Responsible Gambling Week Offers Events Education

first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to learn more about responsible gambling through programs and events during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. “It is a week-long education and awareness campaign on how to gamble responsibly and why it’s important to ensure gambling stays responsible and fun,” said Bob MacKinnon, acting president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. “Nova Scotia is recognized internationally as a leader in responsible gambling and this week is just one example of our commitment to ensure we have a responsible gambling environment in Nova Scotia.” This year’s campaign focuses on a common human experience — putting your foot in your mouth. Everyone has experienced a moment where they should have stopped, but instead kept talking and said the wrong thing. The campaign uses such moments to illustrate the right time to quit. By making the topic of responsible gambling approachable and positive, the goal is to get people talking about it. Responsible gambling ambassadors will visit six communities to hand out information and give people a chance to win a prize by completing an online quiz. Communities being visited this year are Halifax, Sydney, Truro, Bridgewater, Antigonish and Wolfville. The Responsible Gambling Resource Centres at Casino Nova Scotia in Sydney and Halifax will also host open houses on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. to encourage players to learn about responsible gambling, talk with staff and use its interactive responsible gambling tools. Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in the province and is the host of the 12th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which offers community events and education programs across Nova Scotia. For more information and responsible gambling tips, visit .last_img read more

At least 201 killed in JulyAugust China flooding

first_imgBeijing: At least 201 people have been killed and 63 are missing following flooding across China in July and August, according to government rescue services. The most recent deaths came in mountainous western Sichuan province, where eight were killed and 23 missing as of Wednesday morning. Earlier in August, 39 were killed and nine left missing by Typhoon Lekima. The total for July was 154 killed and 31 missing, with more than 1.3 million people forced to seek temporary shelter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Annual floods rank among China’s most destructive natural disasters, brought on by seasonal rains and worsened by human encroachment into mountain areas and natural river systems. China’s worst flooding in recent years came in 1998, when more than 3,700 died in floods along the Yangtze, Songhua, Pearl and Nen rivers. Landslides have also killed dozens this year, with two killed and seven other people missing after slides hit in western Sichuan, where communications and power were cut off. Earlier this month, 17 railway workers were killed in a landslide in Sichuan province while seeking to repair tracks damaged by an earlier landslide.last_img read more

The Brexit story so far How Britain got itself in a bind

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s 2-day-old draft deal to leave the European Union is in danger of collapsing, increasing the likelihood of a disorderly, economically painful exit from the bloc next year.British politicians in favour of leaving the EU have criticized the agreement reached Tuesday after more than a year and a half of negotiations. They say it keeps the country bound to the EU under unfavourable terms and floated the idea of unseating Prime Minister Theresa May.Even if May remains in her post, the British Parliament might reject the deal. Britain’s formal exit is set for March 29, so that would leave little time to seek an alternative.Here’s a look at how Britain got into this situation:___REFERENDUMMay’s party, the British Conservative Party, has long been split between those in favour of EU membership and those who want out.One advantage of membership is it gives seamless access to trade across 27 other countries. The EU is Britain’s biggest trading partner.Opponents have argued the EU took too much political power from London; many want to restrict immigration from other EU member countries as well.To settle the question, former Prime Minister David Cameron called for a nationwide vote on whether Britain should stay or go. On June 23, 2016, 52 per cent of voters said they wanted to leave.___NEGOTIATIONSThe unexpected outcome threw the country into chaos, with Cameron resigning and the value of the pound tumbling 15 per cent in a day. May eventually took over as prime minister. In March 2017, she submitted the formal notice of Britain’s intent to withdraw from the EU. The action started a two-year countdown and negotiations on the terms of the exit and for future EU-U.K. relations.The difficulty of the negotiations quickly became clear. The EU took a tough approach. It insisted Britain would no longer enjoy any of the bloc’s “four freedoms”: the freedom for citizens, money, goods and services to travel and operate across borders without hindrance.In a bid to solidify her power and the stated goal of ensuring a “strong and stable” government would be seated at the Brexit negotiations, May called a general election for June 2017. The move backfired, and her Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament. She had to create a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.___IRISH QUESTIONThe talks on a Brexit deal remained stalled for months, largely over the problem of the future border between Britain’s Northern Ireland and the EU’s Republic of Ireland. The fear was that reinstalling a hard border with import duties and travel restrictions would renew sectarian violence.The EU insisted that Britain should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of staying in its seamless trading union. So it proposed allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union, but not the rest of Britain. May’s government rejected that, saying it threatened to break up Britain.___THE DEALWith the clock ticking, British and EU officials intensified their efforts and reached a draft deal on Nov. 13.The agreement envisions Britain leaving the EU as planned on March 29 but remaining inside the bloc’s single market and bound by its rules until the end of December 2020. That would buy time to work out a permanent post-Brexit trading relationship.Other terms call for Britain paying 39 billion pounds ($50 billion) to settle outstanding obligations to the EU. British and citizens of EU countries would be allowed to remain where they currently live and work.The deal also commits the two sides to a “backstop” solution that keeps the U.K. in a customs arrangement with the EU as a guarantee the Irish border remains free of customs posts. The backstop would last until superseded by new trade arrangements, which both sides say they hope to have in place by the end of 2020.___POLITICAL BACKLASHMany pro-Brexit politicians immediately slammed the deal. They said it would leave Britain a vassal state by making it observe EU customs rules that it will no longer have a say in shaping. Some pro-EU politicians favoured calling another vote on whether Britain should leave the EU at all.May has defended the deal as providing the continuity businesses need while the country and the EU agree on a long-term trade relationship.Two Cabinet ministers and five junior government members resigned Thursday and a leading pro-Brexit lawmaker called for a no-confidence vote on May.___NO-DEAL RISKSIf Parliament rejects the draft deal, the more likely it is that Brexit happens without any agreement spelling out future relations with the EU. Businesses and most economists view that as a worst-case scenario for the British economy.It would mean a return of tariffs on trade between Britain and the EU as well as border checks on goods. That could delay shipments of everything from food and fuel to clothing and cars. Some companies have been stockpiling to prepare for such a possibility.And Britain would drop out of Europe-wide protocols that govern areas such as aviation and prescription drugs, threatening to ground flights and disrupt supplies of drugs.Carlo Piovano, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Looks difficult for BJP to reach 280mark Sena

