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Canadian dairy farmers group pans new trade pact with US Mexico

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canadian dairy farmers have panned the renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, saying the new deal will undercut the industry by limiting exports and opening up the market to more American products.Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a terse statement almost immediately after the 11th-hour agreement was announced late Sunday, following 14 months of difficult negotiations between the parties.The organization said the newly minted U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate competitive dairy classes, which the group says will shrink the Canadian industry.It said the measures will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”“This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians,” Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, said in the statement. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”U.S. administration officials said the deal provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers and limits the American impact of Canada’s controversial supply management system for dairy and poultry products.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it was a “good day for Canada” as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks that included Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton.U.S President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Monday to praise what he called an “historic” deal that came just before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada as a signatory.“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our farmers and manufacturers, reduces trade barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three great nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,” he tweeted. “The USMCA is a historic transaction!”The deal appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth and nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Freeland and Lighthizer said in a joint statement.On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office near Parliament Hill, while the White House convened its own late-night trade briefing conference call just an hour before the midnight deadline.In Ottawa, PMO officials said there would be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But chamber president Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.last_img read more

Fort St John Legion commemorates the 75th Anniversary of DDay

first_img“D-Day happened on June 6, 1944. It was one of those decisive battles that really gave name to Canada as a nation. Canada didn’t really have a name for itself until World War I at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The D-Day Invasion was another one of those incredible feats for Canadian Soldiers as they were brought on shore in Normandy at Juno Beach.”D-Day was an Allied invasion of Normandy, France that began the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control, which laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.14,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the D-Day Invasion.359 Canadians had died and another 715 were wounded or captured after the Invasion. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Legion held a Ceremony on Thursday in honour of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.Members of the Legion and the community came out to the Cenotaph to pay their respects to Canadians who had served during this critical moment in World War II.According to MLA Dan Davies, D-Day is one of the decisive battles that gave name to Canada as a nation and was an incredible feat in Canadian history.last_img read more

President to launch child protection program in Kilinochchi

The children are empowered under numerous fields such as health, education, psychological counseling, and legal advice. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is to launch a child protection program in Kilinochchi tomorrow (Monday), the President’s office said.The “Daruwan Surakimu” (protect our children) National Program which is conducted under the vision to protect children who are the life of the nation and to build a safe environment for their physical and mental development, will take place at the Kilinochchi Central College stadium. The program is conducted Island-wide under five sections, namely preventing abuse and mistreatment, ensuring their security, health and nutrition and welfare, personality development, education and uplifting life skills. The “Daruwan Surakimu” National Program was initiated as a project forwarded by the President’s office based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena under the objective to protect the children and to create an environment for them to live safely in the society. read more

Horn of Africa UN envoy urges global community to explore root causes

“I have seen with my own eyes the terrible effect this drought in having on pastoralists, farmers and their families,” UN Special Humanitarian Envoy Kjell Magne Bondevik, said in Nairobi after visiting the drought-hit district of Kajaido in Kenya. He added that children are frequently the most vulnerable in the affected communities and the losses of livestock threaten families’ ability to survive.The drought has left millions of people facing starvation in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya, compounding an already dire humanitarian crisis in countries that have been dealing with years of high malnutrition and morbidity rates, chronic food shortages and man-made conflicts.A former prime minister of Norway, Mr. Bondevik met with government officials, senior UN officials and representatives from the humanitarian and donor communities during this three-day trip. He emphasized that smoother coordination between all players in the relief field was crucial to tackle this devastating humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people in crisis.While the groups were working to bring assistance to people, “it is also very clear that much more needs to be done now and in the future,” Mr. Bondevik added.Last month, the UN World Food Program (WFP) estimated that the drought was affecting 2.5 million people in Kenya, 1.4 million in Somalia, 1.5 million in Ethiopia and 60,000 in Djibouti. At that time, the agency urged donors to provide immediate food aid for 5.4 million people as many children in the Horn of Africa were eating only one meal a day.Nearly two weeks ago the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $16 million to expand its relief efforts in the region and said 1.5 million children under the age of five were suffering. read more

