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Trans Mountain opponent got federal money through Canada Summer Jobs Tories

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. –  The federal Liberal government found itself taking fire over the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from opposite flanks Wednesday: accused of helping to finance pipeline protesters on the one hand, and rigging the review system in favour of the project on the other.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer led off question period with the revelation that one of the successful applicants to the government’s Canada Summer Jobs program is a B.C. group looking to hire someone “to help … stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.”“Does he not realize that he is funding the very groups that are protesting against the project that is in the national interest?” Scheer demanded. “We are talking about taking tax dollars from people who are out of work in the energy sector and giving it to people who are trying to block a project in the national interest.”The B.C. group, Dogwood, however, has been receiving federal money for years, including from the previous Conservative government, Trudeau retorted.“Unlike, apparently, the leader of the official Opposition, we believe in free speech,” he said.“On the issue of this particular advocacy group, it is important to highlight that it was also funded under the Harper government.”The government has been under fire of late over the Canada Summer Jobs program, specifically a new requirement that organizations declare their support for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including women’s reproductive rights.Scheer tried to needle Trudeau on that count, as well: “There is nobody who believes that the prime minister is committed to free speech when he punishes all those in this country who do not agree with his personal point of view.” Kinder Morgan declared earlier this month it was halting all non-essential spending on the controversial expansion, which has been beset by protests and is at the centre of a fierce dispute between the governments of B.C. and Alberta.The expansion, which B.C. is blocking, would twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where diluted bitumen would be loaded onto oil tankers for export.Earlier Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and energy critic Guy Caron released a letter to Trudeau effectively accusing the Liberals of having decided to proceed with Trans Mountain well before the federal review process had completed its evaluation.The letter cites recent media reports suggesting the government’s decision to proceed was a purely political calculation, rather than a decision based on whether or not the project would indeed be in the national interest.“These revelations throw into question the legitimacy of the government’s entire review as they point to an approval based on political interests,” the letter reads.“To address these serious concerns, we urge you to release all relevant documentation associated with the review process, including those subject to cabinet confidentiality.”Caron pressed the issue during question period, but Trudeau waved off the NDP’s concerns.“Under the previous government, the approach of not understanding how important it is to properly consult and engage in acquiring social licence needed to be fixed,” he said.“We actually added additional steps to make the process more rigorous. In fact, we extended the consultation process to ensure we were meeting and exceeding our responsibility to engage with and consult Indigenous people.”Trudeau has been unequivocal in declaring his government’s support for the project _ so much so that he has dispatched Finance Minister Bill Morneau to meet with Kinder Morgan to find a way to ensure the expansion remains financially viable.He has also promised legislation to reaffirm the federal government’s authority in deciding the fate of cross-boundary pipeline projects, although the details of what that bill will look like have not been released.The idea behind Trans Mountain is to get Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to tidewater, opening up new markets for Canada’s oil beyond the U.S., its only real oil customer a situation Trudeau says forces Canada to take a big hit on the price it gets.Fearing the many environmental unknowns that surround diluted bitumen, or dilbit, B.C. wants to restrict the pipe’s capacity until more is understood about how the material might behave in a marine environment, how it can be cleaned up and how a major spill might impact ocean life.B.C. has said it plans to file a court reference by the end of April to determine if it can stop or restrict the flow of dilbit on the grounds of its own jurisdiction over environmental concerns.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, worsening the risk of a major spill.Trudeau has said he only approved the pipeline in the context of balancing the need for environmental protections with the need for economic growth. The government’s $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is designed to account for such spills, he said, suggesting the government would make additional investments if need be.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img Trudeau seized on the chance to depict his rival as a kinder, gentler version of his predecessor.“The commitment that this government has made to stand up and defend reproductive rights and the rights of women at every single opportunity is one that sticks in their craw,” he said of the Conservatives.“We will not apologize for ensuring that women’s rights are protected across this country.”Scheer’s question was far from the only Trans Mountain offensive the Liberals faced _ indeed, question period has, of late, been dominated by the project, given what proponents say of its potential economic impact, as well as how it’s likely to influence next year’s federal election.last_img read more

SuperPark Society gets 15000 grant from PRRD

first_imgThe Society said in its application to the PRRD that the remaining $1,000 cost of the mats and turf will be covered by donations from Tom’s Construction and Rudy’s Hwy Car and Truck Wash.Roemer added that with the grant covering the cost for the mats and turf, all that’s left to fund is the $74,500 climbing unit.“We’re kind of back to square one, everything we’ve had from before was raised through volunteers or donations. Now we’re back to trying to raise $78,000 for the indoor playground climber.”Though $74,500 seems like a hefty toll, the society has also applied for a $50,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.The PRRD Regional Board voted in favour of submitting a letter of support for the SuperPark Society’s grant application to NDIT at last week’s Regular Board meeting.Roemer hopes to receive a business permit in September to begin construction on the park. If you would like to learn more or donate to the super park contact Roemer at 250-262-2703 or by email at Npsuperpark@gmail.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Family SuperPark Society received a grant from the Peace River Regional District nearly two weeks ago.The PRRD’s Rural Budget Administration Committee approved the $15,240 grant, which will fully fund the SuperPark’s safety mats and turf. Society President Jaandi Roemer said that the society was beyond grateful to receive the grant.“It’s extremely important, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing without the financial support from the community,” said Roemer. “We’ve been fundraising for quite a few years but haven’t been able to pull in as much as we would like to have without corporate donations, so those are really important.”last_img read more

