first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – The party of recently elected Senegalese President Macky Sall secured 119 seats in the country’s 150-seat parliament in last Sunday’s election, according to provisional results.Judge Demba Kandji, president of the national vote counting commission, said that other parties secured only 31 seats. Just 12 deputies are from the party of recently ousted President Abdoulaye Wade, who ruled Senegal for the past 12 years. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Participation in Sunday’s poll was low at 36.7 percent. The resounding victory for Sall’s party is further evidence of the extent of dissatisfaction in Senegal with the previous regime, which was accused of rampant corruption.The fact that the 86-year-old Wade accepted defeat and stepped down has been held up as proof of Senegal’s democratic maturity in a region of Africa where coups remain common.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressLIMA, Peru (AP) – More than 100 Peruvian farmers have been sickened by the spill of a copper concentrate containing arsenic and lead produced at one of the Andean country’s biggest mines, authorities said Friday.The Ancash state regional health office said 140 people were treated for “irritative symptoms caused by the inhalation of toxins” after a pipeline carrying the solution burst open in their community. Most of the injured had joined in efforts to prevent the liquid from reaching a nearby river after the pipeline linking the Antamina copper mine to the coast ruptured last week in the village of Santa Rosa de Cajacay, said the community’s president, Hilario Moran.“Without taking into account the consequences, we pitched in to help,” Moran told The Associated Press by phone.The people used absorbent fabric provided by the mine but were not given gloves or protective masks, said Antonio Mendoza, the mine’s environmental director. Shortly afterward, people fell ill, vomiting, suffering headaches and nose bleeds.About 30 people were taken to the San Pablo hospital in the highlands regional capital of Huaraz immediately after the July 25 spill, Moran said. “Some people continue to get sick and continue to go to Huaraz,” he added.The director of the private San Pablo hospital, Raul Guisse, refused to say how many patients were being treated there Friday from the spill. He said he was not authorized by his superiors to provide the information by phone. Peru’s Civil Defense agency said July 28 that five children under age 10 were among those sickened. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too ErrorOK ErrorOK Top Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Moran said Antamina is paying the health care costs of those sickened by the spill. Antamina is a consortium that includes some of the world’s biggest mining multinationals, BHP Billiton Ltd. of Australia, Xstrata PLC of Switzerland, TECK Cominco Ltd. of Canada and the Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan.Peru’s Environment Ministry announced Thursday that it would release details on Saturday of medical exams of the victims.Mendoza, the Antamina environmental director, told the AP that the substance that spilled “was not necessarily toxic.”“It’s a dangerous substance to the extent that it’s an industrial substance,” he said. “They are dangerous substances that require a particular handling but aren’t necessarily toxic.”Mendoza said the copper concentrate contains arsenic, sulfur, silica and small amounts of lead in small quantities that he did not specify. Arsenic and lead are both poisons.The company said 45 tons of the concentrate spilled and all but 3 tons were cleaned up.Moran and Mendoza said the spill was the first from the 190-mile (302-kilometer) pipeline, which delivers the copper concentrate to a treatment plant on the coast from which it is loaded on ships for export. The company says the pipeline measures between 8-10 inches (21-25 centimeters) in diameter. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Peru is the world’s No. 2 producer of copper behind Chile and mining has been central to its recent economic boom, accounting for more than 60 percent of export income.But the environmental costs have had a negative social impact.Fearing water supplies could be diminished or contaminated, residents of the bordering state of Cajamarca continue to resist a $5 billion gold mining project that would be Peru’s largest. The dispute has triggered violence that killed five civilians last month and prompted Peru’s government to impose a state of emergency that suspended civil liberties in three provinces. That emergency was extended Friday for another 30 days.Environmental protection has been relatively lax in Peru. The country did not have an environmental ministry until 2008 and the mining ministry continues to sign off on environmental impact studies for mining projects.One of the most serious toxic spills on record in Peru occurred in 2000 in Cajamarca when a tanker truck carrying mercury crashed and broke open in the village of Choropampa, sickening more than 700 people.The mercury belonged to the Yanacocha consortium, whose majority owner is U.S.-based Newmont Mining Co. and which is in charge of the Conga project that has triggered all the opposition in Cajamarca.last_img read more

first_imgSIKAKAP, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian fishermen on Friday rescued 43 starving, dehydrated Sri Lankans who had been adrift in a boat for nine days after their engine broke down while trying to reach Australia to seek asylum, police said.Another group of about 60 Sri Lankans in a boat, also apparently heading for Australia amid a surge in attempts to arrive before a tough deportation policy takes effect, were seeking food and drink from communities nearby on Mentawi island in western Indonesia, Police Capt. Abdurachman Suryanegara said, citing reports from residents in the area. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice The new approach will begin when the Nauru camp opens in September, but meanwhile the rush is on. More than 1,900 people have arrived in Australia in August _ the highest monthly total on record _ in hopes of accelerating a refugee claims process that can take years.The numbers have been steadily climbing: More than 9,800 asylum seekers have arrived this year, more than double the total for all of 2011.Australian officials hope that asylum seekers will stop paying people smugglers $10,000 or more to transport them more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Indonesia or Malaysia by boat if they are not guaranteed that they will be accepted by Australia.The policy marks a return to the approach started by a previous conservative government a decade ago, but which was dropped after a Labor government came to power in 2007.