VANCOUVERS FIRST LADY OF JAZZ STILL GOING STRONG AT 99

first_imgInitially ostracizedBut recognition and reward did not come immediately — nor easily — for Collins in 1940’s Vancouver.When the Collins family — Collins, her husband of 70 years Richard, and their four children — moved into an all-white area of Burnaby, they weren’t exactly welcomed. Eleanor Collins, Vancouver’s First Lady of Jazz, turned 99 this week. Advertisement Eleanor Collins, Vancouver jazz great, prepares for an episode of ‘The Eleanor Show’. (CBC) Eleanor Collins was the first black artist in North America to have their own nationally broadcast television show. (Franz Lindner/CBC) The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame star belonging to Eleanor Collins. (Judith Maxie) A portrait of musical artist Eleanor Collins. (Franz Lindner/CBC) Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: When asked about the significance of breaking the colour barrier in 1950’s television, she responded with typical humility.“I don’t think I was aware, completely, how different it was. I had no idea. I just came and did the things I thought I could do,” Collins told On the Coast host Gloria Macarenko.“Many years later they say that was, for the time, a very good job that you did.” When it comes to jazz, Vancouver may not be New Orleans, or New York, or even New Hampshire for that matter.Yet Vancouverites can claim a significant pioneer of musical and television history who saw her career flourish here and who chose to remain despite the siren call of south-of-the-border suitors. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Among a lengthy list of accolades is the Order of Canada, in which she was commended for her “pioneering achievements as a jazz vocalist, and for breaking down barriers and fostering race relations in the mid-20th Century.”In 1955 — over a year before the Nat King Cole TV show aired in the U.S. — Collins became Canada’s first woman, and North America’s first person of colour, to have their own nationally broadcast television show on CBUT (CBC Vancouver).last_img read more

Man gets 10 years for cyberattack on childrens hospital

first_imgBOSTON — A man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for attacking the computer network of a renowned hospital in Boston to protest the treatment of a teenager at the centre of a high-profile custody battle.U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton sentenced Martin Gottesfeld on Thursday after delivering a scathing rebuke of the man’s actions and lack of remorse in the attack on Boston Children’s Hospital and a residential treatment facility. Gorton called Gottesfeld’s crimes “contemptable, invidious and loathsome.”Gottesfeld represented himself at the hearing. He argued he should be sentenced to time served. He insists his actions weren’t criminal because he says he was trying to save the teen’s life.Gottesfeld’s wife said after the hearing that they will appeal. He was convicted in August.The Associated Presslast_img

Oil import dependence jumps to 84 Govt data

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have set a target to cut India’s oil import dependence by 10 per cent but the country’s reliance on foreign oil for meeting its energy needs has jumped to a multi-year high of nearly 84 per cent, latest government data showed. Speaking at the ‘Urja Sangam’ conference in March 2015, the Prime Minister had said that India needs to bring down its oil import dependence from 77 per cent in 2013-14 to 67 per cent by 2022 when India will celebrate its 75th year of independence. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraFurther, the dependence can be cut to half by 2030, he had said. But with consumption growing at a brisk pace and domestic output remaining stagnant, India’s oil import dependence has risen from 82.9 per cent in 2017-18 to 83.7 per cent in 2018-19, according to the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC). Import dependence in 2015-16 was 80.6 per cent, which rose to 81.7 per cent in the following year, PPAC said. The country’s oil consumption grew from 184.7 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 194.6 million tonnes in the following year and 206.2 million tonnes in the year thereafter. In 2018-19, demand grew by 2.6 per cent to 211.6 million tonnes. In contrast, domestic output continues to fall. India’s crude oil output fell from 36.9 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 36 million tonnes in 2016-17. The trend of negative growth continues in the following years as well as output fell to 35.7 million tonnes in 2017-18 and to 34.2 million tonnes in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019, PPAC data showed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe government is focusing on measures like increasing domestic production, promoting the use of biofuel and energy conservation to reduce dependence on imported crude oil. It changed exploration rules multiple times during the last five years to get the elusive private and foreign investment. The previous New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) was changed to Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) promising pricing and marketing freedom. HELP brought in open acreage licensing policy that gave companies freedom to choose areas they want to explore. Discovered oil and gas fields, taken away from state-owned firms, were also auctioned but neither this nor the open acreage policy managed to get big names to invest in exploration and production of oil and gas. According to PPAC, India spent $111.9 billion on oil imports in 2018-19, up from $87.8 billion in the previous fiscal year. The import bill was $64 billion in 2015-16. For the current fiscal, it projected crude oil imports to rise to 233 million tonnes and foreign exchange spending on it to marginally increase to $112.7 billion. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) output fell to 19.6 million tonnes in 2018-19 from 20.8 million tonnes in the previous year. ONGC’s oil production was 20.9 million tonnes in 2016-17 and 21.1 million tonnes in 2015-16.last_img read more

