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Canada to boost support for riskier forms of renewable energy minister

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s natural resources minister says millions of dollars in subsidies for a Nova Scotia tidal project is just one of the coming announcements as Ottawa boosts riskier forms of renewable energy.Amarjeet Sohi said today at a G7 energy ministers meeting that a $30-million contribution to a $117-million tidal project to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy tides will be among “many other” subsidies given to kickstart innovations in the emerging sectors.It’s one of the early investments coming out of the federal Liberals’ $200-million emerging renewable power program.The cabinet minister says the development of onshore solar and wind energy took place thanks to early injections of government aid, and offshore renewables will follow a similar path.During a morning session at the G7 meeting, Paul Simons, the deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency, told delegates that a recent study by his research group indicates that offshore renewables are progressing quickly — particularly offshore wind power.He said other technologies, like giant floating offshore windmills, are also starting to come into their own.last_img read more


Aglukkaq to determine fate of mine plan criticized by environmental panel and

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The final word on a proposed open pit gold and copper mine that the Tsilhqot’in British Columbia have vowed to oppose at all cost now rests with Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq.Aglukkaq has received a report from the Environment Assessment Agency’s environmental review panel report on Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed $1 billion New Prosperity Mine, according to a spokesperson.The report found the project would have a serious impact on water quality, fish and grizzly bear habitat and impact the Aboriginal rights and title of the Tsilhqot’in and the Secwepemc nations.The panel has no power to reject the project, which is a federal cabinet decision which will be based on weighing the project`s environmental impacts versus its economic benefit.Aglukkaq’s spokesperson Amanda Gordon said cabinet would study the issue and the minister would announce the fate of the project in the coming months. The minister has four months to respond to the panel report.The proposed project is expected to have a 20-year lifespan and sit about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.Former environment minister Jim Prentice already rejected a previous version of Taseko’s proposed mine project in 2010. The previous federal Liberal government also rejected the project in the mid-1990s.Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chair Joe Alphonse said in a statement that Ottawa needs to put “a nail in the coffin,” and kill the proposed project for good.“First Nations will be outraged if the federal government accepts this project after rejecting the first one,” said. “This report makes it abundantly clear that the only misinformation being put out about his project is the company’s own claims that it has addressed all the issues and that its proposal will present no problems.”Taseko, however, said in a statement it disputed some of the report’s findings.“We strongly disagree with the panel’s findings related to the potential impact on the water quality, fish and fish habitat of Fish Lake. Taseko will challenge these findings as they contradict best practices in place around the world today and expert opinion and analysis,” said the company in the statement. “The report in most respects agrees with our assessment that there would be no significant adverse affects. The risks are modest and the social and economic benefits are enormous.”The fate of Fish Lake, which is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in, has been at the centre of the battle over the proposed mine.Taseko’s initial proposal would have drained Fish Lake and turned adjacent Little Fish Lake and part of Fish Creek into tailings ponds, holding waste from the mine. The company plans to construct 7.8 km of earth-rock filled dams that will rise up to 115 metres high.The 27 square-kilometre mine is being constructed in the Fish Creek watershed which includes Fish Lake and Little Fish Lake. The watershed drains into the Taseko River.The company’s updated proposal for the mine would still destroy Little Fish Lake, but try to artificially preserve Fish Lake, which will see a reduction in water flow from tributaries.The panel, however, cast doubt on the company’s plan.“Taseko underestimated the volume of tailings pore water seepage leaving the tailings storage facility and the impacts on water quality caused by the recirculation of water within Fish Lake and Upper Fish Creek system,” said the panel, in its executive summary. “The panel also determined considerable uncertainty remains regarding Taseko’s contingency plan for water treatment…The panel has determined that the proposed target water quality objectives for Fish Lake are not likely achievable.”The panel said the project would “result in a significant adverse affect on fish and fish habitat in Fish Lake.”The panel found that the mine site would bury Tsilhqot’in burial and cremation sites and have an “adverse” impact on Tsilhqot’in and Secwepemc ceremonial and spiritual practices.“The panel has determined that the project would have adverse affects on the Tsilhqot’in current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, archeological and historical sites and cultural heritage and that these adverse effects could not be mitigated and therefore would be significant,” the panel said.The panel determined that the Tsilhqot’in have “proven and asserted” Aboriginal rights on the mine site area, while the Esk’etemc and the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem have asserted Aboriginal rights and title on the transmission line corridor.“The project would adversely affect established and asserted rights and title for the Tsilhqot’in and Secwepemc Nations,” said the panel.The panel found that the mine project is also expected to have a negative impact on the south Chilcotin grizzly bear population, which is listed as “threatened” by the B.C. government.“If (Taseko’s) mitigation measures proposed by Taseko were effectively implemented, the South Chilcotin grizzly bear population would babe in better shape after the project than before the project, however, effectively implementing these measures could be challenging.”Taskeo says the project would create 550 direct jobs and 1,280 indirect jobs along with pumping $26.2 million annually into government coffers during construction and $48 million annually during operations.news@aptn.calast_img

