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City costs for Vancouver 420 marijuana protest more than 245000

first_imgVANCOUVER – This year’s 4-20 marijuana day of protest in Vancouver cost the city more than $245,000.The city says estimates 40,000 people were at Sunset Beach Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery during the April 20 protest.The city says in a news release that police costs came to over $170,000, while other costs such as sanitation, and fire and rescue pushed the costs even higher.The city refused to grant a permit to protest organizers, but the event went ahead without approval.The release says the bill doesn’t include ambulance service or hospital costs.The city says it will bill the organizers of the Sunset Beach event to recover expenses.last_img read more

Call for films win over 3K in the NSI Online Short Film

first_imgAdvertisement $3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 12, 2018.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award for best actor. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award for best doc is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement SUBMIT YOUR FILMEntries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2013.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

African forests face further degradation unless new measures taken UN warns

“In the absence of fundamental changes, the forestry situation in Africa will be marked by continued high losses of forest cover, deterioration in the state of the environment, and depletion of non-wood forest products in general and medicinal plants in particular,” says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, entitled “Forestry Outlook Study for Africa” (FOSA).The report forecasts that through 2020, Africa will experience continued loss in forest cover, while progress in sustainable forest management will be slow. With illegal logging likely to remain a major problem, Africa will not be in a position to produce wood competitively – a precarious situation given that wood will continue to be the main source of energy. An increased urban demand for charcoal is also expected to result in further degradation of forests.Presented by FAO at the sixteenth session of the agency’s Committee on Forestry this week in Rome, the report outlines measures necessary to bring about significant improvement to this environmental degradation. It provides a 20-year perspective and long-term planning framework for the development of the forestry sector for the continent. FOSA also includes sub-regional reports for North, East, Southern, Central and West Africa.“Poverty alleviation and environmental protection will remain the most important priorities over the next two decades,” the report states, outlining priorities and strategies for enhancing the contribution of forestry to the economic, social and environmental interests of Africa.The report says empowering key stakeholders through policy and institutional changes is critical, including revitalizing the public sector, making markets work for poor people, enhancing the efficiency of the informal sector through legal and institutional frameworks, and better access to information. read more

