A HEALING MOMENT ALEXANDER STEWART ON SINGING HALLELUJAH AT DANFORTH TRIBUTE

first_imgSinger Alexander Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Facebook Twitter Advertisement “It was such a healing moment and a beautiful thing for the community to come together like that,” Stewart says of the experience, which marked the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.The young singer had already sung “Hallelujah” at the Danforth candlelight vigil last month. His performance led organizers to ask him to return for the annual street festival and he was also invited to open Billy Talent’s benefit concert for the victims on Saturday.It’s a sombre point to Stewart’s burgeoning music career, which he’s built from his parents’ home in the Danforth neighbourhood where his father also owns a recording studio. Both his parents worked at The Canadian Press several decades ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. Eighteen-year-old singer Alexander Stewart has played for big crowds and pulled in millions of views on his YouTube videos, but performing a rendition of “Hallelujah” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public tribute was something special.Stewart delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic on Friday to honour the victims of the Danforth shooting that shocked the Greektown community where he grew up. The prime minister quietly sang along while standing beside him. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Amazons quarterly profit more than doubles shares soar

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 per cent in after-hours trading.Amazon has grown rapidly since its start as an online bookstore in 1995. It makes Echo speakers, designs furniture and delivers food from restaurants. Still, online retailing is its biggest business: Sales from Amazon’s online stores rose 18 per cent to $26.9 billion, accounting for slightly more than half the company’s total revenue.The company recently disclosed for the first time that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, who get faster shipping and other perks. It announced Thursday that it will soon raise the price of its annual Prime membership to $119 from $99 in the U.S.At its cloud-computing business, called Amazon Web Services, sales rose 49 per cent to $5.4 billion.Overall revenue jumped 43 per cent to $51 billion, beating the $49.9 billion analysts expected.The company earned $1.63 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the three months ending March 31 — almost triple the $1.24 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. It’s the second time Amazon’s quarterly profit has topped $1 billion. In the previous quarter, which included the busy holiday shopping season, it had a profit of more than $1.8 billion.The blockbuster profits come as the company and its chief executive have been criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted several times that the company doesn’t pay enough taxes, should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping, and that The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is a lobbyist for the company.Trump signed an executive order earlier this month to study the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing the package delivery market. The executive order did not mention Amazon by name.Amazon.com Inc. has been silent about the attacks from Trump, and executives in a call with investors Thursday did not mention the president. They did say, however, that the company plans to invest further in its own shipping services, which includes planes and on-the-ground logistics that can ship its boxes.The Seattle-based online retailer’s stock, which closed at $1,517.96 on Thursday, soared past $1,620 in extended trading.last_img read more

15 years later 85 Canadian real estate firms not compliant with antimoney

TORONTO — At least 85 real estate companies have not implemented a plan showing how they are trying to detect money laundering and other suspicious transactions, nearly 15 years after they were required to do so, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.The federal anti-money laundering agency received 337 compliance reports from roughly 1,000 companies in the real estate sector it surveyed — including brokers, sales representatives and developers — between Jan. 1, 2013, and Feb. 8, 2016.The data, which was obtained through an access-to-information request, represents only a small sampling of the real estate industry. There are about 20,000 companies in the real estate sector that are required to report to Fintrac.Skyrocketing housing costs ‘clear and present danger’ to Vancouver’s economy, new report warnsVancouverite aims to fix ‘broken’ housing market by connecting ‘real buyers’ with ‘real sellers’New survey of realtors points finger at foreign buyers as debate over ownership continuesAn analysis of the data contained in those reports found that roughly a quarter of the 337 respondents admitted they had not yet fully implemented a compliance regime, which has been required by federal anti-money laundering laws since 2001.Thirty-eight of the companies said they had only partially implemented a compliance regime, while the other 47 said they had not even begun to do so. The names of the companies were not included in the documents.Fintrac spokesman Darren Gibb says some of the reports weren’t sent back because the companies no longer exist, while others simply failed to respond.Fintrac routinely sends out compliance reports to various sectors to gather information about the companies it regulates, says Gibb.Those reports can sometimes lead to further enforcement actions such as on-site examinations, he says.“If we see an assessment report come back and it’s clear that the entity is not where they should be, then certainly that’s a flag for us that it may be examination-worthy,” says Gibb.“Or conversely, if we don’t get an assessment report coming back, that’s potentially an even bigger flag.”If violations are discovered during an examination, that could lead to fines of up to $100,000 per violation for individuals and up to $500,000 per violation for companies, depending on severity.Gibb was unable to specify how many of the 85 companies that did not have a compliance plan were fined, noting that the reports are only one factor that the agency considers when deciding whether to investigate a particular firm.“It is only one small piece of the puzzle,” says Gibb.The largest number of firms that admitted they have yet to finish implementing a compliance regime was in Quebec, where there were 32 such companies.Gibb said he could not speculate as to why the figure was higher in Quebec than in other provinces.In Ontario, 19 firms said they hadn’t fully implemented a compliance regime, while in Alberta there were 12 such cases. Eight of the B.C. real estate firms surveyed reported that they hadn’t finished setting up a compliance regime.Meanwhile, 43 of the companies surveyed nationwide said they had not yet appointed a compliance officer, as required by law.Ottawa also requires companies subject to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act to have a system in place for training their employees on how to comply with the law.The data obtained by The Canadian Press found that 42 of the 337 companies surveyed by Fintrac had only started implementing a training system, while 57 had not even begun yet.Pierre Leduc, a spokesman for the Canadian Real Estate Association, says keeping up with the changes to anti-money laundering laws is a challenge for the real estate sector because most realtors work on their own and are not big corporations like banks or casinos.“In addition, until recently, awareness was low, which is why CREA embarked on a national information tour to raise awareness and explain compliance responsibilities,” Leduc said in an email. read more

