Greece sees 75 billion euros in rescue loans cleared

ATHENS, Greece – The eurozone’s financial crisis resolution authority has authorized the payment of 7.5 billion euros ($8.4 billion) in bailout funds for Greece, part of a total of 10.2 billion euros ($11.5 billion) it approved for the struggling country over the next few months.The eurozone’s European Stability Mechanism said Friday it approved the disbursement after Greece’s government completed required reforms, and that the country would use the funds to service its debt and help clear domestic arrears.Greece will be eligible to receive the remaining 2.8 billion euros after it passes further reforms approved by the country’s creditors.This is Greece’s third bailout in the past six years. The country has been dependent on international rescue loans since 2010, when its economy collapsed after years of mismanagement and overspending. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2016 2:58 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2016 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greece sees 7.5 billion euros in rescue loans cleared read more

UN General Assembly President underscores importance of fostering Culture of Peace in

In his remarks, the Assembly’s President said that while people around the globe are getting ever-more connected as a result of migration, trade, tourism and urbanization, societies remain plagued by inequality, prejudice, intolerance and conflict. “Media is often being seized as a vehicle for divisiveness and incitement to hatred and violent extremism,” he said, adding that religion and belief are being used as the justification for violent extremism, incitement to violence and deliberate destruction of cultural heritage. Mr. Lykketoft emphasized that the challenge facing the UN and its membership is building a culture of peace and non-violence in spite of the multitude of challenges. “The UN is both a reflection of the world as it is and as we want it to be,” he said, calling on stakeholders to discuss and identify concrete ways to strengthen intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the role that the UN can play to that effect. “On a more micro-level, tensions between communities, high levels of xenophobia and day to day violence against women and girls, is also causing great damage to our societies,” President Mogens Lykketoft told a high-level forum on the ‘Culture of Peace’ in the General Assembly, at UN Headquarters in New York. He added that improving the UN’s capacity to conduct peace operations and to sustain peace is as important to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted last year, as it is to mitigating crises around the world. Mr. Lykketoft convened the one-day meeting on the occasion of the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, and it brought together representatives from UN Member States, UN system entities, civil society, media, the private sector and others with an interest in exchanging ideas and suggestions on ways to build and promote the ‘Culture of Peace,’ and to highlight emerging trends that impact its implementation. The first such forum on the ‘Culture of Peace’ was held in September 2012, and recognized the need for continual support to the further strengthening of the global movement to promote the ‘Culture of Peace.’ Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly, addresses the High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

Robertsons leave 1M to Brock to sustain new scholarships

In life, Joe and Anita Robertson were known as a philanthropic couple generous with their time and finances.At Brock University, where both were heavily involved, that giving legacy will live on through the donation of a cherished piece of art and the creation of a $1-million endowment fund in their memory.Joe Robertson spent a decade on the University’s Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2012-14. Anita was an active volunteer with the University and in the Niagara community. Their daughter, Laura, had just been hired to work in Brock’s athletics and recreation department. Tragically, all three were killed in an airplane crash on their way to a family vacation in July 2018.Brothers Taylor and Clark Robertson address a crowd of about 100 people at an event honouring their parents, Joe and Anita, and their sister Laura.“The Robertson family have been significant contributors to the Niagara community and many initiatives, including here at Brock University,” said President Gervan Fearon. “We were devastated by the loss, but we will always be deeply grateful for their involvement in the growth and success of Brock over many years.”The Robertsons’ sons, Taylor and Clark, were on hand as a permanent memorial to the family was unveiled at Brock’s Market Hall Monday, April 29.The artwork unveiled was donated to the two brothers, in memory of their parents and sister, by Niagara artist Alexander Rasmussen, who painted the massive eight-feet-tall by 24-feet-wide piece in 2015.Rasmussen said Joe and Anita had seen the painting as it was in progress and were looking for an appropriate home for it when the plane crash occurred. Clark and Taylor were pleased to learn that Brock planned to accept the painting and display it prominently.But it’s not just the artwork that will serve as a legacy to the Robertson family’s commitment to the University.Joe and Anita left a combined $1 million to Brock, which the University will enhance by $600,000, establishing an endowment to create and fund the Joe Robertson Awards for students in the Goodman School of Business, and the Anita Robertson Awards for Nursing students. Through these two awards, funding will be provided each year to eight graduate and 12 undergraduate students.“While my parents are physically no longer here, they aren’t truly gone,” Clark said to about 100 people gathered at the Monday ceremony. “Their dreams and values, their hopes and joy, they live within my brother and I. They live within anyone they’ve ever touched and they will be there for the students who go on to earn these scholarships and bursaries — students, who much like my parents, began short on cash but full of optimism and dreams of a better tomorrow.”Fearon said the family’s philanthropy will “support the success of many future generations of Brock students, and the art they have donated will be proudly on display at Brock to be an ongoing reminder of their support of the arts and commitment to student and community experience at the University.”Brock Board of Trustees Chair Gary Comerford said the Robertson family’s legacy of generosity and volunteerism is “an inspirational example for us all.”“Joe and Anita were actively supportive community members on so many levels,” said Comerford. “They gave so much of themselves to this University and to the Niagara region. It’s a foundation they passed on to their children, and a lesson in community involvement for all of us to follow.” read more

