Los Angeles: Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he was star-struck by his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Luke Perry. The actor said he grew up watching “Beverly Hills, 90210” and working with the late actor on Quentin Tarantino’s directorial was a delight. “(Luke was) the kindest, sweetest human being you could ever encounter. I grew up with him on ‘90210,’ looking up to him as literally the coolest dude on earth and honestly when I was on set I was star struck. “We got to sit down and chat, he couldn’t have been a more amazing human being. It’s a real tragic loss,” DiCaprio told Extra magazine. “Once Upon…” marks the last cinematic outing for Perry, who essayed the role of Scott Lancer, an actor in one of the shows Rick stars in. Perry died in March at the age of 52.
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Ushering in Durga Puja, the biggest festival of Bengal, Acropolis Mall formally unveiled a unique shopping bonanza to make the shopping spree of denizens of Kolkata exciting. The offer will continue till September 30.At a star studded event at Acropolis, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group formally announced the exciting offer in the presence of Tollywood superstar, producer, entertainer, singer and film writer Dev. The Puja shopping bonanza was kicked off on September 1 for denizens of the city in true spirit of Durga Puja. The initiative has already caught the fancy of people. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe innovative offer would provide every customer an assured free gift of trolley bag worth Rs 8500 for purchasing products worth Rs 15000 and above on a single day. Customers can also find lucky gift coupons under this offer inside the trolley bag that can provide them an opportunity to win a foreign trip to Singapore, a Solitaire Diamond ring, an I Phone X and plethora of gifts. The lucrative offers under the Acropolis Puja Shopping Bonanza has augmented the curiosity quotient already among citizens of Kolkata. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnnouncing the Puja special offer, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group, Developer of Acropolis Mall and leading real estate company of India, commented, “Durga Puja is the biggest festival when people enjoy their shopping spree as they give gifts to their near and dear ones and purchase for their families. Our Puja special offer would add to the excitement of shopping and would compel citizens of Kolkata to congregate at Acropolis Mall. We hope our innovative offers would also add to festive spirit of Puja”.
Madurai: A woman college teacher was on Tuesday granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court, nearly 11 months after her arrest in a sensational sex scandal case.Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar of the Madurai Bench granted bail to suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who has been accused of luring some girl students to extend favours to senior officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here in return for higher marks and money. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government counsel submitted they had no objection to grant of bail. The judges directed her to fully cooperate with police in the investigation and barred her from giving any interview to the media that would harm the probe. Earlier, her bail petitions were rejected by the lower court and the high court as well. Devi, assistant professor at private Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai affiliated to the MKU, was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint by the college and a women’s forum after an audio-clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn the audio-clip, she was purportedly heard advising girl students to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”, a suggestion seen as asking them to extend sexual favours. She was suspended by the college after an internal enquiry before her arrest. As the alleged luring of the girl students triggered an outrage, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID within days of it being registered. Based on interrogation of Devi, police arrested Assistant Professor V Murugan of the university and research student Karuppasamy for their alleged involvement in the case. The two were granted bail by the Supreme Court later after the high court turned down their pleas. The CB-CID had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in the judicial magistrate court in Srivilliputtur in September last year. Earlier, it had submitted a 1,160 page preliminary charge sheet in July. In the final charge sheet, CB-CID altered the charges to include offences of trafficking, sexual harassment and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and the Information Technology Act. The fresh charges were included based on investigation, including voice test of Devi conducted at a high-tech laboratory in Chennai by police. During the proceedings in the Judicial Magistrate court at Srivilliputhur, Devi had denied the charges and alleged police “coerced” her to give a statement.