India undecided on CHOGM

Khurshid asked members to wait for the calling attention on the situation arising out of repeated attacks on Indian fisherman by Sri Lankan navy. Amid opposition by Tamil parties to Prime Minister’s participation in the Commonwealth summit (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, the Indian Government on Thursday said no decision has yet been taken on the level of India’s participation in the summit scheduled in November, the Press Trust of India reported.In March, the Government received a letter each from the Chief Minister of Tamil Naduand the Chief Minister of Puducherry, urging the Prime Minister not to attend the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. She further said the decision to hold the CHOGM at Colombo was taken in 2009.  On issues related to human rights violations in Sri Lanka, she the government has been engaged with that country and it has also been raised at United Nation Human Rights Council.To another supplementary, Khurshid said India is fully committed to the 13th Amendment of Sri Lanka’s Constitution. The amendment relates to devolution of powers to ethnic communities, like Tamils. “The Government has not yet taken a decision on the level of its participation at the 2013 CHOGM,” Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid said in the Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour today. Replying to supplementaries, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said a “well thought decision will be taken” in this regard. read more

At General Assembly Mali calls for global UN approach to Sahels regional

“The political and security crises that affected in Mali in 2010 have clearly shown the complex challenges facing all the (sub-Saharan) Sahel countries on issues of security, governance, the protection of human rights and development,” the West African leader told the Assembly on the fourth day of its 69th annual high-level meeting.“These challenges demand concerted and determined action from the international community. They must be addressed globally with specific mechanisms,” he said, hailing the adoption of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.“We are gathered here in the name of a universal ideal and conscience for peace, justice and liberty. Millions of people worldwide had put their hopes in the UN for peace, security, development and international solidarity. We do not have the right to disappoint them.” Mr. Keita cited terrorism as one of the challenges requiring a global response. “Terrorist attacks perpetrated in Libya, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia and the Middle East, although geographically disparate, in reality constitute grave self-same threats to international peace and security,” he said, stressing that religious extremism is completely foreign to Malian society. The UN currently fields the 6,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSMA), a force of military personnel and police officers set up in 2013 after a Tuareg separatist movement and Islamic armed groups seized much of northern Mali and a mutiny in Bamako, the capital, led to a coup.Mr. Keita reported that the process of stabilization and dialogue was now fully under way in his country. On other issues, he stressed that the Ebola epidemic sweeping West African countries demanded an integrated international response and called for reform and enlargement of the 15-member Security Council, the UN’s decision-making body, to include two permanent and five non-permanent members from Africa. read more

