Hearing on Brexit opens at EUs highest court

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Union’s highest court is hearing arguments on whether Britain could unilaterally revoke its decision to leave the EU ahead of its planned exit date of March 29.The European Court of Justice on Tuesday opened the session, which will assess the issue under an accelerated procedure due to the urgency of Brexit.Since Article 50 of the EU treaty of Lisbon dealing with the issue is scant on details — because it was expected that no member state would want to leave — a group of Scottish legislators want to know to what extend the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own, amid increasing pressure from Brexit opponents for a second referendum on the decision to leave.The court decision could take several months.The Associated Presslast_img

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Tourism can play vital role in economic recovery green economy – UN

It also urged governments to remove “burdensome taxes” targeting tourism and simplify border control regulations and visa policies.Underscoring the sector’s enormous importance for job creation, trade, infrastructure and development, the 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, stressed the essential role travel and tourism can play in post-crisis recovery from the global economic crisis. Wrapping up the four-day session, it called for special support for developing States in capacity building, technology transfer and financing.Calling for a moratorium on taxes on the sector at a time of economic uncertainty, it cited in particular the United Kingdom’s Airport Passenger Duty. “These taxes place a serious burden on poor countries, undermine universal efforts to promote fair tourism trade and distort markets,” it said, urging countries to reconsider them.Border control regulations and visa policies should also be reviewed and simplified wherever possible to boost travel and increase its economic impacts.The Assembly adopted the Astana Declaration underscoring the relevance of the Silk Road Initiative, which highlights the exceptional value and diversity of the tourism potential of the countries traversed by the ancient Silk Roads from China to Europe, many of them former Soviet states in Central Asia. As expected, UNWTO Secretary-General ad interim Taleb Rifai was elected Secretary-General for 2010-2013.The Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu became a new full member and UNWTO now has 161 Member States and regions and a record 409 private and public affiliate members. Global tourism is starting to show stronger prospects for recovery from the economic crisis in 2010, with preliminary figures indicating that the slide in tourist numbers may be lessening. International arrivals declined by 4 per cent in July, compared to decreases of 10 per cent in May and 7 per cent in June. In absolute terms, international tourist arrivals worldwide reached 500 million in the first seven months, down from 540 million in the same period of 2008. Arrivals in 2009 are currently between the levels of 2007 and 2006. The first seven months of the year generally account for roughly 57 per cent of the total annual number. 9 October 2009A United Nations assembly on tourism, bringing together some 360 delegates from 112 countries, has unanimously called on the world’s leaders to place travel and tourism at the core of stimulus packages and the long-term transformation to a ‘green’ economy. read more

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UN agency begins feeding hundreds of thousands of hungry Afghans in Herat

“The beneficiaries have been identified by WFP as the most needy people,” agency spokesperson Wagdi Othman told reporters in Islamabad. The citywide food distribution, involving more than 2,600 metric tonnes of wheat, will take place over a period of 10 days to avoid overcrowding at distribution sites.Near Herat, the spokesperson said disturbances had recently caused “severe” problems at Maslakh camp, where WFP distributes 90 metric tonnes of food a day. “Armed groups have repeatedly entered the camp and discouraged international aid groups from doing their humanitarian work,” Othman said.The spokesperson called the Maslakh effort “our single largest food distribution point in the entire country of Afghanistan.” WFP, which feeds some 324,000 people there each month, has been operating in the area for two years.Meanwhile, international staff returned to Jalalabad yesterday with the first UN flight to the city since 11 September. In another positive development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that the measles vaccination campaign now under way in the country had already reached more than 142,000 children in Kabul. “This tally is three times the total that was reported between January and October of last year for all the provinces in the Central Region,” noted agency spokesperson Chulho Hyun.The spokesperson also called attention to reports of “a very active response by mothers and caregivers, flocking to vaccination posts in and around the capital.” The UN estimates that measles kills some 35,000 Afghan children each year. The $8 million campaign, which is being organized by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to vaccinate up to 9 million Afghan children. read more

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UN agency issues urgent call to action as Afghan opium cultivation hits

