Kema Experiences at Beatton Provincial Park

October 13, 2019

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first Kema Experience in a park is being celebrated by the Doig River First Nation and BC Parks at the Beatton Provincial Park.The meaning of Kema, ‘a good place in nature’ is an innovative space that empowers people to feel rooted, connected, transformed, and energized through the fusion of contemporary art with Indigenous culture. From Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 11 am through to Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 4 pm join a the Beatton Provincial Park for this first of its kind family-friendly event.  This event is a way to begin a journey towards reconciliation shares the event organizers through learning a greater understanding of Dane-zaa culture, values and practices.The Kema Experience is said to engage the whole family through multi-sensory and interactive exhibits by learning, inquiring and playing as you explore the Dane-zaa culture.Organizers suggest participating each day to see, hear, smell, or experience something different as you wander throughout Dane-zaa structures and one-of-a-kind exhibits.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

October 4, 2019

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2013 3:39 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,362.06 up 12.29 points):International Minerals Corp. (TSX:IMZ). Miner. Up four cents, or 1.44 per cent, at $2.81 on 4.80 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Up a penny, or 0.21 per cent, at $4.75 on 3.93 million shares.Allana Potash Corp. (TSX:AAA). Miner. Up half a cent, or 1.37 per cent, at 37 cents on 3.86 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up eight cents, or 3.92 per cent, at $2.12 on 3.51 million shares. The gold sector led the advancers on the main index, up 1.17 per cent at 158.82 points.Coastal Energy Company (TSX:CEN). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.11 per cent, at $18.84 on 3.23 million shares. The energy sector fell 0.34 per cent to 266.87 points.Toronto Venture Exchange (929.53 up 0.93 points):LX Ventures Inc. (TSXV:LXV). Technology. Up five cents, or 5.88 per cent, at 90 cents on 5.68 million shares.Madalena Energy Inc. (TSXV:MVN). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 51 cents on 3.28 million shares.Company reporting major news:Saputo (TSX:SAP). Dairy. Down seven cents, or 0.14 per cent, at $48.28 on 213,750 shares. Murray Goulburn Co-operative, Saputo’s chief rival in its bid for Australia dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, has asked the Australian Takeovers Panel to intervene to force the Montreal-based company to drop its latest revised bid. read more


UAB beats Middle Tennessee in CUSA title game 2725

October 2, 2019

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Spencer Brown ran for 156 yards and a touchdown, Nick Vogel put UAB ahead with a field goal with 3:23 remaining and the Blazers, who reinstated their program last season after a two-year hiatus, beat Middle Tennessee 27-25 in Saturday’s Conference USA championship game.The Blue Raiders, who beat UAB in Murfreesboro 27-3 last weekend in a regular-season finale, were set to get a final chance with 1:21 to play but were flagged for having 12 men on the field as the Blazers prepared to punt, and UAB took a knee twice to run out the clock.The victory gave UAB (10-3) its first 10-win season and its first Conference USA championship. The program was shut down after the 2014 season before being reinstated and taking two years off.Brown’s 30-yard run from the 50 was the key play in setting up Vogel’s winning kick. Brown went 1,000 yards rushing for the second year in a row.Trailing 13-3 after the first quarter, the Blazers scored 21 straight points in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Brown, Tyler Johnston III’s 40-yard pass to Andrew Wilson and Johnston’s 3-yard run that came after Chris Woolbright intercepted Brent Stockstill’s pass giving the ball to UAB at the Middle Tennessee 35.The Blue Raiders cut into the lead on Crews Holt’s field goal as time ran out at halftime then scored on Stockstill’s 46-yard pass to Zack Dobson in the third quarter and took the lead at 25-24 with 10:08 left in the game on a Holt field goal.Middle Tennessee (9-4) came in 5-0 at home this season.The Associated Press read more