Backlash as Fire Brigades Union votes in favour of gender selfidentification

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. Prominent female union members from across the country have sent a letter to the executive committee expressing major concerns about the proposals, which they warned “may compromise the privacy and security of women in the workplace, and risk unpicking advances that were fought for over many years.”They include Sian Griffiths, one of the first women to join the force, and who founded the FBU Women’s Committee.Yannick Dubois, chair of the FBU’s LGBT group, claimed there had been a lot of “scaremongering” about the GRA based on misunderstanding.She said: “Self declaration means going through a long and complex process. People don’t go through it just so they can use the women’s toilets.” “But these rights should not be in expense of women’s rights. We need an open and frank discussion but in doing so, we need to consult women.” Over 30 women firefighters have signed a letter calling on the FBU to oppose proposals on gender self-declaration. The proposals “may compromise the privacy and security of women in the workplace, and risk unpicking advances that were fought for over many years.”They are right.— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) September 18, 2018 The Fire Brigade Union has recommended that male firefighters be allowed to identify as female, prompting a backlash from some female members.The all-male national executive voted on Thursday night in favour of allowing gender self declaration by eight votes to three, the Telegraph understands. The vote will now  go out to each region to consult on.Female members say they were not consulted and warned it will have huge implications for women, who make up just seven per cent of the force, regarding changing facilities and single sex dormitories.They claimed the chair of the national women’s committee had proffered her support ahead of the vote without consulting the FBU’s 2,000 female members.And they expressed fears that women-only facilities, for which they had “fought tooth and nail” could be abused or used as a means of bullying or intimidating women.Lucy Masoud,  a London regional official and London’s LGBT secretary, said: “We absolutely understand that the Gender Recognition Act is in need of reform and transgender individuals should have rights and be protected and understood. read more

France beats Switzerland in a friendly

France handballfriendliesswitzerland handball France and Switzerland, both, have no qualification tournaments for the Olympic Games, as France is already qualified, and the Swiss are far from a team that will take part in such a tourney, played a friendly in Chambery. The French, as expected, dominated both halves and scored a 33-20 victory over the Swiss squad. The teams meet again for another friendly game, Saturday at 20:45, in Montbeliard. ← Previous Story Andersson and Larholm with slight injuries before Olympic qualifiers! Next Story → Gille brothers officially sign for Chambery!

All five London Premier League clubs linked to sex abuse probe

first_img Image: Steven Paston Share3 Tweet Email Non-league Sutton United handed dream FA Cup tie against ArsenalBrilliant news as Hull’s Ryan Mason released from hospital after skull fracture Jan 30th 2017, 7:43 PM ALLEGATIONS OF HISTORICAL sex abuse have been made involving all five London clubs in the Premier League, the capital city’s Metropolitan Police Service announced on Monday.The five clubs swept up in the scandal that has rocked English football since former Crewe Alexandra youth player Andy Woodward went public in November last year are Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and West Ham.Some of the claims go as far back as the 1960s.The Met’s figures mean the number of Premier League clubs who have been connected with the investigation has risen by one from last month when the global English figure given out by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) said there were four.In all the Met said the allegations involved 77 London-based clubs — three in the second tier Championship and three in League One and League Two — and have received 255 allegations of sex abuse.“On 8 December 2016, the Metropolitan Police Service confirmed it had launched an investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse at football clubs in London,” read their statement.“As of Monday, 30 January, the investigative team, with officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, have received 255 separate allegations.“The allegations are connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams.“The breakdown for those clubs is: Five in the Premiership; Three against Championship clubs; Three against clubs in Leagues One and Two; and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.” Source: Nick Potts“The breakdown for those clubs is: Five in the Premiership; Three against Championship clubs; Three against clubs in Leagues One and Two; and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.”Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said that each and every one of the allegations will be looked into but the Met would not be supplying a running commentary on the investigations or how many allegations have been made against a particular club.“The Met take all allegations seriously, and specialist officers will work through the information passed to them,” he said.Overall the number of football clubs who have been brought up in the enquiry stood at 248 according to the figures released by the NPCC earlier this month.The NPCC were at pains to point out that does not mean they are under investigation but have been ‘referenced when information is submitted’.The number of alleged victims stands at 526 with the youngest aged four and 97 percent of them are male — there are 184 potential suspects who have been identified. No Comments All five London Premier League clubs linked to sex abuse probe Some of the claims go as far back as the 1960s. By AFP Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: Not all the alleged victims or perpetrators come from football with 10 other sports implicated including rugby, gymnastics, the martial arts and athletics.The scandal blew up last November when Woodward went public over the abuse he had suffered at the hands of a convicted child molester at Crewe Alexandra.Other ex-professional players have since gone public with several coming from Chelsea — in an era well before present owner Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich bought the club — claiming to have been abused by scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.Heath, who had similar allegations levelled at him from former youth players at another London club Charlton Athletic where he went after he was sacked by Chelsea in 1979 although not for sexual impropriety, cannot defend himself as he died in 1983 aged 54.Chelsea have launched an internal investigation over the slew of allegations of historic abuse made by former players.– © AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Steven Paston Monday 30 Jan 2017, 7:43 PM 20,767 Views last_img read more

