first_img“I am very happy to have been awarded this scholarship which is definitely a boost in helping me pay my daily university expenses,” Elisanne says. “Furthermore, it is always very much appreciated to be recognized for what we do. This will help me pursue my studies and obtain my doctorate.”AMI partnered, once again, with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program. Since its founding in 1986, NEADS has been mandated to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.Information and eligibility requirements for the 2019 AMI Scholarship program will be posted on the AMI websites in February 2019. Visit and for complete details.About Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit and Advertisement The winners of this year’s AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship are Laura Lefevre of Edmonton, Alberta, and Elisanne Pellerin from Montreal, Quebec. Laura is in Year 1 of a Master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University while Elisanne is in the first year of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal.“I was only diagnosed with Asperger’s just over a year ago,” Laura says. “I can’t explain how it feels to have spoken in a way that others can hear and to have that acknowledged – and to have been heard and acknowledged by AMI! I’m honoured. And shocked. And delighted. And very, very grateful.” Advertisement TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the winners of its 2018 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to Canadian students enrolled in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to students with a disability, one in English and one in French. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tweeter shares soar as much as 1400 pct and are halted after

by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2013 3:19 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A bankrupt electronics retailer appears to have gotten caught up in the investor fervour for Twitter.Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. rose as high as 15 cents Friday. That’s up 1,400 per cent from Thursday’s closing price of 1 cent. And trading volume skyrocketed to 14.4 million shares. Over the past year, the daily average was about 29,000, according to FactSet.The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street’s industry regulator, said the shares were halted Friday afternoon because of a misunderstanding related to the “possible initial public offering of an unrelated security.”What could have gotten investors so confused?Tweeter trades over the counter, under the “TWTRQ” symbol.Twitter on Thursday offered investors details about its highly anticipated IPO and proposed the stock symbol “TWTR.”But San Francisco-based Twitter’s stock won’t be available for trading until the company actually goes public. That could be before Thanksgiving.Twitter has about 218 million users, far fewer than Facebook, which has more than 1 billion. But celebrities, from Oprah Winfrey to Britney Spears to President Barack Obama, are on it. And many TV networks and news organizations encourage people to follow their Twitter pages in order to start a conversation with viewers and promote their shows.Twitter said that it expects to raise about $1 billion in its IPO.And Tweeter? The chain was founded in 1972 and had been based in Canton, Mass. It sold TVs, audio equipment and other electronics, but the stores disappeared years ago. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007 and closed the stores in 2008.Tweeter’s over-the-counter stock was worth 5 cents before trading was halted Friday._____Follow Joseph Pisani at Tweeter shares soar as much as 1,400 pct and are halted after Twitter files for IPO read more

In Niger global community must match generosity of host communities – UN

“Trauma and psychosis are palpable amongst families who fled Boko Haram’s brutal attacks on their hometown,” Toby Lanzer, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said in a press release.He recently completed a five-day mission to Niger to assess the humanitarian situation of a country facing multiple crises. He visited the south-eastern region of Diffa, particularly affected by violence and insecurity around the Lake Chad basin, before travelling to Agadez, a major transit hub for migrants in West Africa.“Most are women and children who expressed an immense despair,” Mr. Lanzer noted after meeting families at the Assaga site, hosting over 6,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees from Nigeria.“Despite joint efforts by the Government and humanitarian teams, the deprivation is obvious. Their livelihoods were decimated. Some have been forcibly displaced several times, others sleep under the stars. Young people, in particular, are out of school and have little prospects for the future.” The site of Assaga lies in the Diffa region of Niger, which hosts over 150,000 IDPs and refugees. They found shelter in an extremely fragile region, where communities suffered successive years of droughts and floods, recurrent epidemics and limited access to basic services. In Diffa, an estimated 350,000 people are food insecure, and the number of children admitted for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition has doubled compared to the same period last year. “More than one in every four people is now displaced in Diffa. Communities that host them come from the worst-off region of the poorest country in the world,” the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator said. Niger is host to a total of over 220,000 persons displaced by conflict in neighbouring Nigeria, Libya and Mali. In addition, thousands of migrants transit through the country each year. Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator in Niger, Fodé Ndiaye, said that beyond essential life-saving assistance to those in crisis, more investment into policies is needed to curb the cycle of repeated crisis.“Access to education, employment, quality public services and increasing and equitable wealth are essential if we are [to] engage in structural changes and preserve the island of stability that is Niger in the midst of a region in turmoil,” Mr. Ndiaye said.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this year’s humanitarian appeal for Niger calls for $376 million to address the most pressing needs throughout the country. To date, only 40 per cent of its financial requirements have been met. read more

Rojewski buzzerbeater for a tie in Kassel

13.TVB Stuttgart234514587:67713 Dramatische Schlussphase gestern beim Duell MT Melsungen – SC Magdeburg – mit dem 28:28-Ausgleich in letzter Sekunde… Mehr zu den gestrigen Spielen: by SPORT1 Handball on Thursday, March 17, 2016 3.Flensburg-H.231823687:57438 andreas rojewskiSC Magdeburg SC Magdeburg made a small surprise by winning a point in away match against Melsungen 28:28. Magdeburg’s right back Andreas Rojewski scored the equalisier in the last second of the match for the silence in Kassel…MT Melsungen: P. Müller 6, Sellin 5/3, Forstbauer 4, Maric 3, Schneider 3, Boomhouwer 2, Danner 2, Rnic 2, Vuckovic 1SC Magdeburg: Weber 8/3, Damgaard 5, Rojewski 5, Grafenhorst 4, Haaß 2, Zelenovic 2, Bagersted 1, Lemke 1 4.MT Melsungen241635682:61135 TVB Stuttgart – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 21 : 33 (9:16)SG Flensburg-Handewitt – HSG Wetzlar 35 : 23 (16:12)Frisch Auf Göppingen – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 34 : 30 (17:13)STANDINGS: 9.Gummersbach2311210626:61524 17.N-Lubbecke221417554:6486 5.Fuchse Berlin231337659:60029 1.Rhein-Neckar232003651:51540 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten235117617:68711 7.HSG Wetzlar241338630:61729 6.Goppingen231418626:56729 8.Hannover-Burgdorf231067645:64626 11.Leipzig238312603:64919 12.Lemgo236215622:68514 2.Kiel221903680:56538 16.Eisenach223217568:6908 15.Bergischer234118575:6629 10.SC Magdeburg23869636:64022 ← Previous Story Tarabochia saves Wisla against Vardar Next Story → Russia and Belarus want Men’s EHF EURO 2022 read more

