Fought to unite Alberta conservatives Jason Kenney voted Albertas new premier

first_imgJason Kenney’s fight is over. Let the fight begin.The 50-year-old United Conservative Party leader, known for saying he can’t help but march to the sound of rhetorical gunfire, soundly defeated Rachel Notley’s NDP with a majority in Tuesday’s Alberta election.The former federal cabinet minister now takes his fight to Ottawa as Alberta’s 18th premier. He has promised to challenge the federal government on everything from the carbon tax to proposed energy regulations and equalization payments.It’s a new to-do list for Kenney after checking off the final box on a plan he announced three years ago to unite Alberta’s warring right-of-centre Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose Party and take them to the summit.“I had zero inkling to do it,” Kenney said in a pre-campaign interview.“But as I got further into the spring and then summer of 2016, I just realized that somebody with the relevant profile, network and experience had to step forward with a plan.”Kenney was born in Oakville, Ont., raised in Saskatchewan, and spent his adult years based in Alberta.He said he was just 10 years old, sitting on a couch and minding his own business at a Saskatchewan school fundraiser, when politics first found him.John Diefenbaker, well over a decade removed from being prime minister, came up to young Kenney, asked him his name, and struck up a conversation: Do you know the mythical story of Jason and the Argonauts? What’s your favourite subject at school? What are your future plans?“That 10-minute conversation made an indelible impression on me,” remembered Kenney.“That a former prime minister would spend 10 minutes talking to a 10-year-old boy was remarkable to me. I never forgot the kindness that he showed. And that maybe gave me sort of my initial interest in politics and public service.”He has lived much in the public eye as he has fought for conservative principles and the concept of ordered liberty, first as an anti-tax crusader and later as a key lieutenant in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet in portfolios that included  immigration, employment and defence.He is not married and happily recounts a life committed to public service. A day’s politicking is followed by late-night reading from a stack of philosophy books at the bedside. He is partial to Aristotle and Edmund Burke.He is schooled in the ground game of politics and had legendary campaign war chests as a Calgary MP.Some credit him with moving Harper’s government into majority territory by reaching out to ethnic newcomers, breaking the shibboleth that they vote Liberal, so much so he gained the nickname “minister for curry in a hurry.”He is a Catholic and has spoken out against gay marriage and abortion in the past, but promises not to act on those issues if he becomes premier.Critics say he can’t be trusted. They note he has promised, as premier, to roll back some protections for students in gay-straight alliances in schools.He won the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives, then the new United Conservatives and finally the provincial election, illuminating his drive, populist instincts, and nose for the political jugular.In a province where the unemployment rate is above seven per cent in Edmonton and Calgary, he campaigned against Notley on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” tapping into latent discontent over the federal government’s failure to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project underway.To win the UCP leadership, he drove back and forth across Alberta in a blue pickup truck to meet and greet thousands of supporters and fence-sitters. Then, in less than two years, he got 87 constituency associations and candidates running.It was also about doing whatever it takes. When Kenney ran for the PC leadership, he was fined by the party for setting up a hospitality booth beside a voting station.Last month, campaign documents and emails revealed that his UCP leadership team worked in lockstep with another candidate to have him attack Kenney’s chief rival while Kenney stayed above the fray.Mounties are investigating the UCP leadership race for possible fraud.Kenney has said his next step is to get back on the campaign trail, this time to get the federal Liberals defeated in the fall.“It is in the vital economic interests of Alberta that the Trudeau government be replaced this October,” he said earlier this week.For Kenney, one campaign is over. Let another campaign begin.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lack of funding threatens humanitarian efforts in Zimbabwe says UN

12 March 2010Aid agencies in Zimbabwe are appealing to donors to support the $378 million appeal launched last December to support humanitarian and early recovery efforts in the country, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today. “Lack of funding at this crucial time could derail progress made between the latter part of 2009 and now,” warned the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which noted that the 2010 Consolidated Appeal is just over 2 per cent funded. Zimbabwe has been plagued by widespread humanitarian suffering in recent years, driven in part by long-running political strife. When the appeal was launched in December 2009, some 6 million people in the country did not have access to safe water and sanitation due to the erosion of basic services. Livelihoods were also threatened by the prolonged economic downturn. “There is need for vigilance as the humanitarian situation is still precarious and prone to sudden shocks,” OCHA said, adding that the available funding is insufficient to address the country’s humanitarian needs.The Office reported that the dry spell in parts of the Southern African nation from mid-December 2009 to last month has raised concerns for food security. Meanwhile, over 70 cases of cholera, including one death, have been reported in a new outbreak that began in early February. During the same period in 2009, there were nearly 75,790 cases and 3,612 deaths in the outbreak that started in August 2008.In addition, the number of deaths related to a measles outbreak more than doubled, rising to 110 by the end of February, compared to 50 at the end of January. read more

