Halifax council votes to look into commemoration of Cornwallis

first_imgAnna CormierAPTN National NewsHalifax regional council passed a motion on Tuesday to form a panel that will look at whether or not to keep commemorating Edward Cornwallis.“People are uncomfortable with change, but I think we are moving forward, this is a positive thing that we’re doing,” said Coun. Shawn Cleary. “We’re building a new relationship with the Indigenous community here in Canada and I think in Halifax we need to take that step as well.”Two weeks ago, Halifax’s first Indigenous poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, presented a poem to council titled “Not Perfect” which moved Cleary to put forward the motion that same day.“A lack of perfection is a poor excuse to keep Cornwallis enshrined, regardless of his abuse; please, cut him loose,” Thomas’s poem said.Edward Cornwallis was the founder and governor of Halifax in 1749. He was responsible for issuing a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.Mi’kmaq historian and author of “We Were Not the Savages” Daniel Paul, has pushed for decades to stop commemorating Cornwallis with street names and statues.“What I’m saying is they should stop idolizing him. That’s it period. You don’t see the Germans idolizing Adolf Hitler, do you?” said Paul before last year’s debate.Only one councillor voted no. Last year, a similar motion put forward by Coun. Wayne Mason was ultimately voted down.Cleary called last year’s discussions divisive.“Clearly this is a far more progressive council than what we had previously,” He said.Many councillors echoed Cleary’s sentiment of being emotionally moved by Thomas’ words during the discussion.“We need to have well thought-out, meaningful conversation about the issue of not just Edward Cornwallis but the issue of how we commemorate folks in general,” said Coun. Lindell Smith. “This is just one way ofsaying we want to open up the conversation, but we also recognize that Edward Cornwallis may have caused some hardship for our community.”Cleary and Smith hope both sides of the controversy will be represented on the panel.“The makeup of it is going to be very important to the conversation,” said Smith. “I want to see the folks that believe that some of the things we talked about didn’t happen, but I also want to see people who will bringdifferent facts saying it did happen.”For Cleary this is a step in the right direction.The timeline for creating the panel of experts hasn’t been set, and Cleary says it will take some time.last_img read more

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Estonia agrees to enforce sentences imposed by UN war crimes tribunal

11 February 2008Estonia today became the fourteenth European country to agree to enforce a sentence imposed by the United Nations war crimes tribunal that was set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s. Anyone convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and given a jail term can now serve that sentence in an Estonian prison after an agreement was signed in Tallinn, the capital.Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ukraine and Portugal have already entered into similar agreements with the Tribunal.More than 35 people convicted by the ICTY either have served, or are currently serving, their sentence in one of the European countries which have signed an agreement. Seven others are awaiting transfer to one of the States.Under today’s agreement, which must be ratified by the country’s Parliament, Estonia will only enforce ICTY sentences when the length of the jail term does not exceed the highest maximum sentence for a relevant crime under its domestic laws. read more

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Rajitha rubbishes claims by Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne today rubbished claims made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha on the Avant Garde issue.The cabinet spokesman said that Rajapaksha never spoke a word on the issue at the special meeting held yesterday with President Maithripala Sirisena. The Justice Minister had told reporters today the Government had not decided to cancel all deals with Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd and hand over the weapons on the floating armory operated by the company to the navy as was claimed by Senaratne yesterday. Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd was accused of failing to follow proper procedures when operating a floating armory. The floating armory was given clearance by the former Government. Meanwhile, Senaratne also claimed that the floating armory operating by Avant Garde had switched off its GPS system when it had gone past the Maldives while on its way to Galle recently.He said that there was suspicion over the move as it was during this time that a security issue arose in the Maldives. Speaking at the post cabinet press briefing today, Senaratne maintained that a decision had been taken on  Avant Garde.He lashed out at the Justice Minister saying Rajapaksha was never faithful to one political party. read more

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Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum Experiences Setback

