first_imgWASHINGTON — The attorney general in the nation’s capital has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia. It alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps.After the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, congressional hearings were held and Facebook changed what sorts of data it lets outside developers access.It was revealed this week that Facebook’s privacy controls had broken down yet again. In that case, a software flaw affected nearly 7 million users, leading to their photos being exposed to a much wider audience than they had intended.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is scheduled to begin repatriating around 850 Congolese from South Sudan today to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), from where they fled more than 40 years ago, despite poor conditions and insufficient funds for reintegration assistance because the elderly group wants to return home.The refugees, who settled in Juba – which is now the capital of South Sudan – will return to Kisangani in northeastern DRC, as well as to rural towns in Orientale Province, with today’s flight scheduled to take the first 32 returnees to Kisangani, a UNHCR spokesperson told reporters in Geneva.“These refugees, because of their advanced age and poor living conditions in Sudan, have demanded repatriation to the Democratic Republic of Congo – fully aware of the difficult situation in their areas of return and that there is no reintegration assistance available,” said Jennifer Pagonis.“Nevertheless, it should be noted that the overall security has somewhat improved in the return areas. The entire group registered for return to the DRC has been thoroughly informed of the difficult situation they will face back home, but remain strongly determined to return.”Despite the fact that UNHCR does “not consider the conditions in the specific areas of return as favourable and conducive to sustainable return,” the agency said it had agreed to facilitate the return of this “very specific group of Congolese refugees,” who had fled from the post-independence turmoil and the coup that brought Mobutu Sese Seko to power in 1965 in the country he renamed Zaire (now the DRC).Upon arrival, refugees will be met by UNHCR staff in the DRC and provided with transport assistance to their places of origin in the villages around Kisangani. UNHCR has also alerted non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies operating in the area to offer their support and provide any possible assistance.Overall, this programme presents a “challenging logistical operation,” Ms. Pagonis said, adding that towns such as Buta and Aketi, in Orientale Province – which is about the size of Spain – can be reached only by air as roads and bridges are either damaged or do not exist.In preparation for the return, UNHCR and representatives of the National Commission for Refugees, an inter-ministerial body of the DRC Government, have used a UN-sponsored radio to encourage residents to welcome those coming home after four decades in exile. In addition, residents were invited to assist the returnees in identifying their relatives. read more

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first_imgAdrok’s revolutionary tool for subsurface exploration that uses ‘virtual boreholes’ to provide accurate data on rock layers has been officially recognised by the International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS). Adrok is the UK-based developer of Atomic Dielectric Resonance (ADR) technology, and submitted a technical paper to the industry journal, which has been published in the latest edition. ADR is used as a geophysical technique to provide a precision instrument for the accurate geological recognition of rock layers and identification of rock types. It uses low-power radio wave and microwave transmissions to achieve deeper subsurface penetration. The technology was developed by Dr Colin Stove, a founding member of Adrok in 1997, from his experience working with radar sensors on the Space Shuttle SIR-B experiment.Having spent years commercialising the technology, Adrok now offers the ADR scanner as a geophysical service to a number of exploration industries including oil and gas, coal, minerals and other group metals and has customers in the UK, Canada and Australia. It reduces the number of drill holes required during exploration saving companies time, money and also offers a non-destructive, environmentally friendly way of remotely deducing subsurface technology. The technical paper reports on field tests carried out by Adrok in Central Scotland and recorded accurate measurements of the rock layers at a variety of penetration depths, the deepest being 700 m. The results were confirmed from nearby boreholes.Gordon Stove, Managing Director of Adrok and one of the authors of the paper, said: “We have always been confident in ADR technology and its potential to offer a cheaper, faster and greener alternative to existing exploration techniques. Our current customers have already recognised the benefits of ADR and as a result we recently received an investment of £3 million from Canada’s Teck Resources to carry out more developments on the technology. However, to have the work accepted by our peers at the IJSR is a huge triumph for us in terms of establishing ADR as a real alternative to current testing methods and we are looking forward to developing the technology in the future.”The International Journal of Remote Sensing is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in all fields of the science and technology of remote sensing. The technical paper is called Ground penetrating abilities of a new coherent radio wave and microwave imaging spectrometer and can be viewed at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01431161.2012.713529last_img read more

