Calgary bike shop aims to make cycling more inclusive for all gender

first_imgCALGARY – Mike Hooves was turning a wrench on a bike when a man came over, said “let me help you” and grabbed the tool.Hooves, who identifies as a non-binary femme, knew the man meant well, but it didn’t feel good to be treated that way.“The underlying assumption is you don’t know what you’re doing.”Hooves, 25, was born a girl and presents as feminine, but doesn’t identify as male or female.About 18 months ago, Hooves stopped by Good Life Community Bicycle Shop in Calgary for its gender empowerment mechanics program. Every Wednesday, the shop is reserved for women, transgender people or those who identify as neither male nor female to work on or learn about bikes.Good Life is not a traditional retailer, but rather a not-for-profit education and resource centre. It was a welcome change from the male-dominated bike shops where Hooves has been talked down to and babied.“It was super friendly and there were people I could relate to. There were people who looked like me or were like me, and it just made it easier for me to feel comfortable asking questions.”Good Life aims to create a more welcoming atmosphere for those who may not feel at ease in a typical bike shop. It also wants to make cycling more inclusive in general, said Hope Madison Fay, who manages the shop’s public relations and fundraising.“I actually didn’t know anything about bikes at all before starting to work at Good Life and I definitely, since working here, have gained a confidence that I didn’t really know was even possible.”On Wednesdays, the shop is strictly off limits to everyone except those the program is meant to serve. Anyone else who shows up is asked to come back another day. Madison Fay said staff don’t assume people’s gender identity just by looking at them, so will ask if they’re there for the program.Not all of those turned away are understanding. Madison Fay said it’s not unusual for Good Life to get a couple of bad reviews a month accusing the shop of discrimination.“Sometimes it goes well. Other times, people are upset.”Good Life got a nastier-than-normal response last Wednesday following a Reddit post deriding the shop as going “full on SJW” — social justice warrior.The shop received 30 or 40 one-star reviews within a 12-hour span, Madison Fay said.The user who started the Reddit thread, JarritosFritos, wrote that he was hoping to pick up a cheap bike during his lunch hour and was asked about his gender identity.“Is this real life?! Never thought i would come across this here,” he wrote, saying he had contacted the Alberta Human Rights Commission.JarritosFritos, who declined to provide his real name, wrote in a private message that he’d decided not to file a complaint after being told it could take years to resolve and it wasn’t clear the shop had committed a human rights offence.The Alberta Human Rights Act allows for policies, programs and activities where the objective is to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged.Good Life is on the right side of the law, said Kyle Kirkup, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.“It’s a pretty straightforward case where if it were ever to be challenged, the bike shop would be successful,” he said.“They’re on very solid footing to say this is actually designed to basically try to redress in a small but meaningful way the fact that there are some communities that don’t feel comfortable in a bike shop on a day-to-day basis.”last_img read more

One Directions Louis Tomlinson Wants You To Believe In Magic

first_imgOne Direction star Louis Tomlinson is giving away a trip to London to meet the boys.“We’ve seen the incredible impact we can have if we work together,” said Louis. “Now the guys and I are back on Prizeo to bring attention to and raise funds for a charity very close to my heart, Believe in Magic.“So you know by now that if you help me support Believe in Magic, you can enter to win a trip to meet me and the guys. We can help! Donate and you can enter to win a trip to London for you, a friend and a guardian to meet me and the guys backstage and come to our concert at the O2 on September 26th. We’ll fly you in from anywhere in the world!”Believe in Magic is the children’s charity with a true Fairy Godmother feel spreading magic, hope and happiness to seriously and terminally ill children and their families in every way they can! They make dreams and wishes come true, holding once in a lifetime magical parties where the children can step onto the red carpet and enter a world completely filled with magic and fun. Here, they can forget about feeling poorly, and in that moment, not be a 4-year old cancer patient, or a 7-year old paralysed child from the effects of their tumour, or an 11-year old desperately waiting on the transplant list for a vital organ.. .and just be children again.To find out more, visit Prizeo.last_img read more

