Preparations for High on Ice almost complete for Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the High on Ice Winter Festival only three days away, preparations for this year’s Festival are almost complete.Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says set up is going great as crews have been working in Centennial Park for the past week, setting up for the Festival.“It’s great. We’ve had crews in there, they’ve started about five days ago. So our carvers carved the big (ice blocks), we call them the commission pieces; they carve them in advance so that they are ready for viewing.” The Pembina High on Ice Winter Festival Opening Ceremonies is taking place this Friday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in Centennial Park.The Festival runs from February 15 to the 18 in various locations across Fort St. John, with Centennial Park being the central meeting area. For more information and an event schedule, you can visit the City’s website. Jordan is reminding residents to stay out of Centennial Park as crews continue to set up for the Festival.“We’re just asking for the public to stay out of the space and let them work, and everything will be open to the public on Friday at 4:00 p.m. So the site is coming along, there’s just machinery, power tools, and extension cords and stuff sitting out, so we’re just saying it’s safer for the public to stay away and let these guys focus on what they’re doing. It’s all coming along very well, we haven’t had any hiccups, and they’re just out working away to have everything ready for Friday.”As for mitigating for cold temperatures, Jordan says they will be leaving the cancellation decision up to the individuals that run the events.“We have a lot of volunteer groups that assist. So we leave it into the hands of the individuals that run the events. If temperatures become dangerous, to the point where you’re standing outside for six hours, we don’t, obviously, want our volunteers being subject to that.”Jordan also says that if the temperatures were to get extremely cold,  the event will not be cancelled as there will be warming tents set up in Centennial Park.“A lot of our events in Centennial Park, for say, are in our tent. So we have heated tent space, and that’s where we host a lot of stuff so it doesn’t get cancelled and there is still a little bit of that outdoor element.”last_img read more

Thousands displaced as massive floods in Pakistan spread to the south –

23 August 2010The massive floods in Pakistan have spread to the southern province of Sindh, where hundreds of thousands of people are on the move after evacuating their inundated villages, a United Nations official said today, as humanitarian agencies continued to deliver relief supplies to millions of those affected. “The situation in Sindh is of high concern. The water now is in Sindh and entire cities have been evacuated,” said Maurizio Giuliano, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in an interview with UN Radio.“We have hundreds of thousands of people on the move [and] if we are not able to reach all those in need fast enough, there may be a spread of waterborne diseases and, of course, food shortages and lack of shelter will not contribute to improving the situation of those in need,” he added.Evacuations have been reported from low-lying areas of Hyderabad as the second wave of flooding moved southwards, according to OCHA. Large parts of Jacobabad district were also evacuated during the weekend, Mr. Giuliano said.“We’ll only be able to know in the coming days how many people have been affected [in Sindh],” Mr. Giuliano added.The floods, which began late last month in the wake of particularly heavy monsoon rains, have so far claimed 1,200 lives and destroyed homes, farmland and major infrastructure in large parts of the country. According to Government estimates, 15.4 million people are affected, with at least 6 million of them in need of food, shelter, clean water and health care.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that it requires at least 40 more heavy-lift helicopters to boost its efforts to deliver relief to large numbers of people who remain in inaccessible areas as a result of roads and bridges being washed away by the floods. The agency brought in three of an expected five additional helicopters into the country yesterday.“We need more of these life-savers,” said WFP Pakistan Country Director Wolfgang Herbinger. “Helicopters are the only way to deliver supplies into many areas which is why we’re already using every aircraft currently available to us,” he added. WFP has to date reached about 1.3 million people with a one-month emergency rations of food.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the number of cases of diseases was on the rise. The agency said that so far, more than 200,000 of acute diarrhoea, at least 260,000 cases of skin diseases and more than 200,000 cases of acute respiratory diseases have been reported in flood-affected provinces.In a related development, the head of the UN Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Touré, today sent out an appeal for contributions to assist those affected by the floods in Pakistan.Mr. Touré said ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is working with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been disabled by the floods.“The whole world is in deep shock as this tragedy continues to unfold,” said Mr. Touré, the ITU Secretary-General. “ITU stands in utmost solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in urging our stakeholders to respond generously to meet the urgent demand for relief and rehabilitation efforts.” read more

Another batch of Lankan refugees return

A batch of 46 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who were staying in camps across the State for several years, returned to Sri Lanka from the Tiruchi airport.This the second batch of refugees returning home in a span of one-and-half months from here. The refugees, including 18 women, had been staying in camps located at Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Salem, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin and Sivaganga districts. They arrived from different places in the early hours at the Tiruchi airport and boarded the Sri Lankan Airlines flight (UL-132) to Colombo upon completion of immigration and customs check formalities at the airport, The Hindu newspaper reported. Police said the refugees carried with them exit permits issued by the District Collector concerned after obtaining no-objection certificates from Q branch CID and the respective district police. In mid-May, a group of 41 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees headed back home from from various camps after obtaining clearance for their exit. (Colombo Gazette) The refugees, who left on Tuesday, did not have any police cases against them, the sources said.They landed in India by boats in different periods at the height of the civil war in the island nation. read more

