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Broadband Service Providers Invited to Get in the Zone

first_img Colchester and Pictou Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Victoria and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants With a successful broadband pilot project nearing completion, the province is ready to take the next step to make Nova Scotia the most connected area in all of North America. The province issued a request for proposals today, June 21, inviting qualified service providers to bring broadband Internet service to all unserved areas of Nova Scotia. “The success of the pilot has shown that we can deliver reliable service to rural areas of the province at a reasonable cost,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “The next step is to get service providers involved so Nova Scotians get quality service at a price comparable to areas that already have broadband access.” With the lessons learned from the pilot and by investigating best practices from around the world, a business approach was developed, which will now be adapted for use across the province via the request for proposals process. To ensure the request for proposals offers a competitive opportunity to companies, the province has been broken down into seven zones, made up of one or more counties. Each zone is based on the number of unserved civic addresses. Zone one includes Cumberland County and the original pilot area. As permitted in the initial request for proposal for the pilot area, the province will enter into negotiations with the current service provider, Seaside Communications, following the provincewide request for proposals to provide broadband service to zone one. Zone seven includes 45 rural communities within Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). This zone has been awarded under a separate procurement process managed by the municipality. The province will work with HRM to ensure that anyone without broadband will have access by the end of 2009. Zones two through six make up the balance of the province and include the following counties: Companies submitting proposals have the opportunity to bid on one, some or all zones. Rollout of broadband service across zones one through six will begin at the same time starting this fall. Rob Laceby, an innkeeper located outside Amherst, was part of the pilot project and said access to broadband has made life much easier. “Our online reservation system is more efficient; we can get back to people faster,” said Mr. Laceby. “It’s awesome. If we weren’t able to get this, it would be harder and harder for us to compete for business.” Originally from Tennessee, and with a thriving business in Florida, Brenda Atherton lives four months of the year in the Port Howe area. “My husband and I have been coming to Nova Scotia for over 21 years; well before there was even dial-up service,” said Mrs. Atherton. “Now, with access to high-speed Internet, I can stay in close contact with my clients and still enjoy all that Nova Scotia has to offer. It has helped immensely.” The request for proposal is available through the public tenders office at 6176 Young St., Halifax, by calling 902-424-3333 or going online at . The closing date is Tuesday, July 31. High-speed Internet service is available to 78 per cent of the population in Nova Scotia. The expansion project will see the remaining areas of the province served by the end of 2009. Anyone not connected to broadband service is encouraged to submit their civic address. For more information on the province’s broadband expansion project and to register a civic address, go to .last_img read more

Winnipeg police investigating after womans body discovered at recycling depot

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg police say their homicide unit is investigating the discovery of a woman’s body at a recycling depot.Police say in a news release that the body of the middle-aged woman was found Friday evening, mixed in with recycling materials.Investigators believe the remains arrived at the facility from another location.They’re calling it a suspicious death.Police say they’re still trying to identify the woman and notify her next of kin.They’re asking anyone with information that could help investigators to call them.last_img read more

Moroccan Government Decides to Resume Contacts with EU

Rabat – The Moroccan government decided to resume contacts with the European Union, head of government Abdelilah Benkirane announced during the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday in Rabat.The head of government announced this decision given the positive developments following the visit paid to Morocco by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said minister delegate for economy and finances in charge of budget Idriss Azami Al Idrissi in a statement during a press briefing following the weekly cabinet meeting. This announcement was made during a presentation by the minister delegate for foreign affairs on the developments of relations with the EU, Azami said.  In her presentation, the minister delegate said that the latest visit to Morocco by Mogherini, paid following the Moroccan government’s decision to suspend contacts with the EU, took place in a very positive climate, noting that Morocco was given on this occasion guarantees to reach a solution to the crisis created by the European court’s sentence. read more

