Beaches open in Barcelona as Spain decides on next steps of lockdown exit

first_imgThe government has loosened the terms this week, with people allowed to take exercise and small businesses like hairdressers receiving clients with restrictions to allow social distancing.Under the next stage, bars, restaurants and places of worship will be able to open with limited capacity.In the fourth and final phase, expected around the end of June, beaches will open for sun-bathing and restrictions on shops and restaurants will be further loosened.  The Spanish government will decide on Friday in which regions bars, restaurants and places of worship will open under the next phase of a gradual exit from the coronavirus lockdown, although it looked likely that Madrid and Catalonia would not move forward.In a sign of life returning to normal, Barcelona beaches opened for a short window from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday to allow people to swim and jog. People paddled on boards and swam in the water under the supervision of police.”This is freedom,” said smiling swimmer Marta Torrents, speaking on the beach dressed in a wet-suit. “To be able to go out to sea and swim – for me, this is perfect.” Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries globally from the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 26,000 fatalities. The regions of Madrid and Catalonia, home to Barcelona, account for around half of all recorded infections.The government will decide which regions will move to the second phase of its four-stage exit on Friday and the results will be officially published on Saturday. The country is aiming for a return to normality by end-June.”There are two areas more severely hit by the epidemic – Madrid and Barcelona – and it is perhaps reasonable that in these two areas the exit goes at a slower pace,” Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said in a radio interview on Friday.Spain is emerging from a strict lockdown now in its eighth week, which has battered the economy and led to hundreds of thousands of job losses.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Australian state to deploy military, impose hefty fines to enforce virus isolation

first_imgAustralia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing tough new fines.Victoria earlier this week imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s daily movements and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of coronavirus.But nearly a third of those who had contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Topics : Andrews said 500 military personnel will this week deploy to Victoria to bolster enforcement of self-isolation orders, with fines of nearly A$5,000 ($3,559.00) for breaching stay at home orders. The only exemption will be for urgent medical care.”There is literally no reason for you to leave your home and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne .Victoria on Tuesday reported 439 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Andrews said 11 people had died from the virus since Monday. In total, Australia has recorded nearly 19,000 COVID-19 cases and 232 fatalities, far few than many other developed nations.last_img read more

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Views as far as Q1 from Daisy Hill home

first_imgThe bathroom has a spa bath.He said there was no ideal buyer for the property, with everyone from families to developers potentially making the most of the 1328sq m block.“A family could live in it, or maybe someone that likes a project or wants to do it up,” Mr Apps said.“It’s quite a large block of land so a developer could see value in it, or maybe someone who likes the land and wants to build a mansion on it.” Mr Apps enjoys looking over the pool and to views beyond.Mr Apps said they had completed a full renovation of the pool, and he liked to spend time outside enjoying the views.“Just looking out around the pool and out to the views is great,” Mr Apps said. The room in the centre of the house has skylights.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019At the heart of the home is a room the Apps have used as a rumpus, enjoying the feature skylights.“We’ve got quite a large room in the middle of the house that has ceiling windows,” Mr Apps said.“We’ve got a pool table in there and it’s probably one of my favourite rooms.” The living room is at the rear of the home.Spread across a single level, the mint coloured home has four bedrooms, the master and second bedroom with ensuites. The home at 475 Springwood Rd, Daisy Hill, is up for sale.ON a clear day Queensland’s tallest building can be seen from the backyard of this Logan home.The views from the 475 Springwood Rd home is what sold it to Simon and Kathleen Apps, who bought it 18 years ago.“Every time someone comes to the front door, you open it and you can see straight through the house to the view,” Mr Apps said.“It looks straight out to Mt Tamborine, and on a good day you can see Q1 and Runaway Bay.“People who are seeing it for the first time think its spectacular.” The master suite is large.The couple have sinced moved to the country, enjoying a tree change. “My wife and I were raised on farms, so that’s the direction we wanted to go.” The floorplan of 475 Springwood Rd, Daisy Hill.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

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Deaths among young an unintended consequence of euthanasia movement: mother

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 13 July 2015Twenty-six-year-old Lucas Taylor took his own life by taking Nembutal more than three years ago, but he still gets Exit International’s email newsletter.After his death in 2012 his mother Judith went through his emails looking for answers and found he had been a paid up member of the organisation.Mrs Taylor said he used knowledge gained on Exit International’s forums to obtain the drug from Peru. He was not suffering from a terminal illness – although Mrs Taylor said he may have believed he was ill – and later used the drug to take his own life in Germany.She said the deaths among younger people were an “unintended consequence” of the voluntary euthanasia movement putting out information online on suicide methods.“Coroners and authorities should be sitting up taking notice of this,” she said of the data on the number of deaths from Nembutal. “This is an international business.”New data from the national coronial information system shows 120 people died by taking Nembutal – dubbed the “peaceful pill” – between July 2000 and December 2012.http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/deaths-among-young-an-unintended-consequence-of-euthenasia-movement-mother-20150713-gia7e5last_img read more

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Bill To Benefit School Safety Signed Into Law

first_imgState Representative Randy Frye co-sponsored a bill that further protects Hoosier students.Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) regarding school safety was signed into law Monday by Governor Pence.During the 2013 legislation session, the Indiana General Assembly created the Secured School Safety Board to approve grant applications to hire a school resource officer.With the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 85, the Secured School Safety Board will now be able to provide a matching grant to increase training opportunities for school resource officers as well.“By allowing schools greater flexibility to adequately train their school resource officers, we are ensuring that these men and women are as prepared as they can be in the case of an emergency,” said Rep. Frye. “As a parent and grandparent, I hope and pray that that never happens here in Indiana, but it is still imperative that we be prepared.”SEA 85 also makes changes to the requirements necessary to be a school resource officer. Officers are now required to be employed by a law enforcement agency, appointed as a police officer or special deputy or employed as a school corporation police officer.“I am pleased to see this legislation signed into law, and I am even more proud to not only have been a part of it but also to be part of a legislative body that puts such significant emphasis on securing our state’s schools,” said Rep. Frye. “As of November 2013, the SSSB had awarded $4.1 million in grant funds to 100 school corporations. This is a significant investment in our children’s safety.”SEA 85 will go into effect on July 1, 2014.last_img read more

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I can never fight Mike Tyson, says Joshua

first_img Tyson is the name that Anthony Joshua cannot get away from. Yet this time, it is not just the hot topic of a unification fight with Tyson Fury. But when you ask the man currently in possession of three of the four major world title belts if he would fight Iron Mike, there is no bluster, no trash talk from AJ — just respect. Asked if he would step in the ring with the 53-year-old, he smiles and says: “With all due respect I wouldn’t. “Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era. “There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.” Respect is a key word in an all-encompassing Sun interview with the British superstar and heavyweight champion. Mike Tyson is the embodiment of the killing machine, he hits the pads for 15 seconds and the whole world goes crazy… would you be shocked if Beckham came back? You would. But for boxers it’s all they know. Many boxing fans have labelled American Tyson crazy to talk of a return. But AJ, 30, added: “I see it like this — how old is David Beckham, 44, 45? “If you see him in ten years kicking a ball, doing 100 kick-ups, around-the-world and hitting the crossbar and then an overhead volley into the top corner, people would love it. read also:At 30, Joshua still searching for love as he struggles to date “But because Mike Tyson is the embodiment of like, the killing machine, he hits the pads for 15 seconds and the whole world goes crazy, it is normal. “It is what Tyson knows. But for him to fight… would you be shocked if Beckham came back? You would. But for boxers it’s all they know.” AJ revealed yesterday in his exclusive Sun interview about idolising Tyson as a young man and that watching his videos and shadow boxing in the garden is all the focus he needs. That incredible self-motivation has taken him to the top and he is the one now idolised by young boxers. He continued: “It’s an intrinsic motivation and that’s one thing that I’ve got personally. “I don’t really need to be told, ‘Wake up at nine o’clock’, I’m already awake. “It’s just one of those things, I don’t know, if you told me to do something, I’m just the character that’ll make sure it’s done to its best capabilities. “That’s what my mum said to me, ‘You need boxing back’. I’m an active boy. “Always been that kid. Out in the morning. Just an active person.” As a heavyweight fighter in a ring with fearsome competitors, he knew a loss could come, even with 22 previous professional wins, 21 of those by knockout. That it came against the Mexican fighter with a love for Snickers and a frame that showed it, is not something AJ dwells upon. I am a normal person that happens to box so what I always said to myself is I’m never gonna make boxing all of who I am. So even though it’s a very significant part of my life, when boxing departs one day, I’m not going to crumble with it and I’m gonna be relevant.I always have plans to develop myself as a businessman. Over the next eight years I’m gonna make a transition, not only as a boxer, but a well respected individual, well respected businessman and also someone who’s like a philanthropist where you’re talking about giving back, about different causes.I will have my point where I’ll stand for more than just boxing because at the minute, nobody really cares if I do give back to certain communities. All they wanna know is when am I knocking out Tyson Fury, so I understand that.I have to start thinking of making these last years of transition as well as staying on the top of my game. He avenged that defeat with a smart points victory in their December rematch and now with a record of 23 wins in 24 fights, the WBA, IBF and WBO title holder is looking forward, not back. For Joshua, looking forward is pushing to be the undisputed champion and he made no secret of his desire to fight WBC king Fury. Deontay Wilder, who has a contracted third fight with Fury after the Brit’s stunning win in February avenged their 2018 draw, is also an option for the Watford hero. That is assuming he beats Kubrat Pulev in the next mandatory challenge, not that Joshua would take that victory for granted. He said: “Who would I prefer? It would be the current champ, Tyson Fury, every day of the week. It used to be Wilder and now it is Fury.” And no trash talk here, either, just respect as he added: “And I don’t want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury. “He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing but until the day we fight that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him. I’m ticking over. It’s my lifestyle. That’s what I did when I was 18. Instead of going to college, I went to the school of boxing. “I really want the belt and that is where I stand with Tyson Fury.” Joshua’s fight against Pulev was due to be at Tottenham’s state of the art new stadium on June 20. That was KO’d by the coronavirus pandemic and talks are underway for getting that fight on as soon as possible — even if it’s in front of a small audience at another venue. That would be odd for a man who has become a superstar, fills arenas and specialises in getting fans off their feet, as he did in beating the likes of Klitschko, Alex Povetkin, Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam. All ring fans hope the Fury superfight follows Pulev and AJ knows what that would mean to the boxing-loving British public. He said: “In terms of boxing coming back, if I was to fight it would probably be November, December. “But if not, the big fight next year with me and Tyson — it’ll be like a big announcement after all the issues that the country’s faced, with the undisputed champion of the world.” Joshua knows getting fights on now, especially with the difficulties that are presented with staging huge bouts, is not the No 1 priority. And yesterday in his first Sun interview he spoke of his praise for NHS workers and his support for our Who Cares Wins awards, backing the country’s unsung heroes. On the potential Pulev fight later this year, he added: “In boxing there’s no all year round TV rights. It’s just if a fight comes up they speak with Sky, BT, other broadcasters and they have to promote the fight just for that date. “So I’m not too sure how financially they’re going to hire a venue, ring, stage and lights, doctors. And it’s such an international sport where you need a Spanish referee, a German doctor, and you don’t know how those countries are based around coronavirus at the minute.” After giving a fascinating insight into his life as a dad and a sportsman in lockdown yesterday, Joshua is not bored… yet. He said: “I’m ticking over. It’s my lifestyle. That’s what I did when I was 18. Instead of going to college, I went to the school of boxing. I learnt how to fight. “Just hit the bags, skip and it’s the first time in my whole boxing career where I’ve been left alone. “Normally I’ve got someone in my ear, telling me what to do, how to do it, and I’ve actually really enjoyed being in that gym on my own. It’s been a blessing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img World champion, Anthony Joshua, has said he can never accept to box former heavyweight king, Iron Mike Tyson.last_img read more

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Jaz Products contingency awards program rewards drivers in all eight IMCA divisions

first_imgSANTA PAULA, Calif. ­– Jaz Products awards more than $14,000 worth of product certificates again in 2017, its 22nd year as an IMCA sponsor.Drivers in all eight sanctioned divisions receive shares of that generous program, to be based on na­tional or regional point stand­ings.Part of the national decal program for IMCA Modifieds, Jaz awards certifi­cates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 to the top five drivers in points for each of the five regions.Modified drivers must display two Jaz decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligi­ble for awards.Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers based on national point stand­ings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.“Jaz Products is proud to be a continued supporter of IMCA racers over the years and is happy to offer contingency awards to show appreciation for their efforts,” said Sales Manager Bradley Jewett. “Jaz would like to wish the racers the best of luck in the 2017 racing season.”All certificates will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the first week of December.Information about Jaz-manufactured seats, fuel cells, seat belts and other safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories as well as race car plumbing is available by calling 800 525-8133, at the www.jazproducts.com web­site and on Facebook.“The renewal of the Jaz program is always a top priority and one that gives as much back to IMCA racers as any out there,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re proud to announce their sponsorship once again and look forward to a great season.”last_img read more

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Oviedo undergoes successful surgery

first_img “He fractured his tibia and his fibula and they were displaced, so we weren’t able to put them back into place until Monday. “He had surgery (on Monday) night when a rod was put through his tibia, which means he will come back stronger than before. “It was a clean break and that means that there are no pieces of bone. “Sometimes when there are small fragments of bone in the area, it can be difficult to deal with. “But these are clean breaks, so they will put the bones back into position and it will heal well from there. “We will be working hard to get him back as quickly as we can.” Everton defender Bryan Oviedo has undergone a successful operation on the double fracture to his left leg. The Costa Rica international broke his tibia and fibula during Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round victory at Stevenage. “Bryan’s surgery was a big success and he is in a comfortable and stable condition,” the club’s head of medical services Danny Donachie told evertonfc.com. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Free agency guide: What the Lakers will look for at the wing position

first_imgThe prototype: Thabo Sefolosha – At 35, he’s clearly on the downward slope, but he could still be helpful to the right team. Sefolosha has a strong understanding of how to defend the league’s top scorers – knowledge which might be more valuable passed on to other teammates (think of his potential to help groom Kuzma). He can shoot from outside well enough (43.6 percent last year), and can play a few positions at 6-foot-7. He’s also a locker room presence who could be helpful to gel a roster that will be loaded with new, unfamiliar pieces – chemistry is an underrated part of any group that hopes to contend (ask the Boston Celtics). His production isn’t terribly high and he likely couldn’t start except in emergencies, but that’s generally what you’re getting with minimum contract players.Other options: It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Lakers go after players who have experience with James or want to play with James. So yes, this might mean players such as J.R. Smith (technically still under contract with the Cavaliers), Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Korver (a buyout candidate) and Iman Shumpert. Frankly, the Lakers will need bodies, and each of those players bring at least one skill to the table that might be helpful filling out a roster.Among older players who might still have value, Jared Dudley, a 33-year-old San Diego native, got on the court for Brooklyn last year. Similarly, 42-year-old Vince Carter averaged 17.5 minutes per game last year and is widely considered one of the most professional veterans in the NBA. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How should the Lakers use their salary cap space?It’s been an ongoing debate for a while, one that gained new fuel as the Lakers expanded their trade for Anthony Davis on Friday to free up enough salary to lure in another star free agent this summer. What kind of players could they get with that money? What if they split it up? Here’s a guide to help answer that question, looking at different positions and tiers of value.Though specific players are named here, this is an examination of the attributes the Lakers will need rather than which specific free agents they’re targeting. With 40 percent of the league on the market, the entirety of the Lakers’ moves will be impossible to predict. But in general, the team will be looking for consistent 3-point shooting, which none of their current three rotation players really possess, as well as defensive and overall positional versatility, which will help them match up with the small-ball powers such as Houston and Portland.Here’s a look at the wing positions (we’ll look at ball-handling guards and big men in separate stories in the days ahead). While wings are the one area where the Lakers already have two strong options with LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, they need depth and versatility for lineups when James is the main ball handler. ROTATION LEVELThe next tier of players opens up if the Lakers fail to get their max candidate. They could likely target one or two top-level role players, then start moving down the list. This is an investment in the cast around James and Davis, assuming those two are good enough to contend for a championship, but just need the right pieces around them.The prototype: Danny Green – Leonard’s 6-foot-6 teammate in Toronto also had a great season, most notably finishing second in the league in 3-point percentage (45.5 percent). He’s not an ace scorer but he had his most productive scoring season (10.3 ppg) since 2014-15. At just over 32, he’s experienced on championship teams, but not out of his competitive window. He doesn’t need the ball in his hands to make a difference, which will be key on a roster with James, who typically helps catch-and-shoot role players thrive. Green can defend competently, and the Raptors outscored opponents by 8.1 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor in the playoffs. If the Lakers strike out on Leonard, getting Green would make sense as a consolation prize (note that Green made $10 million last season).Other options: There’s a wide variance in salary here, so not every name is equivalent. On the higher end, there’s Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic, an elite shooter (49.7 percent overall, 42.5 percent from 3-point range) who stepped up after Victor Oladipo’s injury. Reports indicate that he could be very in demand, driving his salary perhaps out of the Lakers’ range. An interesting option might be Thaddeus Young, who is expected to leave the Pacers: He’s been quietly productive, with 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds, and an OK-but-not-great 3-point shooter. Terrence Ross just had a career season in Orlando, averaging 15.1 points and shooting above 38 percent from deep.The Lakers might consider bringing back Reggie Bullock, who didn’t have the impact hoped for last year, but with another season with James might find the form that helped him shoot above 44 percent from deep during the 2017-18 season. Trevor Ariza, 33, is a former Laker who would make a lot of sense as a versatile threat. He was a key piece of a competitive team just two seasons ago, when he was a starter for the Rockets.MINIMUM LEVELShould the Lakers secure a third star, they’d likely fill out the bulk of their roster with veteran’s minimum-level players. This pool generally consists of players who are borderline NBA guys or past-their-prime players who already have significant career earnings. Minimum contracts are set and include no bonuses ($2.6 million for veterans with 10 years of experience) – it’s possible that some players mentioned in this tier would want to sign for more.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMAX LEVELIf the Lakers want to use the bulk of their projected $32 million in cap space on a max player, which seems increasingly possible given how hard the Lakers worked to get to that number, there are just a few players worth chasing. Max level players are eligible for 30 percent of the available salary cap, which is about $32 million dollars next year. Any of the players in this section will have offers of that salary or near that salary. The teams that they played for last year can offer them five-year deals: The Lakers can only offer four.The prototype: Kawhi Leonard – The playoffs served as a powerful reminder of how Leonard was viewed before he spent the better part of a season out with a quad injury: He’s one of the best players in the NBA, and perhaps the top two-way player. His playoff run (during which he averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting nearly 38 percent on threes) emphasized that he can convincingly be the focal point of a championship team. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is also renowned for locking up some of the NBA’s top scorers. While he rested for a significant portion of the season, playing in just 60 games in a practice that gave rise to the dubious term “load management,” Leonard showed that when the games matter, the Board Man can be counted upon.It’s not clear how the Lakers would completely divvy up roles with three elite forwards, but common sense dictates that’s a nice problem to have. With James as a primary ballhandler and distributor, Davis and Leonard could be scoring machines, and Leonard is good enough from distance to space the floor for the offense. Leonard’s strengths on defense also help with James’ shortcomings in that area of late. With Davis as one of the league’s leading shot-blockers, it’s a powerful inside-outside defensive combo.Other options: It’s a limited market, so there are not many names in this category. There’s been little reported interest from Kevin Durant, who also probably wouldn’t help the Lakers win a championship next season as he recovers from an Achilles rupture. Klay Thompson is widely expected to re-sign with Golden State, and his ACL tear presents the same timeline issue.That leaves two borderline max candidates: Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton. Harris sparks debate as a good all-around player (20 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.8 apg) and a somewhat limited athlete who is a great outside shooter (39.7 percent). He had slightly diminishing returns in the playoffs for Philadelphia, and the Clippers were unsure enough about paying him max money that they traded him at midseason. Middleton is a do-it-all wing who is also a lockdown defender, and he might be a better overall fit alongside James and Davis, but it’s not clear that he’s a standalone star. He’s widely expected to re-sign with the Bucks this offseason. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED RUNHAPPY CRUISES TO 3 ½ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE I, $300,000 MALIBU STAKES; OWNED BY ‘MATTRESS MAC’ McINGVALE, SON OF SUPER SAVER NOTCHES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–Heavily favored on the heels of his Breeders’ Cup Sprint win on Oct. 31, Runhappy, with Gary Stevens aboard for the first time, cruised to a 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes as he made every pole a winning one en route to getting seven furlongs in 1:21.76.Heavily favored in a field of seven 3-year-olds at 1-2, Runhappy, a Kentucky-bred colt by Super Saver, paid $3.00, $2.60 and $2.10. Owned by James “Mattress Mac” McIngvale, he registered his sixth consecutive win in his first-ever start at The Great Race Place. In winning the Malibu, Runhappy notched his seventh win from eight overall starts and with the winner’s share of $180,000, he increased his earnings to $1,481,300.“The horse ran really well,” said McIngvale, who in one of the most controversial moves of the year, fired trainer Maria Borell the morning after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, replacing her with longtime racing manager, Laura Wohlers. “The entire team did a great job of preparing him, and the people at Santa Anita have been great, so it’s been a top-notch experience all the way around. We hoped he would run well and he certainly did…It’s a thrill to win here and we hope to be back for the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint, on Nov. 4).”Breaking from post positon four, Runhappy, who had been ridden in his last three starts by the recently injured Edgar Prado, was pushed early by eventual runner-up Marking.“He blows me away,” said Stevens, who won the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile earlier in the day aboard Om, and thus bagged his second graded stakes of the afternoon. “That was only the second time I’ve ever sat on him (first in a race) and to get to feel that power coming into the stretch was awesome.“I just want to say ‘Thank you’ to Edgar Prado. Edgar and I had a couple of conversations earlier in the week when I found out I was going to ride this horse and he told me quite a few things about him that helped me today.“It was harder to pull him up than to ride him during the race. There was some oil on the reins and there were slipping. My hand slipped off his mane coming away from the gate and I cut my finger pretty good. He usually breaks a step slow, but he broke like a Quarter Horse today.“I was hoping to get three graded stakes wins today but we got two of them! No better way to start the Santa Anita Meet. It’s perfect.”Ridden by Jose Lezcano, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Marking was clearly second-best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths clear of Lord Nelson for second money. In only his third career start, Marking was the second choice at 9-2 and paid $4.00 and $3.00.Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson, idle since running fourth in the Grade III Pat Day Mile on May 2, broke from the far outside with Rafael Bejarano and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.62, 44.81 and 1:09.06.With an on-track crowd of 44,873 (the largest Opening Day gathering since Dec. 26, 1994) looking on, the Malibu was the fourth graded stakes of the afternoon and was carded as the eighth on a nine-race card.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday, highlighted by the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. OPENING DAY CROWD OF 44,873, LARGEST SINCE 1994, WITNESSES SPECTACULAR DAY OF RACINGlast_img read more

