October 20

Rajasthan BJP chief Madan Lal Saini dies at 75

first_imgJaipur/New Delhi: Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini died on Monday while undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi, a party spokesperson said. Saini, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was diagnosed with infection in lungs and was admitted at a private hospital in Jaipur. On Saturday, he was shifted to Delhi owing to his deteriorating health conditions and was being treated under the Hematology Department at AIIMS. “He was later shifted to the ICU after his condition further deteriorated. He passed away today around 7.09 pm,” a source at AIIMS said. Saini, who hailed from Sikar district, was appointed BJP state president last year. He was a former MLA and RSS volunteer who held various posts in the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha as well. A pall of gloom descended at the party’s state headquarters in Jaipur where a large number of BJP leaders and workers gathered after hearing the news of Saini’s death. His body will be kept at the party office in Jaipur for visitors on Tuesday morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and said Saini’s death was a major loss for the BJP. “The passing away of Shri Madanlal Saini Ji is a major loss for the BJP family. He contributed to strengthening the Party in Rajasthan…,” he tweeted.last_img read more

October 18

UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention Family

first_imgHong Kong: A British consulate employee detained in China has returned to Hong Kong, his family said on Saturday. Simon Cheng disappeared after visiting the neighbouring city of Shenzhen on August 8 and was placed in administrative detention by police. “Simon has returned to Hong Kong,” his family said in a Facebook post, adding he would take “some time to rest and recover”.last_img

October 15

All the Vancouver Actresses Linked to an Alleged Sex Cult

first_imgAdvertisement Ever since alleged cult leader Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico last week, speculation has circulated about if or when Smallville actress Allison Mack will also be arrested for her role in allegedly recruiting women who were branded, blackmailed, near-starved, and treated as personal slaves.Raniere is the founder of Nxivm, a many-limbed organization that once claimed to be a “philosophical movement,” but which primarily sold expensive five-day self-help courses to aspiring millionaires. A 2016 offshoot pitched as a “badass bitch bootcamp” is now being called an “organized criminal group” by the FBI after former members went public about abuse.Court documents filed last week allege the formation of a women-only secret society of “masters” and “slaves,” some of whom were ordered under threat to have sex with Raniere. Women recruited into the group were allegedly coerced into giving “collateral” in the form of nude photos and damaging information, which they believed would be released if they told anyone about it. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

October 12

Employee charged with assault in Texas plant explosion

DALLAS — Another senior employee at a chemical company is facing criminal charges connected to a 2017 explosion at a Houston-area plant following Hurricane Harvey.The Harris County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Arkema vice-president of logistics Michael Keough has been indicted for felony assault.District Attorney Kim Ogg says Keough falsely told officials that Arkema was monitoring potentially explosive chemical tanks in real time when the company had insufficient data to give early warning. Ogg says these “misrepresentations” led sheriff’s deputies to drive directly into a toxic cloud, which then spread to expose citizens of Crosby, outside Houston.A lawyer for Keough says his actions are not a crime and called the indictment “absurd” and “beyond rational thought.”Arkema and two other senior employees were charged last year.The Associated Press read more

October 8

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc names Joseph Papa as new chief executive

LAVAL, Que. — Embattled drug company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has named Joseph Papa as its new chairman and chief executive.The company says Papa, who was chairman and CEO of drug company Perrigo in the U.S., is expected to join Valeant early next month.Papa, 60, had been CEO of Perrigo since 2006 and chairman since 2007.He resigned on Sunday.Valeant announced last month that chief executive Michael Pearson was leaving after eight years with the company.Once one of Canada’s most valuable companies following years of acquisitions, Valeant has seen its shares plunge amid controversies over drug prices and its relationship with U.S. mail-order pharmacy Philidor.Valeant said earlier this year that it had to restate its financial results for 2014 and 2015 after discovering that about US$58 million of sales were recognized at the wrong time.It hopes to submit its restated financial statements for 2015 to regulators by Friday.Valeant shares were up 2.70 per cent at $46.80 on the TSX in morning trade.More to come … read more

