Traffic Advisory Sydney

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kenwood Drive On Friday, Aug. 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kenwood Drive at the intersection of Conn Street in Sydney will be closed to all but local traffic during culvert repairs. A detour around the worksite will be provided for through traffic. -30-last_img

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Tweet Linking ISIS to Mossad Costs Moroccan Dutch Her Job

Rabat – A Moroccan Dutch lost her job at the Ministry of Justice of Holland after she posted a Tweet where she said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is a conspiracy from the Israeli secret services, known as Mossad.Yassmina Haifi, who works in the department of Cyber Security at the Ministry of Justice said in a Tweet on Tuesday: “ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It is a preconceived plan of Zionists who want to defame Islam.”But following the controversy sparked by this tweet, the Moroccan Dutch was forced to remove it. To explain the reason behind her tweet, Yasmine said on her Twitter account:“I have just realized the political sensitivity of the tweet about ISIS that I have just removed. This was never my intention.”But it seems that her move did not dissuade the Ministry of Justice from taking a disciplinary action against her.Following it decision to dismiss her, Yassmina said in later tweets that she took full responsibility for her action, what she said was with full conviction, adding that ISIS deeds are “diametrically opposed to Islam’s preaching.”Voor de volledigheid: heb willen zeggen dat ISIS onmogelijk islamitisch kan zijn. daden ISIS staan lijnrecht tov de islam predikt— Yasmina Haifi (@HaifiY) August 13, 2014“For the record, I want to say that ISIS may not be possibly Islamic. ISIS deeds are diametrically compared Islam preaching.”Tot slot: ik neem volledig afstand van het gedachtengoed van ISIS en haar daden. En zeg dit met volle overtuiging. — Yasmina Haifi (@HaifiY) August 13, 2014“Finally, I take full responsibility for the ideas about ISIS and its actions. And say it with conviction.” read more

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Longoverdue justice necessary in Cambodia says SecretaryGeneral Ban

“I would like to remind the international community of the urgent importance of bringing to closure one of history’s darkest chapters,” Mr. Ban said in a statement.“The United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia remain actively engaged in efforts to hold the Khmer Rouge senior leaders and those most responsible accountable for their horrific crimes.”The Secretary-General said it was his hope that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) – which has been operational since July 2006 – could soon deliver justice. Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian judges and staff and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between April 1975 and January 1979.Estimates vary but as many as three million people died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished country. 15 April 2008Noting that today is the tenth anniversary of the death of the notorious Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the United Nations-backed tribunal to “soon deliver long-overdue justice for the people” of the South-East Asian country. read more

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Citizenship for Overseas Sri Lankans

The Government has decided to amend the Citizenship Act No.18 of 1948 and the Immigration and Emigration Act No.20 of 1948 with a view to formalizing the granting of dual citizenships by the establishment of the “Overseas Sri Lankans” scheme, the government information department said.Acting Minister of Mass Media and Information Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said that the proposal made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and approved by the Cabinet will make room for pre- examination to satisfy that a person applying for dual citizenship in Sri Lanka has fulfilled the requirements to make him eligible for it, the information department said. To afford the opportunity of applying for dual citizenship to those who have registered under the above scheme, only after being subjected to a pre- examination after being placed in a state of probation for a period of 05 years. Establishing a new scheme called “Overseas Sri Lankans” with a view to affording facilities to persons who have terminated citizenship in Sri Lanka, and their under aged children to enter Sri Lanka and to stay in Sri Lanka. The main amendments to be made will include: Provisions will be made to exempt persons from the requirement of registration under the new scheme when the President is of the opinion that granting of dual citizenship in Sri Lanka for persons who have terminated their citizenship in Sri Lanka will be beneficial to national interest. read more

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Civil society raise concerns on Office on Missing Persons

