Firefighter graduates to be deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsRecent firefighter graduates in Edmonton are getting thrown into the fire.They’re expected to deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend.last_img

Norfolk council accepts mayors apology

Norfolk council has voted 6-1 to accept Mayor Kristal Chopp’s most recent apology for tearing up a planning report at the Jan. 8 meeting.Council also asked Toronto lawyer John Mascarin, Norfolk’s integrity commissioner, to stand down on the issue and let council move forward with the county’s business.The motion to accept the mayor’s May 31 apology was tabled at Tuesday’s meeting by Windham Coun. Chris VanPaassen.“It was this council that asked for the apology and it should be this council that decides whether the apology is acceptable,” Van Paassen said.Chopp has been on the hot seat since Mascarin received two complaints about her actions at the Jan. 8 council meeting.Norfolk principal planner Mat Vaughan presented a report at that meeting about legalizing poultry in the urban areas that didn’t entirely follow the direction council provided in December.As the mayor expressed her displeasure, she tore a copy of Vaughan’s report in half.Mascarin agreed that Chopp’s actions contravened council’s code of conduct and county memorandums governing council-staff relations.Council accepted Mascarin’s findings and passed a resolution expressing its displeasure with the mayor and the need for her to apologize.At the May 7 meeting of council, the mayor apologized for triggering a legal review that could cost taxpayers up to $20,000. Mascarin ruled this apology unacceptable. He gave Chopp till May 31 to offer something more sincere and to the point.Shortly before midnight June 1, Chopp posted a letter on her Facebook page apologizing to any county employee who felt ostracized by her actions.In reply June 6, Mascarin said this apology was also unacceptable and docked Chopp 10 days pay. Mascarin rejected Chopp’s last minute submission because – in his estimation – it did not display sufficient contrition and did not comply with council’s request for a sincere apology to staff.“The mayor’s failure serves to undermine the effectiveness of the code and the county’s other policies as a means of holding members to account when they act in a manner unbecoming an elected representative,” Mascarin said in his most recent correspondence with council.“Her Facebook statement is an insult to council, which sought to uphold its code and the standards of proper ethical conduct.”Mascarin added he remains “seized of the matter,” a state of affairs which holds out the possibility of further sanctions.It is unclear at this point how Mascarin will respond to Tuesday’s resolution. Mascarin recently said he does not comment to the media about active files. As Norfolk’s integrity commissioner, he has the authority to at least comment further.When it comes to matters of interpretation such as this, council often turns to clerk Andy Grozelle or deputy clerk Stephanie Godby. Grozelle said council’s actions Tuesday likely signal the end of the matter.“I’m hopeful this is it,” he told council. “I don’t think anything further will occur.”For her part, Chopp did not participate in Tuesday’s discussion. She declared a financial interest and vacated the council chamber.“It’s time for us to put this behind us and move on,” Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said.“I feel we’ve been talking in circles. It’s very costly to have Mr. Mascarin put these reports together for us. Let’s move on with the business of governing Norfolk County.”Chopp’s predicament has generated a great deal of debate on social media and elsewhere. Mascarin’s decision to reject Chopp’s Facebook apology and dock her salary took that discussion to another level over the past week.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman told council she has received angry correspondence for supporting Mascarin’s interpretation of the situation. Huffman said the feedback she’s received has included threats and calls for her to resign.Huffman agreed with Mascarin’s finding that the costs incurred to date and the fact this incident continues to pre-occupy council six months after the fact is the fault of the mayor.“This is not what I ran for office for,” Huffman said. “Everyone seems to have a different take on this.”Huffman warned that failing to support Mascarin’s hard line could be “a slippery slope” leading to repeat offences. Huffman cast the lone dissenting vote to Van Paassen’s motion.Near the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Van Paassen tabled a motion calling on council to review its code of conduct. Council approved. Staff will provide a report on the subject before council takes its summer break.Van Paassen  wants to discuss Mascarin’s supplementary report further because it has added to the expenses incurred to date. Van Paassen said council – not the integrity commissioner – should decide when an apology is sufficient.Van Paassen likened the supplementary report to a contractor who shows up at a person’s property unsolicited, cuts down a tree, and presents the property owner with an invoice.“I might refer him to the Better Business Bureau,” Van Paassen said. “Or I might sue him. But I wouldn’t pay the bill. I’m not sure what we should do about that.” read more

TimorLeste helped to independence by UN sends police to help UN in

The officers were trained by the UN Mission in Timor Leste (UNOTIL), the successor to earlier missions which saw the Southeast Asian nation through independence after it voted in a referendum to break away from Indonesia, which took over the former Portuguese colony in 1975.The selection of the team for Kosovo shows the “remarkable progress and professionalism” of the Timor Leste police, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, said.The UN has administered Kosovo since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between majority Albanians and Serbs in 1999. read more

