A Love Letter From Earth To Paris

first_imgEarth to Paris, a coalition of global partners driving awareness about the connection between people and planet, on Monday released a high impact video promoting the global #EarthToParis movement that took place on 7 December, 2015, in Paris.Video: A Love Letter from #EarthToParis – Narrated by Morgan FreemanNarrated by Morgan Freeman, the video serves as a crowdsourced love letter from Earth to Paris for world leaders to take action on climate change.“Allegro Prestissimo,” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, plays as the vibrant video reveals several famous #EarthtoParis supporters such as Richard Branson, Gisele Bündchen, Kid President (Robby Novak), Pharrell Williams, Cameron Russell, Ram Dass, Jack Black and many more. The video also includes an assortment of people from around the world who have sent video messages to their world leaders.In the video, Freeman (as the Earth) reads, “Dear Paris, there is no voice more beautiful than the voice of the world speaking as one, and the world has spoken. This is about all of us — everything we know, everyone we love, and our survival.”This video follows the first Earth To Paris anthem video which received over 6 million views in its first week.The Earth To Paris coalition invites people everywhere to unite their voices this week for bold climate action so that Earth’s voice is heard during the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Summit—COP21. Earth To Paris kicked off 7 December at 12:00 am CET with a 36-hour global digital surge of Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, and locally hosted watch parties and digital events in at least 19 countries across all six inhabited continents.The Earth To Paris Coalition consists of more than 110 partners — including the City of Paris, Facebook, Swarovski and Twitter — with a social reach of over 200 million individuals globally.last_img read more

Indigenous youth find hidden talent in robotic program

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsArmed with a new set of skills six Indigenous youth are ready to share their knowledge. All thanks to robots.First Peoples Development Inc. teamed up with Cogmation Robotics to create a program to educate kids from remote communities.Students first learn how to be build and program a robot. They then share what they’ve learned with First Nations in Manitoba.“What we’ve done is we’ve taken a half dozen Aboriginal youth who had no previous computer programming experience and mentored them intensely for a five-week period,” said Chris Schulz, program manager of Cogmation Robotics. “Now they’re actually able to teach others about how this works and be an inspiration and a role model to other people in different communities.”The program began three years ago as a way to show remote communities different employment opportunities.“The hidden talents (are) there that they didn’t know they had. So we just like to hope that we bring something to help them. Having these instructors they open our eyes to what is there,” said Ethel Anderson, president of First Peoples Development Inc.Using Lego models, participants learn the ins and outs of software development with an emphasis on coding.“My favourite thing now is I’m excited to go into the communities and teaching other kids and other people,” said Lisa Harper, graduate of Aboriginal Robotics Program.Instructors will visits 16 communities throughout northern Manitoba starting this week wrapping up in December.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

UN health agency joins relief efforts after deadly floods strike Mongolia

WHO reported yesterday that it would provide funds to the Mongolian health ministry and helped coordinate the emergency response in the wake of the floods, considered among the worst to strike the sparsely populated, landlocked country in decades.Eight children are among the people reported killed, while about 130 families have been left homeless and some 2,000 people have been evacuated from areas considered to be at risk of flooding.The floods have been particularly severe in and around the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and provinces to the immediate west.WHO said it is concerned that the overflow of sewage pits and lavatories following the floods could lead to major health problems, include outbreaks of diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections. Response efforts will focus on ensuring safe water supplies and promoting personal hygiene. 25 July 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping Mongolian authorities respond to flash flooding that has killed at least 26 people, damaged infrastructure and raised the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. read more

Senior UN envoy begins sevennation tour to promote peace in Somalia

Acting on recommendations contained in a Security Council presidential statement of 13 July, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, also plans to visit Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen forconsultations with their leaders.“Among the most critical issues on Ambassador Fall’s agenda is the third round of the Khartoum peace talks scheduled for 30 October between the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) based in Baidoa and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) established in Mogadishu,” the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) said in a statement.The last round of talks between the rival sides took place at the beginning of last month in an effort to bring peace to the impoverished drought-afflicted country, which has been riven by factional fighting and has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.Mr. Fall had separate meetings today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Said Djinnit. In August he said his office had been informed by UIC Executive Council Chairman Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed that Ethiopian troops were in Somalia but it had no monitoring capacity on the ground to confirm the charge. Mr. Fall will travel to Asmara tomorrow for talks with the Eritrean Government. He is scheduled to visit Djibouti and Yemen next week, before holding talks with leaders in Uganda, Sudan and Egypt prior to the Khartoum talks. Included in his Cairo schedule will be discussions with officials from the Arab League. read more

