Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image

Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Astronomers have captured an image of two “alien” exoplanets circling PDS 70, a young star that is located about 370 light-years from Earth, according to a new study.PDS 70 is the only second multi-planet system to be photographed following a four-planet system that was orbiting the star HR 8799, Space.com reported. Unlike HR 8799, PDS 70’s planets are not fully developed yet and still growing by carving out a wide gap within a planet-forming disk that surrounds the sun-like star, said a NASA press release. The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy, suggests that forming planets can be responsible for some of the disk gaps astronomers have spotted in PDS 70 and other young star systems.“With facilities like ALMA, Hubble [Space Telescope], or large ground-based optical telescopes with adaptive optics, we see disks with rings and gaps all over,” Julien Girard of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in the press release. “The open question has been, are there planets there? In this case, the answer is yes.”According to the study, PDS 70 is roughly 6 million years old and it’s slightly smaller than our sun. The young star is surrounded by a disk of dust and gas with a big gap extending from approximately 1.9 to 3.8 billion miles.Exoplanets PDS 70 b and c. (Photo Credit: ESO / S. Haffert-Leiden Observatory)PDS 70 b, the innermost planet that was first spotted in 2018, is placed within the disk gap about two billion miles from its star and it could weigh from 4 to 17 times as much as Jupiter. PDS 70 c, a newly discovered planet, is near the outer edge of the disk gap roughly 3.3 billion miles from the star and it’s not as massive as PDS 70 b. The inner planet (PDS 70 b) circles the star twice in the time it takes the outer planet (PDS 70 c) to orbit around one time.PDS 70 c was detected from the ground with the European Southern Observatory’s (ESA’s) Very Large Telescope (VLT)’s MUSE spectrograph. Astronomers on the team were very surprised to find the second planet while using a new observing mode developed to study galaxies and star clusters.Our team is excited to present the first evidence for a circumplanetary disc (CPD)! CPDs are discs of gas and dust believed to surround giant planets (e.g. Jupiter) when they are born, and be the birthplace of their moons. Our results suggest newborn planet PDS 70 b has a CPD! pic.twitter.com/8ph2RdQrhx— Valentin Christiaens (@Valentin__C) June 4, 2019“This new observing mode was developed to study galaxies and star clusters at higher spatial resolution,” said Sebastiaan Haffert of Leiden Observatory. “But this new mode also makes it suitable for exoplanet imaging, which was not the original science driver for the MUSE instrument.”NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope might be able to study this “planet nursery” and other planet systems with a similar observation technique in the future. This would allow scientists to measure the density of gas and the temperature within the disk, which would improve their understanding of the formation of gas giant planets.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-Sized ExoplanetAstronomers Observe ‘Super-Jupiter’ Exoplanet for First TimeKepler’s First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years Laterlast_img read more

WWE NXT Results – 9/4/14 (Tag Tournament Finals)

