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AP sources Trump mulling a wideranging shakeup

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON — Who is going and who is staying in a Trump administration shakeup being weighed by the president may be anyone’s guess.The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, had been thought to be on her way out as soon as this week. But two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Nielsen is likely to remain for the time being because there is no obvious successor.People with knowledge of a possible shakeup also say that President Donald Trump is discussing replacing his chief of staff, John Kelly, with Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.Other possible changes involve Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Colleen Long, Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Morocco, Among Germans’ Favorite Destinations in 2015

By on October 12, 2019

Rabat – Morocco is among Germans’ favorite vacation destinations in 2015, a new survey has revealed. Morocco has been awarded the ‘destination that made the biggest breakthrough in 2014’ award by the German weekly Stern and the German monthly Geo Saison.The award was presented to Karim Harouchi, a delegate of the Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) in Germany. The choice of Morocco was based on the results of a survey of more than 6,000 readers conducted by Stern and Geo Saison.Stern is a German weekly news magazine and a subsidiary of media giant Bertelsmann.Geo is an educational monthly magazine known for its detailed reports and pictures. It is published by Gruner +Jahr, a publishing house owned by Bertelsmann. read more

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Chemicals discarded in Ancaster

By on October 7, 2019

The RCMP’s synthetic drug unit is investigating dozens of barrels of toxic waste found on a rural Ancaster property. Trinity Road has been closed between Wilson Street and Book Road all day while police and the Ministry of the Environment work to safely clear out the chemicals. RCMP say they are treating this case like a possible illegal drug lab.Some people that live nearby say they first noticed something on the empty property Monday or Tuesday. A couple of residents decided to take a closer look Wednesday night. That’s when they discovered dozens of barrels and a large drum marked as hazardous — and they notified police.“You can see it right from the road. Somebody backed in there and dropped all this stuff off.”Norman Ward says he first noticed something on this Trinity Road property at the beginning of the week — and after driving by again on Wednesday, decided to take a closer look. That’s when he and another resident discovered dozens of barrels of toxic waste: “I would think there would be 5 gallon pails steel and plastic probably 40 or 50 give or take and a 45 gallon drum.”He also noticed about three boxes that contained exhaust fans. That’s when he notified Hamilton Police.Sgt. Brent Hasey is with the RCMP’s Synthetic Drug Unit: “They are chemicals consistent with the production of synthetic drugs.”The RCMP’s synthetic drug operations were brought in to help safely handle the chemicals.Sgt. Hasey says they have to be sent to Health Canada for analysis before they know exactly what the barrels contain: “Looks like someone just dumped the waste from drug operations.”Neighbours say there used to be an abandoned house on the land. It was torn down about three years ago. Ward says it now belongs to the Ancaster Agricultural Society. Police say there is no threat to the public as it appears all the barrels were sealed. People that live nearby were disturbed by the discovery.“Shocking. You just expect something like this in downtown Hamilton. You’d probably notice a truck unloading.”“We get garbage out here in the country. This stuff is pretty nasty. Not welcome thats for sure”The OPP say it is not connected to any Hamilton drug labs. The investigation continues. read more

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Deal linking Blue Cross NC Cambia halts after CEO resigns

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DURHAM, N.C. — Two Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers on both U.S. coasts are scrapping plans for a long-term co-operation agreement after an executive central to the deal resigned in the wake of an alleged drunk-driving crash.Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions said Friday they’re ending their request for regulatory approval.The deal announced in March called for Blue Cross NC CEO Patrick Conway to also become Cambia’s CEO, but the companies planned to keep their assets and insurance policies separate.Conway resigned Wednesday after details of his June 22 crash emerged describing the insurance executive deriding the investigating police officer. Conway was charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanour child abuse. Conway’s two daughters were in his car. No one was injured.The Associated Press read more

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Paul George Is Back And So Are The Pacers

