Gaza still awaiting reconstruction over a year after Israeli offensive UN report

The report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), produced in partnership with the Gaza-based Engineering and Management Consulting Center, estimates that another $527 million will need to be spent to reconstruct all the buildings damaged during Operation Cast Lead, which took place in December 2008 and January 2009.About $173 million has already been provided through compensation and grants to carry out mostly small-scale repairs, according to the report, One Year After, which was issued today. Those repairs have often been conducted using recycled rubble and other materials brought in from Egypt via cross-border tunnels because of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, instituted for what it called security reasons after Hamas took power there in 2007.Israel launched the 23-day Operation Cast Lead at the end of 2008 with the stated aim of trying to halt repeated rocket attacks against it from Gaza. More than 1,400 people were killed and at least 5,000 others were injured.The report – which focuses on both early recovery and reconstruction needs – says educational facilities such as schools are among the categories of buildings hardest hit since the offensive. More than 82 per cent of such facilities remain unrepaired or unreconstructed today. Private homes are also affected, with almost none of the 3,425 homes that were destroyed in the conflict having been reconstructed. An estimated 75 per cent of agricultural land and premises and 60 per cent of private businesses are also still damaged.But the report notes that Gaza has been assisted by $151 million given by donors in the form of job-generation schemes, food aid and other projects.Gaza also experienced “a degree of economic recovery” last year, with a fall in unemployment rates, a rise in the number of operating industrial facilities as well as continued informal trade through the tunnels.“However, the sustainability of this limited recovery is questionable,” the report states, citing the declining purchasing power of the estimated 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza and their dependence on outside aid.In a separate development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the vandalizing by intruders of a summer games facility in Gaza operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).A group of about 30 armed and masked men set fire to the facility, which was under construction near the beach in Gaza City. It was designed to be one of about 35 facilities for a summer games progamme being run by the agency.“UNRWA’s extensive summer games programmes offer a rare opportunity for relief from the deprivations and difficulties of everyday life in Gaza,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“This action is an attempt to intimidate and harm the most defenceless in Gaza. The Secretary-General calls upon the de facto authorities to ensure the safety of the UN’s operations and to allow UNRWA to carry out its work unhindered.” 23 May 2010Sixteen months after an Israeli military offensive inflicted widespread damage in the Gaza Strip, about three quarters of the damaged buildings and infrastructure have still not been repaired, a new United Nations report says. read more

GO Transit confirms West Harbour station opening

GO Transit confirms it will begin regular train & bus service from its new West Harbour GO station on James St. North in Hamilton on July 9th.Considering the late installation of tracks, pouring of concrete and other infrastructure that appeared to be behind schedule, some opposition MPPs, along with Hamilton city councillors, were skeptical that the commuter train station would be ready to move passengers during the Pan Am games in mid-July.GO says the station will see two weekday trains each morning (7:24 a.m. and 7:57 a.m) and afternoon (4:47 p.m. and 5:23 p.m.), along with special trains for the Pan Am Games starting July 11.Only the north track and a portion of the public landscaped plaza will be complete, along with washrooms, a ticket booth, and Presto machines in the station building.Additional construction will continue following the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games until 2016 to complete the south track, a pedestrian bridge from Bay Street, as well as a parking lot and bus loop. read more

Thinner iPads sharper iMacs in Apple lineup new Mac system released Apple

by By Anick Jesdanun And Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 11:08 pm MDT CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.The new iPad Air 2, at a quarter of an inch “thin,” also adds many of the features previously available on iPhones. That includes the ability to take burst shots and slow-motion video, and unlock the device with a fingerprint ID sensor instead of a passcode.Meanwhile, Apple made its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, available as a free download starting Thursday. The new 27-inch iMac — which Apple is dubbing the “Retina 5K” model — went on sale Thursday as well.The company also said Apple Pay, its new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores, will launch on Monday.Much of the emphasis at Thursday’s product-launch event centred on how Apple’s devices work well together because the company makes both its hardware and software.“They’re designed to be incredible products individually but they’re also designed to work together seamlessly,” CEO Tim Cook said. “This is our vision of personal technology, and we are just getting started.”___NEW IPADS:It’s been a year since Apple came out with a lighter, thinner full-size model called the iPad Air. Apple refreshed that with a device that is skinnier by 18 per cent at 6.1 millimeters. The rear camera is boosted to 8 megapixels, matching what’s found in iPhones. Previous iPads had a 5 megapixel camera.The iPad Air 2 will start at $499. Apple also updated its iPad Mini device, with a starting price of $399. The new devices will begin shipping next week, with advance orders starting Friday.Thursday’s event comes as sales of Apple’s iPads have dropped. Through the first half of this year, Apple had shipped 29.6 million iPads, a 13 per cent drop from the same time last year. Apple plans to issue results for the latest quarter on Monday. Apple has been facing competition from cheaper tablets running Google’s Android operating system. Google announced Wednesday that an 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet is coming next month at a starting price of $399, $100 less than the 9.7-inch iPad Air. It will run a new version of Android, dubbed Lollipop.Besides competition, there’s been an overall slowdown in tablet demand. This week, research firm Gartner projected worldwide shipments of 229 million tablets this year. Although that’s up 11 per cent compared with 2013, it’s far less than the 55 per cent growth seen last year and the more than doubling in sales in 2012.Cook sought to address those concerns by pointing out that the 225 million iPads sold cumulatively since 2010 is more than any other product Apple has sold in the first four years after launch. He also said Apple sold more iPads in the past year than many manufacturers have for personal computers.The step-up models of the new iPads will have double the storage of previous models. (Just like Apple’s new iPhones). So the $599 iPad Air 2 will come with 64 gigabytes instead of 32 gigabytes, for instance. The $499 base model remains at 16 gigabytes.Addressing competition from Android, Apple is also cutting the price of its 2012 iPad Mini model to $249. It had been selling for $299.___MAC UPDATESThe company unveiled new iMacs with a sharper display, following what Apple has already done on its mobile devices and MacBook laptops. The company says the new iMacs have seven times the pixels found on standard high-definition television sets. The new 27-inch iMacs have a starting price of $2,499. Apple will continue selling standard-screen models starting at $1,799 for 27 inches and $1,099 for 21.5 inches.Apple also released its new Yosemite operating system for Macs as a free download. The Mac update includes esthetic changes as well as new functionality, such as the ability to make phone calls with an iPhone nearby and a one-stop search tool for both locally stored documents and online resources.Apple has been releasing Mac updates more frequently, in part to time them with annual changes to the iOS system for iPhones and iPads. Many of the new Mac features will complement what’s found in iOS 8, including the ability to start tasks such as email on one device and finish on another.During a demo, Apple executive Craig Federighi made a phone call to Stephen Colbert from his Mac and connected with the comedian. The call was actually being made through a nearby iPhone. Federighi also used Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch as a remote control to control a Mac presentation being projected onto a big-screen set via Apple TV.___APPLE PAYApple had already announced its new payments system, Apple Pay, but the iPhone feature wasn’t made available right away. In announcing a Monday launch date, Cook said deals have been made with hundreds of additional banks since the service was announced last month. Cook also said additional merchants plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of the year.With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments at brick-and-mortar stores by holding their phone near a card reader. The new iPhones have a wireless chip to transmit the information needed to complete the transaction. Owners of older models won’t be able to use Apple Pay, even with the software update.Consumers aren’t likely to abandon plastic credit cards until a majority of retailers, especially smaller merchants, accept contactless payments such as Apple Pay. But Apple Pay may spur transactions over mobile Web browsers and apps this holiday season, since it lets consumers avoid typing in credit card information each time.The new iPad Air 2 will be able to make browser transactions, but not payments at retail stores.___APPLE WATCHApple says it will release tools next month so that developers can begin making apps for the upcoming Apple Watch wearable device.Rival smartwatches running Android have suffered from not having many useful apps from the start. Apple is hoping to have a strong app store in place when Apple Watch debuts next year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple lineup, new Mac system released, Apple Pay date revealed read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more

