I was in Paris for a mere six weeks when I started craving pancakes. Not the French crepe. A big fat American pancake with butter, maple syrup, and a heaping of fresh bananas. Thankfully, Paris with its sizeable American expat community and being the cosmopolitan city that it is, had its share of American restaurants. So my friends and I were able to get our fix.It was a funny thing being an Indian American in Paris. In America, I always considered myself Indian. The American part was just a given. Just a place my parents had chosen to immigrate. Like many other minorities, my family considered themselves part of their respective ethnic group. People not Indian were referred to as “American.” I always considered myself different from my friends. They were just “white.” When people would ask “What are you?” or “Where are you from?” I would unequivocally state “Indian” or “India.” It was a given that we were all American (or, in my case, from New Jersey). It was clear they were asking about my ethnic origins. But that all changed when I moved to Paris in my junior year of college. Now when people asked me where I was from, I found myself saying “America,” leaving the “India” part out. In the context of living in France and speaking American accented French, it was only normal that people wondered what country I was from. I couldn’t say India, because well I wasn’t really from there. I didn’t have an Indian accent and I didn’t dream about all the Bollywood movies I was missing. Instead I found myself counting down the days until the latest Brad Pitt movie arrived in Paris or wishing they had the current season of Friends on TV instead of the previous one.It was an odd thing after years of hearing my parents referring to other people as “American,” that here I was calling myself American. Should I say “Indian American”? I wondered. But no one was asking my ethnicity. They were asking where I was from. It seemed like an odd fact to suddenly throw in.“Where’s your accent from?”“America. But I’m really Indian.” No that sounded awkward at best.Surrounded by cheese, croissants, wine, and a huge dose of homesickness, I found myself turning not to Indian culture for comfort, but American. I craved football and cheerleaders, Bon Jovi, lazy days at the shore and salt water taffy. Sure sometimes I found myself jonseing for some fresh rotis and bhindi, but a onetime jaunt to an Indian restaurant erased that idea from my mind forever. I realized what I wanted was not good old Indian food (which by the way is not so great in Paris), I wanted my mom’s Indian food. The comfort lay not in Indian food, but in the fact that it was mom’s cooking. I found myself trekking to the American grocery store to stock up on American goodies like peanut butter and cranberry juice. It wasn’t just all about my stomach either. When I traveled throughout Europe locals were constantly fascinated by my American accent, with one person even exclaiming “You sound just like you’re from 90210!” The valley girl in me took it as a compliment.Politics was more of the same. I moved to Europe around the time the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal blew up, meaning that everyone and their mother wanted my opinion on the mess and why Americans were so uptight. Conversely no one asked me about the politics of the Hindu nationalist parties (although I did get a few questions about Hindu/Muslim relations).Being patriotic toward America is not something that’s typically encouraged by Indian Americans (at least not where I grew up). My parents celebrated the requisite American holidays like Thanksgiving and Independence Day, but there was certainly never a sense of patriotism. It was more of an excuse to invite their friends over and drink. But living abroad I wondered why. Are Indian Americans so eager to preserve their heritage that they’re hesitant to celebrate the culture of their new found home? Should we not be proud of our new home? Or do our parents just not feel the same way we do? Perhaps in their hearts they will always be Indian first and American second. After all they still get excited about the Indian national anthem and sing it with a fervor I reserved for belting out cheers on the football field. My mom had always looked at American teenagers and referred to them as those “Americans” with a look of disgust on her face. But in reality she had an American daughter. Who like every other American teen liked grunge music, getting tipsy, boys, smoking weed when no one was looking, and hanging out at the mall. Yep I was American through and through.A year later when I moved to Ireland, I had accepted my “Americaness” as an essential part of me. I relished singing cheesy American pop music to my coworkers and peppering my sentences with “like” and “totally.” Living in another country taught me how much I really do love being American. Fireworks, BBQs, the commercialism of Christmas, I loved it all. On the flip side, I was equally proud of my Indian heritage poking fun at the blandness of typical Irish fare and announcing my desire for some “dot head” food.My new fellow American co-worker Dave announced to any local that would listen that he was Irish and proud of it. He had always considered himself Irish, growing up in a close-knit Irish-Catholic household even though no one in his family had been to Ireland since the great potato famine. However after a few days of hearing Dave’s boisterous voice, political viewpoints, and predilection for southern 60’s rock, he was quickly corrected by Caroline Murphy, the resident Irish girl in our motley crew of foreign workers.“Dave, you’re American.”Yep, guess we all are. Related Items
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English Premier League (EPL) side Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has promised that he will join Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho for a drink after the Manchester football derby, if the latter makes the offer.Guardiola’s side will go into Saturday’s match at Old Trafford with his side leading after three wins. United also have a 100 per cent record under Mourinho.But the City coach has insisted that their rivalry that stretches back to when the pair were in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively will not boil over. (Also read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic born for Manchester derby, says Thierry Henry)”If he invites me to do that I will accept. I have said many times I have a lot of respect for him. I always try to learn from all my colleagues and opponents and I learn from him as well. Jose was my coach, when he was assistant to Bobby Robson,” Guardiola said at a press conference when asked if he would go for a drink with Mourinho.”The last meeting in Madrid with Barcelona was not easy but we met each other two or three weeks ago at a Premier League managers get-together and we spoke with each other, and with Ronald Koeman and Tony Pulis. So it was OK. The rivalry between us is more in the media,” he said, according to his club’s website.Guardiola will also encounter United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has made some less than complimentary remarks about Guardiola in a book that has been widely quoted in recent weeks but the City manager said he always rated the former Sweden captain as a player. (Also read: Manchester derby set to ignite Premier League season)advertisement”I have a lot of respect for Zlatan and what he has done in the football world and his career,” Guardiola said.”He has had a big impact everywhere he has been and he is an amazing talent, one of the best around. The best players always have an impact. The big players always bring their talent to a club immediately, they don’t need time to adapt to a new league or understand another country,” he added.Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will make debut following his move from Barcelona, though midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are unlikely to be risked and defender Vincent Kompany needs more time.”Vincent is training but we are waiting for a blood test to come back from the doctor,” Guardiola said. (Also read: Manchester City eyeing nothing less than a win in Manchester derby: David Silva)”We don’t want to take too much risk about what happened in the past. We want to make sure when he comes back he is 100 per cent fit.”Speaking about Sergio Agero, who is suspended the Catalan said: “Sergio is an important player for us but we knew seven or eight days ago he was not going to be able to play and we would need to use other players.”I am a new guy here and I have to learn how things work, but you can be sure I learn quick. I take note of what happened and store it for the future.”
Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight wickets to win the Caribbean Premier League 2018 final and retain their title.Led by Dwayne Bravo, Trinbago came out on top in all departments in the final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad on Sunday.Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Bravo’s men restricted Amazon Warriors to a modest total of 147/9 and then knocked the runs off in just 17.3 overs to win their second title in a row and third overall.It was an all-round show from the Trinbago bowlers but Khary Pierre was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 3 for 29 against a decent Guyana batting line-up. Pierre slightly edged out Colin Munro in the awards department, who also impressed with a 39-ball 68.All the Trinbago bowlers chipped in for the champions on the day as everyone picked up at least one wicket. Luka Ronchi was Guyana’s best batsman with a 35-ball 44 effort. It was Ronchi’s 52-run stand with Shimron Hetmyer (15 in 11 balls) that steadied Guyana after they lost Cameron Delport on the first ball of the match.But, after Ronchi fell with the score on 79/3 in the 11th over, it was all one-way traffic as the Knight Riders maintained the pressure and never let the game go away from their hands.After the break, Denesh Ramdin played the anchor even as Brendon McCullum pulled out the big shots. The two added 52 for the first wicket before McCullum skied Chris Green for Delport to take the catch in the seventh over the former New Zealand captain hit 39 in 24 balls.advertisementTrinbago Knight Riders have won the 2018 CPL #CPL18 #Biggestpartyinsport #GAWvTKR pic.twitter.com/p1mFp1KI6zCPL T20 (@CPL) September 17, 2018Chasing 148 to win, Denesh Ramdin played the anchors role while Brendon McCullum smashed the bowlers around. The openers added 52 for the first wicket before McCullum skied a Chris Green delivery and it was taken by Delport to give Guyana the first breakthrough. McCullum fell for a 24-ball 39 but the tone was set.Ramdin was the next to go and in rather unusual fashion as he fell for 24 by hitting the wickets when he went too far back to paceman Romario Shepherd and knocked his stumps off with the bat. But, there was no merry for the bowlers after that as Munro had settled in and taken charge of the chase.Bravo, the captain, came in at No.4 and had scored just four when he pulled his hamstring trying to steal a quick run, but there was no stopping Munro at the other end. At the end of 16 overs, he had 37 from 30, and stepped it up against Rayad Emrit with a four and three sixes in the next over, getting to his sixth half-century for the tournament in the process.He finished it off in the next over, cutting Sohail Tanvir for four behind point to end with a 39-ball 68*, with six fours and three sixes, and the celebrations began.And that final moment. The @TKRiders win the CPL Final 2018! #cpl18 #cricketplayedlouder #biggestpartyinsport #cplfinal #GAWvTKR pic.twitter.com/9tTug13ekrCPL T20 (@CPL) September 17, 2018″Thanks to almighty god and thanks to my teammates to my team, this victory is for Trinidad and Tobago. In a tournament like this, you can lose close games but we had the best team and we deserved to win,” said Bravo after the victory.”I am happy with the way our team played throughout the tournament. I think the first ball of the day by Ali Khan set the tone for us. Ronchi got them off to a great start but Pierre showed his courage to come back. Colin Munro put an icing on the cake along with Brendon McCullum.”They rely heavily on (Imran) Tahir and Green while opening the ball. I knew we have the best finishers in the tournament and to win the final with eight wickets, I am really happy.”As for Pierre, the 26-year-old left-arm spinner, it was the perfect end to a good tournament: “I am very happy with my performance. I want to be a big-match player and I backed myself tonight. I am very happy with this award and the win.”For Guyana, it was a case of so near but so far yet again, their fourth loss in the CPL final, a record that proves they have been excellent over the years, but not the best.”It’s disappointing to be on the losing side, but to play in the finals is what you look forward to,” said Rayad Emrit, the captain. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t our night as the Knight Riders were too good for us. I am proud of the boys and their efforts. We got a young squad and talented players. I thought Ronchi was awesome and he showed his class. Since his wicket, there was a regular fall of wickets.”advertisement(With inputs from ICC)
A great escape!Mason Rudolph with the elusive moves for this @CowboyFB TD.#Big12FB on FSN pic.twitter.com/KPi9AlNV8N— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 3, 2016And this crazy Devante Avarette-Ramon Richards defensive touchdown sequence :WATCH: Devante Averette with the strip, scoop and save to Richards on this wild #OKState TD!Watch #Big12FB on FSN pic.twitter.com/KF2rbCfhtt— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2016Watch the official ESPN Top 10 list tonight at 11:00 PM EDT on ESPN Watch or on College Football Final or on SportsCenter starting at 6 PM EDT.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State made the ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list for the opening week of college football. The Cowboys had many great plays in their 61-7 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. There were two, though, that stood out.Pokes with two plays on the @SportsCenter Top Ten, upsets all over the place… College football is back! #okstate— Matt Fletcher (@matt_fletch) September 4, 2016Those two plays were this circus touchdown pass to Jhajaun Seales:
Next Steve Smith out for his lowest Ashes 2019 score in ManchesterAshes 2019, England vs Australia, 4th Test: Steve Smith fell 18 runs short of becoming the first batsman to score a double hundred and a hundred in the same Ashes Test. Jack Leach got his wicket in the final session of Day 4 at Old Trafford.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 23:07 IST England vs Australia Ashes 2019 4th Test Day 4: Steve Smith in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was dismissed on 82 by Jack LeachSmith got to his 9th successive fifty plus score in AshesSmith’s quickfire 82 helped Australia’s lead swell past 350At a time when Steve Smith scoring hundreds has become a norm, there was a surprise in store for the cricket fraternity when the Australia star did not get to the 3-figure mark in the second innings of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test in Manchester.In fact, Steve Smith was dismissed for his lowest Ashes 2019 score by none other than Jack Leach, who made a costly error that allowed the World No. 1 Test batsman to nearly double his score in the first innings.Steve Smith was dismissed before he got to his hundred on Saturday. He made only 82, his lowest score in the ongoing series.Incidentally, Steve Smith’s lowest Test score of 2019 came in an innings wherein he was in complete control, toying with the England attack. Smith made 82 in just 92 balls, smashing 11 boundaries.Smith perished when trying to clear the cover boundary in Jack Leach’s over in the final session at Old Trafford on Saturday. He was caught at deep cover by Ben Stokes and there was more relief than joy on the faces of the England players and the Manchester crowd.Notably, Steve Smith’s tally of 293 in the ongoing Test is his highest ever in a Test match. Also, Smith scored his 9th successive fifty plus score in Ashes, thereby proving his modern legend status when it comes to the much-talked-about Test battle between England and Australia.In fact, missed out on an opportunity to become first-ever batsman to score a hundred and a double hundred in the same Ashes Test.advertisementOMG! England have got Steve Smith out! ????