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BC Government looking to make amendments to the Forest ActBC Government looking to make amendments to the Forest Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is looking to introduce amendments to the B.C. Forest Act.The Government says the amendments to the Forest Act will enhance public trust and ensure public forests are managed in the best interests of British Columbians.According to the Province, some of the changes to the Act will improve the Government’s ability to exert more control over the disposition of Crown tenures, ensure that public interest is considered in the disposition of Forest Act agreements, and ensure the Government has the necessary information when needed from companies to inform policy and legislative changes to address emerging forestry issues. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says these amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector.“We want all British Columbians to benefit from the forest industry, including companies, large and small, First Nations, workers and communities. These amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector by preventing further concentration of harvesting rights.”For more information on the proposed amendments, you can visit the B.C. Legislative Assembly’s website.last_img read more

We cannot wait to end violence against women – SecretaryGeneral BanWe cannot wait to end violence against women – SecretaryGeneral Ban

25 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off a multi-year global campaign bringing together the United Nations, governments and civil society to try to end violence against women, calling it an issue that “cannot wait.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off a multi-year global campaign bringing together the United Nations, governments and civil society to try to end violence against women, calling it an issue that “cannot wait.”“At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Through the practice of prenatal sex selection, countless others are denied the right even to exist,” Mr. Ban said in his address at the opening in New York of the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women.Violence against women impedes economic and social growth, and thus the new campaign will run until 2015, the same target year as the internationally agreed aims known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Noting that weapons of armed conflict today include rape, sexual violence and abduction of children to be conscripted as soldiers or sex slaves, the Secretary-General recounted his visits to war-torn areas and his conversations with survivors of violence. “This is a campaign for them. It is a campaign for the women and girls who have the right to live free of violence, today and in the future,” he said. “It is a campaign to stop the untold cost that violence against women inflicts on all humankind.”Mr. Ban called on the cooperation of the world’s youth, women’s groups, men around the world, the private sector and Member States to help the new initiative succeed.He acknowledged that there is no “blanket approach” to tackling the scourge, noting that each country must formulate its own measures to address violence against women.“But there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” the Secretary-General stated, adding that he hopes to hold a high-level event in 2010 to review progress.As part of today’s campaign launch, Rachel N. Mayanja, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, held a press conference together with a number of other activists, both male and female, working to end violence against women and are slated to participate in other discussions on the subject at UN Headquarters.“While everybody professes that women hold up the sky and women’s contributions are critical to development – to everything – it hasn’t been demonstrated concretely.” Ms Mayanja said. “And here we are, halfway through the Millennium Development Goals projected period, and we are still lagging behind.”Many women have been left out of development efforts because of the violence that is continually being inflicted on them, she said. The Secretary-General’s campaign, she added, would bring a new sense of urgency to bear on this tragic issue. read more

Future of technology RD is mapped by Foresight VehicleFuture of technology RD is mapped by Foresight Vehicle

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) A new Technology Roadmap, prepared by Foresight Vehicle, will shape the future of technology R&D in the UK.The report, created after consultation with over 100 scientists and engineers from more than 50 organisations, highlights the areas of focus that will keep the UK at the forefront of global automotive research well into the 21st century. These include:• Reducing emissions, encouraging re-use of waste and vehicle recyclability • Preventing accidents and limiting the effect of an impact with a vehicle• Smart technologies to improve security for example reduced key theft• Measures to prevent the use of vehicles in acts of terrorism• Developing an infrastructure to complement telematics advancesShowcased at this week’s World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Japan, the report also warns of failing to invest in projects to improve efficiency and environmental performance. These are particularly important as emissions and end of life vehicle targets begin to bite. SMMT manages the Foresight Vehicle project. Commenting on the report, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Last month the Trade and Industry Select Committee report on the automotive industry made clear that R&D expenditure in the UK has been falling since 1994. With this in mind, it is vital that we focus and support projects that will deliver real benefits to the UK and enhance our position as a major player on the global automotive stage. This is why the Roadmap is so important.’Since 1996, £100m investment has been driven into the UK through Foresight Vehicle programmes. The Roadmap will now be used to identify the best use of funding up to and beyond 2025.Foresight Vehicle director Dr Nick Barter added ‘This is an authoritative document which will help Britain’s automotive researchers to remain world leaders. The Technology Roadmap clearly defines our priority areas and will make sure research funds are used efficiently and cost-effectively.’ A full copy of the report’s findings can be found on the Foresight Vehicle web site: www.foresightvehicle.org.ukNotes:1. Foresight Vehicle is the prime knowledge transfer network for the automotive industry, and is managed by SMMT with oversight by the SMMT Engineering Committee.2. The Foresight Vehicle Technology Roadmap will be showcased at the 11th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Nagoya, Japan from 18-22 October 2004. read more

