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Jaishankar discusses key elements of ties with Bhutans top leadership

first_imgThimphu: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met Bhutan’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties with emphasis on development partnership and cooperation in the hydropower sector. Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Ministry of External Affairs. He also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings during his talks with Prime Minister Tshering. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “It was a pleasure to call on @PMBhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering. Conveyed PM @narendramodi’s greetings and had a cordial conversation on important elements of the bilateral partnership,” Jaishankar tweeted. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Jaishankar had a “constructive conversation with a close partner”. “Constructive conversation with a close partner. EAM @DrSJaishankar called on @PMBhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering and conveyed PM @narendramodi’s greetings. High-level exchanges & engagements have further enhanced our bilateral connections,” he said in a tweet. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Earlier, Jaishankar held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji and discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower. “Excellent conversation with my colleague @FMBhutan Dr. Tandi Dorji. We recommitted ourselves to further enriching our special and unique ties,” he said in a tweet. Kumar said that the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower, “giving a new thrust to time-tested friendship”. “EAM @DrSJaishankar held talks with @FMBhutan Dr. Tandi Dorji. The two Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower,” he said in a tweet. The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi on Thursday said that the visit reflects the importance India attaches to its relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and neighbour. Bhutan has been a close ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years. Bhutan was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first overseas visit after assuming charge in 2014.last_img read more


Chef Robert Irvine To Host SAMHSAs Voice Awards Honoring Military

first_imgThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2017 Voice Awards program will recognize television and film writers and producers along with community leaders for outstanding efforts to raise awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and/or addictions.The 12th annual Voice Awards, highlighting the theme Honoring Those Who Serve: Hope, Resilience, and Recovery, will spotlight efforts that provide hope and support to past and present military service members and their families who have faced mental health and addiction challenges. This year’s event will be held on August 16, 2017, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.The Voice Awards will be hosted by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who has been an ardent supporter of issues affecting military personnel and their families through the Robert Irvine Foundation. With more than 27 years in the culinary field, chef Irvine has cooked his way throughout the world in restaurants, hotels and on the high seas. As the host of Restaurant: Impossible, he saved struggling restaurants across America by assessing a restaurant’s weak spots and helping owners and managers overhaul them. He has received special recognition for his commitment to the U.S. military when he was designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy; in 2015, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed upon him the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.In addition to honoring community-based consumer, peer, and family leaders who champion recovery from mental illness and/or addictions, the Voice Awards also will recognize writers and producers for their exemplary portrayals of military service members, their families, and the path to recovery. This year’s finalists include the feature films Captain Fantastic and Megan Leavey; documentaries Almost Sunrise, Iron Will, and The S Word; and television shows Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), One Day at a Time (Netflix), The Warfighters (History Channel), and This Is Us (NBC).To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more


Kate Winslet returns to North Vancouver to satiate her Honeys Doughnuts cravings

first_img“I love Vancouver, I was so happy to be there and so sad to leave,” she had said on the TIFF red carpet. “Really, truly I pine for it.”READ MORE Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Kate Winslet returned to North Vancouver’s Deep Cove to visit Honey’s Doughnuts. (Photo by HONEY’S DOUGHNUTS AND GOODIES) British screen star Kate Winslet just had to come back to Metro Vancouver for her true love: doughnuts.When Winslet was filming the romance-drama The Mountain Between Us in various locations around B.C. from December 2016 to February 24 of this year, she happened upon Honey’s Doughnuts located at 4373 Gallant Avenue in Metro Vancouver’s Deep Cove.At the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Winslet raved about how much she loved—nay, longed—for the doughnuts she had tried there.last_img read more


Sea lice resistant to treatment threaten wild juvenile salmon on BC coast says report