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Wind causing a few power outages in Fort St. John and Moberly Lake

first_imgB.C. Hydro is working to restore power to two large outages in the B.C. Peace.  The biggest outage is near Moberly Lake affecting 480 customers.  The outage runs from Chetwynd to Moberly and started at approximately 2:40 p.m.Hydro is still assessing the outage and has not issued a restoration time.The other large outage is north of Fort St. John along the Alaska Highway from north of Mile 72 to Wonowon and into the Halfway First Nation.  That outage started at around 1 p.m. and Hydro has not issued a time for when power will be restored. Approximately 300 customers are affected by this outage.- Advertisement -For more details about when power will be restored, visit www.bchydro.com/outages or 1-888-POWER-ON.last_img read more

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Housing project hits costly bump

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut the vacant lot – chosen by the city – has a problem. The nearest power pole, which would have supplied the house with electricity, is at full capacity. After buying the lot for $144,850.75 on Nov. 1, and approving $235,000 for ROP to use for construction, the city’s Community Development Commission agreed this week to provide an extra $47,500 to pay for a new transformer and to underground the house’s wiring 300 feet away to a different power pole. “We anticipate that we are going to be able to recover all our funds,” said Christopher Chung, director of the Community Development Commission. “One of the biggest problems we had, believe it or not, was just finding a vacant piece of property.” The city made several offers since starting the search for a lot in March 2006, Chung said, but none were accepted. When they found the lot on Willow Avenue, no one checked the electrical situation. ROP assumed electricity would be available, as it has been on lots in Azusa, Baldwin Park, Glendora and other cities where the home-building program has taken place. “It has been a stumbling block,” said Greg Hankerd, an ROP instructor. ROP budgeted $1,500 to hook up the electricity for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. After contacting Southern California Edison and learning that the nearest power pole is already overloaded, the budget jumped to $49,000. “It’s virgin land,” said Dottie Misetic, the assistant supervisor over ROP construction. “They’ve got a pole right across the street, (but) that is not usable for us to pull power.” After a brief discussion, council members on Tuesday approved the additional $47,500, even as the city is looking for ways to save money to prevent a predicted budget shortfall. The increase will not affect the Community Development Commission’s plan to sell the house to a low- to moderate-income family, Chung said, although the staff report he wrote indicated the city hopes to sell it for close to the cost of regular housing. “The total project costs is estimated to be $427,350.75,” he wrote. “With recent sale comparables for homes in the area of $467,100, it is very likely that the CDC will receive the cost of the project.” But those involved emphasized the benefits of the program. ROP instructor Hankerd noted that the city gets a good deal because there’s no charge for labor, the students go on to get construction jobs, and the future homeowners get an energy-efficient house. The program adds extra insulation, Energy Star appliances and native landscaping. “There’s the educational component of showing students how to construct homes,” Chung said. “It also provides low-income housing to a family in the city … it’s just a good program.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – When the city purchased a vacant lot this month to build an affordable house, there was just one thing missing: access to electricity. The oversight has led to a $47,500 increase to the already $380,000 proposition. The plan was simple. The city agreed to buy the lot and construction materials for the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupation Program. ROP uses the opportunity to teach vocational skills to teens and adults. The students would start building the house this month, and the city would sell it to a deserving low- to moderate-income family. last_img read more

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DONEGAL GIRLS AS YOUNG AS FOUR ALREADY SEE THEMSELVES AS SEX OBJECTS – WORRYING SURVEY

first_imgDonegal girls as young as four years are already beginning to see themselves as sex objects, a new survey by a local business has found.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal children.The company, founded by Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, said girls are already seeing themselves as sex objects and have a worrying preoccupation with their body image.Arklu, which is moving its base from London to Letterkenny in the New Year, has recently brought out Lottie, which is being dubbed the world’s first asexual doll for children. The survey of 350 parents of girls aged 3-9 in Ireland found• 84% of parents said girls are being pressured into growing up too quickly; it is a real concern.• 85% of parents said manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility to tackle this.One of the women surveyed was Lynn Kavanagh agreed that shops are having a huge influence on her 3 year old daughter. “She sees kiddie versions of adult underwear in the shops and wants to be like mummy and have them. To me they shouldn’t be available, and sexualise girls at too young an age.”Lucie Follett, Director and co-founder of Arklu, say they hope their Lottie doll will allow children to play with dolls without seeing them as sex objects.“We were initially influenced by research by Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE which concluded that current fashion dolls on the market could promote girls’ insecurity about their body image.“We decided to investigate further and look into other concerns that parents have for their young daughters and we fed many of those key points into our doll development. Ultimately, we wanted to create a doll that is fun, but one that provides a refreshing alternative”. DONEGAL GIRLS AS YOUNG AS FOUR ALREADY SEE THEMSELVES AS SEX OBJECTS – WORRYING SURVEY was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:businessman Ian HarkinLottiesurveylast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY SET DANCING FESTIVAL IS HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgThe inaugural ‘Féile na Seiteanna, Leitir Ceanainn’ took place in the Clanree last weekend and was a great success.Some 100 set dancers from all over Donegal, the North West and as far away as Belfast, Dublin and Cork were joined by more than 80 dancers from Galway and the West for a celebration of all that is good about set dancing.Music for the three Céilithe was provided by Rise the Dust Ceilí Band (from the Midlands) and by our very own Duntally Ceili Band from Donegal. Eight sets were danced each night together with some two hand dances and old time waltzes. The event raised over €2,000 which was divided between SNAP – Special Needs Accessible Playground Letterkenny – and Peru Children’s Charity. Already arrangements are being finalised for the 2014 event at the same time next year (August 29 to 31, 2014) and we look forward to an even greater gathering of set dancers from all across Ireland . Why not join us then? LETTERKENNY SET DANCING FESTIVAL IS HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LETTERKENNY SET DANCING FESTIVAL IS HUGE SUCCESSlast_img read more

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HEARTACHE AS PENSIONER BEATEN BY BURGLARS DIES IN HOSPITAL

first_imgsuzy arthur (NewsPixIreland)THERE is heartache and anger in Co Donegal today following the death of a pensioner battered by burglars three months ago.Suzy Arthur was 89.She passed away in hospital last night. Suzy and her sister Isa were attacked on July 1 at their home.Isa, who is 91, is distraught at the death of her sister. Suzy was taken to hospital and never got out again.At the time Isa told how the lowlife gang called to the property offering to paint it and hours later smashed their way into the house she shared with her sister Suzy.The raiders threw Suzy to the ground and broke her hip, before ransacking the proprety at Feddyglass, Raphoe – on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road. Isa told Donegal Daily at the time: “I was out in the garden and when I came in they shoved me into the living room. I saw Suzy on the ground and she couldn’t get up.“I tried to shout that I was getting a gun but they were too strong for me. I just wished I had more strength to fight back.“They searched the house looking for stuff and ransacked Suzy’s bedroom but we don’t have anything.”Suzi suffered a serious hip injury from which she never recovered.Her nephew Joe McKean said today that as far as he was concerned the burglars had killed his much-loved aunt. “It was they (the burglars) who put her in hospital and it was those injuries which killed her,” he said.The raid in July was the SIXTH such incident at the elderly sisters’ home at Tullyrap near Raphoe.A full Garda investigation was carried out into the raid but nobody has yet been arrested in relation to the incident.Gardai were given a description of the men and the car they were driving at the time. Isa Arthur: Distraught at death of her beloved sister (Pic NewsPixIreland)HEARTACHE AS PENSIONER BEATEN BY BURGLARS DIES IN HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglary victimsdeathISA ARTHURSuzi Arthurlast_img read more

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Court preserves privacy of farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a late September ruling on their ongoing fight to protect private and sensitive personal and financial records, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by animal-rights and environmental activists against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s withdrawal of a proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that would have required livestock and poultry operations to report information about their operations.EPA’s proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule sought to have CAFOs submit to the agency operational information so it could “more effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs on a national level and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health.” EPA wanted facility facts such as contact information, location of a CAFO’s production area, CWA permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for land application of manure. It withdrew the proposal in July 2012.The proposed rule was prompted by a May 2010 “sweetheart” settlement agreement EPA entered with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance — then represented by Hannah Connor, currently an attorney for the Humane Society of the United States, which joined the most recent suit against EPA — and the Sierra Club once it became clear the agency would lose a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council over EPA’s 2008 CAFO rule. That regulation required, among other things, that large livestock operations that propose to or that might discharge into waterways obtain CWA permits. (A federal court said the clean water law requires permits only for operations that actually discharge.)“Let’s hope this puts an end to these groups, including HSUS, trying to get information on farmers so they can file nuisance suits and otherwise harass people who are providing safe, wholesome products to domestic and international consumers,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, NPPC President, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C.In their lawsuit, the activist groups claimed EPA’s withdrawal of the reporting rule was “arbitrary and capricious” because it lacked clear reasoning, ran counter to the evidence in the administrative record and constituted a “clear error in judgment.”Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C., who dismissed the suit, disagreed with the activist groups, saying the agency’s explanation for the withdrawal was “plain and coherent” and that it “adequately explained the basis for its decision.”last_img read more

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Paintin’ the Town

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Greg Lamp Progressive Farmer ContributorYou might say that murals are part of the DNA in Faulkton, a typical small, rural community in north-central South Dakota. However, the newest and most impressive mural can be seen from miles away. The unlikely canvas is a concrete grain elevator owned by Agtegra Cooperative.But, make no mistake, once you get past the gigantic elevator artwork, you can find other murals around this town of more than 700. Multiple frescoes are tucked away on the side of the quilt shop, inside the town’s carousel, on a walking path downtown and even in the county courthouse.Still, the stopper is the gigantic mural painted last summer by Australian artist Guido Van Helten.“Our local businessman, who we call Aussie Dave, showed us a silo his friend Guido painted in Australia. We were impressed and pitched the mural idea to our arts council—and got a go,” said Troy Hadrick, rancher and president of the volunteer Economic Development Corp. for Faulkton.Van Helten, who happened to be in Florida, was then invited to Faulkton to discuss the mural project and, ultimately, agreed to paint it.A CLEAN CANVAS“He told us the old paint on the elevator wouldn’t hold, so we rounded up three pressure washers and a lift. Guido and our volunteers began blowing off the old paint,” Hadrick explained. “It took us three weeks because we had to patch over the holes and then whitewash the entire elevator before he could start. We used the same high-quality paint that’s used to paint the White House, which should last more than 20 years.”Van Helten started painting last August and finished a month later. Total cost: $75,000. Funding came by way of grants from the South Dakota Farm Bureau, GROW South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and private donations from the community.“We didn’t know what the design would be. He didn’t show us a sketch,” Hadrick said. “He’s an artist, and I guess he had to feel it in his soul.”The mural depicts a young boy on one side, a young girl on the other and the two passing their cowboy hats on the third.“Five little boys in town think it’s them. But, Guido based images off people in general, nothing exact,” Hadrick said.After approval from Agtegra, the project took off. Co-op manager Marvin Hutchinson said painting in the summer was the right time, because it caused little disruption to their daily business.“It’s a big canvas, but we could see a lot of progress every day,” Hutchinson said. “Now, a lot of out-of-state people stop, even buses. Instead of going on I-90, they’re driving through our town to see the mural. While here, they buy gas and go to our local stores. It’s helped us and even our surrounding towns.”To avoid traffic-safety issues, three viewing stations were built to clearly see each side of the mural.MORE PROJECTSVal Helten — who specializes in using grain elevators and silos as canvases — has painted murals around the world, from Dubai to Chernobyl. “Artwork can serve as a means to bring a community together in understanding one another in new or different ways,” he said. “Faulkton is a great introduction for a broader project I’m working on in smaller rural communities in the U.S.”Recently, he painted another elevator in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and has plans for other U.S. locations, including Minnesota and South Carolina.For more images of Faulkton murals and to see a time-lapse video, visit https://youtu.be/…; https://youtu.be/…. Also, check out other Van Helten murals at www.guidovanhelten.com.(BAS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B

first_imgNext up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT Ilocos, Stallion draw, still winless MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese national team, 88-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing 77-90 to Canada 150 on opening day, but they cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Point guard Chun Chen-ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.GILAS 93 – TAIPEI-WHITE 82GILAS 93—Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0.TAIPEI-WHITE 82—Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTAIPEI—Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset ax, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 against much tougher teams in their first two games that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and yielded the momentum early.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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Big game for Giannis Antetokounmpo helps NBA-best Bucks beat Nets

first_imgBrooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, left, watches as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, tries to strip the ball from Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — They already had the NBA’s best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team.A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The remaining Nets were no match for the Bucks, especially with Shabazz Napier going 0 for 10 behind the arc and DeMarre Carroll missing his first eight overall before finishing 2 for 11.“It just seemed like everything that we did, they had a plan for it. They just played their butts off defensively,” Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen said.Despite all that, the Nets trailed by only nine at halftime. It was nearly 11, but Antetokounmpo’s basket was ruled too late after he picked up an inbounds pass with three seconds left near one foul line and got all the way to the other basket to attempt a layup.But the Bucks broke out for 36 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 87-64.TIP-INSBucks: Bledsoe missed Saturday’s game at Washington with a sore Achilles tendon. … Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference player of the week last week for the second consecutive week. He has won the award six times this season.Nets: Atkinson said LeVert (dislocated right foot) and Crabbe (sore right knee) would practice with the Nets’ G League affiliate on Tuesday. Atkinson said he wasn’t sure yet if they would be able to get into games before the All-Star break. … The Nets signed F Mitch Creek to a second 10-day contract.DRAFT STRATEGYAntetokounmpo, as the highest vote-getter among fans in the East, will draft one of the All-Star rosters Thursday. LeBron James has the first pick, so Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t made a list of who he wants because James can get them first in the first round.But he did say he’s leaning toward Stephen Curry with his first pick. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Vince Carter provides needed spark as Hawks beat Wizards Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES “I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year and I’ve got to return the favor,” Antetokounmpo said.BACKCOURT BOOSTBesides LeVert and Crabbe, the Nets are also without Dinwiddie (right thumb surgery) and Harris (sore right hip). So Atkinson said the nearing returns of some regulars is “good timing.”“Listen, it doesn’t have to be 40 minutes, right?” Atkinson said. “I think that would be kind of the best scenario, just kind of integrating those guys slowly into the lineup. That’s going to be a big boost for us. I think right now, like I said, it’s good timing.”IN THE CROWDFormer President Bill Clinton and Brooks Koepka, last year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, were in attendance.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. View commentscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams entered with the two best records in the East since Dec. 7, with the Bucks coming in 22-6 and Brooklyn 20-8. But the Nets were minus a lot of the firepower that produced that strong stretch.“Brooklyn’s really banged up so it’s almost not fair, but for us at the end of a road trip it’s a good win,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to go deep down their roster because of injuries and lost their third in a row.Brooklyn shot 32 percent overall while playing without Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen Crabbe, all either starters or key reserves.“We obviously have some guys out and some guys back and are mixing and matching,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I like what we do offensively. Sure we can move it better, but it’s tough when you’re not making shots.”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how great it can be,” Antetokounmpo said.Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Milwaukee beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the league’s top record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight — all by double digits — after dropping the first game of the trip in Oklahoma City. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Home Ministry denies recommending Dhyan Chand’s name for Bharat Ratna

first_imgDhyan Chand The Home Ministry on Tuesday denied that it had recommended hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s name for the Bharat Ratna. “There is no discussion regarding this in the government. The stories in media have no basis,” Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said.Earlier in the day, there were reports that the Sports Ministry has recommended the hockey legend’s name for India’s highest honour.According to sources in the PMO, suggestions for various names have come in while the final decision is yet to be taken.Dhyan Chand had won three Olympic gold medals for hockey for India between 1928 and 1936. The Manmohan Singh-led UPA government made the last minute, but vital, change to ignore hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna by replacing the hockey great’s candidature with that of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from Test cricket last year.The dishonour meted out to Chand is visible in the mail trail, accessed by Headlines Today, involving the Prime Minister’s Office which show how the government snubbed Dhyan Chand to favour Sachin, no doubt two greats.On July 16 last year, the then Sports Minister Jitendra Singh recommended the hockey legend’s name for the Bharat Ratna which was acknowledged by former PM Manmohan Singh nine days later. The internal PMO note reveals Dhyan Chand’s name was making rounds for the award till early August 2013. This was possible due to an amendment in 2011 to the law which made sportspersons eligible for the country’s highest honour.last_img read more

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Sports code to be released soon, sports bodies will have to appoint CEO

first_imgAll the sports federation in the country will soon have to appoint a full-time CEO while nobody will be allowed to head these bodies beyond three consecutive terms. There will also be an upper age limit of 70 years.These are part of the suggestions included in the draft National Sports Development Code, which has been submitted to the Union Sports Ministry.Earlier in January, the government had constituted a nine-member panel to draft the Sports Code. Headed by Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas, the panel had Abhinav Bindra, Prakash Padukone, and Anju Bobby George in it.”We will soon release the code and will appeal the sports federations to implement these. I respect the autonomy of the sports bodies, so these guidelines will not be mandatory but I see no reason why they would not be implemented. These are meant to improve the state of sports in the country,” said Union Minister of state (independent charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel.The minister, who has recently designated 12 Olympians as National Observers in their respective disciplines, reminded that the government would act tough when needed. “We suspended the IOA when there was a blatant violation of norms. Our observers will keep giving us constant feedback and I’m sure all the stakeholders will cooperate,” he said.The observers will certainly have an encompassing role as, according to the ministry, they will assist the government, Sports Authority of India, and National Sports Federations concerned including Indian Olympic Association in the preparation and implementation of the long term development plan with respect to high priority and priority sports covering all aspects including selection policy, quality specifications for National Camps, long term athlete development plan, coaching development, development of technical officials and monitoring and evaluation of athlete performance.advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel

first_imgIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test live streaming from Hyderabad: Watch IND vs WI 2nd Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.India produced a dominating performance against West Indies in the first Test and now, they will aim for a whitewash while taking on the visiting side in their second clash of the ongoing two-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.In the first Test, West Indies were thwarted by India by an innings and 272 runs in a completely one-sided contest at the beginning of the tour.India vs West Indies Live Score 2nd Test Day 1West Indies hardly showed any resistance as the Indian bowling line-up tore them apart in both their innings and even their bowling could not stand up to the quality of Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.Hyderabad Test: India look to continue domination over West IndiesHowever, West Indies will find some solace in the second Test as their captain Jason Holder would be back in the squad. They will also welcome back fast bowler Kemar Roach, who had missed the opening Test after he had to rush back to his home following the death of his grandmother.India vs West Indies live streaming: Where to watch IND vs WI 2nd Test Day 1 live streaming onlineIf India manage to win their final Test, it would be their 10th consecutive series win at home since 2013.advertisementWhat time does the 2nd Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 1 of the second Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 12, Friday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.Where will the 2nd Test between India and West Indies be played?The 2nd Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 2nd Test live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 2nd Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 2nd Test between India and West Indies?India Final 12: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

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Watch: Cinematic Highlights of Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告These always remind me of those montages in Friday Night Lights with the dramatic narration. That is to say, I absolutely love them.last_img read more