UN conference considers measures to limit illegal fishing

Increased controls over ports and fishing vessels that could reduce illegal fishing were proposed by several countries today at a United Nations conference that is reviewing a landmark conservation and management agreement on fish stocks.Stronger measures that have been put forward during the conference to combat illegal high-seas fishing include satellite tracking systems of fishing vessels, a stronger system of controls on vessels flying flags of convenience, and steps that would make it more difficult to off-load illegal fish catches in ports. The initiatives were recommended during the first Review Conference of the 1995 Agreement Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, which is reviewing the adequacy of steps taken for the conservation and management of valuable fish stocks that cross between ocean areas under the jurisdiction of individual nations and the high seas.“From what I’ve heard so far, not all is well with the implementation of the Agreement,” said David Balton of the United States, who is chairing the Conference. Despite progress in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, he said, “the bad actors in ocean fisheries remain in business.” Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing continued both within the zones under the jurisdiction of regional fisheries management organizations and on the high seas, he said. “It is a problem affecting all fisheries and all regions. At the ministerial level, we have heard many calls for action. Today I would like to challenge this group to see what else we can do.”Kjell Kristian Egge of Norway called illegal fishing a “huge organized business” whose profit depended on gaining access to legal markets through landing catches in ports. He said the failure of flag States to control the operations of vessels flying their flag was at the core of the problem, and enhanced port State control was crucial, including through the inspection of documents, fishing gears and catch on board vessels, as provided for by the Agreement.“A global binding instrument involving all port States seems to be the only way of achieving a comprehensive system,” he said, with port States agreeing on harmonized and mandatory obligations – a proposal subsequently supported by Australia, the European Community, the United States and others.“If all flag States were discharging their duties there would be no illegal fishing,” said C. Costa Duarte of Brazil.Stronger controls on support vessels carrying out trans-shipping of catches and resupply and refueling of boats carrying out illegal fishing were called for by James Larsen of Australia. “These at-sea support services are well-organized and largely unregulated,” he said. Regulating nationals was also crucial, he said. “States have a responsibility to regulate the activities of their nationals, as well as companies operating within their jurisdiction.” Illegal fishing, F. Magaffouba of Guinea said, is a “real catastrophe for developing countries,” adding that it was often done in fish reproduction areas, causing long-term damage. Illegal fishing deprived developing countries of revenues, and foreign fishing vessels from countries with a much longer fishing tradition and much better equipment took advantage of developing countries’ lack of resources to combat the problem. Lori Ridgeway of Canada called for a “renewed international assault” against such practices and stressed the duty of corporate responsibility. Sanctions “should be more than just the cost of doing business,” she said, citing a study that estimated that violators had one chance out of five of being apprehended, and that the fines usually imposed were so low that even with a 25-fold increase of penalties the violating vessels would still break even. William Gibbons-Fly of the United States agreed on the need to penalize illegal business and lamented the “persistence of significant illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.” He suggested developing a global registry of fishing vessels, obligating all vessels to carry a Vessel Monitoring System by 2008 and auditing registries of flag States.The Conference, which will result in a political document containing new measures to strengthen the implementation of the Agreement, is the first opportunity to formally review the pact since it entered into force five years ago. read more

Transat checking out of Ocean Hotels expects 190M from partner H10 Hotels

MONTREAL – Travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ) has signed a deal to sell its 35 per cent share of Ocean Hotels for about $190 million.The buyer is Spanish company H10 Hotels, Transat’s partner in the joint venture, which operates resorts in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.Shares in Transat jumped more than 10 per cent after the agreement was announced.Transat says the proceeds from the sale of its minority interest in Ocean Hotels as well as the sale of some of its operations in France and Greece last year will help support the development of its own hotel operation.The deal is expected to close by Nov. 2.Transat CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said being a minority owner was no longer “an interesting use” of the company’s capital.“Our hotel division will take shape in the near future, including with the hiring of a president to lead it,” Eustache said in a statement.“We are very excited at the idea of moving forward with this priority initiative for the company.” Transat checking out of Ocean Hotels, expects $190M from partner H10 Hotels by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 9:25 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