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsA new report released by two environment groups says sea lice on farmed salmon are now resistant to the pesticide used to commonly treat the problem.Salmon from Atlantic Canada are held in pens on the B.C. coast.“The spring of 2018 saw parasitic sea lice on both farmed and wild juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound reach levels never before seen in the province of B.C.,” states a new report called Lousy Choices.The report, written by Alexandra Morton of Raincoast Research, and Karen Wristen of Living Oceans, claims that sea lice in Clayoqout Sound have become resistant to the pesticide SLICE and that industry regulators failed to protect wild juvenile salmon.Morton has been studying sea lice in British Columbia for 20 years and says it’s not easy to reduce sea lice.“Sea lice have an exceptional ability to become resistant to drugs and other treatments,” she says. “That is why fish farms don’t belong where wild juvenile salmon are migrating through.”(Alexandra Morton. Photo: Facebook)Clayoquot Sound is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and has one of the densest concentrations of open-net salmon farms in B.C.Cermaq Canada owns 15 farms in the area.Earlier this year seven of those farms were infested with sea lice, a parasite that occurs naturally in the wild, but flourishes in small crowded open-net pens.The infected farms are located on wild salmon migration routes which can pose a serious threat to wild juvenile salmon on their way from freshwater to the open ocean.“Salmon feedlots make it easy for lice to thrive, multiply and mutate,” says Morton. “They ride on salmon, grazing on the mucous layer covering the skin.“I’m sure the sea lice on the farmed fish are not a problem because these are great big five to 10 pound fish covered in scales, but wild juvenile fish are tiny with no scales.”Under the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulations, salmon farms must ensure adult fish are not infected by more than three active sea lice.But Cermaq reported their fish were infected by up to 30 in April.“As part of our commitment to transparency and meeting the toughest third-party certifications, including the ASC standard, we publish information about the environmental impacts of all our farms, not just those in the certification process.“The loss of efficiency of SLICE had a role to play in the levels of sea lice, but the abundance of sea lice in the region was due to unusual hot, dry weather that affected water quality,” says Linda Sams, the sustainable development director of Cermaq Canada.(Linda Sams. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)In late August, Cermaq voluntarily closed the Fortune Channel fish farm.The fish were treated for sea lice using both SLICE and hydrogen peroxide baths, but Sams says the fish were humanely euthanized due to overall poor health.“At the end of the day the responsible thing to do there was close that site down,” she says. “And it was a hard decision because it’s a big business move for us to do that.”“Obviously all the dollars have to be looked at, but also our social obligations, our environmental obligations, our reputation, our certifications, we want to be doing things to best practice.”Earlier this spring, independent research discovered wild juvenile salmon were also heavily infested with sea lice.The outbreak occurred during the critical migration period when young salmon are leaving Clayoquot’s rivers.According to the report, 96 per cent of wild juvenile salmon in the area were infected with an average of eight lice per fish, some as many as 50.And it only takes 1 to 3 lice to kill the young fish, according to the report.“It makes me very angry that DFO allowed this to happen,” says Morton. “There is no way they did not know about this problem because myself and other scientists have been telling them for 18 years.”“In the very beginning they told me that they needed made in B.C. science so I turned my home into a research station, invited every scientist that would come, and we have now cranked out over 30 scientific papers on the impacts of sea lice in B.C.”In an email to APTN News, DFO confirmed the findings that say sea lice on salmon farms are becoming resistant to SLICE.“During most years, more than 90 per cent of sites in B.C. are below the regulatory thresholds for sea lice during the wild salmon outmigration period (from March 1 to June 30 of each year).   However, there were documented failures of SLICE treatment at Klemtu in 2013 and Esperanza Inlet in 2017 and now Clayoquot Sound in 2018,” says DFO.SLICE is an emamectin benzoate drug and is the only pesticide approved for treating sea lice on Canadian fish farms.“Research is under way by DFO, industry, and academia, to find alternative methods to manage sea lice, and to better predict and track SLICE resistance,” DFO says.But Morton argues that alternative methods should have already been in place and that DFO should have stepped in to protect wild salmon.“When DFO first saw those high levels of sea lice they should have made the company bring them down right away,” says Morton.“What I see here is a complete 100 per cent management fail by DFO because Ahousaht lost a generation of outgoing juvenile salmon this spring.”Ahousaht First Nation has a partnership with Cermaq Canada.(Skookum John on his boat along the B.C. coast. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)The fish farm owner provides jobs, and economic and social benefits to the community.But Skookum John doesn’t believe any benefits from fish farms companies outweigh the possible consequences.“It makes me pissed off, says John. “We never needed a company like this.”John is from Ahoushat and runs his own water taxi and whale watching business in Clayoquot Sound.He fears for the future of wild salmon.“Wild salmon is going to be extinct and it’s hard to swallow that, says John. “We need the wild salmon, if they are extinct so are we.  They feed us, they feed the animals, and when the animals eat it they take it into the woods.“And what does that do, it fertilizes our trees, and what do our trees give us?  They give us oxygen.”In an effort to not have a sea lice outbreak in the future, Cermaq has invested $12-million into a custom built barge that they say will remove and capture sea lice and their eggs using only pressurized water.The new hydrolicer will be used alongside SLICE and hydrogen peroxide baths, and is scheduled to arrive in the spring.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more


