Purdue report Climate change will impact Indiana tourism

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind. — A new report says Indiana’s tourism and recreation industry will have to adjust as climate change makes the state warmer and wetter in the coming decades.Monday’s report by Purdue University’s Climate Change Resource Center is the centre‘s latest analysis of how climate change will impact Indiana.The new report says the timing of outdoor recreational activities will shift by mid-century because Indiana’s winter season is expected to shorten by 20 to 25 days.The analysis says Indiana’s ice fishing and skiing industries will be hurt as temperatures rise and less snow falls.Meanwhile, Indiana’s spring and fall temperatures are forecast to warm 4-to-6-degrees Fahrenheit.The Evansville Courier & Press reports there will be wide-ranging impacts to Indiana’s tourism and recreation sector as the state warms and sees precipitation changes.___Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

SARS vaccine trial could start in a few months – WHO

After a two-day review of research progress, the WHO Consultation on SARS Vaccine Research and Development said a resurgence of the illness could speed up research and result in a vaccine within two years. Without a new outbreak, the vaccine would follow the classical development path and not be ready for four to five years. In the meantime, “we must be ready to manage a possible resurgence of SARS through the control measures that work – surveillance, early diagnosis, hospital infection control, contact tracing and international reporting. Research must continue to determine if, how, and how soon a vaccine will add to these existing control measures,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said. The group of 50 experts from 15 countries examined what is known of how the SARS coronavirus causes human disease, the factors involved in choosing the best genetic strains for future vaccines and the help or the hindrance raised by patent and intellectual property issues. The consultants also reviewed recent work on experimental vaccines in animals and how that information could be used to initiate clinical trials in human volunteers. But human trials might be inappropriate, given the severity of the disease, its relatively rare occurrence and the urgency of the search for inoculation, they said. “SARS might have to be licensed in the absence of efficacy data generated in humans,” they concluded. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Director of the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research, said, “If we are to develop a SARS vaccine more quickly than usual, we have to continue to work together on many fronts at once, on scientific research, intellectual property and patents issues, and accessibility. It is a very complicated process, involving an unprecedented level of international cooperation, which is changing the way we work.” read more

Goodbye parents hello Brock University

On a day highlighted by efficient moving, Sil Demedeiros may have set the bar.Using a rented U-Haul pickup truck, the Hamilton man pulled up in front of the Lowenberger Residence at Brock University Sunday morning, opened up the tailgate and quickly unloaded a mini-fridge and seven equally-sized packing boxes that were all pre-labeled with his son’s name and room number.”Sil Demedeiros unloads his rented pickup truck near Lowenberger Residence.“I wasn’t going to waste any time,” Demedeiros said with a laugh. “I wanted to rent the truck and get this over with. I’m excited and proud that my first child is going to university.”His son Anthony Demedeiros was one of nearly 2,400 first-year students who moved into Brock’s seven residences Sunday during Move-In Day 2018. The six-hour blitz was the result of months of planning and the work of more than 600 student volunteers, most of whom are brought together and encouraged to take part by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).“I think it’s phenomenal to see so many people here who are willing to give up their day to help out fellow Badgers. It’s treated like we’re one big family,” said BUSU President Aidan Hibma. “We have one of the best move-in days across the country and it really contributes to the student experience that we’re focused on here at Brock and we’re focused on in BUSU.”In addition to the hundreds of student volunteers and Brock student-athletes, more than 100 Brock staff members were also on hand Sunday as many key services such as the Brock Card, Brock Central, ITS, Parking, Residences, Dining and others were open to help make the student onboarding process easier.Director of Residences Jamie Fleming said he’s continually impressed by the professionalism and willingness to help shown by everyone on campus for the event.“Expectations are very high, but there’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment at the end of Move-In Day where all these volunteers, all these members of staff have come together for the common purpose of welcoming thousands of students to campus on the Sunday of Labour Day weekend. It’s a real sense of team work,” he said.Among the staff members on hand to help out was President Gervan Fearon, who greeted parents and students and answered the occasional “how do I find this location?” question that were a common occurrence Sunday.Brock University Students’ Union Vice-President, External Affairs Peter Henen, right, and Brock University President Gervan Fearon load containers into a student residence.“One of the amazing things about this day is that the relationships these students form today will be bonds and relationships that will last a lifetime,” Fearon said. “For myself, I can think about friends I met in my first year and years later, those bonds are still there.”Fearon pointed to a recent Brock alumni and recruiting trip to Trinidad, where a housemate from his undergrad years at the University of Guelph showed up with his family just to say hello and reconnect.“It’s those kinds of moving moments that really tell us the bonds formed in university are lifelong bonds and it’s just amazing,” he said.For Nina Pytel, Sunday was filled with nervous energy. She arrived from Mississauga with her mother Aneta, who admitted the day was a bit sad.“It’s going to be really quiet when I go back home,” she said.Nina, who will be taking Biochemistry, was feeling the nerves of a new environment.“It’s kind of a hectic today, but it’s funny because everyone is in the same situation. I’m a bit nervous about the course load, but mostly I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life,” she said.Another parent moving his first child into Brock residences Sunday was Goodman School of Business Professor Barry Wright, whose daughter Monica is taking Medical Sciences. After seeing the Move-In Day process from the other side for years, he found the experience to be a great one as a parent.Aneta Pytel, left, helps her daughter Nina unload their vehicle Sunday.“It’s a well-oiled machine. Even right from when we arrived onto campus there were greeters there in a good mood making my daughter feel very welcome coming here,” he said.Across the Brock campus, emotions ranged from tears to cheers to nervous laughter.After dropping off the well-packed boxes and closing the tailgate of the rented U-Haul, Demedeiros said it was all excitement as his son Anthony enters his first year of the Film Studies program.“I’m totally excited for him and his adventures here at the University. He got accepted at other schools for his program but he took the tour here and Brock was his No. 1 choice.”Below is a BrockTV video from the day: read more

