Angry Albertan convoy gaining momentum before even hitting the road to Ottawa

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Now is the winter of many Albertan’s discontent. A cavalcade of angry truckers and pipeline workers are planning to head to the nation’s capital in order to demand action for the struggling oil and gas sector.A convoy to Ottawa planned for next month aims to get the federal government to start building pipelines in Canada.Glen Carritt is one of the organizers of this convoy.He tells City News the rallies held in Nisku, Grande Prairie, Drayton Valley, and other small towns haven’t been enough.“We just feel the current government is not listening. We feel the only way we are going to get the message across is for us to be on their doorstep in Ottawa.”Carritt said there is support for this move from across the country and not just in Alberta.“We’re all hurting, and they all know the cause. There’s going to be all kinds of big companies involved sending trucks that would normally be working at this time. So that should be a message in itself that these trucks are sitting, so they are willing to go to Ottawa.”He believes a lack of action from the federal government means people are out of work and angry.“Let’s face it, none of us want to have to do this. We have got a lot better things to do than have to go to Ottawa, but we are forced. Our hand is forced because we are not happy with the current government.”RELATED: More rallies held to support pipelines; speaker says convoy coming to OttawaCarritt notes there are two GoFundMe pages set up to raise money for fuel costs and other expenses along the way.https://www.gofundme.com/yellow-vest-official-convoy-to-ottawa-2019https://www.gofundme.com/convoy-to-ottawaHe also wants to point out this groups is trying to be as non-partisan as possible.“As far as voting in the next election, everybody is going to have to make that decision for themselves. We are not on any bandwagon other than we’re not happy with what is going on right now.”last_img read more

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UPS 2Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $1.69 billion.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had profit of $1.94. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.96 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.93 per share.The package delivery service posted revenue of $18.05 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.96 billion.UPS expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.45 to $7.75 per share.UPS shares have increased almost 8% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 20%. The stock has dropped nearly 7% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UPS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UPSThe Associated Press read more

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Metro CEO rejects calls for Ottawa to impose code of conduct to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Metro CEO rejects calls for Ottawa to impose code of conduct to protect suppliers by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 2:50 pm MDT Supermarket chain Metro has rejected calls for the federal government to impose a new code of conduct to protect suppliers from being squeezed by demands for price cuts from the country’s big grocers.Eric La Fleche, CEO of Montreal-based Metro, told a CIBC retail and consumer conference Wednesday that intervention isn’t required because the chain’s terms with its suppliers are “very competitive” but fair.However, Metro (TSX:MRU) won’t allow those suppliers to recoup losses suffered at other supermarket chains at its expense.“I have been very outspoken with our suppliers when we had a meeting with them last fall that the procurement synergies that some people are claiming are not going to be at our expense,” he said.Tensions between retailers and suppliers have run high since Sobey’s, which paid $5.8 billion to acquire Safeway Canada, demanded retroactive price breaks from its suppliers.The issue was also raised with the federal Competition Bureau, which recently approved a $12.4-billion takeover by Loblaw (TSX:L) of Shoppers Drug Market (TSX:SC).However, the federal agency imposed “behavioural restrictions” on Loblaw’s relations with suppliers to maintain competitive markets.Several grocery and large supplier groups have called for a code to ensure a level playing field as the industry continues to face pressure to consolidate due to intense competition from U.S. companies, which is adding further pressure to already razor-thin margins.La Fleche said gaining a little extra rebate may help companies as they grow through blockbuster deals, but it won’t make the chain successful in individual markets.“We think we have the size and scope to execute really well and compete effectively in our markets and be the right partner for the suppliers who want to do business and grow their businesses in Quebec and in Ontario,” he said.Earlier, Marc Poulin, CEO of Sobey’s parent Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), told the conference that relations with suppliers are “harmonious” despite tough negotiations that he said flowed from its need to harmonize different supplier arrangements with Sobey’s and Safeway.Poulin said the company is seeking a one per cent price cut from suppliers as part of a broader effort to drive $200 million of cost savings over three years from the acquisition, half in the first year.He said suppliers ultimately want to have access to Empire’s expanded footprint in Western Canada and deliver promotions to its customers.“Now, as being the leading grocer in Western Canada, we do have a lot to offer and I think overall we’re quite pleased with the way it is currently going with our suppliers,” he said, adding the company has not come across anything that would put its cost-cutting target in jeopardy.Both supermarket chains said the industry remains very competitive in the face of consumer demand for value.In addition to improving their discount banners, Metro and Sobey’s are also working to offer “compelling value” at conventional banners by offering healthier food offerings.While price is a driving force for some consumers, many customers are attracted by a unique offering that differentiates the chain from its competitors, said Poulin.“The vast major of Canadians are seeking more than just the price from their shopping experience, especially in food retailing, and therefore it’s for us full-service retailers to provide a compelling value proposition.”La Fleche said meeting customer needs, even in smaller, less affluent communities, can foster loyalty.“It’s very encouraging that when you raise the bar, when you give a great customer experience, you get rewarded,” he added.Metro is also expanding its pharmacy reach by preparing to open 18 stores inside Target stores in Quebec starting this spring or summer.La Fleche said he hopes the U.S. retailing giant will overcome its sales challenges in Canada.“Hopefully they will solve a few of them before we open the pharmacies because we’re looking for growth with that format.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