October 7

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Energy conferenceInvestment firm Peters and Co. Ltd. holds its annual energy conference in Toronto. The meetings, which will hear from some of the big names in the country’s energy sector, starts Tuesday and runs until Thursday.Housing startsCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release preliminary housing starts data for August on Tuesday. The annual pace of housing starts fell in July.Roots resultsRetailer Roots Corp. reports its second-quarter results on Wednesday. The company appointed Meghan Roach, managing director at Searchlight Capital Partners, as interim chief financial officer last month.HBC results and conference callHudson’s Bay Co. releases its second-quarter financial results before markets open and holds a conference call with analysts to discuss the results on Thursday. The retailer is evaluating an offer by a group led by chairman Richard Baker to take the company private at a price of $9.45 per share.Household debt readingStatistics Canada will release its latest reading on household debt in its national balance sheet and financial flow accounts report on Friday. The report includes the much-watched household debt-to-income ratio. The Canadian Press read more

October 7

U of R project supporting Indigenous people with FASD in justice system

For people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), navigating the court system can be confusing and overwhelming as they try to understand their charges, meet with their lawyer and keep track of their court appearances.“Even the lighting and the sounds and things are overwhelming,” said Andrea Kotlar-Livingstone, executive director of the FASD Network of Saskatchewan.“Lots of times the offence that happened that they’re going to court for happened so long ago that they kind of think that it’s already been dealt with in a way, so it’s hard too with the memory impairment to sometimes bring them back to exactly what happened surrounding that offence.”Lawyers also might not recognize when their client has FASD, which “is for the most part invisible,” said Kotlar-Livingstone. She said an estimated four per cent of the population has FASD.Now a new University of Regina project called Navigator-Advocates will be helping Indigenous people with FASD, should they come into contact with the justice system. U of R President Vianne Timmons made the announcement on Friday, together with Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale. The program will get $975,000 through the federal government’s Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Michelle Stewart, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and director of the U of R’s Community Research Unit, is leading the project. She said the funding allows them to hire advocates and navigators who can work daily with these people and their families both in and out of the courts.“We have a justice system that’s over-prescribed by individuals that have FASD and do not have the appropriate supports they need inside those systems. These advocates will understand what those needs might be,” she said.“When they have that support … they’re able to give better legal instruction to their lawyers. They’ll better understand the system because they’ll have an advocate that’s assisting them or navigating the system with them.”Related These navigators would attend Legal Aid meetings with the person, take notes for them, talk through the meetings with them afterward to make sure they understand everything, take care of scheduling and plan for supports to be in place once they are released from custody.Prescott Demas, who came to public attention last year as one of the leaders in a protest camp set up in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, will be a peer mentor with the project. He’ll help to identify gaps in support and locate people already in the court system who could be recommended to the program.“When you go through that court system, it’s up to you to understand all these things …  You go through and there’s no real direction in the courthouse to help you,” he said.Indigenous people make up just four per cent of the Canadian population, but 25 per cent of the people in the justice system, said Goodale, who noted the purpose of this project is to help decrease the over-representation of Indigenous people in the justice system.Being a part of this project, Demas hopes to make a long-term impact on this issue.The project is also partnering with Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse to bring similar supports to Indigenous people with FASD there as well.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com A different approach: The struggle to deal with FASD in the justice system Talking about a disorder that’s often invisible Regina groups working to reduce stigma, highlight complexity of FASD TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Michelle Stewart, left, and Prescott Demas talk about the ongoing action of Colonialism No More at the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) Apathy Into Action conference at the University of Regina in January, 2018. Demas was among those who set up camp outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office in Regina for four months in 2016. Stewart is a U of R justice studies associate professor. read more

