Hong Kong economy cools as trade tension mounts

first_imgHong Kong’s economic growth slowed in the latest quarter and the government warned it could face headwinds from U.S.-Chinese trade tension and higher interest rates.Government data Friday showed the Chinese territory’s economy expanded by 2.9 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 3.5 per cent.Exports rose 5 per cent over a year earlier, but the government said the impact of trade tension and weaker global demand “has begun to surface” and is “likely to become more apparent in the near-term.”The government said Hong Kong also faces a drag from higher interest rates. The Hong Kong dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the U.S. dollar, which requires the central bank to raise interest rates along with the U.S. Federal Reserve even though economic growth is slowing.The Associated Presslast_img

Army looks for a few good robots sparks industry battle

first_imgCHELMSFORD, Mass. — The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do.These robots aren’t taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court.The project and others like it could someday help troops “look around the corner, over the next hillside and let the robot be in harm’s way and let the robot get shot,” said Paul Scharre, a military technology expert at the Center for a New American Security.The big fight over small robots opens a window into the intersection of technology and national defence and shows how fear that China could surpass the U.S. drives even small tech startups to play geopolitics to outmanoeuvr rivals. It also raises questions about whether defence technology should be sourced solely to American companies to avoid the risk of tampering by foreign adversaries.Regardless of which companies prevail, the competition foreshadows a future in which robots, which are already familiar military tools, become even more common. The Army’s immediate plans alone envision a new fleet of 5,000 ground robots of varying sizes and levels of autonomy. The Marines, Navy and Air Force are making similar investments.“My personal estimate is that robots will play a significant role in combat inside of a decade or a decade and a half,” the chief of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley, said in May at a Senate hearing where he appealed for more money to modernize the force.Milley warned that adversaries like China and Russia “are investing heavily and very quickly” in the use of aerial, sea and ground robots. And now, he added, “we are doing the same.”Such a shift will be a “huge game-changer for combat,” said Scharre, who credits Milley’s leadership for the push.The promise of such big Pentagon investments in robotics has been a boon for U.S. defence contractors and technology startups. But the situation is murkier for firms with foreign ties.Concerns that popular commercial drones made by Chinese company DJI could be vulnerable to spying led the Army to ban their use by soldiers in 2017. And in August, the Pentagon published a report that said China is conducting espionage to acquire foreign military technologies — sometimes by using students or researchers as “procurement agents and intermediaries.” At a December defence expo in Egypt, some U.S. firms spotted what they viewed as Chinese knock-offs of their robots.The China fears came to a head in a bitter competition between Israeli firm Roboteam and Massachusetts-based Endeavor Robotics over a series of major contracts to build the Army’s next generation of ground robots. Those machines will be designed to be smarter and easier to deploy than the remote-controlled rovers that have helped troops disable bombs for more than 15 years.The biggest contract — worth $429 million — calls for mass producing 25-pound robots that are light, easily manoeuvrable and can be “carried by infantry for long distances without taxing the soldier,” said Bryan McVeigh, project manager for force projection at the Army’s research and contracting centre in Warren, Michigan.Other bulkier prototypes are tank-sized unmanned supply vehicles that have been tested in recent weeks in the rough and wintry terrain outside Fort Drum, New York.A third $100 million contract — won by Endeavor in late 2017 — is for a midsized reconnaissance and bomb-disabling robot nicknamed the Centaur.The competition escalated into a legal fight when Roboteam accused Endeavor, a spinoff of iRobot, which makes Roomba vacuum cleaners, of dooming its prospects for those contracts by hiring a lobbying firm that spread false information to politicians about the Israeli firm’s Chinese investors.A federal judge dismissed Roboteam’s lawsuit in April.“They alleged that we had somehow defamed them,” said Endeavor CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine who twice ran for Congress as a Republican. “What we had done was taken publicly available documents and presented them to members of Congress because we think there’s a reason to be concerned about Chinese influence on defence technologies.”The lobbying firm, Boston-based Sachem Strategies, circulated a memo to members of the House Armed Services Committee. Taking up Endeavor’s cause was Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat — and, like Bielat, a Marine veteran — who wrote a letter to a top military official in December 2016 urging the Army to “examine the evidence of Chinese influence” before awarding the robot contracts.Six other lawmakers later raised similar concerns.Roboteam CEO Elad Levy declined to comment on the dispute but said the firm is still “working very closely with U.S. forces,” including the Air Force, and other countries. But it’s no longer in the running for the lucrative Army opportunities.Endeavour is. Looking something like a miniature forklift on tank treads, its prototype called the Scorpion has been zipping around a test track behind an office park in a Boston suburb.The only other finalist is just 20 miles away at the former Massachusetts headquarters of Foster-Miller, now a part of British defence contractor Qinetiq. The company did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The contract is expected to be awarded in early 2019.Both Endeavor and Qinetiq have strong track records with the U.S. military, having supplied it with its earlier generation of ground robots such as Endeavor’s Packbot and Qinetiq’s Talon and Dragon Runner.After hiding the Scorpion behind a shroud at a recent Army conference, Bielat and engineers at Endeavor showed it for the first time publicly to The Associated Press in November. Using a touchscreen controller that taps into the machine’s multiple cameras, an engineer navigated it through tunnels, over a playground-like structure and through an icy pool of water, and used its grabber to pick up objects.It’s a smaller version of its predecessor, the Packbot, which was first used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2002 and later became one of soldiers’ essential tools for safely disabling improvised explosives in Iraq. Bielat said the newer Scorpion and Centaur robots are designed to be easier for the average soldier to use quickly without advanced technical training.“Their primary job is to be a rifle squad member,” Bielat said. “They don’t have time to mess with the robot. They’re going to demand greater levels of autonomy.”It will be a while, however, before any of these robots become fully autonomous. The Defence Department is cautious about developing battlefield machines that make their own decisions. That sets the U.S. apart from efforts by China and Russia to design artificially intelligent warfighting arsenals.A November report from the Congressional Research Service said that despite the Pentagon’s “insistence” that a human must always be in the loop, the military could soon feel compelled to develop fully autonomous systems if rivals do the same. Or, as with drones, humans will still pull the trigger, but a far-away robot will lob the bombs.Said P.W. Singer, a strategist for the New America Foundation think-tank : “China has showed off armed ones. Russia has showed them off. It’s coming.”Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more

