Beating the odds of a silent killer

first_imgChristine Constantinou remembers the day she felt a faint pain down the side of her torso, a pain she never expected would warrant a visit to the doctor. But is was when she started losing weight rapidly despite her high-calorie diet that she intuitively knew something wasn’t right. “I really didn’t have many symptoms − that’s the problem with this illness. I started to lose weight and it was inexplicable. I was eating chips and things like that before bed and waking up a kilo lighter,” Christine told Neos Kosmos. With a starting weight of 120kg, she dropped to 80kg, initially attributing it to running after her four grandchildren.But scans and blood tests would soon reveal it was in fact a five centimetre tumour in her pancreas that was the cause.Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 57, Christine says it was a surreal experience she found hard to comprehend given there was no known family history of the illness. “I didn’t know anything about pancreatic cancer; I didn’t know it was as lethal as it was – I just had no idea about it, really,” she says.The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates about 2,600 Australians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year, with the incidence rate increasing with age and the average age of diagnosis being 72. The real concern, however, is that early stages rarely cause symptoms, which only surface once the cancer is large enough to affect nearby organs, which is why life expectancy is so low, Only seven per cent of suffers survive at least five years.Christine would become all too familiar with these facts in the weeks to follow, with frequent trips to the specialist and undergoing a 14-and-a-half hour surgery. But nothing could prepare her for the physical and emotional toll it would take.“They would show me these pictures of how they were going to ‘replumb’ my insides. It freaked me out,” Christine says, breaking into tears at the recollection. “When I went to have the surgery that day it was like I was saying goodbye to my husband and my kids … it was just horrible.”Following the surgery, she spent a week in the intensive care unit, followed by another two weeks in hospital before returning home for further recovery.“My husband was really, really good. When we came home he really looked after me, and he used to say ‘oh, let’s go for a walk’ and we’d go walk like two steps and back again,” she says, the memory evoking a mixture of laughter and tears. “But you know what I really remember … when I came home and had a shower and I couldn’t lift the towel to wipe myself.”To follow, Christine underwent six months of chemotherapy, and now, three years on, looks to be beating the odds, proving to be an inspiration to her family, friends and oncologist. “My oncologist thinks I’m amazing that I’ve got this far,” she says. “But he actually said to me ‘when you first came in here with your daughter, I didn’t think you’d get through six months of chemo’ and I did.”It hasn’t been smooth sailing however. Despite following her treatment schedule and making various lifestyle changes, she says she had a couple of scares, one of which saw a lesion appear on her liver 18 months on − a common occurrence for pancreatic cancer sufferers. While she recalls feeling as though she were on “a cancer roundabout”, thankfully all additional tests have since confirmed she is cancer-free.Now Christine is looking to give back to Pancare, with a fundraising dinner dance to help raise much-need funds for research into a cure. Based in Melbourne, along with supporting research into pancreatic cancer, the organisation provides support for both sufferers and their families with free events, and contributes $500 towards patient’s treatment, which, while not a large sum, really does help, assures Christine.“My husband has leukaemia, so we’ve been struggling a bit, and Pancare have always been there and really helpful. I just want to get something happening because people get pancreatic cancer and within six to nine months they’re dead − I don’t know why I’m still here. Only one per cent make it to 10 years, I mean what is that? And there’s no cure and there’s nothing that can sustain your life longer − it’s horrible. And it’s always diagnosed too late because there are barely any symptoms.” But Christine isn’t about to give up hope.The event will be moderated by former journalist George Donikian, along with a host of entertainment including Greek, Cypriot and English music and some great raffle and silent auction prizes.The fundraiser will be held on Saturday 20 May at Ultima Function Centre from 6.00 pm. Cost of attendance is $80 per adult and $40 per child (under 12) and includes a three-course meal and drinks. To make a booking contact Christine Constantinou on 0438 779 989 or email conchris08@gmail.com RSVP by 21 April. To donate, visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/hope-for-a-cure-pancreatic-cancer-2 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Les téléphones sous Android suivent aussi leurs utilisateurs