Terror suspect ploughs into Muslims before yelling You deserve itI did my

first_imgA man identified as Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested on suspicion of terror offences Emergency workers help the injured Bystanders managed to flag down a passing police van, which immediately called in counter terrorism support.The suspect was handed over to police, but even as he was being handcuffed, eye witnesses said he sought to inflame the angry crowd by grinning at them and blowing kisses. Emergency workers help the injuredCredit:Rex But to many on the far-right, the place of worship has never shed its former reputation and in recent years it has been the target of a number of attacks, including an attempted firebombing.Whether the suspect’s intended target was actually Finsbury Park Mosque, is not yet known and will form part of the police investigation .But in the event those injured in the attack had not actually been at Finsbury Park Mosque, but the Muslim Welfare House, a sister mosque just yards away under the railway bridges on Seven Sisters Road. After hiring the van, Osbourne had allegedly set off to drive the 160 miles to the area of North London, that is home to the once infamous Finsbury Park mosque.In the early 2000s, the area had become synonymous with radical Islam when the mosque had been the base of hate preacher, Abu Hamza.But after being shut down in 2003 by the police, the centre was reopened two years later, with a new board of trustees and a completely different approach.Since then the mosque has been at the centre of efforts to integrate with the wider community and often holds open days for people of all faiths in the area. Mr Ali, was pronounced dead at the scene over half an hour later, while at least eight others seriously injured, with some lodged under the vehicle’s wheels.Hearing the screams of those trapped, fellow worshippers raced to the scene and while some sought to help the wounded, others, realising what they had just witnessed, hauled the van driver from the cab.If there were any doubts as to whether it was a tragic accident, the alleged behaviour of the driver appeared to instantly dispel that.According to those on the scene, 47-year-old, Darren Osborne, who was behind the wheel, calmly told the group: “I’m going to kill Muslims…you deserve it…I did my bit.”It has now emerged that earlier in the day, the suspect had travelled 30 miles from his home on the outskirts of Cardiff, to the one of the only car hire companies in the area open on a Sunday, from where he had rented the large Luton van. He was taken to hospital for a mental health assessment, but police were quite clear in declaring it as a terrorist investigation.Hours later the Metropolitan Police issued a statement confirming that the suspect had been arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.Despite the late hour, news of the attack spread quickly throughout the local community, bringing scores of concerned locals onto the streets.Members of the local Jewish and Christian faiths were quickly on the scene to offer their support and show their solidarity.As the area woke up to news of the attack locals came to place flowers at the scene.One card attached to a floral tribute, read: “This is an attack on all Londoners – and on my community. Let us be united in grief and anger, my thoughts are with you all.”Another simply read: “I was so sorry to hear the news this morning. NotInMyName” His 26-year-old daughter reportedly was with him in his final moments after rushing from her home to be by his side. As his companions urgently gathered round to tend to him, they were targeted in what has now been acknowledged to be Britain’s latest terrorist outrage.A 3.5 ton Luton Van, which had been travelling east along the three lane Seven Sisters road suddenly veered violently across the carriageway and ploughed at high speed into the group at 12.20am After being dragged from his cab, Osbourne, who was described by one witness as having a strong West Country accent, also allegedly told the group: “Kill me.”And but for the extraordinary actions of the Mosque’s Imam, Mohamed Mahmoud, he may well have got his wish.As the angry crowd began raining blows down upon him, kicking and punching him as he lay on the ground, Mr Mahmoud and other officials from the mosque stepped in to protect him.Showing incredible restraint and calm, the broad but serene six footer, stood over the alleged attacker, ordering the angry bystanders to leave him alone. A man identified as Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested on suspicion of terror offencesCredit:Universal News And Sport (Europe) He yelled at the shocked and angry crowd: “Don’t hit him, you do not touch him. Hand him over to the police.”Speaking at the scene yesterday, Mr Mahmoud urged people to show restraint in the wake of the attack, even calling for forgiveness.Describing how he saved the man’s life, he said: “We found a group of people quickly started to collect around the assailant. Some tried to hit and punch and kick him.”By God’s grace we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm. We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him, that were coming from every angle.” As the day drew on, business secretary, Sajid Javid attended the scene, followed a short while later by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who despite expressing her disgust at the attack was heckled by sections of the crowd. PM: Appalled by the terrible incident in Finsbury Park. My thoughts & prayers go out to the victims, their families & the emergency services— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 19, 2017 It was shortly after midnight when the group of worshippers finished their nightly Taraweeh prayers at the Muslim Welfare House mosque in North London’s Finsbury Park.Under discussion had been the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, but also the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was killed by a right-wing extremist this time last year.Despite the late hour, the balmy temperatures meant nobody was in a hurry to get home, and friends, many wearing traditional white Ramadan gowns, stood around happily chatting.Eventually one small group of men said goodnight and moved off along the still busy Seven Sisters Road towards their homes on the nearby Andover Estate.But after a short distance 52-year-old Markram Ali, who had earlier complained of feeling unwell, suddenly collapsed to the ground clutching his chest. A spokesman for the firm confirmed that it was one of their vehicles, expressing shock and sadness.The spokesman added: “We are co-operating fully with the Metropolitan Police investigation and our thoughts are with those who have been injured in this cowardly attack.” A man prays after a vehicle collides with pedestrians in Finsbury Park A man prays after a vehicle collides with pedestrians in Finsbury ParkCredit:Neil Hall, Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hatzistergos steps down

first_imgFormer Attorney-General John Hatzistergos has said his decision to resign from the NSW parliament is not part of any deal to install a Labor Party favourite in his place. Mr Hatzistergos, who has four years of his upper house term to run, said he wanted to leave before Easter. Talking to Neos Kosmos Mr Hatzistergos last Saturday dismissed speculation that he was going to leave to make room for former emergency services minister Steve Whan, who narrowly lost the lower house seat of Monaro at Saturday’s state election. “There is life after politics” Mr Hatzistergos said last Saturday, adding that the pursuit of his former legal career is on the cards as well. After his resignation last Thursday, the former Attorney-General said there are plenty of well-qualified people to replace him. “I’m not putting any preconditions on the party for this decision,” he told ABC Radio on Thursday. Mr Hatzistergos was Health Minister from 2003 to 2007 and attorney-general from 2007 until Labor’s election loss. His replacement in the Legislative Council for the remainder of his eight-year term will be appointed by the Labor Party. Meanwhile, former Transport Minister John Robertson is set to be elected unopposed to the Labor leadership at a caucus meeting of MPs on Thursday morning. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

40 businesses to attend Herrera Beutlers job fair

first_imgA job fair hosted by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, touts a list of 40 businesses looking to hire.Companies attending include Lowe’s, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Comcast and Boeing, Herrera Beutler’s office said in a prepared statement Tuesday.The job fair is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at WareHouse ’23, 100 Columbia St. It will be the eighth year Herrera Beutler has held the event. A list of participating employers is available online at Herrera Beutler’s website, JHB.house.govlast_img read more

