A momentary breach of protocol that saw the Governor General touch the Queen’s arm has at least one British tabloid abuzz but some on social media say it’s nothing to get worked up about.Gov. Gen. David Johnston hosted the monarch Wednesday at Canada House in central London to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and helped her up and down the red-carpeted stairs.Johnston reportedly told media there he was worried the Queen would trip.The incident captured some tabloids’ attention, with the Daily Mail calling out Johnston for his faux pas in breaking royal protocol.But online observers seemed unfazed by the misstep, which many deemed too minor to cause a scandal.Some on social media even suggested the 91-year-old Queen should be grateful for the help.“The man helped an elderly lady from falling,” one wrote on Twitter.“‘Governor General acts like Canadian Gentleman’ is a better headline,” another tweeted.Some suggested there would have been a bigger uproar if the Queen had slipped while Johnston stood idly by.Dignitaries are not supposed to touch the Queen, though that rule has been broken in the past.Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made international headlines when she hugged the monarch in 2009.
Seven-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church will perform at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on FOX against the Washington Redskins, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Eric Church to Kick Off 126th Salvation Army Red Kettle CampaignThe nationally televised LIVE halftime performance marks the 20th year the Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season.Donations help provide meals and shelter for families and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs The Salvation Army provides year-round, such as substance-abuse programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence, and military veteran assistance.“Eric Church is not only one of the hottest names in country music, but he has a passion [for] giving to those in need, making him a great fit for what Red Kettle Kickoff is all about,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Millions are impacted every year by the good works of The Salvation Army, and our goal is to help educate Americans that every penny dropped in those red kettles helps make a difference.”The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $149.6 million during the 2015 campaign alone and has raised more than $2 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.“The visibility and true partnership the Dallas Cowboys have extended to our organization for the past 20 years to mark our most crucial fundraising season is something The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We are looking forward to their continued support and another exciting kickoff performance.”As the recent Country Music Association Album of the Year winner for his latest release “Mr. Misunderstood,” Church has garnered GRAMMY, CMA, and Academy of Country Music Album of the Year nominations since releasing his first album, “Sinners Like Me,” in 2006. He is a four-time CMA and five-time ACM award winner and has quickly become one of the biggest names in country music. He is currently gearing up for his “Holdin’ My Own” headlining tour beginning in January.The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 20 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Church is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire.In addition to donating to the 25,000 traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations throughout the country or online at RedKettleReason.org, supporters can start their own #RedKettleReason fundraisers and designate their contributions to cause areas that fight hunger, provide shelter, or ensure Christmas assistance for those in need. Donations can also be made through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, donors can send any amount to the Red Kettle Campaign.From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.
With harmonized place names becoming an essential element of international communication, nearly 200 experts met for the past eight days during the 22nd session of the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). One initiative to emerge from this year’s session was the formation by African countries of a Task Team, headed by representatives from Ghana, Algeria and South Africa, to rally support for the establishment of domestic names committees and accelerate the standardization of geographical names on the continent. A German proposal seeking to combine national data stocks of officially approved geographical names from each of the European Union member countries into a European geographical names network, to be called EuroGeoNames, was also announced. UNGEGN first convened in 1960 to encourage the consistent use of place names through international collaboration, the wider use of nationally authorized names and the development of guidelines, digital place name databases and training programmes. Its next session is scheduled to take place in 2006 in Vienna.
