By Lauren PetersonRabat – At least 13 shoppers were injured during an explosion in a supermarket in St. Petersburg at around 6:45 p.m local time Wednesday. The attack follows the foiling of attacks planned earlier this month by Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) and its arrest of seven suspected Islamic extremists on December 15.According to Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko, the bomb responsible for the explosion was homemade and filled with 200 grams of explosives and scrap metal. Russian media outlets reported that the bomb was placed in a cubby for shoppers to leave their possessions. Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee (NAK) is currently pursuing a criminal investigation into the explosion. No one has yet taken credit for the bombing, although Russia’s national anti-terrorism committee has stated that it is currently searching for potential suspects.While speaking at the Kremlin Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the blast an act of terrorism, briefly mentioning the FSB’s thwarting of planned attacks earlier this month. The president further authorized Russian law enforcement to, when facing such attacks, “act decisively, do not take prisoners, eliminate the bandits on the spot.”Putin warned that the resulting influx of returning Russian ISIS fighters after the group’s disbandment earlier this year would put the country at greater risk of these sort of attacks.In response to the attack, and in preparation to host the 2018 World Cup soccer championships in June 2018, Russian authorities have taken measures to increase security throughout the city.
BEIJING — China says its suspension of the license of a second major Canadian canola exporter is justified by safety concerns, as the sides continue to feud over Ottawa’s detention of a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China’s actions were “scientific and reasonable,” but added that Canada should “take practical measures to correct the mistakes it made earlier” in dealing with the overall relationship.China’s suspension Tuesday of the license of canola seeds from Viterra Inc., citing hazardous organisms in shipments, is a blow to $2 billion worth of exports widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei’s founder.China earlier had halted imports from Canada’s other major canola exporter, Richardson International Ltd.The Associated Press
The Latest: Ex-girlfriend sues Redstone daughter after loss by The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2016 10:14 am MDT Last Updated May 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on the mental competency trial of media mogul Sumner Redstone (all times local):11:15 a.m.Sumner Redstone’s former girlfriend is suing the ailing media mogul’s daughter, her two sons and several nurses for $70 million.Manuela Herzer’s new lawsuit came after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan dismissed another of her claims Monday. She alleged Redstone wasn’t mentally fit to remove her from his home and revoke her authority to make medical decisions for him last fall.Herzer’s new suit alleges that Shari Redstone set up a “network of spies” involving her father’s nurses and her two sons to illegally gain private information to make Sumner Redstone believe Herzer had betrayed him.Herzer says the scheme deprived her of an inheritance of at least $70 million.Redstone’s lawyers threatened to sue to reclaim some $150 million they allege was given to Herzer and another ex-girlfriend.___9:10 a.m.A judge has dismissed a case challenging the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan ruled Monday that he found video testimony from the 92-year-old Redstone convincing. He testified that he wanted his daughter, Shari, to make medical decisions for him if he is incapacitated and that he no longer wanted his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer in his life.Herzer had contended that Redstone, who controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., lacked the mental capacity to remove her from his life last year.Redstone’s attorneys sought to dismiss the case during the first day of a competency trial that began Friday.The judge had asked attorneys to present their best evidence over the weekend so he could rule.___2:50 a.m.A trial on the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone is scheduled to resume Monday with a judge considering whether the case should go forward.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan said Friday after the first day of testimony that he will consider a motion to dismiss the proceedings on Monday morning. Cowan said he found Redstone’s statements in a videotaped session last week compelling.Redstone declared he wanted nothing to do with his longtime companion, Manuela Herzer, who was kicked out of the ailing media mogul’s mansion in October.Herzer contends Redstone didn’t have adequate mental capacity to make that decision.If Cowan doesn’t dismiss the case, he will hear more testimony from one of Redstone’s nurses.Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc.
“To see parties that have previously been divided by violence coming together here in Juba, in a public sign of unity, sends a strong signal to the citizens of this country that you are genuinely committed to end the suffering and building durable peace,” remarked David Shearer, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).In a gesture of reconciliation, President Salva Kiir announced the imminent release of former deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar’s spokesperson, who has been detained since late 2016 on charges of treason.Alongside President Kiir and Mr. Machar, other Heads of State, high-level representatives and leaders from other opposition groups attended the event marking the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict, which was billed as a celebration of “the Dawn of Peace, Appreciating Friends, Cherishing Reconciliation and Unity”.Mr. Shearer also paid tribute to heads of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the governments of neighbouring Sudan and Uganda for their critical role in securing the peace agreement.We will prove sceptics wrong by sincerely implementing the agreement fully, in letter and spirit – South Sudan President KiirAfter several “false starts” to the protracted peace process, which began with an agreement in 2015, some questioned whether the September deal signed would hold. The UNMISS head cited trust as “the key ingredient needed at every step” moving forward.“The big challenge ahead is to build trust and confidence between the parties – and between the parties and the people,” Mr. Shearer said, adding that it was the responsibility of “all of us here today; officials, civil society, religious leaders and the international community” to do so.The signatories unanimously stressed their commitment to translating peace-promoting words into action while underscoring the need for the international community to politically and economically support the way forward.“We will stand alongside the parties as they move forward in peace,” Mr. Shearer said. “We will use our resources and our presence across the country to support reconciliation and peacebuilding.”President Kiir offered the South Sudanese people something of a mea culpa, saying that “as president, I want to apologize to all the parties of the conflict, and to the people of South Sudan, for our betrayal of the promise of our struggle for independence.”“We will prove sceptics wrong by sincerely implementing the agreement fully, in letter and spirit,” he said.
