Deleting Highway of Tears emails a slap in the face to families

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by the British Columbia privacy commissioner shows that senior government officials were deleting emails about the Highway of Tears.That has a coalition of missing and murdered women groups demanding accountability.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Activists call for more money to fight AIDS

first_imgAPTN National NewsAIDS activists across the country are calling on the federal government to invest more in new drugs and treatments for HIV/AIDs.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa sinks 3week box office champ Gravity with 32M

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 2:20 pm MDT ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ sinks 3-week box office champ ‘Gravity’ with $32M debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – With theatres heavy in dramatic offerings, Johnny Knoxville’s silly stunts captivated weekend moviegoers.“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” stole the No.1 spot from three-week box-office champ, “Gravity,” with $32 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, according to totals released Monday.“Gravity” sunk to second place, followed by “Captain Phillips.” Another drama, the star-studded “The Counselor,” debuted in fourth place with $7.8 million.The acclaimed “12 Years a Slave,” playing in just 123 locations, edged into the top 10 with an impressive $2.1 million and the highest per-theatre average of any film this week.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:1. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Paramount, $32,055,177, 3,336 locations, $9,609 average, $32,055,177, 1 week.2. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $20,135,387, 3,707 locations, $5,432 average, $199,649,748, 4 weeks.3. “Captain Phillips,” Sony, $11,642,040, 3,143 locations, $3,704 average, $69,916,083, 3 weeks.4. “The Counselor,” 20th Century Fox, $7,842,930, 3,044 locations, $2,577 average, $7,842,930, 1 week.5. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Sony, $6,275,325, 3,111 locations, $2,017 average, $100,786,579, 5 weeks.6. “Carrie,” Sony, $5,988,713, 3,157 locations, $1,897 average, $26,110,068, 2 weeks.7. “Escape Plan,” Lionsgate, $4,558,239, 2,883 locations, $1,581 average, $17,641,821, 2 weeks.8. “12 Years a Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $2,134,325, 123 locations, $17,352 average, $3,394,268, 2 weeks.9. “Enough Said,” Fox Searchlight, $1,588,004, 835 locations, $1,902 average, $13,054,096, 6 weeks.10. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $1,068,339, 1,347 locations, $793 average, $59,127,401, 6 weeks.11. “Insidious Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $880,293, 1,229 locations, $716 average, $82,133,678, 7 weeks.12. “Rush,” Universal, $700,695, 667 locations, $1,051 average, $25,856,534, 6 weeks.13. “We’re The Millers,” Warner Bros., $582,445, 786 locations, $741 average, $148,561,678, 12 weeks.14. “Fifth Estate,” Disney, $570,890, 1,769 locations, $323 average, $2,848,356, 2 weeks.15. “Runner Runner,” 20th Century Fox, $560,118, 969 locations, $578 average, $18,819,538, 4 weeks.16. “Baggage Claim,” Fox Searchlight, $560,046, 594 locations, $943 average, $20,837,814, 5 weeks.17. “I’m In Love With A Church Girl,” High Top Releasing, $506,315, 458 locations, $1,105 average, $1,716,487, 2 weeks.18. “All Is Lost,” Roadside Attractions, $502,530, 81 locations, $6,204 average, $640,717, 2 weeks.19. “Don Jon,” Relativity Media, $495,999, 540 locations, $919 average, $23,501,622, 5 weeks.20. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $390,370, 379 locations, $1,030 average, $364,248,630, 17 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Libya Security Council welcomes Presidency Councils arrival in Tripoli

“This was an important step towards bringing stability to the country and bringing the political process back on track to implement the Libyan Political Agreement,” the Security Council said in a press statement issued by Ambassador Liu Jieyi, the Council president for the month of April. The Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on 17 December 2015, following a UN-brokered process to form a national unity. The Council had welcomed the Agreement in its resolution 2259 (2015). In today’s statement, the Security Council encouraged the Presidency Council to urgently start its work so as “to broaden the basis of its support and to tackle Libya’s political, security, humanitarian, economic and institutional challenges and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.” In particular, this includes the threat from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and groups affiliated with Al Qaeda. The Council also reiterated its call on all parties in Libya to support the efforts underway and again expressed concern about activities which could be damaging to the “integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Corporation.” In addition, the Council renewed their call, from resolution 2259 (2015), “to cease support to and official contact with parallel institutions that claim to be the legitimate authority but are outside of the Libyan Political Agreement as specified by it.” Since arriving on Thursday, the Presidency Council has met with local political leaders, as well as businesses, including with the Governor of the Central Bank and Tripoli municipalities.

Blue Jays Inching Closer to Acquiring RA Dickey from

The Toronto Blue Jays are inching closer to acquiring 2012 Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets, according to multiple sources.There were several other teams that were strongly interested in the services of Dickey, but the Mets decided to channel their negotiations with the Blue Jays and cut off all other discussions with the other teams, according to of Saturday morning a major league executive aware of the negotiations told that both teams are working towards completing the trade.The Mets have discussed acquiring the Blue Jays top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, who they previously did not want to include, and center fielder Anthony Gose.Last season while playing in Triple-A in Las Vegas, the 23-year-old d’Arnaud had a batting average of .333, on base percentage of .380, a slugging average of .595 and 16 home runs.Dickey has yet to discuss extension talks, nor has he been asked to take a physical according to sources close with 38-year-old Dickey put together impressive numbers to win the 2012 Cy Young award. He led the NL with 233 2/3 innings pitched and finished second with an ERA of 2.73. He also led the league in strikeouts with 230 and owns a lifetime career ERA of 3.98 over 10 major-league seasons.Dickey, who is under contract with the Mets next season for $5 million, attempted to negotiate an extension with the club, but both sides were approximately $6 million apart. The Mets offered Dickey a two-year extension worth $20 million, while Dickey requested a two-year extension for $26 million.The knuckleballer made his frustrations known publically about the negotiations while attending a holiday party earlier this week at Citi Field for children affected by Hurricane Sandy.“In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair,” Dickey told reporters. “I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me.”

