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first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The entire process had to be started over again, but there is hope in the oil and gas industry that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will go through. This as the consultation meetings between the National Energy Board (NEB) and indigenous groups continue in Calgary.The new consultations are needed after the Federal Court of Appeals stopped the project in August, citing a lack of consultation with indigenous communities and not enough of an environmental review when it comes to researching the effects of increased tanker traffic off of the BC coast.Nick Schultz is the VP of pipeline regulation with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).He believes there will be progress from these latest rounds of consultations.“That’s being undertaken in a very rigorous way in accordance with the direction of the court so we (CAPP) have great confidence that will be done appropriately,” he said. “Not to say that it is easy, or that there won’t be some controversy, or that there won’t be people who feel this is not quite enough for them, but this is all moving in the right direction.”He understands that not everyone will be on board with this project, no matter what is undertaken.“There is a whole bunch of folks who have adopted the ‘over my dead body approach’ to the project so whatever anybody does is not going to satisfy people of that mind.”He believes many of the indigenous groups will have their lingering questions answered at these new meetings.“There’s common ground there to build on for many if not all of the First Nations. There may be some that fall into the category of not wanting it under any circumstances, but one can only do so much.”He said while it has been frustrating, the fact that the industry had to go back and start new consultation processes is a sign of how stringent the process to get a pipeline built in Canada is.“Canada does this probably better than many other countries in the world. We have constitutionally protected rights that are taken very seriously.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The three surveillance cameras and the steady flow of people in and out of the small, nondescript grey building are the only hint of the brisk business this downtown Toronto cannabis dispensary does behind closed doors.Once inside, two men behind a white desk under a vintage chandelier ask patrons to provide government identification and fill out a membership form. Then, customers are allowed to enter another room through a steel door, where an array of pot products are on display in a glass case.When asked what has changed since Canada legalized on Oct. 17, one staffer said: “We’re just busier.”Among the many shoppers on Thursday, a fourth-year university student said he preferred to buy from this dispensary to avoid the delivery problems that bedevil the provincial cannabis store. Also, he didn’t want the transaction to appear in his banking records.“It’s just too much of a hassle… it’s all about convenience for me,” he said.It’s been nearly a month since recreational pot was legalized across Canada, and despite raids by local police departments and government warnings to illegal pot shop operators to shutter their doors or face consequences, the black market continues on.Product shortages, delivery delays and other problems plaguing the roll-out have not helped, said Martin Landry, an analyst with GMP Securities.“It hasn’t been perfect… And probably as a result the shift away from the black market has not happened as fast as most expected. But I think that’s short term.”Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 with the elimination of the black market as one of the Liberal government’s main goals.There was little expectation that it would disappear quickly, as the illicit market has survived in U.S. states like Colorado and Oregon years after legalizing recreational pot.Statistics Canada estimates that during the fourth-quarter of this year there will be 5.4 million people wanting to purchase legal cannabis and 1.7 million continuing to buy illicit pot across Canada. Spending on pot during that period may range from $816 million to $1.1 billion while purchases of illegal cannabis may range from $254 million to $317 million, the agency estimates.But getting users to switch from illegal sources hinges, in part, on whether the legal offering is a competitive one.Meanwhile, in addition to limited amounts of legal pot products, cannabis-infused edibles are prohibited from sale until 2019.In Ontario, where privately run brick-and-mortar cannabis stores won’t be ready until next April, and British Columbia, which has just one government-run pot store, illicit shops continue to draw in clientele.The Weeds Glass and Gifts stores in Vancouver are “hyper busy right now,” said its owner Don Briere.His chain of stores in Vancouver are benefiting from the closures of other illicit dispensaries but also because B.C.’s lone legal store is located more than 350 kilometres away in Kamloops, B.C.“How are you going to service five million people in British Columbia with one store that is nowhere near the population centre?” Briere said in an interview.Briere shut down nine of his shops across the country but is servicing clients online and keeping his four Vancouver shops open while awaiting the outcome of ongoing litigation. Other dispensaries have also decided to keep their doors open while waiting for their license applications to be processed.Still, the stiffer penalties under the Cannabis act As of Oct. 17, which include a first offence fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of as much as six months, coupled with the potential to be blacklisted from pursuing legal retail options have prompted several to shut down.For example, the Green Room Society Dispensary on Spadina Avenue in Toronto has white paper covering up the glass windows and door. In the window, written on the paper in black marker it says: “Come say high on April 1st.”The Ontario government warned in the days before legalization that black market operators must shut down or risk being barred from ever obtaining a legal retail license under the province’s private system.Landlords in Ontario also face hefty fines for allowing illicit dispensaries to operate on their properties, putting further pressure on owners to close up shop, said Matt Maurer, a partner at Torkin Manes and vice-chair of the firm’s cannabis law group.Others across the country have been forcibly compelled by law enforcement to shut their operations down.In Port Alberni, B.C., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided two pot shops on legalization day for not having provincial licenses. A day later, police and inspectors from Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corp. raided a dispensary in St. John’s.There were 92 illegal cannabis storefronts in Toronto on Oct. 16, prior to legalization, according to Bruce Hawkins, a spokesman for the city’s municipal licensing and standards department. That number has been whittled down to 21, as of Nov. 6, due to shutdowns of their own accord or by the city and police, he added.Maurer has been approached in the year leading up to legalization and afterwards by dispensary owners seeking a license to operate a legitimate cannabis business, as the risk of being an illicit operator is heightened, he said.Post-legalization, the provincial and territorial governments have a vested interest in shutting illegal pot shops down, he said.“Every sale at an illegal dispensary is another dollar not going to the provincial government,” Maurer said. “So why would they tolerate that any further?”— With files from Liam CaseyArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat- Moroccan tightrope walker, Mustafa Danguir, nicknamed “Danger,” has thrilled onlookers walking between two skyscrapers 75 meters above the ground in Chile.Walking  65 meters on a narrow wire with nothing to hold onto but a pole to help maintain his balance, “Danger” emerged victorious on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, in front of the La Moneda presidential palace.Crowds of people surrounded the area to watch and cheer for “Danger.” Danguir, 41, is considered one of the most adventurous professional tightrope walkers in Chile.In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press, Danguir, who is from Tangier, said that his achievement allowed him to raise the Moroccan flag in Chile and honor his home country.Danguir’s two months of practice have paid off with the successful performance that both shocked and thrilled viewers from around the world.In 2010, Danguir broke a Guinness world record when he drove a motorcycle on a 130-meter-high steel cable in Benidorm, Spain.Danguir has performed in several countries, beginning his career with a Spanish circus, “Los Muchachos,” and Los Hermanos Ringling Circus. read more

