Everyone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) got a surprise phone call today from Real Time host Bill Maher on behalf of PETA: a voice message recorded by the comedian to stop the school’s cruel cat experiments.Maher’s call to UW students and faculty, members of the Board of Regents, and all Madison residents living near the UW campus—more than 100,000 phone numbers in total—comes just days before his October 13 performance at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.“Many things in life are funny, but cruelty to animals isn’t one of them,” Maher says in the message. “I want to make sure that you know about the terrible things done to cats right here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.” Maher goes on to explain that, as PETA exposed last year in graphic photographs from inside the school’s laboratory, UW experimenters screw steel posts into open wounds on cats’ heads and implant metal coils in the animals’ eyes in archaic brain experiments and the cats are starved for up to six days at a time to force their cooperation.“It strikes me that it’s not the cats who need their heads examined, because being mean to animals isn’t just stupid—it’s wrong, especially when there are better options that are actually relevant to humans, as there are in this case,” he says.Maher isn’t the only celebrity to join PETA’s campaign against cruelty to cats at UW. In February, actor James Cromwell, who recently won an Emmy for his role in American Horror Story, was arrested after interrupting a Board of Regents meeting to protest the same experiments.A federal report released last week revealed that the National Institutes of Health suspended this cruel project for six months this year in response to complaints filed by PETA about cats’ infected open head wounds and other animal welfare problems. The government also required substantial improvements in the laboratory and experimental protocol.For more information, please visit PETA.org/UWCats.
31 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Karin Landgren of Sweden as his new envoy for Burundi, where she will head the scaled-down United Nations operation tasked with helping the Central African nation consolidate peace and development. Ms. Landgren will succeed Charles Petrie as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). The new office has an initial 12-month mandate, beginning tomorrow, to support the Government in strengthening the independence, capacities and legal frameworks of key national institutions, in particular the judiciary and parliament; promoting dialogue between national actors; fighting impunity and protecting human rights.It is the latest in a series of UN operations in a country where hundreds of thousands of people perished in largely ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis even before it gained independence from Belgium in 1962. It will replace the current UN Integrated Office in Burundi, known as BINUB.Ms. Landgren, who brings to her position many years of political and development experience with the UN as well as in academia, is currently the Secretary-General’s Representative and head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which is set to wrap up its mandate on 15 January.Addressing reporters in Kathmandu today, she stated that the UN will continue its long-standing support to the search for sustainable peace in Nepal after UNMIN’s departure. She reiterated the Secretary-General’s call, made in his latest report, for all parties in the country to end the prolonged political deadlock that has hampered progress in the peace process.
Hamilton Police have charged three people from St. Catharines for fentanyl possession after a traffic stop in the east end.Officers were following up on a call about a possible impaired driver in the area of Centennial Pkwy and South Service Rd. Wednesday night.A small black pickup truck was seen driving erratically in the area.Police stopped the vehicle and determined the driver was not impaired.The driver was arrested however, after police say they found tools inside the car he was prohibited from possessing because of a court order.Officers also noticed the three occupants were not wearing seat belts.Police say one of them was violating a court order.While that person was being removed from the vehicle, officers noticed an object containing what they believed to be fentanyl.A second object believed to contain fentanyl was found in the vehicle.Two men and one woman were charged with possession of a controlled substance.The three were released with future court dates.Police say the vehicle was damaged before officers arrived and was towed to a compound.