By on September 30, 2019

Besides, the Pacers are doing better when George is at his comfortable small forward slot anyway. This year, they’re outscoring opponents by 14.5 points per 100 possessions when George is the designated small forward in a five-man unit,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s data. versus 7.8 when he’s the power forward. For all the concerns about how George would have to change his game to fit a new role, he’s been able to play a style that’s still both familiar and highly efficient this season.(We should point out that it being early in the season, one particular lineup over- or underperforming can make the data insanely noisy. Still, there’s some reason to look past that here. Among five-man lineups in the Pacers’ rotation, the one that has Jordan Hill playing with Ian Mahinmi is one of only two with a negative net rating; Hill also plays on the other. So it could be that George is even better at small forward than the above split is showing and it’s not as noticeable as it should be because Jordan Hill is just the worst.)That being said, the team around George is very different from the one that lost to the Heat in the 2014 playoffs. For one, the Pacers are now much quicker up and down the floor — they rank 10th in pace factor, as opposed to 20th in 2013-14 — the residue, in part, of using smaller lineups such as those featuring George at the 4. They’ve also tweaked the tendencies of the roster around their star: George’s teammates this year are, collectively, about 2 points better per 100 possessions3According to Box Plus/Minus. on offense than in 2013-14 and 1.9 points worse defensively. Goodbye, Roy Hibbert and David West; hello, C.J. Miles and Monta Ellis.And speaking of roster changes, the offensive effect of losing PF West can be seen clearly by looking at the differences in the team’s shot chart between now and 2013-14. Here are Indiana’s shot charts from those two seasons, from NBA.com: Scan the NBA standings and you won’t find many surprises. The record-breaking Warriors lead the Western Conference (as is usual) over the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers, the LeBron-led Cavs sit atop the East, and the Sixers and Lakers may as well be at the bottom of a lake — all of which is as it should be. But the team right behind Cleveland in the East, the Indiana Pacers, might raise an eyebrow. Indiana is good again. You probably heard something along those lines early this season, but to be clear: Indiana is good again. Like, Eastern-contender-good. When did that happen — and can it last?You’d be forgiven if the Pacers have drifted in and out of your basketball-watching consciousness since August 2014, when Paul George fractured multiple bones in his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. George had spent the previous three seasons building his case as a top-10 NBA player, culminating in a dream season that saw Indiana earn the East’s No. 1 seed and make a second consecutive run to the conference finals. But without George’s services for all but six (grim, unimpressive) games in 2014-15, the Pacers dropped below .500 and missed the playoffs.1They lost out on a tiebreaker with the Nets.Not much more was expected this season, even with George returning. With Lance Stephenson and David West leaving through free agency the past two years and Roy Hibbert departing through a Romanian body-snatching coven, the core of Indiana’s conference finals runs had dispersed, and this year figured to be for rebuilding and working George back into the lineup. Yet, here Indiana is, with the league’s eighth-best Elo rating — our metric for tracking a team’s strength over time — and the fourth-most-improved Elo since preseason; the sixth-best rating (third in the East) in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index; and a higher SRS rating than the Cavs, behind just the Warriors and Spurs.The temptation is to say that the Pacers are picking up exactly where they left off in 2013-14 after a one-year hiatus caused by George’s injury, and there’s certainly some truth to that. That Indiana squad was led by the most efficient defense in basketball, and this year’s Pacers have bounced back to post the league’s second-best defensive rating in the early going. George is healthy again, even playing like an MVP candidate so far thanks to one of his trademark hot streaks from downtown. (He’s currently knocking down 45.5 percent of his 3-pointers, a run the likes of which he’s gone on — for months! — before.) And while much was made before this season about him playing more power forward — and his displeasure with the notion — George is still playing roughly half (43 percent) of his minutes on the wing.In practice, George is doing a few more PF-like things — his rebounds are slightly up and he’s drawing more fouls — but the core of his game hasn’t dramatically changed since 2014. If anything, the biggest shift in George’s playing style, as illustrated by Synergy’s play-type data, has been away from off-ball plays (spot-up jumpers and shots off screens) and to more on-ball ones (pick-and-rolls and isolations). In 2013-14, 21.5 percent of his possessions were as the pick-and-roll ball-handler; this season, that’s up to 25.2 percent. The spot-ups and off-screens dipped at about the same rate. In other words, George is being used even more as a facilitator, exploiting his matchups, not banging down low. One of the Pacers’ bread-and-butter plays two seasons ago was the midrange jumper, a West specialty. Now West is on the Spurs, and no team has shed more shots between 3 and 16 feet4As a percentage of all field goal attempts. over the past two seasons than Indiana has in 2015-16 so far. Eschewing the midrange game is typically a good thing for an offense, and the new-look offense has yielded the franchise’s best offensive ranking in a half-decade, even if the Pacers are also being aided by a sky-high 3-point percentage that may not be sustainable.Add it all up, and the Pacers probably aren’t far from where they were in 2014. For the sake of illustration, their Elo rating today (1566) is almost exactly what it was (1564) after they beat Miami in Game 1 of the 2014 East finals. This season’s version is doing things differently than that vintage, and the formula isn’t as simple as the old-fashioned Eastern Conference wrestling matches Indiana deployed not too long ago, but for now, the Pacers are back — and they look just as good as they ever were. read more

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HYBRIT fossilfree steelmaking project moves forward with biofuel plant build

