Celebrities Support US Bill To Ban Wild Animal Circus Acts

October 16, 2019

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first_imgRicky Gervais, Pamela Anderson, Joanna Lumley, Shelley Morrison, and Marilu Henner are among a host of international stars supporting a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to end the suffering of wild animals in travelling circuses in the United States, through the passing of H.R. 1759, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA).Ahead of World Circus Day, 21st April, ADI called on the public to visit shows where the acts have a choice about performing, and ask their Representatives to support TEAPSPA, as urged by celebrity supporters.Multi-award-winning actor and comedian, writer, producer, director, musician Ricky Gervais: “For animals in circuses, there is no escape from the merry-go-round of imprisonment, deprivation, and being forced to perform. Elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and others live a life of desperation and fear. It doesn’t have to be this way. Please support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act and help end the use of wild animal acts.”Pamela Anderson, actress, model; internationally known for Baywatch: “Circuses like to give the idea that the animals are having fun, that’s an illusion. Animals in circuses suffer a life of deprivation, chained, and tied up, and a brutal culture where they are kicked, punched, whipped, and beaten. The circus is no fun for the animals, it has to stop. Support ADI’s call for a federal ban on wild animals in circuses.”Actress Joanna Lumley, award-winning star of Absolutely Fabulous, said: “No animal should be caged and trained to perform in the grim circumstances of a circus life. The world has changed and grown up; compassion to all living creatures must be our watchword. No circus should keep animals in these shameful and cruel conditions, and no animals should be made to exist purely for our dubious entertainment.”Beloved actress from Will & Grace, Shelly Morrison: “It may be a dream for some to run away with the circus, but for the animals it’s a nightmare. Life on the road in tiny cages, nowhere to run, takes a terrible toll, and you can see the animals literally going out of their minds. Please urge your representative to support TEAPSPA and help end their suffering.”Marilu Henner, Golden Globe nominated actress from Taxi, “These intelligent, social wild animals live sad lives on the road, confined to parking lots, deprived of everything natural… There is no place for cruelty in entertainment, and thankfully Congress has an opportunity to end this circus abuse. Please act now to support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act. This bill will protect elephants, tigers, bears, and other wild animals from being forced to suffer in travelling performances.”Audiences have been turning away from animal circuses in droves; several, including Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, have closed, while others have gone animal-free and thrived. Over 80 US jurisdictions in 31 states have now taken action to restrict wild animal circus acts.Studies and evidence has shown that the health and welfare of animals in travelling circuses is inevitably compromised due to necessarily small, barren, mobile accommodations, restriction of movement, long journeys and excessive periods of time spent in transporters and containers.Training methods are brutal and ADI undercover investigations have documented the violence and abuse occurring in the U.S. and worldwide. The tools of the trade include stun guns and other electric prods, metal bars, whips, bullhooks (a heavy bar with a sharpened point and hook), deprivation of food and water, and intimidation.These stressed wild animals also represent a threat to public safety. Escaped animals have maimed and killed workers and members of the public, including children, and animals escaping from temporary facilities in city centres or onto busy roads present hazards.Supporting the reintroduction of TEAPSPA, by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (DA-AZ) in March 2017, ADI launched ‘The Reluctant Entertainers’, an online video featuring Ed Asner, Danny Boyle, Brian Blessed, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Tonya Kay, Kim Matula, Moby, Eric Roberts, Mindy Sterling, Eric Szmanda, Alexandra Paul, and Diane Warren. Its simple message: “Leave the entertaining to the people who want to perform, they have a choice.” Watch it here.ADI President Jan Creamer said: “The circus of the future is one without animals. Animal Defenders International has repeatedly documented the suffering and abuse of circus animals, in the US and around the world. Over 40 countries have taken action to end these compromising acts, it is time now for the US to act. To help stop circus suffering, never visit a circus with animals and ask your Representatives to support TEAPSPA today.”For more information about TEAPSPA, click here.last_img read more