The Philadelphia 76ers and their fans may never see Andrew Bynum play in the team uniform as the center told reporters Friday that he experienced a four-to-five day setback after a drill.The 25-year-old Bynum, who is rehabbing from bone bruises in both knees, took part in a five-on-zero drill last week. The drill was the first time he had been able to be involved in any practice since Philly traded for him last summer.“I played in LA with a bit of swelling, but it wasn’t this bad,” Bynum said. “I didn’t really feel the pain when I was playing, but now it’s like really stiff and a lot of pain. Just doing stuff, not even full five-on-five stuff. I played in one scrimmage and it’s a 4- to 5-day setback.”Bynum had been confident all season long that rest and rehabilitation would allow him to make it back to the court this season.“It’s getting late. I don’t know [about playing this season],” Bynum said. “I don’t want to play in pain. … I’m 25, it’s my life.”When Bynum was asked if surgery was an option, he said that there were no surgical procedures possible that could help him return to the 76ers before the season ends.The 76ers could use Bynum’s presence because they are currently 22-34 and in last place in the Eastern Conference with 26 games remaining. They have dropped their last seven games.But 76ers coach Doug Collins said Thursday after seeing Bynum workout, that the player was still in no condition to return.“I know it’s tough on him, he wants to play,” Collins said. “We traded for him to come in here and play, and he hasn’t been able to and that’s hard. Hard on him and hard on everyone, and so I feel badly.”Before being traded to the 76ers last summer, Bynum played in 60 of 66 games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He had a surgical procedure in September in Germany  to strengthen his knees. During the procedure, doctors discovered a bone bruise in his right knee. While recovering, two months later Bynum tweaked his left knee while bowling friends, and doctors discovered a bone bruise in that knee as well.Bynum could potentially lose millions of dollars if he is unable to return to the court this season. He is currently making $16.9 million this season and will become a free agent in July.“I think being healthy is more important than everything else,” he said. “If I am healthy, I’ll get a deal. I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point with my body where I’m able to play, however long that takes.” read more

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Byron Buxton Is Teasing Twins Fans Again

Chance SiscoBAL241029.560.304.256 Byron BuxtonMIN251130.579.297+.282 Domingo SantanaSEA261028.575.344.231 PlayerTeamAgeGamesPASPRINGProjectedDiff Minimum 25 spring plate appearances for players who have already made their regular-season MLB debuts. Stats are through Friday, March 15.Source: Baseball-Reference.com The Minnesota Twins were one of the best stories of the 2017 MLB season: Coming off a 59-win campaign in 2016, they won 85 games and made the playoffs seemingly out of nowhere. Minnesota even spotted itself an early three-run lead against the Yankees in the American League wild-card game (before promptly giving it away in the bottom of the first and ultimately losing). With one of baseball’s youngest lineups, this seemed like a team on the rise, and its best all-around player — 23-year-old center fielder Byron Buxton — had a lot to do with that, putting together a breakout season of his own.By the same token, when Buxton faltered in 2018, so did the Twins. In an injury-plagued lost season, Buxton managed just 94 plate appearances and graded as below replacement level, according to whichever metric you choose to consult. Minnesota, in turn, dipped from 85 wins to 78 and wasn’t really in the playoff picture after the All-Star break. Buxton wasn’t the only Twin to suffer a miserable 2018 decline,1Third baseman Miguel Sano, pitcher Ervin Santana and even franchise-fixture second baseman Brian Dozier — who was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline — all come to mind. but it is fair to say his absence played as big a role in Minnesota’s downfall as anything else.This spring, Buxton and the Twins are looking to recapture the spirit of 2017 — and the early returns are encouraging. Last week, the former No. 1 prospect in all of baseball hit what was already his fourth home run of spring training:It’s been part of a tear that has Buxton looking like the best hitter in baseball during the spring so far. Although spring training results are easy to scoff at, they aren’t completely devoid of meaning — and that’s something the Twins will hang on to if it means there’s a chance Buxton rebounds and helps them close the gap in the AL Central.According to my research from a few years ago, massive spring outlier performances do carry some predictive value going forward. It just takes a lot of improvement to signal real breakout potential: You need a weighted on-base average (wOBA) in the spring 17 points above projected — using the simple-yet-effective Marcel projection system — just to predict a 1-point increase in wOBA (relative to projection) during the regular season. So for most players, they’ll never hit well enough in the spring to move the needle of their season expectations very much either way.But Buxton is hitting so well that it might actually be a much-needed sign of hope for his performance this season. When we compare players’ spring wOBA with their preseason Marcel projections, no player2Minimum 25 plate appearances. has exceeded expectations more than the Twins’ center fielder: Brandon LoweTB241032.560.321.240 Peter BourjosLAA311232.548.285.262 That 282-point difference in wOBA would imply a 17-point increase over projected during the regular season, good for a .314 mark when applied to Buxton’s on-base projection. That’s essentially the same wOBA Buxton had during his breakout 2017 campaign — a number that still wasn’t quite league average but was good enough to combine with his stellar defense to make him worth 4.3 wins above replacement (WAR),3Using an average of the metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. as opposed to the -0.4 number he produced last season. And for a Twins team that we currently project to win 84 games with a 37 percent chance of making the playoffs, even incremental improvements from a key player like Buxton could pay massive dividends in terms of postseason odds. My former colleague Rob Arthur estimated that, in the era of two wild cards, an 86-win team would generally increase its playoff probability by about 10 to 15 percentage points over an 84-win one. (The mid-80s win range is basically the steepest area for adding playoff odds with an extra win.)Now, to pump the brakes a little on Buxton’s spring: 30 plate appearances is a very small sample, and most of them have come against sub-AAA quality pitchers, according to Baseball-Reference.com’s estimation. Buxton currently has a batting average on balls in play of .368, much higher than his regular-season career average of .320. His biggest action items as a hitter — plate patience and strike-zone judgment — have shown some signs of life this spring, but he’ll have to sustain them all season to convince skeptics that his skills have truly improved. And Minnesota can only hope those spring homers are merely a sign that Buxton will be an average power hitter again (like in 2017) rather than the guy who didn’t hit a single home run in 90 MLB at-bats last season.4He did hit four homers on assignment at Triple-A Rochester last year.It really does just comes down to health and hitting for Buxton — defensively, on a per-inning basis, he was just as great last year as in 2017; he was also the fastest player in baseball. If Buxton can recapture a version of his 2017 production at the plate, it would be very good for the Twins in their quest to return to the American League Division Series for the first time since 2010. Minnesota added some impact free agents over the offseason (Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Blake Parker), while the division-favorite Cleveland Indians spent the winter shopping around their stars and generally resting on their laurels. Maybe the Twins are still longshots to truly knock the Indians off of their three-year perch as AL Central champs, but a healthy, star-caliber 2019 season from Buxton would make that task a lot easier. wOBA Jose PirelaSD291531.562.303.258 Cristhian AdamesCHC271536.533.286.247 Francisco MejiaSD231131.541.309.232 Buxton is tearing it up this springMLB players by difference in weighted on-base average (wOBA) between 2019 preseason Marcel projections and spring training performance Greg AllenCLE261028.532.302.230 Lewis BrinsonMIA241334.517.274.243 read more