Cost of deforestation in Kenya far exceeds gains from forestry and logging

“Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year,” according to a UNEP news release on the joint UNEP-Kenya Forest Service (KFS) study.The economic impact of Kenya’s five montane forests – called ‘water towers’ as these forests store water during the rainy season and release it slowly, thus ensuring water flow during dry periods – are assessed in the study, entitled The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy.In his comments on the report, UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, recognized rehabilitation work Kenya has undertaken in the Mau Forest Complex, one of the so-called water towers.“Kenya is today underlining its determination to be among a group of pioneering countries putting its nature-based assets at the centre of its sustainable development ambitions,” he said.“The findings of this report are based on the best international analytical methods and the latest environmental and economic evidence,” he added. “It is these kinds of cutting-edge assessments that are inspiring more and more countries in Africa and beyond towards the opportunities presented in a transition to an inclusive Green Economy.”Ongoing work by KFS, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and international partners has additionally found that the contribution of forests to Kenya’s income is undervalued by 2.5 per cent, according to UNEP, which added that this means that forests actually account for an estimated 3.6 per cent of Kenya’s gross domestic product.The UNEP-KFS report is being launched to coincide with the beginning of the Kenya Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy National Dialogue. It says the five water towers – Mount Kenya, the Aberdares, Mount Elgon and Cherangani complete the list – provide more than 75 per cent of the country’s renewable surface water resources annually, by feeding more than 15,800 million cubic metres of filtered rainwater to rivers and lakes each year.However, deforestation has occurred from activities such as unregulated charcoal production, logging of indigenous trees, marijuana cultivation, cultivation in the indigenous forest, livestock grazing, quarry landslides and human settlement. “Between 2000 and 2010, deforestation in the water towers amounted to an estimated 28,427 hectares, leading to reduced water availability of approximately 62 million cubic metres per year,” UNEP stated.Since Kenya’s economy is highly vulnerable to water availability, inflation spiked above 10 per cent on three occasions between 2000 and 2010, “each time driven by drought combined with increasing crude oil prices and weaker exchange rates,” UNEP said.Private consumption accompanying a doubling of household demand within the last 10 years has largely driven deforestation, the environment agency noted.“Fuel wood and charcoal represent the most important energy source for the population, at 75 per cent, and the forestry sector creates both formal and informal job opportunities, especially in rural areas,” UNEP said.However, it added, while forest products bring in one-off cash to the national economy, they also “encourage illegal deforestation activities and create huge economic damage through the loss of regulating services.” According to UNEP, the report found that the “cumulative negative effect” of deforestation on the economy through a reduction in regulating services was an estimated 3,650 million shillings per year, which was “more than four times the cash revenue of deforestation.”While UNEP recognized Kenya’s efforts to expand rehabilitation programmes in all water towers, it also highlighted various report recommendations calling for more action.Among them is a call for sustainable forest management that UNEP said included selective thinning regimes, protection against uncontrolled settlements, adequate allocation and policing of water withdrawals, and improved management of degraded land. read more

Two rulings to shape the future of NCAA collegiate athletics

NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert speaks to the media during the Final Four press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, April 4, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe future of student athletes and the NCAA rests with two rulings which were handed down in recent weeks.With a 16-2 vote, the NCAA Board of Directors passed a resolution on Aug. 7 that restructures the NCAA’s governing body.The restructuring, which was proposed 18 months ago, will promote open communication with the public while building accountability and streamlining the NCAA’s legislative process, according to an NCAA report dated July 18.Under the current model, athletic directors and student athletes do not have a voice in the legislative process, but under the new model they will.Instead of an 18 member board composed of 11 university presidents from the football bowl subdivision and 7 presidents from the football championships subdivision, as well as Division I schools without football, the new board will be comprised of 24 members.Those 24 members will be comprised of 10 presidents from the football bowl subdivision, five  presidents from the football championships subdivision, five presidents from division I schools without football, one student-athlete, one athletics director, one faculty athletics representative, and one senior female representative.“We hope this decision not only will allow us to focus more intently on the well-being of our student-athletes but also preserve the tradition of Division I as a diverse and inclusive group of schools competing together on college athletics’ biggest stage,” Nathan Hatch, president and board chair at Wake Forest University, said in an NCAA article dated Aug. 7.The NCAA’s restructuring is expected to streamline the process in approving new legislation concerning student athlete safety and well-being. Among the issues are extending healthcare coverage for student-athletes beyond graduation and athletic scholarships past eligibility, but the biggest issue is autonomy for the “Power 5” Conferences: the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Pac 12.This autonomy would allow members of these conferences to create rules that only apply to them.“We just have to be patient, not move too fast make sure whatever pieces of legislation we come up with is the right piece of legislation and ultimately benefits the kids,” Gene Smith, Ohio State’s vice president and athletic director said Sunday, following the Buckeyes’ football media day. “Over the next three to five years, we’re going to see a lot of change.”In a July 18 NCAA article by Michelle Hosick, OSU President Michael Drake echoed Smith’s comments.“We will begin to focus on student-athlete welfare in ways they will feel as early as next year,” Drake said.The other major decision that occurred last week was the ruling in the antitrust class action lawsuit, O’Bannon v. NCAA.According to CBSSports.com, District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of O’Bannon and declared that the NCAA could not place restrictions on member schools that would prevent college football and basketball players from receiving a share of the revenue from using a player’s likeness.“We made a decision as a conference not to discuss the O’Bannon case publicly,” Smith said at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday. “Obviously, it’s an ongoing litigation, so I’m not going to comment on the O’Bannon case.”OSU football coach Urban Meyer was also asked about both cases during a press conference on Sunday where he admitted that he did not know enough about either to provide comment due to preparations for the upcoming season.When asked again about the issues, Meyer said, “Beat Navy,” while rendering a hand salute during a moment of levity.Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player, became the lead plaintiff for the case in 2009, which named Electronic Arts, the Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA as defendants.EA and the CLC decided to pay out a $40 million settlement to any athlete whose likeness has been used in their products since 2003.OSU spokesman Gary Lewis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The NCAA is also expected to file an appeal on the O’Bannon decision. read more