No 17 Kentucky blows out archrival Louisville 5610

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terry Wilson accounted for 340 yards and four touchdowns, Benny Snell Jr. rushed for two scores and No. 17 Kentucky blew out archrival Louisville 56-10 on Saturday night to win the Governor’s Cup.The Wildcats (9-3) scored TDs on all five first-half drives and never trailed in posting their first nine-win regular season since 1977, scoring TDs on all five first-half drives. Wilson’s 3-yard scoring run provided a 14-0 lead before he tossed TD passes of 28 and 13 yards to Lynn Bowden for a 35-10 cushion late in the second quarter. The sophomore transfer threw a 32-yard TD to Josh Ali in the third to make it 42-10.Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes for 261 yards and rushed for 79 in his biggest game with Kentucky. Snell rushed for TDs of 7 and 24 yards, A.J. Rose ran for a 75-yard score and Kavosiey Smoke had a 37-yard TD run as Kentucky posted its most lopsided series win over the Cardinals (2-10) since ’98 (68-34).Malik Cunningham’s 75-yard TD run brought Louisville within 14-7, but the Cardinals lost their ninth in a row and allowed 50 points for the seventh time this season.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky will remain in the Top 25 as it prepares for a third consecutive bowl game.THE TAKEAWAYKentucky: Entering the game as heavy favourites, the Wildcats posted their most decisive victory this season. Consecutive interceptions in the third quarter stalled offensive momentum after a dominating first half, but Wilson recovered to throw his third TD and spur another run of 21 unanswered points.Louisville: Cunningham provided early excitement with his TD run, but the Cardinals played catch-up throughout. Twelve penalties for 134 yards meanwhile showed a lack of composure, as Cunningham was nailed for taunting on his score and tight end Micky Crum was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter. It appeared that coaches told Crum to leave the sideline afterward, but the senior talked with coaches and was back on the field for another series.UP NEXTKentucky will prepare for its third consecutive bowl game, possibly on New Year’s Day.Louisville will begin searching for a replacement for coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired on Nov. 11 after a 2-8 start and succeeded by Lorenzo Ward on an interim basis.___More AP college football: and B. Graves, The Associated Press read more

Bedbugs Spread to iPhone Android

first_imgNeed some more bedbugs in your life? Good news–now you canget the terrifying little monsters on you iPhone, thanks to the folks at BellEnvironmental Service. The extermination company has released Roscoe’s Tips, anew game for the Apple handset that lets you play as the eponymous bedbugsniffing beagle.The game finds the dog tasked with hunting out anddestroying the pests in furniture and walls.The game is also available for Android and BlackBerryhandsets, because we all need a few more bedbugs in our lives, right?last_img read more

Mike Shinoda Alessia Cara And More Join Suicide Prevention Campaign

first_img Mike Shinoda, Pearl Jam Back Suicide Prevention mike-shinoda-alessia-cara-and-more-join-suicide-prevention-campaign Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 28, 2018 – 4:27 pm Dave Navarro’s Powerful Message Of Hope Facebook 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha, Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Nothing But Thieves’ Conor Mason and GRAMMY winners Stone Temple Pilots are other artists that will participate in the special. Mental health specialists, athletes and radio personalities will also join the discussion.The broadcast will make space for conversations to take place on how to discuss mental health with loved ones, what can be done to prevent suicide, how to help someone struggling with depression, and how to get more involved with suicide prevention locally.Cara believes in the importance of talking about mental health and is joining the campaign to spread the conversation. “I definitely want to reach as many people as I can whether they’re dealing with mental illness or even if they’re just dealing with a weird period in their life,” she told the campaign. Mike Shinoda, Alessia Cara And More Join Suicide Prevention Campaign center_img The two-hour special will feature conversations with music artists, athletes and specialists on mental health and suicide preventionJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2018 – 1:33 pm GRAMMY winners Alessia Cara, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Halestorms’ Lzzy Hale and Pearl Jams’ Mike McCready will join the second-annual “I’m Listening,” suicide prevention campaign organized by radio network Entercom. The campaign will feature a two-hour live broadcast special across all Entercom stations on Sunday, Sept. 9 in which the artists will join discussions and share their personal stories around suicide prevention and mental health. News Email Mike Shinoda, whose bandmate Chester Bennington took his own life in 2017, hopes he can help bring more awareness about mental health. “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined,” he told Rolling Stone. He released his debut solo LP Post Traumatic after Bennington’s death. In the album, Shinoda grieves Bennington’s death. He has been open about the sexual abuse he experienced in the past.“I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health,” Shinoda continued.The “I’m Listening” campaign is a year-long movement that features a website with mental illness information and resources, suicide prevention PSAs and on-air promos.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and can affect anyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender. Catch the full broadcast on Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. via live stream or via your local Entercom station at its respective time zone.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Samsungs New TV Can Take Any Shape