first_imgLes téléphones sous Android suivent aussi leurs utilisateursA la manière de l’iPhone, les mobiles équipés du système d’exploitation Android récolteraient aussi des données de localisation sur leur utilisateur, selon un chercheur suédois et un spécialiste en sécurité informatique.L’iPhone n’est pas le seul smartphone à pister vos déplacements. C’est ce que viennent tout juste de révéler le Wall Street Journal et le Guardian après avoir interrogé des experts informatiques. Selon l’ancien pirate américain Samy Kamkar et le chercheur suédois Magnus Eriksson, les téléphones équipés du système Android garderaient également des traces des déplacements de leurs utilisateurs.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Mardi, deux chercheurs annonçaient en effet à la conférence de Where 2.0 aux Etats-Unis qu’ils avaient découvert que l’iPhone enregistrait toutes les données de localisation et les heures de déplacement de son propriétaire. Des informations stockées dans un fichier secret mais facilement accessible à l’aide d’un ordinateur. Si la nouvelle a créé l’inquiétude, Pete Warden et Alasdair Allan n’avaient pas révélé de choses semblables concernant Android. Pourtant, il semblerait que ce soit bien le cas. Les téléphones Android pistent également leurs utilisateurs avec néanmoins quelques différences comparé à l’iPhone.Selon Magnus Eriksson, le système Android stockerait en fait seulement des données sur les 50 dernières antennes mobiles rencontrées et les 200 derniers réseaux Wi-Fi approchés. Des informations qui s’effacent au fur et à mesure lorsque la liste est pleine. C’est donc bien moins que l’iPhone qui semble récolter et conserver un an de déplacements. Par ailleurs, les informations d’Android seraient beaucoup moins accessibles que celles des appareils Apple dans la mesure où l’extraction des données demande une certaine compétence en informatique. De même, les données de localisation ne seraient pas transmises à Google.Pour l’instant, ni Apple, ni Google n’ont accepté de répondre aux accusations ou n’ont commenté ces découvertes.Le 22 avril 2011 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


VIDEO Watch Wilmingtons 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington held a successful Veterans Day Ceremony last Sunday, November 11 on the Town Common.  Watch the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/4/2/9/d/3/7429d353-8ee7-4ca8-b655-d2719992d0c61542123433.784%2B46906132.828%40castus4-wilmington%2B15421259121542124541398616.vod.720p.181111_Veterans_Day.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/7/4/2/9/d/3/7429d353-8ee7-4ca8-b655-d2719992d0c61542123433.784%2B46906132.828%40castus4-wilmington%2B15421259121542124541398616.vod.720p.181111_Veterans_Day.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WCTV Releases “Wilmington Remembers”: A Documentary About Mid-20th Century WilmingtonIn “Videos”VIDEO: You Can Now Livestream WCTV On Your RokuIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington’s 2018 Year In ReviewIn “Videos”last_img read more


Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaidfunded abortions

first_imgThe Alaska Superior Court today struck down a state law that would have limited Medicaid coverage of abortions for low-income women. The judge found the law, which imposes a strict definition of “medically necessary abortion” violates the equal protection guarantees of Alaska’s constitution.Download AudioLaura Einstein is a legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, which filed the lawsuit.“We’re extremely gratified that low-income women in Alaska can continue to get assistance in paying for an abortion if they need to have one and their doctor agrees that it will be beneficial to their health.”Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in Alaska. In 2014, it administered about 1,400. Of those, about 400 were covered by Medicaid.In order to qualify for Medicaid reimbursement, a procedure needs to be medically necessary as determined by a physician. In 2014, the Alaska Legislature defined medically necessary with a list of specific health conditions. The court struck down that definition.“What the court found was that requiring women to have a health condition that was dire, that was essentially one where their life was at risk, was too high a standard and too fundamentally different than the standard that would be applied for the provision of other health services in the Medicaid program.”Republican Sen. John Coghill sponsored the bill that defines what’s medically necessary. He says he’s very disappointed with the court’s decision, although he hasn’t read it yet.“I think it does show that quite often judges come to a decision based on their own political philosophies. I think it’s just very, very evident in this particular case.”Coghill says the state shouldn’t pay for abortions that don’t meet the criteria under his law.“When it’s medically necessary, there’s a reasonable cause. When it’s not medically necessary and it’s more optional, then I think people should carry the load of their own decisions.”A spokeswoman with the state attorney general’s office says the agency is still reviewing the decision and doesn’t know if it will appeal.last_img read more