Opinion LeBron James Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft offseason for Ohio

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67. Lantern file photoAs the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency.For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft.James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003.The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to South Beach, but with key pieces in place such as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett (just kidding) along with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, Cavs fans can only dream for now.If James was to return to Cleveland, it would be the best move he will have ever made in his career.During his four seasons in Miami, James has been largely the victim of ridicule for how he left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, and rightfully so. As a Cleveland fan on vacation in Florida at the time of “The Decision,” I sat and watched Florida basketball fans celebrate in the lobby of my hotel. I sunk in my chair as all hope of bringing a championship to Cleveland was washed away in the Florida sun.Now, James can fix the broken bridges between he and Cavs fans if he makes his triumphant return home to a city which has not won a major championship since 1964. If in fact he does return, it will be to a better roster than the one he left back in 2010.Which brings me to Aaron Craft. How you may ask? Simple.While discussing sports at a summer job, a co-worker of mine and a fellow Ohio State student brought the following comparison to my attention.Remember James’ old teammate on the 2007 Cavs Finals team, Eric Snow? If you look closely at the similarities between Snow and Craft, you will see where I am going.Snow, a Michigan State grad out of Canton McKinley high school in Canton, Ohio, played four seasons in college, just as Craft did. Both Craft and Snow also put up comparable numbers in their college careers.Craft, who averaged 32.6 minutes per game in his college career also averaged just 8.9 points per game. How does that stack up to Snow? Snow played in just 25.2 minutes per game and averaged 5.9 points per game as a Spartan.While neither Craft nor Snow was a particularly good outside shooter, each shot around 50 percent in their careers. Craft finishing his career with a 45.9 percent career field goal percentage while Snow shot 52.1 percent.However, with every pro there is a con and with every similarity, there is a difference.Craft was clearly the better defender of the two, as he averaged 2.45 steals per game during his time at OSU, while Snow averaged just 1.3 in his time as a Spartan.In terms of passing, Snow was clearly better, however, as he averaged 5.3 assists per game including 7.8 his senior season. Craft never averaged more than five assists per game in a season.So what am I trying to say? Someone needs to take a chance on Craft.If Snow can get drafted (43rd overall) and have a 13-year playing career with three teams – the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Cavaliers – Craft can as well. The former Buckeye may not be the fastest, strongest or most athletic guy on the floor, but there is no one in this upcoming draft who will give you more effort than Aaron Craft.Enjoy Thursday’s draft and free agency season Ohio basketball fans, it could very well be a memorable one.

Houses in California are slowly sinking into the ground

first_imgSCOTT AND ROBIN Spivey knew something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.It wasn’t long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey’s neighbourhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.“We want to know what is going on here,” said Scott, a former city building inspector who lived in his four-bedroom, Tudor-style dream home for 11 years.Robin and Scott Spivey walk past the wreckage of their Tudor-style dream home they had to abandon when the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 more are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mount Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.The situation has become so bad that mail delivery was ended to keep carriers out of danger.“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who bought his home in the Lakeside Heights project a year ago.A notice by the US Postal Service warned residents of the Lakeside Heights subdivision that due to the danger posed by the sinking ground, postal workers will no longer deliver mail to the area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Unlike sinkholes of Florida that can gobble homes in an instant, this collapse in hilly volcanic country can move many feet on one day and just a fraction of an inch the next.Officials believe water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role in the destruction. But nobody can explain why suddenly there is plentiful water atop the hill in a county with groundwater shortages.“That’s the big question,” said Scott De Leon, county public works director. “We have a dormant volcano, and I’m certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are a result of that, but we don’t know about this.”Randall Fitzgerald checks a fissure that has opened in a lot near his home in the Lakeside Heights subdivision in Lakeport. Fitzgerald, who bought his home a year ago, has seen several of his neighbours move away as the sinking ground threatens the collapse of their homes, and is concerned that he will have to leave as more fissures appear. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Other development on similar soil in the county is stable, county officials said.While some of the subdivision movement is occurring on shallow fill, De Leon said a geologist has warned that the ground could be compromised down to bedrock 25 feet below and that cracks recently appeared in roads well beyond the fill.“Considering this is a low rainfall year and the fact it’s letting go now after all of these years, and the magnitude that it’s letting go, well it’s pretty monumental,” De Leon said.A crack in the wall of  the home of Jagtar Singh  in Lakeport, Calif.  Shortly after Singh moved his wife, four-year-old daughter and his parents, the hill behind his home collapsed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)County officials have inspected the original plans for the project and say it was developed by a reputable engineering firm then signed off on by the public works director at the time.“I can only presume that they were checked prior to approval,” De Leon said.The sinkage has prompted county crews to redirect the subdivision’s sewage 300 feet through an overland pipe as manholes in the 10-acre development collapsed.Consultant Tom Ruppenthal found two small leaks in the county water system that he said weren’t big enough to account for the amount of water that is flowing along infrastructure pipes and underground fissures, but they could be contributing to another source.“It’s very common for groundwater to shift its course,” said Ruppenthal of Utility Services Associates in Seattle. “I think the groundwater has shifted.”If the county can’t get the water and sewer service stabilized, De Leon said all 30 houses in the subdivision will have to be abandoned.The owners of six damaged homes said they need help from the government.Jagtar Singh gazes from the doorway of one of the bedrooms that collapsed as the ground gave way beneath his home in Lakeport. The Lake County Board of Supervisors asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare an emergency so funding might be available to stabilise utilities and determine the cause of the collapse. On 6 May, state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, wrote a letter of support asking Brown for immediate action. The California Emergency Management Agency said Brown was still assessing the situation.On Wednesday, the state sent a water resources engineer and a geologist to look at the problem. Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a representative the next day.Lake County, with farms, wineries and several Indian casinos, was shaped by earthquake fault movement and volcanic explosions that helped create the Coast Ranges of California. Clear Lake, popular for boating and fishing, is the largest fresh water lake wholly located in the state.It is not unusual for groundwater in the region to make its way to the surface then subside. Many natural hot springs and geysers receded underground in the early 1900s and have since been tapped for geothermal power.Homeowners now wonder whether fissures have opened below their hilltop, allowing water to seep to the surface. But they’re so perplexed they also talk about the land being haunted and are considering asking the local Native American tribe if the hilltop was an ancient graveyard.“Someone said it must be hexed,” said Blanka Doren, a 72-year-old German immigrant who poured her life savings into the house she bought in 1999 so she could live on the rental income.The home shares a wall with her neighbour, Jagtar Singh — who had two days of notice to move his wife, four-year-old daughter and his parents before the hill behind the back of his home collapsed — taking the underside of his house and leaving the carpet dangling.Doren is afraid that as Singh’s house falls it will take hers with it. Already cracks have spread across her floors.Damaged houses in the subdivision have been tagged for mandatory removal, but the hillside is so unstable it can’t support the heavy equipment necessary to perform the job.“This was our first home,” said Singh, who noticed a problem in April when he could see light between the wall and floor of his bedroom. A geotechnical company offered no solutions.“We didn’t know it would be that major, but in one week we were gone,” he said.So far insurance companies have left the owners of the homes — valued between $200,000 and $250,000, or twice the median price in the county — dangling too. Subsidence is not covered, homeowners said. So until someone figures out whether something else is going on, they’ll be in limbo.“It’s a tragedy, really,” contractor Dean Pick said as he took photos for an insurance company. “I’ve never seen anything like it. At least that didn’t have the Pacific Ocean eating away at it.”Priory Hall in ruins as residents left ‘in limbo’Priory Hall: “They’ve already tried to put us on the streets once, they can’t try it again”last_img