Police chief fired over Hillsborough statement was unlawfully forced out court finds

first_imgA Hillsborough police chief who was fired last year after being accused of blaming the disaster on fans was “unlawfully” removed from his job, a court has found. The High Court ruled that David Crompton, the former chief constable in South Yorkshire, should not have been forced to resign by Dr Alan Billings, the region’s police and crime commissioner. Mr Crompton was removed because of a press release issued last April which alluded to “other contributory factors” outside of police conduct, which the jury found caused or contributed to the disaster.Last year the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor, told the Today programme that Mr Crompton had been fired “because people have misunderstood what was said” in the press release. He said the phrase alluded to failures among the ambulance crews and local authority, and did not refer to the Liverpool fans, who had previously been wrongly blamed for the disaster by the police. But Dr Billings told the programme that the release was “self-justifying” and added that it showed the police had not “learned lessons”. In April last year a jury found that the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster were unlawfully killed, police and ambulance failings contributed to their deaths, and that fans were not to blame for the tragedy.  “The public and a police force are entitled to expect their Police and Crime Commissioner to act fairly and rationally.”The history related by the court demonstrates a complete absence of both. Similarly, the court found the Police and Crime Panel’s reasoning in support of Dr Billings to be ‘thin and unconvincing’.”He added that a “huge amount of public money” had been spent on the case which would have been “better spent on operational policing”. The crowd sing "You'll never walk alone" during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster As chief constable in 2012, he made a public apology on behalf of the force following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Garnham ruled in Mr Crompton’s favour, ruling that the “final decision to require the chief constable’s resignation was wholly disproportionate”.At the hearing in March Hugh Davies QC, representing Mr Crompton, argued that the decision was not “fair or reasonable”.Mr Davies said the PCC’s assessment was that this press release constituted a “serious misjudgment” which had “damaged trust and confidence” in South Yorkshire Police.He said: “The claimant submits that the defendant had no fair or reasonable basis for taking the draconian step of forcing him out of office, and that the decision was unlawful.”Jonathan Swift QC said that, although the decision was controversial, the PCC was within its rights to act the way it did.  The PCC was entitled to conclude that public trust and confidence in the chief constable had been damaged by his actions, he submitted.Dr Billings said in a statement following the ruling that he was “disappointed” by the outcome and would seek permission to appeal. Mr Crompton, described the judgment as “damning” and said in a statement: “The court’s judgment concludes Dr Billings acted unlawfully from start to finish, branding his course of decision-making ‘irrational’, ‘perverse’, ‘unreasonable’, ‘misconceived’ and ‘wholly disproportionate’.center_img 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. Mr Crompton had no part in the original disaster and was due to retire in November after 30 years of service.  The crowd sing “You’ll never walk alone” during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster following the results of last year’s inquestCredit:PHIL NOBLE/Reuterslast_img read more