Communications and Employability Skills

14 October28 young people will participate in a plant tour and classroom activities focussing on job skills, communication and the use of ICT in the workplace.Our Education Business Partnership Centres run all year round and offer bespoke, innovative, curriculum based sessions in a real business environment. Our support includes programmes for all ages, abilities and qualifications. Please contact us for more information.VenueJaguar Land Rover Solihull Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Lode Lane,West Midlands, B92 8NWOrganiserJane Harman, Education OfficerSolihull Education Business Partnership Centre0121 700 3035Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Floyd Mayweather Should Fight Pacquiao Beat Him and Then

Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms to fight Floyd Mayweather. No surprise there; he needs Mayweather to make the biggest payday of his career and to give his career the ultimate relevance. Now it’s up to Mayweather to get on board to make the fight boxing enthusiasts have clamored for since 2009.Mayweather should take the challenge, deliver a beating, collect around $150 million . . . and call it a career. He should bronze his unblemished gloves and not look back on boxing after the May 2 bout in Las Vegas, according to reports.Next month, Mayweather will be 38, meaning he’s on the other side of his boxing prowess, meaning the more he fights, the more vulnerable he becomes to losing to a lesser fighter.He has made around $350 million, and this with no endorsements. He has not lost in 47 bouts. Vanquishing Pacquiao would be the perfect cherry on top of a legendary career.Significantly, his legend will be about more than beating every man who stood across the ring from him. Mayweather, for all his annoying brashness and bragging and “making it rain,” shifted the paradigm.He took ownership of his career. He realized that he is the commodity and that a promoter making millions off his talent was not needed.He realized that he was the draw and deserved the bulk of the gate and the pay-per-view subscriptions. And so, as four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, “Mayweather flipped the script.“Floyd cut all the middle people out. I’m not mad with him. I think about how much more money I could have made if I was more business savvy. He’s a good fighter, but he’s a really good business man. . . Here’s a guy everyone said was foolish. But he came up with a game plan on how to get the money you deserve.”He deserves to live out his life with his faculties and legacy in place—not as a punch-drunk fighter who entered the ring too many times after his prime.Financially, he certainly is in tremendous shape. For the proposed fight, a source told ESPN that Pacquiao has agreed to a 40 percent cut of the revenue, with Mayweather taking 60 percent. You cannot find anyone who does not believe a May 2 bout would not implode every boxing box office record, which includes the all-time pay-per-view buy record of 2.4 million. That was the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight. The Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez match set the pay-per-view revenue record of $150 million and the all-time gate record at $20 million. This fight will eclipse all that.Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), 36, has agreed to use the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which has randomly tested Mayweather (and his opponents) for years. That was purportedly a stumbling block in the fight not being made over the years.That it could/should be Mayweather’s final bout will make it even bigger. read more

This Round Of The Champions League Might Get Wild

The UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday with the first slate of its Round of 16 games. In the video above, we explain why this year’s matchups could create some unpredictable results.Read more: Our 2019 Champions League predictions

World Cup 2018 Panama declares public holiday after qualifying

There was much excitement on the streets of Panama City (AFP/ GETTY images)(BBC) The president of Panama has declared Wednesday to be a national holiday after the country qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.Juan Carlos Varela‏ said on Twitter: “The voice of the people has been heard… Tomorrow will be a national holiday.”The national team beat Costa Rica 2-1 in Panama City on Tuesday evening.The president said public and private workers could take the day off, and school classes would also be cancelled.In a series of excited tweets, he shared a picture of himself signing the decree, adding “You deserve it”.Panamanians celebrated long into the night after the victory.Panama’s coach Dario Gomez (in blue) celebrates with Roman Torres after beating Costa Rica to go through (Reuters image)However, there has been some dispute over whether the team’s first goal crossed the line.Panama has tried to qualify for every football World Cup since 1978, but it has never been successful until now.The country will take part in the 2018 competition, which starts in Russia next June.The United States was in the same qualifying group for the North and Central America region, but failed to get through after losing against bottom-team Trinidad and Tobago.Mexico and Costa Rica were successful, and Honduras faces a play off against Australia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReggae Boyz dumped out of 2018 World Cup in PanamaSeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Deadly tropical storm lashes Central America, heads for USOctober 5, 2017In “latest news”Jamaica women create history by qualifying for 2019 World CupOctober 19, 2018In “latest news” read more