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE NXTSeptember 4, 2014Full Sail UniversityCommentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee YoungRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comWe see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.Alexa Bliss vs. NXT Women’s Champion “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” CharlotteCharlotte with a side headlock takeover. Bliss counters out with a headscissors, but Charlotte kips up. Bliss with a side headlock, then goes to the middle rope, 450s off and hits a armdrag. Spinning headscissors by Bliss, but then Charlotte with a gutbuster. Charlotte chokes Bliss with her knee in the ropes. Gut shot and a back club by Charlotte. Bliss fights back with a series of forearms, followed by a dropkick for a 1 count. Charlotte misses a clothesline, but hits a gut kick. Charlotte goes for a powerbomb, but Bliss counters with a Sunset flip for a nearfall.Charlotte comes back with a back club, followed by Bow Down to the Queen for the win.Winner: NXT Women’s Champion “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” Charlotte by pinfall (Bow Down to the Queen)Charlotte celebrates her win afterwards, but then the music of Bayley hits as she makes her way to the ring. “Bayley’s gonna hug you” chants by the crowd as she grabs a mic. Bayley says that Charlotte refused to shake her hand last week, but I earned this opportunity, I beat your former BFF, Sasha Banks, twice. Its time that you start taking me serious because at NXT Takeover, I am seriously taking your title. Bayley extends her hand and Charlotte asks if this is what Bayley wants. Charlotte then piefaces Bayley, but misses a clothesline and Bayley hits Charlotte with the Belly-to-Bayley. Charlotte leaves the ring as Bayley stands tall, holding up the NXT Women’s Title belt.We go to a promo from Tyler Breeze. Breeze says that its very simple as to why he will win the NXT Title at Takeover. How did Sami Zayn do at the last Takeover show? Not very well. Look at Neville & Kidd, do they look like me? They’re not “Prince Pretty” they’re not the “King of Cuteville”, the “Definition of Dellish”, they’re not the super good-looking piece of gorgeousness that you are ever going to see and you are gonna ask me why I think I’m going to win? Let me think about it, maybe its because I’m better looking than every single person in every single room that I’ve walked into in my entire life. Or, maybe its because that every single time I step into the ring, I get the job done, take your pick.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Devin Taylor interviews Sin Cara & Kalisto. Cara speaks in Spanish and Kalisto translates, saying that they have a great challenge in front of us tonight. Even though we have been teaming for a short period of time, we are confident that we can beat any tag-team in NXT. Cara again speaks in Spanish and Kalisto translates by saying that even though the Ascension is a strong tag-team, we are also a strong tag-team. We are skillful and we have that determination to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions. Cara says we look forward to the challenge.Tyle Dillinger vs. “Prince Pretty” Tyler BreezeBreeze works over Dillinger’s arm early. Dillinger counters out with a side headlock. Dillinger avoids a charge in the corner and hits a shoulder tackle. Dillinger then counters a leapfrog by Breeze with an inverted atomic drop. Chop, a snapmare and a leaping stomp by Dillinger for a nearfall. Breeze sidesteps a backdrop attempt and stomps away at Dillinger in the corner. Breeze chokes Dillinger with his boot. Breeze with a stomp to the ribs of Dillinger for a 1 count. Front chancery applied by Breeze, crowd wills on Dillinger. Dillinger drives Breeze into the corner to get free. Dillinger with a forearm and a chop in the corner, then avoids another corner charge.Breeze misses a clothesline, but catches Dillinger with the Beauty Shot for the win.Winner: “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze by pinfall (The Beauty Shot)Breeze checks himself in his iPhone afterwards.We go to a promo from Tyson Kidd. Kidd says at Takeover, it will be a Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Title. One of the competitors is one of the greatest highfliers ever, something that he developed while competing in the UK. One individual as the most heart, a greatest innovator in that ring, something that he honed while in Japan. One individual in this match, some say is arrogant, self-absorbed and cocky, but he looks like a million bucks and can get away with it. One individual in this match is hungry, determined, cold, callous, ruthless and is probably the most dangerous person in this match, something he learned in the Dungeon. And then there’s Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Tyler Breeze, they’re in the match too, that’s how I feel about my opponents at Takeover.CommercialBack from commercial, we go to video sent in by Enzo Amore. We go to Enzo & Big Cass, who are at a hair salon entitled “Hair.” Enzo says they got someone on the inside named Carmella, who got that Victoria Secret weapon, hair removal cream, for that sweet boy, Sylvester LeFort. Cass makes a joke about if Enzo’s mother uses this cream for her back and Enzo says Cass’s mother needs to use it for her mustache. They head into the hair salon and run into Carmella. Cass shoots at Carmella’s “assets” as she greets Enzo. Enzo asks Carmella for the bucket of hair removal cream. She comes back with the cream, then a guy walks in, asking if Carmella can take care of his dog while he goes to get a wax, something these two nethandrals know nothing about. Enzo scares off the guy, then he & Cass go back-and-forth, saying the other should try out the cream to remove their chest hair. They begin arguing and the bucket of cream accidentally goes all over the dog. Enzo apologizes to Carmella, but then takes a lump of hair off the dog, showing that the cream actually works. Enzo & Cass leave as Carmella yells that she is going to get fired, then the video cuts out.Tyson Kidd vs. Adam RoseCrowd chants for Rose as the bell sounds. Rose with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle for a 1 count. Rose with a side headlock takeover, Kidd counters out with a headscissors, Rose kips up. Kidd with a gut kick, followed by a series of right hands in the corner. Rose fights back with right hands of his own. Rose then with the series of mule kicks in the corner and an elbow drop for a 1 count. Rose catches Kidd with a back elbow for a 1 count. Kidd goes onto the apron and nails Rose with an enziguri. Kidd with a running boot, followed by a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Elbow to the top of Rose’s head by Kidd, followed by a Victim Kick for a nearfall. Kidd chokes Rose in the corner with his boot and trash talks him. Kidd with knees to the face of Rose, followed by a snap suplex for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Rose. Rose counters out with a jawbreaker, but Kidd holds onto him. Rose gets free with a series of back elbows, Kidd misses a clothesline and Rose with 2 flying forearms, followed by a spinebuster. Rose charges in, but Kidd catches him with a dropkick to the knee.Sharpshooter applied by Kidd, Rose taps.Winner: Tyson Kidd by submission (Sharpshooter)Kidd celebrates his win afterward.We go to a promo from Sami Zayn. Zayn says that the advantage of being a challenger in this Fatal 4-Way match at Takeover is that you don’t have to pin the champion. Now, I’ll win and pin anyone if the opportunity is there and there is the chance to win, but I’d be lying if I wouldn’t want to pin Neville because he is the champion. I don’t want there to be any excuses, I don’t want there to be any doubt, I want to beat the best man in the ring and the best man in the ring is the champion. That just so happens to be Adrian Neville, my friend, but he’s the guy I’d like to beat.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Veronica Lane interviews the Vaudevillains. Aiden English says that tonight, we prove that we a cut above Sin Cara and Kalisto and any other tag-team in NXT or WWE. Take me for instance, I am a man of artistic caliber and sophistication, as well as a physical specimen. And then there’s my partner, Simon Gotch, the strongest strongman in all of WWE. Where some men climb mountains, Simon Gotch is the only man that can actually move them. And so we take tonight to prove once again that we are superior.Sami Zayn vs. Marcus Louis w/Sylvester LeFortLouis works over Zayn’s arm early. Zayn reverses out, but Louis regains control. “OLE” chant for Zayn. Zayn reverses out again, but Louis then hits a slam. Louis with a series of gut shots, right hands and stomps to Zayn in the corner. Backbreaker by Louis for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn gets to his feet, but Louis takes him back down. Zayn drives Louis into the corner to get free, but Louis with a back club. Zayn sidesteps a backdrop attempt, hits 2 clotheslines, then counters a flapjack with a dropkick.Flatliner into the Koji Clutch, Louis taps.Winner: Sami Zayn by submission (Koji Clutch)Zayn celebrates his win afterward. Zayn leaves as LeFort checks on Louis, then the Jersey Boys attack the Legionaires from behind. Enzo grabs LeFort as the Jersey Boys have the bucket of hair removal cream. Cass holds LeFort as Enzo goes to dump the bucket on LeFort, but LeFort is able to escape and runs to the back. The Jersey Boys stand tall with the bucket of cream.We go to a promo from Adrian Neville. Neville says that the obvious disadvantage with the Fatal 4-Way is that I don’t have to be pinned to lose my title and that’s a fact and its a risk, but I chose this match for a reason and if you haven’t noticed, I like to take risks and all three of these guys, I have beaten individually and now all I gotta do is beat them at the same time. Come September 11, its a challenge I’m more than ready for and its a challenge I look forward to.CommercialWe see video highlighting next week’s Takeover live special, noting that it will also be the debut of international star, KENTA.“The Eco-Warrior” CJ Parker vs. NXT Champion “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian NevilleParker comes out with a sign that reads “Fossil Fuels Fools.” Parker backs Neville into the corner, but Neville goes up & over and does 2 front kip-ups. Neville goes to the apron to avoid a corner charge by Parker. Neville leaps over Parker off a springboard, then hits a flying forearm. Side headlock takeover by Neville. Neville slides under Parker’s legs, but Parker catches him with a side kick for a nearfall. Parker unloads with left hands from the mount on Neville. Parker runs into a boot by Neville, but catches him coming in with a tilt-a-whirl slam for a nearfall. Parker heads up top, but Neville avoids a flying headbutt. Neville with 2 spinning back kicks, a front kick and a running dropkick to the side of Parker’s head. Neville with 2 running uppercuts in the corner on Parker, then goes to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick.Neville heads up top and hits Red Arrow for the win.Winner: NXT Champion “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville (Red Arrow)Neville celebrates his win afterward.Main Event in the Finals of the NXT Tag Team Title #1 Contenders Tournament: Sin Cara & Kalisto vs. The Vaudevillains (“The Artiste” Aiden English & Simon Gotch)Kalisto & English start. They shake hands. English with a side headlock, then switches to a cravate. Kalisto uses his agility to reverse out, then rolls up English for a 1 count. Kalisto does a “Lucha” chant. English goes back to the side headlock. Kalisto takes down English to get free, then hits a side headlock takeover, but English counters with a pinning predicament for a 1 count. English motions to Kalisto that he almost had him. Kalisto slips out of a slam and locks in a side headlock. English gets free, but runs into a boot by Kalisto. Kalisto heads up top and hits a corkscrew into an armdrag. Cara in, double snapmare, sandwich kick and an assisted moonsault by Cara & Kalisto on English for a nearfall. English with a back club to Cara, Gotch tags in. Cara with a hiptoss, a dropkick and a Monkey flip. Gotch avoids a charge in the corner by Cara and dropkicks Cara to the outside.Gotch brings Cara back in and gets a 1 count. English in as Gotch with an uppercut to the back of Cara’s head. English with a running neckbreaker for a nearfall. Front chancery applied by English, crowd wills on Cara. Cara drives English into the corne, but English with a back club and an elbow to the back of the head. English places Cara in a Tree of Woe, but Cara avoids a charge, sending English shoulder-first into the ringpost. Cara heads up top and hits English with a crossbody, both men down.Kalisto & Gotch tag in. Gotch misses a clothesline and Kalisto with a springboard corkscrew body press. Kalisto with a spinning headscissors, a dropkick to the knees and a Spike Rana to Gotch, English breaks up the pin attempt. Cara in, clotheslines English to the outside, then wipes him out with a slingshot plancha. Kalisto with a series of kicks to Gotch, but Gotch catches him off the back handspring. Kalisto slips out of a Gorilla Press and hits a savate kick to the ribs. Solida Del Sol by Kalisto, then tags in Cara, who heads up top as Kalisto wipes out English on the outside with a tope con hijo.Cara hits the Falling Star on Gotch for the win.Winners and #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Titles: Sin Cara & Kalisto by pinfall (Falling Star)Kalisto & Cara celebrate their win afterward, then the music of the Ascension hits as they make their way onto the rampway. The two teams stare each other down as the show closes.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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British legend Ricki Starr passes away, WWE statement