Momentous eaglet births greeted with concern from farmers

September 22, 2019

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first_imgWHITE-TAILED EAGLES soaring the skies could soon become a common sight with the successful birth of two eaglets after a 100-year absence from Ireland.The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, along with the Golden Eagle Trust, today confirmed two chicks hatched in counties Kerry and Clare in the last week.ConcernHowever, the news is being treated with caution by the Irish Farmers’ Association, who are concerned the influx of birds of prey could have consequences for lamb flocks.The eaglet births in Killarney National Park and in Mountshannon in Clare are the first since the State-funded reintroduction project began in 2007.  Both sets of breeding eagles came from Norway and were part of a scheme which saw the introduction of more than 100 birds.  However, 27 birds have been found dead and poisoning has been suspected on a number of occasions.Minister Deenihan said: “This is a momentous occasion in that we are now witnessing the first white-tailed eagles born in the wild in Ireland in over 100 years.”The principal aim of this project is to re-establish a viable breeding population of  white-tailed eagles and today’s events are a big step towards achieving that goal.Pic: Valerie O’SullivanGolden Eagle Trust project manager, Allan Mee, said the news had caused great excitement locally but stressed that the eaglets are at an early stage of development and should not be approached.“We are very conscious of the risk of disturbing the birds especially at this stage of nesting,” he said.I would stress that it is an offence under the Wildlife Acts to willfully disturb white-tailed eagles at the nest. We would caution people not to approach the nest area.IFA Kerry spokesman, James McCarthy, acknowledged the progress made by the eagle trust but said the birds need to be monitored more closely to avoid threats to flocks.“If something happens to an eagle they have a transponder on it so they can track it and bring it to the State laboratory and  do all sorts of forensic tests,” McCarthy said.“But an eagle does something to a lamb – the lamb will never be found and you have to prove it is an eagle rather than something else. So the thing is totally unbalanced against the farmer. With the increase in population there has to be some monitoring of predation of eagles on farmers’ flocks.”Read: Eagles make Clare their new nest after 100-year wait >Read: White-tailed eagles found poisoned in Co Cork >last_img read more


Create your own Bat signal with this 15000 lumen spotlight

September 21, 2019

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first_imgFor those of you who are aspiring superheroes that want to offer your local law enforcement agency a way to get your attention, lighting manufacturer 4Sevens has got you covered with its new XM18 LED spotlight. The company claims that the unit has an impressive 15,000 lumen power rating, offering plenty of light to throw your superhero emblem on the night sky.Released in Las Vegas at the recent SHOT convention, the XM18 sports eighteen different LED lights powered by 32 lithium cells that are built into the housing at the bottom of the unit. The light is weather resistant, and even includes a fan for thermal control since you can imagine how much heat this thing generates. If for some reason 15,000 lumens isn’t enough power for you, the XM18 is modular in its design, allowing you to bolt several units together to create the level of lighting you need. Hey, if your career as a crime fighter doesn’t pan out, you could always start a vampire hunting business. This flashlight is not for everyone, however, as it requires some serious power and expenditure. 4Sevens even built in a warning beep when powering the light on to let people know that a light bombardment is about to commence. With a retail price tag of $2,499, the market for the XM18 is going to be industries and professions that require a large amount of light like photographers or law-enforcement officials. Of course, if you have that much money burning a whole in your pocket, feel free to invest and experiment.Read more at 4sevens.com, via The Vergelast_img read more


FYROM provokes

September 21, 2019

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first_imgReports on the beginning of work for the placing of a statue of Alexander the Great in the central square in Skopje drew strong reaction from the Greek Foreign ministry. “Under other conditions, the decision by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to spend almost ten million euros to honour Alexander the Great, placing a statue of the Greek army commander in the central square of Skopje would honour us,” said a relevant statement by press spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras.He added that this act, apart from being colourful has as a basic axis the effort to appropriate Greek history with the aim of cultivating nationalism and confrontation. It was added that it is “in full contrast to relations of good neighbourliness and will have inevitable consequences on the country’s euro-atlantic prospect.” Delavekouras also revealed that Greece will inform its partners and allies, as well as the international organisations on this provocative act. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Watch Man Is Nearly Struck By Lightning in Shocking Video