Rapist who poses an indefinite danger to women jailed for 18 months

first_img Short URL A RAPIST DESCRIBED as posing an indefinite danger to women has been jailed for 18 months for the sexual assault of a woman on a train.Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years. He had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence which took place on the Dart in 2014.Judge Melanie Greally also ordered that Moore keep a curfew from 10pm to 8am for the next ten years.Moore of Mountjoy Square, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman on the southside Dart on 28 August, 2014.Judge Greally suspended the final 18 months of a three-year sentence on strict conditions.These including remaining under Probation Services supervision for ten years and advising his monitoring officer and gardaí of any proposed change of address or mobile phone number.He must also remain alcohol and intoxicant free when in public and address his alcohol use.Judge Greally said that a report from the Probation Services noted that Moore expressed no remorse, had proved resistant to all efforts to rehabilitate him and posed an indefinite danger to adult females.She said that alcohol was a major contributing factor to his offending.Previously the court heard Moore assaulted the victim, an au pair, in 2014 as she was travelling home from college.CCTV footageGardaí examined CCTV footage of the incident but Moore was not recognised on the video until two years later.In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre after stopping them in the street and asking them for a cigarette.In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for these attacks. He was released in April 2016 and was subject to probation supervision.In that case, Judge Martin Nolan noted Moore “has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault”.His other offences include raping a musician in 2001, for which he received ten years and raping another woman in 1995, for which he received seven years.At a previous hearing in February Moore’s defence counsel, Breffni Gordon BL, said he had spent a significant portion of his life in prison.Counsel said there were conflicting opinions on what caused Moore to commit these crimes. One psychiatric report blamed a head injury he received in 1982 while another blamed an “organic personality disorder.”Gordon had asked the court to hear from Moore’s case officer in the Probation Service to see if Moore could “deal with his problems” without going to prison.Judge Greally said Moore’s inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court.She said the court was sentencing Moore for this offence and not for past offences, for which he has already served sentences.She said the legal system here did not allow for preventative detention regardless of how compelling the argument might be.Read: Youth who kicked his mother in the head during assaults spared jail >Read: Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy > Image: PA Archive/PA Images Mar 30th 2017, 6:46 PM Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 6:46 PM The attack happened on the southside Dart in 2014. Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Declan Brennan and Conor Gallagher 46 Comments center_img The attack happened on the southside Dart in 2014. 28,851 Views Rapist who poses ‘an indefinite danger to women’ jailed for 18 months after Dart sex attack Paul Moore will also have a curfew for the next ten years. Share473 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mediterranean shock for Australian stock market

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While it might seem that the announcement of the carbon tax had something to do with the loss of $24 billion from the Australian stock market last Tuesday, this is not the case.Uncertainty surrounding Greece’s economic woes and concerns that Italy and Spain are heading down the same path is the main reason for this latest downturn which saw the S&P/ASX 200 approaching the June trough at 4451.70, having fallen 3.4 per cent so far this week. According to traders, the eurozone statement on the future of the troubled Mediterranean economies failed to halt speculation that Greece will default and that Italy and Spain would come under further selling pressure. The prevailing fear amongst Australian traders in the local market is that Italy may be too big to bail out. Greece is viewed as one small European country in trouble; Italy is Europe’s third largest economy and if it ends up like Greece, the negative effect on Australian banks and their ability to borrow in the global financial markets will be almost immediate. Underlining these fears is that while US banks are minimally exposed to Greece’s debt, the same does not apply in regards to Italy’s debt. There is good news coming Australia’s way, at least for mortgage holders and other borrowers.In the face of the international market turmoil, J.P. Morgan predicts the Reserve Bank will have to hold off on any interest rate rises until November 2011.last_img read more

Greek Australians urged to petition for Macedonia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It has come to Neos Kosmos’ attention that over 3,000 people have already signed a petition on the Parliament of Australia website asking for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to be recognised as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’.The petition is active and the FYROM Australian community is holding a campaign asking people to go on the website and sign the petition (Petition Number EN0512) addressed to the  Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives.The following is listed as the petition’s terms:Petition Reason: “Australia recognises the Republic of Macedonia as “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”Australia says its position is in accordance with UN terminology.However, 140 UN members, including four of five permanent UN Security Council members (the UK, USA, Russia and China), recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.In the spirit of democracy, fundamental freedoms, respect for human rights and dignity and the rule of law; Australia should also recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.Petition Request: We call upon the House of Representatives to follow the example of the UK, USA, Russia, China, Canada and 135 other countries and recognise the Republic of Macedonia by its historical and constitutional name.”A veteran Australian politician told Neos Kosmos that “In order for this petition to not be examined, there is one way; for Greek Australians to start their own petition asking the Australian Parliament not to recognise the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’, hoping, of course, that the Greeks would raise more signatures”.last_img read more

ESPN 30 for 30 to profile the XFL Hulk Hogan addresses TMZ

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Dolph Ziggler talks about being jealous of Kofi Kingston, Eric Bischoff, losing to Owens quickly ESPN 30 for 30 to profile the XFLESPN announced in a press release on Thursday that ESPN Films would be producing a new “30 for 30” documentary about the XFL pro football league created by Vince McMahon and NBC’s Dick Ebersol back in 2001. It will premiere on ESPN on February 9.What if I told you… #ThisWasTheXFL, the story of the XFL football league, is coming to @ESPN in February!Details:— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) November 11, 2016Hulk Hogan addresses TMZ storyNick Hausman passed along this recap of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan on Eric Bischoff’s “Bischoff on Wrestling” podcast addressing a story by TMZ Sports earlier this week featuring his daughter Brooke stating he was getting calls from WWE about a possible return at WrestleMania next year in Orlando.“I know if I don’t bring it up nobody will. So anyway, Brooke’s running around on TMZ and made the statement about me and wrestling and WrestleMania. For the record, she needs the big boot to the head. I haven’t talked to anybody about WrestleMania. I just need to put that to rest. I asked Brooke, ‘What are you doing?’ She goes, ‘Oh, well, I’m just starting it up.’ I said, ‘Thanks Brooke.’ It was kind of funny. I said, ‘No harm. No foul.’ It was all in good fun.”James Ellsworth on WWE experienceThe Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling passed along a recap of James Ellsworth talking about his current experience with WWE and being part of Smackdown Live.“Right now I’ve been showing up every week for the last (probably four weeks) and we are not done yet.  I guess I can say that but it’s amazing and everyday like you said earlier I have to stop and pinch myself and make sure it is real because this is literally my dream come true right before my eyes. If anybody out there has a dream go after it because I am living proof that it can happen. I don’t look like the typical WWE guy at all, I am not the blueprint for what they look for but I just kept wrestling and kept fighting and kept scratching and crawling and did I think any of this would ever happen? No. But did I give up on it? No and this would have never happened if I just said I am not going to make it there and I’m going to quit trying and you can’t quit trying.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Vince Mcmahon Pinterest Videos Articles Facebook Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Eric Bischoff on new WWE role: “This is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had in this industry” Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Triple Hlast_img read more