Furthermore, the statement noted that the overall appointment process has thus far lacked transparency, contrary to what was specifically recommended by the Consultation Task Force.The operationalization of the OMP is the first significant step taken by the Sri Lankan Government to fulfil its promises with respect to the broader reconciliation agenda which it committed to, including through the co-sponsoring of UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1.“As such, compliance with due process and transparency requirements is essential to ensure affected families’ and civil society’s trust in the government’s commitment to implement resolution 30/1. Indeed, the protracted delay in the establishment of the OMP compounded with procedural flaws observed thus far have contributed to eroding affected families’ confidence in the institution,” the statement added. “We appreciate the enactment of the OMP Act in August 2016. However, we have been concerned about the protracted delay in operationalizing the Office as well as the flawed process through which the OMP Act is being implemented. We are also disturbed by the lack of transparency in the appointment of the OMP members,” the local civil society said. Civil society organisations and individuals have raised concerns with regards to the process through which the legislation on the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) was enacted and the Office operationalised.Following the co-sponsoring of UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 in 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka made firm promises to establish the OMP by law, appoint credible and competent members to it and allocate adequate resources for its functioning. The civil society called upon the Constitutional Council and the President to fully abide by the principle of transparency and publicly disclose the list of OMP members, including the chairperson, and the process through which such members were selected. It appointed a Consultation Task Force to consult the public on the proposed transitional justice mechanisms, including the OMP; yet, to the disillusionment of those who made representations to the Task Force, the Government enacted the OMP Act before the publication of the Final Report of the Task Force.“Despite this initial rush in enacting the OMP Act, the President took nearly a year to assign the Act to a particular ministry. The President’s decision to assign the Act to himself in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, despite serious doubts raised regarding the constitutionality of his decision, is also cause for concern. To date, the OMP members are yet to be appointed with no public information on the process of selection. We wish to express further concerns regarding this appointment process. The Constitutional Council called for applications, and recommended seven names to be appointed by the President in terms of section 4 of the OMP Act. We observe that the President is bound under section 5 of the Act to appoint the chairperson and OMP members within fourteen days of receiving the Constitutional Council’s recommendations. However, while this delay has lapsed, the names of the OMP members have not been publicly released,” the statement said. A statement signed by 70 civil society organisations and individuals noted that from the very outset, the Government of Sri Lanka adopted a flawed process with respect to the enactment and operationalization of the OMP Act. They also called upon the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that such appointments are fully compliant with the spirit and letter of the OMP Act. In particular, specific attention must be paid to the credibility, experience and expertise of the members. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Viet Nam Children at risk of malnutrition in aftermath of Typhoon Damrey

Typhoon Damrey, or ‘Storm No.12,’ made landfall early Saturday morning, 4 November, hitting communities with pre-existing malnutrition concerns and lack of information on preparedness and protection from the disaster and its aftermath. “During a rapid assessment mission, [our] staff met with several vulnerable children […] who suffered much more from the ongoing consequences of the typhoon,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Monday. An estimated 150,000 children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition and over 80,000 pregnant and nursing women in need special care. One such case is that of 11-month-old Ngan, who lives in a small fishing community in Phu Yen (about 1,200 kilometres from the capital, Hanoi), whose father is a casual worker on a fishing boat and the family is struggling to make ends meet, even during normal times. In the chaos during the first two days after the storm, Ngan’s parents were unable to find meat or fish on the local market and though there is food available now, the family cannot afford to buy sufficient quantities, resulting in reduced portions. Ngan’s mother is also not getting enough nutrition and has difficulty producing enough milk to breastfeed her child. According to UNICEF, in addition to malnutrition, children are also exposed to an increased risk of waterborne diseases as drinking water supply was interrupted for several days after the storm and people had to resort to unclean water for their consumption. Sanitation systems and latrines were also damaged, leaving people at increased risk of disease. “[We are] stepping up efforts to support national relief efforts to help the most affected families and children,” said the UN agency in the release. “Specific interventions look at addressing the increased risk of malnutrition through micronutrients and calories supplements for children and breastfeeding mothers and by training health workers on how to detect and treat malnutrition,” it added, noting also the importance of raising public awareness in the affected regions. As of this weekend, 123 people have died or are missing as a result of the storm. Overall, 4.33 million people are estimated to have been affected and among them 395,000 are in need of assistance. The typhoon damaged 137,836 houses and destroyed 3,483. Other UN agencies, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have also been assisting in the response. read more