September 19, 2019

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first_imgStay on target A lightning bolt almost struck a man near a school last week and the terrifying moment was caught on camera.Romulus McNeill was holding an umbrella and walking on a sidewalk in Conway, South Carolina, when a lightning bolt struck the ground a few feet away and almost knocked him over, WSOC TV reported. Footage captured at the Academy for Technology and Academics showed the powerful lightning bolt, which appeared to have a reddish hue, coming out of nowhere and startling McNeill, People.com noted. Lightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in ColoradoWatch: Lightning Strike Causes Toilet to Explode in Florida Home center_img The Washington Post broke down the incident in a frame-by-frame format and said McNeill was very close to the lightning bolt and most likely dropped his umbrella because of an “induced current spurred by proximity to multiple electrical channels.”McNeill, who walked away from the incident without major injuries, reportedly felt a jolt when the lightning bolt was close to him.“I saw light. I tried to get up out of there like the Roadrunner,” McNeill told WSOC TV. “I don’t want that to happen to nobody else. It was crazy.”According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes the U.S. roughly 25 million times each year. Even though most lightning happens during the summer months, people can get struck by lightning at any time. The National Weather Service reported that 12 people have been killed by lightning in the U.S. since May 3, 2019.More on Geek.com:Lightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in ColoradoWatch: Lightning Strike Causes Toilet to Explode in Florida HomeWatch the Shocking Moment Lightning Strikes Boat in Bostonlast_img read more


Mutant Mosquitoes could be ally vs Zika

September 17, 2019

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first_img Related Items:mutant mosquitoes can be ally to vs zika, mutant mosquitoes in the turks and caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – The government is considering introducing genetically altered mosquitoes to help contain the population of the type of mosquito responsible for Dengue Fever, Chik-V and Zika.On Saturday night, the nation was informed by media release from the Ministry of Health that we are now among the countries recording the Zika Virus. During House of Assembly session on Monday, the Premier identified the situation as alarming and called for calm and confirmed that the TCI is considering mutant mosquitoes to help contain the Aedes Egypti female mosquito.Premier Rufus Ewing:  “…already engaged companies involved in the manufacture of genetically modified mosquito, and while all of the studies seems to be fine with it there is much resistance to this and actually this is subject to a judicial review in one of our overseas territories”, Hon. Dr. Ewing continued:  “If this goes well and good, this is something that we may have to consider using in the future and we will have to sensitize the public about it.”Five residents, three cases contracted during travel to other countries account for the confirmed cases of the scary mosquito borne Zika Virus, which has the entire world on edge.  Health Minister, Premier Rufus Ewing said the other two confirmed reports are being investigated to find out how they came to be.“It is still yet to be cleared as to whether there is significant travel linkage or whether or not there is any associated sexual transmission of those cases that can be linked to travel or individuals who would have traveled and had sexual contact.”The Ministry of Health has still not explained why it was after five cases that the country learned that there is Zika virus here, nor have we been informed, as is commonly being done elsewhere, where the Zika is believed to have originated in the imported cases, nor do we know if there are any other suspected cases awaiting results.  What we did learn is that the individuals with suspected Zika were being monitored and that the cases did not just pop up on Saturday. “I would like to say that yes, these five cases did not just pop up on Saturday.  A number of these cases are some that were once in time suspected and before we even communicate anything as it relates to suspected cases, we had to confirm, because we have to be true that we are confirming.  We had to also go further and find out in addition to whether or not they are imported cases versus in country transmission. So lots of work has been going on behind the scenes,” said Premier Rufus Ewing. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


DWP publishes response to Nest policy amendment consultation

September 15, 2019

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first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published its response to a consultation exploring proposed amendments to the National Employment Saving Trust (Nest) policy framework.Published in March 2017, the call for evidence highlighted the government’s intention to amend the Nest Order so that participating employers can contractually enrol their employees into the Nest pension scheme, and enable them to consolidate pension provision for their employees at the outset using one scheme. The consultation therefore sought to collect feedback on whether this change would still enable the Nest pension scheme to operate effectively.The National Employment Savings Trust (Amendment) Order 2018, would additionally require the Nest corporation to undertake research regarding to the operation, development and amendment of the Nest pension scheme to ensure operations are aligned with changes in data protection law, for example the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018. The draft Order also recommends that the Nest corporation has the ability to close members’ pension accounts that have zero funds, subject to certain conditions being met. This is to help reduce inefficiencies.Providing clarification that individuals may join the scheme in the event of a bulk transfer with consent, the draft order will require that any amount must be applied to a Nest pension member’s account as a result of a bulk transfer. Primary transfer restrictions were removed from the Nest pension scheme on 1 April 2017 to provide scope for members to consolidate their pension savings.The government’s response confirms that the proposed amendments still achieve the policy aim of facilitating the effective operation of the Nest pension scheme. The revised measures have been designed to help employers when selecting a suitable automatic enrolment pension scheme and additionally provide clarification. Furthermore, the government cite that the changes will have a limited and proportionate effect on how Nest can operate in the market.In response to feedback made during the call for evidence, the government state that requiring Nest to inform employers before empty pension accounts are closed would be unduly restrictive, however Nest corporation has agreed to review this point when designing the processes nearer the time implementation.The government further commented that the Nest pension scheme should continue to focus on low to moderate earners and smaller employers during the roll-out of auto-enrolment. It also confirms that contractual enrolment receives broad support throughout the call for evidence process, and offers employers a different mechanism for joining the scheme.The response, published in January 2018, concluded: “The government considers that all the changes in the Order support the delivery of the policy intent of providing a suitable low cost pension scheme to all employers meeting their automatic enrolment duties.”last_img read more


