zoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Four container shipping giants, Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.The parties said that the aim of the association is to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines.The plan to create a neutral, non-profit association for ocean carriers was first announced in November 2018. The association, focusing on driving standardization, digitalization and interoperability in container shipping, is now starting operations with a leadership team made up of industry veterans, including Thomas Bagge from A.P. Moller – Maersk, who was appointed CEO and Statutory Director of the DCSA.“For the first time in twenty years, the container shipping industry has come together with a common goal to move the industry into the digital era. With the regulatory approval in place, we look forward for the association to take up work and to begin to collaborate with multiple stakeholders from the entire value chain,” André Simha, Chief Information Officer of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DCSA, said.To create value quickly and to overcome some of the biggest pain-points in the industry, one of the first projects of the association is focusing on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data.Additionally, the association is creating an industry blueprint for processes, which will be another significant part of the future of shipping. The work undertaken will be for the benefit of the entire industry, as all standards will be openly published and available free of charge to interested external parties, the companies informed.DCSA is in discussions with multiple other container shipping lines around the globe who are interested in joining. Preparations for two more companies to join are already in process.
Provincial government offices will delay opening until noon, today, Jan. 13, in Annapolis, Digby, Kings, Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Hants and Halifax counties, including Metro Halifax, and all of Cape Breton. Conditions will be reassessed at 11 a.m. and an announcement made shortly after. Provincial government offices in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth will open as usual. -30-
“We are working to mitigate impacts on our employees as much as possible,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have made the difficult decision to curtail our BC sawmill operations over the fourth quarter due to log supply challenges following another difficult wildfire season, uncompetitive log costs and declining lumber prices.” Vancouver B.C. – Canfor’s B.C. sawmills will be curtailing production while mitigating the impact on employees.Canfor Corporation announced Thursday during Q4 2018 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions curtailment will are required by the company and expected to reduce production output by approximately 10 percent throughout the quarter.Lumber production will be reduced by decreasing operating days and achieved through immediate short-term curtailments at some facilities, along with extended downtime at Christmas.
New Delhi: Insurance regulator IRDAI Monday said it has sought proposal from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for paring its shareholding in the recently acquired controlling stake in IDBI Bank. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) stipulates that insurers are allowed to hold only up to 15 per cent stake in any listed entity. But LIC, with a special dispensation from IRDAI, holds more than the limit in some state-run banks. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBesides, the Reserve Bank permits a ceiling of 15 per cent for promoter stake in a private sector bank. “We will decide on the timeline (for stake reduction by LIC in IDBI Bank). We are not leaving it to them. I have asked them (LIC) to give a proposal and after that we will take a decision,” IRDAI Chairman Subhash Chandra Khuntia said on the sidelines of an event organised by Ficci here. Last June, IRDAI permitted LIC to acquire up to 51 per cent stake in debt-ridden IDBI Bank. On December 28, LIC pumped Rs 14,500 crore into the bank as part of its takeover, following which it injected another Rs 5,030 crore on January 21. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs a result, LIC acquired 51 per cent controlling stake in the bank, making the insurer the lender’s majority shareholder. For the third quarter ended December 2018, IDBI Bank reported widening of loss by nearly threefold to Rs 4,185.48 crore. The bank had reported a loss of Rs 1,524.31 crore in the year-ago period. Total income fell to Rs 6,190.94 crore for the quarter, compared with Rs 7,125.20 crore in the corresponding period a year ago. With regard to exposure of the insurance firm to debt- ridden IL&FS group companies, Khuntia said, the regulator will ensure that policyholders do not lose money. “Either they get it back fully or they will have to provide for it. Some of the IL&FS companies may be better off. We will find some ways so that policyholders are protected,” he said. Speaking at the event, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) and National Health Authority CEO Indu Bhushan said Ayushman Bharat (AB) has benefited 15 lakh people since its launch in September. In 170 days, about Rs 2,000 crore has been spent on providing free health treatment to beneficiaries, he said.
LONDON — Britain is set to get a new prime minister, but only members of the Conservative Party have a say in the decision. The Conservatives are holding an election to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned as party leader last week after failing to lead Britain out of the European Union on schedule.Nominations close Monday, and so far 11 Conservative lawmakers have announced they are running to replace her.A look at the contenders:— BORIS JOHNSON, 54:The former London mayor and foreign secretary adores the limelight and courts the media, tousling his blond hair to make it even more unruly and peppering his speeches with jokes, quips and Latin phrases. One of Britain’s best-known politicians, he is popular with rank-and-file Conservative Party members who think he has the popular touch, and is currently the bookies’ favourite to replace May.A leading figure in the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, Johnson takes a tough line on Brexit. He has vowed that Britain will quit the EU on Oct. 31 with or without an agreement, and threatened to withhold an agreed 39 billion pound ($50 billion) divorce payment if the bloc plays hardball. He’s also promising a tax cut for middle- and high-income earners.— JEREMY HUNT, 52:Hunt has held a variety of government posts and has been foreign secretary since Johnson resigned in JuIy over Brexit. Regarded as even-tempered and competent, he managed to navigate a heated contract dispute with doctors in the National Health Service when he was health secretary, securing a deal after a long-standing argument. Though an excellent communicator, some doubt he is flashy enough to excite the electorate.Hunt backed the losing “remain” side during the 2016 EU membership referendum, but now says he will negotiate a better Brexit deal with the EU and lead the U.K. out of the bloc.