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first_imgIf you have ever been curious about what happens in an emergency operations centre when a disaster strikes, you can see first-hand next week. Nova Scotia’s high-tech emergency operations centre is open to the public for tours on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson said it is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to see how the province and its partners are moving into the digital age to support public safety. “We have a strong reputation across Canada for our emergency 911 system,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “Other jurisdictions also look to our success in running a joint-operations centre with our municipal and federal partners.” Emergency Management Office staff will be available to answer questions about using technology in emergencies, the 911 system, emergency-management training, business-continuity management and public alerting. Outside, in the parking lot, partner agencies will have an impressive display of command and response vehicles. Participating agencies include the RCMP, Department of National Defence, Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association, Canadian Red Cross, Halifax Regional Municipality Fire Service, Emergency Health Services and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The province will also display its new field satellite system that can send video and audio from an emergency site back to the joint emergency operations centre. Visitors can also pick up a free copy of the 72 Hours brochure, which includes useful tips for preparing emergency kits for homes and vehicles. The Emergency Management Office is located in the Eric Spicer Municipal Building, 21 Mount Hope Ave., Dartmouth.last_img read more

Cannabis spending grew 12 per cent in Q2 to 57 billion annualized

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says Canadian spending on cannabis increased 1.2 per cent to $5.7 billion on an annualized basis in the second quarter.Nearly 85 per cent of purchases were illegal, down from 98 per cent in mid-2014 as consumption for medical use has increased.About 4.9 million Canadians between 15 and 64 years old spent the equivalent of about $1,200 per cannabis consumer.The growth follows a 1.4 per cent increase in spending in the first quarter, rising at an average rate of one per cent quarterly since the beginning of 2015.The average combined medical and non-medical price for cannabis was $6.74 per gram in the second quarter, with cannabis for medical use fetching a slightly higher price.Prices of both substances have fallen by 10.6 per cent since the first quarter of 2016.The agency says household spending on marijuana has increased 72 per cent since the first quarter of 2001, when the federal government passed legislation legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes.Cannabis consumption for medical use has more than tripled since the second quarter of 2016.Spending on illegal cannabis is expected to decrease substantially once use of the drug is legalized on Oct. 17.Statistics Canada says $784 million was spent on medical marijuana in the quarter, including $52 million of personal production.Cannabis spending has surpassed the $5.3 billion spent on spirits last year.Canadians spent $22.5 billion on alcohol overall, including $9.1 billion on beer, $7.2 billion on wine and $900 million on cider. They also consumed $16 billion of tobacco.last_img read more

David Beckham and Jennifer Lopezs Brand Enacts Policy Against Ostrich Skins

first_imgDavid Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Rachel Zoe have all enacted policies against the use of ostrich skin in their collections.The news follows the launch of PETA’s ostrich campaign targeting Prada and Hermès.And since about 85 percent of ostrich skin comes from South Africa, PETA has also recruited South African model David Miller to narrate a short video revealing that the pockmarks unique to ostrich-skin bags and accessories are the result of violently plucking out ostriches’ feathers. PETA’s video exposé — which also shows that workers flip the large, intelligent birds upside down in stun machines and slit their throats — can be viewed here.Miller, who has appeared in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Valentino, and Tommy Hilfiger, says, “It’s a myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand. But as consumers, we often do.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