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “This screen with transform the traditional idea of a TV,” said Samsung’s visual display division president Jonghee Han. “This screen is customizable and can be placed anywhere in the home.”Want a square TV, or maybe a really long video strip? It’s all possible, according to Samsung. The company showed off 12-by-12-inch display modules at the event that could be easily snapped together to build out bigger displays. It also showed how these same displays could work together with speaker elements, effectively creating new kinds of home entertainment devices on the fly.All of this is powered by Samsung’s MicroLED technology, which promises wide viewing angles, strong colors and energy efficiency. “MicroLED will soon become a fixture of your everyday life,” said Samsung Electronics America vice president Andrew Sivori. “MicroLED will give you the power to create whatever you want, and to place it wherever you want it.”However, company executives kept mum on the commercial availability of these kinds of modular TVs. A Samsung spokesperson told Variety that the company was still “evaluating the market” and didn’t want to commit to shipping any of the MicroLED-based modular TVs this year. Another rep said that the company may also ultimately decide to ship modules that aren’t 12-by-12 inches.The company also announced during the event that Samsung TVs will be controllable with Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers later this year. And earlier Sunday, Samsung revealed that it was going to bring an app for Apple’s iTunes Movies and TV Shows service to its 2018 and 2019 TVs. Samsung doesn’t exactly know how the TV of the future will look like — but the South Korean consumer electronics giant wants to be prepared for every possibility. That’s why Samsung is doubling down on modular MicroLED displays that can be freely combined to all kinds of shapes, and screens of up to 219 inches in diameter.The company first introduced these modular display units at the CES 2018, at the time branding them as “The Wall” to emphasize the ability to assemble previously-unknown screen sizes.Fast forward one year, and “The Wall” is back, complete with a new sibling: Samsung showed off a new configuration dubbed “The Window” at a press event in Las Vegas Sunday night, where company representatives also emphasized that the modular displays at the heart of both “The Wall” and “The Window” could be assembled to any size, shape, resolution and aspect ratio.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Fall in love with French culture at Francophonie Week

first_imgThe National Capital Region has seen several global events in the past few months, a large number of nations of different hues and cultural values are getting together to mark their oneness through a common language – French.Alliance Française de Delhi and the Francophone community of Delhi are holding the Francophonie Week through a variety of events from March 15 to 24, including film festivals, theatre, live music acts and, of course, the much-awaited and popular Francophone Méla on the last day. All the events will take place at 72 Lodhi Estate in south Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFrench speakers and Francophiles from around the world are uniting to promote the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures and to come together to become real “Citoyens du Monde” for the Francophonie Festival. Half a Billion Francophone around the world will celebrate Francophonie March.The exhibition ‘Know your Indo-French Heritage’ will be held every day during the week for the whole day, while a second exhibition on ‘Place Making,’ which is a selection of Architectural projects in the Indian Subcontinent (2001–2018) by SPA Design will be held on the evening of March 21. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe lone theatrical presentation, ‘La Marche de Rama,’ will be showcased on the opening day. There will be a Treasure Hunt competition on March 24 from 10:30 am.A roundtable will be held on the evening of March 16 on the theme ‘Reading May 68 – A period of civil unrest in France’. This will also include an exhibition: A Tribute – Posters of Atelier Populaire, Paris May 68, from March 17 to 31 between 9 am to 6 pm at the Alliance Francaise Gurgaon Centre and a Photography exhibition by Philippe Gras from April 16 to May 4 between 9 am and 6 pm, at Media Library, Alliance Francaise de Delhi. There will be three quiz contests: Franco-Map on March 19, Francophone Mystery on March 20, and a Music Quiz on March 22. All the quiz programmes will be held at 11:30 am. There will be a talk on the ‘Power of Cartoons’ by the award-winning Swiss cartoonist Patrick Chappatte along with an Indian cartoonist on the evening of March 19. This is being held by Swiss representatives on the occasion of Switzerland’s public diplomacy campaign “70 Years of Swiss-Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds – Inspiring the Future”. The film ‘Montreal La Blanche’ by director Bachir Bensaddek will be screened on March 20 at 6:30 pm by the Quebec Government Office in Mumbai in collaboration with Alliance Française de Delhi.Three concerts are also being held: ‘Tritha Electric’ (a fusion-rock band from Paris and New Delhi) on March 22 and ‘Hip Hop by Webster’ in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission on March 23 – both at 7 pm, and the concluding concert by ‘Bibi Tanga with Thakita’ which incorporates Indian folk and tribal style music with Indian artists at 6 pm on the closing day. The Francophonie Mela will bring representatives of many different countries to stalls, animating stalls set up all over Alliance Française de Delhi, sharing information about their cultures and cuisine and prizes to be won.last_img read more