We have everything you need for a great night out out, including safety gear #ambushedbyLuas pic.twitter.com/0o18fgpMl2— T O Brennans (@T_O_Brennans) February 16, 2017 [There are] constant complaints about noise outside, no sound barriers are used… dust everywhere, the carpets are ruined.Games in Croke Park bring huge custom in the bar but O’Reilly says that the money he takes in on these usually busy days is down as much as 50%.He, with a number of other business along Parnell Street, have voiced their complaints to Luas and local representatives about the works.T O’Brennans pub on Dominick St has similar issues. The business was temporarily blocked in by the construction. 34,457 Views Share19 Tweet Email1 Source: T O Brennans/Twitter 35 Comments By Ronan Smyth Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 3:00 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3244852 Massive thanks to @Luas for the consideration, blocked on both sides. Doors locked, shutters down.RT please WERE STILL OPEN !!!! pic.twitter.com/eXWzEN4GfJ— T O Brennans (@T_O_Brennans) February 15, 2017 Feb 19th 2017, 3:00 PM Luas was contacted about the issue and the problem was quickly resolved, but not before the pub made the best of the situation with some social media posts. Luas works: ‘Tourists don’t come down the street but the Irish don’t mind’ While there may be issues with the construction of the new Luas lines, many businesses are looking to the future rewards it will bring. Source: T O Brennans/Twitter “WE’RE JUST USED to it” said Billy Kelly, manager of Monza Menswear on Dawson Street.“We’ve been working in a building site for two years.”Similar reactions can be found in many businesses up and down the thoroughfare but many are looking to the light at the end of the tunnel after years of Luas works.Construction on the new tram lines has been as much of a feature of Dublin as the Spire on O’Connell Street and the Molly Malone, but unlike those landmarks it doesn’t always bring the money with it.According to David Baumler, of Baumler menswear, “Tourists don’t come down the street but the Irish don’t mind.”According to Baumler, business has been “so-so”, but maybe even a bit better than last year “because people are a bit better off”.Work on the Luas lines has been ramping up in the last number of months as construction crews aim to make a December 2017 deadline.The work is one the biggest engineering projects undertaken in the city in years and requires a lot of coordination. But despite best preparations, people are always going to be affected.Some business are none too pleased with the effect the works are having on their businesses.Garry Reilly is the owner of O’Reilly’s pub on Parnell street, where construction has been quite intense. He says it has been ongoing for the past 10 months and that business has been down as a result.“Turnover has been down 30% [from this time last year] with the works outside” said O’Reilly. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The first gauge of the new tracks is expected to take place in June, where one tram is sent down all the tracks slowly to test out every nook and cranny. All going well, further testing and driver training is scheduled for August and September.There is a sense now that although the current situation is a hassle to deal with it, the future benefits will be worth it.“I think at the end of it, the reward at the end are going to be huge,” said Kelly.Graeme McQueen of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce stresses that although businesses might have difficulties at the moment, the future benefits will be worth it.“We’ve been hearing from companies, the general line from our members is short-term pain for long-term gain,” said McQueen.“Everybody is looking for the finish line so the city can back to normal.”McQueen said that there are not many members of the Chamber of Commerce on Parnell Street but he believes that areas such as these can benefit the most from the Luas going in.“The businesses that are suffering the most at the moment but they are the ones that will benefit the most,” he said.“It is vital to get the works completed by the start of December, we can’t afford another Christmas where retailers are being hit.”Construction on the rest of the Luas infrastructure will continue for the next several months as electrical power, signal controls and other systems are installed across the lines – all of which is due to take up until September. During this time, historical works that were removed from locations to make room for the Luas will be reinstated.With all going to plan testing of the lines will take up much of the latter half of 2017.The Luas works have become an annoying mainstay in the city, and for many business around the city centre, the end can’t come quick enough. Source: Luas Cross CityREAD: It cost over €12,000 to send Shane Ross to deal with Rio ticket controversyREAD: Roscrea all-boys boarding school to close after 112 years