Kenya UN Ambassador Jolie visits dire camp for Somali refugees

12 September 2009Visiting the world’s largest refugee camp, housing refugees from Somalia, on the Horn of Africa nation’s border with Kenya, Academy award-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency Angelina Jolie today characterized the site as “one of the most dire” she has ever seen. “If this is the better solution, then what must it be like in Somalia?” Ms. Jolie asked during her day-long visit to Dabaab, one of three camps that together were designed for 90,000 people but now host some 285,000 refugees. Children ran to greet her as she made her way to the new arrivals area, where she met a young women with three small children with distended stomachs and streaming noses who just reached the camp in Kenya after walking for days to flee Somalia, where half the population – or some 3.8 million people – are in need of aid. The Goodwill Ambassador saw first-hand the daily reality of life in Dabaab, where women and children line up for hours every day at water taps which are turned off for hours. “The the toilets are already overflowing,” she observed. “There is not even enough space for trash dumps so people are living amongst the garbage.” Ms. Jolie was told of a cholera outbreak earlier this year by staff from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the camp, where some families who have made their homes there for years are hosting newly-arrived refugees. “What is amazing is that as more and more people come into the camp, the Somali families continue to be generous with what little they have, even if that means having one eighth of the water they need and their children suffering from dehydration,” she said. At the end of her visit, Ms. Jolie noted that “the Somali families I met today are full of warmth and affection. I wish more people could meet them [because] then they would have a stronger desire to help.” When he visited Dabaab last month, High Commissioner António Guterres was assured by the Kenyan Government that it understood the urgency of granting additional land to alleviate overcrowding at the site. Mr. Guterres, who called Dabaab the “most difficult camp situation in the world,” pledged UNHCR’s support in the interim to boost the refugees’ living conditions by upgrading the aging water and sanitation systems, increasing health services and providing adequate shelter and nutrition. He also committed an additional $20 million for refugees and the host community in Dabaab, calling for massive international donor support. UNHCR has recently begun moving 12,000 refugees to the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya as an emergency measure for new arrivals. read more

Canadian Pacific Railway cuts exec perks changes compensation in response to shareholder

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) is cutting back on perks for its top executives and changing the way they’re paid in response to shareholder frustration over C-suite compensation.In a regulatory filing, the Calgary-based company says it will place greater emphasis on safety and operating income to incentivize executives.CP says operating ratio, an efficiency measure, will have less bearing on executive compensation going forward.The measure improved for five straight years under Hunter Harrison, who recently departed as CEO, though some have raised concerns about CP’s approach to safety on his watch.The issue of executive compensation came to a head during the company’s annual meeting last year, when shareholders rejected CP’s efficiency-based rewards system in a non-binding vote.Canadian Pacific offers biggest potential rail return even after Harrison exitThe company says it will rein in perks, including personal use of its corporate jet, for new CEO Keith Creel.CP also reported in the same filing that Harrison earned $18.8 million in total compensation last year, down from $20.2 million in 2015.Harrison’s compensation included $719,000 for unlimited personal use of the company jet.Creel, who earned $8.9 million as president and chief operating officer last year, will have his use of the jet restricted to business commuting and family visits within North America, CP said.“We believe that the changes are appropriate for CP at this stage of its evolution and that executive compensation is now more closely aligned with the long-term interests of CP shareholders,” said chairman Andrew Reardon in a letter to shareholders. read more

AutoTaxi eyes the future of autonomous vehicles

Cars which automatically avoid other vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles could be a step closer thanks to an SMMT Foresight Vehicle project called AutoTaxi. The aim is to develop safety-critical sensors and systems to process and interpret critical information about a car’s local environment, for example, the path of the road ahead and the presence and movement of vehicles and other obstacles on it. It could pave the way to the fully autonomous cars of the future. Project manager Alastair Buchanan of TRW Conekt explained, ‘Developing cars that do things which are second nature to the average driver is a hugely complex process. The vehicle has to be able to sense and interpret the vast array of information in all driving conditions. AutoTaxi will help identify the best combination of sensor technologies that may take this concept a step closer to reality.’ Sensor technologies are already bringing real-world benefits to new car drivers. Ultrasonic parking sensors are now common, while radar in Active Cruise Control (ACC) sets speed between vehicles on high-speed roads. Many research projects are also using sensors to help develop the transport systems of tomorrow. Advanced Transport System’s Urban Light Transport (ULTra) is an example of a project that has developed driverless vehicles which run along dedicated tracks. AutoTaxi took sensors used in automotive applications, and applied different combinations to ULTra vehicles operating on ATS’s Cardiff test track. Starting with simple assessments on a figure of eight track, the tests investigated more complex scenarios, to simulate real world driving conditions such as vehicles approaching from side roads and parking. Phase one of the project linked TRW’s video lane guidance and ACC radar with lidar, which uses light to measure distance and speed, as well as ultrasonic sensors. These were fine-tuned with the addition of stereo video sensors and an LED rangefinder. Trials in November revealed potential particularly for the LED rangefinder system. The data will help develop algorithms to interpret the information with results are due in summer 2005. Alastair Buchanan is pleased with tests to date but cautions about the future. ‘Aside from cost, a huge cooperation project would be needed if driverless cars are ever to hit the streets. This would have to include communication between vehicles and a fully integrated road infrastructure’, he said. Partners in the AutoTaxi project include Advanced Transport Systems, Praxis High Integrity Systems Ltd, Bristol University and Warwick University. They bring knowledge of advanced sensing and transport systems as well as safety engineering. More than 400 UK firms and universities have been participating in SMMT Foresight Vehicle, which is led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Commercial vehicle recovery continues with June registrations up 127