September 25

Intelligence sharing with the US will be harmed if UK uses Huawei

A Huawei store is seen in the terminal building of the new Beijing Daxing International Airport in Beijing. July 9, 2019.  If Britain allows Huawei to build Britain’s 5G network, the intelligence sharing relationship with the US will be harmed, the former US Secretary of Homeland Security has warned.Governor Tom Ridge, who set up the US security department in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said the western world is in a “digital war” with Beijing. He called on the incoming UK administration to review as a priority the decision to allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei access to Britain’s critical national infrastructure. Speaking in London of the risks to the close intelligence relationship between the UK and the US, he said: “It’s a complication. Much of the intelligence sharing is electronic and if you are relying on secure telecoms and they’ve got a front door, well I don’t know how many pigeons can fly across the Atlantic.“It will affect intelligence sharing.” Governor Ridge, a Vietnam veteran, said the opaque nature of the relationship between Huawei and the Chinese Ministry of State Security meant the UK would be offering China a “front door” into the telecoms system, with no need for “back door software bugs”. “Everyone’s excited by 5G but along with the promise of 5G there’s peril,” he said. Aerial view of data storage center for Huawei at the Guian New Area in Guiyang, Guizhou Province of China. The first phase of construction covers an area of 400,000 square meters, which will operate about 600,000 servers to store Huawei’s management data from 170 countries. May 14, 2019.Credit:Visual China Group A Huawei store is seen in the terminal building of the new Beijing Daxing International Airport in Beijing. July 9, 2019. Credit:GREG BAKER/AFP “Don’t make a final decision until you sit down with our President and decide what is in our collective best interest.“The employees of Huawei are pretty much public employees even though they’ve got Huawei t-shirts on.“We’ve been through so much together historically that it would be foolish for us not to sit down as friends and allies and challenge each other. In the long term I think everybody would be on the same page.” Huawei – also known as Huawei Technologies, Inc. – is owned 100 per cent by Huawei Investment & Holding, a much smaller company with only a few hundred employees. This holding company is in turn co-owned by founder Ren Zhengfei, with nearly 1.01 per cent and a state-operated trade union, called Huawei Investment & Holding Company Trade Union Committee, with the remaining 98.99 per cent. The trade union officials are appointed by, and paid salaries from, the Chinese government. “If I were to look for the smoking gun of how the party influences Huawei’s leadership, I would look at the trade unions,” said Dr John Hemmings, a China expert at the Henry Jackson Society.Dr Hemmings feared there has been no rational policy-making in the UK and that cost had been a major factor in pushing security aside. “The telecoms companies have run policy and the government has tried to keep up,” he said. He was surprised that Britain was the only member of the 5-Eyes intelligence partnership of the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that had assessed the risks from Chinese involvement in 5G networks as manageable. He cited the example of Huawei’s installation of the cyber network in the African Union (AU)  headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2003. After a few months it was noted how Chinese trade envoys were surprisingly well informed of the AU negotiators’ positions and that the cyber network was most active between midnight and 3am, long after staff had left. A subsequent sweep for electronic bugs by a French security company showed a number of software vulnerabilities that had been sending data secretly back to Beijing. Governor Ridge called for spies from GCHQ, the US equivalent, the National Security Agency and cyber experts from Australia and New Zealand to meet urgently to review all the intelligence relating to Huawei. “The most important thing to do is to get the critical people in the 5-Eyes together instead of long distance, and challenge each other,” Governor Ridge said.“There’s nothing wrong with having two competitive analyses, but you do have to try to harmonise and rationalise it.  Aerial view of data storage center for Huawei at the Guian New Area in Guiyang, Guizhou Province of China. The first phase of construction covers an area of 400,000 square meters, which will operate about 600,000 servers to store Huawei's management data from 170 countries. May 14, 2019. A parliamentary study in 2013 by Sir Malcolm Rifkind was warned by MI5 that China may try to exploit vulnerabilities in Huawei’s equipment in order to gain access to the BT network in the UK, “which would provide them with an attractive espionage opportunity”. A recent study on Huawei code by Finite State, a cyber security firm, found on average, Huawei devices had 102 known vulnerabilities inside their firmware, primarily due to the use of “vulnerable open-source and third-party components”. In virtually all categories studied, Huawei devices were found to be less secure than comparable devices from other vendors.Huawei responded to the Finite State report refuting the allegations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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September 19

Tense confrontation amid peaceful vigils on Charlottesville rally anniversary

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last summer’s white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils and other events, but police had a brief, tense confrontation with demonstrators angry over the heavy security presence there this weekend.“Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” activists chanted Saturday evening.Shortly before a planned evening rally to mark the anniversary of a campus confrontation between torch-carrying white nationalists and counterprotesters, activists unfurled a banner that said, “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges.”A group of more than 200 protesters — students, residents and others — then marched to another part of the University of Virginia’s campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear forming a line.Kibiriti Majuto, a coordinator for UVA Students United, said the students moved to another part of campus because they didn’t want to be “caged” in the area where the planned rally area. Majuto said police “were not on our side” last year when white supremacists surrounded counterprotesters on the rotunda.“Cops and Klan go hand in hand,” he said.Charlottesville city councilman Wes Bellamy said he tried to diffuse the situation and told the police commander that students were upset by the officers’ tactics, with “over-the-top” riot gearlast_img read more