Un renard apprivoisé retiré à sa famille d’adoptionZouzou, un jeune renard de Dordogne apprivoisé, va devoir quitter la famille qui l’avait recueilli. Le tribunal correctionnel de Bergerac a en effet ordonné la confiscation de l’animal à ses parents adoptifs qui ont également écopé d’une amende.Mardi, une famille de Bergerac a été condamnée à se séparer d’un renardeau qu’elle avait recueilli en avril 2010, puis apprivoisé, rapporte le site 20minutes.fr. Devenu un véritable animal de compagnie, Zouzou dormait dans une niche, mangeait des croquettes pour chien, et se montrait très câlin avec ses maîtres, un couple et ses deux enfants âgés de 13 et 15 ans. Mais hier, le tribunal correctionnel de Bergerac a ordonné à cette famille de se séparer du jeune renard qu’elle avait trouvé au bord d’une voie rapide, près de sa mère qui venait de se faire écraser. Le juge a en outre condamné les propriétaires de l’animal à une amende de 300 euros pour “détention sans autorisation d’un animal non domestique”.À lire aussiTinny et Sniffer : une touchante histoire d’amitié entre un chien et un renardAna-Paula, la mère de famille, se dit “dégoutée, choquée par la dureté des propos du procureur”. Et de déplorer : “Ce soir, Zouzou dort chez nous. Mais demain ? On ne sait même pas où on va l’emmener !”. En mai, la famille s’était vue proposer une conciliation par le tribunal de Bergerac : une amende de 200 euros et la confiscation du renardeau, avec la possibilité de le récupérer après l’obtention d’un certificat de capacité d’élevage. Mais le couple a refusé cette proposition, craignant que l’animal ne redevienne sauvage le temps de l’obtention de ce certificat, qui peut prendre plus d’un an.Ana-Paula et son mari Didier ont annoncé leur intention de faire appel de la décision du tribunal de Bergerac. Mais cela n’empêchera pas, en attendant le nouveau jugement, la confiscation de Zouzou.Le 6 juillet 2011 à 20:26 • Maxime Lambert
Google boycotte la presse belgeCondamné en mai dernier par la justice belge pour avoir publié des articles en ligne sans l’autorisation de leurs auteurs, Google a décidé de ne plus référencer du tout les titres belges membres de l’association de gestion de droits d’auteurs Copiepresse.Le site Internet du journal belge Le Soir, comme tous ceux des titres rattachés à l’association Copiepresse, sont désormais introuvables dans les résultats du moteur de recherche de Google. Après avoir été condamné en appel par la justice belge pour violation de droits d’auteur (voir notre article), le géant de Mountain View a tout simplement décidé de ne plus indexer les sites des groupes Le Soir, Edition de L’Avenir, SudPresse ou encore Grenz-Echo. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)”Nous regrettons d’avoir à prendre une telle mesure et nous restons ouverts à travailler en collaboration avec les membres de Copiepresse à l’avenir” lit-on dans un communiqué; quand de son côté le responsable du site Le Soir.be Philippe Laloux s’indigne. “Cela me pose sérieusement question sur la neutralité de ce moteur de recherche. Google se vante de cette neutralité, et là il démontre user de pratiques douteuses !” déclare-t-il au site RTL.be. “En agissant ainsi, Google montre à la face du monde et à l’ensemble des éditeurs du monde entier les pratiques qu’il applique par rapport à son contenu” s’insurge-t-il.La décision de la justice belge exigeait seulement le déréférencement des articles de presse du portail d’actualités du moteur de recherche, Google News. Le tribunal avait alors menacé la firme de Mountain View d’une astreinte de 25.000 euros pour toute violation constatée. Pour Philippe Laloux, la réponse de la firme de Google est une “application pointilleuse et mesquine de l’arrêt”. Le 18 juillet 2011 à 19:19 • Maxime Lambert
Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero boldly predicted that he could beat Cristiano Ronaldo in a free-kick challengeThe World Cup winner spent 19 years of his playing career at the Old Lady and netted 290 times in 750 games.Del Piero received a lot of praise for his free-kick and penalty-kick skills with the Italian the third highest scorer of penalties in Serie A history at 50 behind Francesco Totti and Roberto Baggio.Meanwhile, Del Piero’s unique free-kick technique usually involved a curling strike which rose high over the wall and would drop into the top corner of the goal.It had everything from curve, power and a tremendous accuracy.Recently Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic announced that Ronaldo had become the club’s main free-kick taker.And, even though he’s been retired for the past four years, Del Piero still fancies his chances against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and club record signing.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’d certainly beat him in a free-kick challenge, although if I don’t then I have the excuse that I’ve stopped playing for a while…” Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.The 43-year-old confessed that he was awestruck by Ronaldo’s winning mentality when he first met him.“Having interviewed him for Sky, what struck me most was what he said on air: his comments about winning mentality, his obsession with preparation and training, his ability to always set new objectives and create extraordinary motivations for himself,” said Del Piero.“In those words, in which I sincerely found myself, there was the essence of sport. It explained why champions have something more.“He’ll discover what Juve are about by himself, in everyday life. Not just in Turin. Juventus are everywhere because they have fans everywhere.“He’ll soon discover what a great responsibility and honour it is to play for their shirt.”