By on September 24, 2019

first_imgA joint initiative between LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall to develop the world’s first fossil-free steelmaking process is gaining momentum, with construction of a biofuel-based pelletising plant shortly beginning at the iron ore miner’s Malmberget site, in Sweden.This “world-unique test facility”, a key component of the HYBRIT initiative, will see fossil fuels replaced with biofuel to achieve fossil-free production of iron ore pellets.The aim of HYBRIT, which is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, is to develop a process for fossil-free steelmaking by 2035.In 2018, the Swedish Energy Agency announced it would contribute funding amounting to more than SEK500 million ($54 million) towards the pilot-scale development of an industrial process, with three owners, LKAB, SSAB and Vattenfall, each contributing a third of the outstanding capital for the project.LKAB said: “Fossil-free steel production starts at the mine and LKAB is working hard to determine the design of the next generation of pelletising plants.”Back in October, Tenova HYL was contracted by HYBRIT to supply its direct reduced iron solution as part of the project.The biofuel-based plant, to be built near to LKAB’s Malmberget iron ore mine, will cost in the region of SEK80 million.“Testing a bio-oil system is part of the pilot phase and the objective is to convert one of LKAB’s pelletising plants from fossil fuel to 100% renewable fuel,” the company said. “This means that fossil-generated carbon dioxide emissions from the Malmberget operation will be reduced by up to 40% during the test period, which corresponds to about 60,000 t/y. Eventually, LKAB hopes to achieve totally carbon-dioxide-free pellet production.”Jan Moström, LKAB’s President and CEO, said: “Within HYBRIT, LKAB is examining options for replacing the heating technologies used in the pellet process, which are the heart of our processing plants. In parallel, trials will be conducted in an experimental facility in Luleå using an alternative heating technology. Trials will determine whether new biofuels and plasma burners will work in the unique setting of a pellet plant. Ultimately, this will make LKAB’s iron ore pellets completely carbon-dioxide-free.”The global iron and steel industry is one of the industrial sectors whose processes emit the most carbon dioxide, according to LKAB. “A growing population, in combination with greater urbanisation, means that demand for steel will continue to grow until 2050. If the HYBRIT initiative succeeds, Sweden’s carbon dioxide emissions will decrease by 10%,” the company said.Mårten Görnerup, CEO, Hybrit Development AB, said: “The initiative is decisive for Sweden’s ability to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement and nationally, and it is our contribution to battling climate change. Fossil-free production of iron ore pellets is an important step towards reaching these goals.”Following a pre-study conducted in 2016–2017, the first sod was turned in 2018 for a pilot plant for hydrogen-based reduction of iron ore in Luleå, Sweden. This plant, expected to be completed in 2020, will be used to test processes downstream from the pelletising plant. The investment in a pilot-plant for bio-oil in Malmberget, which is an important milestone for HYBRIT and the development of fossil-free pellet production, is expected to be completed by 2020. The first tests will be conducted up to 2021.Magnus Hall, President and CEO, Vattenfall, said: “Our partnership with SSAB and LKAB is playing a very important role in the electrification of the industry and the development of fossil-free hydrogen to enable a fossil-free life within a generation.”Martin Lindqvist, CEO and President of SSAB, said the partners are on their way to a revolutionary technical advancement, “showing the world that it is possible to produce steel without producing carbon dioxide emissions”.He added: “Work is proceeding according to schedule and I am confident that we will succeed. As a first step toward creating a fossil-free SSAB, we have decided to switch to an electric arc furnace in Oxelösund. This will entail decommissioning both blast furnaces in around 2025 and will reduce our CO2 emissions in Sweden by around 25%,” he said.The primary goal of HYBRIT is to eliminate fossil-generated carbon dioxide emissions and thereby stop the net increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This will be done by converting to renewable fuel.In the next step, LKAB’s vision is to fully eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the pelletising plants. LKAB’s iron ore consists largely of magnetite and, even without the use of bio-oil, it already gives the company a big environmental head-start on competitors, according to the company.Steel produced from 100% LKAB iron ore pellets results in carbon dioxide emissions that are 14% lower when compared to steel manufactured at an average European sinter-based steel mill. “One explanation is that it requires less energy to make pellets from magnetite than from the more commonly occurring hematite. The pellet process currently requires a lot of energy, while a very great amount of heat is released when magnetite is converted to hematite.”last_img read more

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20 Nokia 105 isnt smart but it will be hugely popular

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgIf you followed this week’s coverage of the Mobile World Congress you would have heard the terms like “Tegra”, “Snapdragon”, and “quad-core” fairly often. These buzzwords lingered in the Barcelona air, as smartphone manufacturers tried to outdo one another with smarter phones and more powerful specs delivering increased processing power, better screens, and an operating systems that are feature rich. One phone manufacturer decided to head in the other direction. Meet the Nokia 105, the $20 phone.The Nokia 105 has a 1.4-inch 128 x 128 resolution display, comes in at a minute 107 x 44.8 x 14.3mm, and weighs only 70 grams. It packs 8MB of storage and 384 KB of RAM. Nokia says its 800 mAh battery will get 35 days of standby and 12.5 hours of talk time.Samsung Galaxy 4 this is not.While it seems like the Nokia 105 jumped off a time machine with the hardware of yesteryear, the device does have a market — in the developing world. Many developing countries are skipping installing infrastructure for landlines and instead erecting cell phone antennas. Thus, the market for mobile phones is booming.Blackberry (then RIM) has had great success marketing low-end smartphones in the developing world, particularly in Africa and southeast Asia. Its success was astronomical: while market shares of RIM were tanking in the western world, the company was reportedly enjoying rock star status in the developing world. Blackberry sales in South Africa and Indonesia dominated the market leaving Apple and Samsung in the dust.As Nokia has some experience in the market, the Nokia 105 might be a hit. While its hardware is less than spectacular, the quality of the industrial design is no different from Nokia’s flagship phone — the Lumia 900. The 105’s color screen, while simple and small, shines bright and is color rich; the plastic build is rugged and sturdy.As the economy of the developing world grows with a bullish like fashion, the hunger for consumer electronics, albeit cheap, only increases. A well built and inexpensive phone is sure to be a market success.last_img read more