Microsoft paid Nokia 1Bn for Windows Phone 7 deal

first_imgWhen Nokia and Microsoft recently came to an agreement to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia’s phones, there were a lot of factors that greased the wheels of the deal.On the one hand, Nokia is still selling more smartphones than any other company in the world, and by pushing Windows Phone 7 onto them, Microsoft might be able to retake ground quickly from the likes of iOS and Android. The deal also made sense considering Nokia CEO Stephen Elop’s past as a Microsoft senior executive.But let’s not ignore another obvious factor: Microsoft has deep pockets. And while it’s true that Microsoft’s financial support to bring Nokia on board the Windows Phone 7 train wasn’t exactly a mystery, with the two companies openly discussing “significant investments” made by Microsoft in Nokia’s engineering and marketing department, the amount Nokia is being paid by Microsoft now looks to be absolutely bonkers: it’s now said to be over one billion dollars according to Businessweek’s sources, to be paid out over the course of a five year deal.Apparently, the deal will involve Nokia, like other WP7 licenesses, paying Microsoft a royalty fee for every smartphone shipped with the operating system. That fee will be offset, however, by the fact that Nokia’s budget for software R&D and marketing will be shrinking. In fact, analysts say that Nokia might end up spending as much as a third less on actually making and marketing phones this year over last year because of the deal. Even better, Microsoft will start paying Nokia even before the first WP7 ships, albeit in exchange for access for access to Nokia’s patent portfolio. That’s a good deal for Microsoft, which is fighting multiple smartphone tech related lawsuits in patent courts around the world right now.All in all, this seems like a very cosy deal for Nokia, but I can’t help but feel it underlines Microsoft’s desperation to get WP7 going. Nokia is a dying leviathan, but Microsoft seems to have signed a deal with them more befitting an unstoppable, young juggernaut.Read more at Businessweeklast_img read more

Everton transfer Marco Silva may Resign over transfer deal

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says he will resign his position if the club sells Idrissa Gana Gueye.According to reports in France, the Toffees rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s initial offer of £21.5million on Monday but the player seems determined to move to the club.Marco Silva says the player missed Tuesday night encounter with Huddersfield due to injury noting thqat he intends to keep the player.“We tried to be honest with all of you and with our fans. After the match I tried to find out if something new has happened because I expected your question and there’s nothing new,” he told Express.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He has a minor problem with his groin. No new offers and hopefully he can continue with us.“I don’t know about a new offer or not. Nobody has told me. We were in the hotel last night preparing for the game, fully focused on the match.“I know the market is open until January 31, it’s always tough for us, but about the new offer, £30million, nothing came true.“I asked 10 minutes ago if there was something new, but there is not.”last_img read more

State art collection acquires spirit mask from emerging Yupik carver

first_imgBen Charles’ spirit mask is one of 18 art pieces acquired by the Alaska Art Bank in 2017. (Photo by Ben Charles)Walk into a courtroom, a legislative office, the Governor’s Mansion, or any public space in Alaska and you’ll find art: masks, paintings, textiles, sculptures. Each piece was created by Alaska artists, curated by the state, and is held in the Alaska Art Bank. The collection recently acquired a Yup’ik mask from Bethel artist Ben Charles. Charles is 34 years old and only began carving in February. KYUK visited Charles at his home studio in Bethel.Listen nowTranscript:CHARLES: The piece is representative of the cloudy sky spirit. It represents the spirit that takes a person’s spirit away and brings it to the next universe or plane. My uncle passed away from cancer, and I was thinking of him when I made it. And when I was carving it, I was thinking he made it to the next life.It’s made of spruce root. I found it when I was our getting firewood this past winter. As I was driving back, there was a big piece of spruce root on the side of the river; I just chopped it up and brought it home.So the piece is cut in half, and the opposite sides of the face are on either side, and it’s carved in a curve, and it’s blue and white. One side is white and one side is blue with the circles of the universe, and the earth, and the solar system, and the four dots for the four winds above the eye. And also dots and circles along the face where the cut was.No one taught me. I studied my grandpa and my dad’s pieces; kinda looked at how they might have carved it in reverse.I started my online art business for Alaska Native Arts Online over a year ago, and I needed more inventory, and my wife got me this book about my grandpa: Nick, or Nicholas, Charles. His Yup’ik name was Ayaginar. He was a pretty famous carver back in the early to mid 1990s.The arctic entry in Ben Charles’ home serves as his carving studio. Here, he’s holding the beginning of a wolf mask. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)One of the quotes in there is,”You wake up every day, and it’s a new day. And with a new day comes new opportunity.” I believe is the rough quote. And just from reading his background, it made me want to carry on the tradition and the family name, because there’s not many carvers left in the Charles family.I think he passed away when I was six or seven, but I used to watch him carve when I was a kid. He had this little room, and he’d be hunched over with an old desk lap with his old, traditional carving tools and his cotton button sweater and plaid shirt and his dress-up pants, and he’d be sitting there carving, quietly. A lot of masks. I think I remember him making a bent wood bowl and some dance fans.I didn’t really start paying attention to the Yup’ik culture until several years ago. I listened, but I didn’t listen well enough until just recently. And with the Yup’ik culture, it’s passing knowledge verbally from generation to generation. And for carving, I feel that my dad and my grandpa are there, helping me carve.last_img read more

Democratic presidential candidates take to Twitter to weigh in on Alaska politics

first_imgThe marine transit system in Alaska is vital to rural communities—but faces draconian cuts in funding. IBU is on strike to ensure this lifeline for Alaskans will continue to serve communities from Ketchikan to Kodiak. The governor must restore full funding immediately. @ILWU— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 26, 2019 The leading Democratic contenders for the White House are weighing in on Alaska politics and the ferry strike — at least, on social media. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted her thoughts on the state’s ongoing political feud on Tuesday. Warren linked to an Alaska Public Media story about Anchorage declaring a civil emergency, and called Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts “extreme.” The IBU just voted to strike for the first time in 42 years. They are striking for better working conditions and fully-funded ferry service for the community. I stand with the IBU in this and urge @GovDunleavy to bargain in good faith with these workers. https://t.co/IWgcMMJdKK— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 29, 2019 And late last week, former Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted his support for the ferry workers on strike, calling the funding cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System “draconian.” I stand in solidarity with the people of Anchorage, Alaska who are fighting to make their voices heard against extreme budget cuts that could hurt the people of their state. https://t.co/wH7rxCWzg2— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 30, 2019 The top-polling Democratic candidate for President then called on Governor Dunleavy to “restore full funding immediately.” On Monday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders chimed in on the ferry labor dispute, tweeting “I stand with the IBU” and urging Dunleavy to “bargain in good faith” with the striking ferry workers. Current Republican President and frequent tweeter Donald Trump has not yet weighed in on Governor Dunleavy’s recent policy choices. But in the past, Dunleavy has received Trump’s enthusiastic support — both in person, and on social media.last_img read more

A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catholicism Share This! Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — It started with a call on Facebook to demonstrate against the country’s increasingly hostile immigration policies.Earlier this summer, Serena Adlerstein, a 25-year-old Jewish volunteer for a nonprofit that promotes immigrant rights, asked her Facebook friends: “What if young Jews occupied ICE detention centers and shut them down?”That question led a couple of hundred Jews and allies to protest on June 30 outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, leading to 36 arrests for blocking the entrance.Less than 48 hours later came two more demonstrations – one in Boston and another in Providence, Rhode Island. The following day, it was Los Angeles, then Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago.To date, there have been 37 demonstrations, all under the banner of Never Again Action. All have been led by Jewish activists wanting to shut down ICE’s detention of immigrants, which has separated families and crowded them in squalid conditions. On Wednesday, the Trump administration unveiled a regulation that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border illegally.For a small, decentralized group of Jewish activists, the spate, size and scale of the protests is breathtaking. “They are very well trained,” said Rabbi Salem Pearce, who spoke at the first Never Again Action in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “They know what to do. And they’ve tapped into a moment where the Jewish community was really paying attention.”Last week, Never Again Action attracted even more publicity after a truck driven by an ICE corrections officer attempted to drive into a crowd demonstrating outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island. The corrections officer, identified as Capt. Thomas Woodworth, quit on Friday (Aug. 16).Protesters jump out of the way as a truck begins to move through their line at the Wyatt Detention Facility late Aug. 14, 2019, in Central Falls, R.I. Video screengrab via Steve AhlquistState and local police departments, plus the state’s attorney general are investigating. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Never Again Action organized a news conference at which Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza called for shutting down the Wyatt ICE facility and banning all private, for-profit prisons in Rhode Island. “The bottom line is that the actions of the facility staff do not align with their own claimed mission,” he said, identifying that mission as to “protect the public from people who pose a threat to society.”The success of Never Again Actions has surprised even the founders of the group — an ad hoc collection of social justice organizers, mostly in their 20s and 30s, many of whom were trained by Jewish or immigration advocacy groups.They built the movement by recognizing the need to partner with immigration advocacy organizations such as Movimiento Cosecha, a group that fights for permanent protection of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, and AMOR, a Rhode Island group that works with immigrants on legal, health and social issues. Most of the money the movement has raised has gone to those groups.The movement has also tapped into a mantra generations of Jews have grown up hearing from their parents, grandparents and community leaders in reference to the Holocaust: Never again.A participant blows a shofar during a Never Again Action demonstration. Photo courtesy of Never Again ActionThat phrase received instant cultural cachet when Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in late June — days before the first action — characterized migrant detention camps as “concentration camps.”“This is an opportunity for us to talk about how we learn from our history in order to prevent it from ever happening in any form,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper.For many Jews, that link between immigrant detention centers and concentration camps appeared to spark the wave of activism.“As Jews, we know what concentration camps can lead to,” said Lex Rofeberg, a 28-year-old rabbi in training who lives in Providence and has participated in two of the actions. “We understand that if we don’t take actions catastrophic things can happen.”The movement has also benefited from a series of smart organizing principles that allowed it to spread quickly: a website and an online toolkit for would-be activists wanting to target an ICE facility near them.The toolkit links to a list of ICE detention centers across the country and provides a list of talking points, songs and chants, as well as a set of detailed legal considerations for actions intended to lead to nonviolent arrests. The tone of actions, the toolkit says, should be modeled after a beloved Harry Potter character, calling it a “Defiant, angry, urgent, Jewish, Molly Weasely moment.”It also lays down a set of ground rules: no violence, verbal or physical; no weapons; no flags of any kind.A Never Again Action demonstration. Photo courtesy of Never Again ActionNever Again also provides all local organizers with access to a communications coach, a digital coach and an action coach to help prepare for an action. It keeps in touch with activists through its email list, which has grown to 26,000 subscribers since the website went up last month.The group’s initial GoFundMe crowdfunding appeal raised $180,000 to help cover the legal fees for those arrested in the Elizabeth, New Jersey, action and to donate to Movimiento Cosecha. In the wake of last week’s Rhode Island ICE melee, organizers quickly sent out two fundraising emails.“My talit still smells like pepper spray,” began one email, referring to the spray the prison used on some Jewish protesters wearing the traditional prayer shawl.Not yet two months in, the group has yet to formally organize as a nonprofit and has no employees or governing structure.It also has no specific policy recommendations, aside from a desire to shut down ICE and provide immigrants a legal path to citizenship. “We see our role to take the energy that has been activated by this outrage around the camps and contextualize it within the larger immigration crisis,” said Alyssa Rubin, 25, one of the Never Again Action organizers.“It’s not our responsibility to put forward a solution,” she added. “We see our role as being able to activate the public to help them understand the scale of the problem and support the work that immigrant-led groups have been doing for a long time.” For now, organizers describe their activist group as “scrappy” but say they’re now building a stronger infrastructure. So far they have resisted enlisting with more established Jewish groups to build partnerships.As its website proclaims and as multiple participants say, the movement’s purpose is simple — it’s to “sound the alarm.” Share This! News Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This!center_img By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Woman chosen to lead Religions for Peace as others urge greater female visibility By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Tags#AbolishICE Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Donald W. 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The New Face of HPV Cases of Throat Cancer in Men Soon

first_imgWikipediaMD Anderson Cancer Center – Main BuildingThe national increase in cases of oropharyngeal cancer related to the human papilloma virus is troubling, because there is no screening test to catch it early, like the Pap test for cervical cancer.The oropharynx is the area of the throat behind the mouth, and includes the tonsils and the base of the tongue. Oropharyngeal cancer is increasing in both men and women, but for reasons that aren’t well understood, male patients are outnumbering female patients by five to one, according to Dr. Erich Sturgis, a head and neck surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “It’s usually a man, and he notices it when he’s shaving. He notices a lump there,” Sturgis said. “That lump is actually the spread of the cancer from the tonsil or the base of the tongue to a lymph node. That means it’s already stage three at least.”In the U.S., the number of oropharyngeal cancers caused by HPV are predicted to exceed the number of cervical cancers by 2020, Stugis said. “With cervical cancer, we’ve seen declining numbers well before we had vaccination, and that’s due to the Pap smear being introduced back in the late 50s,” he said. “But we don’t have a screening mechanism for pharynx cancer.”Research on an effective screening test for early-stage pharynx cancer is still underway.The reasons for the disproportionate effect on men are unknown. One theory is that people are engaging in more oral sex, but that doesn’t explain why men are more affected than women. Some suspect hormonal differences between men and women may be involved, and others hypothesize that it takes longer for women to “clear” the viral infection from their genitals, compared to men, according to Sturgis.  One of Sturgis’s patients, Bert Noojin, is an attorney in Alabama. He felt a little knot in his neck in early 2011.Carrie FeibelIt took three trips to his primary care doctor, then a visit with an otolaryngologist before he was referred for a biopsy. Noojin was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, but he still felt fine.“It was still hard for me to believe I was sick in any way,” he recalled. “I didn’t even have a serious sore throat.”After being diagnosed, Noojin came to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a second opinion and to pursue treatment. It was less than three months from when he first felt the knot, but an oncologist warned him the cancer was spreading fast.“He said ‘Well, you need to start treatment right away’  and I said, ‘Well, do I have a week or 10 days to go home and get some things in order?’ and he said ‘No.’” “He said ‘If you leave here, and you’re not part of our treatment plan when you leave here, I don’t think we’ll be able to help you.’ That is how far this disease had progressed, in such a very short time.” The prognosis for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer is good, especially compared to patients whose throat cancer is caused by heavy use of tobacco or alcohol, according to Sturgis.  Between 75 and 80 percent of patients with the HPV-related type survive more than five years.But the treatment is difficult, and can include “long-term swallowing problems, long-term problems with carotid artery narrowing, and long-term troubles with the teeth and jaw bone, and things that can cause a need for major surgeries later.”In the summer of 2011, Noojin began chemotherapy and radiation at MD Anderson. He struggled with pain, nausea, and swallowing, and had to get a temporary feeding tube.“Your throat just shuts down,” he said. “You’re burned on the inside. Just swallowing your own saliva, as an instinct, hurts.”Noojin lost 45 pounds during treatment but feels lucky to have survived. He went back to his law practice in Alabama.Noojin learned that cancers related to HPV, which is sexually transmitted, are cloaked in shame and guilt.He experienced this first-hand when his marriage fell apart during his recovery. His wife was traumatized by the difficult months of treatment, he said. In addition, she irrationally blamed herself for giving him the virus, even though he was probably exposed many years earlier. He tried to comfort her and dispel her guilt, but they eventually divorced.“I was married over two decades, but I was married previously, and she was married previously,” he said. “It just makes no sense for any of this to have a stigma.”An estimated 80 percent of America women and 90 percent of men contract HPV at some point in their lives, usually when they’re young and first become sexually active. But the cancers caused by HPV can take years to develop.“It’s a virus. It’s not anybody’s fault,” Noojin said.He echoed the public health experts in calling for an end to the silence and shame, and a shift to a focus on prevention.“All of what I went through, and all of what hundreds of thousands of men, and women, because of cervical cancer – what they have gone through is avoidable for the next many generations … if we just got serious about making sure our kids get vaccinated.”The series of three shots can be given as early as age nine, but must be completed before the age of 26 to be effective. Currently, the completion rate for young women in the U.S. is less than 50 percent. Among young men, it’s less than 30 percent. That’s why experts warn these particular cancers will still be a problem decades from now. 00:00 /04:00 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Liam Emma Lead Top Baby Names In US For 2017

first_imgFlickrEmma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017.For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl’s name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. Liam pushed last year’s champ, Noah, to second to claim the top spot.The Social Security Administration releases the 1,000 most popular baby names each year. They trumpeted the name reveals Friday with a Facebook Live announcement. The agency uses the announcement to draw traffic to its website, where workers can begin tracking their benefits long before retirement.When it came to girls’ names, Emma was followed by Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia.For the boys, Liam and Noah were followed by William, James and Logan.Other trends last year included a rise in the use of Melania for a girl, likely influenced by first lady Melania Trump.One girl’s name that continued a downward slide is Alexa, which ranked 32nd in 2015 but placed 65th in 2017. That could be due to parents not wanting their daughter to share the same name with the voice assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers.Pamela Redmond Satran, who blogs about baby-naming and is also co-founder of the baby name site Nameberry.com, said the rise of Liam reflects the large population of Irish people in the U.S. who may not speak Irish, but have ethnic pride.“I think you see ethnic influences coming into play in a more indirect way. You see more parents looking back and looking for places in their lives that hold meaning that can be translated into names,” said Satran, who also co-wrote the books “The Baby Name Bible” and “Cool Names for Babies.”Ethnic pride could also be a factor for parents of Hispanic descent. A lot of new parents “are using Hispanic names rather than trying to pick more Anglo-fied names,” Satran said.She also says Hispanic culture has become more ingrained in the food, music and television that Americans consume. So, names such as Sofia and Ariana become more well-known.“As cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries become more familiar to mainstream America, I think the names start being used beyond the Hispanic population.” Sharelast_img read more