Explainer What does the Catholic Churchs teaching on homosexuality actually say

first_imgNo union that is temporary or closed to the transmission of life can ensure the future of society.What has the Pope himself been saying? Pope Francis signalled a more tolerant approach from the Church with his 2013 statement:If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? Martin, who is the leader of the Church in Ireland, said the week’s events would also allow for the exploration of the kinds of challenges and realities of modern family life in Ireland.“Only two weeks ago I met with a mother whose daughter has just come out and said she’s a lesbian,” the Archbishop said.That particular mother… Her question for me is like she says ‘I love my faith and I love my daughter’. And I suppose as a mother church we too love our faith, we love the teaching of our church and all it stands for but we also love our people.Martin also stressed that the Amoris Laetitia would be the guiding document of the week’s events. Source: in the wake of 2015′s same-sex marriage referendum, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the Church needed a “reality check”.He told RTÉ News:“I think really that the church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it’s doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, ‘Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?’It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.What are LGBTQI campaigners saying? Former President Mary McAleese has been among the high-profile Church members to criticise its official stance.Speaking in 2014, in advance of the marriage equality referendum, she said that homosexuality was “not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered” these days and that things written by figures like former Pope Benedict were contradictory to the understanding of most Catholics today.She said that the issue of homosexuality was “not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants” for the Catholic Church and that she did not like the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ attitude the Church has towards gay people. Former Irish President Mary McAleese. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWriting in support of the We Are Church Ireland petition calling for a change in the Church’s official language, former TV3 political editor Ursula Halligan argued:“Why does the hierarchical Catholic Church continue to use such horrible language in its catechism and official documents about LGBTQI people?If a business or company were to use such language, they would be publicly reprimanded and penalised by the state. The hierarchical church needs to wash its mouth out before speaking about LGBTQI people. Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 35,195 Views Jun 17th 2018, 10:31 AM We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not simply be equated with marriage. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By Daragh Brophy MANY OF THE questions for the two Archbishops launching the Pope’s official itinerary in Ireland this week focused on the Catholic Church’s stance on the LGBTQI community and whether people in same-sex relationships would be welcome at high-profile Church-run events later this summer.Pope Francis will spend two full days in Ireland on 25 and 26 August this year to coincide with the Church’s week-long World Meeting of the Families. Half a million tickets are being made available for his mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.The question of whether LGBTQI couples who are members of the Church would be welcome at the event first came under focus earlier this year after it emerged pictures featuring same-sex partners were removed from a reissued booklet about August’s event sent to parishes.A US-based bishop’s welcome to same-sex couples was also edited out of a video promoting the World Meeting of the Families – a move described by Association of Catholic Priests here as being “very damaging” to the event.Earlier this month the group We Are Church Ireland launched a petition calling on Pope Francis to change theological language which they described as “gravely insulting” to LGBTQI people.So what does Church teaching on homosexuality actually say? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that Sacred Scripture has presented homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and that tradition has always declared that ”homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”.It continues: 160 Comments Source: Vatican.vaAnd how about same-sex marriage? The Amoris Laetitia says regarding “proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage” that there are “absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”.It is unacceptable that local Churches be subjected to pressure on this issue, the document adds.Elsewhere, it is stated:There is a failure to realize that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.The Catechism, which is regarded to contain the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith, continues:“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.“They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.The Amoris Laetitia, a 2016 exhortation by Pope Francis which Irish Archbishops have said will be the guiding document of the World Meeting of the Families, makes several statements in this area too.Regarding family members who experience same-sex attraction it states that the situation is “not easy either for parents or for children”.“We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided, particularly any form of aggression and violence.”It continues:Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives. Share269 Tweet Email Related Read Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 10:30 AM 11.06.18 ‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’ Explainer: What does the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality actually say? Archbishops launching the Papal visit were met with questions about LGBT members – but what’s the official position? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: ABC News/YouTubeMore recently a survivor of sexual abuse in Chile who was a guest at the Vatican in April said he had discussed his sexuality with Pope Francis. The man, who is gay, said the Pope had told him:It doesn’t matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this.Contrarily, media outlets in Italy reported that Pope Francis recently spoke to the Italian Bishops’ Conference about gay men studying for the priesthood, and, according to one bishop, said:“If in doubt, better not let them enter.” (Meaning that if they are gay they should not be allowed join the seminary).As CNN noted, this would put the Pope more in line with his predecessor Benedict who said that men with ”deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be allowed study for the priesthood.What have bishops here said? Asked at this week’s Maynooth briefing on the Papal visit whether same-sex couples were welcome to volunteer at the World Meeting of the Families, Archbishop Eamon Martin said:I’ve absolutely no idea that anyone would be asked about their sexual orientation in becoming a volunteer. But I imagine that all of those who attend the World Meeting of the Families as visitors as participants … the difference here is we don’t necessarily reveal our particular sexuality when we’re coming along to any event and I imagine it’s the same for the World Meeting of the Families.Asked again if they were welcome, he said:“Of course. At the world meeting of the families this is a gathering of people to whom everyone is welcome. I know the families who are going there would be the last to say that they are perfect in any way“Even in terms of living up to the teaching of the Church, we all struggle in that. As a bishop I struggle in that. I’m welcome, I hope, at the World Meeting of the Families, but so is everyone where they are at in their particular journey of faith.It’s also a Catholic event, the World Meeting of the Families is an event of the Catholic Church. So I don’t think we make any apologies for the fact that the Catholic Church has a very clear teaching on marriage and the family.last_img