Meyer vs Harbaugh Playoff hopes pinned on coaches second showdown

OSU coach Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorTen years ago, Ohio State and Michigan met in Ohio Stadium in a showdown of No. 1 and No. 2. The capacity crowd inside the walls of the ‘Shoe witnessed the nail-biting conclusion to a season-long buildup, and helped propel the Buckeyes into the national championship.In those days, Lloyd Carr was the man directing the Wolverines’ attack, while Jim Tressel picked the plays for the Buckeyes. Now, a decade later, OSU has Urban Meyer, the only other Buckeyes coach since The Game of the Century. Michigan, on the other hand, is on Carr’s third replacement with Jim Harbaugh.Meyer and Harbaugh are two names with a history of winning behind them. While both men went through different paths to coaching stardom, each has the ability to push their respective teams to a potential playoff spot. While both Michigan and OSU are ranked in playoff spots with just one week left this season, each team’s lone loss for the year has come in varied fashions. The Buckeyes dropped a tough one on a cold, blustery night in State College, Pennsylvania, to Penn State. Meyer was scrutinized for not getting the ball to junior H-back Curtis Samuel, and blamed for conservative play-calling.For Michigan, the Wolverines’ offense sputtered against Iowa on a cold, windy night in Iowa City. Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight struggled to produce anything through the air while senior running back De’Veon Smith was a non-factor.“Every little thing doesn’t always go our way, and to win, you’ve got to make it that way,” Harbaugh said following the loss.Meyer and Harbaugh met for the first time in 2015, when the Buckeyes embarrassed Michigan at home, 42-13. The dominant performance against the Wolverines gave the Buckeyes momentum for a playoff run, but OSU’s season was ruined by a loss to Michigan State.This time, the implications rival that of the 2006 edition of The Game, which saw both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines as the top spots in the nation. Even though many of the players on the team might remember this game as their first OSU football experience versus Michigan, Meyer has a different time in mind.“In the ’70s, Bo, Woody,” he said, referencing past OSU eras. “My mother, for some reason, I still to this day don’t know why, grabbed me and said we have to go run an errand. What the hell you talking about? You don’t leave that game. In Ashtabula, Ohio, outdoor mall walking down, and over the loud speakers, I just kept stopping and listening to the game. In the ’70s, the Ten-Year War. I remember that.”Harbaugh’s experience comes from playing in the biggest rivalry game in the nation back in 1986. At the time, Meyer was a graduate assistant with OSU, while his counterpart on Saturday was slingin passes downfield. Most Buckeyes fans from the 1980s might remember Harbaugh for a different reason.Famously, Harbaugh guaranteed a victory in the 1986 edition of The Game. It was a bold statement from a quarterback then-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler called one of the cockiest quarterbacks he had ever met. The statement still strikes a nerve with many OSU faithful.For Meyer, he still remembers the promise by Harbaugh that he kept. More surprisingly, he remembers something that came after the 26-24 loss that most fans forget today.“Vince Workman had a touchdown, and we missed a field goal right at the end and went to the Cotton Bowl and won that,” he said. “So I remember it very well.”Now, the matchup between the two college football icons has come full circle. With so much riding on this game, it would be easy to buy into the hype of the dynamic ability of Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers or the cool poise of OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. But it’s Meyer vs. Harbaugh round two, with playoff implications in the minds of both teams. With such an important game coming Saturday, players could resort to bashing their opponents and downplay the accomplishments of the coaches.Instead, players like redshirt junior guard Billy Price has nothing but respect for the opposition’s leader. He had one word to describe Harbaugh.“Iconic,” Price said. The entire premise of The Game is a bitter rivalry, filled with hatred for a team from a state that shares a border. The tradition of the game — from OSU players tearing down the “M” banner in 1973 at Michigan Stadium to Wolverines’ safety Charles Woodson fighting OSU wide receiver David Boston on the field — is drenched in bad attitudes and feelings of disdain for the other side.However, from the coaching side, Meyer has different feelings about the man he is facing off against on Saturday, and it comes from two coaching icons.“I didn’t say like, but there’s a mutual respect,” Meyer said. “And I learned it from (Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler), two of the greatest coaches of all time.”While it’s No. 2 OSU vs No. 3 Michigan in the final week of the regular season, the chess match between coaches is the more compelling matchup. read more

Football and basketball punishments differ drastically in Ohio State selfreported NCAA violations

