Josh Kelley To Headline Charity Fundraiser

first_imgAmerican singer-songwriter Josh Kelley will be the main attraction at a fundraiser in Park City, Utah on Friday, August 31st.Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit orphans in South Africa through Acres of Love, a non-profit organization that provides long-term care for abandoned children, most are infected with HIV. The outdoor concert will be at a spacious private estate in Park City.“I’m thrilled to be involved with this cause, and to reconnect with so many of my favorite people in Park City,” said Kelley. “I know many of the locals who are supporting Acres of Love, and I’m happy to be able to contribute through my music,” he added.Acres of Love is an established Republic of South Africa (RSA) non-profit organization with an excellent track record of providing the very highest quality of community-based and culturally appropriate and competent comprehensive care for abandoned and HIV/AIDS infants and children. Acres of Love has a United States fundraising arm – Acres of Love, Inc., which is a California non-profit benefit corporation. Acres of Love owns and operates RSA Department of Social Services and Population Development licensed children’s homes for orphans and abandoned infants and children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in and around the severely affected city of Johannesburg, South Africa.WHEN: Friday, August 31st form 7-10pmWHERE: 2245 Monitor Drive, Park City, Utah – on the Grounds of the Historic Kearns MansionTICKETS: General Admission: $75 bring your picnic and beveragesVIP Tickets: $150 includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, VIP seating, reception on the veranda plus a meet and greet with Josh Kelley and Bryon Friedman.Tickets may be purchased online here.last_img read more

Ban deplores terrorist car bombings in Spain

“He expresses his sympathy for the victims and their families, and his solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the face of such terrorist violence,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Media reports say an army officer was killed and six people were injured after a car bombing this morning outside an army academy in the town of Santona.On Sunday a car bomb exploded in the town of Vitoria, causing damage but no injuries. A second bomb exploded in Ondarroa, wounding at least 10 people. 22 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the series of car bombings in northern Spain over the past two days that have left at least one person dead and wounded several others. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: July ’17 $3.00 lower $507.40; Nov. ’17 $2.30 lower $481.10; Jan. ’18 $2.80 lower $486.40; March ’18 $3.40 lower $491.60; May ’18 unchanged $497.20; July ’18 unchanged $498.50; Nov. ’18 unchanged $484.60; Jan. ’19 unchanged $484.80; March ’19 unchanged $484.80; May ’19 unchanged $484.80; July ’19 unchanged $484.80.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

Mandate for UN Office for West Africa is renewed through 2007

The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), established in 2001 to promote peace, security and development and assist regional organizations, has been given a more detailed mandate over the next three years, according to an exchange of letters between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council.The founding mandate of November 2001 said UNOWA should enhance links with existing UN agencies in the region and, where appropriate, assist the 16-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the three-member Mano River Union and carry out good offices roles and special assignments on behalf of the Secretary-General.In Mr. Annan’s renewal of the Office’s mandate through 31 December 2007, released today, UNOWA would “facilitate the identification of practical ways of curbing or minimizing emerging or potential tensions in specific border areas of the West African region, including through field visits and the formulation of integrated border strategies” and “develop better knowledge and awareness about cross-border and sub-regional problems.”It would enhance harmonization of the UN missions in the region by organizing meetings of the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSGs) heading peacekeeping missions and arranging meetings with regional heads of UN agencies.The SRSG heading UNOWA should facilitate the implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in 2002 demarcating land and maritime boundaries between Cameroon and Nigeria.UNOWA and ECOWAS should develop a joint programme of work, as agreed in a 2004 framework of cooperation agreement, including “working visits by UNOWA staff to the ECOWAS secretariat.”In cooperation with other UN agencies in the area, UNOWA would “develop targeted public information strategies on cross-border and sub-regional issues in West Africa.”UNOWA has its headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. read more

Rona misses expectations as weak economy housing starts hurt 2013 results

MONTREAL – Canadian home renovation retailer Rona says internal improvements made over the last year were masked by the impact of lower housing starts and a weak economy in Quebec.The chain’s home base in Quebec accounts for half of overall sales but single family housing starts were down 24 per cent last year, including a decrease of 13 per cent in the fourth quarter. Ontario housing starts were also off — down 13 per cent for the year.New housing construction is a major driver of consumer spending, especially for lumber and other building materials. Resales are also down in Quebec and cash-squeezed buyers are taking longer to complete major upgrades after they move in.“So the environment is still difficult from that front and until this changes, it doesn’t help,” chief financial officer Dominique Boies said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss Rona’s 2013 results.Poor weather in Ontario and Quebec also hurt results in the fourth quarter, with more pain expected after the year got off to a “rough start” in January.Rona fell far short of analyst expectations in the fourth quarter as revenues decreased 12 per cent to $941.1 million from $1.07 billion in the year-ago period, which included an extra week of business.Adjusted profit dropped 28 per cent to $4.6 million or four cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29, one cent less than the prior year and six cents per share below the average estimate.Same-store sales fell 3.5 per cent due to poor weather in Ontario and Quebec in December, although the key sales measure turned positive in Ontario and Western Canada following Rona’s decision to close 11 underperforming stores in Ontario and B.C.Rona chief executive Robert Sawyer, who was brought in from Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) last April, said he was satisfied with Rona’s progress after a transformational year in which it achieved its goal of $110 million of annualized cost savings through closures and the elimination of 1,000 front-line and management positions. The move is expected to improve pre-tax operating income by up to $50 million in 2014.“It has also been a very exciting year as we put in place the foundation to become a more efficient and focused organization with a culture centred on performance, efficiency and accountability,” he told analysts.Including one-time items, the company’s net loss for the quarter from continuing operations was $1.1 million or one cent per share. That compared with a net loss of $17.3 million or 14 cents per share a year earlier.Rona’s (TSX:RON) shares closed down 79 cents or 7.36 per cent at $11.58 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.For the full year, the retailer’s net loss from continuing operations was $45.9 million or 38 cents per share, compared with a profit of $12.3 million or 10 cents per share in 2012. Adjusted profits plummeted to $49.9 million or 41 cents per share from $73.5 million or 60 cents per share a year earlier.Revenues were down 5.7 per cent to $4.19 billion on a 1.9 per cent decrease in sales for stores open at least a year.Sawyer said the company begins 2014 as a more focused organization that will reposition some store banners and stabilize profit margins after lowering prices and selling excess inventory.“This year, our main priorities are the improvement of the customer experience across our different type of stores and the increase in bottom-line results and returns to our shareholders.”He said Rona is making progress in overhauling its big-box format in Quebec ahead of expanding the new concept to the rest of the country “in due time.”The early impact on sales has been “encouraging,” he said.Several Montreal stores will be updated with the new concept in the coming month before completing changes at all 16 Reno-Depot stores by late 2014.The new concept store has a redesigned shopping experience and a new procurement policy to ensure the right amount of merchandise is always in stock.Rona received $214 million in cash from the sale of its commercial and professional market division in the quarter. The proceeds were earmarked for its credit facility, whose balance was reduced to $45 million. Its net debt was reduced to $167.2 million from nearly $300 million at the end of 2012.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the fourth-quarter results “underscore yet again the challenging macro environment facing Rona as it works to rebuild its foundation.”In recent years, Rona has struggled with slower home construction, weak Canadian economic growth in many markets and competition from U.S. big-box retailers Home Depot and Lowes.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2014 10:52 am MDT Rona misses expectations as weak economy, housing starts hurt 2013 results read more