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Australian officials have noted a big spike in asylum seekers trying to make the dangerous sea journey to the country ahead of an immigration policy that goes into effect in the coming weeks.A boat with about 150 asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Pakistan sank off Indonesia’s main island of Java on Wednesday, leaving at about 95 people missing.The Sri Lankans with engine trouble were discovered by fishermen off Mentawi island on Friday and towed the ashore, where the passengers were given medical treatment and placed in a temporary shelter pending processing by immigration authorities, Suryanegara said.Members of the group, which includes four women and three children, are weak but in stable condition, he said. The group had run out of food and water after losing engine power nine days earlier, he said.“Thank God they were found. They would have died if they were found any later,” Suryanegara said.He said police would try to catch up with the second group of Sri Lankans on Saturday.The islands of Indonesia have long been a transit points for people fleeing war-ravaged countries on their way to Australia.Australia’s center-left Labor Party government announced plans this month to deter future arrivals by deporting new asylum seekers who arrive by boat to the Pacific atoll of Nauru or to Australia’s nearest neighbor, Papua New Guinea. The government says they will be held in tent camps for as long as they would spend in refugee camps if they had not paid people smugglers to take them to Australia. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Right down to the power cuts that frequently plunge its artifacts into shadow, the National Museum of Afghanistan is a symbol of the country’s decades of hardships. Its building was shelled, looted and caught fire during the 1990s civil war. Taliban extremists later smashed many centuries-old statues.Now, the museum is slowly rebuilding, thanks to international efforts to return thousands of looted treasures _ and to heroic Afghan staff members who hid its most priceless works during the war years and kept the secret for more than a decade. Looted from the museum during the civil war that followed the Soviet occupation, the statue turned up in Japan in a private collection before it was bought by an anonymous donor who arranged for the British Museum return to its Afghan home, Rahimi says The statue is an example of art from Afghanistan’s long Buddhist history, before the arrival of Islam.“This is simply our heritage,” Rahimi says. “If we have our heritage back, it’s everything for us.That’s a heritage that not all appreciate. In 2001, the Taliban dynamited a pair of giant Buddhas carved into a mountain in Bamiyan province. Around the same time, the Taliban also rampaged through the national museum, smashing any art depicting the human form, considered idolatrous under their hardline interpretation of Islam. In all, they destroyed about 2,500 statues.The recently returned Buddha statue’s long exile abroad at least protected it from that fate, Rahimi says.“You can see here, the hand is complete and the head is complete. It’s not broken,” he says.He points out the finer points of the 4th Century piece: the painstakingly carved folds of the robe; the chakra on the Buddha’s right hand, the streams depicting water flow from his feet and the images of flames rise from his shoulders _ a representation of one of the Buddha’s first miracles, in which he levitated and produced fire and water to silence skeptics. The museum welcomed home nearly 850 Afghan artifacts in early August _ including a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age axe, a 1st Century ivory elephant carving and a life-sized Buddha statue _ that were either stolen from the museum or illegally excavated during decades of insecurity. The British Museum catalogued and helped return the pieces in cooperation with British authorities, who seized many from smugglers. It was the second major handover of Afghan historical pieces by the British Museum. In 2009, about 1,500 historical pieces were returned.The aim is to restore the facility to its pre-war reputation as one of the finest in the region, with displays ranging from the Bronze Age to more contemporary Islamic art.With its gates topped with barbed wire and rifle-toting guards directing visitors to undergo body searches, the museum on Kabul’s outskirts carries the air of a culture still under siege.Chief curator Mohammad Fahim Rahimi apologizes for the darkened halls during a recent visit to view one of the newly returned pieces. Like much of Afghanistan, the museum puts up with frequent power outages as the government struggles to provide basic services.Minutes later, the power shudders back on and the museum lighting reveals its latest acquisition: a Buddha statue estimated at about 1,700 years old. “We all together tried the best to rebuild … from zero,” he says.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day But after Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, museum workers became increasingly concerned as the country deteriorated into civil war.So, in 1989, Massoudi and several other staff members packed up some of the most museum’s most treasured pieces _ including the legendary “Bactrian gold,” an intricate collection of tens of thousands of gold and silver coins, crowns and jewelry more than 2,000 years old _ and hid them in two locations in central Kabul, one of them a secret vault under Kabul’s central bank.“Luckily, this decision gave us a good result when the civil war started in Kabul city,” Massoudi said. “The national museum artifacts were looted … but the artifacts we shifted to the two places in the center of the city.”The pieces remained hidden until 2003, when the hidden treasures’ existence was revealed. Now the Bactrian gold and some of the other rescued artifacts are on a tour of museums around the world, having already been displayed in New York, Paris and London. The traveling exhibition is now in Norway and goes next to Australia.Eventually, those treasures, too, will be returned to Afghanistan’s National Museum. Massoudi laments the facility still lacks such modern museum staples as humidity control and high-tech security _ they’re still working on the electricity, after all. But he says the museum is seeking funds to build a new, modern home near the current building. Comments   Share   The “miracle” Buddha is the only the recently returned pieces from Britain that is on display so far.Museum director Omara Khan Massoudi says the rest are still in boxes, waiting to be examined and eventually displayed. Cooperation with other museums and with UNESCO has been key to rebuilding the museum, which by 2001 had lost 70 percent of its artifacts to the years of war.“Within these last 10 years, we’ve gotten more than 16,000 pieces, among them 9,000 returned from outside of Afghanistan,” Massoudi says.Some of the pieces recently returned were stolen from the museum itself, but many others were illegally excavated and smuggled out of the country in past decades while war otherwise occupied Afghan authorities. It’s a practice that continues to this day, according to Massoudi.“Unfortunately, some places, there is no security, sometimes it happens that people have illegal excavations,” he says.Massoudi has devoted most of his life’s work to the National Museum, which he says was once renowned for having one of the region’s finest collections, with some 100,000 artifacts including millennia-old tools from some of the earliest human settlements. Established in the 1920s by Afghan King Amrullah Khan, the museum was still thriving when Massoudi joined it more than three decades ago. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Pearson PLC, the U.K. publisher and education company, said Wednesday that chief executive Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down.Scardino, 65, has been chief executive since 1997 _ managing the company through a time of significant change in the media world. She led Pearson’s transformation from a diverse conglomerate to a `’learning company” and helped raise its profile in the United States. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Sponsored Stories The publisher of the Financial Times and Penguin Group books said Wednesday it expects more than half its revenues to come from digital and services businesses for the first time this year. Pearson has focused extensive resources on education under Scardino’s watch.A former partner in a Savannah, Georgia, law firm, Scardino and her husband founded The Georgia Gazette newspaper, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1984. She is a native of the United States with Texas roots who became chief executive of the Economist Group before joining Pearson.She will be replaced on Jan. 1, 2013, by John Fallon, who has been responsible for education businesses in markets like China, India, Brazil and southern Africa, which Pearson says are fundamental to growth.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img

first_img Sponsored Stories Most of the prison time handed out was suspended. The longest term was for five years, four of which were suspended. The lightest term was for three years, all suspended.Clothilde Lepetit, a lawyer for the victims, called the verdict a “slap in the face,” according to the Sipa news agency. The victim whose accusations led to convictions told French television she thought the verdict was a joke and that she had been living a nightmare since it was handed down. Neither victim has been identified by her real name.The prosecutor’s office for the Paris region said Friday it would appeal all four sentences and four of the acquittals, Sipa reported.But that has not stopped outrage from many quarters, including from more than 30 women’s organizations, which have started a petition online demanding a government response, including stronger laws to protect women.“This verdict is catastrophic,” the petition on www.change.orgsays. “It seems to say to victims, bringing charges is worthless, and to rapists, you will not be condemned or barely!”The petition, which has gathered more than 2,400 signatures, laments a France in which few victims report their rapes, even fewer get convictions and where a woman who does come forward is immediately shamed and discredited. Top Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement While the petition is calling for better laws to fight violence against women, it recalls a debate earlier this year over rampant sexual harassment in France, where catcalling in the streets in considered a sign of appreciation and off-color remarks are common in the workplace. A new law now makes sexual harassment a crime punishable by jail time after the old one was struck down for being too vague.Government ministers also expressed surprise and disappointment at the ruling.“This affair won’t encourage … victims to come forward,” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on French radio France Inter.Before the prosecutor’s office announced it would appeal, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said she was dismayed by the verdict. This decision is “unacceptable from an ethical point of view and for the integrity of the victims,” she told Europe-1 radio.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressPARIS (AP) – Lenient sentences and acquittals for 14 men accused of gang raping two teenage girls are causing a stir in France, where women’s organizations decry what they call a culture of impunity and even politicians from the governing party have expressed shock at the ruling. The prosecutor’s office said Friday it would appeal.On Thursday, a court in Creteil convicted four of the men of repeatedly gang raping one of the girls in a tough neighborhood outside Paris more than 10 years ago. The 10 others were acquitted, including all those accused of raping the second girl.last_img read more

first_imgThe AP first visited the hospital last month and returned this week to get a fuller impression of how its staff is coping amid Syria’s civil war. The routine is as simple as it is brutal: A barrage of shelling echoes over the city, and about 15 minutes later, the wounded flow in.The medics work amid the wails of traumatized children, badly wounded men shouting Islam’s declaration of faith in their final minutes, and rebel fighters holding RPGs mourning dead comrades, with tears streaming down their gunpowder-blackened cheeks.Blood is everywhere. Orderlies mop it up as more wounded arrive. Amid the din of groans and cries for help, a worker spots a severed limb on the floor and tries to break the tension with some black humor.“Anyone missing a foot?” he asks.Once a private clinic owned by a businessman loyal to President Bashar Assad, Dar al-Shifa hospital has been taken over by volunteer doctors, nurses and aides united by their opposition to the regime and the need to give medical care to civilians and rebels.The seven-story hospital stands only 400-500 meters (yards) from the front line in a neighborhood that is heavily shelled. Nearly three months into the rebel offensive in Aleppo, the facility has taken at least six direct hits, mostly affecting the upper stories; its staff uses the bottom three floors. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “It’s OK, sweetie. Just ask God to exact revenge on Bashar,” a fighter told the girl, who wore her long brown hair in two ponytails.She grimaced every time she looked at the other patients nearby. A man lying on the floor with a back injury repeatedly shouted, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.”Addressing the medic treating him, he said in a heart-wrenching voice: “May Allah have mercy on the eyes of your parents.”Next to him was a dying man who did not speak.Next to Fatimah was a man whose right foot was hanging only by his skin. He held a cellphone in his right hand. As the staff walked past him to help others, he tugged at their coats.“May Allah be with you,” he said, pleading for assistance. The man eventually lost his foot and the staff bandaged his leg to stop the bleeding.Rawyah and Bedour, two girls about 9 or 10, were screaming in pain as a doctor and two assistants attended to them. Lying on their backs, they kicked their legs in the air every time bits of shrapnel were removed from their bodies.Undeterred by all the gore, Osman’s two children, Omar and Rushd, wandered around the lobby the same way others their age would walk in a park. Hussein, about 40, with an assault rifle slung across his shoulder, left the group and headed to one side of the hospital’s lobby to offer a brief prayer for Ali. He did not use a prayer mat on the bloodstained floor.Afterward, he tapped his comrades on the shoulder with his blood-soaked hands.