Hamilton Spectator rolling out new website paywall version next Tuesday

first_imgHAMILTON – The Hamilton Spectator newspaper says it’s rolling out a new version of the paywall system on its website on Tuesday.The daily publication says in a notice on its website that starting Nov. 7, non-subscribers will have access to five locked articles per month.After reaching the limit in a 30-day period, users must subscribe for full access to thespec.com.Customers who receive the newspaper at home will automatically get online access, while digital subscriptions alone will cost roughly $1 for the first month, and $9 per month afterwards.The Spectator is one of several publications owned by Torstar Corp. which also publishes the Toronto Star and Waterloo Record and holds a stake in The Canadian Press.The company reported a $6.6 million loss in its third quarter amid continued declines in print advertising revenue.last_img read more

Stability in southern Lebanon threatened despite recent progress – Ban Kimoon

4 March 2008Although southern Lebanon is relatively stable at present, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern over the effects of the ongoing political crisis, arms smuggling and Israeli overflights there in a new report on compliance with the Security Council decision that helped end fighting between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006. “I am pleased to report that both the Governments of Lebanon and Israel express continued commitment to the implementation of resolution 1701,” Mr. Ban says in the report on the decision, which called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.“Only the enduring commitment of the parties to all the provisions of the resolution, without selectivity, will create the required basis for a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution,” he adds in the report, which covers the period since the end of October last year.He states that the expanded activities of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces have contributed a new strategic environment, acknowledged by Israel, in the area south of the Litani River. At the same time, however, Lebanon has remained in the grip of an intense political crisis which has shut down the work of key State institutions, he says, with continuing assassinations heightening tensions throughout the country.Though Mr. Ban affirms that UNIFIL has found no evidence of new military infrastructure in its area of operations, rocket firings against Israel and attacks against the mission “indicate that there are still hostile elements and unauthorized arms.”In addition, Hizbollah has admitted, on several occasions, replenishing its military capacity since the 2006 war, indicating that the Syrian border remained vulnerable to arms smuggling, he adds.For that reason, he says he intends to dispatch a team to Lebanon to look at the implementation of the recommendations of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team: “It is clear that significant challenges remain to be addressed in effective border management.”The report also highlights the Secretary-General’s concern at Israel’s continuing air violations, and the limited data it has provided for cluster bomb clearance.He also expresses great concern at the threats of open war against Israel, made by the Secretary-General of Hizbollah on both 14 and 22 February. “This goes against the spirit and intensions of resolution 1701 (2006), which aims to achieve a permanent ceasefire.” read more

Forced displacement in Somalia shows no signs of easing UN agency warns

“Insecurity was the main cause of internal displacement, with some 38,000 people fleeing their homes because of military conflict,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva.According to Mr. Baloch, approximately 7,000 people have fled the ongoing military offensive in South Central Somalia in the past eight months. While the displacement is likely to be temporary, assistance is still largely in need. However, due to military activity, access to towns is so limited that using expensive airlifts is often the only way to reach people. “UNHCR is engaged in dialogue with its counterparts in the Somali authorities to ensure that such evictions did not violate basic human rights,” said Mr. Baloch, given the fact that almost 33,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been uprooted from private and Government owned land and buildings. In the port city of Kismayo, where some 15,600 have been affected, UNHCR has distributed basic relief items to 3,000 displaced families in recent weeks. However, additional distributions are required. “Many people are living in sites lacking basic services in shelters made of sticks, grass and empty cardboard boxes,” said Mr. Baloch, adding that “incidents of gender based violence, and rape of young girls and women by militias operating outside the settlements had been reported.”In this regard, Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of UN Information Centre in Geneva, said that the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is committed to the respect of human rights and the protection of Somalia’s most vulnerable communities, especially women and children. She added that the UN and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) have been working closely to tackle such issues, and AMISOM troops have undergone a human rights pre-deployment training.In addition to those internally displaced in the Horn of Africa nation, some 23,000 have fled across its borders to Yemen, Kenya, and Ethiopia in the previous eight months. Yemen, for example, has received 11,000 new arrivals from South Central Somalia, mostly affected by drought, food insecurity and poverty. About 9,000 Somalis have arrived in Kenya while Ethiopia has registered over 3,000 refugees. There are a total of 957,000 Somali refugees in the region. read more