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles WWE issues statement on passing of former Kaientai manager Wally Yamaguchi WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE issued the following statement yesterday about the passing of British wrestling legend Ricki Starr, who passed away recently at the age of 83:WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Ricki Starr, 83, a talented grappler most famous for his balletic moves in the ring and his nearly unbeaten streak in British wrestling promotions during the 1960s and 1970s.Our deepest condolences go out to Starr’s family, friends and fans.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need ItVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 83.99%0:04Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitterlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 10/6 WWE RAW, viewers see a decrease

first_img WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Last night’s 10/6 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.80 million viewers. The first hour drew 3.58 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.89 million viewers and the third hour drew 3.92 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew 4.04 million viewers.Monday Night Football on ESPN dominated the night once again with 13.12 million viewers.The final rating will be out shortly.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Twitter Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions last_img read more

All House Democrats from Washington support impeachment inquiry

first_imgSEATTLE — All seven of Washington’s Democratic U.S. House members are now calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.The Seattle Times reports that Reps. Kim Schrier, Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer, and Denny Heck on Sunday cited corruption, obstruction of justice and failure to protect elections from foreign interference as justifications for an impeachment inquiry, which would be a first step in a lengthy process.Democratic Sen. Patty Murray also voiced support for an inquiry.Murray, in a statement, said as Congress has learned more “about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the president’s actions necessitate impeachment.”In May, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, was the first House member from Washington to call for an impeachment inquiry. Rep. Adam Smith joined Jayapal in June, citing obstruction of justice and efforts to undermine Congress. Rep. Rick Larsen added his support earlier this month.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the House would decide whether to begin impeachment proceedings “when we have a best strongest possible case” and that such a decision “will be made in a timely fashion.”Kilmer said that testimony amplified evidence laid out in the Mueller report, prompting him to change his position on impeachment. He is most troubled by evidence that president has sought to obstruct justice.“Obstructing justice and accepting assistance from foreign governments simply cannot be a standard that we accept,” Kilmer said in a statement.last_img read more