“Don’t cry. Just say `thank you, God,’ because he is now a martyr,” he told them, his brown worry beads wrapped around the barrel of his rifle.Al-Sheikh’s body, wrapped in a sky blue sheet, was taken from the ICU and carried outside by the fighters who shouted, “There is no God but Allah.”Thursday morning was ushered in with an airstrike and intense shelling that sounded much closer than the previous day’s attack.There were more injured: a sniper victim who prayed loudly until he succumbed to his chest wound; a child no more than 10 who stared at his severed left foot lying in front of him; a man who begged for help and was told firmly by a medic: “Act as a believer and wait for your turn.”The overwhelmed staff asked those with superficial wounds to go home and come back later.“My brother is dying!” cried a young man as he stood next to his wounded sibling. “For God’s sake, people, come and help him!” A fighter carrying an RPG launcher on his shoulder walked over the wounded on the floor as he made his way to the narrow staircase leading to the X-ray room in the basement. A woman wearing the Muslim hijab and a blood-soaked black coat was on a gurney waiting for someone to attend to her. A man on the floor had a hole in his back the size of a tennis ball.“May God curse Bashar Assad until he goes to his grave!” yelled a man in a loose gray robe. “He is a pig and son of a dog! May Allah curse his father, tanks and guns!”The lobby was swiftly cleared of the wounded. Relatives took them away, either to their homes or to better-equipped hospitals in northern Aleppo province or in government-controlled areas of the city.The respite did not last long. A series of blasts shortly after 4 p.m. brought a fresh wave of wounded, many of them children.“Uncle, please take me to my mum at home,” said one of them, a 9-year-old named Fatimah, pleading to a journalist.Fatimah only had shrapnel wounds to her arms and lower torso, but she clearly was in shock. She had been shopping with three aunts and several cousins when a shell fell on the street nearby. One of her aunts died in the hospital. “Don’t worry about them. They’ve become used to this,” he said. “As a family, we made a decision to live together. There is no such thing as a safe place. So, we live here and we die here. At least we will die while providing a service to our cause.”Rushd played with three screwdrivers, which she used to try and make a hole in a wall. She seemed totally oblivious to the cries of pain.“The psychological pressure on us is tremendous,” said Abu el-Baraa, a 23-year-old army medic who deserted his unit in July in rural Damascus and also asked to be identified by his nickname out of fear of retaliation. To avoid arrest, he walked for five days in the countryside and then obtained an ID card of an older brother that he used to get past army checkpoints on the road to Aleppo.“This has been a miserable day par excellence,” he said of Wednesday.Around 9 p.m., guerrilla commander Sheikh Hussein and a band of armed fighters in camouflage fatigues stormed into the hospital carrying a wounded man named Ali Al-Sheikh, who died minutes later.“Ali has been martyred, you guys,” Hussein said, fighting back tears.His men began weeping. One punched the metal door of an out-of-order elevator and another sat with his face buried in his hands. Top Stories Dr. Abu Rayan was preparing to meet his wife and two children across town in a government-controlled area of Aleppo, using a fake ID to get him through checkpoints. But he delayed his departure to help out.Then the power went off, and an overworked generator kicked in as the sound of shelling got louder.“I don’t know whether we will ever be able to lead normal lives again,” Osman said. “Will we have dreams and ambitions like regular people, or have we been scarred forever?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Most of the surrounding apartment blocks are badly damaged and deserted, with the only evidence of life being the fluttering of clothes on laundry lines or an occasional resident stepping onto a balcony to get a better cellphone signal.Dar al-Shifa has only seven doctors, two of whom are trained for emergency duties, and two nurses. The atmosphere is a bizarre and somewhat unnerving mixture of urgency, nonchalance, resolve and anger.The staff smokes freely in the corridors, watching TV during breaks in treating the waves of wounded. Dr. Osman al-Haj Osman even has moved his wife and two small children into the facility in order to be close to them.Hospital officials say they see about 100-120 cases a day, of which 10 or 15 are children. Eighty percent of the cases are of civilians; the rest are mostly rebel fighters. In the 24-hour period that the AP was there on Wednesday and Thursday, the hospital’s records showed nine dead and 107 wounded.Because the hospital has no morgue, the dead are left on the sidewalk outside, where it is cooler. If the bodies are not identified and claimed within 12 hours, they are photographed and then buried. Residents who come to the hospital looking for missing relatives are shown the photos and _ if they recognize a loved one _ are given the choice of exhuming the remains for reburial elsewhere. Associated PressALEPPO, Syria (AP) – The injured arrive at the hospital in taxis or in the back of pickup trucks, to the blare of car horns and shouts of “Help!”Sometimes, they are battle-hardened rebels with gaping wounds. Sometimes, they are children, peppered with shrapnel and screaming in pain.Those who die are left on the sidewalk outside, to be claimed hours later by relatives.An Associated Press team spent 24 hours at Dar al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo and witnessed the frantic work by overtaxed doctors and nurses to save those wounded in the battle for control of Syria’s largest city. Sponsored Stories Nearby, Zakariya Khojah lay on a gurney, a tube draining a wound in his side. He had a lifeless stare fixed on the ceiling. Standing at his side was his 13-year-old son, Bashar.“Papa, is there anything hurting you beside your chest?” the boy asked. The father replied with a slow shake of his head.“I was walking just ahead of him when a bomb fell close to us,” Bashar said. “He’s all I got. My mother died three years ago.”The patient was later moved to a chair because the gurney was needed for someone else. Several hours later, he was brought outside to a pickup.“I fear that my father may not get better,” Bashar said before climbing in beside him.Around 3:10 p.m., shortly after artillery blasts were heard nearby, a wave of wounded arrived. Frantic men screamed, “Emergency! Emergency!” as they carried the casualties inside.In minutes, the small, three-bed intensive care unit was filled, and the overflow of patients had to be treated on the floor of the lobby.“Where are you guys? Hurry up, please, guys!” yelled one of the escorts. Others shouted, “God is great!”Word quickly spread that the wounded, about 15 in all, had been standing in a bread line when a shell fell nearby. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Quick workouts for men Osman, 30, spoke of the snap life-and-death decisions that he and others have to make when the hospital is flooded by casualties two or three times a day.“I have to make a choice between a child with a 10 percent chance of survival and one with a 25 percent chance,” he said.“Our cruelest moments are when we get a child whose foot or part of his leg is only held by skin and we have to amputate,” according to Osman, who said he was jailed and tortured by the Syrian regime twice since the start of the uprising in March 2011. “In the early days, we used to cry when we had a child with a severe injury, then recharge our psychological energy before we return to work.“Now, there is just no time for that.”When AP journalists first arrived Wednesday afternoon, there were only a handful of patients being treated. Dr. Abu Rayan, who studied medicine in Moscow, stood in one corner chatting with two members of the hospital’s pharmaceutical team. The doctor asked to be identified by his nickname for fear of retribution.A man approached him, complaining of pain from shrapnel lodged in his right leg.“Forget it, it will never come out,” the 35-year-old doctor told him with a smile.last_img