first_imgMumbai: A Shiv Sena leader has echoed BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s statement that the latter’s party may fall short of an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, prompting it to depend on allies to form the next government.Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it looks a “bit difficult” for the BJP to reach the 280-seat mark as it did in the 2014 polls. “What Ram Madhav says is right. The NDA will form the next government. The BJP will be the single largest party. As of now it looks a bit difficult for the BJP to reach the 280- 282 figure on its own but our NDA “parivar” (family) will cross the majority mark,” Raut told a TV channel. Raut told PTI Tuesday that the Sena would be happy if Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister again. Raut said, “I welcome Ram Madhav’s statement and the Shiv Sena would be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). We would be happy if Modi becomes the prime minister again.” The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has 18 members in the outgoing Lok Sabha, and is a major ally of the BJP. It is also a part of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra. Ram Madhav said in a media interview last week that the BJP will require the support of allies to form the next government after the Lok Sabha polls. “If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Madhav had said. “With NDA we will have a comfortable majority,” he added.last_img read more

Lanka seeks higher wages

The official stressed that such an agreement is essential in light of increased incidents of harassment, nonpayment of salaries, killing of maids by their employers, suicides and industrial accidents reported during recent years.“We do not approve of women going overseas to work as domestic workers, but we cannot put an end to it in one go. Therefore, we have launched several programs to upgrade their skills and find better employment opportunities for them in specialized vocations.”Sri Lanka aims to reduce the number of women going overseas to work as domestic aides by 80 to 90 percent by the year 2020. Currently, around 300,000 Lankans are working in Saudi Arabia. Randeniya said that the Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Ministry would reconsider the request if Saudi Arabia was ready to pay higher salaries and willing to give security assurances to domestic workers. “It is necessary for them to enter into a bilateral agreement before sending more housemaids,” Randeniya said, adding that such an agreement has been sent to the Kingdom’s Labor Ministry for approval. The profession would be stated as “domestic house-keeping assistant” inside the passport instead of “housemaid.”Maids should be allowed at least eight hours of sleep a day, he said. “We will also demand higher pay.”“We want to offer more skilled and quality manpower to the Kingdom and other regional job markets,” he added. A senior official from the Sri Lankan government said that it needs higher wages and adequate security for domestic workers seeking employment in Saudi Arabia.Mangala Randeniy, deputy-general manager of the SLFBE, told Arab News from Colombo that his country is no longer interested in sending more housemaids to West Asian countries, including Saudi Arabia, unless those countries come out with an attractive salary package which commensurates with their hard work, Arab News reported. Randeniya pointed out that conditions include minimum wage, working hours and the type of training to be given back home.SLBFE is the statutory body that coordinates with foreign countries for the overseas employment of its workers.Randeniya said that the minimum age limit for housemaids traveling to the Kingdom would be 25 years of age and that their minimum monthly wage will be set at SR 900.He explained that housemaids who come for foreign employment would be given a 21-day residential training course before being posted to overseas stations. He said that the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment would assist companies in host countries to train other workers according to their needs. “We have well-established training centers to update prospective foreign workers with skills,” he said, adding that they could supply trainers to help employers in their workplaces.“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programs for citizens who seek opportunities abroad,” he said. read more