Energy Adviser Make sure home isnt making you sick

first_imgComing home at the end of a long day is one of the best feelings there is, especially when we’re not feeling well. But what if the conditions inside your home aren’t helping you get better and could be making your symptoms worse?Indoor air pollution is a serious issue that can be caused by any number of factors — from forest fire smoke working its way inside to the products we use every day and the condition of our homes themselves. No matter if you rent or own, live in a mansion or manufactured home or anything in between, it’s smart to inspect your home to see what improvements need to be made to mitigate indoor health hazards and ward off any negative health effects.Keep the chill and the sometimes not-so-fresh air out by sealing the doors and windows with weather stripping and caulk, respectively. You can also use spray foam insulation to seal around where plumbing enters the home.“Those projects require only a minimal amount of time and money to make a lasting impact in the home,” said Clark Public Utilities Energy Services Supervisor DuWayne Dunham. “We also offer incentives to assist homeowners who want to take weatherization a step further, say by increasing their insulation, having air ducts sealed or air-sealing the envelope of the home.”That is not to say ventilation isn’t important for maintaining healthy indoor air. Indeed, homes without it can develop mold problems and trap harmful gases indoors, including, but not limited to, radon, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide — not to mention irritating particulate matter.last_img read more

Hudsons Bay grad helps Air Force design flight equipment for women

first_imgStaff Sgt. Emily O’Neil enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after she graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 2012.Even though she’s 5 feet, 11 inches tall, she’s always had to wear the smallest size flight equipment.“And I’m by no means the smallest woman who flies for the Air Force,” said O’Neil, a flight engineer in the 9th Airlift Squadron based at Dover Air Force Base, Del. “If it was designed for the torso height of a 6-foot pilot and a 5-foot-4-inch female pilot is wearing it, there will be issues.”Most equipment currently worn by pilots and aircrew was designed based on measurements from the 1960s, when only men were aviators, according to the Air Force.The poor fit of G-suits, flight suits, urinary devices and survival vests is not just about comfort. It can be a matter of life or death, which is why the Air Force is working to redesign gear for female aviators. O’Neil is among women who were measured to gather new data for that effort.Take G-suits, crucial anti-gravity gear for pilots of high-performance aircraft. Bladders in the suit fill with air and apply pressure to the pilot’s body. If it isn’t fitted properly, an aviator may have trouble getting enough oxygenated blood to the brain and lose consciousness.“Our Air Force aviators should not have to be members of the Air Force Boy’s Club to be properly equipped for combat,” Brig. Gen. Edward Vaughan, U.S. Air Force directorate of readiness and training, said in a press release.last_img read more

Washougal River Road access limited by project

first_imgDrivers who access Washougal River Road/15th Street from state Highway 14 eastbound will need to use an alternate route for the remainder of the week.Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation this week closed the northbound access onto Washougal River Road/15th Street as concrete for a newly poured roundabout cures.Access to Washougal River Road/15th Street from Highway 14 westbound will remain open, as well as access from Washougal River Road/15th Street onto Highway 14.The restriction is expected to remain in place through Friday.last_img read more

Government will propose banning flavors used in ecigarettes

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping .The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with the president, first lady Melania Trump and the acting FDA commissioner, Ned Sharpless.Trump said vaping has become such a problem that he wants parents to be aware of what’s happening. “People are going to watch what we’re saying and parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children,” he said.Melania Trump recently tweeted her concerns over the combination of children and vaping.It will take several weeks to develop the proposed flavor restrictions, which will be subject to public input before taking effect.Trump’s first public comments on vaping come as health authorities investigate hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, though many cases involve marijuana vaping devices.The proposal announced by Trump officials would only apply to nicotine vaping products, which are regulated by the FDA.The FDA has had the authority to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but has previously resisted calls to take that step. Agency officials instead said they were studying if flavors could help smokers quit traditional cigarettes.last_img read more

TCI Police commission new boats

TCI Police commission new boats

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Happening Now the Commissioning and Naming of #RoyalTCIPolice, Maritime Division new vessels.   ASP Ennis Grant, who heads the unit says the addition will improve mobile sea operations and maritime relations.   It is a call for more aggressive maritime security and a call for more marines.Among officials in attendance: Governor, Premier and Deputy Premier, Ministers of Home Affairs, Education and Infrastructure, Opposition Leader; TCIG executives, members of the Marine branch and Commisioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police.Designer and builders of the new boats; Safe Boats Intl Caribbean branch are also in country for the launch. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RoyalTCIPolicelast_img read more

Three WWE legends who will retire after WrestleMania 35

first_imgRetirement for any professional athlete is just the way the game goes and perhaps, this time WWE could see the departure of several legends from the scene. With the WrestleMania fast approaching us, we can safely say that these legends, few of whom could have hung on for a longer time, could well walk into the sunset.They are well past their glory days and the time has now come for them to step aside and allow the younger crop to take center stage in WWE.We look at three such iconic figures who will walk out for the final time, come WrestleMania.Kurt Angle Kurt AnglePerhaps the most obvious of the lot, Kurt Angle’s future is already sealed as it was confirmed on the 11th March episode of Monday Night RAW by the man himself that WrestleMania could be the final dip in the lake. He has done so much for the universe, that he deserves a farewell match and this is where WWE has honoured the legend.Hopefully, he now takes on a fitting opponent at the grandest stage of them all and walks away with his head held high.Kane WWE KaneKane / Facebook pageIt was as if this separation needs a stamp of approval. The champion wrestler has already flicked the switch and is mentally switched off. He is a politician now after winning election to the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee and WrestleMania could be the final stage he takes control of the ring.If he makes an appearance at the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal only to disappear forever, well it should not surprise anyone. He has shifted his focus to his politics and this is a distraction he would want to get rid of at the earliest.The Undertaker The UndertakerWikimedia Commons/Vishal SomaiyaRight, so breathe now, because the Undertaker does not have a match at WrestleMania for the first time in 19 years. However, he is well past his prime and his sporadic appearances on TV are a testament to his waning prowess.He was supposed to retire back at WrestleMania 33, but then came back for a marathon 165-second match against John Cena the next year. However, even for the Dead man, this year could well be his last and has on many occasions stated the same. It could well be, he has already retired from the ring… for the final time!last_img read more

