Sahara enters the automobile sector

first_imgSahara India Pariwar, one of the biggest Indian business conglomerates, announces its foray into the automobile sector, under the brand name, ‘Sahara Evols’. The business venture will cater India’s largest range of Electric Vehicles (EVs) along with advanced allied services. The product portfolio of ‘Sahara Evols’ consists of variants of Electric Scooters, Motorcycles, Three Wheelers, and Cargo Vehicles. For the first time, it is introducing a network of Battery Charging cum Swapping Stations. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive’Sahara Evols’, while starting from Lucknow, shall establish its ecosystem in Tier II and Tier III cities of India by the end of this financial year, in a phase-wise manner. Subsequently, in the next financial year, it shall be rolling out its products and services, pan-India. On the occasion, ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara said, “We are proud to introduce for the first time, a complete ecosystem of electric vehicles in India. Sustainable and environment-friendly modes of transportation are the need of the time as well as for the benefit of our future generations. The aggravated state of air pollution, majorly due to the proliferation of fossil fuel driven vehicles that emit toxic fumes in the atmosphere, is silent but for the biggest of threats to life on earth today. In fact, it is a grim reality that air pollution is affecting us personally and in quite an adverse way.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painHe further said, “Globally, however, remedies to return to a cleaner and a healthier world are been explored. The Sahara Evols range of electric vehicles is going to be our contribution in this direction – towards alternate, sustainable and eco-friendly modes of transportation.” ‘Sahara Evols’ vehicles run on advanced electric motors and drivetrain designed, and developed by German Engineering. The technology and design of Evols electric vehicles provide instant pick-up, zero noise pollution thus soundless cruise and lower battery consumption which leads to longer driving distance and also longer battery life plus 5 times lower maintenance costs as compared to conventional vehicles. The vehicles are powered by dry lithium-ion batteries, which are lightweight, portable, smart-looking and have a longer life than regular batteries. These batteries are fast charging, with up to 40% charging in 1 hour which can provide enough power to cover between 55 Km – 150 Km distance in a single charge depending on the type and category. The cost of driving Sahara Evols Electric Vehicles in an average can go as low as 20 paise per kilometer against the cost of Rs 2 per kilometer on petrol vehicles. Sahara Evols is also introducing a first of its kind ecosystem for the electric vehicles, which along with a wide network of Service Centers across each city, is also introducing a network of ‘Battery Swapping Stations’ for customer convenience. These Battery Swapping Stations charge batteries quickly with ‘Evols Smart Charge Docking System’, or alternatively, enable vehicle owners to swap their discharged battery with a fully charged one. The company has already started developing the service setup at Lucknow District, its first target market with the setting up of 57 service centers as well as providing training to the technicians for electric vehicles. Sahara Evols has also handed over keys to 101 inaugural customers at Lucknow. Sahara Evols’ vehicles are also equipped with Smart Tech features like GPS tracking system through which the owner of the vehicle can trace the location of their vehicle, as well as ask for on-road and off-road assistance, 24X7. Users can also analyse online the performance of their vehicles and for the first time in India, can even lock the vehicle through the mobile app. The vehicles also have Distress Alarm Buttons for women’s safety and Anti-Theft Alarm.last_img read more

NS sawmill museum blames closure on Canada Summer Jobs abortion controversy

first_imgMETEGHAN RIVER, N.S. – A small Nova Scotia museum has “closed indefinitely” after it said it was denied federal funding for refusing to conform to a controversial abortion rights clause in the Canada Summer Jobs program.The Liberal government this year required that organizations seeking funding under the program check a box affirming their support for constitutional rights and the right to reproductive choice, including access to abortion.Gerald Comeau, a volunteer with the Bangor Sawmill Museum in Meteghan River, N.S., said the museum does not have a mandate to take an ideological position on abortion, and should not be compelled to do so in order to be eligible for funding.“We’re a museum. We’re not involved in the business of ideological questions of abortion and so on,” said Comeau in a phone interview Thursday. “So we came to the decision that we could not support that clause.”Comeau, a former longtime Tory politician and senator, said he wrote a letter to accompany the application that affirmed the organization’s respect for human rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but the application was nevertheless denied.He said without government funding, the museum — home to one of Canada’s last water-powered mills — does not have enough money to hire a student museum guide, and so will not open this summer as scheduled. The funding required to hire the student amounts to about $3,000.“We’re very disappointed. It’s a part of our history and a priceless heritage site,” said Comeau, 72, who grew up in the area and lives there today.A sawmill has sat on the site on the Meteghan River since the 1800s and once employed about 30 people. It burned down twice over the years, was rebuilt, and was eventually abandoned in the 1980s. Thanks to community efforts, the sawmill was restored in the early 1990s and its 19th-century technology was maintained.Colin Fraser, the local Liberal MP, said the purpose of the government’s change was to ensure funding was not going to jobs or organizations that purposefully undermine human rights.Fraser said he spoke with Comeau during the application process and explained that the attestation was about confirming that the job description and the primary activities of the applicant respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has nothing to do with the organization’s beliefs or values.“For example, previous groups had received federal funding despite specifically refusing to hire LGBTQ2 students or in another instance a job entailed making and displaying graphic abortion materials at a clinic in order to intimidate,” said Fraser in an email statement.“I agree with Mr. Comeau that the Bangor Sawmill has nothing to do with those types of activities. They were therefore eligible to apply and there’s no reason to believe they would not have been successful. However, they decided not to complete the application by refusing to complete the attestation and were therefore not approved.”Fraser went on to say that he was willing to work with the museum on “finding a way to keep this important historic site operating for the benefit of the community.”Veronique Simard, press secretary for federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, said before the government changed the Canada Summer Jobs program, funding was being given to groups like the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, which paid students to distribute graphic images of aborted fetuses.“Our government stands by its decision to ensure that funding does not go to these kinds of groups. Canadian students deserve high-quality summer job experience, in high-quality workplaces,” said Simard in an email statement.Ottawa also noted that organizations do not have to support rights — they must respect them, and not actively undermine them.Last month, a New Brunswick archbishop ordered several Roman Catholic parishes to return the federal funding they had applied for under the program. Moncton Archbishop Valery Vienneau said some parishes had not read the fine print, completed the application and were approved for funding, but the church cannot compromise its values just to please the government.Comeau said he feels that the museum has become “collateral damage.”“It’s not the just the faith-based groups that have been impacted. It’s groups like ours,” said Comeau.“I understand where the government was coming from, but there were other ways of doing it. If you’re a surgeon and you want to fix a patient, you don’t go in with a chainsaw, you go in with a scalpel… In my view, (Ottawa) has gone in with a chainsaw.”Simard said 2,157 organizations in Nova Scotia were approved for Canada Summer Jobs funding in 2018.— By Aly Thomson in Halifax.last_img read more