Um The Red Sox May Actually Be In Trouble

It’s a bad idea to read too much into any April baseball games, but this week’s two-game sweep at the hands of the archrival New York Yankees appears to have officially sent the Boston Red Sox into a full-blown crisis. The team’s record dipped to 6-13 — tied for the second-worst for a defending champ since 1947 (trailing only the fire-sale 1998 Marlins) — and they landed once again in last place in the American League East.[Our 2019 MLB predictions are updated after every game.]“This is flat-out embarrassing for my family, for my team, for our fans,” Boston ace Chris Sale told reporters after giving up four runs over five innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss. “This is about as bad as it gets. I have to pitch better.”“We’re not really playing very well anywhere,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski added. “Our starting pitching hasn’t been very good, our defense hasn’t been overly good, our hitting hasn’t been like it’s been capable of being.”As Dombrowski suggests, Boston has come by its horrible record honestly: Only the dreadful, rebuilding Miami Marlins (-49) have a worse run differential than the Red Sox’s -42 mark this season. Bad stretches happen to good teams sometimes, but ones this terrible haven’t happened often to teams that were supposed to be as good as Boston — especially coming off last year’s 108-win season. Since World War II, only six other teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562 (like the 2019 Red Sox) had any 19-game stretch in which they won six or fewer games — much less had those be the only 19 games we saw of them. Mookie Betts5.7+10.66.8+1.5-9.1 2018 Season2019 Season Hector Velazquez2.2+1.02.7+1.8+0.8 2010Yankees1563613 1977Reds1566415 Eduardo Rodriguez3.6+2.54.0-1.6-4.2 Tzu-Wei Lin0.7+0.00.1-0.1-0.1 1955Yankees1568613 When bad stretches happen to good (we think?) teamsAmong teams that started a season with an Elo rating of at least 1562, the worst 19-game stretches at any point in the season, 1946-2019 2019Red Sox*1562613 Blake Swihart1.9-0.32.4+0.6+0.9 Ryan Brasier1.1+1.12.8+1.3+0.2 Xander Bogaerts5.4%+4.36.2%+6.5+2.2 * First 19 games of season. WAR Rankings WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Tyler Thornburg0.6-0.21.4-0.2+0.0 Brandon Workman1.2+0.42.1+1.4+1.0 2000Yankees1565316 Eduardo Nunez4.6-0.73.8-5.8-5.1 The Red Sox’s strengths have become weaknessesMLB-wide wins above replacement (WAR) rankings for the Boston Red Sox, 2018 vs. 2019 seasons Christian Vazquez2.5-0.33.9+1.7+2.0 201821818653 Mitch Moreland4.2+0.85.3+2.2+1.4 * Based on plate appearances and (leverage-weighted) innings pitched.WAR numbers are through games of April 17, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 2002Athletics1565415 David Price4.9+3.45.2+3.9+0.5 In the bullpen, the team probably has missed closer Craig Kimbrel, who recorded 1.8 WAR last season but was not re-signed (and remains a free agent today). But mostly the story of the 2019 Red Sox is of the holdovers from last year’s championship team — and most of those have fallen short of the performance standards they set for themselves a season ago.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has actually played extremely well in the early part of this season, starter David Price and first baseman Mitch Moreland have been solid, and third baseman Rafael Devers has improved on last year’s disappointing sophomore campaign. But those gains don’t make up for declines by Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and subreplacement starts from Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and — most concerning — Sale. Rafael Devers4.5+0.56.2+2.5+2.0 Brock Holt3.4+1.31.6-0.3-1.7 2019221822301727 Rick Porcello5.3+2.93.0-4.8-7.7 PlayerPlaying timeWAR/162Playing timeWAR/162WAR/162 Diff. Nathan Eovaldi1.5+1.15.7-2.0-3.1 (The good news for the Red Sox? Those other teams posted an average of 94.3 wins per 162 games even with the bad 19-game stretch, and none won fewer than 87. But again, those 19 games weren’t the only bits of evidence we had about the teams to begin the season.)It was always likely that the Red Sox would regress some — and perhaps even a lot — after last year’s storybook season. But nobody could have predicted that the wheels would fall off so quickly and thoroughly as they have. According to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the WAR figures found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. the Red Sox went from the third-best team in MLB last season (behind the Astros and Yankees) to the fourth-worst this year (ahead of the Orioles, Marlins and Rockies). For two categories in which the team ranked among the top six last season — hitting and starting pitching — Boston has dropped into the bottom nine (including the very worst starting performance in baseball), and the bullpen has also dropped from the top five to the league’s bottom half: Chris Sale4.4+6.54.9-2.5-9.0 SeasonBattingBase runningFieldingStartersBullpenTotal Sandy Leon2.7+0.00.2-0.7-0.7 Matt Barnes2.1+1.22.3+3.0+1.9 Jackie Bradley Jr.4.9+2.44.8-4.0-6.4 SeasonTeamPreseason Elo RatingWinsLosses Brian Johnson2.6+0.91.0-1.9-2.8 Andrew Benintendi6.1+4.15.6+2.8-1.3 Dustin Pedroia0.1-0.11.7-3.2-3.1 Heath Hembree2.0+0.32.4+0.0-0.3 Steve Pearce1.5+1.22.1-3.4-4.5 Sam Travis0.4-0.20.6-0.1+0.1 2018Dodgers1568514 Worst 19 Games J.D. Martinez6.0+6.16.6+5.0-1.2 Marcus Walden0.3+0.22.0+0.2+0.0 Most of the Red Sox holdovers are ice-coldPercentage of team playing time* and wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games for players who were on both the 2018 and 2019 Boston Red Sox Betts has placed a lot of the responsibility for the team’s slow start on himself. “Basically, what I’m doing is unacceptable,” Betts said Monday. “I have to figure out a way to get something done and help the team.”The reigning AL MVP should start to turn things around sooner or later, though. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is an unsustainably low .208 this season, indicating a lot of potential for improvement, and most of his Statcast metrics are in line with his career numbers before last year’s career season — when he still was a .292/.351/.488 hitter with outstanding defensive skills.If Betts will be fine, Sale is a bigger worry. The lanky left-hander’s fastball velocity has been low in three of four starts — though he did reach an average of 96.1 mph against the Yankees on Tuesday (which is near where he was most of last season before a sharp drop-off in September). But radar-gun readings aside, Sale is also walking a career-high2Among seasons with at least 100 innings pitched. 2.5 batters per nine innings and has already given up nearly half as many home runs (five) as he yielded all of last year. The Red Sox have enough other talented players to remain a good team in a down year from Sale, but they might not be able to be a truly great team without him pitching at his best.And are they actually a good team, despite this horrid start? Or will this season eventually spiral into disaster the way Boston’s last championship defense did? As bad as the Red Sox have looked, it still seems foolish to count them out. In a sport where it takes 67 games before a team’s record is even roughly half-luck and half-skill, 19 games shouldn’t matter much to our expectation for a team going forward. Even after this rough start, our Elo model gives the Sox a rating of 1538, which equates to the talent needed to win about 89 times per 162 games. That’s only about five and a half fewer wins of talent than Elo thought they had before opening day.But the problem is that the Red Sox have to live with that 6-13 record they’ve banked for themselves so far. If they play like an 89-win team over the rest of the season, they’d still only end up with 85 wins by season’s end. In a division where the Tampa Bay Rays and even the up-and-down Yankees are on track for 92 or more wins, 85 to 90 wins might leave Boston right on the edge of the playoffs. (And to get to, say, 95 wins, they’d have to play at a 102-win pace over the rest of the season.) Although it is often said that the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint, don’t be surprised if Boston’s early struggles force it to run ragged down the stretch just to make a bid for the AL’s second wild-card spot.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Want to have your say about growing old in Ireland