DENMARK Viborg HK new leaderDENMARK Viborg HK new leader

4Team Esbjerg181305532 – 48026 9København Håndbold185112400 – 46011 12SønderjyskE182016425 – 5164 11Nykøbing Falster HK182214393 – 4786 3Randers HK181503516 – 42330 7Vejen EH177010413 – 42814 2FC Midtjylland181512488 – 40731 10Ringkøbing Håndbold183114396 – 5087 ← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup (TOP 16): Cocks, Tongeren, Azoty, Agas and Metaloplastika progress! Next Story → Zagreb’s anger on Veszprem: No fair play in Harkov – Handball anti-propaganda! 1Viborg HK181602556 – 42432 DenmarkDenmark HandballFCM HANDBOLDhandballViborg HK Viborg HK beat FCM 29:26 (16:13) in the derby match of Danish champioship and overtake the leading position. Despite rumours about financial problems, fantastic Isabelle Gullden with 12 goals led Viborg towards important victory against one of the bigggest rival at domestic scene. Serbian star Sanja Damnjanovic got back at the court after knee injury with five goals for the winning team, while Trine Ostergaard scored 6 goals for FCM.STANDINGS: 8Skive fH186111515 – 53413 5Team Tvis Holstebro181215514 – 47525 6HC Odense17719443 – 45815 read more

SENSATION IN TATABANYA Veszprem defeatedSENSATION IN TATABANYA Veszprem defeated

9.Ferencvaros5203119:1224 12.Mezokovesdi7115159:1963 6.Gyongyosi6312162:1487 13.Eger6114147:1893 Grundfos TatabanyaTelekom Veszprem 7.Komloi6303156:1706 1.Szeged7700256:17914 4.Telekom Veszprem5401167:1168 2.Tatabanya7511184:16711 10.Cegledi6204148:1714 11.Budakalasz7124168:1924 Sensation in Hungary! Telekom Veszprem are defeated in Tatabanya 26:24 (13:13).The third team of Hungarian handball beat current vice-championsGRUNDFOS TATABÁNYA–TELEKOM VESZPRÉM 26–24 (13–13)TATABÁNYA: BARTUCZ – PÁSZTOR Á., VRANKOVIC 6, Sipos 1, Ilyés, Vranjes 3, VUJOVIC 5 (3), SZÉKELY (kapus) BOZOVIC 5, Juhász 1, Schäffer, Rosta, Dénes.VESZPRÉM: Mikler – Dörnyei 1, Nagy L. 3, Mahé 2 (1), Blagotinsek 3, Mackovsek 5, Strlek 2 (2), Sterbik, Tönnesen 3, Nilsson, Jamali 2, Terzic, Manaskov, Nenadics 2, Lékai 1. STANDINGS: 8.Dabas7223167:1696 3.Csurgoi6501168:15010 14.Vecses6006132:1670 5.Balatonfuredi7403184:1818 ← Previous Story SEHA: RK Vardar defeated after 22 months, Vojvodina understimated by Meshkov Next Story → WCH 2025: Serbia, Croatia or DEN/NOR/CH? read more

DNA tests being carried out on girl found living with Roma familyDNA tests being carried out on girl found living with Roma family

first_imgDNA TESTS ARE being carried out to establish the identity of a young girl found living with a Roma family in Co Dublin.The seven-year-old was taken from her family and placed in the care of the HSE on Monday afternoon following a garda operation.Described as a seven-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes, the girl was removed from the home using the powers granted under the Child Care Act.It is understood the officers acted following a tip-off, after they were told of a girl living at the address whose features contrasted with other members of the family living there.A hospital consultant was initially brought in to give expert opinion on whether the child could be the daughter of the couple, after a birth certificate and passport produced on Monday could not be verified.The couple maintain the girl is their daughter. The family have lived at the address for around five years.DNA tests are now being carried out, and it’s expected results due in over the next 48 hours will establish the child’s identity. She will remain in the HSE’s care in the meantime.The revelations come just days after a young girl, named Maria, was discovered in a Roma camp in the central town of Farsala, Greece. That case has prompted a global reaction with thousands of calls being made to a Greek charity about Maria’s possible origins.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Roma couple charged with abducting mystery child ‘Maria’More: Email with personal details of girl found at GPO accidentally sent to member of publiclast_img read more