Global Innovation Index Morocco Leads North Africa in Agricultural Innovation

Rabat – Morocco ranks first in North Africa and fifth in the Arab World in terms of global agricultural innovation, according to 2017 Global Innovation Index.Placed after UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in the Arab World, second following South Africa at the continental level and the first in North Africa, Morocco’s agricultural innovation strategy is recognized by the GII for its innovation in the sector of agriculture.In GII’s latest report entitled “Innovation Feeding The World”, Morocco ranked 72nd out of 127 countries and seventh out of 27 lower-middle-income economies. The country was also referred to as a standout performer in agricultural labor productivity. In the recent years, Morocco has been awarded high positions in innovation and business reports.Morocco ranked among the 50 most innovative economies in the world and the second in African economies by the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index.In 2016, the World Bank 2017 report ranked Morocco 68th out of 190 countries in ease of doing business, gaining two spots over the previous year.As a result, the kingdom is ranked first in North Africa and fourth in the Middle East. The report cited positive developments in the sector of “enterprise capability”, according to KPMG International and Oxford Economics’ 2015 Change Readiness Index (CRI).In 2014, the Wall Street Journal’s Frontiers said that Morocco is among the top ten frontier markets and is the North African market most favored by foreign investors. read more


The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

iBook charts for week ending April 21, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Redemption by David Baldacci – 9781538761434 – (Grand Central Publishing)2. The Mister by E L James – 9781984898333 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Die Trying by Lee Child – 9781440625725 – (Penguin Publishing Group)5. After We Collided by Anna Todd – 9781476792552 – (Gallery Books)6. After by Anna Todd – 9781476792545 – (Gallery Books)7. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 9780553897845 – (Random House Publishing Group)8. Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroeder – 9781982112486 – (Gallery Books)9. Normal People by Sally Rooney – 9781984822192 – (CrownArchetype)10. The Mueller Report by The Washington Post – 9781982129743 – (Scribner)____The Associated Press read more


Ryan Madson And The Dodgers Are Faltering When It Matters Most

BOSTON — For the second-straight chilly night in Fenway Park, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson faced one of baseball’s great psychological performance tests. And for the second-straight night, Madson failed.A pitcher, the defense, dictates the action in baseball, which makes the game unusual. Standing alone in the center of the infield, a pitcher can get in his own way — and he can single-handedly let a game get away. And for a second-straight World Series game, Madson checked both of these boxes as he couldn’t command the ball. With each miss outside the strike zone, the pressure and decibel levels increased in the cramped, 106-year-old ballpark.Madson inherited two base runners on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series and three on Wednesday in Game 2. All five scored. They were the decisive runs Tuesday and again Wednesday in Boston’s 4-2 victory. The Red Sox now enjoy a 2-0 lead in the series, which heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.When Madson entered Wednesday with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, it was the most crucial point in the game. Leverage index is a stat designed to weight the importance of every plate appearance in a game as it relates to potential win expectancy swings, with an average plate appearance at a mark of 1.0. A plate appearance in a one-run game in the ninth inning has a greater leverage-index value than that of a one-run game in, say, the second inning. The leverage index of facing Steve Pearce with the bases loaded and two outs, leading by one run, was 4.17 — the highest of the game and second-highest of the series.Madson, who walked just 16 batters in 52⅔ regular-season innings, began his Game 2 outing by missing badly above the zone with his first two pitches against Pearce. The crowd roared. Red Sox fans began chanting his last name, perhaps sensing weakness. Wearing just a short-sleeve T-shirt under his game jersey, Madson jumped up and down at the back of the mound to try to warm himself in temperatures that had dipped into the low 40s, feeling colder with the wind chill. But he missed twice again above the zone to walk Pearce on five pitches, forcing in Christian Vazquez and tying the score at 2-2.“I really liked him against Pearce,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “He’s done it time and time again for us.”Madson also entered, and faltered, in a high-leverage situation Tuesday. His first pitch in Game 1 was a wild pitch against Pearce, whom he walked on four pitches.“The ball is not going where I want it,” Madson said after the game. “It’s kind of a crapshoot with inherited runners. You can be good at it for a long time and then a bloop hit, or a walk like tonight, it’s not automatic. I don’t know if it’s mechanical or physical or emotional. There is a lot of elements going in there. You just have to regroup and start over again.”Among Dodgers pitchers, Madson has pitched four of the five highest-leverage situations through two games. The Dodgers’ best reliever, Kenley Jansen, hasn’t pitched in the series. While teams have been aggressive in employing relief pitchers this postseason, Roberts has not yet used his best reliever when there have clearly been crucial situations. Instead, a pitcher the Dodgers had claimed off waivers and traded for on Aug. 31 — who had a 5.28 ERA in Washington and a 6.48 mark in a limited sample in L.A. — got the call.1In a small sample of postseason work, Madson had been effective for Roberts entering the World Series. Madson also did strike out 13 batters in 8⅓ regular-season innings with the Dodgers .After walking Pearce on Wednesday, Madson missed with his first pitch to the following batter, J.D. Martinez, and then Madson threw a fastball that found the zone. But Martinez, hobbling on a right ankle he injured Tuesday, sliced it down the right-field line for a two-run single. Boston took a 4-2 lead that held as the final score. The leverage index of that plate appearance? 3.6. It marked the second-greatest leverage index of the game after the Pearce at bat.Madson told reporters before the game that the cold weather affected his grip in Game 1, referencing the sticky stuff that has become a sticky subject this season.“Grip is essential, obviously, in a breaking ball,” Madson said before Game 2. “And a lot of times with the cold weather, I’m not saying anybody uses anything, but if you use anything, a lot of times it’s not as effective in cold weather.“I didn’t use anything [Tuesday], but I didn’t throw any breaking balls. But [Wednesday], I’m going to make sure I’ve got what everybody uses, the essentials out there again. I didn’t think it was going to be as difficult as it was [Tuesday].”Whatever he did, Madson had a tough time again Wednesday.Interestingly, Madson’s four-seam fastball had an average spin rate of 2,289 rpms on Tuesday and 2,196 on Wednesday, and that pitch’s velocity was 95.5 mph on Tuesday and 94.8 on Wednesday — not far removed from his regular-season averages of 2,250 rpms and 95.9 mph. So while his command wavered, his underlying stuff was nearly the same.The Red Sox had no trouble with the cool conditions Wednesday as their relievers again dominated, averaging 98.4 mph on all fastballs. Starter David Price and the bullpen retired the final 16 Dodgers they faced.Price took another step toward shedding his reputation as a postseason choker after burying some of his postseason demons in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series — his first win in 12 career postseason starts. He did it by adopting a new plan, throwing his change-up at a career-high rate and shelving his cut fastball. He used a similar approach Wednesday and did not allow a hit through the first three innings. He often went in with his fastball and down and away with his changeup.He gave up two runs in the fourth but returned for a scoreless fifth — going where no starter had gone in Game 1 — and even posted a scoreless inning in the sixth.Price now has two postseason wins in his last two starts. A week ago, Price couldn’t win in the postseason. So there’s hope for Ryan Madson.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