Moratti keen on Mourinhos reunion

first_imgMassimo Moratti has confessed he has a special spot for Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho and would like to see him back at Inter MilanMoratti described the former United boss as special suggesting he is very fond of himMourinho led Inter to the Treble in 2010 and was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday, while Moratti was the Nerazzurri President who took the Coach to San Siro.“The hope for the New Year is that we do better, returning to the Champions League without underestimating the two cups we’re still in,” he said before the club’s Christmas dinner and cited on Football Italia.#Moratti praises ‘Special’ #Mourinho but fails to make prediction on future at #Inter https://t.co/byJpk98r6L pic.twitter.com/A4ZhlaPDVfJose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) December 19, 2018“Icardi’s decisive and we can’t lose him. Marotta’s experience can help Zhang. He’ll offer important support.“Would I like Mourinho back at Inter? Yes, I’m very fond of him. However, we’ll give time to Spalletti to prove his worth.“Simeone? I love him too, but Mou is special.”last_img read more

Munir ElHaddadi to Barça fans I will always carry you in

first_imgSevilla newest signing Munir El-Haddadi in an emotional farewell note on his social media account said goodbye to Barcelona and fans as he joined Sevilla on a permanent transfer.Munir joined Barca at 16 from Rayo Majadahond. He was Barcelona s surplus to requirements under Ernesto Valverde which led Camp Nou to accept an offer of just over a million euros.Siempre os llevaré en mi corazón. #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/qg2S5Q1zto— munir el haddadi (@Munirhaddadi) January 12, 2019The striker served as back-up to Wissam Ben Yedder and André Silva at the Sánchez Pizjuán.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I arrived at this club at the age of 16 with the enthusiasm of a child and the dreams that all of us who trained at La Masía had. I lived the reality of growing up and sharing a dressing room with the world’s best players and although I had to leave on two occasions I always came back and kept trying.“Now I have to leave again. On this occasion I am committing myself to a club who also approach football in the right way. I will always carry you in my heart. #ForçaBarça.“The striker, who has one cap for Spain, will act as back-up to Wissam Ben Yedder and André Silva at the Sánchez Pizjuán, and took the opportunity on Saturday to post a message of thanks for his time at Barcelona.last_img read more

Time Incs Cooking Light Sees Boom from Social Mobile Audiences

first_img“We retooled our Monday newsletter, which is nutrition focused, to ‘Start Your Week Off Light,’ because our ‘Start Your Year Off Light’ editorial campaign was a success,” she says. “Pinterest is hugely important for us right now. Search was a big part of our growth in January but social referrals was the number two reason and it was primarily from Pinterest.”CookingLight.com is adapting programming based on Pinterest, much like it has done for Google Analytics, since the topic of food is particularly popular on the social media site. “I can check any moment of the day what people are pinning and I can adapt my homepage based on that,” says Long Lowery. “We’ll sometimes adapt our homepage schedule based on Pinterest trends. We might know when salad content, for example, will start peaking—we might think it will peak right before Memorial Day and it peaks early. We’ll program our homepage with salad content or put up a blog post. For the Super Bowl, we noticed a lot of people were pinning pepper poppers. We rescheduled our homepage to make sure one of our healthy pepper popper recipes was on the homepage.” In addition to using Pinterest to adjust homepage editorial programming, trending topics on Pinterest are also examined for other social media strategies. If a specific food topic is getting a lot of pick up on Pinterest, the Cooking Light team will also push out related content to its Twitter and Facebook pages.For CookingLight.com’s mobile site, Long Lowery made the push last year to ensure it is user friendly since many users engage with mobile food content while they are in-store. “My homepage flows right into the mobile site,” she says. “They really use our site to plan their meals and with mobile they’re doing it on the fly. Mobile is—across the board—mind-blowing in terms of how fast it’s growing.” Having a strong social, digital and mobile presence is something Cooking Light can offer to its advertising partners, according to the brand’s publisher.“Long gone are the days of sheer numbers and we’re really playing that up with our audience,” says Cooking Light publisher Karla Partilla. “It’s the multiple touch points we offer them—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or the video components that we have. Advertisers are coming to us for the overall experience.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! January was a big month for Time Inc.’s Cooking Light as the brand showed significant growth in key metric areas including unique visitors, page views, natural search, social media referrals and mobile traffic. Though the year’s first month traditionally draws considerable growth for the brand, the Cooking Light team is developing plans to capitalize on the growth and ride the momentum through the rest of the year.  “January is Cooking Light’s moment,” says the brand’s digital editor, Allison Long Lowery. “People are searching for low-calorie and healthy recipes in January like it’s nobody’s business. We know that (healthy cooking) can be kind of a fad in January, but we don’t want it to stop there. We use the moment to grab them and keep them coming back.”Last month, the site grew to 2 million unique visitors and 20 million page views, a 47 percent and 57 percent year-over-year increase, respectively. Natural search was up 34 percent and social media referrals were up 114 percent. From its launch in February 2012 to the end of the year, the Cooking Light mobile site grew by 106 percent. Long Lowery says the brand has introduced new strategies to ensure these traffic numbers continue to grow.last_img read more