September 17

Ronaldo 2018 was the best year of my career

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo revealed that he believes 2018 was the best year of his career to date after winning the Champions League and joining JuventusThe Portuguese superstar won a third European title in a row at Real Madrid and scored a stunning 44 goals in as many games.In fact, Ronaldo’s strong second-half to last season saw him finish as Los Blancos’ top scorer in 2018 with 28 goals in 22 games, despite not having played for them since May’s Champions League final.The 33-year-old later completed a sensational €112m transfer to Juventus and leads the Serie A scoring charts with 14 goals from 19 games.He may not have won a record sixth Ballon d’Or or the FIFA Men’s Player award, but Ronaldo is delighted with how his year turned out.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I don’t work to break records, rather I work for the good of the club,” Ronaldo told Daily Record.“2018 was the best year of my career. In Serie A they mark me as tightly as they do in Spain, but there’s less space here because all the teams have excellent defences.“Winning the Champions League is a dream, but we mustn’t make it an obsession. Team trophies count and I’m working to win them.“Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way. We’re all feeling very good. I don’t know when my career will end, but I’m fine and I want to keep going for many more years.”Juventus and Ronaldo will be back in action away to Bologna in the Coppa Italia on January 12.last_img read more

September 15

Lidl UK to introduce the living wage

first_imgLidl UK is to introduce the living wage from 1 October 2015.The supermarket will pay its 17,000 employees staff a minimum of £8.20 an hour, and £9.35 in London. These are the hourly rates it expects the Living Wage Foundation to recommend when it recalculates its voluntary living wage rates in November 2015.The supermarket has also pledged to meet the new rates recommended by the Living Wage Foundation in November should these be higher than the £8.20 and £9.35 hourly rates it has committed to paying employees from October.Lidl’s commitment represents a £9 million investment in its employees. The move will benefit 53% of its UK workforce across all age brackets, increasing the average wage for staff at the supermarket by £1,200 a year.Ronny Gottschlich (pictured), chief executive officer at Lidl UK, said: “At Lidl UK, we are proud of our achievements, proud of our growth, and proud of our unwavering commitment to our customers and quality products, but most of all we are proud of our employees who make everything possible.“We recognise that every employee forms an integral part of team Lidl, and each individual’s contribution is valued. It’s therefore only right that we show our commitment, in the same way that the team commit to the business and our customers each and every day, by ensuring a wage that supports the cost of living.”The Living Wage Foundation’s recommended rate is independently calculated to reflect the cost of living in the UK. It is currently set at £7.85 an hour, and £9.15 in London. It is a voluntary rate, distinct from the national living wage announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Summer Budget 2015. The national living wage of £7.20 is a statutory rate for workers aged 25 and over. It will come into effect in April 2016.last_img read more