BJP holds KCR responsible for losing Central projects

first_imgHyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president K Laxman and party national executive member Nallu Indrasena Reddy found fault with Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his government allegedly for running the show without any policy or agenda for the welfare and development of the State. Addressing media here on Thursday, Laxman charged that the State is not providing matching grants and lands to programmes and projects sanctioned to the State. This is resulting in the project going to other States. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He said despite the Centre sanctioning funds for the railway coach factory in Warangal the State government could not show 150 acres of lands since 2016. Similarly, the Centre had sanctioned funds for implementing housing, welfare, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, universities and other projects and schemes. However, the State government is not providing matching grants or responding in time making people of the State deprived of both the welfare benefits and development. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Laxman said, “at last K Chandrashekar Rao accepted the existing of rampant corruption, an issue which has been highlighted by the party. However, raising the issue of corruption in the Collectors’ Conference, the Chief Minister is trying to throw the entire blame on the officials and administration.” Laxman said the Chief Minister stressing for comprehensive energy policy is another act of misleading people as the State is reeling under frequent power cuts due to the mismanagement of the State government. Advertise With Us The State has favoured purchasing power plant from India Bulls than the NTPC Super Critical Power Plant, he alleged. “Neither the power plant started and even if it starts then it will be a burden to the State,” he added. The whole situation has pushed the power plants in the State into lurch making the banks to give a negative rating to the power companies, he said. Indrasena Reddy found fault with the Chief Minister for not giving any clarity to the policy implementation and only engaged in rhetoric time and again.last_img read more


Women more prone to clinical anxiety than men

first_imgWomen living in poor areas in Britain are almost twice as likely to develop clinical anxiety as women in richer areas, finds a new study to assess the impact of socio-economic factors on mental health. However, whether men lived in poorer or richer areas made no difference to their levels of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).“Women living in poor neighbourhoods were at an almost two times higher risk of developing GAD than those living in less deprived neighbourhoods,” said lead researcher Olivia Remes from Cambridge University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This link between deprivation and mental illness, however, does not appear to exist in men. The study, of over 20,000 men and women in Norfolk, also found that men who perceive themselves to be in poor health are over five times more likely to develop anxiety than men who perceive their health to be good. However, women who believe they are in poor health are only three times more likely to develop GAD.In general anxiety decreased significantly with age, in both men and women. “Our study also showed that people with poor self-perceived health were at a high risk for developing GAD. It is unclear yet why the link between self-perceived health and GAD should exist,” Remes said. The study was part of the much larger EPIC study, which is a huge European study looking at the relationship between chronic diseases and the way people live their lives.Using detailed health and lifestyle questionnaires, they were able to unpick some of the factors which contributed to poor health over the 15-year period of the study.last_img read more


Art connects with the almighty Culture Minister

first_imgLalit Kala Akademi celebrated its 65th Foundation Day on August 5 at the Lalit Kala Art Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Government of India, inaugurated the ceremony.Inaugurating the programme, the Chief Guest Prahlad Singh Patel, Culture & Tourism Minister of State (Independent Charge), Government of India, congratulated the Akademi for this achievement and said, “This is also an important moment when we can assess the journey of 64 years of LKA on how it has done in its chosen path to achieve the vision it was constituted upon. The Government of India and Ministry of Culture applaud the Akademi for the efforts it has put in promoting not only the modern and contemporary Indian arts but also the ancient ones”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCiting arts as an exercitation, he said, “It is a way to connect with the God. So, you must realise that this practice will consist of positivity, hard work and curiosity. Hence, I firmly believe that we all must work together in order to achieve whatever aims and purposes the Akademi has for the arts.” He also mentioned about the ongoing Cultural Mapping project by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Marking the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, the programme began with a musical bhajan presentation followed by felicitation of the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour of the event with bouquet and citation, by the LKA Chairman, Dr Uttam Pacharne. Members of Akademi’s General Council were also felicitated on this occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe ceremony also witnessed the gracious presence of the Chairman, National Monument Authority, Tarun Vijay and Director General, NGMA, Adwait Gannayak. A live painting demonstration by eminent artists Vasudeo Kamath and Ravindra Salve was performed. ‘Mithila Ki Lokchitrakala’ a book by Avdhesh Aman was also launched at the event. Expressing his heartfelt happiness and gratitude, LKA Chairman, Uttam Pacharne reiterated the glorious history and journey of the Akademi and congratulated the Akademi team, artists, and eminent personalities of the art fraternity. He stated that the Akademi has entered its 65th year today and this year will be dedicated to the women artists of India. Celebrating the 65th Foundation Day, the Akademi has organised various events including a Women Artists Camp and an exhibition of eminent women artists’ paintings from Akademi’s permanent collection. The Akademi has also put on display a unique exhibition of post-cards dedicated to the Indian Armed Forces. The exhibitions at the LKA Galleries of Rabindra Bhawan will remain open for public viewing till August 12, 2019, from 11 am to 7 pm daily.last_img read more