The 9 at 9 SaturdayThe 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #CROKE PARK: Talks are due to recommence today with the government seeking some €170 million in savings from public sector pay, RTÉ reports. Proposed savings would include a reduction of overtime and weekend payments as well as an extension of the working day. Yesterday the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) said it would not be returning to talks unless “rational proposals” are offered.2. #FOSTER CARE: Two reports from the Health Information and Quality Authority have expressed concern that children are being put at risk because foster carers are not being vetted, the Irish Examiner reports. The reports also warn that families chosen to care for children who need specialised care are often picked simply because they are available.3. #CHILD BENEFIT: Some 400,000 families may face a tax on children’s allowance with some families losing up to €53 a month, according to an expert report obtained by the Irish Independent. The report recommends a two-tier model that would see the basic level of pay lowered with families on the lowest income getting a top-up.4. #GARDA CUTS: Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has arranged to meet with the central executive of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) on Wednesday morning to discuss the proposed cuts to garda pay. This follows a strong statement from the GRA this week questioning Callinan’s awareness of the impact the cuts will have on his force.5. #MATER HOSPITAL: The final Labour Party vigil will take place outside the Mater Hospital today as the new emergency department is due to open this weekend. The weekly event was established as a protest against conditions in the emergency department but with the news that it is moving to the new, highly improved, Whitty Building, the vigils will continue no longer.6. #SHOOTING: Two men have been shot in north Belfast last night just 200 yards from a paramilitary style shooting earlier this week, The Irish News reports this morning. Locals reported hearing up to ten shots fired and one of the men, believed to be in his early 20s, is thought to be seriously injured.7. #EMPLOYMENT: Multinationals in Ireland have seen a 15 per cent growth in employment in the past five years, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. US investment has increased 25 per cent in last 5 years, bringing total investment in Ireland to over $188 billion.8. #FACEBOOK: Social networking giant Facebook has announced it was hit by a ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack last month but said it found no evidence that user data was compromised, AFP reports. The company said in a blog post that malware came from an infected website of a mobile developer.9.  METEORITE: A rescue and clean-up team of around 20,000 people has been sent to the Ural mountains in Russia following a meteor shower which blasted the area injuring some 1,200 people, BBC reports. The shockwave from the blasts blew out windows with most of the injured suffering from glass related wounds.last_img read more

Spanking linked to anxiety and depressionSpanking linked to anxiety and depression

first_imgTaking issues raised in Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap into real life, a study has found, physical punishment of children has been linked to the onset of mental illness in adulthood. The study, published by Pediatrics journal looked at the link between physical punishment and mental disorders in more than 20,000 American adults aged 20 and over. Researchers looked at the psychological impact of physical discipline “in the absence of more severe child treatment”, such as the occasional smacking. The findings could allow the move to criminalise smacking in USA. In Australia, parents can lawfully hit a child, “so long as the force is reasonable”, according to the Model Criminal Code. “Reasonable force” is defined as a smack or hit that will not result in bruising, marking or any injury that will last for more than 24 hours. If this occurs, courts can lawfully state that the “force” is a form of physical abuse. Dr Gervase Chaney, the head of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Paediatrics and Child Health Division, called for smacking to be criminalised in the Journal of Paediatric and Child Health. “We cannot keep going on with the argument that it was OK for our generation as children (or that of our parents) and ‘it never did us any harm’,” Chaney wrote. “It is up to us as paediatricians to make the issue about children and their rights and advocate for them now and their future … There has been good evidence that in countries where it has been banned there is a reduction in child abuse.” A 2006 survey found that 69 per cent of parents agreed it was sometimes necessary to “smack” a naughty child. Smacking is currently banned in 30 countries. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une farine à base de sauterelles pour réduire la faim dans leUne farine à base de sauterelles pour réduire la faim dans le