Angus begins to rebuild after tornado

The tiny town of Angus, in Essa Township is pulling together. Residents have been brought together by disaster — and dire need. A powerful tornado ripped through a neighbourhood Tuesday, destroying nearly 100 homes. But beginning this morning — residents worked together to start to rebuild their homes, and their lives.The residents of Angus are lucky that this was the only result of an atmospheric temper tantrum tossed upon their neighbourhood. No deaths. No serious injuries. Just some clean up. A lot, of clean up.Constable Kelly Daniels, OPP: “We’ve estimated between 80 and 100 because there’s varying levels of damage at this point. But we’re definitely 300 residents for the community that were affected.”Cynthia Ross, Essa Township Fire Chief: “I think it was the right time of day. People weren’t asleep. Young children were at school or out doing things. And people were up. And people were able to be aware or what’s going on.”Yet, at the time — as this EF-2 funnel cloud dropped from the sky, some people didn’t take it seriously:Others — did.“A bunch of debris started hitting the house and the car and it was really loud bangs. Stuff hitting the windows and that.”That debris is scattered across a two block area, near the centre of town. The main concern now — to determine which homes are structurally safe — and which are not.Residents gathered at the local arena to get an update on their homes — and some — came away frustrated:“They don’t have answers on when we can get back in the house. They don’t have answers on anything. It’s basically put your name on a list. If you have pets that you have to get, essentials, medication and they’ll come to us first.”“All we want to know is when can we enter the houses. How do we know they’re secure?”For now — as the homes are evaluated and damaged assessed in the town — a state of emergency remains.Damage estimates have already run into the millions of dollars, and the neighbourhood has been officially declared a disaster zone by Essa Township, clearing the way for provincial assistance to rebuild. Officials say no one had to use an emergency shelter set up last night — all 300 residents, had a place to stay. But the thing that everyone seems to be talking about for the moment, is the fact that only three minor injuries were reported, in a disaster that essentially wiped out an entire neighbourhood. read more

Ratings reflect paucity of midsummer scripted TV series

NEW YORK — If you watched TV last week, chances are it wasn’t a scripted series.The CBS crime drama “Instinct” was the only scripted comedy or drama to make the Nielsen company’s list of 20 most popular programs in prime-time last week. None of the Top 40 in cable were scripted series, either: Most were news programs on Fox News or MSNBC.That’s a reflection of the time of year and changing viewing habits.Networks rarely offer new scripted series in the summer, and the market for reruns has crumbled. Streaming services have gotten people in the habit of watching programs on their own terms.David Bauder, The Associated Press read more

Resolute Forest to permanently shut down paper machine lay off 111 workers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Resolute Forest to permanently shut down paper machine, lay off 111 workers by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2012 11:44 am MDT MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) will lay off about 111 employees as it permanently shuts down a paper machine at its Laurentide mill in Shawinigan, Que.The company said Tuesday it made the decision after a drop in demand for the type of paper produced on that specific machine.The mill’s paper machine No. 10 will stop producing on Nov. 26.Resolute Forest chief executive Richard Garneau says other factors played into the decision, including a strong Canadian dollar, rising freight and fuel costs and the continuing high cost of fibre.“Resolute must prove that it is profitable with mills that perform well, which forces us to improve our competitive edge by focusing on our best assets and cutting costs,” he said in a release.The Laurentide mill employs a total of 388 staff over two machines, which produce a combined 350,000 metric tonnes per year of commercial printing paper.Machine No. 10 produced about 125,000 metric tonnes per year.Resolute Forest, formerly known as AbitibiBowater, produces newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products.The company owns or operates 22 pulp and paper mills and 22 wood products mills in Canada, the United States and South Korea. read more

Ahead of talks with World Bank Ban briefs press at UN Headquarters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed correspondents in New York today on a range of issues before beginning two days of top-level meetings in Washington tomorrow aimed at stepping up cooperation between the United Nations and the World Bank, the institution dedicated to providing financial and technical aid to developing countries around the world.The talks with the World Bank will focus on four main areas, he said – education, climate change and sustainable energy, poverty, and the role of development banks.“First is education: one of the smartest investments we can make in the world’s future well-being,” Mr. Ban said, while calling the second issue, climate change and sustainable energy, a crisis in the making, with sustainable energy a major part of any solution.On poverty, he noted that “remarkable progress” has been achieved towards attaining the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015 but much remains to do be done in the final 1,000-day lap “and we must make this period one of action.”The MDGs, adopted by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, seek to slash a host of social evils, including extreme poverty and hunger, diseases and lack of access to health care and universal primary education, all by 2015. On the development, Mr. Ban noted that for the first time he will be meeting meet the heads of all the world’s leading development banks “to strengthen our partnership on financing and in the key area of statistics.”He noted that his meetings will coincide with the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund with presidents, prime ministers, finance ministers and others in attendance “that we hope to turn into high-level political support for the Millennium Development Goals.”Mr. Ban will be accompanied by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who “will use his time to highlight the crucial issues of sanitation and the rule of law.”The 188-member country World Bank, established in 1944 and headquartered in Washington, comprises two institutions managed by 188 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while IDA focuses exclusively on the world’s poorest countries. read more