Morocco Launches Initiative for People Living with Rare Diseases

Rabat – The Moroccan Minister of Health, Anass Doukkali, has launched a partnership with Sanofi Aventis Maroc, one of the country’s biggest operators in the pharmaceutical sector. The agreement, signed on Tuesday  July 16th, aims to aid people living with rare illnesses by widening the range of services available to them, and educating the moroccan medical community on the problems they face. This public-private  partnership is set to last through the next three years. It aims to  improve the existing medical infrastructure by launching specialized centers for these patients at major university hospitals.  In addition to this, the plan involves creating a national registry for rare diseases in order to better track and predict their instances. Through this, the initiative aims to reach a more efficient allocation of medical and financial resources . The registry is set to be in place by 2020.  The initiative also seeks to train and inform over 450 moroccan medical professionals so that they may be better able to recognize and treat these illnesses. Rare illnesses can often go misdiagnosed, to the detriment of patients’ health and finances. Treatment of rare and neglected illnesses is often extremely costly, due to both their medical complexity and the lack of demand for treatment resulting in poor economies of scale for manufacturers. Thus,  a heavy burden falls on patients and their families. However, Moroccan civil society has stepped up in recent years in order to help the over eight thousand Moroccans living with these illnesses. read more

Prostate cancer drug based on seabed bacteria brings complete remission for half

first_img“We would also expect the treatment to be far more precise if we repeated it today, as technology has come a long way since the study began in 2011.”We can now pinpoint prostate cancers using MRI scans and targeted biopsies, allowing a much more targeted approach to diagnosis and treatment. This means we could accurately identify men who would benefit from and deliver treatment more precisely to the tumour.”The therapy was developed by scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel in collaboration with STEBA Biotech, and the European phase I, II and III trials were all led by UCL.The treatment is currently being reviewed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and if passed will need to be approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence before it can be used in the NHS. The tumours are identified using MRI scans then the drugs are sent to exactly the right place, before they are switched on. At the moment, men with low-risk prostate cancer are put under ‘active surveillance’ where the disease is monitored and only treated when it becomes more severe.Radical therapy, which involves surgically removing or irradiating the whole prostate, has significant long-term side effects so is only used to treat high-risk cancers.Radical therapy causes lifelong erectile problems and around one in five patients also suffer from incontinence.By contrast, the light therapy only caused short-term urinary and erectile problems which resolved within three months, and no significant side-effects remained after two years.In the trial only six per cent of patients treated needed radical therapy compared with 30 per cent of patients in the control arm who were under active surveillance.The chances of cancer progressing to a more dangerous stage were three times lower for patients on light therapy, and the treatment doubled the average time to progression from 14 months to 28 months.”New procedures are generally associated with a learning curve, but the lack of complications in the trial suggests that the treatment protocol is safe, efficient and relatively easy to scale up,” added Prof Emberton. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img A treatment for prostate cancer based on bacteria which live on the ocean floor brings complete remission for half of patients,  a new trial has shown.The therapy, involves injecting a light sensitive drug into the bloodstream and activating it with a drug to destroy tumour tissue, while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.The research, published in The Lancet Oncology, found that around half (49 per cent) of 413 patients with low-risk prostate cancer treated went into complete remission compared with 13.5 per cent in the control group who were given no treatment. “These results are excellent news for men with early localised prostate cancer, offering a treatment that can kill cancer without removing or destroying the prostate,” says lead investigator Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL Medical Sciences and Consultant Urologist at UCLH.”This is truly a huge leap forward for prostate cancer treatment, which has previously lagged decades behind other solid cancers such as breast cancer.”In 1975 almost everyone with breast cancer was given a radical mastectomy, but since then treatments have steadily improved and we now rarely need to remove the whole breast. In prostate cancer we are still commonly removing or irradiating the whole prostate, so the success of this new tissue-preserving treatment is welcome news indeed.”The drug used in the procedure, called WST11, is derived from bacteria at the bottom of the ocean.To survive with very little sunlight, they have evolved to convert light into energy with incredible efficiency. This property has been exploited to develop WST11, a compound that releases free radicals to kill surrounding cells when activated by laser light. last_img read more