— MICHAEL GOVE, 51:Like Johnson, Gove helped lead the campaign to leave the European Union, but scuttled his friend Johnson’s bid to become prime minister in 2016 when he unexpectedly withdrew support and decided to run for the job himself — a move that gives him a lingering taint of treachery in the eyes of some Conservatives.Gove has held several posts in May’s government — he’s currently environment secretary — and backed her Brexit policies even as former colleagues denounced May’s withdrawal deal. That hurts him among hardcore Brexiteers, who believe he went soft by supporting May’s deal.Give is also facing pressure after acknowledging that he took cocaine more than once before he entered politics.— DOMINIC RAAB, 45:The former Brexit Secretary, who held the post from July to November, resigned in opposition to the divorce deal that May struck with the European Union. A firm Brexiteer, he says Britain has been “humiliated” by the EU and must not delay its departure beyond Oct. 31; he has even suggested he could suspend Parliament if it tried to delay or impede Brexit.Raab also appears to be playing to the party’s traditionalist wing, saying he is “probably not” a feminist and opposes making it easier for people to change their gender.— SAJID JAVID, 48:Javid’s background as the son of Pakistani immigrants sets him apart from many of the other Conservative contenders. A former banker who was elected to Parliament in 2010, he is a champion of the free-market, libertarian wing of the party.During the Brexit referendum of 2016, Javid was on the “remain” side but has since embraced Brexit, though some Brexiteers remain suspicious of his allegiances. He says he would make getting a new deal with the EU his “absolute priority” and does not favour walking away without an agreement.As home secretary, responsible for immigration and borders, he has raised his profile in recent months by taking aggressive action to curtail the arrival of small boats carrying migrants across the English Channel.—MATT HANCOCK, 40:Health Secretary Matt Hancock pitches himself as the face of a younger, modernizing generation in the Conservative Party. Promising to deliver an energizing blend of social liberalism and economic dynamism, he says the Conservatives have to look beyond Brexit — a message that may be coming too soon for many in the party.— ANDREA LEADSOM, 56:Leadsom, who campaigned in 2016 to leave the EU, quit as leader of the House of Commons last month over opposition to May’s Brexit deal, helping to ensure the prime minister’s downfall. She ran against May for Tory leader in 2016, quitting the race after receiving harsh criticism for saying motherhood helped make her qualified to lead; May has no children.Leadsom rejects May’s divorce agreement and says Britain should leave the EU on Oct. 31 with a series of mini-deals to ensure trade and travel can continue. Critics say this is wishful thinking since the bloc will not agree.— RORY STEWART, 46:A longshot candidate, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has seen his profile soar with a savvy campaign that saw him travelling the country talking to voters, and producing endearingly amateurish social media videos. He has the most eye-catching background of any candidate: a sometime tutor to Princes William and Harry, Stewart once walked across Afghanistan and was deputy governor of a province in Iraq after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.A former supporter of remaining in the EU, he now backs Brexit but appeals for compromise, saying Britain can’t realistically leave the bloc without a divorce deal. He has slammed the promises of Johnson and other Brexit-backers as unrealistic.— ESTHER McVEY, 51:A former TV presenter and Cabinet minister, McVey is an uncompromising Brexiteer and says she has the skills to connect with blue-collar Conservatives. She says Britain must leave the EU on Oct. 31 no matter what and, like Raab, she hasn’t ruled out suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.— SAM GYIMAH, 42:A rare pro-EU voice in the contest, Gyimah quit as a junior minister last year so he could campaign for a new public referendum on Britain’s membership in the bloc. This makes him an extreme outsider in the contest, which will be decided by a largely pro-Brexit party membership.— MARK HARPER, 49:A former Conservative whip in Parliament, Harper is one of the lesser-known contenders. He is trying to turn that to his advantage, arguing that he represents a clean break from May’s administration, which has tried and failed to deliver Brexit.Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kiara Leslie scored a season-high 24 points and No. 10 North Carolina State beat Hampton 83-51 on Wednesday.Aislinn Konig added 16 points and Grace Hunter had 12 for the Wolfpack (9-0) while Leslie hit a career-best five 3-pointers. They shot 49 per cent, hit 10 3s and built a 41-28 rebounding advantage in their first game as a top-10 team since 2014.Laren Vanarsdale scored 15 points, Ashley Bates had 14 and Kaylah Lupoe finished with 10 to lead Hampton (3-3), but only two other players scored. The Pirates shot 32 per cent yet pulled within 13 points on Lashayla Wright-Ponder’s long jumper with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.N.C. State countered with a 21-3 run that pushed the Wolfpack’s lead into the 30s. Konig started the burst with a 3 and Kai Crutchfield followed that with a layup in transition. Hunter’s layup with under 5 minutes left made it 73-42.BIG PICTUREHampton: The Big South Conference newcomers won six Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships from 2010-17 and are no stranger to the ACC, visiting Duke three times for NCAA Tournament games and beating North Carolina in the regular season last year. But taking on loaded N.C. State was a tall order for a team that’s adjusting to a new league and has six freshmen and four transfers.N.C. State: The Wolfpack kept alive their best start since 1999-2000 and remained perfect in nonconference home games since 2015. Their roll could continue for quite a while. They don’t play a team currently ranked until Feb. 13, when they visit No. 15 Syracuse five days before playing host to defending national champion Notre Dame.UP NEXTHampton: Plays host to Mid-Atlantic Christian on Dec. 15.N.C. State: Visits Georgetown on Saturday.The Associated Press
Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterIn Saturday’s NCAA semifinal between the No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team and Towson, defense will be the name of the game.And if the early season matchup between these two teams is any indicator, it could be one of the lowest scoring games of the tournament.When the Buckeyes traveled to Towson, Maryland, earlier this year to take on the Tigers, redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey made eight saves and allowed just three goals in a 6-3 OSU victory.That emphasis on defense can be found in the NCAA leaderboards, where Towson can be found sitting at third for fewest goals allowed on average per game, sporting a miniscule 7.44 number. Of course, the Buckeyes haven’t been too shabby on defense either, sitting only six spots behind the Tigers, allowing just an average of 8.26 goals per game. But for OSU to find success, they will need to head into the matchup with an aggressive game plan like the Buckeyes applied in their matchup against Duke. In that game, players like senior attackman Eric Fannell were able to bully their way through the defense to put shots on net from just outside the crease.Part of Towson’s strength this season has been displaying an ability to box out and keep that opposing offense from getting in close. Despite ranking as one of the stingiest defenses for allowing goals this season, Towson’s goalies wound up averaging the fewest saves per game of any Division I goaltending unit in 2017.However, when the Tigers need their goalie to step up, they have been able to count on consistently strong performances from senior goalie Matt Hoy, who has allowed just 15 goals, while saving 21 shots on goal in upset victories over No. 8 Penn State in the first round and No. 2 Syracuse in the quarterfinals.Hoy did not begin the season as the starter, but has thrived in the role since taking over on April 1, posting a 7-1 record in games he started with only 6.99 goals against average and a .536 save percentage.That defense of Towson will certainly be tested against a Buckeye offense that had little trouble putting up 16 goals against a team that at the time ranked fifth in fewest goals allowed on average.The Buckeyes frequently found themselves in the front of the net, and were able to capitalize on nearly every opportunity, scoring on 51.6 percent of shots taken in the game. This ability to make the most of every shot has been a trend for the Scarlet and Gray this season as the team ranks eighth in shot percentage (.340).But the biggest test for the Tigers could come in finding enough offense to win the game. Though they have put up 22 goals in their two games thus far in the NCAA tournament, their offense currently ranks 46th among all Division I schools, averaging only 9.50 goals per game this season. While the Buckeyes will send out a pair of dynamic goal-scorers in freshman attackman Tre Leclaire – who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year with a team-best 45 goals – and Fannell (34 goals), the Tigers have only one 30-plus goal scorer on the season – senior attackman Joe Seider. Seider had shortcomings against top-20 defenses this season as he has averaged just one goal per game in five contests. Three of those five goals for Seider came in just one game, against the No. 14 defensive unit in Hofstra.His team follows a similar trend of struggling against top-tier defensive teams, averaging just 7.8 goals per game and managing only a 2-3 record against such opponents. OSU, on the other hand, does not appear to lose a step against top-20 defenses, averaging 11.22 goals per game — less than half a goal below their season average — in nine contests against the nation’s best defensive teams.Given not only more experience against highly-ranked defensive units, but more success against them, the Buckeyes might appear to have a slight edge on paper. But the Tigers have overcome worse odds in the past, as evidenced by their wins over Penn State and Syracuse as the underdog on their way to their second-ever NCAA semifinal matchup.And for this pair of dynamic defensive units, it could simply just come down to who can score the last goal. The winner of the Towson-OSU game will face the winner of the matchup between No. 1 Maryland and No. 5 Denver on Monday at 1 p.m. in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Choudary’s incarceration will also create a headache for the authorities who are desperate to prevent him radicalising other inmates while in prison.Currently on remand, he will likely be held at Belmarsh maximum security in prison in south east London, which already holds a large number of convicted terrorists.The prison has previously been described as a “jihadi training camp” but human rights legislation means he can only be held in solitary confinement with the permission of the Justice Secretary.His conviction was warmly welcomed by Scotland Yard last night, who believe Choudary can be linked in some way every major terror plot unearthed in this country in recent years.However his influence has also been felt further afield with jihadists in other countries, including France and Belgium being inspired by his online rantings and through links to ALM. For almost two decades Choudary, as leader of the now banned al-Muhajiroun (ALM) Islamist group, goaded the authorities with inflammatory comments and deliberately provocative statements. He refused to condemn the 7/7 bombings, demanded the imposition of Sharia across Britain and once called for the Queen to wear a burka.But using his legal training and forensic understanding of terrorism legislation he always managed to stay just right side of the law and avoid prosecution.Police finally got their chance when they discovered material online in which he praised the murderous Isil regime.Choudary used social media to promote his extremist views, but during his trial it emerged that companies including Twitter and YouTube had repeatedly refused to remove controversial posts, even after it was arrested.The father of five, who is a qualified solicitor, could be jailed for up to ten years when he is sentenced next month. Mohammed Rahman was convicted alongside ChoudaryCredit:PA Lord Carlisle, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, called for the law to be clarified in order to ensure those guilty of promoting terrorism were held to account.He said: “This conviction shows the sometimes long march of the law. Whilst those remote from terrorist crime should be prosecuted with caution, there should be greater legal clarity to enable the prosecution of those whose clear aim is to exhort terrorism and the destruction of our way of life.”Keith Vaz, the Labour chair of the Home Affairs Committee, also said anti-terror legislation ought to be reviewed.He said: “It is deeply worrying to see the extent of his activities. While congratulating the police in bringing this case to a successful conclusion we now need to look again at the law to ensure that it allows no gaps that permit preachers of hate to undertake their activities under the cloak of freedom of speech exercised in a democracy. “In future we need to show zero tolerance to those who act and behave in this way.” Choudary led the now banned al Muhajiroun groupCredit:Ian Jones Describing how he had finally been brought to justice, Commander Haydon said: “His mistake was pledging an oath of allegiance. That was the key piece of evidence that tipped him over the line for a terrorist offence.”Former Metropolitan Police anti-terror officer David Vidicette said: “This conviction is very good news for the police, the security services and the country.”Every time the police investigated a plot he was either directly linked or only a hop away and it has taken far too long to bring him to justice.” Anti-terror cops examined 20-years’ worth of material following his arrest in September 2014 before charging Choudary and Rahman in August last year. British born Choudary and one of his followers, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, 33, were convicted last month following a four week trial at the Old Bailey.But details were only made public on Tuesday when a judge lifted reporting restrictions that had been imposed during a similar case featuring some of his associates. He is currently in Belmarsh prison awaiting sentence.Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “These dangerous individuals were recruiting sergeants for Daesh. They poisoned the minds of vulnerable people and their warped and twisted propaganda offered support and succour to a murderous and barbaric terrorist organisation.“The Government is clear. We will continue to confront those who promote hate and threaten our way of life. Together we will protect communities from extremism and defeat this toxic ideology.” Choudary (centre) on a march in east London in 2008Credit:Anthony Upton During his trial Choudary and Rahman claimed their support for the Islamic caliphate was theological and had nothing to do with the terrorist organisation that had adopted the name Islamic State.But the jury of six men and six women found him guilty on July 28 of inviting support for a proscribed organisation. Anjem Choudary with one of Lee Rigby’s killers, Michael AdebolajoCredit:BBC News Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s counter terrorism command described Choudary as a “very dangerous and clever individual” who had played a key role in recruiting some of the 850 Britons who are currently fighting for Isil.He said: “These men have stayed just within the law for many years, but there is no one within the counter terrorism world that has any doubts of the influence that they have had, the hate they have spread and the people that they have encouraged to join terrorist organisations.“Over and over again we have seen people on trial for the most serious offences who have attended lectures or speeches given by these men.He added: “You can go back over history and find an awful lot of terrorists linked to ALM, Islamic State or both. 7/7, Lee Rigby, there was a whole host of other cases which are linked back to ALM and Islamic State.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Britain’s anti-terror laws are under scrutiny following the belated conviction of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary almost 20 years after his terrorism links first emerged.Choudary is finally behind bars as police revealed he has links to 500 British jihadists fighting with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria.The 49-year-old, who has spent two decades radicalising a generation of would-be terrorists, was convicted after swearing an oath of allegiance to Isil.But there remain questions over why it took so long to bring a successful prosecution against Choudary after it emerged he has links to 15 terror plots since 2000.And how he was able to use social media to promote his extremists views without being censored.
← Previous Story EHF CL 2017/2018: PSG Handball players dominate in Best 8 – Canayer is the best coach Next Story → VIDEO: “Let’s hear some noise” – “Let’s watch some TOP handball” The Egyptian line-player Mamdouh Ashem Shebib couldn’t even dream about playing at VELUX EHF Champions League Final 4 2017/2018, but the reason weren’t small chances of HC Montpellier Handball to qualify for the prestigious event at Lanxess Arena. The 29-years old African handball warrior began season as a member of French Aix, but he suddenly got a chance to wear Montpellier’s t-shirt as medical joker for injured Ludovic Fabregas.Shebib could become the first ever player who would win African (HC Zamalek Cairo) and European Champions League competition.Here is what he thinks about chances of Montpellier who will meet reigning champions RK Vardar Skopje in the second semi-final on Saturday – 18.00 hrs. CologneMamdouh Ashem ShebibMontpellier handballvelux ehf final4
A pack of 10 African painted dog pups and their mom are headed to the Cincinnati Zoo, where they will be cared for by the staff and have a lot of room for playtime and skill development.On Friday, the zoo announced that it was adopting seven-year-old mom Akili and her 10 pups (five females and five males) from the Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) in St. Louis, Missouri. The pups and their mom are expected to arrive at the zoo within a few weeks.Dana Burke, team leader of Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa department, assists EWC with the pups’ 3-month physical exams. (Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo)In November 2018, Akili and another female gave birth to a total of 23 pups at the EWC. Both moms didn’t want to share the one male or area with the other female’s litter, so Akili’s pack was selected to move to the Cincinnati Zoo.“There is usually one alpha female in a painted dog pack, and that’s the only one that the alpha male will breed,” Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals and vice coordinator of the African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan (SSP), said in the press release. “The male had a hard time choosing a favorite female in this case, leaving EWC with too many pups to manage in separate spaces.”Cincinnati Zoo is adopting ten painted dog pups and their mother! The pack, seven-year-old mom Akili and her ten pups (five males and five females), should be here in a few weeks! Read more: https://t.co/QEyAXoX5Zx pic.twitter.com/xvCR1CVpr6— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) April 5, 2019In 2014, the zoo opened its Painted Dog Valley, and since then, two large litters of pups (10 in 2015 and 12 in 2016) have been born there. Its five current residents, which came from the 2016 litter, will move to other zoos once the SSP makes a transfer recommendation. Until then, they’ll receive care at one of the zoo’s off-site properties, so Akili and her 10 pups can be accommodated at Painted Dog Valley.“At five months old, the pups will physically be on their way from toddlers to awkward pre-teens but still full of energy and mischief. Painted Dog Valley will be the perfect playground for them to learn all the important dog social skills from their mother while still having plenty of time to stalk, chase, and take down their siblings,” Gorsuch added. “Keep your fingers crossed for the trees!”More on Geek.com:Here’s Why Chameleons Actually Change Color (It’s Not for Camouflage)This Ancient Four-Legged Whale Could Have Moved Like an Otter, Study FindsX-Rays Reveal Hungry Lizard Mistook Golf Balls for Chicken Eggs Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’