first_imgIF YOU WANT to have your say about ageing in Ireland, you’re invited to contribute to a series of talks taking place around the country in the coming months.By 2021 there will 800,000 people over the age of 65 in Ireland. The first of the ‘An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care’ talks on this issue is tonight, in the Radisson Hotel St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin.There, Bluebird Care will ask one simple – but weighty – question:Are we minding an ageing population?The concept has been a year in the making and has seen the Bluebird Care interview 18 organisations and individuals and ask them about growing old in Ireland.Those participating tonight will include An Garda Síochána, Alone, Age Action, Institute of Community Health Nursing, Respond, the Alliance of Retired Public Servants.They will be joined by a live audience of up to 100 older people who will also have their say.(BluebirdCareIE/YouTube)EventsTonight sees the first of five events taking place around the country – the other locations are Galway (1 October), Sligo (8 October), Cork (29 October) and Kilkenny (12 November).A report will be compiled at the end of the five events in an attempt to take the pulse of the nation on this issue.George Hook will chair all five events, which will debate:Growing old in IrelandAusterity and the impact on PensionersLife after retirementSocial engagement: The key to older people’s wellbeingHealthcare and homecareHome securityOperations Director with Bluebird Care Eddie O’Toole explained:We recognise that it is becoming more and more difficult for older people in Ireland given the impact of austerity, families emigrating, healthcare provision and the concerns of older people about feeling safe in their own home. All of these issues will be discussed at our upcoming events and it will provide older people, their families, health professionals, active retirement groups and other agencies to ask questions and give their views.(BluebirdCareIE/YouTube)These are all free events but are ticketed. Email info@bluebirdcare.ie to book your place or call 0818 227 052 for more information.You can also register online at bluebirdcare.ie/engagement or on the Bluebird Care Facebook page.LocationsTuesday September 17 – Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, DublinTuesday October 1 – Radisson Blu Hotel, GalwayTuesday October 8 – Radisson Blu Hotel, SligoTuesday October 29 Radisson Blu Hotel, CorkTuesday 12 November Lyrath Estate Hotel, KilkennyRead: Older people optimistic about ageing, but “fear becoming a burden”>last_img read more

