Senate delays start of sittings in new home delaying start of broadcasts

first_imgOTTAWA — A design deficiency in the temporary home of the Senate chamber over the next decade is delaying when cameras will finally start broadcasting proceedings in the upper chamber.The Senate’s internal-economy committee made the decision this morning to delay sittings in the interim Senate chamber until Feb. 19, and pushed back video broadcasts no later than March 1.In a statement, the committee says work is underway to close a ceiling gap in the temporary chamber that was causing “disruptive noise levels” so bad that they would affect operations, including broadcasts.Years of efforts to broadcast proceedings from the chamber have previously been stymied by traditionalists who feared debate would degenerate if senators knew they were on camera — even though Senate committees have been broadcast for years.An official hand over of the temporary Senate building is scheduled for this morning.The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fundraising Launched in Sweden for Assaulted Moroccan Boy

Tinejdad – After Swedish security guards violently beat a nine-year-old Moroccan boy inside a train station in Malmö in February, people in the city have reportedly started a nationwide fundraising program to support him.According to the Swedish local newspaper Sydsvenskan, “a fundraising campaign was recently launched to help Sami,” the Moroccan boy who was violently assaulted by the Swedish security guards.The same source said that “The funding will also cover the hospital expenses for the boy’s father, who [lives in Morocco] needs to undergo surgery.” “I want to help my father, who needs surgery,” Sami told Sydsvenskan.The assault on Sami made international headlines in February, triggering worldwide indignation.In the video, published on YouTube, a security guard weighing approximately 90 kilos sat on the boy’s chest and pressed his gloved hand violently over the boy’s mouth and nose.The guard slammed the boy’s head against the stone floor, while the child struggled to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith). read more

UN envoy to Liberia stresses need to end violence against women

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Alan Doss made his remarks yesterday as he handed over a new UN-built police station to the people of Kronowroken, Webbo District, in River Gee County, along Liberia’s border with Côte d’Ivoire. “It does not matter where you are in Liberia, your security is important. River Gee County may be a long way from Monrovia but you are not forgotten,” said Mr. Doss, referring to the capital. The building was constructed under the UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL’s) quick impact project initiative. Noting that the opening of the new station in such a remote area was a demonstration of UNMIL’s resolve to cater for the security of Liberians everywhere, Mr. Doss also called on citizens to “stamp out violence against women.” In particular, he urged the people of Webbo to report any such incidents to the women and children’s unit at the new police station. 29 August 2007The United Nations envoy to Liberia has called for an end to violence against women, while stressing that security is paramount for everyone throughout the West African nation as it works to rebuild after a brutal 14-year civil war. read more