first_imgUne farine à base de sauterelles pour réduire la faim dans le monde ?Depuis quelques temps, la nourriture à base d’insectes semble de plus en plus populaire. Un succès qui pourrait bien encore monter d’un cran avec cette découverte. Des étudiants de l’Université McGill ont mis au point une farine fabriquée à base d’insectes et destinée à faire du pain et d’autres aliments. Avec des millions de personnes en situation de sous-nutrition, cette invention pourrait révolutionner la répartition de la nourriture dans le monde. Des étudiants montréalais viennent de créer une nouvelle source durable de nourriture : une farine élaborée à base d’insectes. L’objectif pour la Dubbed Flour Power, l’équipe créatrice ? Élever des sauterelles en grand nombre dans des zones pauvres de pays comme le Mexique, la Thaïlande ou le Kenya afin de produire du pain. Mais de nombreux autres aliments à base de farine pourraient également être cuisinés grâce à cette invention. Selon les jeunes inventeurs, cette nouvelle technique devrait fournir une source durable de nourriture, mais également des nouvelles opportunités de travail pour les éleveurs locaux.Des sauterelles pour de la farineLe projet Flour Power a été élaboré par cinq étudiants en master de gestion à l’université McGill : Mohammed Ashour, Shobhita Soor, Jesse Pearlstein, Zev Thompson et Gabe Mott. Ils espèrent pouvoir récupérer des sauterelles ayant investi les champs de luzerne, afin de les redistribuer à des fermiers mexicains, à Oaxaca. Chaque fermier recevra un container lui permettant d’élever correctement les insectes avant que ceux-ci ne soient transformés en farine, riche en protéines. Selon les premières estimations, environ 10 tonnes de sauterelles devraient être livrées au Mexique d’ici mars 2014. Mais le groupe d’étudiants prévoit d’ores et déjà d’étendre le projet à d’autres insectes. Une fois reçues et élevées, les sauterelles seront déshydratées puis placées dans un sac de congélation hermétique, afin de limiter une mort douloureuse. Chaque insecte est ensuite nettoyé puis desséché avant d’être écrasé pour prendre la forme d’un grain de blé. Les graines de sauterelles seront finalement transformées en farine. Les étudiants précisent que la farine pourra être vendue à des artisans locaux qui pourront en faire du pain, des tortillas ou d’autres aliments à base de farine.Un projet déjà en marcheÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’idée des cinq étudiants de l’Université McGill a déjà remporté le Prix Hult 2013, un prix présenté par Bill Clinton pour récompenser les initiatives d’entrepreneuriat social parmi les étudiants. Ils ont donc reçu une bourse d’un million de dollars afin de rendre leur projet réel. Cette année, l’objectif était de créer un plan capable de rendre durable la nourriture pour les communautés en sous-nutrition, notamment les 200 millions de personnes vivant dans des taudis urbains.”Environ un milliard de personnes souffrent de la faim tous les jours dans le monde. Sans solutions viables, les problèmes de nutrition s’aggraveront”, s’inquiète Ahmad Ashkar, fondateur et PDG du Prix Hult cité par le Daily Mail. A court terme, l’équipe d’étudiants devrait s’envoler de nouveau pour le Mexique, la Thaïlande et le Kenya afin de comprendre les conditions de nutrition des régions concernées et comment les habitants consomment déjà des insectes. En effet, selon un rapport de la Food and Agriculture Organization des Nations Unies, plus de 2,5 milliards de personnes dans le monde consomment des insectes. Or, ces derniers présentent de nombreux avantages, rappelle l’organisation qui encourage ainsi la population à en consommer davantage. Les cinq membres de l’équipe ont, eux-même, déjà goûté des “kilos” d’insectes, précise Mohammed Ashour. “Shobhita s’est rendue récemment en Thaïlande et a tout essayé, des vers aux coléoptères d’eau douce”, ajoute-il. Même Gabe Mott, qui pourtant est végétarien, n’a pas rechigné à la tâche. Le 7 octobre 2013 à 09:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Carnival Corp President to Headline Chambers Annual Meet n Greet for CEOsCarnival Corp President to Headline Chambers Annual Meet n Greet for CEOs

first_img VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp​Bahamas (Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation) – Arnold W. Donald, who heads the $3.6 billion Carnival Corporation, will headline the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation annual mix and mingle for business leaders, movers and shakers at an event being called The Wind Down: Where Business + Leisure Meet October 2.​The networking reception focusing on what creates sustainable success is expected to draw a waiting list of attendees. It will be held at the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay, the 350-home mixed residential and marina community that has been a success story in its own right, winning, among other accolades, the first Bahamas Contractors Association award presented to a development rather than a contractor. ​“Bringing together a man who is larger than life in the diverse operation that is Carnival Corporation with its 10 cruise ships brands and 91,000 employees with local leaders in the business community in a venue at a beachside setting that shows the best of The Bahamas is one that we hope will once again reinforce how important the business sector is to the well-being of the nation,” said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO.​Long recognized as the voice of business in The Bahamas, the Chamber has in the past few years touched more people at every level than ever before. Its Chamber Institute with monthly practical seminars and workshops, its thoughtful statements on pending legislation and its active development in promoting sectors of the economy linking domestic providers and suppliers with potential foreign buyers and investors has skyrocketed the 100-plus year old institution’s position to new heights.​The presence of Mr. Arnold could elevate its reputation even more.​According to Mr. Sumner, the event, being billed as a once in now-time opportunity, is expected to be a sell-out.“Because we want a certain amount of intimacy and personal contact, we have limited the numbers and with the invitations just going out today, the response has been immediate,” he said. “I’m not sure what we are going to have to do to top this next year, but maybe we will ask the American Embassy, which assisted with this year’s main guest of honour, to see if they can bring the president or head of a winning basketball team. We are very appreciative to the Embassy and our sponsors for their support.”Mr. Sumner’s reference to basketball was likely in connection with Mr. Arnold’s predecessor Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and until July of last year, president of Carnival, the company his father founded and which he grew and ran with success until he turned over the post of top executive in July 2013. Mr. Arison remains chairman. And the company continues to thrive, reporting more than $1 billion in profit in the last fiscal year under Mr. Arnold’s reign.Sponsors include American Embassy, Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys, John Bull Group of Companies, NUA and Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Chamber Meets Baha Mar Provisional Liquidators Related Items:Arnold donald, bahamas chamber of commerce, carnival corporation Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25last_img read more