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Mike Trout Somehow Found A Way To Get Better

201725.350.466.757.487.40717%19%7.0-6.211.0 PER SEASON 201119.220.281.390.296.1717226.0+7.20.7 Trout is on pace for new career bests in almost every offensive category, from the conventional (batting average; slugging percentage) to the wonky (isolated power; walk and strikeout rates3If Trout ended the season with his current stats in the latter two categories, they’d be tied with Trout’s 2016 and 2013 seasons, respectively.). And while Trout’s batting average on balls in play is outrageously high — currently at .368, a number that would be unsustainable for most players — it’s not too much higher than his career BABIP of .360. The man is simply the best at hitting ’em where they ain’t.At a more fundamental level, Trout’s plate discipline is approaching early-2000s-Barry-Bonds levels. (Maybe it’s no coincidence that Mets manager Terry Collins considered walking him with the bases loaded over the weekend.) He’s swinging far less at balls outside the zone but offering much more at balls inside the zone. He’s attacking the first pitch more than ever but working his way into some of the league’s highest rates of 2-0 and 3-0 counts. This strategy of selective aggression has only made the game’s top player even tougher to get out.However, there are also some signs that Trout’s hot start will eventually cool off. Despite the incredible power numbers, his exit velocity is down pretty substantially from the previous two seasons, and he’s making the best kind of contact4As measured by “barrels,” MLB’s designation for batted balls with a combination of exit velocity and launch angle that is associated with a batting average of at least .500 and a slugging percentage of 1.500. less than he did last year. Trout’s rate of home runs per fly ball — which measures how fortunate a player has been for his deep flies to find the stands (and not an outfielder’s glove) — is far above his career average. Even a player as great as Trout needs a dash of luck sometimes.To surpass his epic 2012 coming-out party, Trout was always going to need some lucky breaks. But considering that some of the luck he received as a fresh-faced youngster is offset by his improved hitting skills, Trout really only needs a little bit of good fortune to put up career-best numbers. And so far, that’s exactly what he’s gotten. 201422.287.377.561.402.27412267.0-6.47.9 201523.299.402.590.415.29014235.0+4.49.2 201624.315.441.550.418.23517206.6+3.910.0 201321.323.432.557.423.23415196.8-2.69.9 201220.326.399.564.409.23811228.6+16.310.5 In almost every category, Mike Trout is playing better than ever SEASONAGEAVGOBPSLGWOBAISOBBSOSPEEDDEFWAR WAR and DEF (defensive runs above average) are an average of FanGraphs’s and Baseball-Reference.com’s metrics. SPEED is Bill James’s Speed Score, an approximation of a player’s running speed (using his rates of stolen bases, triples and runs scored), scaled where average is around 5.0. Per season numbers are scaled to a full schedule (1,200 defensive innings and 162 team games).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs.com As a general rule, baseball players — specifically, the non-pitching variety — tend to break into the majors in their early 20s, improve pretty rapidly over their first handful of seasons, peak around age 271Or possibly older. But probably not. and then begin the inexorable decline toward mediocrity (and retirement). But some special players begin their careers with such a bang that it’s difficult to imagine how they could get better, at least without breaking the game as we know it.Twenty-five-year-old Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is one of those players. During his first full MLB season in 2012, Trout burst onto the scene with 10.5 wins above replacement (WAR),2Averaging together the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. a tally that not only led the majors but also ranked as the 14th-best season by a position player since World War II. He was only 20 at the time; if he followed the typical aging curve, a 27-year-old Trout would make Babe Ruth look like B.J. Surhoff. Or maybe Trout’s sky-high WAR meant he’d already peaked (in production, if not skill), simply because such a year requires a ton of good fortune and might not be repeatable in future seasons.And through last season, even as Trout continued to build his case as the potential G.O.A.T., the 2012 campaign still stood as his greatest performance. But that might not be true anymore. Just a third of the way into the 2017 season, Trout is tracking for his best campaign yet. read more

