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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more January 21, 2015 — Based on its recent analysis of the medical imaging informatics market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Calgary Scientific Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Growth Capital Investment Opportunity.Calgary Scientific thrives on continuous innovation of patentable technologies as well as direct integration with global partners. Its next-generation Web, cloud, mobility and enterprise-class software applications are currently offered through the PureWeb and ResolutionMD product lines, with two more cloud and collaboration products set to be launched in Q1 2015.Through PureWeb, traditional legacy modernization and back-end enterprise systems integration are made less risky, less costly and dramatically more rapid, as no source code must be modified during the PureWeb enablement process. Similarly, through ResolutionMD, medical professionals can securely locate and utilize patient images and reports, as well as a variety of other data and file types, from diverse computers and mobile devices. It also enables them to collaborate in real time with other practitioners and enable more accurate, fully U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class II-accredited medical diagnosis from any location.The company currently holds 22 issued and more than 145 pending patents for its technologies, including more than 50 unique patent families, many filed globally. This represents a highly impressive patent portfolio of unique intellectual property, as most rival software companies have one or two patents, if any at all.”Importantly, Calgary Scientific Inc.’s extremely capable management team boasts the right combination of experience, expertise and decision-making capabilities,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Saneesh Edacherian. “Owing to its combined expertise, Calgary Scientific Inc. has been able to raise approximately $43 million as of June 2014 through seven rounds of equity funding and $5 million in debt funding.”To date, Calgary Scientific Inc. has signed close to 50 global OEM/white label partners and OEM resellers, including Siemens, Fuji, Hitachi Data Systems, Yokogawa, Dajia, Infinitt, Hyland Software and Allscripts. Between 2012 and 2013, Calgary Scientific Inc. grew by more than 50 percent year over year in revenues. The company is consistently striving to be on target in revenues, and has managed to achieve a year-on-year growth rate of over 107 percent over 2013.”The company employs a two-pronged approach to increase its clientele and improve its product offerings. It consistently engages with new OEMs in new geographies as well as existing partners in new geographies,” noted Edacherian. “It is also currently expanding its business to encompass computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering divisions with the projected launch of its own Web/cloud, mobile and collaboration-enabled version of a CAD product.”Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrates outstanding operation and execution capabilities, backed by a management team with a successful track record, ability to execute and considerable industry experience. The award recipient has in place a solid expansion and positioning strategy, and outperforms its rivals in funding history as well as the strength and quality of additional investors.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. March 31, 2015 — Mediware Information Systems Inc., announced the launch of its SpectraSoft Radiology Scheduling software. The Web-based system offers specific features that helps its users enhance staff efficiency, reduce patient no-shows and increase their return on investment for equipment. A key feature of the system is phase scheduling, which allows all staff to see the status of any patient in real-time. This speeds handoffs and reduces equipment turnaround time. Complex procedures involving multiple steps can be predefined and scheduled in one command to simplify scheduling and minimize human error. Scheduling features allow clerical staff to drag-and-drop or cut-and-paste appointments on-the-fly, adapting to urgent requests from the emergency room (ER) or unexpected events. Appointment reminders via text, phone and email help to reduce outpatient no-shows. These reminders are completely automated and require no staff attention. SpectraSoft Radiology Scheduling easily integrates with popular hospital information systems. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | March 31, 2015 Mediware Information Systems Launches SpectraSoft Radiology Scheduling Software Phase scheduling allows tracking of patient status in real-time News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | July 06, 2015 | Jeff Zagoudis MRI Brings New Vision to Radiation Therapy Several efforts are underway to bring MRI-guided radiation therapy into widespread clinical use for improved visualization and real-time, adaptive treatment response News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Each institution is conducting its own research projects related to MRI-guided radiotherapy, with smaller cross-institutional working groups focusing on technical aspects – pulse sequences, workflow, appropriate imaging sequences, etc. – and potential applications – i.e., anatomies best suited for MRI radiotherapy. At press time, there are two operating systems, both at the UMC Utrecht (one was an initial experimental version and the second is a pre-production model) using a 1.5T magnetic field strength. Eventually each institution will have its own system, according to Jill Stief, director of product development, oncology systems for Elekta. As the initiative progresses, Elekta and Philips will incorporate the sum total of all research findings into development of their commercial system, dubbed the Atlantic. On the current course, the partnership hopes to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE mark approval in 2017 and begin shipping the first units in the United States and Europe in 2018. The Atlantic will employ Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system, including the Monte Carlo dose algorithm for more precise dose calculations. Getting the linear accelerator and the MRI scanner to cooperate has proven successful thus far through two major modifications to the MRI scanner. The key, said Greg Trausch, senior product manager for Elekta, has been reducing the strength of the magnetic field where the linac is positioned, thereby improving the strength of the photon beam. Philips also designed new coils for the scanner that are resistant to the photon beam and allow more space for it to pass through. To further enhance performance, Elekta redesigned the gantry on the linear accelerator so that it is actually outside the treatment room and therefore cannot disrupt the magnetic field. “It’s not just about technology for the sake of technology,” said Stief. “It’s about the clinical practice and techniques that customers would use it for.” Cobalt Offers Alternatives When the Atlantic enters the market in a few years, it will join ViewRay’s MRIdian system, which debuted in May 2012 following FDA approval. MRIdian eliminates the linear accelerator from the equation, opting instead for three Cobalt-60 teletherapy heads. Cobalt generates gamma rays, which offer many of the same benefits as X-ray photons without the problems with the magnetic field.ViewRay also made adjustments on the other side of the equation, using a 0.35T field strength magnet in the MRI scanner. This is significantly lower strength than most MRI scanners on the market, which are usually 1.5T or 3.0T. “The lower field strength avoids distortion to the radiation dose, while allowing for continuous imaging,” said ViewRay CEO Chris Raanes. The Future in ActionViewRay has made three installs at present, all three of which are in the U.S. The first patients were treated at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis in January 2014; the other two systems are at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and the University of California Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We’ve been treating pretty much every part of the body,” said Jeffrey Bradley, M.D., director of the S. Lee Kling Center for Proton Therapy at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Bradley’s team has been using MRIdian to deliver both fractionated and stereotactic radiotherapy, with the potential to perform intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) as well. Bradley estimated the center has treated 150 patients since bringing MRIdian online. Adaptive treatment usually lasts roughly one hour and non-adaptive treatment takes about 30 minutes. While treating patients, Siteman Cancer Center is also conducting a pair of clinical trials to further evaluate the technology. The first trial is studying the use of adaptive fractionated radiotherapy followed by a stereotactic boost for patients with lymph node-positive lung cancer; the second trial is focusing on stereotactic therapy for patients with a limited number of metastases who are also receiving chemotherapy and systemic treatment. Both trials are about halfway through their accrual period, according to Bradley.  “We think it’ll change radiation therapy,” he said of the technology.These clinical trials are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what could be possible with MRI-guided radiation therapy, according to Raanes, who added that other MRIdian users are currently exploring the technology’s ability to treat breast and liver cancer. “With breast cancer especially, it’s nearly impossible to see the tumor bed on X-ray or CT, which is why many institutions do whole-breast irradiation therapy,” he said, “But with MRI you can see much better, so you don’t have to irradiate the entire breast.”  One day, Oelfke believes it may even be possible to use MRI scans to assess the biological processes associated with tumor growth, identifying areas of greatest growth or resistance to combat cancer on a whole other level. “So after we have gained enough experience to control the anatomy, we can look inside the tumor and say, “˜Well, it’s not the whole prostate; there’s a dominant lesion in there,'” he said, “and we know exactly at the time of treatment where it is and we can give it the appropriate dose that it requires.”  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Articles on MRI-guided Radiation Therapy:MRI-guided Radiation Therapy (2017)First Patients Treated with ViewRay’s MRIdian Linac at Henry Ford Health SystemEarly Clinical Experience with ViewRay’s MRIdian Linac Presented at AAPM 2017Elekta Begins MR-Linac Installation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreMRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (2016)Dutch Medical Center Begins Installation of World’s First High-field MRI-guided Radiation Therapy System FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more 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 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 ViewRays MRIdian system directly tracks tumor motion continuously during treatment.Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) affords greater accuracy of dose distribution during cancer treatment, allowing the radiation oncologist to see how a tumor is responding over the course of treatment. This has traditionally been accomplished with computed tomography (CT) or X-ray scans, which requires extra radiation exposure for the patient, with relatively poor contrast in soft tissue due to uniform electron density. Since treatment is only as good as the images provided, efforts are under way to find a better modality – and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may hold the answer. Benefits of MRI MRI-guided radiotherapy directly solves both of these problems, requiring no radiation for imaging while providing much greater viewing contrast in soft tissue – especially beneficial for imaging of the pelvic region. Beyond these solutions, the technique provides a number of other benefits. Because there is no additional radiation dose to the patient, radiation oncologists can image more frequently, allowing real time viewing of treatment progression. In contrast, cone beam CT imaging is done in larger time intervals, so by the time treatment resumes, the images could be a few days old. This capability also makes it easier to track moving tumors in areas such as the lungs and stomach. Taken together, these allow radiation oncologists to practice truly adaptive radiation therapy for the first time. “We can only treat what we see at the time of the treatment,” said Prof. Uwe Oelfke, MCCPM, FInstP, head of the Joint Department of Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London. “And if you don’t see what you treat … then you are shooting into the dark, basically, because we’re trying to hit an invisible target with an invisible beam.”Taking the Linear PathWhile MRI would seem to have numerous advantages over CT for image-guided radiotherapy – and those advantages seem to be understood in the radiology and radiation oncology communities – the technology has really only come into development in the last decade, with one company offering a system commercially to date. The difficulty, largely, has been getting the two technologies – MRI scanners and the linear accelerators most often used in radiation therapy – to interact successfully without negating each other. In simple terms, the photons used during radiation therapy treatment generate their own electrons, whose path can be impacted by the magnetic field of the MRI scanner. This reaction can also occur within the soft tissue, and while not harmful can negate the effect of the treatment. Getting around this problem has been the main focus of those developing the technology, and several solutions have been found. Elekta and Philips have been working to create an MRI-guided radiotherapy system that can still utilize a linear accelerator, since it is the current standard of care for radiation therapy. In 2012, the two companies formed the Elekta MR Linac Research Consortium, an international research initiative to develop a working MRI-guided radiotherapy system for clinical applications. The consortium includes an international cadre of research institutions, including Oelfke’s team at the ICR in London, plus:  Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (Milwaukee);MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston);Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto);The Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (Amsterdam);University Medical Center Utrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands);Christie National Health System (NHS) Foundation Trust (Manchester, England); andThe Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (London). News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more 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. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read morelast_img read more