For many people, the circus is a place of mystery and wonder, filled with the extraordinary, unusual and strange.But what does it mean to be different and what does it mean to perform those differences?For Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts Karen Fricker and Brock alumna Hayley Malouin (BA ’15, MA ’17), these questions have led to a joint publication in the emerging field of circus studies.The pair launched a special double issue of the journal Performance Matters, titled “Circus and Its Others,” Aug. 28 in Prague at the similarly named Circus and Its Others II conference.Inspired by the inaugural Encounters with Circus and its Others conference organized by Fricker with assistance from Malouin in 2016, the publication features contributions from established scholars, graduate students and circus artists from around the world. Many of the contributors were in Prague to participate in the second conference and celebrate at the launch.The conference series brings together scholars from around the world to explore questions about the place of difference and “otherness” in contemporary circus.“We’re asking questions about circus in a way that allows people who have been working at these questions from different perspectives and different places to jump on board,” says Fricker.Malouin, who has an undergraduate degree from Brock in Dramatic Arts, explored ideas of public performance, political protest and public performance of the grotesque as part of her MA in Studies in Comparative Literature and the Arts.“Circus is an interesting cultural touchstone because it reflects societal norms about people, community and politics. This is in contrast to the image of circus – which circuses themselves cultivate – as existing on the margins of society,” says Malouin.The special issue of Performance Matters was her first foray into academic publishing. In addition to co-editing the issue with Fricker, Malouin worked with other circus scholars, including Brock student Taylor Zajdlik (BA ’15, MA ’17), on a section of the journal exploring questions of queerness and freakery in the circus.“It was a great experience to establish myself as someone with those skills,” says Malouin. “I really care about the work, I feel it’s important. It’s a substantial contribution to an emerging field.”The special edition also includes work by DART Associate Professor David Fancy on disability and the circus, making reference to a creative research project in which he participated involving intellectually disabled survivors of institutional abuse.The questions Fricker and Malouin are researching have application beyond the circus to culture as a whole.“What we’re looking at is how questions about difference and otherness play out in certain practices in the contemporary moment,” says Fricker. “And more broadly we’re asking, how do we work to make culture more inclusive?”The full issue can be read online for free.
If you’ve ever watched a tennis player dominate with the first serve but saw the second serve obliterated by the returner, you might have wondered: Why don’t more players go for it on their second serve? Wouldn’t they be better off treating their second opportunity to serve like their first one?The answer almost always is no.Most servers win a much higher percentage of points on their first serve than their second serve. For example, in his five-set marathon loss to Kei Nishikori as Monday night turned to Tuesday morning at the U.S. Open, Milos Raonic won 87 percent of his first-serve points but just 47 percent of his second-serve points.During that match, Min Han, a biologist at the University of Colorado, emailed me. “I wonder whether some of the big servers in men’s tennis should serve the fast ‘first’ serve all the time,” Han wrote. “For some of these guys, the difference between the winning percentage on their first serve and that on the second serve seems huge.”It’s a good suggestion. But the season-long numbers suggest nearly every player would be hurt, not helped, by treating the second serve like a first serve. Except in a couple of cases, the higher probability that the second serve lands in the court more than compensates for the higher effectiveness of first serves.Let’s start with the average Top 50 men’s player. This year heading into the U.S. Open, he wins 73.6 percent of service points when the first serve lands in, compared to 57.5 percent when the second serve lands in. But his first serve lands in just 61.9 percent of the time, compared to 91.1 percent of second serves. So if he went for his first serve on both points, he’d win 73.6 percent of second-serve points when the ball lands in, but double fault on 38.1 percent of them. His second-serve winning percentage would be just 45.6 percent, compared to 52.4 percent now. Bad move.This is just an average. It varies widely by player. Mikhail Youzhny has a relatively weak first serve without landing in the court all that often, so he’d be especially unwise to go for his first serve again given a second opportunity. His second-serve winning percentage would drop by 12.7 percentage points.By contrast, Ivo Karlovic, who is 6 feet 10, has a relatively weak second serve and usually lands his excellent first serve in, so he’d gain 2 percentage points on his second-serve winning percentage if he went for his first serve twice. That’s a modest gain, and Karlovic is the only player in the Top 50 who’d get a high enough reward to justify the high-risk tactic. (Raonic would be nearly even, but slightly worse off — as he would have been if he’d gone for second-serve bombs against Nishikori, since he missed so often on first serves in that match.)Even Karlovic couldn’t have anticipated before this season that he would have benefited from the risky strategy. In each of the past two seasons, it would have hurt him slightly. No current Top 50 player who played at least five matches in 2013 would have gained from hitting exclusively first serves, and only Gael Monfils would have in 2012. (Players’ serve percentages are fairly persistent from year to year, and therefore so is the effect of the tactic on a player’s serve success — a correlation coefficient of 0.66 between this year and 2013, and of 0.7 between this year and 2012, for current Top 50 players with at least 25 matches in each season.)The story is similar in the women’s game. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) sent me data this season heading into the U.S. Open. Among 94 players with at least 15 matches, just six would have benefited from going for their first serves on second serve: Victoria Azarenka, Annika Beck, Yvonne Meusburger, Monica Niculescu, Sara Errani and Yaroslava Shvedova.Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, doesn’t have a great first serve. It was even singled out in a New York Times article this week as one of the oddest strokes on tour. But she lands it in at an unusually high rate, leading the WTA in each of the past four seasons and ahead among regulars this year. And her second serve is bad enough to be worth replacing with the first serve, though not by much: She’d have gained 0.6 percentage points on her second-serve winning percentage with the riskier tactic.The biggest beneficiary of hitting two first serves is Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world who was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals by Ekaterina Makarova. Heading into the U.S. Open, she’d have had a second-serve winning percentage of 44.7 percent by hitting two first serves, instead of her atrocious 38.5 percent.Last year, Azarenka and Errani also would have benefited from the riskier serving approach. Beck and Niculescu would have, too. Meusburger and Shvedova wouldn’t have, though.Returns on the tactic also could be very volatile from match to match. Though Azarenka’s pre-U.S. Open stats argue for a riskier serving tactic, it would have hurt her in four of her five U.S. Open matches, including her loss to Makarova.These calculations simplify serving by reducing it to just first and second serves. Most players employ a wide variety of first serves, with different levels of risk and effectiveness. Perhaps a bomb down the T of the court is too risky for a second serve, but a slider out wide lands in the court often enough to be worth it. Then again, go too often to a reliable serve and the returner will adjust and make it less effective.The calculations also don’t account for the psychological elements of the sport. Returners might get rattled if they know they’ll never face easy serves. But the toll on a server who double-faults much more often could be even greater.CORRECTION (Sept. 4, 2:40 p.m.): If the average Top 50 ATP player went for his first serve on both points, he’d double fault on 38.1 percent of his second-serve points. A previous version of this article said he’d double fault on 38.9 percent of them.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts a 3-point shot in the second half against Northeastern on Nov. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (5-1) rode a strong ending to the first half and took the lead early in the second half to beat Stanford (3-4) 79-71 in the second round of the Motion Bracket in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon.The Buckeyes opened up the second half with a 3-pointer from junior guard C.J. Jackson to give Ohio State the 35-32 lead. Ohio State held the lead for the remainder of the game. Jackson finished the game going 7-for-14 from the field for 23 points, three assists and six rebounds.The two teams traded punches the remainder of the game, finishing on a near-even, Ohio State 44-37 run.A 3-pointer by redshirt junior guard Robert Cartwright with 10:45 left in the first half gave the Cardinal a 10-8 lead. The Cardinal then went on a 21-13 run over the next 6:54 to extend its lead to 31-21.Ohio State finished the second half on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 32, fueled by three 3-pointers from redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. He hit a deep 3 to tie the game with seven seconds left in the first half.The Buckeyes were led by Bates-Diop, who finished the game with his fifth double-double of the season. He went 6-for-13 from the field — including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc — for 18 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes went 25-for-61 (41 percent) from the field, compared to just 22-for-61 (36 percent) from the Cardinal. Ohio State outrebounded Stanford 43 to 38.The Buckeyes will next take on Butler at 3 p.m. ET Sunday in its last match in the PK80 Invitational.
Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, is launching HxGN Mine VIS, a vehicle intervention system that detects and prevents collisions by automatically slowing down or even stopping a haul truck if an imminent collision is detected. HxGN Mine VIS was officially unveiled at HxGN LIVE 2017, Hexagon’s international conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.Leveraging industry-leading technologies from Hexagon Mining, Mine VIS is an additional layer of safety on top of the Collision Avoidance System, (CAS) helping to avoid incidents, injuries, and fatalities. Mine VIS manages traffic in the pit and, by reacting when and if operators do not, it ensures safety rules are followed.Hexagon President and CEO, Ola Rollén, said, “Safety demands more than just partial solutions. Mines can be dangerous places. Heavy traffic, large equipment, and poor visibility all create the potential for accidents. Mine VIS is a significant enhancement to a safety portfolio that can save customers from the costly consequences of accidents. It improves CAS by taking control of a machine if the operator does not react appropriately to a CAS warning.CAS provides drivers of large vehicles with 360°-proximity detection at any speed and in all conditions via cabin display units. It is installed in more than 25,000 vehicles in over 60 mines worldwide.Mine VIS can take control of the machine in certain defined situations if the operator does not react appropriately to the initial CAS warning. The system can act depending on the situation, either by inhibiting propulsion, activating the retarder, or applying the service brake.True to Hexagon’s integration strategy, Mine VIS can also be used in conjunction with the company’s fatigue-detection, alerting, and reporting solution, FatigueMonitor. It uses the same sensors and user interface to protect the customer’s initial investment. Hexagon Mining worked closely with an OEM to realize this vision of a last-resort system that mitigates the consequences of a collision.Mine VIS is being installed in Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in South Africa. The company contacted Hexagon Mining after conducting an extensive risk assessment of its operation to understand major risks. Together with the customer, Hexagon Mining defined a step-by-step approach to develop a solution. Mine VIS is timely in South Africa where government regulations will compel surface mines to implement such systems on heavy machine equipment by June 2019.