Daoudi Morocco to Overtake Italy in Car Production in 2021

Rabat – Daoudi made the remarks in a Parliament session Tuesday while comparing the number of jobs the current government has facilitated to those of previous governments. He asserted, “El Othmani’s government managed to create 130,000 job opportunities within 3 years, while the government of Jettou created only 40,000 jobs.” He continued, “El Fassi’s government created 71,000 jobs, while the number jumped to 116,000 under Benkirane.”Daoudi optimistically responded to MPs’ questions that criticized the country’s situation, saying, “Morocco will overtake Italy in car production, because Morocco produces 400,000 cars, and in 2020 and 2021 the figure will jump to 700,000 which surpasses what this European country produces.” Morocco is striving to become an automotive hub. The efforts bore fruit when Morocco surpassed South Africa’s car production numbers in 2017. Morocco produced 345,000 passenger vehicles over South Africa’s 331,000.  According to the government’s figures, the automotive sector was the first exporting sector in the Moroccan economy to earn MAD 50 billion in revenue in 2017. The sector aims to double the figure by 2020.Pressure to regulate fuel pricesDaoudi also said he would set a limit on oil companies’ profits if they do not reduce prices. “Oil prices are falling, and at the end of the month this should be reflected in Morocco. If prices do not fall, price regulation is the solution,” Daoudi responded to one MP’s question on Tuesday evening.Daoudi is expected to meet with fuel company executives today to discuss a legal framework for fuel prices.Concerning the inflation wave in Morocco, especially in vegetables and fruits, Daoudi said that purchasing power will improve when the economy grows.He pointed out that the government is trying to integrate Moroccans into the labor market.High fuel prices have significantly impacted the cost of living. Prices on some basic commodities jumped notably affecting the quality of life for the average Moroccan.Since the government deregulated fuel prices under Abdelilah Benkirane’s government in December 2015, which coincided with record lows in oil prices globally, Moroccans have continued to complain about the rise in cost of living.Moroccans have expressed their discontent in multiple ways. They protested in front of Parliament and boycotted three prominent companies selling fuel, bottled water, and dairy. Recently, freight drivers went on a 10-day strike in more than 70 provinces across Morocco demanding the reduction of fuel prices and the raising of the legal tonnage threshold. Drivers were also upset that the government imposed a training requirement costing MAD 4,000-8,000 earlier this year.Although fuel prices have dropped by a few centimes, the price of a barrel of oil (158.98 liters) has dropped to $52 from a high of $81.Some attribute the high fuel prices to the government’s fuel taxes. read more


Ford taking leave of absence

(Update)One year after the bombshell headlines suggesting Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack. And tonight, he says he’s taking a break from campaigning and his job as mayor to get some help.Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington broke the news tonight after he spoke to the mayor — his brother Doug — and Ford’s lawyer Dennis Morris. The Sun and several other Toronto media outlets are reportedly working on a story about another audio recording of the mayor making offensive and sexually suggestive statements about mayoral candidate Karen Stintz. The recording was made at a bar on Monday night — and was recorded by several people. Warmington took the tape to the mayor — and says the mayor told him he doesn’t remember saying what he said. The Sun is reporting that Ford is not leaving the race permanently. But is taking a 30-day leave of absence — for treatment. But it doesn’t end there.Just minutes after the Sun story broke — the Globe and Mail released a picture of Rob Ford — holding what looks like a crack pipe — along with a story alleging that the mayor was smoking over the weekend. Two reporters watched the video — which a drug dealer is trying to sell for six figures — and in it the reporters say you can clearly see Ford’s occasional driver and alleged drug dealer Sandro Lisi — and Ford’s sister Kathy who’s admitted to being a drug addict. Toronto residents had mixed thoughts toward the latest developments in the Ford saga tonight.The Toronto Star is also set to publish a story tonight which says the mayor got angry at a nightclub recently when Justin Bieber asked if he had any crack cocaine. read more