Danfoss Power wheel loader power solutions help optimise performance

first_imgDanfoss Power Solutions says it is proud to offer differentiating wheel loader solutions and subsystems, which have been proven at its global Application Development Centres (ADCs). “The wheel loader subsystem solutions are developed and tested under real-world conditions at our ADCs and are proven to increase productivity and uptime while lowering total cost of ownership by improving efficiency. Our team of experts is in place to assist OEMs introducing their wheel loaders to market quickly.”“Wheel loader OEMs are looking for ways to optimise profitability and increase market share through differentiation in today’s competitive market. They aim to shorten time to market and optimise engineering efforts — all while meeting rigorous safety standards. Meeting these goals is made easier when working in collaboration with wheel loader engineers at Danfoss.”“Driven to be the best possible partner to wheel loader manufacturers, Danfoss offers products and complete solutions designed to address the needs of the wheel loader application and duty cycles,” said Philipp Hermann, Market Development Manager, Construction Segment. “Our customers work in close cooperation with our wheel loader system experts and utilise the Danfoss Application Development Centres to arrive at the ideal solution for their application.”Wheel loader OEMs are faced with considerable options and strategies to enhance their machines. “Working with Danfoss and its team of experts, OEMs can optimally develop a complete wheel loader solution that addresses their unique challenges. Our portfolio of subsystems and products encompasses all aspects of machine performance — such as steering systems, telematics, working systems, transmissions and thermal management.”In one example, optimised joystick steering solutions have shown reduction in operator muscle activity by 65% combined with an increase machine productivity by six percent compared to conventional steering. In yet another, Danfoss’ refined driving modes can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent for hydrostatic transmissions, while maintaining productivity levels and improving operator comfort.“The state of the art wheel loader technology, designed and delivered by Danfoss, enables OEMs to differentiate more quickly and attain market share. One of these differentiators can include electric or hybrid power solutions. As a leader in the mobile electrification trend, Danfoss assists integration of electric or hybrid drivelines in wheel loaders. This allows better power distribution management to the transmission and thermal management system, while also saving fuel and reducing emissions.”“We’re constantly exploring and integrating emerging wheel loader technologies, such as machine autonomy and electric driveline options, to ensure our customers can benefit from the most advanced solutions in the industry,” said Hermann. ”Danfoss is proud to partner with OEMs to provide performance-based wheel loader solutions to differentiate them in the marketplace.”last_img read more

Hackers can win millions at CanSecWest 2013 this week

first_imgMillions of dollars are on the line at the Pwn2Own and Pwnium penetration contests at the CanSecWest 2013 conference in Vancouver this week.Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Zero Day Initiative and in part by Google, Pwn2Own features more than half-a-million in prizes for finding fresh exploits in web browsers and plugins.  The vulnerabilities need to be new, or ‘zero-day’ in security-lingo, and the machines that are being compromised must be running the latest fully patched versions of Windows 7, 8, or OS X Mountain Lion.Here’s the cash prizes up for grabs at Pwn2Own:Web BrowserGoogle Chrome on Windows 7 ($100,000)Microsoft Internet Explorer, eitherIE 10 on Windows 8 ($100,000)IE 9 on Windows 7 ($75,000) Mozilla Firefox on Windows 7 ($60,000)Apple Safari on OS X Mountain Lion ($65,000)Plug-ins using Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7Adobe Reader XI ($70,000)Adobe Flash ($70,000)Oracle Java ($20,000)That’s over half a million dollars in cash, but Pwn2Own isn’t the only competition running at CanSecWest. Google is also sponsoring its own contest called Pwnium (Pwnium 3), which is focusing on finding exploits in the Chrome operating system.There’s actually two attacke categories:Guest mode browser or system compromise using a web browser (logged-in user compromise also acceptable) – $110,000Compromise with persistence on device using a web browser (guest to guest with interim boot) – $150,000Google isn’t limiting that to just two compromises. Instead, it has set an upper cash limit of $3.14159 million. So lots of compromises will be rewarded. One last thing to note: all compromises must be demonstrated on a fully patched Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (WiFi model). However, Google is happy to let you try using a virtual machine if you don’t have access to the hardware.Last year at CanSecWest French cyber security contractors Team VUPEN led the rankings in the contest, cracking Google’s Chrome browser Sandbox on the first day of the conference.last_img read more