Comcast makes its case for taking over Time Warner Cable stresses benefits

WASHINGTON – Comcast is presenting its case for its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, saying the deal benefits consumers and doesn’t limit competition.It filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.On Wednesday, Comcast Corp. executive vice-president David Cohen will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.Comcast says the $45 billion takeover will allow it to boost Internet speeds for Time Warner Cable Inc. customers, provide better video on demand service and broaden its commitment to “Net neutrality” — the idea that Internet providers should not discriminate against Web traffic.Comcast says online alternatives have created competition in video, while there is at least one broadband competitor in almost all of its markets. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 10:29 am MDT Comcast makes its case for taking over Time Warner Cable, stresses benefits in gov’t filings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At summit UN agencies pledge action to curb climate change

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new initiative to accelerate the transition to more efficient appliances and equipment to reduce global energy demand, mitigate climate change and improve access to energy. The plan aims to bring together inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, appliance and equipment manufacturers, utilities, international development banks and financial institutions, to provide tailored assistance to governments on how to facilitate the permanent transition to energy-efficient products. As in most developing countries and emerging economies, the demand for energy-consuming products is increasing rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the fast growing urban population. In Paraguay, the stock of domestic refrigerators will double by 2030. In Panama, the stock of air conditioners is expected to increase by 400 per cent over the same period. A worldwide shift to energy-efficient appliances would reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10 per cent, saving $350 billion annually in electricity bills and reducing global CO2 emissions by 1.25 billion tonnes per year.Another UNEP initiave , announced today said that a group of leading institutional investors – including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe – have joined forces with the UNEP and its Finance Initiative (FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of $100 billion of institutional investment worldwide. Having a critical mass of institutional investors decarbonize their portfolios will send a strong and unequivocal signal to carbon-intensive companies that carbon-efficiency is now centre stage. The Coalition will reach out to institutional investors worldwide and it will be aided by the largest global network of investors focused on sustainable development – the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – as well as other relevant networks. Meanwhile, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell computers said today that they signed an agreement to find a sustainable solution for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded electronics by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030. The aim of this agreement is to create awareness, an economically viable collection method, and process e-waste in an environmentally safe way. read more