IMF Approves US 347 Billion Precautionary Line for Morocco

Washington – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved a new two-year arrangement for Morocco under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) for US$ 3.47 billion, the Fund said Saturday.The access under the arrangement in the first year will be equivalent to about US$ 1.73 billion, the Washington-based Fun said in a statement.According to the Fund, the new PLL arrangement will provide Morocco with useful insurance against external shocks as the authorities pursue their reform agenda aimed at further strengthening the economy’s resilience and fostering higher and more inclusive economic growth. “The authorities have successfully reduced fiscal and external vulnerabilities and implemented key reforms with the support of two successive 24-month PLL arrangements”, the same source pointed out.Morocco’s first PLL arrangement for US$ 6.21 billion was approved on August 3, 2012. Morocco’s second 24-month PLL arrangement for US$ 5 billion was approved on July 28, 2014.The PLL was introduced in 2011 to meet more flexibly the liquidity needs of member countries with sound economic fundamentals and strong records of policy implementation but with some remaining vulnerabilities. read more

Haiti UN peacekeepers turn former gang chiefs headquarters into health clinic

“We are here to help the Haitian people,” the commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Brazilian contingent Claudio Barroso Magno Filho said. “And this aid cannot be achieved if there is not first security and peace. That is why our security operations are immediately followed by our humanitarian assistance.” Until last Friday, when the UN launched a 700-troop-strong operation in the Boston area of Cité Soleil, one of Haiti’s most crime-ridden neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince, the capital, Jamaica Base was the headquarters of the gang chief named Evans, who used it to coordinate his activities in a country that has seen a surge in extortion, kidnappings and the recruitment of children into gangs. Now, doctors and dentists from MINUSTAH’s Brazilian contingent tend to local residents at what is today a new community centre. At its inauguration yesterday, Raymond Jean-Baptiste turned up with his seven-month-old daughter, happy for the free consultation. Clowns came too, dancing with the children, and the Brazilian peacekeepers handed out free footballs. They also brought soup and clean drinking water for Boston’s residents. “It’s above all the lack of drinking water,” Brazilian doctor Mario Cesar Furtado Joris said. “Most of the patients have allergies, skin disease or intestinal infections. They are suffering from diarrhoea and malnutrition. All these illnesses are due to a lack of food and drinking water. Moreover the garbage causes allergies.” A woman, about 40 years old, holding some cans joined the line for water. “The situation is already much better, but small time thieves are still here,” she said. “At night there are still security problems.” The Boston operation follows a similar strategy that the Brazilians used when they cleaned up another notorious neighbourhood, Bel Air. “The security operations were designed to restore calm and peace in order to allow the return of social activities,” Major Barroso said. “At present the Boston area is completely under MINUSTAH’s control.” MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has reported that armed criminal gangs are forcing children to take part in their operations, often under threat of killing them, and using them as human shields in confrontations with the police. 15 February 2007Just days after launching a large-scale security operation to clean up one of Haiti’s most notorious hotbeds of criminal gangs, the United Nations peacekeeping mission has transformed the former crime boss’s headquarters into a free medical clinic, with clowns to cheer up sick children. read more

Latin American Caribbean exports to jump 21 per cent this year finds

According to the study, “Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Economy 2009-2010: A crisis generated in the centre and a recovery driven by the emerging economies,” the expected rise in 2010 follows a 22.6 per cent decline in 2009, making the increase even more pronounced. The increase is driven mainly by South American sales of prime materials.Produced by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the report indicates, for example, that regional exports to China rose from -2.2 per cent in the first semester of 2009 to 44.8 per cent during the same period this year. However, there are significant differences within the region.Growth has been much greater in countries that export natural resources, such as agricultural, livestock and mining products – namely, South American nations, the study shows. It has been slower in countries that import basic commodities and depend on tourism and remittances, such as the Central American and the Caribbean economies.The differences between subregions are also significant.According to ECLAC estimates, exports from Mercosur countries (South America’s “Southern Common Market”) are expected to increase 23.4 per cent this year and those from Andean nations by 29.5 per cent. By contrast, sales from the Central American Common Market will expand only 10.8 per cent. Exports from Mexico, for example, are expected to rise by 16 per cent, and from Panama 10.1 per cent, while sales from Chile should see growth of 32.6 per cent.The most notable upswing from the worst period of the crisis in 2009 is expected in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), whose exports are estimated to leap from -43.6 per cent in 2009 to 23.7 per cent in 2010.The report also examines trade developments in the region over the past decade, concluding that export growth during those ten years was slower than in the 1990s and lower than in other developing regions, both in value and volume. However, the region took two different routes during that time: South America doubled export growth, while in Mexico and Central America it dropped by over 50 per cent.This disparity is largely due to the fact that the exports that most increased were natural resources from South America, at the expense of manufactured products and services with varying degrees of technological content. According to the report, the subregion has reverted to an export structure based on prime materials similar to that of 20 years ago.While in 1999 natural resources made up 26.7 per cent of total exports from the region, in 2009 they composed 38.8 per cent of the total.The difference in the growth rates of natural resource exports and manufactured goods realigned the relative weight of Mexico’s exports, on the one hand, and sales from South America, on the other.The participation of Mexico in the region’s total exports fell from 40 per cent in 2000 to 30 per cent in 2009, while Brazil increased its participation from 13 per cent to nearly 20 per cent during the same period. Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru also expanded their participation in total exports based on the sale of natural resources.The region has been unable to improve the quality of its international insertion, and the expansion of natural resource-related sectors does not seem to have contributed sufficiently to the creation of new technological capacities, states the report.“The diversification of exports, a strong boost to competitiveness and innovation, and greater regional cooperation will allow Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the quality of its insertion in the global economy, close productivity gaps, and capitalize the opportunities of international trade in order to grow with more equality,” said ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena during the launching of the report at the Commission’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile. 2 September 2010A new United Nations study says that exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will grow by 21.4 per cent this year, owing mainly to purchases from Asia – particularly China – and the normalization of United States demand. read more