Soilfree farming for future

first_imgAbdus Salam showing a vertiponics plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinAre you a Dhaka dweller? Are you satisfied with the quality of the vegetables you eat? Does the air pollution concern you? Do you miss greenery?According to aquaculturalist Abdus Salam, the solution lies in aquaponics, hydroponics. They are the “alternative approaches to agriculture” for the future.Hydroponics is a soil-less method of farming where water with mineral nutrient solutions is used for plants. Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture with hydroponics. Plants and aquatic animals are raised in a symbiotic environment in aquaponics where the excretion of the aquatic bodies is fed to the plants.Abdus Salam working with his pointed gourd plants. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinTight packed cities of the developed countries embraced the “soil-less, organic, environment-friendly” farming years ago, said the Bangabandhu national agriculture awardee professor from Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh.The water consumption is about only one-tenth of that used in traditional soil-based agriculture and the methods contribute to lower temperature, added he.All you need is a plastic tank, brick chips or gravel, electricity, and a pump for hydroponics plant. For aquaponics, the aquatic animal’s tank is required. Used plastic bottles can be used again for plants. An electric pump is used for siphoning. Another water pipe releases the filtered water from the plant bed into the fish tank.Tilapia from Abdus Salam`s aquaponics plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinIndiscriminate use of crop land is leaving the arable land in an alarming state. This could be addressed by these techniques, suggests Abdus Salam’s enterprise.In a recent visit to his aquaponics and hydroponics plants in Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, a team of Prothom Alo experienced the different farming methods implemented there. “Look,” Abdus Salam pointed to a fish tank. As he fed the tilapias, the stout fish jumped about, splashing the water all around. “It’s a symbiotic system,” he said, “You see, the excretion of the tilapias pollute the water in the tank. The auto siphon system pumps the water into the plant bed. The plants use the nutrition from the water while it gets filtered and is returned to the fish tank again,” He shows us the odorless, fresh water flow.An aquaponics plant fish tank in Abdus Salam`s plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinAbdus Salam grew tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, mint, okra, different types of spinach, papaya, eggplants, gourd, snake gourd, bitter gourd, potol and so on. He grew leafy plants on his veranda last year and also got a good harvest of cucumber, broccoli, pumpkin, spinach, local and American species of lettuce, and beans from his farms over the last several years.Last year his okra yield was so huge that, “after keeping okra for my family I distributed them among our neighbours too,” chuckled the satisfied farmer.As we approached his rooftop garden, we discovered vertiponics plant beds were being filled with soaked coconut husks. There were bitter gourd, potol, eggplant and other plants along with the fish tanks. The fleshy fishes were caught in a net.An okra plant in a tank in Abdus Salam`s plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinOne of the professor’s PhD student, Mosharraf Hossain, showed the water bottles re-used to plant mint and decorative plants. He shared his experience of how minimal nutrition needed for a leafy mint grow. “I filled a 1.5 litre water bottle with coconut husks, then planted the mint and after each of my three meals per day, I poured the water used to wash my plate in the plant,” he said, “And the result was magical. Within a few days the plant was full of leaves.”Asked about the difference of the quantity of yield on a hydroponics-based one and a soil-based one, Abdus Salam explained, “It would be wrong to consider that these methods would yield more in quantity than the soil-based one. But the difference is in the continuous production.”He showed the tomato plants with few tomatoes. “There were a good number of tomatoes a few months ago,” he said, “The ones in the field are finished with the yield, but the ones here won’t die and will continue to produce tomatoes, though less in number.” He drew our attention to the small new stems sprouting on the tomato plants. “The repeated yields make a difference with traditional harvest,” he remarked.An aquaponics plant fish tank in Abdus Salam`s plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinThe aqualculturist explained not only tilapia but also catfish, koi, pangas and other local ones can be grown. But tilapia is less stressed by environment, and can grow at the normal pace, so “we prefer them more.”His 2000 litre tank produced 100-120 kg tilapia within eight months along with regular harvests of tomato, lettuce, taro, mint. A ten thousand taka plant produces leafy vegetables and fishes round the year for a four member family. The plant can be set on terrace, veranda, or yard.The system can be carried out manually if electricity is unavailable. The water from the tank has to be poured into the plant bed time to time manually.Abdus Salam first performed the aquaponics in a Japanese farm. “I read about it in the books, but it was my first practical,” he said, “The owner of the Japanese farm, Tetsuya Oi, later came to Bangladesh and paid a visit to my hydroponics project.””I was worried as my cucumbers were too ripe. I hurriedly planted strawberry plants among the cucumber plants. Within a few days there was a great harvest of strawberries,” Salam said.A plastic drum used for plant bed in Abdus Salam`s plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinLater Tetsuya came along with a British professor Robert. “Tetsuya was stunned to see my garden” and “Robert said the strawberries were sweeter than the ones he ate in his country,” Salam explained, “later I came to the conclusion that those grown in soil were sour due to acidity, but the hydroponics plant water is alkaline that made the fruits sweeter.””There’s the added satisfaction that you don’t have to panic over any pesticides being used there,” he said.One of his students said, “Our teacher always prefers less expensive projects or else people will not implement these.”Asked on whether rainwater could be used in the plants, Abdus Salam said, “Absolutely. It’s a worldwide practice to store rainwater in underground or flexible tanks and later use it for farming. It’s a good option for a city like Dhaka that has scarcity of fresh water.”Decorative plants in in Abdus Salam`s plant. The photo was taken on 31 May from Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh. Photo: Nusrat NowrinHe had used powdered eggshell and dried banana peels, and even molasses for fertilizing. Every morning the enthusiastic agriculturist wakes up and the first thing he does is to manually pollinate his gourd flowers, “I can’t rely on natural pollination, it may not take place by chance.” He added, “It’s a great pleasure to be with this greenery every day.”What was his dream with these enterprises? “I just want these to be useful for our country and people to get the real benefits. The training is an easy one and the harvest fast. Our people can implement this. I have a dream to build an institution on aquaponics,” said the researcher.Lufa Farms Aerial view of Montreal rooftop greenhouse. Big cities of the developed countries embraced the “soil-free` farming. Photo: Collectedlast_img