How The Pelicans Lost a Star But Became More Dangerous

So that’s the reality of the Pelicans’ situation for the moment. They have one of the game’s great talents and play at an annoying, breakneck pace. New Orleans has good individual defenders who are perfectly fine as a unit during the regular season. The club might even fare decently against a juggernaut like Houston because the Rockets are guard-oriented, much like the Blazers.But if there’s a ceiling on these Pelicans, and there still seems to be one, it’s that their arms can stretch only so far when trying to contest a Durant fall-away jumper. And until New Orleans acquires a couple of wing stoppers the way Houston did last season, a team like the Warriors will likely continue to give the Pelicans headaches come postseason. Few NBA teams in recent memory have been on the sort of roller coaster the Pelicans are just getting off of.There was the excitement that accompanied the shocking deal for DeMarcus Cousins (while the 2017 All-Star Game was being played in New Orleans, no less). A year later, there was the January night in which the Pellies carried a six-wins-in-seven-games streak into a nationally televised contest with the Rockets, only to have the eventual victory marred by Boogie rupturing his Achilles tendon. The club, perceived by many as unable to contend without Cousins, reeled off 10 straight wins — tied for the best in franchise history — from mid-February to early March. A month and a half later, Jrue Holiday went Super Saiyan in the first round of the NBA playoffs and helped the Pelicans sweep No. 3-seed Portland in eye-popping fashion. Then their season ended in May at the hands of the Warriors, who not only won the title but also shocked the entire league by signing Cousins away from the Pelicans for just $5.3 million.With the dust settled now, it’s fair to wonder where the Anthony Davis-led squad stands. Is New Orleans anywhere near as great as it looked during its win streaks, or during that domination over the Blazers? And if so, what’s the team’s ceiling after putting Cousins in the rear-view mirror for good?A handful of things will definitely be worth watching with the Pelicans — some of which we saw for decent stretches after Boogie’s injury. In particular, the pace of play picked up considerably, and New Orleans finished the season as the fastest team in the league — something that likely wouldn’t have happened with a healthy Cousins in the lineup each night. And the Nikola Mirotic pickup undoubtedly meant that there was more space available in the lane, which Davis took full advantage of in the postseason. (Davis managed to take about 47 percent of his shot attempts from the restricted area in the playoffs while sharing the floor with Mirotic, according to NBA Advanced Stats. That number shrank to just 33 percent of his shots when Mirotic was on the bench.)The Mirotic-Davis pairing is one the Pelicans are looking forward to based on the vast success it had toward the tail end of last season, when the team’s net rating with Davis on the court went from plus-3.8 per 100 possessions without Mirotic to plus-10.3 per 100 possessions with him.1Davis played about 600 minutes in each setting after the trade for Mirotic. For some context, Davis and Cousins together produced a net rating of plus-4.2 in 2017-18, which was a decent improvement from the plus-2.5 they logged the season before.Still, it’s impossible to overlook what would have seemed unthinkable back in January: that the Pelicans would let a player of Cousins’s caliber walk, even after a devastating Achilles injury that often spells the beginning of the end for many of the best NBA players. New Orleans is a small-market franchise — one that has a front office desperate to win but is also capped out and, for the meantime, has no other means of landing a superstar to pair with Davis. The club needs to keep Davis happy, given that he’s entering his prime and is eligible to sign a supermax deal next summer, which could keep him under contract until 2025. Cousins, who’s about to turn 28 years old, had found a rhythm and comfort level playing next to Davis and was logging 25 points and nearly 13 rebounds on career-best true shooting and assist numbers. There hadn’t been any reports of problems with him in the New Orleans locker room, and prior to suffering his own injury, Cousins provided something of a security blanket in case Davis got hurt — a constant concern for the franchise.Boogie’s inside-out game is something that few players in the league can replicate. Still, the Pelicans likely will benefit by moving on from him. First, it’s unclear when, or in what condition, he will return. But on the floor, New Orleans figures to save a handful of possessions a game without him: Cousins turned the ball over five times a night, which was the highest rate in the league — more than either James Harden or Russell Westbrook, who in 2016-17 rewrote the NBA record books with how many miscues they committed. (At 6.7 giveaways per 100 possessions, Cousins lost the ball more than the next two-highest rotation Pellies in usage — Davis and Holiday — did combined last year, per that, the club signed former Laker forward Julius Randle, who’s capable of plugging some of the gaps that Cousins left behind. By no means is he the shooter that Cousins is, but he’ll almost certainly fit the team’s uptempo style far better. Randle is highly aggressive in transition, often calling his own number after grabbing a defensive rebound and taking possessions coast to coast in a matter of seconds. Only a handful of elite players — Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan — have scored more efficiently2In terms of quantified Shooter Impact, which measures the value a player adds to shots above what an average player would be expected to accomplish on the same attempts. in the first seven seconds of a transition possession,3At least 100 plays since 2015-16, with three or more dribbles, on an unassisted two-point attempt. according to data from Second Spectrum.The Pelicans have a made a few other alterations around the margins this summer, losing veteran Rajon Rondo and replacing him with Elfrid Payton, another guard known for his inability to shoot (and, until recently, his hair). But the question facing this club — one it didn’t address despite being exposed on this front during the playoffs — is whether the team has anywhere near enough defensive wing depth.New Orleans is decent defensively — both Davis and Holiday were on the All-Defensive First Team. But in a league where length is being more and more prioritized, the Pelicans often played lineups with three guards who were shorter than 6-foot-5. Rondo, Holiday and E’Twaun Moore played 1,146 minutes together during the regular season and then logged 203 more minutes in just nine playoff games, according to NBA Advanced Stats.As such, New Orleans — which may have fewer rotation wing players between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-9 than any other club in the NBA — was essentially dead on arrival when it drew the Warriors. The Pelicans had no one to match up with Durant, who not only shot better than 50 percent for the series but also took a whopping 19 shot attempts in which he enjoyed at least a 5-inch height advantage, per Second Spectrum. (Aside from James, who took 26 such shots in the playoffs, no other player had as many shot attempts with such mismatches in the entire postseason as Durant had in those five games against the Pelicans.) The club trotted out 6-foot-7 Solomon Hill and 6-foot-8 Darius Miller in hopes of adding some length against the Dubs, but they combined for just 40 points on 38 shots in the series.4The team originally had Tony Allen — a player Durant has historically struggled against — on the roster. But he struggled to stay healthy, and the Pelicans eventually traded him to the Bulls as part of the deal for Mirotic. Chicago then waived Allen, and he is currently a free agent. read more

Detroit And Minnesota Are Saving Thanksgiving Football This Year

This year’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is … not great. Only the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings has some juice to it. As you’ll see in the video above, that’s surprising! The Lions are usually the team holding Thanksgiving football back, not making it exciting.Check out our latest NFL predictions.

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#POSTCODES: The new postcode system will be opened up to businesses to generate addition revenue for the Government, has learned. The system, due to be introduced in 2015, will be available to businesses at a cost.2.#GOOD NEIGHBOURS: President Michael D Higgins will become the first Irish head of state to make an official visit to Britain. It was announced last night that Higgins had accepted the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II to make the visit. The news has been warmly welcomed across the board.3.#REGENERATION: A non-profit organisation which revamped an estate in Longford has said at there are 22 estates across the country in need of “urgent” work. Clúid say that the estates in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Tralee, Dundalk and Waterford could be upgraded – if the political will is there to do so.4.#JOBS: Three companies today announced a combined 125 jobs across Dublin. Two of the companies are Indian-based and the jobs were announced by the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton who is on a trade mission to the country.5.#TORNADO: Six people have been killed as dozens of tornadoes swept across the Midwest of the USA yesterday. The state of Illinois took the brunt of the fury, where trees were pulled from the ground and entire neighbourhoods flattened.6.#GOOGLE: Search giant Google today announced that they were introducing an algorithm that would ban some child porn queries. Users who make the searches from now on will be returned warnings that their activities are illegal.7.#MANDELA: The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela has told a newspaper that the 95-year-old former South African leader can no longer talk. Mandela was was released from hospital after intensive treatment in June.8.#SYRIA: The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Brussels today, where he will meet with EU foreign ministers. The issue of a continuing lack of humanitarian access within Syria will be on the agenda, Gilmore said.9.#BRRR: This week will see cold, wintry showers, Met Éireann is warning. Thursday and Friday will see freezing fog, severe frost and heavy showers.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CROKE PARK: Government negotiators want civil servants paid more than €60,000 a year to take a salary cut as part of the new Croke Park agreement, reports the Irish Independent. Unions are not happy with the arrangement as they want the threshold to be higher. Talks continue today ahead of the 28 February deadline.2. #SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius should find out today if he will be granted bail ahead of his murder trial. Meanwhile, it has been a disastrous 24 hours for the prosecution with its case unravelling in court yesterday and today’s revelation that the lead detective Hilton Botha has had seven attempted murder charges from 2011 reinstated against him.3. #FAKE: The largest haul of counterfeit Euro notes has been seized in Portugal. Police said they arrested a 46-year-old foreign man after finding more than €380,000-worth of “exceptional quality” fake notes, reports BBC News.4. #JUSTICE: Former residents of Dublin’s Bethany Home are hoping to be included in a redress scheme. Speaking to Morning Ireland, the survivors’ group secretary Niall Meehan said there are about 20 people who need to be vindicated. More than 200 children were buried in unmarked graves before the home closed in 1972.5. #JOBSWATCH: A digital advertising agency is to create 100 new jobs in Dublin. Quantcast said it chose the capital as it offers the “rare mix of a vibrant local technology business scene, an exceptional talent pool and easy accessibility to Europe’s major markets”.6. #DISCIPLINED: Twelve PSNI officers in Northern Ireland have been disciplined for failing to discover the body of a 22-year-old man in the grounds of a hospital for 10 weeks in 2010. The Police Ombudsman said the investigation was marred by a “a catalogue of mistake after mistake”.7. #ROY COLLINS Two men, already serving time in Irish prisons for separate crimes, are to face murder charges in relation to the death of businessman Roy Collins, says the Irish Examiner. The accused have links to the infamous McCarthy-Dundon gang in the southwest.8. #EDUCATION: One of the oldest private schools in Ireland is to stop charging fees from September, it revealed yesterday. Kilkenny College said the decision to end tuition payments for day pupils came after “lengthy talks” with the Department of Education.9. #THE BRITS: Well, the last 12 months really belonged to Scottish singer Emeli Sandé (was there a TV show or event she didn’t sing at?) and the BRIT awards confirmed her ubiquitousness last night, handing her the Best Album and British Female gongs. Also on the winners list were One Direction (surprise!) and Adele (shocker!). Over on A Brit award for Mullingar, awkward times for Harry and Taylor, and who is Prince Harry lobbing the gob on? It’s The Dredgelast_img read more