After Tangier Money Truck Robbery DGSN Presses Banks to Boost Security

Rabat – Following the attempted robbery of a cash-transit truck in Tangier, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has hired a special committee to carry out checks on banks’ security systems to detect any faults.DGSN is concerned that lax security at banks is one reason for the recent robbery attempts across Morocco, a security source told Daily Al Massaa newspaper.The same source went on to add that DGSN has hired a special committee in order to monitor the security systems of banks across the country. These checks aim at assuring that banks comply with the safety measures instructed in Morocco’s approach to fight burglary operations. This approach was put in place by Morocco’s Ministry of Interior in 2008.The source said the checks have enabled the special committee to detect failures in monitoring of alarm systems and cameras at several bank agencies.Camera failure has been the main reason that prevented the DGSN from stop robbers in several previous burglaries, according to the same source.These inspection operations come after armed robbers attacked an armored vehicle belonging to private security firm G4S at the Val Fleuri Avenue in Tangier on August 13.The robbers fired around 20 bullets and lobbed a Molotov cocktail as they tried to raid the cash security van.The would-be robbers fled the scene without taking anything, and the security guards accompanying the armored truck were not injured.This violence comes a few months after another incident in Tangier in which an armored truck was targeted.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Manitoba government wants to talk trade barriers with Saskatchewan

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s NDP government is hoping to have a word with Saskatchewan about new trade restrictions that could leave Manitoba companies unable to do some work for Saskatchewan Crown corporations.Kevin Chief, Manitoba’s minister for jobs and the economy, says the requirements are surprising and he wants to discuss them as soon as possible with Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan’s minister for immigration, jobs, skills and training.“I’d like to talk to him a little bit more about the specifics, to try to get his thoughts on this, to be able to hear from him first-hand,” Chief said Friday.Manitoba also plans to raise the issue at a meeting in Vancouver next week of economic development department staff from all provinces, Chief said.Saskatchewan started promoting a new approach to government contracts last month, when it listed seven Crown corporations that will “primarily” purchase from jurisdictions who have signed the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia signed the deal in 2010 in an attempt to reduce trade and investment barriers and make it easier to bulk purchase goods and services. Manitoba is not part of the agreement.Some Saskatchewan Crown corporations have started stating explicitly in contact offers — for items ranging from trucks to fencing — that bids may be limited to provinces who have signed on to the partnership.Manitoba considered joining in 2010 but decided against it. The province’s Opposition leader, Brian Pallister, said Friday that was a wrong move.“By us not being in the New West Partnership, we have moved ourselves away from a stronger relationship with people we should be working with. These are our own neighbours,” he said.Chief said Manitoba has been more focused on improving trade with all provinces under the national Agreement on Internal Trade, which is being reviewed for renewal next March.Business groups such as the Winnipeg Construction Association have called on the NDP government to join the regional trade deal, and Pallister has promised a Progressive Conservative government will sign on if he wins the provincial election slated for next April. Manitoba government wants to talk trade barriers with Saskatchewan by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2015 1:59 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ready for Olympic Games UNsupported refugee athletes set out for Rio

“I feel very excited. This is the first chance for the refugees to participate in the Olympics and to give us hope, for us to encourage the young generations of fellow refugees who are remaining in the camps maybe to continue their talent,” Rose Nathike Lokonyen, 23, told the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) prior to her departure. The five runners – two women and three men – will join five others from Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia to make history by taking part in the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. The 10-member team, backed by UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee, was created to bring global attention to the magnitude of the global refugee crisis and act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide. “We have a message to tell the world: We have come as refugees, we have come as ambassadors for refugees, now we are here to show you that we can do everything other human beings can do, and also be part of a peace promotion around the world,” said 21-year-old Yiech Pur Biel. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has praised the young athletes. “Their participation in the Olympics is a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees in overcoming adversity and building a better future for themselves and their families,” he said in a recent statement. Officially, the athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team and march with the Olympic flag immediately before host nation Brazil at the opening ceremony. The Rio Games run from 5 August to 21 August, and the Paralympic Games run from 7 to 18 September.Earlier in the week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a worldwide cessation of hostilities, as all UN Member States pledged to observe the historic ‘Olympic Truce’ during the Games.“A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality,” said Mr. Ban in his message.“I call for a push to match efforts to win medals on the playing fields with work to silence guns on the battlefields,” he added.The Secretary-General, recalling the late Olympic Gold Medallist and the UN Messenger of Peace, Muhammad Ali’s message that he ‘used boxing because it’s a platform to get to people,’ urged everyone to press all warring parties to lay down their weapons during the symbolic truce period. read more