Nmap 780 releases with a new Npcap Windows packet capture driver and

first_imgOn August 10, Gordon Lyon, the creator of Nmap announced the release of Nmap 7.80 during the recently concluded DefCon 2019 in Las Vegas. This is a major release of Nmap as it contains 80+ enhancements and is the first stable release in over a year. The major highlight of this release is the newly built Npcap Windows packet capturing library. Ncap uses modern APIs and accords better performance, features and is more secure. What’s new in Nmap 7.80? Npcap Windows packet capture driver: Npcap is based on the discontinued WinPcap library, but with improved speed, portability, and efficiency. It uses the ‘Libpcap‘ library which enables Windows applications to use a portable packet capturing API and supported on Linux and Mac OS X. Npcap can optionally be restricted to only allow administrators to sniff packets, thus providing increased security. New 11 NSE scripts added: NSE scripts has been added from 8 authors, thus taking the total number of NSE scripts to 598. The new 11 scripts are focussed on HID devices, Jenkins servers, HTTP servers, Logical Units (LU) of TN3270E servers and more. pcap_live_open has been replaced with pcap_create: pcap_create solves the packet loss problems on Linux and also performance improvements on other platforms. rand.lua library: The new ‘rand.lua’ library uses the best sources of random available on the system to generate random strings. oops.lua library: This new library helps in easily reporting errors, including plenty of debugging details. TLS support added: TLS support has been added to rdp-enum-encryption, which enables the regulation of protocol version against servers that require TLS. New service probe and match lines: New service probe and match lines have been added for adb and the Android Debug Bridge, to enable remote code execution. Two new common error strings: Two new common error strings has been added to improve MySQL detection by the script http-sql-injection. New script-arg http.host: It allows users to force a particular value for the Host header in all HTTP requests. Users love the new improvements in Nmap 7.80. For the full list of changes in Nmap 7.80, head over to the Nmap announcement. Read Next Amazon adds UDP load balancing support for Network Load Balancer Brute forcing HTTP applications and web applications using Nmap [Tutorial] Discovering network hosts with ‘TCP SYN’ and ‘TCP ACK’ ping scans in Nmap[Tutorial]last_img read more


Public utility workers march against bill to open electricity market

first_imgAn estimated 10,000 employees of the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and local electricity cooperatives marched on Monday to persuade lawmakers to withdraw a bill they say would “privatize electricity services in Costa Rica.” Union leaders said the proposed legislation would open Costa Rica’s electricity market to private competition, which unions claim is a contradiction of the current partnership model that allows cooperatives to provide electricity to ICE.Thousands of protesters dressed in yellow – the traditional color worn by ICE workers – marched from La Sabana Park, in western San José, to Casa Presidencial in the southeastern district of Zapote, stopping off at the Legislative Assembly in the capital’s center.Late last year, Costa Rica’s telecommunications market was opened to private competition, and ICE workers said privatization in the electricity market could bankrupt the government institution that helped bring electricity coverage to nearly 100 percent of the country. According to a Finance Ministry report last year, ICE closed with a net loss of ₡22 billion ($43.7 million) and a rate of return of -2.1 percent.President Laura Chinchilla said she could not predict if lawmakers would call the bill up for discussion. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