US employers closed out 2017 with modest but steady hiring

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000. For all of 2017, employers added nearly 2.1 million jobs, enough to lower the unemployment rate from 4.7 percent a year ago.Taken as a whole, Friday’s government report points to the job market’s strength and resilience 8 1/2 years into an economic expansion. Job growth remains steady and is underpinning an economy that’s both contributing to and benefiting from an improved global outlook. The just-enacted U.S. tax cuts, too, are raising hopes for faster growth and higher corporate profits and fueling a powerful stock market rally.At the same time, the pace of job growth is slowing, which typically happens when unemployment falls to ultra-low levels and fewer people are available to be hired. Average monthly job gains have declined to 171,000 this year from a peak of 250,000 in 2014. Last year’s job gains were the fewest since 2010.Despite the low unemployment and the difficulty some employers face in finding enough qualified workers, pay gains remain sluggish. Average hourly earnings rose 2.5 percent in December from a year earlier — about a full percentage point lower than is typical in a healthy economy.last_img read more

UPDATE Driver charged with DUI in Washougal River Road wreck

first_imgA 65-year-old Washougal man was charged with DUI Friday evening after a single-vehicle wreck on Washougal River Road that left hundreds without power, authorities said.Harlee Horrell was traveling nortbound in a 1982 Ford F-250 truck around 5:15 p.m. when he left the road and struck a telephone pole near the 800 block of Washougal River Road, said Sgt. Bill Roberts with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The wreck severed a utility pole and knocked down power lines across both lanes.Police detoured traffic for more than two hours while cleanup occurred. Clark Public Utilities’ web site reported 371 homes were without power due to the wreck.Horrell, who was the truck’s lone occupant, escaped the wreck uninjured. Witnesses told police the driver appeared intoxicated, Roberts said. Horrell took a Breathalyzer test, but Roberts did not immediately know what his blood alcohol content was.Traffic detoured at Blair Road on the west and Vernon Road on the east until around 8 p.m., officials said.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Naitasia Hensey Joins Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Boston Bar Association announced that Naitasia Hensey, of Wilmington, has been selected to participate in its 16th Public Interest Leadership Program class, which is composed of 23 outstanding attorneys and will run from September 2019 through August 2020.PILP promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession and the commonwealth. Open to attorneys in practice for 10 years or fewer, PILP offers participants an opportunity to explore various topics and issues in legal public interest work and connect with other attorneys who are committed to using their legal skills to serve the community. Throughout the 14-month program, the members of the class hear from attorney experts in several fields who are all engaged in working on a variety of social issues.Each class finishes its year by planning a final project. For example, the most recent PILP class has been carrying out a community outreach project in collaboration with Greater Boston Legal Services, making presentations regarding students’ rights with regards to school discipline, and informing the public about a recent settlement agreement between GBLS and Boston Public Schools. The class undertook this project as part of the BBA’s ongoing work to engage attorneys in efforts to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline.Hensey is an assistant vice president, associate counsel at State Street Corporation where she primarily works in drafting and negotiating contracts and other contract specific issues. She also handles legal matters relating to institutional client-based services for multiple areas of the company. Her work ranges from drafting third-party custody contracts to negotiating event and sponsorship agreements, with the occasional deep dive contracts remediation project. Prior to joining State Street, Hensey’s career focused largely on contract drafting, negotiation, and management in the fields of health care, financial services, real estate, regulatory and compliance, and intellectual property.Hensey is committed to pro bono and community service work. She volunteers with Project Citizenship to help immigration applicants, engages in various community outreach efforts through her role as Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Boston Alumni Chapter, and interned at Halfar refugee and asylum camp in Malta while in law school.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Boston Bar Association and first appeared in Wicked Local Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA Ryan To Chair Conviction Integrity Working Group To Prevent, Identify & Remedy Wrongful ConvictionsIn “Government”last_img read more