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Rios productivity and innovation capabilities on show at Amrun bauxite mine

first_imgRio Tinto says it has completed commissioning of the $1.9 billion Amrun bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.This follows the company completing the first shipment of bauxite back in December, six weeks ahead of schedule.The mine and associated processing and port facilities will replace production from Rio Tinto’s depleting East Weipa mine, also in Queensland, and increase annual bauxite export capacity by around 10 Mt, the company said. This move comes at a time when higher-grade bauxite is becoming scarcer globally, Rio added.Rio Tinto Chief Executive, J-S Jacques, said: “Amrun was completed early and under budget, demonstrating Rio Tinto’s productivity and innovation capabilities. By applying fresh thinking we also delivered safety, environmental, cost and timing benefits.”Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured right), said: “Weipa’s bauxite will be used to make aluminium for mobile phones, aeroplanes, vehicles and many other applications around the world. The Amrun project is one of the sector’s proudest achievements and I am delighted to be visiting this amazing mine and its workers once again.”In an industry first, according to Rio, Amrun’s 1 km-long export facility was built in modules off-site and then brought to Amrun and connected. “This reduced over-water construction and painting in the culturally significant and environmentally sensitive region and reduced construction time by a year,” Rio said. It also increased safety by removing the need for 300,000 work hours that would have been spent at height and over water.Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation group executive, Steve McIntosh, said: “Game-changing innovations and collaborations such as these are vital for advancing the future of the mining and metals industry globally in a safe, cost-effective and replicable manner.”Amrun is about 40 km south of Rio’s existing East Weipa and Andoom mines. The mine, plant and export facility were approved in 2015, with a targeted start date of 2019.At full production, Amrun will have capacity of 22.8 Mt/y, with options to expand.last_img read more

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HandballPlanet visitors are AGAINST resinfree handball

YES (23%, 140 Votes) NO (77%, 462 Votes) A few weeks ago Handball-Planet.com asked visitors about initiative of International Handball Federation to make a ball without resin, which will be forbidden until the end of 2017. Major opinion of Handball-Planet.com visitors is that handball doesn’t need ball without resin or that resin is necessary in handball.Resin-free handball? Resin free handball Total Voters: 602Here is the explanation of IHF President Hassan Moustafa.IHF President Hassan Moustafa for HP: Handball will get super ball ← Previous Story SG Flensburg 5 of 5 – “New Jicha” is born, Nikola Bilyk! Next Story → VIDEO: “Interception of the season” – Flying Mahe read more