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first_img 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 | May 07, 2015 | Dave Fornell Proposed Rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements will center around improving patient outcomes and meaningful use for all physicians Stage 3 retains the percentage thresholds so providers do not need to do all things required with all patients, realizing sometimes circumstances make 100 percent compliance difficult. An additional measure of this objective requires providing patients with educational information pertaining to their health electronically.  Stage 3 also attempts to streamline the reporting requirements including rolling all reporting into a single system. “We heard loud and clear that the framework of Stage 1 and 2 was complex and difficult to follow, and it was burdensome for some providers,” Anthony said. For that reason, he explained Stage 3 allows attesting to any EMR reporting requirement during any continuous 90-day period, rather than using several staggered deadline periods. It also includes simplifying objectives, allowing reporting on all Stage 3 objectives at once, instead of having several separate reporting periods for different aspects of Stage 1 and 2. Providers also can voluntarily begin early reporting of Stage 3 compliance starting in 2017. The requirement to report on Stage 3 compliance will begin in 2018, regardless of prior participation in Stage 1 or 2 MU.  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 Objective 4: Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)CPOE for all tests and procedures is supposed to allow providers access to view all the orders for a specific patient electronically. This will help eliminate duplicate orders, replace unclear written orders and help improve patient safety. CPOE systems can also work in tandem with CDS software to help determine the most appropriate tests or procedures for patients. Myers said Stage 3 requires 60 percent of diagnostic imaging orders to be entered using CPOE.  News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more All providers will have to show compliance with Stage 3 MU requirements as of 2018, or face reductions in their CMS payments.  Stage 3 ObjectivesBelow is a brief summary of Stage 3’s objectives. Each objective has several individual measures that need to be met to qualify for MU, as explained at HIMSS 2015 by Elisabeth Myers, lead for policy and outreach for eHealth initiatives in the Division of Health Information Technology at CMS. Several of the objectives interrelate to one another, including three aimed at improving patient safety and reducing duplicate tests, and four aimed at enabling easier patient and provider access to all health records.  “We moved away from a core set of measures for some areas of healthcare to a set everyone should implement,” Anthony said.  Related Content Objective 3: Clinical Decision Support (CDS)CDS software can be added as a layer on top of specialty EMR reporting systems (such as RIS/PACS, OIMS or CVIS), or integrated with e-prescribing and computerized order entry software systems. The idea is to ensure tests or procedures ordered meet appropriate use criteria (AUC) set by the applicable specialty societies. An example of this might be which imaging or blood tests are considered most appropriate for a patient presenting with chest pain. Providers need to implement five CDS clinical quality measures or use for four high-priority health conditions. The goal of the rule is to reduce the number of tests used to arrive at a diagnosis to help reduce healthcare costs. In the future, CMS reimbursement might be tied to justification in a CDS system. The CDS software can provide the appropriate documentation to show why a specific test was ordered, or document the physician reasoning for over riding an AUC guideline.   The key to this these objectives, combined with earlier Stage 1 and 2 IT requirements, is the ability to freely share information between all physicians who care for a patient so they are on the same page and can see what is going on in the continuum of care. This includes everyone in the chain, from the primary care physician, specialist physicians, radiology, pathology and pharmacy. MU calls for providing patients with easy access to all these records and fostering shareable file formats so information and images can be exchanged across multiple healthcare organizations.   Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Patient engagement plays a key role in the Stage 3 MU rules, where patients are more involved in their health management and treatment decisions. Part of Stage 3 requires electronic patient access to all their medical records, enabled by patient portals, as in this example of Carestream’s Vue Motion software. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gathered public comments on its Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) requirements through May 30. The third and final set of MU rules are a core part of the plan to reform American healthcare by leveraging health information technology (IT) to help reduce costs, eliminate redundancies, and convert from a fee-for-service to a fee-for-performance reimbursement system. CMS has listed eight proposed core objectives, including:1. Protect Patient Electronic Health Information2. Electronic Prescribing3. Clinical Decision Support (CDS)4. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)5. Patient Electronic Access to Health Information6. Coordination of Care Through Patient Engagement7. Health Information Exchange (HIE)8. 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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 Stages 1 and 2 concentrated on creating high-level, institution-wide electronic medical record (EMR) and IT systems, with rules aimed at over arching IT concerns and not addressing how MU should be applied to specific specialties. He explained that Stage 3 is meant to be “meaningful use for everyone,” with all of its requirements employed by all providers, regardless of specialty. Anthony said Stage 3 is supposed to enable advanced use of healthcare IT to promote health information exchange to help enable improved care.  Objective 7: Health Information Exchange (HIE)Transitions in care today are sometimes bumpy, with poor interfaces of data between care providers. This rule requires the electronic transfer of patient records for 50 percent of transitions of care or referrals. The rule also requires providers to query a patient’s electronic record. However, Myers said providers will not be penalized if they conduct searches or have a transition of care and no electronic records exist.  To read the full 196-page document of proposed Stage 3 rules, visit: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-06685 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 Objective 5: Patient Electronic Access to Health InformationPatient engagement is seen as a key element of healthcare reform, where the patient gets more involved in their own care and decision making, rather than the current system where a physician makes decisions for the patient and the patient does not have easy access to records, orders, test results or imaging. Myers said patients need easy access to this information to enable them to be involved in their care and to understand their disease state. Adding this access enables provider engagement to help patients make educated decisions.  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 Objective 8: Public Health Reporting There are numerous measures under this objective, including the electronic reporting of labs, clinical data registry reporting, public health registry reporting, case reporting and reporting of syndromes.  If all goes according to plan, patients will be able to access their records via a personal health record (PHR). This might be in the form of a Web-based patient portal to access their EMR information, or via overlay PHR software that works as an application program interface (API) to access EMR data. Myers said an API might allow combining multiple doctors or departments, or records from multiple family members, into one access point.  Objective 1: Protect Patient Electronic Health InformationProviders need to guarantee the protection of patient information, in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules.  Central ThemesEach stage of MU has a central theme, with each building on IT established in earlier stages, said Robert Anthony, deputy director, HIT Initiatives Group Office of E-Health Standards and CMS, who framed the proposed rules in a packed session at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in April. Stage 1 centered around data capturing and sharing, Stage 2 around advanced clinical processing and Stage 3 will center around improving patient outcomes. “Part of the goal for Stage 3 is to become sustainable into the future,” he said.  Objective 2: Electronic PrescribingE-prescribing for medication will help eliminate the need for paper scripts, which are often difficult to read and sometimes include improper drug information. E-prescribing also enables automated checks for other drugs a patient is already being prescribed to identify duplicate or biosimilar drugs they have already been prescribed, or to identify potential drug interactions. The goal is to reduce costs and improve patient safety. The objective calls for 80 percent of patients to have access to new data (test results, imaging or procedure reports, etc.) after a provider visit or discharge within 24 hours of its availability to the provider.  Objective 6: Coordination of Care Through Patient EngagementThere are three key measures to this objective. More than 25 percent of patients need to be able to view, download or transmit their health records to a third-party. Providers need to communicate with 35 percent of their patients electronically through a secure messaging system, enabling two-way communications. Lastly, a provider needs to use health information received electronically from a nonphysician source for 15 percent of patients encountered. They also must use information sent from at least 5 percent of their patients, including information from wearable electronic devices or data from smartphone health tracking apps.  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 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 morelast_img read more