The 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, released in Kabul by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC, says the area under cultivation rose to 209,000 hectares (ha) from last year’s total of 154,000 ha – higher than the peak of 193,000 ha reached in 2007. Almost 90 per cent of opium poppy cultivation this year remained confined to nine of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, including those most affected by the insurgency. Helmand, the principal poppy-producer since 2004 and responsible for nearly half of all cultivation, expanded the area under cultivation by 34 per cent, followed by Kandahar, which saw a 16 per cent rise. In addition, two provinces – Balkh and Faryab – lost their ‘poppy-free’ status, leaving 15 provinces poppy-free this year compared with 17 last year.Calling the findings “sobering,” UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov stressed that this situation poses a threat to health, stability and development in Afghanistan and beyond. “What is needed is an integrated, comprehensive response to the drug problem. Counter-narcotics efforts must be an integral part of the security, development and institution-building agenda.”Farmers may have driven up cultivation by trying to shore up their assets as insurance against an uncertain future resulting from the withdrawal of international troops next year, according to UNODC.“As we approach 2014 and the withdrawal of international forces from the country, the results of the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2013 should be taken for what they are – a warning, and an urgent call to action,” said Mr. Fedotov. The farm-gate value of opium production increased by almost a third to around $950 million, or 4 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP), in 2013, UNODC noted.The agency added that, together with profits made by drug traffickers, the total value of the opium economy within Afghanistan was significantly higher, implying that the illicit economy will continue to grow whereas a slowdown of the legal economy is predicted in 2014.“If the drug problem is not taken more seriously by aid, development and security actors, the virus of opium will further reduce the resistance of its host, already suffering from dangerously low immune levels due to fragmentation, conflict, patronage, corruption, and impunity,” said Mr. Fedotov. read more

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Alarming levels of methamphetamine trafficking in Asias Mekong UN warns

“Significant changes have been underway in the regional drug market for a number of years now,” Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the conference, which opened in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw. “Responding to the situation requires acknowledging some difficult realities, and agreeing to new approaches at a strategic regional level,” he added.The conference brings together senior drug policy leaders from Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam to consider the latest data, and discuss drug law enforcement, justice, health and alternative development strategies and programmes.It also reviews the implementation of the last Mekong strategy that the countries agreed under the so-called Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control and negotiates a new strategic plan.The Mekong has long been associated with the production and trafficking of illicit drugs, particularly heroin, but has undergone “significant transformation” in recent years, according to UNODC. Opium and heroin production have recently declined, while criminal gangs have intensified production and trafficking of both low grade yaba methamphetamine – commonly known as meth – and high purity crystal methamphetamine, to “alarming levels”.Several Mekong countries have already passed the total number of seizures for all of last year, just a few months into 2018, and methamphetamine from the Golden Triangle – the border areas of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar – is being seized in high volumes across Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, UNODC said. For affected countries, the shift to synthetics like methamphetamine is particularly difficult to address; partly because the remote and clandestine makeshift laboratories where it’s manufactured, can easily be moved.“Methamphetamine and heroin are currently estimated to be worth US $40 billion in the regional drug market,” said UNODC Advisor Tao Zhiqiang. “Effective coordination between countries is essential and the Mekong MOU remains the best vehicle available for this coordination.” He stressed that law enforcement operations are part of the solution, but addressing growing regional demand is also important.The Mekong MOU has provided a platform in recent years for the countries to agree to standard operating procedures for multi-country law enforcement operations, as well as a framework to exchange ideas and experience.In a significant development, the Mekong MOU was aligned last year with the recommendations that came out of the UN General Assembly Special Session on tackling illegal drugs on a global level, ensuring a strong emphasis on reducing demand and the impact on health.The recommendations also include creating alternative development programmes, to provide alternative means of income for communities where drugs are being made, and beefing up law enforcement targeting the criminal gangs at the centre of the trade. read more

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Brock researcher finds climate change further endangering Canadian bison