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EXCITEMENT BUILDING FOR AUSTRALIAN JUNIORS

first_imgThis weekend they are all playing for different clubs, competing in different divisions and are focused on winning a State Cup title. In January they will all be wearing the green and gold for Australia and hoping to take home the title of Youth World Champions. Australia’s 20 and 18 Years sides will be on the Sunshine Coast next January for the Youth World Cup. Many of the NSW players and a few of the Queensland players are at the State Cup this weekend. The Men’s 23s division is one of the strongest of this years tournament. With sides such as Wests, Yass, Central Coast and Kempsey Macley all boasting top class players, including Australian representatives, the competition is only going to get tougher as finals get closer. Chris Lukins, Ben Nercessian and Cameron Nicholls are all playing for Western Suburbs Mens 23’s at the State Cup and are all playing Mens or Mixed 18’s at the Youth World Cup. They agree that State Cup is an important element of their preparation for the Youth World Cup and a great chance for them to work on their fitness. “The training for the Youth World Cup has been pretty intense, both at and away from the camps. It’s good to come away and continue that fitness at a tournament,” said 18’s Mixed player Cameron Nicholls. Teammate Ben Nercessian also values playing at State Cup and believes it will help his World Cup preparation. “Every tournament gives players a new experience that they can learn from, and playing here in the Mens 23’s I’m learning things that will help me at the Youth World Cup,” said Nercessian. Mens 18’s team member, Chris Lukins is another excited about representing his country. “It means heaps to be playing touch for Australia, hopefully we can bring home the title,” said Lukins. Womens 18’s representatives Amanda Skwarko and Ashleigh Dobbins are here this weekend with Ulla Dulla Mixed Open side and while both are enjoying playing Mixed and enjoying the tournament, are also realizing the importance of maintaining their fitness. “We’re having heaps of fun here, but we’ve really got to keep working on our fitness because the Youth World Cup will be tough, hopefully by January we’ll be ready to face the Kiwis,” Skwarko said. “It’s been good that it’s a little warmer today because we really need to get used to playing in the heat,” Dobbins said. “The Sunshine Coast will be even hotter than this, so we better get prepared for it.” Yass Boys 23’s team list also boasts the names of several Australian representatives. Chris Rawlinson, Andrew Baggio and Scott Naughton, with all three agreeing the excitement for the Youth World Cup is building quickly. While most of us are enjoying the mountains of good food to descend on us over Christmas, no doubt our Youth World Cup sides will be worrying about those fitness tests and training camps as they days draw closer to the Youth World Cup. Good luck guys, we’ll be thinking of you. By Rachel Moyle and Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward to

first_imgChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward toby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin believes the club has plenty to look forward to in 2019.He wrote for the club’s website: “Obviously changing a manager is a stressful business, but rarely has that change looked so smooth than it has with the introduction of Maurizio Sarri. “The football is as pleasing on the eye as you could hope for much of the time and the club certainly looks to have taken on board most of the modern technical and tactical football ideas out there.”Maybe the best thing about where we are now at the end of the year is the excitement about the year to come. It will be interesting, enjoyable, entertaining and hopefully successful. It will of course have its ups and downs, but what would I wish for most in the year to come at Chelsea? Like many of us in 12 months’ time I hope once again to be saying the phrase, ‘Eden Hazard has had another great year for Chelsea’. If we can say that, then we will probably have some more silverware too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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PM reminds people of Emergency says dont take democracy for granted

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reminded people of the Emergency and urged them not to take democracy “for granted”, saying in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. In his first ‘Mann ki Baat’ monthly radio address after returning to power, he said everyday when one gets to eat food on time, one doesn’t realize what hunger pangs are. “Similarly, in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. During Emergency, every citizen of the country had started getting the feeling that something that belonged to him had been snatched away. If what was snatched had never been enjoyed by that person, ever, it had to eventually precipitate into a painful inner agony,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief The prime minister reminded people that in order to ensure smooth conduct of the social order, a constitution is required. “Laws and rules are necessary, rights and duties should be part of due discourse,” he said. On June 25, India marked the 44th anniversary of Emergency. In 1977 Lok Sabha elections, the PM said, people voted without bothering about other rights and requirements. They voted, he said, “just for the sake of saving democracy. And the country had witnessed one such Election in 1977.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “When something is in close proximity of us, we tend to underestimate its importance. We ignore even amazing facts about it. We have been blessed with a democracy so invaluable, yet we take it for granted so easily,” he said. Modi was of the view that people must keep reminding themselves that democracy is “gloriously great, it flows in our veins, through centuries of dedicated practice.” Referring to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election, he said a record 61 crore out of nearly 91 crore voters exercised their franchise. “If you exclude China, the number of people who voted in India exceeds the population of any other country in the world. The number of people who voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election is more than the entire population of America, close to double the figure. The total number of voters in India exceeds the entire population of Europe,” said in his address. He pointed out that lakhs of teachers, officers and staff strived day and night to carry out the exercise. Three lakh personnel of the central armed police forces, 20 lakh state police personnel ensured free and fair elections. “Besides this, there is another fact pertaining to these elections that swells our hearts with pride. Perhaps, this is the first time ever that women have enthusiastically voted, as much as men did. This time the ratio of men and women who voted was almost the same. “Another encouraging fact is that, today, there are a record 78 women Members of Parliament. I congratulate the Election Commission and every person connected with the electioneering process and salute the aware voters of India,” Modi said. The prime minister also used the opportunity to ask people to read more and more books at a time when everything is available using “Google guru”. He said he prefers books and not bouquets as gifts and referred to a collection of Munshi Premchand’s stories which he went through again recently. ” … in today’s digital world and in the time of Google Guru … take some time out from your daily routine and devote it to books,” he said.last_img read more

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Jennifer Lawrence Visits Childrens Hospital In Canada

first_imgJennifer Lawrence visited patients at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal last week.Jennifer Lawrence Visits Shriners Hospitals For Children In CanadaCredit/Copyright: Facebook“Jennifer Lawrence is in Montreal filming a new movie and she made time to visit some of our ‪#‎ShrinersCanada‬ kids and staff. Everyone had a great time!” said a note on the Shriners Facebook page.last_img

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Chiefs threaten to take action to stop Harper

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Chiefs of Ontario have a stern warning for the federal government.No unilateral imposition is going to work in their communities and they’ll take action to prevent those things from happening.The chiefs made the announcement at a news conference Thursday rejecting any proposed federal education legislation.They said it’s missing one important element.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo tells us what that is.last_img

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Inquest into deadly BC sawmill explosion underway

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been nearly three and a half years since the deadly sawmill explosion in Burns Lake, B.C. that killed two people and injured 20 others.A coroner’s inquest is currently underway that may provide answers as to what happened that night.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

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People are ready to oust Modi Abhishek

first_imgArra (Bankura): Taking a dig at the Prime Minister on Monday, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the people have caught the double standards of Narendra Modi and are ready to oust him.”People have caught the double standards of Modi and have decided to oust him. On May 23, the lead of Trinamool candidates will go up and Modi will go to tender his resignation to the President,” said Banerjee. He was addressing a mammoth rally here on Monday afternoon. Banerjee said Modi is talking about Hinduism, but in reality he has done nothing. “Five years ago in 2014 he had talked about the construction of Ram Mandir and is talking about it again to gain mileage for the polls,” he said. The Trinamool Youth Congress president said Mamata Banerjee has improved the places of worship for all religions. “The vast areas surrounding Tarakeshwar temple have been upgraded and beautified. In Dakshineshwar, a skywalk has been constructed to facilitate the pilgrims. In the temple town of Tarapith, massive development has been carried out. Even the burial grounds and crematoriums have been restored and developed,” he said. Banerjee alleged that “the corrupt people are thronging around Modi.” “Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya want Modi’s return. Modi addresses meetings with the prime accused of Saradha chit fund scam sitting next to him. All the corrupt people have taken shelter in BJP,” he said, adding: “Pakistan Prime Minister and ISI want Modi to come back. But the people in this country want to oust him. The farmers, workers, small traders and common people will vote him out.” He said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in Bankura. Steps have been taken to address the water crisis in some pockets. People from all walks of life have received benefits under the various schemes taken up by the state government. He urged people to cast their votes in favour of party nominee Subrata Mukherjee. “Go to the polling stations early in the morning and give your opinion in our favour,” he said.last_img read more

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Loonie closes below parity on signal that rates wont rise this year

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed below parity with the greenback for the first time in more than two months Thursday in the wake of the Bank of Canada’s signal that interest rate hikes are likely further off than previously thought.The loonie declined 0.39 of a cent to 99.71 cents US on top of a drop of almost two-thirds of a cent Wednesday as the central bank kept its key rate at one per cent and lowered its economic estimates.The bank has shaved three-tenths of a point off its projections for growth for both 2012 and 2013, to 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively.The change in the guidance likely means the Bank of Canada won’t move to tighten borrowing costs until some time in 2014.However, it’s not expected that this latest move below parity is anything but temporary.Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital, called the losses of the past couple of days a temporary repricing.“The market has made some adjustments to their expectation in terms of the timing of the first rate hike in Canada,” she said.However, she noted that the Bank of Canada is still far more hawkish or more likely to hike rates than the U.S. Federal Reserve “and that’s supportive of the Canadian dollar.”She also said that the loonie will be supported by improving global growth and the favourable investor view of Canada.“The flow should remain favourable into Canada this year and combined all together should create an environment where the dollar doesn’t rally to new highs but still rallies through parity and tests the highs we saw last year.”The loonie peaked last year close to 104 cents US.There was good news from the world’s second-biggest economy as China’s manufacturing crept higher in January to the fastest pace in two years. A preliminary version of HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index rose for the fifth month in a row to 51.9 in January from 51.5 in December. Readings above 50 on the 100-point scale indicate an expansion.The report is further evidence that China’s economy is undergoing a modest recovery from a downturn sparked by the 2008 world financial crisis.Its economy expanded 7.9 per cent in the final quarter of last year, up from 7.4 per cent in the previous quarter. For all of 2012, the economy expanded 7.8 per cent, the slowest annual performance since the 1990s.The Chinese data helped push oil prices higher.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 72 cents to US$95.95 a barrel after falling $1.45 on Wednesday. The decline came after crude shipments through the Seaway pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to refineries on the Gulf Coast had to be cut to less than half because of limited endpoint capacity.Copper slipped one cent to US$3.68 a pound.Gold bullion declined, with the February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $16.80 to US$1,669.90 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2013 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie closes below parity on signal that rates won’t rise this year read more

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Update on search for ViceProvost and Associate VicePresident Academic

Members of the Brock community are invited to attend public presentations from the three short-listed candidates for the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic position.Kate Bezanson, Brock UniversityFriday, Jan. 1211:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.E-Classroom, TH 253Watch Bezanson’s presentation on Microsoft Stream or Video Centre.Brian Power, Brock UniversityTuesday, Jan. 1611:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Plaza 600FWatch Power’s presentation on Microsoft Stream or Video Centre.Lise Gotell, University of AlbertaFriday, Jan. 1911:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.E-Classroom, TH 253Watch Gotell’s presentation on Microsoft Stream or Video Centre.Brock faculty and staff are invited to submit written feedback by Jan. 26 regarding the suitability of each candidate. Applicants’ curriculum vitae are available for review on SharePoint.Email submissions to Thomas Dunk, Chair of the Advisory Committee. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be confidential to the Advisory Committee.For more information, please email Patricia Mosca. read more

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Opinion Braxton Miller could feature prominently in Ohio States season opener

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One. read more

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Man remanded for robbing male sex workers

Of the four men who allegedly robbed two male sex workers on Wednesday last, one was today (Friday), remanded for the crime.Twenty-four-year-old, Michael Macy appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the charges read to him.The first charge alleges that he, on December 12 2017 at Croal Street, Georgetown while being together with others and armed with guns, robbed Denzil Benjamin of a cellphone valued $45,600.A second charge against him, which he also denied, alleges that he, on the same day at the same location and being in the company of the same men, also while being armed, robbed Kevin McLean of one motorcycle valued $178,000.Both charges were made indictable and as such the accused was not allowed to plead.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail being granted on the grounds that a firearm was used; also due to the fact that the other three accused are yet to be charged.As such Magistrate Daly remanded Macy to prison for him to return on January, 26 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo remanded to prison for robbing Royal Castle DeliverymanApril 17, 2014In “Crime”Duo charged for robbery under arms, forgeryJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”Sex workers accused of robbing Presidential guards remanded for robbing anotherOctober 30, 2017In “Court” read more

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What to expect from Battlefield 4s Frostbite 3 engine

first_imgRegardless of your feelings toward shooters or Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 has looked mighty impressive every time it’s been shown off. The E3 Microsoft Xbox One keynote may have tricked you into thinking BF4 was a first-person boat shooter, but this spotlight trailer for the Frostbite 3 engine shows you that, yes, while there is plenty of FPBS to go around, the game can handle much more than that.Among Frostbite 3’s impressive features — networked water simulation, which essentially creates the same body of water for every player to see. If a wave is moving in a certain pattern, it’s moving that way for everyone on the map, and at the exact same time. Rather than just be pretty tech, though, the networked water sim provides the boat-heavy combat with a dynamic environment in which players can use to their advantage — be it via using a wave for cover, or battling a current while swimming.Frostbite 3 doesn’t just up the water ante, though, as it attempts to upgrade character emotions in order to help games convey better narratives. The eyes are portals to one’s soul, but in the land of video games, the eyes are one of the main determining factors as to whether or not a character can climb out of the uncanny valley. Nothing is more disruptive to a narrative than jarring characters, and Frostbite 3 has a focus on characters’ eyes in order to soften that uncanny valley blow — complete with parallax animation in the iris. No longer will parallax animation be confined to grassy backgrounds in old Sega side-scroller beat-em-ups.If pretty eyes and using dynamic waves as ocean-based cover isn’t impressive, Frostbite 3 is why huge buildings can crumble to the ground in the middle of a BF4 match.Battlefield 4 will release in North America on October 29 of this year, so watch the above video, get pumped for first-person boat shooting, and then find something else to do for four months while you wait, we guess. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Battlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_1 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_1 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_2 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_3 WMBattlefield 4 – Siege on Shanghai Multiplayer Screens_4 WMBattlefield 4 Commander Mode ScreensBattlefield 4 Commander Mode Screens9Battlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_4 WMBattlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_5 WMBattlefield 4Battlefield 4 – Angry Sea Single Player Screens_7 WMlast_img read more

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Love Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deaths

first_imgLove Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deaths A stampede at the music festival killed 21 people and injured over 650 others. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,020 Views Apr 24th 2017, 9:26 PM Candles near the site where 21 people died and some 650 were injured in a stampede during the Love Parade Image: Associated Press Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3356682 center_img A GERMAN COURT today ruled that 10 people will face trial accused of negligently causing a catastrophic stampede at a 2010 Love Parade techno music festival that killed 21 people.Overturning a year-old ruling, the court decided that four event organisers and six officials of the city of Duisburg will face charges including negligent manslaughter and causing bodily harm.Prosecutors, victims’ relatives and survivors have pointed to chaotic crowd management as the cause of the disaster in which revellers were crushed, trampled to death and suffocated.More than 650 people were injured in the mass panic as pressure from a heaving sea of hundreds of thousands of young people squashed the victims against fences and walls.A Duisburg court dismissed the criminal case last year, casting doubt on an expert report on the disaster, in a ruling that angered victims’ groups.But now, after an appeal, a higher panel in Duesseldorf overturned that ruling, saying there was a “sufficiently” high chance of convicting those responsible.It said in a statement there was “cause to believe” that shortcomings in organisers’ duty of care caused the deaths and injuries.The court did not set a starting date for the trial. Negligent manslaughter carries up to five years in prison.Victims Prosecutors blamed serious planning errors for the 24 July, 2010 tragedy at the site, a former cargo rail depot in the western industrial city.Eight men and 13 women were killed — included seven foreigners, from Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.The city mayor at the time, Adolf Sauerland, became the prime target of public anger, accused of having ignored warnings that the summer festival was a disaster waiting to happen, and was forced to resign by a 2012 city referendum.The Love Parade started as an underground event in the former West Berlin in 1989 and was held there most years until 2006, at times drawing over one million people.Following wrangling over permits and arguments over the mountains of rubbish left behind, the festival moved from Berlin to cities in western Germany’s industrial Ruhr region until the tragedy of 2010.The deadly disaster led organisers to declare that the Love Parade would never be held again “out of respect for the victims”.Comments are closed for legal reasons. – © AFP 2017Read: ‘He ended up in an induced coma’: Matt Dawson on his son’s meningitis battleRead: Marine Le Pen steps down as leader of her party No Comments Image: Associated Press Candles near the site where 21 people died and some 650 were injured in a stampede during the Love Parade Monday 24 Apr 2017, 9:26 PM Share3 Tweet Email last_img read more

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What does Cyprus mean for your portfolio

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A couple of weeks ago, well-known conservative columnist Gerard Henderson said on the ABC’s Insiders that one of the biggest issues facing Europe that had “implications” for Australia was the “economic basket case” of Crete.We are sure that after he had his morning croissant and coffee, Henderson would have reflected that he meant Cyprus.The implications of Cyprus’ financial difficulties, stemming from too much money swishing around and too little productivity, are far reaching, to be sure. But some believe the market’s selling in response has been an over-reaction and instead look at it as a buying opportunity, particularly for the most beleaguered of all sectors, resources.One of the fund managers spoken to – who has been buying small miners in the past weeks – has a track record of consistent performance, having returned about 13 per cent a year to investors in his fund in the past 10 years.“I would say that all the negative news is in the price of most miners,” he said. “It wouldn’t take much positive news to see a significant bounce in the next six weeks.“Even if Europe is a write-off, the two largest economies in the world are promoting expansion and Japan is now stepping up. It’s far from doom and gloom.”Our bullish fund manager’s argument is that Cyprus is a poor indicator for Europe, but that is just one part of the global economic puzzle which, overall, is looking increasingly positive when you consider the amount of economic stimulus going on, both in money being pumped into big economies and in direct government spending.We saw some progress in ‘Abenomics’, where the Japanese are about to use aggressive monetary policy to kick-start their economy in the wake of 15 years of deflation and four recessions since 2000. Japan’s central bank said yesterday that it would buy 7 trillion yen ($69.4 billion) worth of bonds a month.Then you have the United States, where unemployment remains a big concern, underpinning the continuation of quantitative easing, where the central bank prints money to buy low-rated mortgage bonds at the rate of $US40 billion ($38.4 billion) a month.Recent manufacturing data out of China was not as positive as expected but still indicates its economy is growing at a rate of about 6 or 7 per cent, according to some economists. Its government continues to pump trillions of yuan into infrastructure and education. Companies whose share prices are linked to demand in commodities have the most to gain from global economic growth continuing. There are still about 3 billion people in the world who would like to live the way many Australians do, and the world needs more commodities for this to be the case.The time to buy is often when sentiment is at its worst, and professional investors are supposed to be more dispassionate about these things. Time will tell.Radar spoke to another fund manager who was less sanguine about resources, but more bullish about small caps.David Lamm previously managed money for one of the richest families in Australia, the Alters, and has set up his own shop and managed to return more than 25 per cent a year in the past three years.“Cyprus means nothing more than increased risk in the global financial system,” he said. “Because the small end is so undervalued it’s not as vulnerable to a sell off.“I don’t think it’s the end of the world, but when the world comes through this, there is more potential to make money from undervalued small caps, which is why we’re buying them.”Interestingly, some of the small caps that Lamm likes definitely have an international flavour.For example, eServGlobal has a technology called HomeSend, which allows the diaspora of the world to send money back home via their mobile phones. Radar has tipped this stock and so far it has delivered a return of almost 50 per cent to investors. It’s a technology many expatriate Cypriots might consider using.*This article was first published in The Age.last_img read more

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Behringer Soundscape Air Speakers des hautparleurs sans fil pour iPod

first_imgBehringer Soundscape Air Speakers: des haut-parleurs sans fil pour iPodEn plus d’être sans fil, ces nouvelles enceintes se rechargent par induction, donc plus besoin de câbles! Le spécialiste allemand de l’audio professionnelle Behringer s’est lancé dans des gammes de produits accessibles à tous et utiles quotidiennement (notamment les docks audio pour iPhone ou iPod…). Encore une fois, la firme présente un produit comptabile avec un terminal iOs. Le Soundscape Air Speakers ressemble à un dock, dont les enceintes sont détachables et sans fil, chargées par des batteries internes. Vous pourrez donc les transporter n’importe où dans votre maison. De plus, le tout se recharge par un chargeur induction (procédé électromagnétique qui recharge la batterie par le courant porté dans l’air). Ceci évitera de rebrancher votre enceinte que vous aurez déjà déplacé par exemple.Il faudra encore attendre pour en connaître les spécifications techniques, mais quoi qu’il en soit, Behringer vendra ses haut-parleurs aux alentours de 129 dollars (une centaine d’euros). Le 10 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE says Paige tested positive for an illegal substance responding to allegations

first_img Randy Torkkola October 12, 2016 at 10:51 am What a trainwreck… get a clue girl Aaron David Harwood b d WhatsApp Wouldn’t it be more “a second suspension (60 days)?” The way it reads it sounds like she’s had two 60 days as opposed to a 30 day and a (now) 60 day. Twitter The way I see, Paige is trying to get her fans to believe that the WWE is trying to railroad her with these suspensions. It seems to me that if the WWE wanted to be rid of her, they could just release her or send her home to ride out her contract, since I’m sure she’s on the lower end of the WWE’s pay scale. Glenn Wolf 6 COMMENTS Hart Guile Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations i didn’t realise sore throat lozenges were illegal. October 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm Tre Zencenter_img Google+ WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test October 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm Paige to undergo a second neck surgery, pulled from SummerSlam weekend appearances The New York Post is featuring an article with an official statement from WWE responding to recent allegations about Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) and her second 60 day suspension from the company for violating the wellness policy.The article referenced comments from Paige’s family claiming she did not fail a drug test and instead tested positive for painkillers that she was prescribed to help treat her current neck problems. Her family also alleged she was not receiving proper medical care.WWE, in responding to the allegations, issued this statement.“Saraya-Jade Bevis tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug. In addition, WWE is providing world-class medical care for her in-ring injury.”We reported yesterday that Paige had issued a series of tweets responding to news about her second suspension where she stated “rules apply depending on your status.” October 12, 2016 at 7:22 am an “illegal substance” doesn’t necessarily mean cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc… it could mean nyquil, tylenol, sore throat lozenges, etc. those tests will find EVERYTHING, and if you didn’t clear it with the wwe first, you’re screwed (unless you’re one of their top stars, then you can do whatever drug you want). Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If it was one of those I reckon WWE would’ve said banned, not illegal, their lawyers would’ve made sure of it. And your comment about stars doesn’t hold up either when you consider other bans that have been handed out in the past. Comments are closed. October 12, 2016 at 10:23 am October 15, 2016 at 6:58 am Pinterestlast_img read more