Man steals 13 propane tanks from NW MiamiDade business

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the individual who stole over a dozen propane tanks from a South Florida business.A man in an older model Ford pickup truck stole 13 propane tanks from a locked cage outside of a business located on Seventh Avenue and Northwest 95th Street.The theft happened June 13.If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Best portable chargers and power banks for iPhone

first_img $50 $29 No The newest version of Mophie’s PowerStation Plus ($80) has a fabric finish and houses a 6,040mAh battery. Like the PowerStation Plus Mini, it has an integrated Lightning connector.  If you buy one of the Apple-exclusive versions, the battery conveniently charges with any Lightning cable (rather than Micro-USB). The version on Amazon charges via an included Micro-USB cable. It’s an expensive battery pack — and slightly thick — but it is well designed and reliable. With the USB-out port, you can charge two devices simultaneously. See at Amazon No Sarah Tew/CNET The Hub Mini has integrated Lightning and Micro-USB cables. This portable charger for iPhone is not so slim, but it is compact and easily fits in a pocket. It has a 3,300mAh battery inside.  David Carnoy/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 4.50 oz. Sarah Tew/CNET 4,000mAh Yes No $50 I’ve used the $50 PhoneSuit Journey (3,500mAh battery) for a while, and it’s held up well over time. With its foldable prongs, you can plug it right into a wall outlet, and it also has integrated Lightning and Micro-USB cables. I’ve charged another power bank with the Micro-USB cable while simultaneously charging an iPhone with the Lightning cable. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Anker PowerCore Fusion Portable Charger 6,040mAh Mophie Powerstation Mini 5,000mAh Comments Mophie PowerStation Plus iPhone Battery Packs Best affordable slim power banks (without integrated cables) The Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 ($30) houses a 5,000mAh battery and, as its name implies, is quite slim. While it’s been around for a few years, it will work with all the latest iPhones (and Android models), but you have to bring your own cable to the charging party. $25 See at Amazon Yes Yes 4,000mAh 3,500mAh Yes 3,350mAh Best battery packs with built-in Lightning cables and fold-out wall plugs 3,000mAh No Anker PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh Built-in Lightning? Anker PowerCore Fusion Portable Charger Sarah Tew/CNET PhoneSuit Journey 4.80 oz. If you’re looking for a portable battery that can also play music, the Esquire Mini 2 ($130) is a slick Bluetooth travel speaker that has a USB-out port for charging devices (no Lightning cable included). It sounds surprisingly good for its slim size.   The Belkin Boost Charge comes in 5,000- ($40) and 10,000mAh ($50) versions. The higher capacity model (pictured above, left) is one of the slimmer 10K power banks currently available, weighing 7.48 ounces (212 grams). While neither comes with a Lightning cable, one of the Boost Charge’s key differentiating points is that you can charge with a Lightning cable so you don’t have to carry around a Micro-USB or USB-C cable to charge it. The 5K version (pictured above, right) has one USB port; the 10K has two USB out ports for charging two devices at the same time. Mophie PowerStation Mini Plus Product MyCharge Hub Mini $30 Yes See at Amazon 7.40 oz. Available in a variety of capacities, MyCharge’s Adventure series battery packs are designed to withstand drops and offer both dust and water resistance. They also include a carabiner so you can clip the battery onto a backpack. Priced at around $23, the Adventure Mini pictured here houses a 3,350mAh battery that will fully charge most phones. It has one USB-out port (no cable is included) while the step-up Adventure Plus ($25) features a 4,400mAh battery and dual USB-out ports to charge two phones at the same time. MyCharge’s Unplugged series comes in 3K (3,000mAh), 5K (5,000mAh), 8K (8,000mAh) and 10K (10,000mAh) models, all of which are portable battery packs with wireless charging capabilities. Additionally, they have a USB-out port or ports for wired charging with a cable (you can charge two devices simultaneously). It’s like having a wireless charging pad without the cord. They start at $30 for the 3K version, which is obviously the slimmest of the bunch. While the 5K is a little thicker, it doesn’t cost much more and probably delivers more performance for your money.     No No Harman Kardon Esquire Mini 2 No Moshi Porto Q 5K 3,000mAh No MyCharge GoExtra is a simple (pictured in the center), slim battery with an integrated fabric loop. The 4,400mAh version costs $25 while the step-up Go Big (6,000mAh) costs $5 more and has two USB-out ports instead of one. Additionally, there’s a 2,600mAh Go Mini for $20, and the smallest of the bunch, the Go Style, which you can stick on a keychain (although it’s a little big for that), can be had for $10. Sarah Tew/CNET Best power bank that charges via Lightning Mophie has discontinued its swanky aluminum-clad PowerStation Mini Plus, which has an integrated “switch-tip” Lightning/Micro-USB cable (an adapter converts the Micro-USB to Lightning). However, it’s still an excellent charger that you can find online at a discount and there are even better deals on certified refurbished models (I bought two of the pink ones for less than $10 each, and they seemed perfectly good). The Mini Plus is available in 4,000- and 6,000mAh versions. The latter is about a third thicker.  6.35 oz. See at Amazon No Bonus pick: Power bank with built-in speaker 2,200mAh MyCharge AdventureMini Ventev Powercell 6010+ Sarah Tew/CNET 4,400mAh Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Tags Share your voice Like the PhoneSuit Journey, the $50 Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus has integrated folding prongs and both an integrated Lightning cable and Micro-USB cable. But the Ventev is thicker and larger because it houses a larger 6,000mAh battery. There’s also a USB-out so you can charge other devices with an extra cable. Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Built-in AC prongs? Price 10,000mAh See at Amazon 6.60 oz. 10,000mAh No David Carnoy/CNET Best pocketable rugged mini charger MyCharge Hub Mini Belkin Boost Charge 10K The Anker PowerCore Lite 10,000mAh retails for about $35. While it’s thicker than some of the chargers in this roundup, it is one of slimmest 10,000mAh portable chargers and has a USB-C input for charging the battery, but no USB-C output. No cables are included.  