GAAs CPA have a cause but Fifa showed changes in sport are

first_img By Tommy Martin GAA’s CPA have a cause but Fifa showed changes in sport are usually about the bottom line The CPA’s cause is right and fair, that alone doesn’t mean they will be successful, argues Tommy Martin. 9 Comments Jan 13th 2017, 3:02 PM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Follow us: Short URL Share4 Tweet Email 8,746 Views center_img Friday 13 Jan 2017, 3:02 PM GATHERED AT BALLYBODEN St.Enda’s GAA club on Monday to support the launch of the Club Players Association, an impressive cast of former inter-county figures put on an adaptation of Monty Python’s Four Yorkshiremen sketch.“My club had to play three championship matches in a week!” said one.“That’s nothing,” scoffed another, “I know a club that won their county title and had to play in the provincial championship the next day!”“Luxury!” another may or may not have said.“Our club players are thrown into a shoe box at the bottom of a lake, then forced to eat gravel for breakfast, before lifting dumbbells in the gym for twenty-nine hours a day and when they come home the county manager kills them and dances on their grave singing Hallelujah!”*Shocked silence*The attendees ranged from wise greybeards such as Liam Griffin and Martin McHugh to sharp-suited young gunslingers like Anthony Moyles and Aaron Kernan, but the anecdotes about the lot of the humble club player all had the tone of the misery memoir.The life of the modern GAA foot soldier, with its pointless months of rainy drudgery, sounds like Angela’s Ashes on protein shakes.The point was made: enough is enough. The movers and shakers behind the CPA had a clear message – Fix the Fixtures! – and a clear target: the all-powerful inter-county scene of which many of them were once a part. Last Monday’s official launch of the GAA’s Club Players Association. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSecretary and driving force Declan Brennan suggested the All-Ireland championships could be done and dusted by the August bank holiday, clearing the summer stage for the clubs.When the proposals of GAA director-general Paraic Duffy were put to him – involving a three week shortening of the inter-county season among other things – Brennan replied that they didn’t go far enough.Though not exactly on a war footing (the CPA have already held ‘positive’ talks with Duffy), there was a definite sense of mobilisation in the air.The worm had turned.And it’s hard to argue about the righteousness of their cause. Talking to Moyles after the press conference, he pointed out that the needs of 98% of the GAA’s membership are being cast aside to serve the 2%, which is patently unjust, even if it sounds pretty much like the way modern society is organised in general.Compressing the inter-county championships by almost two months would be great news indeed for club players, but might not be greeted with such enthusiasm by the GAA’s corporate sponsors and broadcast partners, who’d wonder why their brand exposure through the country’s biggest sporting property was being shrunk rather than grown.Nor would Croke Park decision-makers allow their sympathy for the grassroots to override the importance of their summertime juggernaut to the overall health of the association. Tipperary and Kilkenny faced off in last year’s All-Ireland senior hurling final Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe championships are the GAA’s engine, driving its financial performance and acting as its most visible presence on the sports marketing landscape. Folding up its big top just when soccer and rugby are pitching their tents would be bad business.While everyone seems in agreement that the CPA’s cause is right and fair, that alone doesn’t mean they will be successful.Martin Luther King once said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” but he wasn’t talking about sport. The arc of the sporting universe is also long, but normally it bends towards cash.Take events in Zurich this week. Not to suggest for a moment that a GAA Congress delegate would vote with the greed and self-interest of their Fifa equivalent (cough…), but the expansion of the World Cup is sporting capitalism in its purest form. Fifa President Gianni Infantino Source: Joe GiddensDo we need a 48-team World Cup? No. Would it make it a better sporting competition? No. Would it make lots of money, not just for Fifa’s coffers, but for those previously excluded corners of the football world who will now get a piece of the action? Yes.Deal done.Páraic Duffy doesn’t quite work off the same neo-Blatterist playbook as Gianni Infantino, but he knows how the world works. His plan to sort out the GAA’s fixtures and structures quagmire, to be put to Congress next month, is clever.There’s a nice juicy quarter-final group stage in the football championship to keep corporate Ireland happy. He’ll have another go at getting rid of replays, but the extra matches in the quarter-finals should please the bean counters at provincial and county level. GAA Director-General Páraic Duffy Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAnd to ease the plight of the poor, gravel-eating clubman, he’ll move the All-Ireland finals three weeks earlier.It’s not quite what the CPA want, but its as much as the GAA can afford. Whether you’re in Croke Park or Zurich, you’ve got to keep your eye on the bottom line.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The new club players group was officially launched last Monday. ‘The whole energy of the game is dropping and falling away and it’s just sad to see’Why changing the date of the All-Ireland finals is key to helping club fixture chaos The new club players group was officially launched last Monday. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHOlast_img read more