QTbreasthealth Opens Breast Imaging Center in San Jose

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | March 20, 2019 QTbreasthealth Opens Breast Imaging Center in San Jose New center brings radiation-free QT ultrasound technology to the region IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more March 20, 2019 — QTbreasthealth has opened a new center in San Jose, Calif. The new location is now open and booking appointments for radiation-free breast imaging.Due to popular demand for its quantitative transmission ultrasound technology known as the QTscan, QTbreasthealth is in steady growth mode, according to the company. The San Jose location is the fourth center to open in seven months. Other locations include Walnut Creek and Novato, Calif., and Grand Rapids, Mich. Additional locations are planned to open around the country throughout 2019.As with all QTbreasthealth centers, the San Jose location features the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared, radiation-free, 3-D ultrasound breast imaging technology that requires no compression and no injections.Ongoing clinical trials and published research have found the QTscan to be successful in identifying various types of breast tissue, particularly within dense breasts. Because QTscan technology provides unimpeded visibility for women with dense breast tissue, it is a next step for women who have had a mammogram, but have been notified that they have dense breasts. More than 50 percent of women between 40 and 50 have dense breasts, which have less fat and more connective, fibrous and glandular tissue compared to lower-density breast tissue. Because of higher concentration of glandular tissue, women with dense breasts have higher rates of breast cancer.QTbreasthealth’s goal is to provide technology that enables women to get scanned as often as necessary, with no risk. San Jose was selected as the new location largely due to the region being labeled an “area of concern” by the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project due to significantly higher rates of breast cancer than the majority of the state.QTbreasthealth offers a spa-like breast imaging experience, complete with soothing scents, comforting robes and a relaxing imaging scan that some women actually sleep through. Because the QTscan uses no radiation, the exam is available to women of all ages and avoids the frequency limits associated with radiation-based imaging tests. The clear and comprehensive 3-D image delivered by the QTscan makes QTbreasthealth an ideal second opinion for breast imaging, according to the company, providing a more detailed image than mammography or handheld ultrasound.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… 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 | 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. The multi-year… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. read morelast_img read more