British doctor failed by his government and Syrians

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF a British doctor who died in a Syrian jail this week have spoken out against the governments – in both the UK and Syria – for failing to protect their son.Dr Abbas Khan was due to be released today but was confirmed dead on Tuesday.His mother, Fatima, visited a morgue in Beirut where his body had been taken by the International Red Cross.Following the heartbreaking trip, she spoke to BBC News about his death.“I am surprised that people cannot differentiate between a humanitarian aid worker and a terrorist,” she said, while crying, overcome with grief. “It was his profession to give life, not to take life. He can’t kill an ant, even.”She said he told her that he did not treat terrorists, only women and children.His brother Afoze said the family held “a lot of anger towards a lot of people”.“My brother was failed by both his government, by the Syrians and by a lot of people who said they would help and did not. There is a lot of anger towards a lot of people. This is a catastrophic failure. Yes, we are very angry.”Earlier this week, the Foreign Office said that Dr Khan’s death was “extremely suspicious”, adding that he was “in effect murdered” by the Syrian authorities.He had been arrested in November, about 48 hours after arriving in the country without a visa. Prior to that, he had worked at a refugee camp in Turkey.Fatima Khan had travelled to Damascus as part of efforts to have him released. She also contacted the Russian and Syrian embassies.Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister has claimed the doctor took his own life, a suggestion completely rebutted by the family.Related: Family told that a British doctor has died in Syrian jailExplainer: So what is left of the Arab Spring?Read: Defence Forces in Golan Heights send messages back homelast_img read more

5 things we learned from last nights SwedenIreland game

first_imgNevertheless, the back four will doubtless face sterner tests than the one given in Stockholm in future, and so it is only with time that a true reflection of their ability will be discerned.5. Giovanni Trapattoni has not become a bad manager overnightFollowing Ireland’s disastrous performance against Germany, Trapattoni was written off all too promptly in certain quarters.Of course, the subsequent reaction was exacerbated by several other factors – namely, the team’s equally uninspired displays at the Euros and Trap’s questionable treatment of certain players.Yet while the manner of the surrenders may have been disappointing, it would take a considerable optimist to expect Ireland to take points off any of Croatia, Spain, Italy or Germany in the first place.Sweden, on the other hand, are closer to the side’s level, and a draw away from home against the Scandinavian outfit undoubtedly represents a respectable result.Accordingly, despite a few demoralising defeats over the past year or so, it appears Ireland remain in relatively rude health under Trapattoni.Moreover, with players such as Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy emerging as potential new stars of the side, the outlook seems nowhere near as gloomy now as it did amid the spate of retirements and acrimony post-Euro 2012.Analysis: New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to Rio>Here’s how the Ireland players rated against Sweden tonight> 1. Paul Green exceeded expectations – but still could do with improving his passingUpon hearing the news that Green would be handed a surprise starting spot for a potentially make-or-break World Cup qualifier against Sweden, the typical response among Irish football followers was disbelief.However, last night, amid Ireland’s impressive display, the Leeds midfielder went some way towards alleviating the doubts about him being able to compete at this level.Granted, his passing all too often left much to be desired, but without the ball, he was very effective in playing the Claude Makelele/Gennaro Gattuso role and protecting the back four.He broke up Swedish attacks on several occasions, more often than not finding himself in the right place at the right time, persistently frustrating the Swedes with his well-timed tackles and unrelenting interceptions.That said, he’ll surely require much more than one encouraging display to merit a regular place in the side. Indeed, in many people’s eyes, he’ll remain a Championship player inexplicably chosen ahead of ostensibly superior, Premier League-based alternatives.2. Wes Hoolahan needs to start against AustriaDespite being given limited time to prove his worth against the Swedes, Hoolahan provided the side with a palpable spark immediately after coming on yesterday.Although he occasionally showed some nice touches, Robbie Keane, in contrast, ultimately delivered an ineffectual performance in attack, before being replaced by the ex-Shels star in the dying stages of the match.Hoolahan, while maybe not possessing the experience and defensive instincts of Keane, swiftly looked at home playing in his best position behind the striker, and thus deserves a starting spot on Tuesday.With his tendency to constantly demand the ball and look to play the incisive pass, the Norwich man stood out in a team that lacked invention prior to his arrival on the field, adding an extra dimension to the attack in the process.Three days from now, Trap’s team face an Austrian side that has only conceded two goals in qualifying thus far. Consequently, an imaginative player of Hoolahan’s rare ilk will surely be needed to help break down their stubborn rearguard.3. Sweden are not quite as formidable as many people assumed(Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Green of Ireland – INPHO/Donall Farmer)On the face of it, a draw in Stockholm is an extremely welcome result.However, on reflection, some fans and critics will feel Ireland underachieved, given the surprisingly below-par nature of their opponents.Yet should this really come as such a surprise? Ibrahimovic aside, the Swedish players are playing at a level that’s more or less on a par with their Irish counterparts.It seems that, in relation to the Swedes’ ability, people have been fooled by two misleading recent games – their defeat of England (it was only a friendly), and their spirited 4-4 draw with Germany (a freak result that was probably down to German complacency more than anything else).Therefore, given how ordinary their opponents looked last night, Ireland should feel confident that they can now finish (at the very least) second in the group.4. The Irish defence can cope with the absence of Richard Dunne and Shay GivenMany people feared for Ireland during this campaign, given the respective retirement and acquisition of a long-term injury of Given and Dunne – two players who have been cornerstones of the side for years.And while their absence was conspicuous in the 6-1 hammering by Germany, it was barely noticeable last night. Ciaran Clark played with the type of composure that suggested he had been in the side for years, while David Forde recovered well after one or two scary moments early on, growing into the game and making a few vital saves thereafter.John O’Shea looked a different player to the hapless individual who featured against the Germans, while Coleman and Wilson were as competent and industrious as any previous full-back in the Trap era, and have seemingly solidified their places in the backline as a result.last_img read more