Jobson Healthcare Information, the 50 year-old b2b publisher and education provider to the pharmaceutical and eye care spaces, has been acquired by WebMD for an undisclosed sum, the latter company announced Monday.Jobson, a portfolio company of Wicks Group since 2005, will henceforth operate as an independent subsidiary of WebMD—which was itself acquired for $2.8 billion by private equity-backed Internet Brands last September—and remain headquartered in New York City.In an email exchange with Folio:, WebMD spokeswoman Patricia Garrison said the company was attracted to Jobson—whose brands include U.S. Pharmacist and eyecare-focused 20/20 magazine, among others—primarily for its inroads in the pharmaceutical and optical spaces as well as perceived synergies with Medscape, WebMD’s physician-facing offshoot.Altogether, JHI claims to reach more than one-million healthcare professionals each month through its combined portfolio of 15 media brands and education platforms. “JHI’s very strong positions with pharmacists and the eye care community will enable Medscape to expand and broaden its reach to healthcare professionals and to leverage our combined strengths to increase our value to our customers,” added Garrison.Asked whether WebMD intends to continue publishing JHI’s half-dozen print magazines regular-frequency journals, Garrison declined to discuss the company’s strategy, but noted that “we will be working to identify ways to leverage and enhance the power of our combined brands, products and offerings.”While WebMD still distributes a monthly magazine to doctor’s offices nationwide, the brand was pursuing a heavier focus on video and digital content even prior to joining online properties like Avvo, CarsDirect, and Model Mayhem as part of Internet Brands’ portfolio.WebMD’s acquisition by Internet Brands, last September, was swiftly followed by a significant round of layoffs—as many as 10-percent of its 1,700 total employees—but Garrison added that the company currently has no plans for staff reductions at JHI.“In addition to sharing our passion for helping health care professionals improve the quality of patient care, WebMD’s substantial digital resources will enable us to bring more critical data, communications and information to health care professionals,” said JHI CEO Jeff MacDonald, calling WebMD “an exceptional fit.”New York-based M&A firm JEGI represented Jobson in the transaction.
DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill barring people having more than two children from contesting the panchayat elections. It has also fixed a minimum qualification for them. The Uttarakhand Panchayat Raj Act 2016 (Amendment) Bill, which was tabled on Tuesday, was passed by a voice vote amid acrimonious scenes by opposition members over various issues, including the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the hill state. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us The bill is expected to get the Governor’s approval before the panchayat elections, scheduled for later this year. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Kaushik said the purpose of the bill was to promote family planning and also determine a minimum educational qualification for the candidates. “We have fixed the educational qualification of all panchayat members. In the general category, the minimum qualification is Class 10. In the SC/ST categories, the minimum qualification is Class 8 for men and Class 5 for women,” he said. The bill also prohibits holding of two offices simultaneously by any panchayat member. “This is a reformist bill. It should be seen as an effort to reform the grassroots bodies,” said Kaushik, adding that the bill was mooted on the lines of a similar legislation in states like Odisha and Rajasthan.
Kolkata: A television actor was allegedly harassed and manhandled by an app cab driver while she was going to a shoot on Wednesday morning.The police has initiated a case at Tiljala police station on the basis of a complaint lodged by the actor, who is a resident of Kasba and has arrested the driver Jamshed Hossain. According to the complaint of the actor, she had booked an Uber cab at 8.15 am and the vehicle No. WB-04E-9566 driven by Jamshed picked her up from near her residence. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile she was on her way to her destination the driver allegedly misbehaved, abused, outraged her modesty and pulled her out of the car after cancelling the trip near 42 bus stand on C.N.Roy Road under Tiljala police station. The incident happened in front of a restaurant at Uttar Panchana Gram near VIP Bazar area. The actress shared the details of the incident on her Facebook page. She wrote that the incident left her ‘dumbstruck’. “This had never happened to me before,” she wrote. She added that she will pursue legal actions in consultation with her family. “This is a clear violation of the safety standards set by our community guidelines and we have removed the driver’s access to the app. We stand ready to support law enforcement authorities in their investigations,” an Uber spokesperson said.
Lady Gaga had a message for her LGBTI fans Monday night. At the opening night concert of her Joanne world tour in Vancouver, Canada, the singer took a moment out of performing to speak to the audience. Watch the full moment below. GAYSTARNEWS- Midway through the night, a fan threw a Pride flag towards the stage. Gaga asked security to hand the flag to her and she held it up with a triumphant pose. The audience proceeded to cheer excitedly as she remained still, proudly holding the flag.‘Needless to say, I have a lot to say about this issue,’ the singer told the crowd. She draped the flag over her piano bench. Then she quoted her song Come to Mama: ‘But the most important thing that I have to say about it is that everybody’s gotta love each other. You got to stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers. Cause now, it wasn’t that long ago we were all just living in the jungle.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gaga, who is openly bisexual, has long had a strong LGBTI fan base. Her song Born This Way is something of an adopted anthem for the community.Before completely diving into the song, she once more spoke to the crowd: ‘So for any of you who don’t believe in equality here this evening, come to mama.’Gaga is a long-time advocate for the LGBTI community.Last week, when Trump tweeted his proposed transgender military ban, Gaga was quick to take her thoughts to Twitter. ‘The message you have just sent has endangered the lives of people all over the United States and overseas bravely serving our nation @POTUS,’ she tweeted. She continued, discussing suicide rates and mental health, before finishing with: ‘Within the Trans Community are many also who are strong & brave. They should be able to serve if they wish. To have honor if they do @POTUS.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Madonna is overrated. Accept it.Christina Aguilera helps two male fans get engaged on first night of her tourLebanese singer Nancy Ajram under fire for banning rainbow flags at concertRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-lady-gaga-tells-fans-everybodys-got-love-concert/