UNICEF to Boost Moroccan School Attendance with Child to Child Program

In partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Education, UNICEF has launched the fourth phase of its “Child to Child” program, which aims to promote school enrollment and assist children who have dropped-out of schools across Morocco.“Child to Child” is an educational program designed to promote the enrollment of Moroccan children in the education system and to prevent dropouts.The program, running to 2030, identifies children who do not attend school and works to reintegrate them into the education system. “The program aims to identify students who are not in school, and prepare them for re-inscription,” said UNICEF representative Giovanna Barberis.It includes a “Second Chance” program for children who have already dropped out, supporting them through an educational follow up program, explains the UNICEF press release.It also aims to sensitize schools, students and families to issues associated with school drop-out, such as exclusion and marginalization.Read also: UNICEF: Moroccan Media Do Poorly in Educating Children“The children, teenagers and young people that leave school fall back into illiteracy. They have no certificates to access professional training and they don’t have the competencies required to participate in society,” Berberis noted. While most children attend primary school in Morocco, attendance rates drop significantly for high school education.According to a November 2018 UNICEF report, 99.1% of children aged 6 to 11 attended primary school in 2016/2017. However, overall only 66% of children aged 15 to 17 attended high school. Numbers drop significantly in rural areas, and for girls. Only 69.4% of girls aged 12 to 14 and 32.2% of girls aged 15 to 17 in rural areas attended high school. “The right to education is fundamental. It is the key to accessing all other rights and breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty,” said Barberis. The “Child to Child” program is funded in part by the Canadian government.Phase 4 was launched in a small community school in Mejlaou, one hour south of Tangier, at a meeting attended by government representatives of the National Initiative for Human Development, UNICEF, local education associations and a number of children who have already benefited from the program. read more

TSX pulled lower by resources sectors weak US Q1 economic growth data

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 8:06 am MDT TSX pulled lower by resources sectors, weak U.S. Q1 economic growth data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as steep declines in the energy, gold and metals sectors took back some of the gains seen earlier in the week, while data showed the U.S. economy was weaker than expected in the first quarter.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 109.31 points to 12,220.20 as the U.S. government reported that gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter. Economists had expected growth of three per cent.The loonie was up of 0.38 of a cent at 98.34 cents US.New York markets were mixed as the Dow Jones industrial average rose 11.75 points to 14,712.55. The Nasdaq lost 10.73 points to 3,279.26 and the S&P 500 was down 2.92 at 1,582.24. The TSX Venture up 0.55 of a point to 965.22.Despite coming in below expectations, U.S. GDP growth for the first three months of 2013 was still much better than the 0.4 per cent reported in the final quarter of 2012.“The GDP report did miss consensus but, overall, it’s still a very positive number,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“Some people see it as an inventory build there, that the second quarter might be weaker. However, I’d say it was a relatively strong number especially when you compare around the globe, the lack of GDP growth. The U.S. actually is standing out, showing some growth relative to Europe and other countries.”Officials said much of the gain was from a jump in consumer spending, which rose at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent — the largest increase since the end of 2010. Government spending fell at a 4.1 per cent annual rate, led by another deep cut in defence spending.Economists forecast that the U.S. GDP will continue to slow in the April-to-June quarter to a rate of just two per cent growth, and stay at that level for the rest of the year.Oil and metal had risen sharply over the previous two sessions amid data showing U.S. oil inventories growing less than expected last week, a report from Goldman Sachs predicting a rebound in copper prices and hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates next Thursday to boost the Continent’s economy.The majority of sectors on the Toronto exchange were down, led by steep declines in base metals, gold and energy as weak GDP figures depressed commodity prices.Metals and mining saw the largest decrease with a 4.53 per cent drop as May copper moved down five cents to US$3.18 a pound.Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 78 cents to C$26.30.The gold sector fell 3.74 per cent as June bullion closed down $8.40 to US$1,453.60 an ounce, but still a big improvement after plunging last week to US$1,361 an ounce, its lowest level in more than two years.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 66 cents to C$18.80.Gold miner Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX:AEM) reported that it earned US$23.9 million or 14 cents per share in the latest quarter, down from $78.5 million or 46 cents per share a year ago. Revenue for the quarter totalled $423.2 million, down from $474.1 million. Its shares were down $1.80 cents to $31.85.The energy sector slipped 1.14 per cent while the June crude contract fell 64 cents to $93 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 62 cents to C$29.58.Energy company Chevron lent support to New York markets as it beat analyst expectations even though it said lower oil prices hit its bottom line. The company’s net income fell to $6.2 billion, or $3.18 per share, on revenue of $56.8 billion. Last year the company earned $6.5 billion, or $3.27 per share, on revenue of $60.7 billion. Analysts expected Chevron to earn $3.09 per share.Pipeline and power company TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) reported net earnings below expectations. The company,which is looking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, said it had net income of $446 million or 63 cents per share in the first quarter. Comparable earnings were $370 million or 52 cents per share, a penny below analyst estimates.Meanwhile, TransCanada said it expects its long-delayed pipeline to be in service in the second half of 2015 — months later than its previous estimate as the company continues to await U.S. government approval for the project. Its shares were down 63 cents to $49.14.— With files from Malcolm Morrison read more