Lankan fined jailed for poaching in Maldives

The boat was captured after the international environment protection group Greenpeace reported sighting two Sri Lankan fishing boats fishing in Maldivian waters while they were returning to Sri Lanka after their visit to the Maldives.Sri Lankan fishing boats tend to stray in Maldivian and Indian waters to catch fish.  (Colombo Gazette) Haveeru news online reported that Fernando has now been convicted and sentenced as he had confessed to the crime in court and was ordered to pay the fine within one month of the sentence. A Sri Lankan national has been convicted of illegally poaching in Maldivian waters and sentenced to six months in prison and fined MVR500,000 (USD32,425), the Maldives Media reported today.The captain of “Sea Shoal” Karunakalage Lalith Douglas Fernando was charged on November 19, 2012 with illegally fishing inside Maldives Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Last year the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) captured the Sri Lankan fishing boat in the Maldives Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). read more

Fire can be risky deadly drawback of living in mobile homes

GREELEY, Colo. — For many with low or fixed incomes, mobile homes provide an affordable housing option that’s hard to beat as housing costs continue to rise in Colorado.But that affordability can come at a cost, one residents of the Holiday Village mobile home community in Greeley paid in full nearly 15 years ago.In 2004, sisters Brianna Quintero, 3, and Janet Quintero, 5, died when a candle started a fire in their mobile home at Holiday Village. Both parents suffered minor injuries when they tried to rescue the girls, and the flames pushed them back.“The parents were out but told us the children were inside,” said Dale Lyman, then a deputy fire marshal and Greeley’s current fire chief. “Firefighters tried to reach them, but the fire was too strong.”It’s believed the girls were the first children in Greeley to die in a fire since the first fire records in 1889.Their deaths are tragic illustrations of the risks fire officials say come with living in a mobile home.The most severe risks are in homes built before 1976, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development set safety and construction standards for mobile homes. The Quintero home was built in 1969 — well before those standards, requiring safer building materials and floor layout, were set.In an analysis of mobile home fires from 2007-2011, the National Fire Protection Association found homes built after 1976 had a 57% lower rate of fire deaths than homes built before the standards.About a third of Weld County’s mobile homes were built from 1960-1979, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That means many homes still don’t meet the 1976 standards. Some homes continue to have aluminum wiring for electricity, which presents a very large fire hazard, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Lt. Greg Cobb of the Greeley Fire Department.As electricity is run through it, the aluminum expands and contracts much more than copper wire, loosening connections over time. Loose connections mean greater heat output from electrical resistance, which can eventually lead to a fire.Cobb said they often see heat tape causing fires in mobile homes, as residents attempt to warm frozen pipes. With the frame of the home up off the ground, and the utilities ran underneath the home, there is a greater risk of exposure not only to the cold, he explained, but also to animals that may chew on wiring.Even for mobile homes manufactured after 1976, unique fire risks still remain.Smaller average room and overall sizes can speed up fire growth, according to a study by the National Fire Protection Association. With less time from the moment a fire is located at a specific source to the moment a fire fully involves every combustible object in a room, that can mean less time for residents to escape.When in a contained room, a fire raises temperatures at the ceiling level to more than 1000 degrees, Cobb said. Once a fire burns through the ceiling and roof, it’s ventilated, and can spread even more rapidly.___EMERGENCY ACCESS — IN AND OUTIt’s not just the size of the mobile home that creates unique conditions for first responders. The layout of mobile home parks plays a role, too.Mobile home park owners try to maximize the space used for lots, which bring in revenue. That typically means homes are placed closer together than usual, another factor in the spread of fires, and roads are narrow. During Colorado winters, piles of plowed snow mean even less space for firefighters to respond.Without designated parking, some residents or visitors park on the already-narrow roads or sidewalks, adding to the accessibility issues for firefighters.“We have a continual issue where we’re having to go into mobile home parks and speak with management about the designated parking,” Cobb said. “Moving emergency equipment around a mobile home park can be very difficult.”If there is limited fire hydrant access, that lack of emergency access can further impede firefighters’ ability to quickly extinguish a blaze.Joe DiSalvo, a firefighter and shift inspector for the Evans Fire Protection District, said Evans firefighters found themselves in a similar situation a little more than 15 years ago. There was one single fire hydrant to an entire mobile home park, he said. To reach the fire, they had to lay out more than 1,000 feet of hose, slowing down their response and reducing the amount of water they had available.Fortunately, they managed to keep the fire contained and there were no injuries, he said.The floor plan of mobile homes can make escape from a fire difficult, according to Cobb. Though mobile homes are required to have at least two exterior doors, a fire can easily block the main path for someone in a bedroom, which is typically located farther from exits than other rooms.Code requires that all bedrooms have escape windows, but it’s rare for residents to test them out, Cobb said.A rusted or painted window could block a resident’s last chance for escape. People have a natural instinct to exit the same way they entered, even in an emergency, Cobb said, meaning they might not think to escape out the window until it’s too late.___EVOLVING IMPROVEMENTSThe 1976 HUD standards made such a difference on the rate of fire deaths that the National Fire Protection Association determined the death rate would drop well below the rate for other one- or two-family homes.Those in the industry say the standards set a high bar.“The HUD Code meets or exceeds the quality and safety standards for site-built homes,” Lesli Gooch, executive vice-president of advocacy and communications for the Manufactured Housing Institute, said in a statement. “We encourage homeowners to review and follow safety tips from their local fire marshal’s office as they are generally applicable to both off-site and on-site built homes.”In addition to the HUD standards, which underwent two revisions in the 90s, other improvements are making newer homes and parks more fire safe than ever before. DiSalvo said newer parks tend to have streets with curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and the proximity of the trailers to each other has grown relative to older parks.Cobb and DiSalvo both said the departments get involved with the cities’ extensive planning processes, giving them an opportunity to guide developers to more fire-safe communities.While it would be ideal to go in to pre-standard homes and enforce all the updated building codes and fire codes to the letter of the law, Cobb said it’s necessary to balance those concerns with the need for affordable housing. To prevent fires, he said, it takes a community.“Fire safety and community safety, it becomes the responsibility of everybody,” he said. “Whether it be the city, fire department, building department … park management (or) the occupants.”Trevor Reid, The Associated Press read more