Former five-star prospect and now-Penn State defensive end Micah Parsons (left) poses for a photo with former Ohio State running back Eddie George (right) at the set of College GameDay on Sept. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne football recruit and a group of three men’s basketball recruits went on their official visits to Ohio State and took trips to the set of College GameDay before the football team’s game against Oklahoma on Sept. 9. Both parties walked onto the stage of College GameDay and met with former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State running back and celebrity guest picker Eddie George and two other ESPN analysts. The visits, it turns out, weren’t permitted, and Ohio State ended up self-reporting three NCAA violations for reach program.But the Ohio State football program issued a much harsher self-imposed punishment from the university than the basketball program, despite the exact same violations occurring at the same location on the same day. As part of its self-imposed punishment, the football program agreed to end its recruitment of former five-star defensive end and now-Penn State freshman Micah Parsons, who was declared ineligible to compete for Ohio State, while issuing a one-game suspension to the football recruiting assistant — Ed Terwilliger — who brought Parsons to the stage. The NCAA agreed with the action and decided no further action should be taken.However, Ohio State did not give its men’s basketball program nearly as harsh of a punishment. In fact, it’s possible two of the prospects have already signed with the Buckeyes for next season. The self-imposed punishments were not harsh enough for the NCAA, which added three additional sanctions including one that made the three recruits temporarily ineligible and required Ohio State to apply for reinstatement in order them to play for the Buckeyes. Both Cleveland.com and 247Sports reported three basketball prospects visited Ohio State that weekend: Elijah Weaver, Luther Muhammad and Jaedon LeDee. Muhammad and Ledee have since signed letters of commitment with Ohio State and will join the program in the fall. The two were seen at St. John Arena that day and tweeted about their visits during that weekend.LeDee committed on Sept. 19 while Muhammad joined him on Sept. 22. The violation was not reported until Nov. 16. Ohio State was unwilling to confirm whether Weaver, Muhammad and LeDee were the three prospects in the violation.Despite committing the same NCAA infractions, the basketball program continued its recruitment of the three basketball players and did not suspend the staff member — director of player development Scoonie Penn — who allowed the prospects to walk onto the stage and set area. Instead, the program was forbidden from returning to the set of any future College GameDay sets over the remainder of the 2017-18 school year and letters of education regarding the violation of the bylaws were sent to both the basketball program and the producers and analysts of GameDay, according to the report obtained by The Lantern.As noted, the NCAA did not agree with Ohio State’s action and decided to impose three additional penalties, according to Ohio State’s compliance department.It declared the three prospects ineligible, requiring Ohio State to apply for reinstatement for the student-athletes involved in the violation from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff. This specific sanction matches what Ohio State self-imposed in its punishment of the football program.Eddie George, Lee Corso & Kirk Herbstreit make their game predictions on the ESPN College GameDay broadcast during the 2017 Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe NCAA also issued a reduction of “two recruiting person days” and forced Penn to sit out one game. The Lantern reached out to the NCAA for comment about the current eligibility status of the basketball recruits, but did not receive a response in time for publication. David Ridpath, an Ohio University professor and former compliance director at Marshall, said he expects the two players to be reinstated quickly and that the process is more of a formality than anything else. He cited his own personal experience, where at Marshall, the program self-reported a violation in the morning, had the player ineligible, contacted the NCAA and had the player reinstated before the end of the day.“If it’s something very minor and I look at this as pretty innocuous with the basketball players, it can happen relatively quick,” Ridpath said. “But I’d be stunned if it’s not done in a little while, but certainly it would be done by the season and they don’t really have anything to worry about.”The main difference between the punishment for the football program and that of the men’s basketball program is neither the university’s compliance department nor the NCAA told the program it could not recruit any of the three basketball players. This calls into question how Ohio State decided to determine the self-imposed punishments and why they differed so drastically. Ohio State did not comment on the discrepancy in the the self-imposed punishments.After learning of the self-imposed punishment on Ohio State’s football program, Parsons’ father, Terrance, told The Lantern that he believed the recruitment of his son ended because of a tweet his son had sent out after the Oklahoma game that then-redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins should replace then-redshirt senior J.T. Barrett.Parsons said he and his son were supposed to meet head coach Urban Meyer the next day, but did not see him and were not contacted by Ohio State after the Oklahoma game except for a brief exchange with Meyer. He said no one ever notified him of the violation, which Ohio State reported on Sept. 26.The idea of Ohio State using this to smoothen the ending of the recruitment is not far-fetched to Ridpath. He said that if a program decided it no longer wanted to pursue a player, an NCAA violation would be a convenient excuse to tell the recruit that they can’t be recruited anymore because of a violation. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit react to being served a ‘Thurmanator’ from The Thurman Cafe in Columbus during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast for the 2017 OSU- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think Mr. Parsons is spot-on correct,” Ridpath said. “Is that nefarious of Ohio State? Not really. They’re playing the game and they’re playing it pretty effectively to be honest with you.”In both instances, the same three NCAA bylaws were broken.Though it was not a violation to meet with the former Buckeyes, it was a violation for all recruits to meet with other members of the media during an official visit. The contact broke two NCAA bylaws that state members of the media may not be present during a school’s recruiting contact with the prospect. In both cases, the prospects entered the stage and set area, which is not accessible to the general public, which broke the third NCAA bylaw.Both Ridpath and Don Jackson — an attorney from Montgomery, Alabama, with experience representing college athletes — said they believe the punishment for Micah Parsons was excessive, given the type of violation. Jackson called it an “awfully serious sanction for this violation.”Ohio State reported the football program’s violations in September, but did not report the basketball program’s violations until November. Jackson said because Ohio State self-imposed a much more severe punishment on the football program before and set a precedent for a harsh penalty, the sanctions self-imposed by the basketball program did not appear to be enough in the eyes of the NCAA.“Had they self-reported the offenses or the violations and self-imposed the less-severe sanctions, it’s quite possible that the NCAA might have accepted that,” Jackson said. “Unless there was some degree of intentional conduct or a past history of compliance issues in a particular program, this was not a significant violation.”Terrance Parsons declined to comment on the matter, saying he just wanted to put the whole incident behind him and his family.“Well I think it’s important to say, I don’t think Ohio State’s done anything bad or wrong here,” Ridpath said. “They’ve done the reporting and there’s two different results really because of the way they reported it and I think they have to be honest that Micah Parsons wasn’t part of their plans anymore. These three basketball players — even though one wasn’t — obviously [were].”Correction: Don Jackson was misidentified as “Brown” on second reference instead of “Jackson” on three occasions. He also was incorrectly quoted in the story as saying “awful” instead of “awfully.” The Lantern regrets and apologizes for this error. read more