by Marcy Gordon And Tom Raum, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 11:40 am MDT Federal insurer of pensions reports $62B deficit for fiscal 2014; blames multi-employer plans AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The deficit run up by the federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans has nearly doubled, to $62 billion. And the agency says that without changes, its program for pension plans covering 10 million of those workers will be insolvent within 10 to 15 years.It was the widest deficit in the 40-year history of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which has now run shortfalls for 12 straight years. The gap grew wider in recent years because the weak economy triggered more corporate bankruptcies and failed pension plans. If the trend continues, the agency could need an infusion of taxpayer funds to pay retirees, who are guaranteed their pensions by law.The PBGC said Monday that the increased deficit was due to worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans, which are pension agreements between labour unions and a group of companies, usually in the same industry. The $62 billion deficit reported for the year ended Sept. 30 compared with $36 billion in the previous fiscal year.Labour Secretary Thomas Perez said fixing the problem is vital to the retirement security of the nation’s middle-class. Agency officials called for Congress to enact legislation submitted by President Barack Obama designed to shore up the program’s finances.The PBGC was created in 1974 as a government insurance program for traditional employer-paid pension plans, which have become much less common in recent decades as most employers turn to retirement accounts such as 401(k)s. The traditional plans are most prevalent in industries such as auto manufacturing, steel and airlines.If an employer can no longer support its pension plan, the PBGC takes over the assets and liabilities, and pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits.The agency didn’t name the multi-employer plans that it expects to run out of money or how many are involved. It said they represent a minority of the total 1,400 or so multi-employer pension plans, which cover about 10 million workers.“Plans covering over 1 million participants are substantially underfunded, and without legislative changes, many of these plans are likely to fail,” PBGC Acting Director Alice Maroni said in a statement. The agency said in its annual report that it has “sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations for a number of years.”The agency said the deficit in its multi-employer insurance program jumped to $42.4 billion in the budget year that ended on Sept. 30, from $8.3 billion in 2013. By contrast, the deficit in the single-employer program shrank to $19.3 billion from $27.4 billion as the economy strengthened.The PBGC reported that its pension obligations grew by $30.9 billion in fiscal 2014, to $151.5 billion. Assets used to cover those obligations increased by only $4.9 billion, to $89.8 billion.Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, called the multi-employer insurance program “a ticking time bomb that will inflict a lot of pain on workers, employers, taxpayers and retirees if Congress fails to act.”He said congressional leaders have been trying to reach consensus on a package for months so far to no avail.James Klein, president of the employers’ group American Benefits Council, said the announcement “should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to take action to shore up the multi-employer system.”The Obama administration has proposed raising the insurance premiums, which are set by Congress, and tailoring them to the size of companies and their level of financial risk.The PBGC has been in the red for 33 of its 40 years of operation. It did have surpluses in some years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when fewer companies failed.Obama hasn’t yet named a director of the agency to replace Joshua Gotbaum, who left this summer.___Associated Press writer Tom Raum contributed to this report.
Although the International Year of Pulses has helped raise awareness globally of the many benefits of pulses, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, gains must be further strengthened to achieve the international community’s new development goals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.“It is essential to maintain the momentum,” FAO’s Deputy Director-General Maria-Helena Semedo told the Year’s official closing ceremony today, which was hosted by Burkina Faso, according to a news release. Realizing that pulses – defined as edible dried seeds of plants in the legume family – are “small but powerful allies” in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN General Assembly designated 2016 as the International Year and nominated FAO to lead implementation. Since the Year’s launch, connections have been fostered among key actors from farmers’ organizations to the private sector to facilitate information exchange and policy dialogue on the production, trade and consumption of pulses. Leaders in policy and research have tackled the top pulse issues at several international forums, and national committees have been established. A technical pulses database was created, a cookbook featuring recipes from international chefs was published, and the official multilingual website, with over half a million visits, promoted a rich array of information on pulses. Though the Year has now officially closed, there has been a sound call to keep the momentum alive and continue activities beyond 2016. “Training programmes on the value of pulses should be supported, particularly for schoolchildren, farmers and extension workers. Policies and programmes should focus more on pulse producers, particularly small-holder farmers and young people,” Ms. Semedo said, noting that FAO will carry on working with stakeholders from governments to family farmers to promote pulses. Pulses are packed with minerals such as iron, zinc and folate and have been an important part of diets around the world for centuries. Pulses are a valuable ingredient in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The plants contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. They add large amounts of beneficial nitrogen to the soil and require little fertilizer. Growing pulses with other crops enhances soil fertility, improves both crops’ yields, and contributes to a more sustainable food system. In addition, pulses have a very low water footprint compared to other protein sources, can be grown in very poor soils, and help reduce the risk of soil erosion and depletion. For poor farmers, growing pulses contributes to stable livelihoods, additional income and improved nutrition. Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, said: “To better cope with the triple problem of soil fertility management, reducing the adverse effects of climate change and the issue of food security, producing and consuming pulses is a great opportunity, especially for the most vulnerable people.” Overall, global pulse production has been slowly but steadily increasing. In 2014, global production reached 77 million tonnes, up 21 million metric tonnes since 2001.