Climate change is making things worse for Canada’s largest land-dwelling mammal, a research team has found.The wood bison of the Northwest Territories is already on the country’s threatened species list, but more precipitation is forcing the animal into areas that pose dangers to them, says Brock University geographer and research team member Michael Pisaric.For decades, the wood bison population has been living in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary on the western shore of Great Slave Lake in N.W.T. The iconic animal lives off of grass-like plants called sedges, which are common along lake shorelines in the region.But these sedge meadows are increasingly becoming flooded as the lakes expand “and the bison’s preferred habitat declines,” explains Pisaric, professor in Brock’s Department of Geography and Tourism Studies.Pisaric was part of a research team led by the University of Ottawa that included the government of N.W.T. and five partner universities, including Brock. They studied satellite images from the 1980s to present and, before that, sediment cores taken from a number of lakes in the area to track lake surface changes over the last few centuries.The team’s study, “Broad-scale lake expansion and flooding inundates essential wood bison habitat,” was published in the Feb. 23 edition of the journal Nature Communications.“We found out from satellite data that the total area of the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary covered in water was about five per cent in the 1980s,” explains Pisaric. “This has increased to over 11 per cent of the land area now.”While the exact causes of the lake expansion remain uncertain, Pisaric says warmer temperatures bring more precipitation and some permafrost thawing.Because the bison sanctuary land is so flat, even slight changes in precipitation and flow causes water bodies to grow. He says some lakes in the area have expanded “hundreds of times in size” and are the largest they’ve been in at least 200 years.“Surveys of the bison population at the same time indicate that, as the lakes have expanded, the Mackenzie herd appears to have abandoned the former core of its range within the protected area of the sanctuary as habitat becomes inundated,” says Pisaric.The wood bison are moving toward a busy highway that connects Edmonton with Yellowknife. The road is often travelled by large trucks going back and forth from the North’s diamond mines.“Incidents of collisions have increased,” says Pisaric. “It’s especially dangerous in the fall, when daylight begins to decrease again and there’s no snow cover yet; drivers don’t see the bison until they’re right on top of them.”The wood bison, found in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Yukon, and southwestern N.W.T, is a subspecies of the American bison listed as “threatened” under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.“Disease, cross-breeding with plains bison and habitat loss through human development, agriculture, forestry and petroleum resource development are the main threats faced by Wood Bison,” says the Species at Risk Public Registry.Pisaric explains that the wood bison living in Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary are “genetically pure,” taken to the sanctuary from a remote location in Wood Buffalo National Park during the 1960s.“Most of the wood bison that we have in Canada are a cross between the plains bison and wood bison, so they’re not genetically pure,” he says. read more

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Tycoon 14 makes £2million from first property deal after starting tax disc

first_imgI was not sure how much they were going to offer… but they came up with £2millionHarvey Millington A 14-year-old tycoon has made nearly £2million from his first property deal after earning his fortune sending out road tax reminders.Harvey Millington made £100,000 from the reminders and promptly brought a three-acre patch of land for £40,000 so he could start a luxury camp site.But before he could put his plan in place, he was approached by a housing development company who wanted to buy the land, the Sun reported. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The schoolboy, from Taunton, Somerset, told the newspaper: “The neighbouring farmers were happy to sell up and they now needed our land so they could start building.“I was not sure how much they were going to offer for the land, but they came up with £2million. It was too good to turn down.”Harvey started his business, Tax Disc Reminder, after the Government announced that drivers would no longer need to display the paper reminders in their windscreens.Having noticed that hundreds of drivers were being clamped for having an untaxed vehicle, he made thousands of pounds by selling replacement tax reminder discs for £4.His father offered him £2,000, helping to pay for a website, cutting device, eight designs and some advertising.Less than two months into trading, he was receiving up to 400 orders per week.His father, Howard, told the Sun: “I’ve taught him you have to work hard to get on in life. He is a grounded lad and is just a great businessman.”Harvey has said his dream is to become a policeman.last_img read more

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More students go straight to clearing as Russell Group universities drop grades

This year 12,410 students decided to wait until after their A-level results before looking for a university place, the highest number on record.  While the entry requirement for each course are advertised online, universities are usually prepared to accept students with A-level grades well below their official offer during the clearing process.  A Daily… The figures, published by the university admissions service Ucas, show there is a growing number of 18-year-olds who favour applying to universities once they have received their grades.  More students than ever are going straight into clearing, as Russell Group universities drastically drop their entry requirements to scoop up extra students.  

