Acquired Brain Injury Group Announced

first_imgGovernment is moving forward on its commitment to help brain injury survivors with the formation of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Group. The 13-member group will be chaired by the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia’s executive director Leona Burkey, and executive director of Continuing Care at Department of Health and Wellness, Ruby Knowles. The group met for the first time today, Nov. 6, in Halifax. “Helping to develop Nova Scotia’s first Acquired Brain Injury Strategy is an exciting project,” said Ms. Burkey. “While we have high-quality medical services in the province, we must do more to help survivors’ recovery and their return to a productive life.” The group will provide input and make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Wellness on key strategic priorities to support the development of an acquired brain injury strategy by summer 2016. Between 50,000 and 60,000 Nova Scotians have an acquired brain injury, which can occur after a head injury or an illness such as meningitis. Brain injury survivors may experience changes in their cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioural abilities which can last a lifetime. “I completed university and earned a degree after my brain injury,” said Jake MacDonald, of Wolfville. “My hope is that this committee will make more Nova Scotians aware of what people with brain injuries can do – with proper support – instead of what we can’t do.” Additional members may be added to the group if needed.last_img read more

Chris Evans Hosts Young Hollywood Event

first_imgVanity Fair senior West Coast editor Krista Smith and Captain America star Chris Evans on Tuesday hosted Vanity Fair and FIAT’s toast to “Young Hollywood” in support of the Concord Youth Theatre, a nonprofit educational organization committed to making high-quality live theater accessible, relevant, and memorable for young people and their families.This invitation-only event was held at No Vacancy in Hollywood. Guests enjoyed the new Grey Goose Le Melon mule, while enjoying music by D.J. Ms. Nix. This event was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.Among the guests were Jaimie Alexander, Dave Annable, Odette Annable, Jordana Brewster, Katie Cassidy, Carly Craig, Zoey Deutch, Rocsi Diaz, Tom Felton, Lyndsy Fonseca, James Frecheville, Max Frost, Nolan Funk, Troy Garity, Jessica Gomes, Maggie Grace, Grace Gummer, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Michael B. Jordan, Stacy Keibler, Zoe Kravitz, Zoe Lister-Jones, Claudia Lee, Jessica Lowndes, Jessica Lu, Kellan Lutz, Jena Malone, Taryn Manning, Kate Mara, Alanna Masterson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Max Minghella, Cameron Monaghan, Crystal Reed, Louise Roe, Vinessa Shaw, Kiernan Shipka, Cobie Smulders, Sasha Spielberg, Bella Thorne, Laura Vendervoort, Ed Westwick, Rumer Willis, Katheryn Winnick, and Steven Yeun.last_img read more

Conditional ban on Pak will not work Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: Sharing his views on the demand to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday said a conditional ban on the neighbouring country will not work. Known for being forthright, Gambhir also said that India should even be prepared to “forfeit” the final of the World Cup tournament starting on May 30 in England and Wales, if it comes up against Pakistan in the title clash. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”This is what BCCI needs to decide and I have always maintained there can’t be conditional bans…either you don’t play them anywhere or open doors for them…what’s happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. “I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in World Cup but they are not playing them in bilaterals…best they can do is stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe,” the 37-year-old said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCiting the example of the 2003 World Cup when England lost two points after refusing to travel to Zimbabwe, Gambhir also urged the nation to stand behind the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) if it decides to boycott Pakistan, and India fails to qualify for the semis of the showpiece event as a result. “If BCCI decides that India should not play Pakistan, they should be mentally ready and the country should be too. It can’t be a conditional ban, there could be repercussions as well, and no media should blame India for not qualifying for the semi-finals.. the entire media and country should back the team as well,” Gambhir said. The cricketer also felt that the lives of martyred soldiers are of much more importance than the match and even if the men in blue face the green brigade in the final, India should refuse to play. “There is nothing wrong in forfeiting the game and losing two points. The lives of 40-41 soldiers, who lost their lives are far more important,” asserted Gambhir. “My point is if India decides to forfeit, then the entire country should back the team Even if India have to play Pakistan in the World Cup final, even if you have to let go of that final, they should be ready for it,” he added. Gambhir also denied the rumours of him joining politics. “There are lot of rumours on that front but I haven’t thought about joining as yet because it is a completely different field. I just got Padmashri two days back, haven’t really thought about it. I am still doing commentary,” Gambhir added.last_img read more