The Canadian Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Martin Necas scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Charlotte Checkers went on to beat the Laval Rocket 3-1 on Sunday in the American Hockey League.Aleksi Saarela opened the scoring for Charlotte (16-4-1) 1:40 into the game on a power-play goal and Roland McKeown added an empty-netter with two seconds left in the third period.Michael McCarron had the lone goal for the Rocket (7-12-2).Checkers goaltender Callum Booth stopped 26 shots. Laval’s Michael McNiven made 18 saves.Charlotte was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Rocket failed to scored on three chances with the man advantage.
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. DOVER: A man in his 40s, named by friends as Douglas Waymark, died after attempting to swim the Channel last night. He became unwell midway. pic.twitter.com/GCOEMxZWBm— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) August 8, 2017 A man has died after a boat sank in the English Channel off the Sussex coastCredit:Oliver Button/PA Mr Waymark completed the Seven Summits challenge in 2009, which involves climbing the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.Graham Fletcher said: “For all those following the recent updates, Douglas Waymark has not completed his Channel swim.”Last night he felt he could no longer continue his quest and swam to the boat supporting him. A swimmer who died attempting to swim across the English Channel has been named as Douglas Waymark.The endurance athlete, 44, was taking part in a 300-mile mega-triathlon from Marble Arch in Central London to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.He had already had run from London to Dover before attempting the crossing, but struggled during the swim and later collapsed. “He passed out and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Ashford. At around midnight, he sadly died.”We are all devastated but take comfort in him doing what he loved best to the very end.”I have spoken to Douglas’s sister and sent the condolences of the whole club for the tragic passing of Douglas to his family.”All of us who knew Douglas Waymark will have so many memories of him and shared some great times with him.”I am, as i’m sure you will be devastated by the news this morning.” Mr Waymark has previously completed ten triathlons in as many days, and once cycled 200 miles in the Cotswolds to create GPS artwork of a kite.He once attempted to tackle ‘The World’s Toughest Triathlon’ – a 2.5-mile swim in Llyn Padarn, near Snowdonia, a 116-mile bike ride and a 25-mile run up Mount Snowdon.Sister Jo Ikel also paid tribute to her late partner on Facebook.She said: “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do and throwing everything at it.”I am so proud of everything he achieved.”The Arch to Arc event costs £3000 to enter and is held by Enduroman Ultra Events, with just 25 people having completed it before.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetters: How credible is GPL’s Chairman Robert Badal?May 23, 2017In “Letters”GPL boasts of adequate power supply during holiday seasonDecember 10, 2013In “Local News”Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsJuly 8, 2018In “Business” Dear Editor,The treatment meted out recently by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to the residents of Ocean View, Uitvlugt has been reprehensible.For more than a decade, the two western blocks of Ocean View, Uitvlugt have experienced severe problems with the transformer. Since the start of this year, there have been an increasing number of disruptions and explosions of the transformer which have resulted in long blackouts. GPL’s response has become disturbingly slothful and neglectful.The last two weeks have been especially atrocious. Just before midnight on 28th July, 2017, there was an explosion in the transformer. Although numerous reports were immediately made to GPL, the Emergency Response Crew came some 12 hours later to address the problem. The remedy lasted for a mere six hours because the transformer exploded again at 18:00 (6pm) on 29th July, 2017. This time the area endured a blackout of more than 18 hours by the time the Crew showed up. This reprieve was brief as it was followed by two successive blackouts to the grid.On Tuesday night, a small explosion was heard from the transformer at 7pm. A report was made and the Emergency Crew came at 21:00 hrs (9pm). The Crew members informed us that they are the Georgetown Emergency Crew and so they will not fix the transformer. Incredibly, we were advised that the problem will be addressed the following day by the West Demerara Emergency Crew. Editor, at the time on of writing, 15 hours later, the crew is yet to show.I cannot overemphasize the inconvenience and discomfort this situation has caused. Shopkeepers in the area have suffered significant losses. Moreover, extended periods of darkness are especially concerning in these troubled times.GPL should engage the residents on the causes for the frequent disruptions to this transformer and above all should work with the community to remedy the situation.Sincerely,Leo Ramotar