Spotify cuts free music allowance in half

first_imgEuropean music streaming service Spotify announced some not so great news today for its free Spotify Open users. Most likely in hopes of getting more paid subscriptions, the company is trying something new.Spotify is going to be offering 10 free listening hours a month, which is half of what it was previously offering. Also, if you really like a song, unless you’re a paid subscriber you’re only going to be able to listen to it five times. That’s really not enough to memorize every word of your new favorite song. Spotify says 10 hours a month is equal to about 200 songs, or 20 albums. The company said that most people use the service to find new music, and so the change won’t really affect most users, except those who use the free service a lot.AdChoices广告For free users that joined before November 2010, the new limit will start May 1. New free users, or anyone who started using the free service after November of last year, will be able to use the service in its current form for the first six months. After that, the limit will take effect.Spotify’s reasoning for the changes is a little unclear. We know that Spotify has 10 million users, and only 1 million of those are paid subscribers. So, maybe Spotify is trying to get the number of paid subscriptions up? Spotify said in a blog post that it’s imperative that the company continues to offer an on-demand free service, but that do so, it has to “put some limits in place going forward.”If you’re unsure about buying into a subscription, which costs £9.99 ($16) per month for the Premium service and £4.99 ($8) per month for the Unlimited service, you can test out the paid subscription. Spotify is extending its Spotify Premium free trial from 7 days to 30 days.The service is still only available in Europe, specifically the UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. However, Spotify is due to be launching in the U.S. sometime soon. It has inked a deal with Sony Music, but we’re still waiting to hear about the other labels.Read more at Spotify, via PaidContentlast_img read more

CamasWashougal Community Chest launches campaign

first_imgCamas – The Camas-Washougal Community Chest launched its fundraising drive this month with a goal of raising $75,000 for organizations serving Camas and Washougal residents. Grants will go to nonprofits that address education, youth activities, natural resource conservation, health and welfare programs, crisis and emergency services, and those that serve people with special needs.During its 2017 campaign, the community chest funded 21 grants totaling $75,000, which included 4,000 meals at the Lost and Found Caf?, food boxes for 150 students at the Inter-Faith Treasure House, and 60 swimming scholarships through Camas Parks and Recreation.Georgia Pacific employees and the Georgia Pacific Foundation were one of last year’s major supporters, along with HP, Camas School District, City of Camas employees, 54-40 Brewing, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Exterior Wood Inc., Sharp Microelectronics, Linear Technology and Allweather Wood.The community chest seeks donations from people and businesses in Camas and Washougal to reach its $75,000 for the 2018 campaign. Donations can be made at www.camaswashougalcommunitychest.org and through Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program, or Amazon’s Smile program. The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is a nonprofit that has been around since 1946.Local nonprofits can apply for grants online after Oct. 15; applications are due no later than Dec. 15.last_img read more

Government to release pending dues to the network hospitals

first_imgAmaravati: Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked the officials to release the pending dues to the network hospitals for speedy implementation of Arogya Sri scheme in the state. Addressing the collectors conference at Undavalli, Jagan Mohan Reddy said yshould be implemented properly and medical services to be rendered to the all eligible beneficiaries. He enquired about the pending dues to the network hospitals and instructed the officials to pay the bills at the earliest. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Jagan has insisted that the Government hospitals to be strengthened and render services to the patients. He also announced that all government schools be transformed into English medium schools and Telugu will be made compulsory subjects in the schools. He further said the Government would distribute books and uniforms to the schools as early as possible.last_img read more

B Chy Kamal want to persuade Russia China India

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Kamal HossainFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and eminent jurist Kamal Hossain will take initiative to convince Russia, China and India for securing their support to resolve the Rohingya crisis.In a joint statement on Wednesday, the two senior politicians expressed their willingness to extend their support for resolution to the Rohingya issue.They said they would try to unite the countrymen on this issue and help shape the global opinion about violation of human rights against Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine state of Myanmar.Badruddoza Chowdhury and Kamal Hossain also called upon the government to immediately engage in talks with the Myanmar authorities to solve the problem.Simultaneously, they urged the Myanmar government to stop killing people, torching houses and repression of women and children in Rakhine state.The persecution against the Rohingyas, which is defined by the international actors as genocide, led almost 500,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.”Those who are responsible for committing such crimes have to be brought to book,” Badruddoza and Kamal insisted.They said the Myanmar government has to soon take back the Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.The two senior citizens referred to the recommendations of the commission led by Kofi Annan, Rohingyas have to be rehabilitated with due respect in Rakhine state of Myanmar.They mentioned that the Myanmar government has to realise the root causes of the Rohingya crisis.They laid emphasis on exchange of economic, social, cultural and political affairs between the two countries for better relations in future.last_img read more