Game 7 is a Great Time to Get Physical

The Bruins fired their outspoken coach, Don Cherry, after the season. Cherry coached the next year for the Colorado Rockies. After they finished dead last in the NHL — their slogan had been, “Come to the fights and watch a Rockies game break out!” — CBC hired Cherry as a broadcaster. His “Coaches’ Corner” segment debuted the next year and has aired on CBC ever since. Cherry is so legendary to fans of “Hockey Night in Canada” that he was once voted the seventh-greatest Canadian of all time. Alexander Graham Bell finished ninth in the same poll. Wayne Gretzky finished 10th.Cherry — if you’ve never seen him — has a populist sensibility that seems to appeal to the same part of the Canadian psyche as Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.1Cherry was a special guest at Ford’s swearing-in ceremony as mayor in 2010. And like Ford, he isn’t much of a stickler for the rules. He loves physical hockey and hates ticky-tack penalties, like the one the Bruins got in Montreal 35 years ago.But Cherry’s experience in 1979, as much as it altered the course of Canadian and Canadien history, was more the exception than the rule. Usually in Game 7s, referees let an awful lot go and call far fewer penalties than they do in the regular season or the rest of the playoffs. Game 7s are very good environments for the physical hockey teams that Cherry likes best.Case in point: the 2010-11 Bruins, who won Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972. In those playoffs, the Bruins became the first-ever NHL team to win three Game 7s. The Bruins were a penalty-prone team, finishing third in the league in major penalties and eighth in penalties overall. They benefited from referees swallowing their whistles in those three Game 7s; just 18 penalty minutes were called in those games, including no penalties at all in the Bruins’ conference finals win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.While a game with no penalties at all is an outlier,2There were just three during the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, out of 1,230 games. referees routinely call fewer penalties in Game 7s. Since the 1987-88 playoffs, teams have accumulated an average of 8.6 penalty minutes per 60 minutes of ice time in Game 7s.3This assumes an average of 63 minutes of ice time per game in the playoffs and 61 in the regular season; playoff games are slightly longer because overtimes can go on indefinitely. The figures do not include bench minors — like Cherry’s too-many-men call — as does not track them, but these represent a small fraction of all penalties. The rate in the other six games of each playoff series is almost twice as high: 16.5 penalty minutes. It’s also almost twice as high — 16.1 penalty minutes — during the regular season.It’s unlikely that this is a fluke. Game 7s, like the one the Bruins and the Canadiens will play Wednesday and the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will play Tuesday night, are a special treat. But there have been more than 100 of them since 1988, making for a reasonably large sample. Furthermore, there is evidence from baseball, basketball and other sports that officials are prone to passivity with more on the line. About 20 percent of power plays result in goals, both in the regular season and in the playoffs.But it’s easy to blame the refs. Is it possible that the players — as opposed to the officials — are doing something differently in Game 7s?Not in a way that would explain the discrepancies in the data. The NHL now keeps track of body checks, or hits. In Game 7s since 2009, teams have averaged 28.7 hits per 60 minutes of ice time. That’s a tiny bit lower than the rate in the first six games of the playoffs, which is 30.2 hits per 60 minutes. But it’s much higher than in the regular season, when teams average 22.2 hits. The playoffs are considerably more physical, and Game 7s are typical of the playoffs.It is true that teams get into fewer fights during the playoffs. Since 1997-98, teams have been called for 0.8 minutes’ worth of major penalties per 60 minutes of ice time in the playoffs, as compared to 2.7 per 60 minutes in the regular season. Major penalties generally mean fighting majors, so that can be taken to mean that fights are only about one-third as common in the playoffs. Perhaps there are fewer fights in Game 7 than during the rest of the playoffs — I don’t have that data handy. But fighting majors are so rare in the playoffs to begin with that they can’t account for much of the drop-off in penalty minutes in Game 7s compared to the rest of the series.Incidentally, there are more misconduct penalties called in the playoffs than during the regular season, and this trend has been especially pronounced during the past five years or so. For those of you who aren’t familiar with misconducts, they’re penalties that rule a player off the ice for either 10 minutes or the rest of the game, depending on the severity of the infraction. However, unlike major and minor penalties, they don’t give the other team a power play (although misconducts are usually called in conjunction with major or minor penalties). Thus misconducts, along with fines and suspensions from the league office, may serve as an attractive solution for officials. They serve a deterrent effect without having quite as much of a direct impact on the game as fans see it.But by Game 7, referees drop all pretense of calling the game as they usually would, despite the action remaining highly physical.Which teams might benefit from this? The next chart lists the net number of goals scored by each remaining playoff team during special-teams situations (power plays and penalty-kills; the totals include short-handed goals). The higher a team ranks on this list, the more it stands to lose from a drop-off in penalty calls. Conversely, the teams low on the list would prefer more even-strength play.The Penguins and the Rangers ranked first and third among NHL teams for net special-teams goals during the regular season. The Rangers’ power play has been awful in the playoffs so far, but that’s probably just a function of a small sample size. Still, they probably won’t mind a game with fewer penalties, especially since the Penguins’ power play is so deadly. On the other hand, the Rangers are more of a finesse than a power hockey team, so it’s not likely that they’ll just be able to check Sidney Crosby into submission, even with laxer officiating.The Bruins and the Canadiens might also be something of a wash. The Bruins recorded 17 percent more hits than the Canadiens during the regular season — but the Canadiens had 20 percent more penalty minutes. And while the Bruins have the better power play, Montreal has the better penalty-kill.If there’s a team that could benefit from the Game 7 officiating style, it could be the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings led the league in hits during the regular season, and while they avoided fighting majors, they had the fourth-highest number of minor penalties in the league. They also have an anemic power play and just an average penalty-kill, which made them net-negative in special-teams goals during the regular season.Don Cherry is still an unabashed Bruins fan, but the Kings fit his style the best, avoiding blatant cheap shots but otherwise pushing the limits of legal play. If they beat the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow to advance to a Game 7, they might have better luck than Cherry did. In 1979, the Boston Bruins, facing the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, had a one-goal lead with 2 minutes and 34 seconds to play in the third period. But then the Bruins were whistled for a bench minor during a sloppy shift change — too many men on the ice. You can probably guess what happened next. Canadiens’ legend Guy Lafleur scored on the ensuing power play to tie the score. The Canadiens won in overtime. read more