While the Galaxy S3 %displayPrice% at %seller% is the champion of the Android ecosystem for now, Samsung is likely planning to continue that dominance with an early release of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The teaser trailer Samsung just released, pointing to a huge announcement at CES 2013 in January, could be the big coming out party for the next Galaxy.Samsung has a history of hosting splashy press events when unveiling their next big thing. Tech shows, like CTIA, have been common homes for Samsung to unveil additions to their product line. A teaser trailer from Samsung was just released that points to a big event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January. We know that Samsung has been gearing up for the release of the Galaxy S4, though recent rumors but the announcement of this phone in April to compete with the iPhone 5S.Of the many features that have been speculated for the Galaxy S4, the most interesting seems to be an “indestructible” plastic display. Previous Samsung phones have been covered by Gorilla Glass 2, but Samsung may be looking to coat their 5-inch 1080p display in a fingerprint proof plastic. Coupled with the rumored 13MP camera and LTE support for nearly every carrier in the world, the Galaxy S4 would be a powerful way to start 2013 for the smartphone world.Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 with its own press conference in London earlier this year. The massive event included an orchestra and thoroughly demonstrated all of the features of the Galaxy S3 on stage, featuring several high level Samsung employees involved in the creation of the phone. It’s certainly not impossible for Samsung to host an event at the largest US consumer electronics show to reveal the Galaxy S4, but it seems like a downgrade from the S3’s Earls Court venue.Of course, it doesn’t have to be a smartphone at all. Samsung has their hands in a lot of consumer technology, not just smartphones. One of the things Samsung has been working on, and demonstrating at tech shows for two years now, is flexible displays. Samsung is also a leader in the PC space, with their hands in Windows 8 and Chrome OS before other manufacturers picked up the technology. There’s a fairly wide range of things that Samsung could be up to, but the Galaxy S4 is one that fits in fairly well.EDIT: Sources familiar with Samsung’s plans for CES are not reporting to CNET that the electronics company isn’t planning to announce anything related to the Galaxy S4 at this years show. via Business Insider
Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 7:28 AM Short URL 7,990 Views By Cianan Brennan The family of Pat Finucane, sons John and Michael, daughter Katherine, and wife Geraldine, pictured in London in 2012 Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA ImagesTHE WIDOW OF Pat Finucane, a solicitor murdered in Belfast in 1989 in his family home, will take a case calling for a full public inquiry into the crime to the UK Supreme Court today.Finucane, a 39-year-old human rights solicitor, was shot dead in front of his three children and wife Geraldine, who was also injured, on 12 February 1989.While the UK government in 2011 finally admitted to collusion between the loyalist paramilitaries who killed Finucane and British intelligence services, no member of the security services has ever faced prosecution.Geraldine Finucane was granted permission last year to take an appeal to the Supreme Court questioning the decision of the UK Court of Appeal to deny the family a full inquiry.The hearing is expected to last two days, and to deal with issues such as whether or not the denial of an inquiry may amount to a contravention of European human rights law, and whether or not the decision to hold a review into the case rather than an inquiry in 2011 amounted to a sham process, one with a predetermined outcome.Finucane’s family had previously accused former prime minister David Cameron of reneging on a promise to hold an inquiry into accusations of state collusion.Cameron apologised to the Finucane family in the wake of the 2011 review of the murder, and said Finucane could still be alive today had it not been for state involvement.Geraldine Finucane, however, said the 2011 report had been drawn up without any input from her family.Comments are closed for legal reasons No Comments Widow of murdered Belfast solicitor to call for public inquiry at UK Supreme Court today Pat Finucane was murdered in front of his family by Loyalist paramilitaries in February 1989. Share74 Tweet Email Jun 26th 2018, 7:28 AM http://jrnl.ie/4091793 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
According to the midfielder, the Southampton academy is giving a lot of results, after eight of the 18 players on Saturday’s match were part of the academy.Southampton FC midfielder Callum Slattery spoke to the team’s official website about the club’s academy.“Everyone one works so hard to get to this stage, it’s never easy,” he said.“When you get this moment, you’ve got to grab it with both hands. I’ve had to work extremely hard to make the chance and now I’ve got to take it.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I found out the day before in training but managed to keep it quiet and just prepared in my head as I normally would for any game,” he commented.“I felt good, the lads were fantastic helping me through and made me feel comfortable. I played it simple and it felt good to be out there.”“The confidence it gives us to do this and the belief that he shows in us is fantastic, so for us to get that chance is great from his part,” he added.“The way he deals with us in training and speaks to us is great as well.”