UN Environment Programme train Iraqis in measuring depleted uranium

With depleted uranium being a contaminant in Iraq, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today it will train Iraqi scientists and other nuclear experts in measuring the material and try to answer questions left hanging after it conducted studies in the post-conflict Balkans and in Kuwait.“UNEP believes an assessment in Iraq would add to our understanding of how depleted uranium (DU) behaves in the environment and the possible associated health risks,” it said.UNEP, together with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), held a one-day seminar on DU today in Amman, Jordan, for representatives of UN agencies, donor governments and senior employees from Iraqi and Jordanian ministries and will conduct technical training on measuring it tomorrow and the next day.DU is twice as dense as lead and is used for munitions and defensive military armour plate, as well as for aircraft counterweights, medical radiation shields and containers for transporting radioactive materials. It can be found in great localized concentrations in countries that have suffered recent high-technological warfare.“Depleted uranium has been used in medical and industrial applications for decades but only since its use in military conflicts in the Gulf and the Balkans has public concern been raised about potential health consequences from exposure to it,” especially for peacekeeping forces, humanitarian workers and local populations living and working in contaminated areas, WHO said in a 2001 report.In the Balkans, levels were generally so low that they did not constitute a health or environmental hazard, while localized DU sites could be detected and precautions taken, UNEP said. Areas needing further study in Iraq included whether DU on the ground could filter through the soil and contaminate groundwater and whether DU dust could be suspended in the air by wind and human activity, with the risk that it could be breathed in, it said. On another Iraqi environmental matter, UNEP said it was assessing the environment of the Iraqi Marshlands, also known as the Mesopotamian Marshlands, and building local capacity, as well as managing for now the re-flooding of the area. read more


Security Council condemns recent burst of violence in Côte dIvoire

In a statement to the press read out by its July President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, the Council issued a “firm condemnation” of the violence that included an attack on the vehicle of Gérard Stoudmann, the UN’s High Representative for the elections in Côte d’Ivoire.The statement also offered full support to Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and encouraged him and others to help implement the agreement signed by all Ivorian parties in the country’s capital, Yamoussoukro, on 5 July. The commitments made then covered issues including demobilization and the holding of elections, which are scheduled to take place in October.Earlier, Mr. Stoudmann and Abou Moussa, the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, briefed the Council during a closed session that also included a discussion of Mr. Annan’s most recent progress report on the UN mission to the West African country, known by its acronym UNOCI. read more


Science centres and museums vitally important for sustainable development – UNESCO

Noting the centrality of science in major global sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations educational and scientific agency underscored the importance of science centres and museums to build skill and capacities as well as to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development.Referring to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on climate change, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said: “These agreements embody a new vision for prosperity, peace and the planet, to allow every society to create and share knowledge, to nurture every source of innovation and creativity, [and] to craft a more inclusive, sustainable and just path to the future.” “Taking this forward calls for an ever greater expansion of science and for tighter linkages between science and society,” she added in her message on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated annually on 10 November. This year, the Day is dedicated to the theme Celebrating Science Centres and Science Museums.Highlighting that these institutions nurture human curiosity, and catalyze research and solutions to help societies meet varied challenges, Ms. Bokova said they also bring together men and women around common values, providing platforms for dialogue, understanding and resilience. She added that science centres and museums also provide excellent ways to encourage children, especially girls, to pursue careers in science as well as serve as “privileged places of education,” providing as innovative initiatives to promote the learning of science outside the classrooms. “In this spirit, I invite all of partners and governments to do everything to support, nurture and harness the full power of science museums and centres to shape a more inclusive and sustainable future for all,” she noted. Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to renew national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The Day also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies. read more


Revealed How Volkswagenfunded car diesel study used by UK health officials

first_imgThe study was co-authored by Dr Michael Spallek, the former Volkswagen chief medical officer who ran the lobbying group that conducted rigged experiments on monkeys to try to prove modern diesel engines are safe. Dr Spallek’s research was cited in a subsequent review published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The organisation provides official… The scientific paper, co-authored by a now discredited scientist, questioned the benefit of ‘low emission zones’, which restrict the most polluting vehicles.center_img A Volkswagen-funded study that found little merit to banning diesel cars from cities helped to develop British health policy on air pollution, The Telegraph can disclose.last_img