Le beurre plus nocif pour le coeur que le fromage

first_imgLe beurre plus nocif pour le coeur que le fromageSelon une étude danoise publiée dans la revue scientifique The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, manger du fromage serait meilleur pour la santé cardiaque que de consommer du beurre. Ce dernier aurait pour effet d’augmenter le taux de mauvais cholestérol dans le sang.C’est une découverte qui va déplaire à tous les grands amateurs de la tartine beurrée. Alors que les spécialistes alertent régulièrement sur les risques de consommer trop de fromage, une étude danoise révèle qu’il serait en réalité bien moins nocif pour la santé cardiaque que le beurre. Plus concrètement, ce dernier aurait le mauvais effet d’augmenter le taux de mauvais cholestérol. Celui-là même qui contribue à l’apparition de certaines maladies telles que l’athérosclérose.  À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques danois ont fait suivre à 50 personnes un régime alimentaire spécial dans lequel la partie de l’apport quotidien en lipides a été remplacé par du fromage ou par du beurre. Six semaines plus tard, ils ont alors constaté que les personnes ayant consommé du fromage montraient un taux de mauvais cholestérol plus bas que ceux ayant consommé du beurre. Plus probant encore : ce taux n’avait pas augmenté par rapport à ce qu’il était avec l’alimentation habituelle des sujets et ce, même si celle-ci comportait moins de graisses et de gras saturés.Ainsi, les chercheurs ont observé que malgré la quantité importante d’acides gras saturés contenue dans le fromage, l’aliment n’avait pas pour effet de faire augmenter le mauvais cholestérol dans le sang, comparé à une quantité équivalente de beurre. Le 30 décembre 2011 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Linus Torvalds le créateur de Linux gratifie Nvidia dun doigt dhonneur

first_imgLinus Torvalds : le créateur de Linux gratifie Nvidia d’un doigt d’honneur !Alors qu’il donnait une conférence devant des étudiants, Linus Torvalds, le créateur du noyau Linux, n’a pas fait dans l’élégance alors qu’il était interrogé au sujet du support de la technologie Optimus développée par Nvidia. L’ingénieur a tout simplement répondu “Nvidia, fuck you !”, gratifiant le fournisseur de cartes graphiques d’un joli doigt d’honneur !Linus Torvalds ne porte par Nvidia dans son coeur. C’est le moins que l’on puisse dire après la conférence qu’il a donnée jeudi devant des étudiants de l’université finlandaise d’Aalto. Comme le montre une vidéo de cette intervention mis en ligne sur Internet, le créateur du noyau Linux n’a pas pesé ses mots lorsqu’à la fin de cette rencontre, une étudiante l’a interrogé au sujet du support la technologie Optimus sur les terminaux équipés d’un système d’exploitation GNU.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Optimus, est, rappelons-le, une technologie développée par la firme californienne Nvidia pour optimiser automatiquement les PC portables et améliorer l’autonomie de leurs batteries. Elle permet de gérer l’activation de la carte graphique en fonction de l’activité de l’utilisateur et des ressources vidéo qu’elle nécessite en réalisant une bascule automatique entre le contrôleur graphique du processeur de la machine et la carte graphique. Or si cette technologie fonctionne parfaitement sous Windows, sa compatibilité avec Linux, elle, laisse clairement à désirer. Un problème qui a visiblement le don de mettre Linus Torvalds hors de lui ! “Je vois exactement ce dont vous parlezet je suis très heureux de dire que c’est l’exception plutôt que la règle. Je suis aussi heureux de souligner publiquement que Nvidia est l’un des pires cas auquel nous avons eu affaire dans nos relations avec les fabricants” a-t-il répondu à l’étudiante avant d’ajouter que la firme américaine est la “pire société avec laquelle nous ayons jamais travaillé”.Le créateur du noyau Linux aurait pu s’arrêter là. Mais pour conclure cette discussion, il n’a pas pu résister à l’envie de lancer : “Nvidia, fuck you !”. EtLinus Torvalds d’adresser devant l’assistance un doigt d’honneur au fournisseurs de processeurs et cartes graphiques…Le 18 juin 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Keep Your Facebook Data Safe With These Privacy Tips

