Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Dec. 6———GUILTY VERDICT HANDED DOWN IN LINDHOUT KIDNAPPING: An Ontario judge has handed down a guilty verdict in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. Ali Omar Ader had pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking. Evidence during the trial revealed that an RCMP undercover officer lured Ader to Canada on the pretext of signing a lucrative book deal. Lindhout, a freelance journalist from Alberta, was kidnapped in 2008 along with an Australian photographer and held for 15 months.———ROGERS CONSIDERING SELLING BLUE JAYS: Rogers Communications is considering selling some of its assets including the Toronto Blue Jays to raise money for its main communications businesses. Rogers Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri made the comment at an industry conference in New York this week, but didn’t elaborate on who might buy the team. One analyst said that the issue of assets sales has been raised before but Staffieri’s comments are the most explicit to date.———LEBLANC DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA: Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has been diagnosed with leukemia but says it won’t interfere with his cabinet duties. LeBlanc said on Wednesday that he was diagnosed last April with chronic lymphocytic leukemia which his doctor calls “one of the most common types of leukemia in adults.” LeBlanc is scheduled to begin treatments next week, which will conclude in the spring. LeBlanc has represented his New Brunswick riding for 17 years and is a childhood friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.———MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING THREE WOMEN HAS LITTLE HOPE OF PAROLE: A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley has had his parole eligibility set at 70 years. Basil Borutski was convicted late last month of first-degree murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam, and of second-degree murder in slaying of Carol Culleton. The murder convictions carry an automatic life sentence and an Ontario judge ruled on Wednesday that the life terms will be served consecutively. Someone convicted of first-degree murder can’t seek parole for at least 25 years and the judge set parole eligibility for the second-degree murder conviction at 20 years.———MONTREAL MASSACRE VICTIMS REMEMBERED: Flowers were laid Wednesday outside the Montreal engineering school where 14 women were killed by a lone gunman 28 years ago. Some of the people who attended a memorial service in front of the school wiped tears away as they remembered the Montreal Massacre. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered the victims on Wednesday during his visit to China, taking part in a candle-lighting ceremony at the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.———TRUDEAU CALLS FOR COUNTRIES TO EMBRACE FREE TRADE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned on Wednesday that the world is at a crossroads regarding trade. He told a business forum in China that the world will lose out unless countries embrace free trade and elevate their citizens who have been left behind by globalization. He told his audience that the nations of the world are at a “pivot point” where they must decide whether to work together or falter separately and become isolated. Trudeau didn’t mention the Trump administration by name, but has already spoken out in China about the need to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from demise.———CANADA SAYS ITS EMBASSY TO REMAIN IN TEL AVIV: The Trudeau government says the Canadian embassy in Israel will stay in Tel Aviv as the Americans make preparation to move their mission to Jerusalem. Canadians in the region are being urged to exercise caution ahead of three days of planned protests against the U.S. announcement. President Donald Trump is seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem for their capital. However Trump declared it was time for a new approach to Mideast peace after decades of failure.———MUSLIMS WORRIED ABOUT BORDER PRECLEARANCE PLANS: Concerns are being raised about planned new procedures for preclearing travellers to enter the United States. Civil liberties and Muslim groups are worried about invasive searches and abusive questions as they pass through customs areas in Canadian airports. Currently, passengers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can be precleared there by U.S. Customs. Canada’s Senate is studying legislation that would expand preclearance operations.———SENATOR PREDICTS FRANKEN WILL RESIGN ON THURSDAY: A top Senate Democrat says he expects Sen. Al Franken to resign Thursday over allegations of sexual misconduct. Another woman has come forward with accusations against the Minnesota Democrat. In a tweet on Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said: “I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow.” Wyden tweeted that “It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.” More than a dozen Senate Democrats, led by female lawmakers, have called on Franken to step aside. Franken’s office said in a brief statement that he will have an announcement on Thursday.———SIX WOMEN CLAIM WEINSTEIN COVER UP WAS RACKETEERING: Six women have filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, seeking to represent a class of “dozens, if not hundreds” of women who say they were assaulted by the movie mogul. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday at a federal court in New York. It claims that his actions to cover up the assaults amounted to civil racketeering. It claims that Weinstein and the companies he worked with colluded together to conceal Weinstein’s widespread sexual harassment and assaults. A lawyer for Weinstein declined comment. According to the lawsuit, actresses and other women in the film industry were lured to industry events, hotel rooms, Weinstein’s home, office meetings or auditions under the pretense that they were to discuss a project.———
Last week, Yoko Ono Lennon visited Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo to speak about childhood hunger and share details on worldwide efforts to combat the issue through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, benefiting WhyHunger and grassroots partners combating childhood hunger and poverty worldwide.Yoko Ono Supports Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionTaiwanese pop band Mayday, also joined Yoko at the event to support the cause with a live acoustic performance and memorabilia donation to Hard Rock’s world famous collection with funds from the donation directly supporting the campaign.Yoko Ono Lennon appears at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo on Thursday, December 5, 2013, to speak about her efforts to eliminate childhood hunger worldwide through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionYoko Ono Lennon and Mayday appear at Hard Rock Cafe TokyoCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for Invision
APTN National NewsProtesters against Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia say they are just ramping up their efforts to stop the company from doing its work.Now, in its third week, support is growing and although there have been over 80 arrests, people from all over are coming to the mountain to show their support.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
APTN National NewsHundreds of Survivors from across Canada travelled to Ottawa to witness the final event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.APTN’s Delaney Windigo spoke with three after the event.