Man who slipped and fell down Ryanair plane stairs at Dublin Airport

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A 75-YEAR-OLD Co Kildare man, who claimed he had been seriously hurt when he slipped and fell on steps leading from a Ryanair plane, has seen his €60,000 damages claim dismissed against the airline.Andrew Walker, counsel for Ryanair, told the Circuit Civil Court today that Simon Betson had sued the airline one day outside the two years in which he was allowed to take a claim and was now statute barred.Walker, who appeared with Maples and Calder Solicitors, told the court that Betson should have issued a summons under the Montreal Convention which governs the international carriage of passengers by air and imposes a specific time restriction.He told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that the convention stipulated that the right to damages “shall be extinguished” if an application was not taken within two years.Walker said the alleged accident, which had taken place on steps outside the aircraft, had happened on 26 November 2013 and the time for issuing legal proceedings ended on 25 November 2015.He said the Civil Bill in which Betson, of Glen Ghearu, Athy, Co Kildare, claimed damages for personal injuries against Ryanair had been issued on 26 November 2015, a day outside the two-year limit.Betson’s proceedings alleged negligence against Ryanair in that he had slipped and fallen while walking down steps as he disembarked the aircraft at Dublin Airport. He had been able, with the assistance of other passengers, to make his way to the terminal building where he had begun to feel very unwell.Cleaners had alerted airport staff to his predicament and after they had attended to him he returned home. His symptoms worsened and he attended his GP on 2 January 2014.Peter Lennon, a solicitor with Maples and Calder, stated in an affidavit that both the 1999 Montreal Convention and the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Act 2004 imposed a two-year limit on the issuing of a personal injury summons.He said that not only was Betson’s proceedings statute barred his claim was now in fact extinguished pursuant to Article 35 of the Convention. In February 2016 he had called for Betson’s solicitors to discontinue the proceedings.Two-year limitCounsel for Betson claimed that the two-year limit should run only from the time his client had discovered he had been injured to the extent that he required to seek compensation by way of a personal injuries summons.Judge Linnane said clearly the Montreal Convention applied to Betson’s case and it followed his claim was statute barred. The Convention made it quite clear that a person cannot have recourse to any domestic remedy in common law.The accident had taken place on the steps of the aircraft and was clearly a Montreal Convention case.The judge awarded legal costs of the proceedings and today’s application against Betson on the grounds his solicitors had been asked by Maples and Calder to discontinue the action and allowing Betson an opportunity to walk away from the proceedings.Read: How Ryanair’s loudmouth approach helps them find ‘fun, irreverent and cheeky’ staff >Read: Ryanair’s chief trainer says Ireland should be the capital of the billion-euro student pilot industry > Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 3:03 PM Image: Fredrik von ErichsenPA Images The incident happened at Dublin Airport. (Not pictured) No Comments Man who slipped and fell down Ryanair plane stairs at Dublin Airport loses €60k damages claim The judge agreed that the proceedings were launched too late. http://jrnl.ie/3289069 center_img By Ray Managh Mar 15th 2017, 3:03 PM The incident happened at Dublin Airport. (Not pictured) Image: Fredrik von ErichsenPA Images 55,259 Views Share Tweet Email9 Short URLlast_img read more

150 patients to receive repeat cervical tests over possible shortcomings in the

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Share19 Tweet Email Short URL By Cianan Brennan Any early changes can then be successfully treated which is why it is so important that anyone who is invited for screening to see it as a positive step in looking after their health. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 12:30 PMcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/4066372 Jun 12th 2018, 12:31 PM 5,915 Views Source: ShutterstockTHE PUBLIC HEALTH Agency in Northern Ireland has identified 150 women who are to be offered a repeat cervical screening test over ‘possible shortcomings’ regarding the service.The shortcomings have been identified at two separate GP practices in Co Antrim – Abbott’s Cross practice in Newtownabbey, north of Belfast, and Dr McKenna’s practice on Thames Street in the city.All of the affected women have been sent invitations for a repeat test. The issue relates to a sole worker who had been conducting the tests, and who is no longer doing so since a review into the issue was commissioned.This does not necessarily mean that the initial test results received by the women in question were wrong, the PHA said in a statement.“We understand that the women who are receiving these letters may be anxious, but we would like to reassure them that this is a precautionary measure and would urge them to accept the invitation for a repeat test,” Dr Tracy Owen, cervical screening lead at the PHA, said.130,000 cervical screening samples are taken across the North each year.“In general, cervical screening aims to prevent cancer from occurring in the first place by checking for pre-cancerous changes in the cells that line the cervix,” said Owen. 150 patients to receive repeat cervical tests over ‘possible shortcomings’ in the North The issue relates to a sole worker who had been conducting the tests, according to the North’s Public Health Agency.last_img read more