Football Ohio States 2017 recruiting class is Urban Meyers best

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches as the Buckeyes warm-up before their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer has signed a top-10 recruiting class every year he’s been at Ohio State, but the upcoming 2017 class, which becomes official on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, is his best by a wide margin.  OSU’s 2017 class consists of five five-star players – Meyer has signed just six in his previous five classes combined. Of the 19 current commits, 12 are ranked in the top five at their position and 16 are ranked in the top 15. Even OSU’s lone three-star and lowest-rated commit, kicker Blake Haubeil, is the top player at his position. “When you compare the class to its predecessors at Ohio State, it’s pretty clear: this is the most talented and accomplished class in Urban Meyer’s brief stint in Columbus,” said Jeremy Birmingham, director of recruiting at Land of 10. “There are no holes, no weaknesses.” Not only is the class good by OSU standards, its average player rating is the highest ever recorded by recruiting services. “It’s arguably the most-talented team of all-time, if you look at it on a per-recruit basis,” said Andrew Lind, football recruiting analyst at Eleven Warriors. “Florida’s 2010 class is considered the gold standard by recruiting services with a 93.55 average. Ohio State’s current class — with 19 commits — sits at an unheard-of 95.20.” The 2017 class has a chance to get even better by National Signing Day as the Buckeyes are finalists for a number of players making their college decisions, including the nation’s top defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson. OSU also seeks commitments from four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, and four-star offensive lineman Thayer Munford. While he thinks they will miss out on both defensive tackles, Lind said an OSU commitment from Munford is “all but certain.” Despite the class’ historic average player rating, Birmingham and Lind agreed that Alabama — not OSU — will likely have the top class in the final 247Sports rankings, but it’s not quite black and white. “It’s hard to make an apples-to-apples comparison to Alabama’s recruiting class because the Crimson Tide have six more players committed than the Buckeyes do,” Birmingham said. “But it’s absolutely a toss-up nationally between the two.” If the Buckeyes do finish behind Alabama, it will be OSU’s second No. 2 recruiting class since Meyer’s arrival. The first No. 2 fish was the 2013 class, which helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title and break an NFL Draft record with 10 players taken in the first three rounds. “Being highly ranked doesn’t guarantee success like the 2013 class had,” Birmingham said. “But it’s a good start.” ‘Editor’s note: Kevin Harrish is a staff writer for Eleven Warriors. read more

Acer unveils the 101 inch Iconia Tab W500

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a tablet and you’ve already ruled out the iPad 2, you still have a world of options. Acer, for one, has been on a tear lately and has released a ton of tablets in different sizes that run different operating systems. Today, they released the Iconia Tab W500, a new 10.1 inch model that weighs in at 2.14 pounds, has a wealth of ports, and –here’s the clincher – runs Windows 7.To some people, a Windows 7 tablet is the kiss of death, but to others, it’s a worthwhile feature. After all, the operating system already has touch-sensitivity built-in. The number of Windows 7 tablets on the market is steadily growing, regardless of whether or not people want them. The Iconia Tab W500 is just the newest in the lineup, and the newest tablet from Acer.The W500 can be docked with a full-sized scissor-key keyboard if you’re tired of typing on the screen, and since it runs Windows 7 it supports Adobe Flash fully. It can also play back 1080p HD video. When docked, the W500 operates and feels like a netbook. The HDMI port, wired Ethernet port, and SD card slot all contribute to that feel, as does the USB port (which is in use when docked.)Under the hood, the W500 features a 1GHz AMD C-50 processor and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, and an ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics card. That graphics card powers the 10.1-inch LED backlit display, which runs at a 1280 x 800-pixel native resolution. The tablet also features Bluetooth, a front-facing VGA camera, and a rear-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. Neither, unfortunately, have a flash.On the down-side, the W500 only comes in at four hours of video watching and six hours of Web browsing before the battery dies. Even so, the Iconia Tab W500 is designed to be portable, light-weight, and easy to use. Acer is shipping two models of the W500: one with Windows 7 Home Premium for $549.99 at retail, and another with Windows 7 Professional for $619.00. If you’ve been looking for a Windows tablet that walks the line between entertainment and business, the W500 may be worth a look.via ZDNetlast_img read more

Eyes on the Solar System NASA web app lets you explore space

first_imgUnless you’re an astronaut, or a billionaire with enough money to pay for a ride into space, you’ll probably never see what Earth looks like from above its atmosphere or see the rings of Saturn in real life (sorry to be the one to break it to you). Thankfully, NASA has created a real-time 3D browser-based experience that lets you explore the planets and their moons, asteroids, and other objects in our solar system, as well as the spacecrafts that are exploring these objects.The browser-based app, called “Eyes on the Solar System,” uses video game technology and NASA data to let you control your point of view by clicking and dragging your mouse. NASA said this is the first time the public will actually be able to see the whole solar system as well as NASA’s missions as they move together in real-time. The app actually lets you follow NASA spacecrafts thanks to NASA’s actual space mission data.To get started with Eyes on the Solar System, simply download the Unity Web Player, which is a free plug-in for both Mac and PC, and then you’re good to go explore the models of the planets, comets, and asteroids. In addition to seeing missions in real-time, you can also travel back in time thanks to NASA data that dates from as far back as 1950. You can also travel to the future with projected data that goes up to 2050.There are various views available, as well as a number of controls located on pop-up menus to really customize your experience. Tabs across the bottom let you chose your time, destination, and speed. If you have a pair of red-cyan glasses, you can even see the content in 3D.Although the concept of a real-time browser-based way to explore space is revolutionary, the video below looks like something from the ‘90s. Still, it’s informative and worth a watch before you start exploring space with Eyes on the Solar System.NASA via PhysOrglast_img read more