Skagway Man In Custody After Slashing Police Car Tires

first_imgA Skagway man is in custody after allegedly on a vandalism spree and slashing the tires of most of the squad vehicles on the town’s police force and setting a police dispatcher’s car on fire.Twenty-one-year old Casey Collom was arrested early Wednesday after a witness allegedly saw him slashing tires of the vehicles parked at the home of Skagway police chief Ray Leggett. The witness called 911, and then the dispatcher called the chief at home. According to court documents, the chief went outside to find tires slashed on his patrol vehicle, his personal vehicle and a third vehicle parked in his driveway.The witness told police he saw Collom take a bike from another residence and peddle away. A short time later a police officer located Collom and after a struggle, arrested him. The officer writes in court documents that Collom had three steak knives and a box cutter on him. He also had with him two cans of beer and appeared intoxicated.As police continued investigating, they discovered several other vehicles in the neighborhood with slashed tires, including three more police patrol vehicles parked at officers’ homes. Around the same time, the police dispatcher on duty discovered her personal vehicle was on fire and all four tires slashed.As of Wednesday afternoon, police had discovered a total of 28 slashed tires they attributed to the spree.Deb Potter was one of the residents who discovered the tires on her vehicle destroyed Wednesday morning. She had just woken up when she received a text message about the spree. Then she checked Facebook for scuttlebutt.“After that I was lying in bed and thinking ‘Well, maybe I should go look at my car,’” Potter said. “That’s when I went outside and saw that two tires on the left hand side we slashed and then right around the corner my neighbor’s tires were slashed as well.”Collom, a seasonal resident originally from Idaho, was arraigned in Skagway on Wednesday to face a total of 12 charges, including several for felony mischief. Lesser charges include theft and resisting arrest. Collom was also arrested in Skagway one week ago for drunken driving.Chief Leggett said there were two squad cars not affected in the spree; one at home with another officer and the other on patrol. He said the department was able to have tires flown up from Juneau and all the patrol cars were operational again by the end of the day Wednesday.But as for replacing the tires on personal vehicles, that task is not so easy. Normally, large items can be order from Juneau and sent via the ferry. But as Potter points out, with Skagway’s ferry dock still undergoing repairs from recently sinking, and is not scheduled to reopen until May 11.“I know, right? What do I do?” Potter said. “It’s not like I can catch somebody getting on the ferry to come back up from Juneau to bring me tires.”Potter said some residents are talking about placing a joint order for tires and having them shipped on the weekly barge, or traveling to Whitehorse to buy them.Leggett said he wasn’t as upset about the incident seemingly targeted at his police force as he was impressed by the amount of people willing to help. He said several people volunteered their time and tools to help replace tires. And someone volunteered their car for the police dispatcher whose car was set on fire.“We’re just grateful for the support of the community,” Leggett said.Collom has been transported to Lemon Creek Correctional facility in Juneau and is being held on $3,000 cash bail.last_img read more

HP Chromebook 14 AMD Review

first_imgBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)1 of 7Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.HP Chromebook 14 (AMD)Asus Chromebook C523NADell Chromebook 5190Category Average (as of 03/31/19) 6:23 USB 2.0 Headphone/Mic Review USB Ports Optical Drive Speed 9:50 Ports (excluding USB) 1920×1080 32GB Secondary Hard Drive Size Operating System 6:30 Google Chrome Hard Drive Speed Advertisement Display Size 8:56Minutes (higher is better) 0:00 2:00 4:00 6:00 8:00 10:00 12:00 Bluetooth Secondary Hard Drive Type Warranty/Support Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4Jetstream 2.0WebGL Aquarium 3.43 pounds Hard Drive Type USB Type-C Ports (excluding USB) Highest Available Resolution One-year limited warranty Native Resolution Graphics Card Wi-Fi Model Hard Drive Size AMD A4-9120C processor Ports (excluding USB) Video Memory Touchpad Size Company Website Ports (excluding USB) HP’s Chromebook 14 is one of the first Chromebooks to sport an AMD CPU, but that doesn’t make it one of the best. The HP Chromebook 14 ($329; starting at $269) has a dull 14-inch display, poor battery life, distorted speakers and, despite its sluggish performance, runs really warm. Apart from its 1080p touch-screen panel and comfortable keyboard, the HP Chromebook 14 is quite underwhelming. There are better Chromebooks for a similar price.article continued below Price and Configuration Options The HP Chromebook 14 that I tested costs $329 and comes with an AMD A4-9120C processor, an AMD Radeon R4 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage and a 1920 x 1080 touch-screen display. This configuration will be available exclusively at Walmart in the coming weeks. A step down from that is the $299 model, which drops you to a 1366 x 768 touch-screen panel, while the base model costs $269 and features a 1366 x 768 non-touch screen. Design The HP Chromebook 14 has a rough, Ink Blue plastic shell on the outside that felt sturdy in my hands. The lid sports a logo for HP and one for Chrome as well, but is otherwise plain. Meanwhile, the interior has a faux-aluminum design that feels soft to the touch. Above the standard Chromebook keyboard you’ll find a pair of top-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers. The bezels are a standard size; not very slim, but not too thick. At 3.4 pounds and 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches, the HP Chromebook 14 is thicker than its 15-inch competitor, the Asus Chromebook C523NA (3.8 pounds, 0.6 inches). But it’s also thinner than the Acer Chromebook 15 (3.7 pounds, 0.75 inches) and the 11.6-inch Dell Chromebook 5190 (2.9 pounds, 0.8 inches). Ports HP’s Chromebook 14 has a decent amount of ports. On the left, there’s a security lock slot, a USB Type-C port and a USB 2.0 port, while the right features another USB Type-C port and a USB 2.0 port along with a microSD slot and a headphone jack. Display While it’s nice to have a relatively bright 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch-screen display on a sub-$400 Chromebook, the Chromebook 14’s screen is dull compared with the competition. One of the first things I noticed while