first_img Facebook isn’t the most trustworthy site out there, as we’re all well aware. No one would blame you if you decided you wanted to deactivate your profile and start clearing out information since Facebook is pretty notorious for sharing your personal data with other entities that you may not want to have it. Luckily, there are ways to further lock down your profile and all of your precious personal info to make sure Facebook and other related apps aren’t putting all of your business out there.You may not realize this, but apps have a lot to do with keeping your information safe. Downloading a bunch of new apps usually puts you in the predicament of having to create new accounts or log in via Facebook, which is not the course of action you’ll want to take. Apps end up offering more of your information up for grabs when it comes to other companies harvesting it. You also allow Facebook permission to collect and exchange your name, the date and time you used the app, information about your devices, and more.You can bypass this risky behavior by checking out the “Settings” area on your phone, going through “Account Settings,” and choosing the “Apps” option. From here, you can see which apps currently have access to your account. You can click “Remove App” to revoke access. This should help minimize the damage that’s been caused by the various times you’ve allowed apps to just hang out with all your information available. A good rule of thumb is to just not connect apps to your account. There’s never any really great reason to do so, and it’s not worth compromising your privacy.If you decide that you don’t want to jump through hoops or worry about these kinds of things anymore, though, that’s understandable too. You can simply deactivate your account or delete it straight out. Deactivation is temporary, and people will be able to click on your account. It’s the “safe” option if you can’t bring yourself to get rid of the entire thing. But you could also delete your Facebook account permanently as well, which can take about a month for the entire thing to be purged from Facebook.You don’t have to choose either option if you just want more privacy. Simply go through your activity log and delete old comments, clean up your timeline, delete friends you don’t absolutely have to be friends with, and take other housecleaning precautions that keep you from having privacy issues in the first place. Treat Facebook like a public playground, because in a sense, it really is. Stay safe out there! Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hockinson collision results in injuries

first_imgA woman ended up in a hospital Wednesday afternoon following a head-on collision in the Hockinson area.The accident was reported at 12:12 p.m. in front of 18111 N.E. 182nd Ave. According to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian, two vehicles collided head-on.The injured woman was in a red Honda Insight. She was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Occupants in the other vehicle were OK, according to radio traffic.The road was blocked temporarily by the accident and its aftermath.Sgt. Bill Roberts with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday evening that he didn’t know the injured woman’s name. But he said he was told she was taken to the medical center for neck pain and had no apparent injuries. She turned in front of a small pickup, Roberts said.last_img read more