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New 56000oz underground gold estimate for Empires current WA openpit mine

first_imgThe potential for a new underground Australian gold mine has been boosted with new studies and drill results showing the deeper mineable target hosts at least 56,000 oz of economically recoverable gold. The inventory is contained below the current open-pit mining operations of WA gold miner, Empire Resources at its Penny’s Find gold mine, 50 km northeast of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.The new underground resource announced by Empire today comprises a 2012 JORC compliant Indicated and Inferred estimate of 248,000 t @ 7.04g/t Au extending from the eventual 85 m depth of the current Penny’s Find open-pit, to at least 250 m below surface.Tantalisingly, the mineralisation, defined by a 1.5g/t Au cut-off, remains open at depth.Empire’s Managing Director, David Sargeant, said the positive resource is welcome, as the company hopes to complete a final feasibility study by the end of March on taking Penny’s Find underground once the open-pit inventory is exhausted.The new resource estimation was calculated by DataGeo Geological Consultants and incorporates results from recent diamond drilling by Empire at the mine site.“The estimate is a robust outcome in terms of the gold tonnes and grade existing beneath the currently operating open pit,” Sargeant said.“As the resource remains open at depth, some further deeper drilling will be required from underground, should the final feasibility results be positive.”Empire holds a 60% stake in Penny’s Find with private entity, Brimstone Resources Ltd holding the remaining 40% equity.To date, ore mined from Penny’s Find is being processed at two local mills in the broader Kalgoorlie region.last_img read more

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Giving birth in the 1960s All the mothers were terrified of the

first_img 20 Comments Cleanliness was held in very high regard and everyone had to stay in bed until the ward was cleaned and inspected by the matron – but since everyone was allowed to smoke,  including the visitors, the cleaners could never get rid of the smell.Lung cancer is very prevalent in Ireland and you have to wonder if all the passive smoking by the nation’s babies in the maternity hospital’s played a part in that?But of course, back then we didn’t know the dangers. Each maternity hospital had its own rules, so us Rotunda mothers felt seriously deprived when we learned that the Coombe allowed all the new mothers to have a night out before they were discharged.The nurses took care of the babies.  There have been many changes to maternity care since I had my first child.These days women have more choices and can choose the type of birth, home births, water births and so on. Those who can afford private care can even choose their own doctors and team. Nowadays mothers are encouraged to walk around during labour while we were made to lie on our backs and not move.Other massive improvements are epidurals and painkillers, being allowed to ask questions, anti-natal classes and having your partner with you in the labour ward. Being pregnant is no longer treated as a sickness which it was in my day.But reading the report about all those women who phoned into Joe Duffy, it strikes me that the care itself doesn’t seem to have improved. Back in the 1960s we were treated like children and I felt very disempowered but at least I was well looked after and went home with all the skills I needed to take care of my babyObviously, in my mother’s day, things were very different again. My own poor mother had thirteen children and back then, the registrar used to go around the ward as soon as a baby was born and you had to give her the name for the birth certificate.   My mother, having given birth only an hour beforehand, couldn’t think of a name for my brother. So baby Stapleton was inserted on his birth certificate. It was only when my brother needed the cert to get married that he realised his official Christian name was ‘baby’ and it was a terrible job to try get it changed in time for the wedding.Ava Stapleton is a retired counsellor who continues to provide counselling in her local community on a voluntary basis.She is a mother of five, grandmother of twelve and also has three great-grandchildren.   A RECENT ARTICLE on childbirth reminded me of the birth of my first child in the Rotunda hospital fifty years ago.I selected the Rotunda because it was rumoured at the time, that if the pregnancy went wrong and it came down to a choice – they would prioritise saving the life of the mother. It was believed that other Catholic maternity hospitals would do the opposite.On your first antenatal visit, you were sent to the dental clinic which was next to the antenatal ward. If any of your teeth looked like they needed a filling or any sort of treatment, the dentist insisted on pulling them out – so I lost two teeth on that first birth. Since scans didn’t exist, a deep and painful internal exam was performed on every visit. All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions.   As soon as my labour started I went to the hospital. My husband was told to go home as there were no visitors allowed in until after the baby was born. I was given an enema and after that, I was put on a bed and pushed down a long corridor. The walls were lined with green marble cubicles which had no doors and there was a high bed in each cubicle. I was put on that high bed and there I lay for twenty-four hours, in pain. The only distraction was to read messages scrawled on the walls of the cubicle, by former patients. The messages were mostly complaints about men being responsible for the pain they were feeling and how ‘it was well for them to not be able to have babies’. Nurses looked in now and again and did internal exams but rarely spoke.Eventually, after many hours the matron appeared and my legs were hoisted up over my head and strapped either side of the bed onto two metal bars. Then the Doctor entered with a scissors and cut my vaginal opening. Throughout all that time I was never offered any pain treatment but soon after my legs were unstrapped I was given a gas mask. Fifty years later I can still remember the horrible taste and the feeling of hovering somewhere above the bed. My baby was born healthy and I was given four catgut stitches. Shortly after we were both brought to the postnatal ward. Where I was offered tea, toast and a light for my cigarette.  Was I traumatised? I don’t know, back then you just had to get on with it.  Visiting time was very strictly enforced. Parents and friends could visit at 2 p.m. and evening times were for the fathers.But having waited in Colon’s pub across the road, many of the new dads would arrive at the hospital drunk and so there were always one or two rows in the ward – culminating in the offending father being ordered out by the staff.Like every other mother back then, I was kept in for two weeks. During that time we were taught how to bathe our babies and how to breastfeed properly. Whether we needed it or not we had to drink a large disgusting glass of some tarry concoction to move our bowels. And later on, we all had to lie on our bed and carry out exercises to strengthen our internal organs.After five days the catgut stitches were removed, again without any painkiller. These stitches were so strong that often more damage was done taking them out than inserting them.  But salt baths, we were told, cured everything. Short URL 59,425 Views By Ava Stapleton Apr 22nd 2019, 7:31 AM https://jrnl.ie/4599883 Share Tweet Email7 Monday 22 Apr 2019, 7:30 AM Giving birth in the 1960s: ‘All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions’ ‘Was I traumatised? I don’t know – back then you just had to get on with it,’ writes Ava Stapleton. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ava Stapleton last_img read more