Coalitions integration porposal causes furore

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New migrants should be taught to use deodorant and wait in line politely, according to the Coalition’s citizenship spokeswoman Teresa Gambaro. Her comments – published in The Australian this week – sparked outrage from online readers as well as that of Pino Migliorino, chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils. The furious reaction forced Ms Gambaro to issue an apology saying that her comments did not reflect coalition policy and were taken out of context. Ms Gambaro was quoted in The Australian saying that new migrants on temporary work visas were not integrating into the community because they were not being taught about Australian health, hygiene and lifestyle. “Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers.” Ms Gambaro was quoted saying.The comments would make Australia “look like a joke” to the international community and damage efforts by employers to fill skills shortages by attracting overseas workers said Mr Migliorino, adding that Teresa Gambaro comes from the same background with him. “We grew up being called dirty wogs” he said. “This is no longer the 1960s, temporary migrants are people coming from a university background. To say ‘you smell’ is ridiculous,” said Mr Migliorino, pointing out that Ms Gambaro’s statement also undermines the federal Coalition’s policy stance on encouraging skilled migration. “The Liberal opposition are on record as saying they want all of our migration to be skills-based. Australia is courting for temporary labour in a competitive international market,” Mr Migliorino said adding that Gambaro’s comments are “silly and ridiculous”. Labor MP Michelle Rowland called for Ms Gambaro to apologise for insulting skilled migrants. “Her comments are insulting and insensitive to the many doctors, nurses, accountants and engineers who have come to Australia on a skilled migration visa,” said Ms Rowland. “Skilled migrants come to Australia to work in hospitals, care for our elderly, and fill gaps in regional and remote areas.” “The comments are unbecoming and irresponsible and Mr Abbott should come clean on whether he supports Ms Gambaro’s views,” she said.last_img read more

Un canoë vieux de 1100 ans exhumé en Floride

first_imgUn canoë vieux de 1.100 ans exhumé en FlorideUn canoë de 12 mètres de longueur et vieux de 11 siècles, appartenant à une ancienne ethnie amérindienne, a été découvert sur une île de Floride. Son exhumation et sa restauration demanderont deux ans d’efforts.Dix ans après avoir été repéré par un archéologue amateur sur l’île de Weedon, en Floride (Etats-Unis), un canoë d’une douzaine de mètres de longueur et vieux de 1.100 ans a été précieusement exhumé de la boue par le personnel de l’équipe d’archéologie du comté de Pinellas.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitTronçonné en sections à l’aide de scies à métaux pour éviter sa brisure, l’objet – le plus ancien canoë jamais trouvé en Floride – a été ramené sur le continent, où les ‘tranches’ ont été nettoyées et placées dans un bac d’eau douce mêlée de solutions chimiques pour en préserver le bois.Issue de la culture manasota, un peuple de chasseurs-cueilleurs qui vivait sur la côte ouest de la Floride entre 550 avant J. C. et 900 après J. C. environ, l’embarcation, dont l’extraction et l’entretien ont étés financés par l’association Les Amis de l’île de Weedon, sera exposée au Centre d’histoire naturelle et de conservation culturelle de l’île. Le 4 mars 2011 à 19:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Driver passenger hurt in crash on Highway 14

first_imgTwo people were taken to the hospital after an SUV crashed into a minivan that had pulled onto the shoulder of state Highway 14 on Wednesday evening.According to the Washington State Patrol, Mirna Z. Valenzuela Reyes, 40, of Portland had stopped her minivan on the right shoulder of Highway 14 eastbound near the Vancouver city limits around 6:20 p.m.Andre T. Murray, 26, of Vancouver was heading east in his SUV and drifted onto the shoulder and struck the minivan, according to the state patrol.Valenzuela Reyes and a passenger, Perla J. Ortiz Viera, 29, of Camas were hurt and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Valenzuela Reyes was listed in satisfactory condition at the hospital that night. Ortiz Viera’s condition was not available.Murray was not injured.The state patrol blamed inattention on Murray’s part for the crash, and said he was cited for driving on the shoulder and driving without a valid operators license.last_img read more

The significance of this years election date – May 10th

first_img DNA on Election Date Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp DNA Leader: May 10th Election Date continues to be held by one man Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #May10thisdayinhistory, #significanceofelectiondate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Perry Christie has announced the date for the general election as May 10, 2017.   Surely Mr. Christie has given some thought in choosing the election date, and May 10th happens to be a very significant day in history regarding politics and world leadership. May 10th marks the day when two of the most influential leaders in the world were sworn in to power. The Prime Minister may have chosen this date as a foreshadowing of what is to come from the election next month.   It also marks the day that the historical HMBS Flamingo Incident happened in the Bahamas. On May 10th, 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s fight for black people and equal race relations in South Africa make him one of the most revolutionary black figures in history. Mandela served as President from May 10, 1994 – June 14, 1999. Also on May 10th, 1940, Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  He successfully led Britain through World War II. He is remembered for his moral bravery and patriotism. May 10 is also an historical day in the Bahamas. The date marks the memorial for the HMBS Flamingo Incident in Bahamian waters on May 10, 1980. On that day,  four Bahamian crew members were killed when Cuban MIG jets fired upon and sank the HMBS Flamingo.  The event is seen as defining moment in the history of the embryonic Royal Bahamas Defense Force and also for the relatively newly independent Bahamas. center_img Elections will not hamper Defense Force HMBS Flamingo Memorial Story by: Sheri-kae #MagneticMediaNews#significanceofelectiondate#May10thisdayinhistory Recommended for youlast_img read more

Peeping Tom arrested in North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of being a Peeping Tom in North Miami Beach.Fernando Antonio Irizarry was arrested after police said a teen caught him looking through her window as she was getting dressed in her bedroom.According to police, the 41-year-old was trespassing, as the residence is fenced and no one has permission to be inside of the fenced property.A “Be On The Lookout” alert was issued, and shortly after police caught up with the suspect along Northeast 177th Street and 20th Avenue.Irizarry was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. However, he has since bonded out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Abhishekams special pujas mark Guru Purnima in Vizag