No chance of Congress getting majority in LS polls BJP to be

first_imgNew Delhi: There is “no chance” of the Congress getting a majority on its own in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, senior party leader Kapil Sibal has said but asserted that the UPA led by the party is intact and the coalition could be in a position to form the next government. Had the Congress been sure about getting the majority number of 272 in the Lok Sabha, it would have definitely declared Rahul Gandhi as its Prime Ministerial candidate as he is the “undisputed leader” in the party, he told IANS in an interview here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He, however, remained evasive on who could be the Prime Minister if the UPA were to get the majority, saying it will be decided by the alliance after the results are declared. Sibal, a prominent lawyer and former Union Minister, was asked why the Congress is reluctant to declare Gandhi as its Prime Ministerial candidate. “If the Congress were to get 272 (seats), there would be no hesitation,” he replied. When insisted that the Congress could still project Gandhi as its Prime Ministerial candidate and say that he would be the Prime Minister if the party gets the majority, he shot back: “Without any doubt… If we get the majority, is there any doubt?… (But) there is no question of saying it. We know we won’t get the majority. We know we won’t get 272 (seats), just as we know that the BJP will not get more than 160 seats.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen When pointed out to him that he was making a big statement, he responded: “Why not? Of course, we will not get (the majority). There is no chance.” Sibal was asked again whether he wanted to say that Congress will not get the majority, to which he replied: “We will not get 272 on our own. It will be foolish for me to say that. And BJP will get less than 160.” At the same time, he said the Congress-led UPA will be ahead in the elections and could form the government even as it has to fight out with ‘mahagathbandan’, an alliance of some Opposition parties, in states like Uttar Pradesh. Asked who could be the Prime Minister if the Congress-led UPA gets the majority, Sibal said it will be decided by the alliance. “…All that will happen after May 23 (when results are declared).” Queried if there could be anybody else than Gandhi, he said: “I don’t know. The alliance will decide… It is something that alliance partners will have to decide. As far as Congress party is concerned, he (Rahul) is the undisputed leader in the Congress party. Let’s be clear on that.” On questions regarding the efficacy of the ‘mahagathbandan’, Sibal said it was “never floated by the Congress”. “Our ‘gathbandans’ are intact. Ours is a party which is gathbandan (alliance) plus. All our gathbandans existing prior to 2014 are intact, whether it is NCP or DMK… We have added two more – JDS in Karnataka and CPI-M in West Bengal.” When pointed out that the Samajwadi Party (SP), which was earlier with the Congress, has drifted away and joined hands with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Sibal said: “That is not our fault. Our alliance partners are intact. We have not let down any of them but we have added our alliance partners.” He said alliance with the Samajwadi Party could have happened if that party had “recognised our importance as a national party”. “But (BSP chief) Mayawati consistently opposed it. They distributed seats among themselves and said we have left two seats for the Congress. How can then there be an alliance?”last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX rebounds on new European austerity plans

The Toronto Stock Exchange posted a triple digit rebound as commodity prices gained ground after two of the most indebted European countries outlined new austerity measures.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,338.85 +105.99 +0.87%S&P 500 — 1,447.15 +13.83 + 0.96%Dow — 13,485.97 +72.46 +0.54%Nasdaq — 3,136.60 +42.90 +1.39%The S&P/TSX composite index added 105.99 points to 12,338.85.Spain and Greece outlined plans to cut spending and raise taxes to convince international lenders and financial markets they are on the right track to cut their deficits.The Canadian dollar gained 0.45 of a cent to 101.95 cents U.S. getting a boost after Spain announced its new budget.Wall Street was also higher, with the Dow ahead 72.46 points to 13,485.97 and the Nasdaq 42.90 points higher at 3,136.60. The broader S&P 500 was up 13.83 points at 1,447.15.The benchmark New York oil contract was ahead $1.87 at US$91.85 a barrel, while the December gold contract added $26.90 to US$1,780.50 an ounce. The December copper contract was three cents higher at US$3.74 a pound.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Spain’s ‘crisis budget’ slashes spending as bailout loomsU.S. Fiscal Cliff ‘single biggest threat’ to global economy, Fitch warnsThere’s another looming ‘Cliff’ you should know about, and it’s $1.6 trillion tallU.S. durable goods plunge worst since recessionON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAOttawa’s fiscal monitor (July) 8:30 a.m.Real GDP (July): Economists expect 0.1% rise from the month before, 2% year over year UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Personal income & consumption (Aug): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in income, 0.5% gain in consumption 9:45 a.m.Chicago PMI (Sept): Economists expect a flat reading of 53 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index: Economists expect an unchanged reading of 79 CORPORATE NEWSCANADAWalgreen Co Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 56¢ a share read more

Strike by Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal has little impact

LISBON, Portugal — A strike by Portuguese cabin crew working for budget airline Ryanair is causing little impact, with only some minor delays reported.Portugal’s National Union of Civil Aviation Cabin Crew called the five-day walkout beginning Wednesday to protest what it alleges is Ryanair’s non-compliance with Portuguese labour laws, including holiday pay and days off.The airline switched many passengers to other flights before the strike, and the Portuguese government enacted a law forcing the cabin crew to work on a stipulated number of flights because the walkout came during the busy summer vacation period and could have caused chaos.Ryanair pilots based in Britain planned a walkout Thursday over pay and benefits, and Spanish cabin crew are due to hold a 10-day strike in September over job cuts.The Associated Press read more

UN staff worldwide march in silent memorial to those killed in Baghdad

At UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined hundreds of marchers in a memorial circuit around the fountain in front of the Secretariat building’s main entrance to honour his Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the 22 others killed in the attack. A number of members of permanent missions joined in.At the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva, hundreds of employees marched from the Pregny Gate to the Place des Nations and then back to the Gate again.The bodies of five of the dead staff members were flown out of Baghdad today to Amman, Jordan, where UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown received them. They were Reham al-Farra, Jean-Selim Kanaan, Chris Klein-Beekman, Fiona Watson and Nadia Younes.“Alive you changed all of us you touched,” Mr. Malloch Brown said in a ceremony. “Now your deaths have changed our very organization. You have broken our hearts and inspired us.“You leave us the now even harder task of finishing what you began; but your sacrifice must be our commitment. Now we return you to your families, and they to the life beyond. God speed, for you have earned it,” he concluded.Of the 23 killed, 19 were UN staff – 11 internationals and 8 nationals.Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette was set to leave New York tonight for Geneva to attend a religious memorial service on Thursday morning for Mr. Vieira de Mello, who at the time of his death was on leave from his post as High Commissioner for Human Rights.In the afternoon, Ms. Fréchette will attend a commemoration jointly organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights. On Friday morning, she will attend a memorial for all staff members who lost their lives in the Baghdad bombing. read more