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Friday hailed the “historic” summit between the two Koreas, saying that “good things” are happening on the peninsula ahead of his own highly anticipated meeting with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.”After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place,” Trump wrote on Twitter.”KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” he tweeted.Kim met Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the pair agreed to pursue a permanent peace treaty and the complete denuclearization of their divided peninsula.An armistice brought the fighting on the Korean peninsula to an end in 1953, but 65 years later, a final peace agreement has still not been reached.The US president also praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping’s efforts on North Korea, calling them a “great help.””Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!” he tweeted.Beijing is Pyongyang’s sole major ally but it has supported a series of United Nations sanctions to punish the North over its nuclear and missile tests.China has pressed for dialogue to peacefully resolve the crisis.While Trump praised progress on North Korea, he also struck a somewhat cautious tone, writing that: “Good things are happening, but only time will tell!”Trump said Thursday that three or four dates were under consideration for his meeting with Kim, which he has previously said could take place by early June.The summit between the two Koreas — only the third since 1953 — was the highest-level encounter yet in a whirlwind of nuclear diplomacy.But the two previous Korean summits in 2000 and 2007, both of them in Pyongyang, also ended with displays of affection and similar pledges, but the agreements ultimately came to naught.Last year, Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test, by far its most powerful to date, and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.Its actions sent tensions soaring as Kim and Trump traded personal insults and threats of war.Moon seized on the South’s Winter Olympics as an opportunity to broker dialogue between them, and has said his meeting with Kim would serve to set up the summit between Pyongyang and Washington.Trump has demanded the North give up its weapons, and Washington is pressing for it to do so in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way.Pyongyang is demanding as yet unspecified security guarantees to discuss its arsenal.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters at the US State Department on 15 March in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe United States voiced hope Friday that nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea would continue following reports that Pyongyang is considering suspending the talks.Russian news agency TASS said the North’s vice foreign minister Choe Son-Hui had rejected yielding to “US demands in any form,” after the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong Un and president Donald Trump ended without agreement in February.”We are hopeful that we can continue to hold this conversation,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington.The report came amid concerns over the North’s satellite rocket launch site, where some rebuilding activity has been observed in recent weeks, triggering international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.Trump told a post-summit press conference in Hanoi that the North Korean leader had promised he would maintain his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.Kim was due soon to make an official statement on the actions his country would take, Choe told reporters and foreign diplomats in Pyongyang.”In Hanoi on multiple occasions, (Kim) spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing,” Pompeo said.”We have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment.”Any launch would send the denuclearization talks into complete disarray, after they were left stuttering when the summit ended without agreement two weeks ago.Choe — who was present in Vietnam — blamed the United States for the failure, saying Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton “created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” and “obstructed” Kim and Trump’s “constructive effort.””As a result, the summit ended with no significant result,” she added.It is a change of tone from Pyongyang, after both sides expressed their willingness to carry on the discussion process in Hanoi.Ankit Panda, of the Federation of American Scientists, said Kim’s unilateral declaration of the ICBM testing moratorium was “now in question.”It could mean a decision had already been made, he tweeted, but added that it did not mean a launch was imminent.”One play is for Kim to reaffirm the moratorium. Kim looks big,” he said. “That also keeps China happy for now.”Another play is to renounce the moratorium, which would be risky,” as it would upset China, be “disappointing” to Trump, and “squanders the inter-Korean process”.Big dealSeoul’s presidential office sought to play down the vice-minister’s comments, saying it was “premature to assess the current situation only with Choe’s remarks.”South Korea will continue to work for the resumption of talks, it added.Washington wants what administration officials have called a “big deal,” with the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction in return for the dropping of sanctions that have hit the isolated North’s economy.”Nobody in the administration advocates a step-by-step approach,” a senior State Department official told reporters last week.The North says it only called for the partial lifting of UN sanctions imposed in 2016-17 that affect people’s livelihoods.But Washington sees these measures as the bulk of economic sanctions that brought Kim to the table, and believes without them it would lose leverage in future talks.Pyongyang favours a more incremental approach, with Kim proposing dismantling facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for lifting the main sanctions — an offer Trump refused in Hanoi despite the vaunted “chemistry” between the pair.In his New Year’s speech — a key political event in the North — Kim said he would be “compelled to find a new way for defending the sovereignty” of the state if Washington “persists in imposing sanctions and pressure.”