Ryan Tubridy is writing a childrens book this summer

first_imgRYAN TUBRIDY IS putting his love of history into words, and is penning a children’s book.Tubridy told DailyEdge.ie that one of his projects this summer is to put a lot of groundwork into the project, which will be an historical-themed novel rather than an illustrated offering for younger readers.He’s secured a deal with an international publisher but the book is still in the early stages with no release date announced.Tubridy will no doubt have his two daughters Ella and Julia in mind when putting the chapters together.Ella, the eldest, has just completed her Junior Cert today with music as her final exam and her Dad shuddered and said he “felt like I was doing it myself”.Meanwhile the household has been up to ninety with girlfriend Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin also working and studying hard on a PhD. The 2FM presenter said that Ní Shúilleabháin is “tremendous”.Tubridy will be taking a break from 2FM in July as he heads to BBC Radio 2 to sit in for Simon Mayo. Louise McSharry, who presents a show at 8pm on the station, will once again be filling in.Tubridy speaks highly of McSharry (formerly of this parish), saying: She presents like she’s having a conversation with the listener. She’s really fantastic.Of course she is! She didn’t lick it off a stone ! *proudly buffs the plaque on the ‘Louise McSharry Used to Sit Here’ chair in DailyEdge.ie Towers*Speaking at the launch of 2FM’s summer schedule at RTÉ today Tubridy said he’s also planning to take a two week holiday “with his girls” in Ireland later in the summer.The schedule launch presented an opportunity for station head Dan Healy to evaluate the changes made to the lineup three months ago, when a host of fresh talent was introduced to listeners.Speaking at the festival-style event in Donnybrook today Healy said that 2FM has been “running a marathon while undergoing open-heart surgery” and thanked listeners and the media for giving the changes a chance to take hold and find their footing.The Republic of Telly crew with some help from Mr Ireland at today’s launch:https://vine.co/v/MIliun1UMpMEoghan McDermott, best known for his work on The Voice of Ireland, has been announced as the new weekend breakfast show presenter, which was the only major addition to the schedule.However Healy revealed a number of plans for the summer festival season, while also promising more live music, comedy and sports content.(Somewhat ironic) photos of the winner of 2FM’s ‘Miss Personality’ contest>Here’s what Twitter thought of Nicky Byrne’s 2FM show>last_img read more

