Convertibles Performance Cars null 8 Photos Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar Share your voice 1:36 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ferrari Ferrari 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 0 Enlarge ImageLike this, but with less roof. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Ferrari 812 Superfast is one hell of a car. I mean, it’s called the freaking Superfast. The one thing that it’s missing, though, is the ability to hear that absolutely bananas V12 yowl without having the sound muffled by a roof — that is to say, it’s missing a Spider version.Though, that may not be the case for long. According to the website FerrariChat, several Ferrari owners have received invitations to see the unveiling of the new model in early September at one of two events. According to a separate report by Motor1 published on Wednesday, all of these invites have gone to European owners, so either there will be a separate series of events for US buyers, or we won’t get this thing stateside, though the latter seems unlikely.As far as official details on potential specs for a Spider-ized version of the 812 go, there basically aren’t any. Seriously, we’ve heard nothing from the folks in Maranello on this one. If we were to put on our thinking caps and hazard an educated guess, we’d expect to see a folding hardtop roof like the Portofino and/or 488 Spider have. We’d be shocked to see any kind of change in power output, given just how potent the standard 812 is already, thanks to its 6.5-liter V12 engine.In any case, we can’t be bothered with the idea of a convertible 812 because the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 already exist and those are — as far as we’re concerned — the coolest Ferraris to roll out of Maranello in decades.Oh, and we’re journalists, so we don’t have Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider money anyway. That’s the other reason we can’t be bothered. More From Roadshow Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is a 986-horsepower hybrid… 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar
Caribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corners of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime wildlife refuge.Besides the usual rats and foxes, the refuge managers decided to target a new pest this season.Download AudioIt’s no mystery how caribou wound up on Adak Island. They were imported in the late 1950s so Navy personnel would have something to hunt.Nowadays, the Navy is gone and the island is a prime spot for big game hunters. But not enough of them, says Steve Ebbert.He’s a wildlife biologist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. As he stands on the deck of their research vessel, sailing less than a half mile from the rocky shores of Adak, Ebbert says the caribou herd is now seven times its former size. And it’s starting to spread.Ebbert points to a gently sloping beach just across the way on Kagalaska Island.It’s not clear when the caribou started to swim across the channel to Kagalaska. But Ebbert thinks he knows why. The island is still covered in thick, white lichen — the same plant that used to grow naturally on Adak.If the caribou are willing to travel for food, Ebbert says they probably won’t stop at Kagalaska when there even more islands to graze on nearby — all federally protected, refuge land.After an environmental assessment, the Fish and Wildlife Service decided the best way to prevent that outcome was to organize a hunt on Kagalaska.The team bagged nine male caribou. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t impressed with their haul.The hunt cost $58,000, plus another $13,000 to butcher and salvage the meat. That part was specifically requested by Murkowski and other officials. But going forward, the senator wants to see a different approach.The Senate Appropriations committee recently (on June 18) approved a new rule that would keep the refuge from using federal money to sponsor more caribou hunts at Kagalaska.A similar ban would apply to two other islands, where wild cows have escaped from old ranches. Murkowski and her colleagues also suggest a $2 million cut in funding the Fish and Wildlife Service but a million-dollar bump for the refuge system’s budget. The entire package has been sent to the full Senate for consideration.Elaine Smiloff has lived and hunted on Adak Island for years. She had her own doubts about trying to control the spread of caribou.But Smiloff also says that this year, it got harder for local hunters to track down caribou in their own backyard. Without a boat — which most residents don’t have — their options seemed to shrink.Usually, Kagalaska wouldn’t be one of them.That’s one reason why Smiloff jumped at the chance to help federal hunters move huge slabs of meat off that island. More than a half-ton was distributed to local families.Smiloff would be glad to help get more. But wildlife managers haven’t decided if they’ll try to conduct another hunt before the Senate takes action on the proposal to shut it down.For now, the Alaska Maritime refuge is more focused on finding out if the first big control effort was a success.They may have a chance to investigate in August, when refuge staff are scheduled to sail past Kagalaska aboard their research vessel.Eventually, Steve Ebbert says he wants to find a method for tracking the number of caribou that reach the island. First, he’d have to mark them — with paintballs, or by branding.But then again:“You’re capturing the animals, drugging the animals in the case of branding, and marking them permanently — and just releasing them? It doesn’t seem as efficient. If you can shoot them with a dart, you can shoot them with a rifle,” Ebbert says.The biologist says he wouldn’t call that hunting — more like counting. By elimination.
