Toronto cop who had cocaine in wallet expected to plead guilty to

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who pleaded guilty to a criminal charge after cocaine was found in his wallet is expected to plead guilty to misconduct.Det.-Const. Kirk Blake, who now faces two charges under the Police Services Act, made a brief appearance before a police tribunal Wednesday.The matter was pushed back to Nov. 21, a hearing the prosecution says will involve a guilty plea and submissions.Police initially charged Blake with possession in December after a fellow officer found a small quantity of cocaine in his wallet.Blake, who worked with the city’s guns and gangs task force, had been at an east-end courthouse in September when he left his wallet behind. Another officer found the wallet and went through it looking for identification before discovering the drug.Police said he was granted an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to the criminal charge.The two disciplinary charges Blake now faces stem from the wallet incident. One relates to the drug possession and one to his having been found guilty. None of those charges has been proven.last_img read more

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Doctor commends Saskatoon police response to drug overdose response

first_imgSASKATOON – A doctor is commending Saskatoon police for their response to a number of suspected overdoses on the weekend that resulted in two deaths from cocaine allegedly laced with fentanyl.Police took the unusual step of releasing the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further casualties. Three people were arrested.“They identified the overdoses very quickly and then they started working through the food chain to get to the dealers,” Dr. Peter Butt, an addictions expert from the University of Saskatchewan, said in a phone interview Monday.Police said they responded to at least six suspected overdoses on Saturday. A man and a woman died. Another person was in a coma.Three men, all from out of province, were in custody Monday facing drug and weapons charges. Saskatoon police Supt. Dave Haye said manslaughter charges are also being considered.He said it’s the first time he’s aware of that the force released that type of information.“We believe that the public safety interests are of the greater need here and that’s why we released that information,” Haye told a news conference.Police issued a public safety advisory warning that cocaine purchased from an alleged dealer using the name “Lil Joe” or “Joe Bro” with the cellphone number 306-881-7300 could be laced with a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.Authorities now have the cellphone connected to that number.Premier Scott Moe said the province needs to continue to do more to prevent further overdoses.“This is something that needs to be a priority for us as we move forward to ensure that … some of our communities’ most vulnerable … are in front of the right professional as soon as possible and receiving the appropriate care as soon as possible,” he said.NDP Opposition Leader Ryan Meili, who is also a physician, said any information that helps avoid drugs which can cause immediate harm is positive.But he also said the provincial government should do more to help people with mental-health problems and addictions.“We saw last year money committed from the federal government for mental health and addictions, but we’ve never actually seen what’s been done with that money,” Meili said.“I’m quite concerned that … it just disappeared into existing programs, when it was really intended to enhance our response to mental-health challenges, including addictions, in Saskatchewan.”The police advisory urged anyone who had purchased the drugs to bring them to a police station for safe disposal. Police said anyone doing so would not face possession charges.“The people who are addicted to drugs, they need treatment and they don’t need charges,” Haye said.Butt encouraged people to take home naloxone kits, which can reverse the effects of an overdose. Take-home naloxone kits are available to at-risk individuals and their households in Saskatoon.— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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Two Suspected Cases of Ebola in Casablanca

Rabat- Two Sub-Saharan Africans suspected of having the Ebola virus are causing panic in Casablanca. They are currently being quarantined at the Moulay Youssef Hospital.According to the Moroccan daily Asabah in its Monday edition, two Sub-Saharan Africans, a woman and a child, arrived in Casablanca on Saturday and are suspected of carrying the Ebola virus.Both patients were transported to the Moulay Youssef Hospital, which the Moroccan authorities chose based on recommendations from the World Health Organization to deal with suspected cases of the Ebola virus. The two people have undergone medical tests, the results of which have not been disclosed thus far. Prior to coming to Moulay Youssef Hospital, the two patients were admitted to Children’s Hospital and the emergency room of the University Hospital Ibn Rushd. The child was lying on a bed before symptoms of Ebola were detected. The child, according Assabah, vomited several times on the hospital bed, and it was not sanitized afterwards.After his transfer to the Moulay Youssef Hospital, a housekeeper was tasked with sterilizing the bed without using suitable products, which were unavailable in the hospital. The woman merely used bleach, according to the same source, which is not enough to prevent the spread of the virus.Edited by Timothy FillaPhoto courtesy of Brahim Taougar – Le360© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Chemical watchdog confirms UK findings on Salisbury nerve agent