This preamp takes you deeper into the sound of LPs

first_img 2 Tags The Audiophiliac Share your voice The ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 preamp on the right, power supply on the left ModWright I’ve admired ModWright Instruments components from afar for years at audio shows. The company’s design aesthetic has been clean and straightforward, the sound honest and true. I haven’t covered much in the way of vacuum tube components this year, but when I heard the new ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono preamp I knew it deserved a more extended listen at home. And now that it’s here, I’m so glad I made the request. LPs sound more “analog” played over a great tube preamplifier, they just ImageModWright Instruments PH 9.0 rear panel ModWright The PH 9.0 is designed and handcrafted in the US, and uses parts from a mix of US and Asian suppliers. Every PH 9.0 is tested and listened to by the company’s owner, Dan Wright. The US price is $2,900 and it’s AU$4,500 in Australia. ModWright doesn’t currently have distribution in the UK so they ship directly to UK customers; the PH 9.0’s US price converts to £2,300.  The PH 9.0 is a two-box design, the phono preamp section has front panel controls and connectivity jacks on the rear panel, and there’s a separate power supply. The preamp has a selector control for moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges, and the front panel’s “on the fly” impedance control settings of 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, and 470 ohms makes it super-easy to hear how impedance “loading” changes the sound of moving-coil cartridges. Just turn the knob and listen to discover which setting sounds best. The PH 9.0 is a zero feedback design. The preamp measures a tidy 10 by 10 by 4 inches (254 by 254 by 102mm); the separate power supply is 7 by 9 by 3 inches (178 by 229 by 76mm). A Mono/Stereo toggle switch is located on the preamp’s rear panel. The review sample had RCA inputs and outputs, but a fully balanced version of the preamp with transformer-coupled XLR outputs is available as an extra cost option. The preamp design utilizes four tubes, two 6C45s and two 6922s. The stock tubes sounded fine, but I couldn’t resist experimenting with a few other tubes to see how they changed the sound. Amperex 6922 tubes warmed up the sound, adding maybe too much tube flavor for my taste, so I popped in a pair of old Russian Sovtek 6922 tubes, which had the best balance of soul and transparency. You can find 6922s on eBay for anywhere from $10 to more than $100 per tube! That’s one of the big advantages of tube electronics — you can get a new sound just by swapping out the tubes! A set of tubes should provide 3,000 to 4,000 hours of use before they need to be replaced. dsc5887Enlarge ImageA look inside the ModWright Instruments PH 9.0  Steve Guttenberg/CNET For this review I used my SME Model 15 turntable fitted with a Ortofon Cadenza Blue moving-coil cartridge.Listening to the PH 9.0It’s been a long time since I heard a tube phono preamp in my home system, and right away it was clear the tubes enhanced the analog “flavor” of the sound of my LPs; there’s no better way to put it. The highest compliment I can pay the PH 9.0 is that it widened the gap between the sound of my LPs and CDs and audio files.The preamp revealed more soundstage depth, while solid-state preamps sounded dimensionally flatter. Whether the depth was a “distortion” created by the tubes I can’t say for sure, but I liked the way it sounded. I almost felt like I could get up from my listening chair and walk into the soundstage.It’s interesting that even after all these years, the best of analog and digital audio are still so far apart. That’s not to say digital is inferior, just that they’re not getting more like each other. They sound very different, though which one is better is up to you.With the Cabaret film soundtrack, Liza Minnelli’s powerhouse vocals pinned me to my listening chair. This 1972 recording never sounded better. It’s shocking how much sound was hiding in the grooves of a nearly half-century-old LP I bought for $1. There was simply more life to the sound; I felt like I was hearing more of the music.With the PH 9.0, musical dynamics flowed effortlessly, more like they do in real life. In that sense, the PH 9.0 sounded more powerful than my Parasound Halo JC-3+ solid state preamp.Relative to the JC 3+, the PH 9.0 sounds spatially bigger and more expansive. The soundstage had more depth; instruments sounded more like themselves. The JC 3+’s bass definition and shading outclassed the PH 9.0, but not by all that much. The JC 3+ sound was also crisper, more exacting, the PH 9.0 was freer, more limber. I liked both, there’s no clear winner in that contest. I’ve played legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s Ballads LP for decades, but never noticed the studio ambiance before. It was always in the recording, but now with the PH 9.0, I feel like I was in the studio with the band.The Rolling Stones’ Still Life 1981 concert album isn’t a great recording. It can sound “canned,” and compressed, but it’s less so with the PH 9.0. The Stones original bass player, Bill Wyman was still in the band, and his nimble touch on the strings propelled the music. The band hasn’t been the same without Wyman, that’s for sure.So to all of you vinyl loving audiophiles seeking a bit of tube magic the ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 comes highly recommended, it’s a delight.  Comments Audio Home Entertainmentlast_img read more

Account Aggregator to make funding seamless in India

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersFormer UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani introduced the Account Aggregator to give individuals and small businesses more control over their digital data. Sahamati, a body which will promote the Account Aggregator ecosystem, will be headed by BG Mahesh, one of the earliest internet entrepreneurs in India who also founded The account aggregator is based on a new class of non-banking financial institutions called the account aggregator (NBFC-AA) model.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning to make bank account operations, including mutual fund, insurance and provident fund businesses, paperless through the account aggregator (AA) app. This will give individuals greater control over how their data is being used, while also reducing the need for them to visit multiple bank branches.Sahamati will work towards accelerating the adoption of the framework by building awareness about the new technology and supporting implementation and integration through various workshops.A new era has begun. Thanks to #AccountAggregator and other digital infrastructure that we have, India will become a leader in empowering individuals and small businesses with their own data!— Nandan Nilekani (@NandanNilekani) July 25, 2019The aggregator will obtain data from multiple service providers and deliver it via consent-based channels to financial information users. This will be used in the financial sector first, followed by telecom, healthcare, and other sectors.”Thanks to AA and other digital infrastructure that we built, India will become a leader in empowering individuals and small businesses with their own data,” said Nilekani.The non-profit will apply for the self-regulatory organisation (SRO) licence with the RBI, which is expected by the year-end, allowing the companies to start offering the services. The license will also give it the status of a self-governing body, allowing it to work on a code of conduct and best practices for member organisations, Mahesh told The Hindu BusinessLine.SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar believes that the use of account aggregators could lead to cost efficiency. This can be shared with the customer in terms of a lower rate of interest.The central bank in 2016 had approved a new class of Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), including four major financial regulators RBI, SEBI, IRDA and PFRDA, to act as Account Aggregators. Their responsibility is to transfer a client’s data without storing it. Acting like consent brokers, the AAs can make money out of this transaction without being able to read the data.last_img read more