Map of Yemen locating Hodeida where at least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes, medics said Monday. Photo: AFPAt least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as Britain’s top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire.Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.Asked about the possibility of a ceasefire, a coalition spokesman told reporters in Riyadh that “the operation is still ongoing”, adding that it was meant to pressure the rebels to come to the negotiating table.A Hodeida resident reported an ebb in fighting around the city by Monday evening, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a possible “catastrophic situation” if the port is destroyed.”The fighting must stop, a political debate must begin, and we must prepare a massive humanitarian response to avoid the worst next year,” he said.A military source in the pro-government coalition said the insurgents had pushed back a large-scale assault aimed at moving towards the port, under rebel control since 2014.In a statement sent via the Telegram messaging app, the Huthis said they had “lured” loyalists up the western coastline of Hodeida, where the rebels then launched an attack on the troops.Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into Hodeida after 11 days of clashes, reaching residential neighbourhoods in the east on Sunday and sparking fears of street fights that would further endanger civilians trapped in the city.Residents and government military sources have reported rebel snipers stationed on rooftops in civilian streets in eastern Hodeida, a few kilometres (miles) from the port on the western edge of the city.The fighting forced hundreds of terrified medical workers and patients to flee the al-Thawra hospital — Hodeida’s largest public medical facility — as a series of explosions rocked the area on Sunday, Amnesty International said.A medical worker told Amnesty that they “dodged a hail of shrapnel” as bombardment near the hospital lasted more than 30 minutes.Enough is enoughThe Hodeida offensive has sparked an international outcry unprecedented in nearly four years of conflict between the Huthis and the Saudi-backed government.Britain, the United States and France have all called for an end to hostilities. All three countries are major suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a major ally of Washington, to engage in peace talks.British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt met with Saudi King Salman and Prince Mohammed on Monday during a visit to the kingdom to press its rulers to support UN efforts to end the conflict.Hunt also flew to the United Arab Emirates, a key pillar of the Saudi-led coalition, to meet the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.In France, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was time “the international community said enough is enough.”There will be no victor in this war,” Le Drian told France 2 TV.Civilian tollAid groups fear for the safety of hundreds of thousands of people living in Hodeida — and for millions of others dependent on its port for what little food and humanitarian aid trickle into impoverished, blockaded Yemen.A military official in Hodeida on Monday confirmed seven civilians had died, without giving further details.A 15-year-old boy died last week of shrapnel wounds in Hodeida, Save the Children said.Medics in hospitals across Hodeida province reported 111 rebels and 32 loyalist fighters killed overnight, according to a tally by AFP.Sources at the Al-Alfi military hospital, seized by the rebels during their 2014 takeover, said charred body parts had been delivered there overnight. Military sources confirmed that the Saudi-led alliance had targeted the rebels with multiple air strikes.The rebels have begun to evacuate their wounded to Sanaa, the capital, which the Huthis seized during a 2014 takeover that included a string of ports on Yemen’s coastline.Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the Yemeni government’s fight against the Huthis in 2015, triggering what the UN now calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Nearly 600 people have been killed since clashes erupted in Hodeida on November 1, ending a temporary suspension in a government offensive to take the city that began in June.Diplomatic pressureThe coalition has come under intense international pressure to end the conflict, particularly following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an ardent critic of Prince Mohammed, in his country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.Multiple countries, including Germany and Norway, have announced the suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s killing.The United Nations’ Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, is pushing for peace talks between the Huthis and the government by the end of the year.The United States, which for years provided military training and aerial refuelling for the Saudi-led coalition, on Saturday announced it would end its inflight refuelling support for the alliance.The alliance accuses Iran of smuggling arms to the Huthis through Hodeida port. Tehran denies the charges.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloFour Bangladeshis were killed in a road accident in Medina on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Suruj Mia, 25, son of Jabbar Mia; Nura Mia, 23, son of Motalib Bepari; Ujjal, 22, son of Mokarram of Kalapaharia union, and Rasel, 24, son of Akram Ali of Khagkanda union in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj.The accident took place around 1:00pm (Bangladesh time), said Jahirul Huda Alamgir, supervisor of Al-Fahad Company where the victims used to work.