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Elaborate rituals, special ‘abhishekam’, ‘puja’ and ‘arati’ marked Guru Purnima celebrations held at several temples across the city on Tuesday. Guru Purnima, observed on the full moon day of the Ashadam, dates back to the Vedic era. It is celebrated to recognise the importance of teachers who impart knowledge. Serpentine queues were witnessed at the temples as devotees took part in various rituals performed on the occasion. With the lunar eclipse falling on the same day, several shrines followed the rituals in the morning rather than in the evening as they remained closed in the evening. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us At Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Spiritual Centre, Seethammadhara, the celebrations began with ‘Sudarshan homam’. It was followed by special abhishekam to Sai Baba, including cooked rice, milk, honey, tender coconut, vermilion, turmeric among several others. Later, the idol of Sai Baba was decked up with garlands before giving ‘deeparadhana’. The temple was closed by 6 p.m. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Similarly, at Shri Sai Samsthan Charitable Trust – East Shirdi temple, elaborate puja rituals were performed and large number of devotees gathered at the shrine to have a darshan of Sai Baba. Simhachalam temple remained open till 4 p.m. on Tuesday to facilitate darshan for hundreds of devotees who participated in Giri Pradakshina. Guru Purnima celebration was also held at Shirdi Sai Baba Dhyanamandiram, opposite Railway Exhibition grounds. Special puja programmes were held at Sai Mandiram at Muralinagar and several other neighbourhoods. Celebrations at various shrines concluded with ‘anna danam’.last_img read more

Alphores students create awareness on clay Ganesh idols

first_imgKarimnagar : It is the responsibility of every to protect environment and that can be done by installing clay Ganesh idols during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, said the Chairman of the Alphores of Educational Institutions, Dr.V.Narendar Reddy here on Saturday. The students of Alphores Educational Institutions held an awareness rally on the installation of Clay Ganesh Idols from Telangana Chowk to Collectorate here in Karimnagar. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Dr.V.Narender Reddy said that every organised would wish to install a huge Ganesh idol in the ganesh pandals that would be established in their colonies during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. But by keeping in mind of social responsibility and in view of protecting environment, it would be better to install Clay Ganesh Idols instead of those which is prepared of various chemicals which would harm the acquatic animals by polluting the water bodies. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us History also tells us that in the olden days, including Gods also use to install Ganesh Idols made of clay but not with other materials. Moreover it would support water animals and will be eco-friendly also, he advised. Later, the students distributed clay Ganesh idols freely to the people explaining the need of installation of clay Ganesh Idols. The representatives of the various peoples’ organisations Satish, Raju and teaching staff were present in the rally along with others.last_img read more

Myanmar administrator of a Rakhine town stabbed to death

first_imgMap of Myanmar’s conflict-torn RakhineA Myanmar official who was the administrator of a town in troubled Rakhine state when seven people died there in rioting earlier this month has been stabbed and killed, the government said on Wednesday.Police were treating the death of Bo Bo Min Theik as a case of personal enmity and it was not related to the violence in the region, said Zaw Htay, a government spokesman.His body was found in his car on the highway from Mrauk U to the provincial capital Sittwe on Tuesday, district officials said.Bo Bo Min Theik was replaced as the administrator of Mrauk U and posted to the provincial government in Sittwe three days after police shot and killed seven demonstrators from the majority Buddhist community after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.The violence underscores the challenges facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where dozens of ethnic groups have been clamouring for autonomy since independence from Britain in 1947.Tensions in Rakhine, previously called Arakan, have surged since a sweeping Myanmar army operation in August inflamed communal tension and triggered an exodus of over 688,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.The military has set up over 30 militias in the areas of Rakhine where many Rohingya lived and has provided arms to three of them, Myanmar’s parliament was told on Tuesday.Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Major-General Aung Soe told a parliamentary session that the militias were set up in the Maungdaw district of Rakhine. The Myanmar military launched a crackdown after Rohingya militants attacked security posts in Maungdaw on Aug. 25, leading to the exodus.last_img read more

DisneyBacked VR Startup Jaunt Lays Off Significant Portion of Staff Refocuses on

first_img Popular on Variety The layoffs come about a month after the company announced the departure of its CEO George Kliavkoff, who was replaced by Mitzi Reaugh, the company’s former vice president of global bizdev. Founding CTO Arthur van Hoff updated his Linkedin profile Monday to indicate that he will be leaving the company by the end of the year.Jaunt was founded in 2013, and initially focused on the development of VR capture hardware, including the Jaunt One, a $100,000 professional 3D VR camera. Following a $65 million round of funding in 2015 that was led by Disney, the company refocused on becoming more of a production and distribution hub for cinematic virtual reality.As part of those efforts, Jaunt hired former Kliavkoff, who previously worked as president of Hearst Ventures, to lead the company. Jaunt also opened up its own studio space in Los Angeles to produce cinematic VR. Jaunt raised more than $100 million in funding, with backers including Disney, Evolution Media Partners and China Media Capital (CMC). San Mateo, Calif.-based virtual reality startup Jaunt XR is laying off a significant portion of its staff as it shifts its focus to augmented reality, the company announced Monday.“Today we had to make some difficult decisions in an effort to realign Jaunt for continued success,” the company said in a statement sent to Variety. “We are restructuring the company, resulting in letting go of a significant portion of our staff.”The company said that it would be focused exclusively on augmented reality and volumetric capture technology. It added in a Medium post that it would wind down most of its existing VR projects and content services in the coming weeks.“It was a difficult day at Jaunt as we are losing some of the most amazing talent in the industry, each of whom have individually made groundbreaking contributions to the company and the industry as a whole,” the company said in its statement.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