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeAmbassador Vassily Nebenzia of the Russian Federation addresses the Security Council meeting on the Salisbury incident in the United Kingdom. At today’s debate, the third the third time the Council has met on the issue, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN,  acknowledged that Mr. Skripal was a former intelligence officer convicted of espionage in 2006, likely making him a target of Russia.She also said “there is no plausible alternative explanation than Russian State responsibility for what happened in Salisbury.” Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, dismissed the charges as “baseless” and said the announced findings were “a red herring.” He citied a lack of transparency by UK, stating “the British barred [OPCW] experts from even mentioning the type of technical assistance requested and from naming the toxic chemical […] identified.”He added that the UK instead had that information placed in the classified part of the OPCW report, which cannot be discussed in an open meeting of the Security Council.The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which came into force in 1997 and outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. “[The OPCW] Technical Assistance Visit team has noted that the toxic chemical in question was of high purity,” said Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.The statement from the OPCW does not specifically name the substance, but it says technical experts confirmed the findings of the UK “relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.”The UK has said the chemical in question is the nerve agent Novichok, and that it is “highly likely” that Russia was behind its use in the 4 March incident that seriously injured Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and one other person – a police official – in the British town of Salisbury.Russia has firmly denied the charge.An OPCW expert team was deployed to the UK at the country’s request seeking technical assistance in identifying the nature of the toxic chemical reportedly used.The team collected blood samples from the three individuals, as well as environmental samples from the site.OPCW’s report on its finding was submitted to the UK, and at the country’s request, to the States Party to the Convention on Chemical Weapons on 12 April. A public summary of the report can be found on the OPCW website. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeAmbaasador Karen Pierce of the United Kingdom addresses the Security Council meeting on the Salisbury incident in the United Kingdom. read more

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Womens empowerment essential to global progress says Guterres marking International Day

The UN began celebrating the International Day in 1975, which was designated International Women’s Year. Over the decades it has morphed from recognizing the achievements of women to becoming a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation, in the political and economic arenas.“Gender equality is essential to the effectiveness of our work, and we cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half of the world’s population”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed explained.Moreover, “women’s equal participation in the labor force would unlock trillions of dollars for global development” she continued.“Let us be clear,” she spelled out: “We cannot build the future we want and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without the full participation of women”.Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind, according to the overarching UN strategy. E-learning platforms that take classrooms to women and girls; affordable and quality childcare centres; and technology shaped by women, are a few examples of the innovation needed to meet the 2030 deadline set out in the Agenda for Sustainable Development.“And we need more women leaders participating in public life and taking decisions”, flagged General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa, urging everyone to redouble their efforts “against the discrimination and violence women and girls face every day”.For her part, UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake, is drawing attention to the millions of young girls preparing to start their working life, saying that far too often, “they don’t get the opportunity to realize their dreams and grow into their power.”“Let’s invest in girls’ education and skills so they become the leaders and innovators they were born to be,” she added.In her message for the Day, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, pointed out that “women and girls around the world still face many challenges”, arguing that changes begin with making sure that their needs and experiences are integrated and enhanced by new technology and innovation.“On International Women’s Day, we ask all to join us to ‘Think equal, build smart, and innovate for change’”, concluded the head of UN Women. “Last year, for the first time, we achieved gender parity in the UN’s Senior Management Group and among those who lead UN teams around the world”, the UN chief said, adding that the Organization is “working to achieve parity across the whole United Nations system within a decade.” read more

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PSC chides Govt on Broadcasting Bill