20 December 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert has asked Canada to clarify what it is doing to address the “dire” socio-economic conditions of the Attawapiskat aboriginal community, noting that many of its members live in unheated shacks or trailers, with no running water. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said in a news release that he has been in touch with the Canadian Government to voice his deep concern about the conditions of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which he said exemplifies the conditions of many aboriginal communities in the country.The Attawapiskat First Nation is a remote community in northern Ontario comprised of about 1,800 members. Mr. Anaya noted that the poor living conditions are particularly serious as winter approaches the area, which faces winter temperatures as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius.“The social and economic situation of the Attawapiskat seems to represent the condition of many First Nation communities living on reserves throughout Canada, which is allegedly akin to Third World conditions,” he stated.“Yet, this situation is not representative of non-aboriginal communities in Canada, a country with overall human rights indicators scoring among the top of all countries of the world.“Aboriginal communities face vastly higher poverty rights, and poorer health, education, employment rates as compared to non-aboriginal people,” said the expert.In a communication sent to Canadian authorities yesterday, Mr. Anaya asked the Government to provide details regarding official programmes in place to address the disparate social and economic conditions of First Nations communities, as well as the disparate social and economic conditions between and among First Nation communities.“I will be monitoring closely the situation of the Attawapiskat First Nation and other aboriginal communities in Canada, keeping an open dialogue with the Government and all stakeholders to promote good practices, including new laws, government programmes, and constructive agreements between indigenous peoples and states, and to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples,” said the expert.Mr. Anaya has served as Special Rapporteur since March 2008. He reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

The arrest in Saudi Arabia had reportedly been made following information provided by Indian intelligence agencies. Maulana Rila, brother-in-law of the Islamic State inspired Shangri-La hotel bomber Zahran Hashim, and a colleague of his, who just goes by the name Shahnawaj, have reportedly been arrested in Saudi Arabia, the Hindustan Times reported.Hashim was the leader of National Towheed Jama’at and chief radicaliser of the hardline salafi group responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. India is believed to have provided several warnings on the attacks, including time- and location-specific details, which were ignored by Sri Lanka. Officers in Indian security agencies say they are already in touch with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to find out on any links between the IS cadres responsible for the Sri Lanka attacks and Kasargode (Kerala)-Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) module in India, with Colombo on the verge of sending a team to Saudi Arabia.After the Easter Day bombing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is believed to have called up the top-brass of the Tata owned Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) to ask them to install security scanners and metal detectors at their three properties in Sri Lanka because all the suicide bombers are still not accounted for. The IHCL owned Taj Samudra had a lucky escape on April 21 as UK educated suicide bomber Abdul Latif Mohammed Jamil entered the hotel but could not trigger the device. He later died in a blast at the Tropical Inn in Dehiwala suburb with a couple also losing their lives in the blast. read more

by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 11:07 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday April 3, 2017, photo, Mary Beth Nerone, a former middle-school teacher from Rochester, N.Y., shows materials from her online store, in New York. After losing her job as a language arts teacher to budget cuts three years ago, Nerone began stocking the store with writing, poetry and other curricula exercises she created for other teachers to purchase. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Teachers cash in, big time, by putting lessons up for sale Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.Despite worries from some educators, such online marketplaces are booming, driven by rising standards and the willingness of teachers to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested materials.“I am so thankful and blessed that it came into my life and that my passion and career can kind of mesh into one,” says Miss Kindergarten, aka 32-year-old Hadar Hartstein, of Lake Forest, California, who says she has earned more than $1 million in sales over the past six years, enough to take this year and maybe the next few off from her teaching job to be with her newborn daughter.Her more than 300 offerings on the popular Teachers Pay Teachers site range from free alphabet flash cards and a $1.50 Popsicle party counting activity to a $120 full-year unit on math and literacy, all of them promoted on her blog and social media accounts.“You definitely have to look at it as another full-time job,” she says. “You have to put a lot of effort into it.”Teachers Pay Teachers contends that it hit a milestone last year, when its 80,000 contributors earned more than $100 million, and that at least a dozen have become millionaires since the site launched a decade ago. Other major sites including Teachwise and Teacher’s Notebook, and recently such corporate players as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Amazon, have launched sites of their own.But some educators worry the increasing monetizing of lessons will stifle the longstanding practice of teachers freely sharing their ideas. And legal experts question whether teachers actually have ownership of the lessons they are selling.For teachers buying the materials, however, it’s a major time saver, allowing them to reclaim the nights and weekends otherwise spent starting lessons from scratch, often for no more than the price of their morning coffee.Ann Arbor, Michigan, middle school teacher Samantha Cucu said that when she first started teaching three years ago, she created her own materials but was swayed by colleagues who made a compelling argument: “Why are you reinventing the wheel?”She has since bought about 120 resources and gotten 132 others from Teachers Pay Teachers’ free offerings.“Sometimes they’re super-easy small purchases, like $1.20 here, $2.50 there, and sometimes they’re larger. I try not to spend over $15,” says Cucu who estimated that her prep time for school plummets from 20 to 30 hours a week to two hours if she can find what she needs online.“It’s huge,” says Cucu, who has a year-old baby.At Teachers Pay Teachers, teachers set their own prices for 2.5 million resources and give a commission to the site. With a $59.95 premium membership, the commission is 15 per cent. With a free basic membership, it’s 40 per cent.