BJP set to evoke Modi card PM to address two rallies in

first_imgShimla: The Bharatiya Janata Party has picked-up two Parliamentary constituencies – Mandi and Shimla (Reserve) to give a boost to the election campaign, currently handled by party ‘s star campaigner Jai Ram Thakur, a first-time Chief Minister.Himachal Pradesh has four constituencies going to the poll on May 19 in the last phase. Modi will address a poll rally at Mandi on May 10 where the party has retained its incumbent MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. Mandi is very crucial for the BJP as being a native district of the Chief Minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Till now, Thakur was first a second line leader in the state’s party hierarchy but after former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal missed his Chief Ministerial chance in 2017, even the BJP fought poll under his leadership. It’s Jai Ram Thakur who is leading the poll show for the party. The contest in Mandi, a constituency earlier also represented by Congress stalwarts like Virbhadra Singh and Sukh Ram, has a young dynastic Ashray Sharma, a grandson of Sukh Ram contesting on the Congress ticket after he had lobbied in the BJP. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt’s due to Ashary and turncoat Sukh Ram, Anil Sharma, Ashray’s father had to lose his cabinet post in the state government. Modi had campaigned in Mandi during the state assembly polls in 2017 as thereafter Congress President Rahul Gandhi had also addressed a poll rally wherein he had declared Virbhadra Singh as party’s Chief Ministerial face. Why BJP selected Mandi for Modi rally clearly shows that the party doesn’t want to take any chance as it’s basically prestige of Chief Minister than Ram Swaroop Sharma, which is at stake. Mandi parliamentary also includes districts of Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and one assembly seat of Bharmaur in Chamba district. In 2017, the BJP had won nine out of 10 assembly seats in Mandi district. One Independent elected from Jogindernagar defeating BJP senior and former minister Gulab Singh Thakur also backed the BJP. “The BJP is comfortably placed in Mandi but it’s all about ensuring a connect of the voters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and give the Congress a befitting answer,” said Praveen Sharma, BJP spokesman. Besides Mandi, another rally which Modi will address in Shimla Parliamentary constituency is at Solan on May 13. During 2014 poll, Modi had addressed a rally at Solan, which many BJP leaders believed proved lucky for the party to win all four seats in Himachal Pradesh. BJP general secretary Chander Mohan said party national president Amit Shah will also campaign in the state on May 12. He will address three rallies at Chamba, Bilaspur and Nahan in the parliamentary constituencies of Kangra, Hamirpur and Shimla respectively.last_img read more

Morocco and Madagascar Sign Agreements on Gender and Youth

Rabat – The Moroccan and Malagasy foreign ministries have signed a cooperation agreement to enhance gender equality and an agreement on youth and sports cooperation.Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andriantsitohaina Franck Michel Naina signed nine agreements in total on Tuesday, March 26, during the first session of the Morocco-Madagascar Joint Cooperation Committee in Marrakech.Bourita and Naina signed agreements on the promotion of gender equality, combating sexual discrimination in education and the job market, and preventing violence against women. Madagascar may have useful experience to share with Morocco regarding gender equality. In the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, Madagascar ranked 84th out of 149 countries, whereas Morocco ranked 137th. The report focuses on the gender gap between men and women across four key areas: Health, education, economy, and politics.According to the the OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index, Madagascar enshrined equality between the sexes in its constitution and amended its family code to raise the age of marriage from 14 for women and 17 for men to 18 for both sexes in 2007. In a 2019 World Bank analysis, however, Morocco scored slightly better (73.13) than Madagascar (71.88). The analysis studied women’s freedom of movement, laws affecting women’s decisions to enter the labor market, laws affecting occupational segregation and the gender wage gap, and protection from sexual harassment.In September 2018, Morocco implemented Law 103-13, which criminalizes violence and sexual discrimination against women and can bring up to one year imprisonment, for example, in cases of street harassment of forced underage marriage.The two countries also signed action programs on youth and sports for the next two years, allowing people to take part in artistic and cultural events. It will also facilitate access for Malagasy students and teaching staff to use sports training institutes in Morocco.The committee’s first session also saw the signing of cooperation agreements and MOUs on diplomat training, scientific research, scholarships, internships, urban planning and housing policy, and decentralization. read more

Registration of political parties begins in East Timor

The UN mission, known by its acronym UNTAET, reported that Partido do Povo de Timor – People’s Party of Timor – was the first party to submit a complete application. The other two parties making their submissions to the Independent Electoral Commission — FRETILIN and the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) – had left out some minor information, which they would have to present in the coming days, the mission said. According to the Chief Electoral Officer, the fact that these three parties had handed in their applications in accordance to the Electoral Commission’s procedures in the first day of the registration period was “very encouraging” and “a sign that political parties are very serious about the electoral process.” The registration process for the 30 August election ends on 24 June.In New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today that East Timor was making progress on the path to independence but cautioned that “a great deal remains to be done until that objective is reached and more will need to be accomplished thereafter to ensure that the new State can exist on its own.” In his interim report to the Security Council, Mr Annan said that since it was difficult to forecast political developments, he favoured “a prudent approach” that would safeguard the international community’s considerable investment in East Timor’s future. The Secretary-General will report to the Council again in July. read more