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Womens Gymnastics Freshman standouts not enough to propel Ohio State to win

Ohio State junior gymnast Jamie Stone performs on balance beam against Denver on Feb. 24. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (0-3, 0-2 Big Ten) fell to Iowa (2-3, 2-0 Big Ten) in a close match of 195.725-195.300 Friday in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State did not exit the competition empty-handed. Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber posted a final score of 39.100 to earn her first collegiate title and the No.1 spot in the all-around individual completion.Ohio State registered a season-best final score of 195.300, a 0.375-point increase from its meet last weekend at Michigan.For the third straight meet, the Buckeyes opened on uneven parallel bars, where their performances earned a 48.825 mark. Swartzentruber led the team to take third place for the event with a 9.825, which tied her career high.The Hawkeyes tied the Buckeyes at 48.825 on vault.The Buckeyes switched to vault next and posted a 48.875 tally. Freshman Morgan Lowe set a career high of 9.800 and tied for second with sophomore Olivia Aepli.Iowa pushed past Ohio State in its second rotation, posting a 48.975 mark on uneven parallel bars. Ohio State took to the floor exercise in its third rotation, when senior Alexis Mattern and junior Janelle McClelland each put up 9.775, team highs for the event, to put the Buckeyes at 48.675.Iowa lost the lead in its third event on balance beam with a 48.775 tally for the event. At this point, Ohio State led 146.625-146.575.The adjustment to the balance beam lineup paid off when Ohio State finished at 48.925, a season high on the event. Swartzentruber and Lowe each recorded 9.850 scores, their second career highs of the night, to claim first place in the event.The Hawkeyes earned a 49.150 on their last event on floor, ending the meet at 195.725-195.300 for Iowa.Both Swartzentruber’s 39.100 and Mattern’s 39.025 were good enough to earn the gymnasts first and third for the meet, respectively.Ohio State will compete at home for the first time this season in a tri-meet against Minnesota and Illinois State at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

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Are you microcheating Social media is tearing couples apart as scientists warn

first_imgAt least old-fashioned philanderers knew where they stood. For them, only an extramarital affair was considered cheating. In the modern, digital age, however, it takes an awful lot less to wreck a relationship. An academic has declared it to be the new method for couples to tear each other apart. According to Martin Graff, a psychologist, all it now requires is the click of a computer button for a partner to be considered unfaithful – and with all the same consequences as a full-blown affair. Micro-cheating is a label increasingly being used to describe behaviour which falls into a grey area between friendly interaction and infidelity. Previously, a suspicious…center_img Welcome to the world of “micro-cheating”.last_img

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Gain increased efficiencies with integrated project and company features in comprehensive mining

first_imgMetals Economics Group (MEG) has released the latest version of its MineSearch online database. New features focus on the full integration of project and company information and search capabilities, and a further strengthening of company content. MineSearch is an extensive searchable online database of information on thousands of worldwide projects and companies. Based on more than 25 years of research and analysis, the service provides clients with the information needed for benchmarking, due diligence, identifying opportunities, tracking competitors, performing quick “what if” scenarios, and completing in-depth, detailed analysis.Significant new features include:• Seamless searching across both project and company criteria with both company and project profile results• Unlimited Excel exports in both project and company views• Maps of companies’ projects and mines• Direct links to sources of information• Text search of project comments• Interactive market capitalisation graphs• Historical company ownership records• Summaries of companies’ late-stage active projects by commodity• New commodity coverage – rare earths, lithium, potash, and phosphates“MEG continuously adds enhancements to our services as a direct result of feedback from clients and industry partners”, says Dominique di Gesu, MEG’s Chief Operating Officer. “This release continues to reflect MEG’s commitment to quality and responsiveness to client needs.”The MineSearch client community includes the majority of large global mining companies, banks, investment and fund managers, as well as smaller mining companies focused on growth, service and equipment providers, governments, and consultants. MineSearch is available by subscription through Metals Economics Group. For more information, email sales@metalseconomics.com, or visit the MEG web site at www.metalseconomics.com.MEG draws on three decades of comprehensive information and analysis, with an unsurpassed level of experience and historical data. To help clients reach better decisions more quickly, MEG supplies raw data and sophisticated analysis based on unbiased research and reporting. From worldwide exploration, development, and production to strategic planning and acquisitions activity these databases and studies help decision making.last_img read more

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Fuel saving flywheel hybrid technology for offhighway vehicles