Ensuring the lungs of the planet keep us alive 5 things you

WFP/Rocío FrancoHonduras, 24 May 2018. This micro basin in Honduras´ Dry Corridor was much smaller a few years ago, mainly due to deforestation. The Dry Corridor is not a desert, but is prone to droughts that are sometimes severe. This is why it´s important to manage rainwater.4. The UN’s growing role in forest protectionThe first time forests came to the forefront of the international agenda was at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, widely regarded as one of the landmark UN conferences. The Summit led to the adoption of Agenda 21, the first significant international action plan for achieving sustainable development, which noted the “major weaknesses in the policies, methods and mechanisms adopted to support and develop the multiple ecological, economic, social and cultural roles of trees, forests and forest lands.”The Earth Summit also saw the adoption of the Forest Principles which, although non-legally binding, was the first global consensus reached on the sustainable management of forests. The Principles called for all countries to make efforts towards reforestation and forest conservation; enshrined the right of nations to develop forests in keeping with national sustainable development policies; and called for financial resources to be provided for targeted economic policies.To better co-ordinate international efforts to put the principles into practice, an inter-governmental panel and forum were set up in the 1990s, to be replaced in 2000 by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), which meets every year at UN Headquarters in New York to monitor progress on the implementation of the six Global Forest Goals.The Goals set targets for the sustainable management of forests, and reduction of deforestation and forest degradation, and were developed as part the forest community’s response to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s overall blueprint for economic progress that protects the environment and humanity. 1. Forests are the most cost-effective way to fight climate changeArguably, protection and enhancing the world’s forests is one of the most cost-effective forms of climate action: forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing roughly 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.  Sustainable forest management can build resilience and help mitigate and adapt to climate change.Speaking at the 2018 UN climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Liu Zhemin, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said that “forests are central in developing solutions both to mitigate and adapt to climate change, adding that “these terrestrial ecosystems have already removed nearly one third of human-produced carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Through sustainable forest management, they could remove much more.”At this week’s meeting session of the UNFF, it was noted that forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, if fully implemented, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 15 gigatonnes of CO2 a year by 2050, which could potentially be enough to limit warming to well below 2°C (the target set by the international community in 2015). Today, fossil fuels emit 36 gigatonnes every year.In addition, as renewable sources increasingly replace fossil fuels, forests will become more and more important as sources of energy: already, forests supply about 40 per cent of global renewable energy in the form of wood fuel – as much as solar, hydroelectric and wind power combined. Eka FendiasparaPahmung krui Damar Forest by Eka Fendiaspara, Indonesia. One of the winners of the International Forest Photograph Contest.2. The goal of zero deforestation is close to being reachedSignificant progress has been made in international forest protection over the past 25 years. The rate of net global deforestation has slowed by more than 50 per cent, a credit to global efforts to sustainably manage existing forests, while at the same time engaging in ambitious measures to restore degraded forests and land, and to plant more trees to meet the demand for forest products and services. The goal of zero net global deforestation is close to being reached, bringing the world one step closer to the UN Strategic Plan for Forest’s target to expand global forest area by 3 per cent by 2030, an area of 120 million hectares, about the size of South Africa.3. The biggest threat to forests is…agricultureMany people will be aware of the devastating effects that illegal and unsustainable logging has on forests, but the biggest global driver of deforestation is actually agriculture, because of the extent to which forests are converted to farmland and livestock grazing land: a key challenge is how to manage the ongoing increase in agricultural production, and improve food security, without reducing overall forest areas.A major UN report on biodiversity, released in May, made headlines around the world with its headline figure of one million species at risk of extinction, warned against the destruction of forests, noting that this “will likely have negative impacts on biodiversity and can threaten food and water security as well as local livelihoods, including by intensifying social conflict.” UN News/Jing ZhangThe forests in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.5. This year’s top priorities: climate change and the real cost of deforestationOne of the key take-aways from the 2019 session of the UN Forest Forum was that, too often, forests are under-valued, because it’s hard to put a clear monetary value on all of the positive contributions they make to the world.As a result, the true cost of deforestation and forest degradation is not taken into account when policy decisions are made on land use, such as decisions to clear forest land to use for commercial agriculture. The importance of financing was another important element of the session:  sufficient funding is an essential element in ensuring effective action to halt deforestation and forest degradation, promote greater sustainable forest management and increase the world’s forest area: despite the central role forests play in protecting the environment, only 2 per cent of funds available for climate change mitigation are available for efforts to reduce deforestation. read more