#Ashes #Ashes19 #TheAshes2019 #SmithOut pic.twitter.com/HzSBDTVQyARacing Post Sport (@RacingPostSport) September 7, 2019You know you’re not having a bad series when a score of 82 is the worst you’ve posted in six innings ??Steve Smith continues to give England a nightmare #Ashes pic.twitter.com/teOXwMKuafbwin (@bwin) September 7, 2019Jack Leach in the #Ashes so far:? The greatest ever 1*? Lifetime supply of glasses? The wicket of Steve SmithThis is what a national hero looks like.#ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/U0OrMKXXTXWilliam Hill (@WilliamHill) September 7, 2019Steve Smith has finally failed. Just the 82 runs. #AshesRahul Puri (@rahulpuri) September 7, 2019Imagine only scoring 82 runs. Humiliating. #AshesBen Pobjie (@benpobjie) September 7, 2019Australia were in a spot of bother after Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad’s first spells after before Tea on Day 4 left them reeling at 44 for 4. Australia had sealed a 196-run first innings lead but England were clawing back into the match after the initial burst that saw David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head head back to the hut in quick succession.However, it was business as usual for Steve Smith who not only steered Australia out of trouble but was scoring at nearly run-a-ball.Smith nullified the English threat and played some eye-catching strokes as he showed a lot of intent from the word go. As Australia were looking at declaration before the close of play, Smith had the freedom to be as quirky as he can be at the middle.Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad who looked lethal in their first spells were made to look ordinary in their following spells by Smith who handled the two England pacers with ease. At one point in time, the Australia batsman gave himself room and smashed them all over the park, frustrating the English attack that looked tired.Also Read | MS Dhoni should be playing more often if he is in scheme of things for T20 World Cup 2020: Anil KumbleAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Eng vs AUSFollow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Manchester
Editors’ Recommendations Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Introducing a New Look for The Manual Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Based on the crass but completely catchy title of Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life and the surfeit of profanity sprinkled throughout the pages of this book, you might expect the author, noted personal development coach Gary John Bishop, to be a gruff, salty sort of fellow. A conversation with Bishop certainly involves its share of cursing, but as I learned, this Glasgow native is a warm, friendly, and amazingly positive person. After all, the message of his book, his coaching sessions, and of his life writ large isn’t that you or anyone else is fucked, it’s that you are your very own fucking awesome you — you just need to get your head out of your ass. I’m paraphrasing, but I think Gary would give me the nod.Courtesy photoCourtesy photoI found myself nodding more than once when I read his book, and I have to say that putting Unfu*k Yourself in the self-help category is selling it short. Instead, it belongs in the self-help / motivation / comedy / inspiration / oh-man-I-do-that-BS-all-the-time / personal-and-professional-development section of the book store. But that section probably doesn’t exist, and you’re probably just going to order it online anyway, so let’s move on.First, let me say that my feelings about life coaching, self help, motivational seminars, and all the rest are neutral at best, and trend toward the critical if I’m being honest — which Gary would want me to be. But you know who else used to feel that way? Gary John Bishop. When I asked him how he first came to the personal coaching and development sector, he readily confessed it was with great reticence and skepticism.“About a dozen years ago,” Bishop tells me in a gentle brogue that rises and falls over the course of our chat, “I had a relative of mine ask me if I would do a personal development course with him, and my immediate answer to him was ‘Nah, no, I’m not doing your stupid course.’ But he persisted, and finally I did the damn course, and I was anticipating that we would go in, hold hands, talk about pain, all that. But it wasn’t like that at all, it was more like … like ‘Hey, you’re an asshole!’ to all of us. Which was shocking, but it was funny. It was amazing, really, and it was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. And soon, I found I just became more effective — more effective at everything, more effective at relationships, at finance, at everything in my life.”What was Gary’s great revelation? To put it simply, it was to just stop fucking around. To — and here I quote from his book — “stop doing all that shit you know you shouldn’t be doing and start doing the shit you know you should be doing.” Yes, that’s easier said than done, but if you start doing it as much as possible and keep on keeping on over time, your life will change, it’s as simple as that.Gary John Bishop/FacebookGary John Bishop/FacebookMaybe it’s cutting back on the booze and fatty foods, maybe it’s more time at the gym, maybe it’s being more patient and kind, maybe it’s being more self-assured and firm. Whatever it is, you probably know what you should be doing. The way Bishop makes this seemingly massive life shift approachable is to remind us that small changes lead to big changes; the effort you put in to re-shaping yourself need not be Herculean, and certainly not all at once.“I think one of the most intimidating things we do as a human beings is allow in the fear that we can’t keep doing what we’re doing once we start trying to make the changes,” Bishop explains. “So we have to realize that we don’t have to keep dong this shit for the rest of our lives, whatever it is, we just have to do it right now. You don’t have to go to the gym every day forever, don’t worry about going to the gym in six months, just go right now. You want to be a kinder, more positive person? You don’t have to become the nicest guy alive right this second, just don’t be an asshole to that guy, right? It’s those little victories where you start to break down those old patterns and old behaviors.”And here’s the “trick” you play on yourself (Bishop refers to it as a muscle you build up, but I like the trick analogy because it sounds even easier): the more you make those little changes, the more they become the new status quo. Soon, that thing that required effort is effortless, the paradigm shifts. And as Gary says often, “Your life only changes ion one paradigm, the paradigm of action.” In other words, wanting change is bullshit; effecting change is, well, effective.This is not a new concept — Gary John Bishop just happens to have found the right approach to delivering a timeless message to those of us who happen to be alive right now. Aristotle dropped the same knowledge on his people in the 4th century BCE with the words: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”If you’re in a rough place in your life, I advise you to read this book, and I’ll tell you Gary would remind you that it’s OK to be in rough places now and then. “People have to keep in mind it’s completely normal to hit the wall in life, it’s actually quite appropriate at times. Things happen, you get fucked up in life at times, that’s appropriate. Your dad died, you find your husband in bed with someone, you got fired a fourth time. You’re fucked you’re in the valley, that’s OK. As long as you work to get out of the valley, then it’s OK.”However, I also advise anyone who’s in a fine place in life, thank you very much, to go ahead and read Unfu*k Yourself. In the pages of chapters like “I Am Wired to Win,” “I Got This,” and “I Am Relentless,” one just might find the motivation needed to take a step they had long been wavering over. Maybe you want to try a new activity, write a book, travel to that special wherever? Whatever it is, just. Go. Do it. And if my saying so isn’t enough, maybe Bishop’s will be.Lastly, if you like a good laugh, go ahead and read this book. Much of the subject matter is serious, sure, but there’s some funny fu*king sh*t in here, too.
