A former foreign minister of Bulgaria, Irina Bokova, will become the first woman to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after she won a narrow victory today in the fifth and final round of voting for the post.Mrs. Bokova received 31 votes from the 58-member Executive Board, UNESCO announced from its headquarters in Paris, where the voting took place early this evening local time. Egypt’s Culture Minister Farouk Hosny was runner-up.Mrs. Bokova’s nomination will now be submitted on 15 October to UNESCO’s 193-member General Conference for formal approval.Born in 1952, Mrs. Bokova is her country’s current Ambassador to France and its permanent delegate to UNESCO. She has served in many other senior diplomatic or Government positions in her country, including a stint as foreign minister in 1996-97.Mrs. Bokova will serve an initial four-year term as head of UNESCO. The current Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, ends his second term in November and is not eligible for another stint.Seven other candidates were competing to be Director-General but withdrew from the race in recent days as the voting progressed. They are Mohammed Bedjaoui (Algeria), Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria), Nouréini Tidjani-Serpos (Benin), Ivonne Juez de A. Baki (Ecuador), Ina Marciulionyte (Lithuania), Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko (Russia) and Sospeter Mwijarubi Muhongo (Tanzania). 22 September 2009A former foreign minister of Bulgaria, Irina Bokova, will become the first woman to lead the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after she won a narrow victory today in the fifth and final round of voting for the post.
by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2013 3:05 pm MDT AP source: Senate plan would strengthen border security, make employers verify workers’ status AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Bipartisan immigration legislation being written in the Senate would require surveillance of 100 per cent of the U.S. border with Mexico and apprehension of 90 per cent of people trying to cross the border in certain high-risk areas, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.People living here illegally could begin to get green cards in 10 years, but only if a new southern border security plan is in place, employers have adopted mandatory electronic verification of their workers’ legal status and a new electronic exit system is operating at airports and seaports.The person provided the information on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were private.The contours of the tough new border security plans emerged as senators moved closer to unveiling sweeping legislation within days that would put some 11 million immigrants living here illegally on a path to citizenship and allow tens of thousands of high- and low-skilled workers into the country on new visa programs, in addition to securing the border.Lawmakers and aides said all the major elements were complete, or close to. A final deal was still pending on a new visa for agriculture workers and there were small details to be dealt with on visas for high-tech workers, but Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it wasn’t enough to hold up the bill.“We are closer now than we have been in 25 years for serious immigration reform,” Durbin told reporters Wednesday after he and other Democrats in the Senate negotiating group briefed members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “This president is behind it, and there is a strong, growing bipartisan effort in the Senate to support it. We hope that the House will do the same.”Meanwhile tens of thousands of pro-immigration activists massed outside the Capitol and in cities around the country to push Congress to act. They waved American flags and carried signs reading, “Reform immigration for America now!”The border security piece of the legislation is critical to getting support from Republicans, but some Democrats have opposed making a path to citizenship contingent on border security. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the new requirements wouldn’t impede citizenship.“A lot of people here would not want to put dollars into the border, but as a price to get citizenship, as long as it’s not an impediment to citizenship but rather works alongside citizenship, it’s something we can all live with,” Schumer said, after talking to the Hispanic House members. “What we’ve said all along is triggers have to be objective and attainable in a way it doesn’t interfere or delay with people becoming citizens, and that’s in the bill.”According to the person familiar with the proposals, the new border security requirements call for 100 per cent surveillance and a 90 per cent apprehension rate of border crossers or would-be crossers in sectors where the majority of unauthorized entries take place.The goals would be achieved by giving the Department of Homeland Security six months from the bill’s enactment to create the new border security plan deploying the personnel, infrastructure and technology needed to achieve the 90 per cent effectiveness rate. Also within six months, the department would have to create a plan to identify where new fencing is needed on the border. Once those plans are certified, people living here illegally could begin to apply for a provisional status allowing them to work here legally.If the 90 per cent rate of apprehensions isn’t achieved in high-risk border sectors within five years, a commission made of border state officials would make recommendations on how to achieve it.After 10 years, people granted “registered provisional immigrant status” could apply for green cards granting them permanent residency — and the ability to seek citizenship — if the new security and fencing plans have been completed, the mandatory employment verification system is in place and used by all employers, and the new electronic exit system is operating at airports and seaports, collecting machine-readable visa or passport information from airplanes and ships.The electronic exit system is meant to keep better track of people in the country on temporary visas. Some 40 per cent of people in the country illegally arrived with visas but stayed after they expired. The employment verification piece would be an expansion of an existing system called E-Verify that’s currently voluntary for most employers, though it’s mandatory in some states.The border security details were first reported Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal.___Follow Erica Werner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericawerner
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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Private school heads have attacked Theresa May plans to make them help under-performing state schools as they say the Prime Minister is “holding a gun to our heads”.Head teachers representing 282 of the top UK top independent schools are expected to argue that threatening their charitable status as a ‘stick to beat us’ won’t work.They will strongly defend their record by saying they are already doing enough to help their state counterparts with bursaries and ‘good collaboration’.Mrs May has launched a controversial grammar schools green paper where it was argued that “there is much more [independent] should be doing so that children from a wider variety of backgrounds truly benefit from the excellent education they can deliver”.She has suggested that if schools fail to sponsor under-performing state schools a change to the law would be considered to remove the tax benefits which independent schools enjoy as part of their charitable status. ‘Don’t put a gun to our heads’Addressing a conference on Monday, Mike Buchanan, the incoming chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents elite institutions including Eton and Harrow, is expected to say: “Independent and state schools cannot make our relationships work with a gun pointing at our heads. ”We hope the Prime Minister understands that – after all she had the good sense to outlaw forced marriages as Home Secretary. “She must know then that, all good partnerships, are based on mutual desire, understanding, respect and cooperation. Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its targetMike Buchanan They work best when the parties have a good deal in common.” Mr Buchanan, who is also the head of Ashford School, will argue the independent sector alone cannot stomach the wider problems of mediocre performance in maintained schools.He’s expected to tell delegates: “While our schools are happy to punch above our weight, independent education is a tiny sector, educating around 7 per cent of British schoolchildren up to 16 and containing many very small and specialist schools.”Quite frankly, we cannot not solve the structural problems in education that taxpayers entrust to the government – to the tune of £86 billion each year – nor should we be expected to.”He will also attack the Government’s plans to undermine their charitable status, which yields them tax exemptions.He will say: “Using charitable status as a stick to beat us with is both a blunt instrument and one which is unlikely to hit its target.Likely to erode effortsIndeed, it’s likely to erode some of the excellent charitable activities painstakingly built up over many years. “There are HMC schools, for example, at which ten per cent of students in a typical sixth form year qualify for free school meals, recruited in an established outreach programme.”If the Government decides that sponsoring an academy or opening a grammar school is the current preference, it would put at risk programmes such as this in favour of much higher-risk projects which would take years to grow.”There are reasons why schools choose certain charitable activities over others – they know what will work in their context and be sustainable.”We would urge the Government to use the current consultation to embrace the best long-term recipes for success and avoid the unforeseen consequences that can arise from a failure to appreciate what works in practice.”
Rowdy fans also stormed an IKEA store in Stratford, east London, where they jumped on furniture while singing “Football’s Coming Home”. A taxi was damaged after football fans celebrated in NottinghamCredit:Dan Westwell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An IKEA spokesperson tweeted: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.”Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.”Another man was pictured climbing a lamppost near London Bridge station. London Ambulance Service said the vehicle had been taken out of serviceCredit:London Ambulance Service/PA Police forces across the country said they received a record number of calls on the day of the matchCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images England fans ‘celebrated’ the nation’s World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden by smashing an ambulance and storming an IKEA store. Jubilant supporters rejoiced in the streets across the country on Saturday to mark England’s best tournament performance for 28 years.Footage and pictures shared on social media showed people climbing lampposts and on top of vehicles following the result, with some police forces recording the highest amount of emergency calls ever in one day. In London, one man scaled a double decker bus outside Clapham Junction station before he was filmed jumping onto a bus shelter, which smashed under his weight. In Borough, an ambulance was taken out of service after its bonnet and windscreen were damaged when people climbed on the emergency vehicle as crowds disrupted traffic. London Ambulance Service tweeted: “We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game – it’s now off the road to be repaired.”A Met Police spokeswoman said detectives were investigating but no arrests had been made. The spokesperson said the force was not aware of other “significant” incidents following the match. Thousands of 999 calls were taken across the West Midlands, which police confirmed was a record number of reports.The force tweeted: “Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. It’s a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it’s not an emergency don’t call 999.”Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, Terry Woods, tweeted the force had dealt with record calls with 2,200 in 24 hours as demand “surged” after the England result.