Survivalism in Kahnawake reconnection with natural world

October 14, 2019

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe term ‘survivalism’ often brings to mind people making bunkers, preparing for the end of the world as we know it.But look past the cliche and you’ll see there’s a whole other survivalist movement, one that emphasizes learning long lost skills as a way to reconnect with the natural world.These are the sort of values that speak to the Mohawks of Kahnawake who are hosting a series of workshops on their territory.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.last_img


Morocco Completes Financial Closure of NOOR II III Solar Energy

October 12, 2019

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Casablanca –  The consortium chaired by ACWA Power completed the financial closure of the NOOR II and III energy projects, which are the second phase of Ouarzazate solar complex NOOR, ACWA said in a statement.The projects NOOR II and III are two solar centers using concentrated solar technology (CSP) to produce respectively 200 MW and 150 MW.These projects will be financed by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) as part of the Moroccan energy plan NOOR whose goal is to produce 2 GW of solar energy which is equal to 14 pc of Morocco’s production capacity by 2020, the same source noted. These two projects will cost 2 billion dollars that will be financed with a debt/equity ratio of 80/20, and the debt is totally financed by MASEN with funds guaranteed by the African Development Bank, French Development Agency, Clean Technology Fund, European Commission, European Investment Bank, Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau and the International Bank.“NOOR has always been a special project for ACWA Power (…) that will offer the most competitive solutions for NOOR II and NOOR III and we are pleased to finish the financial closure of these two projects”, President and CEO of ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, said, adding that ACWA Power is honored to work with Masen and participate in Morocco’s ambitious program of renewable energy production aiming to produce 2 GW of solar energy by 2020.“Morocco guides us to build the renewable energy ecosystems through a transparent tender procedure”, ACWA Power Managing Director, Thamer Alsharhan, said. NOOR II and NOOR III will help in environment protection and contribute to the socio-economic development of local economy. read more


Robinson says establishment of International Criminal Court key to fighting terror

October 6, 2019

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The 11 September attacks against the United States, which constituted a crime against humanity, underscored the urgency of establishing the International Criminal Court in order to respond future terrorist atrocities, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mary Robinson told students at the American University in Beirut on Monday that the strike against the World Trade Center was a war crime “both because of the nature and scale of the attack, and because it was aimed against civilians.” She noted that while there is currently no global court to prosecute perpetrators, the Statute of the International Criminal Court provides for individual criminal responsibility. “We must ensure that this [Statute] comes into force through sufficient ratification and thereby equip ourselves with the means to deal with such horrors as that of 11 September in the future,” said the High Commissioner. She noted that with over 50 ratifications of the 60 required for the Court’s formal establishment, “the Statute could come into force in the second half of 2002,” and stressed that universal ratification “is an important goal for the world community.” The High Commissioner also said her audience was well-placed to understand the importance of a grass-roots approach to human rights. “Human rights are not something far away; they start in communities and neighbourhoods,” she said. “Who better than the Lebanese would know where resentment and intolerance among national communities could lead? For more than a decade, a whole generation witnessed the consequences of hate and blame, most of the families suffered sorrow and loss.” Complying with human rights principles “offers a vital framework to a more inclusive, sharing and equitable society in which reprisal and discrimination based on religion, race or gender have no place,” she said, adding that ultimately, “the hope for a culture of human rights is rooted in the belief that personal commitments are necessary to support and strengthen the laws and systems that protect such rights.” read more


Is TMobile violating the governments net neutrality rules with new video streaming