FAI workers call for explanation on Delaney rent payments while they endured

first_img Short URL WORKERS AT THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) who are members of Siptu have called for an explanation for why they had to endure pay cuts during a period where former CEO John Delaney reportedly had his rent paid for by the FAI.Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that the association paid €3,000 a month for Delaney to rent in a property in Wicklow since 2016.That report came after Delaney stepped down as CEO of the FAI on Saturday following Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Gibraltar, following a week where the Times also reported that Delaney had given the FAI a €100,000 bridging loan. The FAI said that the outgoing CEO would be moving into the newly-created position of Executive Vice-President.In a statement this afternoon, Siptu sport sector organiser Denis Hynes said members were “particularly incensed” by reports concerning the rent payments.He said: “This was during a period when the organisation was claiming to be unable to restore the pay and conditions of employment of our members due to financial constraints. FAI employees were enduring reductions in salary of between 10% and 15% , which were implemented on what was meant to be a temporary basis in 2012.”Hynes said that Siptu workers at the FAI had to wait until January of this year until pay that was cut in 2012 was restored following “long and difficult negotiations”.“Our members are calling on the FAI to immediately make a statement on its exact financial arrangements with John Delaney,” he added. Share192 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Monday 25 Mar 2019, 1:41 PM FAI workers call for explanation on Delaney rent payments while they endured pay cuts Siptu said its members are “incensed” by the reports Delaney had his rent paid for by the FAI. Further, they demand that the Board explain its decision-making processes in deciding to reimburse its adequately paid CEO while at the same time stating that it could not find the monies to restore the earnings of workers who were dedicated to developing football in communities across the country.Delaney, along with other FAI delegates, is due to address an Oireachtas committee next month.Comments have been closedcenter_img By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/ Mar 25th 2019, 1:41 PM Image: Sam Boal/ 43,676 Views last_img read more

Qatar Airways to launch new service direct to Thessaloniki

first_imgThere’s good news for people who frequent northern Greece, with Qatar Airways launching direct flights to Thessaloniki. Commencing on 27 March, the Doha-based airline will be operating four weekly flights on an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.“Greece has always been one of our most in-demand destinations, and as such, we are delighted to offer our passengers a direct service to Thessaloniki, our second destination in Greece,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.“By adding Thessaloniki to our global network, we are pleased to offer our Greece-based passengers a gateway to more than 150 destinations worldwide through our hub, Hamad International Airport.”Qatar Airways currently operates three daily flights to Athens, providing more than 4,000 seats to the Greek capital per week, and with the addition of Thessaloniki will see this number increase to over 5,000.Despite being a relatively small city, Thessaloniki is home to a number of archaeological sites and historic structures, along with a thriving food scene, making the city a unique cultural experience.Doha – Thessaloniki Flight Schedule (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday): · Doha (DOH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) QR205, departs: 7.40 am, arrives: 12.50· Thessaloniki (SKG) to Doha (DOH) to QR206, departs: 1.50 pm, arrives: 6:40 pm Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

We Probably Bred Dogs to Forgive Mistreatment

first_img A study published in the journal Current Biology tells us something we already know: dogs have basically been bred to accept raw deals from people. It’s a really depressing conclusion if you stop to think about, but it makes a lot of sense. Time and again research shows that dogs operate in hierarchies with humans at the top. We take what we want and give the dogs the rest — and they are all too happy to work with us.To be clear, dogs (as well as wolves, their wild cousins) definitely know when we’re giving them short shrift. If you have a steak and you don’t give them any, they might tolerate it, but they’ll definitely know that you held out on them. How could they not? They won’t, however, hold a grudge. Wolves, on the other hand, definitely remember.Researchers were originally looking to test the idea that we trained dogs to recognize unfair treatment — a hallmark sign, biologists have found, that a species is gregarious. To their surprise, the study authors found that wolves — technically the same species (canis lupus) as our own pet doggos — had the same trait.To test their hypothesis, a team at the Wolf Science Center in Austria raised several dogs and wolves in similar pack-based environments. Then two of them were placed in neighboring plots with a machine attached to a button. Subjects were trained to press the button, but noticed that when they did, the pupper next door would get the treat — not them. Both animals would be furious when they realized that they weren’t getting food.“For some of them it was a really, really quick and strong response,” study co-author, Jennifer Essler, told the BBC. “One of the wolves stopped working after the third trial of not receiving anything while his partner received something. I think he was so frustrated he even broke the apparatus.”Wolves resented their trainers and their partners after the test, while dogs just held a grudge against the other dogs. While it’s not totally clear, it could suggest that wolves don’t consider humans to be part of their hierarchy. Dogs, on the other hand, easily recognize us as pack leaders and will default to our commands. Domesticated pooches also took longer to give up the tests — suggesting they have a greater tolerance for unequal or unfair treatment.Despite that, the paper’s assertion is that wolves align pretty well with other non-primate pack animals. For these types of species, maintaining their primitive social order is important, and they’ve evolved concepts of “fairness” to reinforce that.It goes a step further too: not only do canines understand when one of their cohorts gets a treat and they don’t, researchers also gave some dogs standard dry food and others steaks. Once again, these porpers noticed the inequality and were, understandably, upset. The response also scaled with the dog or wolves’ position in their pack, with higher-ranks getting frustrated more easily and lashing out more aggressively.Tying it all together, dogs were more sensitive to the hierarchy too. Wolves reinforced it, but they were more adamant about sharing. High-rank dogs, though, would hoard and refuse to feed others. And on the whole, they accepted it.So, in sum: dogs and wolves understand fairness, wolves react more strongly and will grudges against humans while dogs only get mad at their peers, dogs let the top of their pack abuse power, and most of the time the head of the pack is… well us.It’s hard not to read into that and recall how many dogs are horribly mistreated by their owners, but they’ll stay loyal and obedient anyway. It’s grim to think that we took a trait that was probably natural, and twisted it in such a psychologically warped way.Or, maybe I’m thinking too much about it. I’m a cat person anyway. Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on targetlast_img read more