Its disgusting Weve gone 17 days without a shower

first_imgPHILIP CAVANAGH SPENT 18 months preparing to row across the Pacific Ocean, yet it was only on the day he was due to set off that the magnitude of the task at hand fully hit home.The start of the race had been postponed for a few days owing to adverse weather conditions, but when they finally did depart Monterey Bay along the central coast of California to begin their journey, the 27-year-old Bord Gáis worker from Palmerstown Dublin began feeling quite emotional.Speaking to over the phone while simultaneously rowing the Pacific, Cavanagh recalls the day where it all began.“We got together in Monterey, having only met two of the lads out here. We’d been on our boat once before the race started. I wouldn’t say we were underprepared — we did have time. But I think we found that the determination to get out here takes you a long way.“We were so busy, buying things and doing a lot of work that it didn’t really hit me until the morning of the race. It was pretty emotional then even leaving Monterey Bay. I got a bit choked up. It’s quite a big commitment to do it and to actually be realising you won’t be setting foot on the earth for at least six weeks…“We didn’t have anybody at the start line, which was a shame, bar the host family that we were living with, so from that side it was quite emotional, and then saying goodbyes over the phone, it’s a lot more difficult [than you’d think].”When I contacted Cavanagh on Friday evening, he confirmed that Team Battleborn were almost 18 days into their journey — one that they estimate will cost them in the region of £90,000 (€112,000) in total. Moreover, when we previously spoke last November about the 2,100-mile trip for which he was in training, he estimated that it would take roughly 40 days to complete the challenge (he now reckons it will be closer to 42).However, Cavanagh admits he is currently not entirely sure how long a journey himself and his three teammates have left — factors such as weather conditions will be crucial in determining exactly how long their arduous adventure will last.Each team is required to bring 70 days worth of food, so Cavanagh’s crew remain well stocked in that regard. Furthermore, the current world record is 64 days, set by a solo participant back in 1997, and they are all hopeful of at least breaking that landmark.And speaking of groundbreaking achievements, Cavanagh will become the first Irishman ever to undertake the full journey should he prevail — he is part of a crew that also includes an Australian and two British men. They can also each make history in becoming the first group of four to complete the trip.And incredibly, at the time of writing, they are second out of 30 teams from around the world (though it’s largely people born in Australia, New Zealand and Britain competing) in the race.(The crew, from left to right: Darren Taylor, Dan Kierath, Barry Hayes and Philip Cavanagh, credit:“We’re coming into the trade winds in the next week or so, and it just depends how strong the winds are and how quickly they push us towards Hawaii [the finishing point]. So it’s a bit of a conundrum not really knowing how long we’re going to be out here for, trying to ration everything.“It’s a strange one, because when I started this whole campaign, it was win at all costs, trim down, [make the boat] as light as possible. But I kind of changed my mindset over the course of a year. It was the realisation that winning in this sort of environment isn’t everything. Just completing the challenge is enough.“But then once we got out here and we got the first 10 days under our belt, it felt pretty good, so we’ve been hammering the oars and doing what we can to try to pick up the pace.”And while they are currently performing extremely well, their trip hasn’t always been entirely seamless.“We have some issues with our runner, so we’ve had to manually steer, which is slowing us down. Our ladder broke, we’ve had broken oars, that sort of thing, so that’s all slowed us down. But we’ve been keeping a close eye on the leaderboard and we’d love to be in contention coming into the last week. So we’re pushing our bodies as hard as we physically can at the moment to try to keep within touch distance of the first-place team.”And while the aforementioned inconveniences can ultimately be rectified without great difficulty, one issue at the start of their trip threatened to derail the journey entirely. Dan Kierath, the Australian member of the team, fell badly ill for a considerable period not long after they had set off from Monterey.“He came down with severe sea sickness,” Cavanagh explains. “He was basically bed ridden for the first week of the trip. The first two or three days he was getting out of bed, rowing, getting sick, and then rowing again. So we pulled him off the oars, we were in touch with the medical team on land and they told us if he didn’t improve ‘within the next 12 hours,’ then he’d have to go off the boat.”A member of the crew leaving the boat would have resulted in disqualification for the entire team, so it was fortunate that Kierath’s condition promptly improved thereafter.“We were kind of force feeding him and making him drink water… So that was probably the closest call we had, but none of the lads have done anything quite spectacular like this before. We’ve a lot to prove, but I knew from meeting them that we’d have the grit and determination to make it to the finishing line. And I still think we’d be doing quite well [to finish], whether we win the race or not.”And while Cavanagh has luckily avoided such intensive illness himself, his current surroundings are far from comfortable. Is there anything in particular he misses from home?“Apart from pints?” he laughs. “It’s disgusting! We’ve gone 17 days without a shower. We just hose ourselves down with a 500ml bottle of Gatorade with water in it and that’s our shower. We’ve no space to ourselves. My pillow consists of a tool kit and a load of chocolate bars that we haven’t yet eaten. And then I’m sleeping beside Darren, who likes to sleep fully naked, which is an experience to say the least. So personal space is probably the main thing.” Source: Discovery TV/YouTubeSimilarly, during our previous conversation last November, Cavanagh also mentioned a number of potential problems, which included shark attacks and stormy weather. Has he encountered any of these hazards?“The closest we’ve seen to a shark has been one turtle. Myself and Darren were on the oars and I thought I saw a Mexican hat, a sombrero, and I didn’t say anything, because I thought I was hallucinating again, but then Darren was looking at me and said: ‘Did you see the turtle?’ So we had an argument over whether it was a turtle or a sombrero. So no, we’ve haven’t seen much wildlife.“In terms of the weather, the first week was an eye opener, as none of us had been in these conditions — I don’t think anyone in the race had. We knew it’d be tough to get away from Monterey. It was quite difficult for us to get out of the Bay. We had 25 to 30 foot waves for three or four days into the night. It’s pretty scary when you can’t see them coming and you’re just sitting there. But that’s the sort of thing you can’t train for — you have to deal with it when you’re out there.”He continues, outlining how each team member sleeps six times a day in two-hour intervals: “In one way, it only feels like we’re just getting out here, in another, it feels like an eternity [since we started the race]. We’ve been essentially always rowing two hours on, two hours off. The first thing to hit us was sleep deprivation. We were expecting that to be pretty tough and it has been.“We’re kind of getting into a rhythm, which is fairly good, with our two-hour rows. The night shifts are still the hardest part of it. Trying to stay awake at the oars is really difficult at four o’clock in the morning, when you want to be having a cup of tea in your bed.“But I think we’ve adapted fairly well. We nearly capsized one of the days and one of the lads was on deck, and his main priority was to make sure the shoes didn’t go overboard. So that’s the sort of thing we’ve [had to worry about].“We’re relatively calm. Everything that’s happened to us we’ve taken one step at a time. We had the 25 and 30-foot waves, but if we have them again, they wouldn’t seem as big. It’s just the first time [it happens], everything seems worse.”(Team Battleborn pose for a pic — credit: ©Ellen-Hoke-Photography/ further challenge is rationing food. All the team are under strict instructions in this regard, as a failure to “get the balance right” could seriously jeopardise their prospects.And despite trying to eat as much as he can, Cavanagh estimates that he has lost a stone and a half in weight so far.“We [ideally want] 4,500 calories per person per day, but it’s just impossible to get that many into you,” he says. “And then just protein shakes and things like that. But there’s been no massively scary moments, just a slow realisation that we’re in this for the long haul.”He adds: “A lot of teams will want to trim their provisions down to get rid of some extra supplies that they have. So it’s trying to balance speed with common sense and making sure you do have enough to get you to the other side.”Despite having limited minutes to make calls, Cavanagh has been in touch with friends and family from home via phone, as well as through emails and texts. He is also regularly in touch with one of their sponsors,, providing updates of their progress in the process.Moreover, having only come into contact with his teammates for the first time when they started preparing for this trip, Cavanagh says the crew have gotten on relatively well so far, despite constantly being within such close proximity of one another.Speaking to on this very issue last November, Cavanagh explained:“I’ve said to the other lads, we’ve only really three rules on board — with the tight space that we have, there’s no negativity on the boat because you can’t go anywhere if you have a fight with somebody. The second rule is don’t be late for your shift. It’s important that you’re not two or three minutes late where those 60 seconds on the boat are golden — that’s all you have. Then the third rule is do not miss your shift. You find you get to the point where you’re bartering — you get to the point where you say: ‘I’ll give you this if you do five minutes.’”The team are generally all complying with these rules, and have consequently maintained a good relationship.“There have been no arguments onboard and we’re working closely with Teamwork to make sure we’re functioning as a team. From that aspect, it’s useful, because this is really a psychological challenge as opposed to a physical one. There isn’t that much of a physical challenge to just getting up and rowing again.“I’ve done a lot of sports psychology. That sort of stuff prepares you for these situations, and you know you’re going to miss the treats at home and things like that. But that’ll make it a lot sweeter when we do get to Hawaii. I think we’ll appreciate the smaller things in life more.”As part of their trip, Philip Cavanagh and his teammates are taking part in a fundraising initiative for a number of charities, including Aware and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. For more details on how to donate, please visit their website at are the best and worst XIs of the World Cup’s third round of games>‘This is Brazil’ shrug locals as football fans endure epic journey through floods>last_img read more