Next is among the retailers to expand its click-and-collect service with a new deal that will allow customers to pick up their Amazon orders from its 500 high street shops.Lord Wolfson, boss of Next, previously said that the “Amazon Counter” service would help to “contribute to the continued relevance and vibrancy of our stores”.The deal will allow Amazon to increase its physical footprint across the country, as around 90% of the UK population lives in proximity to a Next store.The majority of Next shoppers already choose to collect online orders bought through its Directory service – which sells brands including Ted Baker, Adidas and Bode – from its shops.According to official figures, click-and-collect is growing in popularity among pensioners, who are increasingly using it to do their clothes shopping.Just over half of over-65s made a purchase online in the past year, compared with just one in five a decade ago, the Office of National Statistics revealed last week.Elderly shoppers using tablets are believed to be behind the surge. Among those who decided to leave their items, a quarter were put off by long waits and 15% were annoyed at having to pay a fee for the service.Nearly two in five shoppers said they would visit shops more often if click-and-collect was improved.Experts said that could provide a vital boost to a high street shops struggling to cope with rising taxes, the economic downturn and the continued march of online-only rivals such as Amazon.Kirsty Morris, director at Barclaycard Payment Solutions, said: “Brands have the opportunity to not only increase the number of shoppers through their doors but also to reduce costs and returns, while generating revenue from ‘Click & Collectors’ purchasing additional items in-store.”Enhancing the Click & Collect experience is a potentially lucrative way for retailers to ward off the unprecedented challenges of the high street and bridge the gap between online and in-store shopping.”Patrick O’Brien, a retail analyst at GlobalData, said click-and-collect is expected to grow by 9% to £7.3bn this year and to £10bn by 2024.He said: “For shoppers it’s about convenience, go in very quickly and leave the store. “There’s a lot of talk about driving footfall [the number of people visiting shops] but it doesn’t always work for retailers.” Click-and-collect is becoming too much hassle for shoppers, with a new study finding that one in seven items are never collected. Consumers have left around £228 million worth of items over the past year, research suggests, with many citing frustration over poorly staffed collection points and long waiting times. Despite the complaints, the service is becoming increasingly popular, and is seen by high street retailers as a way to capitalise on the online shopping boom. More than 70% of British consumers now order goods through click-and-collect an average of twice a month, according to a Barclaycard survey.But a third of the 2,000 respondents described the process as a “hassle”, saying it was easier to ask for a refund and wait for a home delivery. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
http://vimeo.com/81082837(Vimeo: Mark Nolan)A NEW NON-PROFIT campaign has designed a range of pins, cuff links, jewellery to encourage greater openness around mental health and suicide.The Hug For Life initiative is hoping that people will wear the jewellery to show others that they are willing to offer a listening ear to others who are finding it difficult to open up about their problems.Software designer Mark Nolan is behind the project. Although he doesn’t have a background in mental health issues himself, he says that the rate of suicide in Ireland made himself and colleague sit up and do something.He says that when people are feeling low an initial connection can be difficult to make, the idea he says came from the ‘Fáinne Gaeilge’ gold ring worn by Irish language speakers:The idea here was, as with the the Fáinne, to have something attractive to wear all year long. Something relatively discreet that isn’t in your face and that doesn’t have mental health written on it to act as a kind of secret handshake.Nolan says that the idea is at the early stages of development and that he hopes that ‘Hug, the Icon’ will be sold through registered mental health charities.They are currently raising money for the project and have a crowd funding site for those who wish to contribute.Column: Christmas can be a hard time for people – we all need support >Read: Would you pledge to keep watch over one vulnerable person this month? >
PSP2, NGP, whatever you want to call it, we already knew that Sony’s next-gen handheld console would come with 3G. Heck, it’s right there on the official spec sheet. What we didn’t know is whether or not every PSP2, NGP, whatever you want to call it would have integrated 3G connectivity or if — like the iPad or Galaxy Tab — it would ship with two SKUs: one WiFi only, the other WiFi + 3G.Now Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president Andrew House is setting the record straight: expect two SKUs.AdChoices广告“The first thing to clarify, which I’m not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have WiFi capability… while a separate SKY will have 3G.” This is good news. For most gamers, it will keep the PSP2’s (or NGP’s, or whatever you want to call it… okay, we’re done with this joke now) price affordable without a contract, while also opening the door for network subsidization and — even better — access to Sony’s own new Android-based PlayStation Suite app store.Read more at Eurogamer
Transport organisation Stagecoach has won two international awards for its implementation of an employee experience app for around 20,000 bus and rail employees.The app, provided by Blink, was initially launched in November 2018 to help improve the organisation’s employee engagement. Since then, the app has been rolled out to staff on a depot-by-depot basis, with Stagecoach hosting a launch event at each operating site. The roll out completed in February 2019.The app is available via mobile for the organisation’s 20,000 drivers and engineers, or as a desktop application for Stagecoach’s 2,000 desk-based staff. It provides access to organisational news and peer communication channels, enables staff feedback and links to training and policy information. Digitising paper reports has further allowed Stagecoach to reduce printing and paper costs.To date, the app has 91% active users a week, with nine opens per active user. In addition, 96% of the app’s total users are still using the platform four weeks after signing up.In recognition of this work, Stagecoach has won the Gold Prize in the Social, Collaboration and Communication category at the 2019 Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards, organised by consultancy Step Two, situated in Australia. The win was announced on 12 June 2019, yet the Europe-based awards ceremony has yet to take place.The organisation has also claimed the Digital Workplace of the Year accolade at the 2019 Digital Workplace Awards, held in Chicago on 17 June 2019, as well as the Award for Enabling the Frontline, which recognised the role of the Blink app in bettering employee engagement within regional business sections and across the organisation as a whole.Lesley Ashman, director of technology and change at Stagecoach, said: “We’ve worked hard with the Blink team to deliver the platform to thousands of our employees in a relatively short space of time, so we’re really pleased to receive these awards.“Blink has helped increase the level of employee engagement across the business, and is a valuable internal communications tool that we look forward to using even more comprehensively in the future. We are very proud of our employees across all age groups who made it possible for us to win these awards by embracing new technology and becoming internal communicators via Blink.”