New WristWorn Device Galenband Aims to Reduce Rate of Stroke and Heart

first_imgNUI Galway-based Biomedical Engineer, Oisín McGrath has been awarded a grant from Enterprise Ireland for €500,000 to further develop his project ‘Galenband’ for commercialisation. The project aims to provide a convenient and reliable wrist-worn device to monitor the heart activity of people with atrial fibrillation and ultimately aims to reduce the rate of stroke and heart failure caused by the pathology.Atrial fibrillation occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly, causing the heart to beat irregularly. Tens of millions of people globally suffer from this dangerous heart arrhythmia which often presents with infrequently occurring symptoms, making it challenging to detect with currently used monitors due to their short recording durations. Years of suffering and lives themselves could be saved if a heart monitor were available which could be worn discretely and unobtrusively for extended periods of time, whilst continually capturing data.Galenband seeks to provide cardiac clinicians with a wrist-worn device capable of drastically increasing detection rates of the infrequently occurring symptoms of intermittent atrial fibrillation. This notoriously difficult-to-detect pathology is responsible for half of all fatal ischemic strokes and is a leading cause of heart failure. Galenband is a data collection and analysis device that will monitor the heart activity of wearers on a long-term basis, recording episodes of infrequently occurring heart arrhythmia.The initial inspiration for the project came from Oisín McGrath’s own personal experiences with heart arrhythmia. For 13 years, Oisín suffered from undiagnosed heart arrhythmia. A standard response for a clinician when a heart arrhythmia is suspected is to issue a 24-48-hour heart monitor in order to capture the symptoms.This would ideally allow for the diagnosis of the condition. As Oisín’s symptoms were often spaced out by a week or more, the short recording duration of these monitors failed to capture any symptoms, and the arrhythmia continued to go undiagnosed, causing great mental anguish, high financial costs, and a potential danger to his life. During that time 11 different heart monitors failed to capture anything. Eventually, a cardiac pacing procedure was necessary in order to diagnose the arrhythmia. From this experience, Oisín recognised that a change in recording strategy was required in order to increase the efficacy of non-invasive symptom detection methods.Galenband project lead, Oisin McGrath, says: “The achievements of the project are a strong endorsement of the level of teaching and research in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. With the support of academic staff and the Technology Transfer Office in NUI Galway and the funding received from Enterprise Ireland, Galenband will press forward in an effort to change the lives of atrial fibrillation patients on a global scale.”Professor Mark Bruzzi, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Science, NUI Galway, said: “This innovation is a great achievement and demonstrates the potential of teams innovating new technologies through the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering programme at NUI Galway.”In 2010, shortly after his cardiac pacing procedure, Oisín began work on the earliest version of what would become Galenband. Cardiac rhythm monitoring methods formed the subject of Oisín’s Biomedical Engineering undergraduate thesis at NUI Galway, to allow him to explore possible methods of accurately measuring heart rhythm with a long-term monitoring device. The needs-led innovation approach of the Biomedical Engineering degree programme at NUI Galway provided him with the perfect platform through which development could be furthered.During his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, Oisín collaborated with students David Kerr, Belén Enguix, and Syed Kumail Jaffrey to investigate the logistical feasibility of the Galenband system ranging from a competitive landscape review to an overview of the regulatory pathway. The work carried out during this time received the Zenith award from Aerogen Ltd.The Galenband project was the first Irish project chosen by the world’s top University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their IDEA Global program and won the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) award for research in the field of medical engineering. Additionally, the project won the Technology category of the 2019 Universal Design Grand Challenge, organised by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority, and supported by Enterprise Ireland.last_img read more


Chinese megaresort to cast its shadow over Cairns

first_imgThe Foreign Investment Review Board has given its approval to the building of an AUD $4.2 billion resort in Cairns. The resort will be built by Chinese group Aquis over the Cairns peninsula called Yorkeys Knob, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. However, locals are not so enthusiastic, with many suggesting that the resort could not survive a cyclone, that it will damage the Great Barrier Reef and will increase problem gambling. The plan includes nine luxury hotels, an 18 hole golf course, a 25,000 seat stadium and a cultural heritage centre. Aquis has applied for two other regional Queensland casino licences in case its first application is rejected. center_img Source = ETB News: T.N. Aquis chief executive owner, Tony Fung said the plan would rival great structures in Dubai and will attract rich Chinese tourists. Aquis has also applied to take over the local casino licence from the local Reef Casino.last_img read more