Marée noire la neutralisation totale du puits endommagé retardée dans le golfe

first_imgMarée noire : la neutralisation totale du puits endommagé retardée dans le golfe du MexiqueÉtats-Unis- La présence de débris de ciment, ainsi que des inquiétudes quant à la pression ont conduit BP à retarder la neutralisation totale du puits de pétrole endommagé à l’origine de la marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique.Les autorités américaines ont annoncé lundi la suspension des opérations de neutralisation du puits. Baptisée “Bottom Kill”, cette manœuvre consiste à utiliser deux puits de dérivation pour cimenter le puits par en-dessous. Le groupe britannique BP entendait achever l’opération à la mi-août.À lire aussiMarée noire : un oléoduc déverse des litres de pétrole dans une rivière d’AmazonieChargé de la lutte contre la marée noire pour le gouvernement américain, l’amiral Thad Allen a expliqué cette décision en invoquant la possibilité que des débris de ciment aient emprisonné du pétrole à l’intérieur du puits lors de l’opération “Static Kill”, qui avait été conduite au début du mois. Cette opération de cimentation avait permis de sceller par le haut le puits à l’origine de la marée noire.Il est désormais envisagé d’injecter au préalable des boues de forage par en-dessous, avant de cimenter le puits. “Nous allons commencer à injecter la boue et le ciment, cela va créer de la pression”, a expliqué Thad Allen. “Nous voulons nous assurer, avant que je n’ordonne et donne les directives à BP pour le faire, que nous connaissons les conséquences entraînées par cette pression et que nous saurons les gérer” a-t-il souligné.Une fois ce feu vert donné, sept jours devraient être nécessaires pour achever les tests de pression et pouvoir enfin déclarer le puits condamné. Ce dernier a déversé depuis le 20 avril dernier, quelque 4,9 millions de barils de pétrole, soit 780 millions de litres dans la mer.Le 17 août 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ESPC to Help Rock Island Arsenal to Replace CoalFired Heating

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a project designed to save money and reduce carbon emissions, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., will replace its 101-year-old coal-fired central steam plant with natural gas boilers throughout the island.The $22.4-million modernization project will be funded by a 15-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) from Honeywell. The company guarantees the upgrades will generate enough savings each year to pay for the work, eliminating the need for upfront capital or additional taxpayer dollars.The improvements also will help the garrison address recent changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act calling for a reduction of coal use or the installation of costly pollution control equipment in plants that burn fossil fuels.As part of the project, Honeywell will replace the existing coal-fired central steam plant with high-efficiency natural gas boilers at about 30 buildings, according to a company press release. The revamp to the heating system is expected to reduce energy consumption by 11 percent and water consumption by 12 percent. The work should also reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 20,800 metric tons.“Evolving our operation to be more efficient and sustainable not only helps protect the environment, but also the well-being of the community, which we’ve been a part of for more than 150 years,” said Garrison Command Col. Elmer Speights Jr. “With this project, we’ll reduce our operating costs significantly while also lowering our environmental impact by eliminating our reliance on coal as a heating source.”The project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016. This work builds on a previous modernization project at the arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. Taken together, the two efforts are expected to cut arsenal-wide energy use by more than 35 percent and water consumption by approximately 30 percent.last_img read more

Captain Marvel zooms past 900 million but Us scares up boxoffice crown

first_img 7 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel merchandise isn’t kitten around with Goose and Carol Captain Marvel zooming toward $1 billion at the global box office Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Related stories Originally published March 23.Update March 24: Notes that Captain Marvel has now passed $900 million in earnings.center_img Share your voice Captain Marvel now stands as the No. 10  superhero release of all time internationally, and No. 21 in the US. Internationally, the movie’s earnings have jetted it past 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which earned $891 million internationally; 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned $880 million internationally; and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which earned $874 million internationally. As of Friday, the earnings had already sent Captain Marvel soaring past another superhero film starring a female hero, 2017’s Wonder Woman, which earned $822 million globally. The film topped the box office for its first two weeks in theaters, but shed that title this week to Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us. Us scared up the third-largest box office opening for a horror film ever, earning $70.3 million at the domestic box office, The Hollywood Reporter notes. The only two horror films to top Us are 2017’s It, with $123.4 million, and 2018’s Halloween, which earned $76.2 million. Captain Marvel hasn’t even been open a month and is on its way to earning one billion dollars globally. Marvel Captain Marvel continues to soar at the box office, and just crossed the $900 million mark in global earnings. The superhero film, starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, has earned more than $910 million globally in 19 days in theaters, Disney reported Sunday. That breaks down to more than $322 million domestically and $589 million outside the US. Comments TV and Movies Tags 3:41last_img read more