– dubs it “Flawed Amendment to Flawed Act” The Private Sector Commission (PSC) said it has noted with increasing concern, the passing last Friday, August 4, 2017, of the Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017, now before the President for his ascent.The Commission, in a statement on Wednesday night, said it preferred to refrain from commenting on this Bill, which is clearly contentious, until it had been fully debated in the National Assembly.“The Bill will now amend the Broadcast Bill 2011 which itself, though it did not invite much public attention at its passing, is, in the opinion of the Commission, far from adequate in a number of critical aspects in delivering a Broadcasting Authority and Law meeting certain fundamental provisions for administering and regulating broadcasting in our country,” the PSC stated.It noted that the 2011 Bill, for instance, establishes a Broadcasting Authority, entirely composed of persons appointed solely by the President, completely compromising the independence of the Authority.“The precedent has long been set in the United Kingdom, Canada and the majority of Commonwealth Countries and in the USA, to ensure that, even though broadcasting authorities are appointed by the Government, in practice there is extensive and widespread consultation with the political Opposition and civil society as to their composition,” the PSC contended.“The Commission, in fact, holds the view that this Government has missed a golden opportunity to have revisited and revised the 2011 Broadcasting Bill which did not, at the time of its passing, receive full and adequate consultation with licensed broadcast owners and the general public. Instead, the Government has used its majority in Parliament to enforce amendments of a bad bill which bring into question the Government’s intention with regard to the Amendment’s real purpose and the Government’s commitment to freedom of expression in the broadcast media,” the PSC added.PSC Chairman, Eddie BoyerThe Bill to amend the Broadcast Bill 2011, offensively, provides for the cancellation of all current broadcasting licences in place immediately before the commencement of the Act, forcing these licensees out of business with no option but to reapply for a licence in a totally unreasonable period of time.The PSC said it wishes to point out that these licences were issued under the law, however bad the law, to broadcasters who have made considerable investment and accepted in good faith that they will not be arbitrarily cancelled without cause.“In fact, the Amendment to the Broadcast Bill has been introduced by the Government without any serious prior consultation with Broadcast Licensees, never mind public hearings. The Commission finds this to be totally unacceptable and a complete departure from internationally accepted norm and practice.”The Amendment of the Broadcast Bill also, again without any consultation, provides for the Broadcasting Authority to enforce the provision of broadcasting time on licensees of a minimum of one hour per day at times which include prime time commercial broadcasts for the purpose of “public service programmes”, whatever that may be, entirely at the discretion of the Prime Minister who, in any event, has ultimate direction over broadcasting content under the 2011 Bill.The Commission, while acknowledging that there is legislative precedent for Government to place public service programmes on private commercial broadcast stations, said the nature and content of this material is usually very carefully defined in broadcast regulations to ensure against programmes involving political and/or controversial material intended specifically to serve the interest of any political party outside of an election period.The Private Sector Commission urges the President to send the Bill amending the Broadcast Act back to Parliament for extensive public consultation with the Broadcasting Licensees, and, indeed, the general public. The Commission further encourages the President to consider amendment and revision of the 2011 Broadcasting Act to reflect a broadcasting policy and philosophy for using the airwaves which will serve the public interest and convenience subject to the constitutional guarantees of free speech and expression. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPI urges Govt to review amendments to broadcast billAugust 8, 2017In “Business”Broadcast Amendment Bill: Media owners, operators raise concernsAugust 1, 2017In “Business”PSC calls on Govt to re-examine ‘seriously flawed’ State Assets Recovery Bill 2016September 16, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Boliden Garpenberg high technology mine expansion inaugurated

first_imgHigh-efficiency and largely automated methods are now employed at Garpenberg (IM, June 2008, pp8-14), where the use of the latest equipment and shorter ore transportation routes have reduced the energy consumption per tonne of ore produced. The newly built concentrator on the surface enables the operators there to monitor and control the processes, down to the smallest detail, via a wireless network. Underground, there are autonomous loading machines that enable the operator to remotely control loading and unloading, while the ore haulage process is entirely automatic. This enhances safety and will also, in the longer term, boost productivity because the machines can work, even when the mine is empty. The Sandvik system, known as AutoMine, is only in use in a handful of mines in the world.Ventilation in the mine stopes is also automated and runs on an on-demand basis (VOD – ventilation on demand), thereby saving on the energy needed to run the fans and provide heating. Water consumption per tonne of ore produced has also been reduced, due to more efficient management and updated equipment. Advanced nitrogen and water purification systems will also help ensure that there is no increase in the mine’s environmental impact.Know-how and innovation were the theme at the inauguration of this expansion of the Garpenberg mine, at which Christer Fuglesang, Professor of Space Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology and ESA astronaut, officiated. Underground Christer Fuglesang signed a silver plaque at the 1,054 m level in the presence of Boliden’s President & CEO, Lennart Evrell, and students from the Royal Institute of Technology, the Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish School of Mining and Metallurgy in Filipstad.“Metals play a key part in virtually all technical research and development, one way or another. The weightlessness of space makes it the perfect place to test certain metal properties in order to develop better alloys and catalysts, for example. But it all starts in a mine like this, which is why I am so delighted to have this chance to visit the fascinating new operations at Boliden Garpenberg and to see the importance of scientific expertise and technological development in this link in metals’ value chain,” said Fuglesang.The Garpenberg expansion would not have been possible without successful exploration and sector-leading technological development. Fifteen years ago, the mine seemed to be approaching the end of its lifespan – the turnaround came with the discovery of the Lappberget orebody, which was both richer and larger than any previously mined in the area. Boliden has invested SEK3.9 billion in the new mining facility which, by the end of 2015, will be producing 2.5 Mt/y of ore.“The investment is the second biggest in Boliden’s 90-year history, and the demands it has made on everyone involved have been exceptionally high, but we have successfully realised our plans, and the new facilities were brought on line in the spring of this year. The expansion enables an increase in Garpenberg’s productivity, cuts the unit cost, and improves the mine’s environmental performance, thereby boosting Boliden’s competitiveness in the global market,” says Boliden’s President & CEO, Lennart Evrell.Mining of the deposits at Garpenberg, outside Hedemora, began way back in the 13th century and the oldest letters patent still in existence for mining operations at Garpenberg were issued in 1354 by the Swedish King Magnus Eriksson. This means that Garpenberg is the oldest mining area in Sweden that is still operational. Boliden acquired Garpenberg in 1957, since when exploration work has resulted in a substantial increase in the mine’s ore reserves. Today’s Garpenberg mine produces complex ores containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver – a metal mix that has helped bring about the mine’s favourable cost position.In 2013, Garpenberg produced:  1,495,000 t of ore for zinc: 70,267 t, copper: 517 t, lead: 25,352 t, gold: 277 kg and silver: 162 t.last_img read more