first_imgFlybrid will present its flexible and modular flywheel hybrid technology at the IMechE’s Off-Highway Vehicles seminar in Birmingham, UK on April 25. As it notes, the off-highway market is characterised by a large variety of specialised machines designed for a diverse range of tasks. In order to cater for this broad range of machines, Flybrid has developed a standardised and modular family of flywheel hybrid systems. In the 600 series of flywheel hybrid products, Flybrid covers energy storage requirements from 150 kJ to 600 kJ in three flywheel specifications. The 600 Series products feature common flywheel tooling, flywheel housings, ancillaries and sensors to enable higher production volumes for these common parts and as a result faster payback times for Flybrid’s customers.All of Flybrid’s standard, modular systems can be connected to an off-highway machine either through standard third party hydraulic pump/motors, electric motor/generators or a variable mechanical transmission.“The first system that is market-ready, the H-380, has a power capacity of 210 kW, and stores 380 kJ of energy. Such a system is well suited for excavators from 20 to 45 t in weight and for wheel loaders between 75 kW and 225 kW of power” explained Tobias Knichel, Flybrid’s Business Development Director.The ‘H’ in H-380 designates a module integrated through the machine’s hydraulic system by using a standard variable displacement pump.“A Flybrid hybrid system reduces operating costs by boosting performance,” explained Knichel. “It improves efficiency in two ways: by capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted during a vehicle’s operating cycle, and releasing it during the next cycle, and by providing an on-board power boost which means that engines can often be downsized or downspeeded to further improve fuel consumption. This provides a combination of high versatility and short pay-back time that is unprecedented for a hybrid.”Many different applications can benefit from energy recovery; examples include raising and lowering the boom of an excavator or the mast on a reach stacker, slewing on an excavator or shuttling between forward and reverse with a loader.Furthermore, the energy of the flywheel can be used to significantly increase the power available by pre-charging the flywheel to a high energy level, meeting peaks in demand by providing a reliable power boost of over 1,000 kW in the largest system developed so far.“A Flybrid flywheel hybrid is an ultra-compact and highly efficient way to capture and release large amounts of energy very quickly using a space-efficient flywheel,” said Knichel.Over the last 18 months, Flybrid and its off-highway partners have completed an extensive validation program, including real world operations with a customer machine, as part of the process of ensuring the H-380 is production-ready.The development program combined Flybrid’s exhaustive use of test rigs, for full life durability testing of critical sub-systems and complete flywheel hybrid assemblies, with real-world validation. The design life is over 20,000 hours in the severe environments and extreme operating conditions typical of many off-highway applications.Leading off-highway manufacturers, including JCB and Turner Powertrain Systems (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.) are already working with Flybrid on applications of the flywheel hybrid technology.Richard Dunne, Flybrid’s Business Development Manager, will give the presentation, entitled Flywheel-based hybrid systems for off-highway and industrial applications at 14.05 on April 25 at the seminar venue, The Studio, in Birmingham. Organised by the IMechE’s Automobile Division, the event includes speakers from BAE Systems, Caterpillar, Delphi Diesel Systems and JCB.Flybrid’s flywheel hybrid technology is market leading in the field of mechanical hybrid technology using a high-speed flywheel to capture otherwise wasted energy and reuse it, offering signification fuel savings. Flybrid has undertaken the design, development and testing of the technology from concept to production-ready and can support any new customer in understanding the benefits to specific vehicles and/or routes. The Flybrid bus technology won the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation in 2014.last_img read more

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Maths Week Your Saturday morning puzzle

first_imgMaths Week: Your Saturday morning puzzle Part One. By Fora Staff Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 10:00 AM Oct 22nd 2016, 10:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3035294 Image: Shutterstock/BestStockFoto 15,964 Views Short URL 21 Comments Image: Shutterstock/BestStockFoto MATHS WEEK KICKED off at the weekend and as is our annual tradition here, we’re setting you a puzzle a day with all answers published on site tomorrow morning.Get puzzling!THIS MORNING’S Q: On the tombola stand at the fair, tickets ending in a 5 will win a bottle of wine, tickets ending in a 0 will win a bottle of brandy and tickets ending in a 1 will win a box of chocolates.You ask how many tickets are in there altogether and you’re told:If you bought 50 tickets you’d be sure of winning a bottle of wine.If you bought 60 tickets you’d be sure of winning a bottle of brandy.If you bought 40 tickets you’d be sure of winning a box of chocolates.“But what chance have I of winning something?” you ask.“You have a 2 in 3 chance of winning something,” the tombalist replies.How many tickets in the draw?We’ll have a second puzzle this evening for you on site – happy Saturday!All answers will be published on TheJournal.ie on Sunday morning.The maths gene? It all adds up to a myth>Maths Week: Your Monday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Tuesday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Wednesday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Thursday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Friday puzzle> Share5 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sunscreen staying hydrated help when exercising in the heat

first_imgAs the sun comes out and the temperatures rise, more people are taking their workouts outdoors. But before heading out on a run in the hottest part of the day, make sure your body is prepared for the warmer weather.The No. 1 concern when exercising in the heat is hydration, said Ted Schatz, a personal trainer at Northwest Personal Training in Vancouver.When you exercise in higher temperatures, you’re going to sweat more, Schatz said. To make up for the extra perspiration, you should drink water before, during and after the workout, he said.The standard recommendation is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. That number should go up if you’re losing fluids through sweat, Schatz said.One way to make sure you’re drinking enough water is to weigh yourself before a workout, then again after the workout. The weight difference will tell you how much water you lost, Schatz said.“Then, make sure you replace it,” he said.Your body will also give you clues if it’s starting to get dehydrated, said Dr. Rasjad Lints, a Clark County pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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Defined benefit pension deficit falls to £690bn