More reliable data needed to combat racism and discrimination – UN human

“The lack of disaggregated data has led to a serious information gap that limits the effective identification of population groups that are suffering discrimination,” the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere, said after presenting his latest report to the UN General Assembly.“It also hinders adequate policymaking at the national, regional and international levels and promotes impunity,” Mr. Ruteere said.He noted that, although there is no clearly stated international obligation to collect ethnic data, the human rights legal framework provides a strong mandate to gather this kind of data.“The right to be free from discrimination includes the right to access information that could serve as evidence to prove discrimination,” he said.The human rights expert acknowledged the fears and anxieties expressed by some states and vulnerable groups regarding the collection of sensitive data, but he said that these concerns can be overcome if strict human rights rules are observed, including the right to privacy, the protection of data, the establishment of participatory processes based on informed consent as well as the self-identification of respondents. “The collection of data disaggregated by ethnicity on economic, social, cultural, civil and political indicators is a pre-requisite if we are to identify patterns of discrimination and existing gaps,” Mr. Ruteere said. “Through better data collection, discriminated groups will become more visible and get better protection.”Equality is at the heart of the newly adopted sustainable development agenda which, under Goal 17, calls for the collection of disaggregated data to measure progress while leaving “no one behind,” to promote and foster non-discrimination while upholding the universality of human rights, he said.“At a time where the international community is discussing how to measure progress on the new agenda, the adoption of indicators capturing levels of discrimination will demonstrate States’ commitment,” Mr. Ruteere said.Mr. Ruteere was appointed by the Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in November 2011. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organisation and serves in his individual capacity. He is not UN staff and does not receive a salary for their work. read more

Red Rum trainer Ginger McCains granddaughter wins first race aged 16

first_img 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. Now she has her sights set on winning the Jockey Club Racecourses North West Development Award, which gives £20,000 to female jockeys to help further their careers.To take the award a jockey must win one of the races at Carlisle on #AmazingMonday – the UK’s only all female jockey card of races – on August 7 and then go on to win the Betfred Ladies’ Trophy Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park on August 12.Ella, who lives with her family in Cholmondeley in Cheshire, was beaming after winning her debut race. Ella (in yellow) riding to victoryCredit:John Grossick/The Jockey Club/NNP Ella (in yellow) riding to victory She told The Jockey Club: “It was brilliant, it doesn’t get much better than this, winning your first race. I’ve just done my GCSEs and this was far more enjoyable!”I was OK as far as nerves go right up until the moment I got in the car to come here and then the butterflies started. “I’ve ridden him (Dark Confidant) for a few days at home as we’ve only just got him but he’s a really nice horse. It was his first time at this distance but I knew he would stay on.”How will I celebrate? I think I’ll go to bed! Next up, I am looking at Catterick on Wednesday and a ride on Tawseef who is another horse I’ve ridden at home.”Hopefully I can come back here (Carlisle) and get a ride at Amazing Monday, with dad or anyone who will give me a chance.”It was a proud moment for father Donald, who saw his other daughter Abby ride her first winner earlier this month at Wolverhampton and trains Ella’s winning horse Dark Confidant.Donald’s father Donald “Ginger” McCain trained Red Rum to three National wins in the 1970s and Amberleigh House to victory in the 2004 National. The 16-year-old granddaughter of  Red Rum’s trainer Ginger McCain has kept his legacy alive by riding her first ever winner aged 16.Ella McCain, whose father also trained 2011 National winner Ballabriggs, was riding in her first race on Friday night at Carlisle racecourse just weeks after finishing her GCSEs.The teenager found herself in the winners’ enclosure at Carlisle on Friday after securing victory on 7-1 shot Dark Confidant in the 6.05pm, a seven furlong flat race.last_img read more

Brexit 42 million migrants still wait to learn their fate

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIt’s over: Britain files for divorce from the European UnionMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”UK Govt says freedom of movement ‘will end’ after BrexitAugust 19, 2019In “latest news”EU citizens ‘denied residency documents’February 18, 2017In “World” It’s one of the core tenets of the European Union: Citizens should be able to move freely between countries — no questions asked.But what happens when a member state leaves the bloc?Nearly eight months have passed since Britain voted to leave the EU, but it’s still not clear whether millions of EU migrants living in the U.K. will be permitted to stay. British expats living in Europe also remain in limbo.Calls are now mounting for Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver answers.In the House of Lords — the unelected upper house of parliament — lawmakers are trying to attach an amendment to Brexit legislation that would require the government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the country.Meanwhile, thousands of people on Monday took part in a campaign called “One Day Without Us,” which is aimed at highlighting the contribution migrants make to the U.K. Supporters posted images on social media, staged streets protests and donned pins to show their support.“When I was six, a migrant doctor performed an operation that saved my legs,” said a Twitter user named Leyla Williams. “A migrant physiotherapist taught me to walk again.”The poet Ian Duhig also issued a tribute: “The teacher who got me interested in English poetry wasn’t English, was a migrant. I’ll raise a glass today to Elio Cruz.”The numbers involved are huge: The House of Commons estimates that 3 million people from other EU states live in the U.K. Some work on farms and as construction workers, while others are employed as university researchers, doctors and nurses.Some businesses that depend on EU migrants warn that the labor pool is already drying up due to the uncertain future. Farmers and food suppliers are among the most affected, so far.Meanwhile, an estimated 1.2 million British citizens live as expats in the EU. Some are retirees who have sought out the warmer weather and cheaper cost of living in countries including Spain and Portugal.May has made it clear that reducing net immigration to Britain is one of her top priorities. But she has also expressed a willingness to make a deal with Europe on migrants who are already in the country. That’s unlikely to happen before formal Brexit talks between the U.K. and EU begin. (BBC) read more