NHK to enhance instant replays with motion tracking bullet time camera system

first_imgBullet time has become a common site in movies ever since The Matrix used it to such good effect. But bullet time camera capture systems are typically quite limited based on the need for multiple cameras setup to look at a specific area in order to capture the action from every angle. Japanese broadcasting company NHK aims to change that, though, by adding motion tracking into the mix.What NHK has done is to link all of the bullet time cameras to a single, moving camera controlled by a cameraman. As he moves his camera, all the other cameras in the system also move. By doing this, the system can track the action over a much larger area than was previously possible.For now, the NHK system can have 8 motion tracking cameras hooked up to a controlled camera, but there’s nothing to stop you having multiples of these to surround the action on say, a sports field. Software is also used to automatically adjust the camera rotation and to perform image processing therefore allowing a smooth transition between camera views.So what does this mean in real terms? Well, sporting events are going to be the focus of such a system. You can still have the main cameras tracking the action, but they can now be linked up to an array of unmanned cameras that automatically track and record the action from every angle. Broadcasters then get access to a 360-degree view of key events 60 seconds after they happened, and therefore so do viewers.Such a system is going to need a serious amount of data storage and processing power to back it up, especially now that we demand all our sports and entertainment in HD. But I think it’s worth it, and Hollywood is also sure to show an interest for use of such a system with the larger action scenes in movie productions.last_img read more

Opinion Cancer screening cant provide 100 certainty but the programme saves many

first_img May 11th 2019, 7:31 AM By Dr Ciarán Ó Riain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,646 Views 22 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4628252 Share18 Tweet Email3 Saturday 11 May 2019, 7:30 AM AT SOME STAGE in the next fortnight, I will likely look down a microscope at a biopsy sample from a young woman.The form accompanying the biopsy may state “advanced cervical cancer – biopsy to confirm”.The doctor training to be a consultant pathologist sitting down with me has already seen cervical cancer under the microscope too many times before. The diagnosis will likely be one we can make with confidence.She may comment on how the woman is the same age as her. We never meet the woman but we know that soon a doctor will have the task of communicating our life-changing report to a young woman and her loved ones.The next biopsy we look at may be from a woman of similar age. She has the very earliest form of invasive cervical cancer, small buds of tumour measuring only one or two millimetres. The edges of the biopsy are normal. Treatment is over. A hysterectomy can be avoided. The same doctors meet the woman in a clinic a week later to tell her with some confidence that her early stage cancer has been fully treated and the outcome will likely be good. Her dreams of a family and a long life can remain.Both women may have partaken in our screening program, attended for every smear test on schedule,  done everything asked of them. Screening may only have worked for one of them.Fortunately, the precancerous changes and early cancers currently detected and cured by screening currently vastly outnumber the advanced cancers.Over the course of the 10 years of the CervicalCheck program, over 50,000 high-grade precancerous changes have been detected and treated.  The incidence of invasive cervical cancer has fallen year on year over the last decade.  Due to the heroic efforts of many, we have not only halted the precipitous fall in HPV vaccination levels but seen levels rise – an unprecedented achievement globally that will protect young women’s’ future.Plans were afoot for the introduction of a screening test involving looking for the presence of the HPV virus as a first step – undoubtedly a better test although one still with false negatives.Ruth Morrissey’s CaseOn Wednesday, the full High Court Judgment of Mr Justice Cross in relation to the case of Ruth Morrissey was published.It is a very human account of how a young woman’s life has been destroyed by cervical cancer.  