A suspected robber was killed in an alleged shootout with police at Dharmadas in Rangpur city early Monday, reports UNB.Police identified the deceased as Rajab Ali, 35, from Durgapur village in Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha.Being tipped off that a gang of robbers was preparing to commit robbery in the area a police team conducted a drive there at 4:00am, said Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of police.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the robbers opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight, according to police.At one stage, Rajab was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while others managed to flee the scene.Police recovered one pistol and one locally made weapon from the spot. The body was sent to Rangpur Medical College Hospital morgue.Rajab Ali was accused in 12 cases, including robbery, filed with different police stations in Rangpur and Gaibandha.
Pocket.watch’s executive team comprises several entertainment-biz veterans, including Williams (formerly with Maker Studios and Disney Online Originals; Albie Hecht, ex-head of Nickelodeon; entertainment lawyer Jon Moonves; and David B. Williams, formerly with Endemol Beyond USA and Maker.Pocket.watch currently has about 40 full-time employees, based in Culver City, Calif. The company’s 8,000-square-foot headquarters includes studio space and offices. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “It became clear there were areas of alignment between the two companies,” said founder and CEO Chris M. Williams (pictured above). “There’s strong opportunity to bring together our creators with the Viacom brands.” Pocket.watch creator partners will also be invited to a variety of Viacom events including the Kids Choice Awards.Launched in March 2017, Pocket.watch has focused on enlisted kid-and-family-oriented YouTube creators, including Ryan ToysReview, EvanTubeHD, CaptainSparklez and HobbyKidsTV. The 20 YouTube channels that are part of Pocket.watch’s network currently deliver over 1 billion monthly views with a combined subscriber base of over 34 million.Pocket.watch will use the new capital to extend licensing and merchandising, engage in brand deals with original intellectual property, and develop new programming franchises, Williams said.This summer, the company will launch several consumer-facing initiatives, including in retail and with a subscription VOD partner. This fall, Pocket.watch will debut its first book, “Watch This Book!,” featuring Ryan ToysReview, HobbyKidsTV, JillianTubeHD, and EvanTubeHD. It’s the first in a series of books released under the Pocket.watch Books imprint through Simon Spotlight, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.“Basically we’ve been setting up chess pieces for our consumer brand launch,” Williams said.With the latest funding, Pocket.watch has raised $21 million to date. The latest round included participation from existing investor UTA Ventures and Greycroft’s Tracker fund, a new investor. Other backers include Third Wave Digital, CBS CEO Les Moonves, Robert Downey Jr. (through Team Downey) and producer Jon Landau. Williams declined to disclose Pocket.watch’s valuation with the funding, but said it was an up round (meaning the valuation increased).Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks, will join the Pocket.watch board alongside Williams. (In the next few weeks, Williams says he plans to name a third board member.)“Pocket.watch’s unique and comprehensive approach to celebrating the new digital stars of today makes them an outstanding partner for Nickelodeon and our unmatched connections with kids around the world through video, digital and real-world events,” Levy said in a statement. Viacom is getting into business with Pocket.watch, leading a $15 million Series B funding round in the kids’ entertainment startup and the two companies setting a commercial partnership for content and advertising.Under their commercial agreement, Viacom and Pocket.watch will develop and produce long- and short-form content and identify future kid creators and talent for digital and TV. In addition, Viacom will become the exclusive third-party agent for ad sales on Pocket.watch’s YouTube and creator footprint, which the media plans to package Nickelodeon inventory.Pocket.watch and Viacom have already engaged in a variety of content initiatives together including developing “Skoogle,” the sketch-comedy show created by and starring Keenan Thompson for Nickelodeon, while Paramount Players (headed by Brian Robbins) has bought a pitch from Pocket.watch for a feature film currently titled “The Unboxing Movie.” Popular on Variety
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 10, 2014 Graham Hill, Founder of LifeEditedImage credit: Reid Rolls Graham Hill, founder of design website LifeEdited, discovered the “luxury of less” long before the world’s affluent embarked on this trend. In 2007, he sold TreeHugger, the environmental website he founded. The windfall from that sale would lead the young tech millionaire to fill his mansion with all the electronics and possessions his heart desired.He soon realized that his house – and psyche – began to feel a bit cluttered. “I realized I was in my late 30s, and still living like a student,” says Hill. “I just wanted to build my own cool, green apartment.” So he used his background in architecture and design to edit his life. He moved into a 420-square-foot New York City apartment and used this crowdfunded space to prove that people could have everything they need by living in a smaller, smarter and healthier space. Register Now » For the first time in history, owning less stuff is a sign of wealth. A recent article in T Magazine reports that the new rich are embracing “amor vacui,” the love of empty space. 5 min read The U.S. Self-Storage Industry: The Price of Clutter This mouse eats your clutterImage credit: LifeEdited.com Blog 4. Avoid LinkedIn overload. Such sites can expand professional networks, but it also leads to a packrat mentality leading to shallow business relationships. Be conscious about whether you are directing your networking efforts toward purposeful connections.5. Mind the minutes. Make sure the meeting follows the agenda, and whether you should be holding that meeting in the first place. “Be choosey about who you spend time with,” says Hill. This works in business and in personal life.6. Pulling the e-mail thread. There’s also a bad habit of over-CCing everyone on e-mails, which can kill productivity.7. Stand up for yourself. Standing meetings may keep you more focused and more alert of time, which can easily drag by when you’re seated. Hill also suggests standing desks. “I use one and it’s space efficient. It’s a drawer that pulls out of a wall.” In fact, Hill says the key is to minimize horizontal surfaces altogether. 