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman discusses 2017 accomplishments

first_imgSan Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman discusses 2017 accomplishments Categories: In the Community, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Police Department, Shelley Zimmerman FacebookTwitter Posted: December 21, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img 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 SettingsWell, 2017 is almost in the books and San Diego has some major accomplishments to celebrate.KUSI was joined by Chief Shelley Zimmerman from the San Diego Police Department to talk about some of those successes. Updated: 8:48 AM December 21, 2017last_img read more

Battle Ground schools to ask voters for levy maximum

first_imgThe Battle Ground School Board on Saturday approved a four-year levy request for educational programs and maintenance and operations. The matter will be on the Feb. 12 ballot.If approved, it will replace the existing voter-approved levy when it expires in December 2013.Board members John Idsinga, Monty Anderson, Steve Pagel, Mavis Nickels and Ken Root voted unanimously to seek the four-year levy for the maximum allowed by state law.The levy would raise $24,420,000 in 2014, its first year, up from the $22.6 million in 2013 that voters approved in 2010. Under the replacement levy, the tax rate in 2014 would be an estimated $4.49 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would be $889 for the year on a $200,000 home.In subsequent years, the levy would raise: $25,350,000 in 2015 (an estimated $4.52 per $1,000 of assessed property value); $26,300,000 in 2016 (estimated $4.51 per $1,000) and $27,250,000 in 2017 (estimated $4.46 per $1,000).“With the substantial cuts in state financial support to schools over the past four years, our needs are great,” Superintendent Shonny Bria said in a prepared statement. “The children will be the direct beneficiaries if voters approve this levy, but the whole community will reap the rewards.”Idsinga, board president, said the rewards include “a stronger community with higher property values and better education for our kids, which means more and better jobs in the future.”last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 Shakti actress Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla to rock

first_imgRubina Dilaik and Abhinav ShuklaAbhinav Shukla/InstagramNach Baliye 9 is expected to hit the screens soon and while the makers are in talks with several celebrities to participate in the dance reality show, the latest news is that Rubina Dilaik and husband Abhinav Shukla have given their nod to the show.A report in SpotboyE said that Rubina and Abhinav have said ‘yes’ to the show. This is the first time the Shakti actress will be seen shaking a leg with Abhinav and compete with other jodis on a reality show. The two had earlier shared screen space on the show, Chhoti Bahu.As reported earlier, ex-couples will also participate in Nach Baliye 9 along with other married/live-in partners. Exes Madhurima Tuli-Vishal Aditya Singh are reportedly confirmed for the show. Madhurima and Vishal met and fell in love on the set of Chandrakanta — Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha in 2017. They, however, called it quits in October last year.Meanwhile, rumour has it that Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani may take the judge’s seat in Nach Baliye 9. Another Bollywood cute couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are also in talks to judge the show.Coming to the list of rumoured contestants, Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood, Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy, Drashti Dhami and Neeraj Khemka, Rohan Mehra and Kanchi Singh, Sana Khan and Melvin Louis, Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh, Siddharth Nigam and Avneet Kaur are likely to participate.Further, Nach Baliye 9 is likely to be produced by Salman Khan’s production venture that is also co-producing TV show – The Kapil Sharma Show. Not just that, the dance reality show will have superhot actress Jennifer Winget as host. Sunil Grover is also expected to join Jennifer as a co-host. Nach BaliyeTwitterlast_img read more