UNs push against AlQaida yields results but States need more aid –

Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, the outgoing Chairman of the committee, based his conclusions on his extensive investigations, including visits to the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Libya, Iran and Switzerland. During these trips, he said, it became evident that the international community is dedicated to enforcing the sanctions, although in practice results have been uneven. Some of the countries clearly needed further assistance from the international community, he said, pledging to raise awareness of the need. A constantly evolving list of Al-Qaida and Taliban operatives maintained by the Committee has served as the basis for numerous arrests in various States as well as actions to stem the flow of money to terrorists. He said Iran had frozen considerable assets in four separate accounts of an individual on the list, namely, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and had apprehended a number of Al-Qaida operatives. Some countries, especially in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, had expressed frustration with what they saw as Western double standards in the fight against terrorism, Ambassador Muñoz said, adding that regardless of whether those perceptions were valid, they must be taken into account. Member States must not feel that there was a group of States that were designing sanctions and monitoring their implementation, but that all States were an integral part of counter-terrorist strategies, policies and implementation efforts, he stressed. Only then could the most challenging battle of the current time be won for the benefit of each State and individual on the planet, and guarantee their right to live free from fear of terrorist attacks. read more

Bundee Aki distances himself from mistaken like of Israel Folau post

first_img CONNACHT AND IRELAND centre Bundee Aki this afternoon apologised for any ‘confusion or offence caused’ when he liked an Instagram post by Israel Folau stating that ‘hell awaited’ for gay people.Folau posted the graphic 15 days ago on April 10 and Aki was among a number of current players (including England’s Billy Vunipola, who was issued a warning by his club and the RFU after backing Folau) to ‘like’ the image on Instagram.Today, Aki tweeted a statement distancing himself from Folau’s biblical interpretations and said he unliked the post as soon as he realised what its content was.“It does not reflect my views as a Christian,” Aki writes, “my belief is that he is a God of kindness, peace and loves people in all aspects.” By Sean Farrell 86 Comments Bundee Aki walks off the field after Ireland’s loss to Wales last month. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Apr 25th 2019, 4:04 PM Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 4:04 PM Subscribe Bundee Aki distances himself from ‘mistaken’ like of Israel Folau post The Connacht and Ireland centre says he has nothing but love and respect for gay people. 40,225 Views Share Tweet Email ❤— Bundee Aki (@bundeeaki12) April 25, 2019 Source: Bundee Aki/Twitter Folau is currently contesting the breach notice served by Rugby Australia when they terminated his contract.Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter today said that his players have been reminded of their responsibilities on social media.“It’s all very well claiming it’s your own opinion and the value you have of your own opinion and how much right you have to give your own opinion. But, actually, if you put it out there publicly you’re making a statement about yourself,” Baxter told BBC Sport.“It’s a reminder that they are important and influential people, and if you are an important and influential person you’ve got a responsibility about the things that you say.”Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Bundee Aki walks off the field after Ireland’s loss to Wales last month. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Happy Birthday Eighth Doctor Paul McGann

first_imgStay on target Happy birthday, Paul McGann!Born in Liverpool to a metallurgist and a teacher, McGann is one of five children—four of whom found their way into showbiz.Alongside brothers Joseph, Mark, and Stephen, Paul got his start in the 1980s, his breakout role in Geoff McQueen’s Give Us a Break, a one-season dramedy starring McGann as a snooker player.He landed his first major dramatic part in the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer, which came under fire from the government, due to its sensitive subject matter (the Étaples Mutiny in 1917).Only 27 at the time, McGann seized some lighter opportunities, including the main character in cult film Withnail and I.A member of the so-called “Brit Pack” (alongside big names like Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth), the Liverpudlian actor turned his attention to television. It wasn’t until 1996, though, that McGann’s nerd credit was established.Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV movie (via BBC)Beating out brother Mark for the role, Paul McGann played the title role in the Doctor Who TV movie, which saw Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy regenerate into Wild Bill Hickok the eighth incarnation of the Time Lord.“Doctor Who was unlike any other thing I’d ever worked on,” McGann told the Welsh Daily Post in April. “[Twelfth Doctor] Peter Capaldi and [Tenth Doctor] David Tennant were the biggest fans ever, and I never was.“As a kid, I remember watching Will Hartnell playing the first ever Doctor. When there was only three channels on the TV, everybody watched it, even if you weren’t a fan,” he continued.“But by the time I was an adult and into the ’80s, Doctor Who disappeared off our screens so I was never really a huge fan. I never followed it; I was just like every other kid who knew it was there.”A joint venture between BBC, Universal Studios, and Fox Broadcasting Network, the small-screen film was something of a “backdoor pilot”—if it earned respectable ratings, a new series (with McGann at its helm) would be produced.Despite great success in the UK, the movie was an American flop; Fox declined to pick up the series, and the Eighth Doctor became a Whovian afterthought.The time has come… (via BBC)“The likes of [Eleventh Doctor] Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi who played the Doctor have worked their socks off doing months worth of series and years of this and that,” McGann said.“I feel a little bit of a fraud when I compare myself to them,” he admitted. “I just seem to arrive for five minutes here and there, steel the glory, and go home again.”Between other projects (including Idris Elba vehicle Luther, one episode of Ripper Street, and his new role in Holby City), McGann has graciously reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor—first in 2013’s 50th anniversary mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor,” which features his regeneration into the War Doctor (the late John Hurt) 17 years after his first TV appearance.He also briefly cameoed in the 50th-anniversary comedy homage “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot,” and has voiced his character for a number of Big Finish audio plays.Raise a glass for Paul McGann, who turns 58 today! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Big Paddle aims to blaze a water trail