8. Picking up what you put down…on tabletops. It’s simple: “If you have tables, you’ll put stuff on it,” says Hill. “Focus on little to no shelving, so everything is stored in closets or cabinets. This allows you to keep it neat.” This works for offices and homes.Related: 5 Insanely Simple Ways to Banish Your Messy Desk Forever A dinner party for 12 is still an optionImage credit: Matthew Williams To keep Americans from resorting to dreary and pricey storage facilities, LifeEdited.com showcases products, services and tips that promote an uncluttered lifestyle – an art that perhaps many startup workers must master. Many entrepreneurs work in smaller offices and/or shared incubator space. Their savings are usually tied up in their own company and their employees often live on smaller salaries.Related: Thinking of Moving Your Office? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions FirstFrom organizing office space to sharpening management skills, here are LifeEdited’s tips to ruthlessly de-cluttering your startup’s operations.1. Shop discriminately. This involves developing the LifeEdited philosophy. Just because something is a bargain doesn’t mean it deserves your money, or a place in your life. Clotheshorses and techies with a penchant for the newest editions of every gadget must ask themselves: “Will this purchase truly make me happy? Will I use this for years?” The same goes for office supplies and furniture. 2. Think before you hit print. Think twice before faxing, too. Going paperless is the first step to an eco-friendly office. Easily digitize large important documents with Fuji’s sheet-fed scanners, LG’s mouse scanners, or apps like ScannerPro. Then there are those little pieces of important paper. We stuff receipts in manila envelopes and stash business cards in desk drawers. Shoeboxed.com digitizes and categorizes all these bits into organized data.3. Don’t design your office for 100-percent occupancy. LifeEdited finds that many businesses have unused office spaces because employees often travel or work from home. Consider a multi-functional boardroom. How often is it used? Could it be transformed into extra work desks for interns? The advantages? Less credit-card debt, less stress, les energy consumption. It led Hill to start LifeEdited, a design company that consults architects on building energy and space-efficient apartments, with multifunctional walls, multipurpose furniture and eco-friendly materials.But American homes are getting bigger again. Recent data from the U.S. Census show that the average American house is 2,505 square feet, an all-time high since its drop during the recession. “You would think that with all that space, we have enough room for our stuff,” says Hill. “But the self-storage industry illustrates how over the top we’ve become.”The U.S. self-storage industry generated more than $24 billion in revenues in 2013. Nearly half of all self-storage renters earn less than $50,000 per year. $24 billion+ in revenues (2013 estimates) Fastest growing segment of commercial real estate industry Avg. asking rent for 10’x10′ unit: $115 – $146/month 65% of storage renters have a garage; 47% have an attic; 33% have a basement 47% of storage renters have an annual household income of less than $50,000 Inside a LifeEdited apartmentImage credit: Matthew Williams
Every day, millions of Americans rely on voice-activated devices to tell them the weather, wake them up in the morning and answer a plethora of random questions they’re curious about. While the average voice assistant user may not worry about where those answers come from, digital marketers are working hard to ensure that voice devices rely on information from their sites to inform the answers people receive.Related: 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Position Their Brand to Dominate Voice SearchAnd for good reason. Over half of consumers, according to a data roundup by Bradley Shaw, have used voice search to find local business information within the last year, and a quarter (27 percent) actually went on to visit the company’s website after conducting a voice search.Voice is an increasingly common avenue for engagement between brands and consumers, and marketers must fight hard to rank high as a source of information within the voice realm. Here is what they need to know:Five key ranking factorsBecause voice-activated technologies are relatively new, marketing strategies designed to make use of voice devices are often undefined.However, certain ranking factors (i.e., the factors that determine how high a web page ranks on Google’s search engine results page) do guide voice searches the most.According to research by my own company, SEMRush, nearly 80 percent of the answers voice assistants provided for our searches ranked among the top three organic results, and 97 percent of the answers provided by Google Assistant ranked among the top 10 organic results.Therefore, marketers seem to be prioritizing a first-page ranking before even considering a ranking for voice search queries.Here are additional factors marketers should consider, which affect the ranking factors behind voice searches:Featured snippets: The pictures and blurbs that help illustrate answers to search queries are essential when companies rank for voice searches. In fact, nearly 70 percent of all voice answers come from featured snippets, according to our study. To rank high for voice search queries, marketers should optimize pages to take advantage of this increasing phenomenon.Related: Why Do Businesses Need to Optimize For Voice SearchAverage word count: The average length of a voice search answer is 41.4 words. For example, Google Home has an average word count of 41.4, and, with the Mini version, 42 words. So, keep the answers on your search-page results at around 40 words or you’ll risk being outranked by competitors that do.Readability: Search engines look for well-structured, well-written content that ultimately matches the intent of the query. This means that the readability of a page’s content is a key factor for ranking high on the results page. In general, the