first_imgThe deficit for UK defined benefit (DB) pension funds fell by £20 billion in September 2016, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its Skyval index, which is based on the Skyval platform used by individual pension funds, found that the funding deficit was £690 billion in September 2016, compared to a record high of £710 billion in August 2016.The accounting deficit for DB pensions remained static at £490 billion in September 2016.Raj Mody (pictured), partner and global head of pensions at PWC, said: “September’s market movements go to show that, layered on top of the long-term challenges that pension funds face, some will also have to deal with the impact of short-term volatility. This can particularly affect funds with larger short-term benefit payments to meet, depending on whether their asset portfolio is properly set up to meet those demands without having to make emergency changes to release cash.“Although the deficit situation arises from the state of long-term interest rates, pension fund trustees and [employer] sponsors may question why current long-term interest rates matter. After all, pension liabilities depend on inflation and life expectancy, and pension benefits are not calculated with reference to interest rates.“However, given that [employer] sponsors are under pressure to finance pension funds over a much shorter period than the whole lifetime of the pension fund, then this means there has to be a way to measure the deficit as it stands in current terms. If long-term returns are forecast to be lower, this can increase the cash demands on [employer] sponsors, to make good the difference in the short term.”last_img read more

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Metro rail project to be completed by Dec next year Quader

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader inaugurates package-5 of metro rail project in Khamarbari area on Monday. BSSThe metro rail project would be fully completed by December 2020 while the construction of Uttara to Agargaon would be completed by the end of this year, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said on Monday.He said this while inaugurating the Phase 5 of the metro rail project at Khamarbari area in the city.For the first time in Bangladesh, steel screw pile driving is being used in construction work of metro rail’s route-6, reports UNB.Under package-5 of metro rail route-6, a three-kilometer line stretching from Agargaon to Karwanbazar will be constructed.Local company Abdul Monem Limited has been working with Japanese Company PEKKEN-ABENIKKO to implement package 5.Metro rail managing director MAN Siddik, project director Aftab Uddin Talukdar, Abdul Monem Limited deputy managing director Mohiuddin Monem and director Anis Habib were present at the inauguration, among others.Once the 20.1-kilometre metro rail project featuring 16 stations goes into operation, it is expected to transport around 60,000 passengers every hour.last_img read more

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Video Game Cheat Codes Are Video Game History

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Have you seen the hot new video game meme? Right now your fastest way to an online laugh is to mash-up some innocuous game with overwrought text about how “You not only cheated the game, but also yourself” should the player try and do anything to make their experience a little easier. Trust us, it’s funnier seen than explained.Take a look!pic.twitter.com/nCNBfi6hSP— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 9, 2019Like any meme though this joke didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s making fun of a hyperbolic but sincere tweet harassing PCGamer for daring to talk about how they’ve been enjoying the hyper-difficult Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice while using cheat codes.We already know where I stand when it comes to Sekiro’s difficulty (I think it’s needlessly tedious and makes the game worse) but the game has kicked off an ongoing discussion about difficulty in video games that not even FromSoftware’s previous Dark Souls series managed to sustain for this long. On one hand, you have people who believe lower difficulties take away from the feeling of meaningful accomplishment they get from these games.And on the other hand you have the people who are correct. The people who realize someone else having an easier experience doesn’t take away from your more difficult experience. The people who can separate winning a fake video game from actual real-world growth. The people who think different kinds of accessibility are more important than “gitting gud” or whatever other gamer gatekeeping garbage.pic.twitter.com/7ypmyuwOdi— Akfamilyhome (@akfamilyhomeak) April 8, 2019But even beyond the dumb difficulty debate, the original post that inspired this meme also irked me by suggesting cheat codes (along with speedrunners) are some kind of malicious perversion of video games. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Video game cheat codes are video game history.Games are games because they are interactive. Developers provide you the tools, the sandbox, and whatever guidance they feel is appropriate, but from there it’s you the player poking and prodding at the thing making the magic happen. Cheat codes are absolutely a way valid of changing how you relate to the space. There are no “rules” being broken. There’s no morality being ignored. Anything you’re allowed to do in a game, from infinite ammo to big heads, is okay if it’s in the game, through codes or external (single-player) hacks.Furthermore, cheat codes form a vital part of video game culture. The Konami 30-lives code for Contra (up up down down left right left right B A Start) is practically a gaming Psalm. Rumors of different Fatality codes in Mortal Kombat not only bonded arcade crowds but helped seed the mysterious forbidden playground knowledge of the early internet. There is no cow level! There are whole cottage industries surrounding cheat codes, from calling Nintendo for help to buying strategy guides. Big video game websites still get tons of traffic from walkthroughs. If you don’t think cheating is a part of video games then you just don’t know video games.pic.twitter.com/e2KItR4A13— Pete Haas (@dimeford) April 8, 2019However, these days it is unfortunately easier than ever to convince yourself cheat codes in video games just aren’t a thing. And not just because the games industry is still so abysmal about preserving its own history. With so many online multiplayer games these days, fair competitive balance for pro paid players is understandably more important the goofing around locally with friends giving yourself unbalanced perks with a Game Genie or whatever.But more cynically, game publishers have also realized that they can make way more money selling different bonuses to you in paid microtransactions rather than including them as cheat codes. Why do I have to spend ten dollars for an XP boost in a single-player game like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey rather than just press some hidden combination of buttons? Free-to-play pay-to-win mobile games are cheat codes where the only winners are shareholders. But don’t blame cheat codes themselves for this shift in mindset. Blame capitalism.So as always, there’s no wrong way to play a video game. If you want to play on easy mode that’s cool. Hard mode? That’s cool, too. Just want to pet dogs? Even better. Don’t let any hardcore gamer tell you otherwise. And by continuing to slander and deny the value of cheat codes in video game history, we’re not only cheating games, we’re cheating ourselves.More on Geek.com:Review: Nintendo Labo VR Is Totally Good Enough‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Puts You on the Iron Throne on Nintendo SwitchThe ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’ Is Anime ‘Law & Order’last_img read more