Cinematic treat for Bengali film lovers

first_imgThe 14th Habitat Film festival organised by Habitat club for 10 days begins tomorrow at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. Widely anticipated for its rich yearly offerings, which includes first cuts, Indian Festival Premieres, Debuts and Master Classes, the Film Festival is nothing short of a cinematic treat for movie enthusiasts. It showcases 42 Films in more than 19 languages including Bengali. Therefore, all the Bengali film lovers can pull up their socks and get ready to witness some of the best Bengali Films from across India.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content 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 May 26, 2011 – M*Modal announced that it will be showcasing how its technology platform supports the radiology industry at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2011 annual meeting taking place from June 2-5, in Washington, D.C. The company will demonstrate robust integrations of its technology with two key partners: Intelerad Medical Systems, a medical imaging PACS and distributed radiology solutions company, and Poiesis Informatics, a developer of integrated healthcare IT workflow solutions. M*Modal will also be making an announcement at the show about its recent selection by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to adopt Speech Understanding as the platform to integrate with its radiology information system.At the show, M*Modal will demonstrate how its Speech Understanding platform supports radiology departments as they take on a range of enterprise documentation, reporting and quality initiatives. With its ability to convert dictation into context-aware, structured content – fully indexed for the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standard and capable of driving clinical actions – the Speech Understanding technology provides a foundation to meet the growing pressures that radiology departments across the country face now and in the future.M*Modal works with a variety of clinical documentation, RIS/PACS, EHR and other software and service partners that leverage the company’s unique technology platform. Two of these partners’ applications will be shown at SIIM to reflect the various ways that radiology system companies are bringing significant reporting productivity and quality benefits to their customers. Intelerad will feature M*Modal’s Speech Understanding technology embedded into the Multi-Method Reporting Module of its PACS system. Poiesis will demonstrate how its reporting and clinical documentation solution, Fluency, leverages M*Modal’s Speech Understanding technology to provide its PACS users with improved clinical documentation and reporting accuracy.M*Modal’s Speech Understanding technology combines advanced speech and natural language understanding (NLU) technologies in one, unified platform. The results of this approach are superior speech recognition and automatic output — not simply of tagged data elements but also of highly meaningful information that drives medical action. The M*Modal platform is deployed as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… 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 | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | May 26, 2011 M*Modal Features Voice Recognition, Partners at SIIM 2011 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

Spotify releases Chartify a new data visualization library in python for easier

first_imgSpotify announced, last week, that it has come out with Chartify, a new open source Python data visualization library, making it easy for data scientists to create charts. It comes with features such as concise and user-friendly syntax and consistent data formatting among others. Let’s have a look at these features in this new library. Concise and user-friendly syntax Despite the abundance of tools such as Seaborn, Matplotlib, Plotly, Bokeh, etc, used by data scientists at Spotify, chart creation has always been a major issue in the data science workflow. Chartify solves that problem as the syntax in it is considerably more concise and user-friendly, as compared to the other tools. There are suggestions added in the docstrings, allowing users to recall the most common formatting options. This, in turn, saves time, allowing data scientists to spend less time on configuring chart aesthetics, and more on actually creating charts. Consistent data formatting Another common problem faced by data scientists is that different plotting methods need different input data formats, requiring users to completely reformat their input data. This leads to data scientists spending a lot of time manipulating data frames into the right state for their charts. Chartify’s consistent input data formatting allows you to quickly create and iterate on charts since less time is spent on data munging. Chartify Other features Since a majority of the problems could be solved by just a few chart types, Chartify focuses mainly on these use cases and comes with a complete example notebook that presents the full list of chart types that Chartify is capable of generating. Moreover, adding color into charts greatly help simplify the charting process, which is why Chartify has different palette types aligned to the different use cases for color. Additionally, Chartify offers support for Bokeh, an interactive python library for data visualization, providing users the option to fall back on manipulating Chartify charts with Bokeh if they need more control. For more information, check out the official Chartify blog post. Read Next cstar: Spotify’s Cassandra orchestration tool is now open source! Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineer 8 ways to improve your data visualizationslast_img read more