June total van and truck registrations: up 12.7% to 25,968, rolling year up 23.3% to 287,166.June trucks: up 7.4% to 3,118, rolling year up 20.1% to 38,283.June vans: up 13.5% to 22,850; rolling year up 23.8% to 248,883. June% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change on 2010 Total25,96812.7%152,13024.4%287,16623.3% Vans22,85013.5%133,23824.2%248,88323.8% Trucks3,1187.4%18,89225.4%38,28320.1% “June saw the 17th successive monthly rise for new van registrations, up by 13% in the month, demonstrating business confidence and commitment in the commercial vehicle market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Truck figures also rose, up by 7%, the ninth successive monthly rise. Again, articulated trucks saw the most robust growth in the month and year-to-date figures for almost every sector were up significantly on 2010.”Commercial vehicle market overview Van registrations have recovered strongly from depths of recession in late 2009 and early 2010. This trend is reflected across most of Europe suggesting that the recovery could be robust. Underlying van registration volume back to 250,000 units, compared to annual average of 265,000 (over 15 years 1996 to 2010). Over the past nine months artics have led the rebound in truck demand followed closely by the performance of the van sector. Truck volume up by cumulative 7,937 for the nine months to June 2011. 94 % of that is due to growth in artic demand. Notably the recovery in the rigid sector remains very subdued, but pickups and 4×4 utility vehicles have shown very positive growth over the past year. However, volumes are still short of recent market peaks in 2006/07 and 1996.Click through to download the full June 2011 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Doctor struck off for hiding his true salary to avoid paying child

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told the fraud took place between April 2013 and November 2015 after Nkoma split up with the child’s mother who lives in Coventry.Lawyer for the General Medical Council, Robin Kitchin said: “Over a 15 month period, he provided information to the Child Support Agency knowing it was false.”He added: “It was found that he had six bank accounts with Halifax, and six bank accounts with HSBC. He was earning over £100,000 across work and his business over that time. He had over £126,000 being transferred across his personal accounts and had been working for agencies in the UK.”The amount of money owed built up to £40,800.”Nkomo told the hearing how he had endured a “horrible split’ with his ex-partner and claimed he failed to make required support payments as he had been denied access to his son.He said: “I was frustrated at not being able to see him although I know this is not an excuse for what happened.” A children’s doctor was struck off after hiding his £100,000 salary from his wife in order to dodge paying child support.Paediatrics specialist Dr Collen Nkomo, 40, was earning up to £10,000 a month while working as a locum GP, as well as undergoing shifts at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.However, the father of three repeatedly lied to the Child Support Agency (CSA) about his income to avoid paying £40,800 in maintenance over a two and a half year period.The CSA began investigating after suspicions were raised when Nkomo said he was unable to make payments to the child’s mother with whom he had split.Inquiries revealed the doctor was earning £115,000 over one 15 month period and had over £126,000 being transferred across his six Halifax and six HSBC accounts during his work for various medical organisations. He subsequently admitted earning £30,000 in just three months.In 2017 Zimbabwe-born Nkomo from Altrincham, Greater Manchester was given a 20 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he admitted fraud.  The medic was ordered to be erased from the medical register after a disciplinary said his conduct was “calculating and persistent.” He has since attended a course for “separated parents” and is now paying off the arrears at £500 a month.  read more

These Photos of Penguins Wearing Backpacks Will Brighten Your Day

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Got a case of the Monday (or winter) blues? Let these adorable backpack-clad penguins visiting the annual Harbin ice festival in China add a dose of cuteness to your day.The penguins were brought in from the nearby aquarium to promote the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, the world’s biggest snow and ice festival, which kicked off on January 5.Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesThe winter festival features more than 2,000 ice sculptures, snow statues, and ice mazes, many of which are illuminated in colorful lights.This year, the festival spans over 600,000 square meters and includes more than 100 landmarks, according to CNN. It’s made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice, pulled from the nearby Songhua River, and 120,000 cubic meters of snow.Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesIn addition to a giant snow Buddha statue (made of more than 4,500 square cubic meters of snow), this year’s festival also features a 3D light show and 1,115-feet-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides.The festival runs through February 5.Click through the slideshow below to see more from the 2019 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival:View as: One Page Slides1/121. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.2. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.3. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.4. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.5. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesVisitors view the ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2019. 6. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 7. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 8. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 9. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIlluminated ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 10. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesVisitors view the ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2019. 11. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesA visitor walks through ice sculptures during the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 201912. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019.More on Geek.com:Same-Sex Penguin Couple Fosters Egg in Australian AquariumGorgeous Mandarin Duck Make a Splash on Social Media‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the Wildlast_img read more

Arsenal need Diego Costa – Lampard

first_imgFrank Lampard believes that Arsenal are missing someone like his former Chelsea teammate Diego Costa to lead them to silverwareThe Spain international is set to start for Atletico Madrid in their return leg against the Gunners in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.While at Chelsea, Costa gained a rather infamous reputation for tormenting the Arsenal defence and is expected to cause further problems for the club at the Spanish capital.While admitting that his former club would be better off with Costa back in their ranks, Lampard also believes that Arsenal is in dire need of someone with the 29-year-old’s “winning mentality”.“Arsenal’s task of beating Atletico Madrid was already tough, but it’s a lot harder with Diego Costa now up against them,” Lampard wrote in his London Evening Standard column.“Costa is exactly the kind of personality missing from Arsenal’s dressing room, someone with that winning mentality.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The English game has missed him this season after he rejoined Atletico from Chelsea.“He is a big player, a big character. Love him or hate him, you have to appreciate that kind of player.“Chelsea have certainly not looked the same without Costa. Not only is he a big physical presence, he has a great quality to score goals.“That is why I fear for Arsenal on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.“Of course they’re still very much in it at 1-1. But they failed to defend properly against Antoine Griezmann for Atletico’s goal in the first match and now Costa, who was an unused substitute after just coming back from injury, will face them too.”Since rejoining Atletico in the January transfer window, Costa has formed a strong partnership with star forward Antoine Griezmaan with head coach Diego Simeone likely to start the duo up front for Thursday.last_img read more