Once Upon a Time tweaks its formula going into season six

first_imgBeing a fan of Once Upon a Time has been a series of ups and downs. Sometimes you get a plot arc like last year’s fantastic King Arthur story. Other times you get that weird Frozen cash-in. Sometimes they give us a compelling mystery where the twists and revelations are earned and shocking. Sometimes, they just erase the characters’ memories for a thousandth time.Before a new season starts, that’s one of the tenser moments in OUAT fandom: How will this new season be? Will we get interesting new characters and stories? Or are we in for another 12 weeks of memory loss, mopey Regina, and Henry being an insufferable teenager? This year, we’re also coming off an especially strong fifth season and I’m wondering if the show can pull off that kind of magic twice in a row.Season Five really was something special. In the past when each half-season had its own complete story arc, one was typically much stronger than the other. That wasn’t the case last year. The season opened strong with Emma as The Dark One and King Arthur’s court camping out in Storybrooke. I was so excited to find out what happened, I didn’t even care that they were dragging out the stolen memory device again. The King Arthur storyline provided plenty of intrigue and helped sell it with a charismatic cast of new characters. It may be one of the best half-seasons the show has ever had.Jennifer Morrison as the Dark Swan in Season Five of Once Upon a Time (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)When they went to The Underworld in the second half, I thought  it couldn’t possibly live up to the Dark Swan story. Plus, knowing they were going to bring in Hades from Hercules, there was no way the actor they got was going to top James Woods’s performance from the cartoon. In the end, it didn’t matter. Greg Germann had all the easy charm and startling rage you want from the character, and Emma and Co.’s journey through the Underworld to rescue Hook had me glued to the couch every Sunday.Now, as we prepare for tonight’s premiere, I wonder if Season Six can live up to all that. It’s the same feeling I had after finishing the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fortunately, there are promising signs already. Things are changing in Storybrooke, which should hopefully make for some great TV. Regina has finally separated herself from the Evil Queen, which will hopefully allow her to find her happy ending soon.Also, if you thought OUAT was running low on fairy tales and Disney movies to bring into Storybrooke, it seems the show’s producers agree. So they’ve brought in characters from classic literature. Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, The Three Musketeers, and The Count of Monte Cristo will all come to Storybrooke and I can’t wait to see the kind of twist the show puts on these characters.The characters from Aladdin also join the cast this year. If you’re wondering why it took them this long to make that happen, well… The characters previously appeared (played by different actors) in the spinoff series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. The less said about that one, the better. This time around, they’ll be fully integrated into the main show. While there will be no Genie (grumble), that at least means we’ll be seeing a wholly different take on the story, which should make for some fun guessing and speculation after each episode.Oded Fehr as Jafar in Once Upon a Time. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Honestly, this season could be Once Upon a Time’s most interesting yet. While I’m skeptical that they’ll be able to completely nail it as well as they did last season, the introduction of new kinds of stories and characters that will bring an 1800s steampunk aesthetic to Storybrooke gives me hope. At the very least they’ll add an exciting twist to the OUAT tropes we’ve grown to love. As long as no one loses their memories again (please?), we should be in for a fun ride.last_img read more