Fastly open sources Lucet a native WebAssembly compiler and runtime

first_imgYesterday, Fastly, a US-based cloud computing service provider, open-sourced its native WebAssembly compiler and runtime, Lucet. Lucet is built on top of Cranelift, Mozilla’s low-level retargetable code generator. It already powers Fastly’s Terrarium project, their experimental platform for edge computation using WebAssembly, and now it is coming to their edge cloud platform as well. How does Lucet work? Lucet delegates the responsibility of executing WebAssembly programs into two components: compiler and runtime. The compiler compiles WebAssembly modules to native code and the runtime manages resources and traps runtime faults. As it uses ahead-of-time compilation strategy, it simplifies the design and overhead of the runtime compared to just-in-time (JIT) compilation that browser engines use. What are its advantages? Faster and safer execution of WebAssembly programs WebAssembly allows web browsers to safely execute programs with near-native performance. It is supported by some of the most commonly used browsers including Google, Mozilla, and Safari. With Lucet, Fastly aims to take WebAssembly “beyond the browser” by providing users a platform for faster and safer execution of programs on Fastly’s edge cloud. More languages to choose from Since WebAssembly is supported by an impressive list of programming languages including Rust, TypeScript, C, and C++, Lucet users will be able to work with the language they prefer. They do not have to be restricted to Fastly’s Varnish Configuration Language (VCL). Simultaneous execution of programs The Lucet compiler and runtime ensure that each WebAssembly program is allocated its own resources. This enables Fastly’s edge cloud to simultaneously execute a large number of WebAssembly programs without compromising on security. Supports WebAssembly System Interface (WASI) Lucet supports WASI, an API that provides access to various operating-system-like features. These include files and filesystems, Berkeley sockets, clocks, and random numbers. At the moment, Lucet supports running WebAssembly programs written in C, Rust, and AssemblyScript and its runtime only support x86-64 based Linux systems. To read the official announcement, visit Fastly’s official website. Read Next Introducing CT-Wasm, a type-driven extension to WebAssembly for secure, in-browser cryptography Creating and loading a WebAssembly module with Emscripten’s glue code [Tutorial] The elements of WebAssembly – Wat and Wasm, explained [Tutorial]last_img read more

Turrialba Volcano erupts hot rocks ash 2 kilometers high

first_imgTurrialba Volcano is at it again.The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI) released video Tuesday of an eruption at 2:07 a.m., when a column of hot rocks and ash rocketed out of the colossus. The eruption sent ash 2 kilometers into the air.The eruption’s most dramatic moment comes 14 seconds into the video when a rush of heat from the crater flashes white on the screen.Ash and sulphur smells from the eruption were reported as far away as Cuidad Quesada and across Alajuela, Escazú, Heredia and Curridabat, among other places. See the map from OVSICORI for more details: A crowdsourced map of ash and sulphur smells from the April 7, 2015 eruption at Turrialba Volcano. (Courtesy OVSICORI)Click here to participate in OVSICORI’s ash/sulphur survey (in Spanish).OVSICORI said on its Facebook page that it was investigating the eruption to see if it was related to the volcano’s recent activity. Facebook Comments Related posts:Hear Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano rumble Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vaporlast_img read more

Red Cross head had positive talks with Assad

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “You have a saying in English: Proof of the pudding is in the eating,” he replied. At their meeting Assad asked “very detailed questions” that left Maurer convinced that “he is seriously interested in” trying to find solutions to the many challenges and problems, he said.“The conflict is unfolding in a very different way in different parts of the country,” Maurer said. “We are confronted with a new situation in a new context.” Maurer is a veteran Swiss diplomat who represented Switzerland at the U.N. in New York and held the highest unelected position in the Swiss foreign ministryThe Red Cross’ assessment of the level of fighting, particularly that it is a civil war, has important legal and humanitarian ramifications because the group’s role as overseer of the Geneva Conventions makes it is the arbiter of the rules of war. That stature, and its neutrality, also lend it a unique role in the monitoring of prison conditions worldwide.“The needs are growing while the violence is expanding,” Maurer said. “Many men, women and children who could be saved are dying on a daily basis because they lack access to medical care.” Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sorensen, however, said one bright spot was the EU’s decision to provide, despite its severe financial crisis, an additional (EURO)60 million ($76 million) in humanitarian aid to Syria to provide shelter, medical aid and for other humanitarian purposes.The funds bring the total aid donated by the 27-nation bloc to over (EURO)200 million, or about half of the relief aid provided so far by the international community.Ging says it has been “a very slow and pedantic process” to gain the cooperation of the Syrian president’s regime toward implementing its agreement to allow in aid workers and supplies. Much of the help for four provinces _ Daraa, Deir el-Zour, Homs and Idlib _ has been held up by visa delays and other bureaucratic hurdles..(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Maurer said the Red Cross was looking at ways of engaging similarly with the Syrian opposition, but that any such talks are made more difficult because of the fragmented nature of the armed anti-government groups.The U.N. humanitarian office’s operations director, John Ging, says there are now 2.5 million people who urgently need food and other assistance in Syria.“The entire population in Syria is gripped by fear and despair,” he said. “They do not see any prospect for an end to this horrendous cycle of violence. … It’s escalated, rather than dissipated.”“The entire population of Syria is somehow affected by this crisis,” he added.Ging spoke at a press conference flanked by other regional aid officials after a closed-door meeting on aid for Syria. He said the more than 350 participants representing nations, U.N. agencies and other organizations urgently called for an end to the violence that has resulted in a “very serious deterioration” in the humanitarian situation.“It was a mood of gloom this morning,” Claus Sorensen, director-general of the European Union’s European Community Humanitarian office, said of the three-hour Fifth Syria Humanitarian Forum held at the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Maurer told reporters he also visited rural areas around Damascus where residents gave him “horrific accounts of armed attacks.” He said the testimony left him with no doubt that Syria is engulfed in civil war since “all features of armed conflict are unfolding in front of us.”Maurer, who just returned from a three-day visit, said the Red Cross assumes it has access to prison detainees based on Syria’s obligations under international humanitarian law, but that Assad gave no firm promises on how that would be implemented.Assad, he added, “expressed his readiness to address this issue.”Since the uprising began in March 2011, there have been tens of thousands of people detained in Syria, Maurer said, and “their basic rights must be upheld and they must be able to get in touch with their families.” Maurer withheld his opinion when asked his impressions of Assad.He said Assad and other ministers generally agreed on the need to reduce barriers to delivering aid. At his first press conference at Red Cross headquarters since taking the helm of the Switzerland-based organization in July, Maurer was asked what made him think Assad would honor his commitments. Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Associated PressGENEVA (AP) – The Red Cross’ president said Friday the Syrian president peppered him with questions during a “positive” meeting in Damascus that left the impression of a leader who has a serious interest in resolving the burgeoning humanitarian crisis that has enveloped a nation torn apart by civil war.Peter Maurer said his talks with President Bashar Assad earlier this week focused on humanitarian needs and were “sober, to the point.” He said the embattled Syrian leader seemed genuinely interested in resolving questions about ways to provide access to detainees and to free up deliveries of badly needed aid including food, medicine and other supplies to hundreds of thousands of people. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