Les étiquettes des jus de fruits bientôt mises au clair

first_imgLes étiquettes des jus de fruits bientôt mises au clairLe Parlement européen a adopté le 14 décembre en séance plénière une nouvelle version de la directive 2001/112/CE concernant les jus de fruits et les boissons du même type. Elle a pour objectif d’éclaircir l’étiquetage de ces produits pour un consommateur mieux informé. Votée à 585 voix pour, 333 contre et une abstention, la nouvelle version de la directive 2001/112/CE permettra entre autres, aux consommateurs de bien faire la différence entre un “pur” jus d’orange et un mélange de deux jus. L’étiquette de la boisson devra donc être moins évasive concernant la totalité des ingrédients utilisés. D’autant plus que la directive prévoit de ne réserver l’appellation “pur” qu’au jus contenant 100% de fruits sans sucre ni édulcorant ajoutés, ce qui devrait également permettre de valoriser le travail des producteurs.À lire aussiCes 17 végétaux comestibles que vous n’avez probablement jamais vus avant récolteA l’inverse, un mélange contenant 90% de jus de pommes et 10% de jus de fraises ne devra plus s’appeler seulement “jus de pommes” mais “jus de pommes et de fraises”, ce qui semble logique mais le Parlement a rappelé que cette pratique était encore trop courante. Au-delà d’un mélange de 2 jus, la boisson ne portera plus l’appellation “jus de fruits” mais “mélange de jus”. Tout ajout devra ainsi être mentionné sur l’étiquette des jus de fruits. Comme l’explique l’AFP, la directive vise tout particulièrement les jus d’oranges qui ne sont en fait, pour beaucoup d’industriels brésiliens et américains, qu’un mélange de jus d’orange et de jusqu’à 10% de jus de mandarine. Celle-ci apporterait du goût et de la couleur au jus d’oranges. Bientôt, lorsque les Etats membres adapteront la nouvelle version, “100% jus” signifiera donc sans additifs.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

French girls dominate at Miss Universe 2017

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MissUniverse2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppManila, Philippines, January 30, 2017 – Two French speaking countries dominated at the Miss Universe pageant last night; France who’s Iris Mittenaere won the 2017 title and Haiti.   Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier was a fine representation not just for her beauty, her brilliance as a 25 year old in pursuit of two Bachelor’s degrees but for her civic stance against bullying and her dream of finding a cure for blindness.Miss Colombia was third place in the show held in the Philippines and yes, again hosted by Mr. Steve Harvey… error free! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews #MissUniverse2017last_img

Democrats to Include Climate Change Legislation in NDAA

first_imgThe Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee will seek to include in its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation requirements that the Pentagon more aggressively study risks posed to its bases by climate change, Roll Call reported.Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) introduced a brief draft of the proposed requirements Thursday, saying they will be included in the draft markup from Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) when the full committee considers the bill June 12.“I’m not anticipating a very large pushback,” he said. “There’s already similar language that we’ve synced up with on the Senate side.”His bill would require military bases to assess climate vulnerabilities and make mitigation contingencies for severe weather risks as of part of their installation master plans. Crow’s proposal would also expand the number of bases that would need to have a master plan, according to The Hill.Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have proposed similar legislation requiring the Pentagon to study risks to installations posed by climate change. Their bill would require the DOD to increase studies from 148 to 260 on installations facing climate change effects.In January the Pentagon produced a climate report that studied only 79 of its hundreds of military bases. In response to the limited report, House Democrats followed up with orders that DOD provide more details on its report in April, as On Base reported.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Kind ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Financial crunch forces Jet Airways to reduce operations on Gulf routes