UN calls for urgent regional coordination to aid refugees fleeing Central American

“The US initiative to resettle Central American refugees is a welcome step to help address the growing refugee crisis,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representative in the United States, Shelly Pitterman.Reiterating its serious concern for the welfare of large numbers of people who continue to flee from the three countries, UNHCR said it is working closely with regional Governments and civil society partners to enhance screening capacity to identify people forced to flee the violence.It is also encouraging Governments to introduce legal avenues for refugees to find safety to protect them from exploitation by smugglers and traffickers, supporting clear and accessible procedures for asylum-seekers and other steps needed for an effective regional response.UNHCR has issued two reports showing that people fleeing violence in the three Central American countries who reached the U.S. border have bona fide needs for international protection.While it is the prerogative of States to manage the security of their borders, the return of persons deemed not to be in need of international protection should take place only after their claims have been considered through due process, the agency stressed. Moreover, any such returns must be carried out in a manner that is orderly, safe and respectful of the dignity of the individuals and families concerned. In particular, returns of unaccompanied or separated children must be based on a determination of what is in the best interests of the child. read more

Lumix TZ30 et FT4 Panasonic présente ses nouveaux appareils photo compacts

first_imgLumix TZ30 et FT4 : Panasonic présente ses nouveaux appareils photo compactsComme chaque année, Panasonic renouvelle sa gamme d’appareils photos numériques compacts. De nouveaux modèles viennent ainsi d’être présentés : les Lumix TZ25 et TZ30, dotés d’un capteur MOS, et les Lumix étanches FT4 et FT20.En ce début d’année, Panasonic rafraîchit sa gamme d’appareils photos numériques compacts avec quatre nouveaux modèles : Le Lumix TZ30 et sa version économique TZ25, et les FT4 et FT20.Les TZ30 et TZ25Le premier est doté d’un nouveau capteur MOS dit “haute sensibilité” de 14,1 millions de pixels. Grâce à une puce de traitement Venus Engine, il est capable de photographier en rafale à 10 images par seconde. Il dispose des modes panorama, HDR et 3D, et permet de réaliser des vidéos en Full HD 1080/50p au format AVCHD Progressive ou en 1080/25p au format MP4, avec son stéréo. Côté optique, le TZ30, décrit comme l’appareil photo le plus fin de sa catégorie, est équipé d’un zoom 20 fois équivalent à un 24-480 mm. Il garde l’écran LCD tactile 3 pouces (7,6 cm) affichant les 460.800 pixels de son prédécesseur, le TZ20, ainsi que son GPS. Sa version économique, le TZ25, se contente d’un zoom 16 fois 24-384 mm. Équipé d’un capteur MOS haute sensibilité de 12,1 millions de pixels, il offre un écran LCD de 3 pouces, non tactile, affichant lui aussi 460.800 points.Les FT4 et FT20Le FT4, successeur du FT3, est le nouveau modèle étanche de Panasonic. Il embarque un capteur CCD de 12,1 millions de pixels, et filme en Full HD 1080/50i. Son zoom 4,6 fois équivalent à un 28-128 mm est stabilisé optiquement. Il affiche un écran 2,7 pouces (6,8 cm) à seulement 230.400 pixels, mais son étanchéité est assurée jusqu’à 12 mètres de profondeur. L’appareil est aussi capable de résister aux chutes de deux mètres de haut, et à des températures allant jusqu’à -10°C. Et comme le FTZ30, il dispose d’un GPS.Sa version économique, le DMC-FT20, est, étonnamment, équipée d’un capteur CCD plus performant, de 16,1 millions de pixels. En revanche, il ne filme qu’en HD 720/25p. Son zoom 3,7 fois est équivalent à un 29-108 mm, et son écran est le même que celui du FT4. Moins résistant, l’appareil qui n’embarque pas de GPS n’est étanche que jusqu’à 5 mètres, et ne pourra pas accuser de chutes de plus de 1,5 mètres. Les quatre nouveaux appareils de Panasonic devraient être très bientôt commercialisés en France. Le TZ30 sera proposé à 370 euros et le TZ25 à 300 euros. Quant aux FT4 et FT20, leurs prix sont respectivement fixés à 400 et 200 euros. Le 6 février 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Super Bowl ad winners and losers

first_img AP, Posted: February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019 Super Bowl ad winners and losers AP 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNEW YORK (AP) — This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers.While the New England Patriots bested the L.A. Rams on Sunday in Atlanta during Super Bowl 53, brands were also winning and losing off the field. Some spots, like Google’s ad about its translation service, charmed many viewers. But others like Mint Mobile’s ad about “chunky milk” fell flat.San Diego Advertising Executive Kathy Cunningham stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the hottest trending Super Bowl ads.BESTAmazonThe Amazon ad was an early crowd pleaser when it was released well ahead of the game. Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker and other celebrities test out rejected Amazon products that feature its Alexa digital assistant, such as a talking electric toothbrush and a dog collar.Bud LightBud Light’s crossover with Game of Thrones was a hit because it came as such a surprise. What started out as the “Bud Knight” in a jousting tournament morphs into a promo for the next “Game of Thrones” season.“It was somewhat confusing at first,” said Mark DiMassimo, chief of ad agency DiMassimo Goldstein. “But it was super engaging and fun and surprising.”Stella ArtoisTo tout its partnership with Water.org, which helps provide clean water to the developing world, the beer maker shows two 1990s icons giving up their signature drinks for a philanthropy-supporting brew. “The Dude” — a Jeff Bridges character from “The Big Lebowski” —forgoes his White Russian, while Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City” eschews her cosmopolitan. The 1990s nostalgia was a hit with viewers.HuluHulu kicked off the evening’s surprises during the first break with an ad that started out like Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign ad “Morning in America.” But it was soon revealed to be a teaser for the next season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” ”Wake up America, morning’s over,” a voiceover stated.“It was a great misdirect and great placement,” DiMassimo said.GoogleAn ad promoting its Google Translate service pointed out that although “words can hurt and sometimes divide,” the most translated words in the world are “How are you,” ”Thank you” and “I love you.”Kim Whitler, marketing professor at the University of Virginia, said the ad was an example of how the night’s “most powerful ads focused on unity, positivity and commonality.”MicrosoftAnother heart-tugger was Microsoft’s ad showing a disabled child talking excitedly about the fun he had using an adaptive Xbox controller designed for players with mobility limitations.“It combined true emotion, great storytelling, and relevant product innovation with an insight about their category (gaming) as a great equalizer,” DiMassimo said.WORSTMint MobileThe wireless provider was trying to stand out from larger rivals Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. But the “gross-out” route may not have been the way to do it.The ad compares Mint Mobile’s $20-a-month wireless plan with “chunky milk,” then it shows a fake ad with a family drinking the unappetizing beverage. A mint-colored cartoon fox says the milk is “not right,” but Mint Mobile’s plan “is right.”“The ad could be confusing. People might just remember that Mint’s pricing is ‘not right,’” said Northwestern University marketing professor Tim Calkins.Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines created a trailer for a six-minute short directed by Ridley Scott, known for directing Apple’s iconic “1984” ad. It was the storied director’s first return to the Super Bowl in decades. But some viewers took to Twitter to express confusion over what exactly the ad was trying to promote. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Meets with White House and FDA on PHO Proposal