Caribbean tourism officials, including Jamaica’s Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, believe greater air access from source markets and significant hotel investments are recipes for the industry’s success in the region. He says his team has been on the road in Europe where “we had a number of major accomplishments”. Caribbean tourism officials, including Jamaica’s Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, believe greater air access from source markets and significant hotel investments are recipes for the industry’s success in the region.They note that it is against this background that countries like Jamaica have been active in the marketplace, securing arrangements for more non-stop flights out of non-traditional destinations to add to airlift already in place directly out of the proverbial ‘bread and butter’ markets of the United States, Canada and Europe.“As a way of enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector, we must be prepared to enter into discussions with several airlines and tour companies to discuss the way forward in terms of possibly introducing new locations to our respective destinations. We must also aggressively target promising markets in South America, Europe, Asia and even promote more seriously the idea of intra-regional tourism,” Mr. Bartlett notes.He says his team has been on the road in Europe where “we had a number of major accomplishments”.“We had some breakthrough arrangements where there will be additional non-stop flights between Europe and Jamaica to start this summer as well as the opening up of other markets in Europe.We will also be seeing an increase in European cruise activities and heightened investor interest in the island,” the Minister further informs.Jamaica, which is now ranked as the number-one Caribbean destination for British tourists, also welcomed a record 325,804 European tourists last year, approximately 31,000 more than 2016.“The Caribbean remains the most tourism-dependent region in the world. Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean and also the sector receiving the most foreign direct investment,” Mr. Bartlett points out.Additionally, he says stakeholders already acknowledge that the future of the Caribbean’s tourism industry may rest in the “economic convergence (across) complementary economies”.“Considering this fact, we need to look into the feasibility of multi-destination arrangements that will increase intra-regional tourist flows and promote mutual benefits for more destinations in the region,” the Minister adds.Mr. Bartlett notes that the countries in the north-western and south-eastern Caribbean are well positioned to embrace this new architecture as their geographic alignments are clear and well within 90 minutes of each other by air or sea, thus making it easy for island-hopping and experiential enrichment for visitors.Additionally, he says that in establishing multi-destinations, critical mass will be created for large investments in hotels, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing.“For our part, we continue aggressively pursuing a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. As we explore the opportunities, we must also seek regional cooperation in related areas such as aviation and airlift strategies to move seamlessly within the region, visa facilitation and access to each other’s destinations, as well as pre-clearance arrangements,” the Minister adds.For his part, Director of Research at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Ryan Skeete, told journalists at a recent press briefing on the Tourism Industry Performance Review at the CTO Headquarters in Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados, that the region’s tourism product attained another milestone in 2017, surpassing 30 million stopover visitors for the first time and generating an estimated US$37 billion in earnings.He attributed this to bullish efforts by a number of Caribbean countries in the international marketplace, which, he noted, was achieved despite the onset of devastating hurricanes in September.“The performance in 2017 was primarily supported by sustained economic growth in all of our major source markets. Our major source market, the US, grew by approximately 0.5 per cent toreach an estimated 14.9 million visits to the region. This performance was attributed to solid economic growth, low unemployment rate and high consumer confidence in the US,” Mr. Skeete informed.He further noted that arrivals from the European market totalled 5.8 million and improved by an estimated 6.2 per cent.This, he pointed out, represented the strongest growth among the main markets, despite terrorist attacks in some countries and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, among other factors.“Visits from the Canadian market rebounded in 2017, growing by 4.3 per cent compared to a decline of 3.1 per cent in 2016. The country’s strong economic performance and increased seat capacity to the region helped support this recovery,” Mr., Skeete added.Meanwhile, CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley, who also spoke at the press briefing, said reinforcing the value and attributes of the Caribbean brand, educating the public and the travel industry on the Caribbean’s geography, and generating demand for the region’s tourism product will take time, careful strategy and money.“In other words, establishing leadership of the Caribbean brand requires more than just sparsely funded, ad-hoc efforts. Tourism is a serious business. It employs, directly and indirectly, 13.7 per cent of the people in the Caribbean, and it contributes, in total, from seven to over 80 per cent to gross domestic product across the region,” he saidMr. Riley further emphasised that tourism “is the business that delivers foreign exchange every time a plane lands and a cruise ship docks”, adding that “it reduces unemployment and delivers massive amounts of tax dollars to our national treasuries”. We will also be seeing an increase in European cruise activities and heightened investor interest in the island,” the Minister further informs. Story Highlights
Casablanca- Terrorist threats against the Kingdom have caused the Royal Armed Forces to urgently mobilize at the borders with the two neighboring countries, Algeria and Mauritania. The bulk of Moroccan press recently highlighted the heavy security measures taken by Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces to counter any terrorist threats that would potentially come through the borders with Mauritania and Algeria.Strict security measures were also implemented everywhere in the Kingdom. Many Moroccans suspected of being affiliated with ISIS were arrested. Others were put under constant surveillance, and some were summoned for an identity check, according to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya and other Moroccan newspapers. Al Ahdath also highlighted the fact that the closed borders between the Kingdom and Algeria may significantly hinder effective cooperation against potential terrorist threats in the region.Anti-terrorist security cooperation between the U.S., France, Spain, and Morocco has been more beneficial. According to the same source, many terrorist groups were dismantled thanks to this cooperation.