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReuters file [Representational Image]Jet Airways is reportedly modifying its international flight operations by cancelling several routes after struggling to raise funds.India’s second-biggest airline by market share will cancel the routes of nearly 40 flights a week in nine Gulf routes from Wednesday. The airlines have also added nearly 20 flights on the international routes, especially in the South-East Asia region.The airlines will trim its flight operations to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Muscat including routes Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram, Doha-Kochi, Abu Dhabi-Mangalore, Mangalore-Dubai, Delhi-Muscat and Abu Dhabi-Lucknow. The company also said that cutting a few Gulf routes won’t actually affect its scale of operations.”The airline has undertaken a comprehensive review of its network, whereby it will move capacity from uneconomical routes to more profitable ones, to more closely align the capacity offered with the demand characteristics of specific markets,” a Jet Airways spokesperson told The Times of India.”As part of this strategy, Gulf operations are being optimised to focus on connectivity at our hubs in Mumbai and Delhi instead of point-to-point connectivity. Concentrating capacity over Jet Airways’ hubs will enhance frequencies to offer greater choice to guests while improving our asset utilisation and resource productivity,” the spokesperson added.Naresh Goyal, the founder-promoter of Jet Airways, has held meetings with three prospective investors – Tata Group, Etihad and Air France Delta-KLM – as the airline is struggling from a financial crisis.Jet Airways operates more than 600 flights daily in the international and domestic sectors. It was also unable to pay salary to the staff due to the financial trouble. Earlier in November, many of the pilots and other staff had held protests against the airlines.last_img read more

4 of a family among 5 killed in Ctg road crash

first_imgMap of ChittagongFive people, including four of a family, were killed after a bus knocked a CNG-run auto-rickshaw near a Karnaphuli river’s bridge in the Chittagong city.The deceased are Md Sohel, 35, his wife Bristi Akter, 30, his two children – Sabrin, 5, and Sabrun, 3 — and driver of the auto-rickshaw Shuruj Mia, 50.Sohel with his family members were returning home in Charpathaghata area from his in-law’s house in the city.Karnaphuli police station officer-in-charge Rafiqul Islam said a bus hit the auto-rickshaw from the back at toll plaza of Karnaphuli  bridge.The police also said four of them were killed on the spot.last_img

Kamal meets press Sunday

first_imgDr Kamal HossainGano Forum president Kamal Hossain will brief journalists on Sunday about the country’s overall political situation and election atmosphere.The press meet will be held at the National Press Club at 1:00pm, Gano Forum media wing member Latiful Bari Hamim told UNB.Gano Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik said Kamal will talk about various issues relating to the next general election and the country’s latest political situation.A party leader said its top leader may talk about the ‘inaction’ of the Election Commission in ensuring a level-playing field, stopping arrest and harassment of opposition activists and the ‘bias’ role of the police and civil admiration officials, including EC secretary Helal Uddin.Besides, he said, Kamal is also likely to place some demands for reshuffling the police and civil administrations and removing partisan officials from election duties for ensuring credible polls.At the press conference, the Gano Forum leader said, some politicians may join their party.last_img read more

Hulu Losses Double in Q2 to 357 Million as Disney Is Set

first_imgBut how big will Disney’s appetite be to keep plowing money into Hulu? Remember, Hulu is competing against Netflix — which itself continues to operate at a negative free cash-flow rate — as well as Amazon, which is investing in Prime Video as a way to yield more e-commerce purchases from Prime members. Hulu also is vying for subscribers in the “virtual” pay-TV arena against Google’s YouTube TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish’s Sling TV and others.Disney keeps demonstrating that it believes internet video is the way of the future (witness the $2.6 billion it spent to acquire majority control of BAMTech). Presumably Iger and Kevin Mayer, who is chairman of Disney’s recently formed Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment, are looking at Hulu as a long-term play with the sustained investment now paying off in the years ahead.At some point, it’s possible that Disney will try to buy out the two remaining shareholders, Comcast (a 30% shareholder) and WarnerMedia (which owns 10%).Worth noting: Comcast chief Brian Roberts was just beat out in a bidding was on the Fox deal by Iger; it’s not clear Roberts wants to give Disney a nearly total hold on Hulu. On the other hand, Comcast doesn’t have a strong direct-to-consumer video play itself right now (aside from NBC Sports and its Playmaker Media division), so it might want to exit a Disney-controlled Hulu to focus on its own OTT strategy. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The Hulu parent companies don’t disclose revenue for the JV, but that’s clearly on the rise. Hulu had 20 million paying subscribers as of May, up 18% from the end of 2017. Of those, about 800,000 had Hulu’s live TV service, priced at $40 monthly.With its costs going up, Hulu’s parents — Disney, Comcast/NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner (now WarnerMedia under AT&T’s ownership) — have been pumping more money into the venture, with regulatory disclosures indicating they’re collectively putting in $1.5 billion this year. That would be up from $1 billion in 2017.Comcast said it made cash capital contributions to Hulu totaling $227 million for the six months ended June 30, up substantially from $99 million in the first half of 2017. That’s consistent with Disney’s disclosure that it has invested $227 million into Hulu over the first six months of the calendar-year 2018, and has committed to make a total capital contribution of $450 million to Hulu in 2018.On Disney’s Aug. 7 earnings call with analysts, CEO Bob Iger noted that as part of the deal with 21st Century Fox to acquire big pieces of the Fox entertainment assets, Disney will pick up Fox’s 30% share in Hulu to give the Mouse House a 60% stake in Hulu.Hulu “will fit in very significantly to our app strategy,” said Iger. He’s previously said that in the mix of the rest of Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming lineup, Hulu will be the “adult-oriented” brand, and the obvious destination for programming from the newly acquired FX and Fox television studio. Hulu already skews toward a grown-up audience with dark originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Castle Rock,” although it also has a robust slate of kids’ programming as well.At some point, Hulu also might become part of a bundle that includes the Disney-branded streaming service, which is set to launch toward the end of 2019, and the premium ESPN+ sports package.“If a consumer wants all three, ultimately, we see an opportunity to package them from a pricing perspective,” Iger told analysts this week. “But it could be that a consumer just wants sports or just wants family or just wants the Hulu offering, and we want to be able to offer that kind of flexibility to consumers because that’s how we feel the consumer behavior, what consumer behavior demands in today’s environment.” Hulu’s cash burn has accelerated — its losses in the second quarter of 2018 more than doubled — as the video-streaming venture continues to step up its investment in content and technology to acquire new customers.At this point, questions remain about what will happen next for Hulu once Disney gains majority control of the company, and how Hulu will find a path to profitability after an intense period of investing in growth.In Q2, Hulu sustained a loss of about $357 million, double from the prior-year quarter of about $173 million. That’s based on Comcast’s 10-Q filing for the period, which said the streamer’s losses were “primarily due to higher programming and marketing costs.” Disney’s quarterly filing also cited increased content spending along with “labor costs, partially offset by higher subscription and advertising revenue.”last_img read more