Rabat University and Mississippi State to Set Archeology Program

Rabat – A delegation from Mississippi State University (MSU) recently came to Morocco to develop relations with the International University of Rabat (UIR). The MSU delegation, representing the Office of the Provost, the political science and public administration department, and the anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures department, met Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj and officials of the UIR to explore academic partnerships.MSU and UIR are developing a study abroad program in which students spend a month working on digs, cultural integration, and language immersion, according to Peter Ryan, MSU’s associate provost.Read Also: Colombian contemporary literature pays a gracious visit to the International University of RabatMSU’s Associate Vice-President of International Programs Julie Jordan said, “We are especially excited to expand the academic collaboration to include archeology, anthropology, and Middle Eastern cultures with Morocco’s UIR and Archeology and Heritage National Institute (INSAP).”“Morocco’s rich history and culture makes it an exceptional place for our students to explore some of the oldest civilizations in the world,” added Jordan. The 2017 archaeological discovery of 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens remains gave a new impetus to archeology in Morocco.MSU and UIR launched a program in 2015 that allows Moroccan students to study in MSU to obtain a UIR engineering degree and a MSU master’s degree. read more

Morocco Considers Selling 51 of La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech

Morocco is planning to sell shares in Marrakech’s La Mamounia hotel to the private sector, according to a draft addendum to the 2019 Finance Bill.The finance department drafted an amendment to the 1989 privatization law, reported L’Economiste Monday. The updated bill will be scheduled for discussion at the next government council November 1. Two sources “familiar with the plan” have confirmed that the Moroccan government plans to sell a 51-percent stake in the luxurious La Mamounia hotel next year, reported Bloomberg. “The government is expected to fix a minimum price and invite bids sometime in 2019,” according to Bloomberg.La Mamounia’s value is expected to be more than MAD 3 billion, a source familiar with the plan told L’Economiste. The assets of the sale would “serve to amortize the [state] debt and improve the institution’s cash flow,” the source said.Economy minister Mohamed Benchaaboun estimated that the treasury’s deficit in 2018 would end at 3.8 percent instead of 3 percent of GDP as planned for in the 2018 Finance Bill.Without revenue from privatization, the budget deficit is expected to stay almost flat at 3.7 percent in 2019.The privatization plan will generate MAD 10 billion, Benchaaboun told l’Economiste Friday.Benchaaboun said that Morocco will privatize some public companies to help reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019. Previously, on October 22, Benchaaboun had estimated privatization would generate MAD 8 billion.The La Mamounia decision comes to improve the governance of public companies and increase state resources.“The hotel had stopped distributing dividends to shareholders for eight to 10 years through 2017, mainly because of the repayment of loans obtained to fund a major overhaul, Marrakech Mayor Mohamed Larbi Belkaid told Bloomberg.La Mamounia hotel is a prestigious hotel known worldwide. It was built in 1923 and received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009.The hotel has earned many awards since its reopening in 2009.In February, interior design magazine Architectural Digest listed La Mamounia among the “7 Most Historically Significant Hotels in the World.”On May 10, the Spanish version of UK travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler awarded La Mamounia “Best Urban Hotel in the World.”Many worldwide celebrities have visited La Mamounia. Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor of the hotel, and he described it as “one of the most beautiful places in the world” to Franklin Roosevelt in 1943, wrote the Architectural Digest. Statesmen, Hollywood stars, artists, and literary figures, including Charles de Gaulle, Charlie Chaplin, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, and Yves Saint Laurent, have all stayed at the hotel.Morocco’s state-run railway network ONCF owns 60 percent of La Mamounia. The state-owned investment management fund, Caisse de Depot and Gestion (CDG), and the city council of Marrakech own 20 percent each. The privatization is part of the actions that the government plans to restore state coffers to avoid an increase in the budget deficit.In addition to La Mamounia, the Moroccan government also plans to privatize the Tahaddart thermal power station in northern Morocco. The Tahaddart site opened in 2005 in the Tangier region and has a capacity of 385 megawatts. Shareholders include the Moroccan National Office of Electricity (ONEE), the Spanish Endesa company and Siemens. According to L’Economiste, ONEE owns 48 percent of the station, Endesa 32 percent and Siemens 20 percent. The Tahaddart station building cost MAD 3 billion to build. read more