first_imgASA Chairman Danny Murphy, CEO Steve Censky and NOPA President Tom Hammer met with the White House Domestic Policy Staff and FDA to discuss ASA’s concerns with the FDA’s proposal to withdraw Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHO).  ASA shared projections for high oleic soybean production ramp up provided by QUALISOY, emphasizing that not only is more time required, but that the withdrawal of GRAS, even if postponed to 2018 or 2020, will have the immediate effect of driving food companies to substitute highly-saturated palm oil since no company wants to have an ingredient in their product for multiple years that the FDA says is “unsafe.”ASA emphasized this would be a bad development for both consumers and American farmers.  ASA also emphasized that there has already been a 70 percent reduction in trans fat intake since labeling for trans fats was mandated beginning in 2006, and that the easy switches have already been made.  FDA seemed interested in whether the food/soy industry might be able to develop a standard of identity for soybean oil that limited the amount of trans fats contained in it.  ASA will explore this concept with industry and the soy family.last_img read more

Woman hit by vehicle while crossing street in Orchards

first_imgA woman was hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening while she was crossing Northeast Gher Road near St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The accident was reported at 6:05 p.m. in the 5600 block of Gher Road in the Orchards area. The woman, whose name was not released, may have been crossing eastbound when she was struck by a northbound vehicle, said Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik. The woman was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were described as serious, but not life-threatening. The roadway where she crossed does not have a crosswalk. The driver, Shea Buckner, 23, remained on scene and cooperated with police investigating the collision, Botvinnik said. He said the collision appeared to be an accident and that no drugs or alcohol were involved.last_img

2 Palm Beach men charged with conspiring with ISIS plead guilty

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two Palm Beach County men accused of conspiring to support ISIS have pleaded guilty.One of them, Dayne Christian, also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He and defendant Darren Jackson face up to 20 years in prison.The FBI arrested the suspects on July of 2016.Gregory HubbardAuthorities also arrested a third man, Gregory Hubbard. His trial is scheduled for later this year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

10 Things To Know for Thursday

first_imgAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileFILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. 1. TRUMP’S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTAHours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to “the benefit of all three countries.”2. LAWMAKERS NEAR DEAL ON SPENDING BILLA breakthrough seems possible after the White House backs off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under “Obamacare.”3. UNITED MAKES ‘BUMPING’ CHANGESThe embattled airline says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees.4. HOW NORTH KOREA HAS MASTERED BRINKSMANSHIPThe technique over the years has won the country a grudging respect from Washington and its allies, while sometimes filling Pyongyang’s coffers with aid by relieved rivals.5. AS TRUMP CALLS FOR WALL, A LOOK AT WORLD’S BARRIERSWhile the structures are effective at protecting borders, they’ve also destroyed city neighborhoods, harm the environment and prevent innocent victims from reaching safety, an AP examination finds.6. ANN COULTER’S BERKELEY SPEECH CANCELEDStill, the liberal California university is bracing for possible violence and protests whether the conservative pundit comes to the campus or not.7. STANDOFF CONTINUES IN DELAWAREA man suspected of shooting and killing a state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded — and trading fire with officers — inside his house.8. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TAX BREAK WISH LISTSBut owners don’t plan a hiring binge if the Trump administration’s plan to lower tax rates becomes law.9. ‘YEP, I’M GAY’Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out.10. WHERE THEY PLAY FOR PAYNow that the NFL draft is here, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of several college stars ready to cash in. Sharelast_img read more