SpiderMan Silver Lining DLC Leaves Us Wanting More

first_imgStay on target ‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ The end of 2018 brings us the final chapter of Spider-Man’s The City That Never Sleeps DLC trilogy, Silver Lining. Like the previous DLC, this installment not only continues the story of its predecessors, but also has additional quests. Though its conclusion isn’t exactly satisfactory, it’s still a fair amount of extra content for folks who enjoyed one of the year’s most exceptional games.This entry sees the return of the mercenary Silver Sable. She’s back in Manhattan to stop Hammerhead’s minions, who are using her technology to terrorize the city. Silver Sable doesn’t exactly care about causing collateral damage, so it’s up to Spider-Man to aid her and keep her in check. On top of that, Spidey has to figure out what to do about his ally, Captain Watanabe, who now wants to deal with criminals in a more ruthless manner.The Yuri Watanabe quest line is one of two optional side missions for players to partake in. The other is the returning Screwball challenges. The Watanabe subplot tasks users with searching the city for audio tapes. These tapes give further insight into Watanabe’s current state of mind and what her endgame is. As before, the Screwball challenges have players completing a series of different challenges. Interestingly enough, there are no stealth challenges this time around. Users can also stop random crimes in lower Manhattan. None of these quests are mandatory, but they’re a good way to give people more for their money.Unlike the last two DLC, Silver Lining doesn’t have any new enemy types. Instead, every single enemy is now wearing Silver Sable tech, which makes them harder to take out. Toss in the two new enemy variants from the last add-ons (the chaingun brute and jetpack foe), and you get some rough characters to face off against. This DLC is just as action-focused as the last one, so you’ll need to be at the top of your game in order to survive. Combat-wise, this DLC is harder than the main game, even on Normal difficulty.While Silver Lining is overall enjoyable, it comes up somewhat lacking in the story department. The Miles Morales, Yuri Watanabe, and Black Cat subplots don’t come to meaningful conclusions. We don’t even get to fight any new iconic Spider-Man villains. In a lot of ways, this DLC feels like it’s setting things up for the inevitable Spider-Man sequel. That’s all well and good, but it would have been nice if The City That Never Sleeps storyline came to its own proper end.While Silver Lining doesn’t live up to its potential, it’s still a worthy add-on to and already spectacular game. We have to give Insomniac props for the way it released this DLC. Getting new content each month is like getting a new issue of a comic book. This is appropriate given Spider-Man’s origins. I doubt we’ll see more add-ons for Spider-Man, which means we have to hold tight until the sequel drops. That won’t be any time soon, and likely won’t be for this console generation. Knowing that is a bummer, but I’m sure the wait will be more than worth it.Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining at PlayStation StoreMore on Geek.com:Sam Raimi Suit Finally Comes to ‘Spider-Man’ PS4‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC Is a Fancy FeastGeeksplainer: The Spider-Verselast_img read more