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Industry cautious over Digital Britain recommendations

“This is an ambitious and accelerated timetable for all involved but we welcome the clarity it provides to motorists and industry alike,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “There are already a number of digitally enabled products available for motorists as options but the long-term challenge will be for the broadcasters to invest in content and coverage to create demand for these products to be provided as standard. The report sets out a five-point plan to encourage take-up of digital radio in cars:·         Work with manufacturers so that vehicles sold with a radio are digitally enabled by the end of 2013.·         Support a common logo for digital radios and ensure that non-DAB radios and their limitations are clearly labelled.·         Encourage the development of portable digital converters.·         Promote the introduction of more sophisticated traffic information via DAB and comprehensive marketing by broadcasters.·         Work with European partners to develop a common European approach to digital radio. Industry, through the Digital Radio Working Group, had advised government that before it would commit to providing DAB as standard, digital coverage must be comparable to FM coverage in the UK. This report sets out an accelerated plan for switch-over which is also contingent on all national and commercial broadcasters investing in content. “Ultimate success will be achieved through working with government and content providers to deliver products which ensure that the investment is justified. We look forward to discussing the next steps with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the coming weeks,” he concluded. However, industry’s main concern regards the 32 million vehicles already on the road. Only a small percentage of these will already have DAB radios fitted and, while the report says that the remainder could be converted or use low cost aftermarket devices, the timetable is extremely challenging. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) welcomes the certainty that the Digital Britain report provides and government’s commitment to working with industry in the implementation of DAB radios in new cars by 2013, but has reservations about the ambitious timetable. The full Digital Britain can be accessed hereClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Thesis defences — July 8 to 12

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12.All are open for the University community to attend.Psychology MA thesis defencesPsychology student Victoria Dykstra will defend the thesis “Lying to parents and peers: A longitudinal investigation of the relation between lying, relationship quality, and depression in late-childhood and early adolescence” on Tuesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. in Plaza 600F.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Angela Evans, Supervisor; Lindsay Malloy, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Forensic Psychology, Ontario Tech University); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director; and Andrew Dane and Teena Willoughby, Committee Members.—Psychology student Owen Daly will defend the thesis “A longitudinal person-centered examination of affinity for aloneness among children and adolescents’” on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. in Plaza 600F.The examination committee includes Mary-Beth Raddon, Chair; Teena Willoughby, Supervisor; Luc Goossens, External Examiner (School Psychology and Development in Context, Ku Leuven); Michael Busseri, Graduate Program Director and Committee Member; and Andrew Dane, Committee Member. Sociology MA thesis defenceMaster of Arts in Critical Sociology student Amber-Lee Vardi will defend the thesis “The policing of young motherhood” on Wednesday, July 10 at 1:30 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Angela Book, Chair; Rebecca Raby, Supervisor; Deirdre Kelly, External Examiner (Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia); Kevin Gosine, Graduate Program Director; and Shauna Pomerantz, Mary-Beth Raddon and Christine Tardif-Williams, Committee Members. read more