Texas Congressmen Warn Of Chinese Spies At State Universities

first_img Share CREDIT RYAN E. POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOIntelligence experts echo concerns of Texas congressmen about the state’s universities hosting a group they say serves as an intelligence collective for the Chinese government.Intelligence experts echo concerns of Texas congressmen about the state’s universities hosting a group they say serves as an intelligence collective for the Chinese government.Fred Burton, a former counterintelligence agent with the private intelligence firm Stratfor, said the Chinese government set up the Confucius Institute to promote Chinese language and culture on college campuses. But, he said, the Institute might also have been used to spread China’s political agenda and steal academic research.“Using academic cover is a tried and true method that the Chinese like to utilize as an effort to identify potential targets they could recruit for espionage on foreign soil,” Burton said.In February, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI was investigating the Confucius Institute.In its letter to several universities, including the University of Texas at San Antonio, congressmen Michael McCaul and Henry Cuellar urged them to end their relationships with the Confucius Institute.Read the Confucius Institute letter to Texas colleges, universities, and other educational institutions:last_img read more

NASA considers possibilities for manned mission to Venus

first_imgHAVOC. Credit: NASA Langley Research Center Explore further (Phys.org) —NASA’s Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate has issued a report outlining a possible way for humans to visit Venus, rather than Mars—by hovering in the atmosphere instead of landing on the surface. The hovering vehicle, which they call a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), would resemble a blimp with solar panels on top, and would allow people to do research just 50 kilometers above the surface of the planet. Most everyone knows that NASA wants to send people to Mars—that planet also gets most of the press. Mars is attractive because it looks more like Earth and is relatively close to us. The surface of Venus on the other hand, though slightly closer, is not so attractive, with temperatures that can melt lead and atmospheric pressure 92 times that of Earth. There’s also that thick carbon dioxide atmosphere with sulfuric acid clouds, lots of earthquakes, volcanoes going off and terrifying lightning bolts. So, why would anyone rather go to Venus than Mars? Because of far lower radiation and much better solar energy.No one wants to go the surface of Venus, at least not anytime soon, instead, researchers at NASA are looking into the possibility of sending people to hover in the sky above the planet, conducting research in a far less dangerous place than even on the surface of Mars. At 50 kilometers up, an HAVOC would experience just one atmosphere of atmospheric pressure and temperatures averaging just 75 degrees Celsius, with radiation levels equivalent to those in Canada. Astronauts on Mars, on the other hand would experience 40 times the amount of radiation typically faced back here on Earth, which suggests they’d have to live deep underground to survive—a problem that scientists have not yet solved. More information: via IEEE Spectrum The one hitch to floating around Venus, would of course be, figuring out how to get both humans and an HAVOC to the planet, and then for getting the humans back home safely to Earth at some point. The initial plans call for a several missions, building up to the final, with space ships first carrying unmanned vehicles to test the concept of an HAVOC, followed by missions where humans would orbit the planet in space. Next, scientists would have to come up with a feasible design for deploying a floating vehicle able to unfurl, fill itself with gas, and hover for long stretches of time in the sky above the planet. After that, vehicles would have to be designed to work with such a craft, to serve as a ferry between the HAVOC and an orbiting craft, to travel back and forth to Earth, and perhaps between a craft that orbits Earth and the surface. A lot of work, no doubt, but one that seems possible even as more and more space scientists are begining to wonder about the feasibility of sending humans to the surface of Mars.center_img Citation: NASA considers possibilities for manned mission to Venus (2014, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-nasa-possibilities-mission-venus.html © 2014 Phys.org Researcher studies possibility of metal snow on Venus 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