The Director of Nightmare Before Christmas is Bringing Little Nightmares to TV

first_imgHenry Selick, best known for directing Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, is working on another nightmare. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Selick is working with Anthony and Joe Russo, of Captain America: Civil War fame, on an adaptation the horror game Little Nightmares. The Russo Brothers will develop and executive produce the series, while Selick will direct the pilot.Little Nightmares came out at the end of April 2017, and its aesthetic is perfect for Selick’s style. The game looks like a stop-motion cartoon already, and I can’t wait to see what Selick does with it. He also directed both James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, if you needed more proof of exactly how talented this guy is. His experience on Coraline especially should serve him well on Little Nightmares. He was able to translate the horror of Neil Gaiman’s children’s novel so effectively to the big screen; he should do a fine job with this adaptation.The game is about a nine-year-old girl trapped on the bottom of a massive ship. She tries to escape while evading terrifying monsters such as The Janitor, The Twin Chefs, and The Lady. It’s a simple-looking side-scrolling adventure that’s often legitimately terrifying. Though the gameplay didn’t please everyone, it certainly nailed its atmosphere.The show is still early in development, without a network or release date, so little is known about what kind of show it will be. Here’s hoping the series keeps the horror of the game intact. With Selick’s direction, it could be the scariest animated show on TV.last_img read more

Send ASA Your Soy Shots for Winter American Soybean Magazine

first_imgHarvest is over—but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Whether you’re prepping your machinery for colder weather or playing in the snow on your family farm, we want to see your pics! As you capture signs of winter on your farm, send the photos to ASA and you could be featured in Soy Shots in the January edition of American Soybean Magazine.You can upload your photos on the ASA Facebook page,Twitter account or email them to Communications Manager Jordan Bright at Make sure to include your name, city, state and a brief description of the photo.last_img read more

With two Juneau judges retiring court system seeks change to relieve bottleneck

first_imgJuneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave and Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez. (Photos courtesy of Alaska Division of Elections)Two Juneau judges are retiring this summer, but it’s unclear if applications will be immediately accepted for both seats or just one.Listen nowThe Alaska Court System hopes to upgrade one of the seats at the Dimond Courthouse to deal with increases in serious criminal and civil cases.Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave is retiring at the end of June. He was appointed to the bench in 2010.Doug Wooliver, deputy administrative director for the Alaska Court System, said they’re proposing legislation to upgrade that position to another Superior Court seat.Money for the additional salary and benefits, about $35,000 a year, would come from previous cost savings.The new judge will share staff with the two other Superior Court judges already working there.Superior Court cases are bottlenecked at the Dimond Courthouse, Wooliver said.“The Superior Court handles felons and the District Court (handles) misdemeanants in the criminal arena,” Wooliver said. “Superior Court does all family law matters, probate matters, and things like that. Sometimes District Court cases can also be very, very complex. But, in general, Superior Court work is more time-intensive and complex than District Court work.”The other District Court seat currently is held by Judge Kirsten Swanson.Wooliver said the new Superior Court judge could step in anytime as a District Court judge. The new judge could also preside over cases in other communities as the need arises.After nearly seven years on the bench, Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez also is retiring June 29, the same day as Judge Nave.“In Alaska, judges have to retire when they are 70,” Susanne DiPietro, executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council, said. “Judge Menendez falls into that category.”DiPietro said they’re accepting applications from anyone who’s worked as a lawyer in Alaska for the past five years.A wide range of experience in criminal and civil law in Alaska is ideal, but not required.Applications are due by Feb. 2.The council will do background checks on all of the applicants, and send a survey out to all Alaska attorneys asking them to comment on each applicant’s qualifications.“The council’s process is very clear, not all of the qualified applicants will be nominated, but only the most qualified of the group,” DiPietro said. “The cream of the crop, the tallest timber is how the constitutional founders referred to it.”The council will meet in Juneau to interview applicants and hold a public hearing before selecting at least two nominees. Gov. Bill Walker will then have 45 days to appoint someone to the bench.last_img read more