Speeding fines increase majority of drivers unaware of changes

first_imgAlmost 60 per cent of drivers are unaware of the stiffer fines for speeding that came into effect on Monday.According to a poll of drivers in the UK, only 38 per cent of drivers above the age of 25 knew about the changes, while 44 per cent of drivers under the same age were aware of them. Regardless of age, 58 per cent of the 304 respondents did not know that speeding fines have significantly increased.The new fines, which apply to England and Wales, are divided into three categories. The most minor offences incur a Band A fine, which applies to those caught driving at less than 10mph over the prevailing speed limit, of 50 per cent of the driver’s weekly income.A Band B fine, between 11 and 20mph above the speed limit, is 100 per cent of the driver’s weekly income; and a Band C fine, for those caught travelling at more than 20mph over the speed limit, is up to 150 per cent of their weekly income. In addition to the greater fines, drivers still face penalty points on their licence or disqualification, depending on the severity of the offence.Before the changes, which came into effect on Monday April 24, the maximum fine for breaking the speed limit was £1,000, or £2,500 if the offence occurred on a motorway.The changes to the speeding fine system came from a Sentencing Council consultation held last year, which hoped to ensure a ‘‘clear increase in penalty as the seriousness of offending increases’’. Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, the telematics insurer for young drivers, which carried out the poll, said: ‘‘Rather than increasing fines in an attempt to promote road safety, we need to work on improving and informing our drivers. Hiking up fines won’t slow people down – especially if drivers aren’t aware of the change.‘‘The good news for young drivers is that they are less likely to be affected by these changes: according to a recent Freedom of Information request, young drivers are less likely to commit a speeding offence than drivers aged 25-54, making up less than 8 percent of speeding offences.’’ Show more The poll,  conducted by Marmalade, the specialist telematics insurer for young drivers, also  For more tips and advice, visit our Advice section, or sign up to our newsletter hereA-Z Car Finder 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.last_img read more

Dangerous levels of arsenic found in baby food could stunt growth

first_img 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. Professor Andy Meharg, lead author of the study and Professor of plant and soil sciences at Queen’s, said: “This research has shown direct evidence that babies are exposed to illegal levels of arsenic despite the EU regulation to specifically address this health challenge.”Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby’s growth, IQ and immune system to name but a few.”A Food Standards Agency spokesman said: “It is the responsibility of food manufacturers to ensure that products comply with this legislation. Local authorities enforce this legislation in the UK and report any non-compliant results to the FSA.” Rice Around half of baby rice sold in major UK supermarkets contains illegal levels of inorganic arsenic which could stunt children’s growth and intelligence, a study has found.Despite new stricter rules on how much arsenic children’s food can contain being introduced in January, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast found levels had actually risen.  Rice contains higher levels of arsenic than other food Some 50 per cent of baby rice food products contains an illegal level of inorganic arsenic, it found.In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Rice has, typically, ten times more inorganic arsenic than other foods and chronic exposure can cause a range of health problems including developmental problems, heart disease, diabetes and nervous system damage. Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby’s growth, IQ and immune systemProfessor Andy Meharglast_img read more

Baby boy whose pram was hit crossing the road dies a week

Nicole Newman, 23, died at the sceneCredit:Facebook A baby boy who was hit by a car as he lay in his pram has died.Eight-month-old Luciano Newman was critically injured in the collision in south London on January 13.His mother Nicole Newman, 23, who was pushing the pram at the time of the crash, died at the scene in Croydon Road, Penge. Luciano died one week later, on Sunday.The driver of the car, who stopped at the scene and was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, is co-operating with police, Scotland Yard said.Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and have urged anyone with dash cam footage, including footage from the minutes leading up to the collision, which happened at 8.08pm, to come forward. Nicole Newman One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook.”Boy what a sad start for 2019. (I was) just passing, going about my business and I came across such a horrific accident. A car hit a babymother while she was trying to cross the road.” 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. read more