Social commentator Alexandra Tselios talks success with Neos Kosmos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At 35 years of age, social commentator Alexandra Tselios runs opinion site The Big Smoke, and is interviewed most days of the week across Australia. We work fervently to tailor our power in a way that connects people with the energy, vibrancy, and thrills of culture.As CEO and one of the founders of the popular culture institution, she has also managed to make her platform one of the most successful op-ed go-to destination for readers, alongside working with not-for-profit think tank and online newspaper Plus61J which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.Did she ever imagine the success that would follow? “Yes,” she replies, explaining that she had a clear vision from the early stages of the inception of the idea and whatever she enveavours she tries to be focused on the goal and the simple, direct steps that will lead to it. Together with editor Greg Gerding she runs a sister site in the US, The Big Smoke America. The Big Smoke (TBS) also runs Next Gen programme, publishing Australian students aged 8-18 mentored by TBS writers. “We see The Big Smoke company as a capital city for the 21st century,” Tselios asserts, and this statement is actually her business motto in creating a unique urban vehicle connecting writers, readers, and brands across Australia and overseas.“We’re all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they’ll love.”With an aim to provide a single platform that acts as a stage for the voicing of varied, topical and interesting opinions, Tselios and her team draw from a pool of writers that consist of generally not journalists, although some write for a living. Editorial-wise, they have chosen to sometimes publish content they may not agree with.“We draw on some of the finest minds in the country – young and old, emerging and famous. Our contributors come from all walks of life – comedians, barristers, students, politicians, business owners, academics – the list is almost endless. We don’t censor, we provide a platform for debate. We cater towards discerning readers who want to access ideas differently,” she explains.When did your journey into writing and journalism begin? Well, when I was younger I worked an office job and started a little music magazine just for fun. I started reaching out to musicians I loved (mostly from the US and UK) and they actually replied to me and let me interview them! So I started to produce this free little magazine and got it distributed across music stores in Sydney and then eventually through friends in San Diego, London and a music store in Berlin. Then I started getting people writing in, so people were actually reading it. It was a great experience, and was less around the content and more that I realised – if you just ask you will be surprised at how people want to create with you. That has been how I have built everything. In fact, the music magazine is how I met Greg Gerding from San Diego who is now the editor-in-chief for TBS USA.As a founder and as CEO of The Big Smoke, you oversee the leading opinion site in both Australia and the US. How do you manage? I just make it work. Thinking about how much there is to do, what the market conditions are like, the obstacles I will inevitably face, would be overwhelming so I don’t [go] there. I am fairly disciplined with how I view my days and how I value my time. So I just deal with things a bit at a time. And every day I deal with something amazing and something I have to fix – I just make it work. The Big Smoke is dedicated to promoting the arts, creatives, and entertainment because we know that if these things flourish, everyone else will too.What is it like being a social commentator? It is weird, because you don’t think anyone would care but actually they do. There is a weird climate now where seemingly anyone can be a commentator, so we have people discussing issues they have no experience in or no true understanding of the complexities [of the issues]. I feel fortunate because when I discuss issues it is often based on the writers we publish, and I get to use their articles as reference points which facilitates my unique perspective. Also, I am inquisitive by nature, I want to figure things out and get my head around it – so discussing it, debating it and unpacking it helps.When did you develop an interest in politics? I have always loved politics, when I was a kid I was quite aware of the power of our political structure, and in particular [I was] interested in the complexities around how it both helps our society but also hinders our growth in other ways. Politics is a fascinating game, and I love watching how people respond to it – the public and also the individuals who find themselves gaining some level of power.You have said “the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to stop asking ‘How do I monetise my site?’ and to instead ask ‘How can the ecosystem I have created become of value to brands?’- can you expand on this? That is very wise, where did I say that? I think the media is scrambling to make things work and it’s a tough climate, but that’s where the opportunities are. We have created something that is far more nuanced than just publishing articles and hoping people press ‘like’; and because of that I feel differently about the clients we work with – I want to see our platform help them reach their commercial goals and we have done that successfully and continue to adapt with the shifting trends and changes in how technology connects audiences with ideas, products or people. I think about this daily, it’s what I think about when I go to sleep – how can we do better, how can we impact more, what will happen in market next. Is it true that you hired an 81-year-old to head your marketing team? Would you say this is part of your method of treating your company as a modern 21st century society? I don’t care about age! The Big Smoke is actually a company full of young people, however, just like a healthy society it has its representation of all ages. I don’t judge based on someone’s age, or sex, or nationality but based on their capabilities. Roger Pugh is the head of native advertising for The Big Smoke Media Group, and has had a long established career in advertising across Australia, USA and the UK. He is best known for bringing to market the Toyota Oh! What a Feeling campaign and works with not only the Big Smoke’s millennial copywriters, but with B2B and B2C brands to ensure that advertising still gets cut through despite the changing technologies around us. I met him while working on a political project where we did a site on the US elections. Roger also does satire and the more I learnt about him the more I thought he had the most amazing brain for understanding how brands need cut-through approach. So, he heads up all these 20-something writers for multi-channel digital reach. It’s quite a phenomenal vehicle actually; how it all works together.Where do you attribute your success? My parents are both amazing and I grew up very close to my grandparents on my dad’s side; they are marvellous people and just made me believe I could do anything. I attribute a childhood growing up with people who had massive dreams, then sort of got to a point and went ‘oh well, it’s easier to just get a day job and not think about those dreams anymore’. Watching this drives me, and I am fascinated by the idea of comfort over a life you [have] created. But to be fair, I am just very internally motivated. It’s not something I have had to force. I see things through, and I perhaps take on more than I can chew at times but somehow make it work. I want to know that I made a difference to the lives of the people in my company, the brands we work with and the readers we impact. It’s never a one-off goal, it’s evolving and never ends. It’s exhausting, but it’s entirely fulfilling. I am very fortunate to be building with some of the most remarkable humans.last_img