Sierra Leone UN envoy appeals for fullscale peacebuilding efforts

Oluyemi Adeniji, who heads the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), made the call on Tuesday in the eastern town of Koidu at a ceremony marking the commencement of work to rebuild a market destroyed during the war.The market, which Mr. Adeniji said could serve as a rallying point for the people of the Kono District where Koidu is located, is being rebuilt by recently disarmed ex-combatants as one of UNAMSIL’s quick impact projects. The effort is funded by the UN Development Programme and the British Government. More than 400 ex-combatants will be employed in the project, which will be completed within two months. read more

US consumer spending up slightly inflation at 4year high

US consumer spending up slightly, inflation at 4-year high WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer spending rose at only a sluggish pace in January, even as signs of growing optimism about the economy have emerged.Consumer spending increased 0.2 per cent in January, after a 0.5 per cent gain in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Spending on services — from haircuts to health care — was flat, and Americans spent less on long-lasting goods such as autos and appliances.Prices also rose in a sign that inflation has perked up a bit. A measure of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose 0.4 per cent in January and has increased 1.9 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s the biggest year-over-year gain in more than four years.That nearly matches the Fed’s target of 2 per cent and may make a rate hike by the Fed more likely in the coming months.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices rose 0.3 per cent in January and 1.7 per cent in the past 12 months.Surveys of consumers have shown a burst of optimism since the presidential election, yet that has only intermittently translated into more spending. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped to a 15-year high in February after a modest dip in the previous month.Measures of consumer health are important for growth because consumer spending drives about 70 per cent of economic activity.Income growth accelerated slightly in January, the data showed, rising 0.4 per cent. That was slightly better than the previous two months.Yet rising inflation is offsetting some of that gain and may slow spending in the coming months. Adjusted for taxes and price increases, Americans’ incomes actually slipped 0.2 per cent in January, the largest decline in more than three yearsWednesday’s figures suggest that the economy is still growing at a modest pace. Growth was just 1.9 per cent at an annual pace in the final three months of last year, the government said Tuesday. That was sharply lower than the 3.5 per cent increase in the third quarter. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Disability is not inability says Ban urging equal rights for all to

‹ › Disable disability A disabled boy plays with his wheelchair in a rehabilitation center. Photo: Masaru Goto / World Bank UN global survey explained why so many people living with disabilities die in disasters. Photo: UNISDR Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“Through the power of music and the arts, these talented women and men are living examples of our core message: disability is not inability,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a video message, referring to artists from the Beautiful Mind Charity, “4WheelCity” and the Samulnori team who are performing at UN Headquarters.“Let us work together for a world of opportunity and dignity for all, a future of inclusion, one in which we all gain by leaving no one behind,” he added.Implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all persons with disabilities is the main focus of the Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as they meet in New York from today through Thursday.Gathering hundreds of disability advocates and government delegates, the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD constitutes one of the largest and most diverse international meetings on disability in the world.The UN is underlining that the annual review of the Convention will examine the implementation of the binding agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 to reaffirm that the one billion persons with disabilities – 15 per cent of the world’s population – must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.“There is still much more we can do to fully implement the CRPD and make rights a reality for the more than one billion persons with disabilities around the world,” said the UN Chef de Cabinet, Edmond Mullet, speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General at the opening of the meeting.“The Conference of States Parties offers a good opportunity to reflect on important lessons and move forward – as your theme puts it – in ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind,’” he stressed.Mr. Mullet also highlighted some of the progress made in recent years, such as disability-inclusive strategies being featured in the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, while most recently at the World Humanitarian Summit, stakeholders highlighted the importance of furthering humanitarian actions that are responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.In his opening remarks, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said international commitments to the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities are deeply rooted in the UN Charter. Indeed, they have been elaborated on over many decades through the Convention, as well as the outcome document of the 2013 High-level Meeting on Disability and Development of the General Assembly. Disabled workers at a chalk factory in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Photo: Irin/Evans Mensah “And finally, now, thanks to the advocacy of disability organizations and concerted efforts of many others, they have been included at the heart of the 2030 Agenda – an agenda that promises to leave no one behind,” he said, adding that in the SDGs, disability is not about needs but about rights and empowerments.“Persons with disabilities have been given specific prominence across a range of the goals as well as in relation to data collection and monitoring of the SDGs,” he said. Recalling that yesterday, his office organized a General Assembly panel discussion on disabilities and that yesterday morning, civil society also held its annual forum which this year focused on leaving no one behind, Mr. Lykketoft said that the high level of interest and participation in these meetings was very encouraging.Disabilities and the Sustainable Development GoalsThe Conference is also the first UN gathering on disability since the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015. Disability is referenced in various parts of the SDGs’ targets, including in relation to education (to ensure equal access to all levels of education, including for persons with disabilities); growth and employment (to promote decent work and equal pay for all); inequality (as Goal 10 calls for the empowerment and inclusion of all regardless of any status including disability), accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilitiesWith 20 per cent of the world’s poorest persons living with disabilities, the link between poverty and disability will be a key emphasis of the meeting. Persons with disabilities are statistically more likely to experience poverty, while poverty itself also increases the incidence of disability.The link between poverty and disability is particularly striking as 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries. This also marks disability as a significant cross-cutting issue of the new development agenda.The rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilitiesThe meeting will also address the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities as there is a growing recognition within the international community that invisible disabilities, such as mental, psychosocial or development disabilities, are some of the most neglected yet essential conditions to take into account in order to achieve internationally agreed development goals.While exact numbers are unknown, persons with such disabilities represent a significant proportion of the world’s population. Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health conditions and an estimated one in four people globally will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.The UN estimates that almost one million people die due to suicide every year, and it is the third leading cause of death among young people worldwide. Mental health conditions, including alcohol abuse, are among the ten leading causes of disability in both developed and developing countries. In particular, depression is ranked third in the global burden of disease, and is projected to rank first in 2030. read more