Le zoo de Zurich annonce la naissance historique dun hippopotame nain

first_imgLe zoo de Zurich annonce la naissance historique d’un hippopotame nainLundi, un hippopotame nain a vu le jour au zoo de Zurich en Suisse. Il s’agit de la première naissance depuis 13 ans au sein de cette espèce dans le parc animalier. Le zoo de Zurich a de quoi se réjouir. Dans la nuit de lundi, un hippopotame nain est né du couple hébergé par le parc animalier depuis 2009. Or, cela faisait 13 ans qu’il n’y avait plus eu de naissance d’hippopotames nains dans le zoo suisse, note tdg.ch. Contrairement à leurs congénères, les hippopotames amphibies dont le poids peut atteindre 3 tonnes, les spécimens de cette espèce pèsent entre 180 et 260 kilogrammes, d’où leur petit nom. Mais c’est également une espèce menacée et protégée, alors que seuls quelque 3.000 animaux vivraient encore dans le monde selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature. À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonLundi, en entrant dans le quartier des hippopotames, les surveillants du zoo de Zurich ont constaté que le nouveau-né était déjà capable de se tenir sur ses quatre pattes. Il reste ainsi auprès de ses parents Anaïs née en 1988 et originaire du zoo de Vincennes de Paris et Boseda en provenance du zoo Attica en Grèce, note un communiqué du parc suisse. Toutefois, il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si le petit est un mâle ou une femelle. Par ailleurs, le zoo de Zurich a également assisté à la naissance de dix cochons Turoplje. Une espèce de cochons dalmatiens croates également menacée d’extinction et qui compte aujourd’hui moins de cinquante spécimens depuis la guerre des Balkans des années 90. Le public pourra découvrir les petits Turopolje dans les prochains jours. Le 9 septembre 2011 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Impaired driving patrols today Saturday

first_imgVancouver – Additional Vancouver, Battle Ground, Washougal and Ridgefield police officers, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol, will be on the road today and Saturday to watch for impaired drivers, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The aim of the extra patrols is to keep drunken or otherwise impaired drivers off the road.The extra shifts are paid for through a state grant.The Vancouver police asked weekend revelers to plan a safe ride home, and asked anyone who sees someone who appears to be driving impaired to call 911.last_img

Reward Gateway to share £65m among staff

first_imgReward Gateway is to share £6.5 million among its employees following a deal that will see technology investor Great Hill Partners buy the organisation from current owners Inflexion Private Equity.The £6.5 million sum will be shared among all 269 employees below board level.Staff below management level hold a 5% stake in the organisation through Reward Gateway’s employee share plan.The more than 100 employees that have joined the organisation since the last share allocation in 2014 will receive a bonus equating to one month’s salary.This is the second time that the employee engagement software provider has distributed a shared payment among its employees. It shared more than £1 million among 70 staff members in 2010 when Inflexion acquired a majority stake in the organisation.A third such programme will launch in the next few weeks.At present, management and staff have a 40% shareholding in the organisation through its shared ownership scheme. This will increase to 45% once the deal is complete.The deal with Great Hill Partners aims to drive the expansion of Reward Gateway’s product portfolio and presence in additional geographical markets.Glenn Elliott (pictured), chief executive officer of Reward Gateway, said: “Employee engagement has become central for a number of forward-thinking successful organisations.“They have realised that engaged employees make better decisions, as they understand more.“Engaged employees are more productive, as they enjoy what they are doing, and engaged employees innovate more, as they want their organisation to succeed.”last_img read more