Provo Amateur Basketball Associations Night League ReturnsProvo Amateur Basketball Associations Night League Returns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:alvardo parker, alvin parker, Brother Will, captain kirk adams, colin williams, Devon Cox, gus lightbourne gym, keith cox, paba, Provo Amateur Basketball Association, sidwell glasgow, trevor cooke Provo Amateur Basketball Association’s fourth season begins!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Nov 2014 – Something from the Sports calendar today: A return of the Provo Amateur Basketball Association’s night league and the PABA tells us there are a dozen teams competing for the much coveted PABA championship rings. Games are set to begin on Saturday November 15th at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. It is also the night the Grand Turk Stallions will collect their second set of hardware, while Coach Bro will is named Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. Competition on the hardwood at the gym is expected to be very high and a new team enters the fray; the Hustlerz led by Captain Kirk Adams and coached by veteran, Colin Williams. Missing from the roster this year though will be the fierce Harbor Boys team which decided to take a year off to focus on its team objective. Other PABA notes are that the Steelers have recruited Alvarado Parker as coach; Veteran coach Trevor Cooke has returned for another stint with the Police Badgers and those Badgers have been joined by Duran Dean and Ehlo Seymour of the Harbour Boys. Devon Cox well he is now with the Coca Cola Classics along with Alvin Parker and the HAB Supersonics and the Nazarene Kings remain the youngest teams with players from the TCIPS Lions and CHHS Eagles. This year will be very exciting as each team will play 13 games during the regular season. There is an admission fee for the night league, $5. Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Recommended for you Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later todaylast_img read more

Test Of Emergency Alert System ScheduledTest Of Emergency Alert System Scheduled

first_imgResidents may see several notices from the test on that day, all of which will indicate that the transmission is a test message. Local broadcasters, such as KSRM, will air EAS messages similar to regularly scheduled tests, which include an audible message that is expected to last about one minute and can be seen or heard on local television and radio stations. The KPB Alerts system is a local warning system administered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and is not being tested with the EAS and WEA system. To receive alerts on your wireless phone, a one-time registration is required. All residents of the Borough are encouraged to register for alerts and to visit http://alerts.kpb.us for more information.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system will be conducted, on September 20, beginning at 10:18am.  In addition to the tests aired on broadcasters, the WEA system will be tested for the first time at a national level. This system can send urgent messages to cell phones by broadcasting from active cell towers, and will appear as a notification on cellular phones.last_img read more

AE Exec Kate Gutman Joins Gannetts USA Today Network as Head ofAE Exec Kate Gutman Joins Gannetts USA Today Network as Head of

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Kate Gutman has left A+E Networks to join Gannett’s USA Today Network in the newly created role of head of content ventures.Gutman will oversee the company’s non-news content brands and experiences (outside of USA Today and Gannett’s 109 local news publications), which include food-blog network Grateful Ventures; sports site For The Win; product reviews site Reviewed.com; and feel-good video brands Humankind and Animalkind. She’s based in New York and reports directly to Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of the USA Today Network and publisher of USA Today.Most recently, Gutman was VP of strategy and digital media at A+E Networks International. During her tenure at A+E, she grew the company’s content distribution business and built relationships with over 30 different digital platforms, as well as also launched new digital products and services leveraging the A&E, History and Lifetime channels and content libraries.center_img After six years at A+E, “I felt that I was looking for a slightly different challenge,” Gutman said, adding that she was interested in working in the U.S. media market. That said, “it’s a similar challenge to what I had with A+E: How does Gannett take their intellectual property and monetize that further? This felt very much in my wheelhouse.”Gutman “is a forward-thinker with a keen ability to recognize opportunities in today’s media environment and we are excited about the future of our portfolio under her leadership,” Wadsworth said in announcing her hire.In addition to developing USA Today Network’s niche-oriented digital properties, Gutman also will oversee Gannett’s digital video and podcast studios. She and her team also will support company’s live-events business, which include the High School Sports Awards series (now in more than 20 markets); the Wine & Food Experience in partnership with Martha Stewart; and the Storytellers Project, a live event series featuring first-person stories from communities across the U.S.Prior to joining A+E Networks in 2012, Gutman led the digital business for Reader’s Digest International and also has held senior digital and business strategy roles at Rodale, Bertelsmann and Lagardere Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from Columbia University.last_img read more

Worlds largest Nerf blaster is 55 feet of foamy firepowerWorlds largest Nerf blaster is 55 feet of foamy firepower

first_imgNerf has made some pretty awesome dart blasters, but none of them can very nearly blow your head off the way YouTuber/engineer Mark Rober’s giant one can.That behemoth at Mark’s feet above is a five-and-a-half foot long version of the Maverick REV-6 he’s holding in his hand. What do you fire out of a dart blaster this size? An equally massive version of a Nerf suction cup dart — basically a plunger wrapped in a chunk of pool noodle.As you’ll see in the video, they go a long, looooooong way. They can also do a fair amount of damage, which makes perfect sense when you think about a plunger traveling at around 40mph.At the 1:12 mark in the video, Mark and his pals Ryan and David from Eclectical Engineering give you an up-close look at the blaster’s inner workings, and it looks a lot like a souped-up potato gun. A 3000psi tank hidden in the handle supplies air. Slide the trigger forward and it fills up a second “firing tank” that’s regulated to just 80psi.But if you want to push things, Ryan and David will show you how to mod this baby so that it can go Gallagher on a bunch of helpless watermelons:These YouTube hooligans aren’t the only ones turning out upscaled versions of Nerf’s dart blasters. According to a Reddit user who’s been to Hasbro HQ they have oversized builds of their own on display in a showroom. One even featured a gigantic, belt-fed magazine.We’ve got a call in to Hasbro to find out when that one’s going to go on sale, because who doesn’t want that kind of advantage in an office war?last_img read more