results from voice searches are understandable to the average 15-year-old, according to the Flesch Kincaid reading level test.Page speed: The faster that results load, the better. For the majority of questions asked via voice, Google chooses an answer that loads faster than the average page on the search engine results page. In some cases, answers for Google Home voice searches have a page speed 10 times faster than the rest of the options found on the first page, making page speed one of the biggest factors in ranking for voice search.Backlinks: Backlink anchors matching users’ search queries are found in 50 percent of answers for Google Home and Mini. Likewise, keywords in the title of the result are found in over a third of voice answers, a fact that offers increased opportunities for marketers to put their page results in front of target audiences. However, backlinks play a less significant role in voice searches conducted via smartphone devices, so marketers interested in mobile should be sure to blend backlinks with the other strategies listed above.Search engine optimization (SEO) tactics are always evolving, and marketers must proactively learn new skills to stay ahead of their competitors and earn valuable web traffic from voice searches. While the world has not completely transitioned to voice search, there’s no denying that consumers are quickly moving in that direction. In fact, by 2020, eConsultantcy has predicted, 50 percent of all searches will be conducted using voice.Related: How Entrepreneurs Can Take Advantage of Voice Search MarketingTo stay ahead of search trends, start by using SEO tools to determine how a website ranks. Then, layer on upgrades in key areas like page speed, ranking in the top three results and occupying a featured snippet position. SEO strategies can take several months to yield results, so it’s important to get started now and prepare for a future where voice searches will be the norm. 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 17, 2019
News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more 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 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Merge Healthcare’s Cedara WebAccess technology consists of a completely thin client solution that aims to provide fast and easy access to images and reports for the referring physician. This solution requires absolutely no download or installation on the client machine and hence requires minimal maintenance and support. Cedara I-Reach can become a complete Web-enabled PACS that facilitates full Internet viewing and diagnostic reading of images, with distribution throughout the enterprise or remotely. It includes a full diagnostic viewing application of choice, a variety of clinical applications, a Web server to manage user access and preferences, and a DICOM-compliant archiving solution designed with a scalable architecture to allow for business growth. I-Reach seamlessly launches clinical applications to provide an integrated solution for viewing and reading needs using the C4 plug-in technology.I-Reach can now be configured to launch into the eFilm plug-in, allowing customers to launch their favorite viewer in a Web-enabled environment. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 07, 2008 Merge Features Web-based PACS Solutions, Applications Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… 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 | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more
FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Computed Tomography (CT)| September 15, 2015 Two Reasons Why CT Providers Shouldn’t Panic About XR-29 Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Editor’s note: This is the second blog in a series of four by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on CT systems. The first blog in this series, “Three Ways CT Will Radically Change — When and How,” can be found here. 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 A low-dose standard for CT, set to take effect next year, is pushing many providers to upgrade or replace aging equipment. The scan underlying this image exposed the patient to 1.9 mSv. (Image courtesy of Siemens Healthcare) 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 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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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. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more More than one in three computed tomography (CT) sites surveyed by The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) could be subject to a 5 percent reimbursement penalty beginning next year. And that’s the best case. The number could be higher.In August, when AHRA conducted the survey, 56 percent of respondents indicated they were not in compliance with XR-29, a standard designed to safeguard Medicare patients from excessive CT radiation; 36 percent replied they would not be compliant even by Jan. 1, 2016, the date this standard is scheduled to go into effect.If XR-29 takes effect, as enacted under the Federal Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, outpatient Medicare scans done using non-compliant scanners will be penalized 5 percent in 2016 and 15 percent the year after. This threat is “currently driving a lot of new CT purchase activity,” an industry source told me earlier this week.Here’s one reason not to panic. In the worst case scenario, which Eyal Aharon, CEO of Medic Vision, painted for me late last week, providers who delay purchasing new machines or upgrades a few months into next year will suffer only minimal losses — even if the new standard is implemented as scheduled.“You do not have to stop operation on Jan. 1,” he said. “Maybe you’ll lose a couple thousand dollars but maybe you’ll save a lot more.”Here’s the second reason. Groups including the AHRA, American College of Radiology, Radiology Business Management Association and American Hospital Association are pushing CMS for a delay. And there is reason to believe the implementation date could slip 12 or even 18 months. Why? Largely, because CMS has not yet issued a final ruling on the standard.Up until a few days ago, CMS was still taking comments. Typically 90 days pass after the comment period closes until the Medicare agency issues a final ruling. That puts the release of the final ruling in mid-December — just a couple weeks before compliance is mandated.