MyCharge Home & Go Portable Charger 4,000 mAh $50 Sarah Tew/CNET Mophie PowerStation Plus Yescenter_img Yes See at Amazon $80 4.00 oz. MyCharge Home & Go Portable Lightning Charger MyCharge Go series What to look forHere’s a few things to keep in mind when shopping for battery packs:A higher power rating (mAh, short for millamp hours) means more charges — but also a heavier weight. For the latest iPhones (everything after the iPhone 7) you should buy a battery with at least a 3,000mAh capacity, which should give you at least one full charge. With the exception of the Harman Kardon, all of the models featured above hit that mark. Multiple USB-out ports will allow you to charge more than one phone — or one device — at a time.These products all use lithium-ion (li-ion) rechargeable batteries, and should thus always be stored in carry-on luggage when flying. Airlines and regulatory agencies are increasingly banning lithium-ion batteries in checked baggage.None of the battery packs above are USB-PD (power delivery) models, so don’t expect these to juice up devices beyond phones, wireless headphones, small tablets and other small USB-powered devices. That said, these chargers may trickle-charge larger USB-C devices (laptops, Nintendo Switch and the like). Likewise, these chargers may juice up iPads, but often at slower rates than large-wattage wall chargers.Originally published March 2.Update, April 29: Adds MyCharge Adventure Mini and Belkin Boost Charge. $30 Yes Mophie PowerStation Mini Plus See at Amazon Moshi Porto Q 5K 9 See at Amazon $43 No PhoneSuit Journey Once upon a time, it seemed like everybody was buying battery cases for their iPhones to get the extra juice they needed to get through the day. However, the big problem with a battery case is that it makes your phone bulky and heavy, and with phones growing larger and larger, the battery case just doesn’t always make as much sense as it once did. In my opinion, an external battery pack is the way to go.To that end, I’ve rounded up the best portable power banks and chargers out there. Although they cost more, I personally like batteries that have a Lightning cable built into them, so I don’t have to worry about carrying around a charging cable. But I’ve also included some budget picks for those who want to spend as little as possible. And, while we’re planning a separate roundup for Android models, anything here without an integrated Lightning cable will work perfectly well with an Android phone (or any other portable gadget), so long as you provide a Micro-USB- or USB-C-compatible cable.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best battery packs with built-in Lightning cables Yes See at Amazon No 3.52 oz. MyCharge Unplugged 3K 5,000mAh Yes 5,000mAh $23 See at Amazon Anker MyCharge Home & Go Portable Charger 4,000mAh See at Amazon Read full review 3.84 oz. No Best portable wireless Qi chargers 3,300mAh Amazon See at Amazon No MyCharge Go series Anker PowerCore Lite 10,000 mAh Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET No No Weight No No See at Amazon Battery packs comparedWe used all of the models above in anecdotal testing during recent weeks and months. The ones highlighted above are ones we recommend over the dozens if not hundreds of others currently on sale at Amazon and elsewhere, which is why we zeroed in on a handful of favorite brands: Mophie, MyCharge and Anker, with some notable one-offs from PhoneSuit, Moshi and Harman Kardon thrown in for good measure. 3.20 oz. 6.72 oz. Sarah Tew/CNET 4,000mAh No Best battery packs with fold-out wall plug (no cable) $29 Sarah Tew/CNET Belkin Boost Charge See at Amazon MyCharge Unplugged 3K or 5K 3.18 oz. $45 The MyCharge Home & Go Portable Charger has built-in foldable prongs so you can plug it right into a wall outlet for charging. The smaller and slimmer 4,000mAh version costs around $30 and has a single USB-out (no Lighting cable included), while the 8,000mAh version costs $40 and has dual USB-out ports for charging two devices simultaneously.    $34 6,000mAh MyCharge Home & Go Portable Lightning Charger Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2.40 oz. 7.48 oz. $85 MyCharge Adventure Mini All of MyCharge’s Home & Go chargers have an integrated foldable wall plug and USB-out port (or dual ports). However, this version also has a built-in Lightning cable, which is why it costs more. The 4,000mAh capacity version costs $50, while the 8,000mAh version runs $70. Mophie Powerstation Mini Mobile Accessories 5.50 oz. Moshi’s Porto Q 5K (5,000mAh) isn’t cheap at around $85, but like the MyCharge Unplugged, it’s a portable battery that doubles as a wireless charging pad. It’s swankier and more stylish than the MyCharge Unplugged and charges via USB-C instead of Micro-USB. There’s a USB-out port for wired charging, and you can charge two devices simultaneously.  See at Amazon Belkin This Anker model is basically an oversized wall charger with a built-in 5,000mAh battery. It’s got two standard USB ports for juicing up your phone and a secondary device (or two phones) simultaneously, and a little LED indicator on the side lets you check the charge level at the press of a button. It’s available in white, black or lipstick red for $26 to $30.  No Yes Harman Kardon Esquire Mini 2 6.40 oz. No See at Apple $130 No Ventev Powercell 6010 Plus 7.40 oz. $26 2 for $29 No The Mophie Powerstation Mini is a very slim — and slick-looking — charging brick that houses a 3,000mAh battery. No cable is included, but you can get these in a two-pack on Amazon for $30. (Only the blue version is available at that price, but it does come in other color options.)  Capacity 8.80 oz.last_img read more

Shell forfeits Arctic leases once worth 2b

first_imgFile photo: John Ryan/KUCBShell is giving back all but one of its leases in the Chukchi Sea.The announcement comes seven months after Shell said it was halting exploration in Alaska’s offshore Arctic for the foreseeable future.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker calls the news “disappointing.”Michael LeVine, Pacific senior counsel for the conservation group Oceana, says the lease-surrenders underscore Shell’s exit.“They’re significant because they really call to an end this era of exploration, at least in the Chukchi Sea,” he said.To Oceana and other anti-drilling groups, Shell’s decision shows industry can’t make offshore drilling work in the Alaskan Arctic if companies are held to high safety standards. They say it’s a sign the federal government should not include the Arctic in its next off-shore leasing plan.Sarah Erkmann, manager of external affairs for the trade group Alaska Oil and Gas Association, sees other contributing factors.“Uncertainty comes at a cost,” she said. “And frankly, the companies have decided that low oil prices, combined with having no idea what … the federal government will require in the future, are just too expensive and are unsustainable in this low-price environment.”Shell spokesman Curtis Smith cited high costs and an “unpredictable” regulatory environment, but also the poor results from Burger J, the sole test well it completed in its $7 billion Arctic program.Shell paid more than $2 billion for its Chukchi leases.  To keep them, the company would have to pay about $40 million in rent over the next four years, by Oceana’s calculations. Shell will retain its lease to the Burger J site, which Smith says will allow it to keep proprietary data.Shell says it’s still evaluating whether to retain its leases in the Beaufort Sea. But the company will, quite literally, pull up stakes this summer. The spokesman says Shell will return to the Arctic to retrieve 55 anchors it left on the floor of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.last_img read more