Mother Teresas special assistant in Calcutta killed in pub brawl after returning

“In Africa he helped preserve wild game by introducing ultralight aircraft to combat the onslaught of poachers.”He will be remembered for all of this and more by his mother and three siblings.”Mr Bloomfield, originally from Stratford Upon Avon, was allegedly attacked in the Full Moon pub in Swansea last week. A 61-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to Mark’s death and two other people, a 21-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman, were arrested and released under investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mother Teresa of Calcutta died aged 87  Detective Chief Inspector Darren George, said: “My sincere condolences are passed to Mr Bloomfield’s family, after he sadly passed away as a result of his injuries.”I am keen to hear from anyone who was inside the Full Moon Public House on High Street, Swansea, between 11.30am and 3.15pm on July 18 and who may have witnessed an altercation taking place.” A charity volunteer who worked with Mother Teresa was killed in bar brawl after returning to Wales. Mark Bloomfield, 54, died in hospital on Saturday after allegedly being attacked in a pub in Swansea, south Wales, three days earlier.The family of Mr Bloomfield, a former special assistant to Mother Teresa in Calcutta, said he “believed in empowering others to help themselves and improve their circumstances.””Mark Bloomfield built a legacy that will continue to live on in the countless lives that he encountered,” his family said in a tribute. “As special assistant to Mother Teresa in Calcutta, he was an essential contributor to her mission and to those she cared for.”In India he organised free cataract surgery camps and founded schools that gave rare access to education for girls. Mother Teresa of Calcutta died aged 87 Credit: Paul Armiger read more


Extension for papers for Greek conference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The deadline for papers for the 10th International Conference on Greek Research has now been extended until Friday 19 April. The conference will be hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture and the Department of Language Studies at Flinders University and supported by The Foundation for Hellenic Studies, and presented concurrently with the 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land. It will be held at the Bedford Park campus of Flinders University, located in Adelaide, South Australia, on 27-30 June 2013. The inter-disciplinary conference will explore themes from Greek and Cypriot studies and generational perspectives on ageing. It is open to academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers. A vibrant program will be dedicated to papers and posters relating to Greek, Cypriot studies and Ageing in the Migrant Diasporas that will continue the tradition of the international conferences on Greek Research and will include the following areas of research: Ancient Greek Philosophy; An Exploration of Digital Environments; Classical Studies; Cyprus from 1960-2013: 53 years later; Education; Generational Perspectives on Ageing; History and Migration; Literature and Language; Two day Professional Development for Teachers in Modern Greek; Online Learning; and Society and Culture. To submit an abstract (up to 200 words) use the on-line Abstract form available on the conference website. All abstracts must be received by Friday 19 April, however early submissions are encouraged. Oral presentations – 20 minute papers will be followed by 10 minute discussion time at the end of each session. Poster presentations also welcome. For more information on the 10th International Conference on Greek Research visit www.flinders.edu.au/greekandageingconferencelast_img read more