The French LidlStarLigue began on Wednesday with six matches all around the country. The biggest derby was played in Montpellier where domestic team smashed an old rival Chambery Savoie 29:18 with spectacular night of their goalkeeper Vincent Gerrard, who had 19 saves, three more than his young colleague from the other side Julien Meyer.Paris Saint Germain had no troubles to outplay US Ivry 30:22 with Mikkel Hansen in the leading role (8 goals).Saran won in Rennes against Cesson 30:29, just like Toulouse Fenix over Aix 26:25 with Serbian left wing Nemanja Ilic in the main role (10 goals)Nimes beat Tremblay 30:21, while Nantes outplayed Massy 28:22 in away match. ← Previous Story EHF process against Russian Handball Federation due positive doping test of three junior players Next Story → VELUX EHF CL 2017/2018 starts in Kharkov and Schaffhausen read more

first_imgTHEY’RE DOING THE unthinkable; they’re replacing Jessica Fletcher.Angela Lansbury herself has said she’s not happy about the Murder She Wrote reboot, and we don’t blame here.Growing up, she and some other TV heroes of the eighties (and into the nineties) were just like family we always wanted…1. Granny Jessica FletcherDespite the fact that wherever Jessica went, death followed, she still would have made a wonderful granny.She always pulled off the granny glamour: Source: F**k Yeah Murder She Wrote Source: Cabot Cove Look BookShe had some serious seleb pals: Source: F**k Yeah Murder She Wrote Source: NPHFan Source: HyperVocalAnd even though she spent every episode solving gruesome murders, she always ended with a laugh: Source: margotunderwood2. Grandad MatlockLoveable legal rogue Matlock was the grandad everyone wanted.He had a kind face, always wore a lovely grey suit, and was always getting the better of the bad guys. Source: Imgur Source: Imgur Source: Wdr5. Cool Uncle McGyverUndoubtedly the coolest guy on TV in the eighties, and maybe ever.He could get out of any tricky situation: Source: itsAzzAnd look cool doing it: Source: GifbayAND he was a divil with a paper clip: Source: FunnyJunk6. Glamourous Aunty Maddie Source: FanpopCybill Shepherd played Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, and when she wasn’t solving crime, she was involved in some of the most intense onscreen chemistry ever with Bruce Willis. Source: YouTube/ImgFlipNow, can you sing the Matlock theme tune without looking it up? You can of course.(pssst here it is. And now you’ll be singing it all night)3. Dad Steven KeatonThe patriarch of the Keaton famiily was a beardy ex-hippie who just wanted his kids to follow his ideals. Instead son Alex and daughter Mallory opted for more conservative values, much to their dad’s chagrin.He did all the things dads do, like teaching kids how to drive: Source: Stevereno81126And how to take a successful nap: Source: Karolina V Source: Tvrage4. Mam Kate TannerThe mam from A.L.F. not only put up with an Alien living in her house, she was also on a never-ending quest to stop him from eating the cat:center_img Oh and the clothes. And the hair. Truly an icon.7. Fashionable sister SamanthaSamantha from Who’s the Boss was eternally embarrassed by her housekeeper dad Tony, his boss Angela and her surrogate little brother Jonathan. Source: TumblrBut man ALIVE could she wear a pair of slouch socks and a huge fringe. 8. Annoying little brother DJPerpetually bullied by two older sisters, DJ Connor was the baby of the Roseanne family, and he grew up right before our eyes in the late eighties and early nineties. Source: FanpopHe dealt with things like relationship advice: Source: TumblrFashion problems:And being alone: Source: TumblrWho were the members of your eighties (and and nineties) TV family? Let us know…Read: Eighties US TV imports we all watched and loved>More: Angela Lansbury is miffed about the reboot of Murder She Wrote>last_img read more

first_imgBEING INVITED TO a First Holy Communion can plunge the invitee into a state of dread and fear. There is the fear of having to go Mass, fear of being fleeced, fear of being exposed as non-believer. There is the fear of appearing too holy or not holy enough. Family gatherings always have elements of coercion and compromise but religious ceremonies in Ireland have the additional burden of having to show one’s feelings towards the Catholic Church. Oh Gaaaawwwd!But honestly, don’t worry. Pope Francis is on the cover of Rolling Stone and things are changing for the better.For reasons I won’t go into now, the Catholic Church has had to come off its high horse. The Irish Catholic newspaper referred to “the peculiar phenomenon of modern First Holy Communion” where rules, diktats and fear have been replaced by gentle all-inclusiveness. Children don’t have to make their Communions but it’s great if they do. If non-Catholics feel left out