Joining forces in China Gold Fields and Sino Gold

first_imgSino Gold and Gold Fields have formed a strategic alliance, combining Sino Gold’s proven and recognised operational, development and business capabilities in China with the global technical, financial and human resources expertise of Gold Fields, the world’s fourth largest gold company. As part of this, Gold Fields’ equity in Sino Gold will rise to 17.4%, the largest shareholder in Sino Gold. With a ‘first mover’ advantage, Sino Gold holds a strong competitive position in China. China will be one of the topics we examine in International Mining’s February issue, along with the central African Copperbelt, Toronto and comminution. The new 50:50 jointly owned and funded group to target and explore China for projects meets Gold Fields’ benchmark ‘rule of fives’ criteria: resources of at least 5 Moz of gold and production capacity of approximately 500,000 oz/y of gold. The group will integrate Gold Fields’ existing exploration assets and personnel in China into Sino Gold which, in terms of the strategic alliance, will in future conduct all of Gold Fields’ exploration activity in China.Ian Cockerill, CEO of Gold Fields: “This strategic alliance represents the next logical step in the developing relationship between Gold Fields and Sino Gold, our long standing partner in China. It provides Gold Fields with the ability to strengthen and accelerate its exploration efforts for large, high quality, long life assets in a highly prospective region of the world. China is a key strategic region for Gold Fields and combining our technical, financial and human resources expertise with Sino Gold’s proven commercial and operational track record in China will create a stronger partnership to deliver on our mutual exploration and development objectives.The strategic alliance will explore primarily for porphyry, high-sulphidation epithermal or sediment-hosted disseminated orogenic style gold mineralization. These styles of mineralisation are not currently the focus of Sino Gold’s exploration programme in China. Jake Klein, CEO of Sino Gold: “The exploration focus introduced through this alliance is a significant addition to, and separate from, Sino Gold’s current exploration programme.” A new entity is being formed which will be equally funded by both parties. This is to be a wholly separate entity from Sino Gold’s other business development teams in China. All of China is included, except for Sino Gold’s projects around the Laizhishan Dome area near Jinfeng and White Mountain.The exploration undertaken by the new entity will be managed by Sino Gold. Gold Fields will manage the development and operation of any new projects resulting from the alliance that meet the agreed Gold Fields benchmark criteria. Sino Gold has the right to properties which do not meet the criteria referred to above.As one of the world’s largest unhedged gold producers, Gold Fields has annual gold production of some 4.1 Moz from mines in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Venezuela, as well as a developing mine at Cerro Corona in Peru. The company has ore reserves of 65 Moz and mineral resources of 179 Moz. Sino Gold has been active in China since 1996. Its Jianchaling mine produced about 450,000 oz of gold from 1998 to 2006. The company is now developing the Jinfeng mine in Guizhou Province that is expected to commence commercial gold production in the March 2007 quarter. With resources of 4.0 Moz and reserves of 2.9 Moz, Jinfeng will be a major, long-life operation. Sino Gold has demonstrated capability to gain approvals for, and to successfully develop, gold projects in China. read more

Richard Branson Launches Virgin Oceanic for Undersea Exploration

first_imgIf you thought that Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s fledgling space tourism company, was a tenuous idea, you won’t be any more impressed by Branson’s newest venture: Virgin Oceanic. Make no mistake, the project is very real: Branson and fellow explorer Chris Welsh both plan to pilot solo submarines to the deepest parts of the world’s largest oceans, including the Mariana Trench and the Puerto Rico Trench. Branson has even partnered with Google to assist with the charting and mapping of the sea floor during this and other missions planned by the initiative. There were no indications in the announcement that it would go commercial in the near future or that future submarines would offer to take wealthy passengers the same way Virgin Galactic has promised to book sub-orbital space flights. According to a post at BoingBoing, Branson says his real passion is to address the fact that human beings have yet to see the world’s deepest places, and have mapped a paltry 3 percent of the ocean floor with unmanned craft. As usual, the submarines to be used in the initiative spare no expense when it comes to technology: they use carbon fiber and composite materials for the hull, and even feature a winged design to glide through the water. Click the jump to see the teaser trailer for the project.last_img read more