House Senate Approve Farm Bill—and Soy Growers Approve the Quick Progress

first_imgASA congratulates the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and Congressional leadership on both chambers’ quick actions to approve the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” or Farm Bill.  ASA now encourages the President to act quickly, in turn.“We are so pleased that the Senate and now the House have acted so swiftly to approve this bipartisan effort,” stated ASA President Davie Stephens, a soybean farmer from Clinton, Ky. “This legislation will undoubtedly provide a needed layer of stability and certainty for our soy industry and across agriculture. Timely passage of a new farm bill as opposed to another temporary extension this year will offer significant benefits to our industry, including resources for market development, crop insurance provisions, and more for the next five years.”The 13 titles of the Farm Bill span programs affecting producers of food, feed, fiber and fuel, and that offer assurance the federal government will continue to provide assistance, when needed, through farm income support programs, nutrition and feeding programs, and through conservation, rural development, agricultural research, energy, and international agricultural development and food aid programs.last_img read more

Public schools catch online fever

first_imgWhat’s important to know about public school options:It’s not cheap. Students pay full tuition, or more, even though they don’t take up classroom space. It costs colleges and universities up-front money to purchase curriculum and interactive online platforms, train instructors and pay them. Teachers put in as many, or more hours, teaching online students as their classroom peers. In fact, Clark College charges a technology fee of $15-$30 for most online courses. (For grades K-12, public system students pay nothing.)It’s not quick. Don’t mistake courses for an easy or time-saving shortcut. Expect to put in about three hours per credit-hour for college courses each week; that’s nine hours for a typical class. Writing e-mail inquiries to teachers, digesting reading material, joining mandatory group dialogue and team projects: All are time-consuming.Ambitious students can work a few days ahead but must stick to highly organized class schedules. There’s no zipping through a 10-week course in half the time. Conversely, falling much behind can be near-disaster.It’s not for everyone. Strong reading-writing skills are a must. Successful students are self-driven, disciplined and must absorb content without hand-holding. Those who covet more personal, hands-on instruction will falter. Reliable Internet access is a must, with a backup plan should glitches arise. Of course, steady online use can tempt those who are easily distracted.It is legitimate. Public institutions have pressed rigor, healthy interaction and integrity in courses. Students’ work ethic and personalities are laid bare, more so than in the classroom, say teachers confident in their graduates’ skills. Exams may be proctored and other safeguards limit plagiarism or cheating — no more likely than in traditional classrooms, instructors say.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At The Latest Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at the most recent Wilmington School Committee Meeting:#1) Perfect Attendance Award: The Wilmington School Committee recognized recent WHS graduate Robert Sica on his perfect school attendance. Sica didn’t miss a day of school in 13 years — a whopping 2,340 days! WHS Principal Linda Peters was present to hand out the award. “I’ve given a lot of awards in my tenure, but this is a first,” joked Peters. Perhaps you heard about Sica’s story from WCVB Channel 5 News.#2) Equipment & Textbook Disposal: “Through the course of the year, principals have contacted us, saying our closets are overflowing with all this stuff that’s obsolete, broken or non-usable. They want to make some room,” said Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. The School Committee approved the request to dispose of a list of unusable equipment.  Items will be donated where possible, but most items — broken technology and outdated textbooks — will be recycled responsibly.#3) New Secretary Elected: School Committee member MJ Byrnes was unanimously elected as the board’s Secretary, a position which was previously held by longtime member Peggy Kane, who recently stepped down from the Committee.#4) New Member Will Be Appointed August 13: “We’re going to have a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen on August 13 at 7pm during their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the vacancy on the School Committee. It will be open to the public,” said School Committee Jennifer Bryson. “The Town of Wilmington is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to volunteer their services as a member of the School Committee.  Letters of interest may be directed to Kevin Caira, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.”#5) Assistant Superintendent Gallagher’s Farewell: “I wanted to say a thank you and goodbye to Mr. Gallagher… I know you know how grateful we are for all you’ve done for us and with us over the last two years. Thank you for keeping us steady,” said School Committee member Jennifer Bryson. Gallagher said his time in Wilmington had been “awesome.” He left the district on July 1 to become the Superintendent in Newburyport.PLUS: School Committee Chair Julie Broussard was unable to attend the meeting. As a result, Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson, who was celebrating her birthday, served as the Acting Chair.PLUS PLUS: There was no Superintendent’s Report, Old Business, Public Comments, Committee Reports, or Correspondence.News From The Meeting Already Reported On Include:School Committee Ready To Change Homework Policy, Eliminate Time Guidelines For All GradesSchool Committee Seeks Changes To District’s Fighting PolicySchool Committee Makes Changes To Wilmington High School’s and Middle School’s (Unintentionally) Sexist Dress Code GuidelinesLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (June 27)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