The New York Times picks Greece Australia and Cyprus among best places

first_imgThe New York Times has just included Greece, Australia and Cyprus in its list of 52 places to explore in 2017, and although it was Canada that topped the places to visit in the new year, Cyprus, the multilayered island with a compelling culture, lifestyle and landscape, featured at number 21 on the prestigious list. The story of Cyprus’ tumultuous past is told through its historic sites, Roman ruins, multifaceted museums and dusty urban streets − however, according to the newspaper, it’s the city of Paphos that’s expected to play an important role in 2017. Cultural and culinary renewal on a Mediterranean island “The Cypriot city of Paphos has prepared a slew of events for its role as a 2017 European Capital of Culture. But the entire island boasts renewed attractions, especially in Nicosia, where the A.G. Leventis Gallery opened its collection of over 800 artworks in 2014. The renovated Altius Boutique Hotel and trendy hot spots like Cook Shop, To Elliniko Ouzomezedopoleio and the Pivo Microbrewery offer new lodgings, food and drinks in the capital,” writes Evan Rail for The New York Times thus giving Cyprus a very high ranking compared to last year, when the enchanting island didn’t manage to win a spot on the prestigious list. Just below Cyprus, Australia features at number 22, with the Great Barrier Reef that stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline also being referred to as the main attraction for the country for 2017. CyprusA natural wonder is imperilled, but tourists can help “Increased sea temperatures, caused by climate change, El Niño and other factors, have caused extensive coral bleaching, mostly in the northern sections of Australia’s 1,430-mile-long Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest living organism — a mosaic of some 2,900 coral reefs and 900 islands — faces serious threats, but conservation efforts are bearing fruit, and visitors can play a role in saving the reef. A turtle rehabilitation center on Fitzroy Island welcomes volunteers, as does the Lizard Island Research Station, and a host of other citizen science groups. And new or recently refurbished resorts on Hayman, Orpheus, Pumpkin and Lizard Islands offer idyllic places to explore this fragile, extraordinary natural wonder,” writes Dave Seminara on behalf of the publication, making Australia, and particularly the Great Barrier Reef, appealing to all international visitors and giving the charming ‘Down Under’ a much better ranking from last year, when the massive continent only just made the list, second to last, at number 51. “Australia is a blessed country with many natural, cultural, and human-made tourism resources, rich nature and unique wildlife and is a destination for visitors all year round. It most certainly deserves to be on the list,” says Greek-born tourism professor at University of South Australia, Dr Marianna Sigala in an interview with Neos Kosmos.According to the professor, whether it’s hiking, climbing or trekking in the Victorian Alps, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, or exploring the red centre and its attractions (Uluru, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park, Flinders Ranges), Australia caters for different kinds of tourism and can satisfy any taste and preference. “Tourists of all ages and different tastes or preferences can find unique experiences to live, learn and take away with them after visiting Australia,” says Dr Sigala, before highlighting a few of the main attractions of this rich continent, starting from the scenic routes visitors enjoy; driving down coastal Great Ocean Road including the 12 Apostles, the Gibb River Road, Gunbarrel Highway, Oodnadatta Track and Stuart Highway. With extreme landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and rich heritage, Australia seizes the imagination. The most iconic scenery can be found in the Outback, the vast fabled desert that spreads west of the Great Dividing Range into the country’s epic interior. Vivid blue skies, cinnamon-red earth, deserted gorges and geological features as bizarre as the wildlife it comprises in a unique ecology. Kakadu National Park, that caters for outback adventure travel, is another unique attraction, as are the countless nature activities in the Northern Territory.“There is indeed so much to do and see in Australia. The list is endless and it ranges from Aboriginal art to visiting the award-winning Mona Museum in Hobart (Tasmania), exploring the tropics and coastline of Broome and Kimberley Islands, swimming in the famous beaches of Surfers Paradise and Bondi Beach, relaxing on wine tour experiences in the Barossa and Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Hunter Valley and eating fresh seafood at Port Lincoln. Of course, nothing beats the most picturesque port on earth, Sydney Harbour and its Opera House or the sea life experience of the unique Great Barrier Reef, the dense rainforests of the world-heritage-listed Wet Tropics and amazing islands like Hamilton Island, Mary island, Phillip Island, Byron Bay and the famous Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Further down the prestigious list and only a breath away from Cyprus and Australia, Greece features at number 28, mainly due its thriving arts and cultural centres. AustraliaA post-crisis art boom in an ancient capital “Prices have dropped, but the Greek debt crisis has not dampened Athens’ thriving arts scene. Recent years have seen a surge of galleries, collectives and non-profit art organizations built for leaner times, like Radio Athènes, which hosts pop-up lectures and performances, and the immigration-focused Nomadic Architecture Network. In October, the renovated EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art opened in a former brewery, while the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, designed by Renzo Piano, opened in August. Athens will co-host the 2017 edition of Documenta, the influential art exhibition held in Kassel, Germany, since it started in 1955,” writes Charly Wilder for The New York Times. According to Greek travel expert and chief editor at Travel Daily News, Vicky Karantzavelou, 2017 is indeed predicted to be a great year for Greece as far as tourism is concerned, irrespective of the fact that − in her opinion − the public sector’s inability to perform its duties will continue to be a hurdle, making the country’s general infrastructure unsatisfactory. “The pre-bookings show an increase from all the major markets. Greece is a safe country and despite the crisis, tourism is booming and will continue to do so mainly due to the fact that the Greeks know how to give authentic hospitality and unique experiences to the guests,” Karantzavelou explains to Neos Kosmos, while she admits enticing tourists to visit the country during the winter months has always been a great challenge. “It is very difficult to increase tourism throughout the year in Greece, mainly because the country is embedded in most people’s minds as an ideal destination for summer holidays and it is difficult to convince visitors to draw away from this perception.“More strategic planning and action needs to be implemented in order to promote Greece as a 12- month tourist destination,” the tourist professional concludes. Interestingly, despite all the uncertainty in Europe as well as the ongoing financial and refugee crisis, Greece still managed to climb up 19 spots from last year’s 47th. GreeceThe first five countries to visit according to The New York Times: Canada Chile India Switzerland Botswana You can view the full list at www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/travel/places-to-visit.html?smid=fb-nyt… Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Substitute Teachers at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Language-Based Program Teacher at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant for Compass PreK at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Special Education Teacher for STRIDES Program at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time Sunday Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time IT Manager at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time Food Service Manager at Compass GroupFull-Time Document Control Specialist at CutisPharmaFull-Time ABA Classroom Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution Services(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