Dunphy I dont know how Roy Keane can go on television and

first_img Eamon and Roy. Image: INPHO Dunphy: ‘I don’t know how Roy Keane can go on television and open his mouth’ The RTÉ pundit claims the Ireland assistant boss has become a ‘caricature’, while branding his team ‘the most backward football nation in the world right now’. EAMON DUNPHY HAS questioned Roy Keane’s decision to work as a television pundit at the 2018 World Cup.With the Boys in Green failing to qualify for the finals after a humiliating 5-1 play-off loss to Denmark last November, the former Ireland midfielder has been free to appear regularly on the ITV panel this month.Keane has been quick to criticise several teams, players and managers in Russia, but Dunphy — who ghost-wrote the ex-Manchester United captain’s first autobiography — has called out what he believes as hypocrisy, given the brand of football Ireland currently play under Martin O’Neill.“From Ireland’s point of view, it [the World Cup] has been a very bad watch because we are probably the most backward football nation in the world right now,” Dunphy said, speaking on 2FM’s Game On last night. Jun 26th 2018, 12:14 PM Source: RTÉ2fm/SoundCloudThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: INPHO Germany suspends two members of backroom staff over spat with Swedes‘We want to apologise to all the Egyptian fans – we will be back again in 2022′ Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 12:14 PM Dunphy went on to question the depth of Keane’s analysis, claiming he has become “a caricature” and “a joke”.“He [Keane] has become a caricature and Alan is totally right,” he said. “I watched the ITV coverage last night, because he was on it, of the Colombia-Poland game and in terms of insight, he offered nothing.“There’s no analysis. It’s smart-arse remarks, ripping Carlos Queiroz’s head off and having a go at the English.I don’t think he knows much about the game. Not all the great players were good judges of the game, they didn’t know what was going on and a lot of the great coaches, for example Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson, were not great players, they were just journeymen.“When you watch him [Keane], I just watched as an exercise to see what he’d offer and what he offered was nothing. Absolutely nothing. And if you look at Didi Haman, Liam Brady, John Giles, all these people who have worked here [RTÉ], and if you look at Gary Neville on Sky, the knowledge is there, you can see it, you’re wiser after you watch them about what’s going on.“With Keane you get nothing except, you know, ‘I should have ripped Carlos’ head off’.“So he has become a joke in my opinion and the biggest joke of course is that the team he has got influence with can’t play at all.”Listen to the full Game On discussion below (begins at 15:00): Ireland are not playing the same game as every other nation, small and large. We’re playing Stone Age stuff, it’s an embarrassment.“I don’t know how Roy Keane can actually go on television and open his mouth because someone has only got to say ‘you’re assistant manager or assistant coach with the team in the world that plays the worst football.”Fellow Game On pundit Alan Cawley added: “I’m glad Eamon highlighted that because I watch him and something that highlights it for me when you hear Keane speak on the telly trying to analyse the game — and he was my hero growing up and an unbelievable footballer — there’s nothing.“That tells me that when he’s on the training pitch with Ireland, they are the performances we see. If that’s the way he analyses football matches, I’m not sure what he’s bringing to the table out on the coaching pitch, because there can’t be much.“That’s been throughout Martin O’Neill’s tenure. For the three or four years, the football has been horrendous.”Roy Keane on Carlos Quieroz: “He was a bit disrespectful to me in his second spell, questioned my loyalty””I told him where to go. That’s one of my biggest regrets in football because I should have ripped his head off.”But yeah, excellent coach.”— ESWCN (@SemperFiUtd) June 20, 2018 Share154 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Eamon and Roy. Follow us: By Ben Blake Short URL 89 Comments 56,656 Views last_img read more

MiamiDade cop recovering from wrongway crash

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade officer injured in a wrong-way crash last month is on the road to recovery.Miami-Dade Officer Carlos Babich was recently released from the hospital, and on Thursday night, he surprised his fellow officers by showing up at a fundraising event in Southwest Miami-Dade.Babich was struck by a suspected drunk driver traveling the wrong direction, near Southwest 157th Avenue and 164th Street, May 28.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Teens struck by car near carnival in Davie die