New UN panel aims to boost global support for Africas economic development

Video of press briefing [14mins] Briefing journalists in New York, Ibrahim Gambari said the 13-member panel, which will report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will assess existing forms of international support, encourage that support to be increased and recommend new models for pursuing development goals for the world’s most impoverished continent.Mr. Annan announced the formation of the panel, which has been created to help achieve the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), during a speech two weeks ago to the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa.First adopted by African leaders in 2001 and endorsed by the General Assembly the following year, NEPAD is a comprehensive programme for Africa’s economic, social and political advancement based on the determination of Africans to extricate the continent from the malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion in a globalizing world.Mr. Gambari said the panel’s first task will be to assess the quantity and quality of the development partnerships so far. Referring to the many promises of support in the past, he said the panel should ask: “How far has this translated into reality?”The panel has been set up as Mr. Gambari has handed down reports charting progress made in three key areas of NEPAD – improving capital flows to Africa, integrating NEPAD priorities into national development strategies and building so-called South-South cooperation on African development.Capital links will only improve if African governments do more to attract investment, through measures such as tax incentives, and if industrialized countries reduce their farm subsidies, according to the reports.The reports also recommended African nations increase their links to Latin American and Caribbean countries in agriculture, health and education, telecommunications, peace, security and other areas.The panel will be headed by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the former Nigerian Foreign Minister and Commonwealth Secretary-General. Other panellists include Michel Camdessus, the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Richard Jolly, the former Deputy Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Anne Kristin-Syndes, former Norwegian Cooperation and Development Minister; and the noted economist Jagdish Bhagwati. read more

Senior UN officials urge restraint dialogue to defuse tensions fuelling protests in