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Bloody Sunday families offered €58k compensation

first_imgTHE FAMILIES OF 13 people killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on Bloody Sunday have been offered £50,000 (€58,000) each, it has emerged today.Paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry in 1972 in one of the darkest chapters in the three decades of sectarian unrest in Northern Ireland.Thirteen others seriously injured have also been offered £50,000 each as part of a total compensation package from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth around £1.3 million (€1.5 million).Kate Nash, whose brother William was killed and father Alex injured, said: “My brother cannot be replaced and all the money in the world won’t bring him back.”Lawyers for the victims and their familes and for the MoD have held months of discussions about the compensation levels.The move comes three years after a landmark inquiry into the shootings found that the British army had fired first and without provocation.Police in Northern Ireland said last year said they will launch a major investigation into the deaths.A spokesman for Belfast-based law firm Madden and Finucane, which represents many of the Bloody Sunday relatives, said: “Negotiations in respect of compensation are continuing with the MoD and their legal representatives.“The contents of those negotiations shall remain confidential between the families of those murdered and the wounded whom we represent and the MoD.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Sinn Féin attacks comments linking party to paramilitary-style shooting >last_img read more

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Des plantes pour produire de lénergie électrique

first_imgDes plantes pour produire de l’énergie électriqueFrance – Des chercheurs du CNRS ont transformé l’énergie chimique issue de la photosynthèse en énergie électrique. Cette nouvelle stratégie pourrait permettre d’utiliser les plantes pour convertir l’énergie solaire en énergie électrique, de manière écologique et renouvelable. La photosynthèse est un processus naturel qui permet aux plantes de convertir l’énergie solaire en énergie chimique. A la lumière, le dioxyde de carbone (CO2) et l’eau (H20) sont transformés en sucre (glucose) et en dioxygène (O2) grâce à une série complexe de réactions chimiques. Les chercheurs du centre de recherche Paul Pascal ont ainsi mis au point une biopile, alimentée par les produits de la photosynthèse (glucose et O2) : composée de deux électrodes modifiées avec des enzymes, celle-ci a été insérée dans une plante vivante, en l’occurrence un cactus.À lire aussiIsaac Newton : Pomme, biographie, invention, tout savoir sur ce mathématicien de génieLe dispositif génère une puissance de 9 μW par cm². C’est très peu, mais le rendement étant proportionnel à l’intensité de l’éclairage, on peut imaginer que dans un futur (lointain, malheureusement), cette technique pourrait permettre de transformer l’énergie solaire en énergie électrique de façon écologique.Plus près de nous, l’objectif initial de ces travaux est la mise au point d’une biopile utilisée à des fins médicales : cette dernière fonctionnerait alors sous la peau de façon autonome, en puisant l’énergie chimique de l’oxygène et du glucose, naturellement présents dans notre organisme. L’une des applications possible pourrait être un capteur autonome sous-cutané mesurant le taux de glucose des patients diabétiques. Encore une preuve des services rendus par la nature à l’espèce humaine.  Le 21 février 2010 à 16:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Goodbye 2018 Tight race for the Bundesliga top scorer title

first_imgBayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was the most lethal goalscorer last season in Germany, but this year he’s in fifth place so farIn the 2017-2018 season, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski won the German Bundesliga title as top scorer.He scored 29 goals in 34 matches, more than 14 goals ahead of second-place Nils Petersen from Freiburg.But now, he’s fifth on the list with only 10 goals.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.This year Borussia Dortmund’s Francisco Alcacer has surprised everybody, scoring 12 goals for his club.He’s tied in first with Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt with 12.On third place, Dortmund’s Marco Reus and RB Leipzig Timo Werner have scored 11 goals each.Will the 2018-2019 see a new top goalscorer?last_img read more