Vodafone Idea merger New entity to change the pecking order of Indian

first_imgShares of Idea Cellular jumped as much as 29 percent after Vodafone Group confirmed that it’s in merger discussions with India’s third largest telecom operator. At the same time, shares of Vodafone Plc on the London Stock Exchange were trading 4 percent higher in early trade.Reliance Jio vs incumbent telcos: Idea Cellular’s high-speed wireless broadband to become fully operational in 2017Any merger, if it happens, would drastically change the pecking order in the Indian telecom industry. According to a report by global brokerage house CLSA, the combined Vodafone-Idea entity would have 43 percent revenue share in the market by FY2018-19 against 33 percent of Bharti Airtel and 13 percent of Reliance Jio. “Such a merger will help Vodafone India improve its position in the mass market, while Idea Cellular would gain from Vodafone’s strength in the metro circles. Finally, the merger would create a new leader in the mobile/data industry, challenging both Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio and further intensify the competition,” CLSA said in the report.  Vodafone India said the company was exploring merger plans with the Aditya Birla Group, which operates Idea, for an all-share merger of Vodafone India and Idea. However, this excludes Vodafone’s 42 percent stake in Indus Towers. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has sought a clarification from Idea Cellular on January 30 with reference to the merger news appeared in a business daily. At the time of writing this report, any financial terms and conditions of the possible merger were not clear. According to the most recent filing to the BSE by Idea, promoters hold a 42.45 percent stake in the telco. At around 2 pm on Monday, shares of Idea were trading at 26 percent higher at Rs 98. Shares of other Aditya Birla Group companies listed on the exchange also spurted on the possible merger talks. Shares of Aditya Birla Nuvo traded at Rs 1,455, up 6.32 percent, while Grasim stock was up 6 percent at Rs 984.  BloombergOn the consolidation talks in the sector, all telecom stocks were buzzing in trade on Monday. India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel’s stocks were up 8 percent at Rs 349, while Reliance Communication (RCom) traded 10 percent higher at Rs 34.10. Such a deal could boost the merged entity’s Ebitda by 25-30 percent, led by savings in network and SG&A (Selling, General and Administrative) costs and a lower net debt-to-Ebitda ratio at 3.3 times, according to a report by the Economic Times.last_img read more

Carestream Now Shipping New DRX Plus Detectors

first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more 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 | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Carestream HealthNovember 20, 2015 — Carestream Health’s new DRX Plus 3543 and DRX Plus 3543C detectors are now shipping to healthcare providers in countries across the globe. Carestream’s third generation of wireless digital radiography (DR) detectors are faster and lighter than previous models and offer features designed to help users achieve higher productivity and improved image quality.The DRX Plus detectors offer higher detective quantum efficiency (DQE) to enable improved image quality and lower dose. In addition, these detectors can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes without failure, which achieves IPX Level 7 rating for liquid resistance and the IEC standard 60529. A reduced weight and thinner profile allows even easier handling.The new detectors also deliver: faster calibration time, boot time, preview time and full-resolution display time; on-detector calibration file storage that enables quicker setup of the detector on multiple systems; and increased battery life to enable more imaging between battery changes. A battery hot swap allows a quick battery change without a reboot.Other advantages include:Tri- and bi-color LEDs that offer improved feedback of detector statusBeam detect mode for room retrofit applications eliminates the need for cable connection to the generator. Image capture will automatically start when the detector senses the X-ray exposure; and Fast frame rate provides compatibility with advanced applications in the future.Carestream’s DRX Plus 3543 detector is designed for general radiography imaging while the DRX Plus 3543C cesium iodide detector offers benefits for pediatric and other dose-sensitive applications. Both detectors will be on display at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in Chicago.The new DRX detectors can be integrated with all other DRX systems within a provider’s environment. These detectors also can be inserted into almost any existing X-ray system to deliver enhanced functionality. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Kpop and circumstance Kim Chic big export tourism draw

first_imgIf you don’t know Yoon Eun Hye than you’ve been living under a rock or somewhere other than Asia. Or so I was told when my Korean guide asked me how familiar I was with the series, ‘The First Shop of the Coffee Prince’.One of Korea’s most popular comic-book-come-TV-dramas, ‘The First Shop of the Coffee Prince’ is broadcast in 12 other countries and exported to millions via the internet.Yoon Eun Hye is the star of the series, dressing as boy to get a job in a coffee shop and, like in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, her love interest struggles with his sexuality – or so I was told (again).In a bus full of Malaysians and Thais all well-versed in the plotlines of various Korean dramas, I was clearly the odd one out.“Don’t worry, they even know more than me,” my guide assured.“Often my travellers have seen episodes of the dramas before I have and they are always more aware of the latest gossip about the stars,” she said.The Korean popular culture movement sweeping through most of Asia and even in pockets of South America and Africa is often referred to at Hallyu (Korean Wave) or K-pop.And it’s taking over the world.According to the Global Post, Thais are exposed to about 100 minutes of Korean soap operas daily and travel to Korea from Thailand has more than doubled in the last ten years, after K-pop fever neared a zenith point in 2006.My Malaysian counterparts were hit up with orders to buy the latest K-pop music while the Singaporeans on tour were quick to vouch for the awesome artists Korea produces.Colored Rhythms sales and marketing director Stephanie Loh told me that K-pop themed club parties in Singapore have sold out.“Our last event had 800 people in attendance, and for our next one we’re looking to bring over a Korean artist especially for the event,” she said.Visitors on the trail of their favourite K-pop icons need only hop onto the Korean Tourism Organisation’s (KTO) website, where sandwiched between the Shopping and Culture tabs, Hallyu sits comfortably.In fact, the site even tells visitors where to go to recreate special shot for shot moments.On KTO’s recommendation, I went to Shilla Millenium Park in Gyeongju, a theme park purpose-built for TV series Queen Seondeok of Silla.Open for public viewing, the park features the Silla’s nobleman village, a royal palace, and horse/martial arts shows.And while not ‘authentic’, the site’s beauty amongst the changing hues of an autumn sunset make me think that ‘authentic’ is a concept best left to universities, while I’ll get on with the real living of a gorgeous evening in Korea – K-pop included. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

