Partners Grow Tourism in Region

first_imgThe world’s highest tides on the Fundy coast, the Cape Forchu lighthouse, in Yarmouth County, and Lunenburg’s picturesque waterfront — the southwestern region of Nova Scotia has experiences for every visitor and more power to market them through a growing partnership of tourism operators. Destination South West Nova Scotia is what’s known in the tourism industry as a destination marketing organization. It is headed by Doug Fawthrop, innkeeper and managing director of White Point Beach Resort. “Tourism operators are joining forces through Destination Southwest Nova Scotia to work at developing and promoting this area together,” says Doug. “Our primary goal is to bring visitors to this whole region. Once they’re here, we can help each other by spreading the business around.” Operators in the area have a history of working in partnership. The Yarmouth County, Evangeline Trail and South Shore tourism associations have been collaborating on marketing initiatives for the past 10 years. Individually, these regional tourism industry associations are small. They do not have the resources to be full-scale destination marketing organizations. “Today’s tourists are looking for lifestyle experiences,” Doug says. “Individual operators can’t meet their expectations on their own, and we’re even limited if we only work through small organizations. We need to market this entire region together.” To gain the necessary critical mass, Doug and some of his fellow tourism operators started Destination Southwest Nova Scotia three years ago. The industry has been quick to embrace the opportunity with 700 operators already signed up as members. Recently, the existing associations decided to amalgamate under the new organization. “Our new mantra is partners, not competitors,” says Doug. “As partners, we have one united voice to draw tourists to the region, and we help each other by creating the products that tourists want. When we work together packaging experiences with accommodations and restaurants, we bring business to many operators in this region.” One example is vacation itineraries that Doug creates for his guests based on visitors’ interests, such as golf, birding or museums. The itinerary can bring visitors to several different locations throughout the region where they enjoy experiences and spend time in communities. Destination Southwest Nova Scotia has developed numerous marketing products featuring tourism businesses and attractions throughout the region. They include vacation and experience guides, a direct mail campaign and a website at www.destinationsouthwestnova.com . Supporting the development of destination marketing organizations is part of Nova Scotia’s vision for tourism. The Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council has produced a resource kit to help members of the industry develop tourism destination areas. The vision was developed by a team of government and industry representatives from the council, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. More information is available on the website at www.nstpc.com . Tourism is a $1.29 billion industry in Nova Scotia employing 33,000 people. -30-last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Saturday, July 31. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 -30-last_img

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Flights cancelled in Nova Scotia New Brunswick ahead of intense winter storm

first_imgHALIFAX – Airlines have already cancelled flights ahead of an intense winter storm that’s expected to bring heavy snow, high winds and pounding surf to Atlantic Canada.Environment Canada has issued a slew of warnings for the Maritime provinces, with up to 25 centimetres of snow expected in some areas starting late Tuesday afternoon and persisting into Wednesday.The national weather forecaster was also predicting potentially damaging high winds that could gust up to 110 kilometres an hour in Nova Scotia.Higher than normal water levels and pounding surf could also cause flooding in coastal areas during high tide.Cancellations at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Fredericton International Airport were already piling up Tuesday morning, hours before the first snowflake fell.The Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick to P.E.I. also warned of possible restrictions on traffic later Tuesday.Nova Scotia Power had set up an emergency operations centre on Monday evening, warning customers to prepare for power outages.The centre is used to co-ordinate power outage restoration and to liaise with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.The utility says powerline crews and forestry teams have been positioned across the province.The storm is the third winter wallop to hit the Maritimes in as many days.Environment Canada was also calling for high winds gusting up to 100 kilometres an hour in Newfoundland on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Angela Bassett And LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Be Honored At LadyLike Foundation

first_imgActress/Philanthropist Angela Bassett, Actress/Philanthropist Pauletta Pearson Washington, BET Networks Chair and CEO Debra Lee and Actress/Philanthropist LaTanya Richardson Jackson will be honored at the 10th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, it was announced by LadyLike Foundation’s President and CEO, Leah Pump.LadyLike Foundation will confer the honors on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom. Holly Robinson-Peete serves as the luncheon’s emcee. The event is expected to raise a half million dollars for the nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and inspire young girls living in underprivileged communities around the Greater Los Angeles area. Funds raised at the luncheon enable LadyLike Foundation to provide five scholarships to college bound young ladies from the inner city of Los Angeles.“We are thrilled to honor Angela Bassett,” says Leah Pump. “Her excellence as an actress, wife, mother and philanthropist, is an inspiration to so many of the young ladies our organization serves. Angela Bassett is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, who stars in blockbuster films, yet one of the most gratifying moments of her career was merging her faith and talent, giving voice to various characters in the all-time best selling audiobook, THE BIBLE EXPERIENCE. Ms. Bassett truly embodies the Woman of Excellence.”Broadway, film and television actress Pauletta Pearson Washington will be honored for “her Excellence as an actress, wife and mother and for being one of the kindest and most philanthropic women I know,” says Ms. Pump.As BET Networks Chairman and CEO, Debra L. Lee is one of the most powerful and influential people in entertainment. “Throughout her career, Ms. Lee has set patterns of excellence with BET Networks’ programming and corporate philanthropy. She is a trailblazer who has inspired so many young ladies, especially African-American girls, to aspire to a career as top executives in corporate entertainment, a field once so heavily dominated by men. Ms. Lee truly shattered the glass ceiling with her monumental achievements. We are excited to honor her as a Woman of Excellence,” says Ms. Pump.“Tony Award-nominated actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson is a true inspiration to young women, that even with tremendous career success, one should always find time to give back,” says Ms. Pump. “She and her husband, Samuel L. Jackson established the Samuel L. & LaTanya R. Jackson Foundation to carry out their commitment to a range of philanthropic issues in the United States and Africa. LaTanya has received a number of awards for her philanthropic work including The United Negro College Fund, and the N.Y. Keeper of the Dream Award. We feel privileged to honor her as a Woman of Excellence.”The LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. The organization’s Women of Excellence Luncheon is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation.last_img read more