Womens golf Coach Therese Hession looking for 4th straight Big Ten championship

OSU women’s golf coach Therese Hession congratulates senior women’s golfer Katja Pogacar. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s golf coach Therese Hession thought she could never be persuaded to coach anywhere other than her alma mater, Southern Methodist University. But after 11 years on the LPGA tour, she got a call from OSU and decided to give it a shot. Twenty-five seasons later, she’s still coaching the Buckeyes.“The call came, I was at the U.S. Open,” Hession said of when she was offered the job at OSU. “I talked to my pro that was my teacher on the tour and he said, ‘You have everything to gain, nothing to lose.’ So here I am 25 years later.”Hession fell in love with the game at an early age while following her dad around the golf course. She went to the driving range or the course any chance she could get. “I was just my happiest when I was out playing golf,” Hession said.Hession attended SMU where she led the women’s golf team to a national championship in 1979 — her senior season. After graduation, she joined the Women’s Professional Golf Tour and was granted an LPGA tour card just three months later.After 11 years competing in the LPGA, Hession was growing weary of the lifestyle. “I still loved to play but I didn’t like the idea of being away from home probably 32 weeks of the year,” Hession said. “My game was good. I was improving, but I was never at the very highest level of some of the players I was competing against. So I think I was looking for change, but I still really loved the sport.”That’s where the Buckeyes stepped in. At first, Hession admits she was hesitant to accept the position. However, there were a lot of positive things about OSU that Hession couldn’t deny, such as being close to her hometown of Indianapolis. Even though OSU isn’t a typical golf school, Hession saw potential in the program.“That was important to me: to be able to go somewhere where I thought I could do well because I knew I was going to put 100 percent effort into it. And I wanted to make sure I would have the chance to succeed,” Hession said. And succeed she has. In her time in Columbus, Hession has led the Buckeyes to 10 Big Ten championships, including three consecutive titles from 2014 to 2016, made 23 NCAA regional appearances and 15 NCAA championship appearances. She has been named the National Coach of the Year twice and Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times. The most memorable moment of Hession’s coaching career was in 2003 when her team took home fourth place at the NCAA championship, the highest in school history. Hession’s goal is still to win a national championship, but the 2003 season proved that OSU could compete with the best. “I like to prove people wrong and for those people who think the northern schools can’t play, to be able to finish that well was good,” she said. “I was really happy for my players because they worked hard. That was a real special group.”The past three seasons, Hession has led the Buckeyes to back-to-back-to-back Big Ten championships. Last year, the team shot so high in the first round that they started on the back nine the next day. But that’s when OSU decided to turn it on. “I remember on Saturday we were really on fire,” Hession said. “I remember coming up the ninth hole and it was like everywhere I looked everyone was making birdies.”The 2017 Big Ten Championship is coming up on April 21 and the competition is even tougher this year. The Buckeyes are one of the more experienced teams but will have to play at the very top of their game to be in the race. “I would say we could play decent and we could even finish sixth is how good the Big Ten is this year,” Hession said. “So it’s going to be really critical to get off to a good start.”Throughout her 25 seasons, Hession has made an impact on her players on and off the course. Senior Jessica Porvasnik has spent four years under Hession and credits her for making her the player that she is today. “Coach Hession has always had the best interest of every player on her team,” Porvasnik said. “She has spent countless hours helping prepare me for what lies ahead in my career… I believe after college she will continue to play a role in my life.”Hession’s work and dedication don’t end on the golf course but extend into everything she does. In 1989, she was awarded the LPGA Tour Samaritan Award for her work with Habitat for Humanity and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has continued her philanthropic work through her coaching to this day.“We’re trying to raise $15,000 as a team,” Hession said of her team’s most recent project. “We’re building a well for a village in Africa that doesn’t have water. Their girls get up in the morning and they walk over an hour to the nearest water source.” The Buckeyes golf team has completed fundraising projects already, but have a few more to go in order to reach the goal. “I think it’s really important that we’ve been given a lot, so we should give back,” Hession said. read more