Spotlight on Mexico Auto industry rides the crest of a wave

There are also strong indications that the new government is serious about achieving further economic reform and business liberalisation. For example, the cross-party “Pact for Mexico” seeks to break open the energy market to competition, with the opportunity for further cost reductions for manufacturing industry.Mexico’s automotive Achilles’ heel has long been the size of the local vehicle market, with sales falling short of the levels that might be expected in the world’s 11th most populous country. However, recent trends have been encouraging – car sales topped the one million mark in both 2012 and 2013, and further modest growth was recorded for the first quarter of this year.Another challenge facing the auto sector in Mexico is to grow the production volumes and capabilities of second- and third-tier suppliers to keep pace with the expansion at the top of the automotive pyramid. This is an area where there are good opportunities for UK companies. There is an immediate demand for – amongst other components – forgings, castings, plastic injection mouldings, fasteners and electrical parts. And, of course, companies with a manufacturing base in Mexico can supply the whole NAFTA region, and beyond, without paying any customs duties.While Brazil is playing a defensive game in the automotive sector, with its domestic industry and market protected behind high tariff walls, Mexico is taking a more expansive, outward-looking approach. Whatever the outcome in the Estadio Castelao on 17 June, Mexico’s auto industry seems certain to be a premier league player for many years to come.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) VW produces 330,000 engines a year in Mexico, plus the Beetle and Golf Over the next two weeks, the footballers of Mexico and Brazil will be facing one another in the group stages of the World Cup. While few are expecting Mexico to triumph in that encounter, the contest for the title of leading automotive producer in Latin America is much closer.Currently, Brazil has a narrow lead, achieving seventh spot in the global league table for 2013, with a total production of 3.75 million vehicles. Mexico was one place, and approximately 700,000 units, behind. However, with Mexican manufacturing (led by the motor industry) consistently out-performing its Brazilian rival over the last two years, and with $10 billion of new automotive investment expected to flow into Mexico by the end of 2015, the positions may well be reversed.Mexico is also out-stripping its NAFTA partners – particularly Canada – and is predicted to account for 25% of all automotive production within the free trade area by 2020.Two key factors that have underpinned Mexico’s success in attracting investment from both VM’s and Tier 1 suppliers is a competitively-priced and increasingly well-skilled labour force, and a wide range of free trade agreements. With hourly rates for a production engineer of between $6.50 – $8.00 (and general workers earning as little as $3.00 per hour), Mexico has a significant – and long-standing – attraction as a manufacturing location within NAFTA. Its network of free trade agreements is the widest in the world – 44 international partners (including the EU) and still counting. read more