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National Arts Centre Orchestras Life Reflected honours four women

first_img Facebook Advertisement As a component of its True North Festival celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday, the CPO is hosting the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a single-night special concert entitled Life Reflected. The concert takes the form of a multimedia event that present portraits of four significant contemporary Canadian women: writer Alice Munro, anti-bullying advocate Amanda Todd, astronaut Roberta Bondar and the Indigenous poet Rita Joe.Each section of this work has been composed by a different Canadian composer, and each section is approached in a different way. Together they provide a composite picture of important Canadian women, each of whom has contributed significantly to how contemporary Canada understands itself at this juncture in its history.About the entire work, newly appointed conductor of the NAC, Alexander Shelley, commented: “What inspired me was looking at these four women who have found their voices, through difference sacrifices and challenges.” Shelley approached four prominent Canadian composers to be part of the project: Zosha Di Castri, John Estacio, Nicole Lizee and Jocelyn Morlock. They all have collaborated with Donna Feore to create a multimedia work that, in the words of the Ottawa Citizen: “transcends biography to embrace universal themes of pain, forgiveness, beauty and hope.” READ MORE Twitter The National Arts Centre Orchestra is touring a show called Life Reflected. It celebrates the stories of four Canadian women — author Alice Munro, teen Amanda Todd, astronaut Roberta Bondar, and Mi’kmaw poet and elder Rita Joe —through music, film, photography, graphic design, and the written word.The national tour comes to the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary Oct. 26. Photo, Fred Cattroll, Canadian Press Fred Cattroll / Calgary Herald center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case

NORMAN, Okla. — One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma’s lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million.Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter both announced the settlement Sunday in separate statements. Teva, its related affiliates and Johnson & Johnson and several of its subsidiaries were set to go to trial Tuesday in Norman.Hunter said the case against Johnson & Johnson will proceed on schedule.He also said the funds from the settlement with Teva will be used to fight the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.Teva did not admit any wrongdoing under the settlement.Earlier this year, Oklahoma settled with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma for $270 million.The Associated Press read more

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6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications

Slattery_network-1206.jpg VoIP SLAs: Can You Measure How Your Carrier Is Doing? Gary Audin June 14, 2019 Startup PhoneSentry tackles complex voice monitoring and alerting Log in or register to post comments Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. See All in Monitoring & Management » 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. In Part 1 of this series, I covered tips that can help you diagnose a slow application. You should start by learning how the application works. What protocols does it use? What are the packet flow characteristics? Is QoS required? What is the processing environment? And finally, what are the network’s characteristics?Also in Part 1, I identified two main groups of problems:Client-side processing — things that happen on the client endpointNetwork transport — factors that impact applications on the networkIn this article, I’ll look at two more main problem groups:Server-side architecture — application architecture and implementation factorsMultifunction interactions — interactions between multiple groups that degrade applicationsServer-Side ArchitectureThe server-side architecture of an application can have a significant impact on how well the application performs. I’ve seen examples where an application server had to make queries against a database on the other side of the country (i.e., many milliseconds away). This type of system design impacts application resilience as well as performance.1. Chatty applications — Applications are sometimes designed for high interactivity between components (e.g., between client and server or between an app server and a database server). Application performance suffers as the latency between the components increases. Think about an application that performs hundreds of data exchanges internally before sending a response to the client. The response to the client can be significantly delayed.2. Database-related problems — A similar problem exists when an application is designed to return a significant volume of data for the client to filter. This is tempting to do with some of the user interface JavaScript libraries for Web-based applications. Re-architecting the application to return smaller amounts of pre-filtered data reduces the CPU required to process the data as well as network bandwidth required to send it. My storybook example is about an application that returned 15MB of data to a client. It took many seconds for four workstations to download the data over a shared 802.11b Wi-Fi link, which also impacted other applications on Wi-Fi. The vendor improved the server architecture, eliminating the problem.Another database-related problem is application scalability as the number of clients increases. I’ve seen an application run fine in development with one or two clients, but collapse when the client count increased as it went into production. Database locking is often the reason for poor application performance as it scales up.3. Servers that are far apart — an application that is distributed between a main and backup data center. A leaf-spine data center design works well for making sure that the latency between servers in the same fabric doesn’t fluctuate. I’ve seen several cases where part of an application was hosted in one data center while another part of the same application was hosted in another data center. The ability to easily migrate parts of an application between data centers is not necessarily a good thing when taken to the extreme. This is a good example of the old axiom, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”Multi-Function InteractionsThe interaction among multiple functions can cause poor application performance, at least from the perspective of the application’s customer. I’m not talking about interactions between multiple applications, as I covered in Part 1. Functions required for correct application operation may not be performing correctly, causing overall application performance problems.4. Domain Name System (DNS) problems — A misconfigured client could be sending a DNS request to a former, now decommissioned, DNS server. The client may have a long DNS request timeout, making the application startup seem very slow. But once the client switches to another DNS server, the requests are quickly resolved. The main symptom is that the application is slow to start, but then runs fine for some time.5. Incorrect codec selection — A client configured to use a high-bandwidth G.711 voice codec over a low-bandwidth connection (e.g., a slow WAN link or a connection over a congested Wi-Fi link) may suffer intermittent periods of high packet loss and high jitter. You should configure the voice/video systems to report calls that have poor characteristics and the codec in use.6. Competition for bandwidth — The network path may be sufficient for the desired business applications, but additional applications are starting to demand network bandwidth. A good example is entertainment traffic that competes with business traffic. One customer of ours had a remote site that had plenty of bandwidth for the business application, but over time the employees started using audio streaming applications (music applications) and movie downloads. These created problems for the business applications. As a solution, we applied QoS and adjusted buffering to prioritize the business application traffic above the non-business applications.Helpful ToolsApplication performance management (APM) tools, available from vendors such as Cisco, New Relic, and Riverbed, are helpful. A good APM tool can tell the difference between a client system processing a transaction and a human “think time” on that same client. With the right data feeds, the APM tool can identify back-end application database servers that are creating processing bottlenecks. These tools are great for identifying whether “it’s a network problem” or “it’s an application problem,” and allow IT staff to focus on applying the correct fix. You can achieve the equivalent functionality with packet-capture analysis tools like the open-source Wireshark, but expect it to take much longer.SummaryYou may have to assemble a multifunctional team to understand an application and why it’s performing slowly. Ideally, you would employ a so-called full-stack application developer to help with the analysis. In the worst case, you may need to re-architect the application. The challenge is doing this in a production environment.If you have a lot of applications (some organizations have hundreds), pick the most important or those that trigger the biggest support effort. You may find fixing common causes of slow applications (like a network link that’s not performing correctly) helps many applications. In any case, you’ll learn what to look for and how to streamline the analysis.Tags:News & Viewsapplication performanceMonitoring & ManagementBest PracticesEnterprise NetworkingNews & ViewsReal-Time CommunicationsSystems Management & Network Design Articles You Might Like Unify Square Taps Cross-Platform Collaboration Management Beth Schultz April 25, 2019 Announces plans to bring Slack, Zoom, Workplace by Facebook under management, alongside traditional Microsoft suites Are Open Source Active Path Testing Tools Viable for You? Terry Slattery July 08, 2019 An open source path testing tool could be an alternative to a commercial product, but you must understand the tradeoffs. read more

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Hydrogenfuelled cars back on the horizon as technology improves costs drop