“The atmosphere is still clearly highly combustible,” said Ms. Pillay, who is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “It is important that the authorities recognize that the initial extremely heavy-handed response to the protests, which resulted in many injuries, is still a major part of the problem. The initial demonstrations that began at the end of last month about the proposed redevelopment of Gezi Park in Istanbul developed into wider anti-Government protests, during which thousands of people were injured or overcome by tear gas. Riot police also used pepper spray and water cannons against protesters. Government officials later conceded that a disproportionate amount of force was used during the demonstrations.Ms. Pillay welcomed last week’s decision by the Government to put on hold further action on the park’s development until there is a court decision, and then to submit the issue to a local referendum. According to Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least four individuals have died so far in the clashes, including a police officer, although the circumstances of some of these deaths remain to be clarified.“In times of growing public outcry and large-scale protests, the Government must take all necessary measures to ensure that police forces do not resort to excessive use of force and other human rights violations while discharging their duties,” Ms. Pillay said. “The aim should be to minimize damage and injury, and respect and preserve human life.” Ms. Pillay said she was particularly concerned about allegation of excessive use of force by police against peaceful use of protesters as this may have resulted in serious damage to health. “Reports that tear gas canisters and pepper spray were fired at people from close range, or into closed spaces, and the alleged misuse of rubber bullets, need to be promptly, effectively, credibly and transparently investigated.” The High Commissioner said the Government must ensure that the policing of demonstrations complies at all times with international human rights obligations and international standards on policing, and urged authorities to facilitate and protect peaceful gatherings and protests. Another cause for concern, Ms. Pillay noted, is the significant number of people – including lawyers and social media users – that have been arbitrarily detained, for acts other than recognized crimes. Reports of ill-treatment of some of those being held are particularly worrying, she said, calling for an urgent investigation into this matter as well as for reparations to victims of excessive use of force during detention.Ms. Pillay offered the support of her Office in the effort to further human rights in the country and said that addressing the current situation in Turkey through a human rights framework “could actually turn these major challenges into opportunities, in that it sets the scene for resolving some remaining systemic problems in the country’s approach to rule of law.” Also today, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement in New York saying that the UN chief continues to “closely follow” developments in Turkey. “He remains concerned about ongoing clashes between protesters and security personnel,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Ban is saddened by the deaths and injuries that have occurred. The statement said that the Secretary-General urges “maximum restraint” and the pursuit of constructive dialogue in order to resolve differences and avoid further violent confrontation. “He believes that stability is best assured through such dialogue and when the rights to peaceful assembly and the freedom of expression are fully respected,” it added. read more

Cumberland HillMais rally Oakland past Oral Roberts 8776

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jaevin Cumberland and Xavier Hill-Mais combined for 59 points as Oakland rallied in the second half to beat Oral Roberts 87-76 on Saturday.Cumberland had a career-best 31 points, hitting 7 of 12 from the floor and making 15 of 15 free throws. Hill-Mais was 10-of-20 from the floor, making 8 of 9 free-throw attempts for 28 points as Oakland was 26 of 28 from the line. Oral Roberts made 11 of 15 free-throw attempts.Braden Norris also had a career-high 14 points for Oakland (3-3).Oral Roberts held a 37-35 halftime advantage but the Grizzlies started the second half on a 15-5 run to go ahead 50-42 less than five minutes into the second period. They pushed that to 74-61 with 7:09 left after a Cumberland layup.ORU rallied late after Sam Kearns drilled a 3-pointer and followed with a layup to close to 81-74 with 1:57 left. Hill-Mais had a layup and Cumberland dropped in two free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 18 points and 19 rebounds for ORU (2-6). Kearns added 14 points and Kaelen Malone chipped in 13.The Associated Press read more