Deserted Irish Island Inhabited by Medieval Monks is Up For Sale

first_imgA remote island off the west coast of Ireland that was once inhabited by medieval monks is up for sale, according to The Guardian. The uninhabited High Island, located two miles off the Galway coast, is listed for sale at €1.25 million, and is known for its 18th century mine and the remains of a medieval monastery founded in the 7th century. Medieval Irish monks were notorious for seeking out remote, exposed and wild spots in which to establish their monasteries.Skellig Michael, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kerry, Ireland. Scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filmed on this island.Indeed, early medieval monasteries can be found in some of Ireland’s most isolated and weather-beaten parts of the country, particularly on remote islands off the country’s Atlantic coast.One of the most famous of these islands is Skellig Michael, made famous as the home of Luke Skywalker in the 2017 movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The early medieval monks that landed on Skellig Michael built distinctive ‘beehive’-style, dry stone huts known as chlocháns.Skellig Michael Monastery, IrelandHigh Island, 200 miles north off the coast of Connemara, might not have the dramatic craggy appearance of the Skellig but is nevertheless a beautiful natural site.Known as Ardoileán in Irish, it rises approximately 200 feet above sea level and contains two small freshwater lakes. The total size of the island is around 80 acres, corresponding to approximately 60 football fields, according to The Guardian.Irish coastlineThe steep cliffs and gullies that surround the island also provide ample breeding space for a wide variety of bird life, including many species of gulls, barnacle geese, oystercatchers and Arctic terns. Ornithologists are also attracted to the island for the opportunity to spot Manx shearwaters, petrels and even peregrine falcons.Human settlement on the island is evidenced from the Iron Age, and archaeological findings point to human activity possibly stretching as far back as 1000 BC. However, the principal settlement on the island came in the 7th century, when Saint Féchín of Fore (d. 665) brought a group of men to the island and established a religious community.Photo by Nilfanion CC BY SA 3.0St. Féchín was typical of many other Irish holy men in this period. Born into a noble family with royal lineage, he chose a religious life of contemplation, and sought out remote, austere locations in which to establish his new monasteries.The settlement on High Island was one of his earliest foundations, but he would go on to establish the much bigger monastery at Fore, in Country Westmeath. These Irish monks lived short, difficult lives as they struggled to eke out an existence in weather-beaten, challenging terrain.Video: The mystery of the rotating island called “The Eye”:PreviewToday, High Island still bears the marks of these dedicated medieval monks. According to The Guardian, it contains the remains of a number of beehive huts, similar to those on Skellig Michael, and a church, altar and graveyard.Since the Middle Ages, the island has changed hands a number of times. In the 18th century, it was owned by a local family from Galway, who leased it to copper miners, according to The Guardian. The remains of the mine and the stone huts that housed workers may still be seen on the island.However, in 1969 a poet named Richard Murphy from the neighboring island of Inishbofin bought the island, hoping to use it as a space for reflection, contemplation and inspiration for his work. He also wanted to restore the medieval monastic remains and prevent further destruction of its unique heritage.However, the wild winds and rain that battered the island, especially in winter, began to take its toll on the poet, and over time he spent less and less time there.At present, the island offers little shelter for visitors, aside from a small modern building. However, according to The Guardian, auctioneer Luke Spencer noted that this could potentially be extended into a comfortable dwelling, and the new property would enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the Atlantic.Any prospective buyers will need to have their own transport, either by boat or helicopter, as the island is not easy to access. The nature here is wild and untamed, and High Island is a place of great beauty and historical significance.Read another story from us: This “Forbidden Island” of Hawaii is Off-Limits to Tourists and ModernityDespite its harsh climate and exposure to the elements, it’s easy to see why those intrepid 7th century monks chose this place to make their retreat from the world.last_img read more