Aviation experts are raising security and passenger safety concerns after a woman was left sleeping on a parked Air Canada aircraft with the lights turned off and crew gone.A friend recounted Tiffani Adams’s ordeal in a Facebook post, saying she fell asleep during a roughly 90 minute flight from Quebec City to Toronto and woke up a few hours after landing on an empty, dark plane.Adams eventually unbolted a door and was rescued by a baggage cart operator. Airline passengers would get paid for flight delays, cancellations, damaged bags, under new bill of rights WestJet asked passengers to film flight attendants at work — and they’re not happy about it American Airlines managers to join crews on 737 Max before passengers Ross Aimer, CEO of Aero Consulting Experts and a former airline captain, says he’s never heard of such an incident in his roughly four decades of aviation service, and that multiple errors would have to be made to overlook a passenger during disembarking.He says while a cleaning, catering or flight crew would have discovered Adams in the morning had she not been so proactive, it’s possible someone with malicious intent could hide on a plane in this manner and attempt to hijack it.The airline has confirmed the incident happened, but did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.— With files from The Associated Press
The Mississaugas of the Credit have signed a milestone agreement with Canada that sets up a process for further reconciliation and self-determination, according to the chief of the First Nation.Elected Chief Stacey Laforme said in a news release that the agreement is a continuation of a positive relationship between the government and the small band, which is located between Six Nations and Hagersville.“We view the signing of the agreement as a positive step towards Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation’s journey toward self-reliance and self-determination. It’s time that First Nations across Canada chart their own path toward the future.”The band, which recently dropped the word “New” from its name, has actively pursued agreements with Ottawa. In 2010, it signed a $145-million agreement to settle a longstanding claim that involved the unfair price the government paid for much of Toronto.This new accord, called the Preliminary Agreement to Advance Reconciliation and Establish a Renewed Relationship, is considered a government-to-government arrangement.It identifies priorities for upcoming discussions and sets out how the two parties will work together to look at joint approaches for supporting the Credit’s vision of greater self-determination.Topics for future discussion include outstanding land claims, governance matters and economic development.“By signing the preliminary agreement, we are setting the stage for a historic dialogue that will help strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship and support reconciliation with the Mississaugas of the Credit,” said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations,“This agreement demonstrates our firm commitment to moving forward in true partnership to address First Nation priorities for the benefit of community members and future generations.”The discussions between Canada and the Mississaugas of the Credit started at the beginning of 2017 and the parties signed a consultation protocol in September 2018 to set up the process Canada will follow to consult Credit and promote more effective engagement with the band.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble
In a statement released in Phnom Penh, Peter Leuprecht, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia, said that he remains convinced that “properly conducted, free and fair commune elections will contribute to the consolidation of pluralist democracy in Cambodia.”At the same time, the Special Representative voiced grave concern over recent instances of violence against election candidates and members of political parties, the statement said, adding that such violence could have a “serious and negative effect” on the public’s confidence in the elections, planned for February of 2002.Mr. Leuprecht called on the Cambodian Government to take “swift action” in response to these incidents, welcoming Prime Minister Hun Sen’s statement last week urging all Cambodians to refrain from violence and asking local authorities to ensure the security of all participants in the electoral process.”Opinion surveys” carried out by local authorities, including in some instances local police, also drew the concern of the Special Representative. In his statement Mr. Leuprecht reminded the Government that local involvement in conducting such surveys on behalf of political parties was contrary to the conduct of free and fair elections and also in violation of the electoral law.”The Special Representative emphasizes that impartiality of government institutions is a prerequisite for free and fair elections and therefore urges the Government to bring such practices to an immediate halt,” the statement said.