US Economy Expanded At Brisk 33 pct Pace In Third Quarter

first_imgAPLed by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.The Commerce Department estimated Wednesday that third-quarter growth exceeded the 3 percent annual expansion for the period that it had initially reported last month.The performance, achieved despite damage from two devastating hurricanes, marked the fastest expansion in gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of economic output — since a 5.2 percent annual spurt in the third quarter of 2014.The estimated growth for the July-September quarter marked an improvement on 3.1 annual growth in the second quarter and a 1.2 annual pace in the January-March quarter.“The news on the economy had previously been good, but it just got a little better,” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors.Baird noted that the holiday shopping season appears to be off to a strong start, “which bodes well for consumer spending to propel the economy to a strong finish to the year.”Before the revised third-quarter numbers came out, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta was forecasting that growth would rise to a 3.4 percent annual pace in the final three months of 2017, which could bring growth for the full year close to 2.8 percent. In 2016, the economy grew just 1.5 percent.The economy showed resilience last quarter in the face of two hurricanes: Harvey, which hit Texas in late August, and Irma, which battered Florida in September.The U.S. economy is benefiting from a pickup in global growth, a healthy job market, which supports consumer spending, and a drop in the value of the dollar against other major currencies, which makes U.S. products less expensive in foreign markets.What you need to know:— Business investment increased at a strong 7.3 percent annual pace from July through September, the sharpest pickup since the end of 2016.— Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic output, grew at an annual pace of 2.3 percent, down from 3.3 percent in the second quarter.— Government spending and investment rose for the first time in three quarters, led by an uptick in defense spending.— The Commerce Department’s third and final estimate of third-quarter GDP will come out on Dec. 21.—The Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge of inflation, which is included in the GDP report, rose at an annual pace of just 1.5 percent, well below the Fed’s 2 percent target.— The Fed is still widely expected to raise interest rates in December for the third time this year. Sharelast_img read more

Binay Tamang urges Union govt to grant Scheduled Area status to N

first_imgDarjeeling: The demand for declaring North Bengal and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration areas as a ‘Scheduled Area’ resonated on Monday.Binay Tamang, President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has demanded that the Union government immediately grant ‘Scheduled Area’ status to North Bengal and the GTA areas. Incidentally, ‘Scheduled Areas’ are socially and economically backward areas. Scheduled areas find mention in the 5th schedule of the Indian Constitution under Article 244(1). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeStates like Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh have been granted ‘Scheduled Areas’. Tamang on his way back to Darjeeling from Delhi, talking to media persons at Bagdogra Airport said: “Both North Bengal and the GTA areas are socially and economically backward areas. If the Government can declare economically sound areas in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and other states, then why not North Bengal and the GTA areas?” questioned Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe alleged that the BJP was indulging in vote politics in the Hills. “Twice we elected BJP MPs for Gorkhaland. They had also assured that they would incorporate 11 Gorkha communities in the Scheduled Tribe list. Forget Gorkhaland, they have not done anything for the schedule tribe status as well,” stated Tamang. He stated that the BJP Government by using central forces had prevented the GJM from observing their foundation day on October 7 in Delhi. “They threatened to arrest me and did not even allow a cultural programme. The BJP complain that there is no democracy in West Bengal but I found that there is no democracy in the capital of this country. We were humiliated,” retorted Tamang. The GJM plans to hold a massive rally in Delhi after Diwali. “Whether they give us permission, even if we are arrested, we will go ahead with the rally,” added Tamang. Tamang alleged that all of this was the handiwork of SS Ahluwalia, BJP MP from Darjeeling.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence May Hold Key to Radiologys Future