first_imgDozens of boaters and a handful of local dignitaries took to the waters of Lake River near Ridgefield on Saturday morning in a flotilla of kayaks and canoes.The group was taking part in the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation’s “Big Paddle” event, a 5-mile round-trip journey between the Ridgefield Marina and Columbia River.The event was a way to celebrate National Trails Day and raise public awareness for an 18-agency effort to plan a way to turn regional waterways into a Clark County water trail system for recreational non-motorized boaters.“We’re really excited about this,” Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow said before the event. He was already thinking about having it again next year.As the group paddled away from the marina, it passed an old mill at the Port of Ridgefield. A BNSF freight train hurtled past, blowing its horn. Overcast skies parted to reveal strips of blue. Eventually, clouds choked out the blue and dumped a bit of rain on the group of kayaks and canoes.last_img read more

Haunting of Hill House season 2 will be much scarier than season

first_imgThe Haunting of Hill House. Steve Dietl/Netflix Did The Haunting of Hill House, the unnerving 2018 Netflix series based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, keep you up at night? Better brace for more sleepless hours, because director Mike Flanagan says the second season, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is even more terrifying. More scary stuff TV and Movies 10 Photos New, but just as heart-pounding, he promises.”For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary,” Flanagan says. “I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”Some of the Hill House actors, including Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, will play roles in the new season, the director says.The Haunting of Bly Manor is scheduled for a 2020 release. A Quiet Place Part 2: Everything we know about the haunting sequel Stranger Things 4: Everything we know about the next season Cats trailer drives Twitter insane and the memes are horrifying The most terrifying Stephen King creations of all time Tags 1 Comment Share your voice The Haunting of Bly Manor is a similar multi-episode horror series, but it’s not based on another work by Jackson, hence the new name. This season takes inspiration from the ghost stories of acclaimed author Henry James, including ghostly governess tale The Turn of the Screw.”(The new season) very much is a whole new deal,” Flanagan told the Birth. Movies. Death. website. “It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season one, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.” You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020.— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019last_img read more

3 killed 7 injured in Gopalganj road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least three people were killed and seven others injured as a bus hit three human-haulers after knocking down two pedestrians at Kathi on Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Sadar upazila of the district on Thursday noon.The deceased are Abul Kalam Mollah, 45, son of Majed Mollah of Kathi village, Al Amin, 50, son of Jamat Mollah of Khanarpar village, and Hamim, 35, of Golabaria village.Officer-in-charge of Gopalganj police station Golam Faruk said the Gopalganj-bound bus of ‘Mayer Doa Paribahan’ hit two passers by around 12 noon.Later, it crashed into three human-haulers while trying to flee after the accident, leaving two people dead on the spot and seven others injured.One of the injured died on the way to hospital, the OC said.Agitated locals torched the bus and blocked the road, halting vehicular movement.Police brought the situation under control around 1:30pm while firefighters doused the flame.last_img read more