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US design studio offers 900 3Dprinted shoes

first_imgWhat does it take to actually make the industry of women’s footwear interesting to geeks? How about 3D printing?Yes, continuing the expanding trend of technology colliding with fashion, US design studio Continuum Fashion is experimenting with a completely customizable line of luxury shoes that cost $900 per pair. The company has a collection of 3D printers loaded with special nylon material, using the same kind of technology that has previously been used for other high-tech fashion, including 3D-printed bikinis.With that flexible technology at its disposal, Continuum can create on-demand stilettos, high-heeled shoes, and “everything in between.” Customers can choose from different designs, finishes, and of course sizes. The computer code that is sent to the printer is proprietary and completely unique to the Continuum brand. The company says it wants to push the limits of defining “what is recognizable as a shoe.”Continuum hasn’t quite fully tested this new product innovation; it’s still in the prototype phase, but don’t be surprised if this becomes the new hot trend for fashionistas everywhere. And that goes for other kinds of fashion as well, like sunglasses, watches, and as previously mentioned, bikinis. 3D printing is one of those rare  technological innovations that has the potential to span every industry. There are projects ranging from novelties like 3D-printed burritos to society-changing ambitions like 3D-printed houses.And if you want to talk about sustainability, it is possible to print more than half of the materials and components needed to make a 3D printer, with a 3D printer. So even though the idea of customizable high heels might not appeal to everyone, the implications that every new 3D-printed advancement builds upon is something that is most definitely all-encompassing.Continuum via Gizmaglast_img read more

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Meet the bad guys with Rogue Ones costumes and props

first_imgStar Wars Celebration Europe opened up this year with a focus on the next cinematic installment in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the first Star Wars Universe anthology movie follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she goes on a mission for the Rebellion that leads her team to the Death Star plans that are so central to the plot of A New Hope.A single teaser was bestowed upon us before Celebration and we got a sizzle reel during a Rogue One panel where we got to meet our heroes and learn their names. Also of interest in the Rogue One sphere is the props and costumes display on the convention floor. Last year, we got our first close up look at Kylo Ren’s cross-saber and the new First Order troops with The Force Awakens. This year, the Empire of Rogue One rolled out all the cool gadgets and outfits they’ll be using to take on the rebels.StormtroopersThese guys are your tried-and-true original trilogy era white Stormtroopers. After spending a year obsessing over a First Order trooper design, these guys feel like classic Star Wars. They will be getting a lot more toys and gadgets than we saw them with in A New Hope, even if the Tanktrooper costume wasn’t on display, we’ve seen the trailers and we know it’s there.ShoretroopersAfter Donnie Yen uploaded a very early photo of three different Stormtrooper helmets from Rogue One (the same three that we’re talking about here!), debate raged as to what the tan one on the far left was. The tone made it look like a trooper that would fight in a desert, so some people started calling them “Sandtroopers” or “Scarabtroopers” expecting more arid climates. Instead, these guys are “Shoretroopers” and we see them in the behind the scenes clip doing battle at Scariff. Which should have been obvious, Stormtroopers aren’t about camouflage like the actual military, why would we assume tan troopers had to be in sand?DeathtroopersWith Star Wars: Rebels beginning to bring old parts of the Expanded Universe back into the main canon, the initial thought were that these black armored troopers would be the Shadowtroopers of old. The real name is much creepier. The Deathtroopers are Director Krennic’s elite force. Their black armor has some green ambient lights built in and they’ll be very creepy when contrasted against the Director’s stark white outfit.Director KrennicYou saw it on the live stream in glorious motion, but a closer look at Director Krennic’s outfit really inspires hope that we’ll see him as the leader of the Imperial Security Bureau tasked with overseeing some aspect of the Death Star creation. We know from the novels that Grand Moff Tarkin was in charge of the project, and from common sense that Jyn’s mission is a secret, so we really don’t know what Krennic’s ultimate goal is. Just that all the color text about Rogue One makes him sound ruthless, smart and dangerous.TIE Strikervia“A streamlined variant of the classic TIE Fighter design, the TIE striker is designed for atmospheric patrols over important Imperial ground base installations. The versatile design can also soar in space, where it can accompany traditional TIE fighters in chasing down enemy ships.” The interesting thing about the new ships is that they are designs that haven’t been echoed throughout the other films. That’s the weird thing about doing a prequel that leads into A New Hope: where did all the TIE strikers go? If we really want to be nitpicky on the movie’s side, the original trilogy never took us to an Imperial ground base installation that wasn’t secretly a trap (I’m referring to the shield generator base in Return of the Jedi). Maybe TIE strikers were on the core worlds while the Saga movies were taking place on the Outer Rim?Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle“With its starkly geometric hull shape and folding bat-like wings, the approach of the Delta class T3c shuttle is an imposing sight. Once it lands and deploys its passengers – the cruel Director Krennic and his squad of elite troopers, all sense of dread proves extremely warranted.” We haven’t seen these “bat-like” wings folded up yet, so I’m not sure how this shuttle even lands inside the Death Star with such a wing span. Also, if you want, google “Vulcan shuttle Star Trek” and look at the angular design. Krennic’s shuttle does vaguely resemble the over-winged shape of Kylo Ren’s shuttle in The Force Awakens mixed with a stealth version of the original series Imperial Shuttle.Imperial AT-ACT Cargo WalkerviaThe Larger version of the standard AT-AT, the AT-ACT walker features a dedicated cargo bed for the transportation of heavy building materials or combat munitions. It was deployed at major Imperial construction projects, such as shipyards and sprawling research installations The AT-ACT not being on Endor during Return of the Jedi only makes sense because the AT-ACT is bigger than the AT-AT and already the trees of Endor were troublesome to traverse at speed. Considering we’ve seen the AT-ACT in action on the planet Scarif in the Rogue One trailer, it’s safe to say that they also would have looked out of place on Hoth with the orange accents on the design. Just what is being transported around Scarif is still a mystery, as is how much water these AT-ACTs can walk through before being encumbered (not hinting at a spoiler, genuinely curious).last_img read more