Rio First Quantum Mirabela Nickel and Barrick Gold move forward with respective

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (December 18): Big news this issue comes from the joint Ivanhoe Mines-Rio Tinto Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia where a conditional $758 million budget for 2010 has been approved to begin construction of the copper/gold mining complex. First Quantum Minerals has entered into a binding agreement with BHP Billiton to acquire the Ravensthorpe nickel operation in Western Australia for $340 million. And, Mirabela Nickel has successfully completed commissioning of the Santa Rita plant in Brazil. On Oyu Tolgoi, Ivanhoe President and CEO John Macken said “The approval of the 2010 construction budget represents the next big step toward bringing this project into production. Ivanhoe is considering a schedule that could see construction of the initial open-pit mine completed in 2012 and commercial production begin in 2013.”Work in 2010 is planned to include:Resumption of the sinking of the 10 m-diameter Shaft #2, which will be used to hoist ore to the surface from the deep, underground, copper-gold-rich Hugo Dummett depositConstruction of a 97 m-tall, reinforced-concrete headframe for Shaft #2Pouring the concrete foundation for the 100,000 t/d concentrator and deliveries of building materials for the concentrator and infrastructureInstallation of a 20 MW power station and 35 kV distribution systemInitial earthworks for the open-pit mine at the Southern Oyu depositsContinuation of lateral underground development off Shaft #1 at the Hugo Dummett depositConstruction of a 105 km highway link to the Mongolia-China border, which will be fully paved by the time production beginsConstruction of a regional airport, with a concrete runway to accommodate Boeing 737-sized aircraft.At Ravensthorpe, First Quantum expects average annual production of nickel metal will be about 39,000 t for the first five years after recommencement of operations and an average annual production of 28,000 t of nickel metal over the expected mine life of 32 years. Ravensthorpe’s development was completed in 2007 however; operations were suspended in January 2009 after the LME nickel price dropped to as low as $8,810/t in late 2008.  Mirabela Nickel’s Santa Rita nickel project in Brazil has had all mechanical and electrical components run to the current installed nameplate capacity of 4.6 Mt/y. The operations team is now progressing the ramp up and optimisation of both the plant and the mining operations. The operation is on track to reach its interim target of 4.6 Mt of ore, on an annualised basis, during the second quarter of 2010.In Chile, Barrick Gold may decide to construct its Cerro Casale copper and gold project next year with a total investment of $3,500 million, MinerAndina.com reports. Barrick has just finalised the project’s basic engineering/feasibility study and could potentially reach a production rate of 800,000 oz/y of gold and 220 Mlb pounds of copper.In Canada, Victory Nickel has the results of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the 100%-owned Minago sulphide nickel deposit in Manitoba. The DFS confirms that the development of an open-pit mine and concentrator at Minago is technically and commercially feasible. And, De Beers Canada has started a production ramp-up at the Snap Lake mine that will see the mine reach full production levels by the end of 2012. It has also started a new training initiative with educational partners that will enable Northwest Territories residents to be trained and certified to a nationally recognised standard in underground mining.There are also reports from Inmet Mining on its Cobre Panamá copper project in Panama, European Nickel on its Çaldag project in Turkey and BC Iron on its Nullagine joint venture iron ore project in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as well as many more. To receive the full 35+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Hidden Homelessness

first_imgWe are used to seeing homeless individuals: there are 20,000 people in Melbourne alone sleeping on cardboard boxes, wrapped in dirty blankets, with some food left beside them and a hat for the spare coins of passersby. Perhaps we are a bit more used to this image than we should be; which is why most of us pay little or no attention to the 44,000 homeless young people in Australia.Often our eagerness to expand the luxurious surroundings of our own ‘Australian dream’ comfort zone, makes it difficult, impossible even for an everyday person to understand, let alone relate to, life on the streets; the reality of life from couch to couch and hostel to hostel. There is, however, a category of homeless people living among us who do not wear dirty clothes, who aren’t seen sleeping on the streets, who don’t beg for money.Canberra-born Dionysios Georgopoulos, a 20-year-old photography student at RMIT, captured images of several homeless people around Melbourne, most of them young, and decided to tell their stories through his lens.Working with the St Vincent de Paul Society, one of Australia’s largest charities, Dionysios ventured on a photographic journey to depict one of Australia’s biggest social problems. “St Vincent’s de Paul Society came to RMIT University to talk with the photography students about hidden homelessness and how we could help by taking photographs,” Dionysios tells Neos Kosmos.Dion Georgopoulos.“I personally had never heard ‘hidden homelessness’ before they mentioned it. It is a real issue that I and I’m sure a lot of other people haven’t thought about, so I thought it was a great cause and jumped on board immediately and started to think critically about the issue and how I can communicate it effectively to others.” The purpose of the project is to communicate hidden homelessness as something that can affect anyone, at any time in their life, without warning. Showing snippets of ordinary peoples’ lives shows just how destabilising and psychologically damaging an experience like this can be, according to the young photographer. “We wanted to help create a dialogue on the issue, sparking a conversation people are comfortable talking about it,” he continues. “Hopefully, this project is a first step towards understanding hidden homelessness, and creating awareness within the community.”Initially, Dionysios saw the project as a major challenge on many levels. He wondered how he could photograph people without resorting to stereotypes. He eventually resorted to the classic vox pop method, approaching a significant number of homeless people some of whom managed to conceal the fact that they had a housing problem quite well.“Ultimately it came down to talking to people about it,” he muses recounting his meetings with homeless people of all ages from different ethnic and social backgrounds.“Central Melbourne was a great area to go since it’s filled with diverse people, cultures and age groups. I walked around the street and started talking to ordinary people about their experiences and this idea of hidden homelessness.” To his surprise the majority of people he talked to had some form of housing stress whether it was minor or severe. Although even more surprising was their openness. “While some were hesitant to open up to me,” he explains. “Most were more than happy to share their experiences.”Dionysios will be finishing his degree at the end of this year, and even though it is difficult to say what his future plans are, he hopes to begin a career in photojournalism and continue to tackle a variety of different social and environmental issues. “Communicating these stories effectively to a large audience and finding new ways to tell them is very exciting to me,” he says.“This project is only the beginning.”Kenbon