Australia Probes Bitcoin Crime Links as Currency Craves Legitimacy

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin’s role in organized crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.The investigation into bitcoin’s crime links by one authority as others embrace it highlights the crossroads governments have reached as they struggle to regulate the five-year-old “cryptocurrency”, a method of making anonymous payments which has surged in popularity around the world.Australian Crime Commission Executive Director Judy Lind revealed for the first time that investigators will monitor “misuse of virtual currencies to facilitate criminal activity” at a national and international level, under an operation named Project Longstrike.”We know that virtual currencies including bitcoin are used as payment methods to facilitate illicit trade on the darknet,” Lind told Reuters in a statement, referring to a hidden part of the Internet where information can be shared anonymously and without revealing the location of its source.”Organized crime groups continue to make use of darknets to harbor trading in illicit commodities, including child exploitation material, illicit drugs and firearms, stolen credit card and identity data, and hacking techniques.”Project Longstrike is just the latest example of Australia’s determination to crack down on bitcoin-enabled crime. Last month, Australia said it extradited to the United States the alleged primary moderator of Silk Road, a website where people bought illegal drugs like heroin using bitcoins.In October, police seized Queensland state’s first bitcoin automated teller machine five months after it opened, with media reporting police believed it was being used by a former motorcycle gang member to deal crystal methamphetamine.Regulators around the world are wary after the Mt Gox bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo earlier this year, saying it lost some 850,000 bitcoins – worth about $300 million at current prices – in a hacking attack.Like many countries, Japan has allowed bitcoin trading to continue without establishing a full set of rules on its legal status. U.S. authorities are yet to agree to cohesive laws, while the United Kingdom is seen as a world leader because it has classified bitcoins as a currency.Australian authorities are also trying to facilitate legal bitcoin trades in a country where use of the currency is exploding. Between its 23.6 million people, Australia has an estimated 7 percent of the $5 billion worth of bitcoins now circulating, with reports of online retailers, real estate agents and even pubs accepting bitcoin payments.The Australian Taxation Office has published a guide for bitcoin traders on how to declare their investments, and a parliamentary inquiry is trying to lay the groundwork for a broader regulatory approach to the digital currency.But David Glance, director of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice, said Australia appeared to be sending mixed messages.”Politicians singularly fail to understand what (the digital economy) is all about. They latch onto trends and buzzwords,” he said, referring to the tax office guidelines and parliamentary inquiry.”There still isn’t a problem that bitcoin solves, other than buying drugs,” he added.Darknet sites including Silk Road and its successor Silk Road 2.0 did about $3 billion of turnover annually in the year to November, Glance said, equivalent to more than half the total bitcoins now in circulation.Wild WestSenator Sam Dastyari, who is running the parliamentary inquiry, said bitcoins offered a way to “shake up” Australia’s “stale” banking industry. A regulatory system is needed that policed crime without restricting the currency, he said.”There is going to be a place for some kind of digital-style currency. There is inevitability that it will play some kind of role,” Dastyari said.”Do you go and start regulating it first, or wait for the IMF to do it first and come on board?”Australia could soon see the world’s first direct share market listing of a virtual currency exchange, in a sign of how rapidly bitcoin businesses are entering the mainstream.Melbourne-based start-up Bitcoin Group hopes to raise A$20 million ($17 million) and plans to file a prospectus by Christmas which will not include financial forecasts.Bitcoin Group Chief Executive Officer Sam Lee compared the currency to the early “wild, wild west” days of the Internet, and shrugged off concerns that it mainly served as a vehicle for illegal transactions.”We’ve moved far beyond that now,” he said.”We expect (bitcoin currency) to clean itself up as more capital and more smart people flow into the ecosystem.”(Editing by Stephen Coates) This story originally appeared on Reuters December 3, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

What Startups Need to Do to Be Cyber Secure in 2015

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read February 12, 2015 2014 was a year full of unprecedented cyber attacks in the U.S.Big companies such as Target, Home Depot, Michaels, P.F. Chang’s and JP Morgan fell victim to data breaches, and 2015 is already heading down a similar path. Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in the U.S., announced a massive data breach on Feb. 5.But big name businesses aren’t the only targets. A report published by the Ponemon Institute in September 2014 found that almost half of all U.S. companies have experienced a security breach of some sort in the past year. Hackers are out there, and they’re attacking businesses large and small.I spoke with three cybersecurity experts about 2015 trends and what startups can do to keep their data safe this year:1. Detection over preventionIn 2015, prevention is no longer enough to keep data safe from hackers.Related: Hackers Hijack Chipotle’s Twitter Account, Tweet F-Bomb and N-Word Insults“Hackers have gotten very sophisticated, and preventing breaches entirely is impossible,” says Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass, a leader in cloud access security. “Companies need a two-pronged approach balancing breach prevention and breach discovery and remediation.”This year, the focus will shift from preventing attacks to detecting breaches and minimizing the harm they cause.“This is a philosophical change that was brought about by the waves of breaches last year — Target, JPMorgan, HomeDepot, Sony,” Kausik says. “Each of these companies invested a lot in preventing breaches, and yet got hacked. The average breach lasts 229 days entirely undetected. Catching breaches early can limit the damage considerably.”Fengmin Gong, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cyphort, an advanced malware defense company that detects and fights targeted threats, corporate espionage and IP theft, agrees that security needs to advance beyond prevention tactics.“First we implement a ‘continuous monitoring and mitigation’ approach,” Gong says. “Next we identify all critical assets and the potential attack surface. Then we implement a detection and response solution and finally we implement an ongoing process for security posture assessment and improvement.”2. Security literacySecurity starts from within an organization. Establishing safety practices and ensuring all employees are aware of them is key.“Policy and education of the workforce goes a long way toward better security posture, especially in this age where advanced threat actors increasingly resort to social engineering tactics in their threat campaign,” Gong says.He advises business leaders to instruct their employees to follow these basic practices:Keep the endpoint system and security software updated and enable auto update.Don’t install apps from untrusted sources.Don’t install apps as the device administrator unless it’s necessary.Stop saying “yes” to all permission requests. Why should a news feeder access your contact list?Stay vigilant of what’s running devices, and investigate suspicious activitiesRelated: Sometimes Hackers Just Want to Embarrass You3. Cloud protectionAs technology evolves, so will cyberattacks, and the next target may be information stored in the cloud.“In this evolving mobile and cloud era, it is no longer about protecting your enterprise boundaries or devices, but more about protecting the assets themselves, wherever they may reside,” says Rehan Jalil, CEO of Elastica, a cloud security company. “As more and more valuable assets migrate to the cloud, cybercrime will follow.”Although many cloud providers have sound infrastructures, Jalil suggests that organizations are still vulnerable through the standard username and password setup that allows full access to company data.“Phished credentials, malware hijacking valid HTTPS connections, and malicious insiders are all very real threats and represent the easiest ways to attack corporate assets in the cloud,” he says. “Organizations would be wise to integrate a security strategy as part of their overall cloud strategy to ensure that they are adopting safe cloud apps and are taking proper data governance and threat prevention practices.”4. Practical stepsWhen revamping cybersecurity efforts, Gong suggests startups take the following steps:Focus on the most valuable assets.Set clear goals.Adopt one process and one flow.Insist on tools to fit your workflow.Review and improve practices.Although implementing data security can cost time and money, it is a critical component for businesses today.“Putting comprehensive security solutions in place to protect your critical assets, including those stored in the cloud,” Jalil says, “is a very small price to pay to avoid the massive damages we have seen organizations grapple with in 2014.”Related: Companies Need to Take Responsibility for Protecting Sensitive User Data Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Help Me Laptop Whats the Best Sub1000 2in1 for Drawing