Heated debate about 2010 budget

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s political parties reverted to type as they slugged it out in Parliament during the debate about the 2010 budget, just a few days after a rare show of unity during which all sides had agreed to the necessity of measures against corruption.The budget is due to be voted through today (Wednesday) thanks to the majority support of the PASOK MPs but in the meantime the government is vehemently defending its position and trying to make clear who is responsible for the current economic crisis in Greece.“The size of the deficit that we are faced with is 30 billion euros and it is your doing: your policies and mismanagement,” Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou told the New Democracy representatives in the House.“New Democracy appears to be unrepentant. Its members do not have the political courage to ask forgiveness from the Greek people for the fact that during their five-and-a-half years in power, they led this country to an unprecedented fiscal derailment and dragged its name through the mud,” added the minister.Late on Saturday, New Democracy had issued a statement criticizing Prime Minister George Papandreou for his attack on the conservatives over their handling of the economy and suggesting that he was using this to cover up for his government’s failure to come up with effective policies.In his speech in Parliament on Saturday, Papandreou had also called for the country to unite to tackle the country’s economic problems.“We need a mobilization of our political parties, unions, entrepreneurial forces, labor and all our citizens,” said the premier. “We have to put our house in order.”The 2010 budget aims to reduce the public deficit from 12.7 percent of gross domestic product to 9.1 by cutting spending and slashing waste but not through taxes on low- and middle-income earners.A poll conducted by Public Issue for Sunday’s Kathimerini indicated that 75 percent of Greeks are “very” or “quite” worried about the state of the economy and that only 15 percent think the problems will be resolved in the next year.last_img read more

Dear Roguelikes Its Not You Its Me

first_imgStay on target Not too long ago I got a code for the new mobile game Remedy Rush, the latest game from awesome Chicago-based indie developer Whitaker Trebella. From Pivvot to Piloteer, I’ve been a fan of Trebella’s work for years now, and Remedy Rush’s hook sounded strong enough to make up for it being his first free-to-play game. You play a cure fighting diseases in a human body. It’s like Fantastic Voyage or Osmosis Jones with slightly less Bill Murray, which is still great!After playing Remedy Rush, I still think it’s a cool game folks should check out, but it was disappointing to me for a pretty personal reason. The game’s random, deadly, dungeon crawler formula gives it much in common with the roguelike genre. And that’s a genre I just can’t stand. But as more and more games adopt these elements, games like Remedy Rush that are absolutely worth recommending, I’ve accepted that roguelikes just aren’t for me. And that’s okay.Unfortunately, I had to discover this the hard way. In 2009 I was reviewed the mobile port of Sword of Fargoal. At the time, I didn’t know what roguelikes even were, let alone that this was a classic of the genre. To me, this was just some weird, dated RPG that wasn’t fun and seemed allergic to progress, and I rated it accordingly. But commenters weren’t too happy about my low score. I was still new at reviewing games, I could have done more research, and I raised the score after later updates made the game more approachable. However, I stand my original critical thoughts. This was my first time being yelled at on forums for expressing my honest opinion on a game. It’s pretty wild.What is a roguelike? Literally, it’s a game that’s like Rogue, a classic 1980 PC role-playing game about armed explorers crawling through randomized dungeons where progress is totally reset whenever you die. Why don’t I like roguelikes? Basically, every staple of the genre doesn’t jive with my personal taste in gaming. I’m not the biggest RPG fan, no matter what region they come from. I prefer a finite amount of crafted levels rather than randomized elements stretched out forever by an algorithm. And since I hate losing progress in a game and save as frequently as possible, I think permanent death is the single worst video game mechanic. Fire Emblem is balanced around permanent death, but there’s a reason the series didn’t break through until after it made the punishing feature optional.Like some kind of cosmic joke, since my first encounter with roguelikes in 2009, the genre’s popularity has exploded. Spelunky, Don’t Starve, Downwell, Rogue Legacy, FTL, Galak-Z, Nuclear Throne, Darkest Dungeon, Invisible Inc. Not only do these all have roguelike DNA, but they are also all pretty acclaimed. One of the games at the Nintendo Switch event that everyone but me enjoyed was upcoming roguelike Has-Been Heroes.When making an indie game, looking to roguelikes for inspiration makes some sense. It’s a good way to make your game with cool mechanics but limited development resources last longer. See also, survival/crafting games. However, I’d argue the Souls series is also a part of this roguelike boom. I dislike those games and their fetish for difficulty through obtuse controls for the same reasons, but they are definitely a lot bigger than indie games.Fortunately, these neo-roguelikes aren’t just using the formula but evolving it as well with ideas from other game genres. Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Binding of Isaac may both feel like roguelikes, but one has players defeating monsters through dancing, and the other is a biblical dual-stick shooter where you shoot tears to kill demons and return to your mother’s womb. In general, these games have also been moving away from discouraging players with harsh death mechanics towards encouraging players to find secrets by mastering mechanics and repeating runs. They’re more palatable. I still don’t like these games, but I understand their appeal more.Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what I think. Some people like roguelikes, I’ve accepted I don’t, and that’s okay. I never really want to play Sword of Fargoal again, but after talking with the creator Jeff McCord I think he’s a cool dude and a good game designer. And honestly, there are so many good games these days; it’s kind of nice being able to write off a whole genre and free up time for games I actually want to play.If you like roguelikes or think you would, by all means, download Remedy Rush and any other game in the genre. But I know myself well enough to recognize I’m probably done with them. It’s not you, roguelikes, it’s me. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Rescue truck crashes while transporting patient in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A rescue truck was involved in a minor crash while transporting a patient in Miami Beach.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the crash that happened along Alton Road and 43rd Street, near Mount Sinai Medical Center.The rescue truck was on its way to Mount Sinai.Miami Beach Police responded to the scene, Monday. Officials said the collision resulted in a fender bender.Miami Beach Fire Rescue said no one was injured in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State BJP reins in Bill passage celebrations