A Hydrogenics installed hydrogen fuelling station at the Los Angeles campus of California State University is shown in this undated handout image. It became the first station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public. Hydrogenics has installed 50 fuelling stations globally and is in discussions to build ones in Toronto and Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Hydrogen-fuelled cars back on the horizon as technology improves, costs drop by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Automakers and fuel cell developers say the hydrogen-powered age is almost here — again.Hyundai now has a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle available in Canada, and Toyota wants to introduce theirs here too, while Canadian fuel cell developers that include Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogenics have been busy putting their product in everything from trains to buses and forklifts.A fuel cell produces electricity through a chemical reaction, but without combustion. It converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, and in doing so, creates electricity.“There has been a big change, particularly in the past year,” said Eric Denhoff, president of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.But this is hardly the first time proponents have been excited about the technology.Back in the late ’90s, the world’s carmakers made big promises that they would soon mass-produce cars that would emit nothing more than water vapour as exhaust.Vancouver’s Ballard and Mississauga’s Hydrogenics rode that wave of excitement, with their stock prices climbing into the hundreds of dollars.Those lofty expectations of the world’s cars running on Canadian fuel cells, however, came crashing down, along with the companies’ share prices, as the cars failed to materialize.“In the auto industry, we’re really good at selling visions of the future,” said Stephen Beatty, vice president, corporate at Toyota Canada.He said two forces conspired against the hopes of automakers — the technology wasn’t perfected, and consumers were unwilling to pay the high prices, putting the move towards hydrogen-fuelled vehicles on hold for years.But he said advancements in on-board computers, electric motors, higher-pressure systems and general cost-cutting have made fuel cell cars ready for commercial production.“I think we’re at that stage where we’re able to offer consumers a reliable and very conventional-feeling piece of technology,” said Beatty.Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell car is currently selling in California for US$57,500, has a range of over 500 kilometres on a full tank, and fuels up in three to five minutes.The company is betting on fuel cells as the long-term solution to an emissions-free vehicle because they offer more range, faster refuelling, better performance in the cold and overall lower costs than battery-powered cars, said Beatty.But while the company wants to bring the car to Canada, a lack of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure is an issue, he said.Hyundai has taken a different approach, last year bringing six of its Tucson SUVs to drivers living near a single hydrogen refuelling station in Surrey, B.C.And earlier this month the company, which is leasing the vehicles for $599 a month including fuel, found their first Ontario customer when Hydrogenics’ chief technology officer signed on for one.Daryl Wilson, chief executive of Hydrogenics, said the fact that someone at the company is driving to work in a fuel cell vehicle shows their time has come.And while the technology has helped make that possible, he said more environmental awareness is also helping make the shift.“Our values as a society are moving away from fossil fuels; there’s broader recognition of the impact of climate change,” said Wilson.He said Canada’s fuel cell industry has been in and out of the news as it goes through growing pains, but is emerging with global contracts and customers.“There’s been a constant steady drive to overcome the remaining obstacles to make all of this possible,” said Wilson.“Ballard and Hydrogenics have managed to go through that valley-of-death challenging experience of pioneering new technology, and today we’re, both of us, supporting customers all over the world,” he said.The fuel association’s Denhoff says that while the industry employs some 2,000 people in Canada and produces about $200 million a year in goods, almost all of it is exported.“It’s funny, we don’t use our own products,” said Denhoff. “Almost all of that is exported to the U.S., Europe and Asia.”That could change with the recent federal budget setting aside $62.5 million for alternative fuelling infrastructure, including hydrogen refuelling stations.Hydrogenics has already built 50 hydrogen fuelling stations globally, and Wilson says he’s in talks to install stations in Vancouver and Toronto.But while there are some green shoots of momentum in fuel cells, auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers says consumers have been skeptical of the alternative fuelling options.“The most popular vehicle to this day, and is going to remain that way for decades, is conventional gasoline-fuelled vehicles,” said DesRosiers.He said the most straightforward way for people to reduce emissions is to buy a new car, since the industry has been increasing fuel efficiency by about two per cent a year, and there’s still a lot of room for improvement.“The industry was challenged to increase fuel efficiency and they’re doing it; they’re doing it with technology that consumers will buy,” said DesRosiers.———Follow @ibickis on Twitter read more

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Ohio State womens track and field competes the Wright way

Ohio State sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright led the OSU women’s track and field team to its first-ever outdoor championship title last weekend. “We wanted to show everyone that Ohio State women’s track team was not going to just be an over-the-night, one-time winning team,” Wright said. “We wanted to show people exactly how my coach and the team have changed the culture.” Less than three months ago, on Feb. 27, Wright helped the team clinch its first indoor Big Ten championship. When Wright arrived at OSU, the team finished 10th in the conference in the indoor season and fifth in the conference in the outdoor season. On top of helping to overcome the team’s struggles, Wright needed to grow personally. “I definitely had to grow mentally strong,” Wright said. “I knew sports were vigorous, but not to the level of college. … There are 20 of you who can do one race great — now who’s stronger mentally?” With a strenuous workout regimen and a strict diet, Wright faced a daunting lifestyle as an athlete at OSU. As she always had done when times were hard, Wright turned to her mother and sister. “They’ve always supported me in anything I do,” Wright said. “The days I’m a little upset about how I ran or how I’ve practiced landing, they’ve been there to listen to me and just tell me, you know, it gets better, just keep focus and know why you’re there.” Besides her family, Wright relied on support from her high school coach and many other people from her hometown of Baltimore, who helped guide her to her current level of success. “When I got into college, they all still root me on,” she said. “Every week, they tell me they’re proud of me. … They’ve been there.” Wright has taken the entire experience in stride. In her time at OSU, Wright has won two individual Big Ten titles as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team, set the 100 meter hurdles record at the Drake Relays and was selected All-Big Ten six times. But Wright is humble; she’d rather deflect the spotlight onto her teammates. “I’ve been successful as an individual because of the team,” Wright said. “We are surrounded by a lot of girls who want to do good and are motivated.” Wright’s love for her teammates doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. “Tish is very humble,” said Christina Manning, a junior teammate. “Our coach spoke on that right before the day of finals and she pointed out how it seems as though Tish doesn’t know how good she is. … She doesn’t care so much about winning, but more about the team.” Wright even gives a lot of credit to all of her competitors. The better the competitors do, Wright said, the better she performs. Her positive attitude, especially with her opponents, sometimes can get her into trouble. “Sometimes my coach says I’m a little too nice in the field,” she said. Coach Karen Dennis said she knows how rare of an athlete Wright is, both as a competitor and as a person. Although Dennis appreciates Wright’s humility, she said, she wouldn’t mind seeing Wright take charge. “Sometimes I wish Letecia were a little more selfish,” Dennis said. It’s Wright’s optimism in the toughest of situations that makes her who she is. She knows the grueling workouts and the tireless effort she has put forth have helped her rise to the top of the Big Ten. But it’s not the Big Ten titles or the All-Big Ten selections that she wants to define her career at OSU. Instead, it’s the growth she’s shared with her team. “My last four years here have been really great,” Wright said. “I’ve learned a lot of things. It’s just excellent to watch the whole team change and become a stronger team.” Dennis said she likes to think of Letecia as a role player on a basketball team. She’s the special kind of athlete who not only puts up big numbers but also inspires those around her to compete at a higher level. “Great players make people around them better,” Dennis said. “She is a great athlete and she has made everybody around her better.” An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Letecia Wright. Correction: May 18, 2011 read more