first_imgDrawing with a pen on paper simply isn’t enough anymore; 2-in-1 laptops have flooded the market accompanied by styli with thousands upon thousands of points of pressure sensitivity.But which 2-in-1 is really the best for aspiring artists? User dawn11180 took to the Tom’s Guide forums with this very question.”I am off to college in a month and I am looking for a budget friendly 2-in-1 laptop for drawing. It’s a hobby, so I don’t need a professional quality laptop. So I am looking for something that can run Photoshop and overall Windows 10. I am not very smart when it comes to specs, I am only a student so I guess keep in mind that my needs are not that high. I would really like it if the laptop supported the wacom pen cause I own one that I love a lot. My budget is $1,000 at the absolute most. Thanks in advance.”Don’t worry, dawn11180; we’ve got you covered. We’re going to take you through several choices of 2-in-1 laptops. But first, let’s talk about your favorite Wacom pen. If you have a Bamboo Ink, you’re ready to go. If not, check out Wacom’s compatibility section here to see if the pen you use will work on the laptops we recommend.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-2-in-1-for-drawing?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 If your pen isn’t compatible, we recommend investing in a Bamboo Ink pen ($38.99), considering it works with many laptops and is cheaper than most pens that are sold separately. It also offers up to 4,098 levels of pressure sensitivity depending on the device.Best 2-in-1s for DrawingLet’s start off with the Lenovo Yoga 720, a 15.6-inch 2-in-1 with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of VRAM, all for just $849. That translates to speedy performance, decent storage space and the ability to run some AAA titles, like Rise of the Tomb Raider. Additionally, the battery can last up to 9 hours, and the display is especially crisp and vibrant.Something that might be more comfortable for drawing is a detachable like the Microsoft Surface Pro, which starts at $799 or $719 for students, parents, teachers and military personnel. It starts with a 7th Gen Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and an Intel HD 615 graphics card.MORE: Best Laptops for College StudentsIt’s less powerful than the Yoga, and it can be more expensive, considering that the keyboard is a separate $159 purchase. The battery life is also a little shorter, at 7:30. However, the Surface Pro has a brighter and more colorful display, its 12.3-inch size makes it more portable and it has multiple configurations if you really want more speed. There’s also the Surface Pro’s kid brother, the Surface Go ($399), which is a smaller, cheaper and even less powerful version of the Surface.If you decide to go all out, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will serve you well with its Intel Core i5-8305G CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU with 4GB of VRAM. It’s the most powerful of the bunch, and boasts lovely, thin bezels accompanied by an even more colorful display than those on the Yoga and the Surface Pro. But it starts at $1,299, putting it out of your budget.We hope this helps you on your artistic journey, dawn11180. Let us know what you decide to go with!Credit: Laptop MagBest 2-in-1s (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)Our Favorite Tablets for Work and PlayThe Best Laptops for Business and Productivity by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Editor’s note: This paper was authored by Erica Drazen, managing director, and Jane Metzer of CSC’s Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices, the research arm of CSC’s Healthcare Group. The authors would like to thank James D’Itri, and Diane Conrath from CSC’s Healthcare Delivery Practice for their assistance in creating the CIO survey and to CHIME members for participating in the survey.  If you’d like to comment or start a discussion on this topic, join CSC’s Meaningful Use Community — ask CSC and other community members for their advice and opinions, view documents, connect with other members, share your experiences and best practices, and find links to additional resources at https://community.csc.com/community/meaningful_use References:1. Metzger, et al. “Physician Quality Reporting: The Hidden Requirements of Meaningful Use.” CSC, January 2011. www.csc.com/health_services/insights/58405-physician_quality_reporting_t…2. Metzger, et al. “Hospital Quality Reporting: The Hidden Requirements in Meaningful Use.” CSC, August 2010. www.csc.com/health_services/insights/51442-hospital_quality_reporting_th…. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morecenter_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | 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 Feature | June 21, 2012 | Erica Drazen, Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices Moving Ahead With Stage 2 Meaningful Use Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Although the requirements for Stage 2 payments for meaningful use are not yet final, there is information to understand the challenges that organizations will face. In Stage 1, organizations could defer about half of the optional requirements; organizations were most likely to defer requirements related to patient engagement and coordinating care.We conducted a survey of information system leaders in provider organizations, which indicates that the organization’s readiness to use these capabilities was the most common reason for deferring requirements. The readiness of their IT vendor was also an important factor. Stage 2: Where are You?Initial requirements for Stage 2 were expected to be released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the end of December 2011 and are not out yet. Once they are out, there will be a comment period and then a final rule will be published. The final rule is expected in July 2012 but that date could move because of the delay in the releasing the draft. However, two important clues to the final rules and the challenges they will present are available.Recommendations from the health information technology (HIT) Policy Committee were sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in June of 2011. During the process for Stage 1, few changes were made to the Policy Committee’s recommended requirements themselves — the major change was to make some requirements optional (the menu requirements). So far it appears that all of these optional requirements will become core requirements in Stage 2. CMS has released information on what menu requirements have been selected vs. deferred by the early adopters that have already attested for Stage 1. Since these early attesters are likely to be ahead of their peers in terms of electronic health record (EHR) use, menu requirements they chose to defer likely indicate what will be challenging for others.To supplement the information from early attesters, we recently surveyed CIOs who are members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) to solicit information on why certain Stage 1 requirements were being deferred and what they see as challenges in the proposed new Stage 2 requirements. What Can We Learn From Early Attesters?HITECH is viewed as a “real” program. By Dec. 31, 2011, 3,077 hospitals and 172,972 eligible providers (EPs) had registered for incentives. This represents 61 percent of eligible hospitals and 33 percent of EPs. Since providers only need register when they are ready to attest to receive payments, many more are assumed to plan to take advantage of the program in the future.Payment dollars based on Stage 1 of meaningful use are flowing as well: 604 hospitals have received Medicare payments and 1,016 have received Medicaid payments (some hospitals have received both). More than 29,000 EPs have received either Medicare or Medicaid payments (EPs can only qualify for one program). Through December 2011, more than $2.5 billion in payments had been made.Where Are The Challenges With Stage 1?In Stage 1, hospitals and EPs had core (required) requirements and menu (optional) requirements from which the organization needed to meet defined thresholds of use for a minimum number and could defer the rest. In Stage 2, it is likely that all items will be required. For some requirements, users could request an exemption if the requirement was not applicable to their practice. These requirements will likely be challenging for providers when they are required in Stage 2.Organizations had to choose at least one public health reporting measure and were exempt if no public health agencies were able to accept electronic public health information. Therefore, the low rate of attestation to public health measures is understandable. All of the other measures for which less than 50 percent of organizations attested to meaningful use were related to improving care coordination and engaging patients and families in their care. Care coordination and patient engagement are exactly what will be required to meet the requirements of accountable care.Why Are Organizations Not Selecting to Meet Stage 1 Requirements?Because of the importance of achieving patent engagement and