Android 9 pies Smart Linkify How Androids new machine learning based feature

first_imgLast week, Google launched Android 9 pie, the latest machine learning based Android operating system after Android Oreo. One of the features in Android 9 pie, named, smart linkify, a new version of the existing Android Linkify API adds clickable links on identifying entities such as dates, flights, addresses, etc, in content or text input via TextClassifier API. Smart linkify Smart linkify API is trained in TensorFlow which uses a small feedforward neural network.  This enables it to figure out whether or not a series of numbers or words is a phone number or address, just like Android Oreo’s Smart Text Selection feature. But, what’s different with this new feature is that instead of just making it easier to highlight and copy the associated text manually, it adds a relevant actionable link allowing users to immediately take action with a just a click. How does smart linkify work? Smart linkify follows three basic steps: Locating entities in an input text Processing the input text Training the network Let’s have a quick look at each of the above-mentioned steps. Finding entities in an input text The underlying process for detecting entities within texts is not an easy task. It poses many problems as people follow different ways to write addresses and phone numbers. There can also be confusion regarding the type of entity. For instance, “Confirmation number: 857-555-3556” can look like a phone number even though it’s not. So, to fix this problem, an inference algorithm with two small feedforward neural networks was designed by the Android team. The two feedforward neural networks look for context surrounding words and perform all kinds of entity chunking beyond just addresses and phone numbers. The first input text is split into words and then all the possible combination of entries, named “candidates”  are analyzed. After analyzing the candidates, a score is assigned on a scale of validity. Any overlapping candidates are removed, favoring the ones with the higher score. After this, the second neural network takes over and assigns a type of entity, as either a phone number, address or in some cases, a non-entity. Smart Linkify finding entities in a string of text Processing the input text After the entities have been located in the text, it’s time to process it. The neural networks determine whether the given entity candidate in the input text is valid or not. After knowing the context surrounding the entity, the network classifies it. With the help of machine learning, the input text is split into several parts and each is fed to the network separately. Smart linkify processing the input text Google uses character n-grams and a binary capitalization feature to “represent the individual words as real vectors suitable as an input of the neural network”. Character n-grams represent the word as a set of all character subsequences of a certain length. Google used lengths 1 to 5. The binary feature indicates whether the word starts with a capital letter. This is important as the capitalization in postal addresses is quite distinct, thereby, helping the networks to differentiate. Training the network Google has a training algorithm in place for datasets. It involves collecting lists of addresses, phone numbers and named entities (such as product, place, business names, etc). These are then used to synthesize the data for training neural networks. “We take the entities as they are and generate random textual contexts around them (from the list of random words on Web). Additionally, we add phrases like “Confirmation number:” or “ID:” to the negative training data for phone numbers, to teach the network to suppress phone number matches in these contexts”, says the Google team. There are a couple of other techniques that Google used for training the network such as: Quantizing the embedding matrix to 8-bit integers Sharing embedding matrices between the selection and classification networks. Varying the size of the context before/after the entities Creating artificial negative examples out of the positive ones for classification network. Currently, Smart Linkify offers support for 16 languages and plans to support more languages in the future. Google still relies on traditional techniques using standard regular expressions for flight numbers, date, times, IBAN, etc, but it plans to include ML models for these in the future. For more coverage on smart linkify, be sure to check out the official Google AI blog. Read Next All new Android apps on Google Play must target API Level 26 (Android Oreo) or higher Android P Beta 4 is here, stable Android P expected in the coming weeks! Is Google planning to replace Android with Project Fuchsia?last_img read more

Does it make sense to talk about DevOps engineers or DevOps tools

first_imgDevOps engineers are in high demand – the job represents an engineering unicorn, someone that understands both development and operations and can help to foster a culture where the relationship between the two is almost frictionless. But there’s some debate as to whether it makes sense to talk about a DevOps engineer at all. If DevOps is a culture of a set of practices that improves agility and empowers engineers to take more ownership over their work, should we really be thinking about DevOps as a single job that someone can simply train for? The quotes in this piece are taken from DevOps Paradox by Viktor Farcic, which will be published in June 2019. The book features interviews with a diverse range of figures drawn from across the DevOps world. Is DevOps engineer a ‘real’ job or just recruitment spin? Nirmal Mehta (@normalfaults), Technology Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, says “There’s no such thing as a DevOps engineer. There shouldn’t even be a DevOps team, because to me DevOps is more of a cultural and philosophical methodology, a process, and a way of thinking about things and communicating within an IT organization…” Mehta is cyncical about organizations that put out job descriptions asking for DevOps engineers. It is, he argues, a way of cutting costs – a way of simply doing more with less. “A DevOps engineer is just a job posting that signals an organization wants to hire one less person to do twice as much work rather than hire both a developer and an operator.” This view is echoed by other figures associated with the DevOps world. Mike Kail (@mdkail), CTO at Everest, says “I certainly don’t view DevOps as a tool or a job title. In my view, at the core, it’s a cultural approach to leveraging automation and orchestration to streamline both code development, infrastructure, application deployments and subsequently, the managing of those resources.” Similarly, Damian Duportal (@DamienDuportal), Træfik’s Developer Advocate, says “there is no such thing as a DevOps engineer or even a DevOps team.  The main purpose of DevOps is to focus on value, finding the optimal for the organization, and the value it will bring.” For both Duportal and Kail, then, DevOps is primarily a cultural thing, something which needs to be embedded inside the practices of an organization. Is it useful to talk about a DevOps team? There are big question marks over the concept of a DevOps engineer. But what about a specific team? It’s all well and good talking about organizational philosophy, but how do you actually affect change in a practical manner? Julian Simpson (@builddoctor), Neo4J’s Global IT Manager is sceptical about the concept of a DevOps team: “Can we have something called a DevOps team? I don’t believe so. You might spin up a team to solve a DevOps problem, but then I wouldn’t even say we specifically have a DevOps problem. I’d say you just have a problem.” DevOps consultant Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) has a similar take, saying: “DevOps Engineer as a title makes sense to me, but I don’t think you necessarily have DevOps departments, nor do you seek that out. Instead, I think DevOps is a principle that you spread throughout your entire development organization. Rather, you look to reform your organization in a way that supports those initiatives versus just saying that we need to build this DevOps unit, and there we go, we’re done, we’re DevOps. Because by doing that you really have to empower that unit and most organizations aren’t willing to do that.” However, Red Hat Solutions Architect Wian Vos  (@wianvos) has a different take. For Vos the idea of a DevOps team is actually crucial if you are to cultivate a DevOps mindset inside your organization: “Imagine… you and I were going to start a company. We’re going to need a DevOps team because we have a burning desire to put out this awesome application. The questions we have when we’re putting together a DevOps team is both ‘Who are we hiring?’ and ‘What are we hiring for? Are we going to hire DevOps engineers? No. In that team, we want the best application developers, the best tester, and maybe we want a great infrastructure guy and a frontend/backend developer. I want people with specific roles who fit together as a team to be that DevOps team.” For Vos, it’s not so much about finding and hiring DevOps engineers – people with a specific set of skills and experience – but rather building a team that’s constructed in such a way that it can put DevOps principles into practice. Is there such a thing as a DevOps tool? One of the interesting things about DevOps is that the debate seems to lead you into a bit of a bind. It’s almost as if the more concrete we try and make it – turning it into a job, or a team – the less useful it becomes. This is particularly true when we consider tooling. Surely thinking about DevOps technologically, rather than speculatively makes it more real? In general, it appears there is a consensus against the idea of DevOps tools. On this point Julian Simpson said “my original thinking about the movement from 2009 onwards, when the name was coined, was that it would be about collaboration and perhaps the tools would sort of come out of that collaboration.” James Turnbull (@kartar), CEO of Rethink Robotics is critical of the notion of DevOps tools. He says “I don’t think there are such things as DevOps tools. I believe there are tools that make the process of being a cross-functional team better… Any tool that facilitates building that cross-functionality is probably a DevOps tool to the point where the term is likely meaningless.” When it comes to DevOps, everyone’s still learning With even industry figures disagreeing on what terms mean, or which ones are relevant, it’s pretty clear that DevOps will remain a field that’s contested and debated. But perhaps this is important – if we expect it to simply be a solution to the engineering challenges we face, it’s already failed as a concept. However, if we understand it as a framework or mindset for solving problems then that is when it acquires greater potency. Viktor Farcic is a Developer Advocate at CloudBees, a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author. His big passions are DevOps, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).last_img read more