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Stand Toe to Toe With Legacy Giants by Investing in a Data

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » February 16, 2017 While startups seem unable to compete with larger companies thanks to the startup data disadvantage, the data landscape is changing. Kenneth Cukier, data editor for The Economist, pointed out at a November conference that the agility startups enjoy in the early stages of growth can become a hindrance later on once they start competing against larger companies with bigger and better data.But help is on the way: With the rise of data collection services, creatively aligned partnerships and some old-fashioned ingenuity, the “inevitable” failure of data-challenged startups is no longer a looming threat.Related: The Big Deal About Big Data for Small BusinessDavid and GoliathStartup leaders aren’t the type to accept failure readily; scrappy CEOs are used to taking sometimes unconventional approaches to keeping their businesses alive. Even when that means suspending someone’s salary for a pay cycle or two, the startups that succeed are the ones that find opportunity in every obstacle.For many companies, the availability of capital for vital resources is laid out long before investors come into the picture. Unfortunately, not many see the need to spend money to acquire big data, which can come back to haunt them when it’s time to scale. Just as startups must invest in advertising to spread the word about their products, so must they invest in data to gather insights about their consumers and position themselves for long-term success.Related: 5 Ways Startups Can Leverage Big Data for a Competitive AdvantagePutting data to workFor companies looking to box with the heavyweights, a good data strategy is essential. These tips will help growing companies get more from their data and allow them to stand toe to toe with legacy giants:1. Scrutinize social media.Before spending money on new tools, startups should take a look at their existing arsenal. Many businesses already have access to the vital information they need. Facebook’s Business Manager function provides a treasure trove of information based on ad conversions, likes, shares and comments — for free.Data is is to be found all over social media interactions. Spending time collecting and analyzing it is one of startups’ most critical priorities when they’re looking to scale.These truths hold especially true for direct company interactions. No like or share should go unscrutinized. Someone within the company should always be on call to evaluate social media interactions in real time, both to collect data and to handle any PR situations that may arise.2. Place each viewer in the buying cycle.Before presenting anything to a potential customer, a company must know where in the buying cycle that person currently resides. Some customers might have an immediate need, while others might not even know what the ad is showing them. Whether a potential customer is just becoming aware of the product or is actively looking to make a purchase, the content presented must rely on data to drive the customer to the next phase.In addition, companies can also use Facebook to view their audience profiles for a better understanding of who their users are and what they want. Audience Insights via Facebook Ads Manager is a free tool which, while originally designed for advertisers, can help data-hungry small companies learn more about their audiences — even when they’re not advertising directly to them. The result will be more effective content and strategies.3. Spend time as wisely as money.Most startup CEOs budget their money better than they budget their time. When both money and time go toward the same wrong pursuit, the waste and opportunity costs are doubled. Startups don’t have unlimited time to plot and strategize, so founders cannot afford to practice poor time management skills. Budgeting time for data analysis allows companies to give their undivided attention to learning more about their customers — a pursuit that always bears fruit in the end.Saad Shah, CEO of software company Metric-X LLC, for example, has described how he struggled with time management in the early days of his business. Because the team spent all of its time and energy completing projects, he says, it failed to line up future projects and struggled.Budgeting time, therefore, could have saved money and heartache.4. Practice good organizational habits.From beginning to end, good organizational habits can make the difference between usable data and an overwhelming amount of information. Studies show that employees mimic the habits of leaders, so founders and CEOs must set a good example for those around them. When it comes to cataloging, analyzing and preserving good data, setting that proper example is key.Jonas Downey, Basecamp’s designer, recommends breaking sizable tasks into less overwhelming components to stay organized and productive, as well as maintain the right work environment for each person.Related: How to Use Social Media for Trend ResearchStartups don’t need billions of dollars to compete with the big data bullies — they just need to be smart about their resource management and to practice disciplined data habits to get the most out of what they already have. By following these strategies, entrepreneurs and their companies can go up against anyone with confidence. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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RaySafe Introduces ProSlit Camera for Accurate Focal Spot Measurement

first_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Related Content 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 | 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 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 27, 2017 RaySafe Introduces Pro-Slit Camera for Accurate Focal Spot Measurement Quality assurance system can be combined with RaySafe Pro-Stand for easy and repeatable measurement setup Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more June 27, 2017 — Unfors RaySafe recently introduced the RaySafe Pro-Slit Phantom and the RaySafe Pro-Stand.The RaySafe Pro-Slit Phantom is a slit camera for accurate measurement of the focal spot size of various imaging systems according to IEC 60336:2005. Its design enables repeatable and accurate measurements and the possibility to measure the size of any focal spot with one tool.The RaySafe Pro-Stand (not included) enables easy and repeatable measurement setup. The RaySafe Pro-Stand is an adjustable stand that is designed to make focal spot measuring procedures easy to perform, as well as ensuring accurate results. It can be used with the slit camera, RaySafe pinholes,and can also be used for manual HVL measurements. The device comes in a basic version that includes adjustable height from 350 mm to over 600 mm (wide range of magnification) and adjustable horizontal positioning. The full version additionally offers, tilt functionality of 10 degrees, a positioning tool for easy setup and a heavy-duty rugged case for safe transportation.For more information: www.raysafe.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more 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 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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Nuance Launches CloudBased mPower Clinical Analytics Platform at AHRA 2018