US reporters mother speaks while son is in Iran court

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Rezaian faces charges including espionage and propaganda against the Islamic Republic, which the Post has said carry 10 to 20 years in prison if he is convicted. U.S. officials, the Post and rights groups have strongly criticized Rezaian’s trial, demanding he be freed.Rezaian’s detention of over 300 days and his trial come as Iran negotiates with world powers over its contested nuclear program, leading many, including his mother, Mary, to suggest current events may play a role in his case.“Someone believes that there is an advantage to holding him,” Mary Rezaian told The Associated Press outside her son’s hearing at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. “Personally, I do not think so.”Standing next to his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, Mary Rezaian said her son is “very tired, very distressed.” She also said she didn’t know how many more court hearings will be held or how the trial is going. Both she and Rezaian’s wife have not been allowed to attend the hearings, although Mary Rezaian has seen him twice briefly since she arrived in Iran a month ago.“He is being accused of being a master spy when all he was doing was reporting on a country that he loves. So it is very hard for him. Very, very hard for him. And of course he misses his wife,” Mary Rezaian said. “So two years they have been married, one year he has been in prison. It is a very, very difficult thing.” Salehi declined to discuss her husband’s trial, only saying: “I am not in a good state.”Rezaian, his wife and two photojournalists were detained July 22, 2014, in Tehran. All were later released except Rezaian. At the hearing Monday, two other people detained with Rezaian were in court, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, without elaborating or identifying them.Rezaian’s defense lawyer, Leila Ahsan, previously said that Salehi and one of the two unidentified photojournalists also would stand trial. Ahsan did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.As in the May hearing, reporters gathered in front of the courthouse gate did not see Rezaian, his lawyer or the other two co-defendants. Authorities usually bring those charged in sensitive cases into the building through a gate closed to the public.Rezaian is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was born and spent most of his life in the United States. Iran does not recognize other nationalities for its citizens.Salehi, a reporter for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, remains in Iran, barred from traveling abroad, the Post has said.At Rezaian’s first hearing, the court alleged that Rezaian had written to U.S. President Barack Obama and also cited a trip he made to the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported at the time. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Martin Baron, the Post’s executive editor, has disputed the alleged correspondence, saying that Rezaian did not write to the president but merely filled out an online job application for the Obama administration after the 2008 election, a position for which he was never hired. Rezaian’s brother, Ali, said that Jason had visited the consulate in Dubai, but the only reason was to obtain a U.S. visa for his wife.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The mother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian said Monday that Iran has charged her son for simply “reporting on a country that he loves,” as he addressed the judge overseeing his closed-door espionage trial.Details of Rezaian’s second court hearing remained vague in Iranian media accounts, although the semi-official Tasnim news agency said the 39-year-old bureau chief defended himself in English. The agency said a translator later handed Judge Abolghassem Salavati a transcript of Rezaian’s remarks in Persian. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Aus accommodation under review