Police search for narcotics subject in Little Havana

September 15, 2019

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police were searching for a man they called a narcotics subject in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, late Friday afternoon.According to Miami Police, officers have set up a perimeter between Southwest Eighth and 10th streets and 16 to 17th avenues. It has since been broken down.Investigators said the man is possibly a narcotics subject. They said he has a beard and is wearing a gray shirt.It is unknown if police apprehended the subject.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


iTunes for the Magazine Industry to Launch Paid Model

September 14, 2019

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first_img“We can also identify other Maggwire users with similar tastes, and based on their rating behavior we can predict which articles you will like—before you read them,” Klenovich said, likening it to Netflix’s CineMatch algorithm. Unlike Amazon’s and Apple’s approach to content distribution, Maggwire’s open platform uses HTML 5 and Javascript to “create an experience that rivals desktop coding (if Apple chooses to block our App),” said Klenovich. “Not to mention that by establishing a central hub, we can personalize content using learning algorithms, offer aggregate channels so people can discover magazine titles they love but had never heard of, and offer content to all users without the need for duplicate programming efforts from publishers.”Down the road, Klenovich said publishers will be able to create an interactive experience within their interface standards using Maggwire’s API. “Rather than programming for Apple’s Appstore, publishers will program for Maggwire’s API to create the best experience for users and the best situation for publishes,” he said. Maggwire Premium will also eventually introduce user-targeted ads to increase publishers’ online ad rates using their all-encompassing readership and user data. While pricing is subject to “small increases after the platform achieves mass consumer adoption,” Klenovich wrote, each channel will have a flat monthly fee, with base subscriptions priced at $1.99 (including one magazine title and one channel), with each additional title or channel $0.99. Single articles outside of reader-selected titles or channels will be $0.15 per basic article, and $0.25 per cover article (determined by the publisher). As far as publishers on board with this premium service, Maggwire is “in discussions with or has meetings scheduled with most of the publishers on the Maggwire site.” They are “likely a few weeks away from executing contracts with publishers.”Maggwire will offer publishers revenue sharing agreements with “a unique way of allocating channel revenue to publishers beyond simple clicks,” Klenovich said. “We are not disclosing this method to the public just yet.” Maggwire.com, a platform that provides magazine publishers with a framework for monetizing online content, recently announced plans to launch a ‘Premium’ service next year. The platform’s beta version allows readers to browse magazine articles—currently almost 10,000 per week, including Time, PCWorld, Vogue and Yachting, among others—free of charge. But “Just as iTunes proved people will pay for reliable music downloads, people will pay for a personalized magazine experience that delivers reliable content,” said Maggwire co-founder and CEO Ryan Klenovich. With this in mind, the company plans to launch a paid service to facilitate magazine content monetization. In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Klenovich said the subscriber model will deliver “premium magazine content exclusively to Maggwire users” with a streamlined user interface that’s “the most sleek digital magazine experience ever created.” The inspiration to create an iTunes for magazines, said Klenovich, was in the hopes of decreasing the learning curve that readers experience with individual magazine sites. It will also give readers access to articles across a variety of topics (i.e., personal finance channel will include content from Money, Fortune and Forbes, as well as The Economist, BusinessWeek and Men’s Health). This content will be available both online and offline. last_img read more


