Telerad Tech Launches MammoAssist AI Software

first_img 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 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | 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 | 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | January 25, 2019 Telerad Tech Launches MammoAssist AI Software MammoAssist analyzes a mammogram and processes the imaging data to recognize radiologic features of breast cancer January 25, 2019 — Telerad Tech recently announced the launch of MammoAssist, a new artificial intelligence (AI) product to analyze and detect breast cancer. The software analyzes a mammogram and processes the imaging data to recognize radiologic features of breast cancer and categorizes it for Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BIRADS) Scoring with a fully detailed structured report. This report is then made available to a radiologist, who corroborates/validates the AI findings and signs the official report.MammoAssist can enhance the ability of a radiologist to report cases with high accuracy and efficiency. It provides a standard interface to communicate with healthcare systems like radiology information systems/picture archiving and communication systems (RIS/PACS) and electronic medical records (EMRs) through industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols. It can generate reports in multiple languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.MammoAssist powers Telerad Tech’s next-generation AI-enabled RIS-PACS platform RADSpa, deployed in more than 25 countries. RADSpa is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and CE Mark certified in Europe.For more information: www.teleradtech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 Related Content 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 morelast_img read more

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FDA Clears Ion Endoluminal Lung Biopsy System

first_img February 20, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Ion endoluminal system from Intuitive Surgical Inc. to enable minimally invasive biopsy in the peripheral lung.Lung cancer is the world’s leading cause of cancer deaths, according to Intuitive Surgical. Many suspicious lesions found in the lung may be small and difficult to access, which can make obtaining a diagnosis challenging.The Ion system uses an ultra-thin articulating robotic catheter that can move 180 degrees in all directions. The outer diameter of the catheter is 3.5 mm, which physicians can navigate through small and tortuous airways to reach nodules in any airway segment within the lung. The system’s flexible biopsy needle (called the Flexision Biopsy Needle) can also pass through very tight bends via Ion’s catheter to collect tissue in the peripheral lung. The catheter’s 2mm working channel can also accommodate other biopsy tools, such as biopsy forceps or cytology brushes, if necessary.Intuitive developed the system’s fiber optic shape sensor technology to provide the physician with the precise location and shape information of the catheter throughout the navigation and biopsy process. The system is designed to easily integrate into existing lung nodule biopsy workflows, as well as existing imaging technology, including fluoroscopy, radial-endobronchial ultrasound and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT).Intuitive plans to introduce the Ion system in the U.S. in a measured fashion, with customer shipments beginning in the second quarter of 2019.For more information: www.intuitive.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… 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 | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Related Content VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 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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News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | February 20, 2019 FDA Clears Ion Endoluminal Lung Biopsy System Flexible robotic catheter helps physicians reach nodules in the peripheral lung News | Lung Cancer | July 17, 2019 New Lung Ambition Alliance Aims to Double Five-year Lung Cancer Survival by 2025 The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), Guardant Health, the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (… read more Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read morelast_img read more

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SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization

first_img 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 June 3, 2019 — The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating with the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR) and MD.ai to host a Machine Learning Challenge on Pneumothorax Detection and Localization on Kaggle. The challenge will use augmented annotations on the public chest radiograph dataset from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The augmented annotations were created by radiologists from SIIM and STR using a commercial web-based tool from MD.ai, and follow the ACR Data Science Institute’s structured artificial intelligence (AI) use case for pneumothorax detection.“SIIM is very excited to leverage prior annotation work and share the resulting dataset with ACR in this challenge” said Steven G. Langer, Ph.D., CIIP, professor of radiologic physics and imaging informatics at Mayo Clinic and co-chair of the SIIM Machine Learning Committee.Challenge participants will develop high-quality pneumothorax detection algorithms to prioritize patients for expedited review and treatment and promote the development of clinically relevant use cases for AI. Standards-based healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) will be used to reduce the interoperability barriers to clinical implementation post-competition.The ACR DSI and SIIM will use their respective talents and resources to promote deployment of the winning algorithm(s) into clinical use for the benefit of the greater medical imaging community, improving quality and efficiency in healthcare.“We are encouraging participants to use standard healthcare APIs (FHIR and DICOMweb) in the competition,” added his fellow Co-Chair George Shih, M.D., MS, associate professor of clinical radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, who is a paid consultant and an equity board member for MD.ai.“This Kaggle competition will result in open source algorithms to help solve a serious healthcare problem that can lead to death if not identified and treated quickly,” said Bibb Allen Jr., M.D., FACR, ACR Data Science Institute chief medical officer. “By co-hosting this challenge to engage data scientists in solving real clinical problems defined in a structured AI use case, we are bringing together the radiology and technical communities to generate new healthcare solutions and improve patient care.”“The STR is excited to participate in the augmentation of the NIH dataset by providing our subspecialty expertise in the annotation and adjudication process,” said Carol C. Wu, M.D., chair of the STR Big Data Subcommittee.SIIM and the ACR will kick off the Pneumothorax Detection Challenge at the SIIM 2019 Annual Meeting, June 26-28, in Aurora, Colo., and award the winning teams at the 2019 SIIM Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI), Sept. 22-23 in Austin, Texas.For more information: www.siim.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization Competition will see teams design artificial intelligence-based algorithms, with winning algorithms open sourced to benefit radiology 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 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 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children