Leather industry sinks govt yet to complete industrial park in 16 yrs

first_imgDiscarded rawhides are seen on the streets. Photo: Prothom AloThe drastic fall of leather export earnings and rawhide price during this Eid-ul-Azha is the outcome of the government’s failure of setting up an industrial park even after 16 years.Initiated in 2003, the 200-acre park in Savar is yet to complete the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) while the work of its dumping yard has not yet begun. The authorities have also failed to hand over the deeds of the land pieces to a single tanner till now, documents suggest.Leather industry’s stakeholders said the prices of rawhide have been low for the past three years.This year, they added, the prices have hit the rock bottom.About the industrial park, Dhaka University’s development studies’ teacher Abu Yusuf said there is a ‘lack of foresight in building the leather industrial park.’As per the tradition, the tannery owners usually pay dues to the rawhide merchants during Eid-ul-Azha. They then buy the rawhide and supply to the tanners.The tannery owners said, as the amount of export money dipped and they could not manage enough loans from the banks, they failed to provide enough money to the merchants.During this Eid-ul-Azha, people were seen throwing rawhides on the streets as they failed to get fair prices. Despite the fact, Bangladesh imported processed leather worth nearly Tk 9.45 billion in fiscal 2018-19 from abroad.Recognised foreign brands do not purchase goods made of Bangladeshi leather as the country’s industrial park is not environment-friendly. So, local footwear manufacturers like Apex import leather and make goods with them.“If the leather industry had been environment-friendly, we could have exported domestic rawhides to Europe and America. We could even use leather in our factories. But, we can’t,” said Apex Footwear’s deputy managing director Abdul Momen Bhuiyan.Just three years back, local factories used to export leather goods to European markets. But, an International Non-government Organization (INGO), Momen added, wrote a letter to the buyers alleging environmental pollution and it brought an end to the use of domestic leather.He also said China had been the top buyer of Bangladeshi rawhides. The rawhide exportation slipped further low following the US’s imposition of tariff on China.But, he thinks, if the industrial park has been prepared, leather goods might have been exported directly from Bangladesh to the European and American markets.Villagers inhume around 900 rawhides as they could not sell those. File PhotoDecline in exportThe leather industry is the country’s second largest export commodity. The estimated target of exporting leather was set for $ 5 billion by 2021 amid a sharp decline in export.In fiscal 2018-19, the total value of rawhide export was recorded $1.02 billion, which is 6 per cent less than that of the last year. In 2016-17 financial years, the amount was $ 1.23 billion.The tannery owners said it took a long time to start production at Savar following a sudden closure of tanneries in 2017.Meanwhile, the owners added, many buyers of India and Japan left Bangladesh.“China is now our sole buyer. They are taking the chance and offering very low prices,” said Maizdi Tannery director Shahidul Islam.“We purchased 45,000 rawhides after the previous Eid-ul-Azha. Half of them are still unsold,” he addedThe industrial park at a glanceOn 3 October 1951, the government shifted the leather industry from Narayanganj to Hazaribag. As the authorities failed to develop any waste refinery treatment system there, nearly 24,000 cubic metre tannery wastes were flown into Buriganga river.Documents say the government launched a project to build a Leather Industrial Park in Savar for an estimated cost of Tk 1.76 billion. Later, the cost was lifted to 10.79 billion. The work order for waste treatment plant was issued on 11 March 2012.Following a High Court order, the tanneries were shifted from the Dhaka’s Hazaribagh to Savar.A total of 158 tanneries were given land. Of them, 124 tanneries have already started their operations.In a visit, the reporters saw that the solid waste is being dumped into a nearby pond.Bangladesh Tannery Association’s (BTA) general secretary Md Shakhawat Ullah said the crisis will not crop up if the progress made in the past six months was achieved earlier.Asked about the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation’s (BSCIC) responsibility for the delay, its chairman Md Moshtaq Hasan said the BSCIC was responsible.Many along with the BSCIC showed their negligence as land requisition took a long time despite the project’s inception in 2003.The waste treatment plant will launch in full-fledged in December next, the BSCIC chairman said adding that the deed of the land will be handed over once the prices of the land pieces are paid.Dhaka University teacher Abu Yusuf also said a small organisation like BSCIC may not have the capacity to build such a big industrial park.On the other hand, he added, futuristic thinking is missing in building CETP as the plant has a capacity of refining waste of 25 cubic metres.“Once the industrial park goes into operation, it may produce waste of 38,000 cubic metres,” he added.*This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