Huawei employees reportedly worked on Chinese military research projects

first_imgHuawei is a lot more than just the phones that bear its name. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei workers have reportedly collaborated with China’s military on at least 10 research projects without the company’s knowledge. Employees of the embattled Chinese telecommunications equipment maker worked with parts of the People’s Liberation Army on projects linked to areas such as artificial intelligence and radio communications over the past decade, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.One such project with the Central Military Commission’s investigative branch focused on classifying emotions in online video comments, while another with the National University of Defense Technology looked at gathering analyzing satellite images and coordinates, the report said.Huawei asserted in an emailed statement that it doesn’t have any R&D partnerships with PLA-affiliated institutions and isn’t aware of employees publishing research papers “in their individual capacity.” Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Mobile Internet Security What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP “Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customize R&D products for the military,” it noted.This comes a month after Huawei was blacklisted through its addition to the United States’ “entity list” of groups deemed to be acting contrary to national security interests. President Donald Trump also signed an executive order that essentially banned the company based on national security concerns that Huawei maintained close ties with the Chinese government.In February, Huawei founder and president Ren Zhengfei dismissed allegations that his company’s products were being used to spy for China through built-in backdoors allowing intelligence agents to access data, the main reason for the long-running US ban on Huawei networking equipment.First published at 3:22 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:55 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 4:59 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best Buy 5 See at Turo Now playing: Watch this: JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read Google Home Hub review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Amazon Share your voice 18 Photos $999center_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See it Share your voice See It $6 at Tidal What is going on between Huawei and the US? Boost Mobile $999 $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $155 at Google Express Comments Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.last_img

Full Show Harvey Bill Heads To The Governor And Homebuying Is Overrated

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A sweeping flood projects bill heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Legislature passed the measure establishing new funds for grants and loans to local governments, now almost two years out from Hurricane Harvey. We learn more about the contents of the bill.Also this hour: We talk with Houston Millennials about why many of them are are not interested in buying a house.Then, David Mitchell of the organization Patients for Affordable Drugs discusses how his own battle with cancer has informed his quest for lower prescription prices.And comedian Matt Braunger tells us about some of the craziest advice he’s given in his not-so-serious advice podcast (it involved a possum), and about the importance of failure.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /00:00 Xcenter_img Listen last_img