Group your YouTube Subscriptions by Topic

first_imgGroup your YouTube Subscriptions by Topic by Martin Brinkmann on May 13, 2018 in Google Chrome – 6 commentsYouTube Subscription (Collection) Manager is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that lets you sort subscriptions into groups for better manageability and accessibility.YouTube’s subscription system is quite basic; you can subscribe to channels if you sign in to a YouTube or Google account, and see all of your subscriptions in a long list in the sidebar and another long list when you click on the subscriptions link of the sidebar.While that may work well if you have a handful of subscriptions, the listing goes out of hand quickly once you reach two or even three digit numbers.YouTube supported a feature called Collections in the past that provided you with options to create subscription groups for better manageability. The feature has been pulled in the meantime and there is no comparable option available on YouTube directly.YouTube Subscription (Collection) ManagerYouTube Subscription (Collection) Manager is a free browser extension for Google Chrome that adds subscription groups back to YouTube.The extension adds an icon to Chrome’s main toolbar and a new Subscriptions Groups entry to the sidebar. Just click on the Subscriptions Groups link to open the Collections interface.Use it to create new collections (groups) and use drag & drop to move existing subscriptions to those groups. The screenshot above shows the three groups that I have created and the collections interface.The sidebar listing highlights the number of channels in each groups and the number of new videos that were posted to each of the groups.Click on the video count of any group to display all new videos in a new popup on the screen. You may play individual videos with a click on them or use the play all button to play all new videos of all YouTube channels of the collection one after the other.The extension does not touch new channel subscriptions which is a bit unfortunate. You cannot assign new subscriptions to a collection right away but need to use the functionality the extension provides after you have added the new subscription.You may use the search functionality that YouTube Subscription (Collection) Manager offers for that and check the “hide channels in collection” to display only channels that you have not added to a group yet.Note that it is possible to add subscriptions to multiple groups.The developer published a video that demonstrates the functionality of the browser extensionsClosing WordsYouTube Subscription (Collection) Manager is a useful browser extension for YouTube users who want to group their subscriptions. Grouping improves the accessibility and manageability of subscriptions on YouTube. While the extension adds the missing functionality to YouTube, it has a couple of usability issues such as the inability to add a subscription to a group right at the time when you subscribe to a channel on YouTube.Now You: Do you use YouTube’s subscription feature?Related articlesApply video effects to YouTube Videos in Chrome or FirefoxBlock YouTube Channels, Videos and comments with Video BlockerHow to zoom YouTube VideosWhy Bing Video Search is better than YouTube SearchWhy I won’t use YouTube GoSummary12345 Author Rating3 based on 9 votes Software Name YouTube Subscription (Collection) ManagerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-subscriptioncolle/kdmnjgijlmjgmimahnillepgcgeemffb/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Brainlab Reaches 50 Acquisitions for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Procedure Navigation Systems | October 16, 2015 Brainlab Reaches 50 Acquisitions for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT Mobile system with high-quality CT images can be moved anywhere in the OR to help with surgical decision-making 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 | 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical Schoolcenter_img 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 | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… 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 News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more 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 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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. Image courtesy of BrainlabOctober 16, 2015 — Brainlab announced a major sales milestone with its Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT (computed tomography) scanner, with acquisitions by 50 hospitals in just a little over a year since the first shipment. University of Utah Health Care and Henry Ford Hospital round out the facilities to have already acquired Airo for enhanced surgical decision-making.Developed by Mobius Imaging and distributed by Brainlab, Airo is a 32-slice CT scanner that provides diagnostic-quality images for a wide range of clinical applications including cranial, spinal, ear/nose/throat (ENT), head and neck, trauma, orthopedic and general surgery. The system is designed for use in the operating room, helping to increase intraoperative information for surgical decision-making. Its large gantry opening of 107 cm provides flexibility with patient positioning, while the small system footprint allows for easy movement around the hospital and through standard O.R. doors.Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT allows surgeons to assess whether they have reached their desired surgical objectives. By acquiring diagnostic-quality images while in surgery, doctors can verify results as the final step before moving the patient to recovery. The versatility, easy handling and high-quality CT images of Airo allow for a non-disrupted intraoperative workflow and support high pedicle screw accuracy rates when used in conjunction with the Brainlab navigation system during spinal procedures.For more information: www.brainlab.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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.last_img read more