Apples rare sales warning sparks iPhone fatigue fears

first_imgAngela Lang/CNET Apple’s new lineup of iPhones didn’t have a happy holiday. And a rare sales forecast slash may bode poorly for the rest of the year.In a letter to investors on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned that the company’s fiscal first-quarter revenue would be weaker than previously expected. It now sees sales of $84 billion, well below the range of $89 billion to $94 billion that it forecast in November. Its gross margin is now expected to be approximately 38 percent, a tick below the range of 38 percent to 38.5 percent range it previously forecast, suggesting a shift to lower-priced, less profitable products.A warning from Apple, one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world, is a rare occurrence that hasn’t happened in at least 15 years. The weaker holiday season — a critical period in which most of Apple’s iPhones are sold — will fan growing belief that the company is struggling with consumer fatigue for its popular smartphone and that sales may be on a downward slide. The company raised a red flag in November when it said it would stop disclosing how many units it sells each quarter. “iPhone units are likely down, and I believe prices on the more premium, higher-priced phones are down due to holiday discounting,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights. The warning prompted concerns similar to those Apple endured more than a decade ago, when it missed its fiscal fourth-quarter numbers amid an economic downturn. Then-CEO Steve Jobs broke his practice of skipping analyst calls in order to quell investor fear, reiterating that Apple would be fine. (He was right.)That hasn’t stopped detractors from jumping on the warning. On Wednesday, law firm Bernstein Liebhard said it was investigating whether Apple mislead investors and committed securities fraud. An Apple spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment on the law firm’s actions.Apple shares fell 7 percent to $147 in trading after the market close on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, shares fell another 9.5 percent to $142.88, before rebounding 1.6 percent to $144.52 in early Friday trading.Blame ChinaThis time, the economic downturn isn’t in the US. Cook blamed much of the shortfall on China, where the company underestimated a decelerating economy. The company saw a decline in sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads in the country.Cook cited macro factors like trade friction between the US and China, the world’s two biggest economies.”We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States,” Cook said. See It $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 7:35 See All Comments See It Apple iPhone XS What to expect from Apple in 2019 $999 Beyond demand in China, Cook also blamed a decrease in carrier subsidies, price increases in foreign markets caused by a strong US dollar and customers taking advantage of cheaper battery replacements. Cook pointed the finger as well at a slowing smartphone market, which has taken a toll on other big players, like Samsung. But Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data, says Apple’s not taking into account the rise of players like China’s Huawei, the second-largest phone maker in the world. Or Oppo, which owns the hot upstart player OnePlus. “Apple does have a strong franchise in China, but it is not immune from competition,” Greengart said.In an interview with CNBC, Cook said a host of new products introduced in the quarter contributed to the sales miss.”We had an unprecedented number of new products during the quarter. We had new watches, we had new iPad Pros,” Cook told the financial network. “Both of these were constrained for all or most of the quarter.”Still, he remains bullish.”We had sort of a collection of items going on.” Cook told CNBC. “Some that are macroeconomic and some that are Apple-specific. And we’re not going to sit around waiting for the macro to change — I hope that it does and I’m actually optimistic — but we’re going to focus really deeply on the things we can control.”Questions about demandApple was already facing questions about demand for its next lineup of iPhones. In the latter months of 2018, Apple introduced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which offered modest upgrades like a faster processor and, in the case of the Max, a big size increase. The other new product was the lower-priced iPhone XR, which came in different colors and cost less than the iPhone XS because of its cheaper components. Addressing concerns that the new iPhones weren’t selling well, Apple said the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since its launch, which came a month after that of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. But the iPhone XR sits in an awkward position. It doesn’t have the latest and greatest specs to satisfy the hardcore Apple fanboy, but at $750, it is still an expensive upgrade for consumers used to a baseline $650 for a new iPhone. In the meantime, Apple’s older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models remain available for consumers who don’t want to break the bank for a new smartphone. Apple has been shifting its strategy so it’s less reliant on the iPhone and generating more of its revenue from services like iTunes, the App Store and its upcoming streaming video service. “The services business will have a longer impact than hardware sales,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.First published Jan. 2 at 1:42 p.m. PT. Update 1:57 p.m.: To include further detailsUpdate 2:14 p.m.: To include further details, stock market price and background.Update 2:55 p.m.: To include analyst comments.Update 3:10 p.m.: To include further comment from Tim Cook from a CNBC interview.Update 4:40 p.m.: To include more Tim Cook comments.Update Jan. 3 at 6:40 a.m.: To include a new stock quote and analyst comment.Update Jan. 4 at 6:42 a.m.: To include new stock quote and detail about law firm investigation. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it releases new iPhones and more.Does the Mac still matter? Apple execs explain why the MacBook Pro was over four years in the making, and why we should care. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile $999 $999 See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice reading • Apple’s rare sales warning sparks iPhone fatigue fears • Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Phones 77 Sprint Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Applelast_img read more

Kerala girl among 13 class 10 students to score 499500 in CBSE

first_imgIndian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)Raveendran/AFP/Getty ImagesThe much-awaited results of CBSE class 10 exams were announced on Tuesday. Over 91 per cent students passed this year’s examination and 13 students scored 499 out of 500 marks. One among them is Bhavana, who hails from Kerala’s Palakkad district and is a student of Lions School in Koppam.Interestingly, two other students from Kerala – Atheena Elsa Roy from Silver Hills Public School in Kozhikode and Sirinsa Xavier from Vimal Jyothi Central School in Thrissur – scored 498 marks each.The regions in India with the highest winning percentage are Thiruvananthapuram (99.85), Chennai (99) and Ajmer (95.89).Union HRD Minister Prakash Javedekar congratulated all the students who passed the examination and revealed that government schools have also fared well this time.The CBSE class 10 examinations were conducted from February 21 to March 29. As per reports, more than 18 lakh students appeared for this year’s examination. The valuation process was conducted in a very meticulous manner, and CBSE successfully revealed the results within 38 days after the completion of the examination.In the meantime, the Kerala Board of Secondary Education also released the SSLC results on Tuesday. Over 98 per cent students passed this year’s examination and 37,334 scored full A+ grades in all subjects.Pathanamthitta district in Kerala recorded the best performance with 99.3 per cent students passing the exam.last_img read more