“The capital budget cycle at hospitals is usually 18 months,” said Sheila M. Sferrella, who chairs the AHRA regulatory affairs committee. “In that type of planning cycle, there’s no way to allocate the capital for replacement equipment in time.”The major points of the proposed standard are not likely to change. These relate to dose tracking software that records dose in the patient record; software onboard the scanner that notifies staff about the dose before the scan; automatic exposure controls that tailor output; and reference protocols for specific types of exams.But Sferrella said the final version needs a “modifier” to indicate whether an exam was performed on a non-compliant CT scanner. The law requires providers to report when such scans are done. The reporting and billing software now in widespread use, however, lack the ability to indicate the scanner used for a given examination, according to ACR comments submitted to CMS.“It would be simple if you had only one machine, but most people have more,” Sferrella told me. Only 29 percent of the respondents in the AHRA survey said they operated just one CT scanner. Providers need time to modify their workflow, as well as change software for PACS, RIS and billing, according to the ACR comments.Even if CMS doesn’t buy this argument and the ruling takes effect the first of next year, the penalties for noncompliance will be modest compared to overall revenue. This is why Medic Vision CEO Aharon thinks providers shouldn’t feel rushed to make a decision. Here’s the math:Say an outpatient site does 20 scans per day, six days a week. That’s 480 a month. Maybe half are done on Medicare patients. Because the proposed rule covers about 90 percent of the types of CT scans, 216 scans at this site will be noncompliant. Figure a Medicare charge of $200 per scan — minus the $10 penalty (5 percent). This site, therefore, will earn $41,040 per month from Medicare scans, while missing out on revenues of $2,160 due to noncompliance.In comparison, brand new radiological CT scanners that comply with the scanner can be bought for between $300,000 and $400,000. That does not include the quarter- to half-million dollars in site improvements their installation will require, according to Sferrella. Even upgrades, she said, can cost between $20,000 and $200,000.“So I’m telling people to wait until the final CMS ruling comes out later this year,” Aharon said. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more
No related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The head of U.S. diplomacy for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, will travel to Central America this week for talks with local officials on security and the fight against organized crime, the U.S. State Department announced Monday.Jacobson will visit El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where she will participate in a summit of Central American Integration System (SICA), a statement said. The trip begins Tuesday and ends Friday.Assistant Secretary Jacobson “will reinforce our commitment to regional security partnerships and highlight our integrated approach of cooperation through the Regional Security Initiative for Central America,” the statement added.Washington has pledged $361 million for that plan, which aims to alleviate the situation in Central America, which has become the world’s most violent region thanks to organized crime and drug trafficking, according to United Nations figures.The U.S. joined SICA as an observer in May. Facebook Comments
Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The accident took place Friday off the coast of al-Safaniya region _ the site of the world’s largest offshore oil field. Two of the workers are from India while the third worker is a Bangladeshi.The statement was carried by the SPA news agency.The company says the incident will be investigated and that it’s not expected to affect overall production.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says the bodies of three South Asian workers have been recovered from the sea after an offshore mobile rig belonging to the country’s main oil company sank during maintenance work.A statement from the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Aramco, said the bodies were recovered Saturday. It says 24 workers were rescued, some of whom sustained minor injuries. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Now we’ve got another challenge, but that’s OK,” he said. “We’ll work through it.”William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to get the bulk of the carries now, and both feel they’re up for the challenge.“With me, I’m big on staying prepared no matter what,” Powell said when asked about how his mindset may have changed now that the team will need him to run the ball. “Of course your mind’s going to change somewhat because you know for a fact that you most likely will have to get some more time and action, but I always like to stay prepared no matter what.”Powell said he worked as hard as possible every day in practice, making sure he’d be ready if and when his number was called. He led the NFL in rushing during the preseason with 249 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries, so he’s not exactly an unknown quantity. In a way, the same can be said for Stephens-Howling, who is in his fourth NFL season — all with the Cardinals. However, since being taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, Stephens-Howling has made a name for himself primarily as a kick returner and third down back who catches the ball, not as someone who runs between the tackles and gets multiple carries in a game. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Through five games the Arizona Cardinals rank 30th in the NFL in total rushing yards (317) and last in yards per carry (2.7).Yet, most feel the loss of Ryan Williams — which comes on top of the team already being without Beanie Wells — will be a crippling blow to the team’s running game. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Monday, said teams have to fight through adversity and keep going, and that they’ve done a good job of that in the early part of the season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories He did get the start for the Cardinals in the 2011 season finale against Seattle, picking up 93 yards on 21 carries. “I had a pretty good game, but I wasn’t satisfied,” Stephens-Howling said. “I should have got over 100 (yards) but hopefully I can get another one.”