: “I remember two years ago when I used to live with my family and they kicked me out of the house. I went to Yarra housing and they gave me money to sleep in a hotel for 3 days, that’s what I had to do. I am currently staying at my friends house, I’ve been here for about two weeks and they gave me a bedroom in Fitzroy. It is really a tough situation, I felt concerned and didn’t really know what to do. My situation is alright at the moment, and I hope I can stay at my friend’s house long enough to find a new place.”Alexander: 
”Recently I broke up with my girlfriend and I got kicked out of the house, even though it was a joint lease. I was trying to do the nice thing so I left. I had to call on a few mates to couch surf for a while. I live in Hobart in Tasmania, and I was sleeping in the backyard in a tent for two-and-a-half months with my friends. The break-up was expected but the rest that came with it was the hardest; being homeless, living in a tent, relying on your mates. It was dark.”Nashan: 

”I was going through that teenage stage where you have problems with your parents, and I started staying out late. Sometimes I would stay with my friends and other times I wouldn’t have anywhere to stay. There were a few nights where I would roam around the streets, going into McDonalds and ordering a burger trying to stay as long as I could, until they kicked me out. The main thing that hit me that night was the cold, it’s something you take for granted, just heating, somewhere warm to sit or even sleep. It made me appreciate what homeless people go through, there was something very primal being out in the cold all night.”Ben

: “When I was 12 years old with my father worked as a dishwasher and chef, we didn’t really have any stability, a home, or anything like that. As a kid you when you don’t really have that sense of place, or security, it kind of makes you bit more anxious about what could come around the corner. Dad always struggled with money and bills, we lived in share houses. It was difficult to focus on studies, especially when going through high school it’s just something you always have to worry about. 
It defiantly made me grow up a lot quicker, it’s very real, you have no money, you have no where to stay, no where permanent. Faced with something that’s very adult at a very young age.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un smartphone équipé dun écran 3D dans les tiroirs dAmazon

first_imgUn smartphone équipé d’un écran 3D dans les tiroirs d’Amazon ? Amazon travaillerait actuellement sur un smartphone équipé d’un écran 3D, visible sans lunettes. Selon le Wall Street Journal, l’entreprise y intégrerait aussi un système de reconnaissance des mouvements de la rétine. “Un smartphone très haut de gamme, présentant un écran créé pour visualiser des images en 3D, sans lunettes”, voilà comment est décrit le prochain projet d’Amazon. Après le succès de l’entreprise dans les appareils électroniques comme les liseuses Kindle ou les tablettes Kindle Fire, les smartphones sembleraient donc être la prochaine destination d’Amazon. Et de nombreuses hypothèses entourant ce terminal ne cessent d’apparaître, pratiquement depuis le premier jour suivant le lancement de la Kindle Fire.Cependant, créer, en 2013, un smartphone dont la fonctionnalité principale est un écran 3D, semble tout de même un peu prétentieux, voire légèrement improbable. Aux premiers pas de cette technologie, de nombreux constructeurs avaient tenté de mettre au point des smartphones embarquant la 3D sans lunettes, avant de lâcher l’affaire. Seul l’EVO 3D de HTC avait fait parler de lui. Le smartphone intégrait une fonction 3D autostéréoscopique de très bonne qualité.Une technologie impressionnante… mais peu probableDans tous les cas, le Wall Street Journal décrit presque cette technologie comme incomparable. Grâce à une technologie de suivi de la rétine, les images du smartphones sembleront flotter au-dessus de l’écran tel un hologramme. Elles pourraient alors apparaître en trois dimensions peu importe l’angle de vue, ce qui n’est pas le cas, par exemple, de la Nintendo 3DS. Plus étonnant encore : les utilisateurs devraient pouvoir naviguer dans le contenu de leur mobile en n’utilisant que leurs yeux !Le système de suivi de la rétine permettrait donc d’augmenter les effets de la 3D. Il pourrait aussi permettre au smartphone de détecter ce que l’usager regarde et de refaire le point directement. Dans une moindre mesure, c’est ce qu’a essayé de faire Samsung, avec son Galaxy S4. Empruntant le système Air View au Galaxy Note II, le smartphone permet à l’utilisateur de survoler l’écran du doigt pour prévisualiser certains contenus, comme une vidéo, des mails ou encore un événement du calendrier.Une arrivée massive de prototypesEt, au cas où, ce smartphone ne séduirait pas les foules, Amazon plancherait également sur un appareil centré autour d’une fonction audio en streaming, si l’on en croit les rumeurs. Le développement de ce dernier semblerait d’ailleurs plus sensé puisque Amazon possède désormais  le site de musique en streaming Audible.com. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour ne pas en rester là, la firme développerait également un décodeur, permettant de mettre en avant les services de streaming d’Amazon. Considéré comme un concurrent potentiel de l’Apple TV, les utilisateurs pourraient regarder, en streaming, des films et vidéos depuis les services Amazon, mais aussi d’autres comme Netflix. Un autre smarpthone serait aussi dans les cartons d’Amazon. Mais ses fonctionnalités restent encore inconnues. En réalité, ces nouveautés font partie de la volonté d’Amazon de mettre le paquet sur les prototypes. Appelés les “Projets Alphabet”, chaque appareil est reconnu par un nom de code composé d’une lettre de l’alphabet, précise Zdnet. Chaque prototype est surveillé de près au sein du Lab126 d’Amazon, situé à Cupertino. Certains de ces appareils devraient faire leur apparition sur le marché d’ici quelques mois. Cependant, quelques projets pourraient bien être rapidement abandonnés, pour cause de “mauvaise performance, problèmes financiers ou autres”, précise une source proche d’Amazon.Le 10 mai 2013 à 12:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lasana Jobartehs judgment postponed