X Share Listen Harris Health had a rough year, but it looks a lot better now that it’s over. At the start of the fiscal year that that began last March, board members and executives faced a projected deficit of more than $70 million.“That was the result of what we call ‘the perfect storm,’ explained President and CEO George Masi. “Increased patient volumes, no expansion of Medicaid in Texas — and that had a profound effect on Harris Health — and just the inflationary factors associated with healthcare.”To cope, managers stopped filling vacancies, eliminated raises for most workers, and laid off almost 100 people. The personnel changes alone saved almost $17 million.Masi said it was painful to do: “These were real people, doing real jobs, with real work.”Managers also found savings in pharmacy, laboratory and supply chain costs.Masi says strategic streamlining also helped save money. For example, Harris Health is so overwhelmed with cases that managers had been paying other hospitals to perform certain surgeries on its patients. But it stopped that outsourcing last year, and saved more than $7 million from those contracts.“These are not emergent cases, these are cases like a gallbladder, maybe a hernia repair that could wait, sometimes wait inordinately long times, to be managed,” Masi said.“But we pulled those all back in, and actually just expanded our hours, worked harder, pushed the staff a great deal to get that done, and they did,” he added. Finally, just a few weeks ago, there was what Masi calls a “February Christmas present” — $14 million more in tax revenues than expected.That eliminated the budget hole, with $1.1 million left over.“It’s like the little train that could,” Masi said. “There are not a whole lot of people who thought we could make up that kind of ground. It was a lot of sacrifice, on the part of a lot of folks associated with the organization, that allowed us to make that margin.”But the pressure isn’t off yet.This fiscal year, Masi faces a new deficit of $8 million. Even if he overcomes that, he’s not able to save and recapitalize for maintenance, new equipment and growth, he said. Too many years in that state are not sustainable, he said, and so he will continue to push Texas politicians to expand Medicaid using federal dollars. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:38
Share DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on reports of shots fired at Dallas Love Field airport (all times local):Officials say that when a police officer opened fire outside a Dallas airport on a man involved in a domestic disturbance, one bullet hit an exterior glass wall and the rest hit the suspect.Officials said they didn’t know yet how many bullets were fired Friday. In video posted by Instagram user @flashyfilms— and credited to Bryan Armstrong, at least nine gunshots could be heard.Dallas police Sgt. Mike Beattie, who is stationed at Love Field, says that the bullet that hit the glass wall outside the airport’s baggage claim area didn’t penetrate it because of the protective film.The condition of the man shot was unclear, however one officer at the scene, who would not be named, said he was told that the victim “absorbed” all the other bullets.Beattie says airport police receive specific training to be attentive to suspicious-looking travelers and that DPD provides “crowded-environment training” to all its officers every two years.