October 3, 2019

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by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2015 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, shows people passing a T-Mobile store, in New York. T-Mobile last month switched its customers on bigger data plans to what it’s calling “Binge On,” which lets them watch video without using up their data. The service has caused consternation among advocates of net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers shouldn’t discriminate in favor or some content versus other content. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Is T-Mobile violating the government’s net neutrality rules with new video streaming plan? NEW YORK, N.Y. – T-Mobile has introduced a program that lets most customers watch video without using up their data allotment.The free program, called Binge On, is available to those who have data plans of at least 3 gigabytes. T-Mobile also reduces video quality — even for customers who don’t qualify for free video streaming — saying that phone screens are too small for viewers to discern the higher resolution, which uses more cellular data. Customers can choose the full resolution, but they would then pay for the data. Those on Wi-Fi networks automatically get the highest quality available.Because the program works with only two dozen leading video services — Facebook and YouTube are excluded — it has drawn complaints from advocates of net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers shouldn’t discriminate in favour of some content over others. The Federal Communications Commission is taking a look.Some video providers are upset, too. YouTube says that “reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn’t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent.”Here’s a look at what’s going on at T-Mobile:___WHAT’S THE POINT OF BINGE ON?Streaming video eats up a lot of data on a phone. An hour of high-definition video can use nearly 1 gigabyte.With Binge On, video streams from 24 services, including Netflix, Hulu and ESPN, don’t count toward T-Mobile’s data caps. The company also degrades all video — even from providers that aren’t part of Binge On. T-Mobile offers DVD-level quality, which is less than high definition. T-Mobile says that allows customers to watch up to three times as much YouTube, Facebook and Amazon video, even though they aren’t part of Binge On.THE CRITICISM: Customers don’t have the option to watch in HD quality unless they turn off Binge On.THE ASSESSMENT: Being able to stretch your data further is a plus, but customers may be unaware or unhappy that a higher-quality video option was taken away — unless they take steps to disable Binge On.____ARE T-MOBILE CUSTOMERS FORCED TO USE BINGE ON?It’s the default for customers. T-Mobile notified them through email and text messages. Customers can choose the full resolution by calling T-Mobile or changing settings through the company’s websites or account apps on the phone.THE CRITICISM: Critics say the company should leave video at higher quality until customers choose otherwise.THE ASSESSMENT: When something takes an extra step to change, many people won’t, so customers are effectively forced on Binge On. That’s not necessarily bad, as it means savings on phone bills from less data use.___WILL SOME VIDEO PROVIDERS SUFFER?T-Mobile says it’s not charging companies to participate. As for YouTube and Facebook, T-Mobile says it can’t identify in all instances in which they’re delivering video rather than some other kind of content. The company says it’s working to add more companies to Binge On.THE CRITICISM: This still discriminates. Customers might be more likely to watch video from a Binge On service rather than one whose viewing counts toward the data caps.THE ASSESSMENT: It’s true customers might gravitate to the 24 Binge On services. However, T-Mobile is inviting all other video services to participate by meeting certain technical requirements, which allow video to be identified as video.___IS DEGRADING ALL VIDEO BY DEFAULT BAD FOR CONSUMERS?T-Mobile says you can turn it off, and that on a phone, the difference in quality between Binge On and HD is negligible. And T-Mobile spokesman Clint Patterson says whether or not a customer chooses to keep Binge On, video is being delivered at the same speed.THE CRITICISM: Critics point out the FCC’s net neutrality rules prohibit throttling, which it defines as “impairing or degrading lawful Internet traffic.” The FCC has banned that to stop broadband providers from behaviour “that negatively impacts consumers’ use of content, applications, services and devices.”THE ASSESSEMENT: It’s unclear whether this counts as a negative impact, as customers are ultimately saving money and can choose the full resolution.___Follow Tali Arbel at twitter.com/tarbel. Past stories are available at bigstory.ap.org/content/tali-arbel read more