AMazon makes a point of trying to be ubiquitous on all the platforms. Their Kindle business, for example, thrives because it is available on every operating system under the sun, from the PC to the Mac, from iPhone to Android. Kindle’s not the exception: all of Amazon’s services are like that. So it’s no surprise that Amazon has finally outed a mobile shopping app for Windows Phone 7 users. The only surprise is it took this long to begin with.Called Amazon App for Windows Phone 7, the app uses Amazon’s familiar side-scrolling hub layout allowing users to easily flip between prouct overviews, details, related items and reviews.Other features include integrated search, 1-click ordering, Amazon prime support, Wish list access, package tracking and more. There is one curious omission, however: the ability to compare prices just by using your Windows Phone 7 handset’s camera to snap a picture of the barcode. This is a ubiquitous feature in the iPhone and Android versions of the app, but it’s no where to be seen in Amazon’s press release for the Windows Phone 7 app. Did they accidentally leave that function out, or does WP7’s API prevent the use of camera data in that fashion?Either way, you can download the app for free now from the Windows Phone Marketplace. If you use Amazon with any regularity, it’s a must download.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dr Michalis S Michael was awarded with a peace prize in Constantinople-Istanbul for his work at La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue on the peaceful resolution to the Cyprus problem.Both Michael and the Centre were honoured by the Journalist and Writers Foundation, beating 1179 projects to take out a $50,000 top prize. As deputy director of the Centre, Dr Michael has researched a number of areas of conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue.His project “Dialogical Roadmap towards resolving the Cyprus conflict” took out the top prize, an award that supports innovative and significant conflict resolution and peace-making projects focusing on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflicts and promote post-conflict peace-building. To get through, Dr Michael had to go through a four-step process that ended with an interview with an international jury in Istanbul.Dr Micahel said the award rightly honours the work the Centre of Dialogue does for international conflict and resolution.“This award is yet another international recognition of the world-class work that the Centre for Dialogue does in the areas of peace-building and conflict transformation by combining research, policy development and community engagement,” he said.Dr Michael hopes with the award, funding won’t be cut for the Centre. With the prize money he hopes to implement many of the Centre’s projects. “Obviously as academics we are humbled by such an honour, but we also feel somewhat vindicated by the recognition we often receive overseas especially during these times when the sort of research and community work we do is under threat,” he says.“This award encourages and motivates my project team to move from planning to the implementing phase.”
All senators were present Monday. Democratic Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson of Anchorage, who last week voted for the bill to pay a full dividend, was among those Monday who voted against bringing the issue back up. Dividends traditionally have been paid using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, which lawmakers last year also began using to help pay for government expenses. A law passed last year also seeks to limit what can be taken from fund earnings for dividends and government. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has maintained that lawmakers should follow a longstanding formula and pay out a full dividend. He also has said the formula should not be changed without a vote of the people. Dividends have been capped the last three years amid an ongoing budget deficit. While some lawmakers agree with Dunleavy’s position, there are legislators who argue the formula is outdated and unsustainable. Last week, with a prominent supporter of the proposal, Republican Sen. Mike Shower, absent, the Senate voted down a full dividend payout, which would cost an estimated $1.9 billion for checks estimated to be around $3,000 to qualified residents. The bill was one vote short of passage. Senators deadlocked 10-10 on a vote of whether to rescind their action last week, when they voted down the full payout. The next step for trying to reach agreement on a dividend remains to be seen with the end of the special session looming. Special sessions can last 30 days. That threshold will be reached Friday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate on Monday failed to revive a bill that would pay a full dividend from the state’s oil-wealth fund this year.