Mexican Citizen Executed In Texas For Cousins 1997 Slaying

first_imgTwitter via @ElFinanciero_MxRuben Ramirez CardenasA Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the slaying of his 16-year-old cousin who was abducted from her family’s apartment and fatally beaten.Ruben Ramirez Cardenas, 47, was given a lethal injection after several federal court appeals failed to halt his punishment for the February 1997 killing of Mayra Laguna.Asked by the warden to make a final statement, he replied, “No, sir.”As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he took a couple of breaths and then began snoring. After less than a minute, all movement stopped.Twenty-one minutes later, at 10:26 p.m. CST, he was pronounced dead, making him the seventh convicted killer put to death this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state.In a handwritten statement released afterward, Cardenas thanked his family, attorneys and the Mexican consulate for their help.“Now! I will not and cannot apologize for someone elses crime, but, I will be Back for Justice,” he wrote. “You can count on that!”His punishment was delayed for about four hours as last-ditch appeals for the former security guard focused primarily on efforts to have trial evidence undergo new DNA testing. In a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court hours before his execution, lawyers argued Texas was violating Cardenas’ due process rights and a state statute that covers forensic testing. They asked the justices to halt the execution for a court review.They also asked the justices for more time to appeal a lower court’s rejection of a federal civil rights lawsuit in which they claimed his due process and civil rights were being violated because Texas officials wouldn’t release evidence so it can undergo new DNA testing. Attorneys for the state said the lawsuit was improper and that state courts already refused the DNA request because Cardenas could not show that more advanced tests would exonerate him. DNA results in evidence at Cardenas’ trial were not false, state attorneys said.The high court, without comment, rejected both appeals.Earlier this week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court, rejected a similar appeal seeking DNA tests. Cardenas’ attorneys argued the new testing would be better than the now-obsolete testing that left “persistent doubts about his guilt and the integrity of his conviction.”Laguna was snatched from a bedroom she shared with a younger sister at her family’s public housing apartment in McAllen in South Texas. In a confession to police, Cardenas said he and a friend drove around with the high school student in his mother’s car. He said he had sex with the teen and then punched her as she fought him after he unbound her arms to let her go.“I didn’t plan on doing this, but I was high on cocaine,” he told authorities.He said after he hit the teen in the neck, she began coughing up blood and having difficulty breathing. After trying unsuccessfully to revive her, he said he tied her up “and rolled her down a canal bank.”Her body was found in a canal near a lake in the Rio Grande Valley in far South Texas.Laguna’s sister, Roxana Jones, said she had waited 21 years for justice to be served.“Words can’t begin describe the relief it feels to know that there is true peace after so much pain and sorrow,” she said in a statement released by prison officials. “Mayra can be remembered as loving, caring, funny and dimples when she smiled. She will continue to watch over family and friends.”Cardenas’ attorney, Maurie Levin, contended eyewitness testimony against Cardenas was shaky, that little physical evidence tied him to the killing and that his confession was obtained after 22 hours of isolation and intense police questioning.She also said that authorities acted improperly when not telling the Mexican-born Cardenas that he could get legal help from the Mexican consulate.Being born in Mexico, which does not have capital punishment, made Cardenas eligible for legal help from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested, according to provisions of the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations, which is a 1963 international agreement. The courts have allowed executions to move forward in several previous Texas death row cases in which the agreement was said to have been violated.“For the Mexican government, capital punishment constitutes one of the most essential violations of human rights,” Jacob Prado Gonzalez, the Mexican government’s general director for consular protection, said.Cardenas grew up in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.The friend who was with Cardenas during the abduction, Jose Antonio Lopez Castillo, now 45, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and is serving a 25-year prison term. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook just bought Oculus VR for 2 billion now owns the Oculus

first_imgWe’re sorry to report that Facebook just threw two billion bucks at Oculus VR and now owns the Oculus Rift. Some of us, however, are ecstatic to report that John Carmack now works for Facebook because we’re fans of extremely funny situations.The two billion dollar sum is composed of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock. In a post reporting the news, Mark Zuckerberg himself notes that, for now, Facebook will allow Oculus to operate independently and remain focused on gaming; however, in the future Facebook will bring the Oculus Rift into many other arenas. Zuckerberg specifically quoted having a face-to-face consultation with a doctor on the other side of the world, or enjoying court-side seats at a sporting event without actually having to pay for a full-price ticket.This could, obviously, go either way for the Oculus team. On the one hand, the Rift has been floating around as a development kit for almost two years — a company can only release so many dev kits before all excitement for a product has died down and it’s considered some form of vaporware. The optimistic would suggest that now, with Facebook’s staggering financial weight thrown behind the Rift, the Oculus team could progress at a much faster pace. The pessimistic — a stance that Twitter would have you believe has been taken by the overwhelming majority of gamers — would suggest that Facebook doesn’t care about gaming, and now will put the clamps on the Rift as a core gaming experience in order to focus on other applications.Back at GDC this year, Sony showed off its own VR headset for console gaming, Project Morpheus, and the hands-on impressions from press at the show stated the kit was an impressive, comfortable, supremely functional piece of hardware, already rivaling the Rift. Oculus quickly and conveniently announced the final form of its dev kit. Considering Sony’s massive resources, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the company could actually release the Morpheus before the Oculus Rift dropped. However, now that Oculus has Facebook’s massive resources at its disposal, the Rift could finally, finally drag itself out of the dev kit beta and prop itself up on store shelves.For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if this acquisition bodes well for Oculus — and if John Carmack quits within the next couple of days.last_img read more

Fathers age lifestyle can cause birth defects in kids

first_imgThe nutritional, hormonal and psychological environment provided by the mother permanently has been previously known to alter the organ structure, cellular response and gene expression in her babies.The team reviewed past research that focused on how a man’s lifestyle could cause epigenetic changes in his sperm’s DNA that could eventually affect his kid’s genome. “Our study shows that fathers’ lifestyle, and how old he is, can be reflected in molecules that control the gene function,” said Joanna Kitlinska, associate professor at Georgetown University in the US. “In this way, a father can affect not only his immediate offspring, but future generations as well,” Kitlinska added in the paper published in the American Journal of Stem Cells.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings showed that, if the father is alcoholic, a newborn can be diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), even though the mother has never consumed alcohol. Alcohol use in fathers was also linked to decreased birth weight, marked reduction in overall brain size, and impaired cognitive function. In addition, the advanced age of a father can elevate the rates of schizophrenia, autism in his children, the researchers said.Also, the diet pattern of a man during his pre-adolescence can reduce or increase the risk of cardiovascular death in his children and grandchildren. Paternal obesity has been linked to enlarged fat cells, changes in metabolic regulation, diabetes, obesity and development of brain cancer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFurther, psychosocial stress on the father can cause defective behavioural traits in his kids. “This new field of inherited paternal epigenetics needs to be organised into clinically applicable recommendations and lifestyle alternations,” Kitlinska said adding, “to really understand the epigenetic influences of a child, we need to study the interplay between maternal and paternal effects, as opposed to considering each in isolation.last_img read more