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Liavis reveals personal account of Alzheimers in new film

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Carol Liavis has used her personal account with her father’s Alzheimer’s in a film aimed at being a new information source for people living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Liavis was one of the three people selected to tell their personal stories with Alezheimers for the new educational film Dementia: Taking the next step. The film features advice on what to do if you receive a diagnosis of dementia from the voices of experience as the focus. When Liavis’ father was first diagnosed with dementia 16 years ago, she says her and her family felt “overwhelmed”. “You are just in a state of real numbness and overwhelmed with what lies ahead,” says Liavis. “It is very daunting and you’re at your worst state with feeling grief and fear, thinking and knowing that it was going to change our lives significantly and what was going to become of my dad.” She says that if her family had a resource such as this DVD, that would give the personal element to the dementia diagnosis and a personal account of the journey with this disease, that they would have said themselves “a lot of confusion and angst”. “I believe the film really offers the audience the flexibility to view it and review it because often the information is giving to you verbally from a doctor or a specialist and you can’t really absorb the enormity of it, so by using real life references and these shared experiences it pretty much walks you through the early stages of the disease.” The film which is available free of charge on DVD also features medical comments by dementia specialist, Associate Professor Michael Woodward, who provides an overview of dementia in terms of how to understand what is happening, how to make adjustments to deal with the diagnosis and how to get help. Copies of the DVD will be made available to Cognitive Dementia and Memory Services (CDAMS) around Victoria as well as other Victorian health organisations assisting people in the early stages of a diagnosis. The DVD will be shared with all other state and territory offices of Alzheimer’s Australia as a Victorian led initiativelast_img read more

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State seeks input on outdoor recreation plan

By on September 19, 2019

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board wants the public’s input on what priorities should be in outdoor recreation.The board has drafted a recreation and conservation plan for the state that is intended to be a guide for decision-makers when they prioritize recreation and conservation efforts for the next five years. The plan includes priorities and actions to meet Washington residents needs of outdoor recreation.The plan calls for sustained and growth of legacy parks, trails and conservation lands, improved equity of parks, trails and conservation lands, meet youth needs; plan for culturally relevant parks and trails, position outdoor recreation and conservation as a vital public service.The draft plan is available at www.rco.wa.gov/StateRecPlans.Comments can be submitted by email at policychanges@rco.wa.gov, or mailed to Recreation and Conservation Office, P.O. Box 40917, Olympia, WA 98504. Comments are due Sept. 10.Staff will analyze the comments and make recommendations to change the draft plan at the funding board’s October meeting in Olympia.last_img read more

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Helen Woodward Animal Centers PAWmicon Cosplay for a Cause

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgHelen Woodward Animal Center’s PAWmicon, Cosplay for a Cause Jonathan Halvorson, July 5, 2019 Posted: July 5, 2019 Updated: 2:18 PM Jonathan Halvorson Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – Helen Woodward Animal Center is preparing for it’s 7th Annual PAWmicon with some exciting new event announcements this year. KUSI’s Allie Wagner headed to Balboa Park to the future home of the Comic-Con Museum Friday morning ahead of the Sunday, July 7 event.The pet cosplay event benefiting the orphan pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center shines a light on the superhero adopters who save a life when they choose to rescue and the rescue pets who save their adopters right back with all the love they give.For the first time, the Comic-Con Museum is partnering with Helen Woodward Animal Center to host the superhero-themed event at their future home in Balboa Park.Sunday’s PAWmicon event will feature five pet cosplay contests (including categories like superheroes, supervillains, pop culture pups, dynamic duos and comic canines), over 50 vendors, movie themed photo backdrops from the Science Fiction Coalition, activities for kids and trivia contests.Tickets are still available at www.pawmicon.org for $10 online or $15 at the door the day of the event.Details: PAWmicon – Cosplay for a Cause will be held at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego. PAWmicon runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch your claws Wolferine! Pawmicon this Sunday 11-3! @HWAC @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD #puppies #comicconmuseum @ComicConMuseum #wolverine #bb8 #costume #cosplay #adopt #reporterlife #comics #sandiego #comiccon pic.twitter.com/fvFY5ZgovI— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) July 5, 2019last_img read more

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Oil prices tumble as OPEC gives US discount

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgLONDON — Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia cut the price of oil sold to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.The 25 percent or so slide in oil prices since the summer could boost consumer spending and business investment in many economies around the world as fuel bills fall.But not everyone’s a winner. Oil-producing countries such as Russia and Venezuela, which have high extraction costs and whose budgets rely on assumptions of relatively high energy prices, stand to lose out. And lower prices could eventually slow down booming production in the U.S., offsetting the benefit of lower energy costs for consumers and businesses.U.S. oil dropped another 2 percent Tuesday to $77.19, at one point falling to $75.84, the lowest level since October 2011. It was trading at $100 a barrel as recently as July. Brent, the international benchmark, declined 2.3 percent, to $82.82, having earlier fallen to $82.08, its lowest level in just over four years.Adam Slater, senior economist at Oxford Economics, reckons the recent fall in oil prices, if sustained, could add around 0.4 percent to gross domestic product in the U.S. in two years, and a little less in Europe. China, which is the second-largest oil consumer and on track to become the largest net importer of oil, could see GDP 0.8 percent higher than it otherwise would have been.last_img read more