September 1

Preacher Dealt With the Saint of Killers in the Best Possible Way

first_img Overall, the second season of Preacher is a huge improvement on the first. Even with its slower moments, it’s doing a much better job matching the high energy and strangeness of the comics. It turns out you need those slow moments. Last week gave us a breather with an episode all about Jesse and Tulip’s past. It’s slower, more somber tone allows us to fully appreciate the way last night brought us back up to full-speed crazy. More than that, it finally handled the Saint of Killers plot in a satisfying, semi-permanent way.Before we get to that, let’s talk about the opening scene. A man in a sharp suit is convincing a poor husband and wife to sell (well, “donate”) part of the husband’s soul. He won’t even notice it’s gone, they’re told. And if he “donates” 15 percent, they get double the price. The wife is worried about after effects and how painful the procedure is, but in the end, they have no choice. They need the money, and this is their last hope. So who is the soul-buyer? He’s a businessman. He buys pieces of souls from people who need money and sells them to rich people. Apparently, souls cure Alzheimer’s. This scene becomes important to the story later, but even on its own, it’s a powerful scene. The poor are forced by circumstance to give up a precious piece of themselves for the benefit of the rich. For such an insane modern fantasy, this show can get uncomfortably real at times.After dropping all that on us, the show cuts back to our main story. Victor’s daughter has led the Saint of Killers to Denis’s apartment building. She forgets which apartment they’re in though, and sends the Saint to the opposite side. This is the point where the episode tells you exactly what to expect for the next hour. The girl runs away, and the Saint methodically breaks into every apartment, slaughtering the inhabitants. First, he crushes a man’s hand with a gun still in it. Then… well, we don’t quite see what happens in the next apartment. We see some blood splatter out into the hall, followed by a guy’s head. It’s like the show feared we forgot about its penchant for insane violence and wanted to remind us with style.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Fortunately for our heroes, Jesse notices a stray bullet made its way through the apartment walls, into a cup of yogurt (how’s that for product placement?). The trio escape and make their way to the library to research the Saint of Killers. Here, the episodes slows down a bit to give us an exposition dump about the Saint’s history. After all the carnage we just saw, it comes as a welcome break, and it’s actually a pretty interesting story. A Preacher comic book spinoff even makes a cameo, which is pretty funny. Unfortunately, their efforts to find a weakness are cut short when Cassidy realizes he forgot to warn Denis about the gunman. To save their reluctant host, Jesse has to make a deal.This entire episode was exciting, mostly because you knew Jesse couldn’t simply outrun the Saint of Killers again. He was in New Orleans; they were going to stay in New Orleans. This had to be the end of the arc (for the foreseeable future, at least.) Then, they add in a race against time. Always a good formula for giving an episode a boost of energy. After convincing The Saint that God is missing, and therefore won’t be able to fulfill the angels’ promise of access to Heaven, Jesse makes a deal. He’ll get The Saint a soul, and use The Word to send him to Heaven. The Saint gives him one hour. If he doesn’t make it back in time, Tulip, Cassidy, and Denis are dead. To make matters worse, Denis lost his inhaler and will die without it.We also finally got some answers about Cassidy’s relationship with Denis. It turns out he’s Cassidy’s son. That detail added a layer of tragedy and sympathy to the vampire he didn’t have before. Until now, he’s been a mix of comic relief and conniving third wheel trying to break Jesse and Tulip up. Now, we know that he’s been forced to watch his son grow apart from him, despise him, and exclusively speak a language he doesn’t understand. Worse than that, as an immortal, he has to watch his son grow old and die. That one revelation added some depth to Cassidy we never saw before.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ronald Guttman as Denis (Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Back to Jesse’s part of the episode, we finally learn why that soul-buying company at the beginning was so important. Jesse (whose family apparently used to be in the soul business) visits an old voodoo shop looking for souls. There, he finds out that a Japanese company moved in and pushed all the mom and pop soul shops out of business. Jesse finds the company’s armored truck and tries to blow it up, but it proves indestructible. Using The Word on some cops, he pulls the van over and attempts to steal a soul. There’s one problem. None of the souls in the stock match the Saint’s type. Wouldn’t you know it though, Jesse’s does. To save his friends, he gives one percent of his soul to The Saint. (And steals the armored van in the process.) Oh, and just in case the gruesome imagery earlier wasn’t enough, Jesse is just a few seconds late. The Saint is about to kill Tulip with a sword, when Cassidy grabs onto it. Man, this show didn’t shy away from showing those fingers get chopped off, did it?With so much happening in this episode, there’s a danger of it feeling too dense. It worked here, because the series has gotten us used to this kind of pace, and it knows how to choose its slow moments. It all adds up to the most exciting episode we’ve seen all season. I don’t think my heart stopped pounding for one second while watching it. It also had the courage to end (for a while at least) the Saint of Killers arc. After giving the Saint a piece of his soul, Jesse reveals he had no intention of sending the Saint to Heaven, after everything he’s done. He’s about to send him to Hell, when the Saint points out that he’d be going there with a piece of Jesse’s soul. So Jesse does the next best thing: Locks him in that indestructible armored truck and drives it into the swamp.Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)It’s a satisfying way to end the arc that solves one of this season’s biggest problems. The constant battle-run away loop with the Saint got tedious after the first time we saw it. We were overdue for a real showdown, and we got it. Now, the story can continue without getting held up by a homicidal cowboy ever two episodes. But, Jesse didn’t kill the Saint. He just left him in a place that will be very hard to get out of. If the writers want to bring him back, they can. Now, they just don’t have to worry about writing him in until they absolutely need to. With him out of the way, the story can go pretty much anywhere in the second half of the season. That’s an exciting place to be, and I can’t wait to see what this show has in mind. I do know it will likely involve Jesse. When the Saint picked her up by the neck, it did something to her. She’s traumatized, and given everything else she’s gone through, we’re not quite sure why. What did he do to her? Hopefully, we find out next week. Either way, it promises to be exciting. Next week, we finally meet Herr Starr.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Stay on targetlast_img read more