first_imgHyderabad: The central leadership of BJP has restricted party cadre in Telangana from celebrating the abrogation of Article 370 on a big scale. Unlike on other occasions, the State BJP leadership restrained from celebrating the passage of the bill to repeal Article 370 and doing away with Article 35(A) steered by its party chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior leader from the party said, “We anxiously waited for the moment the bill regarding abrogation of Article 370 to be passed in the Rajya Sabha. We wanted to celebrate the occasion as the issue is not only a poll promise but is has been on the party agenda for the last 70 years from the Jana Sangh days. It was a befitting occasion for us to celebrate.” Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “The celebrations would also send a positive message boosting the morale of the party cadre and leaders across the State and elsewhere in the country,” he added. However, one senior leader of the party cautioned the State unit and told not to organise any celebrations in a big way. Therefore, the party leaders wound up celebration by distributing sweets among themselves and the party cadre celebrating the occasion. Other than giving statements terming the passage of the bills as a ‘historic occasion’ and giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah the party leaders have decided not to celebrate anything related to the scrapping of the Article 370 and Article 35(A) in open.last_img read more

Girl Scouts Cookies Go Online This Holiday Season

first_imgEverything that’s available in physical stores these days is available online. Therefore, it was only a matter of time that Girl Scouts of the US sold you their cookies online!For the first time in about 100 years, Girl Scouts of America will be able to sell their colorful boxes of cookies through mobile apps or custom-designed web pages called “Digital Cookie.”Previously, online sales were prohibited because the main motive was to teach children how to sell directly to people and manage money.But as technology is taking over all spheres of life, Girl Scouts also decided to try their hand at selling their $3-$4-box of cookies across the country. However, they would need approval from their guardians and scout councils to sell cookies online.Girl Scouts will be allowed to sell their boxed goodies through an app or their own webpage, which can be accessed only if you have an invite. The website will only have information about price and shipping system and will not have any personal data.Councils are reportedly being offered one of the two options – mobile or web-based. The mobile app allows tabs for tracking sales and delivery. The web-page also allows similar options and some add-ons where the scouts can make their own page (given they are above age 13) and also put up videos explaining what they plan to do with the proceeds.”Girls across the country now can use modern tools to expand the size and scope of their cookie business and learn vital entrepreneurial lessons in online marketing, application use and e-commerce,” Sarah Angel-Johnson, chief digital cookie executive for the organization was quoted by The New York Times.There are more than 2 million Girl Scouts in the country with about 80 percent of them selling cookies every year. The cookie box sales make around $800 million per year.But the main motive here is to promote entrepreneurship. Johnson acknowledged that web-based business was a breeding ground for next-generation entrepreneurs and added that the new program will help the scouts reach a wider audience. The Digital Cookie program will begin this month in some select areas for experimental purposes.News of the program already has some parents excited.”During cookie season my daughter is wearing her (scout) vest on the subway and people are so excited to see a Girl Scout. Strangers actually will buy a case of cookies and wait for her to call. This is going to be amazing because now she can just say ‘Give me your business card,’ or ‘I’ll take your email address,’ send the email and they can be delivered. This is gonna be sweet,” Karen Porcher, troop leader at the Bronx whose 11-year-old daughter is in the Girl Scouts, told The Seattle Pi.last_img read more

