at the historical Kunming Expo Garden.”www.tajhotels.com
vancouver|weekend events by Ben Wilson Posted Feb 23, 2018 10:04 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2018 at 11:06 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There are plenty of events to go to on this snowy weekend.The BC Home and Garden Show is on this weekend at BC Place.The 2018 Chutzpah! Festival is on now until March 15th.Visit the Pet Lover Show this weekend at the Tradex in Abbotsford.The Talking Stick Festival wraps up Saturday.Ballet BC Presents Romeo & Juliet Saturday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.The Arts Club presentation of Jitters wraps up this weekend at the Stanley.Mark the year of the dog at Soar Over China this weekend at Canada Place.Celebrate LunarFest this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.The Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market is on Saturday’s until April.Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, is on now at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May.The VSO’s Musically Speaking presents Night of the Flying Horses Saturday night at The Orpheum.The 11th annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival is on until March 4th at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving, is on now until April 15th at the Museum of Anthropology.The Arts Club presents, Fun Home, on now until March 10th at the Granville Island Stage.The Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market at the PNE Fairgrounds is on Sundays until April.The Vancouver Maritime Museum presents The Lost Fleet on now until next March.If you have a weekend event you’d like us to consider mentioning, email Ben.Wilson@news1130.rogers.com or Tweet him. (iStock Photo) Weekend events
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