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two teenage girls who were struck by a car last week while crossing the street near a carnival held in Davie have died, officials said.According to Davie Police, 15-year-old Alicia Cerrato and 14-year-old Andrea De Las Salas were heading to the St. Bonaventure Family Festival, along Southwest 136th Avenue, near Western High School, when they were hit by a dark gray Dodge Neon, Friday, at around 5 p.m.Paramedics transported the young victims to Broward Health Medical Center, where they were placed in intensive care.Hospital officials confirmed De Las Salas was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Cerrato was transferred to the University of Miami Hospital to have her organs harvested.Police believe the teens tried to cross the street outside the designated crosswalk. “These girls were running from east to west towards the carnival, and it’s possible they ran out in front of this vehicle,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone.Officials identified the driver as 18-year-old Daniel Corugedo, a Davie resident. Investigators said the driver was not at fault and will not face any charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 hospitalized after boat goes up in flames in Fort Pierce

first_imgFORT PIERCE (WSVN) — Two people have been hospitalized after a boat caught fire in Fort Pierce.Cell phone video captured the scene after the boat burst into flames at the Fort Pierce Marina, destroying the vessel and damaging another.A man and woman were taken to a nearby hospital with burns.The cause of the fire remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Syria car explosions kill 7

first_imgPeople inspect the damage at the site of a suicide attack in Tahrir Square, in central Damascus, Syria July 2, 2017. REUTERSThree car bombs exploded in Damascus in Syria on Sunday, state media reported, and seven people were killed in one of the blasts, a police officer said, the biggest such attack in the Syrian capital since a series of suicide attacks in March.One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in Tahrir square in central Damascus after being encircled by the authorities. The police officer at the scene said seven people were killed and 13 wounded in that attack. The other two car bombs were destroyed by the authorities, state media said.State TV said the casualty toll had been minimised because the security forces had prevented “the terrorists from reaching their targets”, saying they had aimed to target busy areas on the first day back to work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.Footage broadcast by state TV from Tahrir Square showed roads scattered with debris, several badly damaged cars, and another one that had been turned into a pile of twisted metal.Footage broadcast another of the blast sites showed what appeared to be the remains of a person and badly damaged vehicles outside a mosque in the Baytara traffic circle near the Old City.In March, two suicide bomb attacks in Damascus killed several dozen people, most of them at the Palace of Justice courthouse near the Old City. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.Also in March, a double suicide attack in the capital killed scores of people, most of them Iraqi Shi’ite pilgrims. That attack was claimed by the Tahrir al-Sham alliance of Islamist insurgents, which is spearheaded by a jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front.Syrian government forces, which have defeated rebel fighters in several suburbs of Damascus over the last year, are currently battling insurgents in the Jobar and Ain Tarma areas on the capital’s eastern outskirts.last_img read more

AFRO Exclusive Rep Cummings Comments on Pending New Role

first_imgBy Baltimore AFRO StaffIn the wake of the Democratic Party’s pending takeover of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections results, Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD.-7) is poised to become the Chairman of the influential House Oversight Committee. Cummings responded to the AFRO’s questions about his new role, which he will assume in January.Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD.-7) . (Courtesy Photo)AFRO: As the new Chair of the House Oversight Committee, how do you strike a balance between moving the House forward for the collective good of the nation and providing constraints on perhaps the most corrupt administration in history?Cummings: I see my role on the Oversight Committee as having two lanes.  The first is shining a light on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Trump Administration and making sure the government is working effectively and efficiently for the American people.  In the second lane, I want to focus on improving the lives of Americans in real and meaningful ways—from their homes to their health to their jobs to their education.  I want to focus on lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs that many Americans depend on to survive, ensuring that every American has access to affordable and quality healthcare, and expanding funding and resources for the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities in red states, blue states, and purple states.AFRO:  What does the Democratic Party’s majority in the House signal for the 2020 elections?Cummings: Yesterday, the American people voted to put Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives.  They did so because they want Congress to do what the Constitution says—conduct responsible, credible oversight of the Executive Branch.  That’s what Democrats said they would do if they won the House, and that’s what Democrats now plan to do.  Overall, there is no question that the majority of the country voted in favor of Democrats, against President Trump, and for the House to conduct credible, responsible, independent oversight of the Trump Administration. We will see what happens in 2020.AFRO: What is the most pressing issue that you hope the Oversight Committee will address first? Is there anything that you feel will be of particular interest to your constituents?Cummings: My immediate priority is taking our Committee back to rigorous, responsible, fact-based oversight.  We are the primary investigative body of Congress—and our job is to ensure that the same requirements of transparency and accountability that have applied to every other presidential administration apply with equal force to the Trump administration.  One of the first issues we hope to address will be healthcare, including increasing critical funding and treatment for the opioid crisis that affects red states, blue states, and purple states.last_img read more