British Airways launches comedy videos

first_imgSource = British Airways British Airways launches comedy videosBritish Airways launches comedy videosBritish Airways has launched a collection of comedy videos for ‘Red Nose Day’ (Friday 24 March), starring David Walliams, Emma Bunton and Tom Daley dressed as British Airways staff surprising customers in support of Comic Relief – the airline’s charity partnerLaunched today on British Airways’ YouTube page, the final film features all three celebrities undercover in T5. There are also three separate edits of each of the celebrities available to view (playlist here).No stranger to playing airline characters, TV personality David Walliams assumed the role of customer service representative ‘Dave’, amusing customers at Heathrow T5, asking them to pose seriously for security photos and at one point even kissing a passenger’s passport!Spice Girl and Heart FM presenter Emma Bunton spiced up the ‘check-in-kiosks’, mischievously assisting unsuspecting customers, asking them if they had packed any ‘sporty or ginger’ products.Meanwhile, Olympic medallist Tom Daley swapped his swimming trunks for luggage trunks, as he greeted customers in T5, even persuading some of them to perform dive moves before flying.Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director customer experience, said: “This year Red Nose Day is going back to its comedy roots, and we’re delighted to be supporting it with these great films from some of the nation’s favourite personalities working a shift at British Airways.“The video is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to customers and staff for helping us raise over £15 million over the past seven years.”Red Nose Day takes place every two years for Comic Relief, which empowers the public to make the world a better place, simply by having a great time. The charity spends the money raised, to help the people who really need it most both in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.Watch all the comedy videos by CLICKING HEREFor more information visit rednoseday.com or ba.com/flyingstart or follow the airline on Twitter @British_Airwayslast_img read more


MTA 2018 Experience Shines National Conference kicks off

first_imgMTA 2018 ‘Experience Shines’ National Conference kicks offMTA 2018 ‘Experience Shines’ National Conference kicks offGold Coast, Queensland – More than 350 MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Members, head office staff and suppliers have arrived on Queensland’s Gold Coast to participate in the company’s 2018 ‘Experience Shines’ National Conference.Presenters this year include high profile TV presenter Allison Langdon and Saroo Brierley.Ms Langdon, known nationally as a regular ’60 Minutes’ presenter, will deliver the keynote address at the event taking place at the Marriot Resort & Spa.Mr Brierley, whose amazing personal journey searching for his mother in India formed the basis for the multi-Academy Award nominated movie ‘Lion’, will deliver the event’s closing keynote address.MTA co-managing directors Roy and Karen Merricks said this year’s ‘experience’-based conference theme exemplified everything the company has achieved in the 20 years since being founded.“Our 2018 MTA National Conference is set to shine a very bright light on our combined strength, our imagination and our intelligence, and to share our vast wealth of experience.“We gather experience from so many who influence our lives; our parents, our siblings, our friends, the people we work with, events we participate in and the places we travel to. Experiences, both good and bad, form the foundations on which our lives and those around us are based.“That is why ‘Experience Shines’ has been chosen as the underlying theme for the 2018 MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ National Conference.”Pictured from left to right – MTA team members Zeena Croudace, Anne Mullins and Carolyn Iacono.Source = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ PRlast_img read more