Eating in front of a mirror makes meals taste better say scientists

September 25, 2019

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first_imgThe study could help lonely people to enjoy their food more  The study could help lonely people to enjoy their food more  In a further experiment, when the researchers replaced the mirror with photos of the volunteers eating, they discovered that the volunteers still experienced an increase in the appeal of food and ate more. The researchers are hoping that the findings could help lonely older people enjoy their food more and eat larger portions.”Studies have shown that for older adults, enjoying food is associated with quality of life, and frequently eating alone is associated with depression and loss of appetite,” added corresponding author Dr Nobuyuki Kawai.”Our findings therefore suggest a possible approach to improving the appeal of food, and quality of life, for older people who do not have company when they eat for example, those who have suffered loss or are far away from their loved ones.”The research was published in the journal Physiology & Behaviour.center_img Eating in front of a mirror makes meals taste better, a new study suggests.Previous studies have found that people rate food as more flavoursome and, eat bigger portions, when they dine with company, a phenomenon known as ‘the social facilitation of eating.’But researchers at Nagoya University in Japan wanted to find out whether the effect could be recreated by simply using a mirror, to trick the brain into thinking another person was present.”We wanted to find out what the minimum requirement is for the social facilitation of eating,” said lead author Dr Ryuzaburo Nakata.”Does another person have to actually be physically present, or is information suggesting the presence of others sufficient?”For the experiment, 16 adults aged between 65 and 74, were invited to eat salted or caramel popcorn for 90 seconds and then rate their enjoyment when sitting alone, in front of a mirror, or watching a monitor showing a video of them eating.The researchers found that people eating alone reported food as tasting better, and ate more of it, when they could see themselves reflected in a mirror, compared with when they ate in front of a monitor. Eating in front of a mirror improved sweetness by 25 per cent, goodness by 21 per cent and quality by 12 per cent. 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.last_img read more


German and Colombian Ambassadors accredited – see photos

September 25, 2019

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Germany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael and Colombian Ambassador to Guyana , Dr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadia earlier today (Wednesday) presented their Letters of Credence to President David Granger at a State House ceremony. (More details later)  From right- Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, President David Granger, Germany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael and his wife at State House after the Accreditation CeremonyGermany’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Holger Wilfried Michael presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger Colombian Ambassador, Dr. Alfonso Múnera Cavadia presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger in the presence of Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon who is currently performing the functions of Minister of Foreign Affairs. (MOTP photos) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJapan commits to strengthened bilateral relations with Guyana…as new Non-resident Ambassador is accreditedFebruary 24, 2016In “latest news”Guyana, Mexico commit to building stronger bilateral tiesJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”President inducts new Portuguese AmbassadorMarch 4, 2016In “Local News” read more


All set for Polands biggest mining event for many years

September 24, 2019

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first_imgMore than 20,000 m2 of exhibition space, a record-breaking number of companies, official government delegations, visitors from all over the world – Expo Silesia, the exhibition facility located in Sosnowiec, will be the venue for the World Mining Exhibition MINING EXPO, September 9-12. It will be Poland’s largest expo dedicated to the mining industry to have been held in the last decade, in addition to being a fair event of great significance for the Polish economy.MINING EXPO 2008 will be attended by major mining equipment producers. Special Joint Exhibits will be organised by companies from China, India, Australia, Turkey and Great Britain. There will also be exhibitors representing Bulgaria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, the USA. Thus, the mining industry of the world will be represented by a total of over 270 exhibitors from 23 countries. The exhibition will also attract organised groups of visitors – professionals from Eastern Europe. Official government delegations from countries such as India, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, South Africa and Laos have already confirmed their visit.This fair event will be held in the new Exhibition Centre Expo Silesia in Sosnowiec, its organiser being Kolporter EXPO. “The interest in MINING EXPO that has been shown by companies from all over the world is enormous. In terms of attendance, we have broken the record which was set by the last mining EXPO in Tehran, and that of the previous fair in New Delhi,” says Tomasz Raczyński, President of Kolporter EXPO. Honourary patronage of the Exhibition MINING EXPO has been provided by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Waldemar Pawlak, and by the Minister of the Treasury, Aleksander Grad.The World Mining Exhibition MINING EXPO constitutes part of the 21st International Mining Congress. Participants of the Congress – mining professionals, scientists and researchers from all over the world, will hold discussions in Cracow, Lubin, Bełchatów, Katowice and Wieliczka September 7-11. This year the Congress celebrates its 50th anniversary as it was in 1957 that this international institution, the World Mining Congress, was established. The main issues to be addressed are new mining techniques and technologies, while the theme for the debates will be New Challenges and Visions of Mining.last_img read more