first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Reference1. Bouziane C., Filatova O.G., Schrantee A., et al. White Matter by Diffusion MRI Following Methylphenidate Treatment: A Randomized Control Trial in Males with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Radiology, published online Aug. 13, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2019182528 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 PreviousNext News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children Study using diffusion tensor imaging MRI finds greater brain changes in children on ADHD meds than adults 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.August 16, 2019 — A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s signal-carrying white matter in children with the disorder, according to a study published in the journal Radiology.1 The same effects were not found in adults with ADHD.Methylphenidate (MPH), sold under trade names including Ritalin and Concerta, is a commonly prescribed treatment for ADHD that is effective in up to 80 percent of patients. However, not much is known about its effect on the development of the brain, including the brain’s white matter, which is important for learning and brain functions and coordinating communication between different brain regions.To find out more about MPH’s effects on white matter development, Dutch researchers performed a study of 50 boys and 49 young adult men diagnosed with ADHD. All patients were medication-naïve — that is, they had never received MPH prior to the study.“Previous studies all have tried to statistically control for the effects of ADHD medications,” said study senior author Liesbeth Reneman, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. “But we are the first to study medication-naïve patients in this context, which, of course, is crucial if you want to know how ADHD medications affect the developing brain.”Patients received either MPH or a placebo for 16 weeks. Before and one week after treatment cessation, the participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a technique that helps assess white matter. DTI provides a measure called fractional anisotropy (FA), which is thought to reflect important aspects of white matter such as nerve fiber density, size and myelination — the process of coating nerve fibers to protect the nerve and help it carry signals more efficiently. In boys with ADHD, four months of treatment with MPH was associated with increased white matter FA. The effects were age-dependent, as they were not observed in adults treated with MPH.“The results show that ADHD medications can have different effects on the development of brain structure in children versus adults,” Reneman said. “In adult men with ADHD, and both boys and adult men receiving placebo, changes in FA measures were not present, suggesting that the effects of methylphenidate on brain white matter are modulated by age.”Reneman and colleagues are studying the long-term implications of these findings on ADHD behavior, which have yet to be established. Many ADHD patients are on medications for years, so the long-term effects of MPH treatment represent a vital area of research. In the meantime, the researchers want to see tighter regulations for prescribing ADHD medications, since MPH is being prescribed not only to increasing numbers of children, but also at younger ages.“What our data already underscore is that the use of ADHD medications in children must be carefully considered until more is known about the long-term consequences of prescribing methylphenidate at a young age,” Reneman said. “The drug should only be prescribed to children who actually have ADHD and are significantly affected by it.”According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, based on parent reporting, approximately 5.2 percent of American children between the ages of 2 and 17 take ADHD medication.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content 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 last_img read more

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Nativescript 41 has been released

first_imgNativescript version 4.1 has been released with multiple performance improvements and major highlights such as support for Angular 6, faster app launch time, new UI scenarios and much more. Android 6 support NativeScript 4.1 Angular integration has been updated with support for Angular 6. And since Angular 6 requires webpack 4, developers have to update to nativescript-dev-webpack 0.12.0 as well. V8 engine now available in v6.6 The V8 Engine is now upgraded to version 6.6. The new engine adds major performance boost, JavaScript language features, code caching after execution, removal of AST numbering, and multiple asynchronous performance improvements. Faster Android startup time The upgrade to V8 6.6 and webpack 4, also brings faster app launch time on Android making it on par with iOS. Depending on the device and the specific app, Android app startup time is now between 800ms on high-end devices, to 1.8s on older devices. This is an improvement of almost 50% compared to the startup time in Nativescript v4.0! Improvements to user interfaces Nativescript 4.1 adds augmented reality with support for ARKit for iOS by adding the built-in vector type. Multiple iOS Simulators Nativescript 4.1, can now run applications simultaneously on multiple iOS Simulators, iOS devices, Android emulators, and Android devices. Developers can LiveSync change on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPad 2, etc. and immediately see how the application looks and behaves on all of them. Navigation in a Modal View There are updates to navigation in modal view as well. Before version 4.1, for navigation inside a modal view, you had to remove the implicit wrapper and specify the root element of the modal view. With the new changes, the first element of the modal view becomes its root view and developers can place a page router outlet there, for proper navigation. LayoutChanged Event Nativescript 4.1 introduces layoutChanged event that will be fired when the layout bounds of a view changes due to layout processing. The correct view sizes are obtained with getActualSize(). Proper view sizes are especially useful when dealing with size-dependent animations. The full list of bug updates and other fixes are available in the changelog. You can read more about the release on the Nativescript blog. Read Next NativeScript: What is it, and how to set it upHow to integrate Firebase with NativeScript for cross-platform app developmentlast_img read more