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The Weird Wide Web the week in online oddities

first_img– SuperSpectre1Uploaded by nyrainbow2Completely wrongThis is what happened when you typed “completely wrong” into a Google images search this week… so childish (snigger).First world problemsReady to feel awful about all your whining and bitching? This ought to do it…by TheGiftOfWaterStickers on the Central LineA group which describes itself as being “responsible for the beautification of the Central Line” has been jazzing up London’s Underground of late. The work of Stickers on the Central Line may be the bane of lost tourists – but, well… that’s not our problem. WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.Facebook is like…So, the world’s biggest social networking service has brought out its first major advert.With this ad, we presume Facebook meant to strike a profound tone. Instead, they have ended up with a disembodied voice discussing how dark and cold the universe is… and something about chairs. Not a great start.Uploaded by digitelvideosOn the plus side, it’s just begging to be parodied and – of course – the internet has obliged.Uploaded by donalmulliganThe softer side of YouTube commentsMark Slutsky, creator of SadYouTube, has trawled through millions of YouTube comments (a trying task) to pick out the “nuggets of humanity” in response to the music presented there. Buzzfeed has picked out 11 of the best – but be warned: they are a little bit heartbreaking.High school. After lunch, some of the girls would dance on the gym floor, before classes. Beth, JoEllen, Nina, to name a few. This song had come out, and they just danced to it. I remember sitting, and waiting for my favorite girl to come out. When she did, my heart beat sped up till I thought I would pass out. She knew I was there. I heard it at Travis AFB, before going to Nam. I just cried, while waiting to board the plane.last_img read more

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Mam Im not going to school today what if the kids ask

first_imgThe women said that it’s very difficult for people to deal with the taboo around homelessness.Tamara Kearns said it’s degrading for people to find themselves in this situation and it’s through no fault of their own.Another mother Gwen Connell said unless social housing is built this problem is going to get worse.She had to separate from her family when she became homeless some months ago. She said:Nobody should be allowed be evicted after a rent increase if they have nowhere to go.The group are appealing to people affected to get involved with their housing action group. “We have set up a Facebook page so families can make contact.”HousingDuring the 1970s, the average build of social housing annually was between 6,000 to 10,000.Last year, it was less than 300 and that’s with an increased population. Tamara Kearns and her son Paul Source: Laura Hutton via Photocall IrelandTamara Kearns added, “This isn’t just about getting homeless people off the streets and under a roof.Emergency accommodation is not suitable for families. They have to build actual houses, both social and affordable.Gwen Connell said, “The Housing Minister only talked about raising the rent allowance caps on a case-by-case basis. Other European countries have rent controls but this government leaves landlords with all the power.”Cllr Ruth Coppinger, who is assisting the families, added:“What exactly did the establishment think was going to happen ? They allowed housing be controlled by the private market for profit and forced councils to put tenants in private accommodation at great cost to the taxpayer, rather than building homes.A public meeting will be held tomorrow night in Mountview Community Centre, Dublin 15.Read: “End rent allowance discrimination”: Families to protest over homelessness in Dublin>Read: Peter McVerry Trust says there’s been an increase in the number of homeless families> FIVE MOTHERS WHO were evicted over rent increases came out together today demanding action on the housing shortage.Philomena Deans is a mother of two from Dublin 13.She’s currently living in emergency accommodation in the city centre.She explained how her nine-year-old son worries about being judged for living there.He said to her, “Mam I’m not going to school today, what if the kids ask me where I live.”Deans described the conditions at the emergency accommodation as damp and filthy saying that “the children are in and out of Temple Street with chest conditions”.She also said the children had hair lice, rashes, midget bites and sores on their mouths due to the conditions of the accommodation.A 7-month-old child had to go back to a hotel as the accommodation just wasn’t suitable for a baby.Taboo Margaret Stapleton and Cllr Ruth Coppinger Source: Laura Hutton via Photocall IrelandMargaret Stapleton from Carpenterstown challenged politicians to live in her shoes for a week.She also described how she wants to get out of this ‘welfare web’, saying:I want a home for my kids so they can work when they’re older and be good law abiding people.last_img read more