Air NZ says results are still strong despite 17 drop in profit

first_imgAir NZ says results are still strong despite 17% drop in profit << Previous PostNext Post >> WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national airline on Wednesday reported a 17% drop in profit from last year but said it has risen to the challenge of increased competition.Air New Zealand announced an after-tax profit of 382 million New Zealand dollars (Cdn$346 million) for the year ending June, compared with NZ$463 million last year. Revenue was down 2% from last year to NZ$5.15 billion.Chairman Tony Carter said it was a strong result. He said the board felt it appropriate to increase the dividend slightly due to the airline’s strong financial position and improving trading environment. About 8,500 staff also got bonuses of up to NZ$1,700.Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said the company faced an unprecedented increase in competition from some of the world’s biggest airlines over the financial year but had met the challenge.The carrier said it plans to continue growing its domestic network next year and sees some opportunity from tourism, both domestic and inbound. Internationally, the carrier said it plans to increase its presence in Japan as well as peak-season flights to the Pacific and North and South America.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe company said it aims to improve its profit in 2018.The company’s stock was up 0.3% Wednesday to finish trading at NZ$3.41. The stock has risen 86 per cent over the past year. Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Air New Zealand, Profit Report Wednesday, August 23, 2017 last_img read more

Safety compromised for cheap fares Air Asia Indonesia denies claims

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Air Asia Indonesia has denied allegations that it compromises its passengers safety in order to offer cheap fares. “We want to erase a stigma that as a low cost carrier, we compromise our passenger safety with our cheap tariff,” the company’s Safety Director Moeharjanto Sasono explained at a conference entitled, “Communication Strategy in Indonesian Transportation Safety.” He said the airlines fleet regularly undergoes maintenance checks, pilot training is conducted every six months and flight attendant training is conducted every year.”It’s true that the efforts are very expensive but we have to do that. We don’t want to sacrifice safety just for profit,” said Moeharjanto. He said that the company maximizes efficiency to press its tariff. “We only sell seats, a thing that passengers need most. We sell tickets via Internet so we don’t have to pay to travel agents. “We also maximize time after a plane landed. We only need 25 minutes to check and replace things. That’s why we can sell ticket cheaper,” he said. Widijastoro, the company’s Marketing Director, said the general aim was to increase the airlines profile as a safe low cost carrier. “We are in coordination with the Manchester United, a leading football club, in which we painted some players in our plane’s body,” he said. According to Widi, a number of people thought that this was merely the company’s action as the club’s sponsor.”But, actually it’s a kind of hidden publication as the club surely does not want to damage its reputation by letting its players painted in a carrier’s plane body with bad image. “I want people know that the club has audited our track record. That’s one of our efforts to erase the stigma,” said Widi. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/256f2/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

According to multiple sources the Arizona Cardinal

first_imgAccording to multiple sources the Arizona Cardinals have completed their trade with the Eagles sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb. While you’ve heard what the media has to say about the trade, what about the Cardinals players? We’re tracking what all of them say via Twitter right here. I’m so sad to see @ShoTime29 go.. I have alot of love for you.. I appreciate everything you’ve done for this DB family.MUCH SUCESS IN PHILLYless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyAdrian Wilsonadrian_wilson24 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Plus I’m going to get em on my Fantasy Team… @sbreaston15 @shotime29 #Championshipless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyHamza AbdullahHamzaAbdullah21 We will miss u‎​ @SBreaston15 @ShoTime29. It was a honor and pleasure to play w/ u.Best of luck to you two on your new teams! Keep shiningless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyLarry FitzgeraldLarryFitzgerald Excited to be a Cardinal! Thanks to all the fans, friends, coaches and teammates I got to know in Philly, y’all will be missed.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyKevin KolbKevinKolb_4 Congrats to new teammate Kolb! @shotime29 gonna miss ya bruh. Go out there and show ur worth just like I told u last year when I came in.less than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet ReplyKerry Rhodeskerryrhodes W/ Arizona getting Kolb Larry might go for 1500 & 15 tds this year watch what I tell u.AZ addressed the O-line & landed Kolb? “Applauds”less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyMarcus FitzgeraldMFitzgerald Philly getting a gooood player in DRC, and even more of an funny dude , sad to see him and Stevie B gone! I wish them both health & sucess!less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyDARNELL DOCKETTddockett Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation I’m excited we got our QB Kolb, looking forward to watching him in training camp. Stay tuned for updates throughout camp Cardinals fansless than a minute ago via Twittelator Favorite Retweet ReplyJay Feelyjayfeely Not a player but Larry Fitzgerald’s brother Top Stories Sad to see two of my homies go @SBreaston15 @ShoTime29! #goodfellasless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyBeanie WellsBeanieWells26 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke I talk to Kevin Kolb And I can see now we (cardinal fans) have something special! Dude fired up! Hahahaha NICE! #timetogetourWESTtitlebackless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet ReplyDARNELL DOCKETTddockett Happy for my dudes @sbreaston15 @shotime29, Im a Lil selfish sometimes, and I want em on my team, but I know they’ll ball in their new homeless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyHamza AbdullahHamzaAbdullah21 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