I would encourage all to read it, in particular, paragraph 50 of the judgment – which gives a compassionate view of the layers of the individual human tragedies we have seen unfold over the last year and how the judiciary must make difficult decisions.Nobody ever wishes their surname to be part of a landmark medicolegal judgment.The nuances of this landmark judgement will be examined and explained in the coming weeks by legal professionals.As doctors, we can only explain the science of screening and outline our concerns as to the potential impact of the judgment on the future delivery of lifesaving cancer screening programs in Ireland. It is on this background that last Saturday’s headlines about the requirement for ‘absolute confidence’ in a test being normal raised alarm among so many among the medical profession and wider society.Doctors across all specialities are now concerned as to the implications on how they use their clinical acumen – must a GP ensure with absolute confidence that every headache is nothing sinister?Must every radiologist comment on the smallest speck on every chest X-Ray?For me, it harked back to an era of the paternalistic, all-knowing doctor that many of us hoped we had left behind in favour of a shared decision-making process with patients and all the shades of grey that entails.Absolute confidenceUndoubtedly the full judgement may be more nuanced but clarity will be required about whether the ” absolute confidence” standard is limited to a specific role of a cytology screener or whether it may set a precedent for other aspects of medical practice.While the principle is in place in the UK since 1999, there is little doubt that we operate in a very different medicolegal environment in Ireland.In any event, absolute confidence in anything being normal is something that most would feel uncomfortable with being a basic standard on our statutes. Opinion: Cancer screening can’t provide 100% certainty – but the programme saves many lives A recent judgement said doctors must have absolute confidence that results are normal – unfortunately, that just isn’t possible, writes Dr Ciarán Ó Riain. Clarity will also be required with regard to the apparent dismissal of both the importance of avoiding false positives in a screening system and the need for cost-effectiveness (paragraph 72 of judgment).Both are fundamental principles of any screening program, which invites large numbers of healthy individuals to submit to testing.The ethical balance of screening is between preventing cancer in the individual and avoiding harm at a population level to the wider society. Tough choicesWhat harm are false positives compared to the consequences of a false negative?It is undoubtedly true that screening programmes err on side of avoiding false negatives but that has to be balanced against the risk of over investigation and treatment.As well as the anxiety associated with an abnormal finding, real physical consequences are possible; repeated biopsies of the cervix may cause problems in pregnancy, removal of breast tissue may be performed for a nodule that left undetected would never have affected a woman’s life, colonoscopy with its rare but real complications would increase.Whatever one’s political views on taxation and spending, all realise that the health budget is finite.Increasing expenditure on healthy people in screening programmes inevitably takes away from treating those with heart attacks, safely delivering babies and all the other core functions of our already overstretched health service.Along with pathology colleagues, including cytopathologists from both our public and private screening laboratories, we have proposed a better way to move forward to answer questions of women around prior smear test results.A model involving blind review of slides that mimics normal screening conditions and would answer the key question of whether the slide would have been consistently identified as abnormal.It would be a fair process to all involved and would go some way to answering the question for women “could or should have things been differently for me?”.Notably, similar models were rejected by the Justice as those of a vested interest in favour of the long-established adversarial approach of relying on expert witnesses.Perhaps I am a vested interest. I look down a microscope for a living, I understand the limits of visual interpretation, I have and will make mistakes.However, my main interest is that perhaps in twenty years time when I sit down with a young pathologist at a microscope, they might ask “what does cervical cancer look like? I’ve never seen it”.Wouldn’t it be great if I could say that I hadn’t diagnosed cervical cancer in ages?Wouldn’t it be great if a woman receiving the devastating diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer was an exceptionally rare event? We can and must work together to ensure that in the pursuit of perfection we do not lose our common good of all our screening programs.Dr Ciarán Ó Riain is a surgical pathologist with a specialist interest in gynaecological cancer diagnosis and staging. He is a member of the board of the Faculty of Pathology of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Dr Ciarán Ó Riain last_img read more