August 30

Kemba Walkers shimmy celebration would have been a lot cooler if the

first_imgLarry Bird invented the walk-off three point celebration in the 1988 Three Point Contest in Chicago. Steph Curry has popularized it for the younger generation. In some instances, Curry is halfway down the court doing chest pounds before the ball even goes down.Last night against the Heat, Charlotte All-Star Kemba Walker showed the dangers of celebrating a three without actually witnessing the bucket.Walker pulled up from the top of the key, and after a seemingly friendly bounce, had seen enough to turn his back to the basket and bust out the shimmy shake dance celebration.By the time the shot rimmed out, Walker had already turned his back and started the dance off. Whoops. Advertisement Don’t try this at home, kids.last_img read more

August 27

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first_imgJanuary 26, 2011 – An enhanced coding issue management capability has been introduced. The Qualitative Intelligence and Communications System (QICS), by peerVue, is designed to streamline inter- and cross-department coding workflow to ensure that radiology departments fully capture appropriate imaging revenues.Initiated by a coder or natural language processing software when a billing-related problem is recognized, QICS workflow automates the request for a radiology report addendum to clarify an exam or diagnosis. Common coding issues include reports with vague or absent clinical indications as well as improper descriptions of a test, protocol or other procedure.“In many hospitals, follow-up on coding-related information is an ad-hoc process, burdening numerous individuals in various administrative and clinical roles,” said Kyle Lawton, CEO of peerVue. “The result is often sub-optimal revenue capture and inefficient use of department time.” It helps manage these processes by automatically notifying appropriate radiologists about a newly submitted coding issue through email, SMS or pop-up window. If desired, the notification appears directly at the PACS workstation, enabling single click navigation to the flagged study. Coding issues not immediately addressed by the radiologist are queued on Web-based worklists, where radiologists can click through to their PACS, amend the report as appropriate and note the issue closed within QICS. The amended report is then automatically transmitted to the coder involved. Real-time dashboards and management reports provide all the tools necessary to manage the overall process.This workflow provides close-loop communications and enhanced visibility to all parties involved in the coding process, resulting in fewer missed charges and reduced manual efforts to track and follow-up on issues.QICS helps automate and manage a virtually unlimited range of radiology workflow, from critical results communication to emergency room discrepancy management. At the same time, the unique platform takes advantage of this information to support continuous departmental improvements and maximizing of revenue.Integrating seamlessly with HIS, RIS and PACS solutions, QICS simplifies the IT environment by eliminating workarounds in existing.For more information: www.peerVue.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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August 17

Mandarin Oriental to open luxury hotel and residences in Hawaii

first_imgMandarin Oriental to open luxury hotel and residences in HawaiiMandarin Oriental to open luxury hotel and residences in HawaiiMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced its intention to open a new luxury hotel and branded residences in Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The project, which has a target opening date in early 2020, will enable Mandarin Oriental to introduce its hospitality to this important tourism and business destination.Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will be the anchor of Mana`olana Place, a 36-story mixed-use tower with gardens and public plazas, currently being developed by Los Angeles-based Salem Partners. Located in the heart of the Ala Moana district, the hotel is a short walk to Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach. It will also be adjacent to the Hawaii Convention Center and the Ala Moana Center.The hotel’s 125 contemporary guestrooms and suites will be designed to reflect the Hawaiian culture, together with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s oriental heritage. The Group will also manage 107 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located on the Mana’olana tower’s upper floors, which will provide some of the most luxurious private homes on the island.Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar with landscaped outdoor terraces, providing views of Diamond Head, Ala Moana Beach and Downtown Honolulu. There will also be a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and extensive banqueting and meeting spaces with views over the surrounding terraces and gardens.In keeping with the Group’s wellness concepts, a Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer holistic rejuvenation and relaxation with eight treatment rooms. Further leisure options include a comprehensive fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.The design architects of the project are the Colorado-based firm, [au]workshop who envision the design as a modern, vertical urban resort epitomizing the Hawaiian tradition of the “lanai” with its seamless indoor-outdoor sense of place.“We are delighted with this opportunity to open a hotel in Honolulu and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality back to Hawaii,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “This new development will be a welcome addition to the brand’s expansion around the world,” he added.“We are proud to bring the award-winning Mandarin Oriental brand to Honolulu,” said James Ratkovich of Salem Partners.  “Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will set a new standard for luxury service in the islands and will offer a preferred choice to travellers and potential homeowners who desire the finest accommodation,” he added.Honolulu is Hawaii’s political and economic centre, and is home to iconic destinations such as Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour and Diamond Head. As the state’s capital, Honolulu is the most populous city in Hawaii and serves as the primary entry point to the islands’ tourism industry and a major gateway to the United States and Asia-Pacific.About Salem PartnersFounded in 1997, Salem Partners is a leading investment bank, real estate development and wealth management firm. Salem’s investment bankers have completed transactions in media and entertainment, healthcare and life sciences, aerospace and defense, and real estate industries. The wealth management division provides customized investment and family office services to clients who prize topflight expertise combined with in-depth relationships.  Real estate development is headed by industry veterans experienced in all segments of the built environment.About Mandarin Oriental Hotel GroupMandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 29 hotels and eight residences in 19 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, with the next hotel opening planned in Doha.  Mandarin Oriental is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group. Source = Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group – Mandarin Oriental, Honolululast_img
August 16