Grinding media consolidation through buyout of Donhad by MolyCop expected to close

first_imgIn August 2017, American Industrial Partners, the equity firm which owns global grinding media giant Moly-Cop, announced a definitive agreement by Valmont to sell its Australian mining consumables business Donhad to Moly-Cop. This is only now going through after The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cleared the deal. Donhad owner Valmont said in its Q1 2018 results announced April 18 that it expected closing of the deal by April 30.On March 29, the ACCC announced that it would not oppose Moly-Cop’s proposed acquisition of Donhad. “Moly-Cop and Donhad are the only two domestic manufacturers of forged steel grinding media, which are primarily used by the mining industry to crush or grind mineral ore to extract copper, gold and iron. After an extensive inquiry, the ACCC determined Moly-Cop would continue to face competition from suppliers of imported grinding media following the proposed acquisition.”“On balance, the proposed acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the supply of grinding media in Australia,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. “Imports of grinding media have increased significantly in recent years and now represent approximately 40% of the total quantity of steel grinding media sold in Australia,” Mr Sims said.“Australia’s demand for grinding media is only about 5% of global usage. Spare production capacity worldwide is many times greater than what our industry uses in a year. There are several overseas manufacturers which could increase their supply into Australia and compete locally,” Sims said.The ACCC consulted with a broad range of customers to understand their options for grinding media and the reasons for the recent increase in imports. “Many customers were concerned about the impact of the proposed acquisition on competition, which made this a difficult decision for the ACCC. However, there was not always a willingness to provide detailed evidence to back up those concerns, and some of these customers already use imports.”“Based on all the information received, including feedback from customers, internal company documents and data on import quality and transport costs, we concluded that the threat of customers switching to imported grinding media would prevent Moly-Cop from increasing prices or decreasing service levels in a sustainable and meaningful way. Although there were tariffs imposed by the Anti-Dumping Commission on certain steel grinding balls exported from China in 2016, imports have continued to increase.”“We considered that some of the larger global miners in particular would be able to facilitate further expansion of imports if Moly-Cop were to attempt to increase prices,” Sims said.last_img read more


Apple recalls firstgeneration iPod nano due to fire risk

first_imgDo you own a first-generation iPod nano? It might be hard to remember due to the fact they were released between September 2005 and December 2006 (and have a black or white plastic front with a silver metal back). If you do, then Apple wants you to return it and will send you a replacement.To recall a device that is 6 years old may seem a little strange, but Apple is concerned enough to do it. The reason is one of overheating and a risk the nano could, in a few rare cases, set on fire.As is usually the case when a fire risk is discovered, the battery is to blame. There is a chance of overheating occurring, which on its own could damage the unit. But it looks as though the potential for a fire to break out is what has pushed Apple to announce a recall.Apple has put up a page allowing you to check whether your serial number is one of the units at risk. Apparently the fire risk comes from one particular battery manufacturer, and the chance of it happening increases with age. All you need do is check your serial number on that page and then ship your nano back to Apple if it carries this particular battery. Your replacement unit will arrive within 6 weeks.Unfortunately, Apple won’t be sending you a brand new iPod nano. Somehow the company happens to have replacement first-generation units available with working batteries to send you. I have to assume these are reconditioned devices that were in storage.If you own any other iPod nano then there is no risk. This issue is specific to first-generation units.More at Apple, via Mashablelast_img read more