The Styrian People Who Ate Arsenic For Breakfast

first_imgModern medicine is very different nowadays from what it once was. Delving back into the past, we can find all kinds of crazy examples of bizarre home remedies and strange pseudo-scientific solutions to common ailments The scariest part of all is that we don’t even need to look too far back to find some of the most shocking examples.In 19th century Austria, for example, a group of people named the Styrians actually consumed the deadly poison arsenic in large amounts on a regular basis.Arsenic trioxide is a white, crystalline powder that closely resembles sugar. It has no odour or taste.Nowadays, we know exactly how dangerous arsenic can be. An exceptionally potent poison with high levels of toxicity, arsenic is a major health hazard, but centuries ago, back before people really understood the dangers of this element, it was used for all kinds of things.It was an integral part of many traditional Chinese medicines, for example. Meanwhile, in Europe, arsenic compounds were commonly chosen as remedies for syphilis, before penicillin was eventually discovered.Advertisement for ‘arsenic wafers’ as a beauty treatmentIn Great Britain, arsenic was used throughout history for various purposes. In the Elizabethan era, for instance, women would actually make use of arsenic, combined with other ingredients like chalk and vinegar, to create a kind of beauty product designed to brighten their skin.In the Victorian age, arsenic was used to create elegant green dresses that were highly desirable, but deadly to the people who made them and very dangerous to those who wore them too.Arsenic was an ingredient in many traditional Chinese medicinesAll of these uses of arsenic are surprising to us nowadays, but quite possibly the worst example of all could be found in Styria.A beautiful little region of southern Austria, Styria is known in modern times for its beautiful wineries and lush landscapes, but it was once home to a peculiar group of people known as the “toxicophagi” or “Arsenic Eaters of Styria”.Yes, these people would actually consume arsenic in large doses on a regular basis, and the strangest part of all is that it didn’t actually kill them.Historical view of the border between Styria and Carinthia, 1830According to Scientific American, the reasoning behind the people’s decision to consume arsenic so frequently remains unknown to this day.Historians have suggested that the habit may have been founded on the belief that arsenic could improve one’s complexion or offer a health boost to the respiratory system, but we’ll probably never know exactly why these individuals made such a strange decision. We do, however, know how they did it.Observers reported that the Styrian people would consume little bits of arsenic with their coffee in the mornings.At first, they’d take just a small dose, about the size of a lentil, a few times each week.Over time, they started to up the dose, with reports revealing that one elderly man was actually taking regular doses of four grains of arsenic, which would be more than enough to kill a typical human in a matter of seconds. Shockingly, however, the man did not die.Satirical cartoon by Honoré Daumier of a chemist giving a public demonstration of arsenic, 1841. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 2.0In fact, the strangest part of the entire story is that most of the toxicophagi actually showed no real side effects or symptoms of their arsenic consumption.In fact, they actually developed a kind of addiction to the compound and would start suffering from symptoms like vomiting and stomach pain when they stopped consuming it.Reports from medical experts revealed that these symptoms would subside when the toxicophagi got their daily dose of arsenic, in much the same way that a drug addict can struggle with withdrawal symptoms.Read another story from us: Radium used to be All the Rage – Until the Devastating Case of the ‘Radium Girls’As shared by the Ultimate History Project, word of the Arsenic Eaters of Styria began to spread around Europe in the 19th century, and it was actually this that led to many women starting to use arsenic as part of their daily beauty regime.However, over time, as scientific knowledge improved and we started to learn just how deadly arsenic could be, this trend fortunately began to die out, but the mystery of the toxicophagi remains.last_img read more

Man behind Dame Edna Everage is proTrump calls trans ratbaggery

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The comedian behind Dame Edna Everage, a drag queen, has called trans people ‘terrible rat-baggery’.He also said teachers who promote trans rights are ‘evil’ and ‘crazy’. Humphries has also called the idea of being trans a ‘fashion’.Speaking to the Spectator, the 84-year-old comedian was asked about his views on trans rights.‘Terrible rat-baggery,’ he responded. He called being trans a ‘fashion – how many different kinds of lavatory can you have?‘And it’s pretty evil when it’s preached to children by crazy teachers.’He previously attacked trans women, calling them ‘mutilated men’.He had also attacked Caitlyn Jenner three years ago, saying she ‘self-mutilated’ herself and is a ‘publicity-seeking ratbag’.‘It’s all given the stamp – not of respectability, but authenticity or something. If you criticise anything you’re racist or sexist or homophobic,’ he added. LGBTI women’s magazine slams anti-trans lesbians: ‘You do not speak for us’This incredible musical number by James Corden tackles Trump’s transgender military banSchool textbooks to include same-sex couples in questionsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Barry Humphries is causing controversy once again by going on a rant about trans people, calling it ‘rat-baggery’ ‘They had their genitalia chopped off and tucked in and whatever they had to do. And that aroused a lot of indignation — probably among the people who’d spent a lot of money having it done. But I don’t think I’m right to pontificate. I’m really an actor.’The Australian also supported President Donald Trump in the interview.‘I’m grateful to Trump for stirring up politics,’ he said. ‘And I won’t be joining any marches against him.’Twitter reacts to Barry Humphries’ transphobic rantKate Doak, a trans woman, wrote on Twitter: ‘So Barry Humphries thinks that I’m full of “ratbaggery”?‘Well, he is right for once. As a journalist I sure love causing a bit of a stir with my work every so often by dropping a ripper of a good yarn and living authentically…’Harry Cook said on Twitter: Barry Humphries is an ignorant bigot, a homophobe/transphobe and all around national disgrace.‘He’s also not funny whatsoever, a tacky pub performer and someone I’ve always thought to be a complete and utter nincompoop.’Another Twitter user said: ‘I mean I knew Barry Humphries was a dumbass but my god he’s a fucking dumbass.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Dame Edna Everage calls trans women ‘mutilated men’ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 29, 2010 PET/CT Fusion Imaging Integrates With PACS News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more March 29, 2010 – As the applications in nuclear medicine become more widely adopted and a larger part of mainstream imaging, software solutions are integrating positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET/CT) into picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).With the latest upgrade of NovaPACS, which supports PET/CT fusion, radiologists are now able to view PET/ CT studies, within the PACS, enabling them to deliver results to patients, while saving time and hardware costs. Users can send studies to the PACS, and NovaPACS will then display those images in CT, PET and PET/CT-fused series. Each series can be individually windowed and leveled and manipulated series from within the same study. Radiologists can manipulate and work with any modality or combinations of modalities to more quickly and accurately make diagnoses for patients. Additional enhancements in this latest version of NovaPACS enables assigning of critical values to a given image, study or series. The markings within the image, series and/or study also contain contact information of how the referring physician or facility has been contacted. A report on the critical findings can then be run for compliance and for follow-up contact to the referring physician. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more last_img read more