If you’ve played Valve’s fun and funny first-person shooter Team Fortress 2, you’ll recognize the subject of the video above: it’s a level 1 sentry gun, hand-crafted by designers at WETA Workshop and sent to the staff at Valve, makers of the game. Team Fortress 2 has been one of the most popular Steam games for well over three years now, and fans will get a laugh out of this. Even if you’re not a fan, you’ve got to appreciate the workmanship that went into it. The sentry gun can track movements and follow you as you move across its path, and it lights up and makes sounds like it’s firing when it has a lock on you. When idle, it’ll move from side to side, looking for targets. Granted, a level 1 is nothing a Pyro can’t make quick work of -it would behoove the engineer that built it to upgrade to level 3. [via UberGizmo]
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Artist’s impression of the two-qubit logic gate device developed at UNSW. Each electron qubit (red and blue in the image) has a ‘spin’, or magnetic field, indicated by the arrows. Metal electrodes on the surface are used to manipulate the qubits, which interact to create an ‘entangled’ quantum state. Credit: Tony Melov/UNSW © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—It was another good week for physics; the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada for discovering a missing piece in the neutrino mass puzzle. And a team working in Australia announced that a crucial hurdle was overcome in quantum computing—they demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate, and did it in silicon. Also a pair of physicists Hal Haggard and Carlo Rovelli in France asked: What are white holes? They are looking into whether the whole idea might be more then purely theoretical. Citation: Best of Last Week—White holes, elephants and cancer and the impact of dominating parents (2015, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-weekwhite-holes-elephants-cancer-impact.html Explore further Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle (Update) In other news, a team of researchers with the University of Illinois partnered with a group in Hungary and together they found that an AI machine achieved an IQ test score of a young child. The machine was ConceptNet, a project at MIT, and the findings represent another leap for computer smarts. Also, a company called Light introduced a multi-aperture computational camera—it is actually 16 cameras in one box taking pictures using ten of the lenses at a time to capture multiple focal lengths. And a trio of researchers with Wayne State University and Pennsylvania State University announced that they had found a way to convert harmful algal blooms into high-performance battery electrodes. Also a team at the University of Southampton in the U.K. found a new way to weigh a star—by using math models, theory, super-fluidity and glitches in pulsars . Also researchers at Arizona State University made worldwide headlines due to a Newsweek article on how elephants provide big clues in the fight against cancer—turns out they have a gene that is 20 times more prevalent than in any other mammal. Also another team of researchers at Harvard University announced that they had massively edited the genome of pigs to turn them into perfect human organ donors.And finally, if you are the offspring of a domineering mom or dad, a team of researchers at the University of Sussex in the U.K. has conducted a study that shows how dominant parents affect kids’ self-worth. And it depends, apparently, on which country you grow up in.
Pets are a part of your family, understood. You choose to make them a part of your celebrations, understood. But many do not understand the grave effect which the celebrations might have on them. Since Holi is just round the corner, here are a few tips to keep your pooch all safe and secure whilst the joy is on.Most dog owners feel that as long as they use dry colours on their pets, there’s no harm. But the truth is, the presence of lead, which acts as an accumulative poison, makes these colours a high-risk material for pets. Inhalation of colour powder may cause nasal irritation and possibly respiratory allergy or infection. Pet parents also need to know that most dogs get paranoid when you rub colours on them, since it very often gets into their eyes and nose, making them very uncomfortable. They also tend to lick their body, and the taste of dry colours makes them prone to throwing up. Some breeds are so sensitive that they gets rashes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr KG Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia Mars India, ‘We must ensure that during celebrations like these, we keep our dogs safe from the colours. We advice people not to try using kerosene, spirits or any hair oil to clean the colour off their coat. A good light shampoo should suffice. If the dog has been hit in the eye by a water balloon, wash the eye with clean water, and if irritation persists, bring the dog to a vet.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘It is extremely important to understand that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the accidents than others. Puppies, aged dogs and short hair coat dogs are more predisposed to falling victim to these colours than long hair coat breeds. The reason being that sparsely coated regions of body are commonly affected by colours. The pet owner should keep the pet away from children who tend to throw water balloons at the pet and also avoid taking their dogs at places and at times when they are likely to be the target of such insensitive play,’ he added.Indulging in variety of sweets is also customary during Holi. Care should be taken as these foods are rich in butter, cream and sugar and does not go down well with canines and can give them an upset stomach. Keep your pets happy during Holi and double the celebrations!