Nanotechnology Gives Mice Night Vision—Are Humans Next

first_img Scientists in China are giving mice infrared vision.A single injection of nanoparticles in the rodents’ eyes bestowed infrared vision with “minimal” side effects.For up to 10 weeks at a time, mice could see infrared light even during the day, and with enough accuracy to distinguish between different shapes.Just imagine the possibilities for humans: No doubt governments would be clamoring to apply this technology to encryption, security, and military operations.Infrared radiation (IR) wavelengths extend beyond those of visible light, making them generally invisible to the human eye. (Slap on a pair of night-vision goggles, though, and you’re good to go.)“The visible light that can be perceived by humans’ natural vision occupies just a very small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum,” according to senior study author Tian Xue, of the University of Science and Technology of China.But what if we could change that?A team of scientists, led by USTC’s Xue and Jin Bao, developed nanoparticles that anchor tightly to the eyes’ photoreceptor cells, acting as tiny IR transducers.When infrared light reaches the retina, the nanoparticles capture and transform its long wavelengths into shorter ones. Those are then absorbed by a nearby rod or cone, which sends a normal signal to the brain, tricking it into thinking visible light hit the retina.“In our experiment, nanoparticles absorbed infrared light around 980 nm in wavelength and converted it into light peaked at 535 nm,” Bao explained, “which made the infrared light appear as the color green.”Mice, like humans, cannot naturally see infrared, making them an ideal candidate for experimentation.Researchers found that those critters receiving injections showed unconscious physical signs of infrared light detection (like pupils constricting), while the control group didn’t respond.In rare cases, side effects did occur, leaving some mice with cloudy corneas, which disappeared in less than a week. Other tests found no damage to the retina’s structure following the injections.“We have shown that both rods and cones bind these nanoparticles and were activated by the near infrared light,” Xue said. “So we believe this technology will also work in human eyes, not only for generating super vision but also for therapeutic solutions in human red color vision deficits.“This is an exciting subject because the technology we made possible here could eventually enable human beings to see beyond our natural capabilities,” he added.The full study was published this week in the journal Cell.More on Hopes Space Mice Can Provide Anti-Aging Treatments for HumansRemote-Controlled Cyborg Mice Conquer Maze of Food and SexAlzheimer’s Treatment Works in Mice, But What About Humans? Magnetic Nanobots Are the Future of HealthcareElon Musk Calls Nanotechnology ‘BS’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Education Minister Sends Best Wishes for New School Year

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Sept 2015 – And finally in news; it’s officially back to school season for all students in the TCI. Minister of Education, Deputy Premier Akierra Missick, sends heartfelt best wishes to Students and Staff for the new Academic Year 2015/2016.The start of this academic school year will see many changes not only in staffing but also programs offered within schools. Missick says “the introduction of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification in TCI high schools, will provide another avenue for students to succeed in obtaining certification and qualifications preparing them for the working world.” In an effort to enhance the teaching and learning environment, infrastructural changes such as new science labs, home economics labs and woodwork rooms at various schools have been upgraded. Moreover, the Minister of Education advises parents to become more actively involved in the schools Parent and Teachers Associations (PTAs) in order to promote effective communication and coordinated approach to matters that may arise during the school year. The Ministry and Department team will be conducting site visits during the month of September to all of the campuses towards celebrating the many successes that will be accomplished over this academic school year. Related Items:akierra missick, best wishes, ministry of educationlast_img read more

Genting Singapore to reduce debt by US500 million

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More Genting Singapore Ltd has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd – the operating entity of Singapore IR Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) – will make a voluntary prepayment of SG$680 million (US$503 million) in outstanding debt.The payment relates to the remainder of its SG$2.27 billion syndicated senior secured credit facilities dated 23 March 2015, with the facilities set to be cancelled on 25 April 2019. In an announcement, Genting Singapore said the loan repayment would be paid from internal cash resources, allowing the group to “improve its capital efficiency.” It will also see the company reduce its borrowings from SG$930 million (US$688 million) to SG$253 million (US$187 million).The loan prepayment follows last week’s announcement that Genting Singapore would invest SG$4.5 billion into RWS, which it aims to complete by 2024. The development will see RWS’s gross floor area expanded by 50%, adding 164,000 square meters of leisure and entertainment space.Among the planned additions are expansion of Universal Studios Singapore, including new themed areas “Minion Park” and “Super Nintendo World”, of S.E.A. Aquarium which will be re-branded “Singapore Oceanarium”, the addition of another 1,100 hotel rooms as part of a new “waterfront lifestyle complex”, an enhanced waterfront promenade with restaurants and retail, expanded MICE facilities and development of a driverless transport system around the property. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