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Master Chief goes to college to sell Windows PCs

first_imgI recall my initial tour of the University of Kentucky campus to be a pretty dry affair. There was a a lot of walking and some mildly interesting facts muttered about the names lettered onto various buildings.One thing that was definitely missing from my tour was a uniformed UNSC Spartan from Halo. That has a lot to do with the fact that the original Xbox wasn’t even a daydream back in 1994, but I still feel like I got the shaft after watching Microsoft’s latest promo spot.AdChoices广告The clever 30-second clip (which you can watch below) features the Spartan getting dinged in the helmet by an inaccurate frisbee toss. His return fling is a tad overpowered, and mild hilarity ensues.It’s all about creating more buzz for Microsoft’s back-to-school promotion, which offers up a free 4GB Xbox 360 console to any student who purchases a Windows PC priced $699 or higher. The offer is valid until September 3, 2011 in the U.S. and Canada, and while the 4GB of storage may have you saying “meh,” it’s still about a $200 throw-in. Apple’s only waving a $100 gift certificate for the App Store,  iTunes, and its other online offerings for a back-to-school deal.Sure, it would have been even cooler if our anonymous Spartan friend had rolled up in a Scorpion or bailed out of a passing Pelican, but at least you can daydream about sharing a dorm room with a guy who knows how to handle a gravity hammer.More at Windows Team Bloglast_img read more

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Senior housing options on the rise in Clark County

first_imgSome trendy new residential communities are rising around Clark County and they’re showing what one might call “moxie.”Offering gyms, movie theaters and even in-house hairstylists, the buildings are booking fast even though they aren’t open yet. Rents start in the low $1,000s and only go up from there.These are not downtown high-rises aimed at the millennial generation. They are senior living facilities.Demand for senior housing is growing as baby boomers enter their golden years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clark County’s share of residents age 65 and older grew nearly 40 percent — by about 20,000 people — between 2010 and 2016. The demographic is growing faster than the overall population.Senior living facilities, while still dominated by older generations, are rising to gather new retirees. Industry experts say the newest buildings could be just the beginning as the aging population gets bigger. Meanwhile, cities are adjusting building codes and even offering incentives to developers to prepare for the shift.New buildings, new lifestyles“I was all by myself in a big house,” said Don Smith, 87. The Korean War veteran saw his neighbor’s air conditioning fail, holding comfort hostage for $12,000 in repairs.Smith, seeking a residence he didn’t have to maintain, signed a lease at The Lofts at Glenwood Place last month. There, residents live like apartment dwellers but with access to housekeeping. They can add a la carte services, such as meals or transportation.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 10 Wilmington Students Graduate From University Of New Hampshire

first_imgDURHAM, NH — The following Wilmington students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2019:Daniella Almeida graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in Communication Science & DisordersJoseph Castellano graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration/FinanceAbigail Chase graduated with a BS degree in Biomedical ScienceDanielle Gianatassio graduated with a BS degree in Hospitality ManagementDelaney Glinner graduated with a BSCIVE degree in Civil EngineeringJoseph Hydorn graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration/FinanceAndrew Murray graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Business Administration: AccountingNicholas Raffi graduated with a BSENVE degree in Environmental EngineeringGlenn Sullivan graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration/FinanceThomas Magee graduated with a BA degree in Economics: Money & Financial MarketsStudents who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of New Hampshire via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduated From University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Graduate From Roger Williams UniversityIn “Education”9 Wilmington Students Graduate From University of New HampshireIn “Education”last_img read more

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Tamagotchi the Digital Toy from the 90s Arrives on Apple Watch

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The ’90s nostalgia train continues with news that the Japanese video game company behind Tamagotchi is reviving the classic game via an Apple Watch app.For those lacking the many formative childhood memories that centered on the game, Tamagotchi – first launched in 1996 – consists of taking care of digital pets, which hatch from eggs and grow into pixelated creatures. For your Tamagotchi to survive, it needs to be fed, cared for and cleaned up after, although even the most devoted pampering won’t keep it from eventually dying of ‘natural’ causes.Tamagotchi Classic on the Apple Watch.Image credit: iTunesWhile Tamagotchi is back for Apple Watch owners, according to The Verge the experience isn’t quite the same as when the creatures existed on standalone plastic key rings. For one thing, the app won’t let you ‘play’ with your Tamagotchi, making it perpetually cranky, and because there’s no animation, your Tamagotchi won’t react when you feed or discipline it.Still, the Tamagotchi app should momentarily transport a certain demographic straight back to middle school.Related: King of Kitsch: Meet the Company Behind Big Mouth Billy Bass and a Dozen Other Novelty Items From Your Childhood April 28, 2015 How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Research Explores Patients Satisfaction With Their Radiologists