“The commissioners have a grave responsibility before them, but theirs is only one small part of the effort needed to heal the Honduran nation,” he said in a message sent to the Government and the head of the commission. “We encourage all of those in leadership in Honduras to take a sensitive, comprehensive and sustained approach to the task ahead. Truth-telling is a necessary but not sufficient basis for reconciliation.“Bringing the Honduran nation together will also require sustained efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and provide social and economic opportunity for all Hondurans.”The commission, headed by former Guatemalan vice president Eduardo Stein, was set up by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo after his election in November to investigate the events leading up to last June’s coup which ousted Mr. Zelaya seven months before the end of his term.“Honduras has gone through a difficult and divisive period in its history and the process of national healing must now begin,” Mr. Ban said. “I am heartened that Hondurans today are taking an important first step toward reconciliation. I am hopeful that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will contribute to mending the wounds of the recent past and to bringing the people of Honduras together once again.” 4 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the inauguration of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Honduras as “an important first step” toward binding the wounds in the Central American country opened by last year’s ouster of President José Manuel Zelaya.
Halton police are looking to identify break and enter suspects.The break-in happened in the early morning hours of September 2 on Bishop Court in Georgetown.Police say three suspects forced entry into a home and stole multiple game consoles and a Visa debit card.The three suspects are described as:Suspect 1 – A 6’2″ man, wearing a black hoodie, black hat (white logo), blue T-shirt, black pants and black and white shoes.Suspect 2 – A 6’3″ man, wearing sun glasses on top of his head, Camo jacket, Camo shirt, blue jeans and black and white shoes.Suspect 3 – potential man with dark hoodie, dark pants, white shoes, white scarf covering face and a red backpack.Anyone with information is asked to contact police immediately.
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials in three Canadian provinces and six northern U.S. states are launching an effort to brand the region as the potential provider of protein to the world.The “Protein Highway” project aims to encourage scientists to work together and share information on protein-rich crops, said Kevin Kephart, South Dakota State University’s vice-president for research and economic development.That could lead to research that would aid farmers and also help entrepreneurs take new food products to market, he said.“There’s no place on the globe that can produce as much protein as we can,” Kephart said.Canadian researchers David Gauthier and Larry Sernyk estimate the demand for animal protein will double by 2040 as the world’s population increases.That should result in more demand for high-protein plant products to feed the animals being raised for meat. More people also likely will need to get their protein from plants and fish.“There’s a lot of opportunity,” said Jamshed Merchant, the Canadian consul general based in Minneapolis.High-protein crops such as lentils, dry beans and dry peas have great potential throughout the “Protein Highway” region, which encompasses Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta north of the border and the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa south of the border, the Canadian researchers said.Another project that could benefit is Prairie Aquatech, a company headed by a pair of SDSU scientists that’s looking for ways to use plant-based food to raise fish.The Protein Highway concept could also increase demand for farm products in the region and lead to a more diverse array of crops to choose from during planting season, according to Merchant.“Your choices become quite large,” he said. “It’s just like diversifying your portfolio.”Obstacles include a lack of processing facilities and the need to convince the government to offer insurance for new crops.“This is why we need to get to work,” Kephart said.___Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com Project hopes to brand provinces, states as ‘protein highway’ by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 6:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
For months he has kept out of the public eye, his former star status languishing under a cloud of notoriety following numerous allegations of sexual assault.But now Kevin Spacey has broken cover, and in some style, to take part in a very pointed poetry reading about a wounded performer determined not to succumb to the blows he endures.Spacey appeared in front of the Greek statue Boxer at Rest in Rome, to read Gabriele Tinti’s poem The Boxer, about an exhausted fighter used for entertainment then left bleeding by the ringside.The poem contains the lines: “They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment” and “The more you’re wounded the greater you are. And the more empty you are. I have endured no end of sleepless nights. I have spent hours and hours sweating to destroy and fall”. Standing beside the Greek bronze cast of the ravaged fighter, which dates from around 316 BC, Spacey, dressed in a tobacco-coloured suit, intoned the poem to a startled audience at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Kevin Spacey and the writer Gabriele Tinti at the reading of “The Boxer – La nostalgia del poeta” (The Boxer – The nostalgia of the poet) at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, RomeCredit: Ernesto Ruscio /Getty Images Europe Kevin Spacey, reading The Boxer at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in RomeCredit:Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images Europe One observer, Rome-based writer Barbie Latza Nadeau, said: “He made eye contact with almost everyone in the first few rows of the standing crowd. It was as mesmerising as it was slightly terrifying. It was clear that while he may have fallen from grace for the alleged