The 9 at 9 Thursday

September 22, 2019

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee. Here, a little before nine, is all you need to know.1.#SEWAGE: A new report from the EPA says that raw sewage is being pumped into 42 urban areas across Ireland. The Urban Waste Water Report says that some of Ireland’s most scenic spots; Bundoran, Cobh and Connemara, are at risk.2.#STRIPPERS: NUI Maynooth is investigating an event in which naked strippers performed on campus. The unofficial event saw the strippers perform at a mock stag party.3.#RIP: The funeral of justice campaigner Christine Buckley will be held today. Buckley founded the Aislinn Centre for abuse survivors and was a tireless campaigner for justice for child abuse victims.4.#MALAYSIAN AIRLINES: Search teams near the area where missing flight MH370 was last spotted have found nothing, despite Chinese authorities saying that they had spotted debris from the flight.5.#FIRE: Two men have died in an apartment fire in Mallow, Co Cork. The fire occurred at 12.10am on St Joseph’s Road in the town.6.#BE CAREFUL: Gardaí are warning homeowners to be more vigilant in helping to tackle burglaries. The gardaí said that over €10.7 million was stolen from houses last year.7.#LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE: The St Patrick’s Day exodus begins today, as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste both head off. 28 ministers in total will take part in promotional trips abroad, with Enda Kenny off to Washington, Boston and New York and Eamon Gilmore heading to Paris, where he will take in Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match with France. 8.#MISTY MORNING: Drivers are being urged to take care this morning as heavy fog sets in across the country. However, the good news is that at the time of writing, it was not raining in a single Irish town.9.#ONE YEAR IN: Pope Francis today celebrates a year in office. The former Argentine cardinal has presented a humbler, more reformative face of the church in his first 365 days.last_img read more


Jamaica Making Gains in Human Trafficking Fight

September 17, 2019

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 30, 2018 – Kingston – Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Carl Berry, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit has recorded major successes since its establishment in 2005.  DSP Berry, who heads the Unit, said the body has, to date, rescued 76 victims “without incident”.He informed that more than 3,000 victims have been interviewed resulting in the conviction of four of 23 suspects, who were brought before the courts for human trafficking and related matters such as rape and facilitating prostitution.  The persons convicted were sentenced to upwards of 30 years imprisonment and ordered to pay up to $2 million in restitution to victims.“We have other matters that are ready to go (before the courts)” of which “we are very hopeful about getting convictions,” he added.DSP Berry was speaking at a public forum jointly hosted by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) and the United States Embassy in Jamaica, at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew on Friday (January 19).Highlighting other gains, he informed that three prostitution rings were displaced, including one on the Port Henderson Road, better known as ‘Back Road’ in Portmore, St. Catherine and three establishments that were responsible for hosting, housing and allowing prostitution, were permanently closed.Additionally, he said that the unit assisted in providing medical, psychological, psychosocial and in a few cases, psychiatric care.  DSP Berry said the JCF is committed to going after traffickers.“We are not sitting on our laurels; the journey continues.  We continue to, as a police force, provide security even beyond convictions. As an organisation, the JCF commits to its partners and stakeholders to be leaders in the war against human trafficking.  We commit further that we will endeavour to pursue human traffickers wherever they reside,” he assured.The forum concluded a week-long series of regional sessions and school tours from January 16 to 19 under the theme: ‘Human Trafficking is Real… Look Beneath the Surface.’  The activities were aimed at heightening awareness and understanding, particularly among students and young people, about human trafficking.NATFATIP is a multi-agency body, comprising representatives from ministries, departments and agencies and non-governmental organisations, which support the Government’s policy and action in combating human trafficking in Jamaica.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Man sentenced for threatening Vancouver officer