Dish Tests Movie Recommendations App Flixpert EXCLUSIVE

first_imgDish and its corporate sibling EchoStar have quietly been testing a movie recommendations platform called Flixpert, Variety has learned. Flixpert promises to help people find movies to watch through recommendations from friends and trusted contacts; Dish has been testing mobile apps for the service with a few hundred users.Online footprints suggest that Flixpert has been in development for at least two years, but a flurry of new activity suggests that Dish may be getting ready to launch the service in the near future. A Dish spokesperson declined to comment.Dish quietly released the current test version of the Flixpert app for iPhones earlier this year, and followed up with an Android app this fall. The company also launched an Alexa skill for Flixpert some time last year. The service’s mobile app currently offers users the ability to browse movie recommendations, share recommendations with their friends, and find movies available to play on Dish’s TV service as well as Dish Anywhere. Popular on Variety “What was that awesome movie your best friend shared with you? Can’t remember? Don’t worry, Flixpert helps you quickly remember the best recommendations from friends when you need them the most,” the app description on the Play Store reads.Flixpert’s iOS and Android apps can be freely accessed by anyone, but without any promotion, there has been little uptick from ordinary users. Flixpert’s Android app has been downloaded just north of 50 times, according to Google Play. Publicly available Facebook data suggests that the service may currently only have a few hundred monthly active users.However, earlier this month, Dish revamped the Flixpert website, replacing placeholders with more polished art. And in July, the company filed for a series of trademarks for Flixpert.Work on Flixpert seems to be at least partially motivated by a fear of being out-innovated by other online video services and their respective content recommendation engines. A slide deck for an internal corporate presentation on the service, which was briefly available online but has since been removed, specifically called out Netflix and its content recommendation efforts, quoting Netflix execs saying that personalization and recommendations had saved the streaming giant more than $1 billion per year.The deck continued by asking: “How will Flixpert help EchoStar do the same?” The presentation also suggested that the platform would help the company to become “the center of the conversation with industry giants.”The document framed Flixpert-style crowdsourcing as an answer to algorithmic content recommendations, concluding: “Recommendations have been taken over by strangers and bad algorithms. People are tired of searching and settling. Let’s bring the conversation back to the people!”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tune in to the musical extravangza

first_imgCircle in the next seven days, as the music scene in Delhi takes on a fervour like never before. For music buffs in the capital, the party is going to hit its crescendo with music from different genres and languages. Raag of the Nation is here to take you on a musical extravaganza from 6 to 12 May in Connaught place’s Central park.Delhi government and its department of Art, Culture and Languages bring you Euphoria, Jasbir Jassi, Shubha Mudgal and the who’s who of music to drown you in the melody of sound. Raag Rang is an initiative to bring together different genres of Indian music under one banner and showcase the fact that they might be different in forms but are a common carrier of our composite culture,’ said Nila Mohanan, Additional Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a deluge of multifarious artists comes the color of India: right from Punjabi and Bhojpuri folk to qawalli, Sindhi and contemporary music. Delve into the beats from the popular band Euphoria, performing on the sixth day of the festival, alongside the multigenre Astitva band. Or how about a contemporary dance performance by Santosh Nair while Atique Husain Hyderabadi hues up the fest with his qawalli? The last day will have the Indian Idol 4 sensation Mohit Lalwani wooing you with his voice. It’s going to be a task to decide your pick!DETAILWhen: 6 -12 MayWhere: Central Park, Connaught Placelast_img read more