they can put on National dress/white dress/brother’s suit and tag along for a blessing. It’s all good.That welcome includes you. No matter if you are an agnostic uncle, atheist aunt or lapsed cousin. Your appearance on the day makes the day special. That’s all the church wants. In my book, Kathleen and the Communion Copter, the priest despairs when he is confronted with his texting, cartwheeling, bun-eating congregation but he makes sure they know that God loves a full house.Now, back to the Big Day. You still have to deal with your family and families have their own rules but here are a few pointers: PresentsGifts get people worried. Some say it’s all about hard cash. That line suits those who are too cool to walk into Veritas or who haven’t clapped eyes on the Communion child for years. To them I say “Pony up.” There are people who want to give a lasting keepsake. I’ll keep it simple. Suitable gifts are:Rosary beads (fancy ones)Statuettes of Mary or girls in whitePhoto frames in silver or wood / photo albumsHoly water fonts (Belleek do a nice one)Rosary keepsake boxesJewellery, but check first who is giving the cross and chain (parent. Godparent or Grandparent)Cash (between 20 and 50 usually)Here’s a tip – the Pinterest website can act as a portal into America’s Bible Belt at its consumerist best. On this site people post pictures of things they like to buy. Type in “Holy Communion gift” while there’s still time to order from abroad. Bear in mind that small children are unburdened by good taste. Then go ahead and order rhinestone jewellery, musical Jesus statues and multi-coloured glass angels on chains. Have fun with it. On the day/before the day/long after the dayThe goal should be collaboration and celebration. A few ideas:Show up. At the very least if you show up at the restaurant or party you’re giving a message that the child’s Communion matters. Forget your complex spiritual belief structures … kids see only absence, presence and presents.Get involved. Offer to help with the food or to hang balloons.Make a memory. Photos and memories are intertwined. Make sure you get a good picture of yourself with the kid. It might be another decade before the child looks at the pictures and realises happily that YOU wanted to be photographed with them. Older children can be given the job of taking photos.Use the archives. As a relative you are probably in a position to gather old family communion pics and make a display. It helps people to feel included.Bring Joe. If you are a Holy Joe, go for it! Don’t be shy. The new spirit of open-mindedness applies to us Catholics too. Give the child a bible or statue of their namesake saint if that’s your thing. Throw in €10 to sweeten the pill.Complain and give out. For some people this is the best part of any day out. Save it for the car journey home. And enjoy.Avril O’Reilly is a children’s book writer and author of Kathleen And The Communion Copter.Read: 14 things you’ll see at an Irish first communionRead: Youngster donates First Communion cash to injured Irish rugby playerslast_img read more

first_imgTwitter‘s new desktop website is so streamlined, so good and so smart about how it integrates outside services into its own microblogging ecosystem that, for guys like me, it’s already obviated much of the point of standalone Twitter clients… so I’m delighted to hear that Twitter has cranked the dial up to 11 and introduced the integration of even more third-party services into their line-up. The biggest new integrated service is du jour favorite Instagram, which allows users of Apple’s iOS devices to take moody and artistic photos. Now when you click on an instagram link, it’ll show up as a content preview, just as if it were a YouTube video.AdChoices广告Instragram’s not the only new addition, though: Twitter users can now enjoy inline previews of videos from Blip.tv, music players from Rdio, slideshows and presentations from SlideShare and photos and videos from DipDive.Twitter.com”s gradual move away from mere alphanumeric, SMS-friendly text to rich-media is a move that we approve of. Unfortunately, we wish Twitter would keep all of its products as well updated as the website: Twitter’s official mobile clients and even their mobile website have not been updated since September’s roll-out of the “new” Twitter, which makes the microblogging service a poorer experience by far on mobile devices than on a desktop or laptop… a pity, since mobile is where Twitter should really trive.Read more at Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe future may be printed in 3D, but MakerBot Industries doesn’t want guns to be any part of it. In the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, MarkerBot has taken the step of removing gun components from an online repository of 3D printing models called Thingiverse. An attorney for MakerBot has confirmed in a statement that the move was made in response to the school shooting.Thingiverse is a place where 3D printing enthusiasts can share objects they have created. Other folks can then download the objects and print them with their own 3D printers. It’s important to realize that there were no fully working guns available for download on Thingiverse, but there has been an ongoing project to make working firearm components. Some of these have actually been tested and found to be working.One of the more prominent files removed from Thingiverse (which is run by MakerBot Industries) is a lower receiver for the AR15 assault rifle. Unlike the barrel or firing pin, the lower receiver is under little stress when the weapon is fired. Tests show that an ABS plastic version of the lower receiver does work, but breaks after a few shots.Removing the gun parts from Thingiverse doesn’t solve the problem. MakerBot has the majority of the burgeoning 3D printing market, but the internet is a big place — some pro-gun rights groups are already working on a new site to host such projects. If something can be done, it will be done.via BBClast_img read more