3. Coach Bo Ryan leads No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Badgers will play the Atlantic Sun Conference champion, No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins (30-4), in the first round. 3. After being in contention for a No. 1 seed for most of the season, No. 4 seed Texas fell after losing three of four games to unranked teams late in February. The Longhorns will take on No. 13 seed Oakland, who some have pegged to be a Cinderella team after winning the Summit League Championship. 5. Kemba Walker took No. 3 seed Connecticut to a five-games-in-five-days championship run to the Big East Tournament — a conference that sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26 points per game in the conference tournament. UConn takes on No. 14 Bucknell, which won the Patriot League title. Southwest Region 1. No. 1 seed Kansas is the deepest team in the nation, but at times loses focus defensively. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks are a legitimate title contender and are the overwhelming favorite to win the region. East Region 1. Ohio State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is the favorite, not only to win its region, but to be the last team standing come April 4. The Buckeyes should cruise until a potential matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. 2. No. 6 seed Xavier’s Tu Holloway is the best player you’ve never heard of. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was second in the A-10 in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. Holloway also has recorded two triple-doubles on the season, and scored 26 points in last season’s Elite 8 loss against Kansas State. 3. The best first-round tilt will take place between No. 8 seed George Mason and No. 9 seed Villanova. George Mason comes in winner of 16 of its last 17 games, while Villanova has lost five in a row and seven of its last nine. This game will feature two teams that look to push the tempo, evidenced by both squads’ 73-points-a-game averages. 4. No. 2 seed North Carolina is the only team in the region with enough size potentially to get OSU’s big men in foul trouble, and the talent to go shot for shot with the Buckeyes. However, the Tar Heels’ tournament inexperience is a major concern. 5. That said, OSU will win the East Region. The Buckeyes boast an impeccable combination of youth and experience, as well as perimeter shooting and inside play. That should be enough for them to reach their second Final Four in four years. West Region 1. No. 1 seed Duke likely needed its championship run in the ACC Tournament to secure a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina, 75-58, in the conference title game. The Blue Devils benefited from Notre Dame falling to Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. There’s speculation about whether star freshman guard Kyrie Irving’s toe injury will allow him to participate in the tournament. 4. No. 2 seed San Diego State was the second-to-last team in the country to remain undefeated, behind OSU. The Aztecs suffered their only two losses to BYU, but beat BYU, 72-54, in the Mountain West championship game Saturday. They take on No. 15 seed Northern Colorado, led by guard Devon Beitzel’s 21.4 points per game. 2. Purdue gets a favorable draw as a No. 3 seed. Look for its veteran leadership and scoring to carry it on a deep tournament run. 3. No. 10 seed Florida State has star player Chris Singleton returning from injury and the Seminoles’ defensive mindset allows them to match up with anyone. Notre Dame will have its hands full in round two. 4. Few expected Louisville to be a No. 4 seed come March. Don’t be surprised if Rick Pitino’s squad continues to exceed expectations. 4. Michigan State was named the Southeast region’s No. 10 seed after posting a 19-14 record and advancing the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinal round. The Spartans will play No. 7-seeded UCLA (22-10) in the first round. This is the Spartans’ 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 2. No. 8 seed Michigan will take on the team that took out OSU last year in the Sweet 16, No. 9 seed Tennessee, in the first round. The Wolverines ranked 249th in the country in scoring and will face the Volunteers, led by 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson’s 17.4 points per game. 2. 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler (23-9) is the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs will play No. 9-seeded Old Dominion (27-6) in the first round. 5. Upsets in matches between 12th- and fifth-seeded teams are always trendy, but Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Richmond poses a legitimate threat to the region. Remember the name Justin Harper. The 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range could make a name for himself. Southeast Region 1. UNC-Asheville will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday in the Southeast Region’s play-in game. The winner will assume the region’s No. 16 seed and play No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh (27-5) in its next game. 5. The Florida Gators (26-7) were named the Southeast Region’s No. 2 seed. On Nov. 16, Ohio State defeated the Gators, 93-75, in Gainesville, Fla.
THE DEATH TOLL from last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose past 1,000 today as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter.A Bangladeshi woman mourns after the body of her daughter was retrieved from the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza building. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousBrigadier General Siddiqul Alam Sikder, the army officer overseeing the operation on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, told AFP that the death toll now stands at 1,035 after dozens more remains were discovered overnight.Alam said that many of the bodies were now little more than skeletons, 17 days on from the implosion of the nine-storey Rana Plaza compound in Savar.Bangladeshi men take a break from trying to identify relatives from the queue of bodies laid out at a morgue in Savar, near Dhaka. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousThe stench from under the rubble suggested that many more bodies are still to be located, he said. Each time we moved a slab of concrete, we found a stack of bodies.Around 3,000 workers were on shift at Rana Plaza on the morning of April 24 when the building suddenly caved in.Most of the employees were earning around $40 a month job to make clothing for Western brands such as Britain’s Primark and the Spanish label Mango.Survivors who are now without work say the levels of compensation are inadequate and won’t even cover the medical costs for victims who have suffered serious injuries, including amputations.A Bangladeshi woman holds a portrait of her missing daughter at a makeshift morgue in Savar, near Dhaka. Pipc: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousEfforts to identify the victims are being hampered by the decomposition of bodies, although some were found with mobile phones in their pockets or identity cards around their necks.Recovery workers, who are drawn from the ranks of the army and fire service, are having to wear masks and use air freshener.The preliminary findings of a government probe have blamed vibrations from four giant generators on the compound’s upper floors for triggering the collapse.The building’s architect told AFP he designed the structure to house a shopping mall and offices, not factories.A woman faints after weeping for hours near the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza building. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousArrestsPolice have arrested 12 people including the plaza’s owner and four garment factory owners for forcing people to work on April 24, even though cracks appeared in the structure the previous day.Factory workers have held protests calling for those responsible for the disaster be executed, as well as demanding improved safety regulations.The building collapse was the latest in a string of deadly accidents to hit the textile industry, with a factory fire last November killing 111 workers.A Bangladeshi man walks past portraits of missing victims and graffiti written on the wall of a makeshift morgue in Savar, near Dhaka. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousOn Thursday, disaster struck again as a fire in another garment factory in Dhaka killed eight people, including its owner.The cause of the fire was not known, but authorities said it broke out during the night on the third floor of an 11-storey building housing garment factories of the Tung Hai group in Dhaka’s Darussalam district.Fire is a common problem in the 4,500 garment factories in Bangladesh, with many operations based in badly constructed buildings with sub-standard wiring.Rescuers carry a body retrieved from the rubble of the eight-story Rana Plaza building. Pic: AP Photo/Ismail FerdousBangladesh is the world’s second-largest apparel maker and the $20 billion industry accounted for up to 80 percent of annual exports last year.But it has a shocking safety record and Western retailers have been threatening to pull out unless authorities come up with a credible programme to raise standards. Disney has already done so.Western firms have criticised the factories for not ensuring worker safety, but major brands continue to place orders and critics say they turn a blind eye to the endemic problems.- © AFP, 2013Read: Eight die in new Bangladesh garment factory tragedy> We have found a huge number of bodies in the stairwell and under the staircases. When the building started to collapse, workers thought they would be safe under the staircases.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 4, 2017 – Nassau – Historians, politicians, artists and others gathered at Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, downtown Bay Street, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 for a Special Preview of the exhibit, ‘Struggle For Freedom in The Bahamas: From Slavery to Independence.’The exhibit comprises wall-to-wall sailboat-shaped displays with lots of information and graphics, along with multimedia kiosks full of content and depictions of artifacts dated back to days of slavery in The Bahamas. The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) of The Bahamas held the preview for which the Open House will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Sponsor of the exhibition is Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.After experiencing two fires: one in 2001 and the other in 2011, the museum’s present state of renovation is the result of both local and international participation. Charred walls can still be seen inside the museum so as to keep as much history as possible because the museum is the actual place where slaves were auctioned in The Bahamas.The museum is not limited to the past. It showcases exhibits as early as 1648, but also contemporary issues such as human trafficking and smuggling. One must keep in mind that history is constantly being created.Executive Chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Reece Chipman talked about the importance of preserving our history by saying, “Without knowing who you are, it is hard to know where you are going.” He made it clear that a visit to Pompey Museum is important to Bahamians because, “Who we are is right here in this museum.”By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:Executive Chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Reece Chipman addresses the Pompey Museum exhibit audience, November 2, 2017.BIS Photos/Derek Smith Related Items:
Most years, the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka means boats filling the harbor, crew members filling the bars, seiners jostling for position within sight of town, and spotter planes in close formation overhead. But this year fishermen voted to abandon the competitive fishery in favor of a co-op. That meant a much smaller footprint, with fewer boats, crewmen, tenders, and spotter pilots. The reason? Low prices for roe, for starters. And a strong US dollar that makes all American exports more expensive.Download Audio
The second annual Solstice Tour of Trees raises money for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. (Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media)Last weekend was the second annual Solstice Tree Tour in Anchorage. The event raises money for the local ski association and brings thousands of people together to tour the festive ski trails.Listen now“We are out at Kincaid park and we are here for the Solstice Tree Tour,” Tamra Kornfield, with the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, said. She’s standing in the park’s stadium in a crowd of people.“A ton of people come out here– people who have never been out to these trails,” Kornfield said. “They get to walk the first half of the Mize loop and look at beautifully decorated trees by local businesses and then at the end the get to vote on their favorite.”It’s a little after four in the afternoon and the sun has set, but the sky is still bright enough that you can see through the trees. The sky is a dark gray color.People are bundled up in big coats, some parents dragging their kids in sleds or carrying the smaller ones in backpacks for the Solstice Tree Tour. (Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media)People are bundled up in big coats, some parents dragging their kids in sleds or carrying the smaller ones in backpacks. You can spot a Santa hat every couple hundred feet.The first tree on the tour is about five feet tall and it’s covered in poinsettias.A pair of women with three young girls stop and to take in tree. One of the girls leans in to introduce herself.“My name is Sadie,” she said. Sadie has ski poles and regular boots, not ski boots. That’s because under the light dusting of snow is a thick layer of ice. Some people even strapped microspikes to their boots.Still though, the trails are teeming with people. And a lot of them have stopped at the hot chocolate and s’mores station.“So right now I’m looking at a whole bunch of kids who are all under three feet tall,” Fiona Worcester explained.Along with s’mores and hot chocolate for the kids, there was beer and mulled wine for adults. (Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media).“And their parents are helping them use fire to toast these marshmallows.” A parent corrected Worcester, saying her kid is 35-and-a-half inches talll. She knows that because she just took him to the pediatrician.“Ok, so it looks like most of them are at least three feet tall,” Worcester said, laughing.Worcester wasn’t all that eager to prep s’mores, too sticky she says, so instead she’s playing the ukulele, adding ambiance.Along with hot chocolate for the kids, there’s beer and mulled wine for adults. If this sounds like a well-curated winter block party for the entire city of Anchorage, well, it sort of is.You can tell the people who decorated the trees also had fun with it.A Grinch-themed Christmas tree. (Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media)The next tree has ornaments, there are bow ties, but then there’s what looks like the back of a skier who has fallen and face planted inside of the tree.It takes a group of women a few seconds before they, too realize what’s sticking out of the tree.“Look at the skier, Marg,” the woman said, “That is hilarious.”These trees are clever, like the one covered in musical instruments with a star of flutes on top, or another tilted sideways being carried away by a green, grimacing Grinch.Each jar represents a tree and the one with the most jingle bells wins. (Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media)Back in the stadium Volunteer Marina Ramirez stands behind a table full of glass jars handing out jingle bells.“We ask people to pick their favorite [tree] and then use a little jingle bell and put it in the jar that corresponds with that tree and then whoever has the most jingles wins,” Ramirez explained.And what do they win?“Glory and honor,” Ramirez joked.That and an advertisement in the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage newsletter.In the end, the NSAA says a few thousand people came out for the event. Despite the lack of snow and little daylight, there was no shortage of holiday cheer.