first_img Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more 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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Technology | Analytics Software | August 16, 2018 Nuance Launches Cloud-Based mPower Clinical Analytics Platform at AHRA 2018 mPower platform harnesses power of artificial intelligence-based data mining to unlock actionable insights and industry benchmarks, creating a path to improved clinical and financial outcomes Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more AI empowers radiologists with improved productivity, while reducing their burdensome, tedious tasks. In addition to the mPower Clinical Analytics technology, Nuance showcased its portfolio of AI-powered diagnostic solutions at AHRA, including real-life applications of its AI Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging. The solution is an open platform for a growing number of developers, data scientists and radiologists to accelerate the development, deployment and adoption of AI for medical imaging.Attendees visiting Nuance’s booth were able to experience an example of an AI-driven clinical use case for reading and analyzing computed tomography (CT) chest images to detect lung nodules. The use case was offered in collaboration with registered AI Marketplace developers, Aidence and Client Outlook’s eUnity image viewing platform. The demonstration illustrated one example of how AI can be developed and seamlessly integrated into a Nuance-based radiology workflow, augmenting the role of radiologists.For more information: www.nuance.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more August 16, 2018 — At the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition, July 22-25 in Orlando, Fla., Nuance Communications Inc. announced the general availability of a cloud-based version of its mPower Clinical Analytics platform for radiology.mPower Clinical Analytics helps radiologists develop performance improvement strategies through industry benchmarks and best practices. The cloud-based platform enables faster, easier access to actionable insights and provides advanced features, including a new quantitative findings analysis capability. This new feature helps radiologists reduce care delays, evaluate Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures and strengthen quality improvement efforts. Also, at the meeting, Nuance demonstrated real-life applications of its AI (artificial intelligence) Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging, an open platform that is accelerating the development, deployment and adoption of AI for medical imaging.Nuance’s announcement comes as the healthcare industry enters an era of value-based care in which radiologists spend a tremendous amount of time on paperwork and routine processes due to growing reporting requirements. In addition, locating, extracting and interpreting appropriate patient information from reports can be difficult and time-consuming. Nuance’s cloud-based, AI-powered tools help overcome these challenges by enabling radiologists to more quickly and accurately extract, aggregate, analyze and report on patient data.“Nuance understands the value-based challenges that radiologists currently face and how to harness technology to address them. When used to augment a radiologist’s work, Nuance’s mPower Clinical Analytics platform can triple the positive impact of recommendation tracking systems,” said Ben Wandtke, M.D., MS, chief of diagnostic imaging, FF Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua, N.Y. “Not only does this cloud-based technology help optimize productivity and efficiency, it also improves compliance and increases technical revenue for radiology practices.”Leveraging robust data mining algorithms, mPower Clinical Analytics transforms unstructured radiology reports and more quickly provides radiologists access to detailed, actionable information in Nuance’s PowerScribe 360 reports and other clinical data sources. With mPower’s AI-based data mining, radiologists can extract data and actionable insights from radiology reports while driving change based on industry benchmarks and best practices. In addition, mPower can help radiologists:Reduce length of stay – Modeling industry best practices, mPower can decrease patient length of stay (LOS) up to three days for patients needing interventional procedures by tracking inpatient recommendations and facilitating care coordination;Improve regulatory and billing compliance – By facilitating MIPS and other regulatory reporting, radiologists can optimize billing, reimbursement and outcomes documentation;Identify variability in follow-up recommendations – The platform automatically extracts follow-up recommendations from reports, creates detailed profiles for consistency, and enables radiologists to appropriately target and remediate recommendation variability while identifying overdue examinations;Increase revenues – By comparing problems, benchmarks and results across the industry, mPower helps practice managers develop and run an operationally efficient organization that profitably delivers effective clinical care;Reduce inappropriate imaging – mPower’s data mining algorithms can help identify outliers, guide quality improvement efforts and reduce unnecessary ordering of images; andProvide enhanced security – The cloud-based platform is hosted in Microsoft Azure, a HITRUST CSF certified hosting infrastructure, enabling easier upgrades, minimizing service disruptions and reducing total cost of ownership with reduced maintenance costs. 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 last_img read more