first_imgBy Lamin SanyangMagistrate Isatou Janneh of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Thursday, 19 June, 2014 postponed the delivery of judgment in the trial of Mr. Lasana Jobarteh of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP).As the crowded courtroom was anxiously waiting for the judgment, a court official walked into the courtroom and went up to the defense counsel, Ousainou Darboe, to ask him to answer to the magistrate in her chambers. A few minutes later, it was announced that the matter was pushed to next week.“The magistrate said the judgment is not ready,” said Lawyer Darboe.The courtroom was almost full to capacity with relatives, friends and sympathizers of the accused person.It could be recalled that Mr. Lasana Jobarteh was arrested and detained at the National Intelligence Agency [NIA] headquarters in Banjul and denied access to his family and friends for eight days. He was later escorted to the police headquarters in Banjul. Thereafter, he was transferred to the Bundung police station from where he was taken to the Bundung Magistrates’ Court. He was charged with broadcasting without a license, contrary to the Information and Communication Act 2009.The particulars of offence was that between 14 and 15 December 2013, while attending the opposition United Democratic Party [UDP] political rallies at Buffer Zone in the Kanifing Municipality and Brikama and diverse places, Jobarteh talked on Skype using an IPOD and gave information abroad without a broadcasting license, and thereby committed an offence.Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court granted him court bail in the sum of D250, 000 and ordered him to produce two Gambian sureties who shall deposit their ID cards, and further stated that one of them must deposit a title deed with the court’s registrar. ]]>last_img read more

Mayor announces full regulatory proposal for dockless scooters and bicycles

first_img Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a proposal Thursday to regulate the use of dockless electric scooters and bicycles around the city.The proposed regulations would require dockless scooter companies like Bird and Lime to limit scooter speeds to as low as 3 mph in high-traffic areas and provide monthly data reports to city officials on maintenance, trip and parking information and reported incidents and hazards.Riders would no longer be able to park scooters and bicycles in hospital and school zones, beach area boardwalks, the perimeter of Petco Park and the north and south legs of the Embarcadero. Riders would also only be able to park scooters in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Scooter speeds, currently a maximum of 15 mph, would be slowed to 8 mph in places like Spanish Landing, Petco Park and Balboa Park and 3 mph on the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. Scooter companies would use geofencing technology to limit parking abilities and speeds in specific areas, technology that Bird already uses in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city would also require scooter companies to apply for a six-month permit and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year. The permits could only be amended or renewed in January or June.“We welcome more mobility options and these new regulations take a common-sense approach that will allow this emerging market to grow in a responsible way,” Faulconer said. “Scooters and e-bikes are providing an opportunity for thousands of people to get around town without a car, creating less traffic and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”Faulconer proposed a regulatory framework for dockless scooters in October, which included many similar requirements such as operational permits and speed reductions in high-traffic areas. The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved the framework concept that same month and directed city staff to draft a full proposal.Public transportation advocate Colin Parent, the executive director of Circulate San Diego, said he favors the laundry list of regulations to the dockless scooter market.“The city of San Diego is taking a smart approach to dockless mobility,” Parent said. “San Diego is ensuring access to new transportation choices, while balancing the needs of other users of the public right-of-way.”The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expects to hear the proposal on Feb. 20. Posted: February 14, 2019 Mayor announces full regulatory proposal for dockless scooters and bicyclescenter_img Updated: 10:19 AM February 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista

first_img VISTA (KUSI) – Opening statements were scheduled Wednesday in the trial of two sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting a handcuffed Vista man and his father during an arrest last year.Deputy Nicholas Morgan, 27, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault without lawful necessity by an officer, and Deputy Joshua Nahan, 31, with one count, for allegedly roughing up Gerardo Martinez Jr. and Gerardo Martinez Sr.The father and son were arrested last May 7 after the lawmen responded to a domestic violence call.A 22-second video shot by a bystander appears to show the deputies shoving Martinez Sr. into a wooden fence while his son was pinned on a concrete sidewalk and repeatedly struck in the head.Morgan faces up to two years in jail if convicted, and Nahan could be sentenced to one year in jail if found guilty, according to the District Attorney’s office.A resisting-arrest charge was dismissed against Martinez Jr., who pleaded guilty last July to a domestic violence-related charge and was sentenced to four years of probation. Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista men KUSI Newsroom, May 22, 2019 Posted: May 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Anchorage economic report Pain ahead but not devastation