first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more January 4, 2017 – According to a new research study, most U.S. radiologists receive favorable satisfaction scores from their patients. The abstract, funded by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, was presented at the 2016 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).Using 2010 U.S. Census data, patient reviews were retrieved from the public patient ratings website, www.RateMDs.com, for all radiologists in the 297 U.S. cities with a population greater than 100,000. The researchers identified 1,891 patient reviews for 1,259 radiologists and reviews included rating scores of one through five, with five being the highest, in four categories (staff, punctuality, knowledge and helpfulness). For Medicare-participating radiologists, group practice size and years in practice were obtained from the Physician Compare database.“We found that in all four categories, the most common score was five and second most common was one,” noted Luke Ginocchio, M.D., lead study author and an incoming resident in the department of radiology at New York University Langone Medical Center. “Scores of two through four were far less frequent, and radiologists in the Northeast scored significantly lower than radiologists elsewhere for both staff and punctuality.”Ginocchio noted that while only a minority of radiologists in the studied cities were rated, most radiologists who were reviewed received favorable satisfaction scores from their patients. However, online reviews tended to reflect either strongly positive or strongly negative opinions. In addition, scores across categories were highly correlated, suggesting a halo effect influencing patients’ global perceptions of radiologists.“Patient satisfaction metrics are becoming increasingly tied to various physician performance evaluations, as well as both Medicare and private insurer reimbursement,” said Richard Duszak, M.D., FACR, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice in the department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University and affiliate senior research fellow at the Neiman Institute. “The recent Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act [MACRA] of 2015 created two paths that link quality to payments: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. Both of these paths include patient satisfaction as a critical performance measure in determining positive or negative Medicare payment adjustments.”Duszak added that prioritizing patient satisfaction is an important aspect of achieving patient-centered care, managing increased patient expectations, and, based on a number of studies, improving patient outcomes.The researchers concluded that their observations indicate the importance for radiologists to recognize facility-related, as well as of radiologist-related, factors in impacting patients’ impressions and online public ratings of radiologists.For more information: www.neimanhpi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  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. John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr 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 more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabaylast_img read more