coordinating care to improve quality and safety and reduce costs, we conducted a survey of IT leaders to find out the reasons these requirements were being deferred. The survey was conducted through CHIME, and responses were received from 80 organizations. Sixty percent of the respondents represented individual hospitals, 34 percent were multi-hospital systems and 28 percent represented groups of EPs. (Some responded for both hospitals and groups of EPs.) In total, efforts on behalf of more than 100 hospitals and more than 550 EPs were represented in the survey. Note that the survey did not include any independent small physician practices.Hospital respondents reported being well on their way to meeting Stage 1 requirements for meaningful use:• 25 percent had already attested for Medicare payments• 52 percent planned to attest in 2012• All had plans to attest by 2013For Medicaid (for which first-year requirements are much less stringent), 38 percent had already attested, 40 percent planned to attest in 2012 and the remainder planned to attest in 2013.When asked why they planned to defer menu requirements, one-half of those who responded cited internal operational readiness or process challenges; another 38 percent cited vendor product readiness. Only one or two respondents cited costs or the fact that the capability was not an organizational priority as a reason for deferring.The requirements that were most likely to be deferred by the hospital respondents were medication reconciliation, providing a summary-of-care record at transitions in care and providing patient educational materials. Reporting of clinical quality measures is a core requirement in Stage 1 and the requirements will expand in Stage 2. Physician documentation is the source of much of the documentation needed for Stage 1 quality reporting. [1] The biggest challenge reported by hospitals was capturing needed data from physician documentation electronically. Thirty-eight percent rated this as “hard” (requiring major process or capability changes) and 47 percent as “moderately difficult” (requiring moderate changes in processes or capabilities). In contrast, capturing data via electronic nursing documentation was rated as easy by 40 percent, moderately challenging by 53 percent and hard by only 4 percent. Data analysis for quality reporting was rated as moderately challenging by about 55 percent and hard by 24 percent of the hospital respondents.As a group, IT executives responding to our survey on behalf of EPs reported being behind hospitals in meeting Stage 1 requirements for meaningful use. Only about 10 percent had met Medicare requirements in 2011 although 55 percent planned to meet them in 2012. Almost all of the remainder plan to attest in 2013; two physician groups were not planning to meet meaningful use requirements. More organizations representing EPs had attested to Medicaid incentive criteria (as noted previously, much less stringent); 29 percent had attested in 2011, 36 percent more were planning to attest in 2012, with all but three of the remainder planning to attest in 2013.Medication reconciliation and providing patients timely access to electronic health information were the most likely (non-public health) requirements deferred by EPs, but providing summary records at transitions in care and providing reminders for preventive care were also high on the list of requirements being deferred. This pattern of deferrals matches those of early attesters reported by CMS. As with hospitals, the main reason for deferring requirements was operational readiness/process challenges, cited by 51 percent of respondents; 33 percent reported deferring because of vendor product readiness.Quality reporting will also be a continuing challenge for EPs though fewer organizations rated capturing needed data from physician documentation electronically as hard — 26 percent of EPs (vs. 38 percent of hospital respondents) — or needing moderate changes in processes or capabilities (37 percent). Twenty-eight percent reported that they were prepared to capture physician documentation electronically. We believe that the difference can be attributed to the presence in most market-leading ambulatory EHRs of a feature that tracks guideline compliance and encourages capture of clarifying information needed for quality measure reporting.[2]Capturing laboratory test information was rated as easy by 83 percent of organizations, moderately challenging by 22 percent and hard by only 6 percent. The data analysis was rated as moderately challenging by about 58 percent and hard by 18 percent of the IT executives who responded on behalf of eligible providers in our survey.The Biggest Challenges in Achieving Meaningful Use for Stage 2Stage 1 accepts partial implementation of many required capabilities and sets a fairly low bar on how much use qualifies as meaningful use. The data from CMS on all hospitals and eligible providers that attested to Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2011 reveals that most organizations exceeded these minimum thresholds for the requirements they met. For instance, hospitals and EPs used computerized order entry (CPOE) for medication orders for 85 percent of patients — even though the Stage 1 threshold was 30 percent of patients — and the organizations reported capturing more than 90 percent of laboratory results as structured data vs. a threshold of 40 percent. Clearly, once organizations adopt a capability, they use it for almost all patients — in part because maintaining two separate processes is difficult and could result in safety issues.In our survey, 57 percent of respondents thought the likely increase in the threshold for CPOE medication orders from 30 to 60 percent of patients would not be difficult and only 16 percent thought it would be hard. Most are also prepared to use CPOE medication orders. The proposed Stage 2 requirement to use CPOE for laboratory orders was also not seen as a major challenge — 63 percent reported they were prepared, 22 percent expected moderate changes in processes or systems, and only 13 percent expected major changes A proposed new requirement for hospitals in Stage 2 is to have electronic medication administration (eMar) in at least one unit. Eighty-six percent of our survey respondents say they are prepared to meet the eMar requirement, with only 3 percent saying it will be hard. The results are mixed on the proposed Stage 2 requirement for electronic physician notes; 25 percent report they are prepared, 40 percent say that moderate changes will be needed and 34 percent report that major changes will be required.The challenges with capabilities to engage patients and coordinate care will remain in Stage 2 — and all indications are that they will be required. Only 12 percent of our survey respondents were prepared to allow patients to view and download their information at the time of the survey, and only 24 percent were prepared to transmit summary-of-care records at transitions in care. As noted earlier, hospitals and EPs report challenges with both vendor products and operational readiness.Recommendations for Stage 2Stage 2 is coming soon and a full year of operational use of capabilities will be required (rather than the three months for Stage 1). Waiting until the final rule is issued to start moving is simply not an option.Based on the results from initial organizations that attested to meaningful use and the results of our survey, the challenges are clear. Now is the time for organizations to work in earnest to build capabilities to engage patients, coordinate care and electronically report on quality. The importance of these requirements goes beyond meeting the incentives for meaningful use. Patient engagement will be essential to enable patients to share accountability for their care and achieve better health outcomes. Sharing information among providers is the essential requirement for being accountable for care and the health of a population. The requirements for quality reporting are increasing at the same time as more reimbursement is tied to performance. Delivering the best care every day to every patient will require managing quality and quality reporting in real time so that gaps in care can be avoided, rather than merely reported.Three essential areas where organizations need to start now are:1. Providing patients with access to their health information electronically through patient portals or directly from EHR systems2. Electronic capture of physician notes, including diagnosis and treatment, plus rationale for excluding patients from treatment recommendations3. Exchange of patient information at transitions in careEquipping new processes in these areas with the HIT that makes them possible is not just the path to capturing Stage 2 meaningful use payments, but also to “winning” under the new Medicare payment rules and becoming accountable for the care of a population.The data on numbers of organizations attesting to meaningful use were accessed here: www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/Monthly_Payment_Registration_Report_Updated.pdf News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more last_img read more