WATCH Trump Pick To Lead FBI Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

first_imgUpdated at 11:06 a.m.Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI, said Wednesday morning that his loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law, and vowed he will “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law, and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.”Wray is facing questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing and he made his pledge of loyalty to the Constitution and to the law more generally in prepared testimony published online just as the hearing was getting underway.The 50-year-old former Justice Department lawyer, was named by Trump after the president fired James Comey. Comey had been overseeing the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and possible ties between some top aides of the Trump campaign and Russia. Wray is facing several questions from senators that have arisen in the wake of Comey’s dismissal and the controversy it generated.Asked about his support for the FBI investigation now being led by special counsel (and former FBI director) Robert Mueller, Wray said he was “very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation in whatever way is appropriate for me to do that.” Wray added that he would consider any effort to tamper with Mueller’s investigation “unacceptable and inappropriate,” and said it would need to be dealt with “very sternly.”Wray also told Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., that no one had asked him for “any kind loyalty oath at any point in the process, and I sure as heck didn’t offer one.”Asked by Leahy what he would do if asked by the president to do something illegal, Wray responded “first I would try to talk him out of it and if that failed, I would resign.”Wray is also likely face questions about his clients in private practice, which include major corporations and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and about his past work at the Justice Department.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. R-Iowa, has said he hopes to have Wray confirmed by the Senate’s August recess.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Google Accelerates Google Shutdown Following New Privacy Mishap

first_img Popular on Variety The disclosure comes two months after Google revealed another security vulnerability affecting the social network. Back in October, the company disclosed that it had discovered and patched a bug that allowed application developers to access personal data earlier this year.At the time, Google said that Google+ had seen “low usage and engagement,” with over 90 percent of all usage sessions lasting 5 seconds or less. This led to the decision to shutter the network, with Google first saying that it would turn off access in August of next year.Google’s disclosures are a bit different from the issues that Facebook was facing earlier this year. Companies regularly find security flaws in their products, and there are currently no reports that anyone actually used the bugs in Google+ to steal any personal data.Facebook on the other hand had purposefully designed its product in a way that allowed app developers to access a vast amount of data. The Trump campaign-linked data consultancy Cambridge Analytica made use of those design decisions to siphon data off the platform, which was possibly used to aid political campaigns.Still, the latest disclosure will likely put a bigger spotlight on Google’s privacy practices. It is also poised to come up when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress on Tuesday. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Google will shutter its struggling social network Google+ sooner than previously announced: The company said Monday that Google+ will shut down in April of 2019. It also disclosed a new security vulnerability that briefly exposed personal data of some 52.5 million Google+ users.The bug, which was introduced to Google+ in November, allowed developers to access personal profile information including name, birthday, gender, nickname and more even if those users had limited access to that information.“We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced,” wrote Google vice president David Thacker in a blog post. “No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way.”last_img read more