Toy Story 4 trailer hints at road trip adventure

first_img $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody on a big road trip Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Disney,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 0 Toy Story 4 opens in Australia on June 20 and in the US and UK on June 21.First published at 6:10 a.m. PTUpdated at 6:32 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. TV and Movies JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET $999 Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Read the AirPods review Comments 2:19 Hapless new pal Forky will spark Toy Story 4’s adventure, as Woody and the gang set out to rescue him. Disney Disney released another trailer for Toy Story 4 on Tuesday, giving us more hints of about the quest to find a new pal who’s lost.The fourth movie in the 24-year-old Pixar series sends Woody the cowboy (Tom Hanks), space legend Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and their pals on another adventure, this time to track down Forky the spork (Tony Hale). Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 2019 movies to geek out over Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the Rylo camera preview See It Rylo Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Amazon See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP Share your voice Share your voice Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 77 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags $210 at Best Buylast_img read more

HP Inc to cut about 4000 jobs in next 3 years

first_imgHP Inc will lay-off about 3,000 to 4,000 employees over the course of the next three years as the American technology company has been struggling due to a weak market.In February, the company, which houses the hardware business of Hewlett-Packard, had said that it would accelerate its restructuring program and cut around 3,000 odd jobs by the end of the financial year 2016.HP Chief Executive Dion Weisler had said that the market was volatile and facing pressure and uncertainties.”Our core markets are challenged and macro economic conditions are in flux right now,” Weisler was quoted as saying by Reuters.The California-based company expects adjusted profit for the financial year 2016-17 to be around $1.55-1.65 per share. However, analysts expect the shares to be around $1.61 per cent.HP Inc’s restructuring plan is expected to save around $200 to $300 million beginning from financial year 2020. Additionally, the company also plans to save about $350 to $500 million in restructuring costs and other charges, CNBC reported.According to research firm Gartner, worldwide personal computer shipments during the third quarter fell 5.7 per cent, which is the eight consecutive quarter of PC decline.HP Inc, which was created in November 2015, is one of the two successors of Hewlett-Packard Company. It develops and provides hardware such as personal computers and printers.last_img read more

Bay home for Rohingyas

Bay home for Rohingyas

first_imgView of the Vashan Char, previously known as Thengar Char island in the Bay of Bengal. Reuters file photoBangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly 700,000 who have crossed from the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the end of August last year.However, one of her advisers told Reuters that, once there, they would only be able to leave the island if they wanted to go back to Myanmar or were selected for asylum by a third country.“It’s not a concentration camp, but there may be some restrictions. We are not giving them a Bangladeshi passport or ID card,” said H.T. Imam, adding that the island would have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel.British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains in April, which could bring disastrous flooding to ramshackle camps further south that now teem with about 1 million Rohingya.Hasina’s adviser, Imam, said the question of selecting Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar to move to the island was not finalised, but it could be decided by lottery or on a volunteer-basis.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement: “We would emphasise that any relocation plan involving refugees would need to be based on and implemented through voluntary and informed decisions.”FRENETIC CONSTRUCTIONHumanitarian agencies criticised the plan to bring Rohingya to the island when it was first proposed in 2015. Aid workers who spoke to Reuters said they remain seriously concerned that the silt island is vulnerable to frequent cyclones and cannot sustain livelihoods for thousands of people.But work on the project has accelerated in recent months, according to architectural plans and two letters from the Bangladesh navy to local government officials and contractors seen by Reuters.A year ago, when Reuters journalists visited Bhasan Char – whose name means “floating island” – there were no roads, buildings or people.Returning on Feb. 14, they found hundreds of labourers carrying bricks and sand from ships on its muddy northwest shore. Satellite images now show roads and what appears to be a helipad.Floating Island, which emerged from the silt only about 20 years ago, is about 30 km (21 miles) from the mainland. Flat and shape-shifting, it regularly floods during June-September. Pirates roam the nearby waters to kidnap fishermen for ransom, residents of nearby islands say.The plans show metal-roofed, brick buildings raised on pylons and fitted with solar panels. There will be 1,440 blocks, each housing 16 families.CHINESE AND BRITISH COMPANIESChinese construction company Sinohydro – better known for building China’s Three Gorges Dam – has begun work on a 13-km (8-mile) flood-defence embankment for the $280-million project.A Sinohydro engineer on Bhasan Char, reached by telephone later, said the company had “confidentiality agreements” and that questions about construction on the island should be referred to the Bangladesh government.HR Wallingford, a British engineering and environmental hydraulics consultancy, is advising the project on “coastal stabilisation and flood protection measures”, the company told Reuters in a statement earlier this month.“The coastal infrastructure design is expected to include a flood defence embankment protecting the development area to international standards, set back from the shoreline,” it said. The company referred further inquiries to the Bangladesh Navy.Omar Waraich, Deputy South Asia Director for rights group Amnesty International, said there was “no one in the humanitarian community we spoke to who thought this was a good idea”.“This is a silt island that only emerged into view recently,” he said.Residents of nearby Sandwip island, which is larger and less remote, say monsoon storms regularly kill people, destroy homes and cut contact with the mainland.However, a senior member of the prime minister’s staff, Director General Kabir Bin Anwar, said humanitarian organisations critical of the plan were “absolutely wrong because they don’t understand the topography” of Bangladesh.The government was building cyclone shelters on the island, he said, adding that there were salt-tolerant paddies and people living there could fish or graze cows and buffalo.Anwar also dismissed concerns about delivering basic aid to the island.“We don’t need help from any foreign NGOs or local NGOs. We can feed them,” he said.Bangladeshis living on nearby islands are critical of their government’s efforts for the Rohingya.Belal Beg, 80, who was born on Sandwip island, said there was resistance to settling Rohingya on Bhasan Char because huge numbers of Bangladeshis are displaced by coastal erosion each year with no measures taken to protect them.“We should first care for our own people but the government is deciding to give shelter to immigrants,” Beg said.Many Rohingya also reject the idea of moving to an island even further from Myanmar, which many of them have called home for generations.Jahid Hussain, a Rohingya refugee at Chakmakul refugee camp in Bangladesh, said he had fled Myanmar to save his life and would not risk it by living on Bhasan Char.“I would rather die right here,” he said.The latest unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state began on 25 Aug, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base, prompting an army counter-offensive that forced entire villages to flee. They joined about 300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest and most crowded nations, who had fled previous bouts of violence.Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace laureate and leader of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, has been heavily criticised by Western nations for not speaking out against what the United States and the United Nations have branded ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies that ethnic cleansing has taken place and says it has been conducting legitimate operations against terrorists in northern Rakhine.Describing the island, Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka that “from a natural point of view it is very nice” and said although the initial plan was to put 100,000 people there, it had room for as many as 1 million.last_img read more