Shipworm that eats rock instead of wood found in river in theShipworm that eats rock instead of wood found in river in the

first_imgThey were not able to determine the motives behind the rock boring by the shipworms, but note that it is not likely a means of obtaining any sort of nutritional value. They suspect the little mollusks meet their nutritional needs courtesy of bacteria that live in their gills—though they have not ruled out the possibility of food being pulled into its siphon. © 2019 Science X Network Shipworms are water-dwelling bivalve mollusks—they are well known because of their tendency to chew through wood and digest it. They came to prominence during the heyday of wooden ships—the small mollusks would bore holes in them, at times making them unfit to sail. More recently, they are known for making holes in piers and other wooden structures used in the water. In this new effort, the researchers have found a species of shipworm that does not eat wood at all, but instead bores through limestone.The researchers report that the new kind of shipworm was actually first spotted back in 2006, but it was not until recently that it was carefully studied. After capturing specimens by breaking open the rocks they occupied, the researchers put them in tanks in their lab. They report that the shipworms were small—on the order of 150 millimeters long. They were white and more closely resembled worms than other mollusks. They also differed physically in significant ways from wood-eating shipworms—for instance, they have larger, flatter teeth more suited to boring through rock. The rock borers also lacked the sac used by wood eaters to digest wood. The researchers suggest that such physical differences indicate that the rock-eating shipworm likely did not evolve from its wood-eating relatives, but more likely diverged from them a very long time ago. The shipworms were observed to gnaw their way into the limestone. A little while later, the researchers observed the shipworms excreting sand. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Explore further A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found and identified a species of shipworm that eats rock instead of wood. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of the bivalve and what they found. The river bedrock is shaped by large holes bored by the shipworm. Credit: Marvin Altamia and Reuben Shipwaycenter_img Citation: Shipworm that eats rock instead of wood found in river in the Philippines (2019, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-shipworm-wood-river-philippines.html Morphology of Lithoredo abatanica: (a) juvenile specimen (PMS-4313H); (b) small adult specimen (PMS-4134 W); (c) large adult specimen (holotype PMS-4312Y); (d) pallet pair outer face; (e) pallet pair inner face; (f) shell valves; (g) scanning electron micrograph of shell valve; (h) magnified region from (g) showing valve denticulation; (i) magnified region from (h). In, intestine; MC, mantle collar; Pa, pallet; Si, siphon; SV, shell valve. Scale bar (a–c) = 5 mm, (d–f) = 1 mm, (g–i) = 200 µm, 100 µm and 5 µm respectively. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0434 New species of wood-munching (and phallic-looking) clams found at the bottom of the ocean More information: J. Reuben Shipway et al. A rock-boring and rock-ingesting freshwater bivalve (shipworm) from the Philippines, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0434Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Related Content Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more News | December 12, 2008 3D Imaging Improves Spinal Surgery Outcome center_img Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. December 12, 2008 – Using a three-dimensional (3D) image-guided system to help place screws in the spines of patients results in safe and accurate surgery with a decrease in the number of misplaced screws, and subsequent injuries, seen in more traditional operations, say neurosurgeons at Mayo Clinic in Florida.In the December 9, 2008 online edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Mayo physicians published the largest study yet using 3D image-guided technology to place screws in the spine for spinal fusion procedures. The screws are used to stabilize the spine in patients who suffer from collapsed discs or compressed nerves.Specifically, after implanting 1084 “pedicle” screws in 220 patients, surgeons reported a nerve injury rate of less than 1 percent. Additionally, less than 1 percent of the screws in this study were considered to be significantly misplaced. That compares to a reported nerve injury rate of up to 8 percent and a misplacement rate of up to 55 percent using standard technology. As well, re-operation for removal of a misplaced screw has been reported in other surgical literature to be as high as 6.5 percent but occurred in less than half of one percent of all patients in the Mayo study, according to the researchers.“Using 3D image-guided technology to help us place these screws results in a much better outcome for our patients,” says Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Eric Nottmeier, M.D., the study’s lead investigator. “In addition to the decreased incidence of nerve root injury, this technology allows us to place larger screws into the spine, which can also increase the success rate of the operation.”The technology uses a special camera on a computer that uses infrared light to track a surgical instrument in 3D space. The surgeon places the instrument on the patient’s spine and navigates the spine using the computer. The surgical instrument is used to determine the best entry point and trajectory for each screw. An image-guided screwdriver is used to place a screw.In most other institutions, pedicle screws are placed using a freehand technique or by fluoroscopy, which uses X-rays to capture a one-dimensional image on a television screen of the process of screw placement. Not only is the image less detailed, but both patients and the operating room staff can be exposed to radiation and must use lead clothing for protection, Dr. Nottmeier says. Almost all patients in this study were given a CT scan following surgery so that a radiologist could independently determine how well the screws were placed.“Every person’s spine is a little bit unique,” Dr. Nottmeier said, “and unexpected variations in bone shape and density can make screw placement in the spine more challenging, especially in patients who have had previous spine surgery.” Almost half of the patients in the Mayo study had a previous spine surgery.“This technique allows us to have the best view possible of the vertebrae as we operate,” Dr. Nottmeier said.Based on the success of the technique, the image guidance system is now used in all spinal screw operations at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida.Two different image guided systems were used in this study: the “Stealth Treon,” manufactured by Medtronic of Littleton, Mass., and the “BrainLAB Vector Vision,” from BrainLAB in Westchester, IL. Nottmeier is a paid consultant for BrainLAB, however, this study was done independently and did not involve any company funding.Co-authors of the study include Phillip M. Young, M.D., Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic in Florida, and Will Seemer, B.A., Department of Chemistry, from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.Source: Mayo ClinicFor more information: www.mayoclinic.org/news FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more last_img read more