CityPASS launches New York C3 offering customised vacation experience

first_imgCityPASS recently announced the debut of New York C3, a mobile pass concept that allows a more customised approach to vacation planning. The New York C3 mobile pass allows users to select any three attractions from a curated list of 10 must-see New York City sights.Available for purchase only through citypass.com, it’s a mobile pass that travellers carry on their smartphones. The visitor then uses that barcode to visit three top Big Apple attractions.Megan Allen, President and CEO, CityPASS, said, “C3 is ideal for shorter-stay visitors who don’t have time to squeeze in all of New York City’s top spots, as well as repeat visitors who have experienced New York before and have a shorter list of must-see attractions and travellers who want a customised vacation experience.”last_img read more

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first_imgBiologist Kara Weller has been appointed as Head Discovery Team Leader for Scenic Eclipse, responsible for managing the 16 member Discovery Team, facilitating Zodiac and kayak excursions, guiding onshore explorations and hosting on board lectures on the Antarctic and Arctic regions. She will be assisted by a group of highly experienced naturalists, including a marine biologist, glaciologist, historian, orthnologist and geologist, as well as a fisheries and underwater expert, dedicated kayaking guides and Zodiac drivers.“You need to go to a place to see it and smell it and touch it and absorb the sounds in order to understand it and so to care about it. The polar regions are to me the most precious places on our earth and I want people to care about them as much as I do and to fight to protect them,” she said.Kara holds a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and has spent the past 20 years educating cruise passengers on the many highlights of Antarctica and the Arctic. She has extensive experience working as an expedition leader, naturalist lecturer and Zodiac driver on more than 150 cruises. She joins the Scenic Eclipse team from Silversea Expeditions. Scenic Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney said he was delighted to welcome someone with Kara’s extensive experience and passion for the polar regions, to the Scenic Eclipse team.“The Antarctic and Arctic regions are a key focus for Scenic Eclipse and will be a highlight for our guests, so it is vital that our Discovery team have the knowledge, dedication and passion to share with guests during their time on board. Kara embodies all the attributes we are looking for and I have no doubt she will be a real asset to the team.” discoveryScenic Eclipselast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAustralian developer, Perri Projects, has appointed hotel owner-operator Ovolo Hotels as hotel manager for its $50 million South Melbourne project, to be known as Ovolo South Melbourne and expected to open in 2020.Located at 183–199 Moray Street, the 100-room, upper-upscale, six-storey designer hotel will bring Ovolo’s signature ‘effortless living’ ethos to one of Melbourne’s most iconic inner-city suburbs. Ovolo’s appointment represents a significant milestone for the project, which has received planning approval, with construction anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2019.David Scalzo, Managing Director of Perri Projects, said Ovolo’s international track record for delivering innovative, design-led destination hotel concepts that emphasise lifestyle aligned with Perri Projects’ vision for the site.“We are delighted to partner with Ovolo to realise our original vision for this site as a mixed-use lifestyle precinct featuring destination bars and restaurants, as well as leisure, event and function facilities,” he said.Owning and operating 10 hotels across Australia and Hong Kong, Ovolo’s appointment as hotel manager represents the independent hospitality group’s first solely hotel-management agreement.Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Ovolo CEO and Founder, said Ovolo in South Melbourne represented a new phase of growth for the company, made possible through a shared vision with Perri Projects.“The Hotel Management Agreement with Perri Projects represents a natural evolution for our business as we continually look to expand our offering in new markets,” he said. “While we each bring our respective expertise in property development and hospitality management to this project, this partnership was forged through our mutual affinity for delivering truly unique projects and a shared vision for the South Melbourne site.”Dave Baswal, COO & CFO of Ovolo Australia, said he was confident Ovolo’s offering in South Melbourne would be well received by the growing pool of higher-end established housing and major commercial office buildings.Artist renderings of Ovolo South Melbourne supplied.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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