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Passport fee set to increase for some American citizens US Embassy

Come April 2, 2018, some American citizens in Guyana and abroad will see a fee increase the next time they apply for their American passports.According to a release from the Unites States (US) Embassy in Guyana, the “passport execution” fee will increase US$10, from US$25 to the new fee of US$35.“The new $35 fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. American citizens who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase” said the local Embassy.According to the Embassy, “to make an appointment to renew their passport in Georgetown, American citizens should contact the Consular Section via the Embassy’s website http://gy.usembassy.gov/.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS Embassy announces ‘notable change to immigrant visa process’April 14, 2016In “Internet”T&T minister says no US travel ban on citizensMarch 9, 2017In “latest news”U.S. Embassy announces new U.S. Visa Service via DHLDecember 5, 2015In “Business” read more

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Updates in rare earths science and uses

first_imgAvalon Rare Metals, a Canadian mineral development company focused on rare metals and minerals in Canada, has launched a new website that covers developments in rare metals material science and applications. The new website, named Rare Metals Matter (www.raremetalsmatter.com), will feature technical information on the underlying rare metal properties and qualities that make many of the technologies seen today possible.The site will be updated weekly and content contribution will be led by Ian London, Avalon’s Market Development and Energy Advisor.  London has served on boards of several new technology and alternative energy companies, and is a respected speaker and writer on emerging rare earths and sustainability. Don Bubar, Avalon’s President and CEO, recently noted, “We are continually receiving enquiries from students, the public and investors as to how rare metals, particularly the rare earths, contribute to the evolving new global economy. Rare Metals Matter is a natural extension of our commitment to collaborative information sharing, education and learning particularly as we engage the next generation of builders, operators and entrepreneurs.”Avalon recently announced that announce that the Report of Environmental Assessment for its Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements Project had been approved on November 4, 2013 by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, the Honorable Bernard Valcourt, on behalf of the Responsible Ministers (Environment Canada, Transportat Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories). Nechalacho is located at Thor Lake in the Mackenzie Mining District of the Northwest Territories, about 5 km north of the Hearne Channel of Great Slave Lake and approximately 100 km southeast of the city of Yellowknife. The property is situated in an area referred to as the Akaitcho Territory, an area which is subject to comprehensive native land claim negotiations between the Akaitcho Dene First Nations and the Government of Canada. In addition, the general area is subject to Aboriginal rights asserted by other Aboriginal groups. The property is comprised of five contiguous mining leases totalling 10,449 acres (4,249 ha) and three claims totalling 4,597 acres (1,869 ha).last_img read more

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Commissioner Kapalos welcomes new Aussies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In her first official function as Victoria’s multicultural commissioner, Helen Kapalos attended a colourful citizenship ceremony at Richmond Town Hall on Thursday, welcoming 63 prospective new Australians from 29 countries.Hosted by City of Yarra mayor Phillip Vlahogiannis, the event promoted the Victorian government’s recently launched Embrace Diversity social media campaign.In her speech, Ms Kapalos said: “In Victoria, our diversity is our greatest strength and a way of life. “We come from all corners of the globe, speak more than 260 languages and dialects, and follow more than 130 faiths.” The chair of Victoria’s Multicultural Commission called on Australians to “ensure that everyone feels part of the one community. No matter who we are, we all have the right to belong.”During an emotional presentation Ms Kapalos reflected on attending her first citizenship ceremony as a 10-year-old.“The two people I was there to watch receive their citizenship papers were waiting anxiously and proudly, and I felt their acute sense of belonging when the ceremony took place. Those two people were my mum and dad.”The commissioner went on to describe the profound effect of her parents receiving their certificate.“I never realised the burden they carried with them, of not feeling they belonged. It was only in that moment that Australia truly became home and a sense of pride and integrity about their path was restored.“Both of them had left behind mothers they never saw again, but both of them willingly and heartbreakingly embarked on the journey, recognising it would create a life for their children they could never have hoped to achieve.”Mayor Vlahogiannis said he was delighted to join the Victorian government’s Embrace Diversity initiative, which was launched at the AFL’s multicultural round.“This campaign aims to engage people across Australia to not only embrace diversity but to celebrate it.”The Embrace Diversity campaign encourages people to show their support by ‘joining the conversation’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where they can post, share and like comments and photographs tagged #EmbraceDiversity.last_img read more