Rakul Preet Singh posts unzipped pants photo Her followers ask is it

September 5, 2019

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first_imgRakul Preet Singh has come under attack.Rakul Preet Singh Instagram AccountRakul Preet Singh has developed thick skin over the years after getting constantly criticised for the kind of dress that she wears. Her bold looks and messages have rubbed the people with ‘sanskari’ mindset wrong way. Once again, her look is gaining negative comments from the same set of people.The actress, in her new Instagram photo, has posted a bold picture with a message, “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack #girlpower #believe #grateful #gratitude @sashajairam @im__sal @aliyashaik28 ❤️ and abs credit @kunalgir @smackjil . [sic]Apparently, she intended to prove that the women have the power to achieve anything that she desires, but a section of people took her message another way as they objected to her unzipped pants that shows off her well-toned abs.While her ardent fans praised her look and stated that she looks “hot” in the photo, a section tried to mock her whether posting the picture of unzipped pants is mistaken as “girl power.”It clearly shows the patriarchal mindset of the society which has no issues when similar things done by male actors.Nonetheless, looking at the past, it is clear that Rakul would not be bothered about such comments coming her way and would continue to enjoy the good words being showered upon her for her acting in recently-released Bollywood film De De Pyaar De, starring Ajay Devgn.In a matter of a few weeks, Rakul is now gearing up for the release of one more biggie in the form of Suriya’s NGK, which will see the light of the day on 31 May.last_img read more


Reliance Industries reports upbeat results for March quarter

September 5, 2019

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first_img[Representational Image]Reuters fileReliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), which has interests in oil, telecom and retail, reported higher-than-expected results for the March 2017 (Q4) quarter. Consolidated net profit (attributable to shareholders) rose 12.26 percent to Rs 8,046 crore while consolidated revenues from operations increased 45.2 percent to Rs 92,889 crore, on a year-on-year basis.The company’s net profit and revenues from operations for the corresponding quarter last year stood at Rs 7,167 crore and Rs 63,954 crore, respectively, according to regulatory filings by RIL with the Bombay Stock Exchange.The gross refining margin, or GRM — a key metric for oil companies — came in at $11.5 per barrel for Q4, up from $10.8 in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.”Refining and petrochemicals businesses achieved record levels of profitability, underpinned by our ability to access feedstock competitively from global markets, maintain high operating rates and place products in growth markets,” Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL, said in a media statement.On a standalone basis, net profit stood at Rs 8,151 crore, up from Rs 7,227 crore in the year-ago period while income from operations rose to Rs 74,598 crore from Rs 54,189 crore, YoY. The company’s retail fuel outlets stood at 1,221 at the end of fiscal 2017.Reliance Jio’s subscriber base stood at 108.9 million as of March 31, 2017. The company declared a dividend of Rs 11 per equity share, entailing an outgo of Rs 3,916 crore, including dividend distribution tax.The full year, consolidated net profit came in at Rs 29,833 crore as against Rs 29,861 crore in 2015-16, while operating revenues rose to Rs 3,30,180 crore from Rs 2,93,298 crore.The company’s revenue streams comprise petrochemicals, refining, oil and gas, retail and other businesses. Reliance Retail revenues increased to Rs 10,332 crore for Q4 at a gross level from Rs 5,646 crore in the year-ago period. “During the quarter, Reliance Retail added 63 stores across various store concepts. At the end of the year, Reliance Retail operated 3,616 stores across 702 cities,” RIL said in a statement.The company’s Q4 results came after stock markets closed for the day.last_img read more