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NewLeaf hits turbulence with travel alert from consumer group

first_img WINNIPEG — The latest report from the Conference Board of Canada says this country’s airline industry is flying high but at least one carrier has hit a rough patch.The Consumer Association of Canada has issued a travel alert for NewLeaf Travel Company and Flair Airlines, saying Canadians “have recently been forced to deal with arbitrary cancellations and alterations to flight dates and times on thousands of tickets” purchased from NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. on flights operated by Flair Airlines Inc.The group added that it is extremely important that prospective buyers of NewLeaf tickets have an alternative plan to reach their chosen destinations and return home on time.“Buyers of NewLeaf tickets should be asking themselves the question ‘Does the saving of buying cheap tickets warrant the risk of being stranded’.”Back in November NewLeaf announced a U.S. sun program with direct flights from Hamilton International Airport to Orlando Melbourne International Airport as well as three times weekly service from Calgary and once weekly service from Edmonton to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.Days later WestJet announced new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary and Edmonton. In January NewLeaf said it was cancelling plans to offer flights between Alberta and Phoenix-Mesa, and also that it was postponing its service to Florida from Hamilton.Meanwhile in its latest Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Air Transportation Industry, the Conference Board of Canada says ideal conditions continue to fuel strong profitability for Canadian airlines this year. However growth is expected to be more subdued going forward as temporary factors that have recently boosted industry demand slowly dissipate, says the report.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“The outlook for Canada’s air transportation industry will remain strong in 2017, but some of the main tailwinds that benefited the industry over the past two years, primarily low fuel costs and the weaker loonie, will slowly reverse starting this year,” says Todd Crawford, Principal Economist at the Conference Board. “However, this reversal will not be severe enough to threaten the industry’s profitability and demand for the industry’s services will continue to grow.”Higher oil prices will lift the cost of jet fuel and weigh on industry profitability over the forecast, while the low-flying loonie will continue to make Canada a cheaper destination for both foreign and domestic travel.Canada’s airline industry’s pre-tax profits are expected to reach $1.5 billion in 2017, says the report.“With fuel prices accounting for as much as 30% of industry costs, the dramatic drop in oil prices in past years had a positive impact on airlines’ bottom line. However, the benefits are expected to begin to trail off over the next two years as fuel prices are forecast to rise, driving up industry costs. Oil prices have already risen significantly from their lows and are projected to average US$54 in 2017, up from US$43 last year.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTDespite generally weak economic conditions last year, Canadian airlines experienced the strongest demand on record in 2016, according to the report.“The threat of new low-cost carriers will keep price increases subdued for the next five years, but even modest gains would be an improvement over the falling prices seen in the past two and half years. Following a drop of 3% in 2016, prices are expected to rise by 0.5 per cent this year.”Overall Canada’s air transportation industry pre-tax profits are expected to grow another 2.4% in 2017 to reach $1.5 billion.WestJet’s 2016 results, released today today, show a full-year profit drop of 19.6% from 2015. The airline’s net income for the 12 months that ended Dec. 31 was $295.5 million, down from $367.5 million in 2015. Last year’s fourth-quarter net income was down 12.9%, falling to $55.2 million from $63.4 million a year earlier.Annual revenue increased 2.32% to $4.12 billion and fourth-quarter revenue was up 6.2% to $1.02 billion, while operating expenses were up 6.4% for the year and 10.2% for the quarter. Annual revenue was up from $4.03 billion in 2015, and $958.7 million in that year’s fourth quarter. Posted by Tweet Tags: NewLeaf Travel, Travel Alert Tuesday, February 7, 2017 center_img NewLeaf hits turbulence with travel alert from consumer group Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students

first_imgMexico is hurtingWith the annual parade called off, Peña Nieto led a ceremony with top officials at the Campo Marte military field, where he and the defense minister denounced violent protests.“Mexico is hurting, but the only path to soothe this pain is through peace and justice,” he said, hours after making his personal assets public to quell conflict of interest allegations over his wife’s mansion.Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos said violence “only leads to national failure, social backwardness, ungovernability, instability.”The crisis erupted after the mayor of the city of Iguala ordered police to confront students on Sept. 26, sparking a night of violence that left six people dead and 43 missing, authorities say.Members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang told investigators they killed the students and burned the bodies for 14 hours after police had handed them over.Officials stopped short of declaring the students dead pending an Austrian university’s DNA tests on charred bones. Federal authorities continue to search for them in Guerrero. Tens of thousands of angry protesters rallied in Mexico City on Thursday, many chanting for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation. Yuri Cortéz/AFPParents distrust governmentBuses carrying parents of the missing students joined the march after a week-long tour of the country to voice their anger over the government’s handling of the case.Highlighting their deep distrust of the government, they refuse to accept that the students are dead and say they will only trust DNA test results from independent foreign forensic experts.“We are moving forward, until the end, until they reappear,” Epifanio Álvarez, father of a missing student, told AFP.“The situation is bad. There are many missing people all over the country.” Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY – Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters angry at the presumed slaughter of 43 students marched in Mexico City on Thursday, chanting for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s resignation.In the latest day of nationwide demonstrations, protesters waved blackened Mexican flag, shouting “Urgent! Urgent for the president to resign!” and “He will fall, he will fall, Peña Nieto will fall!”Parents of the 43 male college students, who reject claims their sons are dead, led the march to the historic Zócalo square, in front of the National Palace.It was the latest protest over the government’s handling of a crime that has infuriated Mexicans fed up with corruption, impunity and a drug war that has left more than 100,000 people dead or missing since 2006.The case has turned into the biggest challenge of Peña Nieto’s nearly two-year-old presidency, on top of another scandal over a mansion his wife bought from a government contractor.Prosecutors say a drug gang confessed to slaying the students and burning their bodies after receiving them from corrupt police in the southern state of Guerrero in September.“Mexico is used to tragedy, robberies and corruption, and we need to begin to exercise our rights as citizens to get the government working,” said Lili Correa, 46, wearing black.The demonstration coincided with the anniversary of the start of the 1910 Mexican revolution, prompting the government to cancel the annual parade.Before the march, masked protesters threw firebombs and used bazooka-like tubes to launch firecrackers at riot police, who hit back with tear gas to disperse the group on a street near the airport. Around 15 people were detained.Hundreds of protesters blocked the main road to the airport for an hour, while police vehicles picked up passengers walking with their suitcases along the road.Thousands protested in several other cities, including Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, the violence-plagued southern state where the students vanished nearly two months ago.Thousands more marched in Bolivia and some 200 took to the streets in El Salvador.Mexico and Real Madrid football star Javier “Chicharito” Hernández tweeted a picture of himself wearing a black hoodie and the hashtag #WeAreAllAyotzinapa, referring to the young men’s Ayotzinapa teacher-training college.“This is a nationwide problem. Nothing like this happened before and Peña Nieto doesn’t care, he’s useless,” said Luis Ángel García, a 19-year-old Ayotzinapa student. #TodosSomosAyotzinapa #UnidosPorAyotzinapa pic.twitter.com/a3GZlERWh8— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) November 20, 2014center_img Related posts:Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Mexico’s feeble police vetting ended in 43 vanished students Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strikelast_img read more