A trans man is making the first ever original anime series by

first_imgI feel bad for Raye Rodriguez. The announcement would’ve been better if Crunchyroll focused on the actual show, not the female writers & diverse cast. It seemed artificial. High Guardian Spice could be good but cause the announcement failed & Kate Leth, most ppl aren’t excited.— Keiso (@KeiSol7) August 23, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Crunchyroll are launching their first ever original anime series and a trans man is the creative force behind it. GAYSTARNEWS- seeing weebs get mad about high guardian spice is so amusing… y’all do realize that a show having diversity in their cast, characters, and staff doesn’t mean it’s “pandering to the sjws, right?” do any of you even go outside— ch. (@manga) August 23, 2018 The show will be Crunchyroll’s first ever original series | Photo: Crunchyroll Someone asked for my take on #HighGuardianSpice.There’s nothing new to my take except I’m just invoking an ancient meme. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) end of my thoughts about yesterday:Nobody is obligated to like high guardian spice. But getting mad that it exists at all and demanding that crunchyroll only spend money on stuff that interests you is silly.I’m not cancelling netflix b/c they’re funding live action SAO.— Geoff @Crunchy Expo (@G0ffThew) August 23, 2018Watch the trailer for High Guardian Spice:[embedded content]More from Gay Star News:Upcoming anime Back Street Girls will feature Yakuza members getting gender reassignment surgeryA Swedish orchestra has turned homophobic hate mail into an operaThese sexy gaymers want to share their love of all things geekyGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . — Matt (@illeity) August 25, 2018However, others defended the show – and made sure everyone knew they were excited.It is so frustrating to watch people tear down often women and LGBT creators time and time again, especially in a field I plan to go into when I’m older. I made this small sketch for @dinoraye and the rest of the team as support. Fight like a magical girl #HighGuardianSpice— EverAster (@EverAster_) August 24, 2018 The anime streaming service are taking inspiration from Netflix’s strategy and launching their first original series, High Guardian Spice. But that’s not all: the creator is life-long anime fan, storyboard artist, comic writer and transgender man, Raye Rodriguez. He’ll be leading an all-female writing room.The show, created by Ellation Animation, is a coming-of-age tale filled with drama and sorcery. It’s set to release in 2019. Crunchyroll released its official synopsis in a press release:‘In High Guardian Spice, the lives of four fierce girls, Rosemary, Sae, Thyme and Parsley, converge at High Guardian Academy, the one place where they can stumble towards adulthood while becoming the heroes they’ve always admired.‘As they master the ways of battle and sorcery, our foursome form allegiances and comical kinships, uncover legacies and betrayals, and discover their true identities while preparing to protect the world from an ominous threat.’Raye’s previously worked as a Storyboard Artist at Sprite Animation Studios. He was also a Character Designer on Amazon’s Danger & Eggs.Not everyone’s happy…Of course, the announcement of the anime has caused some controversy. The anime fan community have been in hot debate ever since the trailer dropped.Many have accused the show of ‘pandering’ to a diverse audience. While others took issue with the fact the marketing centered the writing staff, and not the show.High Guardian Spice looks like it ‘could’ be okay as far as art-direction goes, despite also looking a bit Cal-Arts’yThe “our staff is SO DIVERSE and I just think that’s so wonderful, and-” salespitch completely killed my interest though— Nanaℬ (@Narehachi) August 22, 2018 These Arabic-speaking LGBT people have risked all to tell their storyRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB BerlinLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Cancun celebrates 48 years noting its successes and insecurities