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India and Bangladesh on Saturday finalized a much-delayed land swap agreement to settle a long-running border dispute.The deal — initially reached in 1974 but only recently ratified by India’s Parliament — calls for the transfer of 111 border enclaves to Bangladesh in exchange for 51 that will become part of India. More than 50,000 residents will get citizenship after the agreement is implemented. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories Energy-starved Bangladesh is also looking forward to importing 600 megawatts of electricity from India, in addition to the 500 megawatts it currently imports, Ali said.Separately, Bangladesh signed memoranda of understanding Saturday with two Indian companies to set up power plants for producing 4,600 megawatts of electricity, Bangladeshi authorities said in a statement.The state-run Power Development Board signed the deals, which are worth $5.5 billion, with Indian companies Adani Power Limited and Reliance Group, the statement said.Adani Power Limited will invest $2.5 billion to set up a coal-based power plant with a capacity of 1,600 megawatts of power, according to the statement. The Reliance Group will set up another gas-fired power plant with capacity of 3,000 megawatts of power, investing $3 billion.Bangladesh and India have 54 common rivers and the sharing of water from them is a contentious issue for the countries. Officials say the two leaders will discuss how to effectively deal with the issue.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Relations between India and its smaller neighbor have significantly improved since Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised that her administration would not allow India’s separatist insurgents to use the porous 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) border to carry out raids in India.Aided by India, Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan following a bloody nine-month war in 1971.Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a two-day visit, exchanged the ratification documents for the land swap agreement before holding official talks.Bangladeshi Foreign Affairs Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said a number of other agreements covering trade, security and connectivity are also expected to be signed, as well a framework for combating human trafficking, counterfeit currency and cooperation for the sea-based “blue economy.”Officials said India could offer a $2 billion line of credit to Bangladesh for infrastructure development inside the country.Ali said Bangladesh was focusing on better connectivity with India by introducing new bus service with Indian states. India faces difficulties reaching its isolated and impoverished northeastern region, and any passage through Bangladesh could cut hundreds of kilometers (miles) to get to those areas. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

first_img___Ben Bernanke’s blog: story has been corrected to show the first name of the figure on the $10 bill is Alexander, not Andrew.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He called the first Treasury secretary “without doubt the best and most foresighted economic policymaker in U.S. history.”By contrast, Jackson, president from 1829 to 1837, was “a man of many unattractive qualities and a poor president.” Jackson opposed attempts to establish a U.S. central bank.“Given his views on central banking,” Bernanke wrote, “Jackson would probably be fine with having his image dropped from a Federal Reserve note.”Treasury last week revealed plans to put a woman on the $10 note, which has featured Hamilton since 1929. Candidates include Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Treasury says that Hamilton wouldn’t disappear from the redesigned $10 bill and that it might print two bills, one with Hamilton.On his blog, Bernanke was effusive about Hamilton, noting that he helped create the U.S. Constitution and knit 13 fractious states into a single economic unit. The 19 countries that use the euro currency are struggling now with similar issues — which is why Bernanke says he recommended Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.Bernanke stepped down as Fed chair in 2014 and is a distinguished fellow and blogger at the Brookings Institution. Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve chief-turned blogger Ben Bernanke is calling for the U.S. Treasury to abandon plans to drop Alexander Hamilton from his featured spot on the $10 bill and to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20 instead.Bernanke wrote Monday that he is “appalled” by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s plans to replace Hamilton with a woman. In a post entitled “Say it ain’t so, Jack,” Bernanke wrote that adding a woman is “a fine idea, but it shouldn’t come at Hamilton’s expense.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_imgPATA chairman Mrs Phornsiri Manoharn has been honored by the National Identity Board in Thailand with an ‘Outstanding Person of the Year.’ She received the award from HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during a ceremony Chitralada Palace in Bangkok.The awards are made in four categories: social development, economic development, innovation in technology and science; promotion of Thailand’s reputation and image. Mrs Manoharn’s award reflected her achievements in the field of economic development. Manoharn had a fruitful career with the Tourism Authority of Thailand before retiring in March 2009. “Nearly all my life has been devoted to promoting Thailand’s tourism industry and the image of Thailand abroad. “I hope to continue contributing in the years ahead, even in a private capacity,” she said. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s first conservation-based luxury resort, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, has received the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award as well as Best Environment Initiative and Regional Deluxe Accommodation of the Year in the annual Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Accommodation Awards for Excellence. Wolgan Valley was presented the awards at a gala presentation dinner, attended by dignitaries and 600 of the industry’s business leaders and members. Now in its thirteenth year, these prestigious Awards recognise the leaders in hospitality and honour the achievements of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry. Tony Williams Senior Vice President, Emirates Hotels & Resorts said: “With Wolgan Valley it was always Emirates’ intention to showcase the enormous tourism potential in Australia; and careful, deliberate efforts were made to ensure the resort highlighted the luxury experiences available in Australia, and grow this sector of the market. We are certainly very pleased to have our commitments recognised in this manner.”    Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa added: “It is a great honour to receive these awards. Wolgan Valley has only been open six months, and to win such prestigious awards, and be recognised by our industry colleagues and peers is an enormous achievement for the resort and Emirates. “Wolgan Valley adds value to the Australian luxury travel experience, and we see the resort becoming a highlight of many Australian itineraries, as well as a favourite corporate venue for business leaders.” Wolgan Valley’s awards in the competitive categories of Best Environment Initiative and Regional Deluxe Accommodation of the Year cements the Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ property on the Australian tourism landscape.  The resort was also awarded in a new award category launched in 2010 for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism which acknowledges the resort’s unique place in the industry and its ability to set new standards and benchmarks in the Australian industry.Since its October 2009 opening, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has also been awarded the following accolades: Conde Nast US and Conde Nast UK “Hot List” (Spa and Resort categories). National Trust Heritage Awards – for its work in restoring the original 1832 farmhouse.  Luxury Travel Magazine – Gold List Awards. (Voted by readers “Most desired new resort to visit in the world“) Nominated, with Emirates Hotels & Resorts, in the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Tourism for Tomorrow” Awards. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will go onto the AHA National Awards which will be presented in September this year. Combining the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is redefining what traditional luxury means to travellers.  Wolgan Valley provides its guests unique experiences and insights into this fascinating continent, with in-depth experiences of its wildlife, history and cultural heritage. The resort is fully inclusive, and includes all its meals and on-site activities in its rates; with a major focus of the guest experience being the quality of Australia’s finest produce and select ranges of regional fine wines and all non-alcoholic beverages. Located between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks, and bordering the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Wolgan Valley was selected by Emirates after an extensive research for a location that lent itself to world-class conservation-based practices.  The secluded resort also incorporates the ‘Timeless Spa’ branded facility offering guests world-class spa treatments in a luxurious setting of commanding views of the spectacular the valley below. The resort has recently become the first hotel in the world to achieve carbon neutral certification from an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification scheme. Wolgan Valley is also a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, the world’s largest luxury hospitality organisation, representing more than 450 of the finest hotels, resorts and spas. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = Wolgan Valley Resort & Spalast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The rumour mill has kicked into overdrive this morning with mounting speculation that Qantas Holidays’ management team may be facing major changes. Allegedly, key members have been offered redundancy packages or the option to be placed in a different position within the Qantas Group. These changes have reportedly come to light following Wednesday’s merger of Jetset Travelworld and Stella Travel.Following the completion of the merger, Jetset Travelworld CEO Peter Collins is rumoured to be joining the Qantas Group’s airline division. It is yet unknown which position he will actually take but apparently he has been offered a few key roles.e-Travel Blackboard attempted to contact members of  Qantas Holidays’ management team this morning to substantiate these claims, but no one was available for comment. Keep reading e-Travel Blackboard for exclusive updates on this story. last_img read more

first_imgCambodia has seen a 13 per cent increase in tourists during the first seven months of 2010, one of only five ASEAN countries to post growth during the period..”Over 1.4 million tourists entered Cambodia in 2010 to the end of July, an annualised improvement of 13.9 per cent, according to a Ministry of Tourism report.The increase makes it one of only a handful of ASEAN countries to post rising tourism figures, alongside Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos. The Kingdom of Cambodia had the potential to become and even larger draw for regional visitors, according to tourism minister Thong Khon.“We have the potential of a huge and great culture which can be used to attract an increasing number of tourists in the future,” he said, before announcing that the 2011 ASEAN Tourism Forum would be held in Phnom Penh in January.ASEAN was an important destination for foreign tourists, and Cambodia was becoming increasingly attractive for international tourists, he added.“We will win the competition, and we need to develop the sector as much as we can.” Cambodia is one of only five ASEAN nations posting tourism growth in 2010. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

first_imgAustralian surfers have been uncontactable by phone after a rogue wave monstered the Indonesian coast, sweeping them hundreds of metres inland. The three-metre tsunami hit Indonesia’s southern island of Pagai early this morning, where surfers from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast were surfing with Australian surf travel company The Perfect Wave, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Speaking from Australia, The Perfect Wave director Jamie Gray said their boat ‘The Midas’ collided with another boat when the tsunami hit, sending it into flames. Mr Gray told 3AW he had established email contact with an agent in the area this morning who assured him everyone was safe.”His boat ‘D’Bora’ has gone and picked up our ‘Midas’ guests who ran into a boat called ‘Freedom’, which caught on fire. Obviously the tsunami has come along and shifted the boats off anchor and they’ve run into each other,’’ he said.”I don’t know how one of the boats has lit up. By the looks of things they’ve all been washed into the jungle area, they’ve all climbed trees and by all accounts everyone seems to be okay, but I can’t get a hold of them by phone.’’ The area is prone to earthquakes and aftershocks were to be expected, Mr Gray said.”It’s around that Ring of Fire. It’s a very volatile area.’’ Charter boat operator of the ‘MV Midas’, Rick Hallett, said he and others had leapt from the boat as the three-metre wave hit, just before another boat was hurled into it and exploded into flames. Mr Hallett said several people were carried 200 metres inland, while others scrambled up trees, but amazingly no one was lost. The tsunami was triggered by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit off the western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island at 1.42am today. Felt in five towns, the quake centered about 78km southwest of the Pagai Selatan in Mentawai Island, with a depth of 10km, according to the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. Initial reports had said a tsunami watch for local areas was issued, but lifted within an hour.Aussies assumed OKA DFAT spokesperson said there were no reports of Australians being injured or missing, the SMH reported.”We are concerned about early reports that a large wave crashed into a charter boat in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, causing the boat to crash into another boat, which then burst into flames.  All those on board are reported to be safe,” the spokesperson said.Indonesian evacuation orderedEarlier today, Indonesian authorities ordered the mass evacuation of about 19,000 Indonesian villagers in Java as eruption fears rise. The densely-populated island is particularly threatened by increasing seismic activity. The state office of volcanology had upgraded its alert level to red, signalling an eruption could be imminent.”The magma has been pushed upwards due to the escalating seismic energy, and it’s about a mile below the crater,” a government volcanologist warned. Merapi – whose name means “Mountain of Fire” – has been blanketed with clouds since the morning and is the most active of 69 volcanoes straddling the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”Merapi’s deadliest eruption occurred in 1930 when more than 1300 people were killed. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

first_imgA380 to run Guangzhou-Sydney route from October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. China Southern will utilise one of its five A380s on the Guangzhou-Sydney route as part of a major overhaul to Australian operations.The A380 will begin flying the route on 27 October 2013, replacing the current A330-300.“Australia remains our most important overseas market and the test bed for our global strategy,” China Southern executive vice president Chen Gang said.Both Melbourne and Sydney will receive China Southern’s latest A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft, containing flatbeds in business and personal screens throughout, by the end of October this year.The airline introduced new A330-223 aircraft on Brisbane and Perth routes earlier this month.Australian and New Zealand passengers travelling on the Canton route will soon be able to obtain visa-free entry to Guangzhou.“Our Canton Route via Guangzhou is the new and exciting way for Australians to fly and we are absolutely thrilled that they will soon be able to stop over in this vibrant city with a free transit permit for up to 72 hours to try some authentic Cantonese Yum Cha, enjoy the local culture and shop ‘til they drop,” Mr Chen said.last_img read more

first_imgSource = The Johnson The Johnson Pool credit Lucas AllenStay and play for longer at The JohnsonSince its grand unveil in September, The Johnson has been bustling with guests from far and wide, eager to explore Art Series Hotel Group’s first East Coast property. This summer, guests are encouraged to make the most of their get away to Brisbane and enjoy the art inspired surroundings of The Johnson for longer, with the option to overstay their booking.A re-release of the group’s critically acclaimed concept, originally offered across their Melbourne hotels, The World’s Latest Check Out all depends on how full the hotel is for the night ahead or when the next guest checks in.Whether its to stay curled up in an Art Series Signature bed, to enjoy a leisurely lunch at adjoining restaurant Tumbling Stone or lounge by the resort style 50m pool designed by Olympic gold medalist Michael Klim, guests can request to change their check out time to 1pm, 3pm, early evening, or even the next day.Art Series Hotels CEO Will Deague comments on the offering:“Domestic travel and overnight stays within the state of Queensland are at a record high, with travellers increasingly choosing to holiday closer to home. With so much to do and see in Brisbane this summer, if the rooms are available at the hotel then why shouldn’t our guests have the chance to stay on and explore for longer?”The Johnson dedicated to master colourist and abstract artist; Michael Johnson, now welcomes guests following a three-year renovation of the heritage listed ‘Main Roads Building’ in Spring Hill. The hotel consists of 97 suites and three elegant penthouses with uninterrupted views of the city.The ‘World’s Latest Checkout’ runs at The Johnson from January 2 – January 29. The Johnson for more information, visitlast_img read more

first_imgLets Go Surfing achieves Ecotourism CertificationLets Go Surfing achieves Ecotourism CertificationLets Go Surfing is proud to announce we have achieved Ecotourism Certification for our Surf and SUP schools with Ecotourism Australia. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.Brenda Miley started Lets Go Surfing out of the back of a Kombi van on Bondi Beach in 1995 as an idea to encourage more women into surfing. In the years since, the team has grown to help thousands of people from all over the world learn to surf, developing confidence, focus and strength and most importantly…. have fun!Lets Go Surfing understands the importance of looking after our environment. We live, work and play in the ocean, therefore we want to do everything in our power to preserve its beauty. Whether our feet are on the sand, on a board or in the office, our eyes are fixed on the horizon to ensure the future is bright for the next generation.We strive to achieve our environmental goals by making positive changes in our daily operations. This includes, but is not limited to; plastic bag free, using environmentally-friendly wetsuit washing products, working with third party suppliers to minimise plastic usage, receiving surfboards and wetsuits in biodegradable packaging, choosing lower emission vehicles, limiting water usage, recycling in all of our locations, providing all our team with reusable water bottles and coffee cups and organising environmental talks with student groups.“As surfers, our life revolves around the ocean. We love the water and our amazing beaches, so it is extremely important that we respect and cherish our environment. We are so lucky to have such caring and passionate environmental warriors on our team who lead us on our ‘leave only footprints’ mission” – Craig “Wacca” WachholzLets Go Surfing is very proud of being Ecotourism Certified with Eco Tourism Australia, embracing the opportunity to educate people from all over the world about our ecosystem and its importance. We look forward to continue to share Australia’s natural beauty and beach culture while only leaving footprintsSource = Lets Go Surfinglast_img read more