I was coldclocked without warning Irish author assaulted in Connecticut

first_img“I am deeply thankful to all who have given me support.”Read: Promoters “don’t know” if remaining Garth Brooks concerts will go aheadRead: Greyhound says workers are deliberately jumping in front of vans. “Absolutely not” says SIPTU… What I think is most important about this is that there are others who suffer far worse violence, and I think it’s important that we try to understand that the deep roots of silence are not helpful. We need to speak out against this sort of thing.McCann says that while police have not yet arrested the attacker “I believe they are very close to pressing charges, using video and witness evidence”.“It could have happened anywhere in the world. The fact that it happened on the edge of one of the world’s foremost colleges campuses simply highlights how prevalent this sort of situation is.The medical personnel who helped me out were outstanding. AWARD-WINNING IRISH author Colum McCann has described the Saturday night assault in Connecticut that left him hospitalised as “shocking” and “cowardly”.Local police confirmed yesterday that the “Let the Great World Spin” writer was beaten outside a hotel in New Haven, and that witness accounts suggested he may have intervened in a dispute to help a woman.In a statement released by his agent this evening, McCann — who had to receive extensive dental work as a result of the incident — describes what happened.“I was trying to help someone out. I was cold-clocked without warning.“I had a severe concussion, a broken cheekbone, some broken teeth and a spirit that has been temporarily bruised. But I am recovering quickly and I’ve been overwhelmed by the generous response from friends and strangers alike.“Luckily, there was an off-duty paramedic on the street and he came straight to my aid.“The irony of it all is that I was at a conference on “Empathy” at Yale University with a non-profit I’m involved in, Narrative 4.“I suffered a few injuries but nothing that can’t be quickly healed. If anything, I was shaken out of the ruts of my ordinary perception, and I have been struck the genuine caring nature of people asking about how they can help out.last_img read more

Nintendo US server hacked over the weekend

first_imgSony’s online operations are currently on their knees in the face or repeated hacks. But it looks like hackers may be getting a little board with just targeting one gaming giant as Nintendo has now also been the victim of a server hack.The hack occurred over the weekend on one of Nintendo’s U.S. servers. The company confirmed the hack had occurred, but that no user information had been taken.AdChoices广告The group that carried out the hack is LulzSec who also performed a serious breach of Sony Pictures’ server last week uncovering a million user accounts. However, LulzSec has insisted via Twitter that Nintendo is not a new target and they just got a config file.The hack came a day before Nintendo releases the first patch for the 3DS handheld which will introduce an eShop, web browser, and free Pokedex for life and free Excitebike downloadable game for a month.Read more at WSJMatthew’s OpinionAs soon as the PSN hack occurred, and the extent of the data theft was realized, both Microsoft and Nintendo should have been reviewing their online security. Did Nintendo do that, or has it just been left as is?The fact LulzSec only got a config file off the server suggests Nintendo is better setup than Sony ever was. However, LulzSec also stated they aren’t targeting Nintendo, so there could be holes there that haven’t been explored and taken advantage of yet.As a gamer I hope we don’t see another PSN-style hack on another console simply because I want to be able to use the online services on each of my machines. At the same time, I appreciate these attempts to hack the system as ultimately it just makes them more secure as fixes are forced to be implemented.last_img read more

Le Topbraille gagnant du concours Lépine

first_imgLe “Top-braille”, gagnant du concours LépineFrance – L’édition 2010 du concours Lépine a récompensé “Top-braille”, un dispositif permettant aux non-voyants de transcrire des textes en braille ou en langage vocal.Cet appareil de poche est capable de lire sept langues : le français, l’anglais, l’espagnol, l’italien, l’allemand, le portugais et le hollandais. Il consiste en un boîtier à lecture optique qui permet à l’utilisateur de bénéficier d’une transcription en braille ou d’une lecture audio de son ouvrage (livre, magazine, notice de médicaments…).Il a été mis au point par un ancien professeur de mathématiques et ingénieur de formation, Raoul Parienti, dont la sœur est malvoyante. Celui-ci souhaite, avec le Top-braille, rendre plus d’ouvrages accessibles aux aveugles et malvoyants puisque “très peu de documents sont écrits en braille”.Pourtant, il y a un hic : le prix de cette prodigieuse invention. Actuellement fixé à 1.680 euros, Raoul Parienti souhaite le revoir à la baisse. Il faut cependant préciser que la mise au point de Top-braille a nécessité dix ans de recherche, ainsi qu’un budget de 1,5 million d’euros.Le concours Lépine a lieu chaque année à la Foire de Paris. Jusqu’ici, il a récompensé des inventions variées, mais toujours d’une grande utilité comme le stylo à bille, le fer à repasser à vapeur, le four électrique ou le cœur artificiel.Le 10 mai 2010 à 10:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La cigarette bientôt interdite sur les plages