Poll gives New Democracy narrow lead

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new opinion poll shows New Democracy, the conservative leaders of Greece’s coalition government, maintain a narrow lead over leftist opposition SYRIZA. The Pulse poll, conducted on behalf of the weekly To Pondiki newspaper, puts New Democracy on 20 percent, up 0.5 percent from April. SYRIZA is in second on 19.5 percent, which is almost 0.5 percent lower than the previous survey. Golden Dawn is third with 13 percent, followed by PASOK on 6, the Communist Party (KKE) with 5.5, Independent Greeks with 4, and Democratic Left on 3.5 percent. PASOK and Democratic Left are both members of the country’s power-sharing administration. Asked who is the best choice for premier, 30 percent voted for New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras and 20 percent for SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras while 46 percent said neither are suitable for the job. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Premier Hon Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Accepts Chairmanship of the OCTA While Her Government

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 28, 2017 – According to a TCIG Press Release on February 23, 2017, Premier, Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, attended the 15th European Union Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) Forum in Oranjestad, Aruba. While at the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the role of Chair of OCTA and signed “…the Programming Documents commissioning the official start of the EDF 11 Program”.   Commenting on the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson stated that “The Turks and Caicos has continued to benefit over the years from funding through the EDF program”.Surprisingly, although the Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the Chairmanship of the OCTA and kicked off the EDF 11 Program, she didn’t inform the forum’s attendees that less than a week before, her government withdrew its support for the EDF 11 program.On February 17, the Cartwright-Robinson Government sent out a public notice canceling the tender for the “Consultancy for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government’s EDF 11 Education Sector Reform Strategy, Tender Reference Number TR 16/77”.   Having a Consultant working on the deliverables is a key requirement of the EDF 11 program, and the country would become ineligible for the grant if it doesn’t have one.   Realizing that she would have had the distinction of being the first Chair of the OCTA whose Government didn’t support its programs, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson’s government on February 24th, rushed out a slightly amended version of the original EDF 11 Tender document, and in doing so, canceled its own cancelation of the EDF 11 Tender document.Since 2012, under the previous PNP Government, the Turks and Caicos Islands was the recipient of two EDF grants – EDF 9 and EDF 10 (which focused on Strengthening and Improving the Business Sector) – with a total funding of €13.7m (US$14.5m).   The EDF 11 program which includes additional funding of €14.6m (US$15.5m), was to have focused on reforming and strengthening the education sector, and the previous PNP government had already advanced it to the programming and financing stage.In highlighting the country’s stellar performance regarding the EDF programs, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who also attended the forum, stated:  “The Turks and Caicos has made great strides in its EU program work over the years since being reinstated into the program in 2012. Within a relatively short period of time we have not only seen the completion and closure of the EDF 9 Program, but also the full implementation of EDF 10…”“The Turks and Caicos is also only one of five territories that have already advanced our EDF 11 program to the programming and financing stage; in the words of the EU Commission, making us a star amongst the EU Overseas Territories.   This is quite commendable…”Leader of the Opposition, and former Minister of Finance in the previous PNP Government, Hon. C. Washington Misick, commenting on the EDF programs, stated that “The EDF programs have benefitted the country tremendously, and I am proud that the previous PNP Government’s accomplishments in rolling them out have been recognized by the Deputy Governor.   I was surprised and disappointed when I learned that the current Government had withdrawn its support for the EDF 11 program.   Thankfully, even if just to save face with the Premier becoming the new Chair of the OCTA, they have reversed that position and now support it.   Assuming that the Government doesn’t change its position again on the EDF 11 program, and I strongly encourage Madam Premier not to do so, the country should again benefit from the great strides made by the previous PNP Government.”Press Release: PNP Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

India earned respect Stephen Constantine

first_imgThe team didn’t make it past the Group Stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but to the former squad’s boss Stephen Constantine, the team has earned respect.India national team ended up on fourth place of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A.The team won 4-1 against Thailand in the first match, then was defeated 2-0 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 1-0 by Bahrain.“We were unlucky, to concede a penalty in the 91st minute is heartbreaking,” former India’s boss Stephen Constantine told The Indian Express.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“But it shows everybody in India that we are capable, we have the belief which we never had, we have respect which we never had and we have the determination.”“It’s there for everybody to see. I wish nothing but the best for players, for the Indian federation and for the fans who support us.”“They passed the expectations. It’s not a question of they didn’t live up to the expectations, they passed all expectations,” he added.“I don’t think anybody believed me when I said that we would qualify in 2015, I don’t think anybody believed that we could qualify from the group. They believe now.”last_img read more

Farmers Urged to Participate in CTIC SARE and ASTA Cover Crop Survey

first_imgInformation provided by a CTIC news release. A nationwide survey of farmers on cover crop use is seeking insight from growers around the country — whether or not they plant cover crops.“This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain from the practice, and what their concerns are,” says Chad Watts, project director at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, Indiana, which administers the survey.  “Results from the survey help guide policy, research and education on cover crops. In recent years, data from cover crop surveys has been used in testimony on Capitol Hill, featured in the New York Times, and cited in academic journals. People are very eager to hear how farmers view cover crops.”The survey can be taken online at http://tinyurl.com/ccsurvey2016  until May 1, 2016.  All answers to the survey are anonymous, Watts points out. Participants who complete the survey — an easy process that takes no more than 15 minutes, and even less depending on your crop rotations and diversity —  have the option of entering into a drawing for a $100 gift card.The project is the fourth annual cover crop survey conducted by CTIC in conjunction with USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with help from Penton Media. Sponsors within ASTA include Albert Lea Seed, CHS, The CISCO Corporation, LaCrosse Seed, Mountain View Seed, Allied Seed, Curtis & Curtis Inc., Grassland Oregon, Justin Seed and Seedway.Anyone interested in seeing results from the 2013, 2014 or 2015 crop year surveys and other related projects, click here.  Also, please visit our website www.ctic.org.last_img read more