Rabat – Moroccan young leader Karima Rhanem will take part in the largest Model United Nations in the Balkan scheduled to take place in Albania on May 2-5. Ms. Rhanem will be the only guest speaker from Morocco for the opening of the conference and a chair of the simulation of the United Nations General Assembly Disarmament and International security committee (DISEC).“I am very honored to have been selected by the Balkan Model United Nations Secretariat to open the conference among other national and international personalities. I am more thrilled for my selection to chair the DISEC committee to discuss important issues for the international community such as cyber crime and terrorism,” Ms Rhanem told Morocco World News. She added: “being the only Moroccan to take part in the Balkan MUN is a great responsibility and I will do my best to better represent Morocco, hoping to see an increase in the number of Moroccan young leaders in such international gatherings.”Klevis Rreshka, Secretary General of Balkan Model United Nations 2014 said: “we have chosen Karima Rhanem as a guest speaker in the Balkan MUN, because of her spirit to inspire young delegates. Young diplomats like Karima will be an added value to our conference and we are looking forward to learning from her wide experience in youth work and public diplomacy. Her background in cyber security and internet Governance will also help delegates from Balkan Countries to draft resolutions to fight cyber attacks.”For Karima, participating in conferences such as Model United Nations illustrates the important role these public diplomacy conferences play in preparing a new generation of young diplomats who could be their country’s future decision makers.“Ambassadorship of a given country is not solely the responsibility of official diplomats, but also of a young generation of today’s leaders who could play a key role in advancing foreign policy goals and influencing international decision-making through non-governmental and people to people diplomacy,” she stressed.Karima Rhanem has been involved in youth and NGO empowerment work for the past 15 years and in public diplomacy for the past 6 years. Thanks to her continuous involvement in several development and diplomacy programs worldwide, she has been nominated Morocco World News good will Ambassador for the year 2012. She was also appointed by the Moroccan Ministry in charge of Relations with the Parliament & Civil Society member of the national commission in charge of the Dialogue on Civil Society and Constitutional Prerogatives. Recently, she has been selected by UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States member of the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2015 Youth Consultative Group to promote genuine youth-led reflections on development choices in the Arab region, through meaningfully consulting young people to bring their voices to policy-makers.She has also received several awards from international institutions for her creativity in communications, management of youth and civil society programs, and for her efforts in promoting good governance and peace in the MENA region. In 2012, she was nominated, among several young leaders from different parts of the world, Crans Montana Forum “New Leader of Tomorrow.” She was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Association for Public policy and the Administration for her professionalism and contribution to the causes of peace and sound governance in the Middle East.With a rich international experience, she took part in world leading conferences and seminars such as the 2003 Young Ambassadors MENA Leaders Program at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania (USA), the Youth General Assembly at the United Nations in New York in 2011, the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva in 2012, the world Forum of Young Diplomats in Turkey in 2013, Crans Montana Forum 15th International Summit on Transnational Crime and Security in 2013. She has also participated as a guest speaker and workshop facilitator at several conferences – in Europe, USA and the MENA region – designed for youth inclusion and empowerment and for the use of media for sustainable and human development.Throughout her career, she founded several non-governmental organizations such as “Dialogue for Peace Association” and “The Moroccan Association for Development and Public Diplomacy,” and organized various youth forums at the national level. She currently serves as a MENA representative of the London based Non-profit Global Diplomatic Forum, and director of ‘Dialogue for Peace” cooperating circle of United Religions Initiative in Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Launched in Geneva, where the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) opened its annual policy session on Monday, this year’s progress report on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comes amid the drive to ratchet up international support for development aid and debt relief and mounting mobilization campaigns at the national level. The MDGs were endorsed by world leaders at the 2000 summit in New York to achieve, by 2015, a measurable improvement in combating such problems as high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care.While highlight the MDG success stories in water access and schooling, the new study, entitled the “UN Millennium Development Report 2006,” points out that some of the goals, such as halving the percentage of the world’s population who have no access to decent sanitation facilities, are unlikely to be met “without greatly accelerated efforts.” In most areas, progress is