first_imgLa cigarette, bientôt interdite sur les plages ? Selon un sondage Ifop réalisé pour Dimanche Ouest France, les trois-quarts des Français sont favorables à une interdiction de fumer sur les plages. Cette saison, la ville de la Ciotat dans les Bouches-du-Rhône a déjà mis en place une plage non-fumeur. Alors que les beaux jours arrivent enfin et que les estivants sont de plus en plus nombreux sur les plages, c’est un sondage qui ne va pas plaire aux fumeurs qui vient d’être réalisé par Ifop. Selon l’enquête réalisée pour Dimanche Ouest France, les trois-quarts des Français seraient favorables à une interdiction de fumer sur les plages. À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Le sondage a été réalisé sur près de 1.000 personnes entre le 19 et le 21 juillet à l’aide d’un questionnaire diffusé sur Internet. Il a alors révélé que 42% des Français étaient même “très favorables” à cette interdiction, alors que seuls 9% s’y déclarent “opposés”. Les femmes (77%) et les personnes âgées de 65 ans et plus (82%) sont les deux catégories qui expriment le plus de soutien à cette mesure déjà mise en place dans certaines villes.En effet, New-York aux Etats-Unis a déjà étendu l’interdiction de fumer aux lieux en plein air et notamment aux 22 kilomètres de plages de la ville. Un exemple suivi cette saison par La Ciotat dans les Bouches-du-Rhônes qui a décidé de mettre en place une plage non-fumeur. Le 1 août 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apple HomePod Smart Speaker Arrives in December

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » As expected, Apple on Monday introduced a Siri-backed smart speaker, dubbed HomePod, which is expected to launch in December for $349.While Apple exec Phil Schiller thumbed his nose at the Amazon Echo for its lack of a touch screen, the HomePod does not feature any sort of display. From what Cupertino showed off at WWDC today, the HomePod looks like a small version of the trashcan-shaped Mac Pro, with little more than speaker grilles adorning its exterior.Echo devices are intended as a way for owners to get information and tap into the Amazon store to purchase items, but Apple is positioning HomePod as, first and foremost, a music speaker. The name, of course, is a reference to the iPod, which gave Apple its start in music.As Schiller explains, “Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes.”The 7-inch HomePod features an array of six microphones, which will listen for your command to Siri. Say “Hey Siri, I like this song,” and HomePod and Apple Music will remember your preferences to serve up better playlists and recommendations. Apple also claims HomePod and Siri can handle more advanced queries, like “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?” The top of HomePod will light up with Siri’s signature purple hue when she’s listening.Under the hood, the HomePod runs an Apple A8 chip and features an upward-facing subwoofer. Room-sensing tech will let HomePod learn where it’s placed in a room so it can deliver the best sound — there are seven beam-forming tweeters and automatic detection and balance of two speakers.The HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription and iPhone 5s and above running iOS 11. Setup is similar to that of the AirPods: hold your iPhone next to HomePod and it will be ready to go. HomePod will be available in white and space gray, and will arrive first in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 5, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min readlast_img read more

Help find scared missing dog in Ladysmith

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A grey female Boerboel by the name of Shimla went missing last night (October 19) in Reservoir Road. She broke through an electric fence due to all the fireworks.The owners are appealing to the community to be on the lookout so they can have their best friend back home again.Let’s all get together and see if we can reunite this dog with its loving family.If you have seen this dog, then please contact the owner, Juan, on 0828098007last_img

Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBIACR Breast Imaging Symposium

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more In-viewer workflow. Visage 7 users have access to the entire patient jacket, and use step-based protocols to display all prior multimodality breast imaging. Many Visage customers routinely display 10-plus years of priors, including DBT (as well as high-resolution DBT and projection images, too), breast magnetic resonance (MR), and breast ultrasound. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Comprehensive, ultrafast performance. Server-side processing provides access to all of the imaging needed to immediately interpret today’s digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams, and all prior exams, in less than 3 seconds, according to Visage Imaging. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more For more information: www.visageimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium In-viewer workflow, work-in-progress artificial intelligence among features on display The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Future proof and Visage 7 AI. Breast imaging study sizes keep growing, with molecular breast imaging and high-resolution DBT today, and opto-acoustic breast ultrasound on the horizon. Furthermore, Visage will demonstrate its work-in-progress platform approach to artificial intelligence (AI), Visage 7 AI, with integration to native and third-party algorithms. April 5, 2019 — Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of Breast Imaging/American College of Radiology (SBI/ACR) Breast Imaging Symposium, April 4-7 in Hollywood, Fla.Key elements of the Visage 7 platform that will be on display include: All images in one viewer. Users can eliminate dedicated breast imaging workstations and siloed breast imaging archives with a single enterprise imaging platform for every user, providing access to all diagnostic imaging modalities and multimedia content via the same Visage 7 smart-client.last_img read more