Hurricane Barbara close to Category 5 intensity storm likely to weaken near

first_imgHurricane BarbaraNHC Eastern Pacific/TwitterA major category 4 storm, Hurricane Barbara, that swept across the Eastern Pacific region has now teetered towards category 5 hurricane. Barbara is likely to weaken on its way to Hawaii from Thursday, July 7.US National Hurricane Centre said the storm sustained winds of 145 mph on Wednesday. The maximum speed reached 155, just 2 mph below falling into Category 5 intensity bracket. Category 5 hurricanes are the most powerful tropical storms on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale.Watch as #HurricaneBarbara develops an eye in this #GOESWest loop from July 2, 2019. While Barbara remains a Cat. 4 hurricane, gradual weakening is expected throughout the day. More imagery: https://t.co/vJU1Ct5MKl pic.twitter.com/yiY6YRWqA5— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 3, 2019The storm was initially located 1,925 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, and was moving west-northwest at 10 mph, according to CBS reports.The forecast track shows that while the hurricane remained a major intensity of Category 3 till Wednesday, the intensity will decrease in the future due to the warm temperature of Hawaiian waters. The regional temperature, reported Accuweather, does not allow a tropical storm to sustain in the current weather.Newly formed Hurricane Barbara in the Eastern Pacific Basin is no threat to land, at this time. Barbara is expected to become a major hurricane on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/LOeLNs8tIo— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 2, 2019Accuweather has predicted that Barbara is likely to bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of Hawaii from Monday night to Wednesday of next week.last_img read more

Quake Live to become standalone game with no Linux and Mac support

first_imgBack in 2009 id Software decided to re-release Quake III Arena as a new online experience called Quake Live. It was a clever idea, and saw Quake III ported to run directly in a web browser. By doing that, the game was opened up to all the major platforms including Windows, Mac, and Linux without the headache of supporting different platforms.But the state of the web in 2013 is very different to 5 years ago, and support for plugins in modern browsers is dropping off. Google is even turning off plugins support in Chrome, while Mozilla is changing the way Firefox plugins work for greater user control.Such changes have meant Quake Live as a service has had to be re-evaluated, and the decision has been taken to transition the game out of the web browser and on to the desktop. Access to Quake Live accounts through the website will remain the same, but the actual client will soon run as a desktop application.The biggest side effect of this transition is the fact the game will now only be supported running on Windows. Mac and Linux users won’t be able to run the game unless they use virtualization or emulation, which apparently works quite well but isn’t ideal.If you are running the game on Windows, though, your transition in and out of games should be smoother, and server pings will be viewable to help you select the best match to join. As for making the transition, the new desktop client should be released before the end of 2013 and will just require a client download. Everything in terms of interface and account access should remain the same or very similar, as should subscriptions to the Premium and Pro membership tiers.last_img read more

Juvenile held for abduction and murder of 6yearold boy

first_imgA juvenile has been apprehended for the alleged abduction and murder of six-year-old boy from central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar, police said on Saturday.The 17-year-old, who is a neighbour of the victim, also told police that he desired to purchase an expensive phone with the ransom money, said a police official.As per the police, on Thursday evening when Ganesh was playing outside his home, the accused lured the boy with some mobile games and abducted him. About 9 pm, he made a phone call to the boy’s father, Pramod, allegedly demanding Rs 1.5 lakh for the safe release of the boy.Pramod is a fruit seller and has his shop is in a central Delhi market. When he returned home on Thursday, he found his son missing and went out looking for him. Meanwhile, he received the ransom call. He had no means to pay the ransom money and so he reported the matter to the police.On Friday evening, Ganesh’s body was found in a park in south-west Delhi’s Narayana area with his throat slit. Meanwhile, police had started tracking the phone number by which the ransom call was made.last_img read more