Valve makes Steam reviews more useful

Valve makes Steam reviews more useful

first_imgValve makes Steam reviews more useful by Martin Brinkmann on May 04, 2016 in Games – 2 commentsValve introduced reviews on Steam in 2014 in an effort to add user opinion and ratings to games listed in the Steam store.The main idea behind the introduction of reviews was probably to provide potential customers with reviews of games they are interested in.Unlike on Metacritic and many other sites, where anyone can vote and leave a comment, reviews are only open to Steam users who purchased the game on the gaming portal.A review is always made up of a rating (thumbs up or down), and accompanying text. The text provides information about the rating ideally, but that is not always the case.Changes to the Steam review systemValve announced an update to Steam’s review system yesterday that aims to make reviews more useful on the site and in the Steam client.The company added new features to the review system in an effort to make it more useful. If you open a game on Steam, you get an overall rating just like before on the page (both on Steampowered and the Steam client).The update brings with it the recent rating which highlights the average rating of the last 30 days and the number of reviews for the game in that time. Previously, only the accumulated rating over time was provided.The recent rating highlights how a game’s perception changed since its release, or more precisely, in the last 30 days. This can be positive, negative or no change, for instance when an update breaks a core feature or introduces something to the game that makes it better.A click on recent or overall jumps to the customer reviews section of the game page. There you find another change that Valve introduced to Steam with the update: recently posted reviews are displayed next to the most helpful reviews now.This makes it easier to read recent reviews of the game which may better reflect the game’s current state.This new summary page is not the only view available. Filters at the top allow you to filter reviews by most helpful or recent, or by rating.If you click through to display all game ratings, you get another new option. There you find a language menu to switch the review language from the default.Besides switching from English to languages such as German or Polish, you may also select all languages to display reviews in all languages.That’s a hit or miss though as it is likely that you will end up with reviews written in languages that you don’t understand.Another change, mostly for professional game reviewers, is that it is now possible to disclose that a game has been received for free.Closing WordsReviews on Steam are not perfect but they are useful more often than they are not (that may depend on the type of games though and is my personal experience).The changes to the review system are not massive in scale, but the addition of recent ratings and the prominent display of these recent ratings may help users who purchase their games a time after release, for instance during sales.Now You: Do you read reviews before buying games?SummaryArticle NameValve makes Steam reviews more usefulDescriptionValve launched a steam to Steam’s review system yesterday that introduces recent ratings and reviews on the gaming platform.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Sponsored Content | Webinar | PACS | January 17, 2019 WEBINAR: Seamless Interoperability – Fact or Fiction? This ScImage-sponsored ITN/DAIC webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. read more News | December 10, 2008 Agfa HealthCare Signs IMPAX Cardiovascular Agreement with Antwerp University Hospital Feature | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Radiology and Cardiology is Focus of June Conference The integration of artificial int… read more Related Content Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Technology | Cardiac PACS | February 13, 2019 Philips Launches Latest Iteration of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular at HIMSS 2019 Philips announced the launch of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 4.1, its next-generation cardiovascular image and… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology How smart algorithms might reduce the burden of modern practicecenter_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019 Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo… read more December 11, 2008 – Agfa Healthcare said this week it signed a contract for the delivery and installation of its IMPAX Cardiovascular solution at the Antwerp University Hospital.The contract will provide enterprise-wide access to cardiology patient records to meet the high volume diagnostic needs of the department and includes an eight-year service, maintenance and licensing agreement. The Antwerp University Hospital, in Belgium, counts 38 specialized medical services and treats nearly 200,000 patients per year. The hospital has 2,500 employees.Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX Cardiovascular is designed to meet the image review and reporting needs of cardiologists on a platform that supports departmental and enterprise workflow. Employing a platform that supports both departmental and enterprise workflow, Agfa said the IMPAX Cardiovascular solution provides image acquisition, display, reporting, storage and distribution management from multiple cardiovascular imaging modalities. From any cardiovascular review station, users can access images, data and reports for point of care delivery in a unified and efficient workflow. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | January 16, 2019 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Partners With Philips for Health IT and Clinical Informatics Philips announced that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has chosen to implement the company’s IntelliSpace Enterprise… read more Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019 WEBINAR: Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital The webinar “Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital” will take place at 2 read more read more last_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a French artist in Costa Rica: Jacques Hervot 5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos 5 questions for a Costa Rican arts and culture manager 5 questions for a Costa Rican art historian, gallery owner and critic Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that’s what drives the Costa Rican musician, composer and singer Deborah Nowalski, better known as Debi Nova. Her love of music and remarkable discipline have led to success, and she says the obstacles along the way have all been worth it.“After so many years, I look back and I love what I do,” she told The Tico Times. “I enjoy getting on stage. I love singing, connecting with people, and composing.”She began playing the piano at the age of four, then took a step toward transforming her passion into a career at the age of 17, when she moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of California (UCLA). She released her first album, “Luna Nueva” (“New Moon”), in 2010. Her single “Drummer Boy” reached fifth place on the Billboard dance charts.In 2014, she released her second album “Soy” (“I Am”) and in 2017 her third album “Gran Ciudad” (“Big City”). She received the MTV Chiuku Agent of Change Award for her work in the United Nations’ UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, and serves as an ambassador by the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA).Nova has collaborated with international artists such as Franco de Vita, Sean Paul, Sergio Mendes, the Black Eyed Peas, Mark Ronson, Belinda, RBD and Ricky Martin, as well as Costa Rican musician Manuel Obregón. In 2014, Nova was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.On a sunny, warm morning at Cala Luna in Langosta Beach, Guanacaste, The Tico Times sat down with Nova, 37, and spoke about her life and work. Excerpts follow.How do you create your music?Most of the songs I compose on the piano, and the guitar. For “Gran Ciudad,” we recorded it in Río de Janeiro with the Brazilian producer Mario Caldato. We recorded everything in a block, all of the instruments at the same time. We recorded it in six days.[For that album] the melody came first. Sometimes it was a group of chords that I liked… It is a bit of the story of how I got to Los Angeles when I was 17 years old and what it meant to go to a different world in search of a dream. Debi Nova joyfully plays the piano during her presentation at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónCould you tell us more about that?It was intense. I was 17 years old and with great enthusiasm about creating a musical career. I obviously… found many obstacles and difficulties. Those first three years were very hard and lonely. At the same time, it was something that gave me an impulse to keep learning and getting stronger toward that big change.I was far away from my family, and making a life in Los Angeles was complicated… I had relationships with people who sometimes take advantage of you. I had the obstacles that occur in a big city where you don’t know anyone and have to defend yourself.How do you compose a piece?Generally there are phrases that capture me and that’s what I write down on some notepad, but it mostly happens in the moment. Sometimes you just sit down and nothing that you like comes out. It’s making decisions in the moment and being present. Blissful Debi Nova giving her audience a lovely performance. Courtesy of René Valenzuela / Upgrade ComunicaciónWhat does it feel like to represent Costa Rica as a musician?It’s very nice. I feel there’s a lot of talent in the country and that maybe the world hasn’t had the opportunity to hear what going on, so if I can contribute a little grain of sand for people to have curiosity and listen to more [Costa Rican] music, I really feel very honored.What was your experience at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival playing with Manuel Obregón?Well, I live half-time in Tamarindo since 2012. Tamarindo has been very good to me and this is the second time we’ve done this. Last time I also played with Manuel, and thanks to that many nice things emerged. Actually, Manuel played a song called “Hábito” on my album thanks to the fact that we connected here at the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival.Check out Debi Nova’s song and video “Hábito” (Habit) from her latest album Gran Ciudad: The Tamarindo Art Wave Festival held its second edition on Jan. 25 – 27 at Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, where both national and international artists gathered for three days full of musical and artistic festivities.Read our #SoyMigranteCR feature, which featured Debi Nova and other Costa Ricans proud of the immigration in their family trees.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals signed Brett Brackett, Andre Hardy and Christian Johnson to future contracts, the team announced Tuesday.Brackett, a tight end who spent last training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, originally joined the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn State in 2011. While in college, Brackett played in 52 games and tallied 56 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Also a tight end, the 6-6oot-6, 245-pound Hardy played college basketball at Cal State Fullerton. He signed with the Oakland Raiders in April of 2012, but was released a month later. The Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year as a junior, he averaged 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Top Stories Johnson was in the Arena League the last three seasons, including 2013 when he was with the Philadelphia Soul. He played collegiately at Kentucky, appearing in 36 games (15 starts) at guard. last_img read more