Success publishes roughly 200,000 copies monthly in the U.S. and Canada. Heisz said that, depending on the sell-through, Success will consider expanding its U.K. distribution.A Rocky PastVideoPlus acquired the rights to Success’ title, trademarks and logos in August 2007 after the company filed a lawsuit in federal court against the owners of the magazine, claiming trademark infringement.Success launched in 1891 as a personal development magazine but folded in 1924 following the death of its founding editor Orison Swett Marden. After being relaunched decades later, and having a number of owners over the years, the magazine folded for the second time in 2001.VideoPlus relaunched Success in November 2007. Since then, the company acquired the assets of Jim Rohn International and Your Success Store and their companion Web sites. Both are personal development companies specializing in catalog sales, speaker’s bureaus and public events. Success, the personal development magazine that has folded three times in its 118-year history, is about to see a new life again—this time overseas.Dallas, Texas-based media marketing and communications company VideoPlus—which publishes Success—said about 5,000 copies of the U.S. edition of the monthly magazine will be on newsstands at select WHSmith book and retail stores across the U.K. The initiative began with the magazine’s September issue.“We have several international subscribers who pay an international sub rate that have wondered where/how to get it in the UK.,” Success editor-in-chief Deborah Heisz told FOLIO:. “Also, the parent company has several European clients who would like the publication available for their teams.”
Secret passageways and rooms are wonderful things. They can be used to move important people away from the public gaze, as a place to hide or means of reaching safety, to store important treasures, and to allow servants to move about the house without being seen by guests. There are hundreds of buildings in the world that employ secret tunnels and rooms. Let’s look at a few of them.The ColosseumFront view of the Coliseum of Rome at night, crowned by the Milky WayThe Flavian Amphitheatre, also known as the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy has one of the largest complexes of tunnels ever built. During performances, the underground chambers, or hypogeum – derived from the ancient Greek “hupogeios” meaning underground – would have been a hive of activity.Not only a space for gladiators to wait for their turn in the arena, but everything needed to create the entertainment spectacles held at the Colosseum were kept under the floor.The Colosseum arena, showing the walls of the hypogeum. Photo by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT CC BY-SA 3.0Among the scenery, people, drainage channels (the arena was on occasion flooded for “real” mock-sea battles), and huge pieces of machinery, wild animals were kept down below in cages.The animals would be moved to a layer just below the arena level by means of a man-powered elevator. Slaves were employed to turn a complex system of capstans – cross-shaped, vertical winches – which hoisted the cage to a ramp, from where the hungry animal’s only exit was to the arena floor.View of the interior of the Colosseum by C. W. Eckersberg, 1815Scenery was lifted to the stage in a similar fashion, creating the illusion it had just suddenly appeared. Heinz-Jürgen Beste of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome has been working under the Colosseum for over 14 years.He told Smithsonian that when he first started exploring the structures, “I understood why this site had never been properly analyzed before then.The beautiful Colosseum in Rome, ItalyIts complexity was downright horrifying.” To give an idea of the scale, Beste concluded that “the hypogeum contained 60 capstans, each two stories tall and turned by four men per level.”The Vatican in RomeVatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica at sunset from Via della ConciliazioneThe Vatican in Rome, the residence of the Pope, has a hollow wall that was built in 1277. Behind the wall is a tunnel running from the papal apartments to the tomb of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the Castel Sant Angelo, which was turned into a fortress in the Middle Ages.Many Popes used the passage to escape to safety, and in 1527, it probably saved the life of Pope Clement VII while Rome was sacked. According to ABC News, there is also a secret bathroom in the papal apartments.The Necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Mogadir CC BY 3.0In his book A Journey Through the Historic Underbelly of Europe, Tony Perrottet writes that the bathroom, known as the Stufetta della Bibbiena, is decorated with erotic frescos by Italian master Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael).The room was painted over and later restored but Vatican officials denied its existence until some dark photos taken in the 1930s emerged. Perrottet managed to wangle a brief visit to the hidden room but was not permitted to take photos.Mausoleums in the Vatican Necropolis with temporal classification of buildings. Photo by Mogadir CC BY 3.0He made a few quick drawings of some of the subjects including a nude Venus combing her hair by a river with a visibly excited Pan watching from behind a bush.Corrie ten Boom of HaarlemTen Boom Museum on Barteljorisstraat in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Photo by Jane023 CC BY-SA 3.0Corrie ten Boom of Haarlem in the Netherlands and her family became involved in the Dutch underground resistance during the years of the Holocaust. The family were watchmakers and lived in apartments above their store.In the 1940s they had a secret room built behind a false wall inside Corrie’s bedroom at her request. This room was part of the network of safe-houses used to hide hundreds of Jewish people on their way out of Germany for several years, until they were betrayed by a fellow Dutch citizen and arrested in 1944.View of Ten Boom Museum and Barteljoristraat from the alleyway called Schoutensteeg. Photo by Jane023 CC BY-SA 3.0The Jews hiding in the secret room were not found and later escaped. Although most of her family died in concentration camps, Corrie was released from the vicious Ravensbrück camp, narrowly missing the gas chamber, and set up a safe house for the mentally ill who were usually executed by the Nazis.After the war she established a rehabilitation center in Bloemendaal in North Holland province for concentration camp survivors. In 1971, she wrote