Dragon Ball Super Movie Shows Off New Looks For Goku Vegeta And

September 1, 2019

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first_img The Dragon Ball Super movie keeps getting more and more interesting as more details are released about the upcoming film. We’re particularly intrigued, however, by the fact that Frieza has indeed been confirmed for the film. Everyone’s favorite villain they love to hate is rearing his ugly, creepy head once more, and looks just as cocky (for no reason) as ever.  You can see him in the below can, looking a hot mess, as usual.I was actually expecting them to have some bulky outfit pic.twitter.com/xZHLolZ2NP— Ken Xyro | ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ (@KenXyro) June 19, 2018Honestly, though? Frieza is kind of small potatoes when you look at Goku and Vegeta’s new looks. They’re all clad in some seriously sweet winter wear. Vegeta’s got that lime green coat, and Goku looks like he’s about to start coaching a basketball game. Where did they get style like that, anyway, and where was it during the rest of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Super?AdChoices广告Dragon Ball Super: The Movie New Designs for Goku, Vegeta, Chirai and Remo pic.twitter.com/r6iyevFcaF— YonkouProductions AX (@YonkouProd) June 19, 2018This set of new artwork for the Dragon Ball Super movie basically confirms that it’s going to have some intriguing lewks for our heroes, as well as plenty of new characters to speculate about. You can see the Randall-looking character in the bottom row, as well as some light green female.Their names are Chirai and Remo according to the scan, but we don’t know a whole lot about them right now. Hopefully that changes as we inch ever closer to the movie’s release date. It’s been a long time coming, especially since Dragon Ball Super went and ended on us, so it’s just about time for us to be blessed with a new film with plenty of delicious action.In the meantime, let us know how excited you are to see the new movie! We know you can’t wait. Who are you looking forward to seeing again most? Vegeta, right? Right.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… last_img read more


Budgies found to fly at just two speeds

August 31, 2019

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first_img Learning about the birds and the bees helps aid flight People have been enviously watching birds fly around for hundreds of thousands of years, but until now, no one has apparently noticed that they fly at only two speeds: fast and slow. This discovery came about as the two researchers were conducting experiments with budgies to learn more about how they respond to changes in their surroundings as they fly. They set several flying individually through a tapered tunnel, noting how they behaved, while also recording their flight speed. In checking the data, they found that all of the birds flew at just two speeds. They flew in fast mode when there were no obstructions and when going longer distances, then reverted to slow mode at a certain point in the tunnel when they gauged it narrow enough to do so. They noted that their slow mode was approximately half the speed of fast mode. They also noted that the faster mode of flight was the most efficient for the birds.In looking even more closely at the data, the researchers found that the birds did not taper their flight speed, instead, the transitioned almost immediately from fast to slow and vice-versa, which is in stark contrast to insects—they speed up and slow down progressively. The researchers suggest the two speed modes for the birds offer some advantages, one of which is that is that it likely makes it easier for the birds to calculate distance, which is done by optic flow. Also, slow mode very clearly helps them avoid running into things.The research by the team was conducted on just one species (10 budgies conducting 80 flights in total), thus it is still not clear if all bird species fly at just two speeds. Prior research has suggested there might be some exceptions, such as some species that fly at an accelerated speed during part of their long migrations. More information: Budgerigar flight in a varying environment: flight at distinct speeds? Published 21 June 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0221 , http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/6/20160221AbstractHow do flying birds respond to changing environments? The behaviour of budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus, was filmed as they flew through a tapered tunnel. Unlike flying insects—which vary their speed progressively and continuously by holding constant the optic flow induced by the walls—the birds showed a tendency to fly at only two distinct, fixed speeds. They switched between a high speed in the wider section of the tunnel, and a low speed in the narrower section. The transition between the two speeds was abrupt, and anticipatory. The high speed was close to the energy-efficient, outdoor cruising speed for these birds, while the low speed was approximately half this value. This is the first observation of the existence of two distinct, preferred flight speeds in birds. A dual-speed flight strategy may be beneficial for birds that fly in varying environments, with the high speed set at an energy-efficient value for flight through open spaces, and the low speed suited to safe manoeuvring in a cluttered environment. The constancy of flight speed within each regime enables the distances of obstacles and landmarks to be directly calibrated in terms of optic flow, thus facilitating simple and efficient guidance of flight through changing environments. Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Budgies found to fly at just two speeds (2016, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-budgies.html Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found that at least one type of birds flies at just two speed levels. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Ingo Schiffner and Mandyam Srinivasan with the University of Queensland in Australia, describe tunnel tests they conducted with budgerigars, what they found and offer some theories on why the birds fly at just two speeds. © 2016 Phys.org Male budgerigar. Credit: Benjamint444/Wikipedia/GFDL 1.2 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