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PeaceHealth OHSU team to bolster neonatal care in region

first_imgPeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University are joining forces to enhance neonatal care in Southwest Washington.Beginning March 1, board-certified neonatologists from OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital will staff the Vancouver hospital’s Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit around the clock. The collaboration will be headed by Dr. Robert Schelonka, head of the division of neonatology at Doernbecher and an associate professor at OHSU’s School of Medicine.The partnership will address the need for acute neonatology care at PeaceHealth Southwest, Schelonka said in a news release.“Building on the existing efforts of their neonatal team, we will enhance and broaden clinical services and capabilities to provide comprehensive, quality, safe, timely and family centered neonatal care for families in their home community whenever possible,” he said.The two hospitals will also share resources to enhance quality and reduce costs, cross-train medical professionals and broaden access to unique clinical trials that provide medical treatments and therapies often not available elsewhere in the region.“This collaboration will allow OHSU and PeaceHealth Southwest to work more closely to enhance and coordinate care for our most vulnerable newborns,” said Dr. Mark O’Hollaren, vice president for strategic outreach at OHSU and professor of medicine at OHSU’s School of Medicine. “Our goal is to allow as many babies as possible to receive care close to home and family, and when that is not possible, to have seamless care coordination between our two organizations to most effectively and compassionately care for these patients.”last_img read more

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South Florida students dine with police officers Ronald McDonald

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A few South Florida students are enjoying a lunch date with Ronald McDonald and police.The lunch is part of the Do The Right Thing initiative where kids in student-at-risk areas get rewarded for their good behavior and good deeds.Ronald McDonald led the first ever Dine with an Officer event at the McDonald’s near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 82nd Street, in Miami.He packed games, prizes and happy meals for everyone. “We’re here with the Do The Right Thing organization, teaming up with McDonald’s and the Miami-Dade Police Department, having lots of fun and encouraging doing the right thing,” said Ronald McDonald.“It’s kind of rewarding because just by doing the right thing, I get to see police officers and come to McDonalds,” said North Miami Elementary School Student, Tatiana Luc.The students were awarded with prizes, T-shirts and personalized congratulatory letters signed by Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes and Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Poor suffer as Gandhi ambulances go defunct

first_imgSecunderabad: People planning to take back their dear ones home are hiring private vehicles as most of the ambulances at Gandhi Hospital are not in a working condition. Patients have to wait near the hospital for hours to take the dead body of their dear ones or hire private vehicles.There were 10 ambulances in Gandhi Hospital, but now, only four are in working condition while the remaining six are under repair, according to the officials. Patients are forced to spend a lot of money for hiring private ambulance. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, Yadaiah, an attendant of a patient, said, “The cost of the ambulance is much more than the cost of treatment. The poor cannot afford it.” A native of Ghatkesar, he was caught stranded at the hospital for want of money and could move his brother only after his relatives brought cash. There are close to 1,800 patients admitted at the hospital at any given point of time, while the bed strength is just over 1,000. Mallesh (name changed on request) a sub-staff at the hospital, said, “Poor patients just cannot afford to hire private ambulance.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Private ambulances charge anywhere between Rs 2,000 to 3,000 even for a few km. Some people need ambulance to shift the patients to other hospital but they have to wait for hours for the ambulance. Senior doctors said that a proposal was submitted to the State government for more ambulances. The demand for ambulance service is huge. Many a time, the vehicles are sent to nearby towns as many patients from the towns close to Hyderabad visit Gandhi Hospital as most of the accident cases are referred there.last_img read more

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Draculas Cannonballs – Incredible Find Connected to Vlad the Impaler

first_imgResearchers have discovered medieval cannonballs that they believe were used by the Wallacian Voivode (ruler) Vlad the Impaler, or Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, during a battle in 1461 with the Ottoman Turks. The ruler of Wallachia was known for his savage battle tactics–including, yes, impaling–and also for inspiring Bram Stoker’s fictional depiction of Count Dracula, an aristocratic Transylvanian vampire with a peculiar hunger.Painting of Vlad TepesThe discovery was made in the ruins of a medieval fortress in Svishtov, a small town in the northern part of the country, by Professor Nikolay Ovcharov from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology in Sofia and his team. “What’s really interesting is that from the [early] Ottoman period we have found cannonballs. We rejoice at those small cannonballs because they are from culverins,” Ovcharov said in an interview with Nova TV. “These were the earliest cannons which were for the 15th century, up until the 16th century, they weren’t in use after that. That was precisely the time of Vlad Dracula, there is no doubt that they are connected with the siege and conquest of the Zishtova Fortress by Vlad Dracula in 1461.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSvishtov, Bulgaria. Photo by Mincov CC BY 3.0The archaeologist said it’s likely that Dracula stayed at the fortress after conquering it. “The truth is that Vlad Dracula besieged this place, conquered it, and most probably also resided here [briefly],” Ovcharov stated.Vlad fought many battles and had countless people done away with whom he considered enemies. His most hated opponent was the Ottoman sultan. During this time period, the Ottomans were attempting to conquer sections of Eastern Europe. In 1453, Sultan Mehmed II had conquered Constantinople, and the Ottoman powers stretched over the Carpathians, a threat to mainland Europe. By 1481 the Ottomans had control of the Balkans peninsula.In today’s odd news…https://t.co/Phck5d5j75— Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) June 6, 2019What makes Vlad’s relationship to the Ottomans complex is that Vlad’s father had made a treaty with them and offered his own two sons, Dracula and Radu, to serve in their army and learn from them. When Vlad turned against them, he was a dangerous foe because of that knowledge. Once he was king, Vlad strengthened the Wallachian army to fight the Ottoman forces.Pope Pius II called for a crusade; Vlad pledged his allegiance to the Pope and the crusade. Vlad devastated the Bulgarian lands between Serbia and the Black Sea, including the fortress where the cannonballs were found. Vlad was killed in battle in 1477 and his head was sent to Sultan Mehmed. Today there is a statue of Vlad in Bucharest, where he is considered a folk hero.Related Video:The link between Vlad and Dracula comes from the word “dracul.” The King of Hungary inducted Vlad’s father into a knightly order called the Order of the Dragon. This designation earned him a new surname: Dracul. The name came from the old Romanian word for dragon, which is “drac.”His son, Vlad III, would later be known as the “son of Dracul,” or in old Romanian, Drăculea, hence Dracula. “In modern Romanian, the word “drac” also refers to the devil.)Statue of Vlad Tepes in Romania. Photo by CC BY-SA 3.0 ROVlad Tepes was born in 1431 in what is now Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania. But the link between Vlad the Impaler and Transylvania is a bit weak, according to Florin Curta, a professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida.“[Stoker’s] Dracula is linked to Transylvania, but the real, historic Dracula — Vlad III — never owned anything in Transylvania,” Curta said in an interview with Live Science. Bran Castle, a modern-day tourist attraction in Transylvania that is often referred to as Dracula’s castle, was never the home of the Wallachian prince.Bran Castle. Photo by Todor Bozhinov CC BY-SA 4.0“Because the castle is in the mountains in this foggy area and it looks spooky, it’s what one would expect of Dracula’s castle,” Curta said. “But he [Vlad III] never lived there. He never even set foot there.” According to the book Dracula: Sense and Nonsense, by Elizabeth Miller, in 1890 Stoker read a book about Wallachia. Although it did not mention Vlad III, Stoker was struck by the word “Dracula.” He wrote in his notes, “in Wallachian language means DEVIL.”Related Article: New Findings Suggest Vlad the Impaler was Imprisoned Beneath this CastleBram Stoker never came out and said that his vampire creation was Vlad the Impaler, only that he was from a noble family. The connection was made much more explicitly in Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dracula and in such novels as Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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Renowned terrible golfer Charles Barkley is slightly less horrible at hitting a

first_imgCharles Barkley in the batting cage. pic.twitter.com/Jp4Ev4H6ab— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) June 6, 2016Maybe Chuck is onto something. Charles Barkley is a Hall of Fame basketball player and a natural on TV as an NBA analyst. Sir Charles also has, arguably, the most nausea inducing golf swing that has ever been witnessed by man. It’s been known to induce uncontrollable vomiting and cause temporary blindness if you stare at it to long.Barkley tried his hand at batting practice before the Cubs game tonight. Although he wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball, his batting stroke is a masterpiece compared to his his NSFW golf hack. last_img read more

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6 VPNs that can help you break through Chinas Great Firewall

first_imgPandaPow — Best easy-to-use China-centric VPN The Great Wall of China was originally built to keep barbarians out, and now the Great Firewall of China strives to do the same kind of thing in our digital era. Allowing the Chinese government to block access to foreign websites and slow down cross-border internet traffic, the Great Firewall is the largest system of censorship in the world. But if you’re traveling to the vast country, you can circumvent it using a virtual private network, or VPN. Take it from us: You don’t have to get blocked in China.While using a VPN in China is technically legal, providers play a game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, which periodically crack down and try to block servers and throttle bandwidth, much to the annoyance of internet users. For example, a VPN ban reportedly came into effect in March, but nothing seems to have happened on the face of it at least, with providers being kept in the dark about if and when the ban will be rolled out.Users in China may have to swap VPNs if theirs becomes blocked, but having one is a necessity for anyone wanting unfettered access to foreign websites, from news sites to social media and Google. If you’re on vacation in China you’ll need a VPN for posting snaps to Instagram and keeping in touch with friends using Whatsapp. This is because VPNs assign a virtual IP address to obscure your real location from others, enabling you to circumnavigate geo-blocking and censorship measures as if you are based somewhere without them. VPNs also encrypt data, leaving your computer or device to make it impossible for others to see what you’re downloading, which is useful in a country where surveillance is a top priority for the authorities.The first thing to know about VPNs in China is that it’s easier to install one before you arrive, but how do you choose? Lots of servers (in China if possible), high speeds and extra layers of security are all important things to look for in a VPN offering. Reliable, 24/7 customer service is also an important consideration, because if you experience technical difficulties while you’re there, the fastest service available isn’t much use to you if you can’t troubleshoot.PureVPN — Best for servers in China and speed Image: purevpnPureVPN operates from Hong Kong and four of its 750+ servers are based in China itself, which is quite rare. This makes for some speedy connections while doing your part to battle the Chinese goverment. The VPN also offers its users unlimited bandwidth and five simultaneous connections. There are a whole bunch of security options, including industry standard 256-bit encryption, support for pretty much all protocols, built-in ad and malware blocking, DNS and IPv6 leak protection, and a kill switch. PureVPN has a self-managed network so your data is handled by PureVPN only, without the intervention or interference of any third-parties. There is also the option to use a NAT Firewall add-on, which provides an added layer of security by safeguarding a user’s device from hackers exploiting loopholes. The company claims to have a zero logging policy, although in 2017, a user was arrested partially due to session logs held by the VPN. This practice isn’t unusual, but may put some people off, particularly in a country where there is believed to be a lot of surveillance. There are lots of extra features with PureVPN, including split tunneling so users can decide which traffic is funneled through their VPN, unlimited server switching and data transfer, plus the ability to create a Wi-Fi VPN hotspot.When it comes to troubleshooting worries, PureVPN has live chat support for customers open every hour of the day, as well as ticket and email support. As with other offerings, there are apps for Mac OS, Windows, Android, and iOS devices and the company claims its product is easy to set up on gaming consoles and smart TVs too. Customers can pay for their subscriptions using an array of options, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The best-value subscription costs just $2.88/month for two years, but the seven-day money-back guarantee has terms and conditions attached. ExpressVPN — Best all-around VPN for China Image: tunnelbearWhen it comes to free VPNs some experts are skeptical, but for those looking to save money on their travels, there’s TunnelBear. The Canada-based VPN is packed with features and has a sense of humour with a strong bear-theme running through its programs. For example, to connect to the VPN users choose a country and then another to connect to and watch a bear tunnel there when the connection is secure.There are apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Chrome and support for five simultaneous connections for premium accounts. When it comes to security, TunnelBear uses strong AES 256-bit encryption by default, the same level of encryption as many expensive services. There is also a feature called “VigilantBear,” a kill switch that blocks all unsecured traffic when you lose your Wi-Fi connection, until a device has safely reconnected again. “GhostBear” or stealth mode is another handy feature — particularly in China — which makes a user’s VPN-encrypted data less detectable to governments, businesses, and ISPs. It disguises OpenVPN traffic to help people get around firewalls by using obfsproxy, but can take a toll on speeds.The VPN has servers in 20 countries, but one downside is that not all of them are available to non-fee-paying customers, meaning potentially slower speeds. It’s doesn’t allow P2P torrenting, so users of BitTorrent should look elsewhere. Unlike many other VPNs TunnelBear doesn’t have a no logging policy, but instead keeps minimal logs for one month in order to comply with Canadian law, which could worry some users.TunnelBear has three types of subscriptions: Little Bear is free and gives users 500MB of data/month, while Giant offers unlimited data for $9.99/month on a monthly basis and Grizzly offers the same for $5/month based on a user signing up for a year. Image: bufferedLots of VPNs offer live chat support, but Buffered goes a little further. The Hungarian VPN offers round-the-clock technical support as well as a 30-day refund policy, which is a great way for users to check that they are happy with the service and a relatively unusual feature among VPNs.The VPN claims to offer high speed connections and has servers in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, as well as China itself. It also offers unlimited bandwidth with no download restrictions, which is ideal for fans of torrenting in China.Expats have reported the VPN works fine for accessing geo-blocked streaming services as well as popular foreign websites, but some people have found they are unable to access Netflix.Buffered offers military-grade encryption, a kill switch, and a no logging policy (aside from connections) when it comes to security, but while its plans and security measures are easy to understand, some users may be put off by a lack of apps for their devices. While the VPN provides detailed set-up instructions and the process is said to be fairly simple, it offers no apps for iOS, unlike most of its competitors. The subscription is also not the cheapest at $12.99/month or $7.62 for a “13 month special.” Image: nordvpnWhile China tends to focus its crackdowns on VPN providers, security and privacy is important to VPN users too. NordVPN has some neat security features, including shared IP addresses. Its Mac client uses Next Generation Encryption (NGE) IKEv2/IPsec as standard and 256bit-GCM for encryption, which is used by the military. There is also the option to use “Onion over VPN” or Double VPN servers, which means data is passed through two separate VPN servers instead of one. For users in China this means traffic can be re-routed to Taiwan, then travel through a server in Hong Kong before reaching its destination, which does take a toll on speed.NordVPN doesn’t keep logs of online activity. This means that your private data, online activity and browsing history can’t be monitored, gathered, exposed, or intercepted by third parties. Users can also select DNS leak protection to protect their IP address and an automatic kill switch, which either kills all programs or chosen programs if the VPN connection drops. This protects a user’s personal data from being temporarily exposed. There’s also ad-blocking functionality and protection against phishing threats.Users can link up to six devices simultaneously to NordVPN’s servers using apps for Mac OS, Windows, iOS, and Android. The service also boasts unlimited bandwidth for torrenting, decent download speed, and a 24/7 live chat tool for support. Expats have reported they have successfully used NordVPN to unblock geo-locked services including Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video, making it a popular choice for travelers wanting to keep up with the latest films and TV shows while in China.NordVPN may have 3,000 servers around the world, but one downside is that none of them are in China, meaning users in the country face speed penalties as internet traffic has further to travel. Nearby servers are located in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Another downside is that NordVPN’s monthly plan is relatively expensive, at $11.95/month. But the price drops significantly to $3.29/month as part of a two-year subscription. TunnelBear — Best free option Image: purevpn Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.Image: Bob Al-Greene / Mashable IllustrationBy Sarah GriffithsMashable Deals2018-06-01 21:53:53 UTC Image: pandapow Image: pandapowAs its name suggests, Hong Kong-based PandaPow is designed to pack a punch in China, with decent speeds and security. But its biggest selling point is its simplicity.The self-dubbed “hassle-free VPN service” boasts instant activation with users able to get started in minutes thanks to a one-click set-up. While this may be a bit of an exaggeration, setting up the VPN is reportedly very easy. There is software for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS accompanied with straightforward set-up guides. PandaPow is perhaps best known for its router/Wi-Fi set up, which is handy for anyone staying in the country for a while.The company also offers unlimited speeds, bandwidth and speed test usage, and unlimited server switches between 120+ servers in 16 countries. There’s also a filter feature in PandaPow Wi-Fi, which allows you to exclude or include the internet traffic traveling through the VPN connection, a feature typically seen in more expensive VPN offerings. When it comes to security, PandaPow does not log browser activity and reportedly offers strong encryption, but the details are a little vague. Some users have reported that sometimes when a VPN connection fails, which is common in China, the VPN doesn’t automatically resume, which could pose a security risk.PandaPow offers a number of plans, but its classic option costs $9/month on a monthly basis, or $84 for a year. They all come with a seven-day money back guarantee, which is really handy if the service isn’t right for your needs. Image: nordvpn NordVPN — Best for innovative security Image: tunnelbear Buffered — Best customer service and refund policy Image: expressvpn Image: expressvpnExpressVPN has a great mix of security, reliability, speed, and customer service, making it ideal for use in China.China’s Great Firewall is sophisticated enough to block basic OpenVPN connections, but Express VPN’ can circumnavigate the wall, with users reporting fast speeds, especially if they connect to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, or some other US servers which are said to be optimized for users in China. The service automatically finds the fastest server for you.Expats say the VPN works well to watch geo-blocked content from Netflix and YouTube, as well as other popular foreign streaming services. Users can enjoy unlimited bandwidth and they can connect to three devices simultaneously if they want.In a country where there’s censorship, security may seem particularly important. Express VPN boasts strong 256-bit AES encryption and support for lots of VPN protocols. The company offers a strict no logging policy and there’s a handy kill-switch, DNS/IPv6 leak protection, and a split tunneling feature for Mac and Windows, which allows users to protect their torrent client only. There’s also TOR compatibility.Customer service-wise, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 customer support and a bunch of apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux to make life easier for users. Expats are particularly complimentary The downside is that it’s a little more expensive than its competitors. A one-month subscription costs $12.95, but there’s currently a deal for $6.67/month if you sign up for 15 months. 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What to Consider When Comparing 64slice to Higher Slice CT Systems

first_img Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system. The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Technology Reports View all 9 items Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For RadiologyValue in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of RadiologyVIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingHow Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a research fellow in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been involved in a study of a positron-emission tomography (PET) FDG radiotracer agent to image sarcoidosis. The inflammatory disease affects multiple organs and usually include abnormal masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues that can form in the heart. Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 08, 2016 What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems Related content:itnTV “Conversations”: The Accuray Philosophy Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. 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The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Conference Coverage View all 396 items Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. 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Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. 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Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). 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At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Information Technology | April 17, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Creating an Interoperability Strategy With Intellispace Enterprise Edition as the foundation, Philips Healthcare is connecting facilities and service areas within enterprises, while developing standards-based interoperability that preserves customers’ investments and best of breed systems.  SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Recent Videos View all 606 items Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, director of South Florida Imaging Cardiovascular Institute, Holy Cross Hospital, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2016 annual meeting. Smuclovisky explains what imaging departments need to know about when purchasing the newest generation of CT scanners. He explains there is more to scanners than slices, offering information beyond the hype over 64-, 128-, 256-, 320-, and 640-slice CT scanners.  For more information, read “Costs vs. Benefits: Comparing 64-Slice to 256, 320-Slice CT.” Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Cardiac Sarcoidosis Content:ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac SarcoidosisNew PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology ArticlesRecent Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Technology CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Clinical Decision Support | June 29, 2017 VIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Related content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments Sponsored Videos View all 142 items FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Find more SCCT news and videos Information Technology View all 220 items CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Related Enterprise Imaging Content:RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise ImagingVIDEO: Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging StrategyFive Steps for Better Diagnostic Image ManagementVIDEO: Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption ModelEnterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging WorkgroupVIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System Find more SCCT news and videos Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Related content:VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice — Interview with Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.VIDEO: AI That Second Reads Radiology Reports and Deals With Incidental Findings — Interview with Nina Kottler, M.D.Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Radiology Practice Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System.last_img read more