sexual assaults he did not feel any apparent remorse.”Spacey last year posted a bizarre video to YouTube, appearing in the guise of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian US president he played in House Of Cards, saying: “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”Tinti said it was “an honour” to have the actor read his poem, writing on Twitter: “What a wonderful night! Everyone was so happy to celebrate art, it was an honor to have Kevin Spacey reading my poems, Rome loves you! A picture is worth a thousand words.” Mr Little had initially accused the actor of groping him when he worked as a then 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket in 2016. Spacey denied the claims, but is still being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police over six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013.The Hollywood star was voluntarily interviewed under caution by Met’s Complex Case Team in May and Scotland Yard said on Saturday that “inquiries are ongoing.”Anthony Rapp, an actor, has also alleged he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance to him in 1986. This was the first time Spacey has performed in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a Massachusetts prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify against him at a pre-trial hearing. Spacey, who was artistic director at London’s The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015, said he did not remember the alleged encounter, but apologised for any “inappropriate drunken behaviour”.The theatre later found 20 people claimed they had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from the actor.The star was sacked from the Netflix show House Of Cards and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role at a cost of millions.Spacey’s reading initially took place in front of around 50 museum goers and selected guests. But by the time he had finished a bigger crowd had gathered outside, and he read the poem over again. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND investigating the murder of Kevin Kearney have arrested a man.Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch arrested a 44-year-old man in the west of the city a short time ago.ArrestThe man has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.This is the third arrest in connection with the investigation.The body Kevin Kearney, a 46-year-old father of four, was found in a lake in Alexandra Park last week, having been shot just after dropping his daughter off at school.AppealYesterday, one week on from the murder, the police returned to the scene of the crime with an actor resembling Kearney, in a hope to jog the memory of witnesses who use the park regularly.Mr Kearney’s brother, Martin appealed to the community to help catch his brother’s killers. He said that Kevin’s family were distraught and destroyed by his murder.“It has torn us apart. We are devastated,” he said.Martin Kearney, brother of Kevin Kearney speaks about his brothers murder, at a police station in Belfast. Paul Faith/PA ImagesRead: Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim>Read: 45-year-old man arrested in connection with Kevin Kearney murder>
Port workers in Greece are set to participate in a 24-hour work stoppage on 1 May, as part of May Day. Delays and cancellations are expected and passengers are advised to contact their ferry company for further information.Rail services in Greece, including the Athens suburban railway, will be suspended for 24 hours on 1 May.Public and private sector trade unions have announced their participation in a 24 hour general strike later in the month on 11 May. Public transport may be disrupted as a result. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Soyouz : le pas de tir des fusées russes sera remis à l’ESA en maiAnatoli Perminov, le directeur de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe (Roskosmos) a annoncé son intention de remettre en mai à l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA), le pas de tir des fusées Soyouz. Il se rendra lui même à Kourou, en Guyane, pour le faire, a-t-il précisé.”En mai, j’irai à Kourou pour remettre les clefs du pas de tir Soyouz aux responsables français”, a annoncé Anatoli Perminov au Conseil de la Fédération, rapporte RIA Novosti. Ce pas de tir, le Soyouz-ST, a été adapté aux normes de sécurité du Centre spatial guyanais et au climat tropical de la région. Mais alors que le premier tir d’une fusée Soyouz depuis la base de Kourou était prévu pour 2009, il a été reporté à de nombreuses reprises. Il est désormais fixé à l’été prochain.Les travaux de construction du pas de tir destiné aux fusées russes ont été lancés en 2007, dans le cadre d’un accord franco-russe signé trois ans plus tôt. Grâce à la proximité de la base de Kourou par rapport à l’équateur, le Soyouz-ST pourra lancer des satellites plus lourds que ceux orbités depuis les cosmodromes russes de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, et de Plessetsk, à Arkhangelsk. Alors que la base européenne était déjà équipée pour accueillir le lanceur lourd Ariane-5 et le lanceur léger Vega, elle pourra désormais assurer le lancement de fusées de toutes tailles.Le 23 avril 2011 à 17:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
With fireworks poised to go on sale next week, Clark County is reminding residents to pick up debris left over from the Fourth of July holiday.According to a news release, fireworks contain metals, nitrates and sulfur, along with paper, plastic and other materials. If fireworks debris isn’t picked up harmful pollutants can wash into creeks, rivers and streams.Clark County Public Works doesn’t provide extra street sweeping after the holiday and failing to clean up fireworks residue is littering, a violation of Washington law and Clark County ordinance, according to the release.“We all have the responsibility to reduce pollution,” said Dean Boening, Clean Water manager, in a statement. “If you use fireworks, you need to use them safely and responsibly, and that includes cleaning up afterward.”A list of legal discharge times can be found online at: www.clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/dept/files/community-development/fire/fireworks-discharge-times.pdf.
Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and Australia’s four Super Rugby teams have introduced a collective bargaining agreement that will equalise pay between male and female athletes.The new agreement, which is effective until 2020, ensures that entry-level, full-time minimum salaries for professional male and female Super Rugby and Rugby Sevens players are the same. The collective bargaining agreement also introduces a pregnancy police for professional female players to provide support and security around their employment.The agreement, for the first time, covers the Wallabies, Wallaroos, all Super Rugby players and both Australian Rugby Sevens squads. New minimum terms and conditions have been set for each group, with the revenue share model being retained. This allows players to receive 29% of the revenue generated by the professional game. In addition, Wallaroos players will receive test match payments for the first time from 2018.The new contracting model for Super Rugby, established under the collective bargaining agreement, will also increase the number of full-time Super Rugby contract opportunities at each team. All four teams can now contract a minimum of 36 full-time players, up to a maximum of 40. The overall Super Rugby salary cap has been adjusted to accommodate all full-time players, reaching a total of $5.5 million (£3.2 million). A 15% discount has also been built in to reward long-serving players.Ross Xenos, chief executive officer at RUPA, said: “This [collective bargaining agreement] ensures that every player’s core conditions of employment continue to improve with every new season, [while] prioritising performance and wellbeing through a range of initiatives which are designed to ensure that players are given every opportunity to thrive on and off the field.“We’ve been able to address long-term concerns held by players in improving leave and rest scheduling, adding flexibility to the Super Rugby contracting model and, importantly, embracing all professional players across all formats and genders in a new [collective bargaining agreement].“All players are committed to winning games of rugby, be they Rugby World Cup finals, gold medal matches, at a Super Rugby or NRC level, or back with their premier rugby clubs, and that commitment now includes players making a $250,000 (£144,115) direct investment into performance and wellbeing support services each year of this new deal.”Bill Pulver, outgoing chief executive officer at Rugby Australia, added: “We have struck a balance that will allow greater investment in the community game, while ensuring that our high-performance programmes are supported to deliver the on-field success that rugby fans demand and deserve.“The new [collective bargaining agreement] is the first of its kind to incorporate all professional programmes, including our Sevens teams and the Wallaroos, and importantly addresses key issues of pay equality and player welfare.”