One day after the Arizona Cardinals relieved Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties come reports of another team coveting his services.CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted the Buffalo Bills have targeted Whisenhunt and his former defensive coordinator Ray Horton among their list of potential head coach replacements.When Bills execshead West to interview Ken Whisenhunt, a prime target, and Ray Horton, also expected to take a crack at Chip Kelly…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories La Canfora also said Horton is expected to meet with Cardinals’ ownership Tuesday to discuss their new head coach vacancy. Also, staying in AZ, Ray Horton meeting with Cards ownership today. He is a candidate there. BUF and CLE also set to interview him— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As previously reported, Horton is expected to garner interest from quite a few teams who are in search of a new head coach. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share
SANTIAGO, Chile – A nephew of Pablo Neruda said Thursday that money owed by Chile to laboratories abroad is blocking final tests to determine the cause of death of the Nobel Prize-winning poet.Rodolfo Reyes said the government owes about $16,000. The money includes tests carried out by laboratories in Canada and Denmark.The leftist writer died in the chaos following Chile’s 1973 right-wing military coup. The official version was that he died of cancer. Some people have speculated that he was poisoned.Neruda’s body was exhumed in 2013. Tests showed no toxic agents in his bones.But Chile’s government said in 2015 that it was “highly probable that a third party” was responsible for his death. Last year, international scientists said he did not die of cancer. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2018 2:31 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rodolfo Reyes, right, nephew of the late poet Pablo Neruda, gives a press conference alongside lawyer Elisabeth Flores in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Reyes says that money owed by Chile to laboratories abroad is blocking final tests to determine the cause of death of the Nobel Prize-winning poet. The leftist writer died in the chaos following Chile’s 1973 right-wing military coup. The official version was that he died of cancer. Some have speculated that he was poisoned. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Neruda nephew: Chile debt blocks tests on poet’s remains
US ASSISTANT Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland is due to visit the island sometime next week, according to reports.Nuland, who will be conducting a tour of the region, will be discussing, among others, the ongoing Cyprus peace talks and energy issues.According to daily Phileleftheros, while here the US official will also be meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.Nuland last paid a flash visit to Cyprus in February last year, days before the leaders of the two communities agreed a joint communique laying out the broad parameters of a settlement. It paved the way for the resumption of peace talks that had been stalled for two years.The American role in nudging ahead the new peace drive has been tied to a broader US policy of encouraging a thawing of Turkish-Israeli relations. Israel is mulling how and where to export its excess natural gas reserves, with Cyprus and Turkey both being possible destinations.A pipeline running through Cyprus’ maritime zone and onto mainland Turkey would be the cheapest export option for both Cypriot and Israeli gas, but the issue is fraught with regional politics.In a statement, the Citizens Alliance warned of the ‘dangers’ of Nuland’s upcoming visit. The party said that given President Nicos Anastasiades’ ‘proclivity’ to grant concessions, and steady US support for Turkey, Anastasiades should be prepared to come under pressure during the US official’s stay here.Although the government denies it, Nicosia has apparently agreed to suspend fresh gas and oil hunting while negotiations with the Turkish Cypriots are in progress. In return, Turkey has ceased incursions into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Meanwhile, recent news of a massive offshore find by Egypt, very close to the Cypriot EEZ, has likely put a further damper on Cyprus’ plans to sell natural gas to the neighbouring country.Under pressure from political parties, the government – apparently counter-intuitively – insists that the Egyptian discovery is a positive development, as it highlights the rich presence of hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean.Last week the government spokesman spoke also of important energy-related developments to come soon that would “debunk the critics”.Main opposition AKEL brushed aside the assurances, wondering how the absence of concrete action – such as new prospecting in Cypriot waters – can possibly upgrade Cyprus’ position.The Citizens Alliance meanwhile called for the establishment of a National Energy Council, to be chaired by President Anastasiades, comprised by the ministers of energy, finance, defence and foreign affairs, and supported by teams of experts. The council would also include the parties.The Greens proposed that Cyprus launch a new licensing round for the available offshore blocks.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola