Torngat Mountains National Park offers view through Inuit eyes

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Torngat Mountains in Labrador is Canada’s newest national park.And from the very beginning it was designed with the Inuit in mind.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was at the park and files this report.last_img

Battle against terror is multidimensional Pakistani leader tells UN

Tackling terror demands a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond military means, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said at the General Assembly’s high-level segment today, calling on the support of the international body to address the scourge.“Fighting it requires political will, popular mobilization and a socio-economic strategy that wins the hearts and minds of nations afflicted by it,” Mr. Zardari, the husband of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated last December.He stressed the need to generate jobs and provide education for the people, adding, “to mobilize them we have to give them hope and opportunity for the future.”Unlike those who only know about terror from what they read, “we live with it,” the President told delegates. “We do not learn about terror from reading newspapers or watching the evening news.”The President trumpeted democracy as the only means to triumph in the struggle against extremism.He noted that his late wife “understood that democracy was not an end, but a beginning: that a starving child has no human rights; that a father who could not support his family was someone ripe for extremism.”But he underlined that Pakistan needs the support of other nations to succeed, having contributed its military facilities, air space, intelligence and armed forces to the international community. “In our stability lies the world’s security,” Mr. Zardari said.“Better relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and India would help create the regional environment that is more conducive to reducing militancy in our region,” he added. 25 September 2008Tackling terror demands a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond military means, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said at the General Assembly’s high-level segment today, calling on the support of the international body to address the scourge. read more

General Assembly selects 18 members of Economic and Social Council

22 October 2008The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations, for three-year terms starting 1 January next year. The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations, for three-year terms starting 1 January next year.Eleven new members were chosen for the 54-member body, which coordinates the economic, social and related work of the various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions, and seven others were re-elected.ECOSOC members are chosen by secret ballot and according to geographical grouping, and its overall membership is divided between 14 African countries, 13 nations from the Western Europe and Other States grouping, 11 Asian States, 10 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean and six from Eastern Europe. This year none of the races for open seats were contested.In the African category, Guinea-Bissau was re-elected while Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco and Namibia were chosen to succeed Angola, Benin, Madagascar and Mauritania.Japan and Saudi Arabia were re-elected to the seats allocated as part of the Asian contingent, and India replaces Sri Lanka, which is retiring. In the Eastern European category, Estonia succeeds the Czech Republic.Four new members were chosen from Latin America and the Caribbean: Guatemala, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela. They replace Cuba, Guyana, Haiti and Paraguay.France, Greece, Liechtenstein and Portugal have been re-elected from the Western European and Other States category, while Germany was chosen to succeed Austria. Iceland is also relinquishing its seat for the remainder of the term – not due to end until 31 December 2010 – to Norway.ECOSOC’s membership includes 18 members whose terms expire at the end of next year: Algeria, Cape Verde, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Belarus, Romania, Barbados, Bolivia, El Salvador, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United States.Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Niger, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Poland, Moldova, Russia, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom are slated to end their terms as members at the end of 2010. read more

Syria UN agencies deplore recent attacks in Aleppo hundreds of people killed

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that since April, attacks in Aleppo and the surrounding areas have resulted in hundreds of people injured or killed, many of them children. “It has also caused damage to schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, and hindered humanitarian aid operations,” the UN Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, told journalists in New York. He added that such attacks “can constitute violations of international humanitarian law.”“We call on all parties to the conflict to take all measures to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access, as required under international humanitarian law, in order to safeguard the lives of all civilians,” the Spokesman said.The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestine refugees across the Middle East today also deplored the violence in the Aleppo area, extending its condolences to the bereaved families.According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 14 year-old Baraa Mahmoud Hosin Jomaa was killed in Al Hamadaniyeh, Aleppo, on Saturday when an exploding rocket struck his home. On Sunday, 41-year-old Khairieh Zohir Siam was struck by a bullet from a sniper rifle while she was travelling in a commercial mini-bus in the Al Ramoseh area in Aleppo city. She was killed instantly, while another Palestine refugee, a fellow passenger, was injured in the hand and neck, according to the UN agency.In Khan Eshieh camp, located in southern rural Damascus, intense fighting involving the use of heavy weapons and airborne munitions continues to endanger the lives of Palestine refugees and to damage and destroy civilian homes. UNRWA reported that the home of a Palestine refugee was hit and severely damaged on Saturday by an explosive munition. This follows the death of a six year-old Palestine refugee child from an artillery explosion on 27 May, and the death of five Palestine refugees in two separate artillery strikes inside Khan Eshieh camp on 17 May.“UNRWA remains gravely concerned about the risk of death and serious injury to Palestine refugees and other civilians throughout Syria,” according to a statement by the UN agency.“The Agency reiterates its demands to all parties to desist from exposing civilians to these risks. To save civilian lives, it is imperative that all sides respect and comply with their international humanitarian law obligations,” UNRWA added.Also today, the United Nations announced that it has received access to 15 of the 17 besieged areas under the UN Inter-Agency Convoy Plan agreed to earlier this month. The approvals include the areas of Daraya, Douma and Moadamiyah. read more

St Johns Community Care opens in Townsville

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram St John’s Community Care officially opened its doors in Townsville last Saturday 18 April, with a blessing from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were His Grace Bishop Seraphim, vicar general of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, along with the assistant bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos.The centre, which provides services to enhance the independence and quality of life of the aged, along with assistance for younger people with intellectual and physical disabilities, was established by Theo Bacalakis and the team at St John’s the Baptist under the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.With centres in both Cairns and Taigum, Towsville is now the third addition, providing much-needed services to the surrounding districts. Also present on the day were Townsville’s mayor, Jenny Hill; minister for disabilities and seniors, and assistant to the premier in North Queensland, Hon. Coralee O’Rourke; Scott Stewart, member of parliament for Townsville; Jim Raptis, Hon. Consul for Greece in Queensland and Chas Gianarakis, acting chair for St John’s Community Care.It proved to be a busy weekend for the Greek Community of St Theodore, with a divine liturgy taking place on the following Sunday.The service was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Seraphim together with Father Menelaos Hatzoglou, parish priest from Cairns and newly appointed priest to Townsville, Father Alexios Kapandritis.A lunch followed in the adjoining church hall, during which Ms Hill presented the Greek Community with an award for the Townsville Greek Festival.last_img read more

Tromper le flair des moustiques pour lutter contre le paludisme

first_imgTromper le flair des moustiques pour lutter contre le paludismeUne avancée majeure pourrait être permise par la découverte de scientifiques qui pensent avoir réussi à identifier les molécules odorantes capables de tromper le flair des moustiques.Le moustique détecte ses proies à partir du CO2 relâché lorsqu’elles respirent, expliquent des chercheurs dans la revue Nature. Les molécules qui viennent d’être découvertes permettraient de tromper le flair des moustiques et notamment des femelles Anopheles gambiae, Aedes aegypti et Culex quinquefasciatus, vecteurs du paludisme et d’autres maladies comme la dengue, la fièvre jaune, la filariose et le virus du Nil occidental. Ces molécules pourraient donc donner naissance à de nouveaux répulsifs ou à des leurres, estime Anandasankar Ray, professeur à l’université de Californie.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si ces substances sont utilisées, elles permettraient de remplacer le DEET, un répulsif aussi efficace que coûteux et qui demande à être régulièrement appliqué, indique l’AFP. De plus, au fil du temps, les moustiques y deviennent résistants ce qui inquiète de plus en plus les autorités sanitaires. Les pièges à base de neige carbonique, de CO2 ou de propane existent mais ils sont à la fois encombrants et chers et ne peuvent donc pas être utilisés à grande échelle dans les pays pauvres où le paludisme fait des ravages (800.000 morts en 2009 dont 90% en Afrique parmi lesquels on compte 92% d’enfants). Les nouveaux pièges, eux, pourraient être à la fois “extrêmement maniables, pratiques et facilement rechargeables”, indique M. Ray.Ces molécules odorantes seraient capables de brouiller les cellules sensibles au dioxyde de carbone. Ces cellules, situées sur de minuscules antennes placées de part et d’autre de la bouche de l’insecte, s’activent dès la perception du CO2 et poussent le moustique à décoller pour aller “contre le vent” afin de remonter à la source. D’autres détecteurs de chaleur et d’odeurs (la sueur notamment) guident l’insecte. Toutefois, l’innocuité de ces substances chimiques pour l’homme reste à démontrer, indiquent les chercheurs.Le 2 juin 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

AK At Katmais Brooks Camp tourists and bears mingle mostly carefree

first_imgBears barely seem to notice the 40 people watching them from the Brooks Falls platform. (KDLG photo)Stepping off a float plane onto the beach at Brooks Camp can be disorienting.“Where are the falls? Where are all these bears? Do we just walk there now?” one wonders.The answers to these questions – and plenty of others – are answered at a brief orientation film shown to nearly every visitor before they make the short hike up to Brooks Falls, one of Alaska’s most iconic outdoor spots.Listen now“Brooks belongs first of all to the bears and other wildlife. As visitors we need to let them be wild, and watch out for our safety,” the authoritative, almost ominous voice narrating the enjoyably dated video explains. The video, which is available in English, Japanese and other languages common to the hundreds of visitors who will pass through each day in July, then covers the ground rules.“Keep 50 yards away from any bear, and 100 yards away from a sow with cubs.” Stay alert at all times, and make noise with your group. Give the bear the right-of-way, and don’t make eye contact. Keep children close, gear in hand, and leave all food and scraps back in the designated cache behind the electric fence,” the narrator said.“Overall we’ve had very few incidents here at Brooks Camp, and I think that is largely attributable to the fact that we have very strict food control, and we’re able to educate every single visitor that comes through here reasonably well,” ranger Michael Saxton said. He’s the lead wildlife technician at Brooks.Katmai’s rangers estimated they had 40 individual bears at Brooks in July, not including cubs, being observed by 300 to 400 visitors each day. Some humans camp overnight, some fish the river, but most step off the plane and head for a few hours at the viewing platforms.Dating to 1950, Saxton said NPS has only recorded three “incidents” of bears tangling with people around Brooks, and none were fatal. In 1966, a fisherman cooked his catch at his campsite and woke up to a bear dragging him away before another person scared the bear off. In 1991, a ranger walking down the old trail — improved with a new boardwalk in 2000 — got too close to a sow and cubs and was charged. She wrapped herself around a tree while the sow roughed her up, and afterwards it was discovered she had a bite mark on her arm. Saxton said the third is a “story” that no one has been able to verify actually happened, but supposedly involved a family who knew to step into the woods if bears came down the trail. When a bear happened along, mom is said to have jumped one way, dad jumped the other, and junior, left in the middle, was barreled over by the bear and sustained scrapes and bruises.Brooks has a lodge, a restaurant with cold beer on tap, campsites, and a number of other facilities that seem a bit out of place in the middle of southwest Alaska’s wilderness. Rangers know these comforts can put visitors in a less defensive mode than perhaps they we ought to be, so there is a large contingent of staff to keep an eye on things. According to Cathy Bell, Katmai’s chief of interpretation, there are probably a dozen interpretative rangers, five bear management technicians, 10 law enforcement and maintenance staff, plus a handful of volunteers at Brooks during the summer peak.Tourists from around the world taking in the nice view and sunshine at Brooks Falls in late July. (KDLG photo)One of those rangers is Tandi Stephens, who directed our small, ad hoc group to a mound of grass not far past the lodge.“I’ll just bring you up here. Right now we have some bears right off the trail, so we’re just sort of holding here,” Stephens explained in hushed voice.Another ranger approached with an update, and a third, nearer to the bridge, called information to Stephens on the radio.“Copy, you have a bear at the upriver end of the marsh, near Big Island, and then bears are now at the river between Corner and Point,” the ranger said as the group waited.“This is where we earn our bear pins, and this a trust. You trust me and I trust you, so we’ll go as a group, that’s always safer, and please listen,” Stephens explained to the visitors, none of whom appeared alarmed. She asked this reporter to spit his gum out in a trash can behind an electric fence a few hundred yards away, but swallowing it was faster.Katmai’s rangers keep a close watch on the bear activity near the bridge, intending not to leave people stuck mid-river or, worse, on the bridge with a bear. The traffic delays can last a few minutes to an hour or more, and it’s all up to the bears who barely seem to notice the humans. Nearby, fly fishermen wade the river mouth, and visitors question among themselves if they’ll be shouted at for wading across should the delay go on too long.On the other side of the lovely Brooks River and up the trail, visitors reach the first of two viewing platforms.“If you’ve just arrived and are hoping to add your name to the wait list, we have our little pager system here. I’ll write down the name of your party, the number of people with you and when there’s space available that pager will buzz continuously,” ranger Rebecca Nourot explained to one group after the next. She politely smiled off the “can we get some appetizers while we wait” for the umpteenth time of the day as she handed out the pagers, which are the same as those used in chain restaurants.NPS has determined that only 40 people should be on the Falls Platform at once, and there is a one hour time limit there. The lower Riffles Platform provided ample bear-eating-salmon viewing while groups waited their turn. When the buzzer beckons, visitors are asked to ignore bear cubs rolling in the soft grass below as they are hurried across an elevated boardwalk between two Jurassic Park-sized doors.Cathy Snyder from North Carolina was among the 40 mesmerized visitors on the Falls Platform, each a little starstruck to stand so near to a few of Brooks’ biggest internet stars. The hefty bruins moved little from their earned spots in the “jacuzzi,” grabbing sockeye as they passed underneath or leapt over the falls.“It’s my first time out, it’s been great, and the bears have been hungry,” Snyder said gleefully.(KDLG photo)Being near to the bears, mainly while walking the trails, did not frighten her. Nor did she mind the presence or directions of the rangers, or getting held up for a while at the bridge while two cubs played in the water. The experience felt balanced and well-managed, she said.“Oh absolutely, lots of fun, and they’ve done very well,” Snyder said. “They’ve kept a good eye on it, and I’m not worried about my safety at all.”Of course, as NPS wildlife biologist Leslie Skora points out, nature plays a big, obvious role in keeping bears and humans apart, too.“The tremendous salmon resource helps everybody seem to get along a little better,” Skora said.The number of bears at Brooks Falls has been growing, as have the number of people coming to see them each year. The rules have changed a few times, as has the infrastructure and the number of onsite rangers. It may be too tightly supervised now for the liking of some, as a few King Salmon-based lodges have grumbled lately, but ranger Saxton said it’s part of the Brooks Camp tradeoff.“Of course when you have this many people and this many bears, we don’t like to use the word ‘safe’ out here, you can’t promise anything,” Saxton said. “But we do the best that we can, and part of that is having a slightly more controlled environment.”last_img read more

Democrats capture US House majority

first_imgAlissa Mauk and her son, Lyric, 8, look on at Democratic US Senator Heidi Heitkamp`s midterm election night party in West Fargo, North Dakota, US on 6 November. Photo: ReutersDemocrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with president Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday where they will seek to keep his agenda in check and open his administration to intense scrutiny.In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.Democrats in the House could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US special counsel Robert Mueller’s already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump’s behalf in the 2016 presidential election. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.Tuesday’s result was a bitter outcome for Trump, a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician, after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership.Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American “mobs.”Democrats turned out in droves to register disapproval of his divisive rhetoric and policies on such issues as immigration and his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats turned off by Trump’s policy agenda.The election results mean Democrats will resume House control in January for the first time since the 2010 election, beginning a split-power arrangement with the Republican-led Senate that may force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions and focus on issues with bipartisan support, such as an infrastructure improvement package or protections against prescription drug price increases.It also will test Trump’s ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.The loss of power will test Trump’s political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party’s core supporters, who remain in his corner.Democrats celebrate after gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly wins against Kris Kobach at her election night party in Topeka, Kansas, US on 6 November. Photo: Reuters Tag: USA, Democrats, Donald Trump, Barac ObamaMost Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the campaign’s final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like keeping down healthcare costs, maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.The final weeks before the election were marked by the mailing of pipe bombs to his top political rivals, with a political fan of Trump arrested and charged, and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which 11 people died, sparking a debate about Trump’s biting rhetoric and whether it encouraged extremists.In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under president Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida.In the Senate, where Republicans were heavily favored to keep control heading into Tuesday’s voting, Republican Mike Braun captured incumbent Joe Donnelly’s seat in Indiana and Republican Kevin Cramer beat incumbent Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign season were struggling. Liberal House member Beto O’Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.Incumbent Democratic senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and conservative Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was projected to hold his seat in Ohio.All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.last_img

Birdly is an amazing Oculus Rift fullbody controller that lets you fly

first_imgTo quote The Hitchhiker’s Guide, “There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties.”Birdly is a new Oculus Rift project that reduces the learning curve of flying immensely while never letting you hit the ground in reality.Of course, you won’t really be flying the way Arthur Dent did, but Birdly provides a truly immersive virtual reality experience. It’s being developed by a group from the Zurich University of the Arts, and it’s yet another wild look at the kind of things we can expect from Oculus Rift developers. It’s like strapping on Daedalus’ wax wings only without the risk of catastrophic melting.There are two key components to the rig. First, of course, there’s the Oculus Rift that supplies the user with VR imagery. Then there’s the controller, a table-like device that you lie on face down. “Wings” extend to either side with a hand-sized paddle and a single button to trigger specific actions. The rig is articulated and allows users to tilt and move like a bird… well, like a man-bird, anyway, flapping and swooping through the virtual airspace. There’s even a fan mounted on the front to give you the sensation of air rushing past.Those lucky enough to haven taken Birdly for a test flight have been blown away. One user recounts tipping downward a little hard — which resulted in the fan speeding up and the virtual landscape rushing past his eyes alarmingly fast. His pulse raced and he found himself gulping for air before adjusting his posture and pulling back up into a gentle glide.Obviously you’re going to need a bigger house to fully enjoy it. Between your new omni-directional treadmill and a Birdly rig, square footage will start disappearing in a hurry.last_img read more

Lakers Should Add Depth Not A Third Star

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Lakers should add depth, not a third starAfter a year in L.A., the Lakers finally landed LeBron James a running mate by pulling of a trade for Anthony Davis, but Colin doesn’t think they should add a third star to the mix.Colin pointed out that the third star in LeBron’s Big 3’s (Kevin Love, Chris Bosh) are more like the third wheels that struggle to find their role and always see their production slashed. Instead, he thinks Rob Pelinka should load up on quality veteran depth, and shooting, if they want to be true title favorites. Guests:Chris Broussard, Bill Oram, and Doug Gottlieb Also:-Of Course the Lakers won the AD deal-Lonzo/Lakers era was unimpressive-Where Colin was right/wronglast_img read more

Google Just Made Glass More Useful Less Dorky

first_imgJanuary 28, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read For all its coolness, Google Glass is a somewhat awkward-looking device. If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of the many Google Glass-wearing techies strolling around places like New York City and San Francisco, then you know they tend to stick out like a sore thumb.But it looks like that’s about to change.Google has announced something called the Titanium Collection. It’s a new line of Google Glass that come with prescription glasses and sunglasses. In other words, Glass just got a whole lot more useful and stylish.Related: More People to Get Google Glass as Explorer Program ExpandsThe Titanium Collection will include four frame shapes in gray with subtle accent colors inside the frames. Each will cost $225. Google also plans on adding three options for sunglasses which will cost $150 each.And if you need prescription lenses and have vision insurance, your policy might even help cover your new frames, Google says. Related: 10 Reasons Why Google Glass Is Doomedcenter_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

5 Mobile Marketing Practices Every ProfitMinded Business Should Adopt

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. With millennials checking their phones 150 times a day and the average person regardless of age spending five hours a day on his or her smartphone, mobile devices are firmly entrenched as today’s leading media.By 2019, mobile advertising will represent 72 percent of all U.S. digital advertising.Related: 104 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mobile Marketing (Infographic)This applies to all ecommerce sites; even product-review sites like Yelp or BestAdvisor are in this mix. The message is that if you’re not being smart about reaching your customers via mobile, you’re leaving a ton of money on the table. So, how can you be smart?Here are five mobile marketing practices companies must adopt in the age of “the mobile moment.”1. Location-based marketingThe era of location-based marketing is here. Businesses send customers notifications when they pass a store and promotions when they are near strategic locations where the brand’s products or services would be useful.In this context, Foursquare recently released Foursquare Analytics, which grants client businesses and marketers access to location intelligence and technology for more than 90 million geofenced locations around the world.The company has also moved to integrate Uber into its system, enabling users both to discover places to go and also get there, using the same app. In fact, users can now order a ride from inside Foursquare City Guide without having to switch applications. No need to type in the address, look up directions or struggle through translations.2. In-app marketingGoogle Play currently offers 2.8 million apps, while Apple has 2.2 million. With such intense competition, apps must offer the most personalized service possible, or risk being ditched. In-app marketing fuels relevance and engagement, which in turn drives retention, loyalty and lifetime value.An example of this is the challenge faced by India’s Federal Bank as a result of that country’s 2016 “demonetization plan” (when it replaced its 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with 2000 notes). Within months of the plan’s implementation, over 14 million Indians downloaded the bank’s new apps, and digital-payment use surged up to 80-fold among India’s 260 million smartphone owners.Related: Top 7 Reasons You Should Make Mobile Marketing a PriorityTo capitalize on this deluge of new app users, the bank turned to Insert, an in-app marketing platform that allows marketers to create and publish targeted campaigns quickly, independent of development resources.It further deployed contextual campaigns around a national holiday, as well as other targeted promotions, directly in the app. This resulted in an immediate uptick in conversions and retention.3. SMS marketingMobile text marketing is the focus of many misconceptions, but with 91 percent of millennials text messaging weekly, marketing is essential. Many corporations, including Coca-Cola, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us, have integrated text messaging into their mobile-marketing strategies.When a Domino’s pizza franchise in North Carolina wanted to improve advertising at college sports games, it turned to EZtexting, a short messaging marketing service (SMS). Previous campaigns had displayed Domino’s web address in ads, but the franchise found that most fans didn’t bother jotting down a URL during a basketball game.In response, Domino’s reconfigured its new ads to tell viewers to text a certain number to get free or discounted pizza. Responses skyrocketed.4. Mobile marketing measurementMobile ad revenue recently surpassed the amount spent on desktop ad revenue. With billions of dollars being dedicated to reach customers on their mobile devices, a scientific approach to mobile marketing has become necessary. AppsFlyer illustrates this approach, as a mobile attribution and marketing data-analytics company that helps marketers pinpoint their targeting, optimize their ad spend and boost their ROI.Take the example of Game Circus, creators of the smash hit mobile video game Coin Dozer. Without the right data, mobile game developers were having difficulty reacting quickly to changes in the market or determining if the quality of users generated by certain ad channels was improving or declining over time.The marketing team took action: It began using AppsFlyer to link attribution data to the engagement and LTV metrics it was monitoring at the game or campaign level. The result? Coin Dozer subsequently achieved a 2.3-times increase in total installs and more than a 40 percent increase in gross profit.5. QR codesOne way to swiftly provide relevant information to mobile users is through the use of QR codes. These digital bar codes act as shortcuts for getting valuable information into the hands of customers and prospects. QR codes are highly versatile and can function as a Facebook “like” button as well as offer coupons, provide tourists with information and perform other functions.One memorable QR campaign was the “Guinness QR code on a beer glass” action brilliantly dreamed up by advertising agency BBDO. When customers poured a Guinness — and only a Guinness — into a special glass, the beer’s black color filled out a code on the glass that was scannable with a smartphone. Once it was scanned, customers could tweet about their pints, update their Facebook status, check in via Foursquare, download coupons and promotions and invite friends to join them.The QR code could even launch exclusive Guinness content.Final wordsEach of these tactics can be duplicated — by you. What’s more, each tactic offers your company the ability to increase exposure, grow, attract and retain clients in ways that are relevant, timely and appealing to their interest in digital media.Related: 4 Tips For Mobile-Marketing Success in 2017So, give one or more of these a try: By continuing to develop your business’s mobile-marketing activities, you’ll be positioning your company exactly where your customers are hanging out. July 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content May 16, 2012 — A large multicenter study found that the Breast Imaging and Reporting Data Systems (BI-RADS) terminology used by radiologists to classify breast imaging results is useful in predicting malignancy in breast lesions detected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology.“BI-RADS was developed to standardize the lexicon of breast imaging reports and to help ensure patients receive proper follow-up,” said Mary C. Mahoney, M.D., director of breast imaging at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio. “The BI-RADS lexicon for breast MRI provides descriptors and assessment categories that can be used to help predict the likelihood of cancer.”BI-RADS, published by the American College of Radiology in collaboration with other healthcare organizations, is a quality assurance tool used to standardize reporting for breast imaging exams. The system, initially developed for mammography, was expanded in 2003 to include both MRI and ultrasound imaging of the breast. MRI breast screening exams are often performed on women at high risk for breast cancer and on patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Radiologists assign breast imaging studies a BI-RADS assessment from zero to six, based on their interpretation of the images and characterization of any lesions present.The multicenter study was launched to evaluate the performance of BI-RADS for MRI of the breast and to identify the breast imaging features that were most predictive of cancer. Participants in the study included 969 women who had recently received a breast cancer diagnosis in one breast and underwent breast MRI on the other breast at one of 25 participating imaging sites.The analysis of the MRI data revealed that a BI-RADS assessment of 5, defined as highly suggestive of malignancy, and the identification of a mass — a 3-D grouping of abnormal cells — were most predictive of cancer.A BI-RADS score of 5 was assigned to 14 women in the study. Eleven of the 14 women had follow-up imaging, and cancer was identified in 10 of them for a positive predictive value of 71 percent. A BI-RADS score of 4, defined as ‘suspicious abnormality, biopsy should be considered,’ was assigned to 83 women, 67 of whom had follow-up imaging identifying 17 cancers for a 20 percent positive predictive value.For masses, the lesion features that were most predictive of cancer included irregular shaped, spiculated margins (characterized by spikes or points) or marked enhancement (a very bright image with contrast agent). For non-3-D lesions, features most predictive of cancer were location in a milk duct or clumped enhancement.“MRI is a very important tool in evaluating breast health in women,” Mahoney said. “However, there is still wide variability in how the exam is performed and a lack of standardization in test protocols that make it hard to compare results.”She said recommendations from the multicenter study may be incorporated into future editions of BI-RADS, which will ultimately help MRI exams more easily transferred from one institution to another.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | May 16, 2012 Study Examines BI-RADS and MRI in Predicting Breast Cancer last_img read more

Canadian overnights in Germany up 73 forecast remains strong

first_img Thursday, August 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: FIT, Germany, Trend Watch Canadian overnights in Germany up 7.3%, forecast remains strongcenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The German National Tourist Board (DZT) has reported strong tourism growth from Canada in the first half of 2017, with FIT travellers in particular leading the charge.From January to and including May 2017, overnight figures show an overall increase of 7.3% over the same period in 2016. March and May 2017 were especially strong, both months breaking the 11% mark (11.8% and 11.9%, respectively).According to Antje Splettstoesser, the German National Tourist Office’s Director for Canada, contributing to these positive results are Canadian FIT travellers, who seem to like Germany’s well-developed tourism infrastructure.“We have also noticed increasing interest in Germany’s culinary scene, which with close to 300 Michelin stars extends well beyond our luscious bratwursts and distinctive beers. After busy hours of touring castles, towns and cities, or pedalling along one of Germany’s many meandering rivers, there is just nothing like sitting in a quiet restaurant or leafy beer garden to look back on the day with a glass of local wine or a cool brew,” she said. “Also, value for money has always stood us in good stead in Canadian eyes. For the end of the year, we look forward to the continuing upward travel trend from Canada for Destination Germany.”Overall, preliminary results from the German Federal Statistical Office for January to and including June indicate 36.7 million international overnight stays in accommodations with 10 or more beds, 1.2 million more than for the same period the previous year, an increase of 3%.Global tourism is forecast to continue to develop positively for the rest of the year. At the beginning of 2017, UNWTO predicted a growth potential of 3% to 4% for international arrivals worldwide, and 2% to 3% for Europe. And according to Forward Keys, international flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% higher than in the previous year.“With a growth of 3% and more than one million additional overnights in the first half of the year, Destination Germany presents a very good half-year result among the international competition. It would appear that Germany as a travel destination is more popular than ever,” said Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the DZT. Travelweek Group last_img read more


first_img 3 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Bruce Arians was a master of the English language.Sometimes Usually, that included a few expletives dropped. The former Arizona Cardinals coach was also the master of the press-conference opening quip and handing out the fitting nickname.Here is a collection of a few of the best quotes from Arians’ time with the Cardinals.After a win over a Rams team favored because of their stout defense in 2014:“I love it when nobody says you have a chance to win. There’s an 11-and-3 team and a team that’s always 8-and-8. You figure it out. Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great their defense is. I think they saw a good defense tonight, it was in red and white.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories LISTEN: The Best of Bruce Arians on Bickley+Marotta center_img “You don’t get rings for byes. You don’t even get t-shirts and hats.”On seeing the Cardinals fan base grow in the Valley while joining Bickley & Marotta in 2016:“Everywhere you go, I love seeing the kids in the jerseys. You know right now, if the kids are Cardinals fans, mom and pop got no choice.”Arians after his final game, a win at CenturyLink Field over the Seattle Seahawks:“Thank you for coming to my house. I hope you get home safe.”In his press conference announcing he will retire after the 2017 season (Jan. 2, 2018):“We built this program on three words: trust, loyalty and respect. I told our team last night I was done, that I’m retiring. And they lied to you. Because of that, there’s no greater feeling in the world to know your players have your back.” – / 9 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the struggles of rookie tackle D.J. Humphries in training camp before the 2015 season:“A knee in his (expletive) every day. A foot wasn’t going to do it. That’s why he’s nicknamed knee-deep.”After improving to 2-0 on the season in 2015:“They’re patting you on the back, they’re looking for a soft spot, where to stick the knife. Same guy patting us on the back saying we might lose 10 in a row and might still be right.”On rookie safety Budda Baker taking the bait on offense and nicknaming him:“He’s still learning. He’s still ‘Fish Bait’ a few times but as he continues to get better and better, that role could increase quickly.”While visiting Bickley & Marotta with a cold:“I need to start getting some whiskey lozenges.”Following a victory over the Baltimore Ravens in 2015:“We wanted to make sure there was a damn good traffic jam.”On taking the Cardinals’ job and being himself in the interview process:“The thing at the beginning was, ‘Hey, I’m not changing who I am and how I coach. I’ll probably get a lot of Bibles in the mail.’”After clinching a bye in the 2015 playoffs: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

NYC Company the official marketing tourism and

first_imgNYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, announced that eight hotels in the Signature Collection, a group of 17 NYC luxury hotels, will participate in the Signature Collection Third Night™ promotion this summer. The program gives visitors a complimentary third night at participating hotels after booking and paying for two consecutive nights, between July 1 and September 7, 2009.“The Signature Collection Third Night promotion will offer visitors exceptional value at some of our city’s finest luxury hotels this summer,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.The hotels participating in this program are: the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; Jumeirah Essex House; Loews Regency Hotel; the London NYC; the New York Palace Hotel; the Plaza Hotel; the Sherry-Netherland; and the Waldorf-Astoria.NYC & Company also announced that luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has reconfirmed its participation in the Third Night program this summer. Saks Fifth Avenue, whose iconic New York flagship store has long been the premier fashion destination for both visitors and residents of Manhattan, will offer a VIP shopping package to Third Night guests. The package includes an exclusive personal-shopping experience in the Fifth Avenue Club, special savings, and complimentary coffee and dessert at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Cafe SFA, which overlooks Rockefeller Center and the Channel Gardens.“Saks Fifth Avenue is pleased to participate again this summer in the Signature Collection Third Night promotion,” said Kimberly Grabel, senior vice president, marketing Saks Fifth Avenue. “We believe our VIP shopping experience is the perfect complement to a Signature Collection three-night stay and look forward to welcoming these visitors to our flagship store.”The Signature Collection comprises 17 luxury hotel properties in New York City: the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; Jumeirah Essex House; Loews Regency Hotel; the London NYC; Mandarin Oriental, New York; the New York Palace Hotel; the Peninsula New York; the Pierre New York; the Plaza Hotel; Hotel Plaza Athénée New York; the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park; the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park; the Sherry-Netherland; the St. Regis, New York; Trump International Hotel & Tower; the Waldorf=Astoria; and the Trump SoHo New York (opening fall 2009). The program was initiated in 2001 through the efforts of NYC & Company.www.nycgo.comlast_img read more

Energy talks gear up as deadline for third licensing round nears

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades is to have meetings with representatives of energy giants in the coming week as the July 22 deadline for expressions of interest in the third licensing round for hydrocarbons exploration draws near.According to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides on Sunday, in addition to these visits to the island, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis is to travel to Britain and the US for discussions with companies that have expressed an interest in principle.“There is increased interest and this is a clear vote of confidence in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic,” the spokesman said.“Hopefully this interest will translate into concrete expressions of interest before July 22 so that we can complete the third licensing round.”The acreage opened up for bidding in the third licensing round are Blocks 6, 8 and 10 in the island’s EEZ.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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