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Wartime allies Greek and Australian heroes topic of student competition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Students of all ages are being urged to enter the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation student competition for their chance to win cash prizes. Dedicated to the Australian and Greek men and women who fought and died in WWII, the competition aims to educate and inform students on their sacrifice and the ongoing relationship between the two countries. Students are asked to submit something graphic or written that centres around the Greek Campaign of World War Two. Despite the countries being very far apart, they stood side by side during the war and fought for freedom. The parachute attack by the Germans in the Battle of Crete has remained etched in the minds of many and caused large casualties for Greeks and Australians at the time. Greeks risked execution and saved many of their Australian allies by hiding them. For the competition, first prizes range from $100 to $400 and there are four categories which are linked to year levels. Year’s 1 to 2 are asked to make a drawing or a painting, years 4 to 6 a drawing or poem, years 7 to 9 an essay or a poem and years 10 to 12 an essay or an interview with a veteran. Only one entry per student is allowed and can be written in Greek or English. Submissions must be in by 28 September. All those that have entered will receive a special badge commemorating the bond between Australia and Greece.last_img read more


Clark College President Bob Knight announces retirement

first_imgAfter 15 years at Clark College, 13 of them as its president, Bob Knight on Friday announced he’ll retire from the school in August.Knight, 61, will leave his position on Aug. 31. The news comes a day after Knight gave his annual State of the College address, during which he touted the college’s recent accomplishments. Knight said he wanted to wait until after the annual speech to ensure its focus was on the college and its students, not on his tenure.When reflecting on the timing, Knight said simply that he’s tired and looking toward spending more time with his wife and coming grandchild.“It’s just a lot of stress,” he said of the position. “We just thought this was a good time.”Knight’s time at the college has been marked by significant growth. Clark College opened its Columbia Tech Center location in east Vancouver in 2009, unveiled the new STEM Building in 2016, and launched three bachelor’s of applied science degree programs. The college also retooled its culinary arts curriculum, opening the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute in 2017.last_img read more


Lessiter Publications Buys Farm Journal Title

first_img Greg Petersen, a columnist with Implement & Tractor’s former parent group, Machinery Pete, will also provide content and analysis for Lessiter. Terms weren’t disclosed. “Implement & Tractor has been the primary competitor within these equipment dealer niches we serve,” he says. “Implement & Tractor has the greatest longevity in this niche, and should bring us growth opportunities in qualified circulation, advertising and a volume of historical industry content that pre-dates the invention of the tractor itself.” Farm Journal Media bought the magazine in 2008 from Scissortail Productions, putting it under Machinery Pete’s purview shortly after that business was acquired in early 2014.center_img Lessiter Publications announced that it’s purchased the assets of Implement & Tractor from Farm Journal Media. The bimonthly title, which is distributed to 8,000 farm machinery dealers across the U.S., had been a major competitor of Lessiter’s own portfolio of farm equipment information products.last_img read more


Apple doubles the suppliers committed to 100 clean energy

first_img Share your voice Sprint AirPods 2 have a new rival… from Apple $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 7:00 $999 Apple has been focused for years on making its products and its operations more environmentally friendly. CEO Tim Cook in 2014 famously said he doesn’t “consider the bloody ROI” (return on investment) when it comes to issues like the environment, accessibility and worker safety. It has long been his and Apple’s goal to run entirely all of the company’s operations on renewable energy.Last year, it finally accomplished that goal, when it said all of its facilities around the world run on 100% clean power. In 2018, the company and its suppliers generated enough clean energy that it could have powered over 600,000 homes in the US.At the same time, Apple has been pushing to recycle parts from its devices and build new products using recycled products, with disassembly robots speeding up the process. In March, the company said that it hit a new environmental achievement. Last year, it announced the iPhone was manufactured with a zero waste certification, and this year it added the iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod to that program. While Apple has doubled the number of suppliers vowing to use renewable energy, it’s unclear how many supplier in total the company works with.Originally published April 11, 12:01 a.m. PT.Correction, 8:04 a.m.: The initial version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Apple’s suppliers. The company hasn’t revealed that number. Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: 0 • Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Apple doubles the suppliers committed to 100% clean energy Best Buy Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Post a comment Apple iPhone XS Apple $999 Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives, has pushed the company to run on 100% renewable energy. James Martin/CNET It’s not just Apple going green. Many of its suppliers also are making a vow to run on renewable energy.Apple early Thursday morning said it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers — now totaling 44 — that have committed to running their Apple production on 100% clean energy. Because of that, Apple will also beat its aim of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable power into its supply chain by 2020. It now expects to have 5 gigawatts in that time frame. “We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement. “We won’t stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally.” Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It See It $999 See It See All Tags See it Phones Tech Industry CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more