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Republican candidates for governor meet in Juneau

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgFormer Sen. Mike Dunleavy, business owner Scott Hawkins, handyman Michael Sheldon, Rep. Mike Chenault, moderator Murray Walsh, Air Force veteran Stephen Wright, former Rep. Lynn Gattis, Sen. Kevin Meyer, and retired Alaska National Guard Col. Edie Grunwald attend a candidate forum Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)The four Republican candidates for Alaska governor each said Friday why they think voters should elect them.Listen nowThey met for the first candidate forum in Southeast Alaska, at T.K. Maguire’s restaurant in downtown Juneau.Former House Speaker Mike Chenault of Nikiski said his experience with both the Legislature and in the construction industry have prepared him to be governor.“I’ve got the leadership background, in knowing how the Legislature works – and how it should work with the governor,” Chenault said. “I also have a business background. I come from a family business for 35 years, and know how to employ people.”Former Wasilla Sen. Mike Dunleavy criticized Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican who is an independent.“Have the last three years been the best years in the history of the state? Absolutely not,” Dunleavy said. “We have so much to look forward to, we have so many opportunities, we can be developing so many of our resources, and get ourselves out of this fiscal mix.”Anchorage business owner Scott Hawkins is making his first run for office. He said he would have three priorities as governor.“One’s arresting the crime wave. Two is getting our fiscal house in order, which includes getting the dividend back to a formula-driven program,” Hawkins said. “And, three, turning this economy around.”Petersburg handyman Michael Sheldon also hasn’t run for office before. He laid out a hard line on abortion.“I’m an old-school Republican,” Sheldon said. “I may be the new kid on the block, but I remember the days of old. I want to stop abortion in Alaska. We’re killing 1,500 babies a year in Alaska and that’s got to stop. If I have to take executive action the first day of office, I’ll do so. If I get in trouble for doing that, that’s just fine.”Four of the five Republicans running for lieutenant governor also spoke.They include Anchorage Sen. Kevin Meyer, former Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis, former Alaska National Guard Col. Edie Grunwald of Palmer and Wasilla resident Stephen Wright, an Air Force veteran.All of the attendees criticized Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s oversight of the House District 40 Democratic primary in 2016.Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens also is running for lieutenant governor, but didn’t attend. He cited a legislative ethics rule that lawmakers can’t use state-funded travel to attend political events. He said that includes the forum, since the state paid for him to fly to Juneau for the legislative session.The Capital City Republican Women hosted the event.last_img read more

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Walt DisneyFox Studios deal winwin for both firms but could entail a

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgWikimedia commonsAmerican multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Company is all set to buy Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. in an all-stock deal, pegged at $52.4 billion. The acquisition includes Fox’s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks, and international TV divisions, along with a 39 percent stake in broadcaster Sky.An official announcement on the Disney-Fox deal is likely to be made on Friday, December 15. But Fox owner did tell investors that the deal was the beginning of a new journey for the firm. “With today’s announcement, we launch the next great leg of our journey,” BBC quoted Murdoch as telling investors. “Are we retreating? Absolutely not.”While this may be “the next great leg” for both the firms, analysts believe that the deal could lead to a sizeable number of layoffs. It has been said that this deal could lead to hundreds of job cuts at Fox in the next few months as the firms have similar departments, which Disney would want to merge for cost-cutting. The Twenty-First Century Fox Studios lot is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 6, 2017Reuters”The layoffs will happen, in all likelihood,” Gene Del Vecchio, a marketing professor and entertainment industry expert, told the Los Angeles Times. “They’re apt to be large. When you combine Disney with Fox, you get tremendous synergy.”Even though nothing has been put in writing yet, Lachlan Murdoch, the co-chair of 21st Century Fox, has already hinted that such a move could be made in the future. Speaking of the employees and how the deal has been stressful for all, he said: “Sometimes the right decisions are the hardest ones.”In fact, Fox employees too have spoken about how they are unsure about their future and how this has caused quite some concern among the workers. “There are a lot of people who don’t know anything, and that is creating great anxiety,” a Fox employee told the LA Times.Meanwhile, the job cuts may not be restricted to mid-level workers and the deal could see many senior-level employees bidding farewell to the firm. This could play out in two ways – one, the employees may be asked to leave or two, other firms may just grab the chance of poaching these senior managers while the details of the deal are being worked out and the company focuses on the transition. Rupert Murdoch pictured here in New York on Nov. 20, 2013ReutersFox has wanted to sell a few parts of its business for a while now, as its senior management believes that the media landscape has changed over the years and there are different ways people consume information these days. With the sale, Fox intends to focus on just sports and news and it believes that these are the fields where the firm can efficiently compete.Meanwhile, the plan also works perfectly for Disney as it gets access to Fox’s wide consumer base especially in foreign markets such as the UK, Germany and Italy. Not just that Disney now has even landed the very popular X-Men and Avatar franchise.last_img read more

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New Dead Rising 3 DLC puts you in a slapstick Capcom fighter