BEVERLY HILLS Calif – Veteran journalist Judy Wo

BEVERLY HILLS Calif – Veteran journalist Judy Wo

first_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff says it affected her when she mentioned on air that President Donald Trump had said something that wasn’t accurate.“The first time I had to say on the air the president had said something that we needed to point out was not accurate, I got a lump in my throat,” she told a TV critics meeting on Tuesday. “It’s not something that journalists are accustomed to doing.”“PBS NewsHour,” the nightly broadcast anchored by managing editor Woodruff, is careful about using the term lying in regards to Trump and other people in the news, she said.“When you use the word ‘lie’ you’re saying someone said whatever they said with intention to mislead, to misrepresent,” she said.“We can’t know what is in someone’s mind, so we are much more comfortable when a situation presents itself, whether it’s the president or someone else who is an important political figure or someone in the news says something that cannot be borne out by the facts, can’t be borne out by evidence, then we say what they said was inaccurate and then we go on to explain what is accurate.”Woodruff has noticed a newfound collegiality between journalists competing to get the news out first in an era of a president who has called the media an enemy of the people and talks about fake news.“I would say there is probably a little more solidarity among the press right now. I think a number of reporters behind the scenes have come together to talk about how do we deal with this,” she said.“We don’t want to get into a contest with the president. That’s not who we are. Our job is to do our job, but at the same time, I think more and more reporters feel it’s important for us to stand up for the role of a free press in our society, that our democracy is as strong as it is because we have a free press, because we have a press that is dedicated to getting answers and getting facts and ultimately the truth,” Woodruff said. Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS Newshour,” takes part in a panel discussion during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Beth Harris, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2018 11:43 am PDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Woodruff: Got lump in throat telling of Trump inaccuracylast_img read more