September 16, 2019

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first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced on Thursday to more than a year in prison related to threats he made to kill a Vancouver police officer, bomb Clark County buildings and bomb the White House.Nikolay I. Kalachik, 27, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to intimidating a witness as part of a plea bargain negotiated between Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu and Kalachik’s attorney, Todd Pascoe. In exchange for the guilty plea, Vu dismissed charges of threats to bomb, harassment death threats, and a second count of intimidating a witness.Kalachik admitted, through a Russian interpreter, that on Oct. 1 he intimidated Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik by saying in a recorded jail phone call that “I’ll have him sleep in a bulletproof vest for the rest of his life.” He also admitted to making other threats over the phone.There was no indication in court records that Kalachik attempted to act on any of the threats.Judge Suzan Clark sentenced Kalachik to 171/2 months in prison, 12 months of probation and $2,300 in court fines and fees.Kalachik made the phone threats while he was serving 90 days in the Clark County Jail for threatening Botvinnik when Botvinnik stopped him July 25 for driving without a seat belt. Botvinnik found out during the traffic stop that Kalachik also lacked a valid driver’s license and insurance. Botvinnik attempted to give him a traffic citation, but Kalachik refused to accept it. Instead, Kalachik got out of his vehicle and confronted the officer.“Do you know who you are messing with?” Kalachik said, according to a court affidavit. “I’m going to get my brigade, and then I’m coming after you.”last_img read more


New Die Hard trailer calls it the greatest Christmas story ever told

September 10, 2019

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first_img 2019 movies to geek out over But the studio behind Die Hard has quite a different perspective. On Tuesday, 20th Century Fox posted a new movie trailer of Die Hard that was recut to make the film look like a happy Christmas classic.The video has a campy voiceover and jolly Christmas music to further prove how easy it is to reconsider Die Hard as a comedic holiday movie a la Home Alone or Elf.  More movies 77 Photos Enlarge ImageWelcome to the party, pal! Help yourself to some cheeseball spread and egg nog. Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET Christmas trees, an awkward holiday office party, terrorists and big explosions are the key ingredients to the 1988 action film Die Hard starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Fans of the film have been arguing for years that Die Hard is not just a beloved action film, but a classic Christmas movie. Die Hard star Bruce Willis, however, has publicly said he doesn’t believe the movie counts as a festive film. “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie; it’s a goddamn Bruce Willis movie,” Willis said during his Comedy Central Roast this July.  Movie sequel, reboot insanity endures in 2019 Watch Avengers: Endgame trailer again, in Lego Movies led by women dominate box office, study finds TV and Movies 1center_img CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Fox The trailer reimagines Hans Gruber (Rickman) as merely an annoying party crasher who causes trouble for New York policeman John McClane (Willis), who flew to Los Angeles to smooth over tensions in his marriage to wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) at her company shindig. At the end of the trailer, Fox proclaims Die Hard the “greatest Christmas story ever told.” Yippie ki-yay, holiday revelers!  Share your voice Comment Tagslast_img read more


Ayodhya land dispute A litigant moves SC for early hearing

September 6, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi: One of the original litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking early hearing of the matter. The litigant said that nothing much has been happening in the case which was referred to a three-member panel of mediators, headed by former apex court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla, to explore an amicable solution. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told by senior advocate P S Narsimha, appearing for litigant Gopal Singh Visharad, that the title dispute needed to be listed for urgent hearing before the court. The senior lawyer said that “nothing much has been happening” in the land dispute which was referred to the three-member panel. “Have you filed an application for early hearing?” the bench asked. The counsel replied in the affirmative.last_img read more