This is why the euro is collapsing

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – For those in the United States, the next summer is looking like the best time to take that European vacation you’ve been thinking about. That’s because the euro has already fallen to a 12-year low of $1.06, and should keep falling for at least another year. In fact, it shouldn’t be long until the dollar is worth more.A brief history The last time the dollar was worth more than the euro was all the way back in December 2002, just three years after the common European currency came into existence. But in the years after that, the euro gained strength as the continent imported less and exported more. The euro soared to an all-time high of $1.59. It was enough that, in 2007, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan wondered if the euro would replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency — in other words, the benchmark that everyone uses in case of emergency. Even supermodel Gisele Bundchen reportedly insisted on being paid in euros rather than dollars. That’s quite a consensus. But it turns out that these reports of the dollar’s death were greatly exaggerated. Since then, the euro has fallen 24 percent against the dollar in less than a year, and made everyone forget its grand ambitions. Even supermodel Gisele Bundchen reportedly insisted on being paid in euros rather than dollars. Timothy A. Clary/AFPWhat happened? Robert Frost can help us here. Two monetary policies have diverged in, well, not a wood, and Europe has finally taken the path well traveled by. Specifically, to boost Europe’s extraordinary weak economy, the European Central Bank (ECB) is buying bonds with newly printed money, aka quantitative easing, while the Federal Reserve is far enough along that it’s getting ready to raise rates. That means interest rates are falling, sometimes into negative territory, in Europe, and, at least on the short end, rising in the U.S.Think about it like this. Would you rather buy a German 10-year bond that pays 0.25 percent or a U.S. 10-year bond that pays 2.1 percent? Investors, especially big European ones, are answering that by moving their money out of euros and into dollars. And voilà, the euro has fallen from $1.39 last year to $1.06 today.The simpler way to think about this, though, is that the U.S. economy is in a lot better shape than Europe’s. Unemployment is 5.5 percent here and falling fast, while it’s 11.2 percent there and barely falling at all. Now a stronger economy should mean a stronger currency, because it needs higher interest rates to keep inflation in check — which should make it a more attractive place to put money.But, as Europe has found out, the opposite isn’t true. Higher rates don’t make your economy strong if it’s actually weak. And even though that will push your currency up in the short run, it will make it fall even more in the longer one. That’s the mistake the ECB made — twice, actually! — in 2011, when it raised rates to fight some fleeting oil inflation. The result was a double-dip recession that almost tore the common currency union apart, and has only just ended. To make up for that, the ECB has had to do more than it otherwise might have, cutting interest rates into negative territory and buying €60 billion of bonds a month. The euro, in other words, is falling so much more today, because it didn’t fall like it should have yesterday.The U.S., meanwhile, has been printing money like it should have, at least most of the time. It started Quantitative Easing in 2008, expanded it in 2009, restarted it in 2010, and re-restarted it in 2012 with a promise to keep going until unemployment came down. It worked. Now all these starts and stops are why the dollar kept going up and down and up again these past few years, but now that it’s over, it’s only going up. Indeed, the Fed is done buying bonds, and, unlike almost every other central bank, is preparing to raise rates. That’s pushed the dollar up against every currency, but especially the euro now that the ECB is printing them. The Fed is done buying bonds, and, unlike almost every other central bank, is preparing to raise rates. Brendan Smialowski/AFPHow low will the euro go?That depends on how much, if at all, the Fed raises rates, and how long the ECB buys bonds. On the one hand, there’s no sign of any inflation or bubbly behavior that would force the Fed to raise rates. But on the other, the Fed has been pretty clear that it wants to start normalizing policy in June because unemployment is already normal-ish. And on top of that, New York Fed President William Dudley has even said they might have to hike rates in quick succession if long-term rates don’t go up too — which seems pretty likely with Europe’s low bond yields pushing ours down. The ECB has promised to keep buying bonds until at least September 2016, and even longer than that if inflation is still too low. Now Europe’s inflation numbers are already picking up a little bit, but, as The New York Times’ Paul Krugman points out, markets seem to believe it will be a good while longer before Europe’s economy — and by extension, its monetary policy — is anywhere close to normal. Add it all up, and Deutsche Bank expects the euro to keep falling to $0.90 by the end of 2016 and $0.85 by the end of 2017.So now you know when to buy those plane tickets.O’Brien is a reporter for Wonkblog covering economic affairs. He was previously a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Recent exchange rate stability offers relief to businesses Most Mexico policymakers warn against raising rates before US US Fed officials emphasize gradual tightening China’s slowdown, financial mayhem cast long shadow across worldlast_img read more

Watch Qantas new safety video

first_imgFriendly Australians and stunning destinations are the stars of a new Qantas safety video that showcases Australia as an amazing place to visit.Due to screen on hundreds of Qantas flights a day to a global audience of almost 30 million people a year, the short video features Australians from all walks of life talking passengers through the on-board safety instructions against the backdrop of locations across the country.The scenarios featured in the video include:An oxygen mask demonstration at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart;A life-jacket demonstration at Bondi Icebergs;A brace position demonstration during a yoga class on Hamilton Island;Counting rows to the exit on a Yarra Valley winery; andAn emergency slide demonstration at Josephine Falls in Queensland, among others.The video will be introduced across Qantas’ domestic and international fleet from February, as well as featuring on the airline’s online channels. While the video is first and foremost a safety communication, it will also form the basis of a new tourism campaign.Qantas and Tourism Australia will work together over the next 12 months to promote the locations featured and maximise the benefits for local tourism operators. In particular, Tourism Australia will lend its social media marketing power, helping the video reach millions of people globally.The campaign comes at a time when tourism is growing at the fastest rate since the Sydney Olympics, setting new records for visitor numbers and spending, with huge potential growth to come.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the video was a unique platform to promote the local tourism industry and capture the confident-but-relaxed Aussie personality that visitors tend to fall in love with.“We’ve experimented with different settings for our safety videos over the years, but this time we saw an opportunity to celebrate Australia itself,” Mr Joyce said.“The result is something that we believe is really special and powerful, but warm, funny and down to earth at the same time, because it’s about everyday Australians.“We’re confident that it’s going to grab people’s attention and get them focused on the safety information that every Qantas customer needs to know.“It’s a video that people can really connect with, and there’s an opportunity to expand its reach by sharing it online and through social media – giving it a dual purpose as promotion for Australian tourism.“With the headwind of a lower dollar we have the potential to create a new tourism boom in this country. I’m proud that Qantas is leading the way, not just through our global marketing efforts but by adding flights and seats and expanding our partnerships with the world’s biggest airlines.” Fly QantasSource = Qantaslast_img read more