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Learning English in Costa Rica then and now

first_imgRelated posts:Claiming my Afro-Latinidad A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man My two children, born in New York, are English speakers with a fair background in the basics of Spanish. They attend a private international school in Costa Rica where instruction is in English – except for Spanish class, of course, and the preparatory program for the Costa Rican high school exit exams. My 15-year-old son has emerged as a true Tico, as he can now roll off his tongue all themaes, esos and other soccer-field lingo that signifies “arrival.”For my husband and daughter, the journey has been a bit more treacherous. As for me, I have never had formal Spanish instruction, but I can understand, speak (tongue-tied much of the time) and write it. Yet much of my daily life involves English. The neighborhood we live in is a mix of U.S. and European expats and professional Costa Ricans who love speaking English with me, though I attempt to reply in Spanish. Outside of this enclave, of course, the Costa Rican world remains mostly Spanish-speaking. At the feria on Saturday morning, I have my regular vendors who greet me with fresh kale as we discuss the weather and their crops.I realize as I move between spaces that my worlds are language-driven. When I am with my Costa Rican family, conversation is generally in Spanish, with whispers when I need translation. I began to think about the significance of this since there are rumors that within 20 years, 60 percent of Costa Ricans will speak English.  I think that today, the majority of Costa Ricans who speak English fluently come primarily from two spaces: from an Afro/Caribbean-descended family, or from a private school education which was either bilingual or English-based. The latter indicates a class status. The former is based in a specific political and cultural tradition from the Caribbean coast which still has ramifications today.I love the fact that I can simply make a phone call to my maternal aunts and get all the information I need on their experiences growing up in Puerto Limón in the 1940s and 1950s. My Aunt Marjorie is the family storyteller; in West Africa she would be called a griot. A griot is a respected holder of communal knowledge, usually shared through word-of-mouth as part of a community’s oral tradition. Well, Tía Marjorie has a suitcase of knowledge that I am grateful for! I have always heard my mother and her sisters laugh about Sister Jesse and English school, but only until I spoke with my tias did I get a good idea about how they acquired English in Costa Rica.At the turn of the 20th century, the influx of Anglophone Caribbean immigrants into Puerto Limón and the surrounding area to work on the Northern Railway and the banana plantations of the United Fruit Company, created a “country” on the Caribbean coast that was fully autonomous from the central highlands of Costa Rica. These Caribbean immigrants – educated, religious and professional – established their churches, local newspapers, businesses, worker unions and social clubs, which were mostly church-based. These organizations helped the community articulate itself as it struggled with the identity politics of being of Caribbean origins and non-Costa Ricans (until 1948, when those of Caribbean lineage but born in Costa Rica could apply for naturalization). One of the great markers of this Caribbean identity was the creation and maintenance of private English schools by the local Black community.My tía tells me that her father, Jamaican-born and married to a black woman from Limón, insisted that his four daughters learn to read and write English as part of their cultural heritage.  My grandfather never learned Spanish, and he did not need to in the Limón of his time. My grandmother learned Spanish well into her 50s, once she was living in San Jose. The world of Puerto Limón was an English-speaking center which was cosmopolitan in its outlook, as it engaged with sailors from around the world. Newspapers about global events were widely circulated. There were several private English schools that Black children could attend, including those run by the Baptist and Methodist Churches. Sister Jesse, Teacher Thomas and Mr. Davidson, all of Caribbean descent, were some of the English teachers who ran these schools which offered a program complementary to that of the Spanish schools that the Costa Rican government mandated all children to attend.Enter the world of Sister Jesse! She was a member of the Methodist Church and my grandmother was her seamstress. Tall and imposing, she wore long skirts with full petticoats, frilly white blouses closed at the neck and laced-up black boots in the hot Limón sun! As an exchange for her sewing services, my grandmother was allowed to send her four daughters to Sister Jesse’s English school for free. It was located in a one-room building next to the Methodist Church, around the corner from Los Banos in Limón. So, in the early 1940s, my mother and her sisters went to the schoolhouse, mostly in the afternoons, from 1-3 pm after Spanish school.Sister Jesse’s classroom was divided into Primary and Secondary; she had a younger woman teach the Kindergarten, First and Second Grades about 15 students. Sister Jesse took the older students in one large mix, up to 25 students at a time. She taught English, Geography/History (British of course!), Math and Religion.Sister Jesse’s world was ordered and serious, and maintained the respectability politics of the immigrant Caribbean community of her time. My tia recounts that most of the teaching and assessment was done orally: the students would form a daily semicircle around Sister Jesse’s desk, with the head of the class going first. Everyone vied for that spot, because the last thing a student wanted was to be the tail. Class started with the times tables, then spelling and geography. My aunts admitted that they were naughty and chatted a lot in class, therefore rarely avoiding the punishment meted out at the end of the day by Sister Jesse.It was this Limon community that established the foundations of English literacy for its children as an act of political and cultural consciousness which remain strong today among many Afro-Costa Ricans. One of the initiatives for the United Nations Decade of Afro-Descendants is the support of English-speaking Afro-Costa Rican communities through the sharing and celebration of language and cultural norms. Costa Rican scholars such as Dr. Marva Spence Sharpe study Limonese linguistic patterns in order to preserve all of their wonderful influences in Costa Rica’s history.Read more of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere’s columns here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats, moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York in June 2014.  She is now accepting applications for Tengo Sed IV Writers and Yoga Retreat in Jan 2017. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Germany part funded bicommunal glossary

first_imgGermany’s contribution to a bi-communal glossary prepared under the wing of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was €25,000, the German ambassador to Cyprus said on Friday.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, ambassador Franz Josef Kremp said he supported the idea of the glossary, saying “it will encourage journalists to consider the sensitivities around certain words, and to offer them a useful tool of possible alternatives.”The glossary was a joint undertaking between two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot journalists.It was launched earlier this week amidst polarized reactions. The OSCE thanked both Germany and the Netherlands for their financial contribution.Kremp told CNA Germany’s contribution of €25,000 was 50% of the cost.Earlier this week, the embassy posted on its Facebook page that “Germany is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this meaningful project that is contributing to the rapprochement of the Turkish and Greek Cypriots”.It contains 56 terms which may cause offence to communities from the island on the other side of the divide and contains alternative terms which are mutually acceptable.The embassy also backed statements by the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, who in the glossary’s foreword said the aim of the glossary is not to impose the use of words or terminology on journalists.“They are and should always remain free to write and report without restrictions. The glossary is also not about political correctness, but about encouraging new approaches and a new thinking on the most difficult issues, and a dialogue throughout and between the media communities.”Titled Words that matter: a glossary for journalism in Cyprus, the glossary sparked polarised reactions, with many journalists branding it an anathema and a restriction on freedom of speech.President Nicos Anastasiades jumped on the bandwagon too, saying it wasn’t the right time for such an initiative and expressing his discontent at the OSCE’s involvement.You May LikeCampusPlusThese Universities are nearly impossible to get intoCampusPlusUndoOrganixMag.com25 Health Benefits of AvocadoOrganixMag.comUndoHistoryDaily60 Once Beautiful Locations- What Happened To Them?HistoryDailyUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan

first_img Categories: Runestad News 15Jul Rep. Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad has begun work on a bill that would ban local sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens.“This is a pressing issue in our country given recent current events,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I have started work on a bill to address this issue at the state level and to protect Michigan’s hard working men and women.Sanctuary cities are cities that adopt policies that prohibit employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. These policies alter the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, which in some instances results in non-U.S. citizens being eligible for government benefits.Runestad adds that the legislation he is working on focuses on illegal aliens, not the many citizens who enter this country under legal means.“Immigration has been at the forefront of many national conversations and after recent events in San Francisco it is paramount we have protections against illegal aliens, especially those who continue to break the law once they have entered this country illegally.”A request for legislation has been submitted and a draft is expected back soon. Rep. Runestad plans to introduce his legislation as soon as the draft is finished.last_img read more

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Rep Roberts votes yes on historic package to fix Michigan roads

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts has voted in favor of a legislative package that will fix roads and bridges across the state of Michigan.“We’ve been working extremely hard, week in and week out, to find a compromise that fixes the roads quickly, and ensures their sustainability,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “This is that plan.”The final roads plan allocates money from Michigan’s General Fund, as well as additional dollars that will be raised in new revenue. As normal inflation continues over time, the measure also creates a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate. In addition to providing funds specifically for roads, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit for middle and low-income families across the state.“This compromise is the best plan for Michigan residents that has come across our desks. It uses ideas from both sides of the aisle that the House, the Senate, and Gov. Snyder can agree on,” Rep. Roberts said. “I’m proud that we were able to come together and unite with a plan that makes sense for Michiganders.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature.### 03Nov Rep. Roberts votes ‘yes’ on historic package to fix Michigan roads Categories: News,Roberts Newslast_img read more

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Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee

first_img03Mar Albion River Trail receives funding under bill approved in committee The City of Albion could receive $294,000 for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project under a bill approved today in a state House committee, state Rep. John Bizon announced.The Committee on Appropriations today approved House Bill 5377, which includes the funding to Albion for the Albion River Trail Expansion Project.“I am excited to see some much-needed resources go to the City of Albion for a very important project,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am very proud that the state is investing in Albion.”HB 5377 is sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, and is part of a large project to connect trails across Michigan.The expansion project, including the Albion River Trail, will create a hub for several regional trail networks, including the Iron Belle Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail and the North Country Trail.The Albion portion of the trail could be ready for public use by the end of 2016.HB 5377 now goes to the House floor for consideration.##### Tags: Albion River Trail, REp. Bizon center_img Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Allor Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs

first_img21Mar Rep. Allor: Budget funds crucial military and veteran services programs Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, today voted to unanimously advance a budget plan prioritizing funds to strengthen military and veteran services throughout Michigan.The proposed budget includes:$6.5 million for the National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund;$7.7 million to be used for the Youth Challenge Academy and Starbase program, which service at-risk youth in Michigan;$5 million to expand state access to federal matching funds from the U.S. National Guard to enhance the state’s National Guard armories; andA placeholder for resources that will be provided to the County Veteran Service Fund, which provides grants to counties to support locally based veteran services.“Our budget prioritizes crucial functions within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs while retaining important reporting requirements, which ensures quality oversight of the services our veterans receive,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “I am pleased that the plan includes proper checks, while remaining fiscally responsible.”House Bill 5570 now moves to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.last_img read more

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Looking for Antiwar Messages at the Armed Services Committee Hearing

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 16, 2014; USA TodayThe hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday morning began with repeated disruptions from antiwar protesters. Our guess is that some of the protesters were from Code Pink, an organization that has been diligent in speaking up against overseas U.S. military actions, whether conducted by the Bush administration or the Obama administration.Nonetheless, in response to President Obama’s authorization of expanded military actions against the Islamic State army that has conquered for the moment huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, the antiwar response has been noticeably more muted than it was in reaction to President Bush’s authorization of an invasion of Iraq in 2003. ISIL’s atrocities like repeated beheadings and mass killings have garnered attention like nothing since Al Qaeda, but both the right and the left have been mixed in their reactions to the president’s plan.The President has committed no U.S. troops engaging in combat (the euphemistic “boots on the ground”) but that scenario is difficult to avoid, whether in the near term, should U.S. advisors end up physically proximate to the fighting, or in the long run if, as with the original use of advisors in Vietnam, ever-increasing deployments add up to an inevitable military combat presence. The president pledged to conduct air attacks against ISIL, leaving the groundwork to the Kurdish Peshmerga, elements of the questionable Iraqi army, and whatever might be identifiable as the remnants of the Free Syrian Army. Attacking from the air is seen as an alternative to putting the Army and the Marines into direct combat against ISIL’s forces.  Notwithstanding the technical precision of modern air warfare, it still ends up killing civilians, especially when an opponent like ISIL might be embedded in civilian areas. Within relative moments of taking office, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s air force bombed a hospital in Fallujah, killing 42 people and wounding another 29. Killing from the air, where people on the ground are just about invisible, is not pristine.History would suggest that it’s time for the antiwar movement to raise important issues about the U.S. plan to deal with ISIL. Maybe this war against ISIL is different; maybe this is an instance where U.S. military action is necessary to stop ISIL, which has now gathered a large military force and deployed it like a professional army. Maybe ISIL can’t be dealt with the way that the U.S. is addressing Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. But it is nevertheless the role of the anti-war movement to engage in and elevate the quality of the debate when American civilian and military leaders contemplate military action overseas.An editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News rhetorically asked the protesters speaking out at the Senate hearing if they had an alternative to military action to propose in stopping the threat of ISIL. However, the writer, Tod Robberson, acknowledged that past U.S. mismanagement of things in the region had been helpful to ISIL in recruiting adherents and questions whether the Obama administration’s upcoming actions with potentially limited support from coalition partners will simply exacerbate the perception that the war against ISIL is an American war.A consistently vocal antiwar group in recent times has been Win Without War. Its blog has included commentary that past efforts to arm Syrian rebels have led to equipment falling into the hands of ISIL, information on the various competing proposals in Congress to authorize military action, and a critique of U.S. policy in the Middle East as “perpetual war.” Win Without War has also linked to a cost-counter that is calculating what it is costing the U.S. ($312,500 every hour) for military action against ISIL.Nonetheless, the antiwar voice seems muted. A dozen or so placard-holding protesters at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing feels desultory. In an interview with the Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin attributes the weakness of the antiwar movement to President Obama:“It’s a one-word answer. Obama. And it wasn’t Obama getting in; it was the lead-up, it was the campaigning for Obama, when people were so desperate for an alternative to Bush that they said, I’m going to throw myself into this, I’m going to take off of work, students taking off of semesters, I’m going to put my life into getting this guy elected who said he was against the war in Iraq. And we put all our hopes and dreams into Obama, thinking that because he was against the war in Iraq and because he said Afghanistan was a good war—he didn’t really mean that; you know, he was just saying that to get elected. But he was a smart guy, and he understood that war was not the answer, and he was going to get us out.“And so the steam was just taken out of the whole movement. And it was amazing to see, because you said ‘tens of thousands.’ I mean, there were eight times during the Bush administration that we got over 100,000 people. And we had a huge movement. You just look at one group, like Code Pink; we came out of nowhere, and suddenly we had over 300,000 people on our mailing list, and we had over 300 groups around the country and, really, around the world…When Obama started to gain steam as a candidate, those started fizzling out. And when he won the election, we had half the numbers of people we had before on our mailing list. And most of the groups started to disintegrate.“So that was indicative of what was happening to the whole peace movement.”A prolific antiwar writer named John V. Walsh recently suggested in Counterpunch that the anti-war movement might deserve an “R.I.P.” He wrote that antiwar activists like Benjamin were “notorious by now for putting Party over principle,” and the Occupy movement, hardly much of a force at this time, had just about nothing to say about war and foreign policy during its brief heyday. Where is the voice and influence of an antiwar movement at a time when vigorous debate and analysis is needed?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nonprofit Taxes May Mean Final Kumbayahs for Some Maine Camps

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 12, 2015; WCSH-TV (Portland, ME)The Maine camping industry already contributes over half a billion dollars to the state’s economy each year, but Governor Paul LePage wants to squeeze just a bit more out. If approved, his plan would for the first time tax the real estate holdings of nearly 90 percent of the state’s nonprofit organizations, including the summer camps.LePage told a group in Waterville, Maine, that the intent of his $6.3 billion budget and tax overhaul plan is “to eliminate the income tax and send the money back to communities so people can decide what services they want and who is going to pay for them.” The plan comprises, according to the Wall Street Journal, lowering income taxes for the highest earning individuals and corporations, increasing the sales tax by including more goods and services, and providing tax credits for low-income residents. The governor also expects to save $62 million in his FY 2017 budget by eliminating funding to municipalities. To make up the loss of state funding, municipalities, in turn, will be required to tax nonprofits at 50 percent of assessed value over $500,000.For years, many municipalities have been managing the growing national debate over nonprofit taxation by receiving payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). The PILOTs are paid to municipalities and local governments to offset the loss of property taxes that would typically cover the use by nonprofits of public services including firefighting, policing, school construction, and search and rescue services. The federal government has been paying PILOTs since the mid-1970s to local governments that have non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries.At question in the debate over taxing nonprofits is the issue of the value of nonprofit organizations to communities. An argument for tax exemption is that nonprofits provide services for the greater good of all that government cannot otherwise provide. Therefore, it is a fair trade that nonprofits should receive the benefits of other government services, such as fire and rescue, good roads, and policing, without cost. An argument for taxation is that nonprofits have become so large and prolific in some communities that individuals and businesses have seen their taxes increase to cover cost of government services use by all. Therefore, it is past time for nonprofits to step and pay their fair share for the services.As Governor LePage introduces his budget and tax plan, the current session of the Pennsylvania legislature will find lawmakers debating a constitutional amendment for the May ballot that gives the legislature greater power in determining whether nonprofits should receive tax exemptions. With regard to this bill, there appears to be three sides: those who oppose any taxation of nonprofits; those who want standardized, statewide uniformity with regard to taxes on nonprofits; and those who want to retain local control in establishing taxes on nonprofits.While the Pennsylvanians sort out who, if anybody, gets to tax nonprofits, the 100+ nonprofit camps in Maine eagerly wait to see if Maine becomes the first state to formally assess property taxes on nonprofits. If the plan is approved, some camps may close while others look for ways to cut back. Hmmm, maybe if the campers brought their own chocolate and graham crackers, too?—Tom KlausShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Cable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrat

first_imgCable technology specialist Arris is to demonstrate support for the new DVB-C2 standard at the forthcoming Cable Congress in Brussels.The company will present a live demonstration of how the ARRIS D5 Universal Edge QAM can support DVB-C2 broadcast and VOD solutions through a collaborative demonstration with German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) and Sony.According to Arris, The demonstration will show how the D5 has enabled KDG to cost-effectively implement QAM sharing. A Sony TV with integrated DVB-C2 tuner, the world’s first TV set supporting the standard, will be used in the demonstration at the Arris stand.DVB-C2 uses the latest modulation and coding techniques to enable highly efficient use of cable networks, especially in cases where the downstream transmission capacity is already being used to its limit. KDG is currently planning the first delivery of digital TV services via DVB-C2.last_img read more

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Vodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aim

first_imgVodafone Portugal has launched a new TV remote aimed at children. The Klik remote includes a dedicated Kids key that gives direct access to the kids channels on the platform as well as keys giving access to ‘favourites’, the VideoClube on-demand service and Gravador digital video recording.Vodafone has also launched a simplified Light remote control for adults that only want to access the main features of the TV service. Both remotes feature proximity sensors that illuminate the keys, and are available for €7.50 with Clube Viva points or for €19.99 in Vodafone stores.last_img read more

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Israelbased satellite services provider RRsat is

first_imgIsrael-based satellite services provider RRsat is to launch a new C-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) platform for Africa, offering DVB-S2 capacity over the continent.The platform will be on Measat’s Africasat-1a satellite, to be launched early next year.The satellite will have coverage across Africa, the Middle East and Europe, enabling the new platform to offer full TV and radio coverage to the African continent.Yaniv Lior, senior director of US sales and operations at RRsat said: “In order to meet the increased needs of the fast growing African broadcast television market, we will launch a new C-band MCPC platform on Africacast-1a, that is able to cost-effectively bring content from Europe, Asia and the Americas for C-band contribution and distribution to Africa. This platform will provide leading TV and radio channels the opportunity to reach new audiences across the continent, based on the RRsat Global Network.”last_img read more

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first_imgKPN chief financial officer Eric Hageman is to leave the company due to personal circumstances. The Dutch telco said Hageman will leave the company and board of management with immediate effect. He was named interim CFO in January last year and confirmed in that position in September. The telco said it would make a further announcement about the CFO role in the near future.last_img

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first_imgDigitalsmiths’ Seamless Discovery service for personalised recommendations.The trend of ‘cord thinning,’ cutting one or more pay-TV services, is on the rise, with 16.9% of people decreasing or removing services in Q3, according to new research by video search and recommendation firm Digitalsmiths.The consumer trend survey noted a sequential rise in chord thinning from 13.4% in Q1 and 14% in Q2 with premium channels proving the highest-ranking service that was cut. However, 17.2% of consumers said they had actually increased their cable or satellite services.“While survey results on cord-cutting and cord-thinning prove customer retention should remain a focus among pay-TV providers, the latest growing trend is cord-cheating. A topic Digitalsmiths introduced in Q2 2013, cord-cheating refers to the continuing trend by consumers to seek on-demand video content from third-party services and OTT services as an alternative to their traditional pay-TV provider,” said Digitalsmiths.The survey found that 48.2% of respondents are now using subscription OTT services such as Netflix and Hulu, while 28.7% said they use third-party pay-per-rental services such as iTunes.By comparison, 72.9% of respondents said they never purchase from their pay TV provider’s VoD catalogue.In terms social media’s influence on viewing habits, Digitalsmiths found that 15.4% tweet or post what they are watching on TV to social networks, while 30.8% said they choose to watch something based on a TV show or movie’s social buzz.last_img read more

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first_imgHarmonic will exhibit at ANGA COM in Hall 10.1, stand S10. Harmonic has launched NSG Exo, its new ‘distributed CCAP’ platform targeting cable and telecom operators that have deployed fibre-deep networks but wish to connect end users via coax.According to Harmonic, NSG Exo is a cable edge device for enabling the deployment of a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) utilizing coax networks.NSG Exo, described as a distributed CCAP system, allows service providers to move their RF delivery requirements out of the headend or hub and deeper into the network, according to the company.The CCAP-ready system includes DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS/J-DOCSIS CMTS capabilities, with universal edgeQAM capabilities to be added in the future.The NSG Exo, sitting at the edge of a network in the basement of a multiple dwelling unit or as an outdoor unit, can deliver narrowcast services to end users utilizing a GbE, GPON or EPON network.Asaf Matatyaou, director of cable edge solutions at Harmonic, said that the advantage of the technology is that operators “can take the Ethernet digital connection all the way to the premises and have the CCAP functionality in the basement of a building or on a telephone pole. You can eliminate RF from the hub. Running digital is much cheaper, and you eliminate power and space requirements from the hub.”Operators can run fibre to the premises and use in-building coax to deliver services to the DOCSIS modems in end users’ homes, he said.Matatyaou said that it makes sense to implement all DOCSIS functionality, including MAC and PHY layers, in a single device rather than retaining one or other in a centralised hub, which requires interoperability between different devices.Matatyaou said that Harmonic is initially deploying the NSG Exo as a distributed CMTS – outputting DOCSIS – but that it could add edgeQAM functionality through a software upgrade. However, he said, the current demand is for CMTS functionality.He said the platform could support the higher order 256QAM modulation in the upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 specification.Matatyaou said Harmonic is currently in multiple trials across the world for the product and plans to launch it commercially in the third quarter. An outdoor version will be commercialised later.last_img read more