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Poll Are you registered to vote

first_img Apr 28th 2019, 10:00 AM YesNoI’m not sure / no opinionVote No (1016) By Hayley Halpin Share Tweet Email2 Poll: Are you registered to vote? The European and local elections are taking place next month. 18,019 Views Yes (7195) Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4609803 center_img CAMPAIGN POSTERS HAVE been hung and canvassing is well underway ahead of European and local elections next month. And with that, the deadline to register to vote in these elections coming up soon.Eligible voters have until Tuesday, 7 May, to make sure they’re registered to vote or to apply for inclusion on the supplementary register of electors.CheckTheRegister.ie is a service provided by local authorities so people can check their entries on the Electoral Register online.So, today we want to know: Are you registered to vote?  Poll Results: Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 9:59 AM I’m not sure / no opinion (231) Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 78 Comments last_img read more

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TAT7 Scuba Case quand liPhone peut plonger dans les profondeurs

first_imgTAT7 Scuba Case : quand l’iPhone peut plonger dans les profondeurs !Une coque pour iPhone permet à celui-ci de supporter la pression de l’eau jusqu’à 30 mètres de profondeur.Il est possible de prendre des photographies de plongées sous-marines avec un iPhone… sans modifications spectaculaires ni coûteuses pour rendre celui-ci étanche. Car la coque étanche TAT7 Scuba Case permet de protéger le smartphone contre les projections d’eau et même plus que cela !À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette coque permettra aux plongeurs d’emporter leur mobile jusqu’à 30 mètres de profondeur pour y prendre quelques photographies. Grâce à des touches situées en façade, il est ainsi possible de déclencher l’appareil photo de l’iPhone.La coque semble être un accessoire de bonne facture selon Ubergizmo. Elle est simple à installer et cette étape ne prendrait pas plus de 10 secondes. Enfin, avec son bouton central et la fonction Siri, il sera possible d’envoyer des messages sans enlever la coque. Le Scuba Case coûte 85 dollars (un peu plus de 60 euros) et il sera même livré avec un cordon pour attacher son iPhone qu’il serait bête d’égarer dans les profondeurs océaniques ! Le 1 avril 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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BAHAMAS National Womens Week — Girl Con 2017