The Hiding Place and became a public speaker on the horrors of the Holocaust. Corrie died in 1983 in the United States at the age of 91. The home is now open to the public and an excellent virtual tour can be seen at tenboom.com showing the neighborhood, the house, and the secret room.Tunnel from the basement of the White HouseThe White House at nightDuring World War II, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President of the United States, a tunnel from the basement of the White House that leads to the National Treasury was adapted to lead to a secret bomb shelter built to protect the President.When Roosevelt saw the crudely put together room, he refused to ever come back. Theoretically, the tunnel and secret room could still be used in an emergency, but a better bomb shelter was built in the 1940s under the present site of the East Wing.Vasari CorridorVasari Corridor from Palazzo Vecchio to Uffizi. Photo by Freepenguin CC BY-SA 3.0In 1564, architect, painter, and author Giorgio Vasari built the Vasari Corridor to link the Pitti Palace and the offices of Francesco I de’ Medici, second Grand Duke of Tuscany, in Florence, Italy.The corridor, about a half mile in length, is an enclosed walkway with arched windows and rich wooden floors. It is decorated with Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici’s collection of over a thousand of some of the finest works of art of the 17th and 18th centuries by Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Delacroix and others.Inside view of the Vasari Corridor from the Uffizi Gallery toward Palazzo Pitti. Photo by Diomidis Spinellis CC BY-SA 4.0The corridor was only for the use of the Medici family, who dominated Florence for about 300 years as merchants, bankers, and politicians. Pope Leo X, a patron of Michelangelo, and Pope Clement VII were both from the Medici family.The Vasari Corridor allowed the family and their guests to cross the busy streets of Florence without having to deal with the crowds and the dirty roads.Lorenzo de’ MediciIt was opened to private tours in 1973, but stopped allowing visitors in 2016 following inspections by the Fire Department. The Vasari Corridor is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen in 2021.The Statue of LibertyLow angle view of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New York City, NY, USAThe Statue of Liberty, with the face of the sculptor’s mother, has looked out over New York Harbor since 1886 when she was presented as a gift from the people of France.The 305-foot hollow, copper statue was transported from France on the French frigate Isere in 350 pieces, and took four months to reassemble.Unpacking of the face of the Statue of Liberty, which was delivered on June 17, 1885In 1933, Lady Liberty was put into the care of the National Park Service. Originally, there was a 40-foot ladder up her arm and into the torch, from where the bravest visitors could enjoy incredible views of the city.In 1916, Europe was embroiled in World War I and the Germans, who were aware that the United States was aiding Great Britain and France prior to their entrance into the war, bombed a munitions depot on a pier connecting Black Tom Island to Jersey City.The spiral staircase inside the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, NYCThe explosion killed several people, with hundreds wounded, and according to AM New York, Liberty’s arm and torch were damaged and access was closed.In 1982, an $87 million restoration was started which corrected the damage and replaced the torch, but visitor access was limited to the crown, which is reached by a 377-step staircase.Liberty Statue, work in progressNational Park workers still climb the ladder to perform maintenance on the new torch, which was gilded with 24 karat gold leaf, following the original plans of the statue’s sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.These are just a few places that employ hidden rooms and secret tunnels. Many structures around the world, especially castles, Egyptian and Mayan pyramids, and historic buildings and ruins made use of the secrecy and protection these places offered and some may have yet to be found.Church of EnglandQueen Elizabeth I of England by an Unknown Artist, 16th centuryIn England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Church of England, established by her father King Henry VIII, turned the country into a Protestant kingdom.Before this, Catholicism was the main practiced religion, but, in the turbulent times of changing the religion of the nation, Catholics were still large in number.Sketch showing the concealed entrance to a priest hole at Partingdale House in EnglandThreatened with death for holding public church services, Catholic priests roamed the countryside, performing secret ceremonies in private homes or hidden chapels. When the Queen caught wind of such practices, she sent out soldiers to capture the priests.Read another story from us: A Secret Knights Templar Tunnel that Remained Hidden for 700 YearsThis led to secret cubby-holes, which became known as priest holes, to be built into the homes of loyal Catholics. While many priests survived because of the small secret rooms, some died by suffocation while waiting for the Queen’s men to leave. Web Urbanist tells us that during the English Civil War, King Charles II used these priest holes to make his way from London to safety.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Drumming up a fan base on MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter isn’t as simple as sending out friend requests. To find followers, you need to create threads and promote products on social sites. To do so, there are a few unwritten rules of etiquette you should know. Master the etiquette so you can stop sending Super Pokes and start winning over your connected consumers.Be PatientIt’s hard to feel competitive when you’re comparing your 50 friends to someone’s 5,000, but if you take it slow as you build your social content, you’ll fare better in the long run. Don’t request friends blindly.”In most cases, there is no viable mass adding strategy for companies,” says Joel Postman, principal of Socialized, a social media consultancy for businesses. “To start off, follow a few people, get referrals and create a network that’s useful to you as a businessperson.”Also resist the urge to ask all your contacts to join your network. Tom Lewis, vice president of marketing for imaging toolkits and applications provider Atalasoft, imported his Gmail contacts into Facebook and then asked them all to friend him, sending