Connected Gym Equipment Market to Reach Valuation of 1048 Million by

first_imgConnected Gym Equipment Market by Product and End User: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the connected gym equipment market size was valued at $159 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $1,048 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 31.1% from 2017 to 2023. Cardiovascular training equipment in the global connected gym equipment market possesses a strong customer base.Demand for cardio equipment equipped with CSAFE connectivity, and compatibility with smartphones, iPod, and iPad is relatively much higher in the developed countries including the U.S., UK, and others. In addition, treadmills and stationary bicycles account for the most widely used type of cardiovascular equipment for weight management and overall body fitness.Download Sample PDF Brochure: in economic condition and growing health concerns are the two key factors that propel the growth of the connected gym equipment market. The growing health awareness and need for an active lifestyle worldwide is a key driver for the growth of the connected gym equipment market. Sedentary lifestyle, changing eating habits have led to various health risks. Therefore, increase in awareness regarding regular physical activity along with good habits to stay healthy, to maintain a youthful appearance, and to reduce healthcare expenditure have raised the demand for smart gym equipment at residential and commercial spaces.In addition, significant count of geriatric population in the developed and developing countries also use unique fitness equipment to improve their cardiovascular conditions. This trend is also significantly driving the market for smartphones, WiFi enabled gym equipment. In addition, upsurge in disposable income of individuals in Europe and Asia-Pacific acts as aIncreased adoption of smartphones, rise in health awareness, increase in obese population, and rapid growth in health clubs and gymnasiums drive the growth of the connected gym equipment market. In addition, increased disposable income across developing nations, such as Asia-Pacific and LAMEA is anticipated to create lucrative opportunities for the global connected gym equipment market. However, high cost of connected gym equipment hampers the connected gym equipment market growth.The U.S. is the largest market of connected gym equipment globally. The country exhibits the highest penetration of cardiovascular equipment across the world on account of high obesity rates and increased health consciousness. Adoption of cardiovascular equipment with advanced features is higher compared to the western European countries. Moreover, the market exhibits rising demand for technologically advanced, high-end home cardiovascular fitness equipment in the region.Enquire For Discount: clubs or gyms generated the maximum revenue in 2016. Increase in the number of health clubs and gyms significantly drive the world connected gym equipment market. Health clubs drive the market for both cardiovascular and strength training exercises. In the U.S., gym membership rates have witnessed decent increase in the recent years owing to increasing incidence of obesity, with 34,460 clubs and 55 million members in 2015. Increasing health awareness among the population has increased the number of gym goers. Increase in per capita income, increasing urbanization rates, and growing youth population in developing economies are expected to offer lucrative opportunities to market players.Major Players: eGym, Les Mills International, Life fitness, Precor, Technogym, Draper Inc., IncludeFitness Inc., Paradigm Health & Wellness Inc., Johnson Health Tech Co. Ltd., and Nautilus Inc.Asia-Pacific has emerged as one of the largest growing markets in the global connected gym equipment market. Improvement in economic conditions in the region along with growth in disposable income are the key drivers of the market. Economic growth in several countries in LAMEA boosts the market growth. In addition, an increase in the number of millennial is projected to drive the growth of the market. Therefore, the untapped regions in Asia-Pacific and LAMEA possess huge growth prospects in the coming years.Key Findings of the Connected Gym Equipment Market:In 2016, strength training equipment was the second highest revenue generating product type, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 30.0 % during the forecast period.Elliptical under cardiovascular training equipment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 33.5%.Health clubs or gyms accounted for more than 40% of market share in 2016, and is expected to dominate the global market by 2023.Japan is the major shareholder in the Asia-Pacific Connected Gym Equipment industry, and accounted for around 33% share in 2016.For more Market Insights, Visit: Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Enterprise Imaging Will Help Industry Achieve Patientcentric Care