Child marriage takes place in Rajasthan on Akshaya Tritiya in 2015ReutersWith cases of child marriages on a steady rise in India, authorities are doing everything they can to put a dent in the numbers. A recent report claimed that India has the sixth highest number of reported cases of child marriages in the world.The district administration in Bundi, Rajasthan has taken it to the next level to make sure that child marriages do not take place and in case they do, those involved can be easily caught. They have deployed numerous teams of gram sevaks, school principals and Anganwadi workers, reports The Times of India. The authorities were recently instructed to keep an eye on household which might take part in pre-wedding festivities such as whitewashing the walls, henna on girls’ hands, etc. These might indicate that a wedding might take place and the authorities will investigate the matter and see if any wedding, especially child marriage, might take place. Along with this, other activities like bands in the vicinity, priests in houses, and a high number of vehicle bookings. School principals have been told be vigilant on keeping a record of students taking leave from school and if they do, to find out the reason.This mandate comes just before Akshay Tritiya, a day considered to be auspicious for Hindus new investments and especially, to buy gold. Since gold plays an important role in any Indian wedding, authorities will be expected to keep an eagle eye on this too. Seven-year-old groom Mohammad Waseem (R) and his four-year-old bride Nisha (L) are escorted by security officials at a police station in Karachi October 31, 2008. Pakistani police raided a child marriage ceremony in the city of Karachi and arrested a cleric who was presiding over the wedding of a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.ReutersPrinting presses have also been directed to have the birth certificates of the brides and grooms submitted to them before the wedding invitations are being printed. In the invitations, the date of birth along with the years should be present alongside the names. The wedding invitation should also carry a warning explaining that child marriage is a punishable offence which could entail jail time.A TOI report states that the statuary warning should read, “child marriage is a punishable crime and for marriage, the girl and the boy should respectively be over 18 and 21 years of age.” Same instructions have been given to those who rent out tents and lights. They are expected to report to the concerned authorities if there is any violation.The Prohibition of Child Marriages Act which replaced the Child Marriage Restraint Act in 2006 has set the age limit as 18 years for girls and 21 for boys to get married. However, many, primarily in rural India do not follow this rule and marry their children, especially girl children, at a very early age.
An American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four US military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said.The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters.The multinational force “came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45pm Mogadishu time (1145 GMT), killing one US service member and injuring four US service members and one partner force member,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.A military official told AFP the dead American was a special operations commando, but further details were not being released pending notification of next of kin.US President Donald Trump offered his condolences via Twitter.“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somalia. They are truly all HEROES,” Trump tweeted, misspelling the name of the country in which the attack took place.The mission’s objectives were to “clear Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from Shabaab control and establish a permanent combat outpost designed to increase the span of federal government of Somalia security and governance,” Africa Command said.“The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.”More than 500 American forces are partnering with African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali national security forces in counterterrorism operations, and have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Al-Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia.Last year, a Navy SEAL was killed in a nighttime attack in Somalia, marking the first US military combat death there since the infamous “Black Hawk Down” events of 1993, when 18 American servicemen died in the Battle of Mogadishu.Since 2007, Al-Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia.
Feature | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Radiology and Cardiology is Focus of June Conference The integration of artificial int… read more read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019 Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology How smart algorithms might reduce the burden of modern practice Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay August 14, 2009 – Philips is currently introducing its Xcelera R3.1 cardiology informatics system, which has new telecardiology capabilities to support clinical workflow and help provide faster sharing capabilities for cardiac patient information. Telecardiology allows remote access to cardiac information-including from a home office computer, image sharing with referring physicians and the ability to access Xcelera functionality through other applications such as an electronic health records (EHR) system. Xcelera R3.1’s enhanced remote workflow capabilities fit into modern clinical environments by supporting flexible work schedules, coverage for satellite clinics and physicians on-the-go. Harborview Medical Center, part of University of Washington Medicine, was the first hospital to implement Xcelera R3.1. “Our clinicians are benefiting from more than increased access to studies with Xcelera R3.1. The system offers access to advanced analysis tools,” said Edward A. Gill, M.D., director of echocardiography, Harborview Medical Center. “Having study quantification results automatically placed into patient reports and the clinical database simultaneously, enhances workflow and speeds diagnosis. This improves the quality of healthcare to our patients, our most important goal at Harborview Medical Center” “Additionally, the dedicated Philips services team conducted a smooth transition to Xcelera R3.1,” continued Dr. Gill. “Philips did an excellent job meeting our specific needs for the upgrade and fulfilled, and in many areas, exceeded our expectations in its deployment.” Philips said Xcelera R3.1 can seamlessly deliver cardiac images and clinical reports to an institution’s EHR system. The new release also offers an expanded pediatric echocardiography normative dataset. Xcelera R3.1 is now available globally and upgrades are available for more than 2,000 existing Xcelera customers. In the report titled “HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market,” (fourth edition, CPACS Chapter), Philips was cited as having the largest number of hospital-based cardiology image management systems in use in the United States. HIMSS Analytics is a market research database service of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… 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 Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019 WEBINAR: Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital The webinar “Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital” will take place at 2 read more Related Content Technology | August 14, 2009 Telecardiology Among New Enhancements to Philips Xcelera Cardiology Image Management System News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more
Technology | November 27, 2011 Intelerad Launches Mobile Web Interface for Apple Devices News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Related Content 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more November 27, 2011 – Intelerad Medical Systems announced a new mobile-friendly interface for the InteleConnect web portal, a brandable, browser-based solution for communicating radiology results to referring physicians. The new interface features an optimized display layout for smartphone and tablet devices, providing access to the portal’s full functionality.Also new is a mobile application that notifies physicians immediately when new messages, critical alerts or result notifications are available via the portal. An InteleConnect icon on the physician’s mobile device displays the total number of new notifications and critical alerts, even if they originate from different providers. This application is available for the iPad and iPhone.In addition, the company’s InteleViewer offers enhanced secure instant messaging, facilitating physician-to-radiologist collaboration. Through InteleConnect, physicians can identify and contact available radiologists online, enabling ad-hoc consultation and clarification of results.With its brandable login screen and portal web pages, InteleConnect enables radiology providers to add custom HTML and logos, increasing visibility for their services.Inteleconnect and the new mobile interface will be demonstrated at RSNA 2011.For more information: www.intelerad.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more 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