Swosti Group announces the opening of Swosti Chilika Resort

first_imgJitendra K Mohanty, Chairman & Managing Director, Swosti Group, said, “With the present tourism policy where the government is providing 20% capital investment subsidy to hospitality industry, it indicates that there will be more investment happening in the coming years in regard to hospitality in Odisha.”He said that Swosti Group will open its latest property- Swosti Chilika Resort on June 26, 2017. Other projects include eco and sustainability resorts in Puri, Bhitarkanika and Satapada.  “In the long run, eco-sustainability will matter. Hence, our upcoming projects will be on the same line.”Mohanty also being the representative of HRAO said that they have proposed the government to introduce Night Safari, set up vibrant nightlife places and more. “We have also proposed to the government to create a brand ambassador for the state,” he added.The tourism budget for Odisha was 45 crores but has gone up to 200 crores. He said, “Since Air Asia has commenced direct flight from Bhubaneswar, therefore, the government is planning to do roadshows in Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand and Singapore this year.”The group is also planning to conduct roadshows in Kuala Lumpur and other Southeast Asian countries to promote their properties and potential of hospitality sector of Odisha.last_img read more

August 15

Churchill Mortgage Takes on New Branch Manager

first_img Agents & Brokers Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-20 Ryan Schuette “”Churchill Mortgage””:http://www.churchillmortgage.com/ announced Monday that it hired Kevin Stafford to serve as its new branch manager for the Memphis, Tennessee, branch location.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, Stafford will take on several day-to-day responsibilities, recruiting new personnel and assisting with monthly closing volume. Before Churchill, he owned three mortgage companies, where he managed 25 loan officers and three processors.Stafford previously attended Shelby State Community College in Memphis. His community service record includes annual golf tournaments that he used to raise funds for St. Jude, Red Cross, and Hurricane Katrina victims.””Kevin holds enormous experience from his past endeavors of owning several mortgage companies, and we are pleased to have him as our newest branch manager in Memphis,”” Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage, said in a statement. “”During the past year, he has demonstrated true leadership and a strong skill set, making him a perfect candidate for the position. We’re confident in his ability to provide great service to the Memphis community,”” he added.Founded in 1991, Churchill currently finances conventional and government-backed mortgages across 26 states. August 20, 2012 403 Views in Origination, Servicingcenter_img Churchill Mortgage Takes on New Branch Manager Sharelast_img read more