Freedom Reigns Third Annual Fundraiser

first_imgJennifer Waller with Freedom House: “We run off of faith and miracles. This community has stepped up and helped us like no other and has gotten us to where we are at.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Freedom House will be hosting their 3rd annual ‘Freedom Reigns’ fundraiser on February 23. You can visit the Freedom House Facebook page for continued updates on volunteer needs and days as well as more information regarding the fundraiser. The women’s Freedom House opened in January of 2018, and according to Waller; over 500 volunteers came together in 4 1/2 months with roughly 3,500 labor hours donated in order to get the building up to code. Waller said the Men’s house should be open at the end of March: “It turned out to be a ten bedroom house, five bathrooms, and two full kitchens. It’ll be a really nice living facility once we get to open.”  The home purchased for Freedom House Men is located on 167 Warehouse Drive in Soldotna. The home was previously used as an assisted living home. The event starts at 6pm, and will be held at Skyview Middle School. Community members are invited to enjoy a home cooked dinner, hear testimonies from alumni and current residents, and hear an update on the Men’s home.last_img read more

Rupee weakened against dollar in choppy weekly trade

first_img(representational image).Reuters fileIn a choppy week’s trade, the Indian currency weakened against the US dollar to close above the 71 a dollar mark on Friday, owing to a sharp rise in crude oil prices, turmoil in the equity markets and uncertainty around the US-China trade relations.In what could translate into further trouble for the domestic currency, analysts see an upward move of 6 to 7 per cent in the Brent crude prices in the coming week.The rupee lost heavily towards the end of the week – over 70 paise in the last three trading session – as traders reacted to the sanction on Venezuela and production cut by OPEC and Saudi Arabia.Sajal Gupta, Head Fx & Rates Edelweiss, said “technically … crude now looks set for another 6-7 per cent rise” which would mean that the rupee was likely to depreciate further in the coming sessions. “And if Rs 71.80 per dollar is broken, we can head towards Rs 72.50 mark.”Among other factors impacting the currency, Gupta said, with crude and dollar index giving breakout, the rupee would remain under pressure. Trade deficit data released on Friday post-market was also not very encouraging with monthly deficit touching almost 15 billion dollars.”Political tensions would also remain heightened with key leaders vowing strong retaliation in wake of the biggest terror attack in the Kashmir valley.”Explaining the factors which have caused volatility, Anindya Banerjee of Kotak said the currency markets largely depend on the capital flows … and right now the fear of possible retaliation by the government in response to the Pulwama attack is having an effect. Creative Commons”The context of the whole event is also important because (Lok Sabha) elections are around the corner,” Banerjee said.Also, the currency losing against the dollar and rising crude oil prices was a double whammy for the bond markets, he added.On the global front, discussing the factors affecting the currency, Banerjee said, the Chinese economy was very fragile right now and moreover, investors were looking for developments in the US-China trade talks.However, Gurung Somaiya, currency analyst, Motilal Oswal, felt that the rupee was protected from any major weakness as “Foreign Institutional Investment (FII’s) came around good”, especially in February.According to data from the bourses, FII has seen inflows worth Rs 1,096 crore in February. Know about the new 100 currency note IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close India on Friday revoked the Most Favoured Nation Status (MNS) of Pakistan and has warned that more stern actions will follow the attack in Pulwama. Additionally, equity markets have declined for 6 straight sessions showing weak investor sentiments.last_img read more

Microsoft Edge Now Warns You About Fake News Sites

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Microsoft’s Edge browser will now warn you when the website you’re visiting is untrustworthy. Users will now see a notification at the top of their edge browser telling them not to trust certain news outlets. The Daily Mail’s website Mail Online is among the more popular sites Edge is urging users to stay away from. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/microsoft-edge-fake-news?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 In the case of the Daily Mail, visitors are being shown the message: “The site regularly publishes content that has damaging reputations, caused widespread alarm, or constituted harassment or invasion of privacy.”Microsoft is working with NewsGuard, a website that rates news organizations based on their credibility and transparency, to implement the warnings. The watchdog organization manually scores news organizations based on the accuracy of their reporting, how proactive they are at admitting and fixing errors, and whether they use clickbait headlines to lure visitors to their site.NewsGuard made it clear that it stands behind its methods, and that anyone who feels they were unfairly scored should contact them, not Microsoft.”They can blame us. And we’re happy to be blamed,” Steve Brill, co-founder at NewsGuard, told the Guardian, “Unlike the platforms, we’re happy to be accountable.”The fake news-fighting feature offered by NewsGuard is available on Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS as an optional setting. As the Verge reports, NewsGuard was first added to Edge last year as a browser extension. It appears the continued discourse around how to protect people from misinformation has prompted Microsoft to expand the tool.To enable the feature, download the Edge app on your device, then go into settings and choose “News ratings.” From there, just move the “Display rating on address bar” slider to the right. You will then start to see a red shield to the left of a URL when you visit a website deemed untrustworthy. Some of the biggest names in tech are struggling to combat fake news on their platforms. By baking it right into Edge, Microsoft is giving its users the tools needed to avoid deceptive journalism. Edge accounts for only a tiny sliver of the browser market share but giving users reassurance that the news their reading is fair and accurate could change that.How to Turn On Reading Mode in Microsoft EdgeHow to Clear Your History and Cookies in Microsoft EdgeHow to Increase Your Privacy in Microsoft Edgelast_img read more