Scientists uncover universal features of first passage under restart

first_img Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of two nuke reactors This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sample applications of first passage under restart: (Top) During a search and rescue mission, a team of searchers might need to temporarily stop searching, return to base, and start again. (Middle) A computer algorithm performing a random search may start down the wrong path, but programmed restart could give it a second chance. (Bottom) A molecule prepared in an excited state may decay to a low-energy state without forming a desired product, but the molecule could be excited again by a laser pulse. This time, a different chemical reaction could occur in which the desired product is formed. Credit: Pal et al. ©2017 American Physical Society While first passage under restart has been used to describe a wide variety of processes, part of the problem with this variety is that currently there is no general, unifying approach that could be applied regardless of the particular details of the process or restart mechanism.By developing a general framework for first passage processes under restart, Pal and Reuveni have addressed this problem. Using this framework, they then identified an optimal strategy, called sharp restart, that outperforms all possible restart strategies in terms of attaining the shortest average first passage time. As the researchers explain, sharp restart is very simple in essence: simply stop the process and start it anew after some fixed amount of time, with the exact amount of time depending on the problem. The results have a wide variety of potential applications.”In foraging theory, one studies the movement of animals searching for food, mates and shelter in the wild, and it’s quite fascinating to see how animals try to optimize their foraging activities,” Pal said. “First passage under restart can then be used as an idealized description for some of these activities. One possible, yet unexplored, direction in which this could be taken is the study of prehistoric migration patterns of human groups searching for new and more accommodating territories. “Another application is in the development of more efficient search strategies that may aid in finding lost objects, or help construct rescue operations for crashed airplanes or lost submarines. Search processes also naturally appear in the context of biochemical reactions when one molecule searches for a reactive target site, and first passage under restart could also be used to describe enzymatic reactions.”Currently, one drawback of the sharp restart strategy is that it may be hard to implement using molecules due to the high energetic cost. In the future, the researchers plan to further analyze this problem to come up with nearly optimal restart strategies that perform almost as well but consume less energy. These strategies could become especially important in living cells or in man-made molecular devices.”Restart is routinely used to expedite the completion of randomized computer algorithms, but its importance in physical, chemical, and biological processes is just starting to be realized,” Pal said. “We intend to explore restart in these contexts and are particularly interested to find out if biological systems have found a way to also take advantage of restart and the benefits it can offer.” © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—Discovering the ways in which many seemingly diverse phenomena are related is one of the overarching goals of scientific inquiry, since universality often allows an insight in one area to be extended to many other areas. Citation: Scientists uncover universal features of ‘first passage under restart’ (2017, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-uncover-universal-features-passage.html Working along these lines, researchers in a new study have developed a general framework for the “first passage under restart” model, which describes a wide range of statistical phenomena in physics, chemistry, biology, finance, and other fields. By identifying an optimal strategy and showing that it cannot be outperformed by any other strategy, the researchers have taken steps toward improving the performance of many diverse processes with a wide range of applications, such as efficient computer coding, biochemical reactions in cells, and wildlife foraging.The researchers, Arnab Pal at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Shlomi Reuveni at Harvard Medical School, have published a paper on their development of a general theoretical framework for first passage under restart in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have developed a theoretical framework for first passage under restart,” Pal told Phys.org. “The framework is extremely general and offers applications to a wide and diverse class of problems in computer science, computational physics, biophysics, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and more.”First passage under restart is a variation of the “first passage time” framework, which was originally developed in the context of non-equilibrium systems and used, for instance, to study the time it takes for a particle with random motion to reach a certain location. More generally, the first passage time is the time taken for any random variable to reach a certain threshold value. It is especially useful for accounting for the inherently probabilistic nature of statistical processes, such as neuron firing, fluorescence quenching, or stock market activity.More recently, researchers have investigated what happens when a process is stopped and started again from its initial starting point. Studies have shown that restart can have advantages for certain problems that “get off to a bad start”—for example, a search algorithm that randomly scans for a solution to a problem, but starts off searching along a path that goes in the wrong direction. Restart could then help rescue a futile search by starting it anew. More generally, restart could help in a situation when it is unclear if the process will end quickly or only after a long period of time. Explore further More information: Arnab Pal and Shlomi Reuveni. “First Passage under Restart.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.030603last_img read more