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Klopp on the need to improve against Arsenal

first_imgJürgen Klopp admits Liverpool have a lot to improve ahead of the Arsenal clash on Saturday despite the six-point advantage in the Premier League.Klopp’s men struggled to open up the Magpies during the first half of the game, with Lovren’s strike the only difference between the teams at the break.However, they increased their lead in the second period via Mohamed Salah (penalty), Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho to seal three points.1⃣9⃣ games1⃣6⃣ winsStill unbeaten and top of the table. 🙌UP THE REDS. 🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/51kgZHSlCF— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2018Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.The victory, coupled with Manchester City’s defeat by Leicester City, moved Liverpool further clear at the league’s summit – but the manager struck a note of caution with the Gunners coming up this weekend.“Arsenal are in a good moment; they have a fantastic team and a fantastic manager, so that will be really difficult,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.“A completely different game, of course. If we let them counter-attack like we did [against Newcastle] I don’t think we have a chance because they are really strong in that. So we have to improve so many things.“But on the other hand, we have 51 points and that’s unbelievable. We played the first part of the season unbeaten – that’s all good and we feel it, it feels really good.“The only little problem we have is the second part of the season starts [on Saturday]. What we wanted to do when we started in the summer was to create a basis in the first part of the season for the second part.“We’ve created that basis and now we have to work with it. What we did so far, we will do again and again and again. We’ll really be completely focused on the next game.“We need tunnel vision, all of us, being in the situation – dig in and try to make the best of each game. Then we will see where it leads us to.”last_img read more

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British billionaire Richard Branson to go to space by July

first_imgRichard BransonReutersSir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, announced on Thursday that he will go to space on board Virgin Galactic in four to five months.According to a report by AFP, Branson wants to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1960, during the Apollo 11 mission.Branson made this announcement during the event organised to honour Virgin Galactic at the Air and Space Museum in Washington.Small launches are the trend these days with Elon Musk’s SpaceX promising a Japanese billionaire to take him to the moon by 2023 and another company, Blue Origin, aiming to take customers outer space by the end of the year.The Virgin space trip will be a suborbital flight where the spacecraft will not go high enough to orbit the Earth. The trip will entail the spacecraft being in space for a few minutes and will come back to Earth.Virgin Galactic had flown 80 kilometres above the Earth’s surface to the ‘edge of space’ in December.Branson said that with a few more tests in the next few months, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be ready to fly the British billionaire and then customers to space.The SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers along with two pilots.In January, Branson had met with the US Air Force to discuss his company’s aircraft builder Virgin Orbit, reports CNBC. The company is also currently testing LauncherOne rocket, which will be launched from a Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl. Sir Richard Branson gives up control of Virgin Atlantic amid Delta-Air France deal IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Branson is very optimistic about this venture and hopes that he will be able to go to space by July.He had earlier announced a few space trips but unfortunately, it did not take place. “I need to wait for our team to say they’re 100% happy. I don’t want to push them,” Branson was quoted as saying by AFP. However, he added that the company will be ready to take clients to space by the end of the year.In addition to the small launch venture, Branson’s Virgin Galactic has also partnered with clothing brand Under Armour to launch a line of apparel and shoes for astronauts.last_img read more

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London fire kills 2 British Bangladeshis

first_imgMembers of the emergency services work inside burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London, Britain, 18 June, 2017. Photo: ReutersLondon police assumed two of the dead killed in the deadly London inferno to be dual nationals of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh high commission in Britain said on Tuesday.The UK identified them as Rabeya Begum, 65, and Husna Begum, 22.”The foreign and Commonwealth office on Monday quoting the London metropolitan police service said that two people who died in the tragic Grenfell Tower inferno were ‘believed to be dual British-Bangladeshi nationals’,” an HC statement signed by press minister Nadeem Qadir said.At least 79 people were missing or killed in the fire which engulfed a 24-storey housing block in central London in the early hours on June 14 when most residents were asleep.last_img read more

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Akheri Chahar Shamba to be observed on 15 Nov

first_imgAkheriThe holy Akheri Chahar Shamba will be observed across the country on 15 November (Wednesday) marking the recovery of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) from prolonged illness.The decision was taken at a meeting of the national moon-sighting committee at the conference room of the Islamic Foundation, Baitul Mukarram Friday evening with secretary of the religious affairs ministry Md Anisur Rahman in the chair.As the new moon was not sighted on the sky of the country on Friday, so the holy month of Safar will begin from 22 October and the holy Akheri Chahar Shamba will be observed on 25th of Safar or 15 November, said a foundation release.last_img