Reuters wins Pulitzer for Rohingya photography

first_imgRohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh 2 November 2017. Photo: ReutersReuters won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for international reporting and photography while the New York Times and Washington Post shared honors for exposing sexual harassment in America and detailing the US investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, recognized Reuters in international reporting for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and for feature photography documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.“In a year in which many Pulitzers were rightly devoted to US domestic matters, we’re proud at Reuters to shine a light on global issues of profound concern and importance,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said.It was the first time Reuters has won two prizes in one year.In the Philippines coverage, Reuters reporters Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato “demonstrated how police in the president’s ‘drug war’ have killed with impunity and consistently been shielded from prosecution,” Adler said.The coverage included a report that revealed how a police anti-drug squad on the outskirts of Manila had recorded an unusually high number of killings. Many members of the squad came from a distant place that was also Duterte’s hometown, where the campaign’s brutal methods originated during his time as mayor there.The Reuters photography staff was honored for images of the violence endured by the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, as they fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.“The extraordinary photography of the mass exodus of the Rohingya people to Bangladesh demonstrates not only the human cost of conflict but also the essential role photojournalism can play in revealing it,” Adler said.Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been jailed in Myanmar since Dec. 12, charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, while investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in Rakhine state.In the United States, major media took other Pulitzers for reporting that shaped the political and cultural agenda.The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine shared the honor for public service for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey won for their report on Weinstein, which triggered a series of similar allegations against influential men in politics, journalism and show business and gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have encouraged victims to come forward.The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow was recognized for a Weinstein report that detailed the allegations of a woman who reported her accusations to New York police. Authorities have since renewed a criminal investigation of Weinstein.The Washington Post won the investigative reporting prize for breaking the story that the Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore had a history of courting teenage girls. The Moore report came as stories of men abusing their power over women abounded, contributing to changing public attitudes. Moore, a Republican backed by President Donald Trump, had been favored to win the special election but lost to Democrat Doug Jones.The New York Times and the Washington Post shared the honor for national reporting for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.The award was given “for deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.”The Pulitzers have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.It chose the winners in 14 journalism categories plus seven that recognize fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction and music.Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize, taking the music award for his album “DAMN.”Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for international reporting by Marshall and Jason Szep on the violent persecution of the Rohingya. The Reuters photography staff also won the breaking news photography award in 2016 for photos of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe.Reuters’ first Pulitzer, for breaking news photography, came in 2008 for Adrees Latif’s photo of a Japanese videographer fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar.last_img read more

Ancient HairDyeing – A Nanoscience

first_imgScientists have discovered that an ancient method used to darken hair, dating back more than 4,000 years, is based on a chemical process that takes place at the nanoscale. This may be one of the earliest examples of nanoscience at work in a practical application. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes, but many species remain a mystery Explore further Citation: Ancient Hair-Dyeing – A Nanoscience? (2006, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An elecron microscopy images of the cross section of a dyed strand of hair, showing portions of the cortex and cuticle. Dark spots are lead accumulations. The research team is led by Dr. Philippe Walter, a chemist with the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris, France. For the past 10 years, he and his group have collaborated with the research department at L’Oreal, studying the history of cosmetic science. This study was inspired by one of their early projects, an investigation of ancient Egyptian cosmetics in which they analyzed samples preserved at the Louvre Museum. They demonstrated that the Egyptians used wet chemistry to synthesize lead chloride compounds, which were added to the black pigment lead sulfide (PbS), also known as galena, to confer medicinal properties to eye makeup, in order to treat eye illnesses. This practice is described in Roman writings dating back to the first century A.D.“Since that study, we have developed new research on materials from the Greek and Roman periods. When I found an ancient recipe dealing with the use of lead to dye hair black, I considered it another way to understand how ancient cultures developed lead-based chemistry for health and beauty needs,” Walter told “We reconstituted the recipe and observed the formation of galena nanocrystals in the hair.”The use of lead compounds to create dyes was common during the Greco-Roman period, and similar formulas were still in use even up to modern times. A particular recipe that has been recorded in several places over the centuries consists of a mixture of lead oxide (PbO) and calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2), with a little water added to form a paste that is then applied to the hair. Scientists have known that the blackening of the hair is due to the precipitation of PbS crystals during the treatment, in which the sulfur comes from a reaction with keratins (the amino acids present in hair proteins). However, this is the first time that scientists have uncovered the finer details of the process.In a paper describing the work, published in the September 1, 2006, edition of Nano Letters, Walter and his colleagues report the shape and distribution of the nanocrystals within the hair, which they gathered by detecting the compound’s lead ions using x-ray analysis and electron microscopy. The PbS nanocrystals are about five nanometers in size on average, but clump together in globular 200 nm aggregates. They collect mainly in the hair’s cortex (the middle layer), and tend to arrange themselves in lines along the axis of the hair. These lines are about 8-10 nm apart, which roughly matches the distance between long, thin keratin fibers, or “microfibrils,” in the cortex. Thus, it appears that the alignment of the galena nanocrystals is induced by the organization of the microfibrils.What is particularly surprising about the reaction, Walter remarks, is that the galena particles easily crystallize and organize within the hair, a biomaterial, despite the structural complexity of hair and its relative inertness. He adds that the nanocrystals are quite similar in appearance to PbS “quantum dots” synthesized using modern materials science techniques. “But unlike modern nanotechnology, this dyeing process is characterized by basic chemistry methods and was developed thousands of years ago with low-cost, natural materials,” he says.Currently, he and his group are studying how other metal ions crystallize and diffuse within hair and are assessing the feasibility of using the hair structure – its “matrix” – as a nanoreactor. Being able to better control the growth and organization of nanoparticles in an organic material could lead to new advances in the development of nanomaterials.By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