New York NY – Halcyon Jets a premiere broker o

first_imgNew York, N.Y. – Halcyon Jets, a premiere broker of private jet charter services, announced it will participate, together with Diva Limousine, Ltd., in the 2008 National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention & Exposition at booth #448 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 27 – 30.“Halcyon Jets is honored to exhibit its extensive line of high-end luxury services along with Diva Limousine at this premier event in the corporate travel industry,” said Andrew Drykerman, Executive Vice President of Halcyon Jets. “There is an unwavering demand for business travel in today’s world, and Halcyon Jets has a unique understanding of how to cater to that demand for its clientele.”Halcyon Jets arranges luxury private transport by connecting travelers with independently-owned and operated executive aircraft. Halcyon-arranged flights provide customers with convenient, comfortable, luxurious, and safe private jet travel by matching customers’ flight requirements with Part 135 general aviation aircraft operators. Halcyon’s jet brokerage clients have access to an extensive network of private jet charter services for every size of aircraft.“Last year our companies created a strategic alliance with Halcyon Jets that allowed both companies a clear leading-edge in the marketplace as well redefine luxury jet charter and chauffeured ground transportation service,” said Bijan Zoughi, President and CEO Diva Limousine, Ltd. “Events such as the NBTA, will allow us the opportunity to continue to co-brand both companies as leaders in the luxury travel industry.”The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. NBTA and its regional affiliates – NBTA Asia Pacific, NBTA Canada, NBTA Mexico and NBTA USA – serve a network of more than 15,000 business travel professionals around the globe with industry-leading events, networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. NBTA members, numbering more than 4,000 in 30 nations, are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers. They collectively manage and direct more than US $200 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually on behalf of more than 10 million business travelers within their organizations. For more information, visit more information, please call 212.616.JETS, go to, or visit booth #448 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 27 – 30.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 23, 2018 9:35 am PDT HALIFAX — Hollywood actor Ellen Page is tweeting her opposition to a controversial project that would eventually see natural gas stored in huge underground caverns north of Halifax.Indigenous protesters have set up a permanent camp near the Shubenacadie River to protest Alton Natural Gas LP, which intends to pump salt brine into the waterway after flushing out the caverns.Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation in nearby Indian Brook have argued that the project will hurt the 73-kilometre tidal river, which runs through the middle of Nova Scotia.The Halifax-born Page lambasted the project on Friday, describing it as “a massive risk to the Shubenacadie River,” and asking that her 1.4 million followers support the Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies opposing Alton Gas.In recent weeks the actor has also voiced her opposition to Northern Pulp mill’s plan to build an effluent pipeline into the Northumberland Strait.Earlier this month, Page said Nova Scotia’s government must stop its “corporate welfare.” Ellen Page takes aim at Alton’s controversial underground gas storage plan The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Juncker proposals to harmonise tax rates find again Cyprus unprepared