Plasmonic device converts light into electricity

first_imgSurface plasmons on the top electrode in the MIM device can increase the current from the top electrode so that it is greater than the current from the bottom electrode, generating a positive net current. Image credit: Wang and Melosh. ©2011 American Chemical Society Electron transmission in MIM devices (a) with and (b) without surface plasmon excitations. (c) The measured photocurrent in a device with surface plasmons (black line) is higher than in a device without them (red line). Image credit: Wang and Melosh. ©2011 American Chemical Society Citation: Plasmonic device converts light into electricity (2011, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Nanopillars significantly boost the power conversion efficiency of thin-film solar cells ( — While the most common device for converting light into electricity may be photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, a variety of other devices can perform the same light-to-electricity conversion, such as solar-thermal collectors and rectennas. In a new study, engineers have designed a new device that can convert light of infrared (IR) and visible wavelengths into direct current by using surface plasmon excitations in a simple metal-insulator-metal (MIM) device. Explore further “SPs are excited by incident light when the photon and SP wave vectors match with each other,” Wang said. “For actual applications, it’s more realistic to use nano-grating patterns on one electrode to excite SPs. By simply controlling the pitches of these gratings, SPs can be excited at any specific wavelength. As a result, energy conversion efficiency could be enhanced in the optical band from infrared to visible.”The engineers calculated that these SP-enhanced MIM devices made with silver electrodes can achieve a power conversion efficiency as high as 4.3% for light with a 640-nm wavelength. Devices with gold electrodes have a maximum efficiency of 3.5% for light with a 780-nm wavelength. Both devices also have good theoretical efficiency across the entire solar spectrum – up to 2.7% for the silver-electrode device. The engineers also calculated that SPs can make silver devices almost 40 times more efficient than without the SPs for infrared light.In addition, the researchers fabricated a gold-alumina-gold device, with the top gold layer being slightly thicker than the bottom gold layer. Their experiments confirmed that light hitting the top layer excites SPs on the surface, which cause more hot electrons to be transmitted from the top to the bottom electrode. Although the resulting photocurrent that the researchers measured was smaller than the theoretical calculated value, they hope to increase the photocurrent in the future by using more effective coupling methods for SPs, optimizing metal thicknesses, and other strategies. Ultimately, the device could prove useful due to the wavelengths at which it operates.“It can work in the IR better [than other devices that convert light into DC], which can be used for energy scavenging,” Melosh said. The devices other advantages include easy fabrication and the possibility for being realized on flexible substrates.From now on, you can follow Physorg on Google+ too!center_img Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This ability to maximize current from one electrode while minimizing it from the other is one of the biggest challenges for MIM devices. To do this, researchers can change the thicknesses of the electrodes. However, there is a tradeoff, since in a thicker electrode, more photons are absorbed but fewer electrons reach the interface due to increased scattering. Wang and Melosh’s solution is to use a prism to excite surface plamons (SPs) on the metal surface of the electrodes when under illumination. The SPs, which are small electron oscillations, can create a higher concentration of hot electrons in one electrode by efficiently coupling to light. The SP coupling efficiency depends on several factors, such as the thickness of the electrode, the type of metal used, and the wavelength of incoming light. More information: Fuming Wang and Nicholas A. Melosh. “Plasmonic Energy Collection through Hot Carrier Extraction.” Nano Letters, DOI: 10.1021/nl203196z The researchers, Fuming Wang and Nicholas A. Melosh of Stanford University, have published their study on the new device in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“The greatest significance thus far is to show an alternative method to rectennas and PV devices for IR and visible light conversion,” Melosh told “The conversion efficiencies aren’t amazingly high compared to a PV in visible, so it’s not going to replace PVs, but it could be used for energy scavenging later on.”The new device’s MIM architecture is similar to that of a rectenna. However, whereas rectennas operate with long-wavelength light such as microwaves and radio waves, the new device operates with a broad spectrum of infrared to visible wavelengths. When the MIM device is illuminated, incoming photons are absorbed by the top and bottom metal electrodes. Upon absorption, each photon excites an electron in the metal into a higher energy state so that it becomes a “hot electron.” About half of the hot electrons travel toward the metal-insulator interface, where they may be collected by the other electrode. However, photon absorption in the upper and lower electrodes generates currents with opposite signs, so a net DC current is achieved only if the absorption is larger at one electrode than the other. 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.last_img

Windows 10 control app volume individually

first_imgWindows 10: control app volume individually by Martin Brinkmann on April 10, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 14 commentsIf you are running a stable version of Windows 10 currently, you may have noticed that you cannot control the volume of apps running on the system individually.While you can use the volume mixer to manage the volume of desktop programs, there is no such option to do the same for apps you installed from the operating system’s store.You are left with using the global volume control instead to change the volume, but that affects all programs and apps running on the system, and not only the one app that you want to change the volume for.Additionally, changing the global volume is somewhat inconvenient as you may need to adjust it again after you are done using the application.Windows 10: control app volumeMicrosoft plans to ship a big update for Windows 10 this summer which it calls the Anniversary Update. It is a free update for all devices running Windows 10, and will ship with lots of changes and new features.One of those features is the ability to control the volume of apps individually on Windows 10.The feature landed in the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10, and is currently being tested by participants of the Insider program.To use it, simply right-click on the volume icon in the Windows system tray area and select Volume Mixer from the options.All programs and apps, and the global volume indicator, are displayed by Windows afterwards. As has been the case for programs for a very long time, you can now use it to change the volume of applications individually, and to mute them as well if you want that.Windows 10 remembers the setting so that you don’t need to repeat the steps every time you use the application.One issue that you may encounter currently is that it is sometimes difficult to identify the right application as application names are not always displayed by the Volume Mixer.Microsoft WWA Host for instance that you see on the screenshot above is the Netflix application volume control.While it may be easy enough to identify apps if you run only one at a time that uses sound, or a couple, it may sometimes make identification difficult.Obviously, you can use trial and error to find the right volume slide but that is all but comfortable.Good news is, you will soon be able to control the volume of Windows Store applications individually on Windows 10.It is unclear however if Microsoft will improve the naming of applications in the Volume Mixer before the Anniversary Update is released.It is quite puzzling that basic features such as controlling the volume individually are not already available in current versions of Windows 10.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: control app volume individuallyDescriptionThe Windows 10 Anniversary Update will introduce a feature to the operating system to change the volume of apps individually.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img

Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive VNA

first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The evolution from standalone PACS to extensive Enterprise Imagining Solutions created the need to archive information on a single platform, interoperable with various PACS silos. Explore features and benefits provided by today’s VNAs. Discover key considerations when selecting a VNA solution, ensuring your choice accommodates past, present, and future facility needs.You can download the White Paper here. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 04, 2019 Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img