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgIf you were under the impression that Dead Rising 3 was a little too serious, there is now a DLC that completely dispels that notion.Nick, Annie, Chuck, and Frank are about to embark on an all new survival adventure in the Dead Rising universe, but fortunately they don’t need to worry about taking any of it seriously. The newly announced Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha DLC takes these four characters and sticks them in the craziest mashup of Capcom IP in existence today. The new gameplay mode lets you dress your characters up in all kinds of Capcom costumes, and in many cases you get the powers that go along with the costume. You’re going to need it, because the enemies you’re going up against range from regular zombie baddies to a giant zombie M. Bison with lasers shooting out of his eyes.You don’t get much crazier than this DLC, and every bit of the preview looks like a ton of silly fun. The Dead Rising series has always had a funny side, but this third release in the franchise seemed like that silly side had been lost. The DLC exists as a tribute to the “31th” anniversary of Capcom games, and by the looks of it is reason enough to own the game. There’s no confirmation that this DLC will be available with the PC Launch of Dead Rising 3, but Xbox One users will be able to install this DLC today.last_img read more

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PM has lunch in Parliament canteen pays Rs 29 for thali

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgAround 18 MPs were having lunch, sitting in small groups on different tables, in Room Number 70, when Modi landed there at 1 PM. The room on the first floor of Parliament building is for MPs.The Prime Minister greeted the MPs. Some of them came to introduce themselves to him, according to the canteen staff. Then he sat on a table, already occupied by three MPs and ordered food.”Anything special, sir,” canteen in-charge B L Purohit asked the Prime Minister. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No, I want normal vegetarian thali,” Modi replied. He also ordered fruit salad.Immediately, a thali, consisting of palak sabzi, rajma, dal and salad, was served along with rice and a tandoori roti.”The total bill for the food was Rs 29. He gave a note of Rs 100 and I returned Rs 71,” said waiter Rama Shankar who attended on the Prime Minister.He did not ask for bottled water and drank RO water, staffers said.He was there for about 20-25 minutes. Two of the MPs on Modi’s table were from Gujarat. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also joined in after some time. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRealising that it was a “historic” occasion, Purohit requested the Prime Minister to write in a ‘Suggestion Book’ which he presented to him.”Anna data, sukhi bhav (Blessings to the one who feeds),” wrote Modi in Hindi and signed it.According to sources in Parliament, this was the first time any Prime Minister had lunch in the canteen as a customer.Rajiv Gandhi had once eaten in the canteen but not as Prime Minister, the sources said.last_img read more

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By on August 27, 2019

first_img Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more December 19, 2011 — KLAS has recognized DR Systems and its combined Unity RIS-CVIS-PACS platform as the No. 1 ranked overall PACS vendor and product. The recognition came in KLAS’s 2011 Top 20: Best in KLAS Awards – Software & Services Report.This is the second year in a row that DR Systems and the Unity Platform have received the honor. The system is a combined radiology information system (RIS)-cardiovascular information system (CVIS)-picture archiving and communications system (PACS).DR Systems was rated ahead of all other PACS providers including GE Medical Systems, Carestream Health, McKesson, Siemens, Phillips, and Merge.The award marks the fifth time since 2001 the company has been ranked the No. 1 overall PACS vendor by KLAS. The company received the same ranking in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, and now 2011. In addition, in 2007, KLAS ranked it the No. 1 overall healthcare information technology vendor.Earlier this year, KLAS recognized DR Systems as the leading PACS vendor for large hospitals in its November 2011 KLAS Specialty Report: PACS 2011- A Victim of Its Own Success. As with the overall top ranking for PACS, this was the second year in a row that DR Systems was voted the leading PACS vendor for large hospitals.Healthcare executives, managers, and clinicians representing several thousand hospitals and clinics contributed feedback for the KLAS report.”We are especially pleased by this honor because KLAS compiles the views of thousands of PACS users and healthcare provider executives across the country – in other words, the people whose job it is to evaluate the best PACS in every category from functionality to reliability to cost,” said Richard Porritt, DR Systems’ president and CEO.DR Systems’ latest offerings include:  Unity v|Series RIS. Both desktop and server virtualization-capable, the new RIS can be accessed from pre-existing PACS or RIS workstations as well as mobile/non-mobile computing devices. It employs industry-standard methods for single sign-on and exam synchronization. A multi-site practice can employ a single unified Unity v|Series RIS worklist to launch and drive one or more PACS; or it can launch the Unity v|Series RIS/Reporting system from a third-party PACS.e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging. The company’s Meaningful Use EHR (electronic healthcare record) will help qualify radiologists for the maximum federal incentive payments available for meaningful use (MU) compliance. Certification of the system is anticipated for first quarter 2012 and general availability in second quarter 2012.For more information: www.drsys.com 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 Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more 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 center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | December 19, 2011 KLAS Names DR Systems’ Combined PACS “Best in KLAS” for 2011 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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Is web development dying