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first_imgJanuary 4, 2018 “What good are wings without the courage to fly?” These words of wisdom come to mind as I consider the open-source craze among leading artificial-intelligence technology providers.Top firms, including IBM, Google and Facebook, have opened the source code of their artificial intelligence software tools, making them available for developers to use in their own devices and applications. This is most certainly a good thing, for the companies themselves and for the AI business generally.However, open source is only part of the equation. Unlike previous generations of software, AI algorithms are worthless without a dataset to work on. And in contrast to their open-source code policies, these companies maintain a closed-data stance, hoarding their vast information repositories as a competitive advantage for developing better AI technology.Essentially these companies have given us wings — but have denied us the sky. What the top tech firms need is the courage to stop hoarding information and embrace open data, giving the rest of the world access to the information required for AI cognitive engines to attain their full potential.The data-rich get richer.In the age of AI, a new 1 percent is arising. This upper, upper crust consists of companies blessed both with machine-learning technology and with large quantities of information.Some companies have been dubbed “the Superrich” of the AI business, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. It has been reported that, while there are very few of these companies in the world, they have a massive advantage over everyone else in the machine learning space because they have access to vast amounts of clean, structured data.Related: There’s a Lot More to AI Than Just ChatbotsSuch data is needed to train machine-learning algorithms, giving them the basic information they need to function on their own in the real world. For example, an object-recognition algorithm designed to recognize cats in photos will be trained by reviewing massive numbers of images depicting felines. These images need to have some structure, i.e., they must be tagged with keywords that properly indicate they are depicting cats.The larger the quantity of training data, the better the algorithm will perform, with more information providing more examples that can be used to find patterns. Conversely, inadequate quantities of training data can produce algorithms that deliver substandard results—sometimes to the extreme embarrassment of their creators.Because of this, the usefulness of an AI algorithm is intrinsically tied to the availability of high-quality data. In this regard, AI algorithms are fundamentally different from other types of software, whose code is valuable on its own without any additional data.Thus, when a company open-sources an AI cognitive engine such as a translation tool, it’s not the same as open-sourcing a piece of traditional software, like a spreadsheet. Without also providing access to the data, open isn’t really open.Close-minded.Such data-denial is no accident. Rather, it’s part of a deliberate strategy to maintain a competitive advantage. With AI models well known and well distributed, the data set is the one commodity that can be locked away and kept from rivals.That’s why top technology players are hoarding data. For example, IBM didn’t buy The Weather Channel’s data operations because it wanted to know if it’s going to rain in Tallahassee tomorrow.Weather is the number-one factor driving global GDP. By combining The Weather Channel’s vast repository of climate-related information with its Watson AI, IBM can take the lead in forecasting the weather for private businesses, allowing it to do everything from predicting winter energy demand to forecasting crop yields.Related: In the Next Wave Of Innovation, Big Data Is Your Competitive AdvantageThis gives IBM a huge market impact and a built-in advantage that will be hard for other companies to match.Google, Facebook and others hold similar advantages in their respective areas, possessing vast quantities of consumer and social-media data that can be used to train highly-valuable AI tasks, from sentiment analysis for marketing to object-recognition for photos, to natural language processing for user interfaces.Open season.Examples of open AI software tools offered by technology powerhouses include:Google’s TensorFlow, which is designed for building and training neural networks.Microsoft’s Computational Network Toolkit, which can be used for applications including machine translation, image recognition, image captioning, text processing, language understanding and language modeling.IBM’s SystemML, which can be used to create customized machine learning software.Facebook’s deep-learning technologies, which the company has donated to an open source software project known as Torch.With such initiatives, these companies are essentially giving away software that’s the product of enormous investments in manpower and intellectual property. However, these efforts are far from altruistic; by proliferating their technologies, companies aim to build large communities of developers accustomed to using their tools, establishing them as standards in the AI market.Furthermore, with the real value of AI locked up in their proprietary data, these companies have little to lose by giving away their software tools.Data Dump.So how can companies be convinced to give up their prized data for the greater good of the AI business? One example can be found in an Uber initiative called Movement, which opens up data collected by the company’s fleet of cars regarding urban traffic patterns. Via the Uber Movement website, city planners can gather information to help improve traffic conditions.What’s in it for Uber? The company doesn’t conduct road planning and construction itself, so providing this information to planners allows the government to make changes that improve driving conditions. This results in an improved user experience for Uber vehicles.Related: Uber Reveals Its Traffic Data With New WebsiteFor AI tech companies with large treasure troves of data, there may be other opportunities to open up access to information in order to stimulate broad societal benefits. These benefits could indirectly boost demand for their technologies.The AI market is ready to take wing — now all the big players need to do is give clearance for takeoff by having the courage to open up their data. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Cancun continues to see international travel surge despite all