After four months Cancun police locate criminal safe house

August 29, 2019

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first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Police in Cancun have located a colony that they say is where a large majority of recent crime has originated.After nearly four months of investigations, Cancun police have located an irregular colony, Colonia Tres Reyes, which they say has been in operation for just over eight months.Police report that they colony has been used as a safe house for criminals responsible for the kidnapping and execution of the bodies located along the highway between GasAuto, Tres Reyes, Avante and Las Pencas.On May 5, elements from the Joint Immediate Response Force made up of police and military, stormed the area, but were met with gunfire from property guards who then fled.The Attorney General’s Office reported that, in an operation between agents of the Ministerial Police and the Military Garrison, they found a rural area with a safe house that also served as a training field or “guerrilla track” used for the physical conditioning of military, guerrillas and elite forces.They also located several vehicles on the property of which at least two have been reported as being involved in shootings within the city of Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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August 27, 2019

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more TomoTherapy H Series SystemSeptember 25, 2013 – Accuray Inc. announced its momentum in gaining adoption for both the new CyberKnife M6 Series and TomoTherapy H Series Systems at the 55th Annual American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Meeting taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Through presentations from leading radiation oncology practitioners and product demonstrations, attendees can gain further knowledge on the clinical capabilities of the CyberKnife M6 Series and TomoTherapy H Series Systems introduced at last year’s ASTRO meeting.Adoption of Accuray’s latest advanced product platforms continues to grow, with many cancer centers in the United States and in Europe already investing in the technology. U.S. centers include the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Tulsa Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, Lancaster General Health in Pennsylvania, Spokane CyberKnife & Radiation Oncology Center in Washington and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Centers in Europe and Asia include, the European CyberKnife Center Munich-Grosshadern (ECZM) in Munich, Germany, Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany, Erasmus Medical Center (MC), in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the Centre Oscar Lambretin Lille, France and The Severance Hospital, Yonsei University Healthcare System in Seoul, Korea.These institutions have successfully implemented the new CyberKnife and TomoTherapy Systems and are experiencing significant benefits, including reduced treatment times, improved treatment plan quality, expanded patient treatment options for the CyberKnife M6 System, and reduced treatment planning time with the TomoHDA System.“We have seen firsthand that the non-coplanar beam geometry of the CyberKnife M6 System allows us to create high-quality, high-dose distributions that can be delivered with extreme accuracy over a minimum number of treatments allowing us to minimize side effects and preserve our patients’ quality of life,” said Jeffrey S. Eshleman, M.D., director of radiation oncology, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute of Lancaster General Health in Pennsylvania. “We are focused on providing the most effective and efficient SRS/SBRT treatment option and the CyberKnife System has excelled in its ability to track and treat moving targets while sparing nearby critical structures and healthy tissue.”“In its first three months of clinical use at our center, the TomoHDA System has proven to be a versatile and efficient addition to our department,” said Prof. Eric Lartigau, M.D., Ph.D., Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille, France. “The system allows rapid treatment planning and high-precision dose delivery, a combination of features that lends itself well to breast cancer cases and helps improve overall quality, patient throughput and workflow for the department.”“In an effort to enhance the capabilities of the TomoTherapy and CyberKnife Systems, our guiding mission is always to provide patients with the best possible treatment outcomes,” said Joshua H. Levine, president and chief executive officer of Accuray. “The feedback we have received from leading radiation oncology practitioners validates the decision to further invest in our unique product offerings. We look forward to our invaluable collaborators informing colleagues of their experiences and learnings to-date at this year’s ASTRO meeting.”For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | September 25, 2013 Accuray Showcases Cyberknife M6, TomoTherapy H at ASTRO 2013 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more