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama –FEMALE POWER PANEL – In recognition of National Women’s Week 2017, November 26 to December 9, President of the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith created, and was moderator of ‘Girl Con 2017’ forum which took place Tuesday morning, November 28, at the studios of Keen I Media in Freeport, Grand Bahama.   The forum was designed to convey encouragement and direction to young girls.It boasted a panel of women who have been successful in their respective careers offering advice and answers to questions posed by the girls in attendance.  The panel included (from left) Senator the Hon. Jasmin Dareus; Reverend Marie Roach-Hepburn, assistant priest at Pro Cathedral of Christ the King; Eldri Ferguson, vice-president of BTC (Northern Region); Gea Pierre, playwright; and Lyndah Wells, photographer.ESSAY WINNERS – Celebrating National Women’s Week 2017, an essay on the achievement of Bahamian women was held among girls from schools throughout Grand Bahama.   Winners of the essay competition were announced during ‘Girl Con 2017’ on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.   Winner of the competition was Lauren Ritchie, of Lucayan International School (3rd from left); Second place, Nichana Miller of Lucayan International School (2nd from left); and third place, Beyonzca Fredrick of Eight Mile Rock High School (3rd from right).Making the presentation of gifts were Yvonne Ward, Ministry of Education District Education Officer (left); Allison Levarity of Aliv (second right) and Senator the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith, Senate President and organizer of ‘Girl Con 2017.’(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Man found dead under truck in Fourth Plain Village neighborhood

first_imgA man was found dead underneath a vehicle that apparently rolled on top of him Tuesday in Vancouver.The incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Rossiter Lane in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood, and it involved a truck, according to emergency radio traffic. After patrol officers found the man was dead, traffic and major crime detectives were called in to figure out what happened, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.Police are investigating the unusual death as a fatal traffic crash because a vehicle was involved, Kapp said. She wasn’t sure who reported the incident to 911.last_img

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SWAT officer injured in training exercise at Miami Fire College

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A City of Miami SWAT officer was taken to the hospital after he was injured during a training exercise.According to Miami Police, SWAT officers were conducting the exercise at Miami Fire College, located at 3425 Jefferson St., when one of them was injured, Friday morning.Paramedics transported the victim to Ryder Trauma Center. Officials said he was alert and conscious during transport, but his condition is unknown.The officer’s partners were right behind him as he was taken into the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Roku Founder Say Goodbye to Cable Boxes and Hello to TV Apps