Google to buy Nest for 32 billion in cash

first_imgGOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will be buying smart thermostat company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.The company, which created the Nest thermostat and Protect smoke alarms, will continue to operate as normal and the deal is expected to close in the next few months.The co-founder and VP of Nest Labs, Matt Rodgers, said in a Q&A that users’ data will not be shared with Google and will only be used for the company’s products and services. Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change. Nest’s CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell said on the Nest blog that the deal will help it  ”fully realise our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster.”In a statement announcing the deal, the CEO of Google Larry Page said: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfil their dreams! The deal has not mentioned how the two companies will work together, although Google had been one of the company’s main investors since May 2011, having invested $100 million in Nest so far.Nest Labs specialises in creating smart objects for households. Its most famous product is the Nest thermostat, which learns your daily routine so it knows when to adjust the temperature in your house. It claims to save up to 20 per cent on heating bills and is available in the US, Canada and the UK. (Video: Nest/YouTube)Read: Gmail change will soon allow anyone on Google+ to email you >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >last_img read more

MidMarch to be the first test for state coffers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The inflexible payments Greece has to make to its creditors this year are set to peak in the summer. January is the easiest month, as the repayments due then amount to just 515 million euros, but the dues will increase almost every month that follows, reaching their highest in July and August, when 8.8 billion euros will have to be paid out in total.If Greece chooses to forfeit some of its obligations, it will be choosing the path of a partial or complete default, opening a new chapter in the history of its economy.In total the state’s 2015 dues add up to 22.5 billion euros and concern the repayment of bonds held by the European Central Bank, the repayment of International Monetary Fund loans, the payment of interest and bonds that were not included in Greece’s debt restructuring (private sector involvement, or PSI), as well as other loan obligations.This month Greece must disburse 515 million euros to the IMF and in interest payments. In February this will grow to 1.6 billion euros and in March to 2.5 billion. Finance Ministry officials say that it is from mid-March that the problems will start, as at the moment the country’s existing cash reserves amount to 1-2 billion euros and will suffice to cover requirements up to mid-March. Solutions such as a new extraordinary issue of treasury bills will then be examined.Once March is over, things will ease up briefly, as in April maturities add up to 615 million euros and in May to 1 billion. The problems will grow again in the summer, as Greece has to pay obligations of 2.6 billion euros in June, 5.1 billion in July and 3.7 billion in August. That is because two bonds held by the ECB, worth 3.5 billion and 3.2 billion euros, mature in July and August. If Athens has not reached an agreement with its creditors on the last inspection by then, payment will be impossible and other solutions must be found, ministry officials said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Eusebio Roma lacked the desire to win

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has criticised his team’s lack of desire to win in their 2-0 loss to Bologna.Bologna have only managed to secure a point in the last four fixtures without a single goal to their name but eased past Roma at the Dall’Ara this afternoon.“You all seem to think you know the answers, so maybe I should ask you questions? We always end up talking about numbers, statistics, but not the determination and fire in the belly,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia.“If you have 74 percent possession and lose 2-0, it means something is missing in your attitude. If you lose every duel with Bologna, then you weren’t determined enough.“I genuinely can’t tell you what system we’re going to use next time, because first and foremost I need to find the right men and then work around their characteristics.“I don’t think a tackle is a tactical issue, it’s about desire, timing and fire. You can’t teach that, I’ve been a player and I know what it means to be out there.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I am trying everything to shake them up. We missed goals from a couple of yards today. We had 280 crosses with only Edin Dzeko in the box, which is something I don’t want.“Perhaps the lads are so eager to score that they aren’t sharp enough in their choices. I have to change. I have to change. We lack defensive solidity and this brings us to embarrassing performances.“The thing that drives me crazy is that this season we had more time to work in pre-season training, yet the defensive moments we practiced over and over again weren’t there.“This is why I tried to change things. We’ve got seven games in a row coming up and I could change before because it didn’t matter how many players we changed, we were all working in the same direction.“If something doesn’t snap inside the players, then we’re going to struggle. We could just sit there in front of the goal and hope the right cross comes in, but that is not my philosophy of football.”last_img read more