first_imgFacebook contourne le blocage de GmailLe conflit entre Facebook et Google persiste. Alors que le moteur de recherche a bloqué les contacts du réseau social suite à “un manque de coopération”, ce dernier a contourné l’interdiction.Google avait interdit à Facebook de puiser dans les carnets d’adresse de son service de messagerie, Gmail, pour trouver de nouveaux contacts à soumettre aux utilisateurs du réseau social. Grâce à cette option, les adeptes de Facebook peuvent inviter leurs amis à les rejoindre sur le réseau social d’un simple clic. Le moteur de recherche reproche à Facebook de “ne pas collaborer assez” dans des opérations conjointes aux deux entreprises. Mais le réseau social a trouvé une parade. Certes, l’importation de contact Gmail n’est plus automatisée, mais les usagers peuvent les importer simplement en cliquant sur un fichier CSV, un fichier tableur. Une manipulation qui reste simple pour les utilisateurs. Google n’a pas encore réagi à cette riposte mais il va de soi que cette “provocation” ne sera pas classée sans suite.Le 10 novembre 2010 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is hosting the final public open house for its strategic plan update. The public is invited to provide feedback on draft strategies as the port begins to reach the final stages of the updating process.The open house will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.Visitors will be able to meet with port staff, commissioners and consultants to discuss the plan. The port is focusing on seven goal areas: community, economic development, environmental, financial, marine, organizational and real estate.The feedback will be gathered and considered as the port finishes the plan. A final draft is expected to be released this summer.last_img

first_imgSan Diego County Board of Supervisors to vote on new Escondido housing development KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The fate of a new North County housing project rests in the hands of San Diego Supervisors.The Newland Sierra project would create more than 2,000 new homes just north of Escondido. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the details. Updated: 10:12 AMcenter_img Posted: September 26, 2018 September 26, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Sales Data Analyst (Entry Level) at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Multimedia Coordinator at SymboticFull-Time Reagent Manufacturing Associate (Contract) at T2 BiosystemsFull-Time HR Systems Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time Supervisor (MDX) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Laboratory Technician at Charles River LabsFull-Time Product Marketing Specialist at LEDVANCEFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AltroFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Pesticide Applicator at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: GHMC Mayor Dr. Bonthu Rammohan on Monday directed the officials to take up the repair of roads, which were damaged due to incessant rains in the city for the past five days, on war footing basis. The Mayor, along with GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore, HMRL Managing Director N.V.S.Reddy and other officials, inspected all along the route from Gandhi Hospital to RTC Cross Roads by walk and instructed the officials to take up repairs works immediately. Speaking on the occasion, he said there were around 4000 potholes on city roads and they would be filled once the rain stops. He said one day tenders were being called to take up the repair of damaged roads and works would start by Wednesday. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us About Rs. 5 Crores have been allocated to repair the road works all along the of HMR routes where works are in progress in the city, HMR MD NVS Reddy said. Further, he said repair works would be taken up on priority basis from Secunderabad Station to Mahatma Gandhi Bus Terminal and other routes where HMR works are going on. Speaking on the occasion, the GHMC Commissioner said that to take the repair works immediately, higher officials have been drafted from Each Zonal and Circles offices to supervise the works.