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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Reference:1 Collective Intelligence Meets Medical Decision-Making: The Collective Outperforms the Best Radiologist.” PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134269. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134269Editor’s note: This column is the culmination of a series of four blogs by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on Machine Learning and IT systems. The blogs, “Diagnostic AI: By the People, of the People, for the People,” “Will the FDA Be Too Much for Intelligent Machines?,” “Smart Scanners: Will AI Take the Controls?” and “Will Smart Medical Machines Take Us to the Eve of Destruction?,” can be found here. Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | February 03, 2016 | Greg Freiherr Artificial Intelligence May Hold Key to Radiology’s Future Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content 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 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Radiologists want a bigger role in healthcare, one that allows them a say in patient management, ideally one that goes from diagnosis to therapy follow-up. They will get it only if they can demonstrate their involvement adds clinical value. Improving patient outcomes is one route to this goal. Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the vehicle.AI holds the potential for improved diagnosis. A San Francisco-based start-up called Enlitic is already pursuing this opportunity.In the weeks leading up to RSNA 2015, Enlitic sent software engineers to about 80 medical imaging centers in Australia and Asia, bringing with them a deep learning algorithm designed for use on picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). The company hopes that this algorithm eventually will become smart enough to identify the signs of disease in every imaging modality in the centers, including magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, X-ray and nuclear medicine.Meanwhile, IBM is grooming Watson Health to help physicians make diagnoses. Intelligent machines may one day take the reins during the exam itself, optimizing scan protocols on the fly to home in on pathology. Tapping into steams of imaging data, Watson might look for signs of disease and adjust scan parameters to optimize data acquisition. But are smart machines what radiology needs? Are they even practical for use in the United States?Intelligent machines will encounter a major hurdle at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the first of their kind, these machines will lack the “predicate” devices needed to be regulated under the FDA’s 510(k) system. To get a feel for the enormity of this challenge, one needs to look only at how difficult it has been for companies making computer-aided detection algorithms.There is an alternative, however, one that turns groups of human experts into super experts at diagnosis. The algorithm creates a form of artificial intelligence, called swarm AI, that helps radiologists form a consensus. The brainchild of Louis Rosenberg, Ph.D., and his company Unanimous AI, swarm AI has already proven effective in radiological applications.In one study, published in the Public Library of Science,1 a collective intelligence of radiologists reduced false positives and false negatives when interpreting mammograms. This swarm AI overcame “one of the fundamental limitations to decision accuracy that individual radiologists face,” the authors concluded. The study demonstrated that this swarm intelligence could improve mammography screening and has the potential to improve many other types of medical decision-making, “including many areas of diagnostic imaging.”In another study, a dozen radiologists increased their ability to diagnose skeletal abnormalities correctly. The researchers concluded at the ninth international conference on swarm intelligence in 2014 that the “algorithm’s accuracy in distinguishing normal versus abnormal patients was significantly higher than the radiologists’ mean accuracy.”In developing the algorithm, Rosenberg borrowed a page from nature’s playbook wherein a species can accomplish more by participating in a flock, school, colony — or swarm — than they can individually. Unanimous AI offers the unique infrastructure, he says, by which people can form intelligent swarms.  You can argue that the real world won’t allow the luxury of bringing groups of radiologists together to develop a consensus on every case. Rosenberg retorts that every imaging study will not require such a consensus. Routine cases, he says, could be interpreted by individual radiologists. When stumped by a complex case, radiologists could tag it for later study by the swarm. This might improve the accuracy of diagnoses, while empowering team members and streamlining the patient care process.Regardless of whether machine- or human-based aids are leveraged, radiology needs such aids. Never has improving performance been so important toits future.Read the 2017 article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.”Watch the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.” Watch the VIDEO “Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology,” an interview with Mark Michalski, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, explaining the basis of artificial intelligence in radiology. 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StraussKahn to head Luxembourg investment firm

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Strauss-Kahn, 64, was arrested and resigned in 2011 as head of the International Monetary Fund following allegations by a Manhattan hotel maid that he had sexually assaulted her. Those charges were later dropped.Separately, he faces aggravated pimping charges in France.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – The head of a Luxembourg-based investment bank says Dominique Strauss-Kahn will soon take a new job as his company’s president _ the latest step by the disgraced former IMF chief to rebuild his reputation.Chairman Thierry Leyne of Anatevka says Strauss-Kahn will become president on Oct. 18 and the company will be renamed “Leyne, Strauss-Kahn.”Leyne said by phone Wednesday that he wants to parlay Strauss-Kahn’s acumen and contacts, which are in growing demand, to his company’s benefit. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Virgin Australia profits dip

first_imgAirline’s profits after tax hit turbulence. Virgin Australia has announced a dip in its profits for the first six months of the financial year, citing Qantas’ 2011 grounding and the carbon tax for the drop.According to the group’s latest financial update, underlying profit before tax fell from AU$96.1 million during the first six months FY11/12 to AU$61 million.Statutory net profit after tax also fell, from AU$51.8 million to AU$23 million over the same period.Despite the decrease, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the group delivered ‘solid’ results in a difficult environment.Revenue for the period picked up 5.4 percent, an increase Mr Borghetti credited to the airline’s Game Change Program strategy. “We have continued to grow our corporate and government revenue and maintained the new norm in which more than 20 percent of our domestic revenue comes from this higher yielding market,” he explained.Virgin Australia has also announced changes to its domestic operations, with plans to move its A330 onto flights between Brisbane and Perth as well as launch new services between Brisbane and Moranbah.Click here for more information.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Guangzhou China – Reported by Erin Riley for Elit