Earlybooking savings of up to 2000 on Crystal River and Yacht Cruises

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LOS ANGELES — Crystal River Cruises’ and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ is offering early booking savings applicable to all itineraries within a calendar year. For bookings made by March 31, 2017, guests can save up to US$2,000 per suite on Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and up to $1,000 per suite on Crystal River Cruises.In 2018, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Esprit will sail a full season in the West Indies, with voyages sailing roundtrip from Marigot Bay and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet will include five luxury river yachts: Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mozart. The 106-guest capacity sister river yachts will explore the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers with ports in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, plus hubs in Vienna, Frankfurt, Budapest and Basel.For 2018 voyages, all-inclusive fares start at $4,750 per guest for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and $2,975 per guest for Crystal River Cruises.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“The value of this savings proposition is tremendous, when you consider the breadth of luxury amenities and experiences included in the already value-packed Crystal Experience” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for travellers to relish the latest experiences within the Crystal portfolio, with savings offered for even brand new vessels and itineraries.”Guests will experience all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, gourmet cuisine, unlimited wines and spirits with a selection of complimentary shore excursions in every port. The 62-guest Crystal Esprit offers a private yacht atmosphere with a private marina, plus the industry’s first private submarine, as well as access to exclusive ports not reachable by larger ocean vessels. Crystal River Cruises’ river ships feature spacious suites with king-sized beds that face toward the windows, walk-in closets, multiple eateries onboard and an indoor swimming pool. For more information, visit Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Crystal Cruises, Luxury Travel, Promotions, River Cruising Early-booking savings of up to $2,000 on Crystal River and Yacht Cruises Thursday, February 2, 2017 last_img read more

This airline will start issuing steep fines to unruly passengers

first_imgThis airline will start issuing steep fines to unruly passengers Posted by Tags: Air India Share Wednesday, April 19, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> NEW DELHI — Friendly skies? Not so much these days, with United Airlines’ dragging incident still dominating headlines around the world. Now another airline has just announced that it will start fining unruly passengers should their behaviour result in flight delays.According to TravelTalk, Air India’s new fines depend on how long the delay is. If a passenger causes a delay of up to one hour, they’ll be fined five lakh rupees (around US$7,500). A delay of one to two hours will cost passengers a steep 10 lakh rupees (over $15,000), while delays of more than two hours will result in a fine of 15 lakh rupees (over $23,000).The Times of India reports that these fines aren’t meant to recoup lost profits due to delays but rather deter passengers from acting out in the first place.To implement these fines, Air India employees will have to follow strict protocol, which includes filing a police complaint under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Loonie continues to climb reaching highest level in more than two years

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Loonie continues to climb reaching highest level in more than two years The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Canada, Trend Watch Thursday, September 7, 2017 TORONTO — The loonie closed at its highest level in more than two years after the Bank of Canada raised its interest rate.Wednesday’s surprise hike of the central bank’s overnight lending rate to 1.0 per cent comes less than a week after the latest data for economic growth showed an impressive expansion of 4.5% for Canada in the second quarter.The loonie soared on the news, jumping more than a cent to over 82 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 80.83 cents US. The dollar is now up about three per cent over the past month and up 14 per cent from its low of roughly 73 cents in April.It’s the first time the loonie has closed above 81 cents US since June 26, 2015.Analysts widely anticipated a second rate hike in the coming months, but the timing of Wednesday’s move came sooner than most had predicted – most experts had expected the bank to wait until its next scheduled rate announcement in late October.last_img read more