first_img Register Now » May 20, 2014 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Anthony Wood forever changed the way we watch TV. Not just once, but twice, and we have no doubt he’ll do it again before he’s through. Either way, TV tech is ripe for even more innovation, he says.You might recognize Wood as the soft-spoken, suspenders-sporting Silicon Valley electrical engineer who invented the Roku in 2008. Roku, which means six in Japanese (as in Wood’s sixth company), was originally designed to stream movies from Netflix, where Wood was vice president of Internet TV at the time.Roku, of course, has helped fuel the cord-cutting and binge Internet TV-watching trends, empowering viewers to watch what they want, whenever they want to. Movies, TV shows, video clips, music, games. You name it. On-demand. All day. Every day. All streamed from the Internet to your Roku to your TV. No killer monthly cable subscriptions necessary, and often with fewer commercials than old-school TV. Or, better yet, sometimes no commercials at all.Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV BusinessAnd today, as it turns out, is the sixth anniversary of the first Roku device being shipped.Now, turn back the clock to something you might not know about the founder of Roku: He also invented the digital video recorder (DVR) in 1999, allowing us to digitally capture live TV shows and play them back whenever we want. He came up with the idea for it when brainstorming a more efficient way to record Star Trek: The Next Generation. His first DVR device was aptly branded as ReplayTV, which DirecTV eventually acquired.Before Wood pioneered the DVR and the Roku, he developed multi-track audio post-production software for several big-name musical acts, including the Doobie Brothers. He went on to co-found iband, an Internet software startup that he sold in 1996 for a cool $35 million to Macromedia, which is now Adobe Systems. The core code Wood authored at iband is now the basis of Adobe Dreamweaver, “the leading HTML authoring tool in the world,” he says.Not only did Wood revolutionize how the viewing masses consume TV, his open source Roku platform broke down the rigid traditional distribution barriers for content owners and distributors. Wood cut out the middle man and made it faster and easier to market content directly to consumers.Related: Changing Channels: With Fire TV, Amazon Enters the Blazing Set-Top Box ArenaWe caught up with the father of the cord-cutting movement to talk about the current tumultuous state of TV tech and what he thinks is its future. What follows are portions of that interview, edited for clarity and brevity.Entrepreneur: People used to say that no one wants another set-top box. You proved them wrong with Roku. What’s your take on the state of streaming TV now, and what can we expect in five years? Wood: I think that people who say people don’t want another box are just being naive. What people don’t want is another box that doesn’t do anything. Consumers have shown an interest in boxes that bring value, like Blu-ray players, game consoles, satellite receivers — they’ve all been successful despite being a box.I think, yeah, Roku is a box, it’s just a way to receive content, a huge library of great content, so it’s got a lot of value. People don’t mind adding a box when it has value. And most TVs don’t. You can’t buy a TV today, whether it’s a smart TV or not, that has access to as much content as you get through Roku. So that’s why people buy boxes and that’s why it’s growing.Related: Netflix Co-Founder Not a Fan of ‘Binge-Watching’We do think that it will start to integrate into TVs and that’s why we built the Roku TV, which will be shipping this fall. But, even with the Roku TV, you will have people who will keep their TV for six to eight years … so, we think boxes as an upgrade vehicle will be something that will be popular for a long, long time.Entrepreneur: What’s the next tech innovation that will disrupt TV tech?Wood: A big one is what we’re focused on, which is bringing the Roku operating system to TV. So I think what’s going to happen is that all TVs are going to end up with an operating system in them the way that smartphones have operating systems.Things like cable boxes are going to go away and they will become apps on your TV. There will be a lot of other features that TVs will start to have, like search and content that’s recommended for me. The whole experience of watching TV is going to change from a cable box of channels to more like an Internet experience where you get recommendations and see what your friends watch and that everything ever made will be available on demand.We’re starting to see that now with companies like Netflix and TV Everywhere, like HBO GO, but we’re just in the early stages of all of the content moving towards Internet streaming.Related: We’re a Country of Binge-Watchers, and We Feel Pretty Good About ItEntrepreneur: Will Roku ever create its own content?   Wood: Our goal is to be a great distribution channel for our content partners, so we don’t today do any content ourselves and don’t have any plans for that. Our goal was to bring content to customers and bring customers to content partners and that’s what we do.Entrepreneur: Do small, independent content companies stand a chance in streaming TV or have the big players, like Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, locked them out?Wood: No. I think it’s created opportunities for smaller companies. For example, I mean it’s not that small, but when we launched Vevo on our platform, which is not a cable channel, it instantly became one of the top 10 channels on Roku.We call it the long tail, the content that’s not in the top 10, and it’s growing every day on Roku. One of our challenges actually is to expose that content more in our user interface.Related: This New Technology Will Let You Make Purchases Directly From Your TVGetting your content on Roku is like publishing on an Android or an iPhone. You just go to our website and download the SDK. You write your channel and then you hit “publish.” It’s all click through and automatic.I think we’re a great opportunity for companies to get content distribution without having to deal with a cable operator. Now, it’s up to them for that content to stand out and be good enough quality for it to break out, but the long tail does get a lot of viewing on our platform.Entrepreneur: How will the Aereo Supreme Court case shape the future of streaming TV?Wood: I don’t have an opinion on how the case will go, but I think that lawsuits like these, especially at the U.S. Supreme Court, that TV is really changing and it’s creating questions in people’s minds that need to be resolved. It shows that the desire that people have to be able to watch local stations on-demand over the Internet and that that’s a real need, whether it’s sold by Aereo or by the TV stations themselves. I think that is the future and I don’t know whether it will be Aereo or whether the industry will get together and provide some kind of solution.Related: Aereo Founder: If We Lose, ‘We Have No Plan B’last_img read more