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The Mexican resort city of Cancun continues to see a travel surge in visitors despite negative media reports and short-term travel alerts.In the face of all that has occurred, the Easter holiday season saw several resort towns sold out with the Cancun International Airport reporting a spike in visitor numbers.Airport authorities says that during the month of March 2.8 million visitors landed at Cancun International, a figure that reflects a 14.5 percent increase over March of 2017.The increase does not reflect only national visitors, but shows a large spike in international tourists. According to the latest data from Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, the Cancun airport says that of the 2.08 million passengers in March, 1.56 million were international visitors arriving for vacation.Figures from the Ministry of Communication and Transportation show residents of Toronto and Chicago visit Cancun the most, followed by New York and Montreal.For the busy Easter season in March, many surrounding resort towns and cities reported a 100 percent hotel occupancy, being completely sold out. The resort towns of Holbox, Bacalar and Mahahual reported being fully booked during the Easter season.Director of Tourism for Riviera Maya, Darío Flota Ocampo, says that virtually all of the 100,000 hotel rooms offered by Quintana Roo were occupied with a significant influx of visitors from Canada and the United States, as well as from South America and Europe.“The arrival of tourists to the Mexican Caribbean exceeded the forecast that was anticipated for the season,” he said.Airbnb also reported figures that showed Riviera Maya was the leader in vacation rentals in Latin America for the Easter holiday period.Main regional destinations such as Cancun and places along Riviera Maya averaged a 90 percent occupancy rate, with busy Cancun beaches reporting a tourist flow of between 3,000 and 5,000 per day.Several airlines have increased their routes to Cancun for the upcoming summer season, including Sun Country who have announced additional direct flights to Cancun starting June 15.Tripadvisor Travelers recently voted Playa del Carmen as the 15th best travel destination globally and the number one travel destination in Mexico.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_imgNews | October 16, 2008 Swedish in Seattle Unveils State-of-the-Art Brain Tumor Center October 17, 2008 – Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) said as part of Swedish Medical Center’s newly renovated Cherry Hill Campus, the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (CABTT) has officially opened its doors to patients diagnosed with both benign and malignant brain tumors. CABTT’s facility is reportedly the first community-based center in Washington state that enables scientists, researchers, doctors and patients to work collaboratively toward new treatment options for those diagnosed with all stages of brain tumors, including brain cancer.Now fully operational, the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment gives brain-tumor patients and their families access to a multidisciplinary team of skilled neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists and a specialized nursing staff to deliver coordinated care and innovative treatments for both benign and malignant brain tumors. CABTT’s design places its research facility directly adjacent to the patient clinic, reportedly providing instant access to promising new therapies discovered through gene-sequencing technologies.For more information: www.swedish.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | September 02, 2009 ASTRO Asks CMS to Withdraw Proposal for Radiation Oncology Payment Cuts Patricia Eifel, M.D., FASTRO, a radiation oncologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and chairman of ASTRO.September 2, 2009 – ASTRO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, submitted official comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking it to stop its proposed changes to the Medicare policies and payment rates for physician services, including radiation oncology, that would cut radiation therapy services by nearly 20 percent. In response to the July 13 Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule, ASTRO wrote CMS urging it to withdraw its proposal to increase the equipment utilization rate for radiation therapy. ASTRO also asked CMS to delay implementation of new physician practice information survey data pending a review of the information and ASTRO‚s concerns.  New technology and improved techniques have allowed radiation oncologists to dramatically improve how they target radiation to more effectively eliminate cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue. This has allowed radiation oncologists to improve cure rates while decreasing painful side effects, allowing patients to not only survive, but thrive after their cancer treatments. While CMS projects the overall impact of the payment reductions to be 19 percent, the rates for certain needed cancer services would be reduced by up to 44 percent. An ASTRO survey conducted in July found that cuts of this scale would have a particularly devastating effect on freestanding and community-based cancer centers, causing many to close, stop accepting Medicare patients and reduce critical services to cancer patients. The extreme cuts are due in part to CMS increasing the utilization rate for equipment costing more than $1 million from 50 to 90 percent. By increasing the utilization rate, the payment for each service is reduced significantly. CMS did not reference any actual data for radiation therapy equipment in proposing to increase the rate to 90 percent, basing its proposed change on expanding a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommendation focused on diagnostic imaging equipment. In its official comments on Medicare’s proposal (available at www.medpac.gov) August 31, 2009, MedPAC said it “did not contemplate” applying its recommendation to increase the equipment utilization rate to radiation therapy machines.ASTRO also told CMS there are problems with the agency’s method for calculating practice expenses, issues with the proposed changes in malpractice RVUs, an inappropriate proposal to eliminate consultation codes, and a need for significant adjustments to the physician practice information survey data for radiation oncology. ASTRO provided CMS a detailed analysis showing that PPIS data for radiation oncology was improperly weighted and distorted.  “We believe we have identified several areas for CMS to explore as it finalizes the proposed rule for physician services. We hope the agency will consider these recommendations for the sake of the hundreds of thousands of cancer patients we serve each year,” said Patricia Eifel, M.D., FASTRO, a radiation oncologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and chairman of ASTRO. Also today, Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) and 59 other House members sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to reconsider the proposed cuts. A similar letter is circulating in the Senate, with 10 senators already committed to sign on to a letter led by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.). ASTRO applauds the commitment and leadership of these lawmakers for protecting cancer patient access to radiation therapy. The House letter and the entire 26-page ASTRO comment letter with attachments can be found at www.astro.org/medicarecuts.For more information: www.rtanswers.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more last_img read more