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How to compete with Expedia

first_imgHow to compete with ExpediaEarlier this year powerhouse Expedia bought out Travelocity, then Orbitz Worldwide to overtake Priceline Group as the world’s largest Online Travel Agent (OTA). With customers increasingly enjoying the instant gratification of booking travel online, Expedia, and its peers Booking.com, Wotif and LastMinute, present a growing threat to Australian bricks-and-mortar travel agents. Figuring out how to compete, and how to do it quickly, is vital for the rest of the industry.Tom Evans, Director of Blue Pencil Advertising, an agency that works with several travel brands including Flight Centre Group, feels that although it is common knowledge that consumer behaviour has changed, a lot of travel agents aren’t necessarily adapting their own behaviour to suit.“Travel consultants have got to stop trying to be the smartest person in the room and start assisting people to make their own decisions,” says Evans. “At the point of purchase, today’s travel consumer has researched where they want to go, what dates and flights, and they have filtered the relevant hotels by star ratings, price and facilities. At that moment they are far better informed about that trip than a travel consultant would be.”Realising that often people don’t always need an expert, is the key to retaining their business, in Evans’ view. He feels that travel agents who are happy to ‘help choose’, rather than ‘help discover’, are more likely to be seen as useful.Bronwyn White, Director of mytravelresearch.com, agrees that clients are far better informed now – and doing their own research online – but also says she has seen a surprising trend: “What we’re seeing is there is actually a resurgence of the travel agent,” she says. She explains that while the seasoned, baby boomer travellers are confident booking their trips online, the younger generation are coming back to the travel agents. “Tech-savvy millennials could easily use online travel aggregators and OTAs like Expedia, but they’re less experienced and less sophisticated… they are often looking for guidance, which a travel agent can provide.”Paul Hole of Insider Journeys argues that travel companies today actually need to see themselves as a different type of expert – and become far better connected to the right sources of information – to make sure they still have something to offer today’s informed customers.“Travel agents are expected to be specialists in everything these days, and while that is hard, it is also a really good thing, because if it was easy your clients wouldn’t need you,” Paul says. “It isn’t possible to know the best truffle hunter or winemaker in every destination, but you can be the person who knows someone who does, by having good relationships with your wholesalers.”Booking bugbearsWhile almost all travellers are doing – and throughly enjoying – their research online, Bridget Mcdonald, Director of Cherry Picked Travel points out that the booking element is not nearly so much fun. “The OTAs all offer airfares, car hire, hotels, sightseeing and sometimes tours, but they can’t plan an integrated holiday,” she says. “All these things are on separate sections of the website. You still have to do all the work yourself, booking every different component of your trip.”There’s also the very real danger of making mistakes with complex online bookings. Missed connections, booking the wrong date or landing at the wrong airport are disasters that befall even the most experienced travellers, regularly.“Travel consultants are skilled at putting trips together, says Evans. “They remove the panic from transfers, check-ins and visa regulations by thinking of all the little details. And that is where they can compete with Expedia, because Expedia doesn’t do that.”A costly businessThe common perception that booking online is cheaper is one major barrier that travel companies need to overcome. Travellers are worried about being “ripped off” by a travel agent adding commission, so they take the risk of doing it themselves. But they don’t realise that travel agents are using the same pricing systems as the OTAs.“There is pretty much no travel agent that can’t match an online price. Every price you find online we can access through a wholesaler,” says McDonald. “People think they’re getting a great deal online, but sometimes we can get the hotel they want at a significantly cheaper price. I’ve had cases where my price has been 20% less.”The potential to save outweighs the small risk the traveller will pay more, and in the case of round-the-world or more complex trips,  that potential is huge. “If you’ve got a multi-destination itinerary, nine times out of 10 we can make savings for people on the airfare and all the other components, because we’ve got a smarter way of doing it,” says McDonald.Staying competitiveWhile the OTAs are a very real threat in Australia, especially if we are guided by the US market where they are gaining an ever larger market share, they perhaps don’t necessarily spell disaster for the bricks-and-mortar travel firms, as we once thought.“A Roy Morgan poll from 2014 shows that most Australians still prefer to book with a travel agent – so 47% of trips are booked with an agent compared to 16% with OTAs,” reveals White. “So I really think there’s a place for both.”The key ways for travel companies and agents to make sure they stay competitive, and stem the tide of Expedia’s market share, is to up their game in terms of brand positioning, marketing and retaining customer loyalty.The ability to acknowledge that customers have strong and informed ideas about their trips, but also give them security in terms of getting bookings right, is a major plus point in the travel agent’s favour.“Flight Centre have recently remodelled their business around the fact that people do their own research, but want to book with an agent,” says White. “That behaviour really comes down to a sense of security, because you’re getting the experts to do the nuts and bolts of booking.”Also, where the OTAs offer every choice under the sun, travel agents make the process of choosing far simpler. “We listen to them as people and we tailor to them,” says McDonald. “They don’t have to sift through hundreds of options, and that’s the biggest paralyser online – options.”Specialise to surviveSpecialisation is another key weapon in the armoury of competing with Expedia.“You need to define who you want to get to and be really, really good at that. We just launched Cherry Picked Honeymoons and it’s just been crazy,” says McDonald. “We have specialists in honeymoons, ready made honeymoon packages on the site, and every single detail is taken care of. Customers can’t compare these packages to anything else online.”White agrees, saying: “We’re seeing very customer oriented travel agents, and travel agents that specialise in destinations or experiences or segments. There are great opportunities out there, there’s no doubt about it.”Hole says experiential travel, where the traveller truly connects into the culture, people and history of a place, is the future of the industry. And the experiential travel marketplace is certainly an area that travel agents have an opportunity to become indispensable.“More than ever travellers are seeking life changing experiences. Travel is no longer about trekking to a Buddhist monastery, but about how a monk you meet there might provide a new way to understand your world,” says Paul. “To find that you need someone who knows the destination intimately, who can show you how to create those local interactions.”Shout about itMarketing the benefits of using a travel service is also vital. Travel companies need to stand out to be noticed, and content marketing is an area where the savvy players are really making an impact.“We have a lot of content which we feed through social media. We don’t just try and sell packages, we put up articles such as ‘Ten things you never knew about Cambodia’ or Best bars in New York’,” says McDonald.“Travel agents can actually beat Expedia in search engines through content marketing,” says White. “A lot of smart travel agents, especially overseas, are getting into it, because travel is full of amazing stories so it really lends itself to content marketing.”Clear brand positioning combined with great SEO have become an absolute must for those in this industry. When customers first click online and Google their ideas for trips, a travel agent needs their entry to be right up top, among the Expedias and Wotifs.“Since the switchover to semantic search from Google, we’re seeing all the search algorithms change. We’re seeing brand positioning, content and clarity in what you stand for become more and more important. And as travel agents are clearer in their brand positioning, not only will the customers pick that up, but also the search engines,” says White.Overall it is the ability to adapt well to today’s changing consumer and the landscape of technology and information that will win through in the battle with the OTAs. Booking online is quick, convenient and cheap – but using the professionals is safe, collaborative and can be even cheaper.“The consultants that are able to empower the customer to make their own choices as well as gently guiding them along the path to a great travel experience, are those that will be genuine competition,” says Evans.Source = Claudine Capel – Journalist and PR Manager for Blue Pencillast_img read more