Microsoft appears to dump Cortana in Skype for Amazons Alexa

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to…center_img Skype may soon have a new assistant. Getty Images As of April 30, the Cortana bot will no longer be a part of Skype. Skype users have reported seeing notifications saying the Cortana bot, the chatbot version of Microsoft’s voice assistant, will no longer be available on the video app. Instead, Microsoft is advertising a new Amazon Alexa voice assistant integration, according to OnMSFT. “We are constantly evaluating and testing our products to ensure they offer the best and most productive experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “We are discontinuing the Cortana bot within Skype, but Cortana suggestions are still available.” A Microsoft spokesperson said Cortana’s exit and the Alexa promotion were unrelated. After the Cortana chat bot retires, Cortana suggestions will still be available in Skype. This means you’ll be able to access smart replies, emoticons, and other tools. Cortana was first added to Skype in 2014, letting people place calls with their voice. It was later brought to the Android and iOS versions of the app and then Skype for desktop. The Cortana bot let you do things like find information or set tasks while in Skype. Twitter user Florian Beaubois also spotted that Microsoft is offering 200 free minutes of communication to users who link their Skype and Amazon accounts. Originally published March at 9.31 a.m. PT.Update, at 12.07 p.m. PT: Adds response from Microsoft. Internet 4:33 Alexa Cortana Amazon Microsoft Skypelast_img read more

New Ecobee smart thermostat sensor leak on Lowes website

first_img Share your voice Ecobee may have a new smart thermostat right around the corner.  James Martin/CNET Ecobee appears to have a new smart thermostat on the horizon, at least according to a product page on Lowe’s website. Spotted by smart home blog Zatz Not Funny, the new Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control — apparently not following the company’s tradition of numerical successors to products — switches from plastic to a glass design, adds dual-band WiFi, support for Bluetooth and improves Amazon Alexa support to allow for calling, drop in and messaging. In addition to the updated Alexa support, a listing for the new product shown in Zatz’ screenshot includes a bullet point for “Spotify Connect”, suggesting that the thermostats will also be able to tap into Spotify, perhaps for those times where you want to listen to music through your thermostat. In addition to the new thermostat, a new SmartSensor also is in the works, with better battery life, range and occupancy detection according to the leak. More: In search of a smart thermostat? Here are our favorites.Lowe’s has since pulled the new thermostat and sensor from its site, though Zatz suggests that pricing will be similar to the Ecobee4, which first retailed for $249 when it launched in 2017.  Smart Thermostats Tags Post a comment 0 Lowe’s Rumors Ecobeelast_img read more

Federal Fisheries Money Heads to Senate

first_imgThe U.S. Senate is poised to pass a spending bill that includes more than $150 million for federal programs important to Alaska’s fishing industry and marine navigation.Download AudioIt includes $4 million for electronic monitors for the fishing fleet. Alaska fishermen on small boats have asked for cameras as a substitute for some of the human observers that record catch data. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her colleagues electronic monitors will allow the mission to continue while “recognizing that our small fishermen just simply cannot put another body on their boat as they’re out working.”The bill also includes $25 million for sonar mapping of coastlines, with an emphasis on the need for more data on the Bering Straits and the Arctic. It has $6 million for removing marine debris, especially debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami that washed up on federal land.The bill funding commerce, justice and science programs passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Both Alaska senators sit on that committee, and Murkowski sits on the subcommittee that drafted the bill.last_img read more

Rising seas peat may have caused Ice Age extinction event

first_imgA research paper published yesterday says large ice age mammals may have gone extinct in northern Alaska when grassland turned to peat and rising sea levels covered the Bering Land Bridge.Download AudioAlaska and California researchers studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison and woolly mammoths to determine why they died out.Lead author Daniel Mann says the Earth’s environment was much more unstable during the ice ages and flipped back and forth every few thousand years.He says during the times when grasslands were abundant large animals would have been attracted to northern Alaska.Mann says when the Earth’s large ice sheets collapsed at the end of the last ice age, the melt led sea water to rise, which cut off a migration route back to Asia.last_img read more