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The sun and sand vacation destination of Cancun has celebrated its 48th year, noting both its successes and current security issues.While the city of Cancun celebrates its 48th birthday with the best tourist numbers in its history, several voices agree that it is also experiencing the worst crisis of insecurity.In hard numbers, the city rang in its 48th anniversary with 37,300 rooms and an average occupation of 79.8 percent for the end of 2017. It also recorded a record number of tourists, exceeding 5 million last year for the first time with the airport counting 23 million passengers.Even the State Tourism Secretariat is reporting that between 2018 and 2019, the region is anticipating the construction and opening of 8,622 additional rooms between Cancun and Puerto Morelos. Of that total, 5,155 will be built in the Cancun Hotel Zone.Yet, the city continues to deal with violence and insecurity that affects not only tourism, but also those who live and work in the region. Carlos Cardín, former Benito Juarez mayor, says that while the 48th anniversary of Cancun reflects the success of the city, it also reflects the problems that are growing.Although it’s true that Cancún has been an economic engine for the state and in turn a generator of jobs, it is also beginning to experience control problems such as social and security factors.While not an exclusive problem to Cancun, Cancun is showing signs of insecurity being a top global destination, climbing its way to the top, but at a price.The National Institute of Statistics and Geography recently announced that Cancun is among the five cities in the country with the highest perception of insecurity by its citizens with 93.2 percent of residents saying they do not feel safe in Cancun.Carlos Cardín said that this figure is not surprising because every day there is Cancun news about violence and criminal acts. Added to this is the palpable loss in the quality of life, he added, as the population continues to grow, it creates a deterioration of social fabric.“We are an attractive center for work, which has also been a huge challenge for all since it implies the provision of housing, services and well-paid jobs for people who come every day looking for a better quality of life,” he said.Rafael Lara Lara, another former mayor of Cancún, agrees that insecurity and the deterioration of the social fabric are the main problems facing the city in its 48th anniversary.Opinions of former municipal presidents are added the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic, the Hotel Association of Cancun and the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council whose leaders have stated at different times that insecurity has become the main problem in the tourist destination.They say the insecurity does affect the tourism sector, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the city’s economy and impacts the entire state of Quintana Roo and is something that has been addressed repeatedly.At a national level, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography reported that in March of this year, 76.8 percent of Mexicans polled said they do not feel safe in their city.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content March 22, 2012 — Femasys Inc., a medical device developer of women’s healthcare solutions, announced an agreement with Bayer Yakuhin Ltd., Osaka, Japan, for exclusive distribution rights in Japan for Femasys’ FemVue Saline-Air Device.  This is the first device that allows physicians to quickly and effectively evaluate with ultrasound a woman’s fallopian tubes, a critical component of her fertility assessment. The FemVue evaluation procedure can be performed reliably and safely (no radiation), in the physician’s office or any facility with ultrasound, in a cost-effective and convenient procedure. Whether performing FemVue as part of an initial fertility work-up or to reconfirm fallopian tube status prior to other procedures, its innovative design allows for easy adoption into any practice.”Our partnership with Bayer now provides physicians in Japan access to our FemVue Saline-Air Device for fallopian tube assessment as a first step in infertility diagnosis or as a part of fertility confirmation,” stated Kathy Lee-Sepsick, president & CEO of Femasys Inc. “There is no better partner to introduce FemVue to the Japanese market than Bayer and we have ramped production accordingly to support the commercialization efforts underway.”Bayer Yakuhin Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bayer HealthCare Corporation, has marketing authorization from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to promote FemVue through their world-class sales channel. The FemVue Saline-Air Device has marketing clearance in the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan.  FemVue is currently distributed in the United States by Norgenix, LLC.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | March 26, 2012 Femasys Partners With Bayer to Distribute FemVue in Japan News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more last_img read more

Flamingo Potrero News

first_imgCountry Day School held their 10th annual Beach Challenge on May 12 at Playa Tamarindo. The day was sponsored by the CDSG as a fundraiser for the sports programs at CDSG and for CEPIA. There were 150 attendees, including school students and their families, along with CEPIA students and their families.The events included a 4K, a 2K, a 1K, a 500-meter run, a 500-meter bike race, several sack races, a tug of war, a long jump, volleyball, soccer, a sandcastle contest and more. Winners were all presened with awards, and the event raised $1,200. Congratulations to all who participated in making the beach challenge a great success!The last presentation in the hot topics series for May at the Village Commercial Center is emergency procedures and numbers. Dr. Andrea Messeguer will present the topic on Wednesday, May 30, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Salon. This workshop will include what to do in an emergency, and will provide a list of important numbers. There will also be a Q-and-A session. For more information, contact Pam at rock ‘n’ roll band Local Legend played at Perla’s in Surfside/Potrero on Friday, May 11, and brought down the house. An artisan fair was held at Marie’s Restaurant on Friday, May 11, from noon-6 p.m., with lots of new vendors selling unique, handcrafted items, jewelry, hand-painted silks, water colors, prints, leather goods, imported clothing and more. Located next to Guido’s Supermarket in Surfside is a new cafeteria and juice bar called El Loco Frutariano. Café owner Greivin Marchena was born and raised in Potrero and is 27 years old. He had a desire to open a business and to offer pesto pasta, personal vegetarian pizzas, vegetarian quesadillas, eggplant parmesan stuffed mushroom and other meals, fresh specialty drinks and juices. The hours of operation are from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The café is closed on Sundays until the high season, so come by and have a taste.The Conchal/Brasilito flea market will take place Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Village Commercial Center. For more information, contact Pam at–Babe Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more