Revamps and rewards with Contiki Crystal learning platforms

first_imgRevamps and rewards with Contiki, Crystal learning platforms Posted by Friday, January 12, 2018 Tags: Contiki, Crystal Cruises, Education TORONTO — Contiki has updated its travel agent eLearning program ContikiU to include a more simplified way to earn Contiki Rewards.Contiki says the program will now feature two levels toward graduation, each boasting “snack size” training modules, ranging from five to 15 minutes each, to be completed at the agent’s leisure. The incentive program offers agents of all ages access to exclusive Contiki rewards based on the number of bookings they make.Agents can register for ContikiU by visiting who complete Level 1, consisting of the mandatory ‘Introduction to Contiki’ and ‘Europe with Contiki’ modules, will now be eligible to earn ‘Contiki Rewards’.Those who also complete Level 2, consisting of the mandatory ‘Asia with Contiki’, ‘The New Contiki Agent Site’ and ‘How to Sell Contiki to Millennials’ courses, will not only be able to redeem for rewards, they will also be qualified to join any of the upcoming four fam trips planned for 2018.“We know millennials and have seen more and more that are willing to seek the expertise of travel agents,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Canada. “This year, we updated our ContikiU program to allow agents of all ages to enrol and earn rewards – in the form of Contiki trips or cash rewards. We want to help them understand the millennial audience and ensure that they are knowledgeable of our products. ContikiU will further enhance our commitment to our valued travel agent partners and provide them with the insight and expertise they need to be successful. Not to mention, the incentive of accessing our amazing Contiki Rewards program!”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upUpon completion of the two mandatory modules in Level 1, agents will graduate to become a ‘Contiki Champion’ and will be eligible for exclusive ‘Contiki Rewards’ that includes something for everyone from Contiki travel bags, free Contiki trips, and cash rewards (for those over the age of 35 or who simply want the money). The updated rewards program will be based on the amount of bookings made by the graduate. Champions who book:2 Contiki trips will receive a Contiki Parkland lunch kit5 Contiki trips will receive a $50 Contiki Store gift card (redeemable for Contiki branded merchandise), and Contiki swag7 Contiki trips will receive a $200 Visa gift card10 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,000) or $500 cash15 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,500) or $750 cash20 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $3,000) or Travel with a friend or $1,000 cash50 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $5,000) or Travel with a friend or $2,500 cashCrystal Cruises has also revamped its agent learning centre, debuting its newly renamed Partner Resource Center and also relaunching its updated Travel Agent University.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFormerly the Travel Agent Center, the Partner Resource Center now has an updated platform, improved functionality and a comprehensive collection of materials and tools, says the cruise line.“We greatly value our relationships with our travel partners, and appreciate the extensive time and effort they put into growing their business,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s Senior VP of Marketing and Sales.Aimed at retail partners looking to expand their Crystal business, the new platform provides access to:Training videos and webinarsSales and marketing kitCrystal news and media centerCruise GuidebooksCruiseBuilder 3.0Personalized URL servicesTravel documents and forms portalCrystal sales team bios and backgroundsSpecial offersTravel partner faresCrystal says agents can also increase their Crystal product knowledge through enhanced training modules with the cruise line’s Travel Agent University. The modules have been redeveloped to represent the key selling points of each brand experience across Crystal’s luxury portfolio, including Ocean, River, Yacht Expedition and Air.The first three modules – Crystal’s Multi-Brand experience (billed as a high-level review of All Things Crystal), Crystal Ocean and Crystal River – are scheduled to launch next week. The Yacht Expedition and Private Jet Journeys modules will launch in the weeks to come. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

All stays regardless of duration now qualify for Bahia Principe Rewards

first_img Wednesday, February 21, 2018 MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has updated its travel partner loyalty program, Bahia Principe Rewards, with an improved points system and additional incentives and benefits.Through Bahia Principe Rewards travel agent partners can now collect more points when participating in online courses (200 points) or securing referrals (150 points).Agents can also now receive double points during specific sale windows, such as Bahia Principe’s Happiness Sale.To drive interest Bahia Principe is offering an additional 1,000-point bonus for new registrations.Bahia Principe has also modified the rewards program’s past requirement of securing a three-night minimum so that all stays and bookings – regardless of the length of stay – will warrant rewards points.Bahia Principe recently classified its properties into four categories: Luxury Bahia Principe, including the brand’s most luxurious hotels; Grand Bahia Principe, featuring five-star hotels; Sunlight Bahia Principe, for all Spain-based properties; and Fantasia Bahia Principe, a family-friendly concept that offers thematic hotels.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureLuxury and Fantasia properties deliver 125 points per room, per night, while Grand and Sunlight properties deliver 100 points nightly.“We rely on the travel agent community to achieve our goals,” says Helen Montijano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada. “We seek to bolster our relationships with our valued partners and create a collaborative dynamic where agents can serve as brand ambassadors and have access to the tools they need to effectively communicate our brand differentiators.”“We updated the program because we felt there was a missing piece when it came to showing our appreciation to our partners, and we now hope to reaffirm that commitment with these added incentives and opportunities for recognition.”Agents who earn points through the program can now redeem their rewards in a variety of ways including complimentary stays at Bahia Principe properties located in the Caribbean, Canary Islands and Mallorca; excursion discounts of up to US$75; free private airport transfers; spa treatments in Bahia Spa, golf vouchers to tee off at the brand’s courses, Bahia Principe La Romana Golf Club and Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Golf Club, and complimentary dinners for two.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe program’s agent rankings system will now recognize agents on a bi-monthly basis and top-performing partners will be eligible to win iPhones, iPads and complimentary stays. An annual grand ranking will occur at the end of each year.For more information and to enroll in Bahia Principe Rewards, visit << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resortscenter_img Travelweek Group All stays regardless of duration now qualify for Bahia Principe Rewards Sharelast_img read more

CWTs annual conference showcased the value of travel agents

first_imgCWT’s annual conference showcased the value of travel agents MISSISSAUGA — Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) highlighted the value of travel advisors at its annual North American-wide leisure conference, which recently took place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and onboard the Ruby Princess for a three-day cruise to Vancouver.The theme of this year’s conference was ‘I’mPossible’ and featured the hashtag #CWTalwaysgoing further. Over 150 travel professionals from across North America took part, including CWT’s owners, managers and leadership from Canada the U.S. along with preferred supplier partners.“We wanted to inspire our network to think differently and redefine what’s possible, and to find innovative ways to provide truly remarkable travel experiences to our customers,” said Una O’Leary, senior director, marketing and supplier management, North American leisure, CWT. “In bringing CWT travel professionals together with our preferred supplier partners, from such a wide spectrum of backgrounds, we are sharing insights and working together to provide unique service and product offerings.”More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe conference included presentations, workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address by Colin and Julie Angus, a husband and wife team of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. Their keynote address, ‘ Dream, Dare, Do – Making the Impossible Possible’, provided stories of their expeditions, from rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to trekking through Siberia in the winter. They also shared strategies on how to overcome challenges, reach monumental goals and go a step further.“Customers, more than ever, want authentic and customized vacations and to connect with the destinations they visit,” said Mark Stubbert, senior director, North American leisure operations, CWT. “The CWT Conference is about creating sessions that are valuable for the network. By aligning our advisors with suppliers that are going to meet their needs, we are ensuring we continue to grow and be more successful.” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Tags: Carlson Wagonlit Travellast_img read more

Intrepids BCorp certification testament to purpose beyond profit

first_imgIntrepid’s B-Corp certification testament to ‘purpose beyond profit’ << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Intrepid Group, the multi-brand travel company consisting of Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures, Urban Adventures and more, is now officially the world’s largest B-Corp certified travel company.Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose, says Intrepid. After a three-year accreditation process, the certification “represents Intrepid’s commitment to use business as a force for good”.Intrepid cites recent studies that show the demand for travel to have a positive purpose is growing. According to the global Sustainable Travel Report by, the majority of Canadian travellers (87%) say they want to travel sustainably. And according to the most recent Nielsen Global Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, 66% of global respondents said they’re willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, up from 55% in 2014.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIntrepid Group (with a new website at got its start 30 years ago and specializes in small-group, locally-led and locally-sourced tours with the mantra ‘Changing the way people see the world’.“Now, as the world’s largest adventure company, our ethos hasn’t faltered; in fact, as a business, we see a greater need to provide sustainable tourism for our 250,000+ travellers every year,” says Intrepid. “It was one thing to say we were a sustainable tour operator and another to prove it. The certification means more than a stamp of approval. The certification represents Intrepid’s commitment to upholding the highest level of social and environmental standards – over profit.”The company adds that the three-year process assessed and verified Intrepid’s ‘Purpose Beyond Profit’ approach including what percentage above the minimum wage the lowest-paid workers receive, how diverse the board and executives are and whether there is a company-wide recycling program. Posted by Thursday, August 9, 2018 center_img Share Tags: Intrepid Group, Intrepid Travel Travelweek Group last_img read more