watching the Hobbs and Shaw trailer (aside from the glare) was how sharp Jason Statham’s stubble was. When the ragtag duo made it to Hawaii, the island’s lush greenery and blue beaches were muted and didn’t pop. Apart from a little glare, I could see the details on each of the vehicles during the night scene in Hawaii. While it’s nice to have a bright 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch-screen display on a sub-$400 Chromebook, the Chromebook 14’s screen is dull compared with the competition. According to our colorimeter, the HP Chromebook 14’s panel covered a mere 64 percent of the sRGB color gamut, falling short of the 81-percent Chromebook average as well as the Asus Chromebook C523NA (76 percent), the Acer Chromebook 15 (69 percent) and the Dell Chromebook 5190 (73 percent). MORE: Best Chromebook: Reviews & Comparisons At 235 nits of brightness, the HP Chromebook 14’s display is on a par with our 234-nit category average. It even beat the Asus Chromebook C523NA (231 nits) and the Acer Chromebook 15 (215 nits), but couldn’t catch up to the Dell Chromebook 5190 (258 nits). Keyboard and Touchpad The HP Chromebook 14’s keyboard is clicky and pleasant to type on, which is a nice change of pace from the shallow, uncomfortable keyboards found on many Chromebooks. These keys travel at 1.4 millimeters, which is close to our preferred 1.5 to 2.0-mm comfort zone, and required 64 grams of actuation force, hitting above our 60g minimum. I hit 69 words per minute on the typing test, which is on a par with my current average with 14-inch notebooks. The HP Chromebook 14’s keyboard is clicky and pleasant to type on, which is a nice change of pace from the shallow and uncomfortable keyboards found on many Chromebooks. Its touch-screen panel was responsive and accurate as I used my fingers to highlight a specific sentence in the Hobbs and Shaw synopsis. The screen even kept up with my finger while I drew a couple of deformed houses by a river. MORE: How to Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook The 4.5 x 2.3-inch touchpad has a soft, matte-like texture, which was comfortable to use, but the left and right click felt stiff and unsatisfying. ChromeOS gestures like two-finger scrolling and two-finger right click worked well. Audio These top-firing speakers don’t live up to their Bang & Olufsen branding, even though they were loud enough to carry Unlike Pluto’s “Look At Me” throughout a small office. The bass-heavy opening sounded distorted and warped, while the vocals that jumped in afterward were hollow. There were a few midlevel vocal notes that came off OK, but they were stuck between harsher surrounding notes. All of the background beats were muddy, clashing with the vocals instead of complementing them. Performance and Graphics This is one of the first Chromebooks packed with an AMD processor, but the new CPU doesn’t make the greatest debut. Powered by an AMD A4-9120C processor and 4GB of RAM, the Chromebook 14 started to slow down after I opened 15 Google Chrome tabs and one 1080p YouTube video. The Chromebook was also really sluggish while navigating the Play Store, and it even crashed on me (twice). When I played Super Mario Run, the notebook chugged. On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the HP Chromebook 14 scored a measly 1,283, which is nearly a fourth of the 5,044 Chromebook average. While that average may be inflated with premium Chromebooks, its competitors still did much better. The Asus Chromebook C523NA’s Intel Pentium N4200 CPU scored 4,698 and the Dell Chromebook 5190’s Celeron CPU N3450 averaged 4,193. MORE: Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice The HP Chromebook 14’s AMD Radeon R4 GPU managed to display 500 fish at 43 frames per second on the WebGL Aquarium benchmark test, which isn’t far from the 45-fps category average. However, the Intel HD 505 GPU in the Asus Chromebook C523NA and Acer Chromebook 15 averaged 57 fps and 51 fps, respectively, while the Dell Chromebook 5190’s Intel HD 500 GPU hit 46 fps. Chrome OS For the uninitiated, ChromeOS is a stripped-down operating system that relies heavily on Google Chrome. Chromebooks typically have less storage than your average laptop, so you’ll have to rely on the cloud to store what you want. And since you can’t download applications from the internet, you’ll have to use the Play Store to download games and apps for photo editing, music and communication. However, the integration isn’t exactly seamless. For example, I played Super Mario Run, and since the application is designed to be in portrait mode, it looked awkward on a laptop display. There are some apps that fill up the whole screen, though, like Discord. Battery Life HP’s Chromebook 14 won’t get you through a full workday. After the HP Chromebook 14 continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery lasted only 6 hours and 23 minutes, falling nearly 3 hours below the 9:08 Chromebook average. The Asus Chromebook C523NA (6:30) was just as bad, but the Acer Chromebook 15 (9:07) and Dell Chromebook 5190 (9:50) excelled in battery life. Webcam HP’s 720p webcam made me look like a side-character that was about to get killed off in a horror flick. My red buttoned-up shirt was so dark that you could almost mistake it for being black, my hair looked like it was drawn on my head with black crayon and at least 50 percent of the ceiling in my office was blown out by the lighting. Yikes. Heat The HP Chromebook 14 gets spicy under pressure, even more so than some gaming laptops that I’ve tested. After playing a 15-minute HD video, the underside measured 133 degrees Fahrenheit, which is way above our 95-degree comfort threshold. Meanwhile, the center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 100 and 83 degrees, respectively. Warranty and Support The HP Chromebook 14 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The HP Chromebook 14 has a lot of shortcomings, from its subpar performance to its short battery life and poor audio quality. On top of all of that, it gets pretty toasty under the hood. The only things I can say in its defense is that it has a 1080p touch-screen panel, which is nice for a sub-$400 Chromebook, and that its keyboard feels good to use. If you go with the Acer Chromebook 15 ($379), you’ll get better performance, good battery life, better-sounding speakers and a more colorful display all packed into a metal chassis. Unfortunately, we can’t fully recommend the HP Chromebook 14, so we encourage you to take a tour through our roundup of the best Chromebooks. Credit: Laptop Magby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. 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This amazing thread of gay Disney couples has gone viral