Culina Group employees have spent £600000 on retail discounts since 2016

first_imgWarehouse, distribution and transport organisation Culina Group has seen its 7,000 UK and Ireland-based employees spend more than £600,000 on retail discounts via its employee benefits platform since February 2016.The organisation originally launched the platform in February 2016, in partnership with Personal Group, in order to boost motivation and engagement across its 50 operating sites. The package also aimed to reinforce a culture of reward and recognition that extended beyond pay.The platform enables staff to access their core benefits, such as a workplace pension, life assurance and a bonus scheme, as well as a bikes-for-work initiative, childcare vouchers, retail discounts, an employee assistance programme (EAP), hospital plan, death benefit plan, dental and optical benefits and legal assistance.Employees are also able to access Culina Group’s reward and recognition perks, such as loyalty awards, employee of the month and year acknowledgements and special achievement awards.In May 2019, the organisation introduced an app, allowing staff to access the benefits package via their mobile phones; this accommodates employees such as HGV drivers and warehouse operatives, who may not have ready access to a computer. More than half (55%) of staff now access their benefits via the app.As at July 2019, 99% of Culina Group employees agree that the organisation’s benefits package has improved, with staff spending over £600,000 on the available retail discounts.The organisation has also reported that more than one in 10 (13.5%) of the calls made to the organisation’s EAP occurred outside of traditional working hours. These calls have focused on subjects such as relationships (11.9%), mental health (31.7%) and legal support (31%). Around 7% related to employees’ life events, 6.3% pertained to work issues and 2.4% discussed financial matters.The organisation communicated to its employees about the launch of the new app using face-to-face onsite visits by the provider to offer demonstrations. Printed training materials covering the benefits package and platform are also given to new staff as part of their induction.Culina Group is currently considering launching a video doctor service for 2019.Amy Thomas, HR administrations and systems team leader at Culina Group, said: “We’re really pleased with our benefit and reward package, created with Personal Group.“We know that a lot of our employees make the most of the various benefits and rewards, but we’re most pleased that we’re able to offer a 24/7 EAP helpline to support our employees whenever they need it. If our employees have difficulties in their personal life, they can seek help privately when they need to, which is reassuring for us to know.”last_img read more

Firefighter fired on first day for bringing watermelon to station

first_img(WSVN) – A firefighter in Detroit was fired during his first day on the job for showing up with a watermelon wrapped in a pink bow.Fox 2 reports that Robert Pattison, 41, went to present the watermelon as a gift to the firehouse, but several co-workers were offended by the gesture.Second Battalion Fire chief Shawn McCarty at Engine 55 told reporters that it’s a tradition to “come in bearing gifts” on the first day. He said the “usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want.”McCarty said that some African-Americans took immediate offense to the gesture, finding it “racially insensitive.” Ninety percent of the workers at Engine 55 are African-American, according to Fox 2.Pattison claims his gesture was not a joke and that he did not mean to offend anyone at the fire station.“There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department,” Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement.Pattison was terminated after a “thorough” investigation determined it was the “best course of action,” according to Jones. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man crashes through retaining wall while driving away from traffic stop

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man has been arrested after crashing through a retaining wall while attempting to evade police.Police said they pulled the man over along Northwest Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street in Miami, at around 3 a.m., Friday.However, once he stopped, officials said he refused to get out of the car and instead hit the gas.The man lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a barrier and down a retaining wall.Paramedics checked him out on the scene and determined he had been driving under the influence.The man, whose identity was not released, was not hurt but has since been arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

The Brightest Minds in Magazine Media Celebrated at the Folio 100

first_imgNEW YORK – The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds on Thursday to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, recognizes honorees for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas. So this happened today- thanks @foliomag #Folio100 @InformaPLC @VitafoodsEurope— Heather Granato (@HeatherGranato) December 6, 2018 Thank you @foliomag for such an honor to be named a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree. Here I am just before heading to the event. #Folio100 #williamjacksonlifestyle— William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider (@Austinpublisher) December 6, 2018 GIE Media in the Big Apple. Special afternoon representing our company with @lawnlandscape’s Justin Armburger at the 2018 @foliomag 100 awards.— Guy Cipriano (@GCIMagazineGuy) December 6, 2018 “We had a terrific year and for that we have an amazing team that shows up everyday to reveal the truth and grow consumer power,” said president and CEO of Consumer Reports Marta Tellado, who is responsible for transforming one of the most trusted resources by leverage its rigorous research.This year, the list includes C-level visionaries, such as Condé Nast’s first chief data officer, Karthic Bala, who has worked diligently to strengthen the 109-year-old company’s focus on data and analytics, and founder and chief business officer of InFluential Magazine William Jackson, who created a portfolio of award-winning publications that reach millions readers every issue.“We’re doing really exciting things and taking an iconic publishing company and really transforming it for this new digital age that we’re all learning how to understand,” said C-suite honoree, Alec Casey, who serves as CMO of Trusted Media Brands.Also on the list were senior executives, including the new SVP and publisher of one of the highest profiting magazines in the industry, Cece Ryan; Yankee Magazine’s VP and publisher Brook Holmberg, who successfully transformed a regional publication into a national brand; and Meredith’s VP of brand licensing, Steven Grune, who oversees of all of Meredith’s licensing activities, spanning more than 60 partnerships.Doug Olson, president of Meredith Magazines and one of the executive honorees, said in his acceptance speech, “We had a really good year last year, but I promise you, the best is yet to come.”The strategists on the list are those who have worked over the past year to grow their brands and companies through new revenue streams and with innovative ideas. Included in this category are Adam Krefman, senior director of festivals and activations at Pitchfork, who has taken the Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago to new heights year-over-year by maxing out every inch of Union Park; Joann Kropp, Informa Engage’s VP of global data solutions, who is a visionary in the audience monetization space; and Bustle Digital Group’s Kate Robinson, who, as the SVP of content distribution and partnerships, has brought video to the forefront of her division.“I want to thank Hearst, who always lets us try new things and take risks,” said strategist honoree Patrick Varone, who is the VP of audience development at Best Products.And to round out the list are the industry creators who work to reach the hearts and minds of millions of readers around the country and the world. From video producers like David Popp at the enthusiast video magazine MR Video Plus, to the newly appointed, digital-minded editor-in-chief of a major women’s lifestyle and fashion magazine Cosmo, Jessica Pels, these creators know what it takes to stay competitive in the crowded media space.Congratulations once again to all of the honorees in year’s class of the Folio: 100! Read all about the 100 honorees here.last_img read more