Island Resort Gets 16 Million Development

Island Resort Gets 16 Million Development

first_imgPlantation Island Resort, one of Fiji’s prestine tourist destinations is in­vesting $16 million into developments at its world renowned resort.Bradley Robinson, chief executive officer of Raffe Hotels and Resorts, which includes Plantation Island Resort, Fiji Gateway Ho­tel and Lomani Island Resort Fiji, said the developments would be spread over a two year period.Plantation Island Resort, which was opened by owner Reg Raffe in 1969 is synon­ymous with tourism in Fiji and is one resort that enjoys high occupancy all year round because of its popularity.The resort would also be celebrating its Golden Jubilee next year and the new devel­opments would be and additional reason to celebrate.The Fiji Sun spoke to Mr Robinson regard­ing the new developments:Can you tell us a bit about the project?The current project at Planation Island Re­sort has a timeline of two years and a total budget of $16 million.This current project comprises a new Ar­rivals precinct plus the addition of 40 new Hotel style rooms.The new precinct features a large Arrivals Bure where guests would be welcomed and checked into the Resort as soon as they step off the Malolo Cat.The structures and architectural typology are light, rustic and traditionally Fijian.The architectural concepts are based around the massing, materiality and plan­ning of a Fijian village.It will include a new beachfront Restau­rant and Bar to replace the old Ananda’s Restaurant that we closed down early 2017.We are also adding a new beachfront pool, which will make a total of four swimming pools available throughout the resort.In addition to the Arrivals precinct, we have started construction of 40 new rooms.These rooms will offer couples and small families an accommoda­tion option of a modern hotel style room, creating a point of difference to the stand-alone bures that make up most of the other accommoda­tion around the resort. These new rooms will see Planta­tion return close to our original number of guest rooms, following the removal of an old block of 40 Hotel rooms that we demolished in 2015.We have also removed 10 of our Studio Garden Bures to make space for the new Hotel rooms.Where are the developments taking place?The current development is locat­ed along our north facing beach at the eastern end of the resort.At the start of the project, we carried out an extensive beach im­provement programme in this area to repair areas of erosion and also remove years of built-up silt over the sand flats.This programme has created an all-tide swimming lagoon directly in front of the Arrivals precinct and 40 new rooms.The development area has further benefitted from the widening of the beach enabling the new rooms to be positioned in such a way that all have an ocean view, and with nearly half of them directly front­ing the beach.Are the workers hotel staff or has a contractor been hired?We are utilising a combination of resort staff and contract labour.Our resort staff is working on certain site improvements such as landscaping, beach management and coral planting, whilst the build­ing contractor is taking care of the construction work using their own team.To date the project has created ap­proximately 130 new jobs.Why were these developments un­dertaken?The new arrivals precinct at Plan­tation Island Resort is primarily to enhance the guest arrival experi­ence.At present guests arrive at the main jetty in the middle of the re­sort, and then need to be guided through one of our key activities areas to get to reception for check-in.From next year, our guests will be able to enjoy a seamless arrival experience that will not only show­case the resort much better but will also feature stunning views across the Mamanuca waters; reminding them they have arrived in Fiji!The new hotel rooms and guest facilities including restaurant, bar and pool are replacing similar buildings that we have closed and/or demolished over the past three years, as they had reached the end of their economic life.How old is Plantation Island resort?Plantation is one of Fiji’s earliest and most iconic resort properties.Initially developed in the very ear­ly 1970’s, the resort was gradually expanded throughout the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s.The Resort is set to celebrate its 50 year anniversary next year and we are looking forward to showcasing these new facilities as part of those celebrations.What is the average occupancy every year?Plantation continues to be a huge­ly popular family resort, with oc­cupancies well above 80 per cent for many months of the yearAre there any future developments coming up?Over the past three years we have carried out a robust master plan­ning exercise to map out how we will be redeveloping Plantation over the coming years.This current project represents Phase 1 of a three phase program me that will see all of all our cen­tral facilities replaced over coming years.The Raffe family is very motivat­ed owners who are committed to ensuring that the legacy of their father’s pioneering and innovative contributions to Fijian tourism are continued.It is indeed very exciting times for Plantation lsland Resort as we ap­proach our 50th birthday and pre­pare to take the resort proudly into the future.More about the projectA comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out as part of our government approv­als process.This assessment ensured the suc­cess of the beach improvement programme and has also guided many of our decisions and choices throughout planning stages of the development.In addition to ensuring we are not impacting upon the marine envi­ronment, we have also paid close at­tention to unduly impacting upon the development site itself.We have not cut down any of the existing coconut trees – as few as possible have been moved and they have all been replanted.The project also has quite a com­prehensive landscaping compo­nent, which will see us planting a range of native species in and around the development area.Along with the beach improve­ment programme, we have also raised the natural ground level in the development area to protect against any possible future rise in sea levels.The post Island Resort Gets $16 Million Development appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Cosmos has extended its New Year celebrations off