Share Listen 00:00 /00:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaThe Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is requesting input from the public as it works on a long term plan that will deal with transportation in major roadways such as the 1-10, popularly known as the Katy Freeway.The Regional Transportation Plan of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is looking into the future, to the year 2045, when the Houston area could have a projected 11 million residents. H-GAC Public Outreach Manager Meagan Coughlin said they are seeking ideas on how to address that expected population growth. They are hoping to hear from commuters, cyclists, and transit riders at a series of public meetings.“We identify certain goals that will help us drive the future and drive the plan,” explained Coughlin. “And some of those examples are improving safety or reducing congestion.”H-GAC’s Deputy Transportation Director Patrick Mandapaka said they want to hear where the problems are right now in terms of safety and traffic delays.“There are different tools that we use as transportation planning professionals to take that need and translate that into a project,” added Mandapaka.H-GAC says it has identified about $75 billion worth of transportation needs over the next couple of decades.Those public meetings begin next week and they are scheduled for a number of locations around the Houston area.View Fullscreen X
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You can exchange in-game cosmetics straight-up, buy them from other players, or offer them special keys that open loot crates with odds of earning certain sometimes limited-offer cosmetics.Credit: Valve Buy now Team Fortress 2 deals?No price informationCheck AmazonNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS7of 15NEXT8of 15EVE OnlineEVE Online is an online space exploration MMO with elements of strategic combat and life sims — you could spend all your free time on just this game. Not all of it is free, but the opening free portions should keep most gamers busy for quite a while and let you discover if the full game is for you. Gameplay primarily consists of navigating space in your ship.For free, you can pilot small vessels to explore space, mine for resources, trade, get into fights and otherwise do what most players can do who buy subscriptions. Free accounts won’t have access to large late-game ships, but filling in everything you can for free still represents a large amount of content.EVE’s world is unique among MMOs in that most players exist in one very large game world across several star systems. EVE also stands out by keeping track of character progress passively in real time, giving you points into different categories you’ve queued up whether you’re logged in or not.Credit: CCP Buy now EVE Online deals?2 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆No price informationCheck WalmartNo price informationCheck AmazonWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS8of 15NEXT9of 15BrawlhallaBrawlhalla is a 2D fighting game that takes heavy inspiration from the Super Smash Bros. series. Players pick from a weekly rotation of eight characters from a full roster of 44 and enter one-on-one matches or fights with up to eight players, locally or online. The rules are similar to Smash Bros. where the goal is to rack up damage on your opponent to send them flying off the stage and off the screen. Games can be played for score or with limited player lives.Mechanically, Brawlhalla lifts a lot of ideas from Smash Bros., including one-button special moves, but introduces its own weapon system that attempts to make the items seen in Smash Bros. fit better into a competitive fighting game. Each character has different normal and special moves associated with the game’s 12 different weapon types that spawn in during a match.Credit: Ubisoft Buy now Brawlhalla deals?No price informationCheck AmazonNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS9of 15NEXT10of 15Card HunterCard Hunter combines the setting of a Dungeons and Dragons tabletop RPG with a collectible card game like Magic the Gathering. 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Cards can be won or purchased and include the usual rarity tiers of other similar card games.Matches can be played online against another player on PC or with crossplay on the Android or iOS versions of the game.Credit: Cygames Buy now Shadowverse deals?No price informationCheck WalmartNo price informationCheck AmazonWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS12of 15NEXT13of 15MapleStory 2MapleStory 2 is a combat MMO, life sim and collection of rather goofy minigames all in one. There’s not a lot to take seriously in MapleStory, but what’s on offer is no less robust for how light the atmosphere is. 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Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País that the Pope said: ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.’ Pope Francis has warned bishops to reject gay applicants to the priesthood, according to reports.The leader of the Catholic Church has allegedly told Italian priesthoods to reject anyone they suspect could be gay. ‘Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open,’ the pope was quoted as saying by newspaper La Stampa’s Vatican Insider service. ‘If in doubt, better not let them enter.’The Vatican Insider and Il Messaggero says the claimed remarks were made at a closed-door gathering.The Vatican itself declined to report.This has come after a gay man allegedly said the pope told him God loves him unconditionally.Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with Francis last week, God doesn’t ‘care’ he’s gay. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pope Francis recently said gays can’t burn in hell because ‘it doesn’t exist.’ He is against same-sex marriage but advocates for civil unions for same-sex couples. GAYSTARNEWS- Pope Francis tells gay man God made him ‘like this’ and loves himPope rejects same-sex families and compares abortion to holocaustPope recognises LGBT for first time, but is it repentance?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pope-tells-italian-bishops-to-reject-gay-applicants-to-the-priesthood/