Nigro joins ACV as GM Sales – Ontario National Accounts

first_img Monday, April 15, 2019 Nigro joins ACV as GM, Sales – Ontario & National Accounts MISSISSAUGA — Air Canada Vacations has named Erminia Nigro General Manager, Sales – Ontario & National Accounts.She joins Air Canada Vacations from TravelBrands where she most recently held the position of Director of Sales, having spent the past 16 years with the company. Before that she was at Sunquest for four years as a BDM. Her first two years in the industry were at Regent Holidays.In her new role at ACV Nigro’s Sales team comprises five Area Sales Managers – including Krista Cardona, Juan Contreras, Aaron Crawford, Dianne Pedroso, and a fifth salesperson planned for the Ontario and Manitoba markets – and one Manager of National Accounts. Her new role includes sales oversight and management of the Ontario and Manitoba regions.Nigro will also be responsible for national accounts across the country including budgeting, marketing, and contract development and execution. Based in the Mississauga office, she will report to Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Erminia’s knowledge of the industry, her sales and management experience, and her extensive network put her in the perfect position to lead our Ontario Sales and National Accounts teams,” says ACV’s Managing Director, Nino Montagnese. “We are looking forward to Erminia’s many contributions and are delighted to welcome her to the Air Canada Vacations family.” Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Top investigative editor Giannina Segnini quits La Nación after 20 years

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican investigative reporter, data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini wins prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize President Solís laments media criticism; analysts say it’s nothing new Government backpedals on media reform bill amid outcry Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing Just months after Costa Rica’s leading daily La Nación fired one of its top investigative reporters, investigative editor and data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini has resigned over a management dispute just days after the country’s presidential elections. She worked at La Nación for 20 years.Segnini, 43, a 2001-2002 Harvard Nieman Fellow and winner of the prestigious García Márquez Award for Excellence in Journalism, helped bring the practice of data journalism – which relies on scientific analysis of data she and her team collect from public agencies – to Latin American newsrooms.According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, “Under Segnini’s leadership, La Nación’s investigative team has disclosed 10 cases of international corruption, including the Alcatel bribery scandal and a Finnish bribery case that sent two former Costa Rican presidents to jail.”Those presidents are Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier (1990-1994) and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1998-2002), both from the once powerful, and now-weakened, Social Christian Unity Party.Rodríguez always has maintained his innocence, and the statute of limitations on the charges expired while the case was under appeal. Calderón’s case still is under appeal.Segnini also obtained scores of WikiLeaks cables from open-information advocate Julian Assange, which were the source of several La Nación stories.Her resignation adds to an ongoing controversy at the newspaper over its coverage of the recent presidential and legislative elections, and a decision by directors not to publish an election poll by the firm UNIMER.In a statement to colleagues, Segnini cited the closing of spaces for independent journalism in recent weeks and years as one of the reasons she decided to leave:“The spaces to conduct independent journalism – for which I’ve been grateful and of which I’ve taken advantage at La Nación for 20 years – have been consistently shrinking in the past two years, and especially in the past three weeks. A series of editorial decisions by this newspaper that were based on reasons I consider far from journalistic have made it impossible for me to continue working for this company.“Due to the respect I have for my colleagues in the Investigative Unit, my journalism colleagues, and the many years I worked for La Nación, I will issue no further comments about the circumstances of my departure,” Segnini wrote.Segnini is featured on the cover of January’s edition of Perfil, a variety magazine published by Grupo Nación. In that interview, Perfil asked Segnini if there are moments when a journalist should negotiate content that could affect business interests. Segnini responded:“For me there is no such balance. Whatever I discover and can prove is what is published, whomever it may affect.”Her latest project was a four-month data investigation that scrubbed the judicial records of 340 presidential and legislative candidates. On Jan. 19, Segnini’s team – which includes developers, designers, data experts, geographers and investigative journalists – produced a comprehensive interactive app, “#NoVotoACiegas,” that compiled the results of their investigation.The app allows voters to check candidates’ backgrounds, and exposed the criminal records of at least nine legislative candidates. Some of the cases involved accusations of rape, embezzlement, fraud and bribery, among others. Two legislative candidates from the Libertarian Movement Party withdrew from the campaign following the reports.Along with investigative reporter Ernesto Rivera, who was fired by La Nación last year and now works for the University of Costa Rica’s Semanario Universidad, Segnini published in 2005 stories involving former San José mayor and ruling party presidential candidate Johnny Araya and several municipal officials, who the stories linked to illicit payments for a landfill project with a Canadian firm. Araya has denied those allegations.As a young reporter, Segnini also covered the Banco Anglo scandal, which in 1994 involved one of the country’s oldest banks. As a result of mismanagement by bank directors, Banco Anglo shut its doors after losing $100 million, a debt the government was forced to assume. Top bank officials went to jail, and 20 years later, debtors still owe much of that money.Segnini often shared bylines with Rivera, who worked at La Nación for 12 years before he was fired last November. Rivera, who has received a special mention from Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Awards, and who won the Inter American Press Society’s top journalism award, El País’ Ortega y Gasset award, and Transparency International’s Latin American Investigative Journalism Award (three times), said he was surprised by his dismissal.On the same day Rivera was fired, La Nación also fired Carlos Villalobos, who served as the paper’s political editor for a decade.Rivera’s last investigative series for La Nación, along with Segnini, included 18 tax evasion stories involving President Laura Chinchilla’s former finance minister, Fernando Herrero. Those stories prompted Herrero to resign, along with the director of the Tax Administration and Herrero’s wife, Flor Isabel Rodríguez, a former adviser to Chinchilla.La Nación Corporate Director Armando González did not comment on Segnini’s resignation, referring questions to Grupo Nación spokeswoman Antonieta Chaverri. The Tico Times attempted to contact Chaverri by email and phone on Wednesday, but was unable to reach her by press time. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