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US Army Invests in Thought Helmet Technology for Voiceless Communication

first_imgIn the future, soldiers may be communicating silently with sophisticated “thought helmets.” The devices would harness a person´s brain waves and transmit them as radio waves, where they would be translated into words in the headphones of other soldiers. Citation: US Army Invests in ‘Thought Helmet’ Technology for Voiceless Communication (2008, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-army-invests-thought-helmet-technology.html The US Army has recently awarded a five-year $4 million contract to researchers from the University of California at Irvine (led by UCI´s Mike D´Zmura), Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland to study the concept. It will likely be a decade or two before the thought helmet becomes a reality, but the rough technology is already under investigation. Researchers have been working on other brain-computer interfaces, such as Emotiv Systems´ brain-wave headset for video games, which is expected to be available commercially next summer.The Army’s version would of course be more sophisticated and reliable than the gaming headset. To make the thought helmet a feasible piece of equipment for soldiers, scientists need to combine advances in computing power together with our understanding of the human brain. At the moment, the thought helmet concept consists of 128 sensors buried in a soldier´s helmet. Soldiers would need to think in clear, formulaic ways, which is similar to how they are already trained to talk. The key challenge to making the system work is a software system that can read an electroencephalogram (EEG) generated by the sensor data, and pick out when a soldier is thinking words, and what those words are. Because the brain is a complex system and generates such large amounts of data, researchers must also make improvements in computing power. Soldiers will also have to be trained to think “loudly” to make it easier for the system to pick out their words from the brain´s background noise. Also, every individual´s EEG signals are a little different, so users and computers will have to be calibrated so that computers recognize each person´s unique mental pattern.In early versions, recipients will most likely hear messages rendered by a robotic voice in their headphones. But the researchers also think it´s possible to render commands in the speaker´s own voice, as well as indicate the location of the speaker relative to the listener.For people concerned about the ethics of the technology, Elmar Schmeisser, the Army neuroscientist overseeing the program, reassures that the technology will not allow mind-reading. As he explains, since every user has to be trained with the system, it would be impossible to use the technology against an individual´s will and without their cooperation. Instead, the researchers are interested in potential civilian benefits. One such application might be a Bluetooth headpiece which could read speakers´ thoughts and transmit them to the person they´re calling – eliminating those loud, one-sided conversations in public. via: Engadget and Time This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Exposure to others’ suffering even worse than being shot at A thought helmet (not pictured) could allow soldiers to silently and securely issue and receive commands. Image credit: Jeff Corwin Photography, Boeing. Explore furtherlast_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 Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more News | July 30, 2008 GE Earns “Pioneer in Technology” Award for Image-Guided Innovations Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more Video Player is loading.Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more 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 July 30, 2008 – The International Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Surgical Planning Society (IBMISPS) presented GE Healthcare with the Society’s “Pioneer in Technology” award, rewarding GE’s leading role in the development and commercialization of image-guided technologies in healthcare.The IBMISPS Pioneer Award is presented to companies and individuals who lead the fight for scientific excellence in research, development and education. IBMISPS now honors GE Healthcare for its excellence and efforts to promote the highest standards in technology development and patient care.“GE Healthcare’s unique contributions to the science of imaging in general have been translated to clinically important advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain diseases,” said Babak Kateb, chairman of the Board, founder and executive director, International Brain Mapping & Intraoperative Surgical Planning Society (IBMISPS).IBMISPS is specifically dedicated to the advancement of intra-operative surgical planning and brain mapping for the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries and diseases.For more information: www.ibmisps.org and www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… 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.  Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | CT Virtual Simulation | May 21, 2019 360 View of Dedicated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning CT Scanner at Henry Ford Hospital This is a… read more Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Marketing 30 Customer Service

first_imgMarketing 3.0: Customer ServiceData , social media and OTA’s – Service and people who give it are the travel differenceCustomer service is regularly  the difference between a good business and a bad business. Often, its as little as simply caring enough to go the next step.Customer service, generating word of mouth marketing, is a powerful marketing tool that can help grow your business and stand out from your competition. The challenge is reliable and fair delivery, which is easier said than done as customers want more.Customers are more demanding than ever, and if you don’t provide what they want, when they want it, they’ll leave and tell everyone they know of their experience at a ratio of 20 complaints to every single piece of positive validation. More so, unscrupulous competitors will promise the world and many believe it to only feel let down. Consistency is very important.Raising customer service to a high level will build trust and loyalty with your client base.A well-designed customer experience is also marketing:Know your product inside and out. Be aware of the most common questions and how to answer them effectively.Be respectful and don’t allow your emotions to take over.Listening is the key to great customer service. It’s not just what people are saying, but how it’s said, the context and also the visual cues.Be friendly; provide a smile, firm hand shake and an enthusiastic personality. Make them feel like they are your only customerAsk for feedback to gauge how your customer views you and the service you provide.Excellent customer service generally comes down to following up your customers and ensuring they are happy with not only the product, but more importantly the entire customer experience.If you do that successfully, you are on your way to engagement through service. Something a slick marketing campaign will never deliver. Source = STUBA.com learn more about stuba.com herecenter_img www.stuba.comlast_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals 2015 training camp has come