first_imgHilton Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Sentral ParkHilton Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Sentral ParkFifteen years ago, the tall tower rising above Kuala Lumpur’s derelict district around its Sentral railway station was a surprising anomaly. Why would Hilton choose this location for a five-star hotel? Fast forward to 2019 to understand Hilton’s wisdom a decade and a half ago. The revitalised Sentral Station neighbourhood has become a vibrant hub of activity, busy with shoppers, commuters, visitors, and diners, living or staying in one of the numerous towers that have joined Hilton on the city’s skyline. As its name implies, Sentral Station is the central point in the KL public transport system, thus making it extremely easy to get around town by train, monorail, or the free GO KL bus system that has routes all over the city. A big plus is the terminal for the KLIA Ekspres train linking the city to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, located in Sentral Station just across the street from the hotel.Hilton Kuala Lumpur is one of the most impressive in the brand’s portfolio. Spacious rooms and suites evoke the feeling of openness characteristic of the hotel in general, especially those with views across the green expanse of the nearby Perdana Botanical Gardens. In addition to a convenient location and stylish decor, the staff, as highly polished as the marble floors, go to great lengths to ensure the best guest experience possible. Executive rooms and suites permit access to the Executive Lounge where food and drinks are provided throughout the day in a capacious retreat with fine views over the gardens.Chynna at Hilton KLDining is a big part of the Hilton KL experience and guests have an alluring variety of options. The Japanese Iketeru is one of the hotel’s most popular restaurants; comparatively small in size but big on quality, the dining room is accessible via a Japanese-style garden. Also in Japanese style are the private dining rooms for individual parties who wish to enjoy the food and ambience in discreet surroundings. The open dining room of Graze is a smart contrast to the Asian sensibilities of Iketeru; glamorous yet low key, Graze elevates the steakhouse experience to new heights. Patrons can have a look at the meat aged right on the premises in glass compartments visible behind the open kitchen area. For exceptional Cantonese cuisine, the exquisite ambience of the hotel’s Chynna restaurant provides the setting for a delectable adventure in refined dining. Other dining options are found just off the lobby and by the swimming pool, a popular locale for transit passengers to come enjoy the warmth of the Hilton staff as much as the Kuala Lumpur climate.The beautiful outdoor pool is but one of the many leisure activities available at Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Spa treatments for weary travellers and tired shoppers are wonderfully restorative, and shopping at the Nu Sentral shopping mall attached to Sentral Station makes Hilton an ideal choice for accommodation in one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Guests for whom exercise is a priority should know that Hilton KL has one of the best-equipped fitness facilities of any hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Source = Mr eTraveller Robert La Bualast_img read more

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology NTC Notes Benefits of eRecording As the industry continues to adapt to new regulations and best practices, electronic recording–eRecording–is taking hold as a way to streamline the records process and free up resources at lending and servicing offices, according to Palm Harbor, Florida-based “”Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC)””: [IMAGE] The volume of documents recorded electronically by NTC over the past year has grown from 10 percent to 45 percent. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Electronic recording simplifies the process all around,”” said John Hillman, CEO of NTC.””Our industry needs uniformity and will benefit greatly by adopting technology that helps protect our nation’s land records, the mortgage industry and homeowners alike,”” he added. Electronic recording takes less time that filing with traditional, paper documents, according to Nationwide Title Clearing, and this frees up staff, allowing them to tend to “”important issues, such as compliance to the latest wave of regulations and improving accuracy.”” Another major benefit of eRecording is the reduced risk of document loss during the records process. The original documents never leave the office. They are scanned and emailed, providing accelerated results, reduced cost, and increased security. According to Nationwide Title Clearing, 840 jurisdictions have approved eRecording for mortgage documents thus far. The company “”recognizes the need for widespread adoption and hopes to see universal eRecording in the not too distant future,”” according to a company “”press release.””:—encourages-increased-focus-on-compliance-211814161.html June 17, 2013 404 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Nationwide Title Clearing Processing Service Providers 2013-06-17 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

first_imgJohn Abel Joins Ellie Mae as SVP and Chief Information Officer February 7, 2017 580 Views Ellie Mae Movers and Shakers 2017-02-07 Nicole Casperson John Abel has joined Ellie Mae as SVP and Chief Information Officer, where he will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s internal information technology and systems and will partner with business units to propose, plan, and implement enterprise IT systems to align Ellie Mae’s technology vision with business strategy in support of business operations. With over 20 years’ experience in technology expertise, Abel was SVP of IT at Hitachi Data Systems prior to joining Ellie Mae. Before Hitachi Data Systems, he held roles at Symantec, JDS Uniphase, KPMG Consulting, and British Nuclear Fuels plc. Abel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Staffordshire University in England.“As Ellie Mae transforms to a cloud-based platform company, it is a perfect time to build and deploy a comprehensive internal IT strategy to keep pace with our external growth trajectory,” said Abel. “I look forward to working alongside this great team to run our systems to help us scale to the next level while providing a comprehensive lending platform to benefit the entire mortgage lending industry.”“John’s strong leadership will be an asset to Ellie Mae as we streamline and scale our enterprise systems to support our growth and transformation as a platform company,” said Peter Hirsch, Ellie Mae’s EVP of Technology and Operations. “John will drive the evolution of our systems and technologies and will be responsible for establishing our vision and roadmap to ensure Ellie Mae’s success for years to come.”center_img in Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more