“My first sale was 80 cents. It was the best 80 cents I’ve made in my entire life!” says Mary Beth Nerone, who has been stocking her online store, Brain Waves Instruction, on the site with writing, poetry and other exercises for three years after budget cuts eliminated her job as a middle-school language arts teacher near Rochester, New York.“Some people are psyched and say I get Starbucks money each week … some people get to a space where they can meet or surpass their teaching income,” Nerone says. “And some people get to a space beyond their wildest dreams of income.”Teachers trust and support other teachers, says Hanna Hudson, editorial director of the We Are Teachers online bulletin board, and accessing individual resources from the web is less expensive and easier than going to the district for new textbooks or resources.“Honestly, it’s going after the money that teachers are spending out of their own pockets on their classroom,” Hudson says.But Bob Farrace, spokesman for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, says taking “proprietary rights over ideas and lessons” could disrupt the traditional collaborative atmosphere of schools. “You want teachers to collaborate and share ideas freely.”In fact, some school districts have language in their teaching contracts that bar teachers from selling their lesson plans.Some legal experts argue that the resources teachers produce while working for a school district may actually be the property of the school district.Mark Bartholomew, who teaches copyright law at the University at Buffalo, says that without explicit contract language, the law looks at factors such as whether products were created within the scope of employment or on a person’s own time.A federal court in New York sided with the Cherry Valley-Springfield school district in 2004 after a suspended teacher tried to claim ownership of tests, quizzes and homework problems left behind in his classroom that he said were prepared outside normal hours. The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed the district owned the materials because the teacher made them for his job.“I never created anything that I was selling while in the classroom,” says “Miss Kindergarten” Hartstein. “As a kindergarten teacher, I rarely even had time to sit down and take a breath.”Hartstein says she never looked at selling lessons as a path to riches but as a way for others to learn and benefit from her experience.“If a teacher is already making a resource for her students and it’s super successful in her classroom, then why not post it for other students to use? And if you make something off of it, awesome.”___Thompson reported from Pittsford, New York. Associated Press video journalist Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles contributed. read more

Government’s decision to cut the Plug-in Car Grant will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, the environment and industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) warned today. Reducing the purchase incentives for zero emission cars by a third and completely removing the grant for plug-in hybrids is totally at odds with Government ambition to be the world leader in the take up of ultra low emission vehicles announced in its Road to Zero Strategy. It also sends yet more confusing signals to consumers and will make it virtually impossible for Government and industry to meet their CO2 reduction targets.Furthermore, giving manufacturers and consumers a maximum of one month’s notice with a cap on volumes will result in yet more distortion to a market already impacted by previous conflicting government policies and put even greater pressure on industry. Manufacturers have already invested billions to bring a full range of new technologies to market to give choice to consumers with different driving needs and budgets. Thanks to the plug-in car grant, zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids have become increasingly popular but, at less than 2.0%, uptake is still very small.To put this in further context, while the grant has helped incentivise 160,000 sales of plug-in hybrids over the past seven years, this represents less than half a percent of the 34.7 million cars currently on the road. To grow zero and ultra low emission vehicle uptake to the levels needed to make a meaningful impact on CO2 and air quality, consumers’ concerns over affordability and convenience must be addressed.As we’ve seen in other European markets, prematurely removing upfront purchase grants can have a devastating impact on demand. In Denmark, for example, sales of pure electric cars plummeted by nearly 73.0% in the year after that government announced its EV tax incentive would end – the market has still not recovered.There are also long-term implications for consumer choice. The grant has helped the UK become one of the EU’s biggest markets for electrified vehicles with manufacturers looking favourably at the UK when making difficult product allocation decisions for these new technologies which are often, at first, sold at a loss. Removing the incentives not only impacts demand, it can impact supply as companies reallocate products to more supportive markets, which could mean a reduction in model choice for UK consumers.Government and industry share the same ambition; to be one of the world’s leading markets for zero and low emission vehicles with a highly ambitious, competitive and successful industrial base. Delivering this goal requires clear and consistent policy, anchored in an Industrial Strategy that creates the conditions for growth; a position which is actively contradicted by this latest decision.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,We understand the pressure on the public purse but, given the importance of environmental goals, it’s astounding that just three months after publishing its ambitious vision for a zero emissions future, government has slashed the very incentive that offers our best chance of getting there.Industry is working hard to address the challenges of CO2 and air quality but, while it can produce the technology, it cannot determine the pace of uptake.We have consistently said that if the UK is to be fit for an electrified future, we need a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure. Government needs to rethink its policy, else its ambitions will never be realised.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock students have a new link to the fast-paced world of finance on Wall Street, the fulfilling work of not-for-profits in Chile and the cutting-edge robotics industry in Hong Kong.Students looking to add more work experience to their resumé now have access to opportunities in 12 of the world’s most populous cities thanks to a newly announced partnership with the Intern Group.The new agreement provides Brock students with access to thousands of internships in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.Founded in 2011, the Intern Group helps students significantly improve their skills and employability through an international internship experience, with a goal of developing a new generation of innovative and culturally sensitive graduates ready to address the issues that affect the world today and tomorrow.