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first_imgCompare Assistant allows clinicians to display DICOM compatible directly on the ultrasound monitor before or during an exam. This software tool has the capability to standardize imaging protocols, expedite exam preparation and planning, and provides interpreting physicians with comparative views. Power Assistant provides battery power during transport to help decrease system shutdown and reboot time by 90 percent.Scan Assistant has the ability to significantly decrease keystrokes and help shorten ultrasound exam time. A study showed the tool can reduce keystrokes up to 79 percent, leading to a potential 54 percent reduction in exam time.Breast Measure Assistant tools help enable clinicians to shorten exam time for measurement intensive exams. Breast Measure Assistant measure lesions with an auto-contour feature that helps reduce keystrokes. The OB Measure Assistant is a similar tool for use during fetal measurement exams.Breast and Thyroid Productivity Packages help improve efficiency and standardization of lesion reporting by automating the labeling, measuring and description of lesions to enhance both efficiency and clinical confidence. 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 | February 03, 2014 GE Advances LOGIQ S8 Ultrasound System GE’s suite of software on the Logiq S8 help deliver enhanced scan efficiencies and imaging capabilities, and include: 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). Compare Assistant tool for Logiq S8 allows users to view a prior study while conducting current exam via a split screen.February 3, 2014 — GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, developed features on the Logiq S8 general imaging ultrasound system. The innovations allow for enhanced image quality and streamlined workflow for healthcare providers, and help shorten exam times for patients. GE presented the advancements at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 conference. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 RAB6-D – Multi-frequency real-time 4-D convex transducer for abdominal, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics10C-D – Broad-spectrum micro-convex transducer for neonatal, pediatrics and vascularC2-6b-D – Dedicated biopsy convex transducer for abdominal and interventional 3CRF-D – Broad-spectrum micro-convex biopsy transducer for abdominal11L-D – Broad-spectrum linear transducer for vascular, small parts, neonatal and pediatricsS1-5-D – Broad-spectrum sector transducer for cardiac, transcranial and stressRIC5-9-D 4D – Multi-frequency, real-time 4-D micro-convex transducer for obstetrics, gynecology and urology6Tc – RS multi-plane Cardiac TEE probe3Sp-D – Broad-spectrum sector transducer for cardiac, transcranial, stress6S-D – Broad-spectrum sector transducer for adult, cardiac and pediatric 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 read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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 Related Content Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 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 GE Healthcare unveiled ten transducers to go with the system. The probes provide flexibility across a broad range of applications and patient types. They include: 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 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 | 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 last_img read more

Deep reinforcement learning – trick or treat

first_imgDeep Reinforcement Learning (Deep RL) is the new buzzword in the machine learning world. Deep RL is an approach which combines reinforcement learning and deep learning in order to achieve human-level performance. It brings together the self-learning approach to learn successful strategies that lead to the greatest long-term rewards and allows the agents to construct and learn their own knowledge directly from raw inputs. With the fusion of these two approaches, we saw the introduction of many algorithms, starting with DeepMind’s Deep Q Network (DQN). It is a deep variant of the Q-learning algorithm. This algorithm reached human-level performance in playing Atari games. Combining Q-learning with reasonably sized neural networks and some optimization tricks, you can achieve human or superhuman performance in several Atari games. Deep RL resulted in one of the notable advancements in the game of AlphaGo.The AI agent by DeepMind was able to beat the human world champions Lee Sedol (4-1) and Fan Hui (5-0). DeepMind then further released advanced versions of their Agent called AlphaGO Zero and AlphaZero. Many recent works from the researchers at UC Berkeley have shown how both reinforcement learning and deep reinforcement learning have enabled the control of complex robots, both for locomotion and navigation. Despite these successes, it is quite difficult to find cases where deep RL has added any practical real-world value. The current status is that it is still a research topic. One of its limitations is that it assumes the existence of a reward function, which is either given or is hand-tuned offline. To get the desired results, your reward function must capture exactly what you want. RL has an annoying tendency to overfit to your reward, resulting in things you haven’t expected. This is the reason why Atari is a benchmark, as it is not only easy to get a lot of samples, but the goal is fairly straightforward i.e to maximize score. With so many researchers working towards introducing improved Deep RL algorithms, it surely is a treat. Read Next AlphaZero: The genesis of machine intuition DeepMind open sources TRFL, a new library of reinforcement learning building blocks Understanding Deep Reinforcement Learning by understanding the Markov Decision Process [Tutorial]last_img read more