SWTOR 11 is running on a public test server patch notes available

first_imgThe first of what is sure to be many updates for Star Wars: The Old Republic is being put on trial by players on the game’s public test server. As with any update, there are both major additions and minor bug fixes that are included. The most notable of these are the inclusion of a new Flashpoint, “Kaon Under Siege” that is designed for four players that have reached level 50. There are also four new boss additions to “Operation: Karagga’s Palace.” Both of these changes will bring some new content to hardcore players who have already rushed up the level ladder.Those of you who play Jedi Knight characters will also be pleased to know that BioWare has included bug fixes that rectify your not being able to progress in some of Kira Carsen’s conversations. For those who are going the romance track with her story line, this should be good news. For Jedi Consulars who have decided to go up the Shadow skill tree, the battle readiness, combat technique and slow time abilities have all been tweaked up a bit to make them more appropriate in power. The same goes for Sith Inquisitor Assassins, as the dark charge, overcharge and wither abilities have all been made a bit more accurate in power giving more balance (not that you are seeking any such thing since you have fallen to the Dark Side).On the graphics front, BioWare has included anti-aliasing option in the game’s preferences, which should help smooth out the graphics for lower resolution screens. Other small bug fixes include the removal of your companions talking to you during combat when they finish a mission, as well as improvements involving the equipping of items on your companions. You can check out the full list of fixes being tested using the link below.Read the patch notes at the SWTOR forums.last_img read more


Panasonic introduces new range of Toughbook handhelds

first_imgPanasonic – an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing solutions unveiled its next generation of highly capable handheld Toughbook, FZ-T1 and L1 – a series of slimline, rugged model perfect for today’s evolving mobile workforces seeking an all-in-one solution on December 13.On the occasion, Hiroaki Sakamoto, Managing Director of Mobile Solutions, Business Division, Panasonic Corporation said, “We at Panasonic are constantly looking to offer products that not only improve the efficiency but enhance productivity and bottom-line performances for a number of years. The business need have evolved from traditional ruggedness to more advanced factors, that include escalated levels of battery power, viewing and communication capabilities. We have designed the FZ-T1 and L1 to mirror those needs for the consumers, perfectly integrating the old with the new.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “More customers are recognising that a rugged device is not the same as a regular handheld device. Consumer devices have components that are not designed to withstand continuous use in difficult conditions and are liable to break down from shock, dust, moisture, heat, and cold. Our newest offering under the product category, further assists consumers with their enterprise based working environment by, robustly assisting them to augment their efficiency levels through the unique blend of characteristics offered by the Toughbook,” said Vijay Wadhwan, Business Head System and Solution Business, Panasonic India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe brand new Toughbook devices are one of the most versatile and compact android based offering that is boasted by Panasonic’s industry. Stocked with multiple evolutionary characteristics alongside a multifaceted functionality range, the newly launched devices can be used for shelf stocking, order taking, logistical record keeping, queue busting and long-lasting field use. With an easy viewing display, they have an efficient 10-finger input, are capable of operating in the rain and can be used with gloved hands or an optional passive pen. Further, for clear communication in busy work environments up to construction site noise levels, each product alike is equipped with noise suppression technology and loudspeaker. The seamless use of these features alongside its balance of mobility, durability and 12 hours battery life (FZ-T1) / 9 hours battery life (FZ-L1), ideal for industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, and public safety; have the ability to their improve workforce productivity and the ease of efficient business operability. FZ-T1 – a slim handheld Toughbook is extremely durable, compact and laced with a high user interface quotient. With a 5-inch screen, running Android 8.1, OreoTM, this device is familiar to workers who rely on smartphones for regular use but is thoroughly designed for the harsh unpredictable environment. The FZ-L1 offers professional-grade capabilities and reliability to workers who rely on accessing information on-the-go. Available as WI-FI function for inside workers or with voice and data capability for field-based workers, the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1 tablet is slim and lightweight in nature, weighing in at around 440g, but rugged enough to stand up to business needs. Both devices will be available beginning at retail price of INR 60,000 (without tax).last_img read more


Biop Medical Launches Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Technology at MEDICA 2017

first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Biop Medical cervical cancer detection system with micro-colposcope module Technology | Women’s Health | November 13, 2017 Biop Medical Launches Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Technology at MEDICA 2017 Mobile device accurately detects cervical cancer in real time 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 | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… 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 Biop Medical cervical cancer detection system with micro-colposcope moduleNovember 13, 2017 — Biop Medical announced it will present its point-of-care cervical cancer detection technology at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Nov. 13-16.  The company recently started its second round of investment.The tool advances cervical cancer diagnosis using optic technology that accurately detects cancerous and pre-cancer lesions in real time. Patients receive an immediate diagnosis without the prolonged waiting time and stress associated with common diagnostic methods. The technology generates a map of diseased lesions to help physicians pinpoint exactly where to perform biopsies.Biop Medical’s system consists of two components which are connected to the main control unit. The high definition Biop digital colposcope module offers a high-resolution digital cervix visualization. When the Biop micro-colposcope module is connected, it is directed by an algorithm to the centre of the cervix and then performs a thorough high-magnification inner scan of the cervix.Using a sterile and disposable cover, the device is inserted until it is in contact with the cervix and projects a full array of light into the full depth of the cervix. The received refractions and reflections off the cervical tissue by the emitted light indicate where cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions are located. When used together, the scans from both components create a color map to help physicians determine where to perform biopsies.This data can help track the cancer’s advancement, with results automatically uploaded to the cloud. The platform for aggregating the data was developed with the support of IBM during Biop Medical’s time at the IBM Alpha Zone Accelerator.The technology requires a short and simple training, compared to years of experience required to capably perform cervical cancer diagnosis with a colposcope.For more information: www.biopmedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 12PreviousNext News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Biop Medical cervical cancer detection system with high definition digital colposcope module Biop Medical cervical cancer detection system News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Biop Medical cervical cancer detection system with high definition digital colposcope module Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more