first_imgAnchorage Economic Development Corporation CEO Bill Popp addresses the crowd at the group’s annual economic forecast luncheon on Wednesday, July 27. (Photo by Graelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s annual forecast for the local economy is usually pretty sunny, but the steep drop in oil prices last year means Anchorage and Alaska are in the midst of the first economic downturn in nearly three decades. Still, the overall message at the AEDC’s annual economic forecast luncheon at the Denai’na Center in downtown Anchorage Wednesday wasn’t all doom and gloom.Listen nowAEDC CEO Bill Popp said if you want to sum up the forecast for the pain that those plunging oil prices are going to deliver to the city and the state, you should think pinch, not punch.“Our view is that it’s going to be a sharp pinch, and it’s definitely going to leave a mark on the economy, but it’s not going to be a knockout blow to the economy,” he said.Here’s the outlook as Popp explained it before the 1,500 attendees settled down to lunch and a string of speakers. Anchorage is going to shed about 1,600 jobs in 2016, and nearly as many next year. That’s about a 1 percent loss annually.The biggest job losses will be in oil and gas and professional and business services. Plus, the state’s capital budget dropping to just about nil means construction is also taking a big hit, and that has a ripple effect on retail and service employment.But Popp said some of those jobs could come back in 2019 if oil rebounds and starts pulling the economy back up. He said a lot of industry watchers are expecting per-barrel prices to return to the high $50 range within a few years—but they’re not going to bounce back to where they were pre-2015.“We really don’t like it but it is what it is and we need to deal with the reality of lower long-term prices.”He said the good news is that Alaska is much more diversified than it was the last time the oil-based economy sputtered badly in the late 1980s. And that’s reflected in the fact that some of the news coming out of this year’s economic outlook is good: The healthcare and tourism industries have seen significant growth already this year, and Popp said the housing market isn’t as bad as some are saying“We’re actually sailing through this with pain, but not devastating pain,” he said.He said there is something everybody should be worried about, and that’s how you’re feeling right now. The AEDC tracks something called the Anchorage Consumer Optimism Index, and in 2016, it hit an all-time low.“We attribute that to uncertainty and also the emotions of the times,” said Popp. “You know, when you see nothing but bad news, hear nothing but bad news either in the media or from your friends or on social media, it tends to be difficult not to be pessimistic.”In other words, even if a lot of economic markers are pointing to a pinch, locals are fearing a punch. At the end of his forecast speech to the assembled business community, Popp drove home the danger of that shaky consumer confidence. If businesses and consumers are afraid, he said, “they will stop investing, spending, and making the current economic situation much worse than it needs to be.”He said a big part of the problem is that the state government still hasn’t come up with a long-term fiscal plan. If there’s one urgent takeaway from the economic report, he says, it’s this: Put pressure on the state to come up with a budget people can be confident in.Not easy, he says, but: “We Alaskans do love a challenge.”last_img read more

Confusion Over Voter ID Spreads As Early Voting Continues

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /02:18 Listen As early voting continues across Texas, complaints are piling up of problems at polling locations. Grievances range from long lines to faulty machines. But they also include poll workers providing false or misleading information about voter ID requirements. The Texas Civil Rights Project reports fielding more than 200 such complaints since Monday. Most are coming from the state’s largest metro areas.“So in the Bayland Park Community Center in Harris County, we actually saw people report to us that there was poll workers letting them know wrong information about the voter ID [law],” says Zenén Jaimes Pérez, a spokesman for the project. “They were told that they needed photo ID. Same thing happened in other parts of Harris County. And we’re also seeing that actually in San Antonio.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016A federal appeals court ruled earlier this year that Texas’ voter ID law discriminated against minorities and the poor. Under a compromise agreement between Texas and the Justice Department, voters unable to obtain a photo ID can use several alternate forms of identification, such as a paycheck or a utility bill.But attorney Matt Williams says he saw something different when he went to vote in Dripping Springs, near Austin.“Almost immediately upon arriving and getting in line,” he says, “one of the poll workers started kind of intercepting the people walking out of the parking lot yelling, ‘You have to have a valid photo ID to vote today.’ And she continued, probably for the next half hour, her and one other lady would walk up and down the line, and they would yell that same information.”Williams says several people in line protested, calling attention to the recent court ruling. They even pointed out the language on posters in the polling station explaining the new rules. Williams says the poll workers ignored them. “If I hadn’t had a valid ID, I would have walked away thinking I could not vote.”News 88.7 reached out to the Hays County election administrator for comment on the early voting situation in Dripping Springs. We were unable to make contact by air time.A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Carlos Cascos says the office is unaware of poll workers providing incorrect information. The Texas Civil Rights Project sent Cascos an e-mail detailing the problems on Tuesday.Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart downplays any such problems in Houston.“The complaints have been almost nonexistent,” Stanart says. “We’ve trained our clerks and our judges exactly how to handle this, and they are doing it.”More than a quarter of a million people have already cast ballots in Harris County, either in person or by mail. That’s more than 10 percent of the county’s total number of registered voters. X Sharelast_img read more