American Airlines says it wont ship shark fins anymore

first_imgRelated posts:Environmentalists demand Costa Rica block exportation of hammerhead shark fins Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China? Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Costa Rica issues 1-year moratorium on export of hammerhead shark products U.S. carrier American Airlines said Tuesday that it had stopped commercial shipments of shark fins as of March 4.The airline made the announcement via its Twitter account in response to several queries posed by users of the social media site.The Tico Times confirmed the announcement with the airline’s media office.Costa Rican and U.S. conservation organizations had put pressure on the airline to publicly commit itself to such a ban after American was listed on documents as the carrier for a controversial shipment of shark fins from Costa Rica to Hong Kong in December. say the shipment, which included fins from the threatened scalloped hammerhead shark species (Sphyrna lewini), violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.Randall Arauz, who works with the Costa Rican conservation group Pretoma, said the American Airlines announcement was “a very good thing.”“We hope by American jumping on board, the other U.S. carriers will jump on board,” he said.Still, he said, shark fin exporters “can just change carriers; they can ship through another company.”Costa Rican authorities have not released documents listing the carrier of a second export of shark fins out of the country, which took place in February.According to Alex Hofford, a conservationist with the Hong Kong-based organization Wild Life Risk, American is the 31st airline worldwide to publicly say it will not transport shark fins.See an interactive map of airlines and their shark fin policies, built by Hong Kong-based Wild Life Risk: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican exlawmaker Justo Orozco faces another criminal complaint for alleged sexual

first_imgThe Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday confirmed that a second woman has filed a criminal complaint alleging sexual abuse by former Costa Rican Renovation Party lawmaker Justo Orozco Álvarez. The complaint was filed early Wednesday morning over an incident that allegedly occurred on Tuesday, the same day Orozcowas arrested on sexual abuse charges filed by a different victim, who met with the evangelical politician in San José for a job interview.The Prosecutors’ office reported that the case was submitted to the Sexual and Gender-based Crimes Prosecutor for investigation to evaluate if further precautionary measures should be levied against the defendant.Orozco’s lawyer, Hugo Navas, on Thursday evening said he was unaware of the second complaint against his client and that the news has taken him by surprise.The anti-gay former lawmaker, ex-presidential candidate and former head of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission will face charges of alleged sexual abuse and deprivation of liberty against a female victim for events that occured in a motel in Pavas, west of the capital, on Tuesday. Orozco said the day of his arrest that he is innocent, calling the situation a “misunderstanding” and a “setup” by the alleged victim.Authorities released Orozco from custody at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning with precautionary measures including prohibition from leaving the country pending the outcome of his case, a restraining order and mandatory registration with the court every 15 days.The Tico Times profiled Orozco in 2012. Read that story here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica ex-lawmaker and anti-gay evangelical Justo Orozco arrested on alleged sexual abuse charges Prosecutors raid Costa Rica lawmaker Justo Orozco’s office in ongoing probe Costa Rica’s Notary Administration investigates lawmaker Justo Orozco Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF billlast_img read more

Love takes Costa Rica Costa Rica takes Hollywood

first_imgRelated posts:‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: Baby, it was born to run Costa Rica’s love-hate relationship with ‘Jurassic Park’ International Cinema Festival starts rolling this Friday New Costa Rican movie explores ‘the happiest place in the world’ Facebook Comments Manuel Antonio National Park, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, has become the stage of a new Hollywood love story: “After Words.” Filming began in 2012, and the film will premiere in New York City tonight.The movie stars Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, known for her roles in “Into the Wild” (2007) and “Mystic Rivers” (2003), alongside Oscar Jaenada Catalán, winner of a Goya for his role in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011).The script, written by Joel Silverman and produced and directed by Juan Feldman, tells the romantic story of Jane (Harden), a highly introverted librarian, who loses her job because of budget cuts. While Jane spirals downward into depression and is considering suicide, she finds a book about Costa Rica whose images inspire her to take an end-of-life-journey to Central America, as Jane thinks that dying in Costa Rica might be the best thing she can do.In Costa Rica, Jane meets a young guide named Juan (Jaenada), who shows her the profound meaning of the essential Costa Rican saying “pura vida” (“pure life”) as they embark on an adventure through beautiful Costa Rican sights and experiences. Will they be enough to change Jane’s plans to end it all in paradise? Only time will tell.Costa Rican scenery provides the perfect background of the love story. Filming locations inclueded Manuel Antonio National Park, Portasol Living eco-community south of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, the Tárcoles River, and, on the Caribbean Coast, Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero.Guillermo Piedra Gonzalez, Portasol Living eco-community General Director, when asked what it was like to meet and host Hollywood movie stars, said that “Oscar was really focused on his work. Marcia was really nice, down-to-earth and fun. She went into our kitchen when our cooks were making their lunch, and started talking to the ladies about their recipes. She said she would like to come back to Costa Rica with her kids. We welcome her back anytime!”Part of the film’s inspiration came out of the coffee-table book “Costa Rica: A Journey Through Nature,” by Adrian Hepworth, which is based on his 13 years of photography fieldwork in Costa Rica.“I have no doubt [this movie] will tempt visitors to come and experience Costa Rica for themselves,” Hepworth said in a statement.Check out the trailer:last_img read more