August 10

A list of Canadian Screen Award winners from Sunda

first_imgA list of Canadian Screen Award winners from Sunday’s broadcast The following awards were handed out Sunday night on the Canadian Screen Awards broadcast:Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series: Billy Campbell, “Cardinal: Blackfly Season”Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series: Karine Vanasse, “Cardinal: Blackfly Season”Best Writing, Comedy: Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney, “Letterkenny” – “Letterkenny Spelling Bee”Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” – Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward BurtynskyPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Théodore Pellerin, “Family First”Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Émilie Bierre, “A Colony”Best Lead Actor, Comedy: Jared Keeso, “Letterkenny”Best Lead Actress, Comedy: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”Achievement in Direction: Jasmin Mozaffari, “Firecrackers”Best Motion Picture: “A Colony” – Fanny Drew, Sarah ManneringBest Lead Actor, Drama Series: Kim Coates, “Bad Blood”Best Lead Actress, Drama Series: Amybeth McNulty, “Anne with an E”Best Drama Series: “Anne with an E” – Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-BeckettCogeco Fund Audience Choice Award: Dominique Provost-Chalkley, “Wynonna Earp”Best Reality/Competition Program or Series: “The Amazing Race Canada”Best Comedy Series: “Schitt’s Creek”The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2019 7:59 pm PDTlast_img read more

August 9

Under Gesy meds at hospital dispensaries only for inpatients

first_imgLAWMAKERS appeared to agree on Thursday that under the national health scheme (Gesy) hospitals will be allowed to operate in-house pharmacies, but these will be able to sell medicines to inpatients only.That appeared to be the consensus reached during an initial parliamentary discussion on the regulations governing the aspect of pharmaceutical care under Gesy.In principle, state hospitals – which are to be gradually rendered ‘autonomous’, that is, balance their budget without state funding – will no longer sell medicines, as is the case now.In effect, what are currently state hospitals are to be ‘privatised’ – at least that is the objective.When it comes to prescription drugs, all patients – including those visiting an ‘autonomous’ hospital – would take their prescription to a private pharmacy.However, hospitals will be able to operate in-house pharmacies, which will serve only people designated as inpatients. All outpatients with a doctor’s prescription must visit their neighbourhood pharmacy.This restriction on hospitals is intended as a safeguard for patients, explained Eleni Piera-Isseyegh, president of the Cyprus Pharmaceutical Association (CPA).“We want to avoid a situation that could be abused by doctors, for instance where a physician might deliberately refer a patient to the hospital’s in-house pharmacy in order to ‘push’ a certain medicine that’s in stock,” she told the Cyprus Mail. “There needs to be a separation line between doctors and pharmacies.”But the Gesy regulations, as they stand, allow for exceptions. For example, the regulations state that under certain circumstances a hospital’s director may at his or her discretion issue a waiver to the hospital’s in-house pharmacy, authorising it to execute a prescription for an outpatient.Because the wording in this regulation is vague, there are concerns that hospitals might take advantage of the exception. It could result in many outpatients getting their prescription drugs at the in-house pharmacies – which would defeat the purpose of Gesy.For this reason, at the House health committee, stakeholders as well as MPs stressed the need for the regulations to make it explicit when an individual is designated as inpatient or outpatient, and also to spell out in which circumstances a hospital’s in-house pharmacy may serve outpatients.Under Gesy, all hospitals – be they ‘autonomised’ or fully private operations with more than 30 beds and more than five different doctors’ specialties – will be required to operate an in-house pharmacy, to cover inpatient care. This requirement will become absolute on June 1, 2020.The first phase of Gesy is to go live on June 1 this year.Earlier this week, the pharmaceutical association voted to join Gesy, after pharmacists got a better financial deal.In Cyprus, the market in prescription drugs is currently split into two: the lion’s share – accounting for about 80 per cent of sales – rests with the public sector (state hospitals), with the remainder going to the private pharmacies.But under Gesy, state hospitals will no longer sell prescription drugs. All prescription meds will be sold by private pharmacies, including those prescribed by state doctors.The new system will work like this: patients – both from the private and public sectors – will bring their prescription to their neighbourhood pharmacy. They will pay just €1 per packet as co-pay.The transaction is entered into a computer database shared by the entire healthcare sector. The chemist transfers the €1 per packet to the government, and files a reimbursement claim with the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) for the retail price of the drug.If a patient wants a different drug to that prescribed, one that is not on the HIO’s list, he or she will pay the difference out of pocket.Pharmacists have agreed that, under Gesy, their profit margin would be a fixed number in euros per packet sold, as opposed to a percentage on the sales price as is now the case.This ‘magic number’ – the profit margin – appears to have been agreed between the pharmacists and the HIO, paving the way for the pharmacists to come on board Gesy.The HIO has agreed to increase the budget for medicines (€27m to €30m annually), which had the effect of increasing the fee per pack on the pharmacists’ end.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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