Yes Bank shares zoom nearly 30 on clean score in RBIs divergence

first_img Wells Fargo Outage Causes Website, App Errors Several brokerages have rerated the stock with a “buy” rating, according to the Live Mint. While Motilal Oswal has a target price of Rs 270, SBI Cap has a target price of Rs 315. The RBI divergence report shows that Yes Bank will keep on improving its retail franchise and in turn reduce concentration risks and capital consumption, JM Financial said. A watchman steps out of a Yes Bank branch in Mumbai, India, September 21, 2018REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasShares of Yes Bank surged nearly 30 percent after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cleared the lender of any disparity in reporting bad loans. Yes Bank said in an exchange filing on Wednesday that RBI’s risk assessment report for 2017-18 showed the Mumbai-based lender had complied with norms and had zero divergence in its asset classification. The shares rose 28.96 percent in early trade on Thursday, to hit Rs 218.Yes Bank investors, who took huge risk after the drubbing the stock got in the recent past, were in for a surprise on Thursday. The stock had a very turbulent phase through the fiscal year, falling 39 percent. The bank was hit badly by the uncertainty over Chairman Rana Kapoor’s tenure and the RBI stricture limiting his term last year. RBI’s order limiting his term to January 31 had dealt one of the biggest shocks to the lender’s stock. Following the central bank move, Yes Bank’s stock fell 39 percent, wiping out a staggering Rs 32,722 crore of the shareholder wealth. Reserve Bank of IndiaReutersHowever, the announcement of a new CEO in January changed the outlook. Now, the clean score in RBI divergence report has added another boost to the shares. “The report observes NIL divergences in the bank’s asset classification and provisioning from the RBI norms,” Yes Bank said in the filing. The RBI makes the divergence report after checking if lenders follows regulatory norms with respect to non-performing asset classification and provisioning. The difference between RBI’s inspection findings and the lender’s own appraisal is termed as divergence.What’s divergence report?RBI had found that Yes Bank’s divergence was too wide for comfort in the previous years. According to Bloomberg, Yes Bank’s divergence of bad loans was at Rs 4,176.70 crore during FY16. The same stood at Rs 6,355 crore, or three times the reported bad loan amount, in FY 17. This had led the central bank to initiate action against Yes Bank and curtail the CEO’s term.Yes Bank, one of India’s leading private banks, had a turbulent journey after the central bank move. India’s fifth largest private sector lender by assets has faced intense media scrutiny in the midst of multiple regulatory checks, senior level resignation and a stock price decline.Yes Bank shares rose 5 percent on January 15 after reports said Deutsche Bank boss Ravneet Gill was likely to become the embattled lender’s CEO. Gill will take over as CEO on March 1. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:45Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Globular proteins found to allow squid eyes to adjust for light distortion

first_img More information: Eye patches: Protein assembly of index-gradient squid lenses, Science (2017). … 1126/science.aal2674AbstractA parabolic relationship between lens radius and refractive index allows spherical lenses to avoid spherical aberration. We show that in squid, patchy colloidal physics resulted from an evolutionary radiation of globular S-crystallin proteins. Small-angle x-ray scattering experiments on lens tissue show colloidal gels of S-crystallins at all radial positions. Sparse lens materials form via low-valence linkages between disordered loops protruding from the protein surface. The loops are polydisperse and bind via a set of hydrogen bonds between disordered side chains. Peripheral lens regions with low particle valence form stable, volume-spanning gels at low density, whereas central regions with higher average valence gel at higher densities. The proteins demonstrate an evolved set of linkers for self-assembly of nanoparticles into volumetric materials. Explore further Optic lobe of giant squid found proportionally smaller than for other cephalopods (—A team of researchers with the University of Pennsylvania has uncovered the means by which squid eyes are able to adjust to underwater light distortion. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work analyzing squid eye parts under a microscope, what they found and then offer an explanation of the process involved in squid vision. Tobias Madl with Medical University of Graz in Austria offers an overview of how lenses work in general in a Perspective piece in the same journal issue, and outlines the work done in this new effort. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Prior work with squid had shown that their eyes are unique. The refractive index of each lens is greatest at its center and grows smaller toward the edges. This contrasts sharply with how glass lenses work—they have the same refractive index over their whole area—their shape focuses the light. The unique squid lens has clearly evolved to better handle the murky light available in the ocean, allowing the creatures to see much better than humans and many other sea creatures that have traditional lenses. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn how the squid eye is able to pull off this feat.The study consisted of cutting squid eyes and studying them layer by layer under a microscope and applying small-angle X-ray scattering to learn more about the way light behaved as it encountered each layer and part of a lens. The researchers found that the lens was made mostly of a protein gel in the S-crystalline family. They attribute changes in the refractive index to the arrangement of the crystalline molecules. They found that in the center of the lens, the molecules were bound together in relatively large structures. The structures grew smaller relative to their distance from the center. At the edges of the lens, the structures were made from just two molecules. This works for the squid, because the structures allow for bending light differently depending on which part of the lens is struck. The result is far more clarity under dim light conditions.center_img Citation: Globular proteins found to allow squid eyes to adjust for light distortion (2017, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 13, 2008 MEDRAD Multi Vendor Service Forms Alliance with Wetsco 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more November 13, 2008 – MEDRAD Inc., Multi Vendor Service said it will form a strategic alliance with Wetsco, a leader in the ultrasound transducer repair industry. By combining Wetsco’s repair and innovation capabilities with MVS’ sales infrastructure, customer care and repair facility, the two companies aim to offer a superior customer experience. Subsequent partnerships between MEDRAD and Westco will be announced in the future, according to the companies For more information;, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Everpopular London projects 40 million visitors by 2025