Twitter Facebook shut down Chinabacked fake accounts

first_imgSan Francisco: As pro-democracy protests gain momentum in Hong Kong, Twitter and Facebook have suspended several accounts that were part of the Chinese government’s influence campaign and targeted protest movement and the call for political change in Hong Kong. Twitter said it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour — including 936 accounts originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “Overall, these accounts were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground,” Twitter said in a blog post late Monday. The company identified large clusters of accounts behaving in a coordinated manner to amplify messages related to the Hong Kong protests. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “As Twitter is blocked in China, many of these accounts accessed Twitter using VPNs. However, some accounts accessed Twitter from specific unblocked IP addresses originating in mainland China,” the micro-blogging platform added. The accounts were suspended for a range of violations of Twitter’s platform manipulation policies like spam, coordinated activity, fake accounts, attributed activity and violative content. Advertise With Us The micro-blogging platform said it will also ban ads from China-backed media companies, for which it has already faced the flak from users. Facebook said it has also removed seven Pages, three Groups and five accounts originated in China and involved in posting fake news pertaining to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The individuals behind this campaign engaged in a number of deceptive tactics, including the use of fake accounts, “some of which had been already disabled” to manage Pages posing as news organisations, post in Groups, disseminate their content, and also drive people to off-platform news sites. “About 15,500 accounts followed one or more of these Pages and about 2,200 accounts joined at least one of these Groups,a Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said in a blog post. “Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government,” he added. Based on a tip shared by Twitter about activity they found on their platform, Facebook conducted an internal investigation into suspected coordinated inauthentic behaviour in the region and identified the malicious accounts. Since June, Hong Kong has been rocked by a wave of protests because of the extradition bill, which would have enabled fugitives to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China. A mass rally in Hong Kong on Sunday, widely deemed the most important so far this month, attracted tens of thousands of people as the crisis entered the 11th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests. The recent wave of anti-government protests has prompted widespread criticism of the police for their alleged brutality against protesters.last_img read more


Rupee Falls to 13months Low CAD Widens on Gold Import

first_imgThe Indian rupee slipped to a 13-month low, losing 1% of its value on Monday, against the dollar, which has gained strength in the face of a drop in gold and crude oil prices.However, the currency has been one of the most consistent performers, with the 12-month performance registering a drop of 1.5% even as average depreciation of 26 emerging currencies stand at 6%, according to a report by Religare.One of the key reasons for the weakening is the strength of the dollar as investors try to hedge a fall in commodity prices and the continuing weakness in the global economy.The Indian rupee weakened as the demand for dollar increased, as importers, especially from the oil refineries sought to buy more of the currency.However the current depreciation in rupee is said to be a result of the surge in gold imports, at 34% in November, triggering the widening Current Account Deficit (CAD,) and the rupee depreciation, said Firstpost.comA 34% increase in November gold imports, has had a significant impact, even as the value of oil imports fell. The stock market has seen Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) exiting positions on profit-booking.Monday saw Russia, reeling under sanctions by the USA and European Union over its stance on the Ukraine crisis, increase its interest rate to stem the rout of its currency, rouble. ReutersMacroeconomic factors look positiveEven as the rupee has weakened, the overall health of the economy is on a better footing, than it was a year ago. The Narendra Modi government has implemented key reforms and looks to benefit from structural changes planned for the fiscal year 2015/16.Last week, the wholesale price index-based inflation touched zero, while the consumer price index has also weakened, following a fall in fuel and vegetable prices, even as protein prices remain strong.Calls for a ratecut have been getting stronger. The RBI has been monitoring the situation and has indicated that it could do so in early 2015.The rupee held at 63.26 at 02.49 pm.last_img read more


Mehedi too attends Janaza of air crash victims

first_imgMehedi lost his brother and niece in the crash. AFPMehedi Hasan, a survivor of the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal, on Monday attended the namaz-e-janaza of the victims, who were his fellow passengers on that fateful flight.Mehedi, still being treated at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, could not but join hundreds of others at the janaza of the victims, including his beloved brother and niece, at the Army Stadium.”I have come here to bid my brother and my niece the last farewell,” said a teary Mehedi, who went back to the hospital following the janaza.With cuts and bruises all over the body and injured neck and head, a sobbing Mehedi was recounting the fateful journey and how he survived the gory incident.”It was my first plane journey. I was very excited seeing Nepal through the window. Everything seemed perfect when the airhostess announced that the flight would land in 10-15 minutes and asked the passengers to tie the seat belt.”Then all on a sudden, the plane jerked twice or thrice and veered off the runway. Flames engulfed the carrier in no time. I along with my wife could come out of the rubble through a broken part in the middle of aircraft,” Mehedi narrated.Mehedi, his wife Syeda Kamrunnahar Swarna, and sister-in-law Alamun Nahan Anny were lucky to survive miraculously. But his brother Faruque Hossain Priyok and daughter Tamara Priyonmoyee were killed in the accident.Priyok and Priyonmoyee would be buried at their village home in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur.last_img read more