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Netvibes racheté par Dassault Systèmes

first_imgNetvibes racheté par Dassault SystèmesCe jeudi, Dassault Systèmes a annoncé avoir racheté la start-up Netvibes, spécialisée dans les Dashboards d’entreprises.Netvibes, dont les locaux sont à San Francisco aux Etas-Unis, a été créée en 2005 dans le but de personnaliser des pages d’accueil. Depuis, la société s’est spécialisé auprès des entreprises, proposant de créer des tableaux de bords (dashboard) portant sur un mot clé ou une marque donnée. Ajouté à cela, elle offre également la possibilité de bénéficier de rapports d’analyse complets et d’un système d’alerte (à l’instar de Radian6). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis 2010, elle s’est ainsi révélée tout à fait rentable. De quoi susciter l’intérêt de nombreux entreprises, et justement. Aujourd’hui, Darrault Systèmes, spécialisé dans les logiciels de création 3D et PLM (gestion du cycle de vie d’un produit), a annoncé qu’il avait acquis la start-up pour un montant sur lequel aucun information n’a filtré.”Netvibes est un complément parfait de notre plate-forme 3D Experience. Elle connectera les informations concernant toutes les expériences relatives aux produits et aux services à partir de sources de données internes et externes, le tout en temps réel et de façon contextuelle, en vue d’assurer une meilleure expérience, plus riche et propice à la prise de décisions pertinentes”, a commenté le directeur général de Darrault Systèmes Bernard Charlès cité par Clubic.com. Le 9 février 2012 à 17:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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US Coast Guard seized more than 5000 pounds of cocaine

first_img December 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews offloaded thousands of pounds of cocaine this morning worth millions of dollars.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was there when the ship arrived at naval base San Diego. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter US Coast Guard seized more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine Posted: December 7, 2018last_img read more

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Investigators Say Driver Was Unresponsive Before A Bus Carrying Channelview High School

first_imgAP Photo/Dan AndersonRescue crews look down on a charter bus after a deadly crash on March 13, 2018, in Loxley, Ala. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report about what caused the accident. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is out with a preliminary report on what caused a bus crash that injured dozens of Channelview High School students.The crash happened on I-10 in Alabama March 13th as the students were returning home from Disney World.The driver of the bus, 65-year-old Harry Caligone, was the only fatality in the crash.According to the report, a passenger said Caligone was unresponsive when the bus left the road and plunged into a ravine. The report also says the passenger tried to revive the man before the wreck.Investigators say there were no signs Caligone applied the brakes.View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

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Siemens Healthineers Strengthens CT Portfolio With Four New Systems at RSNA 2017