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Carestream Announces First US Install of DRXExcel Plus RadiographyFluoroscopy System

first_img 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 | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more 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. 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News | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | April 27, 2016 Carestream Announces First U.S. Install of DRX-Excel Plus Radiography/Fluoroscopy System Arkansas hospital also implements new DR room and mobile X-ray system Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Content 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 April 27, 2016 — Ashley County Medical Center, Crossett, Ark., is the first hospital in the United States to install Carestream’s DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) system. The medical center is a critical access hospital that serves one of the largest counties in Arkansas, encompassing more than 940 square miles.”The DRX-Excel Plus system is an important tool for evaluating patients who may be critically ill or seriously injured. Its ability to provide X-ray imaging studies and fluoroscopy exams allows our physicians to rapidly assess each patient’s condition and prepare them for transport to higher-level hospitals if needed,” said Phillip Gilmore, the hospital’s chief executive officer.The center’s emergency department treats an average of 750 patients a month. Purchasing this system was part of the hospital’s transition to the latest generation of imaging equipment, which included a Carestream DRX-Evolution and a DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray imaging system. “We upgraded our aging systems to deliver rapid access to high-resolution images, as well as advanced capabilities that reduce patient dose, enhance productivity and offer an efficient user interface. We worked with our local dealer, Southeast Imaging, to evaluate systems from several different providers,” Gilmore reported. “We selected Carestream imaging systems because of their excellent design, consistent user interface and outstanding capabilities. We have also been very pleased with Carestream’s installation and user training as well as their service and support.”Productivity-enhancing capabilities offered by the DRX-Excel Plus include a positioning pedal that allows the operator to have their hands free, which is helpful for interventional exams, and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. The system offers an ergonomic design and can perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with  a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures. An elevating table tilts for fluoroscopy exams and can be lowered or raised to provide flexible, comfortable imaging for patients with limited mobility including wheelchair patients.A DRX-Evolution system facilitates capture of advanced imaging exams, including cross-table lateral and other complex exams. “The system’s auto-tracking feature moves the X-ray tube into position for each exam, which allows a technologist to capture images in seconds. Seriously ill or injured patients can be imaged in wheelchairs or on stretchers, which eliminates the painful process of moving them to a table,” reported Ronnie Dillion, the hospital’s radiology director. He added that the DRX-Revolution enhances the speed and quality of all mobile imaging exams and completes the facility’s transition from CR to DR technology. All three imaging systems use Carestream DRX Plus 3543C cesium iodide detectors, which offer excellent image quality and extremely low dose. In addition, these detectors can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes without failure, which achieves IPX Level 7 rating for liquid resistance. A reduced weight and thinner profile allow even easier handling. These detectors also deliver faster calibration time, boot time, preview time and full-resolution display time, as well as increased battery life to enable more imaging between battery changes.Every Carestream DRX detector can be shared with any member of its extensive family of DRX imaging systems. For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more 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 | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more 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 Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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AirAsia and Expedia strengthen ties

first_imgAirAsia today announced the execution of a Share Purchase Agreement with Expedia, to divest a 25 per cent stake in AAE Travel, the joint venture between Expedia and AirAsia.The agreement is for a consideration of USD$86.3 million and this will increase Expedia’s total ownership of equity in the joint venture to 75per cent.In connection with this transaction, AirAsia has also amended and concurrently executed certain additional agreements with Expedia.AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, said that AirAsia began the joint venture with Expedia back in 2011 and together have built a fantastic business.“The vision of marrying Expedia, a globally recognized and highly regarded travel agency, with the AirAsia group network has yielded a significant return in just over three years. We remain committed as partners as Expedia continues to develop in this region, and this agreement will simultaneously allow for the AirAsia group to further develop and diversify its distribution network,” Mr Fernandes said.“This is in line with our strategy of early equity investment in adjacent businesses that have strong synergies with AirAsia across the travel value chain. Over the years, AirAsia has also invested in partnerships with Tune Insurance, Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence with CAE, Think Big Digital with Aimia and Tune Money, and we continue to look for additional partnership opportunities,” Mr Fernandes said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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MoT constitutes Task Force for promoting Cruise Tourism

first_imgMinistry of Tourism has constituted a Task Force with the objective of promoting Cruise Tourism in India. The Task Force includes members from the Central Ministries, State Governments, various Port Trusts and Private sector.The Ministry of Shipping in Mumbai recently organised the maiden Maritime India Summit, 2016 (MIS-2016) to create awareness about the untapped potential of the Indian maritime sector and showcase the investment opportunities in the same.As per the decisions taken by the Task Force on Cruise Tourism, Port Level Facilitation Committees have been set up by Port authorities under the Chairmanship of respective Port Trust Chairman for coordinating logistic issues with all concerned agencies prior to the landing of cruise vessels.last_img

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