Infosys leads Sensex rally Nifty closes above 7900

September 5, 2019

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first_imgShares of Infosys â€“ India’s second-largest IT software services exporter by sales â€“ rose by more than 8 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday after the company’s upbeat quarterly and full-year results, in addition to the guidance for the current financial year that is higher than the industry average forecast by Nasscom. The stock soared 8.17 percent during the day, but later shed gains to close at Rs. 1,238.80, up 5.70 percent from its previous close. The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 25,816, a gain of 190 points, or 0.74 percent, while the NSE Nifty settled at 7,915, up 64 points, or 0.82 percent.The Infosys-driven Sensex rally was supported by Cipla, Bharti Airtel and Lupin. Stocks that dragged the index down included Hero Motocorp, State Bank of Indian and GAIL (India). The Infosys rally did not rub off on TCS, which will be declaring its fourth quarter results on Monday. Wipro closed almost flat at Rs. 589.15.The BSE S&P Information Technology index closed with a gain of 3.09 percent, as mid-cap IT stocks such as Mindtree, NIIT, Mphasis and KPIT rose in a range of 3.31 percent to 6.22 percent.Shares of state-owned National Aluminium Company spurted 9.71 percent to close at Rs. 45.20 after the company informed the BSE that the company would consider buyback of shares at its board meeting to be held on Friday. FMCG stocks continued their rally on positive monsoon forecast by the Indian Metereological Department last week.The S&P BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods rose 1.07 percent; on the NSE, the Nifty FMCG rose 1.04 percent.On the NSE, the biggest sectoral index gainer was Nifty Realty that rose 4.77 percent, followed by Nifty IT.last_img read more


South Korea Is Building What Could Be the Future Standard in Wireless

August 30, 2019

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first_imgJanuary 22, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global How much would you pay for instant download ability?South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced plans to spend about $1.5 billion to build a national 5G wireless network to be commercially available by 2020. With the new 5G — which would be 1,000 times faster than most 4G LTE networks — users would be able download a full-length, 800-megabyte film in just one second. Yep, just one second. That’s it.Related: An Accelerated History of Internet Speed (Infographic)The country’s science ministry sees this plan as “preemptive,” noting in a statement on Wednesday, “Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology…and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years.”South Korea is home to tech heavy-hitters like Samsung and LG, and is known for not only being an interconnected nation, but having the fastest internet in the world. The 5G network would not only be a boon for country’s mobile and telecommunications industries. Apparently the faster internet speed would make it possible for travelers on 310 mph bullet trains to get access to their e-mail and preferred social media networks.When wireless reaches that speed in the U.S., well, watch out.Related: Gangnam: The Silicon Valley of South Korea  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more


Blending the Ologies

August 27, 2019

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first_img 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 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | Information Technology| July 05, 2017 Blending the “Ologies” 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 | 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 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.center_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director Related Content 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 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.  Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more As technology moves forward, so does the evolution of consolidating multiple “ologies” into a system-neutral repository to create a comprehensive package for all imaging needs in radiology, cardiology and various other ologies as well. Imaging Technology News (ITN) and its sister publication Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) often see the blending of the ologies at numerous trade shows throughout the year.For example, several elements of what will likely make up the next generation of echocardiography imaging systems, that also bridge with radiology, were showcased at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2017 scientific sessions in June. One new imaging technology is true 3-D imaging offered by EchoPixel. The technology allows 3-D image datasets to be displayed in actual 3-D from computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 3-D ultrasound. The company displayed conceptual imaging in development with GE Healthcare at ASE 2016 and at the American College of Cardiology 2017. The companies announced at ASE they now have a formal co-development agreement to make true 3-D imaging available for echo in the near future.EchoPixel says it is working with a display vendor for 3-D screens that will eliminate the need to wear special glasses. The EchoPixel technology currently is only available as post-processing, so it cannot be used for live procedures yet.Philips Healthcare was the first to introduce elements of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms on its Epiq ultrasound system a couple years ago. It takes a 3-D echo dataset acquisition and automatically analyzes the image to identify the heart’s anatomy, labels it and then slices the optimal standard views for presentation. This eliminates issues with interoperator variability, because the software will always choose the optimal views based on machine learning, which uses thousands of prior exams representing the spectrum of patient anatomical variations. This would take years for a human operator to accumulate the same knowledge. Other vendors also have introduced elements of deep learning algorithms to help analyze echocardiograms or perform auto quantifications. Next generation echo systems will incorporate more AI features to further improve workflow by auto-completing time-consuming tasks and augmenting the sonographer so they can become more efficient and consistently accurate.Many of the imaging system vendors are either developing their own AI or partnering with AI vendors. Siemens Healthineers announced a partnership with IBM Watson earlier this year at HIMSS 2017. GE Healthcare announced in May it is working with Partners HeathCare, which will be executed through the newly formed Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science. Mass General has been developing its own AI system for radiology. In addition to its Epiq echo software, Philips also developed its own AI to support and enhance its IntelliSpace Enterprise medical imaging informatics platform, which is smart enough to pull all the patient’s relevant prior exams for the same anatomy and open the images in the exact same view as the current exam.last_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