Cosmos has extended its New Year celebrations off

first_imgCosmos has extended its New Year celebrations, offering a 10% discount on all European holidays until the end of February, available when booked and deposited by 28 February 2017. Throughout February, Cosmos will also host weekly flash sales, offering savings of 10% on select North, South and Central America tours. Deals will change weekly and will be available via e-newsletters and the Cosmos website.Clients can save a further $100* per person when they book a second tour, while Journey’s Club members can also save an additional five per cent.*Prices are per person twin share, including discount, subject to availability and conditions. IMAGE: Prague Cosmoslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter MGallery by Sofitel Ac

Go back to the enewsletter MGallery by Sofitel Ac

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMGallery by Sofitel, Accor’s collection of one-of-a-kind high-end boutique hotels, will enter the Hong Kong market when The Silveri MGallery by Sofitel debuts in the second half of 2019.Situated in the vibrant Tung Chung district of Lantau Island, the hotel will form part of the Citygate-integrated project. It will offer direct links to the city centre and Hong Kong International Airport.Unique to Hong Kong, The Silveri MGallery by Sofitel’s signature suites features spacious outdoor terraces with private plunge pools or Jacuzzis overlooking the verdant hills of Lantau.The Silveri MGallery by Sofitel pays homage to Hong Kong’s illustrious past, and takes its name and design inspiration from the silver mines that were once so abundantly found in the Lantau area during the 1880s. It features home-away-from-home interiors that evoke elegant luxury, and a comfortable yet refined residential feel. Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed and features chic and stylish interiors with smart features set among an appealing landscape of lush gardens and peaceful tranquillity.Carefully curated experiences also await to help guests discover the many hidden gems of Lantau, with a plethora of activities such as private boat trips, complete with champagne and canapes; pink dolphin spotting; and guided tours to the renowned Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Review Josh Ritters Fever Breaks is especially

Review Josh Ritters Fever Breaks is especially

first_imgReview: Josh Ritter’s ‘Fever Breaks’ is especially engaging by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 2:15 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Josh Ritter, “Fever Breaks” (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers)Josh Ritter’s “Fever Breaks” is a work of stacked marvels, the result of an auspicious collaboration with Jason Isbell — who also produced — and his band, the 400 Unit.In places raw, chilling and emphatic, while sensitive and compassionate in others, the 10 songs cover murder, love and politics while ruminating on the wonders and burdens of our existence and its expiry date.Opener “Ground Don’t Want Me” is a brisk-paced story of murder and a frustrated search for rest, if not redemption. It is followed by “Old Black Magic,” where piles of guitars help illustrate the blinding, confused environment — “And I can’t see the lighthouse/And the lighthouse can’t scream.”An unrelenting acoustic guitar underscores the intensity of “On the Water,” which urges its target to make their long-distance relationship an intimate one, while the thirsting “I Still Love You (Now and Then)” recalls an old flame who is far from extinguished in his heart.Protest songs have benefited from the age of social media — which has expanded their reach — while also having to overcome short attention spans and sensory overload. So “All Some Kind of Dream” shrewdly wraps its political message in a graceful, acoustic arrangement, calling for compassion and appealing to the best in us in “darker days than any others I’ve seen.”Horrifying in its description of a bureaucratic dystopia, “The Torch Committee” is a nightmare song that feels all too possible, while “Losing Battles” kicks off like The Grays’ “Very Best Years” but quickly reveals its Neil Young & Crazy Horse fierceness.There have been plenty of highlights in Ritter’s nearly 20-year recording career but it’s the intensity of the music and imagery that makes “Fever Breaks” an especially engaging outing.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press This cover image released by Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers shows “Fever Breaks,” a release by Josh Ritter. (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers via AP) last_img read more