Republican Governors Association buys ads in Alaska

first_imgMike Dunleavy accepts the presumptive nomination as the Republican Party’s candidate for governor on Aug. 21. The Republican Governors Association is buying TV advertising to help Dunleavy. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)The Republican Governors Association is buying TV advertisements to help elect new nominee for governor Mike Dunleavy. After Dunleavy’s primary win last week, the association spent more than $200,000 for ads in Alaska.Listen nowThe Washington, D.C.-based association has been buying TV ads in Alaska since the spring. It’s paying for the ads through the Alaska-based group Families for Alaska’s Future.There’s been nearly $1.7 million in total this year in ad buys from the RGA and Families for Alaska’s Future with the Anchorage and Fairbanks network affiliates. Most of the money has gone to KTUU-TV in Anchorage.“The Alaska governor’s race is a very high priority, and it’s a top pick-up opportunity for Republicans,” RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said.There are 36 gubernatorial elections this year, and the Republicans are defending seats in 26 of them. Thompson said Alaska presents a unique opportunity for the party to pick up a seat.“One, because Bill Walker has failed the state, and it’s ripe for Republican pick up, and because Mike Dunleavy is the only candidate with a clear plan to reform the state’s economy and make Alaska’s government more efficient,” Thompson said.The Republican Governors Association is dedicated to electing and supporting Republican governors. In previous years, the association has been funded by corporate donors. They included the businesses owned by prominent party donors Sheldon Adelson and the brothers Charles and David Koch.last_img read more

7Eleven Pilots New ScanAndGo Checkout Technology

first_imgStay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 7-Eleven is joining the high-tech store race with its latest convenience perk for customers: cashierless “scan-and-go” checkout technology.Starting Monday, 14 7-Eleven locations in Dallas will feature a new “scan-and-go” technology on the company’s mobile app, so customers can easily scan and buy items on their smartphones, Digiday reported.According to Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven’s chief digital officer,  the aim of “Scan & Pay” is to increase customer loyalty by providing a seamless, hassle-free checkout experience.When a customer stops by one of these 7-Eleven stores, the “Scan & Pay” feature will automatically show up in the 7-Eleven Rewards app, which can be dowloaded on Android or iPhone smartphones. On the shopping trip, customers can scan item barcodes and pay for them directly on their smartphones with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a card to rack up rewards. Before they leave the store, customers can scan a QR code to confirm that they bought their goods.“Retailers are looking at the same trend, saying how do we create frictionless experiences,” Singh told Digiday. “Imagine every consumer walking with the point of sale in their hand and they don’t have to wait in the line.”Over the past three months, 7-Eleven has been testing this technology at its Dallas-based Store Support Center and requesting customer feedback along the way. According to 7-Eleven, customers gave the feature a high rating, with most customers rating it a 4.8 out of 5 for convenience. Most of these respondents only bought one or two items, demonstrating that this “scan-and-go” technology could be helpful for quick trips.7-Eleven’s cashierless efforts follow those of other high-tech retailers, including Amazon and Sam’s Cub, where customers can automatically buy items in a pinch. With the new “Scan & Pay” feature, 7-Eleven customers don’t have to wait to buy their favorite beverages, food, and toiletries when they visit. According to Singh, 7-Eleven aims to expand the new technology to more locations next year in move to make shopping a more convenient task.More on Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San FranciscoNASA Releases First 8K Footage From Space (And It’s Really Cool)Apple Potentially Opening Pilot Program For Vintage Product Repairslast_img read more