mixed, the report indicates. For example, the effort to control infectious diseases has seen awareness and funding soar in the battle against malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, while the number of TB and HIV cases has risen as well.Similarly, women and girls are benefiting from maternal health programmes and equality initiatives in primary schools, work places and parliaments. At the same time, the study notes that discriminatory practices persist across the board.Along with some progress in the protection of natural resources, the study finds that the question remains whether protective measures can take effect swiftly enough to head off rapid climate change, runaway pollution and exhaustion of fresh water sources.The main objective commonly associated with the MDGs is the eradication of extreme poverty, and the related target for cutting in half the proportion of people in the developing world living on $1 a day or less. As reported last year, the new study finds that the world is on track to meet this target by 2015, primarily because of large gains in South and East Asia. This huge victory is undercut by disturbingly slow progress in Latin America, and by a rate of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa that is stuck at around 44 per cent. Progress in the eighth MDG, the strengthening of international partnership to fight poverty, lends some hope in that area, however, the report says. Last year Official Development Assistance (ODA) surpassed $100 billion for the first time ever, though some of this included the write-off of debt. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2006 is published by the ECOSOC Statistics Division and includes contributions from statistical departments of more than 20 UN funds, programmes and agencies and other international organizations.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Muma Posted Dec 22, 2015 9:51 am MDT As Finance Minister Joe Ceci warns low oil prices may force him to pull back on millions of dollars of commitments made by Alberta’s new NDP government, he says campaign promises will be followed through on.That includes bringing back STEP, the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which supports students by helping them gain work experience, build transferable skills and ultimately, find employment.“Other things that we haven’t announced that were in our platform potentially could get pushed off or lowered but that will be a discussion cabinet has first,” he said.He says the goal is still to stay at the forecast $6.1-billion deficit, but couldn’t provide any assurances.Ceci made the comments during a conference call after a meeting of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial finance ministers in Ottawa. Finance minister says STEP not at risk, other programs may not be so lucky Courtesy of Facebook
The Ohio State women’s track team is set to head to New York where the women are scheduled to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational against some of the nation’s top programs, including No. 15 South Carolina, No. 17 Mississippi State and No. 11 Kansas.This weekend, the Buckeyes are looking to continue forward after a successful meet last weekend and see the upcoming meet as an opportunity to work on the little things that need to be fixed.Associate head coach Rosalind Joseph said this week in practice the team has been working more on technique.“Now that we have gotten in a few meets, we are working on what we need to execute,” Rosalind said on the team’s work outside of conditioning. “Each person is starting to figure out what they need to work on individually.”Junior sprinter and hurdler Alexandria Johnson said she is looking forward to showcasing her hard work in practice on her start and technique when she runs the 60-meter hurdles.“Whether it is their finish, their start, blocks, or form, each person has their small change they need to make and that is what we are getting this weekend. (Fixing) those minor things before Big Ten (Championships),” Johnson said.Senior thrower Emily Taylor agreed, saying this weekend is a good chance for each person to figure what she needs to improve on going forward so the team can ultimately be prepared for the Big Ten Indoor Championship, which is set to start Feb. 27. She said this weekend is a “mental and physical” preparation for the big meet.The Armory Collegiate Invitational was recognized as the Division I “Meet of the Week” with the historic background and high level of competition it provides.“This is definitely an honor, to be taken to this meet,” Taylor said. “Not everyone gets to go so if you get on this plane, you should be ready to compete. It’s not something I take lightly.”With more than 100 teams set to participate, the competition is expected to be the toughest the Buckeyes have faced thus far in the season.Joseph said it will be good to see the team compete against national competition this weekend, which helps prepare them for the conference meet. She added that it is always good to line up against some teams they aren’t always used to seeing in the conference to get an idea of where they stack up against the top ranked programs.“Being in a large environment like New York, how the ladies prepare, how they handle themselves outside of normal conditions will be nice adversity to see how they are able to handle that test,” Joseph said.Joseph said the team is always striving to be better than they were the week prior so as long as everyone is competing and improving, then they are “headed in the right direction.”The invitational is set to begin Friday at 9 a.m. and continue through Saturday evening.