CMS Proposes Delaying Clinical Decision Support Documentation to 2019

August 27, 2019

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first_imgNews | Clinical Decision Support | July 14, 2017 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor CMS Proposes Delaying Clinical Decision Support Documentation to 2019 First year would be designated for “educational and operational testing,” with no penalties for not consulting appropriate use criteria 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 | 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 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. July 14, 2017 — In a series of proposed rule changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released July 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pushed back the start date for when providers will be required to consult clinical decision support (CDS) for advanced diagnostic imaging to 2019. CMS indicated the first year would be considered an “educational and operational testing year,” meaning claims would still be paid on advanced diagnostic imaging services that do not indicate appropriate use criteria (AUC) were consulted.The proposed rule change marks the second time that required CDS reporting has been delayed. The rule was first included in the final Stage 3 Meaningful Use guidelines for electronic health records (EHRs) and was slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. At the time, however, there were no federal guidelines for development of CDS software, and vendors said it would take at least a year to create and implement the software once guidelines were available. As a result, the date was pushed back to Jan. 1, 2018.The proposed rule also notes that CMS is expanding the list of qualified provider-led entities (PLEs) that are permitted to develop AUC and clinical decision support tools for various subspecialties.  The list of qualified provider-led entities as of June 2017 includes:The American College of Radiology (ACR);The Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI);The American College of Cardiology Foundation;Banner University Medical Group-Tucson University of Arizona;CDI Quality Institute;Cedars-Sinai Health System;Intermountain Healthcare;Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology;Medical Guidelines Institute;Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center;National Comprehensive Cancer Network;Sage Evidence-based Medicine & Practice Institute;University of California Medical Campuses;University of Utah Health;University of Washington School of Medicine;Virginia Mason Medical Center; andWeill Cornell Medicine Physicians Organization.CMS is seeking comment from stakeholders on whether CDS implementation should be delayed beyond 2019 and how long the testing period should last (if providers believe it should be longer than a year).Use of clinical decision support tools will also help providers qualify for incentives under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), part of CMS’ new Quality Payment Program (QPP) to encourage the shift toward value-based care. The QPP — which includes MIPS and the Alternative Payment Models (APM) track — will replace the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), enacted in 2011, as the primary mechanism to incentivize providers to practice and report on high-quality patient care. With the initial MIPS reporting period underway this year, CMS announced several adjustments for the final PQRS reporting period in the July 13 proposed rule:Individual eligible professionals and group practices who did not satisfactorily report data on quality measures in 2016 are subject to a downward payment adjustment of 2 percent in 2018 to their MPFS services;The agency also proposed changing the number of required reporting measures from nine to six across the three National Quality Strategy domains of the PQRS. This change is meant to better align PQRS reporting requirements with MIPS data submission requirements for the quality performance category.Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders”Watch the VIDEO “Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging”For more information: www.cms.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more center_img 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 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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. 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Air NZ committed to regional growth

August 17, 2019

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first_imgATR72-600 AirNZ livery Aiming to increase regional passengers by two million, Air New Zealand released plans to spend up to US$270 million to purchase larger seven ATR72-600 aircraft for its domestic network.With the option to place an additional order of five more aircraft, chief executive Rob Fyfe told media during a press conference yesterday that the buy was part of the carrier’s commitment to building its regional network.Mr Fyfe explained that the carrier has seen a five percent year-on-year increase in its domestic network and the purchase would help meet growing demand.“Regional New Zealand is a huge important part of our network and we have seen it grow significantly,” Mr Fyfe said during the conference.“We’ve responded to that and helped thrive that growth replacing our aircraft with larger fleet.”Although the routes for the new aircraft are yet to be determined, Air New Zealand general manager Australasia airline Bruce Parton said they could be based out of Auckland and used on flights between the city and Nelson.“Making this an Auckland based aircraft will tap into the fast growing Auckland customer base that’s really starting to spread its wings to regional New Zealand,” Mr Parton explained during the conference.Two of the ATR72-600 are expected to be delivered by late 2012, followed by two more in 2013 and the final aircraft by 2014. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more


Marvel superheroes storm into Hong Kong Disneyland

August 17, 2019

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first_imgHong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) will be launching a new night time parade, as well as dedicating an area to Marvel superheroes in the hopes of attracting an older demographic.The theme park is looking to attract tourists from mainland China as it competes with nearby Ocean Park, reported examiner.com and will continue to expand the resort through opening more themed areas and hotels.HKDL managing director Andrew Kam expects new additions to “further strengthen the competiveness of Hong Kong’s tourism industry, benefitting the community as a whole”.With The Walt Disney Company acquiring Marvel Comics in 2009, HKDL certainly won’t be the last to integrate Marvel superheroes into its entertainment program with the company already designing concepts and working on incorporating Marvel characters into the Disney design. The date of actual implementation has not yet been released.Are you more likely to a visit a Disneyland with Marvel superheroes?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N Marvel superheroes get ready to do battle with Mickey and Goofy. Image: arteyfotografia.com.arlast_img read more