first_imgThis incredible Twitter thread magically gifs classic Disney characters as gay couplesDisney releases pride ears for a little more gay pixie dust in lifeStar Wars: The Last Jedi had a gay couple that no-one noticedPINK NEWS- Sure, Disney may have finally made it canon that Beauty and the Beast’s Le Fou is gay last year, ahead of its live-action remake being released.But in general the behemoth’s films continue to lack gay storylines and characters – and people have noticed.Fans started the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag in an effort to get some much-needed LGBT representation through the Frozen character.Even Idina Menzel, the voice behind Arendelle’s queen, gave her endorsement to the campaign.The characters of Ariel and Mulan have also resonated with the LGBT community, but it’s time for a gay Disney princess – which we may see in the near future, according to Moana’s directors.Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for that still-distant prospect.Instead, you can enjoy this collection of wonderfully altered GIFs that envision a parallel universe in which gay Disney main characters are simply run-of-the-mill.Created by Gabi, a self-described “disaster lesbian,” it’s a Twitter thread which will make your heart smile.“Disney, but it’s all gay: A Thread,” she announced, somewhat preparing her followers for the joy that was to come.First, we have Snow White and Aurora kissing.disney, but it’s all gay: A Thread— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018And it just gets better from there.Gabi then presents, “for your consideration: esmeralda and jasmine becoming girlfriends”.for your consideration: esmeralda and jasmine becoming girlfriends— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018The cuteness is practically overpowering.We are then treated to “ariel spotting nani at the beach with her family and becoming infatuated with her… truly the Surfer & Mermaid girlfriends™ we deserve”.Hard to argue with.ariel spotting nani at the beach with her family and becoming infatuated with her… truly the Surfer & Mermaid girlfriends™ we deserve— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018She’s right when she pleads that “pocahontas and ariel is a good tier ship dont fight me on this!!!”pocahontas and ariel is a good tier ship dont fight me on this!!!— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018When it comes to the worlds of Beauty and the Beast and Mulan colliding, she loves the idea of “belle falling in love with ping and mulan, and eventually realising that they’re the same person.”And so do we, to be fair.She adds that “my heart is crying, please yes”.belle falling in love with ping and mulan, and eventually realizing that they’re the same person. my heart is crying, please yes— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018And of course, “we all know shang is a bisexual legend, so… imagine him falling in love with naveen”.Amazing.we all know shang is a bisexual legend, so… imagine him falling in love with naveen— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018She continued with the glorious adventure, saying: “mulan and aurora, i might be crying a little this is too pure and wholesome”.mulan and aurora, i might be crying a little this is too pure and wholesome— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018Gabi writes: “Esmeralda and megara. tell me they wouldn’t be the most powerful girlfriends ever, i dare you”.We wouldn’t imagine doing so.esmeralda and megara. tell me they wouldn’t be the most powerful girlfriends ever, i dare you— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018“THIS ISN’T A JOKE THIS IS MY LIFE (pocahontas x kidagakash),” she explodes, and hell yes, we know what you mean.THIS ISN’T A JOKE THIS IS MY LIFE (pocahontas x kidagakash)— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018She continues with the wonderful concept of Cinderella and Tiana, hilariously saying: “i was f***ing ROBBED @ disney i just wanna talk”.cinderella and tiana, i was fucking ROBBED @ disney i just wanna talk— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018She adds: “MERIDA AND RAPUNZEL OH MY GOD I DIDNT KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS”.We didn’t either.MERIDA AND RAPUNZEL OH MY GOD I DIDNT KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018 Gabi says that “this looks so real i’m having a breakdown,” and it’s hard to disagree.anna and rapunzel… this looks so real i’m having a breakdown— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018Hercules and Aladdin? Hell yes.hercules and aladdin. life? saved— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018When it comes to Tiana and Belle, Gabi’s not wrong.She says that “they would be so cute together omg?? i was robbed once again”.tiana and belle, they would be so cute together omg?? i was robbed once again— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018“I’m so grateful for everything and everything god has given me,” she adds, and when it comes to Ariel and Jasmine, it’s too cute to deny.ariel and jasmine, i’m so grateful for everything and everything god has given me— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018Yep, right again. Gabi says: “ariel and moana!!!!!! look at how friggin’ CUTE!!!”ariel and moana!!!!!! look at how friggin’ CUTE!!!— gabi (@harleivy) January 13, 2018“This is a simple one but… snow white and aurora would be the cutest thing ever too okay,” she continues.That is completely okay.this is a simple one but… snow white and aurora would be the cutest thing ever too okay— gabi (@harleivy) January 14, 2018“CONSIDER THIS: jane and kida!!! their stories would merge so well. look at them oh my god”.“Now hear me out… tiana and mulan would complete each other so well. they’d be unstoppable together”.“Not sure i ship this romantically, but kida and ariel would definitely be best friends. atlantis and atlantica (their birthplaces) are both fictional aquatic places so… who’s to say they wouldn’t sneak around to have fun together??? i Support”.not sure i ship this romantically, but kida and ariel would definitely be best friends. atlantis and atlantica (their birthplaces) are both fictional aquatic places so… who’s to say they wouldn’t sneak around to have fun together??? i Support— gabi (@harleivy) January 14, 2018“Not to be dramatic but tiana and jasmine would’ve been so cute together i think i’m gonna cry????? look at how SOFT”.“More of anna and rapunzel because these look so real i’m swooning”.more of anna and rapunzel because these look so real i’m swooning— gabi (@harleivy) January 14, 2018“Ariel and Nani are THAT ship. this concept is so good i’m having trouble going back to the real world where none of it actually happened”.“A little more of esmeralda and megara, THE power couple of this thread”.No arguments here.“Elsa and merida… a wholesome ship ”.elsa and merida… a wholesome ship— gabi (@harleivy) January 14, 2018“Elsa and Rapunzel [girls like girls by hayley kiyoko plays over speakers]”.We think Hayley would approve.“Belle and ariel!!! if belle fell in love with a whole ass dog you cant possibly tell me it’d be unrealistic for her to fall in love with a mermaid”.Fair point.“Wrapping this up with my absolute fave from all these ships: esmeralda and meg,” she finishes.But before she’s done, Gabi puts Disney on blast.wrapping this up with my absolute fave from all these ships: esmeralda and meg. for more of these concepts, go to the tumblr blogs i linked as credit at the beginning of the thread!!! also, @Disney, stop being a bunch of cowards and GIVE US LGBT CHARACTERS/COUPLES!!! thank you— gabi (@harleivy) January 14, 2018“Disney, stop being a bunch of cowards and GIVE US LGBT CHARACTERS/COUPLES!!! thank you,” she writes.Listen to Gabi, she knows what she’s talking about.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Everyone loves Disney.It’s not perfect, though – and it’s pretty clear what needs improving.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more October 18, 2013 — Philips’ MobileDiagnost wDR system allows staff to bring radiography machines directly to patients, optimizing patient comfort. The detector technology and reduced need for retakes inherent to these machines contribute to the patients receiving a low X-ray dose, further enhancing patient experience. Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Technologists can quickly and easily move the system into place, and images can be taken and sent to picture archive and communication systems (PACS) in a few seconds. This allows the radiologist and technologist to interact swiftly, leading to rapid decision-making and more personalized patient care. Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more center_img This system uses the same Eleva interface used across Philips X-ray machines and therefore reduces staff training requirements. The wireless portable detector saves time when compared to cassette or film processing, and the efficiency and intuitive system handling of the MobileDiagnost wDR can decrease costs. News | October 18, 2013 Mobile, Wireless Digital Radiography System Reduces Retakes For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read morelast_img read more