OSU coach Thad Matta speaks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in OSU’s exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team escaped Wednesday night with a win against Rutgers, but not without some scary moments for Thad Matta’s team. The Buckeyes had to fight to the bitter end, barely scraping by a team that had just earned its first road conference win in 24 games.Follow that up with a loss to No. 21 Maryland away from home — which was less shocking — and OSU once again looks to be on a downtrend. The Buckeyes still lack a prolific scorer, and have been unable to find any cohesiveness 25 games into the season. This isn’t the first time he has struggled to find a way to win.“I was 10–9 at Xavier, and four weeks later, we were playing in the Elite Eight to go to the Final Four (in 2003),” Matta said earlier this season. “Just keep fighting, man. Just keep fighting.”Last season, the Scarlet and Gray were scrutinized for performing well below expectations, but were expected to be at least marginally better this season. OSU has just five games remaining in the regular season to try to finish above .500 in the conference and overall.And with teams like Wisconsin and Michigan State remaining, the odds of that happening are about as likely as Matta not chewing gum on the sideline. With the daunting task of trying to revive a team with little to fight for, the job security of the long-time OSU coach could come into question.Matta, who now has a career record of 437-150 after the win against Rutgers and loss to Maryland, is the winningest coach in OSU history. With 335 wins under his belt at the helm of the Buckeyes, it seems strange to think his job could be in jeopardy.Matta has missed the Big Ten Championship game in three consecutive years, and is in real jeopardy of missing it for a fourth time, barring any shocking upsets. With four seasons of less-than-stellar play, Matta’s time at the helm could be coming to an end.On the other side of the argument, Matta is in his 13th season with the Buckeyes, and has never posted a losing season in his career. Never in his entire head coaching career has he missed the 20-win mark.Although OSU looks like it will miss out on at least 20 wins, unless the team has a solid National Invitational Tournament run. Well, if they make it there, that is.Matta has made it to at least the NIT every year with the Buckeyes, except for his first year at the helm. Four conference titles and four Sweet 16 appearances, paired with a solid incoming recruiting class, might just be enough to keep Matta around. OSU currently has commitments from center Kaleb Wesson — brother of OSU freshman forward Andre Wesson — and point guard Braxton Beverly. Both players are listed as four-stars according to ESPN.In 2018, there is even more reason to celebrate, as OSU is set to haul in a pair of forwards in Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens, and a solid shooting guard in Dane Goodwin. Matta’s incoming players could potentially bring him some success again, but only time will tell.Regardless of where fans stand on Matta, they should remember how many wins he has brought the program, and the not-so-long-ago past appearances in the NCAA tournament. That, paired with some praise from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, should give him at least one more chance.“I shouldn’t say this, but hell, I’m happy for him,” Izzo said in January. “From the standpoint of the way people treat him around here, I’m happy for him. He’s won a lot of games here … He doesn’t have to answer to anybody and he probably doesn’t need my support, but I’ll probably need his.”
TWO POLICE OFFICERS, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader are among 70 men and one woman arrested on child pornography charges in the largest such bust in New York, officials said Wednesday.Over five weeks investigators impounded nearly 600 computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and thumb drives containing tens of thousands of pornographic images and videos of children.Previous convictionsAmong the defendants are one with a previous child sex abuse conviction and a woman charged with producing and distributing pornography involving her own young child, US officials said.They also include two nurses, a paramedic, an au pair, and a Boy Scouts den master who served as a little league baseball coach.Officers launched the operation after arresting the head of a police department in Valhalla, New York in January and a rabbi, who home schooled children in Brooklyn, in March.James Hayes, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York described the number of suspects and their professional backgrounds as “troubling.”US officials said Operation Caireen, which ran from April 4 to May 15, was the largest-ever operation in New York targeting sexual predators of children.Homeland Security, New York police detectives and other law enforcement infiltrated peer-to-peer file sharing networks to identify perpetrators across the New York City area.Investigators cracked down on nearly 150 IP addresses actively involved in trading child porn in the wider New York City area.Abuse is ‘beyond reproach’New York police commissioner William Bratton said the indictment showed “that abuse against children is beyond reproach and violators will be vigorously sought and brought to justice.”“The law enforcement community is committed to eliminating the horrific market for child pornography, one defendant at a time,” said US Attorney Loretta Lynch, eastern district of New York.John Ryan, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, thanked law enforcement officials.“Their tireless work helps ensure that the most vulnerable in our society – our children – can be safer,” he said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Child pornography ring used social networks to lure 251 victims>