Building workers briefly blockade Panama newspaper

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements About 20 trucks and bulldozers prevented delivery vehicles from leaving the newspaper’s Panama City offices to distribute papers. The blockade was lifted a few hours after it was installed late Thursday.The Inter-American Press Society said Friday that the blockade is an attack on press freedom.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PANAMA CITY (AP) – Journalists are condemning a blockade in Panama by a group of construction workers who parked heavy equipment in front of the offices of the newspaper La Prensa to prevent distribution of its papers.The workers were protesting a series of stories by the newspaper about how their company appears to have been favored in government contracts. Employees of the company Transcaribe Trading said the paper’s expose threatens their jobs. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Travelports Damian Hickey travel industry has cost base challe

first_imgThe travel industries in Australia and the Asia Pacific more broadly face many challenges and opportunities, according to TravelPort  vice president global distribution and sales, Damian Hickey.“One of the challenges is that it is a very cyclical industry, our industry just because of the complexity of it, is very rigid, it does not have a lot of flexibility, especially in terms of its cost base,” Mr Hickey told ETB News.“Take airlines for example, a lot of them are fixed or they are not under control, you’ve got fuel and labour costs and outside of that the rest is not very manageable and for the airlines and other service providers in the market, this means that they are trying introduce a lot more flexibility so they can be more competitive and reactive to the market.”Mr Hickey also said on the other side of the ledger there are consumers that are very savvy with technology and this can help drive down the cost base and yields.“At the same time, you have travelling consumers that are much more sophisticated, very demanding, they have access to a phenomenal amount of information and content, a lot of it thanks to the internet,” Mr Hickey said.Additionally, Mr Hickey said that this is where Travelport as a travel commerce provider can act as a bridge  to allow airlines and consumers to do business.“We see our role as enabling more flexibility in travel business model, we asked what can we do to help travel agents, low cost carriers and full service airlines to help them build their market share and customer satisfaction, however it is not a matter of focussing on just one group, ” Mr Hickey said.On the Asia Pacific front, Mr Hickey said that most of Travelport’s business is going on in Asia and that this is primarily being driven by low cost carriers.The final trend that Mr Hickey mentioned was the travel industry being way behind in terms of engaging with mobile savvy and digital native consumers.“Mobile first will become the norm, travellers will expect consistency from buying an experience to the post-booking platform on TripAdvisor but our industry is still using back-end systems that are nearly 60 years old.”“When these carriers first came to market, they had a commercial advantage and a first to market first advantage, however, now they are competing against themselves and downsized full service airlines,” Mr Hickey said.“Increasingly now these low cost airlines are going after as many customers as they can through as many channels as they can and are trying to enter less price sensitive markets because their margins are already very low.”Mr Hickey said that the fact that so many airlines has signed up before the Travelport Rich Content and Branding component of the platform went to market is a sign that they like the technology.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

To this day my exterminator swears that Matt Lein

first_imgTo this day, my exterminator swears that Matt Leinartwas/is the long-term answer for Kurt Warner. See,competition begets partisanship. Fans take sides. Kolbvs. Skelton is just starting. And we better get used toit. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories Did a Red Bird hear the boo birds? Yes. How ‘bout theemcee of the AZ Cardinals Fan Fest event? Did that guyget booed? Yes again. How do I know? Because I heard the former and I happen tobe the latter. While roaming the stadium with a wireless microphone asthe designated MC-dude, I was assigned to the oppositesideline away from the rest of the media. Meaning, insteadof standing a football field away from the fans, I wasactually positioned a few yards away from the stands. Thus, at the very least, I can confirm that the last twoplays of the practice session resulted in boos. KevinKolb threw an interception. And got booed. Kolb thenhad a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. And gotbooed again. Thing is, are we talking to the degree that Roger Goodellgot booed at the 2011 NFL Draft? Uh, no. Not evenclose. First off, I’d say that perhaps 15% of the 15,000fans still remained. And of the 15% of the 15,000 left,I’d say that maybe 15% of those fans voiced theirdispleasure. But make no mistake, the boos were audible. Andmemorable — at least to me. Because moments before thefans focused on Kolb, a few fans warmed up by unloading onthe MC-guy (affable and hard-working?), even taking thename Paulie Pigskin in vain (not cool). Thing is, here’s the question: were the fans booing theguy on the jumbotron and the PA system or were theybooing (gulp) yours truly? Likewise, were the fansbooing the INT and the batted pass or the QB pulling thetrigger? Personal or professional? Either way, boo birds are almost always birds of prey.For example, if you drop a pass, you hear it — period.DBs get booed. Ball boys. Heck, even Fitz himself gotcatcalled last night for failing to hold onto a (bad)pass. From the sideline, I’ve even heard Big Red getbooed. No joke. And you certainly can’t boo the teammascot…uh, right? Wrong. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Related The Skyscanner travel glossaryDo you know