first_img Tweet Travelweek Group Tuesday, September 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Ever-popular London projects 40 million visitors by 2025center_img LONDON — Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply by 2025, with projections indicating that visitor numbers could top 40 million a year, an increase of 30% on current levels, with tourism spending projected to hit £22 billion a year, up 50%.The Mayor of London and London & Partners, which runs, has launched a “bold new vision” to bolster the capital’s status as a world-class tourist destination, while keeping an eye on over-tourism.The new Tourism Vision for London is backed by more than 100 industry partners and supported by the Mayor of London.The Tourism Vision states that the growth in visitor numbers is not a given with increasing competition from other destinations fighting to attract new visitors and other challenges such as continued access to talent, the supply of new hotel rooms and aviation capacity that could constrain growth.It recommends greater investment in pre-visit promotion to attract more first time visitors, boosting visitor numbers in off-peak periods and harnessing technology to allow visitors to make more of their visit and see more of the city.London & Partners’ findings coincide with data from Google that reveals the British capital is the most searched for global destination for city and short breaks.According to Google, London leads worldwide searches for city and short breaks ahead of Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, with the number of searches up by 17 per cent year-on-year. London also tops Google’s search rankings for global cities to fly to.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The Tourism Vision and this year’s Autumn Season, which shines a spotlight on the best events taking place across the capital in the months ahead, were launched by the Mayor of London Sadiq has created a series of films starring Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Londoners from across the capital as they explore the remarkable events that make London a must-see destination to visit this autumn. Watch now at“London is the world’s greatest city, so it comes as no surprise that we lead the way when it comes to international tourism,” said Khan. “Visitors to the capital bring huge benefits – the industry boosts London’s economy, as well as supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and showing the world that London is an open, welcoming and diverse city.“It’s important that all Londoners benefit from a growth in tourism. By inspiring visitors to come to our great city during quieter periods like autumn and to find hidden gems off the beaten track, we can ensure that the projected growth in visitor numbers is sustainable and that the tourism and cultural industries work for everyone.”“London’s Autumn Season will show visitors what it is like to explore the city like a Londoner, whether that’s finding the capital’s secret treasures or visiting its world-leading exhibitions and shows. More than ever it is vital to ensure that the capital extends a warm welcome to all guests of our incredible city.”More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyCulture, the arts, history and heritage are the number one reasons visitors come to London. As the capital launches The Autumn Season, additional data from Google shows that the city’s West End theatres form a big slice of online searches for culture in London.According to Google the musical Hamilton, which is a jewel in the crown of this year’s Autumn Season, is the most searched for UK musical globally this year.The Autumn Season will give people the chance to experience the city like a Londoner with the help of special guides including: vocalist and broadcaster Jumoké Fashola, author and fashion historian Amber Buchart, London events and culture vloggers Pete and Jens, and Blue Badge Tour Guide, David Mildon.China and India are likely to be the fastest growing markets for tourism in London, with visitor numbers from China growing by more than 100% by 2025 and India rising by 90%.The surge in visitors could be boosted in the short-term by currency fluctuations. Separate research from London & Partners shows that around two thirds of international visitors say they are more likely to visit London given more favourable currency rates.Visit London has published a new guide to some of London’s best ‘bits’, plus some valuable travel tips and quick facts condensed into one page. To view the guide, go to Posted by Tags: Britain, Londonlast_img read more