Community debates Envision Festival boon or threat

first_imgWhile the sixth edition of the Envision Festival, in Uvita, Puntarenas, was taking place this past weekend, residents of the community led a protest asking for the festival not to return to the region.The festival hosts approximately 4,000 people for four days, with many staying on as tourists beyond the festival dates. While this provides an economic boost to the community, the people protesting against the festival see it as a threat to Costa Rican culture and a bad example for their kids.“The community is affected, first because of the example [attendees set]. Our children think it is normal to act and dress like they do, and that’s not our culture, with so much freedom,” Ester Vindas, one of the protest leaders, told The Tico Times. “The drug use [by attendees] increases [each year]… There are already drugs in this community, so we have to work on prevention. We are affected by sound and visual pollution, [and also] the flora and fauna, because this is a wetland and nobody has taken it into account.”The protest started at the center of Uvita on Feb. 27, where the approximately 60 people walked with banners and t-shirts saying “No Más Envision” or “Stop Envision.” The group walked approximately 3 kilometers to the sound of the National Anthem and the Patriótica Costarricense until they got to the gates of Rancho La Merced at about 5 p.m. There, some festival organizers and staff were waiting for them to offer fruit and water, and discuss their concerns, but the protestors did not take them up on the offer.“There’s nothing to negotiate; they are trying to buy us. Values have no price,” Vindas said. “We should have protested since the second edition. This is an uncontrolled event, I think the authorities are not giving permits responsibly; they only thing they care about is the economic factor. I saw a woman changing her underwear publicly in front of the Banco de Costa Rica [in Uvita], so brazenly. Another woman came here and showed her boobs.” Protesters walking to the gates of Rancho La Merced. (Courtesy of Uvita Residents)After protesters’ arrival at Rancho La Merced, they stood around for approximately ten minutes and then left in a bus. They said it was a peaceful protest, so they had nothing more to do there.“This is trash for Costa Rica. We are not used to seeing people naked or doing drugs in front of us,” commented Yendry De Ortíz, a resident of the community of Barú. “Our children are growing up. It doesn’t affect the adults because we have seen strange things, but we think about children.“I haven’t heard about their projects in the community. I’m not from this community, but I came because I want a better Costa Rica, and I don’t want more disasters in my community thanks to these people, as we saw two years ago.”Divided opinions Other community members stood around the gates of the festival, but for a different purpose: Most of them were selling food, drinks, and crafts to attendees. The Tico Times asked them if they have noticed negative effects of the festival.“Not at all. We eat thanks to it. It benefits us,” said Evelyn Picado of Uvita. “There have always been drugs in Costa Rica; the difference is the freedom with which they do it. It’s just that they have a different culture.”Picado also denied allegations that the festival has resulted in water shortages and noise problems.“No. We don’t [want for] water at all. I have drinkable water every single day,” she said.“There’s no problem with noise, because the community is really far,” said fellow resident Ramón Chacón, also selling products outside the festival. “We are 3 kilometers from the center of Uvita, and 1 kilometer from the center of Playa Hermosa. How can they say the noise is a problem? Now we are in front of the festival gates and you can hardly hear the music. We are not affected, we benefit from it.”“This is the best thing that has happened to Uvita. Lots of tourists come, and they bring money,” said Alejandro Vargas, an Uvita resident. “Everybody is benefitting, [selling] pipes, ice cream, water, meat. Everybody makes money with Envision. Drugs will never disappear, and if that’s the case. Why don’t they protest to eliminate the drugs from Uvita or from the country?“For example, the taxis weren’t enough this morning so we needed 30 more taxis from Pérez Zeledón, that is 60 more people (one driver during the day and one during the night) and all of them stay in Uvita and eat in Uvita. All the markets are full. That helps a lot. Also, [festival organizers] donated money to build sidewalks at Uvita and Bahía, and they have donated computers to schools in Uvita, too.” Vendors at Envision Festival Melissa Rejeb/The Tico TimesFestival responseAccording to organizers, Envision is not just a business trying to make money: the organization has partners who live in the community, understand its needs and are working to help.“We are developing Casa Envision, which is a school in Uvita that was abandoned. The community let us come in, and we cleaned up the yard, put new sinks in and painted the walls. We are developing it into a youth center, for youth empowerment,” said Justin Brothers, co-founder and co-producer of the Envision Festival. “This lets them learn how to run a center, how to run a business and develop programs, and how to push their own creative ideas forward as well.”“We did action days at schools in town: [building] planting boxes so they can plant vegetables on their own, interacting with the kids, [working to improve] the water system in Uvita, donating computers to a school in Dominical. We are doing as much as we can. We are not just trying to come in for two weeks, crush everything, and leave. The goal is really to make a positive impact, not just financially, but specifically focusing on the youth because that’s the next generation. Empowering them, supporting them, increasing everything around this entire community.”For Brothers, who said organizers do their best to make sure attendees dress properly in town, opponents of the festival are just scared of the unknown.“Anybody who does show up for the protest, we are going to meet them with some watermelon, water and smiles,” Brothers said, minutes before the protest took place on Saturday afternoon. “And, if they are nice, we are even going to invite them to come in and check it out. Because a lot of that is kind of not knowing what is all about, and not really knowing what the situation is.”On Feb. 24, Envision hosted a tour with the local municipality, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the police department, people from the indigenous community of Boruca, and other organizations, inside the grounds of the festival so they could see that there was nothing to hide.Considering the water issues some people have complained about in the past, this year the festival was getting water from different communities all around the region so that Uvita wouldn’t face shortages, Brothers said. Municipal supportSome protesters accused the Municipality of Osa of prioritizing economic interests over local culture.Osa mayor Alberto Cole de León said Envision has always complied with or exceeded municipal requests and requirements, and contributes to the local economy, filling the region’s hotels.“The municipality has always supported the festival, and has facilitated the legal procedures … not only for this activity but also for other important activities in the community,” Cole de León told The Tico Times.“We can only see positive things. About the protest, this is a tolerant town and we respect the right to protest,” said Cole de León. “We are willing to listen to any complaint or question anybody has about it. But nobody has yet come to us. We heard about the protest but didn’t know against whom they were protesting or why it took place.”Cole de León also recognized the Envision Festival’s outreach efforts, especially the important role Casa Envision will play for youth in the region.“It’s a beautiful project, and we hope the expected results can be seem in the near future,” the mayor said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Overheard at Envision 2014 6 things you need to know about Envision Festival 2015 Overheard at Envision 2015 Sixth edition of the Envision Festival inspires music and lovelast_img read more

Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor

first_imgSustained tremor activity that started at 8 p.m. Wednesday marked a new spike in activity at Turrialba Volcano. At 1:45 a.m. Thursday the crater began spewing ash and vapor, experts from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) and the National Seismological Network (RSN) reported.The gas and ash plume reached some 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above the crater of the volcano, located some 50 kilometers east of San José.Emanations remained constant until 7:15 a.m., OVSICORI volcanologist Eliécer Duarte said.Two more ash spewings occurred at 8:05 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. and lasted 20 and 10 minutes respectively, Duarte reported. OVSICORI’s report states that “wind conditions during the morning caused ash to disperse from the volcano at about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northwest of the crater.”Ash from the plume reached communities north of Cartago and San José provinces, and as far as Braulio Carrillo National Park.Residents of the northern Cartago canton of Oreamuno and from various communities north of Heredia province reported a slight smell of sulfur Thursday morning on OVSICORI’s Facebook page.At 3:59 p.m. RSN monitoring stations recorded a new burst of ash that lasted about seven minutes and reached some 2,000 meters height (6,560 ft). Related posts:Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Turrialba Volcano spews ash, vapor Turrialba Volcano spews ash; Rincón de la Vieja heaves vaporcenter_img Turrialba Volcano since October has recorded important activity, with dozens of explosions of ash, gas and rocks that increased in late April, some of which extended for several hours.The National Emergency Commission (CNE) in May established a 5-km restricted access area around the volcano. Entrance to the Turrialba Volcano National Park has been closed to all visitors since 2014.Materials expelled by the volcano have reached communities in San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago and Limón provinces.The CNE maintains a yellow caution alert for the Cartago cantons of Turrialba and Alvarado. Facebook Commentslast_img read more