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Shaqiri issues title warning to City

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has issued a warning to title rivals Manchester City as both clubs have been neck and neck all season.The Reds supporters are hopeful this will be the year the club will end their Premier League title drought.Liverpool have been in a two-way battle for the league title with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.Jurgen Klopp’s men are only two points behind the Premier League champions and are five points ahead of Chelsea.Liverpool have a huge week coming up in the Champions League, as they travel to France to face Paris Saint-Germain in their penultimate group game of the competition but before attention turns to that, the club are basking in the glory of their impressive victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Pep Guardiola’s City are favourites for the title, but Shaqiri thinks the Merseyside club will be there at the end.Standard Sport report he said: “We’re going to be there until the end!“We don’t have to look to Man City.“We just have to look to ourselves. Try to give our good performance on the pitch and win games, that’s the most important thing.”last_img read more

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TMobile launches new TVision Home service for 90 a month

first_img See It $399 Comment $399 See it Nest Secure Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See It HP $399 Best Buy See It Nest Amazon Sprint T-Mobile This comes after T-Mobile in 2017 acquired TV startup Layer3 TV. The wireless carrier said the service will be a breakthrough for people who “love their TV, but hate their TV providers.” TVision Home combines streaming TV and online video at a lower cost and won’t restrict customers to lengthy contracts or bundles that include channels or content they don’t want to watch, T-mobile said. The voice-enabled service can be connected to smart devices, such as those that use Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Amazon’s Prime Video will be offered through TVision Home for users with a Prime membership, T-Mobile said in a release.The service will initially be available in the Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC, metro areas, as well as Longmont, Colorado. T-Mobile said it’ll come to more markets later this year.  Mentioned Above Nest Secure 1 Review • Nest Secure is a solid home alarm system at a high price Tags T-Mobile says TVision Home will offer over 275 channels. T-Mobile T-Mobile is launching a new version of Layer3 TV, rebranded as TVision Home, on April 14, the carrier said on Wednesday. TVision Home will offer more than 275 channels, 4K content and over 35,000 on-demand movies and shows. The service will cost $90 per month, with a $9.99 per month discount for T-Mobile customers, plus $10 a month per connected TV, T-Mobile said.  TVs Digital Media Internet Services TV and Movies $427last_img read more

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Xbox 360 gets an official wireless steering wheel