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first_img LISTEN: Haason Reddick, Arizona Cardinals linebacker 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals rookie inside linebacker Haason Reddick didn’t have an easy journey to the NFL.Coming out of high school with no scholarship offers, Reddick walked on to Temple and paid his way through college to play the game he loves.“I never said I’m playing football because it’s going to give me a chance to go to the NFL,” Reddick told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “Never once did that cross my mind; I was just playing it because I wanted to play football. “I truly played this sport without looking for a reward, didn’t know what was going to come out of it, and because of that I think football rewarded me.”Reddick was rewarded when the Cardinals selected him 13th overall in the draft, and with the injury to Deone Bucannon, Reddick may be starting for the Cardinals Week 1.Through OTAs and now into mini-camp, Reddick has had the opportunity to learn the playbook and get to know his teammates and coaches.“It’s been going good,” Reddick said. “Every day out there just leaning more and more, taking in more insight between Karlos Dansby and then having Footey (inside linebackers coach Larry Foote) as my position coach, just every day learning something new, learning more and more.“Taking all of their experience and trying to cram it into to the knowledge that I have, which is very little in this league, trying to take something from both of them and apply it into my game.”Just last year, Reddick had to take out loans to pay his way through college while playing football, and now he will be paid millions to play the sport.With all that behind him, Reddick said he isn’t coming into the NFL trying to prove those who didn’t believe in him wrong. Instead, he aims to prove himself right. Arizona Cardinals first-round draft pick Haason Reddick (43) works out during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team’s training facility, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) “No, I’m so hungry,” Reddick said when asked if success is going to change him. “I have so much that I just want to prove to myself, I believe I’m past the point of trying to prove doubters wrong, I’m past the point where I’m trying to do anything for anyone else.“I’m doing this for myself, I’m just trying to prove to myself and do everything the right way, and I truly want to become a legend in this sport.”center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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