MCU Updates SDCC Black Panther Glows Doctor Doom Returns and Livestream

first_imgMarvel Fans… I just saw a preview of what Marvel is showing at Comic-Con. You are about to get your mind blown! Best I’ve seen yet. Kaboom— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 13, 2017Of course, he doesn’t say exactly what Marvel plans to show, but that’s one big promise to make. What could possibly be in the best Marvel Studios footage Ruffalo has seen yet. The obvious answer is something from Avengers: Infinity War. That’s the big event they’re hyping up right now, but there are two other movies still to come that we’re all incredibly excited for. It wouldn’t be out of line to expect Marvel to combine footage from Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War to get us all hyped for the road ahead. We’ll be keeping an eye out for this “mind-blown” footage after Marvel’s SDCC panel tomorrow.Big screen superheroes aren’t the only thing Marvel Studios has in store for Comic Con. They also revealed a full trailer for ABC’s upcoming Inhumans series. There are things about it that look great, and things about it that don’t look so great. Most importantly though, it features Lockjaw, the royal family’s giant teleporting dog. He’s such a good boy.Yes, the dialog is cheesy and so is a lot of the acting, but the Inhumans’ designs look really cool. Plus, we finally get to see Medusa’s hair in action. Her wig and costume has been a point of contention among fans after Marvel debuted the poster and teaser trailer earlier this year. Some have even gone as far as to claim the show’s costume isn’t even as good as many cosplayers’. I think that’s taking things a little far, and now that we got to see her hair do its thing, those complaints should die down a little. Hey, no matter how the story turns out, the powers on display here should lead to some pretty fun action scenes.And hey, don’t forget Lockjaw! No matter how we end up feeling about the rest of the series, Lockjaw is sure to be a big favorite among fans. It’s impossible to look at those gigantic (literal) puppy dog eyes and not want your own giant teleporting buddy. Marvel appears to know that as well. At their booth at Comic Con, they unveiled a massive Lockjaw statue fans can get pictures with. If you’re lucky enough to be attending the show this weekend, make sure you stop by and tell him what a good boy he is. Stay on target San Diego Comic Con is underway. The biggest pop culture convention of the year, SDCC is where all the major studios debut hotly anticipated trailers and reveal big news. Before the weekend even began, we knew to expect some big things out of Marvel, which is currently building toward the third Avengers movie and has a new TV show on the way. First, we finally got an up-close look at Black Panther’s vibranium suit.We’ve seen glimpses of the suit in the trailer, and of course it made its first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Until today though, we hadn’t seen everything it can do. Marvel Studios debuted a new poster for the upcoming film featuring star Chadwick Boseman (of course), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger. What’s really capturing fans’ attention is a new feature of Black Panther’s suit. The image of the poster comes from Reddit user ashtonknapp. (Via Reddit, Marvel Studios)Yes, the suit glows. If you’ve been reading the recent Black Panther comics, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, you’ve seen his suit do this before. This poster confirms that the movie is bringing that detail from the comics into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point, we don’t actually know what those glowing areas do, other than make the suit look even cooler. Given that T’Challa’s battle suit is made from vibranium, an element that can absorb and redistribute energy, it’s possible that the glowing assists with that. Maybe those parts of his suit allow him to store kinetic energy during a fight, and strategically unleash it on his opponents.We’ll find out for sure when the movie comes on next February. Until then, we’ll be on the lookout for the biggest Marvel Studios news to come out of their 90-minute panel on Saturday. Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo is already teasing fans about what Marvel has in store for us. On July 13, he tweeted this: #MarvelSDCC is finally here! Stop by our booth (#2329) to check out GIANT Lockjaw from “Marvel’s Inhumans” and unlock a Snapchat filter. pic.twitter.com/cVsDFKEjpl— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 20, 2017Marvel’s Inhumans will also be the first TV show to premiere in IMAX. IMAX theaters all over the United States will show the first two episodes of the series on Labor Day weekend, with the show airing on ABC September 29th.(Via Marvel)Finally, Marvel Studios isn’t the only place cranking out Marvel movies (as much as they’d like to be). During Thursday night’s panel for FX’s Legion, director Noah Hawley told the audience he was working with FOX on another Marvel character, Variety reports. “I’ll just say two words,” Hawley announced at the end of the panel. “The first word is ‘Doctor,’ and the next one is ‘Doom.’”FOX still owns the movie rights to all the Fantastic Four characters, but unlike with the X-Men, the studio just can’t seem to do right by them. They released their first Fantastic Four movie in 2005, which tried so hard to be a serious superhero epic but fell flat. Their second attempt, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer leaned into the goofy, silver age aspects of the characters, and was actually pretty fun as a result. Then there was that attempt at a reboot in 2015. The less said about that the better.Taking a break from the Fantastic Four and just making a movie about their most famous adversary might be FOX’s best shot at doing something good with these characters. And since Noah Hawley is directing, we can at least be sure the movie is in good hands. As he proved with Legion, Hawley is absolutely capable of bringing something new to the superhero genre. He’s clearly not interested in telling the same story everyone else has told a thousand times over.  He can take the most famous comics stories and turn them into something strange, surreal and terrifying. I can’t wait to see what he does with Doctor Doom.Follow the Marvel SDCC Day 2 live stream here!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img read more

VIDEO Michael Jordan lit up an NBA AllStar team in a pre1984

first_imgHere’s the final Box Score: Advertisement Watch Jordan give the NBA team a sneak preview of what was coming once he entered the league. Before the 1992 Dream Team, Michael Jordan led Team USA to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Even as an amateur, Jordan was an NBA-ready stud, and showed he belonged with the the pros during a pre-Olympic exhibition win over a collection of NBA stars in Phoenix.The NBA team wasn’t some collection of borderline stiffs. Their starting five included Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Walter Davis, Alex English and Larry Nance. Jordan did have future Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin on his squad, but pouring in 27 – with a some signature dunks – against a group of legit pros as a college kid was still an eye-opening performance.He also did it in Converse.The 1984 gold medal would be the USA’s last until the ’92 Dream Team. The under the radar gem of this clip is Billy Packer getting on MJ for wagging his tongue. Classic cranky Packer. Jordan also beat up an NBA squad with Larry Bird during the exhibition. you can watch that here:last_img read more

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first_img 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 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more 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 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… 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 Technology | November 04, 2014 Toshiba Kalare With Flat Panel Detector Receives FDA Clearance Enclosed table design reduces scatter radiation up to 95 percent News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Related Content 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. 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. November 4, 2014 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Kalare radiographic and fluoroscopy (R/F) digital X-ray system with flat panel detector (FPD) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance.The enclosed table design of the Kalare FPD R&F system may reduce scatter radiation by up to 95 percent, optimizing safety for patients and staff, while its 17-inch x 17-inch size provides quality images edge-to-edge without an increase in dosage. This design also helps reduce panning time for exams requiring fluoroscopy, such as a barium swallow and eliminates periphery image distortion, leading to higher image quality and better diagnoses.The Kalare R&F digital X-ray system will be showcased at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 30–Dec. 5, 2014.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 last_img read more