first_imgFeature | Enterprise Imaging | November 11, 2015 | Mark Watts Enterprise Imaging Will Help Industry Achieve Patient-centric Care Will 2016 be the year that radiologists leave the dark, isolated room and become a more visible part of patient care? Mark Watts, CRA, is vice president of healthcare IT solutions at Novarad. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving as the corporate director of enterprise imaging for IASIS Healthcare and corporate imaging IS administrator for Community Health Systems before joining Novarad. He holds a bachelor’s of science in economics from Portland State University and has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard School of Public Health. He was named in the Top 25 Innovators in Health Imaging and IT and received the Excellence in Imaging Leadership Award from General Electric National. He also co-authored the radiology textbook, Communication and Information Management in Radiology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Enterprise Imaging ContentRSNA Technology Report 2015: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Creating an Enterprise Imaging SystemStrategy is Key to Enterprise Imaging SuccessDeconstructing PACS in Developing Enterprise ImagingWhat is Vendor Neutral Anyway?An Ounce of VNA Strategy is Worth a Pound of RemediationUsers Will Determine Whether Enterprise Imaging SucceedsDeconstructing PACS: Point/CounterpointUnderstanding Enterprise Imaging News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Feature | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | January 29, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis VNA Enables Next Steps in Enterprise Imaging As healthcare technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the amount of patient data being collected continues to read more Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 04, 2019 Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) The evolution from standalone PACS to extensive Enterprise Imagining Solutions created the need to archive informatio read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 15, 2019 VIDEO: Enterprise Imaging: How GE and Microsoft Extend VNA Analytics As a VNA, GE Healthcare Ce read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at … read more News | Enterprise Imaging | February 15, 2019 Fujifilm Exhibits Enterprise Imaging Solutions and Artificial Intelligence Initiative at HIMSS 2019 Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. and Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. showcased their enterprise imaging and informatics… read more Radiology, along with nearly every other department in the hospital, has evolved working independently with its own procedures, forms, systems, software and data storage. As we know, this silo architecture prevents information from being immediately accessible to those who need it. In theory, this problem could be solved by placing all clinical information into a central location — but is this the year that could turn theory into reality?In 2015, we learned more about the role of technological advancements in the field of healthcare than ever before. These advancements reach beyond the walls of cardiology and radiology as we traditionally think of it, bringing in information from departments across the continuum of care to create a holistic view of our patient. Emerging technologies such as the vendor neutral archive (VNA) have enabled us to gain agility and flexibility from both an IT and a business perspective. From a clinical perspective, however, it’s all about changes in imaging. Healthcare imaging is transitioning. Historically, cardiology and radiology have been thought of as DICOM imaging, and only DICOM imaging. However, with the rise of enterprise imaging, image storage and viewing, including cardiology and radiology, have the potential to become part of a technical infrastructure that works toward patient-centric care.There have been several contributing factors to the rise of enterprise imaging. The greatest factor, perhaps, is the industry’s increasing need to improve care through increased patient engagement. Healthcare needs a system that can manage patients and still allow the patient to be at the forefront of it all. Additionally, enterprise imaging has proven successful at academic institutions and centers of excellence such as Duke University and the Mayo Clinic, alleviating fears and helping to establish the concept in reality. The past year has seen more and more people in the industry growing open to implementation of an enterprise imaging strategy, and the next year will see more implementation as the product adoption begins to include a larger audience.What is a VNA?The VNA is a combination of three vital components: storage, software and a viewer. The key aspect of a VNA is that it truly is a vendor neutral storage platform which can accept, store and view information from any relevant file type and from any vendor. In addition to this, the VNA should be the hub of data storage and its software should afford access to patient information through a zero-footprint, Web-based tool. This will allow the facility to take advantage of both the agility and cost containment that comes with a VNA solution. The VNA also solves the increasingly common problem of tying in a new merger or acquisition, a new physician group or a new hospital. It gives you one connection point for IT and flexibility in replacing the viewing component of the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) without having to migrate data. A Changing Landscape Traditionally, hospitals have only been concerned about the management and storage of their own data, but as the healthcare landscape is continually shifting, many hospitals are growing beyond the walls of their facility through rapid expansion and by forming relationships with other hospitals and physician groups. As healthcare organizations become associated with additional care providers, they may accept responsibility for their image acquisition. In addition to growth, current legislation along with economic forces on the healthcare industry require healthcare providers to repeatedly innovate and do more with less all while improving patient care. One way in which healthcare providers can improve is through patient engagement during the healthcare process. Part of the overall trend in healthcare is to build away from episodic treatment of a condition to one individual body part and more toward whole treatment — away from fee for service and more toward wellness care. This is complementary to the overall trend in healthcare to treat the patient and not the condition. As doctors allow patients to have control over certain portions of their healthcare such as monitoring themselves and contributing to their own care, this is an important step in the transition. To augment this, the ability to capture an image remotely and have it stored in a central, secure location that is accessible by physicians anywhere lends to these forward steps in treatment. As you can see, these advancements are dependent on a central, non-proprietary data archive. The Hand of Government While some can argue that healthcare would be better if left alone by the federal government, it undeniably uses its hand to push the industry forward. A key example of this is the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR). Billions of dollars have been poured into EHRs and various resources have been tied up for the last three to five years implementing them nationwide due to federal initiatives and incentive programs. As a result of this, there is a little fatigue from an IT perspective, but once a facility installs the EHR, they realize that there is a component that is being left off out of the equation. They realize that there are departments that are not being serviced by the EHR and that the EHR may provide textual information to clinicians, but it does not incorporate that 30 to 40 percent of all medical information that is generated through imaging. Imaging is a component that completes the electronic medical record for a holistic, patient-centered look at healthcare. The question for healthcare providers who have EMRs has been, “How do I make imaging a part of our EMR?” The solution to this problem goes back to sourcing a VNA that allows you to migrate and store all imaging information in a patient-centric view. Early Adopters and Entering the Second Tier Several leading institutions have been working through the early phases of adopting, implementing and using and enterprise imaging solutions. As the industry has learned from their successes and failures, it is now time for healthcare providers to move in the second tier along the adoption curve. This path of implementing an advancement in technology is similar to the trend that PACS went through 15 years ago. It started at only major academic institutions, then centers of excellence, and then it spread to the rest of healthcare providers. Although the trend is similar to that of the PACS implementation, the approach to implementation is very different. Enterprise imaging requires an understanding of the entire organization and the workflow of each department. For example, radiology workflows cannot be easily laid over that of a non-DICOM environment and we have to be sensitive to the fact that these departments do not want to change their workflow. We have to embed our enterprise imaging strategy into their current workflow so that it’s non-destructive. 2016 and BeyondEnterprise imaging strategy will become more of a permanent fixture at healthcare facilities throughout the nation. This ideology will soon be found in large institutions and small community hospitals. This expansion of enterprise imaging is a macro trend. It is a key piece of the IT infrastructure that affords the ability to integrate and promote interoperability between multiple sites. It promotes communication in the care continuum inside and outside the walls of the hospital. An increased use of enterprise imaging will certainly prompt change in healthcare. The need for tedious data migrations will disappear as healthcare is absorbed into the digital cloud. Healthcare IT vendors will be forced to hold a smaller role in data management, placing more power with the providers. This, in turn, will force healthcare providers to innovate beyond what the industry knows. For years, providers have been forced to play by rules set by vendors, but with vendor neutral data, providers will be free to come up with their own solutions to progress. Moving forward, the industry must focus on improving the workflow. Not only the imaging workflow, all parts of the care continuum must be considered in order to achieve this dream of a complete enterprise imaging strategy. If we truly want to refocus the general trend of treating a body part by demonstrating care of the whole person, then there is no better way to do that than to bring all patient data under one umbrella where it can be accessed and monitored safely. Will 2016 be the year that radiologists leave the dark, isolated room and become a more visible part of patient care? Let’s wait and see.  News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:40Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:40 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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UN lowers global economic growth estimate amid modest pace