2nd annual booze celebration draws hundreds

first_img Lindsay Fendt By Hops McAleIs there anything better than a spending a warm Saturday afternoon sipping on a myriad of microbrews with friends? The answer to that question, in the humble opinion of Hops McAle, is no.So when granted the opportunity to attend the second annual Craft Beer Festival at Avenida Escazú, Hops and his misfit clan of drinking mates arrived in hopes of slaking their collective thirst on the best microbrews offered in Costa Rica. They did not leave disappointed. Nor did they leave with all facilities intact. Though one friend actually left with an adopted baby goat. I wish I was kidding, for the goat’s sake.Beginning at 11 a.m., the festival gates opened and patrons poured into the tented beer garden erected in the back parking lot of Avenida Escazú. Beneath the tents surrounding the perimeter of the festival, brewers from across the country served up their tastiest microbrews to hundreds of beer enthusiasts equipped with small sampling glasses and stomachs ready for the original recipes of hops, barley and yeast. Mmmm, yeast. By the looks of things at the festival, which included presentations and lessons on how to make your own homebrews, Costa Rica’s burgeoning craft beer culture has officially arrived. Related posts:The beer revolution comes to Costa Rica 3rd annual Craft Beer Festival happening Saturday 3rd annual Craft Beer Fest offers a taste of the future in Costa Rica Beer is a way of life at local microbrewery “Last year was a great time, though this year there is so much more variety and so many more beers available,” said Heredia resident Matthew Beerett, who was spotted around 6 p.m. alone in the Avenida Escazú food court devouring a plate of fried chicken from Popeye’s, or Pop-ehh-yes, as pronounced in Spanish. “It’s awesome to see the continued growth of good beer in this country.”Good beer flowed liked a freestyle rapper at Avenida Escazú on Saturday, as local microbrewers, most of whom are yet to sell their brews commercially, gave revelers a sample of their concocted libations. The offerings were diverse in presentation and flavor, ranging from a coffee-based porter produced by Cervecería Pezuña Negra, to a honey wine served up by the Alajuela-based Costa Rica Meadery.  “We are all part of a growing beer community in Costa Rica,” said Josemaría Mora, who runs the La Bodega de Chema, a beer vendor that sells national microbrews in the eastern San José neighborhood of Los Yoses. “There are more and more people all over the country brewing their own beers. This is their opportunity to showcase what they created.”Ticketed beer enthusiasts were given samples of each of the 22 brews on tap and were required to show their passport, a small booklet with descriptions of the beers served, at each brewer’s station.Working through the 22 tastings proved more challenging than some anticipated. While all beverages were tasty and distinct, the 22-station menu staggered even the strongest of beer aficionados. After the eighth sample, some of the mates were noted as having heightened voice and fun levels. By round 14, one of the crew had gone missing while another pestered the bagpiper to for a chance to play a jig. When our passports were finally expired around 7 p.m., one amigo was spotted entering a cab with an adopted baby goat. And a t-shirt.And the Winner is?Much conversation among attendees debated their favorite beers of the day. All had different takes on what pleasured their palate, though several people surveyed during the day mentioned the Zaguate IPA, produced by Cervecería Perro Vida, Oso’s Honey Mango Brown Ale, brewed Bribri Springs Brewery in Puerto Viejo, and Jack Daniel’s Old Ale, a beer with a subtle whisky flavor, made by the TicoBirra Homebrew Shop.The event was anchored and organized by the Club de Cerveceros Artesanalas de Costa Rica, a nonprofit organization made up of beer enthusiasts and homebrewers, in conjunction with restaurant Product-C. Also in attendance was the grandaddy of the craft beer movement, Costa Rica Craft Brewing, which handed out samples of its two flagship brews, Libertas Tropical Golden Ale and Segua Red Ale, as well as their Oatmeal Stout and Barleywine. Costa Rica’s other increasingly popular microbrewer, the Tilarán-based Volcano Brewing Company, was also doling out savory samplings of their Witch’s Rock American Pale Ale and Gato Malo Nut Brown Ale. If it were required to pick a favorite brew or winner, it seems the obvious choice would be those in attendance.  “Growing up in Costa Rica, we’ve always been used to the same beers and flavors,” said Veronica Soto, who successfully completed the entire menu of beers. “It’s so nice to finally see the arrival of new, good beers here. Hopefully in the future most of these brews will be sold all over the country.”The only loser? Lola, the adopted goat.  Facebook Comments Lola the goat. last_img read more