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Dueling anthems StarSpangled Banner and Hermosa Bandera

first_imgRelated posts:Dueling Anthems: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ vs. ‘Hermosa Bandera’ US Embassy in San José celebrates Fourth of July, tips hat to Solís American Colony to host 54th annual Independence Day Picnic PHOTOS: American Colony celebrates US Independence Day at annual picnic Here’s how the story goes: In 1852, President Juan Rafael Mora Porras was about to receive delegates from Great Britain and the United States. Costa Rica was newly independent, and Mora didn’t want to welcome guests without a decent national anthem. He turned to Manuel María Gutiérrez Flores, a military officer who just happened to compose music. But Mora couldn’t wait around for a magnum opus, so he locked Gutiérrez in a prison cell, instructing him to produce an anthem in 24 hours.The result was “Noble Patria, Tu Hermosa Bandera,” (“Noble Homeland, Your Beautiful Flag”), a song now played and sung before almost every civic event. The “Himno Nacional” is among the most successful rush-jobs in history: The music is martial and triumphant, and the listener immediately swells with pride. In 1900, the politician and poet José María Zeledón Brenes added lyrics, which speak of a “noble homeland,” “your sons, simple farmhands,” “unsullied blue of your skies,” and “mother of life!” Only in the fourth stanza is there any reference to war, and it’s fairly tame: “When anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory/You will see your people, valiant and virile/The rustic tool into a weapon transform.”In other words: We’re pretty easygoing people, but don’t mess with us, because we’ve got machetes. Pura vida!The differences between the “Himno” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” are obvious, starting with their contexts. The American Revolution lasted eight years and cost tens of thousands of lives. A few decades later, there was a sequel: The War of 1812 lasted nearly three additional years and killed more than 20,000 people. The British forces went so far as to burn down Washington, D.C., and battles were fought all along the eastern seaboard. When Maryland attorney Francis Scott Key found himself captive aboard the HMS Surprise, he witnessed the Battle of Baltimore, with its tall ships, exploding rockets, and 15-star flag rising over Fort McHenry. (Courtesy U.S. Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)It’s no surprise that “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a story of combat, since the 13 colonies had to fight bitterly to become the United States of America, which then shed more blood just to assert itself. It took a while for Key’s poem to become an anthem: His brother-in-law John Stafford Smith put the verses to music (by plagiarizing a British melody, ironically enough), and although the tune was popular among drinking buddies and brass bands, “Banner” didn’t become an official anthem until 1931.Costa Rica has a different story, starting with the quandary of its independence. It’s hard to say exactly when Costa Rica became “free.” Without firing a shot, Spain relinquished the country on September 15, 1821, and Costa Rica gradually became an “autonomous subject” of the United Provinces of Central America. But Ticos were never really committed to that loose confederation, and when Spain recognized its independence in 1850, Costa Rica stayed peaceful for nearly 100 years. Even the fight against the U.S. Filibusteros was a short-lived affair, and fighting took place primarily in Nicaragua.So yes, it’s easy to see the two anthems as different and distinct. But what about the commonalities? Unlike “God Save the Queen,” the “Bandera” and “Banner” anthems do not praise monarchy. Instead, they celebrate scrappy pioneers in the New World, determined patriots proud of their young nations. After “the twilight’s last gleaming,” Gringos marvel that their “flag was still there,” while Ticos are grateful that “in the tenacious struggle of fruitful toil,” their flag “brings a glow to men’s faces.” In each set of lyrics, a post-colonial people shows love and appreciation for its respective promised land. (Compare “rockets’ red glare” to Italy’s refrain, “We are ready to die!” Or see Hungary’s anthem, with its weeping orphans and torrents of blood). Indeed, neither the U.S. nor Costa Rica calls out a specific enemy by name, whereas many anthems do.Originally published on July 3, 2014. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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