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s favouring of a relaxation in EU decision-making rules based on qualified majorities on matters including further harmonisation of tax rates, is likely to have implications for certain member states including Cyprus.Juncker, who was delivering his State of the EU address at the European Parliament on Wednesday, said that “so-called ‘passerelle clauses’ in the current treaties allow us to move from unanimity to qualified majority voting in certain areas,” provided all heads of state or government give their consent.“I am also strongly in favour of moving to qualified majority voting for decisions on the common consolidated corporate tax base, on value added tax, on fair taxes for the digital industry and on the financial transaction tax,” the former Luxembourgian prime minister, who was addressing the parliament in French and German, said according to the English translation of his speech on the website of the European Commission. “Europe has to be able to act quicker and more decisively”.The harmonisation of the corporate tax rate, already on the agenda of the European Commission since October when it tabled proposals for a common corporate tax base (CCTB) and a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), is considered anathema in Cyprus, which taxes corporate profits at 12.5 per cent. As one of the lowest rates in the EU, the island regards it as a comparative advantage for the business services sector.Six months ago, the parliamentary energy, commerce, industry and tourism committee dismissed the European Commission’s proposals after consulting stakeholders, including law and accounting firms and the executive branch.Other member states, also expressed reservations about the harmonisation of tax rates in the past, including Luxembourg, Ireland and the UK, which last year decided to leave the EU, thus weakening opposition to CCTB and CCCTB.“The discussions on a common consolidated corporate tax base should serve as a warning for us in order to start planning how to diversify our economy which to a great extent is currently relying on services,” said Andreas Assiotis, Hellenic Bank’s chief economist.The Cypriot economy, the euro area’s second smallest, emerged two years ago from a prolonged recession as traditional key sectors, such as tourism, business and construction saw their output in the years continuously rise following the fiscal and banking crisis. Key reforms agreed with international creditors, including the overhaul of the civil service, privatisations, the modernisation of legislation governing the financial sector and the opening of professions were not partially implemented, if at all.Juncker also advocated in favour of transforming the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a “European Monetary Fund” and the office of the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs into that of a European Minister of Economy and Finance.The ESM, established five years ago during the euro crisis –which engulfed five EU members–, to finance bailouts in the euro area together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The latter supervised the bailouts, including that of Cyprus, jointly with the European Central Bank and the European Commission.A European minister –“ideally also a vice-president” and president of the Eurogroup– promoting and supporting structural reforms in member states “can build on the work the Commission has been doing since 2015 with our structural reform support service,” a body helping EU members design and implement reforms, said Juncker who served as chairman of the Eurogroup, the informal body of the euro area finance ministers until early 2013.“The new minister should coordinate all EU financial instruments that can be deployed when a member state is in a recession or hit by a fundamental crisis”.The Commission will submit concrete proposals about the future of ESM in December, Juncker said and added that “we do not need a budget for the Euro area but a strong Euro area budget line within the EU budget”.Michalis Florentiades, chief economist at the online financial service provider said in an interview that he is not taking for granted that Juncker’s agenda will be finally implemented. “His job is to present his vision but whether the heads of state and government will ultimately do, that’s another story,” he said.Much may be determined following the German elections scheduled for September, he continued. “The Germans want a European finance minister with lots of powers and small budget but it is the other way around with the French,” who elected a new government and parliament in the second quarter of the year, he said.Still, the focus in the EU will shift to reform following the completion of the election cycle when Italians elect a new parliament before May next year, said Ioannis Tirkides, who heads Bank of Cyprus’s economic research division.“Whilst everybody agrees on the need for reform there is less agreement amongst member countries on the nature of the reforms that are needed,” Tirkides continued. He added that reforms proposed by the president of the Commission and likely to centre on budget risk sharing measures including a common unemployment insurance programme, “will not be easy and negotiations will likely be tense”.The Bank of Cyprus economist added that he considers it certain that the euro area’s north will seek more say over national fiscal policies.“In principle, I am in favour of European integration,” Hellenic Bank’s Assiotis said adding that this process should prevent widening the gap among member states by undermining their competitive advantages.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

CyprusGreek pipeline could get some EU cash

first_imgBy Francesco GuarascioA PROPOSED gas pipeline to link Cyprus to Crete and then Greece or Italy will be in an EU list of strategic projects eligible for financial support, Cypriot officials said yesterday.Cyprus has high hopes its natural gas reserves can be developed quickly to help revive its broken economy.Its priority is to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, but a pipeline could have advantages for Europe. LNG, which can be shipped anywhere in the world, is typically sold to the most lucrative market. A pipeline would guarantee that some gas supplies reached EU consumers.“The European Union will include the East Med Pipeline in the revised list of projects of common interest within the Southern Corridor for gas,” George Shammas, chairman of the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, said.Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis also said he had information the European Union would include the pipeline, although adding that Cyprus had to study the feasibility of the link.The Southern Corridor is the EU name for routes to ship gas from central Asia, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean basin to diversify supplies and reduce dependence on Russian gas.The most high-profile non-Russian gas project is one to ship Azeri natural gas from the Shah Deniz field, which has become a contest between the Nabucco West project into Austria, led by OMV and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline into Italy, led by Swiss AXPO and Statoil.An official announcement on the outcome is expected next week, but European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday, following talks with the Azeri president in Brussels, he was confident both routes could ultimately be realised.Gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field is expected to become available for export from 2017, while Cyprus has said it could be exporting gas from 2020.The European Commission has said Cypriot gas could play an important role in diversifying supplies and in improving room for negotiation with Russia, but its development is complicated by Turkey and the Cyprus issue.Finance is also a problem given Cyprus’ huge debts, and the pipeline would run through very deep waters (almost three kilometres in places), making it technically challenging.A Commission spokeswoman said she could not comment.EU officials have said they expect agreement on a list of EU strategic energy infrastructure projects after the August summer break in Brussels.These projects, judged to benefit more than one EU country, would be eligible for some of a €5.1 billion pot of EU funding under the bloc’s multi-year budget.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cotter McCready sponsor package reforming wage garnishment laws