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 | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more January 25, 2012 — A 65-year-old breast cancer patient has become the first person in India to be treated using the fast and precise TrueBeam radiotherapy treatment system from Varian Medical Systems. In a treatment carried out at Health Care Global (HCG) Ahmedabad, the patient received accelerated partial breast irradiation that allowed her treatment course to be completed in a week instead of the usual five weeks required with previous Varian technology.”The patient was saved from visiting hospital for five full weeks,” says radiation oncologist Dr. Vivek Bansal. “As the TrueBeam treatment involved high dose rates delivered twice a day, the clinical team needed to be certain that the intended dose was delivered to the right area. A high degree of accuracy and good quality imaging helped ensure successful completion of the treatment.”Bansal said shorter treatment times, high quality imaging and greater throughput were all significant benefits for patients and the clinical team at HCG Ahmedabad. The center, which added radiotherapy to existing surgical and chemotherapy services a month ago, is the first private cancer hospital in Ahmedabad offering both diagnostic and treatment facilities for cancer under one roof. Its patients come from across Gujarat and neighbouring states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, as well as from outside India.Bansal and his team intend to use the TrueBeam device, which was installed in October, to deliver advanced radiotherapy techniques such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) treatments, as well as carrying out clinical studies and research programs.Designed to advance the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, gynecologic, liver, head and neck, and other types of cancer, the TrueBeam platform for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery is a fully-integrated radiotherapy system designed from the ground up to treat a moving target, such as a tumor, with speed and precision. It features a High Intensity Mode—one of six dose levels available to doctors with the TrueBeam platform—for customizing dose delivery based on a patient’s specific tumor characteristics.High Intensity Mode has yet to receive clearance in India, but it is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has CE marking and regulatory clearances in all other major markets.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | January 25, 2012 First Hospital in India Installs Advanced TrueBeam Radiotherapy Treatment System News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Related Content Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | September 05, 2013 DoD’s Medical Education and Training Campus Selects Agfa’s Digital Imaging DX-D 100 mobile digital X-ray systems to be utilized in the basic biomedical equipment technician training curriculum 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 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more 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 | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more September 5, 2013 — Agfa HealthCare installed six DX-D 100 mobile digital X-ray systems at the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC), a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) integrated campus. The systems will be utilized in the basic biomedical equipment technician (BMET) training curriculum for all Army, Navy and Air Force BMETs in the DoD. In addition to implementing the DX-D 100 systems, Agfa Healthcare will provide on-site training support at METC to help create a curriculum for the program.METC, the tri-service training campus located on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, boasts a state-of-the-art DoD healthcare education campus that trains enlisted medical personnel and has more than 50medical programs and 21,000 annual graduates.Every DoD BMET trainee will use the DX-D 100 system in their basic X-ray training curriculum, allowing service personnel at METC to be trained on a standard equipment platform that will be encountered in their careers around the globe. Agfa HealthCare’s past experience supporting METC programs allowed the company to have an understanding of the training environment and what it takes to meet and exceed the customer’s needs and expectations. Other Agfa HealthCare solutions currently implemented at METC include IMPAX PACS, CR 85-X, CR 35-X and DRYSTAR printers, all installed in the METC’s advanced telemedicine and teleradiology course since 2004.“The Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Biomedical Equipment Maintenance Technician (BMET) Training Program is responsible for training up to 440 Army, Navy and Air Force apprentice level BMETs annually in an intense 11 month program comprised of comprehensive didactic curriculum and challenging medical device practical laboratories,” said Muhammad A. Faaruwq, PMP METC BMET program director. “These new Agfa HealthCare digital X-ray systems will assist METC in satisfying two major mission training objectives associated with malfunction isolation and preventive maintenance inspection and calibration of mobile radiographic systems.”Included in the list of BMET program graduates is Mike Nielsen, Agfa HealthCare’s sales manager, Government — Western Region, who knows firsthand the significance of this training program that prepares medical personnel for Warrior Care, treating military personnel on the front lines.“The government team within Agfa HealthCare has a strong background in working with the military combined with a firsthand understanding of the Medical Education & Training Campus’ specific needs,” said Nielsen. “Our service engineers know how the program works, offering an ease of service and maintenance as well as hands-on curriculum development that will assure our success and enable the BMETs to have the best training experience for this important task at hand.”The DX-D 100 is a highly maneuverable digital radiography (DR) system that combines full mobility with Agfa HealthCare’s excellent image processing. The result enables high- quality radiology exams to be efficiently performed in mobile environments, including intensive care units (ICUs), emergency departments, operating rooms or at the bedside when combined with Agfa HealthCare’s MUSICA2 image processing, the industry leading image processing software, which produces excellent image quality. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more
Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. News | August 19, 2014 New Hand-held Device Uses Lasers, Sound Waves for Deeper Melanoma Imaging Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more August 19, 2014 — A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. The instrument, described in a paper published in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters, is the first that can be used directly on a patient and accurately measure how deep a melanoma tumor extends into the skin, providing valuable information for treatment, diagnosis or prognosis.Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and incidence rates are rising faster than those of any other cancer. It’s also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths.The thicker the melanoma tumor, the more likely it will spread and the deadlier it becomes, says dermatologist Lynn Cornelius, one of the study’s coauthors. Being able to measure the depth of the tumor in vivo enables doctors to determine prognoses more accurately — potentially at the time of initial evaluation — and plan treatments and surgeries accordingly.The problem is that current methods cannot directly measure a patient’s tumor very well. Because skin scatters light, high-resolution optical techniques don’t reach deep enough. “None are really sufficient to provide the two to four millimeter penetration that’s at least required for melanoma diagnosis, prognosis or surgical planning,” says engineer Lihong Wang, another coauthor on the Optics Letters paper.Researchers have tried other methods, but they aren’t much better. High-frequency ultrasound doesn’t have enough image contrast, and magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography have insufficient resolution and require expensive and bulky instruments.”Any type of tissue diagnosis at this point in time requires taking tissue out of the person and processing it and looking at it under the microscope,” Cornelius says.But because taking a biopsy often only involves the removal of a part of a tumor — when it’s in a cosmetically sensitive area, for instance — provisional measurements of the tumor depth are not always reliable. If, at the time of excision, the surgeon finds that the tumor goes deeper than initially thought, the patient may need yet another surgery.Recently, researchers including Wang have applied an approach called photoacoustic microscopy, which can accurately measure melanoma tumors directly on a patient’s skin — thus allowing doctors to avoid uncertainty in some circumstances.The technique relies on the photoacoustic effect, in which light is converted into vibrations. In the case of the new device, a laser beam shines into the skin at the site of a tumor. Melanin, the skin pigment that is also in tumors, absorbs the light, whose energy is transferred into high-frequency acoustic waves. Unlike light, acoustic waves don’t scatter as much when traveling through skin. Tumor cells will produce more melanin than the surrounding healthy skin cells, and as a result, the acoustic waves can be used to map the entire tumor with high resolution. The device has a detector that can then turn the acoustic signal into a three-dimensional image on a screen.Wang, Cornelius and their colleagues previously built a similar desktop device that shines the laser directly onto the tumor. But so much light is absorbed that very little penetrates to the tumor’s lower layers. The latest version, however, is not only handheld, but it also delivers light around and below the tumor, which generates a bright image of the tumor’s bottom and an accurate measurement of its depth.The researchers tested their device on both artificial tumors made of black gelatin and on real ones in live mice, showing that the instrument could accurately measure the depths of tumors — and do it in living tissue.Initially, this tool will be mainly used for improving how doctors plan and prepare for surgeries, Cornelius says. But what is especially exciting, she adds, is that it can measure a tumor’s entire volume—something that’s never been possible with melanoma. If researchers can determine how the volume relates to cancer outcomes, then this tool could give doctors a new type of measurement for diagnosis and prognosis.The researchers are now conducting further tests with human patients. The new device will have to prove effective in clinical trials before it is widely available. But other than that Wang says, the device is essentially ready for commercialization.Paper: “Hand-held photoacoustic microscopy to detect melanoma depth in vivo,” Y. Zhou et al., Optics Letters, vol. 39, issue 16, pp. 4731-4734 (2014).For more information: www.osa.org, www.OpticsInfoBase.org/OL FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Related Content Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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During his three-day visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced e-Visas for Chinese tourists to India. This will attract a larger numbers of tourists from China.Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has conveyed his happiness on the announcement of e-Tourist Visa facility for Chinese nationals as announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This announcement will give a major boost in the tourist arrivals from China which is a growing market for India.Goyal stated, “We had been pleading for extending e-Tourist Visa facility for nationals from China, UK, Italy, Poland, etc. as these countries provide tourists round the year and these countries were not included in the earlier announcements. It is really a positive step and exemplifies the working style of the Prime Minister to move the things forward especially for tourism purpose. We are confident that in the next phase all other countries like UK, Italy, Poland, etc. will also be added, which I am sure will increase the growth of tourism to double digit in next two years.”He also added that we have requested the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism of allowing multiple entry under e-Tourist Visa so that members who want to visit neighbouring countries along with India can also apply for e-Tourist Visa.
Welcome back, Coach! pic.twitter.com/KK28r3XoD1— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) May 2, 2018June 15: Coyotes trade Max Domi for Alex Galchenyuk Without the fans, we’re nothing. We know not everyone could come out to Louisville but we know you were all with us tonight. Thank you for making this club more than just a soccer team. We can’t wait to be with our family again in 2019. #UpRising pic.twitter.com/uCbEzg93mF— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) November 9, 2018Nov. 21: Didier Drogba calls it a career BOOM! 👊The #AZCardinals trade UP ⬆️ and take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen! #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/XB3v9yLzt8— 98.7 Arizona Sports (@AZSports) April 27, 2018May 2: Suns hire Igor Kokoskov TEMPE WE LIT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/geNTwHumJ4— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) December 23, 2018 I am humbled & honored to commit to the Suns organization long term. I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me. I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun. pic.twitter.com/AHRaraPww6— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 8, 2018July 28: Carson Palmer is enjoying retirement Upset in Tempe!Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils knock off No. 15 Michigan State with a game-winning field goal as time expires. pic.twitter.com/L47ZlN1xr4— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 9, 2018Sept. 13: Oliver Ekman-Larsson is named Coyotes captain Arizona QB Khalil Tate tweeted this moments after Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo emerged as a strong candidate for the UA head coaching position. Niumatalolo runs a triple option offense at Navy. 