By on August 26, 2019

first_imgIt’s not hard to find people asking whether web development is dying. A quick search throws up questions on Quora, Reddit, and other forums. “Is web development a dying profession or does it just smell funny?” asks one Reddit user. The usual suspects in the world of content (Forbes et al) have responded with their own takes and think pieces on whether web development is dead. And why wouldn’t they? I, for one, would never miss out on an opportunity to write something with an outlandish and provocative headline for clicks. So, is web development dying or simply very unwell? Why do people think web development is dying? The question might seem a bit overwrought, but there are good reasons for people to ask the question. One reason is that getting a website has never been easier or cheaper. Think about it: if you want to create a content site, it doesn’t take much to set one up with WordPress. You barely need to be technically literate, let alone a developer. Similarly, if you want an eCommerce store there are plenty of off-the-shelf solutions that allow people to start running an online business with very little work at all. Even if you do want a custom solution, you can now do that pretty cheaply. On the Treehouse forums, one user comments that thanks to sites like SquareSpace, businesses can now purchase a website for less than £100 (about $135). The commenter remarks that whereas he’d typically charge around £3000 for a complete website build, potential clients are coming back puzzled as to why he would think they’d spend so much when they could get the same result for a fraction of the price. From a professional perspective, this sort of anecdotal evidence indicates that it’s becoming more and more difficult to be successful in web development. For all the talk around ‘learning to code’ and the digital economy, maybe building websites isn’t the best area to get into. Web development is getting easier When people say web development is dying, they might actually be saying that there isn’t as much money in it any more. If freelancers are struggling to charge the rates that they used to, that’s because there is someone out there who is going to do it for a lot less money. The reason for this isn’t that there’s a new generation of web developers able to subsist on a paltry sum of money. It’s actually getting a lot easier. Aside from solutions like WordPress and Shopify, the task of building websites from scratch (sort of scratch) is now easier than it has ever been. Are templates killing web development? Templates make everything easy for web developers and designers. Why would you want to do much more than drag and drop templates if you could? If the result looks good and does the job, then why spend time doing more? The more you do yourself, the more you’re likely to break things. And the more you break things the more you’ve got to fix. Of course, templates are lowering the barrier to entry into web development and design. And while we shouldn’t be precious about new web developers entering the industry, it is understandable that many experienced web developers are anxious about what the future might hold. From this perspective, templates aren’t killing web development, but they are changing what the profession looks like. And without wishing to sound euphemistic, this is both a challenge and an opportunity for everyone in web development. Whether you’re experienced or new to the industry, these changes mean people are going to have to adapt. Web development isn’t dying, it’s fragmenting The way web developers are going to have to adapt is by choosing what path they want to take in their career. Web development as we’ve always known it is, perhaps well and truly dead. Instead, it’s fragmenting into specialized areas; design on the one hand, and full-stack on the other. This means your skill set needs to be unique. In a world where building websites takes very little skill or technical knowledge, specific expertise is vital. This is something journalist Andrew Pierno noted in a blog post on Medium. Pierno writes: …we are in a scenario where the web developer no longer has the skill set to build that interesting differentiator anymore, particularly if the main value prop is around A.I, computer vision, machine learning, AR, VR, blockchain, etc. Building websites is no longer remarkable – as we’ve seen, people that can do it are ubiquitous. But building a native application; that’s not quite so easy. Building a mobile app that uses computer vision to compare you to Renaissance paintings – that’s even harder to do. These are the sorts of things that are going to be valuable – and these are the sorts of things that web developers are going to need to learn how to do. Full-stack development and the expansion of the developer skill set In his piece, Pierno argues that the scope of the web developers role is shrinking. However, I don’t think that’s quite right. Yes, it might be fragmenting, but the scope of, say, full-stack development, is huge. In fact, full-stack developers need to know a huge range of technologies and tools. If they’re to differentiate themselves in the job market, as Pierno suggests they should, they need to know machine learning, they need to know mobile, databases, and maybe even Blockchain. From this perspective, it’s not hard to see how the ‘web’ part of web development might be dying. To some extent, as the web becomes more ubiquitous and less of a rarefied ‘space’ in people’s lives, the more we have to get into the detail of how we utilize the technologies around it. Web development’s decline is design’s gain If web development as a discipline is dying, that’s only going to make design more important. If, as we saw earlier, building websites is going to become a free for all for just about anyone with an internet connection and enough confidence, standards and quality might start to slip. That means the value of someone who understands good design will be higher than ever. As a web developer you might disappear into the ether of everyone else out there. But if you market yourself as a designer, someone who understands the intricacies of UI and UX implicitly, you immediately start to look a little different. Think of it like a sandwich shop – anyone can start making sandwiches. But to make a great sandwich shop, the type that wins awards and the type that people want to Instagram, requires extra attention to detail. It demands more skill and more culinary awareness. Maybe web development is dying, but maybe it just needs to change Clearly, what we call web development is very different in 2018 than what it was 5 years ago. There are a huge number of reasons for this, but perhaps the most important is that it doesn’t really make sense to talk about ‘the web’ any more. Because ‘the web’ is now an outdated concept, perhaps web development needs to die. Maybe we’re holding on to something which is only going to play into the hands of poor design and poor quality software. It’s might even damage the careers of talented engineers and designers. You could make a pretty good comparison between ‘the web’ and ‘big data’. Even reading those words feels oddly outdated today, but they’re still at the center of the tech landscape. Big data, for example, is everywhere – it’s hard to imagine our lives outside of it, but it doesn’t make sense to talk about it in the abstract. Instead, what’s interesting is how it’s applied, how engineers make data accessible, usable and secure. The same is true of the web. It’s not dead, but it has certainly assumed a slightly different form. And web development might well be dying, but the world will always need developers and designers. It’s simply time to adapt. Read next Why is everyone talking about JavaScript fatigue? Is novelty ruining web development?last_img read more