Kashi Bose Lane Puja to bring back balconies of erstwhile Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The theme for this year’s puja of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee, one of the oldest community pujas in Kolkata, is “balcony” – a small concrete structure which is associated with the life of Kolkatans for centuries.The committee will be celebrating the 81st anniversary of its community puja in 2018.Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja in North Kolkata is a crowd puller every year and the organisers feel that living up to the tradition, the footfall of people will be high this year as well. The unique concept of the importance of verandah or balcony in the lives of city residents will be implemented by the pandal artist Pradip Das. The idol of Goddess Durga will be made by Sanatan Dinda. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDinda, a well known visual artist, has graduated from the Government Art College. He is the first Indian artist whose portrait of Mother Teresa has been displayed at the Buckingham Palace.Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay is the chief patron of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee, while Shashi Panja, Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, is its president. Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (Health), of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is the chairman, while Mohan Kumar Gupta, councillor of ward 17, is the chairman of its advisory committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith demolition of the majority of old buildings in South and parts of North Kolkata from the 1980s, the balcony or verandah has almost become history now. Almost all the old buildings used to have a balcony and they provided relief to the residents of the house.Modern apartments do not have proper balconies and this has deprived the younger generation from looking at the sky, enjoying the rainbow after a shower or watching the stars at night.The balconies gave an opportunity to residents to come close to sky and it was an ideal place for kite flying. At night, they played the role of an observatory from where one could see the stars dotted on the clear sky and in many families, there were elders who used to teach the juniors the names of the stars.Seeing the full moon from the balcony was a real pleasure. For the women of two closely situated buildings, balconies were used as platforms from where they gossiped, particularly in the afternoon, with the men away at work and the children in school. When it rained heavily, children used to go to the balcony to enjoy it.The pandal of Kashi Bose Lane will give the visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Cardiac computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiography and nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging each offer advantages and disadvantages, and frequently at least two of these tests are required to get the full picture of a patient’s cardiac health.  However, in this age of cutting healthcare costs, declining reimbursements and improving efficiency, it would be advantageous to have a single gold standard exam. Technology advances are now making that possibility. MRI is ideal because it uses zero radiation, offers higher contrast and clarity than CT, can image without contrast and performs perfusion exams. But, its limitation remains its expense, ferrous metal and implantable device safety issues and the complexity of its operation. Nuclear imaging is limited because it fails to provide detailed anatomical information and uses ionizing radiation. It also is expensive, and short half-life radiotracers limit its hours of operations and on-demand use.Software advances have improved 3-D echo image quality to the point where it appears like a CT reconstruction. It uses no radiation and offers immediate images of anatomy inside the body. But, echo has a limited ability to image the function of the heart. It also requires highly trained operators to ensure precise positioning of the transducer and interpretation can be subjective. (To read about recent echo advances from the September-October 2012 issue, go to www.dicardiology.com/article/ultrasound-sees-increasing-use-interventional-procedures)CT has the major disadvantage of high radiation doses compared to other modalities, but technical advances make CT the most likely dominant cardiac imaging technology in the next decade.  The rapid expansion and decreasing cost of computing power has enabled fast iterative reconstruction software for lower dose scans. New detector technology is reducing the amount of electronic noise in lower-dose scans and new ECG gating technology has helped cut dose. Combined, these advances have reduced CT dose by more than 50 percent compared to doses a few years ago. CT analysis software now allows visualization and quantification of perfusion in the myocardium with images similar to nuclear studies, but with a highly accurate anatomic image base.  Taking perfusion imaging a step further, CT software now cleared in Europe and in trials in the United States can quantify the fractional flow reserve (FFR) for all vessel segments in the coronary tree, allowing cardiologists to pinpoint the exact lesion causing ischemia. In the future, this technology may eliminate the need for diagnostic catheter angiography and provide a detailed navigation and treatment plan for interventional cardiologists to cut procedure time and improve patient outcomes.  (To read more about these CT advances in the September-Octover 2012 issue, go to www.dicardiology.com/article/latest-advances-coronary-ct-angiography-software.)Lastly, CT is already a primary tool in emergency rooms and radiology departments across the country. Its widespread availability, ease of use and elimination of user-dependent variability makes CT a primary candidate.  News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | August 29, 2012 Which Cardiac Imaging Modality Will Become The One-Stop Shop? 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.last_img read more