“International work experience is becoming a highly regarded skill set in today’s global economy,” said Jesse Barraza, Manager, International Learning Programs. “Employers are looking for candidates familiar with a culturally diverse work environment.”Students interested in applying start by reviewing the various opportunities on the program website under more than 25 career fields listed. Program fees start at about $2,600 and vary based on the program destination, start date and duration, which ranges from six to 24 weeks.Program fees for all destinations include:Professional internship placement in the student’s primary or secondary career fieldAccommodation (private bedroom in a shared apartment or residence hall)Professional development workshop, training and toolsIndustry-leading workplace performance assessment (global HR firm DDI International)Cultural and social events specific to the destinationAirport pick-up and drop-offMost programs include unlimited public transportation for at least the first month or longer24-7 emergency assistance from local staffWelcome package including city maps and important program informationAn active international community of internsVisa assistance (where required)Brock students also have access to scholarship opportunities, with eligible OSAP students receiving about $667 (US$500) off any of the programs.To apply, students fill out Brock University’s online application where they are asked to provide two preferred destinations and career fields. Brock will then review and nominate successful applicants for the program.The Intern Group will then match students with host organizations based on their CV/resumé, academic background, skills and experience, and career goals. The placement process timeline is different for each intern, but typically takes four to 12 weeks.Students interested in learning more about the opportunity are encouraged to attend an information session being held Thursday, March 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the International Centre (GLB 207). Additional questions can be directed to Brock’s International Mobility Office by email at read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/TADDEUS Image: Shutterstock/TADDEUS Short URL No Comments Jun 12th 2018, 7:57 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as the day gets started. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 7:57 AM 7,021 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. SUMMIT: US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have met in a historic summit and signed a joint document which commits to the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula.2. #BREXIT: UK prime minister Theresa May will today face knife-edge votes in parliament on her centrepiece Brexit legislation, despite her last-minute warning that defeat risked undermining her negotiations with Brussels.3. #NTA: Details of 16 “core bus corridors” in Dublin that give buses greater priority and would have segregated cycle lanes are set to be revealed today.4. #SKERRIES: Residents of the seaside town have spoken to about how the water shortages are negatively impacting their lives.5. #CRASH: A woman has died after being hit by a car in Tipperary last night.6. #INVESTIGATION: A preliminary report into a plane crash in Offaly that claimed the lives of a seven-year-old and a 47-year-old pilot has found no evidence that the engine failed.7. #WEATHER: Apart from isolated showers, today should be a another mainly dry day. It will be mostly cloudy with some sunny spells. But later this week the weather is set to get “extremely windy”.8. #CABINET: Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney will update Cabinet this morning on the progress of Brexit negotiations, RTÉ reports.9. #ORLANDO: A hostage situation in Florida ended overnight with the deaths of four children at the hands of a gunman, who also took his own life, police said. Share1 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick grabbed a point for Portugal. By AFP Follow us: Jun 15th 2018, 9:04 PM Share67 Tweet Email4 Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick grabbed a point for Portugal. Image: Getty Images Short URL Friday 15 Jun 2018, 9:04 PM Nacho gives Spain the lead with technically-esquisite rasper that finds its way past both postsArgentina boss denies underestimating Iceland despite naming XI a day earlycenter_img CRISTIANO RONALDO SCORED a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic in Sochi.Real Madrid star Ronaldo crashed in an 88th minute free-kick to snatch a point for Portugal after a second-half goal from Nacho put the Spaniards 3-2 ahead.Ronaldo’s late equaliser capped a storming encounter which came after a chaotic few days which saw Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro appointed as his replacement.Earlier, Ronaldo had twice put the European champions in front only for Diego Costa to bring Spain level on each occasion on a steamy night on Russia’s Black Sea coast.But then Ronaldo stepped up to send his free-kick from 25 yards up over the wall and into the net, as the Iberian neighbours settled for a point apiece in this Group B encounter.It was a remarkable signal of intent from the current Ballon d’Or winner, who had never made a serious impact in any of his previous three World Cups, only managing to score one goal in each.In one night the Real Madrid superstar doubled his World Cup finals goal tally, and made history by scoring at an eighth consecutive major tournament going back to Euro 2004, when he was still a teenager.It was typical of the now 33-year-old to take the headlines after news from the Spain camp had dominated the build-up to this game.The evening had started in style for Ronaldo, as he scored a fourth-minute penalty after going down in the box under a foul from Nacho, playing at right-back with Dani Carvajal not fit. Costa scored twice to draw Spain level. Source: Dean MouhtaropoulosHierro, who cut an animated figure as he stood on the touchline with his sleeves rolled up, must have wondered at that point what he had let himself in for.Yet Spain responded well and had the better of the game, as they drew level for the first time in the 24th minute via a trademark piece of centre-forward play by Costa.He left Pepe on the floor as the pair challenged for a high ball, before breaking into the box and planting a low shot into the bottom corner.The Portugal players were furious that no foul was given as Costa led with his forearm into the challenge on Pepe, but the officials let the goal stand without feeling the need to call on the Video Assistant Referee.Spain then thought they had taken the lead as Isco smashed in a shot that bounced down onto the line off the underside of the bar, yet this time goal-line technology showed it was not in.With Andres Iniesta, Isco and David Silva pulling the strings, Spain were on top, but Portugal went back in front just as half-time approached.Goncalo Guedes teed up his captain Ronaldo, whose shot from 20 yards was straight at David De Gea, but the Manchester United goalkeeper could only help it on its way. Ronaldo’s moment of magic. Source: Getty ImagesIt looked like Ronaldo’s first-half efforts might be in vain, as Spain regrouped at the interval and drew level 10 minutes into the second half with a textbook set-piece counter.A free-kick floated into the area was headed back across the face of goal by Sergio Busquets and Costa was there to turn it in. Three minutes after that, Nacho’s glorious effort from 22 yards made it 3-2, his half-volley curling into the net off the left-hand post.That looked to be that, but Ronaldo had the last word, and Morocco — beaten 1-0 by Iran earlier on Friday — will not look forward to facing him in their next game.© – AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Ronaldo’s moment of magic earns Portugal a draw in World Cup thriller with Spain Football at its brilliant best. 75 Comments Image: Getty Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35,449 Views last_img read more