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Pay TV revenues will increase just 06 this year

first_imgPay TV revenues will increase just 0.6% this year as subscribers move to bundled services, according to new forecasts from Digital TV Research.As customers sign up for double and triple play services, operators generate higher overall revenues per user, but the proportion commanded by TV decreases.Digital TV Research forecasts that region-wide revenues will be US$40.35 billion this year, a fractional year-on-year increase. Western Europe will generate the bulk of the total, accounting for US$33.8 billion of the 2014 forecast.By territory, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands will be the largest markets respectively, in revenue terms.Satellite TV will contribute 45.6% of the pay TV revenues in 2014. However, satellite TV revenues are falling, partly due to greater competition but also due to the growth of cheaper packages, such as Tricolor in Russia, which force down prices for the whole country. Pay DTT revenues are also suffering. However, IPTV will record strong revenue growth. Digital cable revenue growth will compensate for the decline in analog cable revenues.Pay TV subscriptions will increase from 154.5 million in 2010 to 171.6 million by end-2014, but the Western European total will rise by only 4.0 million to 97.3 million. Eastern Europe subscriber totals will climb by 13.1 million to 74.4 million.last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia KabelBW is to extend the availability of the Horizon advanced TV paltform to Baden-Württemberg from November 3.The operator launched Horizon in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse in September, but only the Horizon Go mobile version of the service has been available in Baden-Württemberg.Unitymedia KabelBW CEO Lutz Schüler said Horizon had already attracted over 135,000 customers in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse, while Horizon Go had attracted over 125,000 users to date.Schüler said that the operator had increased its available internet speed to 200Mbps to accommodate the convergence of TV and broadband services and planned to increase speeds still more next year.Liberty Global has been attempting to migrate its Horizon platform to the RDK platform and a cloud-based architecture for new launches. The initial versions of Horizon were based on Cisco’s architecture.last_img read more

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first_imgSwiss service providers Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom, Orange and the cable network companies’ association Swisscable have teamed up to adopt a common position on net neutrality.The operators have formulated a code of conduct and are to create a new Ombudsman office that will monitor net neutrality in the country.Principles adopted include that no services or applications will be blocked and that freedom of information and the free expression of opinion will not be restricted.The code states that bandwidth may be managed under some circumstances, for example to comply with official rulings and to prioritise time-critical services such as IP telephony, TV, emergency calls, video conferencing and future telemedicine applications.Where it is suspected that a service provider is in breach of the code, users will be able to call on the ombudsman’s office, which will draw on the expertise of independent consultants in examining the case and mediating between users and service providers.last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland is to launch a full Horizon advanced TV offering, making available a decoder that provides access to advanced TV, internet and telephony, in the New Year. UPC Poland, which has already made the Horizon Go service available, has invited a select group of its customers to trial the set-top box service ahead of its commercial launch. The decoder, which provides access to social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on TV as well as personalised navigation, is equipped with a double-sided QWERTY keyboard for easier use of advanced features.The box allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, to record programmes remotely via the Horizon app, to pause live TV and to access a variety of internet sites.Grzegorz Esz, UPC Poland board member responsible for marketing, said that the launch of Horizon would provide the operator’s customers with the “the best experience in the use of television in Poland”.last_img read more

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Vodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster At

first_imgVodafone Spain has added commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s male-focused Mega channel to its Vodafone TV programming line-up.Mega airs a mix of series, movies and factual programming aimed at men over 25, including Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Bonnie and Clyde and Sons of Liberty. It airs movies including a complete run of the Hames Bond films.Atresmedia launched Mega as a free-to-air channel in July, using the terrestrial frequency previously occupied by sports service GolT, which was replaced by the new BeIN Sports channel.last_img read more

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first_imgDariusz DąbskiPoland’s Telewizja Puls, the operator of the national TV Puls and Puls 2 channels, has extended its advertising deal with TVN Media to cover 2016.Under the new one-year deal, TVN Media, under the brand Premium TV, will continue to provide commercial representation to Telewizja Puls – Poland’s third-largest commercial TV provider.The two companies have already been working together for five years and Telewizja Puls’ president of the management board, Dariusz Dąbski, described the partnership as a “fruitful and reciprocally beneficial cooperation.”Markus Tellenbach, TVN’s president and CEO said: “Our soon to come sixth year of partnership denotes further development of our extensive and advantageous advertising brokerage offer.”last_img read more

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Orange customers in Poland can now access SPI Inte

first_imgOrange customers in Poland can now access SPI International’s FilmBox Live VoD app via their mobile accounts with zero data charges.The move gives Orange subscribers unlimited access to the FilmBox Live service, enabling them to watch FilmBox content on PCs, laptops, smart TVs and PlayStation game consoles.SPI International is offering a range of live channels including the Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka and FilmBox movie channels, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, FashionBox and 360TuneBox.In addition to the mobile TV offering, the company has launched its Kino Polska Muzyka channel on Orange TV’s basic package, taking the reach of the Polish music channel to 7.5 million homes.SPI International’s on-demand offering is the only video-on-demand service offered by Orange Poland apart from its own Telewizja Tu i Tam service.last_img read more

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Paolo Bertoluzzo Vodafones group chief commercial

first_imgPaolo BertoluzzoVodafone’s group chief commercial operations and strategy officer Paolo Bertoluzzo is leaving the group to take up the post of CEO of ICBPI, a financial and payment services company in Italy.Bertoluzzo, seen as number two in Vodafone to CEO Vittorio Colao, joined the company in 1999 as strategy and business development director and was appointed to his current position in 2013, taking a central role in the definition of the group’s strategy and the design and direction of Vodafone’s group-wide commercial plans.Vodafone said his successor would be announced in due course.Colao said “Paolo has been an outstanding colleague who has made an immense contribution during his time in Italy and on our Executive Committee. I would like to thank him for his dedication, friendship and wise advice. I wish him every success in his new role, which I know he will undertake with the devotion and commitment that drove so many valuable and effective initiatives during his 17 years with Vodafone.”last_img read more

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first_imgKresimir MadunovićDeutsche Telekom-owned Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom has named Kresimir Madunović as the new CEO of its Iskon internet service provider subsidiary.Madunović takes over from Saša Kramar, who has led the company for the last 14 years. Kramar will now serve as vice-president and general manager for business customers with T-Hrvatski Telekom.Madunović was previously in charge of residential sales, customer support and marketing at Iskon.Iskon, which recently launched a new smart home initiative, is a low-cost provider offering a range of services targeted at a younger demographic, including a TV service.last_img read more

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first_imgBruce TuchmanEx-AMC Global president Bruce Tuchman has joined the board of television data firm Parrot Analytics, and will invest in the company this year.Tuchman left his role as AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global boss earlier this year, and has since been consulting for the media technology sectors since that point.This makes him a good fit to advise Parrot, which offers insight into demand for individual programmes and trends in specific territories and regions through a scientifically-designed analytics software tool.Significantly, this offers some idea of how SVOD original programming is performing, as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not release any data.Tuchman is joining the board alongside former Sony Pictures and MGM home entertainment president David Bishop. Both men plan to invest in LA- and Auckland-based Parrot in coming months.Before running AMC’s international channels business, Tuchman did the same for MGM Worldwide Networks. AMC Networks acquired the MGM channels’ business through a US$1 billion deal for its parent, Chellomedia, and then integrated them within the new merged operation.Before MGM, Tuchman was senior VP, new media ventures for Nickelodeon and general manager of Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures. He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions associate at transatlantic law firm Skadden Arps.“Traditional panel-based measurement services are not meeting the demands of an increasingly fractured and data-starved media market,” said Tuchman. “Parrot’s cross-platform, global demand measurement system provides very powerful, intuitive and  empirical data to measure the true demand for thousands of television shows across every country on earth.“I’m proud to join the board of Parrot which, under the leadership of [Parrot CEO] Wared Seger, has developed a unique and truly game-changing technology.”“Bruce and David bring a wealth of business experience and leadership which will provide Parrot Analytics with the strategic insight we require as we become a global, brand-driven business and as we seek to establish successful partnerships across international markets,” said Seger.“Parrot Analytics’ mission is to advance the television industry’s data-driven capabilities and we are delighted to be able welcome Bruce and David to the Parrot team to help us achieve that goal.”last_img read more

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first_imgJulian HectorThe BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit.The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK public broadcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes.Darke has since set up her own production company, True to Nature.Hector is a veteran wildlife producer and has been editor of Natural History Radio at the BBC. His TV credits over the last two decades include credits include Battle of the Sexes, Saving Species, Migration and Ivory Wars.He said: “This is such an important time to lead the Natural History Unit. We thrill our audiences with the extreme close-up and immerse them in the wonderful world of nature; and with people and nature ever more challenged to share the same space on earth it has never been more important to tell stories of that relationship.”In other changes at the NHU, Oliver Thompson takes on an expanded commercial role as head of business. Reporting to Hector, he is being upped from head of production.He said: “The launch of BBC Studios means the NHU is at a critical point in its evolution and we need to create the right environment for our creative and business teams to thrive. This presents a huge opportunity for us to bring our world-class content to new customers and new platforms, and deliver value back to BBC licence fee payers.”Lisa Opie, BBC Studios director, factual, added: “I’m delighted that the world class credibility and heritage of the Natural History Unit is in such strong hands.“Julian brings passion, vision and vast experience to the Unit. Oli will drive the business through this important and challenging transition into the competitive market. Together they’ll make a powerful team.”Opie landed her post in June, as new BBC Studios chief Mark Linsey appointed a trio of executives with significant business acument to lead the factual, scripted, and entertainment, music and events divisions. Roger Leatham bagged the entertainment post, and Nick Betts became genre chief of scripted.last_img read more

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Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson

first_imgNetflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets.EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares rose sharply on the news. According to Les Echos, an agreement was close to being signed last month but one of the two parties returned to the negotiating table to seek better terms.EuropaCorp told Les Echos that it was in discussion with “several potential financial and/or industrial partners, but that it had not as of yet entered into exclusive discussions with any individual party.According to the paper, any agreement would guarantee Besson freedom to develop a certain number of films, with remuneration based on their success.EuropaCorp has three titles in its pipeline over the next few months: Besson’s crime thriller Anna, police thriller Taxi 5 and Kursk, a film about the Russian submarine disaster.Netflix has had an uneasy relationship with the French film community. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival said it would stop films that had not been released theatrically from competing for the Palm d’Or after Netflix titles The Meyerowitz Stories and Okja were entered in competition despite neither being released theatrically ahead of being streamed on the platform.last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary has tapped Agama Technologies to supply its video assurance platform.Mikael DahlgrenBy implementing the Agama video assurance platform in its head-end and network, UPC will have real-time access to information and insights on service performance at multiple points in the delivery network, according to Agama.“By choosing Agama’s modern, software-based solution, we are able to get great support for both automated monitoring as well as visual inspection. We now have a real-time view of the delivery chain with key metrics directly available for our services, from the head-end and through the network,” said Tibor Szabadszallasi, video manager at UPC.“As a long-time Agama partner, we are thrilled to support the deployment of the Agama solution at UPC Hungary.”Mikael Dahlgren, CEO at Agama Technologies, said: “It is always a pleasure to design quality assurance solutions together with operators with as high ambitions as UPC Hungary. We feel honored to have been selected by them and are really looking forward to our collaboration.”last_img read more

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Richard Halton YouView chief executive Richard Hal

first_imgRichard HaltonYouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities.The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right to step down.YouView is currently in three million UK homes, mostly through its use by BT and TalkTalk to deliver TV services as part of a multiplay offering.Halton was controller of business strategy at the BBC, where he led development of YouView predecessor Project Canvas, before becoming CEO of YouView when the company was formed in 2010.YouView said that a search was already underway for a replacement.Simon Duffy, chairman of YouView said: “YouView is now a world class technology platform which blends the best of the UK’s major broadcasters and communication companies with digital OTT services. Richard has been a major contributor to this success, marshalling a unique partnership between YouView’s seven shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”Halton said: “It has been a fantastic 10 years at the helm of an extraordinary business – one that now shapes the way three million homes find and watch television. To have led YouView through such an exciting time in the TV industry has been a privilege and I would like to thank my team as well as our shareholders and partners for their unerring support, commitment and energy. After a decade I feel it is time to move on and explore new opportunities, knowing that I leave YouView well set for the future.”last_img read more

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Maltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps

first_imgMaltese cable operator Melita has launched a 1Gbps internet service that is available across its entire footprint.The move, which has enabled Melita to claim that Malta is the first country in Europe where 1Gbps broadband is available nationwide, follows upgrades to the operator’s HFC infrastructure that have also reduced latency on the network, according to the company.Melita is offering the service as part of its GigaPower product line whilst also delivering dedicated fibre services to offices and business centres.Harald Roesch, CEO at Melita Limited, said, “This is an historic milestone for Melita and for Malta. After being the first to roll out a 5G-ready mobile network last December, we have now achieved another first, delivering Gigabit internet nationwide. Our ongoing investments in infrastructure continue to ensure Malta retains its position as one of the best-connected countries in the world, while also future proofing our network for the coming Internet of Things era.”last_img read more

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Discovery and fuboTV have announced a new multiy

first_imgDiscovery and fuboTV have announced a new, multi-year carriage agreement that will bring 13 Discovery networks to fuboTV’s live TV streaming service in the coming weeks. The deal extends the strategic relationship between the companies that began with the former Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery) and included carriage of their five networks including HGTV and Food Network. Eric Phillips, president of affiliate distribution at Discovery said: “Our partners at fuboTV are building a unique programming service, and we are pleased to bring more of our portfolio of real-life passion brands and programs to their subscribers. This agreement further exemplifies the viewer affinity for our beloved brands and talent, and fuboTV’s commitment to offering high-quality, world-class content to customers.”Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and MotorTrend will be available on fuboTV’s base package, fubo Standard, joining HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel which are already available on the service.  In addition to bringing subscribers each network’s live linear feed, the agreement also includes a library of on-demand Discovery content, bringing fuboTV’s VOD library to over 60,000 movies and TV episodes per month.“Today’s content agreement broadens the strategic relationship between Discovery and fuboTV that began almost two years ago with the former Scripps Networks,” said Joel Armijo, CFO, fuboTV. “We are excited to be adding more Discovery brands alongside their lifestyle networks, which we already carry. These brands, including HGTV and Food Network, are among our top performing entertainment networks, and this agreement allows us to extend our partnership for years to come. We expect to be similarly successful with our new Discovery networks.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet LOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURES was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has called on young people to speak out if they have any concerns over online grooming.She was speaking after new figures released by the NSPCC showed an increase in calls to Childline about online grooming.Said Councillor Logue: “News that more than 160 children in the North phoned Childline concerned about online sexual abuse and that most of the calls were from children aged 12-15 years of age is deeply alarming.“Online grooming poses a real risk. “Given the growth of apps and webcams that assist online chatting I would call on young people to speak out about any concerns they may have.“I would also encourage parents to take an interest in their child’s online activity.“Childline can answer any questions and offer free and confidential support and advice.“They can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk,” she added. CHILDLINECOUNCILLOR PATRICIA LOGUELOGUE CONCERNED ABOUT RISE OF ONLINE GROOMING FIGURESnspccSinn Feinlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The competition, sponsored by city based photo printing business PhotoChute, invited budding photographers to submit their most creative images of local park areas.Two prize winners will be announced on the night with the Adult and Junior Photographer of the Year each receiving £250 in photography equipment courtesy of PhotoChute.The best entrants will also have their work displayed in the café, featuring captivating scenes from parks across the City and District.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle said judges were particularly impressed with the volume and standard of entries for the ‘Park Life’ initiative. “We have been overwhelmed by the extremely high standard of submissions to this competition from adults and children living in our District,” he said.“The entries have been scored by a judging panel and we are looking forward to exhibiting the shortlisted photos and announcing the winners in Brooke Park.“We are so fortunate to have such quality parks and green spaces in our communities and hope that this competition will inspire more people to use these areas and capture these moments on camera.”Parks Development Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Colin Kennedy added:“The entries to the ‘Park Life’ competition really showcase the natural beauty and facilities that exist across our Council area and show some particularly imaginative and alternative views of our parks and green spaces.“Parks are social places, they’re a meeting point for friends, a haven for wildlife and a place we go to reflect or exercise.“We hope this competition has encouraged local people to tell their own story of Park Life through the lens and will inspire others to do the same.”For further information on Wednesday’s event contact Anne Carlin anne.carlin@derrystrabane.com.‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Park was last modified: January 23rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The winners will be announced in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café, Brooke Park this evening at 6pm where some of the best submissions will be displayedTHE wait is almost over for over 100 entrants in Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Park Life Competition.The winners will be announced at an event in Gwyn’s Pavillion Café in Brooke Park this evening, Wednesday, January 23, at 6 pm. Brooke ParkDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John Boyle‘Park Life’ photography competition winners to be announced tonight at Brooke Parklast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “There was such high quality performances from Sarah-Jane Murray from Knockavoe School, Strabane who moved the audience to tears with her version of ‘O Holy Night’, a thought provoking performance from Stage Beyond with their especially written performance ‘This is Me’ and Sole Purpose’s Sole Roots Theatre Lab highlighting mental health and disability with extracts from a recently written play ‘She wants to be a what?’ performed by Bernie Kerr and Caitriona Cunningham. Highlights of partnership working were discussed by Public Health Agency, Department for Communities and Equality Commission NI.“Huge strides have been taken since our last conference and this year’s celebration has been an even greater success because of the progress to date in partnership with Public Health Agency and newly developed partnerships with Equality Commission NI and Department for Communities such as cultural venues working towards becoming autism friendly and the continued improvement of accessibility in DCSDC’s festivals and events such as Halloween.“Indeed, there has also been synergy identified between age friendly, autism friendly and dementia friendly initiatives led by the Access and Inclusion project. “Within the last year, through a co-produced approach many cultural venues have achieved grant aid to implement capital improvements in their premises which in turn ensures they are opening opportunity to our pan disability community to attend arts and cultural activity. “These initiatives will reduce barriers, isolation and increase health and wellbeing. “Venues continue creating innovative and motivational programming to support people with disabilities and the showcases on the day were a testament to that.‘’The Equality Commission is also pleased that its ‘Every Customer Counts’ model of assessing and improving accessibility has been used in developing the DCSDC model of Access and Inclusion. “We hope that this model will be taken up by other district councils and used to improve accessibility in arts and culture venues across Northern Ireland.’’Siobhan Sweeney from the Public Health Agency concluded: “PHA is delighted to support the third annual European Day for Persons with Disabilities and the ongoing work, led through the Access and Inclusion Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, which is now recognised as a model of best practice in promoting accessibility within arts and cultural activities. “This was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants and present the future plans for the project which will continue to improve the health and social well-being of the pan-disability community, through access to the arts”.Following successful collaboration with Derry City and Strabane District Council in 2017 to deliver its Access & Inclusion Pilot Programme, the Department for Communities is currently working with local authorities across NI to develop a similar Access & Inclusion Programme to expand on this success. The Programme is targeted at improving access to and participation in arts and cultural activities by people with disabilities in keeping with the Department’s vision of supporting people, improving communities and tackling disadvantage and inequality of opportunity. It was fitting that DfC met with Council officials to begin discussions on the Programme on European Day of People with Disabilities which took place in the Guildhall, Derry on 4 December 2018.To find out more about the European Day of Persons with Disabilities event or ‘Access and Inclusion’ programmes & projects throughout the City and District, please contact louise.boyce@derrystrabane.com or on 02871 253253 extn 4349 or text 07713707912.Guildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’ was last modified: December 7th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: “It is highly important that we support and promote this day to not only raise awareness of the issues affecting people with disabilities, but also highlight the ongoing work that continues to be developed promoting the effectiveness of working together” he said.“Our council has been taking the lead in many initiatives to improve quality of life experience for our pan disability community. We will continuously endeavour to leave no-one behind and ensure all our residents and visitors can make informed choices regardless of ability” he said.“I am pleased to say that there was a full house in attendance with various speakers and performers in the fabulous line up to support the celebration. Many joined us to inspire and encourage those attending to continue speaking about leading and supporting the needs and policies that affect people with disabilities.”Louise Boyce, Derry City and Strabane District’s Council Access and Inclusion Officer added: “This was our 3rd annual celebration and it really exceeded all expectations. DERRY City and Strabane District Council held its third annual conference to celebrate people with disabilities at the Guildhall this week which showcased great local talent and had a host of keynote speakers and information sessions.The European Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year and this was Council’s third year hosting a conference which is part of the European Union’s wider efforts to promote the mainstreaming of disability issues in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Derek Hussey said it was such an honour opening the event in the Guildhall. #Derry and Strabane CouncilGuildhall celebration of European Day of Persons with Disability ‘a huge success’LOUISE BOYCEPublic Health AgencySiobhan Sweeneylast_img read more

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first_img Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer By Tyler BarkerMar 19, 2018, 18:29 pm 773 0 Mail Pinterest Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News Oak Hill Police Dept. Looking to Hire Probationary Officer OAK HILL— The Oak Hill Police Department is currently accepting applications.Applications for the position of Probationary Police Officer can be picked up at the Oak Hill City Clerk’s Office or the police department. You can also download applications online at cityofoakhill.homestead.com.All applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, be a US citizen, be legally able to carry a firearm, have a high school diploma or GED and have no prior criminal or drug history.The City of Oak Hill Police Department starting salary is $40,019. The position also includes medical benefits including eye and dental and retirement. Other perks include rank advancement pay, paid vacation and holidays, bike patrol, detective positions, take home cruisers, state of the art facility and equipment and full time forensic/crime scene analyst on staff.Special consideration will be given to certified officers. Their applications should be turned in as soon as possible. Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Twittercenter_img Google+ Next PostJudge Issues New Agreed Order with Frontier, Workers’ Union Previous PostDairy Queen Giving Away Free Vanilla Cone Tuesday To Celebrate Spring Facebook Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