The Odd Physics of Reys Backflip in Star Wars Episode IX

first_img[embedded content]What the heck does “The Rise of Skywalker” even mean? Some people hate trailers because they spoil the plot. For me, it’s more like an appetizer to get me ready for the show. Of course, in this case I’m talking about Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker.Since you know I’m a huge geek for both Star Wars and physics, I have to do some type of analysis on this trailer. That’s just what I do. How about a look at Rey’s backflip over a low-flying TIE fighter?My weapon of choice in this post will be video analysis (using Tracker Video Analysis). The idea is to look at the x- and y-position (in units of pixels) of an object in each frame of the video. With this, I can get position and time data to do whatever analysis I want.For Rey jumping over (I assume she makes it) a TIE fighter, I’m just going to look at her vertical motion. Once she leaves the ground, it would just be normal physics projectile motion with a vertical acceleration equal to the local gravitational field for that planet. These kinds of analysis come up quite often—and there are three things you could consider. [embedded content]Yes, this curve is the shape of a parabola. The data from the clip IS NOT a parabola. Don’t worry, it’s OK. Maybe Rey is using The Force or something to make this jump (she probably is). But there is still some useful stuff here. First, she jumps at least 2 meters high—that’s the change in height of her center of mass. That’s an impressive jump. Second, if this jump was on Earth, moving up that high would take at least 0.5 seconds. In the clip, the motion takes 1.9 seconds. Right off the bat, you could estimate that this is slowed down by a factor of 4 (approximately).How about we jump to the analysis of the horizontal motion? Oh, maybe I should point out something odd about this scene. There is some type of TIE fighter zooming toward Rey. You would think her goal is to jump over the spacecraft, but who really knows. Here is the weird part—she starts off running in the same direction as the TIE fighter. Even though she runs fairly slowly compared to a spacecraft, this will decrease the relative velocity between her and the ship (since they are running in the same direction). Now, when she jumps over the TIE, it will take longer for it to pass under her. This means she would need to jump even higher to clear it and stay in the air longer. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen these epic videos of people jumping over speeding sports cars. They run toward the car, not away. But maybe she is trying to land on top of the TIE fighter. Like I said, who knows.OK, here is a plot of her horizontal position during this time.Tracker Video AnalysisWhat is going on here? For normal projectile motion, once an object is in the air there is only the downward gravitational force. This means that with zero horizontal force the object (or Jedi) should move at a constant horizontal velocity. Rey moves with a constant horizontal velocity and then moves at a different horizontal velocity. Honestly, I think everything is OK here. I suspect that the slow motion frame rate changed in the middle of the jump—I’m OK with that.Let me end with some preemptive comments. I know your questions and comments before you even ask them.“Chill dude. Don’t you even realize that this is a movie about a fictional planet with a fictional person? It’s not even science fiction, it’s space fantasy.” Yes. I do indeed understand that this is not real. However, I really like physics and I really like Star Wars. What’s wrong with mixing the two together? What if you really like chocolate milk? Would it be so bad to make Star Wars–themed chocolate milk?“You never told us the speed of the TIE fighter.” That is correct. I left that out. I can plot the horizontal position of the spacecraft—but I don’t know the time scale (I’m assuming it’s in slow motion). If you really need a value, I’m going to give it to you. Suppose it takes 0.5 seconds for Rey to jump (even though she doesn’t really jump). From video analysis, the TIE fighter moves about 5 meters. This puts the speed at 25 m/s (56 mph). Oh, but add on the fact that Rey is running. If she is running at 4 m/s, then the TIE fighter would be going 29 m/s (65 mph). Still pretty slow for a spacecraft.How does Rey jump up and move at a constant speed? Um … she uses The Force?How fast would a human have to jump to clear this TIE fighter? Didn’t I already do this? Well, if not, then it’s your homework question.The title for Episode IX is The Rise of Skywalker. Which Skywalker? Exactly the question I have. I guess we will have to wait for the movie.Don’t you have more important things to do with your time? Nope. I’m here just for Star Wars and physics. I already answered this. The vertical acceleration. On Earth, this is -9.8 m/s2.The distance scale. How many pixels of video in one meter of distance?The time scale. What is the length of time for each frame?If you know two of these three things, you can find the third. Here you can see there is a problem. I’m pretty sure I can get a distance scale by using the height of Rey (or the size of the TIE fighter). But what about the other two? It seems I should stay away from the time scale. The trailer shows her acrobatic leap in slow motion (apparently