Mekas robot head makes eyes at nextwave users w video

first_img Small wonder that human heads were turning last month at the IROS (Intelligent Robots and Systems) 2011 event in San Francisco where visitors met the most sociable humanoid head around, attached to a torso and arm assembly. The robot belongs to Professor Luis Sentis of University of Texas at Austin.The Meka robot goal was to design a head that can elicit a sense of trust and sociability. In viewing the head, it is difficult not to feel an affinity, even though the head is not at all truly representational of a human head but rather is a curious blend of anime and cartoon character searching for a DreamWorks home.The head carries much expressiveness and the focal resting points are the engaging eyes. Meka co-founder Aaron Edsinger fielded questions about the robot at the event, and provided technical details: The humanoid head is a seven degree-of-freedom robotic active vision head. Designed for a wide range of expressive postures, it is a useful platform for researchers interested in human-robot interaction and social robotics. The system features high resolution FireWire cameras in each eye, integrated DSP controllers, zero-backlash Harmonic Drive gearheads in the neck, and Meka M3 and ROS software stacks. When asked why the little ears, he answered, “That was my idea. I had a puppy, so they were inspired by that.” Edsinger also noted that the robot involved the Meka team and the Human Centered Robotics Group at UT Austin. At UT Austin, Professor Luis Sentis is known for his work with force augmentation, which looks into how robots can help to augment the movements of humans. ”We worked closely with Professor Sentis to achieve a friendly anime aesthetic for the overall look, adding two 2DOF ears with RGB lighting for added expressive ability.”Meka Robotics, in addition to the humanoid head, offers specialized parts–hands, grippers, arms, torsos. The company supports the Willow Garage Robot Operating System (ROS), an open source platform for personal robots, including RVIZ kinematic visualization, URDF descriptions, posture control of all joints, and common sensor interfaces.Meka is a 2006 spin-off from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, where its founders, Edsinger and Jeff Weber, developed the Domo humanoid robot. Weber’s work with prosthetic ankles and knees at the MIT Media Lab led to the first commercially available powered prosthetic ankle. More information: mekabot.com/ Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — You’ve seen robots in the form of alpha dogs and insect swarms capable of military deployments but the next wave of robotics also includes a special breed of “sociable” robots for use in medicine, eldercare, and education. These are the robots that demand scientists’ skills toward making robotic parts that can mimic their human counterparts, and be responsive to social cues. The Meka Robotics’ M1: A customizable human-like bot at $340,000center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Meka’s robot head makes eyes at next-wave users (w/ video) (2011, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-meka-robot-eyes-next-wave-users.html 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


Deaconess Health System Chooses Sectra as Enterprise Imaging Vendor

first_imgNews | Enterprise Imaging | November 02, 2018 Deaconess Health System Chooses Sectra as Enterprise Imaging Vendor Sectra PACS will integrate with Epic EMR across seven hospitals, a freestanding cancer center and 30 additional care sites in three states Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more November 2, 2018 — International medical imaging information technology (IT) and cybersecurity company Sectra will install its enterprise imaging solution, for both radiology and cardiology, throughout Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind. Integration between Sectra and the Epic EMR (electronic medical record) will ensure efficient workflow and physician access to all patient images and information within the healthcare system.“A PACS [picture archiving and communication system] is a lifeline of a health system. Everyday tasks, including importing/exporting patient studies, helping referring physicians easily view images and high-level analysis by radiologists — all are more easily implemented by partnering with a proven company. For us, Sectra is the market leader in PACS, and we are delighted to start our relationship with the best team in PACS performance,” said Ryan Meyer, M.D., chief, Department of Radiology at Deaconess Health System.Sectra’s enterprise imaging platform provides a unified imaging strategy for high-production environments and will support Deaconess Health System’s patient care at seven hospitals, a freestanding cancer center and 30 additional care sites throughout 26 counties in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The consolidation of all imaging within the health network will provide workload balancing and speed up communication between radiology, cardiology and referring departments.In addition to Sectra PACS for diagnostic radiology and cardiology, the contract signed in September includes 3-D advanced visualization tools, Sectra Breast Imaging for mammography workflow, teaching file software and Sectra’s universal image viewer.Sectra’s solutions for enterprise imaging will be showcased at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more