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first_img Digital Presence: This commonly includes your IP address (which can often pinpoint you to a precise physical address), email account, online file storage, and the components of personal/business websites. Last, I will leave you with a primer on internationalization with Doug Casey. Income: The structuring of your cash flows to reduce dependence on any one source in any one jurisdiction. Establishing additional sources of revenue, international investment opportunities and trends, and setting up an offshore company. Yourself: Obtaining a second passport from another country and establishing legal residency in foreign countries. As many of you may know, International Man has its roots in the book of the same name. It was first published in 1978 by best-selling author, speculator, and renowned world-traveler Doug Casey.center_img The original intent of that book was to give readers a general sense of the exciting and opportunity-rich world that lay outside of their national borders, with a review of over 100 countries, valuable “opportunity intelligence,” and the resources that anyone could follow to realize these opportunities. Even though the book is now clearly out of date, the need for information on internalization is more relevant than ever, as governments the world over become more desperate. The purpose of this website is to preserve the mission of that book and be the premier location for up-to-date, highly actionable, and practical information on the topic. So why is internationalization prudent? Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one single jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Political risk is minimized when you don’t depend absolutely on any one particular country. Having all your eggs in one basket only makes it easier for someone to grab them all. Being internationalized makes it much harder for any particular government to control you. We will no doubt see the major underlying trend of increasing political risk (especially for Westerners) get worse as governments sink deeper into fiscal and moral bankruptcy. It is only prudent and logical to assume that you will, somehow and someway, continue to be squeezed harder in the pocketbook and subjected to escalating arbitrary and burdensome regulations and restrictions. In short, expect more government and less freedom all around. The window to protect yourself from these risks by diversifying internationally gets verifiably smaller with each passing week. There are many ways to internationalize that do not require you to leave your home country. It is not necessary (at least, at the moment) that you immediately leave and become an expat. However, it is necessary that you develop the options to internationalize before the government closes the window of opportunity to do so. If history is any guide, it won’t be open forever. In that sense, it is much better to have developed and implemented many parts of your internationalization game plan a year early rather than a minute late. There are four broad areas of internationalization: Savings: This covers how to setup offshore bank, brokerage, and financial accounts, foreign real estate and “bolt-holes” in case of trouble, moving and owning gold overseas, and structures like foreign trusts that help to legally reduce taxes. Placing your savings outside the immediate reach of your local government ensures that they cannot be trapped in the case of capital controls or outright seized at the drop of a hat, such as what happened when the government became sufficiently desperate in Cyprus. To navigate all the possibilities and options available, it is imperative to have the most accurate and current information possible. Casey Research has recently updated and expanded its popular Going Global report to give its readers exactly that. Going Global 2013 explores in detail the choices investors have for moving investments offshore, including insurance and trusts; it discusses many stock markets and currencies; and it covers internationalizing yourself, starting with getting a second passport and including choosing a new country (or countries) in which to create homes. If you want to start internationalizing, you’ll find no better resource on the subject. Click here to learn more and get started today.last_img read more

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The mainstream media are falling over themselves t

first_imgThe mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is. China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28. This monumental gas deal with China does so much more for Russia than the Western media are reporting. First off, it opens up Russian oil and gas supplies to all of Asia. It’s no coincidence that Russian President Putin announced the gas deal with China at a time when the tensions with the West over Ukraine were growing. Putin has US President Obama exactly where he wants him, and it’s only going to get worse for Europe and America. But before I explain why that is, let’s put this deal in terms we can understand. The specific details have not been announced, but my sources tell me that the contract will bring in over US$10 billion a year of revenue to start with. The 30-year deal states that every year, the Russians will deliver 1.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas to China. The total capital expenditure to build the pipeline and all other infrastructure for the project will be more than $22 billion—this will be one of the largest projects in the world. You can bet the Russians won’t take payment in US dollars for their gas. This is the beginning of the end for the petrodollar. The Chinese and Russians are working together against the Americans, and there are many countries that would be happy to join them in dethroning the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This historic gas deal between Russia and China is very bad news for the petrodollar. Through this one deal, the Russians will provide about 25% of China’s current natural gas demand. In a word, this is huge. It’s also not a coincidence that Putin sealed the deal with China before the Australian, US, and Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are completed. If you read our recent Casey Energy Report issue on LNG, you know to be wary of the hype about LNG’s “bright future.” Take note: this deal is a serious negative for the global LNG projects. I also stated in our April 2012 newsletter: Putin has positioned Russia to play an increasingly dominant role in the global gas scene with two general strategies: first, by building new pipelines to avoid transiting troublesome countries and to develop Russia’s ability to sell gas to Asia, and second, by jumping into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scene with new facilities in the Far East. Pretty bang on for a comment that was made over two years ago in print, don’t you think? So, what’s next? Lots. Putin will continue to outsmart Obama. (Note to all Americans: the Russians make fun of you—not just for your poor choice of presidents, but also for your failed foreign policy that has led to most of the world hating America. But I digress.) You will see Russia announce a major nuclear deal with Iran, where the Russians will build, finance, and supply the uranium for many nuclear reactors. The Russians will do the same for China, and then Syria. With China signing the natural gas deal with Russia and the president of China publicly stating that it’s time to create a new security model for the Asian nations that includes Russia and Iran, it’s clear China has chosen Russia over the US. We are now in the early stages of the Colder War. The European Union will be the first victim. The EU is completely dependent on Russia for its oil and natural gas imports—over one-third of the EU-28’s supply of oil and natural gas comes from Russia. I’ve been writing for years about this, and I’m watching it come true right now: the only way out for the EU countries is to use modern North American technology to revitalize their old proven oil and gas deposits. I call it the European Energy Renaissance, and there’s a fortune to be made from it. Our Casey Energy Report portfolio has already been doing quite well from investing in the European Energy Renaissance, but this is only the beginning. If Europe is to survive the Colder War, it has no choice but to develop its own natural resources. There are naysayers who claim that Europe cannot and will not do that, for many reasons. I say rubbish. Of course, to make money from this European dilemma, it’s imperative to only invest in the best management teams, operating in those countries with the political will to do what it takes to survive… but if you do, you could make a fortune. Doug Casey and I plan on doing so, and so should you. For example, two weeks ago in this missive, I discussed “The Most Anticipated Oil Well of 2014,” where if you invested, in just two weeks you could be up over 40%. Not only did I write in great detail about the company, I even interviewed the CEO because of the serious potential this high-risk junior holds. I said in that Dispatch that the quality of the recorded interview wasn’t first class, but the quality of information was. The company just put together a very high-quality, professional video showing its potential, and I include it here for all to watch. Since my write-up, the company has announced incredible news. It’s only months away now from knowing whether or not it has made a world-class discovery. Subscribers to the Casey Energy Report are already sitting on some good, short-term profits with this story, but it keeps getting better. The more the tension is building in Ukraine (and it’s going to get worse), the more money we’re going to make from the Colder War. There’s nothing you can do about the current geopolitical situation, but you can position yourself and your family to benefit financially from the European Energy Renaissance. Now You Can Take the Lead… We Make It Simple We expect great things from this company and other companies that are exposed to the European Energy Renaissance. You can read our ongoing guidance on this and our other top energy stocks every month in the Casey Energy Report. In the current issue, for example, you’ll find an in-depth report on the coal sector, uranium, and updates on all of our portfolio companies that are poised to benefit most from the European Energy Renaissance. There’s no risk in trying it: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the cutoff, you can cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Cambridge House Conference Appearance I am speaking at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver at the Cambridge House conference. Since I’m the hometown boy and have the hometown advantage, the Cambridge House crew put me in the Diversified Hall, and to make sure the rooms were evenly filled with attendees, my competition during that time slot is a panel with four of my friends in the Mining Hall (Brent Cook, Eric Coffin, John Kaiser, and Lawrence Roulston). As Elvis said about the Beatles, “They’re good, but there is four of them and only one of me.” Thank ya, thank ya very much… Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium 2014 My friend, mentor, and partner Rick Rule is hosting this Symposium July 22-25. Rick has selected most of the companies, and I helped with some of my favorite ones also. I’ll be there, as will Doug Casey, Louis James, and Olivier Garret. It’s a great time of the year in Vancouver, and it’s definitely a show worth seeing. I’ll share more details in upcoming Daily Dispatches, but you may want to reserve your ticket now, as the Symposium is expected to sell out. When you do register, make sure you mention that you got referred by Casey Research. P.S. Don’t tell them I told you this, but the conference always has great wines at the end of each day, when you get to mingle with the speakers—so you’re guaranteed to see Rick, Doug, and me with a glass or two of fine vino in the late afternoon.last_img read more

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The following is a media release from the Universi

first_imgThe following is a media release from the University of Alabama Division of Strategic Communication:TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Students at The University of Alabama have set up collection bins in various locations around campus to gather donations for Temporary Emergency Services (TES), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis situations. Bins have been placed in the Ferguson Student Center and at the houses of Alabama Panhellenic Association organizations. The bins will remain at those sites through Nov. 10. Anyone unable to bring their donations to those locations can call TES for a free pick-up at 205-758-5535. Karen Thompson, executive director of TES, said the most needed items are clothes, food and furniture. The donations go directly to those dealing with crises. With the unpredictable nature of severe weather events and crisis situations, demand for these items could skyrocket at any time, as they did after the tornadoes that ravaged Tuscaloosa in 2011. The collection effort is part of an ongoing campaign titled “TES: Helping You Help Others,” which was created by students in Dr. Eyun-Jung Ki’s 433 Public Relations Campaigns class in UA’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations. Churches in the Tuscaloosa community funded TES in 1945 to serve clients unable to receive assistance from local social services agencies, and the organization has maintained that purpose for the past 72 years. TES has established a network of donors and is a partner of the United Way, ensuring donations swiftly go to those who need them. “We are always in need of those types of items, and every little bit helps,” said Thompson. “We try to be flexible and adaptable, but you never know exactly what you’re going to need.” TES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates its programs efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing its limited resources and the productivity of its employees. TES utilizes programs and services that have been successful for other public, private and nonprofit organizations to help those going through crisis situations. To learn more, visit www.temporaryemergencyservice.org.last_img read more

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Former Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphre

first_imgFormer Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphrey is facing a third degree robbery charge today in Tuscaloosa from an incident that took place on January 13th.According to a police report, Humphrey was arrested after an Uber driver accused Humphrey of stealing a cell phone charger and elbowing him after dropping him off at the Hotel Capstone.The Baltimore Ravens, who Humphrey plays for now, is aware of the situation and monitoring what is taking place in Tuscaloosa. They say Humphrey has told them this was a misunderstanding.Humphrey was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was being held on $2,500 bond.last_img read more

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NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for f

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 on May 6 after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch earlier.The New York Yankees star hit a liner off Baltimore’s Chris Tillman into a secure area just to the left of Monument Park in center field in the third inning. A-Rod sent a soaring shot in the first that Delmon Young caught by reaching over the top of the wall in right field.“Nobody will ever pass Willie Mays,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees beat the Orioles 4-3. “I talked about him being my father’s favorite player. There’s only one Willie Mays. Not only what he did on the field but what he meant off the field. He’s a legend and he’s also a role model for all of us.”Next up for Rodriguez: Babe Ruth at 714 home runs.The Yankees, who said they will not pay a $6 million bonus after Rodriguez matched the Say Hey Kid on May 1 in Boston, put a message on the main videoboard saying, “661 Home Runs. Alex Rodriguez just surpassed Willie Mays for sole possession of 4th place on baseball’s all-time home runs list.”The slugger pumped his fist as he rounded first base, and fans gave Rodriguez, who didn’t play last year while serving a drug suspension, a standing ovation as he was greeted warmly in the dugout by his teammates.“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to Manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK.Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, moved into a tie for fourth in the AL this season with seven home runs.The Yankees and A-Rod have a marketing agreement that calls for $6 million each for up to five achievements, payable within 15 days of designation by the team.But New York has said the marketing possibilities were ruined after Rodriguez served his performance-enhancing drug penalty for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.The accomplishments were contemplated to be homers 660, 714, 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds) and 763 as he moved up baseball’s list.No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez’s behalf by the players’ union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.“That’s not where my mind is right now,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really just trying to enjoy this moment.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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As expected Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the

first_imgAs expected, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the tickets to the Greek cup semifinals without any real troubles.Panathinakos hosted without fans due to punishment from last season PAOK and got the 88-69 win thanks to Giannis Bourousis (23 p.), Nikos Pappas (18 p.) and KC Rivers (16 p.). The game was decided in the last quarter, which had a partial score of 24-12 for the hosts.Olympiacos, who was missing Patrick Young due to flue, demonstrated its might over Kolossos Rhodes. The final score of 99-48 says it all with Erick Green scoring 16 points and Giorgos Printezis added 12, while Vasilis Spanoulis had 8 points and 8 rebounds.In the third Greek Cup quarterfinal game of the day Aris beat Kimi 98-62 and also qualified. The semifinals will be decided by a draw after the last quarterfinal game which will be played tomorrow (AEK vs Koroivos).Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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DETROIT AP — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbea

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks.“I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three steals and two blocks. “Every game we don’t play well, the next game we try from the first minute to set the tone.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the feat speaks to the character and the competitiveness of the team.“Really good teams historically, they usually bounce back after a loss,” Budenholzer said. “And, so far this team has been able to do that.”The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.“We learn from our mistakes,” said Bucks reserve Pat Connaughton, who matched a season high with 16 points. “The unfortunate thing in sports is you tend to learn a lot more from losing than you do winning.”Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he was on the bench for about half the quarter with two fouls.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, Khris Middleton scored 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.Griffin said he has not given up hope the team can make the playoffs.“It’s still within our grasp,” said Griffin, who insisted he has not asked the Pistons to trade him.The Lopez-led Bucks had an eight-point advantage after the first quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. That cushion was big enough against the Pistons, who did not appear to be motivated to potentially rally for the win late in the game.Detroit’s Stanley Johnson turned the ball over on a pass toward Reggie Jackson with 2:28 left, and Jackson stood and watched after Bledsoe took the ball near midcourt and went in for a layup.“We’re never trying to give up,” Lopez said.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee swept the season series against Detroit for the first time in franchise history.Pistons: Owner Tom Gores said he’s still hoping Detroit makes the playoffs, adding the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.“I have not lost faith in this team,” Gores said. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwane (Casey) just got here.”X-FACTORBucks reserve D.J. Wilson, a former Michigan star, scored all nine of his points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second quarter. Wilson’s scoring helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead at halftime after the Pistons pulled into a 35-all tie.“That was a critical stretch,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody to put the ball in the basket, and he did it.”Casey, meanwhile, lamented how poorly his team played late in the first half.“They turned up the physicality and we didn’t meet it in that stretch,” he said.BIG PLAYMAKERThe 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo scored twice and had two assists on 3-pointers instead taking shots of his own in the lane over the final 1:38 of the third after Detroit cut its deficit to four.“He’s a great decision-maker,” Budenholzer said. “Those are big momentum swings, going into a quarter.”INJURY REPORTBucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and guard Donte DiVincenzo (heel) missed the game.Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) were out with injuries.UP NEXTBucks: Play at Toronto on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.Pistons: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.___By LARRY LAGE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns TheEpicenter.com – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Three times a week 66yearold Tod Gervich inject

first_imgThree times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet.Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug.Recent proposals by the Trump administration and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would address the long-standing problem by imposing a spending cap. But it’s unclear whether any of these proposals will gain a foothold.The 2006 introduction of the Medicare prescription drug benefit was a boon for seniors, but the coverage had weak spots. One was the so-called doughnut hole — the gap beneficiaries fell into after they accumulated a few thousand dollars in drug expenses and were then on the hook for the full cost of their medications. Another was the lack of an annual cap on drug spending.Legislative changes have gradually closed the doughnut hole so that this year beneficiaries no longer face a coverage gap. In a standard Medicare drug plan, beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the price of their brand-name drugs until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Once patients reach that threshold, the catastrophic portion of their coverage kicks in, and their obligation drops to 5 percent. But it never disappears.It’s that ongoing 5 percent that hits hard for people, like Gervich, who take expensive medications.His 40-milligram dose of Copaxone costs about $75,000 annually, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In January, Gervich paid $1,800 for the drug, and he paid another $900 in February. Discounts that drug manufacturers are required to provide to Part D enrollees also counted toward his out-of-pocket costs. (More on that later.) By March, he had hit the $5,100 threshold that pushed him into catastrophic coverage. For the rest of the year, he’ll owe $295 a month for this drug, until the cycle starts over again in January.That $295 is a far cry from the approximately $6,250 monthly Copaxone price without insurance. But, combined with the $2,700 he had already paid before his catastrophic coverage kicked in, the additional $2,950 he’ll owe this year is no small amount. And that assumes he needs no other medications.”I feel like I’m being punished financially for having a chronic disease,” he says. He has considered discontinuing Copaxone to save money.His drug bill is one reason Gervich has decided not to retire yet, he says, adding that an annual cap on his out-of-pocket costs “would definitely help.”Drugs like Copaxone that can modify the effects of the disease have been on a steep upward price trajectory in recent years, says Bari Talente, executive vice president for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugs that five years ago cost $60,000 annually now cost $90,000, she says. With those totals, Medicare beneficiaries “are going to hit catastrophic coverage no matter what.”Specialty-tier drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions — defined by Medicare as those that cost more than $670 a month — account for more than 20 percent of total spending in Part D plans, up from about 6 percent before 2010, according to a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about the program.Just over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in Part D plans who did not receive low-income subsidies had drug costs that pushed them into catastrophic coverage in 2015 — more than twice the 2007 total — according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.”When the drug benefit was created, 5 percent probably didn’t seem like that big a deal,” says Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now we have such expensive medications, and many of them are covered under Part D — where, before, many expensive drugs were cancer drugs” that were administered in doctors’ offices and covered by other parts of Medicare.The lack of a spending limit for the Medicare drug benefit sets it apart from other coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the maximum amount someone generally owes out-of-pocket for covered drugs and other medical care for this year is $7,900. Plans typically pay 100 percent of customers’ costs after that.The Medicare program doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit for Part A or Part B, which cover hospital and outpatient services, respectively. But beneficiaries can buy supplemental Medigap plans, some of which pay coinsurance amounts and set out-of-pocket spending limits. Medigap plans, however, don’t cover Part D prescription plans.Counterbalancing the administration’s proposal to impose a spending cap on prescription drugs is another proposal that could increase many beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.Currently, brand-name drugs that enrollees receive are discounted by 70 percent by manufacturers when Medicare beneficiaries have accumulated at least $3,820 in drug costs and until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Those discounts are applied toward beneficiaries’ total out-of-pocket costs, moving them more quickly toward catastrophic coverage.Under the administration’s proposal, manufacturer discounts would no longer be treated this way. The administration says this would help steer patients toward less expensive generic medications.Still, beneficiaries would have to pay more out-of-pocket to reach the catastrophic spending threshold. Thus, fewer people would likely reach the catastrophic coverage level at which they could benefit from a spending cap.”Our concern is that some people will be paying more out-of-pocket to get to the $5,100 threshold and the drug cap,” says Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president of federal affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.”It’s kind of a mixed bag,” says Cubanski of the proposed calculation change. “There will be savings for some individuals” who reach the catastrophic phase of coverage. “But for many, there will be higher costs.”For some people, especially cancer patients taking chemotherapy pills, the lack of a drug-spending cap in Part D coverage can seem especially unjust.These cutting-edge, targeted oral chemotherapy and other drugs tend to be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries often hit the catastrophic threshold quickly, says Brooks-Coley.Patty Armstrong-Bolle, a Medicare patient who lives in Haslett, Mich., takes Ibrance, a pill, once a day to help keep in check the breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. While the medicine has helped send her cancer into remission, she may never be free of a financial obligation for the pricey drug.Armstrong-Bolle paid $2,200 for the drug in January and February of last year. When she entered the catastrophic coverage portion of her Part D plan, the cost dropped to $584 per month. Armstrong-Bolle’s husband died last year, and she used the money from his life insurance policy to cover her drug bills.This year, a patient assistance program has covered the first few months of coinsurance. That money will run out next month, and she’ll owe her $584 portion again.If she were getting traditional drug infusions instead of taking an oral medication, her treatment would be covered under Part B of the program, and her coinsurance payments could be covered.”It just doesn’t seem fair,” she says.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Neither KHN nor KFF is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website GoodRX.com.Daniel Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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See the proposed redesign plans below

first_imgSee the proposed redesign plans below. The Old North Church Foundation will host a public hearing on Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the church (193 Salem St.) to discuss plans for its Washington Garden and Courtyard. The redesign looks to transform the space into an outdoor education and art space interpreting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”The purpose of the event is to hear the opinions of various stakeholders, community organizations and the general public to envision the full potential of the Washington Garden as a space where its half a million visitors can learn more about America’s history. Old North is proposing to open up the garden and courtyard and add at least two significant interpretive elements: a water feature that includes the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”, and a map of the ride laid out in horseshoes and plaques.North End resident Sean Sanger of Copley Wolff Design Group, landscape architect for the project, will lead the discussion. Weather permitting, the hearing will begin in the courtyard. Participants will be invited to comment on preliminary plans and add their own ideas for making the space more enjoyable for the whole community. This event is held with a goal of generating public opinion and ideas for the redesign project going forward. The design process is funded by the Browne Fund of the City of Boston, a public arts fund, and by the Beacon Hill Garden Club, longtime caretakers of the garden.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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first_imgYou made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Whew, congratulations! If you have any money left, this is our seasonal reminder to consider supporting community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com through our Patron program. If you are already signed up, thank you for your help in getting us through!We love telling the stories and sharing the views of our unique community, covering the North End, Waterfront and Downtown Boston! With a larger following has come increasing demands to cover all the goings on – big and small – in our fabled area of Boston. The long-term survival of NorthEndWaterfront.com depends on it being self-sustaining.For as little as $2 per month, your contribution goes a long way in keeping NorthEndWaterfront.com going. Patrons receive a special offers, including North End / Waterfront images and wallpapers.*Advertisement* One-time contributions are also most welcome online via Paypal or checks mailed to: North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508 Boston, MA 02109.We are extremely appreciative of the support that NorthEndWaterfront.com receives from the community. NorthEndWaterfront.com will always be free, we promise! To be clear, the Patron program is completely voluntary for those readers that want to help cover our costs. We use Patreon to manage the credit card and/or paypal contributions.Click Here For Information on Becoming a PatronThank you for helping NorthEndWaterfront.com be the best neighborhood news site in Boston!Matt Conti, Editorlast_img read more