August 11, 2019

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that they have re-signed linebacker Philip Wheeler.The nine-year NFL veteran has 513 tackles, 133 games and 66 starts for the Colts, Raiders, Dolphins and Falcons on his resume. Last season for Atlanta, he recorded 28 tackles in 16 appearances.He spent the preseason with the Cardinals before being released prior to Week 1 due to his salary situation.Wheeler was re-signed by the team on Sept. 11, then released last Friday. With the recent release of tight end Jim Dray, the Cardinals had an open roster spot available for Wheeler. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is up ended by Atlanta Falcons’ Philip Wheeler, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Top Stories last_img read more


More Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia

August 10, 2019

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first_imgMore Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia and Morocco this year thanks to the restructuring of air passenger duty.This is according to ABTA – The Travel Association, which said that the countries will be “winners” this year in terms of the number of holidaymakers booking short breaks there.ABTA spokesperson Frances Tuke said that short breaks are something that “people always want to do”, despite fewer people going on holiday last year because of the recession.”The big winners will probably be outside of the eurozone again – we think Morocco and Tunisia because the air passenger duty change has positively impacted on those destinations,” she commented.Morocco and Tunisia are now classed in the closest geographical air passenger duty band, meaning that passengers must only pay an £11 levy for their flights. Before November, the cost was £40 because both nations are outside of the European Union.A recent poll by Thomson and First Choice revealed that getting good value for money is the biggest concern for UK holidaymakers this year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendHolidaymakers more likely to take single breakHolidaymakers more likely to take single breakBusy summer expected at Exeter International AirportExeter International Airport is planning to accommodate approximately 135,000 passengerslast_img read more


MOSCOW – The chief organizer of Russias World Cup

August 10, 2019

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first_img MOSCOW – The chief organizer of Russia’s World Cup says stewards will be punished after protesters ran onto the field during the final.Organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin tells Russia’s Sport Express newspaper “we will make (the stewards) ashamed” after four members of the Pussy Riot protest group and punk band ran onto the pitch dressed as police officers.The game was briefly stopped as stewards chased the protesters, one of whom shared a high-five with France’s star forward Kylian Mbappe. France beat Croatia 4-2.Sorokin says the stewards face “disciplinary measures” and suggests they backed down because of instinctive respect for police attire.He adds “we all grew up respecting the uniform, you have to agree. Yes, the stewards were unprofessional, but it’s not fair to accuse them too harshly. The people who ran onto the field were too cunning.” World Cup stewards to be punished over Pussy Riot protest by The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2018 7:53 am PDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more


August 7 2007 Located on the third and top flo

August 10, 2019

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first_imgAugust 7, 2007 Located on the third and top floor of the west half of the East Crescent are a collection of different sized apartments. The Sky Suite is a two bedroom apartment in Unit 1, Unit 2 and 3 have two studio apartments each, and Unit 4 and 5 have one large apartment each, which were used as dorm spaces for some years. We reported in 2006 on 8/16 and 9/1 on interior finishing of the apartment in Unit 5. Part of the construction team has recently completed interior work in the apartment in Unit 4. The walls were painted and carpet tile installed. [Photo & text: sa] This is a two-level open apartment with a high slanted ceiling, with a large room and bathroom on the upper level, and kitchen and dining area on the lower level. The kitchen space was used for many years as a bedroom. [Photo & text: sa] Planning and Design department selected beautiful birch cabinets with charcoal facing. This report continues on 8/15/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more