My Home is Worth What

first_img Share My Home is Worth What? There’s some discrepancy between homeowners and appraisers property values, according to a recent report by Quicken Loans. In its July National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), the average difference in owner’s estimates and appraisers was 1.55 percent nationally, but some specific areas came in higher than expected.Overall, the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) showed appraised values have increased 0.33 percent on average from June to July, in line with year-over-year increases of 2.21 percent from July 2016. However, that wasn’t high enough compared to what homeowners thought it should be.Luckily, the gap is thinning compared to June data when the gap was 1.7 percent, but in certain areas like the fastest growing housing markets, the inverse is happening of the national trends. In areas such as Dallas and Denver, appraisers are valuing homes higher than homeowners expected and Quicken Loans EVP of Capital Markets Bill Banfield said the difference in opinion could lead to a restructured mortgage.“Our hope is that this index is eye-opening for homeowners. Their home equity could be thousands of dollars higher, or lower, than they realize,” Banfield said. “If they are aware of the perceived trends in their area it could help them better prepare for their home purchase or refinance.”The positive momentum home values are experiencing had a more impactful increase when looking at year-over-year measures. The annual measure showed a 4.21 percent increase while all areas measured ranged from a 2.65 percent annual increase in the Northeast to a 5.64 increase in the West.“The regional differences in home value growth mirror the perception difference across the country. Areas with slower growth were more likely to have owners overestimating their home value, and areas with much stronger growth had higher appraisals than owners realized they would be,” said Banfield. “With home values constantly changing, and the rates of change varying across the country, this is one more way to show how important it is for homeowners to stay aware of their local housing market.”To see the full report, click here. Home Value 2017-08-09 Brianna Gilpincenter_img August 9, 2017 537 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more


A new Management Committee was voted in at the Aus

first_imgA new Management Committee was voted in at the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) AGM in Broome.Two positions were replaced, with Julie O’Brien stepping down at the end her term to focus on an increasingly important and growing role in the cruise sector at Tourism Events Queensland. Scott Lovett takes over the position on the committee vacated by Tony Clementson. In her opening speech at the Conference, Jill Abel commented on Tony’s recent passing as being a very sad time for the Association. She acknowledged his time as a Board Member since 2016 and told attendees he had represented Tourism NT’s membership with great enthusiasm and wisdom saying his contribution to the meetings was always considered and productive.IMGE: L-R: Jay McKenzie (Bob Wood Cruise Group); Grant Gilfillan (Chair, ACA); Jill Abel (CEO, ACA), Thor Elliott (Fremantle Ports); Anne McVilly (Port Arthur Historic Site) and Christine Cole (Tourism WA).Not pictured are Martin Bidgood (Intercruises) and Scott Lovett (Tourism NT) ACAappointmentsAustralian Cruise Associationlast_img read more


Dead Can Dance Tindersticks The Cure on Stage in Attica

first_img55sharesHome > Events > Event News > Dead Can Dance, Tindersticks & The Cure on Stage in AtticaHerod Atticus Odeon. Photo Source: Region of AtticaRenowned artists from all over the world will visit Attica this July to perform at some of the region’s most unique locations, including the Herod Atticus Odeon and the Saronic islands of Poros and Hydra.The Herod Atticus Odeon in Athens this summer will feature rock bands, as well as classical music performances and operas.On July 3, the Odeon will host Australia’s band “Dead Can Dance”, while on July 13, the British group “Tindersticks” will take the stage.George Friderick Händel’s baroque opera “Alcina” will be staged on July 6 and 12, while on July 9 the Odeon will host renowned conductor Riccardo Muti, in “The Roads of Friendship”, presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.Furthermore, during July 27-28, the Greek National Opera will stage Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera, “La Traviata”.Meanwhile, a number of music festivals is scheduled to take place this summer at the City of Athens Technopolis, the municipality’s cultural venue located in the capital’s former gas factory.Photo Source: EJEKT FestivalThe Urban Athens Festival will take place during July 3-6; the Drop Festival will follow during July 12-13, while Cuban singer, Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club, will perform live at the Technopolis on July 15.Furthermore, Technopolis on July 17 will host a “Full Moon Fiesta” with Greek-Canadian singer Katerine Duska and Greek band Minor Project.Athens will also welcome “The Cure” this summer. The British rock band will perform on July 17 at the EJEKT Festival 2019 in Paleo Faliro.In addition, the  Saronic islands of  Methana, Galatas, Poros and Hydra, for the ninth consecutive year year will host the Saronic Chamber Music Festival during July 31 – August 4.The festival will include concerts of the works by Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak, Schubert, Brahms and Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas.Among the artists to participate is American-Canadian violinist, Benjamin Bowman.last_img read more


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