How Female Cops Molly Solverson and Gloria Burgle Shaped Fargo

first_imgStay on target As an anthology series, each season of Fargo tells its own complete story. As long as you jump in at the start of the new season, you don’t need to have seen the previous ones to appreciate what’s going on. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t connections and rewards for viewers who have seen it all the way through. With every new season, part of the fun is hunting for references to the previous ones. And the movie. And other Coen Brothers movies. While the second season was clearly a prequel to the first, the third season stands more on its own. So far, our one major connection has been the recent appearance of Mr. Wrench from season one. But of course, each season connects thematically to the others, and there’s no greater parallel between seasons one and three than the capable, underestimated lady cop.In season one, Molly Solverson (played by Allison Tolman) attempted to solve the mystery surrounding Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) and Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). In season three, Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon) tries to solve the murder of her former stepfather, which draws her into the middle of a feud between the two Stussy brothers (both played by Ewan McGregor). Season two didn’t have a lady cop, though Lou Solverson’s (Patrick Wilson) wife did help her husband figure things out. For the purposes of this comparison though, we’ll just focus on seasons one and three. Both are modeled after Marge Gunderson (Francis McDormand) from the movie. All three are faced with confusing, convoluted murder cases involving people who aren’t very good at the whole crime thing.Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson, Bob Odenkirk as Bill Oswalt (CR: Chris Large/FX)The StruggleOne thing that both Solverson and Burgle have to deal with that Gunderson doesn’t is having their authority constantly undermined by their (male) bosses. That’s partially to pad out the plot. The movie is just over an hour and a half long. With the convoluted case, bumbling criminals, and odd Mike Yanagita scene, that’s all it takes for Gunderson to solve the case. With each season of Fargo being 10 hours long, Solverson and Burgle need something other than the mystery at hand to struggle against. They need something to hold them back and prevent them from wrapping up the season one-and-a-half episodes in.For Solverson, that was Chief of Police Bill Oswalt, played by Bob Odenkirk. He was friends with Lester Nygaard, and was therefore all too willing to believe his story. When the details didn’t add up for Solverson, Oswalt put her under immense pressure to let it go. He didn’t want to believe that his high school buddy could possibly have murdered his wife. Even when a witness saw Nygaard talking with murder suspect Lorne Malvo, he insists there’s no connection. Further, attempts to question Nygaard lead to accusations of harassment, and a direct order to drop the case. In season one, Solverson is vindicated when the ill-fated FBI agents (played by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) take a look at her work. They marvel at the how much of the case she solved on her own, and make Oswalt feel stupid for not listening to her. Realizing that he failed to see that one of his best friends was a murderer, Oswalt resigned. Solverson, for all her hard work, became the new chief.Shea Whigham, Carrie Coon (Photo via FX)It’s hard to say at this point whether Burgle will see the same vindication. With two episodes left in the season, she’s only just now gotten a major break in her case, with Emmit Stussy apparently ready to confess. It’s hard to say whether that will matter to her boss, who remains the most frustratingly difficult obstacle any Fargo protagonist has ever faced. Played brilliantly by Shea Whigham, Chief Moe Dammik refuses to believe there’s any connection between the Stussy brothers and her murdered ex-stepfather, who also happened to have taken the name “Stussy.” He’s so obtuse; he spends an entire scene telling Burgle a long story that boils down to “coincidences are a thing.” Even when a suspect is almost assassinated in the police station, he still refuses to believe anything bigger is going on.He also represents a greater threat to Burgle than Oswalt did to Solverson. While Oswalt represented a boys’ club mentality standing in Solverson’s way, Dammik is there to take Burgle’s job. Gloria Burgle is already the chief of the Eden Valley Police when season three begins. Dammik is the chief of the County Police, who are absorbing her department. After last week’s time jump, the transition is over. Burgle is a deputy and the police department has a very different look. She may yet solve the mystery, but she won’t be chief again.Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo (CR: Chris Large/FX)The AnticlimaxBurgle’s story appears to be building up to another parallel between Burgle and Solverson’s stories: An anticlimactic end to the biggest cases of their lives. In season one, though Solverson gets credit for piecing everything together, she isn’t the one to take down Malvo. That honor goes to her husband, Gus Grimly, who isn’t even a cop anymore. He’s the one who tracks Malvo to his cabin hideout, and shoots him. In the season’s final scene, he receives a citation for bravery. Solverson responds that that’s OK. She gets to be chief. The whole season felt like a build up to a showdown between her and Malvo, and we didn’t get it. It was purposefully anticlimactic, because that’s not how real life murder cases play out. And Fargo is a true story, after all.Season three appears to be setting us up for the same kind of disappointment. She’ll solve the mystery, but we may not get the Burgle-Varga showdown we all want. She may not even catch him at all. Remember, it took a cornered Lester Nygaard, the police work of Molly Solverson, and the bravery of Gus Grimly to take Malvo down. Varga seems much more competent and restrained than Malvo. Nobody has been able to get the drop on him. He may just slip away from all this unscathed.Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard, Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson (CR: Chris Large/FX)The InterviewThe best scenes in all of Fargo are when the cop asks an involved party a simple question that bothers them way more than it should In the movie, this led to one of the great scenes of cinema history. All it took was William H. Macy and Frances McDormand sitting across a desk from one another, talking. Marge Gunderson asks again if any cars had gone missing from the lot, and Jerry Lundegaard flips out. (“I’m… cooperatin’ here!”) In that moment, everything Gunderson suspected is confirmed. Lundegaard is definitely involved in his wife’s disappearance, and after he flees the interview, it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught.This scene repeats itself multiple times over the course of a season on Fargo. In season one, Molly Solverson visits Lester Nygaard at his workplace multiple times asking for clarification about the night his wife was murdered. (I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I’m just now realizing how similar the names of the major players of season one are to those of the film.) It doesn’t take long before Nygaard starts yelling at her about harassment, begging to be left alone. His disproportionate reaction gives him away, inspiring Solverson to keep coming after him.Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon (Photo via FX)Gloria Burgle has two suspects to question, though both are portrayed by the same actor. When she learns that the man who killed Ennis Stussy had a parole officer with the same last name, she starts thinking there might be some kind of connection there. One interview later, she’s absolutely sure there is. With girlfriend Nikki Swango by his side, Ray Stussy is cool and confident. Without her, he melts after two or three questions. Emmit isn’t much better. After questioning him, she doesn’t know about Varga, but it’s obvious he’s hiding something. After Ray turns up dead, she doesn’t buy the neatly packaged story Varga left for the police. She knows Emmit’s involved, but isn’t quite sure how.These scenes are where the policewomen of Fargo really get to shine. They aren’t the ones who chase down the bad guys in the end, so these are their big showdowns. They confront someone they suspect is a liar, and watch them prove it. Their styles of interrogation are a bit different. Tolman’s Solverson is relentless in her questioning, showing up at Nygaard’s office and home, constantly bringing up the details her boss is content to overlook. Burgle appears less sure of herself. As the world is changing around her, she still isn’t quite aware of how deep this murder case goes. She just knows that something is off. That’s all she needs to ask the right questions. It doesn’t even feel like she means to reduce her interviewees to quivering, shouting puddles of nerves.Jordan Peele as Agent Pepper, Keegan-Michael Key as Agent Budge, Bob Odenkirk as Bill Oswalt, Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson (CR: Chris Large/FX)MotherhoodThe policewomen of Fargo have very different relationships with motherhood. This all stems from Marge Gunderson, who was pregnant during the events of the movie. The first season managed to avoid direct comparisons between the Frances McDormand and Allison Tolman by having Molly Solverson start out a single woman. We go to know her has a funny, sharp and dedicated cop. Then, late in the season, the show jumped forward a year. Suddenly, she was married to Gus and well into a pregnancy. That’s when you realized she had more in common with Marge Gunderson than you ever thought. That’s when season one wore its movie inspiration proudly, telling you exactly what role Solverson was going to fill.Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle, on the other hand, is at a completely different stage in her life. She has a kid, and there’s no chance of a pregnancy happening anytime soon. Her son is the reason she even has a relationship with the murdered Ennis Stussy in the first place. She wants him to have a father figure to look up to, even if the closest thing she can offer is an ex-stepdad who divorced her mother ages ago.Carrie Coon, Graham Verchere (Photo via FX)Their relationships with motherhood forms how they relate to the mystery at hand. The stakes are high and personal, because for Gunderson and Solverson, they’re about to bring a child into a world that has suddenly proved to be much less safe than they’d assumed. In the movie, Gunderson tears up when she realizes that someone would kidnap, kill and woodchip people “all for a little bit of money.” In season one, Solverson’s hometown of Bemidji is suddenly home to a serial killer and a man who seems to have gotten away with killing his first wife. By contrast, season three has Gloria Burgle realizing that she can’t protect her son from the horrors of the world. She tries to give him a father figure, but he’s asphyxiated to death. She tries to fight off change, and live the small-town life she’s comfortable with, but the march of progress drags her along with it. She and her son have to navigate a world that is suddenly much bigger than the one they’ve always known.Ray Wise, Carrie Coon (Photo via FX)Why Is Gloria Different?The discerning lady cop has become a Fargo archetype at this point, but all three are very different people, and their cases mean different things to them. Marge Gunderson slowly comes to realize that humans are capable of some terrible things when a little bit of money comes into play. In the end, with the men responsible caught, she and her husband can look forward to welcoming their child into the world. Molly Solverson follows a similar journey, though the show takes the time to establish her as her own character. She isn’t as immediately snappy when an interviewee yells at her out of nowhere. It only makes her more suspicious and determined. By the end of the season, she’s in a similar place to Gunderson at the end of the film. She takes comfort in the fact that she kept her family safe. She’s proud of her husband’s accomplishments, and looking forward to meeting her child.Season three’s Gloria Burgle is the first of Fargo‘s policewomen to break this formula. That’s what makes her so interesting. In a season where the rest of the plot seems to be going by the numbers, Burgle is the one consistent bit of fresh air. It also helps that Carrie Coon is fantastic. Her story is all about getting lost in a world she doesn’t recognize. This was explored literally in the Los Angeles episode, but her own town is increasingly foreign to her. This is especially apparent when we see her relationship with technology. She doesn’t like it, and it doesn’t even recognize her. (Coon’s character in The Leftovers also shares this trait. Fargo creator Noah Hawley says he wasn’t aware of this, and Coon didn’t tell him.) This season takes place in 2010, a time when technology was rapidly taking over everyday life. Burgle refuses to be a part of it. Her police department is entirely offline. It doesn’t even have a website. It’s not until the county takes over that the office is forced to start using computers.Burgle’s distaste for technology has already saved her life once. When Varga searched for her on Facebook, he was shocked that he couldn’t find any evidence of her existence. She is the one person Varga can’t seem to hurt. Even as the world threatens to drag you kicking and screaming into the future, there appears to be some worth in lagging behind a little. Burgle’s unfamiliarity with the world around her may be what allows her to catch Varga. With two episodes left in the season, it won’t be long before we find out. Carrie Coon Joins Infinity War, A Strange Sequel and More MCU NewsFargo Leaves the End of its Story Up to Us last_img read more