More Brits appear to be booking flights to Korea a

first_imgMore Brits appear to be booking flights to Korea after new figures showed a five to eight percent increase in the number of people travelling to the far eastern destination.According to the Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO), 80,000 more Brits are forecast to visit Korea this year, with the figure having risen year-on-year for the past eight years.KTO marketing manager Michael Michael said that Korea was proving an attractive travel destination because of its temples and palaces.”There is some fantastic mountain scenery on the outskirts of Seoul,” he added.”There is great shopping, nightlife and food and it is very safe.”Figures from the KTO show that Korea attracted 694 million international tourists in 2003, with that figure expected to rise to one billion by 2010 and 1.5 billion by 2020.According to the Korea Herald, Korea’s Tourism Ministry is aiming to attract ten million overseas visitors in 2009 – something that is expected to generate one trillion won (£502 million) for the country’s economy. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIncreasing numbers of people could book flights to Cornwall this summer, findings suggestMore Brits could be booking flights to Newquay,Increasing numbers of Brits book flights to LatviaMore people are booking flights to LatviaBrits prepared to wait for last minute holidaysMore than one million Brits left booking their summer holiday until the last minute this year in an attempt to save moneylast_img read more

by Larry Neumeister The Associated Press Post

first_img by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2018 2:52 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories DMX pleads guilty to fraud, dodging $1.7 million in taxesRapper DMX busted on tax fraud chargesDMX imprisoned as flight risk after positive drug test In this August 2017 photo, DMX, the rapper also known as Earl Simmons, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York after an appearance in his tax fraud case. DMX could get up to five years in prison when he is sentenced, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, for trying to dodge $1.7 million in taxes. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister) DMX|prisoncenter_img DMX faces the music: serenaded by judge, gets year in prison NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge heard a DMX rap song before adding his own lyrics to a court proceeding on Wednesday, ordering the rapper imprisoned for a year in a tax fraud case.Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took requests Wednesday, accommodating DMX’s desire to hear his hit “Slippin’” before DMX faced the music over his admission of guilt. The judge called DMX’s fraud a “brazen and blatant” crime that could not go unpunished.The 47-year-old rapper, known to law enforcement and the courts as Earl Simmons, has been incarcerated since his bail was revoked in January. He sobbed during the proceeding as his lawyer, Murray Richman, recalled his nightmarish childhood.Richman said DMX has been a model prisoner. Still, prosecutors sought five years in prison for him, citing a lengthy rap sheet and drugs.Richman wanted him free to support his 15 children and pay back more than $2 million in taxes.As “Slippin’” played in the packed courtroom, DMX nodded his head slightly to the beat while some of his supporters nodded more enthusiastically.Given a chance to speak, he said he knows taxes need to be paid and what he did was wrong.“I wasn’t following the rules,” he said. “I was in a cloud.”The judge said that in the court’s view DMX “is a good man.”“In many ways,” the judge said, “he’s his own worst enemy.”last_img read more

Jon Stewart helps aid goats found on New York subw

first_imgJon Stewart helps aid goats found on New York subway tracks In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 photo provided by the New York City Transit, goats stand on the subway tracks in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Jon Stewart has made a home for the two goats found roaming along the tracks. The comedian and his wife own Farm Sanctuary, a shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (New York City Transit via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2018 5:43 am PDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jon Stewart has helped make a home for two goats found roaming along the subway tracks in New York City.A train operator on Monday alerted headquarters about “two very baaaaad boys” along the N Line in Brooklyn. It wasn’t clear where the goats came from.Police arrived on the scene, tranquilized the male goats, and took them to an animal shelter. The shelter contacted Farm Sanctuary.That’s when Stewart stepped in to help. In a video , Stewart is shown helping load the goats into a trailer to Farm Sanctuary. The comedian and his wife often assist transporting animals found in the city to the shelter in Watkins Glen, New York.They have partnered with the organization to open a farm and education centre in New Jersey.___This story has been corrected to show Stewart assists Farm Sanctuary in transporting animals and does not own the sanctuary. Deletes reference to new names of goats because they have not yet been named.last_img read more