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a North Lauderdale store at gunpoint.Officers arrested 36-year-old Timmy Anderson, Thursday afternoon.Officials said Anderson and two others held up a Farm Store, Wednesday.The other two suspects were quickly taken into custody. However, Anderson eluded police and managed to split past a SWAT team.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
California: Rescuers on Saturday found a 73-year-old hiker who had been missing for a week in a forest in California. Eugene Jo became separated from a hiking group in Angeles National Forest in southern California on June 22. On Saturday rescuers found him alive, and he was walking and talking to them, the Montrose Search and Rescue Team said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Jo had not eaten for five days and had been drinking water from a creek, the rescue team said in a Twitter post. “Temps were mild, and water levels are up with the heavier rainfall this year,” the team wrote. More than 70 people were out searching for him, the team said. Jo suffered no traumatic injuries and was airlifted to a hospital, CNN reported, quoting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Hawaii using data from the Kepler space telescope, has found that the oscillations made by a star conform closely to the golden mean—further study showed that it also behaves in a fractal pattern. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes their analysis of data from the pulsating star KIC 5520878, captured over a period of several years, and why what they found is cause for excitement. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: J. Lindner et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2015) Market crashes are anomalous features in the financial data fractal landscape © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv More information: Strange Nonchaotic Stars, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 054101 – Published 3 February 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.054101 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1501.01747ABSTRACTThe unprecedented light curves of the Kepler space telescope document how the brightness of some stars pulsates at primary and secondary frequencies whose ratios are near the golden mean, the most irrational number. A nonlinear dynamical system driven by an irrational ratio of frequencies generically exhibits a strange but nonchaotic attractor. For Kepler’s “golden” stars, we present evidence of the first observation of strange nonchaotic dynamics in nature outside the laboratory. This discovery could aid the classification and detailed modeling of variable stars. , Physical Review Letters Citation: Researchers find evidence of fractal behavior in pulsating stars (2015, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-evidence-fractal-behavior-pulsating-stars.html In studying the Kepler data, the team was able to track the pulses that emanated from the star over a period of four years—taken at 30 minute intervals. They found that two of star KIC 5520878’s pulsating frequencies occurred at 4.05 and a 6.41 hour cycles—which the team noted had a ratio of 1.58, which is close to 1.618, aka the Golden Ratio—famously found in nature and sometimes artistic renderings. Intrigued, they looked deeper and found that the frequencies conformed to fractal patterns—separating the oscillations into their constituent parts revealed additional weaker frequencies, similar to the way, the team points out, that images of shorelines display craggy lines regardless of how close or far away they are viewed from. Counting bumps on converted plots which had heights greater than a certain threshold revealed a power law dependence—one of the accepted signs of fractal behavior. The difference here of course is that with traditional fractal systems, the behavior is seen visually—here it was seen as factor of time. The group suggests that their finding appears to be the first example of a “strange nonchaotic attractor” which is a system that displays a fractal structure but does not have the sensitivity to beginning conditions of other known chaotic systems, such as the weather.The team looked at five other pulsating stars to see if they could spot a pattern and found mixed results, three of them had near golden ratios and fractal patterns, while two others had neither. What is still unclear at this point is whether the behavior of the stars that do show fractal structure is something that happens for a reason, which could perhaps offer new clues about stellar physics, or if the ratios found by the team are merely coincidence.
As many as 94 per cent of Indian netizens surveyed by a telecom service provider feel that internet has improved their lives while 40 per cent think spreading rumours was the most annoying internet habit among Indian netizens.Inviting people to play online games, sharing inappropriate content, sympathy-seeking posts on Facebook and trolling (offensive posts to elicit angry responses) are the other major bad habits, the study by Telenor company said. According to the study, 33 per cent Indians hate excessive selfie-takers against the regional average of 21 per cent.The survey revealed that 65 per cent of Indian netizens are internet addicts. In an effort to learn more about their customers, Telenor conducted the internet behavioural survey across India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.From profanity-tolerance levels to selfie-approval ratings, respondents across the region replied about what they love and loathe most about the net.“This survey gives us a very stimulating way to look at our customers are and their online preferences. As online access increases in the country, it is great to see that 94 per cent of the Indians surveyed say that internet has improved their lives, the highest percentage among the surveyed nations,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India.