23 reasons Star Wars is better than Star Trek Commander Pyre is throwing his weight around on the Colossus. Lucasfilm Knocking out the bully leads to trouble… and opportunity.The 16th episode of CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance sees the First Order continuing its totalitarian tactics on the Colossus refueling platform.After lone Stormtrooper CS-515 (Steve Blum) gives fugitive children/First Order victims Eila (Nikki SooHoo) and Kel (Anthony Del Rio) a hard time, a brief tussle leaves him unconscious. The kids rush to Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono (aka Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) for help.Kaz ends up donning 515’s armor and takes the opportunity to learn more about the First Order’s plans for the platform.The First Order basically refuses to leaveCaptain Doza (Jason Hightower) confronts the First Order’s Commander Pyre (Liam McIntyre) about its continued presence on the platform after the escape of the pirate spy it came to find, but Pyre claims he intends to hunt down the spy’s accomplice and feigns deference to Doza’s authority (but later kicks him out of his own office).It’s pretty obvious that Doza doesn’t believe him… but when will he take action? The citizens of the Colossus are getting sick of the First Order too, as evidenced by their protest.Also, we got a tease about Doza’s time with the Empire — he tells Pyre that his decision to leave was a “personal choice.”Stealing a Stormtrooper’s armor… where have we seen that before? Lucasfilm It’s coming in full force… and now we know its planKaz manages to infiltrate Pyre’s briefing and before getting found out learns that a full garrison is on its way. He escapes after Pyre orders “a full mental wipe and reprogram,” which sounds pretty dark.He also discovers (via a stolen data rod) that the First Order is preparing its fleet for war — we must be getting very close to the events of The Force Awakens — and reasons that it plans to use the Colossus as a refueling point. Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:26 23 Photos Kaz has some excellent comedic moments too. He tells janitor Opeepit, who’s scrubbing the floors by hand, that he’d have an easier time if he had a floor sweeper… even though he knows the First Order seized it from him (what a jerk!). He also has a fun confrontation with a First Order BB unit, and waves to an unknowing Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) as he passes her room in full Stormtrooper armor.Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, and you can check out the official episode guide.. Sean also chatted about this episode on the excellent Ion Cannon podcast — give it a listen! TV and Movies Culture Post a comment Share your voice Tam’s getting a new perspectiveTam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), Kaz’s fellow mechanic, was happy enough to see the First Order making the platform safer, but hearing Eila and Kel’s tale about the militant group wiping out their family gives her pause. She may yet see the truth about the group, and it’s likely she’ll end up joining the Resistance.Opeepit the janitor has a thankless role, and Kaz makes it even harder. Lucasfilm Neeku’s coming into his ownOverly literal mechanic Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) is pretty great this episode, knocking out 515 several times.”Well, I didn’t want him to kill us, Kaz!” he says after hitting the trooper with a wrench.He also agrees with Tam that the First makes him feel safer, “in a threatened by the military kind of way” — sounds like the sentiment of a future Resistance member. Star Wars land: What to expect in Galaxy’s Edge 0 Disney Star Wars
Realty firm Supertech on Friday claimed to offer a free add-on studio apartment with the purchase of a luxury flat, in an unbelievable discount offer to beat slowdown blues. But ‘conditions apply’.The scheme is valid only for top-floor flats, which costs around Rs 1.38 crore, while the ‘free’ studio apartment is located several kilometres away at another project and comes at a price of Rs 22 lakh.In an effort to lure buyers in a sluggish market, the current endeavour beats all other freebie initiatives of cars, ACs and other household item offers by real estate companies, reports First Post.Under the scheme, a customer is entitled to a free studio apartment of 500 sq ft worth Rs 22 lakh in the Golf Village project on Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, if he/she buys a 2,300 sq ft top floor flat worth Rs 1.38 crore in the Capetown project near Noida City Centre.Supertech expects the scheme to improve its cash flow apart from boosting the sales volume.”In order to boost sales, Supertech announces buy one get one free offer on one of its residential project Capetown located in Noida. The offer is available only for the top-floor apartment buyers in ‘Cape Crown’ of Capetown Project,” the company’s press release stated.Supertech’s prospective customers will also receive free Flipkart gift vouchers worth Rs one lakh.The company also said that the customers can avail the benefit of ‘no EMI’ till possession.”The offer is indeed a value for money for prospective customers. The possession of our Capetown project has already started since Diwali and this scheme is well suited for the customers who are looking for ready-to-move-in flats,” said Supertech Chairman RK Arora.”We are happy to offer this scheme as it will not only increase our cash flows but also boost the sales volume significantly,” he added.The ‘Capetown’ project comprises 7,000 housing units and is spread over 50 acres.Supertech has a presence in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Haridwar, Meerut, Moradabad, Rudrapur and Bangalore.