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Weak UK pound Royal visit could boost tourism to Britain

first_img Posted by Tuesday, October 4, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Weak UK pound, Royal visit could boost tourism to Britaincenter_img LONDON – The pound has dropped to a 31-year low against the U.S. dollar as worries over the recent Brexit vote as talks to leave the European Union continue to affect the currency, making it a more affordable holiday destination than in the past. Investors have been selling the currency since a speech on Sunday by Prime Minister Theresa May, who said her government plans to start the process of leaving the European Union by the end of March 2017.Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially wrapped up their eight-day tour of B.C. and Yukon today with a departure ceremony in Victoria.Prince William issued a statement saying he and Kate are grateful for the warmth and hospitality they received, adding they are lucky to have been able to introduce their children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – to Canada.The Royal visit will help solidify the emotional tie Canadians have with Britain, possibly spurring more tourism this year and in 2017. The Canadian Press Tags: Britain & Europelast_img read more

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From air safaris to spas Goway releases 201718 Downunder brochure

first_img Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Several months in the making, Goway’s 2017/18 Downunder brochure has more than 450 travel ideas for travel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, from private touring and cruises, to family vacations and youth working holidays, to luxury VIP travel.Brand new for 2017-18 are:Live Like a Local: A travel highlight for most globetrotters is to mingle and interact with locals. But to actually live amongst them, even for just a short time, “is an experience of a lifetime”, says Goway.Australian Air Safaris: The highlights of Australia travelling by private aircraft.Downunder Farmstays: Spend a night or two on a Downunder farm.True North Cruises: Luxury expedition cruising in Australia in the Kimberley Region, from Sydney over the holiday season, and also in Papua New GuineaNew Zealand Voyager: First class escorted cruise & tour vacations with APT.Norwegian Cruise Line in Australia and New Zealand.Cruise ship shore excursions in Australia and New Zealand.Polynesia Spa: Hotel mineral bathing and spa treatments in Rotorua.Zealandia in Wellington: The world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary, with a 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as close as possible to their pre-human state.Train it to the Hunter Valley: An overnight trip to the Hunter Valley wine production region outside of Sydney.Dragonfly Dreaming: Kakadu 4WD safari, “a great way to visit the Top End”, says Goway.Mike Ball Dive Expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef: Liveaboard expeditions, especially suited to divers.Cooktown 4WD safari: Overnight safari in Far North Queensland.Best Western Hotel Passes in Australia.Sydney Discovery tour for 18 – 39s: A five-day trip around Sydney and surrounds, just for the youth market.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAgents can call now to request their copy at 1-888-469-2944, email info@goway.com or visit goway.com/brochures. Posted by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 From air safaris to spas: Goway releases 2017/18 Downunder brochure << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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EU approves state aid to Air Berlin

first_imgEU approves state aid to Air Berlin The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> BRUSSELS — European Union anti-trust regulators have approved Germany’s plan to provide troubled low-cost carrier Air Berlin with a 150-million-euro loan.The European Commission, which polices EU state aid rules, said Monday that the loan “will allow for the orderly wind-down of the insolvent airline Air Berlin without unduly distorting competition.”The Commission also said the move would help protect the interests of air travellers.Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier, said last month that it was filing for bankruptcy after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, decided to cut its financing.To allay travellers’ fears they might be stranded on summer holiday, the government announced that it would provide a loan so the airline could continue flights for the time being. Tags: Air Berlincenter_img Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Transat passengers rerouted from Santa Clara to Jardines del Rey