first_img The Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 training camp has come and gone.From July 31, when the players reported, until Aug. 28, when camp ended, the players took the field for 19 practices — all of which were open to the public.Plenty of good happened at the place head coach Bruce Arians dubbed “Camp Cupcake,” with some younger players stepping up and veterans reaffirming their place on the team. There was also some bad, though, with injuries taking their toll. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Kevin MinterWolf’s Painted Face & Dark Heart Award (Camp MVP awarded by Ron Wolfley)Tyrann Mathieu Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM decided to take a look back at camp and hand out some awards, which can be seen below:Camp MVPAcademy’s pick: Carson PalmerRon Wolfley’s pick: Carson PalmerMost Amazing PlayAcademy’s pick: Calais Campbell blowing up Mike IupatiRon Wolfley’s pick: Tyrann Mathieu intercepting Chiefs QB Alex SmithBest SoundAcademy’s pick: Bruce Arians naming Humphries “Knee-deep”Ron Wolfley’s pick: Bruce Arians naming Humphries “Knee-deep”Best RookieAcademy’s pick: J.J. NelsonRon Wolfley’s pick: J.J. NelsonBest NewcomerAcademy’s pick: Ifeanyi MomahRon Wolfley’s pick: J.J. NelsonRocky AwardAcademy’s pick: Rodney GunterRon Wolfley’s pick: John BrownBiggest StoryAcademy’s pick: Camp injuriesRon Wolfley’s pick: Carson PalmerBiggest SurpriseAcademy’s pick: Ifeanyi MomahRon Wolfley’s pick: Xavier WilliamsBlow-up AwardAcademy’s pick: Ifeanyi MomahRon Wolfley’s pick: Ifeanyi MomahNext Man Up AwardAcademy’s pick: Rodney GunterRon Wolfley’s pick: Rodney GunterDave Pasch Factor Award (awarded by Dave Pasch) Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgEvaluation is certainly continuing, but as the Cardinals organization looks to their future at the quarterback position, Gabbert remains a logical solution.“I don’t think there’s any question we’d like to have Blaine back,” general manager Steve Keim told Doug & Wolf Monday morning on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “He’s done a good job.Hearing the Cardinals have reached out Blaine Gabbert representatives regarding a contract extension. https://t.co/suRH0VpQ90— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) December 11, 2017“Again, based on what he’s done so far, it’s up to him on how much he can improve and what’s the ceiling for Blaine Gabbert. But everything he’s done since he’s been here, from a work-ethic standpoint, the intangibles, the commitment to film study and his practice habits have all been excellent.”Gabbert’s accuracy issues Sunday against the Titans can’t be pinned solely on him. He was sacked eight times by the Titans’ defense and was under pressure for much of the game. Still, he was able to lead the Cardinals to four scoring drives in the second half, all of which ended with field goals from Phil Dawson. Top Stories 10 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “The one thing that has impressed me about Blaine is his ability to bounce back from adversity,” Keim said. “He continues to fight, and there’s no doubt that there are some throws that he would like to have back. Some of the touch throws that he needed to make were a little off-point, in my opinion. To me, he has to do a better job in that area.“Or when it’s a route that’s not a pre-determined throw and he has to go through his progression, he has a tendency to get a little bit high on his ball placement — or some of the placement on balls outside the numbers seem to sail on him. But he’s been a guy — for what he’s been through — just bouncing back from eight sacks yesterday and continuing to compete was something that I was excited to see.” – / 20 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Blaine Gabbert made his fourth start for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday and helped the team to their sixth win of the season — a 12-7 slugfest over the Tennessee Titans at University of Phoenix Stadium.It wasn’t Gabbert’s best performance. He missed some throws, including one that looked like it should have been an easy touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald.Gabbert finished the day 17-of-26 for 178 yards, but maybe more importantly, didn’t turn the ball over for the first time in his four-game stint. Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) signals during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Titans 12-7. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling CenturyLink Field has been a safe haven for the Seattle Seahawks. That is, unless they’re playing the Arizona Cardinals.Maybe it’s an anomaly that the Cardinals have gone 3-1 in Seattle under head coach Bruce Arians. Certainly, the road success Arizona has found in the Pacific Northwest coincides with the fact that the team has generally been pretty good the past four seasons.So when Arians called the Seahawks’ home turf the Cardinals’ own in a postgame pep talk this Sunday, he wasn’t just riling up an intra-division rivalry. He was speaking truth. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Result: The Cardinals came away with a 34-31 victory.The key play: Arizona drove 50 yards in a minute thanks to catches by David Johnson and Fitzgerald, and kicker Chandler Catanzaro nailed a 43-yard field goal with no time on the clock.Stat of the game: Johnson scored three touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries. He also caught four balls for 41 yards.Remember me? The Cardinals’ two leading tacklers were, you guessed it: Linebacker Sio Moore (14 tackles, 2 for loss), who is not in the NFL this year, and then-rookie cornerback Brandon Williams (11 tackles), who has two tackles this season for Arizona Remember me? Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell recorded a then-career-high three sacks.2015The context: The Week 10 showdown saw Arizona enter 6-2 and Seattle at 4-4. Both teams were coming off a bye.Result: Jumping out to a 19-0 lead, the Cardinals hung on to win 39-32 despite at one point falling behind 29-25 with 13 minutes to play.The key play: Andre Ellington ripped off a 48-yard touchdown score to put Arizona ahead 39-29 with 1:58 to go. During it, Stanton danced.Stat of the game: Carson Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns with a pick and two fumbles. Larry Fitzgerald was on the end of 10 of those completions for 130 yards, while Floyd reeled in seven catches for 113 yards and two early touchdowns before the Seahawks got on the board.Remember me? Arizona running back Chris Johnson took 25 carries for 58 yards with Ellington only adding 61 thanks to his long touchdown run. Meanwhile, Cardinals rookie back David Johnson didn’t receive a carry — he was on kick return duty and was almost a month away from becoming the featured back once Chris Johnson went down with a season-ending injury.2016The context: Out of the playoff picture, Arizona (5-7-1) entered the Week 16 game hoping to keep Seattle (9-4-1) from getting one of two needed wins to clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Previously, the teams put together a 6-6 tie in Week 7. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The other truth is that Seattle’s home stadium not only produced a Guinness Book of World Record for the loudest sports venue in the world in 2013 — the Seahawks have used that to win, going 30-9 at home in the regular season since 2013.RELATED: Arians, Carroll on the lack of homefield advantageTwice during Arians’ tenure, Arizona handed Seattle its only home loss for the season.Here is a refresher for every Cardinals-Seahawks matchup since Arians took over as Arizona head coach.2013The context: Seattle had won 11 of its first 12 games before tripping up in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers. Pete Carroll’s team rebounded with a 23-0 win over the New York Giants before hosting a 9-5 Arizona team in Week 16. The Cardinals were coming off a 37-34 overtime win over Tennessee.Result: The Cardinals won 17-10, moving to 10-5 on the year.The key play: Carson Palmer threw four interceptions before he found receiver Michael Floyd in the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown with 2:20 to play to give the Cardinals a 15-0 lead. A two-point conversion set the final score.Stat of the game: Second-year Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson recorded his first home loss as a pro and threw for 108 yards on 11-of-27 passing. Remember me? Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held to 71 rushing yards by Arizona. For the Cardinals, it was linebacker Daryl Washington leading the way with seven tackles, a sack plus three quarterback hits.2014The context: At 6-4, the Seahawks met a red-hot 9-1 Cardinals squad on a six-game winning streak. Arizona started quarterback Drew Stanton, who had led Arizona to three victories with Palmer sidelined due to two different injuries to that point in the year. The Cardinals were without Larry Fitzgerald, whose sprained MCL kept him out of a game for the first time in 110 games.Result: Seattle came away with a 19-3 victory.The key play: A 20-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to tight end Cooper Helfet in the third quarter was telling of an Arizona defense that struggled against a Seahawks tight end group. Helfet, Tony Moeaki and Luke Willson caught seven passes for 82 yards.Stat of the game: It’s less about the near shutout and more about what the game meant for the rest of the regular season: In just the second loss of the year in Week 12, the Cardinals’ defeat began a 2-4 stretch to finish to the regular season that gave Arizona (11-5) a Wild Card berth leading to a loss to the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, the win for Seattle (12-4) was the first of six straight to wrap the year as NFC West champions. 8 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact CenturyLink Field is shown in this general view, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, during an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)last_img read more

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