Youre not a Lady Gaga fan if you have a problem with

first_imgWhen I woke up on Saturday morning (3 February) excited about seeing Lady Gaga, it was like deja vu.Last July, I was due to see one of my idols, Adele. I was going to see her perform the final show of her world tour (maybe even final show ever) at Wembley Stadium in London. The Facebook friend, who’s now deleted me, said that it was a ‘bad career move’ that would mean she is ‘over’ as an artist.Well, this is what I had to say about that:Photo: Dan Beeson I woke up on 1 July, the day of the show, to the news she was unable to perform due to damaged vocal chords.I was honestly devastated and, frankly, a bit shell shocked. I knew then I would unlikely ever see Adele perform live as she, rightfully, devotes time to her growing family.What I didn’t do is take to my phone as some kind of keyboard warrior and despicably attack her directly through social media for ‘ruining’ some significant event in ‘my life’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Like with Adele, I looked to social media to see the reactions and I was shocked how ridiculous ‘fans’ were acting.Some were outraged, spouting hate and abuse like she’d seduced their partners or stolen their car – or something warranted.It makes you wonder if they love what she represents, rather than the human she is.I didn’t reply to any of the backlash with Adele, as I was still processing the news myself.But now I felt I had to fire back when someone, on my personal Facebook, slated Lady Gaga’s cancellation of tour dates. I accept artists, like us, have the right to good health and quality of life above all costs.They belong to themselves, not to us.When Lady Gaga cancelled the remaining European dates of her Joanne tour, I woke up to see a similar headline, through strained eyes, being waved in my face by my partner.‘Lady Gaga cancels final tour dates due to ‘severe pain’’In the moments I realised her fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder, was the reason, I accepted the cancellation of the plans I had for Sunday evening without question.This is exactly how we, as fans, respond: A change of plans. GAYSTARNEWS- A post shared by Adele (@adele) on Jun 30, 2017 at 4:40pm PDT A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on Feb 2, 2018 at 11:10pm PST Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ladygaga-cancel-tour/ But, this person wasn’t the only one to attack Gaga – even fans were at it:REALLY GAGA ? I FUCKING PAID 8 PLANE TICKETS. ON 26.10.2017 AND NOW ON 23.02 TO SEE YOU IN BERLIN(flying from Romania). THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. NEVER GOING TO ONE OF YOUR SHOWS AGAIN.Sorry I love you to the moon and back but not everyone is full of money. what — TonyWusGewd (@Tony_Maraj) February 3, 2018Some Lady Gaga fans take her humanity for grantedIt’s concerning how someone’s fandom can become an all encompassing obsession, where the reality of the thing that’s ‘adored’ is disregarded as non integral to their meaning.These are the people who have a skewed perception of reality and don’t see these artists as human beings, they have become these peoples dreams and represent a hole in their lives.This opens a wider debate on what impacts obsessive fandom can have on the mental health of ‘fans’, but also indicates how much of an onslaught celebrities and artists can get for even the minor decisions if their lives; taking it easy after months of hard work.Lady Gaga’s fan, on the whole, has been astronomically supportive of her decision and are wishing her the best for the future, where they hope to see her live again.They’ve even shared ideas about a stripped back tour where Gaga just sits at the piano and performs her songs for two hours; the real fans just want to hear her sing.To Lady Gaga, from a fan…You should be proud of the fans you have Gaga.Proud they have devoted their love to you in a way that’s not just appreciative of you as an artist and a figure of hope, but as an imperfect human – like us all.I can’t wait to see you perform again, even if it’s re-watching videos on YouTube or stripped back performances on the TV – you have proved you can be anything you want, anywhere.I already hold memories dear to me inspired by yourself, and that’s enough.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Scalable lowcost technologies needed to repair climate Cambridge professor suggests

first_imgCambridge University has proposed setting up a research center tasked with coming up with scalable technological fixes for climate change.The proposed Center for Climate Repair is being coordinated by David King, an emeritus professor in physical chemistry at the university and also the U.K. government’s former chief scientific adviser.Speaking to the BBC this morning, King suggested the scale of the challenge now facing humanity to end  greenhouse gas emissions is so pressing that radical options need to be considered and developed alongside efforts to shift societies to carbon neutral and shrink day to day emissions.“What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years. There is no major centre in the world that would be focused on this one big issue,” he told BBC News.In an interview on the BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, King said the center would need to focus on scalable, low-cost technologies that could be deployed to move the needle on the climate challenge.Suggested ideas it could work to develop include geoengineering initiatives, such as spraying sea water into the air at the north and south poles to reflect sunlight away and refreeze them; using fertilizer to regreen portions of the deep ocean to promote plankton growth; and carbon capture and storage methods to suck up and sequester greenhouse gases so they can’t contribute to accelerating global warming.On the issue of nuclear power, King said interesting work is being done to try to develop viable nuclear fusion technology — but also pointed to untapped capacity in renewable energy technologies, arguing there is an “ability to develop renewables far more than we thought before.”If established, the Center for Climate Repair, would be attached to the university’s new Cambridge Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, which is a research hub recently set up to link climate-related research work across the university — and “catalyse holistic, collaborative progress towards a sustainable future”, as it puts it.“If [the Center for Climate Repair] goes forward, it will be part of the Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, which is led by Dr Emily Shuckburgh,” a spokeswoman for the university confirmed.“When considering how to tackle a problem as large, complex and urgent as climate change, we need to look at the widest possible range of ideas and to investigate radical innovations such as those proposed by Sir David,” said Shuckburgh, commenting on the proposal in a statement.“In assessing such ideas we need to explore all aspects, including the technological advances required, the potential unintended consequences and side effects, the costs, the rules and regulations that would be needed, as well as the public acceptability.”last_img read more

Extended Stay Hotel Market Size Business Planning Innovation to See

first_imgThe report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. By Market Players: HiltonWorldwide, HyattHotel, ChoiceHotelsInternational, InterContinentalHotelsGroup(IHG), MarriottInternational, WyndhamHotelGroup Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3195676?utm_source=RK-HTN For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end. Extended Stay Hotel market is presented to the readers as a holistic snapshot of the competitive landscape within the given forecast period. It presents a comparative detailed analysis of the all regional and player segments, offering readers a better knowledge of where areas in which they can place their existing resources and gauging the priority of a particular region in order to boost their standing in the global market.The Global Extended Stay Hotel Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones. Table of ContentsChapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 PrefaceChapter 4 Market LandscapeChapter 5 Market Trend AnalysisChapter 6 Industry Chain AnalysisChapter 7 Latest Market DynamicsChapter 8 Trading AnalysisChapter 9 Historical and Current Extended Stay Hotel in North America (2013-2018)Chapter 10 Historical and Current Extended Stay Hotel in South America (2013-2018)Chapter 11 Historical and Current Extended Stay Hotel in Asia & Pacific (2013-2018)Chapter 12 Historical and Current Extended Stay Hotel in Europe (2013-2018)Chapter 13 Historical and Current Extended Stay Hotel in MEA (2013-2018)Chapter 14 Summary for Global Extended Stay Hotel (2013-2018)Chapter 15 Global Extended Stay Hotel Forecast (2019-2024)Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key Vendors Extended stay hotels are apartment hotels where tourists can stay for as long as they want and can check out whenever they want. In other words, extended stay hotels are just like renting an apartment; however, there is no fixed contract for the occupants. The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Extended Stay Hotel industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Extended Stay Hotel industry, followed by industry news and policies. The Extended Stay Hotel Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels. Inquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3195676?utm_source=RK-HTNAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Pharmacy Benefit Manager PBM Market Overall Study Report 20192024 With Top

first_imgPharmacy benefit manager (PBM) is a third-party administrator (TPA) of prescription drug programs for commercial health plans, self-insured employer plans, Medicare Part D plans, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and state government employee plans.The Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3196792?utm_source=RK-HTNBy Market Players: Express Scripts Holding Company, Rite Aid, CVS Health Corporation, DST Systems, Benecard Services, BioScripThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) market is presented to the readers as a holistic snapshot of the competitive landscape within the given forecast period. It presents a comparative detailed analysis of the all regional and player segments, offering readers a better knowledge of where areas in which they can place their existing resources and gauging the priority of a particular region in order to boost their standing in the global market.The Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Table of ContentsChapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 PrefaceChapter 4 Market LandscapeChapter 5 Market Trend AnalysisChapter 6 Industry Chain AnalysisChapter 7 Latest Market DynamicsChapter 8 Trading AnalysisChapter 9 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in North America (2013-2018)Chapter 10 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in South America (2013-2018)Chapter 11 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in Asia & Pacific (2013-2018)Chapter 12 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in Europe (2013-2018)Chapter 13 Historical and Current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) in MEA (2013-2018)Chapter 14 Summary for Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) (2013-2018)Chapter 15 Global Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Forecast (2019-2024)Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key VendorsInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3196792?utm_source=RK-HTNAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.com Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM)last_img read more

Collette launches flash sale on bestselling destinations

first_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette is discounting tours to Spain, Portugal and France during its weeklong flash sale.Running from Feb. 11-19, the sale includes a 12% discount on 17 itineraries and over 100 departure dates.Use offer code FLASH12 to save 12% on the land portion of specified tour departures to the three listed countries. The offer is not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits.“Spain, Portugal and France are some of our best-selling destinations each year,” said Jacklyn Leibl-Cote, President of Collette. “Bringing this offer to the market gives more guests an opportunity to set out and see these amazing locations.”For more information on the sale call 1-844-269-4583 or visit collette.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Tags: Collette, Sales, Savingscenter_img Collette launches flash sale on best-selling destinations Travelweek Group Tuesday, February 12, 2019 last_img read more

Northstar to Enhance Mortgage Operations Via Goldome Acquisition

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-03 Abby Gregory January 3, 2013 416 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Northstar to Enhance Mortgage Operations Via Goldome Acquisitioncenter_img “”Northstar Bank of Texas””:https://www.nstarbank.com/ has announced the closure of a deal that gives the company a controlling interest in “”Goldome Financial, Inc.””:http://www.goldomellc.com/ Through the acquisition, Northstar, a member of “”Carlile Bancshares, Inc.””:http://carlilebancshares.com/, is set to expand its treasury management product line and mortgage division. [IMAGE]Based in Flower Mound, Texas, Goldome specializes in providing warehouse lines of credit to the lending industry, funding mortgage loan transactions in various regions around the country. [COLUMN_BREAK]Goldome’s current manager, Pamela Robinson, will continue to lead the company’s operations as per the terms of the agreement with Northstar.In an official statement regarding the acquisition, Northstar stated that both companies are moving “”forward with this new ownership structure on the firm belief that the additional ownership expertise and resources being brought to bear in Goldome’s operating platform will provide expanded funding capability and enhanced service levels for the customers of Goldome.””Concluding the company’s commentary, Northstar noted, “”The principals of Northstar, Carlile, and Goldome look forward to this new chapter in the evolution of Goldome and the furtherance of existing customer relationships and the establishment of new ones.””Directed by Tom C. Nichols, chairman, and Tony Clark, president and CEO, Northstar has assets over $1 billion. The company is the largest community bank in Denton County, Texas, and is considered one of the largest in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Sharelast_img read more

Valuation Vision Zaio Partner in New Product Launch

first_imgValuation Vision, Zaio Partner in New Product Launch Share Appraisals AXIS Appraisal Management Company News Valuation Vision Zaio 2014-04-22 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img April 22, 2014 491 Views In California, Valuation Vision (V2) announced its valuation management platform has been selected as the technology of choice for appraisal firm Zaio’s newly launched GEAR AP product.Short for GeoScore Evaluation/Appraisal Report, GEAR AP is designed as a fully compliant appraisal report fueled by multi-source data, rules-driven validation, and appraiser-derived analytics, representing an alternative solution in valuation products.V2 CEO Shane Copeland says the new suite of products is a “natural progression for V2 and our collaborative approach to valuation.”“It is and has always been our goal to design, build and produce valuation products that lead the industry forward,” Copeland said. “GEAR is a great example of blending elegant design, excellent client and vendor experience with an end value that is very well supported.”According to a company release, GEAR is just the first in a series of products designed and developed jointly by Zaio, V2, and AXIS Appraisal Management as they partner to offer clients a wider range of valuation solutions.last_img read more