first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The Somatom Force with the new FAST 3-D CameraDecember 14, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers introduced four new computed tomography (CT) scanners across two platforms at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The two new scanners in the Somatom go. Platform — Somatom go.All and Somatom go.Top — expand the mobile workflow into advanced fields such as cardiology and CT-guided intervention. With its new high-end systems for single- and dual-source imaging — Somatom Edge Plus and Somatom Force — Siemens Healthineers is introducing the new FAST (Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies) Integrated Workflow with the new FAST 3-D Camera.With its new models Somatom go.All and Somatom go.Top, Siemens Healthineers expands the range of clinical applications for its patient-centric mobile workflow operated via tablet and remote. With a 0.33-second rotation time and the established Stellar detector technology, the 64-slice Somatom go.All can cover scan ranges of up to 100 mm in one second. The 128-slice Somatom go.Top can perform whole-body scans of up to 200 cm with a scan speed of up to 175 mm per second. This means that users can deploy the Somatom go. platform’s mobile workflow in advanced clinical fields such as emergency medicine, interventional radiology (steered by Guide&GO, the first tablet-based solution for CT-guided interventions) and even cardiology, which is a major growth area for many healthcare providers because of the sharp rise in coronary CT angiography.The new X-ray tube allows users to adjust the tube voltage in 10-kilovolt increments while keeping the tube current high. In this way, users can adapt the settings to each patient’s individual anatomy. Examinations performed at just 70 kv with a current of up to 825 milliamps, for instance, can significantly reduce X-ray dose and the amount of contrast. Somatom go.Top also offers TwinBeam Dual Energy imaging, which enables users to examine the same body region at two different energy levels simultaneously. The technology splits the X-ray beam into two energy spectra before it reaches the patient. With a scan mode that is no different from a routine CT examination, TwinBeam Dual Energy can therefore acquire two image datasets that provide additional information about the tissue, which is particularly beneficial in soft tissue differentiation and for oncology.In all applications, patients benefit from a comfortable examination situation: All scanners in the Somatom go. platform (including the two new additions) are operated via a tablet and remote that can be used to control all routine and advanced examinations. Technologists can remain close to patients during the entire scan preparation process, which can make the experience more pleasant for patients, particularly children.Additional innovative hardware designs have been introduced with the Somatom go. platform. Following integration of all computer hardware into the gantry, a new injector arm is now available. This smart, ergonomic solution allows the user to swivel the tablet and the injector around the gantry.In the high-end segment, Siemens Healthineers introduces two new flagship products in its portfolio: Somatom Edge Plus, the new premium single-source system, and Somatom Force, the new version of the dual-source system. The new systems allow clinical users to cover all CT applications, regardless of patient or clinical issue. Both systems also offer high-precision diagnostics, which is a prerequisite for individualized prevention and therapy.Such precise diagnostics come from the FAST applications that are integrated into the premium systems. One application is the FAST Integrated Workflow with the all-new FAST 3D Camera for automatic patient positioning. In many CT examinations, incorrect patient positioning is an obstacle to achieving optimal results. This new innovation is designed to help users eliminate position misalignment, which studies show can average around 2.6 cm from true isocenter. This misalignment positioning results in more image noise or – to counteract the noise – increased dose levels.In Somatom Edge Plus and the Dual Source scanners Somatom Drive and Somatom Force, a 3-D camera is fitted above the patient table that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies to recognize patient anatomical landmarks. This technology enables institutions to potentially have fewer rescans, decrease the time required for patients and staff, and therefore benefit from precise diagnostics at lower cost. The two touch-operated control panels fitted directly on the scanner allow radiology staff to remain close to the patient during most of the time needed for scan preparation.The new single-source Somatom Edge Plus system combines the Straton MX Sigma X-ray tube, high power reserves at every kV value in 10-kV steps and the Stellar Infinity detector. This provides the powerful imaging chain for scanning obese patients with diagnostic confidence – enabling sharp, rich-in-contrast images at high speed and low dose. In addition, the scanner is equipped with TwinBeam Dual Energy scan modes and the Tin Filter technology that facilitates CT scans at very low doses by shielding patients from clinically irrelevant radiation. Tin Filter technology can be used in all routine examinations and allows users to perform CT imaging at very low dose values which, in the case of lung cancer screening, for instance, do not exceed those of a normal X-ray examination. With the introduction of the new scanners, Tin Filter technology is now available across the complete Siemens Healthineers CT portfolio.The new version of the Somatom Force system delivers high-quality images, particularly in highly challenging situations. One example is functional imaging. Although functional imaging provides additional image information, the high levels of radiation involved mean that it has yet to become routine in many applications. Somatom Force allows functional imaging to become part of clinical practice because it offers a perfusion range of up to 22 cm that can cover entire organs. Its Vectron X-ray tubes, with a power-independent focal spot size of just 0.4 × 0.5 mm (IEC) and the highly sensitive Stellar Infinity detector, make Somatom Force the ideal scanner when high-speed (up to 737 mm/s), large-volume coverage combined with high image quality is required. Furthermore, the scanner offers precise and dose-neutral quantification with spectral separation in Dual Energy acquisition to generate high-quality diagnostic results.Somatom Force and Somatom Drive also feature Rapid Results Technology that allows the dual-source scanner to communicate directly with syngo.via for zero-click postprocessing. As a result, large Dual Energy CT datasets are sent automatically to the picture archiving and communications system (PACS). This task is now part of standard reconstructions, enabling standardized and consistent image quality independent of operator skills.Customers with existing Somatom Force and Somatom Drive CT systems will have the option of retrofitting their systems with the new FAST 3D Camera.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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. Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 14, 2017 Siemens Healthineers Strengthens CT Portfolio With Four New Systems at RSNA 2017 New Somatom go. scanners provide mobile workflow for advanced clinical fields; new high-end Somatom Edge Plus and Somatom Force feature FAST 3-D Camera for more precise, consistent patient positioning Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Dose Considerations for OnSight 3D Extremity System

first_img Related Content 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 Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Radiation Dose Management | September 10, 2018 Dose Considerations for OnSight 3D Extremity System News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more 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 center_img 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. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more It’s crucial for medical professionals to understand the radiation risk/ benefit balance of diagnostic imaging systems they may use. This paper will cover the exposure levels (dose) associated with the CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System, and provide some context for these exposure levels in comparison to other everyday radiation sources.To learn more, read the full white paper or see the 3D Extremity System at RSNA 2018. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more last_img read more

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Costa Rica presents new antimoney laundering strategy