4 ways San José excels in urbanism – no thats not a

first_imgRelated posts:Expat advice: What to do on Thanksgiving Costa Rican health officials worry that children traveling to US will bring back measles 4,500 runners prepare for Tamarindo Beach Marathon First Ebola patient diagnosed in US dies from virus A car runs a stop sign, almost taking a mother and her small child along for a ride on the hood. People walk alongside a highway because it’s where the bus dropped them off. Pedestrians stare at the ground in order to avoid a sudden fall into a meter-deep ditch.These are some of the images that come to mind when I ponder Costa Rican urbanism, or lack thereof. Others have vented their frustrations to me throughout my brief three months of living in Ciudad Colón, west of San José; there is a tendency to simply shake your head and wonder, “What can you do?” As for the capital itself, any prospective visitor who reads a travel guide will have dismal expectations at best. Guidebooks all but guarantee petty crime, if not worse, should one dare to cross the city. The Coca Cola bus station is described as a crime haven for anyone who masochistically wishes to part with a passport or wallet. This, added to my initial perceptions of vehicular hostility toward pedestrians, made my first trip to “Chepe” feel obligatory more than anything else.However, the Costa Rican capital is far from an urbanism black hole. I was positively surprised by San José. Sure, much of the architecture leaves something to be desired, but the city excels in modern urbanism in ways I had never seen in many U.S. cities. Here are four examples:1. Pedestrian boulevardsCreating space solely for pedestrians is a defeating, uphill battle in many parts of the United States. In my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, closing one block of one street from traffic was considered a monumental win, and cars are still able to pull onto the street for valet parking. So, needless to say, I was floored when I came upon the Avenida Central boulevard, which, like the parallel east-west boulevard in the southern half of the city, features block after block of storefront businesses accessible only to pedestrians in the heart of San José. San José’s La Sabana Park. Mónica Quesada/The Tico Times2. La SabanaAfter just two visits to San José, my preconceived notions fundamentally broken down, I began to notice another recurring theme: parks. Simply put, San José nails public spaces when it feels up to the task. On just one Saturday morning, I came across a marching band practicing in a large park space, hula hoops spinning furiously, shoppers at an organic fair, markets brimming with life, and yoga practitioners finding their inner Zen underneath an impressively designed gazebo with musicians playing along on a set of bongos and a xylophone. Again, these are all rare feats in many U.S. cities where suburban sprawl drains downtown areas of morning activity on the weekends, and keeps area residents segregated into their respective communities where driving is a requirement to do just about anything.Most impressive of all is La Sabana. With obvious exceptions, such as New York City’s Central Park and Chicago’s lakefront, for example, I wonder if there are other similarly sized, high-quality urban park spaces in U.S. cities. The running, the ponds, the skating rink and race track with the National Stadium towering in the background easily makes La Sabana an urban gem. If the city can fulfill the long-held dream of a bike path to connect La Sabana to the University of Costa Rica, east of the capital, San José will stand out in a way that some supposedly more “developed” cities cannot currently fathom. La Cuesta de Moras, in front of the Legislative Assembly. Alberto Font/The Tico Times3. Absence of parking cratersA brief look back at a half-century of U.S. urban renewal: Once the Highway Act was approved by Congress in the 1950s, high-speed thoroughfares quickly began gutting urban areas and becoming the foundation of younger, western cities. Highways separated well-established neighborhoods, and downtowns were hollowed out to make space for cars in the form of lifeless surface lots or parking garages. While cities are trying desperately to remedy these errors, the legacy of U.S. parking craters continues to hurt local economies and social life.To the contrary, parking craters seem nonexistent in San José. Its private parking lots are tiny in comparison to U.S. parking craters that can stretch for blocks in any direction. Fortunately, Costa Rica has never come close to matching the United States in cars per capita, so the demand for demolishing buildings for parking lots has been relatively limited thus far. Residents of many U.S. cities are regretting ceding so much space to cars. San José is all the more attractive as an urban destination because it has maintained its structural integrity. Enamórate de tu ciudad brings urban residents into public spaces on weekends. Alberto Font/The Tico Times4. Variety of public eventsAny Tico Times reader knows that there are no shortage of public events in San José. The attributes above make these public events possible. That is, infrastructure dedicated to pedestrians instead of cars brings people to urban areas, and the powers that be have given them something to do while they are here. From the aforementioned yoga and markets to live music and theater, San José has a little bit of everything for everyone. Again, many U.S. cities would kill for the kind of activity and vibrancy on a Saturday morning that you can find in Chepe.Of course, the four achievements I’ve listed do not change the fact that San José is in dire need of a cultural shift when it comes to people and cars, but this city is hardly alone in that regard. Broadly speaking, and this goes for the world at large, drivers and governments that fund transportation need to accept that humans are more valuable than cars. That might sound obvious, but countries and cities that truly embrace this as a priority show a measured shift in drivers’ mentality as soon as they get behind the wheel. In Switzerland, for instance, pedestrian culture runs so deep that cars will stop on a dime for a pedestrian crossing the street. They will then wait patiently, seemingly well aware that time is not more valuable than life. No pedestrian in her right mind would expect the same treatment here.More specifically, there are steps San José (and any Costa Rican town, for that matter) can take to set such a shift in motion. Proven examples from other countries include adding more speed bumps to slow down cars, increasing penalties and enforcement for driver negligence, lowering speed limits, and improving infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians that will get people out of cars and off their motorbikes.This is doable. It may sometimes feel that San José or other parts of Costa Rica are far behind in terms of modern urbanism, but the gap is not as broad as it might seem. To the contrary, San José clearly has a great deal to offer an urban soul, and plenty of reason to hope.Joe Baur is an author, writer and filmmaker who has worked for a variety of publications, including Matador Network, Yahoo! Travel, National Geographic and BBC Travel. He lives in Ciudad Colón. 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Heavy rains cause flooding in Costa Ricas southern Pacific region