first_imgGuangzhou, China – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSituated 103 floors above the Pearl River, the new Guangzhou International Finance Center building can now call itself home to the 88th property of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ burgeoning international selection, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Located in the top 30 floors, the property is a sight to be seen, as elevator doors open to a majestic atrium lit from the sky window above. Enclosing this tunnel of light is an array of restaurants and rooms that make up a height greater than the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.“We are particularly pleased to be the 88th Four Seasons hotel worldwide, doubling our luck for a successful future in Guangzhou,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager Bahram Sepahi.To celebrate the opening of this luxury destination, the hotel is offering its first guests a one-of-a-kind Have It All Introductory Package that includes luxury accomodation, a daily buffet breakfast, dining and entertainment credit and a daily spa treatment, which will be available from August 15 to October 15. The property will also be offering its prominent Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast package.Commemorating the dawn of a new era of luxury hospitality in China’s third largest metropolitan area, this remarkable property provides the ideal backdrop for its 302 premium guest rooms and 42 suites, each encased in floor-to-ceiling windows that set off the chic and smart interiors. Six dining and entertainment venues round off the property’s impressive variety, overseen by the likes of Executive Chef Law Yiu Choi, second Chinese chef to be named a Chef Rotisseur by the renowned international culinary society Chaine des Rotisseurs, as well as chef Kazumi Sawada, under whose leadership Tokyo’s Banreki Ryukodo restaurant received a Michelin star.The 11,517-square-foot Hua Spa offers a unique wellness experience with its a water-based treatment area that houses a Vichy-style shower, rhassoul mud chamber, crystal steam room and laconium in the women’s area, as well as a herbal steam bath, Swedish and Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the men’s read more

Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law

first_img Categories: News Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical assistance. On hand for the ceremony were from left: Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director; Rep. Ed McBroom; Sen. John Moolenaar; Gov. Rick Snyder; Foster; Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bruce Rendon; and Sen. Tom Casperson. The program is capped at 1.2 million acres but less than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the program designed to ensure and increase a steady, sustainable supply of timber to an industry that generates $14 billion annually and directly employs 26,000 residents. The package includes Public Acts 42-50 of 2013. 06Jun Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into lawlast_img read more

Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensions

first_img Legislation ensures state can’t extend costly MEGA creditsMichigan taxpayers are protected from additional liability due to budget-busting Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credits under common-sense legislation introduced today that prohibits the state from extending the costly credits, state Rep. Lee Chatfield announced.Since the MEGA credits were greatly expanded in 2008, the program has accumulated a projected taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion. The Republican-led Legislature and newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder ended MEGA in 2011, but even with the irresponsible program’s demise, state law still allows the existing credits to be increased and extended.  Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Chatfield prevents this from happening.“No future governor of Michigan should be given the opportunity to extend these MEGA credits,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Although the current governor has no intention of extending these harmful credits, the reality is that a less fiscally responsible administration could come into office and put our state in greater financial jeopardy.  We simply can’t allow that to happen – the stakes are too high.  It’s up to us to ensure that the mess created during the previous administration is cleaned up not only for current Michigan taxpayers, but for our future generations.”The $9.38 billion estimated liability is projected to be incurred over the next 17 years.  This year, the credits created a $325 million state budget shortfall.House Bill 4333, sponsored by Rep. Chatfield, prohibits MEGA tax credit extensions as currently allowed in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act. Categories: Chatfield News 11Mar Chatfield bill protects Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensionslast_img read more

Rep Afendoulis selected to fill committee vacancy

first_img23Sep Rep. Afendoulis selected to fill committee vacancy Categories: Afendoulis News State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, this week was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the House Committee on Criminal Justice.The new assignment is in addition to Rep. Afendoulis’ current responsibilities on the House Committee on Appropriations.“Rep. Afendoulis has provided valuable leadership throughout the budget process and in his role as co-chair of the House Criminal Law Reform Workgroup,” Speaker Cotter said. “Adding Chris’ experience and knowledge to our criminal justice policy discussions will be a great benefit for the people of Michigan.”Rep. Afendoulis’ also serves on a number of House Appropriations subcommittees, including as vice chair of the Subcommittee on Corrections, chair of the Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and as a member of the subcommittees on General Government and Health and Human Services“I thank Speaker Cotter for entrusting me with this important committee assignment. I’m pleased with our accomplishments in the area of criminal law reform to date, and I’m eager to continue that work in my new role,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “I look forward to implementing reforms which balance the safety of Michigan citizens with the use of limited taxpayer resources.”Rep. Afendoulis can be contacted toll free at 1-855-347-8073; through his online office at; by e-mail,; or by mail. At P.O. Box 30014, State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.last_img read more