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Are You a Bad Enough Dude For Land Rover’s Toughest Phone Ever?For $200 Cheaper, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Comes Pretty Close to the iPhone X Cybersecurity firm DarkMatter introduced its first smartphone—an uber-secure handset designed to block spy agencies.Named after the Arabic word for “silence,” the Katim phone launched Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.A “personal vault” for private communication, this device was developed to defend against “the most advanced modern mobile security threats,” according to the product page.At first glance, Katim looks like any other 5.2-inch smartphone on the market; it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and runs the Android operating system (albeit a “hardened” version). Even some of its security features—two-factor authentication, fingerprint verification, data encryption—are nothing to write home about.But look a little closer, and you’ll find noteworthy functions like locked mode, which disables microphones, the 5- and 12-megapixel cameras, motion sensors, and Bluetooth for added peace of mind.“You always tend to find people leaving their phone outside the meeting,” DarkMatter CEO Faisal Al Bannai told CNBC. “It’s because you can’t trust that no one, no super agencies, are able to turn on that mic while you are sitting in the room.”That’s not an issue with Katim.Simply flick a switch on the side of the device to turn on shield mode, which physically disconnects power from all recording services.So, “unless that super agency has a way of physically shifting that button back, there is no way that mic is turning on and listening to what you’re saying,” Al Bannai said.DarkMatter isn’t the only modern manufacturer focused on security.GranitePhone maker Sikur returned this week with what it claims is a “hack-proof” smartphone that safely stores cryptocurrencies. Only 20,000 units are available for presale at a discounted price of $799.Huawei, meanwhile, unveiled the MateBook Pro X laptop, with the camera hidden in the keyboard. Press a spring-loaded button in the top function row to reveal a 1-megapixel webcam.For more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Editor’s Note: This article was updated on Feb. 28 with the correct spelling of DarkMatter CEO Faisal Al Bannai’s name.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.22.19 5:35pm A disgruntled cook who threatened to carry out a mass shooting and had assembled an extensive stockpile of high-powered firearms, ammunition and tactical gear has been arrested, authorities in Long Beach, Calif., said. Police arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, at his Huntington Beach residence Tuesday after he told a co-worker at the Long Beach Marriott that he was planning to “shoot up fellow employees and people coming into the hotel,” said Police Chief Robert Luna during a news conference. According to investigators, Montoya was aggravated over a dispute involving the hotel’s human resources department and was planning to seek retribution. Police say one of Montoya’s colleagues reported the threat to police, an act authorities credited with thwarting what could have been a massacre. “Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty situation,” Luna said. “Because this was reported, I firmly believe many lives were saved.”Luna said after the report from one of Montoya’s co-workers was received by police on Monday, the department launched an investigation that involved searching Montoya’s Huntington Beach home, revealing a vast array of weapons, such as assault-style riles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and hundreds of bullets. The foiled plot marks at least the seventh instance of a potential mass attack being averted since gunmen in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, carried out shootings that left a total of 31 people dead in one weekend. In Nevada, prosecutors arrested a man suspected of trying to make a bomb to target a synagogue and a bar catering to LGBTQ patrons. Federal authorities in Connecticut last week intercepted a man who “showed interest” in a mass shooting. The same day, federal authorities in Maryland announced the arrest of a man who had made violent threats against a Jewish congregation. A day later, police in Daytona Beach, Fla., charged a man with making threats to commit a mass shooting in a large crowd. Then an Ohio man was arrested following a threatened attack on a Jewish community center. This week, prosecutors announced charges against a man in Maryland who allegedly made violent threats against Hispanic people. After that, federal agents arrested a Florida truck driver in Indianapolis who was suspected of planning a shootout in a church in Memphis, Tenn. Back in California, it is not known how Montoya obtained such a wide array of weapons and ammunition. With limited exemptions, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are illegal for anyone to possess in California. Montoya is being held in the Long Beach City Jail on charges of manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making a criminal threat.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Police Seize Rifles, High-Capacity Magazines From Man… last_img read more