Donald McClinton is coming off his first 200m win of the season at the Kentucky Invitational, finishing with a time of 21.69. The two-day meet will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at the UofL Throws Field with the hammer throw. Running events will begin at Cardinal Park at 4:30 p.m. with the 100m hurdle trials. Saturday will open at 9 a.m. with javelin and feature a senior ceremony at 11:50 a.m. to kick off the running events. Live Results Dorcas Wasike will make her season debut in the 5,000m. She has won her 3,000m and 10,000m races earlier in the season. Story Links Meet Schedule LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team will wrap up the regular season outdoor schedule at home this weekend, hosting the largest meet in school history at Cardinal Park. Gabriela Leon set a new school record in the pole vault at the Louisville Invitational, clearing 4.27m/14-00. Her mark currently ranks second in the ACC and 20th in the nation. Heat Sheets Mitchell Kessler moved into the Top 25 of the regional rankings after his last showing in the hammer throw. His throw of 61.28m/201-00 ranks 23rd in the east region and fifth in the ACC. Print Friendly Version
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Google I/O is ostensibly about the future of Android, but that changed in 2016 when CEO Sundar Pichai put the AI-powered Google Assistant and machine learning at the forefront, a trend that continued at this year’s show.At I/O 2017, the phrase “going from mobile first to AI first,” was repeated throughout the opening sessions and definitely set the tone.In addition to adding to its collection of open-source neural net technology, Google also introduced a more advanced Tensor Flow Unit (TCU), a piece of hardware designed specifically for running and training neural nets. This technology has been made available to developers and researchers on the cloud, and Google doubled down with 1,000 units available for research organizations.The average consumer, however, will likely experience Google’s machine-learning efforts via the Google Assistant. Developers can now build special Actions for this super-powered chatbot, which expands what the Assistant can do. Google unveiled new tools to make interactions like purchases seamless, opening the door for the Assistant to become a money-making platform for developers.In addition to the ascendance of the Assistant, it was interesting to see all the places where mobile phones were absent. A new Android-based, in-car control system highlighted the Assistant, but doesn’t require a phone. Google Home is getting a slew of updates, but voice calls don’t require a phone; Home will now simply call numbers, for free. It’s a startling move, partly because of its convenience but especially because this is exactly the context where we would expect to see crossover with Android devices.Popular Google platform iPhoneOne noticable point was the number of times the iPhone was mentioned during the series of keynotes at Google I/O. These weren’t offered as points of comparison to show Android’s superiority. Instead, Google treated the iPhone almost as if it were another platform for its developers.It started when the Google Assistant debuted in the less-than-popular chat app Allo, which launched simultaneously on iPhone and Android. The Assistant next appeared exclusive in the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but now the Assistant will be everywhere: in cars, in TVs and, yes, in the iPhone. Now that developers can write Actions for the Assistant, it effectively turns the iPhone into an extension of Google’s existing platforms.The pieces of AndroidAndroid isn’t going away, clearly. Sessions focusing on the changes coming in Android O highlighted new tools and efforts to make developing for Android easier. But there was also a sense of tension as Google starts to take back more and more control of the Android platform. If developers want to target their apps for the new Android O, they have to use the OS’s new notification channels. If not, developers were told in a session, notifications will be dropped.Android is also popping up in more places beyond the phone. A stripped-down, hardened version of Android will power Google’s IoT platform called Android Things. Several of the changes coming to O regarding power and processor use are also coming to Android Wear, with additional restrictions.The real question is not what the future of Android will be. With 2 billion active monthly users on Android, it’s clearly a major player in the Googleverse. Rather, Google is pushing hard to turn Android developers into Google Assistant developers, Google Home Actions developers and web developers using the latest tools available in Chrome. That transition is going to be key toward Google becoming an AI first company. May 19, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
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Much of the debate centered on the recommendation against routine annual mammography screening for women in their 40s.”We believe this study demonstrates the importance of mammography screening for women in this age group, which is in opposition to the recommendations issued by the task force,” said Stamatia V. Destounis, M.D., radiologist and managing partner of Elizabeth Wende Breast Care LLC, in Rochester, N.Y.For the study, Dr. Destounis and colleagues performed a retrospective review to identify the number and type of cancers diagnosed among women between the ages of 40 and 49, with and without a family history of breast cancer, who underwent screening mammography at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care from 2000 to 2010. The researchers then compared the number of cancers, incidence of invasive disease and lymph node