for effect). But since it’s in slow motion, the viewed frame rate (what the user sees) is different than the “real” rate. Yes, I know Star Wars is not real.I only have one hope. One last hope. I am going to have to assume the vertical acceleration is equal to -9.8 m/s2 just like on Earth. It’s not a crazy assumption. First, all the motions of people look like they would on Earth. Second, most of this movie was probably filmed on Earth. I think it’s a safe assumption.Now for the analysis. I’m going to look at the vertical position of Rey in each frame. For this clip, I also need to adjust for the motion of the camera. We can compensate for this camera motion by looking at the apparent motion of the background. Actually, Tracker Video Analysis has some nice tools to take care of this (with a little bit of work).Let’s start with a plot of Rey’s vertical position as a function of “time”—remember, it’s not real time.Tracker Video AnalysisThis is strange. Strange that a person is jumping over a flying spacecraft on an alien planet? No. It’s strange that her vertical velocity is essentially two constant segments. Here is what it would look like with a human jumping up (same height) on the surface of the Earth. Note: This is a calculation in python. 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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more June 14, 2012 — Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc. announced the availability of Synapse Mobility 3.0, a new zero-footprint application with improved features that enable access to Fujifilm’s suite of Synapse products, from handheld mobile devices to Macintosh- or Windows-based PCs. Using the Web browser or mobile device of their choice, radiologists and referring physicians can now review patient images and information available in Synapse PACS (picture archiving and communications system) and Synapse RIS (radiology information system), increasing accessibility to patient information and improving workflow.The new version recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for diagnostic use on Apple devices. “Synapse Mobility 3.0 is all about convenience, and clinicians lead hectic lives where reading from remote locations is almost always required,” said Jim Morgan, VP of medical informatics for Fujifilm. “It was our goal to provide radiologists and referring physicians with on-the-go access to the images and information stored in Synapse PACS and Synapse RIS for diagnostic review, and we have made this a reality for iPad and iPhone users.”The new version also includes a collaboration feature designed to foster greater communication between professionals by allowing clinicians to consult in real-time. The collaboration feature will allow physicians to bring information to their patients and ultimately aide in consultation during clinical situations, such as the communication between physicians, referring clinicians and patients, using the Web browser or mobile device of their choice. Synapse Mobility 3.0 will remove the device barrier between users and allow open collaboration.Synapse Mobility 3.0 also includes several upgrades to the user functionality including improved visual layouts and reference lines. It provides advanced viewing capabilities for physicians to view 3-D images as well as to be able to zoom, window and level, and use MIP/MPR just as they would do at a clinical workstation. Easily uploaded on a variety of products, Mobility is readily deployed because it is browser-independent and scalable, providing facilities with virtually an unlimited number of user licenses. For more information: www.fujimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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The Innovation Show 164 Last Tango in Cyberspace with Steven Kotler

first_imgThe Latest Innovation Show Podcast In this episode of the innovation show podcast, host Aidan McCullen talks with Steven Kotler.The world created in Last Tango is based very closely on our world about five years from now, and all technology in the book either exists in labs or is rumoured to exist.With its electrifying sentences, subtle humour, and an intriguing main character, readers are sure to find something that resonates with them in this groundbreaking cyberpunk science fiction thriller.We welcome award-winning journalist, executive director of the flow research collective, world-leading expert on high performance, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and author of “Last Tango in Cyberspace” Steven KotlerYou can find more episodes of the innovation podcast here.You can also find articles by Aidan here.Irish Tech News now gets over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

15 injured in taxi crash

first_img15 people were injured in a taxi crash on the Bergville road yesterday afternoon (Friday).It is alleged that the driver of the minibus lost control of the vehicle and it overturned while travelling from Bergville towards Ladysmith.The vehicle rolled off the road.Sharaj Ambulance Services, ER24 and off-duty EMRS paramedics treated the injured at the scene. 4 people sustained serious injuries and were transported to hospital by Sharaj and ER24.RTI and police also responded.Traffic flow was obstructed while the injured were being treated. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img