Nickelodeon Is Sending Slime to SpaceToy Tuesday: 11 Goopiest Slime Toys Stay on target So for some inexplicable reason, slime is hot right now. It’s all over the Googles, people searching for slime. Just one of those mysteries the world may never explain to us. Earlier in the month, we published a guide to making your own slime, and now we’re looking to the greater world of geek culture to spotlight some of the best slime, ooze, goo, muck, and blobs we know. And we know a lot of blobs.The BlobLet’s start off with one of the trailblazers in ooze culture. The titular creature from 1958’s The Blob is a ravenous, amorphous alien who crashes to Earth inside a meteorite. The citizens of Downingtown, Pennsylvania were devoured one by one until a young Steve McQueen in his first film role figured out to freeze the damned thing. The special effects were done with glops of silicon jelly inside miniature sets that were tilted and rotated on a gimbal to make the blob move around. It also had the best theme song of any slime on this list, a kicky pop number written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David that made its way to #33 on the Billboard charts. The 1988 remake is pretty hype too.SlimeRole-playing games have been using amorphous creatures as sword fodder for decades, but none of them have attained the iconic status of the teardrop-shaped Slime from Dragon Quest. As designed by Akira Toriyama, its unique shape and expressive face (a rarity for blob monsters) made the player almost feel bad for whacking it for gold and XP. It was the first enemy you met in the first game, and since then the slime has appeared in every single Dragon Quest and even served as the protagonist in its own spin-off series, the underrated Rocket Slime Adventures. Stick manufacturer Hori has even released slime-shaped controllers for the PS2 and the PS4.Ivan OozeMost of the time, the antagonist of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie hangs out in relatively human form, but don’t be fooled: Ivan Ooze is amorphous at heart. The boneless villain was sealed in a prison chamber for 6000 years, then was released to get vengeance on Zordon and crew. In addition to producing mind-controlling slime, he also liquefies himself and creates minions from his loogies. Ooze also gets points for his video game incarnation in the Power Rangers fighting game for the Super Nintendo, where he’s one of the most hilariously broken, overpowered characters of all time.Master BelchIf you never played Earthbound, Nintendo is bundling it in with the SNES Classic this September. That is, assuming you can manage to get ahold of one. The classic role-playing game featured one of the best slime bosses of all time, the massive Master Belch. A sentient pile of vomit, Belch is one of the malevolent Gigyas’s most loyal henchmen, and he’s attended by small-sized slimy duplicates of himself that attack you. Like the best slimes, Belch is immune to normal attacks and needs to be distracted with the Fly Honey to become vulnerable. You meet him again in the Deep Darkness, where he has renamed himself Master Barf.HedorahYou’ve got to be tough to go up against Godzilla, but the foe in 1971’s Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster presented a very different type of challenge. Hedorah was a sentient cloud of toxic pollution, oozing all over Japan while demonstrating to the big G that his radioactive breath has no effect. Eventually humanity helps tackle the problem they caused and uses a pair of electrodes on top of Mount Fuji to dry Hedorah out enough for Godzilla to finish him. He’s never returned to bedevil the big lizard, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the smoggy slime from another world made a comeback.The StuffLarry Cohen is one of the horror world’s most iconoclastic figures, a man who trod his own path no matter what the industry was doing. His 1985 The Stuff satirizes America’s culture of consumerism with an addictive slimy snack food that’s harvested out of a mysterious crevice in the ground and eats its victims from the inside out. The other junk food companies hire a former FBI agent to get to the bottom of the Stuff, but things naturally go sideways as profits outweigh safety. The movie’s ending – with the Stuff still selling on the black market – is a scathing indictment of our bad habits.OdoThe head of security for Deep Space Nine spent the majority of his time looking like a Bajoran, but Odo’s real identity was something significantly goopier. As a Changeling, he was actually a protoplasmic lifeform capable of shifting into pretty much any shape he desired. That comes with a caveat – he can’t stay solid for more than 18 hours at a time without melting down. As played by Rene Auberjonois, Odo was one of the best characters on DS9, a prickly and unique creation that truly seemed alien but also pined for companionship.The Slime PitOne of the most coveted Masters Of The Universe playsets out there, the Slime Pit was a playset released with the Evil Horde figures that let you douse your plastic musclemen with ooze and “transform” them into corrupted versions of themselves under the mental control of Hordak. Weirdly enough, the box art has fellow bad guy Beast-Man getting the slime treatment, which just proves that guy can’t catch a