metastases between the two groups.Of the 1,071 patients in the 40 to 49 age group with breast cancer, 373 were diagnosed as a result of screening. Of that 373, 39 percent had a family history of breast cancer and 61 percent had no family history of breast cancer. In the family history group, 63.2 percent of the patients had invasive disease and 36.8 percent had noninvasive disease. In the no family history group, 64 percent of the patients had invasive disease and 36 percent had noninvasive disease. The respective lymph node metastatic rates were 31 percent and 29 percent.”In the 40 to 49 age group, we found a significant rate of breast cancer and similar rates of invasive disease in women with and without family history,” Dr. Destounis said. “Additionally, we found the lymph node metastatic rate was similar.”According to Dr. Destounis, these results underscore the importance of early detection and annual screening mammography for women between the ages of 40 and 49 whether or not they have a family history of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend screening mammography for women starting at age 40.During a press conference held at RSNA, Dr. Destounis said they are continuing to collect and evaluate data and will be doing additional evaluations with respect to the patients with dense breast tissue and also regarding their survival rates. They also will be making evaluations based on various subsets of the groups, such as women who were pre- or postmenopausal, with and without a family history of breast cancer.Coauthors are Jenny Song, M.D.; Posy Seifert, D.O.; Philip Murphy, M.D.; Patricia Somerville, M.D.; Wendy Logan-Young, M.D.; Andrea Arieno, B.S. and Renee Morgan, R.T. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more
GUATEMALA CITY – The streets of Guatemala City brimmed for a few hours last Thursday morning with as many as 20,000 protesters from the countryside. The demonstration was intended to apply pressure on the nation’s highest court, which is currently considering the constitutionality of a plan to expand energy projects throughout rural regions of Guatemala.While the core issue the Constitutional Court is considering is whether imminent domain can be used by President Otto Pérez Molina for the construction of new electricity transmission towers, the protesters came with a host of issues related to the expansion of hydroelectric projects and the price of electricity in Guatemala’s outer departments. The protesters primarily complained that the price of electricity was too high – up to 50 percent of monthly wages outside of the capital region – and that expanded electricity projects like hydroelectric dams would displace communities and result in land seizures. Related posts:Inter-American Dialogue honors Guatemalan businessman, civic activist Salvador Paiz Attorney general out in May, says Guatemala court Panel warns of Central America’s increasing dependence on Petrocaribe Guatemalan police ordered to remove Spanish Embassy protesters ‘dead or alive,’ witness testifies Facebook Comments While hydroelectric projects are often carried out under the auspices of development, the end result historically has been that although rural communities may find themselves displaced from their land and with rivers they depend on diverted, there are few benefits. Electricity remains hard to find and expensive in many parts of Guatemala, and communities do not receive any kind of financial benefits from the power produced by new facilities. Many rural communities see new hydroelectric projects as primarily benefitting corporate and government interests.“One thing that we are seeing … when you look at a map of the new electricity rings that they’re creating [is that] the location of the hydroelectric dams coincides with mining and extractive industry projects,” Alford-Jones said. Due to the social instability caused by these projects, new military installations soon follow.“The state puts the extractive companies as the focus of development,” Daniel Pascual, coordinator of the United Peasant Committee told Prensa Libre. “They have not taken into account the worldview of the indigenous towns, centered on the respect of the fountains of life.”While the Guatemalan government is required by law to consult with communities before major projects, this rarely happens, and the dozens of local referenda that have been held to block projects have by and large been summarily ignored.Last Thursday evening, 14 communities in Petén lost power as a result of torrential rains. The power was restored Friday morning.Benjamin Reeves is a freelance journalist based in Antigua, Guatemala. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog. @NuestroDiario Campesinos ya van sobre 7a ave de la zona 9 hacia el centro de la ciudad pic.twitter.com/xMrQj7UZ5I— Sandra Valdez (@SandraValdez5) March 6, 2014 Another issue is the nationalization of power companies. While electricity production and distribution is managed by a public company in the capital region, the rest of the country relies on private power companies. Consequently, the cost of electricity is far higher in rural regions of Guatemala, although Erick Archila, minister of energy and mines, argued before the court that an estimated $31 million of electricity is stolen through ersatz connections throughout the country, which contributes to the high price of power. The proposed expansion of electric towers is meant to combat this problem, at least in part.Nevertheless, Guatemala also has a legacy of expanding hydroelectric power at the expense of indigenous communities. The construction of the Chixoy Dam and related Río Negro massacre in the early 1980s continues to be a divisive issue. The Guatemalan government has thus far failed to pay $154.5 million in reparations, an issue that caused the U.S. government to suspend aid to Guatemala’s army until the situation is rectified.