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form When fighting a galactic civil war, your spaceship is bound to take a beating.But just how much does it cost to insure a vehicle that’s made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?More than you might expect. (And more than a smuggler like Han Solo can afford.)Star Wars superfans at UK-based InsuretheGap are getting into the spirit of the upcoming film by calculating insurance quotes for eight of the franchise’s most famous vehicles.Based on factors like weight and size—as well as presumed maximum speed in atmosphere—the team created an algorithm to generate an annual price. (For reference, one Galactic Credit is worth roughly 50 cents.)“We set about working out just how much it would cost to insure some of our favorite ships—just on the off chance we found ourselves suddenly transported to the outer rim with a big stack of credits,” InsuretheGap said.X-34 Landspeeder(via InsuretheGap)Luke’s swift landcruiser is easily the cheapest to insure. Boasting a top speed of 155 mph, the two-seater isn’t much to behold, it’s mundane design ideal for harsh desert climates like Tatooine. After the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke sold his speeder in Mos Eisley to help pay for passage to Alderaan.The Khetanna(via InsuretheGap)Jabba the Hutt’s luxury sail barge offers the most bang for your buck, according to InsuretheGap. Basically a giant floating pub, with room for up to 500 passengers and a live band, the large craft is fit for a 600-year-old intergalactic gangster.Sebulba’s Podracer(via InsuretheGap)Sebulba earned his riches from repeated Podrace wins. So he can afford the annual insurance cost on his heavily modified sports car—which got a bump in price due to the “monumentally dangerous” risks of podracing.Tie Advanced X1(via InsuretheGap)Darth Vader’s experimental TIE fighter was a modified prototype of what would eventually become the TIE Advanced X1. The later model’s addition of a hyperdrive costs extra, because, according to InsuretheGap, “crossing a galaxy in the blink of an eye is astonishingly easy to get wrong.”Slave I(via InsuretheGap)Boba Fett inherited the deadly Slave I upon the death of Jango Fett. But Aurra Sing’s crash landing on Florrum did nothing to help the bounty hunter’s insurance premium.T-65 X-Wing Starfighter(via InsuretheGap)The Toyota of Rebel Alliance ships, Luke’s X-Wing Starfighter features four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, nimble engines, and an astromech droid co-pilot. But its light modifications have little bearing on the insurance costs.“Being a Rebel and a Jedi Knight, however, are pretty risky occupations, and this adds quite a hefty extra onto the overall costs,” InsuretheGap said. “He seems to be a pretty stand-up guy, too, so we reckon he’d declare the swamp damage.”Millennium Falcon(via InsuretheGap)She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.Surprisingly expensive to insure, Han’s beloved ship is a huge liability for the Rebel smuggler, who’s made heavy modifications to the iconic freighter over the years. Here’s to hoping Chewie goes Dutch.CR90 Corvette(via InsuretheGap)The Corellian Corvette (or Alderaan cruiser, or blockade runner) is a large, powerful ship with an enormous passenger capacity, a whopping top speed of 590 mph, and a monstrous annual insurance cost.“We don’t find out exactly who pilots this ship, which drives the price up somewhat,” InsuretheGap said. “As does the risk of carrying stolen Death Star plans.” Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgDespite reports earlier today indicating that UBM has put some of its print magazines up for sale the company is saying that it’s the data services business that’s actually up for review. Included in that group are the Techinsights, Aviation, Global Trade and other related data services operations. The strategic review of UBM’s data services business was announced back in July during the company’s 2012 interim results presentation. According to a spokesperson, there are one or two print titles associated with these groups, but the bulk of any print products included in the review are directories. “This is purely about the data services business, it does not touch the magazine business,” says the spokesperson. The company had indeed secured Credit Suisse to run the review, which has been going on since July and, according to the spokesperson, may not end up in a sale. “It may or may not end up as a sale. The point about this process is UBM, like any other media company, has limited capital resources and is challenged in figuring out where it should be deployed.”The review is expected to last until spring 2013. Here’s a choice bit of UBM CEO David Levin’s presentation during the interim results meeting: “We’ve made relatively few acquisitions in the data services area and that’s not been for lack of choices. It’s been for the fact that we’ve seen better returns on the capital that we’ve been able to deploy against our events business and against PR Newswire. So it’s in light of that that we’ve sat back and thought how do we take the strategy forward and one of the consequences of that has been a choice that we announced today, the beginning of a strategic review for our data services business. That strategic review is effectively considering three questions: What’s it worth to us? What would it be worth to a third party? And the third question is, how would we redeploy the capital internally and what would the yield on that be?”As it turns out, that capital would most likely be put against the PR Newswire group and UBM’s events, two favored and better performing groups as Levin indicates in his statement. According to UBM financials, Data Services revenues were $145 million at the half, down from $161 million from the same period last year. The group accounts for about 18 percent of total revenue.last_img read more

first_img The first 5 things to do with a new Google Home speaker 12 Photos Comments Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you’ll soon be able to play virtual tourist, thanks to his work and the magic of Google Street View,Kanhema, who left the country to study journalism and documentary film-making at the University of California, Berkeley, spent two weeks back in Zimbabwe shooting the sights and sounds of the coolest places. Areas he covered include the capital’s Harare’s central business districts, malls, a virtual tour of Victoria Falls, Christmas Pass, the city of Mutare’s main business strip as well as the Great Zimbabwe monument and the Eastern Highlands. He’s uploaded over 500 miles of coverage, including Street View images uploaded during October and November. It’s a lot to pack in, especially over a mere two weeks, but Kanhema got it done with a custom off-the-shelf kit of cameras consisting of the Insta360 Pro 2 and a GoPro Fusion. He particularly liked the Pro 2, which is Street View ready — meaning he could publish footage to the platform right after shooting it.CNET spoke to Kanhema to find out more.Tawanda Kanhema at Victoria Falls. Tawanda Kanhema and Casey Curry So tell me more about you and why you decided to embark on such a project.I grew up in Zimbabwe and went to school at the University of California, Berkeley where I studied journalism and documentary film-making. I currently work as a product manager in San Francisco, building news applications and internal tools for newsrooms. I have a background in journalism and documentary photography, so visual storytelling has always been close to my heart and I see a lot of opportunities for storytelling on the Street View platform.How did you come up with the idea? I started experimenting with WebVR and WebGL frameworks back back in 2015, developing ways for journalists to create immersive stories using spherical photos and video and figuring out ways to make them easily accessible to users on desktop and mobile as well as in VR headsets. I started shooting 360 video and photography and developed an interest in testing the different camera platforms as the market rapidly expanded.In 2016, I got involved with Google’s user generated content initiative, the Street View Camera Loan Program, which allows photographers to borrow a Street View ready camera and take it somewhere interesting. I then pitched two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Stone Town in Zanzibar as ideal pilots for expanding Street View to new markets in southern Africa, a region that is still underrepresented and mostly missing from Street View. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. Share your voice Online 4center_img Tags 3:59 Now playing: Watch this: Did Google help you with the expenses?I personally funded all travel and production costs related to the Zimbabwe Street View project. Google and Insta360 provided the Insta360 Pro 2 through the camera loan program. The Insta360 Pro 2 had only been on the market for a week when we began the project, so this was more or less a field test for the camera’s new hardware, new features and some revised post-production workflows. How much did you spend on the project?This is still just a hobby for me, so using off-the-shelf products significantly reduced the costs for something that would cost thousands of dollars to just under $5,000 in flights, hotels, a car rental and gas expenses. Photography is not cheap hobby, and this is something I wanted to spend a bit more on to produce quality content. It is my home country after all. tawanda-kanhema-preparing-insta360pro2-for-street-view-mapping-img-1164Preparing the Insta360 Pro 2 for shooting.  Tawanda Kanhema What was your gear setup like? For this project, I tested about half a dozen camera platforms and built a Street View mapping kit that consists of a combination of off-the-shelf products. My current gear setup consists of two cameras, an Insta360 Pro 2 and a GoPro Fusion. The Insta360 Pro 2 is ‘Street View ready’ meaning publishing is fully supported on the platform using a desktop application, while publishing footage from the GoPro Fusion currently requires the use of a Python script.In cities and densely populated areas, our primary set-up was car mounted, and we also used this on a speed boat and an ATV. For the Insta360 Pro 2, it shot stills at 12K and video at 8K, with a desktop application for stitching, editing and publishing to Street View. The process is mostly seamless. Driving speed is limited to 37 mph (59 kmh) for the Insta360. Anything faster than that introduces blur to the images. The cameras were mounted using a CamTree Power Grip suction rig with a bowl head mount.For long distance driving , wet conditions, hiking and biking (which we used for cycling across the Victoria Falls bridge and also created virtual helicopter tour of the Victoria Falls), we used the GoPro Fusion, which shoot stills at 6K and video at 5.7K. The Fusion is not yet officially supported on Street View, so we’re currently publishing via a Python script, but it shoots really impressive footage for the price, with good battery life, speed and ease of operation. It was mounted on the XPack GoPro backpack mount with a monopod for hikes and walking tours, bike helmet mount for mapping city parksHow did you manage to get battery and power for the whole setup?The Insta360 Pro2 ships with a battery that has an endurance of 50 minutes (setting up can take anywhere from two minutes to 15 minutes, leaving only 40 minutes of production), so we used a GOAL Zero UPS Battery Pack mounted to the car. This extended operation time to up to 6 hours, allowing us to do longer drives, as well as the river mapping by speed boat.You mentioned river mapping by speed boat, what’s that like?Mapping the Zambezi river was probably my favorite part of this project. It’s a very unique way of experiencing the Zambezi Valley’s rich biodiversity. We arrived in Victoria Falls late afternoon, just in time to catch the sunset on the Zambezi river. We mounted the Insta360 Pro 2 to the bow of a speedboat and sailed about a mile down the river. We had a couple of wildlife sightings, an elephant a few hundred feet on the riverbank to the Zambian side of the Zambezi and a crash of hippos further upstream. You should be able to see these images on Street View. harare-aerial-street-view-on-google-earthAreas in blue indicate locations that are Street View ready. Screenshot by Tawanda Kanhema How long did you take for the project? This phase of the project took just two weeks, that’s ten days of driving about 8 hours a day, with two days of media management and two days of travel. You accumulate so much data you don’t want to do anything longer than ten days at a time before processing and publishing some test images.Did you manage to get everything you needed?I was able to get the most important parts but I was thinking of this more as a snapshot of Zimbabwe on Street View, capturing all of the key places of interest while testing the cameras and getting more familiar with the production environment.What was the most challenging thing about your adventure?Testing new camera hardware sounds fun, but it’s really challenging when you do it at 37 mph on the highway, in city traffic or on a speedboat. In addition to juggling a dozen other variables, everything is moving so fast, and you can only be in certain places once, so you have to get it right the first time.What did you like best?Mapping some of Zimbabwe’s key attractions and cities over those two weeks was like rediscovering the country allover again. It was quite nostalgic walking down the street on which I grew up on and quite emotional seeing how much has changed over the years. I’m glad to be able to capture a snapshot that will allow us to look back and see where the cities go from here. I get emails from Zimbabweans abroad who want to show their kids the streets they grew up on on Street View and I realize that there are not many ways to preserve those memories and the visual ethnography of a city.insta360pro2-mount-on-offroad-atv-photo-by-tawanda-kanhema-img-4982The Insta360 Pro 2 mounted on an ATV. Tawanda Kanhema Where else would you take this project to?We’ll be mapping Zanzibar next. We’re currently working on a timeline to map Stone Town in Zanzibar and other towns and attractions on the Island. Stay tuned!I can really feel your passion and enthusiasm, was this something of a give back to Zimbabwe?I’m keen to contribute to ongoing efforts to accelerate the pace of technology transfer and showcase some of the key attractions in the region while also giving others the opportunity to see what life is like in different parts of the country. Improving maps is key to unlocking opportunities, not just for local businesses, but also for local governments. There are multiple potential applications of GIS data, from infrastructure planning and maintenance, enhancing road traffic safety, to environmental monitoring for conservation and epidemiology research, among others.Lastly, you mentioned it was challenging to get it right the first time, did you have to do any redos?A typical production day consists of many moving parts, so redos are inevitable and sometimes necessary. Abrupt changes in lighting and weather conditions mean you have to constantly monitor the camera to ensure consistent image quality and uninterrupted, continuous GPS coverage. Driving in downtown areas often presents the challenge of dense foliage and concrete overpasses that may interrupt GPS coverage, so redoing certain sections helps improve accuracy and correct for any GPS drift. We only had 10 days, and I’m happy with the work we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.  Google 5 new Google Assistant actions for your home and phonelast_img read more

first_imgSeoul: South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone and conveyed Seoul’s view that Japan’s “undesirable” trade curbs could disrupt global supply chains and hurt trilateral cooperation among the countries. The ministry said Pompeo expressed an “understanding” of South Korea’s position and agreed to help facilitate communication through diplomatic channels among Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “(Minister Kang) expressed concern that Japan’s trade restrictions would not only inflict damage to our companies, but could also disrupt global supply chains and cause negative effects not only to U.S. companies but also to the global trade order,” the ministry said in a press release. “This would not be ideal for the bilateral friendship and cooperation between South Korea and Japan and also the three-way cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan.” Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of South Korea’s presidential National Security Office, arrived in Washington on Wednesday and told reporters he would discuss the trade spat with Japan with U.S. officials. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us His trip came a day after South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan to refrain from pushing the situation to a “dead-end street” and respond to Seoul’s efforts to resolve the matter diplomatically. “I came because there are a lot of bilateral issues between South Korea and the United States to be discussed in meetings with the White House and also the Senate and House,” Kim told South Korean reporters at the Dulles International Airport. Advertise With Us When asked whether South Korea would ask the United States to mediate in the trade dispute with Japan, Kim said, “That issue will be discussed too.” Tokyo last week tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and other sensitive materials to South Korean companies, which need the chemicals to produce semiconductors and display screens used in TVs and smartphones. South Korea, an export-reliant economy that is the world’s biggest supplier of computer chips and displays, sees the Japanese trade curbs as retaliation for court rulings that ordered Japanese firms to compensate aging South Korean plaintiffs for forced labor during World War II. Japanese officials say such materials can be exported only to trustworthy trading partners, hinting at security risks and illegal transfers of sensitive materials to North Korea, without citing specific cases. South Korea has denied the claims, saying that an inspection of companies that process and export chemicals imported from Japan found no sign of illegal transactions that allowed them to reach North Korea or any other country affected by U.N. sanctions. South Korea plans to file a complaint with the World Trade organization. It raised the issue at a WTO Goods Council meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, calling on Japan to withdraw its tighter restrictions, which it says have repercussions for electronics products worldwide.last_img read more

first_imgRetired Maj. Gen. Warren L. Freeman, a former commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, died at his Maryland home May 17. He was 66.Freeman was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Jackson, Ga., but was raised in the Washington, D.C. area.The general’s military career spanned three decades — with a majority of it in the service of the D.C. Guard. That career began as an enlisted soldier in 1966. After two years he moved on to a commission as a second lieutenant from Officers Candidate School in July 1969, at which time he was awarded the Erickson Trophy for Distinguished Graduate of his class.Following commissioning, he attended basic courses in both infantry and military police schools. From then on, he served in a number of different roles such as platoon leader, tactical officer and a variety of staff and operations officer positions. He was appointed Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard in December 1995 by President Bill Clinton, where he served until he retired on Dec. 31, 2002. Notably during that tenure, Freeman was in command during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, which sent D.C. Air National Guard F-16 fighters from the 113th Wing scrambling moments after the Pentagon was hit by a commercial jet liner. D.C Army Guard helicopters also took flight to assist first responders with medical support at the Pentagon.During that time, Freeman was also appointed to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on reserve component matters.After retiring from the Guard, Freeman served from 2003 to 2012 as commandant of the Forestville Military Academy, the first public military school in Maryland.Maj. Gen. Freeman has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific-Western University, a master’s in management from National-Louis University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from National-Louis University in 1997. General Freeman is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and completed Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.Freeman’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.Freeman served on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America and the Black United Fund. He was a member of the U.S. Army War College Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Tuskegee Airmen, Association and Buffalo Soldiers Association. He lived in Gambrills, Md., with his wife, Barbara Ann Lynch-Freeman.Services are pending.According to the website of the Wiseman Funeral Home in Clinton, Md., the Freeman family has requested that In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to:DeCesaris Cancer Institution of Anne Arundel Medical Center2001 Medical ParkwaySAJAK Pavillion #550Annapolis, MD 21401last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROWith mayor Catherine Pugh still on leave and questions surrounding a series of book deals she made with a variety of institutions subject to criminal investigation, the city council announced a flurry of proposals to rebalance power at City Hall.Calling the latest round of scandals evidence the all-powerful mayoral system is ripe for reform, City Councilman Bill Henry said the council must dismantle a system that has proved ill-equipped to maintain integrity in the city’s highest office.“Power is tempting,” Henry said.  “And a lot of power is a lot of temptation. It would be better and safer for all of us here in Baltimore to spread that power out a little bit.”Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry speaks about proposed amendments to the Baltimore City Charter as councilmembers Mary Pat Clarke, Shannon Snead and Zach Cohen look on. (Photo: Taya Graham)To begin the process Henry is proposing a charter amendment which would end the near total control of budgeting granted to the Mayor. Instead he is seeking a ballot initiative that would break from a long-standing tradition which allowed the council to only cut, not appropriate money.“We’re the ones who hear most clearly the voice of the people and the voice of the people and they would like to see Baltimore run a little bit differently,” Henry said.But the council’s proposals reach far beyond the budget and into areas of governance that have long-remained off-limits to legislative control.Among them, lowering the number of votes needed to override a mayoral veto from a super-majority or 3/4ths of the council to 2/3rds of the city’s legislative body.City Councilman Ryan Dorsey is also introducing legislation to both protect whistleblowers and move oversight of the city’s Ethic’s Board from Legislative Reference to the purview of the city’s Inspector General’s Office.One of the most pressing issues the council is seeking to change is the impact of Pugh’s indefinite leave of absence and the lack of an impeachment process.  Currently the charter only allows a sitting mayor to be removed from office if he or she is convicted of a crime.But Councilman Kristerpher Burnett also introduced a charter amendment which would give the council the ability to remove the mayor with a super majority vote.“When I first learned of the numerous alleged ethical and financial violations that  may have been committed while in office by Mayor Pugh I knew that just telling my constituents the truth that the members of the city council do not have power to do anything about this situation was an unacceptable answer,” Burnett said.And while council members affirmed support of Ex-Officio Mayor Jack Young on the impeachment measure, his spokesman Lester Davis was non-committal on allowing the council more input on the budget.“Ex Officio Mayor Young has encouraged members of the City Council not to rush into a process that would drastically alter the make-up of local government without first engaging in a robust community conversation. That dialogue stands the best chance of producing the best recommendation for change,” Davis told the AFRO.Last week FBI and IRS agents descended on City Hall, hauling boxes of documents into vans.They also raided Pugh’s private residence in Ashburton and The Maryland Center for Adult Training a charity run by several of her associates which she previously headed.The raids heightened calls for Pugh to resign, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.“Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership. Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead.“For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”Questions surrounding Pugh’s dealings with a variety of insiders and institutions through her Healthy Holly LLC continue to rock the city.Initially Pugh admitted she had sold 100,000 books to University of Maryland Medical System for $500,000.   Pugh sat on the board of the non-profit hospital system until she resigned after the Baltimore Sun revealed the purported self-dealing which netted her hundreds of thousands of dollars for books that were in some cases not printed.But subsequently a series of revelations that city contractors like Kaiser Permanente and municipal financier JP Grant who did business with Baltimore also purchased books prompted all fourteen members of the council to sign a letter asking her to resign.One noticeable absence from the press conference was councilman Eric Costello, who chairs the city’s Taxation and Finance Committee.   His committee would be tasked with vetting the charter amendments before being placed on the 2020 ballot.But the proposals had strong support of a key state legislator.  State Senator Jill P.  Carter, who introduced a bill to overhaul the UMMES board which was recently signed by Governor Hogan, said the series of measures was long overdue.“For far too long. The Baltimore City Council has had too little controlling power over the city budget. The Baltimore City Council needs more authority, power, and more control over the city budget.”last_img read more

first_imgIn a surprise move, Ole Obermann, Warner Music’s chief digital officer, is leaving the company, a rep confirmed to Variety. The news was first reported by Music Business Worldwide.A source tells Variety that the parting was basically mutual and Obermann elected not to renew his contract, and that Warner chief Steve Cooper is going to take a beat before deciding on a replacement.The staff was notified via memos sent to staff from Obermann and Warner chief Steve Cooper. Obermann said “these decisions are never easy” and thanked Cooper, recorded music chief Max Lousada and the staff.Cooper wrote that Obermann has “accomplished much over the past three years – including leading the renewals for all of our major digital partnerships, helping to expand the scope of our commercial activities, and overseeing the creation of WMG Boost, our seed-stage investment fund.” Obermann came on board in 2016 after a decade at Sony Music and has led the company through negotiations with YouTube, Spotify — including an unusually contentious recent standoff in India — and other complex situations, which his farewell note addressed. “We’ve found a great balance between accelerating global streaming growth and championing the next wave of change,” he wrote, nothing that their work “during this critical inflection point will help ensure a bright future for the entire music ecosystem.” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgIt’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Week 11 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin got back in the winner’s circle in last week’s Blazin’ 5, going 3-2, and bringing him to 28-21-1 on the year. This week it’s time to get paid like a back-up NBA small forward in free agency, which is a lot.In Week 11, Colin likes the Packers and Bears as road dogs in bounce back games. The Dolphins giving a point against the Rams and rookie Jared Goff. The Bills getting a field goal on the road in Cincy, and the Ravens to keep it close enough to cover +7.5 against Dak and the ‘Boys in Big D.Here are Colin’s Week 11 Blazin’ 5 plays:Dolphins (-1) at Rams  Bills (+3) at Bengals Bears (+7) at GiantsPackers (+2.5) at RedskinsRavens (+7.5) at CowboysThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season.  Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more

first_imgNews | April 09, 2009 CCTA Dose Lowered in Triple Rule-Out Videos | 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… read more 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 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | 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., F read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more 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 Videos | 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 cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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. April 9, 2009 -Physicians can dramatically reduce the radiation dose delivered to patients undergoing coronary CT angiography in a “triple rule-out” protocol by simply using tube current modulation, according to a study performed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The study included 172 patients who were evaluated using coronary CT angiography without tube current modulation and 95 patients who were evaluated with tube current modulation. The effective radiation dose ranged between 9.9 and 31.3 mSv in patients without modulation; the dose ranged between 5.4 and 16.6 mSv in patients with modulation. “Image quality was comparable to when we didn’t use tube current modulation,” said Kevin M. Takakuwa, M.D., lead author of the study. “One of the major criticisms of the triple rule out coronary CT angiography study is the concern about the high amount of radiation given, which has been estimated by some to be as high as 30-40 mSv. Our study demonstrates that the radiation is a lot less, averaging less than 9 mSv when using tube current modulation. In addition, it uses less radiation than a nuclear stress test, a common alternative study to the triple rule-out cardiac CT,” he said. “Cardiac CT in a “triple rule-out” protocol allows us to look for coronary artery disease, aortic dissections and pulmonary emboli. These are three potentially life-threatening causes of chest pain that we cannot afford to miss in the emergency room. When we perform this test on undifferentiated chest pain patients we are able to identify disease entities that cannot be made with nuclear stress testing. For example, we have diagnosed metastatic cancers, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia that would have been missed by stress testing alone. Cardiac CT is also much quicker than a stress test and can save people from getting an invasive cardiac catheterization,” said Dr. Takakuwa. “Our goal is to be able to perform cardiac CT using tube current modulation 24/7 and as a means to be able to admit or discharge patients more rapidly,” he said. Source: This study appears in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 17, 2016 Clarius Mobile Health Debuts Wireless, Handheld Ultrasound for iOS and Android Mobile scanner works with mobile app, giving physicians the freedom to perform ultrasound exams anywhere, anytime News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Image courtesy of Clarius Mobile HealthMarch 17, 2016 — Clarius Mobile Health is showcasing a new handheld ultrasound scanner with a mobile application for iOS and Android smart devices at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Conference in New York, March 18-21. The Clarius ultrasound scanner is wireless and works with a mobile app that is compatible with most iOS and Android smart devices. With automated adjustments and an intuitive interface, the personal ultrasound device is designed to be carried around for quick exams and to guide procedures such as nerve blocks and targeted injections.Compact ultrasound systems for use at the bedside have become the norm in most hospitals and many private clinics. But with costs ranging from $25,000 to $70,000 for a high-quality system, price has been a barrier for more widespread adoption. Pending regulatory clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CE and Health Canada, Clarius Mobile Health will offer several mobile scanners for the price of a single traditional compact system.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more