break. The Pit never showed up in the cartoon, which was a damn shame, but this playset is the business.The Boy’s BlobAs designed by Activision veterans David Crane and Garry Kitchen, A Boy And His Blob for the NES was a bridge between two eras of video games. Crane and Kitchen had cut their teeth on the Atari 2600, so when given the advanced Nintendo with its multi-button controller they conceptualized something a little too complicated to get a handle on. The adventure game has you feeding a white slime creature jellybeans that allow it to transform into various tools – a ladder, a bridge, et cetera. It’s pretty unique, and the 2009 Wii re-imagining is pretty solid too.Mitochondrial EveThe main antagonist in Square’s cult classic action-RPG Parasite Eve is a sentient mitochondrion that seeks to wipe out human beings in favor of a new breed of creature that can mutate themselves at will. It hibernates inside a human host until she can assert her power, and not only can Eve transform other lifeforms into piles of insensate goo, she also absorbs them and morphs into an enormous fleshy blob the size of a small office building while she gestates the next generation of evil.ShoggothWhen we talk about amorphous entities of pure evil from beyond the limits of human imagination, we talk about H. P. Lovecraft. His shoggoth, described as “a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light,” made its debut in the novella “At The Mountains Of Madness.” Created by the Elder Gods as mindless slaves, some gained intelligence and rebelled. Their very existence on this physical plane is a very bad sign, and if you see one, you’d better get the hell out of the way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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Comments NASA Mars rover Curiosity spots peculiar pebbles NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems 2 Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle’s stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater’s “clay-bearing unit.” The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.”Don’t let your dreams be dreams,” the rover team tweeted. “I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come.” “Certain minerals, including some Curiosity may find in the clay and sulfate-rich layers near the bottom of Gale’s mountain, are good at latching onto organic compounds and protecting them from oxidation,” NASA said at the time. Curiosity now finally has its chance for a closer look. This is a time of great excitement for scientists and Mars fans alike. Curiosity has weathered technical glitches and damaged wheels to get here. This new chapter, carved into clay, is just beginning. “This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site,” wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update. The bedrock target is nicknamed “Aberlady.” Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the rock powder as it seeks to learn more about this region of Mars. When NASA announced in 2011 that Gale Crater would be Curiosity’s home away from home, the space agency highlighted the likely history of water in the region and how it plays into the search for signs of organic compounds. Curiosity explores Mars Tags Share your voice 43 Photos Don’t let your dreams be dreams.Back in 2011, before I launched for #Mars, Gale Crater was chosen as my landing site in part because of intriguing clays seen from orbit. I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to comehttps://t.co/eNNcHi4X7f#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/YHk7DZJKig— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 8, 2019 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Space
The former Swanson’s marina space on Front Street. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering two liquor license applications for Bethel next week: one for a package liquor store for Bethel Native Corporation’s subsidiary Bethel Spirits LLC and another for Fili’s Pizza restaurant.BNC has reapplied for a license but at a new location: 750 Front Street, the former Swanson’s marina space.The corporation received a liquor license for Bethel Spirits last year for the Kipusvik building. But BNC later leased that space to the Lower Kuskokwim School District to use for its Ayaprun Yup’ik Immersion school following the Kilbuck fire.In an advisory vote last Oct., the majority of Bethel voters supported issuing a liquor license to liquor stores but opposed licenses for restaurants.Fili’s Pizza is the first restaurant to apply for a license since that vote.But it isn’t the last.Last week, Dimitri’s Restaurant re-submitted a liquor license application. The restaurant applied for a license last year, but the ABC Board denied the application because it would have violated Bethel’s mandated distance between alcohol sales and school grounds.Two factors have changed since that decision. Bethel City Council rewrote how it measures the distance between alcohol sales and schools, and the schools across the street from Dimitri’s have relocated after a fire. However, the school district still holds the lease on the property.Based on Bethel’s population, the city can hold three package store licenses, three bar licenses, and five restaurant licenses, according to state statue.The ABC Board will meet Wed., Fed. 10 in Juneau to review the BNC and Fili’s applications. It will review the Dimitri’s application at its next quarterly meeting.Comments to the board can be submitted in writing or by phone, and the public can listen to the meeting via teleconference. For contact information, click here.