Simple Geeks Guide to Blocking People

first_imgStay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Oh, what a glorious time to be alive! Social media has allowed us to get into horrible, typo–inducing, name calling, yelling at the screen, typing arguments with people we’ve never even met before. And it’s given us the magnificent ability to stay in touch with those people from high school who justify racist/homophobic/xenophobic/anti-science posts with explanations like, “I know I’m right because that’s just how I feel.” Who knew our utopian idea of the “information superhighway” would become more like a Walmart parking lot where your uncle gets too drunk and yells misogynistic things?Luckily you don’t have to tolerate this kind of hate if you don’t want to which is why I’m present the following guide on how to block those people from your life.FacebookThis is really where a lot of the nastiest stuff goes down. I mean, there are just so many jackasses out there! On FB you have a few options. When someone posts something, you can click on the little down arrow looking thing in the top right corner of their post. There it gives you a few options, one of them being to unfollow said person. This makes it so that you’re still FB friends, but none of their crap will come up in your feed. Pretty 100!But that might not be enough because they can still see your stuff and message you. So the next step is to block their ass. To do this go to the little downward arrow that’s next to the question mark in the top right corner of any FB page. Then click on settings. Then on the left side click on the thing that says “blocking” and it will give you all the blocking options available. You’d be surprised how many there are!TwitterTwitter is another place where shit weevils come out of the woodworks to harass you. Luckily blocking them is super easy. Just go to their twitter page and find the “Follow” button on the right-hand side. Next to that are three little vertical dots. Click on that, then click the block option and poof! stupid alt-right Nazi nitwit can’t see that you called him a ******.EmailSince most everyone is using Gmail, I’m just gonna explain it with that (sorrystuies@hotmail.com I still love you!). Blocking someone on email is super easy. Just open the message they sent you (containing the most unfortunate looking *insert eggplant emoji* pic in the world) then find the little down arrow in the top-right corner, and click “Block Stuart” or whoever’s name is in there.PhoneEveryone has had at least one ex who send really insane things for months after you break up. It’s painful, heartbreaking, and sometimes just terrifying. So block that jerk!On an iPhone just go to their entry in your phonebook and scroll to the bottom. See that “Block this Caller” button? Push it.On Android, go to the recent calls list, find the dope’s number and hit “Block.” Same goes for the messages they send you.Congrats on now having way less negativity in your life. This is your moment of zen!last_img read more