Leaders sign pact for childrens rights in San José

first_imgChildren’s Day in Costa Rica, Sept. 9, tends to be a day of parties, cupcakes, costumes and special outings. This year, a campaign against child abuse added substance to the celebration, inspiring hundreds of people to march through the streets of San José on Saturday to call for greater respect for children’s rights.The event was co-sponsored by the World Vision Costa Rica, Children’s Museum, the National Children’s Hospital, the Child Welfare Office (PANI), UNICEF, the Municipality of San José and the National Police. As part of the event, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and representatives of all sponsor organizations signed the “Pact of Tenderness” (“Pacto de la Ternura“) to show their commitment to ending all forms of aggression against children.“Let’s keep marching, keep joining forces. Let’s take action as a nation, protect our children and adolescents, be vigilant and raise more voices to say: NO more violence against minors!” Chacón wrote in a post on her Facebook page after the event.Child abuse remains a significant problem for Costa Rica. A PANI study in 2016 showed that 71% of surveyed Costa Rican parents said they had been subject to corporal punishment as children, according to the daily La Nación. Of those, half said they see corporal punishment as “necessary” in disciplining their own children.Watch the Children’s Museum’s recap of this weekend’s march here: Facebook Comments Related posts:Construction set to begin on San José-spanning riverwalk 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer 10 reasons to check out the first-ever Coca Cola Fest Cities filled with art: A visit to the 10th Central American Bienniallast_img read more


AG audit boss in war of words with Opap

first_imgBy Peter MichaelBOTH the attorney-general and the auditor-general faced-off with Opap on Wednesday, slamming as ‘offensive’ accusations by the Greek lottery giant that the auditor-general had violated the law and saying they had reported him to the police and to supervisory watchdogs.Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides previously pointed to problematic clauses in the Cyprus-Greece interstate agreement, where the theoretical, as opposed to real, winnings paid out to winners, are deducted from Opap’s annual revenues before the dues to the state are calculated. As a result, the state was losing some €12 million a year in potential additional earnings from the deal, he said.Earlier on Wednesday at a news conference, Opap fired the first volley saying it had reported Michaelides to the police, the Data Protection Commissioner and the Central Bank for the alleged violation of laws regarding data protection, banking secrecy and interception of the company’s communications by the Cypriot authorities.In a dig at the attorney-general, the Greek company said that in March 2017, Opap Cyprus only found out through the media that Costas Clerides had ordered a police investigation into its operations on the island as the accountant-general had been unable to examine the company’s financial data.Opap’s position is that the auditor-general has no right to investigate private companies and it claims it has been on the receiving end of “unfair and unsubstantiated accusations.”  As far as police were concerned, they did not contact the company for the purposes of any investigation, it added.The attorney-general fired back at the gambling giant, saying: “Any implication regarding incomplete and/or non-objective investigation of claims is unacceptable and offensive to the [Cypriot] authorities and institutions, which should not be pressured and intimidated while carrying out the tasks assigned to them.”According to an announcement from the betting agency, a complaint was filed with the police on November 29 regarding the alleged wrongful actions of the auditor-general.  Opap added that six days later they received an answer from the police, which said that the attorney-general did not find any wrongdoing on the part of Michaelides.The audit office also responded to the Opap accusations, saying they did not feel threatened.  In a statement, the service noted that in 2016, the auditor-general had received a complaint regarding serious crimes committed by Opap.  “The complaint concerned Opap’s agreement with the Republic of Cyprus, in regards to the bilateral agreement, and the profits made by the Republic from Opap,” the statement added.  The announcement said that the issue was completely in line with the duties of the auditor-general.It added that the audit office had cooperated with the Treasury, which has the responsibility of controlling the transnational agreement, and that Opap had impeded the controls sought.“In the meantime, the issue has been submitted to the attorney-general of the Republic in order to investigate the possibility that criminal offences have been committed,” it added.Police were looking into possible conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit felony, forgery, circulation of forged documents and fraudulent appropriation or keeping of false accounts, which may have been committed against the Republic.The announcement also said that “no violation of personal data, no removal or violation of banking secrecy, and no interception or transmission of private communications was made by the audit office.”“Furthermore, aside from the aforementioned potential crimes against the Republic, it has come to light that the bilateral agreement was being enacted in such a way that Opap was profiting from tens of millions of euros that it should have been paying to the Republic,” the statement concluded.Opap hit back in a statement late on Wednesday saying the company “reiterates its position that it has always fulfilled and fulfills all of its legal obligations to the state. This has been repeatedly confirmed, before the House and the Treasury.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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