War of Words After HP Announces Split Dell Swipes Back

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine October 7, 2014 3 min read Hewlett-Packard’s decision to split off its enterprise hardware and services unit from its computer and printer business represents a major turning point for a company in the midst of a multi-year plan to turn around its fortunes. In other words, what better time for Dell to take a shot at H-P, its biggest competitor?In the wake of H-P’s announced split, which will result in two separately-listed companies, Dell quickly made a play likely aimed at picking up some of H-P’s customers. “Dell is singularly focused on its customers and partners and is committed to providing end-to-end IT solutions that they need,” David Frink, a Dell spokesman, said in a statement to Bloomberg on Monday. “H-P’s decision to break apart its business is complex, distracting and appears to benefit HP and its shareholders more than its customers.”Dell’s Frink also told the Austin American-Statesman that it will be very difficult for H-P to completely separate its business operations and that similar processes at other large companies “have often taken years to complete.”If Dell’s swipe at H-P sounds familiar that’s probably because Dell is actually taking its cues directly from a statement H-P put out more than a year ago, when the former first announced its plans to go private through a leveraged buyout by CEO and founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Management. When Dell first announced its plan to go private as part of its own turnaround plan, H-P issued a statement saying that the company had “a very tough road ahead.”“[Dell] faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers,” H-P said in February 2013. “And with a significant debt load, Dell’s ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell’s customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.”The tone and message of both comments are nearly identical: Cast doubt over whether or not the move will be successful, while questioning your competitor’s commitment to its customers.Of course, it’s hard to expect anything different from two long-time rivals. In addition to competing for customers for years, the two tech companies have also gone head-to-head over potential acquisitions, including in 2010, when H-P bought 3PAR for $2.35 billion following a month-long bidding war with Dell for the data-storage company.More recently, both companies have been linked to potential merger talks with data-storage giant EMC Corporation. And, while the EMC-H-P merger talks reportedly died last month after the two sides failed to reach a consensus on financial terms, H-P’s CEO Meg Whitman is not ruling out the possibility of a deal coming together eventually. Speaking at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit on Monday, Whitman said her company’s M&A strategy “is very much returned base and what is in the best interest of shareholders.” How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Deputy says Cancun Playa del Carmen gas pipeline should be analyzed

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The proposal for an underground gas pipeline along the Yucatan Peninsula could be viable and should be carefully analyzed says local deputy.The pipeline, which would run through the peninsula into Cancun and south to Playa del Carmen, would supply energy to the northern portion of the state of Quintana Roo. While proposed at a federal level, it has been opposed at the municipal level with one alderman calling it a time bomb.Moisés Ramírez Heredia, Director of Civil Protection in Solidaridad says installing the gas pipeline would be putting a time bomb under the ground.However independent deputy Juan Carlos Pereyra Escudero says the idea should not be closed as an investment option for the state. He says these projects are analyzed with very specific studies on soil mechanics and feels that it could be done under the right conditions.He does say though, that if the project endangers the environment and underground river system, then it should not be considered, adding that the opinion of the municipalities should also be taken into consideration by the Energy Regulatory Commission.He recalled a change of land use granted to Sonigas in 2016 by the municipal government of Mauricio Góngora Escalante. Pereyra Escudero says the company was granted land to install a gas plant with two 250,000 meter-capacity tanks along the road to Merida.That project should also be analyzed, he says adding that before the change of land use, it was a nature reserve.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Buses could be fitted with ecofriendly engines to tackle pollution on busy

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes “We recognise that DEFRA has made it clear that our country has to take action when nitrogen dioxide emissions – mainly generated by vehicles on our roads – are at such levels that they pose a hazard to public health.” Both councils – along with Stafford Borough – had previously been awarded funding for electric taxi stations in Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. A city council spokesman said: “Our three councils bid together for this government funding, and we are pleased to have secured the money. We are serious about making Stoke-on-Trent a sustainable energy, smart city.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Dan Flanagan, of First “Our towns and cities are heavily congested with car use at busy times of the day, and only by working with the Councils can we evaluate the present traffic situation, identify congested areas and consider measures to improve access for public transport provision” The borough council says it has come up with a number of solutions to tackle air pollution in the area – including installing new electric charging points for taxis. Councillor Trevor Johnson, cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “The borough council has serious concerns about how a Clean Air Zone or other levy could hit road users and the leader of the council has written to MP Paul Farrelly asking for his involvement and support in taking up the case with the Government and to actively lobby against any ‘charging Clean Air Zone’ on the A53 (Basford Bank area). A First bus Bosses at First say public transport should be seen as a viable alternative – and a key way of reducing pollution. Operations manager Dan Flanagan said: ”We are working closely with the borough council on plans to improve air quality across Staffordshire and one initiative we are working on is to retrofit buses in compliance with euro 6 regulations, as there are only eight buses running through this area an hour, much more work needs to be done to make a noticeable impact. “We need people to consider how they travel and consider the bus as an alternative to their present modes of travel if we are to improve air quality across the county. Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailBuses travelling between the city and Newcastle could be fitted with new eco-friendly engines to help reduce air pollution. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has told Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle Borough Council to improve the quality of air in the A53 corridor on Basford Bank. In response the borough council is urging First Potteries to retrofit the eco-friendly engines into its vehicles servicing the number 3, 4, and 4a routes between Sandy Lane and Festival Park. Other options being considered include better traffic light signalling, the creation of an Etruria Valley Link Road, upgrades to the A500 upgrades, and even workplace parking levies to encourage the use of public transport. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