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Related Content 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more April 20, 2011 – Philips has announced the world’s first hybrid operating room (OR) with the new FlexMove – a ceiling-mounted option for the Allura Xper X-ray system at the Hospital Zürich (UniversitätsSpital Zürich, USZ), Switzerland. The entire system is designed to optimize workflow in hybrid ORs. A hybrid OR is the integration of a surgical operating room with an advanced X-ray imaging system. This enables cardiovascular surgeons and interventionalists, to perform the most advanced minimally invasive procedures.FlexMove allows healthcare personnel to:• Move the X-ray imagingsystem laterally and longitudinally to perform a wide range of procedures whilst causing hardly any interference in the provision of anesthesia or to staff. FlexMove’s full body coverage at both sides of the table supports complex hybrid and endovascular procedures without the need to pan the table.• Position the X-ray system in lateral stand-byposition for optimal access to the patient and move the system quickly in place when needed, or park it out of the way when not needed to create more room for other procedures.• Work within the rigorous sterility parameters of the Hybrid OR as the ceiling rails of FlexMove fit around a laminar air flow system. In addition, the FlexMove system does not touch the floor, which simplifies room layout and facilitates cleaning.For more information: www.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | April 20, 2011 Philips Installs World’s First FlexMove Option for Hybrid OR Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more
Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly will soon consider a bill to turn the Department of Intelligence and Security (DIS) into the National Intelligence Strategy Directorate (DIEN) to get the agency out of the policing business and transform it into more of a national security information collection entity – and less of a political police agency.The purpose of the reform would be to give the agency greater institutional definition and to put it in line with accepted international benchmarks, according to Luis Felipe Delgado, an aide to opposition National Liberation Party congressman Antonio Álvarez Desanti, who is president of the Legislative Assembly’s Special Permanent Commission on Security and Drug Trafficking.“The first problem is that the DIS was created and is regulated under the police law with a focus on security and associated with police action, when internationally intelligence services are autonomous in relation to police function – though they are cooperative in the functions of preserving public order,” Delgado said.The agency would remain under the authority of the Presidency Ministry, the office that gave genesis to the present reform proposal, which was convoked for the Assembly’s extraordinary sessions that began on Dec. 1 and last through April.The first priority of the bill would be to establish supervision and control over Costa Rica’s intelligence services, Delgado said.Among other priorities is the need to provide the public with measures to protect themselves from the DIEN, he said.“There must exist norms, institutions and mechanisms that facilitate for the citizenry the means to defend themselves from possible abuses on the part of intelligence services,” Delgado said. Department of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director Mariano Figueres. (Via Facebook)A political weaponA draft of the reform noted that the secretive DIS has been the target of complaints for delving into the political sphere.“These complaints have been made by journalists, nongovernmental organizations, political parties and ordinary citizens involving the components of the DIS, in violation of fundamental rights to intimacy, confidential communication and the right to assembly, among others,” the draft bill states.As a result of the complaints, some sectors have called for the closing of DIS. Since 2009, four bills have been brought before the Assembly to abolish the agency. The complaints came at a time when popular expressions of dissatisfaction with the government in the form of large demonstrations and other activities had been growing on several fronts, from trade to environmental policy.The bill also responds to a distinct political tinge to the national security agency. The current DIS director is Mariano Figueres, son of the founder of the National Liberation Party, José “Pepe” Figueres, and brother of José María Figueres, current PLN president and a possible PLN presidential candidate for 2018. Incongruously, Mariano Figueres is a member of President Luis Guillermo Solis’ Citizen Action Party.“This popular clamor must be attended to and in that sense, legislation is urgent to eradicate from our country any practice of political police,” the bill states.The draft expressly prohibits any kind of activity motivated by ideology and electoral politics, and against the free exercise of rights and individual guarantees, or based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language or nationality.Other voices have called on the DIS to be transferred to the Public Security Ministry, which the bill discards as posing the danger of confusing criminal intelligence with strategic intelligence and possibly leading to a militarized police. Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948.While recognizing concerns over abuses of the intelligence agency, the draft bill also argues for the necessity of creating a “culture of intelligence” to confront a laundry list of issues.“Public insecurity, organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking, cybercrime, threats to sovereignty, deficient governance with respect to citizens’ expectations, international competition, financial risk, food crisis and poverty are all subjects present in modern society,” the bill states. “These uncertainties and threats can be confronted with better strategies and better probabilities of success. For this the development of a culture of intelligence to transform uncertainty of risk, design the strategies to confront the risks and take advantage of the opportunities is required.”If passed, all information gathered by the agency would be secret for a period of 20 years except when the president and agency director deem otherwise.“When it is considered that it will contribute to the general interest and not constitute a threat to the country nor the integrity to the means, methods and sources of the DIEN, previous to the authorization of the president of the republic, the director general of DIEN can put at the public disposition the reports of finalized, aborted or achieved investigations,” Article 8 of the bill states.A final draft will be ready for discussion by the Legislative Assembly later this month. 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Top Stories Cameron is banking that voters will back the Conservatives for financial security. His campaign message is: Trust me.“We stick with the team that is turning the country around,” he told staff at the Sertec auto-parts factory in Coleshill, which he held up as a symbol of British manufacturing success. “Or we put it all at risk with a party and a leader that would take us back to square one.”Some in the audience liked the messenger but were skeptical of the message.“It was powerful, but who do you really trust?” said Jasvinder Singh, who works in logistics at the firm. “Both (parties) promise you everything, but when they come into power the promises aren’t there half the time.”If Cameron’s argument works, he will remain in 10 Downing St — although he has said he won’t seek a third term.If it doesn’t work, Hanning said, he’ll go down in history “as the man who couldn’t beat Gordon Brown or Ed Miliband. That’s pretty bad.”But Hanning said Cameron would likely emerge with his ego intact.“I think privately he thinks, ‘I’ve got there. I’ve become prime minister, which I wanted to do. I can hand over to someone else.’ I think he thinks: ‘I’ve done my bit.’” Britain’s Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Camer gestures to supporters in Twickenham, London, Tuesday May 5, 2015. Britain will go to the polls in a national election on May 7. (AP Photo/Peter Nicholls, Pool) Comments Share At Oxford University, he studied politics, philosophy and economics — the go-to degree for aspiring politicians — but was not involved in student politics. He does not like to be reminded of it now, but he was a member of the Bullingdon Club, a rowdy dining-and-drinking society with a reputation for drunken vandalism.After graduating, Cameron began work as a researcher for the Conservatives and rose quickly through the party, with a spell in PR for TV company Carlton Communications.Cameron’s privileged life has been touched by tragedy. His eldest son Ivan was born severely disabled and died in 2009 at the age of 6.Cameron was elected to Parliament in 2001 and chosen as party leader in 2005, when the Conservatives had lost three successive elections to Tony Blair’s Labour. There were many parallels between the two leaders. Both were young, attractive modernizers, pragmatic rather than ideological, with an emotional intelligence that appealed to voters. No wonder Cameron was branded the “heir to Blair.”In his first years as leader, he articulated a type of compassionate Conservatism. He used one early speech to argue that teenage miscreants needed understanding as well as punishment — a policy dubbed by the press “hug a hoodie.” He posed with sled dogs in the Arctic to tout green policies (“hug a husky”) and described his vision of a “Big Society” built on neighborliness and volunteering. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center COLESHILL, England (AP) — David Cameron is fighting for his political life in Britain’s election. But it sure doesn’t look like it.For much of the month-long campaign, Cameron has appeared relaxed — even disengaged. Critics say Cameron doesn’t seem as hungry to win as Labour rival Ed Miliband.Yet polls put Cameron’s Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck. Smaller forces from left and right are eroding both parties’ support, and neither looks likely to win a majority in Parliament. If Cameron fails to win a second term as prime minister on Thursday, he will almost certainly be dumped as Tory leader. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “The poleax is hanging over his head,” said David Seawright, senior lecturer in British politics at the University of Leeds, citing a maxim of Winston Churchill: If a leader is no good, “he must be poleaxed.”Cameron’s apparent relaxation fits with the way opponents see the 48-year-old politician: as a privileged smoothie who hates to break a sweat. Cameron values work-life balance, spends as much time as possible with his wife Samantha and three children, and is depicted in the press as the PM who likes to “chillax.”In the final days of the race, Cameron worked hard to combat the impression that he was coasting. He addressed meeting halls and factory floors without jacket or tie, gesticulating emphatically, sleeves rolled up over meaty forearms.In one speech, he said that talking to risk-taking entrepreneurs “pumps me up” — an echo of Arnold Schwarzenegger that made some listeners cringe. But he carried on emoting, trying to connect to voters with a more passionate pitch.At a car-parts plant in England’s industrial West Midlands, Cameron said Labour’s accusation that the Conservatives only care for the rich “has driven me mad.” He said his party had been left cleaning up “the most gigantic mess left by the Labour Party.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility His government legalized same-sex marriage, despite the opposition of Tory traditionalists, and Cameron has spoken of his pride at the achievement. His administration also slashed public spending to curb a deficit swollen by the 2008 banking crisis, and cut welfare benefits to some of the country’s poorest people.“He means well,” Hanning said. “It’s not a burning fire-in-the-belly belief, but essentially I think he is decent. But he is in charge of a Conservative Party which is still, to many people, pretty toxic and pretty nasty.”Many on the right wing of the Conservative Party mistrust Cameron’s social liberalism, and consider him tainted by his failure to win the 2010 election outright against unpopular Labour leader Gordon Brown. Cameron had to put together a coalition with the Liberal Democrats in order to govern.The rise of the anti-immigrant U.K. Independence Party has emboldened Conservative traditionalists, and pushed Cameron to the right. He has promised a referendum on leaving the European Union if he is re-elected.Cameron’s re-election pitch is based primarily on the recovering British economy. Unemployment is falling, GDP is growing modestly and interest rates are low. Men’s health affects baby’s health too ___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “It feels like you are the firefighter putting out the fire raging in the building, and the arsonist is standing next to you saying, ‘Could you please do it a little bit more quickly?’” he said.The audience of factory workers and local Conservatives laughed. It was a good line, classic Cameron — funny but possibly a bit insubstantial.Cameron is privileged but personable, charming but elusive. Observers have struggled to discern what he believes in, and what has driven him to the top of British politics.James Hanning, co-author of the biography “Cameron: Practically a Conservative,” said the Tory leader’s government has focused on “presiding, not really talking about building a shining city on a hill.”“It’s not about the vision thing,” Hanning said. “He has never been able to answer the question that has been put to him several times — what is it that gets you bouncing out of bed at six in the morning? What is it you want to achieve as prime minister?”Cameron has risen from lofty beginnings. The son of a stockbroker, he grew up in an affluent village and attended Eton, the country’s most elite boarding school, which counts Princes William and Harry among its alumni. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
Last year, Oman relaxed its visa rules to attract more tourists by granting Visa on Arrival (unsponsored tourist visa) for the citizens of India, China and Russia who reside in or who hold an entry visa to one of these countries – United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Schengen states to enter the Sultanate of Oman. To further facilitate the process, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has announced that effective March 21, 2018, visas will only be granted electronically via the URL: https://evisa.rop.gov.om and there will be no more hand-processed visas at the airport effective that date.A spokesperson from the Royal Oman Police, Sultanate of Oman said, “The migration to electronic visas is due to its simplicity and effectiveness, its alignment with modern technology and is in line with the e-government project of the Sultanate. Further, it will save tourists and visitors time so they don’t have to wait in long queues at the airport. The system has been thoroughly tested and more than 12,000 users have already benefited from it. The system is considered to be one of the safest and most confidential in the world, having achieved an ISO certification.”The e-visa application explains clearly the process of obtaining visas either individually or collectively such as obtaining a visa through a tourism company, in a simplified way. Additionally, the application clarifies the visa formalities for various groups of countries. In addition, specialists at ROP are available 24 hours a day to provide support. There is an official account of eVisa system on twitter @OmanEvisa where once can seek assistance.The new e-visa system, coinciding with the opening of the new Muscat international airport, supports the Oman tourism strategy in attracting more tourists and tourism investment into the country, whereby the number of tourists to Oman in 2040 will reach over 11 million by 2040.