Greek Cypriot side ready to restart talks Photiou says

Greek Cypriot side ready to restart talks Photiou says

first_imgThe Greek Cypriot side is ready to restart negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem from the point they were stopped back in July 2017 and taking the Guterres Framework as the basis of this discussion, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has said.However, he said, Turkey would have to change its stance and that the situation was now even more complex, especially in view of the upcoming early general elections in Turkey.In a speech at the 34th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference in Washington, Photiou referred to bilateral relations with the United States, noting that “we have entered a new and unprecedented era in our relations.”On the Cyprus problem, Photiou referred to efforts to resume negotiations, which were paused in 2017 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, when talks failed to deliver a plan for reunification, due to Turkey’s demands.“Our long-standing goal is the achievement of a settlement that will terminate the illegal status quo and secure the values and principles of the European Union for all Cypriots,” Photiou reiterated, adding that “we are ready to restart negotiations from the point we have stopped back in July 2017 and taking the ‘Guterres Framework’ as the base of this discussion.”He added that “our perception is that Turkey, which exerts total dominance over the Turkish Cypriot side, does not seem to be ready or willing to allow for the resumption of the talks,” noting that, “admittedly, the situation is now even more complex, especially in view of the upcoming early general elections in Turkey on June 24.”Regarding Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, Photiou said this was “another dangerous reality, again created by the intransigent and provocative stance of Ankara.”“Turkish behaviour constitutes a violation of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as violation of Cyprus’ sovereign rights over its EEZ, while at the same time it threatens that it plans to proceed to illegal exploratory drillings within parts of Cyprus’ EEZ. It is clear that Turkey’s actions in our maritime zones aim at advancing Turkey’s interests in the Eastern Mediterranean: to place the region’s hydrocarbon reserves under its control and become the energy hub of Europe,” he said.“Turkey’s behaviour poses a broader security threat in the fragile Eastern Mediterranean and needs to be addressed not only as a severe infringement of the sovereign rights of a member state, but of the rights and interests of the countries of Eastern Mediterranean and the European Union as a whole.”On the issue of energy, Photiou referred to the discovery of significant hydrocarbon reserves in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, which have “revealed the leading geopolitical role that Cyprus can play as an energy hub, both regionally and within the European Union.”He spoke about the EastMed pipeline and other parallel projects that are being concluded, the research and exploitation activities of oil and gas companies involved in Cyprus’ EEZ, and the EuroAsia Interconnector and the EuroAfrican Interconnector.Photiou also referred to the issue of missing persons, noting the difficulties in determining their fate due to Turkey’s stance. He also referred to the Cypriots enclaved in the Turkish occupied areas and the violation of their human rights by the occupation regime.Furthermore, he pointed out the destruction of the religious and cultural heritage in the occupied part of Cyprus, noting that “this collective loss cannot and must not continue.”You May LikeRoborockThese Robots are the Secret to Domestic BlissRoborockUndoHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndotravel.feedbox.info10 Things to consider when choosing your Maldives resorttravel.feedbox.infoUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Etyk threatens action over provident funds slams Fiscal Council chairman

Etyk threatens action over provident funds slams Fiscal Council chairman

first_imgBANK employees’ union Etyk said that it is considering ways to pressure the government to fully compensate members of provident funds of the two major lenders who suffered losses in the 2013 banking crisis and once again accused the chairman of the Fiscal Council of bias and hatred.The union, which has in recent weeks embarked on a public relations campaign by meeting the leaders of political parties, said that after the conclusion of all these meetings, “and depending on their outcome, the situation will be evaluated before our next steps are determined”.“We stress our determination to ask our collective bodies to take the necessary decision,” the union, which is well known for its militant rhetoric and practices, said in a statement on Friday. “Let us note that the Fiscal Council chairman’s hatred of bank workers and their union is well known, since he made sure to remind us of it since he used to write articles on a daily basis as a journalist at Politis”.Demetris Georgiades, the chairman of the fiscal watchdog tasked with monitoring the drafting and implementation of the budget to prevent fiscal derailment, should have known that the reinstatement of funds was a government and parliament commitment, Etyk said.The government announced in July to make available €166m to compensate affected bank workers over the next years, on top of the €300m budgeted for this purpose in 2013. The government, which initially pledged to compensate members of provident funds for 75 per cent of their losses, included in a July cabinet decision a €100,000 cap in the compensation to fund members in order to avoid giving them preferential treatment over depositors.Etyk is angered over the government’s decision regarding its members working for Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank (Laiki), and also accused finance minister Harris Georgiades on Wednesday of open hatred of the union.Bank of Cyprus customers saw 47.5 per cent of their funds converted into equity as part of Cyprus’s bailout agreement, while those at Laiki lost everything in excess of the government guaranteed amount of €100,000.The chairman of the Fiscal Council is not related to the finance minister and worked as a commentator for Politis newspaper until 2014, the year he joined the council. The council said on August 22 that as institutional investors, provident funds had a legal responsibility to avoid losses through risk concentration and warned the government that giving in to Etyk’s demands would increase the systemic risk.On Friday, Etyk’s comments prompted a fresh response from the council which dismissed the union’s allegation that its position on the matter have to do with its chairman’s personal opinions.The opinions expressed and any data or argumentation included in the previous announcement -which made no explicit reference to Etyk- “had been discussed, prepared and approved unanimously by the president and the two members of the council,” Marios Zachariadis and Alkis Loizides.On Wednesday, the supervisor of provident funds and head of the Social Insurance Services of the Ministry of Labour, Theophanis Tryphonos, said that he repeatedly asked the management committees of provident funds to avoid risk concentration as early as 2010 and 2011 and even weeks before the banking crisis.Tryphonos reiterated that he advised funds managed by bank workers to disperse risk after banks agreed to disburse €1.5bn in gratuity fees in January 2013.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