first_img“Overseas tourists in particular come to expect high levels of service when they visit Australia, but the current award is placing this expectation at risk.” Mr Munro said the issue was prominent in regional and country areas.“The Accommodation Association does not support abolishing penalty rates and public holidays – we are seeking relief given the current situation is unsustainable for small businesses,” Mr Munro said. The Modern Award Review also suggests employee’s hours be averaged over 52 weeks, instead of 26 weeks, taking into account the seasonality of Australia’s accommodation industry. The Accommodation Association of Australia has recommended business practice changes for Australia’s accommodation operators as part of the Modern Award Review.Australian accommodation providers “should not have to pay for more than one public holiday in any pay period (fortnight) and not more than two in any month”, according to Accommodation Association of Australia chief executive Richard Munro.“There are increasing incidences in our industry of accommodation operators either restricting the opening hours of restaurants or closing them altogether because they cannot afford the cost of wages,” Mr Munro said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Travelport demo site launches new functionality

first_imgSource = Travelport Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, recently launched an innovative new demonstration site to showcase its Universal API capabilities.The tool allows both commercial decision makers within travel agencies and developers to fully explore the content and functionality available from Travelport before making decisions about how they would like to develop their own products.The Demo site, which launched in early January 2015, provides travel developers with the tools and data to offer consumers much richer information.This in turn enables Travelport to help our airlines and other suppliers retail their products more effectively and allows our customers to offer their travellers the very best content.Initially, the Demo site offered basic air and hotel shopping functionality. It has now been updated to include a new array of air shopping capabilities, including an airline’s branded fares, ancillary content from low cost carriers and interactive seat maps.Other additions include the ability to display the most relevant results simply, on one or two pages, and the integration of a price point solution that allows a user to choose different flight combinations that are available for the same total price.In the future, Travelport plans to add car shopping to show how easily Travelport Universal API can be used to sell car rental and to further augment the site by including data from Hotel Content Plus for a more expansive hotel display.The site demonstrates Travelport’s complete offering and is designed to inspire those looking to build their own website, booking tools, apps or other products on Travelport’s open platform.Alvydas Vitkauskas, General Manager of UAB “Interneto Partneris”, managing European online travel agencies FlyHi, FlySiesta, HotFlug and Greitai commented: “Developing a new digital product such as a corporate booking tool or website is inherently risky. The more you can understand and control the risks, the better placed you are to make commercially viable decisions.“With Travelport’s new Universal API Demo site, you can fully investigate the type of content and connectivity available before launching your project and that is absolutely invaluable.”Jan-Paul Ephithite, Travelport Product Manager, commented: “We are really excited about our new Universal API Demo site and in particular the new updates showcasing Travelport’s overall offering and unrivalled content, including branded fares and ancillaries and seat maps.“We have been working hard to display Travelport Universal API in an innovative way and visited multiple sites before we decided on our current design.“With our newly updated Demo site we are hoping to inspire those looking to differentiate themselves in the travel industry.” View Travelport’s demo sitelast_img read more

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in February

first_imgConsumer Confidence Rebounds in February in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share February 26, 2013 419 Views center_img After “”taking a hit””: from January’s payroll tax hike, consumer confidence recovered somewhat in February, according to “”The Conference Board’s””: Consumer Confidence Index.[IMAGE]The overall index climbed more than 10 points in February, settling at 69.6 from January’s 58.4. “”Consumer confidence rebounded in February as the shock effect caused by the fiscal cliff uncertainty and payroll tax cuts appears to have abated,”” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board. “”Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions is more positive than last month. Looking ahead, consumers are cautiously optimistic about the outlook for business and labor market conditions.””The Present Situation Index, a measure of consumer sentiment regarding present-day conditions, improved from 56.2 in January to 63.3 in February as respondents expressed greater optimism in the business world. According to The Conference Board, the number of those claiming business conditions are “”good”” increased 2 percentage points to 18.1 percent, while the number of those stating conditions are “”bad”” fell from 28.4 percent to 27.8 percent.Consumers’ appraisal of the labor market was mixed, however. Those saying jobs are “”plentiful”” increased to 10.5 percent from 8.5 percent previously, while those claiming jobs are “”hard to get”” edged up to 37.0 percent from 36.6 percent.Meanwhile, the Expectations Index–a measure of optimism for the near future–improved nearly 14 points, rising to 73.8. Those expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 18.9 percent from 15.6 percent previously, while those expecting conditions to deteriorate declined 3.9 percentage points to 16.5 percent.Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was also positive. Those anticipating more jobs in the coming months improved to 16.7 percent from 14.4 percent in January, while those expecting fewer jobs decreased to 21.5 percent from 26.7 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to increase rose to 15.7 percent, while those anticipating a drop in income fell to 19.6 percent. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Conference Board Confidence Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-02-26 Tory Barringerlast_img read more