They called us a gold digger and a perv Exrugby star Sam

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) [embedded content]The guys furthermore added that much of the vitriol was in response to this supportive op-ed published by Gay Star News at the time.The ex-rugby player and the travel expert went public with their relationship in 2015. This followed Sam coming out as gay in a national newspaper interview.Sam and Laurence have opened up about their experience to support Digital Pride, the online festival raising the profile of LGBTI issues, inclusivity and equality. Earlier this week, we published part one of our interview with the pair, in which they revealed all about their travel company Inclusive Retreats.[embedded content]The guys set up the new LGBTI-focused tour operating service – which offers itineraries to countries such as Brazil, Thailand and the USA – earlier this year.‘There was a negative reaction to the negative reaction’Discussing the online reaction when they went public as a couple Laurence told us: ‘We decided we wouldn’t respond to [the hate].’‘But the interesting thing was other people were saying what we really wanted to say for us!’He furthermore added. ‘There was a negative reaction to the negative reaction to the gay community.’For more information about Sam and Laurence, visit a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Sam Stanley and fiance Laurence Hicks have spoken about the hate they’ve received from gay men for being a couple.They say members of their community accused Sam of being ‘gold digger’ and Laurence a ‘perv’ for their age gap relationship. Meet the ex-rugby player and his travel guru fiance changing the face of LGBTI tourismWhat is it like to grow up gay in the Mormon church?Gay kissing in public will be reported to police at Russia World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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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 March 5, 2015 — A new, online report predicts where American hospitals will spend billions on healthcare technology in 2015, centering on ICD-10 migration and population health management solutions.The report from market research platform company peer60 received feedback from decision-makers at 25 percent of American hospitals. The research found nearly 60 percent of hospitals will address ICD-10 migration in 2015 while more than half of hospitals will purchase population health management solutions.“Spurred on by new regulation and increasing competition, healthcare technology is advancing rapidly,” peer60 CEO Jeremy Bikman said. “This report shows exactly where billions are going to be spent by American hospitals in 2015 to comply with government mandates and to better compete in this rapidly changing marketplace.”The report was compiled based on a survey of nearly 1,000 hospital decision-makers representing purchase decisions for more than 1,400 American hospitals. More than 80 percent of respondents are hospital C-level executives with the remainder being other decision-makers.Participants listed the following solution areas they intend to purchase in 2015: electronic health records (EHR), data analytics, ICD-10 migration, patient engagement, population health management, revenue cycle management and data security.Respondents described which vendors they are considering for any solution they intend to purchase. This allowed peer60 to project existing market share and mindshare for 2015 purchases. A significant number of vendors are detailed in this report including McKesson, Allscripts, Epic, Cerner, Meditech, The Advisory Board Company, Athena Health, Caradigm, Health Catalyst, Medhost and Cisco, among many others.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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