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 1. LHS matrics enjoy a special night in the “city of love”As expected, it was all glitz and glamour at the 2017 Ladysmith High School (LHS) matric farewell which kicked off on Friday afternoon at the school.Read full story: LHS matrics enjoy a special night in the “city of love”2. Help find missing Ladysmith woman, NompumeleloThe family of 34-year-old Nompumelelo Octavia Macu have reported her missing to Ladysmith police.Read full story: Help find missing Ladysmith woman, Nompumelelo3. Water Wednesday: Slow drought recovery and different summer rain patternsSouth Africans are still urged to continue with stringent water saving efforts until dam levels are acceptable despite a different rainfall pattern to last summer.Read full story: Water Wednesday: Slow drought recovery and different summer rain patterns4. Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days Sydney and Melbourne could regularly face 50 degree Celsius (122F) days within 25 years even if Australia meets its Paris global warming targets, a new study warned Wednesday.Read full story: Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days5. Panic in Madagascar as plague spreadsCrowds of fearful residents flock to their local pharmacies before dawn, desperate to buy masks and antibiotics to stave off a plague outbreak sweeping Madagascar.Read full story: Panic in Madagascar as plague spreadsClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | July 01, 2014 GE Healthcare Introduces Lower-cost Cardiovascular Ultrasound 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Content July 1, 2014 — GE Healthcare announced clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new Vivid T8 cardiovascular ultrasound device. The 129-pound, mobile system features quantitative features, stress echo and TEE capabilities in an affordable echo system.GE has enhanced the reach of the Vivid T8 by combining the established cardiac imaging capabilities of GE Vivid systems with shared services performance of the company’s Logiq systems. The Vivid T8, cardiovascular ultrasound system is rugged, reliable, robust and rich with features, yet still affordable and convenient to use.The system is backed with three years of service coverage.Scanning With ConvenienceDesigned to be easy to use yet clinically versatile, the T8 features an intuitive user interface with touch-screen capabilities, rotary dials and patient management buttons with the look and feel of a true Vivid console. Additionally, it provides access to up to four transducer ports allowing increased, easier access to more clinical procedures.The Vivid T8 system allows healthcare providers access to advanced quantitative tools and delivers shared service image quality, with options to customize the system to fit each healthcare provider’s needs. Key clinical applications include:Cardiac:Tissue Velocity Imaging — captures dynamic information from moving heart tissue to quantify left ventricular function.AutoEF — automatically assesses left ventricular ejection fraction using an automated, speckle-tracking ROI tool.SmartStress — automatically adjusts settings to help enhance workflow, reproducibility, and diagnostic confidence.Automated Function Imaging — assesses and quantifies left ventricular wall motion at rest, and calculates parameters to describe left ventricular wall function.Auto IMT — provides automatic edge detection for intima-media thickness and auto-completes required measurements.TEE probes:Adult multiplane transesophageal echo transducers are available for specific echo examinationsMonitoring and guidance to support interventional proceduresShared Services:Virtual Convex — extends the field of view when using linear transducers.Logiq View – increases the field of view to image large organs that typically cannot be seen in a single image.B-Flow — provides advanced spatial and temporal resolution to help assess blood flow and vessel wall structure without the limitations of Doppler.Blood Flow Imaging — helps enhance visualization of blood flow dynamics using a unique signal-processing algorithm.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more

AlgorithmWatch report 7 key recommendations for improving Automated DecisionMaking in the EU