first_img Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The United States, Japan and the European Union are more sedate. The U.S. is expected to grow by 2.8 percent this year and 2.7 percent next year. Japan’s growth is projected at 1.2 percent this year and 1 percent next year, while the EU is set to grow 1.9 percent this year and 2.1 percent in 2016.Developing countries’ average growth is seen as staying at 4.4 percent.“While the recovery in developed economies is improving, many countries still face considerable headwinds from the legacies of the global financial crisis,” the report says.The forecast says job creation is still weak, with a worrying note for the future: “The global youth unemployment rate is estimated at 13 percent, three times higher than the overall rate, as young people were disproportionately affected by the financial crisis.”Africa overall is expected to see 4.0 percent growth this year and 4.8 percent growth next year. “A large part of the downward revisions for North Africa and for Africa as a whole is due to Libya, which remains trapped in a civil war,” the report says.Latin America and the Caribbean make up the shakiest region outside Russia, with just 0.5 percent growth expected this year and 1.7 percent next year. “Venezuela is falling into a deeper recession, while Brazil and Argentina are expected to contract by 1.1 percent and 0.4 percent in 2015, respectively,” the report says. Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober East and South Asia are expected to keep growth steady at 6.2 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2016. “East Asian exports are projected to remain relatively strong,” the report says.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is lowering its growth estimate for the global economy this year, saying its previous forecast of 3.1 percent growth in 2015 is now more likely to be 2.8 percent instead.The World Economic Situation and Prospects mid-year report released Tuesday says the dip reflects a worsening in Latin America in particular as the region deals with lower commodity prices.Overall, the forecast expects modest global growth the rest of this year and next year, which could see an improvement to 3.1 percent. The U.N. is keeping a wary eye on upcoming monetary policy changes in the United States, where the Federal Reserve is “expected to start raising interest rates in the second half of 2015,” as well as uncertainty about the Greek debt crisis’ effect on the eurozone and possible “spillovers” of conflicts including Yemen, Syria and Ukraine.“In the case of Yemen … the main source of risk is the possible closure of the route through the Bab el-Mandeb Straits, used by tankers to transport crude oil out of the Gulf region,” the report says.Around the world, the drop in prices for oil and other commodities has hurt countries whose economies largely depend on them, while commodity-importing countries benefit from being able to buy more for less. Oil prices are expected to recover slowly, the report says.Russia has been hit hard by the oil price decline. Its economy is expected to shrink by 3 percent this year and grow by just 0.1 percent in 2016.The report sees India’s growth surpassing China’s both this year and next. India is expected to grow by 7.6 percent this year and 7.7 percent next year, while China’s strong growth of recent years continues to settle at 7.0 percent this year and 6.8 next year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