first_imgMicrosoft has decided to release a futuristic-looking wireless steering wheel controller for the Xbox 360, and to be perfectly honest we don’t know what to think about it.There are two types of driving game players out there as far as we can tell. Those that want a decent wheel and pedals setup, and those who really don’t care and are happy using a standard controller. This wheel doesn’t fit with either of those categories, and is essentially a better looking Mario Kart Wii wheel. Is this aimed at the casual player?The wireless wheel includes haptic feedback and rumble features, and although it’s not clear, we assume it has basic motion input by turning the wheel left or right. If it didn’t then Microsoft would need to include two thumbsticks somewhere on the device.It will work with all existing driving games on the 360, but some may be limited to basic functionality making it a risky choice if you have some existing games you intend to use it for. It will probably work, but there’s no guarantee, and hopefully Microsoft intends to produce a lits of all driving games and the extent of the compatibility at launch.Going forward, all driving games will most likely have to be compatible with Forza 4 being the first to fully support it.If the look of the wheel appeals to you, the price may not. At $60 it’s a lot to pay for what is essentially just another Xbox 360 controller in a new wheel form. If you want one, you’ll have to wait until October.via Kotakulast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more 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 more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  May 14, 2014 — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that new preliminary data show an overall 9 percent decrease in hospital-acquired conditions nationally during 2011 and 2012. National reductions in adverse drug events, falls, infections and other forms of hospital-induced harm are estimated to have prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries and approximately $4 billion in health spending over the same period.The Affordable Care Act is also helping reduce hospital readmissions. After holding constant at 19 percent from 2007 to 2011 and decreasing to 18.5 percent in 2012, the Medicare all-cause 30-day readmission rate has further decreased to approximately 17.5 percent in 2013. This translates into an 8 percent reduction in the rate and an estimated 150,000 fewer hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries between January 2012 and December 2013.HHS reported the following drops in hospital-acquired conditions between 2-1- and 2013:52 percent drop in ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP);13 percent drop in venous thromboembolic (VTE) complications;15 percent drop in falls and trauma; and25 percent drop in pressure ulcers.“We applaud the nationwide network of hospital systems and providers that are working together to save lives and reduce costs,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We are seeing a simultaneous reduction in hospital readmissions and injuries, giving patients confidence that they are receiving the best possible care and lowering their risk of having to be readmitted to the hospital after they get the care they need.”These improvements reflect policies and an unprecedented public-private collaboration made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The data demonstrates that hospitals and providers across the country are achieving reductions in hospital-induced harm experienced by patients. These major strides in patient safety are a result of strong, diverse public-private partnerships and active engagement by patients and families, including efforts from the federal Partnership for Patients initiative and hospital engagement networks, quality improvement organizations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration on Community Living, the Indian Health Service and many others.For more information: http://innovation.cms.gov/Files/reports/patient-safety-results.pdf FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … 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. 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first_img 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 Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… 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 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img CarolinaEast Health System News | October 23, 2014 Perceptive Software to Showcase Medical Content Management Solutions at RSNA 2014 Software enables management, sharing of more content with electronic medical records October 23, 2014 — At RSNA 2014, Lexmark’s Perceptive Software will introduce to radiology professionals its new medical content management (MCM) solution to capture, access, manage and share medical images and supporting documents found throughout the clinical enterprise. MCM represents the convergence of vendor neutral archiving (VNA) and enterprise content management (ECM), combined with enterprise image connectivity (EIC) tools to capture images and video. Although healthcare delivery organizations have invested heavily in electronic medical record (EMR) systems to manage patient data, a massive amount of content exists outside the EMR. Getting this information — documents, images and video — into the hands of physicians at the point of care is challenging because it often resides in disparate data silos and disconnected departmental systems that are scattered throughout the health system.  Medical Content Management from Perceptive Software enables healthcare organizations to connect, access, manage and share patient content from disparate applications to solve interoperability challenges and make patient content available within the EMR. Bringing more clinical content together at the point of care lets healthcare providers save time and make more informed patient care decisions.Visit booth 8107 at RSNA 2014 where Perceptive Software (including recently acquired companies Acuo Technologies and PACSgear) will demonstrate a broad range of solutions for healthcare delivery organizations, including VNA; ECM; enterprise image connectivity and sharing; intelligent capture; rich media management; enterprise search; advanced clinical outputFor more information: www.perceptivesoftware.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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 Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Heres your first look at Disneys new gondola system – the Disney

first_imgAt the Caribbean Beach Resort station, the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner, passengers will feel like they’re at an open-air village marketplace in the Caribbean. Here, they’ll be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be in line with the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers travelling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station where, upon departing, passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two resorts.Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.The opening date of the Disney Skyliner has yet to be announced.The gondola construction project comes as Disney is expanding by building new lands in Hollywood Studios as well adding more rides in Magic Kingdom and Epcot.The gondolas had been rumoured for months although Disney brought up the project in July during an event in Anaheim, California.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck With file from The Associated Press Share Travelweek Group ORLANDO — The first images of Disney World’s new gondolas have been released, and from the looks of it, guests will have a fun, new way of getting around from theme parks to hotels.Called the Disney Skyliner, the new transportation system, which was first announced on Disney Park’s official blog, will travel from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and will feature iconic Disney characters on its exterior to look like they’re riding along with passengers.The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be hand-painted with murals. While onboard, guests will be treated to a rare bird’s-eye view of World Showcase. Posted by Tags: Disney Here’s your first look at Disney’s new gondola system – the Disney Skyliner Monday, December 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Ai has been thorn in China govts side for years