first_imgTransat passengers re-routed from Santa Clara to Jardines del Rey Share MONTREAL — Air Transat is re-routing Santa Clara, Cuba flights scheduled for May 2 to Jardines del Rey airport in Cayo Coco due to the closure of Santa Clara’s airport following a storm. Air Transat says it will organize the transfer of passengers to their final destination.Passengers travelling from Montreal to Cayo Santa Maria on flight TS714 scheduled for May 2 will now depart Montreal on May 2, at 9:35 a.m. Flight TS715, scheduled to depart Santa Clara airport, will now depart from Jardines del Rey airport in Cayo Coco at 2:30 p.m. Hotel operations are functioning normally. Transat says updates on flight operations for the coming days will be made available on Transat’s website. Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Tags: Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Spaniards fleeing jobless scourge seek work in Morocco

first_imgMADRID — Barcelona-born architect Jean-Pierre Monguard Estragues says it’s much easier to find clients and projects in Marrakesh than back home in Spain.“The money isn’t the best pay I’ve ever had but it allows me to live and send some home,” says Monguard, 40, whose friends paid for his flight to Morocco nearly two years ago as he drowned in bills after losing his job. “Experience and know-how are much more appreciated here than they are in Spain.”Spain’s population fell last year for the first time in at least four decades as more than a quarter of the work force found themselves without a job. That highlights the turnaround in fortune for a nation that saw hiring surge during its economic boom. In the five years through 2007, Spain accounted for almost half the jobs created across the entire euro area.Monguard describes the migration as an “economic, intellectual and cultural catastrophe” that’s driving out the country’s best educated generation. Before Morocco, he went to the Spanish island of Tenerife to start a small architectural practice, though that failed when his clients cut their budgets. That’s when a friend contacted him about work in the North African country; he now has half a dozen projects and is thinking of starting his own firm.While Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says Spain is starting to recover from the crisis and the deepest austerity in its democratic history, it must still deal with the legacy of the recession: a 26 percent jobless rate. Almost a third of the unemployed in the 17-nation euro area are in Spain.With the end of the real-estate boom that attracted foreign workers, annual migration into Spain has fallen by almost half in the past four years. At the same time, the number of Spaniards moving to Morocco last year was 32 percent higher than in 2008. After Latin American and European countries, it was the number one destination for Spanish emigrants.Morocco’s Interior Ministry has urged Europeans coming to work to get permits in a country where the informal economy is estimated at 40 percent of gross domestic product. Labor Ministry statistics show only 10 percent of foreigners living in Morocco have one.“It’s not just fantasy, there is a decline in migration from Morocco while native-born Spaniards are going south,” said Hein de Haas, co-director of the University of Oxford’s International Migration Institute. “It is linked to business cycles.”In total, 477,000 people left Spain in 2012, or 1 percent of the population. About 60,000 were Spaniards, 80 percent more than in 2008, according to data from the national statistics institute INE. When those moving to Spain are taken into account, net outward migration was 162,400.In July, there were 1.6 million foreign workers in Spain, down from about 2 million in 2008. About a fifth of all unemployed people in Spain are foreigners, reflecting the surge in overseas workers who moved there during the economic boom. Moroccans and Romanians are the two largest foreign groups in Spain and led the emigration of non-nationals in 2012.“People will continue to leave as long as green shoots don’t translate into a significant increase in jobs,” said José Antonio Herce, associate director at Madrid-based consulting firm Analistas Financieros Internacionales. “This emigration is dramatic from a human point of view, but from a historical perspective this isn’t the first time this happened in Spain and it’s rather healthy.”Unemployment in Spain declined for the first time in two years in the second quarter, INE said last month. The workforce fell for a fourth straight quarter as people gave up on job hunting or left the country.Discouraged by a youth jobless rate of 56 percent, many are “disappearing” from the workforce, some to study or work abroad, according to a report this month by Spain’s Council for Youth. The proportion of those aged 16 to 29 available for work has fallen to 60 percent from 66 percent in 2008, it said.Spain’s recession eased in the three months through June and the government is relying on exports and tourism to revive the economy after a six-year slump. Tourist visits through July increased 3.9 percent from a year ago, data showed last week.“There are some positive indicators, but Spain’s economy remains too dependent on the outside world,” said Maria Yolanda Fernández Jurado, associate professor of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences at Madrid’s Universidad Pontificia Comillas. “GDP may have contracted less than expected in the second quarter, but domestic demand and industrial production aren’t anywhere near growth and until that happens we’re not going to be able to create jobs.”In Morocco, Monguard is earning half of what he was making at his mid-size architect practice in Barcelona. While he says he dislikes the lack of real religious freedom and rights for women, he has no plans to go back to Spain, where his partner remained after illness forced her to stop working.“The political leadership is inept, nepotist, all it cares about is clinging to power,” he said. “The economic situation in Spain won’t improve before 2016.”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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