first_imgNtokozo had the opportunity to give a speech in which he thanked his peers, family, friends and teachers for the part they played in the award he won. The principal had a group called Sarafina perform a dance to the school.The competition and the assembly were huge successes.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? A local learner is the winner of the SANRAL Art Competition.This competition is an initiative led by ChekiCoast, where students’ minds are put to the test. Students between Grade 1 and university level are given a challenge to come up with the most artistic design which is related to a theme given to them, bearing in mind the fundamental elements of road safety such as road signs and using the right colours.Students are given stringent guidelines to follow in order to increase their chances of being awarded the grand prize. Once the selection process is complete, an awards ceremony is held to recognise the students who have performed exceptionally well in their category.The winner of this competition is a student from a local school, Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec). A special assembly was held at school for the winner, Ntokozo Hlengiwe. SANRAL representatives travelled from Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg to hand over his voucher of R5000 and a bag of various goodies.Speeches were also given to make the children aware of road safety. Various people from SANRAL delivered speeches. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more October 7, 2013 — Claron Technology will announce extended modality support for its Nil universal zero-footprint medical viewers at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 conference. The Nil viewer family includes NilShare, optimized for enterprise viewing, and NilRead, newly U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared for diagnostic use. Also new at RSNA is support for high-definition MPEG-4 videos as well as all common image formats including JPEG, TIFF and PNG. The viewers now support full cross-enterprise document sharing (XDS), integrating healthcare enterprise (IHE) profiles, including comprehensive health level 7 (HL7) clinical document architecture (CDA) documents. The Nil viewer family is optimized for cache-less integration with remote archives, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and vender neutral archives (VNA), streaming data without caching it. This allows Nil to provide the best user experience for the clinical workflow typical of universal viewers, where it is not possible to optimize data access based on a scheduled workflow.For more information: www.clarontech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content Technology | October 07, 2013 Claron to Debut Enhanced Modality Support for Nil Universal Viewers center_img 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 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 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more 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 last_img read more

first_img CALGARY — WestJet’s much talked about ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) finally has a name, one that “denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy.The new ULCC, which will begin selling flights in early 2018, will be named Swoop, “a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel,” added Cummings.Cummings, who’s credited as the executive member responsible for the launch of the ULCC, also noted that when it came time to look for Swoop’s headquarters, Calgary quickly rose to the top of the list.“The city offers Swoop the opportunity to save costs through shared services with WestJet’s corporate head office, the availability of existing infrastructure, and talented, experienced WestJetters to draw from,” he said. “We are confident that these qualities will support our ultra-low-cost operations and our guests well in the future.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”An exact location in Calgary will be announced at a later date. Deron Bilous, Alberta Minister of Economic Development, hailed the province for being “the best place to invest and do business.” He added, “We created Invest Alberta to make it easier for companies like Swoop to set up and expand here. Together we are creating new jobs and diversifying our economy.”Travellers can sign up at FlySwoop.com to receive details on job opportunities, launch plans and to learn more about Canada’s newest airline. Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> And the name of WestJet’s new ultra-low-cost airline is…center_img Tags: WestJet Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Carbon neutrality won’t solve everything, environmentalists say With current rate of climate change, 23 percent of species in South America could face extinction, study finds The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 Brazil builds climate tower in pristine Amazon jungle Some seven millennia ago or more, a group of people called the Chinchorro lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Perú. Their lives revolved around fishing from the rich Pacific waters, even as a uniquely arid desert — the Atacama — lay inland behind them.The Chinchorro were unique in many ways, but perhaps most of all in their burial practices. Several thousands of years before the Egyptians, they were mummifying their dead — creating the oldest known mummies on Earth — and doing so in a truly equal fashion.“Whereas the Egyptians considered only kings and other exalted citizens worthy of mummification, the Chinchorro accorded everyone in the community, regardless of age or status, this sacred rite,” wrote Bernardo Arriaza, an expert on the mummies, which were first discovered in the Atacama desert in 1917.Since then hundreds of mummies have been unearthed, with more still in the ground being uncovered regularly.But lately, there’s been a problem. The specimens — more than 100 are held at a museum of the Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile — have started to degrade.