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first_imgBreast Imaging Discussion With Stamatia Destounis M.D.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:53Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -12:53 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 04, 2019 Ikonopedia Introduces Automated Combined Reporting Package at SBI Ikonopedia will introduce its new Automated Combined Reporting package at the 2019 Society of Breast Imaging/American… read more News | MRI Breast | May 09, 2019 Screening MRI Detects BI-RADS 3 Breast Cancer in High-risk Patients When appropriate, short-interval follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify early-stage breast… read more Personalized Breast ScreeningSharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:07Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -12:07 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Breast Imaging | July 28, 2017 VIDEO: Personalized Breast Screening and Breast Density Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, explains how read more July 30, 2009 – Aurora Imaging will show at the Breast Imaging Conference, held Sept. 15-17, in Glendale, Ariz., the new AuroraEDGE technology is designed to improve image resolution and eliminate common breast MRI artifacts for crystal clear images of both breasts, axillae, chest wall and mediastinum in a single, 3D bilateral scan.The pulse sequence and image acquisition system used in AuroraEDGE technology is said to minimize the effect of common cardiac motion on the images. The new acquisition efficiency of AuroraEDGE is used to oversample for a larger field-of-view to avoid aliasing.AuroraEDGE Image specifications are:• 3D Image Resolution 512×512, 250 slices• 0.7 mm slice thickness, no gap between slices• Offers isotropic true 0.7mm resolution in all 3 planes• Post-contrast time points obtained at 90-seconds, 4.5-minutes, 7.5-minutes, and 10.5-minutesFor more information: www.auroramri.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Breast Density Legislation and Screening SBISharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:30Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -6:30 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Partners HealthCare and GE Healthcare Launch 10Year Collaboration on Artificial Intelligence

first_imgNews | Artificial Intelligence | May 17, 2017 Partners HealthCare and GE Healthcare Launch 10-Year Collaboration on Artificial Intelligence Project vision includes co-development of open platform on which deep learning applications can be created, validated and seamlessly integrated into clinical workflows May 17, 2017 — Partners HealthCare and GE Healthcare announced a 10-year collaboration to rapidly develop, validate and strategically integrate deep learning technology across the entire continuum of care. The collaboration will be executed through the newly formed Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science and will feature co-located, multidisciplinary teams with broad access to data, computational infrastructure and clinical expertise.The initial focus of the relationship will be on the development of applications aimed to improve clinician productivity and patient outcomes in diagnostic imaging. Over time, the groups will create new business models for applying artificial intelligence (AI) to healthcare and develop products for additional medical specialties like molecular pathology, genomics and population health.“This is an important moment for medicine,” said David Torchiana, M.D., CEO of Partners HealthCare. “Clinicians are inundated with data, and the patient experience suffers from inefficiencies in the healthcare industry. This partnership has the resources and vision to accelerate the development and adoption of deep learning technology and empower clinicians with the tools needed to store, analyze and leverage the flood of information to more rapidly and effectively deliver care.”The vision for the collaboration is to implement AI into every aspect of a patient journey – from admittance through discharge. Once the deep learning applications are developed and deployed, clinicians and patients will benefit from a variety of tools that span disease areas, diagnostic modalities and treatment strategies and have the potential to do everything from decrease unnecessary biopsies to streamline clinical workflows to increase the amount of time clinicians spend with patients versus performing administrative tasks. Additionally, the teams will co-develop an open platform on which Partners HealthCare, GE Healthcare and third-party developers can rapidly prototype, validate and share the applications with hospitals and clinics around the world.With the initial diagnostic imaging focus, early applications will address cases like:Determining the prognostic impact of stroke,Identifying fractures in the emergency room;Tracking how tumors grow or shrink after the administration of novel therapies; andIndicating the likelihood of cancer on ultrasound.The applications are being developed based on three criteria:Patient impact;Technical capability; andMarket appetite.This is to ensure that the solutions being developed are not solely dependent on the data that’s available but specifically target the top clinician pain points and the most critically ill patients. The goal is to bring the most promising solutions to market faster, so they can start making an impact for hospitals, health systems and patients globally sooner.Spinal injury patients represent the types of cases where deep learning applications can help clinicians deliver faster, more efficient care, as the patients need to be treated immediately or run the risk of significant and permanent damage. For a single patient, a lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam may generate up to 300 images. In addition, a doctor may need to review prior scans and notes in a patient’s electronic medical record before making a diagnosis. A deep learning application could be leveraged to quickly analyze the data and determine the most critical images for the radiologist to read, shortening the time to treatment for trauma patients, and enabling the clinician to deliver more personalized and comprehensive care for all patients – critically injured or not.“We’re evolving the healthcare system to be able to take advantage of the benefits of deep learning, bringing together hospitals, data sets and clinical and technical minds unlike ever before,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, Ph.D., chief data science officer, Departments of Radiology at MGH and BWH. “The scope reflects the reality that advancements in clinical data science require substantial commitments of capital, expertise, personnel and cooperation between the system and industry.”Watch a VIDEO interview with MGH Center for Clinical Data Science director Mark Michalski on the development of artificial intelligence to aid radiology.Read the article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.”For more information: www.gehealthcare.com, www.partners.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | 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 | 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