The Government has asked state-owned oil companies to hold special camps in flood-hit Chennai to replace documents of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections as well as cylinders lost in the natural calamity at concessional rates. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan “has instructed the oil marketing companies to provide all possible relief to the flood and rain ravaged people of Chennai,” an official statement said.For documents lost in the floods, the companies will organise a special camp for issue of documents on priority basis. In cases where cylinders are lost, the companies will charge a nominal Rs 200 per cylinder from below poverty line (BPL) families for the replacement.For above poverty line (APL) families, the affected ones will have to pay Rs 1,200, the manufacturing cost of a cylinder, for the replacement. “The above proposed measures to be undertaken by the companies are expected to provide necessary relief to the affected and distressed people,” the statement added.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A Mexcian company says they are working on opening a plant in Playa del Carmen that will make planting pots out of cigarette butts.The company Verde Halago is hoping to eliminate pollution by creating pots from cigarette butts that degrade in a year.Gerardo Valencia of Verde HalagoGerardo Valencia of Verde Halago, said that cigarette butts can be recycled to avoid contaminating water and the environment. He says that soon, they will have a factory in Playa del Carmen.The company is an initiative of Mexican entrepreneurs that once operating, will employ between five and 10 people.He explains that cigarette butts are one of the most thrown waste in streets and along beaches. He explains that one cigarette butt contaminates 50 liters of water.Aside from creating plant pots from recycled butts, the company also promotes beach cleanups to raise awareness of the environmental damage due to discarded butts.Valencia says they already have more than 600,000 butts they’ve collected from the streets, eliminating the pollution of more than 20 million liters of drinking water. He says that animals also benefit because they often mistake the butts for food an ingest them.Valencia explained that the cigarette butts undergo a process that makes them biodegradable. They are mixed with other waste products such as sawdust, adding that the pots are a highly sustainable proposal that removes butts from the streets, raises public awareness and prevents damage to the ecosystem.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2015 Study Shows Long-Term Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on the Brain, Thinking MRI scans show negative blood flow regulation leads to lower cognitive skills, ability to perform daily activities News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more July 22, 2015 – A new study reveals that people with type 2 diabetes experienced negative changes in their ability to regulate blood flow in the brain, which was associated with lower cognitive skills and ability to perform daily activities. The study was published in the July 8, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.”Normal blood flow regulation allows the brain to redistribute blood to areas of the brain that have increased activity while performing certain tasks,” said study author Vera Novak, M.D., Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston. “People with type 2 diabetes have impaired blood flow regulation. Our results suggest that diabetes and high blood sugar impose a chronic negative effect on cognitive and decision-making skills.”The study involved 40 people with an average age of 66. Of those, 19 had type 2 diabetes and 21 did not have diabetes. Those with diabetes had been treated for the disease for an average of 13 years. The participants were tested at the beginning of the study and again two years later. Tests included cognition and memory tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain to look at brain volume and blood flow, and blood tests to measure control of blood sugar and inflammation.After two years, the people with diabetes had decreases in their ability to regulate blood flow in the brain. They also had lower scores on several tests of memory and thinking skills. People with lower ability to regulate blood flow at the beginning of the study had greater declines in a measure of how well they could complete daily activities such as bathing and cooking.Higher levels of inflammation were also associated with greater decreases in blood flow regulation, even if people had good control of their diabetes and blood pressure, Novak said.On a test of learning and memory, the scores of the people with diabetes decreased by 12 percent, from 46 points to 41 points over the two years of the study, while the scores of those without diabetes stayed the same at 55 points. Blood flow regulation in the brain was decreased by 65 percent in people with diabetes.”Early detection and monitoring of blood flow regulation may be an important predictor of accelerated changes in cognitive and decision-making skills,” Novak said.She said additional studies involving more people and extending for a longer time period are needed to better understand the relationship and timing with blood flow regulation and changes in thinking and memory skills.For more information: www.neurology.