😳👀 pic.twitter.com/grwgOeVUjp— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) January 12, 2018Jan. 22: Cardinals hire Steve Wilks as head coach The year 2018 had no shortage of big sports stories in Arizona.The Arizona Cardinals traded up to take a quarterback in the draft. Then their season began and they benched (and eventually cut) Sam Bradford, fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and struggled under Steve Wilks.The Phoenix Suns got the first overall pick, fired their general manager and had an up-and-down (mostly down) regular season thus far.The Arizona Diamondbacks were well on their way to the playoffs before collapsing in September and eventually trading Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals. DEANDRE. #TimeToRise pic.twitter.com/ub2lO4iM18— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 21, 2018June 22: Arizona Coyotes draft Barrett Hayton in first round The Arizona Coyotes traded players who were once thought to be big pieces of the team’s future, sending away Max Domi, Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome.Arizona State football and men’s basketball each had signature moments; Phoenix Rising and the Phoenix Mercury got to the playoffs and many other things made it a crazy year. Here are those stories (and others) told through the lens of social media.Jan. 12: Khalil Tate didn’t come to Arizona to run the triple option Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling pic.twitter.com/zMuUWS97Fu— Arizona Hotshots (@aafhotshots) September 25, 2018Oct. 8: Suns fire GM Ryan McDonough Mood. #GoldyBlues pic.twitter.com/7KrfikczaP— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) December 6, 2018Dec. 13: Suns owner Robert Sarver gives a message on social media Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Captain. 👏 pic.twitter.com/qeWdwwdqok— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) September 13, 2018Sept. 25: Arizona’s AAF team named Arizona Hotshots The #AZCardinals red suits you well, Coach Wilks! #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/h4JwemgqOa— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 23, 2018April 2: Josh Rosen pokes fun at former UCLA head coach Jim Mora ONCE AGAIN FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.THE. GREATEST. OF. ALL. TIME. pic.twitter.com/OO0F5xbTce— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) September 5, 2018Sept. 8: ASU football upsets No. 15 Michigan State Thank you @ArizonaCoyotes for the past three seasons. Memories and friends that I will carry with me for the rest of my life #ThankYouAZ 🌵— Max Domi (@max_domi) June 16, 2018June 21: Phoenix Suns draft Deandre Ayton first overall Arizona State forward Zylan Cheatham (45) celebrates with the fans after Arizona State defeated Kansas 80-76 during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Sept. 4: Phoenix Mercury advance to WNBA Quarterfinals, fall to Seattle Storm 1 Comments Share Dec. 5: Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt OFFICIAL: Suns relieve Ryan McDonough of general manager duties.https://t.co/kMdfINRsZk— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 8, 2018Oct. 19: Arizona Cardinals fire Mike McCoy, promote Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator Why? 🤷🏻♂️ #why— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 2, 2018April 22: Cardinals trade up to draft Josh Rosen Get to know our new offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich. pic.twitter.com/doWK0r2leq— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 19, 2018Nov. 8: Phoenix Rising reach USL Cup Final Dream come true. So proud to be a part of the @ArizonaCoyotes pic.twitter.com/MVvaWkN3Kt— Barrett Hayton (@BarrettHayton) June 23, 2018July 7: Devin Booker signs contract extension 🤦🏽♂️ “Pick n Roll at 00 every time” https://t.co/riaizpFpZV— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) December 18, 2018Dec. 22: ASU basketball upsets No. 1 Kansas I put it all on the line just to protect me and MINE. FÉRINA ATHLETICS. 5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/Q3nbdn1H9U— Manny Wilkins Jr. (@MannyWilkins5) December 15, 2018Dec. 17: Devin Booker finally fires back at Enes Kanter Nov. 25: Coyotes trade Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome for Nick Schmaltz The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Thanks for everything @ArizonaCoyotes . Had a fun few years and am very grateful for the opportunity you guys given me to play in the @NHL #Thankyou— Brendan Perlini (@Bubzp11) November 27, 2018Nov. 26: N’Keal Harry declares for NFL Draft A message from Managing Partner, Robert Sarver: pic.twitter.com/f2YLC0woYG— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 13, 2018Dec. 15: Manny Wilkins plays his last game as a Sun Devil
Go back to the enewsletterVisitors will be able to explore Kā Roimata-a-Hinehukatere (Franz Josef Glacier), Te Moeka-o-Tuawe(Fox Glacier) and Kā Tiritiri o te Moana (the Southern Alps) with the West Coast’s newest helicoptercompany, Vantage Helicopters.The business, part of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism group, along with Glacier Southern LakesHelicopters in Queenstown, has launched three scenic flight options ranging from 25 to 45 minutes,each including a snow landing.“We timed the launch of these scenic flights in advance of the busy summer season. With so many visitors in the region we’re pleased to offer them the opportunity to fly over such iconic and spectacular scenery,” said Pat West, Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s General Manager Aviation.The premier scenic flight encompasses views over Kā Roimata-a-Hinehukatere, Te Moeka-o-Tuaweand New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook. Other flight options feature the two glaciers.“Our flights include the opportunity to land on snow, so our manuhiri (visitors) are able to see theselocations from new heights and then get up close to the beautiful landscape. The geography of theregion is unique, given the proximity of the Tasman Sea to the West Coast rainforest and thetowering Southern Alps,” West says.The flight tours are as follows:Franz Josef Scenic FlightScenic flight starts from Franz Josef township. Fly over pristine rainforest and into the valley that is home to Franz Josef Glacier.Adult: NZ$280Duration: 20 minutesLanding: Snow landing (10 minutes)Twin GlaciersStarting from the Franz Josef township, fly over the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and further on to the Fox Glacier.Adult: NZ$380Duration: 35 minutesLanding: Snow landing (10 minutes)Twin Glaciers Plus Aoraki Mount CookThe ultimate scenic flight journey featuring New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, and the second highest, Mt Tasman.Adult: NZ$480Duration: 45 minutesLanding: Snow landing (10 minutes)Vantage Helicopters also provides transfer flights on to Kā Roimata-a-Hinehukatere for Franz JosefGlacier Guides, another Ngāi Tahu Tourism business.The company has a modern fleet of Airbus Squirrel helicopters and a team of highlyexperienced pilots and ground crew, with extensive knowledge of the unique local mountainenvironment.More information at vantagehelicopters.co.nz/Go back to the enewsletter