first_img RelatedThe Skyscanner travel glossaryDo you know your praycation from your bakecation from your laycation? A drug tourist from a death tourist?9 top things to do in MyanmarFormerly hidden Burma, Myanmar, has fast become a Southeast Asia holiday hotspot; check out these top things to do.Lanterns and water fights: A guide to 5 bucket-list festivals in ThailandSo you might have missed Songkran 2016, or you had an amazing time and want to head straight back to Thailand. Well we’ve got tips for first-timers, plus a few Thai festivals you might not have known about to get your in the party mood. Don’t forget your camera! How can I pay my respect?If you wish to offer your condolences to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, has informed that all visitors can do so at the Grand Palace at the following times:*Daily between 08:30-16:00: Sala Sahathai Samakom PavilionYou will also have the option to pay respect to the King’s royal remains at Dusit Maha Prasat Hall on the 28th October between 13:00 and 16:00, and on the 29th October onwards between 09:00 and 16:00. The Thai Transportation Operators Association, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police will be providing free bus services to allow members of the public to attend these locations. You can find more information on times and locations here.Which attractions are still open?Whilst the majority of attractions will remain open as usual, it might be a good idea to check directly with attraction providers if you have already purchased tickets. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have highlighted some attractions which will be closed over a certain period of time. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed between the 14th and the 20th October 2016.Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium will be closed between 14th and 31st October 2016.Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Ramintra Bangkok will be closed between 14th and 31st October 2016.The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok will be closed until further notice. Has my event/festival been cancelled?In line with the recommendations made as a result of the national mourning period, some events and festivals have been cancelled or postponed, in the following order:Events cancelled Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok, 17 October 2016Morrissey Live in Bangkok, 18 October 2016Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage, 21 October 2016Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok 26 October 20162016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, 28 October 2016BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena, 29-30 October 2016Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival, 14 November 2016River Festival 2016, Bangkok, 14 November 2016Pattaya International Fireworks Festival, 25-26 November 2016Farm Festival on the Hill at Singha Park, 25-29 November 2016Bangkok Street Show 2016, Lumpini Park, 10-12 December 2016New Year Celebrations, Pattaya, 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon, 29-30 October 2016Krabi Adventure Race Trophy 2016, 4-5 November 2016Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016, new dates 20-26 February 2017The TAT do highlight that some events, although continuing as planned may be toned down out of respect. If you are planning on taking part in the Triathlon Challenge Kanchanaburi, which is due to take place on the 23rd October 2016, the event will be going ahead as planned so get training. The following events are still under consideration; therefore, we recommend keeping an eye out for any updates with travel providers:River Kwai Bridge Week 2016, 25 November – 7 December 2016Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2016, 10-14 November 2016The Glorious of Ayutthaya Fair 2016, 16-25 December 2016What should I know if I am travelling to Thailand?If you are planning to travel to Thailand in the next year, or you are currently in Thailand, the tourism authority wishes to highlight that travel plans should be continued as normal. We’ve listed below the recommendations from the authority to keep you in the loop:wear respectful clothing when in publicvisitors should conduct themselves in a respectful manner bars and nightclubs have been asked to consider business operations during this time and may be closed at the owner’s discretiontransport, banks, hospitals and public services will be operating as normal-avoid making negative or disrespectful remarks about the royal family or situationBased on Thailand’s lèse majesté laws, you should avoid making negative or disrespectful remarks about the royal family, this is punishable by the authorities and individuals could be faced with up to 15 years in prison.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have informed visitors to keep up to date with local media and the local authorities for any new information. Double check all plans with travel providers and should you have any queries about travel plans, get in touch with airlines, providers or airport authorities. The Tourism Authority of Thailand recommends checking the below websites for any updates or assistance should you need it:The Royal Thai GovernmentThe Government Puclic Relations DepartmentThe Ministry of Foreign AffairsTAT Contact CentreLooking for more travel advice? We’ve got more information and tips for you…Holiday HazardsWe’ve put together a guide to help you cope should things not go according to plan while you’re on holiday.Flight cancelled or delayed?If you’re stranded abroad and looking to get home, here are our best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.last_img read more