messages to professional contacts as well as people he didn’t know very well. Big mistake. He issued a mea culpa message afterward, calling it a “definite mistake.” A better idea is to announce social networks on your site, in your newsletter, or in an e-mail signature, and let contacts come to you.Be InclusiveJust because you shouldn’t be sending out friend requests to everyone in your address book doesn’t mean you should be shy about connecting with networkers that come to you. Don’t take a chance on alienating potential customers.”So long as it’s not a spam request from a porn site or get-rich-quick scheme, I will friend anyone who appears to be a real person,” Postman says. “For a business, you have to accept every live person because you run the risk of offending a customer.”Be on MessageOnce connected, keep your connections’ sensibilities in mind. One evening, Brooke Webb, marketing and PR director at Vicinity Manufacturing, started posting to Twitter after a failed client dinner and a few cocktails. She says, “I tweeted several messages that compared my clients and their cities to the adventures of Dante in The Inferno. You know, seventh-circle-of-hell references, and so on.”Even worse, her Twitter account posted to her LinkedIn so all her professional contacts could see what she had written. Webb has since learned to keep her Twittering professional, using it for her company’s customer service and encouraging clients to reach out to her directly. She also posts about social media and has some much tamer personal posts.Your online presence is a very visible part of your brand, so make sure what you say and do online reflects your company’s culture. If you’re comfortable joking around or sharing details about your personal life, go for it, but as a general rule, Postman says to ask yourself “How would I behave I weren’t online?”Though there’s a delete button for a social slip-up, you may never be able to completely fix a misguided communiqu?. Last summer, SocialMedian CEO Jason Goldberg Twittered about raising angel investment for his company, possibly running afoul of securities regulations. He tried deleting the Tweet, but in moments, it was captured, published and lambasted on TechCrunch and other blogs.Be TransparentWhen filling out your profile, don’t copy and paste your white paper–a few sentences will do. Show some personality by sharing information under your interests, but if you’re more comfortable keeping things strictly business, relate everything back to your core message. Also, don’t add any Facebook applications your contacts need to add to see–they look unprofessional and can annoy your network. Take charge of your online persona by posting a profile image. If your account is under your name, use a headshot; if your account is your business name, opt for a logo. If you’ve hired a community manager to handle your accounts, give some information on your site about that person, as well. And always include two-way links, from your social site to your website and vice versa, to help people quickly find and vet you.Be TactfulTo get some business out of your social networks, it’s best not to immediately send new friends offers to download an e-book or to sign up for a newsletter. Be more subtle. Work your promotion into your everyday conversations by telling people about upcoming conferences, responding to questions in your field, or pointing out new and relevant blog posts.As a general rule, try to match the way your contacts interact with you. Respond to a wall post with a wall post and a message with a message. Most other communication should be done via more passive Twitter or status updates. Postman says, “What works is being genuine, not being a hype machine.”Be AlertTo improve your brand standing, search for complaints or problems about your business, and respond in a helpful way, without necessarily adding the person as a contact. For example, Comcast has a ComcastCares account on Twitter that responds to complaints and provides customer service right in the platform. By empowering a community manager to listen and respond to complaints, you’re taking a big step toward winning over customers. Register Now » December 3, 2008
Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. 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 Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Feature | January 30, 2015 | Dave Fornell Advances in Angiographic Imaging Systems This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Vascular Imaging Systems in the January/February 2015 issue. 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 more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Angiographic imaging system vendors have developed several new technologies to address emerging cath lab trends, including the need to reduce radiation dose, improve image quality and enable advanced procedural image guidance. All three of these points have become increasingly important as more complex procedures are attempted in interventional labs and hybrid ORs. These procedures include embolic coiling, neuro-interventions, thrombectomy, aortic repair, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), mitral clip valve repairs, left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusions, atrial and ventricular septal defect closures, and new interventions for both electrophysiology (EP) and heart failure.All of the major vendors in the United States recently introduced new systems and technologies to reduce dose and enhance visualization in the interventional lab. The vendors have tailored their systems into various models for specific specialties and at various price points depending on the degree of functionality.Advanced Imaging, Guidance, PlanningNewer imaging systems enable advanced 3-D imaging with rotational angiography, which uses a quick spin around the patient to create a computed tomography (CT)-like, 3-D image of the anatomy. This can all be done tableside in the lab. Some systems allow these images, or CT or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) 3-D images, to be overlaid or fused with the live 2-D fluoroscopic images. This fusion technology is used with TAVR planning and navigation software to better guide precise device placement. Software also allows 3-D images to be integrated with EP electromapping systems to guide catheter ablation procedures without the need for live fluoroscopy, helping to reduce dose.Radiation ReductionIonizing radiation from medical imaging has become a growing concern, but new technologies can help reduce dose. In