“There’s no justice for the people whose human rights were violated,” Kelsey Alford-Jones, executive director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission USA, said. Major hydroelectric and mining projects are notorious for “corruption and rubber stamping of environmental impact reports,” which has “led to severe lack of trust in public institutions.”A report released last week by Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office identified 57 points of conflict in the nation that “generate a lack of governability,” director Mario Minera told the daily Prensa Libre. Of these 57 sources of conflict, at least 17 are hydroelectric projects, including Chixoy and another project, Xalalá, in Quiché. This project endangers at least 50 rural communities.“The Xalalá project is huge,” Alford-Jones said. “It’s a project that’s incredibly contentious, [and] that’s been staled due to widespread … community opposition.”Another hugely divisive project is the Barillas Dam project in Huehuetenango, where a community leader was killed in 2012, and a soldier died in October 2013. According to Alford-Jones, “distrust” and a “history of human rights violations … are leading to a lot of the tension there.”In September, with Barillas under a state of martial law, the government issued a series of arrest warrants against community members on what are seen by many as trumped-up charges. @NuestroDiario trafico sobre 7a ave. Zona 9 por marcha de Codeca pic.twitter.com/MK4U8yIQAZ— Sandra Valdez (@SandraValdez5) March 6, 2014
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.More than 800 people affected by the policy cried and cheered as they listened to the apology in the Great Hall of Parliament House and responded with a standing ovation when it was finished. Comments Share Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Among unwed mothers, adoption rates were as high as 60 percent in the late 1960s, the report said.The committee could not estimate how many adoptions were forced but said they numbered in the thousands.After Gillard spoke, opposition leader Tony Abbot also spoke in a gesture of bipartisan support for the apology.He was heckled by some who saw his choice of words as insensitive.Angela Barra, 45, who was adopted as a newborn said her biological mother Pamela O’Brien had been upset by Abbott’s use of the term “birth mother” instead of plain “mother.” She also said he shouldn’t have mentioned adoptive parents to such an audience or speak of people’s right to put their children up for adoption.“A lot of upset mothers in there lost their children because of demand for babies,” Barra said outside the hall.“People were forced to give their babies up; they were drugged, they were shackled to their beds … they didn’t relinquish their babies; their babies were taken,” she added.Christine Harms, who gave birth at age 15 to a disabled son who died 13 years later in state care, said criticisms of Abbott had been too harsh. “I think some of the people are a bit hard on that poor man,” the 60-year-old said. “We can’t all say the right, exact words.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The seven-member Senate committee began investigating the federal government’s role in forced adoption in 2010 after the Western Australian state parliament apologized to mothers and children for the flawed practices in that state from the 1940s until the 1980s.Western Australia was the first of five state and territory governments to apologize for forced adoption. Australia has eight such governments.Roman Catholic hospitals in Australia apologized in 2011 for forcing unmarried mothers to give up babies for adoption and urged state governments to accept financial responsibility.Catholic Health Australia, the largest nongovernment hospital operator in Australia and which provides 10 percent of the nation’s hospital beds, said the practice of adopting out such children to married couples was “regrettably common” from the 1950s to the 1970s.Adoption in Australia is mostly controlled by state laws, but the report found that the federal government had contributed to forced adoption by failing to provide unwed mothers with full welfare benefits to which a widow or deserted wife would have been entitled until 1973.Australian adoptions peaked at almost 10,000 a year in 1972, before rapidly declining. The report found that decline could reflect the availability of welfare, the use of oral contraceptives and the legalization of abortion. A national apology was recommended a year ago by a Senate committee that investigated the impacts of the now-discredited policies. Unwed mothers were pressured, deceived and threatened into giving up their babies from World War II until the early 1970s so they could be adopted by married couples, which was perceived to be in the children’s best interests, the committee report found.“Today this Parliament on behalf of the Australian people takes responsibility and apologizes for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering,” Gillard told the audience Thursday.“We acknowledge the profound effects of these policies and practices on fathers and we recognize the hurt these actions caused to brothers and sisters, grandparents, partners and extended family members,” she said.“We deplore the shameful practices that denied you, the mothers, your fundamental rights and responsibilities to love and care for your children,” she added.Gillard committed 5 million Australian dollars ($5 million) to support services for affected families and to help biological families reunite. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
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