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis __ August-September 2009: Ai tries to attend the subversion trial of writer and activist Tan Zuoren, who had also tried to compile names of the earthquake dead. Ai is barred from testifying. Four police officers carrying guns and batons barge into his hotel room at 3 a.m., then beat and threaten to kill him. He is held briefly, then sent back to Beijing. A month later, he has emergency surgery in Munich to relieve swelling in his brain from the attack.__ April 2011: Ai uses Twitter to catalog the growing number of dissidents disappearing into detention amid calls for a “Jasmine Revolution” in China, inspired by anti-government protests in Egypt and elsewhere. Ai is detained at the Beijing Capital Airport before catching a flight to Hong Kong. He disappears for 81 days and is believed to be detained but there is no official confirmation of his whereabouts.__ June 2011: Ai is released but warned that he is still under investigation and must not leave Beijing for a year. He is warned not to tweet or talk to media but within months, he resumes both. Chinese authorities say he confessed to tax evasion in custody but he tells reporters that he has done nothing wrong. Soon after his release his company is handed a $1.85 million bill for back taxes. Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BEIJING (AP) – Artist Ai Weiwei has been battling Chinese authorities for years. A Beijing court on Friday rejected his company’s lawsuit against an agency that fined it more than $2 million for tax evasion. Here are some of the recent clashes Ai has had with officials:__ 2008-2009: Ai draws attention to the thousands of children killed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, many of whom died in shoddily built schools that collapsed. Ai publishes the names of 5,835 victims on his blog, and in Germany he opens an art exhibit titled “Remembering” using thousands of children’s backpacks. He said, “The lives of the students disappeared within the state propaganda, and very soon everybody will forget everything.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Check your body, save your life __ October 2011: A revised government notice now demands that Ai’s design company pay $2.4 million in back taxes and fines. Ai’s supporters say the case is bogus and Ai says he will fight the judgment and the fine. Thousands of people send money through wire transfers; some throw cash stuffed in envelopes or wrapped around fruit into his yard. He uses the donations to pay a $1.3 million guarantee to the court.__ June 2012: Ai’s year-long parole expires but he is told by police he cannot travel outside China because he remains under investigation on suspicion of illegal exchange of foreign currency, and pornography. The latter allegation is believed to be linked to satirical and non-racy snapshots posted online of him posing naked with four topless women. Ai says the allegations are far-fetched.__ July 2012: The lawsuit against the agency behind the tax fine is rejected.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Zillow Sees New Lows for Mortgage Rates

first_img If the latest figures for mortgage rates signal anything, lenders may continue seeing all-time lows for interest on their loans.[IMAGE]Real estate Web site “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ reported the figures Tuesday in the latest Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, which tracks anonymous quotes in real time.Zillow found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slamming into a record low of 3.73 percent this week, falling from 3.81 percent last week. Rates for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage leveled out at 3.07 percent, while 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) rounded out at 2.65 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Rates fell to an all-time low this past week amid low holiday volume and continued Federal Reserve mortgage-backed security buying,”” “”Erin Lantz””:http://www.zillow.com/profile/Erin-Lantz/, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement.””Moving forward, we can expect some rate volatility as markets establish their initial baselines for 2012,”” she said, adding that “”we anticipate mortgage rates to remain relatively stable around 4 percent for the first half of the year.””At the state level, New York saw mortgage rates for its residents fall lowest, with rates for the 30-year loan dipping from 3.88 percent last week to 3.66 percent week ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a decline by 22 basis points.Interest rates for the 30-year loan in Massachusetts meanwhile fell from 3.87 percent last week to 3.75 percent this week, reflecting a plunge by 12 basis points.Colorado and Washington helped lead the way down with declines in their rates by 10 basis points each, respectively, with their interest rates declining to 3.70 percent and 3.73 percent, down from 3.8 percent and 3.82 percent.California followed with a plunge by 9 basis points to 3.73 percent, down from 3.82 percent last week.Interest rates for loans in Florida and Illinois fell by the least of all these states, with rates for each falling to 3.77 percent and 3.73 percent, down from 3.78 percent and 3.87 percent, respectively. January 3, 2012 430 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Zillow Sees New Lows for Mortgage Ratescenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-01-03 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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