Weird weather brings warm welcome to 2016

first_imgRelated posts:First nine months of 2015 shatter heat records worldwide Death toll at 43 as wild weather tears across parts of US Drought hits Central America’s crops, cattle El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history LONDON — With temperatures above freezing at the North Pole, deadly tornadoes in Texas, extreme heat in Australia and floods in Britain and Missouri, the world is beset by extreme weather events as it welcomes 2016.A powerful and destructive low-pressure system in the North Atlantic has pushed the mercury up to two degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) at the pole, 20 degrees above the seasonal norm.The Arctic has borne the brunt of global warming, with temperatures three degrees higher than the pre-industrial era.But linking the current mild conditions to climate change is premature, warned Natalie Hasell, meteorologist at the Canadian Department of the Environment, saying that scientists do not base their conclusions “on one anomaly.”The North Atlantic depression also brought eastern Canada an unusually warm holiday period, with temperatures hitting 15.9 C in Montreal on Christmas Eve, around 20 degrees above the seasonal average.This was followed by heavy snowfall that covered the country’s eastern half.In the United States, tornadoes and floods left at least 49 dead.The waters of the mighty Mississippi River have already exceeded overflow levels by four meters in some areas, claiming 13 lives.In the south, spectacular tornadoes devastated parts of Texas.The common cause of the unusual events is a particularly strong El Niño system, amplified by global warming, according to scientists.El Niños, which emerge every four to seven years on average and run from October through January, are triggered by a shift in trade winds across the Pacific around the Equator.However, the 2015 episode is “probably the strongest in the last 100 years,” said Jerome Lecou, ​​forecaster at Meteo-France.“There is no simple answer” to explain the exceptional conditions, he added.Recommended: El Niño’s deadly side effect: more snakebitesAlthough centered on the Pacific Ocean, El Niño “has an impact on a global scale,” Jean Jouzel, former vice president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told AFP.“Generally, El Niño years are warmer than average,” he said.In Australia, scorching heat has led to large forest fires and temperatures are forecast to soon hit 38 C in the south.In France, the unseasonably warm weather has baffled Mother Nature with Perigord strawberries, Alsatian asparagus and mimosas all flourishing on the French Riviera.In Spain, higher temperatures and low rainfall have led to an unusual outbreak of wildfires in the north.Several Italian cities have introduced traffic restrictions to combat fine-particle pollution, which has been worsened by the dry and calm conditions.Record rainfall has brought unprecedented flooding to the north of England, leaving the historic city of York under feet of water and thousands evacuated over December.Stormy weather buffeting the North Sea has brought havoc to oilfields on New Year’s Eve, with one man reported killed by a giant wave hitting a rig, and hundreds of workers evacuated after a huge barge broke its moorings and began drifting.“There is no doubt in my mind that climate change is partly responsible for the flooding across the north of England,” said Piers Forster, professor of climate science at Leeds University.Britain’s mean December temperature was a record-breaking 8 C, smashing the previous high of 6.9 C set in 1934, according to the Met Office.It was also the wettest December on record for Scotland and Wales and one of the top 10 wettest in Britain as a whole.Worldwide, temperatures between January and November have already broken records, suggesting that 2015 will be the hottest in modern history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.“On a global level, we really are in an exceptional year as it is just over a tenth of a degree warmer than 2014, which itself was a record year,” said Jean Jouzel.“This is a real leap, one tenth of a degree from one year to another,” he added.With El Niño showing little sign of running out of steam, he predicted that 2016 could be warmer still, but that following years may be less extreme. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Hainan Airlines wins prestigious 5 star rating from SKYTRAX

first_imgHainan Airlines was awarded the honor of a “SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline” at a gala awards ceremony in Beijing.The award was presented by SKYTRAX President Edward Plaisted to Hainan Airlines President Wang Ying Ming. With this award, Hainan Airlines officially becomes the world’s seventh five-star airline.London-based SKYTRAX, a research and certification organization for the air transportation industry founded in 1989, evaluates more than 200 airlines around the world each year in regards to their service quality. The star rankings reflect the customer experience – not just the platform of product standards offered by an airline such as cabin seating, in-flight entertainment and catering, but the assessment of service quality – using a rating system made up of more than 800 different areas of product and service delivery for each airline. As a global leader in the industry, SKYTRAX offers the most professional evaluation and rating services. Star ratings for the airline industry can vary from one to five stars, with “five stars” being the highest rating.Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines has grown into a successful international airline offering personalized and gracious service. It was the first mainland Chinese airline to be awarded SKYTRAX four-star status in 2009. In accordance with SKYTRAX’s rigorous evaluation standards and the airlines’ own Chinese-style service concept, Hainan Airlines built an international brand through its superior service programs that encompass “convenience, hospitality, and surpassing expectations” as its core values. Hainan provides its customers with unique and premium ground and cabin service, in-flight catering, and entertainment based on diversified customer needs. As a result of its exceptional brand values and service, Hainan Airlines transitioned from four-star to five-star status in just one year, a significant achievement. Hainan Airlines is one of the airlines in the HNA Group of companies.At the SKYTRAX award ceremony, HNA Group Chairman Mr. Chen Feng said, “By winning the ‘SKYTRAX five-star award,’ Hainan Airlines now becomes one of the most successful brands in the industry.”SKYTRAX also rated Hainan the best airline in China in 2008 and 2010, and the company has earned numerous awards including the “Customer Satisfaction Award” in the Chinese civil aviation industry repeatedly since 1998. In 2008, it received CCTV’s “60 Years- 60 Brands Award,” the only airline to be so honored. Source = Hainan Airlineslast_img read more