first_img Categories: McCready News 18Sep Cotter, McCready sponsor package reforming wage garnishment laws Changes offer added protections to employees, employersThe Michigan House today passed a two-bill package to cut bureaucratic red tape involving the state’s wage garnishment laws and strengthen the overall economy, announced state Reps. Kevin Cotter and Mike McCready.House Bills 5390 and 5391 provide comprehensive wage garnishment reform, which will reduce administrative burdens on employers, compensate employers appropriately for administering garnishment and limit the liability of employers.“This legislation is about making sure Michigan’s workers, businesses—small and large alike—and creditors are treated fairly,” said Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant. “I’ve talked to many small business owners, and they’ve told me how quickly they can become liable for another’s debt. It’s taken a lot of work to make this legislation a reality, but it is a common-sense reform we need.”HB 5390, sponsored by Cotter, makes a writ of garnishment of wages, salary, commissions or other earnings valid only if the writ is served on the garnishees in accordance with Michigan court rules.“We want to safeguard employers from wage situations that can escalate extremely quickly,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Any Michigan employer or small business that gets stuck with an employee’s substantial debt will have trouble getting back on its feet. We need to look after our economy’s recovery in big and small ways, so I’m glad to see this preventative legislation is being seriously considered.”HB 5391, sponsored by McCready, makes provisions that if an employer is ordered to pay any part of an employee’s debt, the employer will have the ability to deduct that amount from the employee’s regularly scheduled wage payments.HBs 5390 and 5391 now head to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Rep Pscholka says its time to end odor issue

first_img Lawmaker looking for solutions in response to landfill violationState Rep. Al Pscholka is researching legislation to better address current issues regarding landfills violating state law. The representative’s review includes reevaluating civil fines for violations of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which addresses solid waste management practices.“We are looking at possible options, including an update of the fines to guarantee more accountability,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Fines serve as a deterrent for violators, but the fines dealing with solid waste management are no longer in line with inflation. Whatever the solution, one thing is clear – there needs to be a little more skin in the game.”Rep. Pscholka has been working for more than three years with the Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill and nearby citizens to address the landfill’s odor problems. The representative hosted local town halls where officials and leaders discussed the ongoing solutions to the landfill odor issue, and took comments and suggestions from nearly 200 local residents.“The community engagement in the town halls surrounding the Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill has been remarkable,” said Rep. Pscholka. “Unfortunately, even with the continued work we have done in the community, Orchard Hill has violated the law by not properly covering exposed waste at the end of the work day. We have been dealing with this odor issue for too long, and this has to end now.”The representative said since 2013 there have been 130 complaints from the public concerning the Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill documented with the DEQ. Of those complaints, 69 were rated a three or higher on an odor scale from one to five. He also noted that due to daily cover issues, the Orchard Hill landfill has voluntarily entered into a consent order with the Department of Environmental Quality to resolve the alleged violation and has agreed to pay a $4,500 settlement.“Inadequate daily cover could be partly responsible for the odor issue if waste is not covered at the end of the day,” said Rep. Pscholka. “Not covering the landfill could also allow debris to blow in the wind.”The settlement was determined based multiple factors, including the extent of deviation from the requirement and potential for harm to the public, environment or the regulatory program. The current maximum civil fine for first-time offenders is $10,000.Rep. Pscholka said: “I look forward to working with the landfill as they correct the alleged violations. The residents of the Coloma and Watervliet communities deserve better. It’s time to lay this odor issue to rest.”For residents who would like more information on the issue or would like to submit odor reporting forms, please visit His office is available toll-free at 888-656-0079 and by email at 16Apr Rep. Pscholka says it’s time to end odor issue Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Griffin hosts Veterans Roundtable

first_img03Oct Rep. Griffin hosts Veterans Roundtable Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,News,Photos Yesterday, State Rep. Beth Griffin hosted her inaugural Veterans Roundtable with guest speaker James Redford, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.  Director Redford gave an update on the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and the progress Michigan is making to ensure veterans are receiving the benefits they earned while serving our country.The program lasted about one hour with more than 25 veterans, family members of veterans, concerned citizens, and local elected officials in attendance. Both Rep. Griffin and Director Redford took questions from attendees.“I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their day to attend this discussion. Hearing directly from our veterans about what they need and how state government can better serve them is very important to me,” Griffin said.  “As a Navy wife, I can assure you that taking care of our active military members and veterans is a top priority of mine.Those unable to attend the event who have questions about veterans’ benefits can contact Rep. Griffin by phone at 517-373-0839 or via email at read more