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… 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 Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Related posts:Costa Rica Health Ministry confirms first case of chikungunya virus Tourism sector, Traffic Police launch campaign to prevent spread of dengue and chikungunya Costa Rica registers 2 new cases of chikungunya virus, bringing total number to 47 Double jeopardy: Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reports 2 people were infected with both dengue and chikungunya Costa Rica’s Health Ministry on Monday reported that 106 people have been infected with chikungunya. Of those, 70 contracted the virus in the country.The ministry’s Health Surveillance Unit Director Roberto Castro said that most cases involved residents from the central and northern Pacific regions, particularly in the Guanacaste communities of Abangares and Carrillo. Cases also were reported in Garabito and the Central canton of Puntarenas.Castro reported that 68 percent of infected patients are women aged 20-49. Fewer than 1 percent of the total number are children under 10.He said the ministry has suspended lab tests to diagnose the virus, as local transmission of the virus is now confirmed. That means that all testing is being performed based on evaluations of patient symptoms, place of residence and possible contact with infected people.Health Vice Minister María Esther Anchía said officials have found the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes – carriers of the virus – in all areas of the country. Officials are increasing coordination between public agencies and local government officials to improve preventive measures and on-the-ground inspections.“Although our work to eradicate mosquito breeding sites has been effective, we need a bigger effort … to improve results,” she said.Castro urged residents to remove all objects that collect stagnant water, which are breeding sites for the mosquitoes.Chikungunya causes high fever, nausea, vomiting and severe joint pain. It also can cause rheumatoid arthritis. Facebook Comments
The recent Snow Travel Expo in Sydney and Melbourne has revealed that the traditional perception of Switzerland being a ritzy winter holiday destination is shifting.Receiving and discussing travellers’ interest at the Expo were Director of Switzerland Tourism ANZ, Mark Wettstein and Head of Sales for Jungfrau Railways, Daniela Fuchs. Both have noticed that over the past few years, more and more Australians are realising the affordability of Switzerland for snow holidays and the abundance of activities and products on offer.“Switzerland offers a wide range of packages to suit different requirements including ski pass and accommodation combos; family deals; combined ski, accommodation and mountain railway passes and much more,” said Mark. “The aim of these offers is to ensure efficiency and cost effectiveness for holiday goers on all budgets.Both Mark and Daniela were impressed with the visitors over the last two weekends as many were already quite well informed and knew what they would like to see and experience in Switzerland.“Many of the visitors to our stand were interested in our Christmas markets; staying in traditional Swiss mountain huts to enjoy the extraordinary chalet-styled atmosphere; going on day excursions to visit smaller villages or even the cities (given the close proximities between the cities and mountains); and of course, the types of ski/snowboard experience they can expect,” said Mark.Some of the experiences on offer in the Jungfrau region include the opportunity to ski or snowboard at 2970m above sea level and ice-skate in Interlaken (the country’s adventure capital), snow shoeing, winter hikes and a host of other events.Visitors were advised that the best time to visit is during their low season in January, where they can take full advantage of the discounts and deals on offer. They were also reminded that children under 16 years of age travel for free on Swiss public transportation when accompanied with a guardian with a Swiss Travel Pass – a huge bonus for families visiting Switzerland.Switzerland is the birthplace of winter tourism, which began in 1864.Source = Switzerland Tourism
Appraisal Appraisal Institute Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System FDIC Jim Amorin Lenders National Credit Union Administration Office of the Comptroller of the Currency opinion Richard C. Sorenson Update 2017-10-17 Dean Terrell Share October 17, 2017 634 Views The full opinion from the Institute can be found here. in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, Servicing Are Appraisers Meeting Lending Standards? According to an opinion from the Appraisal Institute, president and acting CEO Jim Amorin claims not all appraisers are as knowledgeable as others. “The best way for consumers to combat potential problems with appraisals is to ensure the appraiser hired by their lender is highly qualified and competent” Amorin said.Amorin noted that most lenders have appraisal appeal procedures known as “Reconsiderations of Value” that can be provided to the lender. These procedures allow buyers and sellers to provide recent and comparable sale information not otherwise considered by the appraiser. Amorin also referenced the book titled “Appraising the Appraisal: The Art of Appraisal Review,” authored by Richard C. Sorenson, which covers common errors that can occur during procedure. This includes “misuse of adjustments to comparables, disregarding special financing and concessions, and miscalculation of gross living area” according to the Appraisal Institute.Buyers and sellers are also entitled to a copy of the appraisal report, so lenders should be prepared to provide a copy to them when requested. Based on federal regulations, lenders are required to provide copies free of charge to consumers no later than three days before their loan closes. Homebuyers can also ask lenders if their appraiser is directly engaged by the bank or if they use an appraisal management company to send them to properties for review.It’s worth noting that just because the appraisal doesn’t match the contract price doesn’t necessarily mean the appraisal is flawed, according to Amorin. “The agreed-upon contract price may be above market value, for example. In those situations, the buyer and seller often renegotiate the contract at more favorable or balanced terms” he explained.
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