“The tissue change is reflected in the appearance of dark and bright spots,” explained Marcela Sepulveda, an archaeologist at the Universidad de Tarapacá, by e-mail.Indoors, the change has been slow, but outdoors, mummies are being discovered already damaged, said Sepulveda. “When you excavate mummies you can see that degradation is already there,” she said. And the suspected reason? A changing climate.Arica is often referred to as the driest place on Earth — but locals say that’s changing. According to Sepulveda, the city has seen increases in precipitation and humidity of late. “Everybody say[s] that here,” she averred. Indeed, weather historian Christopher Burt wrote about Arica in 2013, noting that despite its famous reputation for dryness, weather records from 1971 to 2000 suggest it has been somewhat wetter than usual of late.Read all of The Tico Times climate change coverage The Camarones Valley in northern Chile where the Chinchorro people lived 7,000 years ago; several thousands of years before the Egyptians, the Chinchorro were mummifying their dead and according that sacred rite to everyone in the community. (Courtesy of Marcela Sepulveda)This may not be a change that can be definitively pinned on global climate change caused by humans, cautioned Ralph Mitchell, a Harvard microbiologist who teamed up with the Chilean researchers to figure out what was ailing the mummies. But it’s a change nonetheless.“Our colleagues in northern Chile say it’s terribly obvious that the place is foggy a lot more than it ever was,” Mitchell said.Mitchell noted that many of the mummies, found in the 1980s, had no problems until 10 years ago, “when they started to deteriorate.” The sequence itself suggests a climatic factor may be behind what’s happening.So Mitchell and two Harvard colleagues collaborated with Sepulveda and one of her colleagues to try to figure out what was going on — whether indeed, climatic changes were the reason for mummy decay — and what that would mean for better preserving these unique, ancient objects. Their hypothesis was that, in effect, more airborne moisture had enabled bacteria to start to chow down on the ancient relics.So they studied samples of mummy skin and dried pig skin, in various conditions, examining which microbes were living on and in the skin.The result, said Mitchell, was the finding that what he calls bacterial “opportunists” were taking advantage of a more humid environment to “use the skin as a nutrient and start to break it down.” These were common skin bacteria, among others, which had been enabled by a particular set of environmental conditions.The research has not been published yet, but the findings were publicized by Harvard on Monday. Mitchell, who is also a visiting professor in the environmental health department in the George Washington University School of Public Health, has worked on preserving many historical materials, ranging from ancient book manuscripts to the Apollo spacesuits.The saga of the Chinchorro mummies illustrates just how vulnerable many irreplaceable cultural artifacts and world heritage sites may be to a changing climate (human caused or otherwise).It’s something that the UNESCO World Heritage Centre has been attentive to for some time; a 2007 report from the U.N. agency noted that “the impacts of climate change are affecting many World Heritage properties and are likely to affect many more, both natural and cultural, in the years ahead.”The U.S. Agency for International Development is also concerned about how climate change can affect world heritage sites — and it highlights an example that on a physical level sounds similar to what appears to be happening in Arica.“Buildings in the rare medieval city of Leh in Ladakh, India, were constructed in a high altitude desert environment and are ill suited to current increases in precipitation,” it notes.Several years back, Archaeology magazine listed yet another related example, noting that the frozen burial mounds of Scythian warlords (called “kurgans”), preserved in permafrost near Siberia, can be destabilized by Arctic thawing. In this case, it was ice, rather than desert, that had preserved remains intact for a magnificently long time — but a change in climate can once again mean an irreplaceable loss of artifacts and ruins.Harvard’s Mitchell, meanwhile, said he suspects another possible climate heritage victim: outdoor marble statuary.“Historic marbles in the outdoor environment are at risk from climate change,” he said.So while we may not know exactly what’s happening in Arica, Chile — or whether it should be attributed to human-caused global warming — the fact is that damage to historical artifacts and world heritage sites is an expected consequence of climate change in general. And how could it be otherwise? Many of these sites have been remarkably preserved precisely because of the fact that they have been climatically unperturbed.Alter that, and, along with many other consequences, the world could lose some of its history.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more