IntelliJ IDEA 20192 Beta 2 released with new Services tool window and

first_imgYesterday, JetBrains announced the release of IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 Beta 2, which marks the next step towards the stable release. The team has already implemented major features like profiling tools, better shell script support, a new Services tool window, among others. With this release, the team has given a final polish to the existing features including the Terminal that now soft-wraps long lines better. This solves the previous problem of breaking links while wrapping lines. Source: IntelliJ IDEA Shell script support This release will come with rich editing features for shell scripts including word and path completion, quick documentation preview, and textual rename. Additionally, it will also allow integration with various other external tools to provide developers an enhanced shell script support. For instance, the IDE will prompt you to install ShellCheck to detect possible errors in your scripts and also suggest quick fixes for them. A new Services tool window IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 will introduce a new Services tool window, which will be your single stop to view all connections and run configurations that are configured to be reported to the Services view.  The Services view will incorporate windows for several tools such as RunDashboard, Database Console, Docker, and Application Servers. You have the option of viewing all the service types as nodes or tabs. To view a service type on a separate tab you can either use the Show in New tab action from the toolbar or simply drag and drop the needed node on to the edge of the Services tool window. You can also create a custom tab to group various services using the Group Services action from the context menu or from the toolbar. Source: IntelliJ IDEA Profiling tools for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate You will be able to analyze the performance of your application right from the IDE using the new CPU Profiler integration and Memory Profiler integration on macOS, Linux, and Windows. It will also come integrated with Java Flight Recorder and Async profiler. This will help you get an insight into how the CPU and memory resources are allocated in your application. To run Java Flight Recorder or Async profiler, you just need to click the icon on the main toolbar or the run icon in the gutter. These tools will only be available in the professional and fully-featured commercial IDE, IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate. Source: IntelliJ IDEA Syntax highlighting for over 20 different programming languages IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 will provide syntax highlighting for more than 20 different languages. To provide this support, this upcoming version comes integrated with TextMate text editor and a collection of built-in grammar files for various languages. You can find the full list of supported languages in Preferences / Settings | Editor | TextMate Bundles. In case you require syntax highlighting for any additional languages, you can download the TextMate bundle for the selected language and import it into IntelliJ IDEA. Commit directly from the Local Changes With this version, developers will be able to commit directly from the Local Changes tab without having to go through a separate Commit dialog. While working on a commit, you will be able to browse through the source code, view the file history, view the diff for the file in the same area as the commit, or use other features of the IDE. In previous versions, all these actions were impossible because the modal commit dialog blocked all the other IDE functionality. Additionally, there is a new feature for projects that are using version systems like Git or Mercurial. You just need to press the Commit shortcut (Ctrl-K on Windows, Linux/Cmd-K on macOS) and the IDE will select the modified files for the commit. You will then be able to review the selected files and change the file or code chunk. Source: IntelliJ IDEA These were some of the features coming in IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2. You can read the entire release notes and stay updated with the IntelliJ IDEA blog to know more in detail. Developers are excited about the profiling tools and other shining features bundled with this release: Read Next What’s new in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 Early Access Program is now open! Netbeans, Intellij IDEA and PyCharm come to Haiku OSlast_img read more