Viking Sky sets sail on maiden voyage through the Mediterranean

first_img Tuesday, February 28, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Viking Ocean Cruises celebrated the maiden voyage of its third ship, Viking Sky, which sailed from Rome to Barcelona on Feb. 28. Sister ship to Viking Star and Viking Sea, the 930-guest Viking Sky will sail throughout the Western and Eastern Mediterranean before heading to Scandinavia and the Baltics this summer, then will finish out the year in the Americas and the Caribbean.“As we officially welcome our third ship to the fleet, it is a proud moment for the entire Viking family. We continue to see a positive response from our guests and the industry, which makes us confident in our future growth,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “We started in the cruise business 20 years ago, and our philosophy is still the same – we do not try to be everything to everyone. We are a destination-oriented small ship cruise line, and as we prepare to introduce a fourth ocean ship by the end of 2017, we look forward to introducing even more guests to The Viking Way of exploration.”Viking’s fourth ship, Viking Sun, will be delivered in November and will spend her inaugural voyage sailing the company’s first-ever World Cruise. Viking Spirit will join the fleet in 2018 and will sail itineraries in Australia, Asia and Alaska. A sixth yet-to-be-named ship will be delivered in 2019, making Viking the largest small ship cruise line.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthEvery cruise fare includes a guided excursion in each port, with additional optional excursion programs available. For example:‘The Hermitage Behind Closed Doors’ in St. Petersburg, Russia – Offered on the 15-day ‘Viking Homelands’ itinerary, guests receive a Privileged Access view of the vaults of one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Hermitage Museum.‘Vistas, Vikings & The Village Woodturner’ in Torshavn, Faroe Islands – Available on the 15-day ‘In the Wake of the Vikings’ itinerary, guests can gain insight into daily village life and the rich Viking heritage as they explore the village of Kvivik, site of a 10th-century Viking settlement.‘A Taste of Provence’ in Toulon, France – Guests on the 17-day ‘Catalonia to Greece’ itinerary can enjoy a private cooking lesson at a 19th-century house in the scenic Provençal countryside from Michelin-star rated Master Chef of France, Monsieur Bérard.‘Nazareth & The Sea of Galilee’ in Haifa, Israel – Offered on the 15-day ‘Cities of Antiquity & the Holy Land’ itinerary, guests can choose to visit some of the most important places in the life of Jesus on this excursion through Canaan, Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum and Tabgha.‘King Crab Safari’ in Honningsvåg, Norway – Available on the 15-day ‘Into the Midnight Sun’ itinerary, guests can set off in a deep-sea raft into the waters of Sarnesfjorden to catch their own king crab.‘Evening Concert on the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks’ in Kotor, Montenegro – On the 10-day ‘Empires of the Mediterranean’ itinerary, guests can embark on a boat for the island of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks, to enjoy an exclusive and intimate guitar recital by two Montenegrin musicians, Darko Nikcevic and Srdjan Bultaovic.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn addition, with ‘Viking Inclusive Value’, every cruise fare includes a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service—an included value of more than US$200 per person, per day for an average cruise.More information available at vikingcruises.com. Viking Sky sets sail on maiden voyage through the Mediterranean Share Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Mediterranean, Viking Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

While Guatemalan president visits Costa Rica a volcano forces massive evacuation back

first_imgAlejandro Maldonado, head of the Disaster Relief Network, said in a statement that the Fuego Volcano, located 40 kilometers southwest of the capital, is spewing lava and ash 600 meters below, forcing the evacuation of communities close to the base of the volcano. The number of evacuees is estimated to be close to 33,000 people.  Volcano Fuego is one of the most active in Central America, but a local volcanologist said eruptions are rarely this powerful.“This type of eruption is abnormal, and we have not observed it for years,” said Gustavo Chigná of Guatemala’s Volcanology Institute.Chinchilla and Pérez Molina will have a joint press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to discuss their meeting. No announcement has been made yet about whether the volcano will affect their plans.AFP contributed to this report Facebook Comments Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina met with President Laura Chinchilla at the Foreign Ministry in San José. Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina had some bad timing with his visit to Costa Rica on Thursday.While meeting in San José with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla about regional security this afternoon, a volcano erupted in Guatemala, forcing a “massive evacuation” of thousands people. Alberto Font No related posts.last_img read more

Haitians ignore govt ban on plastic bags

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too An assistant for Minister of Environment Jean Vilmond Hilaire said the minister wasn’t available to answer questions.Bag seller Ovinthe Aristide said he hopes to sell his remaining plastic bags before authorities crack down.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories “It’s fine if the government wants to ban the containers but it also needs to create an alternative,” said Innocent Petit-Frere, a 57-year-old vendor who, like many others, buys the foam containers from the neighboring Dominican Republic in bulk. He sells packages of 100 containers for $6.87.Petit-Frere wondered how people would be able to eat meals on the go without access to the foam containers, which have become ubiquitous in the capital.“You have to eat, and you just can’t put the food on the ground,” he said from his store as co-workers piled bags of imported rice.The office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced the ban in August to clear some of the litter that’s strewn across Port-au-Prince and clogs drainage channels. The measure will most certainly affect Haiti’s poor majority, many of whom make a living by selling the bags and boxes on the streets.It’s unclear how the government plans to enforce the ban in markets. But customs officials are under orders to confiscate the bags and foam boxes if they find them on the border or in airports and seaports, said Salim Succar, special adviser to Lamothe, in an email. They face arrest if they don’t comply, Succar added. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitian merchants on Monday ignored the first day of a government ban on the sale and general use of plastic bags and foam food containers.In a busy, crowded market in the hillside district of Petionville, dozens of vendors openly sold the tightly rolled bags and big packages of to-go food containers seemingly without concern that they would be stopped. Some said they will keep peddling the goods if the government doesn’t provide alternative jobs. Others said they will sell something else if the government enforces the ban. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more