the lab, as transcatheter procedures become more complex and require longer imaging times, radiation exposure of both patients and operators is increasing.Newer, large-format displays now available for cath labs enable a larger field of view and better visualization of the anatomy, instead of operators leaning over the table to try to see anatomic details on smaller screens, said John Messenger, M.D., FACC, director, cath labs, University of Colorado, who spoke on new angiography technologies at the 2014 American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting. He said this helps better visualize procedures and lower dose by not needing to image the anatomy several times. Messenger said all the major vendors recently released new angiography systems with dose-lowering technologies. These advances include new X-ray tubes and more sensitive detectors and software to help improve image quality at lower doses, in addition to noise reduction. He pointed to the Philips Allura Clarity as an example of next-generation angiography system that can help lower standard procedural dose by 50 to 75 percent. He said the operator can easily adjust the frame rates to help reduce dose, and the system incorporates Philips’ ClarityIQ software to achieve excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. The software helps correct for motion, reduces noise, auto enhances the image and corrects pixel shift on cine images. The ClarityIQ technology is also available as an upgrade for the majority of Philips’ installed base of monoplane and biplane interventional X-ray systems.He said another recent innovation to help lower dose is Toshiba’s Spot Fluoroscopy software for its Infinix-i systems. It allows clinicians to observe a target region of anatomy using Spot Fluoro’s live fluoroscopy, while viewing the last image hold (LIH) in the surrounding area that has been collimated out of the field of view to cut dose. Newly Released SystemsSiemens introduced several new systems in its Artis series, including the Artis Q, Artis Q.zen and the Artis one. These incorporate both new X-ray tube and detector technology to not only lower dose, but also cut energy consumption by up to 20 percent from previous generation Artis systems. Siemens’ new X-ray tube uses flat emitter technology, which enables smaller, square focal spots that the vendor said leads to as much as 70 percent improved visibility of small vessels and improved image quality. The Artis Q.zen combines this X-ray tube with a new crystalline detector that enables patient doses as low as half the standard angiography levels.The floor-mounted Artis one gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in May. It features positioning flexibility similar to ceiling-mounted systems and occupies an area of 269 square feet, compared to the 484-square-feet required by ceiling-mounted systems. It has several axes that can move independently, enabling easy positioning. It accommodates full head-to-toe coverage of patients up to 6 feet, 10 inches without the need for repositioning. Shimadzu gained FDA clearance in March 2014 for its new Trinias series. It uses high-speed Score Pro image processing technology, and a smart ergonomic design aids intuitive functionality. The Score process enhances fluoroscopic images while maintaining as low as achievable dose considerations.GE Healthcare introduced its Discovery IGS series in 2013. The laser-guided system captures the advantages of floor- and ceiling-mounted fixed systems and the mobility advantage of mobile C-arms without any of their inherent limitations. The imaging device is on a mobile, wheeled gantry that can be moved anywhere in the room like a mobile C-arm, but offers precision, high-quality imaging and features of a fixed system. At the touch of a button, clinicians can move the system to the table for imaging various anatomies and then move it aside and park it, allowing room to optimally position physicians, nurses, technologists, anesthesiologists and other personnel for surgery, with unobstructed access to the patient. The gantry comes with a new wide-bore design, which allows for steep angles and ease in 3-D acquisition, especially for large patients. It uses the same digital flat-panel detector technology as GE’s fixed-base Innova angiography imaging systems. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more
A technical issue with a Tiger Airways Airbus A320 saw Sunday services from Melbourne disrupted for the Sunshine Coast, Hobart and Perth delaying passengers for hours.Passengers affected were offered food vouchers and either a refund or a transfer onto another Tiger Airways flight. Many passengers opted to wait for the aircraft to undergo an engineers’ assessment.One service, the Melbourne to Hobart Flight TT566 scheduled to depart at 16:05 eventually departed just before midnight.Another service, the Melbourne to Sunshine Coast TT552 scheduled to depart Melbourne at 07:45 eventually also left just before midnight.The three affected rotations are expected to return to normal today. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25601/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa’s Main Homestead and Swimming Pool Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has been ranked second in the Overseas Leisure Hotel category in the Australasia and South Pacific region at the prestigious 2011 Condé Nast UK Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards. Acclaimed by readers particularly as being great value for money, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa continues to receive international and local accolades for its service and luxury conservation based offering since opening in 2009.“After less than two years in operation, it is gratifying to see Wolgan Valley is recognised as Australia’s best hotel by Condé Nast readers , and we believe this is by offering a world-class luxury experience in one of the country’s most spectacular locations,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “The nightly rates provide great value with fresh gourmet meals, most beverages and on-site nature based activities all included within the tariff to deliver a comprehensive Wolgan Valley experience.”“As one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, Wolgan Valley continues to be a unique highlight experience for both Australian and international travellers. And as we reach our second anniversary, we look forward to continuing setting the benchmark for excellence within the industry,” said Mr Heymeijer.Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa also continued to receive local accolades this month with four awards at the 2011 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence including Winner of the Best Regional Property and Best Environmental Program.Now in its ninth year, the annual HM Awards recognise the leaders in hospitality and honour the achievements of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry.With a record 1,600 entries received this year, the highly competitive awards span across Australia, New Zealand and selected South Pacific nations. A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa occupies just two per cent of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, ecological and environmental sustainability.The resort was the first hotel in the world to achieve carbon neutral certification from CarboNZero, an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification scheme; and has maintained its carbon neutral status for the second year in a row following a CarboNZero recertification. Spa treatment can be arranged on one of several panorama decks located around the 4,000 acre property Source = Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Brisbane Airport’s new domestic terminal public pick-up area will aid in reducing congestion, according to Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee.Sixteen million people travel through Brisbane Airport annually according to Mr Lee.“It will reduce the number of cars driving around the airport precinct as they wait for arriving passengers, improving road safety and providing more capacity for people dropping off passengers in peak times,” Mr Lee said.“The new pick-up area will markedly improve the passenger experience, giving drivers collecting someone a dedicated waiting area with 20 minutes free parking.”Mr Lee emphasised the need to improve transport links to Australia’s airports.“The improvements will reduce congestion and improve the passenger experience now and into the future, as demand for air travel to and from Brisbane continues to grow,” Mr Lee said. Image Source: Glenn Hunt
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Go back to the enewsletterSydney’s newest five-star luxury hotel, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, this week launched a reconfigured restaurant. The changes come with the appointment of a new Executive Chef, Eric Costille and Chef de Cuisine, Jordan Hajek, both trained at renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Paul Bocuse, Georges Blanc and noma in Copenhagen. Together, they are leading the modern luxury hotel into a new culinary era, introducing a new menu inspired by the flavours of Provence and the city of Marseille, the epitome of vibrant waterside sophistication.Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour GM Greg BradyGeneral Manager, Greg Brady, said Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour “strives constantly to be better than the average five-star. Our aspiration is to be world-class, not Australian-class, and we do that every day in everything we do.”He said Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s point of difference is that “we are French and our French heritage”, which is the case with every Sofitel around the world.Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s cultural link is Marseille. Why Marseille? Brady explains: “Because the fact they are a vibrant port that has been redeveloped, the same as Darling Harbour. It too is a redeveloped port and becoming more and more vibrant every day. We have this beautiful culinary experience all around Darling Harbour and certainly here in our Sofitel, now with a French culinary experience.”Chef Costille has developed an “Atelier” theme – a craftsman’s workshop – for the restaurant with subtle design changes in the venue which, on the third floor of the hotel, affords Darling Harbour views for diners. Market-style carts greet guests, immediately transporting them to the south of France from the time they arrive. Continuing that experience, diners are offered a selection of home-made freshly baked bread with a choice of three signature butters – tomato, vineyard (red wine-based) and anchovy – to begin their meal.Niçoise Salad with “Espinaler”sardines, olive tapenade and panisse pissaladiereThree open kitchens were also introduced, aiming to reflect the essence of a bustling, vibrant French brasserie. A meat station features a Mibrasa grill, which will deliver authentic charcoal flavours to the high-quality cuts of meats including the magnificent 1.6kg Tomahawk steak designed for sharing. Drawing on Eric’s experience of cooking with seafood, the “red kitchen” will offer culinary marine delights such as Red Snapper, Barramundi with Aioli and Prawn Provençale, where the prawns are flambéed in Pastis to give a hint of aniseed through the traditional garlic, fresh herb and tomato sauce.Signature dishes include an elegant Bouillabaisse – a traditional rockfish casserole recipe from Marseille, with seabream, scallops, squid rings, mussels, baby capsicum, confit and fennel – and the Atelier Burger, a chargrilled signature dry-aged Angus beef patty with balsamic onion compote, pancetta and potato fries, which can also be served “Rossini” style, with a slice of foie gras terrine.Stuffed capo fish, bouillabaisse jusThe menu also includes classic French dishes such as Paté en Croute and a Niçoise Salad, this time featuring a twist on the traditional preparation using socca or chickpea crepe along with fresh greens and sardines – a recipe with its roots in Provence and Liguria.Desserts by Pastry Chef Puti Firmansyah play an equally important role in the new menu and include a French/Australian fusion found in the lemon myrtle crème brulee; a vanilla pineapple mango and the Itakuja floating island made with Valrhona passionfruit chocolate, meringue and croustillant.There’s also the Red Room, a private dining area lending warmth and intimacy to exclusive functions, and the Wine Cellar, a semi-private area evocative of the grand French caves or wine cellars.Guests dining at Atelier by Sofitel are now able to purchase the luxury Marseille Experience for themselves, with advanced noticed highly recommended.Iced nougat with frozen caramalised nut parfait with citrus compoteLead image: Pictured at the event on Wednesday night from left are: Jordan Hajek, Chef de Cuisine; Eric Costille, Executive Chef; Maeve O’Meara, award-winning food and cooking author and Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour General Manager, Greg Brady.Go back to the enewsletter