Personal Travel Manager demonstrates expertise at Seniors ExpoPersonal Travel Manager demonstrates expertise at Seniors Expo

first_imgPersonal Travel Manager demonstrates expertise at Seniors Expo TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Pamela Bass (left) with Millie Browne, Sales Development Manager, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours at Toronto Seniors Week Expo at the Toronto Workers ClubPersonal Travel Manager demonstrates expertise at Seniors ExpoThe decision to focus on the seniors market has proved a success in more ways than one, for TravelManagers’ personal travel manager Pamela Baas representative for Wallsend.Initially inspired by seeing an article from a local member of parliament to hold a Seniors Expo in her area, the New South Wales personal travel manager didn’t realise that from this proactive enquiry, an exciting adventure with the seniors travel market was about to begin.“I know the seniors have the time and money to travel a lot. They also love to live life, meet new people and experience all that they didn’t get to do when they were younger. The really nice thing too is that they also like to explore our backyard including places like Norfolk Island and Tasmania as well as travelling further afield.”Baas has wholeheartedly embraced the seniors market taking many marketing opportunities to grow awareness within her local community of her specialisation into the seniors travel market.“I have attended many expos including the Toronto Seniors Week Expo, the NSW Seniors Week Festival and even taken a stand for a few days at my local shopping centre, the Stocklands Wallsend Plaza. I also sponsor the bowls team at The Cove Village, one of the largest and fastest growing lifestyle villages in my area where I advertise on all of the drink holders around the greens. The seniors in my area are definitely starting to know my name as being the seniors travel expert which is fantastic.”Baas truly understands the needs of seniors travel requirements.“I assess what each of their individual physical abilities are and then tailor make the holiday to suit. Some prefer the routine of organised tours whilst others just love to experience another culture yet want the peace of mind that everything is organised for them. As long as they have a day or two to get over the flight and a few extra days of leisure in the middle and a not too fast paced itinerary, they are happy. It’s the little things that make all the difference and I just love making sure all these finer details are in place to ensure they have a hassle free and truly enjoyable holiday experience.”Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal says, “We applaud the way Pamela has focused on a growing need within her community. This innovative thinking epitomizes TravelManagers’ philosophy of personal travel managers utilising their skills and expertise to provide the ultimate travel experience for their customers. We recognize each personal travel manager has strengths in different areas and we actively support and encourage their individual focus on niche markets to further grow their businesses.”Baas’ success can be attributed to her clear focus and innovative, outside the square thinking.“The key is being innovative and fun. I recently held an afternoon tea wine and cheese event where a supplier spoke as well as a local resident talking about their most recent travels. Some casual mix and mingle time followed to get to know the residents more. That was hugely successful in really connecting with potential clients.”Baas advises the support of the national partnership office is invaluable.“I have now been with TravelManagers for five and a half years and the encouragement and support I receive from the national partnership office and other personal travel managers is incredible. I don’t know of any other travel business where everyone wants everyone else to succeed and are willing to help each other to achieve individual goals. TravelManagers gives me flexibility and allows me to confidently focus solely on my love of selling travel and to provide expertise and exemplary customer service. Working against each other creates stress, anxiety and negativity. We choose to work together and create positivity, happiness and prosperity, you can’t ask for more than that.”The future certainly looks bright for the seniors in Wallsend.“I actually have my bus license, so it’s on the cards that in the not too distant future I will also organize day trips out for the residents, which both they and I are very excited about,” laughs Baas.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. Source = TravelManagers Australia Join TravelManagersbecome a personal travel manager todayAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