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Whats New in TechnologyLatest News for Entreprene

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/social-media-week-returns-to-lagos-nigeria/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/social-media-week-returns-to-lagos-nigeria/ Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos produced by AFRIKA21 and Dragon Africa returns to Lagos, Nigeria, for it’s 4th edition, February 22-26, 2016. SMW Lagos is part of the global conference Social Media Week hosted simultaneously in 12 other cities around the world. Lagos is the first African city to host the annual event, and currently the only African city hosting the week-long global conference. To date, over 20,000 people have participated in SMW Lagos.[Related: SXSW 2015 is Here: Attend Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and Conferences]The global theme for the February 2016 edition of Social Media Week is The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology. Informed by the global theme, the local theme for SMW Lagos is, ‘The Networked African: Technology’s Impact on Africa (and How We Can Harness it for Good).’ During the week-long event the themes and issues surrounding how mobile technology; networked connectivity; data and other technologies are radically changing industries and communities across Africa.“In a continent ‘a billion strong’ we understand that our collective capacity will have a huge impact on society beyond our various countries borders. Technology fuels this shift, but it is the networked African in the driver seat. How we harness technology and leverage our individual connectivity will determine Africa’s future and recontextualize the continent’s influence globally.” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week LagosSMW Lagos 2016 will be held at the SMW Lagos Campus located at Landmark Center, a state of the art event space on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. The SMW Lagos Campus will host keynotes, panels discussions, master classes and feature digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a beachfront lounge for post-conference networking. The conference will explore a wide range of topics including social media and the Nigerian football industry, business, entertainment, education, technology and governance.  In addition, SMW Lagos 2016 debuts several new programming tracks, Future of Media Summit, Women In Tech and the Interactive Pavilion, which includes Stage15.  SMW Lagos is free and open to the public.NEW FOR 2016Future of Media SummitSMW Lagos kicks off with the ‘Future of Media’ Summit on Monday the 22nd of February 2016.  News Bureaus, broadcasters, journalists and bloggers join us to share best practices and discuss what’s next on the continent’s media landscape. The summit will feature talks led by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian Nigeria, Black Enterprise, Quartz Africa, The Guardian (UK), Pulse Nigeria, and the Nigerian Communications Commission.Women in Tech DayWhen one woman helps another, amazing things can happen. Professional careers leap forward and new ideas take root… that’s what SMW Lagos African Women in Tech Day is all about. Taking place on Wednesday, February 24, the day will feature panel sessions and master classes led by Intel, She Leads Africa, and Facebook.Interactive PavilionSMW Lagos’ Interactive Pavilion hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors — from promising start-ups to established industry leaders. It’s where business gets done: on the pavilion floor, in and around our conference program, in impromptu connections, and in planned meetings and special events. The five-day show encourages targeted connections and new discoveries through experiential offerings from our partner exhibitors, as well as co-working spaces, curated lounges and original crowd sourced programming on Stage15.To learn more about SMW Lagos 2016 and register to attend, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/attend/.  For the latest news and updates follow SMW Lagos on Twitter via @SMWLagos or on Facebook via facebook.com/SMWLagos.last_img read more

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By Julian Gray FFWPU IHQ True Parents time on ea

first_imgBy Julian Gray, FFWPU IHQTrue Parents’ time on earth is limited by the human life span. Moreover, within a comparatively small number of years, everyone who worked together with True Parents, heard them speak or greeted them even once at a public event, will have departed this earthly life and be in the spirit world. Within a few decades our movement will be totally made up of people who never met or saw True Parents in the flesh.Knowing this, True Mother—who perhaps more than anyone is aware of the speed at which time passes—decided that an educational exhibition center and archive devoted to the lives of True Parents and to the movement they initiated and inspired, should be created while they are still on earth and while all that they have accomplished is still well within living memory.In 2014, Mother announced that the CheonJi SunHak Won would be built in HJ Cheonwon (the Cheongpyeong complex), and established a planning committee. Last year, Mother mentioned the following to a large crowd gathered at the Cheongpyeong Azalea Festival:“At the center of the CheongPyeong development, which can fulfill the hopes and dreams of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents, I will construct the CheonJi SunHak Won, to be unique and at the highest standard, ready to show these hopes and dreams to the world. It will be a place where you and your descendants can experience the True Parents’ love, and a holy place where you can return eternal thanks to Heavenly Parent.” May 7, 2016 (Azalea Festival)Today (September 8, 2017), the transformation of that vision into reality began with the groundbreaking ceremony held at 9:00 am this morning. CheonJi SunHak Won will be located near the beginning of the road that goes up to Cheon Jeong Gung, the Palace, thus a few minutes’ walk from the Sunhak UP Graduate School.Upon True Mother’s arrival at the wide stretch of bare earth upon which an elevated dais had been prepared, Mr. and Mrs. Han Eui-Il offered True Parents bouquets of flowers. Mr. Han is the head of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee.True Family members, representatives of the CheonJi SunHak Won Committee, plus prominent leaders from society sat with True Mother in front of a crowd of at least a thousand people, including Cheon Il Guk leaders and Cheongpyeong Great Works participants.According to Dr. Yoon Young-Ho, deputy-chief of True Mother’s secretariat, who was the MC for the occasion, CheonJi SunHak Won will have four basement levels and two stories above ground. The first and second floors will host some 6,600 square meters of exhibition space. Displayed there, in 13 thematic zones will be the story of True Parents’ lives, from their births to the foundation of Cheon Il Guk. The lower levels will have models of the houses in which True Parents were born and there will be artifact storage archives, event halls and meeting facilities, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions.After the Korean FFWPU President Rev. Ryu Kyeon-seok’s opening prayer, Mr. Hong Sun-Pyo, who chairs the CheonJi SunHak Won construction team, gave a report on the project, in which he gave some information about what is required to begin the actual construction of such a facility:“As a greenbelt region, all design work for such buildings in the area must incorporate a minimum of 60 percent green space. Environmental impact assessments, evaluations by the metropolitan area authorities and other approvals have been processed, and just at the end of this past July, business operations and development approvals were secured from the Gapyeong County authorities.”Mr. Hong also mentioned some of the features of the new museum:“The tribute hall in the center of the building will feature large panels, painted in a traditional Korean lacquer technique, reflecting significant historical moments from the birth of True Parents through the completion of the history of the providence of restoration. A multipurpose hall is designed to accommodate some 1,000 people for various kinds of workshops, performances, banquets and other events. Exhibition galleries on four levels will be used for exhibits on True Parents’ lives and achievements, art exhibitions and other seasonal exhibitions and events.”Two important guests offered congratulatory remarks. Notably Mr. Kim Young-Woo, chairman of the National Assembly Defense Committee, in referring to North Korea’s nuclear bomb test on September 3 and the changing situation on the Korean peninsula, said that a clear vision was necessary:“I think we can find the key in the example and the words of the late Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who have consistently taught us to ‘Live for the sake of others.’ These two great teachers have offered their entire lives for the reunification of Korea and for world peace. When this museum is completed, even more people will come to visit this region, to enjoy the beautiful natural environment, and to share the vision of world peace. I hope that many new apostles of peace will be born through the work of the CheonJi SunHak Won.”Mr. Kim Seong-Gi, the governor of Gapyeong County, in which the HJ Cheonwon area is located, then spoke briefly, and his message included the following statement:“This area in particular has already experienced great advancements and development through projects advanced by  the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and is well on the way to becoming an eco-friendly self-reliant suburban area. As we turn the first spade of earth today for CheonJi SunHak Won, which will be an important landmark in Gapyeong County, we are taking a great step forward in the development of arts and culture here, which will in turn strengthen the tourist industry in the area.”After these congratulations had been offered, and a video presentation of True Mother’s messages viewed, Mother prayed deeply over the providential initiative to be embarked upon. In her prayer, Mother referred to the providence by which God had sent the Messiah, and said that important providential figures and the people at his time had been unable to understand God’s providence and thus could not fulfill their responsibility; thus in going the path of the cross, Jesus said he would return and hold the marriage of the lamb. Mother then mentioned that God had raised up the Korean people and brought the True Parents to appear in the blessing of a new providence, so that all humankind would be able to live as the children of the Heavenly Parent; and that this was an amazing miracle. Mother expressed her deep regret that the people of the world do not yet know about this. Mother then prayed specifically, with a voice filled with emotion, about the CheonJi SunHak Won:“And so, in the name of the True Parents, we will quickly build CheonJi SunHak Won for the sake of the members and future generations of the Unificationist family, and citizens of Cheon Il Guk who will come. CheonJi SunHak Won will show them, in a lively way, True Parents’ love, and True Parents’ providential work. Loving Heavenly Parent, thank you. I am so grateful and thankful to you for your hard work. You did not forsake such ignorant people, but instead have continued to lead them. In front of the tremendously hard work you have invested, we are so sorry and yet so grateful. Heavenly Parent, now, through the True Parents who can fulfill your original dream, a foundation for the settlement of Cheon Il Guk has been laid. Through constructing this facility, we will now advance toward the day when this people will be awakened and all the people of the world will be able to return thanks and glory to Heaven with a heart of filial love. Heavenly Parent, if you are with us, we will accomplish this without fail. This will be a starting point for the sake of that day. Father, please preside over all the event of today. All these things I give thanks for and pray in the name of the True Parents.”After concluding her prayer, True Mother, True Family members and distinguished guests cut the tape symbolizing the opening of the construction site on which the CheonJi SunHak Won will rise over the next few years.Following this came an exciting (if not unexpected) blast of fireworks and colored smoke, accompanied by hundreds of helium balloons floating up into the sky in celebration.The occasion was brought to a cheerful and poignant close with Japan Group Chair Rev. Song Yong-Cheon leading all present in a set of rousing cheers of Eok-mansei.Click to see more pictureslast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/lyfts-new-dispatch-developer-program-great-news-entrepreneurs/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/lyfts-new-dispatch-developer-program-great-news-entrepreneurs/ Uber’s mishaps have become Lyft’s lucky break. Not only did the second-most well known ride-sharing company recently enter negotiations to raise an additional $500 million in funding, but it also expanded its developer platform. The new Dispatch Developer Program is bound to spark entrepreneurial innovation.Lyft has offered its APIs to developers since May of last year. The limitation was that developers could only create integrations that still required users to use the Lyft app from a smartphone. However, the new Dispatch Developer Program has changed that. The new APIs allow developers to integrate Lyft requests and schedule pick-ups via third-party apps, without requiring the Lyft app or even a smartphone.The Dispatch Developer Program can offer great value-add for entrepreneurs, and according to Lyft’s blog, instead of billing the ride through the Lyft app, Lyft can bill a business directly.The implications for small business entrepreneurs are endless. For example, an event planner can integrate Lyft into an event planning app to take attendees to and from events and parties–an extra feature that would give an advantage over competitors. Also, a beauty service that pairs customers with stylists could set pick-ups for stylists, to ensure they are on time for appointments.The post on Lyft’s blog, titled Announcing the Dispatch Developer Program, mentions some other creative ways that the Dispatch Developer Program is currently being used by businesses:“For instance,  we’re working with partners who are providing solutions to car dealerships who want to provide courtesy rides for customers while their vehicles are in service.Other partners include One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, who provide healthcare transportation service to those who are otherwise unable to drive or transport themselves. With Dispatch, the possibilities are endless; like One Call Care Management and LogistiCare, your customers don’t require a smartphone or the Lyft app to get around.”For more information on Lyft’s Dispatch Developer Program, click here. Image: Lyftlast_img read more

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By Sabina Nadejdin FFWPU Moldova FFWPU Moldova in

first_imgBy Sabina Nadejdin, FFWPU MoldovaFFWPU Moldova in cooperation with Ialoveni District Council organized the district level conference entitled “Family and Community involved in Local Development” on May 15.About 75 people attended, including the vice president of the District Council, a village Mayor, Chief of General Directorate for Education of Ialoveni district, more than 30 social workers and others.As I mentioned in the previous report, when we met the local administration, they expressed awareness of not having solutions to family issues and showed much openness to work with FFWPU Moldova. So the local administration actively involved in organizing the conference by taking responsibility for mobilizing the audience and the speakers. The purpose of the speakers was to report about the family situation at district level and the problems that the district community is facing in this field. So, representatives from the field of Health care, Police and Education offered presentations. Also, a Christian Orthodox priest spoke and attended the conference from the beginning to the end.On the other hand, Family Federation presented its vision and successful practices from countries like Albania and Cambodia. The president of the FFWPU Moldova, Andrei Esanu, gave an inspiring presentation introducing the idea of building model community through Happy Families Festivals and Happy Family Clubs/home groups. And he expressed the readiness of FFWPU  Moldova to offer its full support both ideologically and financially for implementing this project and lunched the appeal to choose/step up of 4 communities from Ialoveni district.Since the event had also the purpose of celebrating the International Family Day, our Japanese volunteers prepared two beautiful songs that brought light and joy to the minds of people attending. And the local administration offered flowers of appreciation to a few big and exemplary families living in Ialoveni.The event was closed by a nice flash-mob in which participants went out to the street telling people passing by about International Family Day and giving out balloons and other small gifts prepared by the District Council.One more efficient aspect for creating the atmosphere was the welcoming coffee in the morning before the conference began and the tasty warm lunch after the conference ended, both offered by the FFWPU Moldova.After the event FFWPU Moldova received an invitation to sign Agreement of Cooperation with the District Council of Ialoveni and with the Department of psycho-pedagogical assistance of Ialoveni district.We think it was an important and successful event for the providence in Moldova.last_img read more

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Top Contenders for Fight of the Year

first_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From MMA Warehouse Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Standard Ranked Rashguard Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘Blessed!’ 10 Credit Cards That Can’t Be Beat In 2019 NerdWallet Related Related Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars It’s difficult to truly get a read on Ivanov. To be frank, he’s looked just decent against some fairly middling competition. On the other hand, he trucked Shawn Jordan like he wasn’t even there, and he has the credentials to be a world champion. This will be a huge step up in competition for the Bulgarian, but perhaps he can live up to the event.Andrew Richardson, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, is a professional fighter who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. In addition to learning alongside world-class talent, Andrew has scouted opponents and developed winning strategies for several of the sport’s most elite fighters. Fedor Emelianenko loses at 2008 World Combat SamboChampionships Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Despite his Combat Sambo credentials and Judo black belt, Ivanov doesn’t often look to take fights to the mat anymore. For whatever reason, his previous three fights — all championship bouts — saw Ivanov compete at range for the vast majority of the bout.When Ivanov does look to wrestle, he tends to succeed. Usually, Ivanov pushes forward into the clinch, where his physical strength, low center of gravity, and heaps of experience tend to coalesce well. Overall, Ivanov tends to favor throws from the over-under position, such as the Harai Goshi he landed late in the fight opposite collegiate wrestler Josh Copeland. Given the body lock, Ivanov is more likely to overpower his foe to the mat or look to step around to trip the outside leg.His background may be clinch focused, but Ivanov is also willing to drop down into a shot. If his opponent successfully defends a trip or throw, the Bulgarian is willing to use that space created to attempt to force a double leg takedown along the fence.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ivanov may not officially be ranked in jiu-jitsu, but both Sambo and Judo include submissions, and it’s clear from his six submission wins that Ivanov can handle himself on the mat. Of those six, three of Ivanov’s tap outs landed via the 10 finger guillotine, a different style of front choke that really crushes the windpipe. It’s a fairly uncommon technique in the cage that is quite effective, definitely making it worthy of this week’s technique highlight.Aside from his brutal guillotine, the only somewhat recent submission win on his record of somewhat of a name opponent is his Americana victory over Lavar Johnson. Johnson historically is hopelessly bad at not getting his arms cranked on, and this bout was no exception. The Americana is a classic big guy move: smaller fighters tend to be more flexible and don’t have the weight to pin their foe down anyway. In Ivanov’s case, he definitely had the weight necessary to trap Johnson, allowing him to slowly bring his foe’s elbow down towards the hip before cranking on the hold (GIF).Conclusion Combat Sambo master, Blagoy Ivanov, will square off with boxing specialist, Junior dos Santos, this Saturday night (July 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 133 inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.Ivanov’s first claim to fame was defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Combat Sambo way back in 2008, certainly an admirable feat. His next was more impressive: Ivanov nearly died from a knife in the heart in 2012, somehow making a full recovery and going on to fight for the Bellator Heavyweight title a couple years later.That night ended in the first and only professional loss of Ivanov’s career — at the hands of current top contender Alexander Volkov — but the story was hardly over for the Bulgarian. Ivanov relocated to the World Series of Fighting, where he quickly captured the strap and defended three times.Let’s take a closer look at the decorated Heavyweight’s skill set: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Good Night Tee Gordon Ryan Competition Kit UFC Fighter Breakdowns Sale Recommended by Standard BJJ Gi Live! UFC Boise Results & Play-By-Play! Sponsored Content 00:10 Lockdown duffle bag Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Apparel Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘The Answer!’ Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down Aspen Ladd! Accessories Fighter On Fighter: Breaking Down ‘Iron Lady!’ Related Behind-The-Scenes Of A Pro MMA Debut: Andrew Richardson, The Final Cut! ProMax 440 BJJ GI King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Latest From Our Partners More: Gloves Next Up In Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘Rocky!’ Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘RDA!’ StrikingAn inch shy of six feet tall yet still weighing over 260 pounds, Ivanov is a burly, powerful Heavyweight. On his feet, the Southpaw tends to fall into the Sambo archetype of men like Rustam Khabilov and Ali Bagautinov: willing to work with his back to the fence, throws little in the way of range-finding or distance strikes, and looks to land big with either counters or sudden flurries.That’s a somewhat more feasible strategy as a Southpaw since the jab is less valuable. In most of his fights, Ivanov begins — or spends long portions of the fight — circling the outside and blocking his opponent’s lead hand with his own. He’ll flick out a jab occasionally, but Ivanov is remarkably patient for a big man with power.From this position, Ivanov’s foe has a few options, but most of them are difficult ones like methodically move forward behind head movement and feints or work kicks from the outside — hardly tools in the average Heavyweight playbook. Instead, most try to barrel forward, and that’s when Ivanov steps back with a hard check hook. Similarly, another common response is to reach with the cross, leaning for over the lead knee, and the answer is again the check hook. Ivanov’s hook does damage on its own, but it’s often paired with his left hand. Sometimes, as he lands the check hook, it’s more of a club than a punch. Knocking his foe’s head into position, Ivanov then follows up with a left cross/overhand directly into the jawline.Whether his right or left hand, counter punching on an opponent trying to sloppily close the distance is a major part of Ivanov’s approach. It’s not complicated, but Ivanov does a nice job of leaning back to get his head out of danger while slinging a punch. In addition, Ivanov will stop circling and threw a simple plant cross, which works nicely both due to his Southpaw stance and the crispness of his cross.If his counters are not landing cleanly or the exchanges are generally close, Ivanov will mix flurries into his offense. Often times, it’s the expected left-cross right hook. Other times, Ivanov will really open up and double up on the cross. Can it get sloppy? Sure, but this is also Ivanov at his most dangerous (GIF).It would benefit him to do it far more, but Ivanov occasionally shows off a nice left high kick. The left cross and left high kick are a famous pair, particularly at Heavyweight. Even just mixing it in rarely as he does now, Ivanov gives his opponent something to think about when blocking strikes.Defensively, there are definite holes in Ivanov’s game. Ivanov can counter punch safely and throw clean cross (when he isn’t charging forward), but otherwise his hands tend to fall out of position and he’ll lean over his lead leg. In addition, outside of the left hand counter, Ivanov doesn’t have much of an answer when his opponents kick him.Wrestling [Photos] His Life After The WWE Is Not What You’d Expect The Primary Marketlast_img read more

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Photos Franciscan Childrens 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala

first_img Sign up for style newsletters. Style tips, retail news, and more.* 4/13/2017, 4:53 p.m. On Friday, April 7, Franciscan Children’s hosted the 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala at the InterContinental Boston, attended by 350 of Boston’s most influential–including New Balance Chairman Jim Davis and his wife, Anne; Emiley Lockhart; State Representative Kevin Honan; Cardinal Sean O’Malley; and more–and emceed by news anchor and journalist Janet Wu. The event celebrated the exceptional patients, staff, and donors at Franciscan Children’s in Brighton and how every child, regardless of their multifaceted diagnoses, physical trials, or emotional traumas, is encouraged to “blossom” and live their best life every day. The Gala raised $563,000 to support future growth, as the need for the services at Franciscan Children’s grows as well.Barry Sloane, Val Mandell and Dr. James Mandell / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiDoug Chamberlain, Russ Gee and Linda Gee / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiJim Davis, Anne Davis and John Nash / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiDavid Manfredi and Elizabeth Lowrey / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiKaylee Dougherty, Nick Dougherty, Chantal Brandimarte, Steven Brandimarte, Christina Strubbe, Scott Bailey and Nick Giordano / Photo by Nathan Fried-LipskiAnthony Lamacchia and Nicole Lamacchia / Photo by Nathan Fried-Lipski Photos: Franciscan Children’s 2017 A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala Check out scenes from the Franciscan Children’s event on April 7, 2017 Printcenter_img By Julia Kacmarek· 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! last_img read more

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