News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Digitalization at HIMSS19 February 13, 2019 — At the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) global conference and e read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The system connects to multiple information systems, extracts data, supports querying of cohorts, implements guidelines, and allows for data mining and algorithm development, including third party application integration. The portal allows researchers to:- Manage and store research data, including images, genomics, proteomics, and clinical data- Combine patient data from multiple disparate sources including PACS, hospital information systems, lab systems, institution created databases, and in-house document archives – Design and execute ad hoc queries and drill down results – Enable efficient hypothesis generation and testing – Integrate with third party data analysis and statistical tools – View unified model of data, including both clinical and research data – Extract data and report for clinical trials (21 CFR Part 11 compliance)- Support preclinical researchSiemens is developing a works-in progress solution, focusing on patient identification for clinical trials , based on the award-winning REMIND (Reliable Extraction and Meaningful Inference from Nonstructured Data) Platform . The REMIND platform has been developed to extract, integrate and provide reasoning over structured and unstructured patient data, medical knowledge and other information from various sources, both Siemens and non-Siemens. These capabilities include high-quality searches in unstructured textual documentation such as history and physicals, radiology reports, surgical reports, discharge summaries, clinical notes, and any dictated reports. This is critical, since the important information for patient identification for clinical trials is often found here. Patient identification for Clinical Trials can be supported in two scenarios:1) Patient-Centric: A care-giver (physician or nurse) can use this solution to identify the clinical trials for which any given patient may be eligible during a routine patient visit. This scenario may, in the future, may also be supported in “real-time” – i.e., during the patient visit. 2) Trial-Centric: A research coordinator can use this solution to identify all patients that may be eligible for any given clinical trial.In prior deployments, REMIND improved clinical trial recruitment by a factor of 5 to 20 times when compared with conventional methods .Siemens also has a radiology information extraction solution for radiology reports, based on the award-winning REMIND (Reliable Extraction and Meaningful Inference from Non-structured Data) Platform . In conjunction with syngo Workflow, the tool provides automatic form completion and extracts specific elements from text reports to help automate the workflow. The benefits include:Automated workflow – Automatically fill out forms; increases legibility and visualization – Performance improvement – completeness verification- Provides quality statisticsImproved user experience – quicker workflow (online and offline processing)- Improved performance – Reduces errors and flags inconsistencies – Improves accuracy by learning over time FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Pathology | July 16, 2019 Paige Announces Clinical-grade Artificial Intelligence in Pathology July 16, 2019 — Computational pathology… read more read more Pseudocolor accentuated CT scan image of a liver tumor. Image courtesy of Lucence Diagnostics. News | Artificial Intelligence | February 15, 2019 Amazon Comprehend Medical Brings Medical Language Processing to Healthcare Amazon recently announced Amazon Comprehend Medical, a new HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that allows… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | June 12, 2019 Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 1.8.8 Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | October 30, 2008 Siemens Provides Decision Support Tools News | Oncology Diagnostics | March 12, 2019 Lucence Diagnostics to Develop AI Tools for Liver Cancer Treatment Genomic medicine company Lucence Diagnostics announced a new project to develop artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Cardiac Imaging | February 11, 2019 New Appropriate Use Criteria Outlined for Multimodality Imaging of Nonvalvular Heart Disease The American College of Cardiology (ACC), along with nine other cardiology professional societies, recently published a… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | February 06, 2019 IMS to Unveil Prototype Imaging Machine Learning Platform at HIMSS19 International Medical Solutions (IMS) announced a solution that will enable radiologists and other clinicians to use… read more
Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Related Content Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | May 24, 2010 Iso-Osmolar Agent Could Save Hospitals Money 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 Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Conversations with Greg Freiherr: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital SolutionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:46Loaded: 2.87%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more Cost per 100 patients for each contrast agent.May 24, 2010 – Utilizing the iso-osmolar agent Visipaque (iodixanol) could save hospitals $54,617 per 100 patients when compared to the low osmolar nonionic agent iopamidol. This was according to results from a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Scientific Sessions in Washington, D.C., held May 19-21.James Spalding, M.D., conveyed findings on a study designed to assess the resource utilization and cost of major adversce cardiac events (MACE) during cardiac catheterizations (CC) or percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) among high- and low-risk patients. The observational, retrospective, cohort study, “Resource Utilization and Economic Impact of Major Adverse Cardiac Events (MACE) in Individuals Undergoing Invasive Cardiac Catheterization Procedures (CCP) with Low or Iso-Osmolar Contrast Agents,” used data available from Jan. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2008 from 600 U.S. acute care hospitals.Researchers observed patients older than age 18, undergoing CC or PCI in the outpatient hospital setting and who received a contrast agent (iohexol, iodixanol, ioversol, iopamidol, or ioxaglate) on the same day as the procedure were included in the analysis. Patients received more than one contrast agent on the day of the procedure were excluded. High-risk patients were defined as having acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or angina at initial admission.They assessed the following outcome measures among high- and low-risk patients:- The presence of MACE based on a primary diagnosis ICD-9 code for AMI (410.xx), other forms of ischemic heart disease (411.xx, 414.xx), or angina (413.xx) within 30 days of initial CC/PCI.- The length of stay (LOS) of initial visit.- Costs that were calculated from the hospital perspective.The found the following outcomes:- Among the 521,437 patients undergoing a CC/PCI, 2.5 percent (n=13,149) experienced a MACE; high-risk patients had a higher rate of MACE compared to low-risk patients (4.1 vs. 2.1 percent, P- For those experiencing MACE, high-risk patients had longer overall LOS (4.2 vs. 3.3 days, P- For MACE patients, those who were at high risk had greater total costs during the initial visit and 30 days post-visit.After applying literature-based rates, the researchers concluded the iso-osmolar agent Visipaque (iodixanol) could save hospitals $54,617 per 100 patients when compared to the low osmolar nonionic agent iopamidol. Similarly, utilization of the iso-osmolar agent Visipaque (iodixanol) in high-risk patients may save up to $61,582 per 100 patients when compared to the low osmolar ionic agent ioxaglate. Furthermore, the study concluded:- MACE is a complication in CC and PCI with substantial resource utilization and costs.- The iso-osmolar contrast agent Visipaque (iodixanol) may reduce the rate of MACE versus iopamidol and versus ioxaglate in high-risk patients.- The cost difference for resource utilization associated with CC and PCI shown by this analysis for iodixanol vs. ioxaglate is approximately $61,000 and for iodixanol versus iopamidol is approximately $55,000.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Videos | Contrast Media | January 22, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital Solutions ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr speaks with Guerb read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D.
Transat debuts new videos that highlight importance of sustainable tourism Share Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Posted by Tags: Transat MONTREAL — Transat A.T. is continuing its efforts in promoting sustainable travel by producing two new videos that highlight eco-friendly measures done by both Transat and hoteliers.The new videos will be featured on its in-flight entertainment systems, online and via the company’s social media accounts.The video ‘Sustainable tourism – Transat’s hotel partners in action’ highlights exemplary practices by five of Transat’s hotelier partners in Mexico: Karisma Hotels & Resorts; Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts; Barcelo Hotel Group; AMResorts; and Melia Hotels International. These initiatives cover all aspect of corporate social responsibility and environment stewardship, from reduced water and energy consumption to waste recycling, protection of natural environments and programs available to employees.“Marketing tourism products that consider the environment and local populations is one way that Transat promotes fair trade and responsible tourism,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “Since 2012, we have highlighted hotels with Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification on our websites and in our brochures to help travellers make responsible purchase decisions, and we’re now doing so onboard our aircraft as well.”More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe second video, titled ‘Environment – Air Transat’s fuel management initiatives’, profiles the fuel management program that Transat introduced in 2004 to improve performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its aircraft. Considered one of the most innovative and rigorous programs of its kind, it includes measures implemented before takeoff as well as during and after every flight.<br /><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>These latest video vignettes are meant to complement Transat’s existing tools aimed at raising awareness of sustainable tourism, and are also part of the company’s process to obtain Travelife certification. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
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