first_imgHeavy rains in recent days have caused flooding in Costa Rica in some 20 communities in the country’s southern Pacific region, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported Wednesday.Communities in the cantons of Corredores, Golfito, Osa and Buenos Aires have been severely hit by floods, prompting the intervention of Municipal Emergency Committees.Floods broke the main aqueduct in Buenos Aires, cutting off the drinking water supply to most of the population. Staff from the Water and Sewer Institute is distributing water in tankers while the aqueduct is repaired.A total of 11 communities have been affected by flooding in Corredores. Heavy showers hit Los Castaños, Coto 44, Pangas, Central Campesina, Estrella del Sur, La Chanchera, La Campiña, El Barrido, Vereh, Cuatro Bocas and Altos de San Antonio, which is currently stranded due to severe damage to all major roads.Five communities are facing flooding in Golfito: Coto 63, La Esperanza, Río Lagarto, Palo Seco and Puerto Jiménez.CNE officials also reported some problems in Osa, mostly due to the Térraba River overflowing its banks.CNE officials are coordinating emergency measures, including distribution of food and other basic supplies. They are also scouting locations for potential temporary shelters and conducting daily inspections of rivers in the region.The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) forecasts continued rains in the southern Pacific region in coming days.IMN experts say heavy rains are unusual for November, and that by now the country should be transitioning to the dry season.Despite the extended rainy season, IMN reported that only the Caribbean region will end the year with a surplus of rainfall. All other regions of the country are expected to record a deficit. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Heavy rains flood several communities in three provinces More heavy rains over Costa Rica expected starting Thursday night High tides expected along Pacific coast this weeklast_img

Babies in trafficking case returned to mothers

first_img Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican authorities have returned to their biological mothers all but one of the babies ensnared in an apparent illegal adoption ring providing children to Irish couples, the women’s lawyers said Monday.Attorney Yuri Marquez said Jalisco state authorities returned 10 of the 11 babies to their families last week. The children had been in the custody of the state’s protective services since January, when prosecutors opened an investigation after detaining a 21-year-old woman who was accused of “renting” one of her children. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories People working for the lawyers would take the children to a hotel in Guadalajara where they met with Irish couples who believed they were going to adopt the babies. The couples then took the children to the town of Ajijic, a lakeside resort popular with American and Canadian retirees, where they were staying while the adoptions were finished.A lead investigator told reporters in January the illegal adoption ring may have been operating for years. In this case, the Irish couples apparently paid the lawyers to search for a baby, to get the custody and to pay for the biological mother’s prenatal care. It’s not clear whether previous adoptions by Irish people with the same firm followed the pattern.Cruz Guadalupe Gutierrez Moreno, 20, says she agreed to have her baby girl, who was born with weak lungs, take part in the alleged anti-abortion campaign so she could pay for the girl’s medical attention.“I was filled with joy when they told us our nightmare was over,” Gutierrez said in a telephone interview about regaining custody. “She knows me and seems happy. The only problem now is that I don’t have money for her medicine.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Prosecutors are still running DNA tests on the remaining baby to confirm who her mother is, Marquez said.The state restored custody to the parents after determining the mothers were tricked into believing their babies were being photographed for an anti-abortion ad campaign, while in reality the children were really being shown to Irish couples looking to adopt.“The judge was able to see that far from being members of organized crime they are victims, they were tricked,” Marquez said.Federal prosecutors took over the case, but would not comment Monday on the status of the charges. Marquez said seven people are still in federal custody, among them two women who the mothers said scoured a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of the western city of Guadalajara looking for babies.The 21-year-old woman first detained in the case and the grandmother of another baby, who was accused of knowingly taking part in the scheme, were released from prison six weeks ago for lack of evidence, Marquez said.Police are also looking for at least two lawyers with the Guadalajara law firm of Lopez Lopez y Asociados who were allegedly processing the adoptions in neighboring Colima state.The mothers said they signed contracts with a law firm to allow their children to be photographed in different places in Jalisco state for advertising purposes. They told investigators that the babies were taken for up to 15 days at a time and that they received 500 pesos ($36) a day as payment. Patients with chronic pain give advice Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img

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first_imgIMAGE: Aqua BluBoutique luxury cruise line, Aqua Expeditions, has announced two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera. Aqua Blu is the cruise line’s first coastal ship, and the first-ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures; and Aqua Nera is a new-build river cruise boat that will sail to the Peruvian Amazon.Aqua BluFeaturing technologically-advanced stabilizers for ultimate guest comfort while navigating or at res, the high-performance vessel is also RINA- and SOLAS-certified. With 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in 3 cabin categories, Aqua Blu will welcome guests with on-board certified dive guides and a range of best-in-class cruise amenities including a sun deck, indoor lounge and bar, outdoor jacuzzi, spa and top-of-the-line non-motorised watersports equipment such as diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Aqua Blu is also equipped with two high-powered tenders for sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and water are planned to run concurrently on the Aqua Blu. Water-based excursions will cater to both certified divers as well as leisure snorkellers.Partnering with internationally-renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, the completely refurbished Aqua Blu is endowed with a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle. To begin service on 16 November 2019, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on 7-night coastal cruise itineraries:Raja Ampat (Round-trip; December through to February; 10 departures/year)Bali-Komodo National Park (Bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures/year)Ambon & Spice Islands (Round-trip; October to November; 7 departures/year)Aqua Blu will also offer highly-limited 12-night journeys – Limited Cross-Destination Voyages – with a maximum of four departures a year, each sailing a different route. Rates for 7- and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from USD7$,525 to USD$16,475 per person in double occupancy.Aqua Nera LoungeAqua NeraAqua Nera’s 20 spacious, river-facing suites will convey a welcoming and stylish sense of Amazonian tranquillity. The design philosophy manifests across the vessel’s social spaces including the restaurant, lounge and spa. Aqua Nera will also feature a river-facing plunge pool and gym.On Aqua Nera, Aqua Expeditions’ partnership with award-winning Peruvian culinarian Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will continue. Known for using Amazonian ingredients in his Modern Peruvian cuisine, Chef Schiaffino’s menu will reaffirm the cruise line’s steadfast commitment to sustainability and supporting local producers.Featuring a high-concept interior by renowned architect Noor Design, the vessel will sail to the Peruvian Amazon, where it will begin operations on 1 August 2020. Aqua Nera will offer 3-, 4- and 7-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from USD$4,125 to USD$10,325 per person in double occupancy. Aqua BluAqua ExpeditionsAqua Neraboutique cruisecruiseluxurylast_img

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