Banner Health Extends Partnership With Philips for PerformanceBridge Practice

first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more January 2, 2018 — Philips and Arizona-based Banner Health recently announced they have extended their multi-year partnership to include adoption of Philips’ PerformanceBridge Practice, helping Banner to accelerate its clinical transformation in radiology and further deliver on its goal of improving care for patients. PerformanceBridge Practice is a part of the Philips PerformanceBridge portfolio, a suite of operational performance improvement software and services that assist radiology departments in enhancing productivity, improving the patient and staff experience, while delivering better value-based care. Philips and Banner will work collaboratively to pinpoint improvement opportunities, and a dedicated Philips Solution Advisor will help Banner to develop solutions that address areas for improvement. Banner will roll out PerformanceBridge Practice in all 28 of its radiology departments in a two-phased approach, starting with their 16 Arizona and academic sites, then expanding to its 12 radiology departments in five other states.Introduced in 2016, Philips’ PerformanceBridge Practice is a vendor-agnostic connected solution that aggregates data from across different imaging modalities and information systems, to provide healthcare professionals access to customizable data on departmental performance. For Banner, this will include a customized user-interface to provide radiology teams with access to actionable information that can help administrators prioritize operational improvements in asset management, equipment uptime and utilization, peer-to-peer collaboration, accreditation compliance and practice management.”The pressure to reduce costs while increasing operational efficiency in the current healthcare environment is intense, which requires us to look at performance improvement in imaging very differently,” said Becky Kuhn, chief operating officer for Banner Health. “Investing in the right tools and technologies helps us to provide better service to our customers. Connecting our radiology assets, and getting a better view into the performance of our radiology departments, will help us to become more efficient, elevate patient safety, and save on capital investments. Ultimately this allows us to reinvest in what matters most – our patients.”Because health systems typically need additional technology support in understanding, adopting and deploying new solutions, Philips offers support with its PerformanceBridge offerings via a Solution Delivery team: Solution Architects, Solution Advisors and IT Engineers with deep knowledge of radiology operations, clinical workflow, radiology IT (information technology), big data analytics, medical imaging technology and financial modeling. This will give organizations like Banner the dedicated support they need from experts at Philips who can help their administrators understand how to leverage PerformanceBridge Practice, while implementing improvement strategies based on meaningful insights provided by the practice management tool.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Analytics Software | January 02, 2018 Banner Health Extends Partnership With Philips for PerformanceBridge Practice Suite combines analytics and services for continuous radiology department improvement The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. center_img 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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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Los Angeles sets visitor records again

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined today by other elected City, airport and local tourism officials to announce a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism for the City and record-breaking passenger levels at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).In 2014, 43.4 million visitors made Los Angeles their ultimate destination, while an estimated 70.7 million passengers traveled through LAX in 2014.The announcements were made at LAX’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal, where four additional aircraft gates recently became operational, for a total of 12 new gates.The mayor reported that in addition to last year’s record set for visitation – an increase of 1.2 million visitors over 2013 levels – tourism records also were set for the highest level of international visitors at 6.5 million which is an estimated record-breaking hotel occupancy rate of 79 percent.Mayor Garcetti also reported that LAX’s record 70.7 million passengers last year was approximately six percent higher than the 66.7 million passengers in 2013.“The continuing, record-breaking growth and strength of tourism in Los Angeles is a shining light for our economy, creating good-paying jobs for our families, benefiting local businesses, and generating significant revenue for the city that goes toward the public services our city needs,” Mayor Garcetti said.Mayor Garcetti attributed the record-breaking levels to new attractions, growth in the International marketplace – particularly China, revitalized neighborhoods including Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.Also growing recognition of L.A. as a hot culinary and cultural destination, and LAX’s current multi-billion-dollar modernization program to improve international and domestic terminals, airfield, utilities plant, roadways, and other facilities is believed to have played a part in the increase.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The CBS Sports columnist finished that assessment of the team with one bold claim.“Look, they would have won the division last year if Carson Palmer stayed upright the whole season. I’m convinced of that.” Comments   Share   Gunter is a 6-foot-5 defensive lineman whom the Cardinals took in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He posted seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season as a senior at Delaware State.Prisco gave several other reasons why he thinks Arizona will improve on last year’s strong campaign.“They’re better than they were a year ago, provided Carson Palmer’s standing up, and it looks like he’s made great progress” he said. “I mean look at that team. Yeah, why wouldn’t they be better? They should be better on the offensive line. Did they overpay for the guard [Mike Iupati]? Probably, but he’s tougher; he’s more physical. I think the draft pick [tackle D.J. Humphries] should be a good player. He’s going to push Bobby Massie. And if Bobby Massie loses his job, maybe he goes to guard. Who knows?“I think that when you look at it, they’ll be better on the offensive side of the football. And then defensively, it’s still a lot of good, young players on that team. I mean they’re young on that side of the ball. And then there’s always the [Daryl] Washington factor: Can he come back and play?” While speaking with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM‘s Bickley and Marotta on Friday, Prisco specifically cited three Cardinals players to look for in 2015.“The Honey Badger [Tyrann Mathieu] was a shell of himself for most of last season [after coming back from a knee injury]. He’s a damn good football player when he’s on the field,” the senior NFL columnist said. “Troy Niklas — another guy, young guy — got to play.“(On) draft night, some of the guys said to me, they go, ‘You’ve got to go take a look at Rodney Gunter.’ And I said, ‘Alright,’ because you know he’s from a small school, and I went and looked at him. And, oh my God, that kid has a chance to be a beast. Keep an eye on him — big, strong, physical, nasty, tough and he throws dudes around. I mean, granted, he played at a lower level but, boy, he’s a tough kid.”Mathieu, a strong safety about to enter his third year, played in 13 games last season after coming back from an ACL and LCL tear, but his tackles total (37) was down significantly from his rookie year (68), when he also made 13 appearances.Niklas, a tight end, played in just seven games in his rookie season due to ankle injuries. The former second-round pick only caught three passes, but he’ll have more of an opportunity for playing time with John Carlson now retired. When looking at the Arizona Cardinals, the most recognizable names on the team are veterans like Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer and Calais Campbell. Even Patrick Peterson is about to enter his fifth season.But when it comes to improving on the team’s 11-5 season and playoff berth of a year ago, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco said some younger players will be key in the Cardinals’ push to reach the next plateau.center_img LISTEN: Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist for CBSSports.com The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more