Russia steps up military modernization but at what cost

first_imgDe Larrinaga agreed that the Armata represented a technological advance for Russia.“The crew has a much better chance of surviving if the tank is destroyed,” de Larrinaga said. “If you look at old Russian tank designs, they had a habit of blowing up quite spectacularly with pretty poor chances for crew survivability.”___This version corrects the partial quotation in the first paragraph to “like playing a video game.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Speaking in a recent live TV talk show, Rogozin also used armor as a symbol to issue a bold threat to the West — showing how military hardware can also be a powerful weapon in the Kremlin’s propaganda war.“Tanks don’t need visas!” Rogozin declared, in a reference to Western travel bans and economic sanctions against Russia. Amid the tensions with the West, Putin emphasized the need for the nation’s defense industries to quickly shed their dependence on imported components.The Armata’s price hasn’t been announced, but some observers speculated that the new tank could be as expensive as a fighter jet, too heavy a burden for the struggling economy. There are no reliable cost estimates of the tank.The tank’s chief designer, Andrei Terlikov, 52, shrugged off such claims, saying that the Armata’s price will drop significantly once it enters full-scale production. “In the end, the price of those machines will be affordable,” Terlikov told The Associated Press in his first interview with foreign media.Speaking at his office at the mammoth UralVagonZavod factory in the Ural Mountains, one of the biggest industrial plants in the world, Terlikov described the Armata as a “decisive step toward more advanced unmanned machines, including those which could operate autonomously in combat.” But President Vladimir Putin’s expensive arms build-up faces major hurdles as Russia’s economy sinks under the weight of Western sanctions and falling oil prices. The 22-trillion ruble (about $400-billion) program, which envisages the acquisition of 2,300 new tanks, hundreds of aircraft and missiles and dozens of navy ships, was conceived back at the time when Russia’s coffers were brimming with petrodollars.Putin vowed that the military upgrade would go ahead as planned, and this year’s military budget rose by 33 percent to about 3.3 trillion rubles (nearly $60 billion). Some observers predict that the Kremlin will inevitably have to scale down the plans amid a grinding recession.In one of the first harbingers of the possible curtailment of new arms procurement, a deputy defense minister said earlier this year that the air force will likely reduce its order for the T-50, a costly state-of-the art fighter jet developed for two decades to counter the U.S. Raptor.Another problem is also hampering the modernization drive: The sanctions include a ban on the sale of military technology to Russia. Nick de Larrinaga, Europe Editor for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, predicted that Russia would find it hard to replace Western military know-how. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona He emphasized that the Armata uses only domestically produced parts. “From the very start, we have set the task to rely on our own resources,” he said.Viktor Murakhovsky, a retired Russian army colonel who is now the editor of the Arsenal Otechestva military magazine, said the Armata’s advantages come at a price — but that eventually it may pay for itself.“The Armata is significantly more expensive than the current models,” he said. “But it far excels all Russian and foreign tanks on the cost-efficiency basis.”The Armata marks a radical departure from the traditional Soviet and Russian tank design philosophy. Unlike its predecessors, which had a compact build and low silhouette for nimble maneuvering, the Armata was designed to make crew protection the main focus.“There is nothing more important today than crewmembers’ lives,” Terlikov said.Terlikov’s deputy, 35-year old Ilya Demchenko, said that the onboard computer system performs most of the technical functions, allowing the crew to focus on key tasks. “For the crew, it’s like playing a video game, taking some final moves and making decisions,” he said. NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia (AP) — It has a remote-controlled turret, it bristles with state-of-the-art defense systems and its computerized controls make driving it feel “like playing a video game.” Russia’s Armata tank, which its creator says can be turned into a fully robotic combat vehicle, is the crowning glory of a sweeping military modernization drive that is rumbling forward amid a perilous confrontation with the West over Ukraine. In this photo taken on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Russian T-14 Armata tanks make their way during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The Armata, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s military modernization program, is the world’s first serially-produced tank to have a remotely controlled turret and a separate, highly-protected internal capsule for the crew. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019 “They have been relying on Western sub-systems, electro-optical systems is a good example, but also computer chips and things like that, which Russia doesn’t make,” he said. “How Russia goes about trying to replace these systems is going to be a really big challenge.”The rupture of military ties with Ukraine dealt another heavy blow to Putin’s re-armament effort. Ukrainian factories had exported a wide array of weapons and sub-systems to Russia, and officials acknowledged that it would take years and massive resources to launch production of their equivalent at home. Since Soviet times, Ukraine specialized in building helicopter engines, and Putin said that Russia was setting up a capacity to produce them at home.It could be even more challenging to substitute another Ukrainian product, ship turbines. Its refusal to deliver them has derailed the commissioning of new Russian navy ships.Last month, the Armata starred in the Victory Day parade on Red Square, becoming an emblem of the country’s resurgent military power. Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister in charge of weapons modernization, likened Russia to a “big Armata” and claimed that the new tank is 15-20 years ahead of the current Western designs.last_img read more

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The pope will address Congress in September.___Zoll and Borenstein reported from New York. Associated Press writers Matthew Daly and Erica Werner in Washington, Edith Lederer in the United Nations, Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Daniela Petroff in Vatican City contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The pope’s “marching orders for advocacy,” as the head of the U.S. conference of bishops calls it, comes as the world nears a critical time for international climate change negotiations that start late this year in Paris.Francis said he hoped his paper would lead both ordinary people in their daily lives and decision-makers at the Paris U.N. climate meetings to a wholesale change of mind and heart.The document, released Thursday, put care for the environment at the center of Catholic social teaching, and, in lyrical but stark terms, reframed the discussion about global warming from the dry language of science to a broad question of ethics.“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” Francis writes. “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”Many praised the encyclical: “It has the power to reshape the church and realign politics,” said Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.”But some politically conservative Catholics criticized its economic analysis, and some U.S. Republican politicians said religion had no place in climate policy. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone While encyclicals carry “substantial doctrinal authority,” Richard Gaillardetz, a Boston College theologian, said individuals can judge whether a specific policy recommendation best fulfills church teaching.Francis called for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he said was a “structurally perverse” economic system in which the rich exploited the poor.Citing the deforestation of the Amazon, the melting of Arctic glaciers and the deaths of coral reefs, Francis rebuked “obstructionist” climate doubters who “seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms.” And he accused politicians of listening more to oil industry interests than Scripture, common sense or the cries of the poor.He praised a “less is more” lifestyle, one that shuns air conditioners and gated communities in favor of car pools, recycling and being in close touch with the marginalized.The leading skeptic in the U.S. Congress, Republican Sen. James Inhofe, said he feared the encyclical will be used by “alarmists” to push policies that will lead to big tax increases. He said the poor would “carry the heaviest burden” of policies to phase out fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. Comments   Share   VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.In “Laudato Si,” Francis addressed “every living person on this planet,” urging them to hear “both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” about the damage from “compulsive consumerism,” waste and a single-minded pursuit of profit. How men can have a healthy 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “No, I’m sorry, it’s a political issue,” said Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. “Most people have their minds made up on this issue, so any more rhetoric about the issue doesn’t really add a heck of a lot more to it.”Scientists who for more than 50 years have been talking about the dangers of global warming say the encyclical could break the inertia that has characterized climate negotiations. With their data and computer models, scientists appealed to logic; the pope sought to engage the soul.“This is exactly what we need,” said Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian who has talked about faith and warming. “We need leaders who speak to values, connecting the dots between values and climate change.”At the heart of Francis’ theological argument is the concept of “integral ecology,” which gives the environment a more central role in longstanding Catholic social teaching by linking destruction of nature with injustices such as poverty, hunger, inequality and violations of human dignity.Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference, called the encyclical “marching orders for advocacy.”last_img read more