High court says govt seizure of raisins is unconstitutional

first_img Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? The court sided with California farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, who claimed they were losing money under a program they called outdated and ineffective. They had been fined $695,000 for trying to get around it.Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the government must pay “just compensation” when it takes personal goods, just as when it takes land away.Roberts rejected the government’s argument that the Hornes voluntarily chose to participate in the raisin market and have the option of growing different crops if they don’t like it.“‘Let them sell wine’ is probably not much more comforting to the raisin growers than similar retorts have been to others throughout history,” Roberts said. “Property rights cannot be so easily manipulated.”The case was considered one of the most important property disputes to reach the high court since 2005, when the justices ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could use the power of eminent domain to hand private homes or businesses to developers to help stimulate economic improvement. That case sparked a backlash in many states and led more than 40 state legislatures to pass laws protecting property rights. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only dissenter. She said the program did not deprive the Hornes of all property rights, it just limited the amount of potential income they could earn from it.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the government can’t force raisin farmers to give up part of their annual crop for less than it’s worth, a victory for conservative groups that hailed the decision as a win for private property rights.The justices ruled 8-1 that a 1940s-era program born out of the Great Depression is unconstitutional because it allows federal officials to seize personal property from farmers without fully compensating them, even though the goal is to benefit farmers by stabilizing market prices. The Hornes’ lawyer, John O’Quinn, called the ruling “a personal vindication” for the couple and “an important win for personal liberty.”Raisin prices have been stable recently, and farmers have not been ordered to put crops in reserve since 2010.Only a small number of other crops are regulated in the same way, though federal officials say most programs are not active. Those include California dried prunes, California dates, California almonds, tart cherries, walnuts and spearmint oil.A USDA spokesman said agency officials were reviewing the ruling and had no immediate comment.Roberts said the government could have restricted raisin sales by limiting production, which is how the vast majority of crops programs work.In a separate opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer agreed that the Hornes were entitled to be properly paid for their crops, but he said the case should be sent back to a lower court to decide whether they would have been owed any money had they complied with the program.Breyer’s separate opinion was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.Justice Clarence Thomas took issue with Breyer’s point and wrote separately to say that sending the case back to figure out compensation “in this case would be a fruitless exercise.” Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies By contrast, Monday’s ruling in the raisin case was seen as a decisive win for property-rights advocates seeking to limit government power.“The decision confirms what should be obvious: the government cannot come and take your personal property without compensation, whether raisins or other property, on the ground that the taking is for your own good,” said J. David Breemer, attorney for the Pacific Law Foundation, a conservative group that backed the Hornes.The program was authorized by a 1937 law that allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep prices for raisins and other crops steady by helping to manage supply. A 1949 marketing order allowed farmers to form a committee that decides how much of the raisin crop handlers must turn over to the government each year.These raisins would be placed into a reserve pool to be sold outside the open market, used for the school lunch program or given away to charities and foreign governments. Any profits from these reserve sales would go toward funding the committee and anything left over went back to the farmers.The Hornes refused to participate in the program in 2003, when farmers were required to give up 47 percent of their crop but received far less in return than their costs of production. 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AAT Kings Solo Traveller growth

first_imgMirror Lakes New ZealandAAT Kings Solo Traveller growthAAT Kings, the guided holiday expert, has revealed steady growth since 2015 in solo traveller bookings with 22% of all bookings, including Short Breaks and Day Tours being made by solo travellers. The percentage of customers that book more immersive solo Guided Holidays sits even higher at 28%.Explore AAT Kings’ handpicked Guided Holidays for solo travellers with No Single Supplement on selected departures to the iconic landscapes of Tasmania and the enchanting scenery of New Zealand, with private rooms at no extra cost. Travelling by premium coach in the company of an expert Tour Director, and a group of like-minded travellers, take advantage of the convenience and value of travelling on a Guided Holiday. Solo Travellers can now save up to $795pp.Renowned for its pristine wilderness and gourmet food and wine, you’re in for a treat when you journey to the Apple Isle on the 5-day Tassie’s East Coast Highlights holiday. This journey along Tasmania’s acclaimed East Coast offers sandy beaches, blue horizons, fascinating convict history and premium produce. Take a walk in Freycinet National Park, step back in time at the Port Arthur Historic Site, cruise the haunting Isle of the Dead, and sample Bridestowe Lavender Estate’s lavender products. Solo Travellers SAVE $385, now from $1,575*pp.For a getaway across the pond, consider the 9-day Northern Wonders holiday. Departing from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, you’ll journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders, as you make your way to the Far North. Explore fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges. Experience Māori culture through fascinating legends and prepare yourself for the energy of the haka. Solo Travellers SAVE $795, now from $2,695*pp.AAT Kings Managing Director, Matt Cameron Smith commented, “Guided Holidays are ideal for solo travellers and we are seeing a strong growth in this sector. The introduction of no single supplements on these tours is an excellent opportunity for our agent partners to grow their business.”This exceptional offer is available on selected 2019 November and December departures. For more information, call 1300 556 100 or visit = AAT Kingslast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown as New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Fitzgerald joins Hall Of Fame receiver Jerry Rice as the only receivers to be selected for the Pro Bowl 10 or more times. Rice appeared in the game 13 times.Following the Cardinals’ Week 14 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Fitzgerald’s 1,116 catches through his first 200 games bests Rice’s previous record by one. The Arizona receiver has moved into third place of the NFL career receptions list this year, behind tight end Tony Gonzalez’s 1,325 and Rice’s 1,549.This week, the Arizona receiver said he was “uncertain” about whether he will continue playing after 2016. He is under contract but has not shut the door on the possibility of retirement.Johnson is also chasing history.The second-year running back out of Northern Iowa recorded his 14th-straight game of eclipsing the 100-yards from scrimmage mark. No other player in NFL history has accomplished that feat in the first 14 games of the year. Johnson could become the first player to reach the 100-yard mark in 16 straight games if he reaches 100 yards in the final two games of the year.Johnson has 1,138 rushing yards on 260 attempts, plus 13 touchdowns, in 2016. He also has 800 receiving yards on 73 catches and four touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s Johnson’s first Pro Bowl invite.At cornerback, Peterson has 42 tackles and three interceptions. It’s his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, as he’s made the game in every year of his career.center_img Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson, CB Patrick Peterson and WR Larry Fitzgerald were selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl’s NFC squad on Tuesday.Special teamer Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, corner Marcus Cooper, guard Mike Iupati and linebacker Chandler Jones were selected as alternates.Heading into Week 16 of the NFL season, Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 98 receptions for 949 yards to go with five touchdowns. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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