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Lanvin Paul Smith give a strong menswear finale

By on August 18, 2019

first_imgTo see the veteran take to the stage was a rare event: He turns 90 next week and this may well be one of his last shows.In other collections, bold design was back.Paul Smith used color with masculine confidence.The British designer championed a vivid palette with a new carrot shape silhouette in trousers.In the strongest show of the day French house, Lanvin defiantly bucked the trend for spring-summer and went monochrome.LANVINThe house moved in a new, contrasting direction, trumpeting a techno black and white early-1980s silhouette that harked back to the end of Glam Rock.Waists were high and belted Sunday, baggy shirts with rolled short sleeves sported retro V-necks, and some models wore Elton John shades.Where was the color, ubiquitous in most other menswear shows this season?“I didn’t try to create anything to set a trend,” Lanvin’s creative director Alber Elbaz said backstage.Here the brightness came in glam rock metallic sheen, reaching its most flashy in a traffic-stopping single breasted silver suit.It signaled a different, confident voice in this season’s fashion conversation.Adam Ant could well have been sitting in the front row.“It’s about contradictions, contrasts,” said Elbaz. Top Stories Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths _____Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Comments   Share   These certainly abounded _ though they never detracted from the overall unity of the show.Tensions were created by black on white, matte on sheen, and even some 1960s fitted suits that varied the Roxy Music silhouette.The models all strutted on a plaftormed catwalk, influenced, Elbaz explained, by a desire “to elevate fashion.”With this forward moving show, in that goal he was successful.PAUL SMITHPaul Smith’s went through the rainbow for a bold spring summer menswear collection for 2013.Peach, forest green, rose pale blue, vermilion and lemon yellow filed past on models like successive tones on a color wheel. The statement was: This season’s man is happy, confident, and proud of it.There was some clear study done on finding the ideal palette: one ensemble in yellow ochre, terracotta, mint green and pale blue simply blossomed.Strong shouldered-fitted suits with skinny pants hit the trend button, but also featured alongside a new carrot silhouette in the pant, with billowing pockets.Print also featured strongly in fabrics splattered with dissected rose images.But did the show’s brightness lack a manly edge? There’s no need to worry.“If my customers come into my showroom, they’ll still find the navy blues, the rent payers,” said Smith backstage. “These bright colors are for a show of 12 minutes of impact, just a statement.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Smith _ a designer with a strong business mind _ clearly understands how to design for men: softly, softly is the key.“With (menswear) clothes for me it’s about nudging not shoving.”PIERRE CARDINIt was a long-awaited comeback.The legendary designer, famed for dressing the Beatles in collar-less jackets and taking high fashion to communist China, celebrated his long career with his first menswear catwalk show in several years, showcasing his signature space-age designs.It was by far the most exhaustive menswear collection of the season, with a staggering 138 retro looks.If none of the clothes felt very contemporary _ chunky sweaters, collar-less suits and retro space age neoprene jackets _ this was perhaps unsurprising: The designer turns ninety next week.But despite his age, and a resume that spans 65 years, retirement is not in his vocabulary.“Aesthetics is simply my craft,” said the designer backstage, “I’ve still got gasoline for tomorrow.”The multimillionaire, who worked at Dior in his twenties, has not been slowed by age.“I was the youngest couturier in Paris when I started, and now I’m the oldest. It’s extraordinary, I’m still here!”center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements AP Fashion WriterPARIS (AP) – The final day of spring-summer 2013 menswear shows saw the return of legendary designer Pierre Cardin.Sixty-five years after he first burst onto the fashion scene, on Sunday guests were treated to a rare celebration of the designer credited with inventing Paris menswear in the first place.Cardin is the last survivor of the post-War Parisian couturiers, which include the likes of Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon welcomes Prime Minister of India

By on August 17, 2019

first_imgChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon welcomes Prime Minister of IndiaChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon Welcomes the Prime Minister of IndiaThe management of Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon led by May Myat Mon Win, General Manager of the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon (6th from right), welcomed The Prime Minister of the Republic of India His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi (7th from right), and the Indian delegation who stayed in the property during His Excellency’s State Visit to Myanmar recently.The Department Heads of Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and the Diplomatic Staff and their families from the Embassy of India in Yangon offered a very warm Chatrium welcome to His Excellency and his delegation and were lucky enough to have a group photo taken with His Excellency before bidding a fond farewell upon his departure to New Delhi.It was a truly proud moment for the entire team at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon to provide His Excellency with the hotel’s renowned levels of superlative service and we look forward to welcoming His Excellency back in hopefully the not too distant future. Source = Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangonlast_img read more

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