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first_imgBy Esra AyginArrest seen as a stark message to the Turkish Cypriots as well as Kurds living in northern CyprusThe Turkish Cypriot community was shocked and outraged earlier this week when a senior member of the ruling Republican Turkish Party CTP, was arrested along with her daughter for “membership in a terrorist organisation” and “possession of provocative and propaganda publications of a terrorist organisation”.The 48-year-old Bengul Garginsu, who is of Kurdish origin and has been living in Cyprus for almost 30 years, and her daughter were released on Thursday pending the outcome of the trial. They are banned from leaving the country.The only ‘evidence’ police found at the house of Garginsu were books by some Kurdish politicians and writers including Selahattin Demirtas and Gulten Kisanak, and Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik. Police also took from Garginsu’s house a chest decorated with a star, which they claim resembles the symbol of PKK – the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is outlawed in Turkey and in the northern part of Cyprus.All the books found at Garginsu’s house are readily available in bookstores. Although it was previously reported that a book by the imprisoned militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan was also found in Garginsu’s possession, it later emerged that this was incorrect.The charges are based on the Penal Law, an ancient colonial law dating back to 1933, which stipulates that anyone in possession of a publication of an illegal organisation is considered a member of that organisation until proven otherwise.Leyla Guven of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party HDP has been on a hunger strike for more than 125 daysMeanwhile, some reports emerged after the arrests that police essentially went after Garginsu and her daughter in connection with graffiti they allegedly inscribed in support of a Kurdish lawmaker, Leyla Guven, during the march on International Women’s Day in Nicosia last week.Garginsu’s lawyer Urun Solyali, who spoke to the Sunday Mail, confirmed the allegations.“It’s true,” said Solyali. “The leading motivation for the police was a banner or graffiti.” Solyali stated however that police did not make any claims before court regarding the content of the banner or graffiti. The only charge brought in connection with it was “intentional damage” to property, he said.Leyla Guven of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party HDP has been on a hunger strike for more than 125 days over the prison conditions of Ocalan. Many March 8 International Women’s Day demonstrations throughout Turkey witnessed messages of support for Guven.Many Turkish Cypriots, including opinion leaders, politicians, journalists and lawyers protested the detentions, questioning how possession of books could be linked to terrorism and expressing concern about basic rights and freedoms in the northern part of Cyprus.The strong reaction prompted Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to make a statement.“There is increasing concern among our people that the freedoms are being restricted,” said Akinci. “It should never be forgotten that violence does not grow in environments of freedom and democracy but of oppression and authoritarianism… Establishing a direct relationship between terrorism, violence and book readership is creating a huge distortion in people’s perception of freedom.”While some see this move by the police, which is under the ultimate control of Turkish military chief of staff in Ankara, as a stark message to the Kurds living in Cyprus, who enjoy a relatively free climate to express themselves, others believe the message is to CTP and to the Turkish Cypriot community as a whole.The incident is especially embarrassing for CTP since it is the senior partner of the ruling coalition. Garginsu is a member of CTP’s Party Assembly, which is the party’s administrative organ, as well as the administrative board of the Nicosia district.“This incident may constitute a message to Kurds to be careful ahead of Newroz celebrations; to CTP to not mingle so much with Kurds; to the Turkish Cypriot people that they may be declared members of a terrorist organisation any time if they are not careful,” said senior researcher Mete Hatay at Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO’s Cyprus Centre.“And it is not really possible to separate one message from another and say ‘this’ is the reason. But one thing is clear: This is aimed at intimidation. And it is a sign that the democratic, tolerant, pluralistic environment that has prevailed in the north despite all the problems and challenges, is under threat.”Unlike Turkey, there are no political prisoners or imprisoned journalists in the northern part of Cyprus. “This is a sign that all this may change unless people show strong resistance,” Hatay said.This is not the first time police in the northern part of Cyprus have detained Kurds – mostly students and workers – for possession of certain books or even listening to certain songs.“However, it is the first time a Turkish Cypriot citizen has been arrested, and this is why alarm bells are ringing,” said Hatay. “Everyone is questioning how far things will go.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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