Agfa HealthCare Highlights Augmented Intelligence Partnerships at RSNA 2017

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  November 22, 2017 — Augmented intelligence (also known as artificial intelligence, or AI) and machine learning are fueling innovations in healthcare to address the pressing clinical needs of care providers. At the 2017 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA 2017), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago, Agfa HealthCare will be demonstrating its latest work-in-progress visions for AI through workflow optimized integration of Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution with products offered by IBM Watson Health, RadLogics and  Mindshare Medical.Growing populations, chronic disease prevalence, comorbidities and spiraling healthcare costs have generated the demand for AI leveraging cognitive power, for solutions that can manage big data and unstructured clinical content to improve clinical decision-making, clinician productivity and care.Nadim Michel Daher, Frost & Sullivan analyst explained, “One of the top-of-mind questions the radiology community is wrestling with right now is ‘man versus machine, or man-only versus man plus machine?’” Agfa said it believes the next decade is going to be about the augmented radiologist: the combination of AI with the human intelligence that imaging professionals bring to the table today with their ability to understand the big-picture of a patient and the context of their disease.According to Nick Spencer, M.D., consultant radiologist, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, U.K., “Task-based rules within enterprise imaging will help prioritize workflow for radiologists and in escalating urgent cases. Augmented intelligence has the potential to further enhance that flow through triage and sign-posting abnormal findings.”Agfa HealthCare takes the position that the path to realize value from the advances in AI, machine learning and computer-assisted diagnosis is achieved by embedding intelligence in the clinical workflows and by providing clinicians synergistic innovations from industry vendors and care providers. Given the nascent state of AI within healthcare, Agfa HealthCare’s approach looks to provide care organizations the ability to realize gains from innovations more quickly and achieve better delivery of care with the workflow-optimized AI solutions.In addition at RSNA 2017, Agfa will demonstrate another work in progress — organically conceived and third-party algorithms integrated into Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution to help screen for life-threatening diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis.  With these algorithms, healthcare providers will have the ability to view contextual images and optimize screening workflows.Agfa offers a new white paper on the topic here.For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 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 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | November 22, 2017 Agfa HealthCare Highlights Augmented Intelligence Partnerships at RSNA 2017 Organically conceived and third-party algorithms embedded within Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging solution will provide tools to help care providers accelerate overall throughput and screen for critical diseases Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more


Limón youth take first British Legacy Cup

first_imgThe British Embassy hopes to have cricket offered at schools throughout the country, in addition to the well-known options such as football and basketball.Earlier this year, the embassy funded a Cricket Week at EARTH University, and provided training in the sport to 20 students under the age of 19. Thirty-two physical education teachers, under the guidance of renowned cricketer and coach Dr. Wendell Coppin, also were trained. Facebook Comments No related posts. From left, Costa Rica Baseball Association President Rodrigo Vargas, Costa Rica Cricket Federation President Richard Illingworth, British Ambassador Sharon Campbell and Johnny Vargas of ICODER. Courtesy of the British Embassy British Ambassador Sharon Campbell,right, presents Luis Hernández, manager of the Antonio Escarre Baseball Stadium, with a commemorative cricket shield. Courtesy of the British Embassycenter_img Two youth cricket teams faced off on Sept. 7 in Costa Rica’s first-ever under-19 Twenty20 match, organized by the British Embassy, the city of San José and the Costa Rica Cricket Federation. The team from the Caribbean province of Limón, captained by Adonis Sánchez, walked away with the prized Legacy Cup, as well as most of the day’s prizes. Saturday morning’s event was attended by a host of supporters including the Vice Mayor of San José Gonzalo Ramírez; Canadian Ambassador Wendy Drukier and President of the Costa Rica Baseball Association Rodrigo Vargas.The British Embassy’s Cricket Morning is one of many events that the embassy has organized to raise the profile of this lesser-known sport in Costa Rica. Once considered to be a “gentleman’s game,” cricket has found favor among men, women and youngsters alike in Costa Rica, and has at least 40 established cricket teams throughout the country, including the Central Valley.last_img read more