BofA Asks Higher Court to Intercede in Countrywide SuitBofA Asks Higher Court to Intercede in Countrywide Suit

first_img February 28, 2018 713 Views Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Appraisals Bank of America Countrywide Financial Corp. mortgage Origination 2018-02-28 Radhika Ojhacenter_img BofA Asks Higher Court to Intercede in Countrywide Suit It all began in early February when a California District Court judge hearing a case against Countrywide Financial Corp. (which was taken over by Bank of America in 2008) decided to grant a class certification order for a suit that alleges Countrywide inflated its real estate appraisals to increase its loan origination business, hurting borrowers in the bargain.Now, Bank of America has asked for a stay on the lawsuit to seek a Ninth Circuit review of the judge’s decision.In its filing to the court, the bank had said that the parties deserved clarity from the Ninth Circuit and should not be required to engage in unnecessary and expensive work that might be undone. “A stay would allow this court to control the disposition of this case in a manner which will promote an economy of time and effort for itself, for counsel and for the litigants,” Law360 said citing the filing.According to Law360, “The bank urged U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to stay all proceedings while the appeals court decides what it wants to do with the bank’s Rule 23(f) petition for interlocutory review of her order. In that order, the judge certified a nationwide class and Texas subclass of borrowers who received appraisals from LandSafe Inc. in connection with a Countrywide loan between 2003 and 2008.”Explaining the suit and the allegations, Baron and Budd LLC who represent the plaintiffs said in a statement released recently, “The cases allege that in the mid-2000s, Countrywide and LandSafe, which at the time was owned by Countrywide, schemed to prepare fraudulent property appraisals in an effort to help Countrywide quickly close loans.” The suits go on to allege that, “as part of the scheme, LandSafe cherry-picked appraisers, withheld information and took other steps to create appraisal reports that benefited the lender. Plaintiffs were charged between $300 to $600 for each of the allegedly fraudulent appraisals.”Editor’s Note: Bank of America was yet to return a request for comment late Wednesday.last_img read more

New York – Reported by Elite Traveler the privateNew York – Reported by Elite Traveler the private

first_imgNew York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBreguet, the world’s most prestigious watch brand, continues to highlight the legacy of its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet (A.-L. Breguet) with an exhibit entitled: “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” celebrating a century in aviation inspired timepieces.The exhibition launched on Flag Day, June 14th, under the New York City skyline against the backdrop of a fleet of fighter planes on board the deck of The Intrepid. A cocktail reception unveiling the exhibit was hosted by the Board of Montres Breguet represented by Mr. Rodolphe Schulthess, VP of Global Sales, Mr. Jean-Charles Zufferey, Head of Marketing and Mr. Michael Nelson, Breguet USA Brand President. Over 300 guests were treated to a private viewing of the exhibit and a sneak peak of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. VIP guests included Mr. Floyd Cardoz, winner, Top Chef Masters and preferred clients.The evening was amplified by an expansive display of 26 Breguet watches, including 10 vintage timepieces on display for the first time in the U.S.Starting in New York City, Breguet embarks on a two month tour that traces the history of Breguet in aviation and showcases the brand’s legacy of innovation with a variety of historical timepieces including the original Breguet Type XX, and Breguet’s 10Hz technology which is integrated into the Type XXII.Breguet’s most celebrated clients included Napoleon, Marie-Antoinette and Winston Churchill to name a few. His extraordinary talents were undoubtedly passed down to his descendants, namely his great-great grandson Louis-Charles, who turned his talents to the fledgling world of Aviation.The evolution of the clock is closely linked to the development of long distance transportation. During the age of A.-L. Breguet, it was ship and sea travel that influenced innovation. In 1815, A.-L. Breguet developed the marine chronometer that helped usher in a more efficient age of sea travel. The invention was adopted by the French Navy, and Breguet was appointed “Horloger de la Marine Royal” (watchmaker to the Royal Navy).By the beginning of the 20th century, the demands of the sea gave way to the demands of the sky. Hence, the evolution of the aircraft soon prompted the evolution of the wristwatch. In 1918, the Breguet watch company first began producing watches for aviators and also developed chronograph mechanisms mounted in cockpit instrument panels.Breguet’s ties to the French Navy grew as the need for military aircraft at sea became evident soon after the first planes took flight. The French ministry of war formed the French Naval Air Arm (“Aéronavale”) in 1910 and by 1913 was using Breguet planes in its fleet. For the next 60 years, Breguet planes were the primary aircraft used by the Aéronavale.“Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” will be open for viewing at the Breguet Boutique on Fifth Avenue from June 19th to July 8th, the Breguet Boutique in Bal Harbour from July 12th to July 29th and complete the tour at the Breguet Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills from August 2nd to August 19th.www.breguet.comlast_img read more