Srinagar: Police used tear gas and pellets to fight back at least 10,000 people protesting Delhi’s withdrawal of special rights for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state in its main city of Srinagar on Friday, a police official and two witnesses said. The demonstration soon after Friday prayers was the largest since authorities locked down the revolt-torn region five days ago, cutting off telephone and internet services and detaining more than 500 political and separatist leaders. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan, India this week scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there. Regional leaders have warned of a backlash in the area, where militants have been fighting Indian rule for nearly 30 years, leading to the deaths of more than 50,000 people. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us A large group of people gathered in Srinagar’s Soura area, a police officer said, in violation of orders that prohibit the assembly of more than four people. The crowd was pushed back by police at Aiwa bridge, where a witness said tear gas and pellets were used against them. “Some women and children even jumped into the water,” a witness said at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where pellet victims were admitted. Advertise With Us “They (police) attacked us from two sides,” another witness said. The police officer said 12 people had been admitted to two hospitals in the city after receiving pellet injuries at Soura, taking the total injured in the protests this week to at least 30. “There were around 10,000 people at the protest in Soura,” the police officer said. “This was the biggest so far.” Thousands of extra paramilitary police were deployed across Kashmir just before the sweeping measures were announced on Monday to prevent large-scale protests. Addressing the nation on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had acted in Kashmir to help develop the region and that he hoped it would lead to investment and more job opportunities. His Hindu nationalist-led party has long campaigned for abrogating Kashmir’s special privileges in the constitution, which it sees as an appeasement to Muslims and a hindrance to its own development. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, played down the unrest, which he suggested was temporary. “Just outside Srinagar things have really come back to normal,” he said. Kumar added, “People are going about their business, vehicles are plying normally. If we are confident of maintaining the law and order, I think those restrictions will be relaxed, I’m quite sure.” But the police officer, who requested anonymity since he is not authorised to speak to the media, said that political detentions in the wake of the Modi government’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special rights were continuing. “Over 500 people are now arrested since Sunday,” he said, including former chief ministers, ministers, lawmakers and leaders and workers from political parties and separatist groups. Modi’s party and even some top opposition leaders have welcomed the decision to absorb Kashmir fully into India, and it has brought him support across the country. Within Kashmir, officials are hoping anger will die down. On Friday, they eased restrictions to allow residents to offer prayers in neighbourhood mosques and said they were making arrangements for Eid, that falls on Monday. The top administrative official of the Kashmir Valley, Baseer Khan, said that essential commodities including food, grains and meat, would be trucked into villages by Sunday. Khan also said authorities would set up public phone booths covering every district, since communications lines have been severed by the government anticipating widespread protests. “More than 300 phone booths will be established in a day or two at landmark points,” he said. Khan added that all medical services in the valley were working normally, although when Reuters visited two major hospitals and a smaller facility, officials said that doctors and staff were having difficulties reaching work. Arch-rival Pakistan, which lays claims to Kashmir, has downgraded diplomatic ties with India and suspended trade in anger at its latest move. On Friday, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said China was gravely concerned about the situation in Kashmir, the cause of two of three wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Wang met Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Beijing and assured him that China would continue to support Pakistan to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Police recovered the severed body of an unidentified youth from near a rail track at Koktara in Panchbibi upazila on Sunday evening.Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station said that locals spotted the body of the youth, aged around 30, beside the rail track around 6:00pm and informed police.On information, police recovered the body.Police suspected that the young man might have been crushed under train.
The U.S. government will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones considered a threat.Following a House vote in April, the Senate this week passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, which renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration until 2023.It also aims to modernize aviation rules by making commercial flights more comfortable for disabled passengers and acting against privately owned drones.Specifically, section 1602—Protection of certain facilities and assets from unmanned aircraft—authorizes the detection, identification, monitoring, tracking, and takeover of drones “without prior consent, including by means of intercept.”Officials are empowered to seize and control unmanned aircraft using “reasonable force, if necessary, to disable, damage, or destroy” the device.Such freedom, civil rights groups argue, can easily be abused by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security—essentially turning the skies into the Wild West.Unmanned aerial vehicles have gained popularity among hobbyist pilots, film directors, explorers, and journalists. Heck, Dolce & Gabbana even replaced its human models with drones during a February fashion show.But the devices are also seen as a threat—crashing onto the White House grounds and smuggling smartphones through China.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have denounced the bill.“These provisions give the government virtually carte blanche to surveil, seize, or even shoot a drone out of the sky—whether owned by journalists or commercial entities—with no oversight or due process,” an ACLU spokesperson told TechCrunch. “They grant new powers to … spy on Americans without a warrant.”“Flying of drones can raise security and privacy concerns, and there may be situations where government action is needed to mitigate these threats,” the group wrote in a recent blog post. “But this bill is the wrong approach.”Other critics include the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which said the legislation “ignores pressing concerns about the privacy impact of drones” and lacks “baseline privacy safeguards.”The bill is now on its way to the president’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law, according to TechCrunch.The 2018 Drone Awards photo contest proves the power of unmanned aerial vehicles. This summer, scientists unveiled a modern, intuitive way to pilot UAVs—using your torso. Stay up to date on all things drones here. Stay on target UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod
Nuanced rhythms of India and Africa power the sounds of Swiss jazz giant Malcolm Braff’s contemporary compositions that address the musical concerns of the world rather than the niche musical stage of traditional jazz that grew out of America.Braff, described as one of Switzerland’s best contemporary jazz pianist, was in India with his band, the Malcolm Braff Trio, at the International Jazz Festival in the capital presented by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He played a fusion recital with bassist Reggie Washington and percussionist Stephane Galland from a repertoire of new European arrangements with global sounds.‘I came to India for the first time in 2005 with French-Swiss contemporary jazz maestro Erik Truffaz as a trumpet player. He was touring India. In every city that we visited, we invited local classical musicians to join us,’ Braff said. The local collaborations led to fusion performances, most of which were impromtu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt was the beginning of the 42-year-old musician’s engagement with Indian music. ‘While we were playing in Kolkata, we met an upcoming musician duo – Indrani and Apurva Mukherjee – and played their songs with them,’ Braff recalled.The concert later matured into a project when the band returned to Kolkata after two years in 2007 and spent a month rehearsing with them. ‘We created an album of western jazz improvisations with Indian classical music,’ he said. It was not really fusion as the way people understood fusion here, Braff said.‘We were trying to merge two traditions so that they could retain their identities,’ the musician said. The album was special to Braff because ‘there was no bass’.Indian tabla and African rhythms – especially the influences of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Africa and Zulu gospel – creep into Braff’s compositions in subtle ways.‘I am inspired by what I perceived as a child travelling around the world. I was born in Brazil and moved to Africa at the age of two. I spent my childhood in Cape Verde and Senegal,’ he said. Braff says he cannot pretend to be bringing ‘African rhythm directly in my music, but it comes in unconsciously’.Jazz has, over the years, evolved into distinct genres to become ‘Indian, American and European. I don’t really know Indian jazz really well, but I think about musicians applying jazz attitude to their music to express differently and improvise’.
Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | October 01, 2008 Advanced Visualization Platform Aimed at Specialists Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Vitrea software is Vital Images’ advanced visualization solution that creates 2D, 3D and 4D images of human anatomy from CT and MR image data, allowing physicians to navigate within these images to better understand disease conditions. Vitrea addresses specialists’ needs through various software options for cardiac, colon, vessel probe and other applications. It also utilizes an intuitive clinical workflow and automatic settings to improve speed and simplicity. Other capabilities and partnerships with PACS providers expanded physicians’ access to Vitrea software throughout an enterprise. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more
News | August 22, 2013 Siemens Receives 2013 Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award for Interventional Imaging Solutions Based on its recent analysis of the interventional radiology market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Siemens Healthcare with the “2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year.” Siemens said its technology and product innovation-centered growth strategy has helped it maintain its lead and momentum in market expansion, even during the recent industry-wide slowdown. Its smart innovations, backed by the value they generate at various levels of the care continuum, including clinical care, business enterprise as well as patients, have not only enhanced the standard of care but also offered a myriad of clinical and operational benefits.“In addition to competing effectively at both ends of the market, Siemens Healthcare can also pride itself on creating entirely new product tiers,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Principal Nadim Daher. “Siemens has been at the forefront of the early development of hybrid interventional imaging solutions over the last 10 years, with Artis zeego being the first such solution to enter the market in 2007 — more than two years ahead of the competition.”Siemens widened the scope of interventional imaging with its CT-like rotational angiography three-dimensional (3-D) visualization at the bed side in the in the interventional lab with its syngo DynaCT. Nearly 10 years later, Siemens’ DynaCT is still the leader in rotational angiography. Its latest product launches have enhanced all the major product elements of image quality, acquisition speed, and the dose and contrast efficiency in 3-D imaging.Siemens Healthcare’s new line of premium angiography systems, the Artis Q product line, embodies enhancements such as syngo DynaCT Micro as well as numerous other advances such as Q.zen. In the Q.zen configuration, advances include a newly designed digital crystalline silicon detector that allows better detail visualization at lower radiation dosages. These new systems incorporate Siemens’ second-generation of proprietary X-ray tube flat emitter technology, which also contributes to higher dose efficiency of these systems.Siemens can be deemed the first vendor to ever bring functional imaging to a clinical setting during interventional procedures. Similar to its hybrid interventional imaging solution, Siemens’ parenchymal blood volume (PBV) technology, syngo DynaPBV, is another industry first. Following its release in 2009 as a breakthrough neurology application for brain imaging (syngo DynaPBV Neuro), the syngo DynaPBV Body applies 3-D functional imaging in a whole new set of interventional radiology procedures.The highly sophisticated algorithms that constitute the CARE and CLEAR software packages represent another layer of product differentiation for Siemens. The CARE portfolio offers cutting-edge dose reduction, monitoring and reporting techniques, and is delivered to customers as standard — not at added costs — in all of Siemens’ Artis zee, zeego, Q and Q.zen systems.“As an established interventional radiology vendor of choice in the largest number of university and academic hospitals in the U.S., Siemens Healthcare is best suited to address the needs of newly consolidated hospital networks,” noted Daher. “It is also strategically placed to help in the creation of clinical specialty centers of excellence in cardiology, trauma and oncology.”Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation. 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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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more PreviousNext News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. 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