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first_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | April 14, 2011 Portable Imaging Device Bring Automated Arterial Imaging to Clinicians 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more April 14, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a portable cardiovascular imaging system. The Panasonic CardioHealth Station, which was unveiled at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2011 Scientific Sessions, is an automated and portable cardiovascular imaging device that aims to complement traditional blood pressure and cholesterol measurement and helps detect the hidden risk of heart attack and stroke.The FDA decision allows Houston-based CardioNexus to sell the system for use in hospitals, community clinics, cardiologist, internist and family physician offices, as well as in retail healthcare clinics.The device, which relies on Panasonic’s high-resolution, real-time ultrasound technology, measures the thickness of the arterial wall through the skin quickly and reproducibly. It enables physicians, their assistants and nurse practitioners who are not specialized in ultrasound imaging to use the device and detect high-risk patients.”The CardioHealth report which combines Framingham Risk Score with carotid IMT and plaque assessment provides a more accurate assessment of a patient’s risk than measuring blood pressure and cholesterol alone,” said Morteza Naghavi, M.D. president and CEO of CardioNexus Corp. “It takes us beyond the status quo and empowers internists and primary care physicians to use noninvasive imaging in their office.”According to a 2010 study, only 23 percent of 136,905 patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease had high LDL, or “bad cholesterol” levels while 77 percent were reported to have normal LDL levels and therefore would not have been identified as high-risk.The noninvasive imaging feature represents a breakthrough introduction into the primary healthcare market by the collaborative effort of CardioNexus and Panasonic Healthcare since their partnership was announced last October. Other features, such as point-of-care genetic testing for monitoring response to drug therapies, which collectively aim at personalized preventive medicine, will be introduced in the future.”We’ve already seen tremendous interest in the technology, particularly among internists and primary care physicians who up until now have not had an automated non-invasive imaging technology in their office,” said Steven Lynum, director of Panasonic Healthcare’s clinical products and executive vice president at CardioNexus. “CardioHealth Station allows them to easily incorporate atherosclerosis imaging in their management of cardiovascular patients based on the recent guidelines.”It includes a handheld ultrasound probe to scan the carotid arteries on both sides of the neck and to detect hidden plaque build up and increased thickness in the artery wall. Testing is performed in a matter of minutes without pain, discomfort or exposure to radiation; and the results are available immediately.For more information: www.cardionexus.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more last_img read more

Kyrgyz politician charged with seeking power grab

first_img Comments   Share   The disturbances arose from a rally ostensibly organized to demand the nationalization of an economically vital gold mine, although political analysts have suggested the meeting was a smokescreen for sowing political instability.Kyrgyzstan, a country of 5 million people on China’s mountainous western border, also hosts a U.S. air base used to support military operations in nearby Afghanistan.Tashiyev, Zhaparov and Mamytov and politicians were transported from their detention facility for a court hearing late Friday evening under intense police guard.New tensions in the ex-Soviet republic threatens to reopen fissures between the rural south, where the Ata-Zhurt nationalist party has its power base, and the more urbanized north, where the capital is located.Ata-Zhurt is the largest party in the turbulent ex-Soviet republic’s parliament, although it is not in the governing coalition. Many southerners cite this as evidence of a northern bias among the nation’s leadership.Kyrgyz news agency AkiPress reported from Jalal-Abad that backers of the arrested Ata-Zhurt politicians had erected two traditional yurts in the center and blocked a key highway skirting the town. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) – Prosecutors charged a firebrand nationalist politician Friday with whipping up public disturbances in the capital in an attempt to violently seize power in the turbulent Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.Several hundred supporters of Ata-Zhurt leader Kamchibek Tashiyev held a meeting Friday for a second day in the southern town of Jalal-Abad to demand his release.Two Tashiyev allies, Sadyr Zhaparov and Talant Mamytov, face similar charges over their involvement in crowd trouble Wednesday in the capital, Bishkek, which culminated with a mob trying to seize a building housing parliament and government offices. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Kyrgyzstan has seen the overthrow of two governments in its short history since gaining independence amid the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.President Askar Akayev was cast out of power in May 2005 after a weeks-long sit-in protest against corruption and misrule in the center of the capital.Five years later, several dozen were shot dead by government troops when angry mobs attacked the presidential administration building in unrest that led to President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s ouster.The constitution introduced in 2010 created a more even balance of power between parliament and the presidency aimed at avoiding the emergence of an authoritarian leadership.Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev, a southerner from the country’s second city of Osh, was appointed to office last month with the backing of the three-party governing coalition.Some politicians, including Tashiyev, who was still being questioned by the security services late Wednesday, have argued that Kyrgyzstan needs to revert to a more presidential model of governance.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more