first_imgCosta Rica’s new strategy against money laundering and terrorism financing sets guidelines for a coordinated, public-private effort against both crimes, high government officials said this week. The strategy aims to tighten controls on the remittance sector, and the use and transportation of cash.It also seeks to expand anti-money laundering controls to non-financial sectors, including some private property transactions.The National Strategy to Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing is part of the current administration’s commitment to counter corruption, said Vice Minister of the Presidency Ana Gabriel Zúñiga and Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata.It aims at “strengthening inter-institutional coordination regarding financial intelligence” on money laundering, said Zúñiga, presenting the strategy at the opening session of a two-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT).“We also have the need to cut off that oxygen reaching those terrorist organizations,” added Zúñiga, who took active part in the process leading up to the strategy.“Terrorism is not only the tangible act of manifest violence affecting human lives … it’s also that countries are accessories by not having the mechanisms to cut off financing for terrorism,” she pointed out.Regarding the strategy, Zúñiga said Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration took on several challenges, “with the purpose of leaving a clear message of commitment.”One of the challenges implied “undertaking a national risk assessment,” in this field, and another was drawing up the strategy itself, “with 30 clear aims,” an effort dating back to September of last year, with input from 40 institutions and support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Vice Minister explained.“We’ve declared it of public interest for Costa Rica,” she underlined.Zúñiga added that the decree enacting the strategy, which Solís is scheduled to sign Friday at the closing session of the GAFILAT meeting, “will make institutions take the necessary actions … to implement this strategy in a timely manner.”The initiative responds to the three components of GAFILAT’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing system: Prevention, Detection and Intelligence, and Investigation and Criminal Justice, Zúñiga said.Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata said that “on the issue of money laundering we have a major concern because of the consequences money laundering has over our region’s economy.”“These consequences grow, and so does … the illicit wealth being laundered, day after day, with a high power of corruption … over the people and on different sectors of the economy,” Mata said.Fighting it “is a job for all members of society, including professional and non-financial actors, and state institutions,” he added.Costa Rica’s new anti-money laundering strategy will provide “innovative legal tools” against money laundering and terrorism financing, according to an executive summary of the plan released Thursday.The strategy seeks to “generate new regulations and controls to strengthen supervision over the financial system and its integrity.” Among the specifics, the strategy aims to reduce the use of cash, tighten controls over remittances and reduce informality in that sector, and “strengthen regulation and control over physical transportation of money and other negotiable instruments across borders.”The government also seeks to extend anti-money laundering regulations to non-financial activities, including establishing “know your client” protocols for certain transactions of private property.The Financial Action Task Force of Latin America was born out of a similar body that included nine South American countries, founded in December 2000 to combat money laundering. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the group broadened its reach, to include terrorism financing.GAFILAT now counts 16 Latin American nations as members. It functions under the umbrella of the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) created in 1989 by the Group of 7 to fight money laundering on a global scale. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica submits to money laundering probe by Latin America task force Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing Guatemala ex-President Alfonso Portillo pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy charges in New York Honduras shutters bank linked to drug traffickinglast_img read more

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JTN overhauls marketing

first_imgDriven by member demand, the Jetset Travelworld Network have made significant investment and are set to launch new marketing initiatives for the group to encourage further participation in local area advertising to deliver increased agency sales. Revealing projects to franchisees at last week’s annual conference in Adelaide, Marketing Manager, Rashelle Toms told e-Travel Blackboard she believes the products they will have on offer will be “the most sophisticated amongst any other retail group”. Referring directly to the yet to be launched “Media Hub” for members, Ms Toms said it was received with unanimous support from agents and is considered to be an industry first to offer a one stop shop marketing toolkit complete with collateral including press ads, posters, flyers and even personalised merchandise.With an expected launch in January, The Media Hub will incur “minimal charges” according to Ms Toms, but is expected to increase brand awareness in local communities and drive sales directly into agents’ shops.In addition to The Media Hub, the marketing department have also commenced various social media campaigns, overseen by a dedicated online team. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more

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Millennials Financial Independence a Priority

first_img Share May 17, 2017 741 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Earlier this month, Joseph Melendez, CEO of ValueInsured, spoke with MReport regarding how four in 10 parents say they plan to help their children buy a home, but a recent study shows that millennials think they should pay for their bills earlier than their baby boomer counterparts.Bankrate.com asked millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation what age people should be able to pay for their own bills, including housing. Come to find out, millennials are not as easy on themselves as media makes them out to be. Millennials thought that people should be able to pay for their own housing at the age of 22, their own car at 20 ½ and their own cell phone bill at 18 ½. This is a year and a half younger than Baby Boomers reported.”Millennials are often stereotyped as being entitled,” said Sarah Berger, author of The Cashlorette at Bankrate.com. “It’s refreshing to see that millennials really do have high expectations of gaining financial independence and getting off their parents’ payroll.”There were political and regional differences in the data, too. On average, Republicans believed that a person should be able to afford their own car three years earlier than the average Democrats response. Northeasterners thought housing costs should be shared with the parent until the age of 24 ½, two years longer than Midwesterners, 1 ½ years longer than southerners and almost a year longer than westerners.Cutting free from the support of parents is based on many factors including income and student debt load. For some, they may need to move back in with parents temporarily, others are ready to travel the world.According to Melendez, this travel aspect makes it hard for parents who do not want to lose their money if their child needs to move for a new job and the market happens to have a temporary downturn.Others, like Jessica Bergman, a 25-year-old college graduate, have agreements with their parents in order to pay their debt and eventually be independent.“I lived at home and worked for two full years to pay back my loans before I moved out on my own,” Bergmann told Bankrate. “It was the smartest move—the school I was teaching at was a 25-minute commute, so I checked my pride and did what was needed financially.Though there are different paths for everyone, knowing the younger generation is ready to take charge of their finances, and do so at a younger age in the housing market, is a promising outlook to the future.For further details on this survey, click here.center_img Millennials: Financial Independence a Priority Baby Boomer Bankrate.com Credit Millennial mortgage valueinsured 2017-05-17 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

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