first_imgAlgorithmWatch, non-profit research, and advocacy organization released its report titled ‘Automating Society: Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU’, in cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung ( a private operating foundation) supported by the Open Society Foundations, yesterday. The report includes findings compiled from 12 EU member states and the level of the EU surrounding the development and application of automated decision-making systems in all the countries. The report is based upon these findings and makes certain recommendations for policymakers in the EU and the Member States parliaments, the EU Commission, national governments, researchers, civil society organizations, and the private sector (companies and business associations). Let’s have a look at some of the key recommendations mentioned in the report. Focus on the application of ADMs that impact society The report states that given the popularity of ‘ Artificial Intelligence’ right now, it is important to understand the real current challenges and impact of this tech on our societies. It gives an example of how ‘Predictive analytics’ that is used for determining the maintenance issues on production lines for yogurt, should not be the real concern rather predictive analytics used for tracking human behavior is where the real focus should be. The report states that there is a need for these systems to be democratically controlled in our society using a combination of regulatory tools, oversight mechanisms, and technology. Automated decision-making systems aren’t just a technology The report mentions that considering automated decision-making systems as just a technology while not considering it as a whole shift the debate surrounding questions of accuracy, and data quality. All parts of the framework should be considered while discussing the pros and cons of using a specific ADM application. What this means is that more questions should be asked around: What data does the system use? Is the use of that data legal? what decision-making model is applied to the data? Is there an issue of bias? why do governments even use specific ADM systems? Is automation being used as an option to save money? Empower citizens to adapt to new challenges As per the report, more focus should be put on enhancing citizens’ expertise to help them better determine the consequences of automated decision making. An example presented in the report is that of an English online course called “Elements of Artificial Intelligence” created to support the goal of helping Finnish people understand the challenges in ADM. The course was developed as a private-public partnership but has now become an integral part of the Finnish AI programme. This free course teaches citizens about basic concepts and applications of AI and machine learning with about 100,000 Finns enrolled in the course. Empower public administration to adapt to new challenges Just like empowering citizens is important, there’s also a need to empower the Public administration to ensure a high level of expertise inside its own institutions. This can help them either develop new systems or to oversee outsourced development. The report recommends creating public research institutions in cooperation with universities or public research centers to teach, train, and advise civil servants. Moreover, these institutions should also be created at the EU level to help the member states. Strengthen civil society’s involvement in ADM The report states that there is a lack of civil society engagement and expertise in the field of automated decision making even in some large Member States. As per the report, civil society organizations should assess the consequences of ADM as a specific and relevant policy field in their countries and strategies to address these challenges.  Also, grant-making organizations should develop funding calls and facilitate networking opportunities, along with governments making public funds available to civil society interventions. Don’t look at only data protection for regulatory ideas The report mentions how Article 22 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been under a lot of controversies. According to Article 22, Automated individual decision-making, including profiling, “the data subject shall have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her”. Many people have developed a consensus around it, saying that it’s limited and that the use cases of ADM systems cannot be regulated by data protection. It talks about the importance of discussion around developing governance tools and states that stakeholders should look at creative applications of existing regulatory frameworks such as equal-pay regulation. This would further help them address new challenges such as algorithmically controlled platform work (Gig Economy) and explore the new avenues for regulation of the effects of ADM. Need for a wide range of stakeholders (including civil liberty firms) to develop criteria for good design processes and audits The report mentions that on surveying some of the countries, they found out that governments claim that their strategies involve civil society stakeholders just to bring “diverse voices” to the table. But, the term civil society is not well defined and includes academia, groups of computer scientists or lawyers, think tanks, etc. This leads to important viewpoints getting missed since governments use this broad definition to show that ‘civil society’ is included despite them not being a part of the conversation. This is why it is critical that the organizations focused on rights be included in the debate. For more coverage, check out the official AlgorithmWatch report. Read Next 2019 Deloitte tech trends predictions: AI-fueled firms, NoOps, DevSecOps, intelligent interfaces, and more IEEE Computer Society predicts top ten tech trends for 2019: assisted transportation, chatbots, and deep learning accelerators among others Unity introduces guiding Principles for ethical AI to promote responsible use of AIlast_img read more

The specialist called Joshua

first_imgJust to look at him, Josh Higgins was about as ordinary as you can get: 5-foot-10, a somewhat paunchy 180 pounds, clean-shaven, brown eyes, brown hair, brown suit, he could never be picked out in a crowd. But under that cloak of invisibility he was something else again: a repository of information gained by incessant reading of forgotten documents. Jack O’Brien For example, if you need to know the structure of the chlorophyll molecule, you naturally go to Wikipedia on the web and you get an informed answer in seconds. But if you happen to composing a monograph about the Roman Emperor Justinian and decide that for the sake of verisimilitude you should mention his favorite breakfast food, your only hope is to download, and you’ll get the answer within minutes, at a price of course (oatmeal porridge with goat’s milk, washed down with Falernian wine, because the water supply was undrinkable and coffee or tea hadn’t been invented).That in fact was precisely why it was so dangerous to consult Josh; you had to wade through a mountain of irrelevant detail to get to the bit you needed. Of course, on the web you could simply delete everything beyond the first 20 words, but Josh had a nasty habit of saying he needed time to research, and would be glad to deliver the answer over lunch. I have had many a three-hour lunch and emerged without an answer, simply because Josh couldn’t stop talking. Amongst well-brought-up people, when someone seems to be dominating the conversation, you break in when he pauses to draw breath, but Josh never seemed to need air. It seems that he had once trained as a baritone, and latched on to the trick of never seeming to draw breath, thus depriving his audience of their only weapon short of walking away.One time when Josh trapped me into a lunch, I unthinkingly complimented him for being on time, and got a 60-minute dissertation on Timekeeping, starting with the sundial, the water clock, the spermaceti candle, the escapement, springs versus weights, the Chronometer, the piezo-electric crystal, the argon laser and its descendants etc., until I let out a scream and left the scene, without ever getting an answer to my original question.I did, however, eventually learn how to stop the flow. I poured an extract of rotting catfish in formalin into an after-shave spray bottle, and under the cover of the table pressed the plunger at the height of his peroration. The atrocious smell stopped him for the precise second it needed to break the flow, and I didn’t give him an opportunity